AND THE BOOKS WERE OPENED
(Daniel 7:10; Revelation 20:12)
Open the chapters of the Book of Isaiah.
FOR THE DAY SHALL COME (AND IS FINALLY HERE)...Malachi, chapter 4. (KJV).
And there shall be upon every high mountain (upon every great nation), and every high hill, rivers and streams of waters IN THE DAY OF THE GREAT SLAUGHTER, WHEN THE TOWERS FALL...(Isaiah 30:25).
Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up...(Joel 3:9).
And now that the Day has come, why are we surprised? And though the scripture says: As a snare shall the day come upon all who dwell upon the earth (Luke 21:35), we knew that it would come as a snare, and we should have been ready. We have been informed of it since the beginning of this age, since the time of Christ (1 Thessalonians 5, for instance; or Hebrews, chapter 12). And not only that, but God has filled the streets of New York City for years, with prophets and fools, proclaiming the day. And from the purely-social, intellectual and non-religious sectors of this society there has been an ongoing conversation concerning America's oppressive (fascist), relationship to the other nations, and poorer peoples of the earth. So why is there confusion and uncertainty now that these final wars are underway, that America's judgments have begun, that the Divine Presence is risen up everywhere in the earth and the time has come?...
Measure thou the time diligently (in increments of Seven years and Forty-nine years--Jubilees), then shalt thou understand that it is the very time wherein the Highest will begin to visit the world which he made.
Therefore when there shall be seen earthqaukes and uproars of people in the world, then shalt thou well understand that the Most High spake of these things from the days that were before thee.
The times of the Highest have plain beginnings in wonders and powerful works, and endings in effects and signs...(2 Esdras 9:2-6; Ezekiel 12:21-28).
But the American religion has its own prophets and teachers, men of great renown, television personalities, and religious prelates, those close to the seats of power, all the prophets of Ba'al (not to fail to mention the incessant messages from the sports and entertainment industries, and all the other commercial interests and media that attend them--"weapons of mass distraction" as some have put it), who have been able to assure the people otherwise, to keep the great number of us as they could, confident in the American state of mind, and unaware of the destruction that was coming (and which is still yet to come...2 Peter 2, the Book of Jude)...
Isaiah 13 and 14; Isaiah 47; Jeremiah 25; Jer.50 and 51.
We have been informed of it since ancient times, since the time of that merlin, Samuel, and the other Druid prophets (1 Samuel 2:1-10; and Isaiah, chapters 1 to 5, which speak directly to the founding of the American nation, as does 1 Peter, chapter 2). The Book of Joel, chapters 2 and 3 refers directly to those things that have been unfolding before our very eyes; as well as Amos [3:1-8]; and the books of Micah and Habakkuk. All of the books of the prophets speak directly to these times.
The Three branches are Three days...Genesis 40:12; Exodus 19:9-18.
Moses saw far ahead into our days and to the Foot of this mystery, and told us of it (Deuteronomy 32, KJV), and, indeed, also left us with a complete vision of the 20th century in the nineteenth chapter of Exodus (compare Exodus 19:8-14 and Revelation 7:13-17). John the Baptist and Paul, likewise, looked into our times and warned us of them:
We have been informed of it since Vedic times, when God said to Abraham and Sarai (to the adepts in the mysteries of Brahma and Sarasvati) that their seed would be a stranger in a land that was not theirs (America), and that after the time of their captivity (our captivity), God would bring a judgment upon that nation and their children out of this judgment with a great substance. (Genesis 15:12-16, Isaiah 66). These judgments are now underway. And from the time of Adam, when God set a mark upon the spirit of Cain when this older brother rose up and slew his younger brother Abel. (Genesis 4:1-16; Ecclesiastes 3:14-21; Revelation 13:16,17). This "mark,"--imbedded in the mind, and defining the deeds of every soul who makes war, or kills, or exacts vengeance, or executes another human being in the Name of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, or who consents to those who do it in their own name--is not something that's coming, it symbolizes the very-present state of consciousness--the state of spiritual captivity--of the American people themselves. That they do not even know they are slaves, to the illusions of the lower, material order of creation, to the demonic and violent self-interests of the leaders of this nation, speaks to the severe nature of the bondage itself.
ALL TOGETHER NOW
By Barbara Ehrenreich
Their faces long with disapproval, the anchors announced that the reason for the war had finally been uncovered by the Senate Intelligence Committee, AND IT WAS "GROUPTHINK," NOT TO MENTION "COLLECTIVE GROUP THINK."...This is a surprise? Groupthink has become as American as apple pie and prisoner abuse; in fact, it's hard to find any thinking these days that doesn't qualify for the prefix "group."
Our standardized-test-driven schools reward the right answer, not the unsettling question. Our corporate culture prides itself on individualism, but it's the "team player" with the fixed smile who gets to be employee of the month. In our political culture, the most crushing rebuke is to call someone "out of step with the American people."...I trace the the current outbreak of droidlike conformity to the immediate aftermath of 9/11, when groupthink became the official substitute for patriotism, and we began to run out of surfaces for affixing American flags. Bill Maher lost his job for pointing out that, whatever else they were, the 9/11 terrorists were not cowards, prompting Ari Fleischer to warn (though he has since backed down) that Americans "need to watch what they say."...
Societies throughout history have recognized the hazards of groupthink and made arrangements to guard against it. The shaman, the wise woman and similar figures all represent institutionalized outlets for alternative points of view. In the European carnival tradition, a "king of fools" was permitted to mock the authorities, at least for a day or two. In some cultures, people resorted to vision quests or hallucinogens--anything to get out of the box. Because, while the capacity for groupthink is an endearing part of our legacy as social animals, it is also a common precondition for self-destruction. One thousand coalition soldiers have died because the C.I.A. was so eager to go along with the emperor's delusion that he was actually wearing clothes.
Instead of honoring groupthink resisters, we subject them to insult and abuse. Sgt. Samuel Provance has been shunned by fellow soldiers since speaking out against the torture at Abu Ghraib...(and) the list goes on...This nation was not founded by habitual groupthinkers. But it stands a fair chance of being destroyed by them. The New York Times.
The Creators have brought us full-circle back to the beginning of this entire epic, from ancient Eden back to Eden again, from Genesis to Revelation (to see, as it is, if we have indeed learned the subtle difference that exists between good and evil, and how to distinguish between them). It is revealed in both the words of the prophets (Isaiah 40:21-26), and the corresponding structure of historical reality. Yet now we are amazed that it is all coming to pass. If we did not already know, we would wonder how--in America, a land wherein we have had so much access, not only to the material things of the world (which as we see, in the hands of worldlings has become a curse upon the American landscape), but to the Word of God--that we were not also acutely aware that we in America were the subject of it all--at least at this moment in time. For it is in America, more than any other place on earth, that the old is coming to its conclusion, and the new is being born. (Revelation 12:1,2; John 16:20-25). The Light and the Darkness are both coming to their own mutual states of perfection, the one from the other, here in America. Yet, what is the reality:
For the Lord hath poured out upon us the spirit of deep sleep (this is the American Dream), and hath closed our eyes: the prophets and rulers, and the seers hath he covered.
And the vision has become unto us as the words of a book that was sealed, which men delivered to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee; and he (the learned man, despite the thousands of books that are "for sale" on the subject of prophecy in our time), saith, I cannot; for it is sealed...
Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth. and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:
Therefore, I will proceed to do a marvelous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent shall be hid...(Isaiah 29:10-14; 1 Cor.1:19-24, 2:6-16).
Thus saith the Lord concerning the prophets that make my people err (we know who they are, we do not have to mention their names, government and industry, as well as the American church, are full of them), that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace, and he that putteth not into their mouths, they even prepare war against him...(Micah 3:5).
And then shall that Wicked (the great antichrist of the West) be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the Brightness of His coming.
Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan (the collective lower consciousness of man), with all power and signs and lying wonders,
And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie...the LIE...(2 Thessalonians 2:8-11).
The lie consists in our time of the belief that the doctrines of Christianity and the doctrines of America are somehow one and the same, and are fulfilled in each other (which they are in every converse and paradoxical sense), and that to be a good, loyal and patriotic American is to be a good Christian, or a good Jew, or Muslim, or Hindu...when in reality the precepts and teachings of each of these religious traditions are directly inimical to the founding principles of the American nation, and have warned of God's judgments (the unfolding of Karmic Law) against them since the beginning. We have instead, been commanded to be good citizens of the world, to be the servants, and the light of God's love, and God's wisdom, to all the peoples of the earth--not to America, or any one nation or principality alone--and certainly not as agents of the American state of mind, but of God. (Which is why many American missionaries are under suspicion in various places throughout the earth. They are seen as agents of the American political and economic order...which many of them are). We were commanded to be separate from every nation, and thus The Light in the midst of them all. But we have violated this covenant, forsaken the Law and the Prophets, and, in Christ, no longer walk in the ways of the teachings of Christ. And because we have traded God's Light for this present darkness (the American Darkness--the Darkness of Zionism in all of its natural and earthly-political forms), the spiritual for the material, God is rising up in the sum of all these natural and human events to reignite it.
Nor do these things have to do with being anti-American, or seditious in the purely political sense of the term, regardless of what those who have the power to sway public opinion may say (for we are all the children of our times, and know fully that only out of the American experience could the true spiritual Nation be born--or reborn). But they have to do with obeying God, and fearing God. Were not these the objectives of some of the earliest of those who came upon these shores, long before the ideas got twisted and the merchant, warrior class took control of the oracles of God? (I prefer the doctrines of Roger Williams who taught that the Church had no right to interfere in the private lives of private individuals, to determine who could or could-not participate in the local body-politic, and, at the same time, that neither did the State (the local body-politic) possess any right to interfere in the spiritual lives of believing individuals. His doctrines, as Christ's, set the children of Light free from both, the worldly, apostate church and the State). Nevertheless, whose heart did not tremble on the morning of September 11th (even though we saw it coming)? Who does not lament for the police and firefighters, and for all the others that perished in the fiery collapse of the World Trade Center? But who also does not realize that those who perished that morning were in the midst of a Theophany, the very Divine Presence of God itself...
Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because He was wroth.
There went up a smoke out of His nostrils, and fire out of His mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.
He bowed the heavens also, and came down: and darkness was under His feet.
And He rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, He did fly upon the wings of the wind (the Divine Kamikaze)...(Psalm 18:6-10; Deuteronomy 32:17-25; Isaiah 66:15-18).
And who will not continue to lament now for the young men and women who will begin to be killed on those battlefields? But also for all the others, adults and children alike, who are already perishing? And for the thousands upon thousands who have already perished in the earth as a result of American foreign policy? Bush and Cheney will not lament, nor did those who preceded them, for they are determined at all costs to defend the American way of life--as they know it that is. (And who, by the way, gave them the authority to use us as they do, to mobilize us and send us to war)? What they know of America, however, is limited to their own sense of the acquired rights and privileges of the American capitalist class, the very same that God is now rising against. (James, chapter 5, Ecclesiastes 5:8-13). The rest of us know America as it really is. We were raised in its streets, in its cities and towns. We have labored in its places of business, its fields, and in its factories and mills. We have even (against our own teachings) served in its military services. We have kneeled in its places of worship, we have played its games, gone to its picnics, attended its pastimes, sat in its taverns and have sung its songs. We have also sat in each other's living rooms, and at each other's kitchen tables. We have raised our families as best as we could, given our understanding of things, despite the manipulations of the ruling class. They have no idea what we have been discussing there, or how the Spirit has been instructing us. We understand the struggle. We also honour our parents. Being faithful and obedient to their own times, and without knowing it, made our times and the true spiritual revolution possible.
The Greatest Generation. They did what they were told without questioning, and sacrificed their individual souls. How many more of these cemeteries are we going to fill with our loved ones before we learn the lesson?
Those of us in our generation (the Remnant in our time, and how shall I liken it? the Scriptures ask), have traveled the length and breadth of the land, we have walked and hitchhiked across the expanse of the country itself, slept in its shelters and along its roadsides, bathed in its streams, and prayed at all of its sacred sites. We have raised our arms in adoration at the summits of its mountains, and have sat in deep reflection at its shores. We have listened to its ancestral voices, and have learned its mysteries. We have even visited its most famous battlefields, and many of its other most darkest places. We have tasted the good and the evil among men. We know that America is a violent nation, that it is founded in sedition and violence (in spiritual lawlessness), and that this land is a stolen land, and that it must be given back. And we now know exactly what it's like to live at the end of an age...
It is not just America, however, but the whole history of man that is being judged here, the whole history of warfare and killing (James, chapter 4), and the whole history of oppression and injustice in the Name of God, of which America is more than guilty--ten times more guilty than all others nations because of its outright profession of the principles of Christ. (Ecclesiastes 3:15,16). These great judgments, which began to be visited upon the seed of Adam at the conclusion of the last great Atlantean age (in the time of the patriarchs, 5,000 years ago), are concluding now, against all that the seed of Adam--in violation of the teachings of Adam--has ultimately become. Bush and Cheney, and all the great leaders of modern Atlantis (NATO), would sacrifice as many of our sons and daughters, and brothers and sisters, as it takes to keep God from destroying them and their way of life again, from staining America's honor as they have put it--all in the face of those words which say: For that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God. (Luke 16:9-15)...
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places...(Ephesians 6:12).
We wrestle against ourselves, against the conditions of our own spiritual ignorance, and then against those who would keep us subject to that state of ignorance. Listen! the Master of the Universe--The Lord of History--He and She who is ALL that Exists, and the Creators of All else that exists--is not an American. Nor is God a capitalist. Thus we can not imagine it is acceptable to be any of those things that God is not (and especially to be found fighting and killing for the right to be them), and be created in Their image at the same time. It is simple spiritual logic (Genesis 2:27). Read the scriptures, check the history books. Find out where we have been led astray. What God is, however, is Terrible--terrible in His insistence that we who are called by Their Name walk righteously in the earth: Justice shalt thou perform.
But God now has a people in the earth who are capable of performing that justice, of living with Godly purpose and simplicity in the earth (in the Eightfold path of righteousness), and of dedicating their whole lives to the restoration and healing of the planet and its peoples...and of keeping this wholeness intact throughout every future generation--through love, not fear; in (true) freedom, not coercion. (The spiritual values that have brought us to our present state of consciousness, are the very same as we shall carry with us over the threshold and into the future). God began to raise up this people in all of the social upheavals of the 1950s and 60s in America (and elsewhere of course), and on the Jewish side of the Tree of Life, in that remnant's unfailing resistance to the existence of the Zionist state. Thus God is now rising up in all of the events of our time to bring this people to power, to deliver them, out of the darkness of this age into the light of the age to come. Just as God is known by the judgments He executes, Their sons and daughters are known by the love they have for the things of God, for the Truth, and by the love they have for one another and all others. How is it written: THIS DAY have I begotten thee. (Psalm 2:7).
Enter not into the path of wicked men, for they sleep not, except they have done mischief...For they eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence.
But the path of the just is as a Shining Light that shineth more and more unto a perfect day...(Proverbs 4:14-18).
And then shall the righteous shine forth as the Sun in the kingdom of their Father...(Matthew 13:41-43).
Just as the Sun rises up in the East every morning, and sets in the West every evening, so the age we are presently living in was born in the East, at the time of Passover, about 2,000 years (or forty jubilees of years) ago. Passover is a Seven-day observance (Leviticus 23:1-8; Exodus 12 and 13). We have now come these Seven epic days to where the Sun is setting in the West, at the time of the High Holy Days, in the midst of all the unfolding realities of our own time (Leviticus 23:23-44, Joel 2). We have come to the end of this age, to the fulness of these times and to all of the contractions and birth pains of the age-to-come. As the Father rises up in the East, in all of the epic manifestations of the sign of the Ram, to end this age, the Divine Mother, Holy Wisdom Herself, is descending to us here in the West giving birth to Her next Child. (Do not be confused by the World-church's own fruitless insistence that it is their Mary that the Scripture is speaking of--although it is, but in a way that the World-church can not understand. Mary [meaning the Sea, the Waters of Life], Holy Theotokas Herself, is only one of the many forms the Divine Mother has clothed Herself in since ancient times.There is more than one Mary). This Child is being born in the hearts and minds of every single soul, every indigenous person, every Christian, Jew, Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, and all others alike, who can understand these things, and who have come to these times walking in the perfections of their own faith, and in their own understanding of the presence of the Divine Mother. It all leads to the same state of Universal Christ-Consciousness...
And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a Woman clothed with the Sun, and the moon under Her feet, and upon Her head a crown of Twelve stars.
And She being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered...(Revelation 12:1,2).
Why is She clothed in the Sun? Because She has been hiding Herself in the light of this great Western mystery all this time, in the light of Her own creation. She has been allowing history to come to its foreordained conclusions, the evil in humanity as well as the good, as it is also written: For the mystery of Iniquity (of imbalance) doth already work. (2 Thessalonians 2:7). She is not only the Divine Shekinah, She is the Goddess of all indigenous peoples in the earth. She was not only the keeper of the Grail and the Sword Excalibur (Ephesians 6:17), She is also the Spider Woman and the keeper of the Sacred Pipe (whose very stem is a symbol of the Central Pillar of the Tree of Life. It is along this Central Pillar that She unites all Her sons and daughters in the earth). She is the Royal Mother of the Kunlun Mountains, Hsi-wang-mu, the Taoist Paradise of the West. She is Mother Africa, millions of Her children are here. She has brought them. She has brought all of us together to this present time in history, and to this present place on earth...
But why is the moon under Her feet? Because the moon, always a symbol for the Divine Feminine Principle of Life, has also been considered less than, or inferior to the Male Principle. She has this notion under Her feet now. Why is She crowned in the majesty of the Universe? Because She is God. Along with the Great Father, They have given birth to all that exists (please see the 5th chapter of this work), and to all that is coming to birth--the next stage of human consciousness.
Having arrived at the sign of the Balances, at the observances of the Great Seventh Month, we can now look back over the last two thousand years and plainly see how the world has come to be so presently out of balance. Not only has God (in Their infinite wisdom), purposefully allowed the powerful and the violent to come to power in the earth--the warring class over the children of peace, the empires of men over the empire of the Soul, and thus needless to say, the rich over the poor, the lower mind over the higher--but for the last two thousand years in particular the Spirit has allowed the Male principle to rule over the Female principle. And while it has been a difficult thing to behold, how else could God have made us to see what a world out-of-balance, and a spiritual world turned upside down, looks like? without revealing it, both to us and in us? And now we see it and can begin to bid it all good riddance. Of course it is not all that simple. It is a very powerful illusion that God has created and it will not "stand down" as it is, on its own. (Revelation 12:13-17). Therefore God must rise up in a force equal to it, to consume it...Thus it is East against West, West against East. The Zionist state of America, and the Zionist state of Israel, both of them entangled against the entire Islamic world. Literally all of them against each other and themselves, as it is written: Cast out the bondwoman and her son (all of her sons), (Galatians 4:21-31).
And, of course, there is Russia and China, these two great, colossal angelic nations. Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation? (Hebrews 1:14; 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10). And Japan? How else shall we be delivered from such a powerful economic system, and a state of mind, that has us firmly in its grips? For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together...And that all things are working together for good to them that love God, and who are called according to God's purposes...(Romans 8:18-28).
OPEN THE BOOKS
And it came to pass upon the Third Day, I sat under an Oak, and, behold, there came a voice out of a bush over against me, and said, Esdras, Esdras.
And I said, Here am I, Lord. And I stood upon my feet.
Then said he unto me, In the bush I did manifestly reveal myself unto Moses, and talked with him, when my people served in Egypt...
And told him many wonderous things, and shewed him the secrets of the times, and the end; and commanded him, saying,
These words shalt thou declare, and these shalt thou hide...
And (now) come hither, and I shall light a candle of understanding in thine heart, which shall not be put out, till the thing be performed which thou shalt begin to write.
And when thou hast done, some things shalt thou publish, and some things shalt thou shew secretly to the wise; tomorrow this hour shalt thou begin to write...
And the next day, behold, a voice called me, saying, Esdras, open thy mouth, and drink that I give thee...
And I took it, and drank: and when I had drunk of it, my heart uttered Understanding, and Wisdom grew in my breast, for my spirit strengthened my memory: and my mouth was opened and shut no more.
The Highest gave understanding to Five men, , and they wrote the wonderful visions of the night that were told, which they knew not: and they sat Forty days and they wrote in the day, and at night they ate bread...
In Forty days they wrote two hundred and four books,
And it came to pass, when the Forty days were fulfilled, that the Highest spake, saying, The first that thou hast written publish openly, that the worthy and unworthy may read it:
But keep the Seventy last, that thou mayest deliver them only to such as be wise among the people: For in them is the spring of understanding, the fountain of wisdom, and the stream of knowledge...(2 Esdras 14; Daniel 12:10).
The number Seventy in the ancient Phoenician Hebrew alphabet is , the Great Circle.
The set time is come...(Psalm 102:13, 22).
For in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God shall be finished as He hath declared to His servants the prophets...(Revelation 10:7).
Why, seeing times are not hidden from the Almighty, do they that know him not see his days?...(Job 24:1).
But strong meat belongeth to them that are full age, even to those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil...(Hebrews 5:10-14; Isa.28:9; 1 Cor.3:1-5).
Call unto me and I will answer. I will shew thee great and mighty things which ye know not...(Jeremiah 33:3).
Behold...I will work a work in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you...(Habakkuk 1:5; Acts 13:40,41).
The secret of the Lord is with them that know Him. He will shew them His covenant...(Psalm 25:14).
A wise man's heart discerneth both time and judgment...(Ecclesiastes 8:5).
In the latter days ye will consider it perfectly...(Jeremiah 23:20).
Despise not prophesying...(1 Thessalonians 5:20), And let the Word of God have free course...(2 Thess.3:1).
For now is the effect of every vision...(Ezekiel 12:23).
Behold the Whirlwind (the Whirlwind of the 20th century)...(Ezekiel, chapter 1; Jeremiah, chapter 25).
Red sky in the morning (in the East)...(Matthew 16:1-4).
It is also written: Woe unto them that desire the Day of the Lord! to what end is it for you? the Day of the Lord is darkness and not light...(Amos 5:18).
THE END OF THE WORLD
A Message by Billy Graham
"People ask me, 'Do you really believe that Jesus Christ is going to come back to this earth again?' Yes, I do. The Bible teaches that Jesus is coming again. I don't see any other hope for the world, because we seem to be heading toward a catastrophe."
What is wrong with the following message by Billy Graham? If these are the last times, as Billy Graham believes, and if all the events unfolding in the earth today are the signs of Christ's imminent return, then just where in the world are Billy Graham's antichrists? Bin Laden? He is a Muslim. Kofi Anan? He does not profess to be a follower of Christ. Does not Billy Graham understand that judgment begins in the house of God? Does he not understand the words which say, He that forsakes the law (consorts with) the wicked? Or those that say: For this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie...(2 Thessalonians 2:1-12; 2 Corinthians 11:1-15...KJV).
GRAHAM: "The Bible says, 'First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, Where is this "coming" He promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation. But they deliberately forget that long ago by God's words the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of the water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.' (2 Peter 3:3-7 NIV). In other words, a judgment is going to come on this earth, and it will be a judgment of fire.
For years people believed that the threat of a nuclear holocaust was diminishing, but nuclear tests have again raised fears that an incident somewhere in the world can still plunge us into global catastrophe. And now we hear talk of 'dirty bombs,' which could spread radiation and affect thousands.
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists keeps a 'Doomsday Clock' that measures the extent of nuclear peril we face. At this writing the clock stands at seven minutes to midnight--two minutes closer to potential destruction than the clock read in 1998 and seven minutes closer than it did in 1995. Almost everyone would agree that the end of the world as we know is a possibility scientifically. But while we may speculate about possibilities, the Word of God speaks about certainties...
So what does the Bible tell us about the end of the world and the Second Coming of Christ?Jesus said, 'As it was in the days of Noah, so will it be at the coming of the Son of Man.' (Matthew 24:37, NIV). What were the days of Noah like? And what parallels do we see in our day?...
For our God is a God of War (Exodus 15:3), and a Consuming Fire (Deut.4:24; Hebrews 12:29...KJV).
...One word that is used to describe the days of Noah is wickedness. The people were very wicked. The Bible says that every imagination of their thoughts was evil. It is as if they stayed awake at night thinking up new ways to do evil. It was a world in which marriage was abused. The people were corrupt and violent. It was a world in which violence prevailed murders, wars, insurrections. (Billy Graham will stay far away from the subject of spiritual wickedness in high governmental, political, and religious places).
In the days of Noah there was a lot of religion, but it was a decadent religion. People were preoccupied with things, and were taken up with their everyday living. They didn't take time to REALLY know God. The days of Noah sound much like our own, don't they? Noah's world was under the threat of God's judgment. He had warned them, 'Unless you repent and turn from your sins and change your ways, you're going to face judgment...
Today the only bright spot on the horizon of this world is the promise of Christ's return. We can't go on much longer morally. We can't go on much longer scientifically. The technology that was supposed to save us is ready to destroy us.
In Isaiah 66 we read, 'See the Lord is coming with Fire, and his chariots are like a whirlwind: he will bring down his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire.' (Isa.66:15, NIV)...
Deuteronomy 32:16-42; Psalm 18:15; 2 Thessalonians 1:1-10...(KJV).
...When Jesus was getting ready to go back to the Father, some of his disciples and his friends from Galilee were watching and waiting. Two angels said, Why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same (Angel of Divine Presence), who was taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.' (Acts 1:11, NIV) That is God's promise to us, to you and me.
It has been 2,000 years since then. WHY HASN'T HE COME?...
(The point is, He never actually left. He is God With Us...[Isaiah 7:14]. He only ascended beyond the range of our normal comprehension, but he has always been here. He is the Angel of Divine Presence, the sum of all reality...Exodus 23:20-23. He revealed himself to the adepts of the Christ Mystery in the Mystery of Christ itself...John 1:1-14; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18; 1 John 4:1-3).
...The disciples asked the same thing. Jesus said, 'It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority." Jesus also said, 'No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son (well what can this mean in the context of the Christ Mystery)? but only the Father. (Matthew 24:36, NIV). Don't guess and speculate. We don't know. It may be a thousand years from now, or it may be tomorrow." Decision Magazine, January, 2004.
Therefore be ye ready, for in an hour ye think not, the son of man will come...(Matthew 24:44-51; Ezekiel, chapter 2).
And the Lord answered me and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.
For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but in the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry wait for it, because it will surely come...
Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.
Yea also, because he transgresseth by wine, he is a proud man, neither keepeth at home, who enlargeth his desire as hell, and is as death, and cannot be satisfied, but gathereth unto him all nations, and heapeth unto him all people...(Habakkuk 2:1-5; Malachi 3:15-18).
Chapter 11 The Nature and the Mark of the Beast
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