Judgment and the Number 19
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Judgment and the Number 19 – Randy Nettles - https://www.rev310.net/post/judgment-and-the-number-19
In 2020 the book “Lawless: End-Times War Against the Spirit of Antichrist” was released. Terry James was the general editor and wrote the introduction and conclusion. Fifteen authors took part in the production of this book for the times and I was fortunate enough to write a chapter (chapter 7) in it. My chapter is called Covid 19 - The Invisible Enemy. Although this book is a couple of years old, it is still as relevant today as it was back then, maybe even more so. I have included some of the material from the book into this article.
The number 19 is the sum of 10 and 9. The number 10 is one of the perfect numbers of God and signifies the perfection of divine order (3, 7, and 12) are the other perfect numbers. I have written many articles pertaining to these numbers and they can be found on the Rapture Ready website. The number 9 represents finality or judgment, especially in regards to Israel. The fast of mourning, known as Tisha B’Av occurs on the 9th day of the 5th month of Av on the Jewish calendar. On this day, Israel has witnessed eight of the greatest disasters in its history; including the destruction of Solomon’s temple by the Babylonians in 586 BC and the destruction of the second temple by the Romans in AD 70. See The Dog Days of Summer :: By Randy Nettles - Rapture Readyfor more information. It’s interesting to note that according to 2 Kings 25:8 and Jeremiah 52:12, King Nebuchadnezzar attacked Jerusalem and destroyed the Temple in the 19th year of his reign.
After the breakup of the united kingdom of Israel (12 tribes) due to the apostasy of King Solomon and his son, Rehoboam, the northern nation of Israel (10 tribes) was formed. Their first king was formerly a servant of Solomon and his name was Jeroboam. He set the example for the following 19 evil kings to follow, as he made two molten golden calves for the 10 tribes to worship. He set one up in Bethel and the other one in Dan, so the people wouldn’t travel to Jerusalem and worship at the temple. Hoshea the son of Elah reigned in Samaria over Israel 9 years. He was the last king of Israel, “and he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, but not as the kings of Israel before him” (2 Kings 17:2). So Israel had 19 extremely evil kings and 1 “not as evil” king. Assyria invaded Israel 3 times; 743 BC, 732 BC, and from 725 to 722 BC, when the 10 tribes of Israel were defeated and led into captivity.
The southern kingdom of Judah was invaded by the Babylonians 3 times. The first time was in 605 BC (2 Kings 24:1-2). At this time, Judah’s sovereignty effectively ended and they became a vassal territory of Babylon. The Jews called this period the Servitude of the Nation. The third and final invasion was in 588 BC (2 Kings 25:1-21) and lasted until 586 BC, when Jerusalem and the Temple were burned to the ground and the Jews were carried away into captivity. The 3rd invasion is called the Desolations of Jerusalem. From the servitude of the Nation to the Desolations of Jerusalem was 19 years.
God’s judgment for Judah lasted for 19 years before Jerusalem and the temple were destroyed as His prophets had foretold. The kingdom of Judah existed for 344 years as a kingdom and had 19 kings that were of the lineage of David and Solomon. Some of them were good, some were mediocre, and some were bad. Judah also had 1 queen, Athaliah, who was an evil woman. The only woman that was probably more wicked than her was Jezebel, her mother (and wife of the evil king of Israel, Ahab).
THE MODERN NATION OF ISRAEL
The number one sign that we are living in the end times is the establishment of the modern nation of Israel back into the fold of nations/kingdoms of the world which occurred on May 14, 1948. This was prophesied by the prophet Isaiah: “Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion was in labor, She gave birth to her children” (Isaiah 66:8).
During the war that followed Israel’s declaration of independence in 1948, Jordan attacked Israel from the east and captured the Old City and Temple precincts. It wasn’t until the 6 Day War (June 5 to June 11) in 1967 that Israel captured the Golan Height, Gaza Strip, Sinai Peninsula, and the West Bank that includes East Jerusalem. After 19 years (1948 – 1967) of being a divided city, Jerusalem was once again a united city under the governorship of Israel.
These 19 years for Israel and Jerusalem are in stark contrast to the 19 years of judgment that God levied against Judah from 605 to 586 BC. The return of the land of Judah and Jerusalem were prophesied by Jeremiah when he relayed God’s word to the people, “For behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, that I will bring back from captivity My people Israel and Judah, says the Lord. And I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it“ (Jeremiah 30:3).
From Babylon’s first invasion against Judah in 605 BC to Israel’s re-birth as a modern nation in AD 1948 was 2552 years. From Jerusalem’s destruction (first one) by the Babylonians in 586 BC to Jerusalem becoming a united city under the control of Israel in AD 1967 was 2552 years.
Six years after the Six Day War, on October 6, 1973, an Arab coalition led by Egypt and Syria launched a surprise attack against Israel on the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), October 6, 1973, which had occurred simultaneously with the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in that year. Israel was initially caught off guard and the Arab coalition had the upper hand until Israel was giving military aid (weapons) by the United States which turned the war around. Fighting continued for 19 days until October 25, 1973 when a cease fire was agreed upon by all parties. Israel had gained quite a bit of territory at the end of the 19 day war.
JUDGMENT AND THE NUMBER 19 IN THE BIBLE
Many books of the Bible talk about judgment and divine judgment from God. Interestingly, in numerous instances, chapter 19 of these books is the one that deals with this prevalent subject of the Bible. Here are some examples:
COVID 19 AND JUDGMENT
Covid-19 is so named because it originated in the last months of 2019. However, it didn’t really have much of an impact until March of 2020. I believe Covid-19, specifically, is a warning to the world regarding immediate judgment…not the judgment of the Tribulation, but of the Rapture. Yes, the Rapture is a time of divine judgment upon mankind. On this unforgettable day, God judges all people on the basis of their belief, or lack of, in the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ. The believers will be rewarded by being raptured into the sky and then transported into the third heaven by the Lord Himself. The Rapture will be the greatest “freak-out” experience of all time, surpassing even the tower of Babel craziness.
Unbelievers left behind after the Rapture will be judged and punished for their lack of faith and “idol-worshiping” ways. They will have to remain on the less populated earth and endure the consequences of the Rapture. It will be a time of intense confusion and chaos. Great changes will take place in the areas of government, religion, and the economy, paving the way for one world government, one world religion, one world currency, and eventually, the rise of the Antichrist and his False Prophet. Those still remaining at this time will have to endure the horrors of the seven-year Tribulation, or die trying.
I believe we are now living in the end times where the spirit of anti-Christ is in full force and men/women are responding to its siren call. “ And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them” (Romans 1: 28-32).
What used to be kept hidden (in the closet) or kept “under the radar” is now openly paraded in the public eye. Do you remember when the candidate Joe Biden, at the end of the Democratic presidential debate (on July 31, 2019) told the viewers to “go to Joe 30330” to support him ('Go to Joe 30330': Biden tells confused debate viewers to visit phone number - YouTube). At the time, I wondered why he chose this particular number, so I wrote an article about it and called it “The 30330 Man” (https://www.raptureread.com/2020/07025/the-30330-man-by-randy-nettles/ . In the following year of 2020 it became rather obvious why he chose it, or rather why ‘it’ chose him. When you divide the number 2020 by 666 (the number of the beast - Revelation 13:18) you get the number 3.033033033033… I deliberately chose to use 13 digits for this infinite number because it just seemed appropriate somehow.
I believe 30330 is the number (code) for the spirit of the anti-Christ whereas 666 is the actual number of the anti-Christ’s name (gematria). Sure enough, the spirit of anti-Christ was alive and well in the year 2020, with Covid-19 rampaging, lockdowns, mask mandates, government over-reach and tyranny, riots, violence, and death. 2021 was even worse with local, state, and federal governments grabbing as much ‘emergency’ powers as they possibly could. This resulted in less freedom and more tracing or spying on citizens, a demand for wokeness and teaching of critical race theory, more government spending and indebtedness, unemployment, restrictions on churches, inflation rises, supply chain shortages, soaring gasoline and utility prices, violence, sexual deviancy, mental illness, apostasy, and a bevy of other spirit of anti-Christ results.
I don’t expect 2022 to be any better or get back to ‘normal.’ I believe a high level of the spirit of anti-Christ could last for up to seven years (starting with 2019) and then there will be seven years of the anti-Christ. This could be similar to the seven years of plenty and seven years of famine in the land of Egypt, during Joseph’s time there when he explained Pharaoh’s dream to him. “Indeed seven years of great plenty will come throughout all the land of Egypt; but after them seven years of famine will arise, and all the plenty will be forgotten in the land of Egypt; and the famine will deplete the land. So the plenty will not be known in the land because of the famine following for it will be very severe” (Genesis 41:29-31).
The seven years (or so) of ‘plenty’ is a relative term as it will be in regards to the “calling of the Holy Spirit” in spite of the evil work of Satan and his principalities & powers (both demonic and human). Both good and evil forces will be contending for the souls of mankind like never before. After the Rapture (and especially during the Tribulation) when the Holy Spirit is restrained from holding back evil as He has done in past times, there will be a great spiritual famine in the land. However, God/Holy Spirit (and His two witnesses and 144,000 Jewish evangelists) will still be involved and there will be a great multitude of Tribulation believers that will “see the light” of Jesus Christ.
END TIME NUMBERS
Jesus had this to say to his disciples before he was crucified: “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near – at the doors! Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away” (Matthew 24:32-34). Moses had this to say about man’s lifespan: “The days of our lives are seventy years; and if by reason of strength they are eighty years, yet their boast is only labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away”(Psalm 90:10). When you put these scriptures together, many scholars see the possibility that the generation that was born after Israel became a nation again in 1948 would not die (possibly 70 to 80 years old) until they saw all the signs mentioned in Matthew 24.
Many Bible scholars believe Jesus was born in 5 BC around the Feast of Trumpets or Tabernacles. John the Baptist was born about 6 months earlier in the spring of 6 BC. From Jesus’ birth in 5 BC to his death in AD 33 is 37 years (actually 36.5 years). From Jesus’ death in AD 33 to the fall of Jerusalem and destruction of the 2nd Temple in AD 70 is 37 years (actually 36.4 years). So, from Jesus’ birth to the fall of Jerusalem and destruction of the 2nd Temple in AD 70 was approximately 74 years. From Israel’s declaration of independence in 1948 to the present year of 2022 is 74 years. Incidentally (or coincidentally), 74 X 9 = 666. Also, AD 2019 (the year of covid/judgment) + 3 (number for divine perfection) = AD 2022. AD 2019 + 7 (number for spiritual perfection) = AD 2026. AD 2019 + 10 (number for ordinal perfection) = AD 2029 (possibly 2030 – depending on start/finish months). Makes you wonder what is going to happen this year, doesn’t it?
Of all the end time numbers, I believe AD 2033 is the most significant, as there will have been 2000 years (or 2 days for the Lord) since Jesus was last seen on the earth before His ascension into heaven. 2000 years is as two days for the Lord. Peter said, “But beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” (2Peter 3:8). The Old Testament prophet, Hosea, had this to say on the subject (in my opinion), “After two days He will revive us; in the third day He will raise us up, and we shall live in His sight. Then shall we know if we follow on to know the Lord: His going forth is prepared as the morning; and He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth” (Hosea 6:2-3).
Of course, the two days (for the Lord) would equal 2000 years for mankind. From AD 33 to AD 2033 is 2000 years. Jesus’ kingdom on Earth (Millennial Kingdom) will last for one day (for the Lord) or 1000 years. The major rainfalls in Israel occur in the spring and fall seasons. The latter rain occurs in the spring and represents Jesus’ 1st Advent where He fulfilled the first four Feasts of the Lord (Pentecost comes in late spring/early summer). The former rain occurs in the fall season. Jesus will fulfill the last 3 of the 7 Feasts of the Lord (that occur in the fall season) when He returns to the earth during His 2nd Advent.
Israel’s patriarch, Abraham (representing Israel), entered the land of Canaan when he was 75 years old. From Israel’s rebirth in 1948 to 2023 is 75 years. When you add the “perfect numbers” (biblically) of 3, 7, and 10 to AD 2023, it looks like this: AD 2023 +3 = AD 2026; AD 2023 + 7 = AD 2030; AD 2023 + 10 = AD 2033. You can draw your own conclusion (if any) from these numbers. Personally, I believe they are significant regarding the end times.
It was only 8 years ago in 2014 when Russia invaded and subsequently annexed the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine. The military operation started on Feb. 20, 2014 and ended on March 26, 2014. On April 28th of the same year, U.S. President Barack Obama protested mildly and issued economic sanctions against Russia, targeting companies and individuals close to Vladimir Putin. Also in Feb. of 2014, the West African Ebola virus epidemic began. Does that mean Ebola is going to make a comeback in 2022 and beyond? AD 2014 was a significant year in world events. Ironically (or not) it is 19 years from AD 2033.
100 years from 2014 (and 119 years from 2033) World War I started on June 28, 1914 when Archduke Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, was shot to death by a Bosnian Serbian man. The war lasted for 4 years from 1914 to 1918. Many scholars believe World War I was the beginning of the “birth pains” for the end of the age found in Matthew 24:7: “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows” (Matthew 24:7-8).
The Spanish Flu was a deadly pandemic (pestilence) that started in 1918 during the war. By 1919, it had killed 50 million people throughout the world. There were also bad famines and earthquakes during the early 20thcentury. The Soviet Union had a major famine in 1921-1922 where massive crop failures occurred due to drought conditions. Vladimir Lenin largely ignored this famine and 9 million people died. Northwest China had a major famine in 1927 which was triggered by drought and harsh taxes. 3-6 million people died. Ukraine (of the Soviet Union), under the reign of Joseph Stalin, had a major famine in 1932-1934 where 7-8 million people died. Stalin seized grain crops and used them for exports because he needed hard currency. He refused to send Ukraine food aid during this time.
There were also major and deadly earthquakes during the early 20th century. China had a 8.6 earthquake on Dec. 16, 1920 which killed 100,000 people. Japan had a 8.3 earthquake in 1923 which killed 100,000 people. Japan had another major earthquake (8.9 on the Richter scale) 10 years later on March 2, 1933 which killed 2990 people.
The end time signs we are to look for according to Matthew 24 are all around us in our current year of 2022. War, famines, pestilences, and earthquakes are becoming more prevalent as time goes on. These are all the beginning of sorrows leading up to the last 7 years of human history, known as the Tribulation or Daniel’s seventy weeks (the 70th and final number 7). There is however one other sign that will occur before the Tribulation begins. It is called the Rapture of the Church. If you are one of the unfortunate unbelievers that are left behind after the Rapture, you had better come to the conclusion that this was a sign from God and He (whose name is Jesus) is coming again to the earth in great power and glory and judgment. Choose Him now, for no one is guaranteed tomorrow.
Amen, even so, come Lord Jesus!
If The U.S. Military Attacks Russian Forces, Will Vladimir Putin Use Nuclear Weapons Against Us? - by Michael Snyder - http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/if-the-u-s-military-attacks-russian-forces-will-vladimir-putin-use-nuclear-weapons-against-us/
All of a sudden, there is a lot of talk in the mainstream media about establishing a “no-fly zone” over Ukraine, and that should deeply alarm all of us. Because establishing a “no-fly zone” over Ukraine would require us to shoot at Russians, and they would inevitably start shooting back. In other words, we would be at war with Russia. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky thinks that this is a wonderful idea, because he knows that western intervention is the only thing that is going to save his country at this point. But Vladimir Putin has already warned that he is willing to use nuclear weapons against anyone that intervenes in the conflict. Should we take that threat seriously?
A bear that feels like it has been backed into a corner is a very dangerous thing, and that is especially true when that bear possesses highly advanced nuclear weapons.
But the warmongers in Congress see no reason why this should deter us from taking action. On Friday, U.S. Representative Adam Kinzinger publicly called for the establishment of a no-fly zone over Ukraine on Twitter…
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) called for the U.S. to declare a no-fly zone over Ukraine to give the country’s military a “fair fight” against invading Russian forces.
“The fate of #Ukraine is being decided tonight, but also the fate of the west. Declare a #NoFlyZone over Ukraine at the invitation of their sovereign govt,” Kinzinger tweeted on Friday.
The only way that statement can be considered rational is if Kinzinger truly believes that Vladimir Putin would never actually use nuclear weapons against the United States.
Unfortunately, Kinzinger is not alone.
On Monday, U.S. Senator Roger Wicker also spoke in favor of a no-fly zone over Ukraine…
But it’s not just nobody Republicans like Kinzinger saying this stuff. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., also endorsed the idea of creating a no-fly zone over Ukraine. “Clearly, in the absence of a U.N. resolution, which Russia would veto, a strong coalition of like-minded nations should step in and seriously consider this,” Wicker told HuffPost on Monday. Wicker isn’t some back-bencher. He’ll likely become the next top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee after Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., resigns later this year.
Unlike Kinzinger, Wicker actually has a bright political future, and so that makes his statement even more alarming.
Not to be outdone, U.S. Senator Rob Portman is actually suggesting that Ukraine should immediately be made a member of NATO…
On Sunday, Sen. Rob Portman, an Ohio Republican and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said on Meet The Press that we should right away bring Ukraine and other countries, like Georgia, into NATO. Bringing Ukraine into NATO, a mutual defense treaty, would of course trigger Article V, which obligates all NATO members to come to the defense of a member that’s under attack. In this case, that would mean — you guessed it — the U.S. going to war with Russia.
Does Portman really want us to fight such a war?
First of all, after not being able to defeat the Taliban despite being in Afghanistan for 20 years, is the U.S. military actually prepared for such a fight?
I think that the answer to that question is obvious.
Secondly, does Portman actually believe that both sides would restrain themselves from using nuclear weapons for the duration of such a conflict?
I honestly do not understand how people like this actually get elected to Congress.
The good news is that the Biden administration has ruled out a “no-fly zone” over Ukraine for now.
But the Washington Post is suggesting that the door for such a move has been left open based on this exchange between White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki and a reporter…
PETER ALEXANDER: On military, is there any way in which the U.S. would support a no-fly zone over Ukraine?
PSAKI: Well, here’s what important for everybody to know about a no-fly zone: What that would require is implementation by the U.S. military. It would essentially mean the U.S. military would be shooting down planes – Russian planes. That is definitely escalatory. That would potentially put us into a place where we’re in a military conflict with Russia. That is not something the president wants to do.
KRISTEN WELKER: So, that’s a no on that.
PSAKI: Those are all the reasons why that’s not a good idea.
I really wish that Psaki would have clearly stated that a no-fly zone will never happen.
But she didn’t do that.
And of course Biden has repeatedly broken his promises anyway, and so any promise the Biden administration makes today could easily be broken tomorrow.
Let us hope that cooler heads prevail, because a military conflict with Russia could go nuclear very easily.
Within the last week, Vladimir Putin has publicly threatened western powers with nuclear destruction two times…
In a nationally televised address last Thursday, Putin offered a menacing warning of Russia’s nuclear capability: “No matter who tries to stand in our way or all the more so create threats for our country and our people, they must know that Russia will respond immediately, and the consequences will be such as you have never seen in your entire history.” On Sunday, Putin went even further by announcing that Russia’s nuclear forces have been put on high alert, an order that NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called “dangerous rhetoric” and “irresponsible behavior,” which “adds to the seriousness of the situation.”
There are many in the western world that are absolutely convinced that Putin is bluffing.
But he sure wasn’t bluffing about invading Ukraine, was he?
And I think that it is important to note that Putin has reportedly moved his family into an underground city in Siberia that is designed to survive a nuclear war…
Vladimir Putin has in recent days hidden his family members in an ‘underground city’ in Siberia, according to a Russian professor.
The luxury hi-tech bunker is located in the Altai Mountains and was designed for protection in the event of nuclear war, said political scientist Valery Solovey, 61.
We need to understand that the mindset in Russia these days is completely different from the mindset in the western world.
To most people in the United States and Europe, the use of nuclear weapons is absolutely unthinkable.
But over in Russia, one of their most prominent news anchors just went on a wild rant in which he warned that western nations could be obliterated by “more than 500 nuclear warheads” if they continue to mess with Russia…
VLADIMIR Putin’s “propaganda chief” has threatened the West with nuclear annihilation during a rambling broadcast on Russian TV.
News anchor Dmitry Kiselyov told viewers across Russia’s 11 time zones that the West would be blown to smithereens with “more than 500 nuclear warheads” if it continued to threat Moscow.
And right now Russian nuclear submarines are conducting “drills” that are alarming many military experts…
Russian nuclear submarines sailed off for drills in the Barents Sea and mobile missile launchers roamed snow forests Tuesday in Siberia after President Vladimir Putin ordered his nation’s nuclear forces put on high alert over tensions with the West over the invasion of Ukraine.
Russia’s Northern Fleet said in a statement that several of its nuclear submarines were involved in exercises designed to “train maneuvering in stormy conditions.” It said several warships tasked with protecting northwest Russia’s Kola Peninsula, where several naval bases are located, would join the maneuvers.
The Russians have the capability to launch an absolutely devastating first strike from their super quiet “black hole” nuclear submarines.
From positions just off our coasts, those submarines could potentially reduce much of our defenses to ashes in just a matter of minutes.
Unfortunately, most Americans don’t understand how serious this threat is.
A nuclear war with Russia must be avoided, because the consequences would be unimaginable.
Thankfully, the federal government has issued some updated guidelines for how ordinary Americans should respond if a nuclear attack does actually happen…
Stay inside for 24 hours unless local authorities provide other instructions. Continue to practice social distancing by wearing a mask and by keeping a distance of at least six feet between yourself and people who not part of your household.
Family should stay where they are inside. Reunite later to avoid exposure to dangerous radiation.
Keep your pets inside.
You may not last very long after such an attack happens, but at least you can help prevent the spread of COVID by practicing social distancing and by wearing a mask.
Because that is what really matters, right?
Restraint and the Nuclear Demon - by Terry James - https://terryjamesprophecyline.com/2022/03/01/restraint-and-the-nuclear-demon/
I had just turned twenty years old a couple of months earlier when I watched and heard John F. Kennedy say live on TV something like: “The United States shall consider any missile launched from Cuba to be a direct attack by the Soviet Union upon this nation, which will bring a full retaliatory response by the United States upon the Soviet Union.”
The president’s famous smile had been wiped away and a grim expression had taken its place. Even at only twenty, I knew there had never been such a critical moment in human history, so far as potential for war was concerned. The missile crisis of October 1962 had brought mankind to the brink of all-out nuclear war.
Many years later, it was learned that only the refusal of one Soviet submariner to agree to launching a missile prevented initiating a conflagration. The sub’s command was under the mistaken impression that Soviet military assets had been attacked with nuclear warheads.
The Soviet naval officer was the third vote required to send the nuclear missiles toward their targets. Two of his fellow officers, one of them being the sub’s commander, voted yes. He voted no, so the missiles weren’t launched. It was the right decision, and, after days of tense standoffs and negotiations directly between Kennedy and Soviet Premiere Nikita Khrushchev, the most dangerous nuclear confrontation in history dissolved back into less-threatening cold-war status.
Both Kennedy and Khrushchev–particularly Khrushchev—have been credited with and lauded for showing great restraint in preventing all-out atomic war. This, because the Soviet dictator started dismantling the nuclear missiles on the Cuban island.
I knew little about the details of Bible prophecy at that age, although I had been taught prophecy from the pre-Trib viewpoint since I was very young. I can remember vividly, as a six-year-old, hearing Pastor Harris in the Seventh Street Tabernacle in Pekin, Illinois, preaching on the Rapture of the Church. The belief that the Lord knows the end from the beginning was never a point to question in my thinking. But when the Cuban missile crisis was in full bloom, I admit I didn’t think about all that. I was very worried–as was most every American who kept up with the unfolding events.
My naïve understanding was that these geopolitical leaders had indeed been responsible for applying the restraint of common sense in preventing the world from being blown up. I even found a modicum of appreciation for Khrushchev, who had, a year or two earlier, boasted that he would bury us.
And now, in 2022, some are saying we are facing the greatest threat to world peace and of nuclear annihilation since the Cuban missile crisis of October 1962.
These six decades later, I have no fear whatsoever of nuclear world annihilation. Thus, even though Russian President Vladimir Putin has just said something to the effect that if anyone tries to interfere with his going into Ukraine, they will experience something that they have never faced in all of history. By this, the diplomats of the world began thinking Putin meant he would unleash nuclear attacks against the US if American forces tried to intervene.
At this moment of writing, it seems there is no restraint whatsoever from the Russian side. And many, including yours truly, believe that America’s current leadership either doesn’t know how to restrain the nuclear demon, or is using the attack on Ukraine in a wag-the-dog move to distract from all this presidential administration’s failures at every level.
Despite the seemingly out-of-control movement toward possible nuclear conflict, like I say, I have no fear of the world ending through atomic warfare.
I’ve learned much since I was that naïve youth of 1962. I have learned to trust, without reservation, our God’s ability to restrain even the most horrific of man’s proclivity for self-destruction.
I now know the end from the beginning, because my Father in Heaven has told those who believe His prophetic Word that there will be “wars and rumors of wars,” and He has said that we should look for them. But He has also foretold that “the end is not yet” when we hear of those wars and rumors of war.
Our Heavenly Father has also told us that particular developments must take place as the end of human history plays out. That process does not include all-out nuclear destruction prior to the Rapture of the Church.
Following that great event, the red horse of war will indeed ride. As much as three-fourths of humanity will be killed by the judgments; most of the destruction almost certainly will come from nuclear weapons being unleashed. The black horse of famine and the chloros horse of death and Hell will quickly ride upon a planet of rebels deserving of God’s wrath.
Since the atomic bombs fell in 1945 on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the nuclear demon has been restrained. Not one such weapon has been allowed to be released in warfare, only in testing. This, in itself, is a miracle of God.
It won’t be any human leader or other human agency that will restrain the nuclear demon. The demon about which physicist Dr. Robert Oppenheimer remarked upon witnessing the first atomic explosion at the site called Trinity might be referenced obliquely in his following statement: The explosion brought to Oppenheimer’s mind words from the Bhagavad Gita: “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”
I believe that it is God’s mighty hand that will continue to restrain the nuclear demon–and all other wickedness—until the Restrainer, the Holy Spirit who indwells believers in Christ—is removed when we are called into the clouds to be with Jesus for eternity.
Waiting in the Wings - By Jan Markell – www.olivetreeviews.org
Gog is stirring and evil is rising. The bear has always been wicked but now it is as though Mr. Putin is possessed. He is showing aggression not seen in decades. Observers say he has transformed recently into ultimate evil and with the images playing out in front of us, that is obvious.
Nuclear forces are now alerted in Russia. Talk about perilous times (II Timothy). Israel is on alert because we know Vladimir Putin will not stop with Ukraine. Much more territory is in his sights, and he longs for the spoil (wealth) stored up in Israel (Ezekiel 38-39).
Society became fear-based two years ago with the pandemic, which opened the door for government overreach. More and more, the world longs for a leader, a Mr. Fix-It. Right now, such a person is not prominent. He may be obscure at this time, but he is waiting in the wings.
The Church will never know who the Antichrist is and the leader of the Russian invasion is not the Antichrist. But Vladimir Putin is “Gog-esque.” His ultimate goal could be “the mountains of Israel” (Ezekiel 38:8). Thanks to this blundering invasion, more than ever, he needs the natural resources and other "wealth" of Israel.
The conflict in Ukraine is an end-time turning point. It is much more than “wars and rumors of wars” predicted in the Bible for the end-of-days. It is further destabilizing a world that is already groaning, fearful and weary.
It is impossible to keep up with the signs of the times. But the world lacks a strong, forceful leader. You cannot point to a capital in the world today that reflects leadership. And that’s when tyrants rise.
One wonders if it is 1942 or 2022. Watching refugees on the run, having left possessions, people and even pets behind, tears at the heart. One day they had a normal, prosperous life and the next, they were being hunted. The strong, and particularly bullies, always want to destroy the weak.
Is this a temporary catastrophe or is it leading to WWIII? How does it fit into biblical prophecy? When will this man who is waiting in the wings, announce his arrival? We have more questions than answers. We just know that God is allowing much to happen so that all things fall into place.
The globalist cabal must keep stirring things up with pandemics, wars, economic peril, uncertainty, and more. To reset the world to their New World Order plan, the old must be riddled with confusion and chaos.
The wars of this Church Age pale in significance to the mayhem and trauma of the Tribulation. You want no one you love left behind.
Signs are a harbinger of His return. We are seeing such events happen closer together, in real time, just as the Bible predicted. You can almost hear the hoof beats of the Four Horsemen, which means the disappearance of the Church via the Rapture is imminent.
Are you ready for the Rapture?
"For whoever calls on the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, will be saved." Romans 10:13
Daily Jot: State of the delusion speech - Bill Wilson – www.dailyjot.com
Joe Biden just delivered the worst State of the Union address of any president in most of our lifetimes. He slurred words, called “Ukrainians” “Iranians,” even made up a new word, “progremiums.” I guess that’s a cross between a health program and an insurance premium. There were basically no policy revelations or depth of explanation for where we stand as a nation. A series of one-liners stitched together for applause lines. It’s hard to sound tough when you can’t enounce words properly. The speech was what you would expect on a comedy parody of leftist ideals such as “infects” of climate change and keeping out a vaccine with a wall. Everybody sort of knew what he meant, but overall it was an embarrassment.
Instead of “proud” Ukrainian people, he said “a pound of Ukrainian people.” He talked about all the sanctions he is putting on Russia and how he is working “with 30 other countries to release 60 million barrels of oil from reserves around the world. America will lead that effort, releasing 30 million barrels from our own Strategic Petroleum Reserve. And we stand ready to do more if necessary, united with our allies. These steps will help blunt gas prices here at home.” Biden didn’t tell the American people that despite the sanctions, the United States still imports 209,000 barrels of crude oil and 500,000 barrels of other petroleum products from Russia PER DAY, according to the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers. At today’s prices, Biden is financially fueling the Russian invasion by $70 million per day.
His COVID discussion was a billboard for big pharma Pfizer, saying, “We are also ready with anti-viral treatments. If you get COVID-19, the Pfizer pill reduces your chances of ending up in the hospital by 90%. I’ve ordered more pills than anyone in the world has. Pfizer is working overtime to get us 1 million pills this month and more than double that next month.” He encouraged people to get the “at home” COVID test kit, but didn’t tell Americans that they come from China and contain deadly toxins if not used properly. Biden dropped the “safe” part of the vaccine narrative. He said, “We know how incredibly effective vaccines are. If you’re vaccinated and boosted you have the highest degree of protection.” No mention of the 40%-plus death rate increase of vaccinated 18-49-year-olds and other issues casting doubt on the safety of the vaccines.
Biden repeatedly advocated for his plan to reduce inflation and cut the deficit with new government spending on green energy, child care, COVID test kits and more. He said, “My plan to fight inflation will lower your costs and lower the deficit…Let’s provide investments, tax credits to weatherize your home and your businesses to be energy efficient and get a tax credit for it; double America’s clean energy production in solar, wind, and so much more; lower the price of electric vehicles, saving another $80 a month that you’re not going to have to pay at the pump.” Only trouble is, Biden’s energy policies are causing the worst inflation in half a century and more government spending will only increase the deficit. This is delusional socialism. Line after line in the speech avoided the failures and selling more of the same with his future “plan.”
Let’s be fair. Every president has their spin on how they view their programs and progress through a political lens. Biden was faced with a momentous task of selling a failing presidency that from day one enacted policies that stimulated the worst inflation since Jimmy Carter. He tried to sell the idea that his policies and plans will be good for Americans. His speech was an attempt to put lipstick on a pig. To demonstrate just how delusional Biden is, here is another of his quotes: “Folks, if we are to advance liberty and justice, we need to secure the border and fix the immigration system.” Yeah, he actually said that and more. Colossians 2:8 says, “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit.” And that’s the state of the delusion.
Daily Devotion: Never Part of God’s Plan - by Greg Laurie – www.harvest.org
Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned. —Romans 5:12
https://harvest.org/resources/devotion/never-part-of-gods-plan/ - Listen
Sickness was never part of God’s original plan. We weren’t supposed to get sick or age. In fact, we weren’t supposed to die. But it goes back to our first parents, Adam and Eve, in the Garden of Eden. If Adam and Eve hadn’t eaten the forbidden fruit, we wouldn’t get sick or age.
But because they did, we age and have illness, and ultimately, we die. Romans 5:12 says, “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned” (Romans 5:12 NKJV).
Even so, why does God allow sickness? Here’s a short answer. Sometimes God allows sickness in our lives to bring us to Him. The psalmist said, “Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word.” (Psalm 119:67 NKJV). I’ve heard many stories of people who felt they had no need for God, but then they became ill, asked for spiritual help, and found it. So sometimes God allows it to get our attention.
Then again, sometimes God allows sickness in the lives of believers to keep us humble, as He did with the apostle Paul. Writing about a “thorn in the flesh,” Paul said, “Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, ‘My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness’” (2 Corinthians 12:8–9 NLT).
God also may allow sickness so that He can be glorified through our lives as we honor Him. For example, Joni Eareckson Tada, a quadriplegic, and Nick Vujicic, who was born without arms and legs, have both turned a disability into an ability.
So even when we don’t understand why God allows sickness, there are reasons He does. And He can be glorified through it.
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