"We see, in many a land, the proudest dynasties and tyrannies still crushing, with their mountain weight, every free motion of the Consciences and hearts of men. We see, on the other hand, the truest heroism for the right and the greatest devotion to the Truth in hearts that God has touched. We have a work to do, as great as our forefathers and, perhaps, far greater. The enemies of Truth are more numerous and subtle than ever and the needs of the Church are greater than at any preceding time. If we are not debtors to the present, then men were never debtors to their age and their time. Brethren, we are debtors to the hour in which we live. Oh, that we might stamp it with Truth and that God might help us to impress upon its wings some proof that it has not flown by neglected and unheeded." -- C.H. Spurgeon . . . "If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:31, 32 . . . . .


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Thursday, May 30, 2024


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15 SUBJECTS of Last Days Prophecy (Eschatology):

1) Israel, Jerusalem, Temple
2) Gog, Magog, Invasion into the Middle East (Russia, Iran & Allies)
3) ‘Revived’ Roman EmpireEuropean Union, Mediterranean Union
4) One World GovtMark of the Beast
5) One World Religion – “”
6) One World Economy – ““
7) One World Leader – the Beast of Revelation
8) The Kings of the East
9) Signs of the Times: “Birth Pangs” MATT 24:8 – the sign to indicate the LORD’s coming are all of these events happening with increasing greater intensity and frequency – like a woman going into labor, giving birth to a baby:
    a) Wars and Rumors of wars: nation against nation, kingdom against kingdom
    b) Pestilences (diseases, infestations)
    c) Earthquakes [seismos – earthquakes, or tempests (storms)] in various places and
        other forms of nature’s violence
    d) Famines
    e) Worldwide persecution ofthe saints.
10) false Christs, false prophets, false teachers (New Age, New Apostolic Reformation, Charismatic Movement)
11) False church – Mystery Babylon, apostasy: falling away from the faith (1 TIM 4:1)
12) Increasing knowledge: science, technology as well as mysticism and the occult
13) Spirit of deception – both in the world, and the church.
14) The Rapture of the Church - Bema Seat Judgment, Lamb’s Wedding Feast
15) The Day of the LORD: Great Tribulation, The Second Coming/Return of the King, and the Millennial Kingdom and Judgment Day.


From the Jewish perspective: The center of the world is Israel; and the center of Israel is Jerusalem. The center of Jerusalem is the Temple; and the center of the Temple is the Holy of Holies and the Ark of the Covenant. GOD holds very much the same view of the land and the city: He calls it “My land” in many verses like: JOEL 3:2. The LORD loves and guards Jerusalem (PSA 125:2)

PSALM 2; GEN 13; PSALM 105:9-10 are all associated with Zion, the land promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and the Twelve Tribes of Israel by covenant.

'See, I have set the land before you; go in and possess the land which the LORD swore to your fathers-to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give to them and their descendants after them.'

JEREMIAH 32:41-42
41 'Yes, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will assuredly plant them in this land, with all My heart and with all My soul.' 42 "For thus says the LORD: 'Just as I have brought all this great calamity on this people, so I will bring on them all the good that I have promised them.

AMOS 9:14-15
14 I will bring back the captives of My people Israel; they shall build the waste cities and inhabit them; They shall plant vineyards and drink wine from them; they shall also make gardens and eat fruit from them. 15 I will plant them in their land, And no longer shall they be pulled up from the land I have given them," says the LORD your God

Red Heifers are a hot topic in the news these days because according to NUMBERS 19, the Temple cannot be entered into by Levitical priests of the house of Aaron to perform ceremonies and sacrifices, until the Temple is sanctified with the ashes of the red heifer. In all of Jewish history only 9 red heifers were needed to produce sufficient ashes to sanctify the Temple over the centuries.

Five red heifers have been shipped from Texas to Israel in 2022; to date all are still eligible for sacrifice! It’s the hope of the rabbinical council of Jerusalem that a legitimate sacrifice is made on the Mount of Olives and the needed ashes produced. They don’t believe that the Temple is required for this to take place, but the Temple cannot be officially used until it’s been sanctified.

The time of this sacrifice could happen at any time, all the way up to ‘Shavuot’ (Feast of Weeks or Pentecost) on JUNE 10th of this year (15 days from today)!

Would this sacrifice encourage the Jews to rebuild their Temple? Many Jewish scholars say yes! The leaders of the Hamas agree. They claim this was the reason for their attack in Israel on OCTOBER 7th, 2023, where 1,200 Jews were killed along with 35 US citizens.

Is Israel ready to build their Temple?

In 1987 the Temple Institute was established to study Torah and based on their study, they have built the implements, furnishings and priestly accoutrements for the purpose of officiating in a new, rebuilt third temple somewhere on the Temple Mount (understand, this area is about 37 acres or 150,000 sq. feet). Since the Institute’s founding, the orthodox governing body of the Sanhedrin has been reinstituted and will be instrumental in the process of building the Temple.

While the world at large, to say nothing of Islamic nations strongly protest any Jewish presence in Jerusalem, and most especially the Temple Mount, the drive among orthodox Jews is only getting more determined to see a Temple on the site that now holds the Dome of the Rock mosque and the Al Aqsa mosque. No power on Earth will be able to destroy Jerusalem, GOD’s “City of Peace”. Those who try will only end up hurting themselves (ZECH 12:3)!

In 1927 British archeologist Robert Hamilton discovered what could only be a Jewish mikveh (a ritual pool used for purification) underneath the Al Aqsa mosque, proving that a Jewish presence did exist long before the Muslim structures were built.

Scripture states that the antichrist will be directly responsible for the Jews covenant being enforced:

Then he [the antichrist] shall confirm a covenant with many [the Jews] for one week [shavuah: a week of 7 years]; But in the middle of the week [3.5 yrs.] he shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering.

What I find intriguing is that we normally think of the Beast rising up out of Europe – what Bible scholars have called Revived Roman Empire, which also included Eastern Europe and a significant portion of the Middle East and the coastal northern countries of Africa.

The European Union only encompasses about half of this. Yet a proposed and partially active political entity called the Mediterranean Union will have borders not exact, but consistent with those of the ancient Roman Empire. And guess what nation will be included in this newly formed Union along with many Islamic nations? ISRAEL!

So it makes sense that the antichrist will have influence in these matters between a world hostile against Israel and the Jewish nation that will accept this man who comes “in his own name”, claiming him to be the Messiah. (“in his own name” (JOHN 5:43))

Over the years I have heard rumors that the Temple has been “pre-fabbed” and is hidden at a secret location. When the Jews took back Jerusalem, many were pushing to take the Temple Mount back as well. The ruling party decided that they will have enough on their plate just getting the nation running. “The Temple Mount can wait” they said. “We’ll take it back when we’re ready!”

Once ready, they can bring in the sections of the Temple, put it together like a giant jigsaw puzzle and in no time, have their Temple “reassembled” – that’s the word I read in an article from The Temple Institute’s website!

There are people who assume we are in the time of tribulation now; that the seven seals are beginning to be opened. Yet in the very first seal broken by the Kinsman Goel of Israel, the LORD Jesus Christ, Who is also the Avenger of Blood for Israel, we see this man riding on a white horse, with a crown (stephanos) going forth to conquer.

Yet the antichrist, or “the Beast” has to be revealed first before he comes into power; he has to be in power first before he can use his authority to confirm [enforce] the covenant with Israel and the Temple, he has to possess this authority and the Temple has to be built before he can desecrate it and at the same time, place his image in the Temple and demand to be worshiped and enforce policy regarding his mark 666.

So any talk about the COVID 19 vaccine being the “mark of the beast” is wrong. I think that whole thing was a global social experiment, to condition people towards a “herd mentality” and follow orders, make the pliable for the day when they will have to wear, not a mask, but the mark! Besides the fact, there is some evidence that this so-called vaccine alters human DNA, and that can’t be a good thing!


Our last Prophecy Update took place in OCT of ’23. At that time we discussed some of the roots of the Russian people. Josephus, the Jewish historian identified the people of that region with the Scythians, a barbaric nomadic tribe proficient with horses and archery. The territory that the Scythians held covered all of what we know today as Russia, Ukraine, all the way to the Great Wall of China aka the Ramparts of Magog.

Russians and Ukrainians share a common ancestry, and so it would seem logical that Russia would want to reunite with Ukraine (forcibly it seems) and that would fit in with the prophetic narrative.

In EZEKIEL 38, we see a list of allies that join Magog, and chief among them is Persia, which is actually the Greek term for that region. In 1935 Persia was renamed Iran. Persia is listed first on this list (EZEK 38:5). Typically whenever a list of nations is given in ancient writings, the most prominent is listed first.
While Russia has her allies, among them China, Syria, Turkey, N. Korea, and Libya, the one we are hearing about a lot, the most prominent of them is in fact, Iran (which controls Syria and Lebanon; the financier of Hamas, Hezbollah and pockets of terrorist “sleeper cells” assigned all around the world who are just waiting for a phone call to commence a reign of terror among the nations, particularly the USA which traditionally, for all appearances had been an ally to Israel).

For the past several years Russia and China have engaged in joint military exercises (“war games”) and in every exercise, the USA has been a primary target along with Middle East and Taiwan (think of all the oil in the Middle East and other valuable resources amounting in billions of dollars! EZEK 38 & 39). What could trigger Russia? Israel getting fed up with Iran’s attacks through Syria and them taking out the oldest city in the world that has never been wasted completely: Damascus (ISA 17) with a nuke!

The “Road Map for Military Cooperation” is a pact between Russia and China effective 2021-2025. More recently Iran has joined them as they conduct exercises in the Gulf of Oman. On the other side of this, the USA along with 13 NATO members, including new member Sweden are all involved in the exercises called “Steadfast Defender 24” (this includes 90,000 US troops). So the Mediterranean Sea and the Middle East are potential powder kegs that only needs a spark to explode our planet into a WW 3.

Iran is in troubling times with some of their leaders dying in helicopter crashes, others dying of cancer, others actually being assassinated! The government is in upheaval with leaders grabbing power.

When these very powerful Iranian leaders died, the people of Iran rejoiced! There was celebration in the streets! The people hate their corrupt government and have a favorable view of Israel or at least an indifferent attitude. There has also been a revival among Iranians for the last 10 years as social media and the Net allows them access to Bibles and biblical resources! The government in the last 6 months has cracked down on their access so many Christians and especially new believers are vulnerable, not being able to find biblical teaching! Pray for these souls!

Throughout history whenever a nation was in crisis, falling into a state of weakness, there have been “strong men” appearing out of obscurity, men of charisma and intellect, who exert power and attract people who see them as natural born leaders. Hitler was such a man who brought Germany out of chaos, financial disaster, a weak military and led them to such victory in war that they conquered Europe!

Iran has candidates of such “strong men” who could rise up and seize power with radical ideas that would spell nuclear doom for Israel. Look for such a charismatic leader who will restore the reputation of Iran. One such man could be an Islamic cleric Alireza Arafi, 67 yrs. old, head of the Al-Mustafa Intl University.

Iran is developing high grade uranium which is necessary in order to develop a nuclear missile. Remember, Israel is not much bigger than New Jersey: how many nuclear missiles would it take to ruin the Jewish nation? Just one!

At the same time, Iran has recently faced military confrontations with other nations like Pakistan and have come up on the losing side. They are appearing weak; not feared as they once were!

In April of this year Iran sent 170 drones, 30 cruise missiles, and 110 ballistic missiles over 620 miles to Israel and of all those weapons only a small number of them actually made it into the nation and caused only superficial damage. Iran-backed Hezbollah in Lebanon also fired two barrages of missiles at an Israeli military base in the Golan Heights, but 99% of the incoming barrage was intercepted.

For this and many other reasons, Israel has developed a powerful high energy laser weapon that will keep the nation safe. It’s called "Iron Beam” and will be greatly cost effective, not nearly as expensive as producing and firing missiles.
Keep Israel in prayer because Satan is using the nations, as well as the United Nations as his weapons to destroy them! They can’t succeed – and why? Because GOD is keeping Israel!

ZECHARIAH 12:2-3, 8-9
2 "Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem. 3 "And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it.
8 "In that day the LORD will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; the one who is feeble among them in that day shall be like David, and the house of David shall be like God, like the Angel of the LORD before them. 9 "It shall be in that day that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

I am more concerned about America, because more and more we are taking a position against Israel. Egypt was against Israel under Pharaoh; Rome was against Israel under Caesar – and where are they now? No longer a world power but brought down into the dust! America – beware!


The European Common Market, which became the European Union was started by uniting the industries of steel and coal among France, W. Germany, Belgium and Italy.
Now on a global scale, the powers that be (World Economic Forum [WEF], International Monetary Fund [IMF], The Club of Rome, Trilateral Commission and others) are working to unite Earth’s economies with the end goal of doing away with cash altogether, bring down national currencies, establish and control a global currency which would ruin the sovereignty of independent nations.

Due to the CVD 19 Plandemic, many small and medium-sized businesses folded up, forcing more workers to find employment among national and international corporations, thus bringing greater control over the masses.

The WEF is making plans to bring every one of the middle class down to the poverty level by “sharing the wealth” with the “have-nots” (poorer people are easier to control) By restricting people’s ability to be productive in favor of “saving the environment”, something that will be enforced through AGENDA 2030, (itself based on AGENDA 21 (ratified in 1992 by the UN). Both the USA and China have signed 2030 along with over 190 other countries. But what will also be controlled are utilities (electric, gas, water) and food supply. Hungry and vulnerable people are also easier to control.

AGENDA 2030 sounds nice on paper, until you learn what the writers of this document meant by what they wrote! Essentially it’s all about global control – a set up for when the Beast arrives and the “ten kings give their power to [him]” (REV 17:12-13). If the writers of 2030 are accurate and truthful, then we have 5 ½ years before this goes into action.

I believe those ten kings are representative of a world government which we could live to see in our lifetime. The World Constitution and Parliament Association (WCPA) is an NGO of the United Nations and they have developed a world constitution where the globe is divided up into 10 regions, each led by a globalist appointed regional governor.


~ A United Methodist Senior Pastor has gone on record from the pulpit that when it comes to conduct and ministry in the church, these things are based on conscience (what one personally believes to be right) and one’s own personal interpretation of Scripture.

He wrongly divides the Word of GOD to support his view that “Everyone is selective where Scripture is concerned” so that one’s opinion of what’s important in the Bible and what isn’t important is the guiding principle for how individuals view the Bible.

He then asserts his belief that marrying two persons of the same gender is just as acceptable as marrying two people who live together, or marrying two persons who were both divorced. He sees no difference in any of these situations.

When he concluded, he said that Jesus was all about love, mercy and grace, and while the LORD Jesus is indeed about those, He is also about truth and holiness, and as we all know, without holiness no one will see the LORD (HEB 12:14). “…grace AND truth came by Jesus Christ.” JOHN 1:17b

We obtain holiness positionally by receiving Christ’s salvation by faith. Christ’s righteousness is granted to us by grace, and we grow in righteousness in a practical sense, as well as holiness.

When this Senior Pastor finished speaking, his congregation applauded loud and long, obviously approving of his message. Same Sex marriages have been accepted by our government for over fifteen years now. We know the primary purpose of sex is to build a bond between husband and wife, as well as to produce children and create a family.

~ Marriage, children, family are all ordained of GOD as is the sanctity of life.

Yet something else that’s being accepted in the church, that some churches even consider a sacrament and a ministry to women is abortion. They don’t even like calling it abortion, but rather ‘fetal arrest’ or ‘elective termination’.

It’s certainly a serious sign of judgment on any nation when the conscience is so seared and so extremely insensitive that people don’t even recognize the murder of preborn babies as something offensive, bad and sinful! Americais under judgment!

Even mothers of the animal kingdom will throw themselves in front of a predator to distract them from their young, sacrificing their own lives to save them.
But as the Scripture says of the last days, people… even mothers will be “Without natural affection” (2 TIM 3:3).
Homework: check out ISA 1:3-15; 5:20-23; ROM 1:18-32 and 2 TIM 3:1-9 for homework and see if this doesn’t sound like America today!

~ There are so-called Christian companies and churches that have created and endorse “Spirit Boards” or “Angel Boards” that would never dream of promoting Ouija boards, but if you’re using a Ouija style board to communicate with angels (no one in the Bible EVER initiated a conversation with an angel!) then you’re seeking the wrong kind of angel!

Destiny Cards are the same thing: not calling them Tarot cards doesn’t sanctify these things! They are cards used, supposedly under the guidance of the Holy Spirit to reveal your personal future! Well, no doubt there is a spirit that can guide the ordering of those cards, but it isn’t the Holy Spirit!

The church today embraces yoga, transcendental meditation – both of those straight out of Hinduism, but if that’s too blatant, there is always contemplative prayer and spiritual formation – which is exactly the same kind of thing, just done up with a Christian veneer.

What if you want to take a personality test in order to determine who you really are, and thus, what sort of ministry you would be good at?
You can have an Enneagram Reading to find out – the problem is, that this system is based on occult mysticism! But it’s the latest rage among too many churches today.

Let the Word of GOD reveal your future in Christ, and who it is that He had made you to be in Christ!

Do you see how the occult, Eastern religion and false doctrines have infested the church?

Physiologically when a body is so weak that it can’t fight off infection, that’s a strong indication that such a body is terminally ill and ready to die!
If the body of Christ is losing its discernment and its knowledge of the truth so that it can’t recognize false doctrine, false religious practices and just plain evil, that is a very serious spiritual condition!

Such a condition is already rampant among almost all of the denominations and too, too many pseudo-evangelical churches and is aligning with what’s known today as “the Progressive Church Movement” which itself is just another name for “the Emergent Church Movement” both of which are a prelude to Babylon, the Mother of Harlots, the false church that will worship the antichrist!

~ Alice Baily stated that her school of mysticism: The Theosophical Society will infiltrate the highest offices of the Christian denominations and bring them into alignment with New Age spirituality which will welcome “the World Teacher” the one we know as the Beast of Revelation!

~ The Illuminatiam The First Testament of the Illuminati book that was published on January 1, 2014, and is a revelation of the mystical knowledge accumulated over the thousands of years by various secret orders and esoteric societies that are all about the occult. Now, the word “occult” means hidden. In this case, the mystical knowledge of the ages that has been kept secret by these secret orders and societies.

Why did the authorities of this society decide to publish this book? Because they declared that when the One who is coming is about to be revealed, only then will they share their secret knowledge with the world in preparation for his arrival.

As you and I know, our society is riddled with occult knowledge, beliefs and even practices.

5) “…all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.” (MATT 24:6)

~ Wars & Rumors of wars: nation against nation, kingdom against kingdom

Understand that “nation” and “kingdom” don’t necessarily mean the same thing. “kingdom” is a political entity – a war fought between opposing governments. The word for “nation” is ethnos, or ethnicity, and could indicate racial tensions and riots, wars among ethnic groups.

There are a lot of think tanks who watch the political, economic and social trends in the world and most of them indicate that WW 3 is nearly upon us. Some even say it’s already begun. There are certainly all kinds of wars that occurred in the 20th and now the 21st centuries.
There were six primary wars in the 20th century, but hundreds of smaller conflicts throughout the world that resulted in 187 million deaths globally with only about 268 years total of non-stop peace worldwide compared with 3,400 years of conflict (about 8%).

Today with the world’s oil resources drying up, with the exception of the Middle East, and particularly Israel, the temptation to seize these resources by the strongest kid on the block could ignite a very precarious, off-balance world into an all-out conflict; like a row of dominos where the first one to get knocked over is in Israel.

Will the people weary of a war-torn world embrace a man of peace whose genius will find peaceful solutions that none other could?

~ Pestilences (diseases, infestations): AIDS, EBOLA, CORONA VIRUS 19 there is good reason to believe that these were genetically engineered for special purposes. In labs mutated viruses are routinely created, and who knows what’s going on behind their closed doors?

What we do know is that even common viruses are becoming immune to the standard treatment of antibiotics. What would it take to stop a super-virus if it were unleashed on the public? Think about how the entire world was shut down because of something that was classified by the CDC as “a cold virus”.

If the media could cause such fear using a virus that had a 98% recovery rate for the person of average age and nominal health, then what about a genetically spliced horror like AIDS piggybacking on Tuberculosis? That would mean that AIDS could be transmitted not by bodily fluids alone, but also coughing into the air, and could be breathed into the lungs, into the blood stream!

As with wars and pestilences, we can expect to see more severe earthquakes and storms (seismos in the Greek can mean either of these) as the end approaches, as well as:

~ Worldwide persecution of the saints

According to Open Doors ministry, About 80% of Christians in Africa are suffering increasing forms of persecution, 97% of Asia: N. Korea retakes the No.1 spot for the most brutal persecution with various Muslim nations trailing just behind them. If you’re caught with a Bible in Saudi Arabia, whether you’re a national or foreigner, makes no difference, you are executed by being whipped until dead. India has suffered a sharp increase in persecution with government endorsement.

We’ve seen increased persecution of Christians in Canada – only about 28% of Canadians attend service even on a monthly basis, and these are ostracized to a large degree by non-religious or atheist Canadians.

During COVID Plandemic Canadian Christian pastors who refused to close down their churches faced prison sentences without due process of law, and with no indication of when they’d be released.

This last November in Glendale, AZ. 26 year old Hans Schmidt was shot in the head for street preaching which he did regularly. It took this man, a husband and father of two more than two months to recover. Today he is back in church serving the LORD.

The bottom line: The powers that be want to dominate and control this fallen world – and they can have this sinking ship of a cursed planet! I’m looking forward to the eternal Kingdom where there is a New Earth, a New Heavens, and a New Jerusalem; where Satan is roasting in the lake of fire, the wicked leaders of the world are put away, sin and evil are no more and humble saints of GOD are raised up to rule and reign with Christ Jesus our LORD on Earth forever and ever!
Until then, let your light shine before others that they may see your good works and glorify GOD in heaven – or persecute you for righteousness sake!

Even so, come quickly LORD Jesus!

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Thursday, May 16, 2024

PROSPERITY: Profitable or Perilous? PROVERBS 22:28-29

PROVERBS 22:28-29

28 Do not remove the ancient landmark Which your fathers have set. 29 Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before unknown men

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Let’s open the Holy Revelation of GOD’s Word!

INTRODUCTION: “All men are created equal that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” is something we know from the Declaration of Independence.

What many don’t know is that there was a hot debate among the architects of this document about what three things should be mentioned. Life and Liberty were agreed upon, because you can’t have one without the other. And while its true that you can have neither of those as intended by our Creator without happiness, there is another crucial element that must be included.

So many of the signers of the Declaration of Independence strongly believed that this line should read, “…among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of land”!

In an agricultural world such as it was in those days, life was inextricably linked to land; people lived off of the land. But more than this:

Private ownership of land is essential to our liberties. Why?

Because as owner of your own land, you were sovereign over that domain. As an American citizen people were autonomous under the Republic and in control of their own destinies without any interference from government or the wealthy who could oppress free-loving people.

If someone came onto your property and did something you didn’t like, you would and could exercise your right and tell them, “Get off my land!”

'You shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another
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Friday, May 10, 2024


Now that we have looked over some preliminary observations regarding “the heavens” and the fact that Scripture speaks of “the third heaven” but not a fourth or a fifth, we can reasonably assume that there must be a first heaven and a second.

We believe that the third heaven is that eternal domain of the LORD GOD that existed prior to the commencement of creation. That place is eternal and will never change; such is not the case with the first and the second however!
PSALM 102:25-27
25 Of old You laid the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands. 26 They will perish, but You will endure; Yes, they will all grow old like a garment; Like a cloak You will change them, And they will be changed. 27 But You are the same, And Your years will have no end.
Some contend that the Earth will remain forever as is, but when verses that suggest this is taken in context with the whole, we understand what’s being said much better.
PSALM 119:90-91
90 Your faithfulness endures to all generations; You established the earth, and it abides. 91 They continue this day according to Your ordinances, For all are Your servants.

ECCL 1:4
One generation passes away, and another generation comes; But the earth abides forever.
In the sense of GOD’s created order in the present universe, in this context, yes: the Earth abides forever. There will be no time in human history in this present reality where the unthinkable happens, WW III is unleashed and every H-Bomb that exists will explode and leave this planet as a smoldering cinder in the black vacuum of space! Nor will a mega-meteor or a colossal comet strike the Earth, devastating the surface and extinguish human life forever!

No, despite any dystopian forecast, planet Earth will survive… until…
2 PETER 3:10-13
10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. 11 Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? 13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them.
But until that happens, we can count on this planet spinning in orbit, faithfully abiding until GOD decides to make for His children the upgraded, new and improved version!

But now, concerning “the second heavens” what is its distinctions and functions?

Just as the human body as many layers of defense (body hair, skin, capillaries, deep tissue, antibodies, etc.) our planet has many layers as well that protect us from all kinds of solar radiation including such things as gamma rays. Some parts of the second heavens actually collect certain thermal radiation in order to maintain an equilibrium in our atmosphere!

So let’s briefly go over these various meteorological layers and see what they do as GOD designed them! You can also check out the following website Center For Science Education and the article Layers of the Earth’s Atmosphere that describes all of these aspects and links at the bottom of the page for more detailed information!

1. Atmosphere

Atmosphere Layers That Surround Planet Earth

The atmosphere is the envelope of gases that surround Earth. If you look at the atmosphere’s chemical composition, it’s mostly nitrogen and oxygen. Air is denser closer to Earth because of Earth’s gravitational pull. As you move outwards, the air becomes less dense.

You can divide the atmosphere into layers. From bottom to top, it consists of the troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere, and thermosphere. Then, the thermosphere has two parts: the ionosphere and the exosphere.

These all work together like a gigantic engine, whose parts all serve a specific purpose to ensure life is sustained on our planet.

2. Troposphere

The innermost layer of the atmosphere is the troposphere. Like all layers of the atmosphere, the height of the thermosphere depends on where you are located. On average, it extends about 13 km (28,000 to 70,000 feet) from ground level.

The troposphere contains 75-80% of the atmospheric mass and 99% of the total mass of water vapor and aerosols. Most importantly, it’s the air we breathe, it contains most of our daily weather, and most air traffic flies in it (as well as birds, bats and beneficial and baneful spirits [those being holy and unholy angels… and demons]). It’s here that the water cycle for our world operates (the science of this is hydrology).

The turbulence of air in this sphere and its rotational friction against the planetary surface affects the flow of air and forms the planetary boundary layers (which can vary in height (from thousands of feet to over a mile). Think of the planetary surface is the engine GOD uses to help ‘stir the pot’ as it were, of our atmosphere. The other thing that creates turbulence is the temperature gradient that occurs where sunlight and therefore heat, is most intense on the planet and its atmosphere and where its least intense.

Theory suggests that without the “ice shield” (discussed briefly in Part One), weather is far more violent and in some respects has an instability which is not what GOD originally intended.

Between this sphere and the Stratosphere is a thin transitional layer called the Tropopause. It’s this boundary that separates the Troposphere and the Stratosphere which has the highest concentration of nitrogen, and it’s also where atmospheric temperatures increase dramatically.

Because of the amount of water vapor stored here (and nitrates and sulphites) our air is cleansed of various pollutants caused by industry and natural gases sourced from decomposed biomatter. Our oceans, oceanic and terrestrial plant life are major contributors to cleansing our atmosphere as well as providing oxygen and humidity.

Thanks to gravity, the density of our atmosphere is higher at our surface (hydrostatic equilibrium) and decreases as altitude increases. This allows water to remain in liquid state. If our finely-tuned gravity was anything less, water would not remain in a liquid state.

Due to higher pressure at lowest altitude (and the nearer to the equator one is), retention of heat is effectively maintained, allowing life to flourish. Essentially the troposphere is thickest at higher temperatures, and thinnest at cooler temperatures. This is where high pressure and low pressure systems are born, typically with low pressure weather systems containing higher degrees of water vapor, humidity, clouds, higher winds and precipitation.

3. Stratosphere

If you move 12 to 50 kilometers upward into the atmosphere, you’d hit the stratosphere. The stratosphere is known for its large concentration of ozone (O3).

The ozone layer raises the temperature in the stratosphere because ozone absorbs radiation from the sun. Lucky for us, it also protects our skin like a shield from harmful solar rays. This sphere has its own set of layers. There are no storms or turbulence found here so cold, heavier air stays at the bottom and warm, lighter air remains at the top. There is little water vapor found here, but surprisingly, you might find some bird species flying in the lower levels as well as commercial airlines, reason being there is very little resistance here, so planes can maximize their fuel efficiency at these altitudes. Two such aircraft are the SR-71 and the Concorde.

4. Mesosphere

There are 2 different mesospheres that make up Earth’s spheres. This mesosphere is not to be confused with the mesosphere deep inside the Earth. This mesosphere is part of the atmosphere and spans a vertical distance from ~50 to 90 km.

Air is very thin in the mesosphere. It’s almost like a vacuum. But it’s thick enough to cause meteors to burn up and disintegrate. The mesosphere reaches temperatures around -100° to -130°C. It has very little impact on weather, air pollution, and water storage capacity. So where the ozone layer in the Stratosphere protects us from solar radiation and directs warmth collected there towards the surface of the planet, the Mesosphere is responsible for protecting our world from meteoroids and other kinds of space rocks like bolides (explosive meteorites).

5. Thermosphere

The thermosphere is the uppermost part of the atmosphere. There are two parts to the thermosphere. It consists of the ionosphere and exosphere.

Although the thermosphere extends up to about 550 km altitude, its mass is only 0.002% of the total atmosphere. The thermosphere is home to the International Space Station (ISS). It orbits in the middle of the thermosphere between 330 and 435 km (average of 237 miles). Within this layer of the atmosphere, ultraviolet radiation causes photoionization / photodissociation of molecules, creating ions. Thus within this region the greater percentage of the ionosphere is found. Depending on the intensity and frequency of solar radiation, this sphere can range in temperature up to about 2,000°C (3,630° F) or more. Radiation here causes particles to become electrically charged, enabling radio waves to be refracted and received beyond the horizon. A portion of the thermosphere is considered outer space with the greater part of the exosphere classified as such.

6. Ionosphere

Magnetic Fields are generated in this sphere of Earth the name of which is derived from the word “ion” meaning electrically charged. So, it should be no surprise that this is the sphere of Earth that becomes ionized from cosmic radiation.

The interaction between charged particles from the sun and Earth’s magnetic field in the ionosphere creates beautiful natural light displays in the polar regions known as the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) and Aurora Australis (Southern Lights).

7. Exosphere

The outermost part of the atmosphere is the exosphere. It’s so far away and has such thin air that some scientists don’t even recognize it as a layer of the atmosphere.

Its thin air is why the thermosphere has a whole fleet of satellites (and space junk) that freely orbits it. The exosphere extends to about halfway to the distance of the moon. There’s no outer edge because it gradually fades in density to the vacuum of outer space.

8. Magnetosphere

There is a significant overlap between the magnetosphere and the ionosphere. In fact, the ionosphere is just the inner edge of the magnetosphere. The magnetosphere varies in extent and is bound by the extent of Earth’s magnetic field.

It’s not only Earth that has a magnetosphere. Other planets have them and it’s key for habitable life. Like a bubble that surrounds Earth, the magnetosphere protects us from the fury of the sun.

9. Plasmasphere

If you take the inner section of the magnetosphere and track where it consists of low energy electrically charged gas (plasma), this is the plasmasphere. At all times, the sun ejects vast amounts of plasma into the solar system.

When plasma enters Earth’s magnetosphere, Earth’s magnetic field is relatively unaffected. But during large solar storms, plasma can enter into rifts at the poles. It has the potential to disrupt satellites and network communications around the world.

Before we proceed to the next topic in regards to “the first heavens”, I’d like to include a video about a favorite subject of mine, meteorology – weather! It’s something we all experience, and when we don’t know what to talk about, we fall back on this phenomenon!

The following video is 53 mins and 26 secs from Meteorologist Dan Treiber and includes very detailed (and fun, fascinating!) scientific information.

Now we leave the more mundane aspects of the “first heaven’ and consider the other aspects that involve the spiritual domain.

The PRINCE of the POWER of the AIR

Adam and wife Eve were created to care for this world and to rule over it (GEN 1:28), but when the Head of the Human race fell into sin, essentially he was ‘dethroned’ by Satan, who then became “the god [ruler] of this world” (1 COR 4:4). In the wilderness where the LORD Jesus fasted for 40 days, He never disputed Satan’s claim:
LUKE 4:5-7
5 Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6 And the devil said to Him, "All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. 7 "Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours.
We don’t really know where Satan’s throne is on the Earth today; but once it was in Pergamos (REV 2:13). Today, perhaps it’s in Rome, or Washington D.C. or London?

In any event, we understand that this world system is governed by Satan, and anywhere it isn’t ruling, it’s because there is a holy stronghold in place in select locations because of the saints of GOD who yet have some salt and light to sanctify with! I suspect however that these places are few and far between these days!

Not only is Satan “going to and fro in the Earth and up and down in it” (JOB 1:7; 2:2) but because he is in fact a spirit (a fallen angel) he can be anywhere, at any location he chooses throughout the Earth and into the first (and second, and [for now] even the third) heaven.

He is, after all the “prince of the power of the air” (EPH 2:2) and like Satan, his entire hierarchy of various rank and file (EPH 6:12) can travel – perhaps faster than light (how fast can a spirit travel anyway?)?, the kingdom of darkness can appear to be omnipresent, and Satan would like nothing better than to have us believe that!

But these fallen angels – and demons (I believe these are not synonyms but are distinct classes of evil spirits) form a sort of “Wicked Web of the World”. Just like how the Internet is connecting people world wide and can share information at the speed of light, I think the Kingdom of Darkness can do very much the same at the “speed of spirit”.

I recall a time in Upstate NY when I was on my way to a Prayer Meeting and as I was nearing the end of my street, my attention was drawn upward. I saw nothing up there but clouds and blue sky, but I could sense tumultuous activity, somewhat similar to what you might expect on intersecting highways with cars dashing about in this direction and that.

I don’t typically put a lot of stock in “spiritual experiences” but the valid ones will always bear out in the counsels of Scripture. One of the names for Satan is Beelzebub or “Lord of the Flies”. Just as flies are restlessly flitting about, never idle for very long, and attracted to death, so too is Satan ceaselessly working in orchestrating his “wiles” in order to achieve his goals – ultimately, the restoration of his One World Order that he attempted back at the Tower of Babel.

This frenzied beehive-like activity I sensed was a temporary unveiling of the spiritual domain where the holy and evil angels are contesting, each for the sake of their respective kingdoms (DAN 10:13-20).

We are likewise called upon to contest the agendas and aims of Satan – obviously not in our own power, but in the Name and authority of Jesus Christ (LUKE 10:19) – which by the way is not a blank check! We don’t go ordering the subjects of the Kingdom of Darkness around to suit our fancy, no!

We use the authority of Christ according to the will of GOD; anytime we pray or perform in the Name of Jesus Christ, we should be doing so according to His will, His nature, His heart, in accordance with His character which in biblical type is synonymous with His Name!

Can Satan orchestrate an army by his inspiration to attack another nation? Was he the prime motivator behind Rome? Nazi Germany? What about the Bolshevik Revolution? What about the deeds of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un, or the actions between Russia and Ukraine? Or even more so, the Hamas and their assaults against Israel?

I think so! And he is quite active here in America, stripping our nation of its Judeo-Christian ethic, of our biblical roots, of our freedoms as outlined in the Constitution of the United States!

On his nefarious agenda is the utter destruction of the nation of Israel. Why? Because prophecy intertwines the Second Coming with the nation of Israel. Scripture indicates that the Messiah will return to rule over Israel from the reestablished throne of David (LUKE 1:31-33). If Israel is destroyed, prophecy can’t come true, and Satan would therefore (in his own eyes) feel justified in calling GOD a liar.

Plus he just hates Israel because GOD loves Israel: so, there is that also!

Can Satan whip up storms and manipulate the weather? Can he perform miracles?

We see that he did that very thing with Job; a storm leveled the house of one of his ten children while all of them were there and were killed (JOB 1:18-19). I strongly suspect he was responsible for the storm on the Sea of Galilee when the LORD and His twelve were on their way across – and on the other side was a man (or two) who were possessed of “many” demons and identified itself as “Legion”. Obviously Satan didn’t want to lose one of his slaves (but he did anyway, because the LORD Jesus rules over the storm!

Only GOD can truly work miracles in the sense that they are supernatural. While Satan in his being is a supernatural creature (that is, not a natural being of flesh and blood as are humans and animals) but he can’t operate outside of the natural law; only the Creator of the natural law can do so.

A bit of conjecture here:
However, in between the supernatural power of GOD and the natural abilities of humanity, there is a middle ground where angels (holy and evil) operate, and that would be the preternatural realm. I believe that they can manipulate the various laws of nature in very intricate, very profound ways so as to appear miraculous.

Scripture testifies that angels witnessed the creation of GOD (JOB 38:7). To what degree angels can perceive reality we are not told; but I think that they are able to analyze and process information far more efficiently than we can with all of our technology. Perhaps they’re quite familiar with reality on a quantum level and comprehend the laws of physics and nature to a far higher degree than we can. Having preternatural abilities therefore, and with such knowledge, I think Satan and his followers are quite capable of fabricating convincing pseudo-miracles.
We know false prophets will perform ‘miracles’ – “signs and wonders” to greater degrees of deception as we approach the end of days, and we know who inspires them (MATT 24:24)!

Can Satan contend with the saints to such a degree that he can thwart the saints of GOD? He managed to harass apostle Paul sufficiently to hinder him and his entourage (1 THESS 2:18).

As saints, we appreciate that Satan has considerable power, but he is not even close to being GOD’s equal. He stands about as much chance going toe to Toe with GOD as I do going against Satan (by my own power)! GOD is infinite by every measure of authority and power, Satan – while far more powerful than us humans, is still quite finite by every measure!

And if we learn anything from the book of JOB it’s that Satan can’t mess with any of GOD’s children without His say so! However, if one of His saints is walking in the flesh – well, that’s Satan’s domain. While GOD won’t let Satan destroy any of His children (again, not without His express permission!) He will let him tangle with us and sting us if we are walking in disobedience – for the intent of getting us back in line, walking with Him rather than in the ways of this fallen world!

We will continue this four part series with an examination of the second heaven – the cosmos of celestial wonder – in the next article, and then conclude this series by looking at the third heaven – the domain of GOD where His throne abides!
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