Friday, August 30, 2013

SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS: LONG DAY OF JOSHUA, etc

CATACLYSMS THROUGHOUT THE AGES OF THE PRESENT WORLD SYSTEM

Geological records, AND the Bible--BOTH offer ample proof of an earth in UPHEAVAL, when earthquakes rent the crust, volcanoes darkened the sky with their explosions of gases and ash, and when GREAT SIGHTS and FEARFUL SIGNS appeared in the heavens.  The last book of the Bible, Revelation, records when these massive events will occur again, descriptions which have their parallels in the prophecies of the Old Testament.

Modern day scientists offer REASONS for the geological strata, saying these features were formed over the course of BILLIONS of years.  To which I always reply:  "How do you know?  Were you there when these 'so-called' events happened?" 

Likewise, they offer intellectual explanations for the current rash of earthquakes, volcanoes, asteroids and meteors; some of those explanations border on the ridiculous.  They'll say everything, and anything, to avoid reckoning with what God has disclosed in His Word.  They say, "The Bible is a book of myths."  I would counter them, "YOUR 'myths' MUST be swallowed by the blind, the utterly foolish and the Biblically illiterate."

If I were working in chronological order, I’d begin this article with a treatise on the GREAT FLOOD in the days of Noah.  I'd follow that with a paragraph concerning the earth being DIVIDED in the days of Peleg.  I’d also make note of the judgment upon Sodom and Gomorrah, which was caused by a rain of brimstone and fire from heaven.  Next, I'd provide a detailed account of the plagues which fell upon Egypt at the time of the Exodus (that story offers an excellent TYPE for what's going to happen to the earth in the time of the Tribulation: Moses, the Deliverer; Pharaoh, the "Antichrist"; and terrible plagues--the likes of which WILL occur again).  PLUS, DURING THE PLAGUES OF EXODUS, THERE WERE GREAT AND FEARFUL SIGNS FROM THE HEAVENS (thunder and hail, with fire that ran along upon the ground, darkness that could be FELT--AND LATER, THERE CAME THE PILLAR OF FIRE BY NIGHT AND THE CLOUD BY DAY, just a few examples).  Further along, in the book of Numbers, we find the story of the earth cracking open in a pit of fire to swallow Korah and his group of rebels. 

The book of Joshua records the story of AN UPHEAVAL that took place when Joshua led the children of Israel--as they drove out their enemies and took possession of the Promised Land. (By the way, it took Joshua and his armies SEVEN YEARS to cleanse the Promised Land of it's many devilish enemies.  Those enemies were various categories of giants, more of the Nephilim, which had returned--like it was in the days before the Flood.)  If any of you are familiar with TYPES, this story from Joshua is another which parallels what will later be seen in the book of Revelation!  The book of Joshua offers the record of a strange event that happened about 50 years AFTER the Exodus.  I'll turn to that scripture now...


THE LONG DAY OF JOSHUA--A TIME WHEN THE SUN STOOD STILL IN THE SKY

Many people agree that there’s not many years left of the present world system.  We expect the Pre-Tribulation Rapture of the Church at any split-instant NOW.  Then about seven years later the present world system will be replaced by "the Promised Land" of the Millennium.  (Perhaps MORE then SEVEN YEARS will go by first--IF the Rapture occurs WELL BEFORE "the confirmation of the covenant" by the Antichrist--which STARTS those "final" SEVEN YEARS).  IN that terrible period of God's judgment, God's enemies will be driven from the earth (and many of those enemies will be "a return" of fallen angels and Nephilim).  At THE END of the Tribulation, Jesus will set His feet on the Mount of Olives--at the height of a horrific battle known as Armageddon.

Before we turn to Joshua, let’s see what’s written in Zechariah 14:2-3, which speaks of the approaching Tribulation period and the final battle at Armageddon.  I'll use Zechariah's prophecy as "a springboard" for the discussion that follows.

God declares, “For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem TO BATTLE; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.  THEN shall the Lord go forth, and FIGHT against those nations, as WHEN He fought in THE DAY OF BATTLE.”--Zechariah 14:2-3

In those verses, we can see a span of time, and it covers a period of when Jerusalem is surrounded by enemy armies.  Houses will be plundered, women raped, and half of the city will go into captivity (meaning into EXILE).  The remnant in Israel will escape annihilation by fleeing to the wilderness.  Matthew 24:15-22.  Revelation 12:13-17.  This prophecy covers "a time-frame" from the Abomination of Desolation until THE END of the Great Tribulation.  During that time when Jerusalem is being trampled by Gentile armies (the legions of Antichrist), the Lord HIMSELF shall go forth--and He will FIGHT AGAINST those nations LIKE HE FOUGHT IN THE DAY OF BATTLE.

AT WHAT TIME did the Lord FIGHT for Israel in A DAY OF BATTLE?  The Word of God answers that question.

Zechariah’s prophecy takes us back to a strange incident when Israel battled in the days of Joshua.  God had told them to drive the pagan and idolatrous enemies (including giant Nephilim) from the Promised Land--so that the children of Israel could possess it.  They were following God’s commands, yet there were times when it seemed as if the enemy kings would gain the advantage.  Such a situation occurred in Joshua 10.

To set the stage:  Five kings of the Amorites (giants--see Numbers 13:32-33, concerning size of Canaan's occupants) put up quite a resistance, making war against Joshua and his men.  The five enemy kings--Adonizedac of Jerusalem, Hohan of Hebron, Piram of Jarmuth, Japhia of Lachish and Debir of Eglon--set out to strike a town called Gibeon.  The enemy kings had turned against Gibeon because that town had made PEACE with the children of Israel.  (However, Gibeon had DECEIVED Joshua in their plea for continued existence, striking a bargain ONLY in order to avoid the same disaster which had annihilated Jericho and Ai.)  When the five enemy kings moved in to attack the town, the leaders in Gibeon sent word to Joshua, asking that he and his warriors move quickly to save them.

[In that scenario, we see a sad fact:  for any enemy who DARES to make peace with Israel, there’s "a price" to pay.  THE REMAINDER of Israel’s enemies TURN UPON those who "sign the peace agreement".  That same tactic happens in TODAY'S controversy against Jerusalem.  For instance, Sadat of Egypt made peace with Israel and was assassinated for his effort.  Things have NOT changed all that much from the days of Joshua.]

As Joshua moved forward to the battle, the Lord spoke to him saying, “Fear them not: for I have delivered them [the five kings] into your hand; there shall not a man of them stand before Me.”  Joshua 10:8.

Joshua and his men went up from Gilgal all night into the battle.  In Joshua 10:10-14, we see "the events", AND we see "something profound" as well.  THE LORD FOUGHT “IN THE DAY OF BATTLE” FOR THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL.  And HOW did He fight?  Let’s look at the scripture:

“And the Lord discomfited [made an uproar, raged against and destroyed] them before [the onslaught] of Israel, and [the Lord slew] them with a great slaughter at Gibeon, and CHASED THEM along the way that goes up to Beth-horan, and SMOTE them to Azekah, and unto Makkedah.

(YES, THE LORD FOUGHT...BUT STILL, "HOW" DID HE FIGHT?)

“And it came to pass, as they [the kings] fled from before Israel, and were going down to Beth-horan, that THE LORD CAST DOWN GREAT STONES FROM HEAVEN UPON THEM unto Azekah, and THEY DIED:  they were MORE of them which DIED WITH THE HAILSTONES than they whom the children of Israel slew with the sword.

“Then spoke Joshua to the Lord in THE DAY when the Lord DELIVERED up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he [Joshua] said in the SIGHT of Israel, ‘SUN, STAND THOU STILL upon Gibeon; and THOU, MOON [stand still] in the valley of Ajalon.’

“AND THE SUN STOOD STILL, AND THE MOON STAYED, UNTIL THE PEOPLE HAD AVENGED THEMSELVES UPON THEIR ENEMIES.  Is not this written in the book of Jasher?  SO THE SUN STOOD STILL IN THE MIDST OF HEAVEN, AND HASTED NOT TO GO DOWN ABOUT A WHOLE DAY.

“And there was NO DAY like that before it or after it, that the Lord hearkened unto the voice of a man:  FOR THE LORD FOUGHT FOR ISRAEL.”

In Zechariah, we noted how the Lord prophesied that He will AGAIN fight for Israel during end time battles, and in the TRIBULATION--"LIKE HE DID" IN THE DAY OF BATTLE.  That DAY OF BATTLE occurred, AT FIRST, in this incident in Joshua.  What was it that really happened?

THERE WAS A MAJOR “SIGHT” AND “SIGN” IN THE HEAVENS!  Scripture declares that THE SUN STOOD STILL for a WHOLE DAY.  The MOON did likewise.  Not only that, but GREAT STONES fell from heaven.  More of the enemies DIED from the HAILSTONES than died from the sword wielded by Israel!  (It also seems that THE HAIL was selective, as if aimed by the arm of God.  NONE of Israel were listed as killed--JUST THE ENEMIES!)  Such a thing will happen again in the Tribulation!
 

***BEFORE I continue, showing what WILL INDEED occur in the Tribulation, I'll share another portion of scripture, from Isaiah 28:14-22.  This section of prophecy also makes note of the event that occurred at the time of Joshua.  It's very interesting HOW the scripture INTERTWINES and CONFIRMS itself.  Yes, indeed, the Word CONFIRMS itself--as Isaiah 28:9-13 ALSO SHOWS.  I'll quote from it right now:

"Whom shall He [God] TEACH KNOWLEDGE?  And whom shall He make to UNDERSTAND DOCTRINE?"  [The answer is this]--"Them that are WEANED FROM THE MILK, and drawn from the breasts [no longer sucking on milk].  FOR PRECEPT MUST BE UPON PRECEPT, PRECEPT UPON PRECEPT; LINE UPON LINE, LINE UPON LINE; HERE A LITTLE AND THERE A LITTLE [one place in scripture revealing A LITTLE--another place in the scripture revealing a LITTLE BIT MORE]:  for with stammering lips and another tongue will He speak to His people.  To whom He said, 'This is the rest wherewith you may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing:  YET THEY WOULD NOT HEAR.'"

God places a BIT of DOCTRINE in ONE place of His Word, and then CONFIRMS IT, EXPANDING UPON IT, in OTHER places of the Word, many times over.  The wise SEARCH out the matter--and they run TO AND FRO through the scriptures, SEEKING to know EXACTLY WHAT God indeed proclaims.  Sadly, few do this, and therefore, God adds "YET THEY WOULD NOT HEAR".  So I continue this article by referring to yet another place where the STRANGE EVENT that happened in the LONG DAY OF JOSHUA is confirmed.  It ALSO will TIE into a FUTURE TIME when God will FIGHT for His people, Israel, as "WHEN He fought in the day of battle"--confirming BOTH Joshua 10:10-14 and Zechariah 14:3.

Isaiah 28:14-22:

Verse 14--"Wherefore hear the word of the Lord, you scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem."

Israel, the MAJORITY of them, have NOT the ears to hear THE TRUTH of the Lord.  We see this in John 5:43, spoken by Jesus:  "I am come in My Father's name, and you receive Me not:  IF ANOTHER SHALL COME IN HIS OWN NAME, HIM YOU WILL RECEIVE."  Yes, Israel WILL RECEIVE one, as prophesied in Daniel 9:27--"And he shall CONFIRM the covenant with many for one week [which is SEVEN YEARS--the Tribulation]."  This very COVENANT is WHAT the remaining verses in Isaiah 28:15-22 disclose (speaking of the arrival of Antichrist, and the suffering that man will bring):

Isaiah 28:15--"BECAUSE YOU [Israel] HAVE SAID, 'We have made A COVENANT with death ["with death" is GOD'S VIEWPOINT here, not Israel's], and with hell we are at agreement [again God's viewpoint of the COVENANT that Israel will make with the Antichrist], when the OVERFLOWING SCOURGE [the Tribulation] shall pass through, it shall NOT come unto us [Israel THINKS that they'll have "peace" via that covenant instead]:  for we have made LIES our refuge, and UNDER FALSEHOOD we have hid ourselves:'" [Again, this is God's viewpoint--since Israel will NOT see "that covenant" as Antichrist's LIES and FALSEHOOD when they make it with him]:"

God now CLEARLY SAYS unto Israel in Isaiah 28:16--"Therefore thus saith the Lord God, 'Behold, I lay in Zion for A FOUNDATION a stone, a tried stone, A PRECIOUS CORNERSTONE, A SURE FOUNDATION:  he that believes shall not make haste." 

[God is pointing to Jesus here, the TRUE MESSIAH, but sadly, most of Israel will NOT be excited about Him.  Instead, they have made that COVENANT with the one who "comes in his own name", the Antichrist.]

The prophecy continues in Isaiah 28:17, what God NOW declares is THE RESULT of Israel NOT searching out the Word (as seen in verses 9-13) and for NOT being excited about the PRECIOUS CORNERSTONE--Jesus--(in verse 16):

"Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet [both tools of measurement]:  and THE HAIL shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place..."

[Hail-- that's a reference "the falling of meteors" in the Tribulation.  The water overflowing the hiding place--is seen in Revelation 12:15.  There, the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood, trying to destroy Israel as the remnant flees to their hiding place in Petra.  We also see, later in that passage, HOW the earth will crack open in an earthquake to swallow the flood.  Mighty signs and earth upheavals.]

Isaiah 18-20--God says to Israel:  "And your covenant WITH DEATH shall be disannulled [cancelled], and your agreement WITH HELL shall NOT stand; when the overflowing scourge [the Tribulation] shall pass through, THEN YOU SHALL BE TRODDEN DOWN BY IT.  From the time that it goes forth it shall take you:  for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night:  and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report.  For the bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it:  and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in it." 

[Have you ever slept in a bed that's too little?  Have you ever had a blanket NOT large enough to cover you?  Then you can sense the discomfort and frustration to come in the Tribulation!  The prophet, Amos 5:18-20, ECHOES that thought, concerning the Tribulation--a terrible time of trouble, specifically in Amos 5:19--"As if a man did FLEE from a lion, and a bear MET him; or went into the house, and leaned on the wall, and a serpent BIT him."  That man would THINK, "Whew! I'm safe!", and then WHAM, he gets caught!  There's plenty of discomfort, frustration and NO PLACE TO HIDE in that DAY OF THE LORD.  Who would desire to be IN that time???--as Amos asks.]

BELOW, IS THE VERSE I WANT YOU TO NOTICE.  IT POINTS US RIGHT BACK TO THE EVENTS OF "JOSHUA'S LONG DAY", AS WELL AS FOCUSES AHEAD TO WHAT WILL COME DURING "THE TRIBULATION":

Isaiah 28:21--"For the Lord shall RISE UP as in Mount Perazim, HE SHALL BE WROTH [ANGRY] AS IN THE VALLEY OF GIBEON, that He [God] may do HIS WORK, HIS STRANGE WORK; and bring to pass HIS ACT, HIS STRANGE ACT."

Yes, it was a STRANGE WORK and a STRANGE ACT as God fought for Israel, as IN THE DAY OF BATTLE--at Gibeon.  Remember, Gibeon is the SAME PLACE that Joshua's LONG DAY occurred.  There, God caused METEORITES to fall and STONE Israel's enemies.  He perturbed the earth in such a way that the sun and the moon appeared to stand still.  He will work this way AGAIN during the "overflowing scourge" of the Tribulation!

Isaiah 28:22 concludes what I want to show through this passage--"Now therefore be ye NOT MOCKERS, lest your bands be made strong:  for I have heard from the Lord God of hosts [the God of His armies] a CONSUMPTION, even DETERMINED upon THE WHOLE EARTH."--[Which speaks of the upcoming Tribulation]

[A "consumption" means "a completion"--like what we see in Daniel 7:27, which says, "even until the consummation" (the end), "and THAT DETERMINED" (what is decided by God, and written) "shall be poured upon the desolate"--who is the Antichrist.  Here in Isaiah's parallel passage, the "completion" and "consumption" is SHOWN to come upon the ENTIRE EARTH.]


***SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS AND UPON THE EARTH--"The earth will be removed from its place and will rock to and fro.": 

Isaiah 13:13--"Therefore I will SHAKE THE HEAVENS; and the earth shall REMOVE OUT OR HER PLACE [be shifted off its axis, be moved from its usual orbit], in THE WRATH of the Lord of hosts, and in THE DAY of His FIERCE ANGER."

Do you ever consider what will happen to the crust of the earth, the oceans, and the winds, when the earth is "shaken" and "removed" [moved] in such a violent manner?  Many MEGA earthquakes.  SUPER volcano eruptions that will darken the air, TURNING the sun into sackcloth--and the moon into a ghastly blood red.  Towering tsunamis which will scour coastlands, wiping them clean.  Plus devastating wind, like seen in Jeremiah 30:23--"Behold, the whirlwind of the Lord goes forth with fury, a continuing whirlwind" in the "fierce anger of the Lord"!


***The earth shall be utterly broken down and reel to and fro like a drunkard:

Isaiah 24:19-21--"The earth is utterly BROKEN DOWN, the earth is clean DISSOLVED, the earth is MOVED EXCEEDINGLY.  The earth shall REEL TO AND FRO LIKE A DRUNKARD, and shall be REMOVED like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall not rise again.  And it shall come to pass in THAT DAY, that the Lord shall punish THE HOST OF THE HIGH ONES THAT ARE ON HIGH, and THE KINGS of the earth upon the earth."

The earth will be utterly BROKEN DOWN.  Think of earthquakes, cracks opening in the crust, and sinkholes.  The earth is clean DISSOLVED.  Think of the mountains melted as wax with rivers of molten rock--lava.  The earth is MOVED EXCEEDINGLY, reeling TO AND FRO like a drunkard.  Think of a spinning top which has been disrupted, so that it wobbles on its axis and travels in an eccentric orbit.  The earth is REMOVED like a cottage.  Removed comes from a Hebrew word that means SHAKING or TOSSING the head, and WANDERING--again terms which describe an earth wobbling on its axis and wandering from its usual orbit.  [I truly feel these activities will RETURN the earth to the position it had BEFORE the cataclysm of the flood--which placed it into its CURRENT axis position, and which also created the seasons and increased the days of the year (a lengthening of its orbit which produced a year of 365 1/4 days).  AFTER the Tribulation, the climate will be returned to as it was BEFORE the flood, and the days in a year will return to 360 (the number used in the most ancient calendars).]

In the mighty JUDGMENT and DESTRUCTION that shall come from God, the HOSTS OF THE HIGH ONES THAT ARE ONE HIGH will be affected.  Therefore, the judgment will strike Satan, his fallen angels--and the Nephilim they have created.  Like it was in the days of Noah!!! 

The mighty JUDGMENT and DESTRUCTION that shall come from God WILL ALSO fall upon THE KINGS of the earth upon the earth.  Therefore, the judgment will fall upon THE NEW WORLD ORDER, with its TEN kings who rule over the TEN economic regions on earth.  This judgment will also include "the leader" of Mystery Babylon in Rome, along with the Antichrist with his False Prophet--men who will be IN CAHOOTS with the HIGH ONES from on high. 

[I feel this is WHY Daniel's prophecy (Daniel 2:41-43) declares that the TEN toes, which are PART iron and PART miry clay, shall NOT cleave to one another.  The Antichrist's government will CONSIST of TEN toes of iron which are MIXED with miry clay (describing a situation in which THE MEN who lead the TEN economic regions will BLEND "their power" with that of WICKED ANGELS (which modern men call "space aliens").  This evil alliance will be judged in that terrible time of the Tribulation--when evil is FULLY manifested upon the earth.  I CERTAINLY DON'T WANT TO BE HERE FOR ALL THAT DESOLATION!  AND, AS A BORN-AGAIN MEMBER OF CHRIST'S BODY, I WILL "NOT" BE HERE!!!]


***FURTHER PARALLEL PASSAGES--In the Tribulation, something INDEED will occur to "the length of the days".  This is a PARALLEL to the sun standing still upon Gibeon, and the moon standing still in the valley of Ajalon (what we looked at in the LONG DAY OF JOSHUA): 

Revelation 8:12--"And the fourth angel sounded [the Trumpet], and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them were darkened, and THE DAY shone NOT for a third part of it, and THE NIGHT LIKEWISE [shone NOT for a third part of it]."

The language in that prophecy SEEMS to indicate something MORE than just the heavenly bodies being OBSCURED by dust and darkness (although that is most likely included, too, considering the massive amount of smoke in the air from volcanic activity and/or bombs). 

The language we see here STATES that THE DAY and THE NIGHT did "not" SHINE for a THIRD PART of them.  This indicates "a shortening" of the usual LENGTH of a day and night--for them to "NOT shine" (or be present) as they usually are.  The DAYTIME and NIGHTTIME hours did NOT SHINE for a third part of what we see as "the normal day".  IS THAT MAKING ANY SENSE? 

Then "what" would "cause" the DAY and the NIGHT to NOT shine for a third part?  Answer:  the usual TWELVE hours of DAYTIME, and of the NIGHTTIME, too, were shortened by ONE THIRD, to become EIGHT hours of DAYTIME and EIGHT hours of NIGHTTIME--and thus the usual TWENTY-FOUR hour day would be SHORTENED to a time-frame of SIXTEEN hours.

[I've had people OBJECT to this reasoning, saying, "The earth would NOT survive such UPHEAVAL."  Think of it!  In order for a DAY and NIGHT to be shortened by ONE THIRD, then the earth would need to SPEED up its rate of ROTATION.  Such movement would drastically effect the air and the oceans, plus create terrific strain upon the crust.  Winds could whip.  Tsunamis would roar.  Earthquakes and volcanoes would heave and vomit.   BUT ISN'T THAT SOME OT THE EXACT IMAGERY WE READ ABOUT IN BIBLE PROPHECY?  Plus, God remains in control.  For instance, GOD CONTROLLED the upheaval of the great flood in Noah's day--and the earth survived to see other millennia!  Another factor to consider is THIS--Jesus said the days would be shortened in Matthew 24:22.  Could it be possible that this is THE WAY that THE DAYS are shortened?  As with ALL conjecture BEFORE prophecies actually become fulfilled--I'm NOT BEING DOGMATIC.  I just suggest possibilities.]     


***During the Tribulation, meteors will fall: 

[Some people say that the "hailstones" or "stars" which fall from heaven will be "fiery bombs" dropped during end times' wars--and that "might" be true.  However, IN the Old Testament, where "hailstones" fell from heaven, mingled with FIRE, bombs--like we have in today's world--did NOT exist.  God SENT and CONTROLLED those judgments.  He TOOK AIM at "the enemies" of His people with such missiles, and HIS PEOPLE were NOT hit by that hail, or burning rocks!  I tend to compare scripture to scripture when offering explanation of what's happening.  According to what we saw in Zechariah, God will AGAIN fight for Israel JUST LIKE He did in the past.  So WHEN the scriptures describe "hailstones", great burning "mountains" and "stars" that fall from the sky, I tend see "meteor showers (with fire)" and much larger "burning rocks"--commonly known as "asteroids".  Time will tell what's really so--as the prophecies are fulfilled.]

Here's prophecies, from the book of Revelation, showing what I believe are falling meteors and asteroids:

Revelation 6:13--"And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casts her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind". 

Revelation 8:7--"The first angel sounded [the Trumpet], and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth:  and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up."   

Revelation 8:8--"And the second angel sounded [the Trumpet], and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea:  and the third part of the sea became blood.". 

Revelation 8:10--"And the third angel sounded [the Trumpet], and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; and the name of the star was Wormwood [the Greek "apsinthos"--meaning "bitterness" and "calamity"; also, it's the root of "Absinthe"--which is a green liqueur made from a plant called wormwood--which has the flavor of licorice, and which is a poison that causes drowsiness, stupor and death IF INGESTED in large quantities]:  and the third part of the waters BECAME WORMWOOD; and many men DIED of the waters, because they were made bitter." 

Revelation 16:21--"And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent [100 pounds]:  and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great."  [And this FINAL hail will be AIMED at "the enemies"--at the Antichrist's henchmen and followers.] 


***Returning to what occurred in the time of Joshua:

To any scoffer, the story of “the long day of Joshua” sounds as preposterous as “the worldwide Flood.”  But modern computer science has MUTED the scoffers voices--if they'd only pay attention!!! 

Computer technology has developed PROGRAMS which can count the days BACKWARDS in time--using the clockwork movements of the sun, moon and stars.  Something profound was INDEED DISCOVERED.  There IS ACTUALLY one day MISSING in the counting of time!  WHY?  Because, FOR ABSOLUTELY SURE, the sun and the moon DID STAND STILL--just as it’s written in the scripture!!!

What kind of planetary and solar system dynamics CAUSED such an effect upon the earth and upon Israel’s enemies?  What kind of astronomical event could have PRODUCED those SIGHTS AND SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS?

There were GREAT STONES which fell from the sky.  They’re also called HAILSTONES, but these are obviously NOT the kind of hail “ composed of ice” that falls during the usually WET thunderstorms.  THIS HAIL came out of the sky IN CONJUNCTION WITH a heavenly "upheaval and shaking" that CAUSED the sun and the moon to APPEAR to stand still in the sky.  Somehow, something (Who we know is God) caused the earth to gyrate, rolling upon its axis, to create such an effect.  The STONES which came WITH that event had to have been asteroids or meteors from the heavens being shaken as is also described in Isaiah's prophecy--and in Hebrews 12:25-27.

"Whose voice [God's] then SHOOK the earth:  but now He has promised, saying, 'Yet once more I shake not the earth only, BUT ALSO HEAVEN'.  And this word, 'Yet once more'. signifies the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which CANNOT be shaken may remain."

In the coming Tribulation judgments, the things that are made by men, and Antichrist, in cahoots with the devil, will be SHAKEN and they WILL FALL, leaving those things that CANNOT BE SHAKEN (who are God's people that TRUST in Him].

According to "astrophysics", which are "the dynamics" and "laws" of outer space, when another large planet or heavenly body moves close to the earth, it will drag along meteors, comets, revolving satellites and other space debris (or PUSH those things in front of itself as it draws nearer and nearer to the earth).  The electro-gravitational effect from a close encounter with another heavenly body will CAUSE other symptoms, too.  The earth will rock and tilt (reeling to and fro like a drunkard, gyrating and wobbling upon its axis).  In the case of THE LONG DAY OF JOSHUA, the sun and the moon appeared to STAND STILL for TWENTY-FOUR hours as the earth wobbled and danced in place!  THAT'S NOTHING TO THE ALMIGHTY GOD WHO CONTROLS SUCH THINGS!

I’ve read an article by a Christian author which suggests that the earth CANNOT tip, tilt, or rock to and fro--being subjected to such titanic forces.  Why?  The man said that major tsunamis and hurricane force winds would LEVEL every structure upon the earth’s surface should the planet be perturbed like that--and EVERYTHING would PERISH.  Yet Revelation 16:20 declares that during the paroxysms of the Tribulation, islands will FLEE AWAY (or sink), and mountains shall not be found (because they fall flat).  AND there WILL BE SURVIVORS, "righteous" people who put their trust in Jesus (the remnant of Israel, and also of Gentile nations), who will ENTER the "promised Millennium".

Yes, a mighty upheaval happened at the time of Joshua--as God fought for Israel THEN, and VERIFIED by Zechariah 14:3.  What happened in the long day of Joshua was NOT an Extinction Level Event!
 
Furthermore, as it is with the "Flood legends" (seen in the WRITINGS from pagan tribes), there’s also the SAME KIND of "legends" which line-up with the Joshua story.  Indeed there were other civilizations who WROTE DOWN what THEY SAW in the same time-frame.  They, too, report a LONG DAY.  On the OPPOSITE SIDE of the earth, other ancient people wrote that they experienced a LONG NIGHT.  There are also stories of extended DAWNS and DUSKS in existence.  These testimonies from OTHER PEOPLES transpired at the SAME TIME in which Joshua--and the children of Israel--lived through their LONG DAY.  It's additional proof of the validity of scripture, and I find it fascinating!  It re-emphasizes HOW THE LORD fought for Israel IN THE DAY OF BATTLE.

A time like this WILL HAPPEN AGAIN--during that period called THE DAY OF THE LORD (the TRIBULATION).  That's WHAT the prophecies SAY!

We're living in the time when BIRTH PANGS indicate that the Tribulation draws is near.  What is prophesied is soon to transpire....

Like Enoch escaped the great Flood in the days of Noah by being RAPTURED, so also the TRUE CHURCH OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST will be Raptured, BEFORE the cataclysmic events of the Tribulation.  WE MUST BE READY!  We've NO IDEA of how many days we may still have.  TURN TO JESUS--trust in His blood that was shed for you--have FAITH in Him, rely upon Him.  That way, you can be assured that you'll NOT see even one day of the WRATH of God in the "great day of His vengeance (the Tribulation)".

God is RIGHTEOUS, JUST and TRUE.  He's soon to perform great and mighty SUPERNATURAL works AS He fights against ALL the enemies who oppose Him!  God's WILL is to be done upon the earth, JUST LIKE IT IS IN HEAVEN.

HE IS MIGHTY AND HE IS TO BE GLORIFIED AND PRAISED.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

EARTHQUAKES IN THE TRIBULATION

The Bible contains more passages about catastrophic events than many people realize.  Likewise, legends from other civilizations, scattered across the earth, reveal a planet which is periodically rocked and tossed by extreme forces.  Proof of sudden and massive deaths are unearthed in geological deposits of animal bones (mingled with human remains) all around the earth.  There’s evidence of where mountains suddenly were pushed up; cracks in the earth’s crust suddenly ripped open and swallowed people; volcanoes spewed ash and destruction; where burnt, black rock from meteor showers blanket the land (Saudi Arabia); and where floods of lava poured over the earth in a wide, massive river thousands of feet deep (the Columbia Plateau basalt layer).  What could have caused such destruction?  And to take it another step further, these horrendous calamities have happened MORE than once!

1.  The flood of Noah’s day
2.  The land divided in the days of Peleg
3.  Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah
4.  The plagues that fell upon Egypt
5.  The long day of Joshua
6.  The shadow moving backwards on the sundial

Will dire cataclysms strike the earth again?  Jesus says, “Yes.”

Jesus often referred back to the Old Testament in giving His prophecies, as when He mentioned the Prophet Isaiah and the Prophet Daniel.  We know how Jesus mentioned Daniel (Matthew 24:15) as He gave what’s known as the Olivet Discourse, saying how Daniel, the prophet, spoke of the Abomination of desolation (which will happen at mid-point through seven years of appointed Tribulation).

When Jesus began His earthly ministry in Luke 4:18-19, he opened a scroll and read from the prophecy of Isaiah.  He read through a list of good tidings and comforting words, showing that He was indeed THE ONE sent by God to bring these things.  He FINISHED by reading, “…to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.”  And He CLOSED the book.

BUT--He left a prophecy UNFINISHED--having STOPPED reading right in the middle of a sentence!  The next part of the prophecy continues, as SEEN in Isaiah 61:2.  The part left to be fulfilled at some point in the future is this--“and (to proclaim) the day of vengeance of our God.”

There’s coming a time when “the day of vengeance of our God” [the day of the Lord, the 70th Week of Daniel (Daniel 9:27), the time of Jacob's trouble (Jeremiah 30:7, the Tribulation period (Revelation 6 to 19), THE Tribulation, the Great One (Matthew 24:21] will be upon the earth.  IN that terrible time, there will AGAIN be calamities upon the earth, judgments from God that will rend the earth--knocking it to and fro, along with objects that fall from the sky in a regular and ever-increasing display.

Jesus spoke of this in Luke 21:11--“And great earthquakes shall be in diverse places, and famines, and pestilences; and FEARFUL SIGHTS AND GREAT SIGNS shall there be from HEAVEN.”

He enlarged upon that statement in Luke 21:25-26, saying--“And there shall be SIGNS in the SUN, and in the MOON, and in the STARS; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth:  for the POWERS OF HEAVEN shall be SHAKEN.”

In these current days (BEFORE the return of the Lord in a Pre-Tribulation Rapture), we’ve been witnessing BIRTH PANGS (warnings) of the things that Jesus prophesied.  Massive earthquakes, gigantic tidal waves, exploding volcanoes, the earth opening in cracks or collapsing in sinkholes, the earth being moved upon its axis, plus FEARFUL SIGHTS that APPROACH the planet from the deepness of outer space.  ALL these things (COMBINED) tell us that God is preparing to SHAKE the earth in the FURY of His judgments.  In fact, we see that idea expressed elsewhere in the New Testament, in Hebrews 12:25-26:

“See that you refuse NOT Him that speaks.  For if they escaped NOT who refused Him that spoke on the earth, much more shall we NOT escape, IF we turn away from Him that speaks from heaven:  Whose voice then SHOOK THE EARTH:  but now He has promised, saying, ‘Yet ONCE MORE I shake NOT the earth ONLY, but ALSO HEAVEN.”

A GREAT SHAKING will happen on the earth--and IN THE HEAVENS.  The same kind of prophecy is spoken many times, over and over, in the Old Testament.  Terrific judgments and catastrophes are coming, as God pours out His anger upon enemies who rebel against Him, and who reject the salvation which is provided by Jesus.

In those prophecies, we see HOW God will USE the sun, moon and the stars as objects of His judgments during the Tribulation.  There will be much upheaval--destruction from the Almighty.  After the Tribulation period is finished, the earth will have been reshaped and remolded, finally being returned to the perfect state that it knew BEFORE mankind fell into sin.  But FIRST--there will be a cataclysm much worse than the Flood of Noah’s day.

What kind of judgments are coming?  A shaking of the earth.  Fearful sights and signs from heaven.

All we need to do is remember the horror we felt as we watched a huge 9.0 earthquake devastate Japan.  That was bad enough--because the force of the disaster ripped a gigantic gash in the ocean floor.  Worse yet, the resulting tsunami turned an unthinkable calamity into the most horrible nightmare imaginable.  (We have NOT seen Hollywood movies AS BAD as what we watched on our news programs.)  A wall of water floated cars and houses, scouring the land clean of habitation.  Even then, that was NOT the end of it.  Horrified, and worried about radiation, we witnessed explosions tear apart the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

What devastated Japan is small--compared to what will soon tear the earth asunder during the Tribulation!

EARTHQUAKES IN THE TRIBULATION

Earthquakes will be a major part of the coming judgments.  The earth WILL indeed SHAKE.  Revelation 6:12:

“And I beheld when He (Jesus) had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a GREAT EARTHQUAKE…”

That cataclysm (including a great earthquake AND fearful sights from heaven) will be so terrifying that "the great men, and the rich men, and chief captains, the mighty men, bond men and free men", will ALL hide in dens and rocks of the mountains, asking that the mountains fall on them.  For they KNOW, at that point, that “the great day of His (God’s) wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?”  This is also called THE WRATH OF THE LAMB.  (Revelation 6:12-16)

I’d say that the earthquake of Revelation 6:12 will make the one in Japan look like a baby!  The earth will be ripped and rent…

But that’s not all!  Revelation 8:5--An angel will take a censor filled with fire from the altar of God and cast it onto the earth.  That act will produce voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.”

What kind of an effect is that?  It’s been postulated that DURING a fly-by of huge comets, planets or stars, that the atmosphere thunders, electrical charges pass back and forth between earth and the object, plus the extra gravitational force creates an earthquake.  Will the earth be visited by other heavenly bodies in the Tribulation?  By looking at many other passages through the scripture (for instance, falling hail that comes WITH fire as recorded in Exodus 9:18 and Exodus 9:23, which appear to be MORE than just hail from thunderstorms.  Passages like this appear to indicate asteroids, meteors and the suspended dust--that comes with them, and even comets might be indicated.)

In two other places in the Revelation, we see earthquakes mentioned.  One occurs AFTER a time--WHEN two prophets sent to Israel are resurrected and ascend into heaven.  The other one occurs DURING the pouring out of the seventh bowl of wrath.

Revelation 11:13--“And the same hour (WHEN the witnesses were raised) was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city (Jerusalem) fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand:  and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.”

Revelation 11:19--“And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in His temple the ark of His testament; and there were lightnings, and voices, and thundering, and an earthquake, and great hail.”

The great hail mentioned in that verse can be similar to what we recorded concerning the long day of Joshua.  A great hail from heaven pounded the earth, and can be reckoned as meteors which fall from heaven.  This could easily occur IF the earth is playing dodge-ball with objects from the solar system, sent by God into a near fly-by (or if the earth's orbit is upon a collision course with a belt of meteors).

Revelation 16:18 and Revelation 16:21 give us a final look at earthquakes that are prophesied during the Tribulation.  Since this is THE ENDING plague in ALL the judgments to come during that awful time, I’ll return to it later.

Even though I want to list ALL the places that show FEARFUL SIGHTS and SIGNS from heaven, in this article, I'll emphasize the massive earthquakes which will come upon the earth, to rend its crust.  I also point out, that as the Revelation earthquakes happen, they are indeed accompanied by judgments falling from the sky. 

As we continue, I want us to we see that there are THREE major earthquakes in the Revelation.

The first one at the opening of the sixth seal is huge.  It will cause every mountain and island to move out of their place.  That earthquake is OBVIOUSLY much larger than the one we saw which brought such devastation upon Japan.

[The earthquake at the time of the resurrection of the two witnesses (Revelation 11:13) COULD be the same quake as recorded in Revelation 6:12 under the sixth seal.  I state it like that because the earthquake appears, in BOTH cases, to happen at the mid-point of the seven-year Tribulation.  If these are NOT the same world-shaking earthquake, THEN the second one (Revelation 11:13) could be a major AFTERSHOCK from the calamity of the sixth seal!  They are that close together in timing!  So also, the earthquake which happens as a result of the temple of heaven being opened and the ark of His testament being revealed (Revelation 11:19), can be yet another AFTERSHOCK of Revelation 6:12.  They are all very close together in their timing.]

The Revelation 11:13 earthquake causes one tenth of Jerusalem to fall.  Then a little later, the opening of God’s temple in heaven (Revelation 11:19) brings forth yet another earthquake--this one accompanied by the falling of hail (meteors).  As I stated above, these could all be aftershocks from the opening of the sixth seal.


THE WOMAN OF REVELATION 12 AND HER TIME OF TROUBLE

In Revelation 12:15-16, there’s another prophecy which I believe fits into the huge earthquake which happens at the mid-point of the Tribulation (or perhaps it’s another series of aftershocks from the quake under the sixth seal).  This quake does have its beginning at the opening of the sixth seal, and it surrounds the events of the Abomination of Desolation, so therefore, it COULD fit in like that.

I’ll begin by saying that the great dragon (the devil) and his wicked angels will be cast onto the earth, and they're going to be furious because they know their time is short.  They will turn their hateful attention upon Israel at this mid-point in the Tribulation.

Jesus told Israel, in Matthew 24:15-22, that WHEN they saw the Abomination spoken of by Daniel, the prophet, then they needed to flee quickly--with NOT even the DELAY required to go into their houses and grab their things.  They have to run--and fast.

Revelation 12, therefore, gives us a parallel prophecy.  I’ll elaborate upon verses 13 to 16, and especially make note of the earthquake which is involved.

13--“And when the dragon (the devil) saw he was cast onto the earth, he persecuted the woman (Israel) which had brought forth the man child (Jesus).

14--“And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the dragon.”  (The “time, times, and half a time” is THE SAME phrase recorded in Daniel 7:25 and Daniel 12:7.  It literally means “one year, two years and a half year”--the total of 3 ½ years, which is also 1260 days, and is also 42 months--the last half of the Tribulation.)

What are “the wings” that Israel will be given?  It’s a reference to sheltering under God Almighty, such as seen in Psalm 17:8-9, Psalm 57:1 and Psalm 91:4-6.  They’ll surely NEED all of God’s protection in the midst of that horrific time--yes, Israel will be tucked under His wings!

[Some people think the wings of the eagle is a vague reference to the United States.  I do NOT agree.  The whole world, under the evil influence of the dragon and the Antichrist, will be turned against Israel (however, there will be righteous INDIVIDUALS, the “sheep” in the “nations”--NOT countries in the world--but Gentiles, ethnicities, people--those INDIVIDUALS who will help Israel in what ever way they can during the horrific events of the Tribulation, in much the same way that the Ten Booms did during the Holocaust).  Matthew 25:32-40.]

15--“And the serpent (the devil) cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman (Israel), that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.”  (The desert regions are known to have sudden flash floods--and Israel will be running into the rocky places in Jordan--known as Edom, to a place called Bozrah, which is the cliff fortress city known as Petra.  The water from the mouth of Satan is a reference to that evil one manufacturing a major storm, which in turn, develops into torrents of water.  OR this "flood" could be accomplished by the Antichrist sending a “horde” of troops to chase after the fleeing Israel.)

16--“And the earth helped the woman (Israel), and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon (Satan) cast out of his mouth.”

The above verse is INDEED a reference to earthquakes--which cause fissures in the ground to open.  These earthquakes, and the cracks they produce, will prevent the flash floods (or the pursuing troops) from harming Israel as they flee into the wilderness.  Since Israel is fleeing, this particular quake is centered again at the Mid-Tribulation point, and it COULD be more aftershocks from the opening of the sixth seal, OR from the quake in Jerusalem at the time of the resurrection of the two witnesses.

THE EARTH CRACKING OPEN HAS OCCURRED BEFORE

We see a parallel in Numbers 16:31-35 showing how the earth cracked open and swallowed those who would make themselves the enemies of God.   It happened in the past, and God will REPEAT His METHODS of judgment in the great Tribulation.  [I believe, that in the Tribulation, ALL the former PLAGUES of Egypt will be repeated, every one of them!  One of the two witnesses of Revelation 11 will have the power to turn water into blood, and to cause ALL PLAGUES to happen, a strong statement to a people who are so familiar with what happened in the days of Moses!  There will be NO MISTAKING IT--they will KNOW God is WITH them, like He was in the past.]

Let’s consider the Old Testament example of the earth cracking open in what we call a SINKHOLE:  As Moses led the children of Israel through the wilderness after the Exodus out of Egypt, a band of  250 men (in the rebellion of Korah) attempted to usurp the leadership role from God’s chosen servant, Moses.  It resulted in a powerful display of judgment, brought forth through earthquake and fire.

To set the context for this episode, Moses challenged Korah to bring censors and put fire in them and offer them before the Lord.  As the men in rebellion did this, THE LORD would CHOOSE those who were "truly holy" in His sight, Korah or Moses.  So Korah gathered all the congregation at the door of the Tabernacle and the glory of the Lord appeared unto all of them.  And the Lord made His choice in a very cataclysmic way!

“And it came to pass, as he (Moses) had made an end of speaking all these words, that the GROUND CLAVE ASUNDER that was under them:  And the EARTH OPENED her mouth, and SWALLOWED them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods.  They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the EARTH CLOSED upon them:  and they perished from among the congregation.

“And all Israel that were round about them fled at the cry of them:  for they said, ‘Lest the earth swallow us up also.’  And there came A FIRE from the Lord, and consumed the two hundred and fifty men that offered incense.”

If we want to better understand what’s happening in the judgments of the Revelation, all we need to do is find a comparison to it in the Old Testament.  Many of these comparisons show earthquake, fire and FRIGHTENING SIGHTS AND SIGNS FROM HEAVEN!

As Israel will FLEE for their lives from the Antichrist, the earth itself will shake, open up into a sinkhole, and swallow the pursuing flood!

THE EARTHQUAKE OF THE SEVENTH BOWL

Finally, at the seventh bowl of wrath, yet another earthquake will be so MONSTROUS that EVERY island will flee away (the islands will simply not be there anymore, for they will have fallen flat), and EVERY mountain will not be found (because they will have fallen flat, too).  Revelation 16:18-20.  I’d say that final earthquake will be one which supersedes the strength of the Flood!

THE OLD TESTAMENT ADDS PARALLEL PASSAGES FOR THE MASSIVE EARTHQUAKES THAT WILL OCCUR IN THE COMING TRIBULATION


Isaiah 13:6-10, 13:  The will be earth removed out of her place....

“Howl ye, for the day of the Lord is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.

“Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man’s heart shall melt:

“And they shall be afraid:  pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman that travails:  they shall be amazed at one another; their faces shall be as flames.

“Behold, the day of the Lord comes, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate:  and He shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.

“For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light:  the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine…

“Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the Lord of hosts, and in the day of His fierce anger.”

What will cause the earth to remove out of her place?  I believe this will been shown in TWO aspects:  One, the land, the crust of the earth, will move out of its place, buckling and heaving, cracking, making sinkholes, collapsing, as great earthquakes rend the surface.  Secondly, the earth will remove out of its place by being tilted on its axis, and even by being pushed from its orbit--these things being the result of forces approaching it from the heavens--comets, perturbed planets, asteroids and meteors.


Isaiah 24:1, Isaiah 24:6, Isaiah 24:19-21:  The earth will be turned upside down (a pole shift?), reeling to and fro (tilting upon the axis)....

“Behold, the Lord makes the earth empty, and makes it waste, and turns it upside down, and scatters abroad the inhabitants thereof…

“Therefore has the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate:  therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left…

“The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly.

“The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again.

“And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall punish the host of high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth.”

Gigantic forces will be in play during the day of the Lord, the Tribulation period!  These forces will actually remold the earth's surface, as islands disappear and mountains fall flat.  We cannot envision such upheaval!  Jesus says that THE Tribulation, the Great One will be like nothing else seen before, even worse than the flood of Noah's day, and there will never ever be another time like it.  Matthew 24:21.  Jesus also says that if the days were not shortened, then NO FLESH would remain alive.  That anyone, at all, survives to see the Millennium, will be a miracle and provision of God!  (And somehow, in the midst of all this upheaval, wicked mankind will find a way to continue to wage end time wars!)  We're seeing a horrific time described!!!  Who would want to be in it???  Amos 5:18-20.


Isaiah 28:18 and Isaiah 28:21:   An Overflowing Scourge and God Performing His Strange Work....

“And your covenant with death (Israel) shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then you shall be trodden down by it…

“For the Lord shall rise up as in mount Perazim, and He shall be wroth as in the valley of Gibeon, that He may do His work, His strange work; and bring to pass his act, His strange act.”

I've elaborated upon this passage in another article, concerning the GREAT SIGHTS AND SIGNS FROM HEAVEN.  Suffice it to say, this passage also shows a terrible time of trouble, and references Israel, who bring this trouble upon their heads, too, by agreeing to sign the covenant CONFIRMED by the Antichrist.


Isaiah 34:4 and Isaiah 34:8-9:  The heavens rolled together like a scroll and the land becoming burning pitch.... 

The lord calls unto the nations in this chapter as announces that "the indignation" (the anger and wrath) of the Lord is kindled upon ALL nations, and His fury upon THEIR ARMIES.  God will be the One to deliver them to the slaughter...and what a ghastly slaughter, because rebellious mankind REJECTS the Creator of ALL things!

“And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll:  and all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falls off from the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig tree…

“For it is the day of the Lord’s vengeance, and the year of recompenses for the controversy of Zion.

“And the streams thereof shall be turned into pitch, and the dust thereof into brimstone, and the land thereof shall become burning pitch.”

This passage describes, yet again, SIGNS in the heavens.  The sky will appear to dissolve in a portion of the judgment, and it will roll together as a scroll.  Revelation 6:12-17 is a parallel.  The sky will roll back like a scroll, and the stars (meteors) will fall from heaven (a hot and fiery hail--as it is also described in Exodus 9:18 and Exodus 9:23).

The streams of the earth will be turned into burning pitch, and brimstone.  As the earth cracks open in earthquakes, fire and brimstone can belch forth (as it did in Numbers 16:35 during the rebellion of Korah).  Burning pitch could be an oily conflagration, as what would occur when oil wells are set on fire.  The fire could also be rivers of molten rock that spews from volcanoes.  According to scriptures that give details of the coming Tribulation period, the earth will be in a might flux.  The land convulsing, cracking, spewing fire, oily concoctions and molten rock.


Micah 1:3-4:   mountains will melt, the valleys will be cleft...the ground will melt like wax before the fire....

“For, behold, the Lord comes forth out of His place, and will come down, and tread the high places of the earth,

“And the mountains shall be molten under Him, and the valleys shall be cleft, as wax before the fire, and as the waters that are poured down a steep place.”  

The imagery is MORE than just a poetic reference to God's power.  The descriptions show an earth in upheaval.  Mountains will be volcanic, spewing ash and orangy rivers of lava.  These rivers of molten rock will flow down from the steep places.  The valleys will be cleft...meaning they will split in the paroxysms of earthquakes.  The world will be provide an inhospitable and hostile environment during the period of God's intense judgments.


Psalm 46:6:  Volcanoes...

“The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved:  He uttered His voice, the earth melted.”

How does the earth melt?  Volcanoes are a graphic demonstration of molten rock!


Nahum 1:5-6:  mountains quake, the hills melt, the earth is burned...in the fierceness of God's anger....

“The mountains quake at Him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at His presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein.

“Who can stand before His indignation?  And who can abide in the fierceness of His anger?  His fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by Him.”

Self-explanatory, I'd say.  Again, this will be horrific reality.  It's much more than just metaphoric application!


Haggai 2:6-7:  God shakes heaven and earth....

“For thus saith the lord of hosts; ‘Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land;

“And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come:  and I will fill this house with glory;’ saith the Lord of hosts.”

Huge earthquakes are prophesied to rend the earth.  What we see now are just the BIRTH PANGS, warning us that for worse is on the way.


Amos 5:18-20:  in light of all these things, how can anyone DESIRE to be IN the Tribulation, to be caught in massive and nightmarish devastation?....

“Woe unto you that desire the day of the Lord!  To what end is it for you?  The day of the Lord is darkness, and not light.

“As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him.

“Shall no the day of the Lord be darkness, and not light?  Even very dark, and no brightness in it?”


Zephaniah 1:14-18:  what is the day of the Lord?  It's the time of God's fierce anger and judgment....

“The great day of the Lord is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the Lord:  the mighty men shall cry there bitterly.

“That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness.

“A day of trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers.

“And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the Lord:  and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung.

“Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the Lord’s wrath, but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of His jealousy; for He shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.”

Again, I'll let the scripture speak for itself.  This is one of the more POTENT definitions of the day of the Lord!


Isaiah 2:10-12, 19.  Men hide in rocks....

“Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of His majesty.

“The lofty looks of men shall be humbled and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the Lord alone will be exalted in that day…

“And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for the fear of the Lord, and for the glory of His majesty, when He arises to shake terribly the earth.”

Again, we see a parallel to Revelation 6:12-17!  Even now, we see people who built "doomsday" shelters, planning to ride out the time when all hell will burst forth on the earth, that time the say is when "the s@%* hits the fan.  So also, the rich men and military elite have built UNDERGROUND cities, and for the same purpose, so that they can survive, while billions of people on the earth will die.

[I have not even touched upon Satan, the fallen angels, half-angel/humans (the Nephilim) and hordes of demons that will run rampant during the Tribulation.  For instance, the Antichrist will arise from the bottomless pit--Revelation 17:8.  Plus, Satan and his fallen angels will be cast onto the earth during that HELLISH time--Revelation 12:9.  Hordes of satanic creatures will also be sent upon the earth, as shown in Revelation 9:1-11.  [This is a horrific subject for another article.]

I must burst everyone's bubble, at least those who hope to survive the Tribulation by their own strength and ingenuity.  There is NO WAY to be physically and materially prepared for seven years of horrendous events--the heaven tossing fireballs onto the earth, the earth rending in major cracks, and volcanoes spewing rivers of molten rock.  I could add that wind will be part of the equation, too...as tempests and tornadoes wreak havoc:

Jeremiah 30:23-24--"Behold, the WHIRLWIND [tornado] of the Lord goes forth with fury, a continuing whirlwind:  it shall fall with pain upon the head of the wicked.  The FIERCE ANGER of the Lord shall not return, until He have done it, and until He have performed the intents of His heart:  IN THE LATTER DAYS YOU SHALL CONSIDER IT."

The seas and waves will be turbulent, too, producing massive waves, and even tsunamis, as the earth convulses, tilts on its axis, and reels to and fro like a drunkard.  Luke 21:25 indicates the action of water:

“And there shall be SIGNS in the SUN, and in the MOON, and in the STARS; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth:  for the POWERS OF HEAVEN shall be SHAKEN.”

If there is NO WAY to prepare for seven years of cataclysm by building "doomsday bunkers", then WHAT can be done?

It's so simple that many people stumble over it!  Accept Jesus Christ by faith in the work that He did at the cross to pardon us from sentence of death and separation from God--that came through all of us as SINNERS, who fall so short of God's requirements.  When Jesus died, He declared, "It is FINISHED", meaning the price of our salvation has been PAID IN FULL through the blood Jesus shed FOR US.

We MUST turn to faith in Jesus, because He is the Way, the Truth and the Life, and NO PERSON can come to God, except through Jesus.  John 14:6.

It is as simple as following the instructions of Romans 10:9-10 and Romans 10:13:

"That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved. For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation...For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."


I pray that you heed this message, and that I meet you at the Bema Seat of Jesus Christ, at the Throne of God, in heaven.

Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus, to Rapture Your EKKLESSIA, the called-out assembly, Your Church!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

THE TIME IS NIGH!

It's been well over a year since I've added to my blog (I've been so busy with an online ministry on Facebook).  Recent events prompt me to update my blog.  Yes, Jesus is the coming King--and imminently, to catch up (Rapture) His Ekklessia, the called-out assembly.  Keep looking up, and be blessed.  Sharon


"THE TIME IS NIGH!"

I dreamed last night that I was sharing those words though a loudspeaker, strong and clear. I woke up--and the words just kept flowing through my head. Here's the scripture:

I strongly sense that we're at the very brink of the SUDDEN DESTRUCTION recorded in this passage...

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11--"But of the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, 'Peace and safety'; then SUDDEN DESTRUCTION will come upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and THEY shall not escape.

"But you, brethren, are NOT in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. You are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are NOT of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

"For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.

"But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. For God hath NOT appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.

"Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do."

We have no need to be reminded of the times and seasons. All the SIGNS in the heavens and on earth, all the Bible prophecies IN MOTION to become fulfilled right now, TELL us that the SEASON is upon us.

We've been hearing, over and over, from a plethora of world leaders and rulers, as they work to force a "two-state solution" (to the Palestinian problem) upon Israel. "Peace and security." "Peace and security." We hear these words almost every time we tune into a newscast.

WHEN THEY say "peace and security", "peace and safety", "peace and security" THEN SUDDEN DESTRUCTION will come upon them like a woman in the travail of childbirth. The TRAVAIL in childbirth is the same as what Jesus said in Matthew 24:8--"the beginnings of sorrows", the "start of the birth pangs", the arrival of the "labor pains". We are seeing the LABOR PAINS every day from such a plethora of SIGNS that I'm simply unable to keep up with all of it.

It used to be that I had to wait a full year, or more, to see a BIRTH PANG occur. The Yom Kippur War of 1973 came, and hostilities eased for a while. The following year (1974) a gasoline crisis hit the U.S.--a "fake" oil panic, so that Americans would buy Japanese cars (a goal of the Trilateral Commission). In 1980, Mt. Saint Helens erupted, but we rarely saw volcanoes of such magnitude back then. Now, I've lost track of how many volcanoes erupted this year (2013)--I believe it is around 60 of them!

I noticed the BIRTH PANGS really ramping up in 2010, and each year since, they have increased, and increased. For one thing, the Arab Spring (2011) set in motion the trouble we now witness in the Middle East (fulfilling portions of Psalm 83 and Isaiah 19, for instance). So indeed, we live in a time when "the TRAVAIL of childbirth" SIGNS tell us that we approach THE END.

We are on the very brink, at this moment, of seeing the SUDDEN DESTRUCTION. No one can doubt THAT--as we SEE the nations seethe, the sabers rattle, and the war rhetoric heat beyond the boiling point.

Should the U.S. go in and bomb Syria, that whole volatile region will SUDDENLY EXPLODE (sudden destruction). The ramifications will be that Israel will be drawn into it. They will NEED to to protect their people and nation. Israel will insure the total destruction of Damascus, just like it's recorded in Isaiah 17. They will operate as is described in Ezekiel 37:10--as they will stand upon their feet, "an exceeding GREAT ARMY." THEY WILL PREVAIL BECAUSE GOD INTENDS TO FULLY RESTORE THEM AND TO REDEEM A REMNANT FROM AMONG THEM! They will be one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel...Ezekiel 37:22. The hot war that is brewing--which will fulfill Psalm 83 and portions of Jeremiah 49, also occurs BEFORE the day of the Lord (an Old Testament term which refers to the "time of Jacob's trouble", the seven-year Tribulation). We see this fact emphasized in Obadiah--which dovetails with Psalm 83. Look at Obadiah 15--"For the day of the Lord is NEAR [not yet here] upon all the heathen [the nations participating in Psalm 83]: as you have done [enemy nations], it shall be done unto you: your reward shall return upon your own head." ISRAEL WILL BE VICTORIOUS!

Thus, Bible prophecy describes the SUDDEN DESTRUCTION that we see building in the Middle East right now, in real time.

Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, bought and made clean by the blood of His sacrifice (in which we trust), we will NOT be caught in the SUDDEN DESTRUCTION. 1 Thessalonians 5:3-4.

We are NOT in darkness--and we will NOT be caught in that day. We are the children of light--so therefore let us NOT SLEEP as others do, but let us watch and be sober.

We are promised the Pre-Tribulation Rapture, as described in 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10: God has NOT appointed us to wrath. We are NOT under His judgment; we are instead IN the Lord Jesus! Who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.

Many people fail to see that 1 Thessalonians 5:10 reflects backwards, in context, to what is promised in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. Here's that wonderful promise:

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18--"But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

"For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

"Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

"Wherefore comfort one another with these words."

1 Thessalonians 5:10 says that "whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him."

Those that "sleep" are the ones who died during the Church Age, having their faith solid in Jesus Christ, Who died for them, that they may be present with the Lord forever. Those who "sleep" are the dead in Christ who will be resurrected, and receive new bodies, in the event called the great "catching up", the "harpazo" (Greek) and the "Rapture" (Latin). Whether we wake or sleep, we shall live together WITH Him when He calls the Church up to Himself.

Those who "wake" are those of us who are ALIVE and REMAIN at the time of the great "catching up", the "harpazo" (Greek) and the "Rapture" (Latin). We will be instantly changed, TRANSLATED as Enoch was--so that we will NOT see death but be transformed into new bodies in the twinkling of an eye (1 Corinthians 15:51-52), and we will be taken ALIVE (instantly translated) into the presence of the Lord, like Enoch (Hebrews 11:5).

Can you see that 1 Thessalonians 5:10 is a parallel to 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18? There should be no doubt in our minds about the Pre-Tribulation Rapture of the Church! We will NOT be caught in the midst of SUDDEN DESTRUCTION, and we WILL be called up to Jesus, to meet Him in the air BEFORE that SUDDEN DESTRUCTION occurs. Scripture is CLEAR on this. "Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also you do."--1 Thessalonians 5:11--which parallels 1 Thessalonians 4:18!

The SUDDEN DESTRUCTION that will come will create a situation described in Acts 2:19-20. These verses describe wonders in the heavens and signs in the earth beneath; BLOOD [warfare], and fire, and vapor of smoke [the clouds created by a vast battle] which causes the sun to be turned dark and the moon to shine blood red [as its ambient rays peek through the vapor of smoke].

Scholars have puzzled what the imagery could mean, because at the time of the Church's BIRTH--during which this prophecy was spoken by Peter, there was NO blood, fire and vapors of smoke; NO dark sun or red moon! What was happening? Why this passage?

Gary Stearman offered a powerful analysis several years ago. He states that the first part of the prophecy quoted by Peter (from Joel 2:28-31) spoke of the pouring out of the Holy Spirit, which indeed happened as the Church was born--at the START of the Church Age. The verses showing the blood, fire, vapors of smoke, darkened sun and blood red moon speak about THE END of the Church Age, when a powerful war will break out in the Middle East--just like we are seeing RIGHT NOW.

When the SUDDEN DESTRUCTION arrives, the Church must be Raptured, because we will NOT be caught in it, according to 1 Thessalonians 5:3-4.

The idea, repeated above, parallels another tidbit from the days LIKE Noah and Lot--which Jesus taught in Luke 17:26-30. The days will be proceeding AS USUAL (meaning in the world, it will be "business as usual") right up to the time WHEN the sudden destruction hits. The people will be eating, drinking, marrying, giving in marriage, buying and selling, planting and building, right up until the day that FULL JUDGMENT COMES. Then it will no longer be "days as usual"--trouble will have arrived, and the world will no longer be the same.

The message to the Church is NOT that we will be in "survival mode" when the Rapture occurs. To be in "survival mode" would mean that the days are no longer as usual--instead a vast change will have come upon the earth. The Church is told that we will NOT be caught in the SUDDEN DESTRUCTION. [I know I'm repeating myself, but I want these concepts to be clear and certain.]

The SUDDEN DESTRUCTION that is soon to befall the Middle East will have wide-spread ramifications across the world. Economies will collapse. Societies will plunge into rioting (remember what happened in Greece, and elsewhere, when their financial status imploded). The world will be stunned by the violence and the wickedness that will suddenly sweep across the continents. [I now describe a scene that will unfold AFTER the Restrainer is removed, after the Church is Raptured, and UNRESTRAINED wickedness surges across the nations.]

A cry will be raised for a man to come and straighten out the incredible mess. Guess who will step into the void? The one known as the Antichrist! He will acknowledge Israel, after their resounding victory, and will seek to have peace between the Jews and those who remain of Islam. The covenant will be confirmed that STARTS the seven-year Tribulation (as recorded in Daniel 9:27).

The Gog/Magog War (Ezekiel 38 and 39) will also come into play as the wickedness descends. This war will either follow upon the heels of Isaiah 17, Psalm 83 and Obadiah--just PRIOR to the Tribulation... OR it may occur at the opening of the second seal (the red horse of war), just AFTER the Antichrist enters the scene and causes a "peace agreement" with Israel. In any case, these events WILL BE fulfilled by God IN HIS TIMING. [We yet peer through that glass darkly (1 Corinthians 13:12), not knowing all things. But when Jesus appears, we will know...for we shall see Him as He is (1 John 3:2-3).]

Am I saying, as I write this, that our Rapture can occur (maybe even this week)??? I DO NOT KNOW!

All I know is that we ARE SEEING events unfolding with lightning speed right now. We do not know the day or the hour of our Rapture, but it WILL occur INSTANTANEOUSLY. The Rapture has always been described as being IMMINENT! At this point in time, the Rapture is MORE IMMINENT than ever.

Will we see the closing days of 2013? I DO NOT KNOW!

If events cool off, and the Rapture does NOT come right away, we always must realize that the IMMINENCE remains.

Keep looking up, for indeed our redemption is VERY NIGH. Luke 21:28