Destructive Winds are Ready to Blow - Tradition or Obedience?! - Posted: August 07, 2021
Luke 17:30 KJV
v.30 Even thus shall it [floods, fires and earthquakes] be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
We are living in the day before the "Son of man", Jesus Christ, returns the second time. Jesus said in that day it would be as it was in the days of Noah when "... the flood came, and destroyed them all." [Luke 17:27.] Today we have catastrophic flooding happening throughout the world. Property and lives are lost. Floods continue to escalate at an alarming rate.
Jesus also said it would be as the days of Lot when "... it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all." [Luke 17:29.] Each year we see fires destroying more and more property. It has become unrelenting in severity. God is sending warnings, but are we listening?
In Luke 17:30, Jesus said before His coming devastating floods and fires will get worse and worse.
As destructive floods and fires overspread the world because of transgression of God's law, Jesus warns us of something even more frightening and devastating.
Earthquakes are coming without warning. These earthquakes will be very destructive of life not just property. They will continue in frequency and destruction until that last most disastrous earthquake occurs at the second coming of Christ during the seventh plague. [Revelation 16:18.] Wicked cities will be destroyed by earthquakes. Jesus says, when we begin to see these destructive earthquakes happening in the cities, "... let him likewise not return back." [Luke 17:31.] Leave the cities at once! Don't turn back because you regret losing your home and property. "Remember Lot's wife." [Luke 17:32.] Don't look back! Flee for your life from wicked cities that have turned away from God's rulership and holy law. Don't be as Lot's wife who mourned the loss of her family more than appreciating the mercy of God. She loved her family who stayed in Sodom more than she regarded God's mercy in sparing her life. Therefore, God turned her into a pillar of salt as a warning to all not to trifle with His grace. [Genesis 19:26.] Salvation is individual. God is warning us. Flee from the wicked cities because sadly many will die there and few will escape!
Luke 17:33 KJV
v.33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life [the things of this life] shall lose it [his own life]; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.
These destructive earthquakes will be so great that when the disciples asked "Where, Lord?" Jesus replied, "Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles [vultures] be gathered together." [Luke 17:37.]
Destruction will be so great that scavengers will feed on dead bodies.
Why will God allow these destructive earthquakes?
Intense violence and crime fills the land especially in the cities. Sodomy [LGBTQ+ lifestyle] is legitimized by nations around the world and practiced freely. This concentration of evil in the large cities is making them ripe for the judgments of God.
Where will these frequent and destructive earthquakes begin?
Revelation 7:1 KJV
v.1 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.
America is the land. It is here where the greatest light of Bible truth has been proclaimed. It is the United States of America where these frequent and destructive earthquakes begin. This nation that rose up out of the earth [Revelation 13:11], that is beginning to speak as a dragon, will be the first to feel the displeasure of God. From North America to South America, these frequent and destructive earthquakes will spread to the Old World nations of Europe, Asia, and Africa symbolized by the sea [Daniel 7:2] until every tree [Mark 8:24] feels its destructive power. Anoint your eyes. Look above the tall trees of the earth. Abide in Christ!
The full force of these destructive winds will not blow until probation closes for this world and the seven last plagues begin to fall. But as they ready to blow in unrelenting fury on the earth, sea, and tree, the destruction of property and life from catastrophic floods, fires, earthquakes, and political unrest will climax. Famine and disease will continue to intensify. Satan will display himself with supernatural power to deceive all who do not place entire trust in God and have an intelligent knowledge of the Bible. [2 Thessalonians 2:9-12.]
Already, Satan is deceiving men. The mandating or compulsion of vaccinations through loss of employment is a loss of individual freedom of choice. Just as men mandate vaccinations for the "common good" of public health, men will soon push Sunday observance for the "common good" to placate God and remove His judgments from the land. The great liberties we enjoy are slowly being removed. The Roman Catholic principle of the "common good" will lead to the loss of religious liberty when earthquakes devastate our land. The principle of the "common good" leads to abuse, compulsion, and force. It leads to a loss to "buy or sell, save he that had the mark." [Revelation 13:17.] It is anything, but good. It is not a Christian principle. The stage is set!
When these devastating earthquakes fill our world, along with famine and disease, men will begin a mighty push toward God. As men press toward God, Sunday tradition will come to the forefront as a day to seek God's mercy from these destructive quakes and diseases. But the Sunday tradition to worship God is an invention of the Catholic Church and has no foundation in the Bible. We are to honor and obey God by keeping the Sabbath holy. We worship God on the Sabbath because He is our Maker. "O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker." [Psalm 95:6.] The Sabbath is the seventh day of the week not the first day. As men have set themselves in rebellion against God by endorsing same-sex marriage, they will defy God by enforcing the Sunday tradition as the day to worship God rather than keeping the Sabbath holy as commanded by God. [Exodus 20:8-11.] By trampling on the Sabbath, men are in rebellion against their Creator who made them male and female on the sixth day and rested on the seventh.
Both marriage and the Sabbath give recognition to God as our Creator.
Men defy God by same-sex unions and Sunday tradition. The former defiles marriage ordained by God as our Creator. The latter desecrates the Sabbath to worship God as our Creator. Instituted at Creation—both marriage and the Sabbath give recognition to God as our Creator.
Marriage between a man and a woman was instituted at Creation. Though the word "marriage" was not mentioned by name in the Genesis account, it was established between Adam and Eve. When Jesus upheld the permanence of marriage in Matthew 19, He referred back to the Genesis account stating, "For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife." [Matthew 19:5; Genesis 2:24.]
Likewise, the Sabbath was established at Creation between God and mankind when God rested from His work. Though the word "sabbath" was not mentioned by name in the Genesis account, sabbath means rest. By connecting Sabbath rest with Creation and the seven-day cycle of the week, God shows the permanent nature of Sabbath rest. Indeed, the creation of man and the Sabbath are told in Genesis. Therefore Jesus said, "The sabbath was made for man." [Mark 2:27.] When did God make man and institute the Sabbath? At Creation! The Sabbath belongs to all mankind not just the Jewish people. Adam and Eve were not Jews. God made man and woman on the sixth day and rested [sabbath] from all His work on the seventh day. "And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested [sabbath] from all his work which God created and made." [Genesis 2:3.]
On the very next day after Adam and Eve were created, they worshipped God on the seventh day or Sabbath. The Sabbath is a memorial of Creation and the day to rest and worship God as our Creator.
Again, we rest and worship God as our Creator on the Sabbath. We praise and thank our Creator God who maintains the forces of nature and protects us from earthquakes, fires, and floods.
Yes, worship God every day.
But rest from secular work and worship God as your Creator specifically on the Sabbath! Why? Because it is the Fourth Commandment of God!
However, men have mixed Bible truth with pagan error by upholding Sunday observance as a Christian tradition.
Sun-day observance is pagan and has its roots in sun worship.
Also, men mix the ceremonial sabbath days given to ancient Israel as part of the Old Testament ceremonies with the observance of the Sabbath that is a memorial of Creation. The Old Testament ceremonial sabbath days were "a shadow of things to come." [Colossians 2:17.] These sabbath days and feast days were on different days such as the ninth, first, or eight day. [Leviticus 23:32, 39.] The ministry of Christ is the fulfillment of all these shadows. But the Sabbath, as a memorial of Creation, is the seventh day. It is not ceremonial, but part of the permanent Ten Commandments. Contained in the heart of God's Ten Commandments, it is set aside as the day to rest and worship God as our Creator.
Below is the Fourth Commandment of God:
Exodus 20:8 - 11 KJV
v.8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
v.9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
v.10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
v.11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
God blessed and hallowed the Sabbath day as the day to acknowledge Him as our Maker or Creator. When did God bless and hallow the Sabbath? In Genesis! "And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified [to make holy or hallow] it: because that in it he had rested [sabbath] from all his work which God created and made." [Genesis 2:3.]
The Ten Commandments is unalterable.
Still, ministers attempt to confuse men as to the blessed obligation of the Sabbath by a false interpretation of the Fourth Commandment as given in Deuteronomy 5:12-15. They state it was a memorial of their deliverance from Egyptian bondage and not a memorial of Creation. They assert this false understanding because in verse fifteen it states, "And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt." Yet in verse twelve it clearly states, "Keep the Sabbath day to sanctify it." The Sabbath was sanctified or set apart as holy at Creation.
The reason why reference is made to their Egyptian bondage is because in Egypt the Israelites were not allowed to keep the Sabbath because of slavery. The king of Egypt accused Moses and Aaron of letting "the people from their works" and commanded "get you unto your burdens." [Exodus 5:4.] "And Pharaoh said, Behold, the people of the land now are many, and ye make them rest [Sabbath] from their burdens." [Exodus 5:5.] Moses wanted the Israelites to remember that Sabbath rest and worship of God was not exclusively for them and their children, but for "thy manservant", "thy maidservant", "thy cattle", and "thy stranger that is within thy gates." It was for all, even all of God's creation. In observance of the Sabbath, the Israelites were to remember that they were once slaves themselves and to give Sabbath rest to all.
In addition, the Israelites themselves had forgotten the importance of the Sabbath. They needed a reminder. Therefore in Exodus 16:22—27 it states, "And it came to pass, that on the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread.... [For] to morrow is the rest of the holy sabbath unto the Lord.... And it came to pass, that there went out some of the people on the seventh day for to gather.... And the Lord said unto Moses, How long refuse ye to keep my commandments and my laws?" Note: The Sabbath was a commandment of God even before He spoke it at Mt. Sinai amid lightning and thunder. It was a memorial to be kept from Creation. Therefore, God reiterated the importance of remembering the Fourth Commandment in Exodus 20:8 by saying "Remember the sabbath day."
But today, ministers who twist the Bible to sustain their tradition of Sunday observance make reference to a scripture here or there rather than taking the Bible as a whole. Sadly, Christians are deceived by them because they take the ministers explanation of a few isolated scriptures rather than reading the entire scriptural context from the Bible for themselves.
Acts 20:7 and 1 Corinthians 16:2 are two isolated scriptures that men take out of context from the New Testament to wrongly sustain their Sunday tradition.
Acts 20:7 states, "And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight."
Men use the above scripture to sustain the tradition of Sunday observance. So let's take a close look at this verse and other verses in this chapter to understand the setting. Firstly, nowhere does it state this is a new observance for Christians to practice in place of the seventh-day Sabbath. Secondly, the verse states "...and continued his speech until midnight." So then, when did this first day Sunday meeting start? Consider the next verse.
Acts 20:8 states, "And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where they were gathered together."
Clearly, verse eight identifies this meeting happening at night. That is why "there were many lights in the upper chamber, where they were gathered together." It was very dark. Far from a Sunday morning worship service as practiced today by many Christians, this was a special night service "to break bread" or have Communion. Why did Paul have this special night service? In verse seven it states Paul was "ready to depart on the morrow." Paul was leaving and he anxiously wanted to spend this additional time with his church family. He continued even after midnight until the "break of day, so he departed." [Acts 20: 11.] Clearly when reading Acts 20:7 in context, this meeting was not a transfer of the sacred Sabbath day as given in the Fourth Commandment of God, but a Communion service held at night because Paul was departing early in the morning.
Here is another isolated scripture used to support the Sunday tradition.
1 Corinthians 16:2 states, "Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come."
Many use the above verse to suggest that there was a collection of money during a first day or Sunday church service. However, where does it mention that they were having church? Where does it state that God wants believers to keep holy the first day of the week rather than the Sabbath day? Furthermore, the verse states, "lay by him in store" or at home in some special receptacle. "By him" literally means "by himself," equivalent in English to "at home."
Another favorite Bible text that ministers isolate and take out of context to support Sunday observance and downplay the importance of the Sabbath is Romans 14:5, 6. It states, "One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it." On one hand, while they try to emphasize Sunday sacredness, they also try to emphasize that the day really doesn't matter. Regard whatever day you want. Well, which is it? Does it matter or does it not? This is hypocrisy. A close reading of the entire chapter would render a correct conclusion of the issue Paul was addressing. The chapter talks about not just "one day", but also those who "eateth" and those who "eateth not." Romans 14:3, 6. Clearly, Paul is addressing the peculiar observances as found in the Old Testament regarding the ceremonial days, feast days of eating, and associated sabbath or rest days that pertained to the old ceremonial laws. One such example is the Passover Feast that was observed by eating the Passover lamb with unleavened bread, bitter herbs, and restrictions on work as a ceremonial rest. Christians no longer keep the Passover because Christ is our Passover Lamb. The Jewish Christians and the Gentile Christians were judging each other over these observances. "Let us not therefore judge one another any more." [Romans 14:13.] Again, "Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath [ceremonial] days." [Colossians 2:16.] It had nothing to do with the observance of the seventh day Sabbath as found in the Ten Commandments that is a memorial of Creation. As stated above, Christians no longer observe the ceremonial law as found in Leviticus 23. Christians no longer stipulate circumcision as a requirement to keep the Passover [Exodus 12:48] that was such a contentious subject in the early Christian Church. [Romans 2:25—29; 1 Corinthians 7:18, 19; Galatians 5:2, 3; Galatians 6:12—15.]
Shall we praise God or the wrong reasoning of men? "God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar." [Romans 3:4.]
Did the Jewish Christians and Gentile Christians keep the Sabbath holy?
Acts 13:42 KJV
v.42 And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next sabbath.
Acts 18:4 KJV
v.4 And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the [Gentile] Greeks.
Why do we praise God?
We praise God because He is the Maker of all things. "For the Lord is great, and greatly to be praised... For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the Lord made the heavens." [Psalms 96:5.]
We should keep the Sabbath holy out of obedience.
When Christ walked the earth, religious leaders refused to acknowledge their wrong understanding of scriptures. Likewise, theologians today refuse to humble their hearts and acknowledge their error in regards to the Sabbath. Proud men are more concerned with their standing before their churches than acknowledging Bible truth.
The earthquakes are coming! Since men turn truth upside down, God is about to turn men upside down by great earthquake calamities.
The shaking is coming!
"And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition." [Mark 7:9.]
Obey God not the traditions of men!