Apostasy is growing in the church around the world. Here is a great article documenting all of Paul’s discussion with Timothy on this topic. It is interesting to note the timing of events in 2 Thessalonians 2:3-8: the falling away, the rapture and the revealing of the Antichrist. Enjoy Jack Kelley’s article.
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Here is the post seen on David Wilkerson’s blog entry page yesterday….
|THE COMING OF JESUSby David Wilkerson | March 29, 2011|
I believe Jesus is coming very soon. We see the Lord gathering the nations together against Israel. Events are moving rapidly toward Armageddon.
“When you see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors” (Matthew 24:33).
“Of the day and hour knoweth no man, no, not even the angels of heaven, but my Father only” (v. 36).
All signs point to a Mideast war against Israel. Out of the turmoil in Arab nations will come a united call to destroy Israel. We are beholding the fulfillment of prophecies we have preached about for many hears.
Those who know the Scriptures have a Holy Ghost inner sense of the Lord’s return. We hear the call of the Holy Spirit dwelling in us, crying, “Even so, Lord Jesus, come.” Jesus said,
“Watch therefore: for you know no what hour your Lord will come” (v. 42).
“Be ready, for in such an hour as you think not the Son of man cometh” (v. 44).
“Blessed is that servant, whom his Lord, when he comes, shall find so doing” (v. 46).
Beloved, do you feel—do you sense—that these are the last of the last days? Do you share the longing for his appearance?
Look up; our redemption is drawing near!
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Jan Markell from Olive tree Ministries is on March 23rd wrote an interesting article around how 2011 seems as if the signs from Matthew 24 and the accompanying birth [pains have increased and that maybe God has turned up the switch in regard to Matthew 24 fulfillment.
She lists the things that have occurred in the world since the beginning of 2011 and asks and rigjtly so is God shaking the nations? I beleive He is. Things are happening so quickly and in so many places that the world is being put on notice that Christ’s return is very near even at the door.
While we do not know the exact day or hour (that is what the Word says) we are commanded to know the times and seasons and to be alert to the soon coming. This article is right on track with this and also points out the need to educate and inform people to the soon return of the Lord.
Scoffers in the church need to step aside as the truth of this Glorious Day should be our message to our people when they ask about all the troubles and turmoils in the world.
Enjoy the article as I am attaching it in it’s entirety.
Keep looking up!
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Archaeologists in Israel believe they have found the tomb of the prophet Zechariah in a newly discovered church. The church is 1,300 years old and was uncovered in Hirbet Madras in central Israel. It is marked on the Madaba Map as the tomb of Zechariah.
The Madaba Map is an ancient mosaic map of the region that includes modern Israel. It was found ion the 6th century in Jordan.
Zechariah lived around 500 BC. His book is very prophetic in nature and is a bridge between Daniel and Revelation.
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The supernatural is real folks and we need to be aware that it is going to become more real to us as the return of the Lord nears. The veil will be lifted more and more as Jesus’ return occurs.
Here are two stories that show the veil being removed so that we can see it is real and that it is all around us.
The first story involves the descent of a cloud on Mt. Tabor in Israel on feast days and festivals. Science cannot explain a mystery of the cloud, that every year descends on the Mount Tabor where, according to the Bible, the Transfiguration of the Lord took place.
Sergey Mirov, a participant in the research organized this summer by the working group on miraculous signs at the Synodal Theological Commission, the investigation was conducted by Russian and Israeli meteorologists, the Komsomolskaya Pravda daily writes.
According to him, summing up the results, the experts concluded that fog cannot be generated in such dry air and temperature.
Mirov stressed that “descending of the blessed cloud” takes place only in a territory of the Orthodox monastery. He said that during a festival service (miraculous phenomenon happens on the Orthodox feast of Transfiguration IF) a glaring sphere rushes over believers, then the cloud appears above the cross of the Transfiguration Church, it grows in dimensions and descends on believers, covering them and pouring life-giving moisture over them.
In his turn Pavel Florensky, Russian Academy of Natural Sciences academician and head of the working group on miraculous signs, said that his team examined appearance of the Holy Fire at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem on Easter eve with the help of modern highly accurate equipment.
“The conclusion is simple: the appearance of fire is accompanied with powerful piezoelectrical phenomenon in the church and adjacent territories similar to those that take place during thunderstorms, but there was no thunderstorm… Thus, it means that this event can be considered miraculous,” he believes.
Arizona Shooting Suspect
Have you seen the picture of the man charged with the shooting of Congress woman Gabbie Giffords in Tuscon, Arizona last weekend? The mug shoot shows the suspect, Jared Loughner, with a shaved head, a smirk on his face and his eyes are the eyes of another being. Look at them closely. Those are not the eyes of a human with a soul created by the Master. Those are the eyes of a man with no soul, who has given himself over to darkness. Those are the eyes of evil or demonic possession.
This is real and happening in our world right before our eyes. Again, prior to the return of the Lord this type of activity will be on the rise as the supernautral veil is pulled back and doctrines of demons will florish.
Keep looking up!
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Read the article I am attaching from Jack Kinsella. Eye opening. Jesus told us there would be signs in the sun, moon, stars prior to His return. You need to really read this article to be informed.
By Jack Kinsella
The Omega Letter
The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the LORD come.” (Joel 2:31)
Throughout history, solar and lunar eclipses have been taken as a sign from Deity. In 585 BC, a solar eclipse darkened the battlefield during a pitched battle between the warring Medes and Lydians.
At the sun’s disappearance, both sides laid down their arms and declared a truce.
The ancient Chinese believed it was the sign of a dragon which had swallowed the sun. They believed that the dragon had to be slain to prevent the end of the world.
So every eclipse, they would sweat it out, praying that whoever was facing the dragon would prevail.
China’s ancient astronomers were tasked with predicting when the dragon would arrive to swallow the sun – a time dominated by rituals of drums and chanting.
The emperor depended on the advance notice in order to send his archers to scare off sun-swallowing dragons. Dragons played a similar role in explaining eclipses in ancient India and Indonesia.
Ancient astrologers were very good at predicting eclipses. Besides the Chinese, the Magi of Mesopotamia kept very detailed records and both the Greeks and Romans had similar astrological systems incorporated into their religions.
There was a total lunar eclipse just before Christmas. It was the first total lunar eclipse in almost three years. It was the first total lunar eclipse to occur on the winter solstice (December 21) since 1638 and only the second since the time of Christ.
In addition, the December 21 eclipse was unusually red, due to the eruption of Mount Merapi in Indonesia in late October.
Less than two weeks later and only four days into 2011, a partial solar eclipse darkened the skies over Europe, North Africa and western Asia.
In most years, a solar eclipse is visible from somewhere on earth twice a year, with a corresponding lunar eclipse a couple of weeks later.
This year there will be four solar and two lunar eclipses – the one on January 4th, another solar eclipse June 1, a lunar eclipse June 15, a solar eclipse July 1, another solar on November 25 and a lunar eclipse on December 10.
Mark Blitz, pastor of El Shaddai Ministries in Bonner Lake, Washington, noted the unusual pattern of lunar and solar eclipse activity included a rare ‘tetrad’ to occur in 2014. A ‘tetrad’ is the name NASA assigns to the occurrence of four consecutive lunar eclipses, an event so rare this will be but the 8th time since the time of Christ.
The years 2014-2015 overlap into a Jewish Sabbatical year. Finally, Blitz noted that they will occur on the Jewish Feasts of Passover and Sukkot in 2014 and again in 2015.
J.R. Church noted that the two solar eclipse events will ALSO occur on Jewish Feast days; the first on Nisan 1, the Jewish New Year and the second on Tishri 1 (Rosh Hashana):
“On each of these six Jewish Holy Days, the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give her light, Will this happen again in the 21st century? No. Did it happen in the 20th century? Yes, in 1949/1950, the year following Israel’s statehood, and 1967/1968, the year Jerusalem was liberated in the Six-Day War! Before that, you have to go back to 1493 for four successive lunar eclipses on Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles.”
According to J.R. Church, Pastor Mark Blitz, and a number of others, this means that the coming 2014-2015 Sabbatical year is probably the beginning of the “final week of the end of this age” or the Tribulation.
Could They Be Right?
You will probably be surprised at the answer to that question. Yes, they could be right. Jesus said that among the signs of His soon return would be signs in the sun, moon and stars.
He wasn’t specific – He didn’t spell out what the signs would say. But He DID say where to look for them. He said they would be in the sun, moon and stars – but there is more to it than that. He said the signs would be accompanied by the distress of nations with perplexity, or confusion.
The ISV translates Luke 21:25 this way:
“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and there will be distress on earth among the nations that are confused by the roaring of the sea and its waves.”
The signs in the sun are undeniable. For the last two solar cycles, and since the turn of the 21st century especially, the sun has been misbehaving in ways never seen in living memory.
“We’re witnessing something unlike anything we’ve seen in 100 years,” said David Hathaway of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama in a June 14, 2010 article at space.com.
Typically, a cycle lasts about 11 years, taking roughly 5.5 years to move from a solar minimum, a period of time when there are few sunspots, to peak at the solar maximum, during which sunspot activity is amplified.
The previous cycle 23’s extraordinary minimum recorded the highest number of days without sunspots that researchers had seen since 1913, said Hathaway.
According to the report, the sun is “out of synch” and has been since about the turn of the 21st century. And recent observations by astronomers using the space-based Hubble telescope almost always include the word “unusual.”
The unusually weak solar minimum has baffled those True Believers convinced that global warming is both a threat to the planet and caused by human activity. The planet appears to be cooling and human activity seems to have nothing to do with it.
But they continue to warn that without immediate and expensive remedial changes, melting ice in the oceans will cause the sea levels to rise and wash away coastlines.
So we have the sea and the waves roaring, causing worldwide fear and confusion. Particularly since melting ice doesn’t add water volume, but that is another story.
This story is about the possibility that Pastor Mark Blitz and J.R. Church could be right in their observation that the 2014-15 Sabbatical Year could be the first year of the Tribulation Period.
The admonition against date-setting is pretty precise.
“But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but My Father only.” Matthew 24:36)
“But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up” (Matthew 24:43)
“Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.” (Revelation 3:3)
Notice just how specific the admonition against date-setting really is. “The day and hour” – “which watch” and “what hour” – what Blitz and Church are looking at is what year.
Could they be right? Could we be but three years from the Rapture, at the most? Is it possible that they have, by watching the signs, correctly predicted the year the Tribulation will begin?
Sure, its possible! That is why Jesus GAVE us the signs of the times. So we would know what to look for. So we would know when it was near, even at the doors.
I’ll go a step further and say I even think they are probably right. The Lord is coming. And He is coming soon. Very soon. Maybe even before 2014.
It’s as sure as the sun in the morning and the moon at night.
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Noted evangelist Greg Laurie from Harvest Church in California and former mentee of Chuck Smith of Calvary Chapel in a recent opinion piece on WND.com is stating that we are in fact the Last Days church and are seeing the signs appearing all around us mentioned by Jesus in Matthew 24, Luke 21 and Mark 13.
Here is his op piece in its entirety:
A NEW BEGINNING
Are these signs of the times?
Exclusive: Greg Laurie considers recent events in view of God’s last-days proclamations
Posted: November 27, 2010
1:00 am Eastern
By Greg Laurie
Awhile back, I was in a restaurant in Arkansas. As my friends and I talked with the server and invited him to the event where I would be speaking that night, he asked me, “Do you think we are living in the last days? Do you think that Jesus Christ will come back in my lifetime?”
With all that is happening in our world today, a lot of people are asking that question. Looking at the recent earthquakes and tsunamis, the aggression of North Korea, the new nuclear capabilities that are being developed by Iran and the continuing threat of global terrorism can cause even the doubters to wonder whether these are the end times the Bible speaks of. Are we living in the last days? Is the end of the world near? Is Jesus Christ coming back again?
There is no bigger event that will ever take place in the world than the second coming of Jesus Christ. And it will happen. It is not a matter of if, but when. I am not the only one who believes it. A Gallup poll revealed that 66 percent of Americans believe that Jesus Christ is coming back to this earth in the future. That is at least 25 percent more Americans than those who claim to be born-again Christians. So it is not only Christians who necessarily believe it. A lot of people are beginning to sit up and take notice, and they believe Christ is coming back again.
When Jesus was asked what the sign of his return would be, he painted a picture of a world torn by strife and war, a world rocked by great earthquakes and ravaged by pestilence, and a world where there would be famine in the midst of plenty. He said, “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken” (Luke 21:25 NIV).
The catastrophic tsunami of Dec. 26, 2004, was caused by the fourth most powerful undersea earthquake on record, an earthquake so forceful that it moved the entire island of Sumatra 100 feet to the southwest from its pre-quake position. Geologists said it literally sent the entire planet vibrating and actually interfered with the Earth’s rotation to the degree that time stopped for three milliseconds.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, earthquakes are increasing. Every decade for the past five decades has increased the number of earthquakes – not just minor ones, but what are now called “killer quakes.” It seems as though every catastrophic earthquake that occurs is said to be the strongest ever. Then another killer quake will come along that is even worse than the ones before.
Jesus likened these signs to a familiar human occurrence. He said they are the beginning of birth pains, or labor pains. They are the signs of the times the Bible tells us to be looking for that will alert us to the fact that Jesus Christ is coming back again. So as we see these things happen and increase in frequency, it means his coming is near.
Some people argue this has been going on for hundreds of years, that everyone thinks Jesus is coming back in their lifetime. I will grant that, but I would like to point out one thing to think about: Something really significant happened on May 14, 1948. The Jewish people who had been persecuted throughout history, who had been murdered in the millions by Hitler, began to return – as if on cue – to their homeland. And on that day in 1948, Israel was once again a nation. After the War of Independence, the modern state of Israel was declared, fulfilling a very significant Bible prophecy. It wasn’t just a sign; it was a super-sign. And it happened against all odds.
Still, it left the city of Jerusalem divided, with Jordan retaining control of the old city, including the Temple Mount and most of the historic area. But during the Six-Day War in 1967, Israeli forces were able to capture the old city and reunify all of Jerusalem. The city of Jerusalem was under Jewish control for the first time in many centuries, and another Bible prophecy had been fulfilled. The prophet Ezekiel said the Jewish people would be scattered and then regathered. After this takes place, he prophesied, Israel then would be isolated and ultimately attacked.
The Bible tells us that the end of the world as we know it, culminating in the final Battle of Armageddon, will happen in the Middle East. It also tells us that Jerusalem will be a key part of that as the nations of the world turn against her. In Zechariah 12:2–3, God said, “I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem. 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.”
This is why we should not get our hopes too high when we see another Middle East peace treaty being signed. There might be a cessation of violence temporarily, but it will kick up again, according to what the Bible says. God says these things will happen, and he is telling us they are warnings we should be paying attention to.
Frankly, we don’t know what will happen next in our world. Any one of us could be a victim of terrorism or violent crime in these volatile times in which we live. I wish I could say there never will be another tsunami or another earthquake or another hurricane or another terrorist attack. But we live in a fallen world. And we know it will come to an end.
So is the end of the world near? I don’t know for certain, but clearly there are signs of the times.
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