Are We Living in the Last Days? Part 1

Are We Living in the Last Days? Part 1

 

In Acts 2:16 we are told that, this is that” which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days…” The following description of “that” is what follows through to verse 21, as Peter quotes from  Joel 2:28-32. This scripture is being fulfilled in their very presence, and Peter doesn’t hint at, or suggest that this is part of that which was spoken by the prophet Joel.”  God was now testifying in Jerusalem that he was now beginning to pour out His Spirit upon all peoples, not just those Old Covenant people within the tiny boarders of Israel.  Part of Joel’s prophecy is also quoted in Romans 10:11-13There was now no difference between the Jew and the Greek  (I wish today’s Bible teachers would get this clear statement.) for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.  Now whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.  God was now going forth out from Jerusalem (another point I wish today’s Bible teachers would get.) to Judeato Samariato the uttermost part of the world. These Jews went back into all the world (Roman World), and were used to distribute the Spirit upon all flesh.  The ministry of the Spirit was now going global, not just within the boarders of Israel. Now all families of the earth would be blessed through Abraham’s seed, which is Christ. (Gen.12:3,7, Galatians 3:16Israel was now delivering the kingdom of their Messiah, which was that stone to crush all other kingdoms.  It would be propelled at the feet of the great image, the Roman Empire, and would break the Empire to pieces with the wind of the Spirit carrying it and blowing it away.

     The rest of this quote from Joel has to be included as part of this is that” which was spoken by the prophet Joel.  Acts 2:19 as well as Luke 21:11 speaks of “wonders in heaven” as another aspect of this scripture being fulfilled right here in the first century.  In the year 60 A.D. a large comet, went over head troubling to the core all those in authority within Rome, and within Israel.  In 66 A.D., Hailey’s comet went over head causing even more concern in the land.  Josephus records cloud formations at this time clearly forming images of chariot armies invading.  The blood fire, and vapour of smoke clearly speaks of the city’s destruction for told of by Jesus.  Even in parables Jesus warned that He would “send His armies (As the sovereign ruler over all things.), and destroy those murderers, and burn up their city!” (Matthew 22:7)  The Roman armies clearly fulfilled this prophecy.

     Acts 2:19-21 says, “The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come: and it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call  on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”  We already covered the ramifications of this scripture’s fulfillment with the Spirits blessing now gone world wide, allowing whosoever to be saved, made whole, and born again by the Spirit. What about the reference to the sun and the moon? Many images come to our western minds, relating in the hard cold scientific facts of astronomy when we hear these terms.  To a Jew living in the first century it brought up something entirely different.  They generally knew the Old Testament scriptures like the back of their hands, and sometimes even putting them to memory.  What ever the Old Testament scriptures said in reference to these words (sun, moon, and stars) is what would come to mind for these Jews living in the first century.  Using the law of first mention, the first mention was the creation account with the sun ruling the day, and the moon and stars ruling the night. 

     After this, Abraham sees his descendants as the stars, which would be nations taking part in rule upon the earth. (Gen. 15:5) Then we have Joseph’s dream when Joseph’s father is interpreted as being the sun, his mother the moonand his brothers the stars. (Gen. 37:9,10They would all someday come down from ruling over him, and bow down, making obeisance before his rule and authority. His father Jacob, knew that the references to the sun, moonand stars of the dream were referring to Jacob, his wife, and his other sons, submitting and bowing down to Joseph’s rule and authority.

     In Ecclesiastes  12:2  Solomon exhorts the youth in verse 1, to remember their creator in the days of their youth.  He then says, “While  the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds (We’ll talk about “clouds” later) return after the rain.” All would agree here that Solomon is in no way referring to the firmament.  Rather, while you still have the energy, glory, and power of your youth, use it for honoring God. Again, the first mention of the natural sun, moon, and stars in Genesis 1:16-18 ,tell us that they are to rule over the day (sun), and over the night (moon, and stars).  The principle might be seen in 1 Cor.15:46.  After the natural/physical account in Genesis of the sun, moon, and the stars, there is not much use of these terms in the rest of the scriptures in relating to the physical realm, unless it is clearly spelled out for us. 

In Isaiah 13: 9 ,we see the word of the Lord for Babylon, about 700 years BC, and the coming judgment pronounced upon that land. It says, “ the Lord COMETH …wrath…lay the land desolate…destroy…”

Isaiah 13:10  say’s, “For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.”  It would be lights out for Babylon with it’s rule and authority over others.  This judgment would be carried out by the Medes according to verse 17.  It would not be carried out by the US or Israeli Military using tactical nuclear weapons against Iraq.  This was speculated on New Year’s Eve 2002, as the Iraq war was pending, by a very popular Bible Prophecy teacher of our day.  (The seed of Chucky, producing the bride of Chucky)

     Isaiah 60:19,20, referring to the New Jerusalem, also quoted in Revelation 21:23, says,  “The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.  Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the Lord shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.” Is the Lords light a physical light ? Genesis 1:3’s “light” was before the formation of physical light in Genesis 1:14.  Genesis 1:3 is quoted in  2 Cor.4:6 with the same idea as John 1:5, 8:12 and Mt.5:14

     In Ezekiel 32:7, 8 , we read of a judgment, which is against  Pharaoh, king of Egypt. (Vs.2)  It says, “And when I shall put thee out, I will cover the heaven, and make the stars thereof dark; I will cover the sun with a cloud, and the moon shall not give her light.  All the bright lights of heaven will I make dark over thee, and set darkness upon thy land, saith the Lord God.”  All would agree that nothing happened to the physical sun, and moon, nor did it to the physical heavens in this judgment upon Pharaoh.  Just as nothing did when Babylon was judged in Isaiah 13.  It was simply lights out for their glory and rule.

     Jeremiah 15:9 says in regard to a judgment upon Jerusalem (vs.5)that, her sun is gone down”.  Even in our day we have such songs, as by Elton John when he says, “Don’t let the sun go down on me…”, which of course, is a none physical reference to the sun

     Obadiah verse 4, speaks concerning judgment upon Edom (vs.1) and says, “Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the Lord.”

     Micah 3:6 Is a cry for judgment against Israel’s leaders (vs.1) and says, “Therefore night shall be unto you, that ye shall not have a vision; and it shall be dark unto you, that ye shall not divine; and the sun shall go down over the prophets, and the day shall be dark over them.”  Did physical darkness come over them?  All would agree to say, “NO!” Even today most flags around the world use this imagery of a sunmoon, or stars symbolizing ruling authority of the day, or night. “Falling stars” , of course, symbolize a rapid descent, falling from a place of glory, honor, authority and power. (Mt.6:13)

      

     Here’s a list of similar scriptures describing judgment in reference to THE HEAVENS” becoming dark in relation to a nation’s doom: Psalms18:6-14 Is not referring to a nation, but to the leader of a nation.  It’s about David’s personal deliverance from Saul. None of these apocalyptic descriptions  transpired in the natural/physical realm. Yet, it refers to THE EARTH shaking (vs.7), THE HEAVENS bowing (vs.9), and DARKNESS, and THICK CLOUDS (vs.9-11) and thunders in THE HEAVENSHAILSTONES(Rev.16:21), and LIGHTENING (vs13,14, Mt.24:27,Rev.4:4).

Psalms 37:6, Isaiah 5:30, 9:19,  24:17-23, 50:3, 58:10 (“thy, {Israel’s} darkness shall be as the noonday.”), Isaiah 34:4,5-There’s no physical scroll here, the ruling  host “of heaven”, their hostin Idumea was to “fall’ from its place of rule and  be brought down by the sword. Continuing the list is: Jeremiah 4:23-29 (Judgment against Jerusalem), Joel 2:10,30,31, 3:15,16, Amos 5:18, Habakkuk 3:6-11.

     Because of the vast number of references in the Old Testament to the sun, moonand stars in a none physical since, but rather in a figurative, apocalyptic usage of prophetic language, we must also interpret   New Testament language, which uses these same terms, in the same manner. Therefore, in Acts 2:16-21 we understand that Peter meant what he said, and said what he meant, when he said, this is that”, and not “this is part of that”, with the rest to be fulfilled thousands of years later. So the sunand the moon reference in verse 20 is in regard to the changing of the guard, in the bringing down of the present day ruling authority in Israel, the Roman Empire, and the entire world would now begin to feel the penetration of being hit by this stone, Whose kingdom would fill the earth with His knowledge and rule(Dan.2:34,35, Isaiah 11:9)  Christianity has ruled the world by the way, just examine history. You might say, “yea, but there’s a lot of bad and ugly to go with the good of that rule. But, from the big picture perspective, that’s just one slice of a very large pie. Yes, it is a bad one, but a relatively small piece in comparison to the whole. We must consider the compassion of feeding the hungry, the building of hospitals, care for the “write offs”  of society, have all been lead by Christian Charity! Consequently, the most powerful nations economically, politically, militarily, have always been, and will always be those with the strongest influence of Christianity. (Mt.6:33, Psalm 35:27)  To the degree of faithfulness to the truthfulness of scripture, is same degree of righteousness, which will exalt that nation.  Jesus is the ruler of all nations! (Rev.12:10Prov.14:34) Satan is not the god of this age! (Eph.3:21, 1Cor.10:11) Only those with the “evil report” will try to convince you otherwise.  Those with the faithful report say, “ Let’s slay those giant evils within the culture at once.” They continue in their perspective to say, “can’t you see the grapes, the working of the spirit to bring  the kingdom, the land of milk and honey, into the culture?  Those with the evil report would say, “those giants are supposed to be there, their part of the last days, worse and worse, darker and darker fulfillment of Bible Prophecy.”

     So are we living in the last daysActs 2:16-21 said that the last days were being fulfilled in the first century, remember “this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days…”, which was fulfilled right there in the first century.  To spell it out, this is that scripture’s fulfillment.”  Hebrews 1:1,2 says that, “God…Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son…” Those last days, not some distant last days millenniums away, in a time period longer than the entire span of the Old Covenant itself. 

     One of the most popular passages relating to the “last days” is found in the Olivet  Discourse in Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21.  It’s the most familiar passage, used in “The Late Great Planet Earth”, and was even made into a song by Johnny Cash,  “Matthew 24  is knocking at the door.”  To understand the context of this chapter we must read the previous four chapters ,starting in Matthew 20.  The parable of the householder who hires laborers  into his vineyard. The “others standing idle at the eleventh hour” ,are the gentiles. (vs.6)  “The first”(vs.10), who murmured, were the Jews. (vs.10,11

     Matthew 21 intensifies the rebuke.  Jesus “cleanses” the temple by casting out the corruption within. His house was to be a house of prayer, for all nations (“for Gentiles” , quoted from Isaiah 56:7), but you have made it a den of thieves.  (Mt.21:12,13)  The temple was expanding its boarders to include all nations to worship in the new temple/tabernacle/body of Christ, “…the second man, the Lord from heaven.” (1 Corinthians 15:47)  Worshipers were instructed by Jesus, to forsake the OLD Jerusalemthe OLD temple, and the OLD man.  (Gal.4:25,26- Physical Jerusalem represents Old Covenant bondage!, Jn.4:21-24, Col.3:9, Rev.18:4, 11:8, 18:2-Come out of Babylonthe great city where our Lord was crucified, because this city is going up in flames. Come out of the Old Jerusalem/Old Covenant into the New Jerusalem/New Covenant.-Gal.4:25,26)

Matthew 23:38 refers to their house being left desolate.  Matthew 24 starts with his disciples pointing out to the temple buildings, perhaps suggesting, “ you don’t really mean all of these buildings left desolate?” Jesus replies with, “See ye not all these things?  Verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.” The temple and it’s corrupt system revolved around keeping the law, which was the system of the Old Covenant. This is the context of these five chapters (Matthew chapter 20 thru 24), and is really the underlining theme of the New Testament scriptures!  The Old covenant must vanish away, so that the New could be seen clearly by all.  Many were living in limbo between the two covenant “systems.”  (Hebrews 8:13, 9:8)

     The next point in Matthew 21:19is when Jesus cursed the fig tree.  (Also found in Mark 11:13,14,21-24)  It say’s, “And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward forever.  And presently the fig tree withered away.”   The disciples then marveled, and Jesus responds, “Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountainBe thou removed, and be thou cast into the seait shall be done.  And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” Let’s look at some such  prayers  made by some of his disciples in Revelation 8:2-9.  Verses 3-4 are the prayers arising as incense. Verse 5 is the answer to those prayers, as the censer filled with fire hit’s the “land”. (Not “globe“, or ”Kosmos”)  Verse 7 says that hail and fire (words describing judgment), mingled with blood ,“were cast upon the land.”  Verse 8 says, “as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea.”  The sea is the place of darkness and the abyss, the place of judgment.  What mountain is this?  In Matthew 21, they are in view of The Mount of Olives from Jerusalem, and the Olive Tree is also representative of the nation of Israel in the Old Testament, as well as in the New Testament book of  Romans chapter 11.  And what do we know about Mountains from the rest of scripture?  Here are some verses that conclude the usage of a “ mountain”, as it refers to a kingdom or a nationPsalms 46:1-6, Isaiah 41:14-16, 64:1-4Jeremiah 51:24,25, Hebrews 12:22,28. (Mount Zion is a kingdom)

     What nation is being cast down  to the abyss in  fiery judgment?  Later in Matthew 21:31, Jesus tells the chief priests, “That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.”  Then he gives the parable of the vineyard in Matthew 21:33-46.  The householder of the vineyard is looking for fruit.  Isn’t that what he cursed the fig tree for, lack of fruit?  This parable tells of the husbandmen  being lent the vineyard (Israel) ,and beating the servants (The Prophets who were looking for fruit), and ultimately killing the householder’s son.  And the chief priest’s word’s would come to pass as verse 43 says, that the householder “ will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons.”  Jesus then spells it out for them and says, “The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.” After telling them that He would grind them to powder, “they perceived that he spake of them.” (vs.45)  What nation is that kingdom going to be given to?  “A holy nation” is what Peter tells us we are being built together as, forming a spiritual temple of living stones.  The other temple, the temple made by hands, is coming down!  (1 Peter 2:9, and 2:5, Galatians 6:16, Phil.3:20, Hebrews 9:8)

     In Matthew 22  Jesus begins with the parable of the marriage feast. Similar to the vineyard, here the King’s servants are treated spitefully, and killed for just inviting those who were already on the guest’s list, that is those within Old Covenant Israel.  Verse 7 says, “But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.”  Did not God in His sovereignty direct those wicked Roman Armies, “His Armies” to fulfill His purpose, and burn their city, Jerusalem?  (Revelation 17:16,17

     Those murderers in chapter 22 are also addressed in Matthew 23.  Jesus gives the seven (complete) “woes” upon the scribes and Pharisees.  Complete “woeness” and judgment was pronounced upon them. We should also note that seven  seals were opened in The Book of Revelation, to reveal this same coming   judgment.  Impending doom was sure to come upon “that generation.”  Matthew 23:30 speaks of the blood of the prophets and this present generation’s connection to their fathers, who killed the prophets.  They were all of the same father, from his seed, that is the devil, who was a murderer from the beginning. (John 8:44)  Satan’s seed is clarified when Jesus called them serpentsand generation of vipers. (Mt.23:33)  In Mt.23:34 Jesus emphasizes again that they shall kill and crucify prophets, wise men, and scribes sent by God…and persecute them from city to city (Mt.10:22,23, 24:9)

      In Mt.23:35,36the seven woe’s of judgment chapter, Jesus, the “can we all just get along prophet” , utters the most terrifying words probably ever spoken to any people, at any time in history!  He says, “That upon YOU (In that generation) may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of  righteous Abel unto the blood of Zecharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.  Luke 11:51 spells out this death penalty upon this people (at this time) even clearer, when he says that the blood shed and it’s penalty would be “required of THIS GENERATION.” (Again, it was the seed of Satan, the murderer from whom they had descended from. (John 8:44, Romans 9:6) “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do.  He was a murderer from the beginning…”  Again, this same satanic reference to them is here in Mt.23:31, as Jesus refers to them as serpents and vipers, and them which killed the prophets) Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon THIS GENERATION!”  (Mt.23:36)

     Matthew 23:37 Jesus says“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee…” Yes, this is the city to be burned. (Mt.22:7)

     Matthew 23:38  He then address their housing situation. Remember back in Mt. 21:23, when He said that they had made this house a den of thieves?   He then astounds even His own disciples as He says, “Your house is left unto you desolate.  For I say unto YOUYE shall not SEE ME henceforth , TILL YE shall say, Blessed is he that COMETH in the name of the Lord”  The greatest wonder of the world at that time was Herod’s temple in Jerusalem.  It was everything and more to a first century Jew.  Jesus just told them that it was going to be destroyed.  He then tells them that YE shall see His COMING judgment upon it. (Mt.23:39Mt. 26:64

 Matthew 24:1 says, “And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.” Jesus then leaves the disciples after dropping this bomb on them, and they in turn pursue him to inquire further concerning this matter.  They begin by showing him the buildings of the temple, so as to say, you don’t really mean these buildings?  For one thing, each stone was about the size of a large pickup truck or two, weighing much more, of course. 

 Matthew 24:2 continues, “And Jesus said unto them, See YE not all these things?  Verily I say unto YOU, There shall not be left here on stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.” Jesus’ reply was like saying, “ You heard me right, and I’m looking at what your showing me and ,  DO YOU SEE all these things?”  Verily I say unto YOU, there shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.”

Matthew 24 continues with many YE’S and YOU’S.  Remember, that there are no THEY’S in the Olivet discourse. Keep in mind that the original audience, in this face to face discussion, never changes.  The disciples are listening to Jesus expound in answering  THEIR question? The YOU’S  addressing His disciples,  don’t change into THEY’S thousands of years after these original hearers. 

 Matthew 24:3, the question goes as follows: “Tell US, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world (age)? First off, Jesus is telling them, because they say, “Tell US.”  He’s telling them in their day, not us in our day.   We must remember the principal, that scripture is written for us and not to us. (1 Cor.10:11)  Jesus for tells of the events leading up to the end of the age.  It was  THEN  AT  the end of the age.  Hebrews 9:26, written about thirty something years later, tells of the “NOW IN the end of the age.” 

     “These things” (verse 3), what things?  These things in relation to the destruction of the temple.  That’s all that has been mentioned up to this point.  Verse 33 mentions the same these things.” Verse 34 mentions “these things” as well.  It says, this generation will not pass, until all these things be fulfilled.”  These things are the same these things as are mentioned in the previous chapter of Matthew.  “All these things shall come upon this generation.”  (Mt.23:36)

Mark 13:4 say’s in a parallel account, “Tell US, when shall these things be?  And what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled.” So far in Mark, nothing but the temple is in play here.  No mention of His coming, and the end of the age etc.. Mark begins in a parallel account, in detailed description, of the same things that Matthew does.  The same wars, famines, pestilences, earthquakes, the same gospel going out, the same abomination of desolation, the same persecution, the same false Christs, the same sun, moon, and stars being darkened, and the same coming in the clouds.  All of this above briefing of the chapter is his answer (vs.5,”And Jesus answering them…”) , with no question from the disciples about his coming, or the end of the age.  He answers them and tells them that ALL THESE THINGS would come to pass , only in relation to the temples destruction!  Does anybody out there get this point!!!

     The end of the age is that age of the Old Covenant with its sacrificial system, which was to be abolished (Daniel 9:27), and God’s people were to transition into the Messianic Kingdom and Covenant.  A Kingdom and Covenant to which there was no end. (Isaiah 9:755:3, Jeremiah 32:40, Hebrews 13:20.)  Matthew 24:3’s end of the age can be clearly seen in the epistles as we see in Hebrews 9:26, “…NOW (Mt.24:3 says “then”, that is, in the future, about 40 years off) once at the end of the age…”   2 Corinthians 3:13 speaks of this end of the old covenant system.  “…Israel could not stedfastly look to THE END of that which is abolished.”  Hebrews 8:13 says concerning the old covenant, “…first old.  Now that which decayeth and waxeth OLD IS READY TO VANISH AWAY.”  It had not entirely vanished/passed away, until there was not left one stone upon another (Matthew 24:2).  Interesting here that the single Greek word for “ready to vanish away” is “eggus”, which is the same word used in Revelation 1:3 ,and 22:10, for “at hand.”  The timing for both fits perfectly with the destruction of THE GREAT CITY Jerusalem/Babylon (Revelation 11:8, 14:8, 16:19, 17:5, 1 Peter 5:13) in A.D. 70. And no, the book of Revelation was not written in the 90’s, but in the 60’s around the same time that all other scripture was completed.  For more information, I recommend the reading of “Before Jerusalem Fell”, by Kenneth Gentry.                

     This brings us to our original question.  Are we living in the last days?  The question should be the last days of what?  It’s got to be one of three things.  The planet, the Old Covenant, or The New Covenant? Is  it the last days of the planet?  Hal Lindsey, with his best seller “The Late Great Planet Earth”,  would have us to believe so.  But, what do the scriptures tell us. (Acts 17:11)

             Ecclesiastes 1:4 says that, “the earth endures forever.”  

             Psalms 78:69…”like the earth which he hath established for ever.”

             Psalms 104:5…”Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed forever.

             Ephesians 3:21…”Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus through out all ages, world 

              without end.  Amen. (The “Church age” has no end, neither does the planet with which it’s upon.) 

              Even Jack VanImpe, the raging prophetic madman, understands this point.  The reason  for his

              batting one for a thousand and getting this single point correct, is due to a letter from David                   

              Chilton informing him on the matter. Other than this point,  his name still remains to be Jack Van

               Incorrect. 

            

            

But, 2  Peter 3 and Revelation 21 speak of a NEW HEAVENS”, and a“NEW EARTH” replacing the “old heavens” and the “old earth.”

     2 Peter 3 verses 3 and 4  starts by saying, “there shall come in the last days scoffers…  saying , Where is the promise of his coming  for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.” (Old creation)  Verse 5 and 6 tell of the old heavens of Noah’s day and it’s passing through judgment. 

     2 Peter 3:7 then gets into THE HEAVENS AND EARTH which are now, are similarly being kept and reserved for fire until the day of judgment.”  ‘Fire’ is the purging judgment of God.

     2 Peter 3:8, 9 tells us that God is not hurried toward judgment, but as in Ninevah’s 40 days, He’s hoping rather for repentance. 

     2 Peter 3:10 says that the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night. This phrase is used a number of times, along with similar exhortations towards alertness(Matthew 24:42,42, 25:13, Luke 12:36-48, Revelation 3:2, 16:15, 1 Thes.5:6)

     2 Peter 3:10 continues with THE HEAVENS shall pass away…”   As we saw with the Old Testament imagery and prophetic language of the sun, moon, and stars, so we see THE HEAVENS interchangeably used throughout scripture in the same manner.  Their none physical darkening meant judgment upon that land.  To recap, let’s revisit some of those passages.

     Psalm 18:7 says that , THE EARTH shook”.  This to describe David’s deliverance from Saul. 

     Psalm 18: 8 says smoke (Acts 2:19) went out of his nostrils.  Was this smoke chemically measurable?  Did it proceed from physical nostrils?  I would say, NOT!

      Psalm 18: 9 tells of how God “bowed THE HEAVENS also, and came down: and darkness was under his feet”.

 Did anything happen in the physical heavens when David was delivered from Saul? He came down, isn’t He already everywhere?  Yes, but this is prophetic language communicating to finite man the workings of the invisible God in the earth.  I’ve experienced miraculous deliverances in my own life. Afterwards, I could only say that God moved HEAVEN AND EARTH for me.  He did so by opening doors and giving me favor, after which  I could only say that God moved HEAVEN AND EARTH on my behalf! 

By GARRETT PAUL PARRISH
www.BibleProphecyFulfilled.org 

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