How the prophecies of the 1974 year have been fulfilled? – today's comment
The flood, annihilation Sodom and Gomorrah, the fall of ancient Babylon are biblical pictures of the destruction of the old world.
It has been a part of God's great plan to permit evil to reign for 6,000 years. A splendid era for the world has began from the dawn of seventh "day", Millenium. Great adversary of God, Satan, will be bound, his kingdom overthrown and replaced with the kingdom, which our first parents lost because of sin. All these things which Satan built from the entry of the sin to the world, that is all the systems supporting his rule, unjust and despotic, they have to be removed from the earth. Jesus Christ, since the very beginning of his second invisible presence (gr. parousia), has been making the work of overthrowing these systems. Presence of our Lord (gr. parousia) was noticed for hundred years only through the consecrated believers. The year 1980/81 is the time, in which this presence reached already the critical phase – manifestation (gr. epiphaneia). The world events have been abruptly accelerating since this year.
There is such system, which since a dozen or so centuries is counterfeiting and usurping itself authority and future glory of Jesus Christ and his true Church. The Scripture gave to it several names: "The Man of Sin", "Antichrist", "Babylon the great, the great whore, the mother of whores and of every obscenity on earth" (2 Thess. 2:8; 1 John 2:18; Rev. 17:1, 5) etc. That is Rome-Catholic church, the largest obstacle in establishment of God's Kingdom on the earth, that hides under these names.
During the period six thousand years, it was a religious darkness which warranted stability of Satan kingdom. Satan, with the aim of strengthening of his power has built gradually powerful fortress, Catholic church, the main-support for ignorance and superstition. From the time of the Great Reformation, campaign of Napoleon and the printing in huge quantity of Bible, began to break into the empire of Satan the lethal rays of light – truth, enlightenment and knowledge.
The real character of the Catholic church was disclosed gradually, but this unmasking process accelerated at the time of the second present of Jesus Christ, and now, from 1980/81, it achieves the climax – epiphaneia phase.
Paul apostle wrote: "Then shall be revealed [gr. apokaluphtheesetai] the lawless one [the Man of Sin], whom the Lord Jesus shall slay with the breath [gr. pneuma – spirit] of his mouth, and bring to nought by the manifestation [gr. epiphaneia] of his coming [gr. parousias – presence]."
The Divine time came now on complete and final annihilation of this system. The great Mystical Babylon, besides the Rome-Catholic church, it is made up of the many churches smaller, which also are tangled in the co-operation with the powers of this world. All this family relationship – "the great whore" and her daughters, also "the whores" has to fall and it will fall.
On seven years before the date of Epiphaneia (1980/81), the book "Biblical Chronology" was published with prophetic forecasts of the fall of Christianity in years 1980/81–1984. Important events of these years proved the Divine origin of that prophetic light. Because of these events the world in fact had lost the balance. Union of atheistic communist power and Rome-Catholic Church broke up as the proof, that last effort of saving the world from anarchy failed.
This political fiasco was showed in the Scripture as crashing the legs of the statue from the dream of Nebuchadnezzar. Alas! Very small the number of believers accepted teaching, that prophetic dream of king of Babylon had been fulfilled at that time and in that way. In year 1984, when the new era of the reign of typical "Cyrus" that is Christ formally started, this Divine point of view was not obvious yet.
Because of the strength of inertia political events went on for some time their old usual track. So as the building blown up in the air devoid support seems to be intact through moment of the twinkling of an eye. Nevertheless time go by, and now everyone can already clearly to see rapid weakening of the all powers, dissolving of the social order and intensifying more and more the gale of anarchy.
Our Lord used the history of destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah as the illustration of the great tribulation which will end present evil world. The patriarch Abraham is the important figure of this illustration. The next day after this catastrophe, when Abraham got up in the morning, he saw billows of thick smoke above destroyed cities. This episode is the indication, when will come to pass the resurrection of Ancient Worthies. Abraham is their representative. The illustration suggests that these Holy Ones will wake up from the dream of the death during the final phase of the great tribulation. It will be so-called "the better resurrection" (Hebr. 11:35).
The "first resurrection" relates to the spiritual life in the heaven. Exclusively the "Abraham seed", that is the Church of Christ, will be participate in this resurrection (Rev. 20:5).
The resurrection of mankind era will come, when "the first resurrection" is over. The Ancient Worthies will get up from dead as first on the human plane of existence. Theirs resurrection is named "the better", because they will receive their life at once in the full dimension of human perfection. It will be prize for their faithfulness.
All the mankind still being under the death sentence will have its resurrection following after the better resurrection. Both these people who will survive anarchy and those, which will be woken from the dream of the death, they all will receive eternal life and similar perfection as the Ancient Worthies, but they have to first prove that they deserve on this. The entire millennial period of Restitution had been appointed for this resurrection mankind.
Our Lord announced appearance of these faithful servant of God of Old Testament era, saying: "Ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God (…) And they shall come from the east and west, and from the north and south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God." (Luke 13:28,29).
The above mentioned fragment speaks about the symbolic table of the blessings of the God's Kingdom. Prophet Jeremiah foretold about it in the words: "And in this mountain will Jehovah of hosts make unto all peoples a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined" (25:6). Foods from this table will restore the life to mankind. The Ancient Worthies just will be a Hosts of this feast of the New Covenant (Jer. 31:31; Hebr. 8:8-12). Who will the participants of this table be? Our Lord words suggest that they will be the people looking for salvation. The "table" of the New Covenant will lure them with the promise of the eternal life on the earth.
There the nearest will be the Jews of course. Saved from hordes of Gog, they will understand, that they owe their rescue to the God's Son, who their ancestors "pierced" (Zech. 12:10). Furthermore, near the table will find themselves all these, who are sincerely believing in Jesus Christ as the Saviour, who however did not sacrifice themselves God, or they were not begotten of the power of the holy spirit. Near, so to say on the place, there will be Arabian nations, also natural children of Abraham, but from the other of his wife, Hagar.
Among the Arabs there will be the unfortunate Palestinians, who also will approach the "table" gradually. With maniacal obstinacy they try continually to root out from the Holy Land the legitimate owners of this land that is the descendants of Abraham from the wife Sarah.
The recently American diplomatist named them the "invented nation". And they are such indeed, because they arrived at the Holy Land little above hundred years ago. Some estimate the total population of the Land at 150,000 by 1850 A.D. This total population would include Jews, Christians and Arabs. At coming to existence the state of Israel there were needed hands to the work, so Arabs arrived here in great number as labour force from neighbouring countries. Incited by false ambitions and claims Palestinians are waging the desperate war, which cost many human existences, both Arabs and Israelites.
This conflict created the problem for the whole world compared by prophet Zechariah with "a burdensome stone for all the peoples" (12:3). All countries pave the way to the condition of "Peace and safety" (1 Thess. 5:3), so they try to remove this heavy stone out of the political road. Prophet foretells terrible consequences of the such position of the nations against Israel, hostile and full hypocrisy. Arabs, called Palestinians, will also become very humiliated.
Happily, both Abraham and his natural offspring will see oneself soon mutually. The problem of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will be the "heavy stone" never again. This famous the Patriarch, "heir of the world" (Rom. 4:13) he will solve immediately all the problems of his children, that is the dignified ancient nations, Israelis and Arabs. He will remind the offspring from Hagar, that Holy Land, Canaan, has been given by God exclusively for Isaac. "Unto the sons of the concubines, that Abraham had, Abraham gave gifts. And he sent them away from Isaac his son, while he yet lived, eastward, unto the east country." (Gen. 25:6). God was very gracious for these descendants of Abraham also. Sent east by their father they peopled boundless areas, fabulously rich in the sources of oil.
The stone, which hit in the feet of the statue and crushed him, has become the great mountain filling up the entire earth (Dan. 2:25). This illustration says, that the Kingdom of Christ, with the capital of the world in Jerusalem (Jer. 3:17), established at first at Holy Land, gradually will be reaching to every corner of our globe. It will not forget anyone. The ancestor Adam's every child will be brought to the New Covenant' table to participate in its blessings.
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"Bible Chronology” (published in April, 1974). Part III – Bible Numerology
"And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldeans' pride, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah" (Isa. 13:19; Jer. 50:40).
The sin was the cause of destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen. 18:20), therefore you should count quantity of years showed through the number "6111," from first sin (autumn 4127 B.C.) till to the final destruction of the old world in time of the great tribulation (1984 A.D.).
4127 + 1984 = 6111
By the flood and by the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah our Lord illustrated the "great tribulation," which this age of wickedness will end. In the description both these events in the Genesis Book we can find the beginning of the God's Kingdom, which will happen after ending of this "present evil world." Command of God given to Noah, to go out from the Ark with the whole family and the living creatures, shows on Christ and power, which will multiply and establish the new society (see comment to Gen. 6:19; 7:7).
When Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed, Abraham, who got up in the morning, saw smoky still the ashes. This is the illustration of the resurrection of Abraham soon after the great tribulation. From the rise out of death Ancient Worthies at the morning of the resurrection, the earthly phase of restitution will begin.
The descriptions of these two illustrations deliver, in their the numerical values, of valuable information regarding the time of this very important event and confirm the recently noticed outlines of the chronology, which are relating to the future.
The number "3595" defines the quantity of years, from 1615 B.C., when had the place the last Egyptian plague and the "passing over" of the first-born during the trial of life and death (Gen. 12:29), till to the Day of the vengeance of the Lord (1980 A.D.).
1615 + 1980 = 3595
They are below quoted another definitions of "the Day of the Lord" (Joel 2:2), combined with the word "Parousia" (Volume IV, p. 11; James 5:1-8; Amos 5:20):
"But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief" (1 Thess. 5:4).
This is the apostle Paul statement (1 Thess. 5:2); according to the manuscript "A" (Alexandrinus):
"Behold, I come [gr. erchomai] as a thief;" "and behold, I come [gr. erchomai] quickly."; "Yea: I come [gr. erchomai] quickly." (Rev. 16:15; 22:7, 12, 20; Volume II, pages 21-23, 179-181).
"For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink the cup, ye proclaim the Lord's death till he come" (1 Cor. 11:26).
When the apostle Paul wrote these words, he thought certainly about Epiphany and Apocalypse, which will manifest the Lord presence in the great tribulation. This tribulation will be this "night" – announced through the Lord – "when nobody is able to act." (Volume III, page 252)
Here are the words of our Lord (on which the apostle Paul based the expression quoted above – verses 24, 25; correct Greek text) and the Lord's words quoted from Gospel according to John 9:4:
The compositions, above mentioned, let to notice, that revelation of the Lord presence (1980,25) will have the place after 1948 years from time, when our Lord expressed his words in the spring 33 (32,25).
It will not be too difficult for us to find in the number "3896" the period of expectation on the revelation, that is apocalypse of the Lord's presence. This period, from the spring 33 A.D. (32,25) till to the spring 1981 (1980,25), has to last 1948 years and it is showed in the scale 2:1:
3896 : 2 = 1948
The period of the choice of the Church comprises the got number in twice. This is as if the repetition of the prophetic forecast heightening the certainty of the fulfillment – similarly as in the Lord words: "Verily, Verily" (gr. Ameen, Ameen).
"All authority hath been given unto me in heaven and on earth. Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world [aionos]" (Matt. 28:18-20).
"Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us out of this present evil world [aionos]..." (Gal. 1:4).
The Church, during the earthly pilgrimage, had to be the object of special care of the Lord. The Lord had to accompany the Church with his supporting power till the end of the "present evil age," whose end was showed by the times Noah and Lot (Luke. 17:26-29).
"Then we that are alive, that are left, shall together with them be caught up in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord" (1 Thess. 4:17).
"The lord of that servant shall come"
"Though not a hypocrite but a genuine servant, he must, because unfaithful and overcharged, have his portion with the hypocrites in the perplexity and trouble coming upon Babylon. 'There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'" (Volume II, page 164)
The time of the revelation of the Lord's presence in the great trouble it is foretold Armagedon (Rev. 16:16). (Volume IV, pages II, III)
"And to you that are afflicted rest with us, at the revelation [apokalupsei] of the Lord Jesus from heaven with the angels of his power in flaming fire, rendering vengeance to them that know not God, and to them that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus!" (2 Thess. 1:7, 8).
"And then shall be revealed [apokaluphtheesetai] the lawless one, whom the Lord Jesus shall slay with the breath of his mouth, and bring to nought by the manifestation [epiphaneia] of his coming [parousias]" (2 Thess. 2:8).
From the verses quoted above it results, that the "great trouble" will be the epiphaneia and the apokalupsis of the parousias of the Lord.
This will be the great tribulation, "such as hath not been from the beginning of the world" (Matt. 24:21), "since there was a nation even" (Dan. 12:1).
One can infer from those words that the such tribulation, as will be, there was not from the man creation.
We will use to the composition the words from the Daniel prophecy, 12:1, in such scope, in which our Lord quoted them.
Added by: Andrzej