THE BEGINNING OF SORROWS

Dear brothers and sisters on the Lord; I refer you all to Mark 13:4-8:

And the disciples came to Jesus and asked:

"Tell us, when shall these things be? AND WHAT SHALL BE THE SIGN WHEN ALL THESE THINGS SHALL BE FULFILLED?

"And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you:

"For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

"And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet.

"For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: AND THERE SHALL BE EARTHQUAKES IN DIVERSE PLACES, and there shall be famines and troubles: THESE ARE THE BEGINNINGS OF SORROWS." (Mark 13:4-8)

Recently we sent out a report on the earthquake in Haiti, and we received a number of replies which took us to task regarding the somewhat comforting words contained in verse 7 above: "... be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet;" but in doing so, they are being very cavalier about the warning here.

The question that the disciples asked is, WHEN WILL ALL THESE THINGS BE FULFILLED? The reply that Jesus gave His disciples was that THESE particular things – i.e. "earthquakes in diverse places, etc." – do not BY THEMSELVES signify that the end is imminent; that is to say, that the end will occur on an IMMEDIATE basis – and for that reason – and for that reason alone – one should not worry: THERE IS STILL TIME TO PREPARE ONE'S SOUL FOR WHAT IS TO SHORTLY COME TO PASS.

But what Jesus does say – which should be a cause for some concern - is this: "THESE ARE THE BEGINNINGS OF SORROWS" – specifically, an enormous increase in earthquake activity.

This phrase – i.e., the "BEGINNING OF SORROWS" - is not some "happenchance" phrase; it has a very significant BIBLICAL meaning. We refer you to the NEW ANTIPAS PAPERS, Part 2, Chapter IX, "The Course and Character of the Last Days."

No! – These earthquakes do not mean that the END itself has come – but one should be very concerned that we are entering that specific time-frame that the Bible refers to as the BEGINNING OF SORROWS (see below):

INTRODUCTION

"And as he (Christ) sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?

"And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you


THE SEVEN SEALS
1st half of 70th Week
i.e., the Tribulation)

The "Beginning
Of Sorrows"

1,260 days, 42 months,
"time, times and half a time"


"For many shall come in my name, saying, I am the Christ: and shall deceive man.

"AND YE SHALL HEAR OF WARS AND RUMOURS OF WARS: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

"FOR NATIONS SHALL RISE AGAINST NATION, AND KINGDOM AGAINST KINGDOM: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

"ALL THESE THINGS ARE THE BEGINNING OF SORROWS.

"Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.

"And then shall many [who have merely professed to be Christians] be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.

"And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

"And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

"But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

"And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations, and then shall the end come.


THE ABOMINATION
OF DESOLATION
Mid Point


"WHEN YE THEREFORE SHALL SEE THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION SPOKEN OF BY DANIEL THE PROPHET STAND IN THE HOLY PLACE (WHOSO READETH, LET HIM UNDERSTAND)

"Then let them ... flee ...


THE SEVEN
TRUMPETS
2nd half of the
70th Week
The "Great
Tribulation"

1,260 days, 42 months,
"time, times and half a time"


"For then shall be GREAT TRIBULATION [the second half of the Seventieth Week] such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be [again].


THE SECOND
COMING OF CHRIST
End of the
Tribulation
Resurrection &
Rapture of the Saints


"Immediately after the tribulation of those days [the second half of the Seventieth Week] shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

"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 [the trumpet spoken of in I Thess. 4:16-17: 'For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven 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 they shall gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other (Matt. 24:3-16, 21, 29-31).


THE SEVEN VIALS
The Wrath of God



New York, NY - A major Earthquake hit Chile today.  A major 8.8 magnitude earthquake struck 200 miles southwest of Santiago ... It is estimated the Chile earthquake today was 1,000 times more powerful than the earthquake that struck Haiti in January. Reports on twitter say the Chile earthquake today was felt as far away as Japan and Argentina ... The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a warning for Chile and Peru. A lesser Tsunami warning was issued for Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica and Antarctica. They said a Tsunami could hit Hawaii later in the day.

The Chilean earthquake today struck at 3:34 a.m. local time and was centered about 200 miles southwest of Santiago, at a depth of 22 miles, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

Reportedly this 8.8 Magnitude Chile earthquake today, February 27, 2010, will rank it among the top 10 most powerful earthquakes on record. 

All this in addition to the 7.2 earthquake that hit Japan yesterday:

SEVERAL YEARS AGO – IN AN ARTICLE ENTITLED, "FEARFUL SIGHTS AND GREAT SIGNS FROM HEAVEN" – WE WARNED THAT THESE EVENTS WERE BEGINNING TO OCCUR – AND WOULD CONTINUE ON INTO THE FUTURE IN A CASCADING SERIES OF EVENTS. THAT IS PRECISELY WHAT IS HAPPEN­ING TODAY.

ALSO, PLEASE SEE OUR ARTICLE, "HERE COMES THE JUDGE! WITH FIRE IN HIS EYES AND DARKNESS UNDER HIS FEET."

IT'S TIME TO GET SERIOUS WITH THE LORD.

God bless you all.

S.R. Shearer
Antipas

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