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Countdown Week 37 - the Old and New Testaments foretell the far future
Summary of chapters in Revelation, also called the Apocalypse
Image by CGI-VFX
In the next few weeks, we will be looking at this prophetic
book more closely.
John the apostle begins his far future record after the first
three chapters. An outline below will help us to see how the book is divided.
One of the most challenging aspects of the Revelation that Jesus
gave John is that the unfolding events do not always fit into a strictly sequential
With that in mind, we can begin to explore a bit more of the “far
future” events that some of the Old Testament prophets had glimpses of and that
the New Testament apostles and disciples of Jesus were able to add to the bigger
picture. Without doubt, the book describes events that are simply take our breath away.
Christ in His role as High Priest*
2-3Letters to the seven churches
4-19Tribulation and the return of
20The 1,000-year reign of
Jesus Christ and
the white-throne judgment
21-22New heaven, new earth and new
End Times events in the Old and New Testaments
13:13The earth is shaken,Rev. 6:12-14
12-14Battle for Jerusalem andRev. 13 & 19
return of Jesus Christ
& 8The last beast, 10 kings,Rev. 13:1-2
2:28-30Sun darkens, moon turnsRev. 8:12
to smoke, fire and smoke
Mal. 4:5Return of Elijah** before theRev. 11:1-6
‘Day of the Lord’
Jesus is described
in his role as our High Priest who intervenes for us
Resurrection/Hebrews 14-16), and will appear later in
in his role as judge. Jesus: Savior, High Priest, Judge.
to Bible scholars, one of the two witnesses in Revelation
Elijah. The second one could be Enoch or Moses. Elijah and
were taken to heaven without dying, the Bible indicates.
[Note: Although this message mentions the "far future," it is my personal opinion that we are in the beginnings of the End Times.]
If you know Jesus, then you can lead a
John 15:4 “Remain in me, and I
will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the
vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.”
1 John 2:16 (NIV) –
“For everything in the world--the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and
the pride of life--comes not from the Father but from the world.
1 John 2:16 (NLT) –
“For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for
everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not
from the Father, but are from this world.”
If you do not know Jesus Christ, the Savior,
then you must be born again
The sinless Jesus Christ took on the sins of the world AND
the punishment for those sins so that we could be saved.
Today, if you do not know Jesus, receive His free offer of
salvation and put all your trust in Him.
John 1:29 (NLT) – “The next day
he [John the Baptist] saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb
of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”
2 Corinthians 6:2 –
For God says,
“At just the right time, I heard you.
On the day of salvation, I helped you.”
Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of
Acts 2:38 (NLT) – “Peter
replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized
in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will
receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’”
In a now established
Superbowl ritual, media consumers on both sides of the border are
another big bite of the avocado. For the sixth year in a row, the
Mexican Association of Avocado Producers and Exporters (APEAM) rolled
out a pricey Superbowl ad, reportedly costing $5 million for 30 seconds
To get the message across,
APEAM's creative producers showcased avocado accessories for hip connoisseurs,
including an anti-bear (and anti-avocado poaching human) yurt, an
avocado "baby carrier" and a one-and-only tortilla chip pool float that
ensures a dip in the backyard pool is not time away from the old
The avocado, of course, is the central ingredient of the guacamole that's devoured in ever massive
quantities by U.S. football fans on Superbowl Sunday.
A boom crop in Mexico that's sometimes called "green gold," the avocado has achieved something
of a celebrity status in the NAFTA Plus economy that's turned Mexican agriculture into an export machine for the U.S. market.
In 2016, Ecoamericas
reported that the U.S. bought 700,000 tons of Mexican avocados the
year. In 2020, that number is expected to hover around 1.2 million tons
valued at more than $2.5 billion, according to the Mexican daily La
Jornada. In 1993, immediately prior to the implementation of NAFTA,
Mexican avocado exports earned a mere $19.135 million.
A January 29 story by the BBC reported nine out of ten avocados sold in the U.S. come from Mexico,
specifically the southwestern state of Michoacan.
There, production skyrocketed from a respectable 32,000 acres in 1974 (Ecoamericas) to an astonishing
415,000 acres by 2018, figures from the Mexican federal agricultural agency report.
Accodrding to to Mexican media reports, the Michoacan avocado
industry involves 26,234 producers and 60 packers, providing 310,000
direct and 78,000 indirect jobs to the local economy.
Avocado orchards have transformed Michoacan's landscape, turning an estimated 121,000 acres of
former carbon dioxide absorbing forests into export producing orchards.
A drive through Michoacan
these days is a journey through avocado wonder land, with fruit bearing
trees stretching for miles upon miles and even clinging precariously to
unlikely hillsides. Imagine a large chunk of land more than twice the
size of New York City glistening in the rain with avocado trees.
While commercial interests boost more and more avocado production for the ravenous U.S. market,
some residents of Michoacan are saying enough is enough.
In late January, the Supreme
Indigenous Council of Michoacan approved a resolution at a gathering
attended by 500 delegates to support the prohibition of land use
changes for avocado production because of the observed effects of mono
"There is an awareness of
the damage caused by avocado cultivation," Pavel Gomez, the council's
spokesman, told La Jornada. "The communal authorities know perfectly
well that we are winding up without water and with thousands of eroded
Gomez's group represents 52 indigenous Purepecha communities.Though coming on the eve of the Superbowl, the Supreme Indigenous
Council's avocado resolution barely got a blip in Mexican media, much
less in the U.S press.
In recent years, as
Michoacan's avocado orchards ate up great tracts of pasture, cropland
in the poor state, some community members and environmentalists became
increasingly concerned about the ecological effects of the expanding
industry. Among the biggest concerns are excessive water usage, pressure
on groundwater reserves and the lingering presence
of agrochemicals in the soil.
A 2018 university study reported by Mexico's Quadtrain news agency found that a hectare (approximately
2.5 acres) with 156 avocado trees consumes 1.6 times more water than a hectare of forest with 677 trees.
"Avocados occupy terrain
that was previously corn fields and when those ran out pressure began
on the forest acreage," Dr. Alberto Gomez-Tagle of the San Nicolas de
Hidalgo Michoacan University, the principal investigator of the study,
was quoted by Quadtrain.
"Avocados always consume more water than pines."
Kent Paterson is a veteran journalist-author and a frequent contributor to the Digie Zone Network.