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Rise of the Beast Power of Revelation (Part 2) – Pastor Mike Taylor - https://pastormiketaylor.blogspot.com/2021/05/rise-of-beast-power-of-revelation-part-2.html
"Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
2:2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,
2:3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
2:4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision.
2:5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.”(Psalms 2:1-5)
This is the second in a two part series where I explore where America is in the end times....will she be destroyed, as I wrote about last week, or will she rise to be the Lone Superpower that will rule the world in the coming Tribulation???
Down through the history of humans living on this earth, mankind has thought to elevate himself above God, instead of realizing the Creator as God, but made himself as a god to worship. Men in their evil hearts have tried to deny God, to blaspheme His name, and ignore Him in their daily lives. They have said “I don’t need God, because I will elevate myself and humanity as my god”. This has been going on since ancient times and the Tower of Babel when Nimrod thought to make a tower to heaven to challenge God for supreme position in the hearts of mortal man. It is the greatest rebellion patterned after the father of rebellion, Lucifer who became Satan.
Beginning in this ancient time period, there have been men who were Anti-God and by extension Anti-Christ. We see many instances of men arising to power and denying the power that enables them to breath, to move, and have their being. But God is sovereign and men’s puny attempts to deny Him or attempts to thwart His supreme plan for the redemption of mankind will fail. God is infinitely stronger than even the greatest of confederacies, and He will blow away the most extensive and vigorous efforts to overthrow His plans like so much dust. He laughs at man's puny attempts to rule without considering Him as the source of their very lives. Will He who repulsed the attacks of Satan's mighty angelic host be put in fear of mere mortal, limited men? Of course, no.
“The Lord of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand:
25 That I will break the Assyrian in my land, and upon my mountains tread him under foot: then shall his yoke depart from off them, and his burden depart from off their shoulders.
26 This is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth: and this is the hand that is stretched out upon all the nations.
27 For the Lord of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? and his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?”(Isaiah 14:24-27)
But that does not mean that men have not attempted to deny God and to rise to power to commit heinous acts against other men according to their own free will and moral choices. They attempt to rule the earth and forever wish to be the supreme force of the land. You can see the results of men who have been a power of Anti-Christ when you look at men like Nero, Antiochus Epiphanes, Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot and more recently the dictator of North Korea, Russian Vladimir Putin, or the mullahs, the leadership of Iran, just to name a few from ancient times into our more modern times. God has allowed these men to come to power and have toppled them when His plan was completed for their time. Our bible says that this time is not finished, as many Anti-Christ have come upon the scene since John spoke of them in 1st John:
18 “Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.”(1st John 2:18)
They have been many recorded in our history, but God says there will be a coming Anti-Christ who will be the last of a long line, but will be more powerful than all the rest.
3 "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;
4 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.”(2nd Thessalonians 2:3-4)
This is the man living in a modern, godless nation, who will possess the supreme embodiment of the evil of Satan indwelling a mortal man. He will arise and will subdue the whole earth as is plainly stated in Revelation 13:
7 “And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”(Revelation 13:7-8) These are the Tribulation saints, not the Church, but those who have come to the knowledge of our Lord Jesus when millions of people suddenly disappear.
We know that this man will arise, but where will he come from? Many have tried to pinpoint his location or his arrival. It has been believed that the man known as the Anti-Christ will come from the Revised Roman Empire, and that would be Europe, or possibly the Eastern Leg located in the middle east, but let us explore a possibility that many overlook. I will attempt to hypothesize and mind you, I MAY NOT BE RIGHT, but it is worth looking at this possibility, as we are told to watch, and a good watchmen on the wall takes what is about him and warns the people of WHAT MAY be coming in short order.
In past messages, I was searching for the city that will become the modern fulfillment of Ancient Babylon, we have explored two other possibilities. We have looked at Rome and at Mecca as the center of the beast power, with a ruler known as the Pope, and the 12th imam, known as the Mahdi, in that order…but I wish to explore one other reigning power and city that “could” fit the definition of the end time Beast Power, and it very close to home. I have looked at this before, but with what is happening in our world right now, behooves me to focus a bright light on this possible location for the rise of the coming “Beast Power”.
WHERE IS BABYLON TODAY?
The bible is full of historical events that have been proven to be right by discovery in archaeological digs and is written down in our history books. Events in the bible seem to go in parallels, or in circles, and keep repeating themselves, until the final episode of man’s rebellion is put down in a final battle the bible calls Armageddon. The bible speaks of Ancient Babylon and goes into describing her again in Revelation as the power that will be destroyed in the end of days. Reading in passages of this last book of the bible:
8 “ And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.”(Revelation 14:8)
We read about this great city that will arise and rule the whole world in commerce, militarily, and economically and will cause all men to bow to one supreme ruler.
2 “And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven."(Revelation 13:2-6)
(He will be supported and promoted as the supreme ruler of this world, by another man known as the false prophet:)
11 “And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.”(Revelation 13:11-18) We have the technology to make even a statue speak and move, called Artificial Intelligence (AI) so it is not beyond the realm of a possibility.
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
Where will these men be located and where will their base of operation be? If we look to the ancient land of Babylon, now known as Iraq, the USA completed, (prematurely, in my opinion) a war to rid the country of Saddam Hussein and hopefully instill the spirit of “democracy” into the people of the country. But what has happened just after we crossed the border with the last soldier of our military? The news was full of the news of new sectarian violence and the latest bomb blast to kill innocent bystanders. We heard about it most every week. . The country was on the verge of a civil war and the Prime Minister was inept to enforce the rule of law and prevent this violence. It looks like we spent much blood and treasure to no avail in this godless country. And now we read that Iran has virtually taken over the country and has a Middle East track to the Mediterranean. But our bible speaks of Babylon the Great, so does the bible mean the ancient site of Babylon?
If you believe as I do, that the return of the Lord of glory is imminent, then this CANNOT be the center of economic and military might spoken of in God’s Holy Word. Let’s see if we can make any sense of what we read in our bible concerning this city.
Let's look at the prophet Zechariah :
5 “Then the angel who spoke with me went out and said to me, "Lift up now your eyes and see what this goes forth."
6 I said, "What does this signify?" And he said, "This represents the ephah going forth." Again he said, "This signifies their appearance in all the land
7 (and behold, a lead cover appeared lifted up); and a woman sits inside the ephah."
8 Then he said, "This represents Wickedness!" And he threw her down into the middle of the ephah and cast the lead weight on its opening.
9 Then I lifted up my eyes and looked, and two women came out with the wind in their wings; and they had wings like the wings of a stork, and they lifted up the ephah between the earth and the heavens.
10 I said to the angel who spoke with me, "Where do they take the ephah?"
11 Then he said to me, "To build a temple for her in the land of Shinar; and when we prepare it she will stand there on her own pedestal."(Zechariah 5:5-11)
People look at these verses and say Babylon is in the ancient land noted in historical records, so that must be Babylon the Great. Is it really? Look to a land where Ishmael created a great nation, the land of Saudi Arabia. In the city of Mecca, we find a great cubicle known as the Black Stone, or the Kaaba. In it you will find a symbol of the female parts of a woman. Note this website:
Is this basket, which is what this cubical represents, is sitting on a pedestal with a woman sitting inside, (or a representation of a woman), is this what Zechariah was speaking of? I believe it is, but this is in Mecca, not Babylon. Historically the land of Shinar was Mesopotamia, or the southern end of Iraq of modern days, but the whole plain might extend to the land mass between the seas of the Caspian, the Mediterranean, an the Persian Gulf. But Saudi Arabia doesn't have the might spoken in the Bible, or ports that makes it an economic powerhouse, but she can be instrumental in forming a one world religion, with the push for unity of all religions and the possible rise of an apostate religion.
In one of the last two messages that was posted recently on my blog, we explored the rise of the false prophet in the Catholic Church where I put forth the belief that this religion will be the agent to bring all religions into a one world religious order, including Islam for a blended apostasy called Chrislam. They are now trying to incorporate all religions to combine into an ecumenical belief that we all serve the same God.
Do we all believe in the same God? Not when it comes to Islam and any religious order of Far East Mysticism, but they would have you believe that we can all be of one religion and have as our focus, one mediator on earth that will be the enforcer of this one world belief system. Who is that enforcer? Yes, the False Prophet (who well may be the apostate pope, as he is looking more and more likely) who will promote the Beast Power headed by the Anti-Christ. I think it is safe to say that this evil embodiment of apostasy will include the Kaaba inside Mecca and make it a criminal act to not follow the edicts of the Anti-Christ, his false prophet, or/and his regime. I speak of a regime and where might that regime be located? The bible speaks of a city that is the center of commerce and all the world has been made rich by her fornication. Where is that city? Is it ancient Babylon rebuilt?
Again, let me repeat, if you are a proponent of the imminent return of Jesus Christ, as I am, do you see ancient Babylon being rebuilt to become a super power of commerce, with a port that is the center of all commerce in the near future? I don’t. There are two reasons that I see another city that is the prophesied Babylon the Great and has been transplanted to another land, as in this time, we are not talking about a region, but the whole earth.
A LAND MOST BLESSED, PASSES INTO IDOLATRY
I have looked at this once before, but let us take a closer look and see if she fits.
Reason #1, Revelation:
8 “Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.
9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning,
10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.
11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:”(Revelation 18:8-11)
In this modern era, there is only one city that is the center of commerce for all the earth. The power brokers have their center in this city, all currencies are decided from her treasury, and the world standard for trade is made or destroyed in her ability to control the world’s fortunes. That city is New York. (and a city close by is named “new Babylon”) No other center of world power and control of commerce is more evident than in this one city. The world markets are centered by and at large on Wall Street. If somehow the influence and the markets of New York City were destroyed, the world markets would be in a panic. The economies of this world would collapse if God took out His vengeance on this city, who many claim is a nation unto itself and controls the rest of the world. Her destruction would fit the verses quoted above.
As it was in ancient Israel and the time of Solomon, Israel was the most powerful nation in the world, until her kings descended into idolatry and abominations that caused God to pour out His judgment on her and she was cast to the four winds. Now we see the USA, which started on principles built on the Ten Commandments, and the principles found in our bible. Our nation which gave honor and glory to our Creator, as the source of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness has been much blessed by God, (as was the nation of Israel), but the population has wandered into the darkness of idolatry and lust of the flesh. We could name many sins that has engulfed our land, starting with abortion and infanticide or the burning of our children in the fires of Molech. Her sins have to rise like a stink in God's nostrils.
AN ECONOMIC POWERHOUSE
No other city that has a port, which if Babylon was to be rebuilt would have no port, and would not have a history of controlling the world trade, as New York has done for 200 years, and even more so in the last 100 years. I submit to you that the city of Revelation that is destroyed in one day noted as Babylon the Great, is but a symbolism of a great city so wicked and perverse in her actions, that God punishes her in one swift blow that surpasses a nuclear strike performed by modern warfare. The center of power of her wealth and its control is in this city, but the center of governing this port of commerce is in her neighboring city, Washington, D.C. A city such as New York City must have a center of authority and a leader who makes and enforces economic and military power.
ISRAEL ; AND THE LONE SUPERPOWER OF THE EARTH
We, who watch for the signs of the coming of our Messiah, point to an obvious sign of the revealing of the Anti-Christ beginning with a 7 year treaty given to Israel by the leader of a superpower nation. Daniel chapter 9,
25 “Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
27 AND HE SHALL CONFIRM A COVENANT (my emphasis) with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.”(Daniel 9:25-27)
This is a reference to a treaty that was prophesied to Daniel by Gabriel, that at the end of days a 70th week will be completed or the finishing of Daniel’s 70 week prophecy concerning Israel and its purification. This treaty, or some call it is“a pact with the devil”, will be signed. We have studied in numerous sermons and articles on my blog of wars that will lead up to this treaty beginning with a war prophesied in Psalms 83 (which could be on the cusp of fulfillment between Gaza, Israel and their Arab neighbors) and into Ezekiel 38 and 39. What superpower has a leader that the people of Israel would think of signing an agreement with for their protection and safety and allow them with international consent to build their temple once more? My take is only one leader, the President of the United States with a UN resolution to prevent another war that has so decimated the area and is evident that something happened that these men cannot explain. In the past, the USA has been Israel’s ally and benefactor, but no more..
We saw in the past, that POTUS Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner was trying to create the deal of the century, and many believe that the deal would be “dead on arrival”, as the Palestinians don't want peace, but complete extermination of Israel as the “occupier” of the land. But what if a future president brought this to Israel as a “deal to prevent another war” and Israel looked at this man as a “political savior” promising them 'PEACE AND SECURITY”? If we take the coming Psalm 83 war, the Oracle of Damascus (Isaiah 17:1-5) and the Gog-Magog destruction of 5/6 of all their armed forces and the plagues that befall them following them back to their home countries and the devastation continues , a one world government will seek to make a peace covenant with the many in the region. In that scenario, the Muslims around them will be reduced to “less than a threat to Israel” anymore as God has destroyed all invaders on the mountains of Israel.
Israel has wanted “peace and security” since her becoming a nation in May, 1948 and here a man of “charisma” will charm them that he has their best interest at heart and makes a deal that the leaders of the nation will not refuse. They will realize halfway through the Tribulation, that they have made a deal with the devil and not their “political messiah”. For another point of view that seems to “confirm” what I am speaking of , go here:
PROBLEMS AT HOME
The USA is the leader of past quartets to bring “peace” to the Middle East between Israel and the Palestinians. But during this war, or wars, the Palestinians are no more, but Israel now owns most of the Middle East resources of oil and gas. In the back of their minds, the nations know that the results of those wars were won by something supernatural and Divine and the god of this world will not give credit where credit is due, nor will the men who do his bidding.
The USA is now in the middle of an economic upswing, but we all know that the economy is built on a house of cards that will eventually collapse and it will only get worse, not better as past two administrations tried to paint a face of recovery on a fragile situation. Already the rights and freedoms that the USA has enjoyed and prospered by are in jeopardy of being taken away, all in the name of Homeland Security and the Socialist/Democratic (sic) party, our freedoms are being eroding, even as I speak this message, as it is on the daily news to take away our 1st and 2nd Amendment rights..
I shudder to think that the land that I grew up in, the land that I pledged allegiance to, and the land that my forefathers died to protect our freedoms will be washed away by some lawless individual that embodies all the evil that Satan can bring about to destroy mankind. Right now, our land was led by one man who was our commander in chief of the armed forces and the supposed protector of our liberty and he got challenges on anything he proposed, as the left just can't believe that Hillary didn't win to continue the Obama policies that President Trump was reversing.. Now our system of government has suddenly changed and we have a “puppet” dictatorship, or a puppet king imposing “executive orders” that in 100 days reversed all the progress that was made in the last 4 years.. Even now the “congress” that is suppose to represents us, is sought nothing but “impeachment” and trying to insert their man, instead of the one God chose, and the people elected. And through theft and deceit they, “installed” not elected, a man the elite can control.
As I have preached in the past, Trump was the modern day “King Cyrus” that was for the benefit of God's chosen people, the inhabitants of Israel. No one was able to remove Trump from office until God allowed it, and He is finished with what has been a reprieve from our downhill slide to lawlessness and a coming dictatorship.
RISE OF THE ANTI-CHRIST
But this coming leader will be the opposite of what the God in Heaven stands for and embraces the god of forces. We have seen the past “Obummer, the usurper in chief” overstep his constitutional bounds by “executive orders” on immigration, national security, foreign policy, or just name it and this man has either done it, or explored how to circumvent our laws created by our representatives in Congress. He did a right good job of sending this country towards a “One World Government” by pushing “socialism” and here we see it being proposed once again by leftist from New York, Vermont, and Minnesota and we stomach the first openly Muslim congresswomen in the history of our country and a former barmaid that is inept at every turn, but along with her cohorts (the Squad) are always in the news pushing a socialistic form of government. What is disturbing is that a poll says that “socialism” is something they would embrace, but in South America, the premier country, Venezuela has eroded from a prosperous country to a poverty stricken nation. No where in history has socialism worked for the people, save to enslave them.
THE ANTI-CHRIST COMES TO POWER.
36 “And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvelous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.
37 Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.”(Daniel 11:36-37)
These verses, I believe give reference to a king who performed the abomination of desolation noted by Jesus in Matthew 24. and only happened one other time in history. That King was Antiochus Epiphanes who was a Syrian king who erected a statue of Zeus in the Holy of Holies with the likeness of his own face and defiled the temple by sacrificing pigs on the altar of God, leading to the Maccabean Wars and the Jewish revolt to drive this madman out of the Holy Land.
Another evil man with the same spirit as this king will arise and will have as his god, the god of forces and total superiority in arms. Many people think, and I’ve had them tell me, that Barack Hussein Obama was the Anti-Christ. Was he? Maybe he was or will be, at least I have no evidence of that fact to say one way or another, but he did oppose Christian principles and promoted Islam any chance he got.
I’ve said it before and I will say it again, this side of the church being removed from this planet, we will not know for sure who the man called the Anti-Christ will be, but will have a pretty good idea before it actually happens. Those who are on this earth when this treaty is made with Israel, if they know the bible, or read anything on prophecy websites, will know that this is the man. He will do away with all religions that worship any god, and proclaim himself to be a god, as Satan has entered into him and wishes to be worshiped through him. He will allow worship of a one world religion for a short time, but will destroy her with fire in the middle of the Tribulation as he desires worship of himself alone: Revelation,
16 “And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.”(Revelation 17:16)
But remember, my friend, God is in control. If this hypothesis turns out to be right and the City of Babylon is the city of New York, the Anti-Christ resides in the oval office of the president, and the false prophet is the pope in Rome that embraces Islam mixed with apostate Christianity, then we can do nothing but vote our conscience till then, in any election and pray and repent accordingly. It will be an unholy alliance of Islam, Catholicism as Chrislam as the One World religion proclaiming the Anti-Christ, and the USA blended as the Beast Power. What can upset this scenario is if the USA is somehow dethroned as the Superpower of this earth. There are forces at work to destroy this nation from within and shift the economic might back to Europe. Will they succeed? What can we do? Is there any hope of prolonging the inevitable, if any of this be true? The only other “superpower” that is present today is “socialist/communist Russia” but will be the leader during the Gog-Magog coalition that is destroyed by God, so Russia may take a huge hit on their leaders and their people along with Iran, Turkey and other Islamic countries of the region.
WHAT CAN ANY OF US DO?
14 “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”(2nd Chronicles 7:14)
I fear that this nation of immigrants that were blessed with God given freedom may be in for some rough times. We see it already beginning. We, who call on the name of the Lord as our Savior, may see the beginning of some rough times economically, but it will get exponentially worse when all hell on earth breaks loose and millions of people suddenly vanish from the face of the earth. Economically, the nation will be plunged into turmoil and marshal law will be most assuredly enacted. Riots will develop in the order of European cities that have played on your nightly news, but on a larger scale worldwide. Freedom will vanish and a police state will emerge. The present administration has been looking for a reason to suspend our Constitutionally held rights. If it’s immigration, terrorism, diseases long thought eradicated cause an outbreak, or the disappearance of a major portion of the citizens of this country, then the gulags that we have heard being built for control of the masses, and the caskets for mass graves will quickly be put to use, as a state of chaos will develop and the powers that be will rush into to restore order, at whatever cost in human life. In the meantime and before this dire scenario plays out, my friend, get your own house in order. If you’re playing church, now is the time to get serious about this man/God, Jesus Christ. If you think that you can skate in your beliefs and live like the devil, then you may just join Satan in his eternal home (the Lake of Fire) after being plunged headlong into 7 years of utter genocide of mankind.
Time is growing short. Economic turmoil is right around the corner and people will suffer under a repressive regime. Men, women and children will die in the short term, but all will be required to take a mark to even live when order is restored: Revelation ,
16 “And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.”(Revelation 13:16-18)
I just read an article on this Prophecy Update site, of the plan of Transhumanism controlling every man and woman on this planet during the coming Tribulation. A chip in your brain, or one in the skin of your hand...”Mark of the Beast”...they will be able to control you and your thoughts and direct your actions.
When that happens, you will take the mark, or die. To take the mark, you will live, but only temporarily as you will be condemned for all eternity and enter into a place reserved for the devil and his demons the Bible calls the Lake of Fire burning with sulfur and brimstone to be forever lost without hope and a way back to God.
The signs are about us. The return of the Lord Jesus Christ is imminent and will come WITHOUT warning. Only the wise and the humble will submit to the calling of the Holy Spirit to receive pardon from your shortcomings, failures, and sins against God Almighty.
“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”(Isaiah 1:18)
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”( John 14:6)
16 “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.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”(John 3:16-18)
He calls you now as you read. Will you listen to that still, small voice that speaks to your spirit, or will you enter into the most horrifying experience known to mankind? The choice is ultimately YOURS.
8 “But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:8-13)
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What does a Bennett-Lapid government mean? – David Isaac - https://www.jns.org/analysis-what-does-a-bennett-lapid-government-mean/
“This looks to me like a car with four different wheels, and every wheel is going in a different direction,” said Lt. Col. (res.) Dr. Mordechai Kedar. “The only thing they agree upon is the need to get rid of [Benjamin] Netanyahu. This objective will be achieved in the first minute of this government.”
Yesh Atid Party head Yair Lapid and Yamina Party head Naftali Bennett announced on Wednesday that they have secured an agreement to form Israel’s next government, thereby likely ending the 12-year consecutive term of Benjamin Netanyahu as the country’s prime minister.
The new government will be unprecedented in its composition, consisting of seven parties spanning the entire Israeli political spectrum, plus the backing of an Arab party for the first time. As such, questions remain over the ability to successfully govern such a disparate group of parties at a time when the country faces serious security threats stemming from Iran and its terror proxies, as well as internal social discord between Jews and Arabs.
Nevertheless, most analysts JNS spoke with were hopeful, especially when it comes to improving U.S.-Israel ties.
“It could certainly help the mood, initially,” Daniel Pipes, president of the Middle East Forum, told JNS, saying that the United States will be pleased with a government that includes left-wing members. Though he cautions, “I could well see the Biden administration disappointed if the right-wing parties—which are, in fact, more right than Netanyahu—have their way.”
Pipes expects the right-wing coalition partners to dominate, noting that in the negotiations on forming the coalition, the three right-wing parties—Yamina, New Hope and Yisrael Beiteinu—“have been in the driver’s seat,” and Yamina, with only seven seats, has been given the premiership.
Other analysts are even more optimistic about an upswing in U.S.-Israel relations, including Shmuel Sandler, professor emeritus of Bar-Ilan University and current president of Emunah-Efrata College; Eyal Zisser, vice rector of Tel Aviv University and professor of Middle Eastern Studies; and IDF Col. (res.) Elad Shavit, senior researcher on U.S.-Israeli relations at the Tel Aviv-based Institute for National Security Studies.
All three believe that recent U.S.-Israel tensions, which they attribute to Netanyahu’s close Republican ties and more confrontational approach, will subside.
Shavit disapproves of Netanyahu’s more aggressive approach, noting as an example the prime minister’s remarks on Tuesday, when he said if the choice was between friction with the United States and confronting Iran, Israel would choose to clash with its staunchest ally. “Israel needs to carry out discreet strategic talks with the American administration to achieve its results and not to turn differences into a public confrontation,” he said.
None see major policy changes in the offing. Pipes notes that not only do right-wing coalition members like Bennett, New Hope’s Gideon Saar and Yisrael Beiteinu’s Avigdor Liberman share the same view of the Iranian regime as Netanyahu, so do centrists like Lapid and Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz of Blue and White. “I don’t imagine there’ll be large differences and maybe a fresh start,” said Pipes. “It’s quite clear that Meretz and Labor are side-lined.”
Sandler agrees that “Iran will be a continuation, more of the same. Everybody in the government understands that Iran is the big enemy, a strategic threat to Israel’s existence.”
He notes that the coalition’s ideological differences act as a brake on major policy moves. “You’re not going to see an Oslo here or an annexation,” he said, referring to the 1992 Oslo Accords, which handed over parts of Judea and Samaria to the Palestinian Liberation Organization, and recent politically opposite efforts to apply sovereignty to sections of those territories.
“The basic policy of Israel won’t change,” agrees Zisser, noting also that much of Israel’s security policy is formulated by the Ministry of Defense and the Israel Defense Forces. Even if Bennett or Lapid wanted to enact dramatic policy changes, they wouldn’t have the political capital to overrule those institutions, he says.
All the pundits agree that nothing is going to change on any of the major issues confronting Israel, whether it’s the Palestinian conflict, Hamas, Hezbollah or the economy.
‘He’s the one who’s the glue’
Still, not all share a hopeful view of this new government-in-waiting.
“This looks to me like a car with four different wheels, and every wheel is going in a different direction,” said Lt. Col. (res.) Dr. Mordechai Kedar, senior research associate at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies. “The only thing today which they agree upon is the need to get rid of Netanyahu. This objective will be achieved in the first minute of this government. So what will keep it together in the second minute?”
On the other hand, Sandler and Pipes see the government lasting precisely because of Netanyahu, assuming that he remains the leader of the Likud Party in the opposition. “As long as Netanyahu stays in politics, I think they’re going to stick together. He’s the one who’s the glue,” says Sandler.
Kedar acknowledges the logic of this argument, though adds that “the question is which is more powerful: the struggles inside the government or the fear of Netanyahu?”
He continues, saying there are too many ideologically based issues and those will lead to a “divorce in this unnatural marriage.” He argues also that there’s no escape from ideology because the voters are watching, and anyone who concedes his agenda will be seen “as some kind of spineless invertebrate.”
Kedar foresees that the coalition partners will find themselves caught in an impossible situation.
Sensitive issues are embedded in the budget, he notes, like building roads in Judea and Samaria. “If Meretz agreed to such a thing, they’d actually be cutting off the branch on which they sit because according to their ideology, Israel should withdraw from those areas altogether.”
On the other side of the coalition are Bennett and Saar, who need to prove their right-wing bona fides precisely by building in those areas.
“This is why I think this government will not last more than a few weeks,” says Kedar.
The Deadly Tax - By Hal Lindsey - https://www.hallindsey.com/ww-6-2-2021/
The third of the “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” is usually known as “Scarcity.” It might also be called “Inflation.” Revelation 6:6 describes a situation during the seven years of tribulation. “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius.”
A “denarius” represents a day’s pay. Imagine working all day for a quart of wheat or three quarts of barley. This denotes scarcity, but also inflation. Money won’t buy what it used to.
Americans experienced heavy inflation in the 1970s. But that is nothing compared to the hyperinflation experienced by Venezuelans over the last few years. From 2016 to 2019, the inflation rate in Venezuela rose to 53 million percent. That’s not a typo. The number comes from the Central Bank of Venezuela. Can you fathom what such inflation would do to a savings account or to anyone on a fixed income? We Americans remember “double-digit” inflation as a nightmare. They experienced “eight-digit” inflation!
In the last few months, inflation has again become noticeable in the United States. Also, for the first time in a long time, Americans have seen shortages of important commodities. Both the shortages and the inflation seem to be getting worse. The question is, how bad will it get?
The answer doesn’t look good. On Friday, May 28th, the Biden Administration submitted a new budget proposal to Congress. According to USA Today, “The budget projects the federal debt would increase, relative to the size of the economy, to a higher level than during World War II.”
Venezuela and many other countries trace their hyperinflation to high government debt. High debt forces governments to create money to pay their debts. Vast amounts of money enter the economy, but that money loses value.
The US Federal Reserve controls the money supply in the United States. But where does the Fed get its money? According to Investopedia, “The Fed creates money through open market operations, i.e. purchasing securities in the market using new money, or by creating bank reserves issued to commercial banks.”
They “create money.” They are “creating bank reserves.” They make “new money” as needed. They still print cash, but that’s a small part of today’s money supply. Most money today is digital. Partially in response to the Covid-induced economic slowdown, the Fed has been creating a lot of money. Meanwhile, the government has been spending money at staggering levels.
This spending spree is not just happening in the United States. It is a worldwide phenomenon. That means the whole globe could be headed for a financial crisis of massive proportions. According to Revelation 13, the Antichrist and False Prophet will come to control the global economy. It sounds like the world will be in such great financial desperation that they will give the planetary power of the purse to their new leader. We seem to be headed for such a crisis. And in Venezuela, they learned that it can happen fast.
Is it time for despair? Not if you are a disciple of Jesus. He made certain promises to you. Those promises do not depend on the monetary policies of your country, or the value of the money in your savings account. In times like this, it’s important to lean into Him. Trust Him. Walk in His grace.
Don’t let the signs of the times make you afraid. Instead, allow them to give you confidence that the God who promised to take care of you is still in charge. Things are happening exactly as He said they would.
As Trust In The Government Erodes, Many Americans Are Discovering That It Is TOO LATE To Fully Implement Their Backup Plans - by Michael Snyder - http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/as-trust-in-the-government-erodes-many-americans-are-discovering-that-it-is-too-late-to-fully-implement-their-backup-plans/
Never put anything in an email that you do not want the entire world to see. Unfortunately, Dr. Tony Fauci is learning that lesson the hard way. Throughout the course of this pandemic, the mainstream media has been heralding Fauci as a voice of reason that we should trust without hesitation. He came to be regarded as the ultimate authority on all questions related to COVID, and social media companies banned countless users that dared to suggest that he might be wrong about certain things. Well, now everything is going to change. Thanks to thousands of Fauci emails that have been obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request, we have discovered that Fauci was lying to all of us over and over again. During his opening monologue on Wednesday night, Tucker Carlson actually used the phrase “utter fraudulence” to describe Fauci and his lies…
Fox News’ Tucker Carlson ripped “the utter fraudulence of Tony Fauci” Wednesday night, after BuzzFeed and the Washington Post obtained thousands of pages of emails through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, revealing that the nation’s top virologist was telling the public one thing, while furiously working on damage control and narrative-shaping as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded.
At the height of the pandemic, the mainstream media had dubbed Fauci America’s “most trusted voice”, and the big news networks treated him as the pinnacle of scientific knowledge and integrity.
But it turns out that he was flat out lying from the very start. His emails show that he knew exactly what was going on at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and that is because he was funding the research…
Fauci’s emails collectively show that “from the beginning, Tony Fauci was worried that the public might conclude COVID had originated at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.”
“Why would he be concerned that Americans would conclude that?” Tucker asked. “Possibly because Tony Fauci knew that he had funded gain-of-function experiments at that very same laboratory.“
And when people started putting the pieces together very early in the pandemic, Fauci was instrumental in covering up the truth.
This is the latest bombshell in a long string of incidents which have caused an increasing number of Americans to lose faith in our system.
Everywhere you turn these days, prominent voices are lying. Virtually everyone has an agenda to push, virtually everyone has ulterior motives, and virtually everyone will do whatever it takes to cover their rear ends at all costs.
“CYA” has become a way of life for most of our government officials, and Tony Fauci has been exposed as just another rear-covering government bureaucrat.
We live at a time when our society is starting to come apart at the seams all around us, and when things really hit the fan the government is not going to be there to save you.
Instead, there will be hordes of faceless bureaucrats that will be working very hard to cover their own rears and that will be looking out for their own interests.
For years, I have been encouraging people to get prepared in advance for what is coming, because it is extremely unlikely that someone else is doing that for you.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, millions of Americans have been relocating. We have seen a mass exodus from the major cities, and this is something that I have applauded, because I have been an advocate for moving away from large population centers for a very long time.
Unfortunately, we have now gotten to a point where prices for housing in many desirable rural and suburban locations have been pushed to absurd levels.
In one particularly desirable rural location, landlords are now asking for as much as $3,500 a month to rent a unit that has one bedroom and one bath. And for those looking to buy, inventory is extremely limited, and anything that is listed for less than half a million dollars is likely to be a complete dump.
For many Americans that bring home average incomes, it is already too late to relocate to some of the most desirable rural and suburban areas of the country because they have already been priced out of the market.
Meanwhile, many people that had put off stocking up for the hard times that are approaching are discovering that there are widespread shortages of many of the products that they want to stock up on.
At this point, even the Federal Reserve is starting to panic about how widespread the shortages have become…
With the economy overheating, it will hardly come as a surprise that the latest Fed Beige Book – which found that the economy expanded at what the Fed absurdly called a “moderate pace” from early April to late May, at least clarifying that this was a “somewhat faster” rate than the prior reporting period – one of the top concerns was soaring costs, but nothing spooked the various Fed districts quite as much as what appears to be a shortage of everything, with district after district complaining about broken supply chains, a lack of workers, and critical commodities that just can’t be procured, all resulting in sharply higher prices, slower delivery times and all around chaos.
For certain items, it is now too late to do much stockpiling because availability is so limited.
But the good news is that there is still plenty of food in the stores and there are still sufficient supplies of many basic essentials.
So use this window of opportunity to grab what you can before prices start really going through the roof.
Those that were promising you that everything would turn out just fine if you followed their instructions (such as Dr. Fauci) were not being straight with you.
Everything is not going to be okay. The truth is that we are headed into the biggest meltdown in American history, and it is going to be exceedingly painful.
Just look at what is happening in the western third of the nation. My readers knew in advance that Dust Bowl conditions would eventually return, but the vast majority of the population is still absolutely clueless about what is happening.
This is the season of “the perfect storm”. This is the time when it will seem like everything that can go wrong will go wrong.
And as events spiral out of control, Dr. Fauci and our other leaders in Washington will just keep telling lie after lie as they carefully cover their own rear ends.
Daily Jot: Modern day Martyrs and Ambassadors – Bill Wilson – www.dailyjot.com
Many an eyebrow is raised when we in America see the government shut down churches because of COVID, or when homosexual activists and their government advocates try to restrict religious frees speech, or when big-tech conspires to censure religious expression. We say it’s persecution; the end of days is near. But there is actual persecution occurring around the world where much worse is thrust upon Christ followers—China raids houses, puts Christians in prison. Islamic countries hunt down Christians, torture them, rape them. These people are not wringing their hands about doctrinal issues. They are ambassadors of Christ, modern-day martyrs. In Africa, our ministry regularly faces these persecutors.
On May 21 in Nigeria, Fulani herdsmen killed a missionary, a pastor and his three-year old son. Two days later, the Fulani, part of the Boko Haram terrorist network, killed 22 Christians. According to Persecution International Christian Concern, “The Fulani Militia is the fourth deadliest terror group in the world and has surpassed Boko Haram as the greatest threat to Nigerian Christians.” The threat is not just to Nigerian believers. Daily Jot ministry partner, Pastor William Agbeti writes: “Fulani herdsmen residing in and travelling across Ghana, from Nigeria, in search of green pastures for their cattle, remain a major challenge to the nation and people of Ghana. Death, bloody confrontation, destruction of farms and properties, pollution of water bodies, rape, robbery, rampant theft and open disregard for authority, follow their trail wherever they go.
“In Bosuafise where we have a physical presence of our ministry, the Fulani have set up a permanent camp, from where they launch out into neighboring villages with their cattle, destroying crops and degrading land. On April 25, 2021, in another village in the Oti Region of Ghana, there was a fatal clash between the villagers and Fulani herdsmen. The villagers woke up to find the herdsmen were driving their cattle through their farms, causing considerable damage to their crops. A scuffle ensued, five persons sustained serious injuries, leading to the death of one of the herdsmen and the burning down of two motorbikes owned by the herdsmen. On several occasions, our volunteers have chanced upon Fulani herdsmen in several villages on their free foodstuffs distribution rounds.
“These herdsmen block the only main roads with their cattle, and you have to sit patiently in your car for them to move at their own convenience. Any attempts at confronting or engaging them in arguments can easily lead to a blood bath. The Fulani herdsmen are a thorn in the flesh of the Government and people of Ghana. It seems to be a perennial challenge defying solutions.” As you can see from Pastor Agbeti’s testimony, persecution is more than censorship or temporary restrictions. Many Christians around the world are being persecuted with their lives in the balance. All of us on the front lines ask for one thing: your prayers. Because we know the truth of what is written in James 5:16, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” Having done that, we need to stand. Otherwise we will face the same here on our own land.
Daily Devotion: Two Ways We Can Live - by Greg Laurie – www.harvest.org
If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. —1 John 1:8
https://harvest.org/resources/devotion/two-ways-we-can-live/ - Listen
By nature, I’m a messy person. But the irony is that I don’t like messes, even though I make a lot of them. I’ll let messes build up, and then eventually I’ll start cleaning up out of frustration. In contrast, my wife, Cathe, is very neat and tidy. She doesn’t allow messes to pile up because she’s always cleaning.
So we have two approaches to cleaning: the Greg way and the Cathe way. The Greg way is to never do today what you can put off until tomorrow. If there’s some dust, sweep it under the rug. And if you want to get rid of something, just throw it in a drawer.
The Cathe way is to clean the rug and clean underneath the rug. The Cathe way is to organize the drawer you throw something into.
It’s the same way with life. There are two ways we can live. We can let messes build up into bigger problems, or we can constantly see our need to be cleansed. We all sin. Maybe some of us sin more than others, but one sin is enough to separate us from God.
The Bible says, “If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth” (1 John 1:8 NLT). So if you say, “I’m a good person. I don’t sin,” then you’re deceiving yourself. We’re all sinners because we’ve broken God’s laws and have fallen short of His standards.
Yet the next verse offers this promise: “But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness” (verse 9 NLT).
You don’t have to clean up your life to come to God. Rather, come to God, and He will clean up your life.
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