“For you yourselves know that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. While they are saying, ‘Peace and safety!’, then sudden destruction will come upon them like labor pains upon a women with child, and they will not escape.” I Thessalonians 5:2-3
Last days’ events happen quickly. Even suddenly. The word “quickly” (Greek word: tachos) is used eight times in Revelation. Think of an automobile tachometer which measures the working speed of an engine typically in revolutions per minute. And it revs up.
We often see sudden destruction falling upon the wicked in the Bible. The unrepentant living during Noah’s time, experienced a sudden and catastrophic flood (Gen. 6-9). They had 120 years to repent as Noah preached to them, but they chose to ignore him and judgment suddenly fell (Gen. 6:3-7).
Have you noticed that in 2020, everything has happened suddenly?
- Our fairly ordinary world suddenly vanished.
- Stores sold out
- Fear gripped America—and the world—suddenly
- People were ordered tosuddenly totally change their lifestyles.
- People lost businesses of a lifetime
- A U.S. President went from popular to “the cause of it all”
- Reality became surreal suddenly.
- Cities turned into ghost towns
- Mankind became lovers of self, treacherous, and without self-control
- Cries for global government transpired suddenly,as only a one-world system could slow down the wreckage.
- Virtual became the new way of doing all things
- The U.S. economy went from best ever to horrible suddenly.
- Church went from essential to irrelevant in the eyes of the world
- Hollywood suddenlystopped making sick movies as theaters suddenly
- Order turned to chaos suddenlywith racial tension.
- That tension suddenly turnedto lawlessness.
- Lawlessness turned to anarchy
- The cry for police protection suddenly turnedto “abolish the police.”
- Common sense simply turned suddenly to strong delusion.
Is there a message in all of this? Something else will happen suddenly—the Rapture of the Church. It will take place in the twinkling of an eye . That is so fast it can hardly even be measured.
When God begins to move, He doesn’t waste a moment. But He does take time to warn before He judges. And He seems to be telling us that things are going to change for Eternity suddenly via the Rapture of the Church.
As we as a generation of inhabitants of Planet Earth pierce ever more deeply into the end of the age, the picture of the emerging Tribulation world order comes into view. Presently that view is in the process of tightening into high-definition focus.
We adjust the knobs of that focus with our new book.
LAWLESS: The End-Times War Against the Spirit of Antichrist, we believe, makes clear and in sharp relief against the darkening, prophetic skies that the evil and chaos being churned marks this as the very end of this dispensation.
This is a book of compilation. That is, seventeen authors –all top Bible prophecy writers, broadcasters, speakers, and teachers—have contributed chapters. Each has written in depth on matters dealing with the lawlessness we’ve been witnessing and what it all means. It is, I believe, truly a book for these troubled though exciting times just before Christ calls the Church to Himself. (The book will be released, Lord willing, sometime in October.)
I begin the book in my introduction with the following:
Planet earth needs a savior. This declaration is at the center of the demand by true believers that all people of this endangered sphere must acknowledge. Those deniers—nonbelievers—are branded as heretics. Those in denial of this unimpeachable assertion deserve to be, at the very least, incarcerated for their denial.
This mantra is central to the religious fervor of today. But, it is not the religious fervor of those who adhere to truth found in God’s Word, the Bible. The zealots who hold to this theology are, from heaven’s perspective, lawless in their anti-God demands. The elitists in government and the news and entertainment media who believe man is destroying the planet and only man can stop the destruction. There is no God to be considered in the controls they intend to exert.
And it is indeed religious zealotry. It is for certain a theological mantra that festers at the lawless hearts of those who rave about climate change and mankind destroying the planet through wanton disregard for the welfare of Mother Earth.
Right on schedule, a global religious leader has emerged to the forefront of prophetic stage-setting. He has been instrumental in igniting the fever for the global warming (now “climate change”) fanaticism we see developing. Many, even among top Catholic clergy, have expressed they believe this man could be the final pope. A number among those believe him to possibly be the false prophet—the second beast—of Revelation chapter 13.
I don’t go that far. But certainly this man who came to papal power in such strange fashion exhibits characteristics of one who denies truth and leads the flock astray. Pope Francis has, for example, stated that even atheists will one day be in Heaven. He has said such things as all religions should pray to their gods for relief from COVID-19. He has said there are other ways to Heaven than through Jesus Christ. He has called for world governmental authority over all people. I have all these declarations documented in my files. These are not false accusations.
This pope has made no secret of his disdain for the current president and his administration. Trump’s anti-globalist, “Make America Great Again,” determination has driven the one-worlders into frenzy. Pope Francis is proving to be their champion, as demonstrated by the following news excerpt.
Pope Francis asked Christians to care about creation, saying that the abuse of ecosystems is a “grave sin” while lamenting the negative impacts of global warming and targeting President Trump “everyone abusing the ecosystem should be held accountable.”
We must look after our common home, “to the earth and to every creature,” the pope said during a speech in the Vatican’s San Damaso, “all forms of life are interconnected, and our health depends on that of the ecosystems that God created and entrusted to us to care for.”
“Abusing them, on the other hand, is a grave sin that damages us, and harms us, and makes us sick,” he explained.
“Everyone who abuses the ecosystem and avoids accepting the fact that our ‘common home’ is in danger should be held accountable,” the pope stated referring to President Donald Trump.
“It is easy to fall prey to an unbalanced and arrogant anthropocentrism, the ‘I’ at the centre of everything, which gives excessive importance to our role as human beings, positioning us as absolute rulers of all other creatures,” he continued.
“A distorted interpretation of biblical texts on creation has contributed to this misinterpretation, which leads to the exploitation of the earth to the point of suffocating it,” he added.
“Exploiting creation: this is the sin. We believe that we are at the centre, claiming to occupy God’s place and so we ruin the harmony of creation, the harmony of God’s plan,” the pope explained.
“We become predators, forgetting our vocation as custodians of life,” the pope continued…
Our poorest brothers and sisters and our mother earth lament for the damage and injustice we have caused, and demand we take another course,” he added. “demands of us a conversion, a change of path; taking care of the earth too, of creation.” (“Pope Francis Takes Aim At President Trump In A Recent Speech: ‘Abusing The Ecosystem Is A Grave Sin, Trump Should Be Held Accountable’,” ConsROOM, Rapture Ready News, September 18, 2020)
I write further in my introduction to LAWLESS: The End Times War Against the Spirit of Antichrist:
Mother Earth worship is the central unifying concept the father of lies has perpetrated that fits most propitiously within this spirit of Antichrist model. Branding against deniers of climate change as being the worst sinners within the religion of humanism is designed to make Christianity appear to be a false worship system. This is because the Bible declares that Jesus Christ, who is the very Word of God (John 1:1–3), is who has this earthly orb in His grip. It is not man who controls planet earth.
This, of course, is antithesis to the unimpeachable declarations of the environmental gurus who say man is destroying the earth with greenhouse gases from carbon emission. Only man, himself, through draconian actions to stop these deadly gases, can save himself from choking to death from unbreathable air or drowning because of the melting ice of the North and South poles.
Make no mistake, denial of God’s truth regarding creation and Jesus Christ is at the black heart of the lawlessness and evil comportment we are experiencing. The young are especially affected and infected by this Antichrist spirit. The rebellion is prophetically scheduled to get worse—much worse, and climate-change fervor will increase the nearer the age draws to the time of Tribulation.
While we move through this election season and watch the evil become increasingly worse, let us acknowledge that there is only satanic deception within the “Mother Earth” delusion being foisted particularly upon the young minds among us. Let us take the apostle Paul’s exhortation to heart:
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. (1 Timothy 2:1–6)
One of the prime points of Bible prophecy, at least from the pre-Trib view, is that America isn’t mentioned in it by name or even in cursory reference. (That’s unless, of course, one sees the reference to the “young lions” in Ezekiel 38:13 as meaning the United States as offspring of “the Merchants of Tarshish,” referring to England.)
This is made even more intriguing when we consider all that we believe is going on in setting the stage for the soon fulfillment of prophecy.
We believe most, if not all, of Paul’s “perilous times” (2 Timothy 3) forewarning is now taking place everywhere we look in our nation—i.e., people are “lovers of themselves,” “without natural affection (abortion and homosexuality)”; they are “fierce” (think “BLM” and “Antifa”), and they’re “traitors” (in reference to the Deep State and others subverting the Constitution), etc.
All these things are, as I like to term them, “America-centric,” in their composition. America seems to be at the center of all the earlier-mentioned stage-setting.
Then we have this president stunning the world, really, with a peace arrangement that no one but perhaps he and a few others saw coming. It’s a stage-setting reality that is indeed profound.
To convince so many within the Arab world to come along with the plan Mr. Trump, Kushner, and the others of the administration have put together is just nothing short of phenomenal. It’s phenomenal when we think about the absolute volatility of the Israel haters within the Arab world, which is so heavily influenced by the chief terrorist regime, Iran (ancient Persia).
So America is at the center of most all primary activity as far as the current ebb and flow of issues and events. That makes it more than a curiosity, really, why God chose not to make this apex nation of history (so far as worldly achievement is concerned) the main focus of prophetic national disposition. Yet America is overtly omitted by name in biblical prophecy.
Why did I title this commentary: “America’s Diminishing Role”?
Again we come to what I see as the strangest presidency in our history. Certainly this is true, it’s reasonable to conclude, because we’re so near the end of this age (Age of Grace/Church Age). The prophetic Word tells us it will be so as the time of Christ’s return nears. Looking around, we’re not disappointed. Things are getting stranger and stranger.
One of the ironies, if that’s what we may call the strangeness, is that this president exerts the most powerful influence on the issue of Middle East peace as any leader ever. At the same time, he’s determined to pull out of that region to an extent that no other leader has attempted since much earlier days when isolationism ruled within American diplomatic spheres of influence. For example, he has announced troop withdrawals from Afghanistan and other areas, much to the chagrin of those in the defense department who are supposed to serve at his pleasure.
Trump doing so, as a matter of fact, constitutes one of the reasons the so-called Deep State opposes his every move. They like to determine such things and have always been able to do so with the cooperation or the acquiescence of those occupying the White House. It’s all part of the power wielded by the military-industrial complex President Dwight Eisenhower forewarned about.
America’s influence in the world, then, despite it being front and center in most every prophetic signal of the approaching Tribulation, is diminishing. The very president put in place by God to serve at this crucial time is an “America-First” chief executive, yet he also is withdrawing the nation from the most focal area of Bible prophecy—even while formulating a peace initiative that might lead to the very covenant Daniel prophesied.
The following news excerpt highlights this dichotomy within Mr. Trump’s presidential action.
Turkey and Iran are engaging in new operations in Africa… It is important to understand that this is in the context of the US generally reducing its global role and comes around 60 years after European colonialism was rolled back…
An article at The National in the UAE in May revealed that Iran has begun to play a role with military proxy groups in the Central African Republic (CAR). The article revealed that Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Quds Force has played a role in cultivating “terrorist cells.” It has operated, funded, trained and directed proxy groups. Its role and influence in Africa is still far from mapped and known but the article implies it has recruited figures in the CAR and elsewhere. Iran has also been active in Nigeria and also in South Africa and Hezbollah has been active in West Africa…
An article at Al-Ain also asserts that Turkey and Qatar are now working to exert influence in Africa. The article asserts that Qatar has been trying to do influence peddling in Tunisia and that Qatar’s Defense Minister Khalid al-Attiyah has been coordinating with Turkey’s defense minister in discussions about Libya and Tunisia. They want to establish a “joint military training center” in Libya. (Seth J. Frantzman, “Turkey and Iran Are Engaging in New Operations in Africa,” Rapture Ready News, September 18, 2020)
With the key Ezekiel 38–39 players blatantly moving to fill the vacuum developing in the region because of America’s withdrawal—Iran (ancient Persia) and Turkey (much of what comprised ancient Togarmah)—it becomes quite clear that America, although prophetically scheduled to diminish, is nonetheless most prominent in this pre-Rapture era. It will, it’s therefore logical to conclude, take a dramatic set of circumstances to remove the nation so influential in the world power arrangement.
Bombardment every waking moment, through constantly churning news cycles, presents an ominous unfolding that can’t be missed by the truly spiritually attuned Christian. We’re well into the “end of days,” as the secular writers and other pundits like to term it.
We’re seeing in geopolitics the powers and principalities in their high places of wickedness doing all within their considerable abilities to bring about global government. Satan’s one-world effort to establish his Antichrist regime is well underway. Only God’s restraining hand has kept the devil from being able to complete his prophesied task—to bring to earthly power the first and second beasts of Revelation chapter 13.
In these commentaries, we’ve talked about this luciferian effort and the Lord’s staying hand at work to delay its implementation. The effort at that implementation has been especially aggressive within the United States. Attempts to bring down the American president who is anti-globalist in every respect has been almost beyond description or even belief.
In the religious realm, we’ve seen a marked refusal to stand up against the evil going on within society and culture. There is well underway an apostasy of the first order. The “falling away,” in terms of departure from faith among a growing number of Christian ministries, is made clear in the lack of opposition offered from the pulpits to that proliferating evil.
The current pope has endorsed the apostate declaration that all will eventually be in Heaven for eternity, no matter whether saint, agnostic, or atheist. He has embraced climate change as part of the growing trend toward the worship of Mother Earth. Whether Catholic or Protestant, many of the clergy in what is called Christendom are either totally in for, or totally silent on, the issues within the social justice movement so in vogue today.
Regarding those social justice issues, the apostle Paul’s words of forewarning can almost be heard echoing down through the corridors of this eerie time in history. Perilous times are indeed with us—again—every waking moment while we get the hourly and even minute-by-minute news reports from the nation and from around the world.
Paul, in 2 Timothy 3, is, it seems to me, speaking directly to this generation when he says:
For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof.
Let’s look at a few of these characteristics of end-times humans as the great apostle gives them and as we think on our experience as of late.
“Blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy”
Video and audio of the rioters in the various cities they have destroyed, burned, and looted contain some of the most blasphemous language imaginable. They are so vulgar, so blasphemous, that one hears almost a constant beeping the news organizations use to keep from violating broadcast etiquette and regulations.
Many of these are pampered Millennials who are college students that have never been disadvantaged in any way. They directly disrespect parents and rules of civil comportment. They exemplify Paul’s terms “unthankful” and “unholy.”
“False accusers, incontinent, fierce”
The anarchists who join the likes of Black Lives Matter and Antifa are traitorous to the nation that gave them the privileges they now violently protest. These are Communist/Marxist organizations that hate everything about America and foment its destruction. Those who, like the “useful idiots” Marx wrote about, “falsely accuse” people of America in general and the police across the country of wanting to murder people of color, particularly African Americans. These arsonists and thugs are “incontinent”—that is, they are unwilling and/or unable to control their desires to commit these insane acts of rage. They are “fierce” and launch bricks, bottles of frozen water, and Molotov cocktails at police and even at owners of private property and businesses.
All of this demonstrates, I believe we should conclude, that we are in the very last hours of this fleeting age. We must, of course, defend against the forces that want to destroy and even kill to do the service of their master, the devil. But, even though it is difficult to understand all involved in His Instruction, Jesus has an even stronger defense for us to follow while we guard against those who would do us harm. We must obey Him no matter what, and leave all the consequences to Him.
But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. (Luke 6: 27–28)
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE in ProphecyBy Bill Salus “Saudi Arabia Opens Airspace to Israel” (NYT – 9/2/20)
“After UAE, Bahrain deals signed, Trump says 7-9 countries seek peace with Israel”
“Soon after historic Abraham Accords ceremony at the White House, US president includes Saudi Arabia among those nations also now ready to normalize ties with Jewish state.” (Times of Israel – 9/15/20)
Saudi Arabia is back in the news again and that has some Bible prophecy pundits warning that a 2600-year old biblical prediction could be about to happen! In one of his most detailed apocalyptic writings, the prophet Ezekiel identifies the nation of Saudi Arabia in his 38th chapter.
This ancient prophecy informs of a forthcoming massive invasion of Israel in the last days. It identifies an invading coalition that appears to be led by Russia and includes Turkey, Iran and nine populations in total.
In addition to this intimidating list of invaders, Ezekiel identifies a group of nations that appear to be contesting the evil intentions of this coalition. The verse below explains the sinister motives of the invaders and identifies the concerned protesters.
“Sheba, Dedan, the merchants of Tarshish, and all their young lions will say to you, ‘Have you come to take plunder? Have you, (Russia), gathered your (coalition) army to take booty, to carry away silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods, to take great plunder?’” (Ezekiel 38:13, NKJV; emphasis added)
This passage identifies Saudi Arabia under the banner of Dedan. The Saudis are assembled alongside Sheba, (Yemen), Tarshish, (UK), and their Young Lions, (USA, and maybe Canada and Australia). This grouping of countries appear to be actively protesting, rather than militarily preventing this invasion of Israel.
The concerns of these sideline spectators are lodged in several questions, which help us to recognize that the primary goal of these invaders is to conquer Israel for their own capital gains. These belligerents intend to seize control over all aspects of Israel’s economy.
Due to the budding relationships between Russia, Turkey and Iran, several Bible prophecy teachers believe that Ezekiel 38 could be the next event to find fulfillment on the end times prophetic calendar. But is it?
Saudi Arabia is actually identified in at least four unfulfilled prophecies and when they are laid out sequentially, it turns out that Ezekiel 38:13 is seemingly the last of the four to find fulfillment. In addition to Ezekiel 38, Saudi Arabia, as Dedan, is the subject of biblical predictions in Jeremiah 49 and Ezekiel 25. Moreover, the Saudis appear to be represented as the Ishmaelites in the 3000-year old prophecy foretold in Psalm 83. These prophecies will be presented in their apparent chronological order, but beforehand it is important to connect the ancient territory of Dedan and the Ishmaelite peoples of the past with modern-day Saudi Arabia.
Where is Dedan?
Historic Mideast maps locate Dedan in Northwestern Saudi Arabia. Some Bible scholars, such as Gary Stearman of Prophecy Watchers,[i] suggest that in the Old Testament, Dedan might even extend beyond Saudi Arabia to also include the modern-day Gulf Cooperation Council, (GCC), countries of Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain and the UAE. If Dedan represents the entirety of the GCC Arab states, this could be prophetically relevant in light of recent events.
“Israel signs accords with United Arab Emirates and Bahrain at White House ceremony” (USA Today – 9/15/20)
Presently, the UAE and Bahrain are in the process of normalizing national relations with Israel as part of the “Peace to Prosperity” aspect of Donald Trump’s, “Deal of the Century” Mideast peace plan. This economic part of Trump’s plan was introduced by White House adviser Jared Kushner in Bahrain on June 25, 2019.
“In Bahrain, U.S. Tries to Promote Mideast Peace Through Prosperity” (NY Times – 6/25/19)
In the process of achieving peace with the UAE and Bahrain, which are two Arab nations that never posed a real threat to the Jewish state, Israel has agreed to temporarily postpone its plans to annex territory in the West Bank. The annexation of this land was part of the political aspect of Trump’s Mideast peace plan.
“UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan: “I thank Netanyahu for choosing to stop annexation of Palestinian land.”” (Times of Israel – 9/15/20)
It’s interesting to note that UAE’s Foreign Minister considers the territory in question “Palestinian land.” In the cosmic CHESS MATCH between good and evil, it appears that evil moved two PAWNS, the UAE and Bahrain, forward and successfully put Israel into CHECK when it comes to the “Chosen People” expanding further into the “Promised Land.” How this newly formed alignment between Israel, the UAE and Bahrain may have prophetic implications will be explored near the end of this article.
Whether or not Dedan includes all of the GCC countries, most biblical scholars would agree that at least it identifies Saudi Arabia.
Who are the Ishmaelites?
Some suggest that Ishmael, the patriarch of the Ishmaelites, was the father of the Arabs and that he settled in Arabia. Ancient Arabia is now often alluded to as the Arabian Peninsula, and it is mostly encompassed by Saudi Arabia. The map and quote below it, reinforces these understandings.
“The Book of Genesis and Islamic traditions consider Ishmael to be the ancestor of the Ishmaelites/Arabians and patriarch of Qaydār. According to Muslim tradition, Ishmael the Patriarch and his mother Hagar are buried next to the Kaaba in Mecca… Ishmael is recognized as an important prophet and patriarch of Islam. Muslims believe that Ishmael was the firstborn of Abraham, born to him from his wife Sarah’s slave, Hagar. Ishmael is recognized by Muslims as the ancestor of several prominent Arab tribes and the forefather of Muhammad.”[ii]
The Four Unfulfilled Saudi Arabia Bible Prophecies
SAUDI PROPHECY #1
“Flee, turn back, dwell in the depths, O inhabitants of Dedan! For I will bring the calamity of Esau upon him, The time that I will punish him.” (Jeremiah 49:8)
This often-overlooked Jeremiah foretelling concerning Dedan was penned approximately two decades prior to Ezekiel’s issuance of his 38th chapter. Jeremiah issues a stern admonition to the inhabitants dwelling in Dedan to, “Flee, turn back, dwell in the depths.” This forewarning is given because “the calamity of Esau” is coming.
Apparently, when this future prediction happens, the Saudis will have joined forces with Esau’s descendants, and in so doing, will become positioned in the line of fire. The Lord is going to punish Esau severely, and for Saudi Arabia’s own protection, Jeremiah warns them to flee and turn back to the depths of their homeland. This infers that at the time of Esau’s calamity, that Saudi armed forces are involved in a military operation that is taking place on foreign soil.
The fifty-million-dollar question is, “what is Esau’s Calamity?” This topic will be addressed further down in this article, but beforehand it’s important to note what Jeremiah says happens to Esau’s neighbors as a result of the calamity.
And he, (Esau), shall not be able to hide himself. His descendants, (the Edomites), are plundered, His brethren and his neighbors, And he is no more. (Jer. 49:9–10, NKJV; emphasis added)
Esau’s neighbors are plundered. This would include Saudi Arabia, if they don’t heed the warning to, “flee, turn back, dwell in the depths.” In other words, back off and go back home or else be plundered alongside of Esau’s descendants.
SAUDI PROPHECY #2
“‘Thus says the Lord God: “Because of what (the) Edom(ites) did against the house of Judah (Israelis) by taking vengeance, and has greatly offended by avenging itself on them,” therefore thus says the Lord God: “I will also stretch out My hand against Edom, cut off man and beast from it, and make it desolate from Teman; Dedan shall fall by the sword. I will lay My vengeance on Edom by the hand of My people Israel, that they may do in Edom according to My anger and according to My fury; and they shall know My vengeance,” says the Lord God.” (Ezekiel 25:12-14, NKJV; emphasis added)
About two decades after Jeremiah pens his warning for the Saudis to disengage from their alignment with Esau, Ezekiel prophesies that the Saudis will fail to do so. As such, “Dedan shall fall by the sword.” In the Bible, “the sword” is often used as a typology for a war. Thus, this identifies the Saudis as one of the neighbors that get plundered in the related war when Esau’s Calamity comes.
This Ezekiel passage also explains why Esau’s Calamity comes and how this calamitous campaign is carried out. The Edomite descendants of Esau will be guilty of attempting to bring harm against the Jews, and in retaliation, the Lord will empower the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) to execute His anger, fury and vengeance.
This curse for curse in kind response comes directly out of the Genesis 12:3 playbook. This verse represents God’s foreign policy to the Gentile nations. Those countries that do good to Israel will be blessed, but those that do harm will be cursed. The Edomites seek to harm the Jews, so in turn, God lifts up the IDF to eliminate all of Esau’s descendants! Yes, I said ELIMINATE ESAU’S DESCENDANTS. The prophet Obadiah foretells it this way:
““The house of Jacob, (the IDF), shall be a fire, And the house of Joseph, (the IDF), a flame; But the house of Esau shall be stubble; They shall kindle them and devour them, And no survivor, (descendant), shall remain of the house of Esau,” For the Lord has spoken.” (Obadiah 1:18, NKJV; emphasis added)
Understanding the size and scope of Esau’s calamity, it’s understandable why Jeremiah previously warns the Saudis to back off and go back home before this war happens.
SAUDI PROPHECY #3
“They have said, “Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, That the name of Israel may be remembered no more.” For they have consulted together with one consent; They form a confederacy against You: The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites; Moab and the Hagrites; Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek; Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre; Assyria also has joined with them; They have helped the children of Lot. Selah” (Psalm 83:4-8)
Saudi Arabia’s third unfulfilled prophecy is encapsulated in Psalm 83. I have covered Psalm 83 extensively in my book and associated DVD entitled, Psalm 83: The Missing Prophecy Revealed, How Israel Becomes the Next Mideast Superpower. In those prior works, I explain the connections between the three Saudi prophecies identified thus far.
In my book I explain how Esau’s Calamity is described in Psalm 83 and the related peripheral prophecies provided below. This is not an exhaustive list; all told there are nearly 150 verses that chronicle this calamitous event. Within these passages we find out that the IDF is God’s tool to defend Israel when these prophecies happen.
- Psalm 83:1-18…………………………………. (18 verses)
- Jeremiah 49:1-29, 12:14-17…………………. (32 verses)
- Ezekiel 25:12-17, 28:24-26, 35:1-36:7, 37:10 (32 verses)
- Isaiah 17:1-14, 19:1-18, 11:14………………. (35 verses)
- Obadiah 1:1-21………………………………… (21 verses)
- Zephaniah 2:4-11……………………………… (8 verses)
- Zechariah 12:2, 5-6…………………………… (3 verses)
So who are Esau’s descendants today? They are the “Tents of Edom” in Psalm 83:6. Esau fathered the Edomites as per Genesis 36:1. In my Psalm 83 book I point out that the Edomites have an ethnical representation within the Palestinians. Not all Palestinians have an Edomite heritage, but many of them do.
The fact that they are identified as the “Tents of Edom,” infers that at the time of Esau’s Calamity, they are classified as refugees. In the Bible the “tents of” typically represents either military encampments or refugee scenarios. I believe that the Psalm describes the Palestinian refugees of today.
These Edomites are enjoined in the ten-member confederacy of Psalm 83:6-8 that wants to destroy Israel in Psalm 83:5. Below is a map that identifies the modern-day equivalents of these ancient populations. Observe that Saudi Arabia is included.
SAUDI PROPHECY #4
This fourth Saudi prophecy takes us back to the top of the article and Ezekiel 38:13. If the sequence of prophetic events presented thus far is correct, then by this future time Saudi Arabia has been plundered severely with the Palestinian refugees and their Psalm 83:6-8 confederacy.
Apparently, after being plundered, the Saudis decide to align themselves with the protesters, rather than the invaders in Ezekiel 38. Perhaps at this future point, when there is no further Palestinian plight to banner, the Saudis will abandon their Arab (Saudi) Peace Initiative in favor of normalized relations with Israel.
The Prophetic Implications of Israel’s peace with Bahrain and the UAE
If the first two prophecies about Dedan extend beyond Saudi Arabia to also include Bahrain and the UAE, then this current peace will be temporary. Those two predictions point out that Dedan gets plundered at the time of Esau’s Calamity. The IDF wouldn’t plunder Bahrain or the UAE if these peace deals were still in place.
However, there is another possible prophetic scenario to watch for that might include Bahrain and the UAE. Jeremiah 49:34-39 informs of an end times war with Iran. I write about this war in my book entitled, “Nuclear Showdown in Iran, Revealing the Ancient Prophecy of Elam.”
In a nutshell, this prophecy declares that Iran will experience a disaster, probably nuclear, and it appears that this results from a military attack by the enemies of Iran. The key verse is below.
“For I will cause Elam to be dismayed before their enemies And before those who seek their life. I will bring disaster upon them, My fierce anger,’ says the Lord; ‘And I will send the sword after them Until I have consumed them.’” (Jeremiah 49:37)
Unfortunately, this verse does not specify who Iran’s enemies are, but it’s highly likely that if this prophecy were to happen soon, that Iran’s enemies would at least include Israel, the USA, the UAE, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. It’s common knowledge that a primary reason that Bahrain and the UAE are normalizing relations with Israel is to gain America and Israel as allies in the event of a future war with Iran.
If a war with Iran is forthcoming in the near future, these current peace deals between Israel with the UAE and Bahrain, could make it easier for an American, Israel and GCC Arab coalition to form and fight against Iran in fulfillment of this prophecy.
[i] Visit Prophecy Watchers website at: (www.prophecywatchers.com),
[ii] Ishmael quote taken from this web link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishmael#:~:text=Islam,-See%20also%3A%20Ishmael&text=Ishmael%20is%20recognized%20as%20an,and%20the%20forefather%20of%20Muhammad.
BIBLE PROPHECY PANORAMIC CHART: God’s Purposes Through the Ages
By Neville Coomer and Jo Johnson
September 17, 2020
Review by Terry James
This new BIBLE PROPHECY PANORAMIC CHART book illustrates God’s purposes through the ages as revealed in the Bible. This excellent work has been compiled by Neville Coomer and Jo Johnson, two Bible students from Fife, Scotland.
As well as being a keen student of Bible prophecy, Jo is also the artist who painted the prophetic chart on a 10 x 3 foot canvas.
Each page in the book features a panel from his hand-painted chart with detailed Bible quotes alongside, showing how God’s purposes of love towards the human race have unfolded through the ages of time. The final ‘showdown’ between ‘the Beast’ (Antichrist) and God is graphically illustrated and backed up by scripture.
The “Bible prophecy Panoramic Chart” will be a good tutorial course for those who know little about God’s plan for mankind. It will also be a good refresher course for those who want to brush up on many important scriptures in the Bible; especially the prophetic scriptures. The illustrations help guide the reader through the book in a way that keeps the reader engaged and anticipating the next prophetic event on God’s timetable. This will be a great book for individuals as well as for use in family devotionals.
For those who like to study prophecy in-depth, this is a book I heartily urge you to have available in your library.
BIBLE PROPHECY PANORAMIC CHART: God’s Purposes Through the Ages
By Neville Coomer and Jo Johnson
Publisher: Rosebine Press, September 2020
The following link will take you to Amazon, where you can order your own copy:
Each succeeding week that produces fodder for another commentary brings with it the thought that things couldn’t be more in place for setting in motion the Tribulation.
The perception is always proved wrong.
This week is no different; prophecy stage-setting is still ramping up.
While many issues and events we explore seem at the moment to be critical in setting the stage for fulfillment of Bible prophecy, they most often turn out to be peripheral to the most crucial signals. The things developing now, however, are anything but minor.
Israel and the peace process can never be seen as a subject that’s on the outer edges of Bible prophecy. And what we’re seeing now certainly must be considered as profound a sign as any of where we stand on God’s prophetic timeline.
With all else that’s going on in this nation (which, by the way, is overtly omitted by name in biblical prophecy), we see the strangest presidency of our history at the very heart of astonishing prophetic stage-setting. And who can deny that this president moves the needle on history’s tachometer each and every news cycle?
Never has President Trump been as instrumental in so moving that needle as this past week or so. It’s as if the engine of biblical eschatology has revved once again to near max. I see this as a matter to be viewed as seriously as any we’ve yet seen—i.e., it seems to take us as near Christ’s call to His Church as any movement we’ve known.
With President Trump’s acting as an instrument of such profound prophetic movement comes danger, however. It’s a danger that we all should recognize.
The peace currently being brokered by the Trump administration between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) presents one of the two areas of danger about which the president must be cautioned.
The statement by his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to reporters frames one of the dangers. Kushner said recently: “We were trying to save the two-state solution… If we kept going with the status quo… ultimately, Israel would have eaten up all the land in the West Bank.”
Kushner, husband of Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, is a Jew who apparently has little knowledge of, or else not much regard for, God’s promises to His chosen people. The Lord gave the Jews all the Land of Promise, including all the land in the West Bank. Mr. Kushner acts as if this is negotiable.
In God’s view, no area of land He gave Israel is negotiable. There is no room whatsoever for a “two-state solution to any problem Israel’s surrounding neighbors have in failing to be at peace with the Jewish State.
Here are the Almighty’s words on the matter:
And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your descendants after you. And I will give to you and to your descendants after you, the land of your sojourning, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God. (Genesis 17:7–8)
I would urge men with Holy Spirit-provided savvy regarding Bible prophecy, such as Dr. Robert Jeffress, who have the president’s ear to counsel Mr. Trump about this promise and the serious consequences of attempting to interfere—whether wittingly or not—with that covenant.
Here is what God’s prophet, Joel, foretold more than two thousand years ago regarding the fate the nations of the world will suffer for doing exactly what this administration is trying to do. We’ve looked at it many times.
I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land. (Joel 3:2)
This of course speaks of Armageddon, the killing field where the rebellious armies of the world will be slaughtered.
The second of the cautions I put forth here to this president—whom I very much support in most every way—concerns his possibly making the mistake of listening to those who push for mandatory vaccinations against COVID-19.
Here is a news item that encapsulates to some extent the issue:
President Donald Trump announced several weeks ago that the US government will purchase 100 million doses of Moderna’s experimental coronavirus vaccine, which is currently in late-stage human trials.
In addition to Moderna, AstraZeneca and the Pfizer/BioNTech alliance are also working on a vaccine.
Trump recently estimated that a vaccine for coronavirus may be produced ahead of the US presidential election on November 3.
The US has registered more than six million cases of COVID-19—almost a quarter of the global total—and 185,000 deaths, according to Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University. (“US States Told Be Ready for COVID-19 Vaccine by November 1,” US & Canada—Israel National News, September 4, 2020)
There is more than just conspiracy theory behind fears that some folks in high places have suggested that a computer tracking nanochip or something like that be injected along with the coming COVID inoculations. There is ample documentation that such ideas have been exchanged between Bill Gates and others who contemplate vaccinating the entire world.
I don’t pretend to suggest that this will be part of such vaccinations, nor am I saying this has something to do with the Revelation 13 “mark of the beast,” “666” system of buying and selling. No one needs to fear that they will take that mark this side of the Rapture, no matter what else the proposed COVID vaccine might mean.
But it all does smack of Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-four and Big Brother, in which the ruling class is in complete control of the hapless masses and wields absolute power.
Mr. President, be aware. Christians who understand Bible prophecy as it is meant to be understood will strongly resist such “mandatory” impositions upon personal liberty.
With the election of Barack Obama following eight years of George W. Bush, things appeared to be right on track for globalization. Even during the Bush years, the push to bring in a changed world order was front and center.
Efforts by those opposed to giving up American sovereignty were becoming increasingly atrophied. America-as-founded advocates within the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives gave in to the change agent in most every instance because it was impolitic to push back against the first black president. The leftist mainstream news media reveled in the words of the new president: “It is time for fundamental change in America!”
The Obama administration started by the president undertaking a world tour where he apologized for the United States being overbearing and…well…just not a good global citizen. The first lady, Michelle Obama, said she was proud of America for the first time since her husband made the tour and was beginning to right all the wrongs that the U.S. as founded had perpetrated upon the rest of the world.
Those in charge in D.C. during those eight years indeed set about to transfer American industry—especially manufacturing—to nations throughout the world. Particularly, China was beneficiary of the change that was taking place. During those years, China built an economy that is scheduled to overtake that of the U.S. by 2040-something. That nation used the great profits made from the trade deals and through industrial and hi-tech espionage to build a military machine that the Bible tells us will one day be at the heart of the force that will kill a third of the world’s population. (Read Revelation chapters 9 and 16.)
We can see simply by looking at China’s growing belligerence through its threats in the South China Sea and its ominous threats against the Trump administration’s tough dealing to create a more favorable trade balance, just how foolish the giveaways by the Obama administration were. And, it is almost certainly the Sino-globalist cabal, according to some observers, that released the COVID-19 plague—a so-called pandemic that has brought the greatest economic power to have existed to its knees along with the rest of the industrialized world.
Then came the election of 2016. The world powers elite were set to further bring those American assets into their orbit with the election of the candidate who was to complete the Obama agenda. It was all but a done deal. The media, again, was giddy with the prospects of making the United States exactly like the European socialistic model they so longed for.
But something funny happened on the way to that next presidential inauguration. The candidate of the changed world order lost in a large electoral landslide. The winner, the “Make America Great Again” candidate, gave the inaugural speech in which he lambasted Obama’s agenda and the damage done in the Obama administration, and he vowed that now America would be front and center in bringing back manufacturing and all other things that had been virtually given away during the previous four years.
Bottom line is that Satan’s plans to bring his geopolitical regime of control sooner rather than later was stymied. There came a push-back of major proportions because of the election result, one that nobody saw coming—except perhaps Donald J. Trump and his confidence in winning rather than losing, and, certainly, Christians who believe unwaveringly in the power of prayer.
As mentioned here many times, that prayer, as edited by God as recorded in 2 Chronicles 7: 14, was at the precise center of the miracle that took place that election night in 2016.
Since that night, and even before, the luciferian push to bring America and the world back to conditions as they were before the 2016 election have increased by the hour. The insane rage of those who are nothing less than operatives for the end-times rebellion Satan is fomenting are in our faces—our masked faces—every waking minute.
Those leading the rebellion, including not only Antifa and Black Lives Matter, but the ideological-political left in general and the mainstream news and entertainment media as well, are now warning with not-so-veiled threats that if the man they hate is reelected, we can expect carnage from their rage that will cause what is happening at present to look like child’s play. Even Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden has threatened in no uncertain terms that the rage will become even more intense.
So the push by the chief rebel of all rebels has his minions, both human and demonic, in place for the big push that is without question coming, no matter who wins the election.
It’s just the way it is. It is the time in which we are privileged to be alive—the very end of the Age of Grace.
We are here for the big push-back against Satan’s big push to bring in the long-prophesied Antichrist world order.
That cannot and will not happen while we are still here. Our push-back—God’s push-back—is why we are here at this troubling but exciting time. The Holy Spirit resident within each believer in Jesus Christ provides us greater power than the minions of the satanic push have at their disposal.
Franklin Graham, son of the late Billy Graham, has full understanding of that power of supernatural push-back.
He has invited God’s people to join him and many others on the Washington, D.C. Mall on September 26 for a time of prayer for the nation. He will then lead a march through the nation’s capital as part of the push-back against the evil that will continue to be stymied until we hear the words of our Lord from the clouds of Heaven: “Come up here!”
Crucial issues and events involving the fate of the nation and world are discussed in-depth in these four programs. Bible prophecy is at a critical moment in human history, and things brought to light in these programs speak directly to where we stand on God’s prophetic timeline.
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An emailer, expressing fears over the current conditions in America, asked: “Do you think we will ever return to normal life?”
It’s an interesting question, and it represents a number of such questions I’ve gotten lately. I must admit that, for a while, it was one I, myself, thought about as I looked across the prophetic horizon.
Will life ever return to the way things were before COVID-19 disrupted our lives like nothing in America has before?
It’s true that the Great Depression of the 1930s caused great troubles that were made worse by the advent of the Dust Bowl, which decimated great swaths of middle America. Many folks lost their livelihoods and even their lives during that catastrophic era. But all the while, life had a sense that normalcy was again just around the corner.
People still came together. As a matter of fact, they clung closely to each other in order to get through the dark days, weeks, and months of that time during America’s early twentieth century.
They weren’t told to not congregate. Particularly, they weren’t told they couldn’t go to church. They were encouraged to come together and pray, imploring the Lord to deliver them from the plague of the fiscal and physical disaster that afflicted them.
Now within the country we’re seeing a sense of foreboding that nags at many, even within the ranks of devoted believers. Will we ever see a time like that we enjoyed before the coronavirus? —Before quarantining and social distancing? Before churches were told not to meet at full capacity? Before wearing masks that almost in a sinister way obscure smiles and expressions of hope we previously were allowed to see on the countenances of fellow human beings? Will we ever again return to a time like before, when we received no glares of fear and even anger from eyes peering at us from behind the masks if we choose not to wear them?
The question is legitimate. Fear of this microscopic entity has more than 90 percent of Americans polled indicating that they would like to have government make the mask-wearing mandatory in all public places. Over 90 percent!
Most of those polled want the masks to be required, despite statistics from the CDC itself—figures just released—that show the harmful effects of the disease have been grossly overblown. Of the 180,000 people reported to have died of COVID-19, only some nine thousand-plus have actually died of COVID itself. The majority died, in fact, from age-related and or other health complications.
This is greatly under-reported by mainstream media. I’ve written many times about the reasons for such muddling of truth. The deception involved in the COVID-19 matter, the sequestering of individual Americans one from another (the masking of America—and the world, for that matter) is all part of the answer to the question: “Will we ever return to normal life?”
While the coronavirus is real, it hasn’t proven to present the world-endangering virulence the would-be world masters have claimed. In fact, the flu in its various strains has been much greater in deadly effects than this virus unleashed by China. COVID-19 has been contrived for specific purposes in what I believe the Pre-Tribulation Bible prophecy view presents.
However, while COVID-19 hasn’t been nearly as world-endangering as propagandized, it certainly has been the most world-changing pandemic in history.
That’s saying a tremendous mouthful, to be sure. The Spanish Flu of 1917 killed millions. Many plagues of the past have devastated entire continents and even brought civilizations to an end. Pestilence such as the Bubonic Plague have wiped out many in Europe and elsewhere. Diseases have brought the Incas and others to an end. But COVID-19, as minor as it is in its virulence, comparatively speaking, has literally been the catalyst for bringing all elements together for the wind-up of the age. I and others who hold a Pre-Tribulation Rapture view believe this pandemic is in place to manipulate the masses across the world into being receptive to the post-Rapture world deception. In this, the COVID-19 ruse has been immensely successful.
Will we ever return to normal life?
Converging developments answer with a resounding “no.”
The stage is setting for the powers and principalities of Ephesians 6:12 to bring their satanic world order to the world of God-rejecting earth dwellers.
People worldwide have fallen for the fear-engendering pandemic of pandemics. No matter the political outcomes in November or any other election at any other time, we can’t expect a “do-over.” The nation and the world will not be made better through the human political process. No human government will make things as they have been, in the sense the founding fathers of America intended.
We are deep into the end of this decaying, darkening age.
This being the obvious case—that things will not get back to “normal”—how should we deal with everything evil permeating today’s society and culture?
What is to be our part, since we’ve been providentially placed here at this late moment of the Age of Grace?
We are to fight a delaying action. We’re here to be salt and light in this corruptive, decaying time in human history. The Restrainer—the Holy Spirit—indwells each believer. Each of us is supernaturally equipped to fight as described in Ephesians chapter 6.
The purpose for fighting the delaying action is to restrain evil that we’ve seen increasing over the past several years, months, weeks, and days. That wickedness in high places will only increase, the nearer to the Tribulation the world gets.
The purpose for restraining the evil is so that the gospel can be offered to as many as possible. Pray the prayer prescribed in 2 Chronicles 7:14. Stand up for righteousness at all cost. Make God’s Word, the Bible, your sword that He’s given you to battle evil.
We can’t expect a “do-over” of the way things were before this end-times battle ramped up. But we must be at the heart of the delaying action God has planned for just this monumental time when His Son is at the very brink of stepping out on the clouds of glory and shouting: “Come up here!” (Revelation 4 1).