29 For lo, I begin to bring evil on the city that is called by my name, and should you be utterly unpunished?1 You shall not be unpunished because I will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth, says the Lord of hosts.'
30 Therefore prophesy against them all these words, and say to them, 'The LORD shall roar from on high, and utter his voice from his holy habitation; he shall mightily roar upon his habitation; he shall give a shout, as those who tread the grapes, against all the inhabitants of the earth.
31 A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth; for the LORD has a controversy with the nations, he will plead with all flesh; he will give those who are wicked to the sword,' says the Lord.
32 Thus says 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.
33 And the slain of the LORD shall be at that day from one end of the earth even to the other end of the earth. They shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon the ground.2
6 He shall execute judgment on the nations. He shall fill all places with the dead bodies. He shall crush the rulers across the earth.3
|Isaiah 24:1-7 |
1 [This chapter is usually thought to be parallel and similar to the book of Revelation. However, as the footnote to Revelation 21.1 explains, the seals, trumpets, witnesses, and beasts in the book of Revelation are not physical occurrences, but are personal experiences in the hearts of true, persistent believers, who die to self on the inward cross of self-denial; and there are several testimonies of that having occurred in the early Quakers, (in Rev 5, Rev 11, Rev 13, Rev 16, Rev 21). This chapter could easily be interpreted similarly; there are many parallel events. The many messages from the Word of the Lord within, (listed below in Footnote 2), seem to, (based on the limitations of my earthly mind), refer to this earth; however, so great is the mystery of godliness, so great is the mystery of an earth within each man's heart, so great is the mystery of Revelation being a personal experience, it is entirely possible that all the below messages refer to the earth within each man's heart; that earth being thinned of all sinners, populated and ruled by the Lord through His remaining, perfected saints whose thoughts, words, and deeds are all commanded by Him. It is also possible that the messages apply to both the earth we know as well as the earth in every man's heart. I truly don't know if this chapter refers to the earth we know, or if it refers to the earth in every man's heart, or if it refers to both. When I asked to which earth the below messages referred, His answer was two-fold: 1) "there are one thousand murders each day", and 2) as paraphrased, it is your job to report the messages, not explain to what they apply. Apparently this intentionally remains a mystery.
Messages, (received in late April 2013), from the Word of the Lord within were:
In order to shake the entire world into a knowledge of His being, I believe the Lord is more likely to effect powerful, supernatural miracles that cannot be explained away, rather than some catastrophe that can be rationalized as natural. The more likely sequence of events is: first convincing miracles, then warnings to herald the coming events, and later the troubles themselves. Convincing miracles would be performed by perfected members of His body, and the miracles would necessarily be on a scale far beyond anything the world thinks is remotely possible.
Based on the above sequence of events, plus the absolute reliability of Fox's and other early Quakers' testimonies of the seals, trumpets, and vials of Revelation being a personal experience, we should focus only on expecting personal troubles, trials, and tribulations so that we can enter the kingdom and be prepared for whatever physical events occur afterwards. The Lord has previously said: "I will warn people about the coming troubles, about which there is no comparison. I will give ample time before the destruction of sin." When you, (along with the rest of the world), hear the warnings clearly stated, you will know to complete any required preparations. ]
1 This Behold, the LORD makes the earth empty, and makes it waste, and turns it upside down, and scatters abroad its inhabitants.
2 And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant, so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the creditor, so with the debtor.
3 The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled, for the LORD has spoken this word.
4 The earth mourns and fades away, the world languishes and fades away, the haughty people of the earth become feeble.
5 The earth is also defiled under its inhabitants, because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, and broken the everlasting covenant.1 [They have made grace a license for immorality; they have made the blood of Jesus an unholy thing, an excuse for continuing in sin and ignoring all laws; they have transgressed the law and broken the covenant. From the Word of the Lord within: "Remember, every person who sins denies Him as Lord and Master. For half of Christianity the blood will be disastrous. They would have no laws. The new law became unrighteousness. The covenant of the Lord is a breakage of the people." Those of you who think the blood of Jesus excuses your past, present, and future sins; you have broken the covenant of the Lord, you have made his blood evil and unholy, and you have shown contempt for the Spirit of grace.]
6 Therefore the curse has devoured the earth, and those who dwell in it are desolate; therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men are left.2 [The earth has become so evil, it must be purged; as it was purged in the time of Noah, so it is about to be thinned. From the Word of the Lord within: "Long have we tolerated evil in the world; it is no longer tolerable. A purge must take place; deaths are necessary. All is being done for the sake of the children."]
7 The new wine mourns, the vine languishes, all the merry hearted sigh.