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Peace and Safety in Perspective

The prophetic cry for peace and safety is almost always seen as involving fear generated by the threat of the breakout of war. Particularly, the prophecy is thought to be scheduled to emerge to the forefront of end-times conditions as Christ’s return nears.

Further, that almost universal cry is believed by many to be centered around the fear of war breaking out because of Israel confronting its immediately surrounding, hostile neighbors.

The following prophecy by the apostle Paul frames the matter:

But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. (1 Thessalonians 5:1–3)

The apostle’s use of pronouns makes it clear that he delineates between the people he is addressing (fellow believers) and “them”—those upon whom sudden judgment is scheduled to fall.

And, incidentally, this is exactly the same pronouncement Jesus makes upon the rebellious generation when He next catastrophically intervenes. (Read Luke 17:26–30.)

This means that the judgment of God is meant for those who don’t know Christ for salvation and who will be crying for “peace and safety” when the “day of the Lord” is introduced by a “thief in the night” intervention

The question then arises: Why does Paul say that “of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you”?

He then goes on to tell us that we know perfectly well that the ‘thief in the night” experience will introduce the day of the Lord. He says further that this time will be marked by “they” who will be crying for “peace and safety.”

This being a heads-up to us—Paul’s “brethren”; that is, Christians—it is essential to understand the matter of “peace and safety. This is how we can know the general time frame of the “thief in the night” event.

Folks, that’s the time of the Rapture!

We should, Paul tells us, “know perfectly well” that when they are crying “peace and safety,” the Rapture is at hand. Judgment will then fall on those who aren’t our “brethren,” the lost who will be left behind when Jesus calls to the Church.

We’ve been hearing for decades the “cry for peace and safety.” The efforts to bring about peace in the world, particularly, in the Middle East, are legendary. The effort has been never ending, yet there are wars and rumors of war, and the quest goes on.

I want us to consider this matter from a different perspective for a moment.

There is a cry for peace and safety by the world’s populations at this very time in history. As a matter of fact, the fear of war being waged by the tiny entity called COVID-19 is so great that it shut down the entire movement of earth’s peoples for the most part. It has more than 90 percent of people in America believing they must wear masks to survive the battle against the coronavirus.

Media and governments tell us we must stay sheltered and apart from each other until a vaccine is developed and vaccinations are mandated and injected. The world is crying “peace and safety” in a way never witnessed. They want freedom of fear from an enemy they can’t even see.

Christians are also crying for “peace and safety.” It is, however, for a much more profound sort.

Almost every email I receive from those who look at the world through the lens of Bible prophecy are expressing their wishes for Christ to Rapture His own. They want to escape the things they see about to overwhelm this judgment-bound planet. They want the peace and safety offered by the glory of Heaven. It is a righteous cry for help.

Let’s take heart with great anticipation as we see that day approaching. Let’s look with thoughts of the “blessed hope” of Titus 2:13 at the balance of the prophecy Paul left believers with before he departed Heaven through the Romans’ sword of beheading.

But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. (1 Thessalonians 5:4–11)

Enough!

The lockdowns are again being initiated by those willing to follow the dictates of those I would like to say are just mistaken in their zeal to keep America healthy. I know better.

We as a people are beginning to come under the delusion of the master planner—and I’m not meaning the Dr. Faucis of the bureaucratic, inside-the-Beltway elite of the medical establishment—those of the CDC and the like. The master planner is the old serpent, Lucifer the fallen one. Of this I am absolutely convinced.

One can viscerally sense that the rage against the founding of this nation—against the principles that undergird America—is increasing, not lessening, day by day.

Again to keep harping on the matter, I guess, America is the chief holdup to Satan getting the platform from which to launch his man of sin, the first beast of Revelation 13. This nation is, somewhat like the Church (all born-again believers) the only thing standing between the devil and his being able to wage total war on mankind—particularly on God’s chosen people, the Jews.

Now, I’m not equating America with the Church in the spiritual sense. The nation is, I simply mean, the physical manifestation—the nation-state—that represents a roadblock to Lucifer’s plan to bring in the Antichrist regime.

The Church, indwelt by God the Holy Spirit, is the spiritual entity that blocks the devil’s ultimate plan to overrule God’s governance upon this fallen planet.

Against this spiritual entity, the Church, Satan and the gates of Hell will never prevail. That is a promise in God’s Holy Word.

But he will overcome all nations and (in the sense of physical death) even the Tribulation saints under the leadership of history’s last and most terrible tyrant (see Revelation 13).

America, too, will be overcome. The process is in full-blown fury. The plan of the devil can be delayed, but it can’t be stopped. America as it was founded will not survive the onslaught we are witnessing. It will be overcome, just like all other nations and peoples.

The Church is the greatest blocking mechanism against Satan’s drive to bring his evil one to earth’s throne of absolute control. The United States is still in place to be the national entity that is preventing the globalist agenda from coming to fruition. And it is the globalist agenda that Lucifer is counting on to provide the platform for bringing his man, Antichrist, to the stage for the final play of this great, end-times drama.

It is the Church of Jesus Christ that has been instrumental in God’s keeping America in place in order to block the globalist drive. God’s people offering the prayer of 2 Chronicles 7:14, I believe, is what turned the globalist agenda aside in the presidential election of 2016.

Even mainstream pundits, through their meltdown on election night, considered it a near miracle that their candidate lost and a “show-biz nothing” won. It was more like a nightmare to them, but it was indeed a miracle for all who love and cherish America as founded.

We have witnessed that insane rage we’ve written about so much each and every news-cycle hour since that election. The rage hasn’t abated, but has grown exponentially more virulent.

Now the assault has us wearing masks and cringing in fear of a microbe (if that’s what a virus is) that is, in fact, less deadly than strains of the flu experienced each year. Basically, one doctor of the CDC has, in consort with the so-called Deep State, dictated to the entire American populace that we must stop going to work, school, restaurants, and church. It is all to bring America into the orbit of the globalist order. American elections have to be overruled, and the way that will be done from the perspective of Satan’s globalist minions in high places is to make you and me vote out the man God obviously put in place on 2016 to delay their plans.

“It’s the economy, stupid,” is the mantra Democrat operative James Carville created during the Bill Clinton years. The slogan worked.

If they can convince voters that the economic coming-apart of America is Donald J. Trump’s fault, their mission of getting rid of him as a roadblock to their plans will be accomplished.

So we have the masks to remind us of just how the Trump years have caused us grief. It is the physical manifestation of the pandemic gulag that they, themselves, have perpetrated, and think they have convinced us to blame Trump.

I received an email from a Rapture Ready website friend who is fed up with the minions of the assault on America that is getting more vicious by the day. She wrote the following.

The word “ENOUGH” is a protest word. It is a conversation starter of “God is enough,” “Enough lies,” “Enough shut down.”

The enemy has stolen the “I can’t breathe” to be a protest. I would write that on my face mask because I literally cannot breathe under it.

We need to protest effectively.

We can write it on our face masks without triggering people, but allowing a conversation.

Please help me spread this message.

Well, Shelly, it’s a great idea, to be sure. One of these days soon, though—perhaps today—the Lord will say “Enough is enough,” and will shout, “Come up here!” The Church will no longer be that Body on earth the Restrainer indwells. Satan will install his wicked order on this doomed planet.

Meantime, I prefer to fight the evil going on with something stronger.

Let’s take off the masks altogether so the Lord can read our lips as well as our hearts. Let’s again say “Enough is enough” with words of repentance, in unison, lifted toward the throne as instructed by the God of Heaven.

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7: 1

Conclusion and Delusion

We just returned from a trip to Crane, Missouri, near Branson. The purpose of the trip was to tape four programs for Skywatch-TV, Tom Horn’s up-and-coming television production that covers an ever-widening range of biblical topics. The program concentrates especially on matters as they relate to esoteric things going on behind the scene and to today’s societal and cultural developments.

Their expanding television and ministry facilities are impressive, with much more to come, Tom explained. My traveling companion and great friend, Mike Hile, as always, enjoyed the warm hospitality.

More than that, the conversations, both in private with the Skywatch folks and during actually taping the programs, was stimulating, although profoundly troubling in what the future might hold for the nation and the world in the immediate future.

At the same time, there was the interjection of what is just ahead in the magnificent future that awaits those who believe and trust the promises from God’s Word.

The programs center on two books that are upcoming. The first is a book authored by my good friend Tom Horn and myself with the title Antichrist and the Final Solution. The other is the new book by my good friend, Lt. Col. Robert Maginnis. The title of his book is Collision Course: The Fight to Reclaim Our Moral Compass Before It Is Too Late. Bob is a retired army officer, Pentagon think-tank consultant, and frequent contributor to Fox News.

Many things came from the interview that emerged to the surface as we probed a number of important signals that this generation is deeply into the last of the last days.

The one thing that struck me in our on-air conversations as the single most relevant development was the way many people across America today seem to be in an almost hypnotic state. By that, I mean they seem to have lost the ability to discern—to delineate—between things of fact and fiction in matters that impact how we live and interact.

The one example that strikes me in this regard is the matter of wearing face masks. More and more, this is proving to be more detrimental than beneficial. Breathing one’s own carbon dioxide, for example, can lead to oxygenation problems in the blood as well as bacterial infections. Face masks can also have a cultural ill effect in that they prevent us from seeing facial expressions in our social interaction –something that goes against the freedom to “know” each other as God created humankind to do.

A nation divided against itself cannot stand, as Lincoln put it, based upon Jesus’ words. We have been divided by the insistence of the CDC—in effect, by one doctor within that organization.

People are divided in our nation as never before in this way.

It has caused problems. For example, on numerous occasions I’ve witnessed developing confrontations. I’ve noticed more and more that people wearing masks in public verbally chastise others for not doing so. Total strangers are increasingly at odds over whether to wear the masks or not. It is beginning to take on the same kind of confrontation as is seen in road rage. People are divided in this way, and I’m convinced this is a deliberate part of a master plan.

The master plan, although carried out by those such as the CDC as they insist on mask-wearing, etc., is in fact being orchestrated by Satan. And, it seems to be working.

If there was ever a question of whether an entire population could be brought under a delusion such as that prophesied in 2 Thessalonians 2, there should no longer be much doubt.

People in these days of COVID-19 have been shown to be lemmings in slavish adherence to total shutdown of life’s activities. They will wear the masks, lose their jobs, let their children be ruined by keeping them from school, and be subject to a plethora of other deleterious societal, cultural, and even physiological and psychological dictates.

This is perhaps the primary realization that came from my participation on the programs we taped. We don’t have to wonder whether people could actually be brought under such a delusion as prophesied by the apostle Paul. We are already seeing that delusion taking shape, I think. The master planner is at work. His minions are at work, too.

As we reach the conclusion of human history, we are seeing develop that grand delusion—the big lie—that will eventually enslave the earth’s populations. People are being prepared—being mesmerized, at least in my opinion—for what is to come when the restraining work of the Holy Spirit is no longer in effect as it is prior to the Rapture of the Church.

Lt. Col. Maginnis revealed many things within Washington DC about what is going on behind the scenes. There are dark forces at work that even eclipse what we know from the surface evil perpetrated by what has become known as the deep state.

He also repeatedly offered the biblical prescription for staving off, at least for a time, the onset of the great delusion that is surely coming.

The upcoming election is crucial. That has been said about every election we’ve had, particularly in recent decades. But this one is truly the most critical, Bob and I believe.

The prescription for retarding the progression of that delusion disease as the conclusion of the age nears is the one God has given us to take to heart. That, of course, is 2 Chronicles 7: 14.

Let us all pray that holy prescription at every opportunity in these upcoming days.

The Gog-Magog Specter

While we sense the powers and principalities at their nefarious work just beneath the surface of what we can see, the prophetic specter of one of human history’s most catastrophic wars emerges. I refer to the Gog-Magog war of Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39, which, of course, we’ve looked at many times in these commentaries.

Stage-setting for the final act of the age is taking place at a blistering pace. The drive to completely erase God from the minds of earth’s inhabitants and replace Heaven’s governance with man-centered authority is full-speed ahead. A borderless world suited for the one-world order longed for by both the human and spiritual echelons in high places is no longer a surreptitious goal. The minions are out in full force, trying, in a major step, to bring America down so as to form a more perfect union, in the eyes of those globalist entities. It will ultimately become a hellish order that God promises to deal with in the most bitter, harshest terms as outlined in Psalm 2.

It’s obvious that the consummation of the end of this Church Age (Age of Grace) is near.

Not even in the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918 has American liberty been so affected. World War I and all other activities in that pandemic, which was tremendously worse in terms of numbers of deaths than COVID-19, didn’t bring about a complete national shutdown. The minions in high places have used this so-called pandemic to forge their construction for Antichrist’s soon-to-come launching platform.

Two nations prophesied to be key in the assault are increasingly in the news. Prophetic overtones cannot be missed when analyzed by those who serve as watchmen on the wall.

Meantime, the Middle East is seething with the rise of evil that is barely restrained from bursting forth in one of earth’s final, major conflicts. Spectral foreshadows presaging the Gog-Magog attack from Israel’s north are darkening the region’s geopolitical horizon by the day. We will look at a couple of nations in current news that, in part, comprise Ezekiel’s Gog-Magog force that will assault God’s chosen people of Israel.

We begin with Turkey, which was within the region in ancient times known as Togarmah. The nation is one of three major countries scheduled to assault Israel in a coalition led by Rosh—or Russiaas most scholars conclude.

It is most interesting that this nation is sounding off on its plans for Jerusalem, and for the Temple Mount in particular.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to “liberate al-Aqsa mosque” from Israel after “resurrecting Hagia Sophia” as a mosque on Friday.

The decision to change the status of the ancient Hagia Sophia church, which had been transformed into a mosque in 1453 and then into a museum in 1934, was made controversially last week…

The resurrection of Hagia Sophia heralds the liberation of the al-Aqsa mosque, the Turkish Presidency website says. “The resurrection of Hagia Sophia is the footsteps of the will of Muslims across the world to come… the resurrection of Hagia Sophia is the reignition of the fire of hope of Muslims and all oppressed, wrong, downtrodden and exploited.” (Seth J. Frantzman, “Turkey Vows to ‘liberate Al-Aqsa’ after Turning Hagia Sophia to Mosque,” Jerusalem Post, July 11, 2020)

An even more key nation scheduled to attack Israel in the Gog-Magog assault is front and center in the news. We have covered a number of times the prophecy that the ancient area of Persia called Elam will suffer a catastrophe of some kind. We, along with others who study the prophecy, believe it will be a nuclear problem of some sort. People will, apparently, be forced to flee the area because of the disaster.

That mountainous area in Iran is thought to contain Iran’s nuclear development facilities. Strange things have been going on there recently.

Iran is facing a total intelligence breakdown.

With another explosion on Thursday night, reportedly at an Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps facility, the question is not only how anyone has pulled off up to seven attacks in around two weeks, but how has the Islamic Republic repeatedly failed to stop them…

What the world is witnessing right now is someone – the United States, Israel or Saudi Arabia, possibly with Iranian dissident proxy help – hitting Iranian nuclear and conventional weapons and IRGC facilities practically at will. And they are doing it in a way that has virtually never been witnessed in recent memory…

The questions remaining then, are how long these attacks can continue and whether Iran can cope with them or try to make some sort of secret contact to cut a deal to get them stopped.

If it does not, the message from whoever is making this happen is clear: Continued aggressive actions on nuclear and other fronts will lead to consequences that the ayatollahs had never imagined. (Yonah Jeremy Bob, “What the World Is Witnessing Right Now Is Someone Hitting Iranian Nuclear and Conventional Weapons and IRGC Facilities Practically at Will,” Jerusalem Post, July 11, 2020)

Hatred of Israel by these and other diabolist states of the Middle East are raising the specter of the Gog-Magog war a visible, looming certainty. We believe the Rapture will immediately precede that attack—the next-to-very-last war before Christ’s return at Armageddon.

History’s Most Stunning Headline

We are in what is considered by many the most troubling time in history. I would add that we are also in the most exciting time in all of history—the time very near the Second Coming of Jesus Christ to planet earth.

Considering all that is going on brings the need to think about what will be the most stunning headline ever to cross a newspaper front page or television newscast.

Much of what follows comes, with some editing, from a book I wrote many years ago.

However, with all that is transpiring with such swiftness and in such profusion, my thoughts back then might truly come to fruition at any moment.

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But a stunning headline, as suggested by this commentary’s title, will one day –perhaps very soon—leap from the front pages of the world’s major newspapers. Things bursting across the world will, in that stupefying moment, make all going on before it seem as nothing.

Newscasters will break into regularly scheduled programming on television and radio programs. The Internet will rage with the distressing revelation:

Millions have vanished, and it’s as if the planet has been turned upside-down and inside-out.

This is the one event that will grab and hold the attention of every individual on earth who has ability to understand what has happened. Panic will ensue.

What happened? What’s going on? These will be the primary questions at the heart of the fear-filled thoughts of every person who learns of the disappearances. Many will have witnessed the sudden vanishings up close and personal, as ABC sports used to put it. The planet will be abuzz with terror.

America, the nation with perhaps the largest numbers of Christians, will instantly lose its very heart. The greatest nation to ever exist, in terms of creative genius and industrial acumen and productivity, will be forever changed in a microsecond of time.

America will suffer loss as will no other country when the calamity of all calamities sweeps millions upon millions from the planet. The instantaneous disappearances will leave the nation and the world terrified—and searching for answers.

Shocking Scenes

So, getting directly to earth-bound scenarios that I speculate will immediately follow the Rapture, let’s look at some dark probabilities.

The most immediate things that assault the senses while people look around them are the clothing and other things that fall to the ground, the pavement, and the floors. The only evidence that those who suddenly vanished were ever on earth are the clothing and other personal items they no longer need. The prosthetic devices of every sort, too, give the news pundits something to talk about on the programs that are dominated by one subject: the disappearance of millions.

But in my speculative view, the most frightening, then, as the knowledge sets in, the most agonizing thing that grips the world is the fact that every single child who hasn’t reached the age of accountability for his or her soul is gone from the planet in that millisecond. Every womb of every left-behind woman who is with child at the time of the disappearances is suddenly empty. God, in that astonishing moment, makes a monumental and unmistakable statement about His opinion of when life begins!

Can we even begin to imagine the excruciating emotional explosion taking place all over the world?

With the intimately personal cataclysms still raging, other just as staggering considerations flood the fear-filled thoughts of men and women left behind.

National Chaos

Again, in America, martial law is immediately invoked. But before the much-denuded military and law enforcement personnel can regroup to enforce order, looters of every sort move freely throughout decimated society, pillaging, destroying, and raping whatever and whomever they find in their rampaging paths.

The consciences of man are no longer under the control of the Holy Spirit, as in the time just before the disappearances occurred. Homes, empty of their vanished occupants, are open game, and the looters don’t stop to give a second thought to the horrendous future mankind now faces. They think, as I heard Dr. Charles Stanley once say, they have died and gone to their warped picture of heaven.

We’ve only begun to explore what the left-behind world will be like and the likely dynamics that will rearrange the earth for Antichrist’s appearance.

People have vanished all over the world in less time than it takes for light to enter the eye and strike the retina. The chaos is worldwide, but nowhere is it as profound as within the United States of America. Just a matter of time, however, will prove that the ramifications are geopolitically staggering—for one nation in particular, in addition to America. (More about that nation later.)

The American government at every level soon determines that every child below, most likely, the teenage years is gone. Every pregnant woman who remains suffers the loss of the baby in her womb. But some other things are even more troubling to the officials:

Government in Crisis

With officials missing at every level, government is totally disrupted, and the powers-that-be quickly recognize that not even martial law is going to be able to reestablish the revenue basis for carrying on government as usual. A huge part of the tax base—a fatally proportionate one—is no longer here to provide the funds to carry on government as usual. Much of the workforce, particularly the most vital, skilled force that is the heart and soul of American industry and fidelity to the good work ethic, has disappeared in that stupefying moment.

There will be instant attention paid to formulating a completely changed monetary system to deal with the crisis.

The carnage alone caused by the many accidents and other disappearance-engendered problems require massive manpower and in many cases extraordinary skills to begin restoring order. These needed people are gone in great numbers.

Europe, on the other hand—while dumbfounded, even extremely worried over the vanishings—seems to have suffered little infrastructure damage. Economy, well structured by the European Union Parliament for the most part, has only minimum glitches in keeping things running. Now it is directed by the upper echelon of the American government that is left to advise and assist in helping with things–especially with reestablishing America’s economic base on sound footing.

Enemies on Alert

America’s particularly bad circumstances do not go without notice by others within the nation-states of the world. Russia and China take special notice. They assess how America’s military complex has been affected.

Islamics who want their religion to rule the world are delighted. The Great Satan has gotten its deserved punishment from Allah. Although Islamic children, too, have disappeared, the adults who remain in great numbers are still available to make war—and love, in order to replenish the children. The terrorist Islamic organizations are delighted, and immediately see jihad against their enemies—particularly against the Jews of the world and Israel.

Israel Comes to Attention

Israel’s governmental leaders come to two stunning realizations:

1) Their only ally, with the greatest thermonuclear deterrent in the world, is in chaos.

The US government officials who remain are doing all within their power just to make deals with the EU in order—somehow—to regain their own power. There is no time, or even facility, to see to Israel’s protection.

2) The greatest supporters of Israel and the Jews—their best friends—are no longer on the planet! While America’s top leaders who are still around are coming to understand there must be a complete rearrangement of economy and monetary matters, Israel is getting reports of plans for attack by the Arabs, Persians, and other Islamics who understand what has happened as an opportunity provided them by Allah to once-and-for-all eradicate the hated Jew and the impostor state of Israel.

Well, I leave it to you to paint your own picture of what transpires from this point. Just read the book of Revelation and the Old Testament books of Joel, Zechariah, Ezekiel, Daniel, and others to fill out your own scenarios.

Paul the apostle’s words will be a good place to start forming your own conclusions in thinking about the return of Jesus as given in Revelation 19:11.

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.

For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (2 Thessalonians 2:3–12)

End-Times Eye on Israel

These commentaries have mentioned before Satan’s sleight-of-hand in diverting attention from what’s really going on, like in the old shell game called thimblerig.

The pea is placed under the one of three shells and the player is invited to guess which shell the pea is under after the shells are shuffled. The shuffling increases in speed, and soon the human eye can’t follow the movement to keep up with the shell concealing the pea.

In most cases, the player ends up the loser after betting on being able to pick the correct shell.

Like in the matter of globalist activity, where Satan and the demonic and human minions hide their true efforts to bring in their changed world order (with distractions of such activities as those of the cancel culture), the evil one diverts attention from things involving the number-one sign of these end times. He, for example, foments revolution within this nation and others of the Western world.

All the while, the nation Israel and the entire Middle East region are being rearranged, setting the stage for the great, end-times play that will see the triumphant return of Christ.

The devil, in his sin delusion, believes he is orchestrating the demise of God’s chosen people. But it is the Lord who is the master director. His omniscient hand has already written the prophetic script that will soon unfold.

So wise observers should keep their eye—their spiritual senses—on what’s happening that involves Israel. We must do this despite all of the other troubling distractions that otherwise plague us.

And there is more than enough going on in Israel and vicinity to keep us transfixed.

For example, Israel is at the center of accusations that Iran’s nuclear program has suffered yet another setback. The following explains:

Kuwait’s Al-Jarida newspaper on Friday reported that Israel was responsible for a Thursday “accident” at an Iranian nuclear facility in Natanz.

It is believed that the Natanz facility is used to enrich uranium.

According to the Al-Jarida report, the explosion was caused by an “Israeli cyber attack” which targeted the computers which control the pressure gauges inside gas containers. Tehran has allegedly lost 80% of the uranium hexafluoride gas it needs in order to enrich uranium.

The report also claimed that Israel is responsible for the Parchin blast which occurred last week.

On Thursday, Iran’s state news agency IRNA published an editorial warning that “if there are signs of hostile countries crossing Iran’s red lines in any way, especially the Zionist regime (Israel) and the United States, Iran’s strategy to confront the new situation must be fundamentally reconsidered.” (“Natanz ‘Accident’ Was Israel’s Fault,” Middle East/Israel National News, Reuters, July 3, 2020)

Iran, ancient Persia, is prophesied by Ezekiel the prophet to one day help lead a coalition to assault Israel in the Gog-Magog battle. Israel, as well as President Donald Trump for the US, has vowed Iran will never achieve development of a nuclear weapon.

The mountains of the area known in Bible times as Elam is where much of Iran’s nuclear program is hidden. Those mountains are prophesied to suffer some sort of catastrophic event. So, it is prudent to keep our eyes on this volatile region.

The entire international community, including Israel’s future attackers—Russia, Iran, Turkey, and others—are in a froth over Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to annex parts of the Jordanian valley. It’s especially interesting that Pope Francis of the Roman Catholic Church has weighed in on the annexation plan. The following story frames the matter:

The Vatican, in a highly unusual move, summoned both the US and Israeli ambassadors to express the Holy See’s concern about Israel’s moves to extend its sovereignty to Jewish settlements and the Jordan Valley in the West Bank.

A Vatican statement on Wednesday said meetings with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s secretary of state, and US Ambassador Callista Gingrich and Israeli Ambassador Oren David, took place on Tuesday.

A senior diplomatic source told Reuters that Parolin met the two envoys separately, a detail which was not clear in the Vatican statement.

It said Parolin, the Vatican’s top diplomat, expressed “the concern of the Holy See regarding possible unilateral actions that may further jeopardize the search for peace between Israelis and Palestinians, as well as the delicate situation in the Middle East.”

Israeli leaders decided in May that cabinet and parliamentary deliberations on extending Israeli sovereignty to Jewish settlements and the Jordan Valley in the West Bank, in coordination with Washington, could begin as of July 1.

But with no agreement with Washington yet on the modalities of the move under a peace proposal announced by U.S. President Donald Trump in January, and talks with the White House still underway, no cabinet session was scheduled for Wednesday.

The Vatican statement reiterated its position in support of a two state solution, saying “Israel and the State of Palestine have the right to exist and to live in peace and security, within internationally recognized borders.” (“Vatican Summons US, Israeli Envoys over Annexation Moves,” Reuters, July 2, 2020)

Pressures are building to produce a two-state solution to what the world of diplomacy sees as a Jewish problem.

Just like in Hitler’s demented mind, the globalist mindset, infected by luciferian insanity, is to blame Israel for all potential threats of war in the region. The anger against the Jewish state and the Jewish people of the world will get much worse, according to Zechariah 12:1–3.

Keep your eye on Israel, no matter what else is going on.

God’s Staying Hand

The past weekend this nation celebrated Independence Day 2020. The holiday is a sort unlike any celebrated by any other country in earth’s history. There will never be a holiday of its like again this side of Christ’s next intervention into the sordid and sorry affairs of man.

I can say this with certitude—at least within my own view—because America is the last hope, in human terms, for freedom to the extent America has enjoyed that blessing for 244 years. We are witnessing liberty’s last gleaming.

When thinking on this commentary, I first thought to title it “Why America Is Lost.” The thought was that the nation has since some time in the 1950s begun the dismantling of all that is good about her, as French philosopher and admirer of America, Alexis de Tocqueville, would have it.

By the late 1950s, influences by Karl Marx and especially of Charles Darwin, as well as by other anti-God minions, had so invaded the educational process in America as to weaken the undergirdings that held erect America’s “goodness.”

That “goodness” is the Judeo-Christian principles upon which the founding fathers placed the republic they created. By 1963, those principles had eroded to the point that prayer and Bible reading were banished in public classrooms. The Ten Commandments became anathema to the new masters of education. There were actually statements made to the effect that the commandments should not be posted anywhere in public places—especially not within public classrooms. The rationale? Because the children might actually read them and begin to think they have to obey and practice them. That insanity is recorded for anyone who cares to research it. I’m not making it up, as they say.

I remember a thirty-something-year-old professor standing before my political science class in my freshman year at college lauding the marvels that Marxism-Leninism offered as opposed to the evil presented by American adventurism and bloody war-making since the founding. By then, the erosion of American “goodness,” thus its “greatness,” was well underway.

So, as I say, I started to give this commentary the title, “Why America Is Lost.” I thought to present the fact that the disease of anti-God inculcation has so infected America at its core that the nation cannot be spared the inevitable fall that God’s righteousness—the only goodness that exists—ultimately demands.

As de Tocqueville and any observer within the realm of rationality would rightly conclude, America has lost her goodness, her godly foundational mooring. So she has lost her greatness (the gleaming of freedom as testimony to God providing certain unalienable rights, among them life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness).

We have allowed the “wickedness in high places”—those principalities and powers in the lofty perches of academia and government—to replace the godly foundations. The nation has been and is at this moment being deconstructed by lawlessness in an avalanche of tearing down all values formerly held to as suitable for a good and moral people.

Founders like Franklin and Adams forewarned about dangers intrinsic within the populace ever abandoning the Judeo-Christian base they had erected. Any other people than a morally based, truly free people, they consistently forewarned, are unsuitable for God-given governance. Any people not firmly moored by such providentially influenced foundation are ultimately destined to lose their liberty, was the message.

That those liberties implicit and explicit within the Bill of Rights are even at this moment under assault cannot be denied. The anarchists, arsonists, and so-called deconstructionists of the radical left make liberty’s last gleaming a manifest destiny for Americans.

The Democrat party champions those who are fomenting a cultural revolution that mimics those of Mao and others. Lawlessness rules in major cities where the reprobate thinking of Democrat mayors and governors agrees with the Marxist demands that law enforcement be eliminated through defunding and other means.

The Republican Party for the most part refuses to stand up against the evil that has taken over much of the nation’s youth—the Millennial generation. From kindergarten through doctoral programs, these have been victims of a satanically influenced cabal of anti-God educators for more than six decades. The title, “Why America Is Lost,” therefore, would be appropriate for an article in this day and time.

But the impression struck as the depression deepened in thinking on these matters. “You have left out one ingredient to all this seeming madness afflicting the nation and world.”

Indeed, I had left out the most important ingredient when thinking on the insanity raging within our nation and beyond. That factor is God’s staying hand.

America, although it shows every indicator of precipitous decline from which there seems no escape, remains the freest nation on earth. Its economy, already untenable because of debt extrapolated into hundreds of trillions of dollars for future generations, remains intact, despite suffering a complete shutdown due to a largely contrived virus threat. Most of the nation’s heartland continues to function and show progress toward a return to a degree of normalcy, despite the most vicious attempts imaginable by globalist diabolists in DC and other capitals of the world to rip American sovereignty and autonomy to shreds.

It is incontrovertibly true from the perspective of Bible prophecy, within the observations of those spiritually attuned. God continues to restrain the raging efforts to bring down this supernaturally inspired experiment in liberty. America will be here, I’m believing, until that restraint is withdrawn when Christ calls all born again believers to Himself.

Meantime, it is incumbent to pray fervently that He who sits in Heaven—and obviously has the rebels of planet earth in derision as in Psalm 2—continues to restrain the satanically enraged evil with His omnipotent, staying hand.

 

 

 

 

Masking and Unmasking

The admission must be made up front in this commentary. As an American who has just celebrated Independence Day, I can barely contain the anger that builds within. It will be a fight with my sin nature to keep that rage contained as I write.

I recently heard one of the two presumptive presidential candidates for this year’s presidential election say, “I will do all within my power if elected president to mandate that everyone wears a mask at all times when in public.”

Being blind, I can no longer see, of course, but if I could, my vision would no doubt have reddened with blood-pressure elevation upon hearing that declaration.

Dear people, the statement is but a tiny example of the degree of attempted controls that will be forthcoming if this candidate or a candidate they choose to take his place wins in November.

At stake is whether we will suffer implementation of governmental dictatorship the founding fathers worked so hard to assure never come to pass.

We have seen recently how issuance of executive orders is dealt with by the entrenched powers that be –the judges and their panels who are more and more exerting god-like authority. I refer your memory to the current president issuing an executive order to do away with the previous president’s executive order in the matter of the so-called “dreamers” –the children of illegal immigrants.

Mr. Trump wants policy that restores the right to control illegal immigration. This he wants in order to provide security within the homeland and to assure that jobs for citizens of this nation not be taken by those who are here illegally. Within his executive order were safeguards against inflicting undue hardships on the young, illegal residents whose parents brought them here through no fault of their own.

The judges who ruled in an unprecedented –some say unconstitutional– way on the executive order said the president can’t change the executive order of the previous president. So its okay for President Obama to issue the executive order allowing illegals to come and overwhelm the jobs market and even endanger all of us through increased criminal activity with their numbers, but it is not okay for President Trump to issue an executive order that makes sure jobs for American citizens rather than for illegals are preserved.

This is the way the entrenched D.C. judicial system works. They exert a quasi-judicial prerogative at best, and in my opinion, an illegitimate one.

So, if President Trump loses in November and the new president –a D.C. swamp creature of the first order– as he has declared, issues and executive order that we all will wear masks from now on while in public, I, at least, have no doubt, we will be wearing masks or will face fines and jail time.

That same entrenched D.C. agglomerate evil has shown their intention to control us at every level. In being specific, I will stay within our theme surrounding the subject of masks.

The nation has for the past 4 years, and even previous to that, gone through the anti-constitutional process of enduring an attempted Coup d’état. One early step in that attempted coup was the unmasking of Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn. The intelligence community, with the almost certain knowledge and orders of President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden , set General Flynn up through FBI agents. Flynn, in order to avoid his son being dragged into the illegal prosecutorial action, pleaded guilty to a lesser process crime. It was a technicality concocted and perpetrated by the so-called deep state.

The unmasking in order to pursue criminally charging the General was done through now proven to be unjustified FISA warrants. –I.e., warrants in order to engage in surveillance on Flynn that had no legal basis.

It is thought by Gen. Flynn’s attorney Sidney Powell and by most who truly understand the evil done to the general that this was done in order to try to get Flynn –the incoming national security advisor—to flip on the new president. That is, the frame-up was perpetrated in order to have Flynn give false information on Trump so a case for impeachment could be built. Another reason for the frame-up of Flynn, according to Ms. Powell and others, including Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh, was to get rid of Flynn because he would have been in position as national security advisor to get to the bottom of the coup attempt the intelligence services were conducting. He had to go, as the saying goes.

With all that has gone on –and we have been subjected to this wickedness by the minions –both human and demonic—in high places for almost 5 years– is there any doubt that there are nefarious reasons behind their wanting us to wear masks? –Reasons far beyond the COVID-19 matter?

Americans are being frightened into believing that a virus that nowhere near exceeds annual flu statistics in terms of numbers of deaths makes it mandatory that we follow government dictates that rob us of our civil liberties one incremental step at a time. And make no mistake, this is why the same cabal that has attempted this Coup d’état wants the American public dumped down and made to follow orders like lemmings so this nation can be brought into the globalist order they are determined to establish.

It is actually Satan –the father of lies­—who is behind the machinations we are witnessing.

So, James, you are a Bible prophecy pundit, some would accuse. Why are you so into the politics of all this? Believe me, I would rather veg-out, as they say and drink my coffee and “watch” WW II documentaries –which I love to do. This, and ignore what his coming upon this world at such a pace it is hard to keep track.

However, you can’t achieve obtaining transparency with blinders on –or while wearing a mask that enslaves. The Christian in these prophetic times should put down the coffee and romance movies –and even the documentaries and other entertainments—and watch, as the Lord Instructed (Mark 13: 37).

Blind physically though I am, I can see that the same evil that would do anything, including breaking the law by ignoring the Constitution, thus framing a battle-honored, highly-decorated soldier like Gen. Flynn, will go along, without hesitation, with enslaving us all. The same evil operatives that brought us the Coup d’état Hoax are of the same ilk that would dictate that we will wear masks because of an enormously exaggerated virus. This lawless ideology will use –and is currently using, in my view—the anarchy, arson, tearing down of America, and yes, even the so-called Coronavirus pandemic, in order to establish the absolute power they crave over a formerly constitutionally-protected people.

Bible prophecy is the unmasking of this evil. God, Himself, has ripped the mask from Satan’s plot –for example, in Psalms chapter 2 and throughout chapters of Daniel and Revelation. God has Given True Transparency into the matters we are facing in these upcoming hours so near the end of this quickly fleeting age.

The more that is revealed through observing these times, the greater the comfort Christians can take from God’s Prophetic Word.

“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.  Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” (1 Thes 4: 16-18)

“Star Spangled Banner” Banners

Now they are determined to do away with the “Star Spangled Banner.” The suggestion, among other maddening ones, is that we replace it with John Lennon’s “Imagine.”

It is the latest wickedness from the same minions—the human ones—who follow the dictates of the minions—the demonic ones—who reside in the “high places” of Ephesians 6: 12.

We see the modern incarnation of ancient rebellion each and every day as the anarchy takes on greater intensity by the hour. The following news excerpt reflects that rebellion.

The woke libs are on a roll. They’ve progressed from tearing down Confederate statues in the name of racial justice to targeting statues of the president who waged war against the Confederacy to free the slaves, all in the name of some indecipherable cause that is presumably noble and beyond the comprehension of the unwoke masses.

But even when all the Abraham Lincoln statues are torn down and Mount Rushmore is firebombed into oblivion, the woke scolds still won’t be satisfied. A recent poll found that more than 40 percent of Americans who identify as “very liberal” want to change the name of our country and the design of its flag in the name of “pro-diversity cultural deconstruction.”

Some 80 percent of “very liberal” respondents also want to change the national anthem, so it was only a matter of time before the cancel mob came for slave owner Francis Scott Key and “The Star-Spangled Banner.” In fact, they’ve already begun. A statue of Key was toppled in San Francisco over the weekend, and a high school student in New York recently refused to sing the anthem at her (virtual) graduation ceremony to avoid “being complicit to a system that has oppressed people of color.” (Andrew Stiles, “John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ Tops List of Woke National Anthem Alternatives,” Washington Free Beacon, June 25, 2020)

Those who would now ban the “Star Spangled Banner” as America’s national anthem would prefer that the world anthem written and performed by the former Beatle should take its place. Like Lucifer, who convinced one-third of Heaven’s angelic body to rebel, then humanity to try to usurp God’s authority by creating a one world order with the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11), the America-as-founded-haters want the United States under control of the globalists-elite.

Those desecrating the flag and demolishing statuary of the nation’s past actually haven’t any idea in most cases of why they do what they do. But the nucleus of their ilk serves their masters, those globalists-elite aforementioned. They serve their master—the same one the fallen angels followed into perdition and an ultimate fate in the ake of fire.

It is a worldwide insanity that has taken hold. We are witnessing the wind-up of history this side of the Tribulation.

Lennon, according to his lyrics, wanted us to imagine that God is a liar. Actually, the inference to be drawn from his lyrics is that there is no God. There is no Heaven and no Hell. We can just live in peace and harmony once we throw off the shackles of any pretense of there being a deity to rule over us.

As we can look around us at the present hour and see the increasing violence and tumult, we can agree that Lennon was right—to this point, anyway. It is the difference in believing in there being a God who rules and those who want to be their own gods that remains the reason there is no peace on planet earth.

There are those of us who still believe there is a God and Heaven, and there remains a Hell to shun. Therefore, there is constant conflict between these two realities. There are those who follow the ways of Heaven and there are those who foment the wickedness of the Hell-bound.

Of course, sadly and tragically, there are many in between, who are headed down that broad road—those who the powers and principalities in high places of Ephesians 6:12 are determined to keep herding toward the eternal abyss. There is no peace to be found within the wickedness that prevails in today’s world.

That wickedness is prophetically scheduled to get worse—much, much worse.

But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. (2 Timothy 2: 13)

While the presidential election of 2020 approaches, the battle for the spiritual hearts and minds of this nation in particular will be fierce. Satan is desperate to bring America into his globalist mold for launching his hellish world dictator—Antichrist. America’s autonomy and sovereignty must be destroyed.

The devil’s mantra has been fully adopted and the heathen are indeed raging. But be assured, all of this madness hasn’t taken the Lord of all Creation by surprise. Here, once again, is what God Himself has said in recognition of exactly what will be going on when He next intervenes into the attempt to establish a one-world order like in the time of the Tower of Babel.

Why do the heathen rage and the people imagine a vain thing?

The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.

Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.

Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.

I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.

Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.

Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.

Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.

Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little.

Blessed are all they that put their trust in him. (Psalm 2:1–12)

Let us put our trust in the Lord Jesus. He is on the very brink of taking charge. He will begin doing so by removing His Bride, the Church, from this evil earth-system and placing her into the heavenly dwelling places He has prepared.

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