I have been reading Old Testament prophets recently in my early morning Bible reading time. The other day I read the vision of Nahum concerning the destruction of Nineveh. I am almost at a loss for words on the fierceness of God’s anger and jealousy. He is slow to anger and He had given the city a reprieve when Jonah had finally gone to the city and proclaimed God’s judgement and the city repented of their sins. Then, maybe a hundred years later, as some commentators speculated, the city had returned to their sins and were even worse than before. The city was a bloody city, murderous and plundering, full of deceit, plotting against God, rampant prostitution, sorcery and witchcraft.
I see much of the description of Nineveh in the world today. God never changes; He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. When a people have completed their rebellion against God and in the fullness of their sin then God says, “no more,” he punishes that people. God never leaves the guilty unpunished. He may raise up enemies to defeat them, He may use the weather. In Nahum it says that the Lord’s path is in the whirlwind and the storm and that the clouds are the dust of His feet. He dries up the seas, the mountains quake, the hills melt, and the earth trembles in His presence. His wrath is poured out like fire and even the rocks break and are shattered before Him. The message is, don’t anger God. He is slow to anger, but once He’s given you, or a city, or peoples or a nation, all the chances to repent and turn from sin that He can and instead of repentance the people say there is no God, we will do as we please and turn to wickedness, then there is a point at which He will take vengeance.
At the same time He protects those that love Him and take refuge in Him. In my experience that does not mean that those who follow Him will have an easy life. If life is easy for His followers then maybe they are headed the wrong direction of the path. The Lord is good and is a stronghold during times of distress. He strengthens those of us who love Him and depend upon Him. Jesus told us that we, His followers, would be persecuted. He was persecuted of course his followers will be persecuted. That ancient serpent, the devil, Satan, uses people for that purpose. He is the father of lies and has deceived a lot of people into believing there is no god and that he himself doesn’t exist either. Those who are born of the Spirit, that is those who know Jesus and have His Spirit as our guide and comforter will be persecuted buy those who live only for the flesh.
There is a lot more to the whole spiritual realm. Supernatural events are real, some are demonic and others are of God. The Bible tells us that in the end times that the enemy of God will come with lying signs and wonders. I sometimes wonder what those signs and wonders will be. Will they imitate the miracles that Jesus performed during His ministry on earth? Will they be other things that we just can’t imagine? I don’t really know. That hasn’t been revealed to me.
I do know that there are a group of believers that call themselves the Watchmen. Among those are people who remind us that in the end times it will be as it was in the days of Noah. I always thought it meant that all the thoughts of mankind would be toward evil. But, these Watchers have convinced me that is not the only way in which it will be like the days of Noah. In Genesis 6 scripture begins the chapter with the sons of God taking wives from the daughters of man and having children. God said that his Spirit would not remain with mankind because they were corrupt and he shortened the life span to 120 years. Immediately after this the scripture talks of the Nephilim being on the earth in those days and afterward. These were the children of the fallen angels, those sons of God, and human women, the daughters of man. The Nephilim were described as the mighty men of old, famous men. Immediately following this passage scripture goes into the story of Noah. It begins with God seeing the wickedness and every scheme of man was for evil all the time.
What is being said now, and I tend to agree, is that not only were all the thoughts and plans of mankind evil, the corruption was more than a moral corruption. The breeding of fallen angels with human women corrupted the DNA of the offspring. From the passages following it seems that only Noah was ‘perfect in his generations’ meaning his DNA was not corrupted, he was fully human. There is some controversy and speculation about his wife and sons and their daughters. Some think that all were pure, some thing that all were corrupted, and some think that the wives of Noah’s sons were corrupted. The scripture doesn’t say, it only points out that Noah was ‘perfect in his generations’ or pure genetic human. I won’t speculate on who may or may not be right.
If the Watchmen are correct then corrupted DNA is the primary reason for God destroying everything except Noah and his family. God saved a pair each of the unclean animals and 7 pair each of the clean animals as well. Otherwise God destroyed everything for all flesh was corrupt. Most of us know the story of the flood.
What I see today with genetic manipulation is the corruption of flesh again. We’ve cloned animals, scientists are infusing human DNA into animals to grow human organs; and who knows what else the scientists around the globe are doing in their labs? I know that we have a corrupted food supply with genetically modified organism or GMO foods. Even when we think we are getting nice, pure, organic foods, don’t be fooled, we don’t know that the varieties of produce we are buying are not genetically modified even if they are grown organically. There is a company that claims to sell non-GMO seeds that will produce viable seed for subsequent crop plantings.
It seems to me that we are ever so much closer to the end days described in the Bible. We are corrupting the DNA of plants and animals and working on the corruption of human DNA as well. So far designer babies have pretty much been banned around the world. Now, I’m not saying that medical science shouldn’t do what it can to correct problems that produce babies who won’t live to maturity. There is a process that substitutes the mitochondrial DNA of one mother with that of another. I wrote a blog several months ago about that. Mitochondrial DNA is not the DNA that makes us who we are, it is the nuclear DNA that makes us who we are with all of our genotypical traits we get from our parents. In the case that I discussed it was the mitochondrial DNA of the parent mother that contained a trait that cause her children to die anywhere from infancy to 6 years of age. That particular procedure did not destroy an embryo, rather the mitochondrial DNA was swapped out before the egg was fertilized. I had no problem with that kind of medical advancement, the child was all human and had the nuclear DNA of both parents. No changes were made to the chromosomes. Just because designer babies are not legal now does not mean that eventually scientists will start manipulating the nuclear DNA of humans to make them better, faster, stronger, more intelligent, more aesthetically pleasing, whatever trait the parents want. I wouldn’t even doubt that they will begin infusing other species DNA to get super-powers, so to speak. That will be fully corrupting the human genome.
There is another thread of thought on the corruption of the human genome. Many will think this is a bizarre train of thought. The real and growing phenomenon of UFO’s and purported aliens come into play here. I’ve never considered the alien phenomenon anything but satanic entities from a different dimension. The spiritual world is another dimension. The myriad accounts of human abduction include some kind of reproductive experiments or stealing of human DNA either the ova of the females or the sperm of the males. This sounds to me much like the fallen angels are back looking for ways to breed with humankind or create hybrid bodies for the spirits of the Nephilim or whatever spirit needs bodies.
All these things, along with the signs of the times taking place around the globe, make me think that those who are saying the time is near when Jesus will return may not be too far off. A couple of decades ago I wanted to understand where we are in the prophesies and I read through Revelation for that purpose. At that time because of the descriptions of the opening of the seals I thought it possible that we were approaching the opening of the third seal. I still think that because we haven’t yet reached the economic hardship described after the opening of the third seal. However, I recently read a new article in Reuters that was covering the atrocities of the Islamic State active in Egypt. They are targeting Christians and beheading them. That article brought to mind what happened when the the fifth seal is broken. Under the alter in heaven the souls of those who had been killed because of the Word of God and their testimony cried out asking the Lord how long before he would judge and avenge their blood. He gives them white robes and tells them to rest a little bit longer until the number of their brothers who will be killed is complete. My wondering is, are those souls the ones who have been martyred before and the ones now are those for whom God told them to wait? Are we actually seeing the time of the fifth seal and not aware of the time because we didn’t recognize the economic hardship of the great depression as the 3rd seal and maybe we haven’t considered the slaughter of the unborn as part of the quarter of the earth who are slaughtered after the 4th seal? These are just questions. I don’t know the answer and actually still think that we may still be between the second and third seals being opened. Then again, maybe none of the history of the past century relates to the opening of the seals at all.
In any event, it is quite apparent that the earth is going through what was described as the beginnings of birth pangs. It’s been going on for decades, maybe even centuries, but the pains are getting closer together and much more intense. Just pay attention to the news about floods, droughts, hurricanes and tornadoes, earthquakes, sink holes, mass animal deaths, violence and rebellion, the wars and rumors of wars, the aligning of nations against Israel, and so much more to see that things are picking up the pace. Daniel was told to seal up the book until the end when men would roam about and knowledge would increase. In this day, we have methods of transportation that we can literally roam about the world with ease and with the mass communications and instant information at the tip of our fingers certainly knowledge is increasing daily. The one knowledge that is lacking among many is the knowledge of God. We are told that God’s people perish for that lack of knowledge. I wish I could wake everyone up to the truth of God, for the truth will set you free and he who is free in Christ Jesus is free indeed.
There are many verses in scripture in which the meaning is still hidden from me. I know what I need to know and that is that Jesus became flesh and lived among us. He was crucified and died on the cross for the sins of all mankind from the beginning of time to the end. He rose from the dead on the third day to conquer sin and death that those who will call on His name and believe in Him, accepting the sacrifice He made for us, have the promise of eternal life with God. Eventually there will be a new heaven and a new earth. Those who have accepted the free gift that Yahweh our God has given us will have a place in that new heaven and new earth. Free from sin and death, the true paradise in which Jesus is preparing a place for us, for those who accept Him as Lord and Savior.
I don’t know how long it will be, it could still be decades or even centuries away, but, we are to prepare ourselves for the return of our King, Yeshua – Jesus. Whether we join him in the resurrection of the dead, or he snatches us up when He returns, we need to be ready. Have you accepted the free gift of salvation that comes through Jesus Christ? Be ready, for if the owner knew the day or the hour the thief would come then the owner of the house would not have been caught off guard. We know not the day nor the hour, don’t be caught off guard.