Purification by Fire
Watching and Waiting
By Steve Santini
God promised Noah that he would never again destroy the inhabited earth by water, yet he did not unequivocally promise that he would not destroy the inhabited earth again. Many may have heard the phrase, “the next time by fire.” This phrase is based on a plethora of scripture. Many times it is within a context that also contains the example of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah in the time of the father of faith, Abraham. Moses, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Amos, Zephaniah, Jesus Christ, Peter, Paul and Jude all wrote of the example of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah as the type of worldly transformation that would usher men of faith and just men into their reward of paradise on earth.
Two thousand years ago, the Hebrew historian Josephus wrote of this even more ancient event:
"Now this country is then so sadly burnt up, that nobody cares to come at it;.. It was of old a most happy land, both for the fruits it bore and the riches of its cities, although it be now all burnt up. It is related how for the impiety of its inhabitants, it was burnt by lightning; in consequence of which there are still the remainders of that divine fire; and the traces (or shadows) of the five cities are still to be seen,..." Josephus, "Wars of the Jews", Book IV, Chapter VIII:
In this regard a word in a verse within the context of the original record of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah is revealing.
The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar. Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven; Gen 19:23,24
The word translated risen in verse 23 is the Hebrew word yatsa. Yatsa means to proceed or move away from some point. This word is used of the rivers that flowed out of the Garden of Eden. This Hebrew word is used 1069 times in the Hebrew texts of scripture and is translated over 50 ways. Yatsa is translated most often as go out, go forth, bring forth, bring out and come forth. Only this one time, in verse 23, is it translated risen. None of the other 1068 translations of this word approach the meaning of the translation of risen. Also, there are other Hebrew words that mean sunrise and none of these are similar to the word yatsa.
How then does the sun flow away and come forth upon the earth? - by way of its constituent, solar plasma. Plasma, by character, flows like a liquid. As a mountain river it forms currents within itself, and whirlpools and “hydraulics.” The sun through filament collapses, eruptive sunspots, coronal holes and internal “belches” or halo coronal mass ejections regularly accelerates solar plasma throughout the solar system. When accelerated solar plasma is earth directed it disrupts the earths magnetosphere sometimes opening cracks or holes in this protective sheath. At that time earth’s systems are disrupted by the electromagnetic properties of solar plasma that it enters the earth's atmosphere. At the extreme, solar plasma reaching the lower atmosphere produces physically destructive events like the 1908 Tunguska incursion in Siberian Russia, the 1871 Chicago and Peshtigo fires in the US and the 1976 Tangshan earthquake in China.
Scientist are now writing that the magnetosphere is weakening and the sun is uncharacteristically active with recurrent coronal holes, expansive solar filaments and some powerful solar flares in its supposed solar minimum. The “normality” of weather systems has been disrupted by rising incursions of solar plasma ‘s electromagnetic properties. It is now recognized that massive thunderheads are connected to the dynamically charged ionosphere by "sprites, jets and elves", all forms of plasma. More powerful, more dangerous and more far ranging positive lightning strokes emanating from the tops of thunderheads, rather than the weaker negative strokes from the bottom, are occurring more frequently. Worldwide lightning strokes are in a rising trend having increased about 40% since the late 90’s.
“Lightning”, in regard to the Greek biblical word employed for the “brimstone” of Sodom and Gomorrah, is interesting. In both the records of the Old Testament Septuagint and the records in the Greek texts of the New Testament the word is theion and means “a place touched by lightning and a place of sacrifice”
Other influences of increasing solar plasma in the upper atmosphere include the following: The speed of the polar vortex of rotating winds influenced by magnetic fields has increased noticeably over the last ten years, Localized spiraling vortexes of solar plasma incursions energize destructive tornadoes and hurricanes. (hurricanes 2) In addition the jet stream is affected by the electromagnetic fields of plasma. It was erratically whipping north and south causing this spring’s severe weather swings as the solar wind speed fluctuated and the polarity of the magnetosphere shuddered. The jet stream has more recently been stationary in northern latitudes allowing repetitive heat waves to surge northward.
. The Dst index, which measures the influence of solar plasma on earth’s magnetic field, has been negative for the months of May, June, July and August of 2006 indicating greater influence of solar plasma on earth’s magnetic field. Never before in the 50 year history of the Dst Index has even one month been entirely negative. It is even more telling that from the beginning to end of the first three months of negative period the index was progressively lowered into negative territory and was reading consistently more than 20% below the baseline.
In consideration of Sodom and Gomorrah, mention the earth’s magnetic fields is necessary. The primary magnet field has the positive end at the North Pole and the negative end at the South Pole. The magnetic north pole has accelerated in its movement from northern Canada towards Russian Siberia by fourfold since 1994. Earth emanating magnetic fields help shape and direct solar plasma incursions as evidenced by auroras around these poles.
In addition to the earth’s primary magnetic field, rivers of molten material churn within the earth’s mantle forming dynamos that generate regional electro magnetic fields. From these dynamos, currents and fields move within the earth’s crust manifesting themselves at the surface - especially along fault lines. (As the North Pole is moving more rapidly these internal dynamos and rivers have been effected.) The discharges between the atmospheric solar plasma and charges within the earth are factors in not only lightning discharges but also in the frequency and power of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. It is notable in this regard that Sodom and Gomorrah were built along one of earth’s most notable fault lines.Incursions of elevated solar wind speeds, as in the example of Sodom and Gomorrah, have flowed forth unto the point of earth before. They will do so again on a scale that encompasses the entire earth. The prophet Isaiah wrote of the approach to this time like a time of a flood rising. The only question that seems to remains is: “How rapidly are the waters rising unto this day of the Lord as described in Peter’s second epistle?” (II Peter 3:10)
For those of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and in the faith of the saints there is nothing to fear from the coming purposeful destruction of the inhabited earth. Afterwards, for those of who have maintained proper spiritual faith, resurrection into eternal life within a regenerated paradisiacal earth comes first.
For those not yet of faith, the words of the Apostle Peter seem appropriate.
And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come: : And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. Acts 2:17-21
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, II Peter 3:10,11
See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:
Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.
And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.
Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
For our God is a consuming fire. Hebrews 12:25-29
Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.
If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. I Corinthians 3:13-15
John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire: Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable. Luke 3:16,17
For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.
And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha. Romans 9:28,29