Joseph Herrin (03-20-2010)
That which has been is that which will be, and that which has been done is that which will be done. So, there is nothing new under the sun.
This post is not so much a look back at the past as it is a forecast of the very near future. Undoubtedly, what is shared here will be disturbing to many, but it is offered with good intent. The people of God need to recognize the hour they live in.
There are certain patterns that play out in history. Things which have been often reoccur in a new generation. Atrocities and large scale suffering are very much cyclical for the nature of Adamic man, and of Satan, has not changed in the past 6,000 years. Neither has the fact changed that mankind can only be perfected through suffering. This fact was declared to our very first forebears in the Garden of Eden after they sinned.
To the woman He said, "I will greatly multiply your pain in childbirth. In pain you shall bring forth children; Yet your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you."
I have shared before that these words of God to Eve are a great parable. Eve is a type of the church, which is the Bride of Christ. Christ is called “the second Adam” and “the last Adam” (I Corinthians 15:45). Even as the first Adam had a bride who could only bring forth children in his image through intense suffering, so too does the last Adam have a Bride. She too can only bring forth sons in His image through suffering. We find that Christ used this very analogy when speaking to His disciples.
Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy. A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a man has been born into the world.
People of God, the Spirit has been testifying through many signs that the hour is at hand for the church to go through her birth pangs. Recently we witnessed one of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded. It occurred in the nation of Chile. This earthquake measured 8.8 on the Richter scale. The number 8 speaks of new beginnings, and is a number relating to Christ.
This earthquake occurred near the city of Concepcion, and this too is part of the parable that is to be understood. Conception is a word that is linked to the subject of pregnancy and birth. An interesting note on this particular earthquake is that Concepcion has as a sister city the town of Bethlehem in Israel.
It was in Bethlehem that Christ was born, and it is in this last hour that sons must come forth in the image of Christ. Even as a woman knows birthpangs before she brings forth a son, so too must the church go through birthpangs for her sons to be manifest.
For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body.
An earthquake is a shadow and type of a woman experiencing birth pangs. Man’s body was formed of the dust of the earth. An earthquake is a great contraction and upheaval of the earth. This great earthquake symbolizes that which is at hand. Another parallel we see at this time to the birth of Christ is that 2010 is a census year. Not only is it a census year in the United States, but it is the year of the World Census being conducted under the auspices of the United Nations.
For those interested in numbers, there are 222 countries/areas participating in the World Census, with 11 countries having no census scheduled. See graphic below:
Number of Countries/Areas
144 added to 78 equals 222. America is also in the second year of the 111th Congress, and each Congress runs for 2 years. It is America’s 222nd year. What is the significance of this number? Two speaks of a second event. Three is a number of fulness and completion. Repeating the number two three times speaks of a second event that brings things to fulness and completion.
We read in Scriptures that there was a world census in the year that Christ was born.
Now it came about in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth. This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all were proceeding to register for the census, everyone to his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem...
2010 is a world census year. One of the largest earthquakes ever recorded occurs near Concepcion, which is a sister city of Bethlehem. We are seeing a cycle repeated at this hour. It will be a traumatic time, a time of great upheaval in the earth. All those who desire to see the will of Yahweh fulfilled must stand in anticipation of this day. Do you know where the last 222 occurs in Scripture? Consider the significance of it.
He who testifies to these things says, "Yes, I am coming quickly." Amen. Come, Lord Yahshua.
This is the next to the last verse of the Bible, and the time is near for the fulfilling of all things. Though great tribulation must be passed through, it will all be forgotten when it is observed that a man child has been born, that sons have come forth in the image of Christ.
For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the first-born among many brethren...
I want to mention in this post some thoughts that relate to this cycle of tribulation and birth. In the late 1930s and first half of the 1940s great tribulation was seen in Europe as Hitler launched the “final solution” which was the attempted extermination of certain people groups, foremost of which were the Jewish people. It is estimated that 6 million Jews died in the concentration camps established by the National Socialist Party of Germany.
This experience was one of the most horrible periods of human history, yet it will be eclipsed by a far greater time of tribulation that is to come. What the world witnessed in the 1940s was the affliction of the natural seed of Abraham. What we will see in days ahead is the affliction of the spiritual seed of Abraham. From a focus on the Jews, the focus will shift to Christians. The pattern is first the natural, then the spiritual.
I Corinthians 15:46
However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual.
One result of the holocaust was the birth of the Jewish nation, which had not existed for nearly 2,000 years. The coming holocaust will also result in the appearance of a people of God in the earth. They will be known, where they have formerly been unknown. The coming days could well be described by the following words of the apostle Paul:
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed in us. For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God.
The revealing of the sons of God will only come through great tribulation. Out of a time of darkness will come great light.
"Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of Yahweh has risen upon you. For behold, darkness will cover the earth, and deep darkness the peoples; But Yahweh will rise upon you, and His glory will appear upon you. And nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.”
Even as Israel arose as a nation out of the horror of the holocaust, so too will a body of mature sons of Christ, adorned with His glory, arise out of the tribulation of the days we are entering into.
This morning I considered another parallel to the suffering of the natural seed of Abraham, and the days at hand. A sister sent me a link to the following post on the Unleavened Bread Ministry website:
The article speaks of the technology being promoted by IBM to track all men and women. IBM has supported and partnered with the manufacturers of the Verichip system that I reported on recently. Verichip is now called PostiveID.
At the above link you will find more information on the plans for the implementation of this chip in the United States (to be used similarly in other nations). Also, there is some very sobering news on IBM’s involvement in the NAZI party, as the head of IBM met with Adolph Hitler and established offices even in the concentration camps to track Jews and other “undesirables.” I encourage you to read the article, and watch the video, which I am also including here.
I want to clarify a few things before closing this post. There will be other people who are targeted for persecution in this last hour aside from Christians. This was also the pattern for the holocaust of the 1940s. Jews shared the concentration camps with gypsies, Poles, Christians, and other people groups. Neither do I believe the Jews have seen the worst of their suffering. I believe that Art Katz has a very sound teaching on this subject. You can find it at the following link:
Yet, I believe that Satan’s greatest wrath in these last days will be focused upon the spiritual seed of Christ.
"And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even to death. For this reason, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them. Woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, knowing that he has only a short time." And when the dragon saw that he was thrown down to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the man child.
The woman who gives birth to the man child is the church. Even as Eve was the bride of Adam and she brought forth a male child in Adam’s image, so too is the Church the Bride of Christ. Out of her will come a man child in Christ’s image.
We read that Herod sought to kill the child born to Mary, but God warned Joseph in a dream to flee to Egypt where a place had been prepared for them. So too will the Father have a place prepared for the woman who brings forth the man child in this last hour. Great wrath will be poured out on that part of the body of Christ that remains.
And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and went off to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Yahshua.
We see that in the time of Christ’s birth Herod slew all the children in Bethlehem and its surrounding area. It was a time of great slaughter. Satan’s focus in this last day will be upon destroying the seed of Christ, but God will help them.
I share these things to demonstrate again that the hour is very late. We are at the end of the age. I have no predictions on when things will occur. I do believe that things will move quickly, and will accelerate in the days ahead. Do we not see great changes coming to the nations at this time? Did not Barack Obama campaign on a theme of “Change”? Yet the change he will bring is not the change for which people were hoping.
It is a season to be watchful and waiting. It is an hour to walk daily by the leading of the Spirit. It is not a time to be pursuing worldly goals, or engaging in activities arising from the soul of man.
"For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. For as in those days which were before the flood they were eating and drinking, they were marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so shall the coming of the Son of Man be... Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming.”
Please note also that I have been spending much time getting the PARABLES BOOKSHELF newsletters prepared. I have sensed the leading of the Spirit in this work, and this is why I have not been posting many blogs in the past few weeks. I am still engaged in this work, and will be limited in my time available to answer e-mails and to post blogs for some more weeks. Please understand if I do not write a response back to every letter. I do read them all, and appreciate hearing from you.
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