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God has given us His plan for the end of the age of grace, and we now live in the last days of this age. All prophecies pointing to Jesus' return have been sufficiently fulfilled for His return. He can appear in the clouds to call His believers to join Him at any moment. In this Website, current news stories and ancient Bible prophecies are correlated to show that THE HOLY BIBLE IS TRUE, GOD IS REAL, and JESUS WILL RETURN SOON. The true significance of events reported daily in the news media can be understood only by studying Bible prophecy. It is impossible to read Bible prophecy with an open mind without coming to an unshakable belief in God and His Son, Jesus the Christ (the Messiah). Prepare to meet Jesus— mankind's the Savior— in glory and reward, not in shame and punishment. Warn others you know to prepare for His return. Persons who receive salvation through your efforts will be your spiritual children for eternity.

"Remember this... I am God, and there is no other.... I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please." Isaiah 46:8-10

[Says God the LORD] "Behold the former things have come to pass, and the new things I declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them." Isaiah 42:9

[The words of the Preacher, Son of David] "That which has been is what will be, that which is done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun." Ecclesiastes 1:9

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WARS AND RUMORS OF WARS,
TERRORISM
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BACKGROUND: Jesus prophesied a world filled with wars, rumors of wars, and terrorism prior to His return to Earth. See Jesus' Olivet Discourse in Matthew, chapter 24; Mark, chapter 13; and Luke, chapter 21. In Jesus' teaching, the Greek word ethnos has been poorly translated as "nation." A better translation is "ethnic group" or "people." This term accurately includes terrorist groups— small groups of people with, at best, only loose connection with any recognized national government.

Since World War II, there has not been a single day free of international war, civil war, or terrorism somewhere in the world. Islam now holds the nations of the Earth— especially the United States ("the great Satan") and Israel ("the little Satan"), but increasingly European nations— in expectation of the next terrorist attack. The September 11, 2001 (9/11) attack on the United States by Islamic extremists was a dramatic foretaste of the terrorism which undoubtedly will be inflicted on America, Western countries, and Israel.

The meticulous preparation of terrorists and the war on terrorism being conducted in Middle East nations may have delayed additional attacks on America. More likely, though, the lull in repeat and successful terror attacks may represent God's pattern of judgment:
• WARNING ⇒
• Followed by a period of GRACE (to determine if repentance will occur) ⇒
• Followed by JUDGMENT (if people do not repent).

Because America has not repented, more terrorism attacks can be anticipated, and weapons of mass destruction (nuclear, chemical, or biological) will likely be employed.

Messianic Rabbi Jonathan Cahn has written an insightful book, The Harbinger, correlating God's judgment on ancient Israel and on modern (September 11, 2001) America. Read a LESSON I wrote, based on The Harbinger. Click back arrow to return to this Web page.

Understand the Arabic word hudna. Hudna may be translated as a temporary truce or cease-fire, but with malevolent implications rather than peaceful intentions. In 628 BC, 1,400 Muslims marched toward Mecca for a pilgrimage. The Quraish tribe would not permit Muhammad and his followers to pass through their land. The outnumbered Muslims entered into the Treaty of Hudaybiyyah, and retreated peacefully from the Quraish's land. Muhammad used this temporary hudna ("truce") to strenthen his army, and he later passed in victory toward Mecca. A modern-day hudna would make it easier to gain time during a peace or false peace process. From a position of strength, it would be easier to break a truce (treaty) and gain victory. Hudna would provide time to enlist other Islamic nations to join the fight. Hudna is a well-respected Muslim tactic, endorsed by such a revered person as Muhammad. When a Muslim nation enters into any treaty or concession with a non-Muslim nation, is this a sincere desire for peace, or is it merely hudna? A probable hudna is Iran's "foot-dragging," seemingly participating in U.N. resolutions, to buy time to increase nuclear weapon and missile developments.

Iran is of special concern in the Middle East. Iran is led by Supreme Leader Ali Khamanei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. These Shiite Muslim leaders believe that international chaos (war) will hasten the appearance of Imam Mahdi, the twelfth imam or the Islamic "messiah." Accordingly, Iran is completing development (has developed?) nuclear weapons and has promised to annihilate Israel. This fanatical government cares nothing about its own people, as any Iranian who dies in a holy war would be a martyr and taken into Paradise by Allah. The main goal of the Iranian nuclear program is to annihilate Israel and start worldwide war. (Read an applicable ancient prophecy in Psalm 83.)

A question that no government official will answer is: Why would Iran, which has more petroleum than it can ever use, need to develop nuclear "electrical power plants," and, especially, extend the program to produce weapons-grade uranium?

Terrorists easily cross America's porous borders and quietly establish cell groups, patiently waiting for the appropriate time to try to destroy America. (No country resembling the United States can be found in end-time prophecy.) Other countries, especially in Europe, are at risk.

In 2011, we witnessed the Arab Spring, in which a number of governments were toppled. Politicians and their news media puppets sweetly talked of "democracy," stating the Muslim rioters only wanted (and deserved) American-style "democracy." Nonsense! First, America is not a "democracy," but, rather, a constitutional republic. More importantly, though, America's Founding Fathers clearly established a government based on Judeo-Christian principles. Some of the Founding Fathers even stated that the new American form of government would be suitable only for persons of Jewish and Christian faith— but for no other faith. Peoples involved in the Arab Spring sought to embrace Sharia law, not Judeo-Christian law. Even more important questions must be answered: What nation(s) or group(s) are behind the Arab Spring? What is the motive for overtaking these governments? Will there be "democratic freedom," or repressive, theocratic rule?

Short of God's mercy, the only protection Americans have is the Constitution, if this remarkable document is faithfully interpreted and followed.

Jesus told us that the world would see wars and rumors of wars prior to His return. (See first Scripture, reproduced below). Note, though, that He said, "Such things must happen, but the end is still to come." [my underlining] Global financial collapse could be the "tipping point" for the collapse of nations throughout the world. Financial collapse could occur suddenly. There appears to be a sinister connection of the world's central banks, extremely rich persons, and national leaders, who seemingly may be planning a world war. Since we are not privy to the plans of these people, we can only guess what their diabolical plans may be.

REPRESENTATIVE SCRIPTURES: Matthew 24:6-7: [Jesus said] "You will hear or wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things will happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom...."


Mark 13:7-8: [Jesus said] "When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom...."
Luke 21:9-10: [Jesus said] "When you hear of wars and revolutions, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away." Then he said to them, "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom."
Revelation 6:3-4: When the Lamb [Jesus] opened the second seal, I [John the Revelator] heard the second living creature say, "Come!" Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make men slay each other. To him was given a large sword [nuclear weapons?].
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  • Of interest to Americans: The Oath Keepers' Declaration of Orders We Will Not Obey (03 Mar 2009)
  • NOTE: Many regions are presently in chaotic unrest, wars, and instability. There are too many uprisings to list them all in this Website. Several factors are or may be in play. For religious reasons, the Shia Muslims (principally, Iran's Shiite leaders, Khamanei and Ahmadinejad) are striving to create global chaos and war to hasten the appearance of the Twelfth Imam, Imam al-Mahdi (usually simply called "the Mahdi"). For political reasons, outside socialist/ Marxist agitators and terrorist leaders are striving to organize the masses into controllable groups (for example, the Muslim Brotherhood). The United States' government has its "head in the sand," praising the wonder of "democracy" arising in these nations. "Democracy," as in the United States' constitutional republic model, is a concept based on Judeo-Christian principles and Western culture, but is an alien, probably unworkable concept for Islamic nations. Democracy, if directed in the wrong direction and imposed on an unprepared people, can be harmful and doomed to failure. A commonly quoted example of democracy with bad outcome is a meeting of two foxes and one chicken to discuss what to have for dinner.

    We are seeing end-time prophecy fulfilled before our eyes.
    • Read Psalm 83— an ancient prophecy about all nations turning against Israel.
    • Read Ezekiel, chapters 36 and 37— God's call of His people Israel from all corners of the world to re-populate the Covenant land of Israel and His solemn promise that the reborn nation would never again be divided or ruled by "two kings."
    • Read Zechariah, chapter 12— God's stern warning that He will destroy any nation which tries to divided the land of Israel and Jerusalem in the last days.

    THE GOOD NEWS IN THE BAD NEWS: Israel is "the Litle Satan" in present-day Muslim rhetoric. A weakened, ineffective United States is becoming less relevant in world affairs. America's enemies do not fear her; America's friends do not respect her. No nation resembling the United States is mentioned in end-time prophecy. There is good news, though. God has known that all of these events would happen since He created the world, and He is still in control. Jesus will return soon, and the followers of Christ will ultimately win. A Christian's true home is in New Jerusalem (Heaven), not on the earth.







ISRAEL (DESTINY OF AND STRUGGLE FOR)
JERUSALEM (DESIRE OF MANY AND SOURCE OF CONFLICT)
JEWS, HATRED OF (ANTI-SEMITISM)
BIBLE PROPHECY CURRENT NEWS
BACKGROUND: All end-of-the-age prophecy revolves around:
(1) God's Covenant people (the Jews), God's Covenant land (Israel), and God's Holy City (Jerusalem), at a time when the Jews occupy Israel; and
(2) How the world's nations treat the Jews.

Many important Bible prophecies have been fulfilled since May, 1948, including:
• The return of Jews from nearly 1,900 years of exile, a time known as the "Diaspora;"
• The re-birth of a Jewish nation under the name "Israel," with Hebrew language and Jewish religious practices intact;
• The return to Israel of sons and daughters of Zion from the nations of the world; and
• Intense hatred of the Jews (anti-Semitism) by all nations and peoples of the world.

After the 1948 re-establishment of Israel, God promised to provide victory for Israel against all future enemy attacks. Israel is now under Divine protection. All of her enemies will eventually be destroyed.

The return of exiled Jews to Israel fulfills multiple prophecies. The intense hatread of the Jewish nation in the last days sets the stage for a great war against Israel, with God— and God only— rescuing Israel from "certain" defeat.

REPRESENTATIVE SCRIPTURES: Genesis 12:2-3: [The LORD speaking to Abram, who would be re-named Abraham, said] "I will make unto you a great nation* and I will bless you.... I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse...." *EXPLANATION: This promised great nation, rising as sons of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, are the Jews. After Jesus, His followers— Christians— were grafted into God's "olive tree" (Israel). See a God's Two Olive Trees e-newsletter archived elsewhere in this Website. Click back arrow to return to this Web page.

Only Jews and Christians can be accepted into fellowship with God. Only Jews and Christians have a right to own Jerusalem and Israel. Others who claim Israel and Jerusalem, e.g., Muslims, have a counterfeit claim. The Arabs' inheritance is land to the east of Israel, i.e., the Arabian Peninsula. The Arabs' gift from God is not His Covenant relationship, but His grace for salvation— a gift available to every person in the world.


Amos 9:11-15: "In that day I will restore David's fallen tent [the nation of Israel], I will repair its broken places, restore its ruins, and build it as it used to be; so that they may possess the remnant of Edom and all the nations that bear my name," declares the LORD, who will do these things. "The days are coming," declares the LORD, "when the reaper will be overtaken by the plowman and the planter by the one treading grapes. New wine will drip from the mountains and flow from the hills. I will bring back my exiled people Israel; they will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them. They will plant vineyards and drink their wine; they will make gardens and eat their fruit. I will plant Israel in their own land, never again to be uprooted from the land I have given them," says the LORD your God. EXPLANATION: Prior to 1948, present-day Israel was a sparsely populated, impoverished, unproductive wasteland. Since the Jews' return in 1948, the land has become a vibrant, productive, modern, democratic country, by the grace of God and in fulfillment of His promise to the Jews.
Zechariah 12:2-4, 6: "I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah [Israel] will be besieged as well as Jerusalem. On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves. On that day I will strike every horse with panic and its rider with madness," declares the LORD. "I will keep a watchful eye over the house of Judah, but I will blind all the horses of the nations. | On that day I will make the leaders of Judah like a firepot in a woodpile, like a flaming torch among sheaves. They will consume right and left all the surrounding peoples, but Jerusalem will remain intact in her place." EXPLANATION: God will not permit Israel to be defeated in battle after the Jews' final return to the Covenant Land (in 1948). Nations of the world will turn against Israel and hate the Jews, but they cannot— they will not— defeat Israel because an all-powerful God will defend the Jews and defeat providentially all of the Jews' enemies!
Psalm 83:2-8: See how your [God's] enemies are astir, how your foes raise their heads. With cunning they conspire against your people [the Jews]; they plot against those you cherish. "Come," they say, "let us destroy them as a nation, that the name of Israel be remembered no more." With one mind they plot together; they form an alliance against you— the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, of Moab and the Hagrites, Gebal, Ammon and Amalek, Philistia, with the people of Tyre. Even Assyria has joined them.... EXPLANATION: This list of ancient peoples is the same list of Arab/Muslim nations now fanatically desiring to push the Jews into the Mediterranean Sea, that the nation of Israel will never exist again.

Ancient place names in which these enemies of Israel lived (live) and modern equivalents are:
Edom: ancient Palestine between the Dead Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba— Edomites were descendants of Esau, twin brother of Jacob (Israel);
Ishmaelites: Arabian Peninsula— Ishmaelites were descendants of Ishmael, son of Abraham and Hagar;
Moab: land east of the Dead Sea in present-day southwest Jordan— Moabites were descendants of Lot and his daughter;
Hagrites: similar to Ishmaelites (see above), Hagrites lived in desert land east and south of ancient Palestine (Israel)— Hagrites were descendants of Ishmael, son of Abraham and Hagar;
Gebal: mountainous land of Edom (see above) south of the Dead Sea, now called Djebal;
Ammon: an ancient kingdom east of the Jordan River in present-day northwest Jordan; its capital, Rabbath-Ammon, was on the site of present-day Amman, Jordan; the Ammonites were descendants of Lot and his daughter;
Amalek: Amalek, Esau's grandson, gave rise to Israel's perpetual enemy, the Amalekites, an ancient nomadic people in Canaan and the Sinai Peninsula;
Philistia: ancient land in southwestern Palestine along the important Egypt-Syria trade route— its people were the Philistines, long-standing enemies of the Israelites;
Tyre: ancient Phoenician city on the eastern Mediterranean Sea in present-day southern Lebanon; and
Assyria: an ancient Asian civilization, which included much of the land between the rivers Euphrates and Tigris, and as far south as the Persian Gulf.
Ezekiel, chapter 37: SUMMARY: The LORD gave Ezekiel a vision: He saw a valley littered with many dry bones. The LORD said He would restore the bones. They were joined together and were covered with flesh, as men and women, but they did not breathe. Then, breath came to them from the "four winds", and the assembled forms had the breath of life. The LORD said that these bones depicted the whole house of Israel. The LORD promised to bring His people back to the land of Israel. Ezekiel was then told to take two sticks of wood, writing "Belonging to Judah and the Israelites associated with him" on one and "Ephraim's stick belonging to Joseph and all of the house of Israel associated with him" on the other. Ezekiel was told to unite the two sticks into one because they will never again be divided. Then, "David" will be King over them and they will follow God's laws. COMMENT: This important prophecy, written nearly 2,600 years ago, surely was written for our time. In AD 70, Roman legions defeated the Jewish people, destroyed their Temple, and either slaughtered the Jews or carried them into captivity (first in Rome and, then, throughout the world) — a nearly nineteen-century period known as "the Diaspora." The Jews remained dispersed until May, 1948, when they returned to re-establish Israel (the dry bones becoming flesh). Since 1948, the Jews have re-built Israel under one government (the two sticks joined as one in Ezekiel's vision), and God has promised they never again will be defeated. Jews from all parts of the world (the breath from the four winds— the four cardinal points of the world in Ezekiel's vision) have come to Israel. Rule under "David" will not occur until the Millennial Kingdom, when Jesus Christ will rule the world and all nations will know and worship God. (Jesus was from the House of David— see Jesus' genealogy in the Gospels— and was sometimes called "Son of David.".
Deuteronomy 30:1-5, 7: When all these blessings and curses I have set before you come upon you and you take them to heart wherever the LORD your God disperses you among the nations, and when you and your children return to the LORD your God and obey him with all your heart and with all your soul... then the LORD your God will restore your fortunes and have compassion on you and gather you again from all the nations where he scattered you. Even if you have been banished to the most distant land under the heavens, from there the LORD your God will gather you and bring you back. He will bring you back to the land that belonged to your fathers, and you will take possession of it. He will make you more prosperous and numerous than your fathers.... | The LORD your God will put all these curses on your enemies who hate and persecute you....

SUMMARY: As present-day events spiral out of control, one country (Israel) and one people (the Jews) are and will remain at the center of the world's turmoil— exactly as foretold in The Holy Bible by the writings of prophets thousands of years ago.

The descendants of two sons of Abraham— Isaac and Ishmael— will continue contending for the land given by God to Abraham and his son Isaac. As The Holy Bible clearly states:
• God gave the Jews (see Genesis) and the Christians (see Romans) the land of Israel, made Jerusalem His Holy City, and gave the Jews His eternal blessing.
• God gave the land east of Israel— including the Arabian Peninsula— to the descendants of Ishmael (the Arabs), Lot (the Moabites and Ammonites), and Esau (the Edomites).
• The important blessing God extended to Ishmaelites and their cousins (Arabs, or centuries later, the Muslims) is His grace, that they may convert from Islam to Christianity and receive eternal life in Heaven. God's grace is available to every person in the world.

The descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (the Jews) are the rightful heirs of the Covenant Land (Israel) and God's Holy City in that Land (Jerusalem). This inheritance continues through David and Jesus Christ, so that engrafted, or "adopted," Jews (Christians) are also the rightful heirs of the Covenant Land and Jerusalem.

The descendants of Abraham and Hagar, Ishmael, Esau, Lot, and the sons of Abraham and Keturah— present-day Muslims— are not the heirs of Israel and Jerusalem.

The Holy Bible clearly informs that the struggle between Jews and Christians and their enemies will increase dramatically prior to the return of Messiah; that the conflict between followers of the God of Israel (Jehovah for Jews and Christians) and other gods (Allah for the Muslims and secular humanism for the Europeans) will take peace from the earth; and that mankind will not achieve lasting peace until the return (the Second Coming) of Jesus the Messiah.

Expect wars, rumors of wars, and violence to continue in the Middle East and elsewhere until the Lord Jesus Christ returns to bind Satan and stop the warring nature of man. Expect Jews to continue coming home to Israel from all parts of the world to fulfill prophecy of an aliyah ("rising up [to go home]") of Jews in the last days.




RELATED REFERENCE SITES:

+ The Mitchell Report (April 30, 2001)... Sharm el-Sheikh Fact-finding Committee Final Report.
+ The Tenet Plan (June 13, 2001)... The Tenet Plan: Israeli-Palestinian Ceasefire and Security Plan, Proposed by CIA Director George Tenet.
+ The Wye River Memorandum
+ UNISPAL... United Nations Information Site on the Question of Palestine.
+ The Palestinian National Charter
+ Peace in the Middle East: Senate floor statement by U.S. Senator James M. Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), March 4, 2002
+ Zola Levitt Ministries— On the home page, click on "The History of Israel in a Nutshell"
+ The Search for Peace (The United States of America Embassy in Israel)
+ U.S. State Department: Middle East Peace Process
+ The Peace Process Reference Documents
+ CAMERA Media Report (The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America
+ Israel's Timeline
+ The Bible promises that the Jews will rebuild the Third Temple. The Western Wall is the only part of the Second Temple which remains at the present time. See preparations of THE TEMPLE INSTUTUITE for the building of the Third Temple. Spend some time on the various pages of this site to see the beautiful articles being fashioned to welcome the Messiah.


WISDOM AND TRUTH IN TWO SENTENCES:

"If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more violence. If the Jews put down their weapons today, there would be no more Israel." Quotation attributed to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu


STATISTICS FOR AMERICANS TO UNDERSTAND THE MAGNITUDE OF TERRORISM IN ISRAEL:
• The population (Jews and non-Jews) of Israel is approximately 7.69-million persons (2010 estimate).
• The population of the United States exceeds 311-million persons;
• An American should multiply each Israeli death by 40 to appreciate the equivalent loss of life in the U.S.A.
• For example, if a homicide bomber "only" kills 10 innocent Jewish civilians in Israel, it would be equivalent to more than 400 Americans killed by a terrorist.
• Americans would demand that the U.S. government stop such terrorism on American soil by any means possible, if such carnage were inflicted by terrorists. Should the American government or news media demand that the Israeli government provide less protection for Israeli citizens? That is what is happening too often in politically correct America, and it is clearly a form of anti-Semitism in the mainstream media and elected officials.


THE ABSURDITY OF THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT'S DEMANDS:
The Obama administration pressures Israel not to build in eastern Israel and Jerusalem, fully expecting this land and city to be given to "Palestinian" insurgents. Consider an alternative demand: Suppose Mexico, wanting return of the southwestern United States to Mexico, befriends a foreign power (China, for example). What would America's reaction be to Chinese demands that building and settlement in Dallas, Houston, and other Texas cities cease, pending the soon return of Texas to Mexico?


AMERICA'S DANGEROUS FOREIGN POLICY:
America has joined other nations (the United Nations, the European Union, and Russia) in demanding that Israel accept the Two-State Solution. This "solution" would:
• Divide Israel into two nations and Jerusalem into two capitals— the western part for Israel and the eastern part for "Palestine."
• Reward thuggery of Arab terrorists against an established democratic nation.

This "solution" is directly contrary to Biblical commandments. Ancient prophecies foretold the anti-Semitism of Israel's neighbors, as they sought to have the name of Israel be remembered no more. (See Psalm 83.) God promised that He would return the sons and daughters of Zion to Israel in the last days, and they would forever be one nation under one "king" (government), never again to be divided. (See Ezekiel 37:21-28.) God foretold that Jerusalem would be the focal point of end-time strife, but that He would destroy any nation that tried to divide Jerusalem and Israel. (See Zechariah 12:2-3, 9.) President Obama has bowed to Muslim dictators, but has shown contempt for Israeli prime minister Netanyahu. Recall that anything resembling America is absent in end-time prophecy. The only hint of America I can find in Scriptures is in Ezekiel 38:13. Here, the "young lions" of Tarshish stand back and debate (United Nations?) the unprovoked, surprise invasion of Israel by Magog (Russia) and her Muslim confederates of Persia (Iran) and other nations. See Ezekiel, chapters 38 and 39.) "Tarshish" is of uncertain location. Some researchers believe Tarshish may be Spain (and even England?). The Americas were mostly explored and settled by "Tarshish," and are obviously younger than their parent countries. Are Tarshish's "young lions" New World colonies? Hal Lindsey has taught for years that the United States must fall in order that the Antichrist's government may rise to prominence. Is America's changing attitude toward Israel fulfilling God's promise of a curse against any person who (nation which) curses His people Israel? (See Genesis 12:3a.)

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IMPORTANT FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING: America has been one of Israel's strongest, most dependable allies. Washington's attitude toward Israel has definitely changed recently. Why? See Obama's own words about Islam and his faith. Decide for yourself what Obama's words mean, and the consequences for Israel and America.
See also: Obama 'star' of Palestinian ad (07 Sep 2011)


EUROPEAN UNION (E.U.) — THE REVIVED ROMAN EMPIRE
BIBLE PROPHECY CURRENT NEWS

BACKGROUND: The Jewish prophet Daniel was the slave of King Nebuchadnezzar in Babylon. The king had a troubling dream about a magnificent statue. With God's guidance, Daniel was the only one who could interpret the dream. This interpretation is found in Daniel, chapter 2. Even though the Book of Daniel was written more than 2,500 years ago, the prophetic interpretation of the dream has been inerrant in predicting the great empires that would affect the Jews from Daniel's time to the present time. Why would there be any reason to believe that the remaining portion of the prophecy will not be fulfilled in the future?

The statue's parts represented successive kingdoms:
• Head of gold: Babylonian Empire (the dominant empire in Daniel's time) 1
• Chest and arms of silver: Medo-Persian Empire 1
• Belly and thighs of bronze: Grecian Empire (Greece) 1
• Legs of iron: Roman Empire (Rome) 1
• Feet of mixed clay and iron: revived Roman Empire (European Union) 2
• Toes: Antichrist's "kingdom." 3
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NOTE 1:
1 Prophecy fulfilled in past.
2 Prophecy fulfilled at the present time.
3 Prophecy to be fulfilled in the future (during the Tribulation).

NOTE 2:
Prophecy scholars interpret the two legs of iron differently. Some feel the legs represent the Roman Empire, with a western division (Rome) and an eastern division (Istanbul). Others feel the legs represent the Christian faith in the west and the Islamic faith in the east.

John envisioned a similar scenario in Revelation, chapter 17.

Nebuchadnezzar's dream continued. The legs of iron (representing the Roman Empire, which by now has passed into history) continued into feet made of iron and clay. These feet represent the European Union (E.U.). The E.U. will be a mixture of strong nations (iron) and weak nations (clay). Iron and clay do not mix well together, just as strong and weak E.U. nations do not merge well together. We are now at this point in history.

The toes on the feet represent the ten divisions of the world's nations comprising the Antichrist's government. This portion of the dream will not be fulfilled until the Tribulation. The Club of Rome, based in Switzerland and composed of an elitist group of environmentalists and social engineers, has already divided the world into ten divisions as the beginning of a plan to limit population growth and energy use. SEE MAP. Could this plan for the Club of Rome represent the ten toes?

Nebuchadnezzar's dream continued. A Stone cut out of a Mountain without hands will crush the toes. The Mountain is God. The Stone is Jesus, and this part of the dream prophesied the immaculate conception of Jesus. This Stone will crush the only part of the statue still in existence at Jesus' appearance (the toes, or the Antichrist's government), and the statue will collapse (no more governments of man will ever exist). This crushing of the Antichrist will be at Jesus' Second Coming (at the Battle of Armageddon). The Rock, then, will become a Mountain covering the Earth (representing Jesus' rule during the Millennial Kingdom).

Fulfillment of the final part of Daniel's prophetic interpretation began in 1948— the year the Jews were allowed to return to Israel to re-establish Israel after nineteen centuries of dispersion into other countries (the Diaspora) and the same year that dozens of other end-of-the-age prophecies were fulfilled! European countries were war-weary (two world wars had been fought on their continent in three decades), and they were frightened that they were sandwiched between two nuclear powers (U.S.A. to the west, U.S.S.R. to the east). Three small countries— Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg— formed the Benelux Federation, which now has grown into a multi-national alliance of nations, the European Union (E.U.).

The E.U. now occupies much of the land formerly occupied by the Roman Empire. Most of the E.U. now has a single monetary system (currency)— the euro ( € ) — which is the first time this has happened since the collapse of the Roman Empire many centuries ago. The E.U. is building armed forces, but may rely heavily on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in the future. The E.U. is actively engaged in international affairs, and will likely replace American diplomacy and influence. The E.U. was growing economically stronger, until the recent recession which has harmed the European Union (especially nations along its perimeter) as well as the United States.

NOTE 1: The E.U. is presently experiencing significant economic problems, as socialist nations will always experience. Debt and poor economies have caused impending financial collapse in at least the "PIIGS" nations (Portual, Italy, Ireland, Greece, and Spain) — which represent the weak nations (clay) in the statue, and have caused strong nations of Germany and France— (iron) in the statue— to bail them out of economic catastrophe. No one knows the future economic condition of the E.U. Will th E.U. recover? Will the E.U. collapse, along with the economies of other nations, including the U.S.A.?

NOTE 2: Some prophecy students believe the Antichrist will be a Middle Easterner (Muslim? Jew?). The above scenario is not negated by this interpretation. The Roman Empire extended through some present Islamic nations and Israel. SEE maps of the Roman Empire in AD 8, 47,and 117. The CE ("Common Era") designation in these maps is the scholarly (Christ-minimizing, Christ-replacing) substitution for AD (Anno Domini = "Year of the Lord").

In addition to the preceding trappings of a world superpower, two other events are shaping the future E.U.:
• Once strongly or nominally Christian nations are becoming apostate, secular, and Islamic. Worship of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and His Son, Jesus, is irrelevant for many Europeans. Many European churches would be empty today, except that they remain favorite tourist attractions. In Europe, secular humanism has largely replaced Christianity. Islam is rapidly overtaking Christianity.
• Many European nations are gripped with anti-Semitism. Jews have long been hated in many parts of Europe (witness the Jewish Holocaust in Germany in the 1930s and 1940s), and many E.U. countries now are intensely anti-Semitic. E.U. policies favor "Palestine" and the Arabs over Israel and the Jews.

The situation thus described sets the stage for the Tribulation. A powerful people— with great military, technical, and economic might, not guided by the words of God and antagonistic toward Jews— will be led by a charismatic man, the Antichrist, to make war against God's people.

REPRESENTATIVE SCRIPTURES: Daniel 2:41-43): [Daniel said] "Just as you [Nebuchadnezzar] saw that the feet and toes were partly of baked clay and partly of iron, so this will be a divided kingdom; yet it will have some of the strength of iron in it, even as you saw iron mixed with clay. As the toes were partly iron and partly clay, so this kingdom will be partly strong and partly brittle. And just as you saw the iron mixed with baked clay, so the people will be a mixture and will not remain united, any more than iron mixes with clay." COMMENT: Daniel in later life had other visions, foretelling more precisely the nature of the empires portrayed in Nebuchadnezzar's dream, including the role of the E.U. and the Antichrist. See Daniel 7:1-28; 8:1-27; 9:20-27; 11:36-45.




RELATED REFERENCE SITES:
+ EUobserver.com
+ Web Site of the European Union
+ Europa Rising (Chuck Missler):
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THE ANTICHRIST AND HIS GOVERNMENT,
INCLUDING THE FALSE PROPHET AND HIS FALSE RELIGION
The Unholy Trinity: Satan, Antichrist, and False Prophet
BIBLE PROPHECY CURRENT NEWS

BACKGROUND: Since Satan's expulsion from Heaven, he has been and is now God's enemy. The angels who fell with him (demons) have tried to defeat God's plans and God's people. This battle between the good of God and the evil of Satan will intensify as Satan's time grows short. The evil of Satan will become especially intense and wicked during the Tribulation, a seven-year period after the Rapture/ Resurrection and immediately prior to the Second Coming of Jesus. There will arise a man, the Antichrist, who will promote Satan's kingdom during the Tribulation. He will be aided by the False Prophet (an apostate Christian? apostate Jew?), who will fashion a new religion to worship the Antichrist and Satan. Many scholars believe the Antichrist will arise from the European Union (the revived Roman Empire). The Roman Empire covered many present-day nations, including England; western Europe; Mediterranean nations; and the western part of the Middle East, extending to Egypt. Again, SEE maps of the Roman Empire in AD 8, 47,and 117. The CE (Common Era) designation in these maps is the scholarly (Christ-minimizing) substitution for AD (, or Year of the Lord). The Antichrist could easily be from a Christian, Jewish, or Muslim heritage. He certainly will do Satan's bidding, as Satan attempts to establish a kingdom on Earth to thwart Jesus' return. Every plan of Satan (through the Antichrist) will be an evil counterfeit of God's plan. Thus, in his kingdom— a counterfeit imitation of God's Kingdom in Heaven— Satan will establish an unholy trinity, a blasphemous imitation of the Holy Trinity. The Unholy Trinity will be composed of Satan, who will attempt to replace God the Father; the Antichrist, who will attempt to replace Jesus the Christ; and the False Prophet, who will attempt to replace the Holy Spirit. The Antichrist will be the First Seal Judgment of the Tribulation described in Revelation (Revelation 6:1-2). The Antichrist will come to world prominence when he affirms a false peace pact between Israel and her Middle Eastern enemies. At heart, he will be a man of war, and this false peace pact will be short-lived. The Antichrist will march into Israel and defile the third Jewish Temple. The influence of the Antichrist will be widespread throughout the world, as he works to establish a one-world (global) government, a one-world cashless financial system, and a one-world sham religion. Not all of the world will follow him, though. Anything at the present time which attempts to unify the world in government, finances, or religion serves to prepare the minds and hearts of people to accept the ultimate global power scheme of the Antichrist during the Tribulation. Watch for the "spirit of the Antichrist" to usher in the actual Antichrist. Jesus warned us to not be deceived by and follow false Christs (Matthew 24:4-5; Mark 13:5-6; and Luke 21:8).

In The Holy Bible, the Antichrist is given numerous names:
• Satan's seed (Genesis 3:15);
• The king of Babylon (Isaiah 14:4);
• The ruler of Tyrus (Ezekiel 28:2-19);
• The little horn— "another horn, a little one" (Daniel 7:8);
• A stern-faced king, a master of intrigue (Daniel 8:23-25);
• The prince who shall come (Daniel 9:26);
• The willful king (Daniel 11:36);
• The Assyrian (Isaiah 10:24);
• The destroyer, the oppressor, the aggressor (Isaiah 16:4);
• The worthless shepherd (Zechariah 11:16-17);
• The one who comes in his own name (John 5:43);
• The man of lawlessness (2 Thessalonians 2:3);
• The man doomed to destruction (2 Thessalonians 2:3);
• The man of lawlessness, lawless one (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4, 8-10);
• The man doomed to destruction (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4, 8-10);
• The Antichrist (1 John 2:18);
• The beast (Revelation 11:7); and
• The first beast that comes out of the sea (Revelation 13:1-10).

REPRESENTATIVE SCRIPTURES: See the above-cited Scriptures for descriptions of the Antichrist. I will not use space to expound further on the Antichrist and False Prophet. A description of the False Prophet (the Beast out of the Earth), including the infamous mark of the Beast he institutes, is found in Revelation 13:11-18.




RELATED REFERENCE SITES:
+ Charter of the United Nations
• Applied Digital Solutions Company has developed a miniaturized, implantable device, which can store personal data and generate radio frequency transmissions (VeriChip™; a miniaturized, implantable power source, which generates electricity from body heat (Thermo Life™); and an implantable GPS device. While this company may be completely innocent of any future association with the False Prophet, these devices represent the type of technology which likely will be used as the mark of the Beast (Revelation 13:16-17). Advertisements and news articles for these products are presented to show that technology for the mark of the Beast is now available:
VeriChip™
Thermo Life™
GPS implant (also known as a personal locator device, or PLD)

Humanist Manifestos I and II (American Humanist Association)



FOR AMERICAN CITIZENS WHO CAN STAND BOTH REALITY AND DEPRESSING NEWS:

See U.S. DEBT CLOCK to watch the U.S. debt spiral out of control in front of your eyes. AND, this debt does not consider such "big-ticket" items as a nationalized healthcare plan, any cap-and-trade proposal, various stimulus and bailout proposals, and other expenses that have been or may be added by a completely, recklessly out-of-control federal government to appease a population wanting more entitlements and benefits (that is, income redistribution) from the federal government. The debt now exceeds the gross domestic product (GDP).

“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until a majority of voters discover that they can vote themselves largess out of the public treasury.” — Alexander Tytler

Why mention this issue in this section? America is financially bankrupt (more than 16.5-trillion dollars in debt, and growing rapidly), but her leaders are addicted to reckless spending and accumulation of more debt. Much of this spending is non-discretionary and cannot be eased without significant social and political chaos. Virtually no politician will consider reducing Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment benefits, etc. As America plunges deeper in debt, she will be "owned" by other interests— interests which will steer America and other nations into the one-world economy and government that will mark the Antichrist's regime. Debt may even cause America to be plunged into war. (It was World War II, not any of Roosevelt's alphabet soup agencies, that caused recovery from the Great Depression.) Jesus' return is at the door! You may not have money in your pockets, but work to have crowns in Heaven!

Worldwide financial collapse may lead rapidly to food and energy shortages, civil unrest, and other distresses which will be present before Jesus' return. I believe that the "trigger" for the "perilous times" of Paul's prophecy— the "trigger" which may cause the return of Jesus— may be global economic collapse. Such collapse has already begun and may progress rapidly. Read the dire prophecy in James 5:1-6. National leaders do not know how to correct the collapse. Consider Luke 21:28: [Jesus said] "Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near." Part of the global chaos the Antichrist will likely need to tackle in his seven-year plan will be the restoration of economic confidence through his one-world government/ one-world economy (including a cashless society, operating through the "mark of the Beast"). Will the Antichrist's treaty also provide sharing the Temple Mount between Muslims (to keep the Dome of the Rock) and Jews (to build the Third Temple)?

NOTE: In this section, I will include articles about the economy. Porphey scholars for decades have taught that the United States must fall before the Tribulation. End-time prophecies, e.g., James 5:1-3 and the early Seasl Judgments in Revelation, also wrn of economic collapse. I believe the United States could collapse economically, rather than militarily. The collapse of America may start a domino effect, with other nations also collapsing.

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ANTI-CHRISTIAN SYMBOLISM AND SENTIMENT IN THE EUROPEAN UNION

In the preceding section, it is stated that many prophecy scholars believe the European Union (E.U.) may be the base of power for the Antichrist. Europe was once the cradle of Christianity. The E.U. has now chosen pagan symbols, rather than Biblical symbols, to portray this confederacy of nations. These symbols are depicted on currency, public buildings, posters, and advertisements. Anti-Christian and anti-Semitic views flourish in the E.U., being replaced by Islamic and humanist views. The foundation for the government of the Antichrist and the False Prophet is now being laid. Examples include:

PARLIAMENT BUILDING. The E.U. Parliament Building in Strasbourg replicates Pieter Brueghel's famous painting, "The Tower of Babel." The E.U. building has an open space with respresentation of scaffolding, reminiscent of the unfinished portion of the Tower of Babel after God stopped the work. In Genesis 11:1-9, The Holy Bible records that the whole world and all people had one language at one time. Men gathered on a plain in Shinar to build a tower which would reach into the heavens, that they would make a name for themselves. The LORD, offended by their arrogance, destroyed the tower, confused their language by creating multiple languages, and scattered the people into many lands. GO TO a comparison of Brueghel's painting and the European Union Parliament Building. The E.U. has "stuck its thumb in God's eye" by displaying publicly in such a flagrant manner something that God found so detestable many centuries ago.

SLOGAN. To further emphasize this connection of Europe with the Tower of Babel, the E.U. has in the past used a slogan, "Europe: Many Tongues, One Voice." This E.U. slogan is a reversal of God's judgment in Genesis— the changing of one voice into many tongues— in that the E.U. is taking many voices and speaking as one.

EUROPA— THE GODDESS ON THE BULL RISING FROM THE SEA, THE "QUEEN OF HEAVEN." The continent of Europe takes its name from Europa, a goddess of Greek mythology. According to this myth, Europa was the beautiful daughter of King Agenor of Phoenicia. Zeus, the primary god of Greek mythology, spied Europa gathering flowers along the Mediterranean coast, and lusted after her. Zeus transformed himself into a white bull and swam through the sea, to lie at Europa's feet. She placed flowers around his neck and climbed on his back. He charged into the sea and swam to Crete, where he raped her under a sycamore tree. Europa bore Zeus three sons. When she died, she was named "Queen of Heaven." The title "Queen of Heaven" has been given to several pagan goddesses. In Old Testament times, she was a fertility goddess and consort of Baal. Worship of her was an offense to God. (See Jeremiah 7:18; 44:17-19, 25.) She was worshiped by other names as Ashtoreth and Asherah in Canaan, Ishtar in Babylon, Astarte and Aphrodite in Greece, and Venus in Rome. The E.U. has made wide use of the mythological Europa. Sitting on a bull rising from the sea, Europa has been the subject of statues, stamps, coins, posters, and other printed material throughout Europe. Europa has been pictured as the "Queen of Heaven" in various printed illustrations. "Queen of Heaven" is a title first used by Semiramis, wife of Nimrod the founder of Babylon. Semiramis' pagan religion included traditions later folded into Catholicism, including the use of the title "Queen of Heaven" for the Virgin Mary.

Examples of Europa and the bull include:
Europa and the bull and
Der Spiegel magazine cover.

APOSTASY (FALLING FROM CHRISTIAN FAITH) AND ANTI-SEMITISM (DEVELOPING HATRED FOR JEWS). Europe once was formed of Christian nations. Participation in Christ's church has fallen precipitously in recent decades. Some formerly Christian countries have only relatively few praticing and believing Christians. Several European countries have a damnable history of anti-Semitism, the worst example being the Nazi Germany Holocaust of the 1930s and 1940s. Status of nation-by-nation antisemitism may be read at: Antisermitism in Europe. Immediately after World war II ended, there was tempering of some of the public expression of hatred for Jews, but the former hatred has re-surfaced and intensified in several countries. Muslims from North Africa are immigrating in large numbers to European nations and reproducing at a faster rate than non-Muslims. This immigration has created a formidable pro-Islamic, anti-Christian, anti-Jewish political bloc.

POLITICAL AND MEDIA BIAS. Anti-Christian political and media bias have recently become public, vitriolic, and hateful of Christian and Jewish beliefs and practices.

PAVING THE WAY. These examples indicate that the European Union is on its way to become a secular, non-Christian or anti-Christian, antisemitic, pro-Islamic confederation of nations.

The Antichrist will need a powerful economic and military base with little religious conviction— even animus toward Jews and Christians— to form his Satan-led government during the Tribulation. Such sentiment is rapidly growing in the E.U.




THE KING OF THE NORTH—
RUSSIA AND HER ALLIES TO THE NORTH OF ISRAEL
BIBLE PROPHECY CURRENT NEWS

BACKGROUND: The Union of Socialist Soviet Republics (U.S.S.R.) was the Communist enemy of the West and Israel for much of the last half of the twentieth century. The U.S.S.R., now dissolved, is today called "Russia."

Recently, Russian leaders seemed relatively quiet for a short time, giving the appearance of peaceful cooperation with the West. Presently, bellicose statements, actions, and alliances have revealed Russia's true heart. Russia's intentions are most important because the prophet Ezekiel states that God will lead Gog, Russia's leader, into war against Israel by setting "a hook in his (Gog's) jaw," as one might use a hook in the jaw of an animal to lead it (Ezekiel, chapters 38 and 39).

Although weakened by years of rule by an inept, corrupt Communist regime, Russia still possesses the potential of a world superpower. Russia has a large population of hard-working people accustomed to deprivation and sacrifice, as well as abundant resources (well-trained scientists and the raw materials of weaponry). The Russian stockpile of weapons, e.g., nuclear weapons, missiles, bombers and fighters, tanks, biological weapons, and the like, is still frightening in its excess. Despite the average Russian's poverty, Russia aggressively prepares for war and possesses weapons and delivery systems of top quality and technology. Russia has important client states in the Middle East (especially Iran and Syria), and is assisting Iran to be a nuclear power. Russia is cementing relationships with China, to form the Eurasian Alliance. Russia truly is a "sleeping giant." Only the most naive person would consider Russia to be a friend of Israel and the United States.

Russia is anti-Semitic. Rule by an officially atheistic government for many years has weakened the influence of Christianity, although Russian Orthodox Christians are still present.

The Holy Bible tells that Israel's enemy to the north— Moscow is due north of Israel— will wage war against Israel and other nations toward the end of the age. Russia is poised for a massive military attack. Russia's allies will be the King of the South, identified by place names in The Holy Bible as the Arab (Muslim) nations who hate Israel and who are economic, political, and military allies of Russia.

Other countries to Israel's north— Turkey and former U.S.S.R. nations— could be allied with Russia because of their Islamic ties and various political and economical reasons.

God will intervene and crush superior invading forces from the north and south to save His people Israel. A remnant of the Russian army will apparently re-build and participate in the Battle of Armageddon at the end of the Tribulation, immediately prior to the Second Coming of Jesus.

REPRESENTATIVE SCRIPTURES: Genesis 10:1-2: This is the account of Shem, Ham, and Japheth, Noah's sons, who themselves had sons after the flood. The sons of Japheth: Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech, and Tiras. EXPLANATION: These sons migrated northward into Russia, and their descendants are listed as invaders of Israel.
Ezekiel, chapters 38 and 39: SUMMARY: These two chapters, too long to reproduce here, are excerpted here. God will put "hooks in the jaw" of Gog of the land of Magog, leader of Meshech and Tubal (ancient names of peoples to the north), to lead him (Gog and Magog) against Israel. With him in this invasion will be his southern allies— Persia, Cush, Put, Gomer, and other nations (ancient names for present-day Arab and North African countries). When Israel is living "in safety," Russia and her southern confederates will attack Israel in great force. Other nations of the world will offer diplomatic complaints, but none will offer Israel military assistance. God's anger will be set against Gog. God will send a great earthquake and other judgments against Gog's troops, and He will confuse Gog's leaders. Losses in Gog's armies will be staggering. God will do this to save His people Israel and to demonstrate His sovereign power. EXPLANATION: Gog is the leader of Magog, which is allied with southern nations. There can be no doubt that Magog is Russia and the southern allies are Iran, and North African and Arab nations.
• One motive for the invasion apparently may be to capture the strategically important land bridge between three continents and the warm-water port access to the Mediterranean Sea for exportation of Middle Eastern petroleum. (Israel has also recently discovered huge deposits of petroleum and natural gas.)
• Another motive may be the antisemitism in Russia and Muslim nations and the Islamic zeal to re-capture land once ruled by Islamic nations. (The Ottoman Empire [Turkey] ruled the land of Israel prior to World War I. Sharia law sets forth the principle that any land that once belonged to Allah is his forever, and it must be regained. Therefore, Islamic leaders are under a religious imperative to regain "Allah's land" of Israel.)
• Still another motive may be a defense pact between Russia and her client states of Iran and Syria. Israel may be forced into a pre-emptive attack of Iran to reduce the nuclear threat posed by this nation. Syria has a large stockpile of chemical weapons; an unstable government headed by weak, desperate leaders; and a civil war raging between Syria's Alawite leaders and Syrian al-Qaida rebels. Syria also bitterly contests Israeli ownership of the Golan Heights. Desperate Syria may attack Israel, especially if attacked with Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons of mass destruction (WMDs). Should a WMD attack of Israel occur, massive military retaliation against Syria may follow. Read the nuclear attack against Damascus described in Isaiah, chapter 17.
Russia would be obligated to retaliate against Israel of behalf of her Iranian and/or Syrian allies.

Scholars agree that the War of Gog and Magog will occur in the near future, but they differ in the timing with respect to the Rapture or Tribulation. Many scholars I respect place the War of Gog and Magog as part of the Battle of Armageddon. It seems reasonable to me to believe this war may occur earlier (before the Tribulation) for these reasons: the prophecy does not mention the Antichrist and the seven-year peace treaty affirmed by him and it notes that Israel uses weapons (captured nuclear warheads?) as fuel for seven years (the Tribulation only lasts for seven years). Concerning Israel being "at peace:" Israel need not be totally at peace (free from terrorism), but only have a feeling of security (that is, not expecting a major military assault).
Daniel 11:40: [The angel said] "At the time of the end the king of the South will engage in battle, and the king of the North will storm out against him [the Antichrist] with chariots and calvary and a great fleet of ships...."
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THE KING OF THE SOUTH— ARAB AND NORTH AFRICAN (ISLAMIC) NATIONS
BIBLE PROPHECY CURRENT NEWS
BACKGROUND: The controversy between Jews (and engrafted Jews— Christians) and Arabs (now mostly Muslims) began thousands of years ago with Abraham.

God (Jehovah) promised Abraham that he would be the father of a great nation, a nation which would receive God's blessings. Abraham's wife, Sarah, bore no children after years of marriage. In old age, she believed she could not produce a son for Abraham. Sarah asked Abraham to impregnate Hagar, her much younger Egyptian maidservant, to produce a male heir, which he did.

Hagar bore Abraham's son, Ishmael. Ishmael was not the son God intended to use to establish Abraham's covenant people. The angel of the LORD informed Hagar that Ishmael would be "a wild donkey of a man, his hand will be against everyone and everyone's hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers" (Genesis 16:12). Ishmael's descendants were given the land to the east of Israel (the Arabian Peninsula), and his descendants were promised to be too numerous to count.

Years later, God worked a miracle in Sarah. In her old age, she bore a son for Abraham, Isaac. Isaac was the son God intended for Abraham's heritage. Through Isaac would come God's chosen people, the Jews. God sealed a covenant with Abraham, which would be passed to Isaac and his descendants.

Isaac had twin sons, Esau and Jacob. Esau, the older twin, foolishly sold his birthright to Jacob, and the inheritance and blessing of Isaac passed to Jacob (through Jacob's trickery). Jacob, whose name was changed to Israel, had twelve sons. These twelve sons became the patriarchs (ruling fathers) of the twelve tribes of Israel.

Ishmael and Esau became the fathers of the Arabs. They were joined by the sons of Lot and his daughters— Moab, father of the Moabites, and Ben-Ammi, father of the Ammonites. They were also joined by the six sons of Abraham and his second wife, Keturah. Many centuries later, a descendant of Ishmael, Mohammad, elevated one of the hundreds of Arabian gods, Allah, to "the greatest" of the gods, and Islam was born.

Isaac, Jacob (Israel), and succeeding generations of Jews worshiped Jehovah as God. King David followed centuries later; and, still centuries later, followed Jesus the Christ (the Messiah). After the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, Christianity was established as the Church, the Body of Christ, on the Day of Pentecost, ca A.D 33.

To this day, there is still a great struggle between three descendants of Abraham:

  • On one hand are:
    • Descendants of Abraham-Isaac-Jacob (Israel), who are JEWS professing belief in one God (Jehovah); and
    • Descendants of Abraham-Isaac-Jacob-Jesse-David-Jesus, who are CHRISTIANS (believers in Jehovah and who are grafted into the tree of Israel). See Romans, chapter 11 — and, see a topic essay, posted in another Web page. Christians profess belief in a triune God— God the Father, God the Son (Jesus), and God the Holy Spirit.
  • On the other hand are:
    • Descendants of Abraham-Ishmael-Arabian princes (Ishmaelites),joined by the sons of Abraham and Keturah— and Abraham-Isaac-Jacob-Esau (Edomites)— and Lot-Moab and Ben-ammi (Moabites and Ammonites), who are MUSLIMS, professing belief in one god (Allah).

This struggle will continue until Jesus' return (the Second Coming), and no man, treaty, or war can stop the struggle.

The Holy Bible clearly teaches that Arab and North African nations will be the intractable enemy of Israel at the end of the age. These nations are named in The Bible, and their alliance with Russia is prophesied.

News accounts are filled with the hostility of Muslim peoples (especially Muslim leaders) against Jews and Christians. Western nations learn only a small sample of such hostility because of news media bias (news media self-censorship? anti-Semitic and anti-Christian hostility? greed in not wishing to alienate major advertisers, many of whom are associated directly or indirectly with the petroleum industry?). Thirty-five acres in Jerusalem— located on ancient Mount Moriah, now called the Temple Mount— form the flashpoint for tJewish-Muslim animosity. This site formerly housed the Jews' First and Second Temples. This site now houses the Muslims' Dome of the Rock. This site will house the Jews' Third Temple, to be built during the Tribulation and to be the focus of mankind's reverence, when Jesus returns at His Second Coming to sit upon the Throne of David and rule the world during the Millennial Kingdom (the thousand year reign of Messiah).

REPRESENTATIVE SCRIPTURES: Genesis 10:1, 6-7: Now this is the genealogy of the sons of Noah: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. And sons were born to them after the flood. | The sons of Ham were Cush, Mizraim, Put, and Canaan. The sons of Cush were Seba, Havilah, Sabtah, Raamah, and Sabteca; and the sons of Raamah were Sheba and Dedan. EXPLANATION: More genealogy is recorded in this chapter, but Noah's descendants generally traveled south and became the ancestors of present-day Arabs and North Africans— present-day enemies of Israel.
See the preceding section for a summary of Ezekiel, chapters 38 and 39, and Daniel 11:40, which prophesy an alliance of northern and southern enemies of Israel— Russia and Muslim nations— and their future launch of a massive surprise attack against Israel.


RELATED REFERENCE SITES:
+ The Koran (Qu'ran): + MSA-USC Hadith Database:

Excellent news reports about Muslim terrorism may be found at WorldNetDaily.

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WHY DO SOME MUSLIMS HATE JEWS AND CHRISTIANS?

Why do some Muslims hate America and Israel? Why do some Muslims hate Jews and Christians? Why is there discord and terrorism in the Middle East and elsewhere?

There are approximately 1.3-billion Muslims, and this number increases rapidly. The majority live in northern Africa, the Middle East, and parts of Asia— the "10-40 window."

Muslims consider the Koran and Hadith as their holy books, just as Jews consider the Old Testament and Christians consider The Bible as their holy books.

Many "Muslims" are nominal (name only) in beliefs, just as many "Jews" and "Christians" are nominal in their beliefs.

However, there are fundamentalist Muslims who believe the Koran intently and passionately, and who literally and strictly apply its teachings to their lives. These Muslims can find passages in the Koran which seemingly support hatred of and war against Jews and Christians. It is this Muslim minority which wages jihad against Christians and Jews the world over. (Jihad is commonly translated "holy war," but "struggle" may be a more accurate translation.) From this Muslim minority come the "apocalyptic Muslims," two of whom are Iran's supreme leader Ali Khamenei and president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Apocalyptic Muslims feel the Twelfth Imam, the Mahdi (Imam Mahdi), will come to the world to convert all persons to Islam only during a period of great strife and war. War between Muslims and non-Muslims, then, is seen as furthering Allah's will. Thus, the struggle between Muslims and non-Muslims is a religious war— a war which cannot be settled by negotiations, money, land exchange, or other appeasements.

In fairness, there are some passages in the Koran which paint Jews and Christians in a favorable light. However, other passages permit Muslim extremists to justify hatred of and war against non-Muslims.

I quote a few verses from the Koran [sura in brackets, e.g., 2:98], which display teachings that could support Muslim hatred against Jews and Christians:

[2:98] Whoever is the enemy of Allah and His angels and His apostles and Jibreel and Meekaeel, so surely Allah is the enemy of the unbelievers.

[2:135] And they say: Be Jews or Christians, you will be on the right course. Say: Nay! [We follow] the religion of Ibrahim, the Hanif, and he was not one of the polytheists.

[4:47] O you who have been given the Book! Believe that which We have revealed, verifying what you have, before We alter faces then turn them on their backs, or curse them as We cursed the violaters of the Sabbath, and the command of Allah shall be executed.

[4:56] (As for) those who disbelieve in Our communications, We shall make them enter fire; so oft as their skins are thoroughly burned, We will change them for other skins, that they may taste the chastisement; surely Allah is Mighty, Wise.

[4:76] Those who believe fight in the way of Allah, and those who disbelieve fight in the way of the Shaitan. Fight therefore against the friends of the Shaitan; surely the strategy of the Shaitan is weak.

[4:144] O ye who believe! Take not the unbelievers for friends rather than believers; do you desire that you should give Allah a manifest proof against yourselves?

[4:160] Wherefore for the iniquity of those who are Jews did We disallow to them the good things which had been made lawful for them and for their hindering many [people] from Allah's way.

[4:171] O followers of the Book! Do not exceed the limits in your religion, and do not speak [lies] against Allah, but [speak] the truth; the Messiah, Isa son of Marium is only an apostle of Allah and His Word which He communicated to Marium and a spirit from Him; believe therefore in Allah and His apostles, and say not, Three. Desist, it is better for you; Allah is only one God; far be It from His glory that He should have a son, whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth is His, and Allah is sufficient for a Protector.

[5:33] The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His apostle and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement....

[5:51] O you who believe! Do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people.

[5:72-73] Certainly they disbelieve who say: Surely Allah, He is the Messiah, son of Marium; and the Messiah said: O Children of Israel! serve Allah, my Lord and your Lord. Surely whoever associates [others] with Allah, then Allah has forbidden to him the garden, and his abode is the fire; and there shall be no helpers for the unjust. Certainly they disbelieve who say: Surely Allah is the third [person] of the three; and there is no god but the one God, and if they desist not from what they say, a painful chastisement shall befall those among them who disbelieve.

[5:80] You will see many of them befriending those who disbelieve. Certainly evil is that which their souls have sent before for them, that Allah becomes displeased with them and in chastisement shall they abide.

[8:12] When your Lord revealed to the angels: I am with you, therefore make firm those who believe. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them.

[9:5] So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captives and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them; surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.

[9:29] Fight those who do not believe in Allah, nor in the latter day, nor do they prohibit what Allah and His Apostle have prohibited, nor follow the religion of truth, out of those who have been given the Book, until they pay the tax in acknowledgment of superiority and they are in a state of subjection.

[9:123] O you who believe! Fight those of the unbelievers who are near to you and let them find in you hardness; and know that Allah is with those who guard [against evil].

For a brief review of fundamental differences between Christianity and Islam, go to Understanding Islam.

God loves a Muslim every bit as much as He loves a Jew or Christian. To be saved and go to Heaven, however, a Muslim must accept Jesus Christ [Isa in Arabic] as Savior. It is not enough merely for a Muslim to recognize Isa as a historical Person or Prophet. You must have a relationship of love with Him.

To any Muslim reader: God loves you and offers you the gift of eternal salvation, through your faith in Jesus Christ [Isa] as Savior— if you will accept it.



THE KINGS OF THE EAST
BIBLE PROPHECY CURRENT NEWS
BACKGROUND: Christians, Jews, and the West in general have three potential enemies in the Far East— Communism (China and North Korea); Islam (a wide swath of countries extending through northern Africa, the Middle East, and the Far East); and Hinduism (primarily India).

China and other Far Eastern countries presently feign peaceful co-existence with the West because the trade imbalance provides a surplus of Western money to feed burgeoning populations and build military strength. Part of this trade imbalance is due to countries such as China and North Korea, which sell weapons to Middle Eastern countries— enemies of Israel and the West, especially the United States— with no moral constraint.

Untold millions of young men are available for military service, aided by China's one-child policy which has resulted in a surplus of male children.

The Bible prophesies that there will be an army of 200,000,000 soldiers from the Far East which will advance toward Israel immediately before Jesus' Second Coming. Several scenarios can be imagined, including: China and North Korea form the nucleus of an army to fight the West; or, Islamic countries form the nucleus of an army to fight Israel and the West; or, Hindu countries (India) form the nucleus of an army to fight Islamic countries; or, coalitions of these powers form an army to fight Israel and the West.

War could erupt at any moment in the Far East. China could attack Taiwan, which would create a diplomatic and military crisis for the United States. India and Pakistan, both nuclear powers, continually threaten to go to war over Kashmir and other issues. North Korea makes warring gestures toward South Korea, threatens America, and is rapidly developing nuclear weapon and missile technology.

Thus, the Eastern powers acting together could easily fulfill the westward-advancing army that wages war immediately before the Lord Jesus Christ returns. The Euphrates River has been a historical barrier against troop monement between the East and West. In the 1990s, Turkey built a system of dams— the Ataturk Dam being the largest— which can stop the flow of water in the Euphrates River, making troop crossing much easier. China is building a Trans-Himalayan highway, which will facilitate troop movement from the Far East to Israel.

REPRESENTATIVE SCRIPTURES: Revelation 9:13-21: The sixth angel sounded his trumpet, and I heard a voice.... It said to the angel..., 'Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.* And the four angels who had been kept ready for this very hour and day and month and year were released to kill a third of mankind. The number of the mounted troops was two hundred million. I heard their number. Verses 17 TO 21— SUMMARY: John describes the horde advancing through Asia toward Israel. He tries to explain instruments of modern war, which would have been very strange to him, in terms people of his time could understand. For example: fire out of the mouths of their "horses" could represent tanks; and the fire, smoke, and sulfur that killed a third of mankind surely must represent nuclear warfare.


Revelation 16:12: The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings of the East.
*COMMENT FOR Revelation 9:14 and Revelation 16:12 (preceding two paragraphs): The Euphrates River historically has been a great natural barrier to movement of armies between the East and the West. In the 1980s, the Ataturk Dam was built across the Euphrates. Now, the flow of this river can be stopped by the dam, permitting an advancing army to ford the river bed.
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PERSECUTION OF GOD'S PEOPLE
MARTYRDOM BECAUSE OF FAITH
BIBLE PROPHECY CURRENT NEWS
BACKGROUND: The Christian church has suffered great persecution since its foundation at Pentecost in ca AD 33. The Roman Empire tried to stamp out the Christian church through nearly two centuries of horrendous persecution, but the Church grew faster than the Romans could martyr Christians. During the Dark Ages, Christians turned on themselves, as a corrupt Catholic Church sought to stop the Protestant Reformation, but the Church remained intact. In the past century, enemies of Jesus Christ— primarily Muslims— have tried to remove Christians from "their" land through forced conversions to Islam or death, but the Church has grown steadily in these areas. The harder Satan has persecuted God's people, the more resolute and numerous Christians have become! And, of course, the Jews have always been terribly persecuted in the past and presently.

The Holy Bible (in large part, the books of Daniel and Revelation) tells of an evil government during the seven-year Tribulation. This government will probably come through the United Nations and/or the European Union. This one-world government will be headed by the Antichrist and the False Prophet. This government will be established to accomplish Satan's bidding and to oppose God the Father and Jesus the Christ.

Before the Tribulation begins, Christians will be removed from the Earth by the Rapture. God will not leave the earth without hope, though, and He will send 144,000 Jewish evangelists and the Two Witnesses to proclaim throughout the world His Gospel message of grace (salvation through Jesus' blood sacrifice). Many millions will be converted to faith in Jesus during this time. The Antichrist's government will ruthlessly hunt down these recently converted Christians, and they will be martyred (murdered).

All the puzzle pieces are falling into place to fulfill the prophetic scenario outlined above in the very near future. Consider these facts: Although dysfunctional and deeply in debt at the moment, Europe is building a powerful federation of nations. Europe is mostly apostate, with little practice of Christianity in many countries and with anti-Christian hostility in some countries. Europe's long-standing antisemitism is intensifying. Europe is strongly allied with Muslim nations, which hate Jews and Christians. Even in America, the Judicial System, some members of Congress, the State Department, many members of the media, and members of the entertainment community are strongly biased against Christianity. The world is ready for the Antichrist and the unmerciful persecution of Jews and Christians he will unleash. Satan will execute his plan for a few years, until he is defeated by Jesus the Christ, King of kings and Lord of lords, at His Second Coming!

NOTE THIS: A 2002 book review*, summarizes the bloodshed of Christian martyrs during the Twentieth Century. In the two millennia of Christian history, more than 70-million Christians have been martyred (murdered) solely because of their Christian faith. Of these, 45.5-million (65 per cent) of martyrs lost their lives during the Twentieth Century. Most recent Christian martyrdom has occurred because of Communism and Islamic and Hindu fundamentalism (extremism)
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*More than a decade later, this number has probably increased by nearly two-million.

REPRESENTATIVE SCRIPTURES: Genesis 3:15: [The LORD God said to the serpent, or Satan] "And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head...."


Matthew 10:16, 18, 21-22, 28, 39: [Jesus said] "I am sending you out like sheep among wolves.... | On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them.... | Brother will betray brother to death.... All men will hate you because of me.... | Do not be afraid of those who will kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.... | Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will find it."
Matthew 24:21: [Jesus said] "For then [during the Tribulation] there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now— and never to be equaled again."
2 Timothy 3:1: But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.
Revelation 6:9: When [Jesus] opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained.
Revelation 12:12: [A loud voice in heaven says] "... But woe to the earth and sea, because the devil [Satan] has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short."
Revelation 13:15-17: [The False Prophet] was given power to give breath to the image [of the Antichrist], so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand, or his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark....


RELATED REFERENCE SITES:
+ Christian Monitor
+ Hudson Institute
+ OneNewsNow.com - Persecution
+ Open Doors International
+ Voice of the Martyrs, The
+ Worthy News
+ The International Religious Freedom Report for 2002 (U.S. Department of State)
+ Online registration for free subscription to The Voice of the Martyrs, a magazine mailed to your home
+ Human Rights Reports & Country Profiles, a listing of countries in which there is persecution or severe discrimination against Christians

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APOSTASY (FALLING FROM FAITH),
"AS IN THE DAYS OF NOAH"
BIBLE PROPHECY CURRENT NEWS
BACKGROUND: Apostasy, or falling from faith, is characteristic of the end of the age. Faith is weak to almost non-existent in many formerly Christian countries, including much of Europe and part of the United States. Many people who state they are Christians do so because of a meaningless encounter with religion, e.g., infant baptism, and they never read and study The Holy Bible, pray, worship, praise God, or seek God's forgiveness of sins. To be a follower of Jesus, one must walk daily with Him and apply Biblical principles to all life experiences.

The last church type addressed by Jesus in the second and third chapters of Revelation is the church in Laodicea, which represents the predominant church at the end of the age. Jesus had no praise for the Laodicean church (Revelation 3:14-22) because of its lukewarm faith and efforts. Even today, some church leaders deny the basic tenets of Christianity, e.g., the virgin birth of Jesus, His deity, and His resurrection, while living a life which follows and glorifies Satan, rather than God. Many people, busy with personal life issues, do not find time to consider their relationship with God. Because of their lack of faith, failure to seek salvation and redemption from sin, and following "idols" (any pursuit which is more important in life than the worship of God), they will die a spiritual death (the second death, or death of the soul in Hell), as did people in Noah's day die a physical death from the flood.

Shamefully, some "Christian" pastors combine Christianity and Islam into a bastardized religion— "Chrislam." In Chrislam, there is reading from both the Koran and the Holy Bible, there are prayers to Jehovah and Allah, and there is taught that there is more than one way to eternal reward. Jesus and New Testament authors had nuch to say about such false teachers. When these false teachers meet their Divine Judge, they will begin an eternity of remorse over their corruption of God's Holy Word.

REPRESENTATIVE SCRIPTURES: Matthew 24:10, 12: [Jesus said] "At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other.... | Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold...."
Matthew 24:37-39: [Jesus said] "As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man [Jesus]. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away...." EXPLANATION: Day of Noah refers to the way mankind behaved before the Flood. The world will be destroyed twice— by water (flood) in Noah's time and by fire in the near future. Noah's time is described in Genesis 6:5-6: The LORD saw how great man's wickedness on earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain.
Luke 18:8b: [Jesus said] "...However, when the Son of Man [Jesus] comes, will he find faith on the earth?"
2 Timothy 4:3-4: For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from truth and turn aside to myths.
2 Peter 3:3-9: First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, "Where is this 'coming' he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation." Verses 5 to 7— SUMMARY: Peter taught that the world was destroyed by water long ago [flood in Noah's time], but the world will be destroyed by fire in the future.) ... With the Lord, a day is like a thousand years.... The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
Revelation 3:14-16: [Jesus said] "To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:.... I know your deeds, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm— neither hot nor cold— I am about to spit [literally, vomit] you out of my mouth."
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EVANGELISM (SPREAD OF THE GOSPEL)
BIBLE PROPHECY CURRENT NEWS
BACKGROUND: The majority of Christian churches will become the lukewarm churches patterned after the church in Laodicea (Revelation 3:14-22). Such churches distress Jesus. Paradoxically, a minority of Christian churches will become the vibrant, ministering, evangelical churches patterned after the Church in Philadelphia (Revelation 3:7-13). Such churches are loved by Jesus. The Philadelphia-type church will spread the message of Jesus as Lord and Savior and the loving grace of God the Father to all parts of the world before Jesus' return. Impressive evangelical work is now made possible by a relatively few workers because messages on radio, television, and satellite communication blanket all parts of the earth.

No activity by any Christian church is as important as spreading the Gospel message to a lost world.

REPRESENTATIVE SCRIPTURES: Matthew 24:14: [Jesus said] "And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come." Since "all nations" have at least some access to the gospel of the kingdom, Jesus' prophecy has been fulfilled, and "the end" can ome at any time.
Mark 13:10: [Jesus said] "And the gospel must first be preached to all the nations."
Matthew 28:19-20: [Jesus said] "Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
Revelation 3:7-8, 10-11, 13: [Jesus said] "To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write:.... I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.... | Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth. I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.... | He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches."


WHY IS THE GOOD NEWS SO HARD TO FIND IN MEDIA REPORTS? The Gospel is called "the Good News" because it tells the world about God's grace and His plan of salvation to save a sin-filled world from eternal death. Efforts to save souls and help people in Jesus' name go virtually unreported in the national news media. Satan has hardened the hearts of media reporters, editors, and executives.

  • If an evangelist, minister, or priest falls into sin, this failure is repeatedly reported in minute detail. However, for every servant of God who fails, there are many thousands who do not fail. These faithful servants carry the Word of God daily throughout the earth. These servants of the Lord receive little or no media coverage.
  • If a church or evangelistic ministry embezzles or misuses the treasury of God's Kingdom (donations), this, too, is reported in great detail. However, for every dishonest ministry, there are thousands of honest ministries who spend every cent carefully to save souls and minister to persons in need. These honest ministries receive little or no media coverage.
  • Any disillusioned or apostate theologian who has a theory on how God or The Holy Bible can be questioned or discredited is given wide media coverage. However, for every lost, confused, apostate theologian, there are thousands of ministers of the Gospel who boldly proclaim God's Holy Word with clarity and without doubt or apology. These faithful witnesses of the Word of God receive little or no media coverage.

Therefore, it is difficult to find news stories in the national media outlets which tell of a Church of Jesus Christ being preached throughout the earth to all peoples. This lack of message is due to selective, biased, hate-filled editing by the media. Neither Satan nor a biased news media can stop evangelism, though. Every moment of every day the messages of God's grace and the blood sacrifice of the Savior Jesus Christ reach every inch of the world through personal, radio, and television ministries. There is Good News in the earth, even if the news media refuse to acknowledge the good news.

I like the "Shoe" cartoon strip. "Shoe" is about birds whose lives center around a newspaper, the Tattler-Tribune. Several years ago, the cartonist, Jeff MacNelly, wrote a book, 27 Years of Shoe: World Ends at Ten, Details at Eleven. I am amused by the book's title. If we wait for the news media, government, and many pastors to warn us about the end of the age, we will be "an hour late." That is why God called those who worship Him to be watchmen and sound the trumpet of alarm for our neighbors, as written in Jeremiah 6:17a and other Scriptures: Also, I set watchmen over you, [saying,] "Listen to the sound of the trumpet!" It is up to us who believe— those who watch for the return of Jesus— to sound the trumpet of alarm and warn others of the soon return of Jesus for His church (believers), so that they will not perish (die the second death in Hell).

A modern invention, which facilitates evangelism, is the Internet. GO TO this site to view a worldwide distribution of Internet sites. Another important invention of modern communication is television. I remember reading a National Geographic magazine several years ago about the isolation of parts of eastern Asia. Small, Chinese-made color television sets were being watched, even in what would seem the most primitive living standards in the world. The Gospel will be preached by many means before Jesus returns!

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SORCERIES
BIBLE PROPHECY CURRENT NEWS
BACKGROUND: Many people in developed countries, including countries in North America and Europe, share certain features:
  • They are exceedingly rich by world and historical standards.
  • They typically are not required to work from dawn to dusk to eke out a meager living.
  • Rather than rejoicing in their good lives, many become bored and disillusioned. They use their abundance of wealth and leisure time to yield to Satan's temptations by turning to drugs (including alcohol) and other sinful activities to fill their meaningless days and dull their senses.
  • Instead of being grateful for riches and leisure time, they do not help their neighbors in need and do not serve God.
  • These bored people abuse drugs (including alcohol), participate in astrology and various demonic spiritual delusions, waste their lives on meaningless electronic games and social networks, and spend their days satisfying only themselves and following Satan deeper into darkness. They truly live "as in the days of Noah" (Matthew 24:37-39).

The Bible predicted there would be many persons involved in "sorceries" at the end of the age. Interestingly, the word translated sorceries, sorcery, or magic spells in various versions is the Greek word pharmakeia. The pharm- root is familiar to every person, as it relates to drugs (pharmacy, pharmaceutical, pharmacist, pharmacology, etc.).

One of the reasons the future Babylon the Great will fall is her use and exportation of pharmakeia (Revelation, chapter 18). This Babylon, "destroyed in one hour," represents man's governments which rebel against God. America and other nations cannot continue to sin against God, while expecting to avoid His wrath.

REPRESENTATIVE SCRIPTURES: Revelation 18:23-24: [A mighty angel said] "The light of a lamp will never shine in you [Babylon the Great] again. The voice of bridegroom and bride will never be heard in you again. Your merchants were the world's great men. By your magic spell [pharmakeia] all the nations were led astray. In her was found the blood of the prophets and of the saints, and of all who have been killed on the earth."

COMMENT: Any reader must be aware of the drug problems and other addictive, Satan-inspired sins abounding in society (such as, pornography, adultery, and fornication). The local newspapers are filled with drug busts and alcohol-related traffic accidents. Most of the stories about "sorceries" are omitted from this Website.
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EPIDEMICS, PANDEMICS, PLAGUES
BIBLE PROPHECY CURRENT NEWS
BACKGROUND: Evil and unrepentant mankind will endure epidemics and plagues during the Tribulation.

The stage for these judgments is now set. Viral pandemics can sweep the earth with amazing speed (an influenza pandemic, for example). HIV (the AIDS virus) has infected millions of persons in a few years. Consider the even greater worldwide impact, if HIV were spread by an airborne route. In this scenario, one HIV-infected passenger could infect an entire plane of passengers.

Consider global spread of a deadly virus such as Ebola virus. Scientists are capable of synthesizing and hybridizing viruses, perhaps creating viruses for which no natural immunity exists.

Many bacteria, once easily treated with antibiotics, have now become resistant to virtually all antibiotics.

With famines and wars occurring during the Tribulation, people on earth will be even more susceptible to epidemics.

The environment is always at risk for invasion by hordes of insects and other destructive agents, further worsening famines caused by the wars, droughts, and infections of the Tribulation.

REPRESENTATIVE SCRIPTURES: Revelation 6:7-8: When the Lamb [Jesus] opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, "Come!" I looked and there before me was a pale horse. Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine, and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.
Revelation 9:1-11 foretells the fifth trumpet judgment, in which demonic locusts are released from the bottomless pit to torment those "who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads" with extremely painful, scorpion-like stings for five months during the Tribulation.
Revelation 16:2: The first angel went and poured out his bowl on the land, and ugly and painful sores broke out on the people who had the mark of the beast and worshiped his image.
Revelation 16:3: The second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it turned into blood like that of a dead man, and every living thing in the sea died. COMMENT: Could this judgment be the Red Tide we now experience, or a similar infestation of the ocean waters?


RELATED REFERENCE SITES:
+ CDC News Updates:HIV/AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, and Tuberculosis Prevention News Update
+ The Global Infectious Disease Threat and Its Implications for the United States
+ Public Health Emergency Preparedness & Response (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)


+ MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report... Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

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FAMINES, DROUGHTS
BIBLE PROPHECY CURRENT NEWS
BACKGROUND: Famines and droughts are major problems now. During the Tribulation, however, the earth will be gripped by unprecedented famines and droughts, and these conditions— which represent judgments of God (the Third and Fourth Seal Judgments)— will be intensified by worldwide wars and plagues (epidemics) of a magnitude never before experienced on earth.

REPRESENTATIVE SCRIPTURES: Matthew 24:7b: [Jesus said] "...There will be famines...."
Mark 13:8b: [Jesus said] "...There will be... famines...."
Luke 21:11: [Jesus said] "There will be... famines...."
Revelation 6:5-8: When the Lamb [Jesus in Heaven] opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, "Come!" I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand. Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, "A quart of wheat for a day's wages, and three quarts of barley for a day's wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine! When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, ...there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth."


RELATED REFERENCE SITES:
+ National Drought Mitigation Center.
+ U.S. Drought Monitor
+ World POPClock Projection [up-to-date world population estimates]

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EARTHQUAKES
BIBLE PROPHECY CURRENT NEWS
BACKGROUND: Earthquakes have long accompanied God's judgments and announcements. Jesus foretold of earthquakes prior to His return. It is estimated that more than 3.3-million earthquakes shake the earth each year. Most earthquakes are small; many cannot be felt, but can be identified only with seismographs. Although some people teach that earthquakes have increased during the twentieth century, most geologists apparently believe that the recent "increase" in earthquake activity reflects better detection (more seismographs around the world) and better reporting (global satellite communication). Jesus' prophecy is fulfilled either way. That is, people of the world are made increasingly aware of earthquakes in different places, whether earthquakes occur more frequently or are reported more easily. Jesus early in His Olivet Discourse prophecy said, "You will hear...." He did not say, "You will personally experience...." This increase in knowledge about global earthquake activity also fits Daniel's end-time prophecy about people going here and there to increase knowledge (Daniel 12:4). Remember also that the tectonic plates are unstable and active, and massive shifts in these plates (causing severe earthquake activity) could occur throughout the earth in the days or weeks immediately preceding Jesus' return.

Explanation of the Richter scale:

  • The Richter scale measures the magnitude (strength) of an earthquake. The scale is logarithmic. That is, an increase of one full number to the left of the decimal point represents a ten-fold increase in earthquake magnitude. (For example, a 6.0 earthquake is ten times stronger than a 5.0 earthquake.) Richter scale numbers approximately correlate with damage, as follows:
    • Less than 3.5 (<3.5): Generally not felt by humans, but measurable by instruments.
    • 3.5 - 5.4: Often felt by humans, but property damage is rare.
    • 5.5 - 6.0: Slight property damage to well-designed buildings, but major damage to poorly designed buildings; damage confined to a small region.
    • 6.1 - 6.9: Can be destructive in populated regions in a region up to 100 kilometers (60 miles) in diameter.
    • 7.0 - 7.9: Major earthquake— can cause serious damage over a region exceeding 100 kilometers (60 miles) in diameter.
    • 8.0 or greater (>8.0): Great earthquake— can cause devastating damage in a region several hundred kilometers (several hundred miles) in diameter.

The death toll associated with the larger earthquakes depends upon population density, construction practices for residential homes and public buildings, associated fires, and other factors.

REPRESENTATIVE SCRIPTURES: Matthew 24:7b: [Jesus said] "... There will be ... earthquakes in various places."
Mark 13:8b: [Jesus said] "There will be earthquakes in various places.... These are the beginnings of birth pains."
Luke 21:11a: [Jesus said] "There will be great earthquakes... in various places...."


RELATED REFERENCE SITES:

+ Earthquake Search, U.S. Geological Survey, search for global, national, and local earthquakes
+ Earthquake Lists and Maps (Records), U.S. Geological Survey
+ Earthquake Statistics (2000 - present), U.S. Geological Survey

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Because earthquakes are so common, only the largest earthquakes— those associated with many deaths, widespread property damage, or large tsunami production— will be cited in this Website.

See chart showing an increase in severe earthquakes, as we approach the return of the Lord: USGS Worldwide Deadly & Destructive Earthquakes between Magnitudes 6 and 8. Similar information may be obtained at: Historic Worldwide Earthquakes— Sorted by Date. Weekly occurrence of earthquakes may be monitored at: Recent Earthquakes.

See information about a major expanse of volcanic and seismic (earthquake) activity: Pacific Ring of Fire.





WEATHER DISTURBANCES
BIBLE PROPHECY CURRENT NEWS
BACKGROUND: Climatologists warn that the earth is undergoing "climate change" (apparently due to global warming, whether manmade or due to natural processes). The concern is that increased sea water and air temperatures will trigger increasingly severe storms. The earth undergoes periods of warming and cooling. The real debate is whether man is presently affecting the climate through fossil fuel consumption (production of greenhouse gases). Jesus warned that there will be severe storms prior to His return.

REPRESENTATIVE SCRIPTURE: Luke 21:25b: [Jesus said] "On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea."

COMMENT: Major storms occur at irregular intervals. The present report may not describe a recent storm of a severe nature. Remember, however, that major storm systems can develop within a few days. Therefore, lack of recent storm activity provides no assurance that the return of Jesus is in the distant future. Look for changing weather patterns— increase in strength and frequency of storms and unusual weather patterns.
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INCREASE OF KNOWLEDGE,
WONDERS IN SPACE
BIBLE PROPHECY CURRENT NEWS
BACKGROUND: There is an explosion of knowledge. At the time of the prophets and Jesus, the base of knowledge doubled over a period of many centuries. At the present time, the base of knowledge doubles over a period of a few months at most. Computers and worldwide communication systems foster rapid growth and dissemination of knowledge.

Marked advances in astronomy— including the Hubble telescope— permit us to see the far reaches of space and to increase knowledge about the universe God has created.

Our astronomy tools reveal that the universe is a hostile place. There are large heavenly bodies— asteroids and comets— flying through space at great speed. These bodies have frequently struck earth, and can (will) strike again at any time. Great energy is imparted (kinetic energy is a function of the velocity, or speed, squared). Catastrophic damage (equal to many nuclear bomb detonations) can occur. Debris thrown up and fires caused by such a collision would simulate the well-popularized "nuclear winter." The dust and smoke would darken the sun and alter the color of the moon.

REPRESENTATIVE SCRIPTURES: Daniel 12:4: [The angel said] "But you, Daniel, close up and seal the words on the scroll [the Book of Daniel] until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge."
Joel 2:30-31: [The LORD replies] "I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the great and dreadful day of the LORD."
Luke 21: 11, 25-26: [Jesus said] "There will be... fearful events and great signs from heaven.... | There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars.... Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken."
Revelation 8:7-12: The first angel sounded his trumpet, and there came hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was hurled down upon the earth. A third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees was burned up, and all the green grass was burned up. The second angel sounded his trumpet, and something like a huge mountain, all ablaze, was thrown into the sea. A third of the sea turned to blood, a third of the living creatures of the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed. The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water— the name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter. The fourth angel sounded his trumpet, and a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them turned dark. A third of the day was without light, and also a third of the night.


RELATED REFERENCE SITES:
+ SpaceWeather.com This site is interesting because it provides information about solar storm activity. Solar storms (sunspots) progress through an eleven-year cycle. The present extremely active cycle will reach its peak in 2013. A massive solar flare (coronal mass expulsion) directed at the earth could destroy electronic instruments/ machines and electrical grid infrastructure.

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ESSAYS (LINKS TO PAGES ELSEWHERE IN THIS WEBSITE)

Click on the following links to pages in this Website to read more about prophecy-related topics. You may easily return to the main page of this site.

  • Ages (Dispensations) of God for Man... God has devised eight ages (dispensations) for mankind. Knowledge of these dispensations is important to understand Bible prophecy more fully.


  • Bema Judgment — Rewards (Crowns)... Every person will face one of two judgments— the Bema Judgment, if he/she has chosen eternal life in Heaven, or the Great White Throne Judgment, if he/she has chosen eternal life in Hell. At the Bema Judgment, rewards (crowns) for works in Jesus' name will be awarded or withheld. Next to your salvation, your preparation for the Bema Judgment will be the most important effort in your life. Prepare daily for this judgment!


  • Covenants... God has made eight covenants with mankind. Reading these covenants will enhance your understanding of God, as He deals with mankind through the ages.


  • God's Two Olive Trees... Paul beautifully explains the relationship between Christians and Jews in Romans, chapter 11.


  • How To Become A Christian... The most important decision— a decision of eternal consequence— is whether you will accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior; the simple plan of salvation is presented through a few Bible verses.


  • Prayers... Pray for THE PERSECUTED CHURCH (Christians facing harassment, persecution, and martyrdom) and ISRAEL


  • Wars and Rumors of Wars... Jesus and the prophets foretold of wars, as the Age of Grace comes to an end. We are presently engaged in the first of these wars, and preparations are being made for the remaining wars.



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REWARDS FOR (AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF) THE STUDENT OF PROPHECY

Jesus told the Parable of the Fig Tree (Matthew 24:32-34): [Jesus answered] "Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and the leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door. I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened."

In this passage, "all these things" refers to all of Jesus' teachings in the preceding verses of this chapter (the Olivet Discourse) about His return in the clouds to bring His followers home to Heaven to be with Him forever. Two trees are used in the Bible to symboize Israel— the olive and the fig trees. The fig tree budded in the twentieth century, with the return of Jews to the Promised Land (Israel) in 1948 and most certainly with the capture of the Holy City of God (Jerusalem) in 1967. With tree budding in the spring, summer harvest is assured. What harvest? Jesus surely was speaking of the harvest of souls (His Church) at the Rapture/ Resurrection. The Bible uses "generation" in different ways— from forty years to the period in which a generation dies off. Thus, the return of our Lord may be close at hand— today, tomorrow, next year, or in ten years— but it surely must be close. In this parable, Jesus told us to watch for the return of Jews to Israel (1948), because His return is imminent.

Jesus taught (Matthew 24:36) that only God the Father knows the day and hour of Jesus' return, but He warned us to always be ready and watching for His return (Matthew 24:42, 44): [Jesus said] "Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. |..| So you... must be ready, because the Son of Man [Jesus] will come at an hour when you do not expect him."

Prophecy refers to "the times of the Gentiles being fulfilled." The Greek, here, uses an accounting term. For example, a ship captain would not set sail until all berths were filled with sailors. This language suggests that God has a number of saved persons in mind, before it is time to close the age of grace.

Jesus taught other parables about the necessity of watching for and being ready for His return.

NOTE: Bible prophecy is dismissed by some because "prophets" have erroneously predicted by specific date Jesus' return.
• These "prophets" ignore Jesus' words (preceding paragraph) that no one will know the day and hour of His return.
• Earlier "prophets" have not had a good understanding of Scriptures. The Jews must return to Israel (Ezekiel, chapters 36 and 37; other Scriptures) before the last days. Therefore, Jesus' return could not have occurred before May, 1948.
• Although Jesus said no one would know the day and hour He would return, He did want us to now the season of His return (Parable of the Fig Tree). We are the generation which saw the fig tree of Israel bud, and some of us will be alive at the Rapture.
• Ignore any person, whether minister or lay person, who sets dates. Jesus warned of false teachers and false prophets in the last days (Matthew 24:11, 24; Mark 13:22). Paul warned against following false teachers (2 Timothy 4:3-4).
• Do not be caught up in believing silly Nostradamus predictions, which can be read with a number of interpretations.
• Do not dread the December, 2012 date for the "end of the world," as interpreted from the end of the Mayan calendar. Think: If God the Father will not tell Jesus of the date of His return, why would He tell Mayan Indians who neither heard of nor followed Jesus?
• Incidentally, in the King James Version of the Bible, whenever the phrase "end of the world" is mentioned, know that this is a mis-translation. The Bible clearly teaches that the world is without end. "End of the world" is properly translated "end of the age" (that is, end of the age of grace).

One of God's principles is that we are to keep watch for others and sound the alarm for approaching danger (Ezekiel 33:1-6): The word of the LORD came to me: "Son of man, speak to your countrymen and say to them: 'When I bring the sword against a land, and the people choose one of their men and make him their watchman, and he sees the sword coming against the land and blows the trumpet to warn the people, then if anyone hears the trumpet but does not take warning and the sword comes and takes his life, his blood will be own his own head. ...If he had taken the warning, he would have saved himself. But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes the life of one of them, that man will be taken away because of his sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for his blood.'"

The Holy Bible notes there are several rewards (crowns) which can be given in eternity for believers. One of these rewards (crowns) is the Crown of Righteousness for the believer who has faith in and who desires the return of Jesus to take him or her home to Heaven (2 Timothy 4:8): Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will reward to me on that day— and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

There is a blessing for anyone who reads and accepts the prophecy in the Book of Revelation— The Apocalypse in the Catholic Bible version (Revelation 1:3): Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.

There is also a horrible penalty for anyone who fails to accept in its entirety or attempts to alter the Revelation prophecies (Revelation 22:18-19): I warn everyone who hears the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book. EXPLANATION: Tree of life: since this tree grows in Heaven, this is another way of saying such a person may lose his or her place in Heaven. Holy city is New Jerusalem, or Heaven, which descends to earth after the Millennial Kingdom to be inhabited for eternity by God's presence and believers.

You should study prophecy for at least the following reasons:

  1. Prepare yourself to meet Jesus in the clouds when He returns (the Rapture). When the Rapture occurs, the Dispensation of Grace offered to you by God ends immediately— "in the twinkling of an eye." You must be prepared for your judgment, by accepting Jesus fully as your Savior and by seeking God's forgiveness of your sins.
  2. Become a watchman for the return of Jesus, in order that you may "sound the trumpet" and warn others of Jesus' return. Jesus warned (Matthew 24:37-39) that when He returns, the people of the world will not be ready for Him— as were the people in Noah's time not ready for the flood, and they perished in the flood waters. Jesus also warned (John 4:35-36) that the earth is like a field full of ripe grain (lost persons), and believers— including you— must try to save as many perishing souls as possible while there is yet still time.
  3. Study the prophecies for past generations, and marvel at how they were all fulfilled exactly as promised by God. Your faith in the inerrant accuracy of The Holy Bible and your faith in a just, all-powerful God will be strengthened. By understanding that God has faithfully fulfilled earlier prophecies, you can have faith that God will fulfill future prophecies.
  4. Receive a blessing by studying and believing Bible prophecy. More than one-fourth of the verses of The Holy Bible relate to prophecy, and many of these verses concern the end of the age (the very time in history in which we live). This time is so special to God because soon Satan will be defeated and the struggle between the good of God and the evil of Satan will end forever. There is a blessing promised in The Holy Bible for any believer who reads, studies, teaches, and believes prophecy.
  5. Earn the Crown of Righteousness by longing and watching for Jesus' return. Jesus told us to lay up treasures in Heaven for our eternal life. You can earn treasures only for what you accomplish for God while you live on this earth. Treasures are earned for faith in God and doing good for others for no reason other than you love God and your neighbor. Of specific rewards ("crowns") mentioned in The Holy Bible, one of them is the Crown of Righteousness given to believers who long and watch for the return of Jesus and who tell others about His return.

Revelation 22:20: He [Jesus] who testifies to these things says, "Yes, I am coming soon." Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.



FUTURE EVENTS

I summarize some of the Holy Bible's outline of mankind's future, as I understand these holy words. I will not attempt to include all supporting Bible references in this brief summary. (Recall that more than one-fourth of the Bible is devoted to prophecy.) Many pertinent Scriptures are included elsewhere in this Website. If you cannot locate supporting Scriptures, e-mail your question to me, and I will try to provide a helpful answer.

NOTE THIS:

In Jesus' teaching of the PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE (Matthew 24:32-35; Mark 13:28-31; Luke 21:29-33), He said that the generation which sees all of the things He mentioned in His prophetic teaching (the Olivet Discourse— Matthew, chapter 24; Mark, chapter 13; and Luke, chapter 21) occurring at the same time will not pass away (will not die) until His return. Most Bible scholars believe the countdown for His return began some time during the interval between 1948 (the Jews' return to Israel) and 1967 (the Jews' re-claiming of God's Holy City, Jerusalem). The countdown for the end of the age could not begin until the Jews returned the final time (May, 1948) to the land promised to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Jesus promised to return during the lifetime of at least some of the people who witnessed these events. Jesus could return any time! We are members of the generation to whom Jesus spoke!

Jesus' prophetic parable involves more than an agricultural lesson on growing figs. Two trees symbolized Israel— the olive tree and the fig tree. Both trees were used in the New Testament to symbolize Jews and Christians. The fig tree of Israel budded in May, 1948, when Jews returned to Israel from all parts of the world after nearly 1900 years in worldwide dispersal (the Diaspora). God's fig tree budded with His sons and daughters to re-establish the nation of Israel. Since summer is the season of harvest, the springtime budding of the fig tree of Israel would soon be followed by the harvest of summer— not figs, but the harvest of souls gained by the spread of the Gospel and other evangelical efforts of the Christian church. This harvest will occur at the Resurrection/ Rapture, when Jesus returns in the clouds to gather the saints of His church to be with Him forever in New Jerusalem (Heaven). Then, the dormant natural limbs (the Jews) will be grafted back into the tree of Israel, that "all Zion will be saved." See Romans, chapter 11 for Paul's eloquent description of the natural and wild branches in God's olive tree of Israel.

All prophecy that must be fulfilled before Jesus' return has been sufficiently fulfilled for the Resurrection/ Rapture to occur. Jesus may return for His believers at any moment— possibly even today.

Are you ready to face God? Are your family and friends ready to face God? Are your sins forgiven? Do you need to work harder for God's Kingdom? Do you need to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? Today is a good day to start preparing yourself to meet God. You may not have a tomorrow.

PRESENT AND FUTURE HISTORY OF MANKIND

PRESENT TIME:

This time period extends from this moment until the time when Jesus appears in the clouds, with the sound of the trumpet of God and the command, "Come up here!" (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17). In that "twinkling of an eye," those who believe in Jesus as Savior will rise from death (resurrection) or be translated, or snatched away (rapture), so that all may meet Him to begin an eternal life of joy and reward in Heaven.

Only those who have accepted God's grace— through belief in Jesus as Savior, acceptance of His blood sacrifice for their sins, and whose sins have been forgiven— will be resurrected or raptured. These believers, who have their names written in the Lamb's Book of Life, need not worry about the future. Their futures are secure in beauty and peace beyond anything we can imagine.

Tell others about God's grace. According to Jesus' Parable of the Fig Tree (mentioned above), the time for salvation and repentance may be drawing very near. There is no time to lose. Work to take family and friends with you to Heaven, by sharing the Gospel.

BELIEVERS' RESURRECTION AND RAPTURE:

Jesus will return in the sky in a cloud (a cloud of many white-robed angels?). In "the twinkling of an eye," those who have died believing in Him as Savior will be resurrected to life, and those who are living and believe in Him will be snatched away (raptured) to meet Him in the sky. Both groups will then accompany Jesus to Paradise to await admittance to and eternal life in Heaven (New Jerusalem). All persons will be given immortal bodies— bodies which will never age, harbor disease, or remember any sad memories.

FATE OF NON-BELIEVERS:

Persons who have rejected God's grace (who have rejected Jesus as Savior and rejected His sacrifice for their sins) will remain on Earth. They will face various wars, deprivations, death, persecution, and other horrors of a seven-year period— the Tribulation— which Jesus warned will be the worst period in the history of the Earth.

END-TIME WARS:

The Bible foretells several horrific end-time wars. Near the time of the Rapture will probably come two events: the destruction of Damascus (Isaiah, chapter 17) and the Battle of Gog and Magog (Ezekiel, chapter 38 and 39). In the Battle of Gog and Magog, Russia (Magog) and her Arab-Muslim confederates will invade Israel in overwhelming force. All nations desert Israel. (Do you see this pattern developing now?) Israel would surely be defeated, except that God will deliver His nation from defeat. During the Tribulation, nations will wage war against each other (represented by the Second Seal Judgment of Revelation, chapter 6, with its horseman who rides on a fiery red horse, armed with a large sword [nuclear weapons] by which hundreds of millions of people are killed). Armed forces of the world will invade Israel in great force. In the Middle East and throughout the world, horrific wars will rage, culminating in the Battle of Armageddon, which Jesus, as King of kings and Lord of lords, will stop with His Second Coming.

THE TRIBULATION:

The Tribulation will last exactly seven prophetic years (7 x 360 = 2,520 days). The Tribulation will commence after the Rapture and end at the Second Coming of Jesus.

FATE OF SAVED PERSONS DURING THE TRIBULATION:

Saved persons (saints) will be in Paradise with Jesus. They will participate in two events:

  • The Bema Judgment: Each believer will appear before the Bema (the Judgment Seat) of Christ, to be judged for his or her service to others during life on Earth. At this judgment, the believer will receive rewards for "good fruit" (good works, deeds) or no rewards for "bad fruit" (bad or absent works, deeds). Believers will place crowns they have earned in life before Jesus in praise, adoration, and thanksgiving. We can take no material possessions to the afterlife. We can take only the recorded deeds we performed for the Kingdonm of God.
  • Marriage to the Lamb, Marriage Supper of the Lamb: Each believer's robe, now stained with sins of life, will be washed in the blood of Jesus Christ. Then, each believer will have a robe of purest, whitest linen suitable for a bride ready to be married to the Bridegroom, Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ's "bride" is the Body of believers in Him (the Christian Church). Patterned after the First Century Jewish wedding, our Bridegroom (Jesus) will consummate the marriage by drinking wine with His bride (the Church) at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. From this moment, believers will be joined spiritually with Jesus, as though married, for eternity. Jesus did not drink the fourth cup at the last Passover meal (Seder) He observed with His disciples, stating He would not drink again from the fruit of the vine until He drank it with us in His Father's house. We should observe Communion ("the Lord's Supper," in some churches), as commanded by Jesus, but our communion with Jesus will not be complete until we drink the fourth (last) cup of the fruit of the vine with Him in Paradise. Jesus died for three reasons, as prophesied in Isaiah, chapter 53. He died to heal the mind, to heal the body, and to heal the spirit (soul) of every believer. Because illness and sin continued after His crucifixion, His sacrifice has been incomplete on Earth, but it will be completed in Heaven because mental illness, physical illness, and sin will be forever abolished in an eternal Heaven.

FATE OF UNSAVED PERSONS DURING THE TRIBULATION: Non-believers will live in "hell on Earth" during the Tribulation. They will partipiate in the following:

Evil governments: The Unholy Trinity— Satan, the Antichrist, and the False Prophet— will rule much of the Earth. Persecution (especially of Jews and newly converted Christians) will flourish. Citizens will be required to take the "mark of the Beast." Any citizen refusing this mark will be excluded from all benefits of society (buying or selling anything, for example) and possibly will be executed. However, any citizen who takes the mark will be doomed to eternity in Hell.

Evangelism: God will never leave mankind without hope. He will raise up 144,000 Jewish evangelists and will send back Two Witnesses from ancient times (surely Elijah and possibly Enoch). Their efforts will result in millions of persons accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, but these Tribulation-converted saints will be beheaded as soon as they are identified by the Antichrist's government.

God's judgments: God will unleash twenty-one (seven Seal, seven Trumpet, and seven Bowl) judgments on Earth to attempt to bring sinful man to Him.

Wars: Armies from the four corners of the Earth will engage in worldwide war, marching into Israel for the final battle (Armageddon). A large proportion of the Earth's population will die from the wars and judgments they must endure. One of the armies (led by the Kings of the East) will field a 200-million man army.

THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST:

Jesus' First Coming was approximately two-thousand years ago, when He came as a meek, suffering Messiah to become our sacrificial Lamb. Jesus' Second Coming will occur after the Rapture (seven prophetic years— 2,520 days— after the Tribulation commences). Jesus will come then as Ruler, Judge, and King— the roaring Lion of Judah.

Triumph of good, defeat of evil: Jesus' followers (those who believed in and followed Him on Earth) and angels will form a mighty army, descending on the Mount of Olives at Jerusalem to participate in His victory over Satan. The Antichrist and the False Prophet will be captured and cast alive into the Lake of Fire (Hell). Satan will be bound and thrown into the Abyss, an inescapable pit between Hades and Paradise. The armies which meet at Armageddon and attempt to prevent Jesus' return will also be cast alive into the Lake of Fire (Hell).

Judgment of the nations: Jesus will judge the nations (the people of the nations) to separate "goats" (evil persons who have mistreated Jews and Christians during the Tribulation) from "sheep" (good persons who have not mistreated Jews and Christians). The "goats" will be thrown into Hell, whereas the "sheep" will be allowed to enter the Millennial Kingdom.

THE MILLENNIAL KINGDOM:

Jesus Christ will rule the world for one-thousand years. With Satan bound in the Abyss, this millennium will be a time when Earth's residents enjoy unprecedented peace and long life.

Resurrected/ raptured believers will assist Jesus in the rule of the Millennial Kingdom. These believers will not marry and reproduce because they have transformed, eternal bodies and will have no need to reproduce.

Those found worthy at the judgment of nations (the "sheep" in Jesus' Parable of the Sheep and Goats) will marry and reproduce. They will enjoy a "near-Heaven" life, but they will be subjected to Satan's final temptation.

At the end of the Millennial Kingdom, Satan will be loosed and allowed to leave the Abyss to enter Earth "for a short time" to tempt man one last time. Incredibly, millions of men and women who have known the peace of the Millennial Kingdom under Jesus' rule will succumb to Satan's temptation. They will be punished for eternity in Hell because of their rebellion. Those who do not sin under Satan's temptation will be admitted to Heaven.

THE GREAT WHITE THRONE JUDGMENT OF GOD:

This judgment, which occurs at the end of the Millennial Kingdom, is reserved for sinners of all time who have not accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior and who have not repented of their sins. No one who has accepted Jesus— that is, no person who has his or her name written in the Lamb's Book of Life— will appear at this judgment. There is only one verdict of this judgment— guilty. There is only one sentence: eternal torment in the Lake of Fire (Hell).

NOTE: God does not decide whether a person spends eternity in Heaven or Hell. Each person makes his or her own decision in life by whether he or she accepts or rejects God's offer of eternal life in Heaven (accepts or rejects God's grace: salvation through belief in Jesus as Savior and His sacrifice for forgiveness of sin). If you have not made the decision to spend eternity in Heaven, you still have time. You can make that decision today. Come home to the Father. He is waiting for you.

ETERNITY:

All persons will live forever, either in Heaven or in Hell.

HEAVEN (NEW JERUSALEM): God will cleanse the Earth of all reminders of unrighteousness by intense fire. New Jerusalem (Heaven) will, then, descend to Earth. The Apostle John was granted a glimpse of this magnificent city built for believers. He wrote about what he was allowed to see of Heaven in Revelation, chapters 21 and 22. All persons who have accepted Jesus Christ as Savior will spend eternity in Heaven with God, Jesus, the angels, and fellow believers.

Jesus' sacrifice on the cross will be completed in Heaven. He died for three reasons, but we have not yet tasted the fullness of His sacrifice for us:

  • Jesus was crucified for our minds, but we will be completely free of sadness, bitterness, and negative thoughts only when we are in Heaven.
  • Jesus was crucified for our bodies, but we will be completely free of illness and death only when we are in Heaven.
  • Jesus was crucified for our souls, but we will be completely free of sin only when we are in Heaven.

Make certain you spend eternity in Heaven! No earthly experience can ever prepare you for the beauty, wonders, joy, and magnificence promised for you for eternity in Heaven!

LAKE OF FIRE (HELL): Hell will be the exact opposite of Heaven— as horrible as Heaven is wonderful. Unrepentant, rebellious sinners will spend eternity in torment and remorse over their failure to accept God's gift. Described as a lake of fire, Hell will be populated not only by sinners, but by Satan and the fallen angels who followed him.

Make certain you avoid spending eternity in Hell! No earthly experience, no matter how "wonderful," can ever compensate you for the torment, suffering, and regret promised for you for eternity in Hell! No earthly activity is worth the loss of your soul in an eternal Hell!






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Because you have learned about Jesus' imminent return, you are commanded to warn others of His return. TODAY COULD BE THE DAY OF JESUS' RETURN OR OF YOUR PHYSICAL DEATH. AT THAT MOMENT YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE GOD WILL END. YOUR RECORD FOR YOUR BEMA JUDGMENT HAS BEEN ETERNALLY SEALED. TODAY IS YOUR DAY TO BEGIN SERVING HIM! TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY OF THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. MAKE THE REST OF YOU LIFE COUNT FOR SOMETHING!

Read Ezekiel 33:1-6. Become one of God's watchmen on the walls. The sword of the end of grace, Tribulation, and Judgment are coming. Warn people of the impending end of the age, so that their blood will not be on your hands.

Read Matthew 24:36, 42-44. Jesus will return on a day and hour unknown to you. Man's time for you will cease "in the twinkling of an eye." Your sins for which you must account to God and your opportunities to serve the Master will be instantly sealed. You will be, then, on God's eternal time. Are you, your family, and your neighbors ready for the return of Jesus? Is this moment a good time to repent of your sins? Is this a good time to start working for the Kingdom? God's clock is ticking second by second toward your encounter with Him, and this encounter may be very soon.

May God bless you!

Revelation 22:20: He [Jesus] who testifies to these things says, "Yes, I am coming soon." Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

Isaac Newton: "About the time of the end, a body of men will be raised up, who will turn their attention to the prophecies, in the midst of much clamor and opposition."

MARANATHA!


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