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The Pattern – By Ed Wood

“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before.” Rahm Emmanuel

I’ve read “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich” twice over the yearsby William L. Shirer and here’s what I see as the recipe for tyranny from that excellent book. I present below the most notable past example and what I believe are current ones.

1) Use people’s fear in a tumultuous situation against them and give them an “answer man” or entity to resolve it. For Hitler, it was the chaos of a post-World War 1 defeated Germany with its accompanying inflation, unemployment, and hopelessness. For America, it is a similar, though less pronounced, version of inflation and similar growing pessimism regarding the future.

2) Give them an object (be it an ethnic group, other country, disease, etc.) to blame for these conditions.

Hitler blamed the high cost of reparations demanded by that war’s victors but, most notably, the Jews whom he said were behind this and all of Germany’s woes. For the free world today, it’s Covid, and monkey pox, plus anyone who does not subscribe to the current far-left agenda of  some national governments, America included.

3) Manipulate the religious systems so people turn toward men instead of toward God. For Germany it was Nazism and “Mien Kampf.” For many countries considered to be Christian, it is the turning away of much of organized religion toward the doctrines of political correctness, sexual perversion, paganism, and away from those doctrines of God which are clearly defined in the Bible.

4) Control disposition of information and allow no dissent. Hitler was a master of the media and public events where his speeches had such a mesmerizing, one might even claim “supernatural,” effect on the masses that they willingly gave away both their consciences and their freedom. No dissent was allowed. Today we see social media and internet access increasingly restricting any communication considered to be “misinformation” such as the truth about Covid, suppression of information of adverse vaccine reactions, or opposition to current “woke” ideology . . . and I fear that this is only the beginning.

5) Increase of governmental control on every aspect of life, starting with economics and progressively add to that list. In a few short years, the Nazi government was in total control of everything in Germany. Two years of Covid mandates were the greatest ally of governmental overreach I have ever seen in the free world. It is, in my opinion, a great psychological experiment that succeeded in stealing away freedom on a massive scale that has never been accomplished before.

6) Keep the people so distracted that they can’t see how they are being duped. In both Germany of the first half of the 20th Century and what were the democracies of the 21st, just getting through each day for the average person has consumed their attentions to such a degree that they don’t have the time to sit back and see just how they are being led into tyranny.

7) Get to the kids via control of the educational systems and use the legal system to supersede the authority of their parents. Hitler used the schools to indoctrinate German children into the Nazi “gospel” and created the Hitler Youth, the goal of which was to instill in them a loyalty to the part which surpassed that of loyalty to their parents. In America, critical race theory and other leftist ideology is attempting to do the same thing. Parents who are fighting these things are now considered potential terrorists.

Conclusion

As I look through history, I see a common pattern and exactly the same evil being repeated over an over again. Only the faces and specifics have changed andI have no doubt that it all is just a mild prelude and softening up process for what’s up ahead for those left behind after the Rapture.

Ask yourself: If things have been and are now coming back upon us in such an extreme degree now, while God’s Holy Spirit is still acting as a restraining presence  in believers, how bad will it get when this Spirit departs post-Rapture?

It’s all up to you to decide if you want to go through that or not.

There is a way out and this is it:

John {3:16} For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. {3:17} For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

It’s just that simple.

Now, what are you waiting for?

An Unmentioned Sign?- By Ed Wood

The Bible lists many of the signs to indicate the closing out of this age in both the Old and New Testaments. Perhaps the best presentation of them are from Jesus himself. Generally referred to as the Olivet Discourse, they can be found in Matthew 24 & 25, Mark 13, and Luke 21. I’m sure most of you already knew that.

            Since I was very young, science has always fascinated me, particularly anything to do with outer space. This was triggered by my mother ordering a map of the solar system from the back of a hot dog wrapper – of all things! It was copyrighted in 1959 by the Rand McNally company, illustrated in rich color and along with various charts and notations. Though much of the information and the artists’ renditions of the views from various planets and moons are outdated today, it provided an early look at what was “out there.” Unfortunately, the original chart has been long gone, but I found an image of it a few years ago on the Internet and made an 8 x 11 ½ copy of it for myself which presently before me as I write this article.

            The 1950’s began a space race between the United States and the Soviet Union, each country trying to outdo the other. Part of it was a competition between political systems. It was the totalitarianism of Soviet communism verses the freedom of Americans had and enjoyed in the U.S.

The second was based on a more realistic belief that whoever controlled the skies would ultimately control the planet.

            The former really wasn’t an accurate indicator of whose government was “best” as far as it concerned those living under it. It seems no one considered that Hitler’s Germany was very likely the most technologically superior nation on the planet for a time before its defeat in 1945. Truth is, the rocket technologies of the U.S.S.R. and the U.S. were greatly benefited by German rocket scientists who ended up in either country. Does that then mean that the dictatorial and brutal Nazi government was “better” than the freedom of the democratic one in America as far as quality of life for its citizens? I don’t think any clear-thinking person could possibly believe that!

            As for the latter, this certainly was a more realistic consideration. Any country which could successfully master the complexities of space travel could certainly use this knowledge to create a means to deliver weapons of mass destruction upon an enemy. The need to be “first and best” provided the major impetus for the push into space. Yet I suggest that the former reason, flawed as it was, was the driving force behind actually sending people up there. After all, weapons can be deployed remotely without humans actually having to launch them from a spaceship or space station.

            When the Soviets were the first to send Sputnik up on October 4, 1957,  it shocked the free world, the United States in particular. The result from this was a retooling not only of our engineering and industrial capabilities, but of the education system as well. I was fortunate to be a part of that, and am equally saddened to see now it has it degenerated into the political football it has become today.

But, let’s get back on-topic.

            The 1950’s and 1960’s saw an explosion of scientific and technological advances that made it possible for the first time in history for humans to live, albeit for limited periods, in a totally hostile environment just a few score of miles over their heads. Before the 1960’s such accomplishments were only achieved in the pages and movies of science fiction. By the end of that decade, American’s had gone to the moon, walked upon it, and returned safely.

            As I grew up in those years, the future was wide open, despite the social unrest developing in the 1960’s. Not only was envisioned a huge, rotating space station, but also permanent bases on the moon well on the way to self-sufficiency. The film 2001: A Space Odyssey is a good reflection of this mindset.  (Of course,  it wasn’t likely we’d encounter a super intelligent ET race out there which gave our allegedly ape-like ancestors a brain-boost and then do the same thing to Dave Bowman after pulling him into hyperspace via a star gate.)

Yet how have things turned out in reality?

            Human missions to the moon have been impossible for decades. A big floating wheel in space has been replaced by much more modest International Space Station. China has sent up the first module of  its Tianhe space station in May of 2021 and is expected to complete it this year (2022). But neither of these are even close to being self-sufficient. The big dreams of humanity not so long ago if establishing itself within decades of landing on the moon are still only themes of science fiction.

            Okay, by this time, I’m sure you’re wondering where all this is leading, so I’ll test your patience no further.

            To the best of my knowledge, the Bible indicates that the only people to escape the coming wrath of the Tribulation will be those taken away in the Rapture. This naturally leads to the conclusion that humanity will earthbound. There will be no option of riding out what’s coming off-world.

            Could it therefore be that the retreat of our efforts to set up independent habitations beyond Earth is actually an Unmentioned Sign of our times?

            What do YOU think?

Is Roman Catholicism the One True Church? By Mike Gendron

churchCatholics have been indoctrinated with the premise that the Roman Catholic Church is the one true church founded by Christ 2000 years ago. They claim protestant churches began only 500 years ago. Are they correct? Is there a “one true church”? And if there is, can we identify the one true church? The answers to these important questions can be found throughout the New Testament.

Who Are Members of the True Church?

The true church is not a denomination nor a building. It is an assembly of born-again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ who have been called out of the world as a people for God’s own possession (Titus 2:11-14). Universally, it includes all who have repented and believed the glorious Gospel of grace. They have been purified by the blood of Jesus, sealed by the Spirit of God and sanctified by the truth of God’s Word (John 17:17; Eph. 1:13; 1 John 1:7). These new creatures in Christ have been baptized by one Spirit into one body and are called saints (1 Cor 1:2, 12:13). Their names are enrolled in heaven and their imperishable inheritance is protected by the power of almighty God (Heb. 12:23; 1 Pet. 1:4). They are visible when the light of their good works shines before men to glorify their Holy Father (Mat. 5:16; Eph. 2:10).

The Professing Church Is Not the True Church

All Protestant and Roman Catholic churches together make up the “professing” church, which includes both believers and unbelievers. Tragically, there are many who “profess” Christ but do not “possess” Christ. They are religious, but have no relationship with Christ. Their names are on church rolls, but not in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Jesus calls them “tares” who have been sown by the devil among the “wheat” (Mat. 13:24-30, 36-43). These tares may one day hear the most terrifying words they could ever hear when Jesus declares, “I never knew you, depart from Me” (Mat. 7:23). Roman Catholics, who adhere to the false and fatal gospel of their apostate religion, must repent and believe the Gospel of grace to become members of the true church. When they do, the Spirit of God will lead them out of their idolatrous religion to worship God in spirit and truth (John 4:24).

Roman Catholicism Is Not the True Church

The 21st century Roman Catholic Church does not bear any resemblance to the 1st century church of the apostles. Nowhere in the New Testament do we see the first century church continuing the work of Christ’s redemption on an altar, praying for the dead, venerating Mary, or transubstantiating wafers into the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus. Nor can we find any mention of indulgences, purgatory, infallible popes, or a sacerdotal priesthood. There is an indisputable reason for this. Rather than obeying the exhortation of Jude to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints, the Catholic Church departed from the apostolic faith to follow deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons (Jude 3; 1 Tim. 4:1). Its apostasy was fully documented at the 16th century Council of Trent. It cannot be “the pillar and support of the truth” because it departed from the truth and is not the true church (1 Tim. 3:15).

There Is Only One Door to the True Church

Jesus said, “I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved” (John 10:9). Tragically, most of the 1.3 billion souls in the Roman Catholic Church have instead entered through the wide gate that leads to destruction. They have not heeded the warning of Jesus who said, “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves” (Mat. 7:15). By God’s grace and mercy, there are some Catholics who have responded to the Gospel call with repentance and faith but they cannot stay in the Roman Catholic Church. They will soon find themselves at odds with the deadly errors and idolatry of the apostate religion and come out to worship God in Spirit and Truth (John 4:24).

The Spiritual Promises Given to the True Church

Members of the true church enjoy every spiritual blessing in Christ (Eph. 1:3). These blessings include: the complete forgiveness of sins (Col. 2:13-14), the promise of never being condemned again (Rom. 8:1), the gift of Christ’s righteousness (Rom. 5:17), the assurance of eternal life (John 10:28) and an eternal relationship with God through the one mediator Jesus Christ (1 Tim. 2:5). Members of the Catholic Church do not possess any of these spiritual blessings. Their only hope is to do what the apostle Paul did and exchange their religion for a relationship with the all-sufficient Savior (Phil. 3:3-8).

The Privileges of the True Church

The true church is the bride of Christ, the flock of the Shepherd, the household of faith and the adopted family of God (Rom. 8:15; Eph. 4:12; Gal. 6:10; Rev. 19:7). Its members are a chosen race and a holy nation who have been commissioned to proclaim the excellencies of Christ, who called them out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Pet. 2:9). They have been given the awesome privilege of being ambassadors to the King of kings as His ministers of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-20). They have also been commissioned by the Lord Jesus to make disciples by proclaiming His Gospel (Mat. 28:18-20). Catholics have none of these privileges because they have rejected the true Gospel for another gospel that is hostile to the Lord Jesus.

The Protection of the True Church

The Good Shepherd promised, the gates of hell shall not overpower His church (Mat. 16:18). It is the only church which is certain to endure unto the end. Nothing can destroy it. Its members may be persecuted, oppressed, imprisoned, beaten and martyred, but whenever the church is crushed in one country, it springs up in another. Members of the true church have equal and direct access to the throne of grace through the veil that was torn open at the moment of Christ’s death (Heb. 10:19-22). They are all royal priests who offer “spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Pet. 2:5).

It is my prayer and heart’s desire that Catholics will read this article and turn to the only Head of the true church May God give them humble, teachable spirits to recognize that the god of this world has blinded them from the light of the Gospel and the glory of Christ. The veil of blindness will never be removed until they turn to the Lord Jesus (2 Cor. 3:16).

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/

Israel, Egypt, the United States and the Approaching Apocalypse – By Michael Hile

The Story of Joseph

The story of Joseph in the book of Genesis occupies a significant part of the first book in the Bible and provides the foundation for the birth of the nation of Israel some 430 years after Jacob and his family entered Egypt (Gen. chapters 37-50, Ex. 12:40-41).  After being thrown into a pit by Joseph’s ten brothers and later sold to some Ishmaelites (also Midianites) going to Egypt, Joseph was sold again to “Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh’s, and captain of the guard” (Gen. 37:18-36, 39:1).

While Joseph was enslaved in Egypt, the Lord prospered him, and Potiphar made him “overseer over his house, and all that he had, he put into his hand” (Gen. 39:2-6). For Joseph’s sake, the Lord greatly blessed Potiphar and his house and all that he had in the field.  Through no fault of his own, Joseph was thrown into prison due to false accusations from Potiphar’s wife (Gen. 39:7-20). While Joseph was in prison, the Lord blessed him and helped him interpret the dreams of the chief butler and the chief baker, who had been thrown into the king’s prison, after they had offended Pharaoh (Gen. 39:21-23, 40:1-23).

From Prospering in Prison to Divine Providence with Pharaoh

Two years passed after Joseph’s interpretation of the chief butler’s dream, and one night after going to bed, Pharaoh experienced two vivid dreams that greatly troubled his spirit. So Pharaoh called for his magicians and wise men to see if they could interpret them, but after listening to Pharaoh’s dreams, no one was able to explain their meaning. The chief butler then remembered when Joseph, the Hebrew, had interpreted his dream after he and the chief baker were thrown in prison. Since Joseph’s interpretation of the chief butler’s dream came true, just as Joseph had predicted, the chief butler decided to tell Pharaoh about his dream while in prison with Joseph.

After Pharaoh heard from the chief butler that there was a Hebrew slave who had the ability to interpret dreams, Pharaoh sent for Joseph (Gen. 41:1-13).  Pharaoh’s servants then went to the prison where Joseph was held and brought him out of the dungeon.  Joseph cleaned himself up and changed his clothes. Then Joseph was brought before Pharaoh to see if he could interpret Pharaoh’s dreams (Gen. 41:14). Pharaoh then told Joseph that the magicians and wise men were not able to interpret his dreams, but he had heard that Joseph could interpret dreams.  Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, “It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh an answer of peace.” (Gen. 41:15-16).

After Pharaoh had told Joseph the two dreams (Gen. 41:17-24), Joseph gave God the glory for the interpretation, and then he told their meaning to Pharaoh (Gen. 41:25-32).  Both dreams referred to the same event, and having two dreams meant that the dreams were certain and would happen soon.  The seven fat cows and the seven good ears of corn represented seven good years where Egypt would have an abundance of crops. The seven good years would then be followed by seven bad years of famine where no food would be grown in the land (Gen. 41:26-32).

Joseph’s Advice to Pharaoh

Joseph told Pharaoh to find a prudent and wise man and put him in charge of gathering an abundant supply of food for the next seven years that would help them get through the seven years of famine (Gen. 41:33-36).  Joseph’s interpretation of Pharaoh’s dreams and his advice to Pharaoh “was good in the eyes of Pharaoh and in the eyes of all his servants,” and Pharaoh said:  “Can we find such a one as this, a man in whom is the Spirit of God” (Gen. 41:37-38)?  Pharaoh then told Joseph:  “Inasmuch as God has shown you all this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you. You shall be over my house, and all my people shall be ruled according to your word; only in regard to the throne will I be greater than you” (Gen. 41:39-41).

Then Pharaoh took off his ring and put it upon Joseph’s hand, had him arrayed in fine linen and put a gold chain about his neck.  Joseph then rode in the second chariot behind Pharaoh, and was made “ruler over all the land of Egypt” (Gen. 41:42-46). So Joseph was put in charge of setting up a program to store up food for the next seven years, so the land of Egypt would be prepared when the seven years of famine arrived (Gen. 41:46-49).

After Pharaoh promoted Joseph to second in command in Egypt and gave him authority over the agricultural crops, in order to prepare for the seven years of famine that was coming in the future, Joseph put in place a program that required all farmers to give one fifth (20%) of their crops to Pharaoh (Gen. 41:33-46).  With God’s blessings, the crops were overly productive, and the Egyptians had a substantial amount of food grown during the seven years of plenty (Gen. 41:47-49).

Are Pharaoh’s Dreams a Picture of the Coming 70th Week of Daniel?

Are the seven years of plenty that the Egyptians enjoyed, before the seven years of famine decimated their crops, a harbinger of the time that will precede the future, seven-year tribulation period (Daniel’s 70th week)?  Are we in transition between “the sevens” like Egypt experienced?  To put it another way; will the world enjoy a time of wealth and prosperity just before the future, seven-year tribulation that will be comparable in some ways to the abundance experienced by the Egyptians before the seven years of famine overtook their land?

Although we are not currently experiencing a seven-year time cycle like God revealed to Joseph through Pharaoh’s dreams, the world has enjoyed increasing prosperity for over seventy years, since Israel became a nation in 1948 and Jerusalem was seized from Jordan in 1967.  Perhaps the “peace” and “prosperity” of the United States, which greatly affects the whole world, has been a direct result of heeding the Psalmist: “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: ‘May they prosper who love you. Peace be within your walls, Prosperity within your palaces’ ” (Psalm 122:6-7).

After coming out of the Great Depression during the decade of the 1930s, the United States rebounded and had a strong economy during World War II (1939-1945), which saw three years of double-digit growth.  Following three years of recession at the end of WWII (1945-1947), the United States began to recover economically in 1948 with over 4% GDP (Gross Domestic Product) that year.  Today, the world economy consists of 193 national economies, with the United States being the largest (GDP: $21.43 trillion). [1]

The total world GDP for the year 2019 was nearly $88 trillion ($87.80). The United States and China alone control over one-third (40.75%) of the total world GDP ($35.77 trillion). [2]   Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many small businesses, local governments, churches, institutions and organizations were coerced by governors, mayors and other governmental leaders to close or greatly limit their operation. With all of the many closings and restrictions adversely affecting the global economy (GDP), what long-term effects will these economic, religious, educational and social disruptions have on society?

Before Covid-19, the global economy was at $88 trillion.  The projected global growth from the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) World Economic Outlook was (- 4.9%) for 2020, with many of the world’s biggest economies in recession. “In 2021, global growth is projected at 5.4 percent. Overall, this would leave 2021 GDP some 6½ percentage points lower than in the pre-COVID-19 projections of January 2020.” [3] The economic damage from Covid-19 for businesses and their employees will have serious repercussions for years to come.

Will a Time of Prosperity Precede Daniel’s 70th week?

Is the world beginning to transition from the “good times,” relatively speaking, where we experienced a record breaking period of growth and  prosperity in the United States, Israel and throughout the world to the “bad times,” which will usher in a global, totalitarian government with a surveillance society and a closely monitored, digital currency?  Are the prophetic scriptures in the Bible aligning as the prophets predicted (Dan. 12:4, 9-10)?

For some time, international bureaucrats have been positioning themselves (The Great Reset) to install a “one world government” with open borders, restrictions on buying and selling (trade), limitations on travel, curbs on free speech and religious liberty, restrictions on the right to own and bear arms, future, quantum dot vaccinations and other nefarious activities.

How close are we to some of the apocalyptic events described in the books of Daniel and Revelation that will one day catch the world off guard, like a trap that closes quickly on its unsuspecting prey (Luke 21:28-36, Rev. 3:3, 10-11)?  What does today’s prosperity have to do with the future, seven-year tribulation (Daniel’s 70th Week)?  How does the seven years of prosperity experienced in Egypt over 3,500 years ago, during the days of Joseph and Pharaoh, relate to the seventy plus years of prosperity we have enjoyed since the end of World War II?

Just as God prospered Egypt because of Joseph, Jacob (Israel) and the children of Israel and for “blessing” the future descendants of Abraham (Gen. 12:1-3), the Lord has prospered the United States because of her “blessings” to Israel (Gen. 12:1-3). The many “blessings” bestowed upon the nation of Israel in recent years by the United States, including recognizing Jerusalem as the Capitol of Israel and moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, has not been forgotten by the Creator of the universe Who watches over Israel (Psalm 121:1-8).

I will lift up my eyes to the hills—From whence comes my help?  My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth…Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep” (Psalm 121:1-4).

The prosperity of the world’s major superpower, the United States (like Egypt during Joseph’s days), combined with the economic prosperity of the rest of the world, from the middle of the last century up through recent years, reveals that the world has experienced (and is still experiencing) a time of wealth and prosperity that greatly exceeds the seven good years that came before the seven bad years during the days of Joseph’s reign in Egypt.

As the prosperity of the world today is much greater than the prosperity the Egyptians experienced, the future, seven-year tribulation period will be worldwide and much greater in scope and severity than the seven-year famine the Egyptians suffered through. The “great tribulation” (last half) will be a time such as the world has never experienced “since the beginning of the world,” with “men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth…” (Matt. 24:21-22, Luke 21:25-26, 35-36, Rev. 3:10, 6:1-19:21).

The Generation of His Coming

The Lord told His apostles, as recorded in Acts 1:6-7, that it was not for them “…to know the times or the seasons…” for the restoration of the kingdom to Israel. The mystery of “the times and seasons” of the kingdom’s restoration to Israel was not for the apostles to know, but it was to be concealed and later revealed to a future generation that Jesus described in “the parable of the fig tree” (Matt. 24:32-34, Mark 13: 28-30, Luke 21:29-32).

The official return to life of the fig tree (the nation of Israel) took place when Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion proclaimed Israel’s Independence “on May 14, 1948, in Tel Aviv on behalf of the Provisional Government of Israel.” [4]   Israel’s rebirth as a nation (Isaiah 66:8-10) is linked directly with the generation (Luke 21:28-36) that will witness the second coming of Christ back to earth.

The specific generation Christ was talking about, that “will not pass away” until after the kingdom of God is established on earth, is alive today and is currently between 70 and 80 years of age.  Since the rapture of the saints, the seven-year tribulation period (Daniel’s 70th Week) and Christ’s physical return back to earth must all take place before the generation Christ was talking about dies off, we must be getting close to the inception (beginning) of these three events. That is because the generation that began (was born) when Israel became a nation over 70 years ago, is rapidly approaching the final years of its existence and will soon “pass away” (Matt. 24:33-34).

The Times and Seasons of His Coming

The “Day of the Lord” will begin when the words “peace and security” and “peace and safety” are commonplace among the global elite (1 Thess. 5:1-3). Use of the specific words “peace, security and safety,” both oral and written, in speeches, treaties and negotiations by world leaders and the global media, in reference to the Middle East peace process, has increased in recent years with “many” new participants seeking peace (Dan. 9:27).

“Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you.  For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.  While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape” (1 Thess. 5:1-3). ESV

This “last days” prophecy about “peace and security,” given by the Apostle Paul nearly 2000 years ago, uniquely fits today’s scenario that has been slowly unfolding with the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian peace process. The “times and seasons” of the rapture (catching up) of the “bride of Christ” is a mystery (1 Cor. 15:51-52) that is linked with the scriptures about “peace and security” and the “day of the Lord,” almost as if they are contiguous or will occur at approximately the same time.

”For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.  Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words” (1 Thess. 4:16-18). ESV

The timing of the rapture, also called the “blessed hope” in Titus 2:13, will be as “a thief in the night” to those not watching, but “the times and seasons” of the rapture will not be a surprise to those who are looking for His return (1 Thess. 5:4-6, Matt. 25:1-13, Luke 21:34-36, Rev. 3:3). Are you watching the many “signs” heralding Christ’s soon return, as we begin to “see the day approaching” (Heb. 10:25, Eph. 4:30, Luke 21:28)?

Prepare for Lift Off

With many prophecies, that will be fulfilled during the future, seven-year tribulation period (Day of the Lord), beginning to converge on the world stage and cast their shadows backward into today’s headlines, are we beginning to transition from a time of unparalleled prosperity to a time of declining affluence, where fresh food and water will become scarce (dearth), and the events of Daniel’s 70th week begin to unfold (Dan. 9:27, Rev. 6:1-8)?

When Jesus Christ returns “in the air” for His saints “at his appearing,” make sure you have already made your reservation to go to Heaven and are following the Lord’s plan for your life (John 14:1-3; Acts 1:9-11; 2 Tim. 4:1, 8; Titus 2:11-13;  Heb. 9:28).  Before His wrath is poured out on this wicked and God rejecting world (John 1:11), make “your calling and election sure” (1 Thess. 1:10, 5:4-11, 2 Peter 1:10-11, 1 Cor. 15:51-58).

“But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man” (Luke 21:34-36).

Whatever your priorities in this life may be, reevaluate them now, and make sure God is at the top of your priority list. The things of this world will not matter one minute after the “trumpet” blows, and the bride of Christ is removed, “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye,” to meet the Lord in the air (1 Cor. 15:51-58, 1 Thess. 4:16-17, James 4:4, 1 John 2:15-18).  The “Day of the Lord” will be a time when literally, “all hell breaks loose” on the earth (Rev. 9:1-21).  Don’t be one of the many unfortunate souls who ignore the “signs” and will be left behind!

“It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31).

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Endnotes

[1]   GDP (current US$), World Bank national accounts data, and OECD National Accounts data files, Year 2019,  https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/NY.GDP.MKTP.CD?most_recent_value_desc=true

[2]   Ibid.

[3]   World Economic Outlook Update, January 2021: Policy Support and Vaccines Expected to Lift Activity,   https://www.imf.org/en/Publications/WEO, January 20, 2021

[4]   Israel’s Declaration of Independence — May 14, 1948, https://www.timesofisrael.com/israels-declaration-of-independence-may-14-1948/

(Unless otherwise noted, scriptures are from the New King James Version (NKJV).

The Coming Calm – By Ed Wood

Hidden in Plain Sight

Ever read something more times than you can count and still not have it totally sink in? Consider this:

Luke {12:40} Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not. [Jesus is the speaker.]

Matthew {24:36-39} But of that day and hour knoweth no [man,] no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noe [were,] so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,  And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. [Jesus is the speaker.]

From this we see that Jesus’ return will be unexpected. That’s certainly clear enough, isn’t it? But all these years, I believe I missed a significant aspect of what the Lord was trying to convey. As a result, I always figured he would come back in the midst of a really bad time – perhaps during a year of major natural disasters or one of an unusual level of human conflict of some kind, such as during the Gulf wars. Of course, he still could, but recently I’ve begun to think that it might be more likely he’ll return in a time of relative calm.

Or, perhaps it would be more accurate to call it a time of “apparent calm” only.

What is meant here is a time when things are seeming to be relatively tranquil on the surface but quite the opposite underneath. Think of it as the iceberg effect – it’s what’s under the surface that’s more likely to cause a shipwreck than the 10% sticking above the water. Think of it as a case where ignorance it not bliss and what you don’t know can hurt you!

Happy Days are (Almost) Here Again . . . or Are They?

Let’s take a look at the world of March 2021, the time this article was written.

The most obvious sign that we may be finally coming out of the very dark tunnel of Covid-19 which has cost many lives, livelihoods, and, worst of all, individual freedoms in nations that were considered democracies up until now. Maybe they still are, but in my mind, when any country or state is ruled by “Executive Orders” which have short-circuited their normal systems of checks and balances, they don’t seem much different than societies where autocratic rule has been Standard Operating Procedure all along.

With the advent of several vaccines in the past few weeks which are reportedly effective in reducing the transmission and symptoms of Covid, there is now gradual reduction in the restrictions that were placed on the people of the United States and other nations. Doing a quick Web search will give you plenty of examples too numerous to mention here.

Even President Biden alludes to a more “normal” time by July 4th of this year. In addition to his more hopeful pronouncements, there has been the passage of another economic package of direct cash to individuals, state and businesses which has no doubt lifted some of the gloom. Restaurants, hotels, theme parks and travel-based businesses are looking for a return to normalcy

I think this is all just the tip of that iceberg. Let’s see some of what’s lurking beneath the waves.

The Underlying Darkness

False Prophets

Matthew  {24:11} And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. [Jesus is the speaker.]

We are all aware of blatantly false prophets such as Joseph Smith, Sun Myung Moon, and Jim Jones but the most insidious of these are the ones who purport to be Christians and then deny the teaching and the authority of the Bible in the same breath. Perhaps the most prominent of all these days is Pope Francis’ recent pronouncements, two of which go in direct opposition to what the Bible teaches regarding belief in Jesus as the only means of salvation and human sexuality. So “over the top” have been his statements that even other prominent Roman Catholics have called him to task for them.

The pope is not the only one “going soft” on a lifestyle clearly denounced by not only the Bible but human physiology itself. Acceptance of this deviant sexual behavior is now growing across the world. Recently, he did say that the church would not bless same-sex marriages because it was “sinful.” Seems to me he can’t have it both ways.

Let’s see how this all ties in to our next topic.

Jesus said the last days would be like those of Noah and Lot.

Luke {17:26-30} And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed [them] all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. [Jesus is the speaker.]

What do we know about Noah’s era? Well, for one, we know that it was a time when the growth of evil on Earth was so bad that the only remedy left was for God to wash it all away and start over.

Genesis {6:11-13} The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.

And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

Lot’s environment was more localized, but it, too, was so bad that it was necessary for God to totally destroy it (Genesis 18:16-19:23). It appears that among its many sins, the acceptance of homosexuality was particularly rampant and that conclusion can be inferred from these three passages:

Genesis {19:4-5} But before they lay down, the men of the city, [even] the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter: And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where [are] the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them. [The term “know” here refers to having sex with Lot’s visitors.]

Deuteronomy{23:17} There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel.

1 Kings {14:24} And there were also sodomites in the land: [and] they did according to all the abominations of the nations which the LORD cast out before the children of Israel. 

Racial and Ethnic Strife

Matthew {24:7-10} For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these [are] the beginning of sorrows.  Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. [Jesus is the speaker.]

The passage above applies not only to nations warring against nations, but includes increasing tensions between different ethnic groups. In America alone, racial tensions have reached the boiling point with rioting in the streets of many of our cities, the likes of which we haven’t seen since the 1960’s. To be fair, many of the grievances have merit and the United States has certainly not become the kind of society where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s  hope of a person being  judged by the content of his or her character rather than the color of his or her skin has come to pass.

In this era of Covid, Asians also have often been targets of attacks simply because the evidence is that this disease had its origins in China. Jews have also found incidents of anti-Semitism increasing not only in America, but across the world. the examples of racial hostility certainly don’t end here and tragically, it is an aspect of  something Jesus said would come to pass in the “beginning of sorrows” period which will precede the Tribulation:

Matthew{24:12} And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. [Jesus is the speaker.]

This “dehumanizing” of humanity as it increasingly turns away from God is likewise addressed by Paul:

2 Timothy {3:2-5} For men shall be lovers of their own  selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

Middle East Peace

After deciding to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, the Trump administration made unprecedented moves in the Middle East which have brought about a major thawing of the icy relations between Israel and its neighbors which are continuing today. Of course, Mr. Trump got little credit for it in the media. Nevertheless as a direct result of those efforts it appears that some of the Arab nations are becoming more receptive to the idea of a new Jewish Temple on the temple mount where the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa mosque currently reside. The prophetical significance of these developments are monumental, as we shall see next.

Daniel {9:27} And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make [it] desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

This requires a place for the offerings to be presented, most likely a rebuilt Jewish temple. Also notice that the peace and safety mentioned above won’t last because the Antichrist who initially “confirms” what might very well be a comprehensive Middle East Peace Treaty will break this accord half-way into its seven-year tenure.

We’ve now seen that what was once completely dismissed as impossible concerning a time of peace and the construction of a new temple is now more likely than ever. In fact, I believe both are a certainty, based on the Daniel passage above. There will be a comprehensive peace treaty and enough of the temple rebuilt to permit the restoration of the Mosaic sacrifices once again, all of which will be enabled and then scuttled by the world’s last and worst dictator.

Conclusion

At the time of this writing, it seems like a period of relative normalcy will soon ensue. Of course, Covid-19 could flare up again in the wake of loosening restrictions, but if the vaccines work as well as they are supposed to, it should only be a temporary setback. It’s also possible that some other emergency, either real or contrived, could drop in on us unexpectedly as well. Nevertheless, I think it is more likely than not that we’ll soon be entering a time analogous to one experienced when a hurricane makes a direct hit. There is first a gradual intensification as it approaches until the winds and rains are raging, then a precipitous drop-off as the eye passes over, followed by a return of storm conditions on the other side.

The Covid crisis has certainly given us the strong winds of the storm that I believe is already here. It’s subsequent diminishing may represent a short time of relative calm within its eye to be precipitously followed by even worse conditions on the other side, perhaps the start of the Tribulation, which in turn may be triggered by the sudden disappearance of millions instantly and inexplicably from the face of the Earth in the Rapture.

The “Coming Calm” may soon be here.

1 Thessalonians {5:1-6} 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. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as [do] others; but let us watch and be sober.

References

 

Travel industry gearing up.

https://www.politico.com/newsletters/morning-transportation/2020/05/05/hopeful-travel-industry-planning-for-return-787342

Pope Francis’ heretical views.

https://www.newsweek.com/archbishop-accuses-pope-heresy-over-legitimization-homosexuality1521825 : Archbishop Accuses Pope of Heresy Over ‘Legitimization of Homosexuality’

https://www.newsweek.com/pope-francis-denounced-heretic-and-accused-1412580 : Pope is a Heretic Because of Views on Homosexuality and Abortion, Catholic Group Says

Homosexuality gaining acceptance.

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-countries/articles/2020-06-25/lgbtq-acceptance-growing-in-us-and-other-countries-over-time

Racism.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/02/25/asian-hate-crime-attack-patrol/?arc404=true :Anti-Asian attacks: Chinatown patrols, guns and racial strife

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_incidents_of_civil_unrest_in_the_United_States: List of incidents of civil unrest in the United States

Seismic and volcanic activity increasing.

https://www.israel365news.com/187985/2021-on-track-to-become-record-breaking-year-of-major-earthquakes-volcanoes/: 2021 ON TRACK TO BECOME RECORD-BREAKING YEAR OF MAJOR EARTHQUAKES, VOLCANOES

Extreme weather.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/winter-storm-weather-live-updates-2-18-2021 LIVE UPDATES: Texas reeling from extreme winter weather as another major storm heads east

Tropical Cyclone Niran rapidly intensifies to Cat 5 in South Pacific

Persecution of Christians and the ADF which defends their rights.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/13/christian-persecution-rises-as-people-refused-aid-in-covid-crisis-report: Christian persecution rises as people refused aid in Covid crisis – report

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alliance_Defending_Freedom : An organization which defends Christians  to freely proclaim and live out their beliefs.

Middle East Peace

https://nypost.com/2020/08/13/trump-announces-peace-deal-between-israel-united-arab-emirates/

A Message from Franklin Graham

When the survival of King Jehoshaphat’s nation was at stake and his people were in danger from their enemies, he called for a fast. The people sought the Lord and His help—and He delivered them. Today, our nation is at a critical juncture. We need to call out to God for His help, His intervention, and His mercy. It is only by His hand that America will survive and be able to thrive again. We have an election coming up with so much at stake—two vastly different directions for the future of this country. This not only affects us, but our children and our grandchildren.

“And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. So Judah gathered together to ask help from the Lord; and from all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord” (2 Chronicles 20:3-4).

I am urging followers of Jesus Christ to fast and to pray for our nation next SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25. Mark it on your calendars and prepare now. I hope individuals, families, and churches will join me in asking for the Lord’s help and for His will to be done in this critical election. Will you?

Do You Choose Liberty Or Tyranny? By Mark Levin

For most of us there are few if any opportunities to demonstrate our devotion to this great nation. Those among us who join the military or law enforcement to protect us from foes foreign and domestic are small in number. Yet we have the power to determine our own fate, and the fate of our nation by the simple act of voting. And in a precious few days, we, the people, will decide for ourselves, our progeny, and for the rest of time if America will remain a vibrant and free Constitutional Republic the likes of which the world has never known or whether America will become just another nation in decline, going the way of Athens or Rome, but in a shorter time.

This election will decide — WE will decide — if we wish to live in freedom or tyranny, in sunlight or darkness, in prosperity or poverty. The choice could not be starker, and the choice is ours. We must ask ourselves, what will our children and grandchildren think of us? How will history judge us? What would our ancestors say of us if we so casually, and without duress, turn aside mankind’s greatest achievement and vote for a thousand years of decline, gloom, and doom?

Each successive generation must commit to ensuring that the next generation lives free. We must reflect on the selflessness with which Americans have sacrificed and died on battlefields throughout the world and in our own revolutionary and civil wars so that we might appreciate what we have inherited, a country in which we live and flourish and a civil and open society.

As I explained in Liberty And Tyranny too often liberty’s permeance makes its manifestations elusive or invisible to those born into it. Even if liberty is acknowledged, it is often taken for granted and its permanence assumed. Under these conditions, the Statist’s agenda, that is the Democratic Party’s diabolical plans can be alluring.

It is not recognized as an increasingly corrosive threat to liberty, but rather coexisting with it. But all liberty-loving citizens should know better, and be alarmed by the ascent of tyranny, not only in the Democrat Party but throughout the culture. Nor should we be confused or taken by the various nomenclatures designed by the Democrat Party to deceive us into believing that their movement is some kind of a Peoples’ Movement, such as Democratic Socialism. Like all such movements, they ultimately rely on the iron fist to control the people, not serve them.

As I have noted before, the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee, Joe Biden, has perfected the politics of deceit and manipulation, veils his pursuits in moral indignation, intoning in high dudgeon the injustices and inequities of liberty and life itself for which only he and his party can provide justice and bring a righteous resolution. And when the resolution proves elusive, as it has during his forty-seven-year political career, he demands ever more political authority to wring out the imperfections in mankind’s existence. Hence his 110-page Marxist manifesto.

Unconstrained by constitutional prohibitions, what is left but Biden’s own moral compass which has already led him astray? He is never circumspect about his own shortcomings. Failure is not a product of his beliefs but merely want of power and resources. Thus are born endless rationalizations for seizing ever-more governmental authority. So the Democrat Party’s intention to destroy the Supreme Court by packing it with kindred ideologues, the expansion of the US Senate to create a super-majority one-party Democrat rule, the elimination of the filibuster rule to crush any opposition to the Democrat Party’s lawmaking agenda, and the elimination of the Electoral College in order to prevent millions of Americans outside of the big cities and most populated states from participating in the electoral and governing system, thereby ensuring Democrat Party dominance for decades. In short, the fundamental transformation of America from a Constitutional Republic to a Democrat Party leviathan.

We must never accede to the terms of our economic and political surrender and servitude. We must never abandon our children and grandchildren to a dark and bleak future. We must never accept a fate that is alien to the legacy we have inherited from our ancestors. We must never accept social engineering from politicians and bureaucrats who treat us like lab rats, rather than self-sufficient human beings. For those who choose tyranny over liberty and vote for Joe Biden and the Democrat Party, they do not speak for the tens of millions of us who revere the principles undergirding our society and appreciate the fruits of our economic system. Nor do they get to dictate the terms of our existence as they contort the Constitution and the Law to accommodate their political ends. We must not be compliant to their demands and designs. We must vote. Vote for President Trump and the Republicans and rally our families, friends, and coworkers and neighbors to vote for President Trump and the Republicans. And we must — like our forefathers who founded this magnificent country — become active in our own survival.

If you agree with these words, please consider making copies of this essay, written in the early hours of this morning, and consider sharing it with family, friends, coworkers and neighbors.

Suddenly – In the Twinkling of An Eye! By Jan Markell

“For you yourselves know that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. While they are saying, ‘Peace and safety!’, then sudden destruction will come upon them like labor pains upon a women with child, and they will not escape.” I Thessalonians 5:2-3

 

Last days’ events happen quickly. Even suddenly. The word “quickly” (Greek word: tachos) is used eight times in Revelation. Think of an automobile tachometer which measures the working speed of an engine typically in revolutions per minute. And it revs up.

We often see sudden destruction falling upon the wicked in the Bible. The unrepentant living during Noah’s time, experienced a sudden and catastrophic flood (Gen. 6-9). They had 120 years to repent as Noah preached to them, but they chose to ignore him and judgment suddenly fell (Gen. 6:3-7).

Have you noticed that in 2020, everything has happened suddenly?

  • Our fairly ordinary world suddenly vanished.
  • Stores sold out
  • Fear gripped America—and the world—suddenly
  • People were ordered tosuddenly totally change their lifestyles.
  • People lost businesses of a lifetime
  • A U.S. President went from popular to “the cause of it all”
  • Reality became surreal suddenly.
  • Cities turned into ghost towns
  • Mankind became lovers of self, treacherous, and without self-control
  • Cries for global government transpired suddenly,as only a one-world system could slow down the wreckage.
  • Virtual became the new way of doing all things
  • The U.S. economy went from best ever to horrible suddenly.
  • Church went from essential to irrelevant in the eyes of the world
  • Hollywood suddenlystopped making sick movies as theaters suddenly
  • Order turned to chaos suddenlywith racial tension.
  • That tension suddenly turnedto lawlessness.
  • Lawlessness turned to anarchy
  • The cry for police protection suddenly turnedto “abolish the police.”
  • Common sense simply turned suddenly to strong delusion.

Is there a message in all of this? Something else will happen suddenly—the Rapture of the Church. It will take place in the twinkling of an eye . That is so fast it can hardly even be measured.

When God begins to move, He doesn’t waste a moment. But He does take time to warn before He judges. And He seems to be telling us that things are going to change for Eternity suddenly via the Rapture of the Church.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE in Prophecy – By Bill Salus

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE in ProphecyBy Bill Salus “Saudi Arabia Opens Airspace to Israel” (NYT – 9/2/20)

“After UAE, Bahrain deals signed, Trump says 7-9 countries seek peace with Israel”

“Soon after historic Abraham Accords ceremony at the White House, US president includes Saudi Arabia among those nations also now ready to normalize ties with Jewish state.” (Times of Israel – 9/15/20)

            Saudi Arabia is back in the news again and that has some Bible prophecy pundits warning that a 2600-year old biblical prediction could be about to happen! In one of his most detailed apocalyptic writings, the prophet Ezekiel identifies the nation of Saudi Arabia in his 38th chapter.

This ancient prophecy informs of a forthcoming massive invasion of Israel in the last days. It identifies an invading coalition that appears to be led by Russia and includes Turkey, Iran and nine populations in total.

In addition to this intimidating list of invaders, Ezekiel identifies a group of nations that appear to be contesting the evil intentions of this coalition. The verse below explains the sinister motives of the invaders and identifies the concerned protesters.

Sheba, Dedan, the merchants of Tarshish, and all their young lions will say to you, ‘Have you come to take plunder? Have you, (Russia), gathered your (coalition) army to take booty, to carry away silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods, to take great plunder?’” (Ezekiel 38:13, NKJV; emphasis added)

This passage identifies Saudi Arabia under the banner of Dedan. The Saudis are assembled alongside Sheba, (Yemen), Tarshish, (UK), and their Young Lions, (USA, and maybe Canada and Australia). This grouping of countries appear to be actively protesting, rather than militarily preventing this invasion of Israel.

The concerns of these sideline spectators are lodged in several questions, which help us to recognize that the primary goal of these invaders is to conquer Israel for their own capital gains. These belligerents intend to seize control over all aspects of Israel’s economy.

Due to the budding relationships between Russia, Turkey and Iran, several Bible prophecy teachers believe that Ezekiel 38 could be the next event to find fulfillment on the end times prophetic calendar. But is it?

Saudi Arabia is actually identified in at least four unfulfilled prophecies and when they are laid out sequentially, it turns out that Ezekiel 38:13 is seemingly the last of the four to find fulfillment. In addition to Ezekiel 38, Saudi Arabia, as Dedan, is the subject of biblical predictions in Jeremiah 49 and Ezekiel 25. Moreover, the Saudis appear to be represented as the Ishmaelites in the 3000-year old prophecy foretold in Psalm 83.         These prophecies will be presented in their apparent chronological order, but beforehand it is important to connect the ancient territory of Dedan and the Ishmaelite peoples of the past with modern-day Saudi Arabia.

Where is Dedan?

 Historic Mideast maps locate Dedan in Northwestern Saudi Arabia. Some Bible scholars, such as Gary Stearman of Prophecy Watchers,[i] suggest that in the Old Testament, Dedan might even extend beyond Saudi Arabia to also include the modern-day Gulf Cooperation Council, (GCC), countries of Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain and the UAE. If Dedan represents the entirety of the GCC Arab states, this could be prophetically relevant in light of recent events.

Israel signs accords with United Arab Emirates and Bahrain at White House ceremony” (USA Today – 9/15/20)

Presently, the UAE and Bahrain are in the process of normalizing national relations with Israel as part of the “Peace to Prosperity” aspect of Donald Trump’s, “Deal of the Century” Mideast peace plan. This economic part of Trump’s plan was introduced by White House adviser Jared Kushner in Bahrain on June 25, 2019.

“In Bahrain, U.S. Tries to Promote Mideast Peace Through Prosperity” (NY Times – 6/25/19)

In the process of achieving peace with the UAE and Bahrain, which are two Arab nations that never posed a real threat to the Jewish state, Israel has agreed to temporarily postpone its plans to annex territory in the West Bank. The annexation of this land was part of the political aspect of Trump’s Mideast peace plan.

“UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan: “I thank Netanyahu for choosing to stop annexation of Palestinian land.”” (Times of Israel – 9/15/20)

It’s interesting to note that UAE’s Foreign Minister considers the territory in question “Palestinian land.” In the cosmic CHESS MATCH between good and evil, it appears that evil moved two PAWNS, the UAE and Bahrain, forward and successfully put Israel into CHECK when it comes to the “Chosen People” expanding further into the “Promised Land.” How this newly formed alignment between Israel, the UAE and Bahrain may have prophetic implications will be explored near the end of this article.

Whether or not Dedan includes all of the GCC countries, most biblical scholars would agree that at least it identifies Saudi Arabia.

Who are the Ishmaelites?

Some suggest that Ishmael, the patriarch of the Ishmaelites, was the father of the Arabs and that he settled in Arabia. Ancient Arabia is now often alluded to as the Arabian Peninsula, and it is mostly encompassed by Saudi Arabia. The map and quote below it, reinforces these understandings.

The Book of Genesis and Islamic traditions consider Ishmael to be the ancestor of the Ishmaelites/Arabians and patriarch of Qaydār. According to Muslim tradition, Ishmael the Patriarch and his mother Hagar are buried next to the Kaaba in Mecca… Ishmael is recognized as an important prophet and patriarch of Islam. Muslims believe that Ishmael was the firstborn of Abraham, born to him from his wife Sarah’s slave, Hagar. Ishmael is recognized by Muslims as the ancestor of several prominent Arab tribes and the forefather of Muhammad.”[ii]

The Four Unfulfilled Saudi Arabia Bible Prophecies

SAUDI PROPHECY #1

Flee, turn back, dwell in the depths, O inhabitants of Dedan! For I will bring the calamity of Esau upon him, The time that I will punish him.” (Jeremiah 49:8)

This often-overlooked Jeremiah foretelling concerning Dedan was penned approximately two decades prior to Ezekiel’s issuance of his 38th chapter. Jeremiah issues a stern admonition to the inhabitants dwelling in Dedan to,  “Flee, turn back, dwell in the depths.” This forewarning is given because “the calamity of Esau” is coming.

Apparently, when this future prediction happens, the Saudis will have joined forces with Esau’s descendants, and in so doing, will become positioned in the line of fire. The Lord is going to punish Esau severely, and for Saudi Arabia’s own protection, Jeremiah warns them to flee and turn back to the depths of their homeland. This infers that at the time of Esau’s calamity, that Saudi armed forces are involved in a military operation that is taking place on foreign soil.

The fifty-million-dollar question is, “what is Esau’s Calamity?” This topic will be addressed further down in this article, but beforehand it’s important to note what Jeremiah says happens to Esau’s neighbors as a result of the calamity.

And he, (Esau), shall not be able to hide himself. His descendants, (the Edomites), are plundered, His brethren and his neighbors, And he is no more. (Jer. 49:9–10, NKJV; emphasis added)

Esau’s neighbors are plundered. This would include Saudi Arabia, if they don’t heed the warning to, “flee, turn back, dwell in the depths.” In other words, back off and go back home or else be plundered alongside of Esau’s descendants.

SAUDI PROPHECY #2

“‘Thus says the Lord God: “Because of what (the) Edom(ites) did against the house of Judah (Israelis) by taking vengeance, and has greatly offended by avenging itself on them,” therefore thus says the Lord God: “I will also stretch out My hand against Edom, cut off man and beast from it, and make it desolate from Teman; Dedan shall fall by the sword. I will lay My vengeance on Edom by the hand of My people Israel, that they may do in Edom according to My anger and according to My fury; and they shall know My vengeance,” says the Lord God.” (Ezekiel 25:12-14, NKJV; emphasis added)

About two decades after Jeremiah pens his warning for the Saudis to disengage from their alignment with Esau, Ezekiel prophesies that the Saudis will fail to do so. As such, “Dedan shall fall by the sword.” In the Bible, “the sword” is often used as a typology for a war. Thus, this identifies the Saudis as one of the neighbors that get plundered in the related war when Esau’s Calamity comes.

This Ezekiel passage also explains why Esau’s Calamity comes and how this calamitous campaign is carried out. The Edomite descendants of Esau will be guilty of attempting to bring harm against the Jews, and in retaliation, the Lord will empower the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) to execute His anger, fury and vengeance.

This curse for curse in kind response comes directly out of the Genesis 12:3 playbook. This verse represents God’s foreign policy to the Gentile nations. Those countries that do good to Israel will be blessed, but those that do harm will be cursed. The Edomites seek to harm the Jews, so in turn, God lifts up the IDF to eliminate all of Esau’s descendants! Yes, I said ELIMINATE ESAU’S DESCENDANTS. The prophet Obadiah foretells it this way:

““The house of Jacob, (the IDF), shall be a fire, And the house of Joseph, (the IDF), a flame; But the house of Esau shall be stubble; They shall kindle them and devour them, And no survivor, (descendant), shall remain of the house of Esau,” For the Lord has spoken.” (Obadiah 1:18, NKJV; emphasis added)

Understanding the size and scope of Esau’s calamity, it’s understandable why Jeremiah previously warns the Saudis to back off and go back home before this war happens.

SAUDI PROPHECY #3 

They have said, “Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, That the name of Israel may be remembered no more.” For they have consulted together with one consent; They form a confederacy against You:  The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites; Moab and the Hagrites;  Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek; Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre;  Assyria also has joined with them; They have helped the children of Lot. Selah” (Psalm 83:4-8)

Saudi Arabia’s third unfulfilled prophecy is encapsulated in Psalm 83. I have covered Psalm 83 extensively in my book and associated DVD entitled, Psalm 83: The Missing Prophecy Revealed, How Israel Becomes the Next Mideast Superpower. In those prior works, I explain the connections between the three Saudi prophecies identified thus far.

ESAU’S CALAMITY

In my book I explain how Esau’s Calamity is described in Psalm 83 and the related peripheral prophecies provided below. This is not an exhaustive list; all told there are nearly 150 verses that chronicle this calamitous event. Within these passages we find out that the IDF is God’s tool to defend Israel when these prophecies happen.

  • Psalm 83:1-18………………………………….                (18 verses)
  • Jeremiah 49:1-29, 12:14-17………………….             (32 verses)
  • Ezekiel 25:12-17, 28:24-26, 35:1-36:7, 37:10       (32 verses)
  • Isaiah 17:1-14, 19:1-18, 11:14……………….              (35 verses)
  • Obadiah 1:1-21…………………………………                (21 verses)
  • Zephaniah 2:4-11………………………………               (8 verses)
  • Zechariah 12:2, 5-6……………………………              (3 verses)

So who are Esau’s descendants today? They are the “Tents of Edom” in Psalm 83:6. Esau fathered the Edomites as per Genesis 36:1. In my Psalm 83 book I point out that the Edomites have an ethnical representation within the Palestinians. Not all Palestinians have an Edomite heritage, but many of them do.

The fact that they are identified as the “Tents of Edom,” infers that at the time of Esau’s Calamity, they are classified as refugees. In the Bible the “tents of” typically represents either military encampments or refugee scenarios. I believe that the Psalm describes the Palestinian refugees of today.

These Edomites are enjoined in the ten-member confederacy of Psalm 83:6-8 that wants to destroy Israel in Psalm 83:5. Below is a map that identifies the modern-day equivalents of these ancient populations. Observe that Saudi Arabia is included.

 

SAUDI PROPHECY #4

This fourth Saudi prophecy takes us back to the top of the article and Ezekiel 38:13. If the sequence of prophetic events presented thus far is correct, then by this future time Saudi Arabia has been plundered severely with the Palestinian refugees and their Psalm 83:6-8 confederacy.

Apparently, after being plundered, the Saudis decide to align themselves with the protesters, rather than the invaders in Ezekiel 38. Perhaps at this future point, when there is no further Palestinian plight to banner, the Saudis will abandon their Arab (Saudi) Peace Initiative in favor of normalized relations with Israel.

The Prophetic Implications of Israel’s peace with Bahrain and the UAE

If the first two prophecies about Dedan extend beyond Saudi Arabia to also include Bahrain and the UAE, then this current peace will be temporary. Those two predictions point out that Dedan gets plundered at the time of Esau’s Calamity. The IDF wouldn’t plunder Bahrain or the UAE if these peace deals were still in place.

However, there is another possible prophetic scenario to watch for that might include Bahrain and the UAE. Jeremiah 49:34-39 informs of an end times war with Iran. I write about this war in my book entitled, “Nuclear Showdown in Iran, Revealing the Ancient Prophecy of Elam.”

In a nutshell, this prophecy declares that Iran will experience a disaster, probably nuclear, and it appears that this results from a military attack by the enemies of Iran. The key verse is below.

For I will cause Elam to be dismayed before their enemies And before those who seek their life. I will bring disaster upon them, My fierce anger,’ says the Lord; ‘And I will send the sword after them Until I have consumed them.’” (Jeremiah 49:37)

Unfortunately, this verse does not specify who Iran’s enemies are, but it’s highly likely that if this prophecy were to happen soon, that Iran’s enemies would at least include Israel, the USA, the UAE, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. It’s common knowledge that a primary reason that Bahrain and the UAE are normalizing relations with Israel is to gain America and Israel as allies in the event of a future war with Iran.

If a war with Iran is forthcoming in the near future, these current peace deals between Israel with the UAE and Bahrain, could make it easier for an American, Israel and GCC Arab coalition to form and fight against Iran in fulfillment of this prophecy.

[i] Visit Prophecy Watchers website at:  (www.prophecywatchers.com),

[ii] Ishmael quote taken from this web link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishmael#:~:text=Islam,-See%20also%3A%20Ishmael&text=Ishmael%20is%20recognized%20as%20an,and%20the%20forefather%20of%20Muhammad.

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