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MICHAEL–Stunning new novel by Terry James

Michael CoverThese are the end of days.

The prophet Daniel’s message from the throne room of God, delivered to today’s generation by a mighty angel named Michael, bursts with supernatural pyrotechnics to shatter the black, satanic veil of deception.

Terry James’ just-released sequel novel, MICHAEL: Last-Days Lightning, slashes thunderously through actual, unfolding events of our times in a biblically factual story of Heaven’s most powerful angelic warrior and his prophesied end-times mission.

From the first novel, REVELATIONS, we meet again Tyce Greyson, a journalist who’s had strange visions ever since he was bitten by a serpent while on Patmos—the Aegean island where the prophet John received the visions he recorded in the biblical book of Revelation.

Greyson’s story picks up in MICHAEL with a car accident during a powerful rain storm. As his vehicle launches uncontrollably from the Maryland interstate, a gigantic, winged creature of lightning-like effulgence fills his windshield. He’s pulled from the wrecked car—astonishingly, without serious injury—and is shown a strange, golden sarcophagus being transported in the back of the tractor-trailer rig that caused the accident.

Later, Greyson learns that the golden burial chamber is part of an archaeological project the Israeli government asks him to investigate and write about. In reality, he is expected to surreptitiously find out what malevolent globalists plan for the creature found within the sarcophagus. –Plans that are diabolical and involve evil world-wide, deep state machinations  designed to enslave earth’s inhabitants.

Greyson, because of the unusual powers he possesses, is marked for clandestine use by American-Israeli and evil, otherworldly forces. He is visited from time to time and guided by a mysterious, heavenly being from the moment of the auto accident during the rainstorm until the end-times intrigue reaches its climax at the end of 2020.

The story is an intriguing convolution of supernatural vision and contemporary, geopolitical reality—with a mixture of occultic and advanced technological factors thrown in.

Here’s what some readers are saying about the book:

  • “A compelling,-riveting page-turner.”
  • “Prophetic in tone, yet strangely familiar.”
  • “Powerful in its possible portent for mankind.”

And here’s what the author says:

“With the stage-setting that’s taking place at a blistering pace, and Israel being the number-one signal of where this generation stands on God’s prophetic timeline, Michael’s divine assignment must now be about to begin.”

And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book… But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. (Daniel 12:1, 4)

That “book” has almost certainly now been opened.

To order MICHAEL: Last-Days Lightning, either in paperback or in Kindle, go to the following:

https://geni.us/skHiwb0

Joyous Look at Life’s Gloom

Stresses of life that sometimes seem to build every minute of every day assault us, depress us, bring about a sense of gloom—even doom, on occasion. This truth of the human condition seems to be a growing affliction as hourly news reports appear almost designed to cause feelings of hopelessness.

Just a quick scan on one day of our Rapture Ready news briefs, although necessary and invaluable in keeping us informed, makes us know that impending wickedness our way comes, as Shakespeare might put it. The world is preparing for war—and that possibility is quickly growing beyond being merely rumor, as Bible prophecy forewarns. Here a few such headlines that portend things that could break out into global warfare.

  • Russian Gunboats Head to the Black Sea to Join Military Buildup Near Ukraine
  • China in New Threat to Taiwan: “Island’s Military Won’t Stand a Chance”
  • US Warships to Deploy in Black Sea until May 4
  • Japan Lashes Out at China On Uyghurs, Hong Kong ahead of US Visit
  • Iran Is Testing Nuclear-Capable Missiles, Israeli Ambassador Reveals
  • 2 US Warships to Deploy Near Ukraine until May amid Russian Military Buildup
  • German Chancellor Merkel Demands Putin Pull Back Troops from Flashpoint Border as War between Russia and Ukraine Seems Imminent

These were all posted on one day’s Rapture Ready News—Saturday, April 10, 2021. If we included the less prominent potential conflicts, we wouldn’t have enough space for making the points I wish to make with this commentary. Suffice it to say that just going through the many potential military confrontations Israel faces against its enemies on any given day would itself fill a commentary-length article.

We know, as believers in God’s Word, that it is only the Almighty’s staying hand that has prevented all-out nuclear war since nuclear weaponry came on the scene. Every weapon ever created has been used to make war. So has the atomic bomb, but not since Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. It has to be the God of Heaven who has prevented such horror.

Certainly, Bible prophecy indicates that nuclear weapons will at some point be used. The Tribulation era likely will see millions killed through use of such weaponry. China, which likely will be the leader of the “kings of the east” forces, will wipe out one-third of humanity. This implies nuclear warfare.

The last part of our title in this commentary—“life’s gloom”—fits this point. It is a time of gloom, thus depression, that we face with regard to possible warfare in our future. And considering all the other things confronting us or potentially confronting us in our daily lives, the gloom and depression just deepen.

COVID-19 has disrupted our lives like nothing in memory, even for my generation. We each have things in our lives—cancer, accidents, deaths of loved ones, prodigal children, unfaithful spouses, economic loss and many other depression-producing things—with which we must deal. Even when those who are without Christ in their lives, who have wealth, fame, and position, are seeming to have a great time of living it up, as they say, there come moments when severe depression sets in. The drugs, sex, illegitimate gain or ill-gotten wealth can’t provide the constant high on sinfulness to assuage coming down into the inner-darkness that the conscience tells one that he or she faces with regard to a bleak future.

So let’s look now at the first part of article’s title—“a joyous look.”

If I may give a personal example of the reason you can expect joy in the face of impending doom and gloom, maybe you can at least begin to understand. I, myself, do indeed understand how good my God is, and would like to just pass along the good news that is missing all too often in people’s lives today.

And the “good news” is all wrapped up in the “Good News”—that is, the news that Jesus Christ came to die on the cross at Calvary, was buried, and arose on the third day to take away your sins and mine. All who believe in Christ’s sacrifice in order to redeem (save) them from the consequences of sin can be assured not of gloom and doom, but of comfort and joy in this for all eternity. If we could just truly understand—all of Heaven’s riches belong to the believer!

When I learned at thirty-five years of age I would go totally blind due to a retinal disease, I was, to say the least, devastated. I had a young family with a child to raise. The gloom and doom was overwhelming. But it lasted only several days. Like Paul the apostle, I asked the Lord to take the disease—to restore my eyesight back to normal. I received no healing, no comfort. I then asked the Heavenly Father to take away all fear and anxiety that was so agonizing—remembering Paul’s answer from the Lord that God’s grace was sufficient. The healing was instantaneous. All fear was gone, and it never has raised its proverbial ugly head again.

When the total blindness came fifteen years later (a miracle in itself, as most victims of RP lose vision much more quickly) I had to push away from the computer screen and lament, “Lord you will have to do something if I’m to continue writing.”

Actually it wasn’t a demand, but a plea. Within several days I had my answer. My God-provided editor showed up on our doorstep after answering an ad for help because of my blindness. Angie is now my editor of going on twenty-nine years, I think, and is now, in the deepest reaches of my heart, my daughter. Together we have produced a number of books in our Lord’s service.

Joy again replaced gloom and doom.

Then, on Good Friday of 2011, I had the “widow-maker” heart attack. It came out of nowhere—not a hint of health problems.

I died clinically at least three times on the way to the heart cath lab, and was given a heavenly vision of three trips to somewhere on the periphery of Glory. My cardiologist, who took the case while I was in coronary ICU that Easter, told me just a few weeks ago that I was in superb condition for my age. It’s now ten years (and at least ten books later) after the type of heart attack that I was told 95 percent never survive.

Again, joy prevails over gloom.

But the most spectacularly wonderful thing for the believer in Jesus Christ to know concerns our eternal destiny. No matter how much wealth or good things of this life you accumulate or acquire—or, conversely, how much you lose or never gain—the joy that awaits you cannot be adequately imagined. The following from God’s Word should, if fully grasped in the deepest reaches of your spiritual understanding, take away all fear of troubles of this life, and give comfort straight from the supremely loving heart of our God.

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. (Romans 8:14–19)

Israel’s Angel Standing By

Evil being perpetrated today by the satanic minions, both demonic and human, is made manifest for all to see. At the same time, the dynamics behind what we can easily discern tell us that powerful forces rage in prophetic stage-setting while the final battle between good and evil continues to take shape. The scope displaying this wickedness, however, allows us to only peer through that “looking glass darkly,” as the KJV puts it (1 Corinthians 13:12).

These factors were among my motivation for writing the story I believe I was given the impression to present in fictional form. While I realize many–actually most—among our Rapture Ready and Terryjamesprophecyline.com blog family rarely care to delve into fiction, I’m hoping those of you who fit in those categories will make exception in this case.

Like in using this commentary space to offer my and Gary Ritter’s The Minion Protocols a few weeks ago, this article, too, is admittedly, to some extent, a promotion for my new novel.

By way of perhaps trying to somewhat buffer the appearance of crass commercialism, I offer this explanation. I present my novel with the strong sense that much of what is happening in the world today—in the unseen, spiritual realm—can be revealed to a considerable degree through fiction.

And the interaction in that dimension must be absolutely stupefying. Maybe that’s why the Lord has us looking through that glass darkly, concerning the cataclysmic clashing going on, from which we are protected by Heaven’s power. I believe that a fictional rendering is what is now called for as a buffering, although revealing, depiction to help us see where things stand from the supernatural perspective. I hope at the same time it will entertain, which fiction, in part, should do in every case.

MICHAEL is the novel’s title. Last-Days Lightning is the subtitle. As we have gone over a number of times in these commentaries, Israel is the primary signal of where this generation stands upon God’s prophetic timeline. That supernatural nation is at the very center of the prodigious battle that will bring the epic conflict of all ages to a conclusion. It is the horrendous warfare the great Apostle Paul wrote about as recorded now in Ephesians 6:12. All who name the Name of Christ are engaged in this battle whether we realize it or can’t spiritually perceive what’s going on all around us.

Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Ephesians 6: 11–12)  

That hell-spawned warfare will carry on through the campaign of Armageddon, and even arise again for a brief moment at the end of the millennial reign of Christ. Israel is the primary target the devil and his forces have in their crosshairs in their rage to destroy the house of Israel, thus to make God a liar. God has said that Israel will be a nation forever, and will be the head of all nations in the Millennium. The Jews have been the target of the evil forces of this fallen world down through the centuries–thus because it is that people through whom the Lamb that takes away the sins of the world was born.

The hatred is again building at a rapid rate. Globalism, anti-God, one-world-order ideology, is the chief stronghold of the powers and principalities in the high places of wickedness. The present American president and his administration have done and are doing all within their power to reverse any and all advantageous things the previous administration did for the Jewish state. Israel’s enemies, such as Iran, sense a renewed opportunity to destroy the nation by developing their nuclear weapons programs.

The Israeli Defense Force (IDF) is among the top military entities on the planet. They have the capability, both in battle ready forces and in covert operations, which have made the nation to this point seemingly undefeatable.

From relatively current history, we know about the major wars in which Israel was attacked, their enemies completely routed, despite the Israeli military facing overwhelming odds in every case. But was it their military that assured those victories? Many experts in warfare still scratch their heads, and many have to admit that those victories must have had elements of supernaturalism involved, so overwhelmingly strange and complete were the victories.

This is where I believe Daniel’s prophecies for these very days in which we find ourselves come into view—not that I mean the great prophet’s prophecies have totally unfolded. But, from things we have seen in Israel’s modern history and all the geopolitical gyrations involving the Jewish state continually taking place, to me it is clear that Daniel’s prophecies for the time near Christ’s return at Armageddon are beginning to manifest, and have been for some time.

Daniel’s foretelling, given him through his spectacular encounters with a heavenly messenger, are worthy of examination.

First, the prophet was given the following directly from the throne of God. I’m convinced the time referred to is the time we have entered, probably when Israel was reestablished as a nation on May 14, 1948. The Tribulation era—the time of trouble the angel mentions—isn’t yet upon us, but things have been set in motion that will rapidly lead to that horrendous time.

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

The angel then gave the prophet the following to write:

But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. (Daniel 12:4)

Based upon the electrifying unfolding of issues and events involving prophetic portent at this time, we must conclude that the book likely has been opened.

MICHAEL: Last Days Lightning will be available this Wednesday, April 14. Please look for the promotion on that day to get links to the book.

Again, I believe the story gives an entertaining but discerning look behind the evil going on in recent times. And I prayerfully hope it will, even though presented fictionally, give encouragement and comfort that there is nothing to worry about—the Lord has everything fully under control within His mighty hand.

Strange stellar signs, eerie earthly signals

While indicators abound that the Tribulation (Daniel’s seventieth week) is approaching upon the prophetic horizon of the near future, one area of forewarning is somewhat neglected.

We’ve gone over ad infinitum matters involving the stage being set for that last seven years of unprecedented trouble. Things such as developments involving societal and cultural degradation. Things like political, governmental, and economic evil. Developments such as those produced through satanically manipulated science, to the detriment of mankind. Things like cumulative, anti-Christian corruption among churches. All are signals that God’s inevitable judgment approaches America and the world. But more rarely addressed is one very important sector of forewarning that Jesus, Himself, gave—the prophecy as recorded in the book of Luke.

And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. (Luke 21:25–26)

The Lord was telling of a progressive series of end-times signals and, just two verses later, He tells us what we are to do when we see these things “begin” to come to pass.

Keep starkly in your thinking this word “begin.”It’s significant in thinking on our rescue from that terrible time of trouble—the seven-year Tribulation.

And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. (Luke 21:28)

Now, I realize that many—particularly perhaps a majority of seminary students and their professors—interpret this to mean that those enduring the Tribulation are to “look up” because Christ is coming for them. I agree. But I’m convinced that it is a dual audience the Lord has in mind. I believe He is talking not only to saints of the Tribulation era, but also to Christians of the Age of Grace (Church Age).

Jesus is referring to the answer He gave His disciples that day when they asked when would be the time and sign of His coming (Luke 21:25–26 as given above). He is including the signs that will mark the era (the Age of Grace or Church Age) that will usher in the time of Tribulation. He is saying that when these signs “begin” to come to pass, saints of the Church Age are to “look up” and “lift up [their] heads.” He’s also saying to Tribulation Saints (those saved during that terrible era) that when they see these things happening, they, too, are to “look up,” because He is on the way to rescue them.

The first time  His people (Church Age saints) are to look up for their redemption is at the Rapture. The second time his people (the Tribulation saints) are to look up is at the Second Advent when He returns with those Church Age saints.  So we consider whether we are now seeing prophetic signs in the sun, moon, and stars as well as all of the other signals mentioned above. Also, Jesus, the Living Word (John 1:1), gave dramatic things to look for upon and in the earth itself as prophecy begins to be fulfilled for the wind-up of history leading to His Second Coming. He gave these through the writer of the book of Acts, who quoted the Old Testament prophet Joel.

And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come. (Acts 2: 19–20)

Reports of increased stellar activity are beginning to light up the hourly newsfeeds. One report says the following.

New observations with the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (ESO’s VLT) indicate that the rogue comet 2I/Borisov, which is only the second and most recently detected interstellar visitor to our Solar System, is one of the most pristine ever observed. Astronomers suspect that the comet most likely never passed close to a star, making it an undisturbed relic of the cloud of gas and dust it formed from.

2I/Borisov was discovered by amateur astronomer Gennady Borisov in August 2019 and was confirmed to have come from beyond the Solar System a few weeks later. “2I/Borisov could represent the first truly pristine comet ever observed,” says Stefano Bagnulo of the Armagh Observatory and Planetarium, Northern Ireland, UK, who led the new study published today in Nature Communications. The team believes that the comet had never passed close to any star before it flew by the Sun in 2019. (“First interstellar comet may be the most pristine ever found,” ESO, March 30, 2021, RR News April 2, 2021)

Other strange things in space are making themselves known in a stellar show that fascinates scientists who watch with critical eyes. A couple of other of these displays are turning eyes and telescopes upward.

Other strange things in space are making themselves known in a stellar show that fascinates scientists who watch with critical eyes. A couple of other of these displays are turning eyes and telescopes upward.

My good friend, Dr. Thomas Horn of SkyWatch TV, has done extensive research on a heavenly visitor that portends possible and prodigious prophetic possibilities—if you will forgive the alliteration.

It’s a matter of concern to scientists that most media won’t report because, we presume, of possibly panicking the public.

The space rock, an asteroid, is huge and might be on a trajectory that will bring it near earth. As a matter of fact, those who study such things say that if it comes as close as suspected, it can’t do anything but strike the planet.

While some claim it will come close enough to knock out orbiting satellites, they say it isn’t likely to actually hit the planet.

Tom Horn and others, including top scientists devoted to study of interstellar space, say it’s ludicrous to think such a huge mass could come close enough to knock out orbiting satellites and not plunge into the planet itself.

The asteroid, named Apophis after a god of ancient mythology, is headed earth’s way, according to those carefully tracking it.

You may have seen this week where NASA is calling an “all clear” on the impact possibility of Apophis in 2029. But just one of many scientists is warning that NASA’s trajectory calculation of Apophis is off by as much as 600,000 miles, which Harry Lear implies could send Apophis crashing into earth eight years from now on April 13, 2029. Lear sent an open letter to the President and U.S. Government scientists begging them to cross-check these calculations immediately, even though he ends his dispatch with an ominous admonition that we may already be out of time.…

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson admits that on April 13, 2029: “Apophis will come so close to Earth that it will dip below our orbiting communication satellites. It will be the largest closest thing we have ever observed to come by earth… the orbit we now have for it is uncertain…because these things are hard to measure and hard to get an exact distance for—we cannot tell you exactly where that trajectory will be.” (“When Prophets and Scientists Agree: Nasa “Deceptively” Clouding Truth about 2029 Asteroid Impact Odds,” 3/30/21, SkyWatch Editor)

Tom Horn, in his books The Messenger and The Wormwood Prophecy, goes into great detail, including prophetic possibilities regarding this massive space rock.

He believes that it’s possible that it might have something to do with the catastrophic object from space given in the following Scripture.

The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up. And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood; And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed. And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.” (Revelation 8: 7–11)

Jesus’ foretelling that there would be a great many earthquakes and violent upheavals in the earth also seems to becoming more in view with each news cycle. Here are just a few that are occurring simultaneously.

  • 2 magnitude earthquake hits near Georgetown, Saint Helena
  • 2 magnitude earthquake hits near Merizo Village, Guam
  • 1 magnitude earthquake hits the Owen Fracture Zone region
  • Elevated unrest continues at Taal volcano with 212 earthquakes in 24 hours, Philippines
  • Etna volcano in Italy erupts to 30,000 ft
  • Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000 ft
  • Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 19,000 ft
  • Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 19,000 ft
  • Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000 ft
  • Fuego volano in Guatemala erupts to 14,000 ft
  • Pacaya volcano in Guatemala erupts to 11,000 ft
  • Lava flow at Pacaya volcano heads toward inhabited areas, Guatemala
  • Iceland volcano: photographer runs away as lava flows towards him

The Lord’s admonition to be looking up when these things begin to come to pass must not be ignored. His Word must be embraced and spread so others will escape that horrific seven years soon to break upon an unsuspecting world. These are not signals of doom for the believer in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Here’s what He promises regarding this time of Tribulation that will be His judgment and wrath (called “the hour of temptation” in KJV):

Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. (Revelation 3:10)

Even so, come Lord Jesus! 

A Most Intriguing Pair…

In observing all the many indicators that the Tribulation (Daniel’s seventieth week) might be about to begin, we can, with reasonable certainty, speculate that the evil dictator of that prophesied era might be almost in view. “Is the Antichrist alive today?” is the question that is asked, right up there with, “Is America in Bible prophecy?”

The question about who this terrible tyrant will be has preoccupied many students of Bible prophecy for centuries. But it is the past few decades, with the movement into ever-increasing rebelliousness against the God of Heaven, that have been an incubator for giving the question immediately crucial importance. That is, everything is now almost in place for birthing that Beast system of control upon planet earth.

For example, society and culture have become so debased as to demand that earth’s inhabitants believe and accept that God’s way for humanity is wrong and man’s own way is how things should be. We’ve looked at this many times. Men can be in sexual relationships with other men and women with other women and we must accept it as legal, moral, and normal in every way. Marriage can be between men and men and women and women, not only relationships exclusively involving one man and one woman in the marital union for life.

A person can be the gender they want to be, not what their birth certificates indicate they are biologically. God is wrong and man is right. It is what God’s Word says is mankind “doing what is right in their own eyes.”

Antichrist’s regime of terror can be seen developing in the area of economics. Fiscal equilibrium is so out of balance nationally and worldwide as to require, as it is called, a “reset.”

This includes the globalists elite manipulating sovereign nations into a one world order of economy. It’s all moving toward the prophesied Antichrist numbers-and-mark system of Revelation 13:16–18. This is largely what the entire period of hatred for Donald J. Trump has been about. America’s dollar, thus it’s hegemony over other economies of the world, must be destroyed and US assets brought under the auspices of a central banking system. It is all to prepare for the institution of the 666 regime of economic control—over which Antichrist will be master.

In religion, the trajectory cannot be missed. Satan’s propaganda machine, the worldwide news and entertainment media, have been complicit in convincing that all religions of the world are portals to achieving godhood. Only true Christianity is equated to a hate-centered system of religion. It is called bigoted and narrow-minded to the exclusion of all of humanity who don’t adhere to Christ as the only way to salvation.

But now a man, the Roman Catholic Pope Francis, the so-called Vicar of Christhas declared on many occasions that there are many ways to God, not just the way given in the Bible. As pontiff and acknowledged by most religious observers as head of all Christendom, this pope’s apostate view validates for the world that Christ as the only way to salvation is a lie. This, too, is a bomb-burst notice against the black skies of end-times evil that the platform for Antichrist is almost complete in its construction.

Antichrist in view?

All seems set for Antichrist to take the stage for the wind-up of human history leading to Christ’s return. Should we expect that that entity be on the scene today?

I will say here that I don’t know, but that it’s not only possible, but probable that he is somewhere on planet earth today and that he could be thrust into his blasphemous limelight at any moment. That moment would be when the Rapture happens in the twinkling of an eye (1 Corinthians 15:52).

Some believe strongly that that man is in view. As a matter of fact, those who hold to this belief say both the first and second beasts of Revelation 13 might be even now consulting with each other.

I’m not saying that I accept this. I’m just saying that there are many who do see that pair as already making themselves known in today’s headlines. A news item frames the scene some see as Antichrist and the False Prophet to come making their presence known.

FROM VATICAN NEWS: Pope Francis and France’s President Emmanuel Macron spoke by phone on Sunday, according to a press release from the President’s Office at Élysée Palace. The call, which was requested by the Pope, marks the fifth time the two world leaders have spoken since Macron’s election in 2017.

Their conversation reportedly lasted around 40 minutes, and came after President Macron sent the Pope a message on the occasion of the 8th anniversary of his election to the papacy.

The last time they spoke was October 30th of last year, after the attacks on the Cathedral of Nice, which killed 3 people.

Iraq visit “a turning point”

The Élysée press office said that during their Sunday conversation the two spoke at length about Pope Francis’ recent Apostolic Journey to Iraq. Macron said the visit marked “a true turning point” for the Middle Eastern region. The pair also dwelt on their “thoughts and concerns” about several crises affecting various parts of the globe…

According to the Élysée press statement, President Macron also spoke to the Pope about the “challenges of a post-Covid world”. Pope Francis published a book with British journalist Austen Ivereigh on the subject, in which he said humanity has been given the opportunity to build a better world after the pandemic.  (“Pope Francis speaks to French President Emmanuel Macron by phone, discussing his recent visit to Iraq and the challenges of a post-Covid world,” by Vatican News staff writer, Vatican News, Rapture Ready News March 25, 2021)

Again, I don’t know—nor does anyone else—who Antichrist and his False Prophet will be. This pair does, however, make for intriguing speculation. In the final analysis, we have only God’s Word in 2 Thessalonians chapter 2 to tell us about the timing of Antichrist’s coming onto the world scene as that “man of sin.”

If you’re a true believer in Jesus Christ—that He is the only way to salvation—not one who believes the way this pope promotes, you will never know for sure who this “son of perdition” is—at least not this side of your heavenly home.

For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he [God the Holy Spirit resident within true believers, the Church] who now [restrains evil]will [restrain,] until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked [Antichrist] 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. (2 Thessalonians 2:7–9)

He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. (Revelation 22:20)

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