Greetings to you all. Some may remember me, but that’s beside the point. I have had a bit to deal with in the last nine months, so I have not been contributing to Rapture Ready, though I have been writing. The world is a vastly different place from what it was even two years ago. It is enjoined on the Christian in varied measure to understand the signs of the times, and right now, we sound the alarm on every front.
The Old Testament prophets tried to discern their times and the appearance of the Messiah – 1Peter 1:10-11 “As to this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful search and inquiry, seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow.” On that matter, they looked forward, but we look back. However, in a similar fashion, we also look forward and make careful search of current events.
Things are changing at such a rapid rate that scarcely can we maintain the speed of events. In this examination, I want to look at a few things, and this will not be exhaustive by any means. They are telescopic views. Only snippets.
. WORLD STABILITY. The world stands on the brink of conflict. This is not very encouraging to write about, but some major events are happening. I want to cover a couple of the major incidents. At one stage, militant Islam was a world threat and still is. This we can see still in Afghanistan, and unless you missed it, the Taliban and China have been having some very cozy talks about conquest.
The greatest threat is China, with a megalomaniac in control bent on world domination. I don’t know how much the average American knows about China, but the nations of SE Asia certainly do. Every nation in the SE region of Asia is worried because China is threatening their territories by flying warplanes over them, sinking their ships, and ramming their fishing boats. It is laying claim to all the islands that are in the South China Sea. China has built military bases on the reefs and shoals in the South China Sea and made them capable of missile launch facilities and so much more.
China recently has threatened missile attacks on Australia and an invasion. It has threatened Japan with a nuclear bomb. Every one of China’s neighbors is deeply concerned. China instigated a small conflict with India in the last 12 months.
Where is all this going?
After the Rapture, the world leader (“Antichrist” if you prefer that term) makes his appearance with the breaking of the first seal. But the second seal, the rider on the red horse, sees the outbreak of wars. The world right now is seeing the lining up for conflict, especially in Asia. Currently, the biggest aircraft carrier from Great Britain, the Queen Elizabeth, is in the South China Sea that China wrongfully claims it owns. The aircraft carrier has been threatened about going any further, but the US did go further and took a ship through the Sea. The nations of the world are now (some meekly) challenging China’s right to the South China Sea.
A multinational task force, led by the new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, comprises several Royal Navy escort and support vessels along with the American USS, The Sullivans guided-missile destroyer, and Royal Netherlands Navy HNLMS Evertsen frigate. Other nations are dipping in and out of the formation as it makes its way through Southeast Asia.
The Quadrilateral Agreement of India, Japan, Australia, and the United States that is turning into a defensive pact for the region has China unsettled. Beijing has threatened Armageddon against the US and missile strikes on Australia. A CCP member warned of an “intense showdown between China and the US.” “A US aircraft carrier group led by the USS Ronald Reagan has entered the South China Sea as part of a routine mission,” the US Navy said, at a time of rising tensions between Washington and Beijing, which claims most of the disputed waterway. “The carrier is being accompanied by the guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh and the guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey,” the US Navy said on Tuesday.
China is stronger now than the USA, and the reason for this is that the US defense forces were run down by Obama in his eight years. Some military writers are saying a war within 10 years will happen in SE Asia, especially over Taiwan, and will drag in the USA, Australia, India, and Japan.
The Middle East is facing conflict thanks to militarized Iran; and in Eastern Europe, Russia’s expansionist aims are causing great concern.
What does all this mean?
Well, these power kegs are wicked (“wicks,” not wicked) and only need a light to ignite them. It is just my view, as I try to read it all, that the Rapture must be so close with the groundwork set for international strife that happens, as mentioned previously. Do not forget that wars and rumors of wars will include civil wars, and I fear for the USA in this matter with BLM and other issues once the Christians have been removed.
. THE MORAL STATE OF THE WORLD. Who could have believed 10 years ago that our children could be held ransom to deviant sexual teaching in schools? It is legislation in Australia that children the age of 10 are to be informed all about homosexuality and all the other deviant practices – transgender, bisexuality, queer, intersex, and the list goes on. Not only that but the deviants who framed this added that the kids be informed that nothing is wrong and it is good to experiment.
My granddaughter is 10, and her friend said to her, “I think I am bisexual.” This is atrocious. It came from the immoral propaganda taught in the State school. We are raising an immoral generation, a decadent society. I believe the back of western democracy and morality is broken, and it began with the abolition of Christianity in society and government.
One verse that connects with the Second Coming, NOT the Rapture, is, “As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be in the days of the coming of the Son of Man,” and then goes on to mention marriage. Marriage was corrupted in the days of Noah, as Genesis 6 confirms; morality was evil, and every thought of their minds was always evil. The seeds of this have been sown today.
. CLIMATE CHANGE. I do not believe in this and think it is a hoax at best and a deviant lie at worst. But whatever your position is, the following is true – the world is embracing this idea with a religious zeal that is alarming. One can wax eloquent about climate change, and that is commendable, but try to speak about the Lord or do any gospel outreach and see what happens! There is a vacuum because “religion” has been abolished, so climate change fervor is replacing it.
Where is it leading?
It is the western world that embraces it, and the idea is to weaken democracies, making them powerless and causing an adherence to a worldwide system of control. It is very much sponsored by the radical left and the United Nations. The aim is to tax nations on carbon and money channeled to third-world dictatorships.
There is one aspect of this I see, but others disagree. I want to make reference to this scripture, and it speaks of the world leader/Antichrist in the Tribulation – 2Thessalonians 2:9-12 “that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders, and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved. For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they might believe what is false, in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness.”
In the Tribulation, people who refuse the truth will be overtaken by lies and what is false because God will send (or allow – permissive will of God) a great delusion to engulf the people. That will be in the Tribulation, but I think today God is allowing us to see what a delusion is like and how difficult it is, if not impossible, for Christians to oppose it.
In the name of climate change, the world order is being manipulated and changed, and great nations will succumb to the poverty doctrine. The Great Reset is here. Not one climate change activist can explain to me why the earth was several degrees warmer around 1000 AD when the Vikings lived in Greenland and farmed their reindeers there. There were no “human-made emissions” then. They want warming – God will warm this planet up in the Tribulation!
. THE STATE OF THE HUMAN BEING. There are some very relevant prophecies for the last days of the Church age, and I will take a brief look at some of them:
(a). “Lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God” (2 Tim 3:4). All sorts of entertainment, sports, social media, rock music, gaming, night-clubbing, partying, drug culture… occupy the minds of people, with most giving no thought to God. In Australia, it does not matter how bad things are; sport reigns supreme. It is worshipped as God. Pleasure has grown exponentially.
(b). “Lovers of money” (2 Tim 3:2). There have always been lovers of money, including the rich man with Lazarus and the rich young ruler. But in recent years, the love of money has become paramount, especially from what is called Silicon Valley. In fact, all has become greed. Manufacturers make bigger packets for less content. The weights of foodstuffs are declining in packages and tins. “Less for more” is the unwritten motto.
(c). “Boastful, arrogant conceited” (2 Tim 3:2). What is this describing – the United Nations, the Australian Parliament? Yes, but also include Silicon Valley. There are about a half dozen organizations there I could name that make up almost the entire world’s tech monopolies. They are greedy by overcharging. They are arrogant in their attitude. They are conceited in the way they conduct business. They are manipulative by pushing singular left-wing and socialist propaganda, and I will name Google in particular for this. Through YouTube and Facebook, Google cancels Christians’ accounts or anything that does not enhance the deep left-wing stance these companies take. It is censorship against Christian and non-left-wing politics.
I used to be able to do a Google search for sites that would help me with Christian research, and they always came up at the top. Now, quite often, what comes up first are sites that actually oppose what you are requiring. We could also include Hollywood in that nest.
(d). “Brutal; haters of good” (2 Tim 3:3). Ours now are the days where what is good is hated and despised, and what is evil and morally and ethically wrong is embraced and praised. Isaiah says those of that disposition are cursed. We all suffer through it; for the greater the evil grows, there is growing oppression both physically and spiritually. People have become untrustworthy and brutal, even treacherous. Those older like me can recall what a “good feeling” existed in the community of the 1950s and 60s. They were the great days, too, for the advancement of the gospel. Now the gospel is banned or restricted, and ears are closed in many developed nations.
. THE VIRUS FROM CHINA. Or, as Trump rightly described it, “the Chinese virus,” because it should be named after its origin like The Spanish Flu (but we can’t offend China). What this virus has done is weaken and almost destroy the economies of the Western World. In fact, all the world has been weakened except in totalitarian regimes such as China, which has made great military advancements while the world battles the virus.
Most who read this will be American, and you have your own problems with a President who hardly knows what day it is. But then again, am I right or wrong in concluding that power is not in his hands but in those of Harris, Obama, Clinton, Pelosi, and there is someone else I forget?
This is what has happened in Australia because of the virus. So much of Australia is leaning to socialism, and these radicals have taken the opportunity to restrict and control people. The police have incredible powers so that it is close to being a police state. It is not good, and if the Democrats get their way, you will go down the same road.
I think the virus (allowed by God) has one purpose, and that is to make the world conform to a socialist (or united or totalitarian) agenda and thus become more or less conformed to the need for some great leader to deliver it from the mess. There will be one who will appear after the Rapture, the man of sin, the son of perdition, the world leader, the Antichrist – and he takes that role.
. CONCLUSION. Don’t you see that all that is now in the world is edging us closer to the Rapture because everything is in place? The lead-up will not be good, for God describes that approach as “difficult times” (2 Tim 3:1). It means times of hardship. Christians are suffering persecution, and Christian beliefs are under attack.
People generally, especially the younger generation, are addicted to mobile/cell phones, social media, and are ready to follow any new trend.
Although I am getting on in years, I am hoping the Lord will return in my lifetime. I do believe we are that close. Every single thing is in place (esp. Israel), and it may just be a matter of degree. Can I leave you with one thought? I know some Christians who get so caught up with the state of their countries and events in the world that they get depressed and side-tracked. It is not meant to be that way. We are to be looking above, not below, above from where our Lord will come. As days darken and the dark turns darker, the light from above should also get brighter. Focus on the light and not on the dark, for we are children of the day, not the night.
God bless you all