Christians often hear people say, “I don’t know when the Rapture is, but I know that it is one day closer today than it was yesterday.”
Christians are strangers and pilgrims on earth (Heb. 11:13). This world is not our home and we are constantly approaching our ultimate destination.
Several events that happened this week seemed to speak loud and clear on this issue.
First, it has been reported that one-third of the Bishops in the Roman Catholic Church are covering up for pedophile priests, and the Vatican has barred the U.S. Conference of Catholics from acting to confront it.
It would be difficult to come up with a greater example of spiritual harlotry in the Roman Catholic Church than Bishops that sexually abuse children and a Pope that won’t let the Church confront it.
Some might say this is anti-Catholic rhetoric, but it has been reported that multitudes of Catholics disagree with what their leaders are doing, and these people are leaving the church in droves.
Second, in his first sermon to the Church, Peter said there will be blood, fire and smoke on earth before the Tribulation Period arrives (Acts 2:19-20); and the smoke from about 250,000 acres and more than 10,000 houses (more than 14,000 structures) burning in California has prompted officials to urge citizens to stay indoors and wear protective face masks.
The deadliest wildfires in California history have reduced Paradise to rubble and caused San Francisco and Oakland to have the worst air quality in the world.
Third, Israel recently asked France to deliver a final warning to Lebanon: Shut down Hezbollah’s missile factories in Lebanon or Israel will attack them.
Fourth, on Nov. 12-13, 2018, Hamas fired about 460 rockets and mortars into Israel that sent more than 100 Israelis to the hospital for minor wounds and shock.
Prime Min. Netanyahu had the power to crush Hamas, but he believed that Hamas was trying to lure him into an all-out war that could turn into the Battle of Gog and Magog.
He believed crushing Hamas would derail Israel’s growing friendship with the Arab nations, derail Israel’s joint ventures with the Arabs against Iran, and doom Pres. Trump’s peace proposal.
That is why he agreed to a ceasefire that almost brought his government down.
Israel’s Defense Minister, Avigdor Liberman, resigned when he learned about the ceasefire; and Israel’s Education Minister, Naftali Bennett, threatened to resign if he wasn’t selected to replace Mr. Liberman as Defense Minister.
Israel’s military opposed Mr. Bennett’s elevation to Defense Minister, and the only way Prime Min. Netanyahu could keep Mr. Bennett from resigning and toppling the Netanyahu government was by agreeing that the Israeli military will act more aggressively against terrorism in the future.
Understand that Mr. Netanyahu has no control over when the Battle of Gog and Magog will start.
God is in control, and it will start when God drags Gog and his armies onto the mountains of Israel, not one day before and not one day after (Ezek. 38:4).
But think about it. If Prime Min. Netanyahu had sent the IDF into Gaza, Gog’s army might be marching toward Israel as you are reading this, and that would be a definite sign that the latter years, latter days and perhaps latter hours have arrived.
Anyway, Mr. Netanyahu now holds two positions in Israel: Prime Minister and Defense Minister, and Mr. Netanyahu has promised to respond more harshly to terrorist attacks in the future.
Incidentally, the highly respected Jewish rabbi, Pinchas Winston, former Chief Rabbi of the IDF, said the conflict with Hamas could trigger the war of Gog and Magog, an end of days conflict that precipitates the messianic redemption (a conflict that leads to the coming of Messiah to redeem Israel).
Fifth, around Nov. 11, 2018, it was reported that a Swedish manufacturer of implantable chips is holding meetings with large British companies that employ hundreds of thousands of people to convince those companies to require their employees to be chipped.
The companies are being told that they can save time and money by eliminating passes, badges, ID cards, door key, time clocks, etc.
Some employees of these companies are upset by the fact that they may be required to be chipped and refusing to do so might get them fired.
During the Tribulation Period people, will have to choose between taking the Mark of the Beast or being killed.
Sixth, on Nov. 11, 2018, Pres. Trump’s Middle East Envoy, Jason Greenblatt, said the U.S. wants Pres. Trump’s peace proposal to be the final solution to the Middle East conflict; and if the Trump proposal fails, the U.S. won’t waste any more time trying to work out an agreement.
Seventh, it was reported that the UN is demanding a crackdown on those that oppose globalism (world government).
This is a major step toward persecuting and killing those that won’t take the Mark of the Beast during the last half of the Tribulation Period.
The world is getting darker, but true Christians are approaching their ultimate destination.
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Daymond & Rachel Duck