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Armageddon – Not in the Far Distant Future – Part 8-11

    

SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 242A

September 25, 2005

Armageddon – Not in the Far Distant Future – Part 8


An Exposition of Revelation 16:13 to 18:24

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 7.

Revelation 18:11 – And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:

The Catholic Church is the greatest merchandiser of religious objects in the faiths dominated by salvation by Jesus plus works.  Her sales of a multiplicity of statues of Mary, Jesus, the saints, and countless other objects impregnated with their pictures, have made billions for those who merchandise them and the Catholic Church that authorizes such sales.  Her sales of religious relics, indulgences, rosaries, praise objects, and other objects of adoration have brought billions into her coffers down through the ages.  All these profits will be cut off from her merchandisers abruptly in one hour.

Revelation 18:12 – The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble,

All of these items have marked Catholic Church history in the character of her sales for profit down through the ages.  They have been floated up the Tiber and carried over land from many ports into her storehouses.

Revelation 18:13 – And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men.

These were the things that were brought up from the port at the mouth of the Tiber River from the ships on the Mediterranean Sea, during the reign of the Roman Emperors from Constantine onwards, and from which the early Catholic Church enjoyed the carnal fruits thereof.

Revelation 18:14 - And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all.

All of her carnal benefits received because of marriage with the state will be ended in one hour by a geological holocaust.

Revelation 18:15 – The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing,

All the merchant ships of the Mediterranean Sea will stand afar off from the mouth of the Tiber River, and see the fire and smoke of her burning.

Revelation 18:16 – And saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls!

One has but to take a tour through the Vatican City to see the picture painted by this verse.  If you watched the recent Pope’s funeral, you got to view a small part of it.

Revelation 18:17 – For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,

In one hour God’s judgment comes upon her for almost 1700 years of spiritual adultery from the faith once delivered to the saints.

Revelation 18:18 – And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city!

Rome was the city that ruled the known world when John wrote these words and, indeed, there was no city like her.

Revelation 17:18 – And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.

Revelation 18:19 – And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.

It is indeed absolutely shocking to believe that, in one hour, almost 1700 years of history, religious tradition, and heresy will suddenly end.

Revelation 18:20 – Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.

In order to properly portray this very short verse of Scripture, please allow me to quote from “The Trail of Blood” by Dr. J.M. Carroll.  The history of churches that have maintained “the faith” once delivered to the saints left a trail of martyr’s blood, which was extracted from them by the Roman Catholic Church during the Dark Ages.

BEGIN QUOTES FROM “THE TRAIL OF BLOOD!”

“17. I again call your attention to those upon whom the hard hand of persecution fell.  If fifty million died of persecution during the 1,200 years of what are called the Dark Ages, as history seems positively to teach, then they died faster than an average of four million every 100 years.  That seems almost beyond the limit of human conception.  As before mentioned, this iron hand, dripping with martyr blood, fell upon Paulicians, Arnoldists, Hendricians, Petro Brussians, Albigenses, Waldenses, and Ana-Baptists much harder than upon others.”      

“Sad and awful was the fate of these long-suffering Ana-Baptists.  The World now offered no sure place for hiding.  Four hard persecutors were now hot on their trail.  Surely theirs was a Trail of Blood.”

“18. But persecutions did not cease.  The hatred Ana-Baptist (called Baptists today), in spite of all previous persecutions, and in spite of the awful fact that fifty million had already died martyr deaths, still existed in  great numbers.  It was doing this period that along one European highway, thirty miles in distant, stakes were set up every few feet along it, the tops of the stakes sharpened, and on the top of each stake was placed a horrid gory head of a martyred Ana Baptist.  Human imagination can hardly picture a scene so awful! And yet this thing was perpetrated, according to reliable history, by a people calling themselves devout followers of the meek and lowly Jesus Christ.”

END QUOTES FROM “THE TRAIL OF BLOOD!”

On one day in one hour all the martyrs of Revelation 18:20 will surely be avenged by God, and will rejoice in heaven to see the end of Vatican spiritual apostasy.

Revelation 18:20 – Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.

Lord willing, in the next Update of this series, I will exposit on 18:21 to 18:23.

Revelation 18:21-23 – And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all. [22] And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee; [23] And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.

The Catholic Church, some of her offspring, and many of the organizations rising out of the Great Evangelical Movement since 1730, have become the Pharisees of today.

Matthew 15:8,9 – This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. [9] But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

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.

John 4:24 – God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.  

I Timothy 3:14,15 – These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly: [15] But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.


SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 242B

September 28, 2005

Armageddon – Not in the Far Distant Future – Part 9


An Exposition of Revelation 16:13 to 18:24

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 8.

Revelation 18:21 – And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.

The penalty for teaching false doctrine and causing God’s little born again children to stumble is described using the same illustration.

Matthew 18:3-6 – And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. [4] Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. [5] And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. [6] But whoso shall OFFEND one of these little ones WHICH BELIEVE in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

The word OFFEND means “to cause to stumble” and, in the context of verse six, it means to cause the born again babe in Christ “to stumble” in his walk of faith as a child of God.  In the case of Matthew 18:6 it is used as a metaphor.  However, in Revelation 18:21, it is literally going to happen to the city of Rome and its Vatican as a punishment for causing billions of God’s children to stumble in their walk by faith.  The city, encompassed by the seven hills, is literally going to sink under the Sea as the land subsides below sea level, causing the great Mediterranean Sea to flow up the Tiber River to engulf Rome.

The actual word translated as “offend” is “skandaliz,” which means “to entrap, to trip, to cause to stumble, to entice to apostasy.”  This has been the role of the whore of Babylon, the Catholic Church, for some 1700 years.

SINKING OF THE CITY OF ROME IN ONE DAY!

It might be a good idea to look at a map of the entire Mediterranean Sea area as far east as Turkey, and as far south as Israel, while reading this Prophecy Update.

This is something I have taught since 1982.  Please allow me to seemingly “beat around the bush” before directly addressing how, and why, Rome will literally sink below the upper waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

The basaltic Pacific Ocean sea floor is pushing against the western coast of the United States.  The rock strata of the dry land there is lighter than the basaltic sea floor.  Consequently, it lifts over the sea floor basaltic strata.  As the weight of the coastal rock strata rises over the basaltic sea floor strata, its overlying weight causes the sea floor strata to dive downward under the western United States.  As it slides downward under the western U.S. at about a 30 degree angle, ever increasing pressure is incurred on the rock strata due to overlying weight that constantly increases as it goes deeper, and this causes numerous subterranean chambers to form in lines along the layer’s perpendicular intersection with the coastline.  When further movement causes a sudden release of pressure by vertical cracking, the solid rock layer instantly liquefies, fills the subterranean chamber with magma, and starts toward the surface, sometimes erupting as a volcano.  It is this generalized effect that has created the lengthy chain of volcanoes from British Columbia southward across Washington, Oregon, and California.

Please forgive this long discourse on the creation of the western U.S. volcanic chain.  I gave it because you may have seen an animated illustration of it on one of the TV Discovery programs, and I wanted you to go from the familiar to the unfamiliar, because the same phenomena exists along the western coast of Italy, where a volcanic chain stretches the length of the Italian boot from near the tip of its toe to well north of Rome.

I am particularly interested in the very ancient crater designated on geological maps simply as “004.”  It is located on the southwestern suburbs of the famous seven hills on which Rome is situated, and is clearly visible as a lake filled caldera when one flies over the area to land at Rome.  Like the infamous Mt. Pinatubo eruption in the Philippines, from a volcano that had laid dormant for more that 400 years, the same is true of the Italian “004” volcano.  When “004” erupts it, along with its accompanying earthquake, will fulfill the prophecy of Revelation 18:21.

Revelation 18:21 – And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.

The great earthquake of Revelation 6:12, in the Jordan River Valley, will create a seismic energy release that will travel north to strike the east-west fault that runs across northern Turkey, then west along it to the long sea floor submergence zone off Italy’s western coast, a portion of which dips under Rome.  The last fantastic earthquake of Revelation 16:18 will send the final surge of energy along the same route, and it will trigger the “004” eruption with its associated earthquake activity.

Revelation 6:12 – 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;

Revelation 16:18 – 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.

The results of this eruption and earthquake will cause Rome to slowly sink beneath the upper waters of the Mediterranean Sea, which will flow inland a few miles up the Tiber River to submerge Rome.  This is the same scenario that happened to the great Roman Port Julius due to volcanic eruptions and earthquakes in Italy’s turbulent history.

Believe it or not, the gigantic African continent is slowly floating on great underground masses of magma, and turning clockwise in a circle.  This is the driving force that is pushing the Mediterranean seafloor against the western half of the European continent’s long Italian peninsula.  The African and European continents meet head-on along the western Italian coast.  The earth’s African Plate slowly grinds under the Italian peninsula, melting deep rock into magma that then rises through cracks to the surface.  This process has formed a string of volcanoes from Sicily to far north of Rome, and a system of geological faults that release stress through earthquakes, often catastrophically.  The great Gulf of Pozzuoli lies just to southwest of Rome.  Pozzuoli lies in an enormous ancient volcanic caldera, named for the Campi Fiegrei (Fiery Fields) region, which has begun to reawake as the magma below it becomes more active.  It is the movement of this magma that forces the earth up and down in an earthquake triggering action.  Today’s fear comes from a speed up of this activity.

The Campi Flegrei is a zone of fiery fields and sunken cities.  Magma beneath the Gulf of Pozzuoli heats the groundwater to activate fumaroles.  And in the silence of doom the Roman Port Julius lies mired beneath the surface of the sea.  The city of Rome to its northeast will be a companion underwater city during the millennial reign of Christ.  The thousands of years that Rome has known great joy, which has caused her to be called the “eternal city,” will end on one day in one hour, and her underwater streets will experience the silence described  in the verses following Revelation 18:21.      

Revelaion 18:21-23 – And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all. [22] And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee; [23] And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.

   
     

SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 243A

October 2, 2005

Armageddon – Not in the Far Distant Future – Part 10


An Exposition of Revelation 16:13 to 18:24

Revevelation 17:18 – And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.

Revelation 18:24 – And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.

You might consider taking a look back at Part 8 in this series to get a better idea of how much martyr’s blood has been shed in the past by the Roman Catholic faith.  But since I am more concerned about the blood of the martyrs that will be shed in the tribulation period, I will use 18:24 as a springboard for what is coming, rather than what is past.

Other Believers will die in Tribulation before Trump 7!

Billions of dollars have been poured into the coffers of those who advocate the post-1740 rapture teaching that all the saved will be whisked up to heaven before seven years of tribulation begin on this planet.  I don’t believe God waited until the great evangelical movement, which began in the 1730’s, to have a first-of-the-week position taught. I have personally searched for any evidence of the position prior to 1740, and have found none.  But I surely do not ask you to believe what I teach based on historical research.  Please take a look in our Prophecy Update Archives for a historical and biblical exposition of the rapture question.  You will find it in Archive Updates 73D, 74A, 76, 78A, 82A, 114A, 123B, 144A, 144f, 147D, 166C & 233A.  Check it out for yourself!

The recent “left behind” series made millions in book sales, and filled the pockets of those who wrote them, as well as those who ghost wrote or published them.  If the first-of-the-week position is incorrect, then millions are going to be in shell shock when all hell breaks loose and they find themselves still living as occupants of surface earth.  How much confidence will they then have in the many other things writers taught them as being true?

I encourage you to go to the link which follows to get a truthful description of the “left behind” series.

http://www.rapidnet.com/~jbeard/bdm/BookReviews/left.htm

I am convinced that some of God’s children are going to die in the tribulation period, yet most are convinced they will not be here doing any part of it, and do not want to hear anything contrary to that belief.

Remembering that Revelation Chapters 12 through 14 are classed as parenthetical chapters, I believe the sequence which follows is a reasonable chronological arrangement of the last three and one-half years prior to the Second Advent that ends Armageddon.

War, Pestilence & Famine Ravage a 4th Part of Earth!

Revelation 6:8 – And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.  (Archive Updates 145E to 146C)

Angelic War Breaks Out in Heaven – Michael vs. Devil!

Revelation 12:7 –And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, (Archive Birth Pang 39 & Prophecy Update 138C)

The Devil is cast Out of the Heavens onto the Earth!

Revelation 12:12 – Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but A SHORT TIME.  (Archive Birth Pang 40)

Revelation 6:9-11 – Souls in Heaven are Anxious for the Rapture to Occur!  (Archive Updates 146A to 146C)

And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: [10] And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? [11] And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for A LITTLE SEASON, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that SHOULD be killed AS they were, should be fulfilled.

Little Season Begins on Earth – Some Saved are Killed!

Revelation 6:12,13 – 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.   (Archive Prophecy Update 146C)

Israel Driven into Negev for Little Season of 3 ½ Years!

Revelation 12:13,14 – And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. [14] And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.  (Archive Birth Pang 41 & Prophecy Update 138C)

One Third of Men Die in Volcanic-Earthquake Chaos!

Revelation 9:18 – By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.  (Archive Updates 180B, 182B, 183A, & 186A)

Satan Makes War with Negev Remnant of Jesus (seed)!

Revelation 12:17 – And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.  (Archive Birth Pang 43 & Prophecy Update 140B)

Believers Killed for Not Worshipping the Beast Image!

Revelation 13:15 – And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. (Archive Prophecy Update 88)

Martyrs Rewarded for not affiliating with the Beast!

Revelation 20:4 – And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 

II Timothy 2:11,12 – It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: [12] If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:  (Deny some saved the right to reign)

Galatians 6:7 – Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

II Timothy 3:12 – Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

I Peter 4:12-14 – Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: [13] But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. [14] If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.

Ephesians 3:21 – Unto him be glory IN THE CHURCH by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

Revelation 22:16,17 – I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things IN THE CHURCHES. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.  [17] And the Spirit and THE BRIDE say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take THE WATER OF LIFE freely.

Ephesians 5:26,27 –  That he might sanctify and cleanse it with THE WASHING OF WATER BY THE WORD, [27] That he might present it to himself a GLORIOUS CHURCH, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

Revelation 22:12,14 – And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. [14] Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.


SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 243B

October 5, 2005

Armageddon – Not in the Far Distant Future – Part 11


Man’s Technological Tower of Babel is in Place!

Genesis 11:1-9 – And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. [2] And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. [3] And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. [4] And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. [5] And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. [6] And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. [7] Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech. [8] So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. [9] Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.

In the history of mankind there has always been a single factor that stymied scientific progress more than any other element in human achievement – the carnality of man manifested by his distrust of anyone who did not speak his language.  We naturally tend to develop trust by association, and associate more readily with those of the same language and culture.  Because we have many different variations of language, which have manifested themselves with certain nations having languages that identify them as that country, we long ago developed a tremendous suspicion of each other, which usually falls under the category of national interest.  Nations simply don’t trust each other and, because of this, would not share any information that could cause another nation to profit from what it had just discovered.  Different languages have been a definite block to technological advancement ever since the Tower of Babel.

But the invention of, and rapid advancement in abilities of, the computer, followed by the development of the vast world internet associated with it, have overcome the long stymied technological advance of scientific advancement.  The continuing advancement of man’s fantastic growth in knowledge in the last 100 years has given the present generation all the blessings of material prosperity imaginable.  All this was prophesied by the Spirit of God in Daniel 12:4.

Daniel 12:4 – But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

Man has run to and fro on the earth, above the earth, and beneath the earth, due to his remarkable advance in ability to probe rapidly and skillfully into these vast areas of creation.  The international language did not become English or French – turned out to be computer language, which had the ability to translate all of them into decodable functions, and has broken down most of the restricting power of nations to “make us a name.”

Well, now that individual nations have made a name for themselves, and we have finally achieved accruing all this great material gain and creature comforts through the great industrial revolution, just look at what it has enabled mankind to become on its own, separated from the meddling of the God who created Adam.  We have divided into systems of different beliefs that hate each other.  The nations of the world meet together at the United Nations, but despise each other, and are divided on every issue because of national interest.  The world is divided into two camps – the “haves” and the “have-nots,” and they both dislike each other.  The individual ideology of men and women range from “bleeding from the heart,” to bleeding from the neck after beheading to “let’s kill them all,” or from pro-abortion to anti-abortion, etc., etc., etc.  Human rights and uniform international judicial systems have little relation to each other, and certainly no relation to the Bible from which they originally were taken.  Yes sir, just as the famous cigarette commercial of the last century proclaimed: “You’ve come a long way, Baby!”

Man’s problem has always been his inherited carnality from his forefather Adam.  Adam made the choice for us all.  So let’s just blame God for creating Adam and for allowing him to make that choice.  Don’t blame God for all this, God chose all men to be saved in Christ Jesus, and he gave us a system of commandments that would at least partially protect us from our rampant  carnality while we waited for the Seed, his Son, to come.

Galatians 3:19 – Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

Galatians 3:24 – Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

Ephesians 1:4 – According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

II Peter 3:9 – The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Acts 20:21 – Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

Men and women have the right to refuse God’s choice for them.  They can choose not to repent of their sinful inherited condition, and not to put their faith in Jesus Christ, so don’t blame God if you end up in Hell for not doing so – It’s your choice!

Merrill Unger, in his popular “Bible Handbook,” when discussing the Tower of Babel verses says: “This is not a mere hyperbole, but an expression of pride (“make us a name”) and rebellion against God, and his most explicit command to “replenish the earth” (Genesis 9:1).  Self-glory, instead of God’s glory, and man-made unity to replace the unity forfeited by abandoning the fear of God, were evidenced in the account.”

The second Psalm, in the first 3 verses, clearly outlines what man would do in breaking all ties with God by abandoning any bands, any cords, any restrictions put on him by God’s commandments, or any fear of failing to follow or obey them.  Verse 4 describes what God will do as he watches them suffer the consequences of their own abandonment of any form of law based on what he delivered to them to maintain order in society.  Verse 5 then describes the punishment God himself will put on them in the last days before his Son’s Second Advent.  The remaining verses involve the establishment of his Son as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, in Mount Zion (Jerusalem), Christ’s Millennial Reign, and his advice for men and women to respect and put all their trust in him to deliver them.

Psalm 2:1-12 – Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? [2] The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, [3] Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. [4] He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. [5] Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. [6] Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. [7] I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. [8] Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. [9] Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel. [10] Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. [11] Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. [12] Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

Indeed, “You’ve come a long way, Baby!”  Man can really be proud of his accomplishment of severing his relations with the God who created him.  Why! Just look at how far we have come on our own.  Here we are back in the land where the tower of Babel stood along the Euphrates River, surrounded by Islamic terrorists in Iraq that are killing and beheading, who classify us as crusaders and infidels, with a world full of people whose envy of our prosperity leads them to disagree with us on virtually every issue.  Yes Sir, we sure were smart to break the cords and bindings of our relations with God through our judicial system.  And on our own we have “made a name for ourselves.”  Just look what mankind has been able to do on its own without God.  We have eliminated wars and conflicts, we have been able to eliminate crime of all types, we have developed a system that has rehabilitated carnality in man, we have politicians that always tell the truth, and don’t do what they do just to be reelected, and on and on and on, you name it, and we’ve done it.  I can only speak for myself, and most people think I have gone mad, but I am truly looking forward to the end of all this mess man has, and is, continuing to make without God.  Jesus Christ is the only one who can end this horrible state of society.  I am anxiously waiting for the following verses to occur.

Luke 21:25-29 – And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; [26] Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. [27] And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. [28] And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

Malachi 4:1-3 – 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.  [2] But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. [3] And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of hosts.

Zechariah 13:8,9 – 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. [9] And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God.

Zechariah 14:9 – And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one.

Today, the three great world monotheistic faiths are joined in mortal combat in the Middle East and things are going to eventually get a lot worse before Christ returns.  The Jews started celebrating their most Holy days earlier this week – the Arabs spotted a new moon on Monday night and began celebrating their most Holy Days on Tuesday – and the U.S. is sitting on a powder keg in the same place the Tower of Babel once stood.

I am look forward to that day he comes quickly!

Revelation 22:12-14 – And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. [13] I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. [14] Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.