Category: Signs

Is The Drama Unfolding In New York Setting The Stage For David Wilkerson’s “Thousand Fires” Prophecy To Be Fulfilled?

November 1, 2021 by Michael Snyder

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has decided that purging thousands upon thousands of important municipal workers will make the city a safer place.  But instead, could it actually be setting the stage for complete and utter chaos?  Earlier today, when I visited Steve Quayle’s website I noticed that he had mentioned David Wilkerson’s prophecy about widespread fires in New York City.  I instantly remembered the prophecy that he was talking about, and I decided to go look it up again.  For those that are not familiar with it, here is the relevant portion of that particular prophecy

For ten years I have been warning about a thousand fires coming to New York City. It will engulf the whole megaplex, including areas of New Jersey and Connecticut. Major cities all across America will experience riots and blazing fires—such as we saw in Watts, Los Angeles, years ago.

Some have suggested that the widespread rioting that we witnessed in 2020 was at least a partial fulfillment of this prophecy.

I believe that those riots were just the beginning.

We haven’t seen a thousand fires burning simultaneously in New York City yet, but a great way to set the stage for such an event would be to dramatically reduce the number of firefighters.

Unfortunately, that is precisely what is happening right now.  Just check out these numbers

NYC has issued a state-wide call for firefighters from both Long Island and Upstate New York as one-third of city firefighters remain unvaccinated ahead of the November 1 deadline, leaving 26 firehouses shuttered.

About 72 percent of FDNY workers have been vaccinated ahead of the November 1 deadline, meaning that up to 4,000 workers may be terminated from the department

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If civil unrest erupts and rioters are suddenly setting hundreds of fires all over the city, would the FDNY have the resources to deal with such a crisis?

I think that is definitely an open question at this point.

Now that the November 1st deadline has passed, there are going to be a lot fewer police officers and ambulances on the streets of New York City as well.

Bill de Blasio is entirely convinced that everything will be just fine.

We shall see.

Meanwhile, cities on the west coast are wrestling with similar issues.

In Los Angeles County, officials are facing a potential loss of 20 to 30 percent of their police officers…

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva continues to rail against the county’s vaccine mandate, warning it is causing a “mass exodus” in his department and threatens public safety at a time when violent crime is on the rise.

“I have repeatedly stated the dangers to public safety when 20%-30% of my workforce is no longer available to provide service, and those dangers are quickly becoming a reality,” Villanueva said in a prepared statement that he posted on social media last week. “We are experiencing an increase in unscheduled retirements, worker compensation claims, employees quitting, and a reduction in qualified applicants.”

Do you think that the streets of southern California will be safer or less safe once close to a third of all police officers are gone?

The answer to that question is quite obvious.

Other areas of the country are also dealing with growing shortages of law enforcement personnel.  For example, just check out what is happening in Georgia

At a Georgia state House of Representatives hearing on prison conditions in September, a corrections officer called in to testify, interrupting his shift to tell lawmakers how dire conditions had become.

On a “good day,” he told lawmakers, he had maybe six or seven officers to supervise roughly 1,200 people. He said he had recently been assigned to look after 400 prisoners by himself. There weren’t enough nurses to provide medical care.

Those numbers are crazy.

As more mandates go into effect all over the nation, personnel shortages are only going to become even more dire.

The people that we rely on to maintain order are going to be stretched really, really thin, and such an environment is an invitation for chaos.

In recent years, our nation has been transformed into a tinderbox of anger and frustration.  As the riots of 2020 demonstrated, rioting can spread nationwide in just a matter of days under certain circumstances.

And now thanks to these new mandates, our major cities are going to be a whole lot less capable of dealing with unrest than they were previously.

In his 2009 blog post discussing this prophecy, David Wilkerson offered some practical advice

First, I give you a practical word I received for my own direction. If possible lay in store a thirty-day supply of non-perishable food, toiletries and other essentials. In major cities, grocery stores are emptied in an hour at the sign of an impending disaster.

As for our spiritual reaction, we have but two options. This is outlined in Psalm 11. We “flee like a bird to a mountain.” Or, as David says, “He fixed his eyes on the Lord on his throne in heaven—his eyes beholding, his eyelids testing the sons of men” (v. 4). “In the Lord I take refuge” (v. 1).

I will say to my soul: No need to run…no need to hide. This is God’s righteous work. I will behold our Lord on his throne, with his eye of tender, loving kindness watching over every step I take—trusting that he will deliver his people even through floods, fires, calamities, tests, trials of all kinds.

I very much agree with his assessment.

Now that we have entered a period of time when so many prophecies are on the verge of being fulfilled, doing what you can to physically prepare for what is ahead should be a priority. But of course spiritual preparation is even more important. Those of us that belong to Jesus do not have to fear what is to come.  God knew about all of this in advance, He is in control, and He has a plan. And those of us that have read the end of the book know that we win in the end.

But those that do not know Jesus definitely have reason to fear.  Everything that they have built their lives upon will crumble, and even if they are able to somehow survive the years ahead it will seem like the world has gone absolutely mad all around them.

We are going to see so much panic, depression and despair during the times that are coming.  People will be throwing themselves off of buildings, some will throw themselves in front of trains, and others will be trying to kill themselves with whatever pills they can find.

I want to tell as many people as I possibly can that there is hope in Jesus.

Jesus died on the cross to pay the price for your sins, and if you will give your life to Him your sins will be forgiven and you will have eternal life.

I know that this is not a particularly popular message today, but it is the most important message that I could ever share with you.

Jesus is the answer for whatever problems you are facing, and if you will surrender your life to Him you will be given endless hope and a very bright future.

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Zooming In On The Big Picture: These Earthquake Maps Show The Entire Azores Fracture Zone Is Rocking And Rolling, From The Canary Islands To The Mid-Atlantic Ridge

– Region Pyramid Found Under The Sea Believed By Some To Be Home To The Mythical ‘Atlantis’

By Stefan Stanford – All News Pipeline – Live Free Or Die

While the violent explosions of the volcano in La Palma on the Canary Islands suddenly stopped on Monday as reported in this Canarian Weekly story, as this story published later Monday indicated, that disruption was short lived, with the volcano roaring back with a vengeance, spewing more lava and higher, hotter, and at a faster rate than before after a series of explosions Monday afternoon, as reported by Involcan Monday evening.  

Seen in the first two videos that we’ve embedded at the bottom of this story, quite interestingly, that seismic activity we’re witnessing now in the Canary Islands isn’t the only seismic unrest we’re seeing in that region, with the maps seen above and below from the IPMA showing us a series of quakes  stretching all along the East Azores Fracture Zone to the Mid-Atlantic Ridge that runs underneath the Atlantic Ocean.

With those quakes also stretching Eastward to Europe and Africa and the Strait of Gibraltar, as this Wikipedia entry reports on ‘The Azores–Gibraltar Transform Fault (AGFZ)’, also called a fault zone and a fracture zone, this region is a major seismic zone in the Eastern Atlantic Ocean between the Azores and the Strait of Gibraltar. It is the product of a complex interaction between the African, Eurasian, and Iberian plates.

And with this region also believed by some to be the region where the ‘mythical’ Atlantis was buried under the sea, with Archaeology World reporting back in January of 2021 that a ‘Sunken Atlantis Pyramid’ was allegedly discovered off the Azores Coast in Portugal, we’re reminded in that article that our planet hasn’t always been as it is now, and with proof of great planetary changes happening in the past, we’ve also got proof that such changes will happen again in the future. From that story before we continue.: 

According to an official Portuguese news article, the Portuguese Navy is exploring a massive underwater pyramid close to the Azores. If this is the abandoned city of Atlantis or whether the pyramid is of extra-terrestrial origin is still debated by some people.

Some other more grounded scholars claim this may be part of a larger map incorporating the pyramids found at Giza in Egypt.

The pyramid was found in an area of the Atlantic that has been covered by water for around 20,000 years. That time coincides with the last great ice age of the northern hemisphere where the glaciers started melting 2,000 years earlier. Whoever was living there before the ice age, human or not was probably responsible for building the pyramid. 

So far the Portuguese Navy has not determined the origins of the pyramid. It is surprising that this has not been reported before or even discovered before. Was it kept secret or had it sat there for years unnoticed? What is hard to believe is that the area is heavily studied for its volcanic activity by the NOAA, which studies volcanic behavior. You would have thought that they would have found the pyramid through sonar imaging. So was it kept secret until Diocleciano Silva found it and went public or is he the first person to actually find this incredible mystery? Pyramids are found across many continents, was this one giant civilization? 

Is this the fabled lost continent of Atlantis that connected the distant civilizations together? Or is it not man-made and perhaps Extra-terrestrial in origin?

As this Daily Star story reporting upon the pyramid reiterated, whoever was living in that region prior to the last ‘Ice Age’ was likely responsible for building the enormous structure, a period of time long before the creation of ‘the modern technologies‘ we now have to build such super-structures.

The mythical city of Atlantis has long been shrouded in mystery, with debates raging over various theories on its existence. But could this be proof it was once a thriving metropolis? 

Navy crews in Portugal were summoned after a “sunken Atlantis pyramid” was discovered off the Portuguese Azores islands. The discovery was accidentally made by a local sailor who was looking for good fishing grounds. He used digital scanning devices to help him locate the hidden pyramid. 

It was found in an area of the Atlantic Ocean that has been covered by water for around 20,000 years, coinciding with the last great ice age of the northern hemisphere where the glaciers started melting 2,000 years earlier. 

Experts reckon whoever was living there before the ice age was probably responsible for building the pyramid. 

It was discovered by Diocleciano Silva between the islands of Terceira and São Miguel, the biggest island on the archipelago, and it is said that the structure is perfectly square.

As we’d reported in this ANP story back on September 15th, in a very worst case scenario out of the Canary Islands region, what experts have warned as a potential ‘mega-tsunami’ could take place should the volcano unleash it’s full fury into the sea, creating a gigantic series of waves that could strike Europe or the East Coast of America moving at deadly speeds.

And while we certainly won’t lose any sleep over such a possibility in this day and age of ‘government declaring war upon the People’, as we’d warned within that story, should such a thing happen, no one would be talking any more about ‘vaccine mandates’ or ‘vaccine passports’ with a crippling wall of water heading towards the US East coast and across the entire Atlantic ocean, moving at speed estimates of up to 500 miles per hour.

With such a beast arriving in the metropolitan coastal areas such as New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC and south to Atlanta and Miami less than half a day following a catastrophic failure of the Western flank of the Cumbre Vieja volcano that would send millions of tons of earth crashing into the surrounding ocean, we’ll continue to watch the Azores Fracture Zone quakes and what’s happening now in the Canary Islands closely, fully knowing that since such Biblical events have happened in the past, they’ll one day happen in the future, maybe in our lifetimes. 

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EUPHRATES RIVER BEGINS TO DRY UP: ‘A PROPHESY OF JEREMIAH’

BY ADAM ELIYAHU BERKOWITZ | SEP 22, 2021 | BIBLICAL NEWS

“Be dry; I will dry up your rivers.” Isaiah 44:27 (The Israel BibleTM)

The humanitarian crisis caused by the decade-long civil war in Syria is worsening as the Euphrates River, the longest river of Western Asia, is drying up.

According to one rabbi, this is the realization of a prophecy from the Book of Jeremiah.

THE EUPHRATES RIVER

Originating in Turkey, the Euphrates flows through Syria and Iraq to join the Tigris in the Shatt al-Arab, which empties into the Persian Gulf. This year, rainfall in southern Turkey where the Euphrates begins was the lowest in 30 years and for the past two years, the region has received only 50-70 percent of normal rainfall. Syria is currently facing its worst drought in 70 years. 

The 1,700 mile-long Euphrates is the main source of drinking water as well as powering three hydroelectric plants that produce electricity for about three million people in Syria. Two dams in northern Syria face imminent closure which would leave about three million people without any access to electricity. The water level at the Tishrin Dam, the first into which the river falls inside Syria, has dropped five meters and is currently about ten centimeters above “dead level” when the turbines stop producing electricity.

The sources of the river lie in Turkey and an agreement between the two countries in 1987 allowed an annual average of 500 cubic meters per second of water to cross into Syria. In recent months, that amount has dropped to as little as 200 cubic meters per second. 

Some experts believe that Turkey is using the water crisis to exert a political agenda. Much of the path of the Euphrates inside Syria lies inside the northeastern region of the country which is controlled by the semi-independent Kurds which Turkey considers to be a terrorist organization. Turkey has seized land in Syria from the Kurds in order to decrease their influence on the border region. The Kurdish authorities are accusing the Turkish government of withholding water for political purposes. 

BIBLICAL REFERENCES

The Euphrates figures prominently in the Bible with it being described as bordering the Garden of Eden.

The name of the third river is Tigris, the one that flows east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates. Genesis 2:14

It was also named as one of the borders of the land God granted to Abraham’s descendants.

On that day Hashem made a covenant with Avram, saying, “To your offspring I assign this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates: Genesis 15:18

The prophet Jeremiah described how the waters of Babylon, the region currently including Syria and Iraq, would dry up as a punishment for their idolatrous practices, the devastation being so complete as to render the region, once part of the so-called ‘fertile crescent’, uninhabitable.

A drought against its waters, that they be dried up! For it is a land of idols; They are besotted by their dread images. Assuredly, Wildcats and hyenas shall dwell [there], And ostriches shall dwell there; It shall never be settled again, Nor inhabited throughout the ages. Jeremiah 50:38-39 

Rabbi Yosef Berger, the rabbi of King David’s Tomb on Mount Zion, emphasized that it is precisely during the holiday of Sukkoth that the world is judged on how much rain it will receive in the upcoming year.

“It is clear that what is happening in Syria is the prophecy of Jeremiah,” Rabbi Berger said. “God loves all of creation but nations are judged on how they relate to Israel. In this case, Syria has much to repent for. As we are seeing more and more signs of geula (redemption) appearing precisely as prophesied, it is important to remember the prophecies and not get distracted by our own interpretations. People are focusing on the pandemic and the vaccine but missing the message implicit in the plague. People see the drought but miss the meaning which could actually contain the solution.”

“The simple message is to make Hashem one and his name one,” Rabbi Berger said.

It is interesting to note that Jeremiah’s Syria prophecy is appearing just as an art exhibit in London’s Chisenhale Gallery recreates a colonnade from the pagan temple of Palmyra, Syria. The Iranian-born, Montreal-based artist Abbas Akhavan came up with the idea of this colonnade when he saw an image of then-Mayor of London Boris Johnson unveiling a replica of the Palmyra Arch in London’s Trafalgar Square in 2016.  

The model cited by the artist was a 28-meter tall 3-D printed model created by the Institute for Digital Archeology representing the famous arch of the original Temple of Palmyra in Syria that was displayed in London as part of the UNESCO World Heritage Week. The arch was a pagan Roman structure that stood in front of the Temple of Ba’al 2,000 years ago to honor the god of orgies and child sacrifice. The temple and the original arch were destroyed by the Islamic State (ISIS) in 2015. Though the organizers claimed the event was a symbol of protest against religious extremism, it coincided with Beltane, the major festival for the worship of Ba’al.

Both Christian and Muslim eschatology include prophecies of the drying up of the Euphrates signaling the end-of-days. In Islam, some of the hadiths suggest that the Euphrates will dry up, revealing unknown treasures that will be the cause of strife and war. In the Christian Book of Revelation, it is prophesied that in the ” near future the Potamos Euphrates or “breaking forth like water” of the middle east will dry up in preparation for the Battle of Armageddon.

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Could The Volcanic Eruption In The Canary Islands Create A Giant Tsunami That Hits The East Coast?

September 19, 2021 by Michael Snyder

For 20 years we have been warned that the eruption of a specific volcano in the Canary Islands could cause an absolutely massive tsunami in the Atlantic Ocean, and now that specific volcano in the Canary Islands is violently erupting.  But just because the Cumbre Vieja volcano is erupting, that does not necessarily mean that we will see a tsunami.  In fact, a tsunami will only be generated if the western portion of the volcano collapses and an absolutely gigantic landslide is caused as a result.  In a worst case scenario, a chunk of real estate the size of Manhattan would detach from the island and slide into the Atlantic Ocean with extreme violence, and the ensuing tsunami would cause death and destruction on a scale that is difficult to fathom.

Needless to say, I will be watching these developments very carefully.  If you have read my last two books, then you already know that I have a particular interest in the potential for mega-tsunamis.

Let us hope that the seismic activity in the Canary Islands fizzles out without any landslide happening.  Because for the last two decades scientists have been warning us about what could potentially happen, and it is really, really bad.  The following comes from Wikipedia

The island of La Palma in the Canary Islands is at risk of undergoing a large landslide, which could cause a tsunami in the Atlantic Ocean. Volcanic islands and volcanoes on land frequently undergo large landslides/collapses, which have been documented in Hawaii for example. A recent example is Anak Krakatau, which collapsed to cause the 2018 Sunda Strait tsunami, claiming hundreds of lives.

Steven N. Ward and Simon Day in a 2001 research article proposed that a Holocene change in the eruptive activity of Cumbre Vieja volcano and a fracture on the volcano that formed during an eruption in 1949 may be the prelude to a giant collapse. They estimated that such a collapse could cause tsunamis across the entire North Atlantic and severely impact countries as far away as North America.

Of course not all tsunamis are created equal.  After all, there is a world of difference between a tsunami that is only a couple of feet tall and one that is hundreds of feet tall.

So what would a worst case scenario mean for the countries that border the Atlantic?

Well, according to Ward and Day the coast of Africa could be hit by waves as high as 330 feet tall, and the coast of Florida could be hit by waves as high as 82 feet tall

  • 2 Minutes: A 900 metres (3,000 ft) thick dome of water rises above the landslide.[38]
  • 5 Minutes: The dome collapses to a height of 500 metres (1,600 ft) as it advances by 50 kilometres (31 mi); additionally, wave valleys form.[38]
  • 10 Minutes: The landslide is now over. Waves reaching heights of 400–600 metres (1,300–2,000 ft) hit the three western Canary Islands.[39]
  • 15 Minutes-60 Minutes: 50–100 metres (160–330 ft) high waves hit Africa. A 500 kilometres (310 mi) wide train of waves advances across the Atlantic.[39]
  • 3–6 Hours: The waves hit South America and Newfoundland, reaching heights of 15–20 metres (49–66 ft) and 10 metres (33 ft), respectively. Spain and England are partially protected by La Palma, thus tsunami waves there only reach 5–7 metres (16–23 ft).[39]
  • 9 Hours: Waves 20–25 metres (66–82 ft) approach Florida; they are not expected to grow farther as they hit the coast.[39]

Since most of Florida is barely above sea level, there would be very little to keep the tsunami wave from sweeping across the entire state.

Needless to say, such a tsunami would also do enormous damage to major cities along the east coast such as Washington, New York and Boston.

So let us certainly hope that such a scenario does not materialize.

Leading up to the eruption on Sunday, the island of La Palma had been hit by about 1,000 earthquakes in a five day period.

Scientists knew that an eruption was possible, but the violence with which the Cumbre Vieja volcano has exploded has stunned a lot of people

A volcano on Spain’s Atlantic Ocean island of La Palma erupted Sunday after a weeklong buildup of seismic activity, prompting authorities to evacuate thousands as lava flows destroyed isolated houses and threatened to reach the coast. New eruptions continued into the night.

The Canary Islands Volcanology Institute reported the initial eruption near the southern end of the island, which saw its last eruption in 1971. Huge red plumes topped with black-and-white smoke shot out along the Cumbre Vieja volcanic ridge, which scientists had been closely watching following the accumulation of molten lava below the surface and days of small earthquakes.

Video footage of lava being violently spewed from the volcano has gone viral all over the globe.

We were warned that this could happen someday, and that day has finally arrived.

Now that the volcano has finally started erupting, seismic activity could continue for quite some time to come.

In fact, we are being told that previous eruptions have lasted for “weeks or even months”….

Itahiza Dominguez, head of seismology of Spain’s National Geology Institute, told Canary Islands Television that although it was too early to tell how long this eruption would last, prior “eruptions on the Canary Islands lasted weeks or even months.”

The good news is that there has not been any sort of a major landslide yet.

But that could change at any time.

So we will want to closely watch this volcano for as long as it is still erupting.

At this hour, lava flows continue to destroy homes as they head for the coast.  About 1,000 island residents have already been evacuated, and it is being reported that 10,000 more may soon need to be evacuated.

If nothing more comes of this disaster, we should be very thankful.

But if a worst case scenario does materialize, those of you that are living on the east coast will only have about 9 hours to evacuate before a giant tsunami hits.

And if you are sleeping when the tsunami is generated, the amount of warning that you receive may be a whole lot less than that.

Needless to say, highways would be completely jammed up if everyone was trying to escape all at once, and a lot of people simply would not make it.

So let us hope for the best, because a giant tsunami hitting the east coast would mean death and destruction on a scale that none of us wants to imagine.

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THEY WILL USE THE COVID-19 VACCINE ‘RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION’ TO MAKE IT EASIER TO IDENTIFY THE BODY OF CHRIST WHEN TIME COMES FOR THE CAMPS

An estimated 2,600 Los Angeles Police Department employees are citing religious objections to try to get out of the required COVID-19 vaccination. In Washington state, thousands of state workers are seeking similar exemptions. And in Arkansas, a hospital has been swamped with so many such requests from employees that it is apparently calling their bluff. Religious objections, once used sparingly around the country to get exempted from various required vaccines, are becoming a much more widely used loophole against the COVID-19 shot. And it is only likely to grow following President Joe Biden’s sweeping new vaccine mandates covering more than 100 million Americans, including executive branch employees and workers at businesses with more than 100 people on the payroll.

by Geoffrey Grider September 17, 2021

Religious exemptions, once used sparingly around the country to get exempted from various required vaccines, are becoming a much more widely used loophole against the mandated COVID-19 shot.

Christians all across America are right now scrambling for what’s known as a ‘religious exemption’ which will allow them to not have to receive the COVID-19 vaccine injection based on their religious and spiritual beliefs. Christians think this a good thing, but hold on now, this may be exactly what the government is hoping you will do.

“Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.” Matthew 24:9 (KJB)

Across all of the liberal media news outlets right now, various commentators and pundits are calling for the unvaccinated to be removed from society, to be denied access to food, water, and emergency medical attention. At the highest levels of the American government, the order has already been given to start withholding life-saving medicine to people battling COVID. None of this is fear mongering or speculation, it is happening. Receiving a religious exemption tells the government that you identify with the Body Of Jesus Christ, you are putting yourself on a hit list of your own making. When it comes time for the unvaccinated to be removed, and Bill A416 is pending in New York State right now, rounding up all the unvaccinated Christians to place them in concentration camps located on Bill Gates 240,000 acres of farmland will be just as easy as shooting ducks in a barrel.

“If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? and if in the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?” Jeremiah 12:5 (KJB)

On a related side note, I have been receiving some feedback today about this afternoon’s Prophecy News Podcast, with some saying that I have “gone too far”, and that I am scaring people and should pull back. I would like to reply with the following two thoughts. The smartest thing that Albert Einstein ever came up with was not his Theory of General Relativity, E=mc2, or anything else from that fertile brain. No, the smartest thing that Einstein ever did was to flee Nazi Germany in 1932 while he could still get out. He was smart enough to read the ‘handwriting on the wall’ and do something about it. How about you, Christian? You say you are saved and believe the Bible, if so, then that makes you smarter than Einstein ever was. Don’t get mad at me for telling you the truth of what’s happening, do something about it.

As COVID-19 vaccine mandates rise, religious exemptions grow and that’s a problem

FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS: An estimated 2,600 Los Angeles Police Department employees are citing religious objections to try to get out of the required COVID-19 vaccination. In Washington state, thousands of state workers are seeking similar exemptions. And in Arkansas, a hospital has been swamped with so many such requests from employees that it is apparently calling their bluff.

Religious objections, once used sparingly around the country to get exempted from various required vaccines, are becoming a much more widely used loophole against the COVID-19 shot. And it is only likely to grow following President Joe Biden’s sweeping new vaccine mandates covering more than 100 million Americans, including executive branch employees and workers at businesses with more than 100 people on the payroll.

The administration acknowledges that a small minority of Americans will use — and some may seek to exploit — religious exemptions. But it said it believes even marginal improvements in vaccination rates will save lives.

It is not clear how many federal employees have asked for a religious exemption, though union officials say there will be many requests. The Labor Department has said an accommodation can be denied if it causes an undue burden on the employer. In the states, mask and vaccine requirements vary, but most offer exemptions for certain medical conditions or religious or philosophical objections. The use of such exemptions, particularly by parents on behalf of their schoolchildren, has been growing over the past decade.

THE ALLOWANCE WAS ENSHRINED IN THE FEDERAL CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964, WHICH SAYS EMPLOYERS MUST MAKE REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR EMPLOYEES WHO OBJECT TO WORK REQUIREMENTS BECAUSE OF “SINCERELY HELD” RELIGIOUS BELIEFS.

A religious belief does not have to be recognized by an organized religion, and it can be new, unusual or “seem illogical or unreasonable to others,” according to rules laid out by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. But it can’t be founded solely on political or social ideas. That puts employers in the position of determining what is a legitimate religious belief and what is a dodge. Many major religious denominations have no objections to the COVID-19 vaccines. But the rollout has prompted heated debates because of the longtime role that cell lines derived from fetal tissue have played, directly or indirectly, in the research and development of various vaccines and medicines.

Roman Catholic leaders in New Orleans and St. Louis went so far as to call Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 shot “morally compromised.” J&J has stressed that there is no fetal tissue in its vaccine. Moreover, the Vatican’s doctrine office has said it is “morally acceptable” for Catholics to receive COVID-19 vaccines that are based on research that used cells derived from aborted fetuses. Pope Francis himself has said it would be “suicide” not to get the shot, and he has been fully vaccinated with the Pfizer formula.

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60% of adults under 40 say Jesus isn’t only way to salvation; equal to Buddha, Muhammad

Survey shows pluralistic worldview expanding rapidly among American Christians

By Anugrah Kumar, Christian Post Contributor

More than 60% of born again Christians in America between the ages of 18 and 39 believe that Buddha, Muhammad and Jesus are all valid paths to salvation and over 30% say they either believe that Jesus sinned just like other people when He lived on Earth or aren’t sure, according to a new study.

There’s a “striking decline” in evangelical religious beliefs and practices over the last 10 years, as the number of self-proclaimed believers to hold these beliefs has increased by nearly 25%, says Probe Ministries in a statement announcing the results of its Religious Views & Practices Survey.

The study, which interviewed 3,100 Americans ages 18 to 55 in 2020 and looked at various other previous studies, saw a drop in “basic biblical worldview” — God’s attributes, the accuracy of the Bible, salvation and Jesus being sinless — from 47% in 2010 to 25% in 2020 among born again Christians.

The drop in the “expanded biblical worldview” — beliefs about Satan and morals being objective — went from 32% in 2010 to 16% in 2020.

“So, the percentage of Born Again Christians with a biblical worldview (of either type) has been cut in half over the last decade,” says the study, which compared the 18–29 age group from 2010 with the same age group 10 years later, now 30–39. “This result is a startling degradation in worldview beliefs of Born Again Christians over just 10 years.”

This means, even born-again Christians “can have a false view of Jesus Christ and embrace a pluralistic worldview,” Kerby Anderson, president of Probe Ministries, said. “Pastors and church leaders just can’t assume any longer that the members of their church or Christian organization have a biblical worldview.”

There’s an even greater drop off among the general population, the study found. For the basic biblical worldview, there’s a drop off from 13% to 6%. For the expanded biblical worldview, the decline is from 9% to just over 3%.

Anderson attributed the change to the continual and growing influence of media.

“These disturbing trends are, yes, due to pastors not consistently teaching biblical theory. But they can also be attributed to young Christians who are not paying attention, who are focused — nearly exclusively, it seems — on their phones, social media and other content they deem more compelling,” he said.

The study suggests, Anderson said, that “we have to continue to explain the cost of salvation … that there is no way to salvation, other than through the sacrificial and atoning death of a sinless Christ. That no one can come to the Father except through the Son, but also that anyone may come through Him.”

An article about the study’s findings on the Probe Ministries website notes that in the Roman Empire in AD 60, biblical worldview Christians accounted for less than 1% of the population. “Three hundred years later, virtually the entire empire was at least nominally Christian.”

“If we will commit ourselves to ‘proclaiming the excellencies of Him who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light,’ God will bring revival to our land,” it adds.

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MYSTERY UNIDENTIFIED AERIAL VEHICLE PHOTOGRAPHED IN DAYLIGHT FLYING OVER THE PHILIPPINES AS LOCAL AIR FORCE ISSUES ‘SCRAMBLE ORDER’ BUT CANNOT CATCH

The Philippine Air Force (PAF) said Saturday it issued a “scramble order” for two FA-50 Aircraft light fighters to intercept an “unknown aircraft” that approached the Philippine airspace last Thursday. “The FA-50s flew at the maximum allowable speed towards the direction of the unknown aircraft. At about 4 minutes into the intercept, the unknown aircraft changed direction towards the North and increased its speed to 400 knots and headed away from the Philippine airspace. The intercept was terminated at 9:45 A.M.,” PAF added. Air Force spokesman Lt. Col. Maynard Mariano told reporters that the agency could not tell the intent of the aircraft in approaching the country’s area of responsibility. He said there was no radio response from the unknown aircraft.

by Geoffrey Grider September 4, 2021

Local press in the Philippines has reported on a scramble of fighters on a mystery, unresponsive aerial contact on the same day and around the same time as when the photo was snapped.

We have had a lot of talk this year about UFOs, with sightings popping up all over the place, so much so that the United States created a task force to deal with it all. What was spotted today flying over the Philippines certainly could be a UFO from beyond earth, but it’s just as likely to be a trial run of a super-secret and very powerful stealth plane of the United States, Russia or China. Watching Joe Biden handle the Afghanistan situation is no doubt emboldening our enemies to a very high degree.

“And he spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch?” Luke 6:39 (KJB)

If something doesn’t change soon in America, we may need to start mentally preparing ourselves for the day when the enemies of America come knocking on our door. Yes, America still has the mightiest military every assembled, but so did England at one time. Our Pentagon and White House are proving themselves to be inept and pusillanimous ‘blind leaders of the blind’, and that ditch is coming at us rapidly. I still believe alien visitation is not far off, with foreign enemy visitation even closer than that. Tick, tock, people…

Mystery Flying Wing Aircraft Photographed Over The Philippines

FROM THE DRIVE: The Philippines sits between the South China Sea and the Philippine Sea, two contentious and highly surveilled bodies of water that regularly see large amounts of military activity, especially Chinese and American. All types of military aircraft constantly frequent the skies above both seas, from bombers to drones, but on September 2nd, at around 6:15 AM local time, landscape photographer Michael Fugnit captured something very unique in his lens—what appears to be a stealthy flying wing aircraft with a diamond-shaped fuselage and slender wings, a centralized exhaust, potentially featuring twin engines, and a ventral fuselage bulge.

Fugnit tells The War Zone that he was up early in Santa Magdalena to catch the perfect sunrise when he noticed an aircraft overhead moving along at a good clip. The single image he took showed something that is unlike any normal commercial or military aircraft that usually criss-cross the skies over the region on a daily basis.

We must state that we cannot authenticate the image at this time, although we gave it a cursory examination in photoshop and nothing major stood out. We do not have any reason to believe the photographer fabricated it, either, although it is only prudent to underscore that the factual status of the photograph could change. We will continue to examine the image using various tools and are reaching out to other photo experts to give us their opinion.

At first glance, the aircraft depicted looks very much like the one seen in the supposed sighting of the so-called RQ-180 Sentinel high-altitude, long-endurance, very low-observable drone from last November. The RQ-180, which you can read our in-depth take on in this past special feature, is thought to be in very limited operation at this time as it continues with its clandestine development. Flying the aircraft in this area of the world would make sense because it is precisely the type of environment it was designed to operate in, but it could also just be transiting to another location, including back to the United States.

Also the timing, at sunrise, crossing the last major inhabited area before heading out into the desolate Pacific would make sense. The aircraft is thought to fly out of Area 51 in Nevada and Edwards Air Force Base in California, on extremely long-duration missions, but the isolated island of Diego Garcia, in the Indian Ocean, would be another operating location as it expands its operations. Special facilities there can support the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber and could likely be used to support the RQ-180, as well. The locale is also known for its use to support clandestine aircraft activities. Andersen Air Force Base on Guam is another potential operating location, but that is likely too high-profile for this stage of the aircraft’s development.

Now for the final facet to this story, which may or may not be related. Local press in the Phillippines has reported on a scramble of fighters on a mystery, unresponsive aerial contact on the same day and around the same time as when the photo was snapped. Inquirer.net reported the following:

THE PHILIPPINE AIR FORCE (PAF) SAID SATURDAY IT ISSUED A “SCRAMBLE ORDER” FOR TWO FA-50 AIRCRAFT LIGHT FIGHTERS TO INTERCEPT AN “UNKNOWN AIRCRAFT” THAT APPROACHED THE PHILIPPINE AIRSPACE LAST THURSDAY.

PAF SAID THE PHILIPPINE AIR DEFENSE CONTROL CENTER (PADCC) DETECTED AN UNIDENTIFIED INBOUND AIRCRAFT IN THE PHILIPPINE AIR DEFENSE IDENTIFICATION ZONE, APPROXIMATELY 120 NAUTICAL MILES NORTHWEST OF BOLINAO, PANGASINAN.

“THE UNIDENTIFIED AIRCRAFT WAS HEADING TOWARDS PHILIPPINE AIRSPACE. COORDINATION WITH THE CAAP CLASSIFIED IT TO BE AN UNKNOWN TRACK OF INTEREST,” PAF SAID IN A STATEMENT.

THE UNKNOWN AIRCRAFT WAS AT 21,000 FEET FLYING AT 265 KNOTS HEADING NORTHEAST.

“THE FA-50S FLEW AT THE MAXIMUM ALLOWABLE SPEED TOWARDS THE DIRECTION OF THE UNKNOWN AIRCRAFT. AT ABOUT 4 MINUTES INTO THE INTERCEPT, THE UNKNOWN AIRCRAFT CHANGED DIRECTION TOWARDS THE NORTH AND INCREASED ITS SPEED TO 400 KNOTS AND HEADED AWAY FROM THE PHILIPPINE AIRSPACE. THE INTERCEPT WAS TERMINATED AT 9:45 A.M.,” PAF ADDED.

AIR FORCE SPOKESMAN LT. COL. MAYNARD MARIANO TOLD REPORTERS THAT THE AGENCY COULD NOT TELL THE INTENT OF THE AIRCRAFT IN APPROACHING THE COUNTRY’S AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY. HE SAID THERE WAS NO RADIO RESPONSE FROM THE UNKNOWN AIRCRAFT.

The biggest discrepancy here is the timeframe. This intercept ended some three and a half hours after the image in question was supposedly taken. That doesn’t mean the stealthy aircraft didn’t linger in the area after its picture was taken, as stealthy reconnaissance aircraft are pretty much built to do. The altitude is also too low for a HALE asset, but if the aircraft were a tactical platform, that may be possible. At the same time, a stealth aircraft like this would likely be equipped with advanced electronic warfare systems to help defend itself, so getting a firm altitude, assuming radar actually spotted it at all, may not have been possible.

So, we have a very intriguing image and a unique series of events and circumstances that surround it.

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Has The Next Major Pandemic Already Started? A New “Mystery Illness” In India Is Killing Dozens Of People

September 1, 2021 by Michael Snyder

Many have talked about “the next pandemic” in theoretical terms, but could it be possible that it is already here?  The mainstream media in the United States is not talking about the outbreak of a very alarming “mystery disease” in India yet, but if it continues to spread they soon will be.  Dozens are already dead, and the death toll just continues to rise.  Top health authorities in India are insisting that there is no reason to panic, but that is what Chinese authorities told us at the beginning of the COVID pandemic too.  There is still so much that we don’t know about this outbreak, but in this article I am going to share with you what I have been able to find out so far.

Up to this point, all of the cases that have been reported have come from the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.  The following comes from a British news source

A MYSTERIOUS illness is rapidly spreading through a northern state of India, killing dozens of children as well as adults.

As the country slowly recovers from a deadly second wave of coronavirus, the deaths in Uttar Pradesh have provoked panic among hospital doctors.

Firozabad appears to be the epicenter of the outbreak, and it is hitting children particularly hard

The situation is alarming in Firozabad. There are long queues of parents with wailing children in front of pharmacies and hospitals. Many want their children to be admitted.

The district hospital looked overwhelmed, reminiscent of the panic outside medical centres during the second wave of Covid. But this time it is largely children who are afflicted, tugging at the corner of their mothers’ saris, burning with fever and crying of pain.

These parents are in a race against time, because children are dropping dead at a staggering rate.

One young mother named Ruby was desperately searching for someone to help her two-month-old daughter when one reporter encountered her

One of them, Ruby, was running around with her two-month-old daughter Komal, looking for help. The baby was frothing at the mouth. Ruby said the girl was growing weak by the minute. “Her platelet count is low, but the hospital wants another test. I just want her to be admitted but nobody is listening,” she cried.

Most parents were armed with paracetamol, vitamin tablets and hydrating solutions.

At least 50 of them closed around ThePrint’s team and begged for help. “They are asking us to line up patiently when our children are dying. Some of us are being asked to go to private facilities. This is mistreatment,” one of them said.

Can you imagine how you would feel if you were in that mother’s position?

I have been trying to determine exactly how many people have died so far.

One report that I came across said that 45 children and 8 adults had already been killed by the mystery illness…

According to local media reports, 53 people have died, including 45 children. As of Thursday, 186 people (mostly children) had been admitted to the hospital, with many suffering from a high fever.

Uttar Pradesh state chief Yogi Adityanath visited the hospital on Tuesday at the Firozabad District hospital and has now set up an inquiry to look into the deaths and reasons behind the spread of this mysterious illness.

But that appears to be old information, because then I came across a report that indicated that the death toll had risen to 56

At least 56 people, most of which are children, have died following a mysterious fever outbreak in Uttar Pradesh, a state located in Northern India. The yet-to-be-determined condition has symptoms including high fever, joint pains, headaches, dehydration, and nausea, as well some cases of rashes across upper and lower limbs.

A report from the Times of India is telling us that at least 70 have now died, and by the time you read this article the death toll will almost certainly be even higher.

All of the victims are being tested for COVID, and so far “no link has been found between the two illnesses”.

So that has been pretty much ruled out.

Some experts are suggesting that Dengue fever or Japanese encephalitis could be causing this outbreak, but others are dismissing those theories because the severity of this outbreak seems to indicate that this “mystery illness” is something entirely new.

Outbreaks of Dengue fever and Japanese encephalitis are fairly common and are fairly easy to deal with.

But in this case, hospitals in Uttar Pradesh are being absolutely overwhelmed, and many children “are dying very quickly”

The mystery illness is putting a particular strain on hospitals in the city of Firozabad.

Neeta Kulshrestha, the most senior health official of Firozabad district, said: “The patients, especially children, in hospitals are dying very quickly”.

So let’s take a moment to review what we know.

This is a “mystery disease” that is confounding the experts, it appears to have a very high death rate, and it causes sores on the skin “across upper and lower limbs”.

That certainly seems to check a lot of boxes.

Let us hope that this new mystery disease can be contained, because we definitely do not want any more children to die.

One father has tragically lost three of his kids already…

Sarvesh Kumar looks too tired to mourn. He buried three of his five children last week — all lost to a “mysterious” viral fever that has scourged through Firozabad leaving 39 dead, 32 of them children.

The labourer stared vacantly as he recounted the deaths of Akash, 3, Ramu, 7, and Mohini, 10. He told ThePrint: “The district hospital refused to admit Ramu even as I begged them to. I knew my son was very sick. But they asked me to take him to Agra. Ramu died on the way, on my lap. And when I returned to the hospital after burying him, my Mohini was gone too.” So was Akash.

Whether it happens now or later, we know that it is inevitable that more pandemics are coming.

We just want those pandemics to be put off for as long as possible.

Our world has already been through so much over the past couple of years.

Could you imagine what our society would look like if another major pandemic suddenly started sweeping across the globe?

We are teetering on the brink of the unimaginable, and it isn’t going to take too much to push us over the edge.

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We Are Facing The Worst Water Crisis In U.S. History As Thousands Of Wells In The Southwest Go Dry

August 23, 2021 by Michael Snyder

We all knew that this day was coming eventually.  At first dropping water levels in the Southwest were an annoyance, then they became a problem, and now they have become a crisis.  In fact, as you will see below, we are now potentially facing the worst water crisis in all of U.S. history if current trends continue.  For years, I have been warning that Dust Bowl conditions would return to the western half of the country, and now it has happened.  And for years, I have been warning of a looming water crisis, and now it is materializing right in front of our eyes.  Unfortunately, what we have experienced so far is just the tip of the iceberg because this crisis is still only in the very early chapters.

In California’s San Joaquin Valley, the lack of water has become really severe and it seems to get worse with each passing month.

At this point, we are being told that thousands of households in the region have wells that have completely gone dry

The Sevillas are just one of thousands households across the San Joaquin Valley whose wells have gone dry amid increasingly hot temperatures and drought. Every year, a new town in this verdant agricultural region seems to be pushed over the brink by water scarcity — like East Porterville, an unincorporated community in Tulare County, in 2014, and, most recently, Teviston, a census-designated place in the same county.

Of course anyone that has lost water could always choose to dig another well, but that can be exceedingly expensive, and even those that are able to pay often find themselves on the bottom of very long waiting lists

Even those who can afford to pay upfront for new wells must join waiting lists as drilling companies await the back-ordered equipment they need to build and install them. Local officials provide jugs and gallons of water, and local organizations offer aid if resources aren’t already tapped out.

Needless to say, it isn’t just those that are on wells that are in trouble.

Supplies of water are extremely tight throughout the state, and we just learned that a “supply alert” has now been issued for southern California…

Southern California’s powerful water agency on Tuesday issued a supply alert, calling on the region to conserve vital resources and prepare for continued drought — a move that brings the state’s largest population center closer to the tough water restrictions imposed on communities elsewhere.

Elsewhere, the crisis has become even more serious.

Water levels in the once mighty Colorado River just keep dropping, and this is an enormous problem because so many major cities in the Southwest are deeply dependent on it

Today, this river system supplies 40 million people in seven western states and Mexico, and irrigates more than 5 million acres of farmland on its way into Mexico and the Gulf of California.

Las Vegas relies on the river for 90% of its water supply, Tucson for 82% and San Diego for around 66%. Large portions of the water used in Los Angeles, Phoenix and Denver also come from the river, and experts say these booming metropolises would not have been possible without its supply.

Without the Colorado River, the entire region would look completely different.

There are two giant reservoirs that are particularly important.  Unfortunately, water levels in both Lake Mead and Lake Powell have dropped to historically low levels

Lake Mead — the largest manmade reservoir in the US, which is fed by the Colorado River — recently sunk to its lowest levels since the lake was filled in the 1930s. Its water levels have fallen more than 146 feet since their peak in January of 2000, and the lake is now just 35% full. Lake Powell, the river’s second largest reservoir, sits at 32% of its capacity. As water levels drop, billions of kilowatt hours of hydroelectricity that power homes from Nebraska to Arizona are also at risk.

If water levels in Lake Mead and Lake Powell keep dropping, we are going to see things happen that would have once been unimaginable.

And the truth is that we are rapidly approaching a danger point.  Last week, federal officials officially declared a “Tier I shortage emergency” along the Colorado River for the first time ever, and that will force some automatic water restrictions to soon kick in

U.S. officials on Monday declared the first water shortage from a river that serves 40 million people in the West, triggering cuts to some Arizona farmers next year amid a gripping drought.

Water levels at the largest reservoir on the Colorado River — Lake Mead — have fallen to record lows. Along its perimeter, a white “bathtub ring” of minerals outlines where the high water line once stood, underscoring the acute water challenges for a region facing a growing population and a drought that is being worsened by hotter, drier weather brought on by climate change.

Already, farmers all over the western third of the nation have been dealing with very harsh water restrictions, and agricultural production has been affected.

California alone produces approximately a third of our vegetables and about two-thirds of our fruits and nuts.  Many farmers in the state aren’t growing anything at all this year due to the lack of water, and the outlook for next year is not promising either.

Not even during the Dust Bowl days of the 1930s did we have to deal with a water crisis of this magnitude.

If this multi-year megadrought stretches on, communities in the Southwest are going to be facing some heartbreaking choices.

The 20th century was a time when the western third of the nation was blessed with an unusually high level of rain, and during that time we built gleaming new cities in areas that were once desert.

Now a historic drought is here, and there simply isn’t enough water to go around.

And all of this is happening at a time when so many other major problems are erupting in our society. I wish that I could tell you that the drought will end and that everything will turn around soon. But I can’t.

The truth is that this is a very serious long-term crisis that has been growing for years, and there aren’t going to be any easy answers.

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Reading the signs of the times

Exclusive: Greg Laurie warns ‘the writing is on the wall’

By Greg Laurie
Published August 6, 2021 at 2:17pm

What a violent culture we live in today. According to a new report from the Council on Criminal Justice, homicides have increased by 23% since last year. Violent crime is sweeping the country. We’re afraid to go out on the streets at night.

Jesus said that things would be increasingly wicked in the last days, and the climate of the time prior to his return would be similar to the climate of the time during Noah’s life. So what was it like in Noah’s time? Are there any distinguishing characteristics that parallel our own?

In Noah’s day two sins predominated: excessive violence and sexual perversion. Genesis 6:5, speaking of Noah’s time, says, “The Lord observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil” (NLT).

There were other characteristics of Noah’s day as well. Jesus said, “In those days before the flood, the people were enjoying banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat. People didn’t realize what was going to happen until the flood came and swept them all away. That is the way it will be when the Son of Man comes” (Matthew 24:38–39 NLT).

We might paraphrase this statement by saying it was business as usual. Noah was building a massive ark without a body of water nearby. There hadn’t even been rain on earth at that point. But Noah faithfully followed the directions God had given him. And as the years went by, he kept on with the job God called him to. No doubt people thought of Noah as some sort of crackpot.

Jesus was saying that in the last days, people also will ignore prophetic warnings. They’ll disregard the clear message of God to them. For the most part it will be business as usual. People will go on with their day-to-day activities.

However, the writing is on the wall for anyone who will pay attention.

And just as Noah was mocked, followers of Jesus will be mocked as well, because that, too, is a sign of the last days. People today laugh at the concept of Bible prophecy and the return of Christ, but one day their mockery will cease and their laughter will stop when Jesus fulfills his words. He is coming back.

The apostle Paul, writing about the first arrival of Jesus Christ to this earth, said, “But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children” (Galatians 4:4–5 NLT).

And again when the time comes, Christ will return. Peter wrote: “But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent” (2 Peter 3:8–9 NLT).

According to Scripture, there is a generation that will not see death. Instead they will be removed from the face of the earth in what is known as the rapture of the church. This is what Jesus was referring to when he said: “Two men will be working together in the field; one will be taken, the other left. Two women will be grinding flour at the mill; one will be taken, the other left” (Matthew 24:40–41 NLT).

Instantaneously millions of believers from around the globe will be caught up into God’s presence. This is spoken of elsewhere in the Bible as well. Paul wrote: “We will not all die, but we will all be transformed! It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed” (1 Corinthians 15:51–52 NLT).

And John wrote: “Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is” (1 John 3:2 NLT).

Christ is coming for his church, and he said: “There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am” (John 14:2–3 NLT).

In the original language, the phrase “come and get you” implies seizing by force. That is exactly what Jesus will do. He will return and take his people into his presence.

Are you ready for his return? Are you looking for it? It means being ready to meet him. It means living in anticipation of the return of Christ.

To put it another way, it means that you shouldn’t be doing things that would hinder your spiritual life. The teaching of the return of Christ should serve as a motivator, as a comfort to you. As John said, “All who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as he is pure” (1 John 3: 3 NLT).

A. B. Simpson pointed out: “There are two ways of looking at the Lord’s coming: a looking for it and looking at it. It is possible to look at it with keen intellect and a profound interest, and yet have it mean nothing to us personally. It is also possible to know but little of the theology of the subject, and yet have a deep and holy longing for the Lord to appear. May this theme be not only our study but also our personal hope.”

It isn’t just intellectually saying, “I know Christ will come again.” Rather, it’s looking for and welcoming his return. And if there’s anything in our lives that should be changed, anything that is not right with God, we should deal with it now.

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