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PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 242
September 24, 2005
IF? HOW? WHEN? Those are the Questions? Part 4
Tribulation Begins – Sudden, Suddenly, In One Day!
The current outbreak of hurricane activity along the southern coastal sections of the United States, when considered individually, does not fit the description of “Sudden, Suddenly, In One Day!” They form, and usually long lead times of warning are given to the sections of the coast that could be affected. When the tribulation period begins it will be “Sudden, Suddenly, In One Day,” and the communications systems that allow us to be so well informed will be so severely affected by volcanic eruptions and earthquakes, that warnings of shore arrivals will be little to nil after a few days into the tribulation period. They will come on the earth in many cities near the thousands of miles of interlinking fault lines stretched across the earth. The damage of surface equipment we use in communications, and the distortion of atmospheric transmission by volcanic pyroclastics, will make early warning of the great number of tribulation period hurricanes chaotic at best. The cities of the earth, near the boundaries of the tectonic plates, are going to experience day by day what suddenly happened to Sodom and Gomorrah in one hour on a certain day.
Luke 17:29,30 – But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.  EVEN THUS SHALL IT BE in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
The attitude that men and women hold worldwide is at least strongly influenced by whether or not they believe the Bible is the inspired Word of the living God, who sent Christ to earth as his only begotten Son. To those who believe it is, the question is never IF a prophesied event will occur, but rather HOW and WHEN it will occur. It is the HOW and WHEN that causes believers to disagree, not IF an event will occur. To believers IT will happen, but HOW and WHEN is open to a wide variance of interpretation, opinion, and speculation. In Luke 21:35, Jesus spoke these prophetic words to his first New Testament Church.
Luke 21:35 – For AS A SNARE shall it come on ALL them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.
The word SNARE is “pages,” and it means “whatever makes or holds fast; hence, a trap – A creature was SUDDENLY caught in a cleverly laid snare or trap by its hunter, who had been able to deceive its senses into the belief it was in no danger.
Because I have taught the following things concerning the Second Coming, I have been branded a heretic, a revisionist, and a lunatic. One MB preacher at a local association told preachers I was a warlock. I am not really concerned about what people label me, but I am concerned for those who label me, yet have never really considered what I teach. It is no great concern to me if you disagree with it, but I do wish you would at least know what I teach because, if I am right, our people are in for a real surprise, and may suddenly be caught in a snare of great shock and consternation.
Let me assure you that what is being taught today in prophecy is a far cry from what was taught before the rise of the Great Evangelical Movement after 1740. I suppose I am as one born out of season. I assure you I would not have been considered a heretic, revisionist, or lunatic in the ages before 1740. So, please allow me to state once again what I believe because, if I am right, it is going to dramatically stun both the saved and the lost.
1. The catching out of the saints will not occur until the blowing of the seventh trumpet in Revelation 11:15. (Please see our Prophecy Archive Updates 73D, 74A, 76, 78A, 82A, 114A, 123B, 144A, 144F, 147D, 166C & 233A)
2. The three “he’s” in Daniel 9:27 do not refer to the antichrist, but to Jesus Christ. This means we do not have a coming tribulation period of seven full years, and directly affects or completely changes the numerous ideas of prophetic interpretation based on it. (Please see our Prophecy Archive Numbers 230B, 231, 231A, 231B, 232, 232A, 232B, 232C & 233)
3. The antichrist will not come out of Europe. He will come out of Syria to lead 10 Arab nations against Israel. (Please see our Prophecy Archive Whole Numbered Updates 62 to 69)
4. The Temple will not be rebuilt on the Temple Mount until after Christ arrives. (Please see Prophecy Archive Updates 76D, 79 & 121B)
5. A False Peace will occur and, some 75 days later, Israel will be attacked from the North. (Please see our Prophecy Archive Updates 198A, 207B, 208, 209, 209A, 209B, 210, 210B, 211B, 213A, 213B, 214A, 214B, 215A, 215B, 215C & 216B)
6. Antichrist will not rule over the entire world as we know it today, but over those areas of it that were known at the time of the writing of Revelation. (Please see Prophecy Archive Updates 77, 77A, 77B, 77C & 135A)
TRIBULATION SUDDEN, SUDDENLY, IN ONE DAY
It shall be at an Instant in Israel’s Jordan River Valley!
Ariel is a Name for Jerusalem meaning Lioness of God!
There will be a great earthquake in the Jordan River Valley that will shake Jerusalem to begin the final 1260 days of the tribulation period. It will start a worldwide chain of rippling energy around the borders of the great tectonic plate structures of the earth that will continue until the Second Advent. This release of energy will be heard, seen, and/or felt near the tectonic plate faults in the form of thunderstorms, earthquakes, great noises from the grinding of the plates against one another, the generation of tsunami storm waves and great tempest along the shorelines, and great flames of devouring fire from hundreds of volcanic eruptions,
Isaiah 29:1-6 – Woe to Ariel (Jerusalem), to Ariel, the city where David dwelt! add ye year to year; let them kill sacrifices.  Yet I will distress Ariel, and there shall be heaviness and sorrow: and it shall be unto me as Ariel.  And I will camp against thee round about, and will lay siege against thee with a mount, and I will raise forts against thee.  And thou shalt be brought down, and shalt speak out of the ground, and thy speech shall be low out of the dust, and thy voice shall be, as of one that hath a familiar spirit, out of the ground, and thy speech shall whisper out of the dust.  Moreover the multitude of thy strangers shall be like small dust, and the multitude of the terrible ones shall be as chaff that passeth away: yea, it shall BE AT AN INSTANT SUDDENLY.  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. (For Exposition of Isaiah 29:1-5, See Archive Prophecy Update 175A)
Isaiah 30:8-13 – Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, THAT IT MAY BE FOR THE TIME TO COME FOR EVER AND EVER:  That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the Lord:  Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:  Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.  Wherefore thus saith the Holy One of Israel, Because ye despise this word, and trust in oppression and perverseness, and stay thereon:  Therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whose BREAKING COMETH SUDDENLY AT AN INSTANT.
Luke 21:25,26 – 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;  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.
Jeremiah 30:7 – Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.
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.
Isaiah 47:11 – Therefore shall evil come upon thee; thou shalt not know from whence it riseth: and mischief shall fall upon thee; thou shalt not be able to put if off: and desolation shall COME UPON THREE SUDDENLY, which thou shalt not know.
Mark 13:34-37 – For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants and to every man his work and commanded the porter to watch.  Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight or at the cockcrowing or in the morning:  LEST COMING SUDDENLY he find you sleeping.  And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.
I Thessalonians 5:3,4 – For when they shall say, Peace and safety; THEN SUDDEN DESTRUCTION cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.  But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
Revelation 6:12 begins the last 1260 days of tribulation.
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;  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.  And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.  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;
Revelation 16:21 ends the final 1260 days of tribulation.
Revelation 16:21 – And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.
The Last 1260 Days Begin Suddenly, on a Certain Day!
Luke 17:27-30 – They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, UNTIL THE DAY that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.  Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;  But THE SAME DAY that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.  EVEN THUS SHALL IT BE in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
I do indeed believe that the bulk of tribulation period suffering and death will occur in what was the known world of the Book of Revelation, but I do expect the new world to have some part of the suffering and death. My concern is that many believers are so convinced they will not experience any of the tribulation period, that they will be in a state of absolute shock when they find they are still here, not “left behind,” but “still waiting.” If believers have never been advised that the post 1740 rapture positions might not be correct, just how much confidence will they have in the ones who taught them if they are still here during part of the tribulation period?
Luke 21:34,35 – And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so THAT DAY come upon you unawares.  For AS A SNARE shall it come on ALL them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.
PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 243
September 30, 2005
IF? HOW? WHEN? Those are the Questions! – Part 5
Luke 17:32 – Remember Lot's wife.
In the first book I wrote, some 29 years ago, I included the account of the destruction at Sodom and Gomorrah as an example of suddenness, which would be characteristic of the abrupt beginning of the tribulation period, and as something that would be occurring in individual cities, near the world’s tectonic plate boundaries, throughout the last three and one-half years prior to the Second Advent. I believe many will be remembering Lot’s wife during this period of time. For that reason I am presenting a detailed analysis of Sodom and Gomorrah.
Genesis 19:23-26 – The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar.  Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven;  And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.  But his wife looked back from behind him, and she BECAME a pillar of salt.
The “plain” to which the writer refers is the wide, flat rift valley fault at the southern end of the Dead Sea. Sodom and Gomorrah, before their obliteration, sat directly over the fault (F2) on the southeastern side of the Dead Sea shore (See Birth Pang Archive Figures 24 and 27). Examination of the geological substrata in this area is very interesting. The Bible gives a description which reflects that numerous shallow oil deposits existed in this zone prior to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.
Genesis 14:10 – And the vale of Siddim was full of slimepits; and the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, and fell there; and they that remained fled to the mountain.
The vale of Siddim (valley of the fields) was the territory south of the land tongue which protrudes into the Dead Sea from its eastern side (See Birth Pang Archive Figures 24 and 27). The great cataclysm which destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah was followed by subsidence of all the vale of Siddim, and up until the last century it lay submerged beneath the southern end of the Dead Sea south of the land tongue of Lisan. The “slime pits” were bitumen or asphalt pits. The words for slime pits in Genesis 14:10 are the Hebrew words “chemar beer,” and represent a pit of bitumen that extended downward into the substrata of the earth. Asphalt is a brown to black bituminous substance that is obtained as a residue in petroleum refining. A great deal of the asphalt of ancient times came from the Dead Sea, which was also called Lacus Alphatites. Asphalt is a mixture of hydrocarbons, in part oxygenated, the softer types generating toward petroleum. When exposed to the air it hardens partly by oxidation and partly by evaporation. There was once a large build-up of this petroleum based bituminous material surrounding the area of Sodom and Gomorrah, because the writer states that it was “full of slime pits.” Even today an occasional chunk of asphalt will suddenly bob up to the top as a sulfur vent erupts on the sea floor of the Dead Sea. There are, to this day, large sulfur springs that deposit heavy loads of sulfur over the Dead Sea flats in this area. Here, in the hey-day of Sodom and Gomorrah, was a great subsurface powder keg of petroleum hydrocarbons and sulfur, just waiting for a giant match to ignite them. Another compound, sodium chloride, better known as salt, has always existed in the upper surface layers of this zone as vast block formations hundreds of feet thick. So, here is the disaster, waiting for the God who formed it, to ignite it with what he put beneath the layers of salt, sulfur, and petroleum based material – thick deposits of salt immediately under the surface, petroleum hydrocarbons boiling up through cracks in the salt layers, and sulfur springs rippling into the salt zone both vertically and horizontally. All this formation needed to trigger it was a vertical thrust of the igneous magma into the crack running through the Sodom-Gomorrah area (See Birth Pang Archive Figure 27). As you can see on Figure 27, a vast molten sea of magma underlies the earth’s outer crust, and it is closer to the earth’s surface in this area than in many other parts of the world. Numerous fumaroles occasionally release hot gasses and vapors to the surface from old volcanic vents that still extend deep into the underlying magma, bearing testimony that intense heat pockets exist just below the surface.
Zoar was not resting on top of the powder keg. When Lot entered the safety zone to which God had directed him, then God pulled his tectonic trigger and completely destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. I believe that God opened his Dead Sea Fault just enough to allow the fiery magma to push up through the vents of salt layers he had long saturated with sulfur and bitumen. This touched off a tremendous chain of explosions that roared through the entire vale of Siddim. The explosions weakened the upper crust and great fiery swirls of pyroclastic materials were blasted high into the heavens. The writer describes it vividly by stating, “brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven.”
But what of Lot’s wife – how did she become a “pillar of salt?” First of all, she disobeyed God, and remained in the disaster zone – “But his wife looked back from behind him.” When Lot was safely inside Zoar, his wife was still standing in the danger zone “looking back.” This tells us why she became a pillar of salt – she disobeyed God! Now, let us explore how “she became a pillar of salt.” She observed the great vents of fire that went up into the heavens from the chain reaction, but before she could clear the danger zone a blanket of of pyroclastic material from the eruption rained down on her – and yes, you guessed it – the pyroclastic material was composed of hot, liquid, pryochemical salt. She actually “BECAME a pillar of salt,” exactly as the Word of God proclaims.
This sort of thing is not unheard of – pyroclastic materials of the local area covered the residents of Pompeii in 79 A.D. – They were actually encased, in perfect body form, by pyroclastic materials of the local area called “rapilli” that were thrown into the heavens by the eruption of Vesuvius. They became pillars of rapilli rather than pillars of salt. The Italian Florelli devised a method of making casts of the former residents by pouring plaster into the rapilli shell coverings. When the material rained down from heaven the residents of Pompeii were in the danger zone. I am convinced the same thing happened to Lot’s wife. The residents of Pompeii did not become “pillars of salt” only because the upper layers of the crust in their area were not composed of salt layers.
As the sulfur and petroleum based substances continue to burn both externally and internally, a great deal of the valley mass went up in smoke. Additionally, the salt blocks fused into more compressed strata and the limestone layers gradually shrank after the initial ignition by magma. This chain of events caused a further local subsidence of the graben valley floor. As it gradually sank below the level of the Dead Sea to the north of it, its murky water flowed slowly southward across the area like a great smothering blanket over the smoking valley, and much of what remains today of this great holocaust lies hidden beneath the shallow waters of the southern Dead Sea.
Please do not believe I am trying to “explain away” a miracle. God does as he wills with his own creation. I simple believe this is what God did. The sight that met Abraham’s view the morning after Lot’s wife became a pillar of salt, is a flawless description of a local opening of the tectonic plate along the Dead Sea Fault.
Genesis 19:26-28 – But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.  And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the Lord:  And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace.
I believe God opened the Dead Sea Fault in a small local area to cause the terrifying picture Abraham witnessed in the aftermath of the cataclysm. I am convinced that God will once again open this fault in the last 1260 days of the tribulation period. But this time it will not be local – the opening will stretch from the southern tip of the Dead Sea via the land of Idumea to the northern extension of the Red Sea into the Gulf of Eilat or Aqaba (See Birth Pang Archive Figure 23). I believe the prophet Isaiah saw this happening in his vision of destruction in Idumea during the tribulation period (See latter part of Chapter 11).
Isaiah 34:9,10 – And the streams thereof shall be turned into pitch, and the dust thereof into brimstone, and the land thereof shall become burning pitch.  It shall not be quenched night nor day; the smoke thereof shall go up for ever: from generation to generation it shall lie waste; none shall pass through it for ever and eve