Jesus said, "He that believes in me, as the scriptures had said, out of his belly will flow rivers of living water" John 7:38
Seventh Trumpet: The Kingdom Proclaimed
15 Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!” 16 And the twenty-four elders who sat before God on their thrones fell on their faces and worshiped God, 17 saying:“We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty, The One who is and who was and who is to come, because You have taken Your great power and reigned.18 The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come,And the time of the dead, that they should be judged,And that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints,And those who fear Your name, small and great,And should destroy those who destroy the earth.”19 Then the temple of God was opened in heaven, and the ark of His covenant[h] was seen in His temple. And there were lightnings, noises, thunderings, an earthquake, and great hail.
Please note that all the destructions mentioned were sectioned in thirds. What caught my attention was in Revelations 8: 12 were John stated that when the 4th trumpet was sounded, one third of the sun, moon and stars will be in darkness. Logically, this means that there is a possibility that one third of the earth could be seriously debilitated. When the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 6th trumpets were sounded, one third of the vegetation, sea life and mankind were destroyed. That indicated that there will be little or no life on one third of the earth. We do not know when these destructions will occur; not even their sequences, but they will happen. We do not know if the rapture will take place before, during, or after these occurrences. According to research, the total surface area of the Earth is 196,939,000 square miles. 29 percent land, 71 percent water. The Earth's total land mass is 57,511,026.002 square miles. North America (including Greenland etc) covers an area of about 9,450,000 sq miles. So, North America is about 16.4% of the Earth's land mass. South America and the Caribbean cover almost 16.5% of Earth's land area. This means that the Western hemisphere, which consists of Greenland, North America, Central America, the Caribbean and South America, make up approximately 33% or about 1/3 of the Earth’s total land mass.
In the wake of all the recent disasters and potential disasters, these facts should not be overlooked. Countries all over world have been devastated by Tsunamis, earthquakes, wars, fires, ice, snow and sand storms, mud slides, floods, oil spills, hurricanes, tornadoes, volcanoes, droughts, famines, etc. They have been subjected to the wrath of nature’s unruly and uncontrollable elements without ample warnings.
According to the US Geological Survey, 39 out of the 50 American states are vulnerable to seismic activity of some degree. Fault lines play a significant role when it comes to identification of the regions vulnerable to seismic activities. Therefore, the Western Hemisphere could be the 1/3 that will be subject to the initial destruction heralded by the 7 trumpets. The final destruction follows the pronouncement of the 7 bowls of wrath found in Revelations chapters 16 & 17 for the rest of the world. The rest of the world would be Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Christ has given us all ample warnings so that we could stay alert and be always ready to meet Him. There will be no more additional signs and warnings. God gave us what He wanted us to know.
Luke 21:10-11, 28
10 Then He said to them: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.28 When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
Jesus also said in Mathew 24:14, that after the gospel is preached to all nations, and then will the end come. I am certain that the gospel has been preached throughout most of this western hemisphere and Europe, but not throughout Asia, Middle East and Africa which are dominated by Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and other eastern religions. There is at this time what I might call a “Jonah Syndrome” against Muslims that exists largely among Christians. Jonah wanted the Ninevites to be destroyed because he thought they were too wicked and did not deserve God’s grace and mercy (Jonah chapters 1-4). We were not called to condemn men and other religions, but to show them a better way, which is the precious love of Almighty God for all His creation. We were not called to trample upon God's harvest but to reap it. This attitude angers God because it undermines His redemption plan for all mankind. We were called to reach the world for Him without partiality because Jesus sacrificed His life for all mankind and has become the answer to all of the problems of all nations.
13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. 15 “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), 16 “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. 18 And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes. 19 But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! 20 And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath. 21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.
2 Peter 3:9-11
9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is long-suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. 11 Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness?
1 Thessalonians 5:2-42
For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. 3 For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. 4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief.End-time prophesies and the outcomes cannot be engineered, changed, or stopped by man; they cannot be “prayed” away; they are the work of God for reasons we cannot fully understand at this moment.
If God said that they will happen, they will happen. (Ezekiel 39)Many rich people, who sense the coming series catastrophic events in this world, are purchasing abandoned missile silos and underground bomb shelters to convert them into living quarters and food pantries in order to protect themselves from what is to come.
15 And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, 16 and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us (cover us) and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! 17 For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”
No one knows the day or the hour. Jesus said that He will come at a time when we do not expect Him.
39 But know this that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. 40 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”
Let us read what Peter had to say about that.
2 Peter 3: 9-13
9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is long-suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. 11 Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? 13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
Let us be ready
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