Prophetic Countdown in the Days of Awe! – By the Watchman Dana G Smith –
Zephaniah 1:18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD’S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.
Zephaniah 2:3 Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD’S anger
The world saw the dark day in which the Dow dropped 777 points in a one day nose dive at the beginning of the Jewish Holiday celebrating the New Year known as Rosh Hashanah. Putting this in perspective many analysts have been trying to calm the fears as major governments joined in the move to save the world economic system by buying up bad debt. Governments around the globe are putting together their own rescue packages as did our own Government after this historic drop of the Dow and the major US Wall street banks going under. As the American government nationalized the banks and put its own citizens in further debt, the nationalization of banks world wide have begun. The World officials and banking experts have been doing this in an attempt to save the world economy as fear spreads like a fire. Fox business news quoted Frank Davis, the director of sales and trading at LEK Securities who said "We’ve got fear selling going on. It’s hard to control logical when you have fear selling."
Men’s Hearts fail them for fear of those things coming upon the earth [this includes financial crisis]
Luke 21:25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
As Rosh Hashanah was finished in its celebration, it gave way to the ten day’s known as the "Days of Awe", in which Jews spend their time fasting and praying to get their name in the book. This leads up to the holiest time of the year for Jews known as Yom Kippur, or literally ‘Atonement’. On this day, a total food and water fast is combined with all day long prayers and worship. This is the day Jews seek to get their names ‘sealed in the book.’ During all these Holidays, known as God’s Holidays, the world economic situation has been on the forefront. It also tells the world that there is change coming and to prepare. The prophecies in the book will be fulfilled.
"Global Economic Trouble"
Revelation 6:5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.
6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.
7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
Moreover, with the Nikkei index dropping to its lowest level in two decades, the world financial crisis is taking its toll. On this day, the day in which Yom Kippur begins at sundown, world markets are greeted by the Federal Reserve lowering its prime interest rate by a half point. The move to lower the rate was an historic one as the Bank of England, the European Central Bank, the Swiss Bank, Chinese Bank, and numerous others joined in to save the world economy.
"The Rise of the Beast who will shake the kingdoms, but will be brought down!"
Isaiah 14:13 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:
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
16 They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;
This is a sign of the times, prophetically. First on Rosh Hashanah we find the down dropped 777, a triumviral number of 7’s. Seven is a perfect, complete number, one of completion. With three of them on the downward spiral of the Dow, this signals a staunch warning. The year we have entered will be one of a financial crisis. It is one where the governments will not be able to handle. It is one where we find the LORD God shaking up the systems of government and their monetary markets as well. What these means is that the controls of what people buy and sell will now be even more controlled. Add to this more Governments taking on bad debt, centralizing banks, and having money problems. There is no better way to welcome the beast of Revelation, the son of Perdition in 2 Thessalonians 2 into the world than with this crisis. It also says to Americans that have had plenty, lived in excess, and worshipped the creature more than the creator; ‘it is time to repent and seek the LORD.’
"Your riches are motheaten, they will be as fire to your soul!"
James 5:1 ¶Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.
2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.
3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.
4 Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth.
5 Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.
With the continuation of the financial crisis throughout these feasts which can be found in Leviticus 23, the warnings are to be taken very seriously. Now with Yom Kippur beginning at sundown tonight we find the historical move of all the banks worldwide following suit of the Federal Reserve and lowering interest rates. Along with this you find governments putting wads of money in the leaking dike of their own economies. The Son of Perdition, the beast, will have the power to control all financial interests. It is by no accident this is going on now. The LORD is warning the world that he is in control. We are living in that time when the great deceiver will appear. He will control all buying and selling. Today there is no better time to do this than now. With the ability in our technology to get instant access, credit, news, and have money flow from globe to globe in a short time, the control mechanisms will be put in place. With the American economy on the ropes, the dollar in trouble, the debt rising, the nozzle to credit tight, the world that follows our system of monetary policies will be in trouble as well. All this chaos is leading to the arrival of the Son of Chao’s, the child of perdition, the destroyer. Now granted, this arrival could be two years away, but the symptoms of the global money troubles are an invitation for this deceiver to appear. When he does, the issues facing world markets will be quieted. In short, this ‘angel of light’ will present solutions that the whole world will fall for.
The Son of Perdition, beast will control gold, silver, and will honor a god whom his fathers did not know!
Daniel 11:38 But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things.
The fall feasts all look forward to prophetically to the coming of the LORD Jesus Christ [Yeshua Ha Massiach]. Included in these is the time of repentance, examination, and seeking the LORD God, known as Yom Kippur. Add to this the time known as Sukkot or Tabernacles and you have a picture of the coming Messiah, Jesus Christ who will rule and reign in his Tabernacle from Jerusalem. He will also have all the nations come once a year to celebrate this ‘Feast of Tabernacles’. The economy, money crisis, credit crunch, debt, and global ability to finance will be affected to the point that fear and panic will spread as never before. Add to this the full signs found in Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21 and you will have a true picture of what is coming.
Isaiah 55:6 ¶Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
Acts 15:17 That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things.
For the believer today fasting, prayer, and seeking the LORD should be on their personal agenda. For the nations, peoples, and all children of disobedience, repentance is in order. We have but just started this road. The nations will be able to put duck tape fixings on this problem. The markets will continue to heave and swell. But in the end, the financial system will collapse as such, bringing in the true Globalization that many have been working for. In America, you have not seen anything yet. Trouble is coming; it is time to examine the sea worthiness of your life and family. See if it can bear up under the ‘Storm’ coming and the ‘whirlwind of the LORD.’
Nahum 1:3 The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.
It is time to take Heed to yourselves, don’t get caught up in the cares of this life so that the Day of the LORD come upon you as a surprise!
Luke 21:34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.
35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.
36 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.
In short, to summarize, this is just one of many signs pointing to the coming of the LORD. The fact that this sign has occurred during the Fall feasts, signifying a time of harvest, means that the LORD’S harvest is coming and we are to take these events as serious. It is a warning! Two harvests will be reaped, the harvest of wickedness and the harvest of righteousness. One represents rebellion, the other obedience. The global situation will continue to worsen as the one world control by the beast will be finalized upon mankind who has rejected the ‘love of the truth’. [See 2 Thessalonians 2] In Yeshua, atonement has been made, the warnings are continuing to go out, and the kingdom of the LORD is coming. It is time to prepare. The trouble and turmoil will continue on all levels, but those who are obedient to the LORD and follow him, will find out the LORD takes care of his own. It is time to trust, keep your loins gird about with the Truth the LORD has given to us in His Word. Then having done all to stand, therefore, stand, with your shield of faith, quenching all the arrows of the enemy