We keep hearing about end-time prophecies being fulfilled and our being on the brink of the wrath/tribulation. Tying together prophecies from both the Old and New Testaments and then taking a look at what’s happening in the world today, we are being shown just how accurate God’s word is. The downside is that the majority of the world’s population does not believe the Bible is the inerrant word God but just a bunch of myths and fairytales. For those of us who have received and accepted the Father’s words as truth, we are in an exciting time. (all emphasis mine)
Exciting because what is next for us will be the absolute answer to all our prayers and desires. This world is entering a phase that will not get any better, so the promises of our God are significant for us. First and foremost, in Romans 5:9; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10; and Revelation 3:10, we are promised that no true believer will enter the period of time when the antichrist will be here. We’re told in 2 Thessalonians 2:7-8 that the “man of lawlessness” cannot appear until “He” who now restrains him is taken out of the way. That would be the Holy Spirit who indwells all who are saved. If the Holy Spirit steps aside to allow the tribulation to start, then we must be taken out of this world to be kept from that wrath. We will rise up to meet Jesus in the air.
This does not mean we won’t experience any of the pre-wrath persecutions, as that phase has already started. Right now, Christianity in America is at an all-time low, and the world of Satan is gaining ground just about everywhere. There are some places in the world where Christianity is gaining new converts but mostly in such places as Africa, Iran, China and others. For those converts, they face extreme violence if discovered, yet many are willing to lose their own lives for what they have found.
Believers are being called “haters” because we won’t join in all the alphabet perversions. We actually love everyone for their eternal soul, but we do not have to like or even tolerate their lifestyle of sin. It’s as if the “deluding influence” of 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12 is already being applied. Can you just imagine how bad it will really get after the ultimate antichrist takes control?
Daniel 2:40-44 tells about part of the interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream given by Daniel. There will be a fourth kingdom coming upon the earth that has a global one-world government. It states God will set up a kingdom that will break that kingdom into pieces, and God’s kingdom – the reign of Jesus – will last forever. We are seeing the beginning of that fourth kingdom today.
Daniel 9:27 tells about the antichrist making a covenant for 7 years, and at the midpoint, he will end all sacrifices and cause an abomination that makes desolate when he desecrates the Holy Temple. Jesus referred to this passage in Matthew 24:15.
Isaiah 17:1 speaks of the total destruction of Damascus. How many raids has Israel carried out on that city to date because of members of the coalition, especially Iran, who are storing weapons there to be used against Israel? It’s very possible that the right combination will be met, and Damascus will indeed become one big junk pile.
It’s reasonable to believe that this action could be the start of the Ezekiel 38 war, where Russia, Iran and Turkey will invade Israel. The only issue here is they obviously do not believe the word of the Lord, because He specifically says He will be the defeating force against the invaders. He’s also the one setting hooks in them to convince them to invade, as given in Ezekiel 38:4.
Speaking of that war, Ezekiel specifically lists the major countries of the coalition, which, as stated, are Russia, Turkey and Iran. There will be several smaller countries that will join them as all would like to get a part of Israel’s wealth and resources. The invasion comes from the north, which would be Syria (Ezekiel 38:6). Prior to just a couple of decades ago, these countries were far from being any sort of coalition, but today all have one thing in common; they are financially strapped, and their people are not happy.
Just looking at what Matthew 24 and Luke 21 list as end of age events; it is quite extensive. There will be false Christs; false prophets; wars and rumors of war; famines; earthquakes in diverse places; pestilences; Christians hated by all nations; signs in the heavens; and increased lawlessness causing love to grow cold in many people. Luke 21:26 tells about people fainting with fear because of what is coming on this world.
When we are able to get past all the faux news reporting, we see there is an increased level of evil that is happening all over. If these are the “birthing pains” that Jesus spoke of, the delivery is very near; and closer still is our delivery from this earth.
Matthew 24:32-35 and Luke 21:31-33 tells about the blooming of the “fig tree.” Israel became a sovereign nation on May 14, 1948, after being desolate for almost 2,000 years. Jesus told us the generation that saw this would not pass away before all the end prophecies take place. We are very close to being at the end of that generation.
In fact, Jesus said when these things “begin to happen” — all the evil and increasing signs of anti-anything Christian — we are to be looking up, for our redemption is near, at the very gate.
No one knows the exact time that the Trumpet of God will sound and we hear a shout from an archangel (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 and 1 Corinthians 15:51-53). The only thing nonbelievers will know is that people are suddenly missing, as this event will be over in less than one second. A possible explanation by Satan’s forces is already being made up. We hear of increased UFO sightings. The storyline may be that another “force” in the universe will remove all “haters” so the rest of the world can live in peace and harmony.
The sad part is it will be the worst time this earth will have ever experienced. At least 2/3 of the population will be killed during that awful time.
To be assured of not being here for that, Romans 10:9-13 gives the steps to Salvation. They are simple and easy to understand, and nothing from human nature needs to be added or taken away. Admit you are a sinner, as everyone is, and confess to Jesus that you are seeking His forgiveness. Believe He is the true Son of God who died for our sins and was raised in glory to conquer them for us. Call on the name of the Lord, and you will be saved.
Yes, we will still sin even after receiving and accepting Jesus as our Savior. God has given us assurance of forgiveness in 1 John 1:8-10. Jesus paid for all of our sins, even those we haven’t committed yet. That does not give us license to run amok, but know that when we do sin, we have a perfect advocate in Jesus Our Lord.
It’s getting very close to the call, and it could be just about any day now. Be ready in advance, and call on Jesus today – right now – before it’s too late. He’s waiting for your call, but not for much longer before the wrath hits.
Shalom! Come, Lord Jesus!