12 Feb 2024

Why “Tribulation”?

Here is the short but thorough answer from God’s prophet on why the seven-year period we term the “Tribulation” is coming:

“But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves. Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core. These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.

“And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.

“But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, keeping yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life” (Jude 1:10–21).

This describes all of humanity that fell victim, willfully so, to the serpent’s sly phrase: “Yea, hath God said?”

Adam’s unbelief in God’s prescription for living eternally with Him immediately caused all of Adam’s progeny to be infected by the serpent’s deadly venom—the sin virus wrapped up in the “mystery of iniquity.”

The passage above, given through Jude, describes the absolute depravity of humanity, as America’s founding fathers phrased it in thinking and praying about forming the United States of America. The founders recognized it for what it is—absolute rebellion of humankind and the need to bring that sin-sickness under governance. That’s why most of them agreed to use the term “Creator” to indicate what that governance must take place under.

Jude frames why a time will come when all this rebellion, though governed to some extent by law under human government, must be completely destroyed—rooted out from humanity’s “supernatural DNA,” if that’s the proper term in the matter of the souls of humankind.

All we have to do is to remember the recent things that continue to plague those who, like the righteous Lot, are “vexed” from day to day by the ungodly we live among. We watch as the wicked and rebellious surrounding us just in America murder more than 65 million children in the womb. They seek incessantly to change God’s order. They strive to make us conform to the madness of gender dysphoria. They demand that we validate and embrace their homosexual lifestyles as normal. They legislate and adjudicate in perverted ways parental rights to protect their children against pedophiles—whom they, along with other criminals set free within the lawless system of governing entities, have become.

We are demanded, through climate-change fanaticism, to worship the creation rather than the Creator—whom, it is more than obvious, they seek to cast off as the God who is in control. As Enoch put it, according to Jude, God will come to “execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”

The Tribulation, then, is, in part, to punish the anti-God evil and wicked rebels of planet Earth. Secondly, but even more importantly, is that the Tribulation is to call out people who will be His for eternity.

Millions will be saved during this terrible time of God’s wrath and Satan’s rampage against God’s heavenly plan.

Here is how God will move Heaven and Hell to bring about that ultimate plan of Redemption–to bring both Gentiles and Jewish people into reconciliation with Himself.

Twenty-one specific Tribulation judgments are scheduled to fall upon rebellious earth dwellers:

7 Seals Judgments

1) Seal One: Rider on white horse – Rev. 6:2

2) Seal Two: Rider on red horse – Rev. 6:4

3) Seal Three: Rider on black horse – Rev. 6:5

4) Seal Four: Riders on pale horse – Rev. 6:8

5) Seal Five: Slain Tribulation Saints – Rev. 6:9–11

6) Seal Six: Great earthquake/sun darkens/moon becomes red as blood – Rev. 6:12–14

7) Seal Seven: Heaven silent – Rev. 8:1–2

7 Trumpet Judgments

8) Trumpet One: Hail, fire, blood, one-third of trees, and all green grass burned – Rev. 8:7

9) Second Trumpet: Great Mountain-like mass hits ocean – Rev. 8:8–9

10) Trumpet Three: star called Wormwood crashes into fresh waters – Rev. 8:10–11

11) Trumpet Four: Great darkness on earth – Rev. 8:12

12) Trumpet Five: Supernatural locust plague – Rev. 9:1–5

13) Trumpet Six: Demons unbound from Euphrates – Rev. 9:15–21

Heaven again pauses as two witnesses, 144,000 Jewish men sealed for service, plus other things wind up human history. – Rev. chapters 10–15

14) Trumpet Seven: All of the wind-up of chapters 10 through 15 is begun – 10:7

7 Bowl Judgments

15) Bowl One: Great sores befall rebels – Rev. 16:2

16) Bowl Two: Seas turn bloody – Rev. 16:3

17) Bowl Three: Fresh waters become blood – Rev. 16:4

18) Bowl Four: Sun grows darker, yet hotter – Rev. 16:8-9

19) Bowl Five: Pain because of darkness befalls rebels – Rev. 16:10–11

20) Bowl Six: Demons released upon the world – Rev. 16:12–14

21) Bowl Seven: Greatest earthquake flattens every city/100-pound hailstones – Rev. 16:18–20.

God’s anger is righteous, not wicked and evil like that of fallen humankind. He finally must inflict His righteous anger in order to bring a remnant of believers to live with Him forever in never-ending ecstasy in the glory of His presence.

Before that terrible Day of the Lord begins, Jesus Christ will step onto the clouds of that glorious dimension and shout, “Come up Here!” (Revelation 4:2).

All who have believed in Jesus will go instantaneously to Him to be kept from the time of God’s wrath upon the earth’s rebels. You want to be part of this group of called-out believers, not among those left behind who will have to go through what Jesus said will be the worst time in all of human history.

Millions will be saved as believers during that seven years, but most will have to lose their lives—be martyred for their faith.

Here is how to go to Christ when He calls and avoid being left behind to suffer through the Tribulation.

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:9–10).

Even so, come, Lord Jesus.



The Tribulation Is Ever So Close

Even though he wrote The Late Great Planet Earth over fifty years ago, Hal Lindsey remains a leading voice in the realm of biblical prophecy.

In a recent article of his, “Recognizing ‘Palestine’ as a State in the Aftermath of Oct. 7 Would Reward the Worst Kind of Evil,” Lindsey correctly ties any near-term recognition of a Palestinian state as a prize for terrorism in the following paragraphs:

The idea is that the United States would make this move soon after Israel’s campaign in Gaza ends — and US pressure to end the campaign is already enormous. Hamas would then be able to say to every terror group in the world, “Here’s how you get the really big concessions. Kill, mutilate, rape, burn people to death, and take lots of innocents as hostages.”

To recognize a state of Palestine in the aftermath of their October terror attacks on Israel would encourage every rogue group on earth to follow that wicked path. It would bring chaos to this planet, the likes of which have never been seen before!

The determination of America and other nations to reward the murderous brutality of Hamas in such a way by dividing the Land of Israel demonstrates the nearness of the seven-year Tribulation. I say this for a couple of reasons.

The Warnings of Scripture Point to the Current Determination for Divide Israel

Long ago, Israel’s prophets wrote about the determination to divide Israel in the latter days. The Lord spoke these words to the prophet Joel:

“I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. And I will enter into judgment with them there, on behalf of my people and my heritage Israel, because they have scattered them among the nations and have divided up my land” (Joel 3:2).

The current determination to divide the Land of Israel will continue, resulting in God’s final judgment of the nations at the end of the Tribulation. Since we already see such widespread passion for this, how close must we be to the Day of the Lord?

The prophet Zechariah wrote about a future time when the nations of the world would become consumed with the future Jerusalem (12:1-5). This prophecy is coming to life in our time.

Do any UN members seek to give away a part of any other capital city in the world? Of course not. But just as the Lord predicted long ago through Zechariah, this would happen to Jerusalem in the last days. Does this not point to our soon disappearance followed by this time of wrath upon the earth? (1 Thessalonians 5:1-10).

The sad news is that the world’s preoccupation with Jerusalem will lead to much suffering for the Israelites. The good news is that it will cause a remnant to recognize Jesus as their Messiah by the end of the seven-year Tribulation (Zechariah 12:10-13:9).

Israel’s Covenant with Death Lurks in the Future

The Bible tells us that the clock will start ticking on the seven-year Tribulation when Israel agrees to a peace covenant with the Antichrist (Daniel 9:27). Isaiah describes this future agreement as “a covenant with death” (Isaiah 28:14-18). Do we see any stage setting for this in the aftermath of all that’s transpired regarding Israel since October 7, 2023? Absolutely. However, it will be a more long-term result of current events.

As Hal Lindsey points out in his article, the Biden administration’s proposal for a two-state solution rewards barbarism, murder, and rape of innocent people. Benjamin Netanyahu will not agree to any such plan now or in the near future. He recently turned down a Hamas proposal to end the war in Gaza.

However, several factors seem likely to weaken the current resolve of Israel’s leaders in the future. Israel’s ongoing war on many fronts, the likelihood of a much deadlier encounter with Hezbollah, and the obtaining of a nuclear bomb by Iran are likely to continue for many months or longer. We can expect that the nonstop threats to the nation’s existence will, at some point, make its leaders vulnerable to an offer of peace.

What if someone suddenly appears on the world scene who seems both able and willing to guarantee a time of peace for the nation? What if this coming “man of lawlessness” sweetens the deal by including the construction of the Jewish third temple on the Temple Mount?

I believe such factors will cause Israel’s leaders to come to terms with the “covenant of death” offered by the antichrist. Although this seems out of the realm of possibility in the near future, events could, and will, rapidly progress to this point after the Rapture of the Church.

The Rapture is a signless event that could happen at any moment. It’s the nearness of the Tribulation that leads to our awareness that it could happen very soon since the New Testament assures us that our disappearance will happen before Israel inks the “covenant of death” with the antichrist.




5 Feb 2024

Donation Drive Feb to May

This is the first donation drive of 2024, and I hope this year will be the one where the Lord calls us home. The world has gotten so bad that praying for death in addition to the rapture is looking more reasonable with each passing day. If someone was a known believer, I no longer see the sadness in the news that he or she died peacefully in their sleep.

I recently was wondering if I was going to leave Earth ahead of the rapture. Over the past several months, I was suffering from symptoms that were rapidly getting worse by the day. I woke up one morning thinking the death process may have kicked in. I was in constant pain, taking three types of pain pills. I couldn’t remember some of the most basic functions of the site. I also had very low energy levels.

My body was so badly malfunctioning in my blood sugar and heart rate that I had to check into the local hospital for a couple of days. The hospital staff treated my symptoms quite well, but they couldn’t find the root cause.

It turns out I had a severe allergic reaction to a product I was taking to treat my insomnia. I’m not going to mention any drug names because I can’t remember them. I take five drugs each day, and I couldn’t name a single one. Only my doctor and Walgreens know my prescriptions. Walgreens is very good at tracking your refills, and it even has pictures of the pills.

I think we would be a thousand times better off if pharmaceutical firms just numbered their drugs. I read the drug name on a pill bottle, and it leaks out of my mind like water through a sieve.

Because I was taking a generic form of Ambien to help me sleep, many of my friends thought that this sleep aid was the source of my problems. I started cutting the pills in half to reduce the dosage, but the symptoms only continued to get worse. I even went cold turkey on “Ambien” for over a week with no positive result.

I thank God for the people who prayed for me because I don’t know how I focused on the true source of the problem. Once I figured out what was making me sick and stopped taking it, a week later, I had made a sudden recovery that was like night and day.

One of my mistakes was thinking I was taking too small of an amount of something to do me any harm. You can’t use the amount of a chemical you take as a dosage warning guide. The poison ivy oil that makes people break out into a rash could sit on the head of a pin.

I have a new respect for people who have an allergy to peanuts. I thought these folks were simply hypochondriacs. When I was a kid in elementary school, we had peanut butter and jelly sandwiches served all the time, and I don’t recall any student ever being rushed to the hospital for eating peanuts. We used to get peanuts on airplanes, but now crackers are the only snack option.

If any of you have an unexplained illness, you might try eliminating the stuff you consume one by one to possibly root out the source of your affliction. Because many people are wired differently with allergies, you can’t rely on a doctor to locate the source of your symptoms.

A few days ago, I was contacted by a worker at Google who was wondering why I had locked down my ad account. I told him it was because of his company’s discriminatory policy against Christians. Because he was from India, he had no idea what I was talking about. He was just eager to get his $3.50 per hour paycheck, and all the policy decisions were made back here in the States.

I have not spoken with anyone from Google who works in the US in about eight years. If a giant asteroid crashed into India, all the social media sites would suffer a complete meltdown.

After putting me on hold to check why we were having problems with Google, he came back to say our ads were being blocked because we were targeting non-Christians. A Bible vendor would probably like to sell Bibles to people who don’t own one. I have a wide collection of Bibles; if a salesman for the Good Book rang my doorbell, I’d tell him I’ve already got plenty of them.

I don’t know how he can get our ads to only go to the followers of the Christian religion. I’ve never had a questionnaire form that asked me if I accepted God, Buddha, or Satan as my Lord and Savior.

A special amount of praise needs to go out to our editor. She has long decided to remain anonymous. Our editor has learned many of the key functions of the site. If something happens to me, she could well manage things for an extended period.

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Swimming with Gators

Some time ago, I considered the title Swimming with Gators for a book I was thinking about writing. It would, in my imaginative stage of thoughts, be about politics in America, presented from an end-of-the-age Bible prophecy perspective. The subtitle I had in mind was Staying Alive in the DC Swamp.

I approached a Washington DC insider friend who worked within the US government in a relatively influential position. He liked the title and concept but didn’t at the time want to co-write that book. So the idea just sort of fizzled, as book ideas do more times than not.

Still, the title continued to effervesce and finally has emerged here as a commentary on the end-times stage-setting going on in our nation and around the world.

I guess Lot, Abraham’s nephew, during the days leading up to God’s judgment on the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, would say that he was ”vexed.” At least that’s what the Genesis account says about the only righteous man to be found in the cities at the time. The righteous Lot was, the Bible account says, “vexed from day to day” dwelling among that wicked citizenry.

So I hope this article’s title frames to some extent a similar sense of “vexation” for those of us who desire moral uprightness in our cities and our nation. I believe many do sense that we are surrounded by swamp creatures. Much of our government leadership seems to thrive in creating for the rest of us the kind of swamp-like conditions in which they so lustily swim.

Their jaws are lined with row after row of what I view to be anti-American executive orders and legislative and judicial avarice. They afflict our daily lives by taking self-serving bites out of constitutional governance inspired by God—who, our founders acknowledged, gave us inalienable rights.

It seems, though, that these “gators” we swim with aren’t content to merely deal treacherously with those who are morally upright—particularly with those with Christian values. The DC “swamp,” as it has become known, is determined to, as Barack Obama stated when he was a candidate for president of the United States, “fundamentally transform America.”

His perceived view of America found the nation as a wicked place born of slavery. He set about to change America into a Marxist-socialist model –a type of inculcation under which he was raised. Michelle Obama, the first lady, then told those she was visiting in foreign lands that she was for the first time proud of America –now that her husband was elected to fundamentally change the nation, I presume.

With that transformation underway with a vengeance, the swamp set about to open America’s borders, allowing illegal aliens to flow from every quarter of planet Earth –including young men of military-forces age from places in the Middle East and even from Red China. The year just past set all sorts of records in the illegal invasion of our southern borders. I heard a report that there are now more who have entered illegally just within the years of the Biden administration than entered legally through the migration process in more than sixty years. Perhaps this is the change Mr. Obama envisioned when he made his statement before becoming president.

There are those who applaud this administration’s open-borders policy and who champion a movement to tear down the Statue of Liberty – because, in their view, it represents xenophobia and a symbol of America’s bigoted, racially evil past.

But the even more egregious danger from the swamp creatures in DC, I believe, is viciously underway by the use of developing surveillance technologies being used in conjunction with judicial, third-world tactics to bring about an Orwellian transformation. The following excerpt of a piece dealing with this, I think, informs further.

“You had to live – did live, from habit that became instinct – in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.” – George Orwell, 1984

Tread cautiously: the fiction of George Orwell has become an operation manual for the omnipresent, modern-day surveillance state.

It’s been 70 years since Orwell – dying, beset by fever and bloody coughing fits, and driven to warn against the rise of a society in which rampant abuse of power and mass manipulation are the norm – depicted the ominous rise of ubiquitous technology, fascism and totalitarianism in 1984.

Who could have predicted that 70 years after Orwell typed the final words to his dystopian novel, “He loved Big Brother,” we would fail to heed his warning and come to love Big Brother.

“To the future or to the past, to a time when thought is free, when men are different from one another and do not live alone – to a time when truth exists and what is done cannot be undone: From the age of uniformity, from the age of solitude, from the age of Big Brother, from the age of doublethink – greetings!”- George Orwell

1984 portrays a global society of total control in which people are not allowed to have thoughts that in any way disagree with the corporate state. There is no personal freedom, and advanced technology has become the driving force behind a surveillance-driven society. Snitches and cameras are everywhere. People are subject to the Thought Police, who deal with anyone guilty of thought crimes. The government, or “Party,” is headed by Big Brother, who appears on posters everywhere with the words: “Big Brother is watching you.”

We have arrived, way ahead of schedule, into the dystopian future dreamed up by not only Orwell but also such fiction writers as Aldous Huxley, Margaret Atwood and Philip K. Dick…

What once seemed futuristic no longer occupies the realm of science fiction.

Incredibly, as the various nascent technologies employed and shared by the government and corporations alike—facial recognition, iris scanners, massive databases, behavior prediction software, and so on—are incorporated into a complex, interwoven cyber network aimed at tracking our movements, predicting our thoughts and controlling our behavior, the dystopian visions of past writers is fast becoming our reality…

Surveillance cameras are everywhere. Government agents listen in on our telephone calls and read our emails. Political correctness—a philosophy that discourages diversity—has become a guiding principle of modern society. (“The Omnipresent Surveillance State: Orwell’s 1984 Is No Longer Fiction,” by John Whitehead via The Rutherford Institute June 10, 2019)

We are “swimming with gators” as surely as are our representatives we elect do just that. But the “gators” in the American government, as those within the WEF, UN, and all within the Ephesians 6:12 cabal of wickedness in high places are about to bite off more than they can chew.

The Lord Jesus Christ is going to at any moment intervene catastrophically, call all believers to Himself, then drain the swamp this world has become.

Here is how to go to Him when He calls believers to Himself.

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10: 9-10).



I purchased Billy Graham’s book, Approaching Hoofbeats, not long after its publication in 1983. I cannot remember all that I thought as I read it forty years ago, but I know the book sparked hope regarding the nearness of the Rapture. As a young pastor at the time, I loved preaching about Bible prophecy and Jesus’ appearing.

As I recently skimmed its chapters, the stark differences between then and now leaped off the pages. Some of the signs that four decades ago seemed so indicative of the nearing Rapture pale by comparison to all that we see today.

The Antichrist Rides

It’s only been in the past six years or so that Klaus Schwab and the World Economic Forum (WEF) have come out of the shadows and revealed their true intentions to the world. They have invited the news media into their once-secret meetings and revealed their true intention to enslave the world under “Build Back Better,” which is a euphemism for their intent to create a Marxist, totalitarian world government.

I am definitely not suggesting that Klaus Schwab is the coming “man of lawlessness” as Paul describes in 2 Thessalonians 2:3-10. However, he does provide an apt illustration of how the antichrist will gain control of our world under the cloak of promoting peace.

By 1983, I had heard of a group called the “trilateralists” who were pushing for a one-world government at the time. Today, however, the emerging framework for the type of world domination that we read about in the book of Revelation is front and center for everyone to see, yet so few are paying attention to the nearness of the time when the white horse will ride across the earth.

The Threat of Nuclear War

In Approaching Hoofbeats, Evangelist Billy Graham wrote about the threat of a devastating nuclear war, which was a major concern at the time. Today, however, this danger has reached the point where most analysts believe it’s likely to occur in the next few years.

Citing the significant risk for a nuclear war, a group called “The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists” made headlines on January 23, 2024, by resetting their Doomsday Clock back to ninety seconds before midnight. Below is a quote from their latest press release under a section titled “The Many Dimensions of Nuclear Threat:”

A durable end to Russia’s war in Ukraine seems distant, and the use of nuclear weapons by Russia in that conflict remains a serious possibility. In February 2023, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced his decision to “suspend” the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START). In March, he announced the deployment of tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus. In June, Sergei Karaganov, an advisor to Russian President Vladimir Putin, urged Moscow to consider launching limited nuclear strikes on Western Europe as a way to bring the war in Ukraine to a favorable conclusion.

Today’s world is exceedingly more dangerous than it was in 1983. The prospect of a nuclear war was a possibility back then; now it’s become a matter of when rather than if.

Economic Peril

In January of this year, the national debt level of the United States reached $34 trillion, and by the end of the month, it stood at an astounding 34.1 trillion. With the announcement came the prediction that by March, this number would exceed $35 trillion.

In 1983, the debt reached $1.377 trillion. The current number is not only unsustainable for the future, but it also tells us that the black horse (Revelation 6:5- 6) will soon ride across America and the entire world. The current debt level in America will surely bring economic catastrophe.

The Lord’s restraining hand is the only reason the world has not yet experienced the worst inflation in its history. Twelve years ago, I read books by economic experts who predicted imminent doom for the U.S. economy. Their reasoning was entirely sound but for the patience of the Lord, allowing more time for people to come to faith in Him and thus escape the wrath of the Day of the Lord.

The Pale Horse

A radio interviewer last year asked me if I thought the riders of the Apocalypse were already active in our world. I replied with a firm “no.” First, I’m convinced the Rapture will happen before the Lord Jesus releases the Seal Judgments as recorded in Revelation 6. Second, although there’s violence, pestilence, and a substantial number of deaths occurring in our current world, the totals fall far short of the horrific conditions described in connection with the hoofbeats of the pale horse.

Revelation 6:7-8 says that “over a fourth of the earth” will perish as the result of Jesus opening the Seals. Even considering the disappearance of people at Jesus’ appearing, that’s still a vast number that will likely exceed one and a half billion people. The total death toll that resulted from WWII, which some place as high as seventy-five million, is horrific, of course, but it pales in comparison to what lies ahead.

The time is rapidly approaching when the world will see the fulfillment of all that John both witnessed and wrote about in Revelation 6:1-8. The Bible says that sudden destruction will overwhelm the world after the Rapture (1 Thessalonians 5:1-11).

Though dreadful for those who will hear the hoofbeats in the future, the nearing of this time tells us that Jesus’ appearing is ever so close. We will be in Heaven before Jesus opens the seal judgments described in Revelation 6.

If by chance you are reading this and remain outside of Christ and thus without hope in a world headed for certain judgment, please read my article, Jesus Is the Only Path to Eternal Life. You can know for sure that you will spend eternity in heaven.