Churches of God
Descendants of Abraham
Thirteen Famines of Rebellion
(Edition 1.0 20070417-20070417)
Thirteen is the number of rebellion and the mark of Satan in the activities of the descendants of Abraham as the Seed of the Woman and the Nation of Israel.
Thirteen Famines of Rebellion
Thirteen is the number of rebellion, and it figures consistently in the history of man and especially the nation of Israel when they fall from the grace of God and are led into sin and idolatry.
The famines were associated with the attempts to destroy the Plan of God, and especially the birth of the Messiah through the descendants of Abraham.
The First Famine is recorded in Genesis 12:10.
It was there to force Abraham into Egypt to destroy his seed through Sarah.
Abraham was told by God to leave Haran and he did so when he was seventy-five years old. They moved from Haran to Canaan where God told Abraham that He would give the land to his descendants. He built an altar on this promise at Sichem (Shechem). This was the first task of Abraham in the Promised Land and it was also to be the first mission of Christ (Jn. ch. 4).
This was also the altar of Jacob (Gen. 33:18).
We can deduce from the calling of Terah and Abraham and the placement of the Canaanites and later Nephilim that Satan knew the line of the seed of the woman by which Messiah would come into the world (cf. Gen. 3:15). The Flood destroyed the first Nephilim and the sword of Israel was to destroy the later Nephilim. Bethel was the place of an ancient Canaanite pillar there from earlier times. It was probably the place called Luz (Gen. 28:19). Thus Abraham, and later Jacob, sanctified the place and cleansed it of its idolatry.
From Sichem Abraham went to a mountain on the east of Bethel and to the west of Hai, or Ai, where he again built an altar. This was most likely the Gerizim and Ebal that became sacred places involving the Laws of God (cf. Deut. 27:2,12; Josh. 8:9,30).
Thus Abraham had already consecrated these mountains before Moses and Israel were born.
Abraham then went into the Negeb and the lands of Judah.
The area was under famine, probably because of its idolatry. Abraham was thus forced into Egypt where Pharaoh took Sarai, thinking her the sister of Abraham because Abraham deceived him over the fact of their marriage.
Abraham did not have the faith that God would protect him and bring about the promises He had made to him.
God did intervene and punished Pharaoh for taking her – even though he did it innocently – until he had restored Sarai to Abraham and she became Sarah.
The seed of the woman was to be established through Abraham to Messiah. In each case a famine was associated with idolatry and rebellion and was aimed at altering the Plan of God.
Abraham went up with Sarah and Lot into the Negeb with his possessions. The Egyptians had given him favour and possessions because of Sarah.
This is the first instance of the seed of the woman going into Egypt and being called out of Egypt, as Messiah was “in Abraham’s loins”.
The Second Famine is recorded in Genesis 26:1.
This time Yahovah appeared and told Isaac not to go to Egypt but to remain where he was with Abimelech, King of the Philistines, at Gerar.
God then reiterated the covenant promises that He had made with Abraham. He promised to give the land to Isaac because Abraham had kept His Commandments, His Statutes and His Laws. Thus God had already given His Laws to Abraham and the patriarchs before Moses was even born.
Isaac did the same thing with Rebekah as Abraham did with Sarah and said that she was his sister because he was afraid. However, Abimelech saw him one day being overly familiar with Rebekah and he knew she was his wife and rebuked him, but did in fact spare him and Rebekah. And God used that protection to increase the wealth of Isaac in his harvests.
They were all aware of the guilt incurred for adultery.
The Philistines had covered and filled in the wells dug by Abraham in the valley of Gerar and the area after his death. But now Isaac had become so great they asked him to leave their area. His men re-dug the wells of Abraham, and Isaac became very wealthy.
The local herdsmen took the first two wells of Isaac by struggle. The wells were called Esek (contention) and Sitnah (strife; enmity) because of that fact; but the third well he dug was Rehoboth (broad places or room) because they did not struggle with him for that and the Lord had given him room in the land.
Isaac was placid in his dealings and a man of peace, and God gave him favour and used the famines that were sent to force them out as occasions for strengthening them.
The Third Famine is recorded in Genesis 41:54.
It is the famous famine of Joseph and it was used to establish Israel as a mighty nation through toil and slavery. The story of this famine and the Exodus is told in the papers Moses and the Gods of Egypt (No. 105), Pentecost at Sinai (No. 115) and The Ascents of Moses (No. 070).
This occasion was also used to try to destroy the seed of the woman.
The Fourth Famine is recorded in Ruth 1:1.
Whilst Israel was being punished under the Judges for idolatry and sin, God was to bring another symbolic good from that rebellion.
The Fourth Famine was used to force the line of Judah that was to produce the Messiah to go into the land of Moab and to bring a Gentile wife into the line through the levirate laws.
This is the reverse of the case with the other book of the Bible with the name of a woman, that is, the Book of Esther. There a Jewish woman married a Gentile man, namely the King.
In each case, the lessons were to point to the Messiah and to demonstrate that the Gentiles were to be blessed through Abraham’s seed, according to Genesis 12:3; 18:18; 22:18; 26:4; Psalm 72:17; and Acts 3:25.
We see here that the two examples were applied to the blessings of both male and female lines. Hence the physical blessings have also been transferred to the nations that have intermarried with Abraham’s seed, and particularly Israel.
The Fifth Famine is recorded in 2Samuel 21:1ff.
The Fifth Famine is the mark of the Grace that God extended to the Gibeonites, who were descended from the Amorites that were taken into Israel. Saul had persecuted them and tried to kill them. God struck Israel with famine for three years under David because of their persecution, contrary to the Laws given to Abraham and Moses.
This was again to point to the salvation of the Gentiles through the seed of the woman and their incorporation into the body of Israel.
In this instance, the salvation of Israel from punishment was achieved by the atonement through the execution by hanging of seven of Saul’s sons. Five of these were Saul’s grandsons, the sons born to Michal, David’s wife, when Saul gave her to Adriel, son of Barzillai the Meholathite. David no doubt was correcting the wrong he saw as being done to him by Saul also.
These men were put to death in the first days of the harvest, which was the barley harvest, and thus acted as an atonement of the first-fruits for Israel, which pointed to the Church and its sacrifice in atonement for Israel. As with the two sons of Saul’s concubine Aiah, and the five sons of Michal, Saul’s daughter, we see the same break-up as with the Church of the five and the two in Revelation chapters 2 and 3.
Hence the perversion of the Law in punishing Gentiles harbouring within Israel is by blood. Thus the elect within Israel are to be protected, and those punishing or persecuting them will do so at the expense of their own house.
Saul and Jonathan were also not properly buried, and only when David had reclaimed the remains of Saul and Jonathan and buried them in Benjamin was God entreated to bless Israel and end the famine.
The Sixth Famine is recorded in 1Kings 18:1,2ff.
This time Elijah sealed up the heavens for three and a half years. This was the rebellion and idolatry of Ahab and Jezebel at Samaria. More details are contained in the paper Descendants of Abraham Part VI: Israel (No. 212F).
God used that famine to deal with Samaria, but also God ended it to protect some of the few faithful in Samaria, such as Obadiah, who had protected the prophets of the Lord in two groups of fifty.
This was to point to the protection of God’s servants and also those that protect them in fear of the Lord.
Again Satan tried to do away with the prophets and the Faith of God, and Israel was punished for its rebellion. The idolatry of foreign wives was epitomised by Jezebel, wife of Ahab. She was a Sidonian idolater of Baal worship (see also the paper No. 212F, ibid.).
The Seventh Famine is recorded in 2Kings 4:38.
This miracle of Elisha, during the famine caused by Israel’s idolatry, of cleansing the pot of the poisoned gourds was done again at the barley harvest after the Wave Sheaf offering in Unleavened Bread again using the first-fruits of the harvest. This signified the cleansing of the pollution of the food of Israel by the first-fruits of the Church through the Wave Sheaf that was to be Messiah. The dearth of the famine was to represent the false religion of the world and was caused by Satan using idolatry in Israel under Ahab.
In the same way, 2Kings chapter 5 shows that the prophet of Samaria cleansed Naaman the leper, Commander of the army of the king of Syria, by telling him to bathe seven times in the Jordan in order to be cleansed of his uncleanness.
This miracle was to point to the power of the Holy Spirit in baptism being conferred through the rites of the Seven Churches of God through the age of the Church.
The miracles surrounding the famine all point to the seed of the woman in Israel and the power of the Holy Spirit through the prophets.
The end of the Eighth Famine is recorded in 2Kings 7:4.
Israel’s famines were repeated through natural causes, but also through war and siege at the hand of God.
Because of the evil of the rulers of Israel and their idolatry, God stirred Ben Hadad, the king of Syria, to war against Israel; and this came after the seven years of famine induced by God through Elisha. This famine reduced the people to eat their own young and the king decided to kill Elisha because of it.
God then protected the prophet by causing the army to flee in panic leaving their stores and provisions, and punished the lord shield bearer of the king for his disbelief. The story is in the paper No. 212F, ibid.).
The Ninth Famine is recorded in 2 Kings 25:3.
It was the result of the invasion and siege of Jerusalem by the Babylonians under Nebuchadnezzar. The siege lasted from the Tenth month of the Ninth year of Zedekiah to the fall of the city on the Ninth day of the Fourth month of the Eleventh year of Zedekiah.
Zedekiah fled but was captured and taken to the king of Babylon at Riblah, and there his sons were slaughtered before him and then his eyes were put out and he was bound in brass fetters and taken captive to Babylon.
Thus the famine was over eighteen months and on the Seventh day of the Fifth month, which was also the Nineteenth year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, the Captain of the Guard, Nebuzaradan, came and sacked Jerusalem and burnt every building in it and the entire army broke down the walls. He came to Jerusalem on the 7th day of the Fifth month, Ab, and entered Jerusalem, and the Temple was destroyed on the 10th day of Ab, according to Jeremiah (52:12). Josephus also says the Romans destroyed the Temple on 10 Ab in 70 CE, but that actual destruction was at Atonement.
Thus Judah was punished in 598/7 BCE, as was her harlot sister Israel in 722 BCE when it was taken captive by the Assyrians.
The Tenth Famine is recorded in Nehemiah 5:3.
God had returned Judah to the Holy Land from the captivity, and yet Jerusalem was not inhabited, and the people dwelt in the country. Although the House had been finished under Darius II, the Persian, Jerusalem was left unwalled and the Temple was not correctly populated in worship by the inhabitants of Judah.
God had brought a famine on Judah and the land because of that fact, and the nobles were exacting usury from the nation, which is forbidden by the Laws of God.
Nehemiah built the walls under force of arms with watches day and night, and all fully dressed, because of the opposition they were getting from the Cutheans and Medes that had been placed in Israel by the Assyrians and the later force that joined them (see also No. 212F, ibid.).
When Nehemiah saw what was being done to the people and how they were being sold to heathens, they were redeemed, and the usury and confiscated property were returned, and the Lord God relented when they repented.
Nehemiah ruled them for twelve years from the twentieth year to the thirty-second year of Artaxerxes II and he took no payment over that time for fear of the Lord (see the paper The Sign of Jonah and the History of the Reconstruction of the Temple (No. 013)).
The Eleventh Famine is recorded in Jeremiah 14:1.
It is actually the eleventh in order of Bible Books, but the tenth in order of progression in time as it was a famine caused by the evil of Manasseh, son of Hezekiah, king of Judah (see also 2Kgs. 21:1-18).
He was the son of Hezekiah by Hephzibah. Seemingly through her and other influence Manasseh had raised the altars of Baal that his father had destroyed. As a result, God told Jeremiah that even if Moses and Samuel together stood before Him He would not spare Judah (Jer. 15:1ff.).
Thus God brought a great famine on Judah and gave Jeremiah a commission to deal with them and also to break down and to build up nations; and Jeremiah did exactly that. Jeremiah also hid the Ark of the Covenant (see the paper The Ark of the Covenant (No. 196)) and it was not taken into captivity later by the Babylonians when they sacked the Temple.
This famine lasted more or less into the famine of the siege mentioned previously, as the siege and captivity was itself part of the punishment of God spoken to the prophet Jeremiah (15:1-21). The cause was idolatry and God forsook Judah and destroyed them for it (Jer. 16:11).
Jeremiah was cursed by men even though he neither took usury nor paid it, but served God and the people with the word of God. He lived on the allowance of the bread of the King and took nothing else from the people, yet men cursed him and defamed him because of what he said.
God made him a fenced brazen wall to the people, and he was sent through nations in the dispersion and brought the word of the Lord God to the captives of the dispersion of Israel.
Jeremiah, chapter 15
1Then the LORD said to me, "Though Moses and Samuel stood before me, yet my heart would not turn toward this people. Send them out of my sight, and let them go! 2And when they ask you, `Where shall we go?' you shall say to them, `Thus says the LORD: "Those who are for pestilence, to pestilence, and those who are for the sword, to the sword; those who are for famine, to famine, and those who are for captivity, to captivity."' 3"I will appoint over them four kinds of destroyers, says the LORD: the sword to slay, the dogs to tear, and the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth to devour and destroy. 4And I will make them a horror to all the kingdoms of the earth because of what Manas'seh the son of Hezeki'ah, king of Judah, did in Jerusalem. 5"Who will have pity on you, O Jerusalem, or who will bemoan you? Who will turn aside to ask about your welfare? 6You have rejected me, says the LORD, you keep going backward; so I have stretched out my hand against you and destroyed you; -- I am weary of relenting. 7I have winnowed them with a winnowing fork in the gates of the land; I have bereaved them, I have destroyed my people; they did not turn from their ways. 8I have made their widows more in number than the sand of the seas; I have brought against the mothers of young men a destroyer at noonday; I have made anguish and terror fall upon them suddenly. 9She who bore seven has languished; she has swooned away; her sun went down while it was yet day; she has been shamed and disgraced. And the rest of them I will give to the sword before their enemies, says the LORD." 10Woe is me, my mother, that you bore me, a man of strife and contention to the whole land! I have not lent, nor have I borrowed, yet all of them curse me. 11So let it be, O LORD, if I have not entreated thee for their good, if I have not pleaded with thee on behalf of the enemy in the time of trouble and in the time of distress! 12Can one break iron, iron from the north, and bronze? 13"Your wealth and your treasures I will give as spoil, without price, for all your sins, throughout all your territory. 14I will make you serve your enemies in a land which you do not know, for in my anger a fire is kindled which shall burn for ever." 15O LORD, thou knowest; remember me and visit me, and take vengeance for me on my persecutors. In thy forbearance take me not away; know that for thy sake I bear reproach. 16Thy words were found, and I ate them, and thy words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart; for I am called by thy name, O LORD, God of hosts. 17I did not sit in the company of merrymakers, nor did I rejoice; I sat alone, because thy hand was upon me, for thou hadst filled me with indignation. 18Why is my pain unceasing, my wound incurable, refusing to be healed? Wilt thou be to me like a deceitful brook, like waters that fail? 19Therefore thus says the LORD: "If you return, I will restore you, and you shall stand before me. If you utter what is precious, and not what is worthless, you shall be as my mouth. They shall turn to you, but you shall not turn to them. 20And I will make you to this people a fortified wall of bronze; they will fight against you, but they shall not prevail over you, for I am with you to save you and deliver you, says the LORD. 21I will deliver you out of the hand of the wicked, and redeem you from the grasp of the ruthless."
Thus God will protect His servants the prophets, and deliver His faithful servants out of the hands of the wicked and the grasp of the ruthless.
The seed of the woman was preserved and returned to the Holy Land after the captivity. There it was to proceed down through the two lines to the Messiah (see the paper Genealogy of the Messiah (No. 119)).
The Twelfth Famine is recorded in Luke 15:14.
The Twelfth Famine is in fact the parable of the Prodigal Son that shows the Messiah as the faithful son, and the other son as being exposed to the famines of his wasted substance and inheritance and his return to God. He was forced to eat with the unclean for his substance and in the end repented and returned to God (see the paper Lost Sheep and the Prodigal Son (No. 199)).
It represents the entire Host being able to be reconciled to the Father through Christ and the Church.
The Thirteenth Famine is recorded in Acts 11:28.
The Thirteenth Famine represents that fact that the judgment of God was upon the nations from the spread of the gospel to the Gentiles through the Church of God.
The prophets came to Antioch from Jerusalem in the persecution of the Church. Antioch had become, under Peter, a centre for the preaching of the gospel to the Jews only, but God told Peter in a vision that the Gentiles also were to be preached to and saved, and that they were clean (cf. Acts chapters 10 and11).
From Antioch, Peter preached to the dispersion, and Paul went to Rome to the Gentiles where he made Linus its first bishop (see also the papers The Origins of Christianity in Britain (No. 266) and Descendants of Abraham Part VI: Israel (No. 212F)).
The great famine was sent upon the world in the days of Claudius, and in his days the Church was established in Rome and in Britain also.
This was the Message of God to the world for idolatry and rebellion.
The last two famines were messages to the fallen Host and the Gentile nations for their rebellion against the Most High.
In all this the fallen Host had failed to destroy the seed of the woman, and the bride of the seed of the woman was now sent out into the world in the power of the Holy Spirit, until the time when Messiah would return to take her to himself at Jerusalem, then rule the Earth and end the rebellion.
In the Last Days before 2027 there will be a great famine both in Spirit and in fact.
There will be a famine of the word of God, which is already being replaced by the wailing of Amos in temples to false religion and in speaking gibberish, and through the unification of Christianity through the harlot daughters of the Whore as prophesied in Revelation.
The conflict with Islam will be used to unify the West under the false religion and the Antichrist system called the Beast Power. Thus we will see two Antichrist systems emerge in the Last Days. One will be what Nostradamus calls the Third Antichrist, who will emerge from the Middle Eastern system. The other Antichrist will be the false prophet, slain by Christ at his coming, who will emerge from the Beast Power itself. It is perhaps ironic that the symbol of the First Antichrist (so termed by Nostradamus) was the honeybee hive, as we will see.
The Mother Goddess cult, the god that women adore, is the ultimate aim of the Babylonian world religion under Satan. It will be used in an attempt to unite the world and all its religions. Human freedoms will disappear under the Beast system.
The famine of the Last Days will be induced by war and technology, and by God’s wrath to bring the world to repentance.
The biggest single cause of the famines will be man-made and may be quite apart from the causes of Global Warming, except for solar radiation. If mankind does not reorganise and manage electromagnetic communication and decentralise power systems, as well as limit or ban most genetically modified crops, the world’s entire bee population may well be destroyed. The entire agricultural production in all developed countries will collapse and mass starvation will follow from what was called Fall Dwindle Disease, when it first occurred in the northern autumn of 2006, but is now more appropriately recognized as Colony Collapse Disorder, or CCD. This collapse occurs in robust hives in a matter of weeks and up to 90% simply die or disappear and none of the other bees or predators will go near the hives. Something is toxic in the hives and thus we are dealing with some disorder that is being passed through the honey itself also.
A large team of apiculturalists (scientists who study honeybees) are working in conjunction with US agricultural authorities in different states to determine what is causing the disease. Scientists at Penn State have been able to show that the bees studied have suppressed immune systems.
The dissection of the dead bees is hampered by the fact that they are dying away from the hives, but the ones so far dissected have huge numbers of pathogens related to stress diseases.
Clarence Collison, the entomologist for Mississippi State University Extension Service is reported as saying there is a problem getting sufficient bees to study (see Bonnie Coblentz’s article: http://www.seedquest.com/News/releases/2007/april/18897.htm).
There have been previous collapses in 1896 and some in the mid-1970s and 1990s, each one more severe than the others, but this is the worst ever seen by far (ibid.). These previous events may have been involved to some degree with solar activity also.
Albert Einstein was reported to have said that the world had only four years after the disappearance of the bees. Basically all life will starve to death. The phenomenon has started already in the US and has now spread to Europe and is beginning to hit Britain as well, although at present the beekeepers are reporting a good spring there.
The directional guidance system of the bees appears to be being disrupted. It may be toxicity and electromagnetic interference disorients the bees causing them to die away from the hive, making diagnosis difficult. Mobile phones are thought to be the major cause but the increase in the Sun’s electromagnetic output is also involved.
Genetically modified crops are also part of the problem. The bees are reportedly dying singly away from the hive, and other bees and predators refuse to go near the abandoned hives. The disease has hit some half of all US states. Sixty percent of the West Coast bee population had disappeared, and 70 percent are missing on the East Coast, mostly from Florida to Pennsylvania. All production will be down in some 24 states of the US. The UK societies reported that some problems are being reported in the South of England but the Scottish apiarists tell us that there is no problem there as yet.
It has been reported that since October 2006, 35 per cent or more of the United States' population of the Western honeybees (Apis mellifera) - billions of individual bees - simply flew from their hive-homes and disappeared.
UK apiarists told CCG officers that they had been informed that one US producer lost 1995 of his 2000 hives in a matter of weeks leaving five hives, a loss of 99.75%.
A couple of parasites are being suspected, one a mite and the other a larger insect, but it seems to be far more widespread and serious than that. A mite is causing problems in the US but is slowly being controlled.
There are several other suspects. These are: pesticides, including imidacloprid, which is a systemic insecticide used in crop and vegetable production; the viruses transferred by the parasitic mites; the chemicals used to control the bee mites; and the new nosema disease of the Western honeybee caused by protozoa.
The introduction of the parasitic bee mite Varroa in 1987 and the invasion of the African Honey Bee (AHB) in 1990 have threatened honeybee colonies in the US and around the world.
The answer is that it is all of these problems. We are killing our bees through stress caused by pollution and transport, and weakened crops; and the increases in solar output increase the stress levels and disorientation.
The bees’ resistance is lowered by drought, as the low pollen production makes them more vulnerable to these disorders and they become stressed. Transport adds to the problem. We are adding to the stress again by affecting the pollens, and the crops are being genetically modified, which also affects the bees. Virtually one third of all food production is bee dependent.
Migratory beekeepers may well help to spread the disorder, and one in Mississippi has been devastated by the disorder, according to Harry Fulton, State entomologist with Mississippi’s Bureau of Plant Industry and secretary/treasurer of the Mississippi Beekeepers Association.
This problem was reported in the UK on 1 March 2007 (Michael McCarthy; The Independent http://news.independent.co.uk/environment/wildlife/article2314202.ece)
Diana Cox-Foster, professor of Entomology at Penn State University, and head of a major working group on CCD, was reported by McCarthy as saying they were extremely alarmed by the disease (at that time). It is now increasing. It has a major effect on mobile bee populations.
It may be that the bees are sensing that they are diseased and they are removing themselves to die, and the hives are regarded as diseased by other insects. This indicates that there may be a pathogen also involved, and it seems to be a combination of factors. This behaviour has also been seen in ants.
In mid-April 2007, it was reported that one of London’s biggest beekeepers announced that 23 of his 40 hives have been abandoned. Thus the problem is in the UK but we have been informed it is as yet confined to Southern England, but is also widespread in Europe.
Pesticides are a major cause of the problem in commercial crops.
The symbiotic relationship between almond growers and beekeepers is also at risk as are other commercial pollinator-dependant crops. This year’s pollination seems to be underway although the extent of the interstate trucking of bees is by no means certain.
If we lose the bees over the next two years the world will be in starvation by 2012 without Global Warming (cf.
www.art4net.com/News4+.html for article by Geoffery Lean and Harriet Shawcross, Are Mobile phones wiping out our bees?).
At this rate the US will be the first to collapse.
Electromagnetic producers such as mobile phones will also induce brain tumours in major sections of the adult population through excessive use within ten years. The young now may well be senile or cancerous in the prime of life. War will add to these problems through pollutants and chemical warfare.
Global Warming will be a fact induced by God through solar activity. Men’s activities merely exacerbate it (see also the paper Global Warming and Bible Prophecy (No. 218)).
God will remove the Whore of Babylon and bring the Earth to its knees in famine, and by the sword. That will not cease now until all is accomplished. War and famine will not depart until Messiah subjugates the false systems of the Earth ruling under the Antichrist. These activities will increase now until 2025.
All the punishments foretold in the Blessings and the Curses of the Pentateuch will be inflicted on all nations as they come under judgment (see the paper The Blessings and the Curses (No. 075) and also The Witnesses (including the Two Witnesses) (No. 135)).
In the end, the seed of the woman will come in great power to save those who eagerly await him, as foretold in Revelation (see the papers The Seven Seals (No. 140); The Seven Trumpets (No. 141); Advent of the Messiah: Part I (No. 210A) and Advent of the Messiah: Part II (No. 210B)).
The Church will be gathered to him to rule from Jerusalem for a thousand years in the millennial system.
The nations will continue to suffer until they are brought into submission and repentance, and into peace under the worship of the One True God.