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Friday, July 22, 2016

Signs of the Last Days - News for the week of July17-22'16

We will be taking a break from work for some well earned R&R come next week, (last week of July). So the blog may not be updated until sometime early August.

In the meantime, here are some of the headlines from the past week which we have seen which surely indicate the times we live in, (the Last Days).  We have also included a trio of videos which give more detail of things happening in this world of ours. 

As always, we ask that you pray for the peace of this world; pray for your unsaved family and friends and keep looking up because things are happening fast.


When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near. Luke 21:28 NIV


Mark of the Beast:


68% of Europeans want to use biometric authentication for payments
http://www.scmagazineuk.com/68-of-europeans-want-to-use-biometric-authentication-for-payments/article/509456/

Pestilence and Plagues:


To Fight a Virus, Get a Virus: Military Bets on Mutant Pathogen
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-07-14/mutant-hiv-viruses-fight-new-infections-in-two-brothers-labs

Rumors of War:


U.S.Warships Surround Disputed Chinese Waters, Prepared for War: “WWIII At Stake”
They Know What Comes Next: Russian Citizens Are “Stocking Up On Essentials In Case Of War”


Increasing Depravity:


Governments To Christians: Don’t You Dare Speak Out Against The Sexual Sin In Society

Survey: ‘Gen-Z’ doesn’t believe in gender, less than 50% say they’re heterosexual

Economic Collapse:


Italy will DESTROY EU: Warning as Italian referendum to spark euro economic APOCALYPSE

Federal Debt Tops $19,400,000,000,000

Increased Knowledge:


Will we be the last generation to die?

Could Buttercup the ZOMBIE MAMMOTH save the world?

Russia on Verge of Major Breakthrough in Artificial Intelligence

Perilous Times - Terrorism


Apocalypse Soon? The Battle for Dabiq

List of Islamic Terror: 2016

Perilous Times - Civil Unrest


If Trump wins, a coup isn't impossible here in the U.S.


Gog/Magog Alliances:


Turkey's president says all he wants is same powers as Hitler

Turkish lawmakers give leader Erdogan sweeping new powers

Erdogan targets more than 50,000 in purge after failed Turkish coup

Europe Braces For Huge Wave Of Turkish ‘Refugees’ After Failed Revolution

Lack of Wisdom and discernment:


Finnish man sentenced after defending against home invasion

School bans clapping and allows students ‘silent cheers’ or air punching but only when teachers agree









Friday, July 15, 2016

War On The Streets Of America: Protesters Attack Police Officers In Major Cities All Over The Nation

Prophecy Sign:  Increasing civil and social unrest - Lawlessness



So the New Black Panther party is planning on heading to Cleveland for next weeks Republican Convention and they plan on packing heat, (guns in tow).  At the same time the Bikers for Trump are also planning on making their way to Cleveland with intentions to counter agitators like the Black Panthers and a host of leftwing groups likely to be there as well.  Can you say 'collision course'?  Sparks are gonna fly.

Jesus wan't kidding when he said that lawlessness would abound in the last days, and this lawlessness is occurring all across the globe.  In Europe mostly leftwing radicals have been battling police in mass riots resulting in many injuries. 

This might be a good time to pray for the peace of the world.

And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. Matthew 24:12 ESV

War On The Streets Of America: Protesters Attack Police Officers In Major Cities All Over The Nation
This is what a nation looks like when it starts melting down from within.  A series of very disturbing incidents of police brutality against young black males has caused a firestorm to erupt all across the country.  You would have thought that the massacre of police in Dallas would have caused everyone to step back and reflect on what is really causing this cycle of violence, but instead the nationwide protests have gotten even bigger and more intense.  Over the weekend, protesters attacked police with rocks, bricks, bottles, fireworks, chunks of concrete, Molotov cocktails and rebar from a construction site.  In return, police fired pepper spray, smoke bombs and tear gas at protesters.
The New Black Panther Party, a "black power" movement, will carry firearms for self-defense during rallies in Cleveland ahead of next week's Republican convention, if allowed under Ohio law, the group's chairman said. The plan by the group this weekend comes as police in Cleveland brace for an influx of groups that plan demonstrations before and during the presidential nominating convention.
"If it is an open state to carry, we will exercise our second amendment rights because there are other groups threatening to be there that are threatening to do harm to us," Hashim Nzinga, chairman of the New Black Panther Party, told Reuters in a telephone interview. 

Bikers for Trump to Patrol Cleveland During RNC Convention; ‘Vets Are Our Backbone’
A large group of patriotic motorcycle enthusiasts will be among the visitors to Cleveland Ohio next week for the Republican National Committee meeting that will nominate business mogul Donald Trump to be the Republican nominee for President of the United States. Bikers for Trump aren’t going to Cleveland looking to cause trouble but will be on hand to counter thousands of professional leftwing agitators planning to disrupt the Republican nominating convention. “We will be there to make sure that the delegates are allowed to exercise their right to peacefully assemble,” Bikers for Trump organizer Chris Cox told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview. “We’ve seen how these paid agitators have thrown eggs and gotten violent at other Trump events around the country and we’re not going to put up with it.”
http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/07/12/exclusive-bikers-for-trump-to-patrol-cleveland-during-rnc-convention-vets-are-our-backbone/

Day of Rage protests scheduled for July 15th in dozens of U.S. cities


Threat To Candidates Has Been Elevated According To Secret Service
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/secret-service-director-threat-to-candidates-is-slightly-elevated/

Europe:

Far-left riot in Berlin ends in injuries and arrests
An anti-authoritarian left-wing demonstration in Berlin ended with multiple injuries and arrests on Saturday night after protesters clashed with police in the Friedrichshain neighborhood. The riot left 123 officers injured, while 86 protesters were arrested, police said on Sunday. Despite deploying some 1,800 security personnel there and in neighboring Kreuzberg, paramedics still found themselves tending to bloodied officers and demonstrators alike.

France labour dispute: Paris protests descend into violence
Protests in Paris over a French labour reform bill have turned violent, with at least 40 people injured, including 29 police officers, and 58 arrests. At least 75,000 demonstrators had convened in the capital as the upper house of parliament debated changes to employment laws. One of the city's best-known attractions, the Eiffel Tower, was closed due to strike action by staff.

A Muslim Looking Forward to the Third Temple?

Prophecy Sign:  The Third Jewish Temple


Did you know that the Muslim Holy book, the Koran explicitly says that the Jews will return to the Holy Land before the last judgement? 


And thereafter We [God] said to the Children of Israel: 'Dwell securely in the Promised Land. And when the last warning will come to pass, we will gather you together in a mingled crowd.' Sura 17:104

Therefore, from an Islamic point of view, Israel is the legitimate owner of the land God deeded to her and whose borders were defined by Abraham in Genesis.  This knowlege will eventually allow for the rebuilding of the Third Jewish Temple as more and more leaders of Islam come to realize their opposition to the Jewish State's existence is in opposition to their own  Holy book's teaching.  It might take a war to beat down the radicals, but Islam will finally come to the table.

In the meantime, the Jewish Sanhedrin has declared the coming year, (starting in the fall), to be a year of Jubilee.  Now, there is likely nothing particularly prophetic about the announcement, but we do find it heartening given a song we like to sing about the year of Jubilee and the coming of Jesus Christ.


Chorus from “Days of Elijah”

Behold he comes
Riding on a cloud
Shining like the sun
At the trumpet's call
Lift your voice
It's the year of jubilee
Out of Zion 'till salvation comes


Muslim leader hosts rabbis, welcomes 3rd Temple
A prominent Turkish Muslim leader hosted a gathering of Israeli rabbis to call for an end of anti-Jewish sentiment in the Islamic world, saying he looks forward to the rebuilding of the Third Temple in Jerusalem. Adnan Oktar welcomed the delegation, including Rabbi Dov Lipman and Rabbi Ben Abrahamson, for an iftar dinner during Ramadan in Istanbul. The dinner included other Muslims and Christian representatives as well. Lipman, a senior officer of the World Zionist Organization, said he was very pleased by the friendship and goodwill he experienced.
http://www.wnd.com/2016/07/muslim-leader-hosts-rabbis-welcomes-3rd-temple/#!

A Muslim Looking Forward to the Third Temple?


“Hallow the Fiftieth Year”: Sanhedrin Declares Year of the Jubilee
After a full year of deliberation, the Nascent Sanhedrin has announced that this year, (coming up), is the first year in the counting of the 50-year Jubilee cycle. This not only reinstates a Biblical commandment, but it has implications for Israel’s status as a Biblically mandated nation, returning the land to the Jews and ensuring each Jew an inheritance in the land. The Jubilee (Hayovel in Hebrew) is a Biblical commandment that is observed exclusively in the land of Israel. It is the fiftieth year that comes after a period seven sabbaticals. The year triggers a number of Biblical commandments concerning property rights and returning the land to its original inheritors, the Jews who were allocated the land by lottery. Debts were forgiven and slaves who sold themselves due to debt were set free.

War Is Coming And The Global Financial Situation Is A Lot Worse Than You May Think

Prophecy Sign:  The coming global economic collapse

The next big worry for Europe is the impending banking collapse in Italy.  Now should this happen, watch the dominoes fall all across the globe, as every banking system all over the world is so tied in together. This is explained in a humorous fashion in the first video below.  This video, featuring a pair of Australian humorists, was put together a few years ago, but is more applicable today than ever.

When the present global financial system finally comes crashing down, then what?  Likely a very bad situation which we now see being played out in Venezuela where the government has now taken control of food distribution, (which is likely coming to a country near you).  Michael Synder of the Economic Collapse Blog has much to say about this impending financial tsunami in the second video also featured below.

For he has oppressed the poor and left them destitute; he has seized houses he did not build.  “Surely he will have no respite from his craving; he cannot save himself by his treasure.  Nothing is left for him to devour; his prosperity will not endure.  In the midst of his plenty, distress will overtake him; the full force of misery will come upon him. Job 20:19-22 NIV

War Is Coming And The Global Financial Situation Is A Lot Worse Than You May Think

'Europe is extremely sick', says Deutsche Bank chief economist
Brussels urgently needs a €150 billion bailout to begin a major recapitalization program for its banks, according to Deutsche Bank’s David Folkerts-Landau. In the aftermath of UK’s Brexit vote, the focus of attention has switched to Italy’s banking sector, which has accumulated €360 billion in bad loans, and growing. A former member of the ECB executive board Lorenzo Bini Smaghi, and now chairman at Societe Generale, has warned the banking crisis in Italy could spread to the entire EU. “Europe is extremely sick and must start dealing with its problems extremely quickly, or else there may be an accident. I’m no doomsday prophet, I am a realist,” he said in an interview to Welt am Sonntag.
https://www.rt.com/business/350622-european-banks-crisis-deutsche-bank/


Italy nears economic collapse - Prices of bank stocks have decreased by more than 50%
Italy is on the brink of a full-blown banking crisis. Bad debts, or “non-performing loans,” held by the banking sector total 360 billion euros, which is a remarkable 17 percent of all the outstanding bank loans in Italy and equal to about one-fifth of the annual Italian GDP. It is also many times the level of bad debt held by Italian banks at the peak of the financial crisis in 2008. Since the beginning of 2016, prices of bank stocks have decreased by more than 50%. In the case of Italy’s oldest and most troubled bank, Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, its share price has declined more than 75%.

Italian banks may make the next weak spot in Europe
http://www.cnbc.com/2016/07/04/italy-could-be-on-a-collision-course-for-two-key-reasons.html


Venezuelan military takes over food distribution
Venezuela's military has taken charge of food distribution and key ports to guarantee supplies of basic goods and medicines amid increasing shortages and mounting unrest. President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday put his military in charge of five sea ports, giving his country's armed forces a major promotion as Venezuela struggles under a dire economic and political crisis. "Today, we are taking five fundamental ports of the country: Guanta, La Guaira, Puerto Cabello, Maracaibo and Guamache," Maduro said on state television after meeting Vladimir Padrino Lopez, his defence minister general. The military will oversee production of food and medicine in "a great operation to fight the economic war", Maduro said.





Putin prepares for World War III

Prophecy Sign:  Rumors of War

The decibel level of all the war drums that are beating is becoming quite loud, wouldn't you say? The talk of World War 3 is on everybody's lips these days, (at least those paying attention).  It would seem both Russia and China are preparing big time for a confrontation with NATO and America.  And of course we still have North Korea and Iran playing with their nuclear toys which they both desire to launch at their respective enemies, (America and Israel).  Welcome to the last days.  

When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Mark 13:7 NIV

Putin prepares for World War III: Hundreds of military vehicles including mobile ballistic missile launchers take part in simulated launch drills across Russia 
Hundreds of military vehicles including mobile intercontinental ballistic missile launchers have been taking part in simulated military drills across Russia. Footage has shown up to 400 vehicles take part in the exercise by rolling through wooded areas of the Altay region. Among them were autonomous missile launchers including the Topol, Topol-M and the Yars as well as drones and hundreds of troops. According to RT, crews manning the missile launchers are always training and the focus of the current drill was counter-sabotage measures. The launchers are protected by special units of troops who specialise in detecting enemy forces, who might be waiting, and to eliminate their threat. 
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3688017/Putin-prepares-World-War-III-Hundreds-military-vehicles-including-mobile-ballistic-missile-launchers-simulated-launch-drills-Russia.html

PUTIN PURGE Russian leader sacks EVERY commander in his Baltic fleet after ‘they refused to confront Western ships’
As many as 50 senior officers including a Vice Admiral have been purged by Vladimir Putin amid reports they refused to confront Western ships. Other Russian news sites also speculated that attempts to cover up a crash between a Russian sub and a Polish boat may have been behind the bloodletting. But given the endemic nature of corruption and incompetence across the Russian military, Western analysts are scratching their heads as to the real reason behind the purge.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/1430469/vladimir-putin-russian-leader-sacks-every-commander-in-his-baltic-fleet-after-they-refused-to-confront-western-ships/


Russian Armageddon Convoy Practices for World War III
http://www.popularmechanics.com/military/weapons/a21802/russian-armageddon-convoy-practices-for-world-war-iii/

Chinese President orders People’s Liberation Army to ‘prepare for combat’
Chinese President Xi Jinping has ordered the People’s Liberation Army to “prepare for combat” as a measure against possible hostile U.S. action in the South China Sea after an international tribunal ruled that Beijing had no exclusive control over the area. “The Permanent Court of Arbitration said there was no evidence that China had historically exercised exclusive control over the waters or resources,” reports the BBC. China responded by labeling the ruling “ill-founded” and refused to be bound by it.



Hidden fault could trigger cataclysmic "megaquake" in Asia

Prophecy Sign:  Increasing Earthquake and Volcanic activity



New fault lines are being discovered all across the globe with some of those new faults having the potential to produce massive earthquakes which would result in millions of deaths. If that sounds like something you might read about in the book of Revelation, you're right.  In addition, bible prophecy records an event where a major city will be destroyed by some sort of cataclysmic event during the latter days of the Tribulation.  

This city has been identified as everything from New York to rebuilt Babylon, and is destroyed by everything from a nuclear blast to fiery hail from the heavens. Perhaps it's non other than present day Rome destroyed by a massive volcanic eruption?

"When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with her and shared her luxury see the smoke of her burning, they will weep and mourn over her. Terrified at her torment, they will stand far off and cry: "'Woe! Woe to you, great city, you mighty city of Babylon! In one hour your doom has come!' Revelation 18:9-10 NIV

Hidden fault could trigger cataclysmic "megaquake" in Asia

A massive fault could trigger a cataclysmic earthquake beneath Bangladesh, parts of east India and Myanmar, new research suggests. The hidden fault, which has been buried under miles of river sediment, could release an earthquake of magnitude 8.2 to 9.0 in one of the most densely populated regions of the world, the study found. And because researchers discovered the system relatively recently, they have no estimates for when such a megaquake could occur. "We don't know if it's tomorrow or if it's not going to be for another 500 years," said study co-author Michael Steckler, a geophysicist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University in New York City.
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/hidden-fault-could-trigger-cataclysmic-megaquake-in-asia/

'Extinct' volcano near Rome is waking up and entering a new eruptive cycle
A volcano near Rome thought to be extinct appears to be waking up and entering a new eruptive cycle, geologists have said. While Colli Albani is not expected to erupt for at least another 1,000 years, when it does it could be as destructive as Mount Vesuvius, which destroyed the ancient city of Pompeii in 79 AD. The team, led by Fabrizio Marra, from the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology in Rome, analysed the risk of an eruption posed by the volcano after noticing the land around the volcano had been rising over recent years. This indicates there has been an injection of magma "within the youngest plumbing system" of the volcano – suggesting the volcano is waking up after a long period of dormancy.

End Time Persecution Is Here: Russia Just Banned Evangelism And China Has Torn Down 1000s Of Crosses

Prophecy Sign:  Increasing Christian Persecution



Christian persecution is on the rise.  From outright slaughter of Christians in the Islamic world, to suppression of Christianity in China and now perhaps Russia, to marginalization of biblical Christian beliefs.  Check out the article below which reports on the controversy that a United States church youth choir drummed up, (excuse the pun), simply for being part of a church that still believes in biblical doctrine.  The haters wanted the choir to be banned from Scotland simply for holding firm on the definition of biblical marriage and the sanctity of life, including the unborn.    

"If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. John 15:18-19 NIV

End Time Persecution Is Here: Russia Just Banned Evangelism And China Has Torn Down 1000s Of Crosses
We always knew that this was coming.  For years, the horrifying persecution of Christians in the Middle East has made headlines all over the globe, but now we are seeing very disturbing examples of government-sanctioned persecution literally all over the planet.  As you will read about below, Russia just banned virtually all types of evangelism outside of a church or religious site.  And China has been tearing down thousands of crosses and has been demolishing dozens of churches in a renewed crackdown on the growth of Christianity in that nation.  Overall, there are 53 countries that now have laws that restrict the Christian faith according to one recent report.  When are we going to wake up and realize what is happening?

Thousands Fasting After Russian President Putin Signs Law Banning Evangelism Outside of Churches
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law last week a measure punishing any kind of religious evangelization outside of churches, which some observers have called one of the most restrictive move in "post-Soviet history." "This new situation resembles the Soviet Union in 1929. At that time confession of faith was permitted only in church," Hannu Haukka, president of Great Commission Media Ministries, told National Religious Broadcasters, according to Breitbart News. "Practically speaking, we are back in the same situation. These anti-terrorist laws are some of the most restrictive laws in post-Soviet history." The law, which is supposed to be aimed against the spread of terrorism and extremism, has also been approved by the Russian Parliament's upper chamber. The move blocks the sharing of faith in any place that is not a government-sanctioned house of worship.
http://www.christianpost.com/news/thousands-fasting-after-russian-president-putin-signs-law-banning-evangelism-outside-of-churches-166345/

Christian Mother of 7 Hacked to Death in Nigeria While Preaching
http://www.christianpost.com/news/christian-mother-7-hacked-to-death-nigeria-preaching-severed-head-left-on-bible-166357/

US youth choir who performed in Edinburgh linked to anti-gay church, says Scottish Secular Society
A youth choir booked to perform at major shopping centre in Edinburgh are part of a Texas “megachurch” that has been accused of being anti-gay and anti-abortionist.
Megan Crawford, chair of the SSS, who is herself a Texan, raised in a baptist church, said: “We are very concerned about megachurches who have a growing interest in coming over to Ireland, Scotland and England and pushing their extremely fundamentalist agenda. Why are they even allowed here to try to affect our laws and lives?”

Crawford said: “Most people don’t appreciate these megachurches with their seemingly unlimited amounts of tax-free money coming over here and being allowed to attempt to affect our lives. They are extremely fundamentalist, with a view that marriage should be one male and one female, with sex only for procreation and anti abortion rights, and with a lot of young creationists in there.”

Containing a Superintelligent AI Is Theoretically Impossible

Prophecy Sign:  Increase in knowledge - Image of the Beast


Could a super-intelligent A.I. be the Image of the Beast of Revelation?  With the exponential growth in artificial intelligence and super-computers with terabytes of computing capacity, it's certainly something to consider.  We know the Image of the Beast has to be a global system with the ability to also control every aspect of day to day life.  Technology is racing towards that end.

The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. Revelation 13:15 NIV 

Containing a Superintelligent AI Is Theoretically Impossible
Machines that “learn” and make decisions on their own are proliferating in our daily lives via social networks and smartphones, and experts are already thinking about how we can engineer them so that they don’t go rogue. So far, suggestions have ranged from “training” self-learning machines to ignore certain kinds of information that might teach them racism or sexism, to coding them with values like empathy and respect. But according to some new work from researchers at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid,as well as other schools in Spain, the US, and Australia, once an AI becomes “superintelligent”—think Ex Machina—it will be impossible to contain it.
http://motherboard.vice.com/read/containing-a-superintelligent-ai-is-theoretically-impossible-halting-problem


Is Mankind on the Brink of Robocalypse?
The so-called robot revolution may ride roughshod over people's right to privacy, Gor Nakhapetyan, advisor to the Russian innovation center Skolkovo, told Sputnik. In an interview with Sputnik, Gor Nakhapetyan, advisor to the Russian innovation center Skolkovo, warned of the risks of wide-scale robotization, which he said could impinge on privacy rights. The interview came after the Japan government announced plans to allocate a whopping 2.5 trillion yen (more than 20 billion dollars) to launching a so-called robot revolution in time for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

22 schoolgirls 'suffered mass demonic possession' and foamed at mouth after playing game of 'Charlie Charlie'

Prophecy Sign:  Increase in demonic activity


Another report of school children coming under demonic attack, with similar mass hysteria and reports of a man dressed in black being part of the phenomenon.   If that weren't bizarre enough we read that sex with the demonic world is becoming another sexual inclination. 

The bible warns that during the darkest days of the coming Tribulation, people will simply not repent of their worship and infatuation with demons and the spirit world.  


But the people who did not die in these plagues still refused to repent of their evil deeds and turn to God. They continued to worship demons and idols made of gold, silver, bronze, stone, and wood--idols that can neither see nor hear nor walk! Revelation 9:20 NLT

22 schoolgirls 'suffered mass demonic possession' and foamed at mouth after playing game of 'Charlie Charlie'
This is the chilling moment 22 schoolgirls - aged between 12 and 15 - 'suffered mass demonic possession' after playing a game of 'Charlie Charlie'. The children were screaming, writhing and hallucinating - and some were even foaming at the mouth. One victim claimed she could see a 'man dressed in black' while possessed - and locals are praying against witchcraft as authorities warn against playing the game. The traumatic incident happened on Saturday in the Choco region of Colombia which borders with Panama. The children were rushed from their school to to a medical centre in Nóvita - all suffering with the same symptoms.
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/22-schoolgirls-suffered-mass-demonic-8405568


The MetroSpiritual: Kinky sex that's literally out of this world 
Sexual liaisons with otherworldly beings is seemingly on the the rise — or at least admitting it in public is. It's called spectrophilia and not surprisingly, it’s common among metrospirituals and other enlightened people. It involves having intimate relations with a ghost, spirit or other entity. Unlike an incubus — a male evil spirit who has sex with sleeping women — or its female counterpart, a succubus, people who engage in spectrophilia say its intense ecstasy often brings them to a level of sexual fulfillment beyond anything physical with another living being.

Monday, July 11, 2016

What’s up with time during the Tribulation?


Have you ever read the following versus in the bible and wondered ‘what’s up with that?

And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. Matthew 24:22 KJV

And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise. Revelation 8:12 KJV

Time is a very important element in the upcoming Tribulation which the bible has referred to in several different fashions.  The Prophet Daniel was told the period would last for a period of one seven, (Hebrew – ‘shabua – Daniel 9:27), and also ‘time, times and half a time’, (Daniel 12:7).  John the Revelator was told the period would be broken into two halves of 1,260 days, (Revelation 11:3), and 1,260 days, (Revelation 12-6), with the last half of 42 months being the period when the Antichrist will be given all power, (Revelation 13:5).

All of the above time frames equate to the same thing if you work on God’s calendar of 12 months with 30 days per month, (the Hebrew calendar which observes the moon, not the sun).  The shabua equals a period of seven years consisting of 12 months of 30 day months, or a total of 2,520 days, (1,260 days + 1,260 days).  With time, times and half a time working out to 360 + 720 + 180 = 1,260 days, (the Time of Jacobs Trouble – The last half of the Tribulation).  Bible prophecy is clear that the Tribulation will last for the entire period of days indicated in these calculations.  So how then do we apply the pesky versus above which tell us that time will be shortened?

Before we answer that question, keep in mind that God has played a couple tricks with time in the past.  God gave King Hezekiah a sign that he would add years to his life.  That sign was a movement backwards on the sun dial by 10 degrees, (Isaiah 38:8).  And let’s not forget Joshua’s extra-long day, (perhaps 48 hours), with which the armies of Israel used to defeat the Amorites, (Joshua 10:13).  There are in fact historical worldwide ancient traditions which tell of an extra-long day.  Remember, God lives outside of time, (which he created for our benefit), so it would be no problem for him to once again play with time in the future.

So, how might God decide to mess with our time?  Here’s what we know:  There are some upcoming events that will pummel this old earth during the coming Tribulation.  We are told of massive earthquake that will flatten mountains and sink islands, (Revelation 16), and some sort of celestial body impacting earth destroying upwards of a third of the planet, (Revelation 8).  These horrendous events might mean one of two things:  Either the collision with earth of a very large asteroid, or a near earth visitation by some sort of wayward planet with a tremendous gravitational pull, (Nibiru??).  Whichever way it happens, it would appear that God is going to give the earth a giant smack which will speed up earth’s rotation.  To the point where there will be one third less daylight and one third less night.  In other words a 16 hour day instead of a 24 hour day.

There’s an interesting prophecy in the book of Amos which might be authenticating this speeding up of time and confirming the words of Jesus when he said that time would be shortened at the end of days, (Matthew 24:22).  Amos recorded the following:

And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord GOD, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day: Amos 8:9 KJV

There is also a prophecy from Islam which talks about the contraction of time as a sign of the end:

Abû Hurayrah said: "The Prophet - sallallâhu ’alayhi wa sallam - said: 'The Hour will not come until time passes so quickly that a year will be like a month, a month like a week, a week like a day, a day like an hour, and an hour like the time it takes for a palm-leaf to burn'." (Ahmad)

Interesting isn’t it that the Hebrew Old Testament, the Christian New Testament and the traditions of Islam all seem to indicate a messing with time in the last days? Now can you imagine the carnage, not to mention the sheer panic, of having to deal with a 16 hour day?  Considering the average person sleeps for 8 hours a day and works for 8 hours a day, there would be no time for anything else.  With a 16 hour day, there would now be 548 days in the year rather than 365.  Would that mean additional months added to the calendar?  Would a week still be 7 days or become 10 or 11 days?  All times and laws would have to be adjusted to reflect the new reality.  Oh, now there’s a thought!!  Something would have to be done with the times and laws.  Who gets to decide all that?  Well, it just so happens that bible prophecy might have something to say about the issue.  Daniel the Prophet was told that a future and final world ruler would intend to change things up:

And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time. Daniel 7:25 KJV

There have been many interpretations as to just what is meant by the changing of ‘times and law’, (new dates on the calendar for worship of the Antichrist for instance).  But how about the obvious?  If indeed the days became shorter, then in would be incumbent upon somebody to deal with the new paradigm.  New days, weeks and months would be required to be added to the year, (changing of times), and nearly every law on the books related to time, (your work day for instance), would have to be altered, (changing of laws).

How then do we keeps the number of days constant for the entire length of the Tribulation, (2,520 or 1,260 + 1,260), but still shorten the time frame?  Here’s a little math for you:  Suppose that God choose to change up the time right at the start of the Tribulation.  We would have 2,520 days at 16 hours each day equally a total of 40,320 hours.  A normal solar year with normal days of 24 hours each day equals 8,760 hours.  If we multiply that by 7 years, then we arrive at 61,320 hours.  Thus, the entire length of the Tribulation could be shortened by some 21,000 hours or 2.4 solar years.  That would make the Tribulation not 7 years in length, but rather 4.6 years in length.

I can hear the hollering now; Hold it there mister, the bible says the Tribulation is 7 years in length.  Ah, no it doesn’t actually.  It says the Tribulation will be 1 shabua, (1 seven), in length.  And as we have already learned, God calculates time, not by the Sun but by the Moon.  So long as the proper number of evenings and mornings, (1 day according to Genesis 1:5), and months calculated at 30 days each, (regardless if the day is 16 hours or 24 hours), passes then we would achieve 1 shabua, (2,520 days), in less than 7 solar years.   Of course, the shortening of days will very likely not occur until well into the Tribulation period, making the Tribulation longer than 4.6 solar years but less than 7 solar years.  Still with me??

Can’t say for sure that this is way things will play out.  We admit, there are holes in the theory, (one being the new moon cycle which is the basis of the Hebrew calendar would change). However the thoughts here do tie many things together into one somewhat logical scenario.  It reconciles Jesus’s warning of the days being shortened, the Apostles John’s vision of a day consisting of 1/3 less day and 1/3 less night, and Daniel being informed that a future world leader would have intentions to change the times and laws.

In any event, the future Tribulation period is not something you want to be part of, (and no, we don’t believe the church goes through it – that’s a discussion for another day).  In fact, you want to be ready and waiting for the blast of the shofar, (last trumpet), as we the church are called to meet the bridegroom in the air, to be whisked off where time will be no more.  

When the trumpet of the Lord shall sound, and time shall be no more,
And the morning breaks, eternal, bright and fair;
When the saved of earth shall gather over on the other shore,
And the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there.

(From “When the Roll is Called up Yonder”)

Friday, July 8, 2016

Are we living in the Last Days??

The answer to that question is a definite yes.  And if you have been following our blog or similar sites, the news of the day seems to be playing out hand in hand with bible prophecy.

With little time this week, we were unable to provide commentary on this weeks blog posts. So rather than our usual musings to go along with the articles and videos, we are providing several more recent video compilations which suggest that we are indeed in the last of the last days.

Keep looking up folks......time is short.  And if you haven't made a decision for Jesus Christ yet, (acceptance of him as your Lord and Saviour), then its time to do so.  Today is the day of salvation, because you don't know what tomorrow will bring.

For God says, "At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you." Indeed, the "right time" is now. Today is the day of salvation. 2 Corinthians 6:2 NLT




Near Russia’s border with the Baltics, soldiers on both sides are practicing for war

Prophecy Sign:  Rumors of War


Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make people kill each other. To him was given a large sword. Revelation 6:4 NIV

Near Russia’s border with the Baltics, soldiers on both sides are practicing for war
In the two years since Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula, the tiny Baltic nations of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have taken an oversize role in facing down Russia’s challenge to the West. The Kremlin has been building up its military along its border with the former Soviet satellites. Western allies of the Baltics, worried that the region is vulnerable, have responded by pouring tanks, warplanes and soldiers into an area slightly larger than Florida. They will commit thousands more troops to the three countries and Poland at a summit starting Friday. The British decision to leave the European Union makes NATO even more important as an alliance that binds the West together, NATO leaders say, amid concerns that the political and economic turbulence unleashed by the decision will shrink Britain’s outsize role in global affairs. The departure plans come at a critical time of escalation between Russia and the West.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/near-russias-border-with-the-baltics-soldiers-on-both-sides-are-practicing-for-war/2016/07/01/5a1ea29c-2775-11e6-98ad-1e25d68f2760_story.html


‘Biggest NATO reinforcement since Cold War’ to be focus of Warsaw summit
NATO members will agree to “further enhance military presence in the eastern part of the alliance” at the upcoming summit in Warsaw, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has said, adding the alliance will see its “biggest reinforcement since the Cold War.” “We will deploy four robust, multinational battalions to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. I welcome Canada’s recent announcement that it will lead one of these four battalions,”Stoltenberg said at a pre-summit press event.