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.

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  1. I'm adding this to my blog, because at the time I published it, I was not aware of this information. (I'd heard from another source that computer programs showed a day missing as the result of Joshua's long day.) The following information says otherwise. God corrected the imbalance, and here's how He did it:

    In Joshua 10, Israel was attacked by 5 Kings who were trying to destroy the Jewish people as they were leaving the bondage of Egypt and making their way to the Promised Land. Joshua and Israel were winning the fight but they needed more daylight to defeat their enemies. Joshua spoke directly to the sun. (I love this! and think of the immense faith this took!) Joshua spoke directly to the sun and he told the SUN to stand still....and the Sun obeyed. (If you have never heard this story, feel free to look it up, Joshua Chapter 10). The Sun stood still until the people of Israel had won the battle...God has "total control" over the sun and moon. They both stopped (sun and moon) till Israel won the battle.

    Here's another example: Hezekiah was visited by Isaiah on his deathbed. Isaiah told Hezekiah that he was going to die, but Hezekiah wasn't ready to go. So he turned his face to the wall and prayed, reminding God of how faithfully he had served HIM. And God honored Hezekiah request. Isaiah told Hezekiah that his life would be lengthened by 15 years.

    Hezekiah asked Isaiah what sign God would send to let him know that which he had spoken was true. He asked if the sun should go forward 10 degree or backward 10 degrees. Hezekiah said, it would be easy for the sun to go down: the sun sets everyday. So he requested that the shadow of the sun go backwards 10 degrees. This again is "total control". So Isaiah cried out to the Lord and the Sun reversed its tracks. (This story is found in 2 Kings, Chapter 20).

    The amount of time that Joshua required for battle and the amount of time Hezekiah requested to reverse the sun were exactly the same. God balanced the clock. That's Control!

    JUST SOMETHING MORE TO CONSIDER! God is AWESOME!

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