Monday, September 24, 2018

UNDERSTANDING THE DARKNESS AND DESTRUCTION OF THE SEALS, TRUMPETS AND BOWLS OF GOD'S WRATH

The Great Destruction and Darkness of the Great Tribulation
Recently, many believers have been talking about some old prophecies made by several 19th Century Catholic women who were known as prophets. These prophecies state that there will be three days of darkness just before or during the Great Tribulation. Some of these prophecies are recalled on the following page on the Catholic "America Needs Fatima" Site, which commemorates Catholic apparitions of Mary and prophecies made by Catholics:

The Three Days of Darkness and
Prophecies of Latter Times

Before I continue, please note that I do not support the Roman Catholic Church in any way since they teach many doctrines of demons, including gross idolatry and salvation by works. But many Protestant Christians have been vouching for the validity of these End Time Bible Prophecies. As a result, I have been asked by some concerned Christians to give my view of this prophesied End Time plague of darkness, and I am writing this article in response.

I also want to say that I am NOT in any way trying to instill fear or worry in believers with a review of these plagues of darkness because I firmly believe that all born again saints will be taken up to Heaven in the Rapture before God's Wrath is poured out on the Earth. So we who are saved, justified and sanctified in Yahshua Ha Mashiach or Jesus the Christ need not fear these upcoming events of the Great Tribulation!

Now, let's explore these times of darkness connected to God's Wrath. Of the prophecies cited on the linked-to page on the "America Needs Fatima" Web Site, the ones given to Catholic prophetess Anna Maria Taigi of 19th Century Italy are the most interesting. Two excerpts from her writing on the 3 days of darkness state the following:
“God will send two punishments: one will be in the form of wars, revolutions and other evils; it shall originate on earth. The other will be sent from Heaven. There shall come over the whole earth an intense darkness lasting three days and three nights. Nothing can be seen, and the air will be laden with pestilence which will claim mainly, but not only, the enemies of religion. It will be impossible to use any man-made lighting during this darkness, except blessed candles. He, who out of curiosity, opens his window to look out, or leaves his home, will fall dead on the spot. During these three days, people should remain in their homes, pray the Rosary and beg God for mercy.” 
“All the enemies of the Church, whether known or unknown, will perish over the whole earth during that universal darkness, with the exception of a few whom God will soon convert. The air shall be infected by demons who will appear under all sorts of hideous forms.”
According to these prophecies, no man-made lighting (with the exception of specially blessed candles) will work during the 3 days of darkness, which will kill all the enemies of the Church with pestilences and demons that will infect the atmosphere of the Earth. The prophetess also said that the churches would be closed, and priests and preachers would go into hiding for a short time. Though all of this is certainly possible during the Great Tribulation, we need to examine Scripture to see what may or may not be true about the 3 days of darkness.

Although I do not see great support for a specific belief in exactly three days of darkness in the End Time prophecies of the Bible, there are definitely going to be three plagues of darkness near to the beginning, in the middle, and at the very end of the Great Tribulation that will bring a swift and likely terrifying death to many people on the Earth. These terror-laden periods of darkness will occur when our Father God punishes the wicked upon the Earth by pouring out His Wrath. The first record of a time of darkness during the Great Tribulation comes with a darkening of the Sun and Moon when the Sixth Seal is opened, and God's Wrath officially begins to be poured out on the Earth:
Revelation 6:12-14 (NKJV) ~ “I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. 13 And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind. 14 Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place.”
Though it is often thought that the Sun and Moon being darkened at the time of the Sixth Seal are due to eclipses, the smoke and ash suspended in the air from fires and volcanoes can also darken the Sun and Moon, and it is my belief that the description of the events of the Sixth Seal details a catastrophic shift of the Earth's crust that will literally move the continents and islands into new locations. Although this certainly could take place over a period of 3 days, my guess is that the darkness caused by the massive numbers of volcanoes that will be erupting all over the world will last for far longer than three days.

The second reference to darkness is at the Fifth Trumpet, when the smoke from the bottomless pit obscures the light of the Sun and Moon, and millions of locust like demons come out of this smoking pit to attack and afflict the wicked (See Revelation 9:1-3). I firmly believe that this smoke is the smoke of the numerous volcanoes that will be set off from the Sixth Seal Pole Shift and Crustal Displacement, as well as from one primary pit-like volcanic caldera that is called the "bottomless pit" because it feeds directly off of the continuously flowing magma streams that move in a circular pattern around the globe, and deep within the Earth - below the Earth's crust, which is literally floating on a bed of molten magma.

Caldera Line Running Beneath the Snake River Region of Wyoming

This caldera  could specifically be the huge caldera powering the geysers and hot springs of Yellowstone National Park in the Northwestern United States. I've included images here that show that the Yellowstone Caldera is connected to the magma flowing beneath the Earth, and that it is the most active in a chain of mostly inactive calderas that have moved from west to east within the path of the state of Wyoming's Snake River. Viewing these diagrams, it makes me certain that there is a prophetic significance to the fact that the river running through this region is identified with a serpent, which Lucifer used as a disguise when he tempted Eve to disobey God. In any case, Yellowstone National Park would certainly be a great place to hide the bottomless pit within an area of unsurpassed scenic beauty - just as the Devil disguises himself as an Angel of Light.

Diagram Showing the Magma Beneath the Yellowstone Caldera
The third reference to darkness during the Great Tribulation will be at the time of the Fifth Bowl Judgment, and it is the most interesting and potentially terrifying of the three. At that time, the Apostle John the Revelator describes an indeterminate period of great darkness that will come after the Sun scorches the entire Earth with great heat:
Revelation 16:9-11 (NKJV) ~ “And men were scorched with great heat, and they blasphemed the name of God who has power over these plagues; and they did not repent and give Him glory. 10 Then the Fifth Angel poured out his (Fifth) bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom became full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues because of the pain. 11 They blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and did not repent of their deeds.”
Though we don't know how long these times of literal darkness will last, the third period of darkness cited above will cause severe pain. This pain could be in reference to the fact that people suffer from many deficiency diseases including Rickets when they don't have enough Vitamin D to stay healthy. Vitamin D is a hormone that is found in certain foods and is also produced in the skin when it is bathed by sunlight, and one of the symptoms of a serious deficiency is severe PAIN in the bones and joints.

These three End Time periods of Great Darkness appear to be a greater reflection of the 3 Days of Darkness judgment that befell Ancient Egypt. That was a darkness that was so dark that it could be felt (See Exodus 10:21-29). Perhaps this was because the Sun is the Earth's source of warmth and light, and without it, the Earth would become extremely cold very quickly. The possibly freezing cold accompanying this darkness would definitely have been felt, and would have zapped the energy out of the Egyptians as they tried to stay warm.

The 3 Days of Darkness on Egypt was the Ninth plague of the Ten that happened when the Pharaoh would not free the Ancient Israelites from slavery so that they could go out into the wilderness, and worship God on His Holy Mountain. The coming times of darkness when the Sixth Seal is opened and the Fifth Bowl is poured out will happen after the Rapture, and it's possible that the Sun scorching the Earth with great heat at the time of the Fourth Bowl Judgment is actually referring to the Sun in our Solar System exhibiting its death throes - when it could expand into a Red Giant star.

Artist's Depiction of a White Dwarf Leaching Matter off of a Red Giant Star
If so, then the Fifth Bowl of God's Wrath may be the result of when this Red Giant star collapses - possibly forming a White Dwarf star that will not throw enough light to heat and light the Earth. If so, this could well be the cause of the great darkness that will cause great physical pain from Vitamin D deficiency, as well as the extreme cold all over the Earth that will ensue, bringing about Ice Age conditions all over the world. If the Sun becomes a dying Red Giant star, and then is reduced to a White Dwarf, this could be the physical cause for the Fourth and Fifth Bowls of God's Wrath. If this is the case, it also suggests that the duration of these Bowl Judgments could last much longer than a few days, and may, in fact, take many months to occur.

Could it be that our Sun will die before the restoration of the Earth and the Cosmos during Christ's Millennial Kingdom? Could the literal death of our Sun be a reflection of God's withdrawal from the Earth, and His judgment of all the inhabitants of the world just before Christ's Second Coming? Will Yahshua reignite our Sun at the time of His Triumphal return with all His angels and Saints? The prophetic words in Isaiah 24 and Isaiah 30 quoted below offer some clues as to the fate of the Earth, the Sun and the Moon before Yahshua's return:

Isaiah 24:21-23 (NKJV) ~
“It shall come to pass in that day
That the Lord will punish on high the host of exalted ones,
And on the earth the kings of the earth.
22 They will be gathered together,
As prisoners are gathered in the pit,
And will be shut up in the prison;
After many days they will be punished.
23 Then the moon will be disgraced
And the sun ashamed;
For the Lord of hosts will reign
On Mount Zion and in Jerusalem
And before His elders, gloriously.”

Red Giants Can Become White Dwarfs (Click To Enlarge)
Referring to the verses in Isaiah 24 quoted above, could the kings be punished by being trapped underground after the Great Earthquake of Revelation 16:17-19, just after the Sun in our Solar System possibly becomes a Red Giant, and then collapses into a White Dwarf? The verses in Isaiah 30 quoted below suggest that this may indeed be the case:

Isaiah 30:25-27 (NKJV) ~
“There will be on every high mountain
And on every high hill
Rivers and streams of waters,
In the day of the great slaughter,
When the towers fall (as all the world's cities are toppled
by a great earthquake? See Rev. 16:17-19, quoted below).
26 Moreover the light of the moon will be as the light of the sun,
And the light of the sun will be sevenfold,
As the light of seven days, (the Sun turning into a 
Red Giant surely could cause it to be 7 times brighter
as it expands and possibly incinerates Mercury!)
In the day that the Lord binds up the bruise of His people
And heals the stroke of their wound.
27 Behold, the name of the Lord comes from afar,
Burning with His anger,
And His burden is heavy;
His lips are full of indignation,
And His tongue like a devouring fire.”

Both Isaiah 24 and Isaiah 30 may be referring to the events that will take place on the Earth during the Bowl Judgments described in Revelation Chapter 16. In particular, they may be referring to events tied to the Great Earthquake of Revelation 16:17-19, when the seventh and final Bowl of God's Wrath is poured out on the Earth, and all the cities of the nations will be destroyed as the crust or face of the Earth is violently shaken and broken apart:
“Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, “It is done!” 18 And there were noises and thunderings and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such a mighty and great earthquake as had not occurred since men were on the earth. 19 Now the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. And great Babylon was remembered before God, to give her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath.”
The prophecy in Isaiah 13 also speaks of the terrifying events of the Day of the Lord, saying that the Sun and Moon will not give their light. This could be the case if the Sun has collapsed into a White Dwarf by then. As the Sun collapses, it will likely fill the space between it and the Earth with clouds of gas and dust that will obscure and hide the light of the stars in the constellations surrounding the Earth:

Isaiah 13:9-11 (NKJV) ~
“Behold, the day of the Lord comes,
Cruel, with both wrath and fierce anger,
To lay the land desolate;
And He will destroy its sinners from it.
10 For the stars of heaven and their constellations
Will not give their light;
The sun will be darkened in its going forth,
And the moon will not cause its light to shine.
11 “I will punish the world for its evil,
And the wicked for their iniquity;
I will halt the arrogance of the proud,
And will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.”

What I've done in this short article is make some plausible suggestions as to why people are prophesying about three days of darkness on the Earth. Although it's uncertain, it's possible that these three days are actually three years when the Sun will turn into a Red Giant, and then will collapse into a White Dwarf surrounded by a gaseous cloud of dust that will bring about months or even years of darkness. If so, this would account for a long time period during the Great Tribulation that will be a very terrifying time to live on the Earth. Sadly, if this occurs, many people and animals not hidden underground will die because the entire surface of the Earth will be a blackened, burnt, desolate, barren, and frozen ice world that will no longer be able to support life at all unless Yahshua eventually restores it, which He will have to before He sets up His earthly Kingdom.

In any case, I am grateful that those of us who love and follow Yahshua will not be here to experience these terrifying events because we will be taken up to Heaven in the Rapture. After we go up, all born again saints will be safely ensconced at the heavenly Wedding Banquet of the Lamb of God, Who is Yahshua. Meanwhile, the Earth will be racked with violent earthquakes, likely causing the Earth's crust to move and collapse as the entire planet reels to and fro in space like a drunkard:

Isaiah 24:19-20 (NKJV) ~
“The earth is violently broken,
The earth is split open,
The earth is shaken exceedingly.
20 The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard,
And shall totter like a hut;
Its transgression shall be heavy upon it,
And it will fall, and not rise again.”

Yes, in the near future, the Earth is going to fall into great distress and darkness that all the unsaved inhabitants of the Earth that have rejected God and His free gift of Salvation will experience as they die off in great waves of destruction. After the devastation of the world is complete, Yahshua will come again, and He will then move to restore the Earth - and possibly the Sun - in preparation for the setting up of His Millennial Kingdom on the Earth. Remember that Yahshua created the Universe for His Heavenly Father, so it will not be hard for Him to restore our Sun and the Earth!

If you haven't accepted Yahshua as your Savior or Messiah, you will be left behind to experience all the death and destruction that God's Wrath will cause, and it is likely that you will die a horribly painful death in one of God's many coming Judgments! So if you don't want to be left behind to suffer through the Wrath of God, please accept the fact that you are a sinner, repent of your sins now, and ask Yahshua into your life and heart so that you will be saved to obtain everlasting life, and your sins will be forgiven as the Holy Spirit enters your heart to guide and direct you, and seals you as a born again saint that will inherit everlasting life with God.

Maranatha, and God bless you all!

With Love From
Your Sister In Yahshua,
Helena Lehman of the
Pillar of Enoch Ministry
at: http://pillar-of-enoch.com

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