THE GREAT FALLING AWAY IN THE LAST DAYS
The Holy Bible has much to say regarding the LAST DAYS of man’s rule on earth, and the coming GREAT FALLING AWAY of society before God ushers in the millennial kingdom of Jesus Christ with ‘Peace on Earth, Good Will to All Men’. It has been 2000 years since Jesus Christ came to earth to save us from our sins, and from hell and eternal damnation. While the shepherds were tending their flock at night, an angel appeared with a multitude of the heavenly host praising God saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men’ Lk2:14. But the irony of this great and precious message is ‘where is this peace and good will toward all men’, and when will it come? Today, our world is in great turmoil, morally, spiritually, culturally, financially, and economically.
Today, the nations of the world are running on ‘fumes’ due to the printing of enormous amounts of unbacked paper money to fuel their high living standards and to support their expensive military and destructive war machines. This is particularly so with the major nations such as the US, China, Japan, Russia, England, and the Eurozone countries. The world is also embroiled in wars and rumours of wars, conflicts of nation against nation, particularly in the Middle East. The world is heading for an unprecedented economic collapse greater than the Great Depression of the 1930s. In America, since 2014 began, the Eastern US has experienced relentless Arctic blasts of winter storms with extreme cold and snowfall. An incipient severe drought and water shortage is also developing in the Western US, and in many other parts of the world. This will cause sharply rising food prices, buying panic, food shortage, and even prolonged famines. A global stock market crash is highly probable and if so, will exacerbate the world’s economic and monetary situation even further.
JESUS prophesied that there will be ‘famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places’ and false prophets and teachers arising to deceive many as the ‘sign of his coming and of the end of the world’ Mt24:3-8,11. There will be no peace until JESUS CHRIST ‘The Prince of Peace’ establishes His kingdom on earth Is9:6,7. But before this happens, there will be a GREAT FALLING AWAY of mankind in abject rebellion against God, and great depravity of the human soul, giving rise to THE ANTICHRIST, who will then rule over the world in the most terrible period ever for mankind, described by JESUS as the GREAT TRIBULATION Mt24:21.
The COMING GREAT FALLING AWAY
The GREAT FALLING AWAY refers not only to the APOSTASY of the endtime churches and lukewarm believers, but also to a general worldwide breakdown in society of morality, ethics, and character. The apostle Paul wrote ‘Let no man deceive you by any means: for THAT DAY SHALL NOT COME, except there come A FALLING AWAY FIRST, and THAT MAN OF SIN be revealed, THE SON OF PERDITION’ 2Th2:3. Paul said ‘This know also, that in the LAST DAYS perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, truce- breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof..’ 2Ti3:1-4. It will be the wholesale breakdown of society, nations, governments, military, institutions, marriages, churches, universities, and public morality, leading to the coming ANTICHRIST, the One World Government and the GREAT TRIBULATION. The GREAT FALLING AWAY will be ubiquitous, affecting everyone in the world.
In America, the FALLING AWAY is readily apparent as we witness the great moral failings of our political leaders and society, and the major economic and financial problems facing us: the recision of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ in Sep. 20, 2011 allowing for open homo- sexuality in the US Military, the defeat of DOMA– (marriage between a male and female) through the legalization of Same-Sex Marriage by the US Supreme Court on June 26, 2013, the recent legalization and/or consideration of marijuana use by many other states, and the US insurmountable runaway national debt. America is financially broke. Churches must soon decide whether they will perform SSM. If they refuse, they will be charged with discrimination, and one day may lose their tax exempt status. As God warned Israel 3500 years ago, ‘Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you: And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the INIQUITY thereof upon it, and the land itself VOMITETH out her inhabitants’ Lev18:24,25, so shall it be with America!
The COMING ANTICHRIST
The apostle Paul succinctly described the coming of THE ANTICHRIST in the LAST DAYS: ’Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a FALLING AWAY FIRST, and that MAN OF SIN be revealed, the SON OF PERDITION; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.. now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the MYSTERY OF INIQUITY doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that WICKED be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the WORKING OF SATAN with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.. God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness’ 2Th2:3-12. In just 10 short verses, Paul has succeeded to prophesy what will happen in the LAST DAYS!
THE ANTICHRIST will be the incarnation and embodiment of SATAN, the DEVIL LUCIFER, revealed in an individual. As SATAN entered into Judas Iscariot to betray Jesus Lk22:3, he will so enter into that MAN OF SIN, the SON OF PERDITION. The WICKED ANTICHRIST will do ‘the WORKING OF SATAN with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish..’ 2Th2:9,10. He will have great supernatural powers to deceive, and ‘..by peace shall destroy many’ Da8:25. God will allow THE ANTICHRIST to deceive MANY, because they love not the truth, that they might be saved. The apostle John warned that there are many antichrists, but THE ANTICHRIST will be revealed in the last days. John wrote ‘as ye have heard that ANTICHRIST shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is THE LAST TIME’ 1Jn2:18.
SATAN’s Obsession For Worship and to Be Like God
The Bible reveals that SATAN desires to be worshipped, to steal God’s glory, and supplant Him. The ‘5 I wills’ of LUCIFER, aka SATAN, are revealed in Is14:12-14: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I WILL BE LIKE THE MOST HIGH’ . Worship belongs only to God, who commanded Moses ‘Thou shalt have no other gods before ME’ Ex20:3. The Bible states ‘Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: WORSHIP the LORD in the beauty of holiness’ 1Ch16:29. But SATAN, in his obsession for worship, has succeeded to deceive MANY people to worship him through his promise of pleasure, prosperity and power.
So besides his desire to destroy all of us, SATAN also desires worship from us. He once offered JESUS all the kingdoms of the world if He would just fall down and worship him. JESUS replied ‘Thou shalt WORSHIP THE LORD THY GOD, and him only shalt thou serve’ Mt4:10. In the Endtimes, THE ANTICHRIST, the persona of SATAN, will ‘opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God’ 2Th2:4.The Bible tells that an image of THE ANTICHRIST will be made and given life, and‘many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed’ Re13:14. Here we also see that the TEMPLE OF GOD will be rebuilt in Jerusalem for the Jews to worship in, fulfilling what Jesus said ‘When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place.. Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains’ Mt24:15,16. This will all happen during the coming GREAT TRIBULATION.
GROWING OPEN SATANIC WORSHIP TODAY
It is undeniable that there is an increasing OPEN WORSHIP of SATAN today. It is very apparent in the lyrics of the songs and dances, in print, movies and on TV, on the radio and Internet, and during many recent mega-events like the 2012 London Olympics, and the 2012, 2013, 2014 NFL Super Bowls featuring Madonna, Beyoncé, and Bruno Mars (song- Locked Out of Heaven) all glorifying the devil. The costumes and dances of the two women were lewd, occultic, and vulgar, but viewed and enjoyed by over 100 million people in the US, and billions elsewhere.
Paul McGuire, a Christian writer and popular radio host said ‘At the Grammy Awards there were open practice and worship of SATAN, the vilest forms of demonic and perverse sexuality where orgies, S and M (sadomasochism), sex with fallen angels or demons, witchcraft and the occult enacted with lyrics to confirm it. Rock artists performed open ceremonies worshipping of SATAN’. This really excites SATAN very much as he relishes in these black magic witchcraft rituals, especially before a great worldwide audience honoring him as the ‘god of this world‘ 2Co4:4. Satanic worship is increasing sharply in these LAST DAYS, and will culminate in the UNIVERSAL OPEN WORSHIPPING of SATAN and THE ANTICHRIST during the GREAT TRIBULATION, replacing the worshipping of ALMIGHTY GOD and our LORD JESUS CHRIST!
SATAN- The Author of the MYSTERY OF INIQUITY
How SATAN has succeeded over the past 6000 years of mankind to subtly, secretly, and mysteriously infiltrate the world using evil men and women, immoral rulers, leaders and corrupt politicians to subvert society, and false prophets and false teachers to corrupt the Gospel of Jesus Christ is called the MYSTERY OF INIQUITY 2Th2:7. The Bible speaks of the MYSTERY OF INIQUITY that is working mysteriously pervading and penetrating the whole world, with most people oblivious to what is or why it is happening, and why the world is in such a deplorable and desperate state of moral decline.
INIQUITY means evil, wickedness, lawlessness, sinfulness, immorality, perversion, drunkenness, greed, lust, theft, adultery, homosexuality, murders, etc. With regards to the Church, heresies and false doctrines have been planted by evil men influenced by seducing and demonic spirits. The apostle Paul wrote ‘Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the LATTER TIMES some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to SEDUCING SPIRITS, and DOCTRINES OF DEVILS’ 1Ti4:1. The apostle Peter said ‘But there were FALSE PROPHETS also among the people, even as there shall be FALSE TEACHERS among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction’ 2Pe2:1. SATAN has long ago infiltrated the churches and is using MANY people today to spread his INIQUITY, especially in these LAST DAYS.
The MYSTERY OF INIQUITY will culminate in the final GREAT FALLING AWAY of most people in society, including those attending churches that have gone into complete APOSTASY. Paul said ‘For the MYSTERY OF INIQUITY doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way’ 2Th2:7. Some Bible scholars interpret this verse as the RIGHTEOUS BELIEVERS must first be taken out in the RAPTURE, before the GREAT FALLING AWAY will be allowed to begin. What we now see is the lining up of events before THE ANTICHRIST is revealed in the NEW WORLD ORDER– a One World Government, a One World Economy, and a One World Religion. Paul wrote ‘because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.. God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they ALL might be DAMNED who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness’ 2Th2:10,11. Sadly, it is because of their own INIQUITY, immorality and sin, MANY people will be DAMNED forever!
THE GREAT FALLING AWAY- INIQUITY SHALL ABOUND
In describing the END of the world to His disciples Mt24:3, Jesus said ‘..because INIQUITY shall abound, the love of MANY shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the END, the same shall be saved’ Mt24:12,13. This has direct implications against the churches, and LUKEWARM Christians, who have backslidden and are no longer saved. They were once followers, but have become lukewarm to God’s precepts and commandments, and have left their first love Re2:4. Jesus said ‘So then because thou art LUKEWARM, and neither cold nor hot, I will SPUE thee out of my mouth’ Re3:16. This fact is very apparent today, as many denominational churches are not warning their members about Christ’s return, the RAPTURE, Satan, sin and hell, and eternal judgment, but have compromised the Word of God.
For many years now, the media has been rife with news of widespread pedophilia, homosexuality, and pornography among clergy, pastors, and ministers, with some denominations even allowing ordained Gay or Lesbian ministers to serve. So far, the Catholic Church in America alone has paid out over $2.5 billion in child sex abuse settlement over the past decades. Jesus had a special warning to ministers: ‘Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the WILL of my Father which is in heaven. MANY will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work INIQUITY’ Mt7:21-23.
How MANY ministers who thought they were serving Jesus, will learn that He had disavowed ever knowing them? Re20:15 warns ‘And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire’. In the END, INIQUITY shall abound and MANY who turn away from God will perish– priests, pastors, politicians, and people alike!
THE GREAT FALLING AWAY– Choose Whom You Will Serve Today
As Paul stated in 2Th2:3-12, THE RAPTURE shall come, then the FALLING AWAY will ensue, and the MAN OF SIN will be revealed, the SON OF PERDITION aka THE ANTICHRIST, who will then rule the world for 42 months Re13:5 during the GREAT TRIBULATION, spoken by Jesus Mt24:21. Then JESUS will return to earth and ‘destroy (THE ANTICHRIST) with the brightness of His coming‘ 2Th2:8, Re19:15,20.
God is warning us through His Word to decide whom we will serve today and where we will spend eternity! Will you choose GOD or SATAN, JESUS CHRIST or THE ANTICHRIST, good or evil, righteousness or sin, life or death, blessings or curses, heaven or hell, eternal life or eternal damnation? Jesus said ‘Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and MANY there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and FEW there be that find it’ Mt7:13,14. As the world is literally falling apart in increasing sin and shame, one can either continue on the broad road to destruction like MANY are already on, or take the narrow road to eternal life, with only a FEW on it now.
It is not necessary for anyone to perish in the lake of fire, because Jesus already paid the price for our sins Jn3:16. But we all need to REPENT and RETURN to God, and REMAIN with Him! Jesus warned ‘except ye REPENT, ye shall all likewise perish’ Lk13:3. The KEY to our SALVATION and ETERNAL LIFE is REPENTANCE, and accepting JESUS CHRIST as our personal SAVIOUR! Amen!
Israel- God’s Measuring Rod; Friend or Foe
Four thousand years ago God told Abraham;
‘..I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed’ Ge12:2,3.
How the nations of the world treat endtime Israel will determine their blessings or curses. Recently it has been widely reported of an open feud between the US and Israel; of the US refusal to draw ‘red lines’ on Iran’s nuclear producing capacity, and the refusal of the US president to meet with Israel on this matter. God is using Israel today as a measuring rod of the nations of the world; to judge the nations whether they will support or reject tiny Israel! The prophet Joshua put it succinctly that God alone will fight for Israel:
‘For the LORD hath driven out from before you great nations and strong: but as for you, no man hath been able to stand before you unto this day. One man of you shall chase a thousand: for the LORD your God, he it is that fighteth for you, as he hath promised you‘ Josh23:9,10.
Watch what is happening in the Middle East and Israel, a cup of trembling for these last days. The lineup of the nations and their armies has begun. The most important thing for the America is to be a friend of Israel. Soon we will see who will support or reject Israel, and what nations will God bless and who will He curse!
Presently, there are great turmoil and uprisings going on in the Middle East. US embassies in Egypt, Libya, and Yemen have been attacked and the US flag burned. An American ambassador and three colleagues have been killed in Libya supposedly because of a new derogatory movie being shown ‘The Innocence of Muslims’. These attacks on the US embassies have been coordinated by Muslim extremists on America’s anniversary of the 911 destruction of the World Trade Center on Sep. 11, 2001. So far, there have been over 35 protests against the US, over the film by Muslims from Indonesia, India, the Middle East to Africa! The lineup for the next great war has begun, with the whole world on a sure path to Armageddon! We will continue to look at Israel’s Role in the Endtimes in this Part II conclusion:
ISRAEL’S ROLE IN THE ENDTIMES- Recent Wars Against Israel
While Satan seeks to destroy Israel, God is using Israel to fulfill His endtime plan on earth. Satan has filled the Arab world with great hatred towards Israel, even till today. Soon the entire world will be engulfed in a war, where all the nations of the world will take sides either for or against Israel. Here are some recent scrimmages against the nation of Israel. Each time God intervened and gave Israel the victory, and God will one day destroy all nations that come against Jerusalem!
1948 War. As quickly as Israel was declared a nation, surrounding countries such as Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Iraq attacked her. The coordinated Arab attack was soon halted, but the Jordanians were able to take control of old Jerusalem. The UN then negotiated a truce.
1956 War. In July 1956 Egypt’s Gamal Abdal Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal to halt shipping between the Mediterranean Sea and the Indian Ocean. In Oct 1956, Israeli General Moshe Dayan launched a successful air and ground assault into Egypt’s Sinai peninsula. Control over the Suez Canal was then turned over to the UN forces, allowing Israel and the other nations access to the Indian Ocean.
1967 Six-Day War. In May 1967 President Nasser mobilized units in the Sinai, and closed the Gulf of Aqaba to Israel, the seaway to the Indian Ocean. On June 5, 1967 Israel launched a massive air assault that crippled the Arab air capability and gained air superiority to protect her ground forces. Israel then won control over the Sinai peninsula after three days, capturing Jerusalem’s Old City from Jordan, and the strategic Golan Heights along Syria. By June 10 the war ended. Israel miraculously won again though she was greatly outnumbered! For the 1st time in 2500 years since the Babylonian captivity by Nebuchadnezzar, Jerusalem, the holy city of God, was again back in Israel’s hands!
1973 Yom Kippur War. On this Jewish holy day of atonement Oct 6, 1973, Egypt’s President Anwar Sadat launched a two-pronged assault on Israel. The Egyptian forces struck eastward across the Suez Canal and pushed the Israelis back, while the Syrians advanced from the north with Jordon, Iraq, and Libya in support. Israel was caught off guard for a few days, but eventually defeated the Egyptian/Syrian invasions.
1982 War. In 1982 Israel launched a massive preemptive attack to destroy the Palestine Liberation Organization bases in Lebanon. Israel then withdrew from Lebanon but maintained a policed buffer zone north of its border. Yasser Arafat later died, and the PLO no longer exist!
The Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Hamas in Gaza have since taken over from the PLO. They have been firing numerous short-range missiles, striking and killing over 10,000 people in nearby cities of Israel! Today there is a greater war looming that will greatly affect all of us on earth as the final chapter of God’s plan for mankind is being turned!
The Next Great War- The Ezekiel Chapters 38/39 War
Recently the war drums have been beating loudly as there have been talks of a Israeli preemptive attack on Iran’s nuclear capability. Nations are already taking sides with China, Russia, and Syria siding with Iran, and the US, France, and England meekly backing Israel. The next war could well be a nuclear war that would cause great devastation and bring havoc to 40% of the world’s oil being shipped from the Middle East. Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39 speak of this coming great war, a direct attack upon Israel from the north, with a confederation of armies from several countries surrounding and near Israel, such as Persia (Iran), Ethiopia, and Libya! Nations such as Gog and Magog, Gomer, and Togarmah are mentioned but these names do not exist today. Bible scholars believe that these nations are Russia, Germany and Turkey. They will invade Israel with great ferocity from the north, but God will intervene and destroy them, with 5/6 of their armies destroyed Ez39:1-7. It will take 7 months to bury the dead v12, and 7 years to burn up the weapons of warv9. Then the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day and forever v22,28. The Antichrist will then negotiate a 7-year deceptive peace covenant with Israel, and in the middle of that period break it and desolate her Da9:27! This is the prelude to the final war- the war of ARMAGEDDON!
The Final War of ARMAGEDDON – A Nuclear War
God said in Zech12:2,3;
‘Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.. And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem’ v9.
Then Zech14:2,3 state
‘For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken.. half of the city shall go forth into captivity.. Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle..’ and ‘.. this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth..’v12.
Here we see that eyeballs will disappear in their sockets and tongues will melt in their mouths. These passages describe the final nuclear war of ARMAGEDDON in Jerusalem in the valley of Megiddon Zech12:11, Re16:16. Jesus will then return the 2nd time to earth to fight for Israel, to battle the Antichrist and the False Prophet, and their armies, and cast both of them alive into a lake of fire Re19:11-20. Thus, we see clearly how God will use Israel to fulfill his endtimes plan and purpose!
America’s Role With Israel in the Endtimes- Love Her, Be Blessed; Reject Her, Be Cursed!
A nation is only as great as its leaders. It can also be said that a nation is only great if it has God’s blessings! God will bless those that bless Israel, and curse him that curse Israel Ge12:3. America, a world superpower, also has a great role in these end-times. Many sitting US presidents had to deal with the Israeli/Palestinians conflict issue. Briefly here are some of their actions:
- In 1948 Pres. Harry Truman gave immediate recognition to the new nation Israel.
- Pres. L.B. Johnson acknowledged America’s strong Judeo-Christian heritage.
- Beginning in 1983, Pres. Ronald Reagan signed strategic partnership memorandums with Israel, particularly in the area of defense and economic development. But in the 1990’s, things began to change.
- In 1991, in appeasement to the Palestinians George H.W. Bush became the first US president to call for ‘land for peace’- for Israel to give back strategic land won in the 1967 war!
- In 2001 Bush Jr. became the first president to call for a Palestinian State, telling Israel to give up the West Banks and Gaza to the Palestinians. Israel is reluctant to do so, for then she would be exposed to more enemy attacks.
- Recently Pres. Obama has also shown strong disdain toward Israel and also has distanced her! In these endtimes, America’s blessings or curses will depend upon our continued support or betrayal of Israel.
Someone once said ‘If the Arabs put down their weapons today there would be no more violence. If the Israelis put down their weapons today, there would be no more Israel’.
Apparently many presidents don’t know or believe in the Holy Bible! Ps122:6 states ‘Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee’. But America is doing just the opposite and is now in fast economic decline!
ISRAEL’S ROLE IN THE ENDTIMES– Love Her, Be Blessed; Reject Her, Be Cursed!
The world is heading for ARMAGEDDON because of its treatment of Israel. For many years now, Iran Pres. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called for the annihilation of Israel- that ‘Israel should be wiped off the map’. He recently said, ‘Israel is an insult to all humanity’. His invectives and tirades have inflamed the Muslim’s hatred for Israel. With the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings, once politically stable nations such as Libya, Egypt, Jordan, and Syria have been taken over by radical Muslims, and are now threatening the very existence of Israel. New Egyptian Pres. Mohamed Morsi recently stated the capital of Islam should not be in Cairo, Mecca, Medina, but Jerusalem. Morsi is calling for a million martyrs to march on to liberate Jerusalem. The prophet Zechariah wrote that God will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling and a burdenstone, and all nations that are burdened by her shall be cut to pieces, crushed, and destroyed Zech12:3,4,9! God’s endtimes role for Israel is certainly coming to pass!
Do you have an endtime focus? Do you believe that we may be living in the endtimes? Do you believe that we are living at the end of the age before the Rapture, and then the 2nd Coming of Jesus Christ? If so, are you preparing and making yourself ready for His coming as Jesus told us to do so Mt24:44, Mt25:13? Or do you believe that things will continue as they always have been or things will even get better? God has chosen Israel to be His prophetic time clock, and knowing what is happening in Israel will give us clues how close we are to the end of this age!
Israel- God’s Prophetic Time Clock
Modern day Israel is in the forefront of world news today, as there is much talk of Israel making a preemptive strike on Iran’s nuclear capacity which they feel is a threat to their existence. Should this happen, there will be some grave consequences not only for the Middle East, but for the entire world. Besides this attack possibly turning into a nuclear conflagration, the economic consequences will also be great. Since 40% of the world’s oil that is shipped passes through the Strait of Hormuz, a narrow sea passage between Iran and the United Arab Emirates into the Indian Ocean, if there is war in those parts, oil prices will rise sharply and perhaps even double!
It has been reported that this strike by Israel could happen within the next 60 days; even before the next US presidential election! We are indeed living in very perilous times or in the endtimes! The Bible tells us that Israel is God’s prophetic time clock that relates Bible prophecies and significant world events to the endtimes that we are living in. God chose a people, the Israelites, to reveal Himself to the world.
From Genesis through Revelation, the Bible is only a 7000-year account of God’s dealing with mankind beginning with Adam. As 6000 years since Adam have already passed, some feel that the end of this age is coming very soon, and the next 1000-year reign of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem will soon begin. The origin of the nation of Israel goes back 4000 years ago, to the time of Abraham. God chose Abraham to inherit a land and to become a great nation. God told Abraham, ‘..I will bless them that bless thee and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed’ Ge12:2,3.
Throughout the Bible, God is always referred to as the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob Ex3:16,4:5, De29:13, Mt22:32, Ac3:13. Abraham was the father of Isaac, who was the father of Jacob. How did the name Israel come into being? God gave Jacob the name Israel when he had an encounter with and wrestled with God all night, and prevailed Ge32:25. Israel means to have ‘power with God and with men, and hast prevailed’v28. This reveals how strongly God feels about Israel. God will deliver Israel from all her enemies and will fight for her! The nation of Israel came into being through the 12 sons of Israel.
Since there is no nation called Abraham, Israel is that nation that God said He would make great! Israel became a mighty nation under Kings David and Solomon, but because of sin, disobedience and idolatry, the nation was divided into two kingdoms; each was later brought into captivity separately, and scattered by God for over 2500 years. Then 2000 years ago, God sent Jesus Christ to earth, a Jew, to save his people from their sins Mt1:21. The Bible states that Jesus was a descendant of David, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob Mt1:1,2.
As Israel is God’s prophetic time clock, knowing what is happening to Israel today will give us clues to how close we are to the end that we are living in! Israel’s role in the endtimes is the focal point of God’s plan for mankind! What is the Endtimes, and Why Are We Living in the Time of the End? Before looking into Israel’s role in the endtimes, it would be best to define what is the ‘endtimes’, and discuss why we are living in the time of the end.
The ‘endtimes’ is a future time period as spoken by Jesus and the ancient prophets thousands of years ago as revealed in the Bible! It is about God’s closing plan for mankind which began 6000 years ago with Adam and Eve! The endtimes is a period just prior to the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ to earth. The disciples asked Jesus ‘..what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?’ Mt24:3. Jesus then gave a discourse on the endtimes found in chapters Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21, and in the book of Revelation. They foretold what will happen in the latter or last days of man’s rule. The endtimes is a period signifying a paradigm shift from man’s rule on earth to the establishment of God’s rule and kingdom, with Jesus Christ as supreme Potentate. It is literally the time of the end of human government!
The endtimes will be a period of great duress, distress, deprivation, desperation, and destruction upon the earth. Major nations of the world will be embroiled in massive monetary debt problems, economic collapse, conflicts and wars, coupled with famines, great earthquakes, storms, and other natural disasters. Of the endtimes, Jesus said ‘For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved’ Mt24:21,22 .. ‘And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth..’ Lk21:25,26.
This will all happen during the 42 months of the coming Antichrist worldwide despotic reign- that ‘man of sin, the son of perdition’ 2Th2:3. Then Jesus will return to earth to defeat the Antichrist and establish His millennial kingdom on earth! Man has proven his inability to govern himself in righteousness and peace. The world is filled with evil and corruption, where earth’s resources are being greatly depleted, where great earthquakes and natural disasters are taking place, and the specter of major wars appears imminent.
A New World Order under the Antichrist is coming soon, before the return of Jesus Christ. The endtimes is a time of God’s judgment upon the earth when God will pour out His wrath on a very sinful, immoral, corrupt, and disobedient world! Though many are skeptical, there are many signs that point that we are living in the endtimes and heading toward the road to Armageddon, the last great war centered on Israel. Long ago, the Bible foretold of these very dire times today and what will happen next!
Israel Diaspora- Scattered Throughout the World
For over 2500 years from about 600 B.C. to 1948, the Jews were scattered and did not have sovereignty over their own land and the holy city Jerusalem. Israel was under foreign domination by the Assyrians, Babylonians, Macedonians, Romans, and Arabs. They were scattered throughout the world. Ps44:11 states ‘Thou hast given us like sheep appointed for meat; and hast scattered us among the heathen.’ and Ps106:27, ‘To overthrow their seed also among the nations, and to scatter them in the lands’. Je9:16 states ‘I will scatter them also among the heathen, whom neither they nor their fathers have known..’ and Ez12:15, ‘They shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall scatter them among the nations, and disperse them in the countries’. The Jews had no nation or homeland to return to until a recent appointed time by God.
TODAY! The Nation of Israel
Today After their very long 2500-year diaspora (scattering), tiny Israel was reborn as a nation by declaration of the newly formed United Nations on May 14, 1948. This was a fulfillment of a prophecy given by Isaiah before 700 B.C. He wrote ‘.. Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children’ Is66:8. Yes, Israel was born at once in one day as prophesied! The UN made this concession because of the great suffering of the Jewish people during WWII, when over 6 million Jews were killed! A desolate and desert land area in Palestine was given to the Jewish people for a nation called Israel!
Ezekiel also prophesied about endtime Israel being regathered from the four winds as a great army into a land of her own. This amazing prophecy is found in Ezekiel chapter 37 in the parable of the dry bones, referring to dead Israel coming to life again as a nation! Modern-day Israel is about the size of the state of New Jersey, only the 47th largest in the US, with about 9500 sq. miles of land. In this 80% desert region, Israel began to flourish and prosper, in fulfillment of many Bible prophecies. Is27:6 states ‘He shall cause them that come of Jacob to take root: Israel shall blossom and bud, and fill the face of the world with fruit’ and Is35:1, ‘The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose’.
Today Israel is a major exporter of citrus fruits and beautiful roses to Europe and other countries. Under the auspice of the Jewish National Fund over 250 million trees have been planted in the desert in fulfillment of Is41:19: ‘I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the shittah tree, and the myrtle, and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the fir tree, and the pine.. the box tree together’. The land of Israel has certainly blossomed and become habitable with the resettlement of about 7 million Jews there. There are also 8 million Jews living elsewhere in the world, but mainly in America.