A Voice in the
From Handel's "Messiah"
"Thus saith the Lord of Hosts: -Yet once a little while and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, the sea, and the dry land; and I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come... The Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to His temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in; Behold, He shall come, saith the Lord of Hosts... But who may abide the day of His coming, and who shall stand when He appeareth? ... For He is like a refiner's fire... And He shall purify the sons of Levi, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness." (Hag 2:6-7, Mal 3:1-2 -kjv)
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Whether or not it is the correct time... this is the time of year that people assume is the anniversary of when Jesus came to earth as a baby. Many Christians trying to "put Christ back in 'Christ-mass'" will emphasize that Jesus did not come to be adored as the little baby, but that He came to die on the cross and rise from the dead to provide our redemption and eternal life.
Yes, "God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son.." (Jn3:16) as a baby, born of a human teen-aged virgin, Mary. His coming was not so that we could adore His mother. When somebody praised her, Jesus said, "No; rather, blessed are those who hear the Word of God and keep it!" (Lk11:28) He came, His sole purpose, to "give His life a ransom for many" (Mt20:28) That was His first coming. At His first coming, many thought His life had been a failure, because it ended in His death. They thought that He was to have set up His kingdom. "But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel (physically, nationally, politically)." (Lk24:21) And even as Jesus is about to return to Heaven, the thing uppermost on the minds of the disciples was "Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?" (Acts1:6b) But He went up into Heaven where a "cloud received Him out of their sight" (Acts1:9) The whole world did not see this event, either. And a few decades later the Romans destroyed Jerusalem. All those O.T. prophecies of Messiah's rule over Israel and the world... languishing, and unfulfilled.
Well, Jesus is coming again. The angels said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into Heaven, will so come in like manner as you have seen Him go into Heaven." (Acts1:11) And His second coming is going to be considerably different than His first coming. Rather than an obscure cattle barn, where 'lowly' shepherds came to worship, next time He will come "..as the lightning comes out of the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be." (Mt24:27) And rather than fleeing from Herod's wrath (Mt2:13-18), "His feet shall stand in that day on the Mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives shall split in two, from the east even to the west, a very great valley. And half of the mountain shall move toward the north, and half of it toward the south." (Zech14:4) Because His conquering will be, "And Jehovah shall go forth and fight against those nations, like the day He fought in the day of battle." (vs3)
When Jesus Christ comes again... "Behold, Jehovah empties the earth and makes it bare, and distorts its face, and scatters its inhabitants. [All it's various status of people] The land shall be completely emptied, and utterly plundered; for Jehovah has spoken this Word." (Is24:1-3) And notice the state of the world when He comes... "The earth mourns and fades away; the world droops and fades away; the haughty people of the earth grow feeble." (vs4) Why is this? If God is a God of "love", and sent His Son the first time to 'redeem' mankind from sin, why will it be otherwise when He comes again? Why will mankind be seeing the "wrath of God"?
Because of its "ungodliness". (Rom1:18) "The earth is also defiled under its inhabitants; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, and have broken the perpetual covenant." (Is24:5)
While Romans ch1 pretty much is today's headlines, Is24:5 describes the root of man's corruption. In the series "Covenants & Dispensations" we have seen just a small handful of "ordinances" and "covenants". God gave man dominion over the earth (Gen1:26). He created man "male and female" (Gen1:27,5:2). He created the husband-wife relationship. (Gen2:24) He ordained that mankind should be "fruitful" and procreate. (Gen1:28, 9:7) God declared the sanctity of Life. (Gen4:10-11,9:4-6)
Man breaks every last one of these ordinances. Instead of having dominion over the earth, man worships it and will sacrifice the livelihoods of many families, in order to support a 'perception' of 'saving' some animal. The male/female bond is broken right and left. If a marriage is in trouble, a woman will be 'boo'ed' or pitied if she decides to stay with her husband and make the marriage work. If she leaves, she is praised. Not to mention the whole sodomite/lesbian "lifestyles". They will on one hand risk their lives to save some obscure species of animal from an imagined threat of extinction against the loggers' chain saws, and the very next day when they learn they are pregnant, go and have their baby barbarically ripped limb-from-limb to snuff out that little life. And while they don't reverence life God's way, in the womb, from a husband-wife union... they go about to create life man's way, through cloning.
Yes...the earth is "defiled" under man. When something is dirty, how is it cleaned? God likened Israel's feasts to "dung". (Mal2:3) Just imagine what He thinks of the rest of the world's condition!!
How is a barn full of manure cleaned out? Get the tractor and scrape in there with the front-end loader bucket, pick it up and pile it into the manure spreader where it is chopped up and spread over the fields. Get a high-pressure hose and hose everything all down. Get into the corners with a scoop shovel, and toss it all out. When I worked for a time (early 70s) as a service station mechanic, periodically the shop floor needed to be cleaned. Cars would come in and drop their mud, water, snow, ice. Oil might get spilled and sand dumped on it to soak it up to reduce the danger of slipping. When it came time to clean the floors, the garage doors were opened up, high pressure hose used to hose the stuff out, and then a large push-broom-like squeegie was used to squeegie the water off the floor and out the doors.
Notice how God is going to "clean up" the earth when Christ comes... John the baptist spoke of "..whose winnowing shovel is in His hand, and He will thoroughly cleanse His threshing floor.." (Mt3:12) There are many similar references in the O.T. to the ancient manner of threshing grain. After the grain had been tromped by the ox, or beaten out with threshing instruments, the combination would be tossed in the air, in a stiff wind. The grain would settle back on the floor, and the chaff would blow away. (Ps1:4)
When God lets loose upon the earth, it will not be a time of rejoicing. For Israel it has been called, "the day of Jacob's trouble" (Jer30:7)
Notice: "Terror and the pit and the snare are upon you, O inhabitant of the earth. And it shall be that he who flees from the sound of terror shall fall into the pit. And he who comes up out of the midst of the pit shall be caught in the snare. For the windows from on high are opened, and the foundations of the earth quake. The earth has been badly broken! The earth is split open and cracked through! The earth has shaken greatly and is tottering! Like a drunkard the earth is staggering back and forth! And it sways to and fro like a hut! Its transgressions have been heavy upon it; and it shall fall and not rise again." (Is24:17-20)
Notice who-all is being judged: "And it shall come to pass in that day that Jehovah will punish the host of the haughty ones on high; and on earth, the kings of the earth." (vs21) Those who are "rulers..in the heavenlies" (Eph6:12) are led by none other than the one who said, "I will be like the Most High" (Is14:14) And those on earth? Bush, Blair, Putin, Hussein, Sharon, the RC Pope, etc. It is said by some who know more about these things than I do, that a US president does not even get into a position to be elected if he does not have the endorsement of certain secret societies who are actually satan-worshippers. God is judging all creation at its highest levels of corrupt leadership. Not just merely humanity, but also the "spiritual wickedness in the heavenlies". You that are spending your time being "spirit-filled" by these entities, where do you suppose you will be when judgment begins to pour forth! You scoff at those who know the Church won't be here when it happens...and you say that you will be here. Yes, you will! And you will receive your just dues.
So, how is God going to mete out this judgment? We are given clues: "Then the moon shall be abashed, and the sun shall be ashamed, when Jehovah of Hosts shall reign on Mount Zion, in Jerusalem, and before His elders, in splendor." (Is24:23)
"And there were noises and thunderings and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such a mighty and great earthquake as had not occurred since men came to be on the earth. Now the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. And Babylon the great was remembered before God, to give her the cup of the wine of the anger of His wrath. And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found." (Rev16:20) Notice also, before this earthquake: "Then the fourth angel poured out his bowl onto the sun, and it was given to him to scorch men with fire. And men were scorched with great heat..." (vs9) How will this happen?
"And the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day that Jehovah binds up the breach of His people and heals the stroke of their wound." (Is30:26)
One of the news sources I check daily has been running continual articles about solar activity. While the environmentalists are worried about "global warming", apparently our sun has been much more active in the past year or two than any time previously. Solar flares, sun spots, plasma storms. This past year has seen Aurora borealis, in this country way far south even to the mid-plains states, where it used to be more a 'northern' phenomenon; northern states and Canada. In the southern hemisphere, apparently they are called Aurora australis.(?) This past year, one of the emissions was so spectacular that it was seen from both northern and souther hemispheres at the same time. Our sun is active. Scientists speak of star "cycles". What preceeds a star going "nova"? where it expands to many times its size? Is our sun nearing such a stage?
For perspective, consider... if the earth were the size of a US quarter ($.25 piece), the moon would be the size of a loose-leaf paper "hole" by which it is bound in a notebook. This 'hole' would be about a yard-stick (1 meter) away from the quarter, in its orbit. (That's easy to lay out on a kitchen table, for visual perspective.) By comparison, our sun would have a diameter about the height of an average home's ceiling. So, circumscribe a circle, filling the entire height from the floor to the ceiling, and that is the sun. Now, take your quarter, yard-stick and 'hole', and go walking almost 1/4 mile (.4 km) away from your house. That's how far the earth is (in perspective) from the sun.
So notice: "And the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day that Jehovah binds up the breach of His people and heals the stroke of their wound." (Is30:26)
How much does the sun have to increase in size, for it to be "seven" times brigher? For its reflection off the moon to be what the sun is now? Does this explain how men will be "scorched" with heat?
Now notice (what we have seen previously): "And it will come to pass in that day, [that] there shall not be light; the great lights will shrink. And it will be one day which shall be known to Jehovah; not day and not night, but it will happen, [that] there will be light at evening time." (Zech14:6-7)
What would cause the "great lights" to "shrink"? Does the sun explode outwards to "scorch", and then just as quickly, shrink down to something of a "dwarf"? Perhaps? But since it speaks of it being "light" when it is supposed to be dark, that suggests that the earth has undergone a violent shift of some sort in its rotation, axis or everything about it's orientation to the sun. "And it shall be in that day, declares the Lord Jehovah, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the light of day." (Am8:9) Combined with how God is going to "shake the heavens and the earth" (Hag2:6) that suggests a visit by some celestial body of large enough size and gravitational pull, and coming within close enough proximity to earth, to cause the kind of earthquake that is prophesied, and to change the earth's orientation to the sun, and to, possibly, fling it out into an orbit farther away from the "scorching" sun, to give the visual impression of the "great lights will shrink"..?
Does this all seem preposterous? Notice the wording, "And all the host of the heavens shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled up like a scroll; and all their host shall wither, as a leaf withers off the vine, and as [fruit] falling from the fig tree. For My sword is drenched in the heavens..." (Is34:4-5a) "Therefore I will shake the heavens, And the earth will move out of her place, In the wrath of the LORD of hosts And in the day of His fierce anger." (Is13:13) "He shakes the earth out of its place, And its pillars tremble.." (Job9:6)
If you think of that "quarter" and "hole"; how big is man on that quarter? How big are his technological wonders...space ships, space station, communications satellites... upon which he relies. "When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained, What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him?" And yet, for all that, "For You have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor. You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet.." (Ps8:3-6)
You see, when Jesus Christ returns to earth to rule in righteousness, He is going to "move heaven and earth" to clean it up. To rid it of satan's rule, and of satan's Babylon system. He is going to hose-it-down, scoop up the manure with His front-end-loader and spread it out with His manure spreader. He's going to hose it down and squeegie it out the doors. "..I will sweep it with the broom of destruction, says Jehovah of Hosts." (Is14:23)
When I used to work in electronics assembly, if a technician/design-engineer had come along and used my work station while I was away, and had left a mess...I could not get on with my work until I had cleaned up their mess, and put things in order again. If there is a mess around what I need to be doing, I cannot work until I have straightened things up around me...then, I can work.
This world is totally corrupted with sin. Satan, the master-designer, engineer and programmer of rebellion against God has left a "mess". Christ needs to clean up and straighten up His 'work-station' before He can set about to accomplish His work of creating a rule "in righteousness". (Ps9:8) "..His kingdom, to -order- it and to establish it with judgment and with justice.." (Is9:7)
One would not perform heart surgery in that manure-infested barn. God is giving Israel a "new heart". (Ezek36:26) He cannot perform this heart 'transplant' surrounded by the filth and stench of satan's corruption. He must first clean the place up. Then, He can sit on His throne and rule with justice.
People commemorate Jesus' first coming "in a manger"; usually forgetting that He came to die. If we think of His coming now, we need to forget the "babe" of Bethlehem, and "prepare the way of the Lord" (Is40:3, Mt3:3, Mk1:3) and "make His paths straight", because, while He came the first time for salvation, He is coming soon in judgment and justice.
"The zeal of Jehovah of Hosts will accomplish this...Jehovah shall go forth like a mighty man; He shall stir up His zeal like a man of war. He shall cry out, yes, shout aloud; He shall prevail against His enemies." (~Is9:7,42:13)