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The day is now at hand when every man's faith will be tried by fire,--every man's work will be tried, the materials wherewith he has been building will be tried by a fire of persecution such as was never witnessed before. It will not be found sufficient to cry out: Lord! Lord! for in a few days a cry will go up from this land of Egypt, compared to which the former cry of the first-born of Egypt will be as a drop in the sea of blood. The Egyptians are beginning to see this--they cannot help but see the great black ominous cloud, overhanging our planet. They begin now to realize that the terrible and gigantic weapons of destruction at present in construction in all nations, foreshadow a terrible day of judgment. Their fearful surmisings are based upon a solid fact. The leading statesmen are troubled and anxious, and by diplomacy try all in their power to avert the coming evil. The are beset on all sides by jealousies from desire of aggrandizement and would fain seek shelter under their own wings, but they find themselves assailed from within as well as from without. They are becoming but too conscious of the terrible fact that their foundation is undermined by those to who they look for support. From the moment that the signal gun was fired in the East, Europe has been in an unsettled condition and the situation is assuming more gigantic proportions day by day. In vain do they cry for peace, there shall be no peace save that rest which will afford breathing time for renewed and more deadly efforts.

... when the vials of the wrath of God will be poured out upon the earth and all nations gathered together in battle. When the fiends of war will be let loose and valley of Jehoshaphat will open wide her jaws and the blood of the slain and wounded will flow in the valleys;--for great and terrible will be the Day of the Lord, which is now fast approaching. The world may cry out: Peace! Peace! but there will be no peace, but War! War! with all its miseries, pestilences, famines and diseases: neither will it be confined to Europe alone, but the whole planet will be one scene of bloodshed.

The greatest statesmen of Europe are bewildered and perplexed and are seeking counsel from the wisest astrologers of the age; who, in turn shake their heads, and look askance at the ominous signs of the times. Learned theologians are searching the prophecies of the Scriptures, with a renewed energy, and their features betray a dread suspicion of coming troubles. ... They have boasted in counterfeit peace, crying Peace! Peace, when there was no peace.--Nations too, are sweeping for a Peace with a vengeance, with a besom of diplomacy, but find that they are only sweeping against the wind and are bespattering themselves with their own dirt,--which has accumulated for years that are past. Not only are they bespattering themselves, but they are raising volumes of diplomatic dust in an unknown tongue to the great annoyance of themselves and of their neighbours. Whilst this great sweeping for peace is going on, there is another sign taking place among all nations in Europe. Every nation is arming itself to the teeth with bones and sinews. The arsenals and dockyards of Europe are busily constructing the most deadly weapons of destruction against life and property ever before known in the annals of history.--The hitherto casual observer is suddenly aroused from the mechanical and regular routine of his daily avocations--to notice and take cognizance of the unusually strange signs in the time, which to him appear incom-prehensible.--In no generation that has passed, have men proved so arrogant, proud and boastful of their progress in civilization,--science, knowledge and light, as in this generation;--which in themselves are no doubt blessings to mankind if properly applied,--but if misapplied, prove curses instead of blessings, as it is written: "For if the light that is in us be darkness how great is that darkness"

So what do you think? Do you agree or disagree with the above writings? Or, would you agree with some parts of the paragraphs above? How would we, here at DaySpring, evaluate these writings? Actually, we would be even more specific than what is written above and add the following to what was written at the time by this European minister.

1. A terrible famine will take place in the Ukraine with deaths of about five million.

2. A wall of water from the sea will result in a death toll of over 6000 in Galveston, TX

3. Within a short period of years, widespread war will kill almost 100 million people

4. There will be nuclear attacks with casualties of over 150,000 in a short space of days.

5. A terrible virus - to which victims have no immunity - will result in 70 million deaths worldwide.

So, while we at DaySpring have not had a history of outlining such prophetic specifics, what happened? Did we receive a visitation from an angel who instructed us to write down things to come -- or have we become foolishly rash or have we gone mad? Actually, none of the above. We can say with confidence that the five items shown on the previous page are a certainty. How so?

What we did not tell you previously was that the European writer (a Reverend James Jezreel) was based in England and the predictions concerning the future were written in the late 1870's. We have only read from the chronicles of history since that time. We read Jezreel's writings only recently and were intrigued with this question. Suppose that we stood in the time frame of the last quarter of the 1900's? What predictions would we make for the next century? For the 20th century certainly saw famines, wars, earthquakes and great discoveries in science such as electricity, radio, television, nuclear energy, computers, space travel, understanding of DNA, etc. Will the next century hold the same kind of surprises?

MAT 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.

Concerning the time that Jesus walked the earth, Lambert Dolphin, in his internet writing, World Population Since Creation, states that, "...there seems to be broad agreement that the world population at the time of Christ was between 200 and 300 million." So, if a series of wars, and a plague in the last century resulted in almost 170 million casualties, would this not be something "such as was not since the beginning of time"? Let us consider the five items from the previous page and see if some of them might fall into the category of a thing that was not since the beginning of time.

1. A terrible famine will take place in the Ukraine with deaths of about five million.

Andrew Gregorovich in his internet article, Black Famine in the Ukraine 1932-33 makes the statement: "Conservative estimates place the number of deaths in the Ukraine due to this enforced famine, at about 4,800,000. Many recognized scholars, however have estimated the number between 5 million to 8 million." This famine resulted from Stalin instituting the collectivization of the farms starting in about 1930 and the famine was used as a tool to break the free spirit of the Ukrainean farmers and put them under the yoke of communism. The grim statistics were kept hidden for years.

2. A wall of water from the sea will result in a death toll of over 6000 in Galveston, TX.

The Galveston County Daily News in its article, The 1900 Storm, reported as follows: "No one will ever know how many lost their lives in Galveston in the Great Storm of 1900. The best estimate is that at least 6,000 perished. It was the most awesome natural disaster in our history as a nation. A major center of commerce, with a population of 40,000 at the turn of the century, Galveston was the most important seaport in Texas and poised for greatness in the new century. Then, on September 8, 1900, came a hurricane of such fury it drove an angry ocean before it, covering the island from Gulf to Bay and laying waste to the city by the sea."

3. Within a short period of years, widespread war will kill almost 100 million people.

An article from the National Archives (Learning Curve) lists the total military and civilian casualties of World War I as 35,508,686. Phil's World War II pages lists a total of circa 61 million for the World War II fatalities. This gives a total of 96.5 million - or almost 100 million people dying in the in the 28 year period from 1917 to 1945. Certainly, these two World Wars were greater in magnitude, world wide scope and deadlier in weaponry than any thing that has been seen since flood. We have not even included fatalities from other wars in the century such as the Korean and Vietnamese Wars.

4. There will be nuclear attacks with casualties of over 150,000 in short space of days.

The United States military conducted extensive investigations of the effect the atomic bomb had on the populations of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Discussing casualties, the report The Effects of the Atomic Bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki says: The most striking result of the atomic bombs was the great numbers of casualties. The exact number of dead and injured will never be known because of the confusion after the explosions. Persons unaccounted for might have been burned beyond recognition in the falling buildings, disposed of in one of the mass cremations of the first week or recovery, or driven out of the city to die or recover without any record remaining. No sure count of even the pre-raid populations existed In this uncertain situation, estimates of the casualties have generally ranged between 100,000 and 180,000 for Hiroshima and 50,000 and 100,000 for Nagasaki. ...Some of the dead were said by survivors to have had their abdomens ruptured and intestines protruding; others were reported to have protruding eyes and tongues, and to have looked as if they had drowned." The first bomb was dropped on August 6, 1945 and the second a few days later. Certainly, the deadly force of an atomic bomb qualifies as something that "as was not since the beginning of the world to this time and we certainly hope and pray that such a conflagration will fall into the category of " no, nor ever shall be." at anytime in the future. However, the potential still exists for additional horrific nuclear attacks to occur.

5. A terrible virus - to which victims have no immunity - will result in 70 million deaths worldwide.

In these days of bio-terrorism, the potential of diseases such as anthrax and smallpox are very much on the minds of the people. However, what has happened recently is dwarfed by some of the episodes of the past. We quote from the National Archives Learning Curve article entitled: Influenza in the First World War: "In the spring of 1918 large numbers of soldiers in the trenches in France became ill. The soldiers complained of a sore throat, headaches and a loss of appetite. Although it appeared to be highly infectious, recovery was rapid and doctors gave it the name of 'three-day fever'. At first doctors were unable to identify the illness but eventually they decided it was a new strain of influenza. The soldiers gave it the name Spanish Flu but there is no evidence that it really did originate from that country. In fact, in Spain they called it French Flu. Others claimed that the disease started in the Middle Eastern battlefields, whereas others blamed it on China and India. A recent study argued that the disease was brought to the Western Front by a group of USA soldiers from Kansas. For the next few months soldiers continued to be infected with the virus but there were very few fatalities. However, in the summer of 1918, symptoms became much more severe. About a fifth of the victims developed bronchial pneumonia or septicemic blood poisoning. A large percentage of these men died. Others developed heliotrope cyanosis. Doctors were able to identify this by the bluish condition of the sufferer. Over 95% of those with heliotrope cyanosis died within a few days. This second-wave of the epidemic spread quickly. In one sector of the Western Front over 70,000 American troops were hospitalised and nearly one third of these men died failed to recover.

By the end of the summer the virus had reached the German Army. The virus created serious problems for the German military leadership as they found it impossible to replace their sick and dying soldiers. The infection had already reached Germany and over 400,000 civilians died of the disease in 1918. The first cases of the influenza epidemic in Britain appeared in Glasgow in May, 1918. It soon spread to other towns and cities and during the next few months the virus killed 228,000 people in Britain. This was the highest mortality rate for any epidemic since the outbreak of cholera in 1849. In Britain desperate methods were used to prevent the spread of the disease. Streets were sprayed with chemicals and people started wearing anti-germ masks. Some factories changed their no-smoking rules under the mistaken impression that tobacco fumes could kill the virus. Others believed that eating plenty of porridge would protect you from this killer disease. However, despite valiant attempts, all treatments devised to cope with this new strain of influenza were completely ineffectual. The USA was also very badly affected by the virus.

By September a particularly virulent strain began to sweep through the country. By early December about 450,000 Americans had died of the disease. The country that suffered most was India. The first cases appeared in Bombay in June 1918. The following month deaths were being reported in Karachi and Madras. With large numbers of India's doctors serving with the British Army the country was unable to cope with the epidemic. Some historians claim that between June 1918 and July 1919 over 16,000,000 people in India died of the virus.

It has been estimated that throughout the world over 70 million people died of the influenza pandemic. In India alone, more people died of influenza than were killed all over the world during the entire First World War."

This writer's father relates the experience of a grieving family opening up a coffin from World War I, that had the words, "Do Not Open - Influenza" on it to view the remains of their son. The whole community was decimated and why this writer's father was one of the few that did not perish, only God knows. Had he perished, this vessel - at that time - unconceived and unborn, would not be writing these words.

Sometimes, we have been so conditioned to what we knew when we grew up, we lose our perspective. But, when one looks at almost 100 million perishing in World Wars I & II, 70 million perishing in a flu epidemic and over 150,000 being vaporized or radiated by nuclear bombs in a period of days, it gives one pause to wonder if at least some of the tragedies prophesied are behind us. Let us pray that it be so.

WILL THE EARTH BE BURNED UP?

2PE 3:9 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.

10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,

12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?

13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

As far as the future is concerned and the timing of events, we are not ashamed to say and will very frankly tell you that we don't know. We have not been given a quickened word concerning it. In the way of timing, Jesus pointed out that this secret was very tightly held by the Father. So, if the Father did not tell Jesus, it is quite doubtful that He would confide this same information to us.

MAT 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

However, there are some gleanings as to timing that we can obtain from the above scriptures. These scriptures about the fiery fate of the earth are preceded with a scripture about the Lord's timing. Let's take a closer look in terms of what might be happening in the way of millenniums.

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