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Edition 43. July 1st 2010
In this edition:
Recent news items of prophetic significance.
● The Messianic ministry in Jerusalem, 'Revive Israel' reports a "surge in interest among secular and religious Jews in the person of Yeshua/ Jesus"
● Russian President Medvedev calls for new world order and a "new united future world currency" (FT.Com June19)
● Obama's popularity wanes at home and surges in Europe. Now more popular in Europe than in US.
● Saudi Arabia gives Israel "clear skies" to attack Iran. At the same time reports say that there is currently a large build up of US forces in Iran's neighbouring countries. Some sources now believe an attack is imminent.
Miraculous Israel past present future:
Israel born in the miraculous:In Biblical times the land of Israel saw the demonstrative miracle-working hand of God many times. Almost every time it was in favour of His people and against their enemies. On some occasions the supernatural miracle working power of God acted against the Israelites, but only to bring them back to God in repentance.
Genesis 17:15-17 Deals with Gods instruction to Abram (changed to Abraham later) to have a child with his wife. Both were long past childbearing age, but the supernatural power of God was at work and a child was born. The birth of Isaac was miraculous. Then came Jacob. He had his name changed by God to Israel after a supernatural appearance of the Lord.
God made an eternal covenant with Abraham and his miracle seed. This covenant also included the whole land of Canaan as an "everlasting possession." He told Abraham that his seed and offspring would be strangers in this strange land until Moses led them out into the promised land.
Genesis 12: 2,3 "I will make you a great nation and I will bless you and make your name great and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you."
In Old Testament times, God worked in an extremely demonstrative way with huge supernatural miracles. The parting of the Red Sea to let the Israelites through and the closing of it on the pursuing enemy was one of many examples.
As we gone on through time we see the hand God continuously at work over His people.
Because of the rebellion of the children of Israel they were told that they would be dispersed and scattered abroad. (Ezekiel 22:15) But in this dispersion, God also told them that they would be miraculously preserved as a people and then returned to their land. Ezekiel 11:16,17 "Although I have cast them afar off among the Gentiles and although I have scattered them among countries, yet I shall be a little sanctuary for them in the countries where they have gone. I will gather you from the peoples, assemble you from the countries where you have been scattered and I will give you the land of Israel."
God made an eternal covenant with the Jews and not with the Arabs. Genesis 17:7,8 I will establish My covenant between Me and you (Abraham) and your descendants after you for an everlasting covenant to be God to you and your descendants. Also I give to you and your descendants the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan as an everlasting possession, and I will be their God. Verse 20,21 "And for you Ishmael (the root of the Arab nations) I have heard you. Behold I have blessed him and will make him fruitful and will multiply him exceedingly, but My covenant I will establish with Isaac."
Isaiah 11:11,12 "The Lord shall set His hand a second time to recover the remnant of his people who are left...He will set up a banner for the nations and will assemble the outcasts of Israel and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth."
Israel's miraculous victory in six wars:
●It's interesting that Jacob had his name changed to Israel as a result of an all night battle. In May 1948 Israel became a nation. This was right after the Second World War had ended in which Hitler tried and failed to destroy the Jews. On the same day nationhood was declared by the League of Nations (changed to United Nations) Arab armies form six neighbouring countries attacked Israel. It had a very small rag-tag volunteer-army and was outnumbered by hundreds of thousands of troops.
Israeli nationhood marked one of the most important prophetic events of our time.
●After 15 months Israel forced a surrender from the Arab armies. Israel lost 6000 as opposed to hundreds of thousands in this "War of Independence" This resulted in the formation of the Israeli Defence Force. (IDF)
This cease-fire resulted in the dividing of the Jerusalem.
●In 1956 the Sinai War lasted 100 hours before it fell to the IDF with the loss of 230 Israeli's as opposed to thousands.
●In 1967 the Six Day War saw 776 IDF soldiers killed and again many thousands of enemies killed. In this war for some reason many Egyptian and Syrians shot down their own planes and bombed their own tanks. Syria lost 13 Migs on the first day, mostly at their own hand. This war saw the re-uniting of Jerusalem, a prophetic milestone!
Israel's miracle preservation in it's wars of yesteryear.
●Other wars included the 1970 War of Attrition, the 1973 Yom Kippur War, the 1982 Galilee War.All of Israel's wars resulted in victory against huge numbers. There are dozens of testimonies from many of miracle events occurring. Israel has had six major wars since and including independence. The next one will most probably be the great war of Gog and Magog in Ezekiel 38 &39! Israel will be brought to the brink of destruction in this war, but will win in the end with God's supernatural invovement.
The hatred for the state of Israel and the entire Arabic / Islamic antagonism is prefigured in the following verse.
Psalm 83: 4, 5 "Come and let us cut them off from being a nation, that the name of Israel be remembered no more. For they have consulted together with one consent (heart). They form a confederacy against you."
Zephaniah 2: 8 "I have heard of the reproach of Moab (Arabs / Palestinians) and the reviling of the people of Ammon with which they have reproached My people, and made arrogant threats against their borders."
The Islamic antagonism for Israel and the Jews which is going to intensify greatly very soon, is outlined in the great war of Ezekiel 38 and 39.
Daniel 12:1 "Michael shall stand up the great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people. There shall be a time of great trouble such as never was since there was a nation. At that time your people shall be delivered, everyone who is found written in the book."
Gods eternal long-term plan for Israel is revealed in dozens of sections of scripture in both the old and new Testaments. One of the best summaries is in Isaiah 60:1-12. Here are the main points: "Arise shine for your (Israel)light has come and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold darkness shall cover the earth and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you and His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising."
Much of the modern church teaches that this and other verses relate to the church and not Israel. This is called replacement theology and is an evil doctrine of devils, that will ultimately result in a second Holocaust! I've covered replacement theology in other editions in the website.
The Miracle of Jerusalem:
Jerusalem can only be described as a miracle city. It has seen more wars and conflicts that one can count. it's been destroyed numerous times, but each time it has risen from the ashes and now awaits the return of our Messiah.
I've walked around the old city of Jerusalem. I've walked around the City of David and walked around the old city walls. I once stood in front of the golden gate, now sealed closed and had all sorts of wonderful thoughts go through my head. I'm not interested in the slightest bit in the tourism stuff and where Jesus walked etc. In fact I have contempt for the commercialisation of those things. But what I am always struck by is the future element. There is an incredible air of anticipation of a spectacular miraculous future all around. It's like excitement building up in a theatre for the greatest drama ever, as you wait for the curtains to open.
Our Messiah will return to this city, to the mount of Olives. He will supernaturally open the golden gate as He walks through to the new temple on the temple mount. Our Lord will not return to Las Vegas, or the Vatican, in fact he will most probably destroy those with one Word!
The pictures below taken by myself are of the golden gate looking across from the Mount of Olives and David's City a bit further down the old wall.
Amos 9:11 On that day I will raise up the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down and repair its damages. I will raise up its ruins and rebuild it as in the days of old". vs 14-15 "I will bring back the captives of My people Israel; they shall build the waste cities and inhabit them...I will plant them in their land and no longer shall they be pulled up from the land I have given them."
Psalm 137:5 "If I forget you O Jerusalem, Let My right hand forget her skill. If I do not remember you, let My tongue cling to the roof of My mouth, if I do not exalt Jerusalem above My chief joy."
Jerusalem's troubles are far from over though. We are going to see big troubles again very soon. Finally, the world's roadmap to peace will end in war and destruction like has never been seen before and then the return of our Lord will finally bring peace.
Zechariah 12:2 "Jerusalem will be a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding people when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem. I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will be crushed and cut in pieces, though all the nations of the earth are gathered against it."
Jeremiah 30:7,11 "Alas for that day is great, so that none is like it and it is the time of Jacob's trouble, but he shall be saved out of it...For I am with you says the Lord to save you; though I make a full end of all the nations where you have been scattered...I will correct you in justice."
Zechariah 12:2, 3, 16 "For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem: The city shall be taken, the houses rifled and the women ravished. Half of the city shall go into captivity, but the remnant of the people shall not be cut off. Then the Lord will go forth and fight against those nations and in that Day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives."..."A great panic from the Lord will be among them, everyone will seize the hand of his neighbour...and the wealth of all the surrounding nations shall be gathered together, gold, silver and apparel in great abundance....And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations that came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts."
Joel 3:20 "Judah shall abide forever and Jerusalem from generation to generation."
To accurately pray for the peace of Jerusalem (as the Bible commands) one needs to pray that all these events will come soon! it's no use praying as many do: "Lord bring peace to Jerusalem." We need to pray for the Prince of Peace to return soon to Jerusalem and all that is involved in that."
Israel's miracle land.
Amos 9:13 "The mountains shall drip with sweet wine and the hills shall flow with it.
The land of Israel and the whole world for that matter, will soon have the Adamic curse lifted that still lingers on the earth. It will be restored in one of the greatest supernatural miracles of all time to the way it was before the fall in Eden.
At Calvary our Lord had a crown of thorns pushed down onto His head. He paid for and took the sins of the world on the cross, but the crown of thorns represents the curse on nature. The Bible says that at the fall of Adam, the earth sprang forth with thorns. Yes He has paid for it all, but the full positional and glorious manifestation of it all is still future.
Isaiah 35:1, 2, 5"The wilderness and the wasteland shall be glad for them and desert shall blossom and rejoice and blossom as a rose. It shall blossom abundantly and rejoice....Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened."
Ezekiel 36: 29 "I will deliver you from your uncleanness and I will call for the grain and multiply it and bring no famine upon you and I will multiply the fruit of your trees and the increase of your fields..."
Isaiah 51:3 "He will make her wilderness like Eden and her desert like the garden of the Lord."
The Jerusalem Post always carries this slogan on its front page. "Where once reigned the desert, the flower now blooms."
Even as the spiritual eyes of Israel begin to open to their Jewish Messiah the land seems to be rejoicing in anticipation as well. The desert will fully bloom on His return.
It's very comforting to know that the only hope for the environment of the world and not just Israel is the return of our Messiah. From this point onwards, the curse on nature will be lifted. It will be changes supernaturally. We will have perfect environment. The very nature of animals and all creation will be changed and glorified in a miracle flash.
All the work of the greenies, tree-huggers, new-age bunny-huggers and the like will be brought to nothing, destroyed by our Lord and in a flash, at the Second Coming, the earth will be as it was supposed to be in the Garden of Eden before the fall! (Don't get me wrong, I'm not against environmentalism at all. Outside of our Lord's Kingdom it's all futile.)
Some Christians say that the Jews and Israel don't deserve God's favour and aren't special in any way. As if they deserve God's grace! No the Jews aren't special, it's simply that this is God's choice. For me that's just fine. If God chose the Zulu people to bring salvation to the world, things would be just the same. People would say that they don't deserve it.
What about the verse of scripture that says there is no difference between Jew and Gentile, male and female etc.? This relates to those in Christ or in other words, those who are saved and within God's Kingdom. It has nothing at all to do with God's plan and manner of bringing salvation to the world.
The miracle salvation of the Jews:
Romans 11:1- 25 "Has God cast away His people? Certainly not...For I would not have you to be ignorant of this mystery, lest you be wise in your own opinion, that hardening (blindness) in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in, and so all Israel will be saved."
Isaiah 45:17 "Israel shall be saved by the Lord, with an everlasting salvation forever and ever."
Zechariah 12: 10 "I will pour on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of Grace and supplication, then they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son."
Isaiah 60:15 "Whereas you have been forsaken and hated, I will make you an eternal excellence, a joy of many generations...you shall know that I the Lord am your saviour and your redeemer the Mighty One of Jacob."
Ezekiel 37 The greatest miracle of all time is found in this chapter. It's called the vision of the valley of dry bones. The vision sees a skeleton putting on flesh and standing up tall. Verse 11-13 "These bones are the whole house of Israel. Our bones are dry and our hope is cut off. Thus says the Lord "Behold O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves and bring you into the land of Israel". "Then you shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves. I will put My Spirit in you and you will live, and I will place you in your own land."
God will bring the Jews to salvation His way and it won't be with the help of the church-at-large. It will of course be with the help of Messianic believers and those in the church with their eyes open to Gods prophetic plan.
Israel's modern enemies:
Anti-Semitism driven by Satan himself has tried to destroy the Jews through the ages. One of the darkest times for the Jews was the period of the crusades which was spearheaded by the Catholic church of the dark ages. The inquisition followed, also led by the Catholic church, which saw many hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of Jews tortured to death. Then came the Holocaust. Each of these failed to destroy the Jews.
If the Catholic so-called followers of Jesus have murdered and killed so many Jews in the past, it's little wonder that the Jews have a hostile attitude to Jesus. Traditional Christianity has Christianized Jesus and removed His Jewishness, thus alienating the Jewish people at large from their Jewish Messiah. Many of the Jews think Jesus was a nice Gentile Christian!
Tragically, many millions, perhaps billions will come against what God is doing and WILL complete in Israel in the very near future. Amazingly they can't see the miracle hand of God at work in Israel's history. They are setting themselves up against the supernatural power of the Almighty God.
If God proclaims something prophetically and does it in history, don't you think that should be a cause for great faith, belief and celebration? I do! Amazingly, many even within the church will side with the devil in disguise, work with him and for him in an attempt to bring about Israel's downfall. God will use their attacks to sharpen Israel, bring them to repentance before destroying all His enemies and delivering Israel in battle and into spiritual new-birth.
Ultimately Israel will survive every attempt to annihilate it and will be victorious in all battles even though in some soon coming wars, it will seem as though Israel is on the losing end
Jeremiah 51:19, 20 "Israel is the tribe of His inheritance...you are My battle-axe and weapons of war, for with you I will break the nations in pieces, with you I will destroy kingdoms.
As the Jews get saved en-mass, so God will turn many of His and Israel's enemies to Himself in salvation. There is coming a time not far from now where the Arabs will also begin to find Messiah. In fact its already starting. This is really wonderful, but it will only be a smaller proportion of the Arab world. The majority will remain Muslim.
I can testify that I am seeing a rising interest in this website from people in many Arab countries and lands of the east. Praise our Messiah!
Just as a 'by the way'...we are now seeing a big swing away from the west in terms of economic growth towards the east. Dark Europe is in its death throws. The US is in ever growing economic trouble. Great Britain is now small, but it's economic woes are becoming great. China, India and numerous other Asian countries are seeing a surge in economic growth. At the same time, these nations are seeing a new exciting whirlwind of spiritual activity and re-birth, while Europe, the UK and some western countries return to the spiritual dark ages.
Miracle Israel will always be a thorn in the side of globalisation. It's therefore an enemy of those trying to create a one world government and currency. The Jews in dispersion were never able to fully assimilate into the nations. This was so that God's ultimate purpose would be fulfilled. Assimilation was always impossible, because it went against God's purpose. In other words God has supernaturally seen to it that Israel and the Jews would always be separate, identifiable and independent.
The cursed satanic church doctrine of replacement theology (which essentially replaces Israel with the church) is nothing more than the devil's attempt at getting rid of Israel with twisted so-called Christian theology. As goes the spiritual so goes the natural. It can be demonstrated that replacement theology led to the Holocaust and will again lead to a second Holocaust not long from now.
The same thinking is behind the Muslim world's desire to destroy Israel. They would never be happy with a two-state solution or parts of Israel and Jerusalem. They want it all. They view the two-state solution as a step in this direction.
I once saw an account of Russian farmers who gathered with shotguns to try to come against UFOs that had supposedly been seen in their area. Just think for a moment of just how stupid it is to try and come against something you know nothing about. If they were real, they would be far superior and not be hostile.
It's infinitely more stupid to try and come against God's supernatural, miracle working power!
Let me add that a dangerous enemy of Israel is all those, especially in many churches who are neutral. Neutrality in the face of God's clear revealed will in His Word is a curse. Yeshua / Jesus says that if you are not with Me you are against me. Isaiah 5:20 "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil; who put darkness for light and light for darkness...Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes."
The greatest danger facing the church now and into the near future is that it becomes blinded by pride. As God acts for and on behalf of Israel and the Jews, the church will not like that because it wants it all for itself! Many within the church will be just like the older brother who got jealous of all the father did for the repentant, returning prodigal son.
I ask you personally...what will you do? Will you welcome the once lost son, or will you join the king of pride, Satan?
I speak for myself; I will welcome with open arms my lost Jewish, Gentile and Arab brothers as they see the glorious light of salvation.
The land of Israel is a miracle. So is nationhood, the city of Jerusalem and the soon coming mass salvation of the Jews.
What is about to dawn on the world is a time of tragic devastation and deep darkness. Hell, from beneath, raises its arms to receive many at their coming. It's also a time of spectacular, wonderful magnificence as the greatest drama of all time unfolds. Untold millions will find salvation...Jew, Gentile and Arab alike.
It's enlightened self-interest to find out what God is doing and work with Him! Trying to resist or come against the miraculous and supernatural is not very clever.
God did not preserve and act supernaturally with Israel and the Jewish people through the ages for no reason! On top of this God outlined His plan for Israel clearly in the Bible. His great and grand purpose not only will be, but is already on track to reach its ultimate glorious goal. What we have is the end-time plan carefully spelt out and it actually is already happening before our eyes.
One has to be incredibly dumb or deceived to come against all of this!
As the world enters the twighlight zone of the present age, and much of the church enters its Laodicean age, so the spectacular, glory of God's new age is dawning. It was all be birthed and will be completed in the miraculous and supernatural and will all take place just the way God said it would.
Jerusalem, Israel is soon to become the world capital of the Messianic millennium age. Our messiah will rule from the temple and true deep lasting peace will flow like a river from here. There will be no World Council of Churches, no world government, no Vatican, no Pope, no denominations, no Christmas, no Easter nor any other occult celebrations. the feats of the Lord will be celebrated and the glory of God will envelop the world.
Jeremiah 30: 16 "Therefore all those who devour you shall be devoured and all your adversaries, every one of them shall go into captivity. Those who prey upon you I will make a prey, for I will restore your health to you and heal your wounds says the Lord, because they called you and outcast saying: "This is Zion, no one seeks her."
Heaven or hell:
Jewish women of the Israeli Defence Force, your disguises may hide you from your enemy, but nothing will ever hide you from God. Don't for a moment think that because you are called the "chosen people" you have been automatically chosen for salvation...no you have not. God chose you to bring about His great purposes, but you need to chose Him to become His own child. What a tragedy it would be if God uses you for His purpose and you end up in hell because you didn't chose His plan of salvation!
Young girls from rural Africa, you believe your face paint will keep demons away. I've got bad news for you! No amount of face paint, animal sacrifice or other traditional belief will save you from hell. It's only the sacrifice and shed blood of our great King, Lord and God, Jesus Christ the Messiah, that has the power to save and cleanse you. Being born into a tribal system will not save you, just like being born a Jew will not save them. If you seek to stay in traditionalism, you are on the way to hell. If you seek the truth, you will find it and be set free.
In closing here is a sketch by Gustave Dore representing Christ's entry into Jerusalem. The next time He comes to Jerusalem will not be as saviour but as Judge of the world! (Thanks to the Adelaide University Library.)
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 42. June 15th 2010
In this edition:
●The arising of the Antichrist.
Revelation 6: 2 "I looked and behold a white horse and he who sat on it had a bow and a crown was given him and he went out conquering and to conquer."
Recent news items of prophetic significance.
● Iran's president Ahmadinejad calls for cooperation among world states to forge a new world order. (FNA Tehran. 7June 2010)
● In an unprecedented move, Saudi Arabia gives Israel "clear skies" to attack Iran. (The Times Online. 12 June 2010)
The arising of the Antichrist.
Some say, "Don't get into this antichrist stuff, only deal with the Christ. Oh yes, well why then does the Bible teach on it? And why then does the Bible teach three times more on hell than on heaven? And why then have untold millions of people been led astray, and killed by antichrist forerunners in past history?
No my friends, a very certain way to endanger yourself and be deceived is to ignore or cast down sections of God's word that you deem objectionable. If you try to become God's editor and judge you are greater fool than an amoeba!
There are many things we don't need to know about the antichrist, but there are many we dare not be ignorant of especially in this day. The main big thing is that he will arise on the wings of massive, incredible deception. He'll be very successful at this as well. I don't know what the numbers are but he will successfully deceive almost the whole world.
Incredibly, Yeshua / Jesus warns of exactly this. In the portion of scripture known as the Olivet discourse, the disciples ask our Lord what the signs will be of his coming. Our Lord warns five times in this section about deception!
If He begins the Olivet discourse with the words "Take heed that no one deceives you"...how dare any priest in a frock, very-reverend, or pastor teach that we shouldn't get into these things!!
Many won't teach these things because they themselves are ignorant or deceived and others won't teach these things because it keeps their flock subservient to themselves and what they dish out.
Let me warn you that the spirit of antichrist will arise in association with the church in some way. 1John 2:19, says that "he went out from us but was not of us." He will most probably arise in association with the charismatic church as well as others. 2Thessalonians 2: 9,10 "The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan with all power and lying signs and wonders and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish because they did not receive the love of the truth." It's the charismatic church that is enslaved to signs and wonders to the degree of obsession. Many of the "signs and wonders" are lies! Of course there is truth in some of these things as well.
I think it was Tozer who warned that "truth and error travel the same highway."
At the arrival of the tribulation period, there will be a Satanic trinity on the scene. There will be one antichrist, with his sidekick the religious false prophet and a computerised "beast" system of control.
There have been many who came in the spirit of antichrist. These were and are forerunners of the coming antichrist, but not the actual individual who will be taken over and possessed by the full incarnation of Satan.
The tribulation will be the time of the outpouring of the wrath of God, the wrath of Satan and the wrath of man simultaneously. Satan knows that his time is very short.
We don't need to know who the antichrist will be, but we do need to know many things about him and how he works! The easy alternative is simply to put your feet up, be a lazy slob and go with the flow of the religious world. This way will be easy and welcoming, but may land you in hell.
Defining the "antichrist":
The verse below the title picture (Revelation 6:2) at the top of this edition describes the antichrist riding out to conquer. He has a bow but no arrow, in other words, he is a deceiver. Our Lord and Messiah Yeshua / Jesus is also seen riding out of heaven on a white horse, (Revelation 19:11) but this is the true Christ and He will be the eternal and ultimate conqueror!
The word 'antichrist' itself is interesting in the original text. It's a compound word and means; to come against and then replace. So what we have here is someone who will come against the true Christ and then replace Him with a false Christ. There are two actions involved, both equally as evil.
We have many examples of people who've been forerunners of the antichrist in history, but the spirit of antichrist is at work all around us today and will culminate soon in one individual. The spirit of antichrist is at work in a very big way in modern society to cast down or come against the truth. This is the first part of the dual action of antichrist. Before Satan can have his man welcomed onto the world stage by adoring hero-worshipping masses, he must first of all weaken the church and get rid of opposition.
The main activities and characteristics of the antichrist:
The Bible reveals many characteristics of the antichrist. Here are just a few revealed in his names:
●Man of sin, son of perdition. ●The lawless one. ●The beast. ●The bloody and deceitful man. ●The wicked one. ●The mighty man. ●The enemy, ●The adversary. ●The Assyrian. ●The spoiler. ●The Vile person. ●The wilful king. ●The man of violence.
His activities will be centred around:
●Coming against and replacing truth with error. ●Coming against the true church that says there is only one way to God and then uniting all other world religions. ●Coming against the free worship of the true God and replacing this with the worship of himself. ●Destabilising different currencies and then introducing a world currency. ●Destabilising the world's political systems and then replacing them with a world government. ●Coming against Gods choice in the Jewish people and the land of Israel through wars and conflict, then attempting to make Jerusalem an international city. ●His final fateful act will be to come against the Second Coming of our Lord with multitudes of His saints, at the end of the great tribulation.
Daniel 11:37 He shall not regard the God of his fathers nor the desire of woman nor the regard of any god, for he shall magnify himself above all." Some say that this means he will be a homosexual. It could also mean that he will simply be single. Some say he will be a Jew because of the "God of his fathers" being disregarded. That may be so, but the same applies to a Muslim. His main thing will be to get worship by "magnifying himself"
Mark 4:15 And these are they by the wayside where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan comes immediately and takes away the Word that was sown their hearts." This indicates that the antichrist (Satan) will hate the Bible and the ministry of evangelism."
Daniel 7:25 "And he shall wear out the saints of the most High Revelation 13: 7 "It was given to him to make war with the saints." This indicates that he will hate and make war with the people who get saved during the tribulation.
Daniel 9:27 "Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week (of years), but in the middle of the week he shall bring an end to the sacrifice" Mathew 24: 15 "When you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet standing in the holy place, then let those in Judea flee to the mountains" These verses speak of the fact that the antichrist will set himself up in the rebuilt temple in Jerusalem, from where he'll come against all opposition to himself.
Daniel 11:21 "He will come in peaceably and seize the kingdom by intrigue." This implies that he will arise bringing peace to Israel. But this will be one of his great deceptions.
I put no weight on Nostradamus at all, but for those interested, he said that Hitler was foretold by his name Hister and would appear on a white horse. Hitler was also an artist and one of his watercolours was a rendition of himself on a white horse.
There are hundreds of types and shadows relating to Hitler having come in the spirit of antichrist, not least of these being his wish to set up a new world order. In fact he wanted to begin a thousand-year millennium of peace with a puritan race and himself in charge. His satanically charged hatred for the Jews was also a major likeness with the coming antichrist.
Hitler had an association with the church, just like the antichrist will have. He was involved with much Satanism, but had a respect for the Lutheran church. This was only because the Lutherans had an intense dislike for the Jews. He often quoted from Martin Luther's terrible tract of hatred for the Jews, in which he (Luther) says that "the dammed Jews must be burned so that not even a cinder of them remain." (There are many other things in this evil writing by Martin Luther that I will not even repeat!)
Hitler quoted these writings from Luther, which pre-figure almost exactly the Holocaust, in his book Mien Kampf. Hitler was a perfect type of antichrist.
Hitler believed that Jesus wasn't a Jew but a pure Aryan, and not God.
Here is another incredible example of an antichrist type although still in its infancy.
Much has been said and written about Obama being groomed by some internationalists to be the ruler of a new world order. This may be true, but he won't be the actual antichrist as he doesn't fit the Biblical bill. But he does most certainly fit the antichrist type in many ways.
Obama believes that all religions are equal and that Jesus is not the only way of salvation. He believes that the cross and blood of Jesus were meaningless. He is a universalist.
Strong's Concordance lists every original word in the Bible and its meaning. Strong's number 1299 (Hebrew) is the word 'Baraq' meaning 'lightning'. In the Greek it is number 913 and is the same word but spelt 'Barack'. Strong's number 1116 is the word 'Bamah' meaning 'an elevated high place'. A transliteration of this allows for 'baw' or 'O' to precede the word.
Now lets look at Luke 10:18 "I saw Satan fall like lightning (Baraq, Hebrew or Barack in the Greek original) from heaven"
Isaiah 14:14 deals with the fall of Lucifer and says "I will ascend above the heights of the clouds and I will be like the Most High, yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the lowest depths of the pit." The word 'heights' in the original is the Hebrew word 'Bamah' (Strong's 1116)
So what we have here are the words Baraq Bamah or Barak O Bamah (with transliteration) found exactly in the original words of the Bible dealing with Satan falling from the heights as lightning!
The word for lightning in the Arabic language is also the word 'Barak' and was the name of the winged white horse that supposedly took Mohammad to heaven.
I'm not calling Obama Satan or the antichrist, but there is some powerful evidence here that he is one in the spirit of antichrist.
There is much more on this, but it's not really my style. I just wanted to draw your attention to the subject.
You can get more from World Net Daily here:
What still remains to be seen is how far Obama goes in igniting the fury of God by pushing for the dividing of the land of Israel. Joel 3:2 "I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat and I will enter into judgement with them there on account of My people Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations. They have also divided up My land." This verse shows clearly that dividing the land of Israel bring war and not peace.
Zechariah 12:3 "It shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem...I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples and all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces though all the nations of the earth are gathered against it." Here we have one of many verses indicating that messing with Jerusalem will get you destroyed!
So, both the dividing of Israel and Jerusalem will invoke the fury of God and bring war and conflict. Funny isn't it that Obama and his deceived friends are actually working for war and not peace!
The activities of the antichrist (and his forerunners) will be centred on Israel, Jerusalem and the Jews. This is the "apple of God's eye" and His time clock. Zechariah 2:8 "For thus says the Lord of hosts (armies): "He sent Me after glory, to the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye"
It also remains to be seen how far Obama goes in creating the new world order. At this stage he is an antichrist type in the making.
False prophet types:
There have been many of these through history and will be more, but I want to pick on these two now because of the powerful message.
Iranian President Ahmadinejad:
Iran's president Ahmadinejad has an interesting lineage. His mother was a descendant of the prophet Mohammad. He believes that he has a "divine" purpose in life, which is to prepare the way for the coming Islamic Messiah or Mahdi. The Shiite Muslims believe that when Imam Mahdi arrives in Mecca soon with his 'lieutenant, Jesus, he will gather an enormous army and destroy Zion, which they believe is Israel, the US and the UK. He'll then set up his rule in Jerusalem from where they'll set up Islamic world rule. Ahmadinejad believes it's his duty to begin this work in preparation for the Mahdi, whom he believes will arrive in his time as president.
The Muslim religion believes that Mohammad was taken up to heaven on a white horse called Barack. Ahmadinejad believes that the soon coming Mahdi will ride down from heaven on this white horse.
Ahmadinejad closed his talk at the UN recently with the following words: "The ultimate promise of all divine religions, will be fulfilled with the emergence of a perfect human being who is heir to all prophets. He will lead the world to justice and absolute peace"
Ahmadinejad has dangerous delusions of grandeur. As such he is a false prophet type in the sense that he thinks he is preparing the way for the Mahdi to rule the world. Antichrist types believe that they are the ones to rule the world.
There are more false doctrines, deceptions and giant errors in this religion than one could count. The most important is of course what constitutes salvation. The Bible clearly speaks of being born again, adult water baptised by full immersion, and Spirit baptism. Catholicism does not practice any of these. To them being saved is eternal church membership! So all the main foundations are missing never mind everything else. This makes them a classical counterfeit church (I do believe that some Catholics will be saved, but this is not the topic now)
Some of the previous popes were pure evil mass murderers, but almost all of them have replaced the truth relating to Israel and the Jewish people with dangerous error. They were the founders of replacement theology now prevalent in main stream Christianity. This doctrine essentially gets rid of and replaces Israel with the church. Remember that the word antichrist means to replace and get rid of truth and then bring in the false.
During the dark ages the Popes killed huge numbers of Jews in the two main inquisitions. The actual number is unknown, but it could have been in the millions.
During the Nazi Holocaust, the Pope stood by silently. His indifference made him an accessory!
The final pope, will most probably be the actual false prophet. He may well be the next one. Its very easy for Catholicism to become the religion of the world. It is the application of the cross into the born again believers life that separates us from the world.
Revelation 17:9 "The seven heads are the seven mountains on which the woman sits." This 'woman' is earlier in the chapter actually a religious being or church. She is called the great harlot and of the abominations of the earth. This is the Catholic church. The Vatican is surrounded by seven hills. The Catholic Encyclopaedia calls the Rome the city on seven hills.
The Catholics believe that each pope is also the "Vicar of Christ" In their language letters are alpha numeric. In other words each letter has a numeric value. So you can add up the value of a word. The term Vicar of Christ is Vicarivs Filii Dei which adds up to 666. There are over a dozen titles for the office of pope and each separately adds up to 666. You may not be aware that Catholics believe that each pope is infallible and divine. In fact he can forgive sin. This is of course nothing but blasphemy. The number 666 will be associated with the antichrist, the false prophet and the computerised beast system. There are many other examples of the Catholics being associated with 666.
The prophecies of Saint Malachy are very interesting. Being extra-Biblical, I would not put undue weight on them, but the future will tell!
He had a vision in 1100s in which he claims God showed him all the successive popes from his time to the last one. He numbered each one with a short descriptive phrase. The original prophecy had 112 popes, but some say that it contained 111 with the last being added later on. We are now at number 111, but Benedict is old and over the hill. So either way time is short.
They are startling indeed, but lets just look at the last few. Number 110 is "The labour of the sun" and corresponds with pope John Paul 11. He was both born and entombed on a solar eclipse day. Then comes number 111 "The glory of the olives" Ratzinger came from the order of St. Benedict from which he took his title. This order has as it's symbol an olive wreath. They are also called the Olivetans.
Number 112 is the last pope and goes by the title "Peter the Roman" In Malachy's vision he adds to this one: "Petrus Romanus will lead his flock through tribulations, after which the seven hilled city will be destroyed and the Dreadful Judge will judge the people.
Francis of Assisi had a similar vision and prophecy in 1226. His prophecy contained many details but the main points are: "This pope will cause a great schism and division. There will be such universal dissentions and persecutions that if the days were not shortened even the elect would be lost". This is also in line with the recently revealed "secrets of Fatima"
All of the Popes are a type of false prophet. The final one may well become the false prophet. By the way, the message to the church of Thyatira in Revelation 2:18-29 is a clear reference to the Catholics. They are told that they will be "cast into great tribulation." See edition 11 for more.
Who will be the antichrist:
The short answer is I don't know. It's not Obama and it's not the Pope but the Bible does give many clues and indications of where he will arise from.
The Bible uses various terms to describe the antichrist and where he will originate from.
●Daniel 9:26 "The people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and sanctuary...then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week." It was the Romans who destroyed the city (Jerusalem) and the sanctuary (temple) in 70 AD. So the people of the prince to come (antichrist) will be of the Roman Empire, which today is Europe.
●He is called "the one that imagines evil against the Lord from Nineveh" (Nahum 1:11) Nineveh was the ancient capital of the Assyrian Empire and is in present day Iraq.
●He is called The "king of Babylon" (Isaiah 14:4) In those days Babylon was part of the Assyrian Empire. But prophetically Babylon refers to the modern world system.
●He is called "The king of the north" (Daniel 11: 7 & 9) Obviously this would be north of Israel.
●He is referred to as the Assyrian (Micah 5:5) as well as the king of Assyria. In ancient times Assyria was present day Iran, parts of Iraq and Egypt, Syria and its northern neighbour, Turkey. (see map below)
Daniel 2 is about the vision Nebuchadnezzar had of the big statue. Each section represents the various world empires through time. The two legs and ten toes represent the world empire in existence at the time of the Second Coming. The two legs represent western and eastern Europe. Both legs need to part of Europe. Today Turkey is the only one from the eastern leg that is awaiting EU membership.
Daniel 8: 9 "And out of one of them came a little horn (the antichrist) which grew exceedingly great towards the south, the east and the Glorious Land. It grew up to the host of heaven and it cast down some of the host and some of the stars to the ground and trampled them."
The above verse mentions south, east and the Glorious Land which is Israel, but not the north. This could mean that he arises from Turkey which is north of Israel.
Putting all the above together we come up with only one possible location for the antichrist's origin and that is: A nation north of Israel, part of (or soon to be) the revised Roman Empire or modern Europe. A nation that was part of Assyria, containing Babylon and Nineveh and the only option is Turkey. It's only Turkey that was part of Assyria and is now connected with Europe (the revised Roman Empire)
This also means that the antichrist will most probably be of Muslim origins. He may well be a secular Muslim due to that verse that says he will not regard the god of his fathers. Turkey is Muslim, but quite secular.
Right now Europe is in a huge mess and may break up or be re-aligned. It will soon manifest its final satanically driven end-time configuration.
When will the antichrist ride onto the stage:
There is absolutely no doubt that he will be revealed on the first day of the tribulation period. He will be the one who signs the fateful seven-year peace treaty with Israel. That act will be the defining moment. Before then it's really pointless and meaningless trying to guess who he will be. It makes no difference anyway because he won't be possessed and empowered by Satan until then.
It's highly likely that the rapture of true born again believers will occur on the same day as the revealing of the antichrist and the start of the seven-year tribulation period.
It could all be very soon, perhaps within a year!
A very possible scenario:
The antichrist arrives on the world scene with a peace treaty. This could be due to a war on the go at the time. The great war of Ezekiel 38 and 39 also called the war of Gog and Magog hasn't happened yet. Its also referred to as the third world war. It takes place in Israel as many Muslim nations invade Israel with Russia. It takes seven years to clean up after the war.
But why does this war happen in the first place?
Ezekiel 38: 11, 12 Describes the situation: "You will say I will go up to the land of un-walled villages, to a peaceful people who dwell safely without walls...to take plunder and booty to stretch out your hand against the waste places that are again inhabited...have you gathered your army to take plunder and to take silver and gold, livestock, goods and great plunder."
Daniel 11: 24 is a parallel verse: He (the antichrist) shall enter peaceably, even into the fattest places of the province...he shall disperse among them the plunder, spoil and riches."
The word "fattest" in the original is the word 'masham' derived from 'shaman' which means oil or oily.
Right now Israel is not a land of un-walled villages nor does it have any of it's own oil, although its surrounded by oil -rich countries. We could see a situation where Israel discovers its own oil soon.
See www.zionoil.com for more on this.
Israel is rich in many other things and is the envy of surrounding Muslim nations. On top of this there is an ancient satanically driven hatred for Israel and the Jews in most Arab nations. By the way, much of Russia is today Muslim, especially the southern states, so Russia attacking Israel with many Muslim nations is not hard to picture. (Please read Ezekiel 38 and 39)
This may be the cause of this third world war, resulting in a peace treaty and the revealing of the antichrist. Of course this war may start before. This is just an interesting 'maybe'!
The coming of the antichrist is real and soon. The subject is not nice but very important. Because its all part of the Bible and God's truth, we should have an attitude of thankfulness that He has shown us these things ahead of time. It should all cause us to bow down in surrender and worship of our true soon coming Messiah!
Today we need spiritual discernment and not spiritual blindness. We need all that God has given to us and not just selected bits. We need the new birth, adult water baptism, baptism in the spirit. We need all the gifts of the Spirit that God has given us so that we can operate in the supernatural. We need the application of the cross in our lives to do its deadly and liberating work. We need to die to self, the world and the demonic and above all we need to be growing in the love for and knowledge of God and His Word.
We need humility before God as we study His Word and change our lives accordingly. Self righteousness and pride will blind you...that's an absolute guarantee. We need the grace of God and not religion and legalism.
We are entering dangerous days my friends and we need to be able to stand securely in the full knowledge of God and His Word.
On top of this we need to know that Israel, Jerusalem and the Jews are going to come under increasing danger and attack even by her previous allies. We, as believers must stand with and for her. Untold millions of Jews are very soon to become our brothers and sisters in Messiah!
Jeremiah 31:37 "If heaven above can be measured and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, then I will cast off the seed of Israel for all that they have done."
Ezekiel 36: 25,26 I will sprinkle clean water on you (Israel) and you shall be clean. I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you. I will take out the heart of stone"
Heaven or hell:
Young woman, will you be caught by surprise? Will you be one of the untold billions who'll be deceived by the powers of Satan working in the soon coming antichrist? I hope not! You won't be able to just drift into heaven, the pressures will be enormous. You need to start preparing yourself now. You need to reject and accept!!! Reject the majority world opinions and accept the Word of our wonderful glorious Messiah. Eternity is a long time to wish you had set your heart after our Lord.
Old woman, you still have time to change your ways. I know its hard to do especially after a lifetime of deeply rooted tradition! The antichrist is coming and he won't let you off the hook because you're old! Jesus is also coming soon and he will welcome you with open arms if you have made right with Him. Once you meet up with the devil in disguise, you won't be able to change your mind. It will be too late.
In closing here is a woodcut by Gustav Dore showing the means of salvation, protection, deliverance and the answer to everything...the Cross of Calvary. (Thanks to the Adelaide University Library.)
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 41. June 8th 2010
In this edition:
●What people are saying about the coming of our Messiah
In the next Edition:
●Some surprising and shocking facts and revelations on the arising of the antichrist.
Recent news items of prophetic significance.
●Junior antichrist, Obama calls for new world order, but calls it a "new international order" In a speech at West Point he said that "the US would take a predominant role". No I'm not calling him the antichrist, just one in the spirit of antichrist! He is most certainly leading the US to a date with the devil!
●Iran announced that it will escort its own aid ships to Gaza. This will dramatically increase tension and place Israel in a very awkward situation and could lead to major conflict. Amos 1:6 "For the transgressions of Gaza I will not turn away it's punishment...I will send a fire on Gaza...and I will cut off the inhabitant from Ashdod." (Ashdod is a neighbouring city) We could be on the verge of another war in the region.
●Israel sends nuclear missile submarines to location off Iran coast in Persian Gulf. They will remain there for an extended period.
●Iran now has over two tons of enriched uranium says the IAEA (Jerusalem Post 1st June) This grade of enrichment is useless for nuclear power generation. It's enough for two nuclear warheads.
●The recent incident with Israel and the flotilla of ships headed for Gaza has far reaching prophetic implications. It will strain and alienate some of Israel's alliances, specifically Turkey, Israel's only Muslim ally. This would complete the alignment for the big war spoken of in Ezekiel 38 & 39.
●The IAEA says Syria is involved in secret nuclear experiments and refuses to co-operate with the IAEA.
●Global economic collapse is coming. US debt level increases by $5 billion per day under Obama, 3 times the Bush rate. European debt crisis worsens. The UK is on the brink of financial disaster and Japan is ready for meltdown! When these dominos from hell begin tumbling and knocking on, there will be no place to hide!
● Stupid US bankers and the just as stupid sub-prime system caused the first world credit crisis. Now we have the deadly European disease of debt caused by stupid politicians spreading worldwide like dominos. The world economy is on a knife edge again without the introduction of a new war with Iran and Israel, which would send the oil price skyrocketing. This would cripple the fragile world economy. It's coming!
●The premier of China has just warned that the economic troubles in Europe will cause another world recession. He said that the world needs to come together as one to come with solutions.
●G20 nations meet and fail to decide on a global bank tax rate and other global-economy rescue mechanisms.
●The highly secretive Bilderberg Group met in Spain on the weekend to discus ways to steer the world economy into a new recession. Their aim is to destabilise the world so that they can then bring in a new global currency, treasury and government. Here are the names of participants in the meeting which was leaked to certain sources: Henry Kissinger, Bill Gates, Chairman of Barclays, Chairman of The Washington Post, ING Chairman, Alcoa Chairman, Chairman of Google, Spain's Prime minister, Greek finance minister. US attorney General US Economic Council director and other financiers, professors and bankers.
● Time and again its been proven that big government and floating paper money are failures. This is why central banks and governments hate gold. It's essentially out of their reach!
Now is not the time to be ignorant of at least the basics of Bible prophecy!!
What teachers and preachers say about the coming of our Lord.
The reason many people don't like the subject of the coming of our Lord is because He is not their Lord and a fearful judgement awaits them. Our Lord will intervene in the affairs of every human being and every aspect of the world at His return. A pre-tribulation rapture means the horrors of tribulation will unfold on those left behind. At the second coming Yeshua / Jesus will destroy the entire world system and supernaturally restore the earth to the way it was before the Adamic fall.
Both the rapture and the second advent are a blessing of monumental proportions for the believer and the start of untold horrors for the world and those who reject our Lord. Of course it's a despised subject by the world.
The great tragedy of our day is that very few believers know our Lord deeply. Yes they know certain limited things about Him but no more. To many believers He is an inconvenient interference. They are in love with the world and its god Hollywood, it's music and ways in general. Their hero's are hell-bound celebrities. Their life's motivation is to have fun. Yes they're in 'fellowship', but only to have a jolly good time of fun, fun and more fun. Too many believers are completely ignorant of the scriptures and know little about the risen Christ. They are in greater danger than they imagine.
For believers that know our Lord, there is nothing as valuable and precious as withdrawing from time to time into the secret place of God's presence. Many superficial, worldly believers only withdraw deeper into the world and its ways...right into the grip of Satan.
At the coming of our Lord a terrifying, fearful judgement falls on the world and its ways; believe it or not. Great deceptions will fall and entrap those who are in love with world.
I don't normally give a lot of weight to wide and varied opinions on eschatology (end time events) I've studied the subject thoroughly since the late 70s and my mind is settled. But this presentation should help you and lead you in this wonderful subject. Sometimes it's very helpful to see truth and error together. It teaches us how and why some have gone wrong and allows us to see the truth raised up like a banner above everything else.
With this in mind I want to discuss the various common beliefs and widely held views on the timing of our Lord's coming. There are also many fringe views out there which I will not even consider.
Complex elaborate calculations to come up with a date for the return of the Lord are a waste of time. Quite simply there are too many variables. For example, which calendar are you using. The Hebrew one has 360 days to a year. Have you taken leap years into account. have you taken the into account the changes made to the various calendars over time. (250 days were dropped from the Hebrew calendar) Are you using the lunar calendar? Can you see the dilemma. This is why there are so many views and different dates!
But all is not lost. The answer lies in very simple logic! There are some things we can be very sure of and other not.
●No one knows the time of the Lord's coming so don't bother trying!
This is the most widely held and disseminated view amongst Christendom. It's a lie perpetuated by deceived, blind guides, which is complete error. It's the view of almost all of the denominational (divided) churches, die-hard traditionalists and the view of many of the unsaved.
The Bible does not say "no one knows the time" It actually commands us to "know the time"! Isn't that a surprise?
This view is originated in one great misconception and error. In fact it shows that it's adherents don't know how to read, or couldn't be bothered and have just regurgitated the hogwash they've been taught.
Matthew 24:36 "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only." This teaches that know one will know the exact time. The verse doesn't say..."no one knows the time". It says "the day and hour", which is a specific point in time!
Lets go a few verses up to Matthew 24: 32 - 34 "Now LEARN this parable from the fig tree (Israel) When it's branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves you know that summer is near. So also when you see all these things, KNOW that it is near, even at the door. Assuredly I say to you, this generation shall by no means pass away until all these things are fulfilled." The words in caps (LEARN and KNOW are a specific command in the original. It's like a military command. So what this is saying is...I COMMAND YOU TO KNOW THE TIME!
There's no doubt that the fig tree is Israel. This can be found in many other verses of scripture, there is no dispute here at all. So the above verse is saying that when Israel blossoms or becomes a nation again, the generation that sees these things will be the one that will see the coming of the Lord.
Luke 21:29-32 Look at the fig tree, when it is already budding, you see and KNOW that summer is near. So likewise when you see all these things happening, KNOW that the Kingdom of God is near, assuredly I say to you that this generation will by no means pass away until all these things are fulfilled. Verse 24 in this discourse includes the restoration of Jerusalem (1967) into the "all things happening"
We could safely say from these verses of scripture that we need to know the time of these things.
There are many other verses of scripture that command us to "watch and pray" and "be watchful". If its impossible to know the time, how can you be watchful?
One of the most powerful parables relating to the coming of the Lord is parable of the ten virgins in Mathew 25. The short story is this. Ten virgins (a type for believers) go out to meet the Bridegroom. Five foolish don't take enough oil and five wise do. The call goes out..."The Bridegroom is coming" The five foolish get locked out while the five wise go in to the marriage feast.
In the tradition of the day a person would go onto the roof of the home with the bride inside, to watch for the coming of the bridegroom. They didn't know exactly when he would arrive which is why they went up to watch for the arrival. (In the tradition it was the bridegroom who would come to the awaiting bride, not like our weddings today). Obviously the watchmen didn't go up to the roof and wait for months or years. They knew more or less when the bridegroom would come. Verse 13 says "Watch therefore, for you know not the day or hour in which the Son of Man is coming." Again, this is a very specific point in time and not the general time. It does not say no one knows the time!
1Thesselonians 5: 1-5 "Concerning the times and seasons, you have no need that I should write you, for you know that the Day of the Lord comes as a thief in the night...but you brethren are not in darkness that this day should overtake you as a thief. Verse 9 "For God did not appoint us unto wrath." The tribulation period is also called "the wrath of God"
This verse clearly teaches that those who watch will not be caught out like a thief!
Believers who don't believe in the imminent return of our Lord are always half-baked. They can never set their eyes on things above and are always worldly.
●The Lord is returning in 1000, 1988, 2000 (and others past dates)
These were obviously all wrong because we are well past the dates. They all had certain aspects of scripture to back their views, but did not have the whole picture. For example one view was that the rapture would occur in 1988 because that was 40 years after Israel became a nation in 1948.
They believed that a generation was 40 years long and that our Lord would return at the end of the generation that saw Israel become a nation. They were right about the scripture which proclaims that the generation that sees all these things, (Israel's nationhood) will be the last. They were wrong about a generation being 40 years long.
There is no 40- year Bible generation. That comes from Psalm 95:10 "For 40 years I was grieved with that generation...so I swore that would not enter my rest." This does not mean a generation is 40 years.
There were many who believed the Lord would come in the year 2000. They had no scriptural backing at all. They simply thought that the new millennium would be it. Some thought that this was the 6000-year mark from Adam. In the year 1000 people also ran out expecting to see the Lord. They had no scriptural backing either.
It's very important not to throw the baby out with the bathwater. Because some were wrong, that in no way negates the command of God to watch and look for the coming of the Lord. There is a powerful evil spiritual force with many deadly spiritual implications behind not being watchful.
Be careful that you don't become what the Bible calls an "end time scoffer" because some were wrong.
●The Lord is returning in November 2010
This is a fairly widely held view in some circles. It is based on some very elaborate calculations and presumptions. I have little interest in these very stretched calculations. There are too many variables. I would not give this view much attention.
●The Lord is returning in 2012
This is a widely held view. It has little scriptural backing. It's main claim to fame is that this is when the Mayan calendar ends. Adherents to this view also cite various Nostradamus predictions and the work of Hollywood. None of these are scriptural and in fact have more satanic and witchcraft origins than anything else. Its interesting that the devil worshipping Mayan people were destroyed many years ago. Why we should we give any authority to them?
Personally, I would totally reject with contempt anything and everything that Hollywood says or does. If you believe or receive anything rooted in Hollywood you deserve to be deceived.
●The Lord is returning in 2011.
This view is gaining momentum today and is possibly correct. (Note I said possibly)
God does many things in a orderly manner. It is His nature to warn of impending judgement. He did this succinctly and exactly many times before. He warned exactly when the flood of Noah would begin. The Bible says that the Lord does nothing unless He reveals it to His servants the prophets first.
The seven feasts of the Lord:
The first four feasts of the Lord relate undeniably to and correspond with the first coming of our Lord. This was no accident! There is continuing, deep significance to the final three feats of the Lord. It is not surprising then that the final three relate to and teach of the Second Coming and surrounding events. It is also no accident that there is a long period of time separating the first four from the final three. This speaks of the gap in the 70-week prophecy of Daniel also called the church age.
The feast of trumpets (also called Rosh Hashanah) is the only one which is celebrated on the sighting of the new moon. This feast has traditionally been called the "the feast of which no one knows the day or hour". This is because historically no one knew exactly or precisely when the new moon would appear. Of course they did know within a short time. In Jewish tradition, as soon as the new moon is sighted, a long trumpet blast is sounded after a series of shorter blasts. This is called the last trumpet. The trumpet signifies a call to repentance and also a sign of impending judgement.
The trumpet blast at the start of Rosh Hashanah also kicks off the High Holy Days called The Days of Awe or the Days of Repentance. It's also a time when the Jews seek forgiveness and reconciliation and also the time when they believe God writes their names in the Book of Life. This is according to common belief and practice.
Rosh Hashanah is also called Yom Teruah or the Day of Awakening. The Bible teaches that the Jews will be brought back into their land in blindness until their awakening.
Yet another name for Rosh Hashanah is Yom Hakesh, which means the day of hiding or the hidden day. It is hidden from Satan and all his followers! This also has reference to the 'hiding' of true believers at the rapture.
Traditionally the feast of trumpets also commemorates the creation of Adam on the sixth day, just before the seventh day of rest, which is a type of the millennium. The symbolism here is rich.
This day is also traditionally the birthday of Noah and was also the day Noah and his family entered the Ark, just before the judgement began falling. (Genesis 7 to 8)
This feast of trumpets is also the day of the "assembling of God's elect". It was also used for the announcement of the coming of a king.
There are far too many issues here for all of this to be coincidence! No, my friends, our Lord will begin the tribulation period on the feast of trumpets. Can you see the importance? Just have a look at the image below. We are now in the middle. The three final feasts have NOT yet been fulfilled! They will be fulfilled as accurately and consistently as the first three
One thing we can be sure of is that the tribulation will start on a Feast of Trumpets, but which one? This we can't be absolutely sure of, but we can be quite sure.
Israel became a nation in 1948. Jesus says that the generation that sees Israel become a nation again will be the last. Psalm 90:10 speaks of a generation being 70 years long. So quite simply, we add 70 to 1948 and come to the year 2018. This would be the end of the tribulation and time of the second coming. Then we need to come forward seven years for the tribulation, which brings us to 2011. Will the tribulation begin on the Feast of Trumpets 2011? Quite possibly.
The Feast of Trumpets 2011 will be on September 28th. Am I setting that date? No I'm setting today's date to watch and pray and be ready!
At the time of the coming of the Lord, many faithful believers both Jew and gentile will be ready and not be surprised. The dead and deceived church will not be ready. They will be yelling..."No one knows the time" while they continue to worship the gods of the world.
A blood moon is a total lunar eclipse, which sees the moon glow red for a short time. NASA's website offers the timeline for eclipses of the moon. There is an extremely rare phenomenon of four consecutive lunar eclipses known as a tetrad (blood moons). All four of these occur between 2014 and 2015. This would be the half way mark through the tribulation if it started in 2011.
Revelation 6:12 "Behold when he had opened the sixth seal, there was a great earthquake and the sun became black as sackcloth and the moon became as blood."
The opening of this seal is somewhere in the middle of the tribulation.
But the argument against this is that the moon turning red in colour occurs with the sun becoming black as sackcloth. Both of these phenomenon's could easily be caused by ash clouds or something in the atmosphere at the time. They could also be purely supernatural events. I present the blood moons simply as a point of interest, nothing more.
Some pointers towards a pre-tribulation rapture:
1Thesselonians 5:1-9 "Concerning the times and the seasons brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord comes as a thief in the night...but you brethren are not in darkness that this Day should overtake you as a thief."
Isaiah 26: 19 20 " Your dead shall live, together with my dead body they shall arise...Come My people enter your chambers and shut your doors behind you....until the indignation is past, for behold the Lord comes out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth."
Psalm 27: 5 "For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle, in His secret place He will hide me."
Zephaniah 2: 3 "Perhaps you will be hidden in the day of the Lord's anger."
1 Thessalonians 1:10 "Who delivers us from the wrath to come."
1 Thessalonians 5: 9 "For God has not appointed us to wrath."
Revelation 3:10 "I will keep you from the hour of testing that will come upon the whole world."
Did God warn of and give time frames for previous big judgements?
Its really not in God's nature to catch us out or to catch His own family off-guard. But it's also not His fault if His people ignore His warnings!
It would really be out of character for God not to give us time-warnings of the coming tribulation.
God informed Noah of His intention to destroy the world with a flood, 120 years before it occurred. He also gave Noah the means of escape. The Bible says that Noah entered the ark seven days before the flood started, while everyone was carrying on life regardless. Noah's name mean "rest". Isn't that amazing. Rest while floating above God's judgment! That alone is a good defence of the pre-tribulation rapture position.
Before the fiery judgement and destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, God warned Lot and his wife and told them to get out before the judgment came.
There are many other examples of God warning of impending judgement within time frames. These two, Noah and Lot are both connected with the Second Coming, so it would not be surprising that God would give us a time-warning for the coming tribulation.
By the way, the Second Coming, right at the end of the tribulation will be on a day known to anyone who's interested. The days of the tribulation are numbered in both Daniel and Revelation. So once it starts, all you need to do is tick off the days!
"There is one glaring observation here. This is it: The three views, 2010, 2011 and 2012 are not far apart are they? Of course only one could be right if any, but either way...time is very short indeed.
Slight differences should not cause you to throw the baby out with the bathwater. They should inspire you to get ready and be ready and live as though our Messiah was coming tomorrow! If one or two of the views is wrong; so what? You've lost nothing, in fact if you've prepared your heart, you've gained. If one is wrong that does NOT negate God's word and command to watch!
When the 1988 bunch were found to be wrong in 1989, that caused me to look for the reasons why they were wrong and to carry on looking!! That will forever be my position and attitude! Its worth remembering that those who say, "where is the hope of His coming, everything will carry on as always" are condemned by our Lord.
It's very important to let the Bible say what it says and not try to foist into it personal beliefs, especially complex rather stretched presumptions. It must be kept simple.
I would rather be watching, ready and wrong than blind, deceived, not ready and full of the world's ways thank you!
Psalm 111: 2 "The works of the Lord are great, studied by all who have pleasure in them."
Heaven or hell:
Young woman, Jesus is coming soon, do you know that? If you knew that you would need to appear in court, wouldn't you prepare beforehand? You can chose now. If you join our Lord's family now you will escape coming judgement. The judgment and resulting resurrection that came upon our Lord at Calvary, will be imputed to you. If you reject Him, a terrible judgement and fiery end awaits you!
Old man you can be made new again. If you accept our Lord you will walk with Him in glory. You'll receive a new body just like that of our Lord. It will be eternally young! Eternity is a long time to regret making the right choice!
In closing here is a woodcut by Gustav Dore entitled 'Paradise lost' (Thanks to the Adelaide University Library.)
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 40. May 19th 2010
In this edition:
●Wise words of old (part 2)
Recent news items of prophetic significance.
●Time magazine says "Hezbollah prepares for new war." Zechariah 11:1 "Open your doors O Lebanon that the fire may devour your cedars" It's been reported in various media of the Middle East that Russia has been arming Syria and Hezbollah of late.
●Next round of Islamic terror to hit the west soon...very soon!
●Netanyahu tells parliament: "Jerusalem and its Hebrew alternative name 'Zion' appears 850 times in the Bible. He said "It is our Biblical, eternal and indivisible capital."
●Muslim politicians and clerics issued dire warnings: "Save Jerusalem from the Jewish threat!" "Save the the Mosque of Al Aksa from destruction!" "Construction of the Third Temple is a Jewish conspiracy to control the world!" From their point of view, the Third Temple is a recipe for the Third World War. (Israel Today)
●European powerbrokers present proposal for a new economic and political order in response to the crumbling euro. (Infowars)
●Iran says it will "wreck western economies by blocking oil flow through the Persian Gulf". Iran announces new advanced arms for attacking ships including new submarines and cruise missiles bought from Russia. Iran prepares with "war-games practices." - Arutz Sheva.(17 May 2010)
Wise words of old:
This is a follow on from edition 17.
Many people are very interested in end time prophecy, but their own hearts are far from God. The Prophetic Scroll is obviously centred around eschatology, but not exclusively. What use is it knowing about many prophetic issues and not being ready in heart for our Messiah at His coming. In fact the very purpose of prophecy is not to tickle our ears but to turn us, heart and soul to Him. As our Messiah nears, our hearts should leap for joy with burning passion and enthusiasm.
With this in mind, I want to present to you a collection of quotes and wise words for your heart, from some wonderful old-school preachers and teachers. (No modern preachers here). As you read through these, please soften and open your heart and mind prayerfully to the voice of God. These are the very issues and fabric of life!
I've chosen these to see you and help you advance in the things of God and be ready for Him at His coming.
Many of these quotes are from memory, so they may not be exactly to the original letter. The content is what's important.
Derek Prince. (1915-2003)
He was born in India educated at Eton, Kings and Cambridge, London. His ministry began in World War 11. He was the most well known Christian Zionist. He was loved by millions and hated by many. He loved and stood for God's plan for Israel and the Jews. He lived in Jerusalem, but his ministry is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, with ministry offices in most countries of the world. A true apostle of God!
●"The only source of real strength, stability, wisdom and power in this world of variables is the knowledge of God, which only comes through cultivating the fear of God." Anything not rooted in God will be swept away and overcome by evil."
●"Teach-ability comes from humility and bowing yourself down before our Lord."
●"Major evil forces that will intensify before the coming of the Lord: Apostasy in the church. Overthrowing of law and order with social unrest. Permissiveness, materialism and tolerance of evil in the church. Upsurge of the occult and witchcraft. Arising of anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism. The arise of Islamic extremism. The arising of secular humanism."
●Godliness originated form knowing Him is a life of profound meaning and reality. The one who has touched this spiritual reality will automatically identify with another who has also touched the same. At the same time you will be delivered from all spiritual obsession. You can't "manufacture" this spiritual reality."
●"The prophet Isaiah speaks of "Preparing the way of the Lord" For us that means preparing our lives and hearts. Paul the apostle says "To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord." This also relates to our lives this side of death. The more dead we are to the world, the flesh and demonic...the more we are alive to God and the more His presence will be a reality.
●"Too many Christians are enemies of the cross of Christ, not willing to die to earthly and worldly things."
●"The body is good servant, but a terrifying, fearful master."
●"The fear of death is natural, but we need a fear of the life of this evil world."
●"If something doesn't demand or cost a lot, it's worthless. Jesus doesn't demand a lot, He demands everything, but this challenge, commitment and sacrifice, makes life worth living." If you are not totally committed in these days, you will be spiritually vulnerable."
●"The beauty of spiritual holiness corresponds to beauty in the natural world."
●"The deep waters of the Bible will drown it's opponents and cleanse it's lovers."
●Time can take nothing from the Bible."
●"When you fear God, you fear nothing else."
●"Soldiers who take the Bible into battle with them, know its the most powerful weapon of all."
●"This Bible is the most hated book in history. It's been banned, burned, attacked, discredited and outlawed, yet it ends up the most beloved of all and the world's all time best seller."
●"Walking in the beauty of holiness comes from the application of the cross, the Blood, the Word and all by the Spirit through our faith."
●"The fear of the Lord is seldom mentioned, little understood, but most rewarding. Without it you will never know God. You might know things about Him, but you cannot know Him."
●"The antichrist hates the subject of eschatology (study of end time things). It will become more and more important and more and more despised. A major aspect of the Christian life is conflict. We need courage to get to heaven."
●"The one and only hope for worsening, suffering humanity, nature and environment is the return of our Lord."
●"In the last days there will be an outpouring of deception and evil. Pride is the most deadly sin. It will blind you and you will fall into the trap. Humility before God will open your eyes give you sight and keep you safe."
●"Many in the state of Israel are now recognising that their firmest and most influential friends are Bible believing Christians."
A.W. Tozer (late 1800s)
He was a prolific author and champion of truth. He was a prophet of his time, despised and loved but never neutral towards anything at all. A remarkable spiritual giant!
●"The deeper Christian life should be normal. It's only deeper because the average Christian today is so shallow."
●"We don't wear a cross, the cross wears us." "Too many are on stolen thrones"
●"The un-crucified flesh of the believer will rob him of purity of heart, Christ like character, spiritual insight, fruitfulness, vision of God's glory and the hearing of God's voice."
●"Sin can and does alter it's appearance without changing it's nature. Remove it, don't refine it."
●"We need a healthy bit of unbelief. Don't gulp down everything that comes dressed in religiosity."
●"Make your thoughts a clean sanctuary." Compromise with the world's ways will take the pressure off, but the cost will be immense."
●"Whatever keeps you from the study of God's Word, and lets in the cares of this world is your big enemy."
●"An average view of God is the cause of hundreds of lesser evils. Withdraw yourself to meet and know God in adoring silence and solitude." "You can't 'think' God down to your level."
●"The new cross of popular evangelism doesn't slay the sinner, it re-directs him to a cleaner, jollier way of living and saves his self respect. The life God offers is not an improved old life, but a liquidated life, then raised to newness."
●"The cross must be invited to do it's deadly work of destruction in us, then we are free." "Before fullness there must be emptiness."
●"A persons love for God is evident in the daily choices he makes. We may be know by: What we want most in life; what consumes our thoughts; what we use our money on; what we do with our leisure time; the company we keep; whom we admire; our average talk
●"The esteem of this world isn't worth the effort."
●"In the midst of growing universal darkness there are those who will never be satisfied with the lukewarm church or the world's offerings. They're athirst after God Himself."
●"With the world's light in us we will have difficulty paying the price required by God, because we will not see the value. The winds of the world are blowing towards hell. You need the wind in your face."
●"Shallow lives, and shallow philosophies are products of shallow shepherds. Many churches are hiding places for weak, spineless characters."
●"God's anger and wrath is as holy and pure as His love." "To be right with God, often means being wrong with man." "The church of today is in the darkness of Babylonian captivity."
●"In Christ you died, yet you're more alive than before. You lose your life to save it. You're on earth, but seated in heaven. You live here, but you're not at home here. You're strongest when weakest and though poor, infinitely rich. You're wisest when your own reason is defeated."
●"Christ is a friend to the repentant sinner, but a frightful terror to the proud. The proud and worldly will never find true rest. Humility and holiness are the paths to peace."
●"All heresy and false doctrine is rooted in pride and a lack of the application of the cross." Truth not lived and experienced is no better than error and equally as dangerous."
●"What we will is what we are."
●"If you don't know the lamb turned lion you are in more danger than you know."
Watchman Nee: (1903- 1972)
He spent most of his life in prison for spreading the gospel in China. He smuggled hundreds of hand written notes out of prison, which were then distributed and collaborated into hundreds of books. Prison authorities ripped his tongue out of his head trying to silence him. He was finally martyred in prison.
●"God's way of deliverance from sin is not by making us stronger and stronger, but weaker and weaker. I's not by strengthening the old nature, but by crucifying him." The cross strikes at the root."
●"Whatever remains untouched by the cross in us, remains untouched in others." "Ministry is life transference."
●"Humility and meekness of character is a sign of the work of the cross in that one's life. Pride is sign of the absence of the cross."
●"We will lose interest in the world and it in us when the cross is at work in us. Only through the power of the cross can we see the doom of the world."
●"When the world meets Christ in us it instantly becomes antagonistic and hostile."
●"Our light is not to make the world look good, but to expose it's darkness, hollowness, emptiness and God defying rebelliousness."
●"There is a Satanic power behind every worldly thing. The world is Satan's masterpiece."
●"God's valuation on a person is seen in the revelation given. This revelation brings authority. Only the one under authority can be an authority. Don't seek authority, seek to take up your cross and die, then God will give you what He wills, which will be perfect."
●"If Christ is your life, you are the most blessed, successful person on this earth."
●"Resurrection life presupposes passing through death and death is always the great eliminator. We're too quick to want life but not the eliminating power of the cross. The cross is the great subtractor. Christ and the cross is our destroyer and builder."
●"If we have really seen the light we will fall to the ground. The light of God enlightens but also slays. How hard it is for the proud to be humble. They have no light. Doctrine doesn't cause us to fall, except when mixed with light!"
●"Only brokenness through the cross makes us fit to see our Lord, hear His word and live a victorious life."
This is just a very small collection of quotes. They are life-changing if received and applied. May you be encouraged to move ever forward with our wonderful great and soon coming Messiah. May you be ready for Him at His coming for you.
I cut my spiritual teeth on the material from these men of God whom I consider my spiritual fathers. I began to study the many hundreds of books etc back in the late 1970s and still regularly do so today. I can testify that these are the words of a wonderful life.
Proverbs 4:18 "The path of the righteous is like the shining sun, that shines ever brighter unto the perfect day."
Psalm 62:5,6 "My soul, wait silently for God alone. My expectation is from Him, He only is my rock and my salvation. He is my defence, I shall not be moved."
Heaven or hell:
Little boxes all the same. It doesn't matter where you live, or does it? Actually, it really does! If you are living in the reality of God's will for you, you will never be able to be truly at home anywhere here on earth. Some think they will be happy if they lived in Hawaii. If you are not born of the Spirit of God you had better enjoy your home now, wherever it is, because you will shortly be moving to a new abode, infinitely worse than anyone can imagine...Hell
Don't follow what the traditions of the masses say and do, simple because it's tradition. You may think there is safety in numbers, but be very careful with that. History shows over and over that the majority is most times not right! To be safe and secure, follow our Lord and His Word. The Bible is the one and only really safe source of truth and life, especially in these days. It will pave your way to heaven!
In closing this is an oil paintings done by yours truly. It's my old style. Now I use a lot more collage and mixed media.
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 39. May 10th 2010
In this edition:
●Coming massive world economic meltdown
●News makers and items.
Recent news items of prophetic significance.
●Obama recently assured European leaders that if the Israel-Palestinian peaces process is not moving by September, he will convene and international peace summit. Sources say that this would only be to force Israel's hand.
●Obama sends letter to Palestinians assuring them that he blames Israel for the the lack of peace. "Israel is the obstacle" he said.
●Palestinian officials are preparing to unilaterally declare independence by October. Such a move would be welcomed by the UN, says the Arab media.
●French President Sarkozy calls for world economic regulation and reform, after recent discussions with Obama.
●Former Nazi bank to rule the global economy. European Central Bank chief Jean-Claude Trichet said a few days ago at the Global Economy Meeting (GEM) that The Bank of International Settlements will become "the primary engine for global governance." Trichet also said in a report carried by Forbes that "global governance is extremely necessary if we want to prevent another world credit crisis."
●Behind the news of the Iranian leaders visit to Zimbabwe last week, lurks the unreported and main reason for this odd-couple tie up. In return for a regular supply of oil, Zimbabwe's evil dictator, Mugabe has promised and assured Iran of huge supplies of uranium, of which it has large reserves.
World financial disaster coming soon.
The world of high finance and global macro-economics is not your normal spiritual subject, but it's inextricably linked with Bible prophecy and is of far greater importance than many imagine.
I now want to break this down into a simple easy to understand article. It is of profound importance now.
The world has just emerged from a huge economic crisis, which was caused by stupid US bank managers and the equally as stupid US sub-prime system. This was designed to fulfil the American dream of life, liberty and happiness (on credit) to everyone, even the likes of Jerry Springer guests, who had no hope of paying back their loans. US bank managers were responsible for the entire meltdown which spread around the world like falling dominoes.
We are now seeing worldwide economic recovery from that US- created nightmare that was inflicted on the world, or are we?
There is no doubt that economic recovery is on the go in the US and many other countries. The most recent earnings season in the US indicated that about 80% of corporate America beat analysts' expectations. The economies of China and India have been surging very strongly and in fact swinging the balance of world growth into the green. Commodity prices have been flying high in anticipation of this world recovery.
"Ah, all is well with the world! Everything is going to continue as normal. My family and I can now sleep well."...Not so fast, buddy!!
Imagine survivors of the Titanic being rescued by a big airship called the Hindenburg!
A new monster:
The first economic crisis that the world went through, and is now recovering from was created by US. We are now facing a new and more severe economic crisis. This time it's primarily been caused by stupid politicians. But bankers aren't off the hook. Central banks (government controlled) and private banks are just as responsible again, as we will see. Bankers + politicians = one big satanically driven monster.
Before we go on let me share with you a very simple basic lesson in economics.
If you spend more than you earn, you are in trouble. You can borrow more, but then you need to service that debt and pay interest on the loan as well as pay the loan back at some point. It's fine to spend more than you earn for a short time if for example, if it's for new machinery (capital expense) to make more and better products. But if debt gets to a level where you can't service it, you're finished. What awaits then is default or bankruptcy. Essentially, can't get out of debt by borrowing more and going deeper into debt.
The rocketing world empire of debt!
Debt per say is not the problem, it's debt out of control that is. Once debt reaches a level of un-sustainability it brings down all involved. If I owe the bank $1000 it's my problem. If I owe the bank $10 million it's the banks problem. If I default on the big amount, it will damage me, the bank and many others. On a world or national scale, there is no fixed level, where debt hits the un-sustainable, breaking point. There are too many variables for a one-size-fits-all position.
Essentially, excessive US debt has been sold on to the rest of the world. It has spread from the banks to the public sectors and now Humpty is about to fall.
Right now everyone is worried about the contagion of debt in Europe, and rightly so, but there are much larger problems lurking in the dark. They have not yet come to light, but they soon will. When they do, you can be sure that a new world economic melt-down will be underway.
Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is what a nation earns its money from. The deficit level is the spending side of things. Now just like a business, if a country spends more than it earns, it's not good. The country can go and borrow more, but then it has to pay back the interest on the loan and the loan itself. Some countries just print more money, which brings nasty inflation further down the line.
Right now we are seeing about 15 nations worldwide with debt levels that are unsustainable and still growing.
Debt as a percentage of GDP is the all important number. If a nation has a debt to GDP ratio of 100% it means that it is unsustainable.
Here is the debt to GDP breakdown of countries headed for financial catastrophe:
The US is at 96%, Canada is at 74%. Most European countries are at or just below the 100% mark. Greece is at 170%, Japan is at 200%. India is at 62%, Singapore is at 117%. The UK is at 65%
Some countries that are just fine (but will be hit by the domino knock on effects of meltdown elsewhere.) South Africa at 35%, Australia 18%.
Current global public (government) debt is $38trillion and rocketing. It will be at $43 trillion by 2011. The problem is that these excessive debt levels are growing too fast to be sustainable.
Remember that we have been seeing a lot of troubles recently over the debt contagion threat of just one nation, Greece. When many begin to hit the fan simultaneously, the domino effect will cripple the world economy.
Stock markets are forward looking. They anticipate the economic or earnings environment by about six to nine months or so. World markets have now fallen from their recent highs by 10% or so in a matter of days! Some like the all-important Shanghai market of China has fallen by 25% from its high of a few months ago.
World markets are unable to continue in an upward trend (with the exception of a few bounces). They are now forming a new downward trend. Markets are saying that world economic troubles are coming in six to nine months or so.
At the time of writing, we have just seen a significant bounce in world markets on the news of a huge rescue package for Greece and others in Europe. This will stabilise world markets, but it's a bailout bucket, which hasn't fixed the source of the leak. We may well see world markets recover for some time, but the underlying structural problems remain and will surface soon. The European rescue package itself is fundamentally flawed and will not work for more than a short time.
But, remember that there are many other countries that are heading for economic disaster at great speed as well.
Many financial advisors, fund managers and stock market participants say that to be successful in the markets you need to be a long-term investor. That was quite true in the past, but now we are about to see a major paradigm shift. 'Long-term' is out of the window!
How can you bailout the world?
Living beyond your means on a personal, corporate or national level is not very clever! In fact it's root is pure greed mixed with pride!
By-products of economic disaster:
The austerity measures that will need to be introduced to save the world economy will have to be very severe. These will lead to many new problems. These measures may include: Raising taxes, spending cuts, salary cuts, reduction in pension payouts, reduction in municipal services, and similar. These then lead to rising inflation, unemployment, a fall in property prices, tanking world stock markets, and social unrest as well.
Banks feel the pressure and stop lending to each other and tighten up credit controls. This reduces the velocity of money in the system and causes all sorts of hardships. As we have seen before, this can also lead to a run on banks as people withdraw their money. All in all, this creates a new recession.
Most are not aware that an enormous crippling drought is now affecting large parts of China. Some estimate that it will knock a few percentage points off GDP. On its own this isn't a major world event, but there are rising fears of food and water shortages brewing in many other third world countries as well.
World economic collapse will exacerbate famine. The Bible speaks of large end- time famines in many lands.
Luke 21:25 "...And on the earth, distress of nations with perplexity." This is a tribulation verse, but we will see forerunners.
Babylon then and now:
The modern banking system was first birthed in the city of Babylon thousands of years ago. It's not the main subject here, but just to mention it.
Babylon was also where people of many mixed, occult religions tried to reach up to God to become one with Him. God destroyed it all and them all. This was also the origin of independent nations with their own languages.
With this in mind we need to understand that there are many things within the Bible that have a secondary "type" as well as a literal meaning. Babylon is one of them. There is much in the Bible about the city of Babylon and its evil multi-faith ways, it's commercialism, its destruction and so on. But there is much in Bible prophecy where Babylon is also used to represent various aspects of the modern world. In the book of Revelation (and elsewhere), Babylon is used in type to show the destruction of the modern world system, including it's religions.
Religious modern Babylon will be spear-headed by an apostate leader, most probably Catholic He will accommodate a multi-faith mix. This world religious organisation will become the "false prophet" who will work in collaboration with the antichrist in the tribulation period. This religion is called "The whore."
Revelation 17:5 "Mystery Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and of the Abomination of the Earth." This whole chapter deals with this false, counterfeit religion.
What is interesting though, is that the very next chapter also deals with Babylon the Great, but here it is typed with the kings and merchants of the commercial, socio-political world.
Revelation 18:2-19 "Babylon the Great is fallen is fallen and has become a habitation of demons...for all the nations have drunk of the wine of her fornication...the kings of the earth and merchants have become rich through the abundance of her luxury...therefore her plagues will come swiftly, death mourning and famine...she is made desolate."
Babylon (in type) refers to the massive godless end-time world, it's religion as well as the banking system and the socio-political world. In the days we are soon to enter, religious Babylon will team up with political Babylon to form the tragic end-time players. These will be the satanic trinity or what the Bible calls the false prophet (religious), the antichrist (political) and the beast system (computerised control)
Some incorrectly believe that the references to Babylon in the book of Revelation refer only to the original city of Babylon. There is a huge weight of evidence (which I'm not going to deal with now) that Babylon has many prophetic applications to our day in both the spheres of religion and politics.
Jeremiah 51:49-57 "As Babylon has caused the slain of Israel to fall, so at Babylon the slain of all the earth shall fall...The sound of a cry comes from Babylon and great destruction...because the Lord is plundering Babylon and silencing her loud voice...all her mighty men are taken...and I will make drunk her princes and wise men and governors, her deputies and her mighty men and they shall sleep a perpetual sleep and not awake ever."
This happened just as proclaimed, but it also has a powerful secondary, prophetic application to today.
When will all this happen?
There have been many world economic crises in the past. Israel is God's time clock though. The generation that saw Israel become a nation again will be the last before the tribulation begins. This generation started in 1948, so it is only events since then that are of prophetic importance. We are now right at the tail end of this generation!
I've mentioned a number of times that Europe in its present form is not ready to fulfil its hell-born end time role. This could be the start of the shake-up that will prepare Europe for it's tragic future role.
Have a look again at the news item at the top titled "former Nazi bank to rule..."
We can be very sure that 2011 will see many of these things reach explosion point, if not before.
The economic work of the antichrist:
The coming world economic crisis will be just the sort of environment that is ripe for the arrival of a super-wise, whizz-kid... a Superman-saviour who will come along with a staggeringly brilliant socio-economic rescue-plan. It WILL be just that, but it will be born in hell and Mr. Superman will be none other than the antichrist. He will introduce the "beast system" which will be one of control and domination on a worldwide scale. Of course, all of this will be in the tribulation period, but we are seeing the forerunners of it now.
As he consolidates his power in the tribulation period, this is what he will do in terms of the world economy:
Isaiah 10:13 "By the strength of my hand I have done it and by my wisdom, I have removed the boundaries of the people and have robbed their treasuries...my hand has found like a nest the riches of the people and there was no one who moved his wing nor opened his mouth with even a peep."
Revelation 13:16-17 "He causes all both great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their forehand or forehead and that no one may buy or sell, except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name."
Both of these verses (as well as some others) speak of a time of worldwide socialistic, financial control and domination on a grand scale! The tragedy is that those who go this way will seal their eternal destiny in hell.
The debt levels of many of the large developed economies are at breaking point. There is no easy way out. It's all going to explode soon. Some of the smaller emerging nations are just fine on their own, but because the world is a global village, they will all be affected. There will be hope and economic recoveries here and there for a while, but these will be false. The upward trend of mid to longer-term sustainable world economic growth has been dealt a mortal blow.
We are close to the start of a horrific melt-down. The full impact of it all will take place in the seven year tribulation period. We will be gone by then!
By nature I'm an eternal optimist. I have no optimism for the world, but plenty for our Messiah, His ways and His people. We will be forever victorious!
Matthew 6:24 "No one can serve two masters for either he will hate the one and love the other...you can't serve both God and money."
Ecclesiastes 5:10 "He who loves abundance (materialism) with increase, this is also vanity."
Heaven or hell:
Isn't it amazing that unbelievers almost always call on God at funerals. "Oh Gawd, we know that he was such a good man, receive him now." Well, why didn't he receive God when he was alive? Why, should God receive him now? One thing I've noticed is how desperate and hopelessly sad all funerals of unbelievers are. Most times the priest at the unbeliever's funeral is as dead as the person in the coffin and nothing he prays or says will make any difference with God. It's too late! "Into God's hands we commend his spirit", they say. To the dead unbeliever God will say; "depart from me, I never knew you" Hell is that individual's new home, believe it or not.
Funerals of true believers are sad yes, because the person is gone from us for now, but there is an element of lightness and hope and even joyfulness to them. I've been to some that were a celebration. God will say to that person; "well done good and faithful servant". Don't wait until you're on your death bed to make right with God. You need to be born into His family to be accepted by Him and you need to do it now.
In closing this edition here is a marvellous painting by Marc Chagall done in 1954. It represents a beautiful happy world. Enjoy it because it won't last. The glorious Kingdom of our risen Messiah, Yeshua / Jesus will last forever.
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!