Each passing second, advancing history goes deeper into the unknown for much—maybe for most—of the world’s population. From that unknown boils fear. The fear Is steeped in self-conjured premonition that the evilest things imaginable will soon engulf life, bringing devastation and even death.
It is the feeling of impending doom, of something dreadful lurking just ahead. In terms of Greek mythology, it’s the sword of Damocles hanging overhead threatening to decapitate the fearful.
Probably you’ve had that feeling, but maybe not as intensely as described above. I’ve certainly had moments when I had a sense that something bad is about to happen.
For me, the dread, thankfully, has never played out. The anxiety soon passes, and sometimes even a sense of joyful anticipation resides where the fear sat just a short time before.
For others, the premonitions have seemed to play out in worst-case scenario.
At this moment, even for those who are Bible-believing, born again people of God, the times are producing such fear. I know this because I get emails in which people share their worries about what’s on the horizon that will affect their lives and the lives of those they love.
Usually the alarm is expressed through questions such as: Do you think there will be a time of martyrdom for Christians before the Rapture?
Of course, what most writers really mean by that question, I suppose, is: Do you think Christians in America will face martyrdom before the Rapture?
Another question I often get is: Do you think there will be a World War III before we are raptured?
With all the reports of some of America’s powerful enemies preparing for war, we’ll think about that last question in particular a bit more deeply.
As we’ve looked at more than once in this column, it looks like the current American government and the so-called Western allies are doing much to provoke such a nuclear conflict. Rather than looking to ask Mr. Putin to sit down with the Ukrainian leadership—which itself seems to be a complicit partner in poking the nuclear bear—the United States is sending elite forces such as the 101st Airborne into places near the bear’s cave.
And, while that once-unthinkable move—provoking toward war rather than toward peace—brings the world closer to unleashing the nuclear genie, China leers Westward.
As amazing as this administration’s actions are in seeming to make Russia do something Putin obviously doesn’t want to do at this time, even more amazingly, the entire US diplomatic machinery all but totally ignores the threat China poses.
The US Navy has a presence in the South China Sea and purports to be a buffer against China invading Taiwan. But, in reality, with Taiwan being just miles from the Chinese mainland, it would take nothing short of nuclear weapons to offer any hope of dealing with such an assault. And, in that regard, China is as equipped as American forces. So it is feared that the US couldn’t win such a conflict due to having to confront China in its own backyard.
There’s good reason for many of us to be anxious, as that deadly sword is indeed hanging over our heads, based upon just these geopolitical realities. It seems as if everything is out of control—as if even the top leaders on both sides of the nuclear threat have little interest in a peaceful resolution to prevent WWIII.
But for those who know what God’s Word has to say about how things end up, the fears of nuclear holocaust this side of the Rapture don’t need to reach the level of trepidation I described earlier. That’s because of the thought wrapped up in the title: “Prophetically Appointed Day and Hour.”
We’ve incessantly gone over the Gog-Magog war prophesied by Ezekiel and how Russia is destined to lead that assault. There has even been speculation that Putin might be the one who will be indwelt by the Gog spirit at the time of that invasion against Israel. Although I have to say here that while he is a known dictator and a KGB operative from the Soviet days, Putin seems in many ways more honorable than a number of the Western leaders who foment globalist surreptition.
If there is all-out nuclear war, neither Putin nor Russia would be available to take part in that Gog-Magog attack—that is, not if the assault is scheduled to take place soon. God, Himself, is going to take care of that invasion force. And, while He could use nuclear force to take care of business, the description given by Ezekiel seems to be that God has scheduled a supernatural fire from Heaven, like in the case of Sodom and Gomorrah.
God’s schedule is key in considering why believers don’t need to sense that dreaded sword of destructiveness.
We see this by looking at the great book of prophecy that God has given us so we can know how things play out.
China is at the heart of God’s final dealing with humankind’s rebellion, I’m convinced. We can see clearly that the massive nation continues to build in every way toward becoming the head of the hegemonic force that will kill a third of the world’s population during the Tribulation. John, the prophet chosen to present the Revelation, terms this force “the kings of the East.”
I call China the “king of the kings of the East.” That nation is, I believe, scheduled to gather all others within its Oriental orbit for the movement to the Euphrates—the apparent barrier separating the Oriental and Occidental worlds.
Their 200-million-man army will, John said, be possessed by demons that have been kept beneath that area for a certain prophetic moment. It will be the time appointed by God, who knows and controls all things from beginning to end. Here is what He says about that horrendous army from the East:
And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them. (Revelation 9:13–16)
John also said:
And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. (Revelation 16:12)
The reason believers shouldn’t fear all-out nuclear war is tied up in John’s statement in Revelation 9:15:
And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year.
Just as Russia is scheduled to come against Israel, the kings of the East have been scheduled by God Himself to cause—because of His righteous judgment—massive deaths across the world. He has appointed the “hour,” “day,” “month,” and “year” when it will happen. It is the God of all there is, not human warmongers, who will control when death and destruction on a massive scale will occur.
Meantime, we have been promised that we’ll be kept from that appointed time:
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)
It becomes more evident by the hour that the world is quickly headed toward the Tribulation storm. That’s what our new book, TRAJECTORY: Tracking the Approaching Tribulation Storm, is all about HERE
You don’t want to be left on this judgment-bound planet when that storm begins. Here’s how to go to Jesus Christ and heavenly shelter before that judgment falls.
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)
JESUS CHRIST IS LORD! NO FEAR!
I read Tribulation Force as soon as I could get a copy. It’s riveting, even if you believe you know everything there is to know about the End Times.
The Church has been given the future to behold. Unbelievers do not have the Spirit of Truth and can not understand what the Lord has revealed, it is all gobbledegook to them.
As Christians, we only die once, whether it comes from old age, war, a health event, accidentally…it doesn’t matter. Each man is appointed to live once (and there are those rare few human beings who will never die and instead be taken in the Rapture of the Church) but the majority will die twice .
We are commanded by Jesus Himself not to fear, which is no small feat in our day! That’s impossible to do without the faith that comes through salvation, provided only by the King of kings. Our hope and fearlessness is one more way that we can be the light of the world, we have a hope and future that the world can never provide.
“TIMING OF EZEKIEL INVASION”
After reading an article re: Putin’s conscripts called up and the various media commentators highlighting their numbers, it made me re-think the timing of the Gog-Magog invasion. What do I mean by this? Something just doesn’t add up about the claims being made by western media outlets concerning the number of draftees being killed in combat due to their inexperience and/or lack of weapons. How in the world will the effect of losing so many men in combat at this stage of their war effort comport with future Bible prophecy? We are told this happens with the Gog-Magog invasion in Ezekiel, however, it makes no sense if Russia is now losing so much of its military machine in the so-called de-nazification of Ukraine. Why will any of their people be willing to fight and probably die in a future war to take Israel’s spoil given their failure thus far in Ukraine. It may be that this failure is the ‘initial hook’ the Lord uses as bait to put the thought in the mind of Gog-aka Putin! Ezekiel 38; 10-12;”Thus saith the Lord God, It shall also come to pass that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shall think an evil thought: And thou shall say, I will go up to the land of un-walled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates. To take spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land”. At this stage of the war it doesn’t look like an invasion on the Golan Heights is anywhere in the immediate future.That said, we also know what Jesus said right before He returns. He said things will be ‘revving up’ right before I return meaning everything we see today could be turned on its head tomorrow. Let’s wait a few hours as the weather can change on a dime as we all know.
A wide-scale nuclear exchange would destroy the technological infrastructure that I think is necessary for the end-time prophecies to be fulfilled.
The Antichrist will need it to control the planet implement the economic system, which includes the mark, of Revelation 13; the population will need it to see the death and resurrection of the Two Witnesses in Revelation 11 in real time; and the 200-million troop army that will assemble at Armageddon will need the lmachinery to arrive there.
Even during the Tribulation, I don’t see this happening because if a large number of nuclear weapons were unleashed, who would be left to see Jesus return in the dramatic manner portrayed in Revelation 19?
You make excellent points Ed! I also believe a large number of nuclear weapons unleashed would make things difficult to make other prophecy-related events come true if it there was full scale exchange of strategic warheads landing over the whole earth. However, the Bible says people’s eyes will dissolve in their orbits so nuclear war(s)is a certainty. We’re just not told the degree by which this happens in the Tribulation. But 3/4 of the world’s population will be killed in one manner or the other, and disease and/or famine may account for this. One note, I believe the 2 Witnesses being killed in Jerusalem and the public (whole world) viewing this happens near the end of the 144,000 Jewish virgins evangelizing prophesied–right before the 2nd half of the Tribulation begins–the worst time when all Hell will be unleashed on the world!
Thanks for the compliments and your reflections, Dave.
Your timing of the Witnesses and 144K Jews who are “sealed” could be right. I’ve never been able to exactly figure it out myself. Yet, we do know for sure that these things will happen.
As for nuclear events, you may have seen my comments from time to time here on Revelation 8:10-13. Here are the parallels:
1) The “star” is called “Wormwood” (the Ukrainian word for that is “chornobyl”)
2) A main sequence star, like the sun, is powered by hydrogen fusion and so is an H-bomb.
3) The aftereffects described in Revelation sound a lot like radioactive contamination of water and the surrounding environment, resulting widespread death. The effects of such a blast would produce in the atmosphere from fallout and burning would certainly dim the light of the sun, moon, and stars as well.
So, I think you are absolutely right that limited nuclear exchanges will certainly occur during the Triibulation.
Confess,, repent, and follow Christ!
Even tactical nuclear exchanges could rapidly escalate into a large scale exchange. Back in the cold war it was called Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) with the premise that a nuclear attack directed against another nuclear power would elicit a response that would destroy the attacker as well.
I agree with what’s been said here regarding nukes. Nuclear exchanges don’t seem to be indicated in scripture. Maybe not at all.
I still maintain that the 200 million are not human. There is nothing that says these entities are actually men. Also, it says that each of the 200 million have exactly the same “equipment” which makes no sense. Human armies are equipped with a broad array of capability for different effects on the battlefield. There is also no indication of a battle. The 200 million are unleashed for the purpose of eliminating a third of mankind, the rationale being because of their idolatry, immorality, and occultic practices.
Also, if the 200 million are Chinese, then why do they get a pass from this judgement? They are just as guilty as the rest of humanity. Also, this judgement would appear to be worldwide, not regional (a third of mankind). Not to mention the impossibility of building up a fully equipped army of 200 million men in a timeline that supports the nearness of these events. It would take decades and impossible amounts of funding and logistics. In my opinion, the 200 million are spiritual entities, quite possibly the same released from the abyss, doing their “work” in two phases: torment and then kill. Their descriptions do have similarities.
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