It's nearly a year since my mother left this world to be with the Lord she'd loved and served since she was a child. And in a way, I'm glad she's passed on before the stuff really hits the fan. "The righteous perishes, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the the evil to come" says Isaiah 57:1. What evil is coming?
Some of you think I've lost it already, but I'm telling you that some of the Bible prophecies that for centuries theologians and commentators have assumed were allegorical or symbolic may actually be quite literal! That would be extremely disturbing! In particular, I'm referring to Revelation chapter 9, and the ungdoly beasts that ascend from "the bottomless pit" or abyss, asc John called it.
In our day, the technology exists to open a wormhole to another dimension. Some of you say, "Matt, you've been watching too many movies", but I tell you , CERN is not science fiction. The people of the world are actually trying to fire this thing up. I believe it is the fulfillment of Rev 9's prophecy.
When this door is opened, horrible creatures emerge into our world to attack the human race. John tells us things things have faces like men, yet hair like women. Friends, the beings from the other side are indeed androgyneous (that is, guy-gals) having both male and female characteristics as the prophet describes.
Another terrible aspect of these creatures is, they have a sting like a scorpion, only far more intense; and worst of all, some component of their venom actually prevents their victims from dying. Imagine! People wracked with such unbearable pain they want to kill themselves, but cannot! "And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them." Rev 9:6 This is what awaits those who reject God and His Christ!
No matter what they do....jump out of buildings, crash their cars, set themselves on fire, toss themselves into the sea......nothing will kill them for 5 months! Sound impossible? So does rising from the dead, but Jesus Christ did it. And He will both protect His own who trust in Him, and punish His adversaries.
I know you think I'm crazy, but the Bible has this habit of being right. Like when Moses predicted the Diaspora. I am telling you that everything wriitten in Scripture will come to pass, not one jot or tittle shall fail until all be fulfilled. No matter how wild or far-fetched it sounds. Who would have thought one could rise from the dead, or people could speak in languages they'd never learned?
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