Apocalyptic Events in the Endtimes
The word Apocalyptic is an adjective that describes the terrible things that are found in the Bible, as in the book of Revelation. The Greek word for Revelation is the noun Apocalypse. The word Apocalyptic is used to describe events that are very terrible, evil, horrible, destructive, cataclysmic, widespread, unprecedented, and inexplicable. The Hebrew word Armageddon is the place of the final great war Re16:16. Armageddon is also used by many writers to describe a meltdown or collapse! Both words, Apocalyptic and Armageddon, are now being used more frequently in the media to describe unusual and cataclysmic world events.
For example, Japan in 2011, suffered an Apocalyptic earthquake, tsunami, and a nuclear Armageddon. America now has an Apocalyptic debt and is facing a financial Armageddon. The PIIGS countries in Europe– Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greek and Spain, are also facing financial Armageddon. In summer 2010, Russia had an Apocalyptic wildfire, Pakistan, an Apocalyptic flood for nearly 30 days and N. Australia, an Apocalyptic rainfall of 30 to 50 inches. In January 2011 both Australia and Brazil suffered Apocalyptic mudslides. For the past winters and very recently, Japan, Europe, Russia, and the US have experienced extreme Apocalyptic winter storms.
In February a very heavy blizzard blasted the northeast US. The Weather Central dubbed this snowstorm of historic proportion, Winter Storm NEMO, which is OMEN spelt backwards. Why are terrible, strange, and seemingly Apocalyptic things happening today? Is God responsible for these Apocalyptic storms and Apocalyptic natural disasters happening today? The only definitive and reliable answers come from the Word of God, the Holy Bible! What is happening in the world today was foretold thousands of years ago!
The study of eschatology is the study of the end times or the end of things. Jesus and the prophets spoke often of the end times. Jesus warned in Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21, and in the book of Revelation what would happen in the end. We are nearing the time of their fulfillment! From the Bible chronologically, the time of the first man Adam till today is about 6000 years. After that, God will establish His kingdom on earth with the 1000-year reign of Jesus Christ. God’s 6000 year plan for mankind, and man’s government is coming to an end because our world is filled with greed, wickedness, corruption, and immorality. Jesus and the prophets prophesied of God’s judgment to come. Jeremiah wrote ‘.. at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation’ Je10:10.
Jesus Christ- the Apocalyptic Power of the Universe
Jesus said ‘..All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth’ Mt28:18. Jesus upholds ‘.. all things by the Word of his Power’ Heb1:3. Thus, Jesus is all-powerful. He can declare or stop something from happening, by just speaking the Word, as in the Genesis 1 creation account, and then in calming the stormy sea Mk4:39. Jesus knew of the violent earthquake that occurred off Japan, and had the power to mitigate it, but He didn’t. The Apocalyptic 9.0 earthquake that struck Japan just 2 years ago is an example of God’s divine judgment and wrath. In an instant, millions of lives were affected in Japan. God is in total control even though many don’t acknowledge this or fear Him. But the main point here is, why is God so angry? He10:31 declares ‘It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God’; He12:29 ‘.. our God is a consuming fire’. Jesus said ‘Heaven and earth Shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away’ Mt24:35. Why is God so angry, wrathful, and desiring to destroy the earth? God is angry because man is very sinful, irredeemable, has rejected Him, and even dares to defy Him!
God’s Past Record of Apocalyptic Destruction
About 1500 years after Adam and Eve were created and the earth became populated, God sent an unprecedented Apocalyptic flood to destroy all mankind, except for Noah and his family. Ge6:5-6 state ‘..GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.. it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart’. Around 1900BC, God also destroyed two cities, namely Sodom and Gomorrah ‘..because their sin was very grievous’ Ge18:20. Their sin was widespread homosexuality, or more precisely Sodomy. God rained down brimstone and fire from heaven that destroyed the cities and everyone, except for Lot and his two daughters. God also smote ‘all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast’ Ex12:12.
These are just a few examples. Does God really do evil? Is45:7 states ‘I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and CREATE EVIL: I the LORD do all these things’. Incidentally, America is fast becoming the United States of Sodom and Gomorrah as many states and even churches are opting toward same-sex marriages! On June 26, 2013 the US Supreme Court overturned the Defense of the Marriage Act (DOMA) which Congress defined marriage as only between a man and a woman in 1996, and legalized Same-Sex Marriages; much like the Supreme Court in 2003 declared all sodomy laws to be unconstitutional, thus legalizing Sodomy throughout America! Isaiah the Prophet wrote ‘Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!’ Is5:20. In the date June 26, 2013, one can see the devil’s number 666 written in it Re13:18: June the sixth month, 6 found in 26, and 2013 adding up to another 6= 666.
Jesus Christ- the Author of the Apocalypse, the Book of Revelation
The book of the Apocalypse is steep in metaphors and symbolism because when John the Apostle then transcribed what Jesus told him, John did not know how to describe things such as modern warfare, nuclear explosions, radiation, electronic communications, computers, cars, airplanes, helicopters, etc. But one thing is certain, Revelation is a book of judgment, of death and destruction, and of the end of the world, as we now know it! There are the ‘four horsemen of the Apocalypse’ bringing war, famine, death, destruction, and hell to the earth Re6. A great multitude of believers, left behind after the Rapture from ‘all nations and kindreds, and people, and tongues’, will be slain in the coming Great Tribulation Re7:9,14. It will last for 1260 days, 42 months, or 3 ½ years during the reign of the AntiChrist and the False Prophet Re13:5,11.
There will be Apocalyptic and cataclysmic events occurring over large parts of the earth; a 3rd of the trees and grass will be on fire, and the 3rd part of the sea will be bloody, living creatures died, ships destroyed Re8:7,8. The 3rd part of the waters became poisonous and ‘many men died of the waters’ v10,11. Even the sun, moon, and the stars will be affected such that ‘a 3rd part of them was darkened’ v12. Re8:10 speaks of a ‘nuclear bomb’, a star called ‘Wormwood’ falling, causing widespread nuclear radiation, nuclear contamination, and death. If that was not enough, Re8:13 tells of three more terrible ‘Woes’ coming afterwards to the inhabitants of the earth. The book of the Apocalypse truly describes the end of the world!
God’s Warning- A Call to Repentance and to Return to God
When Jesus Christ first came on the scene in Judea, he preached ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: REPENT ye, and believe the gospel’ Mk1:14. What is repentance or to repent? It is to turn from our wrong and sinful ways, immoral or evil ways, etc., and return to God. It is to reconsider our ways and to reverse our course of action,ask for forgiveness, and to turn to God! 2Co7:10 tells ‘For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation.. but the sorrow of the world worketh death’. Jesus said ‘.. except ye REPENT, ye shall all likewise perish’ Lk13:3. Only true repentance will save us from our sins. It is not just a matter of being sorry for being caught, but being truly sorry for doing wrong and to cease from it. 1Jn1:9 states ‘If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness’. Since we are all sinners, God is ever ready to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all of them, providing we repent! But Tomorrow may be too late!
God’s Great Plan For the Endtimes- Apocalyptic Shaking, Judgment, and Destruction
The Bible states that everything that can be shaken will be shaken; ‘..that those things that cannot be shaken may remain’ Heb12: 27. God said ‘.. Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; and I will shake all nations’ Hag2:6,7; ‘I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger’ Is13:13. Peter wrote ‘But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up’ 2Pe3:10.
For some people in Japan, the end of the world was on 11 Mar 2011 around 2:30 pm. In a split-second, a horrible triple disaster began. The ground opened up in the ocean 45 miles east of Japan causing the 5th highest ever recorded earthquake of 9.0, which in turn caused a tsunami in some places of over 100 feet that destroyed many eastern coastal towns in Japan, with strong surges of seawater going as far as 6 miles inland. A part of the seaside town of Sendai, nearest the quake, was a heap of rubble in a massive pile of debris. The earthquake ruptured the nuclear power plants in Fukushima and caused an Apocalyptic meltdown, and the widespread of cancerous radiation. Many places within a 20 miles radius were contaminated, and may be 85 times worse than the nuclear meltdown in Chernobyl, Russia in 1986. What happened in Japan was absolutely horrible- nearly 20,000 killed or missing; over 150,000 still displaced from their homes, buildings, cars, boats crushed like paper toys in an Apocalyptic tsunami– the costliest natural disaster ever recorded in the world exceeding $235 billion.
The Twin Disastrous Earthquakes of Christchurch, New Zealand- Sep 2010 and Feb 2011
The apostle Peter wrote ‘For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?’ 1Pe4:17,18. Was it a coincidence that in a town named Christchurch, two very damaging earthquakes occurred five months apart? Is God speaking to the churches today? A strong 7.1 earthquake struck on Sep 3, 2010. Because miraculously no one was killed despite the extensive damage, Andrew Strom, a New Zealand preacher of righteousness, attempted to organize a ‘praise and worship rally’ to publicly thank God for sparing them. Strom had the support of the Christchurch City Council and the Christian radio station, but ran into opposition when the main networking Christians leaders, a number of prominent pastors and Christian worship bands in Christchurch, told him to count them out. They did not see the need for any public acknowledgement of thanks to God, though the secular press and politicians had called it a miracle that no one died.
Strom also spoke to the Dean of the Anglican Christchurch Cathedral who told him he could not use the adjacent city square for a worship event. Months later on Feb 21, 2011, a 2nd earthquake of 6.3 occurred. It killed nearly 200 people and left the city in even greater ruins. The iconic Anglican Christchurch Cathedral, unscathed in the 1st quake, laid in ruins with its high steeple fallen over and the church building severely damaged. Now why would God do such a thing as devastate his own church?
Consequences in Dividing God’s Covenant Land- Israel
If contrary to the Bible, America seeks to divide Israel by imposing ‘a peace treaty’ on her with her Arab neighbors, God will also divide America! This is God’s law of reciprocity- ‘Be not deceived; whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap’ Ga6:7. Over a dozen Apocalyptic events have been documented by two Christian authors, John McTernan and Bill Koenig, whenever America took significant adverse action against Israel, or supported those that sought to destroy her. In his book, ‘Eye to Eye– Facing the Consequences of Dividing Israel’, Bill Koenig stated that whenever the US applied major pressure on Israel to divide her land, a major catastrophe occurred within days to our shores. For over 20 years now, each time a US president forced Israel to divide the covenant land that God gave to Israel through Abraham, God visited America with an Apocalyptic disaster, such as a strong hurricane or storm, extensive flooding, a great earthquake, or severe tornadoes.
The 1991 ‘Perfect Storm’ that battered Pres. Bush Sr. summer home in Kennebunkport, ME, the 1994 Northridge Earthquake near Los Angeles, the 2004 Hurricane Andrew in Florida, and 2005 Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, and the 2011 violent tornadoes in Joplin, MO, are some examples of this causal disaster relationship between Israel and America. Pres. Bush Sr. was the 1st US President to call for a ‘land for peace agreement’, and Bush Jr., the 1st to call for a ‘Palestinian State’; both contrary to the Bible and a curse to America! God told Abraham, ‘..I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee.. in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed’ Gen12: 3.
A curse will come to any nation who seeks to divide Israel! Superstorm Sandy- the Angry Fury of God’s Wrath Superstorm Sandy, a hybrid Apocalyptic winter storm which ravaged the NE, US, just 5 months ago in late Oct 2012 is a good example of God’s disdain for those who oppose Israel’s bid for survival. In order to stop Iran’s development of their nuclear weapons, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought America’s political support in drawing a ‘harder red line’ against Iran, to halt further nuclear development! Pres. Obama not only refused to do so, but also snubbed Netanyahu who wanted to meet with him on 27 Sep 2012 while visiting the nearby UN in New York City. To further exacerbate the issue, Obama authorized $1.5 billion financial aid to Egypt, whose new president had threatened to march on, calling for ‘a million martyrs’ to attack Jerusalem.
Because of America’s disrespect and lack of support of Israel, and our giving aid to her enemies, America again had incurred the wrath of God. Thus, God created an Apocalyptic storm- Superstorm Sandy, to chasten and humble America! Sandy was one of the most costly storms to strike the US, with damages amounting over $100 billion, and with many lives totally displaced and hurting!
There is a major fault line in America’s heartland, which cuts through 4 states AR, MO, TN, KY, 20 times larger than the San Andreas Fault in CA. From Dec 1811 to Feb 1812, the New Madrid Fault, experienced very strong series of earthquakes, estimated between 7.5 to 8.0 magnitude. They were so violent that church bells as far as Boston rang, and chimneys in Maine toppled! It caused the great Mississippi River to flow backwards and flooded great areas of land! There have been 7 prophetic warnings of a terrible New Madrid Fault Earthquake to occur soon. The message here is that God may also divide America into two, if America betrays Israel and side with her enemies, or force Israel to give up her land!
In one of the warnings in 2008, Pastor John Kilpatrick, had a nightmare in which he woke up shaking and his teeth clattering, when he saw America literally split into two. Kilpatrick was given 2 place names, INDIANOLA and EUROPA, which after some researching, found these two old towns to lie right on the NEW MADRID FAULT LINE! Whether this or another APOCALYPTIC EVENT will occur remains to be seen, but time is running out on America for her pernicious deeds against Israel! Ps121:2 tells ‘Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep’. Zech2:8 states ‘for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye’. God Almighty will fight for the tiny nation of Israel, the apple of His eye, in the final battle of Armageddon of the endtimes described in Zech12:2,3 and Zech14:1-3! Maranatha- the Lord Jesus Christ cometh! 3/20/13 UPDATE- Latest White House’s View on Jerusalem http://www.wnd.com/2013/03/white-house-map-of-israel-erases-jerusalem-biblical-territories/
(Author’s note May 2, 2015: This paper was written in March 2013, over two years ago. Since then there have been many other Apocalyptic events occurring throughout the world. One event was Super Typhoon Haiyan devastating Central Philippines in Nov. 2013. Now after 4 years April 2015, California is experiencing an Apocalyptic drought, where the entire state has only about a year’s supply of water left. Gov. Jerry Brown has mandated a 25% cut-back on water consumption under severe monetary fines.
The Big question is ‘where will the 38 million people in California move to when they run out of water?’ Another Big question is ‘What will happen when the next Big Earthquake strike California, as many scientists have warned that it will occur very soon?’ Also, just a few days ago, an Apocalyptic 7.8 Earthquake struck Kathmandu, Nepal, with dead numbering over 6,000. This was the first strong earthquake in those parts in 80 years. FINALLY ‘WHERE CAN ONE FLEE THE WRATH OF GOD?’ Ro1:18.)
APOCALYPTIC SIGNS OF THE ENDTIMES
There are many apocalyptic signs today heralding that we are living in the last days. This post is Part II, continuation of The Last Days of the Last Age Before Jesus Christ Returns Part I that began over two weeks ago. It was postponed in order to write about Superstorm Sandy- the Angry Fury of God’s Wrath. Sandy wreaked great havoc and unimaginable suffering over the large northeast population corridor of the US. Because God is in control of the world and the weather, Sandy was a sure sign of God’s displeasure and judgment upon America- for rejecting Him and forsaking His ways.
AMERICA IN DEEP DECLINE AND UNDER GREAT FINANCIAL DISTRESS
The American people have recently chosen whom they want to lead them as their president for the next four years, and this is what he faces- an America in decline and under great financial distress! Even now, it has been reported that for October 2012 the US budget deficit was $120 billion. Before the year 2008, this DOLLAR amount would have been considered a terrible deficit for any given year. But it now appears that the US is heading for its fifth $1 trillion budget deficit in as many years in FY2013, in runaway spending and shortage of tax receipts! In just 4 years, our national debt in a runaway mode has ballooned 60% from $10 trillion to $16 trillion. The US budget deficit will soon bring about a sharp downgrade of the US Treasury Bond rating, causing interest rates to rise sharply, the FRB Zero Interest Rate Policy (ZIRP) not withstanding. It will further exacerbate our weakening US economy, bring further disdain and weakness to the US$ as the world’s reserve currency, and cause a deeper recession!
America’s Coming Fiscal Cliff has now come front and center stage in our nation’s political and economic life, and the US Congress that has brought us this problem with their reckless spending over the decades, is now hard pressed to decide what to do to prevent America from crashing and burning over the cliff! Proverbs 29:2 states ‘When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn‘.
Will America and the rest of the world survive a financial collapse or is it already too late? Will the situation in the Middle East quiet down, or an apocalyptic war will soon break out at any minute? Will the nations of the world armed to their teeth with nuclear warheads refrain from using them, or will they be employed as ‘weapons of last resort’? Here we will look at the signs pointing out that we are living in the last days of the last age before Jesus Christ returns.
SIGNIFICANT SIGNS OF THE LAST AGE BEFORE JESUS CHRIST RETURNS
The Bible characterizes the end of this age as when travel and knowledge shall be increased. The angel Gabriel told the prophet Daniel, ‘But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the TIME OF THE END; for many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased’ Dan4:12. With the advent of the Jet Age travel and the Computer Age, this prophecy given 2500 years ago is now being fulfilled today in the ‘TIME OF THE END‘! Here are some significant accounts and Bible prophecies fulfilled during the past 70 years since World War II that tell us that we are living in the last days of the last age of man’s incompetent and corrupt rule upon the earth:
- Age of Genocide– 1940s during WWII. Persecution. Germans slaughtered 6 million Jews; 3 million in Poland alone, just for being Jews.
- Age of the Mighty US$, the World Reserve Currency– 1944 agreed upon by 44 nations at Bretton Woods NH; supplanting the British Pound Sterling. US$ exchangeable into gold!
- The Atomic Age Began– Aug 1945, 2 small atomic bombs just 20 kilotons each destroyed two cities in Japan, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and killed nearly 250,000.
- World War II Ends in 1945– 45 million killed during war. Germany surrendered in May 1945; Japan Sep 2, 1945. For America, World War II lasted less than 4 yrs; began Dec 7, 1941.
- One World Government Arises– the United Nations formed on 26 June 1945.
- Israel A Nation– Became a nation after 2500 years of exile by UN declaration 14 May 1948. Is66:8 fulfilled ‘..shall a nation be born at once?’
- The Space Age Began– Russian launched Sputnik satellite in 1957. Neil Armstrong, 1st man on the moon Jul 1969. Hubble telescope launched 1990 to unlock the secrets of the universe.
- Israel Takes Control of Jerusalem- for 1st time in 2500 years, during the 6-day war of June 5, 1967. The times of the Gentiles fulfilled Lk21:24.
- Age of Weapons of Mass Destruction– In 1960s Russia test exploded a 100-megaton bomb, 5000 times stronger than those that fell on Japan.
- Today’s Nuclear Club Nations– US, Russia, UK, France, China, Israel, India, Iran, Pakistan, and N. Korea. Over 22,000 nuclear warheads now stockpiled!
- The Computer Age– Widespread use of high-speed computers began in 1960’s. Internet use has become ubiquitous since the 1990s.
- Age of Jet Travel- Also began in the 1960’s. Fulfillment of Da12:4- knowledge shall increase and people will travel greatly and widely!
- Age of Atheism-1962 Madelyn O’Hare expelled prayer, the Bible, and God from US public schools; The Pledge of Allegiance survived and still mentions America under God!
- Rise of Islam and Eastern Religions- U.S. and around world. Many Christians departing from the faith; great falling away 1Ti4:1, 2Th2:3.
- Age of Worthless US$$- 1971 Pres. Nixon closed gold window and denied foreign gov’ts from exchanging US$$ into gold. Since then, US$ is no longer backed by anything! It is just paper.
- Age of Abortion– 1973 US legalized abortion and 50 million babies killed the past 40 years. Worldwide- Estimated 46 million abortions annually.
- Age of AIDS and SARS- Since 1981 AIDS 15m deaths, 40m now infected. SARS– Spring 2003- 8000 infected, 735 deaths.
- Age of Pedophiles– Since 1990s Catholic Church embroiled in pedophilia scandal. Oct 2003 Boston archdiocese paid $85M to 120 people. Many litigations and suits still pending.
- The Internet Age– Since 1995 everyone wired together by the Internet- proliferation of email, information, web sites, and pornography.
- Age of Witchcraft- 2000 Harry Potter books open millions of children to witchcraft, seducing spirits and doctrines of devils 1Ti4:1. Halloween becoming a bigger holiday than Christmas!
- Age of International Terrorism– World Trade Center bombing 9/11/2001, 2726 killed. Twin Towers destroyed within one hour Re18:10,17,18. Increase in suicide bombings worldwide, Spain, London, Indonesia, Philippines..
- War On Terrorism– US invades Afghanistan Oct 2001 (still ongoing), and Iraq Mar 2003. Iraq War lasted 9 years and finally ended in 2012- twice as long as WWII!
- Age of Sodomy- Gay Sex decriminalized Summer 2003 by US Supreme Court. Gay Episcopal Bishop allowed Aug 6, 2003. Other protestant denominations also allow for homosexual ministers!
- Age of Legalized Gay Marriages – Since 2003, America goes gay! Nov 2012 20 states in US allow for Gay Marriages (9 states +DC) and for Civil Unions (11 other states).
- Great Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami. Dec 2004 a 9.3 earthquake and waves up to 100 ft caused over 275,000 deaths in 15 countries.
- US Hit by Many Hurricanes– 2004 Hurricanes Charlie, Frances, Ivan, Jeanne. 2005 Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Sam and Wilma.
- Oil Prices Soar $147 per Barrel– July 2008. May go higher if Israel makes a preemptive strike on Iran nuclear capabilities and war comes to the Middle East.
- The 2008 Subprime Mortgage Crash– Millions of US homes in default and hundreds of banks in trouble.
- Age of Giant US Companies Bankruptcy– 2008 Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Countrywide Financing, Merrill Lynch Brokerage, AIG, Washington Mutual, Wachovia Bank, IndyMac Bank, CitiGroup, General Motors, etc.
- The Great 2008 Recession Began– Unemployment near 10%- millions of home foreclosed, many business failed, and many personal bankruptcies.
- The Great Bernard Madoff Caper– Dec 2008 $50 billion swindled from 1000s of investors in the world’s largest Ponzi scheme ever.
- Age of Homelessness– A growing number of nearly 500,000 people in America are homeless, about 10,000 per state!
- Age of Quantitative Easing: QE1- Between Nov 2008 thru Nov 2010, the US Federal Reserve Bank printed $1.25 trillion to stimulate the US mortgage business, to support the stock market, and to prevent the US economy from collapsing.
- The 2009 Stock Market Crash– DJIA falls to 6469 on Mar 9, 2009, from a previous all-time high of 14614 on Oct 9, 2007.
- Age of US Bank Failures– Since late 2008 more than 445 banks failed and merged!
- America’s Disastrous Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill- Apr-Aug 2010, 500 million gallons of oil leaked from British Petroleum busted pipeline. The wildlife and our seafood source were destroyed.
- Sorceries, More Money Created Out of Thin Air Re18:23– US Federal Reserve Bank prints huge sums of paper money to save the US economy and banks. Over $16 trillion created since 2008 for economic stimulus, bailouts, bond-buying operations.
- Gold and Silver Prices Soar– Gold broke $1000 in Apr 2008, and now near $1800 Oct 2012. Silver also on a sharp rise.
- Sovereign Debt Crisis- Since 2010 PIIGS countries, Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain- near default and collapse under ballooning debts. Civil protests and riots rampant! 25% or higher unemployment rate very common. People suffering greatly due to sharp drop in living standards.
- Foreclosure Gate Opened– Since 2008, nearly 4 million homes foreclosed. Many cannot be processed due to sloppy underwriting under MERS.. many banks in trouble.
- Rise of the King of the East- China- #2 World Economic Power Aug 2010; surpassed Japan, now under a strong recession with a nearly 250% national debt to GDP.
- Increasing Poverty in America- Sep 2012 Dept of Agriculture reports nearly 47 million Americans on Food Stamps.
- QE2 Nov 2010 Quantitative Easing– 2nd time of printing more paper money to pay off debt with fiat money.
- Euro Currency Ready to Collapse– Created in 1999, the Euro is ready to fail due to great indebtedness of the 5 PIIGS European countries.
- The World Goes Gay..Marriages– Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, S. Africa, Spain, Sweden..
- 2010 Significant Earthquakes– Jan 12, 7.0 in Haiti, 200,000 killed. Others 8.8 off Chile- 7th strongest ever, Sumatra 7.7, Mindanao PI, 7.6, Bonin Island Japan 7.5, Vanuatu 7.6, etc.
- Age of Bankruptcies of US Cities and States. Since 2008 42 municipalities have filed for chapter 9 bankruptcy; re-sked of debts and pensions.
- US Military Goes Homosexual– Dec 2010 Congress repeals ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ directive with Pres Obama’s support.
- 2011 Arab Spring– Uprising of Muslim countries; Middle East North Africa and around Israel; Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Yemen, Syria, Jordan.. a great destabilization in the Middle East and now threatening the life of Israel!
- 2011 Mar 11- 9.0 Japan Earthquake. Over 21000 death; generated 20 ft Pacific tsunami. Nuclear meltdown of Fukushima looming! A significant and uncontrollable worldwide disaster brewing!
- 2012 US Widespread Summer Drought- comparable to the 1980s, 50s, and may be as bad as the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.
- Record US Debt Announced- Sep 2012 debt over $16 trillion, increase of 60% in 4 years.
- QE3 Federal Reserve Bank Sep 2012 – announced indefinite purchase of $40B/mo of mortgage-backed bonds. Total monthly QE- now $85 billion ea mo or $1 trillion in one yr!
- Superstorm Sandy Oct 29, 2012- A terrible and very costly storm devastated the NE US, affecting nearly 100 million people in 20 states! Nearly 200 killed. Cost over $100 billion.
- Rise of the Muslim Brotherhood- Nov 2012 another Mideast War looming against Israel. Tel Aviv under attack and Israeli Defense Force under high alert!
- America Coming Fiscal Cliff of Jan 2013. Bush-era tax cut phases out, sharp cuts in military and civilian programs. Unless Congress acts soon to postpone it, a deeper recession will result!
FUTURE COMING EVENTS PROPHESIED IN THE BIBLE
- Great Earthquakes Forecast– Lk21:11, Re6:12,16:18. Also many personal prophecies and visions of California sinking into the ocean.
- Great Drought Coming Hag1:11. California already in severe drought and getting worse. Where will her 38 million residents go when they run out of water?
- US Runaway Inflation– US$ losing value due to extreme money printing and debt. Soaring food and oil prices worldwide Re6:6!
- Daniel’s 70th Week– 70 weeks of years- 490 years determined upon Israel Dan9:24-27. Israel final 7 years to begin soon before Messiah returns.
- The Rise of the AntiChrist- The Man of Sin.. the son of Perdition 2Th2:3-12, ‘a beast rising out of the sea’ Re13:1, ‘speak great words against the Most High‘ Dan7:25-26, ‘exalt.. himself‘ Dan11:36-37.
- The Ezekiel Ch 38-39 War– Russia and neighboring Islamic countries to attack Israel. Will be defeated supernaturally with God’s intervention.
- Rapture of the Saints– Jesus secretly coming for His own, like a thief in the night 1Th4:16-18,5:2. Rapture– an Escape from the coming Great Tribulation Lk21:28,36, 1Th5:9, He2:3.
- Death of the US$- The world reserve currency since 1944 will collapse under severe and mounting national indebtedness Re18:2,9-19!
- New World Order Begins– Under the Antichrist rule, the man of sin 2Th2:3-12- the Beast, and his false prophet Re13:2-19.
- A One World Gov’t comprising of a One World Currency, One World Economy, One World Religion Re13:3,8,16-18.
- Great Tribulation Begins– Jesus foretold of the worse time ever to be living Mt24:21. Great misery lasting 1260 days/42 months Re12:6,14,13:5, with many killed.
- Mark of the Beast 666– All paper money no longer good. A mark issued in right hand or in the fore-head in order to buy/sell Re13:16. Great torment coming to those taking the mark 666 Re14:9,10.
- Tribulation Saints- Many beheaded for not worshipping the beast (the AntiChrist), or accepting his Mark 666 Re7:11, 20:4.
- Final War of Armageddon– Jesus will return to do battle with the beast (the AntiChrist) and his false prophet, cast them both alive in a lake of fire Re19:20, and utterly destroy their armies Zech14,
- Millennial Kingdom of Jesus Christ on Earth- 1000 yr reign of Jesus Christ. Satan bound, then loosed for a short while, and finally cast into the lake of fire. Re20:1-10.
- Great White Throne Judgment of God- All the dead shall be judged according to their works Re20:11-15.
- The Lake of Fire- Those who are not found in the book of life will be tormented day and night forever and cast into the lake of fire including death and hell Re20:10,14,15.
- The Manifestation of the Sons of God Like Jesus Christ- to rule & reign with Him for a 1000 years, and to inherit all things Ro8:19,29-30, 2Co3:18, Php2:15, Heb2:10, 1Jn3:1-3, Re20:6,21:7.
- The Beginning of the Endless Eternity- After the 1000 yr reign, a new heaven and a new earth will come forth, the old being passed away. ‘.. New Jerusalem coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband‘ Re21:1,2.
These events happening in world in the past 70 years since World War II tell us that we are living in the last days in a world that is literally falling apart. But there are still deadly more events to come. According to the Bible, there will be an increase in the frequency and intensity of earthquakes and other natural disasters. Man’s inability to govern himself and also live in peace with his neighbors is a telling harbinger of war and doom to come. Unlike never before, the major nations of the world today are in grave financial trouble, besieged with unbearable monetary debts, which will in turn cause a great worldwide economic collapse. This will then usher in the AntiChrist’s One World Government.
God hates idolatry, immorality and homosexuality. As God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah Ge19:24, He will also destroy the earth, for the whole world has gone into whoredom. Jesus likened the endtimes as in the days of Noah Mt24:37, when corruption and violence were rife Ge6:11, such as today. Thus God will destroy the earth again; this time not by water, but by fire as stated by the apostle Peter 2Pe3:10-12. The fire Peter wrote about suggests the detonation of nuclear warheads, for ‘the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up’. Jesus warned ‘Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish’ Lk13:3.
We are nearing the end of this age when all Bible prophecies written therein will be fulfilled. Our only hope and help is in the Lord Jesus Christ. Apart from Him, there is no salvation of either our body or our soul Ac4:12. Jn3:16 states ‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not PERISH, but have everlasting life’. Without Jesus, who died for our sins and now lives, no one can be saved. Only Jesus can deliver us from the wrath to come 1Th1:10, by the Rapture of the Saints 1Th4:16-18, Tit2:13. We are indeed living in the last days of the last age before Jesus Christ returns to the earth to rule all of mankind. In the last words of the Bible, Jesus said ‘.. Surely I come quickly’ Re22:20.. ‘Even so, come Lord Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.’ Re22:21.
The Exceptionality of Superstorm Sandy
Hurricane Sandy was an exceptional tropical storm in many ways and respects. As she moved north across Jamaica and Cuba and into the Bahamas, Sandy was truly a late season hurricane with the hurricane season officially ending on Nov 30. Generally, late season developing hurricanes are not so intense in size and wind speeds, and they tend to dissipate more quickly as they head north into cooler waters. Only warm tropical waters can sustain the integrity of a strong hurricane, so it was just ‘a surprising coincidence’ that the 27C or 80F degrees warm water needed in the Gulf Stream was found so far north off the New Jersey coastline to sustain Sandy’s strength. It was unusual for Hurricane Sandy to have kept her integrity as a tropical system, but she did. Sandy, as she approached closer to the US coastline became a unique and unusual hybrid storm, and as a result was renamed Superstorm Sandy, a ‘freak storm’ with a small tropical hurricane morphed into a much larger developing winter low over the East Coast, intensified by warm moist air moving in from the south!
Superstorm Sandy was unusually large in size, with its 90 mph destructive winds, and widespread heavy rains extending 1000 miles across, and affecting 21 of the 48 contiguous states! Sandy also produced heavy early snowfall, as much as 3 ft along her western periphery over the Appalachians, and the Great Lakes region. Sandy had an extremely low central pressure of about 943 mb near Atlantic City, which is unusually low for that region. Generally speaking, the lower the pressure, the stronger the storm winds are! Long open ocean swells generated by Superstorm Sandy’s strong easterly winds, produced unusually high surf and storm surges over a large area from Cape Cod through RI, CT, NY, NJ, MD, VA, and the NC shorelines, and brought much salt water flooding far inland over low-lying areas. A full moon also caused tides to be 20% higher than normal, and thus emphasizing the already very destructive storm surges much further inland! Record storm surges up to 15 feet were recorded along exposed shorelines! Many homes were damaged or destroyed, either by the wave action along the coasts, heavy rain flooding, strong winds, falling trees, or by fires caused by downed power lines and broken natural gas lines. Roadways, subway stations, and rail tunnels were flooded with brackish water and rendered unusable in New York, in a transportation system used by 8.5 million people daily. Fire destroyed 110 homes in a borough of Queens in New York, and lower Manhattan lost power and was darkened for several days.
The resulting brackish salt water far inland is very corrosive to cars and to all electrical equipment of the transportation and subway systems. Normally flood damages are not covered by insurance, so later there will be a big battle with the now beleaguered property/casualty insurance industry whether a shoreline property was wind damaged or flood damaged by the ocean waves. The 1938 New England Hurricane over Long Island and at Bridgeport and Providence had many similarities to Superstorm Sandy, both being very intense in a blocking High pattern, hooking northwestward into the south coastal region of New England. Many people drowned or were shot by police and National Guardsmen while looting stores during the Great Depression. Nearly 1000 people lost their lives in that storm.
Bottomline, Superstorm Sandy was an unusually severe, large, and late hurricane season, ‘freak monster’ storm, impacting close to 100 million people in 40% of the states in the US. So far, over 115 people were reported dead in the US, and about 70 elsewhere. About 20,000 flights were cancelled, surface transportation grounded to a halt with flooded roadways and tunnels, and power outages to over 8 million households or about 25 million people. Many cities were shutdown with people unable to get to work, and schools closed! Thousands were trapped in floodwaters unable to travel or stuck without elevator service, and many suffered in the cold weather without heat and power. A severe gasoline shortage developed due to short supplies or pumps being inoperative, with cars lined up for miles and hours. In some places, there were looting and rioting among the desperate people. Many people were hungry without food and water.
The misery, mess, and devastation are heartbreaking. Presently, over 30,000 people are now without housing, and there is a great need for someplace for them to stay! The problems caused by Superstorm Sandy will last for many months, even as Hurricane Katrina did so in New Orleans in 2005! Businesses in retail sales, restaurants, shops, hotels, tourism, and entertainment will suffer great losses. Insurance companies will also be hard hit! And for the US Federal Reserve Bank to step in now will require the printing of even more money, further exacerbating our over $16 trillion national debt, a problem that Congress could never control! Though many people will be needed for cleanup in the aftermath of this storm, unemployment will also soar. Superstorm Sandy was truly a monster storm visiting destruction upon America, spoiling everything in her deadly path. Thus far, Sandy may prove to be the costliest storm ever in America with damages amounting to over $100 billion when all the numbers are finally tallied.
The Spiritual Significance of Superstorm Sandy- God’s Judgment Upon America
Proverbs 14:34 states ‘Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people’. That Superstorm Sandy was a unique hybrid and exceptional storm is well accepted in scientific circles. But while some scientists claim that it was a storm caused by global warming due to the excessive burning of fossil fuel, it does not explain why Superstorm Sandy happened just then in late October; where it would strike, and why it became such an intense and huge storm, instead of just weakening! There is a more spiritual and supernatural reason for Superstorm Sandy- God’s wrath upon our land, for it is God who controls the weather, the tides, the moon, the stars, and holds the whole world in His hands.
In the Bible, about 4000 years ago, God made a covenant with Abraham, and told him that He would make Abraham a great nation, and would ‘bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee..’ Ge12:2,3. God revealed Himself as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob Ex3:15, De6:10. God later changed Jacob’s name to Israel, meaning ‘a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed’ Ge32:28. Since there is no nation called Abraham or Isaac, Israel is that nation that God said He would make great, and bless those that bless her, and curse him that curse her. It is established that blessing comes to a nation who supports Israel, and curses to those who reject Israel. The Bible is very clear on this matter! Israel will always prevail over her many enemies, for God will always fight for Israel Zech14:3!
Superstorm Sandy- America’s Curse for the Rejection of Israel
America is under God’s curse because of our leadership’s rejecting Israel! In order to stop Iran’s development of their nuclear weapons, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently sought the political support of America in drawing a ‘harder red line’ against Iran, to halt their plans for further nuclear development! Pres. Obama not only refused to do so, but also snubbed Netanyahu who wanted to meet with him while visiting the United Nations in New York on 27 Sep 2012. To further exacerbate the issue, Obama had authorized $1.5 billion financial aid to Egypt, who recently threatened to march on and take Jerusalem. Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi both had called for the annihilation of Israel. Because of America’s disdain for Israel, our lack of support of Israel, and our support of her enemies, America has incurred the wrath of God, and God created a very special storm, Superstorm Sandy, to chasten and humble us! Significantly also, Sandy was spawned in the Caribbean during the 3rd presidential debate on 22 Oct 2012, while the two leaders discussed US policies toward Israel and Iran!
Superstorm Sandy- the Handwriting of God
Much like the mysterious handwriting on the wall during the days of the prophet Daniel, Superstorm Sandy had the signature of God written all over her. America was ‘weighed in the balances and found wanting’ Da5:22! God spoke from heaven and delivered a very powerful message for America– His displeasure with our treatment of Israel. It is the finger of God that had brought judgment to America in a superstorm of His own making– to chasten and punish us for not heeding His warnings about Israel, and for forsaking Him and rejecting His ways. There has never been such a cataclysmic storm of such apocalyptic proportions in America as Superstorm Sandy, so widespread in destruction, affecting over a third of the states in the US. But God specially concocted a special storm to show His disdain for our mistreatment of Israel. Besides lives lost, the economic damage to America will run in the billions of dollars to many states already hard pressed financially, and some may never recover! (Please see blogs America in Decline and Under God’s Judgment and Israel’s Role in the Endtimes).
Jeremiah- a Prophet of Judgment to America
God used His servants the prophets to declare His judgment upon the people. Amos3:7 declares ‘Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets’. A prophet represents God, and brings God’s message to the people. A prophet urges people to repent, to turn to God, and calls people to holiness and righteousness. A true prophet is often despised and people feel they can do without him. Jeremiah was such a prophet. Before Jeremiah was born, God called and sanctified him to be a prophet to the nations of the world Je1:5. A study of the book of Jeremiah reveals the judgment and destruction not only upon the land of Judah, but against ‘all the nations‘ including America Je25:13. Jeremiah also said the judgment is ‘for the latter days’ Je23:20. We are certainly living in the last days. God put His words in Jeremiah’s mouth Je1:9. ‘And I will bring upon that land all my words which I have pronounced.. all that is written in this book, which Jeremiah hath prophesied against all the nations’ Je25:13. Jeremiah spoke of judgment and desolation ‘..the destroyer of the Gentiles is on his way; he is gone forth from his place to make thy land desolate; and thy cities shall be laid waste, without an inhabitant’ Je4:7.
God’s Judgment By Hurricanes- the FURY OF GOD
Jeremiah spoke of a ‘CONTINUING WHIRLWIND’- a hurricane to visit our lands. Je30:23 states ‘Behold, a whirlwind of the LORD is gone forth in Fury, a Continuing Whirlwind: it shall fall grievously upon the head of the wicked’. Je25:32 says ‘Behold, evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised upfrom the coasts of the earth’. Jer23:19,20 state ‘Behold, a whirlwind of the LORD is gone forth in Fury, even a grievous whirlwind: it shall fall grievously upon the head of the wicked. The anger of the LORD shall not return , until he has executed, and till he have performed the thoughts of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly’. Here we are told that God is angry against the wicked, and with the nations, and He will send a grievous continuing whirlwind to chasten us; that we should consider this PERFECTLY in the last days! We are living in the last days before Jesus returns. Superstorm Sandy was such a storm that the prophet Jeremiah warned about! But there will be more to come as America and the world plunge into greater wickedness and debauchery!
Past Rejection of Israel and Past Judgment
Israel is God’s prophetic time clock. Significant events in Israel tell us how close we are to the end of this age. Here are a few more scriptures regarding God’s attitude toward His chosen nation Israel. Earlier it was stated that there is a curse on any nation that comes against Israel. Israel is the apple of God’s eye! Zec2:8 states ‘..he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye’. Ps121:4 states ‘He that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep’. Ps122:6 tells ‘Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee’. God will defend, deliver, and preserve Jerusalem Is31:5. In his book, ‘Eye to Eye – Facing the Consequences of Dividing Israel (see video)’, William Koenig documented that whenever the US applied major pressure on Israel to divide her land, major catastrophes would occur within days to our shores. In 2004, major pressure by Pres. George W. Bush to divide Israel’s covenant land, and to advocate the eviction of the Jews from the West Bank and Gaza settlements ignited an extraordinary chain of events, culminating in the powerful devastation of Florida by four hurricanes. Four powerful hurricanes slammed into the state of Florida. First it was Hurricane Charley, then Frances, then Ivan, and then Hurricane Jeanne. In Sep 2005, Hurricane Katrina, a then category 3 storm of about 120 mph with stronger gusts, caused severe destruction along the Gulf coast from central Florida to Texas; mainly due to high storm surges. It also leveled the city of New Orleans, causing over 1800 deaths. It was then the costliest natural disaster recorded in the US at around $80 billion. Koenig conjectured that the destruction by Hurricane Katrina was caused by the US administration trying to force then Israel prime minister Ariel Sharon to vacate the West Bank settlement in Israel. In 2002, Pres. Bush was the first president to explicitly call for an independent Palestinian State, an affront to God’s word, and a betrayal to Israel’s integrity!
America’s Disastrous Gulf Oil Spill of 2010
On Apr 19, 2010 Israel celebrated its INDEPENDENCE DAY. Also that same day, Pres. Obama announced that the US will no longer automatically exercise veto powers whenever any ANTI-ISRAEL resolution arises for a vote in the UN Security Council. This was a major US policy shift against Israel’s 62 years existence. The next day, on Apr 20, 2010, a fiery explosion on the British Petroleum Deepwater Horizon rig killed 11 people and caused a mega oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico 40 miles off Louisiana. It took over 75 days to contain the problematic massive oil spill, striking the Louisiana coasts and West Florida coast. According to Pres. Obama, the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill then was the greatest environmental disaster America had ever faced, costing over $20 billion in damages. The BP ‘busted pipeline’ a mile beneath the ocean, caused considerable damage to the ecosystem, environment, and our economy. Much wildlife was killed, including birds, mammals like sea otters and whales, fish, shrimp, crabs, etc. The oil spill and the chemical dispersants used polluted the ocean and affected our entire food chain. Pristine beaches were spoiled, and the nearby marshes polluted. There was a great loss of jobs and income among oil workers, fishermen, shrimpers, cannery workers, truckers; in restaurants, tourism, shops, hotels, shippers; creating a recession there. Property values fell sharply and business slowed by 80% in some areas. Also since becoming president in 2009, Obama has distanced, isolated, and marginalized Israel, and has publicly humiliated Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu. He has also encouraged and supported Israel’s enemies!
In conclusion, no man or nation is greater than God Almighty, who sees and controls the affairs of all mankind. Superstorm Sandy was not just a coincidence of nature or of global warming, but a direct consequence of an angry God against America for rejecting the nation of Israel- for rejecting Him and for forsaking His ways. Superstorm Sandy was just a warning of more evil to come to America unless we repent! America is truly in decline, and under God’s judgment. Our only hope is to REPENT of our sins, RETURN to God, and REMAIN with God Ez3:17-21. Otherwise, like past great nations, America will be just a footnote in the history of mankind!