THE SEA AND THE WAVES ROARING
Bertrand L. Comparet
In Luke chapter 21, the disciples have asked
Yahshua about the signs of the coming destruction of Jerusalem and the temple.
Yahshua's reply is long and gives many signs. The Romans relate some of the
signs to the siege of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. The answer to their question included
signs of the end of this age and of Yahshua's second coming. Luke 21:25
is an obscure and difficult text, made more obscure by amazingly poor
translation. It tells about one of the signs of the end of the age, the sea and
the waves roaring.
This has puzzled many students of the Bible. Did Yahshua
really say that a storm at sea was to be one of the signs for them to watch for?
Many storms at sea, some of them of fearful intensity, have occurred every year
since Yahshua spoke those words. How could a storm, even a very great storm, be
a recognizable sign? This doesn't seem to make sense; it is time to look into
this a bit deeper.
Is this a matter of mistranslation? Most of this verse is
badly garbled in the King James Bible. However this one part, the sea and the
waves roaring, is confirmed as correct by good translations. If the wording is
correct, and does not mean much when taken literally, we know it must be
symbolic. We may be sure that Yahshua never bothered to speak trifles, so there
is some symbolism, which is worth our further study.
Unfortunately, many preachers try to spiritualize the
Bible into utter nonsense. They try to make almost every word symbolic,
getting the most fantastic meanings for their symbolic values. Sometimes they
reach silly conclusions out of their own weird notions. Sometimes they make
conclusions based on Hindu, Tibetan, Egyptian or other pagan sources, in this
they are always wrong. Whenever the Bible uses symbolism, it makes it clear that
the words are not meant literally, as we have seen in the case we are now
discussing. The Bible always supplies the key to its own symbolism, and no other
source will ever give you the right answer.
There are many places in the Bible where the sea or
waters, and occasionally a river is used symbolically. If this use proves to
have a consistent meaning in these many places, then we can be sure that the sea
and the waves roaring will have the same meaning. In Psalms we find the simplest
use of such terms. Psalm 18:16-17 says, "He sent from above, He took
me, He drew me out of many waters. He delivered me from my strong enemy and from
them which hated me: for they were too strong for me." Psalm 69:14
continues, "Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink: let me be
delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters." King David,
living and writing in a desert land, was not worried about drowning in deep
waters. He makes it very plain that he likens being overwhelmed by his enemies,
people, to sinking into deep waters.
This is also used on a greater scale, where the power of
a great army overrunning a land, is symbolized by a river in flood. In Isaiah
8:7 we read, "Now, therefore, behold: Yahweh bringeth up upon them
(Israel) the waters of the river, strong and many, even the king of Assyria and
all his glory; and he shall come up over all his channels and go over all his
banks." Again we find waters used symbolically, to represent people, but
this time it means people in large numbers, as a nation or an army. We find
another example of this in Isaiah 43:2. "When thou passest through
the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow
thee; when thou walkest through fire, thou shalt not be burned, neither shall
the flame kindle thee." Isaiah was speaking here, to the people of the ten
tribed northern kingdom of Israel. They had just been taken into captivity by
the great Assyrian empire. They were being deported across the entire width of
the Assyrian empire, to be resettled in a large area around the southern end of
the Caspian Sea.
In Isaiah 8:7, the prophet had spoken of the king
of Assyria and his army as a river which would overflow its banks and flood the
land, which it did when the kingdom of Israel was overrun and conquered. Now
Isaiah assures Israel that Yahweh will be with them when they pass through the
waters, and will not let the river completely overflow them in their deportation
and resettlement in their new home in Scythia. Assyria will not be allowed to
Isaiah had even more in view here, to occur centuries
later. By then the people of Israel were known by new names, Scythians,
Visigoths, Ostrogoths, Angli and Saxons. As they started on their long march
toward their predestined new European homes, a vast flood of people came out of
Asia the Huns lead by Attila. The Huns tried to move swiftly enough to cross
Israel's path to cut them off. Yahweh would not allow this invasion to come
until the tribes of Israel had safely crossed into northern Europe. The Huns
could only bark at the heels of Israel's rear guard. This river, the vast army
of the Huns, was not allowed to overflow Israel exactly as Yahweh had promised.
In Revelation chapter 12 John saw a woman,
obviously symbolic of Israel, who gave birth to a man child who was to rule all
nations with a rod of iron. He was caught up to Yahweh and to His throne. Of
course this was Yahshua the Christ. Then the serpent Satan persecuted the woman,
the Israel nation, and Yahweh gave her two wings of a great eagle with which to
flee into the wilderness. Most of the areas of Europe, which the people of
Israel migrated into, were a wilderness at that time.
cast out of his mouth water as a flood after her, that he might cause her to be
carried away by the flood. The earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her
mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth."
So it was, the mighty hordes of the Huns rolled across most of Europe. They came
south of the lands, which Israel had migrated into. On the death of Attila, in
the year 453 A.D., his vast army broke up in disorder and melted away back to
Asia in retreat.
Much was to happen in the meantime. Two huge and mighty
empires were in great power then, yet they must crumble into ruin as Yahweh
willed. One was Assyria and the other was Egypt. Zechariah 10:11 tells
about this and prophesies, "And He shall pass through the sea with
affliction, and shall smite the waves in the sea; and all the deeps of the river
shall dry up: and the pride of Assyria shall be brought down, and the scepter of
Egypt shall depart away."
There is no record of any disturbances of the real sea
and rivers. The symbolic sea of Assyria's vast armies was smitten and its proud
empire was brought down, totally destroyed. Likewise Egypt, so often symbolized
by its great Nile River, suffered the prophesied fate. "The scepter of
Egypt shall depart away." It was only a little later that Egypt lost its
independence and became the vassal of one great power after another.
In Jeremiah 51:42 the prophet foretold the coming
fall of Babylon. He said, "The sea is come up upon Babylon: she is covered
with the multitude of the waves thereof." We know Babylon was hundreds of
miles inland, and not in the slightest danger from a sea of water. This
definitely prophesies the invasion and conquest by the great armies of Media and
Persia, which occurred about 60 years after Jeremiah wrote this.
The prophet Isaiah was looking ahead 26 centuries, to our
own times, when he wrote in Isaiah 17:12-13, "Woe to the multitude
of many people, which make a noise like the noise of the seas; and to the
rushing of nations that make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters! The
nations will rush like the rushing waters: but Yahweh shall rebuke them, and
they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains
before the winds, and like a tumbleweed before the whirlwind."
Today we see the evil gathering of all the dark people
of the earth, joined together in the hope of crushing and plundering the
white race, who are the only really productive people on the earth. In truth,
they are gathering only for their own destruction, for Yahweh will thwart their
evil plans! We find this evil mentioned in Revelation 13:1. "And I
stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having
seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the
names of blasphemy."
The last bestial empire rises out of the sea of the great
hordes of Asia and Africa. In Revelation 17:1, 15 we read, "And
there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with
me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will show unto thee the judgment of the great
whore that sitteth upon many waters. And he saith unto me, the waters which thou
sawest where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and
Therefore when Yahshua used the symbol of the sea and the
waves roaring, He was speaking of an uproar of nations and races. Psalms tell us
about this same thing. Psalm 2:1-3 reads, "Why do the heathen rage,
and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and
the rulers take counsel together, against Yahweh and His anointed saying, Let us
break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us."
This is exactly what we have seen since the end of World
War II. The uncivilized races of Asia and Africa have demanded independence. By
the wicked connivance of sinister politicians, they have been given it. We see
the results of this in the senseless massacres of not only the white people, but
even of their fellow savages in the Congo, Zanzibar, Tanganyika, Kenya, Rwanda
and Urundi, where the negroes are behaving like negroes!
The only trace of civilization they ever had was what the
white man brought them, and that is vanishing as the white man is being driven
out. These untamed cannibals have been artificially grouped into nations, which
they never were. Their newly made national boundaries include many separate
tribes, bitterly hostile to each other. This really had only one purpose, to
make these artificial nations out of these cannibals, so their vote in the
United Nations would out vote the entire civilized world. This would pull the
entire world down into that destruction out of which only bold thieves and
murderers can profit.
This is not news to Yahweh, Psalm 83:1-4 tells
about it. "Keep not thy silence O Yahweh: hold not Thy peace, and be not
still, O Yahweh. For lo, Thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate Thee
have lifted up the head. They have taken crafty counsel against Thy people, and
consulted against Thy hidden ones. They have said, Come, and let us cut them off
from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in
Indeed, this is what they have done. Traitors within our
own nation, hoping to profit by getting greater power in the tyranny which will
be set up upon the ruins of our once free republic, are indeed trying to cut us
off from being a nation. They are trying to put us completely under the rule of
a United Nations world government, in which we would only have one vote. The
entire civilized world would have only some 12 to 15 votes, against nearly 100
votes of our enemies, who wait in greedy impatience for the moment when they can
enslave and plunder us.
Yahweh will upset their plots as Psalm 46:1-3
tells us. "Yahweh is our refuge and strength, a very present help in
trouble. Therefore will I not fear, though the earth be removed, and though the
mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though the waters thereof roar
and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof." We
know the word mountain is often used as the symbol of a kingdom, an organized
nation. How many times in this generation have we seen a mountain or organized
government shaken. Then finally, carried into the midst of the sea, or dissolved
in revolution by a sea of turbulent people!
This is the sign of which Yahshua spoke, the sea and the
waves roaring. It is certainly a sign of the end of the age we have known. If it
is allowed to increase, all civilization will be blotted out in a new dark age.
Yahweh has promised that we can trust Him to save us, we certainly can't trust
our politicians. The great alliance of the entire dark world will march against
us, not to our destruction, but to their own.
Psalm 46:6-8 completes the picture. "The
heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: He uttereth His voice, and the earth
melted. Yahweh the Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Come;
behold the works of Yahweh, what desolations he hath made in the earth. He
maketh war to cease unto the end of the earth; He breaketh the bow and cutteth
the spear in sunder, He burneth the chariot in the fire."
The evil tumult of the uncivilized nations against us is a bad thing. Our leaders never would have allowed
this to happen if they had been true to their trust. The tumult is here and its
presence is a sign, not only of the trouble we have gotten ourselves into, but
also of the rapid approach of the end of this age.
Psalm 65:5-7 reassures us, "By terrible
things righteousness wilt thou answer us, O Yahweh of our salvation: Who art the
confidence of all the ends of the earth, and of them that are afar off upon the
sea: which by His strength setteth the noise of the seas, the noise of the
waves, and the tumult of the people."
Rejoice then, that you have seen this sign of the sea and
the waves roaring. While it is evil and threatens death and destruction in
itself, yet it is the sign that the return of our Redeemer, Yahshua the Christ,
is near. We are at the end of this poor age, but the beginning of the kingdom of
Yahweh in full power upon the earth. Yahshua the Christ will be upon His throne
as King of Kings forever.