The Bible reveals in codes and symbols found in ancient stories what will come upon the world after the Corona Virus pandemic. In this fascinating podcast you’ll see the power of Bible typology to predict end time events.
The Bible is an incredibly powerful book, which contains far more information, knowledge, wisdom and mysteries than our human minds can receive. This is why Sister White says “The plan of salvation, of which the incarnation is the very heart, is an exhaustless theme into which we may now look, and that will be the prime topic of study through the ceaseless ages of eternity.” (Selected Messages vol. 3 page 126.1)
The Plan of Salvation is the primary theme of the Bible, and the burden of every verse of scripture. Let’s read from the book Education by Sister Ellen White:
“The central theme of the Bible, the theme about which every other in the whole book clusters, is the redemption plan, the restoration in the human soul of the image of God. From the first intimation of hope in the sentence pronounced in Eden to that last glorious promise of the Revelation, “They shall see His face; and His name shall be in their foreheads” (Revelation 22:4), the burden of every book and every passage of the Bible is the unfolding of this wondrous theme,—man’s uplifting,—the power of God, “which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:57. Ed 125.2
He who grasps this thought has before him an infinite field for study. He has the key that will unlock to him the whole treasure house of God’s word.”
Having understood that, is it surprising to us that the entire Bible would be filled with types and shadows of the Plan of Redemption, especially as it relates to the final events in the plan? No, it shouldn’t surprise us at all.
In addition, the Lord spoke through the apostle Paul, saying: “Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.” (1 Corinthians 10:11). The Bible was written especially for the last generation, who would see its fulfillment and the Second Coming of the Lord.
In today’s study we’re going to explore two different types of Bible typology that very clearly predict and reveal what’s coming after the Corona Virus pandemic.
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The Number Forty in the Bible
The number forty in the Bible is very important. It’s often associated with transformation and a new reality. Why is this relevant to us today? Because the Corona Virus brought with it a quarantine period. We all agree the Covid 19 has been much longer than a literal 40 days, but it was called a quarantine. In God’s world, what something is called is very important. The name reflects the nature and/or character of what is being named.
In these five short examples we’re going to see what’s coming in the wake of the Corona Virus pandemic.
1) New Climate, New Diet, New Geography
In Matthew 24:37, Jesus said: “But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” When the flood came, it rained 40 days and 40 nights. What happened after the flood? Noah and his family were in a totally new reality. They were immersed in a New World Order that was marked by a very different climate, geography and diet. The flood had marred and altered the contours of the earth, mountains were eroded and scarred and river courses were changed. That’s why it’s impossible today to determine the exact location of the four rivers that started in the Garden of Eden, only two of them have been identified. The climate of the planet also changed significantly. Heavy rains became a regular feature, when before that a soft mist rose up from the earth. And finally, humans needed to eat the dead bodies of animals to survive until earth’s vegetation began to grow again.
We’re going to see that the New World Order we’re currently preparing for will bring with it:
-a new climate where a series of climate catastrophes will leave the earth desolate
-a new diet where they’ll use famine in order to get human beings to eat sub-human food, things that God’s word describes as abominations
-a new geography based on the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda where nearly 80% of the land will be devolved to nature and become natural reserves with no human habitation or use
2) A New Code of Law
Moses went up to Mount Sinai for 40 days and 40 nights to receive the Tables of the Law. When he came down, he brought with him a new code of law for the children of Israel. Likewise, we also can expect a new code of law coming out of this quarantine.
We’re already seen the first fruits of it: a totalitarian regime where our constitutional rights are suppressed. Most countries across the world are in the process of passing new laws that take away even more of our freedoms.
And of course, we know we’ll shortly see the state issue laws related to religion and worship that will greatly challenge our faith.
3) A Faithful Remnant and a New King
Elijah fasted 40 days and 40 nights while he traveled to Mount Horeb. When he got there, thinking that he was all by himself in the struggle against Jezebel, the Lord told him He had a faithful remnant of 7000 men who hadn’t bowed their knee to Baal. God will have a remnant who won’t bow down to the beast, hallelujah!
In addition, Elijah was instructed to go anoint a new king of Syria and a new king of Israel. In the not too distant future the New World Order will be anointing a new world king, the Pope of Rome.
4) Satan’s Appearing
Jesus fasted 40 days and 40 nights. After that, He had a direct encounter with Satan. In two previous podcasts called “074 – Satan’s Appearing” and “075 – The Devil Is In The Detail” I present all the biblical evidence that Satan will appear in a counterfeit second coming much earlier than most Adventists believe. We’ll say more about this shortly
5) The Latter Rain and the Preaching of the Everlasting Gospel
Jesus remained on the earth 40 days and nights after His resurrection. During that time He was preparing the disciples to able to receive power from above to finish the Great Commission, the preaching of the gospel. God send them the Early Rain and after Stephen’s death in 34 AD they went forth to preach the gospel to both Jews and Gentiles.
What a blessed hope! Let’s continue to pray and study and work together despite the enemy’s attempt to scatter and divide us. We need to be united in the Spirit to receive the outpouring of the Latter Rain and finish the proclamation of the Everlasting Gospel.
This is the power of Bible typology. It’s different from prophecy in that it’s not a specific prediction of an event to come, but it prefigures – it gives us the outline – of events to come. The five Bible examples of 40-day periods were a time of isolation or a time of preparation for a work to be done. That was the essence of the Covid 19 quarantine as well: a time of preparation for God’s people to get ready for what lies ahead.
Typology of End Time Events in the Book of Ezekiel
There’s a very relevant end time template or end time typology that’s given us in the Book of Ezekiel, which is a very prophetic book. We could also call it an end time chronology, where chronology doesn’t mean date-setting, but rather a sequencing of events.
This typology in the book of Ezekiel will help us situation where we’re standing right now in the broader stream of end time events. We’re in the wake of a pestilence known as Corona Virus which was unleashed to provoke an economic collapse and that will in turn be followed by more pestilence, as well as war and famine.
This other pestilence may be what they’re calling the Second Wave. It will be more dangerous than the first wave of the virus. People’s immune systems are now compromised after months of fear propaganda, isolation, joblessness, and financial stress, making them more vulnerable to future pandemics.
This end time template or typology of end time events starts in Ezekiel chapter 7 through chapter 12. It begins the Lord declaring that this is the end. Let’s read from Ezekiel chapter 7, verses 1 through 7. The Lord clearly defines the timing of these events as being not only in the days of the prophet Ezekiel, but also in the time of the end.
“1Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
2 Also, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord God unto the land of Israel; An end, the end is come upon the four corners of the land.
3 Now is the end come upon thee, and I will send mine anger upon thee, and will judge thee according to thy ways, and will recompense upon thee all thine abominations.
4 And mine eye shall not spare thee, neither will I have pity: but I will recompense thy ways upon thee, and thine abominations shall be in the midst of thee: and ye shall know that I am the Lord.
5 Thus saith the Lord God; An evil, an only evil, behold, is come.
6 An end is come, the end is come: it watcheth for thee; behold, it is come.
7 The morning is come unto thee, O thou that dwellest in the land: the time is come, the day of trouble is near, and not the sounding again of the mountains.”
The Lord is clear that there’s a dual time element: an end, referring to the temporary end of the Babylonian captivity, and the end, the final end of all things in the last generation. This is exactly the same principle that Jesus applied in Matthew 24, when He blended the destruction of the temple and Jerusalem with the end of the world.
Also interesting to note in these verses is that the Hebrew word used for “end” is the word “qets”. Qets is often used to mean “the end of a definite period of time” or “the farthest point of time”.
The first mention of the word “qets” in scripture is in Genesis 4, when Cain offered wrong worship to the Lord by bringing an offering that was unacceptable, whereas Abel offered that which the Lord required. We know that the end time scenario is all about worship.
The other very important detail to note in Ezekiel 7 is that these are the Lord’s judgments that will come upon men. Verses 3, 8, 9 and 27 make it plain that all of these events are coming upon the people in judgment against their iniquity and disobedience.
Ezekiel 7 provides a very brief overview of the economic collapse that will signal the beginning of the end. Verse 12 talks about buyers not rejoicing and sellers not ever being able to recover that which they sold. Now listen to verse 19:
“They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the Lord: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels: because it is the stumbling block of their iniquity” (Ezekiel 7:19).
What else is being described here? We find the sword (meaning war), and pestilence (read pandemic), and famine.
There’s a very interesting statement now about the blowing of the trumpet. Listen closely: “They have blown the trumpet, even to make all ready; but none goeth to the battle: for my wrath is upon all the multitude thereof” (Ezekiel 7:14).
This is referring to the all the “truthers” who have sounded the alarm and warned the people of what’s coming. But the Lord has weakened the hands of the people so that no one fights back.
15 “The sword is without, and the pestilence and the famine within: he that is in the field shall die with the sword; and he that is in the city, famine and pestilence shall devour him.
16 But they that escape of them shall escape, and shall be on the mountains like doves of the valleys, all of them mourning, every one for his iniquity.”
This might be talking about the preppers who have been preparing and training others to prepare for this type of catastrophic scenario. But because they’re not walking with the Lord, they’re trying to save themselves in their own strength. It won’t be well with them.
People will be throwing their gold and silver on the street because it can’t save them. 25 “Destruction cometh; and they shall seek peace, and there shall be none.”
One interesting thing to note is that the word translated in the KJV as “destruction” and in other versions as “anguish” or “doom” is used only once in the entire Bible. It comes from an Arabic and Syriac root that means a shuddering or a shrinking: in other words, a shaking.
And all of this is taking place in a context of bloody crimes and violence in the cities (verses 11 and 23).
To conclude our findings from Ezekiel 7: it describes the key events that mark the beginning of the end through a pestilence, which comes together with sword and famine as well as an economic collapse.
Let’s move on to the following chapters of this end time typology in the Book of Ezekiel.
Ezekiel 8 marks the high points of the end time drama. Two key events occur in this chapter:
-Satan makes his appearance in a counterfeit second coming
-the Sunday law is passed and God’s church worships the sun by worshipping on the day of the sun
The Image of Jealousy: Satan’s Counterfeit Second Coming
The chapter starts off with the Lord Jesus in angelic form lifting up the prophet Ezekiel and carrying him away to the temple. Let’s pick up the story in verse 3 and we’ll read through to verse 5:
“3 And he put forth the form of an hand, and took me by a lock of mine head; and the spirit lifted me up between the earth and the heaven, and brought me in the visions of God to Jerusalem, to the door of the inner gate that looketh toward the north; where was the seat of the image of jealousy, which provoketh to jealousy.
4 And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel was there, according to the vision that I saw in the plain.
5 Then said he unto me, Son of man, lift up thine eyes now the way toward the north. So I lifted up mine eyes the way toward the north, and behold northward at the gate of the altar this image of jealousy in the entry.”
Let’s connect some dots here.
First of all, the seat. Revelation 13:2 tells us: “The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority.” (NIV) We also know from 2 Thessalonians 2:4 speaking of the evil one”: so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God”. So the seat refers to Satan’s throne, which is a complete counterfeit of God’s throne. The devil is trying to usurp God’s throne.
Then we have an image that provokes to jealousy. The book of Exodus helps us understand what that might be:
“4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God…” (Exodus 20:4-5)
Furthermore, the Lord adds in Exodus 34:14:“For thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:” (Exodus 34:14)
So this image combines three key elements:
- It’s an idol that receives worship that God alone should receive.
- It’s substituting itself for the Lord, because Jealous is one of His names.
- It tries to deflect the worship of God’s people away from the Lord and unto it/himself, thereby provoking the Lord’s jealousy for His people.
Furthermore, we read in Numbers 5 that in the statutes and ordinances that the Lord gave the people of Israel there was a ritual that a priest would conduct with a couple where the husband became jealous of his wife and suspected adultery. So one additional connection to the image of jealousy is the face that the wife, God’s church, might engage in spiritual adultery. In that case the priest would give her bitter water to drink.
So what will happen in the end time is that the Lord will test His people. He will allow Satan to perform the “nearly overmastering delusion” by appearing on the world stage impersonating Christ in a counterfeit second coming. Those that are faithful to the Lord will not be swept away by the impersonation, because they’re grounded in the Word of God. Many however will be deceived and will receive the curse of receiving the spirit of devils, which will preclude them from receiving God’s Holy Spirit in the Latter Rain.
Let’s connect this with the Third Trumpet in Revelation 8, which refers to Satan’s counterfeit where he impersonates Christ:
“10 And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; 11 And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.”
Brothers and sisters, the Bible is telling us that many men will be deceived, because the priest – which represents the anti-christ beast and the false prophet – will give the people bitter water to drink. As a result the curse will fall upon them and they will die spiritual death, the second death, meaning that they will be lost for believing Satan’s deception.
Just in case you’re wondering how I made that leap to the Third Trumpet, listen to what the bible says in 1 Corinthians 10:21-22:
“21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils. 22 Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?”
That bitter water is the cup of devils.
Let’s connect one last dot related to the image of jealousy. Why does it appear in the North? Because that’s where the Lord’s throne is! Let’s read a very well-known passage in Isaiah 14:13-14:
“For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”
Satan is going to fulfill this prophecy as we read in 2 Thessalonians 2: “4 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.”
We’re going to say a lot more about the counterfeit second coming in our next study. For now, let’s continue unfolding this end time chronology in Ezekiel 8. Only now, after Satan’s appearing, appears the Sunday Law decree.
This is THE MOST IMPORTANT insight we gain from this study: Contrary to what we’ve always been led to believe, Satan appears first, and the Sunday Law follows. Satan appears earlier in the process than we have thought.
Sun Worship in the Church
Subsequently in Chapter 8, the Church elders are worshipping the sun. Let’s read Ezekiel 8:16:
“And he brought me into the inner court of the Lord’s house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the Lord, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the Lord, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east.”
This event is a type of the Sunday Law that we know will be imposed upon the United States and the world. In ancient Israel Church leaders are worshipping a false god instead of the real God. This is an abomination before the Lord. This is a breach in the wall. The wall is the Law of God, and Church leaders are leading out in these abominations, causing the sheep to stray.
In Revelation 13:12, we read about a nation that in our generation will cause the whole earth to follow the anti-christ beast in Sunday worship: “And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.”
The US will make an image to the first beast, the Roman Catholic system, and will cause the world to worship it by accepting its mark of authority which is Sunday worship. We know this will be achieved through the influence of the fallen Protestant churches, the harlot daughters of the harlot mother church, called mystery babylon, described in Revelation 17.
In Ezekiel Chapter 9, God instructs an angel dressed in white linen and having an ink horn in his hand to seal God’s faithful people who sigh and cry for the abominations committed in Jerusalem. This sealing of God’s people in Ezekiel 9 parallels the sealing of the 144000 that we find in Revelation 7.
To the other angels the Lord says that they should go and slay everyone else in the city, except those who have the ink mark or seal of God on their foreheads. The angels begin the destruction of the wicked beginning at the temple with the elders of the Church (important detail). The angels report back to the Lord that their work is done.
In Ezekiel Chapter 10, God’s Holy Spirit withdraws from the apostate church: “Then the glory of the Lord departed from off the threshold of the house (the temple), and stood over the cherubims” (Ezekiel 10:18).
At the end of time, God’s Spirit will depart also from the apostate “Christian” Church, who profess with their lips to be close to the Lord but their hearts are far from Him. They have given their souls to another spirit, but it’s not the true Spirit of the Lord.
In Chapter 11, the Lord prophesies terrible judgments to fall upon the House of Israel who followed after the heathen, read pagans. And then we read in verse 23: “And the glory of the Lord went up from the midst of the city, and stood upon the mountain which is on the east side of the city.”
So the Spirit of the Lord first departed from the temple – a type of the Apostate Church – as we just read in Ezekiel 10. Then God’s Spirit withdraws from the city of Jerusalem, which is a type of the land, that is, the entire world. At that point men are “handed over” to the influence of Satan – they are delivered to the choices they have made.
Finally, in Ezekiel Chapter 12, the Lord tells Israel, in no uncertain terms, that His word and His judgments will shortly come to pass and will not be prolonged. Let’s read in Ezekiel 12, verses 22 – 28:
22 Son of man, what is that proverb that ye have in the land of Israel, saying, The days are prolonged, and every vision faileth? 23 Tell them therefore, Thus saith the Lord God; I will make this proverb to cease, and they shall no more use it as a proverb in Israel; but say unto them, The days are at hand, and the effect of every vision. 24 For there shall be no more any vain vision nor flattering divination within the house of Israel. 25 For I am the Lord: I will speak, and the word that I shall speak shall come to pass; it shall be no more prolonged: for in your days, O rebellious house, will I say the word, and will perform it, saith the Lord God.
26 Again the word of the Lord came to me, saying. 27 Son of man, behold, they of the house of Israel say, The vision that he seeth is for many days to come, and he prophesieth of the times that are far off. 28 Therefore say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; There shall none of my words be prolonged any more, but the word which I have spoken shall be done, saith the Lord God.”
Brothers and sisters, Ezekiel 7 through 12 is a clear template of the chronology of end time events we can expect to see stemming from the Corona Virus. Even if there appears to be a short period of relative peace and safety, don’t be fooled by it.
Let’s recap the end time chronology we just learned in the Book of Ezekiel:
· Lord declares it’s the end and He’s pouring out His judgments upon the land
· There’s an economic collapse, the rich won’t be saved by their gold and silver
· In the field, the sword
· In the city, pestilence and famine
· Satan makes his false appearance, impersonating Christ, and deceives many Christian whose souls will be lost
· Priest, false prophet and elders all fall away and worship the beast by worshipping on Sunday
· God’s true people are sealed as protection against the impending judgments
· God’s Spirit is withdrawn from the temple, a type for the apostate church
· God’s Spirit is withdrawn from the city of Jerusalem, a type of the whole land which is the world
· The rulers are desolate
· God’s judgments begin to fall upon the wicked
These will be the judgments of God falling upon the land and they won’t be delayed any longer. Sudden destruction will come unexpectedly, and they shall not escape (1 Thessalonians 5:3). They will seek peace and not find it.
“Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.” (Luke 21:36)