The Coming Snare

The Coming Snare – By Daymond Duck –
 
In the past few months, the world has gone through some of the most far-reaching and consequential events in the history of mankind and most people-including most church goers, are unaware of these developments.
 
Concerning His return, Jesus said, “Take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, andso that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth” (Luke 21:34-35).
 
Our Lord was saying beware of getting so preoccupied with the cares of this world that you fail to watch for His return. Beware of getting so distracted that you fail to watch the signs or you will be caught by surprise.
 
Below is a short list of recent historic developments (monumental events of great prophetic significance) that only a few are paying attention to.
 
In June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is legal and their ruling is a clear sign that the days of Lot and the days of Noah have arrived. Whether or not people agree with the court’s decision doesn’t matter. Their ruling is an indisputable sign that the end-of-the-age has arrived (Luke 17:26-30).
 
In June, Pope Francis released an encyclical calling for a reduction in the world’s population, regulating global climate change, establishing a global constitution, establishing a global court and establishing a one-world government. Doing this will make the rule of Antichrist possible during the Tribulation period (Dan.7:23; Rev.13:7).
 
In July, a Pew Study found that more Christians are being persecuted today than at any other time in the history of the church (Matt. 24:9). The world is a dangerous place for Christians especially those in the Middle East.
 
In July, the Temple Institute announced that the architectural plans for a rebuilt Temple are complete and ready to use (Dan. 9:26; Matt. 24:15; 2 Thess. 2:4; Rev.11:1). The Temple will be rebuilt after the Rapture so the finished plans are a sure sign that the removal of the church is drawing near.
 
In August, the global economy took a beating (Rev. 6:5-6). Puerto Rico defaulted on its debt payment, the EU’s credit rating was downgraded from stable to negative, China devalued the Yuan three days in a row, Zero Hedge said 23 stock markets were collapsing and the CBO said America’s national debt is unsustainable. These are meaningful reminders that an economic collapse is on the horizon.
 
In September, the greatest mass migration of people since WW II started and a major factor is the fighting, killing and persecution (kingdom against kingdom) that Jesus said would be a sign of His coming (Matt. 24:7). It is no small thing that multitudes abandoned everything they possessed and risked their lives (and the lives of their children) to flee to safety in other nations.
In September, Russia and Iran moved into Syria. Their presence there is a sure sign that the battle of Gog and Magog could be close and that would mean that the latter days and the latter years have arrived (Ezek. 38:1-5, 8, 16).
 
In September, 193 nations voted unanimously to create a one-world government in connection with their 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. God can speed this up or slow it down, but if He leaves it like it is, the world is less than 15 years away from the Rapture.
 
In October, the World Bank asked all of the nations to get together and come up with one inexpensive way to identify and track everyone on earth by 2030 (Rev.13:16-18). This group of globalists want every nation on earth to use the same system, same kind of equipment, compatible data bases, etc. Their tracking system will lead to the mark of the beast and the death of multitudes.
 
In October, twelve nations completed the negotiations on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). These nations cover 40 percent of the world’s economy. Others want to join, including China. When all of them get in the result will be a one-world economic system (Rev.13:16-18).
 
In October, dozens of Palestinian terrorists attacked Jews in Israel. Prime Minister Netanyahu promised some of the victim’s families that he would install surveillance cameras on every road in Judea and Samaria and on all of the major roads in the area.
 
U.S. Sec. of State, John Kerry, visited the area and called for surveillance cameras to be installed on the Temple Mount for 24-hour a day monitoring of activities there. 
 
The PA rejected his suggestion, but Mr. Netanyahu said the cameras will be installed in a matter of days and they will eventually be hooked to the Internet so people can view the events that are taking place 24-hours a day.
 
This is important because the Bible mentions the Two Witnesses that will prophecy for 3 ½ years during the Tribulation period (Rev.11:1-13). The Antichrist will kill them and the entire world will see their bodies lying in the streets of Jerusalem. No one will bury them and all of their enemies will celebrate their death. After 3 ½ days, God will raise them from the dead, call them up to heaven and everyone on earth will see this miracle take place.
 
Surveillance cameras on the Temple Mount in East Jerusalem and in the surrounding area means that people will soon be able to sit in their homes and witness what is going on there. Many who are alive today may witness their resurrection from the dead and their rapture up to heaven.
 
So the return of Jesus is going to come upon the world like a snare, just as he forewarned. If we pay close attention we can know where we are on His prophetic clock.
 
Prophecy Plus Ministries
Daymond & Rachel Duck

Pope Francis, the “Save the Earth” Prophet

Pope Francis, the “Save the Earth” Prophet – Pastor Mike Taylor – http://www.churchofgod-usa.org/1/post/2015/08/pope-francis-the-save-the-earth-prophet.html
 
Revelation 13:11 “And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
 
12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
 
13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
 
14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.”
 
As the hour of the end of days becomes more obvious to those of us who watch the events being played upon the political stages of a one world government and its religion, we must take notice of what is progressing right now to form that alliance of political and apostate religious institutions that will be a part of the coming beast power and the 2nd beast, the false prophet.
 
I watch and wonder, reading God’s Word in prayer and ask myself “just how will the satanic powers of the Anti-Christ and his ‘temporary’ false prophet reveal themselves?” I believe we are seeing the formation of that one world government even as I type this commentary.
 
CLIMATE CHANGE, THE NEW WORLD ORDER TO “SAVE THE PLANET”
 
The new politics for controlling all aspects of human activity is being formed. It used to be “global warming”, but the scandals surrounding the manufactured results by dubious scientist with a personal agenda ended using that term. Now the new call for “saving the planet” is climate change. Let’s face it folks, both ideas are a hoax designed to do one thing, and one thing only: control the populations of the world. The idea of “climate change” has been promoted by none other but by our “fearless leader” the POTUS. I’ll not use his name, as the name repulses me. For me, the man has proven that he is a traitor to the interest of the American people, and is a lawless dictator that doesn’t regard our Constitution or our laws that govern this land. The man has done everything in his power to divide this country along racial, economic, and gender lines. Along with the United Nations as a co-conspirator, this usurper in chief seeks to bring down the United States, as the most free and the most powerful nation ever to exist on earth. She must be eliminated, as it is the only thing that stands in the way of the elites vision of a “new world order”.
 
Agenda 21
 
According to the definition of this new initiative introduced by the United Nations are as follows:
 
“Agenda 21 is a non-binding, voluntarily implemented action plan of the with regard to sustainable development.[1] It is a product of the Earth Summit and the United Nations (UN Conference on Environment and Development) held in Rio de Janeiro,Brazil, in 1992. It is an action agenda for the UN, other multilateral organizations, and individual governments around the world that can be executed at local, national, and global levels. The “21” in Agenda 21 refers to the 21st Century. It has been affirmed and modified at subsequent UN conferences. ” (Wikipedia)
 
The phrase in the definition of Agenda 21 of “sustainable development” needs clarification. What does this mean? According to the World Commission on Environment and Development it is:
 
“Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It contains within it two key concepts:
 
· The concept of ‘needs’, in particular, the essential needs of the world’s poor, to which overriding priority should be given; and….
· The idea of limitations imposed by the state of technology and social organization on the environment’s ability to meet present and future needs. ”
 
Sounds good on the surface in theory, but what it means is giving up national sovereignty of this nation for the betterment of the world and redistributing the wealth of nations to poorer countries of the world.
 
The ultimate objective of the globalists is to use “sustainable development” as an excuse to micromanage the lives of every man, woman and child on the entire globe.
 
We are told that individual liberty and freedom are “dangerous” because when everyone just runs around doing whatever they want it is “bad for the planet”. It’s also bad for individual freedoms and initiatives found in capitalism. It’s better suited for socialism or communism, which both have been proven not to work, except to create masters and slave labor.
 
This plan has been around for over 20 years, but has failed to implement the goal of world domination to this point. That is before this present administration has thrown the full weight of his political “bully pulpit” behind the effort to “fundamentally transform” what has been the United States of America and what it stands for. That was his major proposal to the masses who elected this man who we knew absolutely nothing about and still don’t, except for what he has done in the last almost 7 years to bring about the near collapse of our way of life. He has attempted to “redistribute” the wealth and the freedom that we have enjoyed for 200 years and give it away to rest of the world. I ask you, “why?” I believe the answer lies in the man’s DNA, his upbringing, and the influences of a growing young man by men who were nothing more than what he is now….Marxist and traitors to the foundation laid by our founding fathers.
 
With each executive order, this POTUS has attempted to weaken our nation and it’s security. Do I really need to cover each and every lawless deed the man has done, from making laws around the legislative branch of the government, to championing abortion, destroying the family, promoting homosexuality and gay marriage, to making treaties with our sworn enemies such as Iran, and tearing down the institutions that were given by Almighty God to a nation born out of a desire for religious freedom? They are well documented and pervasive in their lawlessness.
 
AGENDA 2030
 
If you don’t like the sound or the implications of Agenda 21, you are going to hate what will be introduced this September by turning Agenda 21 into Agenda 2030. The United Nation will have a conference from September 25-27 to be in the implementation of this plan to control every aspect of human life on this planet. I went looking for an explanation of this UN plan and here is what I found:
 
“The United Nations is now in the process of defining Sustainable Development Goals as part a new sustainable development agenda that must finish the job and leave no one behind. This agenda, to be launched at the Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015, is currently being discussed at the UN General Assembly, where Member States and civil society are making contributions to the agenda. ”
 
What this plan will do, is micromanage every aspect of human endeavor. It will be the first step of forming a “one world government”.
 
Unlike Agenda 21, which primarily focused on the environment, the 2030 Agenda is truly a template for governing the entire planet. In addition to addressing climate change, it also sets ambitious goals for areas such as economics, health, energy, education, agriculture, gender equality and a whole host of other issues. As you will see , this global initiative is being billed as a “new universal Agenda” for humanity. If you are anything like me, alarm bells are going off in your head right about now.
 
 
The preamble to this document is summarized from their official document of the United Nations:
 
 
“This Agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. It also seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom. We recognise that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development.
 
All countries and all stakeholders, acting in collaborative partnership, will implement this plan. We are resolved to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty and want and to heal and secure our planet. We are determined to take the bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path. As we embark on this collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind.
 
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets which we are announcing today demonstrate the scale and ambition of this new universal Agenda. They seek to build on the Millennium Development Goals and complete what these did not achieve. They seek to realize the human rights of all and to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. They are integrated and indivisible and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental.”
 
As you can surely see, this is not about battling climate change, but to fundamentally change the concept of global society. This is what our POTUS along with the world body composed of those who hate America and what it stands for. The United Nations of those countries who are antagonistic to our way of life, and only wish to see our complete destruction, are mostly Muslim. But note that not even the POTUS along with his cronies in the UN and his administration can do this by themselves. No, they must have a voice that will sway the world’s opinion to allow this plan to be implemented. Now who is the man they will look to to convince the nations of the world to fall in line?
 
THE POPE OF ROME SPEAKS FOR AGENDA 2030
 
Our POTUS has joined forces with a political heavyweight that will be the beginning spokesman for the acceptance of such an agenda. No, it’s not Vladimir Putin, the prime minister of England, or any other head of state of any nation, but the head of a major religion found in Rome. Yes, the Pope of Rome will kick off the conference for Agenda 2030 and has gone on record in promoting “climate change” and saving the planet. The pope will become the religious spokesman for such a plan to control every aspect of human activity.
 
If you have followed any of my messages in the past, I have proposed that this man, this pope, the grand poohbah of the Catholic Church fits the details surrounding the rise of the false prophet. To review that study check out the link below:
 
 
In the message, I am amazed at the departure from scripture by a man who leads others to accept the teachings of any pope without question. Is not the leader of one of the major religions of the world to deal with spiritual conditions of the heart and lead men and women to Christ? Not this pope, or for that matter, any pope in recent history has been anything but a politician to form world opinion on political matters, not so much on Biblical truth….sorry if that offends those who are of this religious denomination, but it’s a verifiable fact.
 
I have proposed in this message that Pope Francis “could be” the coming False Prophet, because of the history of the Catholic Church that is filled with violence, murder, sexual sins, and political visions of world dominance. As I mentioned, the modus operandi (MO) of the Catholic Church has been such for 1400 years into our modern world. I make that assumption based on this Pope’s stance of salvation through other means but Jesus Christ alone, his position on the family, and homosexuality to name just a few. When he speaks, he speaks as a liberal politician, not a proponent of following the teachings of God’s Word. Is Pope Francis the false prophet?
 
Understand, I have been exploring possibilities in previous messages, based on scripture and recent news reports and events being unsure, but as time passes, and with each statement or action by the two major players that will promote “climate change” notably the POTUS and the current Roman Catholic pope, I’m becoming more convinced that the beginning players of the coming One World government and it’s alliance with a One World religion is right in front of us. Now the POTUS has been up front and promoting this global agenda of saving the planet through controlling carbon emissions for most his term as president. Many people have proposed and it has a wide acceptance that this POTUS is the coming Ant-Christ. I am not totally convinced, but if he is not the man, then he is definitely setting the stage for the REAL DEAL. What is being formed is worldwide chaos. It leads credence to their battle cry. “OUT OF CHAOS, COMES ORDER” Let us briefly look what will happen in the month of September of this year that leads to that chaos:
 
  1. The end of the Shemitah year and possible economic collapse that I explored in another message on my website.
 
2. The end of Jade Helm or rehearsing military takeover of American sovereignty.
 
3. The fourth Blood Moon of the tetrad that have been on Biblical Feast days.
 
4. Israel faced with a possible passage of the Iran nuclear deal.
 
5. The UN initiative for global government and world domination.
 
6. The coming Feast of Trumpets, or the sign of the coming King.
 
7. The pope being the spokesman for acceptance of this Agenda 2030
 
8. Possibly the new religion of worshiping the earth, as the religion of the new world order.
 
 Am I the only one who sees a convergence of events that spells a collision between Israel and the world, the rise of a global one world government, and promoting a one world religion found in the Catholic Church with “climate change” bringing them all together? They need a cause, a unifying message to bring all nations under one authority with the religion of “saving the planet”. The only way they can do any of this, is to destroy the United States of America and it’s capitalistic society to level the playing field, as America stands in their way.
 
Some call the pope, a prophet, as he has been drawing on a little know Catholic patriarch, known as the “green patriarch” Bartholomew I, who is a spiritual leader to millions of Catholics. His message is an ecological message, where worship of the earth and God’s creation flows from the writings of Saint Francis of Assisi, when he proclaimed “brother sun, sister water, brother wind, and sister mother earth”. The apostle Paul warned of those who worship the creation more than the creator: Romans 1,
 
21 “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
 
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
 
23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
 
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
 
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.”
 
Is that not what is being done here? Is this not the MO of the Catholic Church to worship anything and everything, but the Creator who made them all? Oh, they mention dead Jesus on a cross, but in a crowd of everything else of their imaginations like dead saints, Mary, the earth, statues of Apostles, or past popes and in everything when they try and “Christianize” pagan beliefs. I’m sure God is not amused. They fail to realize the Jesus is alive and will not share His glory with man-made imaginations.
 
ECOLOGY, THE NEW RELIGION
 
In recent months, the pope has argued for a radical new financial and economic system to avoid human inequality and ecological devastation. In October he told a meeting of Latin American and Asian landless peasants and other social movements to end: “An economic system centered on the god of money needs to plunder nature to sustain the frenetic rhythm of consumption that is inherent to it.”
 
Oh, how I see this grand poobah of the Catholic Church that has left the foundation of our faith, Jesus Christ and preaches another gospel..whether it’s a social gospel, ecological gospel, or an aberrancy to salvation. Will Francis be the ecological prophet of the New World Order? His critics abound for his move to the “save the planet” liberal left. Pope Francis has been called a marxist, a danger to the world, and an eco-wolf in pope’s clothing. Those proclaim that he only wishes to make us all equal in our misery.
 
“Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change reveals his belief that there is a moral obligation to act swiftly on climate change, which disproportionately harms the world’s poor. But conservative media are relentlessly attacking the pope over the encyclical, calling it “insipid” and “blasphemous,” and fearmongering that the Catholic leader is a “Marxist” pushing for “a new world order,” among other things.” (Mediamatters for America)
 
 AGAIN, WHAT TIME IS IT?
 
 My dear friend, those of you who reading this post, the time of the end of this age is drawing very close. This year and next year could be filled with prophetic signs and wonders. Is Pope Francis the false prophet? Is the POTUS the Anti-Christ? I believe we will see the signs that give us pause to wonder if they are, or are not, but this side of the coming of Jesus for His church, we will not know, but wonder. Why? Paul told us why in 2nd Thessalonians 2:
 
“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,
 
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
 
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
 
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
 
Both beasts of Revelation will not reveal themselves fully until the Holy Spirit is removed quoted in verse 7. We may wonder, we may think we know, but if they are this close to a one world government and a proposal for one world religion that is congealing by the day into existence, how close are we to hearing a trumpet blast and the Lord Jesus coming with a shout, saying “Come up hither”? 1 Thessalonians 4:
 
“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 together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”
 
How close? I believe very close, right at the door….so come Lord Jesus.
 
“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”. John 3:16
 
This is pastor Mike Taylor, watching for the signs of the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. If you need prayer, counseling, a salvation message, or just a listening ear, email me at realteam1999@sbcglobal.net, . God bless you all,
 
 TILL WE MEET AT JESUS FEET!!

Home Time

Home Time – By Daymond Duck –
http://www.raptureready.com/featured/duck/dd181.html

In 1139 A.D. (about 876 years ago), a Roman Catholic priest named St. Malachy said he had a vision from God (St. Malachy’s Prophecy of the Popes; Google it). According to him, in his vision, God revealed that the Pope at that time (Innocent II) would be followed by 112 more Popes and the 112th Pope would be the False Prophet.

St. Malachy also said the 112th Pope would pave the way for the Antichrist; he would rule during the Tribulation period; rule during the destruction of the Roman Catholic Church, and be in office when the battle of Armageddon takes place.

Most Christians have never heard of St. Malachy’s prophecy, but many who have give no credence to it because it is not Scripture. It does not have the authority of Scripture and it should not be treated as such. But a few who have heard about it believe it is true because St. Malachy prophesied (some vague and other not so vague) characteristics about each Pope that they think have come true.

It makes for interesting speculation. For instance, if the False Prophet is alive, the Antichrist is alive. If the 78 year old Pope is the False Prophet, the Rapture, world government, world religion, wars and rumors of wars, division of Israel, mark of the beast, etc. are near.

Anyway, one of the interesting things about St. Malachy’s prophecy is that Pope Francis (the current Pope) is the 112th Pope since Innocent II and his theology seems to lack a lot. Dr. David R. Reagan (the Founder and Director of Lamb & Lion Ministries) recently did a great job of pointing out some of the Pope’s theological errors.

For example, Pope Francis said, “If Martians were to land on earth tomorrow, I would be happy to baptize them.” Martians should not be baptized unless they accept Jesus.

Pope Francis said, “Atheists who do good are redeemed, not just Catholics.” No one can be saved by doing good, not atheists, not Catholics, not Martians or anyone else.

Pope Francis said, “The Big Bang Theory does not contradict the role of God as divine Creator.” The Bible says God spoke this world into existence in six days. That contradicts a massive explosion in one day.

Pope Francis said, “If someone is gay and is searching for the Lord and has good will, then who am I to judge him?” God said the gay lifestyle is an abomination and the Pope has the responsibility to know it and tell it like it is.

Pope Francis said, “God is not a divine being or a magician.” God is a divine being who works miracles.

Since Dr. Reagan’s great article, Pope Francis has recognized the State of Palestine. This is a major theological error. Pope Francis can recognize the division of Israel, but according to the Bible God won’t recognize it.

Having said this, Revelation chapter 13 teaches that two beasts (the Antichrist and the False Prophet) will rise to power during the Tribulation period. The Antichrist (a global political leader) will receive his power from Satan (Rev. 13:2, 4). The False Prophet (a global religious leader) will speak like Satan (Rev. 13:11).

These two beasts (world leaders) will have a common goal that will come from Satan (Rev.17:7). They will work together to establish a world government and a false religion (Rev.13:7-8).

Some believe the false religion will be located in the city of Rome (where the Roman Catholic Church is) and others believe it will be located in the rebuilt city of Babylon (Rev. 17:5, 9). For awhile, the Antichrist and False Prophet will share a political alliance with global leaders (Ten Kings), but that won’t last (Rev. 17:12-13; 16). Put another way, the False Prophet will abandon true worship and establish a political alliance with world leaders.

This brings us to the Papal Encyclical that Pope Francis released on June 18, 2015. Some call it a political document because Pope Francis wants political leaders to reduce the world’s population, regulate global climate change, establish a global constitution, establish a global court, establish a global council (could this be 10 kings) and establish a one-world government.

Pope Francis condemned global greenhouse gas emissions, but some hoped he would condemn Islamic terrorism and the persecution of Christians. He wrote about our “sister” Mother Earth, but some hoped he would write about our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

He wrote about stamping out the coal industry, but some hoped he would write about stamping out abortion and gay marriage. He wrote about the rise of sea levels, but some hoped he would write about the rise of lawlessness in the world and in the White House. It was said that Pope Francis was speaking to the world, but his encyclical sounded more like he was speaking for the world instead of for God.

Understand that this writer is not saying that Pope Francis is the False Prophet because that cannot be known by mortals at this time. But this writer is saying that Pope Francis is the 112th Pope since Innocent II, he is demonstrating theological error, he is aligning himself with political leaders and he is taking positions that the Antichrist and False Prophet will take.

It is either coincidence or another sign that signifies the nearness of home time (the Rapture).

Prophecy Plus Ministries

Daymond & Rachel Duck

daymond.duck@yahoo.com

Nearing Midnight: A Good Man for All Religions

Nearing Midnight: A Good Man for All Religions – Todd Strandberg http://www.raptureready.com/rap16.html

One of the greatest misconceptions in Bible prophecy is the belief that the Antichrist and his sidekick, the False Prophet, will be people of an unmistakable evil nature. This view is so strong that some of history’s greatest mass murders have been labeled as Antichrist contenders.

The Bible actually paints a picture of men who are initially, extremely well-liked. The Antichrist will come and magically solve most of the world’s economic and political problems. Revelation 13:4 says that the people’s approval of him will so great, they openly, “Worshipped the beast, saying, ‘Who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him?'”

The False Prophet also will be a very likeable individual. He is described as a lamb that speaks like a dragon, which means he will be a wolf in sheep’s clothing. His primary end-time roll is to act as the Antichrist’s main cheerleader, but will also have special powers that allow him to perform miracles deceiving vast numbers of people:

“And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast” (Revelation 13:12-14).

I’ve always found it unproductive to speculate about the identity of the Antichrist. The Bible says he will not be clearly known until the second half of the Tribulation. Since he is a political figure, he could appear out of nowhere.

I think the False Prophet is more likely to be spotted-ahead of the Tribulation hour. Because religious organizations are generally static keeping their leadership in office for several years, there is great chance of a current religious leader fulfilling this role.

I have been truly amazed at how strongly Pope Francis comes on as a possible candidate for the role of the False Prophet. He hasn’t even been in office for one year and he has achieved a rock star following. In fact, he was just on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. On a wall near the Vatican is a graffiti image of the pope as superman, flying through the air with his white cape billowing out behind him.

Actor, Kirk Douglas, regularly writes editorials for newspapers and in one of his articles he called Pope Francis, “A good man for all religions.” When considering that the False Prophet will head a harlot church-an amalgamation of all world religions-the Douglas title takes on an ominous nature.

My problem with Pope Francis is not just with how he may fit into Bible prophecy. His doctrinal beliefs are what have me most concerned. When asked about his views on same-sex marriage he responded, “Who am I to judge?” He has openly asked atheists to join the prayerful in promoting peace. He has also been one the ecumenical popes holding ceremonies with leaders of other religions.

The most troubling sign is the warm relationship he has developed with the liberal media. The Bible warns that the true gospel message will normally cause people to be offended. The “love” gospel message that Pope Francis promotes is music to the ears of a press that hate any moral guidelines. The Pope has become the king of religious fluff with headlines like: “Pope Francis Warns Unemployment Can Lead to Suicide” and “Pope Francis Gladly Blesses Parrot Belonging to Male Stripper.”

A few days ago, an interesting thing happened while Pope Francis was addressing tens of thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square. He had two white doves released by children standing next to him-while he prayed for a peaceful resolution to the crisis in the Ukraine. Once the doves where let go, both were immediately attacked by a crow and seagull; I can only wonder if God was trying to show that empty symbolism is no match for evil forces that wish to devour us.

We must be close to the Tribulation hour because there are several people that have me wondering if they have some end-time role. Putin has the perfect characteristics of the Gog leader. Last week, the anti-Israeli President Obama said, lasting peace requires, “Access to holy sites [Temple Mount] for all faiths.”

“And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh” (Luke 21:28).

WORLD FEAR GROWS, WAR LOOMS

WORLD FEAR GROWS, WAR LOOMS

Revelation 6:4 And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.

Prophecy writers have been preaching the soon return of Jesus Christ and we wonder how soon? The indicators of the soon return of our Lord are all around us, but it has been fuzzy, but grows much clearer as time passes. Much like a picture developed in a dark room, as we see the image slowly coming into view. News reports have been coming fast and furious in the last few weeks, and from this perspective, I see the puzzle of end time events growing much more into focus with each passing day.

WORLD WAR LOOMS

Let’s examine a few of these indicators that the time is short for the return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Start with the economic troubles of most of Europe that has even affected our economy, as the world economy has become closely tied to one another. First news flash is that it’s been reported that the Vatican has taken a stance of encouraging a One World Authority for peace and posterity as an answer to the economic turmoil gripping the globe. It was reported on the website Catholic News Service the following:

“A Vatican document called for the gradual creation of a “world political authority” with broad powers to regulate financial markets and rein in the “inequalities and distortions of capitalist development. The document said the current global financial crisis has revealed “selfishness, collective greed and the hoarding of goods on a great scale.” A supranational authority, it said, is needed to place the common good at the center of international economic activity.” The logical start offered up by the Catholic Church is the United Nations with one central authority to regulate the world economy.

Recently, their beloved Pope Francis has come against traditional views over homosexuality and abortion and that there are many ways to God, just by being good. Say what?

Second news flash is there has been a push by the Roman Catholic Church to unite all religions into a One World Religious authority and I submit will be headed by the Catholic Church and it’s pope. Rome has brought all the world religions including pagan religions to the Italian town of Assisi in front of the St. Francis Basilica to set the groundwork of a one world religious movement. Many writers are starting to write about this push that began with the groundwork being laid by Pope John Paul II and continued by Pope Benedict XVI, and now Pope Francis. This is a part of the prophetic puzzle that is growing clearer with each passing day. These two pieces of the end time puzzle are growing more into reality. Then let’s take a look at the growing unrest in the Middle East. Another piece of this end time puzzle is being played out on our news cast nightly. Instability in the region has been gaining steam, during this so called Arab spring. I submit that is it nothing in common with spring, as spring brings new life, but more like winter, as winter brings death and destruction. The nations that surround Israel have been in revolution overthrowing their leaders. Starting in Tunisia, it has spread to the other neighboring Arab countries, such as Egypt, then Libya, and unrest growing in Lebanon, Jordan and Syria. What this has accomplished is the solidarity of these Muslim nations being changed from dictatorships, and transforming them into religious theocracies ruled by Sharia Law and the Koran and fueled by known terrorist groups with world conquest on their minds. These new governments will pattern themselves along the lines of the greatest threat in the Middle East, Iran. As we know, Iran has been working feverishly to develop nuclear capabilities and the Western world has been impotent to stop them. Threatened sanctions and diplomatic maneuvers have not slowed the government of Iran from building what the free world fears, a nuclear bomb. It is reported that they are a month away from having enough enriched uranium to develop their first bomb. Couple that with Iran’s ranting of wanting to destroy Israel and wipe them off the face of the map from their leaders, and “Death to America” only intensifies the fears the world feels and Israel’s rightly perceived threat to their sense of security and peace.

WAR AND RUMORS OF WAR

What could tip the fragile economic condition of the world we live in? What one word would send our world into a tail spin? What’s that word? It is WAR! It is especially true when you use it in context with the Middle East.

If you have been following the developments in the area it is reported that Iran, if they made an all out push for a nuclear weapon could achieve it in 1 month. For several years, I have been wondering not if, but when Israel would either with help from the USA, or unilaterally on its own, attempt to destroy the nuclear installations of Iran. It appears that new saber rattling is being reported coming from Israel. In the Asia Times written by Victor Kotsev, he reports the following news flash:

“Through a number of leaks and well-publicized war exercises, the Israeli government has dramatically increased its threats against Iran in the past days. Since the Israeli military likes to act by surprise, it seems this specific escalation is a bluff designed to help pass tougher diplomatic measures against the Islamic Republic at the United Nations Security Council, specifically following the anticipated publication of an important report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) next week.

However, given the exceptionally high and rising regional tensions (not all of which involve Israel directly), a larger war in the Middle East is a distinct possibility. Thus, the Israeli rhetoric can be interpreted in two additional ways (all three are not mutually exclusive): as an attempt to deter a possible first or second strike by Iran and its allies, and as a campaign to prepare public opinion, both at home and abroad, for hostilities. “

When Israel does attack, not if, but when, Iran will pull out all stops to attempt to make Israel pay and facilitate their belief that their mission is to bring about an Islamic Caliphate. Of course, we know that Iran will rely on it’s proxies to do it’s dirty work, as they may be crippled militarily and have been preparing for just such a scenario via Hezbollah, Hamas, and now with the uprising and the fall of dictatorships all over the Middle East, using these nations for a coordinated attack. I see a possible fulfilling of Psalms 83.

83:1 Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God.

83:2 For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head.

83:3 They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones.

83:4 They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.

83:5 For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:

83:6 The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and theHagarenes;

83:7 Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre;

83:8 Assur also is joined with them: they have helped the children of Lot. Selah.

83:9 Do unto them as unto the Midianites; as to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the brook of Kison:

Who are these people that make these plans that are noted in bold type? These are the ancient names of the people of the Muslim nations that surround Israel this day.

THE CLOCK IS TICKING

I’m not saying this attack by Israel will happen this weekend, as Israel when they have attacked the atomic reactors in Iraq under Saddam Hussein, or Syria a few years ago, or the convoy attacks of missile shipments to Hezbollah, it was in total surprise. You didn’t know about it, till it was over. Only thing I see different right now, is the flight path of direct line attack over Iraq being opened up, as the USA has withdrawn all our troops. It will be a direct flight path to their intended targets. Let’s also couple that with new stealth capabilities that Israel has developed to make their attack virtually unseen on radar until it’s too late. This will be a massive campaign and Israel has been preparing for this event for years. Iran has no air defense except from the ground, as their air force is from the time the Shah was in power and is inferior to Israel’s modern force. Ground to air missiles will be shooting in the dark with Israel’s stealth capabilities and evasive maneuvers to become invisible targets. President Perez made it known that Israel has weapons never before revealed and can defend itself in any scenario.

We know that the intelligence of the Israeli government is much more sophisticated than any news report, and they know when the window of opportunity will close for a successful strike. When Iran is suddenly struck with Israeli lightening speed, their only reprisal, I envision, will be through their proxies surrounding Israel. God has promised Israel that He would give them the land from the great river of Egypt to the River Euphrates, north to and including Syria, and south to the Arabian Peninsula. What will be the outcome of this battle? I suggest that the God given promise of the land promised to Abraham will be redeemed by the help of Almighty God fighting on the side of Israel, much like the 1948, 1967, and the 1973 wars that they should have lost, but God was with them.

Why do I think this? If you look at the Battle of Ezekiel, which I believe follows on the heels of the afore-mentioned Islamic defeat, you find in chapter 38, we read the following:

38:2 Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, of Meshech, and of Tubal, and prophesy against him,

38:3 And say, Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I am against you, O Gog, chief prince (ruler) of Rosh, of Meshech, and of Tubal.

38:4 And I will turn you back and put hooks into your jaws, and I will bring you forth and all your army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed in full armor, a great company with buckler and shield, all of them handling swords–

38:5 Persia, Cush, and Put {or} Libya with them, all of them with shield and helmet,

38:6 Gomer and all his hordes, the house of Togarmah in the uttermost parts of the north and all his hordes–many people are with you.

Notice that you find none of the names of the peoples mentioned in Psalm 83 in the neighboring nations as they have been destroyed and also, note that the verses speak of a city without walls, a city living in peace as noted in this passage of Ezekiel:

38:10 Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought:

38:11 And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates,

When has Israel in all of its modern history since 1948 been as Ezekiel describes them in the verse 11? Never you say? You would be right, never. God will be their champion in both fights. It is more evident in Ezekiel than in Psalms 83, as it is revealed that God is doing the fighting and destroys Israel’s enemies on the mountains of Israel by using signs that are rendered only Divine in nature. Read the full chapter and digest the quick end to the enemies of Israel that dare come down upon God’s people or His Land. God will destroy 5/6 of their army only leaving a sixth of their defeated soldiers to return to the their homeland, only to bring the plague to their own country to continue the slaughter. On the heels of this huge defeat by the Gog-Magog coalition, a man of great public stature will bring about a treaty for 7 years of peace. I believe that country, headed by this man is what we call the Anti-Christ!

How many years will be between Psalm 83 and the war in Ezekiel? We don’t know, but the focus of this message is that the next war that leads to the unveiling of the Anti-Christ could be close at hand. Israel will own all of the vast oil and gas fields of most of the entire Middle East after this next war and what better prize than for the armies of Gog-Magog to come down and take the riches of the Middle East from this upstart called Israel and their God.

Now here is the exciting part for you and me. When this Ezekiel war is quickly fought and lost by this Gog-Magog coalition secured by the power of Almighty God, I believe it will bring to the forefront a man with the number of his name adding up to the number 666. My bible says that he will be revealed according to God’s Word, II Thessalonians chapter 2:

2:6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.

2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

2:8 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:

2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

If you have been following my messages for any length of time, you know the answer to who and what is being talked about here. Verse 9 speaks of one who has the power of Satan with signs and lying wonders. Who is that man? Correct, the Anti-Christ is who Paul is speaking of. But there is one thing that must happen before he can be revealed. What is that? Verse 7: For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. Who is being taken out of the way? There is something holding back this unspeakable evil, a force that keeps the full power of Satan at bay, and prevents Satan from doing as he would like to do, that is destroy mankind. What is that Force? It clearly is the Holy Spirit. God will remove all hindrance for Satan doing unimaginable evil.

Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

And skipping down to verse 13:

12:13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, hepersecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. (Israel)

Let’s make a clear statement here. If the Holy Spirit is being removed and Satan is being cast down to the earth, never to be allowed back into the heavens, then if our Comforter, our Spiritual Counselor, and our deposit of God’s Holy Spirit within our spirit is being removed from this earth, then we who have that promise of redemption will be removed at the exact same time. Understand one thing, my reader. The tribulation is designed for one thing, the removal of sin from this earth and for refining Israel as gold is refined in the furnace. When Israel understands that the Messiah that came to them over 2000 years ago, they will cry out, as Jesus said in Luke chapter 13:

13:35 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

Then Israel will realize what they have done to the Lord of Glory, their prophesied Messiah who they killed in anger, but to fulfill God’s plan:

Zechariah 12:10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.

CONCLUSION AND SUMMARY

Now let’s take a quick summary of where this puzzle is showing what may be on the horizon in the near future. The economies of this world are collapsing, number one. The beginning for the push for a One world Religion and Government are being designed right before our eyes, number two. Unrest in the Middle East will eventually explode into possibly WWIII at the greatest, or a Mid-East war in the least because of an attack by the Israelis on Iran’s nuclear installations that could be happening at any moment in the future, puzzle piece number three. Follow this on it’s heals of the conquering of the Middle East oil producing economies by Israel, a battle for control of this vast wealth by the Gog-Magog invasion and the revealing of the Anti-Christ to the world. But before the final puzzle piece is revealed, scripture says that the Church is removed along with the Holy Spirit. How much time in this scenario do you think it would take for all these events to being fulfilled? My friend, it could take several years, it could take ten years, but the point is, signs are saying that man’s history of self rule is drawing fast to a close. The revealing of the Anti-Christ will start the beginning of the Tribulation where peace will be illusive as smoke is in the wind. When this 7 year treaty has been signed, and if you witness it, then you will have most likely missed the calling of the church to the marriage supper of the Lamb. The next 3.5 years from that time will be bad, economically, socially, spiritually and probably physically.

When this man who speaks of peace and looks like a saint trying to bring peace to the world, then without warning this man will approach the Temple in Jerusalem that he has allowed to be built as a part of this 7 year treaty and will stand in the Holy of Holies in Jerusalem and proclaim himself, to be God. Then all of Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and all of the land held by Israel will realize that they have made a treaty with the devil and the Great Tribulation will have begun where if God allowed it, no man would be spared because of war, famine, and the wrath of Almighty God being poured out on an unrepentant mankind. My reader, I assure you that you do not want to be witness to the beginning of a 7 year treaty, much less a man standing in the Temple of God, proclaiming that he is God. It will be hell, quite literally, on earth. Let me make one thing abundantly clear, if you think that a Christian must endure the Tribulation and that Jesus Christ sacrifice didn’t finish the job, and we , the church saints, must be purified right along with Israel who is in spiritual rebellion and darkness, then my friend, you have more of a problem than the timing of the rapture of the church, as in your mind, Jesus and His blood sacrifice was insufficient to purchase your redemption. The Tribulation is designed to purify Israel and to remove sin from the earth in preparation for the return of Jesus Christ to rule with a rod of Iron for a thousand years, called the Millennium. It would be the same as the Catholic doctrine of purgatory, that Jesus just didn’t get the job done. I don’t advocate or believe in purgatory, neither do I affirm believers in Jesus going through the 7 year Tribulation, as it flies in the face of the Saving Grace of our Lord and Savior.

My friend, do not be counted with the spiritual rebellion of Israel not accepting their Messiah. The nation of Israel are God’s people and He will save them out of this awful time and save them all, not losing one spiritually, but what about you? If you’re not Jewish, you have no idea that you will even have the opportunity to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. If war breaks out in the Middle East in the near future, your chance for making eternity with God may be very short. Make that decision today, as the Holy Spirit wishes to bring you home with our Lord and Savior. Want to know how to make that decision, which is the most important decision that you will ever make? Read the Gospel of John slowly and let God’s Holy Spirit reveal who this Man, Jesus was and is today. He is wishing to come into your life. Won’t you answer the call?

This is Pastor Mike Taylor, wishing God’s salvation for your life. If there is anything I can help you with, pray with you about, or show you the way to salvation, give me an email to realteam1999@sbcglobal.net. God bless you, till we hopefully meet at Jesus feet.