Attitude Biblical Prophecy

IF?  HOW?  WHEN?  Those are the Questions?  Part 1-3

          PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 239

September 2, 2005    www.TribulationPeriod.com

IF?  HOW?  WHEN?  Those are the Questions?  Part 1

What is Your Attitude Concerning Biblical Prophecy?

Is the Bible Inspired?  Determines Prophetic Viewpoint!

The attitude that men and women hold worldwide is at least strongly influenced by whether or not they believe the Bible is the inspired Word of the living God, who sent Christ to earth as his only begotten Son.  To those who believe it is, the question is never IF a prophesied event will occur, but rather HOW and WHEN it will occur.  It is the HOW and WHEN that causes believers to disagree, not IF an event will occur.  To believers IT will happen, but HOW and WHEN is open to a wide variance of interpretation, opinion, and speculation.  In Luke 21:5,6 Jesus spoke these prophetic words to his first New Testament Church.

Luke 21:5,6 – And as some spake of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts, he said, [6] As for these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

Some 40 years later his prophetic words were fulfilled as recorded in the first part of Luke 21:24, when Titus overran the Temple Mount in 70 AD.  (See Prophecy Archive Update Whole Numbers 106 to 111)

Luke 21:24 – And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

I believe the second half of Jesus’ prophetic utterance was fulfilled in 1967 when Israel, for the first time in almost 1900 years recovered the ancient Temple Mount from non-Jews.  (See Archive Prophecy Updates 121A, 126A, & 126C)

Jesus also told what would happen on this earth before his Second Advent.  Is the Bible inspired?  Will it really happen?  To the believer it is not a question of IF, but rather HOW and When!  Do you believe the following is really going to happen?

Luke 21:25,26 – 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; [26] 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. (See Archive Prophecy Updates

So the question in my mind is not IF it will happen, but HOW and WHEN?  And, in all cases, the only way to be prepared for it is to do what Jesus said in Luke 21:33-35.  And as you read it, please remember that the only ones present to hear it were the members of the first New Testament church.  Church members today would be wise to heed his words that “shall not pass away.”

Luke 21:33-35 – Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.  [34] And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. [35] For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.

Are you a believer?  Then the following Scriptures are not IF they will be fulfilled, but HOW and WHEN the events will come to pass.

Isaiah 29:6 – Thou shalt 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.

Matthew 24:21,22 – For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. [22] And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.

The question in a believer’s mind is not IF these events will occur, but HOW and WHEN they will occur.  The massive movement of the world’s tectonic plates, which begins on the opening of the sixth seal, and ends after the pouring of the seventh vial, I am certain is HOW the Lord will fulfill the following two Scriptures.  (Please see Archive Prophecy Update 180B)

Revelation 6:12 – And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;

Revelation 16:17,18 – 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. [18] And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.

I have been describing the HOW I believe God, who made the earth, will use it to fulfill his own prophecies.  (See Archive Prophecy Update 180B)

God settled the issue of IF they will occur in my heart by his Spirit some 61 years ago.  And I am convinced it was by his Spirit the issue of HOW was settled some 30 years ago.  If you want to accuse me of having a closed mind on the IF and HOW, feel free to go do, because I am guilty.

But what about the WHEN – I certainly DO NOT have a closed mind on that subject!  I have an OPINION on the subject, but cannot be certain if I am correct on the timing until the following actually begins.

Luke 21:25,26 – 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; [26] 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.

I firmly believe that his event will begin on the opening of the sixth seal.

Revelation 6:12-15 – And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; [13] And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. [14] And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. [15] And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; (See Prophecy Archive Updates

So WHEN will the world leaders attain to the attitude they no longer want any public acknowledge of God?  Is that happening today?  What do you think?  How many world leaders pay any attention to God’s desires rather than their own personal interest?  They are either at, or rapidly approaching, the level when God will say that is enough, and that IS WHEN the last three and one half years of the tribulation period will begin.

Psalm 2:1-6 – Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? [2] The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, [3] Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. [4] He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. [5] Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. [6] Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.

Zechariah 14:9 – And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one.

I assure you that Zechariah 14:9 is not in the far distant future, and that the events in the verses preceding it are much closer than many believers realize.

Zecharich 13:8 to 14:9 – And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. [9] And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God. (1) Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. [2] 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. [3] Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.  [4] And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. [5] And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the Lord my God shall come, and all the saints with thee. [6] And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark: [7] But it shall be one day which shall be known to the Lord, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light. [8] And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be. [9] And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one.

Psalm 2:6-12 – Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. [7] I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. [8] Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. [9] Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. [10] Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. [11] Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. [12] Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

John 5:40,41 – And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. [41] I receive not honour from men.

PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 240

September 9, 2005

IF?  HOW?  WHEN?  Those are the Questions?  Part 2

Matthew 24:35 – Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

Isaiah 55:11 – So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

What is Your Attitude Concerning Biblical Prophecy?

Is the Bible Inspired?  It Determines Prophetic Viewpoint!

The attitude that men and women hold worldwide is at least strongly influenced by whether or not they believe the Bible is the inspired Word of the living God, who sent Christ to earth as his only begotten Son.  To those who believe it is, the question is never IF a prophesied event will occur, but rather HOW and WHEN it will occur.  It is the HOW and WHEN that causes believers to disagree, not IF an event will occur.  To believers IT will happen, but HOW and WHEN is open to a wide variance of interpretation, opinion, and speculation.  In Luke 17:26-29 Jesus spoke these prophetic words to his first New Testament Church.  Do you believe them?

Luke 17:26-29 – And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. [27] They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until THE DAY that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. [28] Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; [29] But THE SAME DAY that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.

Do you believe the word of God?  Do you really believe it is inspired?  If you do, you will believe Luke 21:26-29.  And, quite simply, if you don’t, you won’t?  It has been almost two thousand years since these Jesus uttered the words you just read, and it has not yet happened.  Does that mean it will never happen?  The following verse did keep me on the lecture trail for some 30 years.  It has helped me stand against adversity and criticism since I received my call into the ministry of the Word.

Isaiah 55:11 – So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

I have lectured in more than 800 MB churches, some 21 seminaries, colleges and universities, and many public schools.  This activity, along with the three books I have written, has been sprinkled around the globe.  I never really expected it to be accepted, but Isaiah 55:11 has kept me going.  No, it isn’t my time for a pity party, and please don’t send me any.  I was in my forties when all this began in the seventies, and I knew full well exactly what I was getting into before I started this race.  I knew it would cost me friends in the ministry and, at times, criticism and ridicule, but I have always been willing to wait for the judgment seat of Christ to sort all that out.  I also knew it would cause me problems in the circle of my immediate family and relatives, and indeed it has, but I cannot say I was not warned.  It has caused me great sadness to see some of my own relations fail to realize that God’s judgment has, is, and will soon come upon this earth.  And, when his judgment begins in earnest it will be worldwide, and its scope and intensity will be beyond imagination.  My choice has caused me to decide between which I love the MOST, my relationships or God.

Matthew 10:34-38 – Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. [35] For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. [36] And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. [37] He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. [38] And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.

Isaiah 55:11 – So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

I never really expected very many people to believe what I have written and taught for some 31 years, not even those of my own kin, but if a man is convinced he is doing what God meant for him to do with the life lived by his saved soul, and fails to do so, he has lost that life he could have lived for Christ.  In spite of what the last 31 years have cost me, it has certainly been more than worth it all.

Matthew 10:39 – He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

What was it like in the days when man reached a state of such unbelievable degradation that God deemed it necessary to destroy mankind, and start a new world?

Genesis 6:5-8 – And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. [6] And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. [7] And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. [8] But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.

God used his own creation to flood the earth and the first places to be submerged under water were the low lying coastal cities of the world.  Only God’s grace is going to spare those when he begins his full blown time of judgment on it.  How would you describe the world of today?  Would you say the following description of mankind’s condition just before the flood matched how it is today?

Genesis 6:12,13 – And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. [13] And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I WILL DESTROY THEM WITH THE EARTH.

Did mankind believe God’s message of warning he had Noah preach to them?

II Peter 2:5 – And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;

Romans 4:3 – For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.

Could God find ten righteous men in Sodom that would heed his warning of judgment?

Does mankind believe God’s warning of his judgment on the earth, or are they just so caught up in their every day lives that they are making no effort to worship God in Spirit and in truth?   Will both the saved and the lost be suddenly caught in a snare, because they are sure that all this is in the distant future?  Was it like that before the flood and Sodom and Gomorrah?  Were the people worshipping God in Spirit and in truth, or were they just going about in their routine lifestyles with no thought of God’s will for their lives?  Was it just a typical day in their everyday life that suddenly found them in a state of shock and terror?

Luke 17:26-29 – And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. [27] They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, UNTIL the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood CAME, and destroyed them all. [28] Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; [29] But the SAME DAY that Lot went out of Sodom IT rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.

Will God’s judgment upon mankind, when it actually begins, be as sudden and abrupt as it was in the days of Noah and Lot?  I have long taught that the earthquake, found in Revelation 6:12, which is the first earthquake in the book, marks the beginning of God’s worldwide judgment upon mankind in a degree never experienced.

Revelation 6:12-15 – And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; [13] And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. [14] And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. [15] And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;

All the coastal cities of the world were the first to be submerged by the flood of Noah’s day, and the coastal cities of Sodom and Gomorrah sank beneath the waters of the Dead Sea after their fire and brimstone episode.

The horrendous destruction that resulted from tectonic plate activity in Sumatra in 2004, and now by Katrina, produced a tremendous impact on the world. But how long will the terrifying picture cause mankind to even consider that events like this are going to be affecting the entire world by the hundreds for some three and one-half years in the tribulation period.  Most men and women do not believe the prophecies of the Bible, and many of those who do, dismiss it by blocking it out as something that will happen, but not in their lifetimes. They will not make time to worship God while they still have physical life.

I thank God for the survivors of the Sumatra and Gulf Coast disasters and for the efforts at all levels that are being made to provide help to them.  I would ask you to please bear something in mind as we join together in an effort to meet their need.  There were only eight persons that survived God’s judgment on the earth during the days of Noah, and only three that survived Sodom and Gomorrah.  There will be no massive relief efforts to help the survivors of the tribulation period.  Yes, most assuredly, I am concerned about helping the survivors of the Gulf Coast disaster, but I am also concerned that millions of men and women will perish without Christ during the sudden onslaught of the tribulation period.

So, what effect do I believe this Update will have on the souls of the world’s six billion plus population?  Very little!  But if I preached or taught God’s word for the results to be immediate, I would have ceased to do so long ago.  The Gulf Coast disaster will remain in the public’s mind for some time.  After all the immediate actions to provide relief have finished, and all the praise has been heaped on those who provided it, then the real problems will surface.  The joy of relief will eventually be turned into finger pointing as to who should have done what, where, when, and why?  Sides will be taken pro and con?  Preachers will be accusing one another of what they should have done and did not, and debating if this disaster was from God.  PLEASE LEAVE ME OUT OF ALL THIS ACCUSING WHO SHOULD HAVE DONE WHAT, OR DEBATING WHETHER SUMATRA AND THE GULF COAST WERE GOD’S JUDGMENTS!  I believe we should help the survivors now!  And while we are helping them, we should remind one another there is coming a time when God alone will be the only help during the tribulation period.

The problem of peoples evacuated out of New Orleans is going to remind us for some time, because it will stir up even more controversy between mindsets of divergent opinion among the many facets of society.  The real push and shove, active grumbling and complaining, and general consternation, will come when those evacuated begin to be merged into the societies where they have been temporarily quartered.  I intend to financially help the evacuees, and to warn those who make up the rest of the world’s population that a much greater series of disasters is looming in the future of this generation.  But as to what you intend to do, that is not my business, it is yours!

Every time there is a disaster there are several different viewpoints that ripple through the American mindset.

(1) How could God allow this to happen?

(2) There is no God, because if there were he would never have allowed this to happen.

(3) God did this because of all the evil that was occurring in the area the disaster occurred.

(4) This is a judgment by God on all mankind in general.

(5) How dare you say there was evil where the disaster occurred?

There are many other variations of the five viewpoints just expressed, and some that are quite different.  Please allow me to express mine.  I try not to have a viewpoint about individual disasters!  Why?  It only causes controversy and hatred between the groups that hold differing viewpoints, but I am concerned about a future judgment that is coming on all mankind of an unbelievable magnitude, which the Bible presents in graphic detail.  When it occurs there will be very little room for the expression or debate of individual viewpoints.  It will be by God and should settle two questions, “Is there a God?,” and “Is this his personal judgment on the evil of mankind?”  I am concerned about six billion plus humans on this earth, the vast majority of which do not believe the warnings of God in his word concerning this coming worldwide horrific outbreak of disasters that will go on for three and one-half years.  The only reason I use individual disasters, such as the Sumatra and Gulf Coast Disasters, is to remind mankind that events like them will be occurring across the earth by the hundreds during the tribulation period and, if you don’t have your faith in Christ to save you from damnation in hell, then you need to do so, because the odds of your dying in the tribulation period are almost a sure bet.  And, if you do know Christ as your savior, then you need to start worshipping him in Spirit and in truth.  I am convinced that whatever you intend to do, you had better do it soon.  Please consider the following Scriptures.

Acts 20:21 – Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

John 5:40 – And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.

Matthew 11:28-30 – Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. [29] Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. [30] For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

John 4:23,24 – But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. [24] God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

Acts 2:41,42 – Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. [42] And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 241

September 15, 2005

IF?  HOW?  WHEN?  Those are the Questions?  Part 3

Luke 21:35 – For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.

I am very much afraid that this Scripture is going to be fulfilled in the not too distant future for both believers and unbelievers – unbelievers because they don’t accept Jesus as the coming Messiah, and for believers because many of them believe the rapture theories that came out of the great evangelical movement after 1740.  Believers also hold to the very popular teaching that antichrist will arise in the northern half of what was once the great Roman Empire, and they are waiting to see him come on the scene in the European Union.  Additionally, most reject the pre-1740 teaching that the three “he’s” in Daniel 9:27 refer to Christ, and not the antichrist, and think it ridiculous to believe that the prophecies of Daniel, Ezekiel, Revelation, etc. may all be fulfilled in the area of the known world when they were written, and not in the entire earth as we know it today.  In the first edition of my first book, “Tectonic Chaos,” I began to warn those who would listen of the tectonic chaos the Bible said would come on this earth.  Also, in the same edition, which I wrote in 1975, on page 78, I warned of the antichrist coming out of Syria, and that the 10 horns in Daniel and Revelation, plus the 10 toes of Daniel, were Arab nations.  Please consider the following quote from 1975, which seemed insane to many at that time, but the possibility of it being correct doesn’t seem too farfetched today.

QUOTE – FIRST EDITION “TECTONIC CHAOS”

“Revelation 13:1 – And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

The seven heads of the beast in Revelation 13:1 represent six great world governments of the past in which Satan has been actively involved.  The seventh government is rising at the present time around Israel, and will produce the antichrist.  Prior to God separating from his wife, the nation of Israel, six great world governments utilized the power of Satan to affect her.  These six great world empires that existed before, and at, the time of the cross are, in chronological order, are (1) The Egyptian, (2) The Assyrian, (3) The Babylonian,  (4) The Medo-Persian, (5) The Grecian, and (6) the Roman.

The seventh kingdom (head) will incorporate all the cunning and skill in the arts and sciences that have been handed down from the six previous empires.  Man has come a long way since the days of the cruel Egyptian Pharaoh of the Exodus, but all that modern man has learned is based on the root contributions of these six empires – and soon all the knowledge and expertise of sinful mankind will be centered in the seventh kingdom.

The ten horns of Revelation 13:1 are ten Arab nations that will form the nucleus of the seventh kingdom, and the ten crowns are the kings that will rule them.  For years we have pictured the typical Arab as a scrawny little fellow on a camel in the desert with a comic smile on his face.  This viewpoint is quickly changing.  Oil is slowly replacing the dollar in international importance – and soon ten Arab nations will have gained economic control of much of the earth’s wealth.”

END QUOTE FROM 1975 “TECTONIC CHAOS”

What is Your Attitude Concerning Biblical Prophecy? Is the Bible Inspired?  It Determines Your Prophetic Viewpoint!

The attitude that men and women hold worldwide is at least strongly influenced by whether or not they believe the Bible is the inspired Word of the living God, who sent Christ to earth as his only begotten Son.  To those who believe it is, the question is never IF a prophesied event will occur, but rather HOW and WHEN it will occur.  It is the HOW and WHEN that causes believers to disagree, not IF an event will occur.  To believers IT will happen, but HOW and WHEN is open to a wide variance of interpretation, opinion, and speculation.  In Luke 21:5,6 Jesus spoke these prophetic words to his first New Testament Church.

Luke 21:5,6 – And as some spake of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts, he said, [6] As for these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

Some 40 years later his prophetic words were fulfilled as recorded in the first part of Luke 21:24, when Titus overran the Temple Mount in 70 AD.  (See Prophecy Archive Update 111)

Luke 21:24 – And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

I believe the second half of Jesus’ prophetic utterance was fulfilled in 1967 when Israel, for the first time in almost 1900 years recovered the ancient Temple Mount from non-Jews.  (See Archive Prophecy Update 112)

But what about the following prediction by the Spirit of Christ, concerning the state of Israel’s final generation, when once again they will be overrun before the fullness of the Gentile Age comes in some three and a half years later.

Romans 11:25 – For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

I Thessalonians 5:3,4 – For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. [4] But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

I believe HOW this prophecy will be fulfilled is coming into view in Israel and across the Middle East at the present time.  When the disengagement process is over, the security barrier is finished, and the terror groups confined inside it then, for the first time since Titus and his army leveled the Temple Mount in 70 AD, Israel will begin to believe and say, “Now we finally have peace and safety.” (See Prophecy Update 12)

So, WHEN they come to this mindset as a people, then sudden destruction will come upon them from the north in the person of 10 Arab nations led by the antichrist.  It will be a lightning surprise Jihad, and will bring sudden destruction to some two-thirds of the Israeli population.  Israel will be driven into the Negev Wilderness south of Beersheba, where she will remain for three and one half years.

So WHEN will this attack occur?  I can only give an opinion as to the calendar year of occurrence.  And in order to put it in a way that may at least be of some use, I believe it could occur as early as 2007.

WHEN it occurs, the following prophecies will begin to be fulfilled quite rapidly concerning the antichrist and the attack.

Daniel 11:41 – He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon. (See Archive Prophecy Update 46)

Zechariah 13:8 – And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.  (See Archive Prophecy Update 7)

Revelation 12:6 – And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.  (See Archive Birth Pang 43)

HOW will the last 1260 days of the tribulation end?

Daniel 11:45 to 12:1 –And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.  [1] And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.  (See Archive Prophecy Update 52)

Luke 21:11,28 – And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.  [28] And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

IF?  HOW?  WHEN?  Those are the Questions?  Part 4-5

PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 242

September 24, 2005

IF?  HOW?  WHEN?  Those are the Questions?  Part 4

Tribulation Begins – Sudden, Suddenly, In One Day!

The current outbreak of hurricane activity along the southern coastal sections of the United States, when considered individually, does not fit the description of “Sudden, Suddenly, In One Day!”  They form, and usually long lead times of warning are given to the sections of the coast that could be affected.  When the tribulation period begins it will be “Sudden, Suddenly, In One Day,” and the communications systems that allow us to be so well informed will be so severely affected by volcanic eruptions and earthquakes, that warnings of shore arrivals will be little to nil after a few days into the tribulation period.  They will come on the earth in many cities near the thousands of miles of interlinking fault lines stretched across the earth.  The damage of surface equipment we use in communications, and the distortion of atmospheric transmission by volcanic pyroclastics, will make early warning of the great number of tribulation period hurricanes chaotic at best.  The cities of the earth, near the boundaries of the tectonic plates, are going to experience day by day what suddenly happened to Sodom and Gomorrah in one hour on a certain day.

Luke 17:29,30 – But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. [30] EVEN THUS SHALL IT BE in the day when the Son of man is revealed.

The attitude that men and women hold worldwide is at least strongly influenced by whether or not they believe the Bible is the inspired Word of the living God, who sent Christ to earth as his only begotten Son.  To those who believe it is, the question is never IF a prophesied event will occur, but rather HOW and WHEN it will occur.  It is the HOW and WHEN that causes believers to disagree, not IF an event will occur.  To believers IT will happen, but HOW and WHEN is open to a wide variance of interpretation, opinion, and speculation.  In Luke 21:35, Jesus spoke these prophetic words to his first New Testament Church.

Luke 21:35 – For AS A SNARE shall it come on ALL them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.

The word SNARE is “pages,” and it means “whatever makes or holds fast; hence, a trap – A creature was SUDDENLY caught in a cleverly laid snare or trap by its hunter, who had been able to deceive its senses into the belief it was in no danger.

Because I have taught the following things concerning the Second Coming, I have been branded a heretic, a revisionist, and a lunatic.  One MB preacher at a local association told preachers I was a warlock.  I am not really concerned about what people label me, but I am concerned for those who label me, yet have never really considered what I teach.  It is no great concern to me if you disagree with it, but I do wish you would at least know what I teach because, if I am right, our people are in for a real surprise, and may suddenly be caught in a snare of great shock and consternation.

Let me assure you that what is being taught today in prophecy is a far cry from what was taught before the rise of the Great Evangelical Movement after 1740.  I suppose I am as one born out of season.  I assure you I would not have been considered a heretic, revisionist, or lunatic in the ages before 1740.  So, please allow me to state once again what I believe because, if I am right, it is going to dramatically stun both the saved and the lost.

1.  The catching out of the saints will not occur until the blowing of the seventh trumpet in Revelation 11:15.  (Please see our Prophecy Archive Updates 73D, 74A, 76, 78A, 82A, 114A, 123B, 144A, 144F, 147D, 166C & 233A)

2.  The three “he’s” in Daniel 9:27 do not refer to the antichrist, but to Jesus Christ.  This means we do not have a coming tribulation period of seven full years, and directly affects or completely changes the numerous ideas of prophetic interpretation based on it.  (Please see our Prophecy Archive Numbers 230B, 231, 231A, 231B, 232, 232A, 232B, 232C & 233)

3.  The antichrist will not come out of Europe.  He will come out of Syria to lead 10 Arab nations against Israel. (Please see our Prophecy Archive Whole Numbered Updates 62 to 69)

4.  The Temple will not be rebuilt on the Temple Mount until after Christ arrives.  (Please see Prophecy Archive Updates 76D, 79 & 121B)

5.  A False Peace will occur and, some 75 days later, Israel will be attacked from the North.  (Please see our Prophecy Archive Updates 198A, 207B, 208, 209, 209A, 209B, 210, 210B, 211B, 213A, 213B, 214A, 214B, 215A, 215B, 215C & 216B)

6.  Antichrist will not rule over the entire world as we know it today, but over those areas of it that were known at the time of the writing of Revelation.  (Please see Prophecy Archive Updates 77, 77A, 77B, 77C & 135A)

TRIBULATION SUDDEN, SUDDENLY, IN ONE DAY

It shall be at an Instant in Israel’s Jordan River Valley!

Ariel is a Name for Jerusalem meaning Lioness of God!

There will be a great earthquake in the Jordan River Valley that will shake Jerusalem to begin the final 1260 days of the tribulation period.  It will start a worldwide chain of rippling energy around the borders of the great tectonic plate structures of the earth that will continue until the Second Advent.  This release of energy will be heard, seen, and/or felt near the tectonic plate faults in the form of thunderstorms, earthquakes, great noises from the grinding of the plates against one another, the generation of tsunami storm waves and great tempest along the shorelines, and great flames of devouring fire from hundreds of volcanic eruptions,

Isaiah 29:1-6 – Woe to Ariel (Jerusalem), to Ariel, the city where David dwelt! add ye year to year; let them kill sacrifices. [2] Yet I will distress Ariel, and there shall be heaviness and sorrow: and it shall be unto me as Ariel. [3] And I will camp against thee round about, and will lay siege against thee with a mount, and I will raise forts against thee. [4] And thou shalt be brought down, and shalt speak out of the ground, and thy speech shall be low out of the dust, and thy voice shall be, as of one that hath a familiar spirit, out of the ground, and thy speech shall whisper out of the dust. [5] Moreover the multitude of thy strangers shall be like small dust, and the multitude of the terrible ones shall be as chaff that passeth away: yea, it shall BE AT AN INSTANT SUDDENLY. [6] Thou shalt 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.  (For Exposition of Isaiah 29:1-5, See Archive Prophecy Update 175A)

Isaiah 30:8-13 – Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, THAT IT MAY BE FOR THE TIME TO COME FOR EVER AND EVER: [9] That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the Lord: [10] Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits: [11] Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us. [12] Wherefore thus saith the Holy One of Israel, Because ye despise this word, and trust in oppression and perverseness, and stay thereon: [13] Therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whose BREAKING COMETH SUDDENLY AT AN INSTANT.

Luke 21:25,26 – 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; [26] 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.

Jeremiah 30:7 – Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.

Matthew 24:21,22 – For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

Isaiah 47:11 – Therefore shall evil come upon thee; thou shalt not know from whence it riseth: and mischief shall fall upon thee; thou shalt not be able to put if off: and desolation shall COME UPON THREE SUDDENLY, which thou shalt not know.

Mark 13:34-37 – For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants and to every man his work and commanded the porter to watch. [35] Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight or at the cockcrowing or in the morning: [36] LEST COMING SUDDENLY he find you sleeping. [37] And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.

I Thessalonians 5:3,4 – For when they shall say, Peace and safety; THEN SUDDEN DESTRUCTION cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. [4] But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

Revelation 6:12 begins the last 1260 days of tribulation.

Revelation 6:12-15 – And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; [13] And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. [14] And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. [15] And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;

Revelation 16:21 ends the final 1260 days of tribulation.

Revelation 16:21 – And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.

The Last 1260 Days Begin Suddenly, on a Certain Day!

Luke 17:27-30 – They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, UNTIL THE DAY that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. [28] Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; [29] But THE SAME DAY that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. [30] EVEN THUS SHALL IT BE in the day when the Son of man is revealed.

I do indeed believe that the bulk of tribulation period suffering and death will occur in what was the known world of the Book of Revelation, but I do expect the new world to have some part of the suffering and death.  My concern is that many believers are so convinced they will not experience any of the tribulation period, that they will be in a state of absolute shock when they find they are still here, not “left behind,” but “still waiting.”  If believers have never been advised that the post 1740 rapture positions might not be correct, just how much confidence will they have in the ones who taught them if they are still here during part of the tribulation period?

Luke 21:34,35 – And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so THAT DAY come upon you unawares. [35] For AS A SNARE shall it come on ALL them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.

PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 243

September 30, 2005

IF? HOW? WHEN? Those are the Questions! – Part 5

Luke 17:32 – Remember Lot’s wife.

In the first book I wrote, some 29 years ago, I included the account of the destruction at Sodom and Gomorrah as an example of suddenness, which would be characteristic of the abrupt beginning of the tribulation period, and as something that would be occurring in individual cities, near the world’s tectonic plate boundaries, throughout the last three and one-half years prior to the Second Advent.  I believe many will be remembering Lot’s wife during this period of time.  For that reason I am presenting a detailed analysis of Sodom and Gomorrah.

Genesis 19:23-26 – The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar. [24] Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven; [25] And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground. [26] But his wife looked back from behind him, and she BECAME a pillar of salt.

The “plain” to which the writer refers is the wide, flat rift valley fault at the southern end of the Dead Sea.  Sodom and Gomorrah, before their obliteration, sat directly over the fault (F2) on the southeastern side of the Dead Sea shore (See Birth Pang Archive Figures 24 and 27).  Examination of the geological substrata in this area is very interesting. The Bible gives a description which reflects that numerous shallow oil deposits existed in this zone prior to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.

Genesis 14:10 – And the vale of Siddim was full of slimepits; and the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, and fell there; and they that remained fled to the mountain.

The vale of Siddim (valley of the fields) was the territory south of the land tongue which protrudes into the Dead Sea from its eastern side    (See Birth Pang Archive Figures 24 and 27).  The great cataclysm which destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah was followed by subsidence of all the vale of Siddim, and up until the last century it lay submerged beneath the southern end of the Dead Sea south of the land tongue of Lisan.  The “slime pits” were bitumen or asphalt pits.  The words for slime pits in Genesis 14:10 are the Hebrew words “chemar beer,” and represent a pit of bitumen that extended downward into the substrata of the earth.  Asphalt is a brown to black bituminous substance that is obtained as a residue in petroleum refining.  A great deal of the asphalt of ancient times came from the Dead Sea, which was also called Lacus Alphatites.  Asphalt is a mixture of hydrocarbons, in part oxygenated, the softer types generating toward petroleum.  When exposed to the air it hardens partly by oxidation and partly by evaporation.  There was once a large build-up of this petroleum based bituminous material surrounding the area of Sodom and Gomorrah, because the writer states that it was “full of slime pits.”  Even today an occasional chunk of asphalt will suddenly bob up to the top as a sulfur vent erupts on the sea floor of the Dead Sea.  There are, to this day, large sulfur springs that deposit heavy loads of sulfur over the Dead Sea flats in this area.  Here, in the hey-day of Sodom and Gomorrah, was a great subsurface powder keg of petroleum hydrocarbons and sulfur, just waiting for a giant match to ignite them. Another compound, sodium chloride, better known as salt, has always existed in the upper surface layers of this zone as vast block formations hundreds of feet thick.  So, here is the disaster, waiting for the God who formed it, to ignite it with what he put beneath the layers of salt, sulfur, and petroleum based material – thick deposits of salt immediately under the surface, petroleum hydrocarbons boiling up through cracks in the salt layers, and sulfur springs rippling into the salt zone both vertically and horizontally.  All this formation needed to trigger it was a vertical thrust of the igneous magma into the crack running through the Sodom-Gomorrah area (See Birth Pang Archive Figure 27).  As you can see on Figure 27, a vast molten sea of magma underlies the earth’s outer crust, and it is closer to the earth’s surface in this area than in many other parts of the world.  Numerous fumaroles occasionally release hot gasses and vapors to the surface from old volcanic vents that still extend deep into the underlying magma, bearing testimony that intense heat pockets exist just below the surface.

Zoar was not resting on top of the powder keg.  When Lot entered the safety zone to which God had directed him, then God pulled his tectonic trigger and completely destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.  I believe that God opened his Dead Sea Fault just enough to allow the fiery magma to push up through the vents of salt layers he had long saturated with sulfur and bitumen.  This touched off a tremendous chain of explosions that roared through the entire vale of Siddim.  The explosions weakened the upper crust and great fiery swirls of pyroclastic materials were blasted high into the heavens.  The writer describes it vividly by stating, “brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven.”

But what of Lot’s wife – how did she become a “pillar of salt?”  First of all, she disobeyed God, and remained in the disaster zone – “But his wife looked back from behind him.”  When Lot was safely inside Zoar, his wife was still standing in the danger zone “looking back.”  This tells us why she became a pillar of salt – she disobeyed God!  Now, let us explore how “she became a pillar of salt.”  She observed the great vents of fire that went up into the heavens from the chain reaction, but before she could clear the danger zone a blanket of of pyroclastic material from the eruption rained down on her – and yes, you guessed it – the pyroclastic material was composed of hot, liquid, pryochemical salt.  She actually “BECAME a pillar of salt,” exactly as the Word of God proclaims.

This sort of thing is not unheard of – pyroclastic materials of the local area covered the residents of Pompeii in 79 A.D. – They were actually encased, in perfect body form, by pyroclastic materials of the local area called “rapilli” that were thrown into the heavens by the eruption of Vesuvius.  They became pillars of rapilli rather than pillars of salt.  The Italian Florelli devised a method of making casts of the former residents by pouring plaster into the rapilli shell coverings.  When the material rained down from heaven the residents of Pompeii were in the danger zone.  I am convinced the same thing happened to Lot’s wife.  The residents of Pompeii did not become “pillars of salt” only because the upper layers of the crust in their area were not composed of salt layers.

As the sulfur and petroleum based substances continue to burn both externally and internally, a great deal of the valley mass went up in smoke.  Additionally, the salt blocks fused into more compressed strata and the limestone layers gradually shrank after the initial ignition by magma.  This chain of events caused a further local subsidence of the graben valley floor.  As it gradually sank below the level of the Dead Sea to the north of it, its murky water flowed slowly southward across the area like a great smothering blanket over the smoking valley, and much of what remains today of this great holocaust lies hidden beneath the shallow waters of the southern Dead Sea.

Please do not believe I am trying to “explain away” a miracle.  God does as he wills with his own creation.  I simple believe this is what God did.  The sight that met Abraham’s view the morning after Lot’s wife became a pillar of salt, is a flawless description of a local opening of the tectonic plate along the Dead Sea Fault.

Genesis 19:26-28 – But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt. [27] And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the Lord: [28] And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace.

I believe God opened the Dead Sea Fault in a small local area to cause the terrifying picture Abraham witnessed in the aftermath of the cataclysm.  I am convinced that God will once again open this fault in the last 1260 days of the tribulation period.  But this time it will not be local – the opening will stretch from the southern tip of the Dead Sea via the land of Idumea to the northern extension of the Red Sea into the Gulf of Eilat or Aqaba (See Birth Pang Archive Figure 23).  I believe the prophet Isaiah saw this happening in his vision of destruction in Idumea during the tribulation period (See latter part of Chapter 11).

Isaiah 34:9,10 – And the streams thereof shall be turned into pitch, and the dust thereof into brimstone, and the land thereof shall become burning pitch. [10] It shall not be quenched night nor day; the smoke thereof shall go up for ever: from generation to generation it shall lie waste; none shall pass through it for ever and ever.

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