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WORLD WAR III A PRECURSOR TO THE JUDGMENT OF THE LIVING

            Joel 3:9-16.  “Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up:  Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I [am] strong.  Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O LORD.  Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about.  Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the vats overflow; for their wickedness [is] great.  Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD [is] near in the valley of decision.  The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.  The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD [will be] the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.”

           This says it all.  The nations are girding themselves for war.  The weak nations and armies without uniform and identity are  challenging and threatening the super powers even at the sacrifice of food for weapons, (turning their plowshares into spears). 

           Imagine the present war against terrorism on many fronts and in many countries.  The constant threats of terrorists’ attacks; what great fear will enshroud humanity?  The world is about to be plunged into such a catastrophe that it has never before seen or imagined. 

           Calamities will bring such fear, upheavals and financial  economical stress and insecurity that many souls will be brought into the valley of decision concerning their soul’s salvation.  Only thus could the spiritual harvest be ripened and the Lord puts in His sickle and gathers in a great harvest of souls.  The present distress of nations is a part of the plan of God to bring multitudes to the saving knowledge of God.   What a mighty God we serve.  How else could a loving God save the millions of saints that are intermingled and are trapped among the many religions of today.

           “It was the mercy of God that thousands should suffer, to prevent the necessity of visiting judgments upon millions.  In order to save the many, He must punish the few.” {Patriarchs & Prophets, p.325}.

           Get ready, get ready, surrender your souls to God, He is even at the door.

Jeremiah reiterates:

           Jeremiah 25:31-33.  “A noise shall come [even] to the ends of the earth; for the LORD hath a controversy with the nations, he will plead with all flesh; he will give them [that are] wicked to the sword, saith the LORD.  Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Behold, evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth.  And the slain of the LORD shall be at that day from [one] end of the earth even unto the [other] end of the earth: they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon the ground.” 

WAR NO MORE, WHEN?

           Isaiah 2:2-4  “And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.  And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion  shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.  And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.” 

           God is soon to exalt His mountain (His church) above all churches on earth, and many nations will eventually turn to God and learn war no more.  The Scriptures clearly state that after the Lord manifests Himself through His church, the warring nations that turn to the Lord will convert their weapons of war into farming tools.  Later we will see why this phenomenon takes place when the Lord roars from Zion and utters His voice from Jerusalem.  (Joel 3:3-17).  Better days are ahead of us.  This same truth is repeated in Micah 4:2-4.

           Micah 4:1-4  “But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.  And many nations shall come and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob, and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.  And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.  But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the Lord of hosts hath spoken it.”

           Please observe the relationship of the Lord’s judgment and the harvesting of the saints.  They are referring to the same event.  Speaking of the same event Matthew says:

           Matthew  25:31, 32.“When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:  And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth [his] sheep from the goats:” 

           The throne of His glory is His glorified, purified kingdom church operating from Jerusalem.  The warfare brought to view in Joel is not just any war, but a war that is fought just prior to the Lord sitting on the throne of His Glory to judge the nations, and reaping the final harvest of the earth.

           In a time of war and terror men are more receptive to  the Gospel, hence the ripening of the spiritual harvest.  This is the time the Bible refers to as “darkness shall cover the earth and gross darkness the people.”  (Isa. 60:2).  Speaking of this great final harvesting of souls we read:

           “ Among earth's inhabitants, scattered in every land, there are those who have not bowed the knee to Baal. Like the stars of heaven, which appear only at night, these faithful ones will shine forth when darkness covers the earth and gross darkness the people. In heathen Africa, in the Catholic lands of Europe and of South America, in China, in India, in the islands of the sea, and in all the dark corners of the earth, God has in reserve a firmament of chosen ones that will yet shine forth amidst the darkness, revealing clearly to an apostate world the transforming power of obedience to His law. Even now they are appearing in every nation, among every tongue and people; and in the hour of deepest apostasy, when Satan's supreme effort is made to cause "all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond," to receive, under penalty of death, the sign of allegiance to a false rest day, these faithful ones, "blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke," will "shine as lights in the world." Revelation 13:16; Philippians 2:15. The darker the night, the more brilliantly will they shine.” {Prophets & Kings, pp. 188, 189}.

WORLD WAR III A PRECURSOR TO THE JUDGMENT OF THE LIVING

            Joel 3:9-16.  “Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up:  Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I [am] strong.  Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O LORD.  Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about.  Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the vats overflow; for their wickedness [is] great.  Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD [is] near in the valley of decision.  The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.  The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD [will be] the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.”

           This says it all.  The nations are girding themselves for war.  The weak nations and armies without uniform and identity are  challenging and threatening the super powers even at the sacrifice of food for weapons, (turning their plowshares into spears). 

           Imagine the present war against terrorism on many fronts and in many countries.  The constant threats of terrorists’ attacks; what great fear will enshroud humanity?  The world is about to be plunged into such a catastrophe that it has never before seen or imagined. 

           Calamities will bring such fear, upheavals and financial  economical stress and insecurity that many souls will be brought into the valley of decision concerning their soul’s salvation.  Only thus could the spiritual harvest be ripened and the Lord puts in His sickle and gathers in a great harvest of souls.  The present distress of nations is a part of the plan of God to bring multitudes to the saving knowledge of God.   What a mighty God we serve.  How else could a loving God save the millions of saints that are intermingled and are trapped among the many religions of today.

           “It was the mercy of God that thousands should suffer, to prevent the necessity of visiting judgments upon millions.  In order to save the many, He must punish the few.” {Patriarchs & Prophets, p.325}.

           Get ready, get ready, surrender your souls to God, He is even at the door.

Jeremiah reiterates:

           Jeremiah 25:31-33.  “A noise shall come [even] to the ends of the earth; for the LORD hath a controversy with the nations, he will plead with all flesh; he will give them [that are] wicked to the sword, saith the LORD.  Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Behold, evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth.  And the slain of the LORD shall be at that day from [one] end of the earth even unto the [other] end of the earth: they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon the ground.” 

WAR NO MORE, WHEN?

           Isaiah 2:2-4  “And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.  And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion  shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.  And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.” 

           God is soon to exalt His mountain (His church) above all churches on earth, and many nations will eventually turn to God and learn war no more.  The Scriptures clearly state that after the Lord manifests Himself through His church, the warring nations that turn to the Lord will convert their weapons of war into farming tools.  Later we will see why this phenomenon takes place when the Lord roars from Zion and utters His voice from Jerusalem.  (Joel 3:3-17).  Better days are ahead of us.  This same truth is repeated in Micah 4:2-4.

           Micah 4:1-4  “But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.  And many nations shall come and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob, and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.  And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.  But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the Lord of hosts hath spoken it.”

           Please observe the relationship of the Lord’s judgment and the harvesting of the saints.  They are referring to the same event.  Speaking of the same event Matthew says:

           Matthew  25:31, 32.“When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:  And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth [his] sheep from the goats:” 

           The throne of His glory is His glorified, purified kingdom church operating from Jerusalem.  The warfare brought to view in Joel is not just any war, but a war that is fought just prior to the Lord sitting on the throne of His Glory to judge the nations, and reaping the final harvest of the earth.

           In a time of war and terror men are more receptive to  the Gospel, hence the ripening of the spiritual harvest.  This is the time the Bible refers to as “darkness shall cover the earth and gross darkness the people.”  (Isa. 60:2).  Speaking of this great final harvesting of souls we read:

           “ Among earth's inhabitants, scattered in every land, there are those who have not bowed the knee to Baal. Like the stars of heaven, which appear only at night, these faithful ones will shine forth when darkness covers the earth and gross darkness the people. In heathen Africa, in the Catholic lands of Europe and of South America, in China, in India, in the islands of the sea, and in all the dark corners of the earth, God has in reserve a firmament of chosen ones that will yet shine forth amidst the darkness, revealing clearly to an apostate world the transforming power of obedience to His law. Even now they are appearing in every nation, among every tongue and people; and in the hour of deepest apostasy, when Satan's supreme effort is made to cause "all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond," to receive, under penalty of death, the sign of allegiance to a false rest day, these faithful ones, "blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke," will "shine as lights in the world." Revelation 13:16; Philippians 2:15. The darker the night, the more brilliantly will they shine.” {Prophets & Kings, pp. 188, 189}.

WORLD WAR III A PRECURSOR TO THE JUDGMENT OF THE LIVING

              Joel 3:9-16.  “Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up:  Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I [am] strong.  Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O LORD.  Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about.  Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the vats overflow; for their wickedness [is] great.  Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD [is] near in the valley of decision.  The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.  The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD [will be] the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.”

           This says it all.  The nations are girding themselves for war.  The weak nations and armies without uniform and identity are  challenging and threatening the super powers even at the sacrifice of food for weapons, (turning their plowshares into spears). 

           Imagine the present war against terrorism on many fronts and in many countries.  The constant threats of terrorists’ attacks; what great fear will enshroud humanity?  The world is about to be plunged into such a catastrophe that it has never before seen or imagined. 

           Calamities will bring such fear, upheavals and financial  economical stress and insecurity that many souls will be brought into the valley of decision concerning their soul’s salvation.  Only thus could the spiritual harvest be ripened and the Lord puts in His sickle and gathers in a great harvest of souls.  The present distress of nations is a part of the plan of God to bring multitudes to the saving knowledge of God.   What a mighty God we serve.  How else could a loving God save the millions of saints that are intermingled and are trapped among the many religions of today.

           “It was the mercy of God that thousands should suffer, to prevent the necessity of visiting judgments upon millions.  In order to save the many, He must punish the few.” {Patriarchs & Prophets, p.325}.

           Get ready, get ready, surrender your souls to God, He is even at the door.

Jeremiah reiterates:

           Jeremiah 25:31-33.  “A noise shall come [even] to the ends of the earth; for the LORD hath a controversy with the nations, he will plead with all flesh; he will give them [that are] wicked to the sword, saith the LORD.  Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Behold, evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth.  And the slain of the LORD shall be at that day from [one] end of the earth even unto the [other] end of the earth: they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon the ground.” 

WAR NO MORE, WHEN?

           Isaiah 2:2-4  “And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.  And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion  shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.  And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.” 

           God is soon to exalt His mountain (His church) above all churches on earth, and many nations will eventually turn to God and learn war no more.  The Scriptures clearly state that after the Lord manifests Himself through His church, the warring nations that turn to the Lord will convert their weapons of war into farming tools.  Later we will see why this phenomenon takes place when the Lord roars from Zion and utters His voice from Jerusalem.  (Joel 3:3-17).  Better days are ahead of us.  This same truth is repeated in Micah 4:2-4.

           Micah 4:1-4  “But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.  And many nations shall come and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob, and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.  And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.  But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the Lord of hosts hath spoken it.”

           Please observe the relationship of the Lord’s judgment and the harvesting of the saints.  They are referring to the same event.  Speaking of the same event Matthew says:

           Matthew  25:31, 32.“When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:  And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth [his] sheep from the goats:” 

           The throne of His glory is His glorified, purified kingdom church operating from Jerusalem.  The warfare brought to view in Joel is not just any war, but a war that is fought just prior to the Lord sitting on the throne of His Glory to judge the nations, and reaping the final harvest of the earth.

           In a time of war and terror men are more receptive to  the Gospel, hence the ripening of the spiritual harvest.  This is the time the Bible refers to as “darkness shall cover the earth and gross darkness the people.”  (Isa. 60:2).  Speaking of this great final harvesting of souls we read:

           “ Among earth's inhabitants, scattered in every land, there are those who have not bowed the knee to Baal. Like the stars of heaven, which appear only at night, these faithful ones will shine forth when darkness covers the earth and gross darkness the people. In heathen Africa, in the Catholic lands of Europe and of South America, in China, in India, in the islands of the sea, and in all the dark corners of the earth, God has in reserve a firmament of chosen ones that will yet shine forth amidst the darkness, revealing clearly to an apostate world the transforming power of obedience to His law. Even now they are appearing in every nation, among every tongue and people; and in the hour of deepest apostasy, when Satan's supreme effort is made to cause "all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond," to receive, under penalty of death, the sign of allegiance to a false rest day, these faithful ones, "blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke," will "shine as lights in the world." Revelation 13:16; Philippians 2:15. The darker the night, the more brilliantly will they shine.” {Prophets & Kings, pp. 188, 189}.

WORLD WAR III A PRECURSOR TO THE JUDGMENT OF THE LIVING

           Joel 3:9-16.  “Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up:  Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I [am] strong.  Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O LORD.  Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about.  Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the vats overflow; for their wickedness [is] great.  Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD [is] near in the valley of decision.  The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.  The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD [will be] the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.”

           This says it all.  The nations are girding themselves for war.  The weak nations and armies without uniform and identity are  challenging and threatening the super powers even at the sacrifice of food for weapons, (turning their plowshares into spears). 

           Imagine the present war against terrorism on many fronts and in many countries.  The constant threats of terrorists’ attacks; what great fear will enshroud humanity?  The world is about to be plunged into such a catastrophe that it has never before seen or imagined. 

           Calamities will bring such fear, upheavals and financial  economical stress and insecurity that many souls will be brought into the valley of decision concerning their soul’s salvation.  Only thus could the spiritual harvest be ripened and the Lord puts in His sickle and gathers in a great harvest of souls.  The present distress of nations is a part of the plan of God to bring multitudes to the saving knowledge of God.   What a mighty God we serve.  How else could a loving God save the millions of saints that are intermingled and are trapped among the many religions of today.

           “It was the mercy of God that thousands should suffer, to prevent the necessity of visiting judgments upon millions.  In order to save the many, He must punish the few.” {Patriarchs & Prophets, p.325}.

           Get ready, get ready, surrender your souls to God, He is even at the door.

Jeremiah reiterates:

           Jeremiah 25:31-33.  “A noise shall come [even] to the ends of the earth; for the LORD hath a controversy with the nations, he will plead with all flesh; he will give them [that are] wicked to the sword, saith the LORD.  Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Behold, evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth.  And the slain of the LORD shall be at that day from [one] end of the earth even unto the [other] end of the earth: they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon the ground.” 

WAR NO MORE, WHEN?

           Isaiah 2:2-4  “And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.  And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion  shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.  And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.” 

           God is soon to exalt His mountain (His church) above all churches on earth, and many nations will eventually turn to God and learn war no more.  The Scriptures clearly state that after the Lord manifests Himself through His church, the warring nations that turn to the Lord will convert their weapons of war into farming tools.  Later we will see why this phenomenon takes place when the Lord roars from Zion and utters His voice from Jerusalem.  (Joel 3:3-17).  Better days are ahead of us.  This same truth is repeated in Micah 4:2-4.

           Micah 4:1-4  “But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.  And many nations shall come and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob, and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.  And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.  But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the Lord of hosts hath spoken it.”

           Please observe the relationship of the Lord’s judgment and the harvesting of the saints.  They are referring to the same event.  Speaking of the same event Matthew says:

           Matthew  25:31, 32.“When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:  And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth [his] sheep from the goats:” 

           The throne of His glory is His glorified, purified kingdom church operating from Jerusalem.  The warfare brought to view in Joel is not just any war, but a war that is fought just prior to the Lord sitting on the throne of His Glory to judge the nations, and reaping the final harvest of the earth.

           In a time of war and terror men are more receptive to  the Gospel, hence the ripening of the spiritual harvest.  This is the time the Bible refers to as “darkness shall cover the earth and gross darkness the people.”  (Isa. 60:2).  Speaking of this great final harvesting of souls we read:

           “ Among earth's inhabitants, scattered in every land, there are those who have not bowed the knee to Baal. Like the stars of heaven, which appear only at night, these faithful ones will shine forth when darkness covers the earth and gross darkness the people. In heathen Africa, in the Catholic lands of Europe and of South America, in China, in India, in the islands of the sea, and in all the dark corners of the earth, God has in reserve a firmament of chosen ones that will yet shine forth amidst the darkness, revealing clearly to an apostate world the transforming power of obedience to His law. Even now they are appearing in every nation, among every tongue and people; and in the hour of deepest apostasy, when Satan's supreme effort is made to cause "all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond," to receive, under penalty of death, the sign of allegiance to a false rest day, these faithful ones, "blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke," will "shine as lights in the world." Revelation 13:16; Philippians 2:15. The darker the night, the more brilliantly will they shine.” {Prophets & Kings, pp. 188, 189}.

WORLD WAR III A PRECURSOR TO THE JUDGMENT OF THE LIVING

            Joel 3:9-16.  “Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up:  Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I [am] strong.  Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O LORD.  Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about.  Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the vats overflow; for their wickedness [is] great.  Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD [is] near in the valley of decision.  The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.  The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD [will be] the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.”

           This says it all.  The nations are girding themselves for war.  The weak nations and armies without uniform and identity are  challenging and threatening the super powers even at the sacrifice of food for weapons, (turning their plowshares into spears). 

           Imagine the present war against terrorism on many fronts and in many countries.  The constant threats of terrorists’ attacks; what great fear will enshroud humanity?  The world is about to be plunged into such a catastrophe that it has never before seen or imagined. 

           Calamities will bring such fear, upheavals and financial  economical stress and insecurity that many souls will be brought into the valley of decision concerning their soul’s salvation.  Only thus could the spiritual harvest be ripened and the Lord puts in His sickle and gathers in a great harvest of souls.  The present distress of nations is a part of the plan of God to bring multitudes to the saving knowledge of God.   What a mighty God we serve.  How else could a loving God save the millions of saints that are intermingled and are trapped among the many religions of today.

           “It was the mercy of God that thousands should suffer, to prevent the necessity of visiting judgments upon millions.  In order to save the many, He must punish the few.” {Patriarchs & Prophets, p.325}.

           Get ready, get ready, surrender your souls to God, He is even at the door.

Jeremiah reiterates:

           Jeremiah 25:31-33.  “A noise shall come [even] to the ends of the earth; for the LORD hath a controversy with the nations, he will plead with all flesh; he will give them [that are] wicked to the sword, saith the LORD.  Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Behold, evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth.  And the slain of the LORD shall be at that day from [one] end of the earth even unto the [other] end of the earth: they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon the ground.” 

WAR NO MORE, WHEN?

           Isaiah 2:2-4  “And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.  And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion  shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.  And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.” 

           God is soon to exalt His mountain (His church) above all churches on earth, and many nations will eventually turn to God and learn war no more.  The Scriptures clearly state that after the Lord manifests Himself through His church, the warring nations that turn to the Lord will convert their weapons of war into farming tools.  Later we will see why this phenomenon takes place when the Lord roars from Zion and utters His voice from Jerusalem.  (Joel 3:3-17).  Better days are ahead of us.  This same truth is repeated in Micah 4:2-4.

           Micah 4:1-4  “But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.  And many nations shall come and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob, and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.  And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.  But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the Lord of hosts hath spoken it.”

           Please observe the relationship of the Lord’s judgment and the harvesting of the saints.  They are referring to the same event.  Speaking of the same event Matthew says:

           Matthew  25:31, 32.“When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:  And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth [his] sheep from the goats:” 

           The throne of His glory is His glorified, purified kingdom church operating from Jerusalem.  The warfare brought to view in Joel is not just any war, but a war that is fought just prior to the Lord sitting on the throne of His Glory to judge the nations, and reaping the final harvest of the earth.

           In a time of war and terror men are more receptive to  the Gospel, hence the ripening of the spiritual harvest.  This is the time the Bible refers to as “darkness shall cover the earth and gross darkness the people.”  (Isa. 60:2).  Speaking of this great final harvesting of souls we read:

           “ Among earth's inhabitants, scattered in every land, there are those who have not bowed the knee to Baal. Like the stars of heaven, which appear only at night, these faithful ones will shine forth when darkness covers the earth and gross darkness the people. In heathen Africa, in the Catholic lands of Europe and of South America, in China, in India, in the islands of the sea, and in all the dark corners of the earth, God has in reserve a firmament of chosen ones that will yet shine forth amidst the darkness, revealing clearly to an apostate world the transforming power of obedience to His law. Even now they are appearing in every nation, among every tongue and people; and in the hour of deepest apostasy, when Satan's supreme effort is made to cause "all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond," to receive, under penalty of death, the sign of allegiance to a false rest day, these faithful ones, "blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke," will "shine as lights in the world." Revelation 13:16; Philippians 2:15. The darker the night, the more brilliantly will they shine.” {Prophets & Kings, pp. 188, 189}.

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