This Week’s News Of Prophetic Interest.

This Week’s News Of Prophetic Interest.

Vladimir Putin and his new strong man, the butcher in Ukraine, General Sergei Surovikin.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on October 10 his country will deploy a regional group of military forces with Russia in response to Poland allegedly militarizing its border with Belarus.

This Week’s News of Prophetic Interest

10/15/22 by Tim Buck
Fotet.org

Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live. So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.
Ezekiel 37:9-10

This has been an earth-shaking week, and it seems we are on the verge of an escalation that may evolve into a third world war with nuclear weapons.

Please remember to pray for the US and Israeli elections in November as both will have a huge bearing on the decisions that are being made in Washington, Jerusalem, and through much of Europe, Ukraine, Moscow and the Middle East. The U.S. President and Congress affect the State of Israel more than any other entity on earth! So the enemy has a vested interest on election outcomes in America and Israel especially as we approach the Tribulation.

The world watched in awe as the Kerch Strait bridge erupted in a fireball on Saturday. The four-year-old, 12-mile bridge was a vital road and rail link to Crimea for Russia’s military. Though still unresolved, the blast was likely a missile that took out the bridge. Some feel that it occurred when a semi-truck full of explosives detonated as it was driving across. Russian authorities announced that they have arrested eight people – five Russians and three Ukrainians and Armenians – for the attack.

Russia was quick to retaliate,
targeting civilians, energy, and water. Hundreds have been killed in many of the major cities, including Kyiv, and the Ukrainian Ministry of Energy announced Tuesday that one third of its electricity production facilities were wiped out in just two days. The EU will partially pay the price for Russia’s energy targeting. Ukraine announced on Monday that it will stop exporting electricity to the EU because they need to keep for themselves everything they produce.

Also, in the post-bridge-bombing fallout, Russian President Vladimir Putin appointed Sergei Surovikin as the commander of the forces in Ukraine. It was immediately following this appointment that the intentional killing of civilians began across Ukraine. Surovikin has the reputation of being a butcher in his military role. He was greatly condemned for opening fire on pro-democracy demonstrators in Moscow in 1991, and, in his role as commander of Russian forces in Syria, he oversaw the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government. This is an ominous turn of events for Ukraine

The threat against Ukraine from Belarus continues to grow. This puppet state of Moscow already serves as a military launching point for Russian missiles. Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko, who seems to spend much of his time fruitlessly trying to prove that he is just as tough as his buddy Vladimir Putin, is accusing Lithuania, Poland, and Ukraine of training radicals in his country to carry out terrorist attacks. As a result, he is making threats against Ukraine and is amassing his troops along the border. Ukraine watches this with great trepidation, fearing another front opening in this war.

The weak government of Israel caved to Hezbollah’s threats this week regarding disputed gas fields with Lebanon. In the US-brokered agreement with the terrorist-controlled Lebanese government, Israel gave up their established maritime border with Lebanon, opening the door for Hezbollah and Iran’s IRGC forces to operate even more dangerously close to Israel’s northern border. The agreement also gave Lebanon veto rights when it comes to further border accords. This is not strength; it is appeasement. As Winston Churchill chastised Neville Chamberlain when the latter appeased Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich after the annexation of the Sudetenland, “You were given the choice between war and dishonor. You chose dishonor and you will have war.”

The political victory over Israel is one of the few positive recent events for Lebanon.  Lebanese banks closed their doors beginning last Thursday due to the extreme number of robberies by customers demanding to take their own money out of the institutions. This is just further evidence of the freefall of the country’s economy. Then, the Lebanese parliament postponed their election of a new president until October 20 after failing to secure a quorum at the session. The underlying cause of the problem is that there is no candidate that is acceptable to Iran and Hezbollah and its allies. The Lebanese people deserve so much better than they are getting.

In a sad move that shocked no one, the Church of England’s Archbishop of Canterbury and the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westminster have both expressed “profound concern” over the potential move of the British embassy to Jerusalem. This is just part of the weak-willed, anti-Israel ramifications of a Replacement Theology that says that God is done with Israel.

Iran informed the IAEA that it was implementing three new cascades of the high-level IR-2M centrifuges used for enriching uranium. This, along with other centrifuge cascades, are being installed at the Natanz nuclear plant.

While their nuclear enrichment is going well, Iran’s iron-grip control on their people is being tested. Not surprisingly, the only two who believed the coroner’s report that the cause of death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman who died while in custody of the morality police for not fully covering her hair, was “underlying disease” and not police brutality were the coroner and Ayatollah Khameini – and even they were a bit iffy. As the number of people who are taking to the streets grows, more are losing their lives.

In new development,
Iranian oil workers have begun to protest putting Iran’s largest industry in jeopardy.

Two billion dollar Iranian oil refinery at Gulf port of Bandar-Abbas

Social media footage shows Iranian oil workers out on strike in support of the nationwide protests. Iranian President Raisi is heckled as protests enter fourth week.

Iranian Oil Workers Strike is Most Serious Threat Yet to the Regime

In what could be an ominous development for the regime in Iran, oil and petrochemical workers are reported to have come out on strike in solidarity with the protesters who have mounted fierce street demonstrations across the country for approaching a month.

More than 1,000 workers at the Bushehr and Damavand petrochemical plants carried out a threat to go on strike, blocking streets and chanting “death to the dictator”, according to Radio Farda. Social media indicated the walkouts then spread to the Kangan refinery.

The oil workers have threatened to “destroy everything they’ve built” if the government forces don’t lay down their weapons against the protestors. Because of the nation’s oil economy, this is a powerful block of individuals who had a huge impact in the fall of the shah’s government back in 1979.

Tension continues to build between the US and Saudi Arabia over oil. After President Biden told the Saudis that there “will be consequences” following the OPEC+ decision to cut production, the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement saying that their decision has no political motives. “It’s an economic decision. We will not accept dictates.”

A recent launch of missiles by Kim Jong Un’s military was a simulation of a nuclear attack against South Korea, North Korean government officials said. The intention of the exercise was to show both the South Koreans and the US that they are vulnerable to the Hermit Kingdom’s nuclear weapons.

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Equipping Christians
Waking Up The Sleeping Church 

Unfortunately, Ministries like Focus On The End Times are few and far between. Bible prophecy is shunned by the majority of Churches and Ministries, at the expense of one-third of the Bible and individual believers who desperately need the Blessed Hope that it provides.

Bible Prophecy is a profound witnessing tool, which is especially significant and unique to our generation. Jesus explained the power of prophecy as a way to open people’s eyes to the validity of the Gospel, saying, “I have told you before it comes to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe” (John 14:29).

The world news of today attests to the validity of Scripture because our world is reflective of what God’s Word describes about the time prior to Jesus’ Return and foreshadows many events the Bible states will take place during the Tribulation (Luke 21:28).

Equipping Christians with this reality not only provides them with a profound witnessing tool, but it also serves as a wake-up call for the sleeping church. Romans 13 states that “knowing the time” in which we live, and the nearness of Jesus coming for His Bride, should prompt the sleeping church to understand that “now it is high time to awake out of sleep” (Romans 13:11).

Since we began, it’s been a priority of FOTET to reach as many as possible in the sleeping church and wake them up to an urgency of the hour, the need to take a stand for truth, and sound doctrine.

We would like to thank all of you for your prayers, letters and support in 2022. Your dedication to speaking up for the Truth, our Blessed Hope, and the Gospel is critical in a time in which deception reins and laborers for His Kingdom are so few.

Please pray for our upcoming event. The title and theme of our upcoming special evening on November 8 is “Normal Isn’t Coming Back. JESUS IS.”

Jesus may come today… Are You Ready?

Biden’s Hurricane! Exactly One Week After Calling For Dividing Israel At The U.N., Hurricane Ian Slams America Warning Us Not To Divide The Land!

Biden’s Hurricane! Exactly One Week After Calling For Dividing Israel At The U.N., Hurricane Ian Slams America Warning Us Not To Divide The Land!

Hurricane Ian

A Message To Our Leaders:
Stop Pressuring Israel To Divide The Land

9/30/22 By Tim Buck
Fotet.org

 

Exactly One Week After Biden’s Fateful Decision, The U.S. Was Hit By One Of The Worst Natural Disasters In Our History!

There’s historical evidence from the past few decades showing that every time a U.S. President publicly and forcefully pressures Israel to divide their land God sends a warning in the form of a catastrophe. A natural disaster appears almost immediately warning us not to pressure Israel to divide their land. Now it’s happening again!

Either this is the longest streak of natural coincidences in history or it’s God’s purposeful pattern telling our leaders to stop pressuring Israel. America’s role for the Jewish state should be to defend and support Israel’s right to their land not pressure them to divide it and give it away for an Allah worshipping, Palestinian terror state.

Hurricane Ian will go down as one of the worst natural disasters in the history of the United States. The utter devastation in Florida is difficult to comprehend, and it will literally take years for the region to recover. When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, it was just a Category 3 storm. Hurricane Ian was a very strong Category 4 storm when it finally made landfall, and it very nearly hit Category 5. 

But this wasn’t supposed to happen.

Ian wasn’t supposed to be a “monster storm” when it slammed into the Florida coast, but in the final hours it absolutely “exploded” in intensity.

According to USA Today, Ian ultimately became “one of the most powerful storms in U.S. history.”

When it is all said and done, I believe that the total economic damage will be in the hundreds of billions of dollars.

What most people do not realize is that this disaster perfectly fits a pattern that literally goes back for decades.

Over and over again, when our government is involved in an effort to divide the land of Israel, our nation is hit by some sort of a major disaster almost immediately afterwards.

Here’s a List of God’s Top 10 Warning Examples:

#1 On March 26th, 1979 the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty was signed in Washington.  As a result of that treaty, Israel gave up a tremendous amount of territory.  Two days later, on March 28th, the worst nuclear power plant disaster in U.S. history made headlines all over the globe.

#2 On October 30th, 1991 President George H. W. Bush opened the Madrid Peace Conference which brought Israelis and Palestinians together to negotiate for the very first time. In his opening speech, Bush told Israel that “territorial compromise is essential for peace”. At the exact same time, “the Perfect Storm” was brewing in the north Atlantic. This legendary storm traveled 1000 miles the wrong direction and sent 35 foot waves slamming directly into President Bush’s home in Kennebunkport, Maine.

#3 On August 23rd, 1992 the Madrid Peace Conference moved to Washington D.C., and the very next day Hurricane Andrew made landfall in Florida causing 30 billion dollars in damage. It was the worst natural disaster up to that time in U.S. history.

#4 On January 16th, 1994 President Clinton met with President Assad of Syria to discuss the possibility of Israel giving up the Golan Heights. Within 24 hours, the devastating Northridge earthquake hit southern California. It was the second worst natural disaster up to that time in U.S. history.

#5 On January 21st, 1998 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived at the White House but received a very cold reception. In fact, President Clinton and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright actually refused to have lunch with him. That exact same day the Monica Lewinsky scandal broke, sending the Clinton presidency into a tailspin from which it would never recover.

#6 On September 28th, 1998 Secretary of State Madeleine Albright was working on finalizing a plan which would have had Israel give up approximately 13 percent of Judea and Samaria. On that precise day, Hurricane George slammed into the Gulf Coast with wind gusts of up to 175 miles an hour.

#7 On May 3rd, 1999 Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and America’s leaders were supposed to hold a press conference to declare his intention to create a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as the capital. On that precise day, the most powerful tornadoes ever recorded in the U.S. ripped through Oklahoma and Kansas. At one point one of the tornadoes actually had a recorded wind speed of 316 miles an hour.

#8 On April 30th, 2003, “the Road Map to Peace” that had been developed by the so-called “Quartet” was presented to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon by U.S. Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer. Over the next seven days, the U.S. was hit by a staggering 412 tornadoes. It was the largest tornado cluster ever recorded up to that time.

#9 In 2005, President George W. Bush (the son of George H. W. Bush) convinced Israel that it was necessary to remove all of the Jewish settlers out of Gaza and turn it over entirely to the Palestinians. According to the New York Times, the last settlers were evacuated on August 23, 2005. On that precise day, a storm that would be given the name “Katrina” started forming over the Bahamas. The city of New Orleans still has not fully recovered from the damage that storm caused, and it ranked as the costliest natural disaster in all of U.S. history up to that time.

#10 On May 19th, 2011 Barack Obama told Israel that there must be a return to the pre-1967 borders. Three days later on May 22nd a half-mile wide EF-5 multiple-vortex tornado ripped through Joplin, Missouri. According to Wikipedia, it was “the costliest single tornado in U.S. history.”

You would think that our leaders would have gotten the message by now. But apparently they haven’t.

On Wednesday, September 21st Joe Biden delivered a major speech in front of the UN General Assembly in which he boldly called for the creation of a Palestinian state

President Biden told the United Nations on Wednesday the Palestinians are “entitled” to their own state, a day after the U.S. State Department announced $64 million in aid to the U.N. agency for so-called Palestinian refugees.

“We will continue to advocate for a lasting, negotiated peace between the Jewish and democratic state of Israel and the Palestinian people,” Biden said during his address at the U.N. General Assembly.

“The United States is committed to Israel’s security. And a negotiated two state solution remains our best way to ensure Israel’s security and prosperity for the future and give the Palestinians the state to which they are entitled,” he said.

Exactly one week after Biden’s speech, Hurricane Ian hit the United States!

As Hurricane Ian was tearing apart countless homes, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations once again reaffirmed our commitment to a Palestinian state…

US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield addressed the UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in the Middle East Wednesday, during which she reiterated the Biden Administration’s support for the Two-State Solution.

“From day one, the Biden Administration has been unequivocal in our support for a two-state solution. That has not changed. As President Biden made clear to the UN General Assembly last week, “A negotiated two-state solution remains…the best way to ensure Israel’s security and prosperity for the future and give the Palestinians the state…to which they are entitled,” Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield said.

This pattern keeps happening over and over again, but our leaders refuse to see the pattern. So they are going to continue to push for the land of Israel to be divided and the entire globe will pay a very great price for their foolishness of pressuring Israel to give up the West Bank for the State of Palestine.

Scripture indicates that when a peace treaty is signed to divide Israel’s land, that very act triggers the start of the  7-Year Tribulation and the wrath of God and the consequences will be cataclysmic for mankind. The message from God’s warnings that we are supposed to understand is very clear.

Don’t touch the land of Israel. God promised it to Israel forever!

Just don’t touch it.

Those That Bless Israel Will Be Blessed, But Those That Try To Divide The Land Of Israel Will Be Cursed

President Biden told the United Nations on Wednesday the Palestinians are “entitled” to their own state, a day after the U.S. State Department announced $64 million in aid to the U.N.

US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield addressed the UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in the Middle East Wednesday and reiterated the Biden Administration’s support for the Two-State Solution.

“From day one, the Biden Administration has been unequivocal in our support for a two-state solution. That has not changed. As President Biden made clear to the UN General Assembly last week, “A negotiated two-state solution remains…the best way to ensure Israel’s security and prosperity for the future and give the Palestinians the state…to which they are entitled,” Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield said.

Netanyahu Blasts Lapid’s 2-State Speech At The U.N. As Weakness, Defeat and Surrender!

Netanyahu Blasts Lapid’s 2-State Speech At The U.N. As Weakness, Defeat and Surrender!

 

Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will once again run for office in Israel’s election in November.

Netanyahu Blasts’s Lapid’s U.N. Speech
Supporting the 2-State Solution

9/24/22 – by Tim Buck
Fotet.org

“Tonight, we heard a speech full of weakness, defeat and surrender,” Netanyahu stated in response to the prime minister’s address to the UN.
Benjamin Netanyahu slammed Prime Minister Yair Lapid for his address to the 77th United Nations General Assembly on Thursday that called for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.“After the right-wing government led by me removed the Palestinian state from the global agenda, after we brought four historic peace agreements with Arab countries that bypassed the Palestinian veto, Lapid is bringing the Palestinians back to the forefront of the world stage and putting Israel right into the Palestinian pit,” Netanyahu stated in a Hebrew-language video address.

“Lapid has already said in the past that he is ready to evacuate 90,000 Israelis to establish a Palestinian state. Now he intends to give them a state of terror in the heart of the country, a state that will threaten us all,” he said.

“I and my friends will not allow this” declared Netanyahu, who is running to regain the premiership in the upcoming November election. “We will not allow the establishment of Hamastan on the border of Kfar Saba, Petah Tikva and Netanya. We will not return Israel to the Oslo disaster. Lapid endangers our future and our existence both on the Palestinian issue and on the Iranian issue.“While Iran rushes to a nuclear agreement that endangers the very existence of the State of Israel,” he continued, “Lapid does nothing. For more than a year he has been asleep at the wheel.

“Unlike us, Lapid did not fight against Iran in the U.S. Congress, in the U.S. media, in the U.S. Senate. He didn’t do anything,” he charged.

Netanyahu vowed: “We will return to Israel a strong government that will prevent a Palestinian state, stop Iran, restore national honor and bring Israel back to the world status it had and which you so deserve.”

SHOCK! Israel Announced They Will Tell The United Nations Today They Are Ready To Finally Agree To The Two-State Solution!

SHOCK! Israel Announced They Will Tell The United Nations Today They Are Ready To Finally Agree To The Two-State Solution!

Prime Minister Yair Lapid (l) with UN Secretary-General Antonia Guterres, Sept. 20, 2022

Israel Ready To Accept
2-State Solution

9/22/22 – by Tim Buck
Fotet.org

For the first time in history, an Israeli Prime Minister is expected to announce his support for the establishment of a Palestinian State during his speech to the UN General Assembly today, according to a source close to the Israeli premier.

Israel remains committed to the Two State Solution to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Prime Minister Yair Lapid is expected to tell the United Nations General Assembly when he delivers his first ever address to that global body on Thursday morning.

It would mark the first time an Israeli prime minister has declared support for a two state solution at the UN.

“For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.”
Joel 3:1-2
During his address to the UNGA on Wednesday, President Joe Biden also endorsed the two state solution, saying that the Palestinians were “entitled” to their own state, and that it is the only way to ensure Israel’s security going forward.

“We will continue to advocate for a lasting, negotiated peace between the Jewish and democratic state of Israel and the Palestinian people,” Biden told the UN General Assembly.

“The United States is committed to Israel’s security. And a negotiated two state solution remains our best way to ensure Israel’s security and prosperity for the future and give the Palestinians the state to which they are entitled,” he said.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is also slated to address the GA on Thursday, and is expected to call for a Palestinian State and to call on the UN to grant the Palestinians full-member status at the global body.

From a Bible prophecy perspective, these announcements could spark a shift with serious implications for the Middle East peace with three principle parties (Israel, US, Palestinians) agreeing its time to divide Israel into two states. 

Studies In Zechariah, Pt. 2, Against All Odds, Israel Not Only Survives But Thrives!

Studies In Zechariah, Pt. 2, Against All Odds, Israel Not Only Survives But Thrives!

Hear God’s Ancient Voices

Studies In Zechariah
Pt. 2

9/21/22 – by Tim Buck
Fotet.org

Israel is a modern David vs. Goliath because God has chosen to preserve her and redeem her for His own!

Despite being surrounded by Islamic giants dripping with anti-Israel hatred, Israel has managed not only to survive but to thrive in every area… except spiritually!

The prophets wrote that Israel would initially return to the promised land in the last days in unbelief. They described how she would come back to the land and be restored from many nations and that her return would be so miraculous it would be a greater miracle than the miracles of the Egyptian Exodus (Jer. 23:7-8).

After her return, they describe the difficult season of the ‘Tribulation period’ that
Jeremiah calls the “time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jer. 30:7). During a short time of great suffering God will bring Israel through a fiery trial and refine her as gold (Zech. 13:8-9).

At the end of this painful season a remnant of Israel will finally look to the Lord and be saved. God says He will pour out a “fountain of cleansing” on her “for sin and uncleanness” (Zech. 13:1).

Israel’s time of redemption is coming soon because the Bible says that once Israel is back in the land, Jesus will soon return to the land! It may be sooner than we think!

Since God keeps His
promises to Israel,
it shows He’ll keep
His promises to us!
 

What You Don’t Know About The Second Coming Will Shock You!

What You Don’t Know About The Second Coming Will Shock You!

What You Don’t Know About The Return of Jesus May Shock You!

Petra, Part 3

9/26/22 – by Tim Buck
Fotet.org

“God comes from Teman, and the Holy One from Mount Paran. His splendor covers the heavens, and the earth is full of His praise.”
Habakkuk 3:3

Where On Earth Will Jesus Return?

It’s been taught by prophecy teachers (including me) that Jesus will land on the Mount of Olives when He first returns at His Second Coming.

But from recent studies, I no longer feel that accurately
reflects the proper sequence of events that we read about in the Prophets showing where Jesus first arrives on earth.

There’s more to the story…

Buried in the short book of Habakkuk is the most interesting prophecy outlined above.

This prophecy deals with Christ’s Second Coming in the “Day of the Lord” and His arrival on earth at the end of the 7-Year Tribulation.
 
What’s fascinating is the reference to “God coming from Teman.” Teman was the capital of Edom, which is today in the southwest part of Jordan around the area of Petra. What’s that about? Why is God coming from Edom and the region of Petra?
 
The next line in the verse says “the Holy One came from Mount Paran,” a reference to the place close to Petra where God moved to from Mt. Sinai so the Israelites could see His glory from a distance.
 

“The LORD came from Sinai and dawned on them from Seir; He shone forth from Mount Paran.
Deut. 33:2

So Habakkuk recorded a vision of the last days regarding the Lord arriving and coming from Teman (Edom) and Paran (area of Petra). But why is the Lord coming from Edom and the mountainous region of Petra? What’s that all about?

Isaiah sheds more light on this:

Who is this coming from Edom, from Bozrah, with his garments stained crimson? Who is this, robed in splendor, striding forward in the greatness of his strength?
 Isaiah 63:1

 
Similar to the vision of John in Revelation 19:13 where Jesus is “clothed with a robe dipped in blood”, Isaiah also sees the robe of Jesus splattered with the blood of His enemies. Where did the blood come from?

Isaiah, like Habakkuk, says at the end of the Tribulation God comes from Edom—but more specifically from “Bozrah.”
 
There’s an important geographic clue in the meaning of the word “Teman” in Habakkuk 3:3. Teman means “South,” as in reference to Jerusalem.

Isaiah sees a vision of Jesus, after He returns, heading toward Jerusalem from the southern area of Bozrah. This indicates that Jesus must have arrived in the Judean desert somewhere around the area of Petra. He doesn’t arrive at Jerusalem first and then go to Petra, He first goes to Petra to free the remnant and then leads His entire procession up to Jerusalem.
 
So if you face Edom from Jerusalem looking south is Bozrah and the mountains of Seir. And guess what is located in the middle of those mountains—the empty city today known as Petra, Jordan.
 
Petra, of course, means “rock” and is located in the rugged mountains southeast of the Dead Sea and near Israel’s eastern border.
 
Petra was the capital city of the Nabateans. This nation seems to have come out of thin air, living for a couple hundred years around the time of Christ on the earth. Then, just as mysteriously, they disappear with no trace of what happened or where they went. The Nabateans were known for their carvings into sandstone. The area where Petra is located is full of sandstone mountains with thousands of carvings straight into the soft rock in the high sandstone walls.

Is it possible that God had this city built and then permanently vacated just so it would be available as the emergency refuge for Jews escaping genocide during the second half of the Tribulation? Yes!

Is it possible that we serve such a God? Yes and Amen!
 
Today you can see houses with several rooms carved deep into the sandstone walls. They even carved graves, tombs, water channels and animal mangers into these walls.

After carving all this for 200+ years, it left the area dotted with thousands of caves. It’s been estimated that when fully excavated, the city could hold up to 5 million people.

So let’s tie all this together…

In Matthew 24 Jesus describes an event at the middle of the 7-Year Tribulation when the West Bank Jews must flee for their lives.

They are warned that when they see the “abomination of desolation” standing in their Temple, that’s the sign to run or be killed.

Much like God provided water and food to the Israelites who wandered in the same desert for 40 years after the Egyptian Exodus, God will similarly provide for the surviving Jews who heeded Biblical warnings to flee when they saw the Abomination of Desolation.

Isaiah again fills in some details about the area to which they fled:

Enter the rock and hide in the dust… Is. 2:10

Men will go into caves of the rocks and into holes of the ground… Is. 2:19    

In order to go into the caverns of the rocks and the clefts of the cliffs… Is. 2:21   

This further confirms that the holes, caves and large caverns that we see today in Petra are where the Jews end up living for the last 3 1/2 years of the Tribulation, protected and provided for by God.

It’s during this time when they have come with nothing but the clothes on their backs, that they begin to lose their pride, repent, and begin understanding their Biblical roots and that they crucified Jesus their Messiah!

When Jesus returns to earth He first shows up in the area of Petra. It’s in this battle where he gets His blood stained cloak (Isaiah 63; Rev. 19) from defeating the southern armies of Antichrist who have besieged Petra. In a great battle, Jesus comes with “lightening in His hands” (Hab. 3:4) to defeat Israel’s enemies and personally free His remnant. It is likely that it’s on this occasion when “they see Him whom they pierced” (Zech. 12:10) and repent and are saved. 

Then from Petra, Jesus the “Cloud Rider” becomes Jesus the “Desert Marcher” as He leads His entourage of freed Jewish believers through the Judean desert toward Jerusalem.

Upon arriving and ascending the Mount of Olives the mountain splits in half making a sudden way of escape through a newly formed valley like the miracle of the Red Sea. The remaining Jews in Jerusalem who have been besieged by Antichrist’s forces will flee through the mountain valley to escape death just in time!

Antichrist and his army then make the same mistake that Pharaoh and his army made giving chase into the mountain valley and the lights go out! When God turns the lights back on, the Tribulation is over and the Millennial Kingdom begins (Zech. 14:5-8).

For more study, read Isaiah 63:1-6; Habakkuk 3; Zechariah 14; Mt. 24:15-21; Revelation 12:6, 13-17 and 19.