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DAILY SCRIPTURE:

(Galatians 1:8) But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!
(John 8:32) And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free
Rom. 8:38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Rom. 8:39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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PASSOVER, MT. SINAI, AND PENTECOST

https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/passover-mt-sinai-and-pentecost/
QUESTION:    Where in the Bible does it say Moses was up the mountain 40 days (I thought it did but cannot find it) The thing I am trying to figure out is that Pentecost is 50 (or 49) from the Passover (?) and signifies when Moses went UP the mountain. So if the Passover is on the last night they were in Egypt and Moses going up Mount Sinai refers to Pentecost – How come it was 3 months (90 days) EX 19:1 – to the very day that they arrived at Mount Sinai and not 50 (49) days ? How does that all tie in?
ANSWER:    Passover was the last day the Israelites were in Egypt. According to Exodus 12:1 Nisan had just become the first month, and Passover was in the middle of it, on the 14th day. So 2 weeks after they left, the 2nd month began, and after that came the 3rd month. Exodus 19:1 says they arrived at the Sinai Desert in the 3rd month on the very day, which means the day the 3rd month began, and camped before the Mountain. Pentecost commemorates the day they received the Law and it’s on the 6th day of the 3rd month. It’s 49 days after First fruits which is the Sunday after Passover. So on the sixth day after they arrived at Mt. Sinai they received the Law from the mouth of the Lord (Exodus 20:1). The 40 day period Moses spent on the Mountain began shortly afterward (Exodus 24:18) and at the end of it he returned with the stone tablets (Exodus 31:18).
 

WHEN DID THE CHURCH BEGIN?

https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/when-did-the-church-begin-2/
QUESTION:    When will the people who believed in Jesus- ( disciples, ones that Jesus did miracles for/to and they believed) be caught up for their first resurrection? Are they part of the Old Testament saints but in the New Testament of scripture? If the church doesn’t begin until Pentecost in Acts 2 – and Jesus had died, was resurrected, ascended, and was glorified- I just can’t figure out where those believers that walked with Him during His time would fit in!
ANSWER:    This is a great question. While most people believe the Church began at Pentecost, some scholars, myself included, look to the Lord’s comment about John the Baptist for the answer. In Luke 16:16 He said, “The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John. Since that time, the good news of the kingdom of God is being preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it.”
The phrase Law and Prophets was a euphemism for the Old Testament. Jesus was saying that John the Baptist was the last of the Old Testament prophets. Therefore when Jesus began His ministry, the New Testament era began.
The Holy Spirit was not given until after the resurrection, but according to John 7:37-39 those who became believers during the time Jesus was alive would receive it later. The idea that the Church didn’t come to be until Pentecost is more human tradition than a fact of the Bible. The disciples received the Holy Spirit on Resurrection Sunday (John 20:19-23). Perhaps all the other believers did too.
If that’s a correct assumption, then those who became believers during the Lord’s ministry are part of the Church and will be resurrected at the time of the rapture.
 

PENTECOST AND THE HOLY SPIRIT

https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/pentecost-and-the-holy-spirit/
QUESTION:    I have a question about the Holy Spirit being given at Pentecost. If the apostles received the Holy Spirit on that day, what did they receive when Jesus breathed on them in John 20:22 before His ascension? I am confused about these two events.
ANSWER:    The Bible uses three phrases used to describe the Holy Spirit’s interaction with men. In the Old Testament He was with men. The Apostles received the Holy Spirit late in the day of the Lord’s resurrection and from then on He was in them, as He is in us (John 20:22, 2 Cor. 1:21-22). The Holy Spirit’s visitation on Pentecost was a special event where He came upon them (Acts 2:3) .
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ISRAEL NEWS:

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

WORLD TERRORISM – WARS

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MIDDLE EAST WAR LOOMING THE BUILD UP TO PSALM 83  – ISAIAH 17 AND GOG OF MAGOG WARS EZEKIEL 38:

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MYSTERIOUS EXPLOSIONS DESTROY AN IRANIAN ELECTRONIC WARFARE FACILITY IN SOUTHERN DAMASCUS

http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/mysterious-explosions-destroy-an-iranian-electronic-warfare-facility-in-southern-damascus/
Israel has increasingly taken aim at Iranian facilities in southern Syria over recent months as it attempts to keep Tehran from gaining a military foothold on its doorstep. The explosions were reported after mysterious blasts tore through weapons and fuel depots on Friday at a military airport in Syria’s Hama province, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, killing at least 28 people.
Explosions rocked an area thought to house an Iranian facility near Damascus early Monday morning, according to a report in Sky News Arabia.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The ‘immovable object’ that is the nation of Israel under the leadership of Benjamin Netanyahu continues to go toe-to-toe with the ‘irresistible force’ that is the Iranian military presence in Syria, Hell-bent on creating beachheads from which to launch attacks on the Jewish people. The Syrian capital of Damascus continues to look like Berlin in 1945, with bombed out blocks as far as the eye can see.
There was no immediate confirmation of the explosion and it was not clear what may have caused the blasts, which came days after another mysterious explosion at a Syrian base. Sky News said locals reported hearing explosions in the area of Najjah, a neighborhood south of Damascus which houses a military academy.
There was no immediate word from Syria, which was said to be on the verge of pushing the last pockets of Islamic State resistance out of southern Damascus on Monday.  Israel has increasingly taken aim at Iranian facilities in southern Syria over recent months as it attempts to keep Tehran from gaining a military foothold on its doorstep.
The scenes from Yarmouk on Sunday looked like Stalingrad in 1942 or Berlin in 1945, during the Second World War: bombed-out buildings as far as the eye can see; roads turned to rubble; alleyways turned into canyons of destruction, gutted, gray and slumping from air strikes. There doesn’t appear to be anything left of many city blocks that were once a thriving community, the home of more than 200,000 people in 2011 when the Syrian civil war broke out. Now only a few thousand remain. Those who do are reported to be starving under the regime’s siege. source
The sorties, which Israel rarely admits to openly, have led to increased tensions in the border region and earlier this month sparked a barrage of 20 missiles at northern Israel, drawing a massive Israeli reprisal attack.
The explosions were reported after mysterious blasts tore through weapons and fuel depots on Friday at a military airport in Syria’s Hama province, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, killing at least 28 people.
Syrian state media reported the blasts at the time but did not provide any details, while the Observatory had said they were likely due to a technical malfunction.
However, the Sky News Arabia outlet reported that those explosions were caused by an attack on an advanced Iranian air defense system, despite it coming in the middle of the day, when Israel rarely carries out airstrikes.
After maintaining an official policy of refusing to comment on such strikes, the Israeli military earlier this month revealed that it had been conducting air raids against Iranian targets in Syria as part of a mission dubbed “Operation Chess.”
The purpose of ‘Operation Chess’ was to prevent Iran from carrying out reprisals for an Israeli airstrike against the Iranian-controlled T-4 air base in central Syria on April 9, which killed at least seven members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, including a senior officer responsible for its drone program.
Iran had also used the T-4 base to launch an attack drone carrying explosives into Israel in February, according to the Israel Defense Forces; the drone was shot down.
The IRGC’s al-Quds Force in southern Syria launched 20 rockets at northern Israel 10 days ago. Four of the rockets were intercepted by Israeli air defenses, the army said, and the rest fell short of the border.
In response, the Israeli Air Force conducted strikes against over 50 Iranian military targets in Syria and destroyed several Syrian air defense systems that had fired on Israeli jets, the army said.
Israeli officials have repeatedly stated that the Jewish state will not accept Iranian entrenchment in Syria and is prepared to take military action in order to prevent it. Last week, the Israeli army reportedly told senior ministers that it believes the current round of hostilities were over, but tensions in the north will persist, and that border incidents are still possible. source
 
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TRAGEDY IN GAZA

 By Hal Lindsey – http://pastormiketaylor.blogspot.com.au/
Gaza is an ongoing humanitarian disaster. In just the last few days, dozens of Gazans have needlessly died attacking the Israeli border. They were killed by Israeli soldiers defending said border. But that’s not the whole story. They were really killed by the people they entrusted with their spiritual and physical well-being.
According to the Palestinians, a 10-month-old baby girl named Layla died on May 14th from inhalation of Israeli tear gas. They said nothing about the potential harm that may have come to Layla from the deep, black smoke of burning tires. Later, a Palestinian doctor at the hospital treating the child, admitted that she died of a pre-existing heart condition – not Israeli tear gas. Nevertheless, within hours, the Hamas PR machine turned the baby’s death into international rage against Israel.
Almost universally, the media blamed Israel. But they ignored the more obvious question. Why was a 10-month-old present at these horrific, violent protests?
The Los Angeles Times wrote that Layla’s 12-year-old cousin took her to the scene of the riots in search of the girl’s mother. He knew just how to get there. Hamas leaders provided buses to get as many people to the border as possible, regardless of their age. How many adults saw him board the bus carrying the infant? That bus was going to a war zone. The bus driver knew it. Every adult and young adult on that bus knew it. It didn’t matter. They let the baby go.
Layla shouldn’t have been at the border. Her 12-year-old cousin shouldn’t have been there either. Neither should the cousin’s mother, or other family members. Did anyone really believe these women and children would successfully breach Israel’s line of defense? No.
At least 35,000 Gazans went to that border because they were told to. Gaza’s political leadership, Hamas, worked with Gaza’s spiritual leaders, the Muslim imams, to whip the crowds into a fury. Hamas designed the event for a single purpose – to maximum Palestinian casualties.
Monday the 14th was the 70th anniversary of Israel’s rebirth as a nation. It was also the day the US opened its embassy in Jerusalem. Hamas and their allies wanted split-screen TV coverage of the event. On one side of the TV screen, they wanted the festivities of the embassy opening. And on the other side, they wanted the screen to show death and mayhem. They got exactly that.
Hamas created the riots at the border and staged them for television. They made certain there would be casualties. In fact, it is a tribute to the Israeli Defense Forces that more didn’t die.
The media says the people of Gaza were reacting to their terrible living conditions. And from all accounts, those conditions are bad. People suffer from lack of food, jobs, money, education, and healthcare. But how did this happen? And why does the suffering continue despite billions in humanitarian aid pouring into the small area?
Let’s go back to February of 2005. That’s when Israel did exactly what the Palestinians asked. They unilaterally pulled out of the Gaza Strip. Every Jew left the region. Israel got nothing. Palestinians got everything. For Israel, it was a straightforward show of goodwill.
And Israel did not set the Gazans up to fail. In fact, they set them up to succeed. The Jews left millions of dollars in infrastructure. That included five hundred acres of sophisticated and expensive greenhouses. As Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza was being planned, NBC News said, “The greenhouses are a centerpiece of Palestinian plans for rebuilding Gaza.”
But immediately following Israel’s withdrawal from the area, riots broke out across Gaza. During those riots, Palestinian mobs destroyed the greenhouses. Chaos reigned.
It didn’t have to be that way. Israel wanted the Palestinians of Gaza to succeed. They wanted and needed a secure and stable neighbor. The nations of the world poured vast sums of money and materials into Gaza. It should have worked.
Here’s why it did not work. Just a few weeks after Israel’s withdrawal, the people of Gaza elected a known terrorist group, Hamas, to govern them. With that choice, the Muslim people of Gaza chose hatred over happiness. They chose death over life. They chose rage over prosperity. They chose failure when success was ripe for the picking.
A wide variety of both Muslim and non-Muslim nations have designated Hamas as a terrorist organization. They include Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Israel, the United States, Japan, the European Union, New Zealand, Australia, and the United Kingdom.
Some of the suffering in Gaza comes from the isolation imposed on it by its two neighbors – Israel and Egypt. Why does Egypt limit what goes in and out of Gaza from their side of the border? Because they don’t want to import terrorism into their nation any more than Israel does.
The biggest cause of suffering in Gaza is the corruption of the Hamas-led Gazan government. Hamas leaders live in luxury while nearby children go hungry. They line their pockets with money brought into Gaza for humanitarian relief.
Much of what they don’t spend on themselves, they spend on strengthening the military arm of Hamas. When nations send concrete and steel for building houses, hospitals, and schools, Hamas uses it on terror tunnels running beneath the border as they plan future attacks on Israel.
Gaza is a sad story – a reminder that elections matter.
It is also a reminder of God’s promise to Abraham over 4000 years ago. In Genesis 12:3, God said to Abraham, “I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
The last part of that promise – the part about all the families of the earth being blessed – will soon be fulfilled. It will happen when Jesus of Nazareth, a Jewish descendant of Abraham, returns to rule and reign on planet earth.
 
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U.S. ARMY SURGEON GENERAL SAYS ALL SOLDIERS TO BE MICRO-CHIPPED FOR FULL-TIME MONITORING AND INFORMATION CULLING

http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/u-s-army-surgeon-general-says-all-soldiers-to-be-microchipped-for-full-time-monitoring-and-information-culling/
“We should be monitoring all soldiers, all the time, looking for patterns of injury or other signs for early detection,” said Lt. Gen. Nadja West, the Army’s surgeon general, during a talk May 8 at the Association of the U.S. Army in Arlington, Virginia. “We can do better when every soldier is a sensor, and we can continuously monitor information culled from them.”
“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:” Revelation 13:16 (KJV)
EDITOR’S NOTE: When you join the military, you also sign on for just about anything they want to do with you and to you. Being deployed overseas? Then you better be OK with receiving injections of just about a dozen different ‘vaccines’ and who knows what else are in those syringes. Start chipping soldiers for full-time ‘health monitoring’, you won’t have anything to say about that, either. The perfect captive audience for carrying out any type of experimentation you wish to conduct. Want to see nationwide chipping of all its citizens? The military is your sandbox to work all that out. 
“We should be monitoring all soldiers, all the time, looking for patterns of injury or other signs for early detection,” said Lt. Gen. Nadja West, the Army’s surgeon general, during a talk May 8 at the Association of the U.S. Army in Arlington, Virginia. “We can do better when every soldier is a sensor, and we can continuously monitor information culled from them.”
The monitors would send out streams of detailed data on a soldier’s health.
For example, a device could measure blood sugar levels and a doctor or nurse hundreds or thousands of miles away can check on a soldier’s diabetes and recommend treatment or calibrate insulin.
“There is an explosion of wearable and soon to be implantable peripheral monitors,” West said. “It completely revolutionizes how we can follow and impact a soldier’s health and a patient’s health.”
Soldiers face environments where the threat may be unknown, and such devices will make a difference, she said. U.S. diplomats in Havana, Cuba, became ill last year from a mysterious cause, possibly a type of sound wave, that remains unknown, she added as an example. Monitoring them and their environment could have led to early detection and potentially better understanding of what happened.
Commanders can use this kind of technology to decide who to send on the next mission, West said. “Just imagine a commander having that information, where that person is and how they’re doing,” she said.
The commander would see not just “are they deployable or not,” but their state of health. “If you had a pilot getting into a cockpit, wouldn’t you want to know if they’re sleepy or not?” West said. “If you have the tools to predict, it’s amazing what you can prevent. “
Monitoring devices are available now, and Army medicine is working through how to scale the capability and secure the information flow, she said.
The device is one of many innovations in medical care, which is changing dramatically, and the Army is changing with it, West said.
The realization that the military may no longer count on having the “golden hour” for treatment of illness or injury is driving the thinking on what is next in medical care. Troops will be forward deployed in units with a smaller footprint and often without the luxury of uncontested air space, West said.
The ambush and killings in October of four American soldiers in Niger bring to the forefront the danger troops face in remote locations.
“We might not have the life-saving golden hour evacuation system we’ve been accustomed to for the last 17 years. Our soldiers may be isolated for 72 hours or more, requiring prolonged field care when injured in an austere environment,” West said. “Our medics will be faced with doing more, with less, for longer. That means no easy access to emergency departments or operating suites or trauma surgeons. “
This the reality facing Army medics. This new environment requires significant changes in how medics and soldiers are trained and equipped, West said, and the changes are taking place now.
Command posts in the near future will have medical capabilities integrated within them, so patients can be monitored and calls made to a surgeon to recommend life-saving procedures. Robotic surgeries are another technology in development. It’s a question now of “how quickly we can scale it throughout our enterprise,” West said.
Such surgery has been tested at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, for example, with doctors there and a satellite hookup with soldiers in a remote area. Technology used around the world today allows surgeons to operate virtually, West said.
The Army has invested in its first virtual medical center at Brooke Army Medical Center, Texas, which she said will expand capacity and capabilities and save more lives. A change in mindset is needed now, West said, “one that opens our minds to completely new possibilities as to the how, when, where and by whom health care is delivered.” source
 
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FRIGHTENING WARNING ABOUT APPROACHING SOLAR FLARE DESTRUCTION REVEALED WITHIN REVELATION

The scriptures tell us that the earth will be destroyed a total of three times. The first was by water during the days of Noah to purge unrepentant man from the earth and restore God’s order. The next time the earth will be destroyed is during the Tribulation period through a series of various events; several of which are clearly described as resulting from fire in which the Lord will once again purge unrepentant man from the earth. After this second restoration (Isaiah 65: 17-25), the Lord will reign on the Earth for 1,000 years. The Book of Revelation then states that after this period, the world once again turns wicked and God executes the third destruction. In this final destruction, the Earth and heavens (the entire universe) will pass away with a fervent heat and a new heaven and a new Earth (of a different kind without day or night) will be created to last for all of eternity.
The Scriptures provide the framework by which the end-times will unfold and describes a world where there must be a convergence of religion, economics, and leadership. Right now, we clearly see these new systems and ideologies merging and most surmise that a one-world financial system will emerge as nations’ economies become more unstable. The Bible also talk about the characteristics of the last generation and we are the first generation in human history to meets all of the conditions described in the Scriptures. The Bible also states that during these last days there would be unprecedented Christian and Jewish persecution of which we also see the framework being laid today for such a scenario. There is scarcely a day that passes in which we don’t hear of events around the world which continue to lay the foundation for the final days as described in His Word; however, the scriptures also talk about geographic and cosmic events within the Book of Revelation that will devastate the earth and result in the death of millions or billions of people. The truth is that the foundation for these cataclysmic cosmic events are also being laid today!
In this article, we will be focusing on only one of the fire-related destructive events described within Prophecy during the Tribulation period, and new discoveries made that are foreshadowing its passing. We may not know the day nor the hour of such events, but we can clearly see the season approaching. Many are familiar with the prophetic event within Revelation that describes 1/3 of the Earth being burnt up along with 1/3 of the trees and grass (Revelation 8:7). John’s wording is compact and precise and tells us exactly what he’s seeing. Based on the wording of the text, many theologians and astrophysicists claim that what is being described could be the occurrence of a coronal mass ejection (CME) from the Sun hitting the Earth!
The surface of the sun consists of dense, super-heated Plasma. Think of the sun as a ball of liquid FIRE – burning at around 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit, and not as having a surface that is on fire – but is literally fire through and through (i.e. like a lake of fire and not a lake on fire). CMEs are always being emitted from the sun, but should a large one on an unprecedented scale directly strike the Earth; this dense superheated plasma would push away part of the Earth’s atmosphere. This would expose the stratosphere to the -150 degrees Fahrenheit temperature of space which would instantly crystalize all the moisture within the stratosphere. As the CME pressure wave continues to push through the atmosphere, it would compress the ice crystals into hail balls. This is exactly what is being described within the text of Revelation. John described that before 1/3 of the Earth was burnt up, “there came hail and fire”; seemingly contradicting states of matter. As the CME continues into the tratosphere, it would then vaporize all planes, birds and flying insects which also complies with the next description from John that the coming of hail and fire was “mixed with blood”. The CME would then continue to the surface of the Earth where John clearly described that this hail, fire and blood is then, “cast upon the earth” – burning up 1/3 of the trees and grass! As you can see, John’s description is specific and intended to be in chronological order; describing exactly what one would expect if an unprecedented CME did indeed strike the Earth.
Some may believe this is nothing more than theory or speculation of what events could occur within the end times, but the reality is that various governments from around the world have realized this approaching Biblical event is entirely real, and they are already preparing for it.
What Governments Don’t Want You To Know
Since God commonly utilizes His own creations to carry out judgement as we see this time and time again throughout the Old Testament, then we know if this CME scenario is true, we may already be seeing the foundation of this event unfolding today. First, something has changed within the last 10 years regarding how governments are planning for continuity of operation; they’re now thinking global. Recently, governments all over the world have built over 1,000 doomsday seed vaults to ensure the survival of the human race. The largest that we know of is the Norwegian vault on the island of Spitsbergen in the Arctic Circle. In addition, governments have begun building massive underground bunkers and small underground cities carved within the bedrock of mountains for their leadership.
But the most frightening signs are the ones hiding in plain sight…
First, unknowing to most, Earth’s magnetic field, which normally protects us from high energy particle emissions from the sun, is collapsing! With a reduced magnetic field, solar radiation and CMEs will now have a greater impact on the Earth than ever before. In fact, the European Space Agency recently launched a satellite array that monitors solar activity and the impact it has upon the Earth. During the first 6 months of operation, it was revealed that the Earth’s magnetic field was not only indeed collapsing, but that it was happening 10x faster than researchers first realized. In addition, recent discoveries by astrophysicists in Japan have revealed that our sun is in fact capable of producing what is now being called a “super flare” which is 20x – 1,000x more powerful than any flare witnessed on our modern age. They’re referring to a CME that would be substantially larger than the one which occurred in the Carrington event of 1859. The “super flare” being described by researchers would be so powerful, with Earth having a weakened magnetic field, it could truly penetrate the stratosphere; causing the events described by John in revelation.
The Lord Has Already Warned Us that This Is Coming…
We are told to do look for the signs for the end of our age, and it appears that the Lord has already warned us that the event described by John is indeed coming soon. During July, 2012, a massive CME ejected from the sun and crossed Earth’s orbital path; missing us by only one week! This partocular CME was unprecidented in size (X-class), anc if the flare would have erupted just one week earlier it would have hit Earth square on. This CME blast was so massive that NASA referred to it as “The Solar Superstorm of 2012” and believe it would have knocked our civilization back to the 18th century – leading to panic, war, starvation and disease. This near miss was so shocking to various unaware agencies, they kept the event SECRET from the public for one and a half years before finally revealing it to media at a recent space summit.
Following Europe’s early flare detection system, NASA has also recently launched their own CME detection satellites, named “STEREO”, which will gives the US Government a 12 to 24 hour notice in the case of an approaching catastrophic solar flare.
 
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PROPHETIC PROOF

Terry James – http://www.raptureready.com/category/nearing-midnight/
We know we are at the end of the dispensation of grace for specific reasons. A number of these come to mind.
Evil men and seducers are growing worse, as the Apostle Paul forewarned. The time has come when “they”-meaning religionists who claim to know Christ but do not-will not “endure sound doctrine.”
All of Paul’s “perilous times” prophecies are in view, as we have dissected many times. False accusers, for example, are in our daily headlines, with lies being told for political gain or just to heap hatred upon ideological enemies.
There is a denial that God should be found anywhere in humanistic governance. As stated many times, here, Psalm 2 is in play as never before. The international community, i.e., the UN and those within every other such globalist forum, want to “break the bands asunder” that bind the human race to any form of godly mooring.
We know these are the last days because there are scoffers that say in mocking derision: “Where is the promise of his coming, for since the fathers fell asleep all things are as they were from the beginning?”
In addition to all the above, proof that we are in prophesied times of the end occurred Monday, May 14. Israel reached what many Bible prophecy observers view as the span of a generation-70 years since its refounding into modernity. This, many believe, is the gist of the prophecy the Lord gave while expounding on things to come atop the Mount of Olives.
Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. (Matthew 24:32-35)
Israel is generally considered the prime signal of where we are on God’s prophetic timeline. That strange nation has reached its 70th birthday so far as its modern incarnation is concerned. A generation is defined by God’s Word as 70 years in one specific instance. Therefore, Jesus, who is the Word, giving this Olivet Prophecy about the fig tree-often the symbol for Israel-makes the modern nation’s 70th anniversary living proof to many that the end of the age is upon this generation.
I term Israel “strange” because of the fact that it is like no other in human history. Having been completely destroyed as a nation, its people dispersed into all the world and its language dissolved, yet it is now back in its God-given land. It has its native language again-Hebrew-and is the center of worldwide attention.
As I often remind, no matter which way the cameras and microphones turn to capture other stories, they always, without fail, turn right back to that one spot on planet earth that is God’s touchstone-to Jerusalem and the Temple Mount, where the Holy of Holies sat and will reside again one prophetic day.
So, Israel is in the headlines again this past week. The hatreds of the world are in full display to prove God’s Word about the rebellion of the globalists found in Psalm 2.
Satan is in a rage because he above all else has wanted to completely destroy Israel and the Jewish people. If he could do so, he would make the Creator a liar, and his own fate in the Lake of Fire could be avoided.
But, God’s Word is truth. Things are unfolding exactly as God foretells, and right on time. Further proof of God’s prophetic truth is reflected in an excerpt or two from the following news story:
(May 9, 2018 / JNS) In the past 70 years, no single country’s stock has risen faster or farther than the State of Israel. Once a resource-poor, existentially endangered nation-state comprised of refugees from post-Holocaust Europe and Muslim countries throughout the Middle East and North Africa, Israel has emerged into a world economic, military and diplomatic superpower.
In just one week, Israel’s elevated status is being put on full display, in no small part due to the unlikely and oft-polarizing duo of U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu…
It is, of course, fitting that the very date-May 14-of the new embassy’s opening ceremony corresponds both with Yom Yerushalayim (“Jerusalem Day”) on the Hebrew calendar and the 70th anniversary of Israel’s Independence on the secular calendar…
While the Jewish state’s stock is rising, Israel’s enemies are imploding. Though Iran has expanded its reach across the Middle East-wreaking havoc on Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen-severe cracks have been exposed in the dictatorial regime of the Islamic Republic. During the past year, public protests against the regime’s corruption have broken out across the country. And in the past several weeks, the value of Iran’s currency, the rial, has plummeted, throwing Iran into severe economic uncertainty even before the impending onset of the “highest level of economic sanctions” about to be imposed by the United States. (“Jerusalem is rising as Israel’s enemies falter,” Alex Traiman, JNS.org, May 13, 2018)
Proof of the truth of God’s Word is found throughout Bible prophecy. We are witnessing that proof each and every day as issues and events of our time emerge from the headlines.
Israel, although hated by most of the world leaders, is blossoming. So is the United States of America under this presidential administration.
Iran, arguably Israel’s chief enemy, whose Islamist leaders call Israel the “little Satan,” and America “the big Satan,” are sinking deeper into the curse promised to all who curse God’s chosen people.
There is no illusion here that terrible times are not to soon unfold for the Jewish people. It is prophesied. But the end of it all will be a glorious outcome beyond any ever bestowed upon any nation or people:
I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie, I will give it to you and to your descendants. Your descendants shall also be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread out to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and in you and in your descendants shall all the families of the earth be blessed. And behold, I am with you, and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you. (Genesis 28:13-15)

 

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