Thanks David. I am however of the opinion that it does no good for us to be trying to work out the future and what the stories meant to the people of Israel at the time. The main issue is our usefulness to God now and what He is trying to say to His people regarding THIS day. Anything else is merely conjecture and is especially a waste of time to even think about what physical manifestations of prophesies might happen in our own lifetimes. We have been doing this and wasting the time for two thousand years.As it can be safely left in God's hands, why even think about it? So many people are going to regret not hearing God's words today because their heads are full of 'end tines'.The shaking of the heavens and the new earth are for us today when we walk the holy pathway.