Almost every day something happens that seems to indicate that we can see the end of the Church Age approaching on God’s prophetic timeline (Heb. 10:25).
Below are some of the indicators that recently appeared in the news.
First, the Bible teaches that natural disasters will increase in frequency and intensity at the end of the age.
On Oct. 10, 2018, the UN reported that the global cost of earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods, hurricanes and other climate-related disasters drastically increased in the past 20 years (1997-2017).
The UN report stated that the loss of resources and assets such as homes, factories and farms due to more frequent and widespread climate-related disasters rose 151 percent compared to the previous 20-year period (1977-1997).
Whether or not this increase in frequency and cost is due to global warming is debatable, one cannot honestly deny that it is happening.
And if one wants to insist that global warming is the cause, one must still consider why it is happening at the same time all of the other signs are present.
Second, on Oct. 10, 2018, Hurricane Michael came ashore in Florida as a Category 4 hurricane (155 mph winds and gusts higher than that).
It caused widespread destruction, and nothing was left but the foundation where many houses once stood.
The U.S. death toll was 8 in Fl. (17 across four states), and was expected to go up. [As of Oct. 16, the total had risen to 29, 19 of them in Fl. and still expected to rise].
One town of 1,200 people called Mexico Beach, Fl. had many missing people.
Some were believed to be trapped, and many people lost everything.
Many roads and streets were blocked (including 80 miles of Interstate 10) and rescue workers couldn’t get to those that were trapped.
Many cell phone towers were down and many cell phones wouldn’t work.
More than 1,000,000 homes and businesses were without electricity and the Dade County water system wouldn’t work.
People that stayed behind couldn’t find food and some were going hungry.
The storm moved on into Georgia, So. Carolina, No. Carolina and Virginia.
For whatever it is worth, Michael is a Bible name (like the Archangel Michael) meaning “Who is like God,” and officials were saying it was the most powerful hurricane to ever strike the Florida panhandle.
For another thing, we kept getting reports that the unveiling of Pres. Trump’s peace plan is approaching, an Islamic activist that opposed a Saudi Arabian peace treaty with Israel disappeared (Jamal Khashoggi; Oct. 2), the U.S. Ambassador to the UN resigned (Nikki Haley, a strong supporter of Israel, Oct. 9); and while all of this was taking place, Michael went from being a tropical depression on Oct. 7 to being a Category 4 hurricane on Oct. 10.
There may be no connection between these events and Hurricane Michael striking the Florida panhandle, but it is strangely similar to past events; and I have read speculation that Nikki Haley’s sudden and surprising resignation might be connected to the peace process.
Third, concerning war between Israel and Gaza, Prime Min. Netanyahu warned world leaders and the Palestinians that Israel is doing all it can to avoid a war in Gaza, but Israel will not hesitate to launch a full-scale attack on the Gaza strip, if the situation continues to grow worse.
Fourth, concerning the Battle of Gog and Magog, Gog and his armies will be destroyed on the mountains of Israel (Golan Heights).
Israel captured the Golan Heights in the 1967 War when Israel captured East Jerusalem and the Temple Mount.
Israel annexed the Golan Heights in 1981, but world leaders have refused to recognize it.
On Oct. 7, 2018, Prime Min. Netanyahu called upon the UN Security Council to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.
On Oct. 9, 2018, Russia rejected Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.
Russia will attack Israel to seize a prey, but is likely to also claim that she is helping Syria retake its own territory.
Fifth, concerning the Battle of Gog and Magog, on Sept. 29, 2018, Russia announced that Russia had shipped some of her advanced S-300 missiles to Syria.
On Oct. 8, 2018, it was reported that Russia flew several teams of Iranians to Syria to operate those missiles.
So, Russia, Syria and Iran are all involved in the delivery, installation and operation of weapons that will be used against Israel.
Sixth, there will be a resurgence of witchcraft and a falling away in the Church at the end of the age (II Thess. 2:3; Rev. 3:16, 9:20).
On Oct. 10, 2018, it was reported that witchcraft is rising sharply in the U.S., and the number of Americans that identify as witches may now exceed the membership of the Presbyterian Church USA.
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Daymond & Rachel Duck