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"Sound the trumpet in Zion, give the alarm on my holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the country tremble,
for the day of the Lord is coming, yes, it is near." ---Joel 2:1
"In the evening you say, 'It will be fair; there is a red sky', but if it is red and overcast in the morning, 'stormy weather today'. You know how to read the face of the sky, but you cannot read the signs of the times."
This is a book about Christian prophecy. It is about a millenium no one noticed, and a war no one expects. It is about apostasy so great it is bringing the foundations of the world to the point of collapse. It concerns a time of flight when those who are righteous will soon be warned (despite their faith) to seek refuge in the mountains.
"In the Lord I take shelter; so how can you now say to me: 'Bird, fly back to your mountain'? 'Look, the wicked are bending their bows and fitting their arrows to the string, ready to shoot the upright from the shadows. When foundations fall to ruin, what can the virtuous do?' " (Ps.11:3). The order itself is ample proof that something grave is about to happen; and when it does, the saints will be powerless except to run and hide. (Mt.24:15-22).
More than anything else, though, this manuscript is a book about life. It concerns mankind's true but invisible struggle to survive, and the uncommon bravery of God's heros who preach life while so many about them are filled with the inertia of death and want only to be left alone to succumb.
From the day of Pentecost till now the world has basked in the glory of a spiritual Sonlight that has shone down on it from heaven and alchemized the nature of the human soul. For 1900 years this light of God energized the nations with gentleness and brought a peacefulness to the earth that interrupted a march of armies which, just before Jesus arrived, had threatened to drown the world in an endless reign of tyranny and violence.
Christ brought into mankind a revolution of heart; tempering the souls He touched with the love of God, and thwarting what Satan had in mind for the world. As this love spread out across the nations, it offered to replace the swaggering pride of armies with the pomp and splendor of cathedrals.
It was a peace revolution. And it came in the name of the Son of God. Satan's violent militia found itself trapped and confounded in the web of righteousness that suddenly had enveloped the nations from on high. All their attempts to extricate themselves from this net and block God's march across the world proved feeble.
The peace of Christ was everywhere and it flowed through the hearts of those who tried to revolt, sapping anger of its strength, and crippling the agenda of the sinister. Secular arrogance bowed to a priesthood, and the people of the world settled into a symbolic 'seventy years' to try to make themselves at right with God.
Pagan rule gave way to Church rule and in place of monuments to warmongers appeared statues of the apostles, paintings of the holy family, church symphonies, great chapels, nativity plays, creche's, and throughout the entire period, the Gospel was preached without restraint and backed assertively by the governments and all of their surrounding nobility.
Any look back at this period of world history shows us a planet in the grips of an immense Christian revolution. As the western world expanded its influence and set up colonies across the face of the planet, it took the message of Christ with it, spreading His word to all parts of the globe.
All that has abruptly changed. Today this revolution in the name of righteousness is villified. The peace it brought to the world is now termed repression. In one single century, all that was before has disappeared.
In place of gentleness, violence and anger have returned. Hearts, once tempered, are now hardened again; and with this steeliness has come a new reign of violence, bringing the phenomenon of world wars to the planet.
The Church is ridiculed and has been thrown out of the schools and the governments have turned their backs on its support. The artists now chronicle chaos, not the divine. The cathedrals in Europe stand empty. There are no more nativity plays in the schools. Governments affirm Jesus no longer. Judges and courts consider the Gospel and the Ten Commandments biased and irrelevant. Psychiatrists consider faith madness.
The world that lived in the light of heaven has changed. The 1900 years just past are no more, and, for this world, they will never be again. Now darkness is returning. Paul's predicted revolt is in progress, and it is bringing down the reign of Jesus on earth. This means that the peace treaty is over and the seventy years of Babylon have come to an end.
Never before in human history has there been a time that can rival the chaotic upheavals of the 20th century. Like a pot that has come to a boil, the last 100 years have brought to a focus all the violence that has ever occurred on the earth -- producing death and destruction on a scale unparalleled since mankind first appeared on the planet. This carnage has not happened by accident.
Moved by the Holy Spirit 2500 years ago to foretell these times, Jeremiah warned, "Your own behavior and actions have brought this on you. This is your fate! How bitter! How it pierces your heart! I am in anguish! I cannot keep quiet, for I have heard the trumpet call and the cry of war."
"Ruin on ruin is the news: the whole land is laid waste, my tents are suddenly destroyed, in one moment all that sheltered me is gone. How long must I see the standard and hear the trumpet call?' 'This is because my people are stupid, they do not know me, they are slow-witted children, they have no understanding: they are clever enough at doing wrong, but they do not know how to do right." (Jer.4:16-22).
It is now like in the days of Noah when the drops began to fall; but in our time the rain that is starting is a reign of violence. In Noah's day the drops signaled flood. In our day they herald fire.
"I looked to the earth to see a formless waste; to the heavens, and their light had gone. I looked to the mountains to see them quaking and all the heights astir. I looked to see no man at all, the very birds of heaven had fled. I looked to see the wooded country a wilderness, all its towns in ruins, at the presence of God, at the presence of his burning anger."
"Yes, thus speaks the Lord, 'The whole land shall be laid waste, I will make an end of it once and for all; at which the earth will go into mourning, and the heavens above grow dark. For I have spoken and will not change my mind, I have decided and will not go back on it." (Jer.4:23-28).
Rescinding a temporary alliance with God, the earth has begun to mobilize itself according to Revelation's plan. (Rv.20:8). Endless battles, planet-circling wars, ghastly weapons, terrorism, violence, anarchy, chaos and ruin on top of ruin have ruled the last century in a growing hatred that has steadily driven God's love out of human hearts.
In no other time since the days that Jesus himself walked the earth have the people of God been able to watch so many pages of scripture unfold before their eyes in the circumstances around them. The two world wars of this century mirror Revelation's two battles of the end-times pitting the forces of good against the forces of evil. The holocaust of the Jews is a foretaste of the destruction of the saints by the beast.
Adolph Hitler, himself, seemed to evoke an image of the man of evil coming up out of the Abyss to mastermind the destruction. The invention and use of nuclear weapons has brought the fire of the stars exploding across the surface of the planet. Rockets have been produced which can hurl these inferno's anywhere on the globe at a moment's notice. And just below the earth's surface anthrax and nerve gas lie at the ready in rusting containers.
The images of horror this century has brought before our eyes are graphic and indisputable. The circumstances surrounding us today are agonal. We live in a world that is preparing itself for Armageddon. While many aspects of this preparation were described in advance, none of the visions could even remotely prepare us for the incredible specter of warfare or weapons of mass destruction that have poured out of the last hundred years.
"Out of the smoke dropped locusts which were given the powers that scorpions have on earth...To look at, these locusts were like horses armored for battle...they had body-armor like iron breastplates, and the noise of their wings sounded like a great charge of horses and chariots into battle." (Rv.9).
Modern military hardware looks even more macabre than the material John described. Like surreal locusts covered with battle armor, today's helicopter gunships clatter across firestained skies, virtually duplicating his vision -- their spinning wings pounding the air like booming drums -- huge iron machines with faces that seem almost human, and all this equipment spewing streams of fire, smoke and sulphur from their mouths and under-bellys.
In the van of this stockpile of terror, a fierce anger has grown. No one can understand the torrent of barbarism that has suddenly erupted in the world. Yet these are the very days of violence that Habakkuk so accurately predicted:
"How long, God, am I to cry for help while you will not listen...Why do you set injustice before me, why do you look on where there is tyranny? Outrage and violence, this is all I see, all is contention and discord flourishes..."
"Then God answered and said, 'Write the vision down, inscribe it on tablets to be easily read, since this vision is for its own time only: eager for its own fulfillment, it does not deceive; if it comes slowly, wait, for come it will, without fail." (Hab.1:2-3,2:2-3).
And come it has.
No one can argue Habakkuk's prophecy today. The escalating violence forecast by Jesus as a sure sign of the last days has literally exploded across the planet in this century, getting worse year by year until at the present time anarchy threatens to bring civilization on earth to an end -- even in the most utopian parts of human society. (Mt.24:12). In the wake of this barbarism, the savage are taking the world by storm.
Even in America, civil authorities are helpless to try to stop violent gangs from wreaking their havoc every night in the cities. God clearly warned that rage in the last days would rise to such a peak that love in most people would grow cold. But who could believe that this prophecy would come upon us so fast? Or be as harsh as it is now, even as it is just beginning?
Jesus said that in the company of this violence the last days would be heralded by signs in the sun and moon and stars. (Lk.21:25). At the start of this century, a large comet streaked out of the sky and struck Russia. "Then the fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star fall down from heaven onto the earth..." (Rev.9:1).
A fireball that lit up all of Europe as it passed overhead, it impacted in Siberia with more power than a hydrogen bomb. Incinerating 2000 square kilometers of forest and causing vast damage, it covered the entire earth in a great cloud of dust.
"...and he was given the key to the shaft leading down to the Abyss. When he unlocked the shaft of the Abyss, smoke poured up out of that opening like the smoke from a huge furnace..." (Rev.9:1-2). Duplicating the kind of cosmic sign of the End which Jesus spoke about, the dust and debris which poured into the skies from Tunguska were like clouds rolling up to create a war century.
Perhaps a momentous trumpet had suddenly sounded over Babylon, for this timely comet turned out to be a harbinger of unprecedented disaster. Within just six years of that celestial event Christian Russia fell to antichrist communists and World War I began its lethal roll across Europe.
As if he had ridden that comet from out of the bowels of the Abyss, Satan quickly deceived the nations and mobilized the world for war just as John's prophecy had forewarned (Rv.20:8), and the planet would never be the same again.
From ancient times, the sight of comets has always been considered as a foreboding of impending disaster. This century has seen world-wide disaster greater than any other in human history.
It has seen war on a scale never before imagined. It has witnessed the birth and death of three giant lethal world empires (each of them as large as ancient Rome) rising up and then disappearing in the span of less than eighty years. It has seen the massacre of more than nine million Jews in Europe, and almost thirty million unborn children in the United States alone by legal abortion.
In almost the blink of an eye, it has witnessed the birth of atomic power and its swift growth into a vast and insane nuclear arsenal capable of annihilating all planetary life in a matter of seconds.
Surrounded by these catastrophic changes, the global Church founded by Jesus Christ has begun its predicted fall from public favor. Fueling this collapse, the 'Great Revolt' anticipated by Paul (2 Thes.2:32) has erupted all around us. "But you have abandoned God, and forgotten my holy mountain. That is why I commit you to the sword -- all of you to fall in the slaughter. For I called and you would not answer, I spoke and you would not listen." (Is.65:11-12).
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