The Seven Last Plagues...
Daniel 12:1-2 King James Version (KJV) 1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. 2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
The plagues fall AFTER the close of probation. Dan. 12:1-2; (EW 36)
Revelation 16:1-16 King James Version (KJV)
1 And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth. 2 And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image. 3 And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea. 4 And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood. 5 And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus. 6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy. 7 And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments. 8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. 9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory. 10 And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain, 11 And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds. 12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. 13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty 15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. 16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.
Plagues 1 to 4 are NOT universal. Rev. 16:1-11, These Plagues are not universal." (GC 628) Plagues 5 is on the seat of the beast and the 6th plague you see the gathering of the" kings of the earth and of the WHOLE world" to the battle of Armageddon is universal.
Revelation 16:14,16. Revelation 16:17-21 King James Version (KJV)
17 And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done. 18 And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. 19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. 20 And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. 21 And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.
The 7th plague - A great earthquake, "the cities of the nation fell", "every island fled away, and the mountains were not found"- is universal. Verses 17-21; (GC 637) We see the plagues are CUMULATIVE. Rev. 16:11. The "sores" of the first plague still continue when the 5th plague falls. SOP tells us that the plagues are SUCCESSIVE. "Trumpet after trumpet is to be sounded, vial after vial poured one after another upon the inhabitants of the earth. (7BC 982) The plagues fall in a brief, indeterminate period of time. (7BC 857)
Richard, the article is entitled, “people-are-leaving-new-york-in-record-numbers-once...”, as opposed to New York city which I think you are referring to. New York state is just as rural as many other country settings. The ideal that in today’s world that people can move to a countryside and escape the plight of the world’s conditions to me is somewhat ludicrous and we only have to do is look at climate change to understand this point.
How many SDA really embrace this notion of getting out of the cities anyway. The SDA use to talk about going to a place of safety, then this was change to God will save you where you are, which make sense. After all, I’m sure there will be more than eight people saved this time, don’t you?
If you’re running to the country to build you a bomb shelter like Rob, then you are of little faith. The bible should give us strength.
Psalm 31:19 How great is Your goodness which You have laid up for those who fear You, which You have bestowed before the sons of men on those who take refuge in You! 20You hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the schemes of men. You conceal them in Your shelter from accusing tongues…
Psalm 27:5 For in the day of trouble He will hide me in His shelter; He will conceal me under the cover of His tent; He will set me high upon a rock.
Psalm 32:7 You are my hiding place. You protect me from trouble; You surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah
Even if we die, what does it matter?
Check into it, the people are flooding out of the cities, the cost of farms and isolated houses is going up with properties being snapped up sight unseen, and around here we are seeing requests for places in our area at a record levels.
Well, one new reason to leave the city is the Coronavirus I live well away from the cities and our little town has not had one case of Corona since it started. Perhaps that is an incentive for some to leave the city?
To say nothing of the rising crime and violence which is destroying the social and religious fabric of the big cities as they loose control with the defund the police movement spreading..