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Sun Is Our Life-Giver And Protector, Father Of Lights Is Our Shield, Spiritual Darts Of The Wicked One, Unity Of The Bible, An Ominous Thick Dark Cloud Of Absolute Evil Approaches Earth, A Dual Reality: Physical And Spiritual, Examples Of Amazing Experiences With Visitors From Spirit Realm, The Physical Affects The Spiritual And The Spiritual Affects The Physical, God's Protection Lifted And His Spirit Departs, When Demons Come Rushing In, Babylon: Habitation Of Devils And Every Foul Spirit, Lovers Of Darkness And Haters Of Light, Moon Darkened And Rapture Of Saints Of God, God's Mercy And Longsuffering, Satan's Wrath, Forsaking God's Mercy, A Cloud Of Witnesses, Antichrist: Son Of Perdition, Hour Of The Power Of Darkness, Son Of Perdition Is Restrained Until His Time On The Earth, Order Turns To Chaos: Deep Impact And A Global Earthquake, God Shakes Heavens And The Earth Once More, Dark Evil Cloud
Sun Is Our Life-Giver and Protector
While this series has concentrated on some of the potential dangers that our own Sun poses to us, both now, as well as in the future, it should not be overlooked that, just like our great God who is the Father of Lights, the Sun has also been a great blessing to us all. In fact, if it were not for the presence of the Sun in our Solar System, we would not even exist, and the Earth would surely be a cold, dark, dead planet, wandering through the darkness of Outer Space. But that is not all.
Not only does the Sun provide us with life and light, but it is also our shield and protector, exactly as King David said. How so? Quite simply, if it were not for the Sun, the Earth would no doubt be in even more danger of being struck by a comet, an asteroid, or some other space object. Thankfully, many such Deep Space drifters perish in the fiery orb of the Sun before they have a chance to wreak havoc on our planet. Concerning those objects which don't crash into the Sun, the heat of the same often weakens them, and causes them to begin to disintegrate, before they reach our immediate vicinity.
Ominous Thick Dark Cloud Of Absolute Evil
In a spiritual sense, God the Father -- who is our Father of Lights -- likewise shields us, his fragile creatures, by His very Brightness and Goodness, from the evil which lurks just beyond our sight in the Spirit Realm. In other words, just as the Sun protects and shields us from "Outer Space darts" such as comets and asteroids that often zip by our planet, in His Divine Love and Mercy, God likewise protects us from all of the deceptive darts of our spiritual enemy -- Satan and his minions -- as we see by the following verse:"
"Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked."
Ephesians 6:16, KJV
So, as we learned in part one of this series, while God is a God of Wrath, He is also a great God of Love as well. Again, it all depends on how we each choose to react to Him.
Isn't it wonderful to see how the teachings of the Old and the New Testaments fit so perfectly together. Surely this reveals the Divine Authorship of the Holy Scriptures. From King David to the writers of the New Testament, we see such a unity in thought, belief and purpose. Both speak of God the Father being symbolized by the Sun. Both speak of the mighty shield of His Protection. Both speak of the tactics of the Evil One.
I mentioned a moment ago the possibility that a great horde of evil spirits, deceptive demons, Fallen Angels and other wicked entities may exist outside of the Earth's atmosphere, and perhaps even on the fringes of our Solar System, and that God may possibly be keeping them at bay -- at least for this current time -- either by the mere Power of His Will, along with the help of the Obedient Angels who are at His charge, or perhaps by evening using the physical Sun as a mighty, bright shield to repel them. Impossible you say? Maybe not.
As I explain in the aforementioned articles, from the opening chapter of the Book of Genesis, to the closing chapters of the Book of Revelation, the Bible reveals a sharp contrast between the light and darkness. A constant war is being waged between the Sons of Light, and the evil Children of Darkness. While we often use these terms in a symbolic or metaphorical sense, is it possible that these beings actually fear the physical light as well? It would certainly explain why a lot of people claim to be attacked by "alien beings" during the dead of night when all is dark and still, wouldn't it? So it isn't really too much of a stretch to consider that the Sun may actually be serving a dual purpose which we don't yet fully understand.
If this ominous, thick, dark cloud of absolute evil is really lurking out there in the dark depths of Outer Space, waiting for an opportunity to encroach on the Lord's territory, what if that day finally arrives? What if someday the Lord chooses to lift His Protection from our planet?
A Dual Reality: Physical and Spiritual
I mentioned earlier that there may be a way to find a degree of harmony and unity between these various verses concerning the Sun and the Moon being darkened, the stars falling from heaven, and Satan and a third of the Angels being cast out of Heaven. Having now shared the previous information with you, and setting the stage for these profound and esoteric ideas, please consider the following.
It has long been my personal belief that we live in a dual reality; that is, one physical, and the other spiritual. We cannot usually see into the Spirit Realm because our senses are not tuned properly to be able to perceive it. The few people who have been given this ability, or who have had an experience with a visitor from the same, have left us with a number of amazing stories: the Prophet Elijah and the Lord's Chariots of Fire, Ezekiel and his wheel within a wheel, the Apostles Peter, James and John witnessing Jesus transform on the Mount of Transfiguration, the visions of the Prophet Daniel, John's Book of Revelation, Moses' encounters with the Lord on the summit of Mount Sinai and in the Tabernacle, and Joshua receiving assistance from the Captain of the Lord's Host during the battle for Jericho, to name a few.
I also believe that the physical affects the spiritual, and the spiritual affects the physical, and that they can each be a reflection of the reality of the other. To give you a simple example, we cannot see stress; yet stress can actually make us physically sick in a variety of ways. Neither can we see sadness, yet sadness makes us physically cry, and can also affect our health. We cannot see love, yet love fills us with joy and fulfillment. I also believe that some illnesses, such as mental and psychological illnesses, can also have spiritual causes. As I explain in articles such as the four-part series "Demonic Possession And Sickness: A Biblical Perspective", I also believe that certain physical afflictions may also have spiritual root causes.
I concluded part three by asking a serious question: What if God, in His Wrath, should someday choose to remove His Divine Protection from the Earth? If the physical and the spiritual both affect each other, and are a reflection of each other, how would this be revealed? Wouldn't what is happening in the Spirit Realm be reflected by events which are also happening in the physical realm on the Earth as well?
When Demons Come Rushing In
If God the Father -- the Father of Lights and the Sun -- is now keeping Satan and his evil minions -- a third part of the stars -- at bay right now in the outer regions of Space, and if the physical Sun is somehow playing a role in this, then the parallel here is that if the physical Sun should be darkened -- as Jesus said it will be in both the Gospels, as well as in the Book of Revelation -- it will obviously be a reflection of the spiritual reality that God has lifted His Protection from our planet, and His Spirit has departed from the Earth. Consequently, the people of Earth will be left in total spiritual darkness, and will become vulnerable to the deception and wrath of the Prince of Darkness and his demons.
In the physical realm, the Lord tells us repeatedly that the actual stars will be falling from the heavens. The spiritual parallel is that Satan and his minions will also be cast out of Heaven. Again we see that what is happening in the Spirit Realm is also occurring in the physical realm as well. Just as asteroids and comets usually remain hidden from our view in the darkness of Outer Space until they pass by our spacial neighborhood, so it is with the Prince of Darkness and the Father of lies, and the Fallen Angels who associate with him. The minute that the lights go out -- meaning the Sun will be darkened -- those demons of darkness will come rushing in, and will take over the Earth. Is it any wonder then that in the Book of Revelation, we are told the following concerning the Endtime Babylon the Great:
"And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird."
Revelation 18:2, KJV
Lovers of Darkness and Haters of Light
Similar to people who knowingly reject Christ, Satan and his demons cannot stand the Light of God. In fact, they hate it, and they try to hide from it in their clouds of darkness and deception. They are spiritual wickedness in high places. But the minute that the Sun is gone, woe to the Earth! As we saw earlier, the kingdom of the Beast will be cast into darkness. As Jesus said in the Gospel of John:
"And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God."
John 3:19-21, KJV
We may not be able to physically see demons of darkness, but rest assured that they are ever present, always doing their dirty work, and trying to hinder the Work of God. As I said, the minute that the Sun is darkened -- meaning God's Divine Protection has been lifted and His Spirit is removed from the Earth -- those foul beings will come rushing to our planet to begin their short-lived reign of terror.
Moon Darkened: Rapture of the Saints
What about the Moon? If God the Father is represented by the Sun, and if the Moon reflects the light of the Sun, then we can say that we -- God's Church -- are represented by the Moon, because we reflect God's Light to the people of Earth. Again, please refer to the aforementioned articles regarding this topic. Please again notice the amazing parallel between what will be happening in the Spirit Realm, and what will be occurring in the physical realm. If the actual physical Sun being darkened is a reflection of God's Protection being lifted, and His Spirit departing from the Earth, then what can the Moon being darkened symbolize? Well, what happens to the Church when Christ returns? Consider the amazing truth that is revealed in the following verses:
"And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other."
Matthew 24:30-31, KJV
"For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words."
1 Thessalonians 4:15-18, KJV
In short, when the Moon is darkened, we Christians -- who are the Bride of Christ, and the spiritual light of the world -- will be gone! We too will depart from the Earth; at least for a time. It will be up, up and away for us! The Saints of God will be raptured! We will be caught up into the clouds to be with our Lord forevermore. In short, what we have seen is this:
God's Protection is removed and His Spirit leaves the Earth
The Church, who is the light of the world, is raptured
Stars fall from heaven
Satan and one third of the Angels are cast to the Earth, gross physical and spiritual darkness and deception ensues
God's Mercy and Longsuffering
As I explain in a number of other articles, the Bible tells us that God is very loving, very merciful and very patient. As the Apostle Peter informs us, God is longsuffering, and He is not willing that any should perish, as we see here:
"For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water."
1 Peter 3:18-20, KJV
"The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."
2 Peter 3:9, KJV
As you can see, due to His longsuffering, we are told that "God waited in the days of Noah". God wanted to save a part of humanity, so He purposely waited until Noah and his sons had time to complete the Ark. How long did He wait? Based on the following verse, it appears that He waited for one hundred and twenty years, before He finally sent the Flood:
"And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years."
Genesis 6:3, KJV
If that isn't an example of mercy and longsuffering, then I don't know what is. What an impatient lot we humans are by comparison. However, in spite of His own Goodness and Mercy, even God's patience can reach a limit. By the way, that is exactly what longsuffering is; it is patience.
When the Day of Christ's Return arrives, once again, God's patience will have finally run out. Because people have not appreciated His Love and His Mercy, once we Christians are gone from the Earth, God will remove His Protection, as well as His Spirit, and He will allow rebellious man to experience Satan's full Wrath. As the popular, old saying goes, you can never truly appreciate God's Mercy, until you have known the Devil's justice; although in this case, we might say Satan's wrath. As we read in the Book of Revelation:
"Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time."
Revelation 12:12, KJV
With God's permission, Satan will lead that ominous, thick, dark cloud of absolute evil to the Earth, where they will terrorize the world in ways it has never known before. He, along with his human agents, will serve as the vessel of God's Wrath and Judgment upon the Earth, because the people of the Earth will have rejected the Mercy of the Lord, due to their own stubbornness and delusion. The Prophet Jonah, after momentarily rebelling against the Lord's Will for his life, had this to say:
"They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy."
Jonah 2:8, KJV
One thing that you need to understand is that Satan is not only a deceiver, he is also a usurper and a copycat. Just as I have described this dark cloud of evil who will accompany Satan to the Earth, the Scriptures inform us that there is another cloud; that is, a cloud which consists of all of the departed Saints of God. As we are told in the Epistle to the Hebrews:
"Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God."
Hebrews 12:1-2, KJV
To continue, as we have seen, that "spiritual wickedness in high places", that is, that dark cloud of absolute evil in the heavenly regions -- Satan and the Fallen Angels -- will be cast down to the Earth, once God's Protection and Spirit have departed from it, and we, His Saints, are gone. As we saw earlier in this series, the Apostle Paul tells us:
"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."
Ephesians 6:12, KJV
The Son of Perdition
As I point out in other articles which discuss the Endtime, such as "Who Hindered the Antichrist?", at that time, Satan himself may possibly enter -- that is, possess -- a human being, who the Apostle Paul refers to as "the son of perdition". Consider the following verses:
"Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness."
2 Thessalonians 2:1-12, KJV
At that time, not only will physical darkness reign on the Earth, but spiritual darkness will as well. There again we see another parallel between the physical and the spiritual. Earlier, we discussed how the kingdom of the Beast will be filled with darkness. Now we can see that said darkness will only be a physical reflection of the real spiritual darkness. This will not be the first time that the powers of darkness have reigned upon the Earth. In fact, two thousand years ago, just prior to His execution by the Jewish leadership and the Romans, Jesus had this to say to His murderers:
"When I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness."
Luke 22:53, KJV
Please notice that in the previous verses, the Apostle Paul informs his readers that they "know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed." In other words, even at that time two thousand years ago, this Satan-inspired leader was being held back from making his appearance on the world stage. Those three words -- withholdeth, letteth and let -- are all derived from the same Greek word "katecho" which means to hold back or to restrain.
So even two thousand years ago, someone was preventing this Satan-inspired and Satan-empowered false god from making his appearance in the world until it was "his time" to do so, as Paul informs us. A variety of theories have been proposed regarding who this someone might be. They range from God the Father Himself, to the Holy Spirit, to the Archangel Michael, to the presence of the Church. My personal view is stated in the aforementioned article. Whichever position you personally embrace, the point is, once that preventive presence or force is removed from the Earth, Satan -- along with his "fallen stars", the rebellious Angels -- will reign supreme on this planet for a short time.
To reiterate, when all of these physical signs begin to occur prior to Christ's Return -- the Sun being darkened, the Moon failing to give her light, and the stars falling from heaven -- they will be physical manifestations of events which are happening in the Spirit Realm as well.
Order Turns to Chaos: Deep Impact / Global Earthquake
Once the Lord loosens the natural powers of the heavens, and order turns to chaos as celestial bodies begin to fall out of their assigned orbits -- and they are indeed assigned by God -- all hell is going to break loose. Again I ask, is it any wonder that the entire world is going to totally freak out when they see what is coming upon them? Movies such as "Deep Impact" and "Armageddon" don't begin to reveal the true horror that the world will experience when they realize that their doom is near. It is my personal speculation that something -- that is, a Potentially Hazardous Object, such as a large asteroid or comet, or maybe something even larger and more deadly -- is going to come hurdling towards the Earth when God loosens the powers of the heavens.
As I have already explained, if such an object does collide with the Earth with sufficient force, not only will it result in a devastating earthquake which will level our planet, as per God's Word, but it may in fact knock the Earth out of its current orbit, which could potentially lead to the scenario that I described earlier, whereby the Earth is drawn closer to the Sun, a global fire ensues, and millions or billions of people are killed, due to the intense heat.
What I also find interesting is the fact that the Bible tells us that this will not be the first time that God has shaken the Earth. In the following verses that are found in Paul's Epistle to the Hebrews, we are clearly told "Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven", as we see here:
"See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven: Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain."
Hebrews 12:25-27, KJV
It is apparent then, that God has shaken our planet before. Whether these verses are meant to be understood in a purely symbolic manner, or in a literal sense, I am not absolutely certain. However, I have begun to wonder if this might be a reference to the Flood that occurred in the days of Noah, and the earth-shaking events which occurred some one hundred and ten years later during the days of Peleg, when we are told that the Earth was divided. I discuss this particular point more at length in other articles.
As you know, scientists inform us that the Earth is tilted twenty-three degrees on its axis. Exactly how did this come about? In some of my earlier articles, I speculate that the weight of the water -- particularly as it began to recede to certain parts of the Earth following the Flood -- may have resulted in the Earth being tilted to its current position. I would think that this would have resulted in some major earthquake activity. It is, however, just a personal theory.
With the previous verses from the Epistle to the Hebrews, we discover yet another parallel between what is occurring in the Spirit Realm, and what is also occurring in the physical realm. As we have seen, the Lord is going to shake the entire Earth with a might global earthquake which will literally flatten the planet. Islands will sink, cities will fall, and the world will never look the same again. At the same time, we are told that God will shake the powers of the heavens. In other words, the physical heavens will be shaken, which will result in the stars falling like untimely figs. But God will also shake the spiritual powers of Heaven as well, and Satan and his evil cohorts -- that evil cloud of wickedness which currently remains hidden in the darkness of Outer Space -- will fall to the Earth.
A Dark Evil Cloud
As I thought on this subject, I began to imagine what it will possibly be like when that demonic, evil horde -- which will be led by the Prince of Darkness himself -- approaches and descends to the Earth. In my mind, I picture this dark, ominous-looking, evil cloud filling the sky. Perhaps it will be something like what occurred in Egypt thousands of years ago. As that black demonic ink fills the sky above the Earth, the stars will appear to blink out one by one, until a third of them have disappeared from view. Then, that vile serpent Satan will appear, feigning to be an Angel of Light, and so many deceived people in the world will foolishly embrace him as their savior. The Endtime hour of the power of darkness will begin, and darkness will reign in the kingdom of the Beast.
Please go to part five for the conclusion of this series.
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