The world around us is changing in major ways...And at incredible speeds!
Technology & information are exploding exponentially. Changing and shaping our world almost daily. Religious and moral views are shifting rapidly worldwide...
Bringing radical changes in our social, cultural, & legal norms.
Fears and threats of...Food and energy shortages...Global weather changes and natural disasters...And more emerging infectious diseases...Fill headlines and news reports daily.
Wars, threats of wars, and shifting nation alignments...Bring new instability in many parts of the world.
Some of the most well-meaning Christians today...Will take every piece of news... Or fake news... Which comes out...And try to distort or exaggerate it…To fit another Biblical prophecy...Or give another presumed date of Christ's Return!
Often bringing discredit to God's Word...And bringing constant fear and anxiety to believers!
The Scriptural Balance should be this:
ONE: Do not live in fear and dread...Because God is in Control... Of everything... Always! His Plan Will be Fulfilled! And we WIN in the End!
TWO: We should be careful not to read too much…Of our OWN expectations and even "imagination"... Into events around us...
THREE: But we SHOULD be looking for His Signs and Works... From a solid Scriptural Basis...
With Great Expectation! Because such a large portion of Scriptures…Are used to Explain the Events to Come...And because time and again... Scriptures tell us to:
"To keep watch for things that will begin to happen!"...And because Jesus, Himself… Thru all 3 Synoptic Gospels... And thru John… In an entire Book (Revelation)!...Tells us of the "Signs to watch for!"...And encourages us to actively be looking!
Luke 21:28, 31, 36 (NKJV)
28 Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near."... 31 So you also, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near... 36 Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man."
We have spent many, many weeks studying about...The Events of the End Days on this earth...TODAY... We will NOT…Go through all of these things chronologically.
INSTEAD... We will take a look...At some of the more prominent Scriptural Events…Of the Last Days...And discern some of the unmistakable events…
Of OUR times...Which seem to be powerfully shaping these Prophecies...And we will focus our attention...On things we NEED TO BE LOOKING FOR... In days to come...As the world stage begins to funnel into God's Plan!
Israel IS Always Center Stage!
All of the Events to Come in the Tribulation... The Primary Reason for the Tribulation...Centers around bringing Israel to repentance & restoration...And Judging the world for turning on Our God! Therefore... NOTHING could possibly begin to take shape...Concerning "End Times" Prophecy fulfillment... UNTIL Israel was once again...The "Center Stage" for many of these Events!
The Most Necessary Piece of God's Puzzle...Which was not a reality for almost 2000yrs...A “Time of Jacob’s Trouble”… MUST… Have “Jacob!” Our generation has already been given the most unbelievable...Most astounding... Most seemingly impossible Sign of all!
The Return of the Nation of Israel to her own Land...After almost 2000 years of exile into the whole world...Almost overnight... May 14, 1948!
Isaiah 66:7-8 (NKJV)
7 "Before she was in labor, she gave birth; Before her pain came, She delivered a male child. 8 Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion was in labor, She gave birth to her children.
To a Land that had become desolate and ruined... (Ezek 38:8) Only to spring into a Land of abundance, success & strength...In only 70 years! (Ezek 36) Only to bring the world's attention and hate... (Zech 12:2)Into focus upon them from their conception!
ALL PROPHESIED ABOUT IN EXACT DETAIL!!!All fulfilled against ANY historical and mathematical reason! We cannot go into all of the details of this Prophecy...Or the hundreds of individual Prophecies about what is to Come...So what we WILL do here...Is focus on several of the most distinct... Most critical... Most apparent Events...Which Scriptures Reveal about the BEGINNING...Of the Tribulation Period in the Last Days!
Events which SHAPE and CATAPULT us...Into this Tribulation Period! So that we might LOOK FOR... And RECOGNIZE...Unmistakable events in our world around us...Which tell us to be ready!...And which Reveal and Glorify Our King with each Fulfillment! Let's look at just a few of the Concretely Necessary Events...Surrounding the START of the Last Days of Tribulation:
A major war between Israel & Magog…With it's alliance of nations! A Treaty of Peace in the Middle East! A Third Temple rebuilt in Jerusalem! The ability to mark, track, and control the world's population...Through power over the economy!
Dictated by an "Image" of the antichrist (Brought to life)! The moral and religious state of the world...Allowing such changes... And necessitating God's Final Judgment!...And we will see that every one of these topics...Is literally a part of our daily news... RIGHT NOW!
The Coming War - RUSSIA!
Scriptures Tell us of a war which occurs just before...Or just at the start of the Tribulation! Involving a group of nations...Joining the battle for different reasons!
Ezekiel 39:1-2 (NKJV)
1 "And you, son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal; 2 and I will turn you around and lead you on, bringing you up from the far north, and bring you against the mountains of Israel.
Ezekiel 38:1-9 (NKJV)
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. 7 "Prepare yourself and be ready, you and all your companies that are gathered about you; and be a guard for them. 8 After many days you will be visited. In the latter years you will come into the land of those brought back from the sword and gathered from many people on the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate; they were brought out of the nations, and now all of them dwell safely. 9 You will ascend, coming like a storm, covering the land like a cloud, you and all your troops and many peoples with you."
This land of MAGOG...
According to: Geography... Is "Far North!" (x3) According to: Biblical Ancestry...
From Gen 10:2 - Are sons of Japheth... Magog= Scythians/history! This IS Modern-Day RUSSIA!
The second mentioned nation in this alliance is Persia...Modern-Day IRAN! (1935 changed names)...And Ethiopia, Libya, Gomer and Togarmah are...Modern-Day Ethiopia, Sudan, Libya, and Turkey!"And many people are with you!" - Ezek 38:6
All of which are supposed to be "guarded" by Russia...The Hebrew word being MISHMAR (mish-mawr')...Meaning: Protector, watch, deposit, provider! EVERY SINGLE ONE of these nations today...Are receiving military aid and/or training fro Russia!
Here is the amazing thing... The situation to watch!
Ezekiel 38:4 says God will..."Put hooks in Russia's jaw…”And “FORCE their hand in the attack!"
Russia has kept good working relations with Israel for years...Even staying clear of Israel's attacks on Iran & Syria...But the RECENT events in Ukraine have brought about changes: (RUSSIA) Recent condemnation of Russia's actions...By Israel's Prime Minister Yair Lapid...Resulted in the closing of the Jewish Agency in Russia...Which promotes Jewish immigration to Israel! (1)
And resulted in Russia denouncing Israel's sovereignty…Over the Golan Heights at the Syrian Border...Sitting high above the Galilean Area of Israel! (Strategic) Was used in 1967, in Six Day War to attack Israel...Israel took it in that war to prevent further attacks! Russia is saying if Syria attacks Golan Heights now…They will support it!
Israeli voted in the very recent UN Resolution...Calling for Russia to leave Ukraine... Further driving a wedge. Israel is replacing Russia as a major provider…Of Natural Gas to Europe... Taking away Russia's power of economic influence. (2)
Iran is completely obsessed…With the total destruction of Israel!...And a sanction-battered, militarily depleted Russia...Is now bonding with Iran closer than ever...Receiving military supplies, monetary support, ballistic missiles... And military trainers to advise on their usage…From Iran now!
In return... Russia agreed to launch an Iranian spy satellite into orbit... And Iran could get high-end…Military technology and weapon systems from Russia...
Including Su-35 Fighters...And S-400 Advanced air defense system!
Russia already has troops, jets, tanks and bases in Syria...A Major Presence in that Region ALREADY! Which Iran is helping to preserve during the Ukraine War. Russian & Iranian troops are poised North above Israel… Together… Today!
Listen to these analysis… Of the new Russian & Iranian Ties!
“What’s beginning to emerge is at least the beginnings of a full-fledged defense partnership between Russia and Iran... (This development) poses real threats to Iran’s own neighborhood, to many of our friends & partners in Iran’s neighborhood as well.” (1)
And here is the analysis of that statement by Nadav Pollack...
Lecturer & Analyst for The Washington Institute for Near East Policy:
"The CIA director’s assessment is accurate, and the development presents a threat specifically to Israel. Russia’s sudden reliance on Iran for military aid will soon prompt a repayment of the debt, and Israeli decision makers must be attentive and prepared. To be sure, Russia will be able to reciprocate in numerous ways that can augment Iran’s military capabilities... The bottom line is this: not far into the future, Iran will receive something in return for its indispensable military generosity toward Russia, and Russia will have many ways to return the favor that could impede Israel’s security. When the day comes, Israel will have limited means to respond to this new regional reality, so it must be prepared to the greatest extent possible." (1)
(1) The Washington Institute, Deepening Russia-Iran Relationship Should Worry Israel, By Nadav Pollack, Dec 28, 2022, Retrieved on 2-25-23 from https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/deepening-russia-iran-relationship-should-worry-israel
With all of these CURRENT EVENTS influencing Russia...In it's RELATIONSHIP towards Israel & Iran...Let's read Ezekiel again!
Ezekiel 38:3-4 (NKJV)
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," (Against Israel)
All of this... Written 2500yrs ago!
The Coming War - IRAN/PERSIA!
NOW... FURTHER CONSIDER IRAN! The second mentioned nation in this allied attack against Israel...In the Last Days... Just before the Tribulation! The complete destruction of Israel...Is NOT JUST a political goal...But a deeply held, religious conviction of calling!
Listen to just a few examples of the passionate malice:
“Our view regarding the issue of Palestine is clear and obvious. We believe the solution to Palestine is in destroying the Israeli regime. Don’t say that it can’t be done; there is no ‘can’t be done’ in the world..." - Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Current Supreme Leader (2yrs into position) (2)
“The occupying regime of Jerusalem must be disappeared from the page of time.” - Former Iranian President Mahmound Ahmadinejad (2)
“the Zionist regime in this region is truly a cancerous tumor, and it must be cut and shall be cut.”
- Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Current Supreme Leader (2yrs into position) (2)
“This sinister regime must be eliminated from the geographies of the world.”
- Maj. Gen. Hossein Salami, Commander of the IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp) (2)
(2) The Atlantic, When Iran Says 'Death to Israel,' It Means It, By Behnam Ben Taleblu, July 15, 2022, Retrieved on 2-24-23 from https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2022/07/joe-biden-middle-east-israel-iran/670530/
Why… Do they have such conviction?Iranian Eschatology (End Time Theology)...Is based upon "Mahdism"... (Muslim faith- Quran & Hadiths) (3)
Which views Israel's existence as the "greatest barrier"...To the reappearance of the 12th Imam... Their savior! (3) They literally fight with abandoned religious conviction...To bring their savior to earth! (3) How hard would you fight if it meant YOU…Could cause the Return of Christ to earth?!!
(3) Middle East Institute, Iran's Revolutionary Guard and the Rising Cult of Mahdism, By Saied Golkar & Kasra Aarabi, May 3, 2022, Retrieved on 2-25-23 from https://www.mei.edu/publications/irans-revolutionary-guard-and-rising-cult-mahdism-missiles-and-militias-apocalypse
Israel's powerful military...
It's Iron Dome Defense System... And especially it's Nuclear Capabilities...Have thwarted the many attempts to overtake them...But TODAY... Happening NOW!! (Iran Enriching Uranium) Iran has a nuclear power reactor with help from Russia...It is working on a second, Russian-designed unit currently...And a third one is planned.
They are enriching uranium... (4)But were supposed to be LIMITING it...
Under the International Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. (4) After 2018 (USA withdrawal), Iran began enrichment again. (4) Under this civilian cover... Iran has produced highly enriched uranium!
(4) World-Nuclear.org, Nuclear Power in Iran, Aug 2022, Retrieved on 2-25-23 from https://world-nuclear.org/information-library/country-profiles/countries-g-n/iran.aspx
This very WEEK... ABC News and others, reported that...On Thursday... Iran directly acknowledged accusations...That it has now enriched uranium to 84% purity for the first time! So high that it has NO civilian use! (5) Weapons grade uranium is 90% purity! (5)
The Director-General of the... The International Atomic Energy Agency…
Inspecting the facilities...Warns that Iran now has enough uranium…To produce "several" nuclear bombs if it chooses! (5) They are within months of building a usable weapon!!(Roughly six month as of Nov '22) https://isis-online.org/isis-reports/detail/iran-building-nuclear-weapons
(5) ABC News, Iran acknowledges accusation it enriched uranium to 84%, By Jon Gambrell, Feb 23, 2023, Retrieved on 2-25 from https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/iran-acknowledges-accusation-enriched-uranium-84-97409942
Iran already has ballistic missiles…Capable of carrying Nuclear Payloads! (6)
And currently has the technical and industrial capacity...To develop long-range, ICBM's. (6)Which could even possibly reach U.S. by 2025 at the earliest. (6)
(6) The Iran Primer, Iran's Ballistic Missile Program, By Michael Elleman, Jan 13, 2021, Retrieved on 2-25-23 from https://iranprimer.usip.org/resource/irans-ballistic-missile-program
The obvious intentions of Iran are glaring...To the world... And especially to ISRAEL! To give some idea of Iran's potential..."Religiously zealot mentality" with a nuclear weapon...
Listen to the words of Ayatollah Ali Akbar Rafsanjani...
President of Iran for 8yrs: (1989-97)
“If one day the Islamic world is reciprocally equipped with the weapons that Israel has, on that day the Arrogance’s strategy will reach a dead end, because the use of one atomic bomb in Israel leaves nothing left, but in the Islamic world, there will only be damage.”
- Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Served as president for eight years (1989–97) (2)
Lastly... To see how ALL OF THIS fits together powerfully...In the End-Times Scenario Spelled Out in Scriptures...Nuclear power... In the hands of an enemy sworn to destroy Israel...Is something that Israel absolutely cannot chance!
They have made it clear to Iran... To Russia... And to the U.S...That IF Iran reaches a point…OF imminently acquiring Nuclear capacity... They will be forced to attack! (90% in past remarks) Because they are Alone... Surrounded... Outgunned... Outnumbered... And the Country is small enough...That a missile could hit them within mere minutes!
Listen to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's comments about this very concern... Spoken THIS WEEK!!
“How do you stop a rogue nation from acquiring nuclear weapons? You had one that’s called Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. It was stopped by military force, ours. You had a second one that is called Syria that tried to develop nuclear weapons. And it was stopped by a military action, ours... A necessary condition, and an often sufficient condition, is credible military action. The longer you wait, the harder that becomes. We’ve waited very long.” (5)
Lt. Gen. Aviv Kohavi, Israel Defense Force Chief of Staff...Revealed at least SIX different large-scale simulation maneuvers... Israel has condu
cted in the last 8 months.
With the single goal of taking out Iran's nuclear sites!- https://iranprimer.usip.org/blog/2023/jan/25/israel-iran-threat-options
Billions placed in Israel’s Budget for this attack!
Israel's hand may very soon...
Be FORCED in an attack on Iran!
Russia has repeatedly warned Israel against such an action...
Implying they might have to get involved if it happens!
Due to their deepened ties with Iran...
Due to their need for Iranian support…
Of their existing military in the region...
Due to the fact that Russian scientists are working in the facilities!
THE BIG PICTURE HERE:
Russia has been driven to…Great economic and military NEED...For which Iran seems to be the largest provider...Creating a bond and DEBT to Iran's desires...Iran's desires...Which have been overtly expressed for decades...And is engrained in their religious convictions!
The unquestionable, total annihilation of Israel!With Russia’s help! Russia has lost much economic and political power...From the natural gas export which Israel has begun to Europe...Russia has greatly downgraded…It's own political ties with Israel...Due to Israel's stance over the Ukraine War...Israel is almost irreversibly destined to attack Iran...For it's own survival...Perhaps creating the spark needed...To bring an already volatile situation to fruition!
Iranian and Russian forces...Sit poised at the Northern Border of Israel this day! Let's recap that 2500yr old Biblical Text from Ezekiel 38: A powerful nation from the uttermost North of Israel...Who arms and protects Persia (Iran) & others in the area...Will be FORCED against it's desires... Because of circumstances... To attack Israel!
Who has within ONE GENERATION...Returned from around the world...
To become a nation in a day! Attacking from the Northern Mountains of Israel...
Along the Golan Heights!
How will it end?
Ezekiel 38:15-23 (NKJV)
15 Then you will come from your place out of the far north, you and many peoples with you, all of them riding on horses, a great company and a mighty army. 16 You will come up against My people Israel like a cloud, to cover the land. It will be in the latter days that I will bring you against My land, so that the nations may know Me, when I am hallowed in you, O Gog, before their eyes." 17 Thus says the Lord GOD: "Are you he of whom I have spoken in former days by My servants the prophets of Israel, who prophesied for years in those days that I would bring you against them? 18 "And it will come to pass at the same time, when Gog comes against the land of Israel," says the Lord GOD, "that My fury will show in My face. 19 For in My jealousy and in the fire of My wrath I have spoken: 'Surely in that day there shall be a great earthquake (Due now!) in the land of Israel, 20 so that the fish of the sea, the birds of the heavens, the beasts of the field, all creeping things that creep on the earth, and all men who are on the face of the earth shall shake at My presence. The mountains shall be thrown down, the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.' 21 I will call for a sword against Gog throughout all My mountains," says the Lord GOD. "Every man's sword will be against his brother. (Turn on one another) 22 And I will bring him to judgment with pestilence and bloodshed; I will rain down on him, on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, flooding rain, great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. (Nuclear?) 23 Thus I will magnify Myself and sanctify Myself, and I will be known in the eyes of many nations. Then they shall know that I am the LORD." '
God makes it clear in a number of ways...The generation to see Israel return... Would see the END!
Joel 3:1-2 (NKJV)
1 "For behold, in those days and at that time, When I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem, 2 I will also gather all nations, And bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; And I will enter into judgment with them there On account of My people, My heritage Israel, Whom they have scattered among the nations; They have also divided up My land.
Psalm 90 tells us "a generation" is 70 to 80 years! Israel is 74yrs old right now! We cannot be sure of dates! We often miss things in Scripture until the time of their Fulfillment! But it is Scripturally SURE… That we are near the End...It is Scripturally SURE…That war involving these nations
Occurs...Before the Tribulation begins!
Luke 21:28 (NKJV)
28 Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.
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