Saturday, August 29, 2009

The Earthquakes of Oklahoma, The Vision, and the Book of The Revelation

Oklahoma has had nine earthquakes since Wednesday, 8/26. Eight of them were centered around Jones, Oklahoma, while one was near Ada.




























While Oklahoma has tremors, on average 50 per year, they are relatively minor. We have no fault lines like San Andreas or seismic zones like the New Madrid. The largest earthquake experienced by the Sooner state was a 5.5 near El Reno, Oklahoma, on April 9, 1952.

But since the first of 2009, Oklahoma has had 25 earthquakes. Do they have prophetic significance? My answer would be "mostly likely."

I believe with all of my heart that in God's orderly world, nothing happens to the planet, such as earthquakes, without his permission. Isaiah 29: 6 seems to imply such: Thou shalt be visited of the LORD of hosts with thunder, and with earthquake, and great noise, with storm and tempest, and the flame of devouring fire. (emphasis mine)

The Vision - David Wilkerson

David Wilkerson, pastor of Times Square Church in Manhattan, wrote The Vision in the early 70s. In that book, he wrote of a "soon-coming" devastating earthquake. I think this is a good time to look once again at what he wrote.

The United States is going to experience, in the not-too-distant future, the most tragic earthquake in its history. One day soon this nation will be reeling under the impact of the biggest news story of modern times. It will be coverage of the biggest, most disastrous earthquake in history.

It will cause widespread panic and fear. Without a doubt, it will become one of the most completely reported earthquakes ever. Television networks will suspend all programming and carry all-day coverage.

Another earthquake, possibly in Japan, may precede the one I see coming here. There is not the slightest doubt in my mind about this forth-coming massive earthquake on our continent. I believe it will be many times more severe than the San Francisco earthquake. In fact, I believe it is going to take place where it is least expected. This terrible earthquake may happen in an area that's not known as an earthquake belt. It will be so high on the Richter scale that it will trigger two other major earthquakes. I also believe we are going to see, later, a major earthquake in the Aleutian Islands, which will result in a number of smaller earthquakes and aftershocks all along the west coast of the United States.

Without a doubt, earthquakes are going to strike the United States and other parts of the world with growing intensity. Concern about earthquakes will be uppermost in forthcoming years. News about government scandals, news about war and even economic problems will be completely overshadowed by earthquakes. Within minutes after this quake hits, the whole country will know it, and millions will be stunned and shocked. Thousands will be affected with much loss of life and millions of dollars' worth of damage. Minor earthquakes, aftershocks, and tremors will be recorded almost daily throughout the world. Earthquakes will become the number one cause of fear and consternation.

The earth is actually going to shake, and there will be numerous other earthquakes in various places throughout the world. This is one kind of judgment that cannot be explained by the scientists. It is supernatural intervention into the affairs of men. It is an act of God causing havoc and judgment, calling men to repentance and reverence. It can strike at any time, and there is no way to deter it. Men will just have to stand back in awe and terror as the power of God is demonstrated in the earthquake.

I believe the recent earthquakes in Nicaragua and Mexico were a warning from Heaven that this is just the beginning. Seismic laboratories are even now recording tremors and aftershocks almost daily around the world. (emphasis mine)


My thoughts

San Andreas? Not likely since Wilkerson is "not at all convinced that this earthquake will take place in California. That statement would also seem to rule out the 1994 Northridge earthquake as well as having fulfilled this earthquake prophecy.

New Madrid? Strong candidate I would think. After I received 20-FOLD in June, I took another look at Wilkerson's prophecy of this forthcoming earthquake. There is a strong likelihood that his prophecy and mine are the same, particularly his statement of "This terrible earthquake may happen in an area that's not known as an earthquake belt." Since New Madrid is not an earthquake belt, it is a zone, this makes it seem likely.

Someplace else? Possibly. There are two of Wilkerson's statements that make me think it could be: "It will be so high on the Richter scale that it will trigger two other major earthquakes," and "I believe it is going to take place where it is least expected. This terrible earthquake may happen in an area that's not known as an earthquake belt."

When I first read The Vision in the mid-1990s (the part about this earthquake occurring in a "place where least expected"), I wondered if this massive earthquake would occur between the San Andreas and the New Madrid. A big one has been expected for some time on the San Andreas , and three of the largest known earthquakes occurred in the New Madrid zone in 1811-1812. Though scientists now claim that the New Madrid is dying, some disagree.

Since the prophecy also says "it will trigger two other major earthquakes," would a massive earthquake in between the two destabilize both areas enough to cause major earthquakes there as well?

I honestly don't know.

Judgment

But what I do honestly know is this: the earthquakes we've been having here in Oklahoma are a reminder that God does allow earthquakes to happen. This country has been shown great mercy in that we have not had a severely devastating earthquake like some that have hit China, Iran, Pakistan, and Indonesia (Banda Aceh).

Yet we must realize that some day, we as a nation will be held accountable for the millions of unborn children slaughtered by abortion. We will answer for their blood as well as a number of other grievous sins, and we will answer for ignoring the great mercy we have been shown.

Nathan Leal at Watchman's Cry said something very true, and I will paraphrase him here: that when there is judgment, there is a body count.

Earthquakes in the Book of The Revelation

It is very apparent that God will cause earthquakes to occur during the time of the Tribulation.

The Sixth Seal

With the opening of the 6th seal, look at what happens:

And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;

And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.

And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places
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And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;

And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:

For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
(Rev 6: 12-17) (emphasis mine)

This looks like more than a massive earthquake. It looks like something happens in the heavens, because there is an earthquake AND the stars fall AND the heavens depart AND every mountain and island are moved out of their places AND the face of Him who sits on the throne is visible.

Considering this is the 6th seal and there is still one seal judgment to come as well as seven trumpet judgments and seven vial (or bowl) judgments, it will be bad early on.

The Seventh Seal

With the opening of the 7th seal there is "silence in heaven" for the space of "about half an hour." Seven angels carrying trumpets then assemble. Another angel takes a censer and takes fire from an altar, an altar which happens to be before God Himself.

And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast [it] into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.

And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.
(Rev. 8: 1-6) (emphasis mine)

The angel with the censer is not part of the angels with the seals nor the angels with the trumpets. He casts a censer of fire to earth. This is not a meteor or asteroid or star or Jesus speaking to John would have said so. It has to be "something else," and whatever that "something else" is, it causes atmospheric disturbances, "voices," and an earthquake. My guess is that the earthquake occurs wherever the censer hits the ground.

The Two Witnesses

The next notable earthquake in the Tribulation period occurs with the TWO WITNESSES. The beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit will make war against them, overcome them, and kill them. Their bodies will lie on a street in Jerusalem and we know CNN will still be in business because many all over the world will see their bodies and "make merry" and "send gifts one to another."

After three and one-half days, the two will terrify many as they stand to their feet. A voice from heaven will tell them to "come up hither," and they will ascend to "heaven in a cloud," and their enemies shall see them go.

And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven. (Rev. 11: 7-13) (emphasis mine)

The Seventh Trumpet

After the 7th trumpet sounds and before the "vials of wrath" are poured out, the temple of God is opened in heaven and there are "lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail." (Rev. 11: 19) (emphasis mine)

The Seventh Vial

With the 7th vial, and the final judgment poured out upon the earth, there are voices, thunders, lightnings, and "a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great." (Rev. 16: 8)

No matter what magnitude of earthquake will be seen between this time and that time, we "ain't seen nothin' yet!" There are 21 "segments" of judgment/wrath that will come upon the earth. And the VERY LAST ONE will be THE MOST massive of all earthquakes, EVER!

THE OKLAHOMA EARTHQUAKES

I don't know the significance of these particular earthquakes at this time; I may find out later while in prayer or in conversation with someone who God has shown what is to be discerned. But I don't have to know the purpose of the quakes at this time to know that I should seek out what the Word of God has to say about such events. And to remember, as many good evangelists have asked, "If you were to die tonight, would you go to heaven. Have you asked Jesus to forgive you of your sins? Are you ready to meet Jesus?"

These earthquakes are reminding me to know the Word and be ready. God Bless! --GardenGirl

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

CORRUPTED BLOOD

Ultraguy at New Wineskins posted a very short blog on 8/24.

I followed the link he provided and the article talks about a life form that scientists have created using bacteria and a FUNGUS.

World of Warcraft is a fantasy role-playing game that is about demons, warriors, shamans, hybrid creatures (what we would call nephilim), centaurs, and so on. (Don't worry, I don't play.)

On August 21, 2009, the company that produces WoW (World of Warcraft) announced a new expansion of the game that would be released in 2010 called CATACLYSM. This new expansion describes a massive seismic event (earthquake) that would cause an extreme eruption of a volcano hidden in a watery abyss that will not only change the face of the world, but would release the dreaded DEATHWING, an ancient serpent-like creature that fought in ancient times. It will now return from its watery prison in lots of fire and lava and change forever the face of the earth. New breeds of hybrids will be created and new flying mounts will be available to ride.

WOW! The creators of this game didn't even bother to be subtle on any detail.

Sue Bradley has been writing a 3-part series on KRAKATAU: THE FATHER, THE SON, AND THE TONGUES OF FIRE. The idea behind the series is to explore the strong possibility that ANAK KRAKATAU over in Indonesia could be the "burning mountain" of Revelation 8: 8, 9.

And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood; And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed. (emphasis mine)

Krakatau has erupted before, as Sue has pointed out, with a vengeance in 1883. There is a strong possibility that this volcano will encore again.

And in WoW, it appears that it has. Though WoW does not name the volcano that will erupt, its eerie parallel to Revelation 8, 9, is evident. I looked deeper into the past history of the game and found many parallels to beliefs of what happened in ancient times.

The Bible speaks in Genesis 6 of the fallen angels coming to daughters of men and mating with them. Their offspring were called nephilim, and they were giants, the mighty men of old. The fallen angels did not just take women, they experimented with animals, and their offspring were grotesque hybrids, the hideous results of mingling DNA. Genesis 6: 12 tells us what God thought of this.

And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. (emphasis mine)

Genesis 6: 17 tells us what God decided to do about it.

And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein [is] the breath of life, from under heaven; [and] every thing that [is] in the earth shall die. (emphasis mine)

Virtually all current-day civilizations have ancient records of a massive, world-wide deluge -- Noah's flood. WoW is no different. They reference an ancient time that was submerged into a watery abyss and beings are trapped there now waiting for their time to be released. Apparently in WoW's CATACLYSM, they will be.

But here is where Ultraguy's short blog ties in. I've copied it in its entirety.

Artificial life (not the computer kind)… Many promising applications… and just as many dark and perverse ones not mentioned. What concerns me more is the hubris.

‘Assuming we don’t make any errors, I think it should work and we should have the first synthetic species by the end of the year.’


You can almost hear God saying, “this will not stand”… by the end of the year…

The scientists in the article that Ultraguy links to took the DNA from a bacteria, transferred it to a FUNGUS, let it divide some, then transferred it to a different bacteria. (1) With this knowledge, scientists are hoping to create a life form that will consume toxic wastes, create biofuel and assist in vaccine production. Obviously I have simplified the process, so read the article to follow the yellow brick road.

The yeast cell (a FUNGUS) the scientists used causes a type of CONTAGIOUS PNEUMONIA in cattle and goats. It infects both the lungs AND the linings surrounding the lungs. Pneumonia occurs when an infection causes a fluid build-up in the lungs making breathing extremely difficult. The H1N1 flu, or swine flu, happens to be a type of LUNG FLU that causes pneumonia, but H1N1 comes from a virus and not a fungus -- important difference.

While looking at some of the scenarios that WoW players face, I found an interesting one: the CORRUPTED BLOOD INCIDENT. (2)

What happened is that the creators of the game created an aspect of the game in which a spell called CORRUPTED BLOOD could be cast and a plague put on opponents. This plague could be transferred from character to character. The original intent was to leave the plague within a certain area of the game, but gamers figured out how to transfer the plague beyond the intended area and soon WoW had a virtual plague. The creators had their own version of the Black Death running rampant. Characters were being killed and entire cities were laid waste -- all unintentional.

Some players were upset about losing their characters while others were fascinated because it was the first "real-world" event that took place within the game. An epidemiologist by the name of Ran Balicer wrote an article for the journal Epidemiology comparing the WoW plague to SARS and avian flu outbreaks. What evolved out of this is that real-world scientists who study plagues used the gaming platform to create models of possible future outbreaks. (Awfully convenient for now, don't you think?) Others took it a step further and created models of possible terror attacks.
 
By no means is WoW a prophetic voice, and I don't recommend playing the game. Their announcement on August 21, of their own coming CATACLYSM in 2010, points, however inadvertently on their part, to exact scriptures in Revelation 8. Furthermore, their past history of a widespread plague of CORRUPTED BLOOD points to past scriptures in Genesis 6 of CORRUPT FLESH as well as current events of flu-like avian pandemic. I would think that those who play WoW will not be able to stand before God when they give account of themselves and have excuse: their very game points to actual events in the Bible. (It would behoove them to put down the gaming manual and forsake their fantasy characters and pick up God's Immanuel and embrace His real Son.)

And consider this: there is a blight caused by a type of fungus currently occurring in the U.S., particularly areas of the East Coast, affecting tomatoes and potatoes. It is the same blight that devastated potatoes in Ireland in the mid 1800s causing the Great Potato Famine or sometimes the Great Irish Famine.

Furthermore, there is a form of wheat rust (fungus) that emerged from Uganda in 1999 and is now making its way across the Middle East (Iran, in particular) and parts of Asia (South, Central and East). It is decimating acres of wheat, leaving black, moldy wheat plants in its wake.  More than plants die when blights appear -- livestock and people can perish as well.

SO IS CORRUPTED BLOOD A SIGN? Look at it this way: a fantasy game that mythologizes the Bible has a glitch that ties to REAL past, present, and future events:
PAST: the name CORRUPTED BLOOD is tied to a past event that caused
judgment because fallen angels and men mixed DNA, becoming CORRUPT;
PRESENT: the event CORRUPTED BLOOD has a present equivalent in
the present pandemic lung flu that has the potential to become more lethal in the
Fall; and
FUTURE: the possibility of an artificial life form by end of the year, that
mingles, CORRUPTS, DNA from at least 3 species, and uses an infectious lung
fungus no less, which equals CORRUPT BEINGS, we have CORRUPTED
BLOOD
once again.

God didn't stand for it in Genesis 6 when angels and men mingled creating CORRUPTED FLESH, which contained CORRUPTED BLOOD and CORRUPTED DNA.

"I am the Lord, I change not." (Mal 3: 6)

So, I agree with Ultraguy, GOD probably won't stand for it.

Hmmm . . . CORRUPT BEINGS by the end of the year. Hmmm . . . WoW's CATACLYSM to be released in 2010. Hmmm. . .
 
UPDATE 08/27/2009

The prospect of a human baby with three biological parents (3) has moved closer after scientists created monkeys using a technique that one day could stop children from inheriting severe genetic diseases. . .

All in the name of good. And, of course, nobody would even think of something as awful as introducing a non-human species as one of the three! The British government and certainly the Obama administration would not even go there. Right?
 
*Mad scientist: One who fails "to see the evil that is implied will ensue from the hubris of 'playing god.'" (4)


Update 9/5/2011

Scientists have created more than 150 human-animal hybrid embryos in British laboratories.

The hybrids have been produced secretively over the past three years by researchers looking into possible cures for a wide range of diseases.

The revelation comes just a day after a committee of scientists warned of a nightmare ‘Planet of the Apes’ scenario in which work on human-animal creations goes too far. . . (5)


(1) Artificial life will be created 'within months' as genome experts claim vital breakthrough by Daily Mail Reporter, 8/22/2009
(2) Corrupted Blood Incident, wikipedia
(3) DNA could cure inherited diseases by Mark Henderson, Science Editor, 8/27/2009
(4) Mad Scientist, wikipedia
(5) 150 human animal hybrids grown in UK labs:  Embryos have been produced secretly for the past three years by Daniel Martin and Simon Caldwell, 7/25/2011

Note:  On September 5, 2011, this blog posting was changed.  All links to news articles were "de-linked" and titles of articles along with bylines and dates of articles were placed as references at the end of the post.

Monday, August 3, 2009

SOME FAVORITES ON MY BOOKSHELF

A Prisoner and Yet -- Corrie Ten Boom

America, the Babylon -- R. A. Coombs

America's Last Call: On the Brink of a Financial Holocaust -- David Wilkerson

Archaeological Study Bible

Eye to Eye: the Consequences of Dividing Israel -- William Koenig

God's Chosen Fast -- Arthur Wallis

God's Final Warning to America -- John McTernan

God's Plan in the Coming Destruction -- David Wilkerson

Hallowed Be Thy Names -- David Wilkerson

Illustrations of Old Testament History -- R. D. Barnett

In Peril on the Sea -- Robert W. Bell

Pilgrim's Progress -- John Bunyan

Racing Toward Judgment -- David Wilkerson

Set the Trumpet to Thy Mouth -- David Wilkerson

Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible

Temple at the Center of Time -- David Flynn

The Christian in Complete Armor, 3 volumes -- William Gurnall

The Cross and the Switchblade -- David Wilkerson

The Vision -- David Wilkerson

The Vision and Beyond -- David Wilkerson

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ABOUT ME

I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior in September of 1982 when I was 19 years old. I did not grow up in church but I did go a few times and when our family did go we went to either Church of God or Assembly of God. I did not adopt any views of the COG or AG, I went in an entirely different direction (a deep, dark pit), but I do not speak of it and would like to leave it at that. Since becoming a Christian, I lean in the COG/AG direction and have visited a few churches since moving to Oklahoma.

I have a degree in Business Management, and worked for several years as a medical transcriptionist as well as a pharmacy technician. At present, I am writing a book. I have been married since I was 20 years old to a wonderful man who is also a born-again Christian. We have 2 grown children, Daniel at prayersforthepeople.com and our daughter who we call "Songbird."

The name GardenGirl reflects two things. First, I do like to work in both my vegetable garden and my flower garden. Second, I consider God's Word a tremendous garden, and I can spend hours searching out its treasures.

FOLLOWERS

I do not keep a place on my blog for "Followers."

There is nothing wrong with allowing a list of followers; in fact, it can be cool to see who all drops by and from where and how often. But if it becomes "the guide" by which "success" is measured, then it can become the wrong plumbline by which we measure how effective we are being used of the Lord.

I have decided to simply trust that the Lord will bring those who need to read what I write to my little blog in this corner of His great big world.