Original article published: January 31, 2010 at 8:34pm
With the Return To The Threshing Floor, it seems a good time to revisit some of the groundbreaking principles that were presented in the classic era of the original series (2003-2009). Upon re-examining the concepts outlined in this article, I find it to be not only still relevant, but even more crucial as we start to examine the prophetic horizon with a much clearer “rear view mirror”.
concrète (French)-used in conjunction with the term musique , to denote a form of art that fused disparate elements of electronic and natural sounds to create a recorded montage presented as a conceptual musical composition.
We borrow the term as a comparative for the topic of this article.
con-cret-ize -transitive verb : to make concrete, specific, or definite intransitive verb : to become concrete.
“And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.“-Revelation 11:13
The concrète-ization of prophecy is, like it’s musical comparative, an effort to fuse seemingly disparate elements into a “seamless whole”. As this series will explore in subsequent installments, modern day so-called “Bible Prophecy” has been shaped into a montage of destruction scenes, grand scale deaths by plague, supernatural apparitions, and repeated destructions of the physical Earth. It has taken on the aspects and qualities of hundreds of science fiction novels, comic books, and high dollar special effect films. Moreover, it has now morphed into a narcotic form of obsession by cult personalities who market and merchandise this vision to gullible, Biblically illiterate believers and the world-at-large.
The result: deception on a grand scale and MISSING the more nuanced fulfillments that history and scripture record. It is not about “preterism” or “pre-millenialism”—or any other theological inventions—but about RIGHTLY dividing the Word of God, and understanding HOW prophecy is fulfilled before our eyes.
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“… the streets of Haiti’s “flattened” capital, where a government official said the death toll from Tuesday’s 7.0-magnitude earthquake may exceed 100000.“-CNN Headline, Jan. 13, 2010
How does one correlate the descriptions of ‘apocalypse’ in the Bible with “real time/real world” events? The Book of Revelation is full of dire predictions of unimaginable disasters, including: oceans turned to blood and one third of the creatures dying (Rev. 8:8-9, 16:4), a sun which is ‘darkened’ and black (Rev. 9:2, 6:12), a mountain (comet or “Planet X“?) cast into the sea (Rev. 8:9).
The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake was an undersea megathrust earthquake that occurred at 00:58:53 UTC on December 26, 2004…The earthquake was caused by subduction and triggered a series of devastating tsunamis along the coasts of most landmasses bordering the Indian Ocean, killing nearly 230,000 people in fourteen countries…Wikipedia
The same book, also records this ‘great earthquake’ which kills 7,000 men. But look at the numbers for recent disasters such as the 2004 Indian Ocean tsumani or the mounting toll in Haiti, and we simply cannot sustain a literal, physical record of future disasters. If one part of the book seems incredulous or another appears to extoll a magnitude now barely of record, then HOW do we interpret this writing which appears to document the end of the world? Indeed, over 76 million people died in World War II(1). 76 MILLION people!
Can we use the Bible, and its numbers, to predict Earthly disasters? Is the scriptural account of the “end of the world” to be taken literally—or are these accounts to be held with some skepticism…indeed, to hold ALL of the Bible to be discredited as untrustworthy? Seven thousand people perishing in an earthquake seems small when we look at the numbers of dead in modern terms—even the 79 AD destruction of Pompei by the volcano Vesuvius may have run to upwards of 20,000 people.
A Book of Dual Meanings
Based on a decade of research and study, I came to the conclusion some years ago that the Bible is BOTH literal and figurative. Emerging, as such, from multiple cultures, languages, and historical periods the scriptures are preserved in a remarkably consistent matrix of stories, laws, prophecies, and poetic work unrivaled in record. It is both didactic truth and mystical visions; historical record and future seer; mythological in scope, yet often mundane in details.In other words it is a paradoxical work that does not contradict itself (though some have attempted to assert just that.)
Prophecy, specifically in the Bible, is a bit more complex in that this is a book that revels in those who missed the prophecies in the book. Repeatedly, warnings are issued and ignored, and the details of those failed warnings recorded. The high priests of Israel completely misread the prophecies of Messiah and not only missed Him when HE appeared—but actually became the instruments of the Lord’s death—they, themselves, lived the very prophecies they missed—as vessels of dishonor!
The expectations held by the Jews in 30 AD of a Messiah who would come to rule (to throw off the Romans) was a stumbling block to them, in stark contrast to the suffering Savior they met. They “missed it” because they were caught in a religious system which no longer had the Spirit of God to give them discernment as Jesus pointed out to Nicodemus in John chapter 3:
“The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit…Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?” (John 3: 8,10)
The concept of the conquering king was true…but it came in the Spirit. The Jewish priests, with a few exceptions, did not know that He came first to suffer even though the ancient prophetic writers and oracles had so stated. They were caught up in a religious system which had lost the gift of prophecy, and they lived in times of oppression which made them so hardened in their thought that they no longer pursued mystical/spiritual values. They wanted political liberation, they wanted to throw off bondage and have a physical kingdom like Solomon’s restored.This, in spite of Messiah’s warning that His kingdom was not of this world (John 18:36.) These were the forebears of modern day dominionism—and those who also fell to the very forces they railed against!