The world continues to unravel! Have you noticed the chaos and the tension? Wars and rumors of wars…famines…earthquakes…birth pangs…Israel hated…false prophets…increased lawlessness…tribulation…. Just as Jesus responded to His disciples’ questions about the signs of the end of the age (Matthew 24), so we see those signs today!
Lest we forget, Jesus was speaking to a Jewish audience, thus referring to their “earthly finish line,” which is the Glorious Appearing (Christ’s Second Coming, after the tribulation). So, the stage being set today is leading up to that event. Yet, the rapture occurs before the tribulation!
My friends, here in the US, we are already seeing Christmas lights and decorations in stores. In fact, I saw red and blue Christmas lights on a house in my neighborhood just a few days ago! But to quote a popular Messianic Jewish Bible teacher (Amir Tsarfati), when you begin to see signs of Christmas, you know that Thanksgiving is just around the corner! So, it is with Bible prophecy! The signs of the tribulation are appearing all around us, so we know the rapture is just around the corner. We DON’T know the day or the hour of the rapture (Mark 13:32), but we are wise to know the season in which we live! (Luke 12:54-56)
News headlines of this weekend point toward events that seem to line up with the season in which we live. First, we have seen persecution of Christians over the last 100 years in numbers never before equaled. Satan has tried to destroy Christ (unsuccessfully!) and anything and anyone associated with Him from day one. (Okay…day 6, when God created man, and Satan engaged in his first temptation! See Genesis 2-3.) Point is: Satan doesn’t want people to know Christ, so those who do are “marked men” (and women and children) to deter others from following Christ also!
It was announced at the In Defense of Christians event that VP Mike Pence will travel to Egypt in December to discuss Middle East persecution of Christians and other religious minorities. Egypt has seen its fair share of Coptic Christian church burnings and attacks on Christians in general, but the epidemic has spread widely throughout the Middle East, including ISIS who savagely targets the Christian population. Egypt is an ally, thus a good place to begin the efforts to stop persecution.
Pence will then travel from Egypt to Israel in time for Hanukkah, where he will discuss the possibilities of peace in the Middle East with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and PA President Mahmoud Abbas.
A second headline from Thursday also appears to align with the end time stage being set. According to Reuters, Israel will resort to military action, if necessary, to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.
“If international efforts led these days by U.S. President Trump don’t help stop Iran attaining nuclear capabilities, Israel will act militarily by itself,” Intelligence Minister Israel Katz said in an interview in Tokyo. “There are changes that can be made (to the agreement) to ensure that they will never have the ability to have a nuclear weapon….We will not allow Iran to transform Syria into forward base sea harbors, air bases and Shia militias. We will act together with the United States and other countries in the world until they stop the ballistic missiles that threaten Israel.”
Despite UN resolutions and the nuclear agreement, Iran has belligerently progressed in development and testing of ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear warheads. Along with that, they blatantly and consistently vow to wipe Israel off the map.
Today, Iranian forces are working with Hezbollah to set up bases of operation on Israel’s northern border in Syria, with the intent of doing that very thing.
Throughout modern history, there has been talk of “end times,” but never in the history of the world have all the pieces of the puzzle been in place at the same time. Only the Father knows the day and hour in which He will send His Son, Jesus, to redeem His followers from this world. We know that as the rapture and, though you don’t find that Latin word in the New Testament (written in Greek), the apostle Paul most certainly describes it in 1 Corinthians 15 (especially verses 50-57) and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.
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God bless you, my friend!