Wednesday, November 14, 2007

“The Amazing Heavenly Anti-Peace Sign Formed in the Zodiac by the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse”

Part Three - “The Anti-Peace Sign Chanukiah of the Four Horseman, and the Eclipses Marking the Great Tribulation”

Copyright © 2007 By Helena Lehman

In the first two parts of this article, I showed how the four mounted Messengers of Doom called the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse will allegorically form a giant Anti-Peace sign in heaven on December 21st, 2012, the Mayan Date for the End of the World. When the first four seals of judgement in the Book of Revelation are opened, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse will allegorically draw this Anti-Peace Sign with the Zodiac signs of Sagittarius, Scorpio, Libra, and Taurus in the sky. Since the Zodiac story hidden in these signs parallels the Bible’s account of sin and salvation through Christ, each one of these four heavenly star signs is packed with allegorical truth that reveals the nature of each apocalyptic rider’s mission.

Amazingly, that is not the only sign that will appear in heaven on the morning of December 21, 2012! What is really astounding is that the same Anti-Peace Sign will form a giant Chanukah Menorah tied to the number 9, which is associated with divine judgment in Scripture! The nine branches of this heavenly “Chanukiah” will be allegorically marked by the three decans signs under each of the three adjacent Zodiac signs forming the trident portion of the Anti-Peace Sign! These are Sagittarius’ decans (1) Lyra, (2) Ara, and (3) Draco; Scorpio’s decans (4) Ophiuchus, (5) Serpens, and (6) Hercules; and Libra’s decans (7) Crux, (8) Victima, and (9) Corona Borealis.

This Chanukiah is also depicted by the line-up of planets on December 21st, 2012, with Mars in Sagittarius marking the first lamp on this Menorah in heaven, Mercury in Scorpio marking the center lamp, which is called the Servant Lamp, and Saturn in Libra marking the ninth, and final lamp. The sign of Taurus depicting Christ crucified, and as a Risen King (via Orion), and the Messiah planet Jupiter depicting Christ’s crown are paired together to serve as this Chanukiah’s base. It therefore represents the firm foundation of Yahshua the Messiah (i.e. Jesus the Christ), who will one day return as a conquering King - like a mighty bull in His invincible power:

“For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ (Yahshua the Messiah).” -- 1 Corinthians 3:11

To better understand what this heavenly Chanukiah described here looks like, see my illustrations for this three-part article series online. These illustrations reveal many things that these articles do not have the length to cover adequately:

Please also see my illustration showing how a Chanukah Menorah illustrates the complete reversal of history that Yahshua will accomplish before the New Heaven and New Earth are created at the end of His Millennial Kingdom on Earth at:

While examining the illustrations, note that the Anti Peace Sign also forms a trident symbol, which is used as a weapon for fishing and war, suggesting both the winning of souls, and the destruction of souls. Tridents are also associated with the false gods Poseidon, and Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction.

Due to these amazing signs that will appear in the heavens on December 21st, 2012, it is my belief that Yahshua will end the false peace of the Antichrist very shortly after that time, and then will pour out the Wrath of God on Earth before bringing in His Millennial Kingdom of True Peace. The time when this false peace ends will be marked by signs in the heavens, including the darkening of the Sun in an eclipse, and reddening of the Moon in an eclipse (Mat. 24:29; Mark 13:24-25; Rev. 6:12).

Now, based on the prophecies in the Hallel Psalms, which I spoke of in an earlier article series, and speak of at length in my book “The Language of God in Prophecy” (see, it is my belief that December 21, 2012 marks the end of the second year of the Great Tribulation. This means that the Great Tribulation will officially begin on, or around the time of the Winter Solstice in 2010 AD.

Curiously, on the evening just before the Sun rises on the Winter Solstice in 2010, there is gong to be a total Lunar Eclipse in the sign of Taurus, which signifies both God’s mercy on believers, and His terrible wrath on the Gentiles who reject Him. It also signifies Christ’s return with His saints and angels to defend the Jews and Tribulation Saints at the Battle of Armageddon!

As an eerie sign of the terrible wars, and subsequent Wrath of God to come, this Lunar Eclipse will occur directly over the tip of the constellation Orion’s upraised sword. Since Orion depicts Christ, the sword that the Lunar Eclipse occurs over is the sword of Christ! This eclipse will be visible over much of North America, which will likely be one of the most hard-hit sections of the world when the sudden disappearance of millions of believers occurs in an event known as the Rapture. The Rapture will occur on a day and hour known only to God prior to, or shortly after the onset of the Great Tribulation. At that time, true Christians all over the world will disappear off the face of the Earth, will be taken to Heaven in the twinkling of an eye, and will be given immortal spiritual bodies without having to experience death. Some time after the Rapture occurs, the unbridled Wrath of God in the unleashing of the Seal, Trumpet, and Bowl Judgments will come upon the whole world - as recorded in the Book of Revelation.

Though I suspect that the Rapture will occur before the seven-year Tribulation, and hence sometime in 2010 AD - this glorious event could occur as late as December 21st, 2012, which will likely be two years into the Great Tribulation. According to the prophetic implications shown through Sacred Astronomy, the Four Horsemen will begin their ride at the end of the first two years of peace in the seven-year Great Tribulation period. This false peace of the Antichrist’s kingdom will end when the Rider on the Red Horse - who presages war and bloodshed - begins his journey over the Earth.

After the first Four Seals are opened, and the Four Horsemen are sent by God to ride over the Earth, the next event in the Book of Revelation is the opening of the Fifth Seal:

“When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. And they cried… saying, ‘How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?’ “…and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed.” -- Rev. 6:9-11 (NKJ)

This Scripture suggests that the false peace of the Tribulation period will end abruptly sometime after December 21st, 2012, and that rebellions and wars will erupt everywhere when countless Tribulation Saints will begin to be imprisoned, tortured, and killed as martyrs all over the world. These persecuted contenders for the faith will then be added to the number of saints in Heaven who already await divine justice for their martyrdom at the hands of their satanic persecutors.

Could it therefore be that the numerous heavenly signs that accompany the opening of the Sixth Seal marks not only the last three and a half year pouring out of God’s Wrath on a wicked world during the seven years of the Great Tribulation, but the beginning of the most severe persecution of the Tribulation Saints?

One thing is certain: the opening of the Sixth Seal will herald the beginning of massive Earth changes that will occur via an earthquake, or series of earthquakes that move mountains and islands out of their places. In addition, many heavenly signs, including a Solar Eclipse, Lunar Eclipse, and a massive meteor shower will accompany these earthquakes. I have identified these signs within the following quoted text:

“I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair (a solar eclipse), and the moon became like blood (a lunar eclipse). And the stars of heaven fell to the earth (a massive meteor shower)… Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up (severe atmospheric changes), and every mountain and island was moved out of its place (massive Earth changes). And the kings of the earth… every slave and every free man, hid themselves… and said to the mountains and rocks, ‘Fall on us and hide us from…. the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?’“ -- Rev. 6:12-17 (NKJ)

Since the Anti-Peace Sign in the sky will mark the end of the false peace of the Antichrist on December 21st, 2012, the coming of the Seven Trumpet judgments, and the subsequent outpouring of the final Seven Bowls of God’s Wrath can be determined by looking for a Solar Eclipse first, and then a Lunar Eclipse.

Ominously, both a Solar Eclipse and a Lunar Eclipse will occur in the spring of 2015 AD - in conjunction with major events on the Jewish calendar. Since the prophecy found in the Hallel Psalms suggests that the Great Tribulation will end in 2017, the eclipses in 2015 suggest that the Seven Trumpet and Seven Bowl Judgments will occur within the near 3-year period between the spring of 2015, and the end of 2017.

To better understand this section, please use the following link to see the PDF file containing the illustrations of the Solar and Lunar Eclipses in the spring of 2015:

On March 20th, 2015, the Solar Eclipse will occur in the sign of Pisces - exactly one day before the Spring, or Vernal Equinox that year. Uncannily, the first day of the first month of the Jewish religious calendar - a.k.a. the Jewish First of the Year - will also occur on the Spring Equinox on March 21st. At sunrise on the 21st, the waxing Crescent Moon will appear in the sign of Pisces. In the Gospel in the Stars, the two fishes of Pisces represent the Two-House Church of Judah and Ephraim, consisting of Messianic Jews and saved Lost Israelites and Gentiles. Now, a heavenly band, or cord binds these Piscean fishes to the evil sea monster constellation called Cetus, which is under the sign of Aries. This likely represents the fact that many saved Jews and Christians have been, and will again be martyred for their faith - especially during the Great Tribulation.

Fourteen days after the New Moon on the Spring Equinox, on the evening of April 4th, 2015, it will be Passover. Intriguingly, a Lunar Eclipse will occur in the sign of Virgo on that night that will be best viewed on Easter Island. This is significant because Easter Island was discovered on Easter Sunday, April 5th, 1722, and Easter will be on Sunday, April 5th in 2015 - on the morning after the Passover Lunar Eclipse! Virgo represents the ancient kingdom, and modern nation of Israel, and both serve as forerunners to the coming Millennial Kingdom of Yahshua.

Could this be why Easter Island is covered with many enigmatic ancient stone statues - many with emaciated human torsos suggesting starvation and sickness? Could this be why their stone faces appear to be staring out in dismay at the far horizon in every direction? Could our righteous Sethite ancestors who knew Sacred Astronomy, and the holy Watchers who guided them have been trying to tell us something about the terrifying earthly and heavenly events that will occur beginning in 2015 AD by making Easter Island a modern archeological marvel, and mystery? If the Sethites knew of the First and Second Advent of Christ from the Gospel in the Stars, could Easter Island’s hundreds of stone statues have been carved to portray the global state of mankind during the last few years before Christ’s Second Coming, which may occur in 2017?

Though archeologists insist that the Easter Island stone heads were carved from solidified lava ash long after the time of Christ, some believe them to be much older. In particular, one wall carved at Ahu Vinapu on Easter Island greatly resembles ancient Pre-Flood structures made of finely fitted monolithic stone blocks that have been found around the world in places like Machu Picchu in South America, Teotihuacán in Mexico, Baalbek in Lebanon, and Giza in Egypt.

As shown in my book: “The Language of God in History,” (see it is my belief that these disparate sites are all connected - via Sacred Astronomy - by the righteous genius of one Sethite man who lived before the Great Flood named Enoch, and his descendents Noah and Shem. Furthermore, it is my contention that these men wanted to leave a testimony that communicated what they believed, and knew would happen in the far future. As a result, they carved it all in stone for this final generation - the generation that will experience the terrifying events heralding the end of this old world system, and the ushering in of a true New Age of Righteousness built on the foundation of Christ, the Bible, and the Star Gospel.

Whatever these heavenly signs portend, the conjunction of these eclipses with major Jewish calendar events in 2015 seems highly significant when viewed through the lenses of biblically-based Sacred Astronomy. As shown in my book: “The Language of God in Humanity” (see, a Lunar Eclipses occurred both on the night of the first Passover in Egypt, and on the night of the Passover when Christ was crucified! Could it be that this night of a Passover Lunar Eclipse in 2015 will also mark another significant turn of events for the Jews, and Tribulation Saints?

After the Easter Island Lunar Eclipse in 2015, the next significant eclipse will be a Solar Eclipse on August 21st, 2017. From an aerial perspective, this Solar Eclipse will cast the Moon’s shadow over all of North America, possibly indicating that something prophetically significant will occur on behalf of this region of the world sometime around that date in history. Could this be close to the time when Christ will return with His heavenly armies to defeat the armies of the Antichrist that will be invading the USA and Israel? See my book “The Language of God in Prophecy” (see to see what Bible prophecies have to say about the United States and Israel before, during, and after the Great Tribulation.


This is Part Three of a Three Part Article discussing the use of Sacred Astronomy in determining the dating of key biblical prophecies. It was preceded by: Part One - “The Rider on the White Horse: Symbol of the Gospel of the Kingdom Being Preached,” and Part Two - “The Riders on the Red, Black, and Pale Horses, The Anti-Peace Sign, and the Mayan World-End Date,” which are based on Helena Lehman’s “Language of God” series books, available for purchase at, and

Helena Lehman is available to speak on this subject, and in many other areas concerning Christian and Messianic Theology, Sacred Astronomy, and the Gospel in the Stars. Please contact her for more information. NOTE: All Scriptures quoted in this article were taken from the New King James Version of the Bible, Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Monday, November 05, 2007

“The Amazing Heavenly Anti-Peace Sign Formed in the Zodiac by the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse”

Part Two - “The Riders on the Red, Black, and Pale Horses,
The Anti-Peace Sign, and the Mayan World-End Date”

Copyright © 2007 By Helena Lehman

In Part One of this article, entitled: “The Rider on the White Horse: Symbol of the Gospel of the Kingdom Being Preached,” it was shown how the Rider on the White Horse in the Book of Revelation is depicted - via Sacred Sethite Astronomy - in the Zodiac sign of Sagittarius. In addition, it was shown that this rider prophetically depicts the preaching of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God to the whole world during the pouring out of God’s Wrath. This preaching will be carried out via the 144,000 Witnesses (Rev. 7:2-4), followed by the Two Witnesses (Rev. 11:3), and an angel (Rev. 14:6-7).

Now, using the Language of God, let’s study the meaning of the Rider on the Red Horse, who is revealed after the Second Seal of judgement is opened:

“When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, ‘Come and see.’ Another horse, fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword.” -- Rev. 6:3-4 (NKJ)

Note that this rider carries a great sword, and rides a fiery red horse. As shown in my books: “The Language of God in the Universe,” and “The Language of God in Humanity” (see, the greatest sword in the Zodiac is being wielded by the messianic figure of Orion, a decan of the fiery Red Bull called Taurus. In addition, two of the most prominent fiery red stars in the heavens are found within Orion and Taurus. This suggests that these constellations may depict the Rider (Orion) on the Red Horse (Taurus).

One of those two red stars is often thought of as the eye of Taurus. This bright orange-red star is called “Al Debaran,“ meaning “The Leader,” and it signifies Christ as the spiritual leader of the congregation of righteous followers signified by the Hyades star cluster forming Taurus’ face. As shown in my book “The Language of God in History” (see, the Red Pyramid at Dahshur in Egypt depicts the red star known as “El Debaran,” and both the star, and the pyramid are symbols for Christ. Likewise, just as the Sethites intended, the Great Pyramid at Giza is tied to the belt star of Orion known as “Al Nitak,” or “the Wounded One.” That Wounded One was Christ on the Cross, meaning that Orion, and the Great Pyramid represent Christ as both an atonement sacrifice, and a conquering Prince.

The second reddish-hued star in the Taurus region is found marking the right shoulder of Orion, a decan of Taurus, and a powerful Christ figure in the Zodiac. This star is called “Betelgeuse,” which means “The Branch Coming.” It is one of the most massive stars in the visible Universe, with a diameter that is 600 times that of our Sun! As such, it seems fitting that Betelgeuse, and Orion as a whole actually represents Yahshua the Messiah (i.e. Jesus the Christ), the Righteous Branch that came through the righteous line of Seth, and down through Shem, Abraham, Jacob, and Judah.

Oddly, Orion and Taurus have two diametrically different sides that are hinted at in the two horns of Taurus, which also represent the horns of two unicorns, one turned red in rebellion, the other one turned white in perfection. On the one hand, Orion signifies Christ as an atonement sacrifice, which is also depicted by Taurus the Bull in its guise as the white unicorn. As such, it signifies the 2,000-year Church Age sanctified by Christ’s shed blood, and is a symbol of God’s blessing and mercy upon the Gentiles through Christ.

In its End Time application, however, Orion signifies Christ as a great Prince conquering the red, raging unicorn side of Taurus. In this guise, Taurus becomes an uncanny metaphor for the evil Beast from the Sea in the Book of Revelation. Likewise, the Pleiades star cluster on Taurus’ back, which depicts the Seven Churches of the Church Age, will switch to depict the Whore of Babylon riding the Beast! This red beast, or dragon is a symbol of the Antichrist’s unholy armies.

After this fiery Rider on the Red Horse, the Third Seal is opened, and a dreadful Rider on a Black Horse with a pair of scales in his hand appears:

“When He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, ‘Come and see.’ So I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, ‘A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine.’” -- Rev. 6:5-6 (NKJ)

In the Zodiac, only one of the twelve major signs can correspond to the pair of scales in this dark rider’s hands, and that is Libra, the Scales. In the Zodiac, the imbalanced scales of Libra represent the fact that all people will be judged against the perfection of Christ. Those who are not covered with His blood will be seen as inferior to Him, and will be cast out of heaven forever, while those who wear Christ’s blood as a cloak of righteousness will pass the test, and be allowed to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

Interestingly, this rider’s horse is black - the color most often associated with evil. Black, however, is also a color associated with grave illness, and imminent death. Furthermore, the remainder of the Scripture indicates that the Rider on the Black Horse has to do with the buying and selling of food. Since much sickness and death is caused by malnutrition, the black horse implies that much evil will come from the rationing and exorbitant pricing of food supplies, and the great restrictions that will be placed on buying and selling it by the one-world government of the Antichrist.

Finally, we come to the prophetic Zodiac imagery associated with the fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse - the Rider on the Pale Horse who appears at the opening of the Fourth Seal:

“When He opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, ‘Come and see.’ So I looked, and behold, a pale horse. And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him. And power was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth.” -- Rev. 6:12-17 (NKJ)

Among the Twelve Signs of the Zodiac, there is one sign that has more malevolence than any of the others. This is Scorpio, which symbolizes Satan, and all the bad seeds among humanity that he fathered in his rebellion. Satan, through his sinful rebellion, brought death and destruction to Adam and Eve by beguiling them to reject Yahshua’s perfect counsel. Consequently, Satan’s evil has spread, and now all Creation is tainted with sin and death through the rebellion of the fallen angels, and all mankind.

If it were not for Christ, none of us would be saved, and we would only have one bleak prospect - to spend eternity in torment surrounded by evil spirits that hate us. Thank Yahweh for His Son Yahshua, who has provided a way for us to inherit eternal life with Him in perfect peace and joy - forever!

The satanic sign of Scorpio has decans called Ophiuchus and Serpens, which depict a strong man (Ophiuchus, or Christ) wrestling with a huge serpent (Serpens, or Satan) representing evil and rebellion. Thus, Ophiuchus depicts the rider, while Scorpio and Serpens depict the pale horse of death and sickness.

Interestingly, serpents and scorpions are mentioned in relation to the fifth and sixth trumpet plagues in the Book of Revelation. When the Fifth Trumpet is sounded: “locusts came upon the earth. And to them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.” “They had tails like scorpions, and there were stings in their tails. Their power was to hurt men five months” (Rev. 9:3, 10).

Then, at the Sixth Trumpet, 200 million strange, horse-like creatures cross the Euphrates out of Asia in order to kill a third of mankind with fire, smoke and brimstone, which comes out of their mouths, and their serpent-like tails (Rev. 9:18-19). Here then, during the middle of the Great Tribulation, we see the realization of the symbolism depicted by the Rider on the Pale Horse (Ophiuchus), Scorpio, and its serpent decan. Whether these 200 million creatures are analogies for soldiers in armored vehicles, or some form of mutant locust, their sting will likely be felt around the world.

Thus far, in examining the Zodiac connection of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, it has been shown how Sagittarius represents the Rider on the White Horse, while Taurus signifies the Rider on the Red Horse, Libra signifies the Rider on the Black Horse, and Scorpio represents the Rider on the Pale Horse.

Uncannily, while plotting the four Zodiac signs tied to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse on the Zodiacal Wheel, I noted that these horsemen form an astonishing Peace Symbol in the sky! You see, Sagittarius and Libra flank either side of Scorpio, while Taurus is directly opposite of Scorpio on the Zodiacal Wheel. In my illustration of the Zodiacal wheel, and the lines marking the positions of these four Zodiac signs, I was amazed to see that they form the familiar outline of a Peace Sign. Even more uncannily, this symbol was first used as a Peace Sign during the Anti-War Movements of the 1960’s, and thereby signifies the current desire for world peace that will culminate in the unholy reign, and false peace of the Antichrist.

The really troubling thing about this Peace Symbol is that the four signs it is formed by do not mark the coming of eternal world peace, as so many have hoped for, but the tragic end to the temporary peace that the Antichrist will bring in with his one world government, and false peace-treaty with Israel. I therefore have dubbed this heavenly symbol as “the Anti-Peace Sign” associated with the coming of the Antichrist.

To better understand what this heavenly Peace Symbol looks like, see my illustrations for this three-part article series online. These illustrations reveal many things that these articles do not have the length to cover adequately:

As shown in my book “The Language of God in Prophecy,” (see Scorpio will be just above the horizon, and Sagittarius will be just below the horizon on the Winter Solstice on December 21, 2012, the Mayan date for the End of the World. At that time, the Sun and the Earth will align with the galactic center of the Milky Way, unleashing a whole series of End Time events.

At sunrise, the planet Saturn will hover between Libra and Virgo, marking one downward-slanting arm of that giant heavenly Anti-Peace Sign, the planet Mars will mark the opposite arm of the Anti-Peace Sign between Sagittarius and Capricorn, and the planet Mercury will mark one end of the center line of the Anti-Peace Sign.

Meanwhile, on the opposite side of the world - and the Zodiac - the solitary side of the center line of this Anti-Peace Sign will be marked in the sky by the Messiah planet Jupiter, which will be dead-center in Taurus, and hovering over the Hyades star cluster marking the Tribulation Saints who will be won for Christ by the preaching of the 144,000 Witnesses of Israel (Rev. 7:2-4), the Two Witnesses (Rev. 11:3), and a mighty angel (Rev. 14:6-7).

If we were to draw this Zodiac Peace Sign in its proper orientation on paper, Taurus would be at the top of the picture, while Scorpio and its neighboring signs Libra and Sagittarius would on the bottom. This shows that Christ, who is represented by the planet Jupiter, will ride the white horse, or unicorn represented by one horn of Taurus. Meanwhile, in direct opposition to Christ, Mercury in Scorpio will represent Satan riding the other unicorn horn of Taurus into a battle that he thankfully cannot win.


This is Part Two of a Three Part Article discussing the use of Sacred Astronomy in determining the dating of key biblical prophecies. It began with: Part One - “The Rider on the White Horse: Symbol of the Gospel of the Kingdom Being Preached,” and finishes with: Part Three - “The Anti-Peace Sign Chanukiah of the Four Horseman, and the Eclipses Marking the Great Tribulation,” which are based on Helena Lehman’s “Language of God” series books, available for purchase at, and

Helena Lehman is available to speak on this subject, and in many other areas concerning Christian and Messianic Theology, Sacred Astronomy, and the Gospel in the Stars. Please contact Helena for more information.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Remaining Steadfast In Persecution

Though I may keep getting attacked for my stance about God's judgment on California, God has called me to remain steadfast in saying that the people of California were, and are being judged, whether or not we choose to call it that.

I have good friends who still live in San Diego who wish they didn't, and are thinking of moving as soon as possible. Why? Because, like me, they are fairly certain that God is judging southern California, and that it is probably going to get worse. In fact, I did live in San Diego myself from 2000 to 2003. But God called me out of California because, by the Spirit's own Word to me in prayer, God wanted to spare me from experiencing the suffering and devastation that has, and will continue to occur in California, and all across America as we get closer to the time of the Great Tribulation.

Does that mean that God is not judging everybody else in America? No. If nothing else, the SEVERE droughts and floods all across America over the past few years ought to dispel that notion.

God is simply focusing His wrath on California at the moment, but soon it could be another part of America that is hit, and more Christians will be caught in elevated levels of suffering because they were not earnestly asking God for protection, did not move when they were prompted to, or were not doing God's will in their lives in some other respect.

Do Christians Experience Divine Judgment?

Copyright © 2007 By Helena Lehman

My recent articles describing the California wildfires of 2007, and Global Warming as an act of judgment by God have raised the hackles of many of my fellow Christians considerably. In response to my opinions, they have accused me of being unfeeling, unloving, uncompassionate, and a host of other unflattering behaviors. However, not one of them has made the effort to search the Scriptures to find out whether or not what I have said is true. I have therefore taken it upon myself to carefully explain why I feel the way I do, based on the clear teaching of Scripture.

First of all, let me state that I know many good Christians who love God, pray often, do good works in keeping with the Spirit, and go to church regularly who have suffered from times of financial hardship, sickness, and loss - myself among them. In many cases, hard times are not acts of judgment so much as they are God acting as a character-builder in the lives of His beloved disciples. As Paul attests, hard circumstances are often God’s way of meting out discipline, and helping us to grow to be like Christ:

Hebrews 12:5-11 - “And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons: ‘My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.’ Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live! Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”

Here the writer of Hebrews tells us that, because Christ loves us, His Spirit orchestrates our circumstances to help us learn to conform to His Will. Sadly, some of us take longer to learn the lessons God is trying to teach us than others, thereby staying in hard circumstances longer. These tough times become more bearable, however, and often end when we realize that we are being chastised because of God’s love for us. Then, if we accept the discipline, and joyfully make the needed changes in our lives, God will work to bring us out of the troubles we are in.

Nonetheless, there are times when Christians are called to suffer far more than most do when chastised or disciplined by God, especially in the area of sickness and property loss. In these cases, it is up to people to judge for themselves, and find out where they stand with God in every difficult circumstance:

1 Corinthians 11:28-32 - “But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.”

Since, in the act of Communion, we symbolically become the Body of Christ, the preceding Scriptural passage implies that all sickness and weakness can be attributed to not treating our own bodies as if it were Christ’s body, and giving it the prayer, and care it needs to thrive. I can attest to this in my own life. I often push myself beyond my own limits of endurance, and eat the wrong types of foods, thereby reaping bad health.

To be healthy without miraculous intervention, we need to take care of ourselves as if we were taking care of our Savior’s property, which we are! All believers were bought and saved by Christ by His Death, and by His blood, and are indwelled by Christ’s Spirit to show His ownership over them (1 Cor. 6:19-20, 7:23; 2 Cor. 1:21-22, 5:5; Ephes. 1:13-14). Like many people, I have a hard time accepting Christ’s ownership, and taking care of His property (especially because I have a husband who thinks it is a sin to pamper oneself), and have been asking Christ to help me with it. But it is not easy! I have so much to do, and so little time to do it all in! As a result, it is a constant struggle to balance work with relaxation, rest, exercise, and nutrition.

In short, Christians can and do suffer more when they don’t do God’s Will, or they have family members without compassion.

To make matters worse, there are also many people who call themselves Christians, but who do not live a godly life. I know many who profess to be Christian, but never read the Bible, only pray by rote, have never memorized, or tried to live by the Ten Commandments, and only worship God when it is convenient for them, if ever. These people can, and often do suffer bad circumstances because God is trying to wake them out of their sinful stupor, and change their hearts. Sometimes, however, they have become so apostate that they have fallen out of grace, and thereby can suffer the same fate as the heathens around them.

Remember the story of Lot, Abraham’s nephew? Abraham asked God if He would spare Sodom if only 10 righteous people could be found there (Genesis 18:32). God agreed that He would, but not even 10 could be found! Therefore, if Lot and his family had not left Sodom at the prompting of God’s angels, they would have been destroyed in the consuming heavenly fire and brimstone that fell on the city (Gen. 19:23-25). There simply were not enough good people in the neighborhood for God to withhold His wrath and judgment any longer.

This brings us to another reason why godly people sometimes suffer along with their unrighteous neighbors. Many Christians are not listening to the Spirit’s promptings within them to change various sinful aspects of their lives, whether it is their spending habits, sexual behavior, or choice of neighborhoods. As a result, they can, and often do suffer from financial, bodily, or property loss. God is not a cornucopia of prosperity! He only rewards us commensurate with our works, and in keeping with His Will.

Contrary to popular Christian belief, self-directed good works are not God’s Will! He desires for those under His Grace through Christ to submit to His Spirit, and follow His Spirit’s promptings. This means asking God before we do anything, and making sure that where we are, and what we do is in God’s Will at all times. When we do this, we who are under God’s Grace will be greatly blessed:

James 2:20-26 - “But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, "Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness." And he was called the friend of God. You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only. Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”

The Scripture above by James has received much abuse from legalists and Judaizers over the years, so it is easily ignored. However, if all Scripture is good for correction and instruction, James’ statements about doing good works must be taken into consideration when discussing the concept of Grace. If we listen to God’s Spirit, and act as we are guided to in love, then we will always do good works that God approves of. There are many times when Christians have chosen to disobey the Holy Spirit’s promptings, or felt unable to fulfill the Spirit’s requests, and therefore paid the consequences. These requests can include: being asked to only marry someone approved by God, witnessing to one’s neighbors or friends, and buying new properties or businesses only with God’s approval.

Many well-meaning Christians have suffered or died needlessly simply because they did not listen to God’s Spirit, and so were in the wrong place at the wrong time. These include the Christian people who died or suffered from the destruction of the World Trade Center in 2001, in the Indonesian Tsunami and flooding of New Orleans in 2005, in the severe droughts and floods of 2006 and 2007, in the many diverse wars and terrorist acts continually going on, or - most recently - in the California wild fires of 2007.

The final reason why Christians can suffer more than they should is when they do not understand the power they have been given though Christ’s indwelling Spirit. Scripture tells us that all true believers should be capable of working miracles, such as casting out demons. If any of us have cast out demons with Christ’s authority (as I have), or healed the sick with a laying on of hands, it is a sign from God that our faith in Christ is genuine. The following Scriptures explain why we can and should continually exercise Christ’s authority, and do miraculous works in keeping with His Will:

Matthew 28:18-20 - “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. ‘Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’ “

Mark 16:17-18 - “And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

I can personally attest to the fact that, when I am not exercising Christ’s authority in my life, such as in casting sickness out of my body, I can be demonically oppressed, or become severely ill. But the minute I ask for forgiveness for not acting in faith, and then do act decisively in prayer and petition to Yahshua to heal me, or change my circumstances, He will act on my behalf, sometimes immediately - as in the case of sickness! My fervent prayers for relief have been answered as a direct result of Yahshua’s intervention, and I have been miraculously healed, or delivered from financial ruin on more than one occasion. But these sorts of deliverances can only happen when we wake up out of our spiritual stupors. Sleepy or apostate Christians are therefore open to suffering and judgement.

In conclusion, there are many good reasons why law-abiding people who are considered good by the world’s standards are being judged in the world today. They are either sleepy or apostate, and suffering the consequences of their ungodly actions, or inability to change, and refusal to follow the Spirit’s lead. Yes, godly people sometimes do suffer unjustly. Believers often are called to suffer persecution, or to become martyrs for their faith. But when not faced with unjust persecution, if believers continually judged themselves, and immediately acted to change as God willed in their lives, they would be spared many calamities.