Batten Down the Hatches

Batten down Hatches

Recently, I was with a group of women who have studied Revelation and prophecy. It was an animated evening of discussion of current events and how they fit in with Biblical prophecy today. If you have not read the book of Revelation in the Bible, now is the time because all indications are that its scenarios are being played out right before our eyes.

You may find it interesting to know that Obama announced the framework of a nuclear agreement with Iran on Nisan 13 (April 1). Why is that significant? Because it’s the same date in the book of Esther that Haman convinced the King in those days to sign an agreement to annihilate the Jews.

Prior to that agreement, Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed our American Congress. The date of that event was on the eve of the Jewish holiday, Purim, a holiday commemorating Esther’s intervention to stop the destruction of the Jews in her day. Are you seeing a pattern? I believe the Lord is speaking to us through the use of significant events on the Jewish calendar. Surely, the four blood moons are an ominous sign, all of which “coincidently” falling on the Jewish feast days of Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles.

Some of us at our ladies meeting were in agreement that most likely, we are already in the Seal Judgments of Revelation six. Look them over and see if you concur. For instance, in Revelation 6: 8, the 4th seal says, “I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him….” Could this be a description of ISIS, the Islamic terrorist group? If you check out the meaning of the word “pale” in the Greek, the word is chloros. We get our word chlorophyll from that root word. When I think of chlorophyll, I think of the color green. In fact, the meaning of chloros in Greek is greenish, green, pale. In other words, perhaps, pale green.

We can ask ourselves, is there any group of people on earth who use green as a symbol in their culture? The answer is yes…Islam. Green cushions, green gates, green wristbands, green fences, green flag.  You name it. They like green.  A passage from the Quran describes paradise as a place where people “will wear green garments of fine silk.”

We may be in the 4th seal of Revelation six with the green horse of “death,” which, of course, is the mantra of ISIS…death to the infidels, death to Christians and Jews. Then we look at the 5th seal in Rev. 6:9 which says, “When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained;” Could these be the many Christians who are presently being slaughtered by ISIS and other terrorist groups?

What might God be saying to us today? One thing for sure is that we are to be watchmen on the wall. The Lord spoke to a friend, Carolyn, by saying we need to “Hunker down together.” At the same time, I sensed the Lord saying, “Batten down the hatches.” The term “Batten down the hatches” is a nautical term and indicates sailors are to prepare for a difficult situation, to be alert to possible trouble. Rough waters are coming.

So, how do we prepare? We stay focused on the Lord. We turn to Him frequently and listen for His voice. We seek direction. We frequent the Bible. We engage in kingdom work. We exercise our spiritual gifts. We live our lives as unto the Lord. We speak into each other’s lives for encouragement, strength and comfort. We share the gospel. We do not entertain fear. We walk by faith. We hunker down together and batten down the hatches.

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