The False Prophet is likely the least understood of all the agents of the Apocalypse.
Scripture doesn’t reveal how he is first introduced to the world or what his path to notoriety will be.
He appears out of nowhere in Revelation 13 whereupon he launches his dramatic Image of the Beast and Mark of the Beast campaigns.
As he roles these out, in the middle of the Tribulation, we’re told he “exercises all the authority of the First Beast” (Rev. 13:12 – the revived Ottoman Caliphate).
The False Prophet’s mysterious “Image of the Beast that Speaks” is a topic rarely even mentioned. Expositors avoid the subject like COVID-19. They don’t understand it because, unfortunately, their skewed paradigm prevents them from seeing it.
Russian forces on the Ukrainian border
COUNTDOWN TO CATASTROPHE
Putin Orders Forces into Ukraine’s Separatist Enclaves
— I ask you to pray urgently for peace!
As much as we need to continue praying for the peace of Jerusalem, we now also need Evangelical leaders and lay believers to pray urgently for peace in Europe.
Pray that the Lord supernaturally stops the evil ambitions of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Pray that the Lord protects the people, churches, missionaries and believers of Ukraine.
Pray that the Lord grants great courage to Christians in Ukraine to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ — the message of forgiveness and eternal life and true hope — to their countrymen in this darkest hour.
Please pray, too, for the protection of the Baltic states — Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania — who fear that Putin is soon coming after them when he is finished illegally occupying Ukraine. Pray especially for the believers in these countries.
MASSIVE NUCLEAR EXERCISES
Despite the Kremlin’s insistence that it has no designs on Ukraine, Putin has massed upwards of 190,000 Russian troops on Ukraine’s border, along with tanks and artillery units.
On Saturday, Putin personally oversaw what the Associated Press described as “massive drills of its strategic nuclear forces” which will involve “multiple practice launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles and cruise missiles.”
On Friday, President Joe Biden warned that the invasion would take place this coming week.
“We have reason to believe the Russian forces are planning to and intend to attack Ukraine in the coming week — in the coming days,” Biden said at a White House news conference.
“We believe that they will target Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, a city of 2.8 million innocent people.”
Biden described “a major uptick in violations of the ceasefire by Russian-backed fighters attempting to provoke Ukraine in the Donbas” in recent days, including “shelling of a Ukrainian kindergarten yesterday, which Russia has falsely asserted was carried out by Ukraine.”
“We also continue to see more and more disinformation being pushed out by — to the Russian public, including the Russian-backed separatists.”
Biden was specifically asked by a reporter, “Do you have any indication about whether President Putin has made a decision on whether to invade?”
“As of this moment, I’m convinced that he has made the decision,” Biden replied. “We have reason to believe that.”
Excerpts from Biden’s remarks, directly from the official White House transcript:
We’re calling out Russia’s plans loudly and repeatedly, not because we want a conflict, but because we’re doing everything in our power to remove any reason that Russia may give to justify invading Ukraine and prevent them from moving.
Make no mistake: If Russia pursues its plans, it will be responsible for a catastrophic and needless war of choice. The United States and our Allies are prepared to defend every inch of NATO territory from any threat to our collective security as well.
We also will not send troops in to fight in Ukraine, but we will continue to support the Ukrainian people.
This past year, the United States provided a record amount of security assistance to Ukraine to bolster its defensive — $650 million, from Javelin missiles to ammunition.
And we also previously provided $500 million in humanitarian aid and economic support for Ukraine. And earlier this week, we also announced an additional sovereign loan guarantee of up to $1 billion to strengthen Ukraine’s economic resilience.
But the bottom line is this: The United States and our Allies and partners will support the Ukrainian people. We will hold Russia accountable for its actions. The West is united and resolved. We’re ready to impose severe sanctions on Russia if it further invades Ukraine.
But I say again: Russia can still choose diplomacy. It is not too late to de-escalate and return to the negotiating table.
Update on America
After one year into the Biden term, where exactly are we headed?
Americans are witnessing the decline and fall of the America Empire. History could be nearing the end of the terminal generation that will see the fulfillment of all Bible prophecy.
In our last class we highlighted Mystery Babylon the Great Moon-God Cult of Mecca and how she will meet her untimely destruction in the middle of the Tribulation by the Beast she rides. This led to our discussion that Satan wants Mecca destroyed in order to be replaced by Jerusalem.
This class will circle back to the beginning of the Tribulation to further discuss Israel’s Temple, the 2 Witnesses and the 144,000 sealed servants. These are all helpful in understanding how God will begin redeeming the Jewish remnant.
Travellers seen at the Ben Gurion International Airport, on December 19, 2021. Photo by Flash90
Israel is Opening Again!!
Tourists Allowed Into Israel From March 1 Regardless of Vaccination Status
Tourists of all ages will be allowed into Israel regardless of vaccination status starting from March 1, subject to a negative PCR test before takeoff and after landing, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announced Sunday.
The decision was announced following a meeting between PM Bennett and Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz, with the participation of Tourism Minister Yoel Razvozov and several others, in which they finalized an outline for the easing of coronavirus restrictions in Israel.
Alongside the decision to reopen the country to both vaccinated and unvaccinated tourists, the new plan will see the end of isolation policies for unvaccinated Israelis entering the country, subject to a negative PCR test upon arrival.
We are praising the Lord for Israel’s decision to fully open in March 2022, for the first time since March of 2020.
Focus On The End Times will likely plan our next tour of Israel for the spring of 2023.
Ukrainian immigrants arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport on February 20, 2022
Amid Tensions at Home, Dozens of Ukrainian Jewish Immigrants Arrive in Israel
Dozens of new immigrants from Ukraine arrived in Israel on Sunday as tensions on the frontier between Ukraine and Russia reached new highs.
The Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption said 75 immigrants arrived on the initial flight and another 22 were scheduled to land in Israel later in the day.
“Our message to the Jews of Ukraine is very clear — Israel will always be their home; our gates are open to them during normal times as well as in emergencies,” said Immigrant Absorption Minister Pnina Tamano-Shata.
“Today we are happy to greet dozens of immigrants from Ukraine, and we are prepared to absorb thousands who want to move to Israel… we are waiting with open arms,” she added.
Jana Kovlenko, who arrived from Kyiv with her husband, Evgeni, and their daughter, said that “right now it’s scary in Ukraine. Everyone is only talking about war. Until the last moment we were worried that the flight would be canceled due to the situation.”
Gidi Schmerling, of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, which organized the flight, said the immigrants were tense in the hours before departure.
“When the plane took off,” Schmerling, who was on board, told Army Radio, “there was applause.”