Tri-Dimensional Truth Part V
n the Tri-Dimensional Truth series, we've been examining the parallel relationship between physical and Spiritual prophetic fulfillment.
In Part IV, we noted the pronouncement of the Apostle Peter that the Pentecost experience, which most certainly included physical phenomena such as the "rushing mighty wind" seen in Acts 2:2, was actually a fulfillment of Joel's vivid prophecy of how God would show wonders in the heavens as a sign of the end of the age:
"And I will shew wonders in heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord come" (Joel 2:30, 31).
We also looked at how a third of the sun was completely blackened, and this bizarre event was photographed by the SOHO satellite, as a sign in the heavens, if not a fulfillment of Revelation 8:12:
"…and the third part of the sun was smitten…so as the third part…was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it…" (Revelation 8:12).
Undoubtedly, many scoffed that this unsettling event has anything to do with the prophetic fulfillment of Scripture; but it's difficult to view such an unusual sight without perceiving something very profound has occurred (to see the recently published image where a third of the sun is blackened, just Google "Giant Hole In The Sun").
In keeping with our declared theme of the deeper dimensions of prophetic fulfillment, we first note an even more ominous reading of the very same text. In a strictly literal sense, the fourth trumpet phase of the sequence does not describe a partial eclipse, but an even more radical transition affecting every aspect of life in our world.
The verse in question does not say a third of the sun was darkened, it says a third part of the day is actually gone:
"…and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise" (Revelation 8:12).
About 20 years ago, I began to realize this verse is actually stating that a third of the 12 hour day will disappear, and a third of the 12 hour night will do likewise. As unlikely as this sounds, the verse is clearly stating that we will see an 8 hour day, and an 8 hour night – obviously a catastrophic development.
This astounding event was confirmed by Jesus Christ Himself when He said
"And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened" (Matthew 24:22).
Indeed, the interpretive approach which I was taught as a youth, which puts forth the idea that Christ will return sooner than originally planned, hardly comports with the omniscience of the LORD. The fact is, Revelation's statement, at least on a linear, physical level, is telling us that we will, at some point in the future, move from our present 24 hour rotation to a 16 hour day.
In previous efforts, this ministry has examined possible scenarios how such a catastrophic event could physically occur, and our research was not at all comforting. For example, a collapse of the Earth's mantle, due to gravitational stress, would compress the entire mass of the world into a smaller sphere. Theoretically, this would trigger the proven physics phenomena known as angular momentum.
A well established principle, a good example of this is seen in figure skaters as they spin, and when they tuck in their arms, their spin velocity sharply increases. That research culminated in a video entitled Compaction Planet.
Another possibility is the arrival of the legendary Planet X, a large planetary body that many researchers believe is on a massive elliptical orbit which brings it back into our inner solar system at lengthy intervals. In theory, a huge planetary body moving past the Earth, could provide the gravitational pull to increase the spin rate of the Earth. Needless to say, the word cataclysm does not do justice to such an event, for the resulting devastation would be unfathomable.
Yet, such indescribable destruction appears to be precisely what Jesus Christ described, when He said
"For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be" (Matthew 24:22).
And yet, there is even another layer of fulfillment in this amazing prophecy of the shortening of the days, but that will have to wait for our next installment of Tri-Dimensional Truth.
--- James Lloyd
(To Be Continued)
More information on the DVD mentioned in the foregoing essay, including a short video, may be found online at COMPACTION PLANET.