1. And He answered: Into twelve parts is that time divided, and each part is for those appointed to it.
2. In the first part, there will be the beginning of commotions.
3. In the second part, the slaying of great ones will come.
4. In the third part, many will die.
5. In the fourth part, desolation will be sent.
6. In the fifth part, famine and drought will come.
7. In the sixth part, earthquakes and terror will come.
8. In the seventh part, (this part is missing text).......
9 And in the eighth part a multitude of specters and attacks of the Shedim.
10 And in the ninth part the fall of fire.
11 And in the tenth part rapine and much oppression.
12 And in the eleventh part wickedness and unchastity.
13 And in the twelfth part confusion from the mingling together of all those things aforesaid.
14 For these parts of that time are reserved, and shall be mingled one with another and minister one to another.
15 For some shall leave out some of their own, and receive (in its stead) from others, and some complete their own and that of others, so that those may not understand who are upon the earth in those days that this is the consummation of the times.
To Baruch, God odes not tell of the seven years, nor of the number of days and months, but rather He tells of the twelve signs of the last 100 years before the tribulation period.
First part--"beginnings of commotions..."
This refers to the first world war, greater persecution of the Jews, and the devil's last attempt to wipe out the people of God before the Lord's return.
GREAT DESTRUCTIONS OF PAST WARS
Note the WAR, its DATE, and the number KILLED:
Balkan wars 1912-13 162,500
W.W. I 1914-18 9,700,000
W.W. II 1939-45 51,000,000
Korean War 1950-53 980,000
Vietnam War 1961-73 1,500,000
COUNTERFEIT ARMAGEDDON will kill over a BILLION PEOPLE
Second part-- There has been more deaths of saints, and of the nation of Israel in this last century than in any period of history.
Third part-- Not only the people of God have died, but WWI, WWII, Korean war, Vietnam, etc. all have brought more deaths than any other century.
Fourth part-- Plagues, earthquakes, volcanoes, etc. have increased many fold in this last 100 years.
Fifth part-- Many go to be hungry in our world, starvation and drought have become deadly killers in our century.
Much FAMINE has come to this world, and as these predicted catastrophes do occur as the Bible has told us, we will see the great famines that the Bible has predicted. For the Bible has PREDICTED major famines to come.
Lk. 21:11 "And great earthquakes shall be in divers' places, famines, and pestilences."
Rev. 6:5-8 "...A measure of wheat for a penny."
Mt. 24:7-8 "...famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in divers' places."
Mk. 13:8 "And there shall be famines and troubles, these are the beginnings of sorrows."
Sixth part-- Earthquakes and volcanoes have greatly increased.
The increase in the number of major earthquakes has violently increased in number and intensity in the last number of centuries.
CENTURY MAJOR EARTHQUAKES
20th over 3000
Seventh part-- We do not know what this sign is, it is missing from the text.
Eighth part- Portents are foretokens, or omens, that foreshadow ominous events.
There have been many signs of events to come, possible disasters on the horizon that have caused many to fear.
The attack of the "Shedim"
Recalling from the notes on Baruch 10:8, the Shedim were the satyrs (genetically engineered part goat, part fallen angel beings of ancient past. The Italians knew them both by the name of "Fauns"). Their spirits are now fallen demonic powers, and they have motivated witchcraft down through the ages. Actually, the "shedim" includes not only the satyrs, but also the sileni (part horse, part fallen angel), and their spirits are to make an all out attack on God's people in the final century before the end tribulation. Witchcraft is being taught by children's cartoons, animated computer games, and board games (dungeons and dragons, etc). The demons inspiring such get into the minds of their converts, and encourage the mass killings at schools and churches that we have recently seen. They are attacking mainly Christians, if you notice, and the world is at a loss to explain what (or who) motivated the culprits to do such acts. Baruch is told the instigators are the "shedim".
Ninth part-- The fire that will fall.
Descendants of half human and half fallen angel beings still exist in sheol, and under the oceans. These are responsible for many of the UFO sightings. In the last days, knowing their time is short, they have in this last century done many abductions (continuing on with their genetic experiments), and have taunted, and harassed many with their sightings. Some of these craft have burned and fallen to the ground, and the incidences of such will increase now. God will cause these UFO craft to burn, for their will attempt, as never before, to do harm to Christians. The judgment of God on them will bring many to a fiery end.
Along with this, fallen angels, who have so far stayed hidden to avoid the abyss wherein many of their comrades have been imprisoned will (knowing the end is near) begin to try to do their long-awaited murderous acts. As fire, which angels can appear as, they will also fall.
Tenth part-- Rapine is the act of plundering, seizing, and carrying away by force.
This is common to our world as war, rioting, looting, etc. have occurred uncountable times.
Eleventh part-- Wickedness and impurity, homosexual revolution, satanic and witchcraft on the rise, fornication and sexual uprising, drug abuse, etc. are all too common.
The sinfulness and perversions of our age need little description, for we are all well aware of its immenseness.
Twelfth part-- Confusion and terror from such events of the last century have certainly come to our world.
We are not to allow fear to come due to these things. We have an Almighty God Who is in control. We need to be ready for such events, and some will likely precede the tribulation. For we are told that when these things "begin to come to pass" we are to "look up." Too many look to the horrible event, and fear!
Fear is an all-consuming thought pattern. It is the natural consequence of these mind-boggling events that transpire. But it is demonically inspired...
"Men's hearts (minds) failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of heaven will be shaken."
God is to be feared, but not by we, the Christians. We are to "look up" for our "redemption draweth nigh" when these things are "beginning to come to pass."
II Timothy 1:7
"GOD HATH NOT GIVEN US A SPIRIT OF FEAR, BUT OF POWER, AND OF LOVE, AND OF A SOUND MIND."
I JOHN 4:17
"HAVE BOLDNESS IN THE DAY OF JUDGMENT."
"Fear not." is found over 80 times in the Bible. Yet, fear is growing in these days.
There are many phobias.
fear of closed places
fear of water
fear of heights
fear of closing ones eyes
fear of marriage
fear of depths
fear of rain
fear of outdoors
fear of night
fear of death
fear of fear
Psychiatrists have identified more than 700 phobias. But even with the events about to transpire,we should resist fear by looking up for our Savior, Jesus Christ. He will rapture (harpadzo=catch up out of harm's way) the church.
"...WHEN THESE THINGS BEGIN TO COME TO PASS, THEN LOOK UP, AND LIFT UP YOUR HEADS, FOR YOUR REDEMPTION DRAWETH NIGH."
God is not the author of fear, but the devil attempts to use fear and terror to distract people from what God wants them to see and to know.
Volcanoes, earthquakes, darkness, tidal waves, mass destruction and death can strike any time. Whether we are still about in the earth when they occur, we cannot be sure. We know that before the tribulation we will be raptured, but before that rapture we may see some more signs announcing the nearness of the Lord's coming! LOOK UP!