Turning Biblical :: By Daymond Duck

Several weeks ago, I read an article by a Jewish rabbi who said the events in the Middle East are turning Biblical.

I agree with him, but would say that it is a global issue, not just a Middle East issue.

First, based on Psa. 83 and Ezek. 38, many prophecy teachers believe Israel will get into a war with her neighbors in the latter days and latter years.

Pres. Trump has stopped giving millions of dollars to the PA, their economy is near collapse and demonstrators are becoming more aggressive, violent and dangerous.

On Oct. 4, 2018, Israel moved more Iron Dome systems and troops to the border and placed those troops on maximum readiness for all developments.

On Oct. 7, 2018, Israeli Prime Min. Netanyahu sent out a warning that Israel will not hesitate to launch a full-scale invasion of Gaza if the situation keeps growing worse.

Second, based on statements by Jesus, many prophecy teachers expect an increase in the frequency and intensity of natural disasters at the end of the age.

On Sept. 28, 2018, a 7.5 earthquake and a tsunami with 20-foot waves struck a city called Palu on one of the islands of Indonesia; and on Oct. 3, 2018, a volcano erupted on that same island.

So that one island was struck by a 7.5 earthquake, a tsunami with 20-foot waves moving at 500 mph and the eruption of a volcano in one week.

On Oct. 8, the death toll was approaching 2,000 people, and approximately 5,000 people were still missing; houses, businesses, ships and boats were destroyed along several miles of coastline.

Third, based on statements by Jesus and by John in the book of Revelation, many prophecy teachers believe pestilence is a Tribulation-Period sign.

In late Sept. 2018, the east coast of the U.S. was struck by Hurricane Florence that killed several people, flooded large parts of the Carolinas and damaged many homes and businesses.

On Oct. 3, 2018, it was reported that people that have suffered from all of these things are now being attacked by mega mosquitoes 20 times larger than normal.

Fourth, based on prophecies in the books of Daniel and Revelation, many prophecy teachers believe there will be a world government during the Tribulation Period.

For many years, prophecy teachers have warned that globalists want to surrender the sovereignty of the U.S. to a world government, and they have been accused of promoting a conspiracy theory.

On Sept. 24, 2018, Pres. Trump stood before the UN (seat of the wannabe world government) and said, “We will never surrender American sovereignty to an unelected, unaccountable global bureaucracy. America is governed by Americans.”

He said, “We reject the ideology of globalism, and we embrace the doctrine of patriotism.”

He also said, “America will always choose independence and cooperation over global governance, control and domination.”

The coming world government is a Bible truth, not a conspiracy theory.

Fifth, regardless of what Pres. Trump said, on Sept. 30, 2018, he got an agreement to replace NAFTA with the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

It has been reported that most of the people that negotiated the USMCA are career diplomats and known globalists from the Obama Administration, and most of the language in the USMCA was copied from the TPP, a globalist trade agreement that was written to cause nations to surrender their sovereignty.

 

I encourage people to pray that the U.S. Senate will refuse to pass this if it surrenders U.S. sovereignty and that God will guide Pres. Trump to do His will.

I also encourage people to pray about the upcoming election and that the U.S. will abandon the two-state solution in Israel.

We should also thank God that the attempt by the globalist George Soros to buy a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court by hiring mobs of protestors failed.

Sixth, the Bible teaches that Gentiles from all nations will visit Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles during the Millennium.

On Sept. 27, 2018, 7,000 Christians from the U.S., Latin America, Africa, Asia and other places marched through the streets of Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles.

 Seventh, according to the Bible, the area where the Dead Sea is located was a well-watered valley before God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah in the days of Lot, but the fire and brimstone that fell on that area turned it into a wasteland (Gen. 13:10; 19:24-28).

Nevertheless, the Bible teaches that there will be fish in the Dead Sea at the end of the age (Ezek. 47:10).

On Oct. 4, 2018, it was reported that the water level in the Dead Sea is unusually low and sink holes are being exposed that are being filled by underground fresh water; and scientists are discovering fish and vegetation in some of them.

Some believe that a future system could be developed to send desalinated water into streams that could reach the Dead Sea and cause the fish to thrive even more.

Israel has already appropriated the money to build two more desalination plants.

Eighth, the Bible teaches that God will bless those that bless Israel and curse those that curse Israel, and what people do to Israel when the Tribulation Period is near will come back on them (Gen. 12:3; Obad. 1:15).

During the Obama Administration, two leaders in the Democrat Party, Pres. Obama and Mrs. Clinton, used taxpayer money in an effort to prevent the election of Israeli Prime Min. Netanyahu.

But Mr. Netanyahu was elected, and the Democrat Party has now lost control of the White House, the Senate, the House of Representatives and the Supreme Court.

On the other hand, Pres. Trump has given Mr. Netanyahu and Israel incredibly strong support; and despite unprecedented opposition, he keeps winning.

But people need to pray for America, because the chair of the Democratic National Committee is seeking revenge and calling upon people to make the Republicans “pay a price” (a house divided against itself cannot stand; Matt. 12:25).

Ninth, the Bible says no weapon formed against Israel will prosper (Isa. 54:17).

On Sept. 17, 2018, Syria mistakenly shot down a Russian plane and killed 15 Russian soldiers.

Russia blamed Israel and used the incident as an excuse to build up her missile defense and satellite communications systems in Syria.

Some believe this Russian military upgrade threatens Israel’s ability to defend herself.

On Oct. 5, 2018, it was reported that Pres. Trump has ordered the U.S. military to immediately transfer some of America’s F-35 stealth planes to Israel’s military.

These planes may not be impacted by Russia’s new weapons.

Tenth, a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof is a sign of the last days (II Tim. 3:1-5).

A group of sanctimonious U.S. Senators (people that should be examples of honesty and moral integrity) lying and blinding themselves to the facts so a woman can abort her baby (a sin as bad or worse than sexual misconduct, drinking too much alcohol or throwing a piece of ice) and denying what the Word of God teaches – if that isn’t a form of godliness, I don’t know what a form of godliness is.

Those pious hypocrites demonstrated that people can sin without guilt and shame.

There are many reasons to believe that current events in this world and especially the Middle East are turning Biblical.

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

Salvation and Water Baptism :: By Daymond Duck

Salvation and Water Baptism

I plan to be away from my computer for a week (to speak at a conference and to preach at a Church).

I won’t be able to keep up with current events and write an article, so it is my prayer that the following comments will be of benefit to some that read this article.

I try to inform people on current events, but knowing current events is not enough.

A person can be knowledgeable about current events and still be lost.

Therefore, it is important for everyone to be sure they are saved before they die or before the Rapture happens, whichever occurs first.

First, the Philippian jailer asked Paul and Silas, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

Paul and Silas responded, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31).

Notice, that salvation comes by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ, plus nothing.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (Jn. 3:16).

When a person truly believes in Jesus, the Holy Spirit performs a miracle and adds that person to the real Church (the body of true believers in heaven and on earth).

Paul said, “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body” (I Cor. 12:13).

The Holy Spirit adds people to the true spiritual body of Christ in heaven and on earth, and He writes their name in the Lamb’s Book of Life in heaven (Acts 2:41; Rev. 13:8, 21:27).

But there is just one way that this will happen.

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh to the Father, but by me” (Jn. 14:6).

John said, “The blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, cleanseth us from ALL sin” (I John 1:7).

Have you got that?

The blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, cleanseth us from ALL sin; so a person doesn’t need anything else to be saved.

God’s only requirement for adding a person to the real Church and writing that person’s name in the Lamb’s Book of Life is a genuine faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus for the remission of their sins.

Consider the thief on the cross.

The thief said, “Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom, And Jesus said unto him, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:42-43).

He put His faith in Jesus Christ, his sin was forgiven and he went to paradise.

Paul said, “By grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God; not of works, lest any man should boast” (Eph. 2:8-9).

Second, why do some Christians say a person must believe in Jesus Christ (get saved) before they are baptized with water?

When God sent Philip to tell the Ethiopian eunuch about Jesus, the Ethiopian eunuch said, “Sir, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?”

“And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God” (see Acts 8:26-37).

Water baptism is for people who already believe in Jesus with all their heart (not their mind, but their heart, their innermost being).

Third, if faith in Jesus is God’s only requirement for salvation, why does the earthly Church require people to be baptized with water before they let them become a member, if water baptism doesn’t save a person?

Here are four reasons:

The first is that Jesus was baptized with water, and He is our example (Mark 1:9).

The earthly Church requires people to be baptized with water before they join the earthly Church because the Bible instructs people to follow the example of Jesus.

A second reason is that in the Great Commission Jesus told Christians to go and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost (Matt. 28:19).

The earthly Church requires people to be baptized with water before they join the earthly Church because it fulfills the Great Commission.

A third reason is that Jesus said, “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven” (Matt. 10:32).

Water baptism is a confession of faith in Jesus before people.

A fourth reason is that when John the Baptist balked at baptizing Jesus, our Lord said, “it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness” (Matt. 3:15).

The earthly Church requires people to be baptized with water before they join the earthly Church because it is right for believers to obey the Word of God.

Water baptism is not a requirement for salvation, but it is an act of obedience if a person wants to join an earthly denomination.

Some denominations require people to be immersed in water; some denominations give people a choice between sprinkling, pouring and immersion in water; some denominations baptize people in water in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit; some denominations baptize people in water in the name of Jesus, some denominations require people to speak in tongues, etc., but God’s only requirement for salvation is faith in Jesus.

But faith in Jesus is a requirement.

A person that gets baptized in water and joins the Church without putting their faith in Jesus is lost and destined for Hell, if they never put their faith in Jesus.

Get saved first (God requires this), baptized in water second (a requirement to join a denomination, but not a requirement for salvation), and join the Church third.

Get it right (God’s way) and you will gain everything.

Get it wrong (Satan’s way) and you will lose everything.

Remember that we could be running out of time, so do it God’s way and don’t put it off.

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