Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Sound the Trumpet

This evening I picked up the book "Set the Trumpet to Thy Mouth" by David Wilkerson. I'd read it before, but wanted to check it out once again in light of my own understanding of what scripture says about the last days. I especially wanted to remind myself of what David Wilkerson had to say about the judgment and fall of America, which is what the book is about.

Imagine my surprise when I got to the section, titled "Warning Signs". The words could have been taken from today's headlines, literally. Read this excerpt:

"Before the great holocaust there will be smaller holocausts -- the oil fields of the middle east will be ablaze, and the smoke will rise night and day as a warning of the greater holocaust yet to come. There will be bombs falling on oil fields, on shipping docks and storage tanks. There will be panic among all oil producer, and shippers, and upon all nations dependent on that oil.

This parts of the next excerpt reads like a special report on the evening news: (emphasis mine)

Soon, very soon, an economic nightmare will explode into reality. What frightful news it will be! "O thou that dwellest upon many waters, abundant in treasures, thine end is come, and the measure of thy covetousness" (Jeremiah 51:13). America is about to face a time of mass hysteria, as banks close and financial institutions crumble and our economy spins totally out of control. Gold and silver will also lose their value."

"They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them..." (Ezekiel 7:27)"

"The chaos that is coming cannot be stopped by our government..."

"Scoff if you choose, but the underlyiing fears about a collapse will soon become a tragic reality. Numerous cracks will appear in our fragile prosperity, and soon even the most optimistic will know in their hearts that a total collapse is certain. Senators and congressmen will sit in stunned silence as they realize no one can stop the tailspin into chaos. Business, political, and economic leaders will be terrorized by its suddenness and its far-reaching effect."

Sound familiar?

"Son of man, when the land sinneth against me by trespassing grievously, then will I stretch out mine hand upon it, and will break the staff of the bread thereof, and will send famine upon it, and will cut off man and beast from it" (Ezekiel 14:13)."

Could the end be closer than we want to think?

"The great holocaust follows an economic collapse in America. The enemy will make its move when we are weak and helpless."

Sounds like Wilkerson quoted from the news headlines? Think again. The book was published in 1985! Could he have seen in the scriptures and by the Spirit of God the judgment coming on America?

I guess we'll just have to wait and see...however, I'd suggest you start doing some prepping in the meantime. You see, there will be survivors to the judgment that is coming.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Beast of the Earth?

I believe the fourth horse has begun to ride, and we will soon see death from famine in countries that have never experience famine. Another means of death mentioned in the verse below is the "beasts of the earth".

Rev 6:8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

For many years whenever I read this I couldn't really see how the beasts of the earth would be killing people. Was it talking about some of the kinds of things seen in some of those "B" movies featuring certains animals, snakes or insects killing every human unfortunate enough to get in their way? Movies that showed frogs, ants, snakes, spiders and even rabbits running amok, usually as a result of human stupidity.

Here's a list of just some of the diseases that could easily go out of control, all transmitted by some member of the animal kingdom.

Bird flu: H5N1 infections are becoming the rule rather then the exception in farmed poultry worldwide, and even wild birds are showing signs of infection more often. It has forced the culling of millions of ducks, chickens and geese globally—and has killed more than 240 people—resulting in at least $100 billion in economic losses.

Babesiosis: This malarialike disease carried by ticks is endemic in the tropics, but has cropped up everywhere from Italy to Long Island, N.Y. It is rare in humans at present and seldom deadly (treatable with antibiotics) but may become more problematic as the globe warms, providing more welcoming environments.

Cholera: This bacterium thrives in warmer waters and causes diarrhea so severe that it can kill within a week. Without improved sanitation, rising global temperatures will increase deadly outbreaks.

Ebola: This virus is lethal to humans and other primates, and has no cure. In addition, it is unclear where the disease, which causes fever, vomiting and internal or external bleeding, comes from—though scientists suspect fruit bats. What is clear is that outbreaks tend to follow unusual downpours or droughts in central Africa—a likely result of climate change.

Parasites: Many spread easily between humans, livestock and wildlife. Higher average temperatures and more rainfall will help many parasites, such as the tiny worms known as Baylisascaris procyonis that are spread by raccoons, to thrive in the wild before finding a host.

Lyme disease: This bacterium-caused disease will spread as climate changes extend the ranges of the ticks that carry it.

Plague: Changes in temperature and rainfall will affect rodent populations globally as well as the infected fleas they carry.

"Red tides": Poisonous algal blooms in coastal waters may increase as a result of warming temperatures or changes in littoral sea life.

Rift Valley fever: A newly emergent virus, carried by mosquitoes that causes fever and weakness, has spread quickly through Africa and the Middle East, killing people, along with camels, cattle, goats and sheep.

Sleeping sickness: Global warming will change the distribution of the tsetse fly that carries the disease, now infecting more than 300,000 people yearly in Africa. Victims become lethargic and may suffer severe swelling of the lymph nodes.

Tuberculosis: Both the human and livestock varieties of TB are likely to increase, particularly the latter as droughts bring livestock and wildlife into closer proximity at watering holes.

Yellow fever: Mosquitoes spread this disease, which causes fever and jaundicelike symptoms, between wildlife and humans, and will likely spread into new areas as the climate changes.