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God’s Staying Hand

The past weekend this nation celebrated Independence Day 2020. The holiday is a sort unlike any celebrated by any other country in earth’s history. There will never be a holiday of its like again this side of Christ’s next intervention into the sordid and sorry affairs of man.

I can say this with certitude—at least within my own view—because America is the last hope, in human terms, for freedom to the extent America has enjoyed that blessing for 244 years. We are witnessing liberty’s last gleaming.

When thinking on this commentary, I first thought to title it “Why America Is Lost.” The thought was that the nation has since some time in the 1950s begun the dismantling of all that is good about her, as French philosopher and admirer of America, Alexis de Tocqueville, would have it.

By the late 1950s, influences by Karl Marx and especially of Charles Darwin, as well as by other anti-God minions, had so invaded the educational process in America as to weaken the undergirdings that held erect America’s “goodness.”

That “goodness” is the Judeo-Christian principles upon which the founding fathers placed the republic they created. By 1963, those principles had eroded to the point that prayer and Bible reading were banished in public classrooms. The Ten Commandments became anathema to the new masters of education. There were actually statements made to the effect that the commandments should not be posted anywhere in public places—especially not within public classrooms. The rationale? Because the children might actually read them and begin to think they have to obey and practice them. That insanity is recorded for anyone who cares to research it. I’m not making it up, as they say.

I remember a thirty-something-year-old professor standing before my political science class in my freshman year at college lauding the marvels that Marxism-Leninism offered as opposed to the evil presented by American adventurism and bloody war-making since the founding. By then, the erosion of American “goodness,” thus its “greatness,” was well underway.

So, as I say, I started to give this commentary the title, “Why America Is Lost.” I thought to present the fact that the disease of anti-God inculcation has so infected America at its core that the nation cannot be spared the inevitable fall that God’s righteousness—the only goodness that exists—ultimately demands.

As de Tocqueville and any observer within the realm of rationality would rightly conclude, America has lost her goodness, her godly foundational mooring. So she has lost her greatness (the gleaming of freedom as testimony to God providing certain unalienable rights, among them life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness).

We have allowed the “wickedness in high places”—those principalities and powers in the lofty perches of academia and government—to replace the godly foundations. The nation has been and is at this moment being deconstructed by lawlessness in an avalanche of tearing down all values formerly held to as suitable for a good and moral people.

Founders like Franklin and Adams forewarned about dangers intrinsic within the populace ever abandoning the Judeo-Christian base they had erected. Any other people than a morally based, truly free people, they consistently forewarned, are unsuitable for God-given governance. Any people not firmly moored by such providentially influenced foundation are ultimately destined to lose their liberty, was the message.

That those liberties implicit and explicit within the Bill of Rights are even at this moment under assault cannot be denied. The anarchists, arsonists, and so-called deconstructionists of the radical left make liberty’s last gleaming a manifest destiny for Americans.

The Democrat party champions those who are fomenting a cultural revolution that mimics those of Mao and others. Lawlessness rules in major cities where the reprobate thinking of Democrat mayors and governors agrees with the Marxist demands that law enforcement be eliminated through defunding and other means.

The Republican Party for the most part refuses to stand up against the evil that has taken over much of the nation’s youth—the Millennial generation. From kindergarten through doctoral programs, these have been victims of a satanically influenced cabal of anti-God educators for more than six decades. The title, “Why America Is Lost,” therefore, would be appropriate for an article in this day and time.

But the impression struck as the depression deepened in thinking on these matters. “You have left out one ingredient to all this seeming madness afflicting the nation and world.”

Indeed, I had left out the most important ingredient when thinking on the insanity raging within our nation and beyond. That factor is God’s staying hand.

America, although it shows every indicator of precipitous decline from which there seems no escape, remains the freest nation on earth. Its economy, already untenable because of debt extrapolated into hundreds of trillions of dollars for future generations, remains intact, despite suffering a complete shutdown due to a largely contrived virus threat. Most of the nation’s heartland continues to function and show progress toward a return to a degree of normalcy, despite the most vicious attempts imaginable by globalist diabolists in DC and other capitals of the world to rip American sovereignty and autonomy to shreds.

It is incontrovertibly true from the perspective of Bible prophecy, within the observations of those spiritually attuned. God continues to restrain the raging efforts to bring down this supernaturally inspired experiment in liberty. America will be here, I’m believing, until that restraint is withdrawn when Christ calls all born again believers to Himself.

Meantime, it is incumbent to pray fervently that He who sits in Heaven—and obviously has the rebels of planet earth in derision as in Psalm 2—continues to restrain the satanically enraged evil with His omnipotent, staying hand.

 

 

 

 

“Star Spangled Banner” Banners

Now they are determined to do away with the “Star Spangled Banner.” The suggestion, among other maddening ones, is that we replace it with John Lennon’s “Imagine.”

It is the latest wickedness from the same minions—the human ones—who follow the dictates of the minions—the demonic ones—who reside in the “high places” of Ephesians 6: 12.

We see the modern incarnation of ancient rebellion each and every day as the anarchy takes on greater intensity by the hour. The following news excerpt reflects that rebellion.

The woke libs are on a roll. They’ve progressed from tearing down Confederate statues in the name of racial justice to targeting statues of the president who waged war against the Confederacy to free the slaves, all in the name of some indecipherable cause that is presumably noble and beyond the comprehension of the unwoke masses.

But even when all the Abraham Lincoln statues are torn down and Mount Rushmore is firebombed into oblivion, the woke scolds still won’t be satisfied. A recent poll found that more than 40 percent of Americans who identify as “very liberal” want to change the name of our country and the design of its flag in the name of “pro-diversity cultural deconstruction.”

Some 80 percent of “very liberal” respondents also want to change the national anthem, so it was only a matter of time before the cancel mob came for slave owner Francis Scott Key and “The Star-Spangled Banner.” In fact, they’ve already begun. A statue of Key was toppled in San Francisco over the weekend, and a high school student in New York recently refused to sing the anthem at her (virtual) graduation ceremony to avoid “being complicit to a system that has oppressed people of color.” (Andrew Stiles, “John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ Tops List of Woke National Anthem Alternatives,” Washington Free Beacon, June 25, 2020)

Those who would now ban the “Star Spangled Banner” as America’s national anthem would prefer that the world anthem written and performed by the former Beatle should take its place. Like Lucifer, who convinced one-third of Heaven’s angelic body to rebel, then humanity to try to usurp God’s authority by creating a one world order with the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11), the America-as-founded-haters want the United States under control of the globalists-elite.

Those desecrating the flag and demolishing statuary of the nation’s past actually haven’t any idea in most cases of why they do what they do. But the nucleus of their ilk serves their masters, those globalists-elite aforementioned. They serve their master—the same one the fallen angels followed into perdition and an ultimate fate in the ake of fire.

It is a worldwide insanity that has taken hold. We are witnessing the wind-up of history this side of the Tribulation.

Lennon, according to his lyrics, wanted us to imagine that God is a liar. Actually, the inference to be drawn from his lyrics is that there is no God. There is no Heaven and no Hell. We can just live in peace and harmony once we throw off the shackles of any pretense of there being a deity to rule over us.

As we can look around us at the present hour and see the increasing violence and tumult, we can agree that Lennon was right—to this point, anyway. It is the difference in believing in there being a God who rules and those who want to be their own gods that remains the reason there is no peace on planet earth.

There are those of us who still believe there is a God and Heaven, and there remains a Hell to shun. Therefore, there is constant conflict between these two realities. There are those who follow the ways of Heaven and there are those who foment the wickedness of the Hell-bound.

Of course, sadly and tragically, there are many in between, who are headed down that broad road—those who the powers and principalities in high places of Ephesians 6:12 are determined to keep herding toward the eternal abyss. There is no peace to be found within the wickedness that prevails in today’s world.

That wickedness is prophetically scheduled to get worse—much, much worse.

But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. (2 Timothy 2: 13)

While the presidential election of 2020 approaches, the battle for the spiritual hearts and minds of this nation in particular will be fierce. Satan is desperate to bring America into his globalist mold for launching his hellish world dictator—Antichrist. America’s autonomy and sovereignty must be destroyed.

The devil’s mantra has been fully adopted and the heathen are indeed raging. But be assured, all of this madness hasn’t taken the Lord of all Creation by surprise. Here, once again, is what God Himself has said in recognition of exactly what will be going on when He next intervenes into the attempt to establish a one-world order like in the time of the Tower of Babel.

Why do the heathen rage and the people imagine a vain thing?

The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.

Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.

Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.

I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.

Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.

Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.

Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.

Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little.

Blessed are all they that put their trust in him. (Psalm 2:1–12)

Let us put our trust in the Lord Jesus. He is on the very brink of taking charge. He will begin doing so by removing His Bride, the Church, from this evil earth-system and placing her into the heavenly dwelling places He has prepared.

 Satan’s Sleight of Hand

Listening to the many conservative voices as I do each week, my thought is most often “they get it—almost.” Sometimes they come closer to getting it than at other times. Some come closer to getting it than others.

Rush Limbaugh, for example, comes closer to “getting it” than most anyone else. But even he falls short of what is truly going on with regard to what is assaulting this nation and world.

And, just like salvation itself, if you miss it by an inch, you miss it by the proverbial mile, because at the root of the problems involved in both the case of salvation and the assault taking place is the same critical element. It is a profound cause that acts as a blinding agent to all else that flows from that root cause.

It is this element that gives Lucifer the deluding, deceiving ability to produce the sleight of hand that blinds most to what’s really going on.

Rush, for example, recognizes correctly that at least half of America has, apparently, gone insane. He talks for hours each day about how the educators have for decades now molded the minds of America’s youth through the public school system from K through grad school. They have rewritten—retaught—history by inculcating the “skulls full of mush,” as he puts it, with the lie that America was founded by evil, white slaveholders. And, he says in part, this inculcation, in cahoots with other deception, is why we have arrived at the point where there are more white people among the protesters and rioters than black people. He says, and the facts are there to prove it, that the current protests in the major cities where they are taking place are led in many cases by young, white, women who come from ”privileged”  backgrounds.

These, he says, are full of guilt from their deluding inculcation. They are as enraged over perceived wrongs by the founding fathers and Civil War history as the African-Americans for whom they protest and riot, thus the bowing of the knees before even the anarchists.

We’re witnessing a cultural revolution not unlike the one of China a couple of decades ago, Rush declares. The turmoil and foment are all part of the long-sought determination by the Marxist educators and others to grab the biggest prize in the geopolitical grab bag of goodies.

If they can get America to agree that largesse stored in its vaults and printing presses should be given to those seeking reparations for slavery and to be used for other giveaways, they can create the welfare class that depends totally upon their governance. A permanent underclass will make globalism the wave of the future, once America falls to the utopian ideal long claimed to be wrapped up in communistic intent.

The following article somewhat presents this almost-got-it, sleight-of-hand expression of thought.

The coronavirus was a heck of a cover for the Federal Reserve’s failings, and the riots laid even more cover for what’s to come. While the masses focus on what’s happening on the surface, the real criminals laugh at our ignorance from their metaphorical ivory towers.

As we fight amongst ourselves and try to figure out which violence is more acceptable, looting or police brutality, the ruling class is tightening the chains of our enslavement. With the help of the mainstream media, we are distracted from the core of the problem while dividing ourselves as the masters command…

You cannot trust CNN. You cannot trust lamestream, fakestream media. We know that they have an agenda. We know that they cherry-pick facts. And we know they lay down heavy deception. They are there to distract, deceive, and divide the masses. And what’s really going on in this country, remember, make no mistake; the Federal Reserve is laying cover for their operation to get rid of the dollar and move us all into a one-world digital reserve currency. And once we get rid of physical currency, guys, that is the granddaddy of them all as far as a surveillance state. Because they will be able to detect every single purchase by every single person every moment of the day. (Tyler Durden, “It All Comes Back To The Fed: The NWO Is Being Shoved Down Our Throats,” Zero Hedge)

The above story goes on to recommend precious metals as a hedge against what is coming in terms of economic disaster. It is a man-made answer, they believe, to a man-made catastrophe to come.

And that’s where Satan’s sleight-of-hand delusion comes into play. Like in the game of thimblerig (now called the shell game) in which a pea is placed under a thimble and three thimbles are shuffled, and the gambler guesses which the pea is under to make his wager, the devil distracts our eyes and minds to other areas in our surroundings. He thus makes even the most astute observers among us miss what he is really doing.

He is, in fact, setting the stage for bringing in his man of sin, the Antichrist.

Tom Horn and I have written a book we call Antichrist and The Final Solution. It details, through Bible prophecy overlaid by history and current events, exactly where all of this sleight-of-hand is moving this world of rebelliousness. More about this book in the coming weeks. It is a fascinating look into our strange time upon this fallen planet.

This isn’t meant to be a commercial, but in researching, studying and writing on the sleight-of-hand going on, it becomes clear that those who are still of sound mind and not of the reprobate mind of Romans 1:28 just don’t see the true, root cause that will soon bring America and the world totally into the devil’s orbit.

These don’t see the problem as rooted in sin. They don’t comprehend that it is the spiritual battle laid out by Paul the apostle in Ephesians 6: 12.

These believe that what is needed is more legislation to take away liberal ideology from within society and culture that will do the trick—that will change the minds of the voters in order to restore America, and the world at large, to sanity.

But it is the spiritual hearts of mankind that must be changed. The battle is rooted in spiritual wickedness, not merely in ideological, polemical disputations.

The resolution to Satan’s evil isn’t legislation, but a Person – the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the only solution that can save the individual, the nation, or the world.

Kneeling for Peace and Safety

Detroit Police Chief Todd Bettison took a knee when confronted by a group of protesters of George Floyd’s death at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer. Bettison complied with the enraged protesters’ demands, later saying he did so for “tactical reasons,” apparently since a kneeling policeman threatens no action against anyone. Bettison said he did so because he “didn’t want any violence.”

The performance was against police protocol to be ready to put down actions of unruly gatherings that threaten public harm.

It was all quite ironic since Bettison, a black man, was kneeling before a mob that included a number of white people.

Again, his purpose was, he said, to prevent violence. It was a noble gesture, I suppose, since it seemed to work in that instance. Detroit, of all places, seems to have avoided some of the extreme acts of destruction and anarchy of other inner cities.

Minneapolis, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and others didn’t fare so well. Seattle, of course, was completely taken over in one section of downtown by anarchists who demanded extortion money from business owners and even residents to “protect” them in the absence of cops, who abdicated even their precinct headquarters to the gun-toting mob.

Abdication of individual rights quickly turned into kneeling before the people who are determined to break the nation into individual “protectorates.” I use the term facetiously, of course.

These extortionists and destroyers of law and order are following the dictates of the minions that direct them. Satan is the lawless one at the head of all such activity, regardless of the noble purposes within which the destroyers try to deceptively couch their protestation.

There is a place in America for protests—for free speech against perceived or actual wrongs. The Constitution provides that protection to individuals and to groups of peaceful protesters.

But it is peace that is disturbed—is taken away—when the mob mentality takes over and lawlessness prevails.

When violence ensues if others don’t kneel before them and their “causes”—this is iniquity of the first order. This is lawlessness.

We see God’s thoughts on iniquity, the biblical synonym for lawlessness, throughout His Word.

And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. (Matthew 24:12)

Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. (1 John 3:4)

For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is taken out of the way. (2 Thessalonians 2:7)

And then will I declare to them, “I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.” (Matthew 7:23)

It can be conjectured, I think, whether the lawlessness we are witnessing is bringing about the cry for peace and safety prophesied for the time leading up to the day of the Lord—the time when the Age of Grace will end. This will be the moment of the Rapture.

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. (1 Thessalonians 5:2–3)

The officer in Detroit was kneeling as a symbolic cry for peace and safety for the people he was supposed to be protecting.

Santa Barbara Mayor Cathy Murillo attended a protest at which she did not agree to calls by protesters to take a knee. The mob became unruly and the crowd refused to allow her to speak. Two days later, she took a knee during the Pledge of Allegiance at city council meeting, but her action was rejected as “an encore performance.”

But the most despicable act for purpose of political pandering, in my view, came when Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi led House and Senate Democrats in a group kneel at the Capitol’s Emancipation Hall. It was a blatant statement against constitutional law and order yet perpetrated by an official at that level of federal government. It showed disdain for men and women in law enforcement who die every year to protect us from those who would make us kneel before them.

And make no mistake; it is indeed a thin, blue, line (law enforcement) between us and the tyrants who want to enslave Americans—enslavement, the history of which is the very thing this current kneeling nonsense is supposed to show solidarity against.

The following article excerpt offers a bit of hope for the nation in standing against the kneeling, if I may put it that way.

The ritual [kneeling in solidarity /protest] has caught on and people from around the world are now following suit…

Though the murder of George Floyd is universally condemned, not everyone who supports the fight against racism agrees with taking a knee. Lily Mei, the first Asian-American and the first woman mayor of Fremont California, was addressing a protest on Tuesday when the crowd called for her to take the knee.

“Taking a knee is something that I’m not going to be doing,” she told the crowd.

She explained her decision… “I have been asked why I will not kneel at events like the one from earlier today,” Mei wrote. “Because of my faith, I will never kneel to anyone but God. You will see me kneel in church, but you will not ever see me kneel at any other event except in prayer.”

This statement of faith was also expressed by Georgia State Trooper O’Neal Saddler, who was allegedly asked to kneel during a demonstration in Hartwell.

“If I didn’t have any respect, I wouldn’t [be here],” Saddler explained. “I was supposed to be out of town this weekend with my wife. I took off today, this weekend, but I’m out here to make sure y’all are safe.”

He added, “Don’t go there with respect, OK? I have much respect, but I only kneel for one person.”

Someone in the crowd replied: “And that’s God,” which the trooper confirmed: “God.”

This is Georgia State Trooper O’Neal Saddler. He was asked to kneel today, and this was his response.

God Bless him! (“Rabbis Agree: Kneel Before No One Except God,” Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz, June 9, 2020, Breaking Israel News)

People of America and the world take heed. Don’t kneel before the lawlessness perpetrated by the lawless one—Satan. Kneel only before the One Who truly has the keys to peace and safety, to death and hell, to salvation.

That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:10–11)

A Nation Divided…

Never have the words spoken by Jesus been more relevant than at this moment in the history of America:

And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand. (Mark 3: 24–25)

We watched this past week policemen and even members of the National Guard kneeling before the protesters in cities they were supposed to protect and govern. Amongst the protesters were the vilest of people determined to tear America down. The police and military governing officials actually were kneeling before these people as well as before the peaceful, lawful protesters.

Such entities as Black Lives Mattersupposedly an organization to champion the rights of African-Americans in particular, were, meantime, joining with the communist-backed thugs called Antifa in destroying infrastructure of cities and injuring police officers sent to assure the safety of citizens.

Still, the police and even some National Guard members knelt in ”solidarity” with those who perpetrated outrageous, unlawful acts of violence.

This, Jesus said, is what happens when a nation or a household is divided in loyalty and purpose.

America certainly is divided. It is divided at its very core. It is divided along a number of lines—politically, ideologically, racially, and one other, the most important divide of all, spiritually.

The political-ideological divide is so obvious as to need no explanation. However, mention it I will.

We have witnessed the assaults from the politically leaning left ramp up hatred against the current president. It is joined by mainstream news and entertainment media in its hatred for the president and his determination to rebuild America toward its former, founding structure—based upon constitutional authority steeped in Judeo-Christian principles.

Most all of social media join in the effort to further divide America, censoring conservative thought, which wants an America as founded. More and more, only “progressive” thinking that declares there is no desire for governance that includes godly morality dominates the likes of Twitter, Facebook, and others.

Proponents who embrace tearing America down and making it an internationalist rather than national entity, through open borders and every other globalist-engendered way, kneel before the god of this world. That god of this world is Satan, the father of lies, who knows that the way to achieve his own determination to produce his Antichrist regime is to remove the roadblock of nationalism. Particularly, he wants such a powerful roadblock to his goal as the United States removed as quickly as possible and in whatever way necessary.

The devil seems to be having his way lately. The media does its bidding in reporting the dividing of America—or seemingly so. Every night, the cameras and media voices portray this nation as tearing itself apart.

The division, they imply, is rightfully destroying America’s unfair structure of law and order. Current structures of law and order, they want us to infer, needs defunding or whatsoever else necessary in order to show how much we agree with the likes of Black Lives Matter. Media relish the scenes of some among that law-and-order establishment kneeling before the protesters who have been taken over by the violent, anti-American anarchists.

Satan, too, relishes the scenes, no doubt. He knows Jesus’ words are true: “A kingdom or house divided against itself cannot stand.”

The devil has half the country agreeing with having those assigned to protect us against the deadly destructiveness of anarchy kneeling before the anarchists.

The divide is there at every juncture of American life. We are divided right down the middle politically, ideologically, and racially, it seems. But it is the spiritual divide that’s most virulent.

It seems that fully half the nation, including most of the Millennials, has been deluded through decades of anti-American, anti-God inculcation. The education system has been corrupted so that most every higher educational administration has avowed communist or atheist teachers and professors at its core. This is considered a good thing by those on the left, because Thomas Jefferson said there must be separation of church and state. Only Jefferson meant no such thing, as anyone who sincerely examines his statement to the minister in his letter will conclude.

So much of America today, rather than standing, is kneeling before the anti-God forces of Satan’s planning for the globalist regime to come.     

There is a remedy. God always provides a way out of a sin-strapped predicament. Let’s look at Jesus’ words in totality in the matter of a house divided.

And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end. No man can enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house. (Mark 3: 24–27)

America is in a state of division. Satan has all of his agencies, both human and demonic, working in one direction to bring the nation down so he can complete his one-world order. He must disarm the nation by defunding the protective services through doing away with the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms.

Half the nation, it seems, is kneeling before these forces of evil. The answer to our dire predicament is to do the same. We, who call upon the name of Jesus Christ, must kneel also. We must kneel before our Lord and invoke again the prayer as instructed by the Heavenly Father. As we approach election this November, it is imperative that we heed and do as instructed.

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

We are not naïve. Our beloved nation and the world of nations will eventually fall to the global scheme Satan and his minions are working day and night to bring into being. The satanic, global order is there in Bible prophecy. But our prayers and efforts at the voting booth and in other ways can delay the devil’s implementation of his hellish scheme.

When the Church is called by Christ (Revelation 4:1) in the Rapture (1 Corinthians 15:51–55 and 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18), the world of rebels, sadly, will get their abominable New World Order. Let us be salt and light to the world until that glorious moment.

Noah’s Day in Microcosm

Violence once again has reared its ugly head. It seems more and more that times like Noah’s can be observed in America, supposedly the most civilized nation of the West.

Of course, that perception is only shared by those who look at life around them with Pollyanna-ish delusion. Bless them; they see through eyes affixed on the good old days, not on the days as they are. They choose not to see that society and culture have changed—and not for the better.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: “And as it was in the days of Noah so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man” (Luke 17:26).

He went on to list all the things people will be doing when He next makes His presence known to the whole world. He foretold that mankind will be buying, selling, planting, building, marrying—doing all the things of life. The people alive at the time He next appears will be business as usual, for the most part.

I believe the prophecy indicates that few will pay attention to the true chaos going on when those of that generation are so busy with the daily activities of life.

Genesis 6 (which describes Noah’s day) gives us this prophetic signal Jesus said will be prevalent when He returns at the Rapture and, for that matter, at His Second Advent:

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. (Genesis 6:11–13)

So there will be the two Americas at the time—if we consider America will still be a national entity. One side of America will be doing all the things of life—buying, selling, building, marrying, etc. The other side will be filled with violence, debauchery—evil of many sorts, like in Noah’s day.

Violence erupted once again in the streets of one of our larger cities on May 25 when a police officer appeared on video to literally murder a man he had in custody. Three other officers held off a crowd of people who shouted for the policeman to let the man breathe.

The man being held, an African-American who was arrested for trying to pass a counterfeit $20 bill, died of suffocation.

The officer will almost certainly be tried for the man’s death, and all four officers involved were instantly fired when the Minneapolis police chief watched the video.

The incident, as we all know, led to rioters and looters burning up police precinct buildings and stealing merchandise from several stores the looters had broken into.

Across the nation, in other large cities, rioters and professional anarchists like the thugs of Black Lives Matter set fires and damaged vehicles and businesses. It was all reminiscent of similar anarchy like in Ferguson, Missouri, Watts, and other such violent rampages of the distant and recent past.

America, as life is currently unfolding, could be seen as the days of Noah in microcosm.

The evil perpetrated by the rogue police officer, if things turn out to be the murder of his victim, the purveyors of violence such as the rioters and looters—and the terrors inflicted by the paid-for thugs who carryout anarchy to damage the nation, can’t be missed, even by the Pollyanna-ish among us. And, we should consider whether the COVID-19 pandemic, or coronavirus, or Wuhan virus, or whatever you want to call it, might have been allowed to wake this generation to the fact we are in times that signal Christ’s imminent intervention.

This pandemic has brought things to a standstill and made people take time to see, through fear-filled eyes, that carrying on life as usual in the most comfort-filled nation in the world has changed. Perhaps it is a supreme act of love from on high, forewarning that the most momentous event since Christ’s resurrection is on the verge of bringing the promised moment of the Rapture.

Ezekiel’s Malefactors on the Move

News today continues to prove Bible prophecy truth. Stage-setting for fulfillment of things foretold to come moves forward.

In the realm of setting the stage for the horrific wars that are predicted at the windup of the days leading to Christ’s return, the prophet Ezekiel’s words are front and center:

And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, 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: and many people with thee. (Ezekiel 38:1–6)

Dr. Harry A. Ironside, one of the most recognized of those who had a literal, futurist view of Bible prophecy, wrote the following early in the twentieth century:

In the last days, the final head of the Russian people will look with covetous eyes upon the great developments in the land of Palestine. They will determine that Russia must have her part of the wealth there produced. Consequently, we have the picture of a vast army, augmented by warriors from Persia, Cush, Phut, marching down toward Palestine.

Dr. Jack Van Impe, who recently went to be home with the Lord, wrote the following about Ezekiel’s prophecy:

There is no need to marshal the scholars of the past to confirm the place or purpose of this war. Ezekiel explained:

“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.” (Ezek. 38:8).

What a clear and up-to-date description of Israel! She is certainly the land that is brought back from the sword—gathered out of many people—a former wasteland—brought forth out of the nations. (“The Coming War with Russia,” Dr. Jack VanImpe, Perhaps Today magazine)

There is little question that Russia is the nation or people of Rosh, as Ezekiel terms it, which will be the lead nation in the Gog-Magog assault. Its chief prince, i.e., its leader, will be the leader of the coalition that will invade Israel. The reason, according to the prophet, will be to take “spoil.” That is, they will desire to plunder Israel’s wealth.

It is rational to ask what could induce a coalition of nations to conspire to do such a thing in these days of nuclear weaponry. Israel reportedly has one of the top nuclear arsenals in terms of number of weapons. It would be foolhardy to attack as described in Ezekiel 38 and 39. This is especially a relevant question since Israel has demonstrated on many occasions that it will defend its territory. And, in modern times, it has never lost!

Ezekiel gives the reason Gog gets the evil thought. It is apparently because Israel will be dwelling in “unwalled villages.” That is, it will be without defense, as walls were for the defense of nations in so-called Bible times.

But there is the factor also of that matter of Gog’s “evil thought” including, apparently, the knowledge that there are “spoils” to be garnered by such an attack. It must be that the “spoil” is desperately needed for some reason.

Now we consider the way things are shaping in the Middle East in these times. One must concede they are strange, I think. Never has there been a world completely shut down because of something proven to be not much more than a flu bug with somewhat of an extra bite.

So, with these strange times and all other considerations we’ve discussed in these commentaries many times, it is prudent to ask whether the Gog-Magog war might be in view.

It is my opinion that this assault won’t take place until after the Rapture of the Church. My belief revolves around a number of factors covered before. Space here doesn’t allow that we go over that territory again.

So what do we see in the news at the moment that might be setting the stage for the Gog-Magog war, which the Lord Himself will win for Israel?

A quick look at the three major players in that coalition and one more minor nation involved in the attack will help clue us.

The first news item involves Iran, Israel’s chief Middle East enemy of dangerous proportion. Iran, of course, covers much of what was Persia in Ezekiel’s time.

Iran will support any nation or group that fights Israel, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday, ahead of this week’s annual observance of Quds (Jerusalem) Day to express support for Palestinians.

We will support and assist any nation or any group anywhere who opposes and fights the Zionist regime, and we do not hesitate to say this,” Khamenei said in a post on his official English-language Twitter account.

Iran, Israel’s arch-enemy in the Middle East, has been a key supporter, along with Russia, of President Bashar al-Assad during Syria’s civil war, sending military advisers as well as material and regional Shi’ite militias. (“Iran: Will Support Any Nation or Group That Fights Israel Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei Launches Threat,” Reuters, May 22, 2020)

The second story brings into view a major and a minor player as listed by Ezekiel. These two nations, close in proximity in military affairs, prove they’re already closing in on conflict that might bring Libya totally into the Turkish orbit. The way things go with strongmen bullying and bashing their way around in the region, it might be just a matter of time before joint battle strategy is forthcoming.

Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said Haftar’s LNA received warplanes with ‘foreign support’ [File: Cem Ozdel/Anadolu]

Turkey has warned that attacks on its interests in Libya by renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar’s forces will have “grave consequences” after advances by the country’s Turkish-backed government.

Ankara has provided military support to the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) in Libya, which has been battling to fend off a year-long offensive by Haftar’s forces to take control of the capital Tripoli.

Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy on Thursday said Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) had received warplanes with “foreign support” and that they had vowed to target Turkish positions in Libya with an air campaign.

“In the event Turkish interests in Libya are targeted, this will have very grave consequences,” Aksoy said on Thursday, adding that the LNA’s statements were “delusional.” (“Grave Consequences: Turkey Warns Libya’s Haftar Against Attacks | Turkey News, Al Jazeera May 21, 2020)

The third nation in the news will lead the coalition against God’s chosen people, according to Ezekiel. Russia, already strapped for cash because of falling petroleum and natural gas prices and myriad other economic woes, was hit harder by the COVID-19 crisis than has been reported.

MOSCOW (Reuters)—Russia’s economy could contract by more than 8% in the second quarter of 2020, central bank governor Elvira Nabiullina said on Friday, adding that the bank would revise its most recent gross domestic product forecast.

Nabiullina said cutting Russia’s benchmark interest rate by 100 basis points from 5.5% will be considered in June.

On inflation, Nabiullina said the bank’s year-end forecast was 3.8-4.8%, with peak annual inflation expected in the summer. (“Russian GDP Could Fall by More than 8% Second Quarter 2020, Nabiullina, May 22, 2020)

Russia’s Gross National Product figures are dismal and scheduled to get much, much worse. Israel is all but certain to pick up Russian clients in Europe and elsewhere because of tremendous finds in and around Israel. Could it all have to do with the “evil thought” the Russian leader of that day will have, thus bring Russia, Turkey (Togarmah), Iran (Persia), and Libya down over the mountains of Israel to take “great spoil”?

Computer Gulag

Hubstaff, Tsheet, Time Doctor, Awareness Technologies, Tattleware – these are terms that might have been around for a time, but COVID-19 and the so-called pandemic has made these more immediately emerge to the surface of a world looking at a new norm.

“You had to live – did live, from habit that became instinct – in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.” – George Orwell, 1984

The world of Big Brother put everyone in a government box of control. Although Orwell could only put to paper what his health-degenerating brain could imagine, his seems almost prescient in its fictional projection. That governmental control box seems to have sprung to life with the Coronavirus and its many ramifications. That box is the computer.

We can understand the novelist’s prescience a bit by looking at several items in the news that show how controls that Orwell foresaw have emerged over the most intimate places of our existence – our homes. These have come about by asserting themselves within the most basic necessities of life –our health and our ability to earn income.

One young woman, a 25-year-old whose company closed its doors to workplace attendance, but allows work-at-home through computer, helps us look into what we will call computer gulag. While so-called whistle blowing has taken on, in my estimation, rather despicable implications, she, anonymously, presents exactly what America might face from this point forward. I am somewhat encouraged that one so young, 1) recognizes the kind of dangers to personal liberty this represents, and 2) is courageous enough to take the risk of expressing her fears, knowing how easy it is to be “outed” in today’s world of surveillance.

She reports that her employer has started using software called Time Doctor. It downloads videos of employees’ screens while they work. It also can enable a computer’s webcam to take a picture of the employee every 10 minutes.

She says, “If you’re idle for a few minutes, if you go to the bathroom or whatever, a pop-up will come up and it’ll say, ‘You have 60 seconds to start working again or we’re going to pause your time.'”

That meant that being away from her computer for more than a minute or two could cause them to cut her pay. Critics call this kind of tracking software “tattleware.”

The head of the Connecticut-based company, Awareness Technologies, Brad Miller, is irritated by that description. Miller said that since the COVID-19 outbreak, Awareness Technologies’ business has tripled. Its programs for managers keep a record of every task employees are doing on their computers.

Each worker then gets assigned a productivity score. Every employee is ranked accordingly.

Miller said, “If you’re not working or doing something wrong, then I guess it will tattle on you, but I don’t think that’s really how companies that are buying [the software] think of it as.”

The following further reports on the matter of stay-at-home computer controls.

Dave Nevogt, the CEO of Hubstaff, said demand has tripled for his company’s monitoring software, too.

“We have seen a massive increase in the number of people needing our platform,” Nevogt told NPR. “Remote work has gotten a huge boost as everyone has been forced to work outside of the office, and we feel like these changes may be here for good.”

For bosses, keeping up with worker productivity has always been a give-and-take. But in the office, it is much easier to figure out if someone is doing a job well. Now tracking technology is taking the place of a manager’s eyes. Miller said when the software runs on a homebound employee’s computer, it gives the worker an added incentive not to slack off.

“I think if people know it’s happening, then people will act better than they would otherwise, because we all act better when someone is watching,” Miller said. (Your Boss Is Watching You: Work-From-Home Boom Leads to More Surveillance, by Bobby Allyn, NPR, May 13, 2020)

The tracking technology is becoming increasingly invasive to home work places, according to the report.

“And then there’s a lower-tech version of that, which is people whose managers are asking them to stay on video all day long so they can watch over them every minute of the day, which is very intrusive,”[one affected employee said]…

It may feel intrusive, but it is not illegal, said Paul Stephens, director of policy and advocacy with Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, a consumer advocacy nonprofit.

While the Fourth Amendment protects against unreasonable searches and seizures by the government, employers are not running afoul of any federal laws by tracking what their workers are doing all day through surveillance software, he said.

Stephens said state laws vary over whether companies must even tell workers whether they’re using tracking software. Some states do not require that workers be notified first…

And with few legal barriers, employers who turn to this software during the pandemic may choose to keep using it even after work-from-home orders are lifted, he said. (Ibid)

One unwanted outcome of the new norm, by city and state government officials – people deciding to make working at home through computers permanent – might be that companies will see the benefit of not having to pay, for example, Manhattan’s horrific rental prices. People in the home work environment, likewise, might opt to move to states other than New York or surrounding high real estate areas. This could, as I’ve heard conjectured, cause a desperate tax situation in places like New York City and state, which can only exist with confiscatory tax demands. The entire Manhattan real estate economy, for instance, could totally collapse from computer gulag.

And, we look at an even more immediate intrusion into American liberty. The following excerpted news story further explains.

A House resolution from Illinois Democrat Rep. Bobby Rush that would put Big Government in charge of tracking citizens’ movements as they relate to COVID-19 mitigation efforts — even sending health bureaucrats to “individuals’ residences,” “as necessary,” as the legislation states — has a most apt number: 6666.

Mark of the beast. Mark of the beast for a beastly, monstrously unconstitutional bill.

After all, what’s more devilishly un-American than launching one of the most massive government surveillance programs of private citizens in U.S. history, all under the guise of protecting people from the coronavirus?

That’s the “COVID-19 Testing, Reaching, and Contacting Everyone (TRACE) Act” in all its $100 billion grant giveaway glory. (H.R. 6666 a devil of a COVID-19 government surveillance plot, By Cheryl K. Chumley, The Washington Times, Tuesday, May 12, 2020)

H.R. 6666 will be used, according to its text, to trace people, send officials to our doors at home, forcibly test us, and, if found positive, we will be – what? Shackled to our computers?

 

Evil Men and Seducers

Can there be little doubt that we have witnessed over these recent, past years, deception that has turned the nation upside down? Is the chaos and turmoil still not broiling almost every facet of life in America on a continuing basis? Anyone with the capability to comprehend their own presence on the planet should answer “yes,” if they are of the age to understand things going on within America and the world.

Of course, many among us have no concern for what they see happening, except as it might affect their ability to buy, sell, and access their favorite entertainment outlets. However, the OVID-19 matter has brought even most of these who are disinterested in the politics of things into the “we care” group with the rest of us.

This includes even the teenagers who normally have their noses stuck in their devices. They are now more than inconvenienced by the social distancing and other restrictions imposed by increasingly dictatorial-like edicts.

In our town, for example, the mayor issued an order that no children below 16 years of age can go outside until the order is lifted. That was several weeks ago, and I think that has been lifted since. At any rate, it didn’t work around here. Children out of school because the schools were shut down for the balance of the year had no concept of the order, and parents ignored it for the most part, according to what I observed.

Nonetheless, the many gathering places for the teens and young adults have been off-limits. No more than ten people in the few stores that have been opened during the coronavirus “crisis” has discombobulated many others, young and old alike.

We now learn that many things about the “pandemic” have been without legitimate foundation, scientifically and even medically speaking.

The entrenched governmental bureaucrats continue to fight against the president, who vowed to “drain the swamp.” The conclusion is obvious–with only a scant possibility of that conclusion being unreasonably conspiratorial in my estimation.

What the deep state couldn’t accomplish through all of the things they tried–that is, to overturn the 2016 presidential election—they are now trying to do through a Mafia-like terror tactic. They are, in effect, threatening the very lifeblood of the American populace, both literally and figuratively. Literally, by telling people they will die if they don’t acquiesce to their draconian restrictions, figuratively by working to destroy the economy of the nation, thereby destroying ability to earn livelihoods, in order to take the president down at the voting booths in November…thus to regain the political power they insanely crave.

The Apostle Paul’s prophecy has emerged with stark revelation at this time so near the end of the Age of Grace: “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived” (2 Timothy 3:13).

We see the deception within the manipulations of the entrenched bureaucracy, through revelations learned by reports such as the following:

As reported weeks ago — in mid April, Dr. Fauci admitted that it was he and Dr. Birx who persuaded President Trump to lock down the US economy knowing the massive destruction this would cause in jobs, lives and commerce.

The president admitted that during a press conference in April that “two very smart people” came into his office and urged him to lock down the economy or 2.2 million Americans would die from the China virus. But President Trump did not say who those “two very smart people” were.

President Trump: “The big projection being that 2.2 million people would die if we did nothing. That was another decision we made, close it up. That was a big decision that we made. Two very smart people walked into my office and said listen these are your alternatives. And that was a projection of 1.5 to 2.2 million people would die if we didn’t close it up. That’s a lot of people.”…

After Dr. Birx and Dr. Fauci sat with the president the US went into lockdown and since that time over 30 MILLION Americans have lost their jobs and thousands of companies have gone bankrupt.

In late March, Neil Ferguson, who was behind the Imperial College coronavirus study, backtracked and said 20,000 Brits may die from the coronavirus instead of his original estimates of 500,000.

Neil Ferguson resigned from his government post as researcher this week after he was caught breaking his own lockdown rules by meeting with his married mistress at his home. (Jim Hoft, “Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx Used Imperial College Model—NOW CONFIRMED AS A COMPLETE FRAUD—To Persuade President Trump to Lock Down Entire US Economy!” Gateway Pundit, May 8, 2020)

Many medical experts, physicians, and others have weighed in, pointing to the fact that the “modeling” on which this disastrous shutdown occurred is erroneous at best and a complete fraud at worst. Mainstream media news has refused to acknowledge these contradictory expert findings, because it doesn’t fit their narrative—the model—that they deem necessary to take down this president and, in effect, overthrow the 2016 election results, which have driven them to the madness we have witnessed since that election.

Proof of Paul’s prophecy was further validated the past week as having emerged in these troubled times through the matter of General Michael Flynn and the railroading done to him by the deep-state, intelligence-agency top officials. The lying and deceit was so vicious that it reached the point that those who were sent to entrap General Flynn threatened to destroy his son and family if he didn’t plead guilty to the totally false charges they concocted.

Here is a brief account of last week’s findings in the Flynn case:

The U.S. Department of Justice is dropping its case against former national security advisor and retired Army general Michael Flynn, according to new court documents on Thursday.

The DOJ filed new documents on Thursday to drop the case, “after a considered review of all the facts and circumstances of this case, including newly discovered and disclosed information.”

The DOJ further contended that Flynn’s Jan. 24, 2017 interview was “conducted without any legitimate investigative basis” and was “untethered to, and unjustified by, the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into Mr. Flynn.”…

U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen, who reviewed the Flynn case, recommended that Attorney General Bill Barr dismiss the case last week.

“Through the course of my review of General Flynn’s case, I concluded the proper and just course was to dismiss the case,” Jensen said in a statement obtained by The Associated Press. “I briefed Attorney General Barr on my findings, advised him on these conclusions, and he agreed.”…

Flynn, 61, had pleaded guilty in federal court in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 1, 2017, for providing a false statement to the FBI about his contact with Moscow’s then-ambassador to the United States, Sergei Kislya, during President Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Flynn was an advisor on the Trump campaign.

Internal FBI notes unsealed last week suggest agents deliberated a “goal” of getting Flynn to lie during an interview that ultimately resulted in his firing from the White House and prosecuted by Robert Mueller’s special counsel team.

The notes, handwritten by the FBI’s former head of counterintelligence Bill Priestap after a meeting with then-FBI Director James Comey and then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, suggest the FBI wanted to draw Flynn into a lie if they couldn’t get him to admit to a violation of the Logan Act, which forbids U.S. citizens from conducting foreign diplomacy without authorization.

“What is our goal? Truth/Admission or to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired?” said the note, which was shared on Twitter. (Laura Widener, “DOJ Drops Case against Gen. Michael Flynn,” Rapture Ready News, May 8, 2020)

Shakespeare’s Mark Antony said in his words about Julius Caesar: “The evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interred with their bones.” We sure have endured the evil men and seducers have done in contravention of God’s precepts for dealings in this life. Considering there being any “good” in these Washington, would-be Caesars, I think had he lived today in America, the great Bard might have changed his tune in the case of the D.C. swamp creatures.

Who and What are the Beasts in the Bible? (Part 2 of 2) – By Michael Hile

Modern Day Beast Nations

An example of a modern day “beast” nation using its power to expand territorial control was exhibited when Russia, in early 2014, under the direction of President Putin, used its military might to capture the Crimean Peninsula, which is located south of Ukraine on the Black Sea. Russia’s “beast” leader, President Vladimir V. Putin, has also been active in the Syrian civil war and has built and/or upgraded two of their naval and air bases in Syria (Tartus and Khmeimim). Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in late 2017 stated, concerning Syria, “We have started to form a permanent presence there.”

Iran, Turkey and Russia are all actively competing for Syria’s oil fields and to establish hegemony in Syria, which just happens to be next door (adjacent) to the Golan Heights. The United States, under the direction of President Donald J. Trump, became the first country to recognize the Golan Heights as part of Israel by issuing a Presidential Proclamation on March 25, 2019.

The Golan Heights was captured by Israel from Syria in the Six-Day war of 1967, and has been considered part of Israel since 1981. In December of 2014, Afek Oil and Gas began round-the-clock drilling in the Golan Heights and found large reserves of oil at three drilling sites in the southern part of the region.

“We are talking about a layer which is 350 meters thick,” Dr. Yuval Bartov, the chief geologist of Afek Oil and Gas told Channel 2 News. “On average in the world, strata are 20-30 meters thick, so this is 10 times as large as that, so we are talking about significant quantities.” ‘Afek, a subsidiary of American company, Genie Energy, estimates that oil production at the site could potentially reach billions of barrels. Currently Israel consumes 270,000 barrels of oil a day.’ ” 4

Russian President Putin’s close association with Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan, Iran’s Spirtual Leader Khamenei and Iran’s President Rouhani portend troublesome times ahead in the Middle East, especially concerning Israel, which all three nations strongly disdain.  In recent years, the Russian “bear” has been meeting frequently with Turkey (Grey Wolf) and Iran (formerly Persia—Ram), which most assuredly will generate nefarious plans concerning the land of Israel. The frequent meetings of this trio of nations in recent years is a harbinger of the Gog/Magog battle (Ezek. 38:1-23-39:1-29), where God intervenes on Israel’s behalf and decimates most of Russia, Iran and Turkey’s armies on the mountains of Israel.

The Rise and Fall of a Future Beast Nation

President Vladimir Putin’s current prime minister and former president, Dmitry Medvedev, along with the Russian Parliament leaders, recently resigned (January 22, 2020) in order to allow Putin to revise and consolidate his constitutional powers. Restructuring the Russian government will help Putin maintain control and stay in power after his term of office expires in 2024. Russia’s aggressive posture is like the bear described in Daniel 7:5 that is told to “Arise, devour much flesh.” Having the demeanor (outward behavior, conduct) of a bear which “devours much flesh” implies invading and conquering other “beast” nations, overthrowing their leaders and subjugating their citizens.

Russia’s offensive and hostile action in taking over the Crimean Peninsula, projecting its naval and air force military might into Syria and developing long-term strategic partnerships with many nations in northern Africa and the Middle East, most assuredly, qualifies Russia as a “beast kingdom/nation,” like those described by Daniel (7:1-7, 8:1-27). Russia’s provocative behavior throughout the Middle East is what would be expected from a “beast nation” that behaved like a hungry bear on the prowl, similar to the one described by Daniel (7:5).

Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39 lay out in great detail, a future prophecy about a nation “Gog, of the land of Magog” (38:1-3) which is north of Israel (38:15, 39:2) that God puts “hooks in its jaws” (38:4) and brings down into the land of Israel (38:16-17) to show God’s power and might to the nations and the “house of Israel” (38:23, 39:25-29). For God to “put hooks into the jaws” of a nation and drag it down into the Middle East to the mountains of Israel, implies that it must represent a large beast that exhibits “beast-like” behavior. Many Bible scholars believe Russia “the bear” is the best candidate for the “beast” God is talking about in Ezekiel’s prophecy (38:2).

Although we do not know when the Gog/Magog war will occur or who “Gog” will be, the leader from “the land of Magog” who currently represents “Gog” is Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The rapid development of the Russian, Iranian and Turkish alliance in recent years, coupled with the more recent unveiling of  “The Deal of the Century” peace initiative by the Trump administration, should be a “wake up” call to those “watching” for Christ’s return in the air for his saints (Heb. 10:25, Luke 21:28). The prophetic “code words” given by the Apostle Paul, that were to be recognized by a future generation (Matt. 24:32-34, Mark 13:28-30, Luke 21:28-36), when the “day of the Lord” (God’s judgment) was near, are the words “peace and security” (also peace and safety).

Frequent use of the words “peace” and “security” in recent speeches, concerning the on-going Israel/Palestinian peace process, is unmistakable evidence of Bible prophecy that is currently in the process (happening now) of being fulfilled (1 Thess. 4:13-5:11). The code words “peace and security” (5::3) are closely linked with “the times and seasons” (5:1) of the resurrection (4:14-16), rapture (4:17) and beginning of “the day of the Lord” (5:2).  The Apostle Paul did not want his brothers in Christ (and future disciples) to be “ignorant” (4:13) of the order in which the “resurrection,” “catching up” of the saints and “day of the Lord” would occur.

Believers would not be “comforted” (4:18, 5:11) or excited to see “the day of the Lord” approaching (Heb. 10:25), unless they were confident “the day of redemption” (Eph. 4:30, Luke 21:28) would occur before “the day of the Lord,” and they would not be left here on the earth when “the day of the Lord” was taking place. That is exactly the apocalyptic portrayal put forth by Paul (1 Thess. 4:13-5:11) with the “resurrection” and “catching up” of the saints preceding “the day of the Lord,” and both events surprising those left behind as “a thief in the night” (Matt. 24:43-44, 25:1-13; Luke 21:34-36; 1 Thess. 5:2-4; 2 Peter 3:10; Rev. 3:3, 10-11, 16:15).  The prophecy of the rapture, resurrection and “day of the Lord,” given by the Apostle Paul (5:3), is also the scenario we see unfolding in the world today, along with many other converging, prophetic harbingers.

Two Future Beasts that Control the World

The most famous “beast” combination in the bible is the coming Antichrist and False Prophet (first and second beast), that will reign over the earth for a brief season (time, times, half a time—Rev. 12:14) at the end of the age.  This final “beast” kingdom, which is described cryptically in Daniel and Revelation, will be the most ruthless dictatorship to ever exist on earth. (Dan. 7:7-12, 15-27; Rev.13:1-18).

Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name.  Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority.  And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast.  So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?” And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months.  Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven. It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation.  All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world (Rev. 13:1-8).

Revelation chapter 13 describes the kingdom the Antichrist and his partner, the False Prophet, will rule over during the last half of Daniel’s 70th week, which will be three and one-half years (also 1260 days; 42 months; time, times and a half time). In Daniel, this kingdom is called the “fourth beast” (7:7), but in Revelation (13:1-2), it is described as a leopard with the mouth of a lion and the feet of a bear. In Daniel chapter two, this same, final Gentile kingdom is represented by the ten toes of the great metallic image (statue) that was part of Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream (Dan. 2:42).

The first beast (man of sin, wicked one, Antichrist) will “be revealed” after “the departure” of the saints 5 on the “day of redemption” when the Holy Spirit (He who now restrains) and the saints (who are sealed) will be removed from the earth (2 Thess. 2:3, 7-8; Eph.1:13-14, 4:30; Luke 21:28). After “the departure” of the saints, the Antichrist rises to power, confirms “the covenant with many for one week” and begins his sinister plan to take over and control the whole world (2 Thess. 2:4, Dan. 9:27). He is assisted by the second beast (False Prophet) who becomes the first beast’s chief enforcer, miracle worker, worship leader and propaganda publicist.  He requires all to “receive a mark on their right hand or on their forehead” in order to buy or sell and forces everyone to worship “the image of the beast” or be killed (Rev. 13:11-18).

Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon.  And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.  He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men.  And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived.  He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.  He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads,  and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666 (Rev. 13:11-18).

The scriptures tell us that the last half of the seven-year tribulation, when Antichrist and the False Prophet are active, will be a time of  “great tribulation,” and it will also be a time such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be” (Matt. 24:21-22). At the end of the seven-year period (Daniel’s 70th Week), the Lord Jesus Christ will return from Heaven with all His saints to the earth and establish His millennial reign (1000 years—Rev. 19:11-21, Zech. 14:5). It will also be at this time that the Antichrist (first beast) and False Prophet (second beast) will be cast into the lake of fire.

And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army.  Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone (Rev. 19:19-20).

Satan: The Beast Master, His Master Plan and His Demise

We know that Satan, who is “the prince of the power of the air” (Eph. 2:2), has the ability to take control of an animal’s cognitive functions and behavior when he desires. He can also possess the minds and bodies of people and greatly influence their behavior in certain circumstances. A couple examples in the New Testament are when Satan entered Judas before betraying Christ (Luke 22:3, John 13:27), and when Jesus cast out demons from two men, who were possessed, into a herd of swine (Matt. 8:28-34, Mark 5:1-20, Luke 8:26-39).

According to the scriptures, the beast of choice Satan indwelt after Adam and Eve were created was the serpent, which tempted Eve to sin against God. “Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’” (Gen. 3:1)?  The serpent was considered to be the most subtle and deceitful (sly, crafty) of the creatures God had created.

Due to the serpent’s cunning and manipulative nature, which the scribes, Pharisees and Sadducees also exhibited (beastly nature), Jesus and His predecessor, John the Baptist, called the scribes, Pharisees and Sadducees a “brood of vipers,” and “serpents.” After openly rebuking them in public about their “beastly” behavior, Jesus asked them: “How can you escape the condemnation of hell” (Matt. 3:5-8, 23:29, 33)?

Although Satan’s demons take advantage of people given over to alcohol, drugs, sex, pornography and other sins of the flesh (Gal. 5:16-21, Eph. 2:1-3, 1 Jo. 2:15-17), they especially operate in the corporate, political and religious world to influence wealthy business owners, people in positions of authority and other unsuspecting victims. When Satan and his demons influence or possess these high level leaders, they many times take on the characteristics of domineering and oppressive “beasts” (Rev. 17:1-18), rather than thoughtful, compassionate human beings.  God not only views many high level leaders in positions of authority as “beasts,” He views Satan as the supreme “beast,” who manipulates and controls all of the other beast-like personalities on earth (owners, bosses, presidents, prime ministers, kings, etc.).

Satan’s ultimate goal is to establish his own kingdom on the earth (the beast master) in order to rule and reign in place of Jesus during the millennium (1000-years, Rev. 20:6).  The description of Satan in the book of Revelation (12:1-17) is as a dragon who seeks to destroy Jesus after He is born, and then persecutes the Jewish people (the woman) who were responsible for bringing the “Savior” into the world.

When Jesus Christ returns back to earth, Satan will be cast into the bottomless pit for a thousand years (20:1-3). For the first time in history, people living on the earth will not be tempted or influenced by Satan and his demonic horde.

Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.  He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years;  and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while (Rev. 20:1-3). 

The king over the human “beasts” on earth, Satan, will be defeated by the King of Kings and Lord of Lords when He (Jesus Christ) returns with all of His holy angels and saints, and sets up His kingdom on earth.  At that time, all of the “beast” nations on earth will be subordinated to Christ (Rev. 19:15-21), and they will be judged, according to their behavior, at the judgment of nations where Christ sits on “the throne of His glory” (Matt. 25:31-46, Dan. 7:9-12). The Antichrist (first beast) and False Prophet (second beast)  will be cast into the lake of fire and brimstone before the millennial reign of Christ begins (Rev. 19:20), and Satan (the dragon, that old serpent, the devil) will be cast into the lake of fire and brimstone at the end of the millennial reign (Rev. 20:10).

“Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea.  They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them.  The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever” (Rev. 20:7-10).

Just as those who dwell in the heavens were told to “rejoice” after Satan and his angels were cast out of heaven (Rev. 12:10-12) at the middle of Daniel’s 70th week (7-year period), the people living on earth during the millennial reign, and all those in heaven will also “rejoice” when Satan (accuser of the brethren) is permanently expelled from the earth and cast into the lake of fire and brimstone.  The inhabitants of heaven and the earth will “rejoice” together when Satan (the beast master) is banished forever and will never again tempt, trick, torment, torture, vilify, slander or falsely accuse those on the earth and in heaven.  After the millennial reign, the first heaven and first earth will be replaced, and “the holy city, New Jerusalem” will come down to earth.

Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.  And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.  And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away” (Rev. 21:1-4).

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Resources:

1)  Amplified Bible (AMP), Copyright © 2015 by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, CA 90631.

2)  Torture chamber, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torture_chamber

3)  From Stalin to Hitler, the most murderous regimes in the world, Nigel Jones for MailOnline https://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-2091670/Hitler-Stalin-The-murderous-regimes-world.html

4) Major reserves of oil found on Golan Heights,  Nicky Blackburn October 8, 2015, https://www.israel21c.org/major-reserves-of-oil-found-on-golan-heights/

5)  The “Departure” in 2 Thessalonians 2:3, Thomas Ice,  https://www.pre-trib.org/pretribfiles/pdfs/Ice-TheDepartureIn2Thess2-3.pdf

(Unless otherwise indicated, all scriptures are taken from the New King James Version.)

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