THE END OF THE BEGINNING
Robert E. Barger
CHAPTER 1—–UNDERSTANDING THE PURPOSE OF GOD’S PLAN———————————16-21
CHAPTER 2–KNOWING HIM————————21-25
CHAPTER 3–UNDERSTANDING PROPHECY————-26-32
CHAPTER 4–THE LIFE OF JUDAH CONCERNING THE PRESENT DAY CHURCH————————————33-36
CHAPTER 5–TIME, TIME, and HALF TIMES———36-41
CHAPTER 6–PROPHECY OF THE FRUIT TREE———41-45
CHAPTER 7–UNDERSTANDING THE LAST DAYS——–46-47
CHAPTER 8- PROPHECY OF WISDOM INCREASED——-47-53
CHAPTER 9–PROPHECY OF SIGNS AND WONDERS——53-55
CHAPTER10- THE PROPHECY OF JUSTICE————55-59
CHAPTER11—-THE SIGN OF BABYLON AND SODOM——59-60
CHAPTER12- NEBUCHADNEZZAR’S DREAM————-60-64
CHAPTER13–WHY DESTROY SODOM——————64-78
CHAPTER14–RELIGION IN BABYLON—————-78-80
CHAPTER15–IN THE LAST DAYS——————-80-93
CHAPTER16–THE DAY OF THE LORD—————93-110
CHAPTER17–JEWS IN PROPHECY—————–110-113
CHAPTER18–COMMUNICATION THE POWER OF THE BEAST————————————————113-117
CHAPTER19–WHAT TO DO WITH BIBLE PROPHECY- 117- 121
This book is based upon one man’s foresight into the future based upon his studies of spiritual things foretold by: The Bible, the creation, and spiritual laws.
To understand the future, we must study the past.
Ecclesiastes|3:14 I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.
Ecclesiastes|3:15 That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past. Nothing happens outside the original plan. There are; laws, orders, and systems incorporated into this perpetual motion machine called “Life” and this “Life” works to its good according only to Truth, and if it’s not according to truth, it automatically works to the bad till it is changed or destroyed.
All “Truth” is Life, but on the other hand, that which is not “Truth”, is Death. Anything that is not according to “Truth” is an enemy to “The Truth”.
Now, what is Truth?
John|17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. So we see that God in his Word to man has defined what “Truth” is, and that is his Word, what he has already spoken. He has also said, do not add to my Word, and do not leave anything out because if you add to my word, I will add to the trouble that will come into your life because of it, and if you take away from my word, I will take your name out of the book of life. (Revelation|22:18
For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: Revelation|22:19
And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.)
“Life” is a force we “put on.” Life cannot be obtained outside of the original plan, and according to God’s original intention, which means that anyone seeking “Life” must do it with the right intent of heart or he will be fooled into believing he has it when, in reality, he doesn’t.
God has also incorporated himself into his plan so in the future he would not be left out. God has also drawn upon his own nature for his design of the recreated man to be based upon, drawing from a “life form” natural man cannot comprehend without the Gift of the Holy Ghost, given to him through the remission of his sins.
To put it another way, man must learn to think as God.
He must become spiritually minded, learning to judge, choose, and be his own destiny, which is to be conformed to the image of his heavenly Father, God, Choosing truth, and life over, lies, misery, and death.
There also has been placed in the original plan, traps and snares to make us more attentive and aware. Just like a child is told not to touch a hot stove, the child “must” learn by “touching” the hot stove to associate pain with wrong.
In the great plan God has chosen to create three worlds. The first we are born into, and in this realm we are not able to see the other two worlds because they have been hidden from us by God and are a part of satans kingdom. In this realm we are subject to a set course blue-printed for us through the sins of our fathers. We, without knowledge of God and his plan, have been placed under a curse according to “The Law.” We are born sinners, without hope, not able to save ourselves.
He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God)The scriptures here say, we are condemned already, why? The next three verses tells us why.( John|3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
John|3:20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
John|3:21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.) In other words, by Jesus coming into the world and living his life the way he did, without sin, condemned sin in me. That’s why we need a Saviour, not only to save us, but to show us how it’s done. Jesus is our example to follow in every thing we do. God said, the soul that sinneth, it shall surely die, so what God has done is sent us his Son to show us how not to sin.
When Jesus was talking to Nicodemus in John chapter three, Jesus told him about two things. One, in verse three Jesus told him he couldn’t “see” the Kingdom unless he was born again, and in verse five Jesus tells him what it takes to “enter” the Kingdom.
John|3:1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: John|3:2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
John|3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot “see” the kingdom of God. John|3:4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?
John|3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born “of water” and of “the Spirit”, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. )So we see that to “see” the kingdom we must have something supernatural from God and that is the Gift of the Holy Ghost given to us by God as a gift for accepting his Son, Jesus Christ, as our Saviour.
Once we have the Holy Ghost, we now can see the other two worlds that God has created through studying his word and allowing him to show us the truth about creation and all he created. We then, through his word and believing what we read, see that God is not alone and that there are angels, and demons and that God has created them all for his own purpose and these all dwell in the same dominion, but in different realms of that dominion.
We also find out that Satan is something God created, and we also see that satan takes orders from God and that God is not at war with him, but satan carries out God’s punishment upon the wicked according to God’s Law set down at the creation.
The second realm is a world we cannot see with the natural eye and it is a place where the Bible compares it to a desert at night with all the animals that hunt at night in it. This is also a world we have to go through to get to the third world, and there is only one way through it and that’s by being lead by God’s voice.
Isaiah|34:8 For it is the day of the LORD’s vengeance, and the year of recompenses for the controversy of Zion.
Isaiah|34:9 And the streams thereof shall be turned into pitch, and the dust thereof into brimstone, and the land thereof shall become burning pitch.
Isaiah|34:10 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.
Isaiah|34:11 But the cormorant and the bittern shall possess it; the owl also and the raven shall dwell in it: and he shall stretch out upon it the line of confusion, and the stones of emptiness. Isaiah|34:12 They shall call the nobles thereof to the kingdom, but none shall be there, and all her princes shall be nothing.
Isaiah|34:13 And thorns shall come up in her palaces, nettles and brambles in the fortresses thereof: and it shall be an habitation of dragons, and a court for owls.
Isaiah|34:14 The wild beasts of the desert shall also meet with the wild beasts of the island, and the satyr shall cry to his fellow; the screech owl also shall rest there, and find for herself a place of rest.
Isaiah|34:15 There shall the great owl make her nest, and lay and hatch, and gather under her shadow: there shall the vultures also be gathered, every one with her mate.
Isaiah|34:16 Seek ye out of the book of the LORD, and read: no one of these shall fail, none shall want her mate: for my mouth it hath commanded, and his spirit it hath gathered them. Isaiah|34:17 And he hath cast the lot for them, and his hand hath divided it unto them by line: they shall possess it for ever, from generation to generation shall they dwell therein.
This is a place we all live in now. No one is exempt, except the person who has learned to discern between the good voice and the voice that is trying to temp him to do evil. This world is a dwelling place for every unclean beast and fowl and all these have eyes to see our lust. They also have power to speak to our minds.
In this realm, it is a place that is a battle ground and dwelling place for entity’s of the dark side and entity’s of the light side. In this realm, the entities operate according to their predestined nature. They have the ability to inhabit human minds and bodies, but can only inhabit a person if asked in. This permission can be obtained through a though placed in our mind by the entity and us agreeing with the though. As we agree with the entity, this opens the door for him to come in and he also holds the door open for others to come in after him, but only if we allow them to through agreeing with what they have to say. Once in they have control of that part of our lives.
Before we come to the knowledge of these entity’s, we believed that these thoughts were our own, and as we pondered them in our minds we agreed with some and others we didn’t, but once they got in they brought with them a “feeling” that made us feel good, but this feeling is only a carnal feeling that robs you of true joy and happiness.
The entity’s we have been talking about have been from the dark side, but the entities from the light side can speak to us too, and they speak to us the same way, so this is where the word of God comes in. The word of God is our “proof” of the Truth or a lie, as these entity’s speak to our mind.
The demons, or angels that we let into our spirit are there to either hurt us, or, help us, and we have to know the different.
The demons from the dark side have one purpose, to kill, steal, and destroy. They can use good also to obtain their purpose, but these too have rules to operate by, and these rules are the laws and orders build into God’s plan, which works according to the word of God.
These demons can only be destroyed by God. Their works can be destroyed, but they themselves cannot be destroyed until a set time chosen by God.
These demons are also there to carry out God’s punishment upon members of his creation who are rebellious and disobey God’s law. God demands respect from his creation, seeing his creation will inherit his kingdom, if his creation fulfills his, or hers calling.
These demons from the dark side, once they have entered our spirit, unit to obtain more power to carry out their purpose, which is to kill, steal, and destroy, but they cannot kill us until a time appointed by God.
John|15:1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
John|15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. This passage of scripture tells us that Jesus is the vine, and God the Father is the one who decides who lives are dies, and if your bearing fruit God prunes you that you might bring forth more fruit, but if your in him and not bearing fruit, your taken away, or to say it another way, God kills you!
Once these demons are in you, they have the power to control you and make you do things that would make you hurt yourself, even commit suicide, or, on the other side, kill somebody else. These demons cause us to have bad encounters with other people also, they drive us like bump cars at the carnival, directing us to head on collisions with someone else who is also unaware of their plight.
These demons have names denoting their nature, like “Pride”, “Rebellion”, “Anger”, “Lust”, “Adultery”, “Fornication”, ”Uncleanness”, ”Idolatry”, “Blastamy”, “Hatred”, “Wrath”, “Strife”, “Envy”, “Homosexual”, etc. All these plus thousands more are striving with all their beings to inhabit a body, and if their not inhabiting a person, it can be an animal, or a place, or a thing depending on their DNA in the spiritual being. All these once they inhabit a body, have the power to make that being feel emotional things. Some times good things, sometimes bad. Pain and pleasure are at opposite ends of the good bad emotional scale they can induce.
On one hand the spirit of fornication can cause a being to have great peaks of pleasure in a sex act, while the spirit of depression or rejection, or, rape, would have a deep emotional pain, depending on which side they were on.
Each spirit, or, demon, also have a plus or minus attached to their DNA. You, for instant are either the rapist or the person being raped. The rapist spirit would cause you to feel great pleasure in the rape act, this being the plus side, while the person being raped would be the negative side of the rape demon being the minus, feeling great pain.
Every thing in God’s plan is either plus or minus. And on either side is a plus or minus. From its simpless form, God being the plus, his creation the minus, and as we extend out, God has in himself plus’s and minus’s with both being plus and on the other hand his creation is a minus having in it plus’s and minus’s with both being minus.
To understand God’s plan we must know and understand God. We must know what God is, and what God is not. This is preordained that we cannot know God’s plan without knowing who and what God is.
God is unchanging, and there are somethings that God cannot do, and one of them is, God cannot lie, and another thing is, God cannot change. If God were to lie, his plan, based upon truth, would fall apart, also if God would change, we would not have a foundation of truth.
Another thing that God has done is base his plan upon things you and I as a one dimensional being, cannot see, giving us only words to communicate pictures into our mind to activate our imagination. Our imagination can do one of two things. One; cause us to dream about things that are not real. Two; give us a picture of “reality”. Yes, reality. I say reality because God lives in another realm that we cannot see, and that is different from the world we now live in.
If we only are concerned with the world that we can see and feel and touch, we are not living in “Reality” because what we see is not what is real. 2 Corinthians|4:18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. And these eternal things are found in the word of God, and only in the word of God.
God lives in this world that we cannot see, and in this world that God lives in is called “Eternity”. Our conception of time is not the same as Gods. Time is something God “created” that man might see where he is at in God’s plan. Time, as we understand it in our carnal minds, causes us to age. God has told us in his word that if we do what he has asked us to do we would live forever and would not have to die because we would be living in God’s world, which is Eternity. As we learn to live in this truth, we, as we keep the sayings of Jesus, start to enjoy the restoring that God said would take place in us.
The thing that we must come to understand is that we must learn to live by another set of rules and these rules govern all of God’s creation. God himself lives by these same rules. Therefore what we have been taught probably isn’t truth so we have to consider everything we have been taught a lie, and from there start putting back truth as we go.
God has allowed, in our mind, a place where we can put things “on the shelf”, and this is a place where we can put things that we don’t know if they are truth or a lie, and we need to prove them, and as long as they are in this place, it doesn’t go into our spirit, but the second we let it drop into our spirit we are accountable for it. If it’s truth, we reap the good, but if we take it in and it’s a lie, that lie starts working bad in us, and if we are in tune with God we will know somethings wrong and God will reveal to us that we have believed something wrong and from there we can root out the lie and go on not having to deal with this lie again.
To be able to understand what is going to happen in the future, we must do two things. One; know and study the past according to God’s record he has given us. That would be the history, not only of man but looking to the Bible as the history of all mankind. Second; we must know the plan, what signs to look for, and know the interpretation of prophecy. Along with this we must know God, the designer, and what he will do and what he won’t do. We must also know that he made all things and that all things are controlled, not by him, but by the laws of his nature he laid down at the beginning of the plan.
He has chosen to intervene into some matters because he has build that into his plan, but he himself is also subject to his own laws.
We must also know that there is a timetable that God’s plan has to work on. There is a predestined time set in his time-table for everything that-has happened, is happening, and will happen.
The first thing we must know is Him.
UNDERSTANDING THE PURPOSE OF GOD”S PLAN
First of all we must understand God’s purpose. The purpose of the plan of God is to recreate himself. This is “The love of God.”
1 John|5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
1 John|5:3 For this is the love of God,(What is the love of God?) that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. And who is God, the Creator? The Bible tells us that God is Love, not as natural man loves but as God loves. This is why we need to study our Bible, because therein lays the examples of God loving his children. You ask, what is love? Love is the manifestation of God himself thought his creation.
God knew that without an example, man would not be able to comprehend his plan or himself, so, God married himself to his creation through a man made in every way as his creation with one exception, he was also human as we are. The only thing different about this man was God was his Father, who is without sin.
One of the laws in the original plan stated that the sins would be passed down through the fathers to the third and forth generation, and because of that sin the curse of the law. To say it another way, the wages of sin is the curse of the law. So from the beginning man has been cursed because of his forefather Adam going against what God told him to do.****************************
So from the beginning God knew that Adam would sin but also from the beginning God had already provided a Saviour, appointed to be the Redeemer of man back to God through himself.
John|1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. John|1:30 This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me. John|1:31 And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water. John|1:32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. John|1:33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. John|1:34 And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.
Revelation|13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him,(satan) whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain “from the foundation of the world.”
With this in mind, the prophecy of old stated that the example would be born of a virgin and not tarnished with the curse of original sin. Therefore the example would be able to cleanse, and save, mankind from the curse placed upon man by God because of disobience in the beginning.
As we study prophecy we see that the whole plan was fore-known by God from the beginning, even before the creation. Every thing God created has a nature, a way that it acts. When we say dog, we automatically see in our mind the nature of a dog. When we say cat, again in our mind the nature of a cat comes into being. No matter what it is, it has a nature, and whatever it is, it will manifest that nature. This teaching of nature was created that we might see “natures” that man can take on. Man can have the nature of a dog. Man can have the nature of a swine, and on and on. This is why God told us in the book of Job to study the beast of the field, to show us what’s inside us that we might take it off, and put-on the nature of Christ.
Everything that God Created has in it’s D. N. A., its nature incoded into it so it can be nothing but what it is to be, This is what God calls a seed in a seed out of Genesis one.
The nature of a man is the same with one exception, God has said that he would take away our heart of stone and replace it with a heart of flesh. The heart of stone is the heart that has been made subject to vanity and has been hardened by sin, and when we got to the lowest point in our life and called out to God he sent Jesus Christ into our being to “save” us from the wages of sin, the curse, demons that manifest the nature of animals in us.
God has given us dominion over everything that God created, and because of our not knowing the Kingdom of God and the creation, we have given ourselves over to the dark side. The dark side is that place that God has given to Satan to rule, a place where demons torment those who don’t believe the word of God.
God has given man everything that we need to be Gods as he, but because we chose to walk in our own wisdom, God has said, you shall die as men.
Psalms|82:1 God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods. Psalms|82:2 How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah. Psalms|82:3 Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. Psalms|82:4 Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked. Psalms|82:5 They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course. Psalms|82:6 I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. Psalms|82:7 But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.
Psalms|82:8 Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations.
With the ability to think and be as the Creator, the Creator also made it possible to take off our old nature and put on a new nature. The only catch is, you have to take off the old man of sin before you can put on the new man. This is another build in law, you have to try to quit doing something before you can do something else. For example, when we are told we must forgive a person for something they have done to us, we are not forgiving that person for their sake, but for our sake. As we talked before about demons, if we have unforgiveness in us, that unforgiveness is a demon and by agreeing with him, gives him power to control our life. It’s to our advantage to forgive because once we choose to forgive, the demon that has power over us looses its power when we choose the laws of God. When we choose to forgive, we go from our old nature to our new nature which is Love, which is God, who is making us after his own image through our willingness to become like him. As we choose to do what he asks, he inhabits our being in the same way that unforgiveness did before we chose to forgive. When God is indwelling our being, we reap the emotions of his feelings in ourselves. These feelings are; peace, love, joy in a way that we have never felt before. Also through our willingness to let him control us, he guides us and causes us to avoid alot of trouble, if we heed his wee small voice.
Before you can know Him, first we must meet His conditions. First we must believe that he is, and also believe all that He has told us through his written witness, the truth, and this also must be proved to be true. You ask, how can this be proven? The answer is by another law. Out of the mouth of two or three witnesses, and these witnesses are also in his written word. This is also why he has commanded that his written word be not altered in any way because the blessings and curses are based upon his written word.
To best explain who the Creator is, lets look at English. Most people would think that the Creator would be a noun, a person, place, or thing. But not so. The Creator is a verb, or an action. In the sentence Tom ran home, ran is the verb. Tom and home are the nouns. Even so the Creator is a Spirit, and that Spirit is Love. So when we talk of the Creator we’re not talking about a person, place, or thing, but we’re talking about something you cannot see, a Spirit. And the only time you know a spirit is there is when it does something.
The Creator has only one nature and that Spirit will always manifest itself through this nature and nothing else. God is Love and the nature of Love will always manifest itself in the same way every time, Love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, faith, meekness, and temperance. Most people don’t have a problem with that but they don’t know the first thing about what Love is. Love will kill you if you don’t know the laws Love operates by. This is why God has given us the Old Testament, to show us what sin is, and the punishment for doing what he has told us not to do.
God has made us and given us the chose to follow our own way or we can follow his ways. The only thing that will move us is fear, and as we study the old testament the first thing we see is God telling man to believe what He has said. We see Adam being told not to partake of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Next we see Adam doing what God told him not to do. What we see next is God telling Adam that he has broken a spiritual law and be cause he did, he has lost eternal life, and fellow ship with God. Adam and all his seed now has to die as an example to all who follow.
Just as God has a nature, there is a spirit that manifests itself but in another way, and that spirit is the spirit of the flesh. It will always manifest itself as: Galatians|5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Galatians|5:20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Galatians|5:21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. And this spirit is not Love, but is of the Devil.
When we were born into this world, we were born into the flesh, The flesh is a person who does not know God’s ways and is not aware of any thing spiritual. God has said that the soul that disobeys his commandments, or the law, shell surely reap the curse of the law, and at the end of the matter die. Because of the disobedience of our forefathers and mothers, Adam and Eve, the curse has been passed down to every human being, past, present, and future, and has been condemned to death and the curse of the law. Therefore, God being who and what he is, provided us a Saviour, and an example to show us how to live as a Son of the living God.
Every person born into this world has the chance to be as his Creator, but it must be done God’s way, and it must be a total transformation. First we must accept the example given us, then we must become the example. We also must come to see that we need a Saviour, and this comes by seeing who and what we are, which is something different then God. If we are not like him we operate in another spirit, therefore we are against him.
Whenever the carnal spirit is left alone to do what it wants to do, it is predictable, and because it is predictable we can know the future of human-kind because human-kind is carnal but has a spiritual nature. The statement made by Jesus was, there are many called but few chosen; giving us an insight into the ratio of Godly compared to ungodly. As we look to the past in God’s word concerning this, there were 600,000 men who came out of Egypt led by Moses. Out of the 600,000 only two were permitted to cross over into the promised land after 40 years of wandering through the wilderness. All the rest died in the wilderness because of disobedience. Bring this ratio over to the present, this number is 1 in 300,000 who are going to enter in at the strait and narrow gate and fulfill their calling upon the earth and the rest will be subject to the curse and die because of unbelief. So the condemnation against all of man-kind is they don’t believe what God has already said. You either believe what God has said or your calling him a liar.
Prophesy comes to us in two ways. One, through the spirit, and two through the Word. Prophesies will come personally, and they will come corporately. Personal prophesies pertains to: 1 Corinthians|14:3 But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort. This also can be personal or corporate, but any time there is a prophesy, it will always be according to the word of God and be according to two or three witnesses.
The Bible is one big prophesy to man-kind. It is God showing man two outcomes to his end. One, if we choose to walk in his ways and keep his commandments, the inheritance of a loving merciful Father, but on the other hand the Bible also shows us what will happen to us if we choose to go our own way without his direction, but nevertheless God created all things even the waster to destroy, this is Satan and he can’t do anything without asking God’s permission first, and Satan’s rules are the same as ours, the Word of God.
Genesis|3:1 Now the serpent (Satan) was more subtle(cunning, crafty,stealthily treacherous or deceitful) than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made.
Hebrews|11:3 “Through” faith we understand that the worlds were framed (With what and how?) by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
Or to put it another way, all things weather they be in heaven, or on the earth, or under the earth, all things were made by Him, for Him, and to Him, even Satan.
Romans|11:36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are “all” things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.
To understand prophecy we must know; who and what God is and from there we, through using what we know about His nature and His will, are able to speak prophecy to certain things we see. For example, if we see some one backed up to a cliff, and they don’t know there is a cliff behind them, but we see it, we can say to that person, don’t back up, your going to fall off a cliff. If the person doesn’t believe us and walks backward, they will fall off the cliff.
Or, if a person cannot read and their about to take some medicine, but they picked up the wrong bottle and the bottle is poison. We can tell them that the medicine is poison.
This is the same way that some prophecy works. We, who have come to know God and His nature, are able to speak prophecy to people who are either in His will, or, out of His will because we know what God will do or what God will not do.
We also have the knowledge of what God said he would do in the future based upon certain “road signs” placed in time.
Just as the birth of Jesus was prophesied through the Old Testament, there are also prophecies in God’s word that we will see happening in the world around us.
Through the word also we can see things people are doing, and through what we see them doing we can be warned about who and what they are.
For example the word of God tells us about the fool. There is things said about the fool in scripture. The fool is known by: how much he talks, he likes to joke around. He likes to jest, or kid around and play tricks on people. He boasts about what wrong he has done. He despises wisdom and instruction.
On the other hand we have a picture of what a wise man will do. A wise man will hear. A wise man will seek wise counsel and increase in knowledge. A wise man watches his mouth and doesn’t talk much. A wise man doesn’t talk foolishness, Or, a wise man is opposite of the fool. In the same way a wicked man is opposite of the righteous man. The just man is opposite of the unjust man.
So by knowing these things we can walk through this world seeing things other people can’t see. We also need to be careful who we tell this wisdom to because what we know will stir-up demons in people and the demons will speak to the persons mind and the person will turn on you. This is why Jesus said: Matthew|7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged. Matthew|7:2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. Matthew|7:3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Matthew|7:4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Matthew|7:5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye. Matthew|7:6 Give not that which is holy unto the “dogs”, neither cast ye your pearls before “swine”, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you. Matthew|7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: Matthew|7:8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
And it tells us in 1 John:
1 John|2:3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 1 John|2:4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
So Jesus talked about dogs and swine and the two pretain to people who will hurt you. In 1 John also the warning is about some one who is calling themselves “Christians” but if your not keeping Jesus’s commandments, your a liar.
Prophesy comes in two ways. One, personal, two corporately, The first pertains to a person who either rejects God’s word or accepts his word as truth and acts upon it. Every person has a prophesy out of God’s word, to either life and blessings, or the curses and death; depending upon your carrying out God’s will.
Looking to the law of the old testament, God tells us: I am a jealeous God visiting the iniquity of the fathers to the third and forth generation, and if you keep my commandments, I will bless you going out, I will bless you coming in. I’ll bless the fruit of your basket, your land, your animals, your crops, the fruit of your loins, (your children) and every thing you set your hand to do.
But if you do not keep my commandments, I will curse you coming in, I’ll curse you going out, I’ll curse your basket, your land, your animals, your crops, and everything you set your hands to do.
This is a prophesy (Or, a promise!) from God which is general. It pertains to every man, woman, and child born into the world no matter what point in time, past, present, or future. We, through our chose, determines the outcome of the prophesy. The only thing that has changed with the life and death of Jesus Christ is that the old testament people shall be saved ”by” their faith, and the new testament people will be saved ”through” faith,(through the faith of Jesus Christ in them.)
The second form of prophesy is pretaining to corporate prophesy drawing upon coded dates in God’s word. The book of Revelations has prophesies pertaining to the binging of Satan for a season. As we meditate on this point, we come to the revelation that Satan was bound at the death and resurrection of Christ. Most of our teachings today coming out of the different church groups has this part of prophesy somewhere in the future with Christ coming out of the clouds and fighting Satan and binding him in the future. The trouble with these types of prophecies is they are not spiritual but carnal understandings of God’s word. All prophesy must be spiritual first and then natural.
If we read the word of God and it tells us that the earth will be destroyed by a fervent heat, we must decode what spiritually that is.
First we must understand what spiritual fire is. It tells us that God is a consuming fire, and it also tells us that God is Love. How Can God be both at the same time? This is where understanding of spiritual things comes in. If we understand what “love”is then we also understand what spiritual fire is, but without the spiritual understanding of what love is, we cannot comprehend what spiritual fire is.
There are many symbols that have to be decoded before we can understand a prophecy. Some of the words used in the writing of God’s word are to be translated spiritually. For example the word water in its spiritual understanding is the word of God. The Bible says, having your minds washed with the water of the word. So what does water mean here? It means the water is the word of God and that it will cleanse and sanctify the spiritual man, making it possible for the natural man to be saved through the spirit.
Again when it tells us to gird up the loins of your mind, it is not talking about your loins between your legs but the spiritual loins in your mind, this is where you reproduce spiritual seed, in the loins of your mind. God uses the word loins to let us know that in the loins naturally is where children are conceived and likewise in the spirit loins is the word that triggers a spiritual understanding not known by the carnal mind.
The prophecies in the life of Judah concerning the present day Christ
Genesis|38:1 And it came to pass at that time, that Judah(Judah- “Praise” the Church throughout eternity) went down from his brethren, and turned in to a certain Adullamite(Adullamite-justice of the people, refuge) whose name was Hirah.(Hirah-friend) Genesis|38:2 And Judah saw there a daughter of a certain Canaanite,(Shame) whose name was Shuah;( Shuah-depression) and he took her,(Had intercouse) and went in unto her. Genesis|38:3 And she conceived, and bare a son; and he called his name Er.(Watchfull) Genesis|38:4 And she conceived again, and bare a son; and she called his name Onan.(Strong) Genesis|38:5 And she yet again conceived, and bare a son; and called his name Shelah:(Prayer) and he was at Chezib,(Lying, falsified) when she bare him. Genesis|38:6 And Judah took a wife for Er his firstborn, whose name was Tamar.(Tamar-Palm tree) Genesis|38:7 And Er,(Watchful in the nagitive sense) Judah’s(the church, or us, and in us.) firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD slew him. Genesis|38:8 And Judah said unto Onan,(Our strength) Go in unto thy brother’s wife, and marry her, and raise up seed to thy brother. Genesis|38:9 And Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in unto his brother’s wife, that he spilled it on the ground, lest that he should give seed to his brother. Genesis|38:10 And the thing which he did displeased the LORD: wherefore he slew him also. Genesis|38:11 Then said Judah to Tamar his daughter in law, Remain a widow at thy father’s house, till Shelah(Our prayers to be heard of God) my son be grown: for he said, Lest peradventure he die also, as his brethren did. And Tamar went and dwelt in her father’s house. Genesis|38:12 And in process of time the daughter of Shuah Judah’s wife died;(Judah’s wife, the daughter of Shuah-depression) and Judah was comforted, and went up unto his sheepshearers to Timnath,(Timnath-thou will number: a portion) he and his friend Hirah the Adullamite. Genesis|38:13 And it was told Tamar, saying, Behold thy father inlaw goeth up to Timnath to shear his sheep. Genesis|38:14 And she put her widow’s garments off from her, and covered her with a veil, and wrapped herself, and sat in an open place, which is by the way to Timnath; for she saw that Shelah was grown, and she was not given unto him to wife. Genesis|38:15 When Judah saw her, he thought her to be an harlot; because she had covered her face.
Genesis|38:16 And he turned unto her by the way, and said, Go to, I pray thee, let me come in unto thee; (for he knew not that she was his daughter in law.) And she said, What wilt thou give me, that thou mayest come in unto me? Genesis|38:17 And he said, I will send thee a kid from the flock. And she said, Wilt thou give me a pledge, till thou send it? Genesis|38:18 And he said, What pledge shall I give thee? And she said, Thy signet, and thy bracelets, and thy staff that is in thine hand. And he gave it her, and came in unto her, and she conceived by him. Genesis|38:19 And she arose, and went away, and laid by her veil from her, and put on the garments of her widowhood. Genesis|38:20 And Judah sent the kid by the hand of his friend the Adullamite, to receive his pledge from the woman’s hand: but he found her not. Genesis|38:21 Then he asked the men of that place, saying, Where is the harlot, that was openly by the way side? And they said, There was no harlot in this place. Genesis|38:22 And he returned to Judah, and said, I cannot find her; and also the men of the place said, that there was no harlot in this place. Genesis|38:23 And Judah said, Let her take it to her, lest we be shamed: behold, I sent this kid, and thou hast not found her. Genesis|38:24 And it came to pass about three months after, that it was told Judah, saying, Tamar thy daughter in law hath played the harlot; and also, behold, she is with child by whoredom. And Judah said, Bring her forth, and let her be burnt. Genesis|38:25 When she was brought forth, she sent to her father in law, saying, By the man, whose these are, am I with child: and she said, Discern, I pray thee, whose are these, the signet, and bracelets, and staff. Genesis|38:26 And Judah acknowledged them, and said, She hath been more righteous than I; because that I gave her not to Shelah my son. And he knew her again no more. Genesis|38:27 And it came to pass in the time of her travail, that, behold, twins were in her womb Genesis|38:28 And it came to pass, when she travailed, that the one put out his hand: and the midwife took and bound upon his hand a scarlet thread, saying, This came out first. Genesis|38:29 And it came to pass, as he drew back his hand, that, behold, his brother came out: and she said, How hast thou brokenforth? this breach be upon thee: therefore his name was called Pharez(Pharez-a lie, a brech, falsehood). Genesis|38:30 And afterward came out his brother, that had the scarlet thread upon his hand: and his name was called Zarah.(Zarah-rising of light)
All the way through scriptures these prophesies appear. To the true worshipper of God they will stand out as bearing witness to the truth and easy to be understood because of the desire of your heart but to others they will be hidden.
The prophesy we have just read pertains to the whole plan of God from beginning to end, from the time of Judah going in unto Tamar to the birth of Zarah(Rising of light) and his life is from the birth of Christ unto the end of God’s plan.
This prophesy also explains the working of God in us from the time of our birth to the end of God’s plan worked into us. As we search the scriptures we will see that God has hidden himself all through the scripture and as we seek to know him better, we will find that God will prove his word to us plus also confirm it.
Time-Time- And Half-times
2 Peter|3:1 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: 2 Peter|3:2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: 2 Peter|3:3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 2 Peter|3:4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. 2 Peter|3:5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: 2 Peter|3:6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: 2 Peter|3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. 2 Peter|3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as a day 2 Peter|3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter|3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 2 Peter|3:11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 2 Peter|3:12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? 2 Peter|3:13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. 2 Peter|3:14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. 2 Peter|3:15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; 2 Peter|3:16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. 2 Peter|3:17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. 2 Peter|3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
Ephesians|3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Ephesians|3:21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
So we have two different scriptures here saying two different things about what is going to happen to the earth in the last days. Is it a contradiction? No, because all scripture has to be spiritually discerned. Is God going to take his creation and destroy it or is he going to restore the earth? The promise of God through Joel is that he would restore that which the palmer-worm, locust, cankerworm, and caterpiller has eaten.
Joel 2:25 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.
John|10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
In the prophecy in John 2:19 Jesus said, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. Also in Hosea 5:15-6:1-2 Hosea|5:15 I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.
Hosea|6:1 Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. Hosea|6:2 After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.
So we see that in 2 Peter it tells us that one day with the Lord is as a thousand years and a thousand years as a day. Jesus tells us that he will raise up his body in three days. He did this in three natual days, but that wasn’t the end of the prophecy, this was also talking about three thousand years from A.D. one. With this in mind let us look at Revalation 20:1-15
Revelation|20:1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. Revelation|20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, Revelation|20:3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.(We have been told that this is to happen in the future but according to the word of God, Christ done this at his death and resurrection Matthew 28:18 all power is given me in heaven and earth. John 5:22 For the Father judgeth no man; but hath commited all judgment unto the Son. Acts 2:36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified both Lord and Christ. Revelation 20:4 con’t Revelation|20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. Revelation|20:5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Revelation|20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
Revelation|20:7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, Revelation|20:8( The importance of this point in time is, one of the keys to understanding prophecy for the future. If we place the beginning of this prophecy at A.D. 1, we see that this has already happened and now we are coming to the end of the second thousand year day’s spoke of in Daniel and in Revelation. In Daniel12:6-7 Daniel|12:6 And one said to the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders? Daniel|12:7 And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished. And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
Looking to the prophecy of Daniel and Revelations, if we start the count at A.D.1- 1000A.D. is the time Satan was bound and from 1000A.D.-2000A.D. is when he has been loosed for a season to make war with the saints. So from 2000A.D. to 3000A.D. is when the saints would raise up in the earth and over come Satan by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony.
Prophecy Of The Fruit Tree
Another example of Christ and his church is reflected in old Testament by the fruit tree. The fruit tree being the plan of God and his church, and the first year it bears fruit represents A.D.1-1000A.D. according to Old Testament law the fruit of the tree wasn’t to be ate until the three year. Like wise the fruit of the church won’t be ready until the third thousand year day.
Along side this prophecy will also be the raising up of the second beast of Revelation 13:11 The first part of Revelation 13 tells us about a beast raising up in the sea. This beast is spiritual and the sea is spiritual. The beast’s life span is from Genesis 1:1 to the end of the book of Acts. The beast spoken of here is given life by the dragon who is Satan. 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.( This beast is the carnal man and his nature.) Revelation|13:2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. Revelation|13:3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. Revelation|13:4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? Revelation|13:5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.(Matthew 1:17 , 14- generations- 14 generations and 14 generations equal 42 generations Revelation|13:6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. Revelation|13:7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. Revelation|13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. Revelation|13:9 If any man have an ear, let him hear.Revelation|13:10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. Revelation|13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. Revelation|13:12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. Revelation|13:13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, Revelation|13:14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. Revelation|13:15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. (Daniel 8:13-17 bears witness of this Daniel|8:13 Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden underfoot? Daniel|8:14 And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed. Daniel|8:15 And it came to pass, when I, even I Daniel, had seen the vision, and sought for the meaning, then, behold, there stood before me as the appearance of a man. Daniel|8:16 And I heard a man’s voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision. Daniel|8:17 So he came near where I stood: and when he came, I was afraid, and fell upon my face: but he said unto me, Understand, O son of man: for at the time of the end shall be the vision.
So Gabriel was telling Daniel that 2300 days has an important part in the end days prophecy, but all it tells us is there are 2300 days from a given point. Without a point of beginning we do not have a way to place the 2300 days, are years. But if we start the days at A.D. 1 and using 1 day as a year we have 2300A.D. In this case we’re using one day as a year drawing from old testament Numbers14:34 Numbers|14:26 And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, Numbers|14:27 How long shall I bear wit this evil congregation, which murmur against me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against me. Numbers|14:28 Say unto them, As truly as I live, saith the LORD, as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you: Numbers|14:29 Your carcases shall fall in this wilderness; and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward, which have murmured against me, Numbers|14:30 Doubtless ye shall not come into the land, concerning which I sware to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun. Numbers|14:31 But your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, them will I bring in, and they shall know the land which ye have despised. Numbers|14:32 But as for you, your carcases, they shall fall in this wilderness. Numbers|14:33 And your children shall wander in the wilderness forty years, and bear your whoredoms, until your carcases be wasted in the wilderness. Numbers|14:34 After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise.(Revelation 20:9 con’t)
Revelation|20:9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. Revelation|20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. Revelation|20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. Revelation|20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. Revelation|20:13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. Revelation|20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. Revelation|20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
So we have an understanding of time, times, and half-time that we can take to the scripture and understand more clearly the prophecies pertaining to the end days, and the last days.
UNDERSTANDING THE LAST DAYS
As we look at some passages from the New Testament we will see that the writings of the Apostles also reflect an understanding of the last days and prophecy.
1 Peter|1:20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
Hebrews|1:1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hebrews|1:2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
Ephesians|1:8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Ephesians|1:9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: Ephesians|1:10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him.
Hebrews|9:26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
1 Corinthians|10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
As you will notice, all these passages reflect an understanding of the last days, the end of the world, the fullness of times, all these are key words in prophecy.
PROPHECY OF WISDOM INCREASED
Looking to history we see that the whole world was isolated in pockets of people without means of communication. Their travel was slow, confined to horse and buggies up until the invention of the internal combustion engine, telephones and computers.
For the last 1900 years man has been either walking or depending upon horses, mules, or ox to travel, but with the ability to travel thousands of miles in just a few hours and being able to talk to people thousands of miles away in just seconds, modern man has been given, by God, a new understanding of who he is, what he is, and also what he is doing to himself and to the earth.
This knowledge also has been prophesied and along with the prophecies, signs to look for as these things unfold.
We must also meditate upon the nature of man in his habitat, to understand his reactions when he is made aware of his fate.
As we look at what we know now about the earth and our habits and our wastes and our fellow man, we see that we are destroying the earth, through chemical waste, air pollution, water pollution, radiation, etc. The human spirit is becoming aware that his mistakes are destroying him, and the choices he has made has been bad for the human race. Now we must ask ourselves the question, if I were put in a harmful position, what would I do? Self-survival! This also is the mind of the corperate spirit of man. He sees and understands the harm he is doing to his air, water, food, and earth, and fellow man because he sees that his life depends upon his fellow man. He also sees that all world wars must stop. All air pollution must stop, all water pollution must stop. Any thing that hurts his home, the earth, must stop.
Already in place is the United Nations, and what is their purpose? To bring about peace, no matter the price. This is the army of the anti-christ. The spirit of the corporate mankind has been given the ability to enforce his believe. The anti-christ has already established the foundation of his government on the earth. And it has come about through his desire to live, a natural desire.
In Matthew 24:24 Jesus makes the statement, For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and show great signs and wonders, insomuch that if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
What is Jesus saying here about the last days? He’s saying that the anti-christ will look alot like Christ.
The things we have been talking about, pollution, no more wars, having peace, all these things are part of the gospel of Jesus Christ, but they will also be part of the gospel of the anti-christ. and if you don’t really know how to tell the difference you will be fooled into wandering after the beast and worshipping him.
As we see the intent, and purpose of the United Nations, it will help us to see what is going to take place in the future.
Any nation that will not conform to the laws of the United Nations now will be disbanded or destroyed. Any company that will not conform to universal laws will be closed down. Any person who will not live peacefully with his neighbour will be punished, or killed.
Another idea that the human spirit has is that knowledge is power. This is true but if it’s not God’s knowledge, it’s foolishness.
As we look at the book of Daniel, we will look at the example given us about spiritual Babylon.
Daniel|1:1 In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon unto Jerusalem, and besieged it.
To read this passage with the carnal mind, we would only see something that happened a long time ago, and wouldn’t consider this as something important to our well being. But looking again at this passage through God’s spiritual understanding, the word Babylon means spiritually, babel, confusion. King means he is ruling. Nebuchadnezzar means Nebo is your protector against all misfortune. Nebo means the god of learning and letters.
Putting this all together it means to put your trust in the wisdom of this world would lead to confusion and destruction. So as we look at the world and the world in history, the more a people leaned to the education of man, the farther they got from God. As we look at New Testament passages we will see that this also is a key to understanding prophecy.
1 Corinthians|3:18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. 1 Corinthians|3:19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. 1 Corinthians|3:20 And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.
1 Corinthians|8:1 Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth. 1 Corinthians|8:2 And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.
1 Corinthians|13:8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
Let us look at the examples of the Apostles.
Acts|4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled; and they took knowledge of them that they had been with Jesus.
Now lets look at what the Pharisees said about Jesus.
John|7:14 Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught. John|7:15 And the Jews marveled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?(Or, Jesus wasn’t taught learning and letters like the Pharisees, God taught him.)
Now as we look at the world in the future, and in the light of prophecy, we see that the whole world is stressing the need to go to school, but what do you learn in school? The history of man, not the history of God. The more we push knowledge of man, the more man-kind will stress greed, power, and man’s knowledge.
Part of the gospel of Jesus Christ was, Wo unto you that are rich Luke 6:24. The knowledge of man will also produce gay people. Why you ask? Because everything is spiritual and operates according to spiritual laws. If we forsake the truth, which is God’s word, John 17:17, we have forsaken ourselves, and because of that God, the Most High God, has given us over to the god of this world, Satan.
2 Corinthians|4:3 But if our gospel be hid,( Who’s it hid from?) it is hid to them that are lost:( And under the law of the Old Testament.) 2 Corinthians|4:4 In whom the god of this world(Satan,) hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
Ephesians|2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air,(Satan)the spirit “that now” worketh in the children of disobedience: Ephesians|2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
Let us ask ourselves the guestion, If we weren’t walking in the knowledge and wisdom of God, whose wisdom and knowledge were we walking in? Satan’s thats who. Because as Jesus said, John 10:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do: So we, by nature, do things that are predictable. If we do this, this thing will happen, both personally and corporately.
Jesus knew this and in some things everybody knows something about what we’re talking about.
Most people know that if a person steals, he will not only steal from you, but he will steal from any body. Or, if a person will lie, he would lie to any body. This is not to say a person cannot change, but this is saying if they will do it, they can’t help from doing it all the time. Jesus said, you shall know them by their fruit, weather its good or weather its bad.
Jesus also said you can discern the weather tomorrow by the sky, but you can’t discern the signs of the times. So we see that there are signs to look for that tell us not only what will happen next, but where we are in God’s timetable.
SIGNS AND WONDERS
As we look around us today at the strange things happening, we wonder, what next? We’ve seen Russia fall. We’ve seen men walk on the moon. We’ve seen Vietnam welcomed back into the fold, we’ve seen the U.S. gold go from $38.00 an ounce to almost $1000.00 an ounce. We’ve seen smallpox wiped out, all within the last fifty to sixty years. What are we to expect in the next twenty to thirty years?
First of all starting from 1994, that’s when this book was started, we will see in the U.S. more foreign intervention in U.S. affairs. We will see more foreign money coming into the U.S. and buying our industry. We will see more crime, more violence, especially in the poor and middle class people. You will see more and more sports heros. You will also see death in sports become a game as it was in old Babylon. You will see more and more gay people. You will see more and more people turning to religion, only to get hurt by it. There will be more cancer. New plagues will brake out like Aids and kill thousands.
On the other side of the coin you will see great medical advances. Great cures for major diseases. Genetics will advance to the point that they will be able to manufacture babies to order, but they will also find that there will be draw-backs because they will find that every gene is needed. They will be able to take genes out, but by taking the gene out they will create birth defects and still-born babies.
Looking to the signs, before you can see the signs, you must first be able to see both sides of God’s creation. You must be able to see Christ and God as holy and without sin, but on the other hand you must be able to see why we are sinners, and understand the Adam nature. If you can’t see the holiness of Christ and the love of God, it’s impossible to see the other side of creation because that blindness has blinded your eyes from seeing the truth. If your living in a lie, you, because of that lie, cannot see the truth. For example, what has God said about lawyers? And what has God said about their place in prophecy? He has said alot. Why? A lawyer does not practice law according to God’s laws, but man made laws. This is why Jesus said, Wo unto you lawyers.
Luke|11:46 And he said, Woe unto you also, ye lawyers! for ye lade men with burdens grievous to be borne, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers. Luke|11:47 Woe unto you! for ye build the sepulchres of the prophets, and your fathers killed them. Luke|11:48 Truly ye bear witness that ye allow the deeds of your fathers: for they indeed killed them, and ye build their sepulchres. Luke|11:49 Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute: Luke|11:50 That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation; Luke|11:51 From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, which perished between the altar and the temple: verily I say unto you, It shall be required of this generation. Luke|11:52 Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.
If Jesus said this about lawyers, why do people become lawyers? Because they don’t know what the Bible says or they don’t believe the Bible is true, therefore a lawyer works for Satan and not God.
The Prophecy of Justice (Another Law)
Isaiah|59:1 Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: Isaiah|59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. Isaiah|59:3 For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness. Isaiah|59:4 None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity. Isaiah|59:5 They hatch cockatrice’ eggs, and weave the spider’s web: he that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper. Isaiah|59:6 Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works: their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands. Isaiah|59:7 Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths. Isaiah|59:8 The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace. Isaiah|59:9 Therefore is judgment far from us, neither doth justice overtake us: we wait for light, but behold obscurity; for brightness,but we walk in darkness. Isaiah|59:10 We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes: we stumble at noon day as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men. Isaiah|59:11 We roar all like bears, and mourn sore like doves: we look for judgment, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far off from us. Isaiah|59:12 For our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our sins testify against us: for our transgressions are with us; and as for our iniquities, we know them; Isaiah|59:13 In transgressing and lying against the LORD, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood. Isaiah|59:14 And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter. Isaiah|59:15 Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment.
Isaiah|59:16 And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him. Isaiah|59:17 For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloak. Isaiah|59:18 According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompense to his enemies; to the islands he will repay recompense. Isaiah|59:19 So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him. Isaiah|59:20 And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD. Isaiah|59:21 As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever.
The signs to look for around us is:(1) is there a famine in the land of the word of God? (2) is there more violence in the land and (3) is there more lawyers in the land and (4) are people afraid to be rich?
If the answer to these are yes, you will see the wrath of God on the land and in the lives of people because of the law of God.
The law of God is love and it works according to faith, and faith is knowing what God has said and doing it. If this is not happening in the land, God allows the law of sin and death to work.
In what we just read, Isaiah 59:4 None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth,( or, is wanting to see justice and truth in the land) and in verse(9) because the people have forsaken God and his ways it tells us judgment is far off neither doeth justice overtake us:
Also in verse(14) judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off.(Now it tells us way) for truth, God’s word, is fallen in the street and equity cannot enter.
So we see that truth has fallen, there isn’t any thing but lies, and because of that equity cannot enter, therefore judgment isn’t done by them that judge and when they do its in favor of them that oppress and rob for money, power, or advantage.
As we look at our Constitution it states freedom of religion. No matter what a person believes, he is covered by the constitution. A government of the people, by the people, and for the people. This is not God’s government. God’s government is a kingdom with one King, but because we have all these different believes, we, as a nation, cannot stand.
Paul said it in scripture. What fellowship can Christ have with Belial?( Or, Satan.) 2 Corinthians 6:15 The ways of God are different then say Hindu, Buddha, or Islam. All these other religions do not believe that Jesus Christ is Lord. They confess another Saviour, therefore God will not hear their prayers and will send them strong delusion that they should believe a lie and be damned.
2 Thessalonians|2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 2 Thessalonians|2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish;(Why do they perish?) because they received not the love of the truth ,that they might be saved. 2 Thessalonians|2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 2 Thessalonians|2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
With all these religions, and with all their different laws, there is no way that we as a nation can stand. It will work for a while but in the end it will fall. Christ said, no other foundation can any man build upon other than that which is layed. This also goes for a country. We as a country have build upon more than two foundations but there can only be one.
The Sign of Babylon and Sodom
What was the sin of Babylon?
Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.
And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.
So we see that this was the sin of Sodom and as we look around us today don’t we see the same things? We are seeing automation everywhere we look, and what is it doing, it’s putting people out of work. There has to be a supply and demand. We have chosen to allow big manufacturing to dictate how we are to live. The price of goods has to be within reach of the buyer. Take away the number of buyers and the price has to go up to cover costs, or go out of business.
Another thing you will see in the future is the unions in the United States will no longer have the power to bring a company to its knees. They in time will be done away with, and they that survive will be run like Japan companies and the employees will be more like family.
CHAPTER 12 NEBUCHADNEZZAR’S DREAM
Therefore Daniel went in unto Arioch, whom the king had ordained to destroy the wise men of Babylon: he went and said thus unto him; Destroy not the wise men of Babylon: bring me in before the king, and I will show unto the king the interpretation.
Then Arioch brought in Daniel before the king in haste, and said thus unto him, I have found a man of the captives of Judah, that will make known unto the king the interpretation.
The king answered and said to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, Art thou able to make known unto me the dream which I have seen, and the interpretation thereof?
Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded, cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, show unto the king;
But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these;
As for thee, O king, thy thoughts came into thy mind upon thy bed, what should come to pass hereafter: and he that revealeth secrets maketh known to thee what shall come to pass. Daniel|2:30
But as for me, this secret is not revealed to me for any wisdom that I have more than any living, but for their sakes that shall make known the interpretation to the king, and that thou mightest know the thoughts of thy heart.
Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible.
This image’s head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass,
His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.
Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.
Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone(Jesus Christ) that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.
This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king.
Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory.
And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold.
And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule overall the earth.
And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.
And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay.
And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.
And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay
And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.
Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.
Then the king Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face, and worshipped Daniel, and commanded that they should offer an oblation and sweet odours unto him.
The king answered unto Daniel, and said, Of a truth it is, that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, seeing thou couldest reveal this secret.
Then the king made Daniel a great man, and gave him many great gifts, and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon, and chief of the governors over all the wise men of Babylon.
Then Daniel requested of the king, and he set Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, over the affairs of the province of Babylon: but Daniel sat in the gate of the king.
WHY DESTROY BABYLON
Before we can understand prophecy concerning Babylon we must see what Babylon stands for, and when it will be destroyed. Let us look at a prophecy concerning the wrath of God and the day of vengeance of the LORD.
The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty (the beauty of holiness) for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.
Let us look at the fulfillment of that prophecy.
And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.
And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. (Isaiah) And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.
And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
If Jesus fulfilled this scripture he also fulfilled the part about the day of vengeance of our God.
Let us now look at Revelation 17:1-18.
And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will show unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:
With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.
So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.
And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.
The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.
And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.
And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.
And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.
And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.
These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
(The interpolation of the prophecy)
And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.
And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.
For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.
And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.
#1) The woman is mystery Babylon (Spiritual)
#2) The beast, scarlet coloured, mind of carnal man given power by the dragon, the devil (Revelation13:2)
#3) The waters- peoples, multitudes, nations, tongues.
#4) The ten horns- ten kings(Spiritual)
#5) Scarlet and purple-royalty and power.
1)And after these things(What things?)
#1) War in heaven, Revelation 12 Satan cast down to the earth
#2) Chapter 13 Revelations-the beast, dragon,2nd beast raising up.
#3) Revelation 14 The Lamb and 144,000 standing on mount Zion having the Father’s name written in their foreheads, saying:
And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth:(Or, from this point on, and that point in time was A.D.1)Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.( These people are on the earth and in their own bodies fulfilling:
And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins:
Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Not of works, lest any man should boast.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
These people are not in the grave and their not dead, but they are dead to sin and because their walking in holiness their works are following them, fulfilling this scripture:
Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
Again chapter 14 of Revelations shows us a picture of heaven and Christ setting on a cloud with a sickle and and an angel calling to him saying, Thrist in thy sickle, and reap,( Remember A.D.1) for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest is ripe.
And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.
And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle (Note-there are two sickles.)
And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.
And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.
And the winepress was trodden without (outside) the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.
There was two reapings here. Christ reaped one, the angel reaped the vine of the earth and through it into the great wine-press of the wrath of God.
Chapters 15 and 16 of Revelation is the winepress of the wrath of God. Chapter 17 the picture of the great whore and now we come to chapter 18. And after these things, still A.D.1, we see the spiritual destruction of spiritual Babylon. Still A.D.1.
And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.
And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon (Babylon- spiritual confusion, Babel) the great is fallen, is fallen, and “is become” the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful birds. (Demons.)
For all nations (Past, present,future.) have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.
The fall of spiritual Babylon here reads as if it were happening somewhere in the far future but this all happened the minute Jesus gave his life for our sins.
Something else that also happened was the seven last plagues were poured out upon the earth. This happened in chapter 16.
And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.
And the (1st) first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.(The image they worship is themselves.)
And the (2nd) second angel poured out his vial upon the sea;(Sea of mankind. Revelation 17:15 peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues.) and it became as the blood of a dead man; and every living soul died in the sea.(For all have sinned.)
And the (3th) third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters;(Words-John 7:38, Ephesians 5:25&26) and they became blood.
And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus.
For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.
And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.
And the (4th) fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun;(Son-Jesus has become the Judge of the earth. Acts|10:42 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the “Judge” of quick and dead.) and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.
And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.
And the (5th) fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast;(The heart and soul of man.)
and his kingdom was full of darkness;(No understanding of Gods ways.) and they gnawed their tongues for pain,
And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.
And the (6th) sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.(The kings of the east are you and me who overcome.)(Revelations 9:14 trumpets sounding at the same time as the plagues are being poured out. Revelation|9:13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, Revelation|9:14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. Revelation|9:15 And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. )
And I saw three “unclean spirits” like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
For they are the “spirits of devils”, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
Behold, I come as a thief. (Jesus Christ speaking.) Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they (The “spirits of devils.”) see his shame.
And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.
And the (7th) 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.
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.
And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.
And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.
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.
So here we have a spiritual picture of what happened the day Jesus filfilled prophecy pretaining to what God would do through him. The wrath of God and the Day of vengeance of our God. We live with this every day, always wondering why bad things happen to us not knowing that we can stop them.
We will now look at natural Babylon through the light of mans history.
We will start with the code of Hammurabi. Hammurabi was the sixth and greatest king of the first dynasty of Babylon. He is celebrated as the originator of a code of civil laws that guaranteed justice for all and protected the poor against oppession by the rich. The code of Hammurabi regulated such matters as rents, wages, and insurance, and established penalties for theft and other crimes.
Hammurabi was responsible for the expansion of his kingdom as well as for the building of religious and secular structures.
In the Babylonian code of Hammurabi, 1900-2000 years before Christ, there was no recongnition of private vengeance: the state set penalties for different crimes, death by burning, drowning, or hanging for different crimes, and the state exacted these penalties.
The code of Hammurabi combined two earlier legal systems. It was discovered in 1901 and it proves that there was a complete system of commercial laws (contracts, sales, pledges, surelyship,) land laws, wills, criminal law and some material on judgments and procedure.
The two systems were the Sumerian and the Akkadian. The Sumerian system was a government alot like our own in the fact that they had a state and local government that was endlessly at war with one another, and stability and unification were only brought about by foreign conquest in about 2250 B.C.
The conquerors were the Akkadians, a group of Semitic-speaking tribesmen who had moved into the Tigris- Euphrates valley and estlished a kingdom to the north of Sumer. The Akkadians created the first empire in history and began the development of a common Near Eastern culture, adopting Sumerian gods, crafts, and techniques, and adapting the Sumerian system of writing to their own language.
In the 1700’s B.C., another Semitic speaking tribe from the west, the Amorites, established themselves in Mesopotamia. they build a magnificent capital city at Babylon and brought the intire country into their control. During the approximatily 200 years of their power, they completed the work of the Akkadians by firmly uniting the country and establishing its legal and political institutions.
The sixth king of the Amorite dynasty was Hammurabi, whose famous code of law is proof of the success of the unification. His code combined the separate traditions of the different peoples and replaced the city codes of the Sumerians with a uniform law for the entire country.
RELIGION IN BABYLON
The religion which emerged in the region between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers is similar to the religion of the Nile. Babylon had many temples, tombs, and monuments which have yeilded rich findings for archaeologists and historians. Political and religious developments were closely related, and there was the same tendeney in Babylon as was seen in Egypt, to group gods in threes. The sun and moon occupied high positions among the ethical system, reinforced by religion and magic.
Among the differances between Egyptian and Babylonia, Babylonia did not concern itself with animal worship, and neither was there any attempt at monothesism (The doctrine or belief there is one God.) nor any on the after life. The three best known in Babylonian religion was composed of; Sin- the moon god. Shamash- the sun god. and Ishtar- the goddess of fertility.
Shamash was the supreme judge of the world, or as Hammurabi claimed, the guide of the gods as well as the ruler of men. It was supposedly from Shamash that the king received the remarkable law-code known by his name. Since Hammurabi also brought about the unity of Babylonia, Marduk, the god of his capital, became the supreme god, thus requiring a revision of legends and sacred texts.
Todays use of Babylonian influance is seen in our time system. We use the 60 ( a Babylonian number like our 10) in our seconds, minutes, and hours. We also use the Babylonian math in our angles, in arithmetic the 360 degrees in the circle. The 90 degrees in the right angle etc.
By Hammurabi adopting the traditions and religions of the Sumerian people, he was able to unit the people just as we in the United States are united today. The trouble with this type of government is, other religions are able to grow and multiply being protected by the laws of the country.
The life style of the Babylons were like the life style of the people in Sodom. Their were all kinds of perverse things going on in Sodom when Lot was there with his daughters and the picture that the Bible paints shows us a people given over to fulfilling all the lusts of the eye and flesh. The same thing is happening today, in not only the U.S. but all over the world.
With in the next fifty years we will see a world wide acceptance of homosexuals. We will see acceptance of child prostitution, but after a while we will see world wide laws protecting children, but on the other hand it will give children power to stop parents from correcting them.
In the future we will see the law of Babylon( the code of Hammurabi) be reestablished in the United States and spread to NATO and the world.
We will also see the spread of the New Age movement, this will be the religion of the second beast, Revelations 13, that will raise up, whose deadly wound was healed. And with the adoption of this law there will come a peace the world has never known before, but only for a short time, because the true anti-Christ will show his true colors.
IN THE LAST DAYS
As we look at prophecy in the light of what the word of God says about the latter days and the last days, we must keep in mind that the last day is broken up into three days. Each prophecy will fall into one of these last days, starting at the death and resurrection of CHRIST. Some will pretain to one of these days, and some will pretain to all of the days.
Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby (or, by this ) “we know” that it is the last time.
So we see here that John was writing about the last time, and he was telling us that it was the last time. His writings date aroundA.D.90, telling us that by revelation he had received an understanding that was to be passed down to all who believe.
God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
By this we read that God made Jesus Christ the heir of all things, at the death and resurrection. The scriptures go on to say that there is nothing that wasn’t put under his feet, including sickness, death, the grave, hell. You name it, it is under his feet and the heir of it.
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
So this passage is not only talking about the latter days, but also the latter times, pretaining to later in the counting of days, and one of the warnings to his people living in this day, and this time, is that seducing spirits will try to speak to our mind and sway us into doctrines of devils and in second Timothy we see what it will produce.
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
Traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
Having a form of godliness, (religious) but denying the power thereof:(Do not believe in the gifts in the Holy Ghost>) from such turn away.
So we are warned through this passage that in the latter days that seducing spirits will also creap into the church and will have “a form of godliness” but will deny the power of the Spirit of God in their walk with God. And because they don’t believe what God has already said, they have given themselves over to seducing spirits who have blinded their eyes. The result is the things listed in the passage above.
This next scripture shows us how God has allowed Satan to blind the minds of all the people who do not believe the Bible, weather by chose or believing a lie from Satan that the Word isn’t true, or its not for today.
But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
(Note: THAT ARE LOST!)
In whom the god of this world (Satan) hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
Another scripture is:
But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.
Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.
These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;
Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.
And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.
These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.
But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;
How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.
These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. (They don’t have the Holy Ghost,)
But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
So the thing that separates the believer from the unbeliever is the Holy Ghost, and the scripture that proves if you have the Holy Ghost or not is:
Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
So what Jude is saying is that if you don’t have the signs and wonders working in your life, your not saved yet, and you don’t have the Holy Ghost, and you have to have it to understand scripture. So what we are seeing around us to day are people who don’t know what the Bible says and don’t believe in demons and because of that they believe they are saved and right with God.
This passage also bears witness to the scripture pretaining to the last days, and the last time, and how the spirit of the anti-christ and how seducing spirits would manifest themselves and what to look for.
All the prophesies of the Old Testament predict the last days, but until a person studies out for themselves the truth, there will always be the through that the day is down the road some place and does not apply to today. Let us look at some Old Testament prophesies about the last days.
And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’s house(Daniel 2:44-45 Jesus Christ is the stone that grew into the great mountain.) shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.
And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion(2 Samuel|5:7 Nevertheless David took the strong hold of Zion: the same is the city of David. David means Loving, or GOD.) for out of Zoin shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.(Peace-The New Jerusalem.)
And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
Even in Old Testament there are prophesies pertaining to the scattering of the children of Israel. In the next passage Moses will prophecy about what will happen in the latter days.
(The reason this passage is going to be so long is it’s important to see the conditions and warnings here about their life-style. Their life, death, blessings, and curses ,depends upon how close they cleave unto what God had already said.)
Now therefore hearken, O Israel, unto the statutes and unto the judgments, which I teach you, for to do them, that ye may live, and go in and possess the land which the LORD God of your fathers giveth you.
Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you. Deuteronomy|4:3
Your eyes have seen what the LORD did because of Baal-peor: for all the men that followed Baal-peor, the LORD thy God hath destroyed them from among you.
But ye that did cleave unto the LORD your God are alive every one of you this day.
Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the LORD my God commanded me, that ye should do so in the land whither ye go to possess it.
Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.
For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the LORD our God is in all things that we call upon him for?
And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?
Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons;
Specially the day that thou stoodest before the LORD thy God in Horeb, when the LORD said unto me, Gather me the people together, and I will make them hear my words,” that they may learn to fear me” all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children.
And ye came near and stood under the mountain; and the mountain burned with fire unto the midst of heaven, with darkness, clouds, and thick darkness.
And the LORD spake unto you out of the midst of the fire: ye heard the voice of the words, but saw no similitude; only ye heard a voice.
And he declared unto you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, even ten commandments; and he wrote them upon two tables of stone.
And the LORD commanded me at that time to teach you statutes and judgments, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go over to possess it.
Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves; for ye saw no manner of similitude on the day that the LORD spake unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire:
Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female,
The likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the air,
The likeness of any thing that creepeth on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth:
And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven.
But the LORD hath taken you, and brought you forth out of the iron furnace, even out of Egypt, to be unto him a people of inheritance, as ye are this day.
Furthermore the LORD was angry with me for yoursakes, and sware that I should not go over Jordan, and that I should not go in unto that good land, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance:
But I must die in this land, I must not go over Jordan: but ye shall go over, and possess that good land.
Take heed unto yourselves, lest ye forget the covenant of the LORD your God, which he made with you, and make you a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, which the LORD thy God hath forbidden thee.
For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.
When thou shalt beget children, and children’s children, and ye shall have remained long in the land, and shall corrupt yourselves, and make a graven image, or the likeness of anything, and shall do evil in the sight of the LORD thy God, to provoke him to anger:
I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that ye shall soon utterly perish from off the land whereunto ye go over Jordan to possess it; ye shall not prolong your days upon it, but shall utterly be destroyed.
And the LORD shall scatter you among the nations, and ye shall be left few in number among the heathen, whither the LORD shall lead you.
And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men’s hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.
But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.
When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the LORD thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice;
(For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.
For ask now of the days that are past, which were before thee, since the day that God created man upon the earth, and ask from the one side of heaven unto the other, whether there hath been any such thing as this great thing is, or hath been heard like it?
Did ever people hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as thou hast heard, and live?
Or hath God assayed to go and take him a nation from the midst of another nation, (1) by temptations,(2) by signs, and(3) by wonders, and(4) by war, and(5) by a mighty hand, and(6) by a stretched out arm, and(7) by great terrors, according to all that the LORD your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes?
Unto thee it was showed, that thou mightest know that the LORD he is God; there is none else beside him.
Out of heaven he made thee to hear his voice, that he might instruct thee: and upon earth he showed thee his great fire; and thou heardest his words out of the midst of the fire.
And because he loved thy fathers, therefore he chose their seed after them, and brought thee out in his sight with his mighty power out of Egypt;
To drive out nations from before thee greater and mightier than thou art, to bring thee in, to give thee their land for an inheritance, as it is this day.
Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the LORD he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else.
Thou shalt keep therefore his statutes, and his commandments, which I command thee this day, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days upon the earth, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, forever.
Another scripture is prophesied in Genesis 49: pertaining to what would happen to Jacob’s sons in the last days.
We won’t go into detail here but for the sake of the mention of the last days we will just list it.
And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days.
We have seen what it tells us about the latter days, now in the next chapter we will look at what it tells us will happen in that day, the great day of the LORD.
THE “DAY OF THE LORD”
As we look at what the bible tells us about “the Day of the LORD,” we will see that the Old Testament tells us about signs to look for. These signs will come before and after. One of the signs that God said would happen was that he would send Elijah the prophet before the great day of the LORD.
For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.
But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.
And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts.
Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.
Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:
And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.
Now, what did Jesus say about this?
For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.
And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come.
And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come?
And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.
But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them.
Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.
And this was what was said about John the Baptist by the angel pretaining to his ministry.
But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.
And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.
For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb
And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God.
And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
So we see that this was one of the signs that God said he would send before the great and terrible day of the LORD.
Another sign that would mark the coming of the Day of the LORD is out of Isaiah:
Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Even the year of Jesus’ birth was prophesied by Daniel the prophet.
Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.
Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
The prophecy of Daniel was given around 538 B.C. according to bible history, placing the birth of Christ at 490 years into the future starting the count at the 20th year of Artaxerxes, the king of Persia somewhere around 522B.C. We start the count there because this is the date the temple started to be rebuild.
Another prophecy pertaining to “the Day of the LORD” and the vengeance of our God is predicted by Moses in Deuteronomy saying that a prophet will the Lord raise up like unto Moses who will speak God’s word, and anyone who will not hear that Prophet will be destroyed from off the face of the earth.
I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.
We also have the witness of the fulfullment of the prophecy in the book of Acts.
Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins maybe blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;
And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you:
Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.
For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you.
And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.
Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days.
Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.
Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.
So we see that there was going to be a great change in the way we worship and serve God, and the price we would have to pay for disobience would be something far beyond our natural understanding, but it has already been foretold through the word of God. Isaiah foretells the Day of the LORD and paints us a picture of what will happen, and to whom.
The burden of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz did see.
Lift ye up a banner upon the high mountain, exalt the voice unto them, shake the hand,that they may go into the gates of the nobles.
I have commanded my sanctified ones, I have also called my mighty ones for mine anger, even them that rejoice in my highness.
The noise of a multitude in the mountains, like as of a great people; a tumultuous noise of the kingdoms of nations gathered together: the LORD of hosts mustereth the host of the battle.
They come from a far country, from the end of heaven, even the LORD, and the weapons of his indignation, to destroy the whole land.
Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.
Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man’s heart shall melt:
And they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth: they shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames.
Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.
For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.
And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.
I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.
Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger.
And it shall be as the chased roe, and as a sheep that no man taketh up: they shall every man turn to his own people, and flee every one into his own land.
Every one that is found shall be thrust through; and every one that is joined unto them shall fall by the sword.
Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished.
Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, which shall not regard silver; and as for gold, they shall not delight in it.
Their bows also shall dash the young men to pieces; and they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb;(babies) their eye shall not spare children.
And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees’ excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.
It shall never be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation: neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there; neither shall the shepherds make their fold there.
But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there; and their houses shall be full of doleful creatures; and owls shall dwell there, and satyrs shall dance there.
And the wild beasts of the islands shall cry in their desolate houses, and dragons in their pleasant palaces: and her time is near to come, and her days shall not be prolonged.
Another prophesy comes out of Zephaniah pretaining to the great day of the LORD.
The word of the LORD which came unto Zephaniah the son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hizkiah, in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah.
I will utterly consume all things from off the land, saith the LORD.
I will consume man and beast; I will consume the fowls of the heaven, and the fishes of the sea, and the stumbling blocks with the wicked; and I will cut off man from off the land, saith the LORD.
I will also stretch out mine hand upon Judah, and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and I will cut off the remnant of Baal from this place, and the name of the Chemarims with the priests;
And them that worship the host of heaven upon the housetops; and them that worship and that swear by the LORD, and that swear by Malcham;
And them that are turned back from the LORD; and those that have not sought the LORD, nor inquired for him.
Hold thy peace at the presence of the Lord GOD: for the day of the LORD is at hand: for the LORD hath prepared a sacrifice, he hath bid his guests.(Jesus Christ)
And it shall come to pass in the day of the LORD’S sacrifice, that I will punish the princes, and the king’s children, and all such as are clothed with strange apparel, (Not clothed with God’s righteousness)
In the same day also will I punish all those that leap on the threshold, which fill their masters’ houses with violence and deceit.
And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD, that there shall be the noise of a cry from the fish gate, and an howling from the second, and a great crashing from the hills.
Howl, ye inhabitants of Maktesh, for all the merchant people are cut down; all they that bear silver are cut off.
And it shall come to pass at that time, that I will search Jerusalem with candles, and punish the men that are settled on their lees: that say in their heart, The LORD will not do good, neither will he do evil.
Therefore their goods shall become a booty, and their houses a desolation: they shall also build houses, but not inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, but not drink the wine thereof.
The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.
That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness,
A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers.
And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the LORD: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung.
Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD’S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.
We have talked about the anger and wrath of the Day of the LORD but we haven’t talked about the good side of this great day of God All Mighty. To understand this we must see Jesus Christ as our Redeemer. If we understand the day of the LORD, we will see that we have been made subject to vanity, but not willingly. But God who knows all things has caused us to be born into spiritual Babylon, where he has said that, spiritual Babylon has become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul “spirit” and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.(Revelations 18:2), so where in heaven is this spiritual Babylon? We have clues which tell us about where we’re at in the spiritual heaven.
Declare ye in Judah, and publish in Jerusalem; and say, Blow ye the trumpet in the land: cry, gather together, and say, Assemble yourselves, and let us go into the defenced cities.
Set up the standard toward Zion: retire, stay not: for I will bring evil from the north, and a great destruction.
The lion is come up from his thicket, and the destroyer of the Gentiles (us) is on his way; he is gone forth from his place to make thy land desolate; and thy cities shall be laid waste, without an inhabitant.
To whom shall I speak, and give warning, that they may hear? behold, their ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot hearken: behold, the word of the LORD is unto them a reproach; they have no delight in it.
Therefore I am full of the fury of the LORD; I am weary with holding in: I will pour it out upon the children abroad, and upon the assembly of young men together: for even the husband with the wife shall be taken, the aged with him that is full of days.
And their houses shall be turned unto others, and their fields and wives together: for I will stretch out my hand upon the inhabitants of the land, saith the LORD.
For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.
They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.
Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the LORD.
Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.
Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken.
Therefore hear, ye nations, and know, O congregation, what is among them.
Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring evil upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened unto my words, nor to my law, but rejected it.
To what purpose cometh there to me incense from Sheba, and the sweet cane from a far country? your burnt offerings are not acceptable, nor your sacrifices sweet unto me.
Therefore thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will lay stumbling blocks before this people,(1 Peter 2:1-8) and the fathers and the sons together shall fall upon them; the neighbour and his friend shall perish.
Thus saith the LORD, Behold, a people (Satan and his demons) cometh from the north country, and a great nation shall be raised from the sides of the earth.
They shall lay hold on bow and spear; they are cruel, and have no mercy; their voice roareth like the sea; and they ride upon horses, set in array as men for war against thee, O daughter of Zion.
Behold, a people shall come from the north, (Satan and his demons) and a great nation, and many kings shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth.
They shall hold the bow and the lance: they are cruel, and will not show mercy: their voice shall roar like the sea, and they shall ride upon horses, every one put in array, like a man to the battle, against thee, O daughter of Babylon.(Babylon-confusion)
Now, this north country is a spiritual place we have been born into. Every person born into this world has been made subject to this fate. Jesus said in John 3:18 :
He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned “already,” because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
Also in John 5:10:
He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.
And Jesus said again in John 14:23-24:
Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me,(What will he do?) he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
He that loveth me not (Does not do what?) keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.
So we see that if your a true believer and love Jesus you will do what he told us to do, in all things, and through doing what he told us to do, we will be delivered out of spiritual Babylon.
Let us look now at Old Testament prophesy pertaining to Jesus and what he would do “for” us.
Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, (Jesus Christ) and a King shall reign and prosper,(Jesus Christ) and shall execute judgment and justice” in the earth.”
In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that they shall no more say, The LORD liveth, which brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt;
“But”, The LORD liveth, which brought up and which led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all countries whither I had driven them; and they shall dwell in their own land.
Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that it shall no more be said, The LORD liveth, that brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; (Egypt-Isaiah 31:3 The Egyptians are men, not God, and their horses flesh not spirit.)
But, The LORD liveth, that brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the lands whither he had driven them: and I will bring them again into their land that I gave unto their fathers.
So we see that it was prophesied that Jesus Christ would be the Redeemer of his people, and the glory would be all his. God the Father has said, you must come to me through my Son Jesus Christ or I cannot receive you. This I have spoken through all my prophets and through my word and I am bound by my word to perform it.
JEWS IN PROPHESY
In these last days we see Jews from all over the world returning to Israel. These people are returning to natural Israel in hopes of a returning Saviour who, according to their teaching, is going to return and deliver the Jewish people, but because they have rejected Jesus as the Messiah, God has rejected them as his people.
For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart,” in the spirit,” and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.
Now this tells us that just because you were born a Jew doesn’t mean your saved, it just means you were born a Jew, and need to be saved.
What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded.
(According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day. (Now.)
The prophecy of old testament tells us that God is going to do something through Jesus Christ that you would not believe even through a man would declare it unto you. In New Testament God has ordained that the only way to be saved is through believing what he has said in his word, and if you don’t believe, or don’t know, your condemned because of your unbelief.
Behold ye among the heathen, ( You and me before we found the truth) and regard, and wonder marvellously: for I will work a work in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you.
Now the new testament fulfillment;
Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins:
And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.
Beware therefore, lest that come upon you, which is spoken of in the prophets;
Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which ye shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto you.
The reason this is so important to understand is that in the last days one of the things that will happen is the unification of all religions, and what will happen is the anti-christ government will have complete control over this unitified church. Only the true believer will be able to see what’s going on and through the knowledge of the true church he won’t believe the lie and won’t serve and worship the beast. We must be able to say like Paul the Apostle,
And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
That I may “know him,” and “the power of his resurrection, “and “the fellowship of his sufferings, “being made conformable unto his death”;
If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
The power of the anti-christ will be unbelief of what God has already said. If God’s word can be changed or destroyed, his job has been done. And if God’s word is not known well, the person can be swayed to believe a lie and be damned.
In the unitification of the governments we will see a peace arise never before known to mankind, and along with this unitification will be a new since of brotherhood and security brought about by the new peace in the world. To strengthen this peace will be universeial laws that will govern the whole world, making it nessicety for countries to change their laws to comply with this new world government law. The United States will be, and is, through the United Nations, the enforcer of these new laws, and will also the law keeper.
Great Britain, in the near future is about to go through some mighty changes, even a power shift from a kingdom to another type of government. This change will be brought about by social and ecomical unrest in the country.
France also is about to go through some changes within the next fifty or sixty years. Mexico now is going through a mighty change and will finally become a prosperous country and with this new change in government will open the way for a north American pack between Canada, the United States, and Mexico which will allow free trade, and travel across borders without checks, as we go across America now through the states. This is already happening in Europe now and before it’s over we will see Russia, China, and all of Asia, come together as one and become one.
COMMUNICATION-THE POWER OF THE BEAST
In these last days wisdom will be increased and through the world wide web, computers, and satellites, the world government will be able to compile information so fast that God said himself, that nothing is impossible with this people. With the gaining, and multipling of wisdom, man can, through combined effort, be as God, and through this, fulfilling his fate in God’s plan according to prophesy.
This is not to say that we are not to use computers or satellites, or the web but armed with the knowledge of God, we can see prophesy being fulfilled and know and see the signs of the times, and know what time it is on God’s clock.
In Genesis 11:1 we see that at one time the whole earth was of one language and of one speech and through this they combined together to build a tower called Babel, or, confusion. This tower was a type and shadow of man trying to get to heaven doing it man’s way, and not God’s, and because of that intent, this is why God confounded their language. This picture is a picture of God has given us pertaining to the last days. God knew that man would seek again to be in one mind and one accord. This is part of mans nature, to communicate, and God knowing this and allowing certain things to happen at certain times, allowed man to gain a little more togetherness, until, he again, is of one mind, one accord.
All the way through God’s plan we see God saying, chose one side are the other, there’s no in-between. Your either on God’s side, and doing his will, or on the devils side and not doing God’s will. This too will happen in these last days. You will have three groups of people. One, them who don’t want to know the truth, two, them who want to know the truth but have been tricked into believing a lie, and three, them who know the truth and do it. Every one falls into one of these groups, no matter who you are. There may be three groups, but it all comes down to your either Christ like or your not. You cannot be luke-warm.
What we are seeing now with the computer, world wide web, and satellites is God allowing man to come a little closer to being in one mind. The ability to communicate on a world wide scale is the missing link man needed to complete the prophecy of Daniel and Revelations. At first it will be the hunger for man to communicate but that will lead into industry, medicine and finally government. Once all these are linked and working, governments will then relax laws and create laws that will join people together instead of separate. Once this takes place, there will be no need for military forces because there won’t be but one army, one government, one anti-christ church, one church in Christ Jesus.
Also along with all this communication under developed countries will be able to gain industrial knowledge and through this the whole world will share the wealth, fulfilling prophesy out of Daniel- and through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand, and hw shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace (prosperity) shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes;(Jesus Christ) but he shall be broken without hand.(Daniel 8:25)).
We now see the fight going on between computer software and hardware companies but because this is God’s “time” to loose this part of his plan, he has raised up a man and given him supernatural understanding in computer programming and business and allowed him to unitrify the communications world in a way we never imaged. This communication not only deals with business, but will also affect all entertainment. This is why we see Disney buying up television networks. Disney has an agreement with Bill Gates and his company Microsoft to bring Disney’s products into the market-place through the world wide web. This package also includes deals with movie makers, cable companies, cellular-phone companies, banks, computer manufactures, etc., not only in the United States, but all over the world.
You say this must be the anti-christ! No, Bill Gates isn’t the anti-christ, he is only a man God has given knowledge to to perform Gods will. This isn’t saying Bill Gates is, or isn’t, a Christian, but God has raised him up to perform a purpose, just as God used Pharaoh in his plan.
For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might show my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.
Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.
Another thing that will happen because of the computer is, it will make it possible for man to come to a better understanding of why we are sick, or why birth defects happen and through this knowledge man will make laws forbiding certain people to be married or have children because of the “knowing” what will happen.
We will also gain understanding on how germs work and be able to “map” the internal system of the body so that we will even be able to pick out genes in our DNA that are undesirable, and “build” a child made to order.
Also, through the computer, we will be able to find medicines that are natural which will replace medicines as we know them now, and the computer will also be used to “map” our RNA and through that knowledge we will see why acupuncture works on our body.
WHAT TO DO WITH BIBLE PROPHECY KNOWLEDGE
Armed with the knowledge of what’s to come, the question arises about what are we to do concerning these prophesies and other prophesies? To many people think that they can change government by voting, but according to scripture, what are true Christians to do pertaining to this matter? Let us look at scripture:
I exhort therefore, that, first of all,supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
For kings, and for all that are in authority;(Why?) that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
So we see that God raises up kings, presidents, rulers, according to the righteousness, or, unrighteousness of “his people” in the land. Let us look at what else God has to say about this:
And it came to pass, when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel.
Now the name of his firstborn was Joel; and the name of his second, Abiah: they were judges in Beersheba.
And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment.
Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah,
And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.
But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the LORD.
And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.
According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do they also unto thee.
Now therefore hearken unto their voice: howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, and show them the manner of the king that shall reign over them.
And Samuel told all the words of the LORD unto the people that asked of him a king.
And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint them for “himself,” for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots.
And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and will set them to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots.
And he will take your” daughters” to be confectionaries, and to be cooks, and to be bakers.
And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your olive-yards, even the best of them, and give them to his servants.
And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants.
And he will take your men servants, and your maid servants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his work.
He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants.
And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the LORD will not hear you in that day.
Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us;
That we also may be like all the nations; and king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.
And Samuel heard all the words of the people, and he rehearsed them in the ears of the LORD.
And the LORD said to Samuel, Hearken unto their voice, and make them a king. And Samuel said unto the men of Israel, Go ye every man unto his city.
So we see that the perfect will of God is for God to be our King, and our Lord, our everything, but when we chose to walk outside of God’s laws, we must accept God’s punishment, weather it be as a person, or a country, or, a world. The prophesy written herein are prophesies that have been written by God according to what is to happen in the future. There is no way to change what he has already said, and the only thing we can do is, be on God’s side, or, be on the anti-christs side. and if we’re on God’s side, walking in the Spirit, we will be able to see the “signs of the times” spoken of by Jesus:
The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would show them a sign from heaven.
He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red.
And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?
A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed.
There are many things yet to happen, and things in the world will look dark and it will look like the end, but unto them that believe and waiting and watching, it’s just the beginning of the fullness of the kingdom of heaven.
The End of the Beginning!