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Rapture Longings

Have you noticed how many people are looking for the rapture of the Church? The signs of the times have caused Christians to look for the return of Jesus like no other time in history.

“Therefore, be on the alert—for you do not know when the master of the house is coming, whether in the evening, at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning.” Mark 13:35

“Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming.” Matt.24:42

In this update, I would like to review the signs of the times which are causing people to sense that the rapture of the Church is right around the corner.

2014-2015:  Blood Moons

The Blood Moons were four lunar eclipses that happen on the feast days of Passover and Trumpets over a two-year period. When the blood moons appeared this way in the past, something very significant happened in relationship to Israel. God said there would be signs in the heavens, because the heavens declare the glory of God. Here is a brief list of what happened in the two-year span between 2014-2015:

  1. Houthis conquered Yemen and started a war with Saudi Arabia. Shiite Muslims in Iran believe that this was a sign from heaven that their Islamic savior, the Mahdi, was about to appear.
  2. Hamas started a war with Israel that revealed that the Obama Administration no longer supported Israel in the Middle East. The Obama Administration began a full diplomatic onslaught to support Iran and Hamas in their pursuit of a false peace. Obama sent 150 billion dollars to Iran after they signed onto the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. “The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is a detailed, 159-page agreement with five annexes reached by Iran and the P5+1 (China France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States) on July 14, 2015. The nuclear deal was endorsed by UN Security Council Resolution 2231, adopted on July 20, 2015.”  armscontrol.org
  3. Russia enters Syria to support Syrian President Bashir Assad in the civil war. Both the peace deal with Iran and the American lack of support for Israel caused Russia to send troops into Syria. When Russia built two military bases, they began the march towards fulfilling the Gog Magog prophecy. The Gog Magog prophecy says that God will put a hook in the jaw of the Russians and drag them into war.
  4. Saudi Arabia began sending under the table messages to Israel asking for a relationship. Seeing that the United States favored Iran over the Sunni Arab states, Saudi Arabia felt left without help in their conflict with Iran. If the Americans favored Iran over Israel and Saudi Arabia, then the Saudi’s have no choice than to try and get military help from Israel against their arch rival, Iran.  

2016: For Israel/Against Israel

In March of 2016, Donald Trump made a speech in Washington D.C. that supported moving the embassy of the United States from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. This caused a political earthquake across the nation. The international press had a field day condemning the speech, the Democratic Party condemned the speech, and Barack Obama ridiculed Trump’s stand for Israel. It was a very contentious election yea, but Israel was front and center, and Jerusalem was the talk of the nations. It was clear that Trump would support Israel and Hillary Clinton would not. This meant that the Democrats would only support those in Israel who agree with them that they should give Jerusalem to the Palestinians as their capital. The conflict over Jerusalem has been raging in the United States since 1995. (Jerusalem Embassy Act)

“Behold, I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that causes reeling to all the peoples around.” Zech.12:2

The contrast between Trump and Obama over Israel could not have been more apparent. Obama favored Iran, as did Hilary Clinton, while Trump favored Israel. Obama took a parting shot at Israel on December 23, 2016 when he supported a UN resolution that made all Israeli settlements illegal.  Donald Trump had been financially supporting these very settlements for years.

Israel’s Settlements Have No Legal Validity, Constitute Flagrant Violation of International Law, Security Council Reaffirms. “The Security Council reaffirmed this afternoon that Israel’s establishment of settlements in Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, had no legal validity, constituting a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the vision of two States living side-by-side in peace and security, within internationally recognized borders.” un.org

We now know that in 2016 Saudi Arabia and several other Arab states were actively seeking out Trump over the threat of Iran. Trump was very vocal about the horrible deal with Iran and clear that he would cancel the deal. This was going to have a great impact on 2020, as you will see later in this update.

2017: Eruptions in Jerusalem

Immediately after the election of Trump in 2016, the Democrats and many Republicans began cursing the Trump presidency. They used the Russians as the weapon, claiming that Trump and Vladimir Putin somehow had a deal to interfere in the elections so that Trump would win. This did not keep Trump from recognizing Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel.  From every corner of the globe, President Trump was pressured NOT to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel. Since 1967, Israel has moved 200,000 Jews into Jerusalem. The UN declared this illegal under international law. Question for you: Is international law above God’s law?

Two signs in the heavens appeared in August and September. On August 21st, the Great American Eclipse crossed the country and on September 23rd, the Revelation 12 sign appeared. What is interesting is that both signs are signaling destruction coming on the earth. Both of these signs happened in the year that Trump declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel. On December 6, 2017 President Trump said this:

“In 1995, Congress adopted the Jerusalem Embassy Act, urging the federal government to relocate the American embassy to Jerusalem and to recognize that that city — and so importantly — is Israel’s capital.  This act passed Congress by an overwhelming bipartisan majority and was reaffirmed by a unanimous vote of the Senate only six months ago. Yet, for over 20 years, every previous American president has exercised the law’s waiver, refusing to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem or to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city. Therefore, I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver.  Today, I am delivering.”whitehouse.gov

2018-19: Jerusalem Grows in International Importance

On May 14, 2018, the United States moved their embassy out of Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. This caused an earthquake around the globe. Nations threatened war, the UN issued condemnations, Russia and China attacked the decision and yet, here we are in 2020 and more nations are moving their embassies to Jerusalem. What most Americans missed were the back room discussions happening between Arab states and the Trump Administration. Trump was isolating the Palestinian Authority and undercutting their influence in the region. As the UN railed for a two state solution, Trump was moving the Arab states to stop supporting the anti-Semitic Palestinian Authority. Now in 2020, we see the results of these efforts.

The most important thing happening in 2018-19 was the globalist backlash against Donald Trump. Trump is the most anti-globalist president we have had since World War II. Satan is working the nations of the world to accept his man we call the antichrist. Trump upset the apple cart. Trump has been called “Cyrus” after the king of Persia. They are alike in that they both declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel, and they both are for the rebuilding of the Temple.  For such a time as this, God called a man favorable to Jews and Christians.

The antichrist system practiced how they are going to take Donald Trump out of the White House in 2019. They war-gamed how to use a virus to curse the economy and the Church. If you take down the economy and keep Christians away from the polls, then you can bring down the president in 2020.

2020: The Year of Reckoning

“Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors!”  Matthew 24:32-33

God taught us to watch Israel to understand the end times. As I watch Israel, I pay attention to the alliances forming among nations dedicated to destroying Israel. For instance, Turkey is Sunni and Iran is Shiite. Those two groups are generally at odds with each other, but not in this case. What unites these Muslim nations is their hatred of Israel and the United States. The Abraham Accords shows us that Sunni states may make peace with Israel; however, the hatred of Israel may overwhelm any animosity with Shiite states. Thus, the alliance described for us in Ezekiel 38-39.

“Iran and Turkey ostensibly back different sides in Syria, but in recent years they have grown closer due to joint opposition to the US and also Israel. Iran and Turkey both back Hamas, for instance.” jpost.com 

The Iran-Turkey Alliance: A Plan for Regional Domination? “Erdogan, who has ties to the extremist Muslim Brotherhood, has openly aligned himself with Iran and Hamas in condemning the developing Israel-United Arab Emirates normalization deal. Ties between the two countries have warmed since 2017, when Turkey began to work with Iran and Russia to resolve the civil war in Syria and Turkey joined Iran in siding with Qatar in its dispute with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Turkey has publicly opposed US sanctions on Iran, which, in turn, condemned American financial penalties against Turkey in 2018. Yossi Cohen, head of the Mossad spy agency, has told his counterparts from the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Egypt that they should consider Iran and Turkey as serious threats to those seeking stability in the Middle East.”   honestreporting.com  

“Turkish diplomat elected President of historic 75th UN General Assembly: June 2020”news.un 

The UN voted in a holocaust-denying diplomat from Turkey as its next president. How is it that the UN can deny the holocaust without penalty? The UN is full of anti-Semitic leaders who have a free pass to share their anti-Israel, anti-Semitic rants. This man will work with Iran and Russia to ensure that American views regarding Iran are disregarded. In October, the snap back sanctions are set to occur. Already the UN said that it will not happen. The UN is committed to supporting Iran over Israel and the United States.  At the moment, the New World Order is in full swing.

Jesus said to watch and pray for we do not know the day or hour when He will return for His bride, the Church. Never before in history have we been so close to the rise of the one-world government and the Gog Magog war. Watch and pray this week! We are a people who trust in the Lord our God, we take refuge in the Lord who is able to overcome any obstacle, heal any disease, and cause all things to work out for the good of those who love the Lord. Soon and very soon, Jesus will show up and fulfill His promises. Pray for the election, it is the time of reckoning for the nation. Let us be found faithful. Maranatha!  

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What Did You Think Would Happen?

With the rise of the New World Order, we see the predictions from the Bible coming true! God prophesied that in the last days there would be persecution of the church, peace deals in the Middle East, and the rise of an alliance that will attack Israel. These three truths are the subject of our update.

Persecution

“Blessed are you when men hate you, and ostracize you, and insult you, and scorn your name as evil, for the sake of the Son of Man.” Luke 6:22

“If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you.” John 15:18

“and you will be hated by all because of My name.” Luke 21:17

The Persecution Of Christians Is Escalating Dramatically All Over The World. “Ethiopia: Extremists have been conducting a door-to-door campaign as they search for Christians to kill… At least 500 Christians have been killed in an ongoing spate of coordinated door-to-door attacks and thousands of traumatized survivors have fled for their lives over the last two months in southern Ethiopia’s Oromia regional state, including its capital Addis Ababa, according to reports. In South Sudan, 23 Christians were gunned down at a church gathering on July 27th. This year already nearly 2,000 Christians have been mercilessly hacked and shot to death in surprise raids on Nigerian villages. In India, religious extremists regularly kill Christians, but those deaths rarely get much attention. The Chinese government seems to have decided that the elimination of the Christian faith should be official government policy.” prophecynewswatch.com

The persecution of the church is the precursor to the antichrist’s reign of terror. Satan is in an all-out effort to eliminate the church. The church is being attacked from without and within. John Macarthur has taken a heroic stand for the church in America. The California state government said he could not meet in his church with his people and they did anyways! The pastors who want to tickle peoples ears do not like it that pastors are standing up and defying the government. This battle is going to get more intense as we get closer to the rapture of the church.

Abraham Accords

“While they are saying, “Peace and safety!” then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape.” 1Thess.5:3

Any peace deal in the Middle East makes Christians nervous. We know that a peace deal will be the beginning of the tribulation period. When antichrist signs the peace deal, it will mark the beginning of the seven-year tribulation. The deal that President Trump presented in January is not the peace deal the Bible predicts.

President Trump cut the Palestinian Authority out of any peace deal.  The way he did it was to ask them to agree to things to which they will never agree!  The peace deal included…

  • Hamas has to give up hating Israel
  • Disarm
  • Agree that Israel has a right to the land
  • Palestinian Authority has to stop paying terrorists
  • Give up the demand for Jerusalem
  • Give up the right of return

Why did Trump do this? He did it to make peace with Arab states who are at war with Iran!

Iran threatens to destroy Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Israel, the United States, and all Sunni Arab states. In 2015 President Obama signed a deal with Iran that betrayed all of the Sunni states, Israel, and America. Trump has used this horrible deal with Iran to gain the trust of the Arab States!!

Trump stopped the deal with Iran and attacked Iran with deals of his own.

  • In January, he killed the hero of Iran, Qasem Soleimani.
  • The Abraham Accords: The Arab league has 22 states and they voted to accept the Abraham Accords against the Palestinian Authority, against the will of the UN, the EU, the New World Order, and all of the left in the USA!

Joe Biden already said that he would go back to the deal with Iran, helping them with their goal of destroying Saudi Arabia. Iran wants to destroy Saudi Arabia because they believe they are the true leaders of Islam!

Trump: ‘We Mark the Dawn of a New Middle East’: “Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and the United States signed the historic Abraham Accords at a celebratory White House ceremony Tuesday, marking the first time since the 1994 Israel-Jordan Peace Treaty that an Arab country signed such a pact with the Jewish state. “Thank you … for joining us in bringing hope to all the children of Abraham,” Netanyahu said, expressing a desire that Tuesday’s events would help “end the Israeli-Arab conflict once and for all.” themedialine.org

In response to the Abraham Accords, Iran threaten war. They are desperate.  I think that it will lead to the war that God teaches us in Ezekiel 38-39.

Gog Magog War

“After many days you will be summoned; in the latter years you will come into the land that is restored from the sword, whose inhabitants have been gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel which had been a continual waste; but its people were brought out from the nations, and they are living securely, all of them.” Ezekiel 38:8

The conflict in the Middle East over oil and gas is at the heart of why the Gog Magog war will transpire. Israel will control the free flow of oil and gas out of the Middle East as a result of the Abraham Accords. This is something that Russia and Iran cannot allow to happen.

Large number of Russian warships deployed between Syria and Cyprus: “A large number of Russian warships were recently tracked off the coasts of Syria and Cyprus in the eastern Mediterranean region, the Russian publication Avia.Pro reported. Experts are seriously concerned about the presence of at least 15 Russian warships and submarines off the coast of Syria. This is the first time such a large military formation has been seen here, which raises suspicions about whether Russia plans to engage in a military special operation against jihadists using the navy. This Russian naval buildup also comes at a time of increased tension between Turkey, Cyprus and Greece in the eastern Mediterranean, as the latter two countries have accused Ankara of encroaching on their territorial waters.” almasdarnews.com

Russia has a serious problem in the Mediterranean Sea. Since Russia controls the gas market in Europe, they do not want competition in the European market.

  • Israel and Greece pose a direct threat to Russia because of the large amounts of gas they found and plan on shipping to Europe.
  • Turkey wants this gas for themselves so they have maneuvered their troops and navy to start a war with Greece.
  • France has come to the aid of Greece against the Turks

The Mediterranean Sea is a tinderbox for war. To make matters worse, Israel has just increased the likelihood of more gas and oil coming through Israel to Europe from UAE and Saudi Arabia!

UAE Deal Boosts Israeli Oil Pipeline Secretly Built With Iran: “The Jewish state is about to play a much bigger role in the region’s energy trade and petroleum politics. With the UAE formally scrapping the eight-decade Arab boycott of Israel—and other oil-rich Gulf neighbors likely to follow suit—the Jewish state is on the cusp of playing a much bigger role in the region’s energy trade, petroleum politics, and Big Oil investments. Stepping cautiously out of the shadows, the Israeli managers of Europe Asia Pipeline Co. (EAPC) say their 158-mile conduit from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea provides both a cheaper alternative to Egypt’s Suez Canal and an option to connect to the Arab pipeline grid that transports oil and gas not just to the region, but to the seaports that supply the world. While much of the hoopla over the UAE-Israel pact has focused on other sectors such as technology, health care, education, and tourism, the Eilat-Ashkelon pipeline brings the deal into the realm of petroleum, the beating heart of the Persian Gulf economy.” foreignpolicy.com

This is groundbreaking news that is causing great waves in the Middle East. Hamas, Hezbollah, Iran, and the Palestinian Authority have threatened war over this. President Trump threatened Iran with a devastating blow militarily if they tried to attack us! This peace deal gives Arab states an ally against Iran that they did not have previously.

What everyone needs to understand is that the two state solution is dead. It is dead because the Palestinian Authority has been exposed as a fraud and the Arab League abandoned them! God prophesied that the land of Israel will be possessed by Israel, not the Palestinian Authority. Under the Trump plan, the settlements will come under Israeli law. The Palestinian Authority believes the settlements are illegal and Jews need to leave the land.  This will lead to war.  This war will give Israel more of her land as the Bible predicts.

Trump’s Mideast deals tout ‘peace’ where there was never war “The United Arab Emirates will establish diplomatic relations with Israel, a fellow U.S. ally it has never gone to war with, formalizing ties that go back several years. The agreement cements an informal alliance against Iran and could pave the way for the UAE to acquire advanced U.S. weapons, while leaving the far more contentious Israeli-Palestinian conflict as intractable as ever.” ynetnews.com

Notice that the problem is Iran not Israel. Now that the Arab League is moving towards Israel and giving tacit approval for these peace deals, it will lead to a backlash among Islamists. The civil war between Shia Islam and Sunni Islam will cause a war that will give Israel all of her land. Bible Prophecy is being advanced in our day—what a privilege to live in these days!

UAE-Israel deal to be phased to block Israel from applying sovereignty before 2024: “A separate report by The Times of Israel this week cited three officials with direct knowledge of the negotiations between Israel and the UAE who said that the Trump administration promised the UAE that it would not recognize any move by Israel to apply sovereignty in Judea and Samaria prior to 2024 – President Trump’s last year in office if he is reelected this November.” israelnationalnews.com

Part of the deal is for Israel to delay applying sovereignty to the West Bank. However, the deal gives one quarter of the West Bank to Israel regardless of the words of all the players. Look at the actions—Israel now controls the whole Jordan Valley. God will use this to cause the Islamists to attack then Israel can take more of the land.

I think the Abraham Accords is setting up conflict that will lead to the eventual rise of Antichrist. Here is why I am so confident.

  • Iran has a belief that in order for their Muslim messiah to come on the scene, they must start a worldwide war.
  • They believe that the Houthis are fulfilling Islamic prophecy by fighting against Saudi Arabia.
  • The Ayatollah has claimed that he met with the Mahdi (Islamic messiah) and they are right on schedule for his return.
  • When General Soleimani was killed in January, the Ayatollah tweeted, “We congratulate Imam Mahdi and Soleimani’s pure soul and condole the Iranian nation on this great martyrdom.” jpost.com
  • The Ayatollah believes that Iran will cause a global upheaval from this incident that will bring their beloved Mahdi.

“The Zionist regime is the epitome of evil,” he tweeted on Valentine’s Day in 2016.

It is a “racist, usurping, lying, vicious, apartheid regime,” he added on February 5, 2019. What then must be done?

“Once people in the West realize their problems stem from Zionist domination over governments, great social movements will give birth to a new world,” he explained on 2 March 2015. Accordingly, the “barbaric, wolflike and infanticidal regime of Israel which spares no crime but to be annihilated.”  jpost.com

The Abraham Accords will eventually lead to the Gog Magog war.  Our responsibility as Christians is to share the gospel, pray for the peace of Jerusalem and live justly before God as we await the rapture.

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Wars are Coming

“The LORD nullifies the counsel of the nations; He frustrates the plans of the peoples. The counsel of the LORD stands forever, the plans of His heart from generation to generation. Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, The people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance.”   

Psalms 33:10-12

God Cares About Nations

The Lord mentions ‘nations’ 643 times in the Scriptures. As I have meditated on many of the scriptures about nations, I am overwhelmed with God’s concern and leadership regarding nations. Our text, Psalm 33:10-12 highlights five things about nations:

  1. Nations rebel against God and the LORD nullifies their counsel. Nullify means to frustrate, make ineffectual, and break. I am very happy that God does this with evil leaders and government philosophies. Consider the Fascist leadership of Nazi Germany; their hatred of God led to God destroying their nation. Consider the Communist leadership of the Soviet Union; God destroyed their nation! Do you not think that God can destroy the evil of socialism and communism in our own country?
  2. When nations come up with evil plans, God will frustrate their plans. The word frustrate means to restrain, forbid, make averse, and discourage. I am watching God do this in California!
  3. God has a plan when it comes to nations. God’s plan theologically is called the providence of God. Providence is the faithful care and guidance of all that God has created. When we see nations out of control morally, ethically, and spiritually, be sure that God has a plan. He is working out that plan in regards to evil.
  4. “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord”, in other words, God blesses nations who follow His will. Sometimes nations get it right, follow the Lord and base their decisions on the Word of God and leadership of the Spirit!
  5. God has chosen some nations to be His inheritance.  Clearly, Israel  is one of those nations. Let us hope America is one of those nations. I hope America will repent, churches will preach the truth, and reformation will come.

When Jesus reiterated the truth that world history would be filled with wars and rumors of wars, He was showing His omniscient knowledge of the future.  The prophecies that Jesus made have to be global because they involve the whole world.  Consider this…In 1900 it took weeks to get information from New York to Asia. Today, information can go from New York to Beijing in seconds. Global conflicts are communicated almost instantly.  God is judging and sending punishment to nations as they grow further and further away from His will and revelation. The twentieth century technological advancements paralleled the rebellion required to cause wars and rumors of wars.  

Notice the surge of wars and rumors of wars over the last three weeks. God is sending His judgments leading to war.

China vs. India

India Test Fires ‘NextGen Hypersonic Weapon’ As Border Tensions With China Surge. “With a military standoff between India and China intensifying, the Indian military has decided to increase geopolitical instabilities in the region, on Monday, as it test-fired a new class of ultra-modern weapons that can travel at hypersonic speeds. The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), an agency under the Indian Ministry of Defence, tasked with weapon development, released a statement Monday announcing it “successfully flight tested” a domestic hypersonic technology demonstrator vehicle (HSTDV) for the first-time.” zerohedge.com

Israel and the Middle East

Dubai official: Hamas can go to hell. “A high ranking official in the Dubai police department said on Tuesday that the UAE’s newly brokered peace deal with Israel was a positive step for regional stability and security and that Hamas can go to hell. Israel never threatened us. [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan has. Iran is threatening us, Lt. Gen. Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, deputy chief of the Dubai police, told Kuwaiti media outlet Diwan al-Mullah. The Turkish leader’s claims that he was the champion of the Palestinians is a sham, he continued. Tamim also questioned why it was necessary for a government to receive approval from the Palestinians before signing a peace treaty with Israel.” israelhayom.com

HEZBOLLAH, HAMAS CONSPIRE TO CONQUER JERUSALEM. “Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah met on Sunday with a Hamas delegation to Lebanon led by the terror group’s politburo head Ismail Haniyeh to discuss Arab countries’ normalization of relations with Israel, Hezbollah’s Al-Manar website reported. Haniyeh and Nasrallah emphasized the bond between Hezbollah and Hamas, which they said was based on “brotherhood, jihad, patience,” as well as a shared destiny. The two leaders stressed the stability of the “Axis of Resistance” (a political alliance between Iran, Syria and Hezbollah) in the face of “all forms of pressures and threats. The Hamas leader stressed that the Palestinian “right of return” was “sacred,” and said that Hezbollah’s rockets “are the main retaliation to draw the map of Palestine on [the] battlefield.” israel365news.com 

Taiwan vs. China

Eyeing China, Taiwan urges alliance against ‘aggressive actions’: “Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen called on Tuesday for an alliance of democracies to defend against “aggressive actions” and protect freedom, alluding to Chinese actions in the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait as major threats to regional stability. China, which claims democratic Taiwan as its own, has ramped up its military activities around the island, as well as in the disputed East and South China Seas. Speaking in Taipei at a forum attended by top Taiwanese security officials and senior Western diplomats, Tsai said Taiwan stood at the forefront of defending democracy from “authoritarian aggression”.reuters.com

United States vs. China

Shutter the 31 People’s Liberation Army companies doing business here. “Yesterday, the Pentagon announced that there are now thirty-one “Chinese Communist military companies” doing business inside our country. These include the Chinese Communications Construction Company the U.S. sanctioned just last week. By law, every Chinese company operating overseas must steal technology, recruit spies, subvert its host government or otherwise serve the motherland if ordered to do so by the CCP. But those are among the main duties of the People’s Liberation Army. Why on earth are any of its front companies – let alone mainstays of China’s military industrial complex – allowed to do business here?  The answer is the same as why such companies are allowed to obtain money from U.S. investors via pension systems, indexes, A share trades, etc.: Some on Wall Street and in corporate board rooms are getting rich. The rest of us are getting hosed. This must end. Now.” centerforsecuritypolicy.org

China’s surprise, years in the planning: An EMP attack. “The coronavirus pandemic has exposed dangerous weaknesses in U.S. planning and preparation for civil defense protection and recovery, and those weaknesses surely have been noticed by our potential enemies: China, Russia, North Korea, Iran and international terrorists. The U.S. spent decades, and billions of dollars, supposedly preparing for biological warfare. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, and the departments of Defense and Homeland Security are supposed to have contingency plans to protect the American people from lethal biological weapons such as anthrax and genetically engineered smallpox, which could have mortality rates of over 90 percent. But our defenders have not even been able to competently cope with COVID-19, which has a mortality rate under 1 percent. The virus that shut down a prosperous U.S. economy, self-inflicting the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Adversaries also have noticed the ongoing U.S. “cold civil war.” China, for example, has been planning to defeat the U.S. with an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) and cyber “Pearl Harbor” attack for a quarter-century. As I warned the Senate Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security in 2005, Chinese military writings — such as the following excerpt — make reference to U.S. vulnerability to EMP attacks: March 2020, a panel of China’s military experts threatened to punish U.S. Navy ships for challenging China’s illegal annexation of the South China Sea by making an EMP attack — one of the options they considered least provocative because the crew would be unharmed, but most effective because the ship would be disabled. Now three U.S. aircraft carriers are in the Pacific to challenge China’s aggression in the South China Sea.” thehill.com

Turkey vs. Greece and France

Turkey: War with Greece ‘just a matter of time’ “Head of Turkish National Movement Party Devlet Bahçeli has declared that war with Greece is “just a matter of time”, The New Khaleej reported on Friday. It is inconceivable to turn our backs on our historical interests in the Mediterranean and the Aegean, Bahçeli announced in a statement reported by the Arabic news website. It seems that Greece’s appetite and desire to be thrown into the sea has swelled again,” stressing that war in the Mediterranean and the Aegean is “just a matter of time”. He added: “Greece’s goal is to come again and occupy our lands from where we threw them out 98 years ago. We are facing a new invasion plan.” middleeastmonitor.com

Greece and Turkey went to blows just prior to World War One. “Balkan League, (1912–13), alliance of Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece, and Montenegro, which fought the First Balkan War against Turkey (1912–13). Ostensibly created to limit increasing Austrian power in the Balkans, the league was actually formed at the instigation of Russia in order to expel the Turks from the Balkans. The league members declared war on the Ottoman Empire in October 1912. The league was victorious, but it disintegrated when its members quarreled over the division of their territorial spoils in Macedonia. This dispute resulted in the Second Balkan War, against Bulgaria, in 1913 (see Balkan Wars).” britannica.com

The nations should be glad for the judgment of God. The reason for gladness should be righteousness. What happens when the nation is committed to unrighteousness? God demands that the nation act justly. When injustice reigns, be sure that God will send medicinal judgments. I have meditated on this verse for over 30 years.

“Let the nations be glad and sing for joy; for You will judge the peoples with uprightness and guide the nations on the earth.” Psalm 67:4

Have you seen the eerie pictures coming out of California, Oregon, and Washington? Orange skies, filled with smoke, makes it look like the sky was painted for a nuclear disaster movie.

Several news reports are saying things like this:

TENS OF THOUSANDS FLEE CALIFORNIA AS WORST FIRES IN STATE HISTORY TURN SKIES ORANGE, FRIGHTENED RESIDENTS SAY LOOKS LIKE A LITERAL, GLOWING HELL. “The apocalyptic skies are due to light being filtered through smoke from California’s worst fire season on record, according to a regional air pollution control organization the Bay Area Air District. These smoke particles scatter blue light and only allow yellow-orange-red light to reach the surface, causing skies to look orange,” the Bay Area Air District said on Twitter.” nowtheendbegins.com

As bible believers who stand on the Bible, we believe that God is judging the world. We see what is taking place right now. The God of Heaven is preparing to assert Himself, once again, into His plan for the nations. As the Bible long ago foretold of the evil taking place, these are the days of prophecy, the days of Israel looking for a false peace treaty, of countries looking to destroy Israel and America, of the rise of the New World Order!

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Israel’s Importance to the Rapture

“For the nation and the kingdom which will not serve you will perish, and the nations will be utterly ruined.” Isaiah 60:12

A proper understanding of Israel is foundational to a proper understanding of the Rapture. God  made promises to Israel that include ruling the nations. The ruling of nations is directly connected to the kingdom of David! Israel failed at this directive by the sovereign plan of God.  This failure is highlighted in the Scriptures in two places: Amos 9:11-15 and Acts 15:16-17.  

“In that day I will raise up the fallen booth of David, and wall up its breaches; I will also raise up its ruins and rebuild it as in the days of old.” Amos 9:11

God uses the words ‘fallen booth’ as a term describing the House of David.  (2 Samuel 7:5, 11, 16) ‘House’ means kingdom or dynasty. The nation of Israel is to be a dynasty that will last forever.

“Your house and your kingdom shall endure before Me forever; your throne shall be established forever.” 2 Samuel 7:16

God will Restore the Fallen Booth

God is emphasizing in Amos 9:11 that the kingdom promised to David will dominate the world. That which had become a booth, a fallen kingdom, a collapsing dynasty, will rise and rule! God uses three verbs to describe the rise of Israel.

  1. God says He will ‘wall up its breaches.’ That means that God is going to repair its walls. This means that one day God will set in order what was broken down. When Israel divided into the northern and southern kingdoms, it was a heartbreaking failure. God prophesied in Ezekiel 37: 15-28 that one day He will make the two kingdoms one again.
  2. God says He will ‘raise up his ruins.’ God is raising up David from the ashes, meaning that Messiah Himself will rule and reign over the whole earth. Zechariah 14 highlights Messiah coming and being the king of the whole world, ruling from Jerusalem. Isaiah 2 teaches that one day all of the nations will stream to meet with the Jewish king of kings!
  3. God says He will ‘rebuild it as in days of old.’ This is referring to the Temple and the land of Israel, all of her cities. Jeremiah 30-33 emphasizes this truth repeatedly. God especially highlights the rebuilding of the Temple in Zechariah.

Amos 9:11-12 quoted in Acts 15

After these things I will return, and I will rebuild the tabernacle of David which has fallen, and I will rebuild its ruins, and I will restore it, so that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord, and all the Gentiles who are called by my name,’ Acts 15:16-17

When James quoted Amos 9:11-12, it emphasized the coming reign of Messiah through Israel. (The translation James was reading was from the Dead Sea Scrolls.) Notice the emphasis on the “rest of mankind” (the Gentile nations) called by the Lord’s name. When the church completes its job bringing the gospel to every nation, then Israel will become a channel of blessing to the nations again. This brings me back to Isaiah 60:12. God is clear that all nations will be in a submissive relationship with Israel. In fact, Isaiah 60 emphasizes that the wealth of nations will be brought to Israel.

The Abrahamic Covenant gives Israel an exalted place in God’s program for the world. Genesis 12 promises that Israel will be a channel of blessing to “all peoples on earth.” Genesis 12:3

Israel is God’s servant nation to carry out His plan for all humanity. The church also has a job!

Mystery of the Church

The church is a mystery, meaning that it was unknown until Jesus revealed it and the Holy Spirit initiated its conception. There are at least 13 different mysteries listed in the New Testament. Here are the important ones about the church:

“Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which has been kept secret for long ages past.” Romans 16:25

“that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints, to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Col.1:26-27

“that by revelation there was made known to me the mystery, as I wrote before in brief. By referring to this, when you read you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit; to be specific, that the Gentiles are fellow heirs and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel……. and to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God who created all things.” Ephesians 3:3-6, 9

The Church’s Role in God’s Plan

“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you and be my witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and even to the remotest parts of the earth.” Acts 1:8

It is clear that the Church has a job to preach the good news of the gospel to all nations. When this responsibility is complete, three things will happen:

  1. The end of the church age will begin a new phase in God’s plan. When the church finishes the job, Israel will become a channel of blessing again!

“This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.” Matthew 24:14

“For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery—so that you will not be wise in your own estimation—that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in and so all Israel will be saved; just as it is written,“The Deliverer will come from Zion, he will remove ungodliness from Jacob. This is my covenant with them, when I take away their sins.” (Romans 11:25-27)

The book of Revelation catalogues all God will do to make Israel a channel of blessing to the world; including the 144,000 witnesses from twelve tribes of Israel, the two witnesses, and Satan desecrating the Temple!

  • The church will be removed so that Israel can be reestablished as the source of blessing to the world. The Rapture will usher in the false church of antichrist rising to deceive many!

“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.” 1Thess.4:16-17

“Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons.” 1 Tim.4:1

  • The nations of the world will reject all that God is doing through Israel. The prophets are very clear about the response of the nations.

“Alas! for that day is great, There is none like it; and it is the time of Jacob’s distress, But he will be saved from it. It shall come about on that day, declares the LORD of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off their neck and will tear off their bonds; and strangers will no longer make them their slaves.”  Jeremiah 30:7-8

‘For I am with you, declares the LORD, ‘to save you; for I will destroy completely all the nations where I have scattered you, only I will not destroy you completely. But I will chasten you justly and will by no means leave you unpunished.’ Jeremiah 30:11

“For behold, in those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat. Then I will enter into judgment with them there on behalf of My people and My inheritance, Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; and they have divided up My land.” Joel 3:1-2

Timing of the Rapture

The rapture of the Church was not prophesied in the Old Testament. What was prophesied was a gap between times God carries out His plan for Israel.

Daniel 9:24-27 teaches us that there are two gaps. The first gap is between Jesus death/resurrection and the destruction of Jerusalem.

The second gap is between Jesus death/resurrection and the last week called the Tribulation. The purpose of the Tribulation is to reestablish Israel as the channel of blessing to the world and prepare the world for the second coming.

The New Testament is clear that we are looking for two things: a resurrection, which no one knows the day or hour, and the second coming, which is replete with signs and events clearly mapped out for us in scripture.  

All of the nations of the world will fight Jesus and resist all that He is doing on the earth. The book of Revelation catalogues all of this for us, but the prophets Zechariah and Isaiah give us specific details.

“Then the LORD will go forth and fight against those nations, as when He fights on a day of battle. In that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which is in front of Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives will be split in its middle from east to west by a very large valley, so that half of the mountain will move toward the north and the other half toward the south.” Zechariah 14:3-4

“For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not keep quiet, until her righteousness goes forth like brightness, and her salvation like a torch that is burning. The nations will see your righteousness, and all kings your glory; and you will be called by a new name which the mouth of the LORD will designate.” Isaiah 62:1-2

The rapture of the church is very near. One piece of evidence is the large number of nations coming against Israel. For instance, Iran is determined to destroy Israel and the world is very interested in helping Iran accomplish their goal. If it were not for the United States standing in the way, Israel would be in for a big war. Here is an article highlighting the world doing what God said would happen in the last days!

“Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that in light of Iran’s substantive breaches of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, (JCPOA, i.e., the Iran nuclear deal), the U.S. is triggering the so-called “snapback” clauses of UN Security Council Resolution 2231. Resolution 2231, passed in 2015, serves as the legal anchor to the JCPOA, which was itself an informal, unsigned agreement between Iran, the U.S., the EU, Russia, China, France, the U.K. and Germany.

Rather than respect 2231’s snapback clauses that the U.S. triggered last Thursday, Russia, China, the EU, the U.K., France and Germany responded to Pompeo’s announcement by claiming that the U.S. lacks the power to trigger the snapback sanctions because the Trump administration abandoned the JCPOA in 2018. For its part, the Obama administration viewed the Security Council as a means to weaken its political opponents. The purpose of Resolution 2231 was to subvert the Senate’s constitutional power to ratify treaties. As Henry Kissinger noted at the time, the JCPOA, which legitimized the greatest state sponsor of terrorism’s illicit nuclear weapons program, upended 70 years of U.S. nuclear non-proliferation efforts. Trumps commitment to preventing a rogue regime, which has pledged to annihilate Israel and aspires to destroy the United States, from acquiring the means to build a nuclear arsenal. Obviously, it is not the Trump administration that is behaving immorally.” carolineglick.com

I hope that you are getting ready for the rapture! Confess your sins, obey God, and believe all that the prophets have foretold. It is an exciting time to be alive, we are praying for you.