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SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 238A

August 28, 2005

Armageddon – Not in the Far Distant Future – Part 1

An Exposition of Revelation 16:13 to 18:24


Lord willing, this will be the first in a series of several Parts that will deal with the events found in Revelation 16:13 to 18:24.

As I was in the midst of doing Part 1, I received an e-mail from a Lebanese friend of mine.  His message was instrumental to my going back to the beginning of Part 1, and inserting the words of James Henry Thornwell as the preamble of “An Exposition of Revelation 16:13 to 18:24.”

BEGIN QUOTE: “To employ soft words and honeyed phrases in discussing questions of eternal importance; to deal with errors that strike at the foundations of all human hope as if they were harmless and venial mistakes; to bless where God disapproves, and to make apologies where God calls us to stand up like men and assert, though it may be the aptest method of securing popular applause in a sophistical age, is cruelty to man and treachery to Heaven.  Those who on such subjects attach more importance to the rules of courtesy than they do to the measures of truth do not defend the citadel, but betray it into the hands of its enemies.  Love for Christ, and for the souls for whom he died, will be the exact measure of our zeal in exposing the dangers by which men’s souls are ensnared.” END QUOTE.

James Henry Thornwell was a Presbyterian Minister, and even though I do not agree with many of the views he expressed in his writings, I definitely agree with what he had to say in the preceding quote.  The quote was timely for me, because I was having reservations about doing the exposition of this particular series when I received it.  It reminded me of an obligation God advised Ezekiel to consider as a watchman who sounds to warn those in danger.

Ezekiel 33:3-6 – If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people; [4] Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. [5] He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul. [6] But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand.

The primary Scripture, among those on which I will be expositing in this series, specifically warns those setting under false teachings to break away from the religious “her” that is teaching them today.

Revelation 18:4 – And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

This Scripture lets me know there are saved men and women who are in the “her” of this verse, because it calls them “my people.”  The primary purpose of this series is to specifically identify the “her” and to implore those in “her” to come “out of her, and to warn those not in “her” to stay out of “her.”

Revelation 16:15,16 – Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. [16] And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.

I am fully cognizant that a child of God should submit to the Spirit of God in daily actions to assure the reward of outer garments that will appropriately manifest that walk of submission during their lifetime.  Only a few members of the Lord’s churches actually perform such a walk, in large measure due to following teachings based not on the New Testament, but on false teachings wrapped in tradition and fiction that have appeal to the five senses of the carnal flesh.  Unless they do the following, such will be caught by surprise by Christ living lives not worthy of white outer garments of reward in heaven, and will not find themselves clothed as those few in the local church at Sardis.

Revelation 3:3,4 – Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. [4] Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.

Revelation 19:7,8 – Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. [8] And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

One of the purposes of this series is for performance of Jude 21 to 23!

Jude 21-23 – Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. [22] And of some have compassion, making a difference: [23] And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.

It is impossible at this time to predict the precise year of the final battle of Armageddon, which is the last battle in a period of time that lasts 1260 days.  However, the Scriptures do indicate that we can know the time when it looms as an event that lets us know it is “at our doors.”  I cannot tell you the times, the seasons, the year, or the day the 1260 days will begin, but I assure you that it is not an event of the far distant future.  I have long believed the 1260 days are likely to begin in 2007, and I may well be wrong, but I am certain that it is not something that is a long way off in the future.

I have long experienced an awareness of a need to warn people that, after these many centuries of waiting, this event is finally drawing near.  And I am burdened by the awareness of my own need “to keep my garments” as I await the fullness of the age of the Gentiles to come in, as well as the need for God’s churches to “keep the faith once delivered to the saints” of the first local church, and to the New Testament Churches that came out of her.

Jude 3 – Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

II Timothy 4:1-4 – I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; [2] Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. [3] For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; [4] And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.   

That time has come when they are not enduring sound doctrine, and the vast majority of the religious world is now more interested in fictional and traditional tales than in the living word of God.  This is actually the real reason I believe Armageddon is not in the far distant future, and that the man of sin will soon be revealed.  The great falling away from the truths delivered in the New Testament is here, and the revealing of the man of sin cannot be far behind.

II Thessalonians 2:3,4 – Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; [4] Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

The Exposition of Revelation 16:13 to 18:24 begins:

Revelation 16:13 – And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.

Many expositors explain this as the counterfeit satanic trinity to parallel that of the Father, the Holy Spirit, and the Son making up the true Godhead that indwelt the man, Christ Jesus.

Colossians 2:9 – For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

It is at this time that the end of the reign of antichrist is about to close with the final battle of Armageddon, and he is completely taken over by Satan the father himself.  These three forces, the spirit of Satan, the spirit of the antichrist, and the unholy spirit represented by the false prophet, send out a call for all nations to come against Israel.  On thing is certain, they are the spirits of devils, working miracles by the hands of the false apostles, who to the religious world appear as angels of light, and they are sent to gather the kings of the whole world, as it was when John wrote Revelation, to Armageddon.

Revelation 16:14 – For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.

II Corinthians 11:14,15 – And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. [15] Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

Revelation 16:15,16 – Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. [16] And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.

The Tel of Megiddo is located on top of what is now often called the Mountion of Armageddon, which sits at the junction of the Plains of Esdraelon and the Valley Plain of Jezreel.  The valley plains lie from the Mediterranean Sea Port of Haifa southeast all the way to the Jordan River and separate the southern mountains of Galilee from the northern mountains of Samaria.  It is in this wide plain that the great armies of the known world of John’s day will move southeast from the Port of Haifa to the Jordan, then south to Beersheba for the final battle.  It is here that the archangel Michael will stand up to defend Israel.

The antichrist will sit as unchallenged king on the old temple mount in Jerusalem, from which he will direct the final battle to forever eliminate the apple of God’s eye, the nation of Israel.  But he will come to his end, for it is payback time for all his ungodliness, and God is about to end his short lived career, which culminates in a unprecedented time of trouble.

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

There have been thousands of books written concerning the last great battle of Armageddon.  It is a subject that requires several volumes.  I will not do an injustice to the subject by a shallow treatment of such a subject.  However, I will at least advise you of this – I am of the ancient school as to the part antichrist will play in it.  Most of the books written today have the antichrist arising out of a battle that comes immediately before a period of time known as the tribulation period.  He wins that battle and gains worldwide popularity by bringing peace to the Middle East.  But he later breaks the peace by attacking Israel and starting a second war, which finally culminates in the battle of Armageddon.  I believe there is only one war that begins when the antichrist breaks a forced unilateral peace put on the Palestinians by the Israelis.  I call it the war of the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, who is also called the willful king of the north, the Assyrian, the beast, the eleventh horn, the little horn, the antichrist, and the man of sin.  I believe it begins when antichrist attacks Israel, lasts 1260 days, and its final battle is called the battle of Armageddon, which will be ended by the Second Advent of the Messiah, Jesus Christ.  However, regardless of whether the old school or the new school prophetic buffs are correct, both are agreed it will be a time of great slaughter in the slaughterhouse located in Israel.  I hope, as you read these prophesied account by both Old and New Testament writers, you will grasp the magnitude of the human slaughter occurring during this great conflict.

Revelation 19:17-19 – And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; [18] That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. [19] And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.

Ezekiel 39:17-20 – And, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord God; Speak unto every feathered fowl, and to every beast of the field, Assemble yourselves, and come; gather yourselves on every side to my sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel, that ye may eat flesh, and drink blood. [18] Ye shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of rams, of lambs, and of goats, of bullocks, all of them fatlings of Bashan. [19] And ye shall eat fat till ye be full, and drink blood till ye be drunken, of my sacrifice which I have sacrificed for you. [20] Thus ye shall be filled at my table with horses and chariots, with mighty men, and with all men of war, saith the Lord God.

Ezekiel 39:4-6 – Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort and to the beasts of the field to be devoured [5] Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord God. [6] And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the Lord.

Revelation 14:20 –  And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.

Joel 3:9-15 – Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up: [10] Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong. [11] Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O Lord. [12] Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about. [13] Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great. [14] Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision. [15] The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.

Malachi 4:1 – For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

Zechariah 14:12 – 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.

Isaiah 66:15,16 – For, behold, the Lord will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire. [16] For by fire and by his sword will the Lord plead with all flesh: and the slain of the Lord shall be many.

Revelation 19:21 – And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.

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

I said earlier in this chapter that I was not going to give a shallow type of coverage to this subject, but I am at least going to tell you why I do not agree with the teaching of two separate wars. 

As a young man, living in the pre-Hal Linsey books age, I was taught that only one war occurred during the “latter days” before Armageddon.  It was a war that began in the Middle East when the antichrist attacked the nation of Israel, and ended some 3 and ½ years later with the final battle of this age – Armageddon. But I now find myself surrounded by a large array of preachers and teachers who are convinced that the war led by Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and found in Ezekiel 38 and 39, occurs before the war that commences some 3 and ½ years before the battle of Armageddon, and that the antichrist is not Gog, but comes out the war led by Gog, and then leads 10 European Union nations against Israel.  They teach that when Gog and his armies come against Israel they will be slaughtered, and that Israel will be absolutely successful in thoroughly routing them.  Perhaps I overlooked it, but in all my years of looking in many old musty religious archives, I never found a manuscript published before 1812 that taught there were two back-to-back wars just before the battle of Armageddon.  It would seem to me that the arrival of Napoleon in Europe set the stage for a shift from bringing the antichrist out of the southern flank of the old Roman Empire to a new scheme of bringing him out of the northern flank.  This shift necessitated the invention of two wars. I do not believe the shift should ever have been made.  I believe the attack of the antichrist is found in the following Scriptures, and I believe the attack occurs 1260 days before the end of this age at Armageddon. 

Ezekiel 38:10,11 – Thus saith the Lord God; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought: [11] And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates, 

Daniel 7:24,25 – And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings. [25] And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time. 

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

Micah 5:5 – And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal men. 

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

Revelation 13:5,6 – And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. [6] And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.

Revelation 17:12.13 – And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. [13] These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.

I believe that the following names all apply to the antichrist:  He is Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal in Ezekiel 38 and 39, the eleventh horn in Daniel 7, the king of the north in Daniel 11:40, the Assyrian in Micah 5, the seventh wounded head on the beast in Revelation 13, and the eighth head on the beast in Revelation 17. 

The 3 and ½ year war, in all the accounts, follows a certain pattern from start to finish.

(1)   The initial attack occurs, and is successful. 

(2)   After Jerusalem falls, the Lord begins to fight for Israel. 

(3)   The Lord fights for Israel for 3 and ½ years. 

(4)   God protects Israel in the Negev during that period. 

(5)   The Lord leaves most of the enemy bodies on the hills of Israel at the final battle of Armageddon.

Ezekiel 38:8,9 (1) – After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them. [9] Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee.

Zechariah 13:8 (1) – And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.

Zechariah 14:2,3 (2) – For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. [3] Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.

Daniel 7:25 (3) – And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

Revelation 12:6 (4) – And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.

Ezekiel 39:1-5 (5) – Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: [2] And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel: [3] And I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand. [4] Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured. [5] Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord God.

Revelation 19:17-21 (5) – And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; [18] That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. [19] And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. [20] And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. [21] And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.

Ezekiel 38:1,2 – And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, [2] Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him,

Gog is a person, the antichrist.  Magog is a land, the land of Magog.  God tells Ezekiel to set his face against a person, Gog, and against a land, Magog, which is Russia.  Gog is NOT the chief prince of  Magog (Russia).  He is the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal.  At the time of Ezekiel’s writings the descendants of Magog were settled in Russia, while the descendants of Meshech and Tubal were settled in Syria.  The antichrist will come out of Syria to launch the initial attack.  Some 3 and ½ years later Magog (Russia) will come down to join him at Armageddon.

To make a long story short – I believe there is only one war, the war that begins when Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, attacks Israel, and ends three and one-half years later when Magog (Russia), along with all of Europe, Eurasia, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, comes down to join him against Israel at the final battle of Armageddon – Only to find the bodies of their great armies end up as buzzard bait on the hills of Israel.

BUT AM I PREPARED TO BE WRONG?  CERTAINLY!  WHAT WILL I DO IF THERE ARE TWO WARS?  WELL, I WILL JUST SAY I WAS WRONG, AND WAIT FOR ANTICHRIST TO COME OUT OF THE FIRST WAR, THAT IS, IF I AM STILL HERE.

BUT WHAT IF THERE IS ONLY ONE WAR?  WELL, ONLY ONE THIRD OF ISRAEL WILL SURVIVE, JERUSALEM WILL FALL, ISRAEL WILL BE DRIVEN INTO THE NEGEV, AND YOU WILL BE WAITING FOR AN ANTICHRIST THAT IS ALREADY ON THE SCENE, THAT IS, IF YOU ARE STILL HERE.

My advice is to be prepared for either eventuality, even one that may be quite different from how many of these verses are commonly interpreted.  I think that falls under the category of “watching.” 

Mark 13:37 – And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.


SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 238B

August 31, 2005

Armageddon – Not in the Far Distant Future – Part 2

An Exposition of Revelation 16:13 to 18:24


Revelation 16:16 – And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.

I am inserting the words of James Henry Thornwell as the preamble of “An Exposition of Revelation 16:13 to 18:24.”

BEGIN QUOTE: “To employ soft words and honeyed phrases in discussing questions of eternal importance; to deal with errors that strike at the foundations of all human hope as if they were harmless and venial mistakes; to bless where God disapproves, and to make apologies where God calls us to stand up like men and assert, though it may be the aptest method of securing popular applause in a sophistical age, is cruelty to man and treachery to Heaven.  Those who on such subjects attach more importance to the rules of courtesy than they do to the measures of truth do not defend the citadel, but betray it into the hands of its enemies.  Love for Christ, and for the souls for whom he died, will be the exact measure of our zeal in exposing the dangers by which men’s souls are ensnared.” END QUOTE.

James Henry Thornwell was a Presbyterian Minister, and even though I do not agree with many of the views expressed in his writings, I definitely agree with what he had to say in the preceding quote.  The quote was timely for me, because I was having reservations about doing the exposition of this particular series when I received it.  It reminded me of an obligation God advised Ezekiel to consider as a watchman who sounds to warn those in danger.

Ezekiel 33:3-6 – If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people; [4] Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. [5] He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul. [6] But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand.

The primary Scripture, among those on which I will be expositing in this series, specifically warns those setting under false teachings to break away from the religious “her” that is teaching them today.

Revelation 18:4 – And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

This Scripture lets me know there are saved men and women who are “in” the “her” of this verse, because it calls them “my people.”  The primary purpose of this series is to specifically identify the “her” and to implore those “in her” to come “out of her,” and to warn those not “in her” to stay “out of her.”

Now, I shall continue expositing from where we left off in Part 1 at Revelation 16:16.

Revelation 16:16-18 – And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon. [17] And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done. [18] And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.

Just when it appears that the antichrist will finally end the existence of the nation of Israel in the Negev south of Beersheba, having gathered the greatest military ever assembled, God will rip apart the Jordan River Valley with the greatest earthquake since he placed Adam in the Garden of Eden.  The antichrist will be beyond all help when God performs this act of his wrath.

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

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

The first earthquake in Revelation 6:12 will also be in the Jordan River valley.  It will occur in conjunction with the first attack of Antichrist that drove Israel into the Negev, leaving Israel in a state of confusion for a lightning Jihad from the North.  It will announce the beginning of the last three and one-half years of the tribulation period.  The last earthquake in Revelation 16:18 will mark the closing period of God’s wrath during the battle of Armageddon.

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

All mountains and islands ride as passengers attached to the tectonic planets, and by the end of the tribulation period, they will have been moved away from their latitudinal and longitudinal coordinates by a few microseconds, such that the islands have fled to new coordinates, and the mountains will not be found at their old coordinates.  The plates begin to move in Revelation 6:12 with the first great earthquake, and stop moving noticeably in Revelation 16:20 following the last fantastic earthquake.  (See Archives – Birth Pang 3)

Revelation 16:18-21 – And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a GREAT earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and SO great. [19] And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. [20] AND EVERY ISLAND FLED AWAY, and THE MOUNTAINS WERE NOT FOUND.

The tension and pressure buildups along the plate boundaries produce the world’s earthquakes.  They have been built up by the slow plate movements over a long period of time.  The vast majority of this tension and pressure buildup will be released between the opening of the sixth seal and the pouring out of the last vial.  This will mean a millennial reign of Christ that only shows minor earthquakes from time to time.   

The elasticity of the outer crust of the earth, when it was first created, was much greater than it is now, and was more than able to withstand the constant gravitational pull of the other heavenly bodies, which have caused it to daily pull outward, and then to relax inward, as it rotated around the sun, without causing the crust to phase into a worldwide readjustment of its tectonic plates.  I believe what begins in Revelation 6:14 and ends in Revelation 16:20 portrays such a readjustment, and will include all the phenomena of Isaiah 29:6.

Revelation 6:14 – And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.

Revelation 16:20 – And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.

Isaiah 29:6 – Thou shalt be visited of the Lord of hosts with thunder, and with earthquake, and great noise, with storm and tempest, and the flame of devouring fire.

The fantastic changes in the outer topography will cause living waters to surface in Jerusalem and flow eastward through the place where the Mount of Olives divided.

Zechariah 14:8,9 – And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be. [9] And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one.

In order to define the time of “in that day” given in verse 8, we must go to verse 9. Verse 9 clearly identifies “in that day” as the time when the Messiah will be king over all the earth – A period of time known as the Millennial Reign of Christ.  However, in order for Jerusalem and Israel to come to be as verse 8 describes, it is obvious that fantastic geological changes must occur in the existing topographical structure, and these drastic geological land mass shifts will occur during the last three and one-half years prior to the final battle of Armageddon.

What are the “living waters?”  They are spring waters that will support aquatic life continuously because they never cease to flow.  We are told in verse 8 this “living water” will flow out of Jerusalem, and that part of it will flow into the Dead Sea, the Eastern Sea (Former Sea), while part of it will flow into the Mediterranean Sea (Hinder Sea).  Furthermore, we are informed the water will be a continual stream that does not dry up between the two rainy seasons (most of the interior streams in Israel are dry creek beds a large part of the year).  To the Oriental mind, “in summer and in winter shall it be,” means a perpetual flow of water that will support life year round. 

In order to graphically portray and describe these changes, it will be necessary to use many other scriptures in future chapters, which will accurately detail geological changes prophesied to occur during the tribulation period.  And, having presented them, I will then put them all together into a composite picture, which will show the total change.  The first Scripture to be involved with the formation of this spring of living water is found in Revelation 16:18,19.

Revelation 16:18,19 – And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. [19] And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.

During the great worldwide chain of earthquakes, while the “cities” of the “nations,” including Rome, are undergoing great devastation, the “great city” (Jerusalem) will be “divided into three parts.”  The division of old Jerusalem will be a geological one, which is both commonly, and directly, tied to earthquake activity along major fault lines.  There is, at the present time, a fault line running north-south in the substrata of the limestone rock beneath the Tyropean Valley, which separates uplifted western Jerusalem from eastern Jerusalem.  One of its names in ancient times was the “Valley of the Cheesemakers (Birth Pang Figures Archive – Figures 40 and 41).

The great earthquakes that will occur in the Jordan Rift Valley will cause the mount of Olive to split apart between two east-west fault lines, one that penetrates its north flank, and one that penetrates its southern flank.  A great graben rift valley will be formed between the two faults as the northern and southern halves spread apart (Birth Pang Archives – Figures 31 to 34).  During the same general time period those sections of Jerusalem, east of the Tyropean Valley fault will subside, and those west of it will rise (a common phenomenon along normal faults during earthquake activity).  The final result of the activity along Jerusalem’s aforementioned three faults will result in its division into three sections by elevation and the water from the spring of Zechariah 14:8 (Birth Pang Figures Archive – Figures 42 to 48).  

And the last earthquake will divide the great city of Jerusalem into three parts, affect the cities and nations of the world, and destroy great Babylon’s false center of ecumenical worship.

Revelation 16:19 – And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.

This last great earthquake will occur in Israel’s Jordan River valley, but its effects will spread north and south, eventually to set off quakes across in the earth in the cities of many nations.  It will ripple northward to make contact with the great east-west fault across northern Turkey, then eastward across the Mediterranean, then along the sea flow northward to begin to set off a series of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions across western Italy, one of which will occur to the southeast of Vatican City in the ancient volcanic crater that holds the waters of Lake Albano – More on this in a future Update.