"When it is evening, you say, 'Fair weather ahead,' because the sky is red; and in the morning you say, 'Storm today!' because the sky is red and overcast. You know how to read the appearance of the sky, but you can't read the signs of the times! Matthew 16:2
Sunset over Haifa
men of Issachar, who understood the times and knew what Israel should do- 1 Chronicles 12v32
Genesis 1:14 God said, "Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to divide the day from the night; let them be for signs, seasons, days and years;
When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near." Luke 21 v28
but in times of trouble. v26 After the sixty-two 'sevens,' the Anointed One will be cut off and will have nothing. The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed. He will confirm a covenant with many for one `seven.' In the middle of the 'seven' he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing of the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.
Maybe this is our "seven year peace treaty" ( covenant ) triggering - the tribulation?
The bible doesn't say a seven year "voluntary" peace treaty, does it?
2 Thessalonians 2 v8-12, of the Man of lawlessness.
And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.
John in 1 John 2 v18-23
Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us. But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth. I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth. Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist--he denies the Father and the Son. No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.
Daniel 11 v35
Some of the wise will stumble, so that they may be refined, purified and made spotless until the time of the end, for it will still come at the appointed time."
Notice the reference to "Until the time of the end" - this is God's last test - for the appointed time.
Daniel 11 v32
With flattery he will corrupt those who have violated the covenant, but the people who know their God will firmly resist him.
We need to aim to be part of that body of people who know their God. (saints is referring to us! - Old Testament and New Testament saints)
Daniel 7 v25 - .
He will speak against the Most High and oppress his saints and try to change the set times and the laws. The saints will be handed over to him for a time, times and half a time. (NIV)
"He will speak words against the Most High and try to exhaust the holy ones of the Most High." (CJB)
"speak great words - and persecute saints" (AV)
Notice how this individual speaks, and what he is trying to do. (there is a suggestion of pompous words against God)
What circumstances make the rise of antichrist possible?
An evangelical vacuum - Post Christian Europe - Post Christian America
As Paul said in 2 Thessalonians 2 v3,
"Don't let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed,"
We should be seeing
* Great apostasy - (falling away from the truth)
* Man of sin / man of lawlessness.
* Political chaos in world and Middle East
The antichrist - the man of lawlessness - (CJB calls him "the man who separates himself from Torah.") The sense of this is not lawlessness in the sense of being an outlaw or bandit, so much as one who has rejected the constraints of God's instructions. Jesus quoted Daniel 11 - prophesying how the antichrist would rise. (
Today is the time to study Daniel seriously!
) Linking Political signs and signs in the sky Gerry Golden I find it interesting that both of the dates above come due at the same time. Around April or May 2014. Then it occurred to me. This is the same time of the blood red moons and solar eclipses we are hearing about. Just like the ones that occurred in the past and each time something really big happened in Israel. The first of these four Blood Red Moons is to occur on Passover (Pessah) 2014 and through October (Sukkot) 2015. What is Obama really trying to do? Not saying that Obama is the Antichrist, but his rise to be the most powerful man in the world is mysterious and could provide a proof that the rise of the antichrist will take the world by surprise.
These prophecies are widely understood as saying that the Beast will achieve what no man has been able to -- peace in the Middle East - many premiers have tried to achieve this ( Clinton, Bush, Blair etc)
Aristochus Epiphanes (see Hannukah), was a type for the antichrist. .
"His armed forces will rise up to desecrate the temple fortress and will abolish the daily sacrifice. Then they will set up the abomination that causes desolation. Daniel 11 v31
"He will be succeeded by a contemptible person who has not been given the honor of royalty. He will invade the kingdom when its people feel secure, and he will seize it through intrigue. Then an overwhelming army will be swept away before him; both it and a prince of the covenant will be destroyed. After coming to an agreement with him, he will act deceitfully, and with only a few people he will rise to power. When the richest provinces feel secure, he will invade them and will achieve what neither his fathers nor his forefathers did. He will distribute plunder, loot and wealth among his followers. He will plot the overthrow of fortresses--but only for a time. Daniel 11 v21-24 .
Notice how he comes in "enter peaceably"(AV) / "through intrigue" / "act deceitfully" and how he "will achieve what neither his fathers nor his forefathers did." This, with the end of chapter 9 and other words, has convinced many that he is the man who will be able to sort out peace, especially in the Middle East, where all before have failed.
The return of the Jews to Jerusalem is an end times sign as Jesus said. Also many other developments could very soon fit in with the words given to Daniel. (Chapter 12)
At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people--everyone whose name is found written in the book--will be delivered. Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt. Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever. But you, Daniel, close up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge. "
Three months ago Kerry gave the Israeli and Palestinian peace talks 9 months to be finished - one way or the other.
Late November (2013) we hear that Obama has given Iran 6 months to comply with his conditions.
Jesus quoted Daniel 11 - prophesying how the antichrist would rise. ( Today is the time to study Daniel seriously! )
Linking Political signs and signs in the sky
I find it interesting that both of the dates above come due at the same time. Around April or May 2014. Then it occurred to me. This is the same time of the blood red moons and solar eclipses we are hearing about. Just like the ones that occurred in the past and each time something really big happened in Israel. The first of these four Blood Red Moons is to occur on Passover (Pessah) 2014 and through October (Sukkot) 2015.
What is Obama really trying to do?
Not saying that Obama is the Antichrist, but his rise to be the most powerful man in the world is mysterious and could provide a proof that the rise of the antichrist will take the world by surprise.
Why did the American people vote him in on vague promises of "Change"?
Why did they do it again, after a first term that produced no positive change? - Including the American Jews!
Since writing the collection of ideas pointing to our need to look up, I thought perhaps I should have included some of the things I had in the back of my mind.
And they are coming together into something significant
Astronomical Signs - Blood moons etc - see here
Israel - Palestinian Talks (failed) - US pressure - Peace TalksIran goes nuclear ? - the Bad Deal - Iran Nuclear
Iran - - while the world fiddles, Israel gets closer to having to take action alone.
PM Netanyahu addressed UN General Assembly 01/10/13
"Israel will not allow Iran to get nuclear weapons. If Israel is forced to stand alone, Israel will stand alone. Yet, in standing alone, Israel will know that we will be defending many, many others."
And if Israel goes in alone - against the world's "deal", isn't the world going to turn on Israel like never before?
Peace Talks are scheduled to end in April and Mahmoud Abbas has said he will not extend that end date. Meanwhile all the signs are that Palestinians remain intransigent. (Happened)
Kerry plans to impose a peace deal at the end date. (Hasn't happened - yet)
Likely to end in intifada / violence / war (Happened)
A War tetrad of Blood Moons started at Passover (April 2014) - War in Gaza and an Intifada
I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will enter into judgment against them concerning my inheritance, my people Israel, for they scattered my people among the nations and divided up my land.
On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves. On that day I will strike every horse with panic and its rider with madness," declares the LORD. "I will keep a watchful eye over the house of Judah, but I will blind all the horses of the nations.
I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem to fight against it; the city will be captured, the houses ransacked, and the women raped. Half of the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be taken from the city. Then the LORD will go out and fight against those nations, as he fights in the day of battle. On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south. You will flee by my mountain valley, for it will extend to Azel. You will flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the LORD my God will come, and all the holy ones with him.
Linked to the New Testament
1 Thessalonians 4:13
Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord's own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.
Our first free flight to Israel - direct to Jerusalem - Rapture
Subject to this proviso
2 Thessalonians 2:1
Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers, not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by some prophecy, report or letter supposed to have come from us, saying that the day of the Lord has already come. Don't let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God's temple, proclaiming himself to be God.Is this rebellion not what we see around us today, with aggressive humanism around us and nonsense within the church?
2 Peter 3:3
First, understand this: during the Last Days, scoffers will come, following their own desires and asking, "Where is this promised 'coming' of his?
Behold, I come like a thief! Blessed is he who stays awake and keeps his clothes with him, so that he may not go naked and be shamefully exposed."
Saudi Arabia has jumped ahead of Iran by obtaining the use of two Pakistani nuclear bombs or guided missile warheads. debka file's Gulf sources believe the weapons are ready for delivery upon royal summons in Pakistan's nuclear air base at Kamra in the northern district of Attock. Already delivered is a quantity of Pakistan's Ghauri-II missile with an extended range of 2,300 kilometers. They are tucked away in silos in the underground city of Al-Sulaiyil, south of the capital Riyadh.
Riyadh to Beijing: We'll Pay for Nuclear-Capable Ballistic Missiles with All the Oil You Need for 23 years and $60bn.
Wildolive.co.uk is not intended to be political and certainly not to interfere in the politics of another nation. But it is necessary to understand what is happening in politics, in order to understand the times and to know what Israel and those grafted into Israel should do.
US President Obama and his policies are crucially important to understanding what is about to happen in the Middle East. As you can see in one of the pieces linked below, the coming war could be a (the) big one.
The world may not carry on as normal for much longer. What should the church be doing?
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