Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Five months

In 2010 I posted about how I thought God was using earthquakes at Christchurch, New Zealand as a way to communicate to His Bride the church what was about to happen. On September 4, 2010, Christchurch was hit by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake, but suffered little damage and no casualties. Now FIVE MONTHS later, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake has devastated the city with hundreds of casualties because the epicenter of the quake was closer to the city. [The return of King Jesus for His Bride is coming closer, but more Christians will die before He arrives.]

If my Biblical interpretations are correct, prior to March 26, 2011 the first four trumpets and vials will come upon the earth from space (possibly combined with volcanoes erupting). Vials 1-4 which fall on Babylon/Islam will be in tandem with trumpets 1-4 which fall on the world, and occur close in timing. First trump is “hail and fire mingled with blood” (meteorite shower). Second trump is “a great mountain burning with fire cast into the sea” (meteor/asteroid strike): 1/3 sea became blood, 1/3 sea creatures died, and 1/3 of the ships were destroyed. At the third trump a great star named Wormwood falls on 1/3 of the rivers, fountains and waters; and people die from the bitter waters (sulfuric acid rain). At the fourth trump 1/3 of daylight and nightlight is darkened (from the debris cloud).
On February 10th the earth had an asteroid near-miss.

"And there came out of the smoke locusts on the earth: and to them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he strikes a man. . . . And they had tails like to scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months." (Rev. 9:3-10)

From Scriptural clues, I think Osama bin Laden is the "king" over these "locusts". Muslims are calling for an Islamic Caliphate in the Middle East which they hope will spread to encompass the world. Those Muslims who will not submit their country to this new caliphate will experience the "torture" of Al-Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood, and other jihadist groups. The country likely to hold out the longest is Saudi Arabia who has a protest scheduled for March 20th. If bin Laden is yet again unsuccessful at setting their oil fields ablaze, maybe Iran will decide to test a nuclear missile strike against Mecca.

But on March 26, 2011 I expect FIVE MONTHS of organized Al-Qaida attacks, primarily against the “whore” (Wahhabis) and other 'wayward' Muslims, in order to organize them as one caliphate and to purify them for their attack against Israel in which UN nations will join. I expect Armegeddon to begin August 23, 2011 and last for one year, one month, and one day; with Jesus Christ returning on September 16, 2012 at midnight on Rosh Hashannah, the "great and very terrible" "day of the LORD".

I don't know if their Mahdi (12th imam) will declare himself before or after the FIVE MONTHS to lead the new caliphate, but I still think it will most likely be Muqtada al-Sadr, the leader of Iraq's Mahdi army.

It's interesting that on May 8th, the King James Bible will celebrate its 400th anniversary. People have had access to the Word of God for 400 years, yet the hatred toward the Bible and those who believe in it is growing. Four people were just murdered by Somali pirates for distributing Bibles.

"And he said to Abram, Know of a surety that your seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not their's, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance. And you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried in a good old age. But in the fourth generation they shall come here again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full." (Genesis 15:13-16)

"And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up." (Daniel 8:23)

Maybe the Mahdi will make his announcement after May 8th.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Riots and Debt according to Habakkuk

Habakkuk once warned Israel of impending violence from the Chaldeans (Babylonians of the Euphrates), because the Israelites had committed violence which had gone unpunished.
“. . . for wasting and violent acts are before me: and there is fighting and bitter argument. For this reason the law is feeble and decisions are not effected: for the upright man is circled round by evil-doers; because of which right is twisted.” Habakkuk 1:3b-4 (Bible in Basic English-BBE)

The Chaldean “makes little of kings, rulers are a sport to him; all the strong places are to be laughed at; for he makes earthworks and takes them. . . . and there is no end to his destruction [slaughter] of the nations.” (Hab. 1:10+17b BBE) The Babylonians would lay siege to walled cities and starve them out. Those in the Middle East now are making little of their rulers through mob protest and riots.

And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence [hormema] shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.” (Rev. 18:21 AKJV)

Hormema” is only used this once in Scripture. It means a rush, as in “they rushed with one accord into the theater” (Acts 19:29c). It means an assault or a mob causing a riot. It looks as though the entire ancient Babylonian empire will be brought down through riots. Then Osama bin Laden and his mujahadeen, empowered by the pit of hell (Rev. 9), will take five months beginning March 26th to organize through violence the last Islamic caliphate known as “the beast” (Rev. 13).
And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain on tables, that he may run [rush] that reads it.” (Hab. 2:2)
And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that you be not partakers of her sins, and that you receive not of her plagues.” (Rev. 18:4)

Though many Christians have voluntarily left the Muslim Middle Eastern countries, or have been driven out. God is making His final call to those believers remaining to hurry up and leave because His plagues are about to be poured out.
For “that wicked” “man of pride”, who is weighed down by debt, is gathering the nations to himself. What did you think all of that bowing to Muslim and fascist leaders was all about? His creditors will suddenly turn on him. The great city of Babylon (Mecca-Jeddeh, Saudi Arabia) will fall, and the nations will gather for war against Israel at Armageddon.
A curse on the cruel and false one! the man full of pride, who never has enough; who makes his desires wide as the underworld! he is like death; he is never full, but he makes all nations come to him, getting all peoples together to himself. Will not all these take up a word of shame against him and a bitter saying against him, and say, A curse on him who goes on taking what is not his and is weighted down with the property of debtors! Will not your creditors suddenly be moved against you, and your troublers get up from their sleep, and you will be to them like goods taken in war? Because you have taken their goods from great nations, all the rest of the peoples will take your goods from you; because of men's blood and violent acts against the land and the town and all who are living in it.” (Hab. 2:5-8)

And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.” (Rev. 14:8)
For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.” (Rev. 16:14)

The war will last for one year, one month, one day, and one hour (Rev. 9:15) until midnight of Rosh Hashannah in 2012, and then the glory of Jesus returning to earth with flashes of lightning and great earthquakes will end the battle as He crushes the nations to save Israel.
He was shining like the light; he had rays coming out from his hand: there his power was kept secret. Before him went disease, and flames went out at his feet. From his high place he sent shaking on the earth; he saw and nations were suddenly moved: and the eternal mountains were broken, the unchanging hills were bent down; his ways are eternal. . . . You went stepping through the land in wrath, crushing the nations in your passion. You went out for the salvation of your people, for the salvation of the one on whom your holy oil was put; wounding the head of the family of the evil-doer, uncovering the base even to the neck. Selah." (Hab. 3:4-13)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Seven Thunders

“And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was on his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire: And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot on the sea, and his left foot on the earth, And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roars: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices. And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not. . . . [the angel swore] that there should be time no longer: But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he has declared to his servants the prophets.” (Revelation 10:1-7 edited)

The word “finished” (teleo) is the same word which Jesus cried from the cross (John 19:30) which caused the veil of separation to the most holy place to be rent and caused an earthquake which opened graves for the first fruits of the resurrected saints (Mat. 27:50-53). It is a completion and fulfillment, but it will also be the beginning (genomai, which can also mean married) of Christ's millennial reign.

“And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done [genomai]. And there were voices, and thunders, and lightning; and there was a great earthquake” (Rev. 16:17-18)
“And when he had opened the seventh seal . . . there were voices, and thunder, and lightning, and an earthquake.” (Revelation 8:1)

The seven thunders precede the final trump of God which ends the age of grace and begins the Day of the LORD. In conjunction with the seventh vial and seventh seal is the seventh trumpet:
“And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. . . . and lightning, and voices, and thunder, and an earthquake, and great hail” (Revelation 11:15, 19).

“And the LORD shall be seen over them, and his arrow shall go forth as the lightning: and the LORD God shall blow the trumpet.” (Zechariah 9:14)
“And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunder, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigns. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife has made herself ready.” (Revelation 19:6-7)
It appears that before, during, and after the seventh trumpet there are voices and lightning and thunder which declare aspects of this very tumultuous time. The seven thunders start with a lion's roar.

“Therefore prophesy you against them all these words, and say to them, The LORD shall roar from on high, and utter his voice from his holy habitation; he shall mightily roar on his habitation; he shall give a shout, as they that tread the grapes, against all the inhabitants of the earth. A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth; for the LORD has a controversy with the nations, he will plead with all flesh; he will give them that are wicked to the sword, said the LORD. Thus said the LORD of hosts, Behold, evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth. And the slain of the LORD shall be at that day from one end of the earth even to the other end of the earth: they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung on the ground." (Jeremiah 25:30-33)

According to Steve Moyise in his book The Old Testament in the Book of Revelation, "Revelation contains more Old Testament allusions than any other New Testament book, but it does not record a single quotation." John, the apostle, alluded to imagery of the major and minor prophets and the Psalms. Could it be that God told John not to write about the seven thunders because it was already written down in the Old Testament?

David wrote a psalm which described “the voice of the LORD” seven times. He wrote this psalm after three years of drought and famine (2 Samuel 21:1) caused by Saul's slaughter of the Gibeonites with whom Israel (through Joshua) had a treaty. When David rectified the situation, the storm clouds came with thunder and lightning and much needed rain, and he began to praise the LORD (who is YHWH when in all caps).

Psalm 29
1Give to the LORD, O you mighty, give to the LORD glory and strength.
2Give to the LORD the glory due to his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.
3The voice of the LORD is on the waters: the God of glory thunders: the LORD is on many waters.
4The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty.
5The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars; yes, the LORD breaks the cedars of Lebanon.
6He makes them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion [Mt. Hermon] like a young unicorn [wild ox].
7The voice of the LORD divides the flames of fire.
8The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness; the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh [sanctuary]
9The voice of the LORD makes the hinds to calve, and discovers [strips] the forests: and in his temple does every one speak of his glory.
10The LORD sits on the flood; yes, the LORD sits King for ever.
11The LORD will give strength to his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace.

#1 The voice of the LORD was upon the rain as His glory thundered.
#2 The voice of the LORD is powerful, firm and strong.
#3 The voice of the LORD is magnificent, beautiful, excellent, glorious, honourable, majestic.
#4 The voice of the LORD as lightning breaks tall cedars and makes mighty mountains shake.
#5 The voice of the LORD is lightning.
#6 The voice of the LORD shakes the plains and its sanctuaries.
#7 The voice of the LORD causes animals to give birth and strips foliage from the trees.

It seems to me that the seven thunders are full of “natural” devastation to the earth through various storms and earthquakes which might cause people to remember them as “acts of God” so that they repent before the Lion of Judah returns.

THUNDER in order of appearance in Hebrew Bible

1st Exodus 9:23-34 the plague of THUNDER, hail, and fire upon the Egyptians, but not upon the children of Israel in Goshen, so “that you may know that the earth is the LORD's” (v29).

2nd Exodus 19:16-20:18 when the LORD through THUNDERS, lightning and earthquake descended upon Mt. Sinai and declared His ten commandments.

3rd 1 Samuel 2:1-10 when Hannah prophesied upon releasing her miracle son into priestly service, “The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces; out of heaven shall he THUNDER on them: the LORD shall judge the ends of the earth; and he shall give strength to his king, and exalt the horn of his anointed.” (v10)

4th 1 Samuel 7:10 when the ark of the covenant had been captured by the Philistines and then returned. The people repented and returned to the LORD and asked Samuel to pray and ask God to save them from the Philistines. God “THUNDERED” on them, confusing the Philistines so Israel could smite them. Samuel created a stone Ebenezer (LORD helped us), and the Philistines stayed away until Samuel died.

5th 1 Samuel 12:17-18 when God sent THUNDER and rain to destroy crops to show the wickedness of Israel asking for a king, since the LORD was their King.

6th 2 Samuel 22:14-15 “The LORD THUNDERED from heaven, and the most High uttered his voice. And he sent out arrows, and scattered them; lightning, and discomfited them.” This is akin to David's psalm 18 of victory over enemies.

7th Isaiah 29:6-7 “You shall be visited of the LORD of hosts with THUNDER, and with earthquake, and great noise, with storm and tempest, and the flame of devouring fire. And the multitude of all the nations that fight against Ariel [city of David, Jerusalem], even all that fight against her and her fortification, and that distress her, shall be as a dream of a night vision.”

From this list it would seem that (1st) plagues of judgment upon the idolators precede the (2nd) LORD's descent to (3rd) judge the earth and (4th) help Israel by confusing their enemies so (5th) Israel will recognize the LORD as their King who (6th) gives them victory over their enemies and (7th) devours their enemies with fire, making them disappear.