Spreading of cancer throughout the body is termed metastasis. Indeed, medical science has it that 90 percent of fatalities from cancer is the result of metastasis rather than from the original tumor. It is a most dreadful diagnosis, and one that evokes many emotions in the victim, family and friends. We have all been touched in one way or the other by such diagnoses and prognoses.
We will use the analogy for the moment that should make our environment-worshipping, progressive (liberal) friends at least take notice. Planet earth is looked upon by those who see the earth itself as sacred as a living organism, with body and spirit of its own. Anything that pollutes or disturbs Mother Earth is likened to disease within the human body.
Planet earth, in this analogy, for our purpose here, is suffering from a cancerous affliction that has no cure–no humanistic cure, that is. Jesus prophesied that at the time of God’s next intervention into the affairs of mankind, in terms of catastrophism, the earth would be in about the same condition as the planet was at the moment when the flood of Noah’s day began. Jesus named the sorts of everyday things that would be taking place at the time. People would be buying, selling, planting, building, and marrying-doing all of the normal things most of the world does today.
But, the very fact that Jesus used the Noah’s day reference makes the Bible student ask: What caused God to then intervene in such a traumatic way as to destroy the whole world?
The answer is found in the following scriptural explanation.
And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.”(Genesis 6: 5-7)
Jesus foretold that in that future day when God next intervenes catastrophically, judgment would again begin to fall just like on the very day Noah and his seven family members were shut safely in the ark. The cause of that earlier destruction was that wickedness and violence filled the whole earth, and the thoughts of man were only on evil continually.
We flash forward to the time described by the prophet Zechariah. He prophesies a most fascinating future occurrence an angel gave him to record.
Then the angel that talked with me went forth, and said unto me, Lift up now thine eyes, and see what is this that goeth forth. And I said, What is it? And he said, This is an ephah that goeth forth. He said moreover, This is their resemblance through all the earth. And, behold, there was lifted up a talent of lead: and this is a woman that sitteth in the midst of the ephah. And he said, This is wickedness. And he cast it into the midst of the ephah; and he cast the weight of lead upon the mouth thereof. Then lifted I up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came out two women, and the wind was in their wings; for they had wings like the wings of a stork: and they lifted up the ephah between the earth and the heaven. Then said I to the angel that talked with me, Whither do these bear the ephah? And he said unto me, To build it an house in the land of Shinar: and it shall be established, and set there upon her own base. (Zechariah 5:5-11)
The prophet, in his vision of the end of days, was doubtless astounded as he saw the strange birds, the big pot made of lead, and the terrible mixture that was thrown into the pot before they lifted off. Where were they flying with this ephah?…And, why?…
The most interesting thing to me is that the angel says the following first, in answer.
He said moreover, This is their resemblance through all the earth…
The wickedness in that heavy pot, the angel was revealing, was exactly the same as was all over the world. We know this was the angel’s assessment, because of the verse that followed two verses later.
And he said, This is wickedness.
But, where were the storks going with this ephah full of wickedness that now had metastasized throughout the earth? I contend they were taking the greatest concentration to the very place in–again to help our environmentally sensitive friends understand– to planet earth’s most vital organ. We will call it the heart of the earth –to the cradle of civilization, for our anthropological, scientific friends.
The storks were flying the pot full of absolute wickedness back to the area called Shinar. This, of course, is the area of the Middle East most associated with the Tower of Babel in Genesis chapter 11. That is the general area where this earth-system –the Babylonian system–will meet its end.
This wickedness will cause the death of this present world system. The disease of sin and the wickedness it has produced since God’s last catastrophic intervention into mankind’s history are more virulent than any cancer that has ever afflicted man. Only the Great Physician –God –the Lord Jesus Christ– can cure the disease. And, the surgery required will be very radical indeed. it will take place at Armageddon, then at the follow-up judgment of the sheep and goats of Matthew chapter 25.
When we consider where the most violent place on earth is at present, can there be any doubt that the storks have already flown with their concentrated ephah of wickedness and violence? Do the names of ISIS, Iraq, Iran (Persia) Syria, Damascus–Babylon, itself, sound familiar? The whole planet is deathly ill with the already metastasized cancer of wickedness. Rather it is the planet’s inhabitants that suffer with the sin that has reached the terminal point.
Thankfully, although the cure will be painful, God is about to begin the supernatural surgery only He can perform. He will first remove the only good as seen through His holy eyes–the Church–the born-again believers in His Son, Jesus Christ. The radical operation will then begin, during the era called Tribulation.
It should seem to even the casual observer that the surgery is needed sooner rather than later. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.