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Saturday, March 3, 2018

A Tightening Noose

Billy Graham passed away. I'm one of those people who believes that his life was significant.

Of course he had his faults, mistakes, problems, bad associations.

I think, like Anne Graham Lotz, that his passing is also significant. We've come to an end of an era with his death. Luis Palau is also dying of cancer right now, and his ministry touched the Latin American world as Billy's touched ours. We are seeing change.

The shootings in Florida and Michigan have sparked and hardened our culture to more debate about rights and privileges, speech and mental illness.

I always state what everyone already knows, but I still think it bears defining. We are seeing our world creep toward Satan's ultimate earthy global kingdom.

There's an intriguing picture that emerges in the Book of Revelation. It's referred to as "Mystery Babylon" and it is a city that rules the rest of the world economically, politically, and in every other way. It is described particularly in chapter 13, where the leader of this order, the Beast, compels everyone on earth to worship him. No one will be able to buy or sell without his mark on hand or forehead.

Satan knows and understands all of this imagery, and he hates it. He propagates the idea that Revelation is hard to understand, should be interpreted heavily, and even that it is myth.

But it is happening. It's even happening now.

The most compelling evidence is the fruition of things predicted 2,000 years ago-----multiple references.

To me they are the most convincing testimony of the truth of God's Word.

The Bible is about a third prophecy. Most of the prophecies have been fulfilled. Critics always assert that those prophecies were written after the fact, but this cannot be true. It's just another tactic of Satan to deceive people.

There are still multiple prophecies to come about, and God's prophecies ALWAYS happen. They always come to fruition. God makes them happen.

The things predicted in Revelation aren't pretty, and I, for one, DON'T WANT TO BE AROUND when they come to pass. Thankfully I'd be one to be shot or beheaded right away.

BUT the Rapture will happen before that, as this is our HOPE. The hope given in Thessalonians. The church, followers of Jesus Christ, is addressed in the first chapters of Revelation. There are warnings about becoming cool toward believers and God. The Lord is pleading with his bride to stay close to Him as the world marches toward Armageddon.

Then the church isn't a factor for the rest of the book. It's all about bowls and seals, wrath and monsters. War, disease, pestilence, earthquakes, destruction, blood and death fill the final chapters of Revelation. The wrath of God descends on the earth, and the damned are damned.

It's all happening. It will come to pass. Why do I know this?

I'm seeing everything aligning in preparation for these events.

We have nuclear bombs. We have global technology. We have a cashless society in place. We have microchip technology. We have increased frequency of earthquakes. We have diseases and bugs that still menace the world's population despite medical research. We have animal extinction. We have Fukushima, a destroyed nuclear power plant that pours radioactive sea water into the Pacific Ocean. Just Google "Fukushima Radiation Map" on your device. Think about what the Bible predicts about the oceans-----a third of the seas will die.

For me, Israel and its existence is the number one reason to believe in Bible prophecy.

God hardened Pharaoh's heart in the days of Moses. He also turned Balfour, Rothschilds, and several successive Presidents of the USA to begin a little modern nation called Israel.

These people weren't Bible believers!

God used them to bring about HIS plans for the future. God worked out his own prophecies concerning Israel.

Scripture is being fulfilled (Zechariah!) as millions of Jews return to Israel for the last days. These last days.

Israel is 70 years old this spring. Many prophecy watchers are wondering "which generation will not pass away before these things come into fruition."


And it's happening. It's happening right now.

Soon, I believe, those who have "oil in their lamps," the Holy Spirit, will be caught up to meet the LORD in the air.

There is imagery in traditional Jewish weddings that there is a week-long bridal feast. That is where we watchers get the idea that we are going to celebrate a week with our shepherd and LORD/ Bridegroom Jesus Christ, Messiah. I love the prophecy in Daniel 12 which assures those who love Him that we will be hidden away for a while---a week.

Jump to Revelation 19:11-16. Here we see a Rider, Jesus, the King, returning to earth with US! The Armies of heaven, on white horses.

This is a glorious passage, full of great hope, for we see evil defeated here on earth, and the end of suffering during Jacob's Trouble, the Great Tribulation.

Those left behind who choose to not take the mark of the Beast AND survive the wrath of God will be waiting for that Glorious Appearance of Jesus and His Bride.

The church has so much to look forward to. The earth doesn't.

Bible prophecy is vital to us as we face these days of rancorous debate. We see the march toward the Beast's kingdom plainly. We see the rights and beliefs of believers under attack DAILY in the mainstream media, social media, the press.

I do read the news.

Some of it's fake, but not all of it.

WE need to be on guard.

Read your Bible every day. Let the LORD speak to you through His Word. Watch for the signs. Do not take the Mark of the Beast.

The Bible plainly states that those with the mark will not be saved.

Universalists love to explain away the doctrine of Hell. Rob Bell is a prime example here. IF you believe the Bible (and it is true) you must reckon with Hell and its concept.

Believe it or not, Hell is real.

Avoid it! Accept Jesus Christ as your savior today. Become a CHRISTIAN BELIEVER.

Jesus conquered eternal death, hell, by dying on the cross.

Ask Him to forgive you and save you NOW. Time is so short.

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