Events of the End Times

We are fast approaching the end of the allotted time for our existence – the end is near. That is a hackneyed saying, yet the closer that we come to the deadline that will signal the Lord Jesus’ return, the fewer are the people that seem to notice its approach! Our society seems to be cascading into a whirlpool of sin, and yet the justifications pour forward so that we may stray from and excuse what we all know to be right and true and just.

The most recent set of political machinations that promise to fulfill Biblical prophecy is the news that the Vatican is involved in negotiations with Israel. At this time, the discussions supposedly center on a piece of real estate that may be not only the Tomb of King David, but also the site of The Last Supper (aka The Cenacle). Although no-one is totally sure archeologically speaking of the authenticity of either location, the Vatican would like to obtain formal control over and the right to use the site. Nothing to be alarmed of about these discussions, whether or not they are successful. At least not if they are limited to the control of a single piece of property in Jerusalem.

 

The cause for concern is rather the larger issues may lay behind such a deal. Apparently it has been suggested, mostly behind the scenes, for several years now that the Vatican might help along the Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations by taking control of the entire city of Jerusalem. The idea being that they would then declare the following;

  • 1) Jerusalem is an open city to all faiths.
  • 2) It would then be acknowledged by all nations as the capitol of Israel and of Palestine.
  • 3) the United Nations would be the final overseer of the city, but it would leave the day-to-day control to the Pope and his Roman Catholic church empire.

This news should set alarm bells ringing in the minds of students of biblical prophecy. All the way back in 539 BC, Daniel was shown just such a situation where a “prince who was to come” would sign a treaty between Israel and “many nations” for a period of 7 years. His prophecy also specifies that this prince would be a later representative of the empire that would destroy Jerusalem and its Temple in 70 AD. Who was it that crushed Israel and murdered hundreds of thousands of Jews almost 2,000 years ago? It was the Roman Empire. And the Roman Catholic church is still the living representative of that empire today.

If the Vatican was to engineer such an arrangement with Israel to take control of Jerusalem, and simultaneously announce a 7  year peace treaty between Israel and the U.N., the Pope would then have fulfilled the requirements of be the prince mentioned in Daniel. Now, who could complain about such a set of developments – peace in the Middle East and Jerusalem as an open city for all to worship in? No-one is his or her right mind, surely.

Yet this is the very scenario that the Bible warns us of quite specifically.  In other places in the Bible, this prince who is to come is described with many other more unflattering names. He’s also called the “man of sin”, “the son of perdition”, “the beast” and “the AntiChrist”. He’s a person that we should all steer well clear of, and especially of his famous mark – the one that will be required by all in order to buy or sell in the end days. How could it be that a man as highly esteemed in the world as Pope Francis will wind up fulfilling the role of a universal dictator and the most evil man ever to exist? I can’t claim to know. In fact, I wish that the whole set of events that I’ve described above would never happen.

The final 7 years of mankind’s existence as described in the Book of Revelation are terrible to consider and even worse to think that they might be about become reality. I have read and studied the Bible’s description of the great tribulation many times. No-one in their right mind would ever hope or wish that those times might be near us under any circumstances.

And yet, for a born-again Christian like myself, the idea that those times might be near us, contain a wonderful promise. That promise is that the final 7 years called The Great Tribulation will be preceded by the return of the Lord Jesus, the Messiah of Israel and the Saviour of the World, to take His bride from this Earth into heaven. In a way, it doesn’t seem fair that a person like myself who can lay no claim to being any better than any other human being, will be taken out of the world into paradise, while all the poor remaining souls suffer here in tormentous times.

I am less worthy to avoid those times than many others, perhaps even than most. But for one critical, vital fact, I should face those 7 years myself. And that fact is this; I have accepted in my heart that the Lord Jesus stood in my place when He went to the cross at Calvary 2,000 years ago, that He shed His blood to save me, a sinner, by far an imperfect person. He still holds His heart open today to you. He stands at the door to your heart and knocks. If you invite Him in, He will enter and dine and stay within you forever.

Dave

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Middle East peace negotiations are a shadow of the future ….

The current (Dec 2013) round of Israeli/Palestinian peace talks are covered with the fingerprints and shadows of the end-time dictator described in the Bible as the antichrist. Just look at the following map of Defensible Borders as defined by the US Joint Chief of Staffs (USJCoS) – the highest military authority in the USA;

The above red coloured territory on the map should be included within Israel’s borders as per the USJCoS. But under the current Kerry/Obama peace plan, all of that land is assigned to the new Palestinian state!

Are Kerry and Obama serious about this division of land and expecting Israel to sign on the dotted line? There is no security for Israel within these borders. The central part of the country which contains the most populous city, Tel Aviv, is squeezed into a ludicrously narrow strip of land. And don’t forget, as if anyone could, that they are surrounded by enemies who continuously announce their ongoing intention to “wipe Israel off the map”. With these indefensible borders no doubt they will attempt to do just that as soon as the ink on the peace treaty is dry.

How does this bring the end-times and the Bible to mind? Let’s read the following quote from the Book of Daniel written in 539 BC;

“He (the antichrist) will confirm a covenant (a treaty) with many (nations, especially Israel) for one (period of ) seven (years). In the middle of the seven (after 3 1/2 years) he will put an end to sacrifice and offering (the ceremonies in the Jewish Temple). And at the temple (which has been rebuilt – the 3rd Temple) he will set up an abomination (he will declare himself to be god) that causes desolation, until the end (after 7 years) that is decreed is poured out on him (destruction and punishment).” Daniel 9:27. (1)

Current events in the negotiations between the Israeli and Palestinian representatives, which are being forced upon both parties by the US and BDS activities (2), eerily echo Daniel’s prophecy. On Monday December 30th, 2013, the Israeli Minister of Justice, Tzipi Livni, one of Israel’s negotiators, made the following statement regarding a possible collapse of the talks;

“The question is not whether or not there is a partner [for peace]. We need to set a goal and act, and if there is no Palestinian partner – we must sign an agreement with the world,” she said.” (my emphasis) (3).

Sign an agreement with the world! And such a situation could indeed occur, but only if there is a leader who is charismatic and persuasive enough to convince both sides that he has the authority and power to make stand such an agreement. Or perhaps covenant would be a better word for it? Just as Daniel prophecied over 2,500 years ago … “he will confirm a covenant … for 7 years”.

Normally one would be inclined to say, what’s wrong with a powerful, convincing and influential leader coming forward, at just this point perhaps, and convincing everyone involved; Israel, the Palestinians, the USA, Russia, the EU and the Arab League to sign a peace treaty (a covenant) that will guarantee everyone’s security in the Middle East for the next 7 years? It’s great, except for the catch – this leader has more than one name. I can’t tell you what name he (and it will be a he) will use initially. I can only tell you the names that the Bible uses for him, and they aren’t what you would exactly call complimentary. Here are a few of them;

– The man of sin.

– The antichrist.

– The son of perdition (spiritual ruin).

Although he will convince these enemy countries to sign a peace treaty for 7 years, it will only last for the first 3 1/2 years. He will allow Israel to rebuild it’s Temple in Jerusalem, and permit them to re-initiate their religious ceremonies and sacrifices in it, but after the first half of the treaty is complete, all hell will literally break loose on Earth. The Bible describes this last 3 1/2 year period as the Great Tribulation, a period of such horrific disturbance that if it were not cut short by God himself, not one person would be left alive.

The Bible warns us to watch out for this man of sin – he will arise quickly, using and leading a 10 nation confederacy as his base of power. Tzipi Livni unknowingly lined herself up with both Hebrew Bible and New Testament prophecy by suggesting that it may be necessary to sign an agreement with a leader who will seek to control the world.

Dave

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Sir Fred Hoyle … an atheist?

Sir Fred Doyle was a famous astronomer who originally coined the term “The Big Bang”. He was an atheist.
 
Sir Fred Hoyle
Fred Hoyle.jpg
Born (1915-06-24)24 June 1915 Gilstead, Bingley, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Died 20 August 2001(2001-08-20) (aged 86) Bournemouth, England
 
However, Dr. Hoyle also made the following statement about the creation of the carbon atom;
 
Would you not say to yourself, “Some super-calculating intellect must have designed the properties of the carbon atom, otherwise the chance of my finding such an atom through the blind forces of nature would be utterly minuscule. A common sense interpretation of the facts suggests that a superintellect has monkeyed with physics, as well as with chemistry and biology, and that there are no blind forces worth speaking about in nature. The numbers one calculates from the facts seem to me so overwhelming as to put this conclusion almost beyond question.” – Fred Hoyle
 
According to Hoyle’s analysis, the probability of cellular life evolving was about one-in-1040,000 The resulting odds are so incredibly huge as to be impossible. As a result, Hoyle stated that the most likely scenario was that “the origin of life on earth had come from preexisting life in space“.
 
As a born again Christian, I agree with him. The Bible states;
 
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” and of Jesus, “All things came into being through Him“.
 
None of us were created by accident or by random chance, as Sir Fred Hoyle’s statistic clearly proves. In fact, the Bible states in many places that God knew each one of us as, and even before, we were conceived in our mother’s womb.
 
Jesus told this parable in the book of Matthew;
 
The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.
 
You are the treasure in the field. When Jesus found you, he hid you again to keep you safe. In His joy at finding you, He gave up everything that He had in heaven to come to earth in the form of a man. He willingly allowed Himself to be whipped, tortured and then crucified, just so that He might redeem your soul from sin and allow you to live in paradise with Him for eternity. The book of Timothy states it as follows;
 
For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people.
 
If you would like to start your life over again, you can do it by giving your heart over to Jesus, the Messiah of Israel and the Saviour of mankind. Pray the following prayer and if you are sincere, He will change your life forever;

 

Dear Lord,  I admit that I am a sinner.  I have done many things that don’t please you.  I have lived my life for myself.  I am sorry and I repent.  I ask you to forgive me.  I believe that you died on the cross for me, to save me.  You did what I could not do for myself.  I come to you now and ask you to take control of my life, I give it to you.   Help me to live every day in a way that pleases you.  I love you, Lord, and I thank you that I will spend all eternity with you.

Amen.
 
 
If you prayed the above, then you are a born again Christian! If you’re wondering what to do next as a new Christian, check out these helpful suggestions:
 
 
In Jesus’ name,
 
Dave
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Proof that God exists, or Science and the Bible

God is real. He’s the same God that the Bible describes, and naturally we can find and see Him in his creation, the Universe, the World, everything around us shouts out to His existence. How can I make those statements logically, without requiring a leap of faith into the unknown? Well the God that I’m talking about also created logic, the step upon step process by which we’re able to perceive and know anything, including the world around us. Therefore it only makes sense that we should be able to use that same tool to establish the truth about His substance and being.

Nothing Plus Nothing Equals Nothing

This would seem to be an obvious assertion of fact, but you’d be surprised at how many seemingly intelligent people trip themselves up on this one. This principle underlies all rational thought and is undisputed by every scientist – in Mathematics, it’s 0 + 0 = 0. So when we look at the creation of the universe, any theory attempting to explain its origin must be based on, or at least include, this basic concept. Let’s examine the current and most popular contender, the Big Bang Theory. Unfortunately most people have the idea that this concept is a compete explanation of how the universe and the planet we live on came into existence. Nothing could be further from the truth. Here’s how a Wikipedia entry on the subject covers the issue;

“There is little evidence regarding the absolute earliest instant of the expansion. Thus, the Big Bang theory cannot and does not provide any explanation for such an initial condition; rather, it describes and explains the general evolution of the universe going forward from that point on.” (1)

The reason why scientists shy away from attempting to explain the “absolute earliest instant” is that they know, all too well, that Nothing plus Nothing equals Nothing. The Big Bang assumes that the primary elements that were involved were all in existence prior to the initial explosion. Obviously they had to be – you can’t have an interaction between elements if they weren’t there in the first place.

Consequently, even if one accepts the Big Bang Theory as fact, we are still left to ponder the following; what force was around prior to the Bang to create those vital first components? There had to be one, and of logical consequence that force needed to be greater in power and outside of the universe which it created. Just as you and I are greater than anything we build and cause to come into being, such as shoes, or windscreen wipers, and such, that same principle applies to the creator of the elements required for the Big Bang. It must have been greater than the matter it brought into being.

In fact, it’s logical to assume a whole boatload of facts about this creator, one of which is that there’s absolutely no reason to expect that this entity isn’t still in existence. And wouldn’t it have had a purpose in initiating this whole chain of events that wound up in our presence here on earth? Wouldn’t it also make sense for that originator of everything we see and know to have made itself known to its creation, to you and me? It has, you know, and that legacy and history of how and why we were brought into being is contained in a book still in existence – it’s called The Bible.

It tells a remarkable story of how we were made after the image of the Creator Himself, how we made a fateful decision to rebel against His initial instructions, and how we have as a result subsequently suffered illness, sorrow and ultimately Death itself. But there is some good news and a potential for a joyful ending to this woeful story of disobedience; the Creator foresaw all these events and their consequences and decided to send His one and only son to pay a ransom for our failings. His son’s name was Jesus, the Messiah of Israel, and the Bible tells us that we can return into fellowship with our Creator by opening our heart to His son;

“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” (2)

I did this over 32 years ago and it has been a never-ending source of joy and happiness to me ever since. I can only hope and pray that you do too.

In Jesus’ name,

Dave

(1) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Bang

(2) Romans 10:9-10 http://biblehub.com/niv/romans/10.htm

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Sodom and Gomorrah: Why God destroyed them

I think that we have all heard or read the text from Genesis 19 where the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah is attributed to it’s sexual sin. But as Paul Harvey would have said – here’s the rest of the story;

The sins of those two towns doesn’t begin and end with Genesis 19. For a glimpse at the remainder of the tale, we need to look at Ezek 16:49. It reads as follows;

“‘Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy.”

I think that it’s easy for us to condemn homosexuals – their sin is so obvious on the outside and they are an easy mark for us to focus on. We also sin similarly, but on the inside, where nobody except God can see. Jesus said that whenever we look at a woman with lust in our heart, we commit adultery. Think of pornography, have you looked at pornography in the last month or two? Have you looked at a woman in the supermarket, or in the street, and entertained lust in your heart? Then don’t criticize homosexuals, it is hypocrisy. Jesus condemned the Pharisees most severely for doing just this.

If this (pornography) isn’t America’s worst sin, then it’s the next one; “arrogant, overfed and unconcerned – they didn’t help the poor and needy”. Gluttony (being overfed) is listed as one of the worst of sins, as in Phil 3:18-19;

“For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears,many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things.”

You haven’t heard these verses preached on in your church lately, have you? It might upset some of the paying customers in their seats. We, as the church, have to repent of our own sins – pull first the plank from our own eye, then after we have fixed that, concern ourselves with the splinter in our homosexual brother’s eye. And not by condemning him or her, but by praying for them!

Dave

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The Emergence of The Maitreya ….

I came across this description of “The Maitreya’s” (aka the anti-christ?) Emergence in a book written by Benjamin Creme, his front man, or perhaps more correctly, his John the Baptist.

For those who are interested in the possible emergence of the anti-christ, The Maitreya certainly qualifies in every aspect that I’ve been able to determine. Satan has been planning this event since at least the 1890’s, and The Maitreya has contacts galore within all the major governments and especially within the media.
His front organization, Share International, claims that he has made over 100 appearances on the TV and in the media in the USA, Mexico and Brazil. He is currently anonymous and supposedly appearing on media outlets in Russia. The following account tells of how and when he plans on revealing himself to the general public;
 
Day of Declaration
 
When the world stock markets collapse – as soon as it is obvious
that they are on their final plunge – Maitreya will
emerge. He will take up an invitation to appear on a major television
network in the United States. The invitation has already
been issued, but Maitreya will determine the timing of the interview.
 
After the initial interview, all the networks will want
to interview Him. However, He will not be introduced as
Maitreya or the Christ, but simply as a man of extraordinary
wisdom and love. 
 
Maitreya does not come as a religious teacher, but as a spiritual
teacher. We have to broaden our idea of what ‘spiritual’
is. We have to spiritualize every aspect of our lives.
The problem is the commercialization of all aspects of life.
We say it in two words – market forces. 
 
Market forces are the
excuse for everything that we do. Maitreya says commercialization
is more dangerous to the world than an atomic bomb.
When we share the produce of the world more equitably,
we at a stroke make war and terrorism a thing of the past. We
create the conditions of trust. When we have trust, we can sit
down and work out the answer to every problem.
 
Thus will Maitreya speak. Look for such a man speaking in
those terms, much more eloquently and simply than I have
done. If you believe that He is speaking truly, make it your
work to be the first to change, the first to sacrifice.
When enough people are following, not Maitreya, but the
thoughts, the ideas, the advice of Maitreya, He will be invited
to speak to the entire world on what we will call the Day of
Declaration. 
 
On that day Maitreya will appear on the television
sets of everyone at the same time throughout the world.
He will address the world, but will not actually speak.
Maitreya is omniscient and omnipresent, and will create
during this time a telepathic rapport with every adult in the
world. Everyone will hear Maitreya’s thoughts, His ideas, His
hopes, His plans for the future, telepathically, inwardly in their
own language. The Japanese will hear Him in Japanese, the
French in French, the Germans in German, the Chinese in
Chinese, and so on. 
 
He will tell humanity about itself, about
how old we are, how long we have been evolving to this relative
point (not so high as we think). He will show what lies
ahead, the science of the future.
Maitreya will show the high level from which we have
fallen, into the mediocrity of materialism today. And He will
show the way forward, through the acceptance of the principle
of sharing, declaring our sense of the one brotherhood and sisterhood
of humanity, enabling us to set out again on the
spiritual path, the path that leads not to competition but to oneness.
 
That is what the New Age is about, the Age of Synthesis.
Synthesis means the drawing together and creation of oneness,
a unity out of disparate parts. You will find that is the aim of
the evolutionary process: unity in diversity, the greatest diversity
in the fullness of unity.
 
While He is speaking, Maitreya’s energy will flow out in
tremendous potency through the hearts of all humanity. This
will evoke an intuitive, heartfelt response to the message. On
the physical plane there will be hundreds of thousands of spontaneous
miracle healings throughout the world. In these three
ways you will know that that One and, of course, only that
One, is Maitreya Buddha, the Christ, the Imam Mahdi, Kalki
Avatar, Krishna, Messiah, by whatever name He is looked for
and awaited. That day will define the entire future for humanity.
 
Benjamin Creme
London, March 2008″ http://share-international.org/books?d=AOH
 
 
The apostle Paul speaks of just such a man in his Second Letter to the Thessalonian Church. Paul warns them as follows;
 
Events prior to the Lord’s Second Coming – verses 1 – 12
“1. Now, dear brothers and sisters, let us clarify some things about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and how we will be gathered to meet him.
2. Don’t be so easily shaken or alarmed by those who say that the day of the Lord has already begun. Don’t believe them, even if they claim to have had a spiritual vision, a revelation, or a letter supposedly from us.
3. Don’t be fooled by what they say. For that day will not come until there is a great rebellion against God and the man of lawlessness is revealed—the one who brings destruction.
4. He will exalt himself and defy everything that people call god and every object of worship. He will even sit in the temple of God, claiming that he himself is God.
5. Don’t you remember that I told you about all this when I was with you?
6. And you know what is holding him back, for he can be revealed only when his time comes.
7. For this lawlessness is already at work secretly, and it will remain secret until the one who is holding it back steps out of the way.
8. Then the man of lawlessness will be revealed, but the Lord Jesus will kill him with the breath of his mouth and destroy him by the splendor of his coming.
9. This man will come to do the work of Satan with counterfeit power and signs and miracles.
10. He will use every kind of evil deception to fool those on their way to destruction, because they refuse to love and accept the truth that would save them.
11. So God will cause them to be greatly deceived, and they will believe these lies.
12. Then they will be condemned for enjoying evil rather than believing the truth.”

(II Thess 2:1-12).

None of us can be certain that The Maitreya is the man of lawlessness that Paul speaks of. But if it walks like a duck, and it quacks like a duck, …..

Love In Jesus’ Name

Dave
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The Maitreya – A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

Jesus warned us to watch only for Him, and that many will come in an attempt to deceive mankind by using His Name (John 10:1-18). Is such a deceiver waiting in the wings at this very moment, and is his name Maitreya, the supposed “World Teacher”?

Let’s examine some of the attributes and names that Maitreya claims;

  • “The Christ, Messiah, the fifth Buddha, Krishna, Kalki Avatar or the Imam Mahdi”.
  • “The World Teacher and Head of a Spiritual Hierarchy”.
  • “A man without fault”.
  • “The Lord of Love”.
  • “There has never been an Avatar, a Teacher, of such potency as Maitreya”.
  • “The head of the kingdom of souls”.
  • “The Divine Will, Love, Wisdom and Intelligence of God”.

And on, and on, and on. All the above quoted from Share International, an on-line and printed magazine that “covers news, events, and comments bearing on the priorities of Maitreya, the World Teacher”.

The leading light of Share International is a gentleman by the name of Benjamin Creme. He is the Maitreya’s front man and he talks much like a clone of John the Baptist, minus the locust, wild honey and camel’s hair.

All the above should be enough to; 1 – make your hair stand on end, or 2 – question this man’s grasp on reality. As Jesus said in Matthew 24;

Don’t let anyone mislead you, for many will come in my name, claiming, “I am the Messiah. And – if anyone tells you, “Look, here is the Messiah,” or “There he is,” don’t believe it. For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and perform great signs and wonders …. See, I have warned you about this ahead of time. v4-5, v23-25.

Despite the above, the Maitreya and Share International actually have an excellent, sounding platform for world change and reorganization. In my next post, I will start to get into the details of their plan, and show how this all has been predicted in the Bible.

In Jesus’ Name,

Dave

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