PROPHECY UPDATE 2009

ARE WE THERE YET?

PART 2

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            When we were traveling out west years ago with our family we ran into many, many signs telling us how close we were getting to Wall Drug in South Dakota. And as we passed each sign we were getting closer and closer until finally, there it was, Wall Drug!  It is just something you have to experience just once. Now, how close are we?  Let me share with you this short Bible prophecy equation to show you how close we really are:

            Israel is back in her Land again as a nation

            Iran and allies threatening war against Israel 

            China and allies armed with weapons capable of quickly destroying 1/3 of mankind

            'Weak mixed with strong’ nations of the Roman Empire reuniting and rising in power (Europe) and world kingdoms

            Teachings of ‘false Prophets’ deceiving and leading many astray

            A Generation which is ‘marked’ by being “morally corrupt” and “filled with violence”   (The Bible uses the word ‘corrupt’ - like smelly, rotting meat)

            ‘The falling away’ . . . churches and synagogues no longer teaching or “enduring sound doctrine”

            Israel and Jerusalem . . . trouble, troubles, and more trouble 

            All nations turning against the of nation Israel . . .                        

          =  The Generation of the ‘Apocalypse’ . . . Armageddon . . . and Messiah’s Return. 

 

For the first time in history this prophetic ‘equation’ is nearly complete . . .

And all in THIS generation!!!

With the remainder of our time this evening we will try to cover as many prophetic topics as we can, so hang on and let’s see, ARE WE THERE YET?

 

1.  ONE-WORLD GOVERNMENT

            Some 50 years ago or so this was not a big catch phrase, but today we are hearing it from leaders and prominent people all over the world, we are moving towards a one-world government! Does the Bible speak of this? You bet it does and for me, Daniel chapter 2 speaks clearly that the last world empire will be a confederation of 10 nations that come out of the Roman Empire. Now keep in mind that this is a world empire. I use to think that the European Community, when they had 10 nations in it, was what this was speaking of, but I missed the point that this is a world empire and not just a local one.

Now to lay some groundwork for those of you who are not as familiar with this, listen carefully to how this world was divided up many years ago. Way back in 1968 the Club of Rome had its beginnings with leaders from ten different countries gathering together for solutions to the world’s problems and their claim was that they had the answers for peace and prosperity for the world. Then, on September 17, 1973 the Club of Rome released this report: Regionalized and Adaptive Model of the Global World System. This document divides the world into ten political/economic regions that they call “kingdoms.”

This seems to follow the free trade agreements that are being made.  In fact, on July 18, 1993 Henry Kissinger, a CFR member and Trilateralist said the following in the Los Angeles Times concerning NAFTA: “What Congress will have before it is not a conventional trade agreement but the architecture of a new international system . . . a first step toward a new world order.”  The phrase “new world order” is speaking of this one world government.  Thus, these ten toes of the multi-metallic image of Daniel chapter 2 are the ten political/economic regions that will represent a one-world government in which we are moving quickly towards!

            Listen to this report from April 1, 2009 and this is no April fool’s joke. We are told:

            Former Mexican President Vicente Fox spoke in San Antonio March 27, talking about trade, the drug war, immigration reform and other issues.

            According to the San Antonio Express, Fox expressed the hope that Canada, the United States and Mexico would function like the European Union.

            “It’s an extremely successful model,” said Fox. “My vision is to speed up the process of further integration.” . . .

            . . . former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger openly called for the Obama administration to manipulate the current financial crisis to create a “new world order.” . . .

            . . . [Former Rep. David Bonior, who has been honored by socialists in America, said] “How do we democratize this globalization argument (NAFTA)?” . . . “One of the ideas we came up with was forming a North American Parliamentary Union. A North America Parliament, with Mexico, Canada and the United States, with people – probably first appointed, but eventually elected like they are in the European Parliament – so we can begin to raise these issues of human rights, civil rights and immigration, which never get talked about here.”

- WorldNet Daily, Mexico’s Fox wants European Union here, April 1, 2009

 

            That all sounds great to many but think about who is in control, what laws they will pass. In fact, our own Department of Homeland Security, in a recent report has labeled conservatives, “rightwing extremism” and the “most dangerous domestic terrorism threat in the United States.”  Listen carefully to just a couple of points this report says and it is scary because they are speaking of you and me!

            Rightwing extremism in the United States can be broadly divided into those groups, movements, and adherents that are primarily hate-oriented (based on hatred of particular religious, racial or ethnic groups), and those that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely. It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration.

            Historically, domestic rightwing extremists have feared, predicted, and anticipated a cataclysmic economic collapse in the United States. Prominent antigovernment conspiracy theorists have incorporated aspects of an impending economic collapse to intensify fear and paranoia among like-minded individuals and to attract recruits during times of economic uncertainty. Conspiracy theories involving declarations of martial law, impeding civil strife or racial conflict, suspension of the U.S. Constitution, and the creation of citizen detention camps often incorporate aspects of a failed economy. Antigovernment conspiracy theories and “end times” prophecies could motivate extremist individuals and groups to stockpile food, ammunition, and weapons. These teachings also have been linked with the radicalization of domestic extremist individuals and groups in the past, such as violent Christian Identity organizations and extremist members of the militia movement.

            Rightwing extremist paranoia of foreign regimes could escalate or be magnified in the event of an economic crisis or military confrontation, harkening back to the “New World Order” conspiracy theories of the 1990s. The dissolution of the Communist countries in Eastern Europe and the end of the Soviet Union in the 1990s led some rightwing extremists to believe that a “New World Order” would bring about a world government that would usurp the sovereignty of the United States and its Constitution, thus infringing upon their liberty. The dynamics in 2009 are somewhat similar, as other countries, including China, India, and Russia as well as some small, oil-producing states, are experiencing a rise in economic power and influence.

- Homeland Security Report

 

            And here is a very sad point. Yes, we can see this country becoming very anti-Christian, but the church is coming against us for believing in the second coming of Jesus Christ, for believing in Armageddon. Let me explain.

            A growing number of well-known evangelical leaders today are teaching thousands of people that the world has a serious problem.  The problem they describe is not what you might expect to hear, especially from evangelical leaders.  They believe that those who claim Jesus is coming back soon and the Earth will face a horrible Armageddon or judgment are actually the cause of the world’s major problems and are prohibiting a time of great renewal from taking place.  Talk of biblical end-time prophecy is considered by these men to be unnecessary and downright dangerous.

            Tony Campolo in his recent book, Speaking My Mind, suggests that these types of end-time thinkers are even the cause of wars. He says, “Their doctrines are a major factor in determining a far-ranging set of consequences that included American policies regarding militarism, the emergence of evangelical Zionism, attitudes toward Palestinians and the role of American geopolitics.” (p. 207).  He later says their “impact on geopolitics can only lead to war.” (p. 215).

            Rick Warren suggests that Jesus doesn’t want us to even think about prophecy or His return.  Warren tells us that it is none of our business.  He tells us that thinking about Jesus’ return is a ploy by Satan to get us distracted. (PDL, pp. 285, 286).

            Richard Abanes, author and speaker, in his book End-Time Visions: The Road to Armageddon, criticizes many Christians who believe we should discuss prophecy and that there is indeed a coming Armageddon. He puts solid, Bible-based Christian leaders in the same category as cult leaders such as David Koresh, who led his group to an untimely end.

            Are these evangelicals the first ones to hate the idea of Armageddon and the disaster that is coming to the world before Christ returns?  In Warren Smith’s book, Reinventing Jesus Christ, he quotes Barbara Marx Hubbard who says that those who believe in Armageddon are self-centered people who if not stopped will actually cause a self-fulfilling prophecy to take place – the destruction of the world.

            Marx Hubbard tells us of a global peace plan and she calls it an “Armageddon alternative.” This alternative can actually save the world from Armageddon, she says, but only if enough people believe it and only if the world can be rid of these self-centered doomsdayers.  “The species known as self-centered humanity will become extinct. The species known as whole-centered humanity will evolve. . . . Those who choose this version of the future will be there. Those who do not choose it will not be there.”  Marx Hubbard’s own book of “Revelation” describes a message she received from the “Christ.”: “You are to prepare the way for the alternative to Armageddon, which is the Planetary Pentecost, the great instant of co-operation which can transform enough, en masse, to avoid the necessity of the seventh seal being broken.” She continues: “Tell them to recognize the God within themselves, and to follow that light through the darkness of tribulations to the dawn of the Universal Age, when only the God-conscious continue to exist, and everyone is like Christ.  Those with the seal of the living God on their foreheads will be with Christ at the time of the transformation. I cannot ‘return’ until enough of you are attracted and linked.”

            According to Marx Hubbard it is these self-centered believers that are standing in the way. And yet in the book of Revelation, in the last chapter, Jesus says not once but three times, “I am coming quickly,” while John in the same chapter tells us not to seal the words of the prophecy because the time is at hand.

            In Warren Smith’s book, Reinventing Jesus Christ, he quotes Alice Bailey who was “told by her spirit guide over fifty years ago that the ‘Forces of Darkness’ would oppose the ‘new gospel’ and the ‘New Age.’”  Is this new gospel and Transformation one and the same as Brian McLaren’s New kind of Christian and Emerging Church?  Is it the same as Rick Warren’s spiritual awakening and global Transformation? With so many similarities, one can only surmise that they may indeed be so.  And if that is the case, will there be a growing hostility and anger towards those of us who say, Maranatha, come quickly Lord Jesus?  (I Corinthians 16:22).

- Deborah Dombrowski, The End Of The World – As We Know It

 

Listen carefully to what Rick Warren said on pages 285-286 of his best selling book, Purpose Driven Life in regards to Bible prophecy.  He feels that prophecy is a distraction and thus, commenting on Acts 1:6-8 he wrote:

            When the disciples wanted to talk about prophecy, Jesus quickly switched the conversation to evangelism. He wanted them to concentrate on their mission to the world.  He said in essence, “The details of My return are none of your business. What is your business is the mission I have given you.  Focus on that.” . . . Speculating on the exact timing of Christ’s return is futile, because Jesus said, “No one knows that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”  Since Jesus said He didn’t know the day or hour, why should you try to figure it out. . . . If you want Jesus to come back sooner, focus on fulfilling your mission, not figuring out prophecy.

- Rick Warren, Purpose Driven Life, pp. 285-286

 

            And lastly, in his book, Everything Must Change, Brian McLaren has this to say and notice if you believe in the Second Coming of Jesus, where you stand. We are told:

            The phrase “the Second Coming of Christ” never actually appears in the Bible. Whether or not the doctrine to which the phrase refers deserves rethinking, a popular abuse of it certainly needs to be named and rejected. If we believe that Jesus came in peace the first time, but that wasn’t his “real” and decisive coming – it was just a kind of warm-up for the real thing – then we leave the door open to envisioning a second coming that will be characterized by violence, killing, domination, and eternal torture. . . . This eschatological understanding of a violent second coming leads us to believe (as we’ve said before) that in the end, even God finds it impossible to fix the world apart from violence and coercion; no one should be surprised when those shaped by this theology behave accordingly.

            If we remain charmed by this kind of eschatology, we will be forced to see the nonviolence of the Jesus of the Gospels as a kind of strategic fake-out, like a feigned retreat in war, to be followed up by a crushing blow of so-called redemptive violence in the end. The gentle Jesus of the first coming becomes a kind of trick Jesus, a fake-me-out Messiah, to be replaced by the true jihadist Jesus of a violent second coming.

            This is why I believe that many of our current eschatologies, intoxicated by dubious interpretations of John’s Apocalypse, are not only ignorant and wrong, but dangerous and immoral.

- Brian McLaren, Everything Must Change, p. 144

 

Thus, we have this nation turning against us as Christians and we also have the church.  Make no mistake about it, we are living in the last days! How about you, do you really believe in Conspiracy theories or do you believe that we are really moving towards a New World Order, towards a One-World Government? You tell me as you listen to what is being spoken. Listen carefully to what Henry Kissinger said at the New York Stock Exchange in January of 2009. He said:

            “ . . . President Obama is coming into office at a moment when there is upheaval in many parts of the world simultaneously,” Kissinger responded. “You have India, Pakistan; you have the jihadist movement. So he can’t really say there is one problem, that it’s the most important one. But he can give now impetus to American foreign policy partly because the reception of him is so extraordinary around the world. His task will be to develop an overall strategy for America in this period when, really, a new world order can be created. It’s a great opportunity, it isn’t just a crisis.”

And to give you a time frame for all of this we are told:

The stated target for full implementation of the North American Union is 2010.

“The Task Force proposes the creation by 2010 of a North American community to enhance security, prosperity, and opportunity. We propose a community based on the principle affirmed in the March 2005 Joint Statement of the three leaders that ‘our security and prosperity are mutually dependent and complementary.’ Its boundaries will be defined by a common external tariff and an outer security perimeter within which the movement of people, products, and capital will be legal, orderly, and safe. Its goal will be to guarantee a free, secure, just, and prosperous North America.”

Don't underestimate the global elite’s ability to meet their own deadlines!

                    - Patrick Wood, Toward a North American Union, The August Review, 2007

 

            As we can see, 2010 is just hours away but make no mistake about it, we are moving towards a One-World Government and part of that kingdom is the United States, Canada and Mexico, that is one of the ten toes or kingdoms spoken of in Daniel chapter 2! But how can we American’s buy into something like this? Listen carefully. “All we need is the right major crisis,” said David Rockefeller – one of the most powerful change agents behind the scenes, “and the nations will accept the New World Order.” Former President George H. W. Bush echoed that assurance. “Out of these troubled times . . . a new world order can emerge,” he told Congress in a 1990 message aptly titled “Toward a New World Order.” Back then, then opportune crisis was the Gulf War.  It helped build public acceptance for the global management system, which had already begun to replace American “rights” with global rules.

            And Lord Christopher Monckton, a former science adviser to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, asserts the real purpose of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen Dec. 7-18 is to use concern over “global warming” as a pretext to lay the foundation for a one-world government. Folks, they will use whatever it takes to get this through and it is not a Conspiracy theory, this is happening!

            Now you can turn on the news, you can read the articles, and you will find that phrase, “New World Order” used more today than ever before. But what if we don’t want this, what if we want to remain a sovereign nation?  Folks, it is not a choice you will be able to make because it has already been made for you.  James Warburg said way back on February 17, 1950 this bold statement, and keep in mind that James Warburg was a member of the CFR, and before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee he said these words: “We shall have a world government whether or not you like it – by conquest or consent.”

           The winds of change are blowing and we can see a move towards a One-World Government happening right before our eyes and the One-World Religion is helping this along. It is not “IF” this will happen but “WHEN”!  And please understand this is not a new concept, the foundation has been laid, it has been set for years, it is just a matter of time until the structure is built!  As Gary Kah said, “We are just one global crisis away from global government.”

And way back in 1928, Edward Bernays wrote in his work, “Propaganda,” the following: “The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government, which is the true ruling power in our country. We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of.” And let me say this, now many of them are coming to the forefront, and yet, the leaders are still being lead by those we don’t know and world government is coming whether you like it or not!  Just watch and see!

 

2.  ISRAEL AND THE COMING MIDDLE EAST WAR

            I truly believe that we are seeing the beginnings of a major war in the Middle East and I believe it is this war that will bring to power the Antichrist, who will come on the scene after a major catastrophe and maybe several catastrophes happening at all one time. Not only a nuclear war but there might be economic, political issues, famine’s, ecological issues all coming together and without this man coming on the scene, the world will believe it is in a self-destruct mode.

            Now this war I see coming, I believe is spoken of in Ezekiel chapter 38 and 39. Prior to this war, in Ezekiel chapter 37 we see God speak of the nation of Israel coming together. Dead bones coming to life and we saw the fulfillment of that prophecy take place on May 14, 1948. And, no longer would they be a divided nation, but a united one, just as Ezekiel tells us.

            Now, as we move into Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39 we see a federation of nations, that are today Muslim, coming together to destroy Israel.  Yes, there are some that say this war relates to the Battle of Armageddon because it speaks of Israel coming to know the Lord, but I don’t believe that is the correct chronology.  You may disagree and that is fine, but let me explain. You see, even in Ezekiel chapter 37 we see that thought come across, that they will know who the LORD is. So is Ezekiel chapter 37 speaking of a time around the Battle of Armageddon? I don’t think so. Many times in Scripture there will be a near aspect and a future one.

            A good example of this is seen in Luke 4:16-21, So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written: ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.’ Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And He began to say to them, ‘Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.’

What is interesting is that as Jesus in quoting out of Isaiah 61:1-2 leaves out the rest of the thought, And the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn. He stopped without finishing the verse, why? Because that last part of this verse is speaking of His vengeance and it is related to His Second Coming not His first where He came to bring healing and salvation. He is coming again as the Lion from the tribe of Judah to pour out His wrath upon a Christ rejecting world! Thus, I believe that is what we see here in Ezekiel chapters 37 through 39, a near aspect and a future one, when Israel will turn to the LORD! Who are some of these nations that are coming together against Israel according to Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39?

            First of all we need to understand that Gog is the leader of a group of people called Magog and Gog will be drawn into a battle that it does not want to be in and yet, with the many allies it has made, it will have to come to the aid of these nations. 

Interestingly enough “Gog” means “ruler” or “man on top.” I guess you might call him a dictator. But where is he from, what group of people is he over?

            Obviously that is an important question. First of all Magog was one of the sons of Japheth listed in Genesis chapter 10, and Japheth was one of the three sons of Noah. Now if we look at the historical records, it is easy to see that Magog is referring to the ancient people known as the Scythians. Let me give you some examples of what I mean.

First of all Hesoid, who was “the father of Greek didactic poetry” and he was a contemporary with Ezekiel, living in the seventh century BC, identified Magog with the Scythians and Southern Russia.   Also, Josephus, writing around the time of Jesus, said: “Magog founded Magogians, thus named after him, but who were by the Greeks called Scythians.”  And Herodotus of Halicarnassus, writing in the fifth century BC, is known as the “Father of history.” He once again speaks of the Scythians as being the people of Magog.

But who are these people, where did they live? Well, I’m sure most if not all of us have heard of the Great Wall of China, which is still standing today. It has been described by ancient Muslim writers as the, “Ramparts of Magog.” In other words, it was designed to keep the Scythians out, and the Scythians are the ancestors to what you would call Russia today!

Also, this army is going to come from the “far north” or “the uttermost parts of the north.” This is the area known as Russia today, for it you draw a line from Israel northward, you will run into Moscow. Also understand that Russia is spread out from east to west some 6,000 miles, spanning some 11 time zones! So it is hard to miss who Ezekiel is speaking of. In fact, Rabbi Chaim Valoshinere said the following in the mid-nineteenth century: “When you see the Russian army begin to move southward and enter Turkey, put on your Sabbath garments and get ready to welcome the Messiah.”

You see, he saw, as others, this war with Russia breaking out and then the Messiah will come! I believe there will be a seven year period of time, known as the tribulation period, that will separate this war from the coming of the Messiah to set-up His kingdom on this earth! The Messiah the Jews will first receive will be the Antichrist and then they will turn to the Lord Jesus Christ, at the end of the Tribulation Period!

            “The prince of Rosh” is probably speaking of the area of southern Russia and Meshech was the sixth son of Japheth and is associated with modern Turkey, probably eastern Turkey. Tubal was the fifth son of Japheth and many feel this is speaking of Tobolsk in Russia. But that may be a stretch and is probably speaking of modern day Turkey.

Next is Persia and back in 1932 Persia changed its name to Iran! And Iran is the principle leader in the rise of “Islamic Fundamentalism.” You see, this army is not made up of only Arab’s, that is not the uniting force that has drawn them together. Then what is the glue that holds this army together? They are all Muslims.

From there we move to Ethiopia or Cush, it is the same place.  This refers to “Black Africa.” and it probably covers some two-thirds of the African continent, with the other one-third being the upper portion of the continent. And again the principle faith here is Islamic Fundamentalism; they are Muslim and have a desire to destroy Israel!

Next is Libya and Libya covers the upper part of Africa, from the midpoint westward, reaching from Libya to Mauritania, Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco. And again, they are Muslim!

Then there is Gomer, the people of Gomer are the Ancient Cimmerians who established themselves in the Rhine and Danube valley, and they are the Eastern Europeans - Germany!

Togarmah are a group of people that settled in the area of modern day Turkey and Turkestan. And they too are moving towards Islamic Fundamentalism. Now this can also be speaking of the five republics that broke off from the Soviet Union when communism broke up. These five Southern states are: Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tadzhikistan, and Kyrgyzstan. They too are Islamic and they have nuclear weapons, and they too would like to see Israel destroyed!

I believe it will be one of these Muslim nations that starts this war, and because of alliances that have been made with Russia; they will be drawn into this battle to assist them. And as you look at the news, it seems that Iran with its radical leader might be that nation as they have nuclear weapons and have developed the technology to lunch them into Israel. And understand that the first nuclear weapon launched into Israel will make that Muslim nation a hero throughout the Islamic community, besides their thinking that this will usher in their Messiah! During a private briefing at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Robert Hunter, our ambassador to NATO, declared: “That a nuclear confrontation in the Middle East it is not just likely, it is certain. It is just a matter of timing.” And I will add, it is in God’s timing!

            Listen to what Joel Rosenberg wrote regarding this soon war in the Middle East from 9/28/09.  He wrote:

            Events are moving so quickly in the epicenter it can be difficult to keep track of, much less understand the big picture. So here it is in a sentence: An apocalyptic storm is forming over the Middle East.

Consider the data points:

  1. Iran has just been caught secretly building a 2nd uranium enrichment facility on a military base in the religious capital of Iran, a city known as Qom;
  2. A growing number of Western military analysts say the design of this new facility - and its secrecy, and location - clearly indicates it was being built by Iran for the purpose of creating nuclear weapons;
  3. Iran has thus been caught in its third lie since 2002 with regards to building secret nuclear development facilities in Natanz, Arak, and now Qom;
  4. Ahmadinejad refused four times during his NBC News interview last week to rule out the building of nuclear weapons;
  5. A.Q. Khan - the father of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons development program – has just admitted selling advanced nuclear weapons blueprints years ago to Iran for millions of dollars;
  6. The latest IAEA report indicates Iran has enough low-enriched uranium (LEU) to produce enough high-enriched uranium (HEU) by 2010 to produce two nuclear weapons;
  7. Iran has just spent the weekend testing “its most advanced missiles” capable of reaching Israel;
  8. Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad began his speech to the U.N. by praying for Allah to hasten the coming of the Islamic Messiah, which according to his theology requires the destruction of Judeo-Christian civilization as we know it;
  9. Ahmadinejad spoke more openly about his End of the World theology during his U.N. speech than ever before;
  10. Ahmadinejad was asked for the first time by an American reporter to describe his relationship with the “Twelfth Imam” and admitted on camera that he is communicating with this mystical Shia messiah.

Humanly speaking, war is coming. The West does not seem determined enough to stop Iran from getting the Bomb. So unless the Lord intervenes, Israel might soon feel compelled to launch a preemptive strike against Iran. It won’t be easy, and the entire region could go up in flames.

- Joel Rosenberg, Apocalyptic storm   forming in the Middle East

            Now the Bible talks about Syria being destroyed, Damascus and that has not happened. Damascus is one of the oldest cities still in existence today. (See Jeremiah 49:23-27, Isaiah 17, Amos 1:3-5). So is the Bible wrong about it being destroyed? No, it just hasn’t happened yet, but I think we are getting close. Listen to this report dated August 15, 2009. We are told:

            Japanese intelligence has learned that in late May, Iran, Syria and North Korea secretly test-launched in southern Syria a new short-range ballistic missile developed jointly by Pyongyang, Tehran and Damascus as a substitute for the outdated Scuds still in use in their armed forces, DEBKAfile’s military sources report. In May, several new missiles were flown from North Korea and Iran to the Damascus military airfield and thence to Syria’s southeastern missile-testing site at Jebel Druze near the small town of Salakhand.

After two weeks’ preparation, two of the new projectiles had their first trial-launch - and failed with disastrous results.

DEBKAfile’s sources report that they targeted an uninhabited desert area in the North, 500 kilometers away, just south of Ayn Diwar and east of Al Qamishli not far from the Syrian-Turkish-Iraqi border intersection.

(It was here that Syria and Iraq, with Russian help, interred Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction in 2001.)

However, one of the missiles strayed 350-400 km west of its projected course, indicating a problem with its guidance system. It exploded in the center of the small town of Manbij north of Aleppo near the Turkish border, killing at least 20 people, injuring 60 and badly damaging the market town.

The second missile exploded in mid-course in the South, over the north of the town of Abu Kamal and 200 kilometers from its launching site. Syrian military authorities closed the area around the stricken town of Manbij for more than a month, attributing the disaster to a gas explosion.

Japanese intelligence sources, who are anxiously tracking the growing missile collaboration between North Korea, Iran and Syria, do not name the failed new missile, but DEBKAfile’s military sources suggest it was a short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) propelled by solid fuel with a range of 800-1,000 kilometers and fitted with a warhead containing between 800 kilos and one ton of explosives. This would be an improvement on most of the three nations’ short-range missiles which are powered with liquid fuel.

- DEBKAfile, Japan: Secret Syrian-Iranian-Nkorean missile-test fails, kills 20 Syrians, August 15, 2009

 

Israel will not let this happen, they will take out Syria; they will destroy Damascus before they could launch these missiles at Israel! And listen to this story from the Calvary Prophecy Report dated December 12, 2009 The title of this story is, “Syria and Iran make military pact to send message to Israel; Could this turn out to be the foretold destruction of Damascus?” And this is what it says:

Iran is up to its old tricks again, claiming they are ready to fully comply with IAEA demands.  Fortunately, nobody is buying it.  “Iran’s proposal today does not appear to be consistent with the fair and balanced draft agreement proposed by the IAEA in consultation with the United States, Russia, and France,” the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the US has yet to formulate an official response to the development. 

This is just another stall tactic that will ultimately lead to Iran becoming a nuclear powered nation.  I do not see the US or Israel attacking Iran before they reach their goal.  If Israel is talking about an attack it’s unlikely they are actually ready to carry it out.  It’s my guess that any attack that may transpire will happen just as it did when Israel secretly bombed Syria’s nuclear facilities back in late 2007.  This attack, if it does take place, will be a secret and will shock the world, but according to military sources, may be way to complicated for Israel to pull off.

Of course, it is no secret that Iran and Syria are allies, but over the weekend, they made it official by signing a defense cooperation deal.   This show of cooperation only brings to the forefront the magnitude of a very big problem Israel faces.  Israel has given the US until the end of 2009 to do something about Iran’s nuclear program or they will respond.  Iran’s message to Israel and the world . . . attacking Iran means a military response by Syria as well.  And if you remember, not more than a few weeks ago Syria and Turkey struck a military cooperation deal.  It will be interesting to see where this leads in the near future. 

But what if Israel does attack Iran?  And what will happen when Syria responds?  Many believe that the Bible foretells of the total destruction of Damascus (Isaiah 17:1-3).  This, of course, has not happened to date.  Could it be, if Israel does decide to attack Iran’s nuclear sites, that Syria will immediately stage a counter attack against Israel?  And if so, is it possible that Israel will decide to use nuclear force against Syria?  Could this be the war where Isaiah 17:1-3 comes to fruition . . . bringing about the total destruction of Syria’s capital city Damascus?

- Calvary Prophecy Report, Syria and Iran make military pact to send message to Israel; Could this turn out to be the foretold destruction of Damascus?, December 12, 2009

 

            As you can see, things are quickly moving towards a war in the Middle East as Israel prepares to defend its existence by destroying these nuclear facilities. But can Iran launch a nuclear campaign against Israel; do they have the missile’s to accomplish this task? Listen to this report that tells us:

Iran’s state media says the country has successfully test launched a mid-range surface-to-surface missile that can reach Israel, southeastern Europe and U.S. bases in the Middle East.  

Iranian government TV showed what it said was the test-firing of the Sejil-2, which it says has a range of 2,000 kilometers.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad also commented on the test-firing of the two-stage missile during a campaign speech in the northern town of Semnan.

The crowd of several thousand Ahmedinejad supporters cheered as the president described the launch.

He says that Iran’s Defense Minister informed him of the launch, and he claims that the missile is able to go beyond the atmosphere before coming back to hit its target.

Mr. Ahmadinejad has inflamed tensions with the West in the past with his threats to wipe Israel “off the map.”  Israel has not ruled out military action on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

The solid-fuel surface-to-surface missile is a new version of the Sejil that Iran said it had successfully tested in November.

The United States condemned the earlier test as a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

Iranian Defense Minister Mohammad Mustafa Najjar indicated to Iranian TV back in November that the Sejil-2 missile had a range of around 2000 kilometers, which puts in striking distance of Israel.

Deputy Israeli Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon downplayed the importance of the new missile, but suggested that its range “should worry the Europeans,” since a number of European states are now also within striking distance.

Ayalon also underlined that Iran is trying to develop a ballistic missile with a range of 10,000 kilometers that could reach the coast of the United States.

- VOANews.com, Iran Claims to Have Test-Fired Mid-Range Missile, 20 May 2009

 

            And lastly, I think the last piece of this puzzle is Turkey, who has been trying to get into the European Community for years, but as this report tells us, it is not going to happen. We are told:

Belgian Prime Minister Herman Van Rompuy, a leading candidate to win the presidency of the European Council, is strongly opposed to Turkey ever joining the European Union.

“Turkey is not a part of Europe and will never be part of Europe,” Mr Van Rompuy said during a meeting of the Council of Europe on the subject of Turkey’s possible entry into the EU, held in the Belgian parliament on December, 2004.

During the speech, the Belgian leader underscored Europe’s Christian “fundamental values,” which would be undermined by admitting Turkey into the union.

“An expansion of the EU to include Turkey cannot be considered as just another expansion as in the past. The universal values which are in force in Europe, and which are also fundamental values of Christianity, will lose vigour with the entry of a large Islamic country such as Turkey,” the then opposition politician said in a speech that until now has remained buried.

Belgian officials confirmed to this website that the speech was made, but noted that the comments were made when in opposition.

Anticipating that the UK, which does not favour Mr. Van Rompuy as a candidate for the EU top job and which is pro-Turkey, would immediately jump on the speech as an argument against the Belgian leader, one official said: “Things that are said in opposition, as David Cameron will soon find out, are different from what you find yourself saying when in government.”

“Serious politics, however, is to judge someone by what they say and do when in power,” the official said.

Nevertheless, it is understood that British diplomats are not particularly concerned.

“If we ruled out all the politicians that had said awkward things in the past, we’d have a very short list indeed,” said one.

Mr Van Rompuy is said to have the backing of France and Germany for the presidency post, set to be decided along with the new EU foreign policy post at a meeting of EU leaders on Thursday evening.

The question of whether Turkey - an official candidate - should be a full member of the European Union has long divided member states.

- http://euobserver.com/, Van Rompuy: ‘Turkey will never be part of Europe’

 

            Now that Turkey has become anti-Israel, they too will join in this coming war in which God will destroy 5/6th’s of the Russian and it’s allies army, and I believe it is this, besides other world issues that will usher in the reign of the Antichrist. Prior to this happening, the ushering in of the Antichrist, the Church will be taken to be with the Lord, the Rapture will occur. It is not “if” this war in the Middle East will occur, but “when” and I believe it is coming very soon unless the present leader in Iran is removed from power. We shall see what happens in 2010, but if Israel is going to strike, if Iran keeps moving towards launching nuclear weapons at Israel, Israel will have to move quickly, in the next several months!

I realize that we have covered a lot of material this evening and yet we have only scratched the surface. We have not looked at the coming global currency, the mark of the beast, the preparation for the rebuilding of the Temple in Israel, and you can do some searching on your own. I hope that I have caused you to begin to look upward at the soon return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and in knowing that His return is coming soon, that you look outward at the millions of lost souls and share with them the Gospel of Jesus Christ one heart at a time!

            Let me briefly touch on a few of these issues, then I will close. This Mark of the Beast, spoken of in Revelation chapter 13 where no one can buy or sell without it, we are seeing the technology come into play today. I don’t believe the church will be around to see this implemented but again, we are seeing the world being prepared for this Mark to identify every person on this planet and to track them and what they are doing.  We have talked about this in previous studies, but listen carefully to where we are. We are told:

VeriChip has a new name. The company famous for its development of RFID tags that can be implanted in humans has acquired Steel Vault Corporation, a provider of identity security products and services. Anti-identity-theft meet human microchipping. Together, VeriChip Corp and Steel Vault Corp are forming a new company called PositiveID. 

For years radio frequency identification (RFID) tags have made product identification and inventory easier for stores. Farmers are injecting implantable RFID tags into their livestock in order to halt the spread of mad cow disease. If a diseased cow turns up, it can be easily tracked backward to every stockyard where it’s been, all the way back to its home ranch. Pet owners have had their animals “chipped” so they can be identified by animal control and returned home if lost. From passports to pre-paid train and bus smart cards, RFID can be found everywhere. 

Applied Digital Solutions’ VeriChip has been marketed as a health care ID tag that is handy for quickly indentifying at-risk patients if they show up at a hospital. A simple scan of the chip in a person’s arm would bring up the patient’s medical history at Health Link, helping hospital personnel offer the best care even to those patients brought in unconscious. A recent VeriChip commercial promotes the rice grain-sized microchip as useful to Americans from all walks of life, from the diabetic to the driver whose car goes off the road. 

Now, a Steel Vault VeriChip combo will be in a position to use chipping as a means to protect people from identity theft. Americans may resist the idea of having chips stuck in their arms, even to protect their identities, but the brains behind PositiveID have a number of different plans in the meanwhile. 

Scott R. Silverman, Chairman and CEO of PositiveID, stated, “In joining these two companies, we believe we are better positioned to accelerate the development of our exciting diagnostic and sensor applications such as glucose-sensing, as well as our rapid virus detection system for the H1N1 virus and other pandemic viruses. By moving beyond the original patient identification application of our implantable RFID microchip technology, we believe that we will be able to get high-value products to market faster with a more efficient use of capital.” 

Of course, it’s easy to imagine the eventual use of RFID technology to identify every human being in America and even on the planet. It certainly could reduce the problem of ID theft if one’s scannable ID was embedded in one’s arm. No more stolen or lost credit cards. No more forgetting one’s driver’s license at home. At least, PositiveID could conceivably make that argument, and then hello Big Brother. 

Orwellian fears are unlikely to be realized any time soon, though. The implementation of RFID technology has actually taken much longer than folks originally anticipated, and for a variety of reasons. Since 2003, Wal-Mart has pushed for its suppliers to include RFID tags on pallets and cases of products, but the costs to implement RFID technology has made the transition slow. Only about 600 of Wal-Mart’s 20,000 suppliers are on board the RFID wagon so far, with others complaining not only about the expense of the readers, software, and tags (some still over $.07 each), but also about problems with the liquids and metals in their products interfering with the readers. Trying to integrate different technologies has also proved a pain in the neck. 

The pharmaceutical industry has also been slow to implement RFID technology, even though it’s been mandated by California law. Pharmaceutical companies in California are supposed to use RFID tags to keep track of drugs in order to improve safety and reduce counterfeiting, but the pharmaceutical industry has balked at the expense and complications of implementing a comprehensive system. Because of these difficulties, California has given the industry until 2015 to abide by its electronic pedigree law. 

And as far as “chipping” humans? Some people think it’s a jazzy idea and have had VeriChip injected under their skin for medical reasons or to avoid carrying their IDs (and wallets or purses) into nightclubs. A whole lot of people, though, have absolutely no intention of getting an implantable microchip – not under any circumstances. Not even when tempted by VeriChip’s well made commercials. 

Even with the complications of chipping everything, though, RFID is a growing business that has worked its way up from a $1.9 billion-a-year industry in 2005 to a $5 billion-plus industry today. And the biggest user of RFID technology are world governments. China just spent $6 billion to get its citizens RFID-tagged national id cards. The US government has been using RFID tags to keep track of military inventory, and since 2006 has put these microchips on passports. The UK and India are also chipping their passports, and pre-paid public transportation cards have long been using RFID. 

The chipping of the world has been a slow but steady progression, and it doesn’t promise to go away anytime soon, even with complaints and balking, inconvenience and negative public opinion. Whether for good or for bad, RFID appears to be here to stay. 

- http://www.khouse.org/, Verichip expands it’s microchip implants from health to security with purchase of Steel Vault     

 

And listen to this article and see if science fiction is becoming a reality. We are told:

Until now, man-machine hybrids, or cyborgs, have been the stuff of trashy sci-fi flicks. But thanks to a recent breakthrough in implantable electronics, people mightn’t need pockets to carry their tech gadgetry in the near future.

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have developed ultra slim and flexible electronic circuits on silk that dissolve once implanted inside the body leaving the electronics behind to do their thing.

Until now, implanting electronics into tissue required the circuitry be encased to protect it from shorting out from moisture or irritating the tissue. Using nanometre thin silicon etched onto silk however means that circuits can work fine inside a body without any irritation.

            The applications of this breakthrough are boggling, opening up potential for all sorts of future fun.

            One of the more obvious applications already being talked up is LED tattoos that can show blood-sugar levels. Taking things one step further, the future could see programmable tattoos able to be changed on a whim, or even turned off depending on circumstances. Stuck for cash? How does using a silk/silicon tattoo for paid advertising at the beach sound?

            Even more intriguing is the concept touted by the silk/silicon developers which could see embedded electrodes providing an interface between a nervous system and other electronics.

            Not only could this make it significantly easier for disabled people to interact with computers and other devices, but it could also open up new treatment avenues for disorders such as Parkinsons disease.

            Equally promising, silk/silicon electrodes could also transform prosthetic limb designs.

            Whilst advances in artificial limb designs have seen breakthroughs such as Dean Kamens Luke arm. Recipients of such ultra-advanced prosthetics have had to endure prolonged training to use the limbs. Using embedded silk/silicon electrodes could see thought-controlled artificial limbs becoming a reality. Longer term, the technology could also see seamless brain-to-computer interfaces making typing and clicking obsolete. Sending an email, Facebook message or even a tweet could become as simple as thinking “send a tweet to . . .”

            On a slightly more sinister note, digital security could suddenly take on a whole new level of significance should human embedded circuitry prove vulnerable to hackers.

Making work colleagues literally kick themselves or tattoo spell out something obnoxious might become the new office prank. But given the role the central nervous system plays in controlling a range of human body functions, would-be cyber assassins could theoretically shut someone down with, say, an embedded pacemaker.

            The silk/silicon technology is still however in its infancy with the amount of electronics able to be implanted still fairly limited.

At present, making devices involves 1mm silicon transistors and 250 nanometres thick being transferred onto a thin film of silk which is implanted and wetted with saline, causing it to conform to the curvature of the tissues’ surface.

 

Cyborg technology has taken a big leap forward with a major breakthrough in implantable electronics. Photo / Supplied

Cyborg technology has taken a big leap forward with a major breakthrough in implantable electronics. Photo / Supplied

- Half man, half machine: The cyborgs are coming, Copyright ©2009, APN Holdings NZ Limited, Wednesday Nov 18, 2009

 

            The only problem so far is that recipients keep saying these phrases, “I’ll be back!” and “Come with me if you want to live!”  Sorry, I had to do that!

            Again, I am going to have to end for tonight.  We started out this evening with the question, “Are we there yet?” The answer to that question is that we are very close. The Jews are back in the land and the Islamic nations in the Middle East are preparing for war against her with the world beginning to turn against Israel.  Jerusalem is truly a cup of trembling as the Bible tells us, this little nation has the eyes of the world upon it and one day the King of kings and Lord of lords will rule and reign there for 1,000 years!

As I bring this study to a close, I believe the next major event on God’s prophetic time clock is this war in the Middle East followed by the Rapture of the Church. Thus, Paul tells us in Titus 2:13-15, our hope, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you. Folk’s, things may get tough for us as Christians, but let us never lose sight of the hope that we have in Jesus! You see, it is that hope we can bring to others so they too may enter into that eternal relationship with Him. You see, the believer’s hope is an:

1. Encouraging hope. John 14:3 Spoken to discouraged disciples. Discouraged by Christ’s departure, encouraged by His return.

2. Comforting hope. 1 Thess 4:13-18.

3. Motivating hope. 1 Cor 15:50-58 Knowing that resurrection body will be obtained through death or translation, that labor isn’t fruitless, be steadfast in commitment to Christ and diligent in service for Christ. (v. 58).

4. Purifying hope. 1 John 3:2-3. 

- K. Laney, Marching Orders, p. 57

 

            I hope I have stimulated you into seeing how these things are coming together and that the Lord’s return is close.  May you look up for your redemption is drawing near!  May you fervently and earnestly contend for the faith that has been entrusted to you by the Lord. May you not compromise or water down this faith but boldly proclaim it for it is the only answer to a world that is spinning out of control and looking for an answer apart from God. Folk’s, God is the only answer; He alone can save and bring peace into our lives in the midst of the storms we face. As I close, let me leave you with these words:

At the height of WWII, Protestant theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer was imprisoned for taking a stand against Hitler. Yet he continued to urge fellow believers to resist Nazi tyranny. A group of Christians, believing that Hitler was the Antichrist, asked Bonhoeffer, “Why do you expose yourself to all this danger? Jesus will return any day, and all your work and suffering will be for nothing.”

Bonhoeffer replied, “If Jesus returns tomorrow, then tomorrow I’ll rest from my labor. But today I have work to do. I must continue the struggle until it’s finished.” 

- Daily Bread, November 10, 1991

 

            May the Lord richly bless you in this coming year as we wait for His return by continuing in the work of God! As Jude said, Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. Jude 1:3. May we contend and prayerful say, “Come Lord Jesus!”