Jun 18, 2018

Donation Drive June to September

We are almost at the halfway mark into the year, and it already looks like 2018 will be very productive for all things related to Bible Prophecy. I never have enough time to thank all the people who provide large and small inputs into the site.

Terry has completed and published three new books during this quarter. I contributed a chapter to “Deceivers: Exposing Evil Seducers & Their Last Days Deception.” Terry co-wrote a Children’s book “Adam’s Apples” with Douglas Hirt. He penned the novel “Revelations” for paperback and Kindle readers. Rapture Ready has no financial interest in any of these books. My goal is to promote anything that advances the end-time gospel message.

Last month Terry, Mike Hile, and I visited Lamb & Lion Ministries. We had a great time meeting with David Reagan and the L&L family. I brought a couple of gag gifts to lift everyone’s spirits. We recorded a program that just aired on several Christian TV stations.

We are looking to add a few more writers to our roster. Over the past year, several writers have retired because of various health reasons. We don’t have any set guidelines for submissions. The only things we check for in new articles are biblical accuracy and a general promotion of the gospel message. I’ve found that the best writers are the ones who have a desire to share with people the truth that they have found in God’s Word.

Rapture Ready continues to rank as the top site in Bible prophecy. According to a service that tracks all web activity, RR has been the #1 prophecy site for well over a dozen years running. We are able to maintain this ranking despite having the-gatekeepers-of-the-internet restrict people’s access to our content. We also have dozens of mirror sites that also draw traffic away from the main domain.

I firmly believe we are living in the last of the last days. It is very frustrating to see things constantly go from bad to worse, but this is to be expected. During these last few months, there has been an absolute meltdown in civility. One person will say something absolutely disgusting about President Trump, and then someone else will say something even worse. When Robert DeNiro came onstage at the Tony Awards and shouted “F— Trump,” most news outlets labeled it as a speech. We’ve gone from “Four score and seven years ago” to a perverted old man chanting the F word.

I’m not familiar with the work of David Simon. He is the creator of the HBO shows “The Wire” and “The Deuce.” Mr. Simon is a typical example of the growing insanity of the left. He was banned from Twitter after wishing death on a Trump supporter in the most graphic of ways. “You should die of a slow-moving venereal rash that settles in your lying throat,” Simon told the Trump supporter.

Shortly thereafter, Twitter locked Simon out of his account. In a post on his website, Simon doubled-down on his death wish by refusing to apologize while expressly hoping that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey will “die of boils.”

The left is back after Chick-Fil-A with renewed rage. The Huffington Post declared that you can’t continue eating at Chick-Fil-A “if you really love LGBTQ people.” What follows from that headline is a bizarre demanding that the reader suppress his desires for delicious chicken sandwiches in the name of a higher cause. “If you care about queer people… you have absolutely no business eating at Chick-Fil-A,” said the post.

On Twitter, the Huffington Post continued this stream of absurdity by adding a similar rallying cry: “It’s time to choose where your loyalties lie ― with the queer community or with your stomach.”

Chick-Fil-A does not have any active opposition to homosexuality. The company has backed away from supporting any organization that is remotely anti-gay. The hatred festers because the queer community wants Chick-Fil-A to give it an endorsement.

The franchise has its stores closed on Sunday. When the rapture takes place, liberals can jump for joy that this evil chain will also be closed Monday to Saturday.

I believe the hand of God is the only reason why all this extremist political talk has not turned into open violence. Mexico is also in electoral season, and people have been murdered in record numbers. At least 113 candidates, pre-candidates, and current and former politicians have been killed, and 300 more have suffered some form of aggression since September. Mexico doesn’t have its version of Trump. Politicians get murdered down there for some of the most trivial disagreements.

Until the Lord comes to take us home, Rapture Ready needs your financial support. The best way to support this ministry is through a regular donation. By knowing we have a base of faithful supporters, we can make greater commitments. PayPal offers a very easy way to manage subscribers. If you’re interested in signing up as a monthly donor, you can find the link on the “Donation Page.

–Todd


Enemies of the Chosen

Dynamic issues and events continue to move and shake the world at a torrid pace. Central to all going on that presents danger to the world is the North Korean matter. That’s the take by most of the news punditry panels I’ve heard, at any rate.

The North Korean talks and economic trade talks are at the top of the heap of things to worry about, according to the talking heads. Even Russia and China have for the moment been moved, at least temporarily, to lesser positions in the order of things.

Of course, the specious matter of Russia-Trump collusion is at the very top of mainstream news and entertainment media, as it will be until the next presidential election. But, at least they have to weave the fake news narrative in between the truly historical things this president is bringing to the world diplomatic table.

With that understood, it is nonetheless impossible to consider those things top priority to cogitate upon when the Bible’s prophetic focus and the news of the day converge as one. I’m referring to God’s chosen  nation as being in the reportorial crosshairs every hour of every day.

Israel’s enemies seem to be in every direction one looks, as we’ve covered many times. It is a satanic hatred that rages, just like it continues to rage in the matter of the 2016 presidential election. That election disrupted the new world order builders’ plans to continue to move the United States into their globalist plans.

The hatred builds toward a crescendo because the new American president and God’s chosen nation are joined at the hip, diplomatically speaking. Never has the Jewish state had such a friend in the White House.

Israel’s enemies in the EU made their threatening anger known in recent days.

Spain has, as well as have most all of Europe, in one form or the other, joined in the Boycott-Divestment-Sanction (DBS) movement.

Following a major Spanish city’s vote to boycott Israel, the leader of Spain’s third-largest party called the Jewish state a “criminal country” during an interview aired by public television broadcaster.

Pablo Iglesias Turrión, leader of the Podemos far-left party, said this in an interview earlier this week on RTVE.

“We need to act more firmly on an illegal country like Israel,” said Iglesias Turrión, whose party in 2015 won 20 percent of the votes in the general election just one year after its creation. (Spain’s third-largest City Valencia officially declares Israel an illegal country,  JEWSNEWS, June 10, 2018)

Israel has only to look northward a few miles to find a threat that is one packed with deadly military virulence.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani  warned Friday that Israel “can never” feel safe, as thousands of Iranians marched in an annual day of protest against Israel.

Protesters took to the streets in the capital and other cities for Quds (Jerusalem) Day, held every year since the early days of Iran’s Islamic revolution to show support for the Palestinians. Iranian media said millions marched in hundreds of cities. Iran relentlessly encourages the destruction of Israel, and it finances, arms and trains terrorist groups on Israel’s borders.

“Israel can never feel that it is in a safe place,” Rouhani told reporters in Tehran. (Rouhani says “Israel can never feel safe” as thousands in Iran mark Quds Day, by Agencies and TOI staff8, Times of Israel, June 2018)

God’s chosen nation has a diminishing  number of friends and a burgeoning number of enemies of every sort. The most worrisome of the enemies, to my way of thinking, is the “Christ at the Checkpoint'”global effort to, in its own way, destroy Israel.

Known as the CatC movement, the organization has declared its intention to “go global” in its activity in opposition to Israel and to Christians who support the Jewish state. Until recently, the movement has been in the Palestinian-controlled city of Bethlehem.

One enemy against which they have declared themselves is “Christian Zionism.” Basically, that includes any Christian who, on the basis of moral and biblical convictions, stands with the Jewish state of Israel.

CatC official Alex Awad said  Christian Zionists worship the modern state of Israel instead of God.

He added further the night CatC 2018 began that those of the Zionists in the U.S. are responsible for “electing Trump and dashing hopes for Palestinian peace…. Why should Christian Zionists coming to the Holy Land—where they worship Israel, not Jesus—why should they draw tens of thousands and we not get those kinds of numbers?”

The rhetorical question was posed in the closing hour of the fifth anti-Israel Christ at the Checkpoint (CatC) conference in Bethlehem.

CatC counts among its friends some familiar names, according to the article from which I gleaned the information. For example, the following is stated therein.

At the CatC conference in 2016, the hired gun to assault Christian Zionism was the so-called “Bible Answer Man,” Hank Hanegraaff from the US.

Not only is the ethnicity of today’s Jews dubious, said Hanegraaff, Christian Zionists are directly responsible for what he called Jewish Zionism’s “murder, terrorism and ethnic cleansing in 1948.” Moreover, he asserted, all talk of a third Temple (as per the prophet Ezekiel) is “nonsense.” (For the full article, go to http://jerusalemjournal.net/news-and-views/7-ways-to-counter-the-global-assault-of-christ-at-the-checkpoint-conferences-by-brian-schrauger-photo-all-text-edited-out-for-facebook-censor)

Observers of Bible prophecy from the Pre-Trib view of eschatology shouldn’t be surprised or overly alarmed at these developing, incendiary actions against God’s chosen nation. It should, rather, reassure that Israel’s returning Messiah and King is soon to appear to rescue the believing remnant of that people.

We who are believers this side of the Rapture will return with our Savior and Bridegroom!

And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. (Revelation 19:11-14)

–Terry

Jun 11, 2018

Britain Has Fallen into Lawlessness

The cherished rights: the freedom of religion, the freedom of speech, and the freedom of the press were once sacred in Great Britain, but they are now at risk. The rule of law in England is being replaced with despotism. This is the nation that gave us the Magna Carta which Lord Denning described as “the greatest constitutional document of all times – the foundation of the freedom of the individual against the arbitrary authority of the despot.”

I waited a week to see if public pressure would change matters involving Tommy Robinson. This guy has been a troublemaker on the illegal immigration front, who has gotten into many fights with Muslims. He reminds me of Alex Jones.

Law enforcement in the United Kingdom arrested Robinson for holding a Facebook live stream, where he was reporting on a Muslim child rape case. After an hour passed, police officers approached Robinson and arrested him for “breach of the peace” and incitement. Judge Geoffrey Marson gave Robinson a summary trial, sentencing him to 13 months in prison; and the press was barred from reporting anything about his arrest.

What got Tommy Robinson jailed is his exposing of the industrial scale of child rape in the UK at the hands of largely Muslim rape gangs. Tommy was arrested for covering a trial of 27 men that allegedly raped 18 girls, aged 11 to 17, for seven years.

Islamic Pedophiles in Great Britain get away with crimes that years ago would have required long sentences. An Islamic teacher who repeatedly molested a terrified girl of 11 as he taught her the Koran, Suleman Maknojioa, 40, repeatedly rubbed the youngster’s leg and touched her chest.

Judge Michael Byrne told Maknojioa: “The parents invited you into the sanctity of their own home. They trusted you and left you with their children.” The Judge then gave him a slap-on-the-wrist verdict of two years of supervision all because his wife’s English is so bad.

Many British police turn a blind eye to any indication of sexual mistreatment of Muslim children. Her Majesty’s Constables see problems with this group as unworthy of valuable police resources. There is one report from a girl named Jessica who witnessed all forms of abuse.

She told of a man in a car having sex with a twelve-year-old child. A police cruiser pulled up alongside, and the officer rolled down the window. The guy simply looked over and said that his companion was performing oral sex on him, but he used language too profane to quote.

The cops drove away like there was nothing wrong.

Jessica kept a detailed diary of what had happened to her. She took it to the local police station. It “disappeared.” A couple of years later, she went back to the police. She was told that none of the officers who’d witnessed her abuse would support her story because—if they gave evidence at trial— they would be in big trouble themselves. Jessica left the room having taken the precaution of covertly recording the conversation. The cover-up was unraveled; but still, little was done.

On my YouTube account, I used to get regular videos from people who lived in Great Britain and described how bad things are getting with the Muslim invasion. I’ve noticed that almost all of these voices have fallen silent. It has obviously become too dangerous to speak your mind in that Island nation.

The meltdown of the rule of law is also taking place here in America. When it was revealed that the FBI had planted a spy in the Trump campaign, the press jumped into action, making some Orwellian claim that the mole was just gathering information. In fact, they claim Trump should be grateful the feds were protecting him from Russian agents. There was no spy in the Clinton campaign to protect her.

This type of reasoning is like the 1960’s police saying they turned fire hoses on black freedom marchers because they assumed they were thirsty after their long march and thought they might need a drink of water.

I think it is now too dangerous to visit England. I would never go to a country where a Judge could put you behind bars for no reason. By simply writing this article, I’m giving the British government reason enough to stop me at customs.

One potential appeal of the Antichrist is that he will restore some form of order to the world. When Hitler came to power, he used brute force to end the political rioting—and he made the trains run on time.

We have plenty of chaos. The only thing that remains is for the Beast to come to the rescue.

“And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?” (Revelation 13:4).

–Todd


Stage-setting for Prophetic Protest

In thinking on what is going on to  Jerusalem’s north, with Israel’s primary enemy, Iran, coalescing with Russia and other nations, I was looking through some of the documents in my computer. I wanted to get some sense of developments in prophetic stage-setting regarding Ezekiel 38-39. I’m referring, of course, to the Gog-Magog assault predicted for “the latter days.”

I found some quotes by some prophecy observers, their names with which you will be familiar. Two of these well-known men are now with the Lord, and the third has probably one of the most-watched television programs at the present time.

Hal Lindsey is the man, of course, who has a weekly TV program. He continues to analyze and present matters involving prophetic stage-setting all these years later after writing the foundational book on current issues and events in light of Bible prophecy–The Late, Great, Planet Earth, published in 1970.

I found in my documents surprisingly up-to-date forewarnings of things to come. Some might even call Lindsey’s words prescient in their analysis. I must admit that I’ve not thought too highly of the briefing service known as DEBKA-Net-Weekly Briefing over the years. I’ve found the information this service dispenses prone to be hyperbolic, that is, greatly exaggerated in many instances. However, Hal Lindsey’s own intelligence briefing from some years ago shows the source as having value I missed.

Hal wrote:

For students of Bible prophecy, even the title of this communiqué should set off alarm sirens. I just received some electrifying intelligence data – first, from the DEBKA-Net-Weekly briefing, and second, from some personal intelligence sources (which I carefully guard) that confirm Debka’s report.

Russia, Iran and Syria have entered a defense pact that is in the process of altering the balance of power in the entire Middle East. Russia’s part in the pact has been kept relatively secret for a long time. But the facts reveal a long, steady Russian commitment to the Iranian nuclear program and arms supply to Syria. (“Russian-Syrian-Iranian Axis” by Hal Lindsey, September 2006, Personal Update News Journal)

That information, presented in 2006, has proven to be extremely accurate. We have watched this relationship between the key Gog-Magog players blossom into the next major diplomatic crisis.

President Trump has said that Iran will not develop a nuclear capability, and Iran has declared that it will destroy both Israel and America.

Russia’s government, under a

Gog-like

leader, Vladimir Putin, has declared it will consider an attack on Iran as a most serious violation of Russia’s own interests in the region. So, the tension builds.

Two prophetic factors, when brought into the mix of unfolding history, present interesting questions, some of which we’ve considered previously.

1) The Gog-Magog attack on Israel as given in Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39 indicates a most basic, conventional, not nuclear attack. Question: What happened to Iran’s nuclear program presently under development and so hotly contested?

2) The nations of the presently powerful Western alliance, according to the Ezekiel prophecy, do nothing to try to stop the Russian-Iranian and coalition partners attack against the small Jewish state when it occurs. Why is this so?

Certainly there appears to be no president of the unwavering mindset like that  of Mr. Trump on the scene.

The other prophecy experts I mentioned had the following observations, as I discovered when delving into my computer documents.

Chuck Missler:

God apparently sends ‘fire’ down, not only upon Magog and his allies, but on some distant people living in the ‘isles’ or ‘coastlands.’ Who are they who dwell carelessly [securely} in the Isles? The word for isles could be an idiom for remote continents. Could this be an allusion to the United States? Is the ‘fire on Magog’-and these others-a result of a nuclear exchange? (2)

 Grant R. Jeffrey:

When Russia is defeated by God’s miraculous power, the newly united European Union will emerge as the greatest economic, political, and military power on the planet. These pivotal events will set the stage for the rise of the new European super state

and the emergence of the new leader who will ultimately assume the role of the Antichrist, the final world dictator who will rule the planet during the last seven years leading to the climatic battle of Armageddon. (Duck, Daymond R., and Richards, Larry Ph.D, God’s Word for the Biblically-Inept Series, Starburst Publishers. 2000. p 89)

The possibilities exist, based upon the prophecy by Ezekiel, that nuclear “fire” will fall upon, perhaps, the nations of the western alliance, while the attack on Israel is taking place. The destruction of the Gog-Magog forces (all but one-sixth completely destroyed) would create a power vacuum for Antichrist.

My own thought is that the one who will be Antichrist will know and believe the Ezekiel prophecy. He will perhaps be content to watch these forces be destroyed, knowing that the world will be “easy pickins'” after the Russian threat is gone. But, we know that tidings out of the east will soon add to his worries (kings of the east).

It is all fascinating to consider as we watch these things shape in rapid fashion toward the climax of the age.

Now, we look at the latest addition to matters involving that future attack from the hordes to Israel’s north.

The prophecy is most interesting in light of the news item that follows it below.

Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?” (Ezk. 38:13)

The head of NATO said the alliance would not aid Israel in the event of an attack by Iran, according to reports.

Jens Stoltenberg, NATO’s secretary-general, told the German magazine Der Spiegel that because Israel is not a member of NATO, its “security guarantee” doesn’t apply to the country, according to the Associated Press.

NATO is also not involved in conflicts in the Middle East or peace efforts there, Stoltenberg added.(“NATO Chief: No Assistance for Israel if Iran Attacks,” by Melissa Quinn, Associated Press, June 02, 2018)

It looks as if the international community is already setting up for the mere diplomatic protest that will be issued when the much-hated Israel is assaulted.

But, the God of Heaven–and of Israel–will have the last word.

Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel: And I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand.Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured. (Ezekiel 39:1-4)

–Terry