Monday, May 21, 2012

End times signs in pictures

The End Time signs in photos. I know that volcanoes have always erupted. I know that earthquakes have always happened. I know that there have always been wars or rumors of wars. But I thought it would be interesting to put in some photos from today's news stories that closely match prophecy, to give a different, and visual, perspective of the Tribulation.

Volcanic ash envelops Kagoshima cityKagoshima city has received a heavy dusting of ash since yesterday due to eruption of Sakurajima Volcano--
"When he opened the sixth seal, I looked, and behold, there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth, the full moon became like blood," (Rev 6:12). A common side effect of volcanic eruptions is that when the ash is flung into the sky it darkens the sun in a phenomenon known as dry fog. I explored this in more detail, here. Or you can read about dry fog from a real science guy, here.

The BBC reported on the rare annular eclipse, here, and published this photo of the eclipse over Tokyo.
"And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves," (Luke 21:25).

Below, PM Netanyahu meets with Winston Churchill's granddaughter Edwina Sandys. Prior to WWII, Winston Churchill spoke against appeasing Hitler and foresaw the dreadful effects of failing to stop Hitler's ambitions in time. He was laughed out of the room, only to unfortunately be shown later how right he had been. The situation brings to mind Netanyahu's current sole position in his speaking of how dangerous it is to appease Ahmadinejad, and how precarious it would be for the world to fail to stop Iran's convulsive power, cult of death and ideological zeal as that was demonstrated in the Third Reich.
"For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”' (Esther 4:14).

Thousands homeless in deadly quake in Italy: 3000 homeless, 50 injured, 7 dead. Historic buildings destroyed.
"There will be earthquakes in diverse places" (Mark 8:13b)

Food shortages in North Korea's rice belt have become so bad that farmers there have starved to death. As the caption to this photo states, "Famine amid food: North Korean rice farmers are starving to death on meagre government-mandated rations. Picture: AFP Source: AFP"

When he opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, "Come!" And I looked, and behold, a black horse! And its rider had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard what seemed to be a voice in the midst of the four living creatures, saying, "A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius, and do not harm the oil and wine!" (Revelation 6:5-6). [A denarius was a day's wages].

Mexico's Popocatepetl Volcano erupts dramatically at night
"And in an instant, suddenly, you will be visited by the LORD of hosts with thunder and with earthquake and great noise, with whirlwind and tempest, and the flame of a devouring fire." (Isaiah 29:5b-6)


6 comments:

  1. Good Evening Elizabeth! *waves*

    I recently read this post on Rapture Ready (May 21: http://www.raptureready.com/rap16.html)

    It's about how Israel seems to be preparing to attack Iran. The word of God has already told us about Gog and Magog but is there any prophecy about Israel attacking Iran in the bible? How would it tie in to bible prophecy?

    Please, let me know what you think!
    - Debbie

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    1. Hi Debbie [waves back]

      Good question. No, there isn't any particular prophecy as far as I know about Israel attacking Iran first. There is the prophecy in Zechariah 12 that all the world will come against Israel and that Israel will be a burdensome stone to it. And there is the prophecy in Matthew 24 that there will be wars and rumors of wars, and Rev 6 where peace will be taken from the earth.

      We know the Isaiah 17 prophecy against Damascus, Isaiah 19 about Egypt, Psalm 83 and Gog Magog. Those wars will set the Middle East aflame. None of them are clear as to timing- in other words, all 4 could take place before the Tribulation. Only Ez 38-39 (Gog Magog) will finish in the Tribulation, or at least is the threshold for it, because God shows Himself holy through His saving of Israel and it is this act that returns Israel to covenant relationship with Him. If Israel is in Covenant relationship with God then the Tribulation has begun because it is the resumption of the last 7 years as prophesied by Daniel 9 and it's Old Testament times again.

      Prophecy is so interesting in that as many specifics as God gave us, there is a lot we don't know. For example, note Isaiah 17, it is in the passive tense. It just states Damascus will be completely destroyed overnight, nothing about who does it. We all assume it will be Israel but the prophecy doesn't state that. However, given that it will be destroyed so suddenly and quickly, we can deduce from that clue that it is something like a military action, such as a nuke, but even then, there are creative ways to flatten a city that God knows of that we don't. Maybe it will be an earthquake. Maybe it will be the Syrian rebels who gain control of the nuclear bomb and accidentally set it off. Who knows?

      The temperature in the Middle East is white hot, and it would not take much to set off a series of events that lead directly and quickly to the end time prophesied battles. Israel may make a pre-emptive attack against Iran. It may be enough that it LOOKS like Israel may attack for Iran to attack first that prompts Hamas or Hezbollah into action. It may be that Israel is planning to attack Lebanon (Hamas) so the talk of attacking Iran is a diversion. It may be that Russia attacks the West in the Baltics pre-emptively as they have already threatened because of the NATO shield (which went live yesterday). Who knows? God knows! And by the look of things we may see the final roll-out pretty soon.

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    2. Thanks so much for the reply Elizabeth, it gave me alot to think about. I'm sorry I just saw this...I sometimes completely forget comments that i leave through google. Ok, i'm just a forgetful person period :(

      Apart form my father, you're the only person I really have a back and forth about prophecy so thank you. Your blog is invaluable. Sometimes I get distracted by the world but then you are always on top of events that show how close we are to the rapture and the tribulation. Keep up the amazing work!

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  2. Fascinating blog. I'm always interested in why so many Christians are so excited and anxious to see the world end. The mythological Second Coming, perhaps? While I chucked Christianity years ago, I still believe to be a Christian is to live a Christ-like life. I could meet that standard. Is spreading fear and loathing, distrust and false-prophesy really serving Christ and living a Christ-like life? The world is not going to end in your lifetime, my lifetime or anytime in the foreseeable future. It will end in four or five billion years when the sun goes nova and burns out the solar system.

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    1. Doug,

      Fascinating response. You never were a Christian. 1 John 2:19 says if you left us that proves you never were of us. However, hopefully God has not turned you over to your reprobate mind yet so that hopefully there is still time for you to repent.

      Living a Christ-like life is sharing the Good News that Jesus saves. From what? Sin., You cannot meet that standard of living a Christ-like life until or unless you have Christ in you. Why? We are all sinners, and are hopelessly lost in sin. It is only Christ in us that helps us live according to His standards.

      Living a Christlike life is sharing the bible. The bible says Jesus is coming back to judge sin. If you are afraid of that, good. You should be.

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  3. i belive in god the one and only and i am oly 13 years old all ages shoud BELIVE IN HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

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