Joseph Farah explains Matthew 24 and 12th-century rabbinical prophecy
Jesus told us that no one knows the day or hour that He will return. That's a given. But he gives us a framework that tells us a lot. Those closest to the Lord during his ministry asked Him what it would be like – and when.
"Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?" they asked in Matthew 24:3. Later, after he had risen, he was asked again. He said in Acts 1:7: "And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power."
But Jesus answered differently in Matthew, saying in verses 7-14: "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. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come."
Iniquity will abound, and the love of many shall wax cold. Think about it. What does iniquity mean from God's point of view? Lawlessness. God instructed us to follow His laws – His Torah, His Commandments. What happens when we miss the mark? We all miss the mark sometimes. But from the beginning, He gave us sincere repentance to cure it. And He gave us His Son on the cross who took our sins away if we committed our life to Him and really meant it. But if your love waxes cold toward your neighbor, that's not good – that's double trouble. If by now you don't know His rules, you better learn them – from the good Bible.
We live in a time when many believe we're close to seeing Jesus coming back.
Why? Look at the next clue Jesus gives, in Matthew 24:15. "When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand.)" What? The holy place? Who's Daniel the prophet?
Read Daniel's book of the Bible. It's one of the best reads in the world. Pay close attention to chapter 12. In it he's told by the angel Michael about the end times, just before the Messiah comes again to be our King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He's told that He comes at the end of a three and a half year period, which is known as the period of Jacob's trouble – which is another name for Israel's trouble. It comes at a time still in the future when the Holy Temple of God will be rebuilt and the daily sacrifice will be taken away and the abomination of desolation shall take place. Israel is our time clock for the end times.
At this point I must tell you about another amazing story, one about Rabbi Judah Ben Samuel who lived during the 12th century and consecrated his life to God. He wrote the following prophecy in A.D. 1217, which has so far proven to be accurate with only the final part of it remaining to be fulfilled:
"When the Ottomans conquer Jerusalem they will rule over Jerusalem for eight jubilees. Afterwards Jerusalem will become no-man's land for one jubilee, and then in the ninth jubilee it will once again come back into the possession of the Jewish nation – which would signify the beginning of the Messianic end time."
When he was asked where he received this prophecy, he said, "The prophet Elijah, who will precede the Messiah, appeared to me and revealed many things to me and emphasized that the pre-condition for answered prayer is that it is fueled by enthusiasm and joy for the greatness and holiness of God."
The first part of his prophecy was fulfilled exactly 300 years later when the Ottomans took control of Jerusalem in 1517.
The second part was fulfilled 400 years later in 1917 when the Ottomans lost control of Jerusalem 400 years later, which equals eight jubilees because the year of jubilee occurs every 50th year (Leviticus 25:1-12). The Ottomans lost Jerusalem to the British on Sept. 17, 1917.
The third part was fulfilled during the next 50 years, from 1917 to 1967 when Jerusalem was known as a no-man's land.
The fourth part was fulfilled on June 7, 1967, when Israel took control of Jerusalem during the Six-Day War, which was exactly 50 years after the Ottomans lost it in 1917. Israel has maintained control ever since then. Since that time, over half the world's Jews have lived in Israel. Many more are destined to come.
That's amazing don't you think?
There's more. Luke's gospel records the time of Israel's trouble this way, in 21:24: "And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled." [Emphasis added.] That means no more Gentiles calling the shots. Israel will be, once again, for Israelis.
In case you haven't heard, Israel is already facing increasing pressure from the international community to divide Jerusalem, giving the eastern half to the Palestinians.
Nevertheless, President Donald Trump defied the world on Dec. 6, 2017, and formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and stated that the U.S. Embassy would be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He made good on the broken promises of many past presidents by placing the embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018.
Getting back to Judah Ben Samuel's prophecy, you may think he got the fifth part of his prediction wrong because it has been 55 years since 1967.
Messiah Jesus said in Matthew 24:34, "Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place."
Based on what King David wrote in Psalm 90:10, one generation is 70 or 80 years.
"The days of our years are threescore years and ten; (70 years) and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years (80 years), yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away."
If the Messianic end times began in 1967, using King David's definition would put the end in 2037 (70 years) or 2047 (80 years). And he's favored by God.
"Whoso readeth, let him understand." Jesus is waiting for the Gentiles' time to be fulfilled.
Pastor JD addresses an important issue concerning the rapture and tribulation by explaining why it is that we are not in the 7-year tribulation yet...Pastor JD addresses an important issue concerning the rapture and tribulation by explaining why it is that we are not in the 7-year tribulation yet.
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Shalom from a reeling Israel! It has been a very difficult couple of days in my country. Yesterday, two bombs went off at bus stops near entrances to Jerusalem. The shrapnel-filled explosives were strapped to bicycles, left at the stops, then detonated by cell phone. In the first blast, 18 people were injured. One of them, 16-year-old Aryeh Schupak, an orthodox teen on his way to yeshiva, succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. Approximately a half hour later, the second explosion took place, injuring five more.
In response to the terror attacks, many Palestinians celebrated, even passing out candies to passing motorists. While Hamas stopped short of taking credit for the attacks, they did join the celebration. Mohammad Hamada, a spokesman for the terrorist organization stated, “The action conveyed the message to the occupation by saying that our people will stand firm on their land and cling to the path of resistance.”
In a separate incident in Jenin, West Bank, Tiran Ferro, an 18-year-old Israeli Druze, was driving with his 17-year-old friend when they were involved in a serious car accident and were severely injured. While Ferro was surrounded by family in the hospital, a group of 20 Palestinian gunmen stormed the room, disconnected him from his life-sustaining machinery and medications, and carried him away. He died soon after he was kidnapped. The young man’s uncle, who was at his bedside, identified the armed men as members of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. It wasn’t until today that the young man’s body was finally returned to his family.
While blame for the incidents rests squarely with the evil perpetrators, it is the weakness of the Israeli administration that has opened the door for these kinds of horrific events to occur. We are ready for Benjamin Netanyahu to step back into his strong leadership role, but it takes time to arrange a coalition of parties. Hopefully, it will happen very soon. In the meantime, Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi is cutting his trip to the US short in order to return to Israel to address these attacks. Expect the response to be very forceful.
Despite these attacks, we know that God still has His eyes on His special land and on His holy city. Please pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Pray for the safety of His chosen people. And pray for our Lord’s swift return for His church, which will set the countdown clock ticking toward the time when God will make all things new once again.
Psalm 122:6-7 KJV – “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee. Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces.”
Russia’s War Against Ukrainian Civilians
It seems, in war, that it is always the innocent who suffer the most. This is particularly true when they are specifically targeted by a warring force, as the Ukrainians are by the Russian leadership.
General Sergey Surovikin, Russia’s top commander in Ukraine, has been methodically dismantling the country’s electrical power grid and has done an exceptional job at damaging or destroying almost all its thermal power plants, hydroelectric power plants, and substations.
In addition, all three nuclear power plants still controlled by Ukraine were shut down in attacks yesterday. As a result, more than 10 million Ukrainians are without electricity, resulting in no heat and, for many, no running water. The capital city of Kyiv has been especially hard hit of late. Said the city’s mayor, Vitali Klitschko, “We may have to evacuate parts of the city. Kyiv may be on its way to the worst winter since World War II. This is the worst-case scenario.”
This type of warfare is pure evil, and it is amazing that Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose parents endured the horrific deprivations of the siege of Leningrad and who lost an older brother, three uncles, and a grandmother in civilian-directed warfare, would choose to go down this path.
On the conventional warfare side of things, Russia is preparing for a new round of military drafts in the next few months. This will greatly lower the fighting level of the soldiers, but the Russian military has always been more about quantity than quality.
Finally, the Russian forces have used up all of their Iranian-made suicide drones, so Moscow and Tehran have agreed to a partnership for new drone manufacturing in Russia.
Deaths Mount as Iran Nears 70 Days of Protests
It has been well over two months since Mahsa Amini was killed by Iran’s morality police while in custody for improperly wearing her hijab, and the protests that were sparked by her murder have grown to a nation-wide wildfire.
On Friday, the ancestral home of the Islamic Republic’s founder, Ayatollah Khomeini, was set aflame by protestors. At the World Cup, Iranian football fans chanted “Death to Khameini”, referring to the country’s current supreme leader. As the protests intensify, so does the military response. The latest figures show that in the 1059 demonstrations that have occurred in 155 cities, 419 Iranian civilians have been killed by authorities, and over 17,000 have been arrested. Much of the violence against the protestors is taking place in Kurdish areas, and include the wholesale slaughter of men, women, and children.
Iran Finally Admits to Enriching Uranium to 60%
Iran admitted to enriching uranium at its underground Fordo site to 60% purity. This is just a very short step from reaching the 90% weapons-grade purity level. Earlier in the year, Tehran had admitted to enriching to 20%, which was still over five times higher than they were permitted in the 2015 nuclear agreement.
While the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and countless media outlets were making excuses for the Iranian nuclear program and regurgitating to the public the lies they were being fed, we laid out the scenario of an Iran on the verge of achieving nuclear weapons and the desperate situation into which that places Israel and Saudi Arabia.
When Benjamin Netanyahu takes office as prime minister, this will be his number one priority. He cannot let Iran go nuclear.
It seems that the Biden administration has finally seen the light, too. It is this situation that took IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi to the US, as I mentioned above. A result of his trip is that the two countries are now discussing a joint military exercise to simulate an attack on Iran in order to destroy its nuclear program.
Hezbollah’s Stash of Chemical Weapons
With the help of North Korean experts and an Iranian national, Hezbollah has created over 400 missiles carrying toxic chemical warheads. Originating in Masyaf in western Syria, the rockets have now been transferred, with the help of Unit 2250 of Iran’s IRGC, to a warehouse in Al-Qusayr along the Lebanon-Syria border.
Reports are that soon the weapons will be moved south to the Lebanese town of Bint Jbeil, which is just a little more than two miles from Israel’s border. If that is truly what is to happen, the Lebanese government is powerless to do anything about it. All levels of leadership are rife with Hezbollah members or sympathizers. As a result, the government is in shambles, as is evident today by the parliament’s seventh failed attempt to elect a president for the nation.
Turkey Pounds Kurdish Rebels in Northern Iraq
Following the November 13 bombing in Istanbul that killed six people, Turkey has been pounding the Kurdish rebels in northern Syria and Iraq with around 40 airstrikes. Now, it appears that Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is planning a ground assault.
“We have been bearing down on terrorists for a few days with our planes, cannons, and guns,” he said. “[allah] willing, we will root out all of them as soon as possible, together with our tanks, our soldiers.”
Turkey is not the only one hitting the Kurds. Iran’s IRGC is also taking it to the Kurdish rebels located in northern Iraq.
North Korea Fires More Missiles
Kim Jong-un is continuing his policy of “Speak loudly and carry a big missile”. On Friday, North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that landed in Japan’s economic waters. This is the second time this month that the country has launched a missile of this type. In response, the US and South Korea held military exercises the next day.
Azerbaijan to Open Embassy in Israel
The parliament in Baku has approved the opening of an Azerbaijani embassy in Israel. Located in Tel Aviv, it will be the first embassy of a majority Shiite nation to open in Israel.
Unrest Continues Over Brazilian Elections
In the latest major story that your media outlets are not telling you about, the protests continue in Brazil over the election results. Tens of thousands are marching while others block major freeways and thoroughfares. Not surprisingly, the government’s response has been violent.
Now, in a frightening twist, the nation’s Justice Inspector, Minister Luis Felipe Salomao, has signed an order authorizing child protective services to remove children from the homes of protesters.
The World Cup and the Celebration of Hypocrisy
Sunday saw the opening of the World Cup in Qatar. This competition is a microcosm of all that is wrong in our world. On one side, there are the protests against the ban by FIFA (the World Cup’s governing organization) of teams wearing rainbow armbands or uniform patches in support of LGBTQ people. The German team chose to make a stand by covering their mouths during a team picture to signify being censored. The team then went on to lose to Japan in a huge upset.
On the other side, Qatar has invited Zakir Naik, a terrorism-sympathizing Islamic preacher who is a fugitive from his homeland of India where he is wanted on charges of money laundering and hate speech, to come and give lectures on Islam at the World Cup.
Additionally, as fans are touring the many mosques, they are being proselytized by the Islamic clerics. And the media is just eating it up, celebrating what a wonderful thing it is as visitors are being converted to Islam. Imagine this being in the US where fans from around the world visit churches where they are being told that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. This is the hypocrisy of the media. They celebrate Islam as something beautiful. Then they celebrate the people that Islam hates – the LGBTQ community. They rejoice at the “beauty” of a South American fan converting to Islam in a mosque, then they condemn the Qatari government for banning alcohol at stadiums and pressuring FIFA to ban the rainbow flag.
15 “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.” (Matthew 24:15-22)
As the hour approaches for the start of the Tribulation and the end of this present age, I have many Christians that email me and wonder “Are we in the Tribulation now, or can it get any worse that what we see already at the present?”....Some come to the erroneous conclusion that we are in the first part of the Tribulation, as the world is going stark raving mad. Environmental disasters of earthquakes, volcano eruptions, drought leading to famine in third world countries, when ISIS was beheading Christians in the Middle East, and nuclear threats from Iran and North Korea, and now even China and Russia, leave many wondering if we are indeed, in the first years of the coming Tribulation. Are we?
The Lord God gave us definite signs of when the beginning of the Tribulation would start, and although I would agree that we are bumping right up to the time the Bible calls Jacob's trouble, we have not crossed that red line that says we are in the Tribulation just yet. Why do I say that?
THE PURPOSE OF THE COMING TRIBULATION
The Tribulation has a primary, secondary purpose and even a third reason for the time. From the perspective of Israel the Tribulation has a primary purpose. From the prophet Daniel, that primary purpose is six fold:
"Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people [Daniel and the Jews] and upon thy holy city, [Jerusalem] to (1) finish the transgression, and to (2) make an end of sins, and to (3) make reconciliation for iniquity, and to (4) bring in everlasting righteousness, and to (5) seal up the vision and prophecy, and to (6) anoint the most Holy." (Daniel 9:24)
That primary purpose had been going on from the rebuilding of the Temple after the Babylonian exile and ancient Israel's return to her own land for 483 years, when Jesus rode into the city of Jerusalem riding on the back of a donkey.
"Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.” (Zechariah 9:9)
Thus Jesus fulfilled the prophecy in the 483rd year of the Prophecy and if Israel would have accepted their Messiah, then the Kingdom of God would have come upon the earth at that time, but that was not God's plan. Several days later, Jesus would be tried, convicted in a Sanhedrin court, sentenced by a Roman governor and crucified on a cross for the sole reason of being the Messiah they did not want to accept. Their image of their “political Savior” was a King David type, not this lowly carpenter who wanted to save them from their sins. They didn't need a Savior, (in their deceived thinking) as they had the law of Moses, which they didn't realize could not save them from being separated from God the Father for all eternity. They knew of the timing of the coming Messiah, and here He was standing right in front of them, but they didn't like His spiritual message of repentance.
When Jesus died on that cross, the time period of 490 years that Gabriel told Daniel would be required to fulfill that prophecy, stopped and has been on hold now for nearly 2000 years. That leaves a final 7 years (490-483=7 years) of the prophecy to the nation of Israel on hold. God will complete His promise to the Jewish people in the near future.
But for the Church that was born at Pentecost because of the blood sacrifice Jesus paid, points 1-4 of the above verse was accomplished at the cross. The last two points of 5-6 are yet to be fulfilled, but neither of them apply to the Church anyway. The prophecy is for the Jewish people and of Jerusalem with a rebuilt Temple standing on the Temple Mount and the anointing of the Messiah taking place at the 2nd Coming of Jesus to reign and rule for a Millennium.
The primary purpose of the Tribulation, therefore, is to effect the national redemption of the Jews.
2 “But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap:
3 And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.
4 Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the Lord, as in the days of old, and as in former years.” (Malachi 3:2-4)
Israel will be refined through much persecution, until they recognize their Messiah that their forefathers rejected in 33 AD and they still do today.
There is a secondary purpose as outlined in Revelation chp. 9:
"Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts." (Revelation 9:21)
In reading the whole of chapters 6- 9 of this apocalyptic book, gives you the reason for the coming Tribulation. God is putting down all rebellion upon the earth, known as the “nations” who will not repent of their sinful lives, or give God any glory. But those who love their unrighteousness and sinful practices will not repent even in the face of this horrific judgment that is being poured out on them, and it only gets worse, much worse.
This secondary purpose is to purge this earth of unrepentant, rebellious mankind that rejects Christ as Lord of their lives. God will nearly wipe this planet clean of all human life. By definition, to be a Christian, one must repent of one's sins. So the Church has no purpose in God's judgment against these “unrepentant, lawless” sinners.
There is also a third reason for the Tribulation. It is to allow Satan full and free reign over the earth and its inhabitants. Among the many purposes of Heaven outlined in God's Word is the trial of Satan. At the conclusion of the Tribulation, there will no doubt remaining among the angels and the inhabitants of God's realm, (the saints of God) to the depth of Satan's guilt or the severity of the forthcoming punishment. This was prophesied in Isaiah what would become of Lucifer, now known as Satan (the adversary) when he was cast out of heaven when he proclaimed his infamous “I wills” to be like the Most High God....
"Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?" (Isaiah 14:15-17)
HARPAZO OF THE CHURCH OF THE LIVING GOD
The doctrine of imminency teaches that Jesus could come at any moment and “snatch by force” His redeemed bride which is HARPAZO in the Greek that Paul spoke of in 1st Corinthians and 1st Thessalonians
15 “For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up (HARPAZO) together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” (1st Thessalonians 4:15-18)
What is the dictionary definition of what Paul wrote above of the HARPAZO, or being “caught up” in English..
1) to seize, carry off by force
2) to seize on, claim for one' s self eagerly
3) to snatch out or away
The fulfillment of this passage could come at any moment, from the day of Paul until the starting point of the Tribulation. How do I know that it is confined to that period of time? Glad you asked. Because the Bible expressly promises us that the Tribulation will not start until Satan has total control over this earth.
In order for Satan to have total control (and therefore no excuse) the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit and His ministry of identifying and restraining evil must be removed.
Jesus promises that the Holy Spirit would indwell within me until He returns, as I am neither of the “house of Israel” or part of the Christ rejecting Gentile nations and have no part in the coming Tribulation, but the scripture says that the coming Anti-Christ will overcome the “saints” during the tribulation.
“And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” (Revelation 13:7-
If the Holy Spirit must be 'taken out of the way' BEFORE the Antichrist can be revealed, which is the only logical way to interpret what Paul wrote in 2nd Thessalonians 2:7-9,
7 “For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,”
So if God is withdrawing the work of the Holy spirit, that would leave me comfortless, if as a Christian I am found to be still present during the time known as Jacob's Trouble, the Tribulation. If God has left me alone just when I need Him the most, then Jesus broke His Word, and we know Jesus cannot lie.
16 “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” (John 14:16-18)
No matter how I try to read the above verses otherwise, I cannot be present during this time. Until the Holy Spirit is “taken out of the way” then that Wicked cannot be revealed, which is the Anti-Christ.
This may be confusing to some, but let us identify the players in the preceding verses listed above in 2nd Thessalonians 2:7-9. The “mystery of iniquity” or the spirit of the Anti-Christ (1st John 4:3) "He who letteth". First, "he" is a personal pronoun, so this isn't a 'thing' to be taken out of the way, but a 'Him'. 'To let' is an old English phrase that signifies indwelling, as in the phrase, "Room to Let."
When the verse speaks of “that Wicked” it is also a personal pronoun and in context, refers to the one whom Jesus will destroy at His Second Coming.
So in modern everyday English, the meaning of the passage says “the Anti-Christ won't be revealed until the Holy Spirit's presence is taken out of the way”...So the point of the passage that should not be any bone of contention, is that if the Holy Spirit is removed, and we have God's Holy Spirit within us, and Jesus will NOT leave us alone without comfort, then if the Holy Spirit is leaving, then so shall God's Church. Every born again believer on this planet will be removed at the very same instant as God's Holy Spirit. Since Satan cannot overcome God, and God is dwelling in me, then the Anti-Christ can't overcome me if I were still on the earth.
I cannot picture a situation in which I would lose the Holy Spirit's indwelling presence while I am still alive on this earth. It is unthinkable.
THE CHURCH REMOVED
So now that I hope you can see that the Church will be removed prior to the Anti-Christ being revealed and we will not be subject to God's Wrath. Now some say that the first part of the Tribulation is promoted by Satan and evil men. Many try to say that God's wrath is not revealed until the 6th seal is opened, as the righteousness indignation of God's judgment is finally revealed..is that true? I ask you. Who is opening the seals of the “title deed to this earth” by removing all rebellion on the planet? From the first seal until the last, the author of this judgment is Jesus Christ the Lord. He is causing events to happen. He is using men to enact judgment on other lawless men, just as He used Babylon and Assyria as the iron rod of judgment on Israel for their lawless behavior and rejecting the laws of God. So here God is doing the same thing by using men to bring about the beginning of His wrath indirectly, but will show His indignation directly in subsequent seals of judgment. In chapter 6, the men of earth know who is causing the problems and the evil that befalls them, and they cry out:
15 “And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” (Revelation 6:15-17)
LET US ANAZLYZE THIS COMING TRIBULATION.
Where do we get seven years of tribulation? Some ask me that question and assert that there is no basis for it...
Daniel says that Antichrist rules for one 'week' -- or seven years.
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.” (Daniel 9:27)
I've even had some deceived notions that this above verse is speaking of Jesus causing a covenant to be broken in mid-week, but clearly it is speaking of an abomination of desolation that only happened one other time with Antiochus Epiphanes when he desecrated the Holy Temple and spawned the Maccabean revolt.
The first three and one half years are a period of false peace for Israel. Because of confirming a covenant with Israel, the coming Anti-Christ will reveal himself by enforcing a pre-existence covenant that is possibly the Oslo Accord from the earth 1990s or the Abrahamic Covenants during Trump's administration. The last three and one half years are a period of intense persecution and Great Tribulation for the Jewish people. It is the remaining 7 years left to fulfill the prophecy given by Gabriel to Daniel, that has been on hold for the Age of Grace that we have been living in for almost 2000 years now.
No matter how novel an interpretation one may develop to argue against the seven year period, Daniel also identifies it as a period of 2520 days, divided into two periods of 1260 days each. The first part is the Tribulation that causes a false peace for Israel, but is surrounded by unrest and war around the globe. The last 1260 days are known as the Great Tribulation, when the AC is revealed as the abomination that causeth desolation, and Israel will know they have made a pact deal with the devil. They will run for their very lives, but many will not believe the prophecy and will not escape into the wilderness, just as it was in 70 AD when those who believed fled to the mountain fortress in Petra, in the Jordanian wilderness. (see chp. 12 of Revelation v. 14-17)
Now to those who make a wishful thinking by asking the specific question “why cannot Christ's coming for His elect occur during the first half of the tribulation?” Scripture outlines a season (of tribulation) for the purpose of judgment that is to last seven years.
As mentioned, the tribulation is the not the time for the Church's redemption, it is Israel's time. The purpose in general is the refinement of Israel as silver is refined in the fiery furnace for purification, and the removal of rebellion and the judgment of the lost. The Church is being judged now in this Age of Grace. Those who have God's earnest deposit of His Holy Spirit residing within their own spirit have a guarantee of redemption and glorification when Jesus comes for His bride, His Church. The Church of the Living God is neither under judgment or in need of redemption. She has already been redeemed, and judged righteous by the blood of the Lamb, our Savior, Jesus Christ.
To not believe the above redemption of our bodies at the rapture of the Church is to believe that Jesus' sacrifice in His own blood on a Roman cross was not good enough to save us to the uttermost. It is to believe in a type of Catholic purgatory that Jesus did NOT pay it all once for all time.
WHAT IF WE DO HAVE TO SUFFER SOME OF THE TRIBULATION?
Some hypothesize, and it's pure speculation, that if there is not a removal of the Bride of Christ before the Tribulation starts, could it not cause some to turn away from their faith, as was talked about in the gospels. They say, “won't there be some suffering on the part of Christians?”...”and if so, we are causing those to become discouraged and fall away”.
I agree that we shall not escape all suffering, as that has been part of the human condition since man was created. There is persecution and modern day martyrdom in such places as the Middle East, Communist China, and Central Africa. This is not an ancient concept, but continues to this day by evil men.
There is a major difference between the sufferings of men at the hand of other evil men, by one phrase ...”The Wrath of God”. Tribulation saints differ from the Bride of Christ saved during the Age of Grace, or the Church Age. Those saved during this horrific seven years will have their metal tested as like no other period of time memorial. Evil is rampant. Satan seeks to destroy all mankind, but in the process gain worship for himself, and attempts to destroy all of the nation of Israel to make God out a liar. And I must point out again a major distinction between the saints of the Church age, and the Tribulation saints by God's Holy Word:
Of the Church Age saints, John writes:
"Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world." (1st John 4:4)
During the Tribulation, it is the saints that are overcome:
"And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations." (Revelation 13:7)
The same Apostle John wrote both verses. Is it not 'pure speculation' to assume that the differences in status are irrelevant? Two set of saints are not the same. The church Age is the Bride, the Tribulation saints will be the guest at the ceremony as they are in martyrdom.
A final question that has been kicked around on Christian forums I host, that is “if the pre-tribulation rapture of the church is true, how does that give God any glory. Wouldn't it be more glory to Him, if Christ appears amidst the persecution of His saints and rescues them from the Anti-Christ and Satan?” I am reminded of a verse that Jesus spoke to the Apostle Thomas, you now, doubting Thomas?
"Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen Me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed." (John 20:29)
Paul speaks of this very thing in Romans 8, which if we are saved by grace through faith, when Christ actually appears, how much faith will be necessary when you see Him in all His glory?
24 “For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.” (Romans 8:24-25)
As bad as it seems, and my friend, it will get exponentially worse, from chp. 6 of Revelation till chp. 19 when the Saints of God come back on white horse clothed in linen, white and clean following the Lord of Lords, and King of Kings..Jesus our God and Savior..
11 “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.” (Revelation 19:11-15)
Jesus has come, rebellion has been put down. The saints rule the earth along with our Lord Jesus, and the Millennium starts and returns the earth to what it came from, perfection.
But of this writing, the antichrist has not yet been revealed. The peace treaty has not yet been confirmed. Temple worship has not yet been restored. All these are events that take place BEFORE the Great Tribulation begins. It is that termination of sacrifice that begins the Great Tribulation.
The antichrist can't cause the sacrifice to cease until AFTER it has begun. That can't happen until the Jews possess the Temple Mount. The antichrist cannot take his seat in the Temple of God, causing Israel to reject him, which kicks off the Great Tribulation, until AFTER there is a Temple to sit in.
None of this has happened, but make no mistake, it could happen almost overnight. These events noted just in the preceding two paragraphs are totally INDEPENDENT of the rapture of the Church. None of them exist because we are not in the Tribulation just yet, but it's right over the near horizon and is looming larger and larger with each passing day. We are indeed close, but we are not quite there yet...Reader take warning. I urge you to believe on the only begotten Son of God, slain from the foundation of the earth, and miss this coming Tribulation, by grace through faith.
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.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:16-18)
8 “But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.” (Romans 10:8-11)
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Ever since Sir Robert Anderson published his seminal work, ‘The Coming Prince’ at the turn of the 20th century, prophecy watchers have been trying to figure out who he is. Sir Robert took his title from Daniel 9:26’s identification of the antichrist as a prince of the Roman Empire:
“And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.”
Of all the prophetic clues to the identification of the antichrist, this seems to me to be the most unassailable. There have been only two ‘peoples’ whom history records destroying both the city of Jerusalem and the sanctuary of the Temple.
The first was Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, who sacked Jerusalem, destroyed the Temple, carried off its treasures and took the Judean intelligentsia captive to serve the Babylonian Empire. Daniel’s prophecy was recorded from Babylon, many years after the event.
The second time was in AD 70 when Titus of Rome, together with elements of the V Macedonia, XII Fulminata and XV Fretnensis, lay siege to Jerusalem and the Temple.
On the Jewish feast day of Tisha B’av (the Ninth of Av), the Romans fired and destroyed the Second Temple.
The Jewish historian, Flavius Josephus, was an eyewitness to the events that he described:
“Now as soon as the army had no more people to slay or to plunder, because there remained none to be the objects of their fury (for they would not have spared any, had there remained any other work to be done), [Titus] Caesar gave orders that they should now demolish the entire city and Temple…but for all the rest of the wall [surrounding Jerusalem], it was so thoroughly laid even with the ground by those that dug it up to the foundation, that there was left nothing to make those that came thither believe it [Jerusalem] had ever been inhabited.”
According to Josephus, as many as one million, one hundred thousand Jews were killed during the siege, with less than a hundred thousand surviving to be captured and enslaved.
“The slaughter within was even more dreadful than the spectacle from without. Men and women, old and young, insurgents and priests, those who fought and those who entreated mercy, were hewn down in indiscriminate carnage. The number of the slain exceeded that of the slayers. The legionaries had to clamber over heaps of dead to carry on the work of extermination.”
Most amazingly, Titus reportedly refused to accept a victory wreath from Ceasar, on the grounds that “there is no merit in vanquishing a people forsaken by their own God.”
Scripture paints a detailed portrait of the man Daniel said would be a prince of the people who would destroy the city (Jerusalem) and the sanctuary (the Temple).
Daniel 7:8, 24 says that the antichrist will rise from obscurity, but with a ‘mouth speaking great things.’ He will blaspheme God [Daniel 7:25; 11:36; Revelation 13:5] slandering His Name, dwelling place, and departed Christians and Old Testament saints [Revelation 13:6].
He will confirm a covenant between Israel and the “many” [Daniel 9:27]. This covenant will likely involve the establishment of a Jewish Temple in Jerusalem [see Dan 9:27; Matt 24:15].
He will put an end to Jewish sacrifice and offerings after 3 ½ years and will set up an abomination to God in the Temple [Daniel 9:27, Matthew 24:15]. His power will be as absolute as any ‘king’ of the ancient Babylonians, Persians, and Greeks [Revelation 13:2]. He will not answer to a higher earthly authority; “He will do as he pleases” [Daniel 11:36].
Daniel 11:37 says he will pay lip service to the religion of his ancestors, but will give honor to the ‘god’ of [military] forces. His whole focus and attention will be on his military. He will conquer lands and distribute them [Daniel 11:39-44].
He will claim that Jesus did not come in the flesh, or that Jesus did not rise bodily from the grave [2 John 7]. He will deny that Jesus is the Messiah [I John 2:22].
He will be worshipped by many people [Rev. 13:8]. He will hate a nation that initially will have some control over his kingdom, but he will destroy this nation [Rev 17:16-18]. In some fashion, his name will be related to the number six hundred and sixty-six— but not necessarily in an obvious fashion [Rev 13:17-18].
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, he will be indwelt and empowered by Satan himself [Revelation 13:2].
I believe that he is alive today and is probably already a well-known politician. But I don’t believe that it is the responsibility of the Church to identify him or even to be on the lookout for him. The Scriptures tell us to be watching for the coming of Christ.
Signs pointing to the antichrist are important only in that the revelation of the antichrist means the return of Jesus Christ is only seven years away from that moment. The Tribulation Period lasts for 2,520 days, which works out to seven Hebrew calendar years.
Over the years, I’ve heard dozens of novel interpretations by folks who find a seven-year Tribulation Period inconvenient to their own theories, but the big hurdle to get over is that Daniel says the antichrist’s covenant is for one “week” (Hebrew: shabua).
(“Shabua” is used here in the same sense that the Greeks used “decade” to measure multiples of ten years, except the Hebrews worked in multiples of seven.)
The arguments are interesting and novel, and some of them show evidence of years of effort at making the numbers match the theory being offered, but you can’t make Daniel’s Seventieth Week into anything but a week of years without trashing the incredible accuracy of Daniel’s prediction regarding the Messiah.
Josh McDowell wrote his thesis at Dallas Theological Seminary on the Book of Daniel, and his thesis was subsequently published as a book entitled Evidence that Demands a Verdict.
McDowell calculated the date of Xerxes commandment to restore the Temple on March 5, 444 BC and counted forward 483 lunar years, which equals 173,855 days.
And exactly 173,855 days after Xerxes issued that commandment, Jesus Christ rode into Jerusalem on the foal of an ass, was received as King and was ‘cut off’ (killed) “but not for Himself.”
“Now Caiaphas was he, which gave counsel to the Jews, that it was expedient that one Man should die for the people” [John 18:14].
So to argue that Daniel’s Seventieth Week is anything but seven years trashes Daniel’s most spectacular prophetic fulfillment. If the first sixty-nine weeks weren’t multiples of seven, then McDowell’s calculations are meaningless.
And so is Daniel’s prophecy – so why bother to either cite or study it?
Furthermore, the Prophet Jeremiah identifies the Tribulation Period as the “time of Jacob’s trouble” which comports to Daniel’s vision of the seventy weeks being determined for Israel and not the Church.
Remember, it is to make ‘reconciliation for sin’ and to ‘bring in everlasting righteousness.’
For the Church during the Church Age, those goals were already accomplished at the Cross.
But the Tribulation Period is the final week of the Age of the Law. The Temple will be in full operation and the Mosaic Law in full force. The Church Age is concluded with the antichrist’s treaty.
We don’t know who the antichrist is — but we do know that the covenant the antichrist confirms is based on the formula of “land for peace,” the formula upon which the Oslo Agreement (September 13, 1993 –September 13, 2000) was based.
So the treaty exists, but collapsed before it was fully implemented. The principle of land for peace remains at the heart of every peace proposal. The antichrist is said to ‘confirm’ the covenant, not write it, or negotiate it or sign it. He ‘confirms’ it.
One cannot confirm anything unless it first exists!
If the symbols, heads, horns and beasts of Daniel and Revelation make sense, that is because this is the generation to whom they were addressed. Daniel didn’t understand all that he was seeing in his vision, and he asked for an explanation. Instead, the revealing angel told Daniel,
“But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased” [Daniel 12:4].
The Book is unsealed in this generation, a generation in which a person can circumnavigate the planet in a day. A generation that has unlocked the secrets of the human genome, one in which knowledge doubles every eighteen months.
Daniel’s treaty already exists. All that remains is for it to be confirmed and guaranteed by Sir Robert’s ‘Coming Prince.’
At some point before that treaty is finally confirmed, Jesus Christ will descend from heaven with a shout, and the voice of an archangel, and all those living who placed their faith in Christ will be snatched away, to be forever with Christ.
“Wherefore comfort one another with these words” [1 Thessalonians 4:18].
Is America nearing the end of the road as a nation? Have we reached a place similar to that of Judah just before Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonians destroyed Jerusalem and the temple?
Three times in the book of Jeremiah, the Lord tells the prophet to not pray for the people of Judah (Jeremiah 7:16, 11:14, 14:11). God’s judgment on the nation was certain at this point; praying would not change the final outcome.
Can we apply Jeremiah’s words to the U.S. as well? I believe we can.
God’s judgment upon America is not only certain, I believe it has already begun. Please know that I am not implying that revivals will no longer happen in the U.S. We should pray for people to come to the Savior and hopefully a great many will continue to receive His offer of eternal life.
What I am saying, however, is that there will not be a great spiritual awakening that will reshape America or change its downward trajectory. As a nation, we have rejected God and His ways just as Judah did during the time of the prophet Jeremiah.
The November 8, 2022, election in the U.S. confirms that as a nation, we are close to the end of the road. As expected, widespread cheating changed the outcome of many key races keeping the Democrats in control of the Senate as well as that of several state governorships. The slight advantage to Republicans in the House will not alter America’s continuing descent into darkness.
Abortion up to the moment of birth won big. In California, the ballot proposal to make the murder of preborn children part of the state’s constitution was up by 1.3 million votes the last time I checked. In Vermont, 77.4% voted in favor of enshrining the killing of innocents in the state’s constitution while 56.7% did so in Michigan.
There’s also evidence that many people went to the polls to voice their support of keeping abortion up to the point of birth legal.
THE ROMANS 1 PATH TO PERDITION
Paul wrote these words in Romans 1:18:
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness.”
What the apostle describes in the rest of the chapter aligns rather well with the past sixty years of American history. In Romans 1:28-32, we see the end result of rejecting God and His Word:
“And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God's righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.”
The U.S. has reached the end of the Romans 1 path to perdition. Signs of the “debased mind” described in the above verses abound throughout our culture as well as in the halls of our federal government.
A recent news story claimed that the Biden administration sent money to Ecuador for the purpose of putting on drag queen shows, which are a hideous and indecent repudiation of all that God’s Word says about gender and morality.
Newsweek’s efforts to fact-check this report resulted in the two disturbing paragraphs below:
In a statement sent to Newsweek, a spokesperson for the State Department said the agency supports "a wide range of strategic programs in Ecuador" that focuses on diversity and representation, and that the goal of the CEN program is to "promote tolerance" and "provide new opportunities for LGBTQI+ Ecuadorians to express themselves freely and safely."
"LGBTQI+ people across the globe deserve to live in societies free from targeted violence and discrimination. Recent data suggest an alarming and deadly rise in violence against LGBTQI+ persons in Ecuador," the spokesperson said.
In other words, the report that the Biden administration funded drag shows in Ecuador was not only true, but it’s just a sampling of their efforts to promote abhorrent debauchery in other nations as well.
The corruption that defines the U.S. government extends to Republicans as well. Most, if not all of the GOP leadership support the globalists’ agenda while only a handful of its politicians speak out against the injustice and wicked behavior that abounds throughout America.
On November 16, 2022, twelve Republican Senators joined Democrats in ending debate on the “Respect for Marriage Act,” which establishes same-sex marriage into federal law. This ensures that it will become law.
An article on the Harbingers Daily website quoted Franklin Graham regarding the legislation:
“The deceitfully named Respect for Marriage Act will be voted on by the U.S. Senate this week, as early as Wednesday. The bill strikes a blow at religious freedom for individuals and ministries and is really the ‘Destruction of Marriage Act.’ Its sponsors remarkably claim it protects religious freedom. It does not. This disastrous bill sends a message to America that if you don’t agree with the left’s definition of marriage, you are a bigot.
THE NEARNESS OF THE SEVEN-YEAR TRIBULATION
Another indication that America lies near the end of the road is the rapidly approaching Day of the Lord, or the seven-year Tribulation, in which all nations will experience God’s wrath. It will be the worst time in world history; comparatively very few people will remain alive at the time of Jesus’ return to the earth (Matthew 24:22; see also Isaiah 13:9-12).
There have been 63 million abortions in America alone and over one billion worldwide since it became legal. This alone accounts for the severity of the Lord’s future judgments that John witnessed and described for us in Revelation 6-18.
However, there’s so much more wickedness that places the trajectory of America squarely on on a downward path as I have brought up in other articles.
Several decades ago, after Ruth Graham read the draft of a book that her husband was writing, she said, “If God doesn’t punish America, He’ll have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.”
Her words ring true today, abundantly more so. God will not be apologizing! Instead, the U.S. will suffer a fate similar to those two ancient cities.
Even if I did not believe in a pre-Tribulation Rapture, I would still warn people about the Lord’s impending judgment on America.
THERE IS GOOD NEWS, REALLY
In the midst of all the bad news about the moral decline of America as well as the rest of the world, there’s much good news, really!
First, we know that Jesus is coming for us soon; there’s no better news for weary souls than that.
Regardless of our current circumstances, even if they happen to be fantastic, heaven will be so much better, it will be glorious. From the moment of the Rapture forward, we will enjoy immortal bodies and experience joy beyond our wildest imagination.
We will meet Jesus in the air and go to the place He has prepared for us. Can you imagine the excitement we will feel when we see Jesus face to face? Spend a few moments thinking about the reunions that will take place with loved ones and dear friends who are already with the Lord. Once we set foot in glory, we will instantly forget about our trials and hardships on earth.
Second, if you have not yet placed your faith in Jesus and His saving work on the cross, the good news is that you can know that you possess everlasting life (1 John 5:13). All those that call upon Jesus in faith are bound for glory; they will never experience God’s wrath (1 Thessalonians 1:9-10; 5:9-10).
In my post, Jesus Is the Only Path to Eternal Life, I explain how you can know that God has forgiven all your sins because of the the blood that Jesus shed upon the cross. He died in your place; He took the wrath we all deserve upon Himself. He paid the penalty for all of our sins, past, present, and future.
In 1 John 5:11-12, we find these comforting words about eternal life:
And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
Call upon the Savior while you have the opportunity; tomorrow may be too late. He alone is the path to eternal life (John 14:6).
Katherine Fung, Fact Check: Is Biden Administration Funding Drag Shows in Ecuador?, October 20, 2022. On the Newsweek website: www.newsweek.com/fact-check-biden-admini...hows-ecuador-1753649
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- Friday, 18 November 2022 08:00 PM
Prophecy continues to be fulfilled at an alarming pace. The state of Israel is a fact. Jerusalem is controlled by the Jews and belongs to Israel. The Hebrew language has been revived, and all Israeli citizens are required to learn it. The desert is blooming. And Jewish authorities are preparing to qualify a red heifer and rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem.
On October 13, 2004, the Sanhedrin was reestablished for the first time since 425 AD and reconvened on February 9, 2005, to discuss the topic of the Third Temple. Since that time, all of the gold and silver utensils and the garments needed for Temple worship have either been recovered or re-manufactured. Only the Ark of the Covenant awaits recovery. The Temple building itself has been prefabricated and can be rebuilt as soon as permission is given to do so. Two hundred Kohen priests have been identified through DNA testing and are being trained to re-institute animal sacrifices according to scriptural requirements outlined in the Scroll of Leviticus. The breeding program for the red heifer has been established by the Temple Institute.
Red Heifers in scripture are especially important. A red heifer is necessary for purification from sin, according to Numbers 19:2. Today, headlines are ablaze with the news that a pure red heifer may have been found.
Deuteronomy Chapter 21:1-9 recounts the process for forgiving a town that is nearby a murder victim when the perpetrator of the murder is not known. The elders of the city nearest to the victim are to take a heifer that has never been put to work or yoked for use as a draft animal. Jeremiah 48:34 recounts the wailing of the cities of Heshbon and Elealah that could be heard as far away as Jahaz, sounding like the cries of a three-year-old heifer.
The Perfect Red Heifer Requirements
Numbers 19:2 – “Tell the people of Israel to bring you a young red female cow without fault or defect and which has never borne a yoke.”
There are several main requirements:
1. It must be a female cow.
2. It must be a red heifer that has no blemish. In other words, if it has more than only two other color hairs, it is disqualified. Additionally, it must not have any physical blemishes or spots.
3. It must have never been used for labor. In other words, never harnessed or yoked.
4. It must have never been pregnant. In other words, never used as a part of the breeding program nor been allowed to mate with a male cow.
5. It must be within its third year. i.e., at least one day older than two years old but not yet four years old.
6. It must be slaughtered outside the holy city of Jerusalem but within sight of the Temple.
The first requirement, that the heifer be female, is exactly in opposition to the Egyptian superstition that only male cows were suitable for sacrifice and worship of their goddess Isis. Yahweh judges this belief as false superstition.
The second requirement, that the heifer was unblemished and also red in color, signifies the sacrifice of the blood of Yeshua, the perfect sacrificial lamb.
Thirdly, an animal that had been used for a common purpose was deemed improper for sacrifice. An animal that had been yoked and used to plow the ground would be disqualified. An animal that had become pregnant would also be considered disqualified due to its use for a common purpose – bearing fruit. It signifies that we are saved by grace, not by works.
The Priestly Requirements
The two hundred Kohen priests who have been identified through DNA testing must now be consecrated for service. The anointing oil was found in an Archaeological dig in April 1988. The Mediterranean Sea Snail, which disappeared in 70 AD, has returned in great numbers and now makes it possible for the precious blue and the purple dye required for the High Priestly garments to be manufactured. (Oil and snails – just two more supernatural events!)
Only one requirement is still missing – the red heifer. None of the current priests are ceremonially clean. They cannot be cleansed until the water of separation is recreated. And that requires the ashes of a perfect red heifer! That heifer must be in its third year. In other words, at least one day older than two years old but not yet four years old. That is a very small window of the time during which the priests can be made eligible to serve – a mere 360-day period.
The Breeding Program
In 2015, the Temple Institute in Jerusalem established a breeding program called “Raise a Red Heifer in Israel” to raise the necessary item needed for purification of the Temple and its priests. Israeli law does not allow the importation of live cattle into Israel, so the Temple Institute imported frozen embryos of red Angus cows from the United States and implanted them into the wombs of Israeli domestic cows.
Tradition, History, and Red Heifer Mania
According to Jewish tradition, the perfect heifer must be over two years old but under four years old, and perfect red heifers are extremely rare. Scripture says Moses prepared the first one during the Exodus, and Ezra sacrificed the second red heifer during the days of the First Temple. The Mishna (Jewish oral law; tradition) records the names of those who performed the sacrifice during the time of the Second Temple. They are: Simon the Just and Yochanan the High Priest each sacrificed two red heifers, El’yhoeini ben Hakof, Hanameel the Egyptian, and Yishmael ben Pi’avi sacrificed one each (Mishna Parah 3:5).
Historical documents say that from that time until the destruction of the Temple in 70 A.D., only nine perfect red heifers have been sacrificed. Jewish tradition also informs us that there are to be only ten red heifers, and according to Maimonides, the tenth heifer will usher in the messianic age! He states: “… and the tenth red heifer will be accomplished by the king, the Messiah; may he be revealed speedily, Amen, May it be God’s will.”
The Temple Institute had identified two candidates, one in 1997 and another in 2002, both initially thought to have met the requirements, but later found each to be unsuitable. The headlines read:
“Apocalypse Cow” in the New York Times (1997) and “News Flash: Red Heifer Born In Israel” in a Temple Institute web posting (2002). In 2014 the headlines read “Torah-Condition-For-3rd-Temple-Now-Met,” and articles reported that the Temple Institute had posted a video showing what appeared to be a perfect red heifer that was being raised at an unidentified location in the United States. A report from Right Side News said a “qualified” red heifer has not been seen in Israel for nearly 2,000 years. Other headlines said there really is a red heifer today that could move the progress on the Third Temple forward!
Hot news at the time, but how could this heifer be used since it wasn’t born in Israel?
The Red Heifer Candidates
Numbers 19:2 – “Tell the people of Israel to bring you a young red female cow without fault or defect and which has never borne a yoke.”
According to The Temple Institute, on the 17th day of Elul, 5778 (August 28, 2018, on the Gregorian calendar), a red [adom H122 אָדֹם] heifer [parah H6510 פָּרָה] (Parah Aduma) was born in the land of Israel, foreshadowing the rebuilding of the Third Temple and the arrival of their long-awaited Mashiach (Messiah). At one week of age, the heifer underwent an extensive examination by rabbinical experts and had been certified by the Rabbis as meeting all of the scriptural requirements.
As of January 2019, two more female red heifers had been born, which might also qualify as the needed Para Aduma. On August 16th, a heifer was burned in exactly the manner that will enable the Jewish people to be purified in preparation for the dedication and building of the Third Temple. Two new red heifers were born in the early months of 2020 but have not been qualified to be the Para Aduma.
Boneh Israel (build Israel), an organization that connects Christian lovers of Israel to the Holy Land, stepped in to help. Led by Byron Stinson, a native Texan, Boneh Israel took out full-page ads in ranching magazines, explaining the situation to ranchers. They requested that any red calves be set aside. Several years ago, Byron Stinson, a devout Christian who became intensely interested in the Biblical commandment, began breeding cattle for this trait.
In July 2021, Rabbi Kupietzy said, “I really believe that the red heifer was born this year.” He explained that the current Hebrew year is 5781, which, in Hebrew numerology, is תשפא. “That is an acronym for תהיה שנה פרה אדומה (it will be the year of the red heifer).” Kupietzky also explained that the Talmud has a precedent for the red heifer being provided by a non-Jew, so he is working with Boneh Israel, a Christian organization. Efforts to locate a red heifer have even taken them to Texas: “The red heifer is not a korban, a sacrifice,” Kupietzky pointed out. “It is performed outside of the Temple and is considered a tekes, a ceremony. Which is why we are especially looking in Texas for the tekes,” he quipped. A team of rabbis from the Temple Institute flew out to inspect the calves in 2021.
On Thursday, September 15, 2022, five currently unblemished red heifers arrived in Israel from Texas. A small ceremony was held at the Ben Gurion airport cargo terminal. The heifers were greeted, and speeches were made by many who had made this historic and prophetic day become a reality. According to Orthodox Rabbis and leaders, these heifers, if they remain qualified, could be used to reinstate many of the Temple practices even before the Third Temple is rebuilt.
The five red heifers, which are currently less than one year old, must be examined again to determine whether one or more continues to possess the necessary requirements, according to Numbers 19:1-22 and the Mishna Tractate Parah. Other heifers have initially been found to be qualified but later became disqualified as they began to age.
The Significance of a Qualified Red Heifer
Numbers 19:4 – “Eleazar the cohen is to take some of its blood with his finger and sprinkle this blood toward the front of the tent of meeting seven times.”
In order for the priests to be ceremonially clean, they must be sprinkled with the blood of a red heifer. The anointing oil is available, and the precious blue and purple dyes have been manufactured. Only one requirement is still missing – the red heifer.
Without The Red Heifer, The Temple Can’t Be Rebuilt.
Bottom line: IF the current qualified red heifer is THE tenth Parah Aduma needed, then the building of the Third Temple must be accomplished within the next two years. The Temple must be sprinkled with the blood of the red heifer BEFORE the priest is declared cleansed. The priest who sprinkles the blood is ceremonially unclean until that evening (Numbers 19:7).
The absence of the Temple, in turn, means that the full redemption of Israel is impossible since, according to Ezekiel 36, only the sprinkling of the Red Heifer water allows for the complete change of heart and spirit (“then I shall sprinkle pure waters upon you, and you shall be clean, from all your uncleanness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. I will also give you a new heart, and I will place within you a new spirit” – Ezekiel 36:25-26; Jeremiah 31:33; Zechariah 8:8; Hebrews 8:10).
Current global events appear to be lining up with the prophecies written in the Bible. However, other red heifers have initially been found to be qualified but later became disqualified as they began to age. Will one of the five new red heifers be THE tenth, or will they, too, become disqualified as time goes on?
If… and I say, if… one of these red heifers turns out to be The tenth Parah Aduma, then the building of the Third Temple may be close at hand, even at the door. However, this will not usher in the arrival of the Jew’s long-awaited Mashiach (Messiah). Instead, it will usher in an unprecedented time of agony, bloodshed, disaster, pandemics, wars, and death, the likes of which this world has never seen. Yeshua says of this time: “For there will be great tribulation worse than there has ever been from the beginning of the world until now, and there will be nothing like it again!” (Matthew 24:21). The Third Temple will allow the false messiah, the antichrist, to enter into the Holy of Holies and declare himself to be God.
Scripture does not tell us how long this Temple will be in use before the Tribulation Period starts, but I doubt it will stand for long before Yeshua raises the dead and raptures his Bride! Now that is significant.
The state of Israel is a fact, and Jewish authorities are preparing to rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem. The appearance of the red heifers, the architectural plans, and the ability of the Jewish people to openly pray on the Temple Mount are all seen as prophetic implications that the time is ripe. All of the gold and silver utensils and the garments needed for Temple worship have either been recovered or re-manufactured. The Kohanim have been trained, and the necessary altar site has been identified. Only the lack of a qualified red heifer prevents the Third Temple from being built and cleansed.
Luke 21:28 – “When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is near!”
We are always to be ready for Yeshua to return. Are you ready? If not, then get ready. Exercise whatever time you have to repent and trust Yeshua for your eternal salvation. Do not test Yahweh’s patience and wait too long – the dress rehearsals will not continue much longer. May Yom Teruah this year be fulfilled in the resurrection of the dead and the rapture of Yeshua’s Bride.
The great day of Yahweh is getting really near, even at the door. It hastens forth and will not delay. We do NOT set dates, but clearly, Yahweh is getting ready to change the course of human history once again. The signs are clear for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear.
Israel's initial election exit poll results are in, and former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu remains the most dominant force in Israeli politics by a significant margin. In addition to securing the most Knesset seats (at least 30), his supporting right-wing bloc, which also includes three religious parties, exceeded pre-election surveys
If the exit polls hold true, Netanyahu has a clear path to forming a right-wing government and returning to power. Albeit with a narrow majority, a right-wing alliance would likely represent the most stable coalition alignment with the greatest possibility of lasting a full term.
However, the key is whether the exit polls hold true. In previous election cycles, Knesset mandates shifted during the manual counting of Israel's paper ballots, and election night celebrations quickly turned into harsher reality.
Israelis do not vote directly for their prime minister. They also do not vote directly for their parliamentarians. Israelis go to the voting booths and select the party they want to represent them in the Knesset. Once the seats are divided among the parties that cross a minimum voter threshold, it is the parliamentarians themselves who select the prime minister.
If just one or two seats shift during the count from parties in the pro-Netanyahu bloc towards parties in the anti-Netanyahu bloc, the former premier will find his path back to Balfour Street blocked once again.
Furthermore, if the small Arab party Balad, which failed to cross the minimum voter threshold according to exit polls, squeezes across in the final counting, the entire election results will shift out of Netanyahu's favor. According to election procedures, making it across the 3.25 percent vote threshold means four mandates. Failing to cross the threshold means zero mandates. If Balad jumps from zero to four, Netanyahu would find himself below the 61 mandates he needs to form a government.
If the exit poll results hold, Netanyahu will likely form a government together with the two traditionally Orthodox parties: Shas, representing the Sefardic communities, and United Torah Judaism, representing the Ashkenazi communities. In addition, Netanyahu will sit with Religious Zionism, led by Bezalel Smotrich and far-right political firebrand Itamar Ben-Gvir.
The rise of the Religious Zionism Party is one of the major stories of this fifth election cycle in 43 months. According to the exit polls, the technical bloc of three smaller nationalist parties soared to 14 or 15 seats, an all-time high for the right-wing flank of the Israeli electorate.
With Religious Zionism emerging as the third-largest party by a comfortable margin, Netanyahu will have every justification to form a government with a right-wing party that supports his candidacy over centrist and left-leaning parties that oppose his return to the premiership.
Though the final count may shift in favor of the left wing over the next 48-hours, Yair Lapid and Benny Gantz appear to be the losers of the election. Lapid's progressive Yesh Atid Party received fewer votes than polls indicated in the run-up to the election. Yesh Atid did not close the gap on Likud and position itself as a ruling party. And the results indicate that current Defense Minister Gantz, who was Netanyahu's primary challenger in previous election cycles, is no longer viewed as a viable candidate for prime minister.
If Netanyahu does emerge as prime minister, it will vindicate his determination to remain at the head of the Likud Party, despite four previous inconclusive elections. The election results demonstrate that more Israelis prefer Netanyahu than any other candidate for prime minister.
The next 48 hours will provide definitive election results. At that point, Netanyahu will either be celebrating an improbable return to the prime ministership for a third tenure (after previous stints of 2.5 and 12.5 years), or continuing in a bitter fight to save his political career.
If Netanyahu ultimately fails to secure 61 seats in the legislature, Israel's political circus is likely to continue. Current interim Prime Minister Yair Lapid does not appear to have a clear path to a stable coalition regardless of whether or not Netanyahu's path is blocked. Gantz may attempt to position himself as an alternative candidate that can bring together disparate ideological parties.
And if neither Netanyahu, Lapid nor Gantz finds a natural path to 61, either difficult political compromises will need to be reached, or Israel may well find itself careening toward an unthinkable sixth election-albeit no more unthinkable than elections two, three, four or five.
It will only be after each and every vote is counted that Israel's political direction will become clear. And depending on the results, it may be weeks or months before a government will be formed.
The exit polls look very good for Netanyahu. Shifts in his favor could secure him four more years in office. Shifts against him could send Israel back into a dreaded cycle of political uncertainty.
This is a biblical term found four times in the New Testament in the NASB. Only two of these will concern us in this message. They are:
2Timothy 3:1 “Realize this, that IN THE LAST DAYS difficult times will come.” And 2Peter 3:3 “Know this first of all, that IN THE LAST DAYS mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts.”
Both those references concern the last days. It is no good talking about a term and not explaining it. The question then is, “What does this term mean, and when are the last days?”
I am getting on a bit now, but we used to use that expression in the 1960s, and in churches then that were not as liberal as they are today, this term was more widely considered. We used to think then that we were in the last days so the Rapture must have been close. People would talk about the Common Market that was formed by the Treaty of Rome on Mar 25, 1957. Prophetic students knew that the European nations under the control of the Antichrist would number 10, so this new formation was very closely watched (The Revived Roman Empire).
As the years went on, we would take note of the growing number of nations as it rose towards 10 and then exceeded 10, which some thought was a bit strange and confusing. All that now has passed into the EU – European Union closely allied with NATO.
The fact that it was called The Treaty of Rome was most significant at the time because of the Revived Roman Empire that would come and be Antichrist’s home base. Add to that the fact that Israel as a State was in its infancy, becoming a nation around 1948. Some used to say a generation was 40 years, and they tried to apply this verse – Matthew 24:34 “Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.” But the problem was it was applied wrongly. Of course, those times were in the Cold War, so the threat of war was ever-present.
When all the above things were considered, many thought they were then in the last days and that the Lord could return at any time (the Rapture). However, the years rolled on, and the Lord did not come. Some Christians foolishly tried setting dates and publishing books and ended up making fools of themselves.
Now we have passed on 50 years from the time I was seriously studying prophecy, and so we are here today. The great question is, “What did the Lord mean by ‘in the last days’?” 1988 was a popular date (1948 plus 40 years).
IN THE LAST DAYS – AND – THE END OF THE AGE
There are two aspects to this in scripture. We talk about the last days before the Rapture and the last days before the Second Coming. In the Old Testament, all the references to “IN THE LAST DAYS” (and there are many of them) are all set in the Tribulation, particularly at the end of that 7-year period.
In the New Testament, that expression means in the last days before the Rapture. This also coordinates with what is called “the end of the age.” The disciples were asking the Lord on Olivet about the signs of His coming and the end of the age. Here it is:
Matthew 24:3 “As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately saying, ‘Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of Your coming and of the end of the age?'”
They were asking Him about the end of the age leading into the Second Coming. The Old Testament prophets deal with this very fully. I have covered that in the postings on “The Day of the LORD.” When they asked that question, the Church had not yet been formed, and the Rapture was unknown until Paul revealed it to the Corinthians as “a mystery” in 1Corinthians 15. The Old Testament references to “in the last days” are all connected with the Second Coming.
However, there is also what we can call “the end of the Church age.” The Church age ends when the Lord takes the Church home to glory at the Rapture. We are now in “the last days of the Church age.” Were we in the last days of the Church age in the 1960s? Well, the answer is, “Yes, but not as much as now. Time is not a problem with an omnipresent God where tomorrow is as yesterday.
A DEEPER CONSIDERATION OF OUR TIMES – THE YARDSTICK FOR MEASURING THE LAST DAYS
The world is moving into a great period of chaos and stupidity and economic mismanagement. We talk about the last days, but is there a way of determining whether we are actually in the last days? Well, there is. I call that the yardstick, and it is in this passage – Matthew 16:1-3 “The Pharisees and Sadducees came up, and testing Him asked Him to show them a sign from heaven. But He answered and said to them, ‘When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ And in the morning, ‘There will be a storm today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Do you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot discern THE SIGNS OF THE TIMES?”
“The signs of the times” – an interesting expression, but when we look at this event, the Lord is actually upbraiding the Pharisees for not knowing the signs of the times. In other words, they should have recognized that Jesus was their Messiah and Israel’s time had come, but they were blind. How many Christians are there today who are blind and cannot recognize the signs of the times that are now all around us? Before we pursue that further, we look at one of the scriptures from above:
2Timothy 3:1-5 “Realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come, for men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, [and] holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power. Avoid such men as these.”
The scoffers come along (Peter said they would) and try saying that the descriptions Paul gave have always been in the world, so how did Paul mean it to apply that to our last days? To begin with, in verse 1, he uses the description “difficult times,” which the KJV calls “perilous times.” It means “times of great hardship,” and that means in daily living, but more importantly, it is meant to apply to the Christian believer living in these days. Yes, there is application to the world, but more specifically to believers.
For the intelligent reader, I don’t need to spell out in detail all the problems that are now surfacing and doing so at a rapid pace, but here are some for starters – energy problems because of the hoax of climate change; increased inflation because of economic mismanagement; increased interest rates; real and looming food shortages; and the inability of nations to govern correctly and decently. Take a look at the (hopeless) leaders of the USA, the UK, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. It is creating chaos in government. That is because God has been thrown out, so God has said, “Go your own way,” and that way is chaos and crippling decisions on people.
The health provisions in Australia are worse than woeful; unbelievably woeful, and that I know from experience. On the other hand, we pull down all our coal power stations and spend tens of billions of dollars on windmills, all imported from China. Our downfall is raising up China.
The education systems are suffering, and the curricula in developed nations is now WOKE and socialist. That has never happened before in history. Education has always been about excellence and the pursuit of the mind. Children’s sexuality and gender are being destroyed, as are the murders of tens of millions of unborn lives in abortion (73 million yearly, but the WHO states 40-50 million), and marriage is perverted with homosexuality. There is so much more, but I leave it with you.
Going back to our question above about that Timothy passage, “How did Paul mean it to apply to our last days?” Well, I think the paramount change from other generations to ours is that evil things are put into legislation. Never before in the world have there been legislative endorsements for homosexual marriage and abortion. Never before is jail time legislated for Christians found outside abortion clinics. A few months ago, a woman was arrested for that very thing, and this is the report:
Liverpool, England, Jul 20, 2022 (From a Catholic News Agency but widely reported)
“A 76-year-old English grandmother who was fined for praying near an abortion clinic has successfully overturned her financial penalty, but human rights campaigners still fear that the initial fine represents “a worrying trend in law enforcement” regarding certain beliefs. Rosa Lalor, from Liverpool, England, was issued the fine during the country’s lockdown in February 2021 after a policeman questioned why she was outdoors. She replied that she was “walking and praying.”
It was not so much for being outdoors as being near an abortion clinic that she suffered persecution. People are becoming harder and harder, and more persecution is happening. The god of Moloch has now erected barriers to exclude and persecute Christians who want to stop the “hurling of the unborn into the fire.”
The Bible talks about lawlessness increasing in the last days, and that is so true in Australia and, I think, in most western nations. Lawlessness is not just behavior. It also includes legislation regarding “bills without law,” that is, unlawful bills according to the scriptures. To legislate for full marriage for two homosexuals is unlawful in God’s eyes and, therefore, lawlessness. In my city, the theft of cars by a certain dark people in Australia is totally out of hand – about one stolen and crashed car for every 120 – 140 people. What does the State Government do about it? Absolutely nothing. It has no penalty for this “ethnic” group of people. Most offenders are aged between 7 and 15.
2 TIMOTHY CHAPTER 3, VERSES 1-5
We return to our passage. These aspects listed are all of the fallen human nature, yet the intensity of them today has increased dramatically over the last couple of decades. I won’t examine each one, but you look at them, especially if you are older, and take note of how the intensity has increased in your lifetime.
As for me, I have never seen such greed for money as I see all around me. Arrogant people are everywhere, especially people in their twenties. Maybe you have seen it differently, but it is my experience. ‘Haters of good’ is increasing. I grew up when even non-Christians were being decent, but today, there is such a delusion towards wickedness that it is embraced. I have found in dealings mainly in governments, treachery in the Public Service and in the justice and law enforcement departments is frequently encountered, which was not the case in the past to that extent.
I looked at two videos yesterday focusing on the USA that I found very disturbing. One was a questioning of one of Biden’s Aides – Blinken – by Senator Ted Cruz. Cruz was really good at that. One other one was so exposing. It is titled ‘HOW ABOUT HUNTER’ John Kennedy puts ‘Director’ Wray in PANIC MODE. Senator John Kennedy is brave and honest as he puts the head of the FBI under the microscope: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ym4TA9Gn-Z4
I won’t even begin on “lovers of pleasure.” It is endemic.
In New Zealand and Australia, sports is god! Gaming and entertainments never cease.
ADVANCING TO OTHER SERIOUS ISSUES
There is so much happening in the world that it is difficult to keep up with it all. We are considering the “difficult times.” In the next few years, if the Lord tarries, we are going to see problems with inflation, energy, food shortages, economic pressures, and interest rates. Military build-up will continue, but my thinking is that we will not see any widescale conflict before the Rapture. As many know, the outbreak of war happens when peace is taken from the earth with the second seal, the rider on the red horse. The world is ready for war, and some places are itching for it, such as China, North Korea, Russia, and Iran. Can you imagine what it will be like when peace is removed? That must mean the Rapture is close, so we are well and truly at the end of the last days.
This is very disturbing. I don’t want to sound like a conspiracy subscriber, but if we are in the last days, then we have to see the world starting to become one. Indeed, we do. What has brought the world together? Two things – the Covid virus and the hoax of climate change. Who is controlling the agenda for gathering the nations? Well, it is the WEF helped by the WHO. Covid was a fortunate event for the WEF as it helped enormously in gaining world control. However, climate change is being used to weaken the nations and bring them under one agenda into submission, and that is happening. Net zero and control over nations is what we are seeing.
I find in my nation, dumbing down has been happening for more than 10 years now. Freedoms have been taken away and continue to do so. More and more legislation is controlling people and making normal life difficult. Vehicle speeds on the roads are being lowered all the time and roads made more and more difficult to travel on. Artificial speed limits allow the police to fine people more and more. Bicycles have more rights than motorists, and more money is being spent on them than on road improvement. All this is the Green agenda pushed by very powerful forces and billionaires like Homes à Court. I had to go see about medical forms and was surprised to see the authorities know almost every single thing about me, all on computer file. I have no doubt there is a special designation there as well that I am a Christian.
Stupidity reigns. The New Zealand Government has introduced a burp tax on farmers, taxing them for the methane and carbon dioxide their poor animals produce. Lunacy is unbelievable. Farmers are penalized for using fertilizer for crops and for having livestock, but the cost of food keeps rising all the time and will skyrocket. A normal person would realize this, but there is a great big satanic delusion all over the world now, and Satan is tightening the cords for people’s misery. Scoffers will laugh at me, but that is your delusion. Ordinary aware people will sense this is happening.
There are two verses from 2Timothy 3:12-13 “Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. Evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.”
These are very disturbing and follow on from the opening verses about the last days. We see in these two verses that Christians will face persecution, and more and more, that is happening. Christian football players in Australia are now sacked if they do not agree with homosexuality. We have the second verse telling us that evil men will get worse and worse. What we think is bad right now in 2022 is going to be worse in 2023. Those evil men now will be worse next year. It continues to worsen until the Rapture comes.
These are not alarmist views but direct verses from our Bibles. I may have rambled on here, but I’ve attempted to shine a light on our world in the light of Bible prophecy about the last days of the Church age, which is right where we are now. They are not exaggerated views. If you doubt this, consider what the world was like 10 years ago. You did not have shortages of food and goods; your fuel prices were stable; there was access to medical treatment; there was no threat of open war from Russia or China; electricity supply and price were stable… there are so many more.
GETTING BACK TO THE PETER VERSE
Let us consider now the verse from Peter:
2Peter 3:3 “Know this first of all, that IN THE LAST DAYS mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts.”
If Peter is true, then we must have these mockers in the world more than ever before, and we do! Up until 100 years ago, even if men were not Christians, they seemed to have some semblance of faith or Christian respect. Very few of them, even atheists, would mock the faith. They wanted to argue but not denigrate and scorn the Bible and Christians as we have today. People are hostile to the Christian faith and mock and persecute Christian beliefs.
The largest Mardi Gras in the world for homosexuals and lesbians and all the hangers-on parade through the streets of Sydney, Australia, mocking Christian leaders and blaspheming the Lord. There is hardly a university today where the staff does not openly mock the Christian faith. These rationalists and humanists think they are intelligent, but they are fools in God’s sight and will give account at the great white throne.
Today, mockers are everywhere. They laugh at Christians and scorn their beliefs. Well, I have news for them – Philippians 2:9-11 “Therefore also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those who are in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
There is coming a day in judgment when all these scoffers and blasphemers and persecutors and atheists will be forced to bow their knees and confess that Jesus is LORD! Let us see how much scoffing they will do in that day.
The signs of the time absolutely indicate we are in the last days of the Church age, so Christian, how are you living for the Lord? Are you careless about your faith and testimony? Will you be ashamed when He returns for His Bride? Is your life counting little for the Lord who saved you? Right now, repent and live for the Lord. The time is very short.