1. Listen to the interpretation of the last black waters to come:
2. Behold! the time will come when that age has ripened the good seed and the bad seed. Then shall the Mighty One bring upon the earth's wicked agitation of their spirits, and numbness of their minds.
3. They will hate each other, provoke each other, and the cruel ones will rule over the decent ones. Those who are of evil nature will be preferred to those with moral and ethical standards.
4. The majority will be dominated by the minority, and those who are void of goodness will rule the morally strong. The slothful will share the abundance of those who worked hard to earn their wealth. Those who are insulting of the Mighty One will exalt themselves above the champions of the Mighty One.
5. The wise will be silent, and the foolish will utter things which have no verification. The mighty of the earth will give counsel that proves to be worthless, and the hope of the sinners will never prove genuine.
6. When those things which were predicted come to pass, confusion will come upon mankind, some will die in warfare, some will die in their fears, some will commit suicide.
7. Then the Most High will reveal peoples prepared earlier to war on the evil leaders still surviving.
8. Whoever survives the war will die in the earthquake, those who survive the earthquake will die in the fire, and those who survive the fire, will die in the famine.
9. Those who survive all of those will be delivered to the hands of My Servant, the Messiah.
10. For the earth will consume its occupants.
1. A holy place will have mercy on its own, and protect those who inhabit it.
2. This is the vision which you observed, and its interpretation.
3. I have told you these things, because your prayer was heard by the Most High.
SIGNS OF THE LAST TIMES are revealed in this passage:
(vs. 2) A harvest time is coming.
The greatest single theme of the Bible is the second coming of Christ. The saints in the early church were so excited about it that they often used the greeting - "MARANATHA" - which means - "the Lord cometh." All of the Scripture points to the coming of Jesus.
The first prophecy given to mankind was Genesis 3:15:
"I WILL PUT ENMITY BETWEEN THEE (Satan) AND THE WOMAN, AND BETWEEN THY SEED (Antichrist) AND HER SEED (Christ Jesus); IT (Jesus) SHALL BRUISE THY HEAD (Satan's), AND THOU (Satan) SHALL BRUISE HIS (Jesus') HEEL."
John, the revelator, ended his apocalypse with:
"EVEN SO COME, LORD JESUS."
The Lord has been preparing the earth to harvest from it the righteous at that time, and the devil is also at work trying to get his harvest of evil, wickedness, and death prepared for a harvest time.
The five foolish virgins expected to have time to get more oil. The wise ones were ready to see their Lord. Anxiousness is a compliment to our Savior, not an insult. They were so anxious that they made extra sure they would have enough oil.
(vs. 2) Distress upon people has often been predicted for the last days. HEARTS FAILING FOR FEAR is common today.
"MEN'S HEARTS (MINDS) FAILING THEM FOR FEAR"
Revelation 9:6 (KJV)
And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.
The reason that drugs, and alcohol are so prevalent now is for an escape. The world is trying to escape from FEAR. The only real escape is Jesus.
(vs. 2) Numbness of the mind is an apt description of many today. Many in the churches are leaving, slipping away from the Lord. They have to be "numb" in their mind to leave a loving, saving, hope promising Lord.
I Timothy 4:1
"...IN THE LATTER TIMES, SOME SHALL DEPART FROM THE FAITH, GIVING HEED TO SEDUCING SPIRITS, AND DOCTRINES OF DEVILS.
These ones that depart from the faith, don't want to listen to the truth. This time is a one where they "SHALL NOT ENDURE SOUND DOCTRINE." (II Timothy 4:1-5)
When the early rain revival stopped, so did the preaching of the second coming. It is no coincidence that revival ended when the anxiousness for the second coming ended. Revival and the anxiousness for the return of our Savior go together.
In the last days, many will be saying - "WHERE IS THE PROMISE OF HIS COMING?" The anxiousness of many is now seen to be turning to unconcern, denial, and dread - of what we should be desiring. This lack of anxiousness leads to a numbness of the brain in many former saints.
(vs. 3) Many now "hate each other".
"LOVE OF MANY WILL GROW COLD"
Many hospitals in this country register more abortions than births. In Russia, there are a reported 7 million abortions a year. In the United States, there are a reported 1.6 million a year. We have surpassed 30 million since abortion was legalized. The holocaust of Hitler killed 6 million Jews, and the U.S.A. have gone five times worse.
The reason for the calloused slaughter of our unborn is the fact that the love of many has grown cold. Even many Christians will vote for someone who wants to keep abortion legal, make taxpayers pay for them, and encourage these murders to our youngsters in school. God will treat that like someone who voted for Hitler.
Other signs of this rise of cold love is the:
abuse of the elderly
critical attitudes toward anyone who calls sin to be sin
--and the list could go on and on
The love of many has grown cold, and it saddens the Lord, grieves the Holy Spirit, and produces a Laodicean type church that has a "form of godliness, but denies the power thereof."
(vs. 3) Many choose to "provoke each other. " Nation provokes nation, political party provokes political party, shows as "Jerry Springer" love to show people provoking one another.
(vs. 3) The cruel rule over the decent ones. The wicked of China kill 7000 prisoners a week, whose only crime was being a Christian.
This is only the tip of the iceberg, and in our own country homosexuals killed scores of Christians last year, and of the 18,000 murders last years, 3 were hate crimes against homosexuals. Yet, what has the media and the government said of the former. No, laws are enacted against one kind of hate crime, while ignoring the hate crimes against the Christians. Homosexual boys in Columbine High School called for those who believed in Jesus upon entering the room, and killed those who professed a love for the One Who died for all repentant sinners of the world.
(vs. 3) The polls showed great popularity for W.J. Clinton while his ethical and moral standards were being shown to be vile and degrading to our nation.
(vs. 4) A recent administration of the United States government had anti-Christian, pro-murder of the innocent unborn, pro-homosexual persons at the head of every law enforcement agency of our government. They had a wicked bias against Christians, and it is evident in their agendas.
(vs. 4) The government leaders have demonstrated themselves to be void of goodness. Yet, they try to speak with moral authority to those who weep for their sinfulness, and for those who intercede for God's mercy upon such leaders.
(vs. 4) The "slothful" "jet set" spend money wastefully, while the poor who do the work are the hardest hit by taxes, high interest rates, penalties for late payments, and other methods designed to keep the poor to stay poor, and the rich to get richer.
(vs. 4) Our Lord's name is taken in vain, with seldom a second thought by many today. We, who love this same Lord Jesus Christ, may be offended, but they hate us also. The insulting words used for Black people, Japanese people, Polish people, etc. are all condemned, and rightly so. It is "politically correct" in our sinful heathen nation to use the names of the Almighty in horrendous ways.
(vs. 5) The "wise" who should complain of this sinful abuse of the Almighty Creator, of Jesus, and of the Holy Spirit are "silent." Isaiah says the people of the last days will be like "dumb dogs."
"His watchmen are blind; they are all ignorant; they ar dumb dogs; they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber."
(vs. 5) Lies, false doctrines, visions not given by God are proclaimed and believed by many.
In II Peter 2:1-19, we are warned of some in the last days who will bring in "DAMNABLE HERESIES." These teachings will damn the souls of those who follow them. These ones are said to have "PERNICIOUS WAYS." This means that they follow their lasciviousness, and lusts to have a religion that lifts their egos fills their wallets, and satisfies their fleshly desires.
II Timothy 3:16 warns of "EVIL MEN, SEDUCERS" that will increasingly deceive. In I Timothy 4:1, we were warned that many will "DEPART FROM THE FAITH" as they listen to these who have the "DOCTRINES OF DEVILS." There are many false prophets in the churches today. They teach a "gospel" that works will save, that we should "go into the world and smile", that there is no rapture or second coming, that the main purpose of the gospel is to make us have full wallets and healthy bodies while neglecting the teaching of giving to the needy, witnessing to the unsaved, and watching for our Savior's return.
(vs. 4) The "counsel" of the prosperity movement has promised many to have debts wiped out, and all their loved ones saved. They are still in debt, and the Lord did not take away the "free choice" of their unsaved loved ones and force them to accept Him.
(vs. 5) The hope of the sinners is to find peace and contentment in their sins, and in overcoming the guilt and shame of their sins. This will never happen, and the pleasures of sin are but for a moment. The shame and guilt will last eternity in the lake of fire for unrepentant sinners.
"...IN THE LAST DAYS, PERILOUS TIMES SHALL COME, FOR MEN SHALL BE LOVERS OF PLEASURE MORE THAN LOVERS OF GOD."
Americans spend more than 400 billion on pleasure each year. Where does your money go? Why do you miss church? What do you make time for in your life? What about your prayer life? Does it suffer because of your recreation? What about Bible study, worship? Is the real god of many, pleasure?
(vs. 6) Confusion and fear do abound in our day, and are ever increasing:
"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, FOR LOOKING AFTER THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE COMING ON THE EARTH; FOR THE POWERS OF HEAVEN SHALL BE SHAKEN."
(vs.6) Wars continue, and the threat of nuclear war, germ warfare, and terrorism ever increases.
"YE SHALL HEAR OF WARS, AND RUMORS OF WARS."
Since 1945, not a single day has passed without a war raging somewhere in the world. The world is acting like the prophecy of Joel is now proclaimed:
"PROCLAIM YE THIS AMONG THE GENTILES --PREPARE WAR. WAKE UP THE MIGHTY MEN, LET ALL MEN OF WAR DRAW NEAR. LET THEM COME UP. BEAT YOUR PLOWSHARES INTO SWORDS."
Armies of today contain 32 million soldiers, with a potential of 570 million. Fifty per cent of all scientists in the world work on developing weapons of war. The Arab nations have 500,000 more soldiers than NATO.
The United States has submarines named TRIDENT. They each cost 2.7 billion dollars. Warheads can be shot to within 100 yards of a target while 10,000 miles away. Each warhead is 5 times more powerful than the one dropped on Hiroshima. Each sub can destroy 408 cities. Each sub has more destruction power than all the bombs dropped in WW II.
There are 60,000 nuclear warheads in the world. Russia still has enough to wipe out the United States totally three times and have 8,000 warheads left over. Russia could send a warhead to every town of 1500 or more people, each warhead 80 times as powerful as the one dropped on Hiroshima. The war that starts the tribulation, Counterfeit Armageddon, is, at first, between Russia and the United States. It is ominously soon.
(vs. 18) Some will die in their fears, for they will not repent even if Enoch and Elijah come back to preach the truth, even if judgments abound from God. They will choose to rebel, despite the fear.
"BUT THE FEARFUL AND UNBELIEVING AND THE ABOMINABLE, AND MURDERERS AND WHOREMONGERS, AND SORCERERS, AND IDOLATERS, AND ALL LIARS SHALL HAVE THEIR PART IN THE LAKE OF FIRE."
(vs. 6) Suicide has always been something that is instigated by the devil, for Christ wants to inspire true living, abundant living. Judas committed suicide when the devil was done with him and the devil smiled. The devil will use many people in the last days, and when their usefulness to him is over, there is no reward or thanks from the evil one, but he just has them commit suicide.
(vs. 7) We go to heaven to receive rewards, see the New Jerusalem, and prepare for the battle of Armageddon. When we return on our white horses, we will destroy the armies of the Antichrist, and he and the false prophet will be cast alive into the lake of fire, 1000 years before the other guests are deposited into the same. (See Revelation 19:20)
(vs. 8) EARTHQUAKES
"SURELY IN THAT DAY, THERE SHALL BE A GREAT SHAKING IN THE LAND OF ISRAEL."
"THERE SHALL BE FAMINES AND PESTILENCES AND EARTHQUAKES IN DIVERS PLACES."
"AND GREAT EARTHQUAKES SHALL BE IN DIVERS PLACES AND FAMINES AND PESTILENCES AND FEARFUL SIGHTS, AND GREAT SIGNS SHALL THERE BE FROM HEAVEN."
Devastating earthquakes are to soon occur. Each great quake will be followed by an even greater quake. Soon there will be quakes that will shake the whole world, not just a small part of it. The world's worst quake will level every mountain, and cause the destruction of every island.
(vs 8) The eyes of the Lord will be like fire (Rev. 19:12), and as the Lord Jesus looks upon the sinners, their eyes will burn away while they are yet standing, their tongue will burn also. Even their outer flesh shall burn away before they can fall to the ground (Zechariah 14:12).
(vs. 8) FAMINES
"THERE SHALL BE FAMINES... ALL THESE ARE THE BEGINNINGS OF SORROWS."
While millions are starving in Ethiopia, their government is exporting food to Russia so it may buy weapons. The famine is great in this world. Over one third of the world goes to bed hungry. New deserts are growing at the rate of 14.8 million acres a year. 26 billion tons of topsoil are lost each year. Tropical forests shrink by 27 million acres a year. The population of the world is growing at the rate of 220,000 a day. Ninety per cent of the growth is in the poorer countries. Of the increase of 79,000,000 a year, 55,000,000 are in the poor countries. Half the people who have ever lived since Adam, are alive today. How are they to be fed? With wars, erosion, pollution, and pests destroying much of the world's food supply - we face some hard times in the near future. When America was discovered there was an average of 6 to 10 foot of topsoil. Now we are down to an average of 3 inches of topsoil. Even America is one harvest away from famine.
(vs. 9) Matthew 25:31-46 relates this judgment of the people surviving the tribulation and Armageddon. The Lord Jesus will divide them into two groups, and the ones who did not mistreat His people will be allowed to enter the millennial earth, where the saints will rule and reign over them, and teach them God's ways. The others will be sent to hell-fire.
(vs. 10) The people do not sense the anger of God, as much as the inanimate earth does. The earth quakes when God gets angry, the rain ceases, crops fail. All of creation will sense the anger of God during the tribulation. This earth groans and travails in pain waiting to be delivered from the sin. Man was not made for sin and the earth was not made to endure mankind's sins.
"For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now."
(ch. 71:1) This refers to the New Jerusalem, wherein we the saints will abide for eternity. It is the place that Jesus went away to prepare for us, and we will soon be shown our mansions that are therein. (Rev. 21:1-22:5)