Vol. II Number 9 March 15,1998
1 The word of the LORD which came unto Zephaniah the son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hizkiah, in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah.
2 I will utterly consume all things from off the land, saith the LORD.
3 I will consume man and beast; I will consume the fowls of the heaven, and the fishes of the sea, and the stumbling blocks with the wicked: and I will cut off man from off the land, saith the LORD.
4 I will also stretch out mine hand upon Judah, and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and I will cut off the remnant of Baal from this place, and the name of the Chemarims with the priests;
5 And them that worship the host of heaven upon the housetops; and them that worship and that swear by the LORD, and that swear by Malcham;
6 And them that are turned back from the LORD; and those that have not sought the LORD, nor enquired for him.
7 Hold thy peace at the presence of the Lord GOD: for the day of the LORD is at hand: for the LORD hath prepared a sacrifice, he hath bid his guests.
8 And it shall come to pass in the day of the LORD's sacrifice, that I will punish the princes, and the king's children, and all such as are clothed with strange apparel.
9 In the same day also will I punish all those that leap on the threshold, which fill their masters' houses with violence and deceit.
10 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD, that there shall be the noise of a cry from the fish gate, and an howling from the second, and a great crashing from the hills.
11 Howl, ye inhabitants of Maktesh, for all the merchant people are cut down; all they that bear silver are cut off.
12 And it shall come to pass at that time, that I will search Jerusalem with candles, and punish the men that are settled on their lees: that say in their heart, The LORD will not do good, neither will he do evil.
13 Therefore their goods shall become a booty, and their houses a desolation: they shall also build houses, but not inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, but not drink the wine thereof.
14 The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.
15 That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness,
16 A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers.
17 And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the LORD: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung.
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.
1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.
2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.
6 Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.
7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.
8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.
9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning,
10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.
11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:
12 The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble,
13 And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men.
14 And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all.
15 The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing,
16 And saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls!
17 For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,
18 And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city!
19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.
20 Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.
21 And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.
22 And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee;
23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.
24 And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.
15 Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come.
6 Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.
The day of the Lord is coming upon an unsuspecting world of sin. They don't suspect that their destruction is near. The world is filled with violence, sin, fornication, adultery, thefts, and et' cetera. This wickedness is filling this country and the rest of the world. The world is living deliciously and are partaking in all sorts of wickedness. Back in the 1960's less than 400,000 couples were involved in fornication. Today on the other hand more than 4 million (4,000,000) couples are participating in and living in fornication! This level of sin is escalating geometrically! Is it any wonder that life means so little to the nations young? Is it any wonder that God is about to cast his divine judgment on the world and this nation? The day of the Lord is at hand and the United States has become a nation of sin! God is going to judge this wicked nation of sin, and its politicians, lawyers, and judges that have propagated the sin!
Below is a document from the US Census Department on unmarried
couples from 1960 to the present. the site is :
Unmarried-Couple Households, by Presence of Children: 1960 To The Present (Numbers in thousands. Data based on Current Population Survey (CPS) unless otherwise specified) ------------------------------------------- Without Year children With children Total under 15 under 15 yrs. 1995 3,668 2,349 1,319 1994 3,661 2,391 1,270 1993 3,510 2,274 1,236 1992 3,308 2,187 1,121 1991 3,039 2,077 962 1990 2,856 1,966 891 1989 2,764 1,906 858 1988 2,588 1,786 802 1987 2,334 1,614 720 1986 2,220 1,558 662 1985 1,983 1,380 603 1984 1,988 1,373 614 1983 1,891 1,366 525 1982 1,863 1,387 475 1981 1,808 1,305 502 1980 1,589 1,159 431 1979 1,346 985 360 1978 1,137 865 272 1977 957 754 204 1970 Census 523 327 196 1960 Census 439 242 197 Source of CPS data: U. S. Bureau of the Census, Current Population Reports, Series P20-484, "Marital Status and Living Arrangements: March 1994," and earlier reports. Source of 1960 and 1970 data: U. S. Bureau of the Census, 1960 Census of Population, PC(2)-4B, "Persons by Family Characteristics," table 15. 1970 Census of Population, PC(2)-4B, "Persons by Family Characteristics," table 11. FOR MORE INFORMATION Contact: Fertility and Family Statistics Branch 301-457-2465 file: history2.wq1 9/20/96
This day of judgment is coming soon at an accelerated pace as the wickedness of this world increases. The day of the Lord will be a day of fire and destruction. The Bible tells us that all who are whoremongers, fornicators and etc will have their place in the lake of fire.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10
9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
This world that we are living in is getting worse and worse.
Look at the number of unmarried couples from 1960 to the present.
Compare it to the turbulent years of the late 60's and see the rise of the
wickedness. As this living in sin escalates, God's judgment
will come upon the wicked as they are indulging in the wickedness. Looking in
the FBI's web site
shows some interesting reports about crime statistics. Crime that is reported to the FBI from local and state agencies is maintained in a database. Is it any wonder that the Lord is going to judge this nation? We have become an adulterous and wicked nation. The day of judgment is coming to this nation and there is none that can prevent it.
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