The Thousand Years

For a thousand years the earth will have peace. The shattered earth took a pounding but now it will be rebuilt, repaired, rejuvenated, reinvigorated and renovated.

The clean-up will begin after Armageddon and will continue for seven months. All the people of the land will be involved in cleaning up the bodies of the army of Gog. They’ll gain a special commendation for this work from Jesus on the day He is glorified; Indeed all the people of the land will be burying, and they will gain renown for it on the day that I am glorified,” says the Lord God. Ezekiel 39:12-13

It will come to pass in that day that I will give Gog a burial place there in Israel, the valley of those who pass by east of the sea (the former Dead Sea); and it will obstruct travellers because there they will bury Gog and all his multitude. Therefore they will call it the Valley of Hamon Gog.

At the end of seven months, they will make a search. The search party will pass through the land; and when anyone sees a man’s bone, he shall set up a marker by it, till the buriers have buried it in the Valley of Hamon Gog. The name of the city will also be Hamonah, (meaning multitude.) Thus they shall cleanse the land.” Ezekiel 39:11-16

The weapons will be burned for seven years; “Then those who dwell in the cities of Israel will go out and set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and bucklers, the bows and arrows, the javelins and spears; and they will make fires with them for seven years.

They will not take wood from the field nor cut down any from the forests because they will make fires with the weapons, and they will plunder those who plundered them and pillage those who pillaged them,” says the Lord God. Ezekiel 39:9-10

The clean-up couldn’t have happened before Armageddon because the people would have kept the weapons. Also, there would have been no time for burial during the Tribulation. But now weapons will no longer be needed.

With perfect justice, there’ll be no need for a war to end disputes. Swords will be beaten into ploughshares;

He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide disputes for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.” Isaiah 2:4

While the nations are subject to Jesus, they will also receive justice from Him, for God says; “Behold! My Servant whom I uphold, my Elect One in whom My soul delights! I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles.” Isaiah 42:1

The River of Life

In Jerusalem the blood and filth from the Winepress will be cleansed by a river of sparkling clear water that will flow from the sanctuary on Zion.

And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb.  In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. Revelation 22:1

Jerusalem will be rebuilt on a plain at the base of a very high mountain. The temple will be on the mountain. Water will tumble down the western and eastern slopes of the Mountain of the Lord, casting rainbows on the air as it falls.

Above the mountain of the Lord there will be a covering of cloud by day and fire by night. The cloud will be above every dwelling and place of assembly, a canopy that provides shade from the heat and shelter from the wind and rain.

On the mountain the Tree of Life will be in the middle of the street. Large and bursting with life, it will overhang the street and grow on both sides of the river which will flow from the temple to Jerusalem.

And in that day it shall be that living waters shall flow from Jerusalem, Half of them toward the eastern sea and half of them toward the western sea; In both summer and winter, it shall occur. And the Lord shall be King over all the earth. Zechariah 14:8

Beginning at the Temple compound, the river will flow to Jerusalem and the eastern branch will eventually make its way south to the Dead Sea.

Water will flow from the front of the temple that faces east. Every half a kilometre the water will gradually deepen from ankle-deep to knee-deep. After one kilometre the river will be waist deep and at two kilometres the water will be too deep to wade.

Lush, fruit-laden trees will line the banks. They will bear fruit every month, refreshed by the water flowing from the sanctuary.

The prophet Ezekiel described the river that will flow east to the Dead Sea;

This water flows toward the eastern region, goes down into the valley, and enters the sea. When it reaches the sea, its waters are healed. And it shall be that every living thing that moves, wherever the rivers go, will live. There will be a very great multitude of fish because these waters go there; for they will be healed, and everything will live wherever the river goes.

It shall be that fishermen will stand by it from En Gedi to En Eglaim; they will be places for spreading their nets. Their fish will be of the same kinds as the fish of the Great Sea, exceedingly many. But its swamps and marshes will not be healed; they will be given over to salt.” Ezekiel 47:8-11

The western branch will flow down the mountain to empty into the Mediterranean.

Wherever the river goes, everything will live. The leaves of the trees will be used by the nations for healing, not that there will be much illness. People will live for hundreds of years, as they did before the flood.

For God promises in Isaiah 65:22, “As the days of a tree, so will be the days of my people.”

The Thousand Years

The LORD promised, “I will return to Zion and dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. Jerusalem shall be called ‘The City of Truth, The Mountain of the Lord of hosts, The Holy Mountain.'” Zechariah 8:3

Jesus will live in Zion, the city on the mountain above Jerusalem. Zion can’t be accessed by sinners, only the righteous;

Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.” Revelation 22:14-15

The land on the plain below the mountain will be safely inhabited. No one will have to watch their back or lock their doors; Everyone will sit under their own vine and under their own fig tree, and no one will make them afraid. Micah 4:4

Old men and old women shall again sit in the streets of Jerusalem, Each one with his staff in his hand because of great age. The streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in its streets. Zechariah 8:3-5

It will be a joyous place where children will laugh and play in the streets. As for the creatures, it will be like a large petting zoo where they live blissful lives.

Peace and harmony between man and the creatures will be restored as the prophet Isaiah foretold;

The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, The leopard shall lie down with the young goat, The calf and the young lion and the fatling together; And a little child shall lead them. Isaiah 11:6

The rule of tooth and claw shall be abolished and the creatures will no longer eat flesh.

Topheth

That’s inside the city. Outside Jerusalem are the bodies from the judgement at Jehoshaphat. They’re left unburied in Topheth, that evil place outside the city where in ancient times children were sacrificed to Baal.

The bodies will be left in an unburied state to serve as a warning. People don’t fear God when Hell is hidden. Jesus knows that people can be ghoulish, and He wants the children of the survivors to fear God so they’ll pass the Great White Throne judgement at the end of the millennium. The morbidly curious will want to go and have a look.

And they shall go forth and look upon the corpses of the men who have transgressed against Me. For their worm does not die, and their fire is not quenched. They shall be an abhorrence to all flesh. Isaiah 66:18-24

Jesus must reign for the 1000 years until He has put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. 1 Corinthians 15:24-28

The Desolate Areas

The renovated world will be replaced at the end of the thousand years, after the war of Gog and Magog, when Jesus hands the kingdom over to God the Father. The old earth will have to be replaced because of the pollution from sin.

Although the world will be returned to the condition it enjoyed in Eden, there will be two desolate areas: Babylon, the former world capital of the Antichrist and Edom, south-east of Israel. These lands will be like Sodom and Gomorrah.

While Satan is locked up in the Abyss this is where his demons will be confined. Here will be dragons, burning pitch and satyrs.

The smoke from these areas will rise and be visible for the entire Millennium.

Babylon shall never be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation: neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there; neither shall the shepherds make their fold there.

But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there, and their houses shall be full of doleful creatures, and owls shall dwell there, and satyrs shall dance there. And the wild beasts of the islands shall cry in their desolate houses, and dragons in their pleasant palaces: and her time is near to come, and her days shall not be prolonged. Isaiah 13:20-22 KJV

As for Edom, God’s judgement will come on southern Jordan because of the way it treated Israel. The land shall become burning hot pitch that burns for the entire thousand years. God will stretch upon it the line of confusion and the stones of emptiness.

And thorns shall come up in her palaces, nettles, and brambles in the fortresses thereof: and it shall be a habitation of dragons, and a court for owls.

The wild beasts of the desert shall also meet with the wild beasts of the island, and the satyr shall cry to his fellow; the screech owl also shall rest there, and find for herself a place of rest. Isaiah 34:8-15 KJV

Egypt, Assyria, and Israel Blessed

As for the surrounding nations, for the first forty years of the Millennium Egypt will be desolate and the Egyptians will be dispersed into various countries. But afterwards Egypt will become a kingdom again. Egypt will be at peace with Israel and they will be called “His people.”

Assyria (now Iraq) will be at peace and will be called “the work of His hands.” These three nations shall be a blessing among the lands of the Middle East:

In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian will come into Egypt and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians will serve with the Assyrians. In that day Israel will be one of three with Egypt and Assyria—a blessing in the midst of the land, whom the Lord of hosts shall bless, saying, “Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance.” Isaiah 19:18-25

The Seventh Feast

The LORD of hosts will prepare a lavish banquet for all peoples on this mountain; A banquet of aged wine, choice pieces with marrow, and refined, aged wine. Isaiah 25:6

Sukkot or the Feast of Tabernacles is the seventh and last feast that the Lord commanded Israel to observe. It marks the Ingathering, the completion of the harvest and the feast begins five days after the Day of Atonement.

Sometimes the Feast of Tabernacles is called ‘the Feast of Ingathering,’ or ‘the Feast to the Lord’ or ‘the Feast of Booths.’

And the Feast of Harvest, the firstfruits of your labours which you have sown in the field; and the Feast of Ingathering at the end of the year, when you have gathered in the fruit of your labours from the field. Exodus 23:16

You shall observe the Feast of Tabernacles seven days when you have gathered from your threshing floor and from your winepress. Deuteronomy 16:13

It’s a time of joyous celebration when the Israelites celebrate God’s continued provision for them in the current harvest, and they will remember His provision and protection during their years in the wilderness.

All nations will have to keep this festival by sending representatives to Jerusalem for it, or they will experience drought;

And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.  And it shall be that whichever of the families of the earth do not come up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, on them there will be no rain. Zechariah 14:16-19


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The River, Ezekiel 47:1-12

The land, Ezekiel 34:20-30

Christina Perri – Thousand Years (Lyrics Video)

Revelation 16, The 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Bowl Plagues

Revelation 16

Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, “Go and pour out the bowls of the wrath of God on the earth.” Revelation 16:1

Now is the time of God’s wrath; The earth will also disclose her blood, and will no more cover her slain. Isaiah 26:21

God is going to plague the kingdom of the beast with sores, blood, thirst, burns and darkness. War is imminent.

The first angel poured out his bowl upon the beast’s kingdom. Foul and loathsome sores break out upon the men who have the mark of the beast and those who worship his image.

The second poured out his bowl on the sea, and the third poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water. It will look like planet earth has bled out from her arteries. Every living thing in the sea will die and even the rivers and springs of water will run with blood.

The angel of the waters said, “You are just in these judgements, O Holy One, you who are and who were; for they have shed the blood of your holy people and your prophets, and you have given them blood to drink, as they deserve.” Revelation 16:6

The fourth bowl judgement causes the sun to scorch people. Seared by the intense heat, they will curse the name of God but refuse to repent and turn from their wicked ways.

The defiled earth will burn and languish.

The earth mourns and fades away, the world languishes and fades away; the haughty people of the earth languish. The earth is also defiled under its inhabitants, because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.

Therefore the curse has devoured the earth, and those who dwell in it are desolate. Therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men are left. Isaiah 24:4-6

The fifth bowl judgement will plunge the throne of the Beast into darkness. Like the ninth plague of Egypt in Exodus 10, the people won’t be able to move or rise from their place for three days. Forced to resort to bottled water and gnawing their tongues in agony, the people of Babylon will curse God because of their pains and sores, but still they refuse to repent.

Jesus issues His last warning, “Look, I come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed.” Revelation 16:15

The Euphrates River will dry up in the sixth bowl judgement, providing a way for those gathering in the east to invade Israel.

The summons for the nations to assemble for war will come out of the mouths of the unholy trinity made up of the Dragon, the Beast, and the False Prophet.

Watching them, God will motion for Jesus saying, “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.” The Lord will extend your mighty sceptre from Zion, saying, “Rule in the midst of your enemies!” Psalm 110:1-2 NIV

As they wait the armies of the Lord will assemble. They will come from one end of heaven to the other, ready to join in the battle of Armageddon.

Your troops will be willing on your day of battle. Arrayed in holy splendour, your young men will come to you like dew from the morning’s womb. Psalm 110:3 NIV

Revelation 15 The Judgement in Heaven

Revelation 15

After judgement is made in their favour the saints will be rewarded for their deeds. That’s why just before the harvest, the voice from Heaven said, ‘Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’Yes, says the Spirit, ‘they will rest from their labour, for their deeds will follow them.’ Revelation 14:13

Here’s the scene in Heaven;

The Ancient of Days takes his seat to judge and his throne is a fiery flame, its wheels a burning fire; and a fiery stream issues and comes forth from before Him. Daniel 7:9-10

The victors stand in what appears to be a sea of flames. Its the reflection of fire from the throne of God.

And I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who have the victory over the beast, over his image and over his mark and over the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, having harps of God.  They sing the song of Moses. Revelation 15:2-4

Those standing on the sea singing are the ones saved from out of the Great Tribulation. They never worshipped the beast or took his mark.

Judgement started with the house of the Lord; “For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?1 Peter 4:17

Those in the house of the Lord who arrived earlier had their works evaluated on how they built the Kingdom of God;

By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.

If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work.

If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss, but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.’ 1 Corinthians 10:14

Some will be rewarded for their work on earth while others will suffer loss and weep when they see their live’s work disappear in the flames.

When judgement is complete the martyrs who cried for justice will sing songs of triumph. They will sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying:

Great and marvelous are Your works, Lord God Almighty! Just and true are Your ways, O King of the saints! Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy. For all nations shall come and worship before You, For Your judgments have been manifested.” Revelation 15:3-4

When Satan was expelled from Heaven it was announced that he was defeated by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony – and that testimony is remembered.

Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.  And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. Revelation 12:10

The Lord keeps a record of the words of those who revere Him; Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honored his name.

On the day when I act,” says the Lord Almighty, “they will be my treasured possession. I will spare them, just as a father has compassion and spares his son who serves him.  And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.” Malachi 3:16-18

The Angels with Seven Bowls

 After these things I looked, and behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened.  And out of the temple came the seven angels having the seven plagues, clothed in pure bright linen, and having their chests girded with golden bands. Revelation 15:5-6

Now that judgement of their works is complete, Heaven’s new citizens enter their chambers while God readies Himself to pour out His wrath upon the earth;

Come, my people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; hide yourself as it were, for a little moment, until the indignation is past. For behold, the Lord comes out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity; The earth will also disclose her blood, and will no more cover her slain.” Isaiah 26:20-21

Then one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God who lives forever and ever.  The temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from His power, and no one was able to enter the temple till the seven plagues of the seven angels were completed. Revelation 15:7-8

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Revelation 10: The Mystery of God

Revelation 10

I saw still another mighty angel coming down from heaven, clothed with a cloud. And a rainbow was on his head, his face was like the sun, and his feet like pillars of fire. He had a little book open in his hand. Revelation 10:1-2

The little book in the archangel’s hand was given to John and he was told “You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, tongues, and kings.”

Seven thunders uttered their voices but John was not allowed to repeat what they said; “Now when the seven thunders uttered their voices, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Seal up the things which the seven thunders uttered, and do not write them.” Revelation 10:1-4

Do you like a good mystery?

The words of the Seven Thunders remain a mystery. There’s another mystery trom the beginning of the ages which has been hidden in God.

When the last trumpet, the trumpet blown by the seventh angel sounds, the mystery will be finished.

The Mystery

The Angel swore that in the days of the sounding of the seventh angel the mystery of God would be finished, as He declared to His servants the prophets. Revelation 10:7

The Apostle Paul spoke of the mystery in Ephesians 3:8-12, he called it “the Fellowship of the Mystery.”

It sounds very “Lord of the Rings-ish.”

The intent was for God’s manifold wisdom to be made known by the Church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.

How can God’s wisdom be made known by us to the angels when we’re a broken, sinful and fallen race? Perhaps by the time it is made known we are no longer broken and sinful.

The mystery was hidden in the Old Testament and revealed in the New Testament. It was declared to the prophets and others had to search out the matter in the holy scriptures. “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter,” Proverbs 25:2.

Israel had the Old Testament (the Torah) and the word of the prophets, but not the New Testament as we do.

Jesus revealed the mystery. God planned to unite ALL THINGS in heaven and on earth in Him through Christ. 

This is the mystery of His will; ‘With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfilment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.’ Ephesians 1:9-10

So the plan God purposed in Jesus Christ will come into effect when the time is right and everything in Heaven and on Earth will be united. The time will be right when the seventh trumpet is blown; and the resurrection is part of this mystery:

‘Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.’ 1 Corinthians 15:51-52

Israel knew about the resurrection on the last day, as evidenced by Martha, the sister of Lazarus, but they did not know the details. Israel kept the Passover without knowing about the Lamb of God who would take away the sin of the world and they kept the seven harvest festivals without knowing of the harvest.

The Old Testament prophets were end-time disciples who in faith and in the spirit, looked ahead for Jesus as their Teacher: It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.” 1 Peter 1:10-12.

This mystery has now been made manifest by the Church, but it is still a mystery to Israel.

Even though the menorah, the seven candlesticks provided light in the Temple, the Jews didn’t understand it’s significance. They didn’t understand the Kingdom of God or know that the Messiah would establish a hidden nation and a royal priesthood called the Church, as the apostle Peter said:

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.’ 1 Peter 2:9-10

This grace was given, that Paul should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery. From the beginning of the ages, it has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ. Ephesians 3:8-12

Paul preached among the Gentiles, and the 144,000 will preach among the Jews. The 144,000 and the two witnesses are crucial as they will explain the mystery to Israel and to the nations. Even the angels will be involved.

When the seventh trumpet sounds, the mystery will be complete and the kingdom of the world will become the Kingdom of God and of Jesus Christ.

The Sevens

Seven is the number of completeness.

7 The Seven Thunders who utter their words before the Seventh Trumpet are the latest in a series of sevens.

The Book of Revelation is full of sevens – there are seven churches, seven lamps, seven stars, seven seals, seven trumpets, and seven bowls and seven thunders.

Inferred but not mentioned is Daniel’s 70th week, explained in Daniel 9:25-27. It’s a sort of clock for Israel and the appearance of the Messiah. The clock stopped when Messiah was cut off in AD33. The clock will restart when the Antichrist confirms a covenant or treaty with many for one week. That week represents seven years. The seventh trumpet will be blown at or near the end of Daniel’s week.

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Revelation 6: The Third Seal

Revelation 6

3rd Seal

Scarcity on Earth

When He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come and see.” So I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand.  

And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine.” Revelation 6:5-6

The seals of the scroll match the events Jesus described in Matthew 24.

In Matthew 24 Jesus said, “And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.  All these are the beginning of sorrows.” Matthew 24:7

The black horse follows on the heels of the red horse, so the logical conclusion is that the food shortages are a natural consequence of war. But there could be other things at work.

Kings have always debased their currencies to pay for wars. So the rider of the black horse could represent hyper-inflation – which means the economy has collapsed, the supply chain has broken, or the market has been interfered with. Perhaps it’s all of these things.

Demand always drives the price up.

The rider with the scales isn’t hurting the food – he’s weighing it out according to the commodity prices. A denarius was a common day’s pay for unskilled labour, so people will be forced to work all day for food rations.

The prophet Hosea wrote “the merchant uses dishonest scales and loves to defraud,” Hosea 12:7. This practice is rightly called an abomination in Proverbs 20:23; “Diverse weights are an abomination to the Lord, and dishonest scales are not good.

Vineyards and olive groves are still in operation, so it can’t be an environmental catastrophe. If the vineyards and olive groves are producing, the food shortages won’t be from environmental causes, they will be man-made and artificial.

The globalists will blame it on the “climate emergency” they fraudulently declared. At this point the changeable, cyclical climate is doing what the climate has always done. The polar caps are not melting and the sea level is not rising.

Remember the rainbow. The rainbow is a sign of the unconditional covenant made to Noah and all his descendants as well as ‘every living creature’ that the earth would never again be flooded.

The rainbow operates according to a law that it must have seven colours in a certain order, and must always be at a 42-degree arc around the opposite point to the sun, with the apex at your head.

Noah was promised in Genesis 8:22 ‘while the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease.’

The earth will abide under this covenant, even in the last 42 months of the Tribulation.

The climate will change as we get further along into the Tribulation but even if a third of the earth is destroyed, two-thirds will continue to produce food, even as it struggles.

We hear the globalist media repeat the evil mantra that the planet can’t produce enough food, and to “save the planet,” we’ll have to eat insects. This is another lie. Food production is not the issue. The planet produces enough food, look how much is thrown away.

Even in Africa where problems are systemic, the problem is distribution and globalists trading on commodities drive the food prices up. In the last few decades, rising bank profits have been literally obtained at the cost of human life.

Communism

Socialism / Communism always interferes with the food supply. Stalin’s collectivism in the USSR killed 20 million and Mao Zedong’s ‘great leap forward’ killed 65 million in China. In the 1930’s Stalin unleased the Holodomor, or ‘death by hunger’ on the Ukraine as part of his drive to collectivise farming across the Soviet Union. The displacement during the famine is one of the root causes of the Ukraine Russian conflict we are facing now in 2022.

Stalin had followed the advice of a batty scientist, Trofim Lysenko, an ignorant man who didn’t believe in genetics. Although it’s impossible to say for sure, Trofim Lysenko probably killed more human beings than any individual scientist in history. Lysenko promoted the Marxist idea that the environment alone shapes plants and animals. He believed Soviet crops could sprout at different times of year by soaking them in freezing water, among other practices. He then claimed that future generations of crops would remember these environmental cues and, even without being treated themselves, would inherit the beneficial traits.

According to traditional genetics, this is impossible: It’s akin to cutting the tail off a cat and expecting her to give birth to tailless kittens. Lysenko, undeterred, was soon bragging about growing orange trees in Siberia, according to Hungry Ghosts. He also promised to boost crop yields nationwide and convert the empty Russian interior into vast farms.

Such claims were exactly what Soviet leaders wanted to hear. In the late 1920s and early 1930s Joseph Stalin—with Lysenko’s backing—had instituted a catastrophic scheme to “modernize” Soviet agriculture, forcing millions of people to join collective, state-run farms. Widespread crop failure and famine resulted. Stalin refused to change course, however, and ordered Lysenko to remedy the disaster with methods based on his radical new ideas.

The Soviet Union’s allies suffered under Lysenkoism, too. Communist China adopted his methods in the late 1950s and endured even bigger famines. Peasants were reduced to eating tree bark and bird droppings and the occasional family member. At least 30 million died of starvation.

The Atlantic: The Soviet Era’s Deadliest Scientist Is Regaining Popularity in Russia

Gary Allen, the author of ‘None Dare Call It Conspiracy’ wrote that Communism was created by power-seeking billionaires in order to gain control over the world. They intend to achieve that first by establishing socialist governments in the various nations and then consolidating them into an all-powerful world, socialist super-state.

You only need look at the Georgia Guidestones, that ugly monument in the United States, to find they plan to “maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.”

Technocracy

The scales in the rider’s hand may represent Technocracy, a system where they balance the load of production and consumption and the inputs must equal the outputs. The scales are actually a Technocracy symbol. Technocracy is a model of governance where unelected decision-makers are chosen for office based on their technical expertise and background. This is the system the word government will use. These unelected idealogues are planning to create a new economic system based on energy usage and credits, where money will be replaced by energy certificates.

What could go wrong? A man will work all day for food. No-one would want their system if they woke up to it as it’s a slave grid! It’s being built quietly, as we speak – hence the measuring of carbon usage and installation of smart meters. An Internet of Bodies has been designed which they plan to connect with the Internet of Things using 5G.

The Financial Killing

What’s scary is the scales in the merchants’ hands while they’re enjoying the luxury items.

They’ll act to secure the world’s food supply as they know people can be controlled with food. And if they do something to harm the environment, the prices for the food will be astronomical. With globalism and linked computers, they stand to make a killing. Literally.

Back in 2008, 37 poor countries experienced bread riots due to the price of rice, soy and wheat doubling in a few short months, with dramatic effects on poor countries where food prices consume 50% to 90% of wages. The big banks, corporations and commodity traders maximised profits while the poor starved.

At Judgement Day those merchants and rich oppressors heaping up treasure for themselves in the last days will be destroyed.

Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries that are coming upon you! Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh like fire.

You have heaped up treasure in the last days. Indeed the wages of the labourers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out; and the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of Sabbath.

You have lived on the earth in pleasure and luxury; you have fattened your hearts as in a day of slaughter. You have condemned, you have murdered the just; he does not resist you. James 5:1-6


The Warning Sign

The Lord of the Sabbath sent a loud warning to the big banks, corporations and commodity traders when the stock market crashed 777 points in October 2008. The warning came at the end of a seven year cycle.

In God’s model people were to a rest once a week on the 7th day. It’s the fourth of the ten commandments.

His model in Leviticus 25 was for the land to rest every 7th year. The 49th year is a time for a special sabbath, 7 years times 7. God declared it as a time for debt to be released, the land to rest, and for property to return to its original owners on the 50th year, the year of Jubilee. But this model has never been followed.

The reason the world is in the state it’s in is that debt does not get released.

In September 2008, we watched the Dow plunge 777 points in what was the the largest stock market drop in history. And it happened during Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year.

I thought that the financial crash might happen on the next cycle in 2015, but the can got kicked down the road with the launch of Agenda 2030 in September 2015.

The current seven year cycle ends this year in September 2022.

What does that mean for us? I don’t know, but be aware and ask God what to do to prepare.

A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself;
The simple pass on and are punished.

Proverbs 27:12

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Revelation 4: The Throne of God

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Jesus has just given the letters to the messengers of the seven churches, and now John is summoned.

“Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this,” John heard.

Accepting the angel’s invitation, John stepped through the open door. Instantly he found himself in the Spirit, before the throne of God.

The scene is described in my book ‘The End, the Wayfarer’s Guide to the Apocalypse’;

God sat on a massive throne in the midst of some kind of electrical storm, His presence generating so much power that the air cracked with flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder. A rainbow shining like an emerald encircled the throne, while seven lamps blazed in front of it.  The throne overlooked a crystal clear sea of glass.

Kingly men dressed in white, wearing crowns of gold sat on thrones surrounding God. They were the twenty-four elders and they totally worshipped him.

In the centre, around the throne were four living creatures. They were covered with eyes, front and back, even under their wings. The first living creature was like a lion, the second an ox, the third had a face like a man and the fourth was like an eagle.  Each had six wings.

They worship God as much as the elders.

The seven lamps blazing in front of the throne are the seven spirits of God, the angels that sent their greetings in the first chapter (Rev 1:4). Jesus explains who they are in Rev 1:20. We know they’re before the throne of God but we only get to see them in their symbolic form. They’re messengers.

The twenty-four elders are men, the first to be made kings and priests to God, and they shall reign on the earth. They’ll play a part in the events that unfold.

The Cherubim

The four beings with different faces and six wings are Cherubim, a rank of angels. After the fall of man, Cherubim were posted to guard the Tree of Life.

As well as being guards, the Cherubim are used by God for travel; Psalm 18:9-10.

The prophet Ezekiel described them as having human hands under their wings. Each of the cherubim had four faces: One face was that of a cherub, the second the face of a human being, the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle. Ezekiel 10:14

John saw them with a face and Ezekiel saw then with four faces.

They struggled to explain what they saw as their vision was off world and in a different dimension.

Cherubim

If our pets could describe us getting into our cars, what would they say? I can just imagine it! “The humans got into a beast with round legs that moved without walking. It made strange noises and had smoke coming from its tail. It had four eyes, the top two were bigger than the bottom two. And it blinked orange while the eyes flashed white.”

Now imagine if the pets were two dimensional beings trying to describe it, they’d have no concept of width! How would they explain that? It’s the same with John and Ezekiel trying to describe the throne of God.

Signs and Symbols

It’s possible the four living creatures were represented by the lead tribes in Israel’s desert wandering.

Each of the twelve tribes bore a sign on its standard when they were travelling through the wilderness; Numbers 2:2

Four tribes were camped around the tabernacle at the cardinal points with two tribes behind them, forming a square. East was Judah-The Lion (Leo), West was Ephraim-The Bull (Taurus), South was Reuben-The Man (Aquarius) and North was Dan-The Serpent replaced by an Eagle (Scorpio).

The four great signs which thus marked the four sides of the camp, and the four quarters of the Zodiac, are the same four which form the Cherubim (the Eagle, the Scorpion’s enemy, being substituted for the Scorpion / Serpent).

The Witness of the Stars, EW Bullinger

Bullinger believes that if you match the blessings of Jacob and Moses with the signs the connection will be clearly seen. I don’t know, it’s only a two out of four from me as I’m not too sure about Reuben or Dan. Here are the relevant verses. You decide.

Perhaps the four living creatures represent God’s creation.

The number four is an earth number – there are four seasons, four points of the compass, four phases of the moon, four winds, four sides of a square, four elements (earth, wind, fire and water) and four corners of the earth.

If only we could ask the earth, ask the beasts.

Once you start noticing the four, you’ll notice it everywhere. The twenty-four elders are a multiple of four (four times six, the number of man), and this is the fourth chapter of Revelation.

Getting back to John, here’s a clip and an anointed song by the band Kutless.


Notes

Isaiah saw Seraphim, another rank of angels. You can read more about the Cherubim and Seraphim in Ezekiel chapters 1 and 10 and Isaiah chapter 6.

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Revelation 2, The Greek Chi – X is shorthand for Jesus Christ

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches,” is written seven times to the congregations in Revelation chapters 2 and 3. The Book of Revelation is full of sevens. There are seven congregations, seven angels, seven seals, seven trumpets, and seven bowls.

We’ll be reading the seven letters Jesus wrote to the churches, the congregations. After these letters, the congregations are not seen again until the wedding in chapter 19. You’ll see the fulfilment of the promises Jesus made to the churches from that chapter on, but we’ll get to that later.

The promises to the seven churches in Revelation 2 and 3 are matched with the outcomes at the end of the book in Revelation 20, 21 and 22. All except for Pergamum. We’ll get to that when we get to Pergamum.

Can you see the pattern? The first promise was mirrored in the last outcome, the second in the second to last, and so on. In my book ‘The End, the Wayfarer’s Guide to the Apocalypse,” I saw it as a seven layered angel cake in the shape of an X with a surprise in the middle. Wisdom baked it.

The X is also a chiasm, a literary device in which a sequence of ideas is presented and then repeated in reverse order. The word chiasm comes from the Greek letter chi which looks like the letter X.

A simple chiasm in the Bible from the Bible is, “The first shall be last, and the last shall be first,”referring to Jesus’ words in Matthew 19:30.

There are also chiasms in common wisdom; for instance: ‘When the going gets tough, the tough get going’ and Benjamin Franklin’s axiom “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

X Marks the Spot

The Greek letter X is shorthand for ‘Jesus Christ.’

I’m going to explain in Revelation chapters 2 and 3 each congregation’s inheritance – and the things they have to overcome in order to obtain it.

Revelation 1: The Congregations

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The Book of Revelation begins with a greeting to seven churches;

Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. Revelation 1:4-5

We can see Jesus in the greeting but the others are a bit mysterious.

God, the great I AM is He “who is and who was and who is to come.” He occupies the present, the past and the future;

  • who is – I exist
  • who was – I have always existed
  • who is to come – I will continue to exist.

If the seven Spirits before God’s throne are able to send greetings, who are they? They are angels who represent congregations.

Jesus gives us the key to that in the last verse, Revelation 1:20. And that’s the only clue we get! We know they’re before the throne of God but we don’t get to see them.

“What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.” Revelation 1:11.

Asia is not in the east in this case – it’s the old Roman provinces straddling Europe and the Middle East. The seven churches lay in front of the Taurus mountain range, a great mountain chain running parallel to the Mediterranean coast in what is now Turkey.

Why did the Lord write the letter to these churches? The seven churches include two comparatively small towns, Thyatira and Philadelphia, while larger churches are passed by.

The seven lampstands are the earthly congregations; “Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band.

His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire;  His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters;  

Jesus is wearing a garment down to the feet and is girded about the chest with a golden band. He’s dressed as the high priest. Below, under related posts, are his letters to the congregations on earth.

The stars Jesus holds in his right hand are the heavenly congregations; He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. Revelation1:12-16

The Pleiades and Orion are mentioned three times in the Bible – in Job 9:9, Job 38:31, and Amos 5:8. If they’re mentioned three times, it’s meant to get our attention.

The seven stars are represented by the Pleiades, a gravitationally bound star system within the constellation of Taurus. It means “the congregation of the Judge or ruler.” They roughly correspond to the shape of the seven churches which lay in front of the Taurus mountain range in Turkey.

Taurus is one of 88 constellations.

Each constellation tells a story.

Do you know the meaning of the word astrology? Astro means stars and Logos means the word of God.

ASTRO : There are 12 astrological signs with 3 Decans (36 groups of stars), and 88 Constellations. The signs contain a truth which in the ages after the flood, lost its meaning and became corrupted into what we have today, the zodiac.

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.  Silently, the night sky pours forth speech; night after night the constellations and stars reveal knowledge.  Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. Psalm 19:1-4

Although much meaning has been lost, the ancient language of the stars and constellations is still there, buried and fragmented in the legends of the world, like an ancient song forgotten voices still sing.

LOGOS :

Logos means the Word of God. Jesus is the Logos. As I explained the name of Jesus in Greek is IHSOUS. Greek letters have number values and the numbers of these letters add to 888. The Book of Revelation that Jesus gave the apostle John has 22 chapters of 404 verses, and 22 multiplied by 404 equals 8888. So he’s stamped it, signed it, sealed it, and delivered it through his servant John.

Forever, O Lord, Your word is fixed in heaven. Psalm 119:89

Jesus is holding the seven stars, and God tells us in Amos 5:8 to seek Him; “Seek him that made the seven stars and Orion, and turned the shadow of death into the morning, and made the day dark with night: that called for the waters of the sea, and poured them out upon the face of the earth: The Lord is his name …”  Amos 5:8 KJV


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The Light of the Heavens

The mystery of the seven stars

Winter in New Zealand heralds the arrival of Matariki, the Maori New Year.  Matariki is marked by the appearance of the Pleiades Star Cluster.  In the night sky, the Pleiades can be spotted with the naked eye as a dim cluster of stars above Orion’s left shoulder.

Stars in their eyes

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For the Maori, Matariki literally means “eyes of God” (Mata Ariki) or “little eyes” (Matariki.)  After the languages were mixed up at the Tower of Babel, each ethnic group was dispersed with a piece of the story. The seven eyes represent angels. The prophet Zechariah, writing about his vision of a lampstand with seven lamps, tells of the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth.
Psalm 119


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Through the Word: Desert Wells

Genesis 26

Famine forced Isaac to leave Beer Lahai Roi, “the well of him that lives and sees me.”

What do we do in a time of famine? Pray.

The Guidance

Isaac had thought about going to Egypt as his father had done in a previous famine.

First, he went to Abimelech the king of the Philistines in Gerar as they probably had an alliance. It’s likely that Abimelech was a title given the king, rather than a personal name—much as the Egyptians always called their king “Pharaoh.”

God told Isaac not to go to Egypt but to live in the land of which he would tell him. “Dwell in this land,” said God, reiterating the promise he made to Isaac’s father Abraham.

The Blessing

Isaac stayed and sowed in the land of Abimelech, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the Lord blessed him. He became so prosperous; with flocks, herds and a great number of servants that the Philistines envied him and stopped up all the wells his father Abraham had dug, filling them with earth. Genesis 26:12-16

The Reaction

There was a problem sowing in the field of the Philistines. They weren’t happy with Isaac’s success. With envy came rejection.

Abimelech said to Isaac, “Go away from us, for you are much mightier than we.”

If Isaac was mightier he could have taken Abimelech on, and won. But he departed and pitched his tent in the Valley of Gerar, the outside edge of Gerar’s territory, and lived there.

The Fight for the Wells

Then came the fight over water rights and his father’s wells. Isaac brought his father’s wells back into service, calling them by the same names, but soon had to abandon them, and he renamed them with bitter names.

Isaac dug again the wells of water which they had dug in the days of Abraham his father, for the Philistines had stopped them up after the death of Abraham. He called them by the names which his father had called them.

Also Isaac’s servants dug in the valley, and found a well of running water there.  But the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with Isaac’s herdsmen, saying, “The water is ours.” So he called the name of the well Esek, because they quarreled with him. Genesis 26:18-20

Esek means quarrel.

Then they dug another well, and they quarreled over that one also. So he called its name Sitnah. Genesis 26:21

Sitnah means enmity.

Retreat

Again he moved and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it. So he called its name Rehoboth, because he said, “For now the Lord has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.” Genesis 26:22

The Deliverance

Rehoboth means spaciousness, open spaces. It brings to mind a verse about God’s deliverance; “He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.” Psalm 18:19

The Promise

Leaving the well at Rehoboth, Isaac travelled to Beersheba. God appeared to him the same night saying; ““I am the God of your father Abraham; do not fear, for I am with you. I will bless you and multiply your descendants for My servant Abraham’s sake.” Genesis 26:23-25

A Tent, an Altar and a Well

Reassured, Isaac pitched his tent there, and built an altar and a well. Was it by the place that Abraham planted the tamarisk tree? I wonder. The tamarisk tree is a slow growing tree, increasing only an inch per year and taking close to 400 years to grow to full height, so Abraham obviously hadn’t planted it for himself.

The Agreement

After Isaac had found his place in the world, Abimelech sought him out. “Why have you come to me, since you hate me and have sent me away from you?” Isaac asked Abimelech.

Abimelech had seen the Lord was with Isaac and he wanted to make a covenant of peace.

So he made them a feast, and they ate and drank.  Then they arose early in the morning and swore an oath with one another; and Isaac sent them away, and they departed from him in peace. Genesis 26:30

Water from the Desert

 It came to pass the same day that Isaac’s servants came and told him about the well which they had dug, and said to him, “We have found water.”  So he called it Shebah. Therefore the name of the city is Beersheba to this day. Genesis 26:27-33

Beer means well and sheba means Oath or Seven.

The lessons learned

Isaac probably learned that deliverance does not always come all at once. Sometimes it comes in stages as we have to be led. God allows freewill and we learn from our choices.

Isaac had to obey God about where to settle. He had to sow in the land of the Philistines. His obedience led to God’s blessing but that brought it’s own problems; envy and rejection.

He had to try three times when it came to well digging. His father’s wells were stopped up after his father’s death and he had to redig them. This led to a quarrel with his former ally and then emnity. Isaac did not retaliate but moved again and this time he was allowed to dig a well in peace.

Following in his father’s footsteps, he went back to Beer Sheba and he made a covenant just as his father had. He dug a well, and God appeared to him there. The well meant “well of seven” and “well of the oath.

Did Isaac learn that an oath made by one generation must be renewed by another? He had to open his father’s wells and dig some new wells of his own. An inheritance would be contended for and he had to have faith. Isaac obeyed God, and he found his place in the world.

Abimelech and his men acknowledged God, telling Isaac, “We have certainly seen that the Lord is with you.” What did they learn? I wonder.

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This is for all those struggling to find their place in the world.

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Through the Word : the Rainbow

The first promise God made was after the fall, to send us a deliverer who would fight the serpent (Genesis 3:15). The second was after the flood, where seasons, seedtime and harvest would never fail as long as the earth endured. (Genesis 8:22)

The third promise (Genesis 9:12-17) is a covenant between God made with us and the creatures, never to flood the earth again.

“And God said: “This is the sign of the covenant which I make between Me and you, and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth. It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud; and I will remember My covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh.

The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.”And God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is on the earth.”

Genesis 9:12-17 (NKJV)

The rainbow has seven colours, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.

The serpent likes to mock God’s covenants. His rainbow is only six colours. The gay community’s intention was to have a flag with eight colours – turquoise for magic/art and pink for sex. These were abandoned because it was too expensive to replicate and pink is not a natural colour. It’s a combination of red and violet, at opposite ends of the rainbow.

Seven is the number of spiritual perfection and occurs in a number of books throughout the Bible, especially Revelation.  There are seven parables where Jesus taught about the Kingdom, and He made seven “I AM” statements.

The bow is centered on the shadow of the observer’s head, and forms a circle at an angle of 40–42° to the line between the observer’s head and its shadow.

40 is the biblical number for probation or trial.  When Noah went into the ark, it rained for 40 days and 40 nights.

According to Jewish tradition the name of God had 42 letters.  The most intense light is at an angle of 42°.

Secondary rainbows are caused by a double reflection of sunlight inside the raindrops, and appear at an angle of 50–53° as a mirror of the first rainbow.

The rainbow is a sign that people find comforting. I hope you do too.

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