Signs of the Last Days - News for the week of April 16- April 22, 2017

The past couple weeks have no doubt been exactly what the bible warned of for the last days in that there would be many rumors of war. Much of the worlds attention is now directed towards North Korea with good reason as the leader of the Hermit Kingdom threatens everyone with nuclear annihilation that stares at North Korea wrong. On the other side, U.S. President Donald Trump is marshaling forces in anticipation of further provocations by North Korea.

It's like an old Western with two gunman facing down each other with twitchy fingers hovering over their respective six-shooters. Each is waiting for the other to make the first move while the townsfolk just hope not to get in the way of any cross fire. And just what may happen if this draw down erupts into an actual gun fight? There is much worry that it could trigger a limited nuclear engagement, perhaps expanding into something much, much more:

Nuclear Experts Speak on the Dangers of War: “In a Nuclear War between the US and Russia, Everybody in the World would Die”
Greg Mello, secretary and executive director of the Los Alamos Study Group, was asked how many people would die on the first day of a nuclear war. “Everybody in the world would die. Some people in the southern hemisphere might survive, but probably not even them, he responded. Noting that the whole system was “very fragile,” Mello said that, “Even a couple of nuclear weapons could end the United States as a government and an economy,” destroying the financial markets and the Internet.

The scenario described in the above article sounds a great deal like what bible prophecy warns could happen if not for the direct intervention of God himself:

In fact, unless that time of calamity is shortened, not a single person will survive. But it will be shortened for the sake of God's chosen ones. Matthew 24:22 NLT

However it is our belief that this 'time of calamity' will not take place until the very last of the Tribulation when the armies of Antichrist will gather in the valley of Armageddon to war against the return of Jesus Christ.

Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon. Revelation 16:16 NIV
Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to wage war against the rider on the horse and his army. Revelation 19:19 NIV

At Christ's return to earth, the Antichrist and the False Prophet will be tossed into the Lake of Fire and the armies of Antichrist destroyed. Thus at Christ's return, those holding to the testimony of Jesus, (both the remnant of Jewish believers and Tribulation saints still alive), will be saved and will carry on into the Millennial Kingdom.

So while the many machinations now occurring in the world today are indeed worrisome, to the Christian who understands the bible and the prophesies thereof, it should be confirmation that the God we serve is in control and has know what will happen before time began.

I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, 'My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.' Isaiah 46:10 NIV

One of the other events to have taken place in the last week which is quite interesting from a prophetic standpoint is the recent vote in Turkey to give Turkish President Recep Tayyp Erdogan sweeping new powers which could see him become a de facto dictator for the next decade or longer. From the prophetic perspective, there are many prophecy watchers that consider Turkey and her leader to be the Gog of Magog of the Ezekiel 38 & 39 prophecy.

Certainly Turkey is to be a major player in that end-times event, but whether she is the ultimate leader of this Islamic coalition of nations that will look to invade Israel remains to be seen. Prior to becoming a secular nation under Mustafa Ataturk in 1923, Turkey was the Ottoman Empire which controlled much of the Middle-East including the lands of what would eventually become the nation state of Israel. Many in Turkey would like nothing more than to re-establish an Islamic Caliphate with Turkey at the center of power.

And finally we are witness to a decidedly weakening Church in much of Western Society. Old line mainstream churches have become purveyors of social justice rather than preachers of the gospel message. This social justice swing is also resulting in these churches becoming advocates of the LGBTQ agenda including the ordination of homosexual clergy. Meanwhile the evangelical churches are not without their issues as the millennial generation within their midst are holding less and less to a biblical worldview.  The bible warms of this transformation of the church in the Last Days this way:

For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 2 Timothy 4:3-4 NIV

The result of this process has been the collapse of societal norms and the exponential growth of the LGBTQ agenda and the great increase in hatred between different political and social factions. Indeed the love of many has waxed cold in these, the last days, (Matthew 24:12).

Christians to Blame for 'Virtually All of Our Cultural Problems,' The Blaze's Matt Walsh Says
In his new book, The Unholy Trinity: Blocking the Left's Assault on Life, Marriage, and Gender, Walsh argues that even though liberals and Democrats have directly ushered in the legalization of same-sex marriage, it was the "lack of resistance from conservatives and Christians" that "may have been most immediately responsible for our current situation as it pertains to marriage."

Until next week, keep looking up. For your redemption draws very near.

Prophecy Sign:  Rumors of War

North Korea agitating:

North Korea warns ‘GREAT WAR’ coming as US strike force just DAYS away

North Korean dictator declares he can take on Trump in nuclear war as he surprises experts by revealing new 'game-changing' missiles

North Korea warns ‘nuclear war could break out at any moment’ as country vows to test missiles WEEKLY

How North Korea could kill 90 percent of Americans

American involvement:

Hundreds of US troops begin joint South Korea military exercises as North Korea threatens 'thermonuclear war'

‘Ready to fight & win’: US marines deployed to Australia amid N. Korean ‘nuclear threat’
US said preparing strike to ‘utterly destroy’ N. Korean nuclear program

China Warns of ‘Storm Clouds Gathering’ in U.S.-North Korea Standoff 

US official: With eye on North Korea, China puts bombers on 'high alert'

China tests missiles on deadly new destroyer ship near North Korea as it warns it’s getting troops ‘battle ready’

China and Russia dispatch ships to shadow Donald Trump’s 'armada' as it approaches North Korean waters - Japanese media report

Russian involvement:

Russia moves troops, helicopters and armoured vehicles to its border with North Korea as Putin braces for war

Putin 'moves military forces' to North Korea border as world prepares for WAR
Iran is trying to provoke a Russia-US hot war in Syria

The weapons they will use:

Forget the Mother Of All Bombs – Trump has an even BIGGER 15-TON weapon to destroy Kim Jong Un’s underground nuke sites

US Army Exploring ‘Devastating’ New Weapon for Use In War with Russia

Meet the Russian 'father of all bombs'

Russia’s hypersonic Zircon anti-ship missile reaches eight times speed of sound

Russian news report claims electronic signal jamming weapon can render planes, ships and missiles useless

Prophecy Sign:  Jerusalem - The burdensome stone

Russian envoy, Foreign Ministry to discuss recognition of Jerusalem as capital

Prophecy Sign:  The Gog/Magog Alliance - Turkey

Expert: Turkey's president dreams of new Ottoman Empire

Erdogan’s Referendum Victory Puts Turkey on Collision Course With Europe

51.3% vote to grant Turkish PM sweeping powers in final stages of count

Erdogan's Enhanced Powers 'Terrible News' for Turkish Christians

Prophecy Sign:  Revived Rome - European Superstate 

Doug Casey Says the EU’s Collapse Is Now “Imminent”

Prophecy Sign:  Civil Unrest 

Is Venezuela finally going over the edge? Massive protests erupt, dozens dead, injured or arrested  

Deaths and injuries reported amid 'mother of all marches' in Venezuela

Prophecy Sign:  Increased Knowledge - Transhumanism/Dimensional Portals

Live Forever:  Scientists research immortality with cybernetics, DNA tinkering, new drugs and cloning

Prophecy Sign:  Technology of the 'Mark of the Beast'

Credit card with a fingerprint sensor revealed by Mastercard

Facial recognition is coming to US airports, fast-tracked by Trump

Prophecy Sign:  The Last Days 'Apostate' Church

Over 150 'Queer' United Methodist Church Clergy Sign Letter Demanding LGBT Ordination

Music Superstar Katy Perry Denounces Her Devoutly Christian Upbringing

Only 4 Percent of Millennials Hold a “Biblical Worldview”

College Argues that Gospel Message is 'Fighting Words'

Prophecy Sign:  Societal Collapse

SHOCK: Drug overdose deaths now kill more Americans every year than the entire Vietnam War

Children Must Be Taught Transgenderism, Homosexuality Starting in Nursery School, Teachers Say

Gov't Now Backs Explicit LGBT Teaching in Schools

LGBT-promoting teacher bans cross necklaces in class

‘Hunger Games’ Star Amandla Stenberg: Gender Can Be ‘Whatever You Want It to Be’

Prophecy Sign:  Perilous Times and Events

Bill Gates: Terrorists could wipe out 30 million people by weaponising a disease such as smallpox

Ranking the 10 Most Dangerous Volcanoes, From Vesuvius to Santa Maria

By 2020 Two-Thirds Of Wild Animals Will Have Been Wiped Out Over A 50 Year Period As Mass Die-Offs Accelerate All Over The Planet


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