Signs in the Sun, Moon, and Stars, Part Fourteen
By Bob Maffit
My family, I want to say this, please do not take anything I teach as a reason to quit work, not pay your bills, go deep in debt, or anything along that line. Even though we are going to get out of here soon, doing those things is not right biblically! We have seen many signs in the heavens, which show that the Lord’s return is eminent, so, just keep looking up, as it is coming soon!
More Review and Some New too!
We left off with reviewing things that were in Part Four, so we will start talking about Virgo. Many believe that Virgo represents Israel [because of what tradition says that she has in her hands], but that cannot be, and very shortly I will explain why. She supposedly has a barley sheath in her left hand, representing the Messiah. That does not make her Israel.
We covered these verses in, “Part Eleven,” but at this point, I want you to read them again.
Genesis 1:1 (NIV)
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Nehemiah 9:6 (NIV)
You alone are the LORD [Yahweh]. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you.
The verses above say some things that I want you to remember, “…God created the heavens…,” and “…You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host,…” That would cover comets, meteors, and anything else He put up there.
Before we start talking about the events in the heavens we need to discuss eclipses [we will also look at the blood moons]. I do not believe that what happened for three hours when the sun went dark on the day Christ died, was an eclipse, because an eclipse never last that long, because of the speed at which the moon moves. You may not know this, but scientists have never seen an eclipse on any other planet, solar [sun], or lunar [moon]. Our God made the sun, and moon perfect to give us signs. God made the diameter of the sun 400 times larger than the moon, and it is 400 times further away from us than the moon. Yet, most of the time they appear similar in size in the heavens. It takes both the sun, and the moon to have eclipses, but you can only have a solar eclipse with a new moon, and a lunar eclipse can only happen with a full moon [Can you say, “God is awesome?”]. This was all done after, “in the beginning” When God fixed the earth after the war in heaven, the earth had become without form and void. On the fourth day God said this:
Genesis 1:14–19 (KJV)
14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: 15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. 16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. 17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, 18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. 19 and the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
What are we seeing? First, God fixed the heavens on the fourth day. What had been was no longer working, so God made what is, from what was. I looked at almost every English translation, and verse 16 says, “made,” and never says, “created!” He had made the sun 400 times [a multiple of fours] larger than the moon, and 400 times [a multiple of fours] further away from the moon. God was using the number four. We are talking about God’s creation. In E. W. Bullinger’s book, Numbers in Scripture, on page 123 [Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI, 1973.], and I quote: “The number four always a reference to all that is created. It is emphatically the number of Creation; of man in his relation to the world as created…It is the number of things that have a beginning, of things that are made, of material things, and matter itself. It is the number of material completeness [I feel Bullinger was more correct in the last part, much more than the first; see again what I bolded before this bracketed section].” I was taught four was, “God dealing with man, on the level of the senses.” No matter what, there is definitely a mathematical exactness, and a scientific precision to it. What planning our heavenly Father did, and what love for us, even before mankind even existed! When God laid out the heavens, He did it with mathematical exactness. So, every sign is important in the heavens.
I want you to look at a verse, which will help you see some things.
1 Corinthians 1:22 (KJV)
For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks [Gentiles] seek after wisdom:
This is very important to understand. The Jews wanted, and still want signs [as do many who live in the Eastern world today], while the Gentiles want wisdom, evidence, and proof. Most living in what is referred to as the Western world [Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the Western Hemisphere] are Gentiles, and want wisdom, evidence, and proof. Yet, those from many countries in the Middle East and even many in Eastern Europe want signs. I asked some people from the Middle East, and after weeding out the differences in their religions, and why some still want signs. It all stems from the influence of Israel, and Ancient Eastern Orthodox Christianity, which existed many years before the religions in the Bible Lands of today, and the Middle East. There are major belief differences between Eastern, and Western Orthodox Christianity. We know that the Jewish beliefs had a big influence on the Persians, and the Wise men [Magi] of that area. This is foreign to us, but to the Jews, they look to signs in the stars, and Gem atria [number values]. This is why it is so important to see things through Eastern eyes [some call it, “Orientalism’s”]. The last letter in the Hebrew alphabet is, “Tav,” and it has a Gem atria [number value] of 400. I think that is interesting in light of all the fours, and multiples of fours, we have seen here!
To understand other verses in the Bible, here is one that we in the West get wrong, but it will make perfect sense once explained. Remember, the Bible is an Eastern book, and many times needs to be understood in that light. Look at this verse.
Luke 21:28 (KJV)
And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
To our Western minds, and the context we would say, “to look up, and see Christ coming in the clouds,” but to the Eastern mind it is, “look up for a sign in the heavens of when he is coming in the clouds.” This explains why the Jewish English translations read so differently than what the modern English translations read. The Eastern mind [the Jews, Arabs, and many eastern Europeans] sees the Word of God differently than we Westerners do.
Remember, I was always interested in the moon and stars. When the U.S.A. first landed on the moon, I was on leave from the Army, and took time to watch the first lunar landing in July of 1969. My wife and I were blessed to see the blood moons in 2014 and 2015. We have been looking up for years before that, and were watching stars, and the moon [especially what was referred to as harvest moons]. We started noticing that the harvest moons which were at one time only in the fall were happening when it was not harvest time. Sadly, we noticed that, but failed to write down when they happened. Then when we saw the blood moons, it really got our attention. From studying them going back hundreds of years, I know they only happen when there is a lunar eclipse somewhere. I found historically that bad things happen to the land of Israel after a lunar eclipse, and always when they are off the Word of God.
There were two blood moons in 2014, one on April 15th, which was Passover, and the second on October 8th, which was the Feast of Tabernacles! To me, God is warning the nation of Israel to get on the Word of God [remember what I taught about modern Israel in Parts Eleven and Twelve]. Then in 2015, there were two more blood moons; April 4th, which was Passover again, and on September 28th, which was again during the Feast of Tabernacles. Having four blood moons in a two year period of time is not common, as it has only happened four times since 1492. A single one is a little more common. We had what is called a blue moon in January [which is not available with a Lunar calendar], which is when there are two full moons in one month. We had one full moon on January 1st, 2018, and then on the 31st, 2018. We had what was called by NASA a Super Blue Blood moon with the one on the 31st. These always happen during some Feast, or holiday in the modern Israel, and this was on Tu B’Shevat, the New Year for Trees. No, I am not kidding. As I said earlier in this series, I feel the blood moons were to get us to pay attention to the heavens! I feel we were not, yet when I have told people to go look, I get mocked, scoffed, or laughed at, but how many Scriptures have we seen telling us God put them there for signs, etc.? People, if the stars are of God, then we had best be looking. He is saying something. I have told people about the stars doing things and have been told that it is satellites, helicopters, planes, and even U.F.O.’s. So, I shake the dust off my feet, and move on. We will see more on this later in this series.
Now back to the eclipse. On August 21st, 2017 there was a sign, but it was only in the U.S.A. It was a total solar [sun] eclipse. Remember, Genesis 1:14 from above and things explained in earlier Parts of this series, the items in the heavens are for signs. Westerners would normally not say signs, but Easterners understand this, and we need to learn that too. Well, we here in the U.S.A. saw a good one on August 21st, 2018. If you happened to be under it, the sun became totally shadowed by the moon. The maps coming up in a few pages show that this was a very unique eclipse, in that it only touched the U.S.A. It traveled from west to east, coming from the Pacific Ocean through Oregon, and running downhill to South Carolina, and then out into the Atlantic Ocean. It touched no other country.
I personally do not believe in coincidences with God! So, these facts are really interesting when you know this happened, because God wanted them too. You may or may not know this, but Salem was the name of Jerusalem when Melchizedek was king there.
Genesis 14:18 (NIV)
Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High [Remember Jesus is a High Priest of the order of Melchizedek],
In the path of totality [where it was dark as night], the eclipse went over seven cities named Salem. The cities were Salem, OR; Salem, ID; Salem, WY; Salem, NE; Salem, MO; Salem, KY; and Salem, SC! I feel God was in one way saying, Salem [Jerusalem] is in darkness, and needs to wake up and come back to the Word! Sadly, I have people who claim they read what I wrote in Parts Eleven and Twelve, but keep sending me emails, and Facebook messages to support Israel. Why? People, can anyone come to the Father without Christ [John 14:6], even the Jews? Do you think the Jews or Israel are exempt?
This eclipse happened 33 days before the September 23rd, 2017, Revelation 12 sign announcement. All this is really interesting when you consider the eclipse entered the U.S.A. in Oregon the 33rd state to enter the U.S.A. as a part of the union. To go with that the eclipse exited the U.S.A. in South Carolina at the 33rd parallel. Again, WOW what a God, and talk about timing and planning!
We in the west might think that looking at signs is something those ignorant ancients did, but we should not think that way. Some would say it is wrong for many stupid reasons, and they would be wrong. We need to know what this eclipse, and any signs in the heavens are really telling us. The Pharisees and Scribes wanted signs [Matt. 12:38], the Pharisees and Sadducees wanted signs [Matt. 16:1], and Jesus’ disciples wanted signs [Matt. 24:3; Mark 13:3 and 4]. None of them wanted wisdom, evidence, or proof, but they wanted signs, therefore we should too. That is the way it was, and even today in many cases, it is still the same. Sadly, the Western mindset has affected many cultures, and the west colonization of the world helped this, but that thinking is wrong. Both of the World Wars helped to get Western thinking around the world into cultures, who would not normally think Western thoughts. I feel there needs to be a balance, even if it leans towards signs heavily, it would be better than to not see them at all. God does not ask you to worship signs, but we had best recognize them! We need to look for wisdom, evidence, and proof in the signs, that goes along with Scripture, as we saw in Psalm 19.
In understanding that, we need to continue to think like the Eastern mind would think. Many years ago, I was taught the record of Jonah. It brought new light to me, but it was Western thinking, and I think it was good, but not best. If you remember, Jonah was swallowed by a whale, or big fish. He was trying to get away from God, and got in a ship. The ship was threatened, so they threw Jonah overboard. Science says this record cannot be true, because there are no whales, or fish, big enough in that area of the Mediterranean Sea, to swallow a man. Well, God remedied that, and I think the NIV translation shows it best.
Jonah 1:17 (NIV)
But the LORD [Yahweh] provided a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was inside the fish three days and three nights.
To the Western mind, they get this mind picture of Pinocchio eating hot dogs with a fire inside the whale, or big fish, and think God saved him by having the whale spit him up after three days and three nights. Truly this was an amazing thing, but Jonah died and God raised him from the dead. Awesome, but that is not the type of sign the Pharisees and Sadducees would want. Remember this verse.
Matthew 16:4 (KJV)
A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas [KJV is in old English, today we would spell it, Jonah]. And he left them, and departed.
They wanted to look up and see something, and they got it. First, let us go back in history. I want to tell you that archeologists in the nineteenth century unearthed these Cuneiform clay tablets called, “Assyrian Eponym Canon.” They recorded one of the most famous solar eclipses in ancient history, called the Bur Sagale eclipse. This information was in those tablets, and was like school text books and common knowledge at that time. So, even children knew of this eclipse. It went over Nineveh [today Mosul, Iraq]. Jesus said that to even this wicked and adulterous generation would get one sign. You need to understand, the people in Bible times did not know the difference from a total solar eclipse and the sun going dark, and I will explain in a minute. They had no way to discern this in the heavens. The people of Nineveh had this total eclipse pass north of them, on June 15th, 763, B.C., shortly before Jonah arrived. This can be shown historically that this was the time Jonah went. The people of Nineveh would have taken this as an omen, along with earth quakes, plagues, and more that followed too. They were ready for answers.
The Pharisees and Sadducees got their sign, and Jesus told them it would happen when he died. Here is what he told them, more than once.
Matthew 12:40 (KJV)
For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly[dead!]; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth [dead!].
When you give a comparison using, “like,” or “as,” it is a figure of speech, called a simile. Here it was comparing two people, who would be dead. So, what happened the day Christ died? Look at this, because these verses and the context of this record woke me up. In Christ’s death, the sun went dark for three hours, but if you see a total solar eclipse, the sun goes dark for a much shorter time. A total lunar [moon], or total solar [sun] eclipse all last a very short time, and the length only varies a fraction of a second. What happened when the Messiah died was much longer, and I will explain this later. For the Pharisees and Sadducees during Christ’s time, it got dark during the day time, and also for the people of Nineveh, which both groups received signs in the heavens. Look at this verse about what happened when Christ died.
Luke 23:44 and 45 (NIV)
44 It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour, 45 for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two.
So, the sign of Jonah was a total solar eclipse, where it went dark during the day time, and the same thing happened when Christ died, it got dark during the day time. Oh yeah, in the context of the crucifixion they had earthquakes too! They would have noticed that! See this verse.
Matthew 27:54 (NIV)
When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!”
This earthquake happen after he was dead, or the centurion would not have said, “was,” the Son of God! With the eclipse in Nineveh, there were plagues, a civil war, a great military loss, and major earth quakes, which followed the eclipse. Now, what we have learned is that bad things happen to countries with eclipses. I could show you many more, but will only show one, or two. No, God does not do it, but there are times He lifts His grace off areas, and their own crap opens the area to attacks from our Enemy, whose job is to kill, steal, and destroy [John 10:10]. These things that happen are always either right after, or up to a few months after an eclipse happens, but they definitely happen. What happened here after the eclipse? Major hurricanes, one being the worst in history, and then five wildfires devastated thousands upon thousands of acres of land and forests, destroying hundreds of homes, as well as killing people, and them too, called the worst in history.
Let us look at the U.S.A. right now. The country is like a powder keg ready to blow. Split politically 50/50, and this kind of tension has not been seen since the time of the War Between the States [Civil War]. We have had mass shootings, and several school shootings, all because we have gun free zones, and have not enforced the laws we do have. I have an article which would stop all the gun problems, if people thought it through. The article is, “Should We Defend Ourselves with a Weapon?” Part of it covers how when the Judeans returned from the Babylonian captivity to rebuild the wall around Jerusalem, and that everyone, including women carried a weapon. This kept enemies from attacking them, which is what the Swiss do today by training everyone to protect their country, and giving every person guns and ammunition. They have no mass shootings, and almost no violent crime. Also, who ever thought gun free zones would work, well, I answer the problem with a solution, but modern Israel solved the problem. Forty Four years ago they had a mass shooting in a school. They trained their teachers to shoot, and carry guns every day to school; they have had no shootings of any kind since its inception. We need to realize guns are not bad, people without God are. We can stop all this with some thought, and with applied Bible in our lives. I include two maps. The first one [below] shows the full distance the eclipse traveled. The second is more of a close up of the land the eclipse traveled over.
As you can see, it started way out in the Pacific Ocean, and ended way out in the Atlantic Ocean, but touches no other country except the U.S.A. From what I have found out, that is totally unique. Usually, it may touch several countries, or a small part of a country, but this touches the U.S.A. from sea to sea. We believe it heralds in the coming Tribulation [Time of Jacob’s Trouble]. I think it and the eclipse in 2024 are like bookends, both making announcements. The first eclipse states that the Tribulation is coming, and the second eclipse states that the Tribulation will soon be over. It is very interesting that the first hurricane, which devastated the islands and Texas, started where the eclipse ended in the Atlantic Ocean. Please, after all I have studied do not try to tell me that was a coincidence! Interestingly enough, there is only one more solar eclipse in the future for the U.S.A. It is just under seven years from August 21st, 2017 and it is on April 8th, 2024. Do the math, and 1,260 days [first half of the Tribulation] plus 1,260 days [second half of the Tribulation] is less than seven full years, but these are announcements, so they do not have to be exact. I will show you it is seven years from God’s point of view. Our years are 365 days long, which when you multiply that time seven years it is 2,555 days. The Hebrew year was 360 days, which when multiplied by seven years is 2,520 days. Now add what the Bible says 1,260 days plus 1,260 days [the two, three and a half years sections of the Tribulation] and you get 2,520 days, which is exactly seven years by the Hebrew calendar. So, it will be seven years just as it says. Therefore, the two eclipses are like bookends for the Tribulation. My brothers and sisters, this is so awesome, and I am not done yet.
The exact moment that this eclipse started in the U.S.A., was at that same moment the sun set in Israel, “in the twinkling of an eye.” In other words, the sun went dark in two places in the world, at exactly the same second! I think God planned ahead.
Eclipses always affect nations. The sun, which is bigger, affects the Gentile nations, the smaller, which is the moon, and it affects the land of Israel. A solar eclipse is a sign of either, “repentance,” or a warning of, “judgment,” on the Gentile nations. Interesting that this eclipse came 33 days before the Revelation 12 prophecy, which I believe is the announcement of the coming of the Rapture, or Gathering together. The last nationwide eclipse in the U.S.A. was on June 8th, 1918. It was followed by the Swine Flu epidemic. We saw that after this 2017 eclipse there were three major hurricanes, one right after another, and one rated the strongest ever recorded. Parts of Puerto Rico still have not gotten power back since the hurricanes. The eclipses in the past foreshadowed the coming of bad things. This fits with the Bible verses covered, where basically, and I extrapolate, it stated, “history will repeat itself.” Remember, if it happened before, it will happen again, and there is nothing new under the sun. We have to watch what has happened, and what Yahweh, and the Lord Jesus gives us prophetically. What happened after that eclipse in 1918 was the flu Pandemic, which killed more than 675,000 in the U.S.A., and killed 50 to 100 million worldwide. Hey, we in the U.S.A. were much less populated then.
Today, we have removed God from way too much, and allowed evil life styles to prevail. The people in the U.S.A. say it is okay to do almost anything [except Christianity], read almost anything [except the Bible], but to live a Christian life, with its values, is looked down on, or will even get you killed in some places of the world. I am concerned about the path of the eclipse. It ran the width of the U.S.A. through the Cascadian, Yellowstone, and New Madrid fault lines, and the last fault line seems to be pointed out in the next eclipse. The path was a perfect match for three major earthquake zones in the U.S.A. We now need to see the map seven years in the future, which I feel announces the end of the Tribulation.
I hate to even say this, but, “X,” marks the spot, which here is the New Madrid fault center. Interestingly enough, this second eclipse happens on the Hebrew calendar on Nisan 1st, their religious New Year. I know from other things, which I will be showing you in the Bible that the U.S.A. will not survive the Tribulation, which is contrary to what many television Evangelists teach. Also, it marks where two very big rivers come together [the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers]. Science believes that a major earthquake at the fault center at the New Madrid would split the U.S.A. into three pieces [see Rev. 16:19]. Here is a USGS map showing where the eclipse traveled, and it definitely covers three earthquake centers.
Isaiah prophesied about a nation Cush [Ethiopia] that we the U.S.A. will be doing business with in the future. This verse is about the U.S.A.
Isaiah 18:2 (NIV)
which sends envoys by sea in papyrus boats over the water. Go, swift messengers, to a people tall and smooth-skinned, to a people feared far and wide, an aggressive nation of strange speech, whose land is divided by rivers.
More and more theologians and people are seeing this verse, as well as many other verses that are about the U.S.A., and they show that the U.S.A. is not a good place. Also, a few verses later God almost repeats the verse again.
Isaiah 18:7 (NIV)
At that time gifts will be brought to the LORD [Yahweh] Almighty from a people tall and smooth-skinned, from a people feared far and wide, an aggressive nation of strange speech, whose land is divided by rivers—the gifts will be brought to Mount Zion, the place of the Name of the LORD [Yahweh] Almighty.
Strange speech! American English has the most made up words than any other language. Try to find a root language for humongous. Then add the fact that we put adjectives, and adverbs before the corresponding noun, and verb. We in the U.S.A. do not like hearing these things about our country. Well, let me show you a few things. Since there is no plan to un-earth Babylon, which is 50 [1,524 cm] to 75 feet [2,286 cm] under sand, no matter what many great Theologians say, the original Babylon will never rise again. The Bible says the original Babylon will be destroyed, and the Bible said its destruction will last forever. Look at these verses:
Jeremiah 25:12 and 13 (NIV)
12 “But when the seventy years are fulfilled, I will punish the king of Babylon and his nation, the land of the Babylonians, for their guilt,” declares the LORD [Yahweh], “and will make it desolate forever [for how long?]. 13 I will bring upon that land all the things I have spoken against it, all that are written in this book and prophesied by Jeremiah against all the nations.
Way too many bad things are prophesied against the nations, which caused the Judeans problems, and to cover this, read the whole book of Jeremiah! Therefore, the Great Prostitute Babylon of the book of Revelation has to be somewhere else. Let us see.
Revelation 16:17–20 (NIV)
17 The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and out of the temple came a loud voice from the throne, saying, “It is done!” 18 Then there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder and a severe earthquake. No earthquake like it has ever occurred since man has been on earth, so tremendous was the quake. 19 The great city [we feel this is a figure speaking of a nation from the context] split into three parts, and the cities of the nations collapsed. God remembered Babylon the Great and gave her the cup filled with the wine of the fury of his wrath. 20 Every island fled away and the mountains could not be found.
This is talking about the entire world, but Babylon here represents a nation, not just a city. We do not feel it is modern day Saudi Arabia, or Iraq, but it is this giant economic empire, the United States of America. For a long time, I thought it was just New York City, but the Bible proved me wrong. Remember, chapter placement and verses were added by man, not God breathed, and are good only for finding things [sadly, many so called prophets are using Scripture references as if they are God breathed, and Strong’s numbers too, but you can prove that is wrong very easily]. Though I am glad we have both for finding verses and words in the Bible.
There is only one verse left before we go into chapter 17 from the verses above. The context of chapters 16 through 18 is about the Great Prostitute, which is Babylon the Great. Let us look at Revelation 17:1, but remember the things from verse 19 [The great city (we feel this is a figure speaking of a nation from the context) split into three parts], and verse 18 [and a severe earthquake. No earthquake like it has ever occurred since man has been on earth, so tremendous was the quake].
Revelation 17:1 (NIV)
One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits on many waters.
Since, we know this cannot be the original Babylon, nor almost any other nation, so it has to be the U.S.A., and especially where New York City sits. Let us see why. Let us start with the verse above. It states, “…who sits on many waters.” That rules out the original Babylon, which is in sand, and 400 miles [644 km] from the closest sea. We sit on many waters, with the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, with the Great Lakes, and many rivers like the Ohio, and Mississippi. No one else can make that claim. This is the first clue, but for more, we have to jump ahead to chapter 18.
Revelation 18:2 and 3 (NIV)
2 With a mighty voice he shouted: “Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great! She has become a home for demons and a haunt for every evil spirit, a haunt for every unclean and detestable bird. 3 For all the nations have drunk the maddening wine of her adulteries. The kings of the earth committed adultery with her, and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries.”
No city or country would want this to be said about them, “…a home for demons and a haunt for every evil spirit….” I believe this next part was behind the reason for both World Wars, “…all the nations have drunk the maddening wine of her adulteries. The kings of the earth committed adultery with her, and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries.” How many nations? “ALL THE NATIONS!” Therefore, before we say how bad the U.S.A. is, realize we were in bed with the leaders of, “ALL the nations!” You are not going to like this, but at the end of World War One, the U.S.A., or should I say, the big companies from the U.S.A., got control of way too many businesses worldwide. Saying that we were there with money to help their countries rebuild, after their factories were destroyed by the fighting, is a joke, so to speak. Let us skip down to verse 10. This was written 2,000 years ago, and the revelation to John had to be about things he would understand, but we get the idea that it was whatever that can be bought, and sold.
Revelation 18:10–16 (NIV)
10 Terrified at her torment, they will stand far off and cry: “‘Woe! Woe, O great city, O Babylon, city of power! In one hour your doom has come!’ 11 “The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her because no one buys their cargoes any more—12 cargoes of gold, silver, precious stones and pearls; fine linen, purple, silk and scarlet cloth; every sort of citron wood, and articles of every kind made of ivory, costly wood, bronze, iron and marble; 13 cargoes of cinnamon and spice, of incense, myrrh and frankincense, of wine and olive oil, of fine flour and wheat; cattle and sheep; horses and carriages; and bodies and souls of men. 14 “They will say, ‘The fruit you longed for is gone from you. All your riches and splendor have vanished, never to be recovered.’ 15 The merchants who sold these things and gained their wealth from her will stand far off, terrified at her torment. They will weep and mourn 16 and cry out: “‘Woe! Woe, O great city, dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet, and glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls!
The city could be just New York City, but after several years of thinking that, I studied the big companies, and they may all be touched by Wall Street in New York City, but their headquarters are from New York to California. Remember when the stock market in New York City went down in 1929? Well, it affected every nation on earth. It collapsed the economy from Germany to China, because everyone pulled their money out of the stock market. No one asked, “Where did all the money go?” War is good for Babylon. Watch this! From 1929 until 1941 the world was in a deep Depression, which started here in the U.S.A. There was little money, and few jobs! Then we had World War Two, and all of a sudden there was enough money pumped into the economy to arm the Western world, put every European military kicked out of Europe at Dunkirk, in planes, jeeps, tanks, rifles, uniforms, EVERYTHING they needed! Again, no one asked, “Where did the money come from?” Then when it was over, U.S. companies then owned even more companies worldwide. Talk about Babylon! Got to show you one more thing, but I want to show you so much more!
Revelation 18:17–19 (NIV)
17 In one hour such great wealth has been brought to ruin!’ “Every sea captain, and all who travel by ship, the sailors, and all who earn their living from the sea, will stand far off. 18 When they see the smoke of her burning, they will exclaim, ‘Was there ever a city like this great city?’ 19 They will throw dust on their heads, and with weeping and mourning cry out: “‘Woe! Woe, O great city, where all who had ships on the sea became rich through her wealth! In one hour she has been brought to ruin!
By working, and just reading 2 Kings, and 2 Chronicles, we find Babylon was a kingdom, or some would say, a City-State. I do not believe it is just New York City. We believe it is a Metonymy of Adjunct: Similar to a Metonymy of Subject, only here it is when something pertaining to the subject is put for the subject itself. Here they use city throughout the context, when in reality it is the nation. That the evil of the big companies of the U.S.A. are shown as the city, which houses Wall Street, yet represents the entire U.S.A., a part for the whole. I underlined every sea captain, all who travel by sea, all who earn a living from the sea, all sailors, and all who had ships on the sea; this means everyone, everywhere, that make money from the sea in the whole world. Verse 18 is the clincher, “When they see the smoke of her burning….” That cannot be the original Babylon, because of the fact it is 400 miles [644 km] in land. Because of the curvature of the earth, things begin to disappear from sight once four miles [6.44 km] away. There is no place on earth, other than New York City, that can figuratively, or in reality, be the Babylon of the book of Revelation. Babylon comes to an end, and will be no more at all! Hey, that is just like the original Babylon!
Revelation 18:21 (KJV)
And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.
Thus, ends the so called greatest nation [and city] in the world. Many New Yorkers call it the capital of the world. Christians should have rebelled when the first freedom was taken away.
My brothers and sisters, there is Christian revival in both Russia, and China! The Globalists want us to think they will take care of us, to look to the government to help you. How did that work for the Native Americans [American Indians]? Our government never kept one treaty they ever made with them! You who fought in Vietnam know that at the Paris Peace Accords the war was over in 1973, and we won! Sadly, we had an administration change, then the U.S.A. failed to honor the treaty, and in less than two years, South Vietnam fell to communism! Think about what they want, and it is you, and power! We WERE a great nation, but we are no more. We can read old books, watch old movies, see things, and hear things, which show people saw God in things, people had hope, and people worked together. We had honest values, and godly standards, but most of that is gone today.
Are these events God’s judgement on nations, I do not think so. It is like one historian said about Paul persecuting Jesus, and kicking against the pricks, in the King James Version [Acts 9:5]. Paul was going against God’s people, and Jesus said Paul was, “…persecuting me [Jesus],” and found it hard to kick against the pricks for Paul. In other words, back then, and in many less advanced countries even today, they used what was then called, “pricks.” In Vietnam, they were called pongee sticks! A city with a wall around it had dirt piled next to the wall, and all sizes of sticks, up to logs, which were sharpened, then stuck in the dirt. After sharpening, they would burn it to harden it, and then re-sharpen. Persecuting Jesus would be like if you wore sandals, and went and kicked the sharpened sticks, and logs [pricks]. It would prick you, to say the least, but really you were hurting yourself. God lifts off His Grace, because of peoples own actions, and with the help of our, and God’s Enemy, who goes around and, “kills, steals, and destroys,” then takes care of the rest!
This Eclipse came on August 21st, 2017! What followed was not going to be good, but 33, or so days later was September 23rd, and we saw a sign announcing the coming of the Rapture. We saw the earthquakes that followed the eclipse, and the many wildfires across the western states.
We still have time to help warn those not yet saved! Remember, the Book of life is not closed yet. There is time, but not if we keep our mouths shut. Also, we need to give many hurt, sick, poor, out of work, homeless, and lonely Christians hope!
You may have found this website by accident, while looking for information on the, “End Times,” or for someone to rescue you from the horrors of this world. We understand that! This world can be, and many times is, very scary. There is a reason for that, which no one has probably ever told you about. Satan, or the Devil [who is God’s enemy] was given the control over this world, by the original man and the woman [referred to by many as Adam and Eve], who were given the power to rule [have dominion] over God’s Creation [Gen. 1:26 and 28]. You may ask how we know he got this authority, the Devil told us, in Luke 4:5 and 6. Since the man and the women had it first, we know they sinned, and that authority then got transferred to the Devil.
He has messed it up, and today he is called the god of this age [2 Cor. 4:4]; he causes death [Heb. 2:14], his goal is to kill, steal, and destroy you, in contrast to Jesus, who wants you to have life to the full or a more abundant life [John 10:10]. The Devil is responsible for all the evil, sin, pain, and suffering in the world today. You may have heard it is God who does those evil things, but this is not the case. God is love [1 John 4:8 and 16], and He is light and in Him is no darkness at all [1 John 1:5].
In the beginning man sinned against God, and got this world in a terrible mess. Man with his eyes wide open went against God, but God had a plan, another man. God promised to send this man to rescue all who have sinned and come short of the glory of God [Rom. 3:23]. This rescuer, redeemer, deliverer was sent around 2,000 years ago. He walked a perfect, sinless life all the way to the day he was betrayed, and later died for you and for me too! As a reward for that, God made this man Jesus both Lord and Christ [Acts 2:36]. He paid a price for us he did not owe, and that we could not pay. One man messed it up, but another man blessed it up.
He laid down his life so he could be the rescuer of all who come to him. You need to know he is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and nobody can get to God except through Jesus:
John 14:6 (NIV)
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through [by way of] me.
So, it is through [by way of] Jesus that we come to the Father, and how do we do that?
Romans 10:9 (NIV)
That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved [Greek sozo, which here is translated into saved, can be translated rescued, and is in many versions].
So, if you want to be rescued from this present evil world, and learn about the promises God and His Son Jesus Christ have made available to you, do what this last verse says! Confess WITH YOUR MOUTH Jesus is Lord, AND believe in your heart God raised him from the dead, and an everlasting life in the coming age is guaranteed for you! That coming age is coming soon, which is what this series is about. We get the promise of living in a world where laws will be fair, when we get there, there will be no more sickness or death for us ever, and life filled with the finest foods, and drinks. Much, much more that you will be able to learn about if you follow Romans 10:9. Jump on the train with us, and watch where God and His Son Jesus take us. ALL ABOARD!
Once this Part Fourteen is posted I will remove the original Part Four from our website, because what you need to know biblically is in this part, from Part Four. I will close for now, but Part Fifteen is coming!
Love You All In Christ, Bob Maffit