LEADING THE WAY TRUSTING GOD

Two Ministries that I promote on this website are Joel’s Trumpet (Joel Richardson) and Frontiers Alliance International (Dalton Thomas). Both Joel and Dalton understand where we are in terms of Biblical history and more importantly are actively engaged in reaching out to Muslims in the midst of catastrophes. Consequently they are very aware of what God is doing in these last days.

Over the last seven years, the Frontiers Alliance International family has been “laying foundations where there are none” (Romans 15:20) in some of the most difficult places on earth. THE FRONTIER video is an intimate look at the lives of these pioneers and a gripping exploration of the privilege and the cost of labouring out on the front line. FAI STUDIO’s seventh film will take you from the battlefields in Iraq and Syria, to conflicted tribal territories in central Asia, from hubs of human trafficking in the Mediterranean Basin, to the remains of foxholes in European forests—where young men wrote history in their blood—and from the peaks of the Himalayas to the heart of it all: Jerusalem, the City of our Great King (Psalm 48:2; Matthew 5:35). THE FRONTIER also brings to life the incredible story of Hudson Taylor and the China Inland Mission in relation to its impact on the Frontier Alliance International family. Apart from Scripture, no single individual has played a more influential role in the formation of the vision and values of FAI than Taylor and the CIM. FAI STUDIOS and PILGRIM invite you into the heart of China to encounter one of the greatest visionary pioneers in history.

HOW GOD USES CATASTROPHES FOR HIS PURPOSE

MUSLIM SYRIANS WHO SUFFERED UNDER ISIS NOW TURNING TO CHRISTIANITY

Image: Church of the Brethren in Kobane, Syria

Syrians gather outside the Church of the Brethren in Kobani, Syria.NBC News

In 2015, Kobani was the centre in the battle against ISIS.  It was also there that US-led forces beat back ISIS terrorists and liberated the city before finally ending the group’s hold over Iraq and Syria.  Many of the new converts to Christ say the violence ISIS brought to their region left them disillusioned with Islam.  Many Muslims became agnostic or atheist, others turned to Jesus and opened up Kobani’s first church in decades called “Church of the Brethren.”  It is the only evangelical church in Kobani.  “After the war with ISIS people were looking for the right path, and distancing themselves from Islam,”  church founder Omar Firas said. “People were scared and felt lost.”

Firas said approximately 80 to 100 people in Kobani now worship at the evangelical church. “We meet on Tuesdays and hold a service on Fridays.  It is open to anyone who wants to join,” he said.  Firas founded the church while a new representative form of government in northeast Syria called the “Self Administration of Syria” (SANES) was emerging.  The SANES controls a third of Syria between the Tigris and Euphrates River and guarantees freedom of religion to all of the 4 million people within its borders.  Firas told CBN News his church would never have been allowed under ISIS. “We can express our rituals with complete freedom,” he said.

 

PROPHESIED END TIMES FAMINES AND TROUBLES

The disciples asked Jesus about the “last days”. “Tell us when will these things be? And what will be the sign when all of these things will be fulfilled. And Jesus answering them gave many signs but one was:

And there will be earthquakes in various places, and there will be famines and troubles . These are the beginnings of sorrows.” Luke 13:8

No End in Sight for Drought Woes  – The Australian Tribune 08/2018

Wheat growers across northern NSW and southern Queensland are facing their fourth year without a crop.

And with no decent rain on the horizon, not knowing when the nightmare will end is one of the most distressing things, grain grower John Eastburn says.

For things to turn around they need three or four falls of 100 mm over several months, and even if that came they couldn’t seed until next March and face the prospect of no income until December 2019.

Even if the rain comes they can still see there is no income — there is a lot of outgoing but no incoming until the end of next year which is probably the most distressing part,’ Mr Eastburn told reporters in Canberra on Monday.

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Derek Schoen, who has a property at Corowa, says farmers aren’t at the end of the drought, they’re in the middle, with no end in sight. ‘One of the biggest problems with the drought is it sneaks up on you and then you’re on this treadmill that you can’t get off,’ he said.

The Turnbull government has announced a new $190 million package of household assistance, to help property owners with day to day bills like vehicle registration and school fees.

                                                                                 The worst agricultural disaster in modern American history – 04/2019

Worst flooding damage in our state’s history: Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, R-Neb

According to Agriculture Secretary Sunny Purdue, there “may be as many as a million calves lost in Nebraska” due to the catastrophic flooding that has hit the state. This is not a rumour, this is not an exaggeration, and this is not based on any sort of speculation. This number comes to us directly from the top agriculture official in the entire country, and it means that the economic toll from the recent floods is far greater than most of us had anticipated. You can watch Purdue make this quote on Fox Business right here, and it is important to remember that this number is just for one state. It is hard to imagine what the final numbers will look like when the livestock losses for all of the states affected by the flooding are tallied up. This is already the worst agricultural disaster in modern American history, and the National Weather Service is telling us that there will be more catastrophic flooding throughout the middle portion of the nation for the next two months.

 

 

NATIONS ARE BEING JUDGED AND CATASTROPHES WILL INCREASE

Four National Apostasies which guarantee that a nation will be judged by God.

1) Innocent Slaughter

2) Sanctification of Perversions

3) Removal and Replacement of the One True God from our public square

4) Curse Israel.

If we are living in any “westernised” country today, we can clearly see that #’s 1, 2 and 3 ensures God’s judgement.

People gather in Lafayette Park to witness the White House being lit up in rainbow colors in commemoration of the Supreme Court’s ruling to legalize same-sex marriage Friday, June 26, 2015, in Washington. Gay and lesbian couples in Washington and across the nation are celebrating Friday’s ruling, which will put an end to same-sex marriage bans in the 14 states that still maintain them. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

  • Current events indicate that judgement has started in the U.S.A. and it will only escalate.  They are slaughtering innocents and now even celebrating it in lights.
  • They sanctify perversions (gay marriage) and attempt to confer upon it the holy, God-ordained institution of marriage.
  • In the USA being LGBTQ is not aberrant behaviour: record number of states are banning conversion therapy.
  • They attempt to scrub the public square of any reference to God Almighty, even attempting to remove Him from their oaths.
  • With Israel being pressured on all sides to give up more land, this might be the final move by the USA in the interest of a false “peace.”

The USA led the world in catastrophes last year. Racking up an overall damage cost of $16.5 billion, the devastating and deadly Camp Fire that ravaged California in November was the world’s costliest natural disaster in 2018. It was California’s deadliest on record with 86 fatalities. It stood out for its ferocity.

In second and third place last year were Hurricanes Michael ($16 billion) and Florence ($14 billion). Florence dumped heavy rain across the Carolina’s in September, and Michael tore into the Florida Panhandle in October. Michael, which had a wind speed of 155 mph at landfall, was the fourth-strongest hurricane on record to hit the USA. It reduced the small town of Mexico Beach, Florida, to rubble.

These are the beginning of “birth pangs”? Matthew 24: 8, Mark 13:8

SUDDEN DESTRUCTION IS COMING TO THE WHOLE WORLD

The images are disturbing, unnerving. But they are real. All too real. A rock band is performing in Indonesia to the delight of the audience when suddenly, without warning, a massive wave sweeps them off the stage to their deaths. There are screams of terror; then there is blackness. This is what sudden destruction looks like. Yet the Bible says it will come one day to the whole earth.

Rescue worker walks as he searches for victims among debris after a tsunami hit Sunda Strait at Carita district in Pandeglang, Indonesia, Dec. 25, 2018.

The band was named “Seventeen,” with a large Instagram following, and the band’s sole surviving member, Riefian Fajarsyah, lost his wife in the tsunami. To date, the death toll nationwide has reached 430, with another 1,500 injured and almost 22,000 displaced.

Of course, as tragic as these figures are, they pale in comparison to the 2004 tsunami which struck multiple countries at the same time and resulted in a death toll of 227,000. But, in the aftermath of the 2004 tragedy, “countries including the U.K., Germany and Malaysia donated detection buoys and other equipment to Indonesia to help warn of future tsunamis,” although upgrading has been needed for the equipment.

Still, the recent tsunami came without warning.

As related by survivor Bapu Suwarna, “The sound grew, and I even heard crashing sounds. Seconds later, I saw people running from the tsunami wave shouting ‘Tsunami! Waves! Waves!'”

He added: “It took only seconds, not minutes, after hearing the thunderous sounds and then the waves hit us. From the bottom of my heart, I sincerely request that the government set up an early warning system so people can anticipate an incoming tsunami. I didn’t have much time, after the loud sounds were heard.”

It was literally a matter of seconds. Moments later, there was devastation.

Yet, to repeat, the Bible says that this will happen again in much greater fashion and on a much grander scale.

As Paul wrote to the Thessalonians, “For you know perfectly that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. When they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labour upon a woman with child, and they shall not escape” (1 Thessalonians 5:2-3).

Please don’t take these words lightly. If you believe the Bible to be true, then what Paul wrote will come to pass.

Just as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of Man. They were eating, drinking, marrying, and were given in marriage until the day when Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.

“Likewise as it was in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built. But on the day that Lot departed from Sodom, fire and brimstone rained from heaven and destroyed them all. So will it be on the day when the Son of Man is revealed (Luke 17:26-30).

People will ignore the signs of the times. They will be lulled into a sense of false security. They will be caught up with the spirit of the world, enjoying their lives, focusing on themselves, oblivious to God and His demands. They will be sure that “all is well” and that judgement will never come. And then, suddenly, it will be at the door. And then, suddenly, it will be too late.

But that’s not the end of the story.

Jesus and Paul gave these warnings for a reason. It was so that we who believe, we who love the Lord, would not be caught unawares. It was so that we would be serving and alert rather than partying and slumbering.

We who walk in the light, we who are children of the day, we who live lives honouring to the Lord, have nothing to fear. Let us not fall asleep in the light.

GREAT EARTHQUAKES PROPHESIED

“When he opened the sixth seal, I looked, and there came a great earthquake; the sun became black as sackcloth, the full moon became like blood. . .  The sky vanished like a scroll rolling itself up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.” (Rev 6:12, 14)

“Then there were flashes of lightning, roaring, and crashes of thunder, and there was a tremendous earthquake—an earthquake unequalled since humanity has been on the earth, so tremendous was that earthquake.” (Rev 16:18)

Strange waves rippled around the world, and nobody knows why

Instruments picked up the seismic waves more than 10,000 miles away—but bizarrely, nobody felt them.

On the morning of November 11, just before 9:30 UT, a mysterious rumble rolled around the world.

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The seismic waves began roughly 15 miles off the shores of Mayotte, a French island sandwiched between Africa and the northern tip of Madagascar. The waves buzzed across Africa, ringing sensors in Zambia, Kenya, and Ethiopia. They traversed vast oceans, humming across Chile, New Zealand, Canada, and even Hawaii nearly 11,000 miles away.

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2018/11/strange-earthquake-waves-rippled-around-world-earth-geology/

People mock Christians who take the judgements in the Book of Revelation in a literal fashion, claiming it is all “symbolic” and out of the realm of possibility and will not correspond to a future, historical reality.

And yet just recently we received a foretaste of what will become a devastating global earthquake. There was a global earthquake on a small scale that happened on Nov 11, where it even slightly “moved” some islands. The notion of global earthquakes, islands moving, and other global catastrophes can no longer be denied as out of the realm of possibility. God’s word says it will happen in the not too distant future.

“THERE WILL BE FAMINES, PESTILENCES, AND EARTHQUAKES IN VARIOUS PLACES”

Jesus answer to his disciples question, as to what would be the signs of his Second Coming to earth, included the quote above in Matthew 24:7.

Below, I have listed just a few of the current so called natural disasters that are swamping this planet like never before in their frequency and intensity. They will bring either worship and awe, or fear and dread.

“Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him.” Psalm 34:9

Church are you prepared for His Second Coming, are you listening to God, what is He calling you to do now? One thing is for certain, He is calling us to fulfil the great commission, to make disciples.

Drought in Argentina and Uruguay, most expensive weather disaster of 2018

Drought in Argentina and Uruguay, the most expensive weather disaster of 2018 After a severe lack of rainfall during the summer of 2017/18, parts of Argentina and Uruguay are now suffering their worst drought in decades and the most expensive weather-related disaster on the planet so far this year. This is also the most expensive disaster in the history of both Argentina and Uruguay.

CHURCH – PREPARE FOR ECONOMIC CRASH

Further to my previous post which looked at who owns global assets, this post looks at the appetite for investment and the fact it is heading into panic territory.

The Global Risk Appetite Index compares the performance of 64 global assets to judge how willing or unwilling investors are to take additional risk. The index last entered panic territory in October of 2015, when global recession seemed a threat as China’s capital markets threatened to meltdown.

This time around, the issues are manifold: trade disputes, the Italian budget, Fed tightening and emerging market turbulence all “contend to be the main driver of this risk appetite slump”, the Credit Suisse analysts write.

Some big investors are taking action. Check out this chart:

It shows that some very big guns are starting to cut exposure to stocks.

According to the AFR this week, the behemoth that is Australian Super just cut back on local and international equities. Could this be the start of the giant, global ‘risk-off/sell off

Church are you preparing for what’s coming? It will be church as described in the Book of Acts that will be a blessing.

“Now when the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul, neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common. And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And grace was upon them all. Nor was there anyone among them who lacked; for all who were possessors of lands, of houses sold them and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold, and laid them at the apostles feet; and they distributed to each as anyone had need.” Acts 4: 32-34

A MESSAGE TO ALL PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS

A Coptic Christian church’s worship service turned into a blood bath after a gunman opened fire, killing at least 11 people.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, and many Christians were left wondering if they will ever be safe enough to worship Christ without fearing terrorism.

One young girl, Nesma Wael, was there when the attack happened and wrote a heartfelt message to the world published by BeeCatholic

“After Mass ended, I left the church with my cousin and my mother. My mom wore a cross around her neck, and all three of us were not wearing veils. In poorer neighborhoods, Muslim women often wear veils so they are distinguished from Christian women.

“As we turned into a side street, we saw someone on a motorcycle heading toward the church. The next thing we knew, the man crashed his bike after hitting a pothole. My mother ran up to him to help, reassuring him, as she said: ‘In the name of the Jesus Christ, are you okay?’ He got up quickly and in a blink of an eye he opened fire on us with an automatic weapon he pulled out from under his vest.

“As soon as my cousin and I saw the weapon, we hid behind mom, who shouted at us to run away; the terrorist first shot her in the arm, while she was trying to protect us; as we ran away, she fell down and could not escape with us. The distance between us and the terrorist when he first took out his machine gun was no more than a few feet. My cousin and I ran into a small supermarket, where the sales girl hid us behind the refrigerator; from our hiding spot, we watched the attacker looking for us. When he couldn’t find us he turned to mom again and fired more shots at her.

“All this happened in a few minutes. After the gunman left, we ran to my mother. Many people had gathered, but they all refused to touch my mom, to turn her over, even though she was still alive. I kept screaming for someone to help me, but no one did. I reached my uncle, who came right away.

“An ambulance pulled up, but the emergency workers refused to move Mama into the ambulance until they got permission from the security officials who were out in the streets, hunting for the terrorist, as well as another shooter who had attacked people in front of the church.

“A gun battle erupted, and people fled. My cousin, my uncle and I stayed with my mother. She looked at me, saying: ‘Do not be afraid, I’m with you. Obey your father and take care of your sister.’

“My mother remained laying in the street for about an hour. After the shooting stopped, I went back to the church to fetch my younger sister Karen, who is eight and had remained in church because the service for children had not finished yet—I saw three people I knew laying in pools of blood in front of the church; I knew they had been killed.

“By the time Mom was taken into the ambulance she had died.

I miss my mother desperately—I am happy because she is a martyr and I don’t feel afraid of the terrorists anymore. I was with her at the time of the attack and did not even get injured: it was God’s will to specifically choose her to go to heaven.

“I do not want to leave my country, but I certainly want to find a better chance to live and study, especially since our financial situation isn’t good. My dad, who is 35, works as a driver, but he has no regular work; my mother provided the main source of income for our family; she was a nurse at the Cairo Kidney Center. I hope to become a doctor of nephrology; that was my mom’s dream for me.

This is my message to all the persecuted people around the world: ‘Do not be afraid! Our lives are in God’s hands and we have to adhere to our faith.'”

SCIENTISTS ARE PREDICTING AN INCREASE IN BIG EARTHQUAKES

More than 150 tremors hit Vancouver Island in last 24 hours, Cascadia fault line monitored.

Kilauea shooting lava 180ft into air and showing no sign of stopping

Kilauea shooting lava 180ft into air and showing no sign of stopping

Earthquake swarm under Puyehue-Cordón Caulle volcano, alert level raised, Chile

6.1 magnitude earthquake 33 km from Port Vila, Shefa, Vanuatu

5.5 magnitude earthquake 1 km from Takatsuki, Osaka, Japan

The volcanic unrest continues: Eruptions at Anak-Krakatau and Sinabung in Indonesia, Shinmoedake in Japan and Telica in Nicaragua

Upsurge in big earthquakes predicted for 2018 as Earth rotation slows

Scientists say number of severe quakes is likely to rise strongly next year because of a periodic slowing of the Earth’s rotation

The link between Earth’s rotation and seismic activity was highlighted last month in a paper by Roger Bilham of the University of Colorado in Boulder and Rebecca Bendick of the University of Montana in Missoula presented at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America.

“The correlation between Earth’s rotation and earthquake activity is strong and suggests there is going to be an increase in numbers of intense earthquakes next year,” Bilham told the Observer last week.

In their study, Bilham and Bendick looked at earthquakes of magnitude 7 and greater that had occurred since 1900. “Major earthquakes have been well recorded for more than a century and that gives us a good record to study,” said Bilham.

They found five periods when there had been significantly higher numbers of large earthquakes compared with other times. “In these periods, there were between 25 to 30 intense earthquakes a year,” said Bilham. “The rest of the time the average figure was around 15 major earthquakes a year.”

Bilham and Bendick found that there had been periods of around five years when Earth’s rotation slowed by such an amount several times over the past century and a half. Crucially, these periods were followed by periods when the numbers of intense earthquakes increased.

“It is straightforward,” said Bilham. “The Earth is offering us a five-year heads-up on future earthquakes.”

This link is particularly important because Earth’s rotation began one of its periodic slowdowns more than four years ago. “The inference is clear,” said Bilham. “Next year we should see a significant increase in numbers of severe earthquakes. We have had it easy this year. So far we have only had about six severe earthquakes. We could easily have 20 a year starting in 2018.”

In addition, it is difficult to predict where these extra earthquakes will occur – although Bilham said they found that most of the intense earthquakes that responded to changes in day length seemed to occur near the equator. About one billion people live in the Earth’s tropical regions.