Summary: Five biblical signs, not to mention our severe weather or failing economy, are ominous for 2016. Fleeing the cities is suggested by five biblical models.
Most Bible scholars agree with a 7-year apocalyptic period, like the 7 years of famine in Joseph’s time or the 7 years that King Nebuchadnezzar ate grass while his kingdom was humbled in Daniel 4—the book recommended by Christ when asked about the end of the age in Matthew 24:3,15.
1. Christ also said the end-times would be “as the days of Noah.” Noah separated from those who mocked God and the impending destruction when he entered the ark seven days before the Flood. The Bible supports the possibility of a flood of refugees as militant Islam, represented by a ram in Daniel 8:4, pushes west. The seven days for Noah can mean years because Ezekiel 4:6 supports “each day for a year” in prophetic events. The Flood in Noah’s time was the first biblical model of widespread destruction.
The first 2015 omen for the biblical year that begins in the spring was the “rare” solar eclipse on the equinox and the blood moon two weeks later on Passover. “The sun shall be darkened and the moon turned to blood before the day of the Lord,” Joel 2:31, where the Hebrew word, paniym, means “facing” and is translated as “before the day of the Lord,” the end-time apocalyptic period.
2. “When they shall say ‘Peace and safety,’ sudden destruction comes…as labor pains on a pregnant woman,” said the apostle Paul 1Thessalonians 5:2,3. Six nations agreed to ‘peace and safety’ in a nuclear treaty with Iran that’s already been broken by Iran’s missile testing, according to UN officials.
The biblical model derived from the above is when labor pains came on Egypt as God ‘birthed’ Israel, his “first-born,” Exodus 4:22. The focus again was Passover, a time of judgment when they prayed that God would pass over them as they fled Egypt.
3. “When you see the abomination… standing where it ought not,” Christ said to flee, Mark 13:14. The Bible calls homosexuality an abomination, Leviticus 18:22. With Supreme Court approval, it is “standing where it ought not.” Christ said end-times would be “as it was in the days of Lot” when it rained fire the day that Lot fled Sodom. This third biblical model of destruction is also linked to Passover by the “unleavened bread” in Genesis 19:3. Lot lost everything because he waited till then to flee.
4. Early believers understood Christ’s reference to the “abomination” as military and when the Roman army came to Jerusalem, they fled and were spared the siege by Titus who surrounded Jerusalem at Passover in 70 AD. Those who waited till they saw the military were not even to go back to their house to get their things.
The biblical model or omen for us is the US military that stood “where it ought not” in JADE HELM, a drill covering the southwest last summer. Some say it was in anticipation of martial law when the economy fails. To move early with our things is better than fleeing “bare” at the last minute.
5. Early Christians saw the idolatrous standard of the Roman army that included emblems of their sun god planted outside Jerusalem as a sign to flee. 2015 saw the pope in Congress and the UN General Assembly, “standing where [he] ought not” with an appeal that included “Sunday” embedded in a package to save the environment by shutting down commerce and travel as a day of ‘family values,’ hoping to help a dying church attendance?
But “Congress shall make no laws respecting the establishment of religion…” Their record on defending the Constitution has been so poor that trouble seems sure to come.
We might shrug off any of the these signs, but the author has appreciated more peace of mind since moving to the country in compliance with Scripture that shows Cain, the first murderer built the first city. Unlike 50 years ago, we can’t look at headlines today without seeing murder as yet another omen of an ailing godless culture.
Bringing the ghetto to our suburbs may be part of government plans for housing authorities, but it has serious problems for home owners. January is named for the Roman god, Janus, with two faces—one looking back and the other ahead, and he says that people in the cities may soon face big trouble in 2016.
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