Tuesday, August 30, 2016


In this blog, I report on signs of the times indicating the soon return of our Lord Jesus Christ to collect His holy, righteous, and pure Bride. I also provide prophetic revelations and teaching on the topic.

As the Scripture says,

"When it is evening, you say, 'It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.' And in the morning, 'There will be a storm today, for the sky is red and threatening.' Do you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the signs of the times?" (Mat 16:2-3)

"But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. "And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. "And He will send forth His angels with a great trumpet and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other. "Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near; so, you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door. (Mat 24:29-33)

Some of the topics covered include the rapture, signs in the sun, moon, and stars, comets, martyrdom, the mark of the beast, repentance, preparation, the judgment of God and His wrath upon the wicked, and the antichrist.

Rapture Dream: State of Watch - December 2013 The Day of Our Lord’s Wedding is at Hand Rapture Revelation to Zipora Bitrus
Comet ISON a Sign of the Lord's Return? Confirmations About ISON as a Sign of the Lord's Return Urgent: Jesus Christ's Return is Imminent - 2013
The Blood Moons of 2014 and 2015 The Glory of Martyrdom for Christ America’s Destruction is at Hand
The Timing of the Rapture Something is Going on in 2013 Something is Going on in 2012
Come Out of Her Trumpet Sounds Heard Around the World Peace, Safety, and the Thief in the Night
The End Has Come  Very Few Will Hear the Trumpet Sound The Mark of the Beast (666)
Repent and Flee the Coming Wrath Are you Rapture Ready? Rapture Alert
Rapture in the Last Hour End Time Events Grieve and Lament for the Church
City in the Sky  Urgent Revelations of Christ's Imminent Return The Amazing Sign of Jonah
News Headlines Reflect the End Times The 311 Moment Rapture Revelation - Sixth Seal in September 2012?
Rapture Revelation to the Mushala sisters Rapture Revelation to Ayodelle Sawyerr The Times of the Gentiles
Rapture Revelation to Angelica Zambrano The Error of Rapture Date Setting Reflections on the State of Watch
The Messiah Is Coming Word of Warning for America Michael Shigaba's End Time Message for Mankind
The Rise of Antichrists Sequence of Signs Preceding the Coming of Christ Synching Up the Seven Seals with the Gospels
Rapture Revelation to Margaret MacDonald Rapture Beliefs of Church Fathers Rapture Revelation to James Agboola
Revelation of People Missing the Rapture Understanding the Times The End Time Saints
The Land Mourns in the Last Days Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster The End Time Plagues
Wars and Rumors of Wars Times and Epochs the Father has Determined Brace Yourselves for the Great Shaking
The Persecution of the Saints

You may also access my complete blog directory at Writing for the Master.

Attribution notice: Most Scripture quotations taken from the NASB. "Time is At Hand" painting © 2012 Danny Hahlbohm, all rights reserved by the artist.

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News Headlines Reflect the End Times

For a number of years I followed the news and captured headlines that I felt were indicative of the end times. I eventually gave up trying to track these things, because the pace at which they are happening is now too fast to keep up.

But the list of events I created will give you a good sampling of what's been happening, beginning with the more recent events and going back to some rather historical ones that occurred in the last sixty years.

  • 6.2 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Italy, 247 killed - 8-24-16
  • Intel announces new "Merged Reality" technology - 8-16-16
  • Airport terror attack in Istanbul, Turkey kills 41, wounds 230 - 6-28-16
  • Orlando, FL Terrorist attack on gay bar kills 49, wounds 53 - 6-12-16
  • Beetle plague of "biblical proportions" hits Argentina - 3-2-16
  • Earth experiencing over 3,000 earthquakes per month - 2-15-16
  • Mass animal death numbers astronomical and rising worldwide - 2-15-16 
  • Record number of worldwide shark attacks in 2015 - 2-15-16
  • Record number of fireballs sighted in the skies worldwide in 2015 - 2-15-16
  • Tornadoes increased in number in the US in 2015 - 1-1-16
  • San Bernadino, California attack kills 14, seriously injures 22 - 12-2-15
  • Paris terrorist attacks kill more than 100 - 11-13-15
  • 2015 Among the Most Damaging Year for Wildfires Ever - 10-16-15 
  •  30 Large Whales Die in Alaska Waters - 8-26-15
  • U.S. Supreme Court Makes Same-Sex Marriage a Right for Americans- 7-26-15
  • Pope Frances Supports Homosexuality - 2-28-14
  • Giant sinkholes are forming all over the world - 8-12-13
  • Pope Benedict XVI resigns amid criminal charges - 2-11-13
  • Vatican Seeks World Government & New World Order - 12-3-12
  • Hurricane Sandy strikes US, affecting 24 States, doing $71 billion in damage - 10-26-12
  • Youth riots across England for 5 days, 1500 arrested - 8-11-11
  • Mississippi River flood at 70-yr record level, affects LA, AR, IL, KY and MO – 5-20-11
  • Wild fires scorch more than 2 million acres in TX – 5-13-11
  • Record number of tornadoes in a single month in all of American history in April 5-1-11
  • Two of the four biggest tornado clusters ever recorded, occurred in April in the US – 4-28-11
  • 226 tornadoes strike US in single day, more than any other day in history, 334 killed - 4-3-11
  • Magnitude 9.0 earthquake & tsunami hits Japan, death toll reaches 12,087 - 3-11-11
  • 6.3 Magnitude earthquake hits Christchurch, New Zealand, dozens killed - 2-22-11
  • Iranian "Day of Rage" begins a long series of protests across Iran - 2-14-11
  • Egyptian revolution and overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak - 1-25-11
  • Toxic chemical spill overflows through towns, causing ecological disaster in western Hungary 10-1-10
  • Leaking well gushing oil into Gulf of Mexico, 5000 barrels per day - 4-20-10
  • Magnitude 7 earthquake hits Haiti, death toll reaches 316,000 - 1-12-10
  • Young girl from Ecuador dies and sees heaven and hell - 11-7-09
  • Over the last three months, central banks put 63 % of their new cash into euros & yen – 10-14-09
  • Obama sends 15,000 additional troops to Afghanistan unannounced – 10-12-09
  • Gold hits record high at $1,064 an ounce – 10-12-09
  • Arabs launch secret moves with China, Russia & France to stop using dollar for oil – 10-6-09
  • UN calls for new reserve currency to end dollar supremacy – 10-6-09
  • 7.6 magnitude earthquake strikes Padang, Indonesia, killing 529, maybe thousands – 9-29-09
  • Obama Says Financial Regulations Must Be Strengthened Globally 9-20-09
  • At least 100,000 children are used in prostitution every year in the US – 8-15-09
  • Closure of Colonial BancGroup Inc., marked the biggest U.S. bank failure this year – 8-15-09
  • California Declares State of Emergency as Wildfires rage – 8-15-09
  • 1 Million Evacuated as Typhoon Hits China – 8-10-09
  • Bank Failures rise to 72 this year with collapses in Florida, Oregon – 8-9-09
  • Helicopter and plane collide over the Hudson River in NY, killing all nine aboard – 8-8-09
  • Russian tensions with Georgia flare up once again – 8-6-09
  • Russian nuclear subs patrol off US east coast for first time in over a decade – 8-6-09
  • Russian secret service helped Hizballah discover and bust Israel's Lebanese spy rings – 8-5-09
  • A high impact collision occurred on Jupiter, leaving a huge black scar on its surface – 7-31-09
  • Russia builds key naval HQ in Syria: Missile presence worries Israel – 7-22-09
  • Terrorists detonate Explosives in Jakarta Hotel – 7-17-09
  • Group committed to an international Islamic empire holds 1st official US conference – 7-17-09
  • Iranian passenger jet crashes in northwest Iran, killing all 168 people on board – 7-15-09
  • Al Qaeda plot against Suez Canal foiled by 26 arrests – 7-10-09
  • Tehran refuses to halt its nuclear program or “retreat by a single step” – 7-10-09
  • Al Qaeda plots multiple attacks on US-, Israel-bound airliners - 7-9-09
  • Russia blocks concrete measures at G8 summit on Iran's nuclear drive – 7-9-09
  • Pope officially calls for new world financial order guided by search for common good – 7-7-09
  • Ethnic riots in western China between Muslims and Han kill 156, injure many more – 7-5-09
  • Cargo train carrying liquid gas explodes in Italy train station killing 12, injuring more – 6-30-09
  • Yemeni A310-300 airbus from Paris crashed in Indian Ocean killing 153 people – 6-30-09
  • Democratically-elected Honduran president Zelaya ousted in a coup - 6-28-09
  • Open homosexual activist nominated to become US State Department’s top lawyer - 6-26-09
  • 10 die in widespread flooding in Central Europe – 6-26-09
  • 9 killed and 70 injured in Washington DC subway train crash - 6-23-09
  • A surge of people reportedly coming to faith in Christ in Iran – 6-13-09
  • 17 killed & many injured as Iran military crushes protests of election fraud – 6-13-09
  • WHO declares Swine flu a level 6 pandemic as 30,000 cases confirmed in 74 countries - 6-11-09
  • Homosexual activist leader receives appointment to oversee public school “safety” – 6-2-09
  • Air France flight 447 crashes over Atlantic killing all 228 people aboard – 6-1-09
  • Obama tells PA Pres. Abbas U.S. foresees Palestinian state with Jerusalem as capital – 5-30-09
  • Subcutaneous GPS Chip Implant Invented To Track, Eliminate Undesirable Humans – 5-17-09
  • Alan Keyes, former diplomat, arrested on Notre Dame campus, protesting abortion – 5-8-09
  • Two pastors arrested, praying outside White House on National Day of Prayer – 5-7-09
  • NATO member Turkey and Syria hold first joint military exercise – 4-27-09
  • Swine flu declared public health emergency, as 11 new cases in US confirmed – 4-25-09
  • Obama W.H & FBI Assess & Declare American Patriots to be Extremists & Terrorists – 4-19-09
  • In growing piracy threat, pirates now hold about 12 ships with over 200 crewmembers – 4-12-09
  • Obama appoints gay-rights activist to the federal government’s faith-based initiative – 4-7-09
  • 260 killed and 1,000 injured by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake that struck L'Aquila Italy 4-6-09
  • G20 creates new world order with US markets having lesser role – 4-2-09
  • Over 90 killed in US mass shootings in past yr., 47 of those in the past month – 4-3-09
  • 14 die in third mass shooting in US in a month – 4-3-09
  • World leaders announce creation of supervisory body for global financial system – 4-2-09
  • World leaders pledged $1.1 trillion to International Monetary Fund – 4-2-09
  • Sun Plunges into the Quietest Solar Minimum in a Century – 4-1-09
  • Pres. Obama announces plans to form a new world order in conjunction with the UK – 3-25-09
  • China supports Russia’s proposal to create a new supra-national global currency – 3-23-09
  • Israel suddenly withdraws troops from Gaza strip “for inauguration of Pres. Obama” – 1-20-09
  • Israel launches air strikes on Gaza Strip – 12-27-08
  • Cease-fire between Israel and Hamas expires – 12-19-08
  • Terrorist attack on Mumbai, India, 140 killed - 11-25-08
  • Wildfires rage across southern California – 11-16-08
  • World leaders want IMF to be the world's financial watchdog – 11-15-08
  • British PM Brown calls for a “new global society” 11-11-08
  • Eastern Europe stands on the verge of insolvency and deep and protracted recession 10-24-08
  • European Central Bank (ECB) granted Hungary a bailout worth €5 billion – 10-16-08
  • EU pledged to shore up banking system with a €2 trillion package – 10-16-08
  • Fox News reports US is in worst credit crisis since Great Depression – 9-29-08
  • Dow dropped 777.7 points or 7%, suffering worst 1-day point loss ever - 9-29-08
  • Fed Reserve Loans AIG $85B, rescuing the world's largest insurer from collapse – 9-16-08
  • After 158 yrs in business, Lehman filed bankruptcy, largest filing in U.S. history – 9-15-08
  • Dow Plummets 504 Points in worst percentage loss in more than six years – 9-15-08
  • Hurricane Ike strikes Galveston, Texas leaving millions without power in Houston – 9-13-08
  • Federal government takes over giant creditors Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac– 9-7-08
  • Russia attacks Georgia and starts a war on 8-8-08
  • Total solar eclipse – 8-1-08
  • US Gas prices peak at new record high of $4.36 per gallon in California - 7-28-08
  • Scientists find largest sample of distant galaxies ever seen, 13 billion light-yrs away – 7-25-08
  • High-level international talks on Iran's nuclear program end without agreement – 7-19-08
  • Over 1,780 California fires sparked by lightning from San Diego to the Bay – 6-20-08
  • Wendy Alec receives prophetic word of impending judgment over San Francisco - 6-14-08
  • John Kilpatrick has dream of impending devastating earthquake in middle America - 5-20-08
  • Gay Marriage Ban Overturned By California Supreme Court – 5-15-08
  • 7.5 Earthquake in Sichuan China; 50,000 dead, 5 million homeless – 5-12-08
  • John Kilpatrick has vision of impending disastrous earthquake - 4-27-08
  • A series of unstoppable fires started in Southern California near San Diego - 10-23-07
  • Australian pastor raised from the dead during parliament prayer meeting - 10-22-07
  • CA Gov. bans terms “Mom and Dad” & “husband and wife” from use in CA schools - 10-13-07
  • Iranian Pres. Ahmadinejad visited NY to address the UN General Assembly– 9-30-07
  • Largest burst of a supernova was recorded this year & it was 7.5 billion light yrs away - 2007
  • 7.5 Earthquake near Lima, Peru. 337 people killed, over 827 injured – 8-15-07
  • Severe flooding in North Korea, 200 people dead or missing, 33,000 homes destroyed – 8-14-07
  • Romania is experiencing a severe drought – 8-14-07
  • Bridge Collapse Kills at Least 22 in Fenghuang, China – 8-14-07
  • Destructive tornado hits Brooklyn, NY, $10 million damage, 1 killed – 8-8-07
  • South Asia Monsoons Kill More Than 200, Displace Millions – 8-4-07
  • Bridge collapse on Interstate 35 over Mississippi River in Minneapolis, 5 killed, 60 hurt – 8-1-07
  • Mysterious substance spread from small plane south of Detroit 7-31-07
  • Poison spread at DC Metro Stations - death of birds – 7-29-07
  • Number of Atlantic tropical storms developing annually doubled in the past century – 7-29-07
  • 2 TV news helicopters collided in midair on live TV in Phoenix, AZ, 4 killed – 7-27-07
  • 2 WWII planes at air show in Wisconsin collided while landing, killing one of the pilots 7-27-07
  • 500 died across Hungary last week, due to heat wave in central and southeast Europe 7-25-07
  • Serbia battled 50 forest fires on hottest day of the year, temperature topping 109 degrees 7-25-07
  • Pilot trying to break speed record on way to Wisconsin air show crashed in Switzerland. 7-23-07
  • Bus carrying Polish pilgrims when it crashed near southeastern French city – 7-22-07
  • Airbus crashes in Brazil, 176 people killed, worst aviation accident in Brazil's history – 7-17-07
  • 6.8 earthquake in Japan, 11 dead, over 900 injured, nuclear power plant damaged 7-17-07
  • Monsoon rains & flooding in India leaves 660 dead & more than a million stranded – 7-07
  • UK flooding continues at height of popularity of song “Umbrella”. 2B pounds damage – 7-07
  • Glasgow Airport in UK hit by terrorist attack - 6-30-07
  • More than 200 people died during severe storms in Karachi, Pakistan's biggest city – 6-07
  • UK experiences worst floods in modern history – 6-10-07 to 6-30-07
  • South Africa got first snowfall in 25 yrs; rest of world had warmest temps since 1800s – 6-27-07
  • Bridge in China Guangdong province collapsed when cargo vessel hit it, killing 9 – 6-15-07
  • US gas prices hit new record high of $3.20 per gallon 5-30-07
  • Mine explosion kills 38 in Russia 2 mos. after similar explosion in nearby town killed 110 – 5-07
  • Kenya Airways plane crashed in Cameroon killing all 114 people on board – 5-5-07
  • VA Tech student kills 32 students in most deadly shooting rampage in U.S. history – 4-07
  • Magnitude 8.1 quake & ensuing tsunami Solomon Islands - 34 dead & thousands homeless 4-07
  • Indonesia Airlines plane crashed, killing 22 of the 140 people on board - 3-7-07
  • Explosion kills 110 in Russian coalmine - worst mine disaster in recent Russian history 3-19-07
  • 20 people died when tornadoes and thunderstorms ripped through central Florida - 2-2-07
  • Stampede by pilgrims on the annual hajj killed at least 360 in Mecca Saudi Arabia – 1-12-07
  • Adam Air Flight crashed in Indonesia, killing all of the 102 people on board – 1-1-07
  • Ferry carrying 600 people sinks during a heavy storm, at least 400 people dead - 12-29-06
  • 7.1 Earthquake in Taiwan region - 12-26-06
  • Heavy rains & winds, 1.5 million without power in WA & OR, causes 14 deaths -12-14-06
  • Typhoon in Philippines caused massive mudslide burying over 500 people - 11-30-06
  • 8.3 Earthquake in Kuril Islands - 11-15-06
  • Windstorms and tornadoes swept through six U.S. states over 2 days, killing 12 - 11-14-06
  • Deadliest tornado in Japan, where tornadoes are rare, killed 9 people - 11-7-06
  • Flash flooding in southeast Turkey killed 32 people - 11-1-06
  • Boeing 737, crashed in Nigeria after take-off, killing 103 - 10-29-06
  • Strong storms & tornadoes, Midwest & South U.S. destroy 400 structures, & kill 13 - 10-22-06
  • Strong storms in North Korea left more than 7,300 homeless 10-21-06
  • 2 subway trains collide in Rome, Italy, killing one and injuring at least 60 people - 10-17-06
  • Torrential rains in southeast Texas flood roads, spawn tornados, and kill 4 people - 10-16-06
  • 6.6 Earthquake hits Hawaii – 10-15-06
  • Freak early snowstorm dropped 2 feet of snow on Buffalo, 3 killed - 10-12-06
  • Typhoon Xangsane hits central Vietnam, killing 68 - 10-1-06
  • Boeing 737, crashed in Amazon rainforest, after colliding with corporate jet, 154 killed - 9-29-06
  • Typhoon Xangsane hit island of Luzon, Philippines causing flooding and killing 110 - 9-27-06
  • Heavy rains triggered floods in fifteen Kentucky counties, killing 10 people - 9-22-06
  • Comair commuter jet, crashed on takeoff in Lexington, KY, killing 49 - 8-27-06
  • Russian Airliner, crashed in Donetsk, Ukraine, killing all 170 – 8-22-06
  • 7.0 Earthquake in Scotia Sea, south of S. America -8-20-06
  • Flooding in Ethiopia since July killed at least 870 people – 8-06
  • Flooding from heavy rains in India and Pakistan killed more than 300 – 8-06
  • Flash floods on the Dechatu River in Ethiopia killed more than 200 - 8-6-06
  • Severe floods killed hundreds in North Korea, perhaps 800–900 in 7-06
  • Record hot weather caused 13 deaths in Europe - 7-19-06
  • 7.7 Earthquake in South of Java, Indonesia kills 730 people - 7-17-06
  • Warmest summer on record in U.S., heat waves/blackouts contributed to over 150 deaths – 7-06
  • Tropical storm Bilis floods Chinese provinces, millions evacuated, over 500 killed - 7-14-06
  • Explosions struck 7 trains/stations in India & killed at least 190 people and injured 600 - 7-11-06
  • Airbus slid off end of runway after landing in Irkutsk, Russia, killing at least 122 people - 7-9-06
  • Worst flooding in 30 years in south China caused over 340 storm-related deaths - 6-06
  • Heavy rain on East Coast kills 16 in storm-related deaths & causes extensive flooding - 6-22-06
  • Bus plunged into a ravine in Tanzania, killing 54 people – 6-9-06
  • 6.3 earthquake, Java, Indonesia kills over 5,700 people & destroys 135,000 homes – 5-26-06
  • 7.4 Earthquake in Kermadec Islands Region – 5-16-06
  • Pipeline explosion in Nigeria killed more than 165 people - 5-12-06
  • 13 in. of rain over 8 days in New England, cause region's worst flooding in 70 years - 5-10-06
  • Airbus A-320, crashed in the Black Sea off Russia, killing all 113 aboard - 5-3-06
  • 7.9 Earthquake in Tonga - 5-3-06
  • 7.6 Earthquake in Koryakia, Russia - 4-26-06
  • Terrorists set off 3 bombs in Sinai Peninsula resort city of Dahab, killing 18, injuring 85. 4-24-06
  • Bus returning from religious festival veers off road, plunges down ravine, & kills 47 - 4-17-06
  • 91 tornadoes battered the southeastern U.S. states, killing 12 people in Tenn. 4-7-06
  • 86 tornadoes & storms sweep 8 Midwest states, destroy buildings & kill at least 23 - 4-2-06
  • 3 earthquakes, southwest of Tehran, Iran kill 70 people & destroy more than 40 villages 3-31-06
  • Chartered cruise boat, carrying 137 people, capsized, killing 57 in Persian Gulf. 3-30-06
  • Ship, carrying 150 people, sank in Gulf of Guinea, Cameroon. 123 killed - 3-23-06
  • Dam collapsed on in Hawaii sending 300 million gallons of water into valley, 7 died. 3-14-06
  • Over 100 tornadoes hit 5 states in U.S. Midwest, killing 10 - 3-10-06 to 3-13-06
  • 200 wildfires in Texas destroy 15 homes, kill 10,000 cattle/horses, burn 191,000 acres. 3-6-06
  • Market roof collapsed in Moscow, killing 56 people. 2-23-06
  • 7.0 Earthquake in Mozambique - 2-22-06
  • Mudslide engulfed town of Guinsaugon, Philippines burying more than 1,000 people. 2-17-06
  • Red Sea ferry sinks 60 miles off Egyptian coast, killing more than 1,000 on board. 2-3-06
  • 67 people died from collapse of roof at International Exhibition Hall in Poland - 1-28-06
  • 7.6 Earthquake in Banda Sea - 1-27-06
  • Train derailed and plunged into canyon in Montenegro, killing 46 and injuring 19 - 1-23-06
  • Hotel collapsed in Mecca, Saudi Arabia killing at least 76 pilgrims on the annual hajj – 1-5-06
  • Heavy snowfall caused roof of ice skating rink to collapse in Germany, killing 15 - 1-2-06
  • 7.2 Earthquake in Fiji region – 1-2-06
  • 7.4 Earthquake East of the South Sandwich Islands - 1-2-06
  • Mudslide buried 200 homes in Indonesia and killed at least 200 people - 1-06
  • Worst weather-related economic losses in US history totaling $200 billion - 2005
  • Military plane crashes near Tehran hitting 10-story building, killing 110 people – 12-6-05
  • Earthquake strikes northern Pakistan killing over 73,000 people – 10-26-05
  • Category 5 hurricane Wilma strikes Naples Florida, cuts orange production by 15% - 10-25-05
  • Airliner crashes in Nigeria, killing 117 people – 10-22-05
  • Category 5 hurricane Rita hits the Gulf Coast, - 9-26-05
  • Number of category 4 & 5 hurricanes has doubled over 35 years - 9-16-05
  • Airliner crashes in Indonesia, killing 117 people – 9-5-05
  • U.S. gasoline price high of $3.05 per gallon, following Hurricane Katrina – 9-2-05
  • Category 5 hurricane Katrina devastates Gulf Coast, destroys New Orleans, kills 1300 – 8-30-05
  • Torrential rains caused havoc across central & eastern Europe, killing 36 people – 8-24-05
  • Israeli Prime Minister Sharon, and Palestinian President Abbas Declare End to Violence – 2-8-05
  • Russia and Iran set to sign nuclear fuel deal that will aid nuclear weapons program– 2-7-05
  • Russia and Syria sign major weapons deal; this is part of a new global order – 1-28-05
  • Pope invokes the Apocalypse before 7,000 people, discusses ultimate defeat of evil – 1-13-05
  • Unidentified fireball falls from sky and sparks blaze on ground in Chino, CA – 1-8-05
  • Meteor roars over South Dakota and Wisconsin with light and noise – 1-5-05
  • Members of South Korean church see Jesus, heaven, and hell during prayer rally - 1-2-05
  • Tsunamis hit south Asia & east Africa. 152,000 dead in 12 countries, one year later to the hour of the Bam, Iran quake. 5 million people displaced. – 12-26-04
  • Earthquake 9.0-magnitude strikes off Sumatra coast, disturbed Earth’s rotation– 12-26-04
  • Texas Receives Up to 13 Inches of Snow – 12-26-04
  • Unidentified fireball falls from sky, causes loud explosions near Jakarta, Indonesia - 12-19-04
  • Hundreds in China see unidentified shining object fall from sky and shake the earth – 12-12-04
  • Members of Reestablished Sanhedrin Ascend Temple Mount, first time in 1600 yrs. – 12-9-04
  • Same-sex couples in Israel will now have many of the same rights as heterosexual spouses & rabbis warn Israel risks becoming next Sodom and Gomorrah – 12-9-04
  • Corporate jet carrying 6 people crashed at Montrose Regional Airport in Colorado – 11-28-04
  • 4 typhoons hit the Philippines in 2 weeks. 1,000 dead - 11-2004
  • Plane that was supposed to carry former President Bush crashes in Houston, 3 killed – 11-22-04
  • 100,000 websites offer illegal child porn, and child porn generates $3B in annual revenues – 11-9-04
  • Child sexual abuse is gaining respectability – 11-9-04
  • 20 - 50,000 women & children annually trafficked into the US for sexual exploitation – 11-9-04
  • Public schools nationwide teach children as young as five homosexuality is normal – 11-9-04
  • There are 4.2 million pornographic websites – 12 % of all websites in the world – 11-9-04
  • FBI Probing Punctures in US Airway Jets at Charlotte, NC not likely caused by normal wear and tear – 10-20-2004
  • 3 dead in mysterious small plane crash in McMinnville, Oregon – 10-20-2004
  • 2 dead in mysterious small plane crash in downtown Atlanta, GA – 10-20-2004
  • 13 dead, in mysterious Millard, MO American Airlines Commuter Plane Crash – 10-19-2004
  • Pilots Dead in Jefferson City, MO Commuter Jet Crash 300 miles from IL small plane crash hours earlier - 10-15-2004
  • Pilots Dead in small plane crash near townhouses in Joliet, IL - 10-15-2004
  • FBI raids Missouri-based charity; treasury officials allege direct link to terrorists – 10-14-2004
  • Crew of 7 dead in Cargo Jet crash in Nova Scotia, Canada - 10-14-2004
  • Oil prices closed at a record of $54.76 per barrel - 10-14-2004
  • Large earthquake shakes Manila – 10-8-2004
  • Obscure federal agency working on technology to monitor all vehicles through GPS devices – 10-7-04
  • Mt. Saint Helens volcano erupts – 10-1-2004
  • Hurricane Jeanne circled around and came back again to hit Florida, the fourth hurricane to slam the state this season, a scenario unmatched in more than a century. – 9-26-2004
  • Historical records of solar activity indicate solar radiation has been increasing since late 19th century – 9-2004
  • Hurricanes Charley, Frances & Ivan hit FL over a span of 5 weeks, causing billions of dollars of damage and more than 70 deaths – 9-2004
  • Hurricane Jeanne left nearly 2,000 dead and 300,000 people homeless in Haiti – 9-18-2004
  • Tragedy at Russian school in Beslan on first day of class, where 20-30 terrorists kill 350, half is children – 9-3-2004
  • Two Russian jets downed by terrorist bombs within 3 minutes of each other near Moscow, 89 dead – 8-24-2004
  • Earth is perhaps 150 years into the collapse of the Earth's magnetic field – 7-2004
  • More people died of AIDS in 2003 – three million – than in any previous year – 7-6-2004
  • Federal judge ruled the law banning partial-birth abortion is unconstitutional – 6-1-2004
  • Roof collapses in new passenger terminal at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris – 5-23-04
  • Massachusetts legalizes gay marriage and 1,000 homosexual couples are legally married - 5-17-2004
  • Mexican air force released video of 11 unidentified flying objects that were only visible via an infrared camera. – 5-12-04
  • Dozens of UFO sightings this year, some possibly meteors, excite Iran - 4-28-2004
  • North Korea Train Blast Kills Hundreds – 4-23-2004
  • The Abu Ghraib Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal becomes public – dozens of US soldiers charged – 4-2004
  • Train Bombing in Madrid by kills 190 - 3-11-2004
  • Janet Jackson bears breast at Super Bowl half time - 2-1-2004
  • Egyptian jet plunged into the Red Sea killing 148 people 1-3-2004
  • Earthquake measuring 6.6 hits Bam, Iran, killing 26,000 people – 12-26-03
  • Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein captured by US Special Forces, on the outskirts of Baghdad- 12-13-2003
  • 40 million people estimated to be living with HIV/AIDS – 12-2003
  • Judge Roy Moore removed from bench for refusing to remove the Ten Commandments from courthouse- 11-14-2003
  • 9 major solar eruptions occur during 2-week period during the middle of the 9-year solar "minimum" season 10-2003
  • In the past 6 weeks, New York, Northeast US, Canada, Mid-Atlantic US, London, and Rome have been hit by massive black outs – 9-28-2003
  • 15,000 people have died in France of heat-related causes this summer – 8-14-2003
  • Devastating oil spill off Pakistan's coast, 24,000 tons of oil spilled - 7-27-2003
  • Columbia Space shuttle disaster, disintegrates over Texas, all 7 crew members lost – 2-1-2003
  • 78 people killed in world's worst airshow disaster at an airfield in the Ukraine 7-27-2002
  • Russian jet collides with Boeing cargo jet midair over Germany, 71 killed – 7-2-2002
  • 2.7 million acres of forest have burned across the US so far this year, hundreds of homes consumed – 6-2002
  • Earthquake rocks northwestern Iran, killing at least 500 people and injuring 1,600 – 6-2002
  • At least 400,000 people test positive for Malaria in India – 6-2002
  • Two members of satanic cult in Germany stab man to drink his blood – 6-2002
  • Daily attempts by Palestinians to send suicide attackers into Israel – 5-2002
  • 14 dead after interstate highway bridge in Oklahoma hit by barge, collapses – 5-26-2002
  • 60 wedding guests electrocuted, bus they were in hit high-voltage wire in India – 5-25-2002
  • Train crash kills 196 in Mozambique, injures hundreds more – 5-25-2002
  • China Air jetliner Flight 611 crashes into Taiwan Strait – 225 killed – 5-25-2002
  • Huge ice shelf 10 times bigger than Manhattan plummets into the sea near Antarctica – 5-2002
  • First humans receive subcutaneous ID chips – 5-2002
  • Islamic militants bomb holiday parade - Kaspiisk, Russia, 41 killed, 150 injured – 5-2002
  • Roman Catholic priest pleads guilty to possessing child pornography – 5-2002
  • Two Navy jets crash into the Gulf of Mexico – 5-9-2002
  • Suicide bomber kills 13, injures 23 in Karachi, Pakistan – 5-8-2002
  • Hamas suicide bomber kills 16, dozens injured in blast in Israel – 5-7-2002
  • China Northern Airlines jet crashes in northeast China, killing 112 people – 5-7-2002
  • Egypt Air Plane Crashes in Tunisia - at least 15 deaths – 5-7-2002
  • EAS Airlines Plane crashes in Nigeria - 148 people killed – 5-4-2002
  • Scoutmaster, Manhattan Troop 666, pleads guilty to 4 counts of 3rd degree sodomy – 5-2002
  • Showtime cable network announces addition of gay cartoon "Queer Duck" – 5-2002
  • Gay TV program celebrates drug use, promiscuous sex, and statutory homosexual rape – 5-2002
  • 18 Pipe bombs delivered to rural US mailboxes in 5 states by 21-year-old – 5-2002
  • Zimbabwe officially in famine condition – 5-2002
  • Russia and China to hold joint military exercises in August (first in 30 years) – 5-2002
  • High blood pressure affects about 50 million – or 1in 4 – American adults. – 5-2002
  • Suicide blast outside a Jewish synagogue in Tunisia kills 14 – 4-2002
  • Woman blows herself up in an outdoor market in Jerusalem, killing six- 4-2002
  • 109th Space shuttle flight returns to earth – 4-2002
  • International Criminal Court gains necessary international backing to exist – 4-2002
  • Erfurt Germany school shooting – 4-2002
  • Air Force F-15C Eagle fighter crashes into the Gulf of Mexico – 4-2002
  • Swiss pilot crashed aircraft into Milan's largest skyscraper – 4-2002
  • Flight CA129 Air China crash in Korea – 4-2002
  • Mysterious deaths of eleven prominent microbiologists – 11-2001 to 3-2002
  • Terrorists kill 5 worshippers in an Islamabad Protestant church – 3-2002
  • Larsen B ice shelf the size of a small European country collapses in Antarctica– 3-2002
  • Earthquakes in Afghanistan 3-2002
  • Israel launches offensive against Palestinian militants 3-2002
  • 51 percent of Americans 65–74 years of age use 2 or more prescription drugs – 2-2002
  • 100 different kinds of cancer now kill over 5 million people every year – 2002
  • 40 million people estimated to be living with HIV/AIDS – 2-2002
  • Philadelphia archdiocese reveals names of 35 priests guilty of child sex abuse – 2-2002
  • Child sex scandal hits the Roman Catholic priesthood – 2-2002
  • Plagues in Afghanistan – 2-2002
  • Islamic radicals kidnap, murder Wall Street Journal reporter –Karachi, Pakistan – 1-2002
  • Volcano erupts in Congo – 1-2002
  • Fourth expedition crew arrives at international space station – 12-2001
  • Nigerian pastor dies in car accident, raised from the dead three days later - 11-30-01
  • American Flight 587 Crash on Long Island – 11-2001
  • War in Afghanistan – 10-2001 to present
  • Two planes crash at Milan's airport in Italy- 114 people killed – 10-2001
  • Russian Tu-154 airliner crash in Black Sea – 10-2001
  • Anthrax – 10-2001
  • Queen Isabella Causeway Bridge collapses in Texas, 8 people died -- 9-2001
  • World Trade Center towers and Pentagon attacked- more than 2,800 people killed- 9-11-2001
  • Andrea Yates bathtub murder – 6-2001
  • Earthquake in Peru – 6-2001
  • Building collapses during wedding banquet in Jerusalem, killing 25 people - 5-2001
  • Tanker Spills Iraqi Oil into the Persian Gulf – 4-2001
  • Two American missionaries killed when private plane shot down in Peru – 4-2001
  • Wildfires Blaze in Florida – 4-2001
  • Volcano in Java erupts – 4-2001
  • Volcano Erupts in Nicaragua – 4-2001
  • Tremor Jolts Idaho and Wyoming – 4-2001
  • Famine and drought in Afghanistan and Pakistan – 4-2001
  • Italy's Mount Etna erupts – 4-2001
  • Earthquake in Argentina – 4-2001
  • Earthquake in Japan – 4-2001
  • Earthquake in Seattle – 2-2001
  • Earthquake in El Salvador – 2-2001
  • Earthquake in El Salvador – 1-2001
  • Earthquake in India – 1-2001
  • Galapagos Islands oil spill – 1-2001
  • Bombing of British Embassy in Yemen – 10-2000
  • Bombing of USS Cole - 17 American sailors killed and 30 wounded - 10-2000
  • Palestinian carry out more than 60 suicide bomb attacks on Israelis - 9-2000 to 5-2002
  • Israeli Palestinian escalation of violence - 9-2000
  • Concorde Jet crash in France – 7-2000
  • Brush Fires in California – 1999-2000
  • Campaigns against Christians in 35 countries (including China, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Turkey, Burma, Greece, Ethiopia, Vietnam) - 1999
  • Over 200 million Christians worldwide are living under the threat of persecution – 1999
  • Egypt Air Flight 990 Plane Crash off Nantucket – 11-1999
  • Earthquake in Mexico – 10-1999
  • Earthquake in Taiwan – 9-1999
  • Earthquake in Turkey – 8-1999
  • Columbine High school shooting – 4-1999
  • Kosovo Conflict – 3-1999
  • 30 million people infected with HIV disease – 2-1999
  • Construction of International Space Station begins – 11-1998
  • Bombing - US Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania – 12 killed, 85 injured – 8-1998
  • Bombing - US Embassy in Kenya - 213 killed, 5,000 receive medical treatment – 8-1998
  • Tsunami in Papua New Guinea – 7-1998
  • Jakarta Indonesia riots – 5-1998
  • Bacteria that causes pneumonia & ear infections evolving into untreatable forms - 1998
  • Malaria, Tuberculosis, Cholera becoming resistant to antibiotics, killing millions – 1998
  • Typhoid, diphtheria, and Black Death epidemics afflicted India & Soviet Union – 1998
  • HIV virus, which causes AIDS, had infected at least 13 to 14 million people – 1998
  • Eritrea-Ethiopia War - 1998-2000
  • Heath High School shooting - Paducah, Kentucky – 12-1997
  • Rwanda genocide – 7-1997
  • Albania genocide following collapse of economy - 1997
  • TWA Flight 800 - crashed into Atlantic off Long Island, New York - 7-1996
  • Cyclone hits Andhra Pradesh, India – 11-1996
  • Tsunami in Irian Jaya – 2-1996
  • Tsunami in Peru – 2-1996
  • Tsunami in Sulawesi Island – 1-1996
  • Oil Spill off Rhode Island coast - 1-1996
  • Tsunami in Mexico – 10-1995
  • Earthquake in Sakhalin Islands, Russia – 5-1995
  • Seven Colombian Youth receive a tour of heaven and hell - 4-1995
  • Murrah Federal Building bombed in downtown Oklahoma City – 4-1995
  • Russian troops kill tens of thousands, attempting to crush Chechen rebellion - 12-1994 to 8-1996
  • Texas woman ushered into throne room of God on eve of Hanukkah - 11-28-1994
  • Tsunami in Philippines – 11-1994
  • Tsunami in East Java - 6-1994
  • War in Chechnya, 1994-96
  • ½ of the 24,000 people groups worldwide have a church movement of their own - 1993
  • One in ten humans is a Bible believing Christian – 1993
  • Tsunami in Japan – 7-1993
  • Korean Pastor Raised from the Dead - 3-1998
  • World Trace Center bombed – 6 killed and 1,000 injured – 2-1993
  • Oil tanker Braer ran aground off Shetland – 1-1993
  • Bosnia Conflict 1992-1995
  • Tsunami in Flores Island – 12-1992
  • Tsunami in Nicaragua – 9-1992
  • Somalia Conflict – 1992-1995
  • Tajikistan, Civil War - 1992-96
  • Haiti coup – 1991-1994
  • Sierra Leone revolution - 1991
  • Cyclone in Bangladesh kills 138,000 people - 1991
  • 300 Oil fires rage in Kuwait – 1991
  • Oil released into Persian Gulf by Sadaam Hussein - 1991
  • Persian Gulf War – 1991
  • Moldova civil war – 1990-1997
  • Magnitude 7.1 earthquake hits the San Francisco Bay – 10-1989
  • 400-800 killed in China’s Tienamen square – 6-1989
  • Exxon Valdez oil spill - Prince William Sound, Alaska – 3-1989
  • The First and Second Liberian Civil Wars 1989-2005
  • Separation of Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union - 1989-91
  • Collapse of communist regimes in Eastern Europe – 1989
  • Kashmir, Civil War - 1989
  • Panama invasion – 1989
  • Pan Am Flight 103 bombed by Libyan terrorists & crashes over Scotland – 12-1986
  • World’s worst nuclear accident occurred at Chernobyl – 4-1986
  • Space Shuttle, Challenger disaster – 1-1986
  • Eruption of volcano in Colombia – 11-1985
  • Brazilian death squads – 1985-1994
  • Massive magnitude 8.1 quake jolts Mexico – 9-1985
  • Japanese airliner crashes into Mt. Osutaka, Japan, killing 520 people - 8-12-1985
  • Grenada invasion – 10-1983
  • Marine barracks bombed in Beirut, Lebanon – 10-1983
  • Zimbabwe political violence - 1983
  • Falkland war – 1982
  • Ghana war - 1981-1994
  • Gambia coup - 1981
  • Space Shuttle Columbia, first space shuttle flight – 4-1981
  • Iran hostage crisis of 1979-1981
  • Honduras genocide – 1980-1988
  • Shining Path insurrection in Peru – 1980-1999
  • Jamaica election violence – 1980
  • Bridge collapses in Florida's Tampa Bay, killing 35 – 5-1980
  • Kwangju Uprising in South Korea – 1980
  • El Salvador Civil War - 1979-1991
  • 5,000 killed during the Iranian revolution – 12-1979
  • Jonestown, Guyana Massacre 11-1978
  • Magnitude 7.8 quake slams Iran – 9-1978
  • Sri Lanka violence -1977- present
  • Pan Am flight 583 crashes into Canary Islands killing 583 people - 3-27-1977
  • Zaire Farmer's Rebellion – 1977-83
  • Argentina, Military Junta - 1976-83
  • Magnitude 8.0 quake rocks Tangshan, China – 7-1976
  • Laotian civil war – 1975-present
  • Cambodia Genocide - 2,000,000 deaths - 1975-1979
  • Extreme violence in Turkey – 1975-80
  • Supreme Court decides to legalize abortion on demand - 1-22-1973
  • Rhodesia genocide 1972-79
  • Syria massacres - 1971-2000
  • Jordan Black September Uprising – 1970-71
  • Magnitude 7.8 quake in northern Peru – 5-1970
  • Equatorial Guinea massacres - 1969-79
  • Congo Mercenary Uprising 1967-68
  • The Hough race riots in Cleveland, Ohio lasting six nights, four killed, thirty injured - 7-18-1966
  • Chad civil war - 1965
  • Congo revolt - 1964-65
  • Zambia domestic violence – 1964
  • Kenya Border dispute w/ Somalia - 1963-67
  • Sino-Soviet War 1963-69
  • Sino-Indian War - 1962
  • New Guinea Irian Jaya violence -1962
  • Supreme Court decides to remove all prayer from public schools - 6-25-1962
  • Tunisia – France war – 1961
  • Collision over N.Y. Harbor between United DC-8 jet & TWA Super-Constellation – 12-1960
  • Vietnam conflict – 1954-75
  • Israel becomes a nation state - 1948
  • United Nations established – 1946
  • Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan destroyed by atomic bombs – 8-1945
  • Second World War death toll 50-70 million – 1941-1945

But He replied to them, "When it is evening, you say, 'It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.' "And in the morning, 'There will be a storm today, for the sky is red and threatening.' Do you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the signs of the times?
(Mat 16:2-3)

"Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near; so, you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door.
(Mat 24:32-33)

If you have not yet put your faith in Christ, I urge you to do that today. He loves you and wants you to know Him.

Attribution notice: Most Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.

Author's note: You must take responsibility for your own actions. Nobody knows the day or the hour, and in no way am I date setting. This is only to provide you with information, so that you can make your own decisions, for which you will be accountable to God.

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Do You Want to Know Him?
If you want to know Jesus personally, you can. It all begins when you repent and believe in Jesus.  Do you know what God's Word, the Bible says?

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’” (Mar 1:14b-15).  He preached that we must repent and believe.

Please see my explanation of this in my post called "Do You Want to Know Jesus?"

Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission. www.dmiworld.org.

Monday, August 29, 2016

The Times of the Gentiles

In my previous article, Times and Epochs the Father has Determined, I mentioned an expression the Lord used, called "the times of the Gentiles," which I would like to explain. While speaking about the signs that would occur at the end of the age, the Lord spoke of this period saying, "...Jerusalem will be trampled under foot by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled." (Luk 21:24).

So what are the times of the Gentiles? The times of the Gentiles began with Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar's conquest of Jerusalem (588 B.C.). It is still in progress today, and will continue until the Gentiles finish trampling Jerusalem underfoot. This sign regarding Jerusalem being trampled upon by the Gentiles will continue to occur until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. All of this will happen before they "see the son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory" (Luk 21:27). Therefore, we know that this time period has not yet been fulfilled.

Statue of the Gentile Man
You may recall the dream that King Nebuchadnezzar had of the statue with a head of gold. Daniel told it like this:

"You, O king, were looking and behold, there was a single great statue; that statue, which was large and of extraordinary splendor, was standing in front of you, and its appearance was awesome. The head of that statue was made of fine gold, its breast and its arms of silver, its belly and its thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay. You continued looking until a stone was cut out without hands, and it struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and crushed them. Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were crushed all at the same time and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away so that not a trace of them was found. But the stone that struck the statue became a great mountain and filled the whole earth." (Dan 2:31-35)

The statue had a head made of fine gold, its breast and its arms of silver, its belly and its thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay. Daniel gave the interpretation of the dream like this:

"You, O king, are the king of kings, to whom the God of heaven has given the kingdom, the power, the strength and the glory; and wherever the sons of men dwell, or the beasts of the field, or the birds of the sky, He has given them into your hand and has caused you to rule over them all. You are the head of gold. After you there will arise another kingdom inferior to you, then another third kingdom of bronze, which will rule over all the earth. Then there will be a fourth kingdom as strong as iron; inasmuch as iron crushes and shatters all things, so, like iron that breaks in pieces, it will crush and break all these in pieces. In that you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter's clay and partly of iron, it will be a divided kingdom; but it will have in it the toughness of iron, inasmuch as you saw the iron mixed with common clay. As the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of pottery, so some of the kingdom will be strong and part of it will be brittle. And in that you saw the iron mixed with common clay, they will combine with one another in the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, even as iron does not combine with pottery." (Dan 2:37-43)

As the image above illustrates, the Babylonian Empire of Nebuchadnezzar (606 B.C.) was represented by the head of gold. The Medio-Persian Empire (536 B.C.) was represented by the breast and its arms of silver. The Greek Empire (330 B.C.) was represented by the belly and thighs of bronze. The Roman Empire (27 B.C.) was represented by the legs of iron. And the empire that rules at the end of the age was represented by the feet partly of iron and partly of clay. This entire statue of a Gentile man represented the times of the Gentiles.

Up until the times of the Gentiles began, the Israelites had their own kingdom with their own king. But because they violated the covenant with God, doing evil, bowing down to other gods and prostituting themselves, the Lord gave them into the hands of the Babylonians. Although they were later allowed to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the temple, after completing the time of captivity that God had determined for them, their kingdom was never restored to them. Hence, during the days of Christ, the Gentiles were still ruling over them in the form of the Roman Empire, which destroyed Jerusalem in 70 A.D.

The apostle Paul referred to the times of the Gentiles in his letter to the Romans, when he wrote, "For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery--so that you will not be wise in your own estimation--that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in." (Rom 11:25).

Paul said a partial hardening has happened until the fullness of the Gentiles comes in or the complete number of Gentiles comes to God. Once this period ends, then so will the partial hardening that has happened to Israel as a nation.

The Iron-Clay Empire
Until then, we will see the domination of the empire represented by the feet and toes of iron and clay. Here is how Daniel defined this empire:

"In that you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter's clay and partly of iron, it will be a divided kingdom; but it will have in it the toughness of iron, inasmuch as you saw the iron mixed with common clay. As the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of pottery, so some of the kingdom will be strong and part of it will be brittle. And in that you saw the iron mixed with common clay, they will combine with one another in the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, even as iron does not combine with pottery." (Dan 2:41-43).

The feet and toes of iron and clay are an unlikely alloy. An alloy is a type of mixture, fusion, meld, blend, combination, union, or composite, if you will.

Global Unions
The United Nations (UN) is the most obvious fulfillment of these feet and toes at the governmental level. It is a global government or alliance with the toughness of iron, and the weakness of clay. It is partly strong and partly brittle. There are some strong nations and some that easily crumble, which are all united together as one.

As Daniel said, the iron and clay would combine with one another in the seed of men, but they will not adhere to one another. The strength of their unity is not as great as if they were entirely of iron. There is an aspect by which they sometimes break unity with each other, and do not adhere to each other, such as the veto power of certain nations like the United States, China, France, Russia, and the United Kingdom.

Another union besides the UN that exists today is the Group of Ten, or G10, which is a union of eleven individual nations that consult and cooperate together on economic, monetary, and financial matters. They include Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

It is also interesting that the iron and clay represent the computer age, since computers are made of metal and silicon, which is found in sand and clay. They also contain a lot of plastic, which is a clay-like material before it hardens. In this age, computers play a prominent role in the government, and will likely have some part in the Mark of the Beast (666), as well as the coming cashless, global currency. In fact, through the use of credit cards, computers, online banking, trading, and purchasing, society has already become cashless to a large degree.

Weapon Systems
Consider also the role of iron and clay in the military defenses of the nations in the UN, whose combat weapon systems are an integration of metal, plastic, and computers. For example, tanks, fighter jets, attack helicopters, drones, military robots, missile launchers, rocket launchers, and ships are a few such weapon systems. The Roman Empire used iron to control its people, such as swords, spears, and the iron in the nails used for crucifixion. The iron-clay empire uses iron/clay technology, like in the examples I have given, to control its people.

Another role of computers is in the realm of cyborgs or bionic humans, which are no longer merely science fiction, but reality. There are now real-life cyborgs, as humans and technology are merging. Kevin Warwick, the professor who began the cyborg movement in the academic arena, described ‘cyborgs’ as entities formed by a “human, machine brain/nervous system coupling,” in other words “a human whose nervous system is linked to a computer.” Such a fusion of humans and computers also fulfills the prophecy of the iron and clay (computers) combining with one another in the seed of men, but not adhering to one another, because it occurs in humans, which are the seed of men.

Brain implants are already in use, and amputees are now able to use their minds to control robotic limbs connected to their nervous systems. One man who was accidentally struck blind in both eyes now has an artificial vision system, whereby his electronic eye is connected directly to his visual cortex through brain implants. There are already people who have magnets (iron) and microchips (clay) implanted in their bodies that interact with external devices, and even communicate over the internet. A UK cardiologist has implanted a wireless heart monitor into a patient that transmits data to doctors over the web. 

There is also a subculture of the cyborg movement, known as transhumanism, which believes technological advances will enable us to transcend ourselves with increased or superhuman capabilities and possibly extend life. Some people within this movement view it as human enhancement, or a way to upgrade the human brain and body. They are very passionate about it, viewing it as something quite positive. For example, one belief is that it has the potential to make humans more ethical by controlling selfish impulses and making people more empathetic toward others. They believe that humans with chips in their brains will be intellectually superior. They have even formed an organization to help humans become cyborgs.

Merged Reality
Moreover, on August 16, 2016, Intel announced that it has produced a wireless, standalone, "merged reality" device, which blends images from the real world with those in virtual environments. This headset is ironically called "Alloy", which I have already mentioned is synonymous with a fusion, a meld, a blend, or a composite. Intel's new Alloy contains 3D cameras, sensors, on-board computer, and a graphics display screen all in one unit. The user wearing this device on their head is able to see a blended representation of video graphics combined with things that are really present, such as a handheld object or another person. They are able to fully interact with their surroundings in a way that transforms their natural surroundings into a surreal world of fantasy. Microsoft also has a similar technology called HoloLens, and Windows has come out with a Holographic platform, with which developers can produce and run mixed reality applications. 

The Virtual reality (VR) technologies available up to now have already done a lot of damage to users, enabling them to disconnect from reality physically and mentally. They become so immersed in video games that they lose touch with reality. This is extremely harmful and causes serious damage to a person's mind, soul, and spirit. For example, after extended use, they can cause these images to remain embedded in a person's mind, so that they can still see those images even when not using the device. In other words, the user's mind begins to meld with the virtual environment. These are definitely evil, demonic games, some of which have violence, murder, horror, magic, occult, and sexually immoral themes. They open up the user to demons that enter into their lives.

However, the "merged reality" (MR) technology has taken it to another level. As users wear these new "MR" headsets, this problem has the potential to reach new and even more dangerous levels. I don't think most people fully realize the actual negative effect these games have had on society, such as helping to inspire violent crimes. Only the Lord knows the full extent to which this has happened, and how much worse it is going to get before He returns.

The Stone Cut Out Of The Mountain
We currently stand poised on the brink of the end of the times of the Gentiles. The Lord is coming right away. When He does, then will be fulfilled the part of the dream, in which the stone cut out of the mountain without hands came and crushed the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold, and caused the whole statue to crumble.

Daniel prophesied, "In the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which will never be destroyed, and that kingdom will not be left for another people; it will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, but it will itself endure forever. "Inasmuch as you saw that a stone was cut out of the mountain without hands and that it crushed the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold, the great God has made known to the king what will take place in the future; so the dream is true and its interpretation is trustworthy." (Dan 2:44-45).

The stone represents Christ and His kingdom that shall never end. The destruction of the statue by the stone represents the end of the age, the fulfillment of the times of the Gentiles, and the establishment of Christ's kingdom on earth. And He shall reign forever and ever. Come, Lord Jesus, come!

Attribution notice: Most Scripture quotations taken from the NASB. Graphic image produced by Anderson Art Productions, LLC, copyright Blaire Foundation, used with permission. Fair Use Act allows the use of images for educational and commentary purposes.

Author's note: If you enjoyed this post, I recommend reading my article, Times and Epochs the Father has Determined and these other related posts of mine listed below, especially the first two in the left column about signs and seals:

Sequence of Signs Preceding the Coming of Christ The End Time Plagues Are You Rapture Ready?
Synching Up the Seven Seals with the Gospels The Land Mourns in the Last Days Grieve and Lament for the Church
Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster The End Has Come Mark of the Beast (666)
The 311 Moment Trumpet Sounds Heard Around the World America’s Destruction is at Hand

You may also visit our Signs of the Times Directory, and access my complete blog directory at Writing for the Master.

Do You Want to Know Him?
If you want to know Jesus personally, you can. It all begins when you repent and believe in Jesus.  Do you know what God's Word, the Bible says?

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’” (Mar 1:14b-15).  He preached that we must repent and believe.

Please see my explanation of this in my post called "Do You Want to Know Jesus?"

Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

The Persecution of the Saints

Dear watchers and waiters,

As you continue watching and waiting for the Lord's return, I would like to share a two-part message with you about the persecution of the saints. Many people are being persecuted for Christ at this time, and it seems to be on the rise around the world. So let me encourage you.

Hatred and Persecution Predicted
First of all, Jesus and Paul predicted hatred and persecution of Christians.

The Lord said, "If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you."

"Remember the word that I said to you, 'A slave is not greater than his master.'

"If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My name's sake, because they do not know the One who sent Me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. He who hates Me hates My Father also."  (Joh 15:18-23)

In His high priestly prayer, He said to the Father, "I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one.” (John 17:14,15)

Jesus said, "Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms, for My sake and for the gospel's sake, but that he will receive a hundred times as much now in the present age, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms, along with persecutions; and in the age to come, eternal life. (Mar 10:29-30) 

"But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and will persecute you, delivering you to the synagogues and prisons, bringing you before kings and governors for My name's sake.  (Luk 21:12)

The apostle Paul said, "Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted." (2Ti 3:12)

Some Believers are Killed
Persecution can be severe, even to the point of death. Jesus predicted some believers would be killed.

"These things I have spoken to you so that you may be kept from stumbling. They will make you outcasts from the synagogue, but an hour is coming for everyone who kills you to think that he is offering service to God." (Joh 16:1-2)

"But these things I have spoken to you, so that when their hour comes, you may remember that I told you of them. These things I did not say to you at the beginning, because I was with you.  (Joh 16:4)

"Therefore, behold, I am sending you prophets and wise men and scribes; some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues, and persecute from city to city.” (Mat 23:34; cf., Luk 11:49)

Great Reward for Those Who Are Persecuted
Jesus said we are blessed with great reward when we are persecuted.

"Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." (Mat 5:10)

"Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Mat 5:11-12)

Note that we are supposed to rejoice and be glad when we are persecuted for righteousness, and we are not just supposed to accept it with either a neutral or bad attitude.

The Apostles Endured and Even Rejoiced in

When Peter and John were persecuted, they actually rejoiced for being counted worthy to suffer for Christ.

"So they went on their way from the presence of the Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name."(Act 5:41)

Paul said, "And we toil, working with our own hands; when we are reviled, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure;" (1Co 4:12)

He also said he was content with persecutions for Christ. "Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ's sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.  (2Co 12:10)

No matter what persecutions Paul experienced, God delivered him out of them all!! He said, "Persecutions, and sufferings, such as happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium and at Lystra; what persecutions I endured, and out of them all the Lord rescued me!"  (2Ti 3:11)

Love and Pray for Persecutors
Jesus said to love and pray for those who persecute you

"But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. (Mat 5:44, 45)

Paul said, "Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse."  (Rom 12:14)

Flee from Persecution without Fear
Jesus instructed us to flee from persecution but not to fear them.

"But whenever they persecute you in one city, flee to the next; for truly I say to you, you will not finish going through the cities of Israel until the Son of Man comes. A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a slave above his master. It is enough for the disciple that he become like his teacher, and the slave like his master. If they have called the head of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign the members of his household! Therefore do not fear them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.  (Mat 10:23-26).

Note that if they called Jesus a devil and He is our Master, then what will they call us who are His servants and lesser than Him?

Those without Deep Roots Fall Away
Jesus said that believers with no deep roots would fall away because of persecution.

"The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he falls away. (Mat 13:20-21)

Persecution Cannot Separate Us from God’s love
When you are persecuted, you may feel as if you have done something wrong, or as if God is not pleased with you. However, it doesn’t mean God has forsaken us. Persecution cannot separate us from God’s love. 

"Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?" (Rom 8:35)

"But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;" (2Co 4:7-9)

The Hall of Faith
Consider the hall of faith in Hebrews 11. Like the Hall of Fame, it commends those who have suffered persecution for righteousness. All these people gained approval through their faith.

"And what more shall I say? For time will fail me if I tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets, who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. Women received back their dead by resurrection; and others were tortured, not accepting their release, so that they might obtain a better resurrection; and others experienced mockings and scourgings, yes, also chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they were put to death with the sword; they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, ill-treated (men of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts and mountains and caves and holes in the ground. And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised, because God had provided something better for us, so that apart from us they would not be made perfect." (Heb 11:32-40)

Church History
Consider also Foxe's Book of Martyrs, which is "a history of the lives, sufferings and triumphant deaths of the early Christian and the Protestant martyrs." It contains scores of true stories about those who were persecuted for Christ, many of whom gave their lives for Him. One such person was John Bunyan, who was himself persecuted for Christ. During his second imprisonment, three years after his first and longer one, he wrote an allegorical book, called Pilgrim's Progress, in which he aptly stated: "There was Ignatius, who was cast to the lions; Romanus, whose flesh was cut by pieces from his bones; and Polycarp, that played the man in the fire; there was he that was hanged up in a basket in the sun for the wasps to eat; and he whom they put into a sack, and cast him into the sea to be drowned." If you have never read Foxe's Book of Martyrs, I highly recommend it.

End Time Persecution
Consider what the Lord showed Daniel about persecution of the saints in the end times:

"I kept looking, and that horn was waging war with the saints and overpowering them." (Dan 7:21)

'He will speak out against the Most High and wear down the saints of the Highest One, and he will intend to make alterations in times and in law; and they will be given into his hand for a time, times, and half a time. (Dan 7:25)

"His power will be mighty, but not by his own power, And he will destroy to an extraordinary degree And prosper and perform his will; He will destroy mighty men and the holy people." (Dan 8:24)

"Now I have come to give you an understanding of what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision pertains to the days yet future." (Dan 10:14)

"For ships of Kittim will come against him; therefore he will be disheartened and will return and become enraged at the holy covenant and take action; so he will come back and show regard for those who forsake the holy covenant. (Dan 11:30)

"By smooth words he will turn to godlessness those who act wickedly toward the covenant, but the people who know their God will display strength and take action. Those who have insight among the people will give understanding to the many; yet they will fall by sword and by flame, by captivity and by plunder for many days. Now when they fall they will be granted a little help, and many will join with them in hypocrisy. Some of those who have insight will fall, in order to refine, purge and make them pure until the end time; because it is still to come at the appointed time. (Dan 11:32-35)

The revelation given to the apostle John is in agreement with Daniel's revelation:

"And when the dragon saw that he was thrown down to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male child. But the two wings of the great eagle were given to the woman, so that she could fly into the wilderness to her place, where she was nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent. And the serpent poured water like a river out of his mouth after the woman, so that he might cause her to be swept away with the flood. But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and drank up the river which the dragon poured out of his mouth. So the dragon was enraged with the woman, and went off to make war with the rest of her children, who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus." (Rev 12:13-17)

"It was also given to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them, and authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation was given to him." (Rev 13:7)

"If anyone is destined for captivity, to captivity he goes; if anyone kills with the sword, with the sword he must be killed. Here is the perseverance and the faith of the saints." (Rev 13:10)

"Here is the perseverance of the saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus." (Rev 14:12)

"For they poured out the blood of saints and prophets, and You have given them blood to drink. They deserve it." (Rev 16:6)

"And I saw the woman drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the witnesses of Jesus. When I saw her, I wondered greatly." (Rev 17:6)

"And in her was found the blood of prophets and of saints and of all who have been slain on the earth." (Rev 18:24)

Three and a Half Years of Final Persecution
Regardless of what you believe about the end times, you cannot deny that the Scripture speaks of a final period of persecution lasting three and a half years.

'He will speak out against the Most High and wear down the saints of the Highest One, and he will intend to make alterations in times and in law; and they will be given into his hand for a time, times, and half a time." (Dan 7:25)

"I heard the man dressed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, as he raised his right hand and his left toward heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever that it would be for a time, times, and half a time; and as soon as they finish shattering the power of the holy people, all these events will be completed." (Dan 12:7)

"Many will be purged, purified and refined, but the wicked will act wickedly; and none of the wicked will understand, but those who have insight will understand. From the time that the regular sacrifice is abolished and the abomination of desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days." (Dan 12:10-11)

"There was given to him a mouth speaking arrogant words and blasphemies, and authority to act for forty-two months was given to him. And he opened his mouth in blasphemies against God, to blaspheme His name and His tabernacle, that is, those who dwell in heaven. It was also given to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them, and authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation was given to him." (Rev 13:5-7)

Also see  Rev 11:2-4; 12:6, 14

Ultimate Victory
The Scriptures make it clear that the saints have the ultimate victory through all the persecution.

"I kept looking, and that horn was waging war with the saints and overpowering them until the Ancient of Days came and judgment was passed in favor of the saints of the Highest One, and the time arrived when the saints took possession of the kingdom." (Dan 7:21-22)

'Then the sovereignty, the dominion and the greatness of all the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be given to the people of the saints of the Highest One; His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all the dominions will serve and obey Him.' (Dan 7:27)

"Now at that time Michael, the great prince who stands guard over the sons of your people, will arise. And there will be a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time; and at that time your people, everyone who is found written in the book, will be rescued." (Dan 12:1)

"And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death. (Rev 12:11)

"Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you saints and apostles and prophets, because God has pronounced judgment for you against her."  (Rev 18:20)

Putting it All Together
As we have just seen in God's Word, Jesus and Paul predicted hatred and persecution of Christians. The Lord predicted some believers would be killed, and said we are blessed with great reward when we are persecuted. He said to love and pray for those who persecute you. He instructed us to flee from persecution but not to fear them. He said that believers with no deep roots would fall away because of persecution

Persecution cannot separate us from God’s love.  It doesn’t mean God has forsaken us. Paul the apostle endured persecutions and was content with them. Persecution is definitely one of the signs of the end times. It seems to increase as this age reaches its fulfillment. There is a period of three and a half years, during which there will be intense final persecution of the saints. However, we already know that the saints have the ultimate victory through Jesus Christ. Hallelujah! We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

I hope that this has encouraged you today to joyfully endure whatever persecution or suffering you may be experiencing now or have to go through in the future. Tertullian once said, "The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church." Many are the heroic stories of men and women of faith who entered into their eternal reward through gates of splendor and gates of martyrdom.

Part II - The Nature of Persecution

Image credit:  "The Christian Martyr's Last Prayer" by Jean-Léon Gérôme - Walters Art Museum, image taken from Wikimedia Commons.  William T. Walters commissioned this painting in 1863, but the artist did not deliver it until 20 years later. In a letter to Walters, Gérôme identified the setting as ancient Rome's racecourse, the Circus Maximus. He noted such details as the goal posts and the chariot tracks in the dirt. The artist also commented on the religious fortitude of the victims who were about to suffer martyrdom either by being devoured by the wild beasts or by being smeared with pitch and set ablaze. In the painting, you can see one martyr standing and praying in the midst of other kneeling saints huddled in prayer, and others are hung on crosses about to be burned alive.

Attribution notice: Most Scripture quotations taken from the NASB. Other Scriptures may be taken from The Holy Bible, New International Version® NIV®.
Author's note:  If you enjoyed this post, I also recommend The Nature of Persecution, Persecuted or Popular?, Faithful Until Death: The Glory of Martyrdom for Christ, Confrontational Evangelism, The Rise of Antichrists, The Top Ten Things Jesus Taught, Sins That Will Keep You From Heaven, Popularity of the Gospel, Ask for the Ancient Paths, The Knowledge of the Holy, Separation from the World, Ultimate Accountability, Avoid Becoming a Corrupted Christian, The Cost of Discipleship, and The Judgment Seat of Christ. You may also access my complete blog directory at "Writing for the Master."

Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission. www.dmiworld.org