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As the following news link tells, the advances of the IS Islamic State are gained by the force of arms, terror, beheading and crucifixion. As all followers of Islam are in reality followers of Satan, they resort to the use of force and terror to force submission to Allah (Satan). Their advance is meteoric and rapid and if not confronted the inertia they have will carry them to one victory after the other as the resistance they experience melts away as if non existing.
The question to answer is the following: Jesus when he commissioned Peter (Mathew 16:18) said: (KJV) (And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it), but IS is prevailing in this area and other forms of Islam prevailing in other areas to the exclusion of Christianity. Will Jesus permit this to happen in contradiction to His words above? No!!! which means that He will take His church out of the world to bring the inhabitants of the earth into judgement as prophesied in the book of Revelation ( http://biblehub.com/kjv/revelation/1.htm ).
The Rapture is coming very soon and the judgment will follow at its heals.
Islamic State beheads, crucifies in push for Syria’s east
Pastor JD Faraq makes a good argument for the closeness of the Rapture by the Satanic Insanity and delusion he sees in the world today.
The 9th of Av in the Jewish calendar has always been a tragic day for the nation of Israel and the world. This year the date starts at sundown on the 4th of August. The date this year is the birthday of Barack Obama.
Is tomorrow foretelling the world and Israel of the false Messiah, the abomination of desolation referred by the prophet Daniel?
Will tomorrow be added to the tragic dates that had preceded this date?
The article below has very interesting facts. Some of the things mentioned should merit consideration and others not, you decide. Thanks to Mike Cole for the link.
Another very good article about the 9th of Av by Malcolm
I have reasons to believe there is a distinct possibility that the coming Hebrew date the 9th of Av, which falls this year on August 4, 2014, will be highly significant for not only the nation of Israel, but also for the United States.
The 9th of Av has historically been the date of many major disasters for Israel, including the destruction of the 1st and the 2nd Temples. I have attached a short chart depicting this.
It is also rather ominous that August 4th this year is President Obama’s birthday.
I am not prophesying; I am only considering the possibility based on my Bible studies (and also in particular the Bible Codes, at which I have become very adept with my own software programs.)
We shall see; it could be very interesting, considering the total unrest in the Mideast at the moment.
|Hebrew Year||Common Year||Event|
|2448||(1312)||Spies return from 40 days in Israel with evil reports of the Land of Israel. Jewish people cry in despair, give up hope of entering the Land of Israel.|
|3340||(421)||Destruction of First Temple by the Babylonians, under Nebuchadnezar. About 100,000 Jews killed during invasion. Exile of remaining tribes in southern kingdom to Babylon and Persia.|
|3830||70||Destruction of Second Temple by Romans, under Titus. Over 2,500,000 Jews die as a result of war, famine and disease. Over 1,000,000 Jews exiled to all parts of the Roman Empire. Over 100,000 Jews sold as slaves by Romans. Jews killed and tortured in gladiatorial “games” and pagan celebrations.|
|3892||132||Bar Kochba revolt crushed. Betar destroyed – over 100,00 killed.|
|3893||133||Turnus Rufus ploughs site of Temple. Romans build pagan city of Aelia Capitolina on site of Jerusalem.|
|4855||1095||First Crusade declared by Pope Urban II. 10,000 Jews killed in first month of Crusade. Crusades bring death and destruction to thousands of Jews, totally obliterate many communities in Rhineland and France.|
|5050||1290||Expulsion of Jews from England, accompanied by pogroms and confiscation of books and property.|
|5252||1492||Inquisition in Spain and Portugal culminates in the expulsion of the Jews from the Iberian Peninsula. Families separated, many die by drowning, massive loss of property.|
|5674||1914||Britain and Russia declare war on Germany. First World War begins. First World War issues unresolved, ultimately causing Second World War and Holocaust. 75% of all Jews in war zones. Jews in armies of all sides – 120,000 Jewish casualties in armies. Over 400 pogroms immediately following war in Hungary, Ukraine, Poland and Russia.|
|5702||1942||Deportations from Warsaw Ghetto to the Treblinka concentration camp begin.|
|5749||1989||Iraq walks out of talks with Kuwait.|
|5754||1994||The deadly bombing the building of the AMIA (the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, Argentina) which killed 86 people and wounded some 300 others.|
These days has seen the confluence of steps that lead to the coming Apocalypse taking a frenetic pace. It seems that the world is the cusp of madness and whether you look you find hate, killings, plagues, economic collapse mentality and all of the bad things that you can think off.
Well it turns out that you are not going insane, your perception is accurate, the world is going insane, that is Satanically insane which is the case that Jesus said the world would be prior to His coming.
Pastor Faraq in his weekly update has preached an impassioned and excellent rendition of the prophetic literature that describe the events we are being witnesses today. Take a pad and pencil and annotate the Bible prophecies he so eloquently enumerates to teach you the pertinent facts from God’s perspective as prophesied thousands of years ago for such a time as the one at present.
I have to admit that I personally think that Pastor Faraq is a great man of God who speaks the truth and is knowledgeable and passionate for the Word of God.
It would do you well to find yourself in step with him and heed the advise given, specially about the shortness of time left to chose life and not death by believing and taking Jesus into your heart.
It is telling that this Palestinian Christian Pastor loves Israel and its people more than many Israelis do. Islam is Satanic and Allah is the false god Satan his observations of the word devil and d evil or live reversed is very good.
In the study of Bible prophecy it is imperative to look at the nations of the world military capabilities to assess the possible role these nations will have in the end times. For example in determining who the Antichrist will be you would be very wrong if you said Fidel Castro of Cuba, no matter how much you despise this man. He would not have a nations military capability to support his role.
In looking at the first two seals of the book of Revelation we can see two men, one riding a white horse and the other riding a red horse. The first is a skilled archer and he holds a bow in his hand the second is good in personal close encounter combat and it is given a sword.
The first rider is given the command to go out and conquer militarily as the bow implies and the second is given the order to take away the peace of the world. I identify these men as the leader of the USA (white horse) and the leader of Russia.
From the text it is implied that these two are responsible for the deaths of 1/4 of the population of the world or approximately 1,782,000,000 people. This number is gigantic and hard to understand. In the war raging beteen Hamas and Israel at this time the number of casualties do not reach the 1,000 killed.
It is quite evident that to kill 1/4 of the world, weapons of mass destruction must be utilized and nuclear weapons would be the first choice. I have a hard time placing the prophecies of the bible listed in other books like Psalm 83, Ezekiel 38-39, Jeremiah 49, Ezekiel 29 and all the others falling before the time of the book of Revelation. and within the context of the first two seals. Who is the red horse rider doing war against? Where is Islam in the book of Revelation? If Islam is gone who is left.
These questions must be answered as all end times prophecies must follow a logical outcome and all must be considered in the relationship of one to the other.
I am including here a link to the nuclear power nations of the world. You can also find info on their armies and economies that form an essential part of modern day war making abilities, again think of Fidel Castro’s example.
Overall inventories are declining, primarily due to the United States and Russia continuing the drawdown of their nuclear arsenals as a result of the Treaty on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (New START) and unilateral reductions. But the pace of reductions appears to be slowing compared with a decade ago. At the same time, all the nuclear-armed states are modernizing their remaining nuclear forces and appear determined to retain sizeable nuclear arsenals for the foreseeable future.
The USA and Russia continue to reduce their arsenals but at a slower pace than a decade ago and have extensive modernization programs underway for their remaining nuclear delivery systems, warheads, and production facilities. The nuclear arsenals of the other smaller nuclear-armed states are considerably smaller, but all are either developing or deploying new weapons or have announced their intention to do so.
Reliable information on the status of the nuclear arsenals and capabilities of the nuclear-armed states varies considerably. The USA has disclosed substantial information about its stockpile and forces, and the UK and France have also declared some information. Russia refuses to disclose the detailed breakdown of its forces counted under the New START treaty (even though it shares the information with the USA), and the US Government has stopped releasing detailed information about Russian and Chinese nuclear forces.
China, India and Pakistan are the only nuclear weapon states that are expanding their nuclear arsenals, while Israel appears to be waiting to see how the situation in Iran develops. There is an emerging consensus in the expert community that North Korea has produced a small number of nuclear weapons, as distinct from rudimentary nuclear explosive devices.
World nuclear forces, January 2014
|Country||Year of first nuclear test||Deployed warheadsa||Other warheads||Total Inventory|
|Total||3970||12 350||16 300|
SIPRI Yearbook 2014 (Oxford University Press: Oxford, 2014).
a ‘Deployed’ means warheads placed on missiles or located on bases with operational forces.
These are my thoughts about the conflict between Hamas and Israel that is being fought in Gaza. The intent of Hamas is voiced in their charter and it is the complete destruction of Israel.
They have taken every opportunity of peace to rebuild their armaments and fortifications to accomplish their objective destruction of Israel. The question that begs an answer is how can you make peace with an enemy that is hell bent in your destruction at any cost. The answer is simple, you can’t.
This leaves Israel with the task of utterly destroying all members of Hamas and forcing a capitulation of their society. Hitler could not be appeased he had to be killed and all Nazi elements destroyed. The same mentality can be attributed to all the evil dictators that have come into the world through the generations.
The problem with Hamas is compounded by their Satanic religion of Islam which has infested all of the middle east and has more than one billion people of the world enslaved in its reach.
The true God of the Universe Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit and God the Father is in control of creation, history and time. All the future has been seen by Him and attested by His prophets thousands of years ago, such is the case in the prophet Zephaniah as he is given the order to write about Gaza and some other cities in the news today. This prophecy is in the verge of being fulfilled as we write this article.
The following article also covers the subject very eloquently.
Why I Am Watching Israel and Gaza
By Daymond Duck
The little book of Zephaniah (3 chapters or 53 verses) begins by prophesying the destruction of Judah (the Southern Kingdom) in the days of King Nebuchadnezzar and Babylon. It moves on to prophecies about Judah and the nations as the day of the Lord (a term often applied to the Tribulation period that Zephaniah used more than any other prophet in the Bible) approaches and plays out. Then, it finishes with Judah’s restoration during the millennial reign of the Messiah.
These prophecies clearly have past fulfillment, but some writers think Zephaniah was saying those experiences would be small compared to a greater fulfillment in the future. One of Zephaniah’s more famous statements reads, “The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly. That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities (Israel has built a fence to protect her cities), and against the high towers” (Zeph. 1:14-16).
Dropping down to Zeph. 2:1, God told the Jews to gather themselves together (to assemble) and He calls Judah a “nation not desired.” Israel is clearly the apple of God’s eye, but this could mean she is a nation not desired by God at this time because she has rejected her Messiah. And it could also mean that she is a nation not desired by the nations of the world because they want to destroy her.
In Zeph. 2:2, God told the Jews He wants them to assemble “Before the decree bring forth (before the 7 year covenant is signed), before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the LORD come upon you, before the day of the LORD’S anger come upon you (to assemble before the Tribulation Period comes upon the Jews).
In Zeph. 2:3, God told the Jews and all who will humble themselves to “Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD’S anger.” He wants the Jews and everyone on earth who will humble themselves to meet before the Tribulation Period begins to seek three things: the Lord, righteousness and meekness. Those who do may be hidden (Raptured) before the Tribulation Period begins, but after it begins it will be too late.
In Zeph. 2:4, God mentions four cities: “For Gaza shall be forsaken, and Ashkelon a desolation: they shall drive out Ashdod at the noon day, and Ekron shall be rooted up.”
God said Gaza, one of the largest and most northern cities in the Gaza Strip, will be forsaken. As I write this article, IDF planes are dropping leaflets in the northern part of the Gaza Strip for a second time advising residents to forsake their homes and clear out. The first time Israel did this, thousands of residents left, but many stayed because they were told to ignore Israel’s warnings. This time, it looks like Israel’s troops will enter the city and it remains to be seen how many people will stick around.
God said Ashkelon, a Jewish city of more than 100,000 people about 8 miles north of the Gaza Strip border, will become desolate. Its closeness to Gaza makes it a frequent target of Muslim rockets. As I write this article, more than 60 rockets have been fired at Ashkelon in recent days; an Israeli teen has been seriously injured; an Israeli man has been lightly wounded; many Jews are spending the day in bomb shelters; and some have moved to safer territory.
God said Ashdod’s residents will be driven out. More than a quarter of a million people live in Ashdod and it is about 18 miles from Gaza. As I write this, the Iron Dome Missile System has shot down 5 rockets; a Patriot missile has shot down a drone; an 8-year old boy has been slightly injured while playing in his yard; fear and anxiety are spreading in Ashdod; and Hamas has rejected an Egyptian cease fire proposal.
Kiryat Ekron is a Jewish city of slightly more than 10,000 people. It is named after the Biblical city of Ekron and it is located about the same distance from Gaza as is Ashdod. I have read of sirens sounding in Ekron and the surrounding area, but no injuries.
I can’t predict how things will play out, but a best case scenario could be another temporary suspension of hostilities. And a worst case scenario could be that this conflict spreads into a war with Israel’s neighbors (Psa. 83), including Syria (Isa. 17) and Egypt (Isa. 19), or even the Russian/Islamic invasion of Israel (Ezek. 38-39). One more thing, based on the Jewish Talmud (not the Bible) some are saying a Tetrad of blood moons are an omen of war for Israel. It is a debatable issue, but no one can deny that the first blood moon in the current Tetrad occurred on April 15, 2014 (the Feast of Passover) and the next one will occur on October 8, 2014 (the Feast of Tabernacles). Between these first two blood moons in this Tetrad war is raging.
[Last minute update: Israel is attacking the Gaza Strip from one end to the other by land, sea and air. It is too early to say that Gaza will be forsaken at this time; and Ashdod, Ashkelon and Ekron are still inhabited; but God is in control, His Word must eventually be fulfilled, war rarely goes exactly as planned and, if God allows it, I plan to keep watching Israel and Gaza.
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The world is presently involved with very urgent matters and one of the most pressing is the recalcitrant position that Iran has taken with its nuclear program.
Their position and pursuit of building a nuclear bomb arsenal will result in a complete destruction of a part of Iran called Elam. This part of Iran holds the nuclear reactor Bushehr which is involved in the negotiations.
The prophet Jeremiah on chapter 49 wrote about the fate of this territory in the end times and Mr. Salus book presents an excellent argument for the interpretation that this is a prophecy awaiting fulfillment in the near future. I am half way through this excellent book by this very good author of books and prophecy lectures.