This article contains four brief pieces of information that some who study Bible prophecy might find interesting.
First, many believe that the Bible teaches that a 200 million man army will invade the Middle East during the Tribulation period (Rev. 9:16-19). The Bible is not specific about the nationality of this army, but many think it is China and her allies (perhaps No. Korea and others).
When John the Revelator recorder this seemingly impossible prophecy the global population was less than 200 million people. And, until recently, it was impossible for China to move a 200 million man army into the Middle East.
But about three years ago, it was reported that China had already started construction on a system of railroads and highways to the Middle East.
Then, on Feb. 7, 2016, it was reported that the first trainload of Chinese goods had travelled all the way from China to Iran over China’s newly constructed 5,900 mile railroad. Almost 6,000 miles of railroad over mountains, rivers, etc. is no little thing.
But China now says it plans to extend its railroad into Africa and other places. And train after train can now carry large numbers of troops and weapons to the Middle East.
Second, the Bible lists six sins that will be a worldwide problem during the Tribulation Period: demon worship (Satanism), idolatry (worship statue of Antichrist), murders, sorceries, fornication and theft (Rev. 9:20-21).
Concerning fornication on a global scale, in early February 2016, the UN unveiled 6 postage stamps to promote homosexuality, trans-sexuality and gay parenting. One stamp depicts a female couple kissing, another stamp depicts a male couple kissing, another stamp depicts a gay person coming out of the closet, and there are three more.
These stamps were unveiled by UN leaders in a room adorned with a large painting of naked figures and a naked statue of Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea, earthquakes, storms and horses; and a brother to Zeus and Hades.
The unveiling ceremony included 33 gay men singing pop tunes and love songs. American citizens paid a large chunk of this.
Third, murder is one of the six sins mentioned above (Rev. 9:21) and for several months the Palestinians in Israel have been on a stepped-up killing spree. They kill and try to kill women, children, the elderly, and anyone else they can. Gender and age don’t matter when a killer is doing Allah a favor.
For months, the murder weapons of these Palestinians were limited to knives, rocks and hit and run driving. But just recently, some murderers have used illegally manufactured machine guns from Nablus.
One wonders what would happen if America’s citizens were disarmed and Muslims started illegally manufacturing machine guns in New York City; Washington, D.C.; Dearborn, Mich.; Cedar Rapids, Iowa or someone’s basement or abandoned building in an unknown U.S. state, city or town.
Fourth, persecution is an end-of-age sign and it is increasing rapidly in the United States.
First Liberty Institute is a group of attorneys that defend Christians free of charge when their rights are being violated. God has called a highly qualified man named Kelly Shackelford to lead this blessing to the United States.
In Feb. 2016, First Liberty Institute released a report titled “Undeniable: The Survey of Hostility to Religion in America.”
This excellent report shows that there were 600 court cases at the beginning of 2013 regarding people trying to take the Ten Commandments out of schools and off of public property; trying to stop prayer at meetings, ballgames, etc.; trying to force Christian organizations to provide insurance coverage for abortions and the like.
Three years later, at the beginning of 2016, the number of court cases had increased to 1285. As Shackelford pointed out, the number of court cases doubled and then some in three years.
This is the point: Persecution has arrived in the United States and it is coming on strong.
Prophecy Plus Ministries
Daymond & Rachel Duck