To say “the die is cast” is to suggest that a process is past the point of return. So, no matter how we look at the present conditions in the world today, we are already past that point of no return and are very rapidly reaching the climax. When I wrote last October that we would soon see something that would shake the roots of our sorry own world, there is no doubt but that the last two/three months of turmoil, no matter how the turmoil came about, has brought earthshaking change to almost every nation on the globe. Think about this, because of the coronavirus, however it came about, has turned off economies, particularly of all the modern nations. That, in itself, should be enough to frighten us. Just imagine, the economies of the world that were kept alive in two World Wars, the Spanish Influenza, Sars, Cold Wars and numerous other outbreaks in the world, have simply shut down through government direction. Yet, why now! Is this virus so much more devastating than past events? Are we men and women so much more susceptible. Or, is the shutdown part of a last day plan to move the world in another direction. Yet, as will be revealed in these very last days, the Lord God Almighty is still in charge and He will use any plan to upset the applecart.
As you read this article, I ask you to keep prominently in mind:
The year 2023 AD
We Christians are most fortunate because, if we want to understand what is before us, we can look at the wonderful Words of God as set out in the Holy Scriptures, and particularly the prophecies woven throughout the entire Bible. Most of us will say that they are too complicated to understand but there are some scholars, like the late Howard Rand, who, through years of study, have enlightened us. Still, what has happened thus far in 2020 has opened our eyes even more.
Let me set the stage by quoting Leviticus 26:18, a warning to Israel, “And if ye will not for all this hearken unto me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins”. For this calculation, a time represents 360 prophetic years, so we are looking at 2,520 years from when the last tribe (Judah) was conquered by Babylon and its Israelitish habitants taken away to Babylon. That was in 603BC and the seven times expired in 1918. That is where this study will begin, although it is so deep that this article can touch only on aspects of the prophetic and totally deserving fall of Babylon.
In Revelation chapters 17-18 we basically have a description of two aspects of modern Babylon, so to speak. We have Mystery Babylon, described as the Mother of Harlots and abominations of the earth (1:5), the woman arrayed in purple and scarlet, decked with gold, precious stones and pearls and having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication. (17:4-5) Scholars suggest this is the Papacy of the Roman Catholic Church and while this is very likely so, I would add the upper hierarchy of most of the entire ecclesiastic Babylon.
The other part of Babylon is “Babylon the Great City” and is composed of the economic and political aspects of our world. Rand refers it to “man’s system which is in opposition to the administration of the system of God”. He goes on, “Man’s desire under our present world system has been to possess wealth, power and authority and the acquisition of gold …” And so, as the system evolved, “we have the very rich and powerful in the minority and the hundreds of millions living from cradle to grave in fear of want and destitution”. Yet, throughout each generation, we live in expectation that soon the Return of Jesus Christ will usher in the system of God. We know it to be so and we know the fate God has for the unscrupulous rich, just as the Apostle James wrote in Chapter 5:1-6, “Come you men of riches, bemoan yourselves and cry aloud over the miseries that are to overtake you. Corruption has fallen on your riches; all the fine clothes are left moth-eaten, and the gold and silver have long lain rusting. That rust will bear witness against you, will bite into your flesh like flame. These are the last days given you, and you have spent them in heaping up a store of retribution.’ You have kept back the pay of the workmen who reaped your lands, and it is there to cry out against you; the Lord of hosts has listened to their complaint. You have feasted here on earth, you have comforted your hearts with luxuries on this day that dooms you to slaughter. You have condemned and murdered the innocent man, while he offered no resistance”.
When is this to be? Revelation 18 gives us this clue, “…Alas, Alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour is thy judgment come”. Now, Bible students equate a prophetic hour to 15 minutes and Ezekiel 4:6 lets us relate this to 15 years. So, at some point on God’s calendar, the prophetic hour will point to release. Never forget Rand’s words, “The present economic system has been unjust, oppressive and has taken from God’s people the fruit of their labors. It is judged usurper and thief”.
Having gotten to this point in the article, I want us to return to the year 1918, and by the way, isn’t it interesting that the last 360 year time of Leviticus 26:18 began with the ascension of Queen Elizabeth 1st (Judah Monarch) in 1558 and ended in 1918. Anyway, let’s look how the prophetic hour can be applied from 1918. Remember, as Rand wrote, “With the close of World War One in 1918, the handwriting had appeared upon the wall, declaring the system was ready and ripe for judgment”. But the system’s rich and powerful were not ready to give up at that time and this has greatly added to their final woes.
#1 to 1933
During these years, the world went through the Great Depression, and interestingly enough, that great depression began in 1929, one prophetic hour from the beginning of World War One in 1914 where tens of millions of True Israelites were sacrificed. Then, at the apex of the 1933 prophetic hour, Manasseh America went off the gold standard, thus paving the way for massive debt and inflation. International bankers and huge corporations became huge beneficiaries. Hitler also took control of Germany in 1933, setting the stage for World War Two. Tremendous hardship for the Israel nations ensued ever since but a nail in the judgment of man’s system was implanted.
#2 to 1948
World War Two took place during the years leading up to the apex of 1948 and tens of thousands more Israelites gave up their lives. In fact, the entire world changed from the moment of victory in 1945 and True Israel debt soared as a result of the war and the cost of rebuilding enemy nations. Palestine, liberated by Ephraim Britain in 1917 was turned over to mostly Esau descendants in 1948 by the United Nations, after terrorist acts drove the British out in 1947. To add to the confusion, the Esau Jews adopted the name of “Israel” resulting in great confusion and this played the major part of convincing Christian churches the new occupants of the Modern Israeli Stare are the original Israelites. Ever since, of course, wars in the region have become commonplace and the drain on America and British money has massively add to debt. Yet, another nail was implanted in Man’s system.
#3 to 1963
The apex of this prophetic hour was the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. While reasons were publicized, among other things, Kennedy did favour the issue of interest free money and in pursuit of this, had authorized the issue of interest free silver certificates. These were withdrawn shortly after his death, the bankers being the prime beneficiaries, notwithstanding the act being perpetrated by another. The Viet Nam war was a product of Kennedy’s tenure and this added further staggering debt. Another sad aspect to the Kennedy presidency was the growth of inter-racial strife in America. Man’s system was becoming more beset with future problems. In England, plans were already underway to merge the nation in the EU.
#4 to 1978
This prophetic hour witnessed the greatest transfer of wealth to mid-east nations ever seen with the quadrupling of oil prices. With massive financial resources, some of these nations became bitter enemies of True Israel nations. What followed was much more inflation throughout the Israel nations, more debt and less money in the pocketbook. Near the end of the apex, Taiwan was abandoned as US President Jimmy Carter announced that the Communist Government of China would be recognized. Man’s system was beginning to show insurmountable cracks.
#5 to 1993
The Maastricht Treaty, ratified by Ephraim Britain in late 1993 was devastating, they lost the right to refuse those residents from EU States from living within their borders, they became weighed down by restrictions, having given authority to the EU, even to who could vote in their elections. And the drain on their financial coffers was astonishing. It was treason by any name. In America, China began their program of attracting US industries to their shores, massive selling of products driving local companies from the markets, espionage and theft of intellectual property and at the same time becoming a military and economic threat to all Israel nations. Debt was increasing in America and a recession throughout the Israel nations brought bankruptcy to many and opportunities for a larger part of the economy by the internationalists. In America, debt also significantly increased through the Reagan years. Man’s system was riding high, but the cracks widened.
#6 to 2008
The greatest robbery of all times took place in America, as the international banks, deemed too big to fail, were the beneficiaries of the biggest bailout of all time, close to one trillion dollars. This was just added to the people’s debt, and along with the trillions for the Afghanistan and Iraqi wars and other give-away programs; there seemed no end. Pension funds, individuals and the like suffered as equity markets dramatically tumbled but it was good times as usual for the unscrupulous rich. Still, restlessness was rapidly spreading in all the Israel nations and without knowing how, changes were being demanded. The writing seemed to be on the wall for man’s system.
#7 to 2023
The seventh prophetic hour is in process. During the early years of it, the first non-Israelite president of America doubled the debt of all presidents before him. Americans demanded change and when they got it in 2016, half of them and the media have not let up, demanding a change back. The British too demanded exit from the EU and three years after voting to leave, the UK negotiated its exit, the first step toward Revelation 18:4, “Come out of her, my people”. Here in 2020, the Coronavirus has shut down the economies of the entire world and debt, unemployment and freedom are all out of control, as are all the inaccuracies floating around. Will the economies recover or are we looking at an economic crash? Nations are lining up against China and a massive world war is not out of the question, perhaps Armageddon! In this 7th prophetic hour, can we see the fulfillment of James’ prophecy and Revelation 18:10, “Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour is thy judgment come”. We can only wait and see.
The end of the prophetic hour #7 is 2023. So, will that be a time of reckoning or just the ending of another prophetic hour? Who knows! But those of us living at this time have never seen the likes of the Coronavirus or the total lockdown of our economies? And will we experience a return to our pre-lockdown way of life or is what we have been experiencing the wave of the future? Time only will tell.
But here’s an interesting thought! There are seven prophetic hours mentioned above. Seven!!! I would like to complete this article by looking at what Bible scholar Ed Vallowe wrote:
“In the Book of Revelation, the number SEVEN is used throughout. There are SEVEN churches, SEVEN Spirits, SEVEN stars, SEVEN seals, SEVEN trumpets, SEVEN vials, SEVEN personages, SEVEN dooms, and SEVEN new things. SEVEN symbolizes Spiritual Perfection. All of life revolves around this number. SEVEN is used over 700 times in the Bible. It is used 54 times in the Book of Revelation.
The whole Word of God is founded upon the number SEVEN. It stands for the SEVENTH day of the Creation Week and speaks of the Millennial Rest day. It denotes COMPLETENESS or PERFECTION.
In Leviticus 23:5-16, the number SEVEN and the Sabbath, which was the SEVENTH day, is connected with the word COMPLETE. The word COMPLETE follows after the words “SEVEN SABBATH” (Seventh day). The day following the SEVENTH sabbath there was something NEW that took place.
The word FINISHED is also connected with the number SEVEN. In Revelation 10:7 we read,
“In the days of the voice of the SEVENTH angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be FINISHED.”
“It is DONE” is another expression found in connection with the number SEVEN”.