As in The Days of Noah Were Msg II

 

As In The Days of Noah Were

Our Lord Jesus told us that the conditions on this earth are going to be just as bad as they were before He destroyed the earth with a Flood many years ago:

The Great Day of His Wrath 1851-3 by John Martin 1789-1854

The Great Day of His Wrath 1851-3 by John Martin 1789-1854

Matthew 24: 37

37But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” (KJV)

In the first instance, God destroyed the earth by a flood. When Christ returns, the destructive means will be a fire, with nuclear weapons contributing to it. In both instances, the sin on the earth had degraded to the point where violence was rampant, and all flesh was corrupted. The earth will continue to degenerate to the point that the Lord will rapture the true believers off the face of the earth to be with Him, leaving only the unsaved and massively sinful population. The Great Tribulation will follow the event of the Rapture. Adam wrote parts of Genesis in which we find his prediction of both the flood, and the fiery destructions of the earth. Josephus affirmed Adam’s writing (circa A.D.68):

“Adam’s prediction that the world was to be destroyed at one time by the force of fire, and at another time by the violence and quantity of water, they made two pillars; the one of brick, the other of stone: they inscribed their discoveries on them both, (71) that in case the pillar or brick should be destroyed by the flood, the pillar of stone might remain, and exhibit those discoveries to mankind; and also inform them that there was another pillar of brick erected by them. Now this remains in the land of Siriad to this day.” (Josephus and Whiston, 1987, Book 1, Chapter 2 ¶71)

The sinfulness characteristics of humankind, which caused the Lord God to bring a Flood upon the earth, are listed here:

Characteristics of the Earth Before Divine Judgment

  • Preoccupation with physical appetites (Luke 17: 27)
  • Rapid advances in technology (Genesis 4: 22)
  • Grossly materialistic attitudes and interests (Luke17: 28)
  • Uniformitarian philosophies (Hebrews 11: 7)
  • Inordinate devotion to pleasure and comfort (Genesis 4: 21)
  • No concern for God in thought or deed (II Peter 2: 5; Jude 15)
  • Disregard for the sanctity of marriage (Matthew 24: 38)
  • Rejection of God’s Word (I Peter 3: 19)
  • Population explosion (Genesis 6: 1, 11)
  • Widespread violence (Genesis 6: 11, 13)
  • Corruption throughout society (Genesis 6: 12)
  • Preoccupation with illicit sexual activity (Genesis 4: 19; 6: 2)
  • Widespread words and thoughts of blasphemy (Jude 15)
  • Organized Satanic activity (Genesis 6: 1-4)
  • Promulgation of abnormal depravity (Genesis 6: 5, 12) (Morris, 2009, 174-175).

Each one of these items listed above came about because of the Fall of Man in the Garden of Eden. Ever since then, man has been trying to mitigate the effects of these behaviors.

Preoccupation with physical appetites

The Eve of the Deluge by William Bell Scott Cir 1865

The Eve of the Deluge by William Bell Scott Cir 1865

Luke 17:27-28

27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. 28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; 29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. 30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.” (KJV)

As the Lord is explaining the circumstances of the period just before the Great Tribulation, and His return to the earth, He describes several activities that could easily be viewed as normal day-to-day living. He further refers to two periods of human history when these activities were taking place just prior to a cataclysm of huge proportions. One was the Flood, and the other was the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. People are dining, drinking, getting married, conducting business activities, constructing buildings, and farming. On the face of it these activities seem innocent enough and do not appear sufficiently evil to warrant a worldwide Flood, or the destruction of two cities in divine retribution. What the Lord is saying here is that they are preoccupied with these activities, and were “falling away” from Him. This behavior is described in both Testaments, and here are a few examples:

  • You will turn from the way (Deuteronomy 31:29)
  • You will all fall away this night (Matthew 26:31; Mark 14:27)
  • Many will fall away (Matthew 24:10)
  • When persecution comes he falls away (Matthew 13:21; Mark 4:17)
  • They believe for a while and in time of temptation they fall away (Luke 8:13)
  • The day of the Lord will be preceded by apostasy (2 Thessalonians 2:3)
  • In the last days some will fall away from the faith (1 Timothy 4:1)

“Fall away” is a good description for the behavior that results when other desires take priority over reverence to God. “Falling away” is easy to do, and hard to resist.

Rapid advances in technology

Iron & Coal by William Bell Scott Cir. 1855-60

Iron & Coal by William Bell Scott Cir. 1855-60

The rapid advances made by the first pre-flood civilizations were significant. Cain, the banished son of Adam who had murdered his brother Abel, founded the first civilization. The Cainitic civilization took on his character such as:

  • Urban and nomadic life was preferred over “tilling the ground”.
  • Nomadic life was preferred over settled, dwelling places for agricultural pursuits.
  • Cattle raising began.
  • Metal working tools were developed to ease the burden of the hard work, and to create weapons.
  • Musical instruments were developed to provide musical and mitigate their sorrow.
  • Polygamy began.
  • Boasting through written poetry developed.

This civilization included urbanization, agriculture, animal domestication and metallurgy. Adam’s descendants did them all quickly. Every element of a materialistic civilization is mentioned in Genesis 4 verses 16–22:

Genesis 4:16-22 

16And Cain went out from the presence of Jehovah, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden. 17And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch. 18And unto Enoch was born Irad: and Irad begat Mehujael: and Mehujael begat Methushael; and Methushael begat Lamech. 19And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah. 20And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents and have cattle. 21And his brother’s name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and pipe. 22And Zillah, she also bare Tubal-cain, the forger of every cutting instrument of brass and iron: and the sister of Tubal-cain was Naamah.” (KJV)

The Orgy by William Hogarth Cir 1733

The Orgy by William Hogarth Cir 1733

These verses describe city and pastoral life, the development of the arts and the beginning of manufacturing. Jubal produced musical instruments (the harp and flute). Tubal-Cain, his brother, made tools out of bronze and iron. Ezekiel 27:13 also refers to Tubal-Cain, and the trading of bronze vessels. The Biblical narrative recognizes the use of metals to advance the progress of civilization, and the development of more efficient tools and weapons. This man was the first to make weapons of war. The order in which the principal metals are mentioned in the Torah—gold, copper, and iron—correctly reflects the history of metallurgy. Copper in Hebrew is neḥoshet, and actually means “bronze,” which is an alloy of copper and tin. This metal was used as early as the third millennium B.C. extensively in southern Mesopotamia and in Sinai. This Hebrew word is also from the same root as the word for “serpent”. Archaeological discoveries have attested to the high degree of technology that allowed them to attempt to thwart the effects of the curse on the earth. The Cainitic civilization may have been as splendid as that of Greece or Rome, but Divine Judgment is based on the moral state of man, not the material state of man (Genesis 6:5–7).

Modern Technology

Modern technology advances can in our country be traced to time after the Civil War:

Thomas Edison's ambition to listen to the dead. From surreal paintings.com Artist unknown

Thomas Edison’s ambition to listen to the dead. From surreal paintings.com Artist unknown

 

  • In the years between 1867 and 1880, such devices as the telephone, sound recordings, typewriters, chemically stable paper pulp, and reinforced concrete were invented. This latter innovation allowed for the building boom that created larger cities in the United States during the Civil War Reconstruction period.
  • The 1880’s, a huge period of scientific advances, brought incandescent electric lights, electric motors, trains, the gramophone, a spread of photography (a technology initially developed decades earlier), internal combustion engines, aluminum production, and more.
  • The 1890’s saw the introduction of diesel engines, x-rays, movies, wireless telegraphy, the discovery of radioactivity and the synthesis of aspirin.
  • And the period from the turn of the century through 1914 saw the sudden upsurge of mass-production, especially of automobiles, which changed the United States from a horse-drawn society to a motorized one. It also was the period when the first airplanes and tractors were developed, and vacuum diodes and triodes were perfected allowing for the miniaturization of electronic equipment.
  • Air conditioning, stainless steel and neon lights became elements of the modern world. Other inventions were the radio, TV and computer. Motorized transportation went from automobiles to inter continental air travel, to space exploration.
  • Warfare technology went from simple single shot rifles, and some multiple shotguns and canons, to deadly computerized inter-continental missiles, and nuclear armaments.
  • Another major area of advancement was in communication, and information sharing and development. The telephone, advances in printing presses and typesetting, the typewriter, improvements in paper manufacture, movies, photography, the gramophone, the radio were developed or refined during this crucial period.
  • The development of the Internet in the last half of the 20th The Internet has radically changed nearly every level of human experience in an incredibly short amount of time. Two decades ago, you would have had to write a letter to communicate with others far away; now you can interact in real time with people all over the earth.

Technology’s Effects on Society

All these individual innovations combined to change the way information was spread, and the effect of this was probably more disruptive than the information revolution of the late 20th century.

The impact of technology on our social, mental, physical and environmental health can be devastating. Here is a list of them:

Alone with out phones from Linked In. Artist unknown

Alone with out phones from Linked In. Artist unknown

  • Isolation: Isolation is characterized by a lack of face-to-face contact with other people in normal daily living, such as the workplace, with friends and in social activities. The use of online social media sites cause us to meet face-to-face with real people much less frequently, resulting in a lack of social skill development. We lose the ability to “read” body language and interpret social “cues” from other people.
  • Lack of Social Bonds: Creating a lasting bond with other people requires face-to-face interaction. Recent developments in technology, such as the Internet, have led to a decline in “normal” social behaviors. In ages past, you would see people and actually get to know them. People talked to each and shared their ideas and thoughts daily. The more we allow technology to isolate ourselves, the fewer bonds we will form. People can now work from home, which takes away time they would be spending with their families. Younger people prefer communicating “online” instead of face-to-face. When people are in the same room, and communicating by text or instant messaging instead of speaking to each other, there is a problem.
  • Lack of Privacy: No longer is an having unlisted telephone number, or staying “offline” keeping your information safe from prying eyes. With a few clicks on a keyboard, the average person can locate anyone’s address and contact information. Additionally, people no longer are protective of privacy. They do not think twice about tweeting every move they make, freely giving out their location on Google Map, or putting their entire life story, or racy picture on Facebook.
  • Violating Social Boundaries: Much in the same way that people over share on social media sites, there is an increasing tendency to cross social boundaries. Cyber stalking someone, or sending unsolicited nude photos are examples of violating social boundaries.
  • Depression: Technology creates the perfect recipe for depression with the lack of human contact, lack of exercise and overeating.
  • Poor Sleep Habits: Online activities that keep us up too late, and the constant stream of information can make it difficult to turn off our brains. The ambient glow from screens can affect the release of melatonin, the sleep chemical.
  • Higher Level of Deceit: Another concern is use of the Internet to deceive others by creating a false profiles, people can “pretend” to be whomever they want.
  • Lack of Emotional Empathy and Sexual Boundaries: The constant stream of violent and sexual scenes in video games, TV, movies, and YouTube causes people to become desensitized to destruction of any kind. The “normalizing” of bad things happening, and the culture of narcissism created by social media, creates a society of people who lack empathy. Protecting our children has become much more difficult.
  • Constant Distraction: When we are focused on a device instead of what is going on around us, we miss a great deal and lose concentration on completing the tasks before us.
  • Shortened Attention Span: The use of social media has shortened our attention span from 12 minutes to 5 minutes. Constant news feeds, getting information in 140 characters or less, and videos that are 10 minutes or less has literally rewired our brains.
  • Increased Bullying: The use of technology has caused an increase in bullying and escalated the severity of it. Kids are no longer able to escape their tormentors once they reach the safety of their own homes. Bullies infiltrate the security of their victim’s homes through online avenues. It is also easier to get more kids involved in bullying because people are more likely to say things online that they would not say in person. The increase in cyber-bullying has also led to an increase in teen suicides.
  • More Violence: After people lose empathy and are accustomed to violence, it becomes the social norm. Recording of violent beatings, school shootings, are attacks on homeless, elderly or disabled people are a few examples of violent behavior promoted by this type of media.
  • Developmental Issues in Children: Children are using more technology now than they have ever used in the past. All of the negative effects that social media and television is having on adults are far greater when it comes to the developing minds of children. There is no way to know what long term effect technology will have on our children because this is the first generation to have unlimited access.
Mall Culture Artist Unknown

Mall Culture Artist Unknown

Grossly Materialistic Attitudes and Interests

The nearest a person can come to describing the cataclysm that will happen when Christ returns is to look at the way Noah’s generation perished in the Flood (Genesis 6–9). As Noah prepared the ark for the Flood, the people continued in their normal daily routine, and there is nothing wrong with these activities. The problem is their civilization was obsessed with the material things of the world, and not spiritual responsibilities. They denied the existence of God and only cared about “getting more”. On the day Noah entered the ark, the rains came, and everyone perished without warning except Noah and his family. In the same way, the materialistic, indifferent people of Sodom were not prepared for God’s judgment (Genesis 19). They were living in sin, and oblivious to God. Therefore, they were destroyed without any warning either. Jesus reminded His followers that at the time of the coming of the Kingdom, people should not be attached to their material things for they, like Lot’s wife, will be judged accordingly. God’s judgment caught them totally by surprise, because they lived as though it would never happen:

Jasher 5:22-25

22 In that time, the Lord said to Noah and Methuselah, Stand forth and proclaim to the sons of men all the words that I spoke to you in those days, peradventure they may turn from their evil ways, and I will then repent of the evil and will not bring it. 23 And Noah and Methuselah stood forth, and said in the ears of the sons of men, all that God had spoken concerning them. 24 But the sons of men would not hearken, neither would they incline their ears to all their declarations. 25 And it was after this that the Lord said to Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me, on account of their evil deeds, and behold I will destroy the earth.”

 Jasher 6:12-28

12 And still the sons of men would not return from their evil ways, and they increased the anger of the Lord at that time, and did not even direct their hearts to all this. 13 And at the end of seven days, in the six hundredth year of the life of Noah, the waters of the flood were upon the earth. 14 And all the fountains of the deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened, and the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.15 And Noah and his household, and all the living creatures that were with him, came into the ark on account of the waters of the flood, and the Lord shut him in. 16 And all the sons of men that were left upon the earth, became exhausted through evil on account of the rain, for the waters were coming more violently upon the earth, and the animals and beasts were still surrounding the ark. 17 And the sons of men assembled together, about seven hundred thousand men and women, and they came unto Noah to the ark. 18 And they called to Noah, saying, Open for us that we may come to thee in the ark–and wherefore shall we die? 19 And Noah, with a loud voice, answered them from the ark, saying, Have you not all rebelled against the Lord, and said that he does not exist? and therefore the Lord brought upon you this evil, to destroy and cut you off from the face of the earth. 20 Is not this the thing that I spoke to you of one hundred and twenty years back, and you would not hearken to the voice of the Lord, and now do you desire to live upon earth? 21 And they said to Noah, We are ready to return to the Lord; only open for us that we may live and not die. 22 And Noah answered them, saying, Behold now that you see the trouble of your souls, you wish to return to the Lord; why did you not return during these hundred and twenty years, which the Lord granted you as the determined period? 23 But now you come and tell me this on account of the troubles of your souls, now also the Lord will not listen to you, neither will he give ear to you on this day, so that you will not now succeed in your wishes. 24 And the sons of men approached in order to break into the ark, to come in on account of the rain, for they could not bear the rain upon them. 25 And the Lord sent all the beasts and animals that stood round the ark. And the beasts overpowered them and drove them from that place, and every man went his way and they again scattered themselves upon the face of the earth. 26 And the rain was still descending upon the earth, and it descended forty days and forty nights, and the waters prevailed greatly upon the earth; and all flesh that was upon the earth or in the waters died, whether men, animals, beasts, creeping things or birds of the air, and there only remained Noah and those that were with him in the ark. 27 And the waters prevailed and they greatly increased upon the earth, and they lifted up the ark and it was raised from the earth. 28 And the ark floated upon the face of the waters, and it was tossed upon the waters so that all the living creatures within were turned about like pottage in a cauldron.”

 

Noah's Flood Artist Unknown

Noah’s Flood Artist Unknown

Materialism Today

The concept of materialism can be defined as, “the importance a consumer attaches to worldly possessions”. At the highest levels of materialism, possessions assume a central place in a person’s life, and are believed to provide the greatest sources of satisfaction, or dissatisfaction. Therefore, when the materialistic things take on a high level of importance in the human’s life, the spiritual is subordinated to those things. Materialism has several meanings:

It is the simple preoccupation with the material world, as opposed to intellectual or spiritual concepts.

It is a theory that assumes that physical matter is all that exists. This theory is far more than a simple focus on material possessions. It states that everything in the universe is matter, without any true spiritual or intellectual existence.

It can also refer to the belief that material success and progress are the highest values in life. This belief appears to be prevalent in western society today.

It is a philosophy that maintains that existence is solely the universe as a huge device being held together by pieces of matter functioning in subjection to naturalistic laws. Since materialism denies all concepts of Special Creation, it relies on the Theory of Evolution to explain itself, thus making beliefs in materialism and evolution interdependent. The attitude can be summed up as “there is only what I can see and what I cannot see is not important or does not exist”.

It has also been characterized as acquisition oriented, pre-occupied with status, competitive, and having a need for superiority. The saying “he who dies with the most toys wins” typifies this attitude.

Effects of Materialism

Materialism promotes negative feelings such as lust, selfishness, jealousy, envy, and eventually, a sense of hopelessness. People forsake spirituality that then leads to the lack of moral values, and the failure to understand the distinction between right and wrong choices. The only thing that matters is a good quality of life and false comforts. They think that everything around them is dictated by need of humans, and is being provided by the environment. All their beliefs are based on scientific inference only. They have lost faith in God as they refuse to believe in anything that we cannot see, hear, or touch. As a result, they remain unrepentant after committing sin. Thus, materialism has adversely affected the entire framework of our society.

Uniformitarian Philosophies

Hebrews 11: 7

7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.” (KJV)

Uniformitarianism is the belief that the same natural laws and processes that operate in the universe now have always operated in the universe in the past, and apply everywhere in the universe. It includes the gradualist concept that “the present is the key to the past”. In other words, the way things are now is the way they have always been. This philosophy refutes special creation and a host of catastrophes God brought correction upon this earth and described in the Bible.

The Flood by Jan Brueghel il Vecchio Cir 1600

The Flood by Jan Brueghel il Vecchio Cir 1600

Catastrophism is the secular belief that the earth has been affected in the past by sudden, short-lived, and violent worldwide events. The earth has suffered natural catastrophes on a global scale, both before, and during humankind’s recorded history. There is evidence for these catastrophes described in the Bible, in the geological, and archeological records. The extinction of many species had occurred catastrophically, not by gradual Darwinian means. For instance, the memory of a flood is recorded in the Hebrew Bible. Some have call the intentional denial of Biblical catastrophes “Cultural Amnesia” where the Biblical is regarded as mere myth and legends. Events were recorded in the Bible are caused by God, as judgment on the earth for the sins of mankind. Yet, people will look for any reason to avoid dependency on the God of the universe, and His Christ our Lord Jesus.

As sin increases, soon there will be another catastrophic judgment on the earth. This time it will be by fire as Josephus recorded Adams words:

“Adam’s prediction that the world was to be destroyed at one time by the force of fire, and at another time by the violence and quantity of water, they made two pillars; the one of brick, the other of stone: they inscribed their discoveries on them both, (71that in case the pillar or brick should be destroyed by the flood, the pillar of stone might remain, and exhibit those discoveries to mankind; and also inform them that there was another pillar of brick erected by them. Now this remains in the land of Siriad to this day. [1]

[1] Josephus, F., & Whiston, W. (1987). The works of Josephus: complete and unabridged. Antiquities of the Jews Book 1 Chapter 2 Para 71, Peabody: Hendrickson.

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The Seventy Five Day Interval

The Seventy-Five Day Interval

The Millennium (also called the Theocratic Kingdom, or the Messianic Kingdom) does not start right away at the close of the Great Tribulation. Scripture tells us that the duration of the first half of the Great Tribulation is 1,260 days (3 ½ years). This is the length of the time between two significant events. They are the signing of the covenant with Israel by the Antichrist, initiating the Great Tribulation, and the Abomination of Desolation being set up in the Temple, which is the mid point event. Scripture also tells us that the last half of the Tribulation will be 1,260 days counting from the Abomination of Desolation to the demise of the Antichrist. These two sets of 3 ½ years each equal a total of seven years. When comparing several Scripture passages, that reference the Great Tribulation’s duration, another specific time interval is noted. This is a seventy-five day interval at the end of the Great Tribulation and prior to the establishment of the Messianic Kingdom. The interval is described in Daniel, and the differences in numbers are intentional, they are not scribal error:

Daniel 12:11-12

11And from the time that the continual burnt-offering shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand and two hundred and ninety days [1290]. 12Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days [1335].” (KJV, brackets added)

The Daniel passage gives us two additional figures. The first is 1,290 days, or an additional thirty days, during which time the Abomination of Desolation will remain in the Temple before it is removed. The second figure is 1,335 days, which is another 45 days beyond the 1,290 and 75 days beyond the 1,260 days. A special blessing is pronounced upon those who survive to the 1,335th day. The blessing is, for those who survive, to be able to enter into the Messianic Kingdom. Many will not make it that far, even though they made it to the end of the Tribulation. The events and the time intervals are illustrated on the following chart: Read more

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The Last Battle on Earth

 

          THE FINAL BATTLE OF THE EARTH

The Beast of Revelation 666 by Hawkwood

The Bible reveals exactly how the coming world leader, known as the Antichrist, will suffer defeat for all the havoc he has caused on earth. And specifically, the greatest persecutions of the Jews this earth will have ever seen. This person will have great political acumen and will be a virtual sorcerer. [1] During the holocaust under the Nazis approximately one-third of the entire world’s population of Jews were exterminated. That amounted to about six million people. At that time the people listened to the swaying words of Adolph Hitler enabling him to kill so many. The Antichrist and his pogroms will kill two-thirds during the Great Tribulation (Zechariah13:8). With Jewish worldwide population estimated presently at approximately 13.3 million that equals 8.86 million to be killed.[2] Of the remaining one-third all will have been refined and finally accept Christ as their Messiah.

Zechariah 13:9 “And I will bring the third part through the fire,
 Refine them as silver is refined,
 And test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name,
 And I will answer them;
 I will say, ‘They are My people,’
 And they will say, ‘The LORD is my God.'”(NASB)

In concert with this is Christ’s Words regarding the Jews finally accepting them as their Messiah.

Matthew 23:39 “For I say to you, from now on you will not see Me until you say, BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD!'”(NASB)

And finally the final fulfillment of Paul does prophesy regarding the Jews national salvation.

Romans 11:26-27 and so all Israel will be saved; just as it is written, “THE DELIVERER WILL COME FROM ZION,
 HE WILL REMOVE UNGODLINESS FROM JACOB.” 
THIS IS MY COVENANT WITH THEM,
 WHEN I TAKE AWAY THEIR SINS.” (NASB)

During the last stage of the Great Tribulation, which we call the battle of Armageddon, the Antichrist, will move his forces into the Valley of Jezreel. His enemies, which are the underground or resistance forces who have been saved during the Tribulation, take the opportunity to destroy Babylon the world capital of the Antichrist. They do it unannounced and in rapid fashion.  According to Isaiah 13:3, they will be Gentile believers of the Tribulation. Just prior to this they will make their way to Jerusalem to report to the Jews who are there. This sudden destruction of the world political and economic capital will cause great distress on the earth, but not in heaven. Because when Babylon gets destroyed it will signal to those in Heaven that the Second Coming is soon to occur!

Christ Returns with The Saints - Artist Unknown

Christ Returns with The Saints – Artist Unknown

Along with the destruction of Babylon the regeneration of the Nation Israel will occur shortly. Most of the Jews and their leaders will have fled Jerusalem and Israel. They will be at the sheepfold of Bozrah in the land of Edom, which is present day Jordan.

Micah 2:12 12 I will surely assemble, O Jacob, all of thee; I will surely gather the remnant of Israel; I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah, as a flock in the midst of their pasture; they shall make great noise by reason of the multitude of men.(KJV)

This is known today as Petra. Modern day Petra is ancient Bozrah. The name Bozrah in many modern Bibles gets translated as sheepfold, which is a protected area for sheep. Petra is the Greek word for a city in Southern Jordan, today that was know in Old Testament times as Bozrah. The word Petra means rock and the word Bozrah means sheepfold or fortress. It is located in ancient region of Edom southeast of the Dead Sea. Edom is also the name given to Jacob’s brother Esau (Gen 25:30) whose name means red (Gen 25:25). The rock in Petra is red and the city entrance (the siq) and interior have characteristics of a sheepfold. This is the city where the Jews will flee for safety during the last half of the Great Tribulation. This city meets all the requirements that Jesus gave for the location where they should flee.

The Antichrist’s main purpose is to completely destroy the Jewish Race. The allied armies of the Antichrist will march southward from Jerusalem to Bozrah.

Jeremiah 49: 13-14″For I have sworn by Myself,” declares the LORD, “that Bozrah will become an object of horror, a reproach, a ruin and a curse; and all its cities will become perpetual ruins.” 
I have heard a message from the LORD, And an envoy is sent among the nations, saying, 
”Gather yourselves together and come against her,
 And rise up for battle!” (NASB)

So now the nations of the earth are gathered at Bozrah against the Remnant of Israel. The Jews are gathered at Bozrah.

The battle at Bozrah is actually the initial location for Christ’s Second Coming. For it is there that Jesus and the Antichrist fight and the battle continues all the way back to the Temple Mount eastern wall which overlooks a portion of the Kidron Valley which was known in Bible times as the Valley of Jehoshaphat.

                        Joel 3:12-13 Let the nations be aroused
 And come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat, For there I will sit to judge
 All the surrounding nations. 
Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe 
Come, tread, for the wine press is full;
 The vats overflow, for their wickedness is great. (NASB)

The Antichrist himself will be among the first to be conquered and destroyed by Christ. This false Christ will completely fail before the true Christ. Remember, Antichrist means to be in “place of Christ.” There is an unholy trinity just as there is the Holy Trinity. The Holy is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The unholy is; Satan, the Antichrist and the false prophet. The Antichrist will be taking the role of Christ as the son. All of Antichrist’s earthly power will pale in comparison to the Lord Jesus. This particular moment in time will demonstrate that quite clearly. Habakkuk described this:

Habakkuk 3:13b   You struck the head of the house of the evil
 To lay him open from thigh to neck.

The apostle Paul also described this slaying for us in II Thessalonians.

II Thessalonians 2:8: Then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming; (NASB)

Finally the Antichrist, who claimed to be God in the middle of The Great Tribulation, and went into the Temple and made that declaration, comes to his end. This person derived his power from Satan and his soul will be delivered down to hell. His body has a different end on the earth, which will be address separately.

Isaiah 14:3-1. And it will be in the day when the LORD gives you rest from your pain and turmoil and harsh service in which you have been enslaved, that you will take up this taunt against the king of Babylon, and say,
”How the oppressor has ceased,
 And how fury has ceased! “The LORD has broken the staff of the wicked,
 The scepter of rulers Which used to strike the peoples in fury with unceasing strokes, Which subdued the nations in anger with unrestrained persecution. “The whole earth is at rest and is quiet; They break forth into shouts of joy. “Even the cypress trees rejoice over you, and the cedars of Lebanon, saying,
 ‘Since you were laid low, no tree cutter comes up against us.’ “Sheol from beneath is excited over you to meet you when you come; It arouses for you the spirits of the dead, all the leaders of the earth; It raises all the kings of the nations from their thrones. “They will all respond and say to you, ‘Even you have been made weak as we, You have become like us. ‘Your pomp and the music of your harps. Have been brought down to Sheol;
 Maggots are spread out as your bed beneath you. And worms are your covering.’ (NASB)

Once the Jews are all saved at Christ’s Second Coming they will mock the Antichrist while proclaiming God’s majestic strength.  The succeeding verses in this Isaiah passage describe Lucifer’s fall, not the Antichrist’s. The Antichrist controlled the world’s nations. In these verses we see the nations celebrating his death. When he enters Hell those that were prominent but unsaved figures on the earth will be very surprised to see him there.  Then all the splendor of the worldwide reign of the Antichrist will terminate with his entrance into Hell.

Isaiah, after describing the Antichrist’s entrance to hell and Lucifer’s fall, begins to discuss the demise of the Antichrist’s body.

Isaiah 14:16-21: “Those who see you will gaze at you,
 They will ponder over you, saying,
 ‘Is this the man who made the earth tremble,
 Who shook kingdoms, 
Who made the world like a wilderness
 And overthrew its cities,
 Who did not allow his prisoners to go home?’  “All the kings of the nations lie in glory,
 Each in his own tomb. “But you have been cast out of your tomb
 Like a rejected branch,
 Clothed with the slain who are pierced with a sword,
 Who go down to the stones of the pit
 Like a trampled corpse. “You will not be united with them in burial,
 Because you have ruined your country,
 You have slain your people.
 May the offspring of evildoers not be mentioned forever. “Prepare for his sons a place of slaughter
. Because of the iniquity of their fathers.
 They must not arise and take possession of the earth
. And fill the face of the world with cities.”(NASB)

There will be much disbelief with those who are viewing the body that this Antichrist died so suddenly and easily when they consider the control he exerted over the entire earth. Interestingly and very fitting to the one who orchestrated the worst persecution of God’s people, his body will be trampled over by the retreating feet of his own army. His body won’t even be buried. It will be resurrected and cast alive into the Lake of Fire during the seventy-five day interval between the end of the Tribulation and start of the Millennial Kingdom. This is why Isaiah says that he will not be buried. His entire family will be destroyed so that they are unable to follow his path and attempt to rule the world.

There are several passages that demonstrate how Christ will slaughter the army by marching through the land in indignation and treading the nations with His feet. This will cause His garments to be stained with their blood. Zechariah describes this.

Zechariah 14:12-15 And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth. And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour. And Judah also shall fight at Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the heathen round about shall be gathered together, gold, and silver, and apparel, in great abundance. And so shall be the plague of the horse, of the mule, of the camel, and of the ass, and of all the beasts that shall be in these tents, as this plague.(KJV)

The method that God will use to slay the armies of the Antichrist as described in Zechariah chapter fourteen embody the characteristics of a nuclear explosion.  One survivor of Hiroshima described the effects of that nuclear explosion of that population in two groups. One group in close proximity to the blast evaporated and the second, somewhat further away from the explosion, died shortly thereafter. Their physical characteristics after the blast are very similar to Zechariah’s description.

1. Those close to the hypocenter were instantly incinerated without leaving behind a trace, except for perhaps a shadow on a wall or street where their bodies had partially protected the surface from the initial flash of heat. One author notes that those closest to the blast “passed from being to nothingness faster than any human physiology can register.

2. Those slightly farther from the center of the explosion did not die immediately, but suffered from severe third-degree burns all over their bodies, in particular to any areas that were exposed directly to the heat. They suffered a period of intense pain before dying of their injuries. Those who witnessed the explosion and survived invariably describe these victims in the most horrific terms.

The appearance of people was . . . well, they all had skin blackened by burns. . . . They had no hair because their hair was burned, and at a glance you couldn’t tell whether you were looking at them from in front or in back. . . . They held their arms bent [forward] like this . . . and their skin – not only on their hands, but on their faces and bodies too – hung down. . . . If there had been only one or two such people . . . perhaps I would not have had such a strong impression. But wherever I walked I met these people. . . . Many of them died along the road – I can still picture them in my mind — like walking ghosts. [3]

Even though the leader has met his demise his armies continue to fight. They are moving toward the Valley of Jehoshaphat.

Revelation 14: 19-20: So the angel swung his sickle to the earth and gathered the clusters from the vine of the earth, and threw them into the great wine press of the wrath of God. And the wine press was trodden outside the city, and blood came out from the wine press, up to the horses’ bridles, for a distance of two hundred miles.(NASB)

The city is Jerusalem and the winepress metaphor is the battle in the Valley of Jehoshaphat. The armies come from Bozrah, which will end the battle. The blood stretches 200 miles at the depth of the horse’s bridles. Jeremiah best describes this:

Jeremiah 49:20-22: Therefore hear the plan of the LORD which He has planned against Edom, and His purposes which He has purposed against the inhabitants of Teman: surely they will drag them off, even the little ones of the flock; surely He will make their pasture desolate because of them. The earth has quaked at the noise of their downfall. There is an outcry! The noise of it has been heard at the Red Sea. Behold, He will mount up and swoop like an eagle and spread out His wings against Bozrah; and the hearts of the mighty men of Edom in that day will be like the heart of a woman in labor.(NASB)

An incredible amount of blood is spilled. Since the fighting begins at Bozrah then moves to Jerusalem this could be the 200 miles spoken of in the Revelation passage. Trying to pinpoint the exact geographic flow of the blood is somewhat difficult.

The difficulty arises in measuring the lineal distances involved in the final stage of the Armageddon effort. Remember it starts in Bozrah then moves to Jerusalem. The distance from Bozrah to the Valley at Armageddon is about 200 miles. This region encompasses the Jehoshaphat valley. Christ spoke of birth pangs in the Olivet Discourse explaining the steps from the beginning of the first pang of the “Last Days” to the final arrival of the Messiah to set up His Kingdom on earth. In discussing the birth pangs of the Great Tribulation Jeremiah referenced Edom and the Red Sea. This might satisfy the question more specifically in terms of the area encompassed by the 200 miles of blood.

Jeremiah 49: 20-22 Therefore hear the plan of the LORD which He has planned against Edom, and His purposes which He has purposed against the inhabitants of Teman: surely they will drag them off, even the little ones of the flock; surely He will make their pasture desolate because of them. The earth has quaked at the noise of their downfall. There is an outcry! The noise of it has been heard at the Red Sea. Behold, He will mount up and swoop like an eagle and spread out His wings against Bozrah; and the hearts of the mighty men of Edom in that day will be like the heart of a woman in labor. (NASB)

Consider this vast amount of blood beginning to spill at Bozrah and continuing northwest to Jerusalem and on to the Valley of Jehoshaphat, which runs into the Gulf of Aquaba (The Red Sea). The distance from there to Jerusalem is about 200 miles with blood at the four-foot level. This is indeed a fitting final end of the armies of the Antichrist who caused and executed the worst persecution of the Jews the world will have ever seen.

 

Daniel E. Woodhead Ph.D.

 


[1] McCall, Thomas, S. and Zola Levitt. Satan in the Sanctuary, Dallas, TX. Self Published 1983,130.

[2] LeNef, Ner ,ed. World Jewish Population: Judaism on Line, 2001. (accessed February 24, 2010) available from http://World Warw.simpletoremember.com/vitals/world-jewish-population.htm; Internet, n.p.

 

[3] Kay, Joseph. Sixty Years since the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Bombings, Internet. World Socialist Web Site accessed February 24, 2010 http://www.wsws.org/articles/2005/aug2005/hiro-a06.shtml from: Hida Shuntaro. “The Day Hiroshima Disappeared,” in Hiroshima’s Shadows, edited by Kai Bird and Lawrence Lifschultz, The Pamphleteer’s Press, Stony Creek, Connecticut: 1998, p. 419.

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Jesus Earned The Right to Take Back the Earth and Start The Great Tribulation

Transfiguration by Bloch (1834-1890

Transfiguration by Bloch (1834-1890

Every Knee Will Bow

Philippians 2:10-11

10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (KJV).

Those who love Jesus and realize who he is adore, worship, and bow down to His majesty. Our text in this verse says that the three realms of existence all do and will bow down to Him.

  1. Heavenly beings
  2. Earthly beings
  3. Demonic beings

The heavenly or celestial beings knew who Jesus was before He appeared on the earth. Just before the Great Tribulation in the Throne Room of God all the celestial beings and the raptured Church acknowledge Him and bow down to Him. In Revelation chapter five we are permitted to see into the Throne Room of the Universe.  Where in chapter four the central character was God the Father, in chapter five it is God the Son.  He is called the Lamb here. The Seven Sprits are there.  The Seven Spirits are present, the twenty-four Elders and so are the Cherubim. There are also millions of angels who have entered the Throne room that weren’t there or discussed in chapter four.  In this chapter God the Son receives the legal right to carry out the Great Tribulation. The Lord Jesus has fulfilled the Law and has achieved the right to carry out the events of the Tribulation on this earth. Initially there did not appear that anyone was qualified to open this title deed/will/contract held in the right hand of God The Father.   The lack of anyone meeting the qualifications to open the book implies that there is a deity-worthiness that’s required to take this command and open this book. It is finally realized that because of Christ’s sacrifice He is worthy to open the scroll and start the Great Tribulation.Not just for the sacrifice He made for us. He fulfilled the Mosaic Law in a unique way too.

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The Great Tribulation or The Final Judgment (aka The Jewish Wars & Victories)

The Tribulation (The Jewish Wars & Victories)

The Last Judgment by Michelangelo 1536-41

From the Jewish Writings

Collectively the Targum Onkelos, Philo, Pirqe Mashiah and the Sibylline Books all attest to a great war before Messiah arrives. Some state that there shall come forth a man leading his hosts to war and will subdue great and populous nations. Others say that in the year in which King Messiah will be revealed all the kings of the nations of the world would provoke each other. Still others state that a great king will march forth against Alexandria in a camp and a great evil will be in the world, and he will rebel and rule for three and a half years. This last comment speaks to the Antichrist who will stir up the war at the end.

Other writings such as the Zohar Chadash from the Kabbalistic literature states: “At that time wars shall be stirred up in the world. Nation shall be against nation and city against city; much distress shall be renewed against the enemies of the Israelites.” Another Jewish source known as the Bereshit Rabbah states:

“If you shall see the kingdoms rising against each other in turn, then give heed and note the footsteps of the Messiah (XLII: 4)

THE RABBIS CLEARLY TAUGHT THAT A WORLDWIDE CONFLICT WOULD SIGNAL THE COMING OF THE MESSIAH.

Within The Bible

The Bible is very clear in both the Old Testament and New Testament of the Tribulation that will precede the coming of the Messiah and the establishment of the Kingdom. Jeremiah mentions the tribulation. In Jeremiah 30:4-10 we read of a time of great trouble or distress that comes upon Israel, the result of which causes Israel to be saved and freed from their oppressors to serve the Lord their God. It is described in Jeremiah 30:6 which says, “that day is great, and there is none like it.” He calls it in verse seven “The Time of Jacob’s Trouble.” Which means that one of the reasons for the Tribulation will be to break the will of the Jews and bring them to their Messiah, Jesus. The prophet Daniel, in Daniel 12:1 describes the tribulation with these words, “And there will be a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time.” Jesus described the tribulation with similar words in Matthew 24:21, “For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will.” Revelation 9:6 says, “And in those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will long to die, and death flees from them.” The tribulation will be the greatest time of distress that has ever come upon the earth. The book of revelation from chapters 6-19 describes the entire process. One of the reasons for the book of revelation is to arrange, codify and put in chronological order the prophecies in the Old Testament that are yet unfulfilled.

Names of the Great Tribulation Found in the Bible: ASV of 1901

Old Testament References

  1. The Time of Jacob’s – Trouble-Jeremiah 30:7. Jacob’s name was changed to Israel.  This is the time of Israel’s trouble.
  2. The Seventieth Week (a seven) of Daniel – Daniel 9:27
  3. Jehovah’s Strange Work – Isaiah 28:21
  4. Jehovah’s Strange Act – Isaiah 28:21
  5. The Day of Israel’s Calamity – Deuteronomy 32:35; Obadiah 12-14
  6. The Tribulation – Deuteronomy 4:30
  7. The Indignation – Isaiah 26:20; Daniel 11:36
  8. The Overflowing Scourge – Isaiah 28:15,18
  9. The Day of Vengeance – Isaiah 34:8; 35:4; 61:2
  10. The Year of Recompense – Isaiah 34:8
  11. The time of Trouble – Daniel 12:1; Zephaniah 1:15
  12. The Day of Wrath – Zephaniah 1:15
  13. The Day of Distress – Zephaniah 1:15
  14. The Day of Wasteness – Zephaniah 1:15
  15. The Day of Desolation Zephaniah 1:15
  16. The Day of Darkness  Zephaniah 1:15; Amos 5:18, 20; Joel 2:2
  17. The Day of Gloominess  Zephaniah 1:15; Joel 2:2
  18. The Day of Clouds – Zephaniah 1:15; Joel2:2
  19. The Day of Thick Darkness – Zephaniah 1:15; Joel 2:2
  20. The Day of the Trumpet – Zephaniah 1:16
  21. The Day of Alarm – Zephaniah 1:16

New Testament References

  1. The Day of the Lord – 1 Thessalonians 5:2
  2. The Wrath of God – Revelation 15:1, 7; 14:10, 19; 16:1
  3. The Hour of Trial – Revelation 3:10
  4. The Great Day of the Wrath of the Lamb of God – Revelation 6:16-17
  5. The Wrath to Come – Matthew 2:7; 1 Thessalonians 1:10
  6. The Wrath – 1 Thessalonians 5:9; Revelation 11:18
  7. The Great Tribulation – Matthew 24:29
  8. The Hour of Judgment – Revelation 14:7

Daniel E. Woodhead Ph.D.

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