IN THE "LAST DAYS" FAMINES, PESTILENCE AND DISEASE

Jesus said, in the last days before His return: “and there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.” Matthew 24:7b

Wuhan, the central China city at the heart of the coronavirus outbreak, has been put in quarantine, starting 1pm (AEDT) on Thursday, January 2020.

An ambulance at work in Wuhan as coronavirus cases rise. 

The deadly new strain of coronavirus is mutating into a more virulent disease that can be transmitted through airborne droplets from coughing or sneezing, Chinese ­scientists warned, as the death toll nearly doubled to nine in just 24 hours and the number of confirmed cases across the country climbed to 440.

Update January 27th: President Xi Jinping calls the  accelerating spread of coronavirus a grave situation, as the illness infects more than 1200 and kills 41. Desperate residents and doctors describe “doomsday” scenes at overwhelmed hospitals in the city at the centre of the outbreak

It has since spread to South Korea, Japan and Thailand, with the US, Macau and Taiwan also ­reporting their first confirmed cases on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Four cases of the deadly coronavirus have been confirmed in Australia, as authorities scramble to contact passengers who shared flights from China with the patients. Three men tested positive to the respiratory condition in NSW on Saturday, Jan 25th, state health authorities confirmed.

Chinese officials are scrambling to enforce containment measures, just days before hundreds of millions of people travel across the country and abroad for the Chinese New Year holiday.

Strict prevention and control measures are in force, granting authorities sweeping powers to lock down affected areas and quarantine patients — as occurred during the 2009 H1N1 (swine flu) outbreak.

China also would step up co-operation with the World Health Organisation, China’s National Health Commission vice-minister, Li Bin said. An emergency WHO meeting in Geneva was scheduled for late Wednesday to determine whether to declare a rare global public health emergency over the disease.

In Australia, the NSW Health Department’s executive director of health protection, Jeremy McAn­ulty said, with the coronavirus having been declared a notifiable disease in NSW, “if necessary people can be placed in isolation”.

WARS AND RUMOURS OF WARS IN THE LAST DAYS

President Trump ordered a drone strike on Friday that killed Iranian Gen. Qassim Soleimani, a terrorist leader  It was in response to rioting mobs breaching the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. Soleimani, tasked with all of Iran’s extraterritorial aggression, was credited with masterminding attacks that killed hundreds of Americans.

In response to the death of Qasem Soleimani, Mohsen Rezaei, a former leader of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard told a Tehran crowd that the Israeli city of Haifa and other “centers” like Tel Aviv could be targeted.

Soleimani’s daughter vows revenge: ‘US and Israel can expect a dark day’
Coffins of Gen. Qassem Soleimani and others are carried on a truck surrounded by mourners during a funeral procession in Tehran, Jan. 6, 2020

“Rest assured we will level to the ground Haifa and Israeli centres so that Israel will be wiped out,” he said. “The issue is very serious for the Iranian nation. You hit us and you should get hit. You attacked us and it is the Iranian nation’s right.

Soleimani’s killing has escalated the crisis between Tehran and Washington after months of back-and-forth attacks and threats that have put the wider Middle East on edge.

Iran has promised “harsh revenge” while Trump has vowed on Twitter that the U.S. will strike back at 52 targets “VERY FAST AND VERY HARD. ”

Iran said on Sunday it would no longer abide by any of the limits of its unraveling 2015 nuclear deal, abandoning the accord’s key provisions that block Tehran from having enough material to build an atomic weapon.

For the first time ever, a blood-red flag is being flown over the famous Jamkaran Mosque in the Iranian “holy city” of Qom. The fact that this mosque is directly associated with the Mahdi makes this symbolic gesture doubly significant. Red flags in Shiite tradition symbolise both blood spilled unjustly and serve as a call to avenge a person who is slain. It is the first time in history that the red flag has been hoisted on top of the Jamkaran mosque in the Iranian city and comes after warnings of harsh retaliation against the US. Red flags have also been spotted flying at anti-U.S. demonstrations in Tehran over the past few days. Clearly, the Iranians want blood. They will never, ever forgive the killing of Qassem Soleimani, and their faith requires that he be avenged.

Rabbi Pinchas Winston, a prolific end-of-times author, commented, “All the conditions exist for a no-holds-barred multinational conflict in the Middle East, precisely the type of conflict described by the prophets as preceding the Messiah,” Rabbi Winston said. “You can be sure that Iran is sharpening their swords right now. For peace to exist, both sides have to be afraid of war. You don’t have that here. Iran wants a war to bring a great fiery war to bring Mahdi and to get rid of the ‘Great Satan.’”

IDENTITY OF MYSTERY BABYLON

The information in this post can be found in Joel Richardson’s book – Mystery Babylon – Unlocking the Bible’s Greatest Prophetic Mystery.

When you grasp that the final Empire in Revelation prior to Jesus return is a revived Ottoman Empire and that a “good fit” candidate for the Antichrist is the Mahdi, the soon expected Messiah of Islam, then identifying the final Babylon of Revelation is as simple as identifying the spiritual and financial capital of the Islamic world. Mecca is the religious heart of the Islamic world, and Saudi Arabia is the financial heart of the Muslim world, providing over 90 percent of the global funding of Islam.

If you need help with seeing Islam’s role in the end times please check out these resources: The Islamic Antichrist, Mid East Beast – The Scriptural Case for an Islamic Antichrist both by Joel Richardson and Arab Spring, Christian Winter: Islam Unleashed on the Church and the World, From 9/11 to 666: The Convergence of Current Events, Biblical Prophecy and the Vision of Islam both by Ralph Stice.

The Scriptures reveal that Babylon is the capital of the seventh and eighth beast empires, which arguably is a reference to the Islamic empire, the only Middle Eastern Empire to have “crushed all the nations it conquered” and to have followed the Roman Empire.

The Bible indicates that the harlot city is a port city, or at least close to the sea. Mecca sits fifty miles inland from Jeddah and the emerging King Abdullah Economic City, NEOM (New Future) which are both presently being built specifically to become the world’s most technologically advanced and active seaports. The three cities form a triangle and will be linked by a fast train service.

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NEOM Saudi Arabia’s $500 billion Mega City

The last-days harlot Babylon is a very real and identifiable geopolitical entity. So are both the city of Mecca and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

A Desert City: The harlot city sits specifically in a desert. Mecca/Saudi Arabia obviously match this description perfectly.

Babylon “the great” is called “the mother of harlots and … abominations” (Rev. 17:5). She is the greatest source of false religion and idolatry ever known. Because Islam is the world’s second-largest religion, with 1.61 billion Muslims, the city of Mecca is absolutely the unqualified greatest city of idolatry that has ever existed.

The harlot brags, “I sit as queen” (Rev. 18:7). This is a direct allusion to Isaiah 47, which reflects the attitude of the last-days Babylon, who in her wickedness also says, “No one sees me” (Isa. 47:10). The picture is of a city governed by both arrogance and secrecy. Despite all of her abundant sins, she somehow manages to fly under the radar of most. This describes Saudi Arabia nearly perfectly. Even as the Saudi royals have bought nearly every major American politician, they now also control various media outlets in the USA and other countries, even Iran International (a 24 hour channel), which broadcasts via satellite to the Middle East, Europe and the USA and can be viewed in Iran. Thus the Saudis have corrupted the most powerful nation in the world, and then they have bought that nation’s silence.

The harlot is “clothed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls” (Rev. 17:4). These colours and adornments speak of the woman as royalty. Saudi Arabia is not a nation in the traditional sense; rather, it is a kingdom. The House of Saud.

The Scriptures state that the Harlot is “drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the witnesses of Jesus…. In her was found the blood of prophets … and of all who have been slain on the earth” (Rev. 17:6; 18:24).

Saudi Arabia is not only the single greatest financier of the Palestinian Intifada, and the greatest lobbying power at the UN against the State of Israel, but it is also the primary ideological and financial fountainhead of nearly every radical Islamist jihadi organisation in the world. ISIS, al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, and other jihadist groups that murder Christians,

The last-days Babylon is an importer of “slaves and human lives” (Rev. 18:13). Literally one-third of the entire population of Saudi Arabia are foreign workers, many of whom are treated worse than slaves. Secular human rights groups report endless stories of poor treatment, abuse, imprisonment, and rape that affect the roughly nine million foreign workers living in Saudi Arabia.

Both “merchants” and “ship-masters” have “become rich through the abundance of her luxury” (Rev. 18:3, 9). All of this material wealth is directly responsible for the kings of the earth joining in with her spiritual corruption and bloodshed (17:2; 18:3). Needless to say, Saudi Arabia has not only corrupted the “kings of the earth,” but she has also seduced innumerable banks, corporations, “great men of the earth” and, in fact, “all the nations” (Rev. 18:23).

The last-days harlot is a city of extreme luxury and material excess (Rev. 17:4; 18:7). Saudi Arabia, unlike any other nation on earth, is specifically known for its absolutely excessive materialism and luxury.

That the harlot “reigns over the kings of the earth” (Rev. 17:18) and that they in turn “commit acts of immorality with her” (Rev. 18:3) makes it clear that the influence of this city is indeed global. Saudi Arabia exerts its influence over much of the world either through Islam or through outright bribery and oil blackmail. For the past few generations, no corporation, nation, or bank in the world has given a fraction of the money that the Saudi royal family has given to the past several American presidents.

The last-days Babylon is specifically a missionary-sending force, spreading her false religion all over the world and holding sway over “kings, … peoples and multitudes and nations and tongues” (Rev. 17:2, 15).

Over the past forty years, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has spent well over $100 billion to spread Islam all over the world. No religious, political, or national evangelistic or propaganda campaign in human history has ever come close to equalling this.

ONE STEP CLOSER TO THE MARK OF THE BEAST?

Today, December 16th, the NJ legislature is voting for mandatory vaccines without parental consent (including flu vaccines!) for students of all schools, even for college students, eliminating the religious right of exemption from the current law. They will also break federal law.

Our God-given rights as parents are vanishing quickly in the eyes of lawmakers in New Jersey. It is part and parcel of a sign of wicked things coming quickly and further evidence we are in the biblical prophesied “end times”

It will not stop there, as totalitarians will not stop until they have complete control of your lives and behaviour. They have plans to link up the Real Drivers License that you will be required to have with all of your information (medical, etc). And you will not be able to function normally in society without it (sound familiar?) For example, you will not be able to fly on an aeroplane if you are not “up to date on your vaccines,” etc, etc. It’s all a tip of the iceberg of what is happening quickly nationally and globally.

COMING FINAL GREAT JUDGEMENT OF GOD

Scripture tells us of three great judgements.  First, the flood in the days of Noah. What happened?  All the world’s population, except Noah and family, had the wrong agenda. Even though there was the sign of a 20,000 tons displacement boat built on dry land and Noah preaching for over 100 years, the population stuck to its wrong agenda – ‘their every thought was only evil continually.’ All but 8 people perished.

Noah’s Flood – extent of fossils buried (rapid burial) all over the world and fossil fuel evidence enough.

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Johan Huiber’s life size replica of Noah’s Ark

The second mighty judgement affects us all. It was the judgement of our sin which was put onto Jesus our Saviour. When Jesus came He was rejected by His own. Why? Because the leaders of Israel at the time had the wrong agenda. Did they know Jesus was the Messiah? – they knew that He performed miracles only the Messiah could do – healing leprosy and casting out demons, raising the dead.  Also, the timing of the coming of Jesus as Messiah was well known  – it was precisely specified in the prophecy of 70 weeks in the book of Daniel. The Magi, as the spiritual descendants of Daniel, knew full well – and they were watching. They recognised the sign.  Regrettably, the religious leaders of Israel, at the time, had their own agenda  – it did not include a Messiah that would upset their leadership and their religious rituals.

What about the third judgement that is prophesied in Scripture at His second coming. There are more prophecies about Jesus second coming than His first.

Are we so fixed on our well being, our business, even ministry that we have lost sight of Jesus’s specific instruction to watch for His return? Are we so concerned with our own agenda, that we have lost sight of the Messiah Himself and His imminent return. Are we in a church that trusts in the inerrant word of God, recognises that we are in the “end times”, and is challenging the church to complete the Great Commission and prepare for the coming tribulation?
Jesus said: ‘Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.’ Revelation 3:3.  The counter to that is that if you will watch, then you will know – ‘But you brethren  are not in darkness so that this Day should overtake you as a thief.’ 1 Thessalonian 5: 4

Are our priorities right? Jesus first and foremost above everything? Are we in a church that understands the times (Bereans), looking forward to His return?  Or are our plans, our desires,  like the famous singer, Frank Sinatra – ‘I did it my way’ – I had or have my own agenda!

The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come Lord Jesus.’  This is the right, the best, the pre-eminent agenda for today!

This post is based on an article written by Peter Mitchell of International Christian Chamber of Commerce, England – Got the Wrong Agenda?

SUKKOT – A CELEBRATION FOR ALL NATIONS

Every year more and more Christians are travelling to Israel to join the Jews in celebrating Sukkot or as it is better known to non Jews as the Feast of Tabernacles.

The two-thousand-year-old separation between the church and Israel must come to an end. It’s already beginning.

As in ancient times the destruction of Jerusalem sealed the separation of the two, so the restoration of Jerusalem in modern times has ushered in their reconciliation. It is the church’s Jubilean return.

Everything is returning to what it was at the beginning including the world to its pagan roots.

Exactly as prophesied the true church is separating from mainstream culture and the apostate institutionalised church that is compromising with the world and its increasing Godless values.

The following picture is from the Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) in 2013. Look at all the nations represented even back then. The next picture is from Sukkot 2015 when many more came exactly as prophesied.

This short presentation shows that the Jews realise that something special is happening here which can only be orchestrated by God.

IS POPE FRANCIS THE FALSE PROPHET?

Plans were revealed for the construction of an interfaith complex that will house a church, synagogue, and mosque in the United Arab Emirates as part of an effort to promote religious harmony and bridge adherents of the three Abrahamic religions. The complex, known as the Abrahamic Family House, will be located on Saadiyat Island near Abu Dhabi.

Pope Francis

The project is a result of Roman Catholic Pope Francis’ papal visit to Abu Dhabi in February when the pontiff and the Grand Imam of al-Azhar in Egypt signed a declaration establishing the interfaith Higher Committee of Human Fraternity.

PROPHECY WATCH: Church, Mosque and Synagogue to share new complex in UAE

Members of the committee

The committee includes: Bishop Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue; Prof Mohamed Hussein Mahrasawi, President of Al-Azhar University; Monsignor Yoannis Lahzi Gaid, Personal Secretary of Pope Francis; Judge Mohamed Mahmoud Abdel Salam, Advisor to the Grand Imam; Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi; Dr Sultan Faisal Al Rumaithi, Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Elders; and Yasser Hareb Al Muhairi, Emirati writer and media personality, Rabbi M. Bruce Lustig of Washington Hebrew Congregation

The Abrahamic Family House is the first formal initiative of the higher committee. Plans by British architect David Adjaye were unveiled during the Celebration of Human Fraternity at a New York City public library on Sept. 20. In a statement, Adjaye declared that the Abrahamic Family House will be “open to the world.” He expressed hope that it will serve as a space for people across society to “learn and engage in a mission of peaceful coexistence for generations to come.

Higher Committee member Rabbi M. Bruce Lustig of Washington Hebrew Congregation said in a statement that the new complex is an “important opportunity for all who believe in the power of faith and humanity.” 

“It will help build bridges between religious leaders and communities as well as foster peace and harmony in an era that is too often defined by difference,” Lustig said. “I am honoured to be part of such an esteemed group working to champion love over hate, justice over injustice, and faith over fear.”

TO JERUSALEM WE MARCH, MARTYRS BY THE MILLIONS!

END TIMES RHETORIC: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said in an address at the Jalazone Refugee Camp near Ramallah that the Palestinians cannot be removed from their homeland and that every building built by the Zionist occupation will be destroyed and thrown in the garbage bin of history. He also made the patently absurd, historically false claim that the Palestinians are “Canaanites who have lived in Palestine for 5,000 years. He rejected the conferences in Warsaw (Warsaw Middle East Summit) and Manama (Peace to Prosperity Conference) as unacceptable to the Palestinian people. He said that Jerusalem belongs to the Palestinians, and the audience began to chant:

“To Jerusalem we march, martyrs by the millions!”

Abbas continued, saying that the entire Palestinian nation will enter Jerusalem as millions of fighters, along with the Arab, Islamic, and Christian nations, and he said that he rejects the designation of Palestinian martyrs as terrorists. He added that the families of Palestinian martyrs, injured people, and prisoners will continue to receive salaries from the PA because they are the most sacred thing the Palestinians have.

Abbas should read what God has to say about Jerusalem and Israel:

“Comfort , yes, comfort My people!”says your God. Speak comfort to Jerusalem, and cry out to her, that her warfare has ended. That her iniquity is pardoned; for she has received from the Lord’s hand double for her sins.” Isaiah 40:1

“But you, Israel are My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, The descendants of Abraham My friend. You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, And called from its farthest regions, and said to you are My servant, I have chosen you and have not cast you away.” Isaiah 40:8-9

“Behold all those who were incensed against you shall be ashamed and disgraced; they shall be as nothing , and those who strive with you shall perish.” Isaiah 40:11

ELOQUENT TEACHING ON TIMING OF THE RAPTURE

Another excellent video from Nelson Walters on the timing of The Rapture (Matthew 24:30-31 and 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).

It is important we understand that Christians will experience tribulation and even great tribulation during the last seven years (70th week of Daniel) before Jesus returns to earth to liberate Israel at the Battle of Armageddon.

Before you watch Nelson’s video let me share this revelation: the Holy Spirit revealed to me another gem on the timing of The Rapture just two days ago. I was reading Revelation Chapter 8 on the opening of the seventh seal.

Already, I had accepted from the work Nelson Walters has done, that The Rapture takes place at the trumpet blast at the seventh seal.

SUMMARY: At the fifth seal, Revelation 6:9, John sees the souls of martyrs under the altar. They are crying out, asking when was God going to judge and avenge them. Then, they were asked to rest a little longer until the number of their fellow servants and brethren who would be killed as they were was completed. They were also given white robes, but at this stage the resurrection of the saints has not occurred so are unable to wear them.

At the end of the chapter on the opening of the sixth seal, Revelation 6:17 we read “For the great day of His wrath has come and who is able to stand. God is about to pour out His wrath upon the earth. It is time for the saints to be raptured as both Jesus and Paul said, the saints will not experience God’s wrath.

Next in Revelation 7:9, John sees “behold a great multitude which no one could number of all nations, tribes, peoples and tongues standing before the throne and the lamb clothed with white robes and palm trees in their hands.” Note they are no longer souls but have bodies and are wearing the white robes (The Rapture has occurred) and no longer complaining but crying out with a loud voice saying “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne and to the lamb.”

Now what was the gem I observed that confirms The Rapture has occurs at the opening of the seventh seal?

In Revelation 8: at the opening of the seventh seal: “Then another angel having a golden censer (contains the prayers of all the saints) … and he was given much incense that he should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.” Revelation 8:3. Once the prayers of all the saints ascended before God, what does the angel do with the censer which held the prayers of the saints? “He filled it with fire from the altar and threw it to the earth. And there was noises and thunderings, lightnings and an earthquake” Then, the wrath of God began to be poured out on the earth with the trumpet and bowl judgements.

The Holy Spirit revelation for me was that the golden censer was no longer needed for the prayers of the saints as the prayers of all the saints had been offered up. They were now raptured, the censer could be thrown to the earth filled with fire to initiate the wrath of God being poured out. 

The following email from Nelson Walters was confirmation and an encouragement.

Nelson Walters <nelson@thegospelintheendtimes.com> wrote:

Ron,  Brother, it is good to hear from you.

First, your observation about the censor is brilliant. YES, another proof. Holy Spirit stuff.

Second, glad your considering a voice over on the PPS (sermons for the end times church), which can be muted or played as desired. I use a Blue Yeti plug-in microphone which is easy to use. Cost about $100 or so, but super easy and high quality.

Nelson

LAWLESSNESS WILL ABOUND IN THE LAST DAYS

All over the USA young people are brazenly flouting the law, obstructing and assaulting law enforcement officers, and committing criminal acts in large groups. The following four reports give you a indication of the total disrespect for the law and the officers doing their best to enforce it. These young people are just doing whatever seems right in their own eyes. Sadly, similar things are happening all over the nation.

In this shocking video, NYPD officers can be seen being doused with buckets of water and pelted with projectiles as they tried to do their jobs (in one video, the officers were in the middle of making an arrest).

Dramatic video obtained from the Pleasant Prairie Police Department shows a group of ten shoplifters walk into the store, before quickly grabbing as many items as they can carry and rushing out.

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Police say a large group of males vandalised and looted a Walgreens Pharmacy on South Street after hitting a man in the head with a bottle on Thursday. Police say the incident happened on the Fourth of July around 10:25 p.m. on the 1800 block of South Street. Philadelphia police have released surveillance video showing dozens of teens vandalising and stealing from a South Street Walgreens.

Elsewhere in Philadelphia, a pack of teen girls was viciously attacking random female victims that they came across in the street, and video of the attacks caused quite a bit of outrage… The disturbing video shows the girls approaching their unsuspecting victims on the street before proceeding to slap them and wrestle them to the ground.