Todd Strandberg often makes the observation these days that
there seems to be a strange lack of prophetic activity; nothing in the
news rivets the observer in the dramatic way, say, that an attack on
Iran’s nuclear facilities might grab one’s attention.
This Strandberg perception of a lull in prophetic progression, as he
calls it, might seem at first nonsensical, considering the tremendous
procession of probable end-times issues and events that we at Rapture
Ready address each week.
there are many signals of biblically prophetic significance. The
European Union (EU) continues to consolidate power while remaining at
the same time loosely confederated. Certainly, we legitimately can and
do make the case for this strange entity being the likely candidate for
producing revived Rome–the ten toes of iron and miry clay given in
Nebuchadnezzar’s dream-vision of the final world empire (Daniel 2).
Russia is a brooding giant to Israel’s north, and at every opportunity,
Iran threatens the Jewish state with oblivion. These nations combine
with Turkey and others to constitute a coalescing agglomerate that has
the characteristics of the foretold Gog-Magog military machine of
Ezekiel 38 and 39.
Russia’s Vladimir Putin openly displays ambition that easily qualifies
him as one who might aspire to be the Gog of the Ezekiel prophecies.
Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spouts the kind of hatred for God’s chosen
people that the prince of Persia no doubt will use to inspire Iran’s
(Persia’s) leader to join with Gog in raging against Israel in that
satanic attack (Daniel 10:20).
Recently, Turkey’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has brought his
nation into the Iranian and Arab world’s mantra for Israel to, in
effect, be neutralized–be eradicated as an entity in the Middle East.
Thus, Ezekiel’s prophecy about the Gog-Magog forces continues to
congeal, with the ancient area of Togarmah now firmly within the
foretold mix of peoples that will storm over the mountains of Israel to
meet their God-ordained doom.
So, again, it seems nonsensical to say that there is a lack of prophetic
progression, based upon such spectacular developments. Yet,
Todd Strandberg clearly sees the strange disconnect,
and, I must say, I have agreed with his assessment during our
conversations. And, still the signals of this being the very end of the
age continue to accrue.
Socioeconomically, the end-times signals are prolific, with the whole
world in economic distress. The 2008-2009 U.S. and international
monetary crises were nothing short of earth-shaking. With the global
financial structure intricately linked to the U.S. dollar and its
economy, America’s banking meltdown and all attendant to it suddenly had
the western nations in panic. The panic is unabated, despite America
throwing trillions of dollars that don’t really exist into the fiscal
Rioting in Greece, Spain, Italy, and other so-called “civilized”
countries displayed in blatant fashion the economic turmoil. Rage over
government-provided social services being withdrawn and jobs cut from
government, along with unions losing their funding, caused--and continue
to cause--withdrawal spasms like those suffered by addicts needing their
The nations are in distress with perplexity, just as Jesus prophesied as
recorded in Luke 21:25. There is a call for a rearrangement of the
economic order. It is just such an order that will serve Antichrist’s
dastardly regime as he sets about to enslave the world. His 666
numbers-and-mark system as found in Revelation 13:16-18 can be seen in
the making in these very days in which we live.
The electronic means to produce such a system exists, too. The
computer-satellite capabilities and linkages–with Internet connecting
practically every place on earth--doubtless will be all brought together
in some spectacular way to produce the Beast’s system of economic gulag.
Ironically, about the only area of the world that seems to be
progressing economically is part of Asia–particularly one specific
nation that almost certainly has a prophetic destiny. While the economic
and technological apex nation of the world–the United States of
America—is suffering, causing the other industrial nations and socialist
countries to suffer, that great prophetic Oriental region of the world
benefits mightily from the distress and perplexity. China holds much of
the debt owed by the most economically powerful nation ever to exist!
China will almost certainly be the "king" of the "kings" of the east
mentioned in Revelation chapters 9 and 16. It is even now apparently
acquiring the level of wealth that will assure the accumulation of
military strength with which to (along with demonic assistance of major
magnitude) kill one-third of the world’s population (Revelation 9:15-16,
It seems beyond irony that it is the U.S. that is
funding most of the Sino-monster. It is the American
technological/wealth base that has been primarily instrumental also
in providing the financial wherewithal for paving Antichrist’s
future kingdom. It is perhaps within these fiscal facts that can be
found America’s own ultimate judgment for straying so far from the
godly founding principles upon which it was based. Yet there is this
strange silence of prophetic progression that bugs Todd and me. Let
us further examine the matter.
So, again, we come to the seeming disconnect–the tremendous number of
biblically prophetic indicators from a strange prophetic silence that
surrounds these signals.
Todd Strandberg and I
analyze these matters without ceasing. The signs are everywhere that we
are at the end times as given by Jesus when He foretold, for example,
that it will be like the days of Noah’s pre-Flood time and Lot’s days in
Sodom at the moment He will break in like a thief in the night on an
unsuspecting world. And, yet, we are both amazed that the “prophetic
progression” seems strangely slow–even to the point of causing us to
constantly ask why things seem at a standstill.
How can we ask that question when every one of the apostle Paul’s 2
Timothy 3 perilous-times characteristics of end-times man is observably
on the front burner of society today? People are lovers of themselves,
boasters, proud. Children are disobedient to parents, with the assisted
rebellion built in to the public school systems of America. We are a
people–worldwide—who are unthankful and, certainly, unholy. The
government-backed--even church-organization-backed--homosexual agenda,
with hate crimes being legislated and implemented to punish those who
dare to say God’s Word teaches homosexuality is a sin, shows the
perilous-times characteristic “without natural affection” is in our face
Abortion takes the lives of more than four thousand babies per day in
America. This, too, speaks to the characteristic Paul prophesied would
mark the end-times generation, “without natural affection.” We only have
to look at the divorce rate today to see that the characteristics Paul
gave in prophecy are exhibited within marriage. Infidelity is rampant.
People are traitorous to their marriage partners, they are false
accusers and truce-breakers. We are an incontinent or addictive
generation, whether thinking on illicit or prescription drugs, or on
pornography that sears the minds of those who spend hours before
computer screens. Also, we are addicted to spending money to satisfy
ever-increasing and insatiable material desires.
People love pleasures more than they love God. Mankind is fierce,
while at the same time many have a form of godliness, but deny Jesus
Christ–who is the power of godliness. This is a blasphemous generation,
like the one Paul predicted. The holy name of Jesus is used far more as
invective than as a term of reverence and praise in this end-of-the-age
hour. That name that God says is above every other isn’t even allowed in
many of America’s workplaces, public schools, or government
facilities–another panoply of reasons the nation’s judgment is certain.
Why do Todd Strandberg and
I see this as a time of slow prophetic progression, considering this
avalanche of prophetic markers? How can we say this when Israel is in
position precisely as biblical prophets foretold that nation would be as
history draws to a close and Armageddon nears?
Isaiah and Daniel the prophets foretold that Israel would be involved
in a peace process at the very end of things to come. Zechariah, many
other prophets, and the Lord Jesus himself prophesied that Israel would
be surrounded by and hated by all nations of earth at the time of the
end. All of those developing prophecies regarding God’s chosen people
are front and center right now!
There is a prophetic silence at present. But it is a perceived rather
than an actual silence, I think. It is part of the strange cognitive
malady with which we all suffer, perhaps.
Overload of day-to-day human activity causes desensitization to even
the most traumatic of injuries. “Time heals all wounds” is one common
explanation of this cognitive condition. We lose a loved one, and while
we will often recall memories of him or her and suffer anew, the
overloads of life continue to cause the scar to thicken. The pain fades,
to some extent.
So it is in the matter of being watchful in the sense of Mark 13:37.
We are so saturated with issues and events of our time that look like
prophecy in stage-setting for fulfillment that we develop a malaise. We
become desensitized to the phenomenal crush of end-times exigencies.
This is so disconcerting to those who work within prophecy ministries
such as Rapture Ready, I think, because it is a solitary feeling at
times that comes from such lack of interest among true believers. One
finds oneself almost hoping something dramatic will happen to shake
those believers into understanding exactly how late is the prophetic
Come to think of it…Jesus foretold a strange prophetic silence. He
said it would be just at such an hour that He would break in upon a
world in darkness. Because our time is so saturated with indicators of
Christ’s Second Coming, the apathy-ending event isn’t in the offing. Or
maybe it will be the most lethargy-ending event possible that will do
the shaking up. Maybe the next prophetic indicator that will end this
strange prophetic silence will be the Rapture itself.
“Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But
know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the
thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his
house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour
as ye think not the Son of man cometh” (Matt. 24: 42-44).