Truth, Understanding, Insight

This Generation 1967 - 2007

12th June 2007, seh, mgh


9) The roaring sea of people in protest

Yahshua speaks also of a time with 'the sea and the waves roaring'. If we consider Isaiah 17: 12 below there is a statement that clarifies an image which is sometimes used by other writers in the Bible. (See Jeremiah 6: 23; Psalm 65: 7; Jeremiah 51: 55; Ezekiel 26: 3)

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! (Isaiah 17:12)

Here it states that many people make a noise like the sea. Crowds at sporting events sound like the sea as they cry out in their excitement. Where else do we hear voices raised in anger and excitement? One would have to agree that the many protest movements, so prevalent since 1967 have been crying out about these same issues that the politicians are grappling with. These people are expressing their fears.

Yahshua's prophecy continues, 'the powers of heaven shall be shaken.' In the Bible the 'heavens' symbolically can refer to rulers as in Isaiah 1: 2. (Also Deuteronomy 32: 1)

Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD has spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me. (Isaiah 1:2)

Isaiah is addressing the nation of Israel and warning them. The 'heavens' are the rulers he is talking to and the 'earth' is the people gathered around. This is ascertained from the context of the chapter and the Divine message that he is bringing to the nation.

We could say that the 'heavens' which are the powers or the national leaders, have begun to take notice of the protesters, the scientists and the researchers. There is an element of 'fear' of what is 'coming upon the earth.' There are voices crying out that much has to be done to alleviate the problems that loom before the earth's inhabitants. And for the first time in 2007 there is cosensus amongst all the rulers of the major economic and military powers of the world that 'climate change' is a real problem (though there is disagreement about what should be done about it).

The beginning of Generation X in the late 1960's was associated with the birth of the mass protest movement, with their cries particularly against the Vietnam War. Typical of this is Greenpeace, who since 1971, when they first protested against nuclear testing, have grown to become a worldwide movement (

Harlem Desir claims that a new era of protest began after the Rio UN Earth Summit in 1992 (2001, As we write in the month of the fortieth anniversary of the Jewish victory against its Arab neighbours and its reclamation of Jerusalem, the protest movement appears to be more alive than ever before.

In any given week there are minor protests, such as in Australia a protest against the extension of coal mining. In the past few days as we write, there has been a huge protest movement in South Africa in relation to wages and working conditions, in England on the banks of the Thames there was a major demonstration supported by thousands of people, against global poverty. On the same day, in the city of Rostock there was a violent display in which 146 policemen were injured, 30,000 people demonstrated against the G8 summit to be held in Germany. (Sydney Morning Herald 4th June, 2007). There were more than 160 anti-globalisation groups, left-wing groups, students and anarchists. Their grievances were numerous including globalisation, anti-war, green house concerns and global warming. Throughout the world, large protests now occur regularly.

Today the cry of the people, like the noise of the sea and waves, is rising like an angry 'sea' during a storm to arouse the leaders of the governments of the world to heed their words.