The Three Elijahs
There were three
“Behold! I will send you ELIJAH THE PROPHET, before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord“(Malachi 4:5).
We are living in unprecedented times! It is a time totally unlike any other in the almost 6,000 years of human history.
It is a time so critical to the survival of all human life that, as the late former president Ronald Reagan, termed it - “Armageddon!” - meaning the end of this world is at the door!
It is realized by the leaders of the nations of this world that human life now hinges on the elusive and vain hope that no madman who now possesses the hydrogen bombs with the missiles that can carry them to their preprogrammed targets will unleash this awesome, destructive power!
They also well know it is just a matter of time before someone will detonate those deadly bombs on some unsuspecting nation that could then branch out and trigger nuclear war with other nations who have the same bombs!
And many knowledgeable leaders and high-ranking officials worry about it! They know sooner or later this beautiful planet earth could well become a burned up, barren place without human life. Though it is not always voiced, in their minds they feel it will be just a few short years at the most and all life will perish and be no more!
It was back in 1945 that the atomic age was born. This marked the beginning of the end of mankind’s human history, for it made possible the fulfillment of the end-time prophecies of the Bible (Ezekiel 6:6; 12:20)! Prophecies speak of the possible extinction of this physical universe, and would occur except for the divine intervention of Jesus Christ as He returns to this earth.
Note an astonishing witness of the birth of the first experimental atomic explosion at Los Alamos, New Mexico, July 6, 1945:
“In Albuquerque, New Mexico, 120 miles away, a young girl was startled. ‘What was that?’ she exclaimed! People were astonished, for the girl was totally blind! 120 miles from where it was born the blind girl saw the flash of the 1st atomic bomb.” Excerpts from the Book: The Distant Thunder.
The director of Los Alamos said upon witnessing the first test of a nuclear weapon:
“We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried, most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita. Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that he should do his duty and to impress him takes on his multi-armed form and says, "Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds." ‘I suppose we all felt that one way or another.’ J. Robert Oppenheimer
To further give us an idea of the beginning of this awesome, power of death and massive destruction, consider the two very small atom bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan: After its initial test, it was just 21 days later that the first one was dropped on Hiroshima, August 6, 1945, and 3 days later on Nagasaki, August 9, 1945.
Those two large cities were obliterated with the loss of multiple thousands of lives in each city and brought to a close World War II in 1945 with Japan.
With a brilliant, blinding flash of pure intense light the “Little Boy” atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on Monday, August 6, 1945, with a force of 15 kilotons of explosive power and left 130,000 people dead! The temperature rose on the ground beneath the explosion to 7,000 degrees. Clothes were burnt on people for one and one-fourth mile radius from the explosion center. The wind velocity on the ground beneath the explosion center was 980 miles/hr. (Statistics from web-sites.)
A few days later, August 9, 1945, “Fat Man,” a second atom bomb with a force of 22 kilotons of explosive, was dropped on Nagasaki and left 80,000 people dead!
These death figures do not take into account all who later died or were maimed for life as the result of the blast from these two terrifying and destructive fiery atomic bombs.
As awesome as the destructive power of the atom bomb is, it can be likened to a stick of dynamite in comparison to the hydrogen bomb! It is so powerful it requires an atom bomb to trigger it!
When the smaller version of the hydrogen bomb was first tested it was placed down inside an island; and after it was triggered the island turned a fiery red and then melted into the sea.
One observer wrote in a letter of his eyewitness account of this fiery detonation: “I could hardly believe my eyes. A flame about two miles was shooting five miles into the sky . . . You would swear the whole world was on fire . . . About fifteen minutes after shot time the island on which the bomb had been set off from started to burn and it turned a brilliant red. It burned for about six hours. During this time it was gradually getting smaller. Within six hours . . . a mile-wide island had disappeared!”
The first H-bomb ever, “Mike,” was exploded at 7:15 on local time on November 1st, 1952. The mushroom cloud was 8 miles across and 27 miles high. The canopy was 100 miles wide. Radioactive mud fell out of the sky followed by heavy rain. 80 million tons of earth was vaporized. Mike was the first ever megaton yield explosion.
Castle Romeo was a lithium-deuteride fueled H-bomb exploded 1 March 1954 at Bikini Atoll. It yielded 15 megatons and had a fireball 4 miles in diameter. It was much bigger than the test had been expecting . . . It menaced task force ships, one on which was Marshall Rosenbluth, a U.S. theoretical physicist, “I was on a ship that was 30 miles away, and we had this horrible white stuff raining down on us . . . It was pretty frightening.
“There was a huge fireball with these turbulent rolls going in and out. The thing was glowing! It looked to me like a diseased brain up in the sky. It spread until the edge of it looked as if it was almost overhead.
“The area was illuminated by a huge and expanding flash of blinding light. A raging fireball of intense heat that measured into the millions of degrees shot skyward at a rate of 300 miles an hour. Within minutes the monstrous cloud, filled with nuclear debris, shot up more than 20 miles and generated winds hundreds of miles per hour.
“It was a much more awesome sight than a puny little atomic bomb. It was a pretty sobering and shattering experience.” Bravo vaporized a crater 250' deep and 6,500' in diameter out of the atoll rock. The “horrible while stuff” was calcium precipitated from vaporized coral.
Bravo was a thousand times more powerful than the Fat Man and Little Boy atomic bombs dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima.
Fallout was scattered over more than 7,000 square miles of ocean and islands, resulting in the contamination and exposure of military and civilian U. S. personnel working on the shot, and people of the islands who were moved earlier to a supposedly “safe” island but received large amounts of radiation. Acute radiation effects were observed among some of these people. From the Film Description for Operation castle, DOE, Nevada Office.
The Soviets put together H-bombs with a yield of 100 megatons, but the design was never tested at full strength. (Information and pictures from the Internet.)
To enable us to understand in greater detail the devastation and the killing of mankind from just a one megaton H-bomb, I will take some quotes from an interview that appeared in the August, 1982 issue of the Plain Truth magazine.
Dr. Caldicott, a native of Australia, is a former Harvard University professor of medicine and president of Physicians for Social Responsibility. In an interview with the Plain Truth, she summed it up: “Survival is the only thing that matters. All other issues pale into total insignificance.
“In the first milliseconds after detonation [of the H-bomb] of a one megaton nuclear weapon, gamma radiation would kill everything within six miles. An electromagnetic pulse created by the nuclear blast would fuse all unprotected circuitry within several hundred miles, knocking out communication. A fireball would consume everything within 280 square miles in 10 seconds, followed by a blast wave that would flatten remaining structures within 4.5 miles and severely damage other buildings dozens of miles away. If the device exploded above the ground, hundreds of tons of debris, now highly radioactive, would be thrown into the air, returning and settling for days afterwards as fine, deadly ash.
“And the long-term effects are as devastating as the initial blast. If the device exploded at ground level the surrounding area would be uninhabitable for decades. . . . Burn victims and the injured would find hospitals obliterated by the blast or clogged with other victims.
“In short, society as we know it would be taxed to the limits by a single blast, and unable to function in the event of a major nuclear attack.”
Shortly after we entered into the atomic and hydrogen bomb age this country entered into an era of fall-out shelters and evacuation sprang up overnight. Evacuate the cities and flee to the countryside was the plan!
Neither plan lasted very long, but long enough for civil defense officials to sound the warning that without civil defense, the nation was doomed.
Millions of people responded and volunteered for civil defense activity during that time but became disillusioned after experimentation and found neither would work. The inevitable conclusion was that neither the fallout shelters nor the effort of evacuating cities was possible to save lives. It was hopeless.
And the very fact that the fallout shelters can no longer be found and directions in the cities pointing the way to the countryside make known there is no safety to be found anywhere by any means for anyone. All of us are vulnerable and open to a fiery death from the skies.
It is just a matter of when!
And Bible prophecy makes known this will happen very similar to what took place on September 11, 2001, when terrorists flew two huge passenger planes into the Twin Towers in New York City and another one into the Pentagon in Washington, D. C. Almost 3,000 people lost their lives because of those planes being turned into deadly, fiery bombs!
This was a very sobering time in this country, for no one would have believed this could ever take place here, but it did!
The Unthinkable Will Happen
Based on the prophecies of Holy Scripture, the time is almost upon us when the unthinkable will once again take place in the nations of Israel. Tragically, the nations of Israel will not survive this time, as Scripture makes known:
“. . . In all your dwelling-places the cities shall be laid waste [which can only be done by nuclear warfare], and the high places shall be laid desolate” (Ezekiel 6:1-6; 12:20).
With these nuclear bombs falling on key cities in the United States, such as New York City, Chicago, Washington, D. C, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Boston, New Orleans, Dallas, Oklahoma City, Kansas City, Denver, etc., the surviving people would be left devastated and completely helpless.
No media, no communication, and no place to turn to for help! No place to go for food and water supplies that would be free from radioactive contamination!
In addition, there will be the great scarcity of food due to the destruction of very limited stored food supplies and also from the very strong impact of the prophesied famine (Joel, etc.).
After the nuclear attack, Scripture reveals the people who survive will be in a state of great distress:
“. . . there will be great tribulation [Great Distress, NIV Translation] such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved [alive, Moffatt Translation] . . .” (Matthew 24:21-22).
This planet earth will soon experience nuclear warfare that will be beyond belief, comprehension, and description!
So many nations now possess these nuclear weapons that just one despotic ruler could trigger a nuclear World War III that could destroy all human life on this planet!
America and Russia both have enough of these big bombs stockpiled to destroy all human life many times over! And other nations have also stockpiled the same weaponry.
Atomic submarines of both the United States and Russia continually prowl the ocean floors; submarines that carry sixteen upright missiles each one with a range of 3000 miles! Each one equipped with ten independently targeted warheads. Each warhead packed with 50 kilotons of awesome destructive power. Sixteen missiles “60 warheads” the equivalent of eight million tons of TNT with more explosive power than the entire Allied air forces dropped on Germany and Japan during World War II, all neatly stowed on one single submarine. (This information presented here was accurate 28 years ago.)
Think about the continued advancement of military technology! We should realize it is much greater and more sophisticated today with far more powerful atomic and hydrogen bombs that would have a far more deadly and destructive impact on the intended targets!
From the Desert Storm War we learned that missiles could be directed to an exact target, even propelled through a small doorway from the fast flying fighter planes.
It is presumed that large bomber planes of both Russia and the United States still fly the skies on a continual basis with those same powerful nuclear bombs.
The manpower operating the planes and submarines along with the underground nuclear-tipped missiles are preprogrammed and in an ever-ready state of preparation to send them to their pre-assigned targets upon receiving the coded word from those who are authorized at the highest levels of government.
The president of the United States is continually followed by a man with a small briefcase who has all the necessary codes to launch a nuclear counter attack if proven evidence makes known this nation is to be attacked with the same nuclear arsenal.
Russia and all the other nations who possess this nuclear weaponry are always prepared as well and wait for the word to use them.
To add to the already existing worries there are also the smaller nations who will soon have the same destructive power at their disposal. Soon most of the nations on this earth will also have the same weaponry. A real concern at this writing is the nations of North Korea and Iran.
Would one or more of them use them? Consider the ominous comment of a well-known American essayist:
“. . . until now the world’s great armies have always gone to war sooner or later. The great fleet of Darius, the Roman legions, the Spanish Armada and the Wehrmacht were all intended for war, and that is what they were used for. Why should the present situation end any differently?”
The Terrifying Realization
The terrifying realization of this known fact is that one of the leaders of these nations will give the word to use them when given the right circumstances.
The United States invaded Iraq to prevent the leader of that nation from fully developing and using this same destructive power. The former leaders have already proven they would use them as evidenced by killing people in their own nation through the use of biological weaponry.
The leader of North Korea has already made threats to use his nuclear bombs if he feels his nation is threatened. Recent news revealed they are now within range of the United States.
In addition, we have learned through the news media of the existing hostility between Pakistan and India that is sometimes in danger of spilling over. Both nations possess the big bombs.
The small nation of Israel is considered to have the same bombs and would very well use them if they had to in order to survive as a nation and a people. It has been said by them there will never be another Masada! What does history record about Masada, a mountain fortress in Judea?
“Josephus Flavius dramatically recounts the story told him by two surviving women. The defenders – almost one thousand men, women and children – led by Eleazar ben Ya’ir, decided to burn the fortress and end their own lives, rather than be taken alive. “And so met (the Romans) with the multitude of the slain, but could take no pleasure in the fact, though it were done to their enemies. Nor could they do other than wonder at the courage of their resolution, and at the immovable contempt of death which so great a number of them had shown, when they went through with such an action as that was.
The Zealots cast lots to choose 10 men to kill the remainder. They then chose among themselves the one man who would kill the survivors. That last Jew then killed himself.”
If this should prove to be true then, as it was with Samson, they would pull down the foundations of the living if necessary to preserve their lives and nation!
Though the house of Joseph and other nations of Israel are doing all they can to keep the nations who now have these bombs under control, they also know the improbability of being able to do this on a permanent basis. It is realized that it is only a matter of time until someone unleashes the big bombs.
This is why former president Reagan, as well as others at times used the unspeakable word - Armageddon!
It is in this setting of the end-time that God promised to send a special man to WARN this world that Armageddon will indeed take place - UNLESS there should be repentance! Meaning a turning around from their wrong ways and turning to God with real humility while seeking forgiveness for the many sins plaguing the nations of Israel and the nations of this world!
AND FAILING THAT - Jesus Christ will come in the very nick of time to prevent mankind from completely destroying himself from this planet.
“. . . not a soul would be saved alive; . . .” (Matthew 24:22, Moffatt Translation)!
More about this special man a bit later on in this writing; along with the WARNING God used him to give to His people Israel, and also to the world. It would be a last ditch effort to try and save the nations of Israel from the coming horrors
Armageddon is Coming
What does the name, Armageddon, mean? If you will look in a Dictionary it will give you the meaning that corresponds to the meaning in the Bible.
For example, see the following definition:
Webster’s New World Dictionary, Armageddon: Greek – Harmageddon. The place where the last decisive battle between the forces of good and evil is to be fought before Judgment Day.
That decisive battle will be entered into and fought by the giant armies of Europe and Asia. Each one will be pitted against the other with the all-out effort to gain control and rule over the nations and peoples of the earth!
Holy Scripture makes known it is definitely on its way and not all that far away!
Though it cannot be proven, history strongly suggests that even now underground planning is underway to bring about the demise of Israel as nations. Some little time later the battle at Armageddon will take place.
This will be at the time when a conglomeration of Asian nations will be drawn into war against the European nations after being attacked by Europe.
As we may recall, it was during WWII that Germany invaded Russia. The same will take place in this coming time; so prophecy reveals to us.
History does indeed have a way of repeating itself! And it will repeat itself once more in this coming time basically for the very same reasons as in the previous two world wars in this past century, and essentially by the same nations. This will become World War III!
Alarmingly, this will be Armageddon! The time is now very near when it will become a reality, so says the warnings from Scripture.
This tremendous climatic battle of the war between the European and Asian armies will occur in the valley of Jehoshaphat. The main part of the clash between the two huge armies will take place around Jerusalem. Half of Jerusalem will fall victim to these forces before Jesus Christ intervenes and takes total possession of it (Zechariah14:2; Joel 3:13; Revelation 19:15; Psalm 2).
Jehoshaphat means - Judgment of JHVH- meaning, Judgment of the LORD. It will be in that Valley where Jesus Christ will intervene as He returns to this earth and then deal severely with those nations who will be gathered there, just as the following Scripture makes known:
“I will also gather ALL NATIONS and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; and I will ENTER INTO JUDGMENT with them there. . . .” (Joel 3:2; Revelation 16:12-14, 16).
Though these enormous armies (200 million - just on the Asian side, Revelation 9:16), will gather in Armageddon, or field of Megiddo (70 miles N. W. of Jerusalem - a natural meeting place), but will engage in war in the Valley of Jehoshaphat.
God will be Watching
God will be viewing very intently the vain effort of these armies who will be directed by the mastermind of all evil, Satan the devil! He will once again make the effort to destroy all humankind as he was able to do at the time of the Flood, with the lone exception of Noah and his family, eight people in all (Genesis 6:11-13,17; 7:19-23).
In reality, without the kings of both armies fully realizing it, they will be making the effort of breaking any connections with God and His Son Jesus Christ, just as Satan attempted billions of years ago when he tried to topple God from His throne in heaven above (Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:14-16).
God will laugh at their puny efforts:
“Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD (in reality), and against His Anointed saying, Let us break their bonds (obliterate completely any knowledge of God and His laws) in pieces, and cast away their cords from us. He who sits in the heavens SHALL LAUGH (in scorn); the LORD shall hold them in derision. Then He shall speak to them in HIS WRATH, and distress them in His deep displeasure . . . You shall break them with a rod of iron; you shall dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. . . .” (Psalm 2:1-5, 9).
Jesus Christ Himself will descend from heaven above and enter into the atmosphere of this earth, and as he does, He will speak to them in His wrath and hot displeasure (Revelation 19:11-21):
“The LORD will CAUSE HIS GLORIOUS VOICE TO BE HEARD, and SHOW THE DESCENT of His arm (AWESOME AND INCREDIBLE POWER), with the indignation of HIS WRATH, AND THE FLAME OF A DEVOURING FIRE, WITH SCATTERING, TEMPEST, AND HAILSTONES” (Isaiah 30:30; Revelation 16:17-21).
Isaiah the prophet reveals further the almost total decimation of humankind due to this coming horrendous warfare, and the pouring out of the plagues of God on them (Revelation 16:1-21):
“The earth mourns and fades away, the world languishes and fades away; the haughty people of the earth languish. The earth is also defiled under its inhabitants, because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance (statute), broken the everlasting ordinance. Therefore THE CURSE has devoured the earth, and those who dwell in it are guilty. Therefore the inhabitants of the earth are BURNED, AND FEW MEN LEFT” (Isaiah 24:4-6).
When we look at the number of people found in Scripture to suffer the horrible pangs of death, and consider what Isaiah wrote about there being ONLY A FEW MEN LEFT, indicates the probability of only about 10 percent of mankind will survive these coming tumultuous times.
Due to the conventional and nuclear warfare weaponry that will be unleashed on each other along with the pouring out of the plagues from God on the armies gathered there, the wholesale slaughter of the multiple millions of the armies on both sides in that valley will be so violent and destructive that the blood will flow up to the height of a horse’s bridle (about four feet) for almost 200 miles! A river of blood!
So the angel thrust his sickle into the earth and gathered the vine of the earth, and threw it into the great wine press of the WRATH OF GOD. And the wine press was trampled outside the city (Jerusalem), and BLOOD came out of the wine press UP TO THE HORSE’S BRIDLES FOR ONE THOUSAND AND SIX HUNDRED FURLONGS (a distance of almost 200 miles!” Revelation 14:19-20).
The LORD God speaks of that time and what He will do to keep those evil leaders from destroying all of mankind:
“. . . I have trodden down the peoples (armies) in My anger, made them drunk in My fury, and brought down their strength to the earth” (Isaiah 63:1-6; Zechariah 14:1-3, 12-13).
The Holy Bible does truly make known the feared word, Armageddon, will take place, and soon! And when it does it will be such a time of great horror and devastation that the loss of lives will run into the billions:
So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year (Note: A specific time is already planned by God as to when this will take place!), were released TO KILL A THIRD OF MANKIND (2 billion, plus! -- Revelation 9:15).
It will be a time when all human life would be totally destroyed, except for the divine intervention of Jesus Christ:
“And UNLESS those days were shortened NO FLESH would be saved alive!”(Matthew 24:22, Moffatt Translation)
Invasion from Outer Space
A Possible Scenario Based on Truth: As these armies wage war against each other, they will then SEE the visible Jesus Christ and His huge armies of angels coming down on them riding white horses (Revelation 1:7; 19:11-16)!
Due to the teaching of false prophesies the European army will believe this to be the Anti-Christ coming to attack them from outer space!
They will then turn their weaponry against Christ, and seeing a no-win situation, and their own lives ending in terrible deaths, they will attempt to take all human life with them! The order will be sent to their bombers, submarines, and the launching of missiles, to unleash their entire nuclear arsenal on all the remaining nations on earth, and thus all life would be blasted off the face of this planet!
However, Christ will intervene just before the order is carried out and prevent it from taking place just as He promised for the sake of His true people (Matthew 24:21-22). And because of the fulfillment of that promise, based on the indication of Scripture, there will be less than one billion people from the present six billion people who will survive and live over into the new world.
Satan will influence the despotic leaders of these giant opposing armies to do this very thing, for this has been his avowed purpose from the beginning of the creation of mankind!
If God were to permit Satan to fulfill his purpose of annihilating mankind through an all-out nuclear holocaust this earth would then become as we find it at the beginning of the six-day re-creation, in darkness, chaos, and confusion - a total wreckage! (Genesis 1:2).
This was the way the earth was before Adam and Eve were created; after Satan and his demons were cast back down to earth in defeat, following their gigantic effort of fighting against the angels of God. (Ezekiel 28:14-16; Isaiah 14:12-15).
But, Christ will intervene just before they will do it and stop it:
“. . . When the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels IN FLAMING FIRE taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction FROM THE PRESENCE of the Lord and from the glory of His power” (II Thessalonians (1:7-9)
Armageddon does indeed picture and point to the end of this present evil world as we now know it.
New Respect for God
Due to all the horrors the survivors of mankind will have lived through, and seeing warfare being replaced by peace, they will come to KNOW the true God just as He said they would; 62 times in the Book of Ezekiel alone.
As the result, they will come to have a new and growing respect for the Almighty God and Jesus Christ and become very repentant and receptive to His teachings and laws that will be taught to them by the members of His Family (Jeremiah 31:1-14; Revelation 20:4-6; Daniel 7:18, 22).
Unlike it is in this evil world that rejects God and His laws (Galatians 1:4), the people who survive and live over into that new world will come to have recognition and great respect for their Creator and Redeemer, Jesus Christ:
“In that Day (of severe correction) a man will LOOK TO HIS MAKER (Creator God, Genesis 1:26-28) and his eyes WILL HAVE RESPECT FOR THE HOLY ONE (God) of Israel. He will NOT look (any longer) to the altars (of Baal and Asherah), the work of his hands; he will NOT respect what his fingers have made, nor the wooden images (margin: or Asherim, Canaanite deities), NOR the incense altars. In that day his strong cities will be as a forsaken bough . . . and there will be desolation. BECAUSE YOU HAVE FORSAKEN the God of your salvation” (Isaiah 17:7-10).
It will truly come to be A Wonderful World, totally unlike the world of today.
Terrible Times to First Come on Israel
Before these terrible things take place, God made known He would send a special man that He calls in Scripture, the Elijah. This man would WARN Israel and the world of what is now just before us and what will follow, Armageddon! The alternative is repentance as it came to be in Israel during the days of the ancient prophet, Elijah. Based on what is now seen it appears repentance is out of the question.
Afterwards, Jesus Christ will establish a new world order - His Government and rule based on His holy and righteous laws (Isaiah 2:2-4; Micah 4:1-5; Psalm 48:1-2).
Possibly three and one-half years before Armageddon, there will be very horrible and tragic corrective measures, described in Scripture as the Great Tribulation, to come upon Israel. In particular, it will come upon the House of Joseph (Ephraim and Manasseh) because they are the primary leaders of the other Tribes of Israel! They lead the others by example in a downward spiraling rejection of God and His holy and righteous laws.
Upon reflection, it has only been a few short years since Israel has come into this almost total godless state of human existence! (This will be covered in other chapters of this writing.)
From the very founding of the United Kingdom and the United States of America there has been what can be defined as a minimal rejection of God as a whole until the latter part of the 20th century. From there it has reached virtually to no belief in God and His laws.
There is documentation that God was still recognized and prayers made by the leaders of both nations to Him in World War II. They recognized the winning of battles and the victory of that world war being due to His intervention. History records there were changes in the weather at very important times and the capture of code machines of the enemy! This made possible knowing in advance the planning of future sea and land battles by Japan and Germany.
Britain’s Chief Air Marshall, Sir Hugh Dowding, Commander-in-Chief, Fighter Command, clearly stated why he thought the British won the Battle of Britain: “I say with absolute conviction that I can trace the intervention of God, not only in the battle itself, but in the events which led up to it, and that if it had not been for this intervention, the battle would have been joined in conditions which humanly speaking, would have rendered victory impossible.”
This nation was just barely ahead of Germany in developing the atomic bomb. It does not take much of an imagination to see what would have taken place had Germany completed it first. Certainly, the world would be far different today than what we now see about us. Knowing of the development of this bomb by the United States, Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill, speaking to 3,000 Britains on October 31, 1942, solemnly stated:
”I have a feeling sometimes that some Guiding Hand has interfered. I have a feeling that we have a Guardian because we have a great Cause and we shall have that Guardian as long as we serve that Cause faithfully.”
Our Last Chance
Consider excerpts from a historic speech that was given by General MacArthur to the American people following the surrender of the Japanese aboard the battleship Missouri:
“Today the guns are silent. A great tragedy has ended. A great victory has been won . . . As I look back on the long tortuous trail from those grim days of Bataan and Corregidor, when an entire world lived in fear, when democracy was on the defensive everywhere, when modern civilization trembled in the balance, I thank a merciful God that He has given us the faith, the courage and the power from which to mold victory . . . Men since the beginning of time have sought peace . . . Military alliances, balances of power, leagues of nations, all in turn failed, leaving the only path to be by way of the crucible of war. We have had our last chance. If we do not now devise some greater and more equitable system, Armageddon will be at our door. The problem basically is theological and involves a spiritual recrudescence and improvement of human character that will synchronize with our almost matchless advances in science, art, literature and all material and cultural developments of the past two thousand years. It must be of the spirit if we are to save the flesh. . . .”
The Rejection of God
Miracles by God were performed at Dunkirk and at other key needed times during World War II to make possible the survival of these two great nations. God spared both nations because of His promise made to Abraham millennia ago; blessings that were passed from him to his great-great-grandchildren, Ephraim and Manasseh, through the laying on of the hands of his grandson, Jacob, who had been renamed Israel, by the LORD (Genesis 48:1-20).
It was after World War II that both great nations began their real slide into the degrading morass of sins we are witnessing today. This was made possible by the legalization of rulings by the top courts of the land and the acceptance of all of it by the overwhelming majority of the populace. The moral sliding continues and has almost reached bottom.
There is no possible way of stopping the soon-coming consequences of these terrible sins short of sincere, godly repentance! And by what we witness in whatever nation we may live, repentance is unacceptable by the masses in this present age! It has gone too far and is accepted by too many uncaring people who show no inclination or desire of repentance!
The repentant changes God would require are too great due to the acceptance of so much evil that is now so deeply rooted and expansive in the entire society.
The leaders on almost every level, along with the majority of the peoples in both once-great nations, are involved in one way or another in areas that are an abomination to God! Over the past few decades they have developed tolerance and acceptance of these abominable sins through political pressure and complacency; sins that will be further defined later in this writing.
After viewing the half-time program at Super Bowl XXXV111, February 1, 2004, and the “wardrobe malfunction” of Janet Jackson, one writer very ably asked the question:
“Just how long does the United States believe it can continue on its present course? America is on the road to ruin and yet individuals refuse to see the U. S. for what it is - a nation without God. We are a modern day Sodom and Gomorrah, but we are sugar coating our spiritual bankruptcy because political correctness is eating away and rotting our very soul as a nation.
“We are in deep trouble as a country and continue to give God the spiritual finger everyday by how we live. America is going to find that we will need the very Creator who is being told to butt out of everyday life. . . .”
An Overall View
Because of the continued involvement and acceptance of these unabashed and abominable sins by the majority of the peoples of all the nations of Israel, God will first deal severely with His own chosen people, Israel! Afterwards, He will deal with the remaining nations of this world for their own grievous sins.
God even reveals to us the actual numbers of those who will die in the nations of Israel, and how they will die in this soon coming time. Those who survive this terrible holocaust will be removed into other nations.
Multiple millions will then have their lives end in various ways to include the crematoriums that will be re-created for that purpose, as was done with the Jews in World War II. Those who survive after all this will be sold to other nations and will become their slaves:
“One third of you will die of the pestilence (disease epidemics), and be consumed with famine in your midst; and one-third shall fall by the sword (warfare) all around you; and I will scatter another third to all the winds, and I will draw out a sword after them” (Ezekiel 5:12).
God further describes what it will be like at that time:
“Moreover I will make you a waste and a reproach among the nations that are all around you, in the sight of all who pass by. So it shall be a reproach, a taunt, AND A LESSON, and an astonishment to the nations that are all around you, when I execute judgments among you in anger and in fury and in furious rebukes. I, the LORD, have spoken. When I send against them the terrible arrows of famine which shall be for their destruction (bring to our knees from the super power we now are), and which I will send to destroy you, I will INCREASE the famine upon you and CUT OFF YOUR SUPPLY OF BREAD. So I will send against you FAMINE and WILD BEASTS, and they will BEREAVE you. Pestilence and blood shall pass through you, and I will bring the sword against you. I, THE LORD, HAVE SPOKEN” (Ezekiel 5:14-17).
NOTE: There are many wild beasts in this country and various kinds: mountain lions, coyotes, bears, and even tigers. For example, the Sunday Edition of Parade Magazine of 10/30/05, page 10, wrote of the DANGER in our backyards from tigers that are kept by many people in this country. Officials say there could be as many as 7,000 pet tigers in the United States.
Think about this as well as all the other wild animals that will be looking for anything to eat when times get bad, including dog packs running amuck due to their being turned loose by owners who will no longer be able to feed and care for them (Leviticus 26:22; Deuteronomy 28:26).
Scripture reveals God will then use a revived Roman Empire in Europe to launch a strategic nuclear attack that will flatten our cities and destroy the House of Joseph and other tribes of Israel (Daniel 2:40-44; 7:15-25; Revelation 13:17):
The prophet Ezekiel reveals the terrible aftermath of this nuclear attack against Israel:
“And I will lay the corpses of the children of Israel BEFORE THEIR IDOLS, and I will SCATTER your bones all around YOUR ALTARS. In ALL your dwelling places THE CITIES SHALL BE LAID WASTE, and the high places (pagan worship) shall be desolate” (Ezekiel 6:5-6; 12:20).
(To have further understanding, please read the last chapter of the United States and Britain in Prophecy by Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong on our website.)
The Book of Ezekiel
It seems necessary at this point to establish proof that the Book of Ezekiel was written for the end-time, and not for ancient Israel, as some would have us believe.
This book was written about 595 B. C. By checking the years at the time, we can readily see that Israel had already gone into captivity some 127 years before the time that Ezekiel prophesied, 718-721 B. C. (II Kings 17:5-6). As the result, this Book never reached Israel.
With this in mind it is easy to understand that God intended it for our day and time as these and other prophecies make plain to the understanding mind.
God’s Chosen Nation Israel
To enable us to understand why God will deal so severely with Israel before He deals with the other nations in the days ahead, we need to remove the blindfold to the understanding of the identity of Israel in this day and age.
This understanding is essential if we are to grasp more fully WHY God would send another Elijah to us before these terrible times befall us.
Millennia ago, God chose her from all the other nations on earth to be His own special people fo r a very special purpose. Unless we have the understanding of this we cannot really grasp the purpose of God using three men with the same name to witness to His chosen people, Israel.
For an explanation as to why God chose Israel as His people, it is recommended that the reader read pages 160-166 from the MYSTERY OF THE AGES by Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong.
In that writing, he makes the point that though they were chosen to be God’s special people, they were not chosen for special favors, but rather chosen for a special PURPOSE preparatory to the ultimate establishment of the Kingdom of God.
Israel utterly failed to fulfill that God-ordained purpose! Because of their failure it is realized that, except for God’s longsuffering, mercy, and continued effort of trying to work with Israel, the ultimate salvation of mankind could have been jeopardized!
It is with this in mind that we need to take a very close look at the state of Israel at the time of Elijah (a little later in these writings). However, to really grasp the ever-increasing magnitude and seriousness of the later problems, we must lead into that time by reviewing some of the historical background of the 12 tribes of Israel after the death of Joshua, who succeeded Moses as their leader.
Before we go there, it seems necessary that we focus a bit more on the last of the three men whom God chose to go to His people with very special messages to try and save His people, Israel, and in so doing to fulfill His purpose for the salvation of Israel and for all of mankind.
The commission of the Elijah of the end-time was to preach:
1) The true identity of God and restore His holy and righteous laws, just as did the original Elijah and John the Baptizer.
2) The Good News of God’s coming Kingdom; a new age that then would be ruled by Jesus Christ upon His return to this earth. And with His return, the offer of so great a salvation for mankind that is beyond his greatest imagination.
3) The warning message to repent of the rejection of God and His holy and righteous laws, lest He bring upon Israel the curses as described in Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28.
The Coming of Elijah
With the soon-coming, terrible time that is even now facing Israel and the world, the great God in heaven above did, true to His promise, send that man who did WARN the peoples of Israel, along with the other nations, of the soon coming destruction to befall all of mankind on this planet earth for over 50 years! Though he is sleeping he is still warning mankind through his Recorded Works from those years on our websites and a few others.
It need not come, and would not, IF – God were to be acknowledged and His laws were to be accepted along with sincere, godly repentance for breaking His 10 commandments, His statutes and judgments.
The WARNING this end-time Elijah would THUNDER OUT would be to bring back into the remembrance of His people Israel His holy and righteous laws (Isaiah 58:1)! Laws that were given to them in ancient times:
“Remember the law of Moses My servant, which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel with the statutes and judgments” (Malachi 4:4).
It is in this context of Malachi 4 that God further makes known He would send this very special, prepared and trained man who would fulfill the role of the ancient prophet, Elijah, to RESTORE those laws; boldly proclaiming them in writing, on radio for the first few years, and later on, television. There were also personal meetings with the very top leaders of the nations of this world during the last few years of his life. This man would be used by God to RESTORE ALL THINGS! He would be used to restore that which had been lost over the centuries – the laws of God – and also the true doctrinal teachings which were originally placed within His early Church by Jesus Christ through His original apostles.
These teachings were to be restored within the existing true Church of God in this end-time (Matthew 17:11; Mark 9:12).
God would use this human man to fulfill this commission, which would also include restoring relationships within a sufficient number of families, LEST Christ come and strike the earth with utter destruction (Malachi 4:4-6).
In reference to God’s Holy and Righteous Laws, Scripture says: ‘REMEMBER!’ This word is used in the context of a life and death need! This is what the Scripture makes known – a life and death need: “Lest God should strike the earth with utter destruction” (Hebrew meaning of the word, curse!) ‘Remember’ connects with forgetting – either forgetting or putting away something that is in the mind of a person! Remember also has the meaning of bringing back to mind by an effort, recollect, recall.
Though these Scriptures are directed primarily to God’s own chosen and special nation, Israel, it is also directed at the sinful state of all the nations of this world.
Why the Name Elijah?
In addition to these warning Scriptures, the question begs: – Why would God use the name of an ancient prophet who lived about three thousand years ago, and another man in the time of Christ, and yet again, another man in this end-time?
Why would God label the man for this end-time with the name of Elijah – the very same name as that of the ancient prophet Elijah? Why would John the Baptizer be given the same name? (It should be noted that though each of the last two would be known as Elijah, it would not be by actual name, but rather in the Spirit and Power of the ancient prophet Elijah, Luke 1:17.) Why?
It is also interesting that when we consider all the other prophets of God throughout the history of Judah and Israel we find there is no direct connection between any of them as we find with these three men, though there was a great space of time between each of them. Why?
To adequately answer these questions with understanding, much writing about these three men will be necessary to cover this subject in sufficient detail. These men were used by God at very important intervals in the history of Israel to try and save the family of Jacob lest they and all of mankind be destroyed, similar to the drowning deaths of all of mankind at the Flood of Noah, with the lone exception of Noah and his immediate family (Malachi 4:6; Genesis 7:19-23).
As to why billions of people perished by drowning in that worldwide Flood while only Noah and his family survived speaks volumes of itself! This can be understood by a careful study of Genesis the sixth chapter.
Original Prophet –
Chapter Six A Review of the Background and the Escalation of Lawlessness
Chapter Seven Against This Background of Sin God sent to Israel the End-Time Elijah
Chapter Eight The Sacrificial Murder of Babies
Chapter Nine Legal License to Murder the Defenseless
Chapter Ten The Beginning Advances of Technology and the Work
Chapter Eleven The Mastermind of all Evil, Satan the Devil
Chapter Twelve The
First Stages of Famine