Jesus Christ the Fiery Serpent

Rejoice not thou, whole Palestina, because the rod of him that smote thee is broken: for out of the serpent's root shall come forth a cockatrice, and his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent.

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Are These the LAST DAYS ?

(End Times Part II)

Christ’s Great Olivet Prophecy

   Taken together, Matthew 24, Luke 21 and Mark 13 comprise Christ’s Olivet Prophecy. The account begins with His disciples (Matt. 24:3) asking Him about the events that would precede the “end of the world.” This time, what was being sought was a “sign” of when the end of the age—end of civilized society as we know it—would come. As mentioned, His disciples originally believed this would occur in their own lifetime, because they saw it in conjunction with the destruction of the physical temple in Jerusalem. This is because Christ had just explained this coming destruction moments before they had asked Him their question. While this temple was destroyed by the Romans in AD 70, Christ understood that His Second Coming would be almost 20 centuries later. He prophesied that certain other events would precede it.

   Christ described the breakdown of character similar to the way Paul did. In verses 36-39, Christ warned that conditions would mirror “the days of Noah,” which Genesis 6:11-12 describes: “The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.

  Corruption is mentioned three times in this one short description. Yet, this passage is highly specific and speaks of men as having individually and collectively degenerated to a condition of absolute corruption—with civilization “filled with violence.” Notice God’s use of both the singular word “his” and the collective word “all” to drive this point home!

  Consider how often acts of mass violence now occur in schools, restaurants or other places in ways that were virtually unheard of until recently! Who ever heard of serial snipers—or suicide bombers—before recently? The relatively new phenomenon of terrorism is also now becoming more global in nature. This is prophesied to spread worldwide!

  In Luke 17:26-30, Christ also compared the conditions at the time of His Return to those found in Sodom and Gomorrah. Genesis 18 and 19 show that these two cities were so rotten and evil that, just before God rained fire and brimstone upon them, only three people (Lot and his two daughters—his wife later turned to salt) were deemed worthy to escape. Also, only eight people were allowed to enter the Ark before God flooded and destroyed the world.

Ask yourself: How much longer before conditions cannot grow worse?

  What about religious confusion? Matthew 24:4-5 records Jesus’ warning about a coming great deception. He said, “Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in My name saying I [Jesus] am Christ; and shall deceive many.” In other words, many would claim to represent Jesus, and acknowledge that Christ was indeed the Christ, while bringing a message that deceives their listeners. The many divided, confused, disagreeing and competing groups within professing Christianity today surely prove the accuracy of Christ’s prophecy.

  It is critical to note one other aspect of Jesus’ warning about those who would say, “Christ was Christ.” Almost all modern preachers stress the Person of Jesus Christ Himself, instead of the message that He brought! They focus on the Messenger instead of His message! Saying that Christ was, in fact, the Christ—the Messiah—is a true statement! The deception of “many” starts when His message of a coming world-ruling kingdom, with all that this sooncoming colossal event means, is ignored—and even suppressed. Herein lies the greatest deception! Understand this!

Let’s be more specific.

False Gospel Proclaimed

   Jesus proclaimed the gospel of the kingdom of God. Mark 1:14-15 records this as the very first words He spoke: “Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gosAre These the Last Days? 11 pel of the kingdom of God, and saying…the kingdom of God is at hand: repent you, and believe the gospel.” Many New Testament verses show that Christ consistently preached this message. (Read our booklets Which Is the True Gospel? and What Is the Kingdom of God?)

   Within thirty years of Christ’s crucifixion, Paul warned of those who were already perverting the true gospel into a different, false, counterfeit gospel (Gal. 1:6-7). This understanding was so important that a double curse was pronounced on any who did this (vs. 8-9). He also warned, “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that comes preaches another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if you receive another spirit, which you have not received, or another gospel, which you have not accepted, you might well bear with him” (II Cor. 11:3-4).

   Paul indicted the many false ministers who bring such deception when he said, “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers [Satan’s] also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works” (vs. 13-15). This verse demonstrates the power of deception held by the “many” (which Christ referenced in Matthew 24)—the many ministers of this world’s brand of Christianity. It plainly speaks of preachers who misrepresent Christ by preaching “another Jesus” and bringing “another gospel,” different than that of the kingdom of God.

   Paul himself is often described as having brought another gospel. Yet, he is recorded as also preaching the kingdom of God (Acts 20:25; 28:23-31).

   The ministers of this world’s churches do not preach this message! They talk incessantly about “baby Jesus,” “Christ on the cross,” “the virgin birth” and various social gospels. But how often have you heard that Christ is coming to rule earth as a King—bringing a great SUPERGOVERNMENT that will supplant and replace all of the governments of man? Probably never.

The 1,900-Year Gap

Until Herbert W. Armstrong began to proclaim this same gospel to the world in 1934, the gospel of the kingdom of God had not been taken into all nations for nearly 1,900 years. From the time of the apostles, until the beginning of the 52-year ministry of this one man, the true gospel did not go out in any real power to the world as a whole! Matthew 24:14, also part of the Olivet Prophecy, states, “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” Mr. Armstrong reached an unprecedented hundreds of millions during his ministry. This included a readership of approximately 25 million people (over 8 million subscribing households) of the Plain Truth magazine just at the time of his death, in early 1986. This magazine was pub12 Are These the Last Days? lished in seven languages! Mr. Armstrong personally visited one-third of all the heads of state on earth during the last two decades of his life. He always brought this same message of the coming kingdom of God. There were few places on earth where this message was not heard on either radio or television. This message was broadcast over many hundreds of stations. At one time, his World Tomorrow telecast topped the Arbitron ratings as the most listened-to religious telecast on earth. The gospel of the kingdom went out in great power—like no other time in history! Christ’s prophecy was, and still is, true!

Wars, Famines, Pestilences and Earthquakes

Take a closer look at the world around you! It is obviously not led by God, but rather filled with problems, evils, ills, misery and unhappiness of every kind. Christ warned, “And you shall hear of wars and rumors of wars…and there shall be famines, and pestilences and earthquakes, in diverse [various] places” (Matt. 24:6-7). He went on to say in verse 8, “All these are the beginning of sorrows [trials].” He also told the disciples that they would be terribly persecuted and even killed for the message that they would bring (vs. 9). Only the apostle John survived martyrdom, living into his 90s. (Read our series on the four horsemen of Revelation 6—FALSE RELIGION, WAR, FAMINE and PESTILENCE.) None can doubt that these trends have now come to pass in a greater way than ever before. For instance, how often do we now hear of devastating earthquakes? One well-known television commentator stated that “for some reason” there are now more earthquakes occurring every day on earth. Seismologists record 12,000 separate, measurable earthquakes each day. New, more serious outbreaks of old diseases—many of them now antibiotic- resistant—are reported more frequently. These include the HIV epidemic, Cholera, Typhoid, Dengue Fever, flesh-eating bacteria, Legionnaire’s Disease, the Ebola and West Nile viruses, Malaria, Hoof and Mouth Disease, Mad Cow Disease, the Norwalk virus, the return of a stronger, more resistant strain of Tuberculosis and an explosion of STDs (sexually transmitted diseases). These are merely a small part of a large and still-emerging picture of frightening new diseases—and old ones returning with a vengeance! Over 200,000 people now starve to death every day—with this number steadily rising! Wars, and what the gospel writer Luke called “commotions” (21:9), now fill newspaper headlines—bringing more suffering and death. And disease and starvation are merely natural by-products of the population displacement and confusion that always follow in the wake of war. In recent years, scientists have warned of the grave danger of global warming. Few any longer doubt that more extreme weather is already arriving on the front edge of this worldwide phenomenon. Storms are more severe and come more often. Abnormal flooding and devastation of the land is causing famines Are These the Last Days? 13 and disease epidemics of unheard of proportions. Weather catastrophes, earthquakes, wars and the resulting disease and hopelessness tend to exacerbate what is already an epidemic of suffering. Prophecy also foretold that even more volcanic activity would be seen—and this is happening! The world needs God’s Law, which, if kept by all nations, would bring universal peace, happiness, abundance and prosperity. Cities would become beautiful. Disease, famine and war would disappear, as would racism, ignorance, poverty and all forms of false religion. Yet, no man, no government, nor all the governments of men put together can bring these things! Only the kingdom of God, led by Christ and the saints who have qualified to join Him, can bring these conditions. The world must learn about the laws of God. Isaiah 2:2-4 and Micah 4:1-4 also speak of the “last days,” when these things will happen. God’s Law and the love of God (Rom. 13:10) are prophesied to soon replace the lawlessness and hate that now exist between people and nations on earth! If He did not intervene, Christ said that, “Except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved [alive]: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened” (Matt. 24:22)! Think! When has mankind held the capability to destroy all flesh? Only with the advent of modern nuclear, chemical, biological and now “radiological” weapons could this be possible. We live in an age when all of these are available—and nuclear weapons alone possess the capability, with the stockpiles that currently exist, to wipe out all mankind many times over! As one leader said, “Once would be quite enough.” Some assert that these weapons are too terrible to ever be used—that they exist only as a “deterrent” against their use. Do not be fooled! They will be used. Many prophecies make this clear. (Remember, the moment these weapons became available, and the United States felt it to be in their interest to use them, President Truman ordered it in August 1945—without hesitation! Yet, the two bombs that landed on Japan were little more than “firecrackers” by comparison to what exists today.) It is no coincidence that the gospel was preached around the world precisely at the time when weapons of mass destruction became available—proving correct the timing of Christ’s warning about the danger to the survival of all humanity!

The Coming Great Tribulation

Describing a time when the gospel of the kingdom can no longer be preached (24:14), Matthew 24:21 includes a warning about the coming Great Tribulation. This is said just prior to Christ’s statement that the last days will be cut short. Notice: “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.” 14 Are These the Last Days? This pictures a truly terrible time for all life on earth! This booklet could easily grow much longer if just a fraction of the passages describing the coming horrifying conditions on earth were to be cited here. Nearly every prophet in the Old Testament spoke of this time of worldwide trouble, now soon to occur. Time is running out!

Daniel’s Long Prophecy

The longest single prophecy in the Bible is found in Daniel 11. Chapter 10 introduces it and chapter 12 completes it. Numerous times (six in chapter 12 alone) is found the word “end.” The first time that “the time of the end” appears is in Daniel 11:40. Yet the prophet Daniel was not permitted to understand the prophecy he recorded. When he asked God (12:8) its meaning, God told him that it was “sealed till the time of the end” (vs. 9). It was to be unsealed when that time came—and this has happened. Verse 10 teaches, “the wise shall understand,” but that “none of the wicked shall understand.” This means that some—a relatively very few—will understand, while most will not understand Daniel’s prophecy! Daniel 12:4 gives two vitally important clues to know when the end time has arrived. Notice: “But you, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” We have already discussed the incredible knowledge explosion brought about by the arrival of computers in scores of millions of homes. Great numbers now have access to vast amounts of knowledge—instantaneously! What can be quickly known by anyone seeking information is staggering! Surely we have arrived at the time when “knowledge shall be increased”—along with its easy access! Daniel also wrote, “many shall run to and fro.” It took the arrival of railroads in the middle of the nineteenth century—then great ships driven by powerful engines to move them ever faster across oceans—followed by automobiles— and finally, jet planes to make our planet almost universally accessible. The arrival of the supersonic Concorde Jet turned the Atlantic Ocean into little more than a large lake. Seemingly, the planet grows smaller daily because of people’s ability to “run to and fro” almost anywhere and at any time!

Four Prophesied Kingdoms

The book of Daniel addresses many of the other great prophecies in the Bible. The second chapter contains a prophecy spanning over 2,500 years, concluding with Christ’s Second Coming. This prophecy pictures a giant man consisting of four metals (gold, silver, brass, and iron mixed with clay), which represents four great, world-ruling kingdoms that began in Daniel’s time. Are These the Last Days? 15 The first kingdom, which was the head made of gold, represented Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylonian, or Chaldean Empire (625-538 BC). The silver breast and arms represented the second or Persian Empire (558-330 BC), which followed, while the belly and thighs of brass represented the third Grecian (333-31 BC) or Greco-Macedonian Empire (led by Alexander the Great). Finally, the fourth kingdom, depicted by legs of iron, and feet and toes of iron mixed with clay, represented the Roman Empire. This last, greatest empire defeated and succeeded the Greco-Macedonian Empire. The ten toes represent ten different nations or kingdoms in Eastern and Western Europe. (The Roman Empire had two capitals—in Rome and Constantinople.) It is this religious and political combine of nations that will comprise the ten toes— under one final powerful leader, aided by a second, miracle-working world figure. This united superpower system is now forming on the world stage. Daniel 2:34 and 44 prove that these ten toes exist at the time of Christ’s Coming. These verses describe a great stone coming from heaven and smashing the ten toes—replacing them—and establishing the kingdom of God on earth. This symbolism depicts Christ’s Return and the setting up of God’s allpowerful world-ruling government—supplanting all the humanly-devised governments of men! When Christ spoke of the “end of the world” (Matt. 24:3), it was the end of MAN’S CIVILIZATION that He referred to—He was not issuing a prophecy about the planet “blowing up.” Only by comparing Revelation 13, 17 and Daniel 7, with Daniel 2, can you fully understand the immense scope and magnitude of this prophecy. Numerous scriptures refer to these four kingdoms, but these chapters describe them best. Briefly, the Roman Empire (which began in 31 BC) collapsed in AD 476—having been overrun by three kingdoms (horns) from Northern Europe called the Vandals, the Heruli and the Ostrogoths. Daniel 7:8 shows that these three horns were “plucked up by the roots.” This means that they completely disappeared from history. (The Vandals were so barbaric and destructive that the modern term “vandalize” is derived from their name.) However, seven more horns (verse 7 says there were a total of ten) were prophesied to rule this empire. Beginning in AD 554, the Roman Empire became known as the Holy Roman Empire. Historians acknowledge that the Pope’s crowning of Justinian signaled this change. Events in Europe, surrounding the Holy Roman Empire, rose and fell for many centuries. Periodically, new rulers appeared—Charlemagne (the Frankish head in AD 800)—Otto the Great (the German head crowned in AD 962)—followed by the Habsburg Dynasty of Charles V (the Austrian head crowned in AD 1520)—which, in turn, was followed by Napoleon’s reign (the French head crowned in AD 1805)—with the sixth head being that of Garibaldi’s united Italian head from AD 1870-1945! This sixth resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire culminated in the defeat of Adolf Hitler and the Italian dictator 16 Are These the Last Days? Benito Mussolini. Mussolini, after signing a secret agreement (Concordat) with the Vatican in 1929, united Ethiopia, Eritrea and Italian Somaliland back to Italy in 1935. He declared this union to be the Roman Empire re-established! This is prophesied to happen one more time—only one revival of the Holy Roman Empire remains! Only the tenth horn of Daniel 7:7 (the same as all ten toes of Daniel 2) is yet to appear. This will be the final great beast of Revelation 17 that will come upon an unsuspecting world with stunning speed and force (Rev. 17:12). With the 1989 collapse of the Iron Curtain and the reunification of Germany, the final resurrection, consisting of countries and kingdoms throughout Eastern and Western Europe, is soon to appear, as a kind of United States of Europe. But we have already read how Christ will smash this union of human kingdoms at His Coming!

Peter’s Warning

In II Peter 3:3-4, Peter wrote, “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own LUSTS, And saying, Where is the promise of His Coming?” The modern world is filled with scoffers. They do not believe that God will intervene—or that this is even necessary! Most believe that humanity is capable at the last minute of “snatching victory from the jaws of defeat,” and will be able to save itself and solve its own problems! Most believe that “everything will turn out alright—somehow!” In the short term, man is wrong—but in the long term, he is CORRECT! People scoff at the thought that Christ is coming—and choose to live a rotten, sinful lifestyle, “walking after their own lusts”—but their scoffing will not change the truth of the prophecies contained in this booklet! Men must learn bitter lessons—that they have utterly failed to bring the world the conditions that everyone longs for. Peace, happiness, prosperity and abundance remain elusive despite humanity’s continued efforts to find them. Armies “trying to make the world safe for democracy,” humanitarian efforts, missionaries, “think tanks,” new scientific labor-saving devices, computers, cell phones, better school systems, fundraising efforts to eradicate deadly diseases, etc., will all fail. This is because humanity will not humble itself and seek the God who truly does have the solutions to mankind’s troubles! Just when it is almost too late, Christ will intervene in great power and glory to save man from himself!

What About You?

What about you? What will you do to prepare yourself for what lies ahead? No one need remain powerless to ready himself for what is coming. Daniel 12:1-2 Are These the Last Days? 17 contains the following statement: “And at that time…there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time Your [God’s] people shall be delivered, everyone that shall be found written in the book. And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life.” This verse is describing the resurrection of the dead—of the true saints of God—those who will reign with Christ (Dan. 7:18, 22, 27)! Paul wrote, “For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout…and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we [the living saints in the true Church of God] which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (I Thes. 4:16-17). New Testament scriptures plainly show that Christ’s Second Coming will be sudden and unexpected. Christ is always depicted as coming “like a thief in the night.” Carefully read Matthew 24:43-44, I Thessalonians 5:2, 4, II Peter 3:10 and Revelation 3:3, 16:15. In his parallel account of the Olivet Prophecy, Luke recorded Christ describing His Return to an unsuspecting world: “So likewise you, when you see these things come to pass, know you that the kingdom of God is near at hand…For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. WATCH you therefore, and PRAY ALWAYS, that YOU may be accounted worthy to ESCAPE all these things that shall come to pass, and TO STAND BEFORE THE SON OF MAN” (Luke 21:31, 35-36). This verse can be your future! You are the “captain of your own ship” and the “master of your own destiny”— whether you choose to reject God’s warning or to yield yourself to Him and ask Him to prepare you for rulership in His kingdom! (Read our free booklets Who or What Is the Beast of Revelation?, The Mid- East in Bible Prophecy and Revelation Explained at Last! to understand in greater detail the events described in this booklet. Also read our book Tomorrow’s Wonderful World – An Inside View! to see the inspiring big picture of how God will solve, for all time, every one of mankind’s greatest problems.)

The Saints Will Reign With Christ—On Earth

The following comes from the conclusion of Herbert W. Armstrong’s booklet Are We in the Last Days? It well summarizes what is coming at the end of mankind’s allotted 6,000 years: “And where do we go from there? In that same day Jesus’ feet will descend on the Mount of Olives overlooking Jerusalem on the east (Zech. 14:4).(Rev. 1:13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks [one] like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.Oliver Trees are the believers, (Ps 1 )The oil from the Olive is the gospel. The Gospel comes fort from the HOLY SPIRIT. The Holy Spirit is the Light of the Gospel, a Candlestick.) We read in Revelation 20:1-2 that at the time of Christ’s coming, Satan shall be removed from the throne of world rulership. Jesus Christ will then sit on that throne over the whole earth. In Revelation 3:21, Jesus said to those in his own true church, that if we overcome Satan and the evils of this world, he will grant that we will sit with him on that throne. “Jesus also said in Revelation 2:26-27 that if we, his own people, overcome we will be given power over the nations, and we shall rule them, under Christ. In Revelation 5:10, he says that we who are true believers in his own church shall be priests and kings, and we shall reign on the earth.”

ZECHARIAH

The central theme of Zechariah’s prophecy is God's temple. Acknowledge this theme and the book is much easier to understand. Also, to understand this book, you must realize that the prophecy in it is dual. It was delivered to ancient Judah at the time of the construction of the second temple; however, God’s message through Zechariah could not be understood until our time—today!

Matt.{14:58} We heard him say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands.

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The Lord will roar from Zion and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the habitations of the shepherds shall mourn, and the top of Carmel shall wither. The Lord shall roar from the heavens, and the prophets of God shall mourn, and the church shall wither.


The Bible gives a number of signs that show mankind that the end has almost come.

When we study the Bible, we find certain absolute truths that are tremendously important. Amoung these are:

1. This world will come to an end:

Matthew{24:29} Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

2 Peter{3:10} But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

2. The end will come at the close of the New Testament era:

1Peter{4:7} But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.

1Corinthians{10:11} Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

3. At the end Christ will return to gather all those who have believed on Him:

Mark{13:26} And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. {13:27} And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.

1Corinthians{15:51} Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, {15:52} In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

4. At the end every unsaved human being will be judged and condemned to spend eternity in Hell for his sins:

John {5:28} Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, {5:29} And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

Revelatin{20:12} And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is [the book] of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. {20:13} And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

5.At the end God will destroy this world by fire, the whole universe will melt with fervent heat, and God will then create new heavens and a new earth:

IIPeter{3:12} Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? {3:13} Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

Revelation{21:1} And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

6.All those who have trusted in Christ as their personal Lord and Savior will be with Him forever in the new heavens and new earth:

John{14:2} In my Father’s house are many mansions: if [it were] not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. {14:3} And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, [there] ye may be also.

IThessalonians{4:16} For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: {4:17} Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

7.There must be an end-time generation who will be living at the time that the end occurs. The Bible is crystal clear on these issues. The only thing that we do not know is exactly when the end of the world will come.

The Bible is a book that could be insistently studied for many lifetimes without ever plumbing the depths of the spiritual riches that can be found in it.

Amos 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the Word of the Lord!

GOD shall remove the Holy Spirit from the Church! Not all the churches, read Revelations 3:7-10 Matt. 16:18 the gates of hell shall not prevail against it!

Rev. 3:10 James 4:4 ye adulterers and adulteresses know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God!

After the fall of Adam man became the enemy of God! In Amos 1 God speaks of the judgment upon his people. Amos 3:2 you only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.

God sends down from heaven a fire (FIERY SERPENT, Jesus Christ) to judge his people. This time his punishment is sure: I will not turn away the punishment thereof. NOW HERE IS THE SECRET UNTO SERVANTS THE PROPHETS. (JUDGMENT on his people)

Ezekiel 33:3 (Watchman)If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet and warn the people Amos 3:8-10 The Lion hath roared, who will not fear? The Lord God hath spoken, who can but prophesy?

Publish in the palaces at Ash-dod, and in the palaces in the land of Egypt, and say, assemble your self upon the mountains of Sa-ma-ri-a, and behold the great tumults in the midst thereof, and the oppressed in the midst thereof.

For they know not to do right, saith the Lord, who store up violence and robbery in their palaces.

Amos 3:6 Shall a trump be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? Shall there be EVIL in a city and the Lord hath not done it? We are looking upon the earth and God’s people and see much unlawfulness. Sin is every where!

Now here comes the judgment! ( In that Day) AMOS 3:11 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; An adversary there shall be even round about the land; he shall bring down thy strength from thee, and thy palaces shall be spoiled.

Let the Word of God speak: LUKE 21:20 and when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.

REV.20: 7-9 And when the thousand years are expired ( End of church age Amos 3:13-15) Satan shall be loosed out of his prison. And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Mag-gog, to gather them together to battle; the number of whom is as the sands of the sea.

And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about.

(Remember parable- earthly story spiritual meaning. The earthly story in taking place here but it also has spiritual significant.) And the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them. (The enemy of the saints shall be destroyed)

READ EZEKIEL 38 & 39 And the Word of Jehovah came unto me saying, Son of man set thy face against Gog, (Arab’s) the land of Ma-gog (nation of Israel ) the chief prince Me-shech and Tu-bal, and prophesy against him. And say, Thus saith the Lord God; behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Me-shech and Tu-bal

Gen. 10:2 Japheth the son of Noah, Ma-gog and Me- shech and Tu-bal son’s of Ja-pheth. So Ma-gog and Tu-bal and,Me-shech are related. Ezekiel 32:26-28 the faith of Me-shech The sixth son of Japheth (Gen. 10:2), the founder of a tribe (1 Chr. 1:5; Ezek. 27:13; 38:2,3). They were in all probability the Moschi, a people inhabiting the Moschian Mountains, between the Black and the Caspian Seas.

In Ps. 120:5 the name occurs as simply a synonym for foreigners or barbarians. “During the ascendency of the Babylonians and Persians in Western Asia, the Moschi were subdued; but it seems probable that a large number of them crossed the Caucasus range and spread over the northern steppes, mingling with the Scythians. There they became known as Muscovs, and gave that name to the Russian nation and its ancient capital by which they are still generally known throughout the East” Tu-bal

 

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