Are we in “the End Times”? The last days before the return of King Jesus? The time of the Rapture? Jesus said, “No man knows the day nor the hour”, but there are signs of its extreme proximity.
2nd Thessalonians 2 excerpt: “But as to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to meet Him, let no one deceive you, for that day will not come except the apostasy comes first [ the predicted falling away of those who have professed to be Christians] and the man of lawlessness (sin) is revealed***, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself against all that is called God or that is worshiped, even taking his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming that he himself is God.”
***How the man of lawlessness will be revealed: Daniel 9:27: “Then he [the Beast, the antiChrist] shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; but in the middle of the week he shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering.” The covenant with many is the treaty between Israel and the Arab nations. Therefore what identifies the antiChrist is his ability to negotiate a peace treaty between Israel and the Arab nations.
One-question quiz: What US president hyped his deal-making ability, his negotiating ability as part of his presidential campaign?
Excerpted verses from Matthew 24: “While He was seated on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately and said, ‘Tell us, when will this take place, and what will be the sign of Your coming and of the end of the age?’
Jesus answered them, ‘Be careful that no one misleads you. For many will come in My name, saying I am the Christ, and they will lead many astray … For nation will rise against nation [<<< “nation” in the Greek is ETHNOS. Ethnic group.] and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in place after place … And many false prophets will rise up and deceive and lead many into error. And the love of many will grow cold because of the multiplied lawlessness and iniquity …’ ”
“Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron …” (1st Timothy 4:1-2)
By Tom Fuller (sorry; I didn’t copy the link) concerning apostasy in the United Methodist Church: “In unprecedented numbers I am witnessing Methodists leave the denomination over the LGBTQ issue … Leftist activists have vowed they will not stop attacking until they control the UMC, and ‘gay marriage’and ‘gay’ clergy are fully embraced … What we are witnessing on the larger scale is an unrelenting effort to end orthodox Christianity. Among United Methodists, they almost won, at 53-47% in favor of orthodoxy. Our Body of Christ is 47% malignant. Most Methodists are not willing to fight this battle indefinitely, as is evidenced by the loss of over four million members …”
In the Southern Baptist Convention:
“… in Orlando we are peculiar because of E. Pluribus Unum. Out of many come one … We are peculiar because we know how to let theological differences and disputes and factions not get in the way of love and Christ … because we believe in the Word … what others would show as a stumbling stone, we’ve elevated to be the head of the corner, and right now, no matter what people might think, that LGBTQ area is the head cornerstone, and we are here to lift up and magnify, and allow them to know, that regardless of people’s opinion, regardless of where we are, love triumphs over evil.” – Pastor Larry G. Mills. And you should hear the applause.
“And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation. All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” (Revelation 13:7-8)
“… the United Nations was formed based on a vision of human rights presented in the ‘Universal Declaration of Human Rights” (UDHR) [NOTE: only 1869 words] which placed the concept of rights at the forefront for the progress of the world body … In 2015, seventy years after their original rights-based document, the UN … issued a document entitled ‘Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’ … this document is 14,883 words … Absolutely no sphere of human activity is exempt from control by the UN …”
“In April 1997, at a specially convened seminar in Spain, the EU Commission unveiled its ‘Corpus Juris project’, for a single system of criminal law for the whole of Europe, based entirely on Napoleonic-inquisitorial principles. It takes the form of an embryo criminal code. It would sweep away our own Magna Carta based system, and in particular our Trial by Jury and Lay Magistrates (art. 26.1), our Habeas Corpus (art. 20.3.g), our protection against double jeopardy (art. 27.2).”
(See also Magna Carta and Europe-then and now-Independence Daily )
And of course, the Mark of the Beast, necessary for complete economic control of a population:
“For the past 15 years at least, companies have tried to get people to get microchips, calling them the ‘ultimate form of mobile payment.’ So far, says paymentsource.com, few people have signed on.The Bible may explain why. These microchips remind people of the so-called ‘Mark of the Beast’ mentioned in Revelation 13: ‘And it makes everyone—small and great, rich and poor, free and slave—to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark: the beast’s name or the number of its name.’ ”
WAY OPENED FOR KINGS OF THE EAST:
“Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, so that the way of the kings from the east might be prepared.” (Revelation 16:12)
“At the moment, China is in the process of fulfilling what Stalin, Hitler and Mao could only dream about: The flawless totalitarian state, powered by digital technology, where the individual has nowhere to flee from the all-seeing eye of the Communist state”:
“The Arctic is becoming a ‘new’ political space in which China wants to be actively involved. As the emerging global power of the 21st century, it actively wants to participate in policymaking processes and ensure that its interests are being met. Two overarching strategic interests are the region’s previously inaccessible natural resources as well as the access to emerging shipping lanes.”
The Candace Owens Show: Sheriff David Clarke – very good analysis of several destructive social trends, and it’s all bad news:
Antifa violence: “… I was left hospitalized with a brain hemorrhage after a mob of mask-clad rioters beat and robbed me while I was covering a demonstration in downtown Portland, Ore. … was caught on videos that went viral online … As shocking as my unprovoked beating was, I’m hardly the first to be cruelly beaten by antifa … But they save most of their hatred for US law enforcement and military service members.”
Outspoken conservative Ben Shapiro says political correctness breeds insanity. Watch this 9-minute video and you will agree with him:
Drug yourself out of guilt? Prepping for immorality? A means to treat PTSD may easily be used also to permit people to commit vile immorality with no feeling of guilt: Study of Stellate ganglion Block as Treatment for PTSD Symptoms | RTI:
That one reminds me strongly of Ravi Zacharias telling about a place in the Far East where men are given a drink which makes them forget the evil they did. He mentioned child rape, among other things, being committed at places set up for the purpose. No remorse afterward.
I think the only thing holding back the Rapture is that “the fulness of the Gentiles” have not yet become believers in Jesus: “I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in …” (Romans 11:25)
When that happens, we, the Body of Christ, will be beamed up and those who rejected and hated God will be left to enjoy their fondest dream: no God on earth.
“Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door.”
“When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near!” HURRAH!