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BIRTH PANG NUMBER 6 CHAPTER 8- THE SHAFT ABYSS

And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit, Revelation 9:1, 2.

I am a literal interpreter. That does not mean that I take all the inspired writings to he absolutely literal. I am very aware that certain parts of God’s Word are inspired poetically, figuratively and symbolically, but unless it yields ridiculous results, I am always more inclined to accept a literal interpretation over a figurative or symbolic explanation.

In verse one there are some points that can be made literal­ly concerning the symbols, things, places and events described. First of all, the star is identified by the personal pronoun "him” as a masculine spiritual being that comes from Heaven.

Secondly, this masculine spiritual being comes to a physical place: the planet Earth. Now, putting these two factors togeth­er, we have a being sent from Heaven to the physical earth. That means he is standing on the surface of what you see in fig­ure 3, on top of these massive tectonic plates that float on top of an underground ocean of liquid rock.

Thirdly, this heavenly visitor has been given a key which rep­resents the authority to unlock something. He has been sent to unlock the earth itself. The earth is the bottomless pit. There are hundreds of geometric figures that have bottoms, but the earth is an oblate spheroid, and as such, it has no bottom. If it were possible to dig through the earth you could never reach bottom for you would simply come out on the opposite side from which you started; the earth has no bottom.

Fourthly, I call your attention to the Koine Greek words translated “bottomless pit,” those being phreatos tes abussou, or literally, SHAFT OF THE ABYSS. This is a perfect scientific description of these great geological faults shown in figure 9. They are a great interconnecting shaft system that extends down through the crust into the abyss. It is this locked system that the heavenly being is sent to unlock. He unlocks the locked plate structure with the power of God symbolized by the key.

Fifthly, please note that the interior of the bottomless pit is likened to a “great furnace.” Virtually all-scientific texts of today use this term to describe the interior of the earth. And, lastly, please notice the results of the unlocking of the tectonic plates in verse two—a great smoke that rises up to darken the sun and the atmosphere. This is precisely what would occur if these huge tectonic plates were unlocked.

Volcanic smoke would pour upward into the earth’s atmosphere along all areas indicated by the dashed lines shown in figure 3. This smoke would most assuredly darken the sun on a world­wide basis as it collected and adverted around the earth under a great temperature inversion just above the tropopause.


BIRTH PANG NUMBER 7 CHAPTER 9- THE HEAVEN DEPARTS

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

In chapter four I went into specific detail as to the meaning of and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.” I am convinced this scripture, along with “and every island fled away, and the mountains were not found,” means that the tectonic plates will shift sufficiently to change the lat­itudinal and longitudinal mini-second coordinates of every island and mountain on the face of the earth. This will produce wave after wave of unbelievable earthquake activity rippling through the horizontal and vertical structure of the earth. At the same time this fantastic earthquake scenario is occurring, the heaven will depart “as a scroll when it is rolled together” The shifting of the plates produces both phenomena: earth­quakes by an unlocking of pent-up pressures along plate bound­aries, and a departure of the heavenly view by smoke from vol­canic eruptions.

I am convinced that the shifting of the plates will generate the formation of chains of volcanic activity, as pictured in figure 10, along all the plate boundaries shown in figure 3. God, who made everything I have described to this point, has also creat­ed around the entire earth a great temperature inversion shroud in the lower section of the stratosphere just above the tropopause. Any time there is a moderate to severe vertical vol­canic eruption; smoke is forcefully injected through the tropopause and trapped beneath the temperature inversion of the stratosphere. There is virtually no moisture above the tropopause and, since the smoke particles cannot be made heavy enough to fall earthward by condensation of water vapor on them, the smoke remains suspended in the lower section of the stratosphere for five to fifteen years. The winds in the lower section of the stratosphere advect the volcanic smoke around the entire envelope of atmosphere that surrounds the earth over a two to four year period. Figure 11 portrays the great tem­perature inversion that exists around the entire earth through the stratosphere. As the smoke attempts to rise through this inversion it soon reaches a temperature near its own and begins to flatten out into a great shield of smoke, a shield that is then advected around the entire atmosphere by the winds of the stratosphere. Have you ever really looked at all the Old and New Testament prophecies concerning the appearance of the heavenly bodies during the last three and one-half years of the Tribulation Period? Let us now consider just a few of these prophecies to see if we can correlate them.

And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise,Revelation 8:12.

And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.

The sun shall be turned into darkness~ and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord come, Joel 2:30, 31.

And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal and, Io, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood, Revelation 6:12.

The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining, Joel 2:10.

Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken, Matthews 24:29.

How can this be? One prophet says you will not be able to see the sun, moon, and stars about one-third of the time, but anoth­er says you won’t be able to see them at all. These prophecies are fulfilled gradually over the last three and one-half years of the Tribulation Period, and the prophets have been given visions of the effects on the view of the heavenly bodies from earth at different times in this period. Let us assume that the last three and one-half years of the Tribulation Period have begun and a person is standing at point “X” on figure 12. A per­son could look up and see the sun, moon or stars from this van­tage point on the earth’s surface without obstruction. Now, let us allow figure 12 to become alive, with the winds of the stratos­phere moving the volcanic smoke clouds around the earth in patches. Within a few hours after you had made your unob­structed observation of the sun, moon or stars, the thin leading edge of the volcanic cloud would begin to move between you and the heavenly bodies. If it were night, the moon would turn blood red. If it were day, the sun would be darkened. Within an hour or so the thicker part of the volcanic smoke shield would move over you and the sun, moon or stars would completely disappear from view. After a few more hours the back side of the cloud would move past, and you would once again be enjoying a clear space between volcanic cloud patches, such that the sun, moon or stars would again be visible. This scenario would be repeat­ed over and over again during the last three and one-half years of the Tribulation Period on a gradually worsening trend. You would not be able to see the sun, moon or stars about one-third of the time—at times the moon would be blood red and the sun black as sackcloth of hair—and sometimes you would not see any of the heavenly bodies. All of this is exactly what the Old and New Testament prophets observed in their visions. These things are the “signs in the sun, and in the noon, and in the stars prophesied in 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.

At this point it may seem that I have been sidetracked from: Explaining “and the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together,” but everything to this point draws together toward a: Final conclusion. In Revelation 6:14, the word used for heaven is ouranos,and there are three of them: (1) the Heaven where God dwells, (2) the heaven where the birds fly (atmosphere), and (3) the heaven where the sun, moon, and stars abide. It is the latter to which John refers. The word used for departed is apechoris­the, which literally means, in this case, “was removed from view.” John is saying he saw what the Hebrews considered heaven (sun, moon, and stars) removed from his view. When something or someone departs, or is removed, it is no longer visible to the one from which it departed. John says that the heaven disap­peared from his view and then tells us the manner in which it disappeared: as a scroll when it is rolled together”

In figure 13 you can see the likeness of a Hebrew scroll. If while you were reading the scroll it was slowly roiled together, then it could he truly stated that the writing departed from your view “as a scroll when it is rolled together.” In his vision John looked up into what the Hebrews considered one of the heavens and, as he watched, the heavenly bodies slowly disap­peared over a period of time. This is exactly what will occur during the period of time we identify as the last three and one-half years of the tribulation Period. It will occur like the slow rolling together of a scroll, such that by the end of the Tribulation Period a continuous cloud band of smoke will completely engulf the earth in the lower section of the stratosphere. No one will be able to see the sun, moon or stars through the thick shroud. It is through the great stratospheric cloud shown in figure 14 that the author believes the Lord shall return at the end of the Tribulation Period.


BIRTH PANG NUMBER 8 CHAPTER 10 – THE SHAFT ABYSS

Revelation 9:1, 2 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. [2] And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.

I am a literal interpreter.  That does not mean that I take all the inspired writings to be absolutely literal.  I am very aware that certain parts of God’s Word are inspired poetically, figuratively and symbolically, but, unless it yields ridiculous results, I am always more inclined to accept a literal interpretation over a figurative or symbolic explanation.

In verse one there are some points that can be made literally concerning the symbols, things, places and events described.  First of all, the star is identified by the personal pronoun “him” as a masculine spiritual being that comes from Heaven.

Secondly, this masculine spiritual being comes to a physical place – the planet Earth.  Now, putting these two factors together, we have a being sent from Heaven to the physical earth.  This means he is standing on the surface of what you see in figure 3.  He is standing on top of these massive tectonic plates that float on top of an underground ocean of liquid rock.

Thirdly, this heavenly visitor has been given a key which represents the authority to unlock something.  He has been sent to unlock what he stands upon – the earth’s crust.  The earth is the “bottomless pit.”  There are hundreds of geometric figures that have bottoms, but the earth is an oblate spheroid and, as such, has no bottom.  If it were possible to dig through the earth you could never reach bottom, for you would simply come out on the opposite side from which you started.  The earth has no bottom.

Fourthly, I call your attention to the Koine Greek words translated “bottomless pit,” those being phreatos tes abussou, or literally, SHAFT OF THE ABYSS.  This is a perfect scientific description of these great geological faults shown in figure 9.  They are a great interconnecting shaft system that extends down through the crust into the abyss.  It is this locked system that the heavenly being is sent to unlock.  He unlocks the locked plate structure with the power of God symbolized by the key.

Fifthly, please note that the interior of the bottomless pit is likened to a “great furnace.”  Many scientific texts of today use this term to describe the interior of the earth,

And, lastly, please notice the results of the unlocking of the tectonic plates in verse two – a great smoke that rises up to darken the sun and the atmosphere.  This is precisely what would occur if these huge tectonic plates were unlocked.  Volcanic smoke would pour upward into the earth’s atmosphere along all areas indicated by the dashed lines on figure 3.  This smoke would most assuredly darken the sun, on a worldwide basis, as it collected, and advected, around the earth under a great temperature inversion which exists just above the tropopause.


BIRTH PANG NUMBER 9 CHAPTER 11 – THE HEAVEN DEPARTS

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.

In Birth Pang Number 4 I went into specific detail as to the meaning of “and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.”  I am convinced this Scripture, along with “and every island fled away, and the mountains were not found,” means that the tectonic plates, shown in figure 3, will shift sufficiently to change the latitudinal and longitudinal mini-second coordinates of every island and mountain on the face of the earth.  This will produce wave after wave of unbelievable earthquake activity rippling through the horizontal and vertical structure of the earth.  At the same time this fantastic earthquake scenario is occurring, the heaven will depart “as a scroll when it is rolled together.”  The shifting of the plates produces both phenomena:  earthquakes by an unlocking of pent-up pressures along plate boundaries, and a departure of the heavenly view by smoke from volcanic eruptions along the same moving boundaries. 

I am convinced that the shifting of the plates will generate the formation of chains of volcanic eruptions, pictured in figure 10, along all the boundaries shown in figure 3.  God, who made everything I have described to the point, has also created, around the entire earth, a great temperature inversion shroud in the lower section of the stratosphere, just above the tropopause.  Any time there is a moderate to severe vertical volcanic eruption; smoke is forcefully injected through the tropopause, and then trapped beneath the temperature inversion of the stratosphere.  There is virtually no moisture above the tropopause and, since the smoke particles cannot be made heavy enough to fall earthward by condensation of water vapor on them, the smoke remains suspended in the lower section of the stratosphere for five to fifteen years.  The winds in the lower section of the stratosphere spread the volcanic smoke around the entire envelope of atmosphere that surrounds the earth over a two to four year period.  Figure 11 portrays the great temperature inversion that exists through the stratosphere around the entire earth.  As the smoke attempts to rise through this inversion it soon reaches a temperature near its own, and then begins to flatten out into a great shield of smoke, a shield that is then carried by upper level winds to produce an earth encompassing cloud throughout the lower stratosphere.  Have you ever really looked at all the Old and New Testament prophecies that describe the appearance of the heavenly bodies during the last three and one-half years of the Tribulation Period?  Let us now consider just a few of them, to see if we can correlate them with the increasing severity from start to finish.                        

And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise. Revelation 8:12                                  

And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. [31] The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord come.    Joel 2:30, 31                    

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 6:12

The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining:  Joel 2:10                          

Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: Matthew 24:29

How can this be?  One prophet says you will not be able to see the sun, moon, and stars about one-third of the time, but another says you won’t be able to see them at all.  These prophecies are fulfilled gradually over the last three and one-half years of the Tribulation Period, and the prophets have been given visions of the effects on the view of the heavenly bodies from the earth, at different times, during this period.  Let us assume that the last three and on-half years of the Tribulation Period have begun, and a person is standing at point “X” on figure 12.  This person could look up and see the sun, moon, or stars from this vantage point on the earth’s surface without obstruction.  Now, let’s allow figure 12 to become alive, with the winds of the stratosphere moving the volcanic smoke clouds around the earth in patches.  Within a few hours after you had made your unobstructed observation of the sun, moon, or stars, the thin leading edge of the volcanic cloud would begin to move between you and the heavenly bodies.  If it were night, the moon would turn blood red.  If it were day, the sun would be darkened.  Within an hour or so the thicker part of the volcanic smoke shield would move over you, and the sun, moon, or stars would completely disappear from view.  After a few more hours the back side of the cloud would move past, and you would once again be enjoying a clear space between volcanic cloud patches, such that the sun, moon, or stars would again be visible.  This scenario would be repeated over and over again during the last three and one-half years of the Tribulation Period, but on a gradually worsening trend.  You would not be able to see the sun, moon, or stars about one-third of the time – at times the moon would be blood red and the sun black as sackcloth of hair – and sometimes you could not see any of the heavenly bodies.  All of this is exactly what the Old and New Testament prophets observed in their visions.  These are a part of the “signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars” prophesied by Luke.                 

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. Luke 21:25, 26

At this point it may seem I have been sidetracked from explaining “and the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together,” but everything up to this point has been for that very purpose.  In Revelation 6:14, the word used for heaven is “ouranos,” and there are three of them:  (1) The heaven where God dwells,  (2) The heaven that makes up our atmosphere, and (3) The heaven were the sun, moon, stars, and other heavenly bodies dwell, that is, the universe.  It is the latter to which John refers.  The word used for departed is “apechoristhe,” which, in this case, simply means “was removed from view.”  John is saying he saw what the Hebrews considered heaven (sun, moon, and stars) removed from his view.  When something or someone departs, or is removed, it is no longer visible to the one from which it departed.  John says that the heaven disappeared from his view, and then tells us the manner in which it disappeared:  “as a scroll when it is rolled together.”

In figure 13 you can see the likeness of a Hebrew scroll.  If while you were reading the scroll it was slowly rolled together, then it could be truly stated that the writing departed from your view, “as a scroll when it is rolled together.”  In his vision John looked up into what the Hebrews considered one of the heavens and, as he watched, the heavenly bodies slowly disappeared over a period of time.  This is exactly what will occur during the period of time we identify as the last three and one-half years of the Tribulation Period.  It will occur like the slow rolling together of a scroll, such that by the end of the Tribulation Period a continuous cloud band of smoke will completely engulf the earth in the lower section of the stratosphere.  No one will be able to see the sun, moon, or stars through the thick shroud at the Battle of Armageddon.  It is through the great stratospheric cloud shown in figure 14 that the author believes the Lord shall return at the end of the Tribulation Period.


BIRTH PANG NUMBER 10 CHAPTER 12–LIGHT AT NIGHT                 

And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. [5] And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the Lord my God shall come, and all the saints with thee. [6] And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark: [7] But it shall be one day which shall be known to the Lord, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light. Zechariah 14:4-7

A most unusual phenomenon:  light at night from the sun!  When will it occur?  The answer is found in verses 4 and 5, which describe the cleavage of the Mount of Olives, a definite occurrence of the latter portion of the Tribulation Period.  In the latter part of the Tribulation Period the great cloud shroud of figure 14 will have established itself around the entire earth above the tropopause.  It is this great cloud shroud that will fulfill the prophecies of verses 6 and 7.  Verse 6 states that the light will not be clear nor dark.  To a Hebrew clear light was unobstructed light, a light that came from its source to fall on an object with no obstructions between.  A Hebrew viewed darkness as the absence of light.  So we are advised that there will be some light (it will not be pitch dark), but the light will not be clear light (it will be partially obstructed).  This is a perfect description of what we call a cloudy day.  On days when the skies are overcast we do have light, but it is not clear light, for the clouds obstruct our view of the sun.  The light on a cloudy day reaches us by a process that involves reflection, refraction, and scattering of the light from the sun.  During the latter portion of the Tribulation Period man will not see the sun.  But limited light, of varying degrees, will penetrate the great cloud shield in the stratosphere.  It will be a dull, gray, depressing light in which the inhabitants of the earth are struggling for survival.  But how can it come to pass “that at evening time it shall be light?”  How is it possible that, at every location on the face of the earth, there will be some light during the evening hours when normally it is pitch dark?

About 20 years ago, after presenting a lecture series in California for Dr. Reed, I departed the Los Angeles area by jet to Dallas, flying at an altitude just below 40 thousand feet.  It was a beautiful day from the surface to the top of the atmosphere along the entire flight path, with clear skies above and below the aircraft.  As we crossed Arizona and New Mexico the light from the sun beamed upon the ground below us, and through the air above us.  When we crossed into Texas there were no clouds below or above us, and the sun was beaming on the aircraft with its full brilliance, but as I looked toward the earth’s surface I begin to notice tiny pinpoints of light on the ground.  People had turned on the lights below us because it was dark at ground level.  The curvature of the earth had already blocked off the surface rays of the sun at ground level across Texas, but at our flight level and above it was broad daylight.  If there had been a way for me to take the light at high levels and direct it downward, it would have produced   dim light on the surface below, where darkness had enshrouded Texas.  It is not by accident that the God of light, who is Light, has very conveniently established a law in nature where this is predictably possible – The law of refraction.

Laws are not theories.  They are like God because they are made by God.  They are consistent and can always be counted to act in a predictable, unchanging manner.  It is not my purpose to teach physics, so I will refrain from a technical discussion of the law itself, and will rather refer those interested in such a dissertation to any general physics textbook.  Refraction occurs because light waves travel at different speeds through different substances.  Refraction involves the bending of light waves as they move from one medium to another.  In figure 15 you can see the bending effect on light as it passes from a less dense medium (air) into a denser medium (water).  If you want to see this bending of light in action, drop a pencil and a coin into a glass about three-fourths full of water.  The pencil will appear to be broken at the water surface, and the coin will appear to be on the side of the glass.  This is a phenomenon produced by refraction.

Why is it that we still have light long after the sun has disappeared over the horizon?  And why do we have light in the morning before the sun comes into view?  You guessed it!  It is the law of refraction at work.  As the sun’s ray’s travel through space, they move very rapidly, as if in a vacuum, but when contact is made with the denser atmospheric medium of the earth, the light decelerates, and is bend around the curvature of the earth by the law of refraction.  This law causes the light to reach the surface before the sun appears in the morning, and to trail behind on the surface long after the early evening sun disappears.

The great cloud of volcanic smoke will be firmly established as shown in figure 14 by the time the battle of Armageddon occurs.  This great encompassing shroud will vertically be thousands of feet thick and, as such, a very dense medium through which the sun’s rays must filter on their way to the earth’s surface.  As the rays filter through by refraction and scattering, they will be severely bent around the curvature of the earth’s surface.  As you may observe in figure 16, the small island, on the opposite side of the earth from the sun, would normally be experiencing an evening of complete darkness.  However, because of the refraction and scattering of sunshine through the great volcanic cloud, light would be bent around the earth to strike the island, and “it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light.”  Such would be the case at every location on the surface of the earth.  The intensity of the light at any given point would be affected by the distance it had to be refracted, and by the thickness of cloud through which it had to pass.  No spot on the earth would receive clear light (unobstructed), and no spot on the earth would ever be dark (lightless).                      

And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark: [7] But it shall be one day which shall be known to the Lord, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light. Zechariah 14:6, 7