Slow on the uptake here but perhaps the point remains apt. I found myself using the phrase "The Great Apostasy is in full flower" and what popped into my mind was the recent blooming of the "corpse flower" at San Francisco State University in California, on July 4th as a matter of fact.
The corpse flower, or Titan Arum, is famous for its death-like stench and its huge central flower structure.
A huge unbeautiful flower that blooms seldom and for only a brief period, that smells like a rotting corpse as it opens and thrusts up its commanding central spike, a flower that is pollinated by . . . FLIES, the emblem of Beelzebub!
It seems the perfect emblem of the great falling-away, which is to come to full bloom just before the final Antichrist rears his ugly head for his cruel and bloody reign over the entire world, which will last only three and a half years just before our Lord returns. It's coming very soon. We need to be prepared.
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Isaiah 55:6 ¶ Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
Deuteronomy 4:29 But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.
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But alas, it is probably also the perfect emblem of the current state of our nation in the midst of the great falling-away. I can't take its flowering on July 4th as mere coincidence myself. Nothing happens without some significance whether we are in a position to appreciate it or not, and July 4th is just too big a significance to be missed.
Well, the phenomenon is of interest in itself I suppose if you don't like my take on its symbolism.
However, there's more symbolism that could be wrung from this event if you'd like to ponder it on your own. Take the flower's nickname "Titan Arum" for starters and think about who the Titans were and whether they might hold some relevance to the last days before the Lord's return.
Found a related plant with similar characteristics, the Dead Horse Arum which smells terrible and also is pollinated by flies. "Muscivorus" contains the Latin word for fly.
The titan arum grows in the wild only in the equatorial rainforests of Sumatra, Indonesia. It was first scientifically described in 1878 by Italian botanist Odoardo Beccari.Right about when the Great Apostasy was getting going in Europe. 1881 was the date of the Westcott and Hort Bible Revision in England which was certainly a major launching or spewing forth of the apostasy.
The plant flowers only infrequently in the wild and even more rarely when cultivated. It first flowered in cultivation at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in London, in 1889, with over 100 cultivated blossoms since then. The first documented flowerings in the United States were at New York Botanical Garden in 1937 and 1939.Seems to me the travels of this plant roughly parallel the travels of the great falling away.
You can find a You Tube discussion of this plant by David Attenborough in which he says it flowers in the wild about once in three years. The flower lasts about three days. I could eke out some symbolism here too I suppose, but it would be a little forced.