Home Time – By Daymond Duck –
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).
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Daymond & Rachel Duck
Nearing Midnight: Rapture or WW III – Terry James – http://www.raptureready.com/rap16.html
ISIL is on the move. All of fundamentalist Islam has one goal: world dominion. North Korea constantly badgers South Korea and threatens to send its several launch-ready, nuclear-tipped missiles in our direction. China seeks hegemony over all its Asian sphere of influence. Iran declares it will have its nuclear program, while at the same time promising to wipe Israel off the planet. And now, Vladimir Putin threatens everyone who opposes his way of doing things with the launch of Russia’s 5,000 nuclear missiles. President Obama’s administration responds to all this by drastically cutting America’s military capability, even to the point of unilaterally depleting US nuclear weaponry until it exists no more.
It’s enough to cause one to wonder if there is even a modicum of possibility for one to exist much past the end of the year 2014.
There has never been a weapon developed that hasn’t at some point been used, is the saying I’ve heard many times. I don’t recall any case of the neutron bomb being employed in warfare or, for that matter, the hydrogen bomb. However, the very use of these weapons of mass destruction in testing them means they have at least been used in the psychological aspects of potential warfare. This, in fact, is a part of hostilities between the great superpowers known as MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction). I guess they, in this manner, have been used to prevent warfare so horrific as to threaten the end of all flesh on planet earth.
Jesus told us about this possibility, didn’t He?
And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. (Revelation 24:22)
He was speaking about the Tribulation era–the last seven years of human history just before He will return in the Second Advent. That is the instant He will break through the blackness of the last moments of the war of Armageddon as described in Revelation 19:11. So, at least those of us who believe the Bible and in Jesus Christ for salvation, are assured there will not be all-out nuclear warfare that will end life on earth. From the description of some passages in Bible prophecy, however, it certainly does appear that nuclear weaponry will likely be unleashed to some degree.
For example, Zechariah the prophet foretold:
And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth. (Zechariah 14:12)
That description can, of course, mean that this is a supernatural affliction of some sort that the Lord will use against Israel’s enemies. Most who know the science of these horrific weapons in today’s nuclear arsenals, though, think Zechariah here described the effects of nuclear war on the human body. Particularly, I’ve heard it expressed, this describes almost perfectly what would be the effects of the neutron bomb–a weapon that is designed to destroy flesh and blood, but not other materials, such as buildings, etc.
Those of us of a certain age remember well all the threats of nuclear war. Those of my generation remember the old “duck and cover” television and movie theater public service announcements. These were for us kids, telling us to “duck and cover” if we heard air raid sirens or saw the bright flash of a hydrogen bomb.
We laugh at these ludicrous exhortations now. We were to jump off our bicycles and jump in a ditch or behind a garbage can when a 10-plus megaton hydrogen weapon discharged over our town!
We survived all those years of the Cold War. Our leaderships of nations who possessed those bombs were of sufficient sanity to know that there would be no winners, only losers, in such an exchange. Judging the madness surrounding this generation, we must seriously ask the question: Are today’s leaders capable of avoiding use of these civilization-ending horror weapons?
If we look at North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the answer is a resounding no, I think. But, even that paunch-bellied little tyrant must know somewhere in the back of his evil brain that he would end up melted into the glass parking lot his domain would become if he decided to launch his very limited nuclear arsenal.
On the other hand, the macho Vladimir Putin is quite another matter. He threatens nuclear war almost routinely these days. And, he has probably the most plentiful stockpile of such weaponry on earth.
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has threatened the West with his country’s 5,000 nuclear warheads.
Putin has raised the specter of nuclear war for the third time in the past two months as he and Western countries such as the United States clash over the Ukraine conflict, which has been bringing to light other deep-seated animosity.
Putin made his latest comments while en route to the annual Asia-Europe Meeting in Milan, a summit of 50 nations.
“We hope that our partners will realize the recklessness of attempts to blackmail Russia, and will remember the risks that a spat between major nuclear powers means for strategic stability,” Putin told Serbian newspaper Political. (“World War 3: Vladimir Putin Threatens West with Russia’s 5,000 Nuclear Warheads,” Epoch Times, 10/20/14)
The Russian president has bragged several times recently about his arsenal of more than 5,000 nuclear weapons when talking with other leaders. He is particularly chagrined over the sanctions imposed over his treatment of Ukraine. Falling world oil prices–due in part to fracking taking place in North Dakota and other places, which are diminishing Russia’s leverage in petroleum markets in the region he wants to dominate–are also contributing to his bellicose attitude and to not-so-subtle threats these days.
The difference between days of the Cold War and these times is that there is no superpower willing to stand up to the Russian strong man, like when Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, et al, were willing to look Stalin, Khrushchev, Brezhnev, and the likes in the eye and draw lines across which no dictator dared cross. Instead, the United States draws down its nuclear arsenal while Putin flexes and struts on the stage of end times history.
Which brings us to the title of this commentary: “Rapture or WWIII.”
My own studied and prayerfully considered opinion is that while threats (rumors) of war and even hostilities like we are witnessing from ISIL, Hamas, and occasionally other volatile players around the world will continue, there will be no world-rending war this side of the Rapture of the church. When the church is taken into Heaven by Jesus Christ, madness upon planet earth will likely be more the norm, rather than the exception. We can already see that trend developing, even at this late hour as the Lord of Heaven slowly, measurably, takes His Mighty Hand off the affairs of rebellious mankind.
When the Holy Spirit removes and sin is allowed to run wild, the notion of Mutually Assured Destruction will no longer inhibit the thinking of power mad dictators.
Undoubtedly, it will be threatened, all-out, nuclear war that will bring the false man of peace to his earthly throne. Antichrist will supposedly have the answers to stop the coming holocaust. But, he, of course, will ultimately throw fuel on that conflagration.
The true Prince of Peace–the Lord Jesus Christ–will then ride to the rescue.
The Approaching Day – By Daymond Duck – http://www.raptureready.com/featured/duck/dd138.html
This article is about the Second Coming not the Rapture. There are no signs of the Rapture. It can happen at any time and without notice. But there are signs of the Second Coming and the church is told to watch for those signs.
Many prophecy writers, including myself, believe the Rapture will occur before the Tribulation period. In that case, the Rapture will occur before the Second Coming because Jesus won’t come back to this earth (He will remain in the air at the Rapture) until the end of the Tribulation Period. So, if the Second Coming is close, the Rapture is even closer.
Most of those who watch the signs think the Second Coming is very close. They know that Jesus said, “Of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only” (Matt. 24:36). But they also know that Jesus said, “When ye shall see all these things (the signs), know that it is near, even at the doors” (Matt. 24:33). And they also know that the Bible says we can see the day approaching (Heb. 10:25). So even though no human being knows the day and hour, prophecy teachers are not contradicting the Scriptures when they say the Second Coming is close.
They believe it is close because God has revealed timing clues along with some prophecies. For example, concerning the Battle of Gog and Magog (Ezek. 38-39), God said it will happen in the latter days (Ezek. 38:16) and latter years (Ezek. 38:8). But in order for this prophecy to be fulfilled, God said Israel will be back in the land; Israel will have cattle and goods; Israel will be opposed by Russia, Iran, Turkey and others, etc. These pre- conditions are in existence today and they seem to be screaming out that the latter days and latter years have arrived.
Another example involves one of the verses mentioned above (Matt. 24:33). Jesus said His Second Coming will be close when all of the signs are apparent in the same generation. Between 70 A.D. and 1948 the nation of Israel didn’t exist so it was impossible to see all of the signs during that span. Between 1948 and 1967 Israel didn’t control the Temple Mount so again it was impossible to see all of the signs. But all of the signs appear to be coming on the scene now. Some prophecy teachers call the appearance of all of the signs a convergence of the signs. Some even think this convergence of the signs is more important than any other sign including the return of Israel. Anyway, this convergence of all of the signs in the same generation is a timing clue signifying that the Second Coming is near.
Bible prophecy requires the establishment of a New World Order (world government) during the Tribulation period and before the Second Coming (Rev. 13:7). In 2009, Henry Kissinger said, “Pres. Obama has been chosen to bring in the New World Order” and we are now a little more than two years from the end of his second term. In 2013, Vice-Pres. Biden said, “The affirmative task we (the U.S.) have now is to actually create a New World Order.” In 2014, he said, “I believe we and mainly you (the 2014 Air Force graduating class) have an incredible opportunity to lead in shaping a New World Order.” And in 2014, Pres. Obama talked about a coming “new order based on a different set of principles.” So if our leaders are close to the establishment of a New World Order, the world is close to the Second Coming and even closer to the Rapture of the church.
Bible prophecy requires the establishment of a global religion during the Tribulation period. In Feb. 2014, it was reported that Pope Francis wants to reverse the Protestant Reformation and unite all religions. The Reformation began with a split in the Roman Catholic Church. The recognized beginning of this split occurred on Oct. 31, 1517 when Martin Luther posted his Ninety-Five Theses on the door of Castle Church in Wittenberg. The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation will occur on Oct. 31, 2017. So Pope Francis has established Oct. 31, 2017 as a goal for an anti-Reformation (a reversal of the Reformation by uniting Catholics, Protestants, Muslims and Jews into one religion). He may not be able to do it, but again, if the world is close to the establishment of a world religion (in 2017); it is even closer to the Rapture of the church.
Bible prophecy requires the coming Antichrist and his False Prophet to have the ability to identify everyone and to track all of their buying and selling about three and one-half years before the Second Coming (Rev. 13:16-17). Now, it is being reported that Obamacare requires every American to have a National ID card and that the Dept. of Homeland Security will start enforcing this in 2017. In fact, NBC recently predicted that every American will have a RFID implant by 2017. So the appearance of things that will be used after the Rapture (ID cards, chipping people, etc. by 2017) are timing clues that signify that the Rapture is getting close.
The Tribulation period and Second Coming also require the arrival of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (Rev. 6:1-8) which many believe is the rise of the Antichrist with an increase in war, famine, pestilence and earthquakes (also see Matt. 24:5-7). The Antichrist can’t rise because the church is still here (II Thess. 2:7-8), but this year it has been reported that wars have increased seven years in a row; the price of several foods (pork, beef, chicken, etc.) has reached an all time high and this is just the beginning; drug resistant viruses (pestilences) are spreading around the world, and big earthquakes (those larger than 7.0) have doubled since 1979. How can those who watch not believe that we will soon be going home?
Bible prophecy requires the Antichrist to confirm a Middle East peace treaty that will begin the Tribulation period after the Rapture of the church. There have been many failed attempts at a Middle East peace treaty, but proposals are now being drafted that will ask the UN Security Council to take over the peace process; to set a date for dividing the land of Israel and creating a Palestinian State; and to enforce the UN Security Council actions with international troops. It means the PA is asking the UN Security Council to dictate a solution and send in troops to enforce it.
After the Rapture, there will be a global economic collapse (Rev. 6:5-6) and a recent report by the Bank of International Settlements recently said the entire world is now in a situation of unsustainable debt and more. As the world approaches the Tribulation Period what it does to Israel will come back on it. The U.S. is trying to erase Israel’s borders and for all practical purposes God has allowed America’s borders to become seemingly non-existent. More could be said, but many prophecy writers have good reason to believe that they can see the day approaching. Are you prepared?
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Daymond & Rachel Duck