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!

3 comments:

  1. Thank you Sharon, I have shared on FB, to my family and friends, I live in NZ and study the tectonic plates because I am a gemcutter my web:www.nzrubyrock.com
    God loves you and so do I.
    Gerry Commandeur.

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  2. I make peace and create evil. I the Lord do all these things.
    - Isaiah 45:7

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