The Four Winds
I have always said that we live in the most exciting time in the history of mankind. It is the period of time that the majority of the prophetic scriptures were written concerning and it is the time that the prophets and the disciples longed to "see" and understand what it would be like.
Now it has become even more exciting than ever because we have come to the point in history when wondrous, even amazing, "earth shattering" current events are taking place and prophecies are being fulfilled at such an ever increasing rapid pace that it has become evident to those with eyes to see and ears to hear that we are approaching the final hour of temptation when the false messiah, the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet, makes his "personal appearance" as Jesus Christ, claiming fulfillment of the 2nd advent. For those without eyes to see and ears to hear, which is the majority of the world including most of Christianity, there remains an atmosphere (smoke) of perplexity and anxiety even as their "hearts fail them for fear" (Lk. 21:26), a clearly visible SIGN of the end times (and of the 5th Trump) which is happening all around us each and every day and a phrase we shall well know the meaning of by the conclusion of this series on the Four Winds.
Did you know that Jesus Christ foretold us all things relating to the signs and events just preceding His triumphant return? It is only necessary for us then to look to the Word of God and "understand" the simplicity of the things He told us concerning the final generation. He made it SO SIMPLE in fact that He had the apostle John NUMBER THEM, 1 to 7, in the Book of Revelation. It doesn't get any easier than that! So if you believe Jesus' words then here is HIS PROMISE to YOU concerning the signs of the end times:
Let us go in spirit to the Mount of Olives, as one of Jesus' final generation disciples to whom He is speaking, and listen carefully to His words.Mark 13:23
But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.
And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.
 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
Jesus will take the entire remainder of this chapter and give a precise, detailed answer to this compound question about the signs and the end. Here's His first response: And as He sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
If your church is not teaching you every book of God's Word line by line, chapter by chapter, because they are busy with traditions, then you better start taking the HEED! For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
Have you seen or heard any threats of World Wars lately? I don't think so! Today we have an "International Community" which, if you remember, President Clinton acknowledged when he rhetorically asked the question in his State of the Union address a few years ago concerning Saddam Hussein, and I quote, "Who can stand against the wishes of the International Community?" I almost split my pants as the words of Rev. 13:4 came to mind, "... saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?" And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
People may fear terrorism to a point, and violence in the streets, but there are no rumours of large scale wars like the WWII looming about! NONE! The demise of the U.S.S.R. and the tearing down of the Berlin Wall on November 11th & 12th, 1989, ended the Cold War, which ended the "rumours of wars" in this verse.
But notice that even the end of the "wars" and the "rumours of wars" did not signal the beginning of the sorrows (verse 8)! However, what follows in the next verse DOES, so we MUST understand what it means!
This verse has been grossly misinterpreted as nations rising in WAR against one another, even as the culmination of wars like a World War III. However, students of His Word know that the final battle is spiritual, a fight for the souls of men, not a physical flesh and blood and guts battle at all! That is why we are instructed to put on the gospel armour in Ephesians chapter 6 and be prepared to stand against the "fiery darts" of Satan and his locust army!Matthew 24:7
For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:
So what does this verse mean, "nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom?" It is really quite simple and is made clear in the Greek from which it is translated. First, the word translated "against" is the Greek word "epi" which means "upon" or "up against", as "along side of". There is NO WAY it means in "opposition to". It means "touching" as in together. This is important so here is the Strong's definition in it's entirety:
Next, the word "rise" means to "rouse" and "stand up", i.e. to "rear up".epi, ep-ee', Greek 1909; a primary preposition properly meaning superimposition (of time, place, order, etc.), as a relation of distribution [with the genitive], i.e. over, upon, etc.; of rest (with the dative) at, on, etc.; of direction (with the accusative) towards, upon, etc. :- about (the times), above, after, against, among, as long as (touching), at, beside, × have charge of, (be-, [where-]) fore, in (a place, as much as, the time of, -to), (because) of, (up-) on (behalf of), over, (by, for) the space of, through (-out), (un-) to (-ward), with. In compounds it retains essentially the same import, at, upon, etc. (literal or figurative).
But the key to really understanding what this "rising" is comes from its base word "agora".egeiro, eg-i'-ro, Greek 1453; probably akin to the base of Greek 58 (agora) (through the idea of collecting one's faculties); to waken (transitive or intransitive), i.e. rouse (literal from sleep, from sitting or lying, from disease, from death; or figurative from obscurity, inactivity, ruins, nonexistence) :- awake, lift (up), raise (again, up), rear up, (a-) rise (again, up), stand, take up.
This word is translated either "market" or "marketplace(s)" in every instance in the New Testament except one where it is translated "street", as in market street. Perhaps we're being a little overly detailed here with all these definitions, but for a verse that has for so long been misunderstood it seems appropriate. So let's complete all the words and see what "nations" and "kingdoms" mean.agora, ag-or-ah', Greek 58; from ageiro (to gather; probably akin to Greek 1453 (egeiro)); properly the town-square (as a place of public resort); by implication a market or thoroughfare :- market (-place), street.
Are you ready? "Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom", means that the gentile nations, the non-ruling nations, which comprise what we call the "Third World Countries" shall rise together in the marketplace, and the ruling nations, the "royal kingdoms" (including true Israel, i.e. the Christian nations, and the rest of the Free World) shall also "rise up together" in the marketplace.nations = ethnos, eth'-nos, Greek 1484; probably from Greek 1486 (etho); a race (as of the same habit), i.e. a tribe; specially a foreign (non-Jewish) one (usually by implication pagan) :- Gentile, heathen, nation, people.
kingdom = basileia, bas-il-i'-ah, Greek 932; from Greek 935 (basileus); properly royalty, i.e. (abstract) rule, or (concrete) a realm (literal or figurative) :- kingdom, + reign.
What is Jesus talking about? This is One Worldism. This IS the rising of the one world political beast of Revelation 13. It is happening right before our very eyes, if you can see it. The kingdoms of Europe have already risen together with the implementation of the Eurodollar and the Americas, including Canada and Mexico, are swiftly being brought under "Dollarization".
Nation rising with nation and kingdom with kingdom is called GLOBALIZATION! It's happening now. Nations ARE rising up in the marketplace together with other nations, and kingdoms ARE rising up in the marketplace together with other kingdoms.
Let's continue with the rest of verse 7 in Matthew 24:
You should know what the great famine of the end time is:Matthew 24:7 (...continued) and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
Though the lack of truth concerning God's Word is the principle famine these days, there are other information famines. The truth concerning politics and economics, etc. is routinely twisted and "spun" by a liberal biased and controlled media.Amos 8:11
Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:
And what are "pestilences"?
Pestilences are diseases which follow famines, so these are the social "diseases" brought about by the famine, and boy do we have plenty of them. Where would you like to start: homosexuality, illegitimacy, perverse justice, crime in the streets, prisoned schools, ad nauseam, ad nauseam!
Earthquakes are "commotions" as in shake-ups! (Look up the word yourself.) These commotions are occurring in "divers places", not meaning geographically, but such places as the financial markets for instance, have been "shaken up", and all the global financial markets shook, and the oil market got shaken. And there are commotions in many other arenas of society and in other parts of the world as well.
These pestilences and commotions are called "troubles" in Mark 13:8, and Luke 21 says they will be accompanied by great signs in the heavens.
Nevertheless, we are now witnessing the emergence of the one world political beast of Rev. 13 rise up as the nations and kingdoms unite together in the marketplace, as Matthew 24 verse 7 comes to pass exactly as it is written. And that brings us to verse 8.
The word "sorrows" means birth pangs or throes, literally "travail", and it has a great deal to do with the Four Winds which we will clearly identify in our next few studies. We will also learn exactly what the "tail" of the dragon is in Rev. 12:4. All these are the beginning of sorrows.
The hour is late, so don't miss these next few studies.
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