is asserted that this has come true since the year 1914 by two world wars, additional conflicts, and the millions of people who have died in them. One scripture is offered....Matt.24:7. There we can read Jesus words about one labor pain being war...but this scripture contains no interpretation or application of his words. There are no scriptures which point to the conflicts in Satan's world
as being the fulfillment of this sign.
The Kingdom's birth is not through Satan's world, nor does it originate from that source (Job14:4). The genuine "birth pangs" of the Kingdom therefore, are
not taking place there (Matt.24:8; Gal.4:26; Rev.12:1,2; John18:36; 16:20,21,22).
Does the Bible contain scriptures to indicate that the "woman" who is actually the one giving birth to the kingdom (Rev.12:2)...the one having these "signs" of "labor"...Does she have
Please consider the interpretation of this "sign"/"labor pain", according to God's Word:
Gen.3:15; 2Cor.10:4,5; Eph.6:10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17; 1Tim.1:18; 2Tim2:3,4,5; Rev.6:2; 19:11,14; 16:14; 12:17; 13:7;11:7)
we read in the Book of Revelation, that the "kings of the earth" are at war (Rev.16:14; 19:19). Does this not rightly indicate a parallel of physical, worldly warfare?
These are spiritual kings (Rev.1:5,6; 5:10; 20:6) Jesus would
not be a "king" over the leaders of Satan's world (John18:36). The "kingdom" of this world
is Satan's "kingdom", over which Satan is king/ruler (Matt.4:8,9; John16:11; 12:31; 14:30; Eph.6:12;1John5:19). The kingdom of Satan's world rulers is distinct
from Christ's kingdom of kings (Rev.11:15; 5:10; 1:5).
These "kings of
the earth" are also engaged, in a spiritual warfare (Rev.17:2,12,14,16,17,18; 11:7; 19:11,14;
2Cor.10:4), with one another (Matt.23:8; 10:21; John16:2; 15:20; 1John3:12,14; Gen.3:15;
Rev.12:7; Mal.3:18; 1Cor.11:18,19; Mal.3:18;Matt.25:32,34,41,46; 3:12
Rev.17:6; Matt.23:31,32,33,34,35,36,37,38,35; Rev.18:24; Eze.24:7;
This war culminates during the final harvesting of the last of the 144,000 (causing "birth pangs"), and that final harvesting will bring about the kingdom's birth
(1Cor.3:6,7,8,9; John4:36,37,38; Matt.13:40,41; Rev.1:20;
Gal.4:14,19; John16:21,22;Rev.12:2,5,10,11; 6:9,10,11; 14:1;
Zech.4:9,7,11,14; Rev.11:4,5; Jer.5:14; Matt.3:12).
The kingdom of God does not arrive by means of a physical world conflict between political powers under Satan's dominion, (fighting over worldly power, resources,
and territory), but rather, by means of the separating of the wheat from the weeds, at the time of the harvest/end of the age (Matt.13:39).
This explains why Jesus stated that this spiritual warfare, was "necessary to occur"/"must take place"/"must come
to pass" (Matt.24:6; 18:7; Dan.11:36; 2Thess.2:4; Dan.7:20,21; Rev.13:7; Dan.8:24).
This conflict between the "woman's seed" and "Satan's seed" (Gen.3:15) IS necessary. Only through this necessary spiritualwarfare, will the final Chosen Ones be established as sealed (on the forehead); and as slaves belonging to either Jehovah or Satan (1Cor.11:18,19; Rev.14:1; 13:16,4
a; Deut.6:6,8) (Rev.13:16,7,8)(pearl-666.blogspot.com). THIS spiritual conflict between
truth and lies, IS "necessary to occur"(1Cor.11:19; Matt.18:7; 24:6; Jer.51:46,49; Isa.19:2; Joel3:2). Only by means of this spiritualwar, will Satan, his seed, and his lies, finally be cast down (Rev.12:10,11; 17:14), the heirs of the kingdom be given their white robes/seal (Rev.6:9,11; 7:14; 19:8; 12:11), the enemies of Christ finally be subdued (Ps.110:1,2; 1Cor.15:25,24; Dan.2:35;Matt.21:44; Zech.12:3), and all those observing the warfare, will be able to discern the true prophets from the false (1Cor.11:19;John7:17,18; Mal.3:18) so that they can take their own informed stand for truth, or not (Deut.13:3; Heb.6:10; Matt.10:40;1Thess.2:13; 2Cor.2:14,15,16,17)
(1Tim.4:1; 2Thess.2:11; Rev.11:10; 9:21; Eze.14:10).
The Justice of Yhwh and Jesus would never assert that senseless physical carnage, bloodshed,
and violence were needed, in order to accomplish the birth of God's Kingdom, and sealing of the "seed" (Psalm11:5; 2Cor.10:4; Eph.6:12).
"sign"/"labor pain" of "warfare" for the "woman" giving birth then, is not physical.
It is a "labor pain" of the
"woman" sealed in heaven (not Satan's world) as she struggles to give birth to the full 144000 (Gal.4:26;Rev.12:1,2; Eph.2:6; Gal.4:19).
kingdom is not sourced in Satan's world. Satan's world is not giving birth to it (Job14:4). If Satan's world is not giving birth to God's kingdom, Satan's world is not where we find the genuine "labor pains".
The "woman" and her sealed ones, are in labor; as the scriptures above show.
That labor is not due to the world's economics or politics; but is due to ongoing spiritual war between
the "wheat" and "weeds"...the sons of the kingdom, and the sons of the wicked one (Gen.3:15; Rev.12:7; 16:13,14,15,16; 17:14; 19:11,14;
John16:2; 8:44; 2Cor.11:12,13,14,15,2,3,4,20; Gal.5:1;
each can finally be made manifest and sealed (Matt.12:36,37; 16:27; 1Cor.3:12,13,14; Luke8:17; 2Pet.3:7,10,12;Jer.23:29; Hosea6:5; Rev.11:3,5; Jer.5:14), as the gathering of the kingdom administration of heirs to God's Kingdom, is brought to completion during the final battle of Amageddon (Rev.16:13,14,16; 17:14; 19:11,14,15; 2:26,27; Jer.23:29; 2Cor.10:4,5;Hosea6:5; Matt.24:51,50) when the final harvesting of wheat, and of "the vine of the earth", is completed (Rev.14:14,15,16,17,18,19) (pearl-winepress.blogspot.com).
At the root of this battle of Armageddon, is the struggle to win over the hearts of men, and what it is that they put their faith in and worship. Each side of this battle, has it's own overlord and King. It is what proceeds from the
mouth of each of these King of kings, that fuels this decisive battle.
(Matt.4:8,9; 1John5:19; Rev.9:11) (Rev.19:16; 5:10; 1:5)
From the mouth of Satan (and those belonging to his "woman" -Rev.17:5), comes deception, spiritual darkness, false doctrines, and death (Rev.16:13,14,15,16; 12:17,15; 20:7,8; 17:14),
instigating Armageddon. From the mouth of Christ (and those belonging to his "woman" -Gal.4:26; Rev.22:17), comes insight,
spiritual light, truth, and life (Rev.1:15 B; John4:14; Rev.1:16 B;Rev.19:13,21,15 A; Heb.4:12).
According to scripture, Armageddon is a battle between truth and lies, and the sources (fathers) and messengers ("angels"/"seed"), of each side (John8:44,45; 1:9,14; Eph.5:9; 6:12; 1Pet.2:9; 1Thess.5:5; 2Cor.11:13,14,15) (Rev.12:17; 2Cor.10:4,5; John18:37;Mark1:38; Rev12:7; Gen.3:15).
Nowhere in the Bible, is the interpretation of Armageddon described as a literal execution, instigated by God and carried out by the political governments of Satan's world by material warfare,
as so many have assumed.
The Bible simply describes it as a battle that results from "demon inspired sayings" coming from the mouth of Satan and his messengers, and the resulting backlash
of truth by means of Christ and his messengers. (Rev.16:13,14,16; 13:11,4,6;2Thess.2:4,9,10,8)
(Rev.2:12,16; Rev.17:14; 19:11,15,14,19,20,21; 2:16,26,27; Gal.5:17; Rom.8:5,6,7,8,13).
The doctrines of men
assert that the kingdom will be born by means of the physical food shortages and famines that we see taking place around the world today. As distressing and grievous as this injustice is; please try to recognize it's irrelevance to the birth/sealing of the
completed number of the Kingdom Heirs. Again, there are no scriptures which tell us that this "famine" must be applied physically (Mark13:8).
Does the Bible indicate that within the experience of the "woman" and her "seed"...that these would be faced with a lack
of adequate Truth/accurate spiritual food?
The book of Revelation tells us that there would be a powerful "false prophet" (Rev.13:11,14; Rev.19:20)
in tandem with a worshipped Beast (Rev.13:6,8). This is confirmed
in Jesus' "sign" of the end (Matt.24:24; 7:13,15). Please consider Amos8:11.
Rev.18:8 reveals that the religious Harlot will experience "famine". We know that the book of Revelation IS a book of symbolism. This must be true of the Harlot's "famine", since it arrives "in one day". Such is
not the case with physical famine.
Yes, the famine that effects the remnant, is spiritual. So too, this "labor pain" of the "woman" giving
birth to the kingdom.
Jehovah considers the "woman" who gave birth as needing to be fed. At Rev.12:6 and Rev.12:14 , the Greek says that this "woman" is "nourished". Again, her need is not for physical food, but for spiritual. Due to the pervasive deceptions aimed at this woman (Rev.12:15), she is in dire need of Truth. Her dire need for spiritual nourishment
will be addressed by Jehovah God himself (Rev.12:6,14), while the Harlot is consigned to "famine" (Rev.18:8). Certainly, one of the signs of the end, is a spiritual famine. (Rev.18:8; Isa.5:13; Hosea4:6; Isa.65:13,17; Rev.6:6; Matt.25:8)
According to WT doctrine, Matt.24:12 ("increasing of lawlessness") receives the heading of "Crime."
This is the only scripture given under this "sign"/"labor pain".
The publication then follows by saying that the reader will likely
agree that crime is worse than it was years ago. It refers to the ever increasing "risk of being robbed, cheated, or harmed" (mugged, raped, murdered).What did Jesus mean by "lawlessness: according to the scriptures?
We get a leading indication, if we go to the words he used to depict his final judgment upon
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the
kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we
not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wondersin Your name?’ And then I will declare
to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’" Matt.7:21,22,23
I ask you to consider whom Jesus considers one who practices "lawlessness".
According to Jesus' standard and estimation;
...Is "lawlessness", robbery, cheating, assault and battery, or any other "crime"?
According to the words of Jesus above,
these persons consider
themselves...not criminals...but followers of Christ!
According to verse 21, they consider Jesus their "Lord", and they are working to "enter the kingdom of the heavens".
Therefore, those whom Jesus identifies as "lawless", are a large segment of those with the heavenly hope. A large segment? Yes...just a few verses before, Jesus says at Matt.7:13,14:
“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it."
“Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek
to enter and will not be able."
“For many are called, but few are chosen.” Matt.22:14
Clearly, it is "many" from among the "invited" and "called" anointed, who unwittingly become "workers of lawlessness",
and are therefore disqualified from entering the very kingdom they are striving to "enter into". (Matt.22:8)
Therefore, it also becomes clear, that this "labor pain" of the incoming Kingdom, is associated with that same woman/Covenant
and her "seed". She is the one experiencing the labor pain of
"lawlessness"....NOT Satan's world, with it's Crime! (Rev.12:1,2; Matt.7:23)
this "lawlessness" among the anointed is then, Jesus claimed that it would be increasing, as the end drew close (Matt.24:12).
In order for interpretation to be of God, the scriptures must continue to guide us in our understanding of what Jesus meant, by saying that one of the "labor
pains", would be "lawlessness"/"wickedness" (depending on translation) (Matt.24:8,12).
First, to be "law-LESS", means to be without the constraints and guidance of LAW. What LAW did Jesus have in mind, when he confided that his anointed ones would increasingly flout it as the end drew close?
How would this "lawlessness" cause the "woman", increasing pains of labor?
Please consider what the Bible tells us...
(John13:34,35; Gal.6:2; James2:8; 1Cor.13:1,2,3,13; Matt.22:36,37,38,39,40; 25:40; 1John3:11; 2John1:6)
What was the "Law" of the Christ, which would be increasingly broken by
his own anointed followers?
then does it mean to be "Lawless"?
Please consider again, what the Bible
(Rev.2:4,5; [Rev.3:17 with 1Cor.4:8]; 1John3:10,11,12,13,14,15; John8:44; 1John4:20,21; Matt.24:48,49,51; Hosea6:5)
Can you see why Jesus condemns those who practice "lawlessness"?
Due to the increasing practice of "lawlessness", "the love of the greater number will cool off".
Ah, there is our original scripture...
"And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many
will grow cold" Matt.24:12
So, to return to our original theme....the "labor pain" of "lawlessness"....
Did Jesus have in mind, the growing "crime" statistics out in Satan's world?
No, not according to the Bible.
God's recorded words of Jesus indicate that this
"lawlessness", or growing lack of brotherly affection, would be among his anointed followers....
for a certainty,
a "sign"/"labor pain",
not belonging to Satan's "world"...but belonging to the "woman" who is trying to give birth to the
sealed Chosen Ones.
Have we seen an increase of "lawlessness" among the anointed? Yes. With the increasing power of the "steward", he has "cooled off" his love for his fellow slaves...beating them by disfellowshipping any who beseech him to heed the Law and Truth of Christ.
The steward has empowered with control and authority; the "Man of LAWLESSNESS" (2Thess.2:3,4,6; Rev.13:15; Dan.8:24)... and so, the "increasing of Lawlessness" is inevitable, and it occurs right within God's own Temple (2Thess.2:3,4; 1Cor.3:16). It is through this loveless proud "Man" (spiritual "Gentiles" taking over the "Holy Place" Matt.24:15; Rev.11:2), that the faithful anointed are "beaten", "stung", "expelled", and "killed" (Matt. 24:49; Rev.9:3,10; John16:2; Rev.11:7; 13:7)...
..."labor pains" indeed!
has certainly fulfilled this physical sign over the course of the last century. Though geologists debate over the reasons for increased seismic activity; a visit to the National Geological Survey ( http://www.usgs.gov/ )
helps to confirm, that over the last Century, earthquakes have increased in number and intensity.
This may be a compelling indication of Satan's control over natural elements (Job1:9,11,12,16,19), human activities (Job1:15,17) and their possible effect on the environment.
Despite this, we should once again ask ourselves if natural earthquakes is what Jesus had in mind. When he
cited "earthquakes" as a "labor pang" of the "woman"; he referred once again to the Covenant, who gives birth to the Kingdom administration.
Since he normally spoke by illustration (and the physical earthquakes once again, have nothing to do with the arrival of God's Kingdom); we should give God's Word first consideration in interpreting this "sign". Are there symbolic
earthquakes within the Bible, which are associated with the "end"/birth of the "seed" ?
When we think of an earthquake, what comes to mind? Upheaval? Feelings of insecurity? Damage and destruction
of things which were established? Transformation and loss of what was familiar?
Jesus chose perfect illustrations, which suited his message and lesson. Therefore, the meaning of this "labor pain" will mean the
very same things...in a spiritual sense. There will be upheaval, insecurity, damage to the established religious system of the "seed", and a loss of what was familiar. The "seed" of the woman would experience these things, on their way to being "born"/sealed
(Mark13:25; Jer.49:21,22,24; Heb.12:27).
the book of Revelation, we read the symbolic events that occur at the opening of the 6th seal.
"I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold,[e] there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon[f] became like blood. 13 And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind. (Jer.24:2,3; 29:17; Isa.34:4; Matt.25:2;24:29)14 Then the sky receded
as a scroll when it is rolled up (Isa.34:4; Mark13:24,25) and every mountain and island was moved out of its place. 15 And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders,[g] the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of
the mountains, 16 and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! 17 For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”
The Lord is slow
to anger and great in power,
And will not at all acquit the wicked.
The Lord has His way
the whirlwind and in the storm,
And the clouds are the dust of His feet.
And the earth heaves at His presence (1Kings19:11,12; Isa.29:1,2,3,4,5,6,7; Jer.29:12,13,14),
Yes, the world and all who dwell in it.
Who can stand before His indignation (Job.9:5,6)?
And who can endure the fierceness of His anger?
And the rocks are thrown down by Him (Matt.24:2).
There is so much more which could be written about these spiritual
earthquakes which are associated with Jehovah's rage toward those who leave His Covenant in the time of the end; but from the scriptures cited, you can hopefully see that the "earthquake" labor pain/"sign" of the end, is not a physical earthquake at all...
but a spiritual upheaval that splits the "soil"/territory, of "Israel" (the faithful and unfaithful Chosen) (Ezek.38:19; Zech.14:4,5) during the "harvest"... which separates
the "wheat", from the "weeds" (Matt.13:39,41,49; Mal.3:18; Heb.12:27).
Regarding the prophecy of Luke23:30, see it's association to earthquakes, at Isa.2:19,21. This
literally says, "shake the earth".
Regarding that, also see Heb.12:26; Isa.13:13; 24:19; Hosea10:8; Haggai2:6,7.
There is great change afoot. God is allowing a sifting and shaking, to separate and sift out, those who are fit for life. These tremors will unearth the truth about
the present heavens and earth, and the evil work being done and hidden within them (2Pet.3:10,7). This quaking is being caused by the voice (decrees/judgments) of God
Jer.25:30; Eze.38:19; Hosea11:10; Amos1:2; 3:8,7;
Eze.29:21; Ps.132:17; 75:10; 112:9; Rev.22:6,16; Zech.4:9;
He will cause what is low, to be raised up, and what is high, to be brought down to the dust, just as a great literal earthquake does.
(See Isa.45:2; 40:4; Zech.4:7; Ps.113:7,8; Eze.21:26; Luke14:11; 3:6,5; Isa.43:19,20,21;
Jer.31:22 -literally: woman [daughter
who was elusive/backsliding/shrunk back -see context] will [come forward to] defend/shield/protect/guard, her master. In doing so, this defies the usual scenario of a master defending his maidservant. In her doing so, streams of water are produced in the wilderness
for God's people. -Isa.43:19; Jer.31:22; Isa.52:2,1,3; Rev.12:6,14).
The reason there was
an earthquake upon Jesus death (Matt.27:50,51,54),
was also a meaningful manifestation of God's release of anger, when He upturned His covenant with Israel (Matt.21:43,42; Matt.21:37,38,39,40,41,42,43,44,45).
It caused the curtain which enclosed God's abode within the Most Holy, to be torn apart, (Mark15:37,38; Luke23:45), exposing that the ark of God's covenant was gone. The armies of Titus found the Holy of Holies quite empty in 70 A.D. Just as Jesus said, "Your house is left to you abandoned"
(Eze.8:6; Matt.23:37,38; Jer.22:5; Matt.24:2).
So will the wayward Temple members today, be upturned, debased, and abandoned.
(Rom.11:19,20,21,22; Matt.24:15,16; 2Thess.2:4; Rev.11:2;
Matt.5:13; Isa.51:23; Rev.9:10; 20:7,8,9; 13:7; Jer.51:7;
Zech.12:2;Luke21:24; Rev.13:10,7; 11:3,5; 20:9)
("Fire From Heaven").
The day of reckoning rushes
upon them, when these Harlotrous representative agents of their mother Covenant of Death ("Babylon the Great" -Rev.17:5)
(Harlot and Beast) (Harlot and Beast -2)
will have to face the writing on the wall (Dan.5:5,6,25,26,27,30; Luke12:20,21; Prov.13:22; Job27:8; Prov.10:2) when they will lose all their worldly treasures on earth (Matt.6:19; 1John2:15,16), given them by the god of this world (Matt.4:8; 1Pet.5:8;2Cor.2:11; 11:3), and taken away by his Gentile sons of destruction (2Thess.2:3; Rev.13:4; 9:3,11; 17:16), with whom she also fornicates.
The "high" "mountain" of the WT will be abased (Zech.4:7; Rev.8:8; 18:21), and the despised and rejected capstone will be set in it's place...completing
the Temple of God.
(1Pet.2:5; 1Cor.3:16; Eph.2:21,22; Zech.4:7,9; 3:9; Rev.14:1; Isa.2:2,3,10,17,18,19,20,21,22)
("Yhwh's Genuine Mountain")
told us that "earthquakes" will take place in various localities (Matt.24:7,8).
As the truths of God are brought out while the seven seals are opened and their content publicized (Rev.5:1,5,7,9; John15:15;Rev.1:1; 10:2,3,8,7; 20:12;
Dan.7:10; 12:4,10,3; Matt.24:14; Rev.14:6,7,8; Isa.48:20;
Rev.18:4; Isa.44:23), all the strongly entrenched falsehoods "in various places", are overturned (2Cor.10:4,5) and judged (Matt.12:36,37). There are many such manifestations of falsehood..."various places"; because up until then, "Babylon the Great" (lit. "Great Confusion") reigns (and death reigns, through the
famine she causes -Isa.28:15; Amos8:11,12).
Is this not presently evident on all the forums, and even among those claiming to be anointed priests?
(Dan.12:4; Amos8:12,11; Rev.18:8; 6:6; Matt.24:7,8)
All the end time powerful lying signs, powerful demonic portents, and the false prophets who teach them (1Tim.4:1;Rev.12:9,15,17; 20:7,8; 16:13,14,15,16; 19:20; 13:4; 2Thess.2:8,9,10; Matt.24:4,5,24,25), will become mire in the streets (Hab.2:16; Jer.13:13; Rev.14:8; Micah7:10; Isa.51:22,23) when compared to the beaming revelations
of God (John1:5; Acts26:18;John3:19; 2Thess.2:11,12; Rev.20:10; Isa.24:6; Hosea6:5; Rev.11:5; Jer.5:14; Zech.1:6).
These events happen in the spiritual realm, and are perceived with spiritual eyes that are open and awake. These
events will eventually change the surface of the "earth", removing rebellious kings, and installing faithful kings
(Dan.2:21; 4:17; Rev.10:11; Ps.82:1; 75:7; Jer.1:10; 31:28).
These are spiritual earthquakes, and concern the removal of the wicked powers that exist ("heavens"), and the
installation of the powers that were not....a new heavens and earth in which righteousness dwells.
(2Pet.3:7,10,12,13; Isa.60:21; 65:17; 66:22; Rev.21:1,27; Dan.7:9,18,22).
I will write more about these
"earthquakes", when I finish the articles about the visions.
Since the fall
of man, physical disease has always existed. Jesus well knew that this would still be the case previous to the arrival of the Kingdom of God. Why then, did he mention this sign as a unique distinction of the time of the end, and a hallmark of his
If spiritual pestilence were to occur within his own "body"...the anointed Congregation...would Christ consider that worthy of mention? If a contagious spiritual disease were overtaking his chosen ones in
the time of the end; would that be a threat Jesus would be sure to warn his slaves of? He did. Many times (Matt.7:21,22,23; 24:24,25; 25:11,12; Mark8:15).
What scriptural evidence is there, that this "pestilence"/"labor pain" of the Covenant and her seed, is spiritual?
First...do we have proof that Jesus indeed does illustrate spiritual ailments, as physical ones?
Luke 5:30,31,32; James5:14,15.
Take note of some of these spiritual sicknesses:
Physical "blindness"? No...spiritual
(2Cor.4:4; Acts28:27; Isa.6:9; Matt.13:13; Rev3:17,18,19).
Isa.43:8. Physically "deaf"? No...a spiritual deafness (Jer.6:10; 5:21; Prov.28:9).
Jehovah allows spiritual sickness
in those who have left him
(Eze.28:23,24; Rev.16:2,11; 2Thess.2:11,12; Rev.2:21,22,23) as recompense
for their lack of repentance.
Yet He also offers "healing" to those inclined to repent.
(Jer.3:22; 6:14; Hosea14:4; Acts28:27; 3:19; 10:38; Psalm103:3; Isa.6:10; Matt.13:15; Rev.3:19,18)
In a physical sense, we try to maintain our
physical health. If this illustration truly applies fully in a spiritual sense, we would expect that our spiritual health could also be referred to in this
Please consider: (note: some translations render the Greek: "Healthful words",
as "sound doctrine" or "trustworthy message")
Titus1:9; 2:1; 1Tim.1:10; 6:3; 2Tim.1:13; 4:3.
Can you see that to maintain our spiritual health, we must cling to the "healthful words" "of our Lord Jesus Christ"? (1Tim.6:3)
There are men today that apply this scripture about the teachings of Jesus Christ, to their own doctrines!...calling these doctrinesthe
Yet this scripture makes clear that it is not the doctrines of men that keep us spiritually healthy (Matt.15:9)...But rather, the perfect words of Christ. Can you conclude what the results would be, of leaving the "healthful words" ..in favor
of vane doctrines of men? Would that not result in a lack of spiritual health...or, spiritual disease?
This does occur in the time of the end (Rev.8:10,11,12; 9:2; 13:5,14,8,11; 3:2; 2:14,20; Matt.24:24).
Do other scriptures confirm that in the time of
the end (the period in which we expect the "labor pains", including "pestilence") the Chosen ones would be succumbing to spiritual disease?
2Thess.2:3,4 tells us that in the time of the Lord's presence (2Thess.2:8; Matt.24:3,24), the "seed" would be at risk of being deceived by
Satan. This occurs right in among the "seed" (2Thess.2:4; 1Cor.3:16; Matt.13:24,25,30).
Are any of the "seed" overtaken by this end-time deception, lose their spiritual health, prove unfaithful, or fall?
See Matt.24:42,44,48,49,50,51; 25:1,2,11,12,30; 2Cor.11:2,3,4;
1Cor.6:15,18,20; 1Thess.5:6; Rev.2:4,5; 8:10; 9:1;
Rev.2:14,15,16,20,21,22,23; 3:1,2,3,15,16,17,18,19; 8:10; 9:1; 13:7;
[Phil.2:15; Dan.12:3; Rev.1:20 anointed "stars" (can fall --Dan.8:10; Rev.12:4; 2Pet.3:17; Rev.8:10; 9:1)].
Dan.8:11,12; 11:31,33,35; Rev.13:7; 3:2
Would you conclude that all these Chosen Ones in the time of the end, who fail at loyalty to Jehovah and Christ (and "fall"), have spiritual health?...or "Pestilence"?
Clearly, the Bible often refers to our spiritual health and lack of it, in physical illustration.
(Prov.4:20,22; 3:7,8; 16:23,24; Acts15:29)
Once again...in the light of the fact that this "labor pain" is of the "woman" covenant and her seed; the sign of "pestilence"
is to be fulfilled among them.
We can choose to search for the fulfillment of prophecy upon the world stage over which Satan has complete control;
or, we can look deeper into the spiritual meaning of Christ's illustrations (1Cor.2:10,12,13; Matt.13:34) by means of scripture(Gen.40:8 b; Rom.3:4).
By means of the Bible we
will recognize the true meaning of the signs of Christ's presence, the arrival of the True Kingdom, and the "conclusion of the system of things". Luke8:10; 17:20; 1Thess.5:4; Matt.24:15; Rev.13:18;