There is a Fate Worse Then Death

Just the other day I was driving down the expressway only to take a quick glance at a billboard. It surely did not come to me as a surprise when I realized that the one of the most frightening motion pictures that impacted a generation of movie goers was now being made into a weekly television series.

The caption that was on the billboard said : There is a Fate Worse Then Death. There was also an image of what looked to appear to be a distraught and disheveled looking girl sitting on the floor with her head spun in the opposite direction. Enough said.

Recent programs and motion pictures have placed a strong emphasis on the supernatural. I am convinced that there is a spiritual vacuum in this nation that is being filled with much deception and manipulation. What it ultimately comes down to is that the devil knows that his time is short…..very short. I mean very, very short.

2 Timothy 1:7--For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Fear as we know it is a spiritual phenomenon, inflicted upon one by none other then the devil. I am not referring to the reverential fear that one has towards an Almighty God.

I am talking about fear as the opposite of faith. Fear desires to steal and control one’s faith.

Proverbs 29:25–The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.

As I begun to reflect on this I also came to the realization that in the most disturbing of films the victims happen to be children. In the modern world, nothing is more revered than children, as they are the embodiment of innocence. And for that innate innocence to be contaminated by something evil or corrupt or dangerous is inherently mysterious and disturbing. In the Bible Jesus often talked about children.

Matthew 19:14—But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
Mark 10:14 But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.

Luke 18:16 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.

When movies and or television programs are made depicting children as objects of horror, this can  indicative of fears on a number of levels—fear of the younger generation on a broad level, being surpassed, taken over, rendered irrelevant.

Or perhaps on another level,  another level, there is a fear of being a bad parent, making mistakes, and not being able to control your past or your present. Some schools of thought also believe that horror is inherently a conservative genre. If one takes this approach, it is no wonder there are regulatory influences trying to scare people into controlling the younger generation. If unregulated, they may wreak havoc on all traditional structures.

In today’s culture, Media and television shows cater to the child’s world and adults are sidelined as comic relief. Adults are no longer in control of their world. Advertising, pop culture, technology, and home life is centered around the child.In addition, it has been said that its core, horror is about the unpredictability and vulnerability of life; the knowledge that, as safe and serene as things may seem, and as much as we strive to create a bubble of safety and continuity for ourselves, around any corner and at any future moment may come death, pain, loss, psychological trauma, or another form of terror. Let me inform you as to who is responsible for this. Often God is blamed when calamity comes. But the god to blame is the god of this world:

2 Corinthians 4:3-4-–But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

John 10:10—The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

The Bible clearly tells us not to be ignorant of the tactics of our adversary:

2 Corinthians 2:11–Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.

The true antidote to fear is the Word of God and faith in the Word of God.

Because fear is caused by the devil, we need to know how to defeat the devil.
Here are some  practical lessons Jesus demonstrated for us in an encounter with the devil:

Matthew 4:1-11—Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

  • He showed how the Word of God is food to our spirits

Matthew 4:4–But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

  • We merely EXIST without the Word of God
  • We LIVE by internalizing the Word of God
  • JESUS declared that every Word in the Bible is important
  • He declared that the Scripture is indeed from God 

2 Timothy 3:16—All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

  • He demonstrated the power of speaking Scriptures out loud
  • His process: 1) recognize the devil’s lie; is the thought in your mind in harmony with God’s Word or not? 2) squelch/nullify the lie by speaking principles of Truth from God’s Word
  • The Word Of God is demon repellent; Jesus used it to send the devil away
  • Demons are like bullies; they tend to pick on us when we are at our weakest. But we are never too weak to speak the Word of Go….THAT IS IF WE KNOW IT.
    The Battle Takes Place In Our Minds. We Win The Battle With Scripture!

This is why the Bible tells us that we should teach the Word of God to our children when we are sitting, standing, walking and lying down.

Deuteronomy 6:6-9–And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.

When we fear God and obey His Word the children also are safe. Where there is the knowledge of Christ and where the Gospel is taught, there is no way devils can come there. Furthermore, wherever there is deep faith in the Word of God and on the Cross of Jesus; wherever the communion service is observed not as a formality but with true reverence and holiness, remembering the death of Jesus, the devils cannot operate there at all. The devil cannot possess a truly converted believer who walks with a clean conscience before God. O the other hand, harboring hypocrisy deliberately and willful disobendience to God’s Word can position one to be vulnerable to the enemy’s onslaughts.

I for one am grieved by the victimization of our youth and the onslaught of spiritual attacks they have been bombarded with. However, in the eyes of God these are precious souls that need more then anything to know about the love of God and the power of the finished work on the cross through Jesus Christ.

As a nation we seek revival. I am convinced that the next “Great Awakening ,” if you will, will begin soon and it will spread through the youth. I believe that the flames of a righteous indignation within the true Body of Christ are beginning to be fanned.

At the end of the day there is a “…fate worse then death.” That is eternal separation from God Himself.

Luke 12:4-6—And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him

 

 

The Gog/Magog War & The Crescent Moon

Any student of Bible Prophecy is cognizant of the fact that the War of Gog/Magog as prophesied in Ezekiel Chapters 38-39 is indeed on the horizon. As we speak, a huge land bridge from Russia to the border of Israel has been established and a strong Russian presence remains in Syria, and which also include their ally: Iran or Persia.middle-east-ground-zero-bible-prophecy.jpg.crop_display

There are a few established teachers that foresee the AntiChrist as being of Islamic descent (i.e. Perry Stone, Walid Shoebat, Joel Richardson, etc.). With that in mind, I want to present a very interesting viewpoint that if anything could be worth a look….

Currently, Russia’s Muslim population is estimated at 12% to 15%, and its demographic situation is worse than that of France, so that Russian Islam is expected to grow rapidly. If present trends continue, Muslims will comprise a majority of the Russian military within a couple of decades. Demographically speaking, there are more Muslims living in Russia than any other country in Europe. Russia’s fastest-growing religious group is its Muslims.

Let’s take a look at Tatarstan for example: The Republic of Tatarstan is a constituent republic of the Russian Federation. Tatarstan” derives from the name of the ethnic group—the Tatars—and the Persian suffix -stan (meaning “place of” or “country”, an ending common to many Eurasian countries).tatarstan

Tatarstan is one of the most economically developed regions of Russia. The republic is highly industrialized, and the region’s main source of wealth is oil.

In just a quarter of a century,  the number of mosques in Tatarstan has increased from 20 to 1,300. That’s a 6400% increase — more than 18% per year. In general Islam’s resurgence in Tatarstan’s capital, Kazan, has been peaceful. 

What we now are discovering is that Russian Muslim jihadists are at the forefront of international jihadist attacks. For example, the Tsarnaev brothers who bombed the Boston Marathon and terrorized the city were actually Russian jihadists from Chechnya. Just this past week, it was  Russian and former-Soviet Muslim jihadists that led the attack on Turkey’s Ataturk Istanbul airport. Furthermore, we cannot overlook the role Chechen and other former-Soviet jihadists have played in Al Qaeda or the Islamic State Caliphate? Although they are Muslim jihadists, their language of communication with each other in the thick of battle is Russian.

In Russia itself these jihadists are no longer confined to their ancestral homelands found in the Caucasus, Crimea and Tatarstan. Now, a minimum of an estimated 8 million are firmly established in Russia’s European heartland.

A second concentration of Muslims in Russia is in Moscow. Led by  labour migration, the estimated population may be near 2 million. 

The head of the Council of muftis of Russia, Ravil Gainutdin, is currently collaborating to establish what may be a unified Islam throughout the Russian Federation. Chechens, Tatars, Uzbeks, Kazakhs, and all the others, in it together for the good of the Ummah.

Of all the world’s religions, fundamental Islam is the most intolerant. It simply will not tolerate the existence of other religions in areas that it controls. It is inconceivable to imagine any European leader associated with the Catholic Church being able to secure the allegiance of Muslims.

Ultimately, will the Muslim world revolt against any attempt of the Antichrist to bring them within his domain if he is of European descent as many other Bible prophecy teachers imply? 

This may result in a war that will ultimately escalate into an all-out nuclear conflagration. These wars result in the death of half of humanity during the first three and a half years of the Tribulation period.

Again, I want to make it clear that this is simply a viewpoint that is being examined through the lense of Scriptures. Is it possible that Vladimir Putin might not be the future “Gog” of a Muslim-led Russia, but the Grand Mufti of Russia, Sheikh Ravil Gaynutdin (born 1959 Rawil Ismagliovich Gaynutdinov) of Tatarstan? Will Russia itself ultimately fall to Islam?

Will this ultimately be the hook in the jaw of Magog? Whether it is or isn’t is sheer speculation. Nonetheless, what cannot be ignored is that the prophetic pieces are all falling into place. It won’t be long before we find out.

 

 

 

 

 

One For All And All For One??

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According to an article in the Jerusalem Post, (http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Christians-Muslims-and-Jews-to-build-joint-house-of-worship-in-Jerusalem-457837), between September 5 to 11 of this year 2016, a public ceremony will be held which will feature a joint prayer meeting between worshippers of Christianity, Judaism and Islam.  A small structure of four walls and a bit of balcony, called the Alpert Youth Music Center will become AMEN, a home for something that has never before been attempted in the Holy City – a place of worship for the three great monotheistic religions “who share a passion for Jerusalem in which they will co-exist temporarily under the wings of the Almighty.”

The concept they have created, which the believing public is invited to join between September 5 to 11, is part of a festival known as Mekudeshet, Blessed, part of Jerusalem’s Season of Culture.

Isaiah 56:6-8-–Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off. Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the Lord, to serve him, and to love the name of the Lord, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant; Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people. The Lord God, which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered unto him.

Reportedly, this reality is based on Isaiah’s prophecy, ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all the nations. It is, as the festival organizers say, “an old-new reality that draws its inspiration from the ancient traditions of meeting and cooperation. A reality that turns what is holy for you and for me from separate rooms into one open temple that is filled with shared and sacred inspiration and faith.”

 

A careful reading of the Scriptures clearly mentions that this will be a house of prayer to all nations, NOT religions.

Can this be so? Worshippers of the three Monotheistic Religions are going to come together in one edifice to pray together. How can this turn of events occur, when the ever present family feud between the seed of Ishmael and the seed of Isaac is at a fever pitch? Any permanent resolution to the current Middle East crisis would ultimately require for the religious portion of the problem to be resolved.

Could this upcoming event trigger the establishment of  Moslem and Jewish areas in Jerusalem collaborating with Christians to create a New Jerusalem Covenant. Then, and only then, will it be possible to build a combination Church, temple and a mosque all in one in Jerusalem. If so, apparently it will not last for long peacefully.

Revelation 11:1-2—And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.

This apparently looks like the perfect platform for an individual in the Bible referred to as the “lamb with two horns,” to perhaps make his long-awaited appearance on the world scene.

Revelation 13:11-14—And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

At the proper moment in history, the this individual will visit the combined Jewish/Christian/Moslem sector of Jerusalem to announce that ALL religions should be combined into one.

I know this sheer speculation. However in light of prophetic events rapidly unfolding on the world scene, this could be a major moment in history. If the false prophet indeed is about to emerge, then according to the Bible so is the Anti-Christ. 

At this time, when several Christian Churches are sliding down the prophetic path of apostasy, denying the key doctrines of the Christian Faith, agreeing with the pagan religions, this may as well conditioned Christians to participate in an Ecumenical service where all three Monotheistic religions come together to pray in the name of peace: All for one and one for all!

This development is major and just may be the steppingstone to the appearance on the world scene of the False Prophet and of Antichrist.

However, our focus should be on the Christ, or the lamb that was slain before the foundation of the world.

I Thessalonians 5:4-11—For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape, But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

The King is coming & YESHUA is His name!

Will The Recent Shakeup of the of the European Union Ultimately Push NATO to the Forefront of World Affairs??

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Daniel 2:28-45
—Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king.  But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these; As for thee, O king, thy thoughts came into thy mind upon thy bed, what should come to pass hereafter: and he that revealeth secrets maketh known to thee what shall come to pass. But as for me, this secret is not revealed to me for any wisdom that I have more than any living, but for their sakes that shall make known the interpretation to the king, and that thou mightest know the thoughts of thy heart. Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible. This image’s head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass.  His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.  This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king. Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory. And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold. And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth. And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise. And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay. And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.

When it comes to Bible prophecy and ‘last days’ eschatology,  many Bible prophecy teachers have often alluded to the European Union as the central theme what would be the final world empire that exists prior to the return of the Lord.

Just this past week, in a stunning move that no one saw coming, Great Britain said “NO” to staying in the EU by a BREXIT vote margin of 52% to 48%. The common people of Great Britain have boldly declared in this referendum result that they prefer British sovereignty over rule by a central, unelected European bureaucracy that dictates from Brussels. I must say that the sovereignty of God cannot be overlooked regarding this matter.

Currently, the EU is saddled with economic and Muslim migration crises. Could it be that the current Muslim immigration may the agent for a major shift in Europe. Are beginning to see the signs of a future split in Europe, even states within states, separating between sheep and goat nations. 

With the sudden departure of Great Britain, it can be said that France and Germany are now the two pillars of the European Union. However, if other countries (i. e. Scotland) in Europe follow Great Britain who will fill the void of their departure? If France decides to distance itself, this may force Germany to seek another pillar. Could this other pillar be Turkey??

Daniel 2:21—And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:

Psalm 75:7—But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.

Another important point that I would like to mention is that the European Union has never been a military force. And the dominant theme in last days prophecy of the 70th Week is one of a final world-dominating empire of the Antichrist wielding overwhelming military power. I believe that this is where NATO enters the equation.

What you see happening in Europe could heading America’s way, because we promote the same sins and rebellion.

Isaiah 40:15 Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing.

Exciting times are ahead indeed. Many think that what has happened may have set back the prophetic timetable of end time events. I am of the unction that if anything, it may have accelerated the prophetic clock.

Look up for our redemption draweth Nigh!

 

 

 

Northeast Sector of Ring of Fire Coming to Life

Matthew 24:7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

Mark 13:8 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.

Luke 21:11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.

It goes without saying that as we approach the halfway mark of the year 2016, there has been an increase in both seismic activity and volcanic eruptions. Much of this activity has taken place in a volatile region other wise known as the ring of Fire.

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According to the National Geophysical Data Center, earthquakes considered significant must meet at least one of the following criteria: “Moderate damage (approximately $1 million or more), 10 or more deaths, Magnitude 7.5 or greater, Modified Mercalli Intensity X or greater, or the earthquake generated a tsunami.”

Many of the larger quakes that occurred this year have been in this region. Surprisingly, a certain area seemed unaffected by these quakes:

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That was until last week. As of last week, it is being reported that there now has been highly unusual seismic activity along major fault lines in California.

Scientists have been warning us for the longest time that we are actually way overdue for “the Big One” A quake that is in the 9.0+ range and may be accompanied by a tsunami.

The crust of our planet is becoming increasingly unstable. As we enter the midway point of the year 2016, we have witnessed a series of very disturbing earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

Here in the United States, in recent weeks we have seen very large earthquake swarms develop under Mt. Hood, Mt Rainier and Mt. Saint Helens simultaneously.

At some point there will be major volcanic eruptions along the west coast.

At some point there will be major earthquakes along the west coast. This may also be accompanied by major volcanic eruptions.

Is Bible prophecy being fulfilled?

Well there certainly have been great earthquakes in diverse places. In the past year or so, there were substantially more major earthquakes than the prior year or so. An increase in seismic activity is consistent with Biblical prophecy.

 

 

The Fig Tree Prophecy

Matthew 24:1-23—And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise      against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.

19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:

In the above passage(s) Jesus had finished answering the question about His Second Coming, when He switches gears to answer the questions about the “signs of the end of the age.” The first sign that would show that the end of the age had arrived was the fig tree shooting forth its leaves. The fig tree is one of the last trees to bud in the spring. So when it puts forth leaves, people know that summer is right around the corner. What does the fig tree represent?fig-tree-and-israel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the Old testament, the prophet Hosea compared the nation of Israel to figs. Furthermore, the prophet  and Isaiah compared them to plants in a vineyard.

Hosea 9:10 – “I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers as the first fruits on the fig tree in its first season.”
Isaiah 5:7 – For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah are His pleasant plant.
We go on to discover that even the prophet Joel compared the land of Israel to a fig tree:

Joel 1:6-7 – For a nation has come up against My land, strong, and without number; his teeth are the teeth of a lion, and he has the fangs of a fierce lion. He has laid waste My vine, and ruined My fig tree; he has stripped it bare and thrown it away; its branches are made white.
In the New Testament here is part of yet  another parable Jesus shared about a fig tree:

Luke 13:5-9 – “…unless you repent you will all likewise perish.” He also spoke this parable: “A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. Then he said to the keeper of his vineyard, ‘Look, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none. Cut it down; why does it use up the ground?’ But he answered and said to him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it. And if it bears fruit, well. But if not, after that you can cut it down.'”
The passage in Isaiah 5:7 shows us that the vineyard belongs to the Lord. The keeper in the parable above is Jesus, who was three years into His ministry at the time. Right before Jesus shared the parable, He warned that unless Israel repented, the nation would perish. In the parable, God told Jesus to cut down the tree, which is Israel. Jesus requested to give the tree until the next season to bear fruit, before cutting it down. A few decades after the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ Jerusalem was utterly destroyed in 70 A. D.

Nonetheless, keep in mind that when Israel (as a nation) rejected Jesus Christ as the Messiah, God was never finished with the nation of Israel. The apostle Paul made this very clear in Romans chapters 9 thru 11. Notice what is stated in Chapter 11:

Romans 11:1-27—I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel saying, Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life. But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal. Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded. (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day. And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them:Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway. I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.

12 Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness? For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office: If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them. For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches. And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in. Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.  And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again.  For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?  For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.

Many churches toady support a doctrine referred to as “Replacement Theology.” This “man-made,” doctrine propagates the notion that the Church has replaced Israel as God’s chosen people and God is finished with Israel.

What is clear in the Bible is that God promised the restoration of the nation of Israel:

Amos 9:14-15—And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them. And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the Lord thy God.

God’s promise for His people to return to the Holy Land was not basedon anything the people of Israel did. In other words, it was unconditional. God keeps His promises and protects His Holy Name in doing so:

Ezekiel 36:20-24 – When they came to the nations, wherever they went, they profaned My holy name – when they said of them, ‘These are the people of the LORD, and yet they have gone out of His land.’ But I had concern for My holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the nations wherever they went. “Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “I do not do this for your sake, O house of Israel, but for My holy name’s sake, which you have profaned among the nations wherever you went. And I will sanctify My great name, which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst; and the nations shall know that I am the LORD,” says the Lord GOD, “when I am hallowed in you before their eyes. For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land.”‘

Despite being overtaken by the Babylonians, the Assyrians, and despite being almost wiped off the table of nations due to the mass genocide of World 2 under the directives of Adolph Hitler, a miracle in itself took place in 1948. Israel was replanted! In other words, the fig tree began to put forth her leaves. The Jews returned from exile and ultimately won the West Bank and the Golan Heights during the the Six-Day War.

Since the Jews began returning to the land, there has been a constant struggle in the Middle East in the form of wars and terrorism. The Islamic world wants to destroy Israel, while the rest of the world wants to bring peace to the region by dividing Israel and Jerusalem. Israel is doing rather well economically and they have recovered from several wars. However, Israel is not living securely with the threat looming by her immediate neighbors.

Now I want to end this post with a rather intriguing question. I also recommend reading this post before moving ahead:

http://bibleprophecyfortoday.com/2015/05/25/inching-closers-towards-the-main-event-isis-vs-israel/

Why hasn’t ISIS attacked Israel?

If you have been following their agenda, the leader of ISIS made his intentions very clear. Att first, he wanted to take over Saudi Arabia and take down the monarchy on his way to capturing the two Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Medina.

Consequently, he wanted to launch terror attacks against the “unbelievers,” including the U.S.
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Earlier this year ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi threatened that “we have not forgotten Palestine,” flapped his hands in front of the camera, and warned Israelis that “Palestine will be your graveyard.”

Another one of his spokespeople also said, in Hebrew, that not even a single Israeli will remain alive in Jerusalem.

Interestingly enough, Israel didn’t respond. The two sides seem to be sitting in idle for now. A lot seems to be happening behind the scenes which is top secret. One can only assume that no one believes that Baghdadi and Company are truly ignoring Israel. The Jewish state’s eyes are always open to the possibility of ISIS sleeper cells planted in the country, and ISIS might activate them before they complete their list of objectives.

I  for one, wonder if this inactivity in any way is related to the the conlcusion of the times of the gentiles which will culminate in the rapture of the Church………

What we can conclude for a surety is that the powder keg has been lit and we are very close to a full scale war in the Middle East which will center around Israel.

If that is correct, then know for a surety that the fig tree’s branches areindeed yet  and have put forth her leaves:

Mark 13:28-30—Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near: So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done.

Event Horizon (Updated!)

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–a theoretical boundary around a black hole beyond which no light or other radiation can escape; a point of no return.

We are fast approaching the month of May and will soon reach the mid-point of 2016.

Even amongst most Orthodox Jews Messianic fervor is intensifying as many are pushing for the rebuilding of a third temple and are longing for what they believe is the imminent advent of the Nesaiah!

Now who exactly is this “messiah” they are waiting for?

Jesus warned the unbelieving masses of his time that there would come a day when they would accept a false messiah as the Christ, while denying the true Christ, Jesus:

John 5:43—I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive.

I know that the following statement may offend many, however, according to the New Testament when  Jewish Rabbis start professing their declaration for a coming “messiah” what they are truly doing is heralding in the Antichrist—The Son of perdition who will rule the world and usher in a satanic kingdom.

What connection may AntiChrist have with Syria???

With a plethora of daily news regarding Syria in lately, one has to ask if Syria is the same “Assyria” that is mentioned in the Bible. The answer is no from a political perspective. The modern state of Syria was formed after World War I and became independent after World War II.

However, there are historical connections to ancient Assyria, including some similar territory. Historically, speaking Assyria was one of the Great Mesopotamian powers along with the Babylonians and the nearby Persians. The areas they occupied are roughly close to the borders of modern day Syria (Assyria), Iraq (Babylon) and Iran (Persia).

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Assyria in particular, was located to the east and Northeast of the Northern Kingdom of Israel stretching into Mesopotamia (the broad plain between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers).

Just last year, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, have been actively engaged in high-level talks with the goal of possibly creating a joint military alliance to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad. Today the prime minister of Turkey is Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Today the Turkish army is on the Syrian border. Syria, however, apparently seems to be supported by Iran. Again keep in mind that BOTH opposing countries also have differing religious beliefs. There is speculation that Turkey may want to ultimately re-establish the Ottoman Empire. However, it is very possible that a major war between Shi’ite and Sunnis may be on the horizon with the victor claiming superiority in Islam. That being said, who will be the leader?

OttomanEmpire1800Now you have Turkey rising up in what is transpiring in the Middle East. Thus, the famed War of Gog and Magog as mentioned in Ezekiel 38-39 is not too far off. (I strongly recommend you read the four part series on the War of Gog and Magog.)

It is painfully obvious now that the final days of the Ba’athist al-Assad regime, and of Syria are upon her. It is being reported that currently, there is significant military pressure being placed upon the faltering Syrian Ba’athist regime of Bashar al-Assad and the city of Damascus by an array of Sunni Jihadist militias.

Thus, a military disaster of grave magnitude appears to be in the near future for Damascus:

Jeremiah 49:23-27—Concerning Damascus. Hamath is confounded, and Arpad: for they have heard evil tidings: they are fainthearted; there is sorrow on the sea; it cannot be quiet. Damascus is waxed feeble, and turneth herself to flee, and fear hath seized on her: anguish and sorrows have taken her, as a woman in travail. How is the city of praise not left, the city of my joy! Therefore her young men shall fall in her streets, and all the men of war shall be cut off in that day, saith the Lord of hosts.And I will kindle a fire in the wall of Damascus, and it shall consume the palaces of Benhadad.

Isaiah 17:1-3a—The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap. The cities of Aroer are forsaken: they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid. The fortress also shall cease from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus, and the remnant of Syria;

Damascus is the capital of Syria and its second largest city, with about 2.6 million people in the metropolitan area. Today Syria is in the midst of a civil war. As a continuation of Arab Spring, as leaders are being ousted and replaced, there is also a movement to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad. Damascus has already suffered a great deal of damage, but according the above mentioned Scriptures, Damascus will be taken away from being a city. Today, fighting in Damascus is on the rise.

It is being reported that The United Nations and United States leadership want Syrian President Assad gone. It also appears as if Russia and Iraq want Assad to stay. The United States have pushing for Middle Eastern led military action. The US, UN, Britain, France, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and other world powers are pushing for an escalation of force to oust the Syrian President.

Talk of a military conflict between Israel and Iran is also on the rise. In Ezekiel 38 a Russian led invasion into Israel is described. Russia is Joined by Iran, Turkey, Ethiopia/Sudan (Cush), and Libya.

Ezekiel 38:1-10—And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, And say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet: Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee. Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them. After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them. Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee.

This war may occur shortly after the destruction of Damascus. Perhaps Turkey may destroy Damascus. Turkey may then join Russia in launching a Middle Eastern invasion into Israel. Thus, after Syria is destroyed, a Middle East invasion into Israel will occur.middle-east-ground-zero-bible-prophecy.jpg.crop_display

It is worth noticing to see who may be the next leader in Assyria. There are several allusions to the Anti-Christ mentioned in the Bible and according to the Bible, in the following passages, he is referred to as the “Assyrian”:

—Isaiah 10:5 :O Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is mine indignation.

—Isaiah 10:24 : Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD of hosts, O my people that dwellest in Zion, be not afraid of the Assyrian: he shall smite thee with a rod, and shall lift up his staff against thee, after the manner of Egypt.

—Isaiah 14:25 : That I will break the Assyrian in my land, and upon my mountains tread him under foot: then shall his yoke depart from off them, and his burden depart from off their shoulders.

—Isaiah 30:31 For through the voice of the LORD shall the Assyrian be beaten down, which smote with a rod.

—Micah 5:5 And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land;

—Micah 5:6 And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod in the entrances thereof: thus shall he deliver us from the Assyrian, when he cometh into our land, and when he treadeth within our borders.

Many of the Shi’ite leaders in Iran hold fast to the notion that the Syrian revolution could be the catalyst for sparking a worldwide conflagration that will usher in the arrival of the Mahdi. They also believe that the Mahdi will lead a global revolution and establish a worldwide Islamic empire and rule the earth as the final Caliph of Islam.

The Turkish army is amassed along the Syrian border today. If Turkey attacks Syria will it then turn south to invade Israel? Who will be the next leader of Syria?

2 Thessalonians 2:1-12-–Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you,  not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ[a] had come. Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin[b] is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God[c] in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things?  And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time.  For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He[d] who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.  And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming.  The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders,  and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.  And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie,  that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

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I truly believe that as the Holy Spirit is preparing the true Church for the Imminent Return of the LORD, consequently, the spirit of lawlessness is paving the way for the man of lawlessness to be revealed. This can be evidenced by the moral slide that has taken in place in the U. S. alone Since the summer of 2015.

2 Thessalonians 2:7—For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.

Regarding the end of times, it is important to develop a knowledgeable perspective when viewing current events unfolding in the Middle East. I have stated before that it seems as if there has been an acceleration of prophetic events and even more so in the Middle East. Where it all began is where it all will come to a conclusion with the Return of Jesus Christ which day by day seems to be getting closer and closer and closer…..

We may be approaching an event horizon: the identity of the Anti-Christ may soon be revealed and if he indeed is from Syria, he may emerge in the very near future………..

IS THE BIG ONE NEXT???

Matthew 24:7—For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

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Over the last few days there has been a series of major quakes that have occurred in an area otherwise referred to as the Ring of Fire. Four earthquakes were recorded around the globe, including three major quakes in the last 72 hours. Notice the one area that has yet to be struck with a large scale quake. Granted several tremors have been recorded alongside the west coast of the U. S. Nonetheless, a quake similar to the other three “Big” ones hasn’t occurred.

If you haven’t already please read the updated post:

“Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin On!” (UPDATED!)

In the past ten years alone there have been 408 earthquakes of magnitude 6.5 to 9.0 to occur. In 2015 there were 61 quakes within this magnitude range; 49 in 2014; 57 in 2013; 42 in 2012 and 52 in 2011.

A 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit Southern Japan, killing nine and injuring more than 850 others. 44,000 people were evacuated from the town of Mashiki. There is a known concentration of faults in the area. Still, experts say it is highly unusual to have a string of quakes measuring around magnitude 6 and stretching over such a vast area. The series of quakes in demonstrate a pattern that would literally divide this country in half.    

I’ll get back to that in a minute…….

This quake in Japan was followed by a 5.9-magnitude earthquake which struck off the coast of the southern Philippines.

A 6-magnitude earthquake also struck off the coast of the Pacific island of Vanuatu, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

Ecuador was struck with a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. It is being reported that tremors were felt 300 miles away on the country of Colombia!

Earlier last week, a magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck Myanmar, Burma, causing tremors around the region. Tremors were also reported in the neighboring country of Bangladesh where scores were reported injured in stampedes and buildings were damaged.

In the last two days alone, earthquakes have struck regions in the far Pacific like Fiji and Tonga, while smaller earthquakes have rattled portions of Japan, Ecuador, Guatemala, El Salvador, Chile, Alaska, California, Indonesia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, the Adriatic Sea, the Strait of Gibraltar, the Hawaiian Islands, and Greece.

But that is not all. Alongside this sudden spate of quakes, some of the biggest volcanoes in the world are now beginning to wake up. During this century, there have been an average of 35    volcanic eruptions a year. Only four months into 2016 and we have already surpassed that mark!

Just less then 24 hours ago,  the most dangerous volcano in Mexico erupted. Mt. Popocateptl which is derived from an Aztec word that means “smoking mountain”, spewed ashes that affected much of the city of Puebla, forcing the closure of the local airport.

Where will the next big earthquake strike or how long will this current seismic episode last ? Will history repeat itself?

On April 18th of 1906, a  magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit San Francisco on April 18th of that year. However, did you know that it occurred in conjunction with two other quakes:

On January 31st, 1906 , ECUADOR experienced an earthquake measured at 8.8 on the Richter scale, and just a few months later  a 7.1 earthquake struck JAPAN on March 17th of the same year!

Folks, these two regions have been struck again with similar quakes and this time it has occurred within days and not months.

What we do know for a surety is that there will be many more such events and they will increase in both severity and intensity as the Day of the LORD draws near.

Joel 3:2—I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land. (…or divided the country)

Keep in mind that in the past, when actions have been taken against the land of Israel, judgments have occurred. In, 2005, the U. S. pressured Israel into giving up up a bunch of their settlements and within 24 hours of that Hurricane Katrina ravaged many of our settlements. Another case in point AND TAKE HEED TO THIS ONE: Japan took action against Israel and within a short amount of time the Japan earthquake and tsunami occurred.

I cannot emphasize how important it is to understand that Israel becomes the focal point of end-time events after the Rapture of the church.

And now it appears as if a resolution may be voted on at the U.N. Security Council on April 22nd regarding (dividing!) the land of Israel.

The Palestinian Authority distributed a draft resolution this week condemning construction in the settlements to a number of members of the UN Security Council. A senior Palestinian official has mentioned  Mahmoud Abbas will be arriving in New York on April 22, Passover eve, to be present personally for the planned vote.

As you just read this Palestinian plan is attempting to stop construction in the settlement. Not only will the Palestinian plan be voted on but also the French plan that divides the land of Israel outright will also be presented.

Furthermore, it is being reported that the current president of the United States is saying all options are on the table when it comes to getting this two state resolution passed. On April 22nd, 2 resolutions will be presented to the UN Security Council to be put to a vote. The president has expressed concern and has often stated that something must be done about the violence in the Middle East, indicating that he will push one of these two resolutions through the UN on the 22nd. The real question here is which one will be passed? Will it be the Palestian plan to stop settlement building or the France plan to divide the land entirely?

Forget the west coast. Should we be paying attention to the Madrid Fault line which literally “divides,” the U. S. in half??

That being said, it appears as if at least one if not both resolutions are in position to pass the U.N. security council, and if so they would be presented for a full vote at a later time in the near future.

Matthew 27: 51-54—Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;  And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.

There was an earthquake at the death of Jesus Christ. There was an earthquake at the resurrection of Jesus Christ. I for one, am of the impression that there will most likely be seismic activity of gargantuan proportions when the Dead in Christ are resurrected at the Rapture of the Church.

The bride of Christ was commanded by Christ to know the seasons. We are all commanded to be  looking expectantly for signs of His coming in the Harpazo.
We are to be very much knowledgable of the time and the season .We do know in part right now but I truly believe the blinders are being removed from our eyes everyday.

Could it be that this global seismic activity is a pre-cursor to the Rapture???

Are we that close?

The Day of the LORD

The purpose of this post is not to determine the issue as to whether the day of the LORD is Sunday, or Easter or Resurrection Day or Christmas………….This study is to understand the eschatological explanation of the Day of the LORD according to the Bible.

If we were list of things yet to happen culminating in the end of one age and the beginning of another, generally speaking the following has yet to happen:

You have the Battle of Gog & Magog. You have the Rapture of the church. You have the rise of the Antichrist. You have the salvation of the nation Israel. You have a series of judgments that come through natural means. And then, you have a series of judgments that come through supernatural means. In the Book of Revelation these are referred to as the Seal, Trumpet and Bowl judgments.

You have the return of Jesus Christ. You have the battle of Armageddon. You have the destruction of the world’s nations. You have the judgment of the sheep and the goats. You have the establishment of the millennial kingdom. You have the binding of Satan for one thousand years, you have the loosing of Satan and yet another  world-wide rebellion after one thousand years, you have the destruction of the world, and then the creation of a new heaven and the new earth. I know I have said a lot here and each event event listed rightfully deserves a separate post for each event. Who knows? Perhaps that just may happen. After all much of these events help explain what Bible prophecy (for today.com) get it? is all about.  Hourglass_Prophecy_Studies_for_Watts_New_HopeThe aforementioned events are yet to happen but I submit to you they may be on the verge of happening soon. Sooner then we think. As Jack Palance would say, “Believe it……..or not!”

Ultimately, my sincerest prayer is that this website would be a witnessing tool to bring many to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ as their LORD and Savior. In addition, it would enable the believer in Christ to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ to better serve the LORD and help prepare the way for His eventual return. That being said, let us explore what the Word of God tells us regarding the Day of the LORD:

The LORD will first rapture the faithful Church but He ultimately returns with it. The period that commences after the rapture of the Church will also usher in what is known as the “Time of Jacob’s trouble”:

Jeremiah 30:4-7 —–And these are the words that the LORD spake concerning Israel and concerning Judah. For thus saith the LORD; We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace. Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child? wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness? Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.

Daniel 12:1 —And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.

Matthew 24:15-22 —When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.

The age of the Church will end and the Time of Jacob’s trouble and the salvation of the nation of Israel will become the central element in the purpose of God on earth. Israel and the Jews will be in the worst turmoil ever and the surviving remnant of the Jews and Gentiles will enter the Millennial Kingdom after the Day of the LORD comes to pass.

The Day of the LORD is  not a 24 hour day, but rather a series of events in which the wrath of God is poured out on those who are not raptured, including the persecutors of the true Church and the haters of the nation of Israel. It will also culminate in God’s prevailing justice of the kingdom of AntiChrist.

Amos 5:16-20—Therefore the Lord, the God of hosts, the Lord, saith thus; Wailing shall be in all streets; and they shall say in all the highways, Alas! alas! and they shall call the husbandman to mourning, and such as are skilful of lamentation to wailing. 17 And in all vineyards shall be wailing: for I will pass through thee, saith the Lord. 18 Woe unto you that desire the day of the Lord! to what end is it for you? the day of the Lord is darkness, and not light. 19 As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him. 20 Shall not the day of the Lord be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?

Each day that passes by we see the nation of Israel becoming more alienated from the rest of the world. Several nations that once were considered allies are no longer supporting her. Israel is beginning to find that she has no allies. This was all spoken of in the Bible. 

Joel 3:1-2—–For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, 2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.

Did you see that? parted the LORD’s land. Did I hear “Land for Peace” deals??

Zechariah 12: 2—-Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. 3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it. 4 In that day, saith the Lord, I will smite every horse with astonishment, and his rider with madness: and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah, and will smite every horse of the people with blindness. 5 And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, The inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be my strength in the Lord of hosts their God. 6 In that day will I make the governors of Judah like an hearth of fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the people round about, on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem. 7 The Lord also shall save the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem do not magnify themselves against Judah. 8 In that day shall the Lord defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the Lord before them. 9 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.

What is for unbelieving Israel is not for the faithful Church. We need to understand that tribulation is one thing. Whereas the wrath of God is entire something else. Once the Rapture of the Church commences, those who have not been removed will find themselves in the Day of the Lord and may be objects of His wrath. Even from this only a few will survive and be saved.

Zechariah 14:1-9 —–Behold, the day of the Lord is coming, And your spoil will be divided in your midst. 2 For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem; The city shall be taken, The houses rifled, And the women ravished.
Half of the city shall go into captivity, But the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city. 3 Then the Lord will go forth And fight against those nations, As He fights in the day of battle. 4 And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, Which faces Jerusalem on the east and the Mount of Olives shall be split in two, From east to west, Making a very large valley; Half of the mountain shall move toward the north And half of it toward the south. 5 Then you shall flee through My mountain valley, For the mountain valley shall reach to Azal. Yes, you shall flee As you fled from the earthquake In the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Thus the Lord my God will come, And all the saints with You. 6 It shall come to pass in that day That there will be no light; The lights will diminish. 7 It shall be one day Which is known to the Lord— Neither day nor night. But at evening time it shall happen That it will be light. 8 And in that day it shall be That living waters shall flow from Jerusalem, Half of them toward the eastern sea And half of them toward the western sea; In both summer and winter it shall occur. 9 And the Lord shall be King over all the earth. In that day it shall be— “The Lord is one,”  And His name one.

Once again to put it into simplest terms, when the LORD comes and removes the faithful Church and unleashes His wrath on this earth and on the kingdom of AntiChrist, He will be intervening in the strategic conflict against the nation of Israel. This is the Day of the LORD. It is now very obvious to discern what is about to take place in the Middle East. In the map below the little red portion is Israel. The green portion is all the countries that are Islamic and are not too fond of Israel:

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2 Corinthians 6:1-2—We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. 2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.) ——-tomorrow may be the day of wrath.

 

Kingdom Business vs. Kingdom Busyness

Luke 10:38-42—Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

Understanding that salvation is a free gift with eternal ramifications clearly confirms that there is nothing we as mortal human beings can ever do to equate what Jesus Christ did by dying on the cross for our sins.

Often we are so overcome with has happened in our lives there is a zeal to serve the Lord. Amen to that. I heard it said that our works “post-salvation,” are not the root of our obtaining salvation but rather the fruit of of it. Furthermore, what  we do after we are saved does have eternal ramifications to a degree as well.

God’s entire purpose in calling us is to place us back in the position for which we were originally created––to be a “joint-heirs” with Christ ruling and reigning with Him over the earth during His 1000-year millennial reign.

Furthermore, another purpose of our salvation is not only an earthly mission (to be conformed into the “image of Christ” for a witness to others), but also to partake in the blessings of a future heavenly and glorious kingdom.

All believers will face the LORD at the Judgment Seat of Christ (also referred to as the Bema Seat of Christ )

For further understanding please see this link: http://bibleprophecyfortoday.com/2015/03/27/crowns-and-rewards/

That being said, so much seems to be happening in the Body of Christ that may not be Biblically correct. Arriving at a right doctrinal position and discerning things in a Biblical manner in times like this is becoming more and more challenging for many sincere believers genuinely wanting to know the truth so as to do what is right. 

im-too-busyIn the above mentioned verses we notice that Martha was so caught up in serving and being busy that she was troubled about many things. I am not in anyway speaking against serving the LORD, but want to make it clear that when it is His will, your serving Him will not be a burden. I have witnessed many saints of God so full of zeal, stretching themselves and serving in ministries here and there only to get burnt out and often doing at not taking heed to their primary minsitry assignment: home, family, etc. which has been neglected as a result. Often the enemy likes to attack when one is tired.

Rest and resting in the LORD is vey important. Especially in the times we are living in now. You cannot be so busy doing the work of the LORD that you forgot spending time with the LORD of the work. Get it?

Revelation 2:1-5—Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

Turn the cell phone off. Turn off television and the media. Spend more time seeking Jesus through reading the Bible word, through prayer and meditation.

Psalm 46:1-10—-God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we 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. Selah. There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early. The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah. Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolations he hath made in the earth.He maketh wars 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. Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

Tumultuous times may be ahead but remember this: We have faith and we have hope.

Hebrews 11:1–Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Faith is the assurance of things hoped for; the assurance. You cannot define Biblical faith unless you do it in light of hope, nor can you define Biblical hope unless you define it in light of faith. We think of “He hopes” as being synonymous with “He wishes”’. In the Bible, however, that is not the case; rather, hope in Biblical terms is a future fact.

We have faith in a future fact. Faith is the assurance of our hope – we are assured that it will happen. Religions and religious institutions cannot give people the assurance of salvation. This also includes unbiblical forms of Christianity. The enemy knows this.

Only the Lord Jesus can give us that assurance. But faith is the assurance of what we hope for. We don’t wish; We know. We have hope.

Romans 10:17—So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

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So how does faith come? It comes by hearing and by hearing, reading, speaking, meditating on God’s Word. This faith then assures what we hope for or what is a fact. This fact is in God’s Word.

We need to be like Mary and sit at the feet of the Messiah and truly hear and understand God’s Word.