Spickard's Signs of the Times

Increase Your Faith...Know the Signs of the Times

February 2010 Brief

  Escape From America !  ... Is the "Great Tribulation" Starting ? Or, is the  " Fix "   Only   In   for   the  U. S.  ?

 Recent  Financial  and Economic Upheavals  and    Downturns, Constant War, Plus  Incessant Assaults  on  "Traditional" Values...   Signal Fundamental Shifts in Thoughts and Attitudes of the American Public... Is it Time to "Get Out of Dodge ?"... PART ONE in a Series....



Over-riding public pessimism and underlying lack of vision by America's leaders are laying the foundation for continued and accelerated decline in the United States, which is being stoically accepted  by the American populace. This is also being supported by the Popular Evangelical Community, who have embraced the System of belief known as Dispensationalism. Dispensationalism teaches that the world will soon undergo a "Great Tribulation," which will usher in the so-called AntiChrist, a Pre-emptive Rapture of "born-again" Christians, the "Mark of the Beast," and other corresponding fantastical events which will kill millions upon millions of people and plunge the world into one chaotic apocalyptic judgment after another. Evangelical preachers and pastors are already preaching from American pulpits that the "Great Tribulation" is rapidly approaching and for adherents to get ready for an imminent Rapture, which will "catch away" church members into "heaven," in which they will be spared from the horrific judgments and mass deaths.

 ^ IMMINENT RAPTURE EXPECTED: This is not a clear Biblical teaching as the word "Rapture" is not in the Bible. Rather, this is a late developing teaching that has been developed over the last 175 years. Nor is belief in this doctrine essential for salvation. It is a main plank of the Dispensational Belief System, perpetrated by the union of Catholic Jesuits and Rothschild agentur, among other Jewish apostates, known as Sabbateans and Frankists. Neither does this teaching make sense in a doctrinal application... as the picture shows above, people are physically ascending to "heaven." Yet Paul taught the Corinthian Church that "flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God" (1 Cor. 15:50). Also,  Jesus taught Nicodemus (John 3:6) that "That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of Spirit is Spirit." Nor can people "ascend" to heaven in a bodiless or disembodied state (the only "dismbodied state" taught by Christ is that of "Evil Spirits"), as Paul taught also that "there is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body" (ibid, verse 44). A spiritual body is attained only at the Resurrection as again taught by Paul. Thus, the teaching of the Rapture is contradictory with the teaching of the Resurrection and cannot be, even in this regard, a Biblical doctrine. The Doctrine of the Resurrection is the Cornerstone of the Christian Faith, as its founder, Jesus Christ, was physically resurrected. The Bible teaches that all faithful believers will undergo a similar Resurrection and "put on" an immortal body. In addition, there IS not taught IN THE BIBLE "two Comings" of Christ...one secretly, one visibly... Christ is Coming Again only once... "AND EVERY EYE SHALL SEE HIM...." (Revelation 1:7).

  The Bible does teach that a "Great Tribulation"  will occur. Jesus himself taught that a  Major Judgment or Tribulation would befall the Jewish Polity in the records of the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21). However, it is not referred to as a "Great Tribulation" except by the author of Matthew's Gospel (24:21). For that matter, the Bible speaks of a "Great Tribulation"  for one of the seven literal churches of Asia, the Ecclesia located at Thyatira (Revelation 2:22) and again speaking of the future Saints, who through "great tribulation"  will dwell in the Kingdom of God on earth (Revelation 7:14). The latter implication is that anyone "who is arrayed in white robes," ... and has undergone "great tribulation"... NOT ESCAPED FROM IT... ONLY... are candidates for the Kingdom of God !

Indeed, the Synoptic Accounts tell of dire consequences and judgments upon the Jewish Temple and the city of Jerusalem and the Jewish People. In which, "not one stone" of the Temple would "be left on another" in which Jerusalem would be "trodden down of the Gentiles,"  and that "this very generation shall not pass away until these things be fulfilled"  (Luke 21:32). 

 ^ THE TAKING OF JERUSALEM AND THE DESTRUCTION OF THE JEWISH TEMPLE by the Roman Legions in 70 C.E., fulfilled Christ's Words regarding a "Great Tribulation" upon the Jewish People because of their disobedience. This was first prophesied by Moses in Deuteronomy 28, in which Moses pronounced the "CURSES" that would befall the Jews... in which their land, their worship, their status, and their DISPERSION throughout the Gentile Nations would occur as a result of their lack of obedience. However, these "CURSES" have and are being "lifted" off of the Jewish People as evident with the RETURN of the "Covenant" People to their land in which Israel WAS DECLARED A STATE IN 1947 !!

The language used in the Synoptic Gospels is clearly intended  for the time period in the first century C.E.,... not some 21st Century series of events... Language such  as "woe to them that are with child," and "who are nursing (to babies) in that time," and "pray that your escape be not in the winter, neither on the Sabbath day"  do not apply at all to modern times or to a modern secular Israeli state which does not observe the Sabbath in any kind of strict observance. Babies are bottle-fed in industrialized nations as women are equal to men in numbers of the workforce nor is there the kinds of hindrances to pregnant women such as was in Jesus' time. Moreover, winter conditions are quite amenable  by modern conveniences. If you wish to flee somewhere in today's modern world, you just get in a heated car, bus, train, or plane, or you can be prepared for severe weather by being properly dressed in northern hemispheres... This was not the case in a semi-arid Meditterrean climate in the first century CE Judea.

Jesus also warned those on the "housetops," that their flight should be so urgent, in a manner of hyperbole, they should not even go back below to their house ! This is an incongruous statement today... as no one lives on their "housetops," as they did in first century Judea. Nor do we have a plethora of "false" Christs or Messiahs, as first century Jews did. This was so rampant in first century Judea, that Biblical accounts take note of it later on in the Book of Acts, as well as historians in that day such as Josephus.

It can be noted that to objective thinking, these admonitions and warnings were time specific to the generation that Jesus was addressing...and cannot and should not be applied to a "futuristic" setting or events.

Thus, the attempt by Dispensationalist adherents to extrapolate these admonitions to another time period, way off in the future some 2,000 years away, is a "stretch" to any objective viewpoint and imagination...and frankly is a fraud being done on less than discerning nominal students of the Bible. 

If then, there is no "great tribulation" of the magnitude told of in the Synoptic Gospels, which pertained only to the Jewish People then at that time Era, then what is happening in the End Times so much that the Apostle Paul described to his disciple Timothy, as "dangerous times ? "

I will examine this in following Briefs.



    ^ JESUS PROPHESYING to his disciples on Mt.  Olivet of Climate Change and Global Warming....as recorded in Luke 21:25.  Note that Jesus did not indicate if God or manmade technology would be responsible for these events....only that they would be occurring !  After all, in Revelation 11:18, the scripture states that God has to execute judgments to "destroy them which destroy the earth."  Would these men responsible for HAARP technology and its effects be spared from God's remedial Judgments ? 





 Copenhagen World Summit on Global Warming Ends in Disarray; Detractors of Climate Change Claim "Fuzzy Science" Behind Elite who Wish to Limit Carbon Emissions..What's Next?
 Bible Prophecy Does Indeed Predict Climate Change & Global Warming... Is this Conflict Between Opposing "Experts" Genuine ?... or Only an Exercise in Hegelian Dialectics ?...
Instead of participating nations subscribing to  a treaty  on limiting carbon emissions, thought to be the source of the "greenhouse effect"  of global warming, those that oppose global warming and deny that it  is "real science," halted the Summit on Climate Change from reaching its goal and threatening international consensus on the issue. This Summit was held in December of last year. 
Several well respected scientists took opposing views of global warming and even maintained the opposite was happening... a cooling effect is affecting climate around the world.
Who is right ?
Does the Bible indeed predict climate change and global warming in the End Time period of the Last Days before the Return of Christ ?
        Does  Bible  Prophecy  Predict  Climate
                Change  &   Global  Warming  ?  
 Where does Bible Prophecy indeed predict this weather phenomenon of climate change and increasing global warming ? In his second epistle, the Apostle Peter predicts a End Time "World on Fire" scenario in the bulk of the third chapter of this letter. In this account, Peter states that a "fire" judgment will occur similar to the "water" judgment of Noah, when the earth was flooded with waters, terminating the Antedeluvian Age.
 > The Apostle Peter wrote and prophesied of a "World on Fire" in which the present firmament of the earth and "elements" would be consumed by fire. Just as in  time before of the "World in Water," mankind was given the "sign" of the building of the Ark by Noah and his sons. There will be preliminary signs of this "Fire" Judgment in which climate changes will occur over a period of time in the very Last Days. This climate change is not due to carbon emissions or man's uncontrolled pollution of the environment... it is a result of Prophecy.  
 > THE BUILDING of the ARK was a "sign" to the inhabitants of the Antedeluvian World of comingJudgment .   In addition to this sign was another....
< ... THE ANIMALS ENTERING the Ark, was a singular and conclusive "sign" that the Animal Kingdom was obedient to God's Commandments !
In addition, Christ prophesied of climate change in the Gospel of Luke 21:25, which reads, "there shall be signs in the sun, ...moon,...stars...causing perplexity..with... sea and the waves roaring."  The Interpreter's Bible Commentary, perhaps the most authoritative commentary available, translates this verse as : "The Seas will spill over their shores, and threaten to engulf the world."  This phenomenon of seas and waves rising in sea levels and inundating low lying and coastal areas can be understood by the global warming effect on both polar regions of the earth in which major ice shelves such as the Wordie, Larsen A, Larsen B and portions of the Ross Ice Shelf, have dramatically melted into the ocean. Just this winter, hundreds of icebergs separated from the Ronne Ice Shelf and threatened shipping lanes in Australia and New Zealand. 
  < This graphic, featuring prominently the South Pole, helps indicate that  global warming  is greatest at either polar cap and less substantial in equatorial regions. In this manner, global warming is less noticeable to the world populations which are situated in more temperate  areas.
 Thus, the Bible seems somewhat emphatic on earth and climatic changes to take place in these End Times. 
                The  Hegelian  Dialectical  Process
The Powers That Be, also referred to in the Bible as the "Rich Men," like to institute changes necessary to their agenda, through the medium of "planned conflict." This philosophy of crisis conflict was created by a Georg Hegel, in which societal changes can be wrought through a series of controlled conflicting positions which finally, a controlled or predetermined solution of those posing the conflict, will be readily accepted by the masses. A simple linear formula is below which represents this :
The Hegelian dialectical formula: A (thesis) versus B (anti-thesis) = C (synthesis), e.g.,  if (A) my idea of dinner conflicts with (B) your idea of dinner then (C) neither of us can eat until everyone agrees to starve. This is further demonstrated by the chart below:
 The  Hegelian  Dialectical  formula :  Effective  and  Diabolical.
A practical example of the same below, perpetuating itself :
 And finally, a real working example of the past century :
 This same technique is/will being/be  used at the Copenhagen Summit, as whenever there is opposition to the plans of the Powers That Be, they enact a dialectical process to control the dialogue and provide their solution.
Global Warming Adherents        vs.         Opponents
        (Thesis)                  vs.                      (Antithesis)
                        What  is   HAARP ?
The "High Altitude Auroral Research Project" is a U.S. military plan to manipulate that which belongs to the world -- the ionosphere. Although there is many uses for the development of this technology, I will only cover its possibility of weather control and manipulation. According to HAARP.net, we are told :
As far back as 1958, the chief White House advisor on weather modification, Captain Howard T. Orville, said the U.S. defense department was studying "ways to manipulate the charges of the earth and sky and so affect the weather" by using an electronic beam to ionize or de-ionize the atmosphere over a given area.

In 1966, a Professor Gordon J. F. MacDonald published papers on the use of environmental-control technologies for military purposes. MacDonald made a revealing comment: "The key to geophysical warfare is the identification of environmental instabilities to which the addition of a small amount of energy would release vastly greater amounts of energy. " World-recognized scientist MacDonald had a number of ideas for using the environment as a weapon system and he contributed to what was, at the time, the dream of a futurist. When he wrote his chapter, "How To Wreck The Environment," for the book Unless Peace Comes, he was not kidding around. In it he describes the use of weather manipulation, climate modification, polar ice cap melting, earthquake engineering, ocean wave control and brain wave manipulation using the planet's energy fields.

He also said that these types of weapons would be developed and, when used, would be virtually undetectable by their victims. Is HAARP that weapon? The military's intention to do environmental engineering is well documented, U.S. Congress' subcommittee hearings on Oceans and International Environment looked into military weather and climate modification conducted in the early 1970's. "What emerged was an awesome picture of far-ranging research and experimentation by the Department of Defense into ways environmental tampering could be used as a weapon," said an author cited in Nick Begich's book,  Angles Don't Play This HAARP.

 Thus, the Hegelian conflict going on with those differing on the consensus of global warming can well expect an unexpected "synthesis," or planned solution, to not only implement the strategy of the Powers That Be... but also in this instance, to fulfill Bible Prophecy. 
  ^ THE HAARP FACILITY near Gakona, Alaska. It should not be surprising to some that the United States government has been using weather modification for some time. It did in the Vietnam War to hamper enemy supplies moving down the Ho Chi Minh trail, and later caused wheat crop failures in the former Soviet Union in which they were forced to buy American wheat. This also resulted in the lessening of Cold War tensions in which "detente," "glasnost," and "perestroika," emerged as terms justifying dialogue and accommodation with the West.