We are to watch and pray for the Lord’s return. We will help you do so by keeping our eyes on the signs of the times and reporting them to you. Jesus chastised the Pharisees for not knowing the signs of the times in His day. So He wants to us know the signs today, for they instill in us hope for the future and encourage us to evangelize the lost while there is still time.
The Gog-Magog Battle is set between a massive coalition of nations descended from Noah's sons Japheth and Ham against Israel (Gen. 10:2-7). The nations are from the territories of ancient Rosh, Magog, Meshech, Tubal, Persia, Cush, Gomer and Beth-togarmah. Their leader is called "Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal" (Ezek. 38:2-3). The battlefield is on the "mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate" (Ezek. 38:8). The purpose of the invasion is to "plunder and loot" and destroy the people of Israel (Ezek. 38:12, 16).
A number of verses in the Bible point to the emergence of a potential "money trap." Most specific is the following prophetic text: "[...] that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name" (Revelation 13:17 KJV).
We note a number of new developments over recent years that hasten the facilitation of just such an event as described. However, before pointing to these, it is worthwhile to firstly reflect on the implications of just such a prophecy. What does it imply, "that no man might buy or sell"?
There are seven major prophetic signs of the Second Coming, and currently all of them are in some stage of fulfillment. As in years past, I'll list the seven with their primary biblical references and offer commentary from current events.
1. Israel Will Be In The Land ... Ezekiel 36:8-12, 37:21
People are always surprised when I tell them that as Bible prophecy foretells future events, it also reveals some interesting circumstances that would require modern technology for these events to occur. Here are some examples:
1) Increase in Knowledge — Daniel 12:4 reads, "But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase." These words were spoken to Daniel when he asked for an explanation of some of the end time prophecies that had been given to him. In short, he was told that the prophecies would not be understood until the time came for them to be fulfilled. We must be living in that time because the rapid pace of modern scientific discovery is enabling us to understand Daniel's prophecies for the first time.
"While I am not suggesting that President Obama is the Antichrist, the fact that he was able to propose such a sweeping change in God's law and still win reelection by a comfortable margin illustrates how a future world leader will be able to oppose God's laws without any repercussions."
Are Israeli Jews preparing to build the "Third Temple" in Jerusalem in fulfillment of End Times Bible prophecy? If so, who is behind such developments? How are Muslim leaders responding? Could such a move trigger an apocalyptic reaction by the Muslim world against Israel in an already volatile
With Dispensationalism, God deals with Israel and the Church Separately....
What I feel my brothers and sisters in Christ fail to recognize that God is dealing with men as a plan of redemption by working with men in dispensations, called Dispensationalism. What is Dispensationalism? The short definition and you can find a full explanation in places such as Wikipedia or Google it, but Dispensationalism is an approach to biblical interpretation which states that God uses different means of working with people (Israel and the Church) during different periods of history, usually seven chronologically successive periods. However, dispensational division of history varies among its adherents from three periods, to four, seven, and even eight dispensations. For brevity, I'm going to cut that down a bit, as God has worked with two sets of people for nigh 4000 years, the nation of Israel and His body, the Church.
Saturday, November 23rd, in Geneva Switzerland, the United States of America sent a clear message to the major powers of the Middle East: "Gentlemen, start your centrifuges." The contestants were already in place, ready for the order to begin the contest and now they have it. A new atomic weapons race began Saturday in what was already the most volatile part of the world . . . and planet earth will never be the same.
Secretary Kerry told the press that economic sanctions brought Iran to the negotiating table. Later he said that sanctions would no longer work. In other words — they did work, but they don't work.
We clearly have reached the point in the birth pain cycle where every, year will now be visited by some form of major natural disaster. If this exponential pace continues, we may see two or more calamities in each of the coming years. It can also mean we are very near to the Tribulation hour.
God is clearly trying to get Man's attention with all these disasters. The Lord is very patient, but He is no fool. Eventually, the warnings will end and the final judgment will begin. "What can I do to advance the kingdom of God?" That is the question every believer needs to be asking.
The combination of the Rapture and the Battle of Ezekiel 38 will fill the world with anguish and uncertainty as Daniel's 70th Week begins. Where did all those people go? How did Israel so utterly destroy that massive invasion force all by itself? How did all these things happen so suddenly? Why didn't somebody see this coming and do something to prevent it?