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Yesterday, I saw the following headlines:
Powerful Quake Hits Central Chile
Thousands of New Agers Descend on Mountain as haven from December’s Apocalypse
Iran Planned to Bomb Israeli Ship in Suez Canal
That was just yesterday! And the earthquake wasn’t the only big one in the last week or in the last year. The same could also be said about crazy religions and ongoing strife in the Middle East. In fact, this is what I read about almost daily. These headlines give me a sense of apprehension and ironically a sense of encouragement.
Matthew 24:7 quotes Jesus as saying “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes.”
Matthew 24:11 quotes Jesus as saying, “And many false prophets will arise and will mislead many.”
And finally, Matthew 24:6 Jesus says, “And you will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end.”
All three quotes attributed to Jesus refer to signs of the End Times. I try not to be frightened but it’s hard not to let my thoughts and active mind take hold of me. Though I have heard every generation has witnessed such things (see World War I and World War II) it’s hard not to be impressed by what the Bible says and what’s going on here.
Just this month Barack Obama signed an executive order declaring peacetime martial law. In full disclosure I do not fully understand the complete background of this order that bypassed Congress (and please do not read this as any type of indictment on him) but according to Canada Free Press this order will allow the United States government to more or less confiscate anything for national defense.
You can make up your own mind on how dangerous this order is or if Canada Free Press is twisting something innocuous into something more conspiratory, however, if indeed the summary as proposed by the author of the article is correct then that opens the door wide open for the fulfillment of this prophecy:
Revelation 13:16-17 "And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the freemen and the slaves to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name."
We already have microchip technology; Sweden is looking to implement an all cashless society and really how much cash to you actually carry? I pay everything by credit card. A credit card system could easily be taken control of by any entity or government that deems it necessary to do so.
On a personal front I too am playing a role in prophecy. In Matthew 24:12, Jesus says “Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold.” I may very well be taking this verse out of context, however every day I read about the degradation of society and it angers me. I have no love for people who do not know what they are doing.
Recently, someone said to cross my fingers for them in regards to their job situation. Like that’s going to work. A friend of mine once, after hearing about a struggle I was going through, told me he’d send good thoughts my way. What the hell does that mean? Did he actually pause a moment and think…what exactly? I can’t even come up with what sending good thoughts would consist of. Why are you so stupid, I want to say. He knows I’m a Christian. Why don’t you at least indulge me and say you’ll pray even if you don’t believe.
Not a lot of love on my part, is there?
I could go on and on and on about the state of the world and how it aligns with Biblical prophecy. Sometimes I feel relief when all seems well because this world is all I know. But I also feel a bit antsy then because maybe it’s not time yet. And then when the world seems to be imploding I develop a different level of anxiety because this world is all I know. But I also feel a bit hopeful because maybe it is time.
Oh and Tim Tebow was introduced today as a new member of the New York Jets. Remember, thanks to his faith earlier this year John 3:16 was the hottest topic in the country, if not the world for a week. America is often cited as being one of the biggest missionary fields on earth and one of the biggest Christian missionaries of recent memory is now playing football in the media capital of the world who will hang on to his every word which often starts with “My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
Matthew 24:14 "And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world for a witness to all the nations, and then the end shall come."
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