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Every commandment has always come with certain conditions. There are blessings if we obey and curses for disobedience.

The Blessings Of The Good Shepherd
Ezekiel 34, Psalm 23 and John 10 shows that the duty of a Good Shepherd is to apply the blessings of the covenant to the sheep. The Lord's prayer is an appeal to the promises of the blessings of God made in the covenant.
The life of Christ shows that He is not just a good shepherd because He provides the blessings promised in the covenant. He is a good shepherd because He goes beyond this to give His life for the sheep.
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. (John 10: 11)

  1. Eden Found (Good Pasture Land). The shepherd provides pasture land.
    I will feed them in good pasture, and their grazing ground will be on the mountain heights of Israel. There they will lie down on good grazing ground and feed in rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. (Ezekiel 34: 14)
    The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures ... (Psalm 23: 1-2)
  2. Food And Water And Rest. The shepherd gives good food and clean water. There is no famine or want or hunger or thirst.
    "I will feed My flock and I will lead them to rest", declares the Lord God. (Ezekiel 34: 15)
    You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You have anointed my head with oil, my cup overflows. (Psalm 23: 5)

    Daily Bread
    Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts ...
    (Matthew 6: 11-12)
    Rest. There is also spiritual restoration. The Sabbath rest is an important part of giving this spiritual food and water. So the prayer to forgive our debt is a prayer for rest. We do not have to work to repay this debt. It is a debt that our forefathers owed and which will be required of our children. It is a generational debt bondage which we cannot repay.
    ... He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul ... (Psalm 23: 2-3)
  3. Population Gathered By A Guide. While the wild beasts kill and scatter, the shepherd searches for and gathers the lost and brings them into one fold. He delivers us from evil.
    They were scattered for lack of a shepherd, and they became food for every beast of the field and were scattered. For thus says the Lord God, "Look, I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out". (Ezekiel 34: 5, 11)
    Deliver us From Evil
    And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
    (Matthew 6: 13)

    There is also spiritual guidance. We are in danger from sin. Satan is the roaring lion who is the wild beast who devours us.
    ... He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake. Even though I walk in the valley of the shadow of death I fear no evil, for You are with me. Your rod and Your staff they comfort me. (Psalm 23: 3-4)

    » The Rod And Staff. Many have used this to support beating children as a way to guide them to good behavior. But here, this is a comforting element. The rod and staff are used for comforting guidance, not punishment. It was not an object they feared. When they see the rod and staff it reassured them about where they are to go. It was a sign of safety or danger.
    The law of God is His rod and staff. They give us guidance about what is wrong. Therefore, when Jesus rules the nations with a rod of iron it is not a terrifying, brutal or dominant statement for the righteous. He gives them iron clad rules that reassure them by guiding them about what is right and wrong. However, for the wicked this rule by the rod is like an iron yoke around their necks. The broken laws and the rejection of guidance become a stumbling block in the judgment.
  4. Peace And Health. The shepherd feeds and takes care of the sick and broken.
    I will seek the lost, bring back the scattered, bind up the broken and strengthen the sick ... (Ezekiel 34: 16)
    Kingdom of God
    Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.
    (Matthew 6: 10)
  5. Sanctuary In The House Of God. The shepherd fulfills the terms of the covenant. This promises abundance.
    Peace and Safety. I will make a covenant of peace with them and eliminate harmful beasts from the land so that they may live securely in the wilderness and sleep in the woods.
    Water. I will make them and the places around My hill a blessing. And I will cause showers to come down in their season. They will be showers of blessings.
    Food. Also the tree of the field will yield its fruit and the earth will yield its increase, and they will be secure in their land.
    Deliverance. Then they will know that I am the Lord, when I have broken the bars of their yoke and have delivered them from the hand of those who enslaved them.
    (Ezekiel 34: 25-27)
    And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (Psalm 23: 6)

The Law, The Sanctuary And The Curses
There is a connection between the law, the sanctuary, the creation and the curses. This relationship becomes obvious as you examine the prophetic symbols. It is the sanctuary that ties all these systems together. In the eyes of God, the difference between the righteous and the wicked is related to their correct participation in the sanctuary. The plan of salvation is the sanctuary.

In the end, the wicked are owned by Satan and the judgments from the sanctuary make them ineligible to be with God. The judgments reflect how God sees them.

The Covenant Curses
Because of the mercy of God, He gives us many chances before He reluctantly applies the curses. And the curse is simply the removal of His care and protection so that we are conquered by our enemies.
Who are these enemies who can turn against us?

After God called the nation of Israel. He gave them His laws, a covenant, a promise and the terms of the covenant.
The covenant promises and blessings of inheriting a Promised Land with God at the center, also includes curses for disobedience. These curses come with five levels of escalation for disobedience and hostility to God.
This is the summary of the terms of the covenant in Leviticus 26: 1-3. It essentially emphasizes the first four commandments before adding our duties to all of God's laws. Disobedience to the first four commandments shows hatred for God. Hostility towards God means that the covenant can be legally broken.

  1. Do not worship the idols or images.
  2. Do not make idols or images to idols.
  3. Reverence the sanctuary.
  4. Keep the Sabbaths.
  5. Obey the commandments. The ten commandments were called the Covenant. This is why the box that they were placed in is called the Ark of the Covenant.
    And he declared to you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, even ten commandments; and he wrote them upon two tables of stone. (Deuteronomy 4: 13)

The punishment of God comes because of intentional sin. In this world we have only two choices. We submit to the rule of God or we are under the rule of Satan. There is no happy third choice where we follow our own hearts and get to set our own rules and live by them. Those ideas belong in the realm of Satan. You are not the master of you fate nor the captain of your soul.
People God Focus Curses
Leviticus 26: 14-46
Lev 26: 1-13
Revelation 21-22
Disobedient Punish Personal safety Sudden terror, fever, disease, God against us, ruled by enemies, theft of crops by enemies. Earthquake and volcanoes.
(No peace in the land)
Peace, safety
No Fear
No Conquerors
No tears or pain or crying. No night. Peace. The gates of the city never close.
218, 19-20 Disobedient Punished seven timesLand Remove power, no rain, no crops, trees have no fruit (Trees infertile).
(No produce from the land)
Rain in season, abundance
No Famine
Tree of life, river of life, everything is free, no thirst
321, 22 Disobedient, Contrary and hostile Punished seven timesChildren

Beasts take away children and cattle and reduce our numbers so that the roads are desolate. People infertile
(Families removed from the land)
No wild beasts, many children
No Infertility
12 tribes
423-24, 25-26 Ignored God, Not Reformed, Contrary and hostile Contrary, Punished seven times with hostilityWar

Sword, war, pestilence, enemies capture us and rule over us because we are weakened, famine.
(Taken to a hostile foreign land)
No sword, conquer enemies
No War,
No Disease
No plague, peace, no hunger
527-28, 29-39 Rebel, Contrary, Disobedient and hostile Contrary, Punished seven times with wrathful hostilityGod and the Sanctuary (Religion) Cannibalism, hated by God, not hear prayers, destruction of false idols, incense altars, sanctuaries and cities destroyed, exiled and scattered. Land will be desolate so that the Sabbaths may be kept. Fear and death.
(Exiled from the promised land with no place to go. )
Not rejected. Loved. God lives with us. Children of God.
No Punishment
No death, white robes, throne of God, son of God, New Jerusalem. God Lives with us.
44-46Covenant, Statutes and JudgmentsGod may relent and give one more chance

Rebel Life on this earth is like speeding to the hospital on life support in the back of an ambulance while the gang who tried to murder you is shooting at the ambulance. You have no personal choice which allows you to escape from that reality. God's rules are not an attempt to supress your freedom. God's rules are an attempt to save your life.

  1. Disobedient. The first level of resistance is to refuse to take your medicine.
  2. Continual Disobedience. The next level of resistance is to ignore the doctors after they have explained why you need to follow their instructions.
  3. Disobedient And Rebellious. God may be still acknowledged but we formally declare that we do no want to live under His roof or His rules. Since we do not want to be His children but prefer to live under the rules of Satan, God gives His children to a tyrant.
    Rebel Now you are trying to pull out the intravenous tubes and unplug the equipment and purposely do the opposite of what the doctors instruct you.
  4. God Is Ignored. At this point in our rebellion we find a way to ignore God. The ultimate way is to deny His existance or deny His authority over you and worship as you decide.
    Rebel So you try to jump out of the ambulance or actively fight the attending doctors.
    Definition of A Curse
    A biblical curse is not the same as our modern beliefs about curses and spells and witchcraft. The wicked do not have the power to send or enforce a curse. A curse comes directly and indirectly from one source and that is exclusively dependent on your choices.
    Directly. Only God can allow or send a curse.
    Indirectly. The person who is under a curse automatically causes the effects to come to his family and those under his care. They are affected by his punishment.
    Generational Curse. There is no such punishment sent by God on family members because of the sin of their relatives. When a family is affected by the curse, it only means that they are affected by the poverty or hardships because they have to share a life with the sinner.
    You are not unlucky because of "a family curse". But you can be poor because there is no wealth to inherit.
  5. Hostility. In this final state we become the enemies of God. God is ignored and there is an open campaign to defy Him. The mind set on deliberately disobeying God is in a state of such disobedience and rebellion that it is in open warfare and hostility. This is the state of the world today.
    Hostility: A Mind Devoted To Lust. For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile towards God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so. and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. (Romans 8: 6-8)
    Within the last two years atheism has openly declared war on God, initiating advertisement campaign openly encouraging people to turn away from God and "unbaptizing" Christians. Characters in television shows are openly mocking belief in God and it seems to be a formula in the entertainment industry to have an atheist and homosexual in sympathetic positions. Their appeal is based on classifying religion as nonsense, hateful and unscientific at the very hour that God began showing evidence of basic science in the Bible in 2008. This is war!
    Hostility: Loving The World. You adultereresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility towards God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. (James 4: 4)
    Hostility: Luring Away The Children Of God. Be hostile to the Midianites and strike them; for they have been hostile to you with their tricks, with which they deceived you in the affair of Peor and in the affair of Cozbi, the daughter of the leader of Midian, their sister who was slain on the day of the plague because of Peor. (Numbers 25: 17-18)
    Rebel This is like trying to shoot the doctors and the ambulance drivers.

The Fourth Curse (1798 - Seven Last Plagues).
With the schism of the Eastern Orthodox church (1054), the separation of the Anglican church (1529), the loss of her children in the Protestant Reformation (1517) which splintered of the church and then being captured by an atheist revolt in the French Revolution (1789-1798), the Papacy ended the third curse with their defeat. How is this curse important and where does is occur historically?
Third Curse (Children Lost - Infertility). And if ye walk contrary unto me, and will not hearken unto me; I will bring seven times more plagues upon you according to your sins. I will also send wild beasts among you, which shall rob you of your children, and destroy your cattle, and make you few in number; and your high ways shall be desolate.
Fourth Curse (Vengeance). And if ye will not be reformed by me by these things, but will walk contrary unto me; Then will I also walk contrary unto you, and will punish you yet seven times for your sins. And I will bring a sword upon you, that shall avenge the quarrel of my covenant: and when ye are gathered together within your cities, I will send the pestilence among you; and ye shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy.
Ten Women. One Unsatisfactory Religion. And when I have broken the staff of your bread, ten women shall bake your bread in one oven, and they shall deliver you your bread again by weight: and ye shall eat, and not be satisfied.
(Leviticus 26: 21-26)

The Series Of Seven. The language used in the terms of the covenant lists five chances before there is total rejection, exile and destruction of the sanctuary. This is a departure from the pattern of seven used by God. Normally six is given to resolve human issues and God assumes complete control in the seventh. Let us look at this more closely.

In the structure of the portable sanctuary, each side was made from individual boards which were held together by five bars. The removal of all bars would mean the collapse of the entire sanctuary structure.
Each chance was therefore a bar removed from the sanctuary. When the fifth cycle of disobedience occurred, the sanctuary was destroyed!

What about the sixth and seventh in the series?
The fifth cycle was not a total destruction. It was exile from the Promised Land and destruction of the corrupt sanctuary. In the final application of the covenant to the world we will see the following, because there is no longer relents.

  1. The Seven Last Plagues. They are a response to the final hostilities towards God. The earth receives the fifth set of curses and the wicked are killed and are exiled from heaven for a thousand years in death and their corrupt religion and sanctuary is destroyed.
  2. Judgment (The Creation Of Man). The wicked face judgment and final destruction after the Millennium. In this period, the world will be exposed to God and Satan in person. They will acknowledge that God was merciful and fair. Yet, they will commit the ultimate act of hostility. They will start a war, the battle of Armageddon. They will attack God physically. This is what causes God to destroy them. Even though they acknowledge their guilt. Even though God shows mercy by leaving the gates of the city open, they do not take hold of faith and see that this may be an invitation to trust in the mercy of God. They are given some time to exist after the judgment. They are not immediately thrown into the lake of fire. They use this time to plan a war against God.
  3. Heaven (The Day Of Rest). God and the faithful live in peace.

So Leviticus 26 shows the application of the curses while the earth remains.

Punished Seven Times
The punishments are given seven times from the second to the fifth curse. This could be the number of times they experience the curse or the period of time in which the curse lasts. This time could be seven days, seven weeks, seven months, seven years, 70 years, seven weeks of years (490 years), 700 years, 7000 years or even prophetic time of seven years of years (2520 years).

The Curse In The Garden Of Eden
The same curse existed in the Garden of Eden.

After they sinned, the curse was applied and we notice the following changes in Genesis 3. The same set of curses that were applied to Adam and the human race, were applied to the Jews.
Evidence Of Laws
Many try to minimize the importance of the laws by calling them "Jewish". But all the laws existed at creation, 2000 years before the Jewish nation was called.
While we do not have evidence of a formal presentation of a list of laws, we have evidence that laws existed because sin occurred. Some laws were named with the entrance of sin after they had been violated.
If sin occurred, then there must have been a law.

Commandments. Existed at creation.
  • One God. (Genesis)
  • Sabbath. (Genesis 2: 3)
  • Marriage of Two. (Genesis 2: 24)
  • Do not covet. (Genesis 2: 16-17)
  • Lying. (Genesis 3: 4)

  • Murder. (Genesis 4: 10)
    It is obvious that the other laws existed.

    Covenant. Enforced after sin.
  • Curses. (Genesis 3: 14-24)
  • Death Penalty. (Genesis 2: 17)
  • The Final Curse
    We should concentrate on the fifth set of curses in Leviticus 26: 27-46. These are the final curses when God rejects all the people and their worship. We see in this punishment, a pattern of the Sanctuary structure. Since God rejects the false worship, each section of the true sanctuary sends its own curse on the rebellious people and their false religion and their false sanctuary.
    The people were hostile and disobedient. God now reacts with wrath and hostility seven times (Verse 27-28).

    Look at what Isaiah says are God's accusations against the people of the earth after the destruction.
    "Look, the Lord makes the earth empty, and makes it waste, and turns it upside down, and scatters the inhabitants in it abroad ... Because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore the curse has devoured the earth, and they that dwell in it are desolate. (Isaiah 24: 1-8).

    The Final Generation
    Look at what the beast power of Babylon the Great does in Revelation 13.

    The Reward For Sin
    Covenant Righteous Wicked
    Blessings Forgiven. They share the reward of Christ Suffer the curses
    Rest Rest Work, no rest
    Curses Nailed to the cross. Christ suffered the curses for us at the cross Will be cursed with the wrath of God at the seven last plagues and hell fire.
    Death The gift of God is eternal life The wages of sin is death

    Does God's laws matter? Can we change His laws?
    Therefore, the covenant and the laws were not made with Israel for Israel only. The covenant was made with the whole earth. Israel was given the privilege of keeping the memory of the covenant and its sign alive among the nations of the earth.

    The Curse Is Doubled
    We find one more principle in the wrath of God.
    I will first doubly replay their iniquity and their sin, because they have polluted My land; they have filled My inheritance with the carcasses of their detestable idols and with their abominations. (Jeremiah 16: 18).
    And Jeremiah prays the following. ... bring on them a day of disaster and crush them with twofold destruction. (Jeremiah 17: 18)

    We find that God applies this principle in the punishment of Babylon.
    Pay her back even as she has paid, and give back to her double according to her deeds; in the cup which she has mixed, mix twice as much for her. (Revelation 18: 6).
    This is not just a punishment in severity or number. The Papacy falls twice in history. The world falls twice. Satan falls twice.

    The Curse Is Applied
    The cycle of curses had been applied many times in history. We are generally left with a historical record of the events of the fifth and final set of curses because the events were so devastating.

    1. Adam and Eve were exiled from the garden of Eden.
    2. Noah was saved and the rest of the world was exiled from the earth in the flood.
    3. The tower of Babel was destroyed. It was built because of disobedience and hostility to God. When God confused the languages, He was able to scatter the people.
    4. Egypt was destroyed as God rescued Israel from slavery.
    5. Israel would experience two destructions and exiles from Jerusalem by Babylon and Rome.
    6. The earth will be destroyed and experience a one thousand year exile at the Second Coming.

    History: Israel And The Curses
    Historically, the curses have been applied to the two nations called by God. The nation of Israel experienced two sets of this cycle. Each ended with the destruction of their temple. The Jews saw the wrath of God in their final plagues in 70 AD. when the sanctuary was destroyed. The Christians (global Israel) will experience this during the seven last plagues.

    1. The Destruction Of The First Sanctuary By Babylon In 586 BC.
      Jeremiah prophesied that the exile would last for seventy years. This is the amount of Sabbaths for a period of 490 years. This is the exact amount of time that they had existed in the Promised Land since the exodus.
    2. The Destruction Of The Second Sanctuary By Rome In 70 AD.
      Because of a series of revolts, the Jews were exiled and killed until Antoninus Pius repealed many of the harsh policies towards Jews (138-161). Again, this is approximately seventy years of exile.
      In His final week on earth, Christ prophesied about the rejection of Jerusalem in many ways.

    The Wrath In The Exodus
    The exodus from Egypt to Israel should have taken about seventy days. Instead it took forty years. They left Egypt on the Passover and arrived at Mount Sinai (Horeb) two months later on Pentecost. From there they were supposed to take the Promised Land, which was only eleven days away.
    It is eleven days journey from Horeb by way of Mount Seir to Kadesh-Barnea. (Deuteronomy 1: 2)
    See a map of the exodus.
    42 Camp Sites in the Wilderness (Numbers 33)
    Camp Site Comment Wrath
    11Rephidim No water to drink 1Thirst
    Massah Moses strikes rock Amalek
    12Wilderness of Sinai Ten Commandments. Worshipped a Calf 2Eat the gold calf
    -Taberah Fire from God 3Heat
    13Kibroth-Hattaavah Ate quail meat. 4Plague
    17Libnah Punished for forty years.
    (Wilderness of Zin)
    They rebelled. Moses sins. Strikes rock twice. Water from the rock. 5 Exile

    Israel sinned many times, but Moses chose to point out five specific cases. They sinned four times and complained about God, amidst all of the overwhelming evidence of miracles and His care. They even sinned while God was visibly on top of Sinai with Moses. After the first four sins, they were condemned to wander for forty years. At the end of that period, they sinned for the last time and they were barred from entering the Promised Land.
    I took your sinful thing, the calf which you had made, and burned it with fire and crushed it. ... Again at Taberah and at Massah and at Kibroth-Hattaavah you provoked the Lord to wrath. When the Lord sent you from Kadesh-Barnea, saying, "Go up and possess the land which I have given you", then you rebelled against the command of the Lord your God. You neither believed Him nor listened to His voice. (Deuteronomy 9: 21-23)

    Nation 12 3 4 Time Out 5
    Israel Thirst Water from a Rock Gold Calf Heat Plague 40 Years Water from a RockExile
    Church CrucifixionEarly Rain Apostasy Persecution Plague 1260 Years Latter Rain7 Last Plagues
    Water is a symbol of the Holy Spirit. Water from a supernatural Rock is a symbol of the Holy Spirit sent by Christ. We have two stories of water coming from a Rock during the first and the fifth apostasy.
    The Holy Spirit came after they rejected Christ and He will come just before the Second Coming.

    History: The Church And The Curses
    After God called the church, the church itself turned against God. This time, the idolatry would be centered around a man. The Antichrist would place Himself in the temple of God and act like God. According to Paul, the Antichrist was present in his day but he was being restrained by the Roman government. Just as Israel experienced two separate cycles of destruction, the church will experience two major judgments.

    1. The Papacy Fell. It would later be healed and form Babylon, the last empire on earth. We can see the five sets of curses applied to the church.
      1. Fear. The repeated attacks by the Barbarian nations caused the breakup of Rome and the relocation of the capital to Constantinople.
      2. Famine. The Bible says that there would be a famine for the word of God.
        Look, days are coming says the Lord God; when I will send a famine on the land. Not a famine for bread or a thirst for water, but rather for hearing the words of the Lord. (Amos 8: 11)
        According to Daniel 8: 12, the church was given to the "little horn" because of apostasy. During the papal rule, the Bible would be forbidden and many superstitious practices would enter the church.
      3. Population Reduced. The schism of the Orthodox church in 1054 and the Protestant revolt in the sixteenth century decimated the church.
      4. War And Disease. During this period, the plague killed 30% of the European population. The crusades were fought against the Muslims, but were largely unsuccessful in recapturing the Holy Land. In the following years, the wars of Religion and the Inquisition would kill many people.
      5. Destruction Of The Sanctuary. Finally, in 1798, as a result of the French Revolution the pope was imprisoned by General Berthier of France. This effectively ended the papal domination of that period.
    2. The Papacy Falls Again. (The Seven Last Plagues). This second judgment of the church coincides with the judgment of the world. The church now reaches a global audience and the world becomes aware of the covenant.

    The Wicked Suffer The Curses
    ... Go and pour out on the earth the seven bowls of the wrath of God. (Revelation 16: 1).
    At the end of the world, a global religion will be enforced on the world. God will make an effort to warn the earth about disobedience and apostasy. After the earth is warned, the global curse is applied to the world. The seven last plagues are the wrath of God against the entire world. There is a separate lesson on this topic here.

    The Wicked Are Made Unclean
    The wicked symbolically go through this process because they are being separated from the righteous. In the earthly sanctuary, only priests could go into the sanctuary. Therefore, God makes the righteous His priests. At His crucifixion, the High Priest tore the veil between the Holy Place and the Most Holy place so that all priests could have access.

    You shall keep the sons of Israel separated from their uncleanness, so that they will not die in their uncleanness by their defiling my tabernacle that is among them. (Leviticus 15: 31).
    In the earthly Sanctuary, there were rules which made the worshippers unclean and could keep them out of the sanctuary.
    The true concept of being unclean is not simply objects or people to avoid on this earth. Everything that is unclean represents realities that will not be in heaven.

    On the spiritual basis, the unclean is anything that cannot represent Christ.

    Therefore, the righteous separate themselves from uncleanliness to remind themselves that in the end, God will establish a world where these things do not exist.

    Christ Suffers The Curse For The Righteous
    Christ suffered the penalty of the righteous. He suffered for our death and on the day of the crucifixion He experienced the wrath of God. This wrath ended with the destruction of His temple. This is His body. There is a separate lesson on this topic here.

    The curses come directly from the sanctuary or the part of the environment that is represented. As a result, when Christ suffered the curses, He did not defile Himself. He still remained as the pure offering because He experienced the alternate curse.
    # SanctuaryEnvironment Righteous Christ Wicked
    1 Worshippers People CleanClean Unclean
    Altar Earth Pure Beaten and woundedFull of sores
    Laver Sea Robes washed white in the blood of the lamb. Naked, covered in blood and water Naked, bathed in the blood of the dead.
    2 Food offerings
    Bread and wine
    Rivers, Springs, Trees Drink the water of life.
    Eat the bread of life.
    Drinks vinegar.
    Broken bread (body)
    Drink blood.
    Menorah Heavens. Sun, moon, stars Guided by the light in the word of GodKeeps law. Dark day.
    Sweats blood
    Heat produces sweat
    Incense Air, Sky, coals God hears them Ignored by GodIgnored by God
    3 Ark of the
    Two Angels People God (Father and Son) Two cursing thievesAbandoned
    River of Life Rivers, Springs Life ResurrectionDeath
    CommandmentLight, fire Rest Rest. Sabbath deathNo rest
    Word of God is a two edged sword Light to our path Word of God is life Sword in His side Sword from the mouth of God
    God Air, Heaven Name of God in their forehead He is God
    Name of the beast in their forehead

    As God responds with the curse, He sends destruction from the four environments or containers He made on creation. He sends it against the last three systems that He made.

    1. Earth. The earth is as hard as iron. It does not produce food. It tries to go back to its early state where it is an abyss. Earthquakes destroy. God uses the dust to cause disease in humans. From the earth comes disease, famine and sores.
    2. Sea. The sea is roaring and wild. It is not a source of good water for humans. It is not the place that is hospitable to humans. When the sea takes over, humans are removed.
    3. Rivers And Springs. They dry up because the sky dries up. There is no fresh water or water to keep the trees alive. Therefore, famine and drought occur. In addition, a sudden downpour of rain can cause flooding which destroys trees and does not provide clean water.
    4. Sky. Sky is like bronze. It is hard. It does not give rain to water the earth and it does not let prayers get to God. Therefore, God does not hear prayers. He cannot. When he does send rain in response it rains hail, fire and brimstone. They all destroy.

      » Heavens
      . The heavens do not give light. In the destruction they roll up like a scroll and vanish. There is heat and darkness and the protective covering is removed from the earth.

    In contrast, God gives us righteousness, peace, security, food, water, shelter and light. He becomes the direct source of all these things. He does not provide it through secondary created sources. Under the shelter of His wings, He builds a booth for us, here He will hide us until the destruction is over. Then He builds a new city in which He Himself lives with us.

    Satan Suffers The Curse
    Curse The Man Of Sin Corrupts (6000 Years) Desolation1000 Years No Sin
    FearFamine SatanPopulation Reduced War And Disease Millennium
    CurseSatan Planet Cursed Guilty Covenent Vengeance Curse Devours Earth No Curse
    Earth Sabbath Idolatry Name of God Removed God Attacked Seven Last Plagues New Earth

    Idolatry. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; (Exodus 20: 3-5)
    It is Satan who determined the structure of the curse and it is God who will apply the same trap to him before God removes the curse. It is the only law that is abolished. We can see the five sets of judgments which will be applied to Satan for sending the same version of curse and wrath on the people. In breaking the first four commandments this is what Satan has accomplished.

    1. Sabbath Breaking (Fear). The foothold of the apostasy and devastation begins with Sabbath breaking. Failure to keep the covenant, feasts and finally the fourth commandment are all chains in a link that will forge our slavery. Then it proceeds with fear as our enemies begin to rule and exercise authority over us.
      Quoting both Genesis 1 and the Sabbath commandment, the first angel reminds us to fear, honor, respect, worship and glorify God as the Creator. If we fail this step we will be worshipping idols.
    2. Idolatry (Famine). Denial of God and prostitution with a false God will lead to famine for the word of God and God will be silent. There will be no light and every vision and prophecy fails because of the work of the evil one.
      Famine occurs because the evil one destroys our meeting places and burns or changes our books, sends lying prophets and we no longer have a sure foundation. There is no light because they have removed, bullied or killed all the prophets and established wickedness in every corner, on every hill, in every house, in every school, church and seat of government.
    3. Name Of The Lord (Population Reduced). The persecutions destroyed the people and places on which God has placed His name (the people, city and temple). The signs of God are removed from the temple, the land and the hearts of the people. God is marginalized, forgotten or replaced.
    4. God (War And Disease). The true universal wars were World War 1 and 2. This is the time of vengeance for the covenant as God gives His final response.
    5. Destruction Of The Sanctuary. The events of the seven last plagues and the Second Coming.
    6. Judgment And Punishment. The 1000 years of punishment for Satan.
    7. Death. He will die in hell fire with the angels, the beast and the false prophet.

    The Curses As Blessings
    Based on the terms of the curse, it is my opinion that Satan designed the details because the terms of the curse are immoral and illegal. In other lessons I show how the curses break the laws and do not reflect the character of God.

    So let us explore how Satan falls into his own trap and how God makes these curses a blessing for us. We show that Jesus not only suffered these curses for us but now we will show how God makes the curse so we will gladly endure it forever.

    The Curse Is Removed
    There will no longer be any curse. (Revelation 22: 3).
    After sin and sinners are destroyed, the Bible says that the curse will be removed. Chapter 21-22 simply describes all the blessings that the church will receive. God Himself will be the temple. We go to Him for worship. The Throne of God will be relocated in the New Jerusalem. Our new city becomes the permanent home of God. And we will be His beloved sons and daughters.

    Repeat Summary
    Group Hostility1 2 34567
    Fear Drought, Famine Population ReducedWar, Disease, FamineSanctuary DestroyedExileResolution
    1 Israel IdolatryPhillistines and others Famine Ten tribes lost to Assyria1260 days of drought by ElijahFirst Temple 585 BC 70 years
    Another chance
    2Israel IdolatryNo peace during rebuilding Famine Persian and Greek dispersionRoman occupationSecond Temple 70 AD ~70 years
    135/6 AD
    Christians called
    1Papacy / Rome Replaces GodBarbarians. Church given to the little horn. Famine for the word of God. Bibles denied. Schisms and reformationBubonic Plague. Crusades. Inquisition.Papacy falls in 1798 ~130 years Wound healed
    2 Church/ World Secularism,
    Communism, idolatry
    Colonial era wars, disease, slavery French Revolution closed churches CommunismAIDS, famines, two world wars, terrorism, Islam, Atheism/Communist
    /Secular, USA/Papacy
    Papacy Falls
    Babylon falls at the Second Coming
    1000 years
    and Armageddon Revived
    or hell
    1World Adam and Eve sinned Eden Lost Flood Tower of BabelEgypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece,
    Rome, Europe, Papacy, Atheism, USA
    The Seven Last Plagues
    2SatanReplaces GodHeaven Lost No access to the throne he covets Christ wins with His blood War in heaven.
    He was expelled
    Babylon the Great falls Gog/Magog Hell
    Earth lost
    Every rebellious group appears to get two chances before destruction and exile.

    Although the global record is lost, we can guess at some Biblical events that point to a global application of the curses.

    1. Eden Lost. Although the world was more perfect than it is today, it was inferior by the standards of the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve suddenly knew fear. They could no longer talk to God. Trees and flowers were now dying. This was a time of fear for them.
    2. Flood. The blessings promise rain in their season. Therefore, the curse could be drought as well as rain "out of season". This is the flood.
    3. Population Reduced And Scattered. At the tower of Babel, the changing of the languages allowed the people to be scattered.
    4. War And Disease. AIDS, the plague, a succession of global empires prophesied by Daniel, two world wars, the atomic bomb, terrorism and the constant threat of global annihilation because of weapons of mass destruction.
    5. Sanctuary Destroyed. In the future, the false global religion set up by Babylon will be destroyed. Then the wicked will be exiled and the land and the people will keep all the Sabbaths that they did not. The millennium is this extended Sabbath of a seven thousand year period. That is six thousand years on earth then one thousand years in heaven.

    Symbols Of Prophecy
    The historical events identified by prophecy are merely the application of the terms of the blessings or curses. The sanctuary and feasts are a picture of the activities of God as He moves through time to apply the blessings and curses to fulfill the terms of the covenant. These events use the language, symbols and terms of agreement in the covenant. The symbols of prophecy are based on these laws and structures and they cannot be understood without understanding this language of the covenant and the blessings and curses.

    Study to show yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.   2 Timothy 2: 15 Time: 100 minutes
    Print: 18 pages
    Copyright     Updated : January 15, 2004
    Jewish History Timeline. URL: http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/History/timeline.html
    The Disapora. URL: http://www.us-israel.org/jsource/History/Diaspora.html
    Jewish History. URL: http://www.wsu.edu:8080/~dee/HEBREWS/HEBREWS.HTM
    Author: Laverna Patterson Editor: Patterson (January 2008)
    This information came through the Holy Spirit, not as a result of scholarly study and debate. It was my first instruction through the gift of knowledge.