New Signs of an Imminent Rapture

New Signs of an Imminent Rapture – By Carl Worline – http://www.raptureready.com/soap/worline8.html

Around the middle of July, I wrote an article about how there are so many signs pointing to the end of the Age of Grace that we can hardly see the road upon which we are traveling as we move ever closer to the Rapture of the church. Approximately four weeks have passed since I wrote my previous article and during that time so many new signs have popped up that I feel an urgent need to list some of the more prominent ones.

I hope this article will encourage those who are patiently watching and longing for Jesus to come and take us home. I also hope that, perhaps, somebody who is only lukewarm in their walk with the Lord will find this article and realize that it is time to get serious. We actually are the last generation of the Age of Grace.

Something big is about to happen and it is not only going to happen really, really soon; it is also going to be so spectacular that it is beyond our ability to comprehend.

Time and space only permit me to list the most significant signs that have popped up in recent weeks. There is so much more going on in the world that is pointing to an imminent rapture. Please forgive me for all that I have failed to include. I will also make a sincere attempt to leave out all of the signs I pointed out in my first article so as to have room for the newest signs that I feel require our attention.

For anybody who might be interested, the link below will take you to my original article: http://www.raptureready.com/soap/worline7.html

The earth continues to groan as it longs to be free of the curse that was pronounced upon it when Adam and Eve first sinned again God. Freakish weather continues to be the new “normal.” This freakish weather is not being caused by: global warming.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports that data for 2012 shows we are now experiencing a cooling trend, and a recent report by the Met Office show that global warming actually ended 16 years ago. The arctic saw the shortest summer in recorded history.

South America is currently in a massive deep freeze as the death toll in China rises from their record heat wave. The lingering heat wave in Japan has left 19 dead and put 9,800 people in the hospital so far. Heavy rain in Pakistan has killed hundreds. Severe flooding continues in Southeast Asia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam.

In the past month more than 150,000, have been displaced by flooding in Sudan─with more rain expected in the coming days. Meanwhile, Germany is experiencing a heat wave and hailstones the size of tennis balls.

Rainfall in Iran has decreased by 58 percent as they continue to threaten to destroy Israel. There were 1,122, record cold temperatures recorded in the U.S. during a single week. The drought in New Zealand has been the most extreme in history. Natural disasters displaced 32.4 million people in 2012 with 2013 on track to be even worse.

We are currently experiencing 34 major wildfires burning across 11 western states and staggering amounts of rainfall in 16 eastern states. Severe heat is being felt across the entire nation. Dormant volcanoes are coming back to life.

The last time I checked there were 7 volcanoes that were showing new activity and 9 volcanoes with on-going activity. A volcanic eruption in Indonesia just killed 6 scientists. Earlier this year we had 4 volcanoes erupting in Russia within a range of just over 100 miles of each other. Many other volcanoes are showing a growing increase in seismic activity.

Earthquakes continue at an alarming rate and have become so common that they are seldom reported in the news. The latest one was a severe, damaging, and shallow magnitude 6.9 in New Zealand on August 15th.

Strange unidentified sounds coming from no apparent source or direction continue to be reported all over the world. The sounds are described as heavy scraping, to groaning, to booms or explosions, to a continuous hum.

A steady, droning sound that creeps in slowly in the dark of night and continues for many hours at a time has been reported in places as disparate as Taos, New Mexico; Bristol, England; and Largs, Scotland. Loud booms have been reported in 25 regions of the U.S.

In the Bible we are given a message of judgment in the last days. The prophet Hosea foretold how the land, itself would mourn:

“Therefore the land mourns, and everyone who lives in it languishes, along with the beasts of the field and the birds of the sky; and also the fish of the sea disappear” (Hosea 3:2).

Perhaps we should believe what Hosea prophesied around 710 years before Christ. I had planned to list the mass animal die-offs that have occurred in just one month picked at random this year, but the list would be too long. Please go to the link below, which lists 519 known mass animal die-offs that have occurred in 78 countries so far this year.

These are only the known occurrences. Many more unreported ones certainly exist. While you are there please take a few moments to pause and consider this incredible loss of life. God is using the animals as a warning to us of what is about to come upon mankind.

http://www.end-times-prophecy.org/animal-deaths-birds-fish-end-times.html

On Wednesday, August 7, 2013, Japanese officials informed us that highly radioactive water is pouring out of the damaged nuclear power plant complex at Fukushima at the rate of 300 tons per day. This highly radioactive water is systematically poisoning the entire Pacific Ocean.

There are also 400 tons of highly irradiated spent fuel rods that are tightly packed together at the moment and need to be removed as part of the clean-up. This nuclear material has the very real potential of releasing 14,000 times the amount of radiation that was released from the atomic blast at Hiroshima 68 years ago.

Despite all of the current flooding throughout the world fresh water is becoming scarce. One-third of the world’s population has limited access to clean water. Egypt is ready to go to war with Ethiopia over the Nile. Pakistan is on the verge of a crisis over the lack of drinking water. Sub-Saharan Africa is in particularly dire need. In 20 African countries, more than 30 percent of the population does not have access to safe drinking water.

China and India are also experiencing unprecedented strain on their drinking water supplies. Drought in Namibia is threatening over 400,000 people with hunger. A recent report confirms that the 2013 drought in New Zealand was the worst of all time. The largest reservoir in New Mexico only contains 3 percent of the water that it did during the 1980s and 1990s.

In chapter 24 of Matthew Jesus told us that there would be signs in the heavens of His Second Coming. This seems very logical since they will be visible to the entire world. There has been a huge up-tick in solar activity, especially in the southern hemisphere of the sun.

NASA tells us the sun will reverse its magnetic polarity within the next three months and the effects will be felt far beyond the orbit of Pluto, which is the farthest planet in our solar system.

A high-speed solar wind is currently buffeting the Earth’s magnetic field and this is causing a G-1 geomagnetic storm around the Earth’s poles. There was a very spectacular filament eruption on the sun on August 6th.

During the middle of July there was a coronal mass ejection from our sun that was large enough to have produced a Carrington-class electromagnetic pulse (EMP) disaster. This huge pulse crossed the Earth’s orbit and barely missed colliding with the Earth.

A coronal hole has formed on the sun’s northern hemisphere and it is spewing solar wind into space. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory photographed the UV dark gap during the early hours of August 14th.

These coronal mass ejections in recent months have produced some spectacular displays of northern lights. In the meantime, the Perseid meteor show has just concluded. A new star has been discovered in the constellation Delphinus.

There was a 1,250 mile-wide hurricane at the north pole of Saturn, and a meteor struck a garbage dump in China punching a 6-foot deep hole into the ground.

Jesus told us that there would be an increase of evil in the last days. We are certainly seeing an increase of horribly sick and disgusting acts. One small recent example would be the two 18-year-old girls whose faces and upper bodies were horribly burned with acid during the recent celebration of Ramadan in Zanzibar.

I am not going to list any further examples because they are just too sickening to think about. Nevertheless, the number of these acts continues to rise dramatically.

Islam continues to spread throughout the world with a rabid vengeance. A group called the American Muslim Political Action Committee is planning a one million man Muslim march on Washington D.C. to protest the profiling and treatment of Muslims and they are also planning to hold it on September 11, the anniversary of the worst domestic massacre in American history in the name of Islam.

The Muslim world continues to demand that the rest of our planet accept Sharia Law with all of its horrors. Islam hates Jews, Christians, and all other religions with a fanatical passion that can only be described as “supernatural.” There is also a huge increase in Muslim vs. Muslim fighting.

When the restraining influence of Christianity is snatched away from the world in the harpazo (Rapture) a single worldwide religion will form in which Islam will play a very major role. Even the leaders of Islam can sense this. Leaders in Iran are, once again, loudly proclaiming that Armageddon is at hand and to prepare for war because the arrival of the Mahdi is imminent.

Christianity continues to spiral out of control toward extinction in the Middle East and the rest of the Muslim world. Churches, homes, and businesses of Christians in Egypt have been stormed and burned. Egypt is the home to one of the oldest Christian communities in the world and also has the largest Christian population in the Middle East, totaling 8 to 12 million people. The government of Cameroon has shut down 50 Pentecostal churches and has vowed to shut down an additional 50 churches.

Christianity is fast becoming an endangered species in Nigeria where over 100 Christians are murdered each month. Jihad is emptying entire towns in Syria. Christian students in Eritrea have been beaten and imprisoned for refusing to renounce Christ. In India five women were publicly beaten for sharing the gospel.

On August 2nd three evangelists in Indonesia were sentenced to 3 years in prison for “evangelizing Muslims.” U.S. State Department spokesperson, Jen Psaki, issued a press release condemning the “enemies of Islam” who were responsible for terrorist attacks at the end of Ramadan while remaining totally silent about the terrorist attacks against Christians throughout the entire Middle East and Muslim world.

Persecution of Christians here in the U.S. continues to grow in intensity. Ever since the June 26th pro-gay rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court, religious persecution of Christians within the United States has increased dramatically. One example would include people who provide services for weddings and have been particularly targeted with horrific fines and even jail time for refusing to provide services for same-sex weddings.

Another example would include an airman who wrote an article titled: “No atheists in foxholes,” and was severely reprimanded for his beliefs, while atheists demanded even more severe punishment.

Anti-Semitism is also increasing. At Toronto’s Al Quds Day, very young children were featured making hate filled rants against Israel and Jews.

A major sign that the Rapture and the end of the Age of Grace, has to be near is the crumbling of fundamental Christian doctrines. The name of Jesus has become a dirty word in politically correct America as well as the rest of the world.

The new pope says it is not for him to judge homosexual priests and the Vatican is even offering “time off from purgatory” for those who follow Pope Francis tweets. Are we back to selling indulgences again? Our evangelical community is turning away from opposing homosexuality in favor of a more tolerant atmosphere.

Television evangelist and pastor John Hagee has publicly declared that he no longer opposes a proposed ordinance that seeks to protect the rights of gays, lesbians, transsexuals, and transgender people in San Antonio, Texas.

More people in the U.K. believe in aliens from outer space than do people who believe in God. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has publicly declared that Christianity has helped to make Russia a great nation.

President Putin has called for an end to worldwide persecution of Christians, while President Barack Obama has publicly declared that the United States is not a Christian nation and has remained silent about worldwide Christian persecution.

On July 31st a Muslim Imam opened a session of the United States Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. with an Islamic prayer.

Blasphemy and mocking have reached a fever pitch, just as we were told it would in the last days. A few days ago I watched a story on Fox News showing a small child praying to Obama and praising him for his greatness. I also saw an article about a Facebook post titled, “Virgin Mary Should Have Aborted.”

The content of the post was equally as offensive. Similar pages are becoming increasingly more common. I will not list any further examples because I find them so offensive. We are very definitely in the last of the last days.

Many will argue that all sins are equally offensive to God, but I have always felt that homosexuality in all of its forms is particularly offensive to our Lord. Perhaps this is why the supernatural forces that are at work in the world against us are so intensely determined to force the homosexual agenda upon the rest of us.

Former Archbishop Desmond Tutu has declared that he would prefer hell, over a “homophobic” heaven. Gays are set to sue the Church of England for refusing to perform same-sex weddings. Churches in the United States now fear lawsuits over gay weddings as well.

A proposed law in San Antonio, Texas, would bar Christians, along with anybody else who opposes homosexuality, from holding public office or obtaining a city contract. Rhode Island and Minnesota have just legalized gay marriage, bringing the total to 13 states in the U.S.

Tel Aviv has been one of the most-friendly cities in the world for pro-gay couples in the world and Jerusalem, the city that God claims for Himself─just held a parade to support pro-LGBT legislation in Israel. America has granted gay spouses equal visa privileges.

The U.S. military has recently announced that same-sex spouses will gain all of the benefits open to opposite-sex spouses by September 3rd. This includes healthcare and housing, and will be open to any military member with a valid marriage certificate.

While all of this has been going on a California committee approved legislation, which would cause any non-profit organization that does not embrace homosexuals to lose their tax-exempt status.

Sexual perversion continues to increase as well. On August 11, California’s Democratic governor, Jerry Brown, signed into law the “bathroom bill” mandating schools to allow boys to use the girl’s restrooms and locker rooms, and vice-versa.

When it comes to Internet porn, a recent poll found that the U.S. is well ahead of the rest of the nations of the world and that we are the host of 60 percent of the world’s pornographic websites. The same poll found that 30 percent of all Internet traffic worldwide involves pornographic sites, and that 66 percent of the pornography in the United States originates in California.

Wars and the rumors of wars are one of the major signs we were told to watch for as a sign of the end of the age. Russia recently held the biggest war games in decades, involving 160,000 troops.

Well over 4 million people have been displaced, by the fighting in Syria, as the civil war in that nation lingers on. Chemical weapons have been used in the conflict. The fighting in Syria is becoming global as more and more nations send weapons and troops to participate in the fighting.

Zimbabwe’s government has signed an agreement to sell uranium to Iran. Japan just unveiled its largest warship since WWII. Bitter enemies India and Pakistan, both possess nuclear weapons, are now exchanging gunfire across their borders.

We have just learned that 400 advances hand-held surface-to-air missiles were stolen from Benghazi and have fallen into the hands of radical Islamists.

Britain’s busiest airport, Heathrow, has been put on high terror alert after “credible” intelligence emerged that al-Qaeda is plotting to bring down airliners flying out of London with the help of female suicide bombers with explosives concealed in breast implants.

The IDF reports that Hezbollah has a weapons cache of 60,000 rockets and that all of Israel is now in range. Israel is now facing an on-coming al-Qaeda on all 3 Israeli borders: Golan, Lebanon, and Sinai. Gaza has resumed firing rockets into Israel and Israel has resumed airstrikes against the terrorists who fire them.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has declared that his goal is to have “not a single Israeli” in a future Palestinian state.

The Palestinians have stated clearly and frequently that they will not compromise in their goal to steal all of the land of Israel and to completely once-and-for-all-time eliminate all traces of the nation of Israel and to kill every single Jew in the world. They refuse to recognize the very existence of Israel.

At the same time Israel continues to bomb yet another weapons convoy in Syria and has announced plans to begin the next block of homes in the West Bank, giving preliminary approval for 1,187 new settler homes. Instead of standing with our supposed friend and ally, the U.S. State Department has bitterly criticized Israel for building settlements in the disputed territory.

Secretary of State Kerry has publicly and firmly declared that the United States views all settlements in the disputed territory as illegitimate and illegal. America is the referee who is pushing (shoving) Israel to divide their land. God has promised in the Bible that we will be held accountable for harming Israel.

After assuring us for months that al-Qaeda has been decimated, the United States temporarily closed 21 embassies all over the Middle East and other parts of the world over fear of an imminent attack by al-Qaeda while violence and murders all over Iraq and Afghanistan are leading us to the realization that all of our fallen and wounded soldiers, and the unimaginable amount of money that we spend, were lost in vain.

Our president has assured us that he has al-Qaeda “on the run.” On this point he is absolutely correct. Al-Qaeda is definitely on the run. They are running straight at us with their bayonets fixed and wearing their explosive vests as they scream “Allah Akbar.”

We are told that one sign of the coming Rapture will be the world in a political upheaval. The latest death toll from the uprising in Egypt has now passed 800 with the number of wounded well into the thousands. It will get much worse in the coming days. On August 15th the military backed government of Egypt authorized the further use of live ammunition.

Anti-U.S. hostility is rapidly increasing in Egypt. They barely tolerate our existence as they soak up billions of dollars of American foreign aide. The new president of Egypt has even refused to take calls from Obama. We are on the very verge of the fulfillment of Isaiah 19.

Meanwhile, CNN reports that the CIA is going to unprecedented lengths to insure that whatever it was doing in Benghazi remains secret, even going so far as to require monthly polygraph examinations of those who know the truth.

Signs of an imminent worldwide economic collapse also point to a Rapture occurring at any moment. All of the nations of the world are bankrupt to one degree or another. Each nation holds the others up in a worldwide Ponzi scheme that could have only existed this long through divine intervention.

When the restraining force of our Lord is removed everything will collapse. The only solution will be a worldwide currency with a mandatory and infallible means of personal identification, such as a biometric scan or an RFID chip.

Right now over 97 percent of the money in the world exists only in the electronic memory of the world’s banking computers. Less than 3 percent of the money in the world is in the form of paper, coins, or bars of precious metal. Traders are talking about a worldwide gold conspiracy and there is evidence to back that up.

We have record high demand for physical gold. Earlier this year when the Germans asked for 300 metric tons of their gold from the Federal Reserve in New York they were told that it would take seven years for the Fed to come up with it.

This set off alarm bells all over the world. Right now the bullion banks are experiencing unprecedented difficulties in coming up with the physical gold and physical silver that they are supposed to have. The stock market continues to set record highs yet nothing has been fixed.

Something is very wrong here. There have been multiple occurrences of the “Hindenburg Omen” in recent weeks, which many analysts believe is a serious portent of doom in the stock market.

Nearly all of Mexico lives in poverty. Similar to what Cypress did, Australia is now proposing a levy on bank accounts to pay government debts. Unemployment just passed 27.6 percent in Greece. Japan’s national debt is at $10.5 trillion dollars and is poised to set off a global financial panic at any moment.

Currently, 50 percent of all government tax revenue in Japan goes to interest payment on its debt. Zimbabwe’s President, Robert Mugabe, has claimed a mandate for “black empowerment” and has begun seizing all foreign and white-owned assets in the country.

Signs of an imminent financial collapse in America are equally as stark. Detroit can no longer pay its bills and has filed for the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. Two Americans are enrolled in food stamps for every job our president has created.

A recent Associated Press survey found 4 out of 5 U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near poverty, or reliance on welfare for at least part of their lives. California is releasing 9,600 inmates from state prisons to reduce chronic, severe overcrowding and to save money.

In a recent report black teen unemployment is at 41.6 percent. The U.S. debt obligation has now passed $70 trillion dollars. And finally, Americans living overseas are renouncing their citizenship in record numbers in order to avoid oppressive taxes being imposed on those living outside the U.S.

The American military is collapsing. Due to budget cuts brought on by sequestration the Navy has decided that it cannot afford to fix the Los Angeles class nuclear submarine Miami and is, therefore, decommissioning it. The Miami was damaged in May 2012 by a fire while undergoing repairs in dry dock.

We have aircraft carriers in port because we cannot afford to repair or refuel them. The Air Force Space Command has announced that it is shutting down its space surveillance system that detects and tracks satellites and space debris by October 1st due to budget cuts resulting from sequestration.

This system has been operating since 1961 and is now being shut down because we can no longer afford the $14 million dollars it costs to operate each year. So far this year 2 of the 3 intercontinental ballistic missile wings of the American military have miserably failed safety and operational evaluations, calling into serious question our ability to defend our nation in the event of a nuclear strike against us.

However, our military has decided that it could afford to host homosexual drag queens as part of a “diversity day” event at a Los Angeles Air Force Base.

At the same time a 19-year-veteran of the Air Force said that he was relieved of his duties after he disagreed with his openly gay commander when she wanted to severely punish an instructor who had expressed religious objections to homosexuality. Soldiers should not be forced to embrace homosexuality in order to serve our nation.

America is not mentioned in biblical end-time prophecy. Perhaps that is due to America’s political collapse, which has already begun. Our current administration has been rocked by the Benghazi scandal, the IRS scandal, the Fast and Furious scandal, and the Associated Press scandal. As a result, polls show growing support for impeachment.

America has shown a total lack of leadership in recent world crisis. The world is on the brink of war over tensions in the Middle East. When Egypt first erupted in chaos our president went golfing and our Secretary of State took the day off to sail on his private yacht. Neither lifted a finger or said a word to help.

As Egypt descends further into civil war our president continues to play golf on his vacation in Martha’s Vineyard. A former aide has revealed this week that President Obama played cards during the bin Laden raid, which he was later so quick to claim the credit for its success.

In an interview with the New York Times, President Obama suggested that you need to be a lawyer: in order to be able know what the Constitution actually says. President Obama held a Ramadan dinner at the White House while the U.S. is at war with radical Islam – the religion that tells every one of its members to kill every single Christian and Jew.

Obama canceled his “summit” meeting with Russian President Putin amid tensions over Russia granting temporary asylum to Edward Snowden. Apparently our president did not feel that this “summit” meeting was very important.

The approval rating for our president has now dropped to 41 percent.

Lawyers and politicians are now considered to be the bottom feeders of our society. We currently have a large number of politicians who are creating headlines for their sexual misconduct. Many Congressmen admit to passing laws they have not even read. What’s even worse, many of our political leaders, including our president, are refusing to enforce the laws they do not like.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was literally screaming at members of Congress two days after the Benghazi attack for daring to call the tragedy “terrorism.”

America runs off-shore-prisons, including but certainly not limited to Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, where inmates have been denied all of the rights guaranteed by our Constitution. Even worse, America has tortured prisoners in these off-shore-prisons and no amount of “spin” can ever change or justify it.

Our integrity has a serious stain upon it that can never be removed and we can no longer claim the moral-high-ground in judging any other nation. America has become something that our Founding Fathers never intended it to be.

America is collapsing morally. Recent polls show that the U.S. marriage rate has dropped to a new low. A newly released video shows college students signing a petition: to legalize abortion after a child is born. Time magazine is promoting the childless lifestyle as the path to “the good life” for U.S. couples.

More than a dozen leading baseball stars have just been given severe fines and suspensions from playing for illegal drug use. And an abortion clinic in Florida is now sending coupons to low income women offering a $50 savings on the cost of an abortion if the abortion is performed on a Sunday.

Political correctness is destroying America. An elementary school in Tennessee has banned pork so as not to offend Muslims. The Missouri State Fair has permanently banned a rodeo clown because he wore an Obama mask during a performance.

A high school track team was disqualified because one of its runners made a gesture thanking God as he crossed the finish line. A teacher in New Jersey was fired for giving a Bible to a student who asked for one. A Florida police officer was fired because he called Travon Martin “a thug” on Facebook.

In San Francisco authorities are installing “privacy screens” on computers in public libraries so perverts can view pornography without disturbing others. The Obama administration has banned any government training materials that link radical Islam with terrorism and is purging these references from all of its old materials.

And in a new Army training manual U.S. soldiers are being warned to avoid all criticism of pedophiles in order to avoid offending Muslims. After all, Mohammad did marry his favorite wife, Aisha, when she was only 6 years old.

Our government continues to conspire against its people. In my last article I talked about the 2 billion (plus) rounds of ammunition out government is hoarding, how the IRS is now training with M-16 full automatic assault rifles, the reported 2,700 armored personnel carriers it has purchased, and so much more.

However, in the last couple of weeks I did note that the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration just purchased 72,000 rounds of hollow-point ammunition. Obama’s federal government is now using automobile license plate readers to track the movement of U.S. motor vehicles. Even police departments in small towns are now tooling up with elite military hardware.

There is also the ever-increasing number of reports in the news of police in America turning into ruthless thugs. In one case, a man innocently searched the words “pressure cooker” on the Internet and another member of his family innocently searched the words “back pack,” only to find six armed agents knocking on his door shortly thereafter.

President Obama is set to sign the UN Arms Treaty this month while Congress is in recess. This will lead to mandatory registration of all firearms in the U.S.

In order to take over the world: The Antichrist will need to know as much as possible about every single individual. Our government is currently building a mega-data-base on not only all of its citizens, but all of the people of the world. You’ve never heard of XKeyscore, but it definitely knows you.

The National Security Agency’s top-secret program essentially makes available everything you’ve ever done on the Internet─browsing history, searches, content of your emails, online chats, even your metadata─all at the tap of the keyboard. …XKeyscore is its “widest reaching” system for developing intelligence from the Internet.

PowerPoint training materials obtained by the Guardian show how analysts could use the system to mine sprawling agency databases consisting of a vast reservoir of data. At least 41 billion records were collected and stored in a single 30-day period in 2012, according to the report, which also says XKeyscore collects more than 20 terabytes of information daily, including emails, chats, social media interactions, and even browsing histories-all in real-time.

The world is furious at us after learning of the extent of our spying on them from the Edward Snowden leaks regarding our mass surveillance programs. Germany canceled a decades long agreement with us to share vital intelligence information. Recently released documents by Edward Snowden reveal our president lied about our government spying on its citizens.

The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008. The government’s challenge to us through all of this has been that if we are not doing anything wrong we have nothing to hide and, therefore, no reason to object.

If we want to know where we are on God’s end-time timeline we need to look at what is going on in Israel. The European Union has redrawn Israel’s borders to the pre-1967 lines and has issued a directive barring all transactions with areas outside those borders. The UN has declared Israel to be an “occupier.”

The new ruler of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, appears to be as rabidly fanatical about the destruction of Israel as the former leader, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. As I mentioned a few moment ago, Secretary of State Kerry has declared, “The United States of America views all of the settlements as illegal. That is the policy of the United States.”

We have touched the “apple of God’s eye” in a way that has surely made God very, very angry with us. Our own Supreme Court has struck down a law allowing Americans born in Jerusalem to list Israel on their passport as their place of birth.

We have also publicly stated that the U.S. guarantees that Israel’s pre-1967 borders will be the basis for renewed peace talks with the Palestinians. Israel is very angry with the U.S. for revealing to the world that Israel used its submarines to launch cruise missiles that destroyed Russian made anti-aircraft missiles being delivered to the Syrians for use against Israel.

Obama has leaked this information to the world knowing full well that it invites retaliation against Israel, thus putting Israel in real danger. The Temple Mount is routinely being closed off to all Jews to appease Muslims who threaten to riot.

Jews were banned from Temple Mount for most of the month of Ramadan.

What I find most frightening of all are the remarks by Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister, which seem to indicate that Prime Minister Netanyhu is willing to relinquish up to 86 percent of the West Bank in a land-for-peace deal that has no possibility of ever succeeding, and every possibility of angering God.

The black horse of the Apocalypse looms just over the horizon as world hunger increases. President Obama just signed an order banning ammonium nitrate fertilizers in the United States. This will produce a very severe negative impact on the food grown on our nation’s farmlands.

Many parts of the world continue to ban genetically engineered crops. France has just announced that it will continue its ban on genetically modified corn. The war in Syria has destroyed half of their wheat crop. Freakish weather has destroyed a significant portion of the current world’s food supply.

The Bible tells us that there will be an increase in disease and pestilence in the last days. Anthrax is spreading over the northern region of Tajikistan. A plague-infected squirrel has been found in a California campground. Honduras has declared an emergency over dengue fever.

Hog producers are battling a virus that has killed piglets by the thousands and has a mortality rate of up to 100 percent. China’s bird flu has now started passing from human to human. There is a new mystery virus in the Middle East that is linked to camels.

A boy in Florida has recently been infected with a brain-eating amoeba. The east coast of the United States is being overrun with a plague of cicadas. Billions of locust eggs are hatching in the Negev desert.

Israel was hit by a plague of locusts just before Passover (That just has to be prophetic somehow!), and the capital of Bosnia has been hit by a plague of flies. One-third of the world’s food is destroyed by pestilence.

Advances in technology also point to our being in a time that closely parallels the “Days of Noah,” when the gene pool of mankind and the earth was polluted by angels who rebelled against God and caused God to be so angry that He destroyed the world with a flood. We have hacked our way past the firewalls of God’s computer and have gained access to the secrets of DNA that contain the codes of life.

Foolishly, we have tampered with these codes producing human-animal hybrids created in laboratories all over the planet. Scientists have just announced their most recent accomplishments of implanting false memories in mice and producing rabbits that glow in the dark. Human genes have been implanted in many different animals. One does not need the gift of prophecy to know that God is not going to tolerate this flagrant disobedience much longer.

Jesus told us that the Great Tribulation would start at the 3.5 year-point of Daniel’s 70th “week” when the Antichrist stands in the Temple and declares himself, to be god. Therefore, there will have to be temple for him to stand in. The discussions on rebuilding the Temple are starting to get serious despite severe Islamic objections. The Israeli government is now funding the Temple Mount Institute and other organizations in their efforts to someday very soon rebuild the Temple.

I firmly believe that UFOs will play a significant role in end-time events and that sinister supernatural forces have at been at work ever since the incident at Roswell in 1947, and even back to the earliest days of civilization, to plant the seeds in the mind of mankind that are necessary to carry out their evil plan.

There has been a huge up-tick in recent UFO sightings and in cattle mutilations, where parts of the cattle are removed with the surgical precision we are scarcely able to duplicate today. The beings that perform these mutilations go to great lengths to insure they are never seen, and yet they deliberately leave the carcasses in places where they are certain to be found. Why?

There are other miscellaneous signs at we are at the end. Water has turned blood red in 9 waterways around the world during the past 2 years. Massive sinkholes continue to appear all over the world. The latest one opened up a hole 200 feet wide and 90 feet deep for no apparent reason, and it continues to expand.

Why are these sinkholes gobbling up cars, homes, and people? Is the earth angry with us, or is it trying to tell us something?

In Revelation 3:3 Jesus commanded us to watch for His return. He also warned us that if we do not watch He will come upon us as unexpectedly as a thief in the night and if we do not watch, we will not know the day or hour of His return.

Paul told the Thessalonians in his first letter to them to watch for the Lord’s return in the clouds, when the dead in Christ will rise first when the trumpet blows.

The bulk of chapter 24 of the book of Matthew deals with Jesus answer when asked what the signs of his return will be. Chapter 25 contains the parable of the 10 virgins and the importance of watching and being prepared for His return.

Over the centuries there has been much debate as to whether or not we can know the day or hour, but we can certainly know the season. We have that on the highest authority.

Never before in history has there been such an incredible number of signs that something big is about to happen, especially when all of these signs are occurring simultaneously. Many in the unbelieving world react with anger whenever the Rapture is mentioned because it is becoming increasingly impossible to deny.

All of humanity can sense it. Something really, really big is about to happen and it is going to happen really, really soon. Stockpiling water, food, medicine, and ammunition is not the answer.

The answer lays in your own heart and where you stand with God.

Carl Worline

oaktree3168@aol.com

The End Times According To Peter

The End Times According To Peter by Jack Kelley – http://gracethrufaith.com/ikvot-hamashiach/the-end-times-according-to-peter/

Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking. I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles. (2 Peter 3:1-2)

Peter wrote this letter, his final one, around 65 AD. He was probably in Rome at the time, since he was crucified in 68, though he may have still been in Babylon, where he’d written letter number one five years earlier.

His purpose in writing was three-fold: to stimulate spiritual growth among Christians, to combat the false teaching that was coming into the Church, and to emphasize the certainty of the Lord’s return. We’ll focus on this third purpose, which Peter addressed in chapter 3.

First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.”(2 Peter 3:3-4)

Peter’s first burden was to warn us about the false teaching that would come to be known as Religious Uniformitarianism. This view holds that God does not periodically intervene in the affairs of man but is content just to observe us as we experience a linear series of events over an extended period of time. Its proponents sometimes describe God as “the Great Watchmaker” Who constructed His universe like a master craftsman assembles a precision timepiece. Having “wound it up” and set it in motion, He’s now engaged in watching it run, apart from any subsequent involvement by Him. Galaxies, worlds and civilizations appear as if by chance as bits and pieces randomly come together to form them, and as species evolve into higher life forms. And as the enormous amount of time that’s passed demonstrates, we really shouldn’t expect anything more from Him. (An offshoot of this, called process theology, actually teaches that God is learning as He goes and is just as curious to see how everything will work out as we are.) As Peter implied, the emergence of this false teaching would in fact be a sign that the last days are upon us.

But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.(2 Peter 3:5-7)

These false teachers will have made conscious decisions to ignore three indisputable facts;

1) The Earth didn’t come into being by chance. It was created.

2) The One Who created it does periodically intervene in the affairs of man, at one time bringing a judgment so great that the entire world was destroyed.

3) And what’s more, He’s promised to do it again, because man didn’t learn from the first one.

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.(2 Peter 3:8-9)

I don’t believe this passage can be used to justify the “one day equals 1000 years” theory that some students of prophecy promote. Granted there are places like Hosea 6:1-2 where this theory seems to apply, and in Ezekiel 4 the Lord used a day to represent one year, but He informed us that He was doing so. There are also passages mentioning the Day of the Lord that in some cases seem to cover a span of time as long as 2000 years and in others one as short as 24 hours.

But here I think Peter was simply trying to emphasize that God is not governed by time as we are, and so what we perceive to be a long time would not necessarily be so for Him. His point is this. The length of time that’s passed is no indication of a wavering intent. Instead it should be seen a measure of His patience in giving us as much time as possible to come to Him for forgiveness.

But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.(2 Peter 3:10)

Make no mistake, Peter warns us, the Day of the Lord will come, and when it does everything will be made new. Due to the popularity of the aforementioned false teaching it will catch a lot of people by surprise. And this is exactly the case today. Most mainline churches advocate the amillennial view of prophecy, which rejects the notion of a literal return by the Lord, and abandoned the Biblical creation account long ago. And even some conservatives deny a coming Kingdom saying all prophecy in the bible was fulfilled by 70 AD. (This is called the Preterist view). Remember, Peter wasn’t warning about non-believers promoting these ideas. He saw this teaching coming from within the church.

Some scholars have speculated that in verse 10 Peter was describing an instantaneous conversion of matter to pure energy and back to matter again in a “cleansing by fire.” If that’s the case then Peter would have been referring to the end of the Millennium when Earth and Heaven will flee from the presence of God (Rev. 20:11).

We shouldn’t confuse this with Isaiah 65:17 and Revelation 21:1 which both reference the time of the 2nd Coming that Jesus called the restoration (renewal) of all things (Matt. 19:28). We know this because in the verses following, Isaiah gave us one of the clearest descriptions of the millennium in Israel on Earth. And John quoted Isaiah 65:17 showing the New Jerusalem coming down out of Heaven, which also happens at the beginning of the Millennium. And finally, Peter also spoke of this restoration in Acts 3:21 but made no reference to the Heavens and Earth being destroyed at the time. Rather than being a restoration, 2 Peter 3:10 speaks of a total destruction.

Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise, we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.(2 Peter 3:11-13)

Can we really hasten the Day of the Lord? In Romans 11:25 Paul wrote that Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. This means the Church will contain a predetermined number of members, and when that number is complete, we’ll all disappear in the Rapture. Maybe that’s one reason why we won’t know the Rapture’s timing in advance. It depends on the Church achieving a predetermined number, not on reaching a predetermined date. By living Holy and Godly lives, we can influence others to respond more favorably when we talk to them about Jesus. That would make the Church grow faster, bring the Rapture sooner, and hasten the Day of the Lord.

While the New Jerusalem, being the exclusive home of the redeemed Church, can rightly be called a home of righteousness, there’s no way millennial Earth can be described as such. Many of its inhabitants will be in their natural states, having survived the Great Tribulation and come directly into the Kingdom. Ezekiel’s description of Millennial Israel mentions sin offerings 14 times in 7 chapters (Ezek. 40-46). And eventually the Millennium will end in mass rebellion against God (Rev. 20:7-10). To me this settles the issue that in speaking of Heaven and Earth being destroyed to be replaced by a new Heaven and a new Earth, Peter was speaking of the transition from the Millennium into Eternity.

So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.(2 Peter 3:14-16)

Some believe Peter was referring specifically to the Epistle to the Hebrews here, which many in the early church believed Paul had written. Since Hebrews was written about the same time, there may be some merit to the assumption. In any case his statement that the Lord’s patience means salvation underlines his earlier one that the longer the Lord tarries, the more people can be saved before He comes. Where would you be, for example, if the Lord had come 30 years ago? Still saved? How about 50? Get the point?

Peter and Paul were in Rome together at the end of their lives, and both were incarcerated in the Mamertime prison while awaiting execution. Peter was manacled upright to a post for 9 months before being crucified upside down. Paul, being a Roman citizen, was beheaded. Between them 47 prisoners and an untold number of guards and jailers were converted to Christianity. It was their final tribute to the Lord while on Earth and they labored at it till the day they died.

Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall from your secure position. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen. (2 Peter 3: 17-18)

Peter isn’t implying that listening to false teachers could cost us our salvation. The phrase “fall from your secure position” describes a state of mind rather than a state of being. He’s warning us not to let false teaching confuse us about the certainty of the Lord’s return, thereby depriving ourselves of our hope in the coming Kingdom and the sense of security this hope brings us.

The Lord’s return was as real to Peter as His first coming had been. Remember, Peter was an eyewitness on the Mount of Transfiguration, and watched as Moses and Elijah spoke with the Lord about it. But he believed that the words of the prophets provided even greater certainty, since they were inspired by the Holy Spirit. Take Peter’s advice and do your homework. Know what you believe and why. It’s your only protection against false teaching. And when you see all these things begin to take place stand up and lift up your heads, for your redemption is drawing near.(Luke 21:28) If you listen closely you can almost hear the footsteps of the Messiah.

Nearing Midnight: Third Temple Temperature

Nearing Midnight: Third Temple Temperature – Terry James – http://www.raptureready.com/rap16.html

Third Temple fever is rising surrounding the Temple Mount. It is, I believe, the most burning issue of our time, although simmering just beneath the surface of Middle East madness, just out of sight and mind most of the time.

Upon researching and writing for CAULDRON: Supernatural Implications of the Current Middle East-a book we hope to have available by the end of the year or the very first of next year-the Temple again shouldered its way to the top of my thinking.

This is for good reason. The Temple Mount, Mt. Moriah, is the center of the earthly battle in the war Satan has waged against God since being ejected from Heaven with the one-third of the rebel angels that followed him.

Moriah is the spot on the planet where some believe the Garden of Eden was centered. Some hold that the stone under which the Dome of the Rock sits was the place where Adam, then Eve, was created. I don’t necessarily hold to this, but there are serious scholars within Christendom who do. The surface of Mt. Moriah is the place where Isaac was to be offered as sacrifice by his father, Abraham, when God intervened and provided the ram caught in the thicket by his horns. Moriah is the place where the Holy of Holies sat with in the two previous Temples. It is the place where the Ark of the Covenant resided within the Holy of Holies. It is the place where the veil was torn from top to bottom the moment Jesus Christ said, “It is finished,” and gave up His life to death and the grave, to be raised on the third day.

As we have written many times in these commentaries, the signals of this Age of Grace dispensation coming to an end soon are everywhere. It is absolutely mandatory, if that is true, that the most important signal of all be in view at this time. I believe with all that is within me that matters involving the rebuilding of the Temple atop that most centrally important piece of rock must be clearly in view in proving that this generation is near the end of the Church Age.

Some excellent scholars believe and teach that the Tribulation Temple (Third Temple) doesn’t have to be located atop Mt. Moriah. Rather, they believe it will possibly be a synagogue-type structure somewhat north of Jerusalem-Shiloh, to be exact-where the tabernacle stood for 400 years. I respectfully disagree. Satan wants to usurp the throne of God. He cannot do so by taking over the throne of God in Heaven. He has already been banished from that kingdom, except for having the privilege of accusing the brethren.

The devil does want to usurp the earthly throne of God, however, and, in his totally depraved thinking still believes he can do so. That “throne”-which I call God’s touchstone to humanity–is where the Holy of Holies sat, where the Ark of the Covenant resided within Solomon’s Temple. Lucifer the fallen isn’t interested in a second choice for a place to place his “man of sin.” Antichrist must sit right where the Ark, containing God’s Law-the Tablets (Ten Commandments)–rested.

Antichrist will, of course sit in that spot, declaring himself to be God, according to 2 Thessalonians: “Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God” (2 Thessalonians 2:4).

Satan will apparently indwell this “prince that shall come,” thus achieving–in his own demented mind, at least–the usurpation of God’s earthly throne. This, after all, is the place within the Temple Jesus will one day sit as King of Kings during the Millennial Kingdom.

Now, I know the mountain of Moriah will be split in the middle and the Tribulation Temple will likely be completely destroyed. After all, it is the Third Temple built, I believe, by unbelieving Jews; thus, it doesn’t meet with God’s approval. Mt. Zion, as it will be known, will be supernaturally elevated in the tremendous topographical changes that will take place when Christ’s foot touches the Mt. of Olives when He returns. Christ will, Himself, build the Millennial Temple upon Mt. Zion, where He will reign and rule with a rod of iron for 1000 years.

The thing we are considering here is: Do we see signs of the call to rebuild the Temple? The answer is, of course, “Yes!”

Great tensions are currently building around the Temple Mount. Both the Jewish community, which wants to worship on top of Moriah, and the Arab Islamists, who are determined the Jews will never do so, are revving up their emotional engines. The temperature is rising, and the diplomats of the world realize that it is potentially the one place on Earth that is the greatest trigger point to start nuclear Armageddon.

The following two news excerpts lay out the building fever surrounding the Temple Mount.

Israelis who believe the Temple Mount should remain in Israeli hands must take urgent action, Likud MK Moshe Feiglin warned Thursday. Feiglin, who heads the Jewish Leadership faction of the Likud party, visited the Temple Mount on Thursday despite knowing he would find it locked to Jews, as a display of protest.

In an “unprecedented” move, police on Wednesday informed Jewish groups that the Temple Mount will be closed to all non-Muslims until at least the end of Ramadan, on 11th August. The announcement has provoked renewed anger over anti-Jewish discrimination on the Temple Mount, and sparked calls by activists for a mass-protest on 7th August, at the start of the Hebrew month of Elul. (Maayana Miskin, “Feiglin Declares ‘Time to Flood the Temple Mount,'” Inside Israel, Israel National News)

A Jewish website that aims to teach Israelis about the Temple has been met with an angry backlash from the Arab Muslim community. The Har Hakodesh (lit. “The Holy Mountain”) website includes educational material about the history of the Temple Mount, which was the site of the First Temple and Second Temple. The Temples were the focus of divine service for the Jewish nation. The site also includes stunning photographs of the Temple Mount, including pictures taken by a non-Jewish photographer from parts of the Mount which Jews may not enter.

What has caused upset in the Muslim world is a representation of the Temple Mount as it would appear with a rebuilt Jewish Temple atop it rather than Al-Aqsa Mosque that currently stands there.

The site has been repeatedly targeted by hackers, and has been the focus of criticism in the Arab media. Sheikh Raed Salah, who heads the hardline northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, has called for an “Islamic awakening” in response to the website… The desire to see a rebuilt Temple is central to traditional Judaism, and the Amidah prayer, which religious Jews recite three times daily, calls for the Temple to be rebuilt. (Maayana Miskin, “Muslim Anger over Virtual ‘Third Temple,'” Inside Israel, Israel National News)

Because we are so near the end of the Church Age (Age of Grace), look for the temperatures of both the Jews and the Islamists to continue to rise as end-times events continue to unfold.

Is There A Second Chance?

Is There A Second Chance? – This Week’s Feature Article by Jack Kelley – http://gracethrufaith.com/ ikvot-hamashiach/is-there-a- second-chance/

If you believe as I do that the Bible teaches the rapture of the Church will occur before Daniel’s 70th Week begins then you’ve no doubt wondered what will happen to those among your friends and family who will miss it. Will they get another chance to be saved?

Those Who Are Perishing

For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness (2 Thes. 2:7-12).

Here Paul makes the case that the Church has to be gone before the anti-Christ is officially revealed, because it’s the Holy Spirit working through us that’s holding the secret power of lawlessness back. Those who are perishing will believe the lie that the anti-Christ is the one God has sent to rule the world. Paul taught that God will actually help them come to this false conclusion because they will have refused to believe the truth and be saved. That’s why they’re perishing.

At first glance this passage appears to say there will be no second chance, that the time for believing the truth that saves us will have ended with the rapture. The Greek word translated refused literally means they did not accept the truth. It implies that the truth was presented to them and they rejected it.

But this doesn’t really put the question to rest. Do they have to hear the Gospel and consciously reject it to be counted among those who are perishing, or does the failure to give an affirmative response result in rejection by default? Will everyone left after the rapture be numbered among the perishing, or will there be some who are not?

Without getting into the nuances of the Greek language, let’s see if there are any other places in Scripture that can help us find more of the answer. The most logical thing to do is see if we can find any convincing evidence that Gentiles can be saved after the rapture. I assume you know that many Jews will be saved in the 70th Week because that’s one of its main objectives.

When Daniel’s 70th Week begins God will once again be focused on Israel. From Daniel 9:24-27 we can see that He has unfinished business with His people. Some of the things He promised to accomplish through them in verse 24 simply have not been accomplished yet. There hasn’t been an end to Israel’s rebellion against God, everlasting righteousness hasn’t come in, there are hundreds of Second Coming prophecies that remain unfulfilled, and the Holy Place has not been anointed. None of these things involve the world at large. They all concern Daniel’s people, the Jews, and Daniel’s Holy City, Jerusalem.

What About The Gentiles?

But in our study of Acts 15 we saw that one of the things God is going to do while restoring Israel after the rapture is to provide a way for the remnant of men, including Gentiles, to seek Him (Acts. 15:17).

Evidence that this is true can be found in Rev. 7:9-17 which describes a multitude of post rapture believers that no one could count, coming from every nation, tribe, people and language and arriving in Heaven. This tells us that many of these believers will be gentiles, saved out of Daniel’s 70th Week before the Great Tribulation begins.

Some say this group is the church and place the rapture here, between the 6th and 7th seal judgments, but they can’t be right. In the first place John, the disciple most closely associated with the Church, doesn’t recognize them. But more to the point, their destiny is not the same as the Church’s destiny. They are before the Throne of God, but are not seated there with Jesus like the Church will be (Ephesians 2:6) They will serve Him day and night in His Temple, but they will not reign with him and are never called either kings or priests.

I believe this great multitude of believers will have come to faith primarily because of the rapture. They will have heard the gospel but, neither accepting nor rejecting it, they will have put off making a decision until it’s too late. The rapture will remove the final obstacle to their conversion, providing confirmation that you and I were right in what we tried to tell them.

This is evidence of Gentiles being saved after the Rapture. But before you get too comfortable with this as a fall back plan for friends and family, remember that in order to arrive in heaven they will have had to die on Earth. They’ll be some of the first martyrs of the 70th Week. Waiting until after the rapture to be saved will not be like waiting for the next streetcar. They’ll have to endure a lot more to receive a lot less.

People have wondered how so great a multitude could die so early in the 70th Week, before the anti-Christ gets his worldwide government fully stabilized and before he becomes indwelt by Satan. The Bible doesn’t say, but I think it could be the result of a back lash against believers following the rapture.

Prophecies from other religions tell us much of the world intuitively knows about the coming judgments. The rapture will be incontrovertible evidence that God is about ready to come down hard on them. Retaliation against these new Christians because they’re mad at God for actually doing what He said He’ll do could be one of the motivational forces behind the mass killings.

Another one could be the anger many will feel when just as they think they’re rid of all the meddling Christians, clearing the way for the utopian life they’ve dreamed about, a whole new flock will show up to ruin things. Remember, the restraining influence of the Holy Spirit that’s kept evil in check all these years will have ended. “Kill the Christians” could become the rallying cry of the unsaved world.

(Some New Age leaders say the world is headed for it’s final leap of evolution. It’s a spiritual one that will usher in worldwide peace and harmony. They say born again Christians and Orthodox Jews are holding this up by clinging to the outmoded notion of a single Creator God and they will have to be taken out of the way first. They often compare the removal of the Church to the surgical removal of a life threatening cancer from an otherwise healthy body.)

This slaughter of believers will soon be seen as an act of God’s mercy because certainly not all the post rapture believers will immediately be put to death. Others will have years of suffering ahead of them beginning with horrific natural and supernatural events that poison the air and water and including such an agonizing attack of demonic locusts that men will long for death to release them (Rev. 9:1-6). A third of mankind will die from these judgments alone (Rev. 9:18).

Remember, the Great Tribulation will not have begun yet. Neither will this be the last post rapture chance for Gentiles to be saved. Rev. 14:6-7 speaks of another world wide altar call just after the Great Tribulation begins,

Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth-to every nation, tribe, language and people. He said in a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water.”

This one will come right after the mark of the beast is introduced, and will be followed by a warning that taking the mark will result in permanent separation from God and a guaranteed eternity of suffering (Rev. 14:9-11). The judgments of the Great Tribulation will be so severe that if left to run their course no one would survive. For the sake of the elect, the Lord will put an end to them after 3 ½ years, but during that time an unspecified number of new believers will die of beheading for refusing to take the mark. They’ll be resurrected at the time of the 2nd Coming (Rev. 20:4).

I’m Glad That’s Over

It’s estimated that only about half of the post rapture world’s population will survive until the end. But during the face-to-face judgments that follow the 2nd Coming the Lord will find believers among the survivors, both Jews and Gentiles. In spite of having been totally excluded from even basic levels of society and a never ending fear of capture and death, they will live to stand before Him and receive their reward.

The parables of Matt. 25 describe this and the Sheep and Goat judgment is clearly about surviving Gentiles (Matt. 25:31-46). The ones who have demonstrated their faith by their actions will be welcomed live into the Kingdom. They’ll help repopulate the nations of Earth.

Here then are three references to post rapture believers. Maybe some of your currently unbelieving friends and family will find themselves among one or another of these post rapture groups. If so those who won’t be martyred early on will have endured a time you wouldn’t want your worst enemy to experience. Jesus said it will be the the most terrible time ever to befall mankind (Matt. 24:21). Please don’t adopt a fatalistic attitude about them, and don’t resign yourself to post rapture salvation for them.

But if you’re beating them over the head with the Gospel, don’t do that anymore either. It won’t work. Your most effective strategy will be a two-fold one. Pray for their salvation with the same intensity you would pray for their recovery from a life threatening disease. And show them the benefits of being a believer by letting your unshakeable faith be a beacon of light and a source of hope in this dark and dying world. Nothing else will be as effective. We don’t have very much time left so if you haven’t begun yet now’s the time. You can almost hear the Footsteps of the Messiah.

The Return Of The Kings Of The North And South

The Return Of The Kings Of The North And South
by Jack Kelley

“At the time of the end the king of the South will engage him in battle, and the king of the North will storm out against him with chariots and cavalry and a great fleet of ships” (Daniel 11:40)

Several times over the last few years I’ve made mention of my belief that two powerful and opposing forces of Biblical times were in the process of re-emerging to become part of the increasingly complex situation in the Middle East. These two adversaries are called the King of the North and the King of the South in Daniel 11 and recent events show they’ve both taken a giant step toward fulfilling their prophetic destiny.

My most recent study on this subject is not quite two years old and appears under the title “The Three Kings Of Daniel 11”. It’s named that way because in their end times appearance, the Kings of the North and South will not only oppose each other, they will both oppose the anti-Christ, who is called “the King who exalts himself” in Daniel 11:36.

Daniel 11:5-35 is a summary of the historical times of these two kings as they battled each other for control of what we now call the Middle East through several generations. They finally disappeared as the Romans were coming into prominence. It’s amazing to consider that Daniel wrote about all of them before any of them were born, squeezing over 100 historically documented prophecies into the first 35 verses of Daniel 11.

Daniel 11:36-45 are still future to us and require the re-emergence of these kings to be fulfilled. I believe in our current headlines we’re seeing signs that they’re preparing to rise and take their positions on the end times stage.

What Makes You Say That?

In my Mid East Update I reported that Saudi Arabia gave the Egyptian Army substantial assistance in its successful overthrow of the government. We now know that the United Arab Emirates and Kuwaitt were also involved. I mentioned that this concerns the US because of the possibility that these countries are banding together into a Sunni Muslim confederacy to oppose Iran. There’s a likelihood that they will support and even assist Israel in destroying Iran’s nuclear program. (The US is not opposed to a Sunni confederacy, but has been trying to build one around Turkey and the Muslim Brotherhood in a revival of The Ottoman Empire. Saudi Arabia and Egypt have become too independent for American tastes.)

Now, several Middle Eastern news services are reporting that Iran is working to build a Shiite Muslim block to counter this move by the Sunnis. It appears that this block will consist of Iran, Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon. This helps to explain why Iran is so heavily invested in Syria and Hizballah. Iran has sent billions of dollars in advanced weaponry to both and has thousands of soldiers stationed in Syria as well.

And just this week the Syrian state news agency SANA reported that an agreement was signed in Tehran by the Iranian and Syrian central banks, granting Syria a credit line worth $3.6 billion for oil. Damascus will repay Tehran by providing the Iranians “investment opportunities of various kinds” in Syria. According to the mideast intelligence service DEBKAfile, Iran is moving step by step to control the Syrian economy and advance its scheme for drawing Syria, Iraq and eventually Hizballah-dominated Lebanon into a Shiite economic bloc.

Some sources go even farther, claiming that Iran already controls Lebanon through its “wholly owned subsidiary” Hizballah. And recently a senior Iranian cleric boldly stated, “Syria is the 35th province [of Iran] and a strategic province for us.”

A recent article in Commentary magazine confirmed that “Iran is not only arming and training President Bashar Assad’s forces, both regular and irregular, but it has also sent Hizballah, Iranian-backed Iraqi militias, and units of its own Revolutionary Guards Corps to join his fight against the Sunni rebels. Add in the billions of dollars it has given Assad to prop up his regime, and it’s clear that if he survives, Syria will be another wholly-owned Iranian subsidiary.

“Whether Assad stays or goes is becoming irrelevant,” a diplomat in the region told Khaled Yacoub Oweis of Reuters. “The conflict is now bigger than him, and it will continue without him. Iran is calling the shots.”

And finally, the on-line magazine “Iran Focus” confirmed that Assad is not the issue. “Iran is primarily concerned with maintaining the Shiite crescent — which includes Shiites from Iran, Iraq, Lebanon and Syria.”

History Repeating Itself

It can’t be a coincidence that these Shiite nations occupy the same territory formerly controlled by the King of the North, just as the Sunni Muslim block occupies territory formerly held by the King of the South.

While there are sub-groups on both sides, Sunnis make up about 80% of the world’s Muslim population with Shiites comprising the remaining 20%. Many people who aren’t familiar with Islam don’t realize that the relationship between the two groups has not always been friendly, even when they would appear to have common goals. For example, after the 2006 Lebanon war, when much of the Arab world was claiming victory, Osama bin Laden (Sunni) publically criticized Hizballah (Shiite) for “jumping the gun” and attacking Israel before the time was right.

Current examples of sectarian strife can be seen in the fact that according to Gulf News, Hamas (Sunni) has lost the financial support of Iran (Shiite) for backing the rebels in Syria against the Assad government and has been told to switch sides if they want their aid restored.

Also, in the US there’s a fear that 10 years of “progress” in Iraq is being undone by Sunni/Shiite violence. Iraq has a Shiite majority being governed by a Sunni minority. The American advisors have never successfully addressed that issue and are now concerned that Iraq may soon erupt in civil war. Most observers see a not so subtle Iranian influence at work behind this.

The rivalry between these two sects of Islam goes back to the death of Mohammed when there was a battle over the right to succeed him and continues to this day. Most of their beliefs are identical but there are some differences. For example, they both believe in al Mahdi, but they don’t agree on who he will be or what he will do. Shiites believe he’s the 12th Imam, who will appear at a time of great crisis in the world to establish the Islamic Caliphate, or Kingdom, and enforce world wide conversion to Islam. Sunnis believe he will revive the faith, but will not necessarily be connected with the end of the world.

What Does That Mean?

A growing number of observers believe this rivalry could easily escalate into an all out Islamic war for control of the Middle East in a repeat of ancient history. Even though both sects have the capture of Jerusalem as their ultimate goal, each one wants to be the group that does it, and they’re apparently willing to fight each other for the privilege. The Bedouin saying, “I against my brother, my brothers and I against my cousins, then my cousins and I against strangers” comes to mind.

Of course, anyone familiar with the years of Catholic vs. Protestant strife in Northern Ireland knows that sectarian violence is not unique to Islam. But what would cause both Sunnis and Shiites to attack the anti-Christ as Daniel clearly prophesied (Daniel 11:40)? Especially if, as I believe, Islam will be the end times religion and alMahdi will likely turn out to be the anti-Christ?

We could understand their difference of opinion over who alMahdi will be to cause one or the other to oppose him, but what could cause both to do so?

I think the Bible gives us the answer.

“He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God” (2 Thes. 2:4)

“The beast and the ten horns you saw will hate the prostitute. They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire” (Rev. 17:16)

Satan has always used used man’s need for a religion to help him achieve his goal of world dominance, but eventually he will have to make himself the only object of worship, unencumbered by any religious system. And just like the Jews were incited to murder when Jesus claimed to be God, so these Islamic kings will be outraged when the one they thought was the promised servant of Allah makes the claim that he actually is Allah.

In Islam there’s a saying, “Allah was not begotten nor does he beget.” When the anti-Christ proclaims himself to be God he will be committing blasphemy against both Allah and God. And when he and his 10 kings move to destroy Islam (Rev. 17:16), it’s easy to see how the kings of the North and South, with massive armies under their command, could forget their differences and unite against him.

Students of Biblical history will recognize in this a strategy frequently employed by God, that of turning his enemies against each other. You can find examples in Judges 7:22, 1 Sam 14:20, 2 Chron. 20:23, Ezek. 38:21, and Zech. 14:13.

Of course there’s a lot of ground to cover between where we are now and the fulfillment of Daniel 11:40. Thankfully, the Church won’t be here for most of the journey. My purpose is to alert us to the possibility that one more sign of the times could be in the early stages of fulfillment. Because every sign of the times we see strengthens our conviction that we’re living in the times of the signs. You can almost hear the footsteps of the Messiah. 08-03-13