“A Great Storm Approaches” Part 6

“Those things which are shortly to come”

As was pointed out in our previous post the second phase of the trouble, the earthquake (or
revolution)
stage, the stage in which we presently reside is divided into two parts, the first of
which appears to be the relatively
peaceful part in which "the masses in general are content to seek
relief through the power of the ballot for the peaceful readjustment of earth's affairs
” (some
vying for debt control, fiscal responsibility, the return to small government while others are vying for
larger government, more entitlement and aid programs, i.e.
socialism, or as the Pastor expresses it “the
placing of monopolies and utilities and the supplies of nature in the hands of the people for the
supposed good of the public
” i.e. the redistribution of the wealth?), which of course will all fail due to
the hitherto upholders of the law (government officials, elected representatives) becoming violators
of the very laws themselves and resisting
(i.e. ignoring) the will of the majority as expressed
through the ballot
”, which in turn will result in the eruption of the second part of this phase of trouble,
the “
great earthquake” spoken of in Rev 16:18, the violent part, which if you have kept abreast of the
times you will see has already begun to erupt in some parts of the world viz. Egypt, Libya, Syria, Yemen,
and possibly very soon Greece and Spain.

Now note the words of the Pastor as taken from the
1916 forward of the Forth Volume,

The Bible points out that about this time the Nominal Church systems of the world will rise to
great prominence again in connection with the Civil powers
. We can readily see the grounds for
this. All the kingdoms (
nations, governments), financially weakened, will soon realize the necessity for
keeping a dominating grip upon the public and preventing anything akin to Socialism and Anarchy.
They
will naturally look to the great religious institutions called Churches to support them, to threaten
the people with future torments, and in general to help keep the Ship of State from being
overturned
. The churches also will be ready and glad for such an opportunity. Already, they are rolling
together as a scroll--the one side, Catholic, the other, Protestant, opposed and yet connected-- each side
united and federated to the best of its ability.

But the Bible declares that this reign "
as a queen" will be a short lived one, and that the fall of Babylon
will be tremendous --like a great millstone cast into the sea. It will be during the power of this so-called
"
queen" for a little season, that the world will be under a great strain as respects any presentation of the
Truth. And
those found loyal to God and to principle will doubtless suffer therefore.”

Now not all of the brethren are in agreement with these statements as they cannot fandom to see how
the Nominal Church in its present weakened condition, especially with the Euphrates drying up could
possibly have any leverage left over the people, at least enough to be of any value to the civil powers. In
this the information age, the age of enlightenment there just aren’t too many deluded souls out there
save possibly in some third world countries who would be moved by any further threats of torments if
they did not heed the will of the Church.

Nevertheless the Scriptures imply this federation or confederacy between the Church and the State will
take place, therefore we must assume that something is going to happen which will cause the people to
heed the counsel of the Churches to regain again a measure of reverence or respect for the Church
enough that it will prove of value to the civil powers to propose a union of sorts in their bid to restrain
the masses. As we continue our study we hope to show just what this may consist of as we take a look at
those things which are shortly to come.

Now from this point on we will be dealing primarily with prophecies yet to be fulfilled, and as you know
prophecy cannot be fully ascertain until its fulfillment, so bare with us here brethren.

The following is a list of events we believe shortly to come about leading up to the end of this age and
the beginning of the next (there are most likely some things we left out when we first composed this list
and if they should come to our attention we will add them as we go). Now although we are assured that
all these events will take place what we’re not too sure of is their exact order of fulfilment. The first two
items in this list we have already covered somewhat as they relate to
those things which are, that is
they are in the process of fulfillment even now as we speak, the remainder are fast approaching.

1) Israel’s abandonment, all her lovers forsaking her.

2) The Great Earthquake (remember this earthquake is composed of two parts, the relatively peaceful
part which we believe is even now unfolding, and the violent part soon to come).

3) “Lying wonders”

4) Breath of life given to the image of the beast, and the arrival of the False Prophet

5) The confederacy or federation

6) Three unclean spirits

7) The Chariot of fire and Elijah taken up by a whirlwind into heaven

8) “It is done” the completion of the Church

9) Silence in heaven

10) Elisha takes the mantle of Elijah

11) Gog and Magog

12) Jacobs Trouble

13) The harvest of the vine of the earth

14) The release of the “four winds”

15) The beast that was, is not, and is to come again

16) Armageddon

Now is not the time to sleep dear brethren events are even now unfolding all around us which only those
fully awake are able to properly comprehend. Those caught slumbering; the “
foolish virgins” (Matt 25:
8
) will soon note their predicament that they have insufficient “oil” in their lamps and that these are
fading, flickering, going out, not producing enough light to see the path before them (the unfolding of
prophetic events), and so will be caught unawares of certain things until almost too late
.

Remember the words of our Lord in respects to this the Day of the Lord, the day of his presence,

In those days before (prior to) the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving
in marriage
right up to the day when Noah went into the ark (right up to the day when the Great
Storm erupts).
They were unaware of what was happening until the flood came and swept all of
them away.
That's how it will be when the Son of Man comes (during the apokalupsis stage of his
presence when he will be revealed to all the world in the Great Storm).”
Matt 24:38, 39 ISV

This text is a warning to us that although each day may appear perfectly normal, one day even as the
next and though it appears that, “
all things continue as they have from the beginning of creation.”
(
2 Pet 3:4), don’t be fooled, once the before mentioned events begin to unfold the storm will be upon
us sooner than you think
.

For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For
when they say, “Peace and safety!”
then SUDDEN destruction comes upon them, as labor pains
upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so
that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We
are not of the night nor of darkness.
Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch
and be sober
.” (1 Thess 5:2-6)

My next post may take a little bit more time to get ready as you have currently caught up with me in my
studies. I am still in the process of reviewing and gathering information, considering various opinions
and compiling my notes together, your patience is appreciated, I will post as soon as I have something
ready, your servant Brother John


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