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Lawlessness and Other Proof

My daily emails and conversations usually include a statement similar to: “With everything going on, we must be very near the end.”

This usually means that this generation of anti-God rebels alive on the planet must be about to get their comeuppance; God must be fed up much like He was with the likes of the inhabitants at the lower end of the Dead Sea during the days of Lot.

It was a time of evil, debauchery, and violence, as we read in Genesis 19. Jesus gave condemning words by saying that the time He returns (that is, when He is next revealed to an unsuspecting world) will be just like it was in Lot’s day in Sodom and during Noah’s day. (Lot’s day in Sodom was a microcosm of what the entire world was like during Noah’s day.)

In both instances—Noah’s day and Lot’s day—God found mankind so repulsive in the way they were acting that He had to destroy all but the very few He found to be righteous. The biblical account says the destruction in both cases was complete. To the believer in biblical truth, that is proven to be the case as we look around.

The antediluvian world is no more. There’s not a trace of it, except perhaps in geographical sites, etc. The cities of Sodom and Gomorrah can’t be found, either. We do have proof that they existed and were destroyed, however, as we will look at a bit further on.

First, it’s interesting to consider that Noah’s day and Lot’s day bore similar characteristics. We will, in this case, look basically at only one similarity: violence was rampant. Jesus said, by inference, that the time He is next revealed will be in a period of extreme violence.

This is because Genesis chapter 6 said that violence filled the whole earth during the time just before the Flood that destroyed all but Noah and his family. It must have indeed been a murderous time, one when everyone did what was right in their own eyes, with little or no attention paid to God’s prescription for living.

So we are looking at “proof” for the lawlessness—the violence that stems from throwing off God’s Law and instead doing what is right in our own, sinful eyes. Is there any evidence that this generation is coursing toward violence of such significant levels? Are we in that time like Noah’s day and Lot’s day Jesus was talking about in the Olivet Discourse (Matthew 24:36–42 and Luke 17:26–30? Are we at the very end of God’ holy patience, as were those earlier generations?

The following excerpt of an article may give us a clue.

Our violent, blood-soaked culture has produced a violent, blood-soaked reality in our streets.  The final numbers for 2020 have finally been released by the FBI, and they are stunning.

Prior to last year, the largest one year increase in the murder rate in the United States was 12.7 percent, and that came all the way back in 1968.  Needless to say, many of you that are reading this article were not even alive in 1968.  Well, we didn’t just break the old record last year.  We more than doubled it.  According to the FBI’s annual report on crime, the nationwide murder rate was up about 29 percent in 2020…

The United States in 2020 experienced the biggest rise in murder since the start of national record-keeping in 1960, according to data gathered by the FBI for its annual report on crime.

The Uniform Crime Report will stand as the official word on an unusually grim year, detailing a rise in murder of around 29%. The previous largest one-year change was a 12.7% increase in 1968. (“The Largest One-Year Increase in Murder in the History of the United States,” by Michael Snyder, Prophecy News Watch, 9/24/21)

In our book, LAWLESS: End-Times War Against the Spirit of Antichrist, a number of authors delineated the exponential increase in every sort of anti-God activity. Just since the recent release of that book, we witness even greater increase in violence in every direction as we look across the prophetic horizon. Thus we must conclude that the answer to the consistent comments in the emails and the conversations have proof to back up the near-consensus. We are living at the very end of this Church Age (Age of Grace).

Proof that God is dealing with absolute evil from which people refuse to repent now confronts the eyes of mankind, if we will believe what we see.

Archaeologists have unearthed physical proof of what points to the destruction of Tell el-Hammam in the Jordan valley, the region of Sodom and Gomorrah in the Old Testament, and what they found was really wild. They found evidence of an incredible explosion that occurred in the skies above ancient Sodom, an explosion so intense that building down below were destroyed and things were literally vaporized…

FROM THE JERUSALEM POST: Tell el-Hammam in the Jordan Valley might have inspired the story of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, according to a new study that has spanned 15 years. In the study, published in the journal Nature on Monday, archaeologists researched the remains of Tell el-Hammam in an attempt to discover what destroyed the ancient city during the Middle Bronze Age. During the period, there were roughly 50,000 people living in the area of the Jordan Valley in three cities: Tell el-Hammam, Jericho, and Tell Nimrin, with Tell el-Hammam the biggest of the three, implying that until its destruction, it would have been the political center of the area. Radiocarbon dating dates the destruction to within 50 years of 1650 BCE.

Examination of the remains revealed evidence of a destructive event that involved high temperatures, such as pottery pieces that were melted and boiled on the exterior, but normal on the inside. The buildings of Tell el-Hammam were made of mud bricks, some five stories tall. In the upper part of the city, the destructive force demolished the buildings to the height of their foundations in the walls, and little mud-brick remained. Of the palace that was in this part of the city, the first floor walls and the upper stories are missing, and most of the mud-brick was pulverized. (“Archaeologists Discover Physical Proof for Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah,” Jerusalem Post and NTEB, 9/23/21)

It is more evident by the hour that we are in a time similar to those in which the Lord said “enough is enough.” Judgment is coming. But for those who believe in Jesus Christ for redemption from sin and rebelliousness, the moment of God’s next catastrophic intervention into man’s history will be a glorious one, not one to dread. Christ’s shout from above, “Come up here!” will instantaneously take all believers into His magnificent presence.

Here is how to make sure your eternal soul is prepared to leave this wrath-bound planet when the Lord calls.

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10:9–10)

Daniel’s Dream Developing

Of all the prophets in God’s Holy Word, to me there are two prophets that stand out as specifically speaking to these times so near the end of the Church Age (Age of Grace).

Paul speaks to the characteristics of end-times mankind through the “perilous times” descriptions in 2 Timothy 3.

We’ve gone over those characteristics many times. People will, Paul foretold, be exactly like they are today—always trending toward ungodliness. Two specific characteristics I’ve probably dissected most are “lovers of self” and “without natural affection.” In the first case, we’ve looked at the Internet, social media, personal devices, and all that points men and women, boys and girls, inward. This takes them away from thinking about God and what life is all about from Heaven’s perspective. The term “selfies” is, to me, the epitome of this inward-turning. It isn’t much of a stretch to understand how destructive this has become to society and culture in America—to the very governing documents the founding fathers gave us—under God’s guidance, I believe.

In the second case, we’ve examined the evil of shedding the blood of the innocents—one of the seven things God says He hates.

Abortion, the murder of babies in their mother’s wombs, is about the most abominable activity we who love the Lord can imagine. Yet society, as a whole, grasps onto this infanticide as a right granted people—most often used to get rid of unwanted baggage that might interfere with the lives of those who want no sexual inhibitions placed upon them by any authority—especially not by any Deity and His Bible.

Also, “without natural affection” means, in my view, the homosexual madness that prevails in this nation. Even psychologists and many within so-called clergy now embrace LGBTQ, etc., as a natural, not “unnatural” comportment.

In my view, the other prophet that is most relevant to our exact time so near Christ’s return is the prophet Daniel.

Whereas Paul spoke for the most part particularly to how things will be in society and culture as the end of the age approaches, Daniel spoke to how things will be in terms of developments in the governments of mankind.

The prophet, we remember, went before King Nebuchadnezzar to interpret his strange dream that none of the soothsayers could even describe, much less interpret, to the worried king. Daniel did this in great detail, laying out the precise order of kingdoms that would develop right up until the time Christ returns to destroy the wickedness of man-made governmental structure. He told how the entire system—the evil, Babylonian system—would meet its end.

Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible. This image’s head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth. (Daniel 2:31–35)

The gigantic man-image represented the kingdoms that would come and go. Daniel described how a final world kingdom, represented by the feet and toes of the image, would come into being at the very last of human history. He said a massive stone would fall on the image, strike the feet and toes, and topple the whole monstrous structure. The stone would then crush it to powder and the winds of history would blow it all away as dust, completely and forever destroying all vestiges of human government.

Jesus Christ, of course, is that “stone.” He is the rock the Lord described to Peter in commending Peter for recognizing that He, Jesus, is the “rock” upon which His (Jesus’) Church would be built (Matthew 16:18).

So, considering Paul’s prophecies, we have concluded on a number of occasions that they fit our times perfectly. So we now look briefly at how Daniel’s prophecy here fits our time at this late date on God’s prophetic timeline.

The ten toes of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream-vision represent ten kings and kingdoms yet to be formed at the very end of the age just before Christ’s return. Many prophecy scholars and others have thought this might be a certain configuration of nation-states strictly out of Europe—thus representing the revived Roman Empire.

We now, with all the things that have been developing, can legitimately conjecture whether there is much more involved than merely positioning only Europe in that long-ago prophecy.

The all-consuming dictatorship of the coming Antichrist seems to congeal each day as we get reports of developments. The so-called Deep-State gyrations of wickedness, combined with other dynamics taking place across the world, makes us believe there is much, much more than surmised in our previously thought approach to this great, end-times prophecy by Daniel.

A most recent development in that regard is seen in the following.

In recent years, calls for more coordinated action in the face of China’s increasingly assertive foreign policy have reached something of a crescendo.

It is now not uncommon to hear diplomats and foreign ministers from Brussels to Tokyo asserting that unilateral responses to Beijing’s ever more muscular approach to international affairs are just not enough, and that what is needed now is a more harmonized international response. As the European Union’s top diplomat put it in 2020, in the face of China’s “more assertive – some even say aggressive” behavior, it is “important to have strong cooperation with like-minded democracies. The EU and U.S. should be at the heart of this effort, but we should also be working closely with Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and others.”

While specific proposals to achieve this enhanced cooperation are few and far between, there is one idea that seems to be gaining some traction. That is British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s idea that the existing G7 might be transformed into a grouping of the world’s “like-minded democracies” for the purpose of checking China’s more assertive behavior.

The existing G7, of course, is an informal bloc of the seven most advanced industrialized countries. It was created in 1975 to allow its leaders to discuss and exchange ideas on a broad range of issues, including the global economy, security and energy…

The proposed renovation – first floated by the Atlantic Council back in 2008, and likely to be proposed in earnest by Johnson at this year’s G7 summit in June – would involve an expansion of the group’s membership and a refocusing of its efforts. The resulting institution, tentatively dubbed the D-10, would not be an alliance like NATO. Nor would it even be an informal strategic forum like the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue or Quad, a loose coalition involving Japan, Australia, India and the U.S. Rather, as currently envisioned, the D10 would essentially be an informal mechanism for the world’s 10 most important democracies – the G7 states plus India, Japan and South Korea – to cooperatively manage the rules-based international order and to address some of the challenges to that order posed by today’s China. (“The G7 and NATO won’t cut it: Why a new alliance is needed,” Andrew Latham, www.msn.com,, 4/12/21)

The feet and toes of iron mixed with miry clay could be viewed as forming in order to build Antichrist’s final world empire this side of the Second Advent. That governmental structure—whatever its constituency—will be wicked beyond anything mankind has experienced. Forced vaccines and all other overreaches will seem as nothing when the “man of sin” takes over the reins of the final form of the Babylonian system.

Jesus will be that “stone” that will bring that thoroughly beastly rulership down in thunderous collapse.

Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

Sir Isaac Newton

Sir Isaac Newton, 1643 – 1727       

“About the times of the End, a body of men will be raised up who will turn their attention to the prophecies, and insist upon their literal interpretation, in the midst of much clamor and opposition.”― Isaac Newton

“He who thinks half-heartedly will not believe in God; but he who really thinks, has to believe in God.” ― Isaac Newton

“Atheism is so senseless. When I look at the solar system, I see the earth at the right distance from the sun to receive the proper amounts of heat and light. This did not happen by chance.” ― Isaac Newton

“Gravity explains the motions of the planets, but it cannot explain who set the planets in motion.” ― Isaac Newton

“As a blind man has no idea of colors, so have we no idea of the manner by which the all-wise God perceives and understands all things” ― Isaac Newton

“We account the Scriptures of God to be the most sublime philosophy. I find more sure marks of authenticity in the Bible than in any profane history whatever.” ― Isaac Newton

 “Live your life as an Exclamation rather than an Explanation.”―Isaac Newton 

 “What we know is a drop. What we don’t know is an ocean.” ― Isaac Newton

 “No sciences are better attested than the religion of the Bible.” ― Isaac Newton

“God gave the prophecies, not to gratify men’s curiosity by enabling them to fore know things, but that after they were fulfilled, they might be interpreted by the event, and His own providence, not the interpreters; (and) be thereby manifested to the world.” ― Isaac Newton

 “Trials are medicines which our gracious and wise Physician prescribes because we need them; and he proportions the frequency and weight of them to what the case requires. Let us trust his skill and thank him for his prescription.” ― Isaac Newton

“In the absence of any other proof, the thumb alone would convince me of God’s existence.” ― Isaac Newton

“Truth is the offspring of silence and meditation. I keep the subject constantly before me and wait ’til the first dawnings open slowly, by little and little, into a full and clear light.” ― Isaac Newton

Sir Isaac Newton was asked how he discovered the law of gravity. He replied, “By thinking about it all the time.” ― Isaac Newton

“For it became him [God] who created them [the atoms] to set them in order. And if he did so, it’s unphilosophical to seek for any other Origin of the World, or to pretend that it might arise out of a Chaos by the mere Laws of Nature.” ― Isaac Newton

“I have a fundamental belief in the Bible as the Word of God, written by men who were inspired. I study the Bible daily. Opposition to godliness is atheism in profession and idolatry in practice. Atheism is so senseless and odious to mankind that it never had many professors.” ― Isaac Newton

“I believe the more I study science, the more I believe in God.” ― Isaac Newton

“This most beautiful system of the sun, planets, and comets, could only proceed from   the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being. This is and remains my greatest comprehension.” ― Isaac Newton

“…We must love our neighbor as ourselves, we must be charitable to all men for charity is the greatest of graces, greater then even faith or hope and covers a multitude of sins. We must be righteous and do to all men as we would they should do to us.” ― Isaac Newton

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Sir Isaac Newton was likely one of the greatest scientists who ever lived.  He was born on the 4th of January, 1643 in Woolsthorpe Manor House, United Kingdom. He was an English mathematician, physicist, astronomer, optician, theologian and author who is widely recognized as one of the most influential scientists of all time and as a key figure in the scientific revolution of the 17th century.  He actually invented the mathematic discipline known as calculus. In addition to his unequaled mental capability, Newton was also an ardent Bible scholar who was very fluent in the ancient languages. He studied and translated the book of Daniel from the original Hebrew, and his interpretations are the foundation of a book entitled, NEWTON’S PROPHECIES OF DANIEL, by the Oregon Institute Of Science and Medicine. See https://historicist.info/newton/newtonprophecy.htm  Newton died in his sleep in London on 20th March, 1727.  https://www.sampleposts.com/isaac-newton-quotes/

Paul’s Forewarning in Prophetic Spotlight

In what might be considered a sign of God’s hand still restraining the evil as given in 2 Thessalonians 2:6–7, the left-wing press has exposed the treachery of one of its ideological own.

This past week, with regard to Bob Woodward (of All the President’s Men fame) breaking the story of how Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley’s alleged treacherous, collusion-like dealings with America’s number-one nation-state enemy, the question remains. “Why?”   Not “Why did Milley do it?” But “Why did Woodward—an avowed left-winger posing as a fair and balanced journalist, out a fellow left winger?”

I’m sure that even now, many who suffer angst over such questions are delving deeply into the whys at every level.

Regardless of their findings—and there will certainly never be a consensus—I believe it is proper that we who hold to the veracity of Bible prophecy conclude that the Lord’s restraining hand can be clearly seen in bringing Milley’s alleged traitorous behavior to light.

And “traitorous” Is the operative designation, if the allegation is anywhere near true. It shouldn’t surprise anyone who has studied the issues and events of recent times. What happened this past week has prophetic overtones that are…well…much more than mere overtones. It is as if Heaven is shining the prophetic spotlight directly on this most recent insanity displayed by this administration and those closest to it.

Here is what the Apostle Paul says about what I believe has just happened with regard to General Milley and all that pertains to the story.

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come, for men shall be…trucebreakers, false accusers…traitors, heady, high-minded.” (2 Timothy 3:1–2, 3–4) 

Again, if the story broken through Woodward’s book and the Washington Post (another left-wing purveyor of propaganda) is anywhere near true, it can, in my opinion, be considered Heaven’s spotlight of restraint overruling the lack of transparency usually veiling leftist evil.

These are perilous times, as most students of societal and cultural matters as seen through the prism of God’s prophetic Word can attest. Much of the evil being perpetrated by the minions in high places over the past weeks and months has been unveiled for all who are willing to see and understand the wickedness. The revelations of things going on in the case of America’s Chairman of the Joint Chiefs have brought that wickedness more into focus.

Just to frame where General Milley’s reported actions seem to fit Paul’s perilous-times prophecy, let’s consider the following.

The Woodward-Costa book reportedly has Milley admitting to keeping President Donald Trump from knowing about his (Milley’s) dealings with his Chinese military counterpart. This was done deliberately because Milley—and all who opposed Trump’s presidency—intended to countermand anything Mr. Trump did. Milley was a “trucebreaker,” as Paul forewarned. The military agrees to follow the commander-in-chief’s (president’s) commands and keep him informed. If they aren’t willing, they are to resign and let the president have the military support the Constitution edicts. Thus, General Milley has broken the truce he agreed to in accepting his military commission—and his job as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Milley, the book claims, told then minority leader of the House, Nancy Pelosi, in secret conversations, that Trump was dangerous and must not be allowed to make decisions in important foreign policy matters. The general was a false accuser, in this lie. He reportedly told Pelosi and others that Trump was “unhinged”—meaning mentally unbalanced. This, if Milley said it, too, was a false accusation.

Milley is reported to have told the Chinese general that he would give him a heads-up if and when there was to be a US military attack coming. This is traitorous by any stretch—especially so coming from a Chairman of the Joint Chiefs.

Those who have presumed to believe they are smarter and should be in charge regardless of the American voters’ decisions are indeed heady and high-minded. They are the dangerous ones—the ones who add to the perilous times  Paul forewarned of.

This brief excerpt gives an encapsulation of the prophecy coming to pass in these days so near Christ’s return.

On Tuesday, the Washington Post published excerpts of the upcoming book Peril by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, which alleges Milley had two secret phone calls with Gen. Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army, four days before the Nov. 3 election and two days after the Jan. 6 riot.

Earlier Wednesday, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said in a Fox News interview that if the secret calls are confirmed, Milley should be removed as chairman and court-martialed.

Sen. Tom Cotton, R Ark., said Wednesday on “Fox & Friends” that Congress will “ensure” that Milley addresses the report. Milley is scheduled to testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee later this month…

[Cotton said] “The idea that an American military general is going to warn an adversary that an attack is coming, as you say, when Donald Trump was never even thinking about a military attack against China? The whole thing is pretty far-fetched.”…

“This was treacherous, it’s dangerous, it’s unconstitutional, and General Milley needs to answer questions about it,” [Sen. Marco Rubio] said.

Rubio said it appears now that Milley himself was the authors’ source.

“I think he told [Woodward and Costa], ‘This wasn’t normal, I had to do this for the good of our country.”

Rubio surmised that Milley did it “because he wanted to make himself look good.” (Art Moore, “Treason-mania grips U.S.: Pressure builds on ‘treacherous’ Gen. Milley,” WorldNetDaily, September 15, 2021)

Again, it is wise to ask: Why do left-wing acolytes such as Bob Woodward and those at the Washington Post expose one of their own so that controversy broils out of control? Perhaps there will be another answer come forth. But for now I prefer to believe this is the Lord’s way of showing us He is indeed restraining this avalanche of evil.

Prophecy’s Risk Society

Some have mockingly termed it “the nanny state.” The nanny state is, according to Wikipedia, a term of British origin that conveys a view that a government or its policies are overprotective or interfering unduly with personal choice. The term likens such a government to the role that a nanny has in child-rearing. An early use of the term comes from Conservative British Member of Parliament Iain Macleod, who referred to “what I like to call the nanny state” in the 3 December 1965 edition of The Spectator.

Harsher terminology for this kind of governance is authoritarian rule or even dictatorship. It is the kind of governmental evil that George Orwell wrote about in his novel 1984, and that Aldous Huxley framed in his fiction work, Brave New World.

However one wants to define it, the Biden government, with the current occupant in the White House laying out the vaccine mandates and other demands that we comply, has made major strides toward installing the sort of government forewarned by both Orwell and Huxley.

I heard a podcast host who has a considerable listenership/viewership asking the question: How have we (the US) come to this point? That is, how have we come from being a representative democracy that was the envy of the world to a nation that now is on the verge of becoming a “risk society.”?

The term was totally new to me. I see America as moving swiftly toward becoming a godless, therefore a reprobate, country, according to the first chapter of Romans (verse 28). But a blog analyst who analyzes America’s declining trajectory from a secular viewpoint uses the term “risk society” in defining the extent to which the nation has devolved.

I have followed Dr. Steve Turley’s podcasts for quite some time and have found his analytical opinion videos to be enlightening and soundly based. So when I heard him asking the question of how we as a nation got to where we are now from the way we were in saner times, calling America now a “risk society,” my curiosity was piqued.

Turley, a college professor, began by saying he was getting questions in his blog-type seminars about why the United States seemed to be turning into a communist state—why America is, day by day, moving toward Marxist-socialism.

He said: “There is, in fact, discernable rationale for how we ended up here. And it’s rooted in what is called a ‘risk society’.”

He then said that a risk society is the way modern globalist societies deal with risk. Expounding upon this, he said it means the way societies deal with insecurities related to potential hazards we might face.

Turley said that every human generation has had to face insecurities and hazards. Traveling from one city to another, for example, presented hazards to eighteenth-century Americans. He said the phrase “Goodbye” (I take it, during that era) was born out of an expression related to dependence upon the higher, heavenly Authority for safety. “Goodbye” is actually the contraction of “The Great God be with thee”.

The professor then made the point that people no longer, as a generational whole, depend upon a personal, religious belief system in keeping them safe from the risks they face each and every day. By this, the takeaway is that people are turning from God and turning instead to something else in which to place their faith.

I couldn’t agree more with this assessment. Just as Turley says, people now look toward government to protect them from the risks they face. Thus, this generation moves farther and farther from the God of Heaven.

One glaring example of this is how the COVID-19 matter has been handled. At least half of America’s population relies on government to be their protector in the matter. There have been much worse epidemics, but never has the population fallen in such a massive way for governmental overreach in forcing compliance to take inadequately tested injections. Freedom is thus eroded; the liberty the founding fathers intended, I believe, has been maliciously attacked in ways yet to be fully manifested.

This is a risk society that has, in many ways, made big government its god. From the invasion and takeover of the public education system; removing prayer and Bible reading from public schools; and constitutionally mandating murder of babies in the womb and even the just-born to inculcating the young with the anti-American rewriting of history; teaching them unnatural, antibiblical ways of sensuality and sexuality; and the insane, upside-down, cancel-culture evil—the risk society wages war against Christianity—against God.

Steve Turley further proposed that such a risk society—one that no longer relies on religious faith whatsoever—turns to advancing technology to mitigate risk. Technological protection requires technocrats—those with knowledge of the technology—to assure the risk is diminished and/or eradicated. This, of course, seems to be the way things are trending toward the establishment of Revelation 13:16–18—the mark of the Beast and all that pertains to it.

There are additional and profound prophetic implications, too, in this matter of a risk society. They are found in the Apostle Paul’s writing.

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. (2 Thessalonians 5:1–3)

Paul prophesies that at the end of the Church Age (Age of Grace) when the “day of the Lord” comes, there will be a great cry for “peace and safety.

This is the “risk society.” There is a great angst among people all over the world for safety against the so-called pandemic. Never before has there been such a worldwide begging for safety. Such a cry could have never happened until the developments in global technologies and technocratic rule of the globalists who, with the principalities and powers of Ephesians 6:12, instituted the implementation of plans to fulfill the satanic blueprint that will eventuate in the buying and selling dictatorship of Revelation 13:16–18.

And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. (Revelation 13: 16–18)

Terry James “Prophecy Power” book for people of Pakistan

Dear Rapture Ready family,

My book, Prophecy Power: Strength From God to Face Your Future, has been translated into the Urdu language (primary Pakistani language). This has been done by my long-time pastor friend in Pakistan. I gave his ministry the book absolutely free, to translate it so the people of that region can learn prophetic truth from God’s Word.

Prophecy Power, as many of you might know, is a book of thirteen lessons (chapters) in Bible prophecy yet future. It is something entirely unique to the sort of Bible-based books these folks have available to them.

I’m asking that, if the Lord leads you, to contribute whatever amount the Holy Spirit urges, to donate to the publication and distribution of this book. This will be an effort that will give all of God’s family a way to “store up heavenly treasure.”

The pastor, who has been a devoted Christian minister for many years in this perilous region for Christians, wants to distribute the book free to the people, as a witness and as a means of teaching God’s truth.

If you wish to be part of this effort, which I believe to be commissioned by our Lord, please make out the check, etc., to me, Terry James, and put in the bottom line Pakistan ministry, and send your contribution to the following address.

Terry James

Rapture Ready

P.O. Box 969

Benton, AR 72018

I will keep you updated about the results of this effort on behalf of our Lord’s work.

Thank you, and blessings.

Terry

Gog-Magog Coalition in Focus

It’s like looking at a movie. The creative senses of the film’s director force our eyes to initially see a blurred vista—maybe a desert scene. At first, the scene just appears to be a barren waste. Then the camera lens turns, and suddenly the view tightens to precisely frame a group of camels and people moving in the far distance.

The scene is no longer blurry. It is in finely tuned focus, letting the movie watcher know that this is a caravan of some sort traversing a desert-like wilderness.

This is the way it seems when we consider a particular Bible prophecy that must be relatively near to its time of fulfillment. The recent geopolitical gyrations in Afghanistan and the Middle East in general seem to be orchestrated by a foreknowing director, who is bringing into a sharper image the events setting up the Gog-Magog prophecy.

We know, of course, who that director is—the God who issued the prophecy in the first place.

Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet: Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee. Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them.After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them. (Ezekiel 38:2–8)

We have for months—maybe even for years now—been observing the Gog-Magog assault force coalescing. It has been a process—with Israel, of course, always at the center. The region is incessantly of concern for the New World Order builders who see Israel as being the holdup to peace in the region and the world.

The United Nations—the majority of its nations—has always voted against the tiny Jewish state in most every issue of conflict involving the nation and its surrounding blood-vowed enemies. Israel has long ago, in effect, become the “burdensome stone and cup of trembling” of Zechariah chapter 12.

Until recently, the United States has, for the most part, stood behind Israel, keeping at bay Satan’s efforts of to bring the wrath of the entire world down upon God’s chosen nation. We’ve seen some breeches in the friendship between America and Israel that have opened wider, then closed to some extent—for example, when President Barak Obama pushed Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israel, too, away from warm, diplomatic relationship. Then President Donald Trump brought the schism back together for the most part. Still, however, the entrenched US State Department, apparatchiks have continued holding the Jewish state at arm’s length to a large extent.

Now, under the Biden regime, it seems the Middle East, and Israel in particular, are being abandoned, telling Israel that it is more or less on its own. It is crucial to note that Afghanistan—that is, the geographical area it occupies—was, like Iran, part of ancient Persia.

Afghanistan, in my view, is the epitome of this abandonment. I believe it is a part of shaping the prophetic picture for the near future. The entire “debacle”—as it’s called by Biden detractors—is bringing the Gog-Magog force into high resolution in a big way—an image that now, I believe, can be seen in ever-sharpening focus.

The following excerpt defines clearly the exact nations that will be at the nucleus of that coalition when all is said and done. China is the exception, but that sinister entity’s importance can’t be missed in consideration of the overall prophetic picture.

The Taliban announced on Monday that they have invited Turkey, China, Pakistan, Iran, Russia and Qatar to participate in a ceremony announcing their new government in Afghanistan.

Russia’s TASS News reported:

The Taliban (outlawed in Russia) that seized power in Afghanistan have invited a number of countries, including Russia, to take part in an event dedicated to the announcement of the composition of the new Afghan government, the group’s representative, whose name was not revealed, told the Al Jazeera TV channel on Monday.

“We have sent invitations to Turkey, China, Russia, Iran, Pakistan and Qatar to take part in the [ceremony] of announcing [the composition of the new Afghan] government,” he said.

The TV channel’s interlocutor also noted that the necessary procedures for the announcement of the composition of the new cabinet had been completed by now. He added that the Taliban would create “a regime that will be accepted by the global community and the Afghan people.” (Taliban Invites Russia, China, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey and Qatar to Ceremony Announcing New Government in Afghanistan,” By Jim Hoft, The Gateway Pundit, September 6, 2021)

Not only is the Gog-Magog coalition now sharply defined for the observer of Bible prophecy, but most every other previous fuzzy image of things taking shape for being fulfilled now is beginning to, like that blurry desert movie scene, tighten into focus.

And when you see all these things begin to come to pass, then look up and lift up your head, for your redemption draws near. (Luke 21 28)

Prepping Israel

It takes neither a scholar in Bible prophecy nor a scholar of Middle Eastern history to understand that dynamics in the region are building toward war. Those who would be governors of world geopolitics, such as the elite of the UN, fear the region to be the ignition point for a future conflict that will explode into full-blown nuclear conflagration.

We know from God’s prophetic Word that Israel is destined both to suffer a time of great trouble and, ultimately, a thousand years of glory as the head of all nations. This turmoil and eventual emergence into great victory involves threats and pressures from surrounding nations that hate that Jewish state.

While Bible prophecy outlines and even details to some extent how all of this eventuates, the moment-by-moment, day-by-day developments are not always clear in regard to how all will unfold. Those pressures mentioned take the form of many points of shaping and influencing God’s chosen as the nation interacts among nation-states of the region and world.

I’m of the opinion that one such point of pressure is being used at present by the old serpent Satan to cause God’s chosen people to be seen as a prototype for how he intends to manipulate and control the world’s population when allowed to foment his final moments of evil.

We’ve looked a number of times in these commentaries at how COVID-19 has been wielded as a powerful tool with which to bludgeon the entire populations of the planet into submission. To any observer of Bible prophecy from the pre-Trib view, this globalist-generated biological weapon was planned and is being used to establish a worldwide mindset of being willing to submit to authoritarian rule.

In this sense, Israel is, I believe, being somehow prepped to serve Satan’s purpose for the coming Tribulation holocaust.

We see story after story of COVID-19 used to lock down cities and now entire nations. Australia, for example, has become almost again the prison colony it once was. The rulers in some parts—South Wales, for example—have become despotic in their evil demands. First they seized all private weapons they could force the Aussies to give up, and now they go house to house to demand vaccine proof. Those not compliant go to something called “wellness camps” or some such designation.

But, regardless from where the stories of lockdowns, etc., come, it is more and more the tiny Jewish state that is being put in the world spotlight—all with the willing complicity of Israel’s own growingly despotic leadership. The nation leads the world in people vaccinated to protect against COVID apparently, yet incongruent facts have emerged. The following report/analysis frames developments.

Just a few months ago, the mainstream media praised Israel for its “pandemic-ending” vaccination campaign. With over 40 percent of the population “fully vaccinated” in the first quarter of 2021, Israel was well on its way to stopping community spread and clearing out its hospitals.

The nation of Israel imposed some of the strictest lockdowns during that time, violating the Nuremberg Code and segregating the unvaccinated from public life. Israel bought up the Pfizer/BioNTech mRNA Covid vaccine and began issuing mandatory Green Pass “vaccine passports” as a requirement for citizens to enter public spaces. By August, Israel had intimidated and coerced its population into having one of the highest vaccination rates in the world, with 78 percent of people 12 years of age and older classified as “fully vaccinated.”

The world was reassured that this rate of vaccination was more than enough to ensure individual and “herd immunity.” However, infection rates have skyrocketed across the country since then, and Israel is now logging the world’s highest infection rates, with nearly 650 new cases daily per million people. At times, hospitalizations for the “fully vaccinated” have reached upwards of 95 percent. (Lance D. Johnson, “Israel now has more covid infections per capita than any country in the world, even as “booster shots” are being widely administered there,” CitizenFreePress, Thursday, September 02, 2021)

The nation is now again under draconian lockdown.

A friend emailed me this week and posed a fascinating question. He pondered whether Israel is in probably the most dictatorial-type lockdown of any nation on earth, keeping its citizens from leaving en masse for some divine purpose.

Perhaps, he conjectured, it is because some action by the Lord or by some evil entity is pending. The severe sequestration keeping Israeli citizens more or less in lockdown is maybe to protect or benefit them in some way from imminent something or the other.

We know the following is always true, no matter what the facts are surrounding that which seems to be prepping Israel for what is to come.

Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. (Psalm 121: 4)

Believe It…or Not

“Believe It or Not” was a syndicated newspaper series of brief facts about strange things in the world that ran for decades during the twentieth century. As I recall, each explanation of the strange goings-on was accompanied by an artist’s rendering that more or less encapsulated the weird story being told.

Later, actor Jack Palance snarled out in his usual villainous voice a TV series telling Ripley’s Believe It or Not stories. The viewers could make up their own minds about the truth of the stories. However, most had enough evidence to back up their veracity.

These were, of course, for entertainment purposes. The things told were mostly about events that had happened in the distant past, so, more often than not, they had no relevance to the well-being of or potential harm to the reader. You could believe it…or not. No further action was required.

There is one particular profound fact, however, that—as strange as it might be to some—requires a decision that involves total commitment to belief. To not believe invites personal destiny that is the most devastating imaginable.

This is not some imponderable factoid or matter of conjecture as to whether it’s fact or fiction. This is the truth we must believe, or else we’ll face a destiny beyond imagination:

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (John 3:17–18)

The whispers that come in soothing sounds from the creature that tells people to not believe is a million times more sinister than the snarling admonition by Jack Palance in the TV seriesSatan says to each human being facing this all-important decision: “Yea…Hath God said?”

It is the same deception that brought sin into the world when the serpent whispered those words and Eve, being deceived, convinced Adam to partake in tasting the forbidden fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

God’s Word says we are lost because of that original sin. Satan seductively says that God didn’t really say that, but said something else, because man, being God himself, can determine for himself his course toward ultimate destiny.

It is true that God created us in His own image. At the same time, He gave us volition (free will) to believe or not to believe. God doesn’t force Himself on us. He didn’t create robots. He wants men and women, boys and girls, to love Him because it is our decision. We can believe it—or not.

At the same time, however, there are consequences to that decision, individually. Whether we choose to believe or not believe determines where we will spend eternity.

To believe that Jesus came into the world not to condemn the world, but so the world can be saved through Him is the all-important decision we can make. Our choice sets our personal destiny.

To believe that Jesus came to seek and save the lost—those in unbelief—and to accept that He is the only remedy for this lost condition is what God requires to cover our sin that condemns us to an eternity apart from His holy presence.

Sin cannot enter heaven. That’s why Jesus said that we must be born again—otherwise, we can’t even see the kingdom of heaven, much less enter it.

We must believe that Jesus died for us to save us from our lost condition, we must believe that God raised Jesus from death, and we must confess with our mouth that we believe this (Romans 10:9–10).

Like it or not—believe it or not—this is the way, the only way to go to heaven either upon death or at the Rapture of all believers.

It is more important than ever for Christians—believers—to share this truth with everyone we meet. Conditions proliferating in every direction point to the any-moment removal from planet earth for the believers. We must look through God’s eyes, being one with Him in Spirit, and point to that one Way He accepts for redemption. Jesus addressed His disciple, Thomas:

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14: 6)  

Abraham and America

What does Abraham have to do with America? might be the question. No, not Abraham Lincoln, but Abraham, the progenitor of the Jewish race—one of the great, Old Testament fathers of faith in the One, True, Living God.

Thousands of years separate the United States of America from the time of Israel’s founding father, yet the linkage couldn’t be more apparent. Let’s explore what I mean.

We’ve examined the matter in various ways in our time together in these commentaries. Yet I sense it’s now most necessary to look more deeply into the connection. I believe the commonality of Abraham’s time to ours is undeniable.

Sodom’s Lot and Us

The comparison of Lot’s time in Sodom to us (believers) and our time in the present-day USA is astounding, really, in my view.

Sodom and Gomorrah were perhaps among the most highly successful commercial centers of the world at the time when Lot served in the gates of Sodom. He was apparently a city official—a judge—who rendered verdicts of various sorts in contested matters among the citizenry. It seems that just beneath the civility and smoothly operating society and culture of the time, however, there beat the heart of wickedness that emerged into violence and debauchery once the sun set each day.

We can only imagine what level of depravity could cause God, Himself, to come to earth and get a firsthand look at things going on.

Now, we know the Lord—the Creator of all that is—knew exactly what was going on in Sodom and Gomorrah. But He came, we can be almost certain, specifically so that there would be a record of the visit. I believe part of the reason for the visit was so you and I could consider the record of it these thousands of years later.

The chief sin of those cities—Sodom in particular—almost with a doubt, according to the scriptural record, was sexual activity of the most egregious nature.

God the Son, in a theophany appearance to Abraham, addressed the matter of Sodom and Gomorrah:

And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous; I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know. (Genesis 18: 20–21)

Particularly, sensual evil of every kind had progressed to sexual perversion of every sort. We know that the Apostle Paul reflected on the perverse nature of the activity thousands of years later:

For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet. (Romans 1: 26–27)

Abraham, Lot’s uncle—when he finally figured out that he was in the presence of God, Himself—was terribly worried about what the Lord was about to do. Abraham, no doubt, knew about the evil going on in those heathen cities. He must have known that the Lord already knew all about it, too.

Abraham carefully and reverently approached the Lord, asking if He would spare the cities if the Lord could find first fifty righteous there, then thirty, then twenty, then ten.

The Lord said “yes” in every case. Abraham then must have concluded that his nephew and family were the only ones who were considered righteous in God’s holy eyes.

We don’t know what the population of those towns was, but the percentage of “righteous” within the total population must have been infinitesimally small. There just weren’t enough people who believed in God’s way to prevent destruction of the whole area.

In considering America and the degree of the wicked and perverse society and culture our nation has devolved into, here’s an interesting question that is relevant. We’ve heard it asked before:

“Might the Lord relent on our own nation’s well-deserved judgment and perhaps destruction if enough “righteous” (true believers in Christ) inhabit our land?”

We remember the quote attributed to Ruth Bell Graham, evangelist Billy Graham’s wife: “If God doesn’t judge America [for all the wickedness Mrs. Graham saw] He will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.”

The Lord didn’t get angry at Abraham when He rather meekly sought God’s agreement to relent from His decision to destroy those depraved people. Surely there are more “righteous” in America, percentage-wise, than there were in Sodom and Gomorrah in Lot’s day.

On the other hand, in some ways, America, the most God-blessed nation in human history, materially speaking, and one of the most blessed, spiritually, has exceeded any other civilization in wickedness. Considering the slaughter of millions upon millions of the unborn—and the murder of babies even after birth—as well as the twisting of God’s natural order through LGBTQ and other perversion-engendered venues, can the Righteous Lord of Heaven even entertain our prayerfully issued question as He did Abraham’s?

Or is it time for Him, like in Lot’s day, to remove the righteous like He did in that troubled time of antiquity?

Perhaps, thinking on all the things we see developing, we are about to find out.

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