Apocalyptic Overtones :: By Daymond Duck

The word “revelation” comes from the Greek word “apokalupsis,” and it means the unveiling or disclosing.

The Book of Revelation begins with these words: “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to show unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John” (Rev. 1:1).

This can be taken two ways: 1) As the disclosure of information about Jesus, and 2) As the disclosure of what God intends to do, starting with the Church Age and running through the beginning of the New Heaven and New Earth.

It is my opinion that current events are pointing the world to what the Book of Revelation says, and the Book of Revelation tells us what God said must shortly come to pass.

Put another way, we are no longer in a normal world; we are in a world that is in transition.

We are receiving apocalyptic overtones (or warnings) from God, and as disturbing as this transition and these warnings are, they are child’s play compared to what is coming.

Here are some of the most recent events that caught my attention:

One, on Dec. 11, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear Texas’ lawsuit against Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Georgia.

The court did not deny that Texas has evidence of widespread voter fraud (Texas had an abundance of evidence, and other groups do too); the Supreme Court just refused to hear the evidence (this is what most courts have done).

The battle is not over, but it will take a miracle for Trump to win, and that is in God’s hands (Sydney Powell still has cases pending in Michigan, Arizona, Wisconsin, and Georgia; Republicans seated delegates in Pennsylvania, Nevada, Georgia and Arizona that voted for Trump in opposition to the Democrat delegates; an evaluation of the Dominion voting system used in Antrim County, Michigan, found an error rate that exceeded 68% by shifting thousands of Trump votes to Biden, and a judge has issued an order for the evaluation data to be released).

As I see it, Trump has been standing in the way of the shadow government’s plan to establish a world government.

There are people (called globalists) that want all the power, all the money, and to tell everyone what to believe and how to live.

This is not a conspiracy theory.

Politicians issuing unscientific job-destroying lockdown orders and social-distancing orders (that they themselves do not obey) to enrich their rich friends and doners, and impoverish the middle class, are evidence, and it will get much worse.

It is a forerunner of the Apocalypse with its Satanic world government and religion.

It is an effort to fundamentally change this world (legalize abortions, LGBTQ rights, drugs, rebellion against the God of the Bible, divide Israel, etc.).

The world’s most powerful people are trying to establish a government that owns everything and leaves ordinary citizens with owning nothing.

Sydney Powell recently said powerful elites have been using the Dominion voting systems to stay in power around the world for 15-20 years to control elections and elect and re-elect themselves and their friends.

Globalists intend to number people, mark people, subdue people, control people, change people’s DNA, control people’s healthcare, replace cash with a digital currency, decide who can buy and sell, lockdown and silence the Church, tell people who to worship, etc.

Trump was a major impediment to their plan from Hell (Biden supports most of it), and it now looks like America’s corrupt election has put the globalists’ “Great Reset” on a fast track.

Many Americans will never accept Biden’s presidency as legitimate; his health and corruption will not let him be president very long. He will be replaced, and America’s leading role in the world will likely be replaced by several leaders (perhaps 10) from a handful of nations.

Here is the good news: This world is not the Christian’s home, and the success of the voter fraud seems to indicate that true Christians will soon be going home.

Dislike their sin if you want, but pray for them because the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, will soon hide themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And they will say to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? (Rev. 6:15-16).

Two, it has been reported that Gen. Michael Flynn, former National Security Advisor to Pres. Trump, said in an Op-ed that was published on Dec. 10, 2020, “We do not want a world governed by tyrants whom no one has elected and who want to have power to destroy us. We understand what their plan is: to eliminate dissent, subdue any criticism and outlaw those who do not submit unconditionally to the dictatorship of the ‘new world order.’”

These are apocalyptic overtones from a former advisor to the Pres. of the U.S., or I don’t know what the words mean.

Three, on Dec. 6, 2020, Israel’s Prime Min. Netanyahu displayed a proclamation that will be prominently displayed on the wall of Israel’s Cabinet room to honor Pres. Trump for recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The proclamation will be displayed next to a proclamation recognizing Pres. Truman’s May 14, 1948, recognition of Israel as a nation.

What these two presidents have done is considered two of the greatest events in the history of Israel.

Pres. Trump has also recognized Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, Israel’s right to large areas of Judea and Samaria, withdrawn from the Iranian Nuclear Deal, and obtained normalization agreements between Israel, Bahrain, and the UAE.

Sudan and Morocco have agreed to sign a normalization agreement.

On Dec. 12, 2020, the Kingdom of Bhutan signed a normalization agreement.

If Jordan and Egypt are included, Israel will soon have agreements with 7 nations (Two more appear to be waiting in the wings: Oman and Indonesia, making it 9).

We are not seeing the covenant with many, but we are seeing many nations moving toward peace with Israel and agreeing to a covenant of peace that will allow all faiths to worship on the Temple Mount (this is opening the door for a rebuilt Temple, and I believe it will be hurriedly rebuilt during the Apocalypse).

Four, I do not know what to think about this next item, but it is so serious, I have decided to pass it on just to make people aware in case something happens.

On Dec. 8, 2020, it was reported that the U.S. has been positioning large numbers of troops, equipment and supplies in the continental U.S. and Aircraft carriers off the east and west coasts of the U.S. in case the U.S. Supreme Court voids the election (see raptureready.com End Times News, Dec. 11, 2020).

According to the report, rumors are circulating that some Democrats are planning to ask the UN to remove Trump from office, if the U.S. Supreme Court voids the election.

This sounds absurd, but absurdity is becoming common in the U.S., and considering everything the Democrats have done to remove Trump in the last 4 years, why would they stop just because the U.S. Supreme Court voids the election?

Five, on Dec. 6, 2020, Pastor John MacArthur told his congregation, the world’s governments “have done something that’s never been done in human history. That is, they have made the issue (of Covid) and the response global. Now we are a global world. And that is a setup that we’ve been waiting for through redemptive history since the Lord promised that there would come, in the future, an Antichrist who would have a global government.”

Six, on Dec. 9, 2020, it was reported that former VP Biden said he will sign an order on day one of his administration (if he has one) to require people in federal buildings, on planes, trains, buses, and wherever possible to wear masks for the next 100 days as a patriotic act, and this is just part of what he intends to do.

The big question here is will citizens be required to be vaccinated as a patriotic act.

Seven, here is a link to Dr. Pierre Kory’s interesting testimony (10 min.; hundreds of thousands of views) before the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee about a cure (Ivermectin) for Covid.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tq8SXOBy-4w

It is obvious from the comments that many citizens believe that some government officials are not interested in a cure for Covid because they view Covid as part of a globalist scheme to bring in a world government.

Finally, 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.

Prophecy Plus Ministries, Inc.
Daymond Duck
duck_daymond@yahoo.com

 

A Child, A Son, A Kinsman Redeemer :: By Nathele Graham 

 “For unto us a child is born…” (Isaiah 9:6a). We all know about children. We love them, raise them, and want the best for them. Many centuries ago, a special Child was born. He was laid in a manger, and angels announced His birth to the shepherds watching flocks that night. Who do you think that Child was? That Child was Jesus, the Messiah. I’m sure you know the story. It was a time in history when the Jewish people struggled against persecution. That’s a recurring theme throughout history, but this time their misfortune could have been changed had they recognized their Messiah. If their leaders studied prophecy and believed it, they would have known their long-desired Messiah had come.

We face a similar problem today. God has given us prophecy, but either we don’t study it or we try to make it say what we want to believe. We would understand the times in which we live if we all studied prophecy. All that aside, let’s start this study with the Child who was born so long ago, but changed the world forever.

God had given many prophecies regarding the coming Messiah, and Jesus fulfilled them all. The hardest to believe or understand is found in Isaiah. “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14).

When we look at this verse, we notice it says a “virgin” will bear a son. Human understanding says that’s impossible, but all things are possible with God. The word used for “virgin” is ‘almah,’ but is sometimes twisted to mean a young woman. Would that be any kind of a sign? How many young women throughout history have had children? It would only be a sign if a virgin gave birth. Fast forward many years to Nazareth, and the time that prophecy was about to be fulfilled.

A young woman named Mary, a virgin, had been betrothed to a man named Joseph. Today, it would be difficult to find a virgin of any age, but in the days of Mary and Joseph, men respected women, women respected themselves, and mostly, God’s law was respected. Premarital relations were not acceptable and a very serious violation of the Law. So, when Mary was visited by Gabriel, his news was hard to fathom: Mary would have a child.

Mary was young, but her future had been secure. She was betrothed to Joseph, a carpenter. He wasn’t rich but would be able to provide for her and their future children. Then, Mary’s faith was challenged and tested. The angel Gabriel was sent from God to pay her a visit.

“And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women” (Luke 1:28).

Mary was only human and young. The appearance of the angel frightened her. Gabriel calmed her fears but gave her some startling news.

“And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: and he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end” (Luke 1:31-33).

Mary was the virgin prophesied by Isaiah. Mary didn’t ask “What’s in it for me,” but only asked how this could happen because she had never had any sexual encounters with a man and wouldn’t until after she and Joseph were legally married. What a sweet person she must have been and so willing to obey God’s will. She knew what the consequences of her actions could be (Joseph could have shunned her, and she could have been stoned), but she trusted God to protect her. We need to understand how important it was for Jesus to have a human mother. Without her humanity, Jesus wouldn’t have qualified as our kinsman.

“…unto us a son is given…” (Isaiah 9:6b). We’ve seen that Jesus was born of a virgin, but why is that so important? The son who was given was given by God. When Gabriel told Mary she would become pregnant, she only asked “How.” Gabriel explained that it was God who would be the father.

“And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:35).

There’s so much that we cannot fully understand about how sin tainted all of humanity, but because science has made some discoveries regarding chromosomes, we know that the father passes traits to his son that are unique. When God created the heavens and the earth, He filled it with everything needed for survival. Then, He created Adam. There was one rule, and that was to not eat fruit from the tree of knowledge. Eating that particular fruit would bring death into creation. Eve was taken out of Adam, and he loved her. Sadly, she made the horrendous mistake of speaking to Satan and was beguiled by his lies.

It always causes a problem when God is specific about not doing something, but a person listens to Satan instead. Adam knew that Eve had brought death upon herself by eating the fruit, because God had specifically told him of the consequences.

“And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” (Genesis 2:16-17).

Adam knew that Eve had defied God’s law, but he loved her enough to join in her sin in order to not lose her forever. It was that action that brought the fall of all creation. It was that action that caused sin to corrupt the perfect creation of God.

“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” (Romans 5:12). 

That is the very reason that a human could not be the father of the Messiah. In order to redeem humanity from the curse of sin, the redeemer’s blood had to be untainted by the sin which began with Adam. Had any human been the father, the blood of Jesus would have been tainted by sin.

Humanity could never rise to the perfection required by God in order to be pure enough to spend eternity with Him. Adam’s sin brought much sorrow, and it separated us from God, but that wasn’t God’s desire. His love for His creation made a way for redemption. First the Jewish Law was given through Moses, and it was a schoolmaster to teach us to draw close to God.

“Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith” (Galatians 3:24). 

Then, from the lineage of King David, the Messiah was given as a gift to the entire world. He fulfilled the Law and provided the only way of salvation for the entire world, including Gentiles, by shedding His own blood as the final sacrifice for our sin. An important lesson taught by the law is that only shed blood could take sin away, or at least cover it.

“For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul” (Leviticus 17:11). 

God never required human sacrifice, but the law provided for the blood of animals to be shed as a sin offering. The Law was very specific about the sacrifices, but it also made it clear that those sacrifices were temporary and had to be repeated regularly. The blood of an animal was not human blood and therefore unable to take the sin away permanently.

“But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins” (Hebrews 10:3-4).

Shedding blood for sacrifice is ugly, but so is sin. The offerings under the Law were a temporary remedy, but the blood of our Kinsman Redeemer was the once for all Sacrifice to take our sin away.

The role of kinsman redeemer was established in Jewish Law, and it is a way that property and/or people can be redeemed. Adam lost both for us by choosing to sin.

“If thy brother be waxen poor, and hath sold away some of his possession, and if any of his kin come to redeem it, then shall he redeem that which his brother sold” (Leviticus 25:25).

The one who redeems the property must be a relative of the one who lost it. The same is true for people.

“After that he is sold he may be redeemed again; one of his brethren may redeem him: either his uncle, or his uncle’s son, may redeem him, or any that is nigh of kin unto him of his family may redeem him; or if he be able, he may redeem himself” (Leviticus 25:48-49). 

The one who redeems a person must be a relative of the one being redeemed. In order to redeem mankind, it was necessary for the redeemer to be human. Because Mary was Jesus’ mother, He was human. On the other hand, if His father had been human, sin-tainted blood would have been passed from father to Son, and He couldn’t have been a once-for-all sacrifice. Had the Messiah taken any form except human, His sacrifice on the cross wouldn’t have paid our debt.

“For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people” (Hebrews 2:16-17).

After Jesus gave His life on the cross and shed His blood for our sin, He put His own blood on the Heavenly altar.

“But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: how much more shall the blood of Christ who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (Hebrews 9:11-14).

Jesus Christ, God in human flesh, is our Kinsman Redeemer. You must believe this with your whole heart in order to be redeemed by the blood of Jesus. If you believe, then give yourself as a living sacrifice to Him who sacrificed everything for you.

“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for He hath visited and redeemed His people” (Luke 1:68).

This Christmas season as we sing hymns of praise for the Child born in a manger, let’s remember the Son that was given by God the Father, in order that sinful people can be redeemed and find eternal life through Jesus Christ.

God bless you all,

Nathele Graham

twotug@embarqmail.com

www.straitandnarrowministry.com

ron@straitandnarrowministry.com

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