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The Space Shuttle & Jeremiah

"You used to think to yourself, I will climb up to the heavens
and set my throne higher than the stars of God".
John 14:14

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In the symbolism of scripture there are some quotations that revolve around events that focus on key concepts of the Bible and its prophecies. The fall of the world towers in New York was in that elite category because it physically manifested a kind of 'Pearl Harbor' event in the ascent of the "fourth Eastern empire" which the prophet Daniel said would rise up at the end of time to attack and destroy the western world. Because it was a pivotal event in space time, it carried with it immense symbolism.

Space itself is in a similar category. The fact that man would even climb into the heavens and then be tossed out of them at all is well covered in Bible prophecy. Ironically, one relevent verse in particular involves outer space and the towers in the same sentence:

"Were Babylon to scale the heavens, or reinforce her towering citadel, destroyers would still fall on her at my command, it is God who speaks." (Jer.51:53).

"Yes, her sentence reaches to the sky, rises to the very clouds." (Jer.51:9).

Both of these events are related in terms of prophecy. The timing of Babylon's final demise (the time of the Wrath) comes to a focus in the rise of the fourth Persian empire. The two Gulf wars show (in Daniel's prophecies) that we have already entered that unfortunate moment in history's final weave. Anything related to this fact has to be seen in context with the significance of that climatic sequence. We have the misfortune to be living today in extraordinarily symbolic times. These are the last days of God's harvest, the time of gleaning.

Jeremiah's prophecy of catastrophe in the heavens high above the earth is directed specifically to the fall of Babylon at the time of the End. That is the context of the paragraphs within which his sentences reside (i.e., Jeremiah's 51st chapter). A space catastrophe similar to that recently seen would be consistent with his prediction, just as the fall of the towers as a result of the eastern world's sneak attack were, especially since both calamities involved a world crew and both directly involved Israel and the United States. These events portend a falling shield.

They mimic the constellations which are predicted to come whirling out of the heavens, their stars falling to earth "like figs dropping from a fig tree" as they are tossed out in response to the shattering of the sixth seal of Revelation (Rev.6:13). All of these events in the prophecies of scripture revolve around finality.

The same is true of Jeremiah's ultimate verse a few sentences later:

"Thus the laboring of the peoples comes to nothing; the toiling of the nations ends in fire." (Jer.51:58).

Jeremiah links the catastrophe soon to annihilate Babylon with three clear signs:

1. The rise to power of the spirit of the king of the Medes (Jer.51:11),

2. The fall of the towers.

3. Mankind being thrown out of the heavens.

Now we have seen all three occur in rapid succession. Like the haunting peal of bells sounding from the an invisible clock near the throne of God, they seem to tell us that fiery reentry is close at hand and that we are all on that same shuttle in symbolism ­ all of mankind, because we have tried to climb into heaven by ourselves, without God.

"You used to think to yourself, I will climb up to the heavens and set my throne higher than the stars of God". (Is.14:13).

"I saw the Lord standing at the side of the altar, 'Strike the capitals' he said 'and let the roof tumble down! I mean to break their heads, every one,' and all who remain I will put to the sword; not one shall get away, not one escape. Should they burrow their way down to Sheol, my hand shall haul them out; should they scale the heavens, I will drag them down..." (Amos 9:1-2).


The plunge does not have to be fatal. God has provided an escape hatch in Jesus, but the window for a safe ejection to succeed is almost closed.

Once he had detailed the fiery end God instructed him to write, Jeremiah had completed his book of prophecy. He then gave it to his servant Seraiah with the final instructions shown below:

"Now Jeremiah had written down the entire disaster that was to befall Babylon in a special book, all these words recorded here as regards Babylon. Jeremiah then said to Seraiah, 'When you reach Babylon, make a point of reading out every one of these words, Then say, "God, you yourself have proclaimed that this place will be destroyed, that no one will live here ever again, neither man nor beast, but that it will remain desolate forever".

When you have finished reading this book, tie a stone to it and throw it into the middle of the Euphrates, with the words, "So shall Babylon sink, never to rise again from the disaster with which I am going to overwhelm her".' Here ends the words of Jeremiah." (Jer.51:59-64).

Only in Christ is escape from this predicted calamity possible. But the time is being quickly whisked away in a flurry of prophetic closing events none of us ever expected to see, so don't tarry.

 


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