Doctors speak the language of medicine, lawyers speak the language of law, police officers speak their own code. The police do not want to aggravate a situation when someone they are apprehending is out of control, so they speak in code to one another saying "We've got a 51-50 on our hands." The Roman Emperors had their password for the day. The trusted individual of yesterday had to know it today or they could not access the ruler of the world empire.
The prophets of old whose prophecies thicken the library of the Bible have their own method of communication so only THE WISE WILL UNDERSTAND. Consider what could be called CONJUNCTION TIME BRIDGES. The prophets move in prophecy from one period of time to another simply by using a conjunction to comment on what seems like the same prophecy, but is really an insight into another. They sometimes pour out an entire prophecy but in many prophecies they give pieces of prophecies spoken of elsewhere in greater detail so the reader must know the whole Bible. In this way God eliminates the possibility of instant experts from the prideful of the world.
The prophets are among the foremost of God's messengers. God speaks or writes through them. Infinite God communicating with finite man. When we say the prophets use CONJUNCTION TIME BRIDGES to pass onto the next in their series of prophecies, we are saying it is God working through them to communicate. God is the reason all of the prophets use the same method of predicting the future. He supplies prophecies. In doing so, God conceals them from human understanding. To know the prophecies requires revealed knowledge.
"IT IS TO THE GLORY OF GOD TO CONCEAL A MATTER." Proverb 25:2
God uses a method in supplying prophecy that conceals what he is saying through his prophets. The Apostle Paul who is also a prophet says, the apostles use GREAT PLAINNESS OF SPEECH. What they say is so subtle; many do not perceive their messages are deep. Saint Peter warns his readers that the apostles write about "THINGS HARD TO BE UNDERSTOOD, WHICH THEY THAT ARE UNLEARNED AND UNSTABLE WRESTLE, AS THEY DO ALSO THE OTHER SCRIPTURES UNTO THEIR OWN DESTRUCTION." (2 Peter 3:16) Put the two truths together and we have the apostles communicating prophecies to us that are HARD TO BE UNDERSTOOD in GREAT PLAINNESS OF SPEECH.
Watch out you do not fall prey to the first impression you have of what is written in the prophecies. Search every word and phrase out. Look for transitions to other prophecies in their texts. Avoid the idea of their being academically correct. English teachers would sneer at the way the prophets write. The prophecies are accurate forecasts of the future once they are understood. There never was any intent on their part to adhere to man's academic systems of communicating.
There are several prophecies listed below where time moved 3 1/2 years over A CONJUNCTION TIME BRIDGE:
Saint Matthew 24:29/31 "and then" = the conjunction time bridge
Saint Mark 13:26 "and then" = the conjunction time bridge
Saint Luke 21:26 "and then" = the conjunction time bridge
Ezekiel 39:2 "and" = the conjunction time bridge
Ezekiel 38:4 "and" = the conjunction time bridge
Joel 3:15/17 "so" = the conjunction time bridge
The above prophecies all have to do with the Great Shaking of the Earth resulting from the opening of the Sixth Seal by Christ in heaven. Many of the inhabitants of the earth will think the Great Shaking of the Earth is Armageddon. In the prophecies, God promises to send A DELUSION THAT THEY (THE WORLD) MIGHT BELIEVE A LIE. Antichrist rises up from his death bed to say he came again as he promised. He will present himself as Christ risen from the dead again. Antichrist will make the great shaking of the 6th Seal appear to be Armageddon, making himself King of kings and Lord of lords of the whole world. Antichrist will suggest he is ushering in the thousand year reign, so they can expect only good things if they obey him. In all of this DELUSION THAT THEY MIGHT BELIEVE A LIE, Antichrist will be presenting himself as the god of this world, and will crown himself world ruler which the nations will not oppose because they will say: "WHO CAN MAKE WAR WITH HIM."
Armageddon is 3 1/2 years beyond the Great Shaking of the Earth, so it is important for you to come to an understanding of what a "conjunction time bridge" does in a prophecy; to hide the movement of a three and one half year leap in time from the reader. "IT IS TO THE GLORY OF GOD TO CONCEAL A MATTER."
When you read the above list of prophecies, look at how smoothly God worked through his prophets to tell the world what he will bring to pass. When you read: "IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE TRIBULATION OF THOSE DAYS SHALL THE SUN BE DARKENED, AND THE MOON SHALL NOT GIVE HER LIGHT, AND THE STARS SHALL FALL FROM HEAVEN, AND THE POWERS OF THE HEAVENS SHALL BE SHAKEN:" You are reading specifics concerning the Great Shaking of the Earth.         A conjunction time bridge can go the other way too. In Saint Matthew 24:29, time reverts back 3 1/2 years to the Great Shaking of the earth without mentioning the leap backward in time.
You must be willing to piece together the jig saw puzzle of prophecy. Its hard work, but the paycheck is understanding of the prophecies if you succeed.
"ONLY THE WISE WILL UNDERSTAND."
What the prophets saw a vision with technological inventions it is, they were limited by their language. The prophets lived long before technology came on the world scene. Vehicles along with guns, artiliary, and every kind of technological weapon were not yet invented. If they spoke of mechanized vehicles, they might use the word chariots although our chariots certainly are different than their chariots. The prophets of old might call a grenade launcher or some kind of shoulder weapon a spear and the close combat gun might be refered to as a sword.
Let's take a look at prophecies where technology appears to be represented by the non technological language of the prophet recording it.
Haggai, the Prophet quoted the Lord to Zerubbabel, the governor of Judah, saying, "I (THE LORD) WILL OVERTHROW THE THRONE OF KINGDOMS, AND I WILL DESTROY THE STRENGTH OF THE KINGDOMS OF THE HEATHEN; AND I WILL OVERTHROW THE CHARIOTS, (THE MOTORIZED VEHICLES OF CIVILIANS AND THE MILITARY) AND THOSE THAT RIDE IN THEM; AND THE HORSES AND THEIR RIDERS SHALL COME DOWN, (THE RUSSIANS AND THEIR ALLIES AT ARMAGEDDON) EVERY ONE BY THE SWORD OF HIS BROTHER. IN THAT DAY, (OF THE 2ND COMING OF CHRIST) SAITH THE LORD OF HOSTS, (THE LORD OF ARMIES) WILL I (THE LORD) TAKE THEE, O ZERUBBABEL, MY SERVANT, THE SON OF SHEALTIEL, SAITH THE LORD, AND WILL MAKE YOU AS A SIGNET: FOR I HAVE CHOSEN YOU, SAITH THE LORD OF HOSTS." (Haggai 2:22/23)
As you probably already know, the parenthesis are mine and you will find me doing the same throughout this website to make the obsolete language of the Bible understandable. There are many prophecies regarding Armageddon in the Holy Word and there is a chart in the prophecy section of this website to help you familiarize yourself with the big picture of what will take place on that day in the hour of wrath.
The Prophet Haggai probably did not see a vision for the writing of the above prophecy. It appears he received a Word of Prophecy which he was instructed to deliver to Zerubbabel. There will be such poverty at the end of this present Age, the Russians will use horses to get many of their soldiers to the valley of Megiddo where the Lord of glory will meet the armies of the world in combat in the second coming. He will turn the Russians and their allies against one another so they will destroy each other to the last man. The Lord will overthrow the mechanical vehicles of this world, both military and civilian because they will not be welcome in his thousand year reign. Had God Almighty wanted to create motorized vehicles, he could have done a much better job than mankind has done. Finally, the LORD of hosts means the same thing as the LORD of armies or the Lord of war. God always determines the exact outcome of battles and wars.
That is the first introduction herein to a prophet using his limited non technological language to write a prophecy involving technology. Now let's take a look at a vision the LORD gave Nahum, the Prophet beginning with chapter one: Again the parenthesis are mine.
CHAPTER 1:1: The burden of Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite. (HERE WE DISCOVER ALL THE PROPHET IS ABOUT TO SAY IN HIS SMALL BOOK IN THE BIBLE IS ANCHORED IN A VISION.)
2: God is jealous, and the LORD revenges; the LORD revenges, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserves wrath for his enemies. (THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST INVOLVES WRATH THE WICKED WORLD REIGN OF ANTICHRIST HAS STORED UP.)
3: The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD has his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet. (THE LORD COMES "QUICKLY" LIKE LIGHTNING AS WE SEE IN SAINT MATTHEW CHAPTER 24 AND IN THE BOOK OF REVELATION, CHAPTER 22:12&20. THUS NAHUM IS IN AGREEMENT WITH THOSE TWO PROPHECIES WHEN HE SAYS THE LORD HAS HIS WAY "IN THE WHIRLWIND." THE LORD OF GLORY WILL COME "QUICKLY" "LIKE LIGHTNING" "IN A WHIRLWIND.")
4: He rebukes the sea, and makes it dry, and dries up all the rivers: Bashan languishes, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languishes. (THE LORD WILL REBUKE THE SEA IN THE SECOND COMING, BUT WE NEED TO STAY ON THE SUBJECT OF TECHNOLOGY IN THE PROPHECIES.)
5: The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein. (BEFORE THE HOUR OF HIS WRATH IS OVER, THE LORD WILL HAVE BURNED THE WORKS OF MAN TO PROVIDE THE RESURRECTED WITH A NEW START FOR THE THOUSAND YEAR REIGN IN WHICH HE WILL RULE THE EARTH FROM JERUSALEM. SAINT PETER ALSO AGREES WITH THIS IN HIS PROPHECIES WHERE HE SAYS: "THE EARTH ALSO AND THE WORKS THAT ARE THEREIN SHALL BE BURNED UP.") (2 Peter 3:10.)
6: Who can stand before his indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? his fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him.
7: The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.
8: But with an overrunning flood he will make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue his enemies. (HERE GOD IS TALKING THROUGH THE PROPHET ABOUT THE BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON. THERE SHALL BE AN OVERRUNNING FLOOD OF DIVINE POWER HEAPED UPON THE COMBATANTS, AND THE LORD OF GLORY WILL "MAKE AN UTTER END OF THE PLACE THEREOF")
9: What do ye imagine against the LORD? he will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the second time. (ANTICHRIST WILL HAVE MURDERED GOD'S PEOPLE, BUT "AFFLICTION SHALL NOT RISE UP THE SECOND TIME.")
10: For while they are folded together as thorns, and while they are drunken as drunkards, they shall be devoured as stubble fully dry. (ALL OF THE COMBATANTS OF THE WORLDWIDE WICKED REGIME OF ANTICHRIST SHALL "BE DEVOURED" AT ARMAGEDDON.)
11: There is one come out of you, that imagines evil against the LORD, a wicked counseller. (ANTICHRIST WILL COME OUT OF ISRAEL. HE WILL IMAGINE EVIL AGAINST THE LORD AND WILL PROVE TO BE A WICKED COUNSELLER." PARTICULARLY TO THE ISRAELITES, FOR THEY SHALL LOSE THEIR STATE THE FINAL 3 1/2 YEARS OF THIS PRESENT AGE.)
12: Thus saith the LORD: Though they be quiet, and likewise many, yet thus shall they be cut down, when he shall pass through. Though I have afflicted you, I will afflict you no more. (THE DISPERSIONS AND THE SLAUGHTERS OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE WILL BE ENDED AT THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST.) (Jeremiah 25:34)
13: For now will I break his yoke from off you, and will burst your bonds in two. (THE LORD WILL BREAK THE SPIRITUAL AND MATERIAL CHAINS FROM OFF OF THE ISRAELITES IN HIS SECOND COMING, AND HE WILL FREE GENTILE BELIEVERS FROM THIS OPPRESSIVE WORLD SYSTEM AT THE SAME TIME TOO.)
14: And the LORD has given a commandment concerning you, that no more of your name be sown: out of the house of your gods will I cut off the graven image and the molten image: I will make your grave; for you are vile. (THIS PROMISE IS TO THE ANTICHRIST WHO WILL BE THROWN INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE WHICH WILL APPEAR UPON THE EARTH AT THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST.) (REVELATION 20:10)
15: Behold upon the mountains the feet of him that brings good tidings, that publishes peace! O Judah, keep your solemn feasts, perform your vows: for the wicked shall no more pass through you; he is utterly cut off. (THE WICKED ARE UTTERLY CUT OFF FROM THE EARTH AT THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST.)
CHAPTER 2:1: He that dashes in pieces is come up before your face: keep the munition, watch the way, make your loins strong, fortify your power mightily. (HE WHO DASHES IN PIECES IS THE LORD. IN THE THOUSAND YEAR REIGN, THE IRON ROD WILL BE USED TO EXECUTE THOSE GUILTY OF CAPITAL OFFENSES AGAINST THE LORD'S HOLY GOVERNMENT.)(THE PROPHET IS TALKING TO THE ISRAELITES WHO WILL IRONICALLY BE THERE TO STAND AND FIGHT AGAINST THE LORD OF GLORY. THERE IS MORE CONCERNING THEIR PARTICIPATION IN OTHER PROPHECIES.)
2:2: For the LORD has turned away the excellency of Jacob, as the excellency of Israel: for the emptiers have emptied them out, and marred their vine branches. (ISRAEL LOSES HER STATE AT THE TIME OF THE GREAT SHAKING OF THE 6TH SEAL, HALF WAY THROUGH THE SEVEN YEAR TRIBULATION UPON THE ENTIRE EARTH. THEY ARE SOLD INTO SLAVERY TO THE GREEKS AND OTHER BUYERS. ISRAEL IS EMPTIED.)
3: The shield of his mighty men is made red, the valiant men are in scarlet: the chariots shall be with flaming torches in the day of his preparation, and the fir trees shall be terribly shaken. (NOW WE BEGIN TO FIND THE PROPHET ATTEMPTING TO DESCRIBE WHAT HE SAW TECHNOLOGICALLY IN HIS OWN LANGUAGE WHICH WAS VOID OF TECHNOLOGICAL WORDS. THE SHIELD THAT IS MADE RED IS PROBABLY THE BULLET PROOF VEST THAT HAS BEEN PIERCED. THE CHARIOTS WITH FLAMING TORCHES ARE TANKS FIRING THEIR ARTILIARY.)
4: The chariots shall rage in the streets, they shall justle one against another in the broad ways: they shall seem like torches, they shall run like the lightnings. (AGAIN THE CHARIOTS IN THIS WORD PICTURE ARE TANKS. THE TORCHES ARE THE FIRE THE PROPHET SAW IN THE VISION COMING OUT OF THEIR GUN NOZZLES. THEY ARE LIGHTNING FAST. THE CHARIOTS OF OLD COULD NOT RUN AS FAST AS A MODERN TANK. THE PROPHET DIDN'T GET AROUND TO TELLING US THE TANKS WERE RUNNING WITHOUT HORSES, PERHAPS HE WAS HAVING TROUBLE BELIEVING WHAT HIS EYES SAW FOR THE FIRST TIME; BUT YOU'LL NOTICE HE SAYS "THEY SHALL RUN" SPEAKING FUTURISTICALLY.)
5: He shall recount his worthies: they shall stumble in their walk; they shall make haste to the wall thereof, and the defence shall be prepared. (THE ISRAELITES STANDING WITH THE WORLD AGAINST THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST WILL "MAKE HASTE TO THE WALL" OF JERUSALEM WHERE THEY SHALL ATTEMPT TO PREPARE A DEFENSE.)
6: The gates of the rivers shall be opened, and the palace shall be dissolved. (THIS IS PROBABLY A REFERENCE TO THE PALACE ANTICHRIST HAS BUILT FOR HIMSELF IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE TRIBULATION WHEN HE BECOMES WORLD RULER.)
7: And Huzzab shall be led away captive, she shall be brought up, and her maids shall lead her as with the voice of doves, tabering upon their breasts. (THE ARABS WHO SURVIVE THE SECOND COMING WILL BE LED AWAY CAPTIVE BY ISRAELITES RETURNING IN THE FIRST RESURRECTION.)
8: But Nineveh is of old like a pool of water: yet they shall flee away. Stand, stand, shall they cry; but none shall look back.
9: Take ye the spoil of silver, take the spoil of gold: for there is none end of the store and glory out of all the pleasant furniture.
10: She is empty, and void, and waste: and the heart melteth, and the knees smite together, and much pain is in all loins, and the faces of them all gather blackness.
11: Where is the dwelling of the lions, and the feedingplace of the young lions, where the lion, even the old lion, walked, and the lion's whelp, and none made them afraid?
12: The lion did tear in pieces enough for his whelps, and strangled for his lionesses, and filled his holes with prey, and his dens with raven.
13: Behold, I am against you, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will burn her chariots in the smoke, and the sword shall devour your young lions: and I will cut off your prey from the earth, and the voice of your messengers shall no more be heard. (ALL OF THE MECHANIZED VEHICLES BOTH CIVILIAN AND MILITARY WILL BE DESTROYED FROM THE EARTH IN THE THE HOUR OF WRATH OF THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST.)
Well, there you have it. A blow by blow commentary of the glorious and violent second coming of Christ from Nahum the Prophet with parenthesis showing how he attempted to describe the technological warfare he saw in a vision. Study the prophecies prayerfully. Avoid promoting yourself to the role of a teacher, but continue to feed on the Word of God.
The prophecies are not easy to interpret.
Do not add to the prophecies or God will add unto you the plagues that are written in
the holy Book. Neither take away anything from the prophecies lest the Lord take your
name out of the book of Life. (Revelation 22:19)