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USA in the Cross-hairs

Prophecy Update: USA in the Cross-hairs 2/27/19

What will the world look like when Anti-Christ rises? The book of Revelation indicates that it will be a world at war. Daniel 11:37-39 describes Anti-Christ as honoring a god of fortresses. The Hebrew word we translate as fortresses is ‘mauzzim’ and means force, strength, and a fort. In Dan.8:24 God says of Anti-Christ, “His power will be mighty, but not by his own power, and he will destroy to an extraordinary degree and prosper and perform his will; He will destroy mighty men and the holy people.” If this is what Satan will do through his evil servant then he has to move the nations toward war.

The tensions in the world were ratcheted up in the last few weeks. War birds are in the air and many are crying peace, peace, when there is no peace. India attacked Pakistan, China threatened Taiwan, the Palestinians are threatening war against Israel, Iran threatens war against practically everyone, and Venezuela is in meltdown. I believe that war will break out in the Middle East soon and the result of that war will be Israel gaining complete control over Judea and Samaria. The introduction of another Middle East Peace Deal will cause war. Russia is going to respond to that war and will eventually lead the nations in Ezekiel 38-39 to fulfill what God said would happen. However, what will become of the United States?

We have a civil war going on in America between good and bad, light and darkness. The Church is suffering from apostasy in many quarters. The Pope went to the Islamic world for a conference, here is a headline describing what happened: “IN THE NAME OF ALLAH: THE END TIMES ‘UNIVERSAL PEACE DOCUMENT’ POPE FRANCIS SIGNED WITH ISLAMIC LEADER MAKES NO REFERENCE OF ANY KIND TO JESUS CHRIST OR THE BIBLE.”

This first paragraph of this article sent shivers up my spine. “The pope and the grand imam of al-Azhar have signed a historic declaration of fraternity, calling for peace between nations, religions and races, in front of a global audience of religious leaders from Christianity, Islam, Judaism and other faiths. Pope Francis, the leader of the world’s Catholics, and Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the head of Sunni Islam’s most prestigious seat of learning, arrived at the ceremony in Abu Dhabi hand-in-hand in a symbol of interfaith brotherhood.” Will all Catholic churches in the USA go along with this uniting with Islam?

One of the clear marks that we are in the end times is the falling away from the faith among Christian churches. God says in Dt.32:4 that He is the “Rock, all of His works are perfect, His ways are just, a God of righteousness with no iniquity, righteous and just is He.” God’s ways and works are not to be compromised. Many have mixed Jesus and other gods together. Chrislam is one of those movements uniting Christianity with Islam. This is syncretism and God warns us against having any other gods before Him. There is also the mixing of Christianity with immorality. The Methodist Church is in the midst of a huge split over the moral questions regarding marriage. The NY Times had this headline: “Why a Vote on Gay Clergy and Same-Sex Marriage Could Split the United Methodist Church.”

“The United Methodist Church teetered on the brink of breakup Monday after more than half the delegates at an international conference voted to maintain bans on same-sex weddings and ordination of gay clergy. Their favored plan, if formally approved, could drive supporters of LGBT inclusion to leave America’s second-largest Protestant denomination.” Last night the Methodist voted for righteousness. Delegates approved the “Traditional Plan” in a vote of 438-384. The Plan maintains the denomination’s stance against homosexuality, gay marriage, and the ordination of noncelibate homosexuals while promising to better enforce those rules. Notice that 384 voted to abandon the Biblical view. That is a huge defection from the truth.

A group of Christian leaders gathered in Edmond, Oklahoma, over the weekend to push back against an effort to mainstream homosexuality in the Church. “Stephen Black, executive director of First Stone Ministries, says it’s a push already embedded in several mainline denominations and threatening to tear apart others: a message that says the Church needs to not only love and minister to homosexuals, but also to accept their lifestyles and mainstream them into church ministries.” Satan works in deceptive ways. He will push people in the church to be loving towards something he wants you to compromise on. The compromise leads to apostasy. This has already happened to many churches.

What is apostasy? Holman’s Bible Dictionary says, “Apostasy is the act of rebelling against, forsaking, abandoning, or falling away from what one has believed.” I see this in the liberal churches of America. Apostasy reveals itself in the Emerging Church movement, the BDS movement, and the Chrislam movement. The churches in America are constantly under pressure from the world and Satan to adopt beliefs and positions that violate the deepest held convictions of all believers. I believe that God gave us the book of Jude to warn us as a church against false teachers. Jude 3-4 says, “Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints. For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.”

The Boycott, Divest, and Sanction movement in many churches and universities is designed to destroy Israel. They are repeating the pattern that happened in Germany. From 1933 to 1939 the Nazis systematically excluded Jews from participation in German life. In 1933 they began a boycott of Jewish owned businesses. Jews were barred from working in any civil service jobs. In 1934 and 35 the persecution became worse with the institution of the “Nuremberg Laws”: anti-Jewish racial laws where Jews no longer considered German citizens, could not marry Aryans, or fly the German flag. Between 36-37 Jews were being systematically sent to concentration camps and 1938 saw the famous night called Kristallnacht.

“Josef Goebbels coordinated a nationwide night of antisemitic terror, subsequently known as Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass). On the night of November 9, 1938, synagogues were burned, Jewish shops looted, Jewish homes vandalized, Jews were beaten and abused. Ninety-one were murdered and 30,000 Jewish men were arrested and sent to concentration camps.”

The BDS movement in America is strongly supported by several mainline churches, at least 36 universities, and some in government. The Bible predicts that every nation will turn on Israel and hate her. That unfortunately means that the USA will turn on the Jews. Today we have these politicians who support BDS, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28 year-old “Democratic” socialist, Bernie Sanders, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), Ilhan Omar, a Somali-American Muslim from Minneapolis; Rashida Tlaib, a Palestinian-American Muslim from Detroit; and Tom Perez who is the head of the Democratic Party. One day their views will hold sway in the USA. Satan is using the same methodology he used in Germany to cause people to hate Israel. The BDS of today will lead to the concentration camps of tomorrow.

Universities also support BDS by divesting from Israel. Algemeiners had a report: The Algemeiner’s 2nd Annual List of the Most Challenging North American Campuses for Jewish Students. At the top of the list was the University of Michigan.

With Donald Trump planning to roll out his peace plan for the Middle East, I am getting very curious to see what will be in the deal. I fear that if America decides to pressure Israel to give up land, the hand of Gods judgment will be against that decision. God’s Word is clear that Israel is about to receive from the Lord all of the land of Israel. The so-called West Bank is the biblical heartland called Judea and Samaria. This administration is the most pro-Israel administration in my lifetime so it does not make sense that they would force the Jews to give up their land. My problem is with the rest of our government. Too many politicians are against Israel living in the Biblical Heartland. This is a huge problem.

The problem with many of our politicians who are pro-Israel is that they are against the settlement program. Jews are moving into the Biblical Heartland and our politicians are against that. God is very clear about this in Amos 9:14-15, “Also I will restore the captivity of My people Israel, and they will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them, they will also plant vineyards and drink their wine, and make gardens and eat their own fruit. I will also plant them on their land and they will not again be rooted out from their land which I have given them says the LORD your God.”

God says that Israel will live in their ancient cities, be planted there, never to leave! This flies in the face of the UN, EU, Russia, China, Islamic States, and many in the US. I believe that it will take a war to get this done, we are on the brink of this war. Iran threatens this war every day, as does the Palestinian Authority. Lebanon is run by Hassan Nasrallah: bent on the goal to kill every Jew in the world. The world yawns at these evil leaders. Thank God that He has blessed the Israeli Defense Force to protect Israel. Thank God that He has promised to defend Israel. Ezekiel 36 tells us about that defense: vs.6 ‘Therefore prophesy concerning the land of Israel and say to the mountains and to the hills, to the ravines and to the valleys, “Thus says the Lord GOD, ‘Behold, I have spoken in My jealousy and in My wrath because you have endured the insults of the nations.’ God’s wrath will drive this war coming. The insults of the nations will stop!

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Warsaw Summit

I am putting this up earlier then I usually do because I am very busy this week. Hope you are encouraged to pray and seek the Lord.

Prophecy Update: Feb.19, 2019

I believe that we are living in the last days. It is important for Christians to be watching and looking for the Lords return. Jesus said, “Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near” (Luke 21:28). What has been happening that many people believe it is the last days?

Here are a few headlines that make you shake your head:
“Pulwama terror attack, nuclear weapons and the India-Pakistan conflict” by: ARKA BISWAS. The terror attack in Pulwama has increased tension between India and Pakistan yet again. It is important to note that India and Pakistan have been fighting off and on for years. Both have nuclear arsenals and Pakistan threatens India quite often that they are going to nuke them. Pakistan believes that terrorism against India will not lead to great conflict. India responded in 2016 but it was a weak response. Biswas went on to say:

“The surgical strikes conducted by the Indian Army in September 2016 were celebrated as a success by the BJP-led government. Analysis of these strikes, however, capture two fronts where they did not succeed. First, the strikes did not succeed as a tool of coercion. Pakistan since has not taken any credible action against anti-India terror outfits operating from its territory which can be credited to the strikes. Cross-border firing along the Line of Control (LoC) has continued apace, if not increased. Terror attacks against Indian army outposts have been as frequent as earlier in Jammu and Kashmir. While major terror attacks have not occurred in other parts of the country, a correlation between that and surgical strikes of September 2016 cannot be drawn.

Second, India did not cross Pakistan’s declared redline for the first use of tactical nuclear weapons or call Pakistan’s nuclear bluff. The scale and nature of the surgical strikes were well below those of military retaliations as designed under, say, the Cold Start doctrine of the Indian army.”

It is important to note that India has declared that they will respond and get revenge on Pakistan. This is a nation with over a billion people and they want blood. The Indian headlines reveal this: “Modi vows action after dozens die in deadliest attack in Indian-held Kashmir in 3 decades” The problem that exists between India and Pakistan is like the problems that exist between Israel and many Arab nations. The government of Pakistan is full of Muslims who plan, direct, and fund terrorism in the name of Allah against India. Arab nations have been doing that for 100’s of years to Jews.

Remember that the first four wars in Israel, 1948-9, 1957, 1967, and 1973 were between Israel and Arab states. The Arab states prosecuted wars, backed by Soviet Russia, in their desire to push Israel into the sea. Since 1973 the Arab nations have funded terrorism and the Palestinian Authority to launch attacks against Israel. Things are different now. When you see God make a change like this, it really means something and prophecy is being unfolded.

There was a summit in Warsaw Poland that has revealed much. Remember with me the horrors of Warsaw. In WW2, 1942 there were 300,000 Jews who lived in Warsaw and the Nazis shipped 250,000 of them to Treblinka concentration camp to kill them. The rest ended up in a ghetto that was designed to starve all of them. America chose Warsaw for this conference for two reasons: Warsaw was the capital of the Warsaw Pact which was the Soviet/Communist countries against the West. Now they are in NATO and with the West, that is very significant and a message to Russia. Secondly, Poland is part of the Visegrad pact that is very pro-Israel. Here is a description of this group:

“The Visegrád Group, Visegrád Four, or V4 is a cultural and political alliance of four Central European states[1] – the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, that are members of the European Union (EU) and NATO – for the purposes of advancing military, cultural, economic and energy cooperation with one another along with furthering their integration in the EU.”

What is amazing is that the nations who attended this Summit were being pushed to be pro-Israel. Arab states listened to Prime Minister Netanyahu (when has that ever happened) and did not give the Palestinian Authority the time of the day. They agreed with Pres. Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu that Iran is the problem. Here is a headline from this Summit:

NO HOLDS BARRED: TRUMP’S WARSAW SUMMIT WARNED IRAN AGAINST A SECOND HOLOCAUST Jerusalem Post, Feb.18, 2019. “The city, once known throughout Europe as “the little Jerusalem,” saw the world’s greatest-ever decimation of a Jewish community. In 1938, the Jewish population of Warsaw hovered close to 300,000. Following the German occupation of Poland in 1939, the population would balloon to 400,000. Jews from in and around the city were forced to live inside an area consisting of less than one and half square miles, known as the “Jewish Residential District of Warsaw” – or, as we know it today, the Warsaw Ghetto.

This Summit hosted 60 nations and most nations sent low level administrators to embarrass Pres. Trump. Reason: they disagree that Iran is the problem. The Arab states that took part are afraid or Iran and are seeking a closer relationship with Israel. (Remember that Ezekiel 38-39 teaches that many Arab nations sit out the war with Israel). This is the miracle. The EU though seeks to continue the deal they had with Iran and they are protecting them. America lambasted Europe for their anti-Semitism. Europe in turn complained that America is in the wrong about Iran. Angela Merkel defended Germany and their deals with Iran as Vice Pres. Pence said “We have the regime in Tehran that’s breathing out murderous threats, with the same vile anti-Semitic hatred that animated the Nazis in Europe,” as he flew into Berlin. This did not make the Germans happy. Israel is being threatened similar to what happened in the 1940’s and the European Union does nothing! The Jews will fight this time!

“Speaking at a Middle East conference in Poland, Pence accused Iran of being the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism, adding that it was the “greatest threat to peace and security in the Middle East.” Most importantly, the vice president explicitly called out Iran for plotting a “new Holocaust,” echoing the Mullahs’ own genocidal rhetoric in his accusations.”

The European leaders are deaf to the words, ‘new holocaust.’ They lead the world in opposing Israel in every category, eager to weaken Israel until they can destroy her. All of this is prophesied in the Bible. That is why the Arab states participating in this is a miracle. It is setting up the Gog-Magog war. Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted this:

“What is important about this meeting, and it is not in secret … is that this is an open meeting with representatives of leading Arab countries, that are sitting down together with Israel in order to advance the common interest of war with Iran,” the tweet read.

“The vice president’s speech was met with disdain by some European officials who say they have no intention of abandoning the Iran nuclear deal and felt his aggressive tone would only stir up more opposition.” It is very clear to me that Europe is ready to sell out Israel and they favor Iran. The things they said about the USA were despicable.
Even former Vice Pres. Biden got into the act. Hours after Pence left the stage, his predecessor, Joe Biden, took to the podium to deliver a speech full of praise for multilateralism. “The America I see does not wish to turn our back on the world or our closest allies,” Biden himself offered the crowd a warmly received assurance that Trumpism won’t last and that a more familiar strand of American leadership will return: “As my mother would say: This too shall pass. We will be back. We will be back. Don’t have any doubt about that.” Joe Biden shows the same Neville Chamberlain passivism that the European nations show. In the face of Iran saying they are going to kill every Jew in the world, Joe Biden, the EU, and many more say nothing. They attack those who stand up for the Jews.

The conflict between the Arab states and Iran will not stop the anti-semitism among all of the Arab countries. God said that every nation in the world will come against Israel. That means that even the USA will be on the wrong side. Those who wish Israel to be destroyed are now in our congress. The day will come when they will have power to lead America into this sin. “Rep. Ilhan Omar is waging an unholy war against the Jewish people from Congress. She is about to learn that the Jewish people don’t stand alone, millions of people of faith and conscience stand with the Jewish people. We will neither sleep nor slumber as she uses the heart of American democracy and freedom to defame God’s chosen people and God’s chosen land.” Said Laurie Cardoza-Moore, President of Proclaiming Justice to The Nations (PJTN). Rep. Omar is from Minnesota and calls for the destruction of Israel. How many more people with same views will be voted into our government.

I finish with this verse: 2 Tim.4:8,”in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness which the LORD, the righteous judge, will award to me and all who have loved His appearing.” I am grateful for all of you who read this update each week. You are the ones who long for Jesus to come back, you are looking for His return. You are obeying Jesus because you are watching the signs as He commanded us to do. Maranatha!

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Judea Samaria are not the West Bank

Prophecy Update: Feb.14, 2019

When God called David to be king of Israel, He called him to reign from the city of Hebron. 2Sam.2:1 says, “Then it came about afterwards that David inquired of the LORD, saying, “Shall I go up to one of the cities of Judah?” And the LORD said to him, “Go up.” So David said, “Where shall I go up?” And He said, “To Hebron.” For the next seven years, David reigned over Israel from the capital city Hebron. The world denies that the Jews ever lived or had a kingdom in the land of Israel. The world has made it a point to deceive the nations regarding the most important cities of Israel. They do this by denying that Israel has any right to the land or the cities that God gave them. In this update, I want to break down for you some amazing things happening in Israel with regard to the Lords work to give the land to the Jews. Included in the conflict is the ‘Deal of the Century’ by Donald Trump. Unfortunately for our President, all the news is bad about his peace deal. It is a deal that divides the nation of Israel and refuses to recognize the West Bank as Judea and Samaria.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Monday (Jan.28th) that he will not renew the mandate of the international observers in Hebron, leading a similar group to announce its departure as well. The Israeli government claims the groups exacerbate the tensions in the city by advancing a pro-Palestinian biased image of the situation in the city. “We will not allow the continuation of an international force that acts against us,” Netanyahu said in the statement announcing the decision. This act by Netanyahu shows that God is getting ready to reclaim His land for His people Israel.

Hebron is the second holiest city to the Jews and the Bible describes how Abraham purchased it for his descendants. According to the UN and most nations, Hebron is in the West Bank. The West Bank is a term used by those who deny that the Biblical Heartland of Judea and Samaria is Jewish territory. God has promised to give all of the West Bank to Israel. It is a one state solution by God. The war to rid the land of Jews is ongoing. Consider these two articles:

Jerusalem Post 2/13/19
“A secret Hamas unit in the Gaza Strip used Al-Aqsa TV to direct Palestinians in the West Bank to carry out attacks inside Israel, the Shin Bet General Security Service said on Wednesday.”

Times of Israel 2/13/19
Israel’s Airports Authority, in charge of the nation’s international and domestic airports and its land border crossings, has to block three million attempts to breach its systems a day, mostly by bots, the head of cyber and information security at the authority, Roee Laufer, said.

The battle is among the Americans also. The Trump Administration cannot bring itself to call the West Bank by its biblical names, Judea and Samaria. This has been an ongoing war as these articles point out.

Times of Israel 4/28/18
“United States Ambassador to Israel David Friedman has been seeking to adopt the Israeli name for the West Bank, Judea and Samaria, in his official remarks and statements, but has so far been prevented from doing so by the Trump administration, officials told the Associated Press.” Many in the Trump Administration are pushing the president to declare the West Bank as Israeli territory. This apparently is in conflict with the peace deal. I am praying that the peace deal never sees the light of day!

Arutz Sheva 11/22/18
Arab propaganda has used “West Bank” since 1949 to obliterate any Jewish connection to one of the two remaining pieces of land under the League of Nations Mandate for Palestine where sovereignty still remains undetermined between Jews and Arabs. President Trump – having rejected a barrage of criticism since describing himself as a “nationalist” – faces a further torrent of invective should he choose to say “Judea and Samaria” rather than “West Bank” in his postponed, as rumor has it, or soon to-be-released peace proposals.

CBN News 1/17/19
Report: Trump Peace Deal Divides Jerusalem, Palestinians Get Almost All of Judea, Samaria. President Donald Trump’s “deal of the century” peace plan between Israelis and Palestinians will include dividing Jerusalem and giving 85-95% of the West Bank (historic Judea and Samaria) to a future Palestinian state, according to a report from Israeli media Wednesday. There are a lot of conflicting statements about the peace deal. We don’t know what is in it yet, but lets hope that what has been said is untrue. If you divide the nation of Israel, God will judge you!

In Israel a minister called for the annexation of the West Bank. Here is a report about that:
Middle East Eye: 1/14/19
“Israeli minister calls for annexation of the West Bank. Yoav Galant dismisses the possibility of a future Palestinian state, saying ‘settlements are the new Zionism of the 21st century.’ During an election campaign stop in an illegal Israeli settlement in the West Bank, Galant said: “I am clearly saying no to a Palestinian state. It is not possible to have more than one state west of the Jordan River.”

“We will work to apply sovereignty in all of Judea and Samaria and to strengthen the settlements,” he added, using the terms Israel uses for the West Bank.”
There were at least 12 articles about annexation of the West Bank in the last year and many government officials are declaring their acceptance of this action. I believe that soon you will see the Golan Heights and the whole West Bank in Israeli hands. Ezekiel and Amos indicate that this action will be taken by God to preserve and advance His plan through Israel for the last days. This next article is very revealing and is a plea from a Jewish writer to Christians to support annexation. I found it enlightening:

Breaking Israel News 1/20/19
“Yes, it’s true! Throughout Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, it’s impossible to throw a rock, sit down on a bench, dig a hole, or even build a parking lot without touching a story straight out of the Bible! Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and their descendants all the way to Yeshua (Jesus) traveled the Road of the Patriarchs (now called Road 60) when going to and from Jerusalem and beyond. If we simply start at Mt. Gerizim, we find the story of the woman at the well (John 4), as well as multiple stories of Yeshua stopping at the town of the Samaritans. From Mt. Gerizim, we could throw a rock and hit Joseph’s Tomb, as well as the field that Jacob bought (Genesis 33:19). Across from Mt. Gerizim is Mt. Ebal, where Joshua’s Altar (Joshua 8:30) still stands today, and where the tribes stood and listened as Joshua declared “as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:15) Across the valley is Elon Moreh, where Abraham stood in Genesis 12, when God first promised him the land. We don’t have the space or the time, but we would also pass by the stories of Micah, the Tabernacle at Shiloh, Jacob’s Ladder at Bethel, and Jeremiah’s field in Anathoth as we drive to Jerusalem from Mt. Gerizim. This list is only scraping the surface of Israel’s rich Biblical Heartland.”
When we pray and support Israel’s right to the land, we are preserving the biblical sights and stories of the Bible. The Muslim world is dedicated to destroying those sights and any Biblical connection to the heartland of Israel. I read my Bible a lot, I am reading about these places and I want to see them preserved as the Bible predicts will happen. An election is happening in Israel and Netanyahu could be thrown out of office. The Jerusalem Post said this on 2/5/19, “All Likud parliamentarians vying for reelection in the next government, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, support the annexation of the West Bank.” Netanyahu has been silent on the matter, that concerns me. He has made statements in the past that seem to support annexation. The article went on to say:
“Out of the 30 Likud members who hold Knesset seats, 28 have made statements or signed a declaration in support of the application of sovereignty in Judea and Samaria.” Since God wants annexation it will happen sooner or later. I have been following this story for over 30 years, I cannot tell you how pumped I am that we are so close to seeing God pulling off another miracle in the Middle East. What a great time to be alive. The article also said: The Sovereignty Movement, co-chaired by Yehudit Katsover and Nadia Matar, called on Likud politicians to make sure to elect people who support sovereignty, explaining that action on this issue in the next Knesset would be the “true test for leadership of the national camp.”
Let me finish with this quote from Amos 9: 14-15 “Also I will restore the captivity of My people Israel, And they will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them; They will also plant vineyards and drink their wine, And make gardens and eat their fruit.
“I will also plant them on their land, And they will not again be rooted out from their land Which I have given them,” Says the LORD your God.

At the moment, Jews are prevented from living in many of the cities that God talks about, Hebron, Bethlehem, Jericho, Shechem, Shiloh, Bethel etc. This has not prevented them from settling these places. The Jews who live in or near these biblical cities are labeled illegal settlements. Soon and very soon God will move mightily to do awesome things, are you ready?

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Russia and Venezuela

Prophecy Update: Tuesday Feb.12

Wars and rumors of wars are at a fever pitch. I would like to focus this update on Jesus words from Matt.24:6 when He said, “You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end.” Notice how Jesus is alerting us to the conditions of the world before the Tribulation period, known as the Day of the Lord.

Some of the hot spots involve Russia and Venezuela. I will begin with Venezuela and spend most of my time on this hot spot.

Venezuela is currently in the midst of great upheaval. Riots in the streets and many people fleeing the country. The BBC had this article last week: “Venezuela crisis: How the political situation escalated. The South American country has been caught in a downward spiral for years with growing political discontent further fueled by skyrocketing hyperinflation, power cuts and shortages of food and medicine.” The problems have become so bad that a leader of the legislative branch of the government, Juan Guaidó, declared himself president. The current president, Nicolas Madura will not step down. Now the nations are lining up behind Madura and Guaido. “US President Donald Trump officially recognised Juan Guaidó as the legitimate president of Venezuela just minutes after the latter had said he would take over the executive powers.” Along with the US backing Guaido are Britain, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Germany, France, Australia, Canada, and Israel. Supporting Madura, Russia, China, Iran, Syria, Cuba, and every leftist/communist country. Sure feels like the Cold War part 2.

To make matters worse, Britain refused to send Venezuela her gold which was requested by Madura. This is an act of war by the USA and Britain. Check out this article by Tyler Durden:
“In early November 2018, it first came to light that the Bank of England in London was delaying and blocking the withdrawal of 14 tons of gold owned by the Venezuelan central bank, Banco Central de Venezuela (BCV). “The Bank of England’s decision to deny Maduro officials’ withdrawal request comes after top U.S. officials, including Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton, lobbied their U.K. counterparts to help cut off the regime from its overseas assets, according to one of the people, who asked not to be identified.”

Venezuela sits on the largest proven oil reserves in the world. Russia’s state-owned firm, Rosneft, now has stakes in multiple projects in Venezuela and has issued significant loans to the country’s oil giant, PDVSA.”

Russia is so invested in Venezuela that they cannot abandon their support. This led Russia to send 400 military personnel to help President Maduro (I have seen his name spelled both ways in the press, Maduro and Madura). As the European nations are following the USA in demanding that Maduro step aside, Russia began throwing out threats. Some of those threats included nuclear war. The Washington Times reported, “The Kremlin has managed to maintain a decades long relationship with Cuba’s communist regime, whose intelligence services have worked closely with Russian advisers to make inroads into Venezuela’s military and its reserve rich oil sector.” Russia has reacted violently to Pres. Trump’s pressure on Maduro. The military sent by Putin were Spetnaz special forces. These type of soldiers have one purpose, to fight. “Joseph Humire, a lecturer for the US Armys 7th Special Forces Group, said in an interview that Russia wants to draw the US into a quagmire which Mr. Maduro has warned that would be worse that Vietnam.”

Venezuela has blocked the border bridge where aid is sent. A General has defected, Columbia has moved troops to her border with Venezuela, things are falling apart fast. For the past month, articles have been written about the chances of war between Venezuela and the US or Columbia? On Jan.1, 2019 the National Interest online news service had this headline: “Is Venezuela willing to start a Caribean War? The timing of Russia sending two long-range bombers to Venezuela earlier in December has Washington wondering what Caracas is thinking.” John Bolton has called Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela the ‘troika of tyranny’ and the US has put a lot of pressure on these three countries. In turn, Venezuela with Russian and Chinese help, have threatened Columbia and Guyana. Guyana is a very poor country but they have struck oil. This Venezuela wants to steal so they kidnaped one of Exxon Mobil oil tankers moving Guyana oil. Exxon Mobil has suspended operations because of the threat of war. With China and Russia entering the fray with Venezuela, war is likely in the Caribbean.

President Donald Trump is pulling the plug on a nuclear arms treaty with Russia, “accusing Moscow of violating the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty with “impunity” by deploying banned missiles. The Trump decision reflects his administration’s view that the arms treaty was an unacceptable obstacle to more forcefully confronting not only Russia but also China. RT is reporting, Russia will respond to ‘very harsh’ moves against it, but won’t initiate violence – Foreign Ministry.”

Over the last four years, tension has grown between the US and Russia. This has led to many threats of war from the Russians. They have threatened nuclear war with the USA at least 12 times in those years. The tension grew when Russia invaded the Crimea and parts of Ukraine. It increased greatly when they entered Syria. As the USA left these areas under the Obama administration, Russia has flexed her muscles. Russia has attempted to divide NATO because that is Russia’s main threat in Europe. However, without the USA Russia would beat NATO easily.

Recently, because of pressure from the USA, NATO has increased spending for her own defense. I personally do not believe these reports. Germany and France say they are increasing spending but I will wait and see if it really results in more divisions to counter the Russians. Russia is playing for keeps and war would help their failing economy. The Baltic States have prepared for war with Russia. I have reported several times in the last year about those preparations.

Russia is also increasing war cries in Syria. They just threatened Israel over the air strikes in Syria against Iran. In the midst of this crisis, Netanyahu announced that there will be a meeting with the Russians. Breaking Israel News reported today: “Despite tensions between their home countries, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on February 21 in Moscow, where the two are expected to discuss the Iranian threat.”

I have been reading the book of Jeremiah in preparation for this update. Reading it in the last four days has given me a chance to ask the Lord to open my eyes to what He is doing in the USA. With the rebellion of so any states committed to killing her children through abortion, we have moved to a new level of evil. The states are passing laws that allow infanticide. Check out this headline today:
“Democrats Accused of ‘Child Sacrifices’ Over Pro-Abortion Push: Missouri Republican freshman Josh Hawley condemns abortion and infanticide.” New York’s Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam recently promoted the idea of leaving born-alive babies to die if the mother decides after giving birth that she doesn’t want the child.”

President Trump stood up to the evil of abortion in his State of the Union speech. He said the ‘babies are made in the holy image of God.’ Then at the national Day of Prayer he said, “every soul is a precious gift from heaven.” We need a revival in our country and we need to stop this horrific practice of killing babies, sacrificing them to the gods of socialism. I was amazed that many other states are voting on this. This is like the book of Jeremiah, the powerful kill their babies, sacrificing them to the gods of Baal. God told them that the nation would be judged because of the inhumanity. We need to be warning America that God will use a nation to judge America because of this sin. God used Babylon, a wicked nation with a wicked king to judge Israel. What makes us think that he will not use Russia or China? I have constantly asked God if He is judging America like these judgments in Jeremiah. I sense the Spirit saying, we have spilled innocent blood and have refused to repent. Nothing is left but judgment. We have had many years to repent as a nation but the judges, senators, congressman state legislators are still defending abortion. Now they are defending infanticide.
Read the book of Jeremiah with me and ask the Lord, are you judging America like the judgments you talk about in Jer.23? In vs.20 He said, “The anger of the Lord will not turn back until He has executed and accomplished the intents of His heart. In the last days you will understand this.”

I understand that God hates the shedding of innocent blood. He hated it in Jeremiahs day and He hates it today. Before the rise of Antichrist the world will be at war. The tensions are rising for conflict between the United States and many other nations. Most Americans do not see China or Russia as a threat to their lives. We are protected by two oceans and have a powerful army, so they reason that China and Russia are not a threat. That kind of thinking does not take into account how God judges nations. Erwin Lutzer wrote a great book about this called, “When a Nation Forgets God.” Psalm 9:17, “The wicked will return to Sheol even all the nations that forget God.” God will judge the nation that has forgotten Him, is this not America? Psalm 33:10 says, “The Lord nullifies the counsel of the nations, He frustrates the plans of the peoples.” I see this on full display in our country. Psalm 96:3 says, “Tell of His glory among the nations His wonderful deeds among the peoples.” This is our task, let people know that God is awesome, Jesus still saves, and that America needs God! The Holy Spirit might move in power once again for revival.