October 12, 2005

Revelation 16:9 – And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and THEY REPENTED NOT to give him glory.

For 30 years, in four books and more than 700 weeks of lectures across this planet in churches, seminaries, colleges, universities, and schools, I have tried to warn people that we were already in the “beginning of sorrows,” and that the tribulation period, which was to follow it, was not a far distant event.  Many have listened, but few have believed it.  I have attempted to warn any who would listen that the manifestation of the Sons of God in glorified bodies, at Christ’s Second Advent, was not something in the far distant future.  The beginning of the tribulation period is closer than most prophetic teachers believe.

I John 3:2 – Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

Romans 8:19 – For the earnest expectation of the CREATURE waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

The Greek word translated “CREATURE” IS “KTISIS,” which has the basic root meaning of “original formation,” literally THE CREATION.  The same word is translated as CREATION in Romans 8:22.  All the creation of God, in which atoms and ions move at different speeds in the many different elements and compounds of it, has been groaning for a long time since the fall of man, waiting for his final glorified restoration to the God who made him.  That earnest expectation of the angels and all the rest of his great creation is about to come to pass – it is not a far distant event – the saved will be manifested in glorified bodies to one another on the surface of this planet when Christ returns them to it at his Second Advent.

Romans 8:22 – For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

We have always had earthquakes, famines, pestilences, tsunamis, floods, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes, hazardous weather phenomena of all types, landslides, mudslides, and many other horrific effects attributed to the nature of the creation.  The question is twofold – is there a God – and if so, can he do what he wants to do with what he created, when he wants to do so?  Is God causing his creation to accelerate in “groaning in travail” as he said he would do in “the beginning of sorrows,” which was to immediately precede the tribulation period to warn us it was not in the far distant future.

Matthew 24:7,8 – For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. [8] All these are the beginning of sorrows.

Matthew 24:7,8 was to be a time when man’s sorrows would gradually increase for an indefinite period of time and, at the end of that time, the tribulation period would suddenly come in like a roaring lion, as stated some 13 verses later in Matthew 24:21,22.

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 final three and one-half years of the tribulation period will begin with the first great earthquake in Revelation 6:12 and end with the last, and greatest, in Revelation 16:18,19.

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 16:18,19 – 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.

Luke 21:25-28 is a summary of what will transpire on the earth between Revelation 6:12 and 16:18, which will culminate with the Second Advent of Christ.

Luke 21:25-28 – 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.

I have long believed that “the beginning of sorrows” began in 1967, at which time the Israelis took back the temple mount in the old city of Jerusalem, which they lost in 70 AD.  Since a Jewish generation is, in most biblical cases, considered to be 40 years, I have believed that “the sorrows” would begin to be more noticeable as that period of time drew to a close.  This is what I believe is now being manifest in the increase of natural disasters we have observed the last two years.  Just take a look at some of the things that have happened the last 10 months.

1. The great tsunami in the Indian Ocean.

2. The great earthquake in Pakistan and Kashmir.

3. Record numbers of disaster producing hurricanes.

4. Current floods in the northeastern U.S.

5. Massive mudslides in Guatemala and San Salvador.

6. HIV, flu, and numerous other virus mutational hazards

7. Increasing volcanic eruptions.

I have listened, for some 30 years, to my atheistic and agnostic peers in my chosen fields of meteorology and geology, make this statement as each single disaster occurred: “this particular disaster is just a normal part of CREATION that has always been happening – Your imaginary God has nothing to do with it.”  Well, what about “NOW?”  The entire creation of God has indeed been groaning in cycles for a very long time, but take a look at it now – all the elements of the earth, sky, and seas seem to be producing massive sets of groaning at the same time.

The real question is this – Did God make what we call the creation, and does he have the ability to control and use it?  I am convinced he has, is, and will, continue to use what he created to fulfill his own prophecies by his own power.

Some 2700 hundred years he told us what he would visit mankind with just before the end of this age.

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 vast bulk of mankind does not believe he will do what he said, and even those who do believe it, have been successful in believing it would always be some future generation, not during their lifetime.  Many of God’s children have convinced themselves this is something that will occur, but in the far distant future, and their lives match their belief.  It is also quite fashionable to be in the majority of believers who believe they will be whisked away before any of the bad stuff happens.  Well, I assure you that my conscience is clear.  I expect to get my lumps at the judgment seat of Christ, but my hands are clear of failing to warn this generation of what was coming, and one can hardly accuse me of being guilty of tickling men’s ears by telling them what they wanted to hear.

Ezekiel 33:6 – 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.

II Timothy 4:3,4 – 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.