Climax of the Ages
 
 

Continuation of Interpretation:

Earth Shattering!, Divine Arm of the Lord, and The Great Apostasy

December 20, 2001

By

Lee Y. Martin, Ph.D.,

 

©2001

 

 

About Seed Plots

Similar to one reading the text of the Bible, Jeannette watched as God progressively unfolded the order of His creation, the start of humankind and sin, and His plan to save His creation from the curse upon it. In the first three chapters of Genesis, we have the "seed plot" of all things. Indeed, the end is contained in the beginning as the opening lines of this paper taken from Genesis indicate. Every biologist knows that unless a seed is planted it cannot reproduce. Its "seed is within itself," thus, its end is contained in its beginning. Either it dies to live again, or it shrivels up and dies in perpetuity. The seed of the first woman created was destined by a decree of God to reproduce repetitively until a second Adam would come, a Savior, who would live again and destroy the seed of the serpent [Genesis 3:15]. Moreover, the seed of satan is also contained in his beginning. Being the father of sin, he will die as the author of death. Even so, contrary to what the poet would have us believe, the climax of the ages will end not in a whimper but exactly as it began, whose seed is within itself, in an explosion at the end of Christ's millennial reign. It will be dissolved to live again.

  2 Peter 3:10-11
  10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,

From the above we see that at the point of dissolution, God judges all things in a Great White Throne Courtroom and then creates a new heaven and a new earth [Revelation 20:11-21:2]. How do we know this? By faith in God's Word - the same as evolutionists' have ill-fated faith in a man's word that men evolved from monkeys. God who cannot lie [Titus 1:2] has foretold exactly what will be.

  Isaiah 46:9-10
  9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,
10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure…


 

Evolution or Speculation?

Speculation abounds as to whether or not there was a gap of time between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2. Many people hold the opinion that God refurbished the earth in the second verse after satan made a mess of things in heaven and on earth in the first verse. It is claimed that earth was his abode from which he managed the universe for God. Whether one holds to this proposition and the gap theory is not pertinent to this interpretation. Nevertheless, to rest the controversy for some, let me say that mathematicians have revealed that billions of years on the edge of the universe are equivalent to thousands of years on the earth. In other words, one day on earth is no different than say a billion of years at the edge of space. So, what's to argue? Whether God used a few days to create from the perspective of one standing on the earth or a few billion years if one is standing on the edge of space is of little consequence to people facing the prospect of a climactic event that will send the world a-reeling. What is significant for this endtime message is that Jeannette witnessed the creation exactly as it has been revealed in Scripture as if to confirm that the rest of the vision was true as well. The fact that she saw earth shattering lines up with many passages of the Bible. The core message here is a warning not to become enamored with the world because it is on a fast track to judgment.

 

The Stretched Out Heavens

Jeannette saw an explosion of light that spread across the expanse of the horizon, and within the center of this explosion the earth appeared standing in the center - "standing out of the water and in the water" [2 Peter 3:5]. When God said, "Light be" [Genesis 1:3], the aspiration of His breath in releasing the words diffusively stretched out an inexhaustible supply of light energy in the heavens on day one before consolidating it into sundry packets of energy balls on day four.

  Isaiah 45:12
  12 I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.

 

  Jeremiah 10:12
  12 He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion.


God did all of this creating with words, not eons of ages.

  2 Peter 3:5
  5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:

According to Peter, God created the heavens "of old" (Greek = 'ekpalai'). Although it could mean 'in time past,' I believe there is another meaning, 'with all the earmarks of age,' because recent science has confirmed a young age for earth. Note that Adam was created a grown man with all the standard developmental norms having been accomplished. He was made 'of old' ready for reproductive capabilities. Strong's concordance defines the Greek 'ekpalai' [NT: 1597] as coming from 'ek' (a preposition denoting point of origination) and 'palai' (from 'pale': to wrestle, i.e., to vibrate [NT: 3823]). This was the point at which God spoke and the elements began to respond to God's creative fiats, the point when God stretched out the heavens as an expanse of pulsating energy "without form and void". Furthermore, Strong says that an alternate form of 'palai' is the word 'ballo' meaning to throw violently. 3 This violent intense vibration occurred when the pinpoint white light Jeannette saw exploded in the vision and God's 'surging mass of energy' translated as 'deep' 4 filled the expanse of the horizon. The intense agitation filling the expanse was very simply an extremely high voltage, or current waveform, that occupied the expanse called "sea" or "abyss" in Scripture. If you have ever touched a wire filled with electric energy, you know what agitation means. God's energy source is the Holy Spirit, and He is the one who was "moving upon (agitating) the face of the water" [Genesis 1:2]. Keep in mind that the Bible refers to the Holy Spirit often as water. 'Springs of water flowing out of the belly' are tiny relatively mild packets of energy expelled in unknown words or tongues. "He that believeth on me, as the Scripture has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)" [John 7:38]. Thus, the Holy Spirit is what energizes the entire creation and keeps it in tune with the Father's will.

It has been pointed out to our readers on other pages of this website that words are spiritual and hence powerful. Cursings and blessings are the means whereby spirits enter the physical world and cause change. God speaks and things happen. "For he spoke, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast" [Psalms 33:9]. We speak and things happen. "A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul" [Proverbs 18:7]. "Death and life are in the power of the tongue…" [Proverbs 18:21], therefore, "A man shall eat…by the fruit of his mouth…" [Proverbs 13:2]. We live or die by what we speak. For this reason, we are commanded to confess Jesus with our mouths [Romans 10:9,10] meaning we verball acknowledge Jesus is our Lord. Mere mouthing of words will not save though, because God looks at the heart's motive. God knows if Jesus is truly Lord. I adjure the reader not to be slack in acting on the commands of God, because faith without action is dead [James 2:20,26]. If Jesus says we must confess Him before men or He will not confess us before His Father in heaven, and He did [Matthew 10:32; Luke 12:8; John 9::22; 12:42], we had better act on that spoken word.

The explosion, which caused the expanse of the universe, brought with it the earth as its focal point.

Behold the dot in the center of the backward 'C' .
Whether earth is in the absolute center of the physical universe or not does not matter.

Nor does it matter that one knows the earth is midway between the macrocosm and the microcosm. Science has found that both directions are finite with boundaries that the finite minds of men cannot transgress. What matters is to understand that the earth is the heart of God's creation and has been chosen for the incubation of His eternal family. Although humankind must have the right kind of environment to survive, one planet is as good as another. Honor does not reside in size for the delicate lily in the valley is as noble as the majestic mountain peak. All is the handiwork of God. Yea, what matters is that God's plan of redemption for the free will agents of His creation and their preparation to assume His inheritance, takes place on earth. In this regard, what happens to earth is of prime importance to humankind. Will it survive its curse? Or will its inhabitants destroy it? Last but not least it matters that Jeannette saw the earth as the center of the brilliant white light in creation, and in my spirit, I saw the earth as the little dot in the center of the backward 'C'. Again, as often before, Jeannette and I were in sync.

 

Part 1
Acceleration of Sin
 

As the vision began, Jeannette saw the orderliness of the process of creation. She then witnessed the march of the ages capturing only glimpses of humankind's journey through time. She noted it orderly at first, but she soon saw a recurring panorama of the consequences of sin - war and chaos. Thankfully, there were intermittent snatches of peace. The cycle repeated itself seemingly endlessly.

 
  Psalms 107:27-31
  27 They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits' end.
28 Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.
29 He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.
30 Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.
31 OH THAT MEN WOULD PRAISE THE LORD FOR HIS GOODNESS, AND FOR HIS WONDERFUL WORKS TO THE CHILDREN OF MEN!

Of a truth, history is a treatise on the long-suffering and patience of God. Apart from grace and God's merciful deliverances, man would have destroyed himself long ago. Divers people the world over are delivered from enslavements only to forget how mightily they were saved. Is not this the testimony of Noah's children and their progeny after them? People "…are without excuse: (b)ecause that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, (a)nd changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image…(and) changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen" [Romans 1:20-25]. Being unthankful, most people unhappily regress to 'take another trip around the mountain.' Thirteen times in the book of Judges God delivers Israel from bondage only to again run around the hill. We saw this decadent refrain perfected in the vision. As the population increased, the cycles of war and peace accelerated until they became dizzying to Jeannette. She saw the fruit of sin consume the earth causing it to rock and reel.

  Isaiah 24:17-20
  17 Fear, and the pit, and the snare, are upon thee, O inhabitant of the earth.
18 And it shall come to pass, that he who fleeth from the noise of the fear shall fall into the pit; and he that cometh up out of the midst of the pit shall be taken in the snare: for the windows from on high are open, and the foundations of the earth do shake.
19 The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly.
20 The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again.


(Intercalate the beginning of the Day of the Lord here)

  21 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth.
22 And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days shall they be visited.


(Close intercalation of the Day of the Lord here)

  23 Then (at the start of God's eternal Kingdom in a newly created universe) the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the LORD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously.  

We learn from the bold print words in verse 19 that there is a terrible shaking of earth. Hebraists tell us these verbs are in the strongest form of emphasis. The implication from the threefold similar imagery along with the following "earth shall reel to and fro" is that something cataclysmic happens. The phrase "remove like a cottage" graphically illustrates the meaning here. In ancient times, little huts or enclosures were built in vineyards or agricultural fields as lookouts for scavenger animals during the time of growth and reaping. After harvesting, these "cottages" were completely removed leaving no trace they were previously there. Get the picture?

Given that the earth will be in a chaotic state when it falls to "not rise again", the question is when does it occur? We cannot dismiss this prophetic account as merely metaphorically referring to earthly kingdoms. If we did, we would have to discount the entire book of Revelation as allegorical. Science has proven that much of what is written in the Apocalypse is now literally quite possible. Therefore, something is going to happen according to Isaiah beyond man's ability to comprehend, much less do anything to stop it. Accepting that prophecies have near and far views, there is a double entendre here. Not only does God plan to punish the potentates ruling on earth, be they ecclesiastical or political, but He plans to punish the principalities in heaven that transgressed their divinely ordained boundaries [verse 21]. Transgressors in both realms of existence, material and spiritual, will be put in dark prisons to await their last "visitation" [verse 22] with their maker at the final Great White Throne judgment.

"In that day" [verse 21] refers to the Day of the Lord's return to take over as regent on earth and to oust satan and his cohorts at the end of the great tribulation. Verses 21-22 reference "the fullness of the Gentiles" which ends after the tribulation when the scales of Israel's blindness are removed [Romans 11:20]. On the other hand, verses 19 and 20 speak about the end of Christ's millennial reign. At that time, there will be a final test to reveal the secrets of the hearts of those people who repopulated earth after the great tribulation. The judgment of earth by fire during the tribulation is for cleansing in preparation for the King of Kings' rule.

Do you think it is assuming too much to sandwich two verses denoting one period of time in between that of another causing puzzlement if not misunderstanding? I think not. The Holy Spirit who penned this prophecy frequently refers to events separated by time-leaps of centuries and even millennia within the context of a passage and often a single verse. Note Isaiah 61:2 where at least 2000 years separates Jesus' first coming from His second. The "acceptable year of the Lord" speaks to His coming as Savior and "the day of the Lord's vengeance" talks about His coming as King to reign and are separated by one little word- "and". This is the reason one must harmonize all the Scriptures in order to "rightly divide" and hence understand the Bible [2 Timothy 2:15].

According to verse 23 the moon and sun will not be able to be seen in the presence of our Lord because of His superior splendor. His radiating brilliance will disgrace the sun and reproach the moon meaning that they will be totally incapable of matching the Light of Life's magnificence. That which receives is subservient to the source, and even though the heavenly bodies dispense light, their source is Jesus, "the light of the world" and "the light of life" [John 8:12]. For this reason I believe that this verse 23 of Isaiah 24 connotes Jesus' reign in His Father's eternal kingdom after the Father creates a new heaven and earth. Mt. Zion, a term usually denoting God's heavenly city, is juxtaposed against Jerusalem with the use of the word "and". David will rule God's earthly throne while Jesus coordinates everything from His heavenly throne. The "ancients" before whom he will "gloriously" reign, are the holy angels that did not follow satan in his rebellion in eternity past. Our finite minds cannot comprehend how glorious that day will be when God's eternal kingdom manifests. "…For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen…what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him " [Isaiah 64:4].

 

Transgression is crossing over the line separating good and evil and is documented as the cause of earth's dissolution [24:20]. Evil is not something material or substantial nor is it merely badness. According to Strong, it means to spoil by breaking to pieces [Strong OT:7451]. Thus, it is a corruption of nature and can denote a perversion of something good in itself - hence a product of the free will of man. The ultimate transgression causing God to finally give up renovating His first creation is humanity's sin against Light. God's benevolent monarchy of a thousand years with His Redeemer Son as its head is blasphemed by humankind. Think about that! After a thousand years of perfect environment where sin is restrained, many people will reject The Light and disdain the "Golden Arm of the Lord" in whose hand is righteousness and true judgment.

Having lived under the rulership of a just regent free of administrative corruption, people will choose not to serve King Jesus, the Father's chosen vice regent of His kingdom [Psalm 2]. There is no redemption when one sins against Light. "For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened if they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame" [Hebrews 6:4-6]. The people living in the Millennial Golden Kingdom will be living in the literal Light of the gospel of Jesus. They will not be just "enlightened" as are people today. For this same reason, there is no redemption for fallen angels. Living in the presence of the glorious God who created all things where His knowledge covers the sea, there is nothing else that could be said or done to save rebels who sin against the light of truth. Knowing what Jesus has done, and counting the blood covenant marks in His flesh which they actually see with their physical eyes worthy of betrayal, they openly tread upon God's Son and His merciful redemption they align in rebellion with the master of deceit, lord satan. In this regard, they blaspheme and put Jesus to open shame [Hebrews 10:26-29]. At this point, God's fiery indignation [10:27] righteously refuses to reshape His faulty creation and sends fire down from heaven probably in the form of a nuclear explosion, a holocaust of enormous proportion to destroy His first creation of heaven and earth [Revelation 20:9]. Herein lies the problem - rebellion. It does no good to refashion or remold the "pot" because each renewal even though revealing afresh God's marvelous grace and handiwork, cannot extricate the curse on the clay.

Because words are spiritual and eternal, they will never be totally free of their burden. Because of this, I believe that the solemn consequences of God's Holy Words spoken over earth in Eden can only vanish when earth is dissolved. The second renovated earth will not complete a third trip around the mountain because according to verse 20, Isaiah said, "it shall not rise again." Just as a potter has power over the clay to shape, fashion, or shatter His work, God permits His handiwork to self-destruct in order to re-create one without a curse on it. God will make an end of sin and death. "For he must reign, until all enemies are put under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death" [1 Corinthians 15:26]. This does not happen until the end of the reign of Christ on earth at the completion of the week of Millenniums. When the last enemy is put under Jesus' feet, God will dissolve the elements and create a new heaven and earth [Revelation 21:1] without a curse upon it for His family to inhabit forever. Wouldn't you like to get in on a creation uncontaminated by sin? Make Jesus the Lord of your life if you haven't already.

Reaping The Whirlwind

The dissolution of earth occurs with an explosion. 5 In Part 1 of this vision, Jeannette saw a panorama of the full seven millennia of God's creation. As noted, earth destroys itself in the end because sin reaches its zenith in the rejection of truth embodied in Jesus. Scripture tells us that satan will be loosed from incarceration at the end of the seventh week of millennia for "a little season" to test the wills of men [Revelation 20:3, 7-9] in order to reveal the true condition of their hearts. Will they choose to continue with Jesus as their sovereign Lord or will they repeat the primordial sin of Lucifer in lusting to rule themselves? The re-creation of earth at the end of the seventh millennium as per 2 Peter 3:10,11 quoted above is not the same as the renovation of the earth as per the book of Acts.

Luke records that God shall send Jesus Christ, "whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things" [Acts 3:21], back to earth to refurbish it and establish a Kingdom of righteousness. The "times of restitution of all things" denotes the restoring of earth to the Garden of Eden environment. This word 'restitution' is the Greek 'apokatastaseoos' meaning to reestablish into a good state [Strong NT: 605 from NT: 600]. The implication is that it was in a bad state. Hence, the earth at the end of the Church Age must journey around the mountain as God restores it to the state in which Adam found it before he sinned. The same word is used in Acts 1:6 when Jesus' disciples asked Him if He was going to restore (Greek: 'apokathistaneis' [Strong NT: 600] - to reconstitute to health) again the Kingdom of Israel now that He had been resurrected. Therefore, we see that there is a difference between the renovation, restoration, or restitution of earth and the re-creation of it. One comes at the beginning of Jesus' reign and the other at the end.What Jeannette saw in Part 1 of the vision was a panorama of the entire age-span of the earth while in Part 2 she had a "video bite", to coin a term, of the end of the age of the gentiles, i.e., the Tribulation Period. The scenario discloses the underlying factor bringing the earth to its tribulation and readying it for its seventh millennium rule by Jesus, and as we shall see, is the purpose of this heavenly visitation.

Every civilization ends with sin reaping its wages - death and destruction. The Antediluvian Age ended with a flood that wiped everything off the face of the earth because it was so corrupt. Repopulation of the earth through Noah fares no better because God had to interfere early on with man's activity at the tower of Babel. Language barriers worked God's providential plan to ploy time to establish His family. Until the age of telecommunications knowledge sat to the rear of necessity and travel was a function of the feet. Now that both knowledge escalation and extensive travel have unsealed Daniel's revelation, we know we are at the close of the Age of the Gentiles [Daniel 12:4]. A host of God's prophecies are being fulfilled even at this very moment and one of them warns that He will not spare the rod when man's cup of sin is full.

The fact that people everywhere are hearing of "…wars and rumours of war" against terrorism, testifies that this cup is about to overflow. "…See that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet" [Matthew 24:6]. It's awfully close though. This vision presages God's wrath in confirmation to the truth of this forewarning. God will revenge the cup of sin that Jesus had to drink on the cross [Matthew 26:39] by making anyone who does not thankfully receive His merciful substitution drink the cup of God's wrath at the time of His indignation.

  Matthew 26:39 
  39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.

 

  Revelation 14:9-11
  9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark [covenant making - serious business] in his forehead, or in his hand,
10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture [no mercy here] into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever [no end here]: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. [as always bolding, underlining, and italics are mine]

At that time, judgment by fire cleanses earth of satan's cosmic system. This is the second "climax of the ages", the first being judgment by water at the time of Noah. The third and last climax will occur at the dissolution of God's creation at the end of the seventh week of millenniums when all the elements melt with fervent heat into total disarray. Idolatry via commercialism will "try them that dwell upon the earth" [Revelation 3:10] in order to see who follows Christ and who follows Antichrist. Excessive merchandizing 6 led satan to revolt against God in heaven, and because he is not God and cannot create ex nihilo - out of nothing -, it is the recurring refrain for the destructive climax of all three ages.
Finally, because we are approaching the second climax of the ages, let me again reiterate that there will be a third climactic judgment by God at the end of the Millennial Kingdom of Jesus Christ, against humankind's ingratitude of the benevolent reign of His Holy Monarch. This rebellion will be stirred up by the originator of sin, satan, the destroyer of God's creation. He will be loosed from prison for a short time at the end of all the ages in order to again "try them that dwell upon the earth." This time, however, mankind so sins against The Light and The Truth whom they have in their midst - King Jesus - that God's patience comes to an end, and He makes a total end of His creation in order to begin anew.

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3
Strong NT: 906 'ballo' (bal'-lo); a primary verb; to throw (in various applications, more or less violent or intense). (This)
4
Strong OT: 8415: comes from a primary root word meaning to agitate greatly or to make an uproar or commotion. (filled)
5
See "Couplet" - Part 2 - Island of Rings -- for another vision in which Jeannette saw earth dissolved. (In)
6

The Bible says "by the iniquity of thy traffick" satan fell [Ezekiel 28:18]. Strongs dictionary defines "traffick" as a primitive root word meaning to travel for trade [OT:7402]. Verse 16 of this passage reports that satan's fall was bound up with merchandising: "by the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned…" The word "merchandise" means to trade as something peddled and comes from the same root word as "traffick". If original sin was tied in with trading and merchandising in heaven, can you see how the culmination of sin on earth is a reflection of what went on up there? The Bible mentions that earth and all that is in it are merely shadows of reality in the spirit world. (led)

 

 

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