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DAILY SCRIPTURE:

Ex. 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

Ex. 20:4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:

Ex. 20:5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me.

 

REVELATION TIME TABLE

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QUESTION:   In the broad “timetable” of the 21 Judgments of Revelation, where/when does the Abomination of Desolation take place? Is it possible to ascertain which judgment(s) it will be particularly associated with in that time frame? Is the midpoint the half-hour of silence?

ANSWER:   The abomination of desolation will take place in Rev. 12-13. Rev 12 is the view from Heaven and opens with the Dragon in Heaven. Then he’ll be cast to Earth in verse 9. The time, times and half a time in Rev. 12:14 corresponds to the 1260 days of the Great Tribulation and is the time during which the believing remnant of Israel will be protected in the desert.

Rev. 13 is the view from Earth where we see the anti-Christ emerging in the power of the Dragon with his cohort, the false prophet. They set up the image and introduce the mark of the beast. This is not the anti-Christ’s introduction on Earth. That happens with the first seal of Rev. 6. But it is the moment at which he is indwelt by Satan.

So the seal and trumpet judgments take place in the first 3.5 years of Daniel’s 70th week, sometimes called the beginning of sorrows. The bowl judgments happen during the final 3.5 years, or Great Tribulation, which is kicked off by the Abomination of Desolation as the Lord Jesus indicated in Matt. 24:15-21.

 

HELP ME PROVE THE BIBLE IS AUTHENTIC

 

QUESTION:   By faith, I am a believer as you know. There is a guy who frequently posts on a forum I belong to that history says the Gospels were not written by the authors listed (Mathew, Mark, etc) and continues to bash me and others who discuss Biblical research and facts, claiming that “real world” history proves otherwise. I was hoping you could point me in a direction outside the apologetics world for facts to dispute his claims, knowing you have far more knowledge on this than I do. Any help you could provide would be greatly appreciated.

ANSWER:   The “real world” history this person is talking about must have been written by people trying to prove the Bible wrong, because the authorship of the Gospels is pretty well documented. We have to decide whether to take their word for what happened in the past, or believe the word of God.

People like Josh MacDowell, Simon Greenleaf, and CS Lewis all started out as unbelievers trying to prove the Bible wrong, but their studies led them to change their minds and become part of the “apologetics world”. It’s happened countless times.

The evidence is there for any one who wants to examine it and can be easily confirmed. I’d advise you to let this go and move on. All the facts in the world won’t force someone who has his mind made up like this to change it, because his decision is based in emotion, not logic.

Psalm 14 begins, “The fool says in his heart, there is no God.” Even a fool can’t say that logically, with his intellect, because the evidence to the contrary is overwhelming (Romans 1:18-20). So he has to say it emotionally, with his heart, as if denying God’s existence will make it so.

It’s very difficult to successfully use logic against an emotional position. The best thing to do is pray that God will soften the person’s heart, like He has done for so many other non-believers who sincerely studied His word, even when they began as skeptics determined to prove it wrong.

 

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WILL TURKISH INVASION OF SYRIA BRING ABOUT PRE-MESSIANIC CONFLICT WITH RUSSIA?

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz –https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/101372/will-turkish-invasion-syria-bring-pre-messianic-conflict-russia/#BjKkIOc6UzZvriiO.99

“And Yaakov called his sons and said, “Come together that I may tell you what is to befall you in days to come.” Genesis 49:1 (The Israel Bible™)

Turkey launched a military incursion into neighboring Syria over the weekend, bringing Russian and Turkish soldiers into closer proximity in an already volatile region, making a 200-year-old prophecy of pre-Messianic conflict between Russia and Turkey appear to be closer than ever before. This 200-year-old prophecy was a closely guarded secret until just a few years ago and details described in the prophecy are strongly consistent with the situation developing to the North of Israel.

A massive Turkish ground force crossed into the Afrin region of Syria to fight the Kurdish militia and push them out of Syria. The Turkish government claims their goal is to establish a 19-mile buffer zone against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), a militant group based in Syria. If the conflict intensifies, it could pit Turkey directly against Russia, which has boosted its military presence and bases in Syria in an effort to support the Syrian government in the country’s nearly seven-year-long civil war.

A conflict between Turkey and Russia was predicted over 200 years ago by Rabbi Elijah ben Solomon Zalman, known as the Vilna Gaon, one of the greatest Jewish scholars of the 18th century who was also a known Kabbalist (mystic). Just before his death, the Vilna Gaon made a two-part prophecy that was kept secret, transferred orally from teacher to student for generations. This prophecy became public for the first time in 2014 by Rabbi Moshe Shternbuch, a great-grandson of the Vilna Gaon.

“When you hear that the Russians have captured the city of Crimea, you should know that the times of the Messiah have started, that his steps are being heard. And when you hear that the Russians have reached the city of Constantinople, you should put on your Shabbat (Sabbath) clothes and don’t take them off, because it means that the Messiah is about to come any minute.”

The first part of the prophecy appeared to materialize in 2014 when Russia invaded Ukraine and annexed Crimea. The second half of the prophecy concerning a conflict between Russia and Turkey is one of many possible outcomes of the current escalation in Syria. Turkey is a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance (NATO) and traditionally, an ally of the US. Russia has permanent military bases in Syria supporting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al Assad in the civil war against rebel forces, which includes ISIS. Russia has also with the YPK in the past in the fight against ISIS, which would pit Russia against Turkey should the superpower choose to stand up for its sometimes-ally.

This alliance between Russia and Syria is consistent with a later addendum to the Vilna Gaon’s prophecy. The Kloisenberger Rabbi, a 20th-century Hasidic leader and a part of the chain that held onto the prophecy, wrote of an additional aspect to Russia’s presence in Istanbul.

“The Russians will come, they will come and be together with the sons of Ishmael,” the Kloisenberger Rabbi added.

The Arab peoples of today are primarily identified to be the spiritual descendants of Ishmael. An alliance between Russia and Syria against Turkey, a non-Arabic country, would conform to the Klosienberger Rabbi’s prediction.

The current open-ended Turkish military incursion with tangled national alliances and unclear goals is potentially explosive.Turkey has the largest military in the region and is the second largest army in NATO, after the US. Last month, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called Assad a terrorist mass murderer and called for him to resign. Assad responded by referring to Turkey’s current military action as “support for terrorism”.

Rabbi Lazer Brody, one of the first to publicize Rabbi Shternbuch’s revelation of the Vilna Gaon’s prophecy, cautions that prophetic predictions are far more than just political commentaries.

“It’s all up in the air and it can go any way right now,” Rabbi  Brody told Breaking Israel News. “It is tempting to try to understand the prophecy through the intellect as if it was strictly political. But these political events are really about emuna (faith).”

For the time being, Russia has merely resorted to expressing its “concern” for Turkey’s military incursion.  The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Saturday that they will demand Turkey to cease its operations in Syria. Should Russia’s involvement ever escalate from words to actions, Russian troops may indeed be marching into Istanbul much sooner than expected.

 

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 SOME OF THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS

By Daymond Duck – http://www.raptureready.com/2018/01/21/latest-developments-daymond-duck/

The fulfillment of Bible prophecy continues to advance on all fronts. Several examples are recorded below.

Concerning Russia, in early December Russian President Vladimir Putin declared victory over ISIS in Syria and announced the withdrawal of many troops and weapons from Syria. It was deception.

He may have pulled some troops and weapons out, but he is actually building up his forces in Syria and most especially his air force. This is significant because the Bible says Gog “shall ascend and come like a cloud” when he attacks Israel in the latter years and latter days (Ezek. 38:9).

Concerning Iran, the Ayatollah continues to give about $800 million a year to approximately 80,000 Hezbollah fighters and 10,000 Shiite rebel troops in Syria. Despite warnings from Israel, Iran is shipping advanced weapons and missiles to these forces.

There are reports that Iran intends to increase these forces, and even worse, that Iran continues to try to develop nuclear weapons.

These developments prompted Israel’s Security Cabinet to meet several times in Jan. 2018, and it resulted in a major Israeli strike on Iranian facilities and weapons in Syria on Jan. 9, 2018.

Concerning Turkey, Mr. Erdogan continues to destroy his ties with NATO and to move closer to Russia and Iran. There is some speculation that he has already gone too far and that he will wind up fully cooperating with Russia and Iran.

Concerning the U.S., Pres. Trump has turned out to be one of the greatest friends Israel has ever had. His Proclamation that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, his financial and military support for Israel and his recent approval of Israel’s strike on Iranian facilities and weapons in Syria are examples. These are bold decisions that place the U.S. on the winning side.

Several reports say Pres. Trump has reversed his position and he is not going to pull U.S. troops out of Syria. This is a decision he made because Iran is trying to take over Syria, and he has decided not to let it happen.

Concerning the PA and a peace treaty, on Jan. 6, 2018, delegates from the Arab League met in Jordan to discuss Pres. Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. The PA demanded that the Arab League support the removal of the U.S. from the peace process, that the Arab League reject all of Pres. Trump’s peace initiatives until he renounces his decision to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, and that the Arab League support sanctions on every nation that moves their embassy to Jerusalem. All of the PA demands were rejected.

By the way, on Jan. 11, 2018, it was reported that the U.S. will probably establish its embassy in Jerusalem at a temporary location in 2018 while it waits on construction at a permanent location. The site of that permanent location will probably be revealed in the coming weeks. Time will tell.

The prediction that Pres. Trump’s embassy decision would trigger WWIII has not yet materialized. For the most part, the Arab nations have criticized Pres. Trump’s decision, but they have kept a lid on most of the extremists that want to start a war.

Concerning the capital of a future PA state, Pres. Trump offered the PA a town near Jerusalem called Abu Dis. Mr. Abbas is furious and has rejected the offer.

Concerning U.S. contributions to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) that go to the PA, Pres. Trump has done some backtracking. The first 2018 U.S. payment to the UN will be cut slightly more than 50%. Future payments will be contingent upon changes in the UNRWA and they will require the PA to be involved in peace talks with Israel.

Concerning the EU, on Jan. 10, 2018, it was reported that the EU has scheduled a meeting for Jan. 31, 2018 to discuss ways to force Israel to speed up the peace process. The EU released a statement that read, “There is an urgent need to bring all parties together to discuss measures to speed up efforts that can underpin a negotiated two-state solution.”

It would not surprise this writer if the peace process is speeded up, but speeding up the peace process means speeding up the Tribulation Period, etc.

It is the EU position that Israel will have to share Jerusalem with the PA.

Concerning birth pangs, the natural disasters (drought, wildfire, earthquakes, mudslides, etc.) continue in what is arguably the most immoral state in the U.S. On Jan. 9, 2018, mudslides in Montecito, California killed at least 20 people.

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 PROPHETIC UPDATE: IS THE GREAT DECEPTION HERE?

Hal Lindsey – http://www.wnd.com/2018/01/prophetic-update-is-the-great-deception-here/#lL8JGts3hWEBwkSI.99

Exclusive: Hal Lindsey warns that ‘the whole planet is in travail’

Some call it fake news. Jesus called it deception. When His disciples asked about the signs of the last days, Jesus began by giving His followers this warning: “Take heed that no one deceives you” (Matthew 24:4).

We live in an age of deception – fake news, false advertising, viral lies and clickbait. The mainstream media perpetrate falsehoods regularly, as do various alternative media.

But one of the major sources of 21st-century deception can be found in an unlikely place: our schools. For instance, the U.S. Department of Education urges all public schools to teach Islam.

It’s really just thinly veiled propaganda, though they would certainly not use that word. The DoE says schools should teach Islam “to create an anti-bias learning environment.”

Many regularly teach the religious doctrine that God and Allah are the same. Forget the “separation of church and state” arguments for the moment. This one teaching alone is a form of gross – and deadly – deception. And the deception is being inculcated in our malleable children, by order of the state!

In 2017, truth became even more subservient to political correctness. Isaiah 5:20 says, in part, “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil …” Those words perfectly describe the pervasive spirit of deception that seems to have settled upon our world.

Another sign of the end times is an increase in the persecution of those who name the name of Jesus Christ.

Christianity Today reported, “For the third year in a row, the modern persecution of Christians worldwide has hit another record high.” Fox News said, “Nearly one in 12 Christians across the globe lives in an area where there is high-level persecution against members of the religion.”

A Yemeni man called “Sam” told CBN News: “Life for Christians in Yemen is very hard. For that matter, across the Middle East, there’s not a country where Christians are not suffering for their faith. This is our reality.”

But 2017 also found the persecution of Christians arise in unexpected places. Canada enacted Bill 89, which gives the state the power to take a child away from his or her parents if they do not agree that their child is transgender.

Jack Fonseca of Campaign Life Coalition warned: “[W]e’ve entered an era of totalitarian power by the state, such as never witnessed in Canada’s history. … Bill 89 is a grave threat to Christians and all people of faith.”

Even in America, it is becoming dangerous to be a Christian – especially one who is willing to take a stand for Judeo-Christian values. In 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court heard the case of Jack Phillips, the Colorado baker who declined to make a wedding cake for a homosexual couple. His story is a reminder that following Christ may soon harm a believer’s ability to hold a job or run his own business in a Western nation.

Over the last few decades, some Bible scholars have postulated that the “mark of the beast” might be a computer chip inserted under a person’s skin. The chip would serve as an identifier and repository of vast amounts of information about the individual.

From critical medical information to credit and banking information, the chip would guarantee security and convenience. It would also make possible an amazing Bible prophecy concerning the Antichrist’s partner, the False Prophet.

Revelation 13:16-17 foretells, “He causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand, or on their forehead, and he provides that no one should be able to buy or sell, except the one who has the mark.”

In July of 2017, a company in Wisconsin implanted tiny computer chips into the hands of about 50 employee volunteers. These chips only allow them to open doors and buy snacks from vending machines without money. In other words, they’re to make things more convenient for the busy employees. It sounds harmless enough, but it portends more ominous possibilities in the future.

Last year, the New York Times called certain toys “the cybersecurity nightmares of 2017.” The paper was referring to the fact that more and more toys contain cameras and microphones that connect to the internet – and constantly gather data.

Today, toys spy on us. Cell phones spy on us. Televisions, cars and even refrigerators spy on us.

In 2017, TSA began using facial scans at some airports. In October, the liberal Slate magazine reported on legislation pending before Congress. It said, “… an alarming section of the bill would give… a green light to begin using biometrics to identify people in airports nationwide… right now there’s only one technology fit for a biometric surveillance system: automated, real-time face scans.”

On another front, digital currencies – cryptocurrencies – came into their own in 2017. Bitcoin’s value rose to unbelievable levels. But from a prophetic point of view, I’m more interested in government-issued digital currency.

These cryptocurrencies foreshadow a future world currency that can be completely controlled by the Antichrist.

Another development that hints at a “mark of the beast” economic system is happening in China. They are actively building the largest DNA database in the world. For the “mark of the beast” to work, it will need to be made secure using DNA and other biometric identifiers. The Chinese government has also found a way to control the internet within its borders. In 2017, it achieved the ability to erase data and images mid-transmission! In the future, these techniques could go global. That would be a tremendous aid to the Antichrist by allowing his government to absolutely control all communications between people.

The year 2017 also saw a marked rise in another hallmark of the last days. 2 Timothy 3 says, “In the last days … men will be … brutal.”

As I noted last week, radical Islamic terrorists continued to brutalize the world with hundreds of terror attacks. But in October, here in America, Stephen Paddock killed 58 and wounded 546 when he shot up a Las Vegas music festival. The next month, Devin Patrick Kelley walked into the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and killed 26 and wounded 20.

In 2017, many people considered it entertaining to present fantasies of President Trump’s assassination and even his beheading. It was a year in which human beings became increasingly – and overtly – brutal.

Last year saw dramatic earthquakes, catastrophic hurricanes, a thousand-year flood and one of the most destructive fire seasons in history. Jesus compared end times events to a woman going through labor pains. Paul wrote, The whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now” (Romans 8:22).

That means the whole planet is in travail. In 2017, we saw it.

Maybe the greatest earthquake of 2017 was the earthquake in American politics. In last year’s Prophetic Year in Review, I said, “Compared to what Donald Trump is facing, Richard Nixon had it easy!” Boy, I sure got that one right!

Why are people so upset with President Trump? Sure, he rubs some people the wrong way. He says unexpected and, sometimes, inappropriate things. He speaks – or tweets – when maybe he should stay silent.

But when you look beyond his bluster and just look at his actions and record, he’s mostly a moderate, right-of-center politician – not at all out of the mainstream.

I think the real reason so many people are obsessed with destroying President Trump can be found in his resistance to the New World Order.

In 2017, he refused to recertify the Iran nuclear deal. He formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. He pulled the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord. He’s renegotiating NAFTA. He put an end to the Trans-Pacific Partnership. He demanded that NATO members pay their own way. He called the United Nations to account and cut some of its funding. He got tough with the Palestinian Authority. He put the Muslim nations on notice that it’s their responsibility to confront and curb Islamic terrorism. And more.

In other words, he stood up to and fought the globalist elites who were on the brink of cementing their supra-national control of the entire world. And, believe it or not, by doing that and by seeking to return autonomy and sovereignty to the United States – and bring Judeo-Christian values back to the public square – President Trump may have complicated the build-up to the Antichrist’s one-world government.

And doing that guarantees him some terribly powerful enemies – including Satan himself.

That’s why, as we enter 2018, it is so critical that all believers follow Paul’s admonition: “I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, in order that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity” (1 Timothy 2:1-2).

I would go a step further. I urge you to pray earnestly and daily specifically for our president and vice president. Pray that God will encourage them, give them wisdom and determination, and protect them as they stand in the gap for the America we know and love.

 

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 TRUMP: GOD’S MAN OF THE HOUR

Pete Garcia –http://www.omegaletter.com/articles/articles.asp?ArticleID=8574

Unlike Barack Obama’s meteoric rise from obscurity to international stardom seemingly overnight, Donald J. Trump has been on the global stage for decades. Well-known for his global real estate empire, the Miss Universe pageants, and his hit television show “The Apprentice,” then-candidate Trump’s announcement to run for the highest political office in the United States still came as a surprise to many. Even more surprising was his seemingly impossible victory over the queen of the deep-state swamp-things. Many rightly attribute Trump’s miracle victory as just that, a miracle. So if this is divine intervention, then why? What purpose does God have for a crude and narcissistic man such as Donald J. Trump in these final hours of human history?

“Blessed be the name of God forever and ever,

For wisdom and might are His.

And He changes the times and the seasons;

He removes kings and raises up kings;

He gives wisdom to the wise

And knowledge to those who have understanding.

He reveals deep and secret things;

He knows what is in the darkness,

And light dwells with Him. Daniel 2:21-22

Still, we wonder that if God truly chooses the leaders (He does according to (Dan. 2:21 & Rom. 13:1-7), why then did He allow a lawless man such as Obama to hold office for as long as he did? I believe Obama’s run from 2008-2016 not only served as a form of punishment for America’s sins (i.e., we get the leaders we deserve) but was also meant to cause the counter-reaction that it did by waking up a sleeping American public. Think about it this way, without Obama, there would have been no Tea Party movement. Without Obama, there would not be majorities in both the House and the Senate.

In a normal election cycle, under normal circumstances in America, Donald Trump would not have made it past the first Republican primary. However, such was the angst against the Obamanation-Administration that the average American rose up in one great act of defiance to elect a man such as Donald Trump. Trump broke the rules by calling things as he sees them, and has vowed to undo the past eight years by making America what it once was…a great nation.

God’s Change Agents

I believe that God uses world leaders to accomplish His geopolitical will. That is not my opinion, but Scripture confirms this repeatedly. In our current situation, God will continue to use President Trump to accomplish exactly what He needs to done to set the prophetic stage on this accelerated time-line we find ourselves. The list below are leaders who God used to accomplish specific things that advanced God’s prophetic agenda. This is not a list showing Godly men who stood out in history for being righteous or holy.

  • Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar: God used him as prophetic punishment on Judah (Jer. 21:7)
  • Medo-Persian King Cyrus: God used him to free the enslaved Jews in Babylon (2 Chronicles 36:22-23)
  • Persian King Artaxerxes: God used him to allow Jerusalem to be rebuilt (Dan. 9:25, Neh. 2)
  • Seleucid King Antiochus IV Epiphanes: created an example of what the abomination of desolation would look like (Dan. 9:27, 11:29-35, Matt. 24:15)
  • Roman Prefect Pontius Pilate: God used him so that Christ would be crucified (according to Scripture) (Matt. 27:1-26)
  • Roman General Titus: God used him as prophetic judgment on Jerusalem (Luke 21:20-24)
  • Roman Emperor Hadrian: God used him to finalize the Diaspora (Deuteronomy 30:3-4)
  • British Foreign Secretary Balfour: God used him to set aside the newly freed land of Palestine (as it was known then) from the Ottoman Turks (Ezekiel 36) for the Jews
  • German Fuhrer Hitler: God used him and the Holocaust so that the nation of Israel could be reborn (Isaiah 11:11, Amos 9:14-15)
  • US President Truman:  God used him to be the first leader to recognize national Israel (Isaiah 66:8)
  • US President Nixon: God used him to aid Israel during the Yom Kippur War (Psalm 2:1-3)
  • US President Carter: God used him to begin the judgment/trial period (40 years) of “land for peace” (Isaiah 28:15)
  • US President Trump: God used him to be the first gentile leader in more than 2,000 years to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s sovereign capital (Luke 21:24)

 

Status Quo

I said our timeline was accelerated not just because of Trump’s election, but also with his willingness to stand on the side of Israel. After decades of politicians speaking out of both sides of their mouth, Trump’s close relationship with Netanyahu is genuine. Because of that relationship, along with his financial means and insider knowledge is why he was chosen by God to be elected. You got to know that politicians on both sides of the aisle have been cozying up to Trump in an attempt to get financial backing during election cycles. He probably has A LOT more dirt on them; then they ever did on him. Still, what would not have happened in the nineties (or earlier) is now evidence that we are entering a time when the political swings will get wider and wider toward the extremes.

Regarding cause and effect, had Ross Perot not entered into the 1992 elections, the Republican base would not have split as it was. That gave an unknown Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton the unexpected victory over the incumbent George H. Bush Sr.

Regarding effect, both Clinton and Bush Sr. were globalists, so in that regard, the change would not have been very significant. However, what was significant was that the bar for ethical and criminal activities surrounding the Oval Office had been lowered to such an extent that a man like Barak Obama could run for the highest office in the land in the first place.

This is how a virtually unknown state senator from Illinois, with a tightly veiled backstory, became President. So mysterious was his pre-Senate history that even to this day, we do not know much (if anything) from his pre-community organizing and university days. Only three written documents he had authored had ever been published publicly before his “autobiographies.” The autobiographies accredited to Obama (Dreams of My Father and The Audacity of Hope) were most definitely the work of a ghost writer(s). He was a committed (and admitted) socialist, pro-Islamic (favoring Shia), and frequently attended a “Christian” church that militantly preached the social-justice gospel for twenty-years. This man then ran the country for eight years.

Juxtaposed too and following closely on Obama’s heels was the election of president number 45, who was populist, pro-business, pro-security, and pro-family values candidate Donald Trump. Those aside, one can only imagine the level of violent agitation stirring against Trump by the principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this age, and spiritual hosts of wickedness (Eph. 6:12) because of his standing with Israel. Every spectrum of society (minus the average American) has been mindlessly pitted against Trump (TDS) because he is attempting to undo what globalist spent a century putting together. The result reminds me of the William Butler Yeats’s poem entitled the Second Coming;

Turning and turning in the widening gyre

The falcon cannot hear the falconer;

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;

Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere

The ceremony of innocence is drowned;

The best lack all conviction, while the worst

Are full of passionate intensity.

Apparently, TDS is not just an American thing. The world’s reaction at the United Nations against Trump’s Jerusalem declaration on December 6th, 2017, was predictably anti-Israel. Less unexpected was the sheer number of nations siding against the US over it. More likely, they were siding against Trump on a personal level because he invokes such extreme reactions to his presidency. Had Obama announced Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel and embassy move, I figure more nations would have followed our lead, albeit, reluctantly. Rest assured that from here on out, whatever the 20th-century geopolitical status quo used to be, it has passed awkwardly into the annals of human history.

Great Expectations

If one simply watched the news or listened to the “experts” in academia, government, technology, media, etc., one would be lead to believe that we had the rest of the 21st century (and beyond) to figure things out. One would be lead to believe that we were on the cusp of developing immortality in 20-30 years through either advanced technology or genetic manipulation. One would also be lead to believe that all religions were relative and that eventually the world will stamp out fundamentalism and evolve to the point where we just “COEXIST.” One would be lead to believe that governments around the world were actively working to establish permanent colonies on the moon (and Mars) in which man could travel to if life on earth somehow didn’t pan out.

Moreover, if God allowed us the time, I am certain those experts would be correct (Gen. 11:6). However, according to both Scripture and Bible prophecy experts, “the human race has a shelf-life,” and it is about to expire. According to Scripture, Israel is God’s timepiece, and whatever time mankind has left, is in direct proportion to her status as a nation. Life will simply not continue to go on indefinitely despite what the experts say because none of them (the secular ones at least), ever take Scripture into account. While no one can know the day or hour, our departure (via the Rapture) is coming sooner than we expect. (See 1 Thess. 5:1-11)

Therefore, it stands to reason that the elections of both Obama and Trump were two sides of the same coin regarding the extreme natures of their administrations. Perhaps it is better if we see the administrations as transitions rather than causation leading to the final week of years (the 70th Week). In other words, if Trump was the far-right reaction to the leftist Obama administration, how much further left will the pendulum swing after Trump’s term comes to an end? Even if Trump does last eight years, we know historically speaking, that public political sentiment tends to move in both directions because the center cannot hold.

Put another way, had John Kerry or Mitt Romney won any of the subsequent elections (post-W. Bush), things would have seemingly gone back to the humdrum of politics as usual. However, with the elections of Clinton, Obama and now Trump, American politics have changed forever.

Traditional politicians say what they need to say for elections, and then proceed to move to the center after their election. They do this to either build consensus or survive the swamp by not rocking the boat (i.e., the bureaucracy and deep-state agents in the beltway). Both Obama and Trump broke the mold regarding their willingness to buck the system. Obama for his lawlessness and disregard for the Constitution, and Trump for his willingness to ‘drain the swamp’ and Make America Great Again.

Trump’s election speaks specifically to God’s intentions regarding the speed and gravitas of the issues at hand. If we remember all the prophecies concerning Christ’s first coming (108 distinct prophecies), most of them were fulfilled in the final week of His life (the Passion Week). As we see things speeding up prophetically in just about every spectrum, we can reasonably presume to be in the final moments of human history given the rapidity and intensity by which prophetic events are happening. We call this consolidation of signs the convergence.

Conclusion

This article is not saying that President Trump is a morally perfect and godly leader. Nor is it saying that he has the theological discernment to stay away from the likes of Paula White or Kenneth Copeland. Trump does not strike me as a man who has ever felt the need to be scripturally discerning. What it does mean, however, is that God is using him to accomplish His purposes just like the other leaders listed above have. Because Trump leans in favor of traditional values and Judeo-Christian principles, he seems to be a leader open to the influence of God and has the willingness to move on particular subjects where it concerns Christianity, Israel, and Jerusalem. In fact, his willingness to be influenced by God’s agenda is about the same (if not more) than Obama’s desire to stand against God. In His omniscience, God uses both types of men; those who support His agenda and those who do not. In the end, they both end up doing what He wants.

So what does the election of President Trump mean for Israel and for the prophetic timeline?

We know from Scripture that by the time Ezekiel 38’s War of Gog and Magog comes to Israel, no other nation comes to her aid. However, a Trump presidency would not turn down aid and arms to our closest Middle East ally. So our absence in this war means that something or someone makes us unable (or unwilling) to come to her rescue. Furthermore, the main actors in Ezekiel 38 (Russia, Turkey, Iran, Sudan, and Libya) all have increasingly complex issues that will force them to act sooner, rather than later. Aging and diminishing populations (Russia), political instability and unrest (Turkey, Iran), and economic starvation (Sudan and Libya) means that Gog/Magog is not something that happens twenty years from now, but much, much sooner.

So yes, Trump is God’s current man of the hour. Just as Nebuchadnezzar, Cyrus, and the rest were at their appointed places in history. But what about you? We each are appointed for such a time as this to do something only we could do. More specifically, something we were specifically designed, destined, and appointed to do in our spheres of influence. Are you doing what God called you to do? Are you open to God’s guiding hand to lead you in the places He needs you to go? I hope so. Because when you are firmly in the hands of the Creator of the Universe, we become instruments of His righteousness and sovereignty and there can be no higher or gratifying calling than that.

Even So, Maranatha!!

 

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Jesus In John 3 Commands Us To Become Born Again Because Our First Birth In Adam Is No Good

Adam was made perfect and was given the title deed to the earth, to rule it as God. He was told to subdue it, multiply his seed, and have dominion over all of it. But shortly into his reign, the Devil showed up and did an end-run around Adam, picked off Eve, and caused Adam to lose his right to rule the earth. It was the very first dispensation, and it ended as all dispensations do, in disaster.

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Jesus commands us to become born again because our first birth created us in the likeness of sinful man, and not in the image of a holy God.

“Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.” John 3:7 (KJV)

How many times I have overheard people talking, especially here in the South, and invariably the expressions “we are all children of God” and “we are all made in God’s image” will come up. That sounds nice and comforting, but is it true? If you and I were born in the image of God, then why do we need to become born again? The answer is a very simple one.

When Jesus was teaching Nicodemus some Bible in John 3, he threw this ‘master of Israel’ quite the doctrinal curveball. It so flustered Nicodemus that he just kinda sputters along helplessly, never quite grasping what Jesus is telling him.

“There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be? Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?” John 3:1-10 (KJV)

Not only does Jesus drop a bomb on Nicodemus, He then asks him how it is possible that Nicodemus is unaware of this simple truth. Evidentially, ol’ Nic is not comparing scripture with scripture. Because if he had, he would have made this connection.

“And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth: And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters:” Genesis 5:3,4 (KJV)

And there it is, the reason why we must become born again if we wish to enter into the kingdom of God. After Adam and Eve sinned, fell and got kicked out of the Garden of Eden, they started having babies. Babies that down the line eventually became you and I, and guess whose image all those billions of babies were made in? Not God’s image. Adam’s image.

Jesus commands us to become born again because our first birth created us in the likeness of sinful man, and not in the image of a holy God.

“And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.” 1 Corinthians 15:45-50 (KJV)

Adam was made perfect and was given the title deed to the earth, to rule it as God. He was told to subdue it, multiply his seed, and have dominion over all of it. But shortly into his reign, the Devil showed up and did an end-run around Adam, picked off Eve, and caused Adam to lose his right to rule the earth. It was the very first dispensation, and it ended as all dispensations do, in disaster.

“…for without me ye can do nothing.” John 15:5 (KJV)

Flash forward to the New Testament, and we see our apostle Paul talking about how to become a child of God.

“For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” Galatians 3:26-29 (KJV)

That’s how you become a child of God, that’s how you get God’s image, when you become born again in Jesus Christ who is the very image of God.

“In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” 2 Corinthians 4:4 (KJV)

Now you know why Jesus commands us to become born again, because our first birth from father Adam is corrupt. It is also the reason why those who died in the Old Testament, with the exception of the people who were raptured like Enoch and Elijah, went to Abraham’s Bosom instead of Heaven. They were not born again. They were kept safe, but not saved.

Being born again is not some 30-second prayer you say becomes someone tells you to say it. Being born again is acknowledging that you are sick and dying with an incurable disease, and asking God to perform the operation that only He can perform. You have become born again in the most literal sense. You have a brand new spirit that can never, ever again be touched with sin and death.

At the Rapture, God will then give your reborn soul a reborn body to go with it, and that’s how you will exist with Him for all eternity.

Body, soul and spirit.

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