One of the reasons for reading the prophetic books of the Bible like Daniel and Revelation, and for studying Bible prophecy, is because of the clarity it provides to see where the world is headed and to see how the Bible describes the world in the last days.
Since we are living in the final hours of the church-age, much of today’s current events are written about in the Bible. God warns us as to what the morality and culture of the world will look like today!
God further provides us with the names of various nations we should be paying attention to who will play crucial roles against Israel in the last days. And those nations provide us with geography clues to help us better know the areas we should keep an eye on.
No one on earth has the advantage of this insight except Christian believers who take the Bible literally and study Bible prophecy in both the Old and New Testaments, comparing scripture with scripture.
Wars and Rumors of Wars
Wars and rumors of wars can be a frightening prospect to those who have no idea what’s coming. But for believers who have studied the Bible, the escalation of aggression we are seeing is just one more indicator that we’re drawing closer to the end.
Downfall of America
The decline of the United States has been anticipated by students of Bible prophecy who expect that in the last days, just before the Tribulation, America will be weakened and become a shadow of her former greatness. America’s decline must come to the point where she will no longer be able to stand with Israel or rescue Israel in her hour of need.
God does not want the U.S. Pentagon to interfere with His redemptive plans for Israel which includes bringing Israel to the brink of extinction so that they’re self reliance is shattered enough to call on the Lord (Dan. 12:7).
The U.S. served the Lord as Israel’s big brother and protective superpower during the wars of 1948, 1967, 1973, 1984 and up to the last few years. But America’s mission of propping up Israel is coming to an end as Israel’s time to face the Lord alone is about to arrive.
Is Nuclear War Coming?
Speaking of wars, what about a nuclear war? Based on Putin’s recent threats in Ukraine, should we be fearful that WW3 and a world-wide, thermal, nuclear holocaust is coming? Although it’s always a possibility, a careful study of Bible prophecy leads one to believe there may not be any major nuclear wars prior to the Tribulation for several reasons.
First, it doesn’t seem to make sense that God would have plans to wipe out millions of Christians just prior to the rapture of the church. The whole purpose of the rapture is for Jesus the groom to rescue His bride from the “wrath to come” (1 Thess. 1:10; 5:9).
Secondly, a pre-Tribulation nuclear holocaust doesn’t seem to fit God’s revealed plans to judge the world Himself. Just as He did in Noah’s day, the purpose of the Tribulation is for God Himself to end man’s rebellion on earth. For that purpose He has planned specific judgments of the worst kind recorded in Revelation 6-19 that include the prospect of nuclear war (Ezekiel 39:11-16; Zech. 14:12; Rev. 9:18). Based on this information, it doesn’t seem likely that a large segment of the world’s population would be wiped out just prior to the Tribulation judgments.
In addition to wars, Jesus foretold of the increase of deception, lying, hatred, lawlessness and even pandemics. All of these are increasing at a dramatic pace.
Why did Jesus tell us that we should expect all these horrible things to come? Was He trying to scare us? Doesn’t He know we are already prone to anxiety and worry? Yes He does. Our Lord knows us better than we know ourselves. It is precisely for that reason He foretold all these things.
End From the Beginning
God specifically planned the unique events that wind-down the church-age and that lead into the Tribulation period before the beginning of time (Isaiah 46:8-10; 48:3-5).
After planning the last days God then graciously tells us about His plans (Mk. 13:23), with more detail and clarity than most people realize. He especially does this through the Old Testament major and minor prophets (Amos 3:7) which are a priceless resource for us today although rarely taught. His prophesies are reminders to us that He knows the future and that He has every single detail under control.
God does all this to help prepare us, not to scare us, so we can recognize the signs and unusual happenings we’re seeing today in America and around the world and realize we’re living in the thrilling season just before Jesus returns.
In the midst of all His warning about the last days, He made it a point to assure us: “See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass” (Matthew 24:6).
Over the years, I’ve recommended Bible students to get a study Bible like the MacArthur Study Bible (NKJV, Large Print). I recommend it because it never avoids explaining difficult prophecy passages and it usually comments on them by clarifying the context and providing cross references for better understanding. I suggest beginning reading through the Minor prophets (begin with Joel, Micah, Zephaniah, Zechariah 12-14) and reading the corresponding study notes below the text. This will open a fresh new resource about today’s world and provide the necessary means of discernment to better interpret tomorrow’s news.
What is the Biden Doctrine?
The Biden doctrine class will follow the prophetic impact of Biden’s moral and foreign policies and how they are accelerating last day prophesies about world events, Israel and the Middle East.
Over the last decade since Obama became president and declared, “America is no longer a Christian nation,” I’ve shared with close friends how I feel America is past the point of no return and that it would be wise for believers to anticipate and somehow prepare for national judgment.
I had no idea about what specific means God would use to release His judgment on America or how soon it would arrive. That changed for me when the Lord abruptly removed President Trump and replaced him with Joe Biden! America’s hour of trouble had arrived!
Knowing Bible prophecy enables us to see that God’s sovereignty and righteous judgment is now descending on America and is therefore allowing for the destructive path of the Biden Administration. God appoints world leaders for His sovereign purposes and there simply is no other biblical explanation.
There’s a lot of prophecy at stake on the conference tables of the State Department in Washington DC right now. Biden dividing Jerusalem and siding with the Palestinians and Iranians are just a few of the vexing issues destined to hurt America.
Our upcoming study on April 26 maybe one of the most encouraging topics in the entire book of Revelation! That’s quite a statement but I believe it’s true.
Like much of Revelation, mystery surrounds the 144,000 Tribulation witnesses. Who are they? What will be their objective? Will they be protected? Will they have an effect on the lost people of the Last Days?
In chapter 7 and chapter 14 of Revelation, God reveals His plan to seal 144,000 Jewish evangelists. They could be called Israel’s Tribulation Forces but I like to call them: “The Saviors’ Special Forces.”
Being sealed by God protects these amazing servants from death so God is able to send them into the heat of the Tribulation to go up against Satan and Antichrist at the very height of their power.
As Satan’s forces get busy marking the devil’s followers with the Mark of the Beast, “The Saviors’ Special Forces” get busy evangelizing souls. What develops out of this great CLASH is probably the greatest revival of all time. It’s described in Rev. 7.
After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands.
But this is not the end of story. It gets ever better… much better!
The reason Satan hates the Jewish people and the nation of Israel is because he knows that the chosen people are God’s promised nation who are prophesied to one day rule the world with Jesus as their King. Satan is jealous of God’s love for Israel and will do anything to prevent that from happening. In fact, he’s been trying to wipe out the Jewish people ever since Pharaoh tried to kill them at the Red Sea.
The devil’s plan is to overwhelm and kill all the Jews in the Tribulation by using his 10-nation, nuclear powered Caliphate and then rule the world himself, from Jerusalem, in their place!
But without warning, God slams the door shut on his demonic dream to overturn the Abrahamic Covenant and rule the world. He does so by plucking out and sealing 12,000 righteous men, from each of the 12 tribes of Israel who can never die yet remain in their normal human bodies. The importance of this action cannot be overstated.
By supernaturally sealing these men, God insures that Israel will survive forever! In this one momentous act, God assures the fulfillment of the Abrahamic Covenant and guarantees that the nation of Israel will not be annihilated in the Tribulation. As prophesied, the chosen nation will one day rule and rein with Jesus in the coming Millennial Kingdom.
This prompts one of the great scenes in the book of Revelation. When the Cloud-Rider returns to earth at the end of the Tribulation to set up His Kingdom, the scene finds Jesus on Mount Zion, standing shoulder to shoulder and embracing His Special Forces.
Then I looked, and behold, a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His name and the Father’s name written on their foreheads.
As believers, it’s clear we are in an epic battle for our faith, our families and our nation! How do we live in this world by loving others and yet hating the darkness?
Wormwood Hits Earth
The third Trumpet judgment in Revelation 8 speaks of Wormwood, a “star” that falls from the heavens, poisoning the waters and killing many people. Wormwood is an ancient word for a poisonous plant (Jer. 9:15; 23:15).
10 The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water— 11 the name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter.
already headed toward Earth? What’s more, do government officials already know the answer to that question?
Perhaps you’ve heard about the asteroid Apophis. According to NASA, it’s scheduled to enter our atmosphere on Friday the 13th, in April of 2029…
8 short years way!
Traditional scholarly interpretation for the timeline of the Trumpet Judgments have them playing out in years 3-5 of the 7-year Tribulation. That’s saying the judgements basically arrive around the middle of the Tribulation period.
So the question that needs to be asked is this: If the deadly asteroid of Revelation 8 arrives in the middle of the Tribulation on April 13, 2029, how far would we be today from the start of the Tribulation?
When The Beast Arrives
The most common term for the Empire of Antichrist in the book of Revelation is “beast” where it appears some 36 times. Revelation picks up the term from Daniel 7 where the prophet Daniel uses it to portray the Gentile empires that would follow Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylonian Empire.
Thus far in our studies of the Empire of Antichrist we have determined that the precise identity of the beast is the revived Ottoman Caliphate that fulfills Revelation 17:9-11 as Satan’s 8th and final empire.
What will the beast be like?
When the Caliphate returns after being dormant for 100 years, it may best be described as “ISIS on Steroids” except this time around, when the Jihad conquering begins in the Tribulation, the Ottoman Islamic State will be led by the unholy trinity of Satan, Antichrist and the False Prophet not Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self proclaimed leader of the ISIS Caliphate.
The UNHOLY TRINITY is described as follows,
13 And I saw coming out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits like frogs; 14 for they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the world, to gather them together for the war of the great day of God, the Almighty.
According to Daniel and Revelation the beast is unstoppable! Antichrist and his forces who will be powered by the enemy become so overwhelming they never experience defeat until crushed by Jesus at His Second Coming.
During the unstoppable wars in the Tribulation, the Ottoman Caliphate’s methodology will not have changed since its barbaric 500 year rule from 1453 to 1922.
The Ottoman rule began with genocide against the Romans in 1453 when they slaughtered 10’s of 1,000’s in it’s conquest of Constantinople and the Ottoman rule ended with genocide of the 1-million Armenian’s in the waning days of WWI. The Islamic Caliphate was purely satanic then and will be 7 times worse in the Tribulation!
The horrors the world will soon face is beyond comprehension as Antichrist assaults one nation after another beginning in the Middle East using hatred, enmity, rape, servitude, ethnic cleansing, jihad and genocide.
Islam is NOT the “religion of peace” as Obama/Biden and George Bush would falsely have us believe. That’s a sad attempt to cover the bloodshed commanded by the Quran.
Revelation 17 coins the religious system of Islam as the “MOTHER OF HARLOTS” which is released under the sovereignty of God to set up mankind’s judgment and fulfill Jesus’ prophecy in Mt. 24:21 of the worst period in history.
As a reminder of it’s evil nature, we see all these features prominently displayed in the genocide taking place in Africa today.
While much of the church thinks Antichrist is a man of peace who will rise from Europe, the spirit of Antichrist is already here on full display in the theatres like the Middle East and North Africa. And it’s not pretty.
On March 24, scores of people were massacred or forced to flee during an Islamic terror attack in the city of Palma, Mozambique, near a major gas plant in the Cabo Delgado province. Pictured: Internally displaced people from Palma gather in the Sports Center in the city of Pemba to receive humanitarian aid on April 2, 2021. (Photo by Alfredo Zuniga/AFP via Getty Images)
Imagine the nightmare when millions of similar events detailed below, break out daily, during the reckless reign of the Beast.
- After a mosque leaders’ wife embraced Christianity, and as a form of “retribution,” the imam ordered the rape of three Christian girls related to a local pastor…. — Morning Star News, March 11, 2021, Uganda.
- “Intercourse with a girl below the age of 16 is statutory rape in Pakistan, but in most cases a falsified conversion certificate and Islamic marriage certificate influence police to pardon kidnappers.” — Morning Star News, March 12, 2012, Pakistan.
- On March 20, a court “changed a sentence of life imprisonment to the death penalty for a Christian convicted of sending a blasphemous text message in 2011″…. Such petitions are “seen often as a service to Islam and as jihad or holy war against blasphemers.” according to the report. — Union of Catholic Asian News, March 29, 2021, Pakistan.
- “Muslims demand to make capital punishment the only penalty for blasphemy”…. The courts increasingly seem to be complying. — Union of Catholic Asian News, March 29, 2021, Pakistan.
- “That night, our village was attacked…. I was at home with my four children. We tried to escape to the woods, but they took my eldest son and beheaded him. We couldn’t do anything because we would be killed too.” — Save the Children, March 16, 2021, Mozambique.
- “In one of the worst attacks last year, the jihadists turned a village soccer field into an execution ground where they beheaded more than 50 people in three days of savage violence.” — Barnabas Fund, March 30, 2021, Mozambique.
So Why Study the Empire of Antichrist? What Difference Does it Make? 3 Reasons Why!
Why it is Beneficial to study the meanings behind the 7 “beast images” and the Empire of Antichrist and the various heads and 10 horns found throughout Scripture?
We offer at least three reasons why it is beneficial to study the meanings and discover the proper interpretations of the main players in the end times and their geo-political trends for today.
First, these images give Bible-studying Christians an ability to accurately determine the “season” of the age in which we are living in right now.
For example, were Jews to study Daniel and accept the book of Revelation also as inspired Scripture, they would not be so blind to the coming holocaust of the Tribulation spoken about so vividly in Daniel.
The Jewish people are living on the verge of imminent disaster but an understanding of what the Word says of the last days may be all it takes for some to accept Jesus as their Messiah.
And an understanding of these topics better prepares the Christian to identify the “prophetic season.”
Second, a proper understanding of the beasts provides a bulwark against deception.
God’s clash with Antichrist and the beast is the major theme in the Book of Revelation and the beast’s blasphemous religious system led by the Quran and the enforcement of Sharia is its driving force.
Believers around the world need to wake up to the fact that Islam is also the most dangerous threat to the church today. One only needs to travel to the Middle East and North Africa to see for themselves. Where are all the Christians? Where are Christianity’s historic cultural sights? The slaughter is increasing!
The Last Days are characterized as deceptive and as a trap, and expressly so the last-day ruler and the Dragon (Satan). This time is truly treacherous. Our enemy is the father of lies and deception (John 8:44).
“The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie.”
2 Thessalonians 2:9
We are convinced that those deception times are already upon us today. Is Christendom ready? Are you?
And Third, not only is Turkey and the 10 kings relevant to our time today, but also Satan’s 7 Empires.
The visions of the world’s 7 empires apply to us today. How so?
All 7 of them, along with the 10 kings, will be in existence and on the world scene during the Last Days when Christ returns. That means they are here now and already rising to their destiny to become part of the beast. The prophet Daniel says that it will be,
“In the time of those kings, that the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed”
This gives us all the more reason to sit up and be “on watch” of the movements surrounding Turkey, Syria. Iraq, Iran and Israel and the rapidly developing events of the Middle East before it becomes the “missile-east” in the Tribulation!
These are the days when our generation should be plugged in and watching as never before. Knowing and understanding the aspects of the Beast Empire gives believers stability in the last days.
God knew the relevance of Turkey, and how the accompanying geo-political events surrounding it’s rise would become front and center before the Rapture.
And the Lord knew the church would need discernment for interpreting the developing events to avoid confusion. So the Lord graciously gave us His prophetic Word to point us in the right direction.
Those who aren’t paying attention miss this connection and walk blindly through the end times and therefore will find themselves more vulnerable to deception.
Joe Biden is scheduled to become the 46th POTUS in 7 days. Will Trump remain President? Here are the options we face in the next 7 days.
Preparing For The Next 7 Days!
In the next few days the United States of America will turn either hard left or hard right. Either President Trump will surrender and hand over our government’s executive power to the Democrats and leftists or he will reveal the biggest sting operation in history.
As we witness the many things that are happening, we need to be asking the LORD for mercy upon our nation.
Only God knows the future and He has set a plan in place before the world was formed for America and with 7 days until January 20 it’s time to pray and place our confidence in his will to be done and for His mercy to be upon our nation.
Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, For wisdom and might are His. 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. Daniel 2:20-21
The ramifications for God’s decision to our country and for believers is huge and this article recaps the possibilities of both directions. One way or the other, we should have a more clear picture of the direction the Lord is taking America by January 21.
The fear of the LORD is to hate evil. Pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverted mouth, I hate. Counsel is Mine and sound wisdom, understanding and power is Mine. By Me kings reign, and rulers decree justice. By Me princes rule, and nobles, who judge rightly. I love those who love Me; And those who diligently seek Me will find me. Prov. 8:13-17
LEFT OR RIGHT?
There are only two things that can happen in the next 7 days. Either Joe Biden will be installed as President of the United States or President Trump will remain in office.
If Biden is given the power of the U.S. Presidency, he has already shown where he will take the country. The Clintons, Obamas, Comeys, etc., will be back in power.
The ungodly LGBTQ agenda will be a priority. Biden has said he will tear down the Mexico border wall that Trump has built and repeal Trump’s ban on refugees from the most radical Muslim nations of the world. Abortion will be hailed as a righteous act for all women up to and even after 9 months.
Like they are already doing in China, the leftists are considering making your social decisions part of your credit score. If you are a conservative and post anti-abortion support on social media (like me), it will cause your credit score to go down.
As Believers, we pretty much know where the Biden-Harris Administration will end up. Thankfully, the Rapture comes before Satan gets unfettered control of the earth!
There’s a high possibility the Biden Administration will come after Christians, conservatives and Trump supporters with a vengeance. Biden is not even in office and they are making plans to penalize anyone who supported Trump. Facebook and Twitter have stepped up their censorship with Twitter removing 70,000 accounts since last Friday.
Pray Against Impeachment
A Biden Administration couldn’t afford for President Trump to leave office with even a shred of credibility. That’s why there’s such a rush for another Impeachment. Otherwise Trump might have a future impact to slow their agenda, so they will come after him, his family, his businesses, and any Representatives or Senators who backed him. US House votes to impeach Donald Trump a 2nd time — a first in American history.
The other possibility is that President Trump retains power. Many are aware of this possibility, but no one knows what might be going on at this moment behind the scenes. Therefore, I will try to briefly summarize, in case it’s true.
According to people who purport to have inside information, President Trump has massive evidence of individuals and nations who tried to overthrow his administration, not to mention the sham election.
This evidence has been compiled surreptitiously over the last four years. Since 9/11 the government has been able to record every digital transaction on supercomputers. So all the evil, all the illicit monetary transactions, everything, can be accessed and used as evidence.
President Trump has been meeting with his military leaders to draw up plans for draining the swamp of the evil that has engulfed our nation.
To legally trap those committing treason, President Trump had to first exhaust all of his options in all the courts and states, etc. Only then could he use his constitutional powers to expose and arrest those who are in cahoots with foreign governments.
This could be why Biden and Big Tech are so eager to get rid of him, cancelling his Facebook and Twitter accounts and even trying impeachment seven days before he leaves office.
According to what I’m being told (again, I do not know any of this as fact), President Trump would use the National Emergency Broadcast Network to communicate what he is doing. ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, PBS and local news affiliates will be forced to air the broadcasts or lose their FCC licenses.
Federal troops will be used across the nation to keep order and to make arrests. The military will hold courts using military tribunals and military judges. And they say troops are now deployed across the nation in every major city.
Trump’s proclamation would probably be a state of emergency or lock down for days or weeks to freeze communications in order to arrest the thousands of people who are involved with supporting the foreign government espionage.
This of course means the internet could/would be shut down, and since the opposition will erupt, the possibility of riots, rolling electrical blackouts and curfews would need to be put in place.
All this would need to begin taking place before January 20. If it is true, common sense tells me it would begin soon.
There is also the very real possibility that Deep-State Leftists have distributed all the above Trump conspiracy info in order to find and track their opposition. The idea is that once Biden is in office, they will round up the “agitators” and charge them (me for example) with insurrection.
For years I’ve pointed out America is absent in bible prophecy and missing in the end-times showing that at some point she will face a sharp decline so great that it removes America’s influential role in the world.
One of the reasons for removing America is so Israel will be forced to stand alone against Antichrist. That puts Israel in a more vulnerable position in the Tribulation making her only option to cry out to the Lord. God’s amazing plan works and we see this scene playing out in Zech. 12:10-14.
Since 9/11 God has been speaking to America through a variety of voices and events and has been alerting the nation to its sins and gross immorality and calling it to repentance. Unfortunately, the nation has turned a deaf ear to God’s voice and His many calls to repentance and to the remedial judgments He has sent (Often concluding after God sends out a natural disaster as a wake-up call, that it’s caused by Climate Change).
Instead of repentance, America has increased its appetite for sin, expanded more opportunities to engage in sin, passed laws to approve sin as normal and finally in 2020 they enshrined their immorality into their political platform as policy.
This has led me to consider that Joe Biden could very possibly be God’s answer to America’s hardened heart. God often rewards countries that refuse to obey Him with ungodly leaders which then brings God’s judgment.
America has been pushing God out of our country for 1/2 a century and it has worsened every decade. In dramatic fashion, her wicked heart has been on display for all the world to see over the last four years in hatred and resistance for the Pro-Christian, Pro-Israel, Pro-America and Pro-Life policies of President Trump. How can God continue to bless a nation that so vehemently hates righteousness? So it’s very possible God has taken President Trump away and has given America Joe Biden. That’s who they deserve just as God rewarded Israel in Psalms 81:12:
So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices.
Prophetically speaking, a dramatic Biden turn of events that is possible next week would signal the start of America’s prophetic decline which aligns with prophecy and that America is missing in the last days. As such, an ungodly, corrupt, Biden administration is just another harbinger of the soon return of the Lord.
Regardless of how the 2020 election plays out, scripture is clear that when the dust settles the President of the United States of America will be placed there by God and is not some human error that slipped past God without Him seeing it coming:
By me kings reign… — Proverbs 8:15
…he removes kings, and sets up kings… — Daniel 2:21
Then God removed Saul and made David their king… — Acts 13:22
No one… can exalt themselves. It is God who judges: He brings one down, he exalts another. — Psalms 75:6-7
…the Most High has power over human kingdoms. He gives them to whomever he wishes. — Daniel 4:17
Thus far, 2021 has been surrounded by uncertainty but God is always faithful to provide what we need to endure and overcome this world (Jn. 16:33).
Right now, we need to buckle our seat belts for the week ahead but continue to press on, not with an earthly, political perspective but by capturing our bright future in the wonderful name of Jesus remembering God is still on the throne, Jesus is coming down, we are going up and our best days are yet to come!
TIME TO PRAY
I’ve been praying and seeking the Lord about sending this out. I believe if nothing else, Believers need to be aware of the possibilities to make good decisions.
I don’t know who will be inaugurated next Wednesday on the 20th. I would prefer President Trump, but it’s obviously God’s decision.
Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. Romans 13:1
And most of all, your prayers will be needed for our country regardless of who is President.
…The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. James 5:16
Lastly, our protection and victories come from God, not guns or government. Never forget that!
The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but victory belongs to the LORD. Prov. 21:31
So, our prayer is for the Lord’s Will to be done and for us to respond in a Christ-like way, regardless of how this plays out.
A PRAYER FOR AMERICA
“You are the Source of our confidence in all things. You have set a plan in place for this nation and You alone know its future. We watch in awe as You work through people and events.
As we witness the many things that are happening, we ask for Your mercy upon our nation. Be the Guide for Your people and keep hearts open to Your leading as decisions are made that will impact our lives and country.
We pray your HOLY SPIRIT be upon us and “THY WILL BE DONE” for our nation and for our leaders, over the pandemic, about jobs, about divisions in our country, and Your choice for President. We ask you to intercede for us and to open ourselves to Your will. Thank you for hearing us and never forsaking us as we ask in Jesus’ Holy Name, Amen.”
A Shaking and
An End Time Shift?
Tim Buck – 3/26/2020
The world is in shock! But the question for bible believers is, “why are we surprised?”
Prophecy watchers have been warning people for years that end-time events could be shocking, even before the Rapture. We have let people know that Tribulation events would cast a shadow on the Church Age as God gears up to close the Church Age. We have talked about the “birth pangs” of the last days for decades.
God doesn’t shake the entire globe very often. He did during the time of Noah and at the Tower of Babel. There was a terrible plague in the 1300s and a pandemic in 1918. Two world wars took a stunning toll.
But now an unseen enemy—a virus, no less—has created fear-driven chaos, and some unknown factors are causing people to embrace a worst-case outlook for the world. At this time, we don’t know how this plays out. It certainly has apocalyptic implications.
Presidential proclamations aren’t doing the trick. There is going to be a mess to clean up since the world is in a meltdown, markets are crashing, economies are tanking, people are losing all stability, and lives are being lost.
Still, there is much that is puzzling! There’s something more at play here. The Swine Flu of 2009-2010 affected 61 million Americans yet produced little panic. Neither Barack Obama nor U.S. Governors stopped life as we know it back then. Sporting events went on, schools remained open, as did churches. Disneyland was not affected!
Fast-forward to 2020. Have you read the headlines… the sky is falling. It’s the end-of-the-world as we know it, even though most who get this new disease, Covid-19, will recover.
So, I have to ask if this is the crisis the globalists have waited for — or have their hand in — to make the world as one? Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown is calling for a ‘Temporary Global Government’ to deal with COVID-19. But two men mess up their plans: Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu. Recently celebrities lauded John Lennon’s song “Imagine” which visualizes the world united with no religions. These people are wishful thinkers but that’s not happening.
I believe what we are witnessing with COVID-19 is an end-time shift. A clearer warning period about the greater disasters coming soon. God is stopping the world. It’s as if He’s screaming down from heaven saying, “look up here, pay attention, danger is just ahead!” In His grace and mercy He’s trying to get the world’s attention just as He did in Noah’s day before the flood. In that era, Noah preached righteousness for 120 years and no one listened.
Jesus warned about birth pains when He taught about the end times in His Olivet Discourse (Mt. 24-25). He specifically mentioned pestilence as a birth pain (Mt. 24:7; Lk. 21:11; Rev. 6:8).
I would describe this global pandemic as a wake-up call and precursor to the Tribulation birth pains; as is the great locust plague that is ravaging Africa and the Mideast; as is the large number of social uprisings in countries around the world; as is the appearance of the “last-days” people with their lying and immoral behavior, as is the increase in earthquake activity; as were the record-breaking Australian wild fires; as is the discovery of an asteroid headed toward earth; as is—you get the picture.
Birth pains increase in frequency and intensity until the moment of delivery. Which means, the moment of delivery is getting closer!
This particular birth pain is global which created world-wide unrest like we’ve never seen. In just a few months, the world is at a stand-still gripped by fear giving us a test-run for how fast things will go south after the Rapture.
Once the Tribulation begins, the prophet Daniel described it as coming on like a flood (Dan. 9:26). Within seven years, every unbeliever will either be dead or evicted off planet earth when Christ returns and it will be over. Done. Gone.
If one rapidly spreading virus can cause this type of global disruption, can you imagine how disruptive the Rapture will be when tens of millions go missing followed by 21 major judgments in a row with no let up? This is a pebble in the ocean compared to the day of God’s wrath that will rock the world to its core.
This is a test run so. A taste of the lightening speed of the Day of the Lord that’s coming. Billions are self-quarantined at this moment. It has shaken all earthly things. Sports, financial markets, distractions, hobbies, concerts, you name it—they’ve all been shut down.
Those things aren’t bad in themselves, but it’s as if God is removing any distractions for a moment in history to plead with the world again, ‘Look up! Look to me! This world is temporary. Think about eternal things. I love you. I died for you. Please don’t ignore me. Turn to me now while there is time.’”
What we see playing out before our eyes is a part of the predicted scenario. These things must happen. God is shaking the nations. They have been too consumed with pleasure to pay Him the least bit of attention but He reaches out in stunning fashion. The question is, how many more warnings like this are coming before the end?
We keep getting feedback that people who would never listen before are now asking questions. This is a time for a fearless church to speak truth to a fearful world who needs Jesus.
I trust that you are there with answers.