There is a story in the Book of Kings that is about to be repeated on a spiritual plane for God's Church. Israel became separated from God and turned to other ideas about God. They turned to Baal worship by mingling the teachings of Baal with those of God.
Elijah challenged all the prophets of Baal and told the Israelites that they should quit stumbling back and forth between two different thoughts about God:
And Elijah came to all the people, and said, "How long will you falter between two opinions? If the ETERNAL is God, follow Him, but if Baal is then follow him. " But the people couldn't answer him a word. (1 Kings 18:21).
Elijah was only one man, so what he said about God was difficult for people to accept. They chose to be more comfortable by supporting the soothing teachings of the prophets of Baal. Elijah then challenged the prophets of Baal to show that either they were right about God or that he was right about God.
Elijah had those prophets prepare a sacrifice for an offering to Baal. If Baal was God, then he should be able to consume this offering in the sight of the people. These prophets cried to Baal all morning long. Elijah mocked them because their prayers were not being answered. Elijah then goaded them by saying that they should cry out louder because perhaps Baal could not hear them or perhaps he was talking to others. Perhaps Baal was on a journey or sleeping and needed to be awakened; or maybe he was away someplace relieving himself (an expression used for going to the toilet).
Finally, by the time for the evening sacrifice, Elijah prepared an offering on an altar of wood. Water was poured over the sacrifice three different times and a trench that surrounded the altar was filled with water:
And the water ran around the altar, and he also filled the trench with water. And it came to pass at the time for the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, "ETERNAL God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that you are God in Israel, and that I am your servant, and that I have done all these things by your word. Hear me, O ETERNAL, hear me, that this people may know that you are the ETERNAL God, and that you have turned their heart back again. " Then the fire of the ETERNAL fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces, and they said,
"The ETERNAL, he is the God; the ETERNAL, he is the God. " Then Elijah said to them, "Take the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape. " So they took them and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and killed them there. (1 Kings 18:35-40)
It is time for the spiritual application of this story of Elijah to be fulfilled. Four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal died that day. Now, the time has come for a type of this same account to be fulfilled in the environs of the spiritual Israel of God, the Church of God.
I have also made a petition to the ETERNAL God of Abraham. My petition is that this first phase of the Fifth Thunder be fulfilled exactly as it is written here. This request is so that scattered brethren who are asleep might be awakened and know that God has granted them the opportunity to repent and return to Him at this time. Also, it is so that they may know that I am His end-time prophet, His spokesman for the two end-time witnesses.
It will be revealed in a very short time whether I am God's prophet or not, as well as whether scattered Church leaders are God's ministers any longer or not. As stated in a previous chapter, either one of these is true or neither is true.
To make it absolutely clear, my petition covers more in regard to the scattered ministers. The most notable among them will be those who die toward the beginning. However, every minister who was scattered, who fails to repent early on and return to God (with me, as God's minister, teaching them) will die during the final three and one-half years of great tribulation. They will not be in the first resurrection, and they will not see the millennial reign of God's Kingdom on earth.
The most notable deaths early on, which are yet to come to pass, will be the two remaining television presenters in the Living
Church of God. The sound of this thunder will be intensified by the early deaths of the leaders of the Philadelphia Church of God, the Restored Church of God and the Church of the Great God. Then, those in the largest scattered group, who think they have escaped, will be lifted up to believe that God is with them because they are so filled with pride. But, when that happens, the deaths of many in the United Church of God will begin.
How much more specific can one be to show that he is either of God, and indeed His prophet, or someone who has clearly stepped over the line to be dealt with by God in a speedy manner. Time will tell! And, you don't have long to wait!
(2) The second phase of death will be upon notable people in the world. It will begin small and increase in intensity as all the thunders do. These notable people will include political leaders and well known entertainment and sports figures. It will include other religious figures within the various religions of the world. The primary exception to this will be the Pope of the Catholic Church, who is prophesied to die directly after the return of Jesus Christ. This phase will overlap the first, but this is the main one that people in the world will notice.
(3) The third phase of death will come from epidemics and pandemics in the world. Over this past year, many governments in the world have started minimal preparations for a possible pandemic from bird flu. This and much more are coming upon the world scene. As God has warned throughout time, the end-time will be the worst time in man's history.
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