Perfect Setup :: By Daymond Duck

On Apr. 8, 2024, Bible prophecy expert Hal Lindsey wrote,

  • These (nations arming as never before, Russia attacking Ukraine, China threatening Taiwan, etc.) and a host of other things going on today make a perfect setup for events that the Bible says will take place during seven years of tribulation. I believe those years are very close. But they are not imminent. The global conflagrations described in Revelation will not take place until after the Rapture — that is, until after God has evacuated His people from the planet.

I can only speculate on what Hal Lindsey’s list of “other things” would include, but here is a short list of things that I see:

  • Israel has come back into being, Jerusalem has been rebuilt, radical Muslims are trying to destroy Israel, the whole world is turning against Israel, Israel has unblemished red heifers, religious Jews want to rebuild the Temple, world leaders are demanding a covenant of peace, etc.
  • Europe (the Revived Roman Empire) has reunited, leaders are talking about creating and financing an EU military, etc.
  • The New World Order (world government by 2030 or sooner) is rising, a global economic collapse appears to be looming, the price of gold and silver is soaring, the technology to track all buying and selling is almost ready, etc.
  • Russia, Iran, Turkey, and others have troops in Syria; Russian troops and Iranian proxies in Syria are moving closer to Israel’s border; Russia is building military sites on Syria’s border with Israel; Iran is threatening to attack Israel, etc.
  • Deceit, immorality, false teachings, Satan worship, drug abuse, and murder are rampant.
  • Knowledge (artificial intelligence, quantum computers, etc.) is increasing faster than society can adapt.

These things are a perfect setup for the fulfillment of Tribulation Period prophecies, and (as Hal Lindsey noted) the Rapture will happen before that.

Here are recent events that appear to indicate that the end of the age is near.

One, on Apr. 13, 2024, Iran started attacking Israel:

  • Israel, Syria, and Jordan went on high alert.
  • It took 4-5 hours for the bomb-carrying drones to reach Israel.
  • The drones were large because they had to be big enough to carry several hours of fuel and a bomb.
  • It is estimated that about 170 drones, 30 cruise missiles, and 120 ballistic missiles and rockets were fired at Israel (and Israel, the U.S., UK, and Jordan shot down about 99% of them).
  • Some of the 1% that got through were shot down over Jerusalem. (Oddly enough, Israel wound up protecting the Dome of the Rock from Iran.)
  • Hezbollah fired dozens of rockets at Israel.
  • Israel called it an unprecedented attack by Iran on Israel.
  • Israel’s war cabinet approved a powerful response on Iranian soil.
  • The U.S. urged Israel not to retaliate.
  • Biden told Israel U.S. forces will not participate in an Israeli attack on Iran.
  • The U.S. asked Israel for advance notice before they respond.
  • Israel said it will coordinate their response with the U.S.
  • Russia warned the U.S. not to attack Iran.
  • Russia started moving ships with supersonic missiles to the Middle East.
  • Israel said, “The fact that Iran commanded and synchronized the attack with its proxies (Hezbollah and the Houthis) who also launched drones and missiles, is proof beyond doubt that Tehran directs the forces of terror in the Middle East, is behind efforts to destabilize the region, and is the source of the problem in the area.”

On Apr. 14, 2024,

  • At America’s request, the G-7 met to coordinate a diplomatic response to the attack.
  • At Israel’s request, the UN Security Council met to discuss the attack.
  • Israel notified the UN that it reserves the right to retaliate against Iran if it decides to do so.
  • Iran said the matter is concluded, but if Israel makes another mistake, our response will be more severe.
  • Israel’s war cabinet met to discuss a response to Iran’s attack but did not make a final decision.
  • Some U.S. and Israeli experts said Biden’s timid Iran policy led Iran to believe they could attack Israel and get away with it.
  • Iran threatened to strike U.S. bases in the Middle East if Israel retaliates against Iran.

(More: Concerning the Battle of Gog and Magog, God said, “Thou (Russia and her allies) shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee.” Iran’s drones headed toward Israel like a cloud. When Russia and her allies attack Israel, the planes and drones will head toward Israel like a cloud: Ezek. 38:9.)

(More: God promised Israel, “No weapon formed against thee shall prosper.” Iran’s drones failed, and the planes and drones of Russia and her allies will fail: Isa. 54:17.)

On Apr. 15, 2024,

  • An Israeli official said an Israeli strike on Iran may be imminent.
  • Iran vowed to launch 1,500 missiles at Israel if Israel retaliates for Iran’s drone attack.
  • According to Israel Channel 12, an unsourced report said, “The response will be designed to send the message that Israel ‘will not allow an attack of that magnitude against it to pass without a reaction. The response will also be designed to make plain that Israel will not allow the Iranians to ‘establish the equation’ they have sought to assert in recent days. This appears to be a reference to Iran’s warning that future Israeli strikes on Iranian territory, including its international diplomatic premises, will henceforth again be met by Iranian retaliatory strikes on Israel.”
  • Iranian citizens posted messages on X urging Israel to kill the ruling Iranian leaders and free them from being oppressed.
  • Saudi Arabia blamed Iran for the Oct. 7, 2023, Hamas attack on Israel.

On Apr. 16, 2024,

  • Israel’s war cabinet expects to make a final decision on retaliation against Iran today.
  • The U.S. and EU are considering more sanctions on Iran. (My opinion: Sanctions on Iran are not enforced, and they are a sham that doesn’t work.)
  • Israel’s war cabinet decided to retaliate against Iran, but they did not set a date due to the complexities of preparation. Another report said Israel’s retaliation will likely be after Passover so citizens can celebrate the holiday before the fighting spreads.
  • Turkish Pres. Erdogan blamed Netanyahu and his “bloody administration” for Iran’s first-ever attack on Israel (think Gog and Magog).

On Apr. 17, 2024,

  • The Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah launched a drone in Lebanon that struck a community center in Israel and injured 18 civilians and reservists (4 serious, 14 moderate to light).
  • Iran warned that the tiniest invasion by Israel would bring a massive and harsh response.

Two, concerning the decline of America: on Apr. 15, 2024, protestors in NY City,

  • Waved Hezbollah (a terrorist group) flags and chanted “Death to America.”
  • Grabbed a U.S. flag out of the hands of a young man, set it on fire, and it caught his clothes on fire.

Three, concerning deceit and the coming economic collapse: on Apr. 10, 2024, it was reported that “Democrat economist Larry Summers (served Clinton and Obama administrations; Harvard Univ. Professor; Chief Economist of World Bank, etc.), who repeatedly warned President Joe Biden in 2021 that his reckless government spending would lead to a serious inflation crisis, warned again this week that things have not improved and inflation is running much higher than the official government numbers state.”

As I understand it, this influential, highly respected Democrat warned that the American public is not being told the truth about the rate of inflation and the danger it poses for the U.S.

(More: On Apr. 13, 2024, it was reported that the price of oil has started back up, and if gas reaches $4 a gallon, Biden may sell more oil from America’s strategic oil reserves to improve his chance of being re-elected.)

(More: On Apr. 16, 2024, the Institute for Energy Research said the Biden administration and its allies have taken over 200 actions against the oil and natural gas industries that are deliberately designed to make it harder to produce energy here in America. This is contributing to the price increase, and they may try to cover it up by finishing off America’s already low strategic oil reserves.)

(My opinion: It seems to me that it would be wiser to spend money to replace the oil that has already been taken out of our strategic oil reserves than it is to finance drag shows, transgender surgeries, gay rights, and abortions in America and other countries.)

Four, concerning deceit and bias in the media: a senior editor (a Democrat) at the National Public Radio (NPR) organization recently admitted that 100% of staff in editorial positions are registered Democrats (87 Democrats and no Republicans).

U.S. taxpayers are NPR’s primary source of funding, so Republicans are asking why the organization only employs registered Democrats to edit its programs.

Five, concerning a borderless world and the surrender of America’s sovereignty: on Apr. 11, 2024, a group of 20 state attorneys general sued the Biden administration for flying “hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens from crime-plagued nations directly into cities across the United States.”

(More: On Apr. 11, 2024, a federal judge ruled that Georgia’s law requiring voters in Georgia to be citizens of the state of Georgia is legal. Plaintiffs argued that using their driver’s license, etc., to prove they live in the state is an unfair and illegal burden. In essence, the judge ruled that it is reasonable and not illegal.)

(More: On Apr. 13, 2024, former Pres. Trump met with the U.S. Speaker of the House to discuss new legislation to prevent illegal aliens from voting in U.S. national elections and possibly impacting the outcome. The Biden administration opposes attempts to require voters to prove they are citizens.)

Six, concerning deceit, a borderless world, and the decline of America: on Apr. 16, 2024, the U.S. National Security, Border, and Foreign Affairs subcommittee is expecting to be told that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service officials are monitoring 6 million illegal immigrants that have been let into the U.S., and approximately 617,000 of them have criminal convictions or criminal charges pending against them.

The subcommittee expects to be told that many of these criminals are gang members, drug dealers, and outlaws.

Incidentally, the Biden administration has been telling us that our border is secure.

Here is my daily update on the Israel-Hamas war:

Wednesday, Apr. 10, 2024 (Day 187): The one hundred-thirty-second day of the resumed war.

  • S. and Israeli sources said an Iranian retaliatory attack on Israel is a matter of when, not if.
  • Netanyahu warned Iran that Israel will attack Iran if Iran attacks Israel.

Thursday, Apr. 11, 2024 (Day 188): The one hundred-thirty-third day of the resumed war.

  • The U.S. notified Israel that its commitment to Israel’s security is ironclad.
  • An Israeli news site reported that Iran has decided to delay an attack on Israel or alter its retaliation plans (perhaps retaliate through proxies) because the U.S. said it might intervene on Israel’s side.
  • Netanyahu said, “We set a simple principle: Anyone who hits us, we hit them.”
  • 1,000 Jewish protestors marched to Netanyahu’s home in Jerusalem to demand an Israeli attack on Rafah to find and release the hostages.

Friday, Apr. 12, 2024 (Day 189): The one hundred-thirty-fourth day of the resumed war.

  • Israeli officials said they believe Hamas is delaying a ceasefire in hopes that world leaders will force Israel to withdraw from Gaza without Hamas being defeated or releasing the hostages.
  • An Israeli plan to attack Iran on Iranian territory was approved in the event that Iran attacks Israel on Israeli territory.
  • Biden sent Iran a message: “Don’t. We are devoted to the defense of Israel. We will support Israel. We will help defend Israel, and Iran will not succeed.”
  • The U.S. is moving warships to the Middle East.
  • Israel killed a Hamas commander in the West Bank in Israel.

Saturday, Apr. 13, 2024 (Day 190): The one hundred-thirty-fifth day of the resumed war.

  • It was reported that a captured Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) spokesman admitted under interrogation that the terrorists used all the Gaza hospitals and many of the hospital ambulances during the war. He also admitted that the PIJ manipulates the media to create a false narrative about the war.

Sunday, Apr. 14, 2024 (Day 191): The one hundred-thirty-sixth day of the resumed war.

  • Following Iran’s attack on Israel, Hamas rejected a ceasefire proposal in its war with Israel in Gaza.

Monday, Apr. 15, 2024 (Day 192): The one hundred-thirty-seventh day of the resumed war.

  • Israel warned Palestinians that it would be dangerous to return to northern Gaza with the war still going on.

Tuesday, Apr. 16, 2024 (Day 193): The one hundred-thirty-eighth day of the resumed war.

  • Israel killed a senior Hezbollah commander.
  • Israel killed a second Hezbollah commander.

FYI: God does not send anyone to Hell (all of us are born with a sin nature and destined to go to Hell because we sin), but God has provided a way (Jesus) for everyone to go to Heaven (and He is the only way to get there (John 14:6).

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.

BIG :: By Daymond Duck

It seems like Bible prophecy teachers are using the word “big” more and more lately.

“Big,” not as in considerable size, huge, giant, titanic, humongous, etc.

“Big” as in extremely important, major, consequential, incredibly significant, etc.

  • Israel’s possession of 4 perfect red heifers is “big” because they haven’t had one for about 2,000 years, and it could mean the Temple may soon be rebuilt.
  • Israel’s attack on the Iranian consulate in Syria is “big” because it means Israel is now going after Iran instead of Iran’s proxies, and it could mean the Israel-Hamas war will spread and the Battle of Gog and Magog is close.
  • Biden’s efforts to undermine Prime Min. Netanyahu is “big” because it could mean the “curse” may soon fall on America, and it is pushing Israel to depend more on Jehovah.
  • A Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) with credit scores is “big” because it indicates government plans to track all buying and selling.

This is the point: we are witnessing an undeniable big-time convergence of Bible prophecies that are extremely important.

Here are some recent reports that seem to indicate that the end of the age is close.

One, concerning another pandemic and a global population reduction: on Mar. 29, 2024, one of the world’s leading virologists predicted that a ‘massive tsunami’ of ‘chaos’ and ‘death’ is about to decimate the global Covid mRNA-vaccinated population.”

He predicted that there will be a ‘huge, huge wave’ of illness and deaths in the coming weeks (perhaps before the next U.S. election so it can be used to impact the outcome and protect the criminals that pushed mRNA vaccinations on the world) among those vaccinated for Covid.

I cannot prove that this virologist is right, but if it happens, it will be big.

Two, concerning the Battle of Gog and Magog: it has been reported that Iran sent a message to the U.S. through the Sultanate of Oman that the Islamic Republic intends to directly strike Israel unless the U.S. guarantees an immediate permanent ceasefire in Gaza and no Israeli ground invasion of Rafah.

On Apr. 3, 2024, Israel responded by calling up its reserve forces and canceling the leave of all combat units.

Israel’s Defense Minister said, “We are not seeking war with Lebanon (Iran’s proxy), and I can tell you that such a war will be a difficult challenge for Israel, but it would be catastrophic for Hezbollah and for Lebanon, not least for Beirut and the south.”

It is estimated that Iran has helped Hezbollah acquire about 200,000 rockets and missiles.

Without a doubt, the damage to Israel will be great, but the damage to Hezbollah and possibly Iran will be significantly worse.

(More: On Apr. 5, 2024, Israel temporarily closed 28 of its embassies and consulates due to Iranian threats.)

(More: On Apr. 8, 2024, Israeli jets targeted a village in Lebanon and eliminated a Hezbollah field commander.)

Three, concerning the Battle of Gog and Magog: on Apr. 3, 2024, Erick Stakelbeck (The Watchman Newscast) reported that Russia has acknowledged that it has built three military observation posts in Syria this year on Syria’s border with Israel.

Russia appears to have built these military observation posts to monitor Israel’s activities in Syria.

This is big because the Bible teaches that Russia, Iran, Turkey, and others will attack Israel in the latter years and latter days; God will destroy their armies; it will take 7 months to bury the dead and 7 years to burn the weapons (Ezek. 38-39).

When they attack Israel in the latter years and latter days, it will be a clear sign that history has reached the very end of the latter days.

Four, concerning the Battle of Gog and Magog: on Apr, 9, 2024, an article in The Times of Israel states that Israel is preparing (conducting Air Force drills) to strike Iran’s nuclear plants if faced with a retaliatory attack for the death of an Iranian commander.

Here is a link to the article: Israel prepared to strike Iranian nuclear facilities if Tehran launches attack – report | The Times of Israel

Five, concerning all world leaders turning against Israel and Biden’s efforts to undermine the Netanyahu government and prevent the defeat of Hamas: in a phone call on Apr. 4, 2024, Biden demanded that Netanyahu declare an immediate ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war or risk the loss of U.S. support.

Biden now appears to be a spokesman for Hamas, and it will be next to impossible for Israel to get the hostages released if they cannot attack Hamas.

(My opinion: Biden has now put the U.S. on Satan’s side in the Muslim effort to destroy Israel. His claim that Israel has America’s unwavering support is a big lie.)

(More: On Apr.4, 2024, Netanyahu met with a visiting Republican congressional delegation and told them, “There’s an attempt to ram a Palestinian state down our throats.”)

(More: On Apr. 4, 2024 (the day Biden threatened Netanyahu with the loss of U.S. support), a bolt of lightning struck the torch on the Statue of Liberty. I cannot dogmatically say it was a warning from God, but it is interesting that lightning struck the statue on the same day Biden threatened Israel.)

(More: On Apr. 5, 2024, the head of the American Center for Law and Justice said, “The implication for that is that America has now become Israel’s tactical enemy. In real terms, in practical terms, this is impossible, demanding that Israel lose this war.  Israel cannot afford to lose this war. This is an existential war.”)

(More: On Apr. 5. 2024 (the day after Biden threatened Netanyahu), a 4.8 earthquake struck near Whitehouse Station, NJ. It rattled buildings in a large area of the northeast U.S., including New York City (about 45 miles away). An estimated 43 million people felt it, and it interrupted a UN Security Council meeting while attendees were discussing the situation in Gaza.)

(More: Following Israel’s admission that 2 Israeli officers had mistakenly killed 7 humanitarian relief workers in Gaza, 40 Democrats sent a letter to Pres. Biden urging him to halt the shipment of weapons to Israel until a full investigation is completed. On Apr. 9, 2024, the Wall Street Journal editorial board wrote, “Denying weapons to Israel in the middle of a war is betrayal.” They called Nancy Pelosi a “sunshine ally.”)

Six, concerning the Israeli-Hamas war:

  • Biden hinted that the U.S. might curtail its shipment of weapons and ammunition to Israel if Israel attacked Rafah.
  • Biden allowed the UN Security Council to adopt a resolution demanding an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.
  • Biden demanded that Netanyahu declare an immediate ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war or risk the loss of U.S. support.

(More: On Apr.7, 2024, the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives said it is time to stop lecturing Israel on how to defend itself when terrorists attack it. He called upon Washington to unite in its support for our ally Israel.)

(More: On Apr. 7, 2024, Muslims in Dearborn (the jihad capital of America), Michigan, marched and shouted, “Death to America” and “Death to Israel.”)

(My opinion: Biden lost the war in Afghanistan, he is trying to force Israel to lose the war in Gaza, he refuses to close America’s border with Mexico, and there is little doubt that he intends to surrender the sovereignty of the U.S. to the New World Order. If Israel does not already realize it, she will soon realize that the U.S. is no longer a reliable partner.)

Seven, Jesus said one of the signs of His Second Coming would be wars and rumors of wars.

On Apr. 9, 2024, the EU’s chief diplomat said,

  • “War is certainly looming around us (…), and a high-intensity, conventional war in Europe is no longer a fantasy.”
  • “The US umbrella, which we have relied on since the Cold War, may not be open all the time.”
  • “Maybe, depending on who is ruling Washington, we cannot rely on America to protect us.”

Eight, concerning the days of Lot and the moral decline of the U.S.,

  • Utah has put a man who claims he is a woman in prison with male prisoners.
  • He wants prison officials to provide him with women’s clothes and women’s makeup, give him hormone therapy, use female pronouns when they talk to him, put him in with female prisoners, and have female guards pat him down when it is necessary.
  • Prison officials said they are following the law by refusing his requests.
  • On Apr. 2, 2024, the U.S. Dept. of Justice sued the state of Utah to force compliance with the prisoner’s requests.

(My opinion: Millions of dollars are being wasted on things like this, and many people who really need help cannot get it.)

Nine, concerning the days of Lot and a departing from the faith in the Roman Catholic Church: on Apr. 3, 2024, the Vatican approved a homosexual priest for the position of Dean of Theology at the Philosophical-Theological College in Brixen starting on Sept. 1, 2024.

The new Dean has made it clear that he wants a “change of mind” in what the Catholic Church believes about homosexuality.

Here is my daily update on the Israel-Hamas war.

Wednesday, Apr. 3, 2024 (Day 180): The one hundred-twenty-fifth day of the resumed war.

  • Egypt said the U.S. promised that Israel will not invade Rafah before May 2024.

Thursday, Apr. 4, 2024 (Day 181): The one hundred-twenty-sixth day of the resumed war.

  • S. Sec. of State Antony said if the U.S. doesn’t see Israel make changes to its strategy in Gaza, there’ll be changes in our own policy.
  • Israel’s embassies were put on high alert all over the world following Iran’s threats to retaliate for Israel’s attack on Iran’s consulate building in Syria.
  • Israel’s Health Ministry met with hospital managers. Israel requested them to increase security, prepare for widespread power outages, and to prepare for a mass casualty event.

Friday, Apr. 5, 2024 (Day 182): The one hundred-twenty-seventh day of the resumed war.

  • Biden sent a letter to the leaders of Qatar and Egypt urging them to push Hamas for a hostage deal with Israel.
  • Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said Israel’s attack on the Iranian consulate in Damascus marks a turning point in the war, and people can be sure that an Iranian response is coming.
  • S. intelligence said Iran is planning to strike Israel with a swarm of drones and missiles (they have no information on where they will be launched from, when they will be launched, or what the intended target is).
  • In a written message to the U.S., Iran asked the U.S. to step aside when it retaliates against Israel.
  • Hezbollah said it is ready for war with Israel.

Saturday, Apr. 6, 2024 (Day 183): The one hundred-twenty-eighth day of the resumed war.

  • Based on intelligence, Israel recovered the body of one of the hostages in an overnight raid.

Sunday, Apr. 7, 2024 (Day 184): The one hundred-twenty-ninth day of the resumed war.

  • Israel held services to remember that it has been 6 months since Hamas attacked her on Oct. 7, 2023.
  • Israel temporarily withdrew all its forces except for one brigade from the Gaza strip, but Israel’s military Chief of Staff said the conflict with Hamas is ongoing and far from concluded.
  • Netanyahu said there will be no Gaza truce without the release of hostages.
  • Ayatollah Khamenei warned that no Israeli embassy is safe.

Monday, Apr. 8, 2024 (Day 185): The one-hundred-thirtieth day of the resumed war.

  • Israel denied that its troop withdrawals mean it has given up on destroying Hamas.
  • Israel left one brigade in Gaza to keep Hamas bottled up in Rafah to have more forces ready for Lebanon, Syria, and Iran if needed.
  • It was reported that Netanyahu said Israel has set a date for an invasion of Rafah. Netanyahu said it will happen. There is a date.
  • Israel’s navy shot down a Houthi drone over the Red Sea as it approached Israel.

Tuesday, Apr. 9, 2024 (Day 186): The one hundred-thirty-first day of the resumed war.

  • Israel eliminated several Hezbollah observation posts in Lebanon and Syria.
  • The body of a man who is believed to have funneled tens of millions of dollars to Hamas was found riddled with bullets in Lebanon.

Wednesday, Apr. 10, 2024 (Day 187): The one hundred-thirty-second day of the resumed war.

  • Officials in Qatar and Egypt that have been working on a ceasefire with Hamas releasing 40 hostages (including all the women and men who are sick and elderly) said Hamas has indicated it is currently unable to identify and track down 40 Israeli hostagesthat meet those conditions for the first phase of a ceasefire deal.
  • The three sons of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh (and two of his grandsons) were killed in Gaza when the car they were riding in was bombed.
  • Israel has eliminated numerous terrorists in central Gaza in the last few days.

FYI: God does not send anyone to Hell (all of us are born with a sin nature and destined to go to Hell because we sin), but God has provided a way (Jesus) for everyone to go to Heaven (and He is the only way to get there; John 14:6).

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.