News today continues to prove Bible prophecy truth. Stage-setting for fulfillment of things foretold to come moves forward.
In the realm of setting the stage for the horrific wars that are predicted at the windup of the days leading to Christ’s return, the prophet Ezekiel’s words are front and center:
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: and many people with thee. (Ezekiel 38:1–6)
Dr. Harry A. Ironside, one of the most recognized of those who had a literal, futurist view of Bible prophecy, wrote the following early in the twentieth century:
In the last days, the final head of the Russian people will look with covetous eyes upon the great developments in the land of Palestine. They will determine that Russia must have her part of the wealth there produced. Consequently, we have the picture of a vast army, augmented by warriors from Persia, Cush, Phut, marching down toward Palestine.
Dr. Jack Van Impe, who recently went to be home with the Lord, wrote the following about Ezekiel’s prophecy:
There is no need to marshal the scholars of the past to confirm the place or purpose of this war. Ezekiel explained:
“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.” (Ezek. 38:8).
What a clear and up-to-date description of Israel! She is certainly the land that is brought back from the sword—gathered out of many people—a former wasteland—brought forth out of the nations. (“The Coming War with Russia,” Dr. Jack VanImpe, Perhaps Today magazine)
There is little question that Russia is the nation or people of Rosh, as Ezekiel terms it, which will be the lead nation in the Gog-Magog assault. Its chief prince, i.e., its leader, will be the leader of the coalition that will invade Israel. The reason, according to the prophet, will be to take “spoil.” That is, they will desire to plunder Israel’s wealth.
It is rational to ask what could induce a coalition of nations to conspire to do such a thing in these days of nuclear weaponry. Israel reportedly has one of the top nuclear arsenals in terms of number of weapons. It would be foolhardy to attack as described in Ezekiel 38 and 39. This is especially a relevant question since Israel has demonstrated on many occasions that it will defend its territory. And, in modern times, it has never lost!
Ezekiel gives the reason Gog gets the evil thought. It is apparently because Israel will be dwelling in “unwalled villages.” That is, it will be without defense, as walls were for the defense of nations in so-called Bible times.
But there is the factor also of that matter of Gog’s “evil thought” including, apparently, the knowledge that there are “spoils” to be garnered by such an attack. It must be that the “spoil” is desperately needed for some reason.
Now we consider the way things are shaping in the Middle East in these times. One must concede they are strange, I think. Never has there been a world completely shut down because of something proven to be not much more than a flu bug with somewhat of an extra bite.
So, with these strange times and all other considerations we’ve discussed in these commentaries many times, it is prudent to ask whether the Gog-Magog war might be in view.
It is my opinion that this assault won’t take place until after the Rapture of the Church. My belief revolves around a number of factors covered before. Space here doesn’t allow that we go over that territory again.
So what do we see in the news at the moment that might be setting the stage for the Gog-Magog war, which the Lord Himself will win for Israel?
A quick look at the three major players in that coalition and one more minor nation involved in the attack will help clue us.
The first news item involves Iran, Israel’s chief Middle East enemy of dangerous proportion. Iran, of course, covers much of what was Persia in Ezekiel’s time.
Iran will support any nation or group that fights Israel, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday, ahead of this week’s annual observance of Quds (Jerusalem) Day to express support for Palestinians.
We will support and assist any nation or any group anywhere who opposes and fights the Zionist regime, and we do not hesitate to say this,” Khamenei said in a post on his official English-language Twitter account.
Iran, Israel’s arch-enemy in the Middle East, has been a key supporter, along with Russia, of President Bashar al-Assad during Syria’s civil war, sending military advisers as well as material and regional Shi’ite militias. (“Iran: Will Support Any Nation or Group That Fights Israel Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei Launches Threat,” Reuters, May 22, 2020)
The second story brings into view a major and a minor player as listed by Ezekiel. These two nations, close in proximity in military affairs, prove they’re already closing in on conflict that might bring Libya totally into the Turkish orbit. The way things go with strongmen bullying and bashing their way around in the region, it might be just a matter of time before joint battle strategy is forthcoming.
Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said Haftar’s LNA received warplanes with ‘foreign support’ [File: Cem Ozdel/Anadolu]
Turkey has warned that attacks on its interests in Libya by renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar’s forces will have “grave consequences” after advances by the country’s Turkish-backed government.
Ankara has provided military support to the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) in Libya, which has been battling to fend off a year-long offensive by Haftar’s forces to take control of the capital Tripoli.
Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy on Thursday said Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) had received warplanes with “foreign support” and that they had vowed to target Turkish positions in Libya with an air campaign.
“In the event Turkish interests in Libya are targeted, this will have very grave consequences,” Aksoy said on Thursday, adding that the LNA’s statements were “delusional.” (“Grave Consequences: Turkey Warns Libya’s Haftar Against Attacks | Turkey News, Al Jazeera May 21, 2020)
The third nation in the news will lead the coalition against God’s chosen people, according to Ezekiel. Russia, already strapped for cash because of falling petroleum and natural gas prices and myriad other economic woes, was hit harder by the COVID-19 crisis than has been reported.
MOSCOW (Reuters)—Russia’s economy could contract by more than 8% in the second quarter of 2020, central bank governor Elvira Nabiullina said on Friday, adding that the bank would revise its most recent gross domestic product forecast.
Nabiullina said cutting Russia’s benchmark interest rate by 100 basis points from 5.5% will be considered in June.
On inflation, Nabiullina said the bank’s year-end forecast was 3.8-4.8%, with peak annual inflation expected in the summer. (“Russian GDP Could Fall by More than 8% Second Quarter 2020, Nabiullina, May 22, 2020)
Russia’s Gross National Product figures are dismal and scheduled to get much, much worse. Israel is all but certain to pick up Russian clients in Europe and elsewhere because of tremendous finds in and around Israel. Could it all have to do with the “evil thought” the Russian leader of that day will have, thus bring Russia, Turkey (Togarmah), Iran (Persia), and Libya down over the mountains of Israel to take “great spoil”?
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to rule the airwaves, cyberspace, and every facet of our lives. Every story coming across our TV or computer screens continues to scream with the Coronavirus onslaught that has condemned us, potentially, to death, and almost certainly, too, economic depression. The pandemic is all the media want us to think about, and most gladly oblige by adhering to the guidelines demanded by those experts such as Dr. Anthony Fauci.
The figures they parade before our near-panicked eyes are front and center each and every news cycle. One snapshot in time, as the pandemic progresses, presented the following as I perused the numbers. They are taken from a Google search.
United States cases: Updated May 17 at 10:20 AM local
Confirmed: 1,500,148 (+26,733)
Deaths: 89,498 (+1,261)
Global cases: Updated May 17 at 9:20 AM local
Confirmed: 4,658,651 (+95,193)
Deaths: 312,239 (+4,074)
Recovered: 1,703,322 (+54,047)
There is great alarm over the deaths among these statistics. The number of cases both in America and globally are all-consuming. However, the statistics of recoveries are downplayed to the point they are never mentioned in many newscasts or news postings.
Any death, as the president and all others consistently remind us, is too many. There is a race to move Heaven and earth in order to find a vaccine that will guarantee one cannot get the virus. That is a quest that is, almost all of the experts agree, something that can’t happen for at least another 18 months. Some say there will never be a vaccine found for these types of viral diseases because they mutate constantly. The common flu, for example, has shots but not true vaccines. The shots can lessen the severity of the flu in patients. No vaccine has been produced that guarantees people won’t get any strain of the flu.
Vaccines have been produced that are effective for measles, smallpox, polio, and other diseases but not for the viral illnesses. You will have to ask someone besides yours truly to find out why this is the case. I certainly can’t give you the answer. I just know it’s a fact.
This great, all-consuming concern for our lives, as we have seen, has a raging political agenda attached to it. We can’t open up the economies either of America or the world until that magical vaccine is found. This is the opinion of those such as Dr. Fauci and the CDC for the most part.
Yet no such vaccine is likely forthcoming, despite the efforts of those such as Bill Gates, who, many of our friends with a squinted, conspiratorial eye toward his efforts believe, intends to inject in all of us a tracking device, or worse.
There might develop flu-like shots to lessen severity, but a true vaccine such as in measles or smallpox isn’t likely to be produced.
The satanic influence of all this particularly strikes my suspicion-meter when thinking on how, while there is all this burning concern for making sure no one ever again gets a case of Coronavirus, the most vulnerable and helpless of our kind are given no such concern or protective effort – except for those who are concerned for the sanctity of life.
While we see the figures each and every news cycle of cases and deaths of COVID-19 victims, we never see the statistics of the infanticide we are deliberately allowing to be perpetrated.
Abortion in America has been consistently very near 1 million or more babies per year for decades. Statistics show a slight lessening over the last few years, but still the mark hovers around the 1 million mark. The last time I looked at it, the number since Roe v Wade was nearing 70 million.
The COVID-19 Nazis – I mean officials – have told us that the most vulnerable among us, in addition to the elderly and those with severe health problems, are people of color – mostly meaning those who are African Americans. This is of great concern to, particularly, the progressives, as they prepare their plans for how to twist things in order to get Trump removed from office. They want back the numbers among the darker races they’ve lost due to Trump’s efforts to advance their plight in America.
They blame him for numbers of deaths being so high among people of color, as they put it. The conclusion they make is, of course, ludicrous, as is so much they try to peddle.
In considering facts about concern for African Americans and the Coronavirus, we wonder where the great concern is in the matter of African American babies in the wombs of their mothers. By far, the greatest number of abortions are performed on African American fetuses. They are a minority, but the majority of abortions are performed on black children. Where is the compassion of the Party that claims to champion the black American voter base?
There is great concern to prevent COVID-19, but no concern for helpless children in the womb.
We don’t have to wonder what the Creator God of Heaven thinks about the Pandemic vs Abortion statistical inequity.
Here is what David, a man after God’s own heart, wrote under Holy Spirit Inspiration:
“For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfected; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them” (Psalms 139: 13-16).
I continue to believe that when the Rapture takes place and every womb is empty because those little ones are with Christ in that instant, God will have made a Statement about when life begins.
Hubstaff, Tsheet, Time Doctor, Awareness Technologies, Tattleware – these are terms that might have been around for a time, but COVID-19 and the so-called pandemic has made these more immediately emerge to the surface of a world looking at a new norm.
“You had to live – did live, from habit that became instinct – in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.” – George Orwell, 1984
The world of Big Brother put everyone in a government box of control. Although Orwell could only put to paper what his health-degenerating brain could imagine, his seems almost prescient in its fictional projection. That governmental control box seems to have sprung to life with the Coronavirus and its many ramifications. That box is the computer.
We can understand the novelist’s prescience a bit by looking at several items in the news that show how controls that Orwell foresaw have emerged over the most intimate places of our existence – our homes. These have come about by asserting themselves within the most basic necessities of life –our health and our ability to earn income.
One young woman, a 25-year-old whose company closed its doors to workplace attendance, but allows work-at-home through computer, helps us look into what we will call computer gulag. While so-called whistle blowing has taken on, in my estimation, rather despicable implications, she, anonymously, presents exactly what America might face from this point forward. I am somewhat encouraged that one so young, 1) recognizes the kind of dangers to personal liberty this represents, and 2) is courageous enough to take the risk of expressing her fears, knowing how easy it is to be “outed” in today’s world of surveillance.
She reports that her employer has started using software called Time Doctor. It downloads videos of employees’ screens while they work. It also can enable a computer’s webcam to take a picture of the employee every 10 minutes.
She says, “If you’re idle for a few minutes, if you go to the bathroom or whatever, a pop-up will come up and it’ll say, ‘You have 60 seconds to start working again or we’re going to pause your time.'”
That meant that being away from her computer for more than a minute or two could cause them to cut her pay. Critics call this kind of tracking software “tattleware.”
The head of the Connecticut-based company, Awareness Technologies, Brad Miller, is irritated by that description. Miller said that since the COVID-19 outbreak, Awareness Technologies’ business has tripled. Its programs for managers keep a record of every task employees are doing on their computers.
Each worker then gets assigned a productivity score. Every employee is ranked accordingly.
Miller said, “If you’re not working or doing something wrong, then I guess it will tattle on you, but I don’t think that’s really how companies that are buying [the software] think of it as.”
The following further reports on the matter of stay-at-home computer controls.
Dave Nevogt, the CEO of Hubstaff, said demand has tripled for his company’s monitoring software, too.
“We have seen a massive increase in the number of people needing our platform,” Nevogt told NPR. “Remote work has gotten a huge boost as everyone has been forced to work outside of the office, and we feel like these changes may be here for good.”
For bosses, keeping up with worker productivity has always been a give-and-take. But in the office, it is much easier to figure out if someone is doing a job well. Now tracking technology is taking the place of a manager’s eyes. Miller said when the software runs on a homebound employee’s computer, it gives the worker an added incentive not to slack off.
“I think if people know it’s happening, then people will act better than they would otherwise, because we all act better when someone is watching,” Miller said. (Your Boss Is Watching You: Work-From-Home Boom Leads to More Surveillance, by Bobby Allyn, NPR, May 13, 2020)
The tracking technology is becoming increasingly invasive to home work places, according to the report.
“And then there’s a lower-tech version of that, which is people whose managers are asking them to stay on video all day long so they can watch over them every minute of the day, which is very intrusive,”[one affected employee said]…
It may feel intrusive, but it is not illegal, said Paul Stephens, director of policy and advocacy with Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, a consumer advocacy nonprofit.
While the Fourth Amendment protects against unreasonable searches and seizures by the government, employers are not running afoul of any federal laws by tracking what their workers are doing all day through surveillance software, he said.
Stephens said state laws vary over whether companies must even tell workers whether they’re using tracking software. Some states do not require that workers be notified first…
And with few legal barriers, employers who turn to this software during the pandemic may choose to keep using it even after work-from-home orders are lifted, he said. (Ibid)
One unwanted outcome of the new norm, by city and state government officials – people deciding to make working at home through computers permanent – might be that companies will see the benefit of not having to pay, for example, Manhattan’s horrific rental prices. People in the home work environment, likewise, might opt to move to states other than New York or surrounding high real estate areas. This could, as I’ve heard conjectured, cause a desperate tax situation in places like New York City and state, which can only exist with confiscatory tax demands. The entire Manhattan real estate economy, for instance, could totally collapse from computer gulag.
And, we look at an even more immediate intrusion into American liberty. The following excerpted news story further explains.
A House resolution from Illinois Democrat Rep. Bobby Rush that would put Big Government in charge of tracking citizens’ movements as they relate to COVID-19 mitigation efforts — even sending health bureaucrats to “individuals’ residences,” “as necessary,” as the legislation states — has a most apt number: 6666.
Mark of the beast. Mark of the beast for a beastly, monstrously unconstitutional bill.
After all, what’s more devilishly un-American than launching one of the most massive government surveillance programs of private citizens in U.S. history, all under the guise of protecting people from the coronavirus?
That’s the “COVID-19 Testing, Reaching, and Contacting Everyone (TRACE) Act” in all its $100 billion grant giveaway glory. (H.R. 6666 a devil of a COVID-19 government surveillance plot, By Cheryl K. Chumley, The Washington Times, Tuesday, May 12, 2020)
H.R. 6666 will be used, according to its text, to trace people, send officials to our doors at home, forcibly test us, and, if found positive, we will be – what? Shackled to our computers?
My title here might make one ask: “What do you mean, ‘sudden emergence?’” By this question—to carry the supposition further—the questioner might follow up with: “The Chinese have been front and center and a growing item in the news for decades.”
China has indeed been moving from its Far East shadows behind that long wall that can be seen from satellites in space. Their emergence continues on an hour-by-hour basis. All we have to do is to listen to any news report at the moment these days. China is at the center of controversy in the matter of the COVID-19 crisis.
Top administration officials who are charged with national security are looking with accusatory thoughts toward the communist government of China. Almost certainly, many are saying, China is guilty of releasing the virus once it escaped from one of their laboratories somewhere near Wuhan.
The city—larger in population than New York City—was shut down for some time right at the beginning of the virus’ release, experts are saying. Somehow, I can’t remember exactly how, according to the report, the intelligence from the area showed that many roads for heavy traffic were completely closed for more than a week at one point. It was something that had never been done. There was no explanation for the shutdown, the report I heard said.
The inference the experts in national security made, according to the news report I heard, was that the streets and roads were completely shut down, disallowing the city’s millions of people to traverse them. This means, they believe, that something of a highly dangerous nature caused the dictator, Xii Ping, to disrupt life totally in the area.
Shortly after the shutdown, U S intelligence agencies reported, according to what I heard that Chinese military removed hundreds, if not thousands, from their apartments. These same people haven’t been heard from since. The thinking, among the people who gather intelligence, is that these were taken and killed in some manner, and attempts were made to erase that they ever existed.
Why? Apparently those removed were sick with the virus. They were removed, the thinking goes, so that the Chinese government could hide that the virus broke out in Wuhan and vicinity.
This “theory” is based in fact, in that US intelligence authorities have made no effort to discount this report. Apparently, electronic devices that monitor the area of Wuhan and the military weapons laboratory picked up on all these doings in and around the area.
The reports discount the “theory” that the virus spread from the so called wet markets of the area. These are the places where meats are bought by grocery shoppers. They apparently choose live animals—and exotic animals, at that, in some cases. Bats were thought to be the “meat” from which the virus came in this regard.
Now the question is whether the virus escaped the labs accidentally or was deliberately released. The former thinking seems to be what most of the intelligence people I’ve heard talk about the matters involved have concluded.
Now the accusations are that Xii Ping and his cadre of underlings decided that the accidental release was not going to bring only China’s economic circumstance to a standstill. They wanted and continue to want all economies to suffer so China can maintain its relatively close number-one economic position as it comes out of the crisis. The virus, the thinking goes, was put on planes by the Chinese government, with people carrying it to major cities around the world.
This certainly seems to be the plausible explanation for what has happened.
It is much more than just doubtful that this could have been contrived totally as part of a plan to do the damage it has done. The Chinese have simply—and maybe not so simply—taken advantage of the virus’ accidental release. Their strategy, if so, is brilliantly evil.
As stated in previous commentaries, I believe it was planned by the greatest schemer there is—Lucifer, the fallen one. He, I conjecture, started it from the beginning and continues to carry out the devilish plan.
So the American administration is casting a suspicious glare at the Chinese communist regime and pointing an accusatory finger, based on electronic and on-the-ground intelligence.
What does this all mean, prophetically speaking? My own thought is that while Satan has planned it all from its inception, it is, of course, under the complete control of God, whose omniscience nothing and no one escapes. I believe it is yet another signal of stage-setting for the Tribulation era and the ultimate return of His Son, the Lord Jesus, to clean up the planet of all sin and rebellion.
It is almost a certainty that China will be a primary player in the Tribulation era. The virus and China’s part in the release of its deadly and destructive effects could well be the Lord grabbing the old Chinese dragon by its neck and pulling it to the surface of earth’s bubbling cauldron of rebellion against God to make known its evil intentions.
China, as we’ve looked at many times, is showing itself to be the hegemonic force that consistently proves it wants to dominate not only the South China Sea and its sphere of influence, but wants to become the world’s number-one economic and military superpower.
The coronavirus might be a pandemic—a much-overblown one in terms of its potential deadly effects, in my estimation. It is likely Satan, however, who has brought it about to the degree that it has inflicted its havoc upon the world. But the God of Heaven controls it, like He controls everything in the ultimate sense.
Could China now have been “outed” in alerting all observers to its genocidal evil? Could the Lord be seeing to it that the Chinese dragon is shown to be in cahoots with the old red dragon, Satan so that there can be no excuse that the world hasn’t been warned?
That Chinese dragon will be the king of the kings of the east, I really have little doubt. They and their Near-East and Far-East Asian cohorts will be responsible for killing fully one-third of earth’s inhabitants at the later stages of the movement of nations toward the killing fields of Armageddon.
And the sixth angel poured out his bowl upon the great river, the Euphrates; and its water was dried up, that the way might be prepared for the kings from the east. (Revelation 16:12)
Can there be little doubt that we have witnessed over these recent, past years, deception that has turned the nation upside down? Is the chaos and turmoil still not broiling almost every facet of life in America on a continuing basis? Anyone with the capability to comprehend their own presence on the planet should answer “yes,” if they are of the age to understand things going on within America and the world.
Of course, many among us have no concern for what they see happening, except as it might affect their ability to buy, sell, and access their favorite entertainment outlets. However, the OVID-19 matter has brought even most of these who are disinterested in the politics of things into the “we care” group with the rest of us.
This includes even the teenagers who normally have their noses stuck in their devices. They are now more than inconvenienced by the social distancing and other restrictions imposed by increasingly dictatorial-like edicts.
In our town, for example, the mayor issued an order that no children below 16 years of age can go outside until the order is lifted. That was several weeks ago, and I think that has been lifted since. At any rate, it didn’t work around here. Children out of school because the schools were shut down for the balance of the year had no concept of the order, and parents ignored it for the most part, according to what I observed.
Nonetheless, the many gathering places for the teens and young adults have been off-limits. No more than ten people in the few stores that have been opened during the coronavirus “crisis” has discombobulated many others, young and old alike.
We now learn that many things about the “pandemic” have been without legitimate foundation, scientifically and even medically speaking.
The entrenched governmental bureaucrats continue to fight against the president, who vowed to “drain the swamp.” The conclusion is obvious–with only a scant possibility of that conclusion being unreasonably conspiratorial in my estimation.
What the deep state couldn’t accomplish through all of the things they tried–that is, to overturn the 2016 presidential election—they are now trying to do through a Mafia-like terror tactic. They are, in effect, threatening the very lifeblood of the American populace, both literally and figuratively. Literally, by telling people they will die if they don’t acquiesce to their draconian restrictions, figuratively by working to destroy the economy of the nation, thereby destroying ability to earn livelihoods, in order to take the president down at the voting booths in November…thus to regain the political power they insanely crave.
The Apostle Paul’s prophecy has emerged with stark revelation at this time so near the end of the Age of Grace: “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived” (2 Timothy 3:13).
We see the deception within the manipulations of the entrenched bureaucracy, through revelations learned by reports such as the following:
As reported weeks ago — in mid April, Dr. Fauci admitted that it was he and Dr. Birx who persuaded President Trump to lock down the US economy knowing the massive destruction this would cause in jobs, lives and commerce.
The president admitted that during a press conference in April that “two very smart people” came into his office and urged him to lock down the economy or 2.2 million Americans would die from the China virus. But President Trump did not say who those “two very smart people” were.
President Trump: “The big projection being that 2.2 million people would die if we did nothing. That was another decision we made, close it up. That was a big decision that we made. Two very smart people walked into my office and said listen these are your alternatives. And that was a projection of 1.5 to 2.2 million people would die if we didn’t close it up. That’s a lot of people.”…
After Dr. Birx and Dr. Fauci sat with the president the US went into lockdown and since that time over 30 MILLION Americans have lost their jobs and thousands of companies have gone bankrupt.
In late March, Neil Ferguson, who was behind the Imperial College coronavirus study, backtracked and said 20,000 Brits may die from the coronavirus instead of his original estimates of 500,000.
Neil Ferguson resigned from his government post as researcher this week after he was caught breaking his own lockdown rules by meeting with his married mistress at his home. (Jim Hoft, “Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx Used Imperial College Model—NOW CONFIRMED AS A COMPLETE FRAUD—To Persuade President Trump to Lock Down Entire US Economy!” Gateway Pundit, May 8, 2020)
Many medical experts, physicians, and others have weighed in, pointing to the fact that the “modeling” on which this disastrous shutdown occurred is erroneous at best and a complete fraud at worst. Mainstream media news has refused to acknowledge these contradictory expert findings, because it doesn’t fit their narrative—the model—that they deem necessary to take down this president and, in effect, overthrow the 2016 election results, which have driven them to the madness we have witnessed since that election.
Proof of Paul’s prophecy was further validated the past week as having emerged in these troubled times through the matter of General Michael Flynn and the railroading done to him by the deep-state, intelligence-agency top officials. The lying and deceit was so vicious that it reached the point that those who were sent to entrap General Flynn threatened to destroy his son and family if he didn’t plead guilty to the totally false charges they concocted.
Here is a brief account of last week’s findings in the Flynn case:
The U.S. Department of Justice is dropping its case against former national security advisor and retired Army general Michael Flynn, according to new court documents on Thursday.
The DOJ filed new documents on Thursday to drop the case, “after a considered review of all the facts and circumstances of this case, including newly discovered and disclosed information.”
The DOJ further contended that Flynn’s Jan. 24, 2017 interview was “conducted without any legitimate investigative basis” and was “untethered to, and unjustified by, the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into Mr. Flynn.”…
U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen, who reviewed the Flynn case, recommended that Attorney General Bill Barr dismiss the case last week.
“Through the course of my review of General Flynn’s case, I concluded the proper and just course was to dismiss the case,” Jensen said in a statement obtained by The Associated Press. “I briefed Attorney General Barr on my findings, advised him on these conclusions, and he agreed.”…
Flynn, 61, had pleaded guilty in federal court in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 1, 2017, for providing a false statement to the FBI about his contact with Moscow’s then-ambassador to the United States, Sergei Kislya, during President Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Flynn was an advisor on the Trump campaign.
Internal FBI notes unsealed last week suggest agents deliberated a “goal” of getting Flynn to lie during an interview that ultimately resulted in his firing from the White House and prosecuted by Robert Mueller’s special counsel team.
The notes, handwritten by the FBI’s former head of counterintelligence Bill Priestap after a meeting with then-FBI Director James Comey and then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, suggest the FBI wanted to draw Flynn into a lie if they couldn’t get him to admit to a violation of the Logan Act, which forbids U.S. citizens from conducting foreign diplomacy without authorization.
“What is our goal? Truth/Admission or to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired?” said the note, which was shared on Twitter. (Laura Widener, “DOJ Drops Case against Gen. Michael Flynn,” Rapture Ready News, May 8, 2020)
Shakespeare’s Mark Antony said in his words about Julius Caesar: “The evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interred with their bones.” We sure have endured the evil men and seducers have done in contravention of God’s precepts for dealings in this life. Considering there being any “good” in these Washington, would-be Caesars, I think had he lived today in America, the great Bard might have changed his tune in the case of the D.C. swamp creatures.
To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…” Ecclesiastes 3:1
The Song of Solomon talks about the bridegroom (my beloved) coming for His bride (my love, my fair one) after “winter is past” and when “the fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell” (SOS 2:10-13). The book of Luke tells us that “the kingdom of God is near at hand” when “the fig tree, and all the trees…shoot forth” and “summer is near at hand” (Luke 21:29-32).
The statement “winter is past” lets us know that summer has probably not yet arrived, while “summer is near at hand” implies that winter has passed, and summer is close, but has not yet arrived. After winter but before summer is a period called “seedtime” in the Bible but is referred to as spring in modern usage. Spring is generally regarded as beginning in the month of March and ending in the month of June, depending upon the calendar system used.
“While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” Genesis 8:22
As summer draws near, the first three spring feasts (Passover, Unleavened Bread, and Firstfruits) have passed, and the fourth feast, Pentecost, is quickly approaching. Christ’s ascension into Heaven (Ascension Day) was forty days after He rose from the grave on the feast of Firstfruits (resurrection day, traditionally called Easter). The feast of Pentecost, which is ten days after Ascension Day, occurs during the months of May or June each year, and is always fifty days after resurrection day. The anniversary of Christ’s ascension and the feast of Pentecost occur during spring time; after winter but before summer.
Spring is the season when Jesus Christ was crucified for the sins of mankind, buried in a borrowed tomb and rose from the grave. His death, burial and resurrection were on the feast days, and He literally fulfilled the first three feasts of the Lord (Lev. 23:1-44). Spring is the season when Christ ascended into Heaven and “two men…in white apparel” (angels) standing near, asked the apostles: “Why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus…shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven” (Acts 1:9-11). Spring is the season when “the day of Pentecost was fully come,” and “they were all filled with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:1-4).
Spring is the season when the bridegroom, in the Song of Solomon, says to his future bride: “Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away” (SOS 2:10-13). Spring is the season when “the fig tree putteth forth her green figs,” “her branch is yet tender and putteth forth leaves,” “summer is near” and “the kingdom of God is near at hand” (SOS 2:10-13, Mark 13:28-29, Luke 21:29-31). We are told, “when ye shall see all these things,” you are to “know that it (the bridegroom and the kingdom of God) is near, even at the doors” (Matthew 24:32-33).
Modern day Israel, sometimes symbolized by the fig tree in the scriptures, was absent from its land for nearly 2000 years before beginning to come back from its dispersion throughout the world (the Diaspora) in the mid 1800s. Then, through several miraculous events, the Jewish people acquired national status (statehood) on May 14, 1948. Is it coincidental that the season (spring) of Israel’s birth date, over seventy years ago, corresponds with the season in which the fig tree buds, puts forth green leaves and begins to develop green figs? Is it pure happenstance that spring is also the season that the bridegroom comes for His bride, as pictured in the Song of Solomon?
Although no one knows the “day and hour” the Lord will return; will the bridegroom arrive at some future date in the spring to whisk away His ecstatic bride to the ultimate, consummate, wedding ceremony, as hinted at in the Song of Solomon? Is spring the season, before summer arrives, when the Lord will return to earth, in some future year, to set up His kingdom on earth? The Lord has not given us concrete evidence for the time of His return; however, spring is the season for new life and new beginnings, and the Lord fulfilled much of His redemption plan for mankind during the spring season. Although we do not know what time of the year the Lord will return in the air for His saints, spring, after winter but before summer, is an important season to be watching!
Is the Day of His Return Approaching?
Although no clue is given in the Scriptures concerning the precise time of the Lord’s return, some believe Hebrews 10:25 implies that we will be able to see the day of His coming (the rapture) approaching:
“…Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is: but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as you see the day approaching.”
Knowing “the times and seasons” of the Lord’s return is similar to knowing the Thanksgiving season is near when the merchants start putting up their Christmas decorations. The appearance of Christmas lights and ornaments in the marketplace several months prior to Christmas, heralds the coming of the Christmas season; however, we also know the arrival of the Thanksgiving holidays is even closer than the advent of Christmas day.
In like manner, when we see the prophecies that will take place during “the day of the Lord” approaching and beginning to assemble themselves on the world scene, we can be confident that “the day of redemption” (rapture) (Ephesians 1:13-14, 4:30; Luke 21:28; Romans 8:22-23) is even closer, and the season for the “catching away” of the ‘bride of Christ” has finally arrived. Believers would not be excited to see “the day of the Lord” (judgment) approaching, unless they were confident “the day of redemption” would occur before “the day of the Lord.”
Anticipation of the approaching rapture of God’s saints also seems to be implied in the book of Luke as “the day of redemption” draws near, and the generation that will usher in the kingdom of God is revealed:
“And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled” (Luke 21:28-32).
A Thief in the Night
The Lord told His apostles, as recorded in Acts 1:6-7, that it was not for them “…to know the times or the seasons…” for the restoration of the kingdom to Israel. The mystery of “the times and seasons” of the kingdom’s restoration was not for the apostles to know, but it was to be reserved for and revealed to a future generation. The timing of the rapture, also called the “blessed hope” in Titus 2:13, will be as “a thief in the night” to those not watching, but “the times and seasons” of the rapture will not be a surprise to those who are looking for His return (1 Thessalonians 5:4-6, Matthew 25:1-13, Luke 21:34-36, Rev. 3:3).
“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works” (Titus 2:11-14).
Jesus told His disciples that the judgments coming on the earth would happen suddenly, like a trap that closes quickly on its prey. He predicted that many would be caught off-guard, and cautioned them not to be distracted by overindulgence, desires of the flesh and the daily cares of this life. Jesus’ advice to the terminal generation living at the close of this age was to watch for “the signs of the times” pointing to His return and pray continuously that they would be “kept from the hour of Temptation” that would “come upon all the world” (Rev. 3:10).
“… take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man” (Luke 21:34-36).
Those Taken and Those Left Behind
When the Lord returns in the air for His saints, there will be two categories of people on the earth: the saved and unsaved; also called believers and nonbelievers. All of the nonbelievers will be caught off guard when the Lord returns for His saints “as a thief in the night.” Those “left behind” will not immediately know when “the great theft” takes place, unless they see believers disappear on a TV screen or happen to be near those who are taken. Those “caught up” (raptured) will immediately know they have been removed from the earth to “stand before the son of man” and will “escape” the coming judgments (Matt. 24:21, Luke 21:34-36, Rev. 3:10-11, Rev. 22:12-14).
Those “caught up” will also receive their glorified body and complete the glorification salvation process (Phil. 3:20-21, 1 Cor. 15:51-58). The raptured saints will be rewarded for their faithfulness and will receive a “crown of righteousness” given to “all…that love his appearing” (2 Timothy 4:8). On the other hand, there are many nonbelievers who are “scoffers” that mock and make fun of those who are watching the gathering signs of the Lord’s return. Even among believers, there are some “not watching” but “scoffing” (2 Peter 3:3-18, Jude 14-19).
Professing believers, who are “not watching,” may be going to church, but they are “spiritually asleep” and not following the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:26-28). They are in love with this world and the things of this world and don’t realize they have deceived themselves. We are to be “doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving our own selves” (James 1:21-22). If your focus is on the “world” and “the things in the world,” the scriptures boldly and bluntly state that the love of God is not in you.
“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever” (1 John 2:15-17).
What are Your Priorities in Life?
People many times set priorities early in their life that include education, sports, recreation and leisure time. As we get older and more mature, our goals may become more focused on higher education, career goals and technical skills that help us become productive members of society. At some point, hopefully earlier rather than later, we should establish spiritual priorities and cultivate a relationship with God, the creator and sustainer of all things.
“God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed anything, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things…for in him we live, and move, and have our being…” (Acts 17:24-28).
If you have developed a relationship with the God of the Bible, your focus should not only be on the current world we live in but also on the world to come. In fact, as we serve the Lord on the earth in our career and through some ministry He has given us, our main focus should be on making preparations for our Heavenly home.
“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory” (Colossians 3:1-3).
That is why Jesus and His disciples exhorted the saints over a dozen times to “watch” for the signs of his return and commanded them to be “ready” when the “son of man cometh.” If you are not watching for the return of the Lord, you are ignoring Christ’s commandments and will miss out on many rewards and crowns. The danger you risk by not “watching,” as he commands us, is to be left behind “in the wrath to come” (1 Thess. 1:10).
“If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee” (Rev. 3:3). “Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown” (Rev. 3:10-11).
Charles H. Spurgeon, famous pastor (1834-1892) of the Metropolitan Tabernacle in London, described the spiritual mindset that should be present in those who are seriously watching for the Lord’s return:
“While I am at work, my Master may come. Before I get weary, my Master may return. While others are mocking at me, my Master may appear; and whether they mock or applaud, is nothing to me, I live before the great Task-master’s eye, and do my service knowing that He sees me, and expecting that by-and-by He will reveal Himself to me, and then He will reveal me and my right intention to misrepresenting men. May the Lord keep you waiting, working, watching…” 1
In the Twinkling of an Eye
When the time of His coming arrives, “…the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words” (1 Thess. 4:16-18).
After laying out the events of the resurrection and rapture, the Apostle Paul states boldly that his brothers in Christ were not in darkness, and the day of the Lord would not include them (children of light and the day) as it would the nonbelievers (children of the night and darkness), who would be overtaken as a thief in the night. Rather, Paul’s brothers in Christ were told to be spiritually awake and to watch and be sober, while continuing to grow in faith and love, knowing they had the hope of salvation.
“But of the times and the seasons (of the resurrection and rapture), brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you…But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day (the day of the Lord) should overtake you as a thief (they would not be part of the day of the Lord). 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 God hath not appointed us to wrath (during the day of the Lord), but to obtain salvation (be caught up) by our Lord Jesus Christ…Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do” (1 Thess. 5:1-11).
Paul told his brethren to be comforted and to comfort one another concerning both “the day of redemption” (rapture) and “the day of the Lord” (judgment). Being comforted and comforting others, knowing “the day of the Lord” was coming, would only make sense if they (Paul’s listeners) knew they were going to be “caught up” (raptured) before “the day of the Lord,” and they were confident and assured they would escape God’s wrath that would be poured out during “the day of the Lord” (Luke 21:34-36, Rev. 3:10).
That is exactly the scenario set forth by the Apostle Paul (1 Thess. 4:13-5:11), with the “resurrection” and “catching up” of the saints preceding “the day of the Lord,” and both events surprising those left behind as “a thief in the night” (Matthew 24:43-44, Rev. 3:3, 16:15; 1 Thess. 5:2, 4; 2 Peter 3:10). The description given by the Apostle Paul is also the order of events that seems to be emerging today, with the leaders of the future Gog and Magog war (Russia, Iran and Turkey) meeting regularly, and the leaders of the Israel/Palestinian peace process (U.S. and other nations) using the prophesied code words “peace and security” in their speeches and formal documents (Ezekiel 38:1-39:29, 1 Thess. 5:1-3).
Prophecies that will take place during “the day of the Lord” are beginning to assemble themselves on the world stage and cast their shadows backward into today’s news headlines. As the day of our redemption draws near, each of us should be asking ourselves: Am I “watching” for the Lord’s return, and will I “be ready” when He returns “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump” (Luke 21:34-36, 1 Cor. 15:52, Rev. 3:3)?
Those who are wise in the prophetic scriptures (Dan. 12:9-10), know the evidence is overwhelming that we are living in “the times and seasons” of the Lord’s return. Whatever your priorities may be, make sure you are ready to go (Luke 21:34-36, Rev. 3:3) and not one of those who will be left behind (John 3:16-18, Romans 10:9-13, James 4:7-10). Don’t wait until tomorrow to take care of your eternal destiny (Prov. 27:1, James 4:13-15). Eternity is way too long to be wrong. Make your reservation for Heaven today!
1) The Second Coming of Christ, Charles H. Spurgeon, Chicago, Illinois: Fleming H. Revell Company, Moody Press, 1896, 117, 118
Some weeks ago I wrote in my blog a commentary I called “The End Is Not Yet.” It began as follows:
Even those who operate issues and events from Christian and even prophetic perspectives are painting a picture that the world is now almost certainly already in an era not unlike that described as the biblical apocalypse.
Aside from the fears about the millions who might die from coronavirus are the just-as-feared economic ramifications of the now officially declared pandemic.
As the weeks progress, I continue to get many emails that want me to reconsider my pre-Trib position regarding the Rapture.
Realizing most who come to Rapture Ready comprehend the term, to make sure everyone fully understands what is meant by the term “pre-Trib Rapture,” I’ll try to make it clear.
The Rapture is the instant (in the twinkling of an eye—that is, a time that cannot be measured) when Jesus Christ will call all believers of the Church Age (Age of Grace) to Himself. Paul the apostle prophesies that stunning event:
Behold, I shew you a mystery; we shall not all sleep [die], but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. (1 Corinthians 15:51–52)
Paul further explains:
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. (1 Thessalonians 4:16–17)
This promise from God of deliverance from history’s most terrible time (Revelation 3:10) is for all who believe in Jesus Christ for their salvation (Romans 10:9–10). Those who have trusted Christ for salvation of their souls and who have died during the Church Age and all who are alive when the great event of Rapture takes place will go instantaneously to be with Jesus when He shouts “Come up here!” (Revelation 4:1).
In that second of time, all of these saints will be lifted into the clouds and will return with their Lord Jesus to the Father’s House, where He has been preparing “dwelling places” for us (John 14:1–3).
Back on planet earth, terrible things will be taking place. Ultimately, history’s last and most terrible dictator will arise and implement his rule of terror upon most all of earth’s inhabitants. This will be the Tribulation.
So, Christians will be removed, as we have seen, before that Tribulation takes place. Thus we term it the “pre-Trib Rapture.”
This is why Paul writes just after telling of this glorious going home: “Wherefore comfort one another with these words” (1 Thessalonians 4:18).
So the emails continue to indicate that some are now beginning to doubt this rescue. More are trying to get me to read theories that the Rapture is delayed until sometime into the Tribulation—which these contend we’ve now entered.
One such email begins: “I know many have been soured on the subject of what is known as ‘the rapture,’ but 1 Corinthians 15:52 makes this a biblical event, despite the confusion around the subject. In this message, I have included a link to the book, in magazine format, that I wrote after God showed me how 1 Corinthians 15:52 would actually occur. This is worth your reading, because it will shake and wake the Church!”
Not to be rude or pompous, but the title of his book, Delayed Rapture, told me all I needed to know. I have long ago ceased to chase after these alternate theories or debate them. There simply isn’t enough time to devote to things contrary to what the Scripture plainly teaches. It is so important at this late date at the end of the age to just plainly teach and believe what God’s Word says on this most important matter.
While we are not in that dreaded Tribulation era, as many believe, issues and events coming at us minute by minute in the news show how close we must be to that moment of Rapture and the beginning of that era of horror which will certainly follow.
One such indicator in the news of where we stand that isn’t talked a lot about today was sent to me by a friend who helps keep me up to date on breaking news.
The Tribulation, in large part, will come upon the earth because of God’s desire to bring about a remnant of believers from the House of Israel—His chosen people.
They are “chosen” because He brought into the world through them the Savior—Jesus Christ—in order to be the slain Lamb who takes away the sins of the world.
God has promised to save one-third of the Jewish race as a remnant to be His chosen nation, Israel, during the millennial reign of Jesus on the throne of David.
That one-third will come from the Lord bringing Jewish believers through the time of Jacob’s trouble (Jeremiah 30: 7). This will be the last half of the seven-year Tribulation era.
So the article my friend sent is an important one dealing with the Jews, as God begins preparing that people for this horrific time to come.
Brooklyn, NY: Rabbi Chaim Yaakov Frankel, also known as the Rime over Rebbe, issued an unequivocal order last week for Jews in the diaspora to leave their homes and immigrate to Israel before a civil war breaks out in the United States reports Bhadrei Haharedim.
Rabbi Frankel is an heir of Menachem Mendel of Rimanov—who was among the early promoters of the Hasidic movement in Poland.
He has been active recently years on social media, especially with his lectures on YouTube, which are usually on the subject of the coming of Moshiach.
But while on a visit to South-American and French Jews who have moved to Florida, Rabbi Frankel was unusually specific about the urgent need to return to Israel and aliyah now: “Leave while it’s possible. Things will get worse and it will be difficult to move from one country to another” the rabbi said.
“After World War II, the survivors came and asked why the Gedolim and the Rebbes (rabbis) did not order European Jews to leave while there was still time and emigrate to Israel or the United States before the war broke out,” Rabbi Frankel told the audience attending his lecture. “Truth be told, they (the rabbis) said and then some, they begged the Jews to flee the scorched earth, but part of the decree was that the Jews didn’t listen.”
“Today,” he continued “Listen to me well, dear Jews, whoever can afford to rise and ascend to the Holy Land should it as soon as possible, and this includes large parts of South America and most of Europe. The US will also become a dangerous place mired in war, and it is still too early to tell which US state will survive, but many parts will be destroyed and poisoned, and a civil war will break out within the US. And states will secede from the federal government. (David Sidman, “Fearing Civil War, Prominent NY Rabbi Suddenly Urges American Jews to Leave for Israel,” Breaking Israel News, April 29, 2020)
Most who study Israel and its end-times juxtaposition within the nations of the world believe God will move most into Israel for the coming Tribulation. The prophecy seems wrapped up in the following.
Thus saith the Lord; Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears: for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the Lord; and they shall come again from the land of the enemy. And there is hope in thine end, saith the Lord, that thy children shall come again to their own border. (Jeremiah 31:16–17)
There can be little doubt that God’s hand is moving, especially upon His chosen people of the House of Israel. But, the end still is not yet.
We are witnessing spectacular stage-setting for that time of Tribulation and Jacob’s trouble. But the apocalyptic play has not yet begun. It won’t begin until God first raises the curtain with the Rapture of His other chosen people—all believers of the Age of Grace.
And when you see all these things begin to come to pass, then look up and lift up your head; for your redemption draweth nigh. (Luke 21:28)
Modern Day Beast Nations
An example of a modern day “beast” nation using its power to expand territorial control was exhibited when Russia, in early 2014, under the direction of President Putin, used its military might to capture the Crimean Peninsula, which is located south of Ukraine on the Black Sea. Russia’s “beast” leader, President Vladimir V. Putin, has also been active in the Syrian civil war and has built and/or upgraded two of their naval and air bases in Syria (Tartus and Khmeimim). Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in late 2017 stated, concerning Syria, “We have started to form a permanent presence there.”
Iran, Turkey and Russia are all actively competing for Syria’s oil fields and to establish hegemony in Syria, which just happens to be next door (adjacent) to the Golan Heights. The United States, under the direction of President Donald J. Trump, became the first country to recognize the Golan Heights as part of Israel by issuing a Presidential Proclamation on March 25, 2019.
The Golan Heights was captured by Israel from Syria in the Six-Day war of 1967, and has been considered part of Israel since 1981. In December of 2014, Afek Oil and Gas began round-the-clock drilling in the Golan Heights and found large reserves of oil at three drilling sites in the southern part of the region.
“We are talking about a layer which is 350 meters thick,” Dr. Yuval Bartov, the chief geologist of Afek Oil and Gas told Channel 2 News. “On average in the world, strata are 20-30 meters thick, so this is 10 times as large as that, so we are talking about significant quantities.” ‘Afek, a subsidiary of American company, Genie Energy, estimates that oil production at the site could potentially reach billions of barrels. Currently Israel consumes 270,000 barrels of oil a day.’ ” 4
Russian President Putin’s close association with Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan, Iran’s Spirtual Leader Khamenei and Iran’s President Rouhani portend troublesome times ahead in the Middle East, especially concerning Israel, which all three nations strongly disdain. In recent years, the Russian “bear” has been meeting frequently with Turkey (Grey Wolf) and Iran (formerly Persia—Ram), which most assuredly will generate nefarious plans concerning the land of Israel. The frequent meetings of this trio of nations in recent years is a harbinger of the Gog/Magog battle (Ezek. 38:1-23-39:1-29), where God intervenes on Israel’s behalf and decimates most of Russia, Iran and Turkey’s armies on the mountains of Israel.
The Rise and Fall of a Future Beast Nation
President Vladimir Putin’s current prime minister and former president, Dmitry Medvedev, along with the Russian Parliament leaders, recently resigned (January 22, 2020) in order to allow Putin to revise and consolidate his constitutional powers. Restructuring the Russian government will help Putin maintain control and stay in power after his term of office expires in 2024. Russia’s aggressive posture is like the bear described in Daniel 7:5 that is told to “Arise, devour much flesh.” Having the demeanor (outward behavior, conduct) of a bear which “devours much flesh” implies invading and conquering other “beast” nations, overthrowing their leaders and subjugating their citizens.
Russia’s offensive and hostile action in taking over the Crimean Peninsula, projecting its naval and air force military might into Syria and developing long-term strategic partnerships with many nations in northern Africa and the Middle East, most assuredly, qualifies Russia as a “beast kingdom/nation,” like those described by Daniel (7:1-7, 8:1-27). Russia’s provocative behavior throughout the Middle East is what would be expected from a “beast nation” that behaved like a hungry bear on the prowl, similar to the one described by Daniel (7:5).
Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39 lay out in great detail, a future prophecy about a nation “Gog, of the land of Magog” (38:1-3) which is north of Israel (38:15, 39:2) that God puts “hooks in its jaws” (38:4) and brings down into the land of Israel (38:16-17) to show God’s power and might to the nations and the “house of Israel” (38:23, 39:25-29). For God to “put hooks into the jaws” of a nation and drag it down into the Middle East to the mountains of Israel, implies that it must represent a large beast that exhibits “beast-like” behavior. Many Bible scholars believe Russia “the bear” is the best candidate for the “beast” God is talking about in Ezekiel’s prophecy (38:2).
Although we do not know when the Gog/Magog war will occur or who “Gog” will be, the leader from “the land of Magog” who currently represents “Gog” is Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The rapid development of the Russian, Iranian and Turkish alliance in recent years, coupled with the more recent unveiling of “The Deal of the Century” peace initiative by the Trump administration, should be a “wake up” call to those “watching” for Christ’s return in the air for his saints (Heb. 10:25, Luke 21:28). The prophetic “code words” given by the Apostle Paul, that were to be recognized by a future generation (Matt. 24:32-34, Mark 13:28-30, Luke 21:28-36), when the “day of the Lord” (God’s judgment) was near, are the words “peace and security” (also peace and safety).
Frequent use of the words “peace” and “security” in recent speeches, concerning the on-going Israel/Palestinian peace process, is unmistakable evidence of Bible prophecy that is currently in the process (happening now) of being fulfilled (1 Thess. 4:13-5:11). The code words “peace and security” (5::3) are closely linked with “the times and seasons” (5:1) of the resurrection (4:14-16), rapture (4:17) and beginning of “the day of the Lord” (5:2). The Apostle Paul did not want his brothers in Christ (and future disciples) to be “ignorant” (4:13) of the order in which the “resurrection,” “catching up” of the saints and “day of the Lord” would occur.
Believers would not be “comforted” (4:18, 5:11) or excited to see “the day of the Lord” approaching (Heb. 10:25), unless they were confident “the day of redemption” (Eph. 4:30, Luke 21:28) would occur before “the day of the Lord,” and they would not be left here on the earth when “the day of the Lord” was taking place. That is exactly the apocalyptic portrayal put forth by Paul (1 Thess. 4:13-5:11) with the “resurrection” and “catching up” of the saints preceding “the day of the Lord,” and both events surprising those left behind as “a thief in the night” (Matt. 24:43-44, 25:1-13; Luke 21:34-36; 1 Thess. 5:2-4; 2 Peter 3:10; Rev. 3:3, 10-11, 16:15). The prophecy of the rapture, resurrection and “day of the Lord,” given by the Apostle Paul (5:3), is also the scenario we see unfolding in the world today, along with many other converging, prophetic harbingers.
Two Future Beasts that Control the World
The most famous “beast” combination in the bible is the coming Antichrist and False Prophet (first and second beast), that will reign over the earth for a brief season (time, times, half a time—Rev. 12:14) at the end of the age. This final “beast” kingdom, which is described cryptically in Daniel and Revelation, will be the most ruthless dictatorship to ever exist on earth. (Dan. 7:7-12, 15-27; Rev.13:1-18).
Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name. Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast. So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?” And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months. Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven. It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation. All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world (Rev. 13:1-8).
Revelation chapter 13 describes the kingdom the Antichrist and his partner, the False Prophet, will rule over during the last half of Daniel’s 70th week, which will be three and one-half years (also 1260 days; 42 months; time, times and a half time). In Daniel, this kingdom is called the “fourth beast” (7:7), but in Revelation (13:1-2), it is described as a leopard with the mouth of a lion and the feet of a bear. In Daniel chapter two, this same, final Gentile kingdom is represented by the ten toes of the great metallic image (statue) that was part of Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream (Dan. 2:42).
The first beast (man of sin, wicked one, Antichrist) will “be revealed” after “the departure” of the saints 5 on the “day of redemption” when the Holy Spirit (He who now restrains) and the saints (who are sealed) will be removed from the earth (2 Thess. 2:3, 7-8; Eph.1:13-14, 4:30; Luke 21:28). After “the departure” of the saints, the Antichrist rises to power, confirms “the covenant with many for one week” and begins his sinister plan to take over and control the whole world (2 Thess. 2:4, Dan. 9:27). He is assisted by the second beast (False Prophet) who becomes the first beast’s chief enforcer, miracle worker, worship leader and propaganda publicist. He requires all to “receive a mark on their right hand or on their forehead” in order to buy or sell and forces everyone to worship “the image of the beast” or be killed (Rev. 13:11-18).
Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived. He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666 (Rev. 13:11-18).
The scriptures tell us that the last half of the seven-year tribulation, when Antichrist and the False Prophet are active, will be a time of “great tribulation,” and it will also be a time “such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be” (Matt. 24:21-22). At the end of the seven-year period (Daniel’s 70th Week), the Lord Jesus Christ will return from Heaven with all His saints to the earth and establish His millennial reign (1000 years—Rev. 19:11-21, Zech. 14:5). It will also be at this time that the Antichrist (first beast) and False Prophet (second beast) will be cast into the lake of fire.
And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army. Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone (Rev. 19:19-20).
Satan: The Beast Master, His Master Plan and His Demise
We know that Satan, who is “the prince of the power of the air” (Eph. 2:2), has the ability to take control of an animal’s cognitive functions and behavior when he desires. He can also possess the minds and bodies of people and greatly influence their behavior in certain circumstances. A couple examples in the New Testament are when Satan entered Judas before betraying Christ (Luke 22:3, John 13:27), and when Jesus cast out demons from two men, who were possessed, into a herd of swine (Matt. 8:28-34, Mark 5:1-20, Luke 8:26-39).
According to the scriptures, the beast of choice Satan indwelt after Adam and Eve were created was the serpent, which tempted Eve to sin against God. “Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’” (Gen. 3:1)? The serpent was considered to be the most subtle and deceitful (sly, crafty) of the creatures God had created.
Due to the serpent’s cunning and manipulative nature, which the scribes, Pharisees and Sadducees also exhibited (beastly nature), Jesus and His predecessor, John the Baptist, called the scribes, Pharisees and Sadducees a “brood of vipers,” and “serpents.” After openly rebuking them in public about their “beastly” behavior, Jesus asked them: “How can you escape the condemnation of hell” (Matt. 3:5-8, 23:29, 33)?
Although Satan’s demons take advantage of people given over to alcohol, drugs, sex, pornography and other sins of the flesh (Gal. 5:16-21, Eph. 2:1-3, 1 Jo. 2:15-17), they especially operate in the corporate, political and religious world to influence wealthy business owners, people in positions of authority and other unsuspecting victims. When Satan and his demons influence or possess these high level leaders, they many times take on the characteristics of domineering and oppressive “beasts” (Rev. 17:1-18), rather than thoughtful, compassionate human beings. God not only views many high level leaders in positions of authority as “beasts,” He views Satan as the supreme “beast,” who manipulates and controls all of the other beast-like personalities on earth (owners, bosses, presidents, prime ministers, kings, etc.).
Satan’s ultimate goal is to establish his own kingdom on the earth (the beast master) in order to rule and reign in place of Jesus during the millennium (1000-years, Rev. 20:6). The description of Satan in the book of Revelation (12:1-17) is as a dragon who seeks to destroy Jesus after He is born, and then persecutes the Jewish people (the woman) who were responsible for bringing the “Savior” into the world.
When Jesus Christ returns back to earth, Satan will be cast into the bottomless pit for a thousand years (20:1-3). For the first time in history, people living on the earth will not be tempted or influenced by Satan and his demonic horde.
Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while (Rev. 20:1-3).
The king over the human “beasts” on earth, Satan, will be defeated by the King of Kings and Lord of Lords when He (Jesus Christ) returns with all of His holy angels and saints, and sets up His kingdom on earth. At that time, all of the “beast” nations on earth will be subordinated to Christ (Rev. 19:15-21), and they will be judged, according to their behavior, at the judgment of nations where Christ sits on “the throne of His glory” (Matt. 25:31-46, Dan. 7:9-12). The Antichrist (first beast) and False Prophet (second beast) will be cast into the lake of fire and brimstone before the millennial reign of Christ begins (Rev. 19:20), and Satan (the dragon, that old serpent, the devil) will be cast into the lake of fire and brimstone at the end of the millennial reign (Rev. 20:10).
“Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea. They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them. The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever” (Rev. 20:7-10).
Just as those who dwell in the heavens were told to “rejoice” after Satan and his angels were cast out of heaven (Rev. 12:10-12) at the middle of Daniel’s 70th week (7-year period), the people living on earth during the millennial reign, and all those in heaven will also “rejoice” when Satan (accuser of the brethren) is permanently expelled from the earth and cast into the lake of fire and brimstone. The inhabitants of heaven and the earth will “rejoice” together when Satan (the beast master) is banished forever and will never again tempt, trick, torment, torture, vilify, slander or falsely accuse those on the earth and in heaven. After the millennial reign, the first heaven and first earth will be replaced, and “the holy city, New Jerusalem” will come down to earth.
Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away” (Rev. 21:1-4).
2) Torture chamber, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torture_chamber
3) From Stalin to Hitler, the most murderous regimes in the world, Nigel Jones for MailOnline https://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-2091670/Hitler-Stalin-The-murderous-regimes-world.html
4) Major reserves of oil found on Golan Heights, Nicky Blackburn October 8, 2015, https://www.israel21c.org/major-reserves-of-oil-found-on-golan-heights/
5) The “Departure” in 2 Thessalonians 2:3, Thomas Ice, https://www.pre-trib.org/pretribfiles/pdfs/Ice-TheDepartureIn2Thess2-3.pdf
(Unless otherwise indicated, all scriptures are taken from the New King James Version.)
The Beasts of the Earth
And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good (Gen. 1:24-25).
There are many different types of “beasts” mentioned in the Bible. There are beasts (living creatures) in Heaven (Rev. 4:6-9), beasts that live on the earth (Gen. 1:24-25) and beasts that come up from the bottomless pit to torment men on the earth (Rev. 9:1-11, 11:7). On the earth, there are beasts that are used for work, especially in underdeveloped countries (horses, mules and oxen), beasts that are raised for food (cattle, hogs and chickens) and beasts that are domesticated for pets (dogs, cats and birds).
There are wild beasts and creeping things that live in the forests, jungles and deserts that are carnivores (meat eaters), herbivores (plant eaters), omnivores (meat and plant eaters) and scavengers that eat dead and decaying organic matter (Gen. 1:30-31). There are also small, microscopic organisms, sometimes referred to as micro-beasts, such as germs, viruses, fungi and parasites that cause sickness, disease and death.
So I looked, and behold, an ashen (pale greenish gray) horse [like a corpse, representing death and pestilence]; and its rider’s name was Death; and Hades (the realm of the dead) was following with him. They were given authority and power over a fourth part of the earth, to kill with the sword and with famine and with plague (pestilence, disease) and by the wild beasts of the earth (Rev. 6:8).1
A Different Kind of Beast
There are several places in the prophetic scriptures where the term “beast” is used, but the description and context let us know that it is not talking about traditional animals and creatures that inhabit the earth (Gen. 2:19-20). The term “beast” was originally used to describe any animal (living organism) that was not a human being. Later, the word “beast” was expanded to describe “a person who is gross, brutal, vile, etc.” When a “beast” is described in the scriptures, and it is not an animal in the normal sense of the word, it is probably a king or ruler on the earth who acts like a “wild beast” and rules over his “beast kingdom.”
The word “beast” is used in apocalyptic writings, especially the books of Daniel and Revelation, to refer to kings and kingdoms whose behavior is more like a wild beast from the wilderness than a human being created in God’s image (Dan. 7:17, 23; Titus 1:12). Carnivorous animals that live in the wild are aggressive, vicious, and predatory in their quest for survival. Their beastly nature and habits are self serving, and they have no regard for the life of other creatures. They prey upon other unsuspecting animals, sometimes to the point of devouring their own offspring.
Animals on the earth (beasts) do not know they are going to die. God has given them instincts to run, fly or swim in order to escape predators (beasts) that want to devour them. Somewhat resembling the voracious behavior of predatory animals, people in positions of high leadership (kings, dictators, despots) sometimes develop “delusions of grandeur,” thinking they are god-like, immune to death and not accountable to anyone, including God. They then begin to act like ravenous animals (beasts) and seek to destroy or maim anyone (even their own children) who might challenge their authority or get in the way of their quest for power and control.
A “beast” from God’s point of view, as described in Daniel and Revelation, is a person (and the kingdom he rules over) who has decided to live like a wild animal, who ignores and disregards God, takes advantage of other people, is only interested in themselves or those close to them, and does not regard the lives of other people, unless it furthers their own selfish, self-centered goals (Dan. 7:1-8:27, Rev. 13:1-18, 17:1-18, 19:11-21). Due to the temptations associated with their position, power, prestige, and possessions, it is rare that a “beast” leader sees the error of their way and turns to God for the redemption of their sins (1 Cor. 1:25-29). Rather, they operate as if there is no God and sometimes foolishly believe they are God (Psalm 14:1). The ultimate example of man thinking he is God will someday be exhibited by “the man of sin” (Antichrist).
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 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 in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God (2 Thess. 2:3-4).
Motivation, Methods and Manners of the Beasts
Beastly rulers do not usually implement their evil plans by themselves, but use surrogates and subordinates to carry out torture, mayhem and carnage in order to advance their position, power and possessions. Death camps (gulags—political labor camps) and the accompanying starvation, deprivation, medical experimentation and execution are many times the products of wicked “beast” rulers. Numerous means of torturing the victims of evil, “beast” leaders have been devised and specifically designed to induce “horror, dread and despair” to those who have challenged or opposed their wicked plans. Torture chambers have been around for centuries and were used frequently during the Middle Ages for religious, social and political persecution.
Historically, torture chambers were located in royal palaces, in castles of the nobility and even buildings belonging to the church. The medieval torture chamber was windowless and often built underground, was lit by a few candles and featured secret trap-doors which could be activated to throw victims into dark dungeons where they remained and eventually died.2 A notable torture chamber mentioned in the Bible was the lion’s den that the Medo-Persians maintained for their enemies (Dan. 6:16). The depravity (moral corruption; wickedness) of mankind towards other human beings appears to have no limit when evil men are given an excessive amount of money, power and authority.
Although dictators and despots have been around since the days of Noah (Nimrod, et al), the twentieth century saw more enslavement, torture and death under “beast” rulers than all the previous centuries combined. People who have accomplished much on this earth in business, sports, agriculture and other endeavors are sometimes inducted into a “Hall of Fame” for outstanding achievement in their chosen field. If recognition was given to the many evil “beast” rulers that have lived on the planet, and they were voted into a “Hall of Shame,” some of the top candidates, who have tortured, maimed and killed the most people in the world include: 3
- MAO ZEDONG, China (1949-76), Regime: Communist, Victims: Over 60 million
- JOSEPH STALIN, Soviet Union (1929-53), Regime: Communist, Victims: c. 40 million
- ADOLF HITLER, Germany (1933-45), Regime: Nazi dictatorship, Victims: c. 30 million
- KING LEOPOLD II, Belgium (1886-1908), Regime: Colonial Empire in Congo, Victims: 8 million
- HIDEKI TOJO, Japan (1941-45), Regime: Military dictatorship, Victims: 5 million
- ISMAIL E. PASHA, Ottoman Turkey (1915-20), Regime: Military dictatorship, Victims: 2 million
- POL POT, Cambodia (1975-79), Regime: Communist (Khmer Rouge), Victims: At least 1.7 million
- KIM ILSUNG, North Korea (1948-94), Regime: Communist, Victims: At least 1.6 million
- SADDAM HUSSEIN, Iraq (1979-2003), Regime: Ba’ath Party dictatorship, Victims: 600,000
- JOSIP BROZ TITO, Yugoslavia (1945-80), Regime: Communist, Victims: 570,000
Hell from beneath is excited about you, to meet you at your coming; It stirs up the dead for you, all the chief ones of the earth; It has raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations. They all shall speak and say to you: ‘Have you also become as weak as we? Have you become like us? Your pomp is brought down to Sheol, and the sound of your stringed instruments; The maggot is spread under you, and worms cover you.’ (Isa. 14:9-11).
Who are some of the Beasts?
In addition to the infamous bunch of “beast” leaders, who created havoc (widespread destruction) during the twentieth century, many of today’s religious and political leaders, including kings, presidents, prime ministers, and high level government officials are considered “beasts” from God’s perspective. Deception and intrigue is prevalent among today’s politicians and will be a major trait of the Antichrist (Dan. 8:24-25, 11:21 23, 27, 32).
Rich and famous people, terrorists, murderers, thieves, liars, and ordinary humans who forsake God, and take advantage of others, are also referred to as “beasts” in the scriptures (2 Peter 2:12, Jude 10, Titus 1:12).
Some beast-like personalities in the ancient world include King Nebuchadnezzar II (c. 634-562 BC—Daniel 3:1-30), Antiochus IV Epiphanes (c. 215-164 BC—1 Maccabees, Josephus), Herod the Great (c. 73-4 BC—Luke 1:5), Attila the Hun (c. 406-453 AD), Genghis Khan (c. 1162-1227 AD) and many others. The four, great beasts (7:3-7), described in Daniel’s dream/visions, during the first year of Belshazzar’s reign (553 BC), are “four kings” (beast kings) “which shall arise out of the earth” and rule over their kingdoms (Dan. 7:17-23).
One example of God giving a “beast” king “a taste of his own medicine” and changing his thinking and behavior into that of a beast (insanity, madness), so that he acted like a beast and ate grass with the oxen (boanthropy) for seven years, was Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon (4:1-37). Nebuchadnezzar was very fortunate, unlike many leaders with “beast” personalities, in that his punishment to eat grass and behave like an oxen for seven years caused him to awaken spiritually, experience God’s grace, perceive God’s sovereign rule over creation, realize that he had a haughty spirit and was full of pride, understand that his accomplishments were really God’s blessings and that he was not as important and autonomous as he once thought himself to be.
And at the end of the time I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my understanding returned to me; and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever: For His dominion is an everlasting dominion, and His kingdom is from generation to generation. All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; He does according to His will in the army of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth. No one can restrain His hand or say to Him, “What have You done?” At the same time my reason returned to me, and for the glory of my kingdom, my honor and splendor returned to me. My counselors and nobles resorted to me, I was restored to my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added to me. Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, all of whose works are truth, and His ways justice. And those who walk in pride He is able to put down (Dan. 4:34-37).
Examples of Beast Kingdoms in the Bible
Daniel’s writings contain examples of dreams and visions he had about future “beast” kingdoms that would rise to power and battle with other “beast’ kingdoms for dominance. The vision Daniel received of a “ram” and “goat” during the third year of King Belshazzar’s rule (551 BC) was so traumatic emotionally, that he fainted and was sick several days (Dan. 8:27). In Daniel’s vision, the Medo-Persian Empire was referred to as a “ram which had two horns,” and all the surrounding kingdoms were referred to as “beasts” (8:3-4, 20). The Grecian kingdom (8:21) of Alexander the Great was referred to as a “he goat with a notable horn between his eyes” (8:5-7). The implication is that God views kingdoms and nations in the world as “beasts” (8:4), and their rulers (horns) and accomplices are also considered “beasts” (Dan. 7:17, Rev. 13:3-8, 11-18).
One rare exception, revealed to Daniel, is the lion with eagle’s wings, whose wings were plucked from the lion (7:4). Although the lion is the major component of the first beast, the eagle’s wings are also part of the first beast. After the eagle’s wings are painfully removed from the lion, the offspring of the lion (the eagle) appears to become independent of the lion (a separate beast), is made to stand up like a man and is given a man’s heart. It remains an eagle, but its beast like behavior changes, so that it acts like a human being rather than a beast.
Modern day examples of world powers (beast kingdoms/nations) that have adopted animal symbols include England (lion), France (rooster), Spain (bull), Germany (black eagle), United States (bald eagle), Russia (bear) and China (dragon).
Rarely do kingdoms or nations give their citizens personal, political and religious freedom like the United States. Rather, most “beast kingdoms/nations” in the world today, that have socialist/communist/Islamic governments, use military force and intimidation to oppress and limit freedoms of speech, religion, press, assembly, expression and access to a fair judicial system (Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, Venezuela, et al).
Modern Day Beast Leaders
Some famous dictator “beasts” in recent history include Lenin and Stalin (Russia), Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Hirohito (Japan), Castro (Cuba), Amin (Uganda), Hussein (Iraq), Gadaffi (Libya), Chavez (Venezuela), Kim Jong-un (North Korea) and many others. Two notorious examples of human “beasts” that will rise to power in the future at “the time of the end” (Dan. 12:4-13) are the Antichrist (First Beast—Rev. 13:4-8, 19:20) and the False Prophet (Second Beast—Rev. 13:11-18, 19:20).
“Beast” leaders have goals and behaviors that are self-serving, and they are usually arrogant, boastful, charismatic leaders with narcissist personalities. They frequently have statues and pictures of themselves placed in public places for everyone to see, and they control the news markets so that they receive positive media coverage. “Beast” leaders are good at misleading and deceiving those they rule over through carefully crafted lies, distortion and propaganda.
Sometimes, “Beast” leaders suffer violent and tragic deaths when the populace revolts or stronger “beast” nations remove them from power. Examples include Belshazzar (Babylon—Dan. 5:30-31), Adolf Hitler (Germany), Nicolae Ceaușescu (Romania), Saddam Hussein (Iraq) and Muammar Gaddafi (Libya). God directly intervened to save the children of Israel when He took out the “beast-like” Pharaoh and his army by drowning them in the Red Sea following Israel’s exodus from Egypt (Exodus 14:5-15:19, Psalm 136:15).
“Beast” leaders sometimes come to power by overthrowing an existing government (coup d’ état). They many times solidify their power base through corrupt elections or by taking advantage of an ignorant voter population through control of the media and using various propaganda schemes. “Beast” leaders sometimes build their military strength until they feel confident enough to overtake their neighbor(s). “Beast” leaders, especially the more powerful and aggressive types, follow their “beast like” nature and “devour” (conquer) other less powerful countries or provinces.
Before the advent of television and the modern-day news media, world leaders were not as concerned about their public image, since they could control what was released and what was withheld from public scrutiny. All that has changed with the 24-hour news cycle, where saying or doing the wrong thing can expose you to mockery or public (national and international) condemnation. It may seem unnatural to think of current world leaders as “beasts,” since they are usually seen in the public arena at international conferences with other “beast” leaders, wearing expensive clothing and taking advantage of photo opportunities.
Modern Day “beast” leaders are frequently seen smiling and shaking hands with other world leaders, especially when the cameras are on. However, if you look at their actions off camera when no one is watching and observe how their citizens, religious groups and political opponents are treated when they are back in their home country, it is no wonder God refers to these ruthless, wicked tyrants as “beasts.”
Our nation and the nations of the world have throughout recent history been on a collective course of anti-God thinking. It seems they’ve arrived at the same time at the destination to which such a course couldn’t do other than lead.
The COVID-19 or coronavirus is but the vehicle that has brought us swiftly to the end of this journey into madness. Every national governing body and the people they either rule with authoritarian dictatorship or govern democratically are bound tightly by an entity so infinitesimal as to require a microscope to detect it.
A worldwide, altered mindset has fully blossomed. All nations are bound up in fear. It is fear that seems to have a life of its own. It is paralyzing the freedom of action and movement of the most liberty-loving, liberty-endowed people to have lived upon the planet.
Fear is the symptom most manifest in this pandemic that sprang, apparently, from the center of perhaps the world’s most massive dictatorship. The fear continues to grow, not abate, despite all of the many draconian measures foisted on us by bureaucratic “medical experts” entrenched within government. “Shutdown” seems to be what these demand, no matter that this outbreak doesn’t come anywhere near the virulence of the various strains of flu that assault and kill hundreds of thousands each year.
It is, I think, a legitimate pondering to think on Paul’s warning about those who forget God, or turn against the Creator of all things. The apostle, under Holy Spirit direction, has some rather relevant wisdom for our current situation, in my view.
We’ve considered that wisdom many times within these commentaries. We are forewarned that when a person or people turn their thoughts from the governance of God toward doing what is right in their own eyes, the ramifications are dire. The ultimate results are…well, let’s let the Apostle Paul tell us once more:
Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. (Romans 1: 29–32)
We back up to one verse before this list of accusations to see where all the rebelliousness leads.
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient. (Romans 1:28)
We think of these chilling, scriptural warnings as applying only to the most egregious sins—in our “looking through a glass darkly” view of things. Homosexual activity is the sin we most associate with God’s condemnation here. But, these represent things much more profound. These are characteristics of the whole of lost, sinful humanity as time progresses deeper into human history. These are, no doubt, things that prompted the Lord to end, then start things again, with the Flood of Noah’s day. These are the characteristics of the generations since that are going to bring about God’s final judgment and wrath during the Tribulation.
Certainly, in one way or the other, this generation exhibits these characteristics so anathema to the God of Heaven. We have witnessed these get worse, just as Paul predicted. “Men and seducers have grown worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.”
I believe just the last five years of the corrupt political process and all attendant to it prove Paul’s prophecy as moving toward fulfillment. The evil manipulations and collusion at the highest levels of America’s supposedly patriotic intelligence agencies make the point vividly and graphically.
The argument could be made that the great fear gripping the nation and the world is the result of pulling away from God at every level. Because of this virus that is nowhere near as virulent as the flu bugs that assault each year, the globe is suffering from a paralysis that has altered normal life as it’s been known to this time.
In effect, the global mindset has been altered. I think this has been done supernaturally. Most now act and interact from what Paul calls in the KJV a “reprobate” mindset. There is, observably, the inability of governments and peoples throughout the world to think straight in this COVID-19 matter. The collective fear that makes everyone act contrary to reason it has brought about is the true contagion that infects the planet. We’re continuing to see the rise of this altered mindset.
God’s prescription for the reprobate mind is as follows:
Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it. (Isaiah 1:18–20)