The Weather of 2014 in Prophecy
Posted by adventbiblestudy on January 26, 2014
This has been the strangest weather any of us has experienced. I watched the news this week to see science, who has been preaching global warming for dozens of years at a loss for words. They came up with a few new phrases to cover their butts. Terms like polar vortex. Their minds are focused on two things, making sure they keep receiving billions in grant money to conduct their senseless studies and making sure all the glory is focused on them…. the weather people and scientists.
As we look back on events we see a pattern. The greatest financial minds in the world – all of them – all at the same time — all made the same “mistake,” so we’re told. You mean to tell me all of the greatest financial minds in the world were fooled into investing in worthless real estate at the same time. To top it all off we had a president who worked out a plan in days to save the world from a financial melt down that took years to form, by giving a few choice institutions billions of dollars. Who in their right mind would trust those fools with the worst track record of investing in the history of the world with more money?
Then came the health insurance scam we’re about to suffer through. The government has been giving one choice insurance company all the medicare business worth billions of dollars for years. The company has been suspected of stealing billions more by doubling billing for services. All charges and investigations were dropped. Now that same company is in charge of the national health care system. The worst is yet to come.
What do all these have in common? GREED, government control, and the false belief we should put our trust in them.
I’ve had this study on my mind for the past week. So I looked up the word NORTH in the Bible and looked at a few verse. Please note…. these verses point to prophecies. I think its wise to list a few simple Bible Study rules you need to learn before reviewing this material The world has fallen victim to Satan’s philosophy of proof texts. In other words, think of a concept and collect a few texts or portions of texts to prove your point. I had no idea what I would find, all I was given was a word to study. Why the word north? Because at this moment the world is being attacked by the worst weather seen in history. The northern hemisphere is in a freezing grip from the north while much of the southern hemisphere is experiencing record high temperatures from the north. Which bring us to a few general Bible Study Rules.
- God always teaches in repetition.
- Key words are the same, similar, and related.
- The introduction and summation of chapters will always establish the context.
- The fulfillment of every prophecy in God’s Word is recorded in God’s Word.
- Symbols always point to a greater fulfillment.
Now these are prophecies, NOT the fulfillment. To find the chapters explaining how they were fulfilled requires further study. Since they share the same theme, the introductions and summations must teach the same lesson. So I don’t want to see or hear a whole bunch of guesses from people playing the part of Bible scientist trying to place all the glory on themselves. When the fulfillment is compared with the prophecy, there will be no arguments or disagreements. This is God’s way of doing business, so don’t go trying to say He forgot one and chose you to cover for HIM. These prophecies simply show circumstances that will accompany and identify the prophecy. They do not tell how the prophecies are fulfilled. The first step is to highlight words that are the same, similar, and repeated. This identifies keys words the author repeated to draw our attention to the main theme. The next step is to look at the introductions and summations which establish context.
Job 26:1-14 NLTse Then Job spoke again: (2) “How you have helped the powerless! How you have saved the weak! (3) How you have enlightened my stupidity! What wise advice you have offered! (4) Where have you gotten all these wise sayings? Whose spirit speaks through you? (5) “The dead tremble– those who live beneath the waters. (6) The underworld is naked in God’s presence. The place of destruction is uncovered. (7) God stretches the northern sky over empty space and hangs the earth on nothing. (8) He wraps the rain in his thick clouds, and the clouds don’t burst with the weight. (9) He covers the face of the moon, shrouding it with his clouds. (10) He created the horizon when he separated the waters; he set the boundary between day and night. (11) The foundations of heaven tremble; they shudder at his rebuke. (12) By his power the sea grew calm. By his skill he crushed the great sea monster. (13) His Spirit made the heavens beautiful, and his power pierced the gliding serpent. (14) These are just the beginning of all that he does, merely a whisper of his power. Who, then, can comprehend the thunder of his power?”
Job repeated the related words, helped, saved, and enlightened in his introduction to emphasize the point he is making. Job also repeated the word wise. Job wanted the others to see his main point centers around helping, saving, and enlightening. Job then goes on to describe God’s power. His explanation includes, “God stretches the northern sky over empty space and hangs the earth on nothing.” Job associated the northern sky with empty spaces and the earth with nothing. At this point the temptation is always to begin jumping to conclusions. Most preaches are guilty of this. What does that accomplish? Nothing but taking glory away from God, robbing people from understanding God’s Word, and teaches people to put their trust in a world hung on nothing like Job explained. What we need to do is let God’s Word explain itself.
Proverbs 25:23-25 NLTse (23) As surely as a north wind brings rain, so a gossiping tongue causes anger! (24) It’s better to live alone in the corner of an attic than with a quarrelsome wife in a lovely home. (25) Good news from far away is like cold water to the thirsty.
Proverbs 25:1-4 NLTse These are more proverbs of Solomon, collected by the advisers of King Hezekiah of Judah. (2) It is God’s privilege to conceal things and the king’s privilege to discover them. (3) No one can comprehend the height of heaven, the depth of the earth, or all that goes on in the king’s mind! (4) Remove the impurities from silver, and the sterling will be ready for the silversmith.
Proverbs 25:26-28 NLTse (26) If the godly give in to the wicked, it’s like polluting a fountain or muddying a spring. (27) It’s not good to eat too much honey, and it’s not good to seek honors for yourself. (28) A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls.
Solomon compares the north wind to a gossiping tongue. Solomon just explained what happens when preachers take scripture like Job 26 and try explaining it themselves. In his introduction, Solomon tells us God has the privilege of concealing things. When Solomon says it is, ” the king’s privilege to discover them,” he is referring to the gift of wisdom he received from God. This is not making reference to special favors only certain people receive. Hebrews 10 tells us how to get the gift Solomon received. And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water. Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. (Hebrews 10:19-23 NLTse). There is no mention of rank, race, creed, or gender. This privilege is open to everyone. This is how we can comprehend the height of heaven, the depthof the earth, and all that goes on in the king’s mind! It is not our comprehension but God’s we have to learn to depend on and listen to. Solomon sticks to the subject of wisdom in his summation where he tells us how useless it is to share wisdom with the wicked. Suppose you tried to share your experience with one of those scientists making a living conducting studies on the weather. They’re paid to come up with reasonable physical explanations the world will accept. There is no way they can physically prove what they are telling us, but most of the world accepted whatever they said. Oh sure these extremes will pass and people will feel safe again. What does God need to do to get our attention?
Isaiah 14:12-15 NLTse “How you are fallen from heaven, O shining star, son of the morning! You have been thrown down to the earth, you who destroyed the nations of the world. (13) For you said to yourself, ‘I will ascend to heaven and set my throne above God’s stars. I will preside on the mountain of the gods far away in the north. (14) I will climb to the highest heavens and be like the Most High.’ (15) Instead, you will be brought down to the place of the dead, down to its lowest depths. (Job 26: 5)
I never noticed, Satan claims the north as his throne. No wonder these extremes come from the north. We have to remember, these are recorded prophecies, not recorded fulfillments to prophecy. Isaiah is actually telling us something that happened in the past, before he recorded this scripture. Isaiah 14 also explains anther portion of Job 26. “The dead tremble– those who live beneath the waters. The underworld is naked in God’s presence. The place of destruction is uncovered.” Isaiah adds some detail, ” you will be brought down to the place of the dead, down to its lowest depths.” We’re provided another example of how God’s Word explains God’s Word.
Isaiah’s key words show us the main emphasis is on Satan’s fall from Heaven. That’s when Satan choose the north to represent his throne and kingdom. This is an example showing how the fulfillment is always greater than the symbol. Satan’s throne and kingdom is greater than the symbol north. We can’t start guessing at how these prophecies are fulfilled. Any guess work on our part will be like the gossip Solomon described.
Isaiah 14:1-5 NLTse But the LORD will have mercy on the descendants of Jacob. He will choose Israel as his special people once again. He will bring them back to settle once again in their own land. And people from many different nations will come and join them there and unite with the people of Israel. (2) The nations of the world will help the LORD’s people to return, and those who come to live in their land will serve them. Those who captured Israel will themselves be captured, and Israel will rule over its enemies. (3) In that wonderful day when the LORD gives his people rest from sorrow and fear, from slavery andchains, (4) you will taunt the king of Babylon. You will say, “The mighty man has been destroyed. Yes, your insolence is ended. (5) For the LORD has crushedyour wicked power and broken your evil rule.
Isaiah’s introduction centers on His special people. Isaiah also points out this includes, “people from many different nations.” Once again we see how God’s Word provides definitions for all the spiritual words and symbols He used. There is never any reason to guess. Isaiah’s introduction is very important. Notice how God provides promises and comfort before getting into the description of Satan and his quest for power and glory. There are many lessons to learn from this sequence.
Isaiah 14:30-32 NLTse I will feed the poor in my pasture; the needy will lie down in peace. But as for you, I will wipe you out with famine and destroy the few who remain. (31) Wail at the gates! Weep in the cities! Melt with fear, you Philistines! A powerful army comes like smoke from the north. Each soldier rushes forward eager to fight. (32) What should we tell the Philistine messengers? Tell them, “The LORD has built Jerusalem; its walls will give refuge to his oppressed people.”
The theme of promises and comfort continues in Isaiah’s summation. God will personally feed the poor and comfort the needy. He will also destroy the threats, all of them. There is nothing God cannot do and there is nothing He has not already seen and prepared for. God knew these extremes in weather were coming. God also knows how far Satan would go if he wasn’t restricted.
Jeremiah 1:13-15 NLTse Then the LORD spoke to me again and asked, “What do you see now?” And I replied, “I see a pot of boiling water, spilling from thenorth.” (14) “Yes,” the LORD said, “for terror from the north will boil out on the people of this land. (15) Listen! I am calling the armies of the kingdoms of thenorth to come to Jerusalem. I, the LORD, have spoken! “They will set their thrones at the gates of the city. They will attack its walls and all the other towns of Judah.
We’ve already seen how Israel represents all the people in the world. The same holds true for Jerusalem on a spiritual level. In this example Jeremiah see a pot boiling over to the north, which represents an attack on Jerusalem. We’ve also seen how God used the word north to represent Satan. Jeremiah introduces the words spoke and spoken. Of course it is God who is speaking. Notice how God showed Jeremiah the symbol then explained it. This shows how God created rules for Bible Study and follows those rules. If God follows His rules of Bible Study shouldn’t we? God wrote the rules of Bible Study for us to follow. He also teaches them in His word. It doesn’t take a four year degree at an accredited institution and thousands of dollars to learn. The best Teacher in the universe is at your side all the time.
Jeremiah 1:1-8 NLTse These are the words of Jeremiah son of Hilkiah, one of the priests from the town of Anathoth in the land of Benjamin. (2) The LORD first gave messages to Jeremiah during the thirteenth year of the reign of Josiah son of Amon, king of Judah. (3) The LORD’s messages continued throughout the reign of King Jehoiakim, Josiah’s son, until the eleventh year of the reign of King Zedekiah, another of Josiah’s sons. In August of that eleventh year the people ofJerusalem were taken away as captives. (4) The LORD gave me this message: (5) “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.” (6) “O Sovereign LORD,” I said, “I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!” (7) The LORDreplied, “Don’t say, ‘I’m too young,’ for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. (8) And don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you. I, the LORD, have spoken!”
In his introduction Jeremiah points out the message comes from God. When we look at the message we see the key words, symbols, and their spiritual meaning. God is teaching a lesson here. When Jesus battled Satan in the wilderness, what did Jesus use as His main weapon? God’s Word. When you study the scripture, the entire chapter Jesus used to answer the first temptation, you’ll see how that chapter answered all of Satan’s temptations before he presented them. Of course God knew we’d find ourselves in these trails. The question is not why we’re in the trail, but what we’re going to learn from it.
Jeremiah 1:16-19 NLTse I will pronounce judgment on my people for all their evil– for deserting me and burning incense to other gods. Yes, they worship idolsmade with their own hands! (17) “Get up and prepare for action. Go out and tell them everything I tell you to say. Do not be afraid of them, or I will make you look foolish in front of them. (18) For see, today I have made you strong like a fortified city that cannot be captured, like an iron pillar or a bronze wall. You will stand against the whole land— the kings, officials, priests, and people of Judah. (19) They will fight you, but they will fail. For I am with you, and I will take care of you. I, the LORD, have spoken!”
Jeremiah continued to focus on words related to the message he emphasized in the introduction. In the summation Jeremiah used the key words, pronounce, tell, and spoken. God also adds to his message of security. Another point Jeremiah brings up is the fact it is not going to be easy to convince the world God’s Word and message are true. But God will be with us through all of it.
Jeremiah 4:6-9 NLTse Raise a signal flag as a warning for Jerusalem: ‘Flee now! Do not delay!’ For I am bringing terrible destruction upon you from the north.” (7) A lion stalks from its den, a destroyer of nations. It has left its lair and is headed your way. It’s going to devastate your land! Your towns will lie in ruins, with no one living in them anymore. (8) So put on clothes of mourning and weep with broken hearts, for the fierce anger of the LORD is still upon us. (9) “In that day,” says the LORD, “the king and the officials will tremble in fear. The priests will be struck with horror, and the prophets will be appalled.”
Jeremiah get to the point in chapter 4. Satan’s threat and trial from the north is a warning. God is using Satan’s trials to open up His Word and give us a message. What good is this message if we don’t take it out and deliver it right away. This is an opportunity to bring people back to God. Lion is another symbol for Satan.Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8 NLTse). We also see how Satan is planing to devour his prey, by convincing them to place their trust and faith in science and the government. Look at the toes in Daniel. They are made up of two earthly elements, iron and clay. Look how Isaiah describes clay. How foolish can you be? He is the Potter, and he is certainly greater than you, the clay! Should the created thing say of the one who made it, “He didn’t make me”? Does a jar ever say, “The potter who made me is stupid”? (Isaiah 29:16 NLTse). Who questions God and calls Him stupid? Only science fits this description.
Jeremiah 4:1-4 NLTse “O Israel,” says the LORD, “if you wanted to return to me, you could. You could throw away your detestable idols and stray away no more. (2) Then when you swear by my name, saying, ‘As surely as the LORD lives,’ you could do so with truth, justice, and righteousness. Then you would be a blessing to the nations of the world, and all people would come and praise my name.” (3) This is what the LORD says to the people of Judah and Jerusalem: “Plow up the hard ground of your hearts! Do not waste your good seed among thorns. (4) O people of Judah and Jerusalem, surrender your pride and power. Change your hearts before the LORD, or my anger will burn like an unquenchable fire because of all your sins.
Jeremiah’s introduction verifies the message, “if you wanted to return to me, you could.” Jeremiah tells us how to find and deliver that message, ” with truth,justice, and righteousness.” Jeremiah continues to introduce symbols, another sign we have to trust in God’s Words and learn how to understand and rely on it.
Jeremiah 4:30-31 NLTse What are you doing, you who have been plundered? Why do you dress up in beautiful clothing and put on gold jewelry? Why do you brighten your eyes with mascara? Your primping will do you no good! The allies who were your lovers despise you and seek to kill you. (31) I hear a cry, like that of a woman in labor, the groans of a woman giving birth to her first child. It is beautiful Jerusalem gasping for breath and crying out, “Help! I’m being murdered!”
In his summation Jeremiah tells us how people will be trying to avoid the truth when they have to face these trials. They’re going to try to make themselves feel better by paying attention to themselves. They will be absorbed in self serving activities. Jeremiah continues to introduce more symbols. This reminds us all of these prophecies contain symbols. This shows how much we need to rely on God’s Spirit to see the full message. Dressing up, beautiful clothing, gold jewelry, and eyes are all symbols. Many people miss these. They only look at the physical aspects of these symbols and miss the majority of the message. Woman, labor, and birth are also spiritual symbols. They are repeated because they are key symbols pointing to parallel chapters which will explain more about the lesson.
Jeremiah 13:20-22 NLTse (20) Open up your eyes and see the armies marching down from the north! Where is your flock– your beautiful flock– that he gave you to care for? (21) What will you say when the LORD takes the allies you have cultivated and appoints them as your rulers? Pangs of anguish will grip you, like those of a woman in labor! (22) You may ask yourself, “Why is all this happening to me?” It is because of your many sins! That is why you have been stripped and raped by invading armies.
Once again we see the word eyes. This time Jeremiah tells us to open them. Last time the eyes were being decorated, or giving a false impression. God wants us to see these threats for what they are. Jeremiah also repeated symbolism using the words woman and labor. Woman is one of the most misunderstood symbols in the Bible. Ninety nine percent of the time I see people applying a private interpretation they cannot prove with the Bible. To find the fulfillment of the prophecy about the woman with labor pains you have to locate the chapter sharing the same theme in the introduction and summation. Since they share the same them, we can get a great deal of the theme from Jeremiah 13. The parallel chapter will of course add greater detail.
Jeremiah 13:1-11 NLTse This is what the LORD said to me: “Go and buy a linen loincloth and put it on, but do not wash it.” (2) So I bought the loincloth as theLORD directed me, and I put it on. (3) Then the LORD gave me another message: (4) “Take the linen loincloth you are wearing, and go to the Euphrates River.Hide it there in a hole in the rocks.” (5) So I went and hid it by the Euphrates as the LORD had instructed me. (6) A long time afterward the LORD said to me, “Go back to the Euphrates and get the loincloth I told you to hide there.” (7) So I went to the Euphrates and dug it out of the hole where I had hidden it. But now it was rotting and falling apart. The loincloth was good for nothing. (8) Then I received this message from the LORD: (9) “This is what the LORD says: This shows how I will rot away the pride of Judah and Jerusalem. (10) These wicked people refuse to listen to me. They stubbornly follow their own desires and worship othergods. Therefore, they will become like this loincloth–good for nothing! (11) As a loincloth clings to a man’s waist, so I created Judah and Israel to cling to me, says the LORD. They were to be my people, my pride, my glory–an honor to my name. But they would not listen to me.
The key words in the introduction for Jeremiah 13 are the related words Judah, Jerusalem, Israel, and people. It also contains message, hide, hidden, and loincloth. When we look at key words we see how the story about the loincloth described the main theme. If we hide the message it becomes worthless. Holes represent how men leave out a large part of the message and make it worthless. That happens when men look at a prophecy and instead of studying to let the Bible explain itself, they create their own message. Hiding the message is the same as rejecting God who wants us to understand His message which will help us cling onto Him in the most intimate ways.
Jeremiah 13:25-27 NLTse (25) This is your allotment, the portion I have assigned to you,” says the LORD, “for you have forgotten me, putting your trust in falsegods. (26) I myself will strip you and expose you to shame. (27) I have seen your adultery and lust, and your disgusting idol worship out in the fields and on the hills. What sorrow awaits you, Jerusalem! How long before you are pure?”
Jeremiah closes by telling us what happens to people who put their trust in anyone else or anything besides Him. They will inherit what they put their trust in. It’s not much of a choice. The question is, who do you put your trust and faith in? The repeated words of Judah, Israel, Jerusalem, people, earth, and world show how these are prophecies for the whole world, yet a personal experience. The weather effects a single woman facing the decision between feeding her kids and heating the house much differently than the electric company worker eighty feet above the ground in the howling wind fixing a broken power line. He has to face the bite of cold as well as benefits of overtime pay. The fact of the matter remains, these trials effect everyone on an individual basis. How do explanations from science help anyone to cope or learn from this experience? There is no individual effort or answers from science or the government. Sure the government may give some aid to the poor, but at what cost? For every dollar the government takes from the rich, only a small portion gets to the poor. What is the government doing about the monopolies they created? None of us have a whole lot of choices when it comes to heating our homes. It’s either pay the bill, whatever the gas and electric company chooses to charge, or they disconnect you. On top of their charges, the government adds taxes. So you want to put your trust in them?
We’ve seen these trails are from Satan’s throne in the north. God has the ability to use every trial to teach a message, like He is doing here, but Satan has his supporters turning people away from God by offering their own explanations. This is a simple prophecy to explain. God is using the strange weather Satan is creating to show us He has a message to get out. The message is in God’s Word, not our own. When we try to deliver our own message, we’re no better than science or the government. Where do they get their message from? Where are you going to get yours from?
We’ve also seen how introductions and summations explain the context of the chapters. Taking these into consideration ensures we correctly apply the prophecies. They also help explain the lesson in the prophecy. Repeated, similar, and related words focus on the main thought the author is conveying. Studying introductions, summations and key words ensures the proper use of related verses and chapters.
The main theme in this series of prophecies is the message, who we get it from, how to understand it, and the importance of delivering the proper message. As seen in the chapters here, leading people back to God is the main message. This does not mean making yourself a source of information, but leaving that role to God. The trials are a heavy burden and have been repeated throughout history. We can’t go saying this is an end time message, or claim this is the last one we’ll see. Remember God teaches with repetition. We’ve seen repetition in introductions and summations in stories and prophecies spanning generations. Warnings and trials have already been repeated a number of times. We’ve seen how people don’t listen and it will not be an easy job to show people how to understand, but God is willing to be with us through all of it.
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