The Final Signs Before The World Ends..April…(2019)
Published on Apr 7, 2019
Current Events Linked To Biblical Prophecies…2018 Is Ezekiel 38 & 39 about to be fulfilled?
Ezekiel 38:1-6 1 Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 2 “Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him, 3 and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal. 4 I will turn you around, put hooks into your jaws, and lead you out, with all your army, horses, and horsemen, all splendidly clothed, a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords. 5 Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya are with them, all of them with shield and helmet; 6 Gomer and all its troops; the house of Togarmah from the far north and all its troops—many people are with you.
END TIMES SIGNS: LATEST NEWS APRIL 7, 2019
Amir Tsarfati: Middle East Update, April 7, 2019
Published on Apr 6, 2019
Amir Tsarfati talking LIVE about the latest developments in Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, and Iran as well as on Netanyahu’s meeting with Putin in Moscow.
LATEST WORLD NEWS – ARTICLES MONDAY APRIL 08th 2018
Keep in mind the word “Religion” in the Greek is “Religare” meaning “Bind back” or “yolk” – Christianity is not “bound” We are free in Jesus Christ our Saviour.
The Media Has Turned A Blind Eye To The ‘Terrorists Within Our Midst’ And THEIR PUSH FOR SHARIA LAW WORLDWIDE – MORE THAN 215 MILLION CHRISTIANS ARE VICTIMS OF RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION IN THE WORLD TODAY
The one world church is being developed “quickly” already most countries are “ELIMINATING” THE Lords Prayer at their opening of Parliament – Australia and New Zealand included. The Muslim Religion will become the “ONE WORLD RELIGION” – And it is now being used in most opening addresses of Parliament.
Matt. 24:9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.
Matt. 24:10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another
THE GREAT “DECEPTION” IS READY TO BE IMPLEMENTED BY THE ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT. ARE YOU READY FOR JESUS CHRIST RETURN
John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6)
1Cor. 12:3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: AND THAT NO MAN CAN SAY THAT JESUS IS THE LORD, BUT BY THE HOLY GHOST.
Eph. 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
Eph. 3:5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;
Eph. 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption
Luke 12:37 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them
PUT YOUR TRUST AND FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST (OUR SAVIOUR):
(Romans 12:2) to seek God’s will, the Lord says, “Do not worry about what you’ll eat or drink or wear. But seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well”
THIS IS THE END RESULT OF A CHRISTIANS PATIENCE AND LOVE FOR THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
Rev. 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth:
THE TRIBULATION OF THE UNJUST IN REVELATION CH 6 -22:
DAILY CHRISTIAN BIBLICAL QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:
ARE WE MARRIED?
QUESTION: My husband and I have been legally married for 2 ½ years, however our marriage has not been consummated yet due to the fact that he is in prison. We are both baptized, believing Christians and were at the time of our marriage. We were married in the prison by an ordained minister and took Christian vows before God. I’ve had it in my mind for a long time that we are not truly Biblically married until we “come together as one flesh” and that we are only legally married as far as our State is concerned. I fear that God doesn’t recognize our relationship as a true marriage yet. We both took a vow before God to commit ourselves to one another forever, but does that overrule the “joining together?” Can you have one without the other? Your thoughts on this are appreciated.
ANSWER: You and your husband stood before God and man and declared yourselves to be husband and wife. Before secular governments began requiring a license to validate a marriage, this was all that was required of couples. Certainly God knows the unusual circumstances of your relationship and in any case His judgements are based on the motives of our heart. If He looks into your heart and finds that you consider yourselves to be married then that’s how He sees you as well.
In Biblical law, marriage gives sanction to sexual intercourse, not the other way around. The Catholic Church holds that a marriage between Catholics that has not been consummated can be annulled by the Pope, but for the most part the issue of non-consummation is a matter of secular law. In some places a marriage contract can be declared non-binding if consummation has not taken place. You should check to see if that’s the case where you live.
MARRIED OR NOT, FOLLOW UP
QUESTION: In the question “Are they married or not?” you said: “Some people who don’t have licenses are married in the eyes of the Lord and others who do are not.” Could you clarify what you mean at the end of the sentence?
Do you mean people who do not involve God in their ceremony (ie just going to a justice of the peace, or using some other religion, etc), or do you mean people who aren’t really committed to the marriage in their hearts (if so would that be if they weren’t even in the beginning or is it just if they are no longer, or maybe in cases of forced or arranged marriages, or marriages of convenience)?
I would think that even if people didn’t make the promise to God specifically, their vow to each other would still stand and He would consider them married.
ANSWER: This was my way of saying that some believers who are legally married do not meet the Biblical requirements for marriage as described in Ephesians 5:22-28 and other places. They are emotionally or physically unfaithful, unloving, and disrespectful to each other. Although at one time they may have been in love, these couples are divorced in their hearts and the only evidence they have that a marriage exists between them is a piece of paper from the government that means nothing in Heaven. They’re just going through the motions for the sake of outward appearances.
And what about the unbelievers among us? According to 1 Cor. 7:14 it takes at least one believing spouse to make the children of a marriage legitimate in the Lord’s eyes. From that you can conclude that God doesn’t recognise any marriage consisting of two unbelieving partners no matter where it’s performed or by whom, and considers their offspring to be illegitimate.
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THE MIDDLE EAST PEACE PLAN IS “ANTI GOD” – (GOD WILL NOT ALLOW JERUSALEM TO BE DIVIDED).
1Th. 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; THEN SUDDEN DESTRUCTION COMETH UPON THEM, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape
Zech. 12:2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.
Zech. 12:3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it
I AM GOING TO MAKE JERUSALEM A CUP THAT SENDS ALL THE SURROUNDING PEOPLES REELING … Zech. 12:2
WORLD TERRORISM – WARS
GENERAL WORLD NEWS:
MASSIVE EARTH CHANGES/EARTHQUAKES/VOLCANOES ETC:
2Chr. 7:13 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people;
2Chr. 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land
EXTRA WORLD – ALTERNATIVE NEWS:
· Michigan government to create ‘thought criminal’ database to flag those who contradict all official lies
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MIDDLE EAST WAR LOOMING THE BUILD UP TO PSALM 83 – ISAIAH 17 AND GOG OF MAGOG WARS EZEKIEL 38:
Titus 2:11 ¶ For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
Titus 2:12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works
WHERE WE ARE CURRENTLY IN SCRIPTURE
Matt. 24:6 And ye shall hear of WARS AND RUMOURS OF WARS: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
Matt. 24:7 FOR NATION SHALL RISE AGAINST NATION, AND KINGDOM AGAINST KINGDOM: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
Matt. 24:8 All these are the beginning of sorrows
MAJOR WARS ON THE HORIZON
WORLD WAR 3
Matt. 24:6 And ye shall hear of WARS AND RUMOURS OF WARS:
Matt. 24:7 FOR NATION SHALL RISE AGAINST NATION, AND KINGDOM AGAINST KINGDOM: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
Matt. 24:8 All these are the beginning of sorrows
ISAIAH 17/PSALM 83:
THE DESTRUCTION OF DAMASCUS and
Muslim Countries in the Middle East will launch an attack on Israel
PROPHECY OF ELAM – (Attack on Iran’s Nuclear Program
EZEKIEL 38 & 39
THE WAR OF GOG OF MAGOG – A coalition of Nations led by Russia, Iran, and Turkey to attack Israel
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, andthe life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)
TRIBULATION IS COMING AND THE REMOVAL OF THE CHURCH IS IMMINENT.
so won’t you accept Jesus now and be removed from that event and live forever with Jesus in the Family of God?
2 “(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)” (2nd Corinthians 2:6)
The Indian military may attack Pakistan sometime in less than two weeks, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi claimed citing “reliable intelligence.” The two nuclear powers had a major flare up of tensions in February.
“We have reliable intelligence that India is planning a new attack on Pakistan. As per our information this could take place between April 16 and 20,” Qureshi announced.
The minister, who was visiting his hometown of Multan on Sunday, told journalists that Pakistan shared its concerns with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council. The official would not elaborate on what evidence Islamabad has to back his claim, but indicated he was speaking on the instruction of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Later on Sunday, Pakistan also summoned a Delhi envoy and lodged a protest against any potentially drastic steps. “Indian deputy high commissioner was summoned for demarche in line with Foreign Minister’s briefing of today and warned against any misadventure,”Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal said in a tweet.
India would not immediately respond to the allegations.
Tensions between the nuclear-armed rival neighbors escalated this year after a suicide bombing attack killed dozens of Indian police troops in the disputed region of Kashmir in mid-February. Two weeks later, Indian warplanes conducted an air raid on Pakistani territory, targeting what India said was a training camp of the militant group which claimed credit for the attack.
An outraged Pakistan retaliated on the following day with its own bombing raid in the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir, which escalated into a clash between two nations’ air forces. India lost one fighter jet and claims to have shot down one of Pakistan’s F-16 aircraft, which Islamabad denies.
The situation was deflated within days, with Islamabad quickly releasing a captured Indian pilot from the plane it shot down. The stand-off led to surge of nationalist feelings on both sides.
This week, appropriately beginning 1st April, Brexit descended into farce after merely being a two-year comedy of errors. In fact it went beyond farce and became more like one of those Shakespearian tragedies like King Lear where doomed tragic heroes begin behaving like clowns and demented court jesters. The doomed tragic hero in this case is the United Kingdom itself and its venerable (some would say senile) parliamentary system.
The people voted to leave the EU by a clear majority, but they elected a parliament that was 75% in favour of Remain.
This is because of the class bias of the Brexit vote (the Remain chattering classes versus the Brexit deplorables.) This required a superhuman abnegation on the part of MPs to implement the will of the people when they thought the people had gone mad. Some MPs were capable of this spirit of intellectual self-sacrifice for democracy’s sake. Most were not and fought tooth and nail to stop Brexit or water it down to the point of it losing all purpose. They kept up a dishonest mantra that what was voted for was not deliverable. It was only not deliverable because of them.
The EU bosses had two goals: stop the UK leaving, or, if they couldn’t, make leaving such a disaster for the UK it would deter anyone else. (Their political goals of power and unity trumped the economic interests of their citizens.) They took advantage of the fact that after May’s reckless snap election she was dependent on the Northern Irish DUP for a majority, and needed every single Conservative MP on side.
Most important will be the attitude of the EU when May asks for an extension next week.
Will they grant a long extension in the hope that Brexit fires will burn out and a second referendum will cancel it? (Resigning themselves to more of Farage’s harangues in the EU parliament, cheered on by hordes of French and Italian populists.)
Or will they call time and force the UK to choose between renouncing Brexit and leaving at once with no deal? (In other words, surrender or suffer — the endgame of the more Machiavellian plotters among them, but perhaps now also of the merely exasperated and despairing.)
If the EU chooses the second course, this may be a salutary kick in the pants for the most selfish, blinkered, factious political elite on the planet. It is always enlightening to learn how unloved and dispensable one is. If it happens, the ultimate revelation will be whether the UK parliament will still have enough tattered rags of pride left to walk away, or whether they will cringe and crawl one more time (this time forever) to the cracking of the whip of their masters in Brussels. This really will determine what sort of nation Britain is and will be.
Two weeks ago, somewhat out of the blue, ECB President Mario Draghi issued an odd statement confirming that the European Central Bank needs to approve any operation in the foreign reserves of euro zone countries, including gold and large foreign currency holdings.
“The ECB shall approve both the operations in foreign reserve assets remaining with the NCBs (national central banks)…and Member States’ transactions with their foreign exchange working balances above a certain threshold,”
“The purpose of this competence is to ensure consistency with the exchange rate and monetary policy of the Union.”
Specifically, Draghi made this statement to two Italian members of the European Parliament.
At the time it did not seem notable for any reason other than its peculiar timing, but now things are starting to make more sense as The Wall Street Journal reports that Italy’s ruling populists pushed ahead this week with efforts to seize control of the central bank and its gold reserves.
Complaining that hundreds of thousands of small individual investors lost billions of dollars after several Italian banks failed in recent years, the anti-establishment ‘5 Star Movement’ and the nationalist ‘League’, depict the central bank as a symbol of a technocratic elite aloof from the needs of ordinary Italians.
“We need a change of course at the Bank of Italy if we think about what happened in the last years,” said Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio, leader of the 5 Star Movement.
Five Star and the League have repeatedly attacked the Bank of Italy for not preventing the banking crises, and blamed it for the losses suffered by mom-and-pop savers who had bought bank shares and bonds.
“If you are here with your current account in the red, it’s because the people who were supposed to control things didn’t do so,” League’s leader, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, told a group of former investors in Banca Popolare di Vicenza, which was liquidated in 2017.
And this week saw Italian lawmakers from 5 Star asking Parliament to pass two draft laws:
One law would instruct the central bank’s owners, most of them private banks, to sell their shares to the Italian Treasury at prices from the 1930s.
The other law would declare the Italian people to be the owners of the Bank of Italy’s reserve of 2451.8 metric tons of gold, worth around $102 billion at current prices.
As The Wall Street Journal notes, such a move could in theory widen the scope for selling the gold and reduce the bank’s reserves, which help underpin the financial system…
“The gold belongs to the Italians, not to the bankers,” said Giorgia Meloni, leader of the Brothers of Italy, a far-right opposition party that supports both bills. “We are ready to battle everywhere in Italy and to bring Italians to the streets if necessary.”
The establishment sees it differently, warning that their actions are an attempt to undermine the Bank of Italy’s independence, and to spend the nation’s gold reserves on populist policies.
“Gold is part of the assets of the Bank of Italy and can’t be used for monetary financing of the Treasury,” said Bank of Italy Governor Ignazio Visco.
“This looks like revolutionary expropriation,” said Gianluca Garbi, chief executive of Banca Sistema SpA.
But as The Wall Street Journal concludes, the 5 Star Movement and the League support public ownership of the gold reserves, and with backing from parties comprising 60% of lawmakers, the draft law has enough support to pass.Lawmakers from 5 Star also support nationalizing the central bank, while the League hasn’t decided yet, leaving the bill short of a majority with around 40% support.
As of last week they had forced the creation of a parliamentary commission to look into the failure of Italian banks, launching what could be months of tense scrutiny.
Is it any wonder, Russia (and China) have started to horde gold?
Saudi Arabia has gone nuclear, threatening the petrodollar. Or has it?
The report from Zerohedge via Reuters that Saudi Arabia is angry with the U.S. for considering a bill exposing OPEC to U.S. antitrust law is a trial balloon.
The chances of the U.S. bill known as NOPEC coming into force are slim and Saudi Arabia would be unlikely to follow through, but the fact Riyadh is considering such a drastic step is a sign of the kingdom’s annoyance about potential U.S. legal challenges to OPEC.
If these things are so unlikely then why make the threat public? There are a number of reasons.
First, one must remember that the Saudis are hemorrhaging money. Their primary budget deficit in 2018 was around 7% of GDP. Since the 2014 crash in oil prices it has gone from almost zero sovereign debt to $180 billion in debt to finance its spending, or around 22% of GDP.
2019’s budget will be even bigger as it tries to deficit spend its way to growth. It’s needs for a higher oil price are built into their primary budget not their production costs, which are some of the lowest in the world.
Second, the Saudis finally opened up the books on Saudi-Aramco this week. And it revealed the giant is far more profitable than thought. It has is eye on acquiring stakes in some of the biggest oil and gas projects out there these past couple of years. It’s floating its first public bond to buy a stake in SABIC to get into the mid and downstream petroleum markets.
Third, the Saudis budget deficit is tied directly to its having pegged the Riyal to the U.S. dollar which leaves them at the mercy of the dollar price of oil. It doesn’t have the flexibility of Russia who free-floated the ruble back in late 2014 to pay local expenses in devalued local currency when oil prices drop.
This is why the Saudis are struggling financially and why Aramco is looking to use its financial might to finally begin making friends and influencing people around the world.
So, a threat to de-couple Saudi oil sales from the dollar is a threat a long time coming.I’ve been talking about this day since I started this blog and for years previous when I wrote for Newsmax.
The petrodollar still forms the backbone of how the U.S. dollar maintains its reserve currency status. That a vast majority of the oil trade is still settled in dollars creates a synthetic form of demand for U.S. debt, which, in turn, liquefies world trade.
The Saudis need budgetary flexibility to assist Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s Vision 2030 plan to remake the Saudi economy a reality. Deficit spending and gutting the country’s balance sheet is not the path to sustainable prosperity.
But since l’affair Kashoggi last fall relations between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia have been deteriorating. The division between a now-hostile U.S. legislature and a deal-making Trump is intensifying.
Congress is forcing President Trump to veto their bill to end U.S. support for the Saudis war in Yemen, another bin Salman tragedy. At the same time, Saudi Arabia is a key part of Trump’s plans to secure peace for Israel (sold as his Deal of the Century to be unveiled on Israeli Independence Day no less).
So Trump needs the Saudis to stay on board with the plan. But the tensions are rising because the Saudis can see how the political and economic winds are shifting. Trump has been running roughshod over the Saudis, shaking them down for weapon sales while trying to take oil market share from them.
About the only area they agree on anymore is their hatred for Iran, which is driven by Trump’s arch-neocon/Israeli Firster cabinet. The Saudis are in an increasingly untenable position and can’t get any relief from either the U.S. or Russia.
So, the conventional wisdom, expressed by the Saudis, is that the U.S. needs the petrodollar to maintain its position of world power. Trump is trying to do just that not by enforcing compliance on the Saudis but by increasing our domestic exports while restricting supply from marginal producers like Libya, Venezuela, Iraq and Iran.
That would give Trump the leverage he needs to confront China, a massive energy importer. But China is also a major Saudi customer and that’s where this threat gets interesting.
The situation is beyond complicated but it boils down to the simplest of things. That which is unsustainable will end. The petrodollar is one of those things. It will be torn apart by Saudi spending needs, China’s willingness to buy oil from everyone else, including the U.S., and the waning U.S. influence in the Middle East.
If not today or next week, than in the near future. The question is whether the U.S. is prepared for it or not. Right now the dollar is king. A decade of ZIRP has created a massive synthetic short position in the dollar in the form of emerging market corporate and real estate debt.
But after that? And after that synthetic short pushes the dollar much higher and the price of oil into the floor? That’s when things get truly interesting. For now, the Saudis are making noise. With oil trading in the $60s no one is losing too much money or market share too quickly.
And so the status quo will prevail, for now.
PA official: Netanyahu will face a ‘real problem’ if he annexes settlements
The Palestinian Authority foreign minister says Israel’s leader will face a “real problem” if he follows through with his election campaign promise to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank.
Riyad al-Malki tells The Associated Press Sunday on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Jordan that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s pledge was likely aimed at rallying his nationalist base in the final stretch of a tight race.
He adds that Palestinians would resist such a policy if carried out.
Netanyahu has promoted Jewish settlement expansion in his four terms as prime minister, but until now refrained from presenting a detailed vision for the West Bank, viewed by Palestinians as the heartland of a future state.
It would mark a dramatic shift for Netanyahu, ahead of Tuesday’s balloting.
Iranian lawmakers warn they will respond in kind if the United States designates Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terror group.
On Friday, the Wall Street Journal reported such a move could come as early as Monday and would be the first time the US has designated a state entity as a terrorist organization.
Responding to the report, a vast majority of lawmakers in Iran’s parliament issue a statement threatening to designate elements of the US military a terror group, state-run news agency IRNA reports.
The US has accused the IRGC of supporting terror groups and militias throughout the Middle East that threaten allies such as Israel.
According to IRNA, the lawmakers also call the IRGC one of Iran’s greatest achievements since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
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Over the last five years, it has hit a neonatal unit in Venezuela, swept through a hospital in Spain, forced a prestigious British medical center to shut down its intensive care unit, and taken root in India, Pakistan and South Africa . Recently C. auris reached New York , New Jersey and Illinois, leading the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to add it to a list of germs deemed “urgent threats.” READ MORE:
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Paul writes in 2 Thessalonians 2:3-9,
“Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day (2nd. Coming) will not come unless the rebellion (tribulation) comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction (final antichrist). (4) Who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship (including allah), so that he takes his seat in the Temple of God. (Daniel 9:27; 11:31; 12:11; Matthew 24:15 and Mark 13:14) (5) Do you not remember that when I was still with you, I told you these things? (6) And you know what is restraining him now, so that he may be revealed in his time. (7) For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. (1 John 2:18-19; 22-23) He who now restrains it will do so until He is out of the way. (8) And then, the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of His mouth, and bring to nothing, by the appearance of His coming (touch-earth 2nd. Coming). (9) The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of satan, with all power (that God allows), and false signs and wonder.” (emphasis mine)
Paul explains how easy this transition is accomplished in
2 Thessalonians 2:11-12, “Consequently, God sends them (all unbelievers) a deluding influence, so that they will believe what is false. (12) And so, all of them who have not believed the truth, but delighted in evil, will be condemned.”
Apparently, the ones that Paul was addressing had been enlightened with the knowledge of just who or what the “Restrainer” would be.
(2 Thessalonians 2:6) However, the bible does not point-blank reveal this information for us. It’s my belief, there’s enough evidence that would lead us to believe that it is the Holy Spirit. There is no doubt that what is being restrained is the satan-filled final antichrist from appearing.
(2 Thessalonians 2:9)
John 14:16-17, “And I, (Jesus) will ask the Father, and He will give you another “Helper” to be with you forever, (17) even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him or knows Him. You know Him, for He dwells with you, and will be in you.” John 16:7, “Nevertheless, I tell you the truth; it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send Him to you.”
When a person accepts Jesus, and asks Him to be their Savior, they receive (are immersed – baptized) the Holy Spirit. Acts 1:5, Jesus told His disciples,
“for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
This event was completed at Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4). John the Baptist told the people who he was baptizing, that his was a baptism of water, but the One coming after him (Jesus) would baptize with the “Holy Spirit and fire.” (Luke 3:16)
We are told by Jesus in Matthew 12:31-32,
“Therefore, I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. (32) And who ever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or the age to come.”
The Holy Spirit proclaims Jesus is God, and it is only through Jesus that we can be saved. (John 14:6; Acts 4:12) To deny the Savior is to say the Holy Spirit is a liar. Jesus was ridiculed, scoffed and verbally abused, especially by the religious leaders, while He was on this earth. He was willing to forgive any and all of them, if they would have only repented. However, after He went to be with the Father, unbelief led to eternal condemnation, and still does
Consider Romans 2:6,
“For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus, from the law of sin and death. (3) For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh; (4) in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. (5) For those who live according to the flesh, set their minds on the things of the flesh; but those who live according to the Spirit, set their minds on the things of the Spirit. (6) For to set the mind on the flesh is death; but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.”
In 2 Corinthians 5:17, we are told,
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation (Born Again). The old has passed away; behold the new has come.”
The activities of this world today are going in the directions that were not out there in plain sight just a decade or so in the past. Isaiah 5:20 which tells of those who call evil good, and good as being evil, has arrived in full force. We are seeing Christianity, and anything to do with Jesus being attacked, while other false religions are being touted as the new way to go.
Even from the pulpits of some “evangelical” churches, alternate lifestyles are being given as suddenly not an abomination to God. They try to tell everyone He has changed His mind, which He will never do. Also, we’re being told “all religions are the same, and we all worship the same god.” Seems to me the very first of the Ten Commandments states,
“I am the Lord thy God; thou shalt not have any other gods before Me!” (Exodus 20)
Jesus, Paul, John and others all spoke of what would take place right at the end of this age. Every sign given is present right now, and all at the same time. Yes, to some degree they have always been with us, but not with the magnitude that is present today. The Ezekiel 38 alliance of Russia, Iran and Turkey is in place; also for the first time ever. God is ready to set the “hook” for them to attack Israel. (Ezekiel 38:4) Be sure to keep a close eye on the Golan, which Israel has claimed as its own, and now confirmed by our President. We’re told the attack will come from the “North”.
Once 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 and 1 Corinthians 15:51-53 takes place (Rapture), there will be no need for a Restrainer, as all “indwelt believers” will be gone. That is not to say the Holy Spirit will no longer be active in this world; however, His purpose of being in every believer will have been completed. I believe He will be present to protect the 144,000 witness which are described in Revelation.
All who accept Jesus before the taking up, or Rapture of His Church (all believers), need not worry about events taking place right now. They’re troubling, without a doubt; but before the actual Tribulation/Wrath starts, we will be gone. Those who have not truly accepted Him will be in for a very miserable time.
A preventive measure is to accept and believe Jesus came to this earth to cover all sin-debt for whoever will call on Him. Romans 10:9-13 is a description of the process, and God will turn no one away that makes the call.
Time is getting short. Prophecy experts, far more qualified than I am, are saying it could be any moment. Also, one needs to make the call before the shout and trumpet are sounded, as it’s estimated the whole taking up process will be over in less than one second. (Twinkling of an eye.) No one can call out to be saved in that period of time.