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The name of this blog is taken from Luke 21:28 where Jesus says: “Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”

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Brilliant Argument for Pre-Trib Rapture

Sometimes I come across something another person has written and just wish I’d been smart enough to make the point myself.  Barring that, the next best thing is to highlight the issue and give credit where it’s due.

There are numerous, sound, doctrinal reasons for a Pre-Tribulation Rapture.  I’ve previously discussed many of them in my writings and Awaken Bible Prophecy Update videos.  I also did an audio series of twelve episodes of Rapture Readings earlier this year.  If interested, you can check out the first of these commentaries here.  To listen to additional ones, look for the blue background on the title slides on my Rumble channel in this link above.

What I want to relate today is from another blogger’s post written a couple years ago that I missed or didn’t appreciate when I was reading her series of articles on this subject.  The title of blogger Heather’s article is: End Times #8: A Pre-Trib Rapture is the Most Merciful Option.  Heather is an excellent writer and is best known for her fervent stance against Calvinism.  Given her experience with a Calvinist church and her subsequent research, I’d definitely put her in the expert category and would put her up against any committed Calvinist.  Because she’s a thinker who also considers approaches to Scripture outside-the-box, she can be very persuasive.

The case that Heather makes in the linked post deals with those who will be left behind once the Rapture occurs with Jesus coming in the clouds for His true church – His ekklesia of called-out believers.

Here’s the question:  What is it after the Rapture that causes untold millions to turn to faith in Jesus?  This is one of the most important issues for believers in the various Rapture timing options to consider.  Here is Heather:

If the rapture is mid-trib or post-trib (which is possible, if the theologians who believe this are correct) then the believers of the church age will face terrible persecution at the hands of man and Satan.  But if this were true, what incentive would there be for unbelievers to turn to God during that time, while the Christians are being persecuted?  Why would people side with the Christians if there was nothing to prove to them that the Christians are right?  They would have no real reason to think that the Bible was true all along or to desire to turn to Christ in the face of such persecution.

But if the rapture is pre-trib and before the mass martyrdom starts, then the world would have the biggest wake-up call ever and the greatest proof that the Bible is true, causing many people to turn to God despite the fact that they know the persecution is coming.  The proof of God, the proof that the Bible is true and predicted it all, would be so shockingly clear that they would know that they have no other option than to choose God or choose eternal death.

And many people would be willing to choose God then, to face death so long as they know they will have life eternally.

Process this for a minute.  Let’s say the Rapture is mid or post Trib, or there is no Rapture at all as some like to hallucinate.  EVERYONE enters the Tribulation period (under the assumption there IS a defined 7-year Tribulation, which some also deny).  The UN Agenda 2030, in concert with the World Economic Forum’s Fourth Industrial Revolution, moves forward according to their schedule and desires.  Build Back Better charges ahead at full speed.

So, here we are, fully committed Christians, half-hearted ones, and all the heathens of the world experiencing the wrath of God through the plagues that He begins raining down through the opening of the Seal Judgments.  Not only that, but we’re at the mercy of the globalists with their devious endeavors to depopulate the world.

Now, some say that because Christians will go into and through the Tribulation, God will supernaturally protect us as He did with Joseph’s family when they went down to Goshen in Egypt, overstayed their welcome, and had to be delivered through the Exodus via the ten plagues of God upon Pharaoh and his people.  That’s a rosy prognostication, but there’s absolutely nothing in Scripture which paints this picture – nothing textual that one can cling to so as to substantiate this hypothesis.

That being the case, what differentiates the Christians enduring this terrible time from anyone else?  We’re in the same lifeboat that is being swamped by the massive waves of destruction and death pouring over the sides of our craft.  Given this scenario, how is it that so many unbelievers become martyrs in the Lord during the Tribulation?  If there’s nothing the pagans supernaturally see about the Christians enduring the same fate they are, why should anyone profess faith in Christ and actually die for Him?

But, as Heather brilliantly points out, the pre-Trib Rapture changes EVERYTHING.  Surely there will be many misleading explanations for the sudden vanishing of millions of people worldwide, from aliens to Mother Gaia striking back against those who create such disharmony in the earth.  However, word will get out.  Many of those remaining will have been evangelized.  There will also be those fleeing the chaos and scarcity who end up in the homes of Raptured believers.  Since many of us are preparing for that day, these Tribulation refugees will find the Bibles, the videos explaining the Great Disappearance, the letters of greeting to “You who have been left behind”, as well as the stores of food, gold, and weapons.  Yes, these latter items will be welcome and necessary, but because of the confusion that will reign, the spiritual sustenance we’ve provided will draw many and provide the needed answers for their lives.  Not to mention the evangelism God provides via His two witnesses, the 144,000 Jewish evangelists, and finally the angel that proclaims the Gospel flying throughout the earth.

The seeking left behind masses will come to an understanding that it was truly the work of our supernatural and loving God who snatched us from the midst of these horrors.  The Holy Spirt will prick their conscience, and they will pursue deeply the things of Christ who sacrificed Himself and gave this astounding gift of sanctuary from the storm in prelude to eternal life.  These seekers will come to know that because of their poor choice of rejecting Jesus, they must partake in this punishment, yet they will also realize that even if they lose their lives for the sake of Christ, they will gain them forever by declaring Him as their Savior and Lord.

BECAUSE we were Raptured prior to all that will come during the Tribulation, many heathens will forsake themselves and choose Jesus Christ.  Will it be incredibly difficult and scary?  Absolutely.  But they will understand that if they continue preferring the ways of the world and submit to Antichrist’s lies, they will be doomed to Death and Sheol.  The Rapture will be the initial overwhelming evidence that God is real, the gift of eternal life through Christ Jesus is worthwhile, and they too can cling to that hope in the confidence of faith.

The mercy of the pre-Tribulation Rapture is one more aspect of the grace of God – one more opportunity that He gives to this lost and dying world to profess the Name of Jesus.

Awaken Bible Prophecy Update 6-22-22: Isaiah 1 Prophecy & America

When we read the entire Bible in context, it’s easy to see the journey that Israel took which brought her so far from God.  Having spent 400 years in captivity in Egypt exposed to the pantheon of their gods, it’s understandable how little the Israelites knew of Yahweh despite the witness of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  As a result, God had to patiently teach Israel what it meant to see Him as the One true God, who loved them and demanded their obedience in order to rain down His blessings upon them.  Of course, we know how that went.  A generation would turn to the Lord and the next turn away until it cried out for mercy.  As a holy people, Israel had an amazingly short memory.

But America is no different.  We were founded by men and women who desired to worship God without constant pressure and backlash.  From their faithfulness and those who followed, the Lord enabled this nation to rise up as a beacon, a shining city on a hill.  However, due to the human condition with our sinful nature and little recollection of what previously transpired when God’s people turned from Him, we have reached a point of no return.

Life has been too good for us in the West.  Inevitably, when a people become complacent, they think they’re good in their own nature.  They see no need for God, because . . . well . . .  “I’ve pulled myself up by my own bootstraps without God in my life.  Why would I give up everything and repent?  Repent of what?”

A nation full of such people is destined for destruction.

Today I want to approach this Prophecy Update a little differently.  I’ll take the text that God gave the prophet in Isaiah 1 and draw comparison between Israel and America.  I think you’ll see that we’re no different from that Jewish nation thousands of years ago.  Mankind has an innate problem in remaining faithful to God.  That will only change when He completes the final change of our hearts and the fleshly vessels in which we live.  Only then – once we are transformed with our glorified bodies and Jesus sits on His throne in Jerusalem – only then, will there be righteousness in the earth.

 

 

Transcript:

When we read the entire Bible in context, it’s easy to see the journey that Israel took which brought her so far from God.  Having spent 400 years in captivity in Egypt exposed to the pantheon of their gods, it’s understandable how little the Israelites knew of Yahweh despite the witness of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  As a result, God had to patiently teach Israel what it meant to see Him as the One true God, who loved them and demanded their obedience in order to rain down His blessings upon them.  Of course, we know how that went.  A generation would turn to the Lord and the next turn away until it cried out for mercy.  As a holy people, Israel had an amazingly short memory.

 

But America is no different.  We were founded by men and women who desired to worship God without constant pressure and backlash.  From their faithfulness and those who followed, the Lord enabled this nation to rise up as a beacon, a shining city on a hill.  However, due to the human condition with our sinful nature and little recollection of what previously transpired when God’s people turned from Him, we have reached a point of no return.

 

Life has been too good for us in the West.  Inevitably, when a people become complacent, they think they’re good in their own nature.  They see no need for God, because . . . well . . .  “I’ve pulled myself up by my own bootstraps without God in my life.  Why would I give up everything and repent?  Repent of what?”

 

A nation full of such people is destined for destruction.

 

Today I want to approach this Prophecy Update a little differently.  I’ll take the text that God gave the prophet in Isaiah 1 and draw comparison between Israel and America.  I think you’ll see that we’re no different from that Jewish nation thousands of years ago.  Mankind has an innate problem in remaining faithful to God.  That will only change when He completes the final change of our hearts and the fleshly vessels in which we live.  Only then – once we are transformed with our glorified bodies and Jesus sits on His throne in Jerusalem – only then, will there be righteousness in the earth.

 

We’ll see what this looks like after we pray and read a couple other verses from Isaiah.

 

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Scripture

Isaiah 30:15,18

For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel,
“In returning and rest you shall be saved;
in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.”
But you were unwilling,

 

Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you,
and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you.
For the Lord is a God of justice;
blessed are all those who wait for him.

 

 

Isaiah 1 Prophecy & America

 

The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.

 

 

This was a prophecy specifically for the Southern Kingdom of Judah.  The Northern Kingdom of Israel was probably on the verge of complete destruction by the Assyrians when this Word came, or it in fact, could have already been consumed by its enemies.

 

Also, Babylon may have already been at the door when Isaiah declared God’s intent for Judah.  Elsewhere, He had compared the two kingdoms that had split and even stated that Judah was worse than her older sister in the north.

 

We generally don’t have legitimate prophets today since we have the entire Word of God at our disposal.  We have many who say they are but prove otherwise by their false prophecies and supposed new revelations.  However, just as the Jews of old ignored or dismissed God’s messengers the prophets, we likewise have disregarded and scorned His love letter to us.  We’ve neglected to read the Bible and we’ve intentionally distorted what it says by not heeding its warnings.  Is our Lord only a God of love?  No!  He is also a God of vengeance.  For too long in our nation we’ve done what Israel did: we disposed of the Ten Commandments and justified our actions in the unrighteous love of ourselves.

 

 

Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth;
    for the Lord has spoken:
“Children have I reared and brought up,
    but they have rebelled against me.
The ox knows its owner,
    and the donkey its master’s crib,
but Israel does not know,
    my people do not understand.”

 

 

Comparing the people of Israel with dumb and stubborn beasts of burden, God says that even such animals understand that there is a hand which feeds them.  Israel in her rebellion hasn’t been able to figure that out: all good things come from the Lord, even today.

 

What have we done in America?  We’ve turned our backs on the amazing deeds of those who came before us.  They fought for liberty and justice.  They crafted a nation that was the envy of the world because of the very fact that we gave God a prominent place in our lives.

 

But we made the determination that Biblical values were antithetical to a just society.  We figured we could make things equitable for all by making our own laws apart from what God said.

 

 

Ah, sinful nation,
    a people laden with iniquity,
offspring of evildoers,
    children who deal corruptly!
They have forsaken the Lord,
    they have despised the Holy One of Israel,
    they are utterly estranged.

 

 

The people during Isaiah’s time were no different from those during the era of the Judges.  They may have had kings like they wanted to rule over them, but they didn’t acknowledge the One true King.  They did what was right in their own eyes.  They followed their deceitful hearts and fell far away from the Lord.

 

Over the years, many Bible scholars downplayed the supernatural that Scripture clearly conveys.  They sought to de-mythologize the Bible.  Jesus became simply a righteous man, but certainly not God.  Biblical text couldn’t be inspired by a divine hand and thus must have come from the minds of men.  As a result, what it said could be picked and chosen from as to what to believe or not.

 

Seminaries allowed themselves to be infiltrated with profane thinking.  That became the norm as teachers and their pastor students believed the lies.  These heretics spread their false gospel to the masses.  America has become a nation of unbelievers no different than Israel of old.

 

 

Why will you still be struck down?
    Why will you continue to rebel?
The whole head is sick,
    and the whole heart faint.
From the sole of the foot even to the head,
    there is no soundness in it,
but bruises and sores
    and raw wounds;
they are not pressed out or bound up
    or softened with oil.

 

 

God’s question of Israel is one that resonates for us today.  He tells His people they are afflicted; they are ill with sin caused by their rebellion.  Is there anything He can do to change their minds?  The entire body is sick and the evidence is plain as day.

 

In a similar manner our nation is in total distress from top to bottom.  The Washington elites think they’re wise in their proclamations and in their governance, but the results demonstrate that they’re fools.  The common man looks to government as his authority and perishes because of it.  Our rebellion is soul deep.  We have turned from God and believe that self-reliance is the answer.  Nothing that anyone does is sound any longer.  The affliction consuming our nation will result in destruction.

 

 

Your country lies desolate;
    your cities are burned with fire;
in your very presence
    foreigners devour your land;
    it is desolate, as overthrown by foreigners.
And the daughter of Zion is left
    like a booth in a vineyard,
like a lodge in a cucumber field,
    like a besieged city.

 

 

Israel’s disobedience of God resulted in rot from within and invasion from without.  Those who hated Israel saw their opportunity because of the weakness of a divided people and kings that sought after their own glory rather than the good of the nation.  What was left was defenseless and without recourse against their enemies.

 

Because our leaders in America are lawless and follow foreign gods, they have allowed lawlessness to spread like plague.  Those who desired to burn and pillage like the thugs of Antifa and BLM were given free rein and continue untouched by the laws of the land.  We didn’t awaken to the necessity of freedom for the oppressed; the opposite happened.  Brainwashed youth from our failed schools learned to despise all that was good and to take vengeance upon people seen as their oppressors.  With our southern borders wide open, our nation has determined that those who seek our demise are to be welcomed in so we can Build Back Better.  We are being consumed from within.

 

 

If the Lord of hosts
    had not left us a few survivors,
we should have been like Sodom,
    and become like Gomorrah.

 

 

God completely annihilated Sodom and Gomorrah, leaving nothing but burnt salt flats.  The cities were real-life examples of something that had lost its saltiness and was good-for-nothing.  Unlike in these wicked cities, despite the evil of most of the Israelites in Judah, God retained a remnant of the people who were faithful to him.

 

Who is the remnant in America?  Is there anyone remaining who can rightly be named as one who follows the Lord God?  Jesus – of course – called it correctly when He declared that the way is narrow into the Kingdom of God.  The road to destruction is wide and those who travel it are plenteous.  Many who call themselves Christians are deceived by false teaching and shepherds who are wolves in disguise.  Because so few take the responsibility to seek out God through His Word, they are lost sheep who will be devoured.

 

 

10 Hear the word of the Lord,
    you rulers of Sodom!
Give ear to the teaching of our God,
    you people of Gomorrah!
11 “What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices?
    says the Lord;
I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams
    and the fat of well-fed beasts;
I do not delight in the blood of bulls,
    or of lambs, or of goats.

 

 

God had had enough of His people.  They had sickened Him with their false piety.  As far as He was concerned, they were no better nor different than the immoral citizens of Sodom and Gomorrah.  God couldn’t find five righteous people in their midst.  What else had they earned for their debauchery other than condemnation and punishment?  The rulers and teachers of Israel had led their flocks into the very same depraved condition of those two cities worthy of nothing less than the same fate.  Actually, it was even worse in Israel.  In Jeremiah 5:1 God says:

 

Run to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem,
    look and take note!
Search her squares to see
    if you can find a man,
one who does justice
    and seeks truth,
that I may pardon her.

 

They continued going through the motions of praise and worship of God, yet their hearts were far from Him and He knew that without a doubt.

 

Over the years we have allowed Satan to have his way up and down in every institution of our nation.  The worst sin of all has been our allowing our churches to become corrupted and approving of the iniquity proclaimed and perpetrated in them.  We go through the motions each week as if we’re still a Christian nation.  Yet what do the people in the pews take away from this hour out of their busy week?  They learn that they can improve their lives by embracing the world while patting themselves on the back.  Others learn that society is systemically against them – the only recourse being condemnation of their fellow man while lifting up their own lives as righteous.  God sees and hates all this pretense.

 

 

12 “When you come to appear before me,
    who has required of you
    this trampling of my courts?
13 Bring no more vain offerings;
    incense is an abomination to me.
New moon and Sabbath and the calling of convocations—
    I cannot endure iniquity and solemn assembly.
14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts
    my soul hates;
they have become a burden to me;
    I am weary of bearing them.
15 When you spread out your hands,
    I will hide my eyes from you;
even though you make many prayers,
    I will not listen;
    your hands are full of blood.
16 Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean;
    remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes;
cease to do evil,
17 learn to do good;
seek justice,
    correct oppression;
bring justice to the fatherless,
    plead the widow’s cause.

 

 

The religiosity of Israel reached such a peak that God declared He couldn’t stand it any longer.  Everything the people did in supposedly honoring Him was a sham.  They continued to go through the motions of the Law as set before Moses, but there was nothing in the people’s hearts that indicated any sort of reverence for Yahweh.  It was so egregious to Him that their prayers were worthless – He wouldn’t listen.  There was no repentance among them and the blood they shed had reached such a level that it overshadowed every other thought or action they had about Him.  God gave them counsel as to what they should do to return to Him.  It was the same as what He said in Micah 6:8:

 

He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you?  To act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.

 

Yet, in giving this advice for returning to Him, God knew that they would not.  Knowing their hardheartedness, the Lord’s Words were almost as though He was saying, “I told you so, but I know better.  You won’t do what I’ve said.”

 

Is any of this any different from the condition of our churches today?  Haven’t we had the Bible as the guidebook for our relationship with God, yet gone through the motions?  Haven’t our minds been on anything but the Lord, even while theoretically worshiping Him on Sundays?  We’ve reached the point where we think that by simply showing up somewhere called a House of God that this makes everything perfect in our lives.  We’ve checked the box for an hour every week and we go about our lives invested in the world, while God is left with His hand outstretched saying, “I’m here if you would only respond.”  The way we seek justice is according to the world’s standards – not God’s.  In fact, the justice we attempt is completely contrary to God and His Word.

 

 

18 “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord:
though your sins are like scarlet,
    they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red like crimson,
    they shall become like wool.
19 If you are willing and obedient,
    you shall eat the good of the land;
20 but if you refuse and rebel,
    you shall be eaten by the sword;
    for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

 

 

The opportunities that God gave His people Israel for them to repent and turn from their evil ways were numerous.  God’s abundant love shone through time and again; His mercy was incredible given the way the Israelites treated Him.  He tried to reason and bring logic to their situation by illustrating their sinful ways.  He told them the consequences of their actions.  In fact, God typically gave Israel an if-then scenario of blessings and curses: IF Israel repented, THEN God would stay His hand of judgment.  However, IF Israel didn’t refrain from worshiping false gods and the resultant immoral acts, THEN He would bring great tragedy upon them.  They would face the sword, pestilence, plagues, wild beasts, and eventually be uprooted from the land.  God warned them.

 

In America we seem to resist the idea that God warns through natural disasters.  No doubt you’ve heard of a high-profile pastor saying that a hurricane or series of tornadoes, even riots or significant increases in homicides, came from God judging our nation.  Inevitably that person is criticized and mocked.  God would never do such a thing.  That’s not how He operates.  You need to apologize for scaring people with such nonsense!  Regardless of what these people say against the possibility that God might indeed work in such a manner, all we need to do is read the Old Testament for credible evidence that this is exactly what He does.  In times past, He also sent His prophets to bring warning of impending calamity.

 

Today, we don’t necessarily have legitimate prophets.  We do have individuals with dreams and visions per Joel’s prophecy.  More importantly, we have God’s Word in the form of the Bible.  That is our primary prophetic reference for today.  Because hardly anyone reads it, nobody knows that God has spoken already and that the natural disasters are simply Him doing the same thing He’s done in the past.  He is sovereign and controls the elements.  When He decides to bring disaster, He can and will do it any number of ways.  Flooding, drought, famine, and many other catastrophic events are all part of His toolkit to wake people up so that they might turn to Him.

 

 

21 How the faithful city
    has become a whore,
    she who was full of justice!
Righteousness lodged in her,
    but now murderers.
22 Your silver has become dross,
    your best wine mixed with water.
23 Your princes are rebels
    and companions of thieves.
Everyone loves a bribe
    and runs after gifts.
They do not bring justice to the fatherless,
    and the widow’s cause does not come to them.

 

 

What a picture of corruption with unbridled lawlessness!  Israel – Jerusalem – a nation and a city that was specially chosen by God to be His people for blessings and abundance, and to be a light to the rest of the world, had become a cesspool.  The mercy of God which was supposed to reside in this place had been turned upside down.  People profited from God’s mercy and exploited others for their own purposes.  This description shows how far from grace the Israelites had fallen.

 

Upon America’s founding we had people who loved and honored God.  Were there those who didn’t?  Of course!  But the general heart of those early inhabitants of our land was toward the God who had brought them to the place of great abundance where they could worship Him in freedom.  The early pioneers in America were generally faithful to the Lord.  They read their Bibles and heeded His Word.  They did what He commanded.  Over time, because men’s hearts were full of sin, more people slipped away from a Biblical worldview.  We allowed that perspective to grow and to infiltrate our institutions.  From adulterated schools we began turning out poisoned adults who believed in anything but the God of the Bible.  We allowed seminaries to be infiltrated by Marxists and slowly our government became filled with unelected bureaucrats who likewise were enamored by socialist/communist ideologies.  Those who were elected and appointed to high and responsible positions had little in the way of Godliness within them and our nation began rotting at the core.

 

 

24 Therefore the Lord declares,
    the Lord of hosts,
    the Mighty One of Israel:
“Ah, I will get relief from my enemies
    and avenge myself on my foes.
25 I will turn my hand against you
    and will smelt away your dross as with lye
    and remove all your alloy.
26 And I will restore your judges as at the first,
    and your counselors as at the beginning.
Afterward you shall be called the city of righteousness,
    the faithful city.”

 

 

Israel’s apostasy was so blatant and offensive to God that in His eyes she became His enemy.  As the great and sovereign Judge, He had the right to bring vengeance upon all who opposed Him.  Lye is an extremely harsh and caustic solution used for extreme cleansing purposes.  God’s analogy is that He would strip Israel of everything that required purging so that the end result would be something new and pure.  Indeed, following this treatment, God promised that all Israel’s iniquity would be removed.  Despite all the transgressions the Israelites had committed against the Lord, He would restore them through this process.

 

Why should we in America think ourselves immune and above such a corrosive purging by God?  What is it about our psyche that makes us believe that we’re different from and superior to Israel in this regard?  Are we any different from Israel during its time of Judges?  She rejected God; He restored her; she turned and fell; He brought her back into His good graces; and on and on.  We’ve had multiple moves of God over our history.  I chronicled several of them in my recent Prophecy Update titled: Will There be Another Great Awakening?

 

Why – in the wake of 70 million abortions – the shedding of absolutely innocent blood, do we think that we’ll escape the God of Justice?  Add to that the gross depravity and utter lack of any recognition of Him by the vast majority of Americans.  Should we truly think we’ll skate out of the corner in which we’ve painted ourselves?  Such hubris!  Our pride is unbounded by the belief that we can overcome spiritual darkness with tools and instruments of war in the physical realm.  Have we learned nothing from the Lord?  Yet, a time is coming for those faithful to God through His Son Jesus Christ that we will shine like the sun – first for 1,000 years, and then for the rest of eternity.  We shall indeed inhabit the city of righteousness!

 

 

27 Zion shall be redeemed by justice,
    and those in her who repent, by righteousness.
28 But rebels and sinners shall be broken together,
    and those who forsake the Lord shall be consumed.

 

 

The days are coming for Israel when God will act mightily in that land.  It will be a time of darkness and light when Jerusalem becomes a cup of trembling for the entire world.  It will be so bad in Israel that – even as Zachariah foretells – 2/3 of the Jews will perish, but 1/3 will come to know their Messiah.

 

In the same manner, we who know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord will be redeemed from this world before it descends into total anarchy.  God’s Word declares that Jesus will come for us in the clouds and bring us to His Father’s house as a place of safety, just as the bridegroom comes for his bride and sweeps her into the place he has prepared for her while the world continues outside those doors.  The world will be consumed.  We who have been Raptured will remain hidden away in the presence of God Himself.

 

29 For they shall be ashamed of the oaks
    that you desired;
and you shall blush for the gardens
    that you have chosen.
30 For you shall be like an oak
    whose leaf withers,
    and like a garden without water.
31 And the strong shall become tinder,
    and his work a spark,
and both of them shall burn together,
    with none to quench them.

 

 

Israel sought other gods and worshiped them in secret places – in the forests and the hills, among stately trees and beautiful green pastures.  Honoring these false gods and their idols, the Israelites forsook the Lord whom they couldn’t see for representations of deities they made with their own hands.  God declared that regardless of how weak or strong a person was who followed this path of apostasy far from Him, they earned nothing but His contempt and an unquenchable fire for eternity.  Their reward for despising the God of their creation who loved them more than life itself was a promise of torment in a place originally reserved for Satan and his angels.

 

Inhabitants of this once great nation have no excuse, just as the Israelites had none.  God made Himself known among us in many ways, but we chose to ignore and disdain Him.  We decided that the god of Self was more attractive and faithful than a God of mercy, peace, grace, justice, and love.  He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

 

Israel’s sins were no different than ours.  Her fate was the loss of nationhood, dispersion of the people, and a blindness that will only be overcome through even more persecution than what she’s already suffered.  But after this, Israel will be restored and Jesus will sit on His throne in Jerusalem.

 

Where does all this lead?  The simple answer is: Destruction.  America has no such promise as Israel for her restoration.  I think that 1 Thessalonians 5:3 applies very much to us just as it does to the rest of the world:

 

While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

 

People – many Christians included – think that God will ignore our transgressions and allow our nation to continue as it has since its founding.  That’s a fatal error if we’re to look at Scripture and draw any conclusions from it.  In fact, if Jesus isn’t a liar – which of course He is not – then what He said about the signs of the times in Matthew 16:1-4 are relevant to us:

 

And the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and to test him they asked him to show them a sign from heaven. He answered them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ And in the morning, ‘It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.” So he left them and departed.

 

Thus, the Lord Himself has told us that given all we see, His return is very near.

 

America may or may not be among the weak and insignificant nations that are required to come yearly to pay homage to Christ on His throne.  Thankfully, true believers who love the Lord and who look for our redemption in Jesus will experience His glory in all its fullness.  Difficult times are coming to our land and this world because God must and will judge in righteousness.  But God is faithful.  Those who are destined to receive punishment will; we who love the One who died for us will be rewarded.

 

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD.”

Who Are the 5th Seal Saints?

One of the misunderstandings that some people have regarding the timing of the Rapture is to attribute the opening of the 5th Seal in the book of Revelation to this seminal event where Jesus comes in the clouds for His beloved.  I think part of the reason for this confusion is a failure to take the 5th Seal in context with the first four Seal judgments.

One of the most important events that occurs in the Tribulation is the revealing of Antichrist himself.  I don’t know of any Bible teachers who dispute that with the opening the 1st Seal in Revelation 6:1-3, this is when Antichrist is made known to the world:

Now I watched when the Lamb opened one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures say with a voice like thunder, “Come!” And I looked, and behold, a white horse! And its rider had a bow, and a crown was given to him, and he came out conquering, and to conquer.

Extremely important in this unveiling of Antichrist is what 2 Thessalonians 2:3-8 prophesies:

 Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God. Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of his coming.

It is impossible for Antichrist to come forth in the 1st Seal UNTIL the Restrainer is removed.  There is no human or worldly explanation for who or what is the Restrainer that is holding back Antichrist.  This is a supernatural restraint only possible by the Holy Spirit.  It is the Holy Spirit who is the Restrainer and who keeps Antichrist – the lawless one – at bay until the time for him to publicly enter the world is at hand.

This in itself should be sufficient evidence for everyone to understand the pre-Tribulation Rapture of the church must occur in order for Antichrist to walk onto the world stage and for any judgments to occur.  The Restrainer – the Holy Spirit – steps aside from restraining lawlessness only after the ekklesia have been gathered to Jesus, snatched out of this world to join Him in His Father’s house.

But, no.  There are those who can’t comprehend this and believe the Rapture occurs at some point after the Lamb – Jesus Christ – begins opening the seven Seals. The Traditional View is that all the Seals are opened within the formal 7-year Tribulation period that begins with Antichrist confirming a covenant agreement between Israel and another party known as the many.  An Alternative View posited by Bill Salus – which I like a lot for its logistical aspects – is that based on Scripture, there’s no direct correlation which says all the judgments are contained within the official seven years beginning with the treaty.  Thus, according to this perspective, some of the Seals could be opened after the Rapture but prior to that official 7-year period.

Either way, any understanding that puts the Rapture somewhere within the timing of the various judgments is problematic.  Again, the Restrainer has to remove Himself before ANY judgments can begin.

There is an erroneous view that the Rapture occurs at the 5th Seal of which Revelation 6:9-11 states:

When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne. They cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been.

Now, in one sense someone could look at this passage and figure that true believers entered this period of judgment, having endured the first four Seals of Antichrist’s revealing, War, Famine, and Death-Hades, in order to reach this point and be martyred.  But consider just one fallacy about this:  In the aftermath of war and famine, along comes death for many.  However, death is accompanied by Hades, or the spirit of the underworld.  Those who die MUST be unbelievers in order for Sheol to scoop them up and contain their souls.

So, let’s assume that Christ-followers escape all this chaos and the sentence of going to hell associated with this Seal and are finally transported to the Throne Room via the Rapture.  They have endured much in the way of suffering.  In fact the verses show that they die.  Under the thinking that these Seals occur before the official seven years begins, their cry of How long?” makes little sense.  They aren’t even Raptured.  In addition, aren’t those who are Raptured supposed to in some way know the timing of the Tribulation?  If these are believers, they still haven’t seen the covenant agreement ratified to know when the seven years begin.  It makes for a very awkward understanding – or lack thereof – which we are supposed to have by knowing Bible prophecy.

If, however, the Rapture occurs and the first four Seals are opened, and then the peace treaty is ratified, that cry by these saints begins to make sense.  Following Scripture, the Rapture occurs, the initial four Seals can take place, and within that Gap Period NEWLY MINTED Christians who come to Christ after the Rapture die for their faith.  These become the martyrs shown at the throne of God.  Because the covenant hasn’t yet been confirmed, the 7-year timeclock hasn’t begun.  When these martyrs cry out “How long?” they truly don’t know, because they have no frame of reference to the seven years of the Tribulation.  They’ve died within the Gap Period which has an indeterminate length.  Their deaths occur prior to any milestones.  Of course they have no idea of how long it will be until the Lord avenges their blood!

Briefly, there is one other massively important factor that requires Christ’s true church to be Raptured prior to any of the judgments.  Aside from the fact that there is no mention of the church following Revelation 4, the purpose of all the judgments depicted in Revelation is for two primary purposes:

  1. The redemption of Israel
  2. To punish the unbelieving world

Because #1 is so important, this is actually why NO true believers can enter this period of God’s wrath.  This is Daniel’s 70th Week.  It is for Israel to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ as her Messiah.  This time is first and foremost for Israel to finally say, “Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord!”

Not a Jew and also not a believer?  Then you fall into purpose #2.  You have rejected the free gift of salvation and eternal life offered by Christ.  You will be punished for that poor choice.  Yet, God in His mercy gives second chances.  If your heart hasn’t hardened so much that you curse God for the judgments, He may bring conviction upon you for the life-giving possibility of you choosing His kingdom during this period of utter horror.

Where is the necessity for today’s true Christ-followers to endure the judgments of the Tribulation?  There is none.  We are already washed clean by the blood of Christ.  Do we have works that are necessary for us to perform in going through this terrible period?  Of course not!  Then why do people think that in some manner we have to suffer like rebellious Israel and the unbelieving world?

The time is near.  Let us rejoice and give glory to God.  His wrath will soon come upon the world.  How marvelous it is that we who trust in Jesus won’t be here!

Awaken Bible Prophecy Update 6-15-22: Another Great Awakening?

Because there’s so much discussion among Christians that there will be Another Great Awakening that will push back the powers of darkness so that we can reclaim this land in the cultural and societal realms, I thought it might be helpful to look back at the first three Great Awakenings.  As so many like to say: God delivered Nineveh, that extremely wicked Assyrian city, why won’t He likewise deliver us in this day and age?

I’ve tried to point out that times are different now, and that God’s judgment is at hand – in fact, it must come now.  These are two very different perspectives.  Are the optimists right that Christianity will rule the day and that we’ll continue in this world just as we have for the last 2000 years because of another move of God among His people?  Or am I, and others such as Pastor JD Farag, correct when we deliver the extremely pessimistic message – the message of doom and gloom – that God’s wrath is due and the 7-year Tribulation is almost upon us?  And because of what that worldview implies, is it true that Jesus will very soon come in the clouds to snatch His beloved Bride from this hostile world?

What does history tell us?  More importantly, what does the Bible say that we should expect next on God’s divine calendar?

Will it be a time of light or will it be one of darkness?

 

 

Transcript:

Because there’s so much discussion among Christians that there will be Another Great Awakening that will push back the powers of darkness so that we can reclaim this land in the cultural and societal realms, I thought it might be helpful to look back at the first three Great Awakenings.  As so many like to say: God delivered Nineveh, that extremely wicked Assyrian city, why won’t He likewise deliver us in this day and age?

 

I’ve tried to point out that times are different now, and that God’s judgment is at hand – in fact, it must come now.  These are two very different perspectives.  Are the optimists right that Christianity will rule the day and that we’ll continue in this world just as we have for the last 2000 years because of another move of God among His people?  Or am I, and others such as Pastor JD Farag, correct when we deliver the extremely pessimistic message – the message of doom and gloom – that God’s wrath is due and the 7-year Tribulation is almost upon us?  And because of what that worldview implies, is it true that Jesus will very soon come in the clouds to snatch His beloved Bride from this hostile world?

 

What does history tell us?  More importantly, what does the Bible say that we should expect next on God’s divine calendar?

 

Will it be a time of light or will it be one of darkness?

 

We’ll look at this as soon as we pray and read a Scripture.

 

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Scripture

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.

 

Will There be Another Great Awakening?

 

Introduction

  • In order to examine this proposition, I thought it would be prudent to provide a brief survey of the first three Great Awakenings
  • To do this, we’ll give a sense of what various sources say about those remarkable periods and also these current times in which we live
  • A Google search turns up numerous articles from Britannica and other historical websites on these awakenings
  • Lately also, I’ve run across a couple other articles that are relevant to this discussion
  • One article is by Leo Hohmann, who I imagine many people are aware of for his Biblically-oriented social commentary, and another by missionary Andrew Brunson, who was imprisoned in Turkey for two years
  • Adding to this is a recent dream by Pastor Dana Coverstone that reflects a difficult truth
  • In addition, since I’ve referenced the book The Fourth Turning on previous occasions, it occurred to me that it would be interesting to consider the suggestion that another Great Awakening could happen today in light of the cycles of history that the book chronicles so well
  • Given the passage from Ecclesiastes I read starting out, that is obviously quite important to our discussion

 

 

1st Great Awakening

  • Britannica tells us that this religious revival occurred in the American colonies in the period roughly between 1720 and the 1740s
  • Society had become more secular and materialistic because of the rise of so-called rational thinking, which attacked faith and the supernatural aspects of Christianity
  • People bought into that and moved away from organized religion
  • Churches became dead and reliance on God became an afterthought
  • Because there were still people of faith, their prayers prompted a conviction of the Holy Spirit, which brought preachers to prominence whose leadership awakened many people
  • These men included Jonathan Edwards and George Whitefield
  • One of the prominent aspects of this 1st Great Awakening was a strong inclination toward Calvinism

 

  • Where I think this discussion starts becoming very interesting is when we consider this history lesson in light of the book The Fourth Turning
  • There are four turnings in the overall cycle – called a saeculum – which comprises about 100 years in total
  • Each of the four turnings within that saeculum period has a specific characteristic that is repeated as the cycle repeats
  • Thus every eighty to one hundred years we see:
    • The First Turning, which is a High…think of it as a Spring season where everything is new
    • The Second Turning, which is an Awakening…consider this as Summer where all is glorious
    • The Third Turning, which is an Unraveling…just like Fall, this starts us heading downhill into bad weather
    • The Fourth Turning, which is a Crisis . . . where Winter is upon us and all things take a turn for the worse
  • In the past in talking about this book, I’ve concentrated on the Fourth Turning because from this historical perspective, we are currently in that time period, i.e. the last era of this larger saeculum cycle
  • Typically, each turning is roughly 20-25 years, but can certainly vary in length
  • Note that the Second Turning historically – according to this model – is an Awakening
  • Guess what?
  • The 1st Great Awakening as I described briefly above correlates with the Second Turning, which – as stated a moment ago – is itself an Awakening
  • The authors of the book show that this Second Turning period ran from 1727 to 1746
  • The official period of the 1st Great Awakening as I said previously was determined to be from 1720 to the 1740s – thus you can see the overlap
  • The 1st Great Awakening – this great spiritual revival – occurred during a Second Turning of history
  • Ultimately, following this Second Turning there came a Third Turning where things began going downhill, and then the Fourth Turning in that era came
  • We know that Fourth Turnings are a time of crisis in history
  • The turnings occur because society changes, morals change, and people change
  • New generations arise that have different values
  • But there is a repetitive nature in the way that times change and historical seasons come back around – just as Ecclesiastes says
  • Likewise, people age and new generations replace them, but there is also a similarity as to how they deal with the cycles as their predecessors did despite the differences among them
  • What was the crisis that resulted in that particular Fourth Turning period that eventually followed the 1st Great Awakening?
  • From that Second Turning awakening, the following Fourth Turning led to the American Revolution – this momentous war that resulted in the American colonies gaining their freedom from Britain
  • It was bloody, resulting in a range of combat deaths from over 6,800 to as many as 18,500
  • Smallpox also raged at that time and killed more than 130,000 people
  • Times were pretty dark
  • The end of the war brought about an astounding renewal as our nation was birthed in the following First Turning

 

 

2nd Great Awakening

  • Now let’s move on to this next spiritual rejuvenation that came as night follows day from the First Turning of this season
  • Here Britannica tells us that this religious movement – the 2nd Great Awakening – occurred from about 1795 to 1835
  • The following is a quote describing this era:
  • “The Second Great Awakening marked a fundamental transition in American religious life. Many early American religious groups in the CALVINIST tradition had emphasized the deep depravity of human beings and believed they could only be saved through the grace of God. The new evangelical movement, however, placed greater emphasis on humans’ ability to change their situation for the better. By stressing that individuals could assert their “FREE WILL” in choosing to be saved and by suggesting that salvation was open to all human beings, the Second Great Awakening embraced a more optimistic view of the human condition.”
  • In other words, there was a shift from Calvinism to what is known as Arminianism
  • The difference is that Calvinism is a doctrine of predestination
  • Among other tenets of this doctrine is that God determines who among us goes to heaven and who is destined for hell
  • This is contrary to Arminianism, which essentially says that humanity – created in the image of God (imago dei) – has the ability to freely choose whether to follow God or to reject Him
  • In this teaching, it is we who determine whether or not we will join the Lord for all eternity or choose to spend that time apart from His presence
  • God doesn’t send people to hell
  • They send themselves
  • The outcome of this decision arises from whether we believe that Jesus is God and died for our sins, and that we accept this great gift of salvation that He freely offers us through His shed blood on the cross
  • The most well-known preacher during this revival is Charles Finney
  • Tent revival meetings became popular during this time and evangelicalism rose to greater prominence

 

  • How does this 2nd Great Awakening correlate to the historical cycles outlined in The Fourth Turning book?
  • Not surprisingly, we have overlap to what the authors of the book label as the Transcendental Awakening that occurred in their estimation from 1822 to 1844
  • This also was a Second Turning and a time of significant awareness of both feminism and slavery
  • During this period in Britain, William Wilberforce fought against the slave trade and for its abolition
  • In other words, human rights in relation to Biblical concepts became very important
  • Where did this Second Turning lead?
  • Things went south in the Third Turning and that inevitably led to darker times
  • The Fourth Turning of this era brought the Civil War, i.e. the War Between the States
  • This terrible conflict resulted in the number most often quoted for combat deaths being 620,000 lives lost
  • It is said also that hundreds of thousands of people died of disease
  • What was the resulting First Turning after this terrible time of death and destruction?
  • It brought the Reconstruction era and what is known as the Gilded Age of great economic growth and prosperity

 

 

3rd Great Awakening

  • There was also a 3rd Great Awakening in a Second Turning from the late 19th to early 20th centuries
  • The Gilded Age in this era was ruled by people with great wealth that exploited the common man
  • Gross materialism reigned as industrial activity and corporate growth seized the nation
  • Child labor was common
  • Political corruption was blatant for all to witness
  • The spiritual outcry against these things culminated in the great Pentecostal revival with Azusa Street and the missionary movement, whereby America sent men and women all over the world to preach the Word of God
  • As the times changed and the cycles revolved, the Fourth Turning of that era resulted in the Great Depression and World War 2
  • There’s a consistency here that I want to point out
  • Second Turnings inevitably bring a rise in consciousness
  • As seen in these three periods, that resulted in Christian awakenings
  • However, once those times peaked and passed, Fourth Turnings came which resulted in war

 

 

Another Great Awakening?

  • This brings us to the burning question of this prophecy Update
  • Will there be another Great Awakening at this point in our nation’s history?
  • More importantly: Can there be such an awakening?
  • Just as we did in considering the 1st, 2nd, 3rd Great Awakenings, let’s look at the Second Turning in our recent history that has led to where we are today in the Fourth Turning that we’re currently in the midst of
  • Our Second Turning in this present period occurred in what is known as the Consciousness Revolution that began in about 1964 and stretched to 1984
  • Unlike the prior Second Turnings we considered today, this Second Turning didn’t bring great Christian rebirth – rather it resulted in spiritual awakening far from true Christianity
  • New Age – occult – Eastern religions all rose dramatically
  • It was an awakening – no doubt – but it wasn’t one that brought Christianity to prominence once more
  • The conscience of America wasn’t one that turned toward Jesus Christ
  • Instead, it became one of self with all that these beliefs, i.e. New Age, occult, and Eastern mysticism, brings
  • Feminism, environmentalism, and black power began changing America
  • The integrity of the family was attacked
  • The earth became our god
  • The idea that racism was systemic and our nation was founded as fundamentally unfair became a prevailing idea among many
  • Rebellion became the order of the day, both against the establishment and against the God of the Bible
  • People turned to yoga, Transcendental Meditation, astrology, angelology, enneagrams, Mindfulness, The Secret, Jesus Calling, and so much more that either distorted true Christianity or dismissed it altogether
  • Thus, this Second Turning had a distinct character about it that was quite different from the ones we’ve noted
  • Yet, let’s also recall where those previous Second Turnings led in their eras
  • The Second Turning from the 1st Great Awakening ultimately came to a head in the crisis era of its Fourth Turning with the American Revolution
  • The Second Turning from the 2nd Great Awakening led to the Fourth Turning that resulted in the American Civil War
  • The Second turning from the 3rd Great Awakening led to the Fourth Turning that resulted in the Depression and World War 2
  • All of these prior Second Turnings – after such amazing spiritual revival – headed downhill into a wintery crisis time involving terrible wars

 

  • So, here’s a question for us:
  • If history tells us that indeed we have defined cycles that rotate from First Turnings to Fourth Turnings following the cycle of history every 100 years or so because of the rise and fall and changes in society that are consistent, is it reasonable to predict that we will have Another Great Awakening in our current era?
  • Remember, we’ve already gone through our Second Turning in this current saeculum
  • We saw a rise of spiritual consciousness in the Second Turning of the 1960’s
  • Again, as Ecclesiastes tells us there is a time for everything
  • Historically speaking, – looking at these cycles – would you predict that we could effectively have another Second Turning type of period today?
  • Can Second Turnings repeat within a saeculum?
  • In other words, are we in a Fourth Turning now – as we speak – or not?
  • I maintain that we are
  • If so, what is the outcome?
  • There’s surely no repetition of Second Turning outcomes
  • There can’t be because of the cyclical changes in society
  • Thus, the likelihood of Another Great Awakening is nil
  • We might – and I believe we probably will – see some kind of a harvest of souls, but I don’t think it will be widespread and visible in the sense that Great Awakenings of the past were where society actually changed because of them

 

  • Q: Being in a Fourth Turning, what should we expect given that every Fourth Turning results in crisis?
  • A: Obviously, we should anticipate crisis
  • Indeed, we’re experiencing crises on every side
  • I – and many others – have been chronicling the myriad of crises for 2 1/2 years
  • They are seemingly unending and getting worse
  • More than that, what did the prior crises of those past Fourth Turnings after the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Great Awakenings lead to?
  • They brought terrible wars
  • We had our own awakening in this current era
  • The Consciousness Revolution in our Second Turning of this era wasn’t a Godly awakening
  • I think that is extremely relevant to our discussion
  • It turned people further away from the God of the Bible
  • And we’ve seen that . . .
  • Look at the great apostasy that’s occurring
  • Look at how few pastors have a Biblical worldview – less than 50% based on a current survey
  • Look at how few people actually read the Word of God consistently and fully
  • If our current Fourth Turning is – as I maintain – the FINAL Fourth Turning – what might America, and the world see regarding possible war?
  • I believe where we are today takes our nation right into the 7-year Tribulation
  • Indeed, this would be the final throes of our world as we know it prior to the return of Jesus Christ who will make all things right and . . .
  • Here’s the really cool thing – the 2nd Coming of Jesus at the conclusion of this Fourth Turning will lead to . . . another First Turning!
  • And what will that be?
  • It will be the Millennium – the 1,000 years of Christ’s rule and reign on the earth where He breaks this saeculum cycle
  • Talk about a Spring season of hope and righteousness!

 

  • Let’s talk briefly about this current Fourth Turning and why it can’t and won’t result in Another Great Awakening
  • Aside from the lesson of history, we’ve got a major difference in the makeup of our nation than anything in the past
  • A recent article by Leo Hohman discusses this
  • Here are the first two paragraphs of the article:
    • We hear a lot of talk about how the key to “taking back our country” lies in voting and more aggressive political activism, and that we stand on the precipice of defeating the evil if we can just get enough folks to vote the right way.
    • While I agree voting makes up a vital part of our civic responsibility, the political process alone will never pull Western civilization back from the brink of collapse. It’s too late for that and I will attempt to explain why.
  • I completely agree, and the problem is that many – maybe most – of those believing that we’ll have another Great Awakening, think that a major component of it is political
  • In their eyes, we have to battle in the local school boards and the state elections, etc. so that we can win back our nation at the grassroots
  • In my view, this might have worked in the past
  • But our churches abdicated from participating in the public sphere and didn’t speak to the culture
  • As a result, the culture spoke to the churches and rather than being different from the world, they became the world
  • Yes, there are praying people today, but what are perhaps too many praying for?
  • I think they’re praying for a return to the world they’ve always known
  • They want to dig deep roots here
  • They’re praying so that they can remain in this world which Jesus said is NOT our home
  • They’re praying for good Christian people to participate in the political process in order to take back what we’ve ceded to the demonic Left
  • Here again is Leo Hohmann:
    • Because this evil is global and not just national, I believe we are looking at the early stages of the beast system described in Revelation 13: “Who is like the Beast and who can make war against it?”
    • This beast’s tendrils are found everywhere. Not only in the government but in the K-12 schools, in the colleges, in the media, in the workplace, and, sadly, in 90 percent of the churches.
    • So what is the answer? If we can’t vote our way back to a constitutional republic, then what is the answer?
    • The Bible provides the answer.
  • Leo is NOT a pre-Tribulation Rapture believer like I am
  • As a result, he is of the mind that believers have to hunker down and prepare to endure the Tribulation
  • I couldn’t disagree more with that perspective
  • However, he is correct in effectively saying that among other things we need to practice civil disobedience
  • He is correct when he says:
    • In the meantime, we must listen to His voice. Jesus said “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.”
  • We DO have to listen more for Jesus
  • More importantly we have to be keeping our eyes on Him rather than the world
  • We must continue to obey the Lord in bringing the Word of God to those who will hear it and to disciple them in the days we have remaining
  • This is the most important work we can be doing – not trying to restore our nation that is too far gone
  • To be cliched: We can’t rearrange the deck chairs of the Titanic and expect that it won’t sink
  • We can’t stick out fingers in the dyke and expect to hold back the flood when water is pouring over the top in a tsunami wave
  • The Deep State – the Beast system – is far too expansive and invasive to think that a couple political victories here and there will change things
  • The nature of man with the way we think is much different than in the past
  • We have no true Christian foundation
  • When we have homosexual and trans pastors prancing in the pulpits holding a worldview obviously counter to that of the Bible . . .
  • When we have social, prosperity, and ecumenical gospels being the primary messages preached . . .
  • When probably 80% or more of those who call themselves Christians don’t read the Bible and truly know God’s Word . . .
  • Where are the spiritual and moral principles for God to even work with among these people?
  • Let’s face it: We’re goners as a nation

 

  • Andrew Brunson was a missionary to Turkey
  • He was falsely accused of being an American spy and terrorist
  • Turkey imprisoned him for two years
  • In the articles I link to on the Rumble page, he describes the fear he experienced and how he got through this trial
  • As a missionary he had prepared as well as he could for this day that he might be persecuted
  • Despite that, he tells that the great pressures he felt were overwhelming
  • Thankfully he had a Bible in prison
  • Regardless, he had a relational crisis with God that only his preparation enabled him to withstand and remain faithful
  • He warns that persecution is coming to America because it must
  • Yet he warns that the vast majority of Christians are not prepared in any way for what is inevitable in this country given our direction
  • Americans don’t even want to hear about persecution
  • I can attest to that
  • I represented and spoke for Voice of the Martyrs for a number of years
  • As time passed, fewer churches wanted me or any other VOM reps to come talk about persecution in the world
  • Here’s what Andrew Brunson says:
    • The hard truth is that God allows His children to suffer persecution, and it can be more difficult than we think. I had an idealistic view of how I would handle intense persecution like imprisonment. And looking back, I think it would have helped me to know how difficult it can be, so that I could adjust my mindset and expectations.
    • I hear some people saying confidently now, “Persecution will be good for us. It will build the church. Bring it on.” We need to be careful not to be over-confident. I say to you again, it can be more difficult than we think, and God’s faithfulness, His help, His grace, may look different than what we would expect.
  • But rather than preparing for such a time, we’re running around trying to win an election or two here and there
  • We’re looking to our own resourcefulness as we gird up for the Tribulation
  • Pastors aren’t talking about persecution, and they’re certainly not preaching about God’s impending judgment
  • I think all this is a critical mistake and mindset
  • People thinking we’ll have another Great Awakening inevitably point to Nineveh following the preaching of Jonah
  • They forget that 100 years later the prophet Nahum prophesied the imminent destruction of Nineveh
  • The city had its revival in Jonah’s day
  • It once more turned away and God brought His wrath upon it
  • Perhaps the prophetic warnings in our day come from the Bible which we all should be reading
  • But we miss them because Bible prophecy is avoided at all costs in our churches
  • Maybe our Jonah revivals were the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Great Awakenings
  • Now, the prophetic Word of God says that it’s all downhill from here
  • Judgment is on its way – because God MUST judge to maintain the holiness of His character
  • The Bible is itself the New Testament warning of imminent destruction just like the prophets of the Old Testament were the watchmen who forewarned Israel
  • We can’t hear the watchmen because we don’t read Scripture and take it to heart
  • I believe confirmations of this come from the dreams of Pastor Dana Coverstone
  • Back in September 2020 – two years ago – he had a dream described as Lady Liberty Attacked Dream
  • It was quite graphic with the destruction of the Statue of Liberty
  • The symbolic implication was that our nation would be destroyed, even as this icon of freedom was torn down and drowned in the dream
  • Fast forward to this month – June 2022 – in which Pastor Dana had The Millstone Dream
  • In this vision America was effectively choked by a millstone that was cast into the sea
  • The message remains consistently the same since his dreams began
  • America is seeing its final days
  • Yes, there will be glimmers of hope as faithful pastors and believers pray, hear the Word, and harvest those souls who listen and heed God for their salvation
  • However, the wolves are without and within the church
  • They will not relent until they bring the church and this nation to ruin
  • The message for many months from the Jesus figure in Pastor Dana’s dreams has encouraged God’s people to brace ourselves
  • The implication has always been that things will get worse and we as believers need to be ready for them
  • However, in the Millstone Dream, the message changed dramatically
  • The Jesus figure indicated to Dana that judgment is coming because of the innocent blood shed in this country
  • We’re somewhere in the neighborhood of 70 Million abortions and counting
  • God WILL revenge this!
  • He keeps His Word for blessings and curses
  • Not much time remains
  • Those that know, know this deeply, namely that Jesus is coming soon
  • The Jesus figure in the Dana dream specifically said the following:
  • “It’s too late to start” – Emphasis was on the word START
  • Then he said: “The braced are about to be tested harshly, so lock in place.” – In other words, we who are watching must stand firm on the Word of God
  • Note how this dovetails with the message from Pastor Andrew Brunson
  • Those who have not prepared for persecution will be swept away
  • One cannot prepare once the storm has already arrived
  • Preparation must begin prior to the storm
  • That’s when you put up the hurricane shutters and get your food supplies in order
  • If the storm is upon you, it’s too late for those things
  • This is how it will be for many, many in the church who have dismissed the warning of Bible prophecy in thinking that everything will all pan out in the end – so no need to worry
  • Jesus told us in His Word . . .
  • He is telling us through His messengers: the time is upon us that persecution will soon begin
  • Expect it and hold fast to Jesus in the midst of it
  • We will see many fall by the wayside as the crisis intensifies
  • Things may get quite dark before the Lord takes us out of here
  • However, our destiny is NOT to enter the Tribulation, so all the hardship will be prior to that
  • We have no idea how long we’ll need to endure, but we’ll do so by keeping our eyes on Jesus
  • We can’t despair
  • God will not give us more than we can handle
  • Given the times with the increasing frequency and intensity of the birth pains, although we’ll see persecution, God will deliver us
  • That’s the message and the encouragement for today
  • Will there be Another Great Awakening?
  • No – I think that’s impossible – looking at the cycles of history AND considering the depraved moral state of our nation AND given that God MUST judge the wicked
  • The darkness is upon us
  • It may get very black
  • But you know the saying: It’s always darkest before the dawn
  • Let’s work in the light while it’s still daytime
  • The night is very near, but the glory of the Lord shines ever brightly and we have much to hope for
  • In fact, our hope is a sure thing
  • It is our confidence
  • Just remember what Jesus tells us in Luke 21:28:

 

Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

Killer Viruses of Old

Viruses have been with us a long time.  They live in many different environments and can inhabit insects to humans.  They are not parasites; typically they are predators.  They seek out a host whereby they can replicate and spread, and most viruses don’t kill the creature they inhabit.  There are those, however, which are so virile and toxic that they leave a trail of destruction wherever they go.

Lately I’ve been reading books by Richard Preston that explore the deadliest viruses in the world.  I started with The Demon in the Freezer and went backward in the series to The Cobra Event, and am now reading The Hot Zone.  The books are – to put it mildly – frightening as all get out.  Preston does not spare the reader in describing the horrific symptoms accompanying the onset of virus infections in the human body.  I gave an example of this in my recent article: Monkeying with Monkeypox.  “Demon” was primarily about Smallpox with some Anthrax thrown in; “Cobra” was a fictional account of a truly awful cannibalistic brainpox based on a rare disease called Lesch-Nyhan Syndrome; and “Hot Zone” details the quest to understand and find the origins of the hemorrhagic afflictions of Ebola and Marburg.  Preston has a couple more books in his virus series, so I’ll likely continue learning and freaking out about these most terrible of organisms.

The last couple years have brought viruses to our attention.  We’re told that COVID is a virus that jumped from bats to humans.  That’s highly suspect.  Although there are plenty of deadly natural viruses, it seems that man can’t leave well enough alone.  Our sin nature has a propensity to find things which are natural that are bad, and to make them worse for our own purposes.  It has indisputably been shown that COVID was weaponized with gain-of-function research for the express purpose of introducing the “vaccines” which have shown themselves to be much worse than the disease they’re supposedly intended to alleviate.

There is no known cure for virus infections.  They can be vaccinated against, but with the worst of the virus illnesses, it’s usually a downhill journey to an awful death.  Read the Preston books and you’ll see what I mean.

In my reading these accounts of the men and women who have worked tirelessly against these viral diseases, it also brought to mind the people who likewise labor in this field, but do so in the attempt to reduce the human population.  There is some suggestion in the books about this purposeful effort, but again, this reality has come to the fore lately as we’ve observed COVID, the people behind it, and the narrative which advocates that all of humanity must be vaccinated for our protection – which couldn’t be further from the truth.

Thinking beyond our current situation made me reflect on Richard Preston’s description of the origins of viruses.  There’s no indication that he’s a Bible believing Christian.  He speaks of evolution and the earth being billions of years old.  From this perspective he believes that lethal viruses are older than mankind.  For those of us who read the Bible literally, this is an impossibility.  In that case, where did these deadly viruses come from in the first place – even before man started tinkering with them and making them worse?

Obviously, since all that God made was good, He didn’t introduce them into the world.  We attribute all the bad things to the consequences of sin, and that would be true.  But that still doesn’t help us really understand the basis for their existence.

I have a theory.

Satan tempted Eve and Adam with the possibility of being like God.  All they had to do was partake of the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.  Notice, the knowledge therein wasn’t just about good things.  In some way this tree contained the means to achieve all evil.  It’s like the fullness of God and what He knew was contained in this repository of all divine understanding.  God didn’t unleash evil, but being aware of it, He seems to have maintained knowledge of it in this one place.

This Tree was in the Garden of Eden.  The Garden was on the holy mountain of God.  Because we see no surprise on Eve’s part in encountering the serpent (nachash in Hebrew, meaning serpent and shining one, i.e. literally one of the holy ones of God), we can presume that many entities inhabiting God’s Kingdom made their appearances there.  Seeing and interacting with a divine being wasn’t out of the ordinary for her.  Just as God walked in the Garden in the cool of the day, nothing in Scripture tells us that it was off limits to the rest of the heavenly realm.

We also have no indication that these other spiritual inhabitants of the Kingdom didn’t eat of that fruit.  In fact, they were immortal beings and perhaps had no instructions not to consume it.  (Or, is immortality gained even by spiritual beings by eating of the Tree of Life?)  Satan certainly seemed to have the knowledge of evil that would have come from the Tree of Knowledge.  Why not other such holy beings?

From Genesis 4:21-22 we see that mankind after the Fall suddenly acquires certain expertise:

His brother’s name was Jubal; he was the father of all those who play the lyre and pipe. Zillah also bore Tubal-cain; he was the forger of all instruments of bronze and iron. The sister of Tubal-cain was Naamah.

The book of 1 Enoch confirms that this occurred when the sons of God, a.k.a. Watchers, lusted after human women and traded such knowledge for sex.  They gave all sorts of secrets to mankind including sorcery, astrology, cosmetic arts for seduction, and the like.  Genesis 6:5 informs us that following this traversing of their heavenly boundaries by the bene Elohim, and “marrying” these women with the resulting abomination of the race of Nephilim being birthed, that the following happened:

The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

The consequences resulting from the evil in man’s heart were a direct result of the fall of the sons of God.

During this antediluvian era when wickedness and abomination rose to such great heights – or should I say that goodness was eradicated and all on the earth fell to the lowest depths? – perhaps other kinds of evil were seeded into the planet that wasn’t killed off by the flood.  Could it be that these deadly viruses – the understanding of which was obtained by these divine entities from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil – were planted throughout the globe to be unleashed at certain times and in specific ways?

After all, Satan and these various demonic spirits wanted nothing more than to harm mankind in every possible way.  This would seem to be one more arrow in their quiver to destroy all that God called good.

In the Tribulation, Revelation 16:2 describes the following judgment:

So the first angel went and poured out his bowl on the earth, and harmful and painful sores came upon the people who bore the mark of the beast and worshiped its image.

Is it possible that God uses one of the viruses that evil men have manipulated for their own purposes and turns it around to plague those who hate Him?  Wouldn’t that be ironic and a just reward?

We’re all aware that none of the events occurring today, or what will happen tomorrow, catch God by surprise.  If my hypothesis of where these viruses originated is correct, He was well aware that His rebellious sons would corrupt His good earth with these evil organisms.  In order to bring deliverance to a fallen people – us! – God had to allow this wickedness to percolate and grow.

But a time is coming.  It will soon be at hand.  Genesis 50:20 shows us the Lord’s mercy through these things:

As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.

The wickedness and lawlessness of the world brings us to the realization of our great need for God.  Lethal viruses and their effects can be truly awful.  Yet, God is already victorious.  When we turn to Him and place our faith and trust in Christ, none of this matters.  He has a better way and will soon redeem us from this alien and very hostile place.

Give glory to God and sing His praises.  It won’t be long before He brings us home.

Awaken Bible Prophecy Update 6-8-22: Timing of Ezekiel’s War

Confusion seems to reign regarding the timing of Ezekiel’s War, which we know well as the War of Gog of Magog, as the prophet described in Ezekiel 38-39.  There are three primary periods in which Bible teachers slot this critical conflict.  They are:

  1. Prior to the Tribulation
  2. Within the 7-year Tribulation period
  3. At the conclusion of the Millennium

I am very much wedded to the first timing, i.e. prior to the Tribulation.  My reasons are exceedingly Scriptural and, I believe are based on simple logic.  The other two suggestions for this war cannot work per the Biblical text.  What we must do is apply good hermeneutics to the issue, i.e. good Biblical interpretation.  More than that, we need to allow the text to reveal itself and not interject our biases.  This is called exegesis.  When someone determines beforehand what he believes about a Bible passage and reads that prejudice into the account, this process is called eisegesis and is ripe with error.

Given the continuing chaos that conflicts the Middle East with the various ongoing pressures that face Israel – from the unending push to implement a two-state solution, to the terrorist factions at Israel’s doorstep with their only desire being to annihilate her, to the triumvirate of state actors sitting at Israel’s northern border across the Golan Heights in Syria, it won’t be long before God withdraws His restraining hand and allows this war to begin.

 

Transcript:

Confusion seems to reign regarding the timing of Ezekiel’s War, which we know well as the War of Gog of Magog, as the prophet described in Ezekiel 38-39.  There are three primary periods in which Bible teachers slot this critical conflict.  They are:

 

  1. Prior to the Tribulation
  2. Within the 7-year Tribulation period
  3. At the conclusion of the Millennium

 

I am very much wedded to the first timing, i.e. prior to the Tribulation.  My reasons are exceedingly Scriptural and, I believe are based on simple logic.  The other two suggestions for this war cannot work per the Biblical text.  What we must do is apply good hermeneutics to the issue, i.e. good Biblical interpretation.  More than that, we need to allow the text to reveal itself and not interject our biases.  This is called exegesis.  When someone determines beforehand what he believes about a Bible passage and reads that prejudice into the account, this process is called eisegesis and is ripe with error.

 

Given the continuing chaos that conflicts the Middle East with the various ongoing pressures that face Israel – from the unending push to implement a two-state solution, to the terrorist factions at Israel’s doorstep with their only desire being to annihilate her, to the triumvirate of state actors sitting at Israel’s northern border across the Golan Heights in Syria, it won’t be long before God withdraws His restraining hand and allows this war to begin.

 

This Update is a little longer today, so I hope you’ll stick with me to get the full picture of this study.  First we’ll pray and read a Scripture.

 

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Scripture

Isaiah 43:15

“I am the Lord, your Holy One,

The Creator of Israel, your King.”

 

Exodus 15:11

“Who is like You among the gods, O Lord?

Who is like You, majestic in holiness,

Awesome in praises, working wonders?

 

Timing of Ezekiel’s War

 

Introduction

  • This is a war that the vast majority of Bible teachers and students believe has not yet occurred in history
  • There has never been a time when any events of this magnitude as described in Ezekiel have erupted in Israel
  • Even those who look at the Bible symbolically or allegorically must confess that anything they could make up in their imaginations concerning this war having taken place in some way would be an absolute stretch
  • That being the case, we must consider this conflict as a literal future event that will have significant ramifications for Israel and the world
  • In fact, because of how momentous this war is with its aftereffects, people who believe in anything but a pre-Tribulation Rapture have to go to great lengths to figure out how this will play out in times to come
  • In that respect, let’s first consider timings #2 and #3 before we get to #1, which I think is ironclad

 

 

#2 – Ezekiel’s War within the 7-year Tribulation period

  • The idea behind this timing of the war is that the Rapture occurs and the 7-year Tribulation officially begins at some point following that
  • I guess some people could also look at the Tribulation period as starting but with no Rapture having occurred
  • However, if that’s the case, it makes no Biblical or logical sense whatsoever
  • I’ve explored that perspective numerous times and won’t comment further regarding it in this discussion
  • A pre-Tribulation Rapture is the only Biblical AND logical approach to how these end-times will play out
  • The official start date of the Tribulation – note when I say the “official” start date, as that will be quite pertinent later in our discussion
  • So, the official start date of the Tribulation is predicated on the covenant agreement that Antichrist confirms between Israel and another entity noted as “the many”
  • The determination for this covenant timing comes from Daniel 9:27:

 

“And he shall make a strong covenant with many for one week, and for half of the week he shall put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate, until the decreed end is poured out on the desolator.”

 

  • The person described as “he” in this verse is Antichrist
  • One week is Biblical terminology for a week of years, i.e. 7 years
  • Half the week denotes 3 1/2 years – which BTW means that the Tribulation is a full 7 years – not just 3 1/2 years as some people try to make it
  • At that specific midpoint, Antichrist will halt all religious services and offerings in the newly constructed 3rd (Tribulation) Temple by desecrating it in some abominable way when he declares himself as God
  • This means, of course, that sometime between now and then this 3rd temple will be built
  • Many people believe that the covenant agreement itself is what paves the way for the temple to be built
  • I have a different perspective on that which I’ll articulate when I explore option #1 of our timing discussion
  • Per Daniel 9:27, after desecrating the temple, Antichrist will continue in his evil ways until God makes an end of him

 

  • In this thinking, presumably Ezekiel’s War becomes a part of the wars noted by the opening of the 2nd Seal Judgment beginning once the official Tribulation period has begun
  • It’s easy to see how people could believe this, but it creates problems that are antithetical to the Biblical text
  • Let’s consider 2 such passages
  • First is Ezekiel 38:10-11:

 

“Thus says the Lord God: On that day, thoughts will come into your mind, and you will devise an evil scheme and say, ‘I will go up against the land of unwalled villages. I will fall upon the quiet people who dwell securely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having no bars or gates,’

 

  • The key here is the prophecy of unwalled villages with the people of Israel dwelling securely with no walls, bars, or gates
  • A couple other contextual verses also note that Israel dwells in safety at this point, namely Ezekiel 38:8,18
  • This is problematic because it certainly doesn’t describe Israel today
  • I love Amir Tsarfati, but he either tends to overlook these verses or he says that Israel currently meets this description
  • Amir does not hold to Ezekiel’s war occurring within the Tribulation period, but his perspective is effectively the same in this instance as those who do place the war here
  • Israel must be in a place where she considers herself safe and literally immune to external threats
  • Looking through this lens, we have to believe that Israel doesn’t have the dangers of Hezbollah on the north in Lebanon or Hamas in Gaza, both of which are hindered from more attacks than they already commit BECAUSE of exceedingly long and high walls preventing them from further atrocities against Israel
  • The fact of the existence of the Islamic entities of Hezbollah and Hamas ready to strike whenever it pleases them creates huge problems in accurately fulfilling this aspect of the prophecy
  • Are we to believe that somehow Antichrist in his covenant negotiations puts a lid on these hostile entities to such an extent that Israel considers herself dwelling safely and securely?
  • For that to happen, Antichrist would have to convince Israel that Islam is trustworthy and will uphold its end of the bargain
  • Israel would have to forget about Islam’s absolute hatred of her and ignore Hamas’s charter which specifically states that part of the reason for this terrorist group’s existence is to completely obliterate Israel
  • In addition, Israel would have to totally disregard the Islamic doctrine of taqiyya
  • Taqiyya declares that Muslims can lie to their hearts’ content when in the interests of Islam
  • Their god Allah has no problems with Muslims lying in this regard
  • Why wouldn’t the Muslims lie if they thought they’d gain the upper hand with Israel?
  • The people of Israel may have a spiritual veil over their eyes that prevents their accepting Jesus Christ as the true Messiah, but they aren’t stupid
  • They’ve been dealing with Islam and its loathing toward them for much too long
  • I can’t imagine their agreeing to such a covenant, given the charter of these enemies being that they are dedicated to the total elimination of Israel and their propensity to lie for Islamic gain
  • A treaty without military victory on Israel’s part will not stay the hand of these adversaries
  • Because of this, it’s extremely unlikely that Israel suddenly believes herself to be dwelling in security immediately following the covenant agreement with the subsequent action of tearing down all walls, bars, and gates – thus no longer fearing an attack from her Islamic enemies

 

  • Now let’s consider a really important verse that counters this timing narrative of Ezekiel’s War taking place inside the 7-year Tribulation
  • It is Ezekiel 39:9-11:

 

“Then those who dwell in the cities of Israel will go out and make fires of the weapons and burn them, shields and bucklers, bow and arrows, clubs and spears; and they will make fires of them for seven years, so that they will not need to take wood out of the field or cut down any out of the forests, for they will make their fires of the weapons. They will seize the spoil of those who despoiled them, and plunder those who plundered them, declares the Lord God.

 

  • Think about this
  • Antichrist desecrates the newly built temple after 3 1/2 years into the 7-year treaty
  • Once he decrees that he is God, and that Israel and all the world must worship him, the Jews realize they have a problem
  • Not only does Antichrist prove through this declaration that he is not their Messiah, he begins rabidly persecuting the Jews in Israel
  • This is why Jesus spoke in Matthew 24:15-16 these words:

 

“So when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.”

 

  • Those who will heed the Lord’s warning will need to at least have some sense as to who He is, i.e. having read or heard this New Testament passage
  • There will certainly be Christians among them, but likely unsaved Jews as well who understand their peril
  • These Jews who are aware in some sense flee to the stronghold of Petra in Jordan
  • Regardless of who runs for the hills, so to speak, the climate in Jerusalem and Israel will change dramatically
  • However normal life might have been in the first 3 1/2 years after the treaty, that ends in an instant
  • The Jews are immediately prey to Antichrist and his minions – to be hunted down and killed
  • The process of gathering the weapons of war from the Ezekiel conflict halts right then
  • Whenever the war might have happened in this timing scenario, you have to believe that the clean-up continues as if nothing momentous just occurred
  • How would it be possible for the complete 7-year clean-up to run the entire period prophesied when Jews are scattered and fleeing for their lives at the 3 1/2 year mark?
  • What do you think the odds are of that?
  • How about zero?
  • The fact of Antichrist’s actions completely negates the potential for the fulfillment of this very specific aspect of the prophecy
  • It’s an absolute non-starter thinking that Ezekiel’s War can occur within the Tribulation

 

#3 – Ezekiel’s War at the conclusion of the Millennium

  • Where in the world does this idea come from?
  • People get this timing when they read Revelation 20:7-8:

 

And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be released from his prison and will come out to deceive the nations that are at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle; their number is like the sand of the sea.

 

  • Because this reference to Gog and Magog occurs at the end of the 1,000 years of Millennial peace, it is thought that Ezekiel’s prophecy pertains to this period
  • One argument people who support this use is that Israel is surely dwelling in peace and security
  • After all, Christ has been on the throne in Jerusalem for all this time and nothing – but nothing – can or would disrupt the peace of His reign
  • Of course they would have no walls, bars, or gates during this period
  • We know that Satan has spent the last 10 centuries stewing in the Abyss waiting for his chance at revenge
  • We also know that both man’s freewill and his sin nature continue unabated
  • Mortal men – i.e. those people remaining in human, non-glorified bodies – still have the ability to choose
  • Their forebears who remained alive and entered the Millennium period ALL were saved and had chosen to follow Jesus to the end of the Tribulation
  • However, the generations to follow had the ability to choose salvation through Jesus or to rebel and follow their own sin nature
  • These verses in Revelation indicate that untold millions decide for this option
  • When Satan is released, these are the people he goes after
  • Of course, Satan has help
  • He’s not omnipresent
  • Although the Bible doesn’t specifically tell us this, logic indicates that the demonic realm is opened when Satan is freed
  • Demons and fallen angels will no doubt be at his beck and call to go throughout the world to deceive and gather mankind for this final encounter against God
  • The question then becomes: Does it work Biblically for Ezekiel’s War to occur at the very end of the Millennium?
  • Logistically, once again, the answer in no
  • The same verses of Ezekiel 39:9-11 discussed earlier also apply to this timing option
  • Again, they say that Israel will spend 7 years cleaning up after this war
  • Say what?
  • Revelation at this point describes a chronological series of events
  • Sinful humanity gathers on the plains of Armageddon
  • God sends down fire and everyone dies
  • Satan is tossed into the Lake of Fire to join Antichrist and the False Prophet
  • Presumably all the demonic entities roaming the earth likewise are sent to this place of torment forever
  • Remember, hell was devised for Satan and his angels
  • At the Great White Throne Judgment at the second resurrection of all the dead throughout history, all people from all ages are judged
  • All are cast into the Lake of Fire whose names are not written in the Book of Life
  • THEN, God creates a new heaven and new earth, destroying the old one with fire
  • And it’s this which creates a massive problem for this timing option
  • Nowhere in this chronology does it provide a period whereby Israel will conduct a 7-year clean-up of the land
  • Now let’s consider one more really important verse that also counters this timing narrative – that being Ezekiel 39:12-15:

 

For seven months the house of Israel will be burying them, in order to cleanse the land. All the people of the land will bury them, and it will bring them renown on the day that I show my glory, declares the Lord God. They will set apart men to travel through the land regularly and bury those travelers remaining on the face of the land, so as to cleanse it. At the end of seven months they will make their search. And when these travel through the land and anyone sees a human bone, then he shall set up a sign by it, till the buriers have buried it in the Valley of Hamon-gog.

 

  • When does this possibly take place when the Gog-Magog War is slotted at the end of the Millennium?
  • What’s the point of this removal of the human remains from the war when God will be immediately cleansing the entire earth from its sin since time immemorial through the fire which results in the new heaven and new earth?
  • In fact, the description in Ezekiel 39:11 also becomes highly problematic:

 

“On that day I will give to Gog a place for burial in Israel, the Valley of the Travelers, east of the sea. It will block the travelers, for there Gog and all his multitude will be buried. It will be called the Valley of Hamon-gog.

 

  • If the earth is destroyed and through that sin and its consequences totally eradicated from earth, there won’t be any such valley for burial required
  • The whole earth is made new
  • Nothing remains of our sin nature
  • The earth is cleansed, with death and its consequences gone-gone-gone
  • The reference to Gog and Magog in Revelation is one of a spiritual nature
  • The rebellious heart of sinful man continues beating as such during the Millennium
  • What causes Ezekiel’s war to occur earlier as we’ll see in a moment, is exactly the same spiritual heart condition that is present at the end of the 1,000 years, despite Jesus having been present on the earth
  • Even with Him on the throne and accessible to all mankind, it’s not enough
  • Man will do what man will do until the very end when everything is completely made new

 

#1 – Ezekiel’s War prior to the Tribulation

  • Now we come to the only possible option for the timing of this war
  • The two passages noted regarding the 7-year clean-up of Israel’s land from the debris of war and the 7-month clean-up of human remains noted in Ezekiel 39:9-11, 12-15 both work in a pre-Tribulation war scenario
  • What is necessary is for there to be a gap period between the Rapture of the church and the official beginning of the Tribulation
  • More Bible teachers have come around to this thinking in recent years
  • It used to be that many thought the Rapture would occur and the Tribulation began immediately
  • This approach has many problems, not least of which is that in the natural realm of this earth, it takes time for events to develop
  • Again looking at this logically, does it make sense for the 1st Seal to be broken, Antichrist to be revealed, and then for him to instantly – on the same day as the Rapture – coordinate and oversee the covenant agreement?
  • If there is a gap following the Rapture and the covenant, events in the natural realm can play out much more reasonably
  • So, the question is: How much of a gap?
  • I believe the gap between the Rapture and the official beginning of the Tribulation – as noted by the covenant treaty – must be at least 3 1/2 years
  • Why?
  • It goes back to the 7-year clean-up of Israel that Scripture specifies following the war
  • Remember, once the midpoint of the Tribulation occurs with Antichrist declaring himself God in the temple, and his immediate persecution of the Jews, all normal and religious activities halt in Israel as the people flee – either to Petra or elsewhere to keep from being killed
  • This means that Ezekiel’s war must begin at least 3 1/2 years prior to the Tribulation start in order to conclude by the midpoint at 3 1/2 years into this period
  • Likewise, the 7-month clean-up of human remains easily slotted into the 3 1/2 year period following the war but before the Tribulation officially begins
  • Now, what about Israel dwelling in safety and security without walls, bars, and gates?
  • If Israel doesn’t meet that criteria today – just as it truly wouldn’t be if Ezekiel’s war were to take place within the Tribulation period – what could change this dynamic?
  • I believe that Bill Salus has called it correctly in his groundbreaking book Psalm 83 – The Missing Prophecy Revealed
  • As Bill details in his book, there must be a Psalm 83 War prior to Ezekiel that sets the appropriate conditions on the ground for Gog-Magog to occur
  • Many Bible scholars have overlooked Psalm 83 for many years, thinking that it is strictly an imprecatory psalm
  • However, its author Asaph was called a prophet in 2 Chronicles 29:30:

 

And Hezekiah the king and the officials commanded the Levites to sing praises to the Lord with the words of David and of Asaph the seer. And they sang praises with gladness, and they bowed down and worshiped.

 

  • He was a seer – a prophet – thus not just a psalmist
  • Jesus confirmed this in Matthew 13:35 by pointing to Psalm 78 written by Asaph:

 

This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet:

“I will open my mouth in parables;
I will utter what has been hidden since the foundation of the world.”

 

  • Now, it is thought by many that the events noted in Psalm 83 occurred in the aftermath of Israel becoming a nation on May 14, 1948
  • There were a couple more wars instigated by Israel’s neighbors in 1956, 1967, and 1973 which involved many of the same hostile entities described in Psalm 83
  • Somewhere among these conflicts, various Bible teachers see the Psalm 83 War occurring
  • However, we know that Bible prophecy is a tricky business at times
  • Some prophetic descriptions apply both sooner and later
  • Depending on which end of the telescope we look through, we’ll see the near-term events or the long-term events
  • Often the prophets had no indication if that there were separate instances of time being foretold in what they predicted
  • They often mashed together various events to seem as one
  • This is even true with how Jesus spoke in Matthew 24
  • There are references to both the Rapture and His 2nd Coming within that discourse
  • There are some number of Bible teachers who don’t see the Rapture in what Jesus describes, but it’s there very clearly in Matthew 24:36-44

 

“But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one left. Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

 

  • Jesus is speaking not just about Israel here but about the church as well which will be gathered to Him
  • As a result of how prophecies may be relevant short- AND long-term, if we consider Psalm 83 as one of these, what do we get?
  • Psalm 83:2-5 tells us of those who plot Israel’s destruction:

 

For behold, your enemies make an uproar;
those who hate you have raised their heads.
They lay crafty plans against your people;
they consult together against your treasured ones.
They say, “Come, let us wipe them out as a nation;
let the name of Israel be remembered no more!”
For they conspire with one accord;
against you they make a covenant—

 

  • This has certainly been the case since that astounding prophecy of Isaiah 66:8 whereby Israel became a nation in a single day on May 14, 1948:

 

Who has heard such a thing?
Who has seen such things?
Shall a land be born in one day?
Shall a nation be brought forth in one moment?
For as soon as Zion was in labor
she brought forth her children.

 

  • Critical in this to understand is that because this was of God, nothing could prevent it
  • The Muslim nations surrounding Israel immediately tried to wipe out this upstart nation, and attempted multiple times afterward – all with no success
  • Does that mean that because they’ve tried in the past that Israel’s neighbors won’t attempt it again?
  • I don’t think so
  • That’s why the prophecy of Psalm 83 is pertinent today
  • Those enemies remain
  • They are as hostile now as in the past
  • Something must happen because they are not satisfied with Israel’s continued existence
  • Note also that the purpose of the Psalm 83 coalition is to eliminate Israel, whereas the Ezekiel confederacy intends to take plunder as described in Ezekiel 38:13:

 

Sheba and Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish and all its leaders will say to you, ‘Have you come to seize spoil? Have you assembled your hosts to carry off plunder, to carry away silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods, to seize great spoil?’

 

  • These are two very different objectives
  • Let’s also consider that none of the nations listed in Psalm 83 appear as hostile entities in Ezekiel 38-39
  • Are we to believe that when Russia, Iran, and Turkey, plus other confederate nations, swoop down on Israel in the Gog-Magog War that neither Hezbollah nor Hamas join in the festivities?
  • Is that a reasonable assumption?
  • I don’t think so
  • In fact, in Ezekiel’s War NONE of any neighboring nations to Israel surrounding her and touching her borders are shown as enemy combatants
  • Why wouldn’t at least some of them join the party in determining to invade Israel in that conflict?
  • I propose it’s because they cannot
  • Psalm 83 indicates that the coalition of nations attacking Israel to eliminate her end up as Psalm 83:13-18 declares:

 

O my God, make them like whirling dust,
like chaff before the wind.
As fire consumes the forest,
as the flame sets the mountains ablaze,
so may you pursue them with your tempest
and terrify them with your hurricane!
Fill their faces with shame,
that they may seek your name, O Lord.
Let them be put to shame and dismayed forever;
let them perish in disgrace,
that they may know that you alone,
whose name is the Lord,
are the Most High over all the earth.

 

  • Instead of annihilating Israel by pushing her into the sea, these attacking nations are swept away as by a hurricane so that they are no more
  • If that’s the case, what happens to Israel’s borders?
  • What happens to the walls, bars, and gates?
  • None of Israel’s surrounding enemies exist anymore as an existential threat
  • No longer does Israel need to maintain a Gaza wall because there is no more Hamas
  • The same is true for Hezbollah in Lebanon and even her adversaries in Jordan or Egypt
  • What this overwhelming victory accomplishes is to actually extend Israel’s borders, as has always been the case with a nation defeating its foes
  • Even more than that, the Muslim god Allah of these nations has been shown to be feckless
  • Islam as an immediate threat on all sides of Israel literally disappears
  • It is this war that creates the condition of safety and security that is foretold in Ezekiel 38, thus fulfilling that specific aspect of the prophecy and paving the way for Gog-Magog to take place

 

  • What else occurs as a result of a Psalm 83 War that solidifies the requirement for it to occur prior to Ezekiel?

 

  • There’s a very important detail which Ezekiel 39:11 specifies:

 

“On that day I will give to Gog a place for burial in Israel, the Valley of the Travelers, east of the sea. It will block the travelers, for there Gog and all his multitude will be buried. It will be called the Valley of Hamon-gog.

 

  • Why is this important?
  • Because the prophecy speaks of this place for burial EAST of the sea
  • It can’t be the Mediterranean because that would spoil Israel’s heartland
  • It can’t be the Sea of Galilee because that area includes the Golan, which is both a rich agricultural region and which contains untapped petroleum reserves
  • Burying there would totally negate using that land productively
  • The only other sea to consider is the Dead Sea, but there’s a problem today
  • The east side of the Dead Sea is owned by Jordan
  • Would Jordan allow Israel to bury her dead there after the Gog-Magog War?
  • Unlikely
  • However, under a Psalm 83 scenario, Israel expands her territory to encompass this area when Jordan is defeated
  • Prevailing winds blow west to east and no taint from the dead comes within Israel’s heartland

 

  • Two more prophetic aspects arise when we place Ezekiel’s War before the Tribulation in the gap after the Rapture
  • The first arises from Ezekiel 39:6 which says:

 

I will send fire on Magog and on those who dwell securely in the coastlands, and they shall know that I am the Lord.

 

  • At the conclusion of Ezekiel’s War, God expands the knowledge of His power and might far beyond the borders of Israel
  • It is highly likely given this description that God effectively destroys the nation known as Magog
  • Not only are all of Israel’s invading armies destroyed on the mountains of the Golan Heights, but God also sends devastating fire upon Magog AND – presumably – all the other cooperating nations which attacked Israel as part of the coalition
  • Thus, Russia is probably ruined by this supernatural rain of annihilation, but also Iran, Turkey, and the other nations that joined in the assault
  • If that’s the case, what does this do to Islam?
  • Psalm 83 already wiped out all Muslim hostility surrounding Israel
  • Ezekiel completes the task and leaves no more Islam
  • What does that mean?
  • For one, the idea of a Muslim Antichrist goes away as a non-starter
  • More importantly, it changes the dynamic of who might be coming to the table for the covenant agreement confirmed by Antichrist that begins the Tribulation
  • Consider as well, either the Psalm 83 or Ezekiel wars could result in the destruction of the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque
  • These factors could very well mean that nothing stands in Israel’s way to build her 3rd temple:
    • No Islam – no existing Muslim structures
  • The building of the temple might not even be a negotiating point in the covenant treaty
  • If Islam isn’t involved in this agreement, who is?
  • I’ve dealt with this previously, but – in brief – I believe, along with Bill Salus and other Bible teachers, that “the many” who are participants at the negotiating table are actually representatives of the harlot Catholic church, which has grown, demonically prospered, and begun persecuting all who don’t submit to the tenets of the Romanish faith with its wide-open arms to all religions except Christians and Jews
  • In my Kindle Vella story titled Tribulation Rising, I suggest one possible reason why Israel comes to the negotiating table with the Vatican and Antichrist
  • That story is linked below on the Rumble page

 

  • The second thing which develops instantaneously as a result of Ezekiel’s War is how both Israel and the rest of the world view God
  • The power and might of the Lord are gloriously on display in this overwhelming victory for Israel and defeat for all opposing forces
  • The outcome is described in Ezekiel 38:23 and Ezekiel 39:7:

 

So I will show my greatness and my holiness and make myself known in the eyes of many nations. Then they will know that I am the Lord.

 

“And my holy name I will make known in the midst of my people Israel, and I will not let my holy name be profaned anymore. And the nations shall know that I am the Lord, the Holy One in Israel.

 

  • The nations of the world see what God has done and fear Him
  • This fact, along with Psalm 83’s outcome, demonstrate that Israel is protected by God and that Allah is no more
  • As Bill Salus says through these events, “Allah loses his Akbar”
  • It may be these very things that prevent the Catholic church from fully exercising its authority in the world at that time
  • For many years, the Vatican has encroached upon Jerusalem with its holy shrines and claims of sovereignty
  • These victories may cause the Vatican to negotiate for what it perceives as its rights rather than try to take them by force
  • This could result in the 7-year peace agreement

 

  • Finally, with God showing up as He does to claim Israel as His own, many Jews will certainly abandon their secular ways and turn to Yahweh
  • It won’t be just the observant Jews of today, but it will include many non-religious Jews who will realize they have been far from God
  • He is real and is One to be reckoned with
  • As the verse says, they will no longer profane the Holy One of Israel
  • Given that these wars pave the way for the new temple, many in Israel will worship there and take part in the sacrificial offerings
  • Of course, this will still be the Old Testament system with all its legalities, but many will obey both in fear and joy
  • The problem which remains, though, is that Israel as a whole will continue to despise Jesus Christ as Messiah
  • Antichrist will have raised his stature in Israel through brokering the covenant agreement, perhaps even being seen as Messiah in Israel’s eyes
  • For the first 3 1/2 years, all is well with this arrangement
  • But, it breaks down terribly at the midpoint of the Tribulation when Antichrist declares himself as god
  • Then Israel as a whole realizes her mistake
  • Those who have listened to the Two Witnesses – likely Moses and Elijah – or to any of the 144,000 Jewish evangelists – they will flee to safety in Petra
  • The rest of Israel will be persecuted and overall, 2/3 of the people will perish as Zechariah 13:8-9 declares:

 

In the whole land, declares the Lord,
two thirds shall be cut off and perish,
and one third shall be left alive.
And I will put this third into the fire,
and refine them as one refines silver,
and test them as gold is tested.
They will call upon my name,
and I will answer them.
I will say, ‘They are my people’;
and they will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’”

 

  • In summary, the proper placement of Ezekiel’s war – along with seeing the necessity for a Psalm 83 War – sets the stage for all that is yet to come in the land of Israel and with her people

 

  • The question then becomes: Why should we as Christians this side of the Rapture care?
  • Israel is God’s Chosen People
  • In God’s eyes, the land is His
  • It is beautiful and glorious
  • He is the Holy One of Israel
  • He always has been and always will be
  • Ultimately Jesus will sit on His throne in Jerusalem
  • God has a marvelous plan for Israel’s future just as He has for Gentile believers outside of Israel
  • Because God loves Israel, so should we
  • There are those within Christian ranks – presumably born-again – who seem to hate Israel
  • Never forget Genesis 12:3 in which God declares:

 

I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

 

  • It’s not a good idea to disdain Israel and not be concerned with her welfare
  • Taking that approach brings down the curse of God upon people’s heads who think that way
  • What we want to do as faithful and obedient believers in Christ Jesus is to pray for the peace of Jerusalem just as Scripture commands us
  • That peace will only come following the Tribulation for the 1000 years of the Millennium
  • Aren’t you eager for this coming time of glory?
  • I certainly am!
  • The sooner Israel achieves this peace, the sooner we’re there enjoying it as well

 

Bonus Awaken Bible Prophecy Update John Chau – Going at Any Cost

Introduction

I want to do something a little different.  We can call this a bonus offering for the week to encourage you in your walk with Christ.  In the June 2022 issue of the Voice of the Martyrs Newsletter, there is an article titled Going at Any Cost about a young missionary by the name of John Chau.  As I read the account of John’s life and death as a martyr for Jesus, it affected me greatly, and I wanted to share it with you who may not have seen this issue of VOM’s newsletter.

Let me start out before reading with a quote by Dietrich Bonhoeffer.  He once asked the following:

“Who stands fast? Only the man whose final standard is not his reason, his principles, his conscience, his freedom, or his virtue, but who is ready to sacrifice all this when he is called to obedient and responsible action in faith and in exclusive allegiance to God – the responsible man, who tries to make his whole life an answer to the question and call of God. Where are these responsible people?”

 

Summary

How can we consider John Chau’s sacrifice in light of eternity?  Here is what Revelation 14:6 says:

Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people.

Think about this and what John Chau did.  Let’s suppose that between now when this angel flies throughout the entire world proclaiming the Gospel during the Tribulation, that no one else reaches the hostile tribesmen on North Sentinel Island.  Even with all the plagues that God has rained down upon the earth by this time, let’s also suppose that the North Sentinelese people don’t put it together despite the many judgments they’ve endured.  They don’t give glory to the God of all creation.

However, when the angel speaks the Gospel and declares the Name of Jesus Christ, what if the tribesmen remember this young man and the Name that he spoke before he died?  John approached these people upon the beach, his arms wide open, a smile on his face, and said nothing else but Jesus’ Name, and that Jesus loves them.  Because of the hearts of stone within this people group, they did what they’ve always done: they killed this innocent man in cold blood.

When the angel flies overhead, conviction overwhelms them.  They know that John came in the Name of Jesus, and they are guilty of murder.  They killed the one who was bringing them the Good News of eternal life in God’s Kingdom.  Because John gave it all to reach these people, when the voice of the angel penetrates deeply into their souls, they know the truth of Jesus Christ.  They know that this one man sacrificed for them just as Jesus died for all of us.

The North Sentinelese surrender their hearts, humbly bowing to their Savior – all because John Chau was obedient to Christ to the very end.

Soli Deo Gloria

Deepest Darkness to Blinding Brilliance

It’s easy for us to forget the astounding grace of God.  We who live in America and are part of western civilization have been so blessed and – frankly – have lives that are generally free from true hardship, that we take for granted all that God has given us.  What amazes me is that despite this, our culture is growing exceedingly dark because we’ve turned from God’s generous mercy.  In doing this, we create our own sufferings.

God’s template for us is simple: Trust in and obey Him.  When we do this, He blesses us because He loves to give good gifts to those who become His beloved children.  When we reject the sacrificial gift of Jesus Christ and the salvation He brings, we open up a whole can of serpents.

Rather than living lives that cause God’s face to shine upon us and which curry God’s favor, more and more people turn away because they want to do life their way.  Of course, this isn’t new.  It began in the Garden and carries to this very day.  The extent of our rebellion varies, but between the sin in our souls, the lure of the world, and the thrusting knife of Satan who wishes to twist our loyalties and priorities toward his, many people think it’s a good idea to build their own tower of Babel in the hope of controlling their individual destinies.

This is why we see the fulfillment of 2 Timothy 3:1-9 all around us:

But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, slanderers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness although they have denied its power; avoid such people as these. For among them are those who slip into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men of depraved mind, worthless in regard to the faith. But they will not make further progress; for their foolishness will be obvious to all, just as was that also of Jannes and Jambres.

Yet, knowing this is the human condition, these last days sins are simply a continuation of those which have been with us since the beginning.  They can lead to extremely dark places.  It’s not hard to see someone in the grip of these nineteen iniquities.  Cain certainly qualifies with the murder of his brother Abel.  Let’s pick a couple of these characteristics with which to label him: ungrateful, without self-control, brutal, holding to a form of godliness.  There are others that surely led to his rash act which had such extreme consequences.  Do you think based on the believing loyalty God required in Old Testament times, that Cain made it to heaven?  Only if he truly repented, which I don’t know that we see in the Biblical text.

Another intriguing situation centers upon the two thieves crucified alongside Jesus.  The text indicates that initially both cursed Him.  But then, something happened to the one.

John MacArthur in his Study Bible Notes for Mark’s Gospel indicates that these men probably had committed worse crimes than thievery.  Theft wasn’t a capital punishment per the Roman laws.  It’s likely that these two may have been fellow murderers along with Barabbas.  Perhaps if things had turned out differently, Barabbas would have been one of the three crucified on Calvary that day with Jesus going free.  That wasn’t God’s plan, so Jesus was placed between these two desperately wicked men.  Initially they showed their true colors in their curses.

What happened?  What changed for the one?  Close to death, the one man’s sins flooded over him.  From our above list he could have exhibited the following: arrogant, disobedient to parents, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, conceited, led on by various impulses.  Take your pick.  He saw the extent of his evil life.  The Holy Spirit convicted him of his eternal destiny.  In an act that only God could do, this man acknowledged his transgressions, believed in Jesus as the Son of God, and called out to Him for salvation.  In His great mercy, the Lord granted this murderous thief what only He could.  God gave him paradise rather than hell.  He was transported immediately from the deepest darkness of Satan’s pit of despair to blinding brilliance in the presence of God.  In an act of supreme irony, this man’s crucifixion – the worst thing that ever happened to him – turned out to be the most wonderful.  How’s that for what God can do?

He didn’t need to go through twelve steps for reconciliation.  He didn’t have to be baptized.  All he did was repent, ask for God’s mercy, place his confidence in Christ, and it was granted.

Many people today have a past that is every bit as despicable as this man on the cross. Some have partaken of Satan’s blood and caroused with demons.  It doesn’t matter.  If such a person is truly repentant and asks God for the return of his soul, He will grant it.  The question we have to ask is: How might that which is horrible in our life benefit us just like the one who hung there beside Jesus?

What’s incredibly important for a person like this – and really for every single one of us regardless of our past – is that upon receiving God’s grace in our lives, we become obedient to His commands.  It is only through our obeying what the Lord tells us to do that we demonstrate our true conversion.  When we stop rebelling, and follow hard after God, what a difference that makes!  It opens up the pathways for Him to bless us.  Do you think God will pour out His favor and blessings upon the disobedient?  Yes, rain falls on the just and unjust, but God’s favor is something else entirely.

When we trust in Him, it likely causes a big smile to crease God’s face.  He can point to us and say, “That’s My child!”  Just like with Job, when we show our believing loyalty through obeying Him, it doesn’t matter what comes our way, God will see us through it.  More than that, we will realize untold blessings.  They may not be of the physical variety that God blessed Job with in the second half of his life – I’m not talking about prosperity as it’s been corrupted these days.  No, we have the Lord’s promise of eternal glory in His presence.  Before then, while we’re still here in this life, He may pour out wealth of some kind upon us or the healing of our infirmities, but that isn’t at all the objective.  Our eyes should be upon Jesus.  When they are, He will do what He’ll do for us in this natural realm.  But this isn’t our home.  Who cares about riches that corrupt and moths destroy, or even this physical body?

What should be our prayer?  Lord, Thy will be done!

What an amazing result that brings.

Awaken Bible Prophecy Update 6-1-22: The Fourth Turning Collapse

It’s time once more to explore where we are in the context of the Fourth Turning.  If that term isn’t familiar to you, it comes from a 1997 book written by secular authors William Strauss and Neil Howe titled The Fourth Turning – What the Cycles of History Tell Us About America’s Rendezvous with Destiny. The authors in this book examined how history effectively repeats itself in predictable cycles.  What’s fascinating to me is how the current cycle – the Fourth Turning that we’re currently in the middle of – appears to be perfectly lining up with the objectives of the WEF’s Great Reset, the UN’s Agenda 2030, and the upcoming Biblical Tribulation outlined in the book of Revelation.

A contributing prediction in 2014 by Deagle – a military contractor – and recently updated April 2022 with current world population numbers, presents a startling estimate of where the depopulation agenda must take us to reach the end result of the 1st Georgia Guidestone commandment.  This principle states:

Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature

For those not attuned to Bible prophecy, what I’ll discuss today will probably seem so far “out there” that it’s truly the stuff of conspiracy theory nightmares.  However, we know that there are no longer conspiracy theories, just conspiracy realities.  More than that, when we look at the world and all that is being foisted upon it by the global elites, AND consider that God must judge this unrepentant, sin-filled, depraved planet of unbelieving, Christ-rejecting humanity, suddenly all these various dots line up and the picture emerges that life as we know it will soon come to an end.

 

 

Transcript:

It’s time once more to explore where we are in the context of the Fourth Turning.  If that term isn’t familiar to you, it comes from a 1997 book written by secular authors William Strauss and Neil Howe titled The Fourth Turning – What the Cycles of History Tell Us About America’s Rendezvous with Destiny. The authors in this book examined how history effectively repeats itself in predictable cycles.  What’s fascinating to me is how the current cycle – the Fourth Turning that we’re currently in the middle of – appears to be perfectly lining up with the objectives of the WEF’s Great Reset, the UN’s Agenda 2030, and the upcoming Biblical Tribulation outlined in the book of Revelation.

 

A contributing prediction in 2014 by Deagle – a military contractor – and recently updated April 2022 with current world population numbers, presents a startling estimate of where the depopulation agenda must take us to reach the end result of the 1st Georgia Guidestone commandment.  This principle states:

 

Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature

 

For those not attuned to Bible prophecy, what I’ll discuss today will probably seem so far “out there” that it’s truly the stuff of conspiracy theory nightmares.  However, we know that there are no longer conspiracy theories, just conspiracy realities.  More than that, when we look at the world and all that is being foisted upon it by the global elites, AND consider that God must judge this unrepentant, sin-filled, depraved planet of unbelieving, Christ-rejecting humanity, suddenly all these various dots line up and the picture emerges that life as we know it will soon come to an end.

 

We’ll examine these issues in more depth, but first we’ll pray and read a Scripture.

 

<PRAY>

 

Scripture:

Ezekiel 14:13-23 & Ezekiel 16:23 & Ezekiel 24:13-14

“Son of man, when a land sins against me by acting faithlessly, and I stretch out my hand against it and break its supply of bread and send famine upon it, and cut off from it man and beast, even if these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they would deliver but their own lives by their righteousness, declares the Lord God.

 

“If I cause wild beasts to pass through the land, and they ravage it, and it be made desolate, so that no one may pass through because of the beasts, even if these three men were in it, as I live, declares the Lord God, they would deliver neither sons nor daughters. They alone would be delivered, but the land would be desolate.

“Or if I bring a sword upon that land and say, Let a sword pass through the land, and I cut off from it man and beast, though these three men were in it, as I live, declares the Lord God, they would deliver neither sons nor daughters, but they alone would be delivered.

 

“Or if I send a pestilence into that land and pour out my wrath upon it with blood, to cut off from it man and beast, even if Noah, Daniel, and Job were in it, as I live, declares the Lord God, they would deliver neither son nor daughter. They would deliver but their own lives by their righteousness.

 

“For thus says the Lord God: How much more when I send upon Jerusalem my four disastrous acts of judgment, sword, famine, wild beasts, and pestilence, to cut off from it man and beast! But behold, some survivors will be left in it, sons and daughters who will be brought out; behold, when they come out to you, and you see their ways and their deeds, you will be consoled for the disaster that I have brought upon Jerusalem, for all that I have brought upon it. They will console you, when you see their ways and their deeds, and you shall know that I have not done without cause all that I have done in it, declares the Lord God.”

 

“Then it came about after all your wickedness” (‘Woe, woe to you!’ declares the Lord God),

 

“On account of your unclean lewdness, because I would have cleansed you and you were not cleansed from your uncleanness, you shall not be cleansed anymore till I have satisfied my fury upon you. I am the Lord. I have spoken; it shall come to pass; I will do it. I will not go back; I will not spare; I will not relent; according to your ways and your deeds you will be judged,” declares the Lord God.”

 

The Fourth Turning Collapse

 

Speaking of the end of the world as we know it, Mark Stein wrote an engaging book in 2006 titled America Alone.  Stein is a funny guy, as you might know if you’ve ever listened to him or read anything he’s written.  In that humorous style, he chronicles in this book the very serious subject of the demise of western civilization.  A major point in the book is how the Replacement (Fertility) Rate for nations to remain sustainable entities is for women of childbearing years to each have a minimum of 2.1 children.  America and other western nations were under that 2.1 number back in 2006.  As of 2022 the United States sits at a rate of 1.7 children.  We are on a collision course with annihilation.

 

In contrast, Muslim nations have two to three times the Replacement Rate for their women.  This is one reason why some (foolish) people believe we need to import Muslims and other people groups through unchecked illegal immigration.  In one sense, our country and those of Europe cannot continue to exist without a greater population – we will literally self-destruct.  It is thought that we can only continue as a nation by importing those who have higher birthrates.  Of course, this results in a population far removed from our founding ideals because these people are not assimilating.  Continuing in this fashion also results in the extinction of our nation.

 

If considered through the globalist worldview, America and others must cease to exist as strong national entities in order for the New World Order to come into existence.  From their perspective, both the immense decrease in native western populations and the increase of those who don’t have similar values work together to accomplish the objective.

 

Regarding The Fourth Turning, time doesn’t allow me to dive too deeply into this, but as the book describes, each turning has a specific characteristic that is repeated every eighty to one hundred years.  “The First Turning is a High…The Second Turning is an Awakening…The Third Turning is an Unraveling…The Fourth Turning is a Crisis.”  Again, from the book’s title, you’ll likely deduce that the Fourth Turning is of greatest interest right now, because it reflects where America is historically in this worldview.  The authors have much to say about this.  In a nutshell, the Crisis of The Fourth Turning is a season of great disruption with social, economic, political, and every other kind of chaos one could use to describe an era as unsettling as this one is.  As an aside, within each turning, different generational characteristics also arise so that the different age groups of the people populating each season have an archetypal role to play – something I won’t discuss today.

 

The authors note seven primary areas which are affected during each turning, i.e. each 80-100 year period.  I’ll read their descriptions and then correlate them to where we are today as best I can.  Remember these were listed back in 1997 looking backward in history and forward to today in our current Fourth Turning.  I’m sure you’ll immediately begin associating these issues to what you see all around us.  They are:

 

  1. Economic distress, with public debt in default, entitlement trust funds in bankruptcy, mounting poverty and unemployment, trade wars, collapsing financial markets, and hyperinflation (or deflation)
  2. Social distress, with violence fueled by class, race, nativism, or religion and abetted by armed gangs, underground militias, and mercenaries hired by communities
  3. Cultural distress, with the media plunging into a dizzying decay, and a decency backlash in favor of state censorship
  4. Technological distress, with cryptoanarchy, high-tech oligarchy, and biogenic chaos
  5. Ecological distress, with atmospheric damage, energy or water shortages, and new diseases
  6. Political distress, with institutional collapse, open tax revolts, one-party hegemony, major constitutional change, secessionism, authoritarianism, and altered national borders
  7. Military distress, with war against terrorists or foreign regimes equipped with weapons of mass destruction [p. 376]

 

The authors go on to state:

… The very survival of society will feel at stake…

 … Decisive events will occur—events so vast, powerful, and unique that they lie beyond today’s wildest hypotheses.

 … Thus will Americans reenact the great ancient myth of ekpyrosis, [i.e. the Greek Theory of destruction and re-creation].  Thus will we achieve our next rendezvous with destiny.  [p. 377]

 

How accurate were the authors in their Fourth Turning prediction from their vantage point in 1997?  What is currently happening now that we’ve turned the corner into this historic era?  Taking a quick look at the above ingredients pointing toward climax, here’s a little of what we see using the same categories:

 

  1. Economic distress– Debt hovers at unprecedented levels.  We’re printing money like it’s going out of style (hint: it is going out of style, as we enter the CBDC era with Central Bank Digital Currencies).  The stock market boom is about to crater.  The real estate bubble is about to burst.  Global shortages of literally everything, from baby formula to fertilizer, are being engineered to create an overwhelming crisis leading to worldwide famine.  The Federal Reserve – which has no idea what to do and has inevitably been wrong and too late in acting in the past – is making things worse by raising interest rates.  Someday soon the financial markets will be overwhelmed with debt burdens and will crash with great disruption around the world.
  2. Social distress– Racism is charged at every turn.  To many people, simply being white is an indictment against the character of a person.  Many cities have been plagued by violence through gangs such as MS-13 and Antifa.  Individuals and organized gangs are now roaming city streets and plundering high-end stores with no repercussions.  Horrific mass murders seemingly come out of nowhere. New diseases are regularly reported.  First we had COVID as the most dangerous virus ever to traverse the planet.  Now Monkeypox is rising to take COVID’s place.  Of course, the intent is to vaccinate the world so as to inject the myriad of ingredients engineered into the jabs to prepare people and their bodies for the next phase of the globalist agenda.
  3. Cultural distress– The bias of the mainstream media has become legendary against conservatives and Christians.  When we see someone like Elon Musk potentially purchasing Twitter and restoring a semblance of free speech, we rejoice, yet we neglect to realize that Musk has a very dark side to him with his satanist girlfriend.  The LGBT and trans movements are so prominent that no one of good morals can escape their in-your-face message.  Children in public – even private or Christian – schools are indoctrinated with this perverted lifestyle.  Seemingly wholesome venues for entertainment in the past have shown their true colors.  Disney, for example, is a hotbed of deviant propaganda.
  4. Technological distress– No one’s online accounts are safe with the prevalence of hackers and identity theft.  We receive regular updates about the dangers of CRISPR genetic engineering that modifies human embryos.  People are willingly turning themselves into cyborgs, i.e. “being[s] with both organic and biomechatronic body parts.” (Wikipedia). Artificial Intelligence (AI) holds great promise but significant risk for humanity.  The WEF’s Fourth Industrial Revolution intends to alter the genetic makeup of man that God declared as good.  Biosurveillance is ubiquitous and will become more so.  Digital passports – begun under the COVID plandemic – will be declared an absolute necessity for all citizens of the world in short order so that the populace can be tracked and controlled.
  5. Ecological distress–High intensity 6.3 or greater earthquakes have increased exponentially, with massive earthquake clusters so common around the world as to almost be ignored.  Over the last several years there have been incredible locust swarms eating up Africa and Asia.  Drought has consumed the American west.  Unprecedented rain storms and tornadoes cause incredible damage elsewhere.  What was dismissed as paranoia in the past has now been proven.  Contrails emitted from high-flying planes crisscross the skies and deposit aluminum, graphene oxide, and other unnatural elements into the atmosphere.  These drift down into the earth and water supplies to poison people everywhere.  Much of the elemental chaos is artificially caused by the HAARP array of microwave towers worldwide that manipulate the weather.  Doubtless, God has a heavy hand in this as well.
  6. Political distress– Not much need be said about the political climate in this country.  Partisanship, completely unfounded lies, attempts to thwart the Constitution and political schemes abound.  Cancel culture demands censorship so that no one can speak political or moral truth.  The January 6 Trump ralliers were labeled as terrorists and still languish in prison.  The legal system is completely corrupt.  Every effort is currently being made to hand over US sovereignty to the WHO.  If that doesn’t lead to civil war, I’d be surprised.
  7. Military distress– The Russia-Ukraine war has been purposefully escalated.  China is threatening to invade Taiwan.  Iran continues its quest to develop a nuclear bomb so as to destroy the Great and Little Satans, i.e. the US and Israel.  The Ezekiel 38 coalition of Russia, Iran, and Turkey, all quartered in Syria ready to pounce on Israel at the appropriate God-appointed time, holds the attention of the world.  War is a wonderful tool to the globalists because it kills so many civilians and destroys nations.  We are certainly in the era of wars and rumors of war with only escalation on the horizon.

 

As you can imagine, all this chaos and intentional harm will indeed have an effect on the world population.  Our focus today is primarily on America – with good reason as you’ll see in a moment.

 

But first, aren’t the predictions in The Fourth Turning stunning in their accuracy?  History can indeed teach us much.  Unfortunately, the Left – just as George Orwell’s playbook in 1984 laid out – cannot allow true history to be taught.  Orwell’s Memory Hole is alive and well, as those historical events that run counter to the Left’s narrative must be disappeared.

 

 

Given the historical evidence, The Fourth Turning can result in absolutely stunning consequences.  With the distress of the times, you might think – correctly – that such a chaotic era has the potential of causing significant death and destruction.  If a demonic hand behind the scenes is pulling the puppet strings of those who adhere to a satanic agenda in the natural realm, is it possible that the dark guiding light of the Georgia Guidestones – with their proclamation that humanity should top out at 500 Million people – might indeed come to pass in this current hour of our existence?

 

As I noted in the introduction, a well-known military contractor/think tank made a prediction on 2014 that few people could conceive as being possible.  I have no idea the rationale behind Deagle’s prognosis – was there a Biblical aspect, the hand of God, or simply good analysis?  Regardless, given the extinction protocol evident in the last couple years, Deagle could be very accurate.

 

The population of the United States hovers at around 330 Million people.  Deagle forecast that in two years from now – in 2025 – the US population would decrease by 70% down to 99 Million people.  Process that for a moment.  330 Million reduced to 99 Million – a 70% reduction in men, women, and children.

 

How outlandish is that?  Maybe not so much when we consider the following:

 

  • The COVID treatment protocols in hospitals with the use of late treatment, the deadly drug Remdesivir, and the fatal inserting of ventilators calibrated at extreme levels, has resulted in unprecedented numbers of deaths in these places that are supposed to cultivate life. This is a practice I call Hospicide, i.e. hospital homicide.
  • The COVID so-called vaccines have been shown to contain a potpourri of various ingredients that either kill people right away or which disperse throughout people’s bodies as ticking timebombs. The more jabs one has, the greater the build-up of lethal substances.  The list of adverse events is something like five pages long.  It includes death, heart attacks, strokes, and so much more.  The lifespan of those with these gene-altering injections who don’t die immediately is significantly reduced to anywhere from several months to several years.
  • Bryan Ardis through significant research has postulated that all-things-COVID may have the common denominator of snake venom at their core. COVID and vaccine symptoms highly correlate with those of snake venom.  We’re literally being poisoned to death.
  • COVID isn’t the only disease vector that has been unleashed – yes unleashed, as in deliberately manufactured through gain-of-function research that has the intent of both frightening the populace and harming it. The coming attractions in this realm are endless.  The current diseases we’re cowering from include bird flu, Monkeypox, Marburg, and if we really get lucky – Smallpox.
  • Engineered drought and other climate catastrophes continue to mount and kill. Planned global shortages of literally everything are creating famine conditions that will impact millions in all nations.  Poorer countries are affected first and most, but well-heeled western nations are feeling the pinch.  How many infants will die from lack of baby formula?
  • War is a marvelous tool for those who wish to decimate populations. The Biden Regime has done everything possible to encourage WW3, from calling for the assassination of Vladimir Putin to supplying arms to Ukraine.  Many in this region have already died and/or become refugees.  Historically the globalists love war because of its outcomes: people die and they get richer.
  • I could probably chronicle any number of other planned and orchestrated events that either directly or indirectly kill off people. What will likely lead to a potential realization of the Deagle prediction is the Rapture of Christ’s true church, i.e. the ekklesia, those called out by God to be snatched out of this lost and unbelieving world so that He can rain down wrath and judgment.  We know that the opening of the first 4 Seals in Revelation will start the process with untold millions dying from the sword, famine, plague, wild beast, and failing hearts.  A decrease of 50-70% of today’s population early on in the Tribulation is highly likely, whether Deagle was viewing this through a Biblical and prophetic lens or not.

 

We don’t have guidance as to what the final population of the world will be once the Tribulation ends, although Revelation does describe 1/4 and 1/3 of people potentially dying during the specified Judgments.  We know that Jesus said the way is narrow into God’s kingdom.  Typically, a remnant in the Bible is shown as about 1/10th of the population, i.e. those who remain true to the Lord.  Many profess to be Christian today, but large numbers pay only lip service.  The great apostasy in the church is well underway.  How many might be Raptured?  How many might come to Christ during those awful 7 years?  Only God knows, but given remnant calculations, those not numbered as part of this blessed group will be in the billions.

 

As you can see, I absolutely believe we are in the Fourth and Final Turning prior to the return of Jesus.  The collapse of the world is well underway because God’s necessary judgment is upon the earth.  The Rapture will accelerate that.

 

For those of us who know Jesus and are secure in that relationship, we certainly grieve at what we currently see, but we also rejoice that our time is short upon this earth.  There is a concept of the fullness of the Gentiles as Paul notes in Romans 11:25 that is necessary before Jesus comes in the clouds for His faithful few and Israel can subsequently be redeemed.  I suggest we pray for that number to be completed.  Those who will come to faith in Christ are those who will come; those who reject His sacrificial offer are those who likewise will reject Him.

 

Our hope is a heavenly one.  This earth is not our home.  Do you feel like me that it is growing more alien every day?  We should mourn and weep and pray – both for our loved ones and because God’s punishment is terrible and real.  Let us give God all glory and praise!  He knows what He’s doing, and very soon this world will seem like only a distant memory to those of us who love Him.

Monkeying with Monkeypox

Better Monkeypox than Smallpox.  If we were talking about Smallpox right now, the situation – if accurate – would truly be horrifying for humanity.

Few are saying it, but I will: The fact that Monkeypox is spreading to humans is because it has been engineered to do so with gain-of-function research.  The book The Demon in the Freezer by Richard Preston, which is primarily about Smallpox, details the efforts to first eradicate this terrible disease, then to find methods – believe it or not – of enhancing its virility.  This book was written in 2002.  Do you think that perhaps in twenty years, genetic researchers might have perfected their art, not only with Smallpox but with Monkeypox?

If you’ve never read a description of the horrors of Smallpox and want to be completely freaked out how infectious and deadly it is, as well as gain a great appreciation for how Bio-level 4 laboratories work, you’ll find the narrative in Demon quite fascinating as I did.  The author discusses the use of anthrax as a bioweapon that was used around the September 11, 2001 WTC attacks and explores its intersection with Smallpox, along with the potential combination of anthrax and Smallpox as a weaponized, genetically engineered doomsday scenario.  All fun stuff, as you can imagine.

Detailed at length is the effort first to enhance Mousepox to cause its lethality to break through any vaccines or immunity and then how researchers have likewise done the same with Smallpox. Monkeypox is noted throughout the book, just not in the extensive manner of these other infectious viruses.

One of the things I took away from the book, especially with the current Monkeypox scare that is being propagated throughout the media, is how these poxes can be DNA-modified to become more potent.  That’s one of the key points.  Researchers and scientists in this area are never content to leave well enough alone.

All of a sudden around the world we have outbreaks of Monkeypox.  Previously monkey to human transmission could occur, but it was rare.  Interestingly, Smallpox could not jump from humans to monkeys.  The researchers couldn’t let that one go.  In a series of experiments following the eradication of Smallpox in 1978 (hello – it was ERADICATED for a reason) permission was given to do one final experiment on infecting monkeys.  The researchers succeeded.  The question then becomes: If someone wanted to initiate a global pandemic of the previously rare infection of Monkeypox with humans, what would they do?  The answer is: Scientists would be set loose in trying to make it more infectious.  Given what we’ve seen over the last couple years with COVID gain-of-function manipulation, can anyone reasonably believe this is a naturally occurring event?

As it turns out we have clues that indicate this has been planned, just as COVID was.  Coincidentally (hah! – if you believe in coincidences, you’re extremely naïve), a simulation was conducted in March 2021 on the possible outbreak of – wait for it – Monkeypox.  Of even great coincidence (ah-hem; pardon me while I clear my throat), the simulation posited that the Monkeypox outbreak would begin mid-May 2022.  Are these people prescient, or what?  So, just like the Event 201 simulation was held a few months prior to the beginning of COVID with all the corresponding scenarios that might arise, so it was with the 2021 Tabletop Exercise Conducted in Partnership with the Munich Security Conference.  Of course, you’ll never guess WHO took part in the simulation.  If you wildly speculated that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the CDC, and Big Pharma executives had a hand in it, you win the prize; free vaccination for you and your family.

Oh, did I tell you that the Biden Regime has ordered up millions of doses of Monkeypox vaccine for $119 Million?  They have the option to buy another $180 Million worth of vaccines if desired.  You see, our government has your best interests at heart.

Of great interest in this narrative is also the fact that Wuhan Labs were experimenting with Monkeypox last year in a manner that could be identified through the infamous PCR tests used for COVID.  You can’t make this stuff up.

Naturally, the Ukraine biolabs come into this picture as well as the possible source of the monkeying around with the genetic makeup of this disease.  I have no stake one way or the other in the Russia-Ukraine conflict, but I have seen reports that Putin has specifically targeted to destroy these US-funded biolabs because of the dangers of this very situation.

The World Health Organization has helpfully assembled an information page about Monkeypox so that we can all be fully informed.  Of interest is that the Smallpox vaccine works against Monkeypox.  However, those individuals with compromised immune systems can be at risk.  One wonders about this given the VAIDS epidemic, i.e. the Vaccine Acquired Immuno-Deficiency Syndrome, that has “mysteriously” sprung onto the scene since COVID vaccine injections began.  If a person’s immune system is compromised and he takes the Smallpox/Monkeypox vaccine, how will that work?  Another fascinating detail in its spread is the caution that it is occurring primarily within the homosexual community.  That may be true, but it’s also true that many, many people are now immune-deficient.

What is the difference in symptoms between Monkeypox and Smallpox for me to have made the statement earlier that I did as to being thankful this isn’t an epidemic of the worser kind?

Comparatively, Monkeypox is pretty mild.  According to the CDC, it’ll initially feel like the flu.  As it progresses, the subject will get pustules, lesions, and scabs.  You’ve probably seen photos – if not here are some.  The prognosis for fatalities with Monkeypox is all over the board, ranging anywhere from 1% up to 10%.  If the disease has been enhanced through gain-of-function research, who knows how it might transmit and spread or kill in greater measure?

Smallpox is another beast altogether with a better than 30% mortality rate – truly a demon as described in the book I noted.  From The Demon in the Freezer, here is a description of a man who contracted Smallpox in 1970:

 

The red areas spread into blotches across Peter Los’s face and arms, and within hours the blotches broke out into seas of tiny pimples.  They were sharp feeling, not itchy, and by nightfall they covered his face, arms, hands, and feet.  Pimples were rising out of the soles of his feet and on the palms of his hands, and they were coming up in his scalp and in his mouth, too.  During the night, the pimples developed tiny, blistery heads, and the heads continued to grow larger.  They were rising all over his body, at the same speed, like a field of barley sprouting after rain.  They were beginning to hurt dreadfully, and they were enlarging into boils.  They had a waxy, hard look, and they seemed unripe.  His fever soared abruptly and began to rage.  The rubbing of his pajamas on his skin felt like a roasting fire.  He was acutely conscious and very, very scared.  The doctors didn’t know what was wrong with him.

 By dawn on Thursday, January 15th, his body had become a mass of knob-like blisters.  They were everywhere, all over, even on his private parts, but they clustered most thickly on his face and extremities.  This is known as the centrifugal rash of smallpox.  It looks as if some force at the center of the body is driving the rash out toward the face, hands, and feet.  The inside of his mouth and ear canals and sinuses had pustulated, and the lining of the rectum may also have pustulated, as it will do in severe cases.  Yet, his mind was clear.  When he coughed or tried to move, it felt as if his skin was pulling off his body, that it would split or rupture.  The blisters were hard and dry, and they didn’t leak.  They were like ball bearings embedded in the skin, with a soft, velvety feel on the surface.  Each pustule had a dimple in the center.  They were pressurized with an opalescent pus.

 The pustules began to touch one another, and finally they merged into confluent sheets that covered his body, like a cobblestone street.  The skin was torn away from its underlayers across much of his body, and the pustules on his face combined into a bubbled mass filled with fluid, under the skin that essentially detached from its underlayers and became a bag surrounding the tissues of his head.  His tongue, gums, and hard palate were studded with pustules, yet his mouth was dry, and he could barely swallow.  The virus had stripped the skin off his body, both inside and out, and the pain would have seemed almost beyond the capacity of human nature to endure.

 

Note: part of the process of Smallpox is to develop a cytokine storm.

 

Cytokines are messengers that drift in the bloodstream.  Cells in the immune system use them to signal to one another while the immune system mounts a response to an attack by an invader.  In a cytokine storm, the signaling goes haywire, and the immune system becomes unbalanced and cracks up, like a network going down.  The cytokine storm becomes chaotic, and it ends with a collapse of blood pressure, a heart attack, or a breathing arrest, or with a stench coming through the skin, like something nasty inside a paper bag.  No one is certain what happens in the cytokine storm of smallpox.  The virus is giving off unknown proteins that jam the immune system and trigger the storm, like jamming radar, which allows the virus to multiply unhindered.  (pgs 29-30)

 

Where have we heard about a cytokine storm before?  It is what often happens in the body when someone has COVID and/or of someone injected by the COVID “vaccine.”  The marvelous systems God designed in our bodies become completely out-of-phase and the body destroys itself in the confusion.

Here are images of Smallpox in multiple places at various times.  If all this doesn’t give you nightmares . . .  (You’re welcome).

Such a description makes me think of the terrible boils as part of the plagues God brought down on Egypt to facilitate the Exodus.  It makes me consider even more what the 1st Bowl in Revelation 16:2 will do to the unbelieving world which has rejected and cursed God:

So the first angel went and poured out his bowl on the earth, and harmful and painful sores came upon the people who bore the mark of the beast and worshiped its image.

So, where does all this leave us?

What should be obvious to everyone on the planet by now, but sadly is not, is that Monkeypox – just like COVID – is a planned, engineered, narrative.  It has been game-theoried in a simulation event, and is simply one of many attacks that the globalist elites will unleash upon the world.  In some respects, Monkeypox is the precursor to what I believe will be sprung upon America and elsewhere in September of this year.  We can be thankful for now that we’re not seeing a Smallpox plandemic, but it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if that happens at some point.  After all, the intent is to depopulate the world.  Smallpox because of how infectious it is, is a terrific weapon to accomplish that.

We’re still waiting as well for the cyber event that was role-played in the various Cyber-Polygon preparations (next one coming this July), so don’t get too comfortable having electricity, water from your faucets, or internet access.  When the next crisis hits by early Fall, it will likely be the perfect set-up to blame conservatives and Christians as domestic terrorists and take action against them.  Under such a nationwide emergency that will be promoted, it may be “necessary” to implement martial law and/or rule that guns in private hands are illegal and subject to severe enforcement against those who resist.  Naturally, with the country in extremis of this nature, it wouldn’t be prudent to hold the November elections because of the many dangers.  All who anticipate a Republican takeback of government this Fall will be sorely disappointed.

For those believing the Pollyanna-ish view that a Great Awakening will halt all this demonic agenda and bring America and the world back to some semblance of “normal”, don’t hold your breath.  The Bible clearly tells us that these end-times will grow worse – not better – just as birth pains increase in intensity and frequency.  Birth pains give way to birth; the travail we are experiencing will result in the Tribulation.

What we see happening must take place to fulfill Bible prophecy.  The world is getting worse because Jesus said it would.  Christians can deny it all they want and pray for a return to times past, but God has His purposes in allowing all this to come about.  He MUST judge the world.  Every nation is guilty of great sin against Him.  That includes America.  Our good deeds from the past have been rendered null and void.  Our spiritual eyes as a nation are upon pagan gods; we have forgotten the One true God.  Just as Israel turned from Him and suffered the consequences at the appropriate time, so must America; and that time is now.

Take heed.  Establish yourself in your faith and don’t allow your eyes and heart to wander.  When possible, reach out to the lost that some may be saved from the wrath to come.  As for us who love the Lord, we have a wedding date coming up very soon.  Let us anticipate that with great excitement.  Christ’s Rapture of the true church is sooner than we can possibly imagine.