Last week we took an objective look at current world events...And compared them to Scriptural prophecies and descriptions of the Last Days before the Coming Tribulation!
Starting with the most obvious and undeniable event of...The return of Israel to her own land... And which seems to powerfully represent…The beginning of the last generation in Scriptures! (Israel is now 74 years old!)
Expanding from there... We looked at other nations today...Their locations, alliances, strengths and actions...Particularly at Russia, Iran, Israel...
And many Middle Eastern & Eastern European nations...To show incredible proof that…The world stage is flawlessly set in place...As was detailed prophetically... From 2000 to 3400 years ago!
For the events leading to the Rapture of the Church...And the beginning of the Tribulation on earth! These events alone... Are sufficient for any open-minded seeker...To discover undeniable proof of God's Hand...In the Truth of Ancient Prophecies...And to see the unmistakable evidence...That we MUST be near the end of this era in mankind's history!
But as we stated last week...More prophecies in Scripture are related…To the last generation on earth...Than any other subject...Therefore... If we ARE living in the days which Scriptures deem..."The Last Days!"...We should see an ABUNDANCE of prophetic descriptions...Concerning the world surrounding us on this very day! Which are specific and unmistakable!
So let's continue our study... NOT… By leading the evidence with Scriptures FIRST...But simply by addressing what we all see and know...As the most obvious and pressing issues…Of our current state!
We so often cannot see the big picture…Of where we are living...Cannot see the incredible accuracy…Of the portrait God painted of our world...Because we are living so close to it...So deeply inside of it! We cannot see the forest for the trees...So... Let's rise above it all for a moment...And take a bird's eye glance at our world today!
Here are some of our most pressing issues…In current headlines:Some will have statistics or proofs…Some more well known… Will not… For times sake !
Within the very schools we are paying to teach them...
Has become an ongoing issue in our culture today...
A paper recently published in JAMA Pediatrics...An international peer-reviewed, medical journal since 1883...From Oregon Health & Science University...
In collaboration with Oregon Poison Control Center, Pediatrics Emergency Medicine, and Child Psychiatry...Based upon a 20 year study about youth suicide attempts...Had these breathtaking statements in their summary:
“We knew that we were seeing increasing suicide attempts in young children, but a more than fivefold increase in 10- to 12-year-olds nationally over the last 10 years was unexpected..."
"Leading pediatric health organizations in October declared a 'national emergency in child and adolescent mental health,' and the U.S. Surgeon General followed in December with an advisory highlighting the 'urgent need to address the nation’s youth mental health crisis.' OHSU researchers show that the crisis began long before the March 2020 lockdowns, and worsened through the end of that first year of the pandemic."
- Retrieved on May 28, 2022 from https://news.ohsu.edu/2022/03/16/ohsu-researchers-find-startling-increase-in-suicide-attempts-by-pre-teen-children-nationwide
Maybe if we stopped using guns as a smokescreen...To cover the real issues…Of a broken, Godless, society...And wandering, purposeless, abused children…We would have more success in changing our current situation!
With these "Current Events" in mind...Listen to the following Scriptures about the Last Days!!
2 Thessalonians 2:3 (NKJV)
3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first...
LISTEN TO EVERY NEXT DESCRIPTION CAREFULLY!
2 Timothy 3:1-8 (ESV)
1 But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. 2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power.
Now... Again, compare this to Paul's predictions in Romans:
Romans 1:24-32 (ESV)
24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. 26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. 28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. 29 They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32 Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.
Could we possible see a time… Worldwide…That these Scriptures were being openly, proudly lived…More exactly than our generation?!!
1 Timothy 4:1-2 (NKJV)
1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron,
2 Timothy 4:3-5 (NKJV)
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. 5 But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
Through a PANDEMIC of immense proportions...
Listen to these statements from just a few days ago...In an article from, “The Economist”, entitled,"The coming food catastrophe":
"War is tipping a fragile world towards mass hunger. Fixing that is everyone’s business. By invading Ukraine, Vladimir Putin will destroy the lives of people far from the battlefield—and on a scale even he may regret. The war is battering a global food system weakened by covid-19, climate change and an energy shock... The widely accepted idea of a cost-of-living crisis does not begin to capture the gravity of what may lie ahead. António Guterres, the UN Secretary General, warned on May 18th that the coming months threaten “the spectre of a global food shortage” that could last for years... If, as is likely, the war drags on and supplies from Russia and Ukraine are limited, hundreds of millions more people could fall into poverty. Political unrest will spread, children will be stunted and people will starve."
- The Economist, "The coming food catastrophe", Retrieved on May 28, 2022 from https://www.economist.com/leaders/2022/05/19/the-coming-food-catastrophe
And this article from “Fortune Magazine”…Just a few days ago:
"More than three months of war and blockaded exports are keeping Ukrainian food products from the world, and the UN warns we might be on the cusp of a food shortage. The whole world, that is.
'In 2023, you will have a food shortage problem,' David Beasley, executive director of the UN’s World Food Programme, said at a conference on Thursday. Beasley also warned that missing food exports from Ukraine are adding to preexisting food insecurity affecting the world’s more vulnerable regions this year, including the pandemic, severe weather events, and droughts hurting harvests. Should the looming food shortage issues fail to be addressed, Beasley warned that it could lead to a 'crisis on top of a crisis, a tsunami within a tsunami. And that, we can’t afford right now.'”
- Fortune Magazine, "Russia-driven food shortage means cereal and corn will start running out in 2023, UN warns, ‘The world faces the risk of food shortages’", By Tristan Bove, May 13, 2022 12:21 PM EDT, Retrieved on May 28, 2022 from https://fortune.com/2022/05/13/world-food-shortages-united-nations-grain-cereal-ukraine-exports/
Now listen to these statements from Jesus Christ Himself...Concerning plagues & famines…As the, "Beginnings of birth pains!”:
Luke 21:10-19 (NKJV)
10 Then He said to them, "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven.
Matthew 24:6-8 (ESV)
6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.
World Vision tells us TODAY…There are more wars occurring at this moment… Than in history!
And in the beginning stages of the Tribulation...After Birth Pangs have come to full labor... Listen again:
Revelation 6:3-6 (ESV)
3 When he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword. 5 When he opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” And I looked, and behold, a black horse! And its rider had a pair of scales in his hand. 6 And I heard what seemed to be a voice in the midst of the four living creatures, saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius, and do not harm the oil and wine!”
Are growing to unprecedented proportions worldwide...
What does Scripture tell us…Of Jews & Christians in the Last Days?
Zechariah 12:3 (ESV)
3 On that day I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples. All who lift it will surely hurt themselves. And all the nations of the earth will gather against it.
Mark 13:12-13 (ESV)
12 And brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death. 13 And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.
Revelation 13:7 (ESV)
7 Also it was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them. And authority was given it over every tribe and people and language and nation,
Daniel 7:21-22 (ESV)
21 As I looked, this horn made war with the saints and prevailed over them, 22 until the Ancient of Days came, and judgment was given for the saints of the Most High, and the time came when the saints possessed the kingdom.
Which is currently poised as an aggressive threat to world peace...
Revelation 16:12 (ESV)
12 The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, to prepare the way for the kings from the east.
Revelation 9:16-19 (ESV)
16 The number of mounted troops was twice ten thousand times ten thousand; I heard their number. 17 And this is how I saw the horses in my vision and those who rode them: they wore breastplates the color of fire and of sapphire and of sulfur, and the heads of the horses were like lions’ heads, and fire and smoke and sulfur came out of their mouths. 18 By these three plagues a third of mankind was killed, by the fire and smoke and sulfur coming out of their mouths. 19 For the power of the horses is in their mouths and in their tails, for their tails are like serpents with heads, and by means of them they wound.
In the height of WWII the combined total of ALL ARMIES involved in conflict reached only 70 million!!
BUT... Listen to these statements…From a detailed study conducted by...
Colonel Larry M. Wortzel...A 32 year military veteran... Strategist for the Pentagon...Former Director of Strategic Studies…Of the U.S. Army War College!
This is part of his analysis…From the U.S. Army Strategic Studies Institute!
"China also has a potential manpower base of another 200 million males fit for military service available at any time. In addition to this wealth of manpower, China is a nuclear power. It has enough megatonnage, missiles, and bombers to hit the United States, Europe, its Asian neighbors, and Russia." - Source: US Army Strategic Studies Institute, China's Military Potential, By Col. Larry M. Wortzel, October 2, 1998, Forwarded By DOUGLAS C. LOVELACE, JR., Colonel, U.S. Army Acting Director of Research Strategic Studies Institute,Retrieved on January 12, 2013 from the website http://www.fas.org/nuke/guide/china/doctrine/chinamil.htm
Based upon the very intelligence of our Nation's top military specialists...TODAY... China has this EXACT QUOTED CAPACITY!!! What do modern soldiers ride into battle? Tanks! These horses roared "like" lions... Spewing smoke, fire and brimstone! Power in tails… Like serpents with heads Could there be a more exact detail of armored warfare today?!
And a bit of research about the Chinese Military revealed an astounding fact... (verified by a number of articles) The National Interest Magazine, an American publication dedicated to study and reporting on foreign policies and international affairs...Gives this detail about China's Modern-Day Army…In a January 21, 2020 article entitled:"Why Does China Have Nearly 7,000 Tanks?"
“Although Russia and the United States both maintain substantial numbers of main battle tanks in store, China’s People’s Liberation Army currently has the world’s largest active-service tank fleet..." *
"...China, not the United States or Russia, possesses the planet’s biggest tank force, all-together possessing a whopping 6,900 tanks." *
* Why Does China have Nearly 7,000 Tanks?, National Interest Magazine, By David Axe, January 21, 2020, Retrieved on 6-27-21 from https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/why-does-china-have-nearly-7000-tanks-115891
So... Modern-Day China...JUST HAPPENS to be in this geographic location!
And just happens to be the only nation…In mankind's history capable of fielding…An unthinkable army of over 200 million soldiers...And just happens to possess…The largest number of "warhorses"…Spewing fire, smoke & brimstone in the entire world today...
And greatly influences our ability to function financially anywhere on earth!
Revelation 13:16-18 (ESV)
16 Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, 17 so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. 18 This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666.
We are the first and only generation capable of living completely independent of any physical cash... With a NUMBER ONLY!
So multiple authors... From different backgrounds, educations, locations, and eras in history...Writing over a period of 1500 years... The last one, over 2000 years ago... Gave multiple, detailed facts... In perfect unison... Described ONE GENERATION... Flawlessly... Depicting social trends and attitudes... Technologies...Nation alignments, geographic locations and exact army sizes...
World food and supply issues...And even attitudes towards Jews and Christians...
ALL without ONE mistake...And ALL describing THIS generation!
The same generation which saw Israel come back to her Land...The same generation which is supposed to signal the end times...How much does God need to Show and Prove...Before you realize…It’s not that you can't believe...
It's that you don't WANT to believe?!
I cannot tell you these things mean the world will end in days, weeks, months or years...But I can tell you that God didn't use 1/3 of His Written Word...Describing these events...Just for us to look the other way and be caught unaware!
God did not Write these things for you and I to live in fear and dread!
JUST THE OPPOSITE... He wants us to live in expectation, excitement & urgency!
You want to know what you and I…Are supposed to DO with this kind of astounding information? Listen closely!
Luke 12:35-40 (ESV)
35 “Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning, 36 and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks. 37 Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will dress himself for service and have them recline at table, and he will come and serve them. 38 If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them awake, blessed are those servants! 39 But know this, that if the master of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have left his house to be broken into. 40 You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 (ESV)
1 Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. 2 For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. 4 But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. 5 For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. 6 So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, are drunk at night. 8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. 9 For God has not destined us for wrath (anger, punishment, vengeance), but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
Matthew 24:33 (ESV)
33 So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates.
Brothers and sister… We shouldn’t just focus on all of the dread and fear…
BUT ON THE BREATHTAKING REALITY OF WHAT IS ABOUT TO COME AT ANY MOMENT… LISTEN AND ANTICIPATE!!
1 Corinthians 15:51-54 (NKJV)
51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed-- 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: "Death is swallowed up in victory."
1 Thessalonians 4:15-18 (NKJV)
15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.
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