A SHAKING AND A WAKING – AN END-TIME SHIFT?

A SHAKING AND A WAKING – AN END-TIME SHIFT?

 

A Shaking and

A Waking

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.

Impeachment by Slander: A Sign of the Last Days

Impeachment by Slander: A Sign of the Last Days

The Last Days People Are Here

2 Tim 3:1-3
But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers… unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, SLANDERES 

Did you notice that last word above? When the Apostle Paul listed the signs of what the last-days people would look like, he mentioned there would come slanderers.

We got a taste of how far slandering would go in the case of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. It’s dishonesty on steroids, without regard for who gets hurt and God says it will become part of our culture in the end times!

But the latest slandering against President Trump is downright evil. Without a shred of evidence the coup in the U.S. House of Representatives set sail to impeach the President. It should be called “impeachment by slander.”

President Trump is no more guilty of impeachable crimes for his phone call with the Ukrainian President than I am!

Trump will NOT be Removed

From office by Impeachment

It takes a two-thirds super-majority of U.S. Senators to convict in an impeachment trial.

That means as many as 19 of the current 53 Republican senators could defect to the dark side, and Trump still would not be removed from office.

All that is needed, constitutionally, is 34 votes to acquit.

This shows that the motivation behind the impeachment charade is to poison voters and damage the president’s reputation to make sure Trump loses his re-election bid to a socialist democrat next November.

Please pray for the President and America as we face the election in the year ahead and America’s Perfect Storm – Coming in 2020.

The Religious Empire of Antichrist: The Signs Are All Around

The Religious Empire of Antichrist: The Signs Are All Around

Something evil is coming!  Very evil!  The world isn’t prepared and few are paying attention.

I’ve been warning people for years that Islam is the greatest danger facing the church in the latter days! The danger of Antichrist is his extreme religious system. It’s the god of his religious system that motivates him to kill and conquer (Daniel 11:39).

A careful look at 1 John 2:22 reveals that Christianity doesn’t fit Antichrist’s religious system. Neither Antichrist or the False Prophet will not be the Pope, and his harlot religion will not be Roman. Instead, the Apostle John describes his religion as monotheistic that rejects the deity of Christ and the Trinity. This is one of the most important clues for properly understanding the end time paradigm.

 911 sparked a wake up call for radical Islam to rise up and fulfill their destiny of conquering the world. We know from Ezekiel 38 and 39 that a coalition of Muslim nations will assault Israel in the battle of Armageddon. Their mission will be to destroy the Jewish people and capture the holy land and Jerusalem for Allah. Satan is behind it. Satan will empower it. And Satan is deceiving millions of Muslims to carry out his devious scheme.

While most prophecy teachers claim Antichrist will set up a one-world government in the last days, in reality, there will never be a one-world government. That simply can’t happen because Jesus said there would always be wars and rumors of wars among the nations until He returns.

Instead of a one-world government, scripture describes the fanatical efforts of one religion desperately trying to conquer the world.

It’s a religion that hates the Jewish people, just like Islam. It beheads Christians, just like Islam. It claims Jerusalem for its capitol, just like Islam. It denies that Jesus is God’s Son, just like Islam. And to further fulfill scripture about the end times, the religious system of Antichrist must already control nations who are in possession of nuclear weapons… just like Islam (Pakistan/Iran).

An ISIS-like, 10-King Caliphate, led by Turkey and Iran is starting to take shape today right under our nose! This final empire will be the evil instrument of Satan’s wrath to behead Jews and Christians in the Tribulation and to devastate planet earth.

It will be so destructive that Jesus warned, everyone on earth would be killed if He delayed His Second Coming just a little bit (Mt. 24:22). But He doesn’t delay and returns right on time to crush this evil beast once and forever at His Second Coming,

“In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever” (Daniel 2:44).

The Tribulation is casting its shadow over the final years of the Church age. Time is running short. The Bible tells us we cannot know the timing of Jesus’ return for His church, which happens before the Tribulation. But He did give us Signs so we would recognize the season of His return, and we are in that season.

God’s Voice: The Signs Are All Around

God’s Voice: The Signs Are All Around

A common response to those like me who believe we live in the last days is this: “The world has seen violence and wickedness all through its history. What’s so different about today?” 

I fully understand that question. When one considers the world wars of the previous century, it seems as though things could not get any worse than that.

Seventy-five years ago, many Christians thought Hitler was Antichrist based on his hatred of the Jews and his efforts to establish a socialist empire. This was truly a terrible time in world history, but it was not the prelude to the Tribulation period like we’re seeing today.

The Holocaust was for a different purpose. It was Satan’s effort to prevent Israel from becoming a nation and fulfilling their end time destiny.

My assertion regarding the nearness of the Day of the Lord does not stem from a comparison of the peril in years past to that of today.

Our time in history is unique because of the abundance of biblical signs telling us that the Tribulation is rapidly approaching. And our generation is unique because we are seeing a “convergence” of all the Signs of the Times shouting to us that the Lord is coming soon! 

Below, I list several key signs that warn us of its nearness in time:

The Signs of Israel as a Nation

The rebirth of Israel in 1948 sparked a domino effect on end time prophecy. Not only is God gathering Jews back to the Land, Israel is now in control of Jerusalem, a major sign and prerequisite for the events of the Tribulation period.

Aligning Nations of Prophecy

Ezekiel 38 provides important details of the Battle of Armageddon that are not mentioned in the book of Revelation.  Although the prophet lists the invading armies by their ancient names, the alliance will consist of Turkey, Iran, Sudan, and Libya. Today, all four of these radical Islamic nations have abundant military resources and soldiers in Syria, close to Israel’s borders. Both Iran and Turkey also have a strategic alliance with Libya and Sudan. 

Equally remarkable are the countries missing from the Ezekiel list of Israel’s enemies and how they’re in alignment today. Egypt and Jordan currently have peace treaties with Israel; Saudi Arabia has recently formed a close alliance with Jerusalem in response to the threat from Iran.

The Lord, through the prophet Ezekiel, precisely described today’s current Middle East alignment of nations over 2,600 years ago.

Alignment of Turkey and Iran

In an amazing turn of events, Turkey and Iran are forming an alliance! Turkey is Sunni and the former head of the Ottoman empire while Iran is the world’s most dominant Shiite nation.

Traditionally, these two Muslim factions don’t mix well but that’s exactly how Daniel prophesied the final empire,

“And just as you saw the iron mixed with baked clay, so the people will be a mixture and will not remain united, any more than iron mixes with clay” (Daniel 2:43).

The Push for Third Temple

The Bible predicts the existence of a third Jewish temple in the last days. In Matthew 24:15, Jesus referred to Daniel’s prophecy that Antichrist would defile a rebuilt Jewish temple in the middle of the seven-year tribulation (see also Dan. 9:27).

The push for this temple is rising at a fever pitch in Israel. For the first time, Orthodox political parties have included a pro-temple plank as part of their party statement in 2019. Most amazingly, they were voted into the Knesset!

I’ll continue my list this week as we consider more about: “Signs, The Voice of God.”

The Tribulation is casting its shadow over the final years of the Church age. Time is running short.

The Bible tells us we cannot know the timing of Jesus’ return for His church, which happens before the Tribulation. But He did give us Signs so we would recognize the season of His return, and we are in that season.

The Outpouring of End-Time Signs

The Outpouring of End-Time Signs

God is obligated by His character to warn the world of impending Tribulation judgment and the imminent return of His Son.

The reason for this is because Jesus is returning in great wrath to “judge and wage war” (Rev. 19:11), and God never pours out His wrath without warning.

God does not wish that any should perish, but that all should be brought to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). Therefore, God always warns before He executes His wrath.

He warned the world through Noah for 120 years. He also warned Sodom and Gomorrah through Abraham.

He sent Jonah to warn the pagan city of Nineveh, and He sent Nahum to the same city 150 years later.

God used Jeremiah to warn Judah that He was sending the Babylonian’s to destroy Jerusalem if they didn’t repent. And Jesus warned that the Romans would wipe out Israel and their Temple if they didn’t repent. It happened in 70 AD.

Likewise, God is warning the world today that time is running out. He is sending sign after sign that His Son is about to return.

The message of the hour we should be hearing from pulpits is: “Flee from the wrath that is to come by fleeing into the loving arms of Jesus now.” 

Jesus came the first time as an expression of God’s love; He came to die for the sins of Mankind. But when He returns, He will come in vengeance to pour out the wrath of God on those who have rejected God’s love and grace.

Our class will discuss prophecies about world events and unique attitudes to watch for that will identify the season of the Lord’s return.

Our goal for the class is to help you realize we are smack-dab in the middle of the end times!

Signs are like Birth Pains They Increase as the Day Draws Near

Signs are like Birth Pains They Increase as the Day Draws Near

The Bible gives us certain signs of the times we’re told to be looking for. Jesus said there would be clear indications that will alert us to His soon return.

Here’s what I find so fascinating and what we’ll discuss in our upcoming class. There are more end time signs coming in closer proximity to one another than ever before. Have you noticed this?

Jesus described the signs by saying they would be like birth pains (Mt. 24:8).

He was warning us that just like contractions increase in frequency, intensity and duration, so will there be more signs appearing as we get closer to the return of Jesus.

Just like birth pangs, end time signs are becoming more pronounced and disruptive!