Interpretation: Alignment of Evil

by Lee Y. Martin, Ph.D.,© 2000

 

 

 

January 13, 2000

Part II

 
The Cabin
 

The scene here is somber. All the people were Christians of different denominations. All seemed to be apprehensive about something because some were praying and moaning and others were fearful of what was about to come. This must be the time immediately preceding the eruption of the tribulation period. It was as if everyone in the cabin was doing his utmost to get prepared for the unknown. The walls were being checked; the young were being instructed; and Jeannette saw me looking out a window praying. Each person in the group represented some aspect of Christianity before the terrible Day of the Lord.

 

  Some people have prepared arks for themselves in hideaways in the country. These people obviously need to make sure that the cabin structure is solid and in good stead and that all supplies are in place. The ones on the floor praying and moaning were perhaps representative of believers who have begun to wash their robes in order to be sure they are purified when the Lord blows His horn. We also saw leaders giving orders to the younger ones in preparation for coming wars. These people probably stood for Christians who believe that the church must go through the tribulation in order to be purified. Standing at the window praying, Lee could denote Christians interceding for people, or perhaps I could represent people who are watching and praying as per our Lord's instructions in order to be counted worthy to escape all the things that are about to come to pass (Luke 21:36). I was also seen discipling younger ones in the Lord to help them get ready for heaven and however long we must wait on the Lord's return. The scene was without a doubt one of expectant waiting.
 
A Nocturnal Bird
Owl
 

Matt 13:31-32

31 ...The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field:

32 Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.

In the foregoing parable about the mustard seed, we find birds lodging in the branches of a mature mustard seed plant. This tree is symbolic of the Kingdom of Heaven. Indeed God's Kingdom has grown to cover a goodly portion of the earth and according to the parable birds must have in point of fact nestled in its branches. Is there any indication whether or not these birds are evil? This parable about the Kingdom of Heaven is one of eight in Matthew 13 which our Lord spoke of in sequential fashion connecting them all with each other. The parent parable was that of the sower sowing seed. Jesus commented, "Know ye not this parable? And how then will ye know all parables?" (Mark 4:13). In other words, this is the parent parable to them all. You must understand this one to get the meaning of all the rest.

The parent parable had three constituent parts: the sower, the seed, and the soil. It is not my intention to develop this parable because it would take many pages to do so. What we need to know is that Jesus said, "the seed is the word of God" (Luke 8:11). A sower sows seed in diverse types of soil, which affects its growth. Jesus spoke about four types of soil, each of which is symbolic of various heart conditions. Fowls of the air devoured the seed that was sown by the wayside (Luke 8:5), and since we associate the fowls here in Luke with the devil in the corresponding gospel of Matthew and Mark, we can surmise that birds are wicked in these Kingdom parables. Without the Word of God, and Jesus is the Word (John 1:1,14), no one can be saved (John 3:36). By transposition, we can infer that evil is the implication connected to the big bird in the top of the tree in the vision. The tree being large indicates that the hidden Kingdom of God, the church, has grown huge. The bird being an owl denotes that wickedness in the Kingdom is immense, undetectable, and demonic.

It is my contention that the time frame of this cabin scene is immediately preceding the "set time" for the tribulation to start, which time begins at the alignment of the bird with the animals. Therefore, we must determine the significance of a large owl perched in the top of a large tree. God's unseen Kingdom has grown to the place where it is one of the three largest religions on earth. That's no brief for its purity. In fact, the Bible indicates it would have leaven in it, and leaven in Scripture always denotes evil. How do we know that? From the Scriptures we learn that the Israelites were instructed to eat only unleavened bread for a whole week during the Feast of Passover and Unleavened Bread, denoting the purity of the occasion that represented our Lord's unblemished person and His flawless work on the cross. In fact, they were not to have leaven any place on their residential premises to emphasize the depth of holiness of the Lord's symbolic presence. Of greater import to our vision's meaning was the next Feast of Pentecost 50 days later.

At the time of Pentecost, the Jews were instructed to make two leavened loaves of bread to be offered to the Lord. These spoke of impurity in the congregations of the Lord's house at the end of the Church Age. Jesus said in Matthew 16:6, "Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees." Then He explained in verse 12 that the leaven he was referring to was the doctrine of these men.

Matt 16:12

12 Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

The legalism of the Pharisees and the rationalism of the Sadducees had created false systems of beliefs in Jesus' day. The Pharisees confronted every problem with a new rule and the Sadducees rejected many of the teachings of the Scriptures. One added, and one subtracted, but they both lead to false doctrine and produced leaven according to Jesus. Leaven works slowly and imperceptibly and is utterly thorough. "A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump" (Galatians 5:9).

The implication of the leaven in the two wave loaves at Pentecost, symbolizing the church's developmental end, is that false doctrine will have entirely permeated the church at the end of the age. It began with a little leaven in Paul's day, but it ends with a huge loaf of wickedness according to Revelation 17. Indeed, the church is today professing that anything goes, but the truth of the matter is that cafeteria Christianity creates chaos in the church. It is my belief that the new generic translations of the Holy Bible have contributed to this demise because they are desensitizing people to receive any god into the congregations of the Lord. Today, God's truth from His Holy Word has been devoured and changed by dirty birds nestled in the church not only in its upper echelons but in its lower branches as well. When God's pure Word is corrupted by persons who think nothing of altering it and calling it a translation, we have the environment for birds to devour the seed sown by the sower. Moreover, anyone receiving this seed is open to deception.

What we have in the vision is a very large nocturnal bird, which is listed among the unclean birds in Scripture:

Lev 11:13

13 And these are they which ye shall have in abomination among the fowls; they shall not be eaten, they are an abomination: the eagle, and the ossifrage, and the ospray...

Lev 11:16-17

16 And the owl, and the night hawk, and the cuckow, and the hawk after his kind,

17 And the little owl, and the cormorant, and the great owl,...

 
 

Besides being unclean, the owl's size connotes pervasive corruption as well as a sinister undertone due to its nocturnal habits. We saw in Part I that dabbling in occultism or hidden things is forbidden by God (Deuteronomy 18:9-12). In addition, we also know that the owl is a frequent symbol used by occultists. The inference drawn from its nocturnal and occultic association is that this abominable bird is indicative that something evil and disturbing is about to happen.

Two Bears-Two Time Frames

Because of their size, bears have historically symbolized Russia and its large landmass. Now, because of Russia's military might, the bear more than ever accurately symbolizes Russia, for the Russian military machine is fiercely equipped and combat ready. It is interesting and extremely significant that Jeannette saw two bears coming up over the horizon in a fast and stolid pace. She heard the large bear giving the smaller one instruction. The only words she heard were those of the larger grizzly, which were, "I am going to eat time." There is not much question that these two bears signify Russia in two time frames.

Ezek 38:1-3

1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech (Moschian or Moscow) and Tubal (Tobolsk of Tibereni [or Siberia] in the Black Sea area), and prophesy against him,

3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal : (Time Frame 1)

Rev 20:7-8

7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,

8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. (Time Frame 2)

 

Most learned people agree that Gog and Magog are terms referring to the area belonging to Russia. We know from Genesis 10:2 that Magog was a son of Japheth and grandson of Noah whose descendents populated the area north of the Middle East. Josephus said that Magog settled in the area which the Greeks called Scythia.

 

  There may be some disagreement as to the exact location, but all would place the land around and north of the Black Sea and/or the Caspian Sea. Essentially, it is north of Israel. It is a further consensus that Gog is probably a title for the chief ruler of the people of Magog. We know from Ezekiel 38 and 39 that at some point in time Gog and Magog will come against Israel like a storm for the purpose of destroying her and taking over the land there. Some Bible scholars of prophecy place this attack at the beginning of the tribulation. Others place it in the middle and others at the end. From the details of both these chapters it seems apparent that this attack is not connected to the battle of Revelation 20:8. These two attacks by Gog and Magog are separated by a thousand years at least, according to verse 7 of Revelation 20. Also, the last part of Ezekiel 39 speaks about the conversion of Israel at the conclusion of this time period (Time Frame 1). Since Jesus will have been ruling the world in Israel for a thousand years before the second and final attack of Gog and Magog (Time Frame 2), Israel will not need converting to Him as their Lord. At the loosing of Satan for his last hurrah Israel will be a powerful nation to which all other nations of the world will have been paying tribute for 1,000 years and thus will not need converting.
  Verses 4-7 of Ezekiel 38 indicate that this attacking army is made up of what used to be the hordes of the Soviet Union along with other ethnic groups, Russia of course being the largest army of them all. Accepting that Russia with all its hordes will attack the Holy Land in two different time frames, we have the reason there are two bears. Jeannette also said that the smaller bear was a younger one although large. He is the bear in training for Time Frame 2. The ferocious grizzly bear of Time Frame 1 is teaching the younger one its role at the end the millennium, and the younger bear of Time Frame 2 is attentively listening but saying nothing. He watches the older bear eat the time clock on the mantle so that he will know to imitate his mentor with this behavior at the "set time" at the end of the 7th millennium of rest. At that time, the younger bear will also have the dubious privilege of eating time -- for all time! Verse 9 of Revelation 20 tells us that God sends a fire storm from heaven to end human history along with the last Satanic revolt against Him, and verse 11 says that the earth and heaven fled away in this nuclear holocaust. (See also 2 Peter 3:7-12.) It appears as if the student bear learns his lesson well. What a picture the Lord has given us in this vision! The minute I heard about the two bears I knew what they signified, but I had to ask the Lord about the owl.
From the testimonial that the clock sits on a fireplace mantle and not a wall or shelf we can surmise that when time expires, the fires in the fireplace will be lit. In both time frames when the clock is devoured fire judgments follow. (Time Frame 1 -- Ezekiel 39:6, et al; Time Frame 2 -- Revelation 20:9) Since time does not completely stop after the grizzly dines, is he just modeling behavior for the second bear's role? I believe that the picture of the grizzly eating the clock is too potent to be dismissed as a mere role model. Given that time goes on for at least a thousand years after the grizzly eats the clock, it is not farfetched to infer that his exclamatory remark about eating time could refer to the ending of the times of the Gentiles.
 

Luke 21:24

24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

Rom 11:25

25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

 

 

When does this happen? We know from Revelation 11:2 that the holy city will be in the hands of the Gentiles for 42 months during the Antichrist's Gentile reign. Since he hates the Jews and persecutes them severely, in no way can it be said that his kingdom is a Jewish one. So it appears as if the ending of the Gentile control of the world will last through the tribulational period. In fact, it cannot occur until the latter part of the tribulation.

Rev 11:2

2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.

We cannot escape the notion that the times of the Gentiles will end when the Antichrist's rule ends. Jesus' Jewish Kingdom will supercede the Antichrist's by breaking in pieces and consuming all the foregoing Gentile empires. It will stand forever and never be destroyed (Daniel 2:44,45).

 

Summation: This dream has confirmed to me my suspicion that the battle spoken of in Ezekiel 38 and 39 will come at the end of the tribulation. Several years ago there were some prophecy teachers who were under the impression that this Russian attack would be at the beginning of the sever-year tribulation period. Although they had some powerful arguments, I could never get around a number of verses, which spoke to the extensive subjugation and decimation of the attackers on Israel. I have been open to the possibility that the conflagration could occur any time during the seven-year period Daniel speaks of in chapter 9:27. If this attack were done at the beginning of the tribulation, there would be no space for the Antichrist to rule as God and be worshipped for 3 1/2 years by the whole world (Revelation 13:8).

For example, verses 19-23 of Ezekiel speak of tumultuous happenings of great magnitude from which there shall be no recovery. Verse 2 of chapter 39 tells us that only a sixth part of this vast host of attacking hordes on Israel will survive. While that is occurring, the people "back home on the ranch" and in the other Western hemisphere where the two "isles" of North and South America are located, are also being decimated by fire.

Ezek 39:6
6 And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the LORD.

Such decimation would not leave very many people to populate the Antichrist's Kingdom of seven years if this happened at the beginning of the tribulation. In verse 11 we find that it will take seven months to bury the dead. This sounds like the set up to the river of blood prophesied in the Armageddon campaign where blood will run for approximately 160 miles (perhaps 200), and it also sounds like the reaping of the sour grapes for the winepress hyperbole in Revelation 14:20. These two Ezekiel chapters convey the impression that this gathering of armies brought by Gog and Magog is the instigation for the consummation of the mystery of evil where blasphemies, abominations, tyrannies and all manner of evil will be ripe for harvest by the son of man who sits on a cloud with sickle in hand ready to reap (Revelation 14:14-20). Note the following passage which tells us that Jesus Himself will tread the winepress alone to terminate the final judgment of God on the times of the Gentiles.

 

Isa 63:1-4

63: 1 Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save. (Jesus answers the prophets question that He is the one who is able to save.)

2 Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winefat? (Jesus answers this question in the next two verses.)

3 I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment. (The slaughter will be so great that no part of His garment will escape being stained by blood.)

 4 For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come. (the times of the Gentiles is over.)

 

Ezekiel writes that when this battle occurs and Israel sees her mighty supernatural deliverance by God, she will never again fall away from her Lord and Savior.

 

Ezek 39:22

22 So the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day and forward.

In addition, a number of verses speak to the complete routing of the enemy by God whereupon the whole world would know that God did this Himself. This has implications for Christians who believe that they are going to take over the world and present it to Jesus. In addition, He said He would sanctify Himself and magnify Himself in the eyes of many nations and they would understand that He alone is God (Ezekiel 38:23). Given that this is true, how could the Antichrist have any power to overcome the onslaught of the Almighty, much less gain the allegiance of people who know that God did this great deliverance of Israel? The riper the grapes, the more helpless they are under the weight of the winepresser. It is my opinion that the details of the account in Ezekiel 38 and 39 do not fit with an early attack on Israel during the seven year period of the covenant they had made with the Antichrist and death (Isaiah 28:15, 18). Regardless of when it occurs, the vision confirms that Russia will be the instigator so keep your eyes on Russia. 

  The Alignment  
  Because the owl is a nocturnal bird, and because he was keenly waiting for the bears to arrive, it appears like the bears and owl alignment, for which the owl was waiting, to march toward the clock is speaking to the timing of endtime events. In God's scheme of things darkness comes first. The Jewish day begins at 6:00 in the evening with night preceding day. Darkness was upon the face of the deep before God said, "Light, be." Human beings begin their lifetime in the dark womb of a woman. The Kingdom period of the Lord will be heralded by the dark tribulation period of judgment. The happy and joyous millennium of rest is born out of a seven year period of travail in the same manner that the Jewish nation was born after a series of tribulational plagues travailed the surrounding nation of Egypt to give birth. The fetal nation of Israel was in the womb of Egypt for 400 years in development and preparation for birth, and the Kingdom of Heaven has been in the womb of the Gentiles for 2000 years.
  I contend that when the bears met up with the owl, time started for the tribulation period. Their march to the clock takes seven years. The leaves falling off the tree points to the timing as in fall of the year. We know that the next scheduled Feast of Jehovah is the Feast of Trumpets which occurs in the fall. Fall is the end of harvest time after which the Feast of Tabernacles is celebrated with great joy and festivities.
 

Some people believe that the Feast of Trumpets is the time of the beginning of the end, i.e., the tribulation. There are numerous reasons for this but that is a story for another time. The point here is that the massive wingspan of the bird blacked out the sky from horizon to horizon signifying something ominous and that this period will cover the whole earth and be the darkest period in all of history. There will never be another time like it according to Jesus (Matthew 24:21). Friend, you do not want to be here. All of these endtime messages on this website are pointing up the fact that this judgment period is awful, deceptive, and that Christians ought to be seeking holiness in order to escape all these things.

As the animals approached the cabin Jeannette saw the grizzly attempt to crash inside. The observation that he could not get to the people implies that they were supernaturally protected. A cabin is not much protection if a bear decides he wants lunch. Hence, these believers had invisible walls of fire surrounding them, and I believe they represent the few people who make it through the tribulation to repopulate the millenium. It is my recommendation that you do not wait to get prepared to meet the Lord. He is coming at a time least expected which is the reason we must not think we can dally to get ready. Hope is meager, if left behind, to be among those who make it through the tribulation because the Bible says there will be few men left.

Isa 24:5-6

5 The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.

6 Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.

 

 
Sun Dial
Time is running out because we see Russia refurbishing her mighty military machine. The bear is upon the horizon and spiritual darkness is covering the earth. The light of life, Jesus, is being snuffed out by the church's tolerance for ecumenicalism. As in verse 5 above, the earth is defiled under the inhabitants and because of the New Age paradigm shift. You must choose which side you are on. Occultism is pervasive throughout America, and there is no place to go.

 

 
Jesus in The Garden
 
We are ripe for the fire of divine justice. It is only by the grace of God that we are still alive to tell the old, old story. You cannot look to the church to save you because in its best state it has a propensity to declension. Recall Part I. Don't look around to men to save you because the native character of the human heart is still the same -- "all men have sinned and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). Don't look down because that is the seat of the devil. Look up, dear friend, and see Jesus with outstretched arms waiting, waiting, and waiting some more to receive you. "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Romans 10:13).

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