The Book of Revelation is the present textbook for understanding our future. The stage is set for Revelation chapter four to open. The throne of God in Heaven is circled over by a rainbow that declares mercy is still the Father’s heart. There will be seen four cherubim preparing to defend God’s holiness in this “out of control” world.
The Seven Spirits are actually the Holy Spirit acting in the seven expressions of His omnipresent powers. Twenty-four elders complete the scene as the opening of eternal redemption and perfect judgment begins.
God’s phenomenal Book of Revelation was written precisely for our generation. When you understand that the total universe must be purified and set free from over six thousand years of pollution and every expression of sin must be adjudicated and eliminated, the task is breathtaking. The process is universal. Every angel in Heaven will be involved.
All of Heaven and its holy persons, all of the earth and its occupants, and all of Satan’s masquerading spirits and lies will meet in prophetic order. Nothing, and no one, in God’s great universe will be excused. This is the fateful hour to settle the score of what happened in Heaven and in the Garden of Eden.
All the indescribable signs and wonders that began in 1948, when Israel was born a new nation, have only escalated for sixty plus years. In this period of one generation, every Biblical sign of the End Times has become visible. It is not possible to look at the Holy Bible and its picture of the total scene and not know that God’s Word is perfect.
If the signs of the times mean anything, the final hour of Gentile history is closing. At the exact same time, as we watch the Gentile world withering, we watch Israel blooming. Israel still has a lot to suffer, but the evidence of faith is budding.
Israel’s fateful hour, called “Jacob’s trouble,” will conclude two thousand years of sorrows. The prophets of both testaments speak of the future moment when His chosen people will come to faith in Jesus Christ. Zachariah stated by the Spirit, “I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day. In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, shall ye call every man his neighbour under the vine and under the fig tree” (Zechariah 3:9b-10).
The Apostle Paul wrote, “And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins” (Romans 11:26-27).
The chosen people of Israel have long been considered a kind of time clock of prophecy. Watching this nation setting on military alert and actually speaking of the War of Gog and Magog as eminent cannot be explained except by the Bible. Ezekiel wrote the script for this war twenty-five centuries ago. It was positioned right before the great Millennial Temple and the return of the Messiah.
The Bible is thrilling to search when one sees the nation of Jesus Christ’s very family pictured in future propriety and greatness. Their most glorious kingdom is on the horizon. But, we are beginning to see that Israel is only a small part of the picture and all that it represents.The entire world is suddenly becoming just as prophetic as Israel. No longer do we talk about the One World Order; we watch it developing. There is not one problem our world is facing that is a single nation’s problem. North Korea has the world wondering, “What is next” with this rogue government? The Bear of China is quickly becoming a monetary giant. The slow demise of America is troubling to every nation, large or small. Russia is quickly revealing new fangs of military recovery.Earthquakes have been a “weather barometer” throughout human history. Nothing strikes fear in mankind more than when the ground begins to shake and divide. The Bible makes this phenomenon a centerpiece of prophetic events. Jesus emphasized this as one of the key End Time signs. “And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from Heaven” (Luke 21:11).While we must allow for new technology in determining the frequency of earthquakes, it is clear that they have escalated beyond measure. The world is averaging approximately forty earthquakes over 2.5 magnitude and many smaller ones every day. The words “divers places” should be noted. Checking the reports, it is clear that earthquakes are no longer occurring just at known fault lines, but worldwide in “divers places.” The national news media seems reluctant to even speak of these kinds of developments, lest they make the Bible prophecies of even greater interest.Let’s take one twenty-four hour period and document the earthquakes that occurred. Over the twenty-four hour period of January 23, 2011, there were forty-one (41) earthquakes that registered over 2.5 magnitude; eighteen (18) registered more than 3.5; eleven (11) registered over 4.5; and eight (8) registered over 5.0. Here are the parts of the earth where earthquakes occurred in that one day: Alaska, Puerto Rico, the South Sandwich Islands, Japan, California, the Virgin Islands, Figi, Dominican Republic, Chili, Idaho, Mexico, Indonesia, Arizona, and Nevada. The earth is trembling, spurring, and shaking like a troubled universe.
Mysterious deaths of animals have often occurred around the world, but I cannot find a report of a worldwide series of events on every continent in the proportions that we have seen in the last few weeks. These events seem to be spreading like wildfire around the world. It appears to have started in Beebe, Arkansas, where it was reported that four thousand (4,000) red-winged blackbirds fell from the sky.
Seeing pictures of them scattered in mass up and down the highways looks apocalyptic regardless of one’s Biblical opinion. There were also reports from Rockwell, Texas; Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana; numerous other states; and in different countries of the world. Quickly, the death of massive numbers (even tons) of fish surfaced. The Chesapeake Bay area reported two million dead spot croakers had washed ashore. Then there was the announcement of hundreds of tons of sardines, catfish, and other species of fish in New Zealand and Brazil.
Within a few days there was the news of 8,000 doves falling dead from the skies of Italy; crows in Sweden; water birds in Houston and Minnesota; and flocks of birds near Nashville, Tennessee. If that isn’t enough, forty to forty-five thousand velvet crabs were found dead on the beaches of Kent, England, and many penguins were reported dead in New Zealand. Just days ago, it was 10,000 cows and buffaloes in Vietnam.
A few days earlier, it was 200 cows in one pasture in Arkansas. The reports of similar events continue to come in from all over the globe. The Bible clearly promises this kind of strange death to the population of fowls and fish. Zephaniah wrote as he spoke the words of God, “I will consume man and beast; I will consume the fowls of the Heaven, and the fishes of the sea, and the stumblingblocks with the wicked; and I will cut off man from off the land, saith the LORD” (Zephaniah 1:3).
Hosea promised, “Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of Heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away” (Hosea 4:3).Add to this the strange events touching the Heavenly bodies and affecting the atmosphere of our world. Here is a report from Project World Awareness that makes us think of the Bible warning of Luke 21:11b “and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from Heaven.”“The angry sun – For months mounting fear has driven researchers to wring their hands over the approaching solar storms. Some have predicted devastating solar tsunamis that could wipe away our advanced technology, others voiced dire warnings that violent explosions on the surface of the sun could reach out to Earth, breach our magnetic field, and expose billions to high intensity X-rays and other deadly forms of cancer-causing radiation. Now evidence has surfaced that something potentially more dangerous is happening deep within the hidden core of our life-giving star: never-before-seen particles—or some mysterious force—is being shot out from the sun and it’s hitting Earth.” (www.projectworldawareness.com)
A publication from Natural News speaks of the possibility of poisonous gases in our third Heaven above. “The really concerning part about all this is the sudden realization that if these poisoning clouds of Hydrogen Cyanide could reach into our lower atmosphere, they could also theoretically reach ground level. That’s where humans live, of course, and if such a poisonous cloud reached down into a major city such as New York, it would cause the mass instantaneous death of potentially millions of people.
Nobody is prepared to survive a sudden cloud of Hydrogen Cyanide — not even the preppers. I own stored food and some emergency gear, but even I probably wouldn’t survive a sudden Hydrogen Cyanide gas attack from outer space. Notably, Hydrogen Cyanide has been used as both a rodent killer and as a chemical precursor in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals.” (www.naturalnews.com)There is enough scientific talk about what is happening in our atmosphere or the third Heavens to fulfill the words of Christ, “Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of Heaven shall be shaken” (Luke 21:26).