Here are several items that caught my attention this week:
First, in his November 2017 Newsletter, prophecy teacher August Rosado (www.todayinbibleprophecy.org) wrote, “According to the Israel HaYom Newspaper, 70 percent of Israelis not only want unhindered access to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, but the rebuilding of the third Temple.”
If the newspaper is right, the pressure to grant unhindered access to the Temple Mount and to rebuild the Temple is growing. If this keeps up, the pressure will ultimately become too great for the Israeli government to resist.
Second, in early November 2017, Israel announced two things: 1) The creation of a new 200-member police force to protect visitors to the Temple Mount, and 2) The use of the most advanced technology on Earth in Jerusalem within two years to protect the Holy City, its citizens and its visitors.
The most advanced technology on Earth in Jerusalem will allow the whole world to see the bodies of the Two Witnesses lying in the street for three and one-half days, their resurrection from the dead and their Rapture into heaven (Rev. 11:7-12). That will open a lot of eyes (over and above those of the Two Witnesses).
Third, it is believed that Muslim terrorists are detaining three living Israelis and the bodies of two deceased Israelis in Gaza; and the terrorists won’t give Israel, the Red Cross, the families or anyone else any information on them.
The terrorists have spent years and millions of dollars digging tunnels in Gaza. They have even extended some of those tunnels into Egypt and Israel.
Israel has developed the technology to locate those tunnels, and the IDF blew one up on October 30, 2017, that extended inside Israel. The blast killed several terrorists. Israel has recovered the bodies of five.
The terrorists want Israel to release the bodies, but so far Israel has refused to do so until the terrorists agree to a prisoner swap.
There are two eye-openers here: 1) What the terrorists were trying to do to Israel has come back on them (Obad. 1:15, 1:2) No weapon (including tunnels) formed against Israel will prosper (Isa. 54:17).
Fourth, students of Bible prophecy are familiar with the fact that the False Prophet will tell people on Earth to make an image (perhaps a statue) of the Antichrist that will speak and cause those that won’t worship it to be killed (Rev. 13:14-15).
Some technical writers are now predicting that people will build robots in the next 25 years that will know more than any human being.
Some others are predicting that in the next 50-100 years, someone may build a robot that not only knows more than everyone on planet Earth, but predict that this robot could speak and people could be influenced to worship it.
The idea that people will worship a man-made statue is mind-boggling, but King Nebuchadnezzar made one more than 2,500 years ago that people worshiped (Dan. 3:1-30).
Fifth, Apple has come out with its iPhone X that unlocks with a face scan. Many prophecy teachers believe face scans will play an important role in identifying everyone and tracking all buying and selling (Rev. 13:16-18).
Sixth, on November 3, 2017, it was reported that a high-ranking official in the Roman Catholic Church said God told him to warn Christians that Pope Francis is a false prophet. This former doctrine chief of the U.S. Conference of Bishops has published a letter accusing Pope Francis of leading his people astray and trying to usher in the New World Order (world government).
It is probably not possible to identify the False Prophet (Rev. 16:13; 19:20; 20:10) at this time; but many of the Pope’s teachings and speeches are now on record, and he has clearly distorted Scripture and supported world government.
Seventh, the Bible teaches that a 200 million-man army will invade the Middle East during the Tribulation Period (Rev. 9:15-19; 16:12). Many prophecy teachers believe the 200 million-man army refers to China and others.
But for almost 2,000 years China couldn’t move a 200 million-man army to the Middle East. China has now built a highway and a railroad to the Middle East. And on October 18, 2017, China’s Pres. Xi Jinping promised to make China the dominant superpower in the world in the next 30 years.
For those who haven’t already done so, it is time to open your eyes and start looking up.
Prophecy Plus Ministries, Inc.
Daymond & Rachel Duck