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Wednesday, May 22 2013
The term "whirlwind" is used to describe a wide variety of atmospheric vortices that range from small circular dust storms (sometimes called "dust devils") to extremely powerful tornadoes, with sub-categories such as waterspouts and landspouts (see the photographs below).
As we will read, the Holy Bible records numerous kinds of whirlwinds - some entirely natural (dust storms and tornadoes), some natural but created and used by the LORD for His wrath ("Behold, a whirlwind of the LORD is gone forth in fury"), some that are metaphorical (e.g. the "chariot of fire" flying machine that transported Elijah away in a "whirlwind") and the "whirlwind" that is sometimes manifested by the LORD's Presence ("the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind").
"2:1 And it came to pass, when the LORD would take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal." (2 Kings 2:1)
The famous "tornado alley" in the U.S. is caused by warm air from the Gulf of Mexico colliding with cool air from Canada. Modern scientists have only just "discovered" that fact for themselves, while people such as Job knew it in the time of the ancients.
"37:9 Out of the south cometh the whirlwind: and cold out of the north." (Job 37:9 KJV)
The LORD's presence sometimes manifested a whirlwind.
"38:1 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind" (Job 38:1 KJV)
The Spirit of God created "nature" (see also What Makes Physical Life Possible?). When the physical creatures of His Creation ignore their Creator, He reminds them "in the whirlwind and in the storm."
"1:2 God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies. 1:3 The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet." (Nahum 1:2-3 KJV)
Those who then refuse to repent after they have the means and opportunity to do so will find the incentive to repent become much stronger, "When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind."
"1:24 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; 1:25 But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: 1:26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; 1:27 When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. 1:28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: 1:29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: 1:30 They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. 1:31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices." (Proverbs 1:24-31 KJV)
The famous "reap what you sow" actually addressed the "whirlwind" i.e. "For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind."
"8:7 For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk: the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up.: (Hosea 8:7 KJV)
On the other hand, the righteous will find relief by the "whirlwind" wrath that the LORD prescribes upon those who refuse to turn from wickedness (see What Does Wicked Mean?).
"10:24 The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted. 10:25 As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation." (Proverbs 10:24-25 KJV
Ancient Israel, Israel and Judah, were taken away and scattered "with a whirlwind" when they became corrupt.
"7:11 But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear. 7:12 Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the LORD of hosts hath sent in his spirit by the former prophets: therefore came a great wrath from the LORD of hosts. 7:13 Therefore it is come to pass, that as he cried, and they would not hear; so they cried, and I would not hear, saith the LORD of hosts: 7:14 But I scattered them with a whirlwind among all the nations whom they knew not. Thus the land was desolate after them, that no man passed through nor returned: for they laid the pleasant land desolate." (Zechariah 7:11-14 KJV)
As with Elijah's "whirlwind" from the "chariots of fire," some are caused by a metaphor for war.
"5:28 Whose arrows are sharp, and all their bows bent, their horses' hoofs shall be counted like flint, and their wheels like a whirlwind: 5:29 Their roaring shall be like a lion, they shall roar like young lions: yea, they shall roar, and lay hold of the prey, and shall carry it away safe, and none shall deliver it. 5:30 And in that day they shall roar against them like the roaring of the sea: and if one look unto the land, behold darkness and sorrow, and the light is darkened in the heavens thereof." (Isaiah 5:28-30 KJV)
Ezekiel's famous encounter with cherubim included the "whirlwind" that their wings produced.
"1:4 And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire. 1:5 Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man. 1:6 And every one had four faces, and every one had four wings. 1:7 And their feet were straight feet; and the sole of their feet was like the sole of a calf's foot: and they sparkled like the colour of burnished brass. 1:8 And they had the hands of a man under their wings on their four sides; and they four had their faces and their wings. 1:9 Their wings were joined one to another; they turned not when they went; they went every one straight forward.
The end-time conflict between the King of the North (the European antichrist and his false Christian church) and the King of the South (a leader of the Muslim nations of the Middle East and North Africa) will involve "whirlwind" invasions (see The Prophet Daniel: Kings Of The North and South and Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy)
"11:36 And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done. 11:37 Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all. 11:38 But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things. 11:39 Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain.
Fact Finder: How does repentance involve a straight way?
This Day In History, May 22
334 BC: Alexander the Great of Macedonia (see A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids) defeated Darius III of Persia (see Iran's Greatest Leader Was Pro-Zionist and A History Of Jerusalem: Ezra And Nehemiah) at the Battle of the Granicus.
853: A Byzantine fleet destroyed Damietta in Egypt.
1176: Hashshashins (an Arabic word, meaning "hashish eaters," from which the word assassin originated; see Assassins) attempted to assassinate Saladin (the Muslim sultan of Egypt; see also A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad) near Aleppo.
1200: King John of England and King Philip II of France signed the Treaty of Le Goulet to settle the claims that the Norman kings of England had as Norman dukes on French lands.
1246: Henry Raspe was elected anti-king by the Rhenish prelates in France.
1377: Pope Gregory XI declared five papal bulls (see Papal Bull) against English theologian John Wycliffe.
1455: The opening battle in England's 30-year War of the Roses took place at St. Albans. The Lancastrians defeated the Yorkists.
1541: In Germany, the Ratisbon (Regensburg) Conference ended, its mission to reunify the Catholic Church having failed. From that time on, the Protestant movement became permanent (doctrinally, there is little difference between Roman Catholic and "Protestant" Antichristians; see also Is Your Religion Your Religion? and What's Your Angle?).
1629: The Peace of Luebeck was signed to end hostilities between the Holy Roman Empire and Denmark.
1807: A grand jury indicted former U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr on a charge of treason.
1826: HMS Beagle departed on its first sea voyage.
1840: The transporting of British convicts to the New South Wales colony was ended.
1939: Adolf Hitler (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) and Benito Mussolini signed a "Pact of Steel" committing Germany and Italy to a military alliance.
1941: The German battleship Bismarck entered the high seas for the first and last time.
1960: An earthquake measuring 9.5 on the Moment Magnitude Scale, now known as the Great Chilean Earthquake, struck southern Chile. It is the most powerful earthquake ever recorded.
1967: Egyptian President Nassar again (as he did in 1956, which led to the Sinai War) blockaded the Gulf of Aqaba by closing the Tiran Straits to Israeli shipping. It led to the Six Day War (see also A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).
1968: The nuclear submarine USS Scorpion and its crew of 99 was lost in the Atlantic Ocean about 400 miles southwest of the Azores (Portuguese islands in the Atlantic Ocean about 900 miles west of Portugal).
1972: Under its new constitution, Ceylon became a republic and changed its name to Sri Lanka.
1990: North and South Yemen united to form the Republic of Yemen.
2002: A jury in Alabama convicted former Ku Klux Klan member Bobby Frank Cherry for the 1963 bombing of a Baptist Church in which four girls were murdered.
2008: 235 tornadoes during this week struck 19 U.S. states and one Canadian province.
2011: An EF5 Tornado strikes Joplin, Missouri killing 161 people. It was the deadliest tornado in the U.S. since record keeping began in 1950.