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Pope Jerusalem Peace v Earthquake?

May 3, 2009

“Bible Prophecy”

  1. A peace accord is the missing ingredient in the Middle East and it may constitute what is needed to fulfill 1 Thessalonians 5:2,3–“the day of the Lord comes as a thief in the night, when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction  comes upon them.”   “The day of the Lord” is not about  the 2nd coming, but the apocalyptic period leading to it, which most scholars say will be seven years.
  2. Earthquake is linked to several “day of the Lord” passages in Hebrew Scripture and could cause the “sudden destruction” in the text above, Joel 2:10,11; Zephaniah 1:7,10; Zechariah 14:1,5.  Earthquake is also how the church of Laodicea (where Christ “knocked” in Revelation 3:20) ended. Type/antitype?
  3. The previous text says, “the day of the LORD comes, and your spoil shall be divided in the midst of you. For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and…you shall flee, like you fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah,” ibid.  “All nations” did not happen in 70 AD. “All nations” could be Bible imagery for United Nations that wants to divide the land that God promised to Israel!  Sudden destruction is a time when authorities are overwhelmed, allowing “houses rifled and the women ravished,” Zechariah 14:2.
  4. Earthquake could solve the pope’s problem of a Muslim temple where he would like to move. Speaking of the end of the world, Christ said to understand Daniel’s book (Matthew 24:3,15), where a “king” from the north, “shall plant…his palace between the seas in  the glorious holy mountain.” Daniel 11:45. Jerusalem is God’s “holy mountain,” (Daniel 9:16) and Daniel 8 suggests that Iran (which has funded attacks against Israel) will not be a problem soon, as explained at
  5. The Vatican may also be hit by the earthquake. Didn’t Christ say, “if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up,” Matthew 24:43. To understand why the pope is “the goodman,” and why his visit now fits a prophetic time, visit   
  6. While the pope may not move to Jerusalem until New World Order is set up in the middle of the last seven years (Revelation 11:3-7; 13:5) we expect Benedict to support “Dies Domini” (John Paul’s letter suggesting laws to support Sunday for worship and family).  John Paul’s encyclical went so far as to say that violators should be punished as heretics. Can history repeat? Maybe,
  7. “Millions dead or homeless”? Christ suggested events “as in the days of Noah,” when there was wide-spread destruction and loss of life, Matthew 24:38. This suggests an unprecedented earthquake.
  8. Good news in the face of bad. God offers help, protection for all who want Him to be Lord in their lives. He asks us to “watch and pray,” but we miss the meaning. “Watch” means to stay awake as Christ used it when He prayed on the eve of Passover in Matthew 26:38-41. Passover was the only night that being awake was required, Exodus 12:10,42. Most of us didn’t “watch” (stay awake) at Passover, which is when Christ made His request. But the law provides that if we missed staying awake and praying at Passover, we may do so a month later as Numbers 9:10,11 says. That’s Sunday night, May 10/11.

Why not? “If you don’t watch, I will come on you as a thief,” Revelation 3:3. But great blessing may be ours for watching when the Lord “knocks,” Luke 12:36,37.  We have so much to gain and little to lose. Let us pray that God will pass over us in any judgments that may fall. We can ask it for Christ’s sake, who took the beating for us at Passover. “He was wounded for our transgressions,” Isaiah 53:5.

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