|4 Esdras 15 |
1 [This chapter has more detail regarding the thinning of the earth at the end of the current age than any other book in the Bible, including Revelation. Some of it I understand. What I understand, I have attempted to explain. Some of it I do not understand.] 1 "Behold, speak in the ears of my people the words of prophecy that I will put in your mouth," says the Lord.
1 "Behold, speak in the ears of my people the words of prophecy that I will put in your mouth," says the Lord.
2 "And cause them to be written on paper for they are faithful and true.
3 Fear not the imaginations against you, let not the incredulity of those trouble you, who speak against you.
4 For all the unfaithful shall die in their unfaithfulness.
5 Behold," says the Lord, "I will bring plagues upon the world; the sword, famine, death, and destruction.
6 For wickedness has exceedingly polluted the whole earth, and their hurtful works are fulfilled."
7 Therefore says the Lord,
8 "I will hold my tongue no more as touching their wickedness, which they profanely commit, neither will I allow them in those things, in which they wickedly exercise themselves; behold, the innocent and righteous blood cries unto me, and the souls of the just complain continually.
9 And therefore," says the Lord," I will surely avenge them, and receive unto me all the innocent blood from among them.
10 Behold, my people are led as a flock to the slaughter; I will not allow them now to dwell in the land of Egypt,
11 But I will bring them with a mighty hand and a stretched out arm, and smite Egypt with plagues, as before, and will destroy all the land of it. [The world is as Egypt and Sodom: full of pleasures, sexual immorality, pride, overabundance of food, and much idleness.]
12 Egypt shall mourn, and the foundation of it shall be smitten with the plague and punishment that God shall bring upon it.
13 Those who till the ground shall mourn for their seeds shall fail through the blight and hail, and with a terrible storm.1 [The crops will fail because of blight, hail, and massive flooding storms. The world today is one crop failure away from a massive famine; the days of giant grain surpluses have past.]
14 Woe to the world and them that dwell in it!
15 For the sword and their destruction draws near, and nation shall stand up and fight against nation, and swords in their hands. [Famine produces scarcity; those who have reserves will be subject to invasion by desperate, hungry armies.]
16 For there shall be sedition among men, and invading one another; they shall not regard their kings nor princes, and the course of their actions shall stand in their power. [There will be plundering of neighbors and widespread rioting and revolutions, blaming the governments for their hunger and deprivations. Look at France in 2010, massive rioting because the retirement age is raised from 60 to 62; what will those people do when there is no bread in the store, when there is no welfare check to cash, or when there is no bank.]
17 A man shall desire to go into a city, and shall not be able.
18 For because of their pride the cities shall be troubled, the houses shall be destroyed, and men shall be afraid.2
19 A man shall have no pity upon his neighbor, but shall destroy their houses with the sword, and plunder their goods, because of the lack of bread, and for great tribulation. [It will be kill or be killed; people will panic; people will turn into rampaging beasts looking for food, drink, drugs, gasoline, sex — anything of value].
20 Behold, said God, I will call together all the kings of the earth to reverence me, which are from the rising of the sun, from the south, from the east, and Lebanon; to turn themselves one against another, and repay the things that they have done to them. [From the Word of the Lord within: "every man was his own king."]
21 Like as they do yet this day unto my chosen, so will I do also, and recompense in their bosom." Thus says the Lord God;
22 "My right hand shall not spare the sinners, and my sword shall not cease over those who shed innocent blood upon the earth.
23 The fire is gone forth from his wrath, and has consumed the foundations of the earth, and the sinners, like the straw that is kindled.
24 Woe to them that sin, and do not keep my commandments!" says the Lord. [The Light within every man pleads and reasons with him to obey the law written on his heart, but the vast majority of men ignore that law and wilfully sin.]
25 "I will not spare them; go your way, you children, from the power, do not defile my sanctuary.
26 For the Lord knows all them that sin against him, and therefore he delivers them unto death and destruction.
27 For now the plagues have come upon the whole earth and you shall remain in them; for God shall not deliver you because you have sinned against him.
28 Behold a horrible vision, and the appearance of it from the east:
29 Where the nations of the dragons out of the deserts of Arabia shall come out3 with many chariots, and the multitude of them shall be carried as the wind upon the whole earth, that all those who hear them will fear and tremble.
30 Also the Carmanians raging in wrath shall go forth as the wild boars of the wood, and with great power shall they come, and join battle with them, and shall waste a portion of the land of the Assyrians. [Perhaps Carmanians are a split-off group of demons.]
31 And then shall the dragons have the upper hand, remembering their nature; and if they shall turn themselves, conspiring together in great power to persecute them,
32 Then these shall be troubled bled, and keep silence through their power, and shall flee.
33 And from the land of the Assyrians shall the enemy besiege them, and consume some of them, and in their host shall be fear and dread, and strife among their kings.
34 Behold clouds from the east and from the north unto the south, and they are very horrible to look upon, full of wrath and storm.
35 They shall smite one upon another, and they shall smite down a great multitude of tempests upon the earth, even their own tempest; and blood from the sword shall reach unto the belly,
36 And dung of men shall reach unto the camel's hock.
37 And there shall be great fearfulness and trembling upon earth; and those who see the wrath shall be afraid, and trembling shall come upon them.
38 And then shall there come great storms from the south, and from the north, and another part from the west.
39 And strong winds shall arise from the east, and shall open it; and the cloud which he raised up in wrath, and the tempest stirred to cause fear toward the east and west wind, shall be destroyed.
40 The great and mighty clouds shall be puffed up full of wrath, and the tempest, that they may make all the earth afraid, and them that dwell therein; and they shall pour out over every high and eminent place a horrible tempest,
41 Fire, and hail, and flying swords, and many waters, that all fields may be full, and all rivers, with the abundance of great waters.4 [the rivers shall run together in a terrible manner. Wisdom 5:23.]
42 And they shall break down the cities and walls, mountains and hills, trees of the wood, and grass of the meadows, and their corn.
43 And they shall go resolutely to Babylon, and make her afraid.
44 They shall come to her, and besiege her, the tempest and all wrath shall they pour out upon her; then shall the dust and smoke go up unto the heaven, and all those who are about her shall bewail her.
45 And those who remain under her shall do service unto them that have put her in fear.
46 And you, Asia, that are partaker of the hope of Babylon, and are the glory of her person.
47 Woe be unto you, you wretch, because you have made yourself like unto her; and have decked your daughters in whoredom, that they might please and glory in your lovers, which have always desired to commit whoredom with you.
48 You have followed her that is hated in all her works and inventions.
49 Therefore," said God, "I will send plagues upon you; widowhood, poverty, famine, sword, and pestilence, to waste your houses with destruction and death.
50 And the glory of your Power shall be dried up as a flower, the heat shall arise that is sent over you.
51 You shall be weakened as a poor woman with stripes, and as one chastised with wounds, so that the mighty and lovers shall not be able to receive you.
52 Would I with jealousy have so proceeded against you, says the Lord,
53 If you had not always slain my chosen, exalting the stroke of your hands, and saying over their dead, when you were drunken,
54 Set forth the beauty of your countenance?
55 The reward of your whoredom shall be in your bosom, therefore shall you receive recompense.
56 Like as you have done unto my chosen," says the Lord, "even so shall God do unto you, and shall deliver you into mischief.
57 Your children shall die of hunger, and you shall fall through the sword; your cities shall be broken down, and all yours shall perish with the sword in the field.
58 Those who are in the mountains shall die of hunger, and eat their own flesh, and drink their own blood, for very hunger of bread, and thirst of water.
59 You as unhappy shall come through the sea, and receive plagues again.
60 And in the passage they shall rush on the idle city, and shall destroy some portion of your land, and consume part of your glory, and shall return to Babylon that was destroyed.
61 And you shall be cast down by them as stubble, and they shall be unto you as fire;
62 And shall consume you, and your cities, your land, and your mountains; all your woods and your fruitful trees shall they burn up with fire.
63 Your children shall they carry away captive, and, look, what you have , they shall spoil it, and mar the beauty of your face."
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1 Those who till the ground shall mourn for their seeds shall fail through the blight and hail, and with a terrible storm.From the Word of the Lord within: "Sudden rain gets the best of everything, then an interruption in the oil supply. The fields will be a mess." A world wide famine will quickly result from a failure of one crop season. We no longer have the surpluses to withstand a crop failure, particularly in the US, who is the bread basket of the world. The price of whatever remainder of food exists from past harvests will zoom; the poor throughout the world will starve to death. Countries like Pakistan, where the masses can only afford pan fried bread and pickles, will suffer the most. Now, should there be an interruption in the oil supply soon after the storm that destroys the current crop, then the next year's crop cannot be planted, fertilized, or harvested; the great majority of the world's grains are planted and harvested by machines that run on petroleum, and fertilizer made from petroleum. Even prescription drugs are made from petroleum. Food is distributed by petroleum. People get to work by petroleum. The world is dependent on oil to survive, and if it is interrupted by war or widespread pipeline breaks from landslides or earthquakes, much of the world's peoples will pass away; there will be panic, and panicky people rob, steal, plunder, and kill, even their neighbors; nations will attack nations for whatever food reserves are there for the taking. From the Word of the Lord within: "The selfish human nature is being exposed and brought out once for all."
Those people who have sought the Lord, listened to his voice, and obeyed him will have light, and they will be guided to safety; but it will be a horrific time, and his people need to have courage and trust that he will protect them; if they panic, they will be lost too.
2 because of their pride the cities shall be troubled, the houses shall be destroyed, and men shall be afraid. Cities foster the pride of man. In cities there is variety of vain pursuits; the more people in a city, the number of vain pursuits increases. Men take pride in their art, their physical prowess, their music, their hobbies, etc. Pleasures abound in cities: new taste sensations, fashion in clothes, drink, drugs, sex, music, sports, books, magazines, games. Material possessions abound in cities, many possessed just to foster envy and feed the pride of the owners. All the pleasures and pastimes in cities are idols, which distract from godliness. In the past, only cities reflected the spirit of Sodom and Egypt — now with satellite TV, even the farmers have the choice of multiple channels of pornography in their living rooms. With just a phone connection, tens of thousands of pornographic web sites are viewed daily, not only in the cities, but also in the country.
From the Word within my heart: "Cities show how ignorance can be in a cluster. The cities reflect the spirit of the tower of Babel." God had told man to be fruitful and spread over the whole earth. The men of Babel were trying to do the opposite; they said: lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth. When man is somewhat isolated from his neighbors, with his own land, growing his own food, he is far more conscious and dependent on He who provides the rain, who provides the sunshine, who has created life; far closer to God, than the city dweller who is distracted by food, drink, women, entertainment, games, pleasures, etc. God had told men to cover the whole earth, not to collect in cities.
3 from the east.. the nations of the dragons out of the deserts of Arabia shall come out.. carried as the wind on the whole earth. No army of natural men could cover the whole earth; so this speaks of a supernatural army. The east wind is a known phenomena in many cultures of the world. The east wind, named Khamsin, khamseen, chasing, or ham sin, refers to an evil wind from the desert, bringing evil spirits, the plague, depression, etc. Aside from being physically debilitating to people, animals, and crops, the winds also bring increased crime and death. The winds are thought to carry demonic spirits from the hot, dry, stark places in the wilderness deserts where demons are believed to prefer to live. The Spanish called these winds from the desert: vientos de Satán ("winds of Satan"). Burial tombs situated in the outlying areas and often bordering the desert, were also believed to be haunted by demons. These same effects appear world wide; even in Los Angeles, the desert winds, called Santa Annas, bring unruliness, depression, and crime. Jesus speaks of demons preferring dry places: When an unclean spirit has gone out of a man, he walks through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. Luke 11:24, Mat 12:43. See the footnote to Job 15:2 for more on this subject.
the multitude of them shall be carried as the wind upon the whole earth, that all those who hear them will fear and tremble. These dragons (demons) will sweep across the whole earth to terrify all men. When men are terrified, they become irrational, they become beasts in the kill or be killed mode. The Bible has numerous incidents where an opposing army to Israel was eliminated by its members suddenly fighting and destroying each other to the last man. It is not explained how a trained army would suddenly start destroying itself; obviously each man within the army would have to be seized with unconquerable fear; perhaps an east wind of demons is the method.
4 many waters, that all fields may be full, and all rivers, with the abundance of great waters.From the Word of the Lord within: "Sudden rain gets the best of everything, then an interruption in the oil supply. The fields will be a mess." We are for certain only one crop failure away from losing all our grain surpluses. If the rains and hail and lightening come in such force, a crop failure would result in a famine; and the famine is also predicted in this book. This verse tells us how great the flooding will be: all fields will be full of water. Food shall be so plentiful and cheap upon earth, that they shall think themselves to be secure and safe. 4 Esdras 16:21. Suddenly the sown places will appear unsown, the full storehouses will suddenly be found empty. 4 Esdras 6:22.
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