Examples of Things to Come
“Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.” 1 Corinthians 10:11, (KJV)
“These things happened to them as examples for us. They were written down to warn us who live at the end of the age.” (NLT)
And THAT’S US!!!
So, what was going on back then… that are to be for examples for us today???
#1) God told His people, “Have ME has your God; your ONE, and ONLY, God and OBEY Me and I WILL be your God… and you will not have to worry about ANYTHING!!! WILFULLY disobey Me, however, and share My glory with the world’s FALSE gods and IDOLS and you will have LOTS to worry about… for I, MYSELF, will DESTROY all but a Remnant of you… with war, famine, and pestilence!!!” (See Deuteronomy 28)
#2) They started out obeying God’s Commandments and were FAITHFUL!!! And things were good!!!
#3) When things were good, however, they started to get more and more involved with the world’s FALSE gods and IDOLS!!!
One time (YES, it has happened over, and over, and over), Balaam, a prophet, taught Balak (an opposing king who wanted to destroy God’s people) just how to do it!!! By introducing them to the world’s FALSE gods and IDOLS!!! (Refer back to #1, to see the consequences of THAT!!!)
#4) God then manifested Himself to someone that He picked and called them to call His people to REPENT.
#5) In MOST cases that person DID NOT want to do it – for they knew how it was NOT going to be received (“for they ARE a REBELLIOUS house”) – and they ran (or resisted)… for awhile.
Until the hesitant “prophets” / messengers realized that running from (and resisting) God was/is/forever will be ABSOLUTELY USELESS… and that when God tells you that He has, “appointed you as a watchman for Israel.” and that if, “you fail to deliver the warning, they will die in their sins. And I will hold YOU responsible for their deaths,” Man’s opinion of you loses ALL ground & value and you OBEY the God who’s Opinion DOES matter!!!
#6) So, they were WARNED… and WARNED… and WARNED…. with sign, after sign, after BIG YELLOW sign!!!
#7) And, oh the JEALOUSY, the FEAR, the IGNORANCE, the spirits of IDOLATRY and REBELLION that rose up against God’s messenger to prevent the Blessing that God wanted to impart and bestow on His people!!! And, “No!!! No!!! We’re God’s people!!! We were delivered to do these things!!! God wants us to live life to the fullest; to have life and have it more abundantly!!! We can have God but we can have the world’s “gods” and IDOLS, TOO!!! And, besides, the Temple of the Lord, the Temple of the Lord, is here!!! Nothing bad is going to happen to US!!!,” they PROUDLY and REBELLIOUSLY proclaimed. “So, stop all you doom and gloom and tell us nice things!!!,” the demanded…
#8) And every person who GOD PICKED to WARN them (every person who had no other choice BUT to OBEY the Lord, and give up their own LIVES, to WARN them) they derided him, mocked him, ignored (TRIED to ignore) him… and when that didn’t work they beat, and they KILLED them, or, at the very least, they TOLD LIES about them to God’s people AND to the authorities and they had them put in prison!!!
#9) JUDGMENTS and DESTRUCTION CAME!!!
#10) And, eventually, they were all driven to their knees in REPENTANCE!!!
#11) God healed their land… and everything was restored!!!
#12) Cycle repeats!!! Over, and over, and over!!!
NOW!!! These “cycles” overlapped the 49(50)-year cycles of God’s calendar (the Hebrew calendar). (See Fig. #1)
For 6 years the Israelites were to work, till the land, give (and get) loans, etc. AND OBEY God at ALL times!!!
However, “At the end of every seventh year you must cancel the debts of everyone who owes you money.” Deuteronomy 15:1 (NLT)
AND, “For six years you may plant your fields and prune your vineyards and harvest your crops, but during the seventh year the land must have a Sabbath year of complete rest. It is the LORD’s Sabbath. Do not plant your fields or prune your vineyards during that year.” Leviticus 25:3-4
And, “You will receive… [a] blessing IF you are careful to obey all the commands of the LORD your God that I am giving you today. The LORD your God will bless you as He has promised….” Deut, 15:5-6
Now,… “In addition, you must count off seven Sabbath years, seven sets of seven years, adding up to forty-nine years in all. Then on the Day of Atonement in the fiftieth year, blow the ram’s horn loud and long throughout the land. Set this year apart as holy, a time to proclaim freedom throughout the land for all who live there. It will be a jubilee year for you,…” Leviticus 25:8-10
And, the, “Day of Atonement” (or “Yom Kippur”), this year (2015), starts at sunset on Sept. 22 and end at sunset on Sept., 23.
So, “If you want to live securely in the land, follow My decrees and obey My regulations.” Leviticus 25:18
Deuteronomy 28:1-14 lists other Blessings for obedience… And, every seventh year would bring extra Blessings AND… every 50th (Jubilee) year would bring EXTRA Blessings… IF… (and, ONLY IF) they OBEYED God!!!
Deuteronomy 28:15-68, however, lists the curses that God, HIMSELF, will bring against the “the Jews,” the “children of Israel,” IF they did not obey Him!!!
“The LORD will afflict you with every sickness and plague there is, even those not mentioned in this Book of Instruction, until you are destroyed. Though you become as numerous as the stars in the sky, few of you will be left because you would not listen to the LORD your God.
[AND], Just as the LORD has found great pleasure in causing you to prosper and multiply, the LORD will find pleasure in destroying you. You will be torn from the land you are about to enter and occupy. For the LORD will scatter you among all the nations from one end of the earth to the other.” Deut. 28:61-64
God’s Word says the curses included war, famine, pestilence, and financial ruin!!!
So, IF (and ONLY -IF-) the Israelites (God’s people) OBEYED God would God… “Bless them”!!!
IF they WILFULLY disobeyed Him, however,… God, HIMSELF, HAS ALREADY cursed them!!! “Your life will constantly hang in the balance. You will live night and day in fear, unsure if you will survive.” JUST LIKE “Israel” does TODAY!!! AND, instead of EXTRA Blessings on these special years / dates they would get EXTRA Curses!!!
And, although you “Jews” are, “as numerous as the stars in the sky, few of you will be left because you would not listen to the LORD your God.” Deut. 28:66
Now, REMEMBER… GOD SAYS (in the New Testament) that, “These things happened to them as examples for us [Christians]. They were written down to warn us who live at the end of the age.” 1 Corinthians 10:11
It just so happens… that September 13, 2015 (Elul 29, 5775) is the end of this “Shemitah” year… AND (this time)… it is also the start of the 50th (Jubilee) year!!!
So, lets take a look at the last few years of this last 49/50 year cycle… and point out some things that have happened on (and around) the two previous “Elul 29s”. (See Fig. #2)
On Sept. 11, 2001 (6 days prior to Elul 29, 5761), “9/11” occurred!!!
Six days later, on Sept. 17, 2001 (on Elul 29 – EXACTLY), when the US stock market opened for the first time after “9/11,” the markets fell ~ 7% (a 685 point drop – which was the 3rd BIGGEST drop in history – was the BIGGEST, at that time) and there was also a LOT of volatility in the other markets, as well!!!
SEVEN years later… on Elul 29, 5768 (which fell on Sept. 29, 2008)… came the BIGGEST drop in history (to date)… when the stock market fell 777 points (another 7% drop)!!!
Ten days later (on Oct. 9, 2008) the DOW dropped ANOTHER 679 points (ANOTHER 7.33% drop)… Which was the 5th BIGGEST drop in history!!!
Six days later came the 2nd BIGGEST point drop in history (this time it fell 733 points – a 7.87% drop)!!!
Followed in December, of that same year, with the 4th BIGGEST point drop in history (down 680 points – another 7% drop)!!! And other “bubbles” burst that year, as well!!!
Now, jump ahead to this Elul 29, 5775 (Sunday, September 13, 2015)… I wonder how the markets will behave after the bell rings on Monday???
It may not come on that exact day… but, what happened last month in the markets, and commodities, etc. was ANOTHER WARNING; yet another BIG YELLOW sign of what IS TO COME!!!
And, MANY OTHER Christians, and even secular, analysts (and I don’t mean the IDIOTS, and ‘spin doctors’, on CNN, CBC, etc. who are telling you, “Everything is fine, now!!! The markets have ‘corrected’“) CAN SEE… the, “writing on the wall.”
WAR, FAMINE, PESTILENCE, and ECONOMIC DISASTER IS COMING!!!
It has ALREADY started!!! However, I believe that it is going to start to increase exponentially, around……. NOW!!!
AND, by the end of this “year of Jubilee,” (by the Fall of 2016) the Biblical-sized (Biblical-PROMISED) CALAMITY will be in FULL FORCE!!! And we’ll be in a MUCH ‘GREATER DEPRESSION’ and a whole different world!!!
Because, in that ever repeating cycle, mentioned at the beginning of this post (and laid out as examples IN GOD’S WORD for us)… we ARE… DEFINITELY at… #9, again!!!
So, seek HIM (Jesus Christ), NOW,… and TRULY get to know Him,… while He may be found!!!