We’ve covered a lot of ground in our study of End Times events. For those who are brand new to this information and caught up in ‘life’ with little time to examine the ‘coming attractions’ ahead, I thought a summary might be helpful. As we face a changing future with its new trials, tests, and tribulations there will be situations and outcomes which are literal manifestations of prophesied End Times warnings given in biblical scripture.
As we’ve seen, people around the world will be challenged to suffer the consequences of choices, decisions and events. Remember, God is trying to warn and at the same time invite the world’s inhabitants to choose salvation through belief in Jesus as Christ and Messiah. As explained earlier, like water coming to a boil, the fallout of End Times events intensify in severity and frequency.
Although chaotic changes may seem remote, their effects cascade touching populations across the globe. There are three ‘Last Days’ events that will be unmistakable, unmissable, and undeniable. When you see these three televised, know the time to repent and spiritually reconcile with God’s Holy Trinity.
The first is noted in Psalm 83, which describes Israel’s enemies mounting attacks against the Jewish nation. If we look closely, we discover that these attacks have been relentless since May 1948. Starting with Israel’s declaration of independence, her neighboring adversaries have made multiple (8) major military incursion attempts to destroy Israel and its people. Most notably in 1948, 1967 and 1973 plus countless rocket attacks, suicide bombings and armed clashes. It’s my belief these unending and purposeful armed conflicts are being fulfilled as described in the Psalm 83 prophesy.
The next unmissable events will be the Ezekiel 36-39 war or, rebuilding of the Third Jewish Temple. These two events will be undeniable and unmistakably observed by the entire world. Which will come first? We aren’t sure, but they will occur, and both are specifically prophesied. Let’s look at the details as described in prophesy.
The center of Jewish life is encapsulated by both law and spirit, house within the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. There have been two ‘Temples’ prior to today. The first was built by king Solomon and completed in 957 BCE. It was destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 BCE. The second Temple was constructed by authoritative decree from Cyrus, king of Persia and completed in 515-516 BCE. The second Temple was destroyed by the armies of Rome in 70 A.D. Since then there has been no Jewish Temple.
Prophesy in several different bible texts indicates the Jewish Temple will be standing and will be occupied by the Antichrist by Mid-Tribulation dates. If this prophesy is true and correct then the third Temple must be erected, standing, and possibly in use by the Jewish priests by the time the Mid-Trib year arrives. Again, we don’t know whether the Temple will be built, under construction or completed prior to the coming Ezekiel War or whether this conflict will occur first.
What do we know about the Ezekiel War? This war will be fought between a primarily Islamic coalition of nations led by Russia, Turkey and Iran. The invasion point will emanate from Syrian territory on Israel’s northern border and will take place in the region known as the ‘West Bank’, or ‘Mountains of Israel.’
A most interesting aspect of this prophetic clash is that Israel will stand alone against her foes. The entire world will be against Israel, either by supporting these looming invaders, or by condemning this threat of war yet doing nothing to assist Israel’s defense. Why is the Ezekiel War prophesy so important? When it happens, this invasion will appear to be on the verge of destroying Israel. Israel will appear to have no hope left. It’s then God Himself will enter the fray as Israel’s sole defender and completely decimate her enemies in the mountains of Israel.
God will use His power and might to show the entire world that He is the God of Israel and the one true Lord of the earth. His intervention on Israel’s behalf will prove His word is true and End Times prophesies as written and recorded in the bible are accurate and true.
The entire world will know God exists. His actions in defeating Israel’s enemies when they had been isolated by the rest of the world, will show His ‘line drawn in the sand’ of belief. Out of this victory for Israel the entire world will be offered an invitation to know and embrace Christ Jesus as Lord and savior.
Whichever occurs first, the Ezekiel War or the rebuilding of the Third Temple in Jerusalem, by these two physical and concrete actions, believers through prophesy will know the Last Days are inevitably close. When you see either or both these events, the time to repent and turn to Christ is immediate, for salvation will be at hand. Be baptized in Christ, become a born again believer, (John 3:1-36) read, know and understand; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, or Romans 10:9-10, 17.
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Greetings and welcome back to our series readers. A special thanks for your interest and time. Welcome to our new friends, followers, and readers. The primary goal of our ‘End Times’ series is to share information and prophetic understanding about some of the events and consequences God has planned for the world in order to reveal His plan of salvation through His Son, Jesus.
The End Times are God’s final opportunities for humans to enter into a relationship with Him as Father, Son and Spirit. This invitation to everlasting life will be offered until the ‘Mid Tribulation’ point, between the two 3½ year periods of the ‘Tribulation’.
We know from prophetic scripture that the 70th week of Israel’s history as a nation will be seven (7) years. During these seven years, many great and terrible events will occur as God attempts to reconcile to Himself those who have yet to believe in His incarnate Son, Jesus/Yashua, who was/is the Christ/Messiah.
These last seven years essentially express God’s final “Line in the Sand” that will separate believers in Christ from those who will not or refuse to acknowledge Jesus’ as the Christ/Messiah. God’s specific reason and purpose for sending His Spirit manifested in human form was/is, our salvation. During the Tribulation’s first 3 ½ years God will be encouraging people worldwide to repent and spiritually embrace Jesus. In the second 3½ years God will be specifically dealing with Israel’s original rejection of Jesus as their Messiah with opportunities for ‘born again’ belief in His again revealed messianic identity. Although His attention may be altered God’s goal is to reconcile to Himself all who believe in Christ Jesus.
When will these seven years of tribulation start? When the efforts of a man who successfully negotiates a ‘Peace and Security’ treaty between Israel and her enemies is confirmed. This is the spark. The bigger question is, how many years are there between today and the moment this treaty is agreed to and official? We know about the specific events prophesied for those last seven years. But let’s look at unmissable ones that will be evident to everyone before those last seven years arrive.
We've been instructed by Jesus and biblical prophets about specific events to be watching for to understand His plan for mankind’s redemptive salvation. If you have seen the charts in our series, “Hidden in Plain View” there are an abundance of activities and consequences ahead in the coming years of trouble, or ‘sorrows.’
In those “Hidden in Plain View” charts, you will notice we are currently in the era known as the ‘Pre-Tribulation’ period (or ‘church age’). This “Church Age/Pre-Trib” era started two thousand years ago when Jesus of Nazareth was crucified, died, and was buried only to rise (be resurrected) from the dead. We are living in the remaining years of this Pre-Trib time. Scripture tells us these years lead to God’s ‘Last Call’ for salvation and reconciliation.
What is the significance of these “Last Call” years for us? First, we are still able to recognize and heed His warnings. Second, we know many of the prophetic signs, events and activities which will play out on the world stage as God’s redemptive plan moves ever closer to its conclusion.
We know End Times populations will experience life in upheaval. Narcissistic chaos, natural and man-made global disruptions and disasters will intensify and become more frequent with each passing season. These will continue unabated until a “Peace and Security” treaty is signed and agreed to. The signing of this treaty is the ultimate definitive action that will ignite the seven years of tribulation’s turmoil for everyone alive.
There are two identifiable events to occur as biblically prophesied in the future, which will be unmistakable, unmissable, and undeniable. The order in which these two takes place is not the issue. Know that both will occur and by their manifested reality will make plain the ‘end times’ are close. These two are the “Ezekiel War” and the rebuilding of the “Third Jewish Temple” in Jerusalem.
Join me next time for our final episode when we look at these two End Times events which will alert all who are watching.
Many End Times events will occur without our firsthand knowledge or participation. Life changing crises happen to people the world over every day without our concern or involvement. Only when something horrific takes place in our community or neighborhood may we be moved to recognition.
In our series’ we are building an awareness of the prophesied ‘Last Days’ events that will alter our global domestic and international interactions. End Times economic, health, social and political ‘fallout’ (inadequate and unprepared responses furthering injury and loss of life) persistently disrupt the lives of vast numbers of unsuspecting people worldwide.
With the inertia of dominoes set to fall; famine, disease, violence, and existential hardships await on the horizon. When life threatening tragedies become real for us, they can alter our situations and require out of the ordinary responses. We live in a world that resists change at all costs and yet, the world continues to evolve forcing us to adapt or perish.
Once we manage to address an incident’s immediate ‘fallout’ we then attempt to adjust to our ‘new normal.’ Or, a dramatic effort to return to ‘the way it was before.’ Once major disruptions have entered our consciousness, they may never leave. Loss and its remembrance often remain with people as indelible stains on the psyche long after the event recedes.
Spirituality can buffer the bludgeoning impacts of unforeseen events. Spiritual grounding can be invaluable for successful transition of many in their approaching ‘new normal.’ Spiritual strength can be a hedge against further emotional captivity. An active spirit in concert with the indwelt Spirit of God gives hope to the believer. Spiritual applications of hope allow us to narrow our focus on truth.
Clarity to recognize the connection between ‘what we want to believe’ and the events we are witnessing allow us to see more of ourselves and our world. Spiritual grounding enables our original confused ‘puzzle pieces’ begin to find their right places, illuminating the larger picture we’ve been struggling to confront.
When we emulate the spiritual strength and goodness of Christ with new awareness, the spirit of the believer recognizes opportunities for change. Repentance (permanent future change) and forgiveness (unconditional love in action) can become new cornerstones in relationships with family, friends, coworkers, even acquaintances. When we are spirit led and spirit guided our responses are firmly rooted in a quest for truth. As our spirit in Christ evolves and grows, His very character and nature become more our own.
It is this very strength that allows followers of Christ to see the ways of the world unfolding as we begin to grapple with End Times events prophesied for the future. Can we stop or alter that which God has planned in order that His desire for our salvation and reconciliation to Him be accomplished? Of course not. If God in His omnipotence has the power and will to create the universe, He also has the omniscient means to end its existence.
If you desire to see the world and its ways for what they truly are when you accept the realization that attitudes, beliefs and perceptions of the world are not always in your best interest, your options are to throw in with the world’s ways, or, trust God’s Word.
Can we sidestep the tragedies that await in the End Times? Only if we are not here to experience them.
If we are here the only chance for survival will be in having a spiritual relationship aligned with and comforted by Jesus Christ, the Messiah. This revelation gives disciples new insight to God's Word.
I invite you to read or review my series “Hidden in Plain View” (on my YouTube channel) before next time when we will identify two “unmistakable, unmissable, undeniable” End Times events headed our way.
What is Spiritual grounding? Why is spiritual strength a ‘game changer’?
What is it? Where does it come from? How does one get it, and keep it active?
First and foremost, having an active and ever strengthening (growing) spiritual connection brings balance to your life. Are there trade-offs? Yes. As with every decision or choice we are presented with daily, but more balance means a more fulfilling life.
How can a spiritual presence guide, aid, or counsel? How does a growing spirituality bring balance to a chaotic, stressed life? We live ‘pressure cooker’ lifestyles, leaving little time for anything other than “keeping up.” American life was once rooted in “keeping up with the Jones’.” Now for many its “keeping up to survive the day.”
The trauma and drama of modern life can be hectic. Many forget their life is designed to be more than job, career or family indebtedness. At our essence we are spirit, manifested in a corporeal body. We are spiritual energy at our core existing beneath layers of who we think we are, (presenting to the world).
“To Be, or Not To Be” was Hamlet’s question. The question for those living close to the prophesied end times is ‘Whether to engage Christ, or not’? This is fundamentally the question in every life. In the coming years we will each confront and select how active our spirituality will be. We are each a living soul. An ‘energy packet’ with an ‘active’ or ‘inactive’ spirit. An inactive spirit is exactly that; ‘inactive.’ Having little or no interaction with mind and body. Existing yes, but only as a ‘place holder.’
An ‘active’ spirit is active in degrees. On our paths in life we are all at different stages, as are our spirits.
We can have a fleeting awareness at one end of the spectrum, while others may have ‘full immersion’ at the other end. Irrespective of ‘where’ one is on their spiritual journey, life’s baseline condition is an active spirit in concert and communication with the Holy Trinity of Christ, or not.
When God’s Spirit lives within us, no matter the degree of our voluntary immersion, His Spirit lives for us as guide and counselor. (John 14:26) When we invite the ‘Word’ of God’s Spirit (Jesus) to abide with us, it’s accepted and never rescinded. We may turn aside but He will never abandon us after He has accepted our invitation of a surrendered heart. Where the Spirit of the Lord lives, He strengthens mind, body, and spirit.
Think of the Lord’s living Spirit within you as a cosmic GPS. Every time you are faced with stress, struggle, and conflict, stop. Before you respond take a breath and ask yourself. ‘What would God have me do in this situation?’ When His Spirit abides with you, He will answer. This He promises.
His Spirit will guide your thoughts. His Spirit will give yours the strength and power to respond as He would have you do. His Spirit will show you the truth. His truth will give you counsel to avoid the impending hole of adversity. It’s always easier to step around a hole than dig yourself out. God’s Spirit through belief in Christ offers you the path from adversity.
Whether you hear, actually listen or respond is up to you. Once Christ’s spirit is with you, He is always there for you. It’s up to you to decide if you’ll choose the Lord’s way or repeat the ‘old pattern response’ which hasn’t worked so many times before.
Christ’s Spirit within, is your spiritual grounding. His Spirit responding, is your spiritual strength. The more you desire and allow your spirit to grow in His, the more embolden your understanding of the world will become.
Join me for Part 10 when we look at events on the horizon.
So, what can we expect our future to look like? Think of it this way. Imagine you’re bringing a pot of cold water to a boil, (the cold water representing our world prior to the 2008 ‘great recession’). We fill the pot and turn up the heat. As the water becomes tepid, we notice a change taking place that is disconcerting, yet not alarming. As we reduce the fire the water returns to its ‘new normal.’
Sometime later, we increase the heat to a higher setting. As small bubbles start to form on the bottom of the pot (Covid-19) we notice they begin spreading around the bottom edge and then progressively start inward across the entire bottom surface. Almost imperceptively, larger bubbles form in the original space from the expanding concentrated heat. Quickly thereafter water is bubbling thoroughly in a simultaneous chaotic dance.
As we end the first round of global infections from Covid-19 and prepare for its next pre-vaccine resurgence, we notice there’s little letup of the now enlarging bubbles being created, which start to turn the water from a liquid to its gaseous state.
End Times events have a specific purpose designed to bring people (back) to Jesus for His role as (savior) Christ/Messiah. End Times events are God’s way to initiate and at the same time, invite a worldwide revival (Mt 24:14). As with our boiling pot of water, our awareness is meant to be raised with each succeeding ‘heated’ event.
The consequences of unprepared disbelief will affect people across the earth. Melding and rippling from one place to the next and from one affected/infected area to another. Whether health related, economic or social disruption, crime and violence, or destructive storms, governments will falter and fail with inadequate and unprepared responses.
Uninterrupted escalation of troubles and turmoil denote prophesied End Times. There may be a temporarily ‘lull’ where you live, but the consequences of insurmountable problems will persist globally with little interruption. Events moving in concert, spreading neighbor to neighbor, nation to nation will become more acute as capabilities shift in unending attempts to accommodate the immediacy of that moment’s emergency causing frustration and social chaos.
As with our boiling water, End Times events bring unpleasantness, layer upon layer, hampering further answers and responses. The only questions are;
• How badly burned are we before we get out of the water?
• How much suffering will we endure and at what cost?
• What could we have done before the heat went from cold to
tepid to boiling?
• As it gets worse, how can we prepare?
God gives each of us opportunities to come to know Him and know His character and nature through His Son Jesus. He is warning us out of love, compassion, and mercy so we’ll know how to sidestep the death and destruction coming in the Last Days. As event instances for this new awareness increase, so too will the fallout severity of each End Times event.
How much suffering will you choose to endure before looking for relief? How many End Times event consequences will you ignore before you start to understand? How much death and destruction will you allow your family to endure before you share with them the way God has provided for His believing children? Avoid the coming perils. How? Establish a spiritual grounded relationship with Christ Jesus.
Join me next time for Part 9, ‘Spiritually Grounded Strength’ when we look at: What it is? Where does it come from? How to acquire it, and how to keep it active?
Prophesies alert readers to unmissable events that will occur in the End Times. One of the most disconcerting or inexplicable characteristics surrounding “End Times, or Last Days” prophesies making them confusing or difficult for many readers is they’re recorded as specific occurrences, authored by different individuals over centuries. Establishing cohesive chronological or purposefully designed correlations can be open to misinterpretation, miscues or miscalculations.
Observing the impending immediate and near-term fallout from the first round of our current Covid-19 pandemic illnesses and deaths, the world must anticipate changes going forward for people and governments. Recovery after the first stages of a Coronavirus may be the most critical and perilous of times for many global populations.
End Times events will be world altering, affecting people in ways, intensities and frequencies never imagined or experienced. Even if we are viewers from afar of others’ misery, Jesus and the prophets remind us that the End Times will wreak havoc worldwide with consequences radiating across the globe. Unfathomable worldwide repercussions are the hallmark of unmistakable End Times events.
How long the ebb and flow of global sorrow will continue before solutions can calm fears from one tragedy to the next is unknown. Strength comes in understanding why these things are happening and how God has planned for believers to sidestep much of the anguish associated with these unusual circumstances. Although the trauma and drama in our futures may be unprecedented, the choices for many will become much clearer. People the world over will experience religious revivals within their countries accompanied by backlash and agitations at home and abroad.
Spirituality is the conduit for establishing and building a personal relationship between each of us and the Holy Trinity of God, should we decide to turn to Him. Surrender, acceptance and alignment with Jesus brings calm to the storm when his indwelt spirit is called upon. (John 14:26) It’s our spiritual strengthened belief and faith in the words of Jesus, that set us free to respond in His name against all odds.
I’m often asked, “How do I prepare for the End Times?” My answer is first, be aware of the events and consequences that will be manifested as prophesied, and how they may affect you and your family. Second, know and understand three scriptural references: John 3:16, Matthew 22:37 and 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 or Romans 10:9-10, & 17.
These verses together with surrender of one’s spirit to Jesus are foundational cornerstones to employ when encountering stress and struggle represented by the End Times. These four provide peace and strength to persevere, and faith to sidestep fear.
Join me next time for Part 8, when we examine a boiling pot of water and how much heat it takes to move people to respond.
Questions always welcomed and answered.
Days, months, years?
Having introduced the Antichrist’s entrance onto the world stage, the essential question becomes when do escalating events and their consequences start to become undeniable for the End Times observer? It’s this realization that will set the stage for the pending arrival and global reveal of this ‘Man of Lawlessness’. (2 Thessalonians 2:3, 9)
In a world operating by crisis reactions, and by the time the ‘Son of Perdition’ steps up to the world’s megaphone, our global conditions will be on the precipice of total meltdown. What can we do? More importantly, how can we reduce the impact of the coming days, months and years ahead?
Spiritual strength and trust can reassure believing observers to the critical timing of our unfolding global events. Through His compassionate love and mercy God has shared signs to be watching for. Particularly those leading up to the revelation of the one who will become the Antichrist.
How long will it take for life to become this untenable? Again, we don’t know, but awareness of the impending dire outcomes ahead will illuminate the degradation of law and order in a world of weakened by corrupted systems. How do we prepare? Not only for undeniable globally repercussive events, but for the escalating pressures and stress affecting us persistently in daily life.
Whether a situation is large or small, the most comforting way to respond to adversity is by becoming emboldened with faith rooted in spiritual strength. Spiritual grounding provides a solid foundation upon which to erect a framework we can use to understand the challenges befalling us. Spiritual strength brings balance to life, which allows us to recognize the truth of the reality we face.
Spiritual strength moves us to action. It bolsters our defenses, for the power and might of God’s Spirit dwells within the believer and follower of Jesus. When faced with a challenge, knowing the truth of the situation provides the strength needed to endure and act responsibly. God’s indwelt spirit through Christ always councils to our best interests.
God has a plan for each of us. His plan is for us to return to Him through reconciliation of our spirit. This is of special importance to those alive during the End Times years. The coming years will produce unprecedented upheaval and change for life on earth. Now is the time to plant a spiritual seed of relationship with the Holy Trinity of Christ.
Preparation is a key element of surviving; spiritually, mentally, bodily. When we’re prepared spiritually, we can respond to those we care for, love and are responsible for. A grounded spiritually response to whatever life engages you to accomplish or endure works in ways that transcend corporeal understanding. When we’re rooted in the Spirit of God the Father through the life and death of Jesus, His active spirit of truth guides us to know what must be done and how to respond without fear.
Join me for Part 7 when we review some of the dynamic changes ahead.
Questions always welcomed and answered.
Timing is key.
If you read Part 4 of this series, it ends on a somber and dour note. Yes, there’s doubt, unknowns and challenges in our collective futures, however life will go on and recovery will be accomplished. Much of life will return to a semblance of ‘normalcy.’ Many will adapt and others will succeed. Many will need to readjust their thinking, values and attitudes in order to reestablish a new normal for themselves in concert with others.
Our efforts here are not to ‘figure it out.’ We are sharing a spiritual path to help strengthen readers to the truth of our reality and its consequences, as prophesied scripture foretells. Our global future will be tenuous for months on end, particularly for struggling countries and nations with inept leaders.
Daily life presents stress, struggle and conflict which must be recognized, dealt with or ignored. Challenges to the new normal we each face will require fortitude and adaptability. The consequential fallout of our choices will test who we are and what we believe. In these times and situations, it’s incumbent to establish a spiritual grounding rooted in the essence of truth.
Whether you’re familiar with end times events and their consequences or not, almost everyone has heard the term “Antichrist” and are aware of the person to whom this title refers. What you may not know is the Antichrist doesn’t arrive on the world stage as Satan or one of his fallen angels or as a demonic presence.
The man who will become the Antichrist enters our global end times fray as a “savior.” Out of the terrible turmoil, death and destruction people will experience from discontent and discord, one with worldly skills and contacts will convince many, he is the only one capable of ending our global ills.
We can expect short sighted political missteps combined with fallout from nature’s disasters to befall people in countries around the world. Economic hardships and collapse, social upheaval, political strife and infighting, destructive weather anomalies, warring factions internally and with foreign adversaries to name but a few. The question is, how bad must it get before the world is primed for this savior?
Deceit, deception, lies and falsehoods will be the new normal. People won’t be sure who or what to believe. Life will become increasingly difficult for many. The stress and strain on world’s leaders will be tested beyond their capabilities. Love will grow cold. Hate will dig in its heels as those who delight in an undertone of anarchy spreads like a new virus.
The consequential decisions and efforts to reestablish control over people using ‘old guard’ dynamics will gradually be lost as many enter a state of personal and collective doubt. Not trusting or believing who or what they encounter, many will become further disillusioned, angry and frustrated. Their clamor for a ‘savior’ will reach fever pitch as the world’s populations start to demand ‘peace and safety.’
Into this breach of insecurity and questioning doubt will step a new leader for the world, who will garner support among mankind, led by the global money and power elite. He will be promoted by politicians and religion as the one person able to solve the world’s growing detrimental troubles.
When will he emerge? No one knows for sure, but we do know from prophesy that the world will be in such a state of turmoil and the demand for corrective action so great, people willingly accede a lost sight of truth for a ‘promised end’ to the chaotic turmoil they are enduring.
One question has always been, “How will the Antichrist be able to impose his egregious ways and total control over the entire world?” If we look at some of the tools, items and means coming into current everyday use as part of our societal responses you’ll notice individual body temperatures are taken with scanning devises against one’s forehead or wrist to test for the Covid-19 virus.
Virus testing can also use swab samples to indicate evidence of infection. These samples can then be used to gather DNA for future identification. Surveillance and tracking of people and their movements by CCTV and/or GPS coordinates, smartphones and facial recognition software can now locate people around the world. Armed drones are used to assassinate the opposition’s citizens. We are moving quickly to a cashless world with chip embeds for commerce exchanges.
Our current and future technological advancements can be used for beneficial reasons and outcomes. However, as witnessed in the advent and growth of the Internet, new technology is also available and primed for nefarious intents and abuses as well. By the time the Antichrist steps into the spotlight, the world will be technologically readied for his intervention. He will herald a new world order under his command as its global leader.
The man who becomes the Antichrist at mid tribulation, initially enters the world’s arena proclaimed as its savior and peacemaker. When he brokers a ‘Peace and Security’ treaty between Israel and her enemies, the seven year ‘tribulation’ begins.
What are the signs and wonders that forewarn us of this brokered treaty?
Join us next time as we review specific End Times events we can expect to see unfold before our very eyes.
Questions always welcomed and answered.
It may be hard to believe but the fallout from our current pestilence (Covid-19) will be far reaching both in geography and calamity beyond what many might have thought possible. The consequences of our global unpreparedness in acknowledging and responding to this Coronavirus will wreak havoc on every nations’ population and lifestyles in both the short and long terms.
Our ‘new normal’ will include near and extended economic disruptions with possible collapse of different industries, fervently frustrated civil disobedience, government oppression of life and liberties, authoritarian restrictions, surveillance actions, religious group castigation, social group disruptions and family abuses in combination with isolation. There will be propagandized and politicized hypocritical blame and indifference at every level.
Many will be ‘on their own’ as never before. The pressures of new, different or unknown life altering choices can be lessened with spiritual strength that provides grounded perspective. A spiritual relationship reveals a powerful presence that provides a platform for us to recognize God’s ‘voice’ in his revealed truths that biblical end times prophesies warn us to be watching for.
I believe the world’s end times birth pains ‘labor’ moment (when the “water broke”) was the ‘2008 great recession.’ This was the first global event with worldwide repercussion in the era of the “Last Generation." The term Last Generation denotes the span of time from the rebirth of Israel as an internationally recognized nation-state (1948) up to and including Israel’s prophesied “Seventieth Week” (the seven year tribulation period). As God’s ‘timepiece’ Israel’s path to final recognition of Jesus as the Messiah started in 1948 and its reconciliation responsibility falls to the Last Generation.
Twelve years later we are locked down globally, experiencing the next painful contraction enveloped in the pandemic illnesses and deaths from Covid-19. Biblical prophesies foretell of coming future historical events rooted in God's purposeful planned revelation, for unbelievers around the world, to the person, nature and character of Jesus as the Christ/Messiah. The fallout consequences of End Times events are intended to be unmistakable for both believers and nonbelievers (in Christ) whose hearts are ready to heed His Last Days warnings.
One of the most intriguing elements of End Times prophesies is how little (or no) relevance they had for their authors. End Times prophesies were written prior to the second century and their formal canonization as 'books' in the third century (c.325, Council of Nicaea). Interested parties have had two thousand years to wonder, study and question End Times prophesies. With so many Last Days prophetic events destined to occur within the Last Generation we need to be ready for we are all part of this final generation.
Four significant events on Israel's path as a nation to recognition of Jesus as their Messiah, and as members of the “Last Generation” were:
1917 The Balfour Declaration (proposed establishment of a Jewish national homeland)
1948 Jewish/Israeli Statehood (internationally ratified and accomplished)
1967 Reunification of Jerusalem for the Jewish state and people (“Six Day War” victory)
1973 "Yom Kippur War" victory
Israel, as God’s "timepiece" now provides observers a straightened path leading distinctly from its 1948 rebirth, to Christ’s ‘Second Coming’ messianic return.
What can we expect in the near term having endured the great recession a decade ago and now struggling to cope with and survive Covid-19? Globally in the near term we should be prepared for:
· Economic recession morphing into economic depression in many countries
· Extensive worldwide unemployment
· Curfews, possibly Marshall Law
· Civil unrest as people ignore political/law enforcement directives, pressures and
· Heightened mental health crisis among all ages and groups
· Family breakdowns, harmful dysfunction and abuses
· Surveillance by facial recognition and GPS tracking of populations
· Political ideologue governments curtailing civil liberties
· A rise in nationalism and armed extremism, both internal and cross borders
· Racial and social discord
· Financial thievery
· Extensive corruption and fraud at all levels
· Doubts about integrity of every election held
· General lawlessness
· “Strong man” rule by authoritarian, fascist, and dictatorial governments
Be prepared. Mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. You can do this. You can survive the stress and struggle headed our way by understanding what’s happening, but more importantly, Why?
Join me for part 5, when we’ll start to examine prophesied events ahead with an awareness of their real time connection to us.
Questions always welcomed and answered.
In Matthew 24:6-8 Jesus is quoted as saying, “You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of ‘birth pains’.”
Prior to every birth come the physical pains (or as Jesus described them, ‘sorrows’). The “pains/sorrows” allegory Jesus spoke of foretold the experience of childbirth, which his hearers and we readers can easily identify with. The tone of His warnings in the description of these sorrows give us a glimpse of the severity an unbelieving world will suffer. It’s these final birth pains that have started for this last generation and are coming evermore rapidly before our eyes.
Jesus declares as these birth pains escalate, their frequency and intensities become markedly more horrific and widespread across the globe. Those with ears to hear and eyes to see will not dismiss these events or their implications if they choose to recognize the direct correlations between the bible’s prophetic words of warning for present and future ‘last days’ consequences.
The importance of these approaching events for us is to understand and realize God’s offer of forgiveness and eternal life comes through belief in and profession that Jesus is the Christ/Messiah. For two thousand years the words, deeds and actions of Jesus have been told, retold and taught so the world’s multitudes might hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ and respond affirmatively, ensuring salvation.
We are indeed entering the run up to the ‘new birth’ (Second Coming of Christ) and His coming “Millennial Kingdom” reign. As with all new life the period between conception and birth is most acutely acknowledged in the immediacy right before birth occurs. The process of pregnancy followed by the onset of ‘labor’ (marked by the ‘breaking of one’s water’) sets into motion the severe ‘contraction pains’ representing an escalating finality.
My belief is these birth pains began for mankind when Jesus ascended to heaven (after He spent forty days with his disciples and followers after his resurrection) to sit at the right hand of God, the Father. It was upon His return to God’s throne that He received ‘the deed’ (described as the “scroll” in the book of ‘Revelation’) of ownership/inheritance of the earth and its inhabitants.
It was then that Jesus (“the Lamb of God” and “Lion of Judah” described by John in Revelation) took the scroll from the hand of God the Father and broke open the first five seals, releasing the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse as recorded in the books of Revelation, Zachariah and Ezekiel.
Two questions many have about the End Times are, why? “Why are these things happening?” And, “Will it get worse?” The answer to the first is, God is giving the world’s inhabitants recognizable opportunities now to turn from abject moral and ethical disobedience by returning to Him in mind, body and spirit.
The simple answer to the second question is sadly, Yes. Things will get progressively more intensely undeniable and chaotic. It’s time to become cognizant of our new reality so you and your family, loved ones, and friends can be more prepared and knowledgeable.
Join me next time for part 4 when we look at the near-term fallout.
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