“A Great Storm Approaches” Part 1 (INDEX)

They have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind.” (Hos 8:7)

Typically when referring to the spectacle of dark clouds rowing in we like to distract our listeners from
these foreboding clouds by drawing their attention away from the clouds themselves and focusing on the
silver lining which we believe lies behind these clouds, in this case that silver lining would be the
establishment of the Lord’s kingdom, but if we avoid mention of the clouds themselves and what they  
represent, what they may entail, what’s to be expected are we really doing our listeners any favor.
We
are not all going to be so lucky as to leave this world before the great storm is upon us or
awake after it has passed, some of us are going to experience it first hand, so would it not seem
prudent to prepare ourselves just in case?
  

If we are truly awake and have heeded the cries of the Lord’s watchmen we should be well
aware of the approach of this impending storm, and thus should be preparing ourselves for
what is to come
. A storm of this unprecedented magnitude naturally implies careful preparation both
physically and mentally. As Christians we need to grid up all our amour to make sure we are ready for
whatever may befall us, any flaw or crack in our armor which is not attended to now will surely come
back to haunt us latter when the storm is fully upon us.
  

The following is a summation of events we believe shortly to unfold as we approach the end of this age.
What we present here has been gleamed from various Bible Student studies (which we will duly note), in
particular our studies of
Revelation Chapters 16 (“The Seven Last Plagues”), and Chapter 17 (“The
Destruction of Babylon
”). As much of what is described here pertains to prophecies yet fulfilled it is
understandable that not all will share our opinion of events, this is to be expected, nevertheless we feel
we would be negligent in our duties if we were to withhold any insight or knowledge we were privy to
through our own personal studies of the Lord’s Word. As always it is the duty of every joint in the body
to contribute according to effective workings (of the Holy Spirit), leading, teaching and guiding us, to
supply (i.e. to share) that which we have learned through our studies to the rest of the body for the
edifying of itself both in the love, wisdom and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (
Eph 4:16) As freely
as we have received so too we would render unto others.

The following admonishment should be a testament to all,

There is one who scatters, yet increases more; and there is one who withholds more than is
right, but it leads to poverty. The generous soul will be made rich
(Spiritually), and he who waters
(with the words of truth)
will also be watered himself.” (Prov 11:24, 25)

It is only when we study with the sole purpose of sharing what we have learned with others of like
precious faith,
NOT for personal honor or acclaim among the brethren, but simply to assist them in
seeing what the LORD has so graciously revealed to us (not that we ourselves are any more worthy than
any other it is simply a matter of applying oneself, remembering that the Lord is a rewarder of those
that diligently seek him, a rewarder of those who seek for wisdom for understanding, for discernment. As
it is written, “
Seek and you shall find, knock and the door will be opened”), only then as our text
indicates will we ourselves share in the “
watering,” the blessings of wisdom and understanding.

As to the truth or validity of what we present here that is to be determined by each individual student of
the Word, we make no claims to any special light or insight which is not likewise available to all of the
Lord’s saints. As you will see most of what we present here is simply a compilation of the thoughts of
various brethren on the issue of the last days, with of course a few remarks of our own placed here and
there (in Italics), all we have done is tried to put the pieces together in some type of order. Will things
unfold this way? We cannot say for sure it is but a reasonable assumption
.

Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Son of man, speak to the children of your
people, and say to them: ‘When I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a
man from their territory and make him their
watchman, when he sees (discerns) the sword (in
this case the Great Storm
) coming upon the land, if he blows the trumpet and warns the people,
then whoever hears the sound of the trumpet and does not take warning, if the sword comes
and takes him away, his blood shall be on his own head
. He heard the sound of the trumpet, but
did not take warning
; his blood shall be upon himself. But he who takes warning will save his
life. But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people
are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away
in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.’ So you,
son of man (applying
to any of the Lord’s faithful stewards)
: I have made you a watchman (one appointed to keep watch for
any impending danger upon the horizon, both with regards to the future as well as the present this)
for
the house of Israel (the household of faith); therefore you shall hear a word from my mouth and
warn them for Me
. (Ezek 33:1-7)

To be forewarned is to be forearmed.

Now where shall we begin?

Perhaps we should first determine where precisely we are on
the stream of time especially for the sake
of those unfamiliar with the truth.
According to what we call “The True Bible Chronology” we are
presently (as of 2011) in
the year of the world 6137 (that’s 6137 years from creation of man mind
you,
NOT from the creation of the physical globe, the planet earth itself), this places us 137 years into
the seventh millennium
, the millennium in which the scriptures inform us that Christ shall be present
and begin his reign.

And what saith the Father in respects to the day of the Lord’s return and the beginning of his reign?

And He shall send Jesus Christ, which [or who] before was preached unto you; whom the
heaven must retain
until the times of restoration of all things, which God hath spoken by the
mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began
.” (Acts 3:20, 21)

The sole purpose of our Lord’s return is the restoration of all things, to restore all things to their original
intent or purpose, to fulfill the will of the Father
.

To be “sent” implies ones absence from a particular place or situation previous to their being sent, thus
any notion that the Lord has always been here with us reigning physically is false, yes the Lord promised
that he would never leave us, that is in spirit, in heart and mind, but physically he had to returned to his
Father in heaven following his resurrection, the same heaven that has retained him up until this time,
this in order that he might present to him (to justice) his offering, the propitiation or atoning sacrifice
the
Ransom.

If I go, I will come again (physically)” John 14:3

He (the Father) has appointed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness by the
Man
(Christ Jesus) whom He has ordained, and He has given assurance of this to all by raising
Him from the dead
.” (Acts 17:31)

Some imagine this “day of judgment” to be a literal twenty four hour day, however the scriptures imply
otherwise
.

But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord a day is as a thousand years, and
a thousand years as one day
.” (2 Pet 3:8 Compare this with Psa 90:4)

The saints have been promised that they will share in this judgment of the world, and how long is this
reign or judgment of the world to last?

Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no
power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him
a thousand
years
.” (Rev 20:6)













Therefore we deduce that from the divine standpoint the first 6,000 years since Adam’s creation are but
six, one-thousand year days of a great anti-typical week, of which the last thousand years,
the seventh
millennium
is the final day or great Sabbath, the thousand year day in which the Lord reigns and
restores all things
.

Now since we have obviously entered this last thousand year day (presently by some 137 years)
the period when Christ was supposed to have arrived and begun his work, and yet we have not
yet seen him physically with our eyes we must nevertheless assume on the authority of God’s
Word, the Holy Scriptures that
he is nevertheless present, however invisible to the human eye,
even now beginning the work of restoration, of establishing the kingdom. It is important to remember
that our Lord is no longer flesh and blood, but having been highly exalted to the right hand of Majesty is
now a spirit being of the very highest of orders, the divine or immortal order, the express image of the
Father’s person of whom it is said, “
no man has seen, nor can see” (1 Tim 6:15, 16), so unless we
too become spirit beings we should not expect to be able to ever see him physically with the human eye.

So how then shall we discern his presence? We look to the Word of God. Although the two ages are
overlapping one another, i.e. the Gospel Age and the Millennial Age, nevertheless
we the perspective
members of the Body of Christ are still bound by the rules of the Gospel Age, bound by faith, by the
Word of God, walking not by physically sight, but by faith alone. However the Lord still provides for his
own, and if we look to the scriptures (not to the desert or the secret chambers,
Matt 24:16) we will be
able to see, i.e. perceive his presence through
the eyes of our understanding, discern his presence by
means of specific signs outlined in the Holy Scriptures
.  

Now returning to the subject at hand the Scriptures inform us that one of his first works in
establishing the kingdom (the new order of things) is
the destruction and/or work of tearing
down the old order
.

“God has promised that he would establish a kingdom on earth. Jesus taught his disciples to pray for that
kingdom. It is to be a kingdom founded upon true justice. It will be for the blessing of all mankind, just as
God promised Abraham. (
Gen 22:18) It will be an entirely different arrangement from that of the present
order,
which organized and governed by man, is motivated primarily by selfishness and greed.

But just as a builder must first clear the site before construction, so Christ, seeing that the old
order is incompatible with the
new, the incoming kingdom, he must first clear away, and tear
down
the old before the full establishment of his kingdom (a central or key part of the
restoration work
). That is why in Isaiah 34, the prophet pronounced destruction upon the earth- - and
then follows it in the
35th Chapter with a beautiful description of kingdom blessings. There "the
ransomed of the Lord
(ALL mankind) shall return" from the great prison house of death, while joy
and gladness replace the sorrow of past ages." - -
Isa 35:10

This process was also shown in a dream which Daniel interpreted. A stone, fashioned without hands,
struck the image of gentile power and demolished it. The stone then grew into a mountain- kingdom which
filled the earth. Daniel’s interpretation: "
And in the days of these kings (ruling nations, even while they
yet still exist
) shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: ... it
shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever
." (Dan 2:44) Thus
seen
the judgment and destruction of the old order is essential to the establishment of the new.”
(
Millennial Morning, Page 87)

The great time of troubleandArmageddon

"The beginning of the Millennial Age of Blessings is a transition period. As stated God is setting up
his Kingdom “
in the days of these kings” (Dan 2:44), meaning that he must first remove the present
Kingdoms—the result brings trouble. How does the world react to the setting up of God’s Kingdom? Do
they rejoice and receive it with open arms? On the contrary, they are angry and fearful because they do
not understand why their world is crumbling around them. Their laws (governments) and creeds are being
exposed as failures. (
Rev 11:15-18) Our Lord indicates just how great the trouble will become during this
transition period. He says that
the trouble will be GREATER than any mankind has EVER
experienced
. (Matt 24:21) Paul likens it to a woman with birth pains: “For when they shall say, ‘Peace
and safety’; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child;
and they shall not escape
.” (1 Thess 5:3) There are many indications (besides the testimony of the
Scriptures
) that this time of trouble, which will bring about the destruction of the old order (present
society), has
already begun. Our understanding is that this trouble began in 1914 with WWI, the
first spasm
, and will continue until it reaches its birth or climax in Armageddon the final stage or spasm
of this great time (or period) of trouble
.

Revelation 20 indicates that mankind will eventually revolt against an oppressive Antichrist
system—Satan’s counterfeit to the true Church. This corrupt religious system along with the
corrupt civil governments will be torn down by
the masses (the sea-class, i.e. the Lord’s Great
Army
), sending the world spiraling into anarchy— Armageddon. This is God’s method of purging
the Earth of human corruption
.

Jacob’s trouble is likewise considered the climax of the great time of trouble, the final event
ending this age, a time
when all nations will come against Israel, and she will cry unto God for help. (Jer
30:7; Zech 14:2
) God will then fight for Israel as He did in the days of old resulting in a great victory.
(
Ezek 38 & 39; Zech 14:3) Afterward, He will establish His New Covenant with the nation of Israel. (Jer
31:31
) After the chaos, mankind with humble hearts will welcome the peace of God’s benevolent and just
Kingdom which then will extend from Heaven to Earth.
Isa 9:6 (End Times, “The Bible Millennium”,
Page 3
)

We will continued with this with our next post.


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