Top Ten Bible Prophecy Stories of 2020 :: By Jan Markell

1)  The Decline of America. There is really no end-time power in the Bible other than a Revived Roman Empire from which the Antichrist will headquarter. Thus, prophecy watchers have always known America must decline. This year we have watched capitalism come under attack and socialism and globalism be heralded. Some progressive but deluded political leaders are even hailing Marxism, including many on the Biden team.

2) The Rise of Lawlessness, Anarchy and Spirit of Antichrist. We see unbridled lawlessness in Matthew 24 and parts of Revelation, although the context of both is the Tribulation. So once again, we see Tribulation events casting a long shadow on the Church Age. Here in America, literally “all hell is breaking loose,” and our Republic and rule of law are disintegrating right before our eyes! At the root of this is the spirit of the Antichrist.

3)  Peace Efforts in the Middle East. We can debate the practicality of these events, and should America and Europe even intrude on Israel with peace efforts? Nonetheless, they are setting the stage for peace deals proposed by the Antichrist. And, the year is not over, so more peace efforts may take place before year-end. But, I am reminded of the haunting words in Jeremiah 6:14: “Saying peace, peace, when there is no peace.”

4) Increasing Attacks on Christians, Christianity, Churches, etc. Thanks to Covid-19, churches, and Christianity in general, became gross inconveniences in 2020. Churches were either shut down or marginalized starting in March. Christians in America were harassed and even arrested for wishing to just practice their faith and meet for worship. Believers in the Mideast and Africa were slaughtered by the thousands. Jesus said a day was coming when we would be hated for His Name’s sake (Matt. 10:22).

5)  Growing Apostasy and Wolves Among the Flock. Sound biblical preaching is fading with a rise in the love for experience, emotion, and unsound doctrine. There is even the love of the “doctrine of demons” (I Timothy 4:1). The New Apostolic Reformation continues to surge. A new but very false teaching in both churches and seminaries is the Marxist Critical Race Theory. At the same time, Bible prophecy has vanished from most pulpits, as well as support for Israel.

6)   Pre-Tribulation Birth Pangs. The worst of the birth pangs are in the Tribulation, but we see a foreshadowing of these horrors now in the Church Age. Natural disasters are unprecedented globally. The destruction is heart-wrenching to watch, and the suffering is unspeakable. This will increase to such a level in the Tribulation that what is happening now is minuscule in comparison. But the stage is again being set. All of the earth is groaning.

7) The Continued and Rapid Decline of the Culture. Everywhere evil is being called good (Isaiah 5:20). Aberration is celebrated. Netflix seemed to honor pedophilia with its “Cuties” feature and film. California passed pro-pedophilia legislation, removing felony status for sex with minors. Today’s character of mankind is outlined in Romans 1 and II Timothy 3—and it’s all predicted for a final generation. The Washington D.C. swamp is murkier than ever before!

8) The Rise of Strong Delusion. So much delusion arose in 2020, it is incalculable. What thinking person wants all police abolished? Or thinks America is a racist nation? Or destroys the economy over a virus? Or its youth think the Holocaust is a myth? II Thessalonians 2 suggests such a delusion is sent because there is no love of the truth. This will then cause people to fall for the lies of the Antichrist.

9) A Covid-19(84) Surveillance State Worsened and Preparation for NWO. Government intrusion and “contact tracing” abounded in 2020. People even had to “register” for church so they could be traced. The goal lines for easing government restrictions, lockdowns, quarantines, and even face masks, kept changing. Clearly, society is being prepped for the Antichrist here in 2020. Around the world, people are being turned into mind-numbed robots. Many are cowering in fear.

10)   The Longing for a Savior. With the world in a meltdown mode, millions are looking for just one superhuman man to bring back peace and prosperity. He is waiting in the wings! Most have rejected Jesus Christ. They will cheer for a short season for the Antichrist.

That’s my short list of prominent events in 2020 that have end-time significance! It could be seen as a heartbreaking list, but it heralds an imminent happening that many believers have been longing for—the return of the King of Kings. It could even be today.

Keep your eye on the Great Re-Set in 2021. Recently, World Economic Forum head Klaus Schwab said that they are working on implantable chips that can read our thoughts. If you think things will “return to normal” in 2021, think again.

So, more uncertainty is ahead, as even the results of the 2020 election hang in the balance. God is shaking us up, trying to wake us up so that we will look up. If anything has been proven to be a surety in 2020, it is that this world is fading and is not our home. But, believers have a glorious one awaiting us.

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Awaiting His return,

Jan Markell

Under the Shadow of His Wings: Anita Dittman (1927-2020) :: By Jan Markell

Last week Anita Dittman left her traumatic past and entered Eternity. She died on October 13 at age 93.

I was early in my writing career when my phone rang, and it was Pastor Alan Talley from Hope Presbyterian Church in a Minneapolis suburb. This was one Presbyterian church that was pro-Israel and that loved the Jews.

“I’ve met someone, Jan, and she needs a book written about her life during World War II. She survived the Holocaust. I noted her accent and asked about her story. It is incredible. Her name is Anita Dittman.”

When I connected with Anita, I had her recount her harrowing story. She captivated me. The Holocaust has always been a passion of mine. My paternal grandparents fled Lithuania in the early 1900s and came straight to Ellis Island, then to northern Minnesota, so to my knowledge, my family escaped this sordid time in history.

It is likely that Anita Dittman would be the closest I would ever come to Hitler’s “Final Solution” since, to my knowledge, I lost no family members in the Holocaust.

Anita Dittman speaking at our Understanding the Times Conference

Anita and I spent weeks together as she relayed a story of deprivation, marginalization, starvation, separation, loneliness, isolation, fear and faith. How could this woman even stand up straight? She had lifted 100-pound items as a teenager as the Nazis perpetrated forced labor on her and her mother. They had been abandoned by her Aryan father.

She had made two escapes from concentration camps. She didn’t have sufficient food for 12 years. At one point, she sent all of her meager rations to her mother, who entered a camp before Anita was taken. Once in a camp, Anita chopped down trees in a forest in the bitter winter with barely enough clothing on. At the end of the war, she walked across part of Europe on a wounded leg to see if her mother had survived Camp Theresienstadt.

Was I just looking at a living miracle? Perhaps so.

Before the worst of her ordeal, she became a strong Bible-believing Christian, as did her mother. And in everything she gave thanks! Her older sister would cling to atheism and die an unbeliever, although she escaped Germany in 1939. Anita and her mother’s faith would help them endure an unbelievable tale of endurance.

As I laid out the book, I told Anita that we had to focus on the miracles – the literal acts of God as He alone allowed her to survive a 12-year nightmare of unbelievable proportions. She agreed. All glory had to be given to God for keeping her and her mother alive so that she could spend her years of freedom telling this story.

A 10-minute summary of Anita’s story on CBN

Click here to watch the video.

A fertile imagination could not make up the scenes and scenarios that were a part of her life from ages 5 to 17. God’s constant intervention was nothing less than breathtaking.

Tyndale House published the first version of the book in 1980. Trapped in Hitler’s Hell would have almost a 40-year lifespan, with other publishers including Lighthouse Trails. Books have short shelf lives. Only a few classic stories survive the test of time.

But Anita Dittman’s ministry and story have survived four decades. In 2015, World Net Daily and George Escobar produced a powerful documentary to complement her story. View a two-minute trailer at the link below.

She has affected millions of people around the world of all ages. Grade school children and teens sat motionless as she related her ordeal. They have no concept of war and concentration camps and deprivation and starvation. They don’t know the meaning of the word separation.

She wrote to hundreds of followers to encourage them. She let a stranger call her if they had questions or just wanted to talk to a Holocaust survivor because, along the way, she could lift them up if they were low.

Every fall Anita Dittman stood behind a book table at my annual conference and signed thousands of our book. One year, a German lady came up to her and wept. She apologized for the insanity of the Third Reich. What were they thinking? Anita talked to every person and made them feel special.

Thanks to Anita and her story, millions more have learned that letting government become god, as the Germans did, is not a good idea.

Her life verse was Romans 8:28 – that all things do work together for good for those who love God. Anita reminds every audience of that. That we really are under the shadow of His protective wings (Psalm 91:4).

Anita was a ballerina as a child until Nazi Germany said they didn’t want “her kind” dancing in Germany. She is dancing the most perfect dance of her 93 years now in Eternity. And, she’s had a wonderful reunion with her mother, who survived the Holocaust and came to America with Anita in 1948–thanks to President Harry Truman.

(NOTE: We have not given up that a made-for-theater version of her story will be produced. Those who have aspired to make this will continue to do so, and we will keep you informed but have no current updates. Such film projects can take ten years or more, and this effort began in 2014 by George Escobar, who remains optimistic.)