Grim Reaper

SHILLUM

CHAPTER SIX


 

    Over and over again we can see the similarities leading to the final collapse of all things. Yet, the dead cannot discern what is happening. The world goes on without care that soon it must be destroyed by its own hand.

    In the Dead Sea Scrolls there are prophecies that seem to apply to our age. Jesus said, "When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning, It will be foul weather today: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?" Matt. 16:1-3. Why is it that men are such fools when it comes to reading the signs of the times? History does repeat itself.

    The Scrolls speak of a final Jubilee. A Jubilee period is 49 years in the Bible. Ten Jubilee periods would be 490 years and four of these epochs would be 1960 years which would constitute an age of time. This last age began in 34 A.D and ended in 1994 A.D. The final Jubilee period of this age would be from 1945 until 1994, or 49 years. The last week (seven years) of the last Jubilee period would be from 1987 till 1994. The Dead Sea Scrolls predict that in that week of years God's people would come to the place of their patrimony. That is-those good things predicted for them would come to pass. They would reach the place in their life when "all is well". That is-they are made free of the world and servants unto God. By faith they would stand on secure ground. On the other hand, the wicked would also come to their patrimony or come to the place designated for them and that is "all is hell". Let us read it here from the Scrolls. "I take my text from the Law of the Jubilee. In this year of the jubilee, we read, you shall return, everyone of you, to his patrimony.... "At the final jubilee, therefore, God will in fact be restoring them to what is rightfully theirs; they will indeed 'return, every one, to his patrimony'. As for the allusion in the law of the jubilee (Lev. 25:10) to proclaiming liberation to them, this is to be understood also in the sense that he will remit the full term of the punishment for their misdeeds, for the (Hebrew) word rendered 'liberation' is also a technical term for the remission of debts.

    "All this will happen in the final week [1987-1994] of a series of years involving nine preceding jubilees [441 previous years]. When, therefore, the scripture speaks of a day of atonement to be observed in the seventh month, on the tenth day of that month (Lev. 25:9) what is meant, in an eschatological sense, is that this final jubilee will be marked by a day on which all the children of light and all who have cast their lot with the cause of righteousness will achieve forgiveness of their sins, whereas the wicked will reap their deserts and be brought to an end.

    "This is the era which Isaiah terms the Year of Favor (Isa. 61:2) - that is, the one designed by God's favor, for the King of Righteousness- which is what, by his very name, Melchizedek prefigures-to come into his dominion. He will take the lead among God's heavenly saints in executing the various sentences of judgment, as it is said in the songs of David: God has taken His stand in the council divine, among the beings divine, to render judgment (Ps. 82:1).

    "...The visitation of which I have been speaking is the same as the day of retribution of which the prophet Isaiah speaks in the words: How fair upon the mountains are the feet of the herald who proclaims 'Shalom! (peace)', the herald of good tidings who proclaims 'Salvation'! who says to Zion, 'Your God has now claimed His kingdom!' (Isa. 52:7), for the word shalom may also be read shillum, 'retribution' as who should say, 'All is hell!' rather than 'All is well!'

    "...At that time, it will be from Belial, not from God, that men will turn away in rebellion, and [also] there will be a reestablishment of the reign of righteousness, perversity being confounded by the judgments of God. This is what scripture implies in the words, Who says to Zion, Your God has now claimed His kingdom! (Isa. 52:7), the term Zion there denoting the total congregation of the 'sons of righteousness' -that is, those who maintain the covenant and turn away from the popular trend, and your God signifying the king of righteousness, alias Melchizedek redivivus (revived), who will destroy Belial. Our text speaks also of sounding a loud trumpet blast throughout the land on the tenth day of the seventh month (Lev. 25:9). As applied to the last days, this refers to the fanfare which will then be sounded before the messianic king.

    "When the seal is placed upon the age that is about to pass away [1994], then I will show these signs: the books shall be opened before the face of the firmament, and all shall see my judgment together." 2 Esdras 6:20. Again it is written: "But the day of judgment will be the end of this age and the beginning of the immortal age to come, in which corruption [in God's people] has passed away." 2 Esdras 7:113.

    In the fourth book of Ezra we can see the evidence of the end. The signs to watch for are now in place. "He answered me and said, 'Measure carefully in your mind, and when you see that a certain part of the predicted signs are past then you will know that it is the very time when the Most High is about to visit the world which he has made. So when there shall appear in the world earthquakes, tumult of peoples, intrigues of nations, wavering of leaders, confusion of princes then you will know that it was of these that the Most High spoke from the days that were of old from the beginning. For just as with everything that has occurred in the world, the beginning is evident, and the end is manifest; so also are the times of the Most High. The beginnings are manifest in wonders and mighty works, and the end in requital and signs. And it shall be that everyone who will be saved and will be able to escape on account of his works, or on account of the faith by which he has believed, will survive the dangers that have been predicted, and will see my salvation in my land and within my borders, which I have sanctified for myself from the beginning. Then those who have now abused my ways shall be amazed, and those who have rejected them with contempt shall dwell in torments. For as many as did not acknowledge me in their lifetime, although they received my benefits and as many as scorned my Law while they still had freedom and did not understand but despised it while an opportunity of repentance was still open to them these must in torment acknowledge it after death.

    "But if the Most High grants that you live, you shall see it thrown into confusion after the third period [age, (1994)]; and the sun shall suddenly begin to shine at night, and the moon during the day. Blood shall drip from wood, and the stone shall utter its voice; the peoples shall be troubled, and the stars shall fall. And one shall reign whom those who inhabit the earth do not expect, and the birds shall fly away together." Can we see the revelation of these prophecies? A man would have to be a complete fool not to see what is happening to our world. The ominous signs which increase daily are visible if one has eyes to see. God will no longer uphold the nations and defend the many churches who have taken His name in vain. The Day of Atonement in 1994 marked the end of this world's institutions and it marked the strength and power of those who serve God. From that day forward this world's governments and churches will be allowed to fall into the hole of their own making.

    In this last week of years described in the Scrolls are some very ominous events. The years started with a symbol for us to recognize. On October 19, 1987, just two weeks after the beginning of the final week, the stock market recorded record losses. While this did not end the system, it was an ominous portent of things to come. What it showed was how vain one's hopes are who places those hopes in speculation. A great and final collapse of finance is soon to come.

    In 1989 the Berlin Wall was beginning to be dismantled and the mark of the fall of communism and the reign of capitalism (money) began to complete its dominion. In 1991 the formal dissolution of the Soviet state took place. All this marks a major change in the world order which has existed in one degree or another for centuries.

    It was also in 1991 that the United Nations asserted its power and placed itself right in the midst of middle eastern politics dividing the once united Muslim states. So it is written, "And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas (in the midst of the people) in the glorious holy mountain." Dan 11:45.

    In 1993, the beginning of the seventh year of rest, the Branch Davidians were attacked resulting in a destroying fire which left the compound in ruins. Strange as it may seem, this was the beginning of the end for America.

    As mentioned before, Josephus records the destruction of Masada. This Jewish stronghold was under siege for about as long as was the Davidian compound, and in like manner, it was destroyed by fire.

    This was the spark that would kindle a thousand fires around the country. Recently, we saw the destruction of a federal building in Oklahoma in retaliation for the destruction near Waco. Since this tragedy occurred, we have seen the evolution of the Militia which is an army designed for the sole purpose of war with the government.

    This is highly descriptive of the war that ended the existence of Jerusalem. Josephus records that Jerusalem was divided into three factions. Various zealots fought amongst themselves within Jerusalem and also fought the Romans outside the city during the siege. Concerning the last days the book of Revelation speaks, "And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath." Revelation 16:19. The United States (that great city) is also divided into three parts, as it is written. There are zealots composing the conservatives, there are the liberals, and there is the Christian right. The Militia, among others, constitutes a faction of the zealots. These factions are fighting among themselves and occasionally they go out and fight someone outside such as with the bombing of the federal building.

    These ominous tokens are a reenactment of the events just prior to the destruction of the Jewish nation. This city was destroyed because the Jews refused to accept the message of Jesus and our nation is being destroyed for the same reasons. This last week of the Jubilee has sealed the will and determination of God's people and the will and determination of those who have refused to accept the way of Christ. The last week of years between 27 A.D. and 34 A.D. determined the fate of the Christian church [cult] and the fate of the city that had rejected the message that Jesus the Christ brought to them.

    In this age, the years between 1987 and 1994 determined the fate of God's church [cult] today and the fate of the nations that have rejected the message brought to them. The nations have turned to the earth for peace and safety instead of taking up the cross of Christ and now their fate is sealed in their own blood. We shall now see the increased destruction of the nations until there will remain not one person left.

    President Bush remarked that when a nation turns its weapons of war against its own citizens it cannot stand. We are now seeing the dissolving and the falling of our own government as we have seen the fall of the Christian churches previously. In spiritual things the world has been destroyed already. The strong family ties and the strong moral fiber necessary for a strong church and government have been dissolved, just as the Dead Sea Scrolls predicted and at the time they predicted them.

    In regard to God's sons it may be asked how they have come to their promised place. Is it not true they are still here? Do they not suffer the mocking jests of the world? What this signifies is that God's sons have taken the kingdom. The revealing of Christ has caused their eyes to see what supports the nations. In all of this they have been made free. They have come to their patrimony as it was written. God's people will do God's will and the nations have nothing to say about it. They have risen, stood up, and will no longer be trodden down by that Wicked one who has so wonderfully boasted over them. The sons of God will stand free of this wicked age and watch as it tears itself asunder. They are ascending above this dark world and they will not look back.

    The world's environment for life has been destroyed by man's own activities. I do not mean merely his physical environment but his spiritual. The apostle Paul wrote: "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." Man cannot live like animals. Man can only live like God for he is created in the image of God. If he breaks down his spiritual power, he must necessarily cease to exist. This is the process in which we have been involved. It matters little whether or not the physical world turns; what matters is whether or not our spiritual world is turning. That is what constitutes life for us.

    It might be mentioned here that this world has always had its wars, troubles and plagues. That is true. One can see how cities have come to their end and entire nations have been destroyed. Now we are in a time when the entire earth is involved in the same struggle. It is not simply an isolated city as was Babylon or Jerusalem when the world had far less population. Now there are billions of us and we are all in the same caldron. The spiritual process is come to its end and it is only a matter of a little time and all of the material form will end itself. This is not a statement of gloom and doom. It is a statement of cause and effect. It is the natural process of what happens when men think the way men think today. It is true that God is dead in the hearts of men today, practically speaking, but God is not dead in the hearts of God's "cultists". He lives, hated by the world, yet all the hatred only serves the purposes of God, for it strengthens the Godly and destroys the wicked and unfaithful.

    Everything has its cycle of life. There is a time for everything. Now that the garden of this age is harvested with the message of God, Jesus tells us that the tares are gathered in to be burned. He says, "Behold, I am against thee, O thou most proud, saith the Lord God of hosts: for thy day is come, the time that I will visit thee. And the most proud shall stumble and fall, and none shall raise him up: and I will kindle a fire in his cities, and it shall devour all round about him." Jer. 50:31-32.

    He says, "I will kindle a fire." This is exactly what has been done. A fire burns in the midst of our nation. A terrible scourge of fire is now kindled. All honesty and nobility is thrown to the wind and a torrent of words and accusations is common. "Men speak evil of dignities" without any thought of it at all. This is the fire the Scripture predicted would take place at the end of time. It is written, "For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of hosts." Mal. 4:1-3.

    The hell fire that has been predicted has now entered our world. Men thought it would look like a visible fire, but it is far more meaningful than fire by match. No, it is fire by soul. It is kindled in the midst because God has been driven from the hearts of men. Society only stands in God. The harvest is completed and there remains no hope for the tares. They are gathered to be burned.

    We are not told how long this fire will burn. We can only know that it is now burning and it will finally leave neither root nor branch. The world will be destroyed by this fire as we are seeing. It became obvious in the final week of years what is to transpire. We will now watch and see the increase of fire from the earth and fire from the heavens which will consume all things.

    Every terror, every revolution, every plague, every catastrophe, every bomb, every writing which exposes the current order will be recognized for what it is-the fire that is destroying the world. Fire from the earth comes in the form of rebellion and violence. Fire from heaven comes in the form of light and truth. Light in great abundance comes to destroy the darkness-that is the fire from heaven. Just as the Lord said, just when He said it would happen, all things have been judged. It has not been according to our bright ideas, it has not been in accord with our great imaginations, but it has been in accord with God's word. It is written, "Just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints. Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest. And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened: and the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues." Rev. 15:4-6. Our time is up. The harvest is ripe.

    Harvest has always been a time of great rejoicing and this harvest is no different. Who would possibly weep and moan over a wonderful harvest? Unless, of course, all you have sown is weeds. But then, if weeds are what one has grown, then why would one not be happy with what he has knowingly chosen? Every man will know the answer to that within himself. It is written: "And he said to me, 'Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near. Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy. See, I am coming soon; my reward is with me, to repay according to everyone's work." Rev. 22:10-12.

    God's people have entered into their rest. That is-they have learned to trust Him in all things. They have taken the kingdom. The chaff has been blown to the wind, but the cult (culture) of God stands still (or still stands) and waits upon His daily instructions. The world has passed away in their thoughts and hearts. There is nothing or no one to fight. God's people need not try to convince anyone against their will. Everyone has what he wants. The light has flashed everywhere and all men are acting out their decision. No man should be disappointed to have received what he has wanted, but sorrowfully men will be disappointed. They will see that their own righteousness has afforded them nothing at all and they have refused the righteousness of God. It is written, "For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries." Hebrews 10:26-27. The worldly cults and all their adherents will consume together with the earth and its adherents.

    "And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: and they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God." Rev. 14:1-5.

    Now is the time when these beings know who they are. The Scriptures do not lie. The 144,000 have characteristics which have come by faith in Christ. They have separated themselves from the women (churches) of earth and have instead chosen the congregation of God. They have the Father's new name written in their foreheads which is THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. These beings follow the lamb wherever He goes. In their mouth is no deceit and they stand faultless before God. This is the church of the Lord's righteousness. This is His cult (culture). It is written: "In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely: and this is the name wherewith she shall be called, The Lord our righteousness." Jer 33:16.

    We have come to the time when by experience the Sons of God dwell safely. That is to say, their faith is stayed on God. Through experience they have found heaven in the soul, but more than that, they will not be moved from heaven back to earth whatever the provocation.

    These Sons, wherever they are on earth, are one with Christ as He is one with the Father. This is what Jesus prayed for and this is the answer to His prayer. "Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of My God, and the name of the city of my God, which is New Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from My God: and I will write upon him My new name." Rev. 3:7-12.

    "Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean...Therefore my people shall know my name: therefore they shall know in that day that I am he that doth speak: behold, it is I." Isa. 52:1,6.

    No, God's Sons are not confused as to who is speaking in them. It is the Father who speaks. They know the meaning of the words of Jesus when He said, "Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works." John 14:10. This is now fulfilled in the hearing of all. God's Sons do nothing of themselves but the Father who dwells in them, He does the works and He speaks the words.

    Now the time is come. The earth has been left desolate. They will not hear from the Sons of God again until they can say, Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.

    Now you have it. Yes, it is finished. There is now no possibility that earthly things could be returned to their right state. Men have compromised, resisted, and disbelieved the Word of God so long they cannot reverse it. Men will not keep God's true Sabbath. They may know how to count to seven and get to church on Saturday as with some professors, but they do not keep God's true Sabbath which is to always trust and obey God at all times under any circumstances. God's rest means to tell the truth at all times. The world has heard the truth, but they receive the mark of the beast so that they do not suffer loss or become ill thought of. They stay in their poor dead churches, taught by poor dead preachers, while living in a dead country on a dead earth ruled by dead men. Mankind have taken this road so long they cannot now turn back. They cannot now repent. This is the meaning of probation's close. Now you may understand what the whole battle has been about. I would hope that the reader of this book has been one who has prepared for what he or she must now face-The Battle of Armageddon! It is the time prophesied when Christ and His people stand arrayed against the world and its corrupt system of things. You may read of this battle in Revelation 19:11-21.

    There is a measure of hope in the Scriptures for those who dwell in this age. The Scriptures read, "Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy." Rev. 22:11. That is to say, if you are living according to your best knowledge and have obeyed the voice of God with all your heart, you will continue to do this. On the other hand, if you are compromising yourself and following practices on occasion you know are not right so that you might receive a measure of peace or fleshly pleasure, you will continue to do that. "Let the evil doer still do evil." The word "let" means to leave them alone, they will not change.

    Men have had hundreds of years to change. Men have scoffed and mocked God continually. Men's hearts are continually following after evil and God simply says, "leave them alone." God does not desert men. What happens is that men become so hardened through resistance that they can no longer respond to God. Is your heart too hard to respond now? Can you repent of your life? This, you will judge. Right at this moment you will know where it is you are standing. It is written, "The hour of His judgment is come." Rev. 14:7. The prophecies are fulfilled. That great wicked kingdom has been revealed. It has been exposed for what it is by the brightness which accompanies the coming of Jesus and God's children are delivered from its deceptions by that brightness. It is finished!

    This truth is recorded in the book of Revelation. Chapter ten, starting with verse seven of the book reads, "But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets." The seventh trumpet is now sounding and this trumpet corresponds to the seventh plague. They declare the Battle of Armageddon. That battle is the plague of hail when the word of God sweeps away the refuge of lies. (See Isa 28:17). The sons of God are to take a little book and eat it. This little book is now in your hand. While the message in this book is sweet to the taste for a believer, the result of sharing this book with unbelievers is bitterness. Persecution and trial come to those who share the truths found here. Even so-God's sons are told to "prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings."

    The Battle of Armageddon is now to be fought. God's sons are standing in array against the world and its sons. The battle lines are marked. You may now know on which side you stand.

    Those individuals who compose God's army hear a voice which says, "Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues." Rev. 18:4. They come out of all apostate religion and separate from the wickedness of the nations. They do not support them with money or time. There shall now fall upon men a great hail and the hail will sweep away the refuge of lies. "And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war." Rev 19:11.

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