Shaping Up :: By Daymond Duck

This article is about what is shaping up now, not what is coming many years down the road.

Wars and rumors of wars, a global economic collapse, hyperinflation, famine, pestilence, the decline of America, etc., are shaping up now.

Here are some examples that recently made the news.

One, concerning the decline of America and the coming Tribulation Period (God’s judgment of the nations): on Apr. 22, 2022, Canada Free Press posted an excellent article by Rev. Michael Bresciani titled “No, It’s Not the Economy Stupid—It’s the Raging Perversion, Moral Depravity, and Transgender Mutilation of Our Own Children.”

Bresciani (editor of notes that God promised to bless nations that obey Him and to curse nations that disobey Him (Deut. 28, for example).

Bresciani points out that polling companies often use a list of 8 concerns that they ask people about (the economy, immigration, the war in Ukraine, health care, food and fuel shortages, education, environment, and politics).

He notes that these things would be last on God’s list, and there is nothing on the list about things that are important to God (morality, etc.).

Bresciani rightly believes that most people are ignoring the Scriptures and God’s desires for humanity (love Him; love Jesus, love others; pray; etc.).

The idea that God would intervene and judge the nations is foreign to them.

Judgment is coming because society is using the wrong list of concerns (man’s list of concerns instead of God’s list of concerns).

Obedience to God brings blessings, but disobedience to God brings curses, and disobedience to God is America’s (and the world’s problem) (Deut. 28:1-2, 15).

Two, concerning perilous times: on Apr. 20, 2022, Brighteon reported that shipments of anti-tank weapons, ammunition, artillery shells, drones, vehicles, etc., to Ukraine are rapidly depleting U.S. stockpiles, and it will take a long time to restock these items due to the shipping crisis, difficulty of getting parts, etc.

If the U.S. got into a war and suddenly needed a lot of weapons, they might not have enough, and they might not be able to get them very fast.

(Writer’s opinion: Perhaps Biden should ask the Taliban to ship the billions of dollars of weapons he left in Afghanistan to the U.S.)

Three, concerning a global economic collapse and famine: on Apr. 21, 2022, David Malpass, Pres. of the World Bank, said the world is facing a human catastrophe.

  • Hundreds of millions of people could be impoverished by higher food prices.
  • The poor could have to eat less and spend less on other needs.
  • Higher food prices could force developing countries to default on their debts.
  • Food prices that were at 10-year highs before Russia invaded Ukraine are higher than they have been since record-keeping started 60 years ago.

Four, concerning global food shortages and unrest: on Apr. 20, 2022, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) expressed concern that the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine could trigger a global food crisis and civil unrest in vulnerable nations.

This may relate to something Jesus said about the end of the age, “There shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring” (Luke 21:25).

There are at least two different interpretations of this verse: (1) The seas and the waves roaring are hurricanes, etc., and (2) The sea refers to the “sea of humanity,” and the roaring refers to civil unrest (Rev. 13:1).

It is interesting, considering all the other signs and their convergence, that a global organization is expressing concern over civil unrest caused by food shortages.

Five, concerning the supply chain crisis: on Apr. 21, 2022, Pastor Tom Hughes showed part of a Monkey Werx video that shows hundreds of oil tankers and cargo ships off the coast of Shanghai that are sitting idle and waiting to be loaded.

According to Monkey Werx, considering how long it will take to load the ships, how long it will take for the ships to reach their destination, and how long it will take for the ships to be unloaded – current inventories could be exhausted, and there could be severe shortages of many things (including some foods) somewhere around the time of the next elections in the U.S.

It is the opinion of Monkey Werx (not a prediction) that the shortages could trigger unrest and possibly the cancellation of the upcoming election.

I am not questioning Monkey Werx, and I can’t predict what will happen, but:

  • Biden clearly said the New World Order and food shortages are coming, and he said he intends to make the New World Order happen.
  • There is plenty of evidence that the FBI, CIA, etc., have been corrupted (protection of Hillary Clinton and Hunter Biden, destroyed Hillary’s phones for her, lied to courts, faked Gov. Whitmer kidnapping, falsely prosecuted others, etc.).
  • There was corruption in the last election, and some politicians are willing to do anything to hold onto power.

We can only speculate about what they will do, but the Bible teaches that world government and famine are coming, and nothing should surprise us.

Six, concerning pestilence and the death of multitudes during the Tribulation Period: on Apr. 22, 2022, it was reported that:

  • After they received a Covid vaccination, more than 769 athletes collapsed on the field between Mar. 2021 and Mar. 2022.
  • The average of those that suffered cardiac arrest was 23 years old.
  • Since the above information was released, updated figures show 890 athletes had cardiac arrests and other serious problems, and 579 died.

Seven, concerning the Days of Lot: teaching porn in kindergarten thru grade three is the issue behind the recent conflict between Disney and Fla. Gov. DeSantis.

Florida passed a law to stop the teaching of sexual subjects in kindergarten through grade three.

Opponents falsely labeled it the “Don’t Say Gay” bill.

They accused the state of Florida of discriminating against gays.

On Apr. 22, 2022, Gov. DeSantis responded by signing a bill that strips six districts in the state of their self-governing status and taxing powers.

This is the point: Teaching the LGBTQ+ agenda in school is part of the UN “Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” goals.

It is part of an effort to brainwash children into supporting the globalist agenda, and an effort to reduce the population of the earth.

(Note: Concerning a reduction in the population of the earth: Elon Musk recently expressed his opinion that “Earth could maintain a population many times the current level.” He called the UN population estimates “ridiculous.”)

Eight, concerning the decline of America: on Apr. 20, 2022, Franklin Graham said, “I believe God is going to judge America at some point. He has given us so much, and we’re so wasteful and so disobedient and so wicked in what we’re doing as a nation.”

Graham said, “Our educators have taken God out of schools. Our politicians have taken God out of politics. Our nation is not better [for it]. Our nation is worse.”

Graham urged U.S. citizens to turn back to God as a nation; he urged Christians to run for school boards, take control of their communities, and pray.

Graham said (and I agree) that God is America’s only hope.

Nine, concerning the Battle of Gog and Magog: on Apr. 18, 2022, Russian Pres. Putin spoke to PA Chairman Abbas by phone, condemned Israel’s response to Muslim riots on the Temple Mount, and pledged Russia’s support for the PA cause.

On Apr. 21, 2022, Ismail Haniyeh, head of the Hamas terrorist group, called a Russian official, thanked Russia for Putin’s response, and asked that Russia take a central “role in curbing this (Israel’s) aggression.”

Ten, concerning the Jews returning to the Promised Land at the end of the age: God said,

“Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from the coasts of the earth, and with them the blind and the lame, the woman with child and her that travaileth with child together: a great company shall return thither. They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them: I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble: for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn. Hear the word of the LORD, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock. For the LORD hath redeemed Jacob, and ransomed him from the hand of him that was stronger than he” (Jer. 31:8-11).

On Apr. 23, 2022, I received an e-mail from a pastor who said, “I was watching the news about 2 weeks ago when they were highlighting the mass number of Jews (about 10,000) who were making their way to Poland (from Ukraine) to board planes for Israel. That same night I was reading Jeremiah 31:8-11, and I KNEW that what I had watched that evening was a fulfillment of Bible prophecy. What was so amazing was how these verses describe what I was watching as they came weeping, with the lame and the blind, with the women with their children and those who were pregnant with child. We are indeed living in the days of His return.”

Eleven, concerning corruption and deceit: on Apr. 25, 2022, it was reported that White House logs show that one of Hunter Biden’s business associates visited Joe Biden at the White House when he was Vice Pres. at least 19 times, and yet, Joe Biden claims that he had nothing to do with Hunter’s businesses.

There seems to be no question that some of Hunter’s associates were getting access to his dad, Hunter was raking in millions of dollars, and money was flowing back and forth between Hunter and Joe (It has been reported that Joe paid legal fees for Hunter; Hunter paid bills for Joe, Hunter came close to getting prosecuted for tax evasion, Joe has millions of dollars of unexplained income, etc.).

Twelve, concerning wars and rumors of wars: talk of WW III and Russia using nuclear weapons; the conflict between Russia and Ukraine appears to be spreading.

  • More than 40 nations now support Ukraine.
  • The U.S. will send more weapons to Ukraine.
  • Germany will send anti-aircraft tanks to Ukraine.
  • France will send truck-mounted cannons to Ukraine.
  • Russia has stopped the flow of natural gas to Poland and Bulgaria.
  • The U.S. provided information that helped Ukraine shoot down a Russian transport plane carrying hundreds of Russian troops and to sink a Russian ship.
  • The U.S. appears to be ignoring what Russian officials say about WW III and the use of nuclear weapons, and Russia appears to be ignoring what U.S. officials say.

As the conflict drags on, food shortages, inflation, economic problems, etc., are worsening and moving the world closer to what could be the fulfillment of Tribulation-Period prophecies (removal of peace, famine, economic collapse, nuclear weapons, etc.).

Thirteen, concerning the Battle of Gog and Magog: on Apr. 26, 2022, White House Press Sec. Jen Psaki said Iran’s breakout time to nuclear weapons is “a few weeks or less” away.

Israeli leaders have constantly said they will not allow Iran to produce nuclear weapons.

This comes at the same time that Russia is upset with Israeli support for Ukraine.

Fourteen, concerning a peace treaty in the Middle East: on Apr. 6, 2022, Bahrain’s Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan said, “We are determined. No one will stop us from building on the Abraham Accords. We are not worried about the enemies of peace, but we will fight against their efforts. We will fight anything which will harm our peace, our security, or interfere in what we do, or misrepresent us and distort our religion.”

“Our peace, our security” means “our peace and safety.”

More war is coming, but the Abraham Accords could ultimately lead to the confirmation of a covenant that will cause globalists to declare “peace and safety” and lead to the Tribulation Period.

Finally, are you Rapture Ready?

If you want to be rapture ready and go to heaven, you must be born again (John 3:3). God loves you, and if you have not done so, sincerely admit that you are a sinner; believe that Jesus is the virgin-born, sinless Son of God who died for the sins of the world, was buried, and raised from the dead; ask Him to forgive your sins, cleanse you, come into your heart and be your Saviour; then tell someone that you have done this.