Some of the prognosticators do not speak very positively at all concerning the future of this Planet. Some claim that global warming is going to take a deadly toll. Others say that the opposite will happen, and I refer to another so-called Ice Age.
And then, we have the climate conditions, which, in the recent past, have been worse than have ever been recorded. While there have always been storms, tornadoes, earthquakes, etc., the frequency and ferocity of that, which is presently happening, has taken it to a new level.
What is happening?
The Apostle Paul, after a fashion, addressed this situation. He said:
THE EARNEST EXPECTATION OF THE CREATION
“For the earnest expectation of the creature (should have been translated, ‘for the earnest expectation of the Creation’) waits for the manifestation of the sons of God (pertains to the coming Resurrection of Life).
“For the creature (Creation) was made subject to vanity (Adam’s Fall signaled the fall of Creation), not willingly (the Creation did not sin, even as such cannot sin, but became subject to the result of sin, which is death), but by reason of Him Who has subjected the same in Hope (speaks of God as the One Who passed sentence because of Adam’s Fall but, at the same time, gave us a ‘Hope’; that ‘Hope’ is Christ, Who will rectify all things),
“Because the creature (Creation) itself also shall be delivered (presents this ‘Hope’ as effecting that Deliverance, which He did by the Cross) from the bondage of corruption (speaks of mortality, i.e., ‘death’) into the glorious liberty of the Children of God (when man fell, Creation fell! when man shall be delivered, Creation will be delivered, as well, and is expressed in the word ‘also’).”
THE GROANING OF CREATION
“For we know that the whole Creation (everything has been affected by Satan’s rebellion and Adam’s Fall) groans and travails in pain together until now (refers to the common longing of the elements of the Creation to be brought back to their original perfection).”
WAITING FOR THE ADOPTION
“And not only they (the Creation and all it entails), but ourselves also (refers to Believers), who have the Firstfruits of the Spirit (even though Jesus addressed every single thing lost in the Fall at the Cross, we only have a part of that possession now, with the balance coming at the Resurrection), even we ourselves groan within ourselves (proclaims the obvious fact that all Jesus paid for in the Atonement has not yet been fully realized), waiting for the Adoption (should be translated, ‘waiting for the fulfillment of the process, which Adoption into the Family of God guarantees’), to wit, the Redemption of our body (the glorifying of our physical body that will take place at the Resurrection)” (Rom. 8:19-23).
TWO REASONS FOR THE CLIMATE DISTURBANCES
There are two major reasons, I believe, for the increase in climate disturbances, which have wreaked havoc over great parts of the Planet. It has nothing to do with El Nino or other similarities. The two reasons are “failure to preach the Cross” and “the last of the last days”:
FAILURE TO PREACH THE CROSS
The Cross of Christ is God’s Answer to the sin question, and God’s only Answer to the sin question. Paul wrote:
“But this Man (this Priest, Christ Jesus), after He had offered One Sacrifice for sins forever (speaks of the Cross), sat down on the Right Hand of God (refers to the great contrast with the Priests under the Levitical system, who never sat down because their work was never completed; the Work of Christ was a ‘Finished Work,’ and needed no repetition);
“From henceforth expecting till His enemies be made His Footstool. (These enemies are Satan and all fallen Angels and demon spirits, plus all who follow Satan)” (Heb. 10:12-13).
The major message preached by the Apostle Paul was the Cross (I Cor. 1:23). He was given the meaning of the New Covenant, which is the Cross of Christ, and was made the masterbuilder of the Church by the Holy Spirit. In other words, the Cross of Christ was the Foundation of all that he preached. If it’s not the foundation of all that we preach presently, then whatever it is we are preaching may be about the Gospel, but it’s really not the Gospel. Paul told us what the Gospel actually is by saying:
“Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the Gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the Cross of Christ should be made of none effect” (I Cor. 1:17).
My contention is, if preachers would once again begin to preach the Cross, which is the only thing that holds back the Judgment of God, this, I believe, would greatly lessen the climate disturbances. While it certainly would not end them altogether, I do believe it would have a very positive effect in the frequency and the ferocity. But yet, I do not labor under any illusion that this is going to be done. Hopeful, yes! But that’s about as far as I can go. Please note the following:
The Cross of Christ is the only thing standing between mankind and eternal Hell.
The Cross of Christ is the only thing standing between the Church and apostasy.
The Cross of Christ is the only thing that holds back the Judgment of God.
Were it not for the Cross, God could not even look at us, much less, have communion with us. It is the Cross which opened up the way to the very Throne of God. Please note the following very carefully:
II Samuel, Chapter 24, records David’s sin in taking a national census in an unscriptural way.
Without going into detail, the Scripture says:
“So the LORD sent a pestilence upon Israel from the morning even until the time appointed: and there died of the people from Dan even to Beer-sheba seventy thousand men” (II Sam. 24:15). As would be obvious, this was a staggering number of men who died instantly, especially considering how small that Israel actually was.
Then the Scripture says, “And when the Angel stretched out his hand upon Jerusalem to destroy it, the LORD repented Him of the evil, and said to the Angel that destroyed the people, It is enough: stay now your hand. And the Angel of the LORD was by the threshingplace of Araunah the Jebusite” (II Sam. 24:16).
But then, the Lord sent Gad the Prophet to David:
“. . . and said unto him, Go up, rear an Altar unto the LORD in the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite (the only answer for sin, and I mean the only answer, is the ‘Altar,’ i.e., ‘the Cross,’ of which the Altar was a Type)” (II Sam. 24:18).
And then the Scripture said:
“And David built there an Altar unto the LORD, and offered Burnt Offerings and Peace Offerings. So the LORD was intreated for the land, and the plague was stayed from Israel. (There is a ‘plague’ called ‘sin’ that is destroying this world and causing multiple hundreds of millions to be eternally lost. There’s only one cure for that plague, and that is the precious, atoning, Vicarious Offering of the Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, which was done at the Cross, and our acceptance of Him. All the churches in the world will never stay the ‘plague.’ All the good works, good intentions, money, religion, prestige, or education will not stop this plague of sin. Only the precious Blood of Jesus Christ can, here symbolized by the ‘Altar’ – ‘and the plague was stayed’)” (II Sam. 24:25).
Let me say it again! If preachers would begin to preach the Cross, this “plague,” if not stopped altogether, would be seriously slowed in this nation, and even the entirety of the world.
Preach the Cross!
THE LAST OF THE LAST DAYS
We have already alluded to the following but please allow me to explain it further. When Adam fell in the Garden of Eden, the Creation, in some way, fell also. Of course, such is inanimate, but, still, it means that the Creation doesn’t function as God originally intended for it to function. That’s the reason for all the tornadoes, earthquakes, famines, droughts, hurricanes, etc. In a sense, all of this means that “. . . the whole Creation groans and travails in pain together until now” (Rom. 8:22). In the coming Kingdom Age when things will have been set right, there will be no more storms, earthquakes, hurricanes, etc.
The inclement weather patterns that the world is now experiencing, which means an increase, as previously stated, in frequency and intensity, is a sign that we are nearing the end.
This doesn’t mean the end of the world because the world will never end, but it does mean the end of the Church Age, which will usher in the coming Kingdom Age when Christ will rule Personally from Jerusalem. However, there is a transition between the Church Age and the coming Kingdom Age called the “Great Tribulation.” This period of time, which will run seven or more years, will experience a convulsion such as it has never known before in all of its history. As it regards this particular period of time, Jesus said:
“For then shall be great tribulation (the last three and one half years of the seven-year period), such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be (the worst the world has ever known, and will be so bad that it will never be repeated).
“And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved (refers to Israel coming close to extinction): but for the elect’s (Israel’s) sake those days shall be shortened (by the Second Coming)” (Mat. 24:21-22).
In fact, during the seven-year Great Tribulation, climate conditions are going to be worse than ever. There will be earthquakes that will be greater and more destructive than the world has ever previously known. Concerning this, the Scripture says:
“And I beheld when He (Christ) had opened the sixth Seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake (the first of several); and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair (probably caused by dust filling the air due to the earthquake), and the moon became as blood (doesn’t mean the moon was actually turned to blood, but that it ‘became as blood,’ again, probably referring to the dust particles filling the air);
“And the stars of Heaven fell unto the earth (refers to meteorites or shooting stars), even as a fig tree casts her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. (There will be a bombardment on the earth of these meteorites, which will cause untold damage.)
“And the Heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together (pertains to the shaking of the heavens, which instigates the meteorites); and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. (This proclaims power of unimagined proportions. The greater thrust will more than likely be in the Middle East)” (Rev. 6:12-14).
The Scripture then says:
“And the Angel took the Censer, and filled it with fire of the Altar (this is the Brazen Altar in Heaven that typified the Death of our Lord, which was necessary in order that man might be redeemed; as is obvious here, Heaven is filled with the portrayal of that Sacrificial, Atoning Death), and cast it into the earth (with the Salvation of the Cross being rejected by the Earth, the Judgment of the Cross will now commence): and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake. (All of this speaks of the fact that it is Judgment coming, and Judgment such as the world has never seen before)” (Rev. 8:5).
“And the same hour was there a great earthquake (this is one of five times that earthquakes are mentioned; it is the last one that will take place and happens under the seventh Vial, which is at the very conclusion of the Great Tribulation), and the tenth part of the city fell (refers to Jerusalem), and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave Glory to the God of Heaven. (There is some indication in the Greek Text that some of these people gave their hearts to Christ)” (Rev. 11:13).
THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
If it is to be remembered, our Lord predicted that earthquakes and other similar things would happen to a greater degree as the end approaches, and more particularly, in the coming Great Tribulation, as we’ve already noted (Lk. 21:11).
Daniel, the Prophet/Statesman, some 500 years before Christ, predicted that the Great Tribulation would last for seven years, with the last three and a half years being the worst. He said:
“And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate. (‘And he shall confirm,’ refers to the Antichrist. The phrase, ‘And in the midst of the week,’ refers to three and a half years, at which time the Antichrist will show his true colors and stop the sacrifices in the newly-built Temple. At that time, he will actually invade Israel, with her suffering her first military defeat since her formation as a Nation in 1948.
“‘Even until the consummation,’ means until the end of the seven-year Great Tribulation period. The phrase, ‘And that determined shall be poured upon the desolate,’ refers to all the Prophecies being fulfilled regarding the great suffering that Israel will go through the last three and a half years of the Great Tribulation [Mat. 24:21-22])”strong> (Dan. 9:27).
ISRAEL’S REJECTION OF CHRIST
When Israel rejected Christ at His First Advent, this consigned the entirety of this Planet to now some 2,000 years of continued wars, troubles, and disturbances.
John the Baptist, who was the forerunner of Christ, actually, the one chosen to introduce Christ, and who was the first Prophet in Israel in some 400 years, began his ministry
“. . . preaching in the wilderness of Judaea;
“And saying, Repent you: for the Kingdom of Heaven (Kingdom from the Heavens, headed up by Jesus Christ) is at hand (was being offered to Israel).
“For this is he (John the Baptist) who was spoken of by the Prophet Isaiah, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare you the Way of the LORD, make His Paths straight (Isa. 40:3)” (Mat. 3:1-3).
As stated, John preceded Christ by a few months.
When Jesus came, His Message was basically the same:
“. . . Repent: for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand (the Kingdom from Heaven, headed up by Christ, for the purpose of reestablishing the Kingdom of God over the Earth; the Kingdom was rejected by Israel)” (Mat. 4:17).
In other words, the Kingdom was offered to Israel at that time, but Israel refused it. One must understand, to refuse the King, Who is the Lord Jesus Christ, is, at the same time, to refuse the Kingdom.
Of course, it is a moot point; however, if Israel had accepted Him as their King, Messiah and Saviour, how would the Plan of Redemption have been carried out?
One must understand, if it was not possible to accept the Kingdom at that time, it would not have been offered to them by John the Baptist and, especially, by our Lord. Of course, the Lord knew through foreknowledge that Israel would reject Him and, thereby, reject the Kingdom.
To answer the question as it regards Redemption, which required the Cross, if Israel had accepted Him, to be sure, Rome was waiting in the wings, and in no way would they have tolerated another King. They would have crucified Him.
The point I wish to make is, when the Kingdom was offered to Israel, as it had to be because they were God’s Chosen People, their rejecting it plunged this Planet into a continuing time frame of trouble, war, and heartache that has now lasted for some 2,000 years. Jesus addressed this in His last Sermon, which was on the Mount of Olives that took place hours before His Crucifixion. Ironically enough, the Lord began His Ministry with a “Sermon on the Mount” (Mat., Chpt. 5), and closed it with a “Sermon on the Mount” (Mat., Chpt. 24). The first mountain was in Galilee, the second mountain, which was the Mount of Olives, was in Jerusalem.
Knowing that Israel had rejected Him, which means that they were, by and large, consigning themselves to destruction, He gave a kaleidoscopic account of what this rejection would mean as far as Israel was concerned, the Work of God was concerned, and this Planet was concerned. The Scripture says:
SIGNS OF THE ENDTIME
“And as He sat upon the Mount of Olives (the coming siege of Jerusalem by the Romans some thirty-seven years later, began at this exact spot where Christ was sitting), the Disciples came unto Him privately (out of earshot of the many Pilgrims in the city for the Passover), saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? (Has to do here with the utterance He had just given concerning the destruction of the Temple.) and what shall be the sign of Your Coming (refers to the Second Coming, which has not yet taken place), and of the end of the world? (Should have been translated ‘age,’ because the world will never end.)”
“And Jesus answered and said unto them (will now give the future of Israel and how it will effect the entirety of the world), Take heed that no man deceive you (places deception as Satan’s greatest weapon).
“For many shall come in My Name (concerns itself primarily with the time immediately before the coming Great Tribulation, and especially its first half), saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many (the greatest of these will be the Antichrist, who will claim to be the Messiah).
“And you shall hear of wars and rumours of wars (has abounded from the beginning but will accelerate during the first half of the Great Tribulation): see that you be not troubled (concerns true Believers): for all these things must come to pass (we are very near presently to the beginning of fulfillment of what Jesus said), but the end is not yet (the end will be at the Second Coming).”
WARS AND GREAT TROUBLES
“For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places (few places in the world, if any, will be exempt from these Judgments).
“All these are the beginning of sorrows (first half of the Great Tribulation).
“Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you (pertains to the mid-point of the Great Tribulation when the Antichrist, whom Israel thought was the Messiah, will show his true colors): and you shall be hated of all nations for My Name’s sake (no nation will come to her rescue; Israel hates Christ, but Christ is the reason that the world hates Israel).
“And then shall be many be offended (some Jews will accept Christ, which will be an offense to others), and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another (the Jews who accept Christ will be the brunt of this animosity).”
“And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many (they will help the Antichrist).
“And because iniquity shall abound (the Antichrist called ‘the man of sin’ [II Thess. 2:3]), the love of many shall wax cold (some who accept Christ will turn their backs on Him).
“But he who shall endure unto the end (refers to the end of the Great Tribulation), the same shall be saved (speaks of survival and not the Salvation of the soul).
“And this Gospel of the Kingdom (refers to the same type of Gospel preached by Christ and Paul) shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations (not every person, but to all nations; this is close presently to being fulfilled); and then shall the end come (the Second Coming)”
THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION
If it is to be noticed, this Olivet discourse has to do with Israel. So, in a sense, the Church is, by and large, omitted, with only the reference of the Gospel of the Kingdom being preached in all the world, etc. If it is to be remembered, the Disciples asked Him a question concerning the Endtime respecting Israel. At that time, they really had no knowledge of the Church. So, Jesus answered them according to what they had asked.
While He alluded to this now some 2,000-year span, it was only to mention the fact that wars would continue and great troubles and difficulties, etc. But most of His Statements concerned the coming Great Tribulation. In fact, He now goes to the mid-point of that coming terrible time and says:
“When you therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the Prophet, stand in the Holy Place (speaks of the Antichrist invading Israel and taking over the Temple), (whoso reads, let him understand:) (Reads it in the Word of God [Dan. 8:9-14; 9:27; 11:45; 12:1, 7, 11].)
“Then let them who be in Judaea flee into the mountains (when the Antichrist invades Israel at the mid-point of the Great Tribulation):
“Let him who is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house (houses are flat on top in that part of the world; during the summer, people often sleep on top of the house; speaks of the necessity of haste):
“Neither let him who is in the field return back to take his clothes.
“And woe unto them who are with child, and to them who give suck in those days! (The necessity of fleeing will be so urgent that it will be difficult for pregnant women and mothers with little babies.)
“But pray you that your flight be not in winter (bad weather), neither on the Sabbath Day (concerns the strict religious observance of the Sabbath, doesn’t permit travel):”
THE GREAT TRIBULATION
“For then shall be great tribulation (the last three and one half years), such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be (the worst the world has ever known and will be so bad that it will never be repeated).
“And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved (refers to Israel coming close to extinction): but for the elect’s (Israel’s) sake those days shall be shortened (by the Second Coming).
“Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not (don’t be deceived).
“For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets (the Antichrist and the false prophet [Rev., Chpt. 13]), and shall show great signs and wonders (which will be offered as proof); insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect (will attempt to deceive Israel).
“Behold, I have told you before (is meant to emphasize the seriousness of the matter).
“Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth; behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not (the next Verse will tell the manner of His Coming, which will eclipse all pretenders).
THE COMING OF THE SON OF MAN
“For as the lightning comes out of the east, and shines even unto the west (is meant to proclaim the most cataclysmic event the world has ever known); so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be (no one will have to ask, is this really Christ; it will be overly obvious).
“For wheresoever the carcase is (speaks of the Battle of Armageddon), there will the eagles be gathered together (should have been translated, ‘there will the vultures be gathered together’ [refers to Ezek. 39:17]).
“Immediately after the tribulation of those days (speaks of the time immediately preceding the Second Coming) shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light (the light of these orbs will be dim by comparison to the light of the Son of God), and the stars shall fall from Heaven (a display of heavenly fireworks at the Second Coming), and the powers of the Heavens shall be shaken (will work with the Son of God against the Antichrist at the Second Coming):
“And then shall appear the sign of the Son of Man in Heaven (pertains to the Second Coming, which will take place in the midst of these Earth and Heaven shaking events): and then shall all the tribes of the Earth mourn (concerns all the nations of the world, which possibly will see this phenomenon by television), and they shall see the Son of Man (denotes Christ and His Human, Glorified Body) coming in the clouds of Heaven with Power and great Glory (lends credence to the thought that much of the world will see Him by television as He makes His Descent).
“And He shall send His Angels (they will be visible) with a great sound of a trumpet (announcing the gathering of Israel), and they shall gather together His Elect (Israel) from the four winds, from one end of Heaven to the other (Jews will be gathered from all over the world and brought to Israel)” (Mat. 24:15-31).
Now the Lord gives us a clue as to when all of this is going to take place. He said:
To Be Continued . . .
(This message was derived from the book, “ARMAGEDDON”)