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Discussing current events and how they relate to Biblical prophesy. What are some critical signs are pointing to the imminent Rapture of the Church?

In late May 2022, the Israeli Air Force (IAF) conducted drills which included “long-range flights, aerial refueling and striking distant targets.” It was, the Times of Israel noted, meant to simulate striking Iranian nuclear facilities. According to Israel’s Channel 13 news, the exercises spanned more than 10,000 kilometers and included more than 100 aircraft and navy submarines.

The IAF, the Jerusalem Post reported in early June 2022, can now fly F-35 fighter jets from Israel to Iran without refueling. And now they can be equipped with a new one-ton bomb “that can be carried inside the plane’s internal weapons compartment without jeopardizing its stealth radar signature.”

The IDF is, of course, an exceptionally well-trained military. It isn’t a stranger to major drills and exercises. But it seems clear that something is afoot and the parameters of the long-running conflict between Israel and Iran are changing. Coupled with Tehran’s imminent “nuclear break out,” such developments indicate that Jerusalem is doing more than mowing the grass—it might be preparing to get rid of the entire yard.

Gatestone Institute senior fellow and author Gordon Chang issued a dire warning about the threat of China making an aggressive move against Taiwan on “Fox & Friends First” Monday, telling hosts Carley Shimkus and Griff Jenkins that President Joe Biden is not “preparing Americans for what is coming.” Chang also warned that U.S.-China relations have reached “one of the most dangerous moments in history” after U.S. lawmakers made an unannounced visit to Taiwan.

Henry Kissinger in The Wall Street Journal article said, ‘We are on the edge of war with Russia and China,’ and I actually think that he is right. One year ago today, China issued propaganda saying that, when they invaded Taiwan — not if they invaded Taiwan — that the island would fall within hours and the U.S. would not come to help. The fall of Afghanistan led to the failure of deterrence in Ukraine, where a much more powerful combination of the United States, the European Union and Great Britain failed to deter Vladimir Putin. The Chinese believe that disarray in the Western coalition really means it is ineffective, and I think the Chinese believe that they can do what they want. This is a point where we should expect that the Chinese will do something. It may not be a full-on invasion, but it could very well be dangerous maneuvering in the air or on the sea that causes the downward spiral. The president of the United States is not preparing the American people for what is coming, what the Chinese tell us they want, which is war in Asia.


Why it matters:

Even a limited nuclear war could kill a third of world’s population, study shows / L.A. Times, AUG. 15, 2022

As escalating tensions among the United States, Russia and China revive old fears of nuclear war, some researchers are warning that even a limited-scale exchange between such nations as India and Pakistan could have catastrophic consequences for global food supplies and trigger mass death worldwide.

A nuclear conflict involving less than 3% of the world’s stockpiles could kill a third of the world’s population within two years, according to a new international study led by scientists at Rutgers University. A larger nuclear conflict between Russia and the United States could kill three-fourths of the world’s population in the same timeframe, according to the research published Monday in Nature Food.

“It’s really a cautionary tale that any use of nuclear weapons could be a catastrophe for the world,” said climate scientist and study author Alan Robock, a distinguished professor in Rutgers’ Department of Environmental Sciences.

The findings come at a time when — 30 years after the end of the Cold War — the threat of a nuclear holocaust may be greater now than it ever was.

Recently, U.K. National Security Advisor Stephen Lovegrove argued that the breakdown in dialogue between nations, as well as the loss of safeguards that had been created between nuclear superpowers decades ago, has plunged the world into “a dangerous new age.” United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has also warned that “the prospect of nuclear conflict, once unthinkable, is now back within the realm of possibility.”

Although Robock and others have previously projected that nuclear war would result in tremendous disruption to the climate and food supplies, the recent study marks the first time that researchers have calculated the potential extent of the famine that would result and how many people would die.

The detonation of even just a small fraction of the world’s nuclear weapons would spark massive firestorms that would rapidly inject sun-blocking soot into the atmosphere, touching off a sudden cooling of the climate, the researchers theorized.

The data is being released on the heels of a growing consensus among experts that the threat of nuclear war is greater than it’s ever been, said Ira Helfand, immediate past president of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.

In the event of a larger war between the U.S. and Russia, which together are believed to hold more than 90% of the world’s nuclear stockpile, an estimated 5 billion out of 6.7 billion people worldwide would die, according to the research.

But any of the nine nuclear-armed nations, which also include China, North Korea, France, Israel and the United Kingdom, have enough firepower at their fingertips to cause immense worldwide suffering and death, with soot rising into the sky and touching off a domino effect of catastrophic cooling and famine, the study suggests.


Reality check:

We may not be at the brink of a nuclear war, but one of the critical signs pointing to the imminent Rapture of the Church is the invasion of Israel, which begins World War 3. This invasion was foretold in Ezekiel 38 – 39, and in Psalm 83:

Now on that day, the day when Gog comes against the land of Israel”—this is the declaration of the Lord God—“My wrath will flare up. I swear in My zeal and fiery rage: On that day there will be a great earthquake in the land of Israel. The fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the animals of the field, every creature that crawls on the ground, and every human being on the face of the earth will tremble before Me. The mountains will be thrown down, the cliffs will collapse, and every wall will fall to the ground. I will call for a sword against him on all My mountains”—the declaration of the Lord God—“and every man’s sword will be against his brother. I will execute judgment on him with plague and bloodshed. I will pour out torrential rain, hailstones, fire, and brimstone on him, as well as his troops and the many peoples who are with him. (Ezekiel 38: 17-22)

The bottom line:

To fall under the judgement of the Lord is a terrible fate. For Russian, Iran, and her hordes, it will be too late. For them, this is the endgame.

Ultimately, all nations who do not turn to the Lord will also be judged:

This will be the plague the Lord strikes all the peoples with, who have warred against Jerusalem: their flesh will rot while they stand on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths. (Zechariah 14:12)

Unless those days were limited, no one would survive. But those days will be limited because of the elect. (Matthew 24:22)

The “birth pains” of the world are building and converging towards an unprecedented climax. There is an upcoming “delivery date” for the Rapture, known only to the Lord.

Go deeper: Spirit Wars

 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:

The salvation and the power
and the kingdom of our God
and the authority of His Messiah
have now come,
because the accuser of our brothers
has been thrown out:
the one who accuses them
before our God day and night.

How do we have victory over the dragon?

They conquered him
by the blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony,
for they did not love their lives
in the face of death.

In the very near future, a real version of Star Wars will rock the Universe. The Lord’s angels will round up the Devil and his angels, and cast them to the Earth. At the same time, the Rapture will remove all of the Lord’s true believers. This is symbolized by the child being caught up to God and His throne.


The big picture: Our Peace

In the Bible, Esau serves as an example for the natural desires of a person operating apart from God. A person who has not been raised to life spiritually is still “in the flesh.” 

Now I want to remind you, though you know all these things: The Lord first saved a people out of Egypt and later destroyed those who did not believe; and He has kept, with eternal chains in darkness for the judgment of the great day, the angels who did not keep their own position but deserted their proper dwelling. In the same way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them committed sexual immorality and practiced perversions, just as angels did, and serve as an example by undergoing the punishment of eternal fire.

These are the ones who are like dangerous reefs at your love feasts. They feast with you, nurturing only themselves without fear. They are waterless clouds carried along by winds; trees in late autumn—fruitless, twice dead, pulled out by the roots; wild waves of the sea, foaming up their shameful deeds; wandering stars for whom the blackness of darkness is reserved forever!

And Enoch, in the seventh generation from Adam, prophesied about them:

Look! The Lord comes
with thousands of His holy ones
to execute judgment on all
and to convict them
of all their ungodly acts
that they have done in an ungodly way,
and of all the harsh things ungodly sinners
have said against Him.

These people are discontented grumblers, walking according to their desires; their mouths utter arrogant words, flattering people for their own advantage.

But you, dear friends, remember what was predicted by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; they told you, “In the end time there will be scoffers walking according to their own ungodly desires.” These people create divisions and are unbelievers, not having the Spirit. (Jude 5-19)


In the gap between now and the Rapture, what is a Christian to do to get the victory over the Devil and succeed in daily life?

Keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who searches finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. What man among you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? (Matthew 7:7-10)

Jesus is our ultimate example of resisting temptation in spiritual warfare. Observe how Jesus handled direct attacks from Satan when He was tempted in the wilderness:

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the Devil. After He had fasted 40 days and 40 nights, He was hungry. Then the tempter approached Him and said, “If You are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

But He answered, “It is written:

Man must not live on bread alone
but on every word that comes
from the mouth of God.

Then the Devil took Him to the holy city, had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written:

He will give His angels orders concerning you,
and they will support you with their hands
so that you will not strike
your foot against a stone.

Jesus told him, “It is also written: Do not test the Lord your God.

Again, the Devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. And he said to Him, “I will give You all these things if You will fall down and worship me.”

Then Jesus told him, “Go away, Satan! For it is written:

Worship the Lord your God,
and serve only Him.

Then the Devil left Him, and immediately angels came and began to serve Him. (Matthew 4:1–11).

Each temptation was combatted with the words “it is written.” The Word of the living God is the most powerful weapon against the temptations of the devil. “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11).

But you, dear friends, as you build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, expecting the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ for eternal life. Have mercy on those who doubt; save others by snatching them from the fire; have mercy on others but with fear, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.

Now to Him who is able to protect you from stumbling and to make you stand in the presence of His glory, blameless and with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, power, and authority before all time, now and forever. Amen. (Jude 20-25)


If you are not sure that you are saved, you can accept Christ into your life right now, by praying:

“Lord Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins.  Please forgive my sins and give me the gift of eternal life.  I ask you in to my life and heart to be my Lord and Savior.”


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    • truck driver

      Rich people make money from war

    • aking032962

      Wow, you do know that Satan quotes the Bible too?
      What you do not know apparently is that Putin Russia, XI Jen Ping China, Modie India and Prince Salman Saudi Arabia, and 209 Nations are all WORKING WITH TRUMP to stamp out the KHAZARIAN MAFIA FAKE JEWS, out of our World TOGETHER!
      Please tell me your not one of the 110,000 DIGITAL SOLDIERS THAT THE United Nations just hired to spew DISINFORMATION AROUND THE WORLD PURPOSELY TO PROMOTE THEIR FEAR PORN!!
      If you don’t know this then do your research a little deeper. If you do know this “WE THE PEOPLE OF THE WORLD” SEE RIGHT THROUGH YOUR PROPAGANDA!!

    • Odysseus

      Ok…and, once again, world fate tied to ‘Israel’…but no one has ever TRULY answered the question, ‘WHO is Israel?’ Is Israel the geographic land…or is it the people, wherever they are? If you read the Lost Apocrypha ‘Book of Jesus’, he says that ‘you ARE the church…it is not a building, of lifeless stone, but the PEOPLE’…so if he felt this way about the building, then he must SURELY feel this way about the people, right?
      Now…if you think that Israel is ‘the people of the bloodline of Moses, David, etc.’, then you MUST know that in Assyria in 570-BC, they not only invaded Israel (geographic AND people) and took MOST of the tribes prisoner…but the tribe of Judah and Levi made a deal with them…to let them place pagan gods alongside their temple of God…the other tribes would not capitulate, so 10-tribes were taken out of Israel, taken North all the way to the Caucus Mountains…where God said ‘I will put up a wall of thorns, that you shall not return’. The tribes of Judah and Levi intermarried with the Amalekites (sworn enemies of Israel) over time, again breaking their covenant with God. The remainder went west…So, when you think ‘Gog of Magog…in the day you seek to invade and destroy Israel…God will stand up’…exactly where do you think this invasion is going to actually prepare to happen…geographic Israel, or Western Europe and North America?

      • Odysseus

        For any that still think the ‘key land’ is geographic Israel…I have news for you, God has already acted against those ‘who say they are Jews, but are not’…it was WWII. The Sanhedrin Priests put God on trial for abandoning them, for crimes against humanity, and found him GUILTY! However, ask yourself, if he were simply trying to make a point, why not just let the Germans have 50,000 or 100,000…why over 6-million…unless…he was trying to eradicate ‘those who claim to be, but are not’? I offer the answer that few have thought about…that God sanctioned Hitler in-part, to eradicate a blasphemy against him and his ‘chosen people’, those who ‘claim to be part of Israel, but in fact, he knew they were not, so allowed it to happen’.
        After all, 100,000 dying in the camps would have sent the same general ‘abhorent message’ that a larger number would…but God’s agenda was something else you haven’t thought through…and yet, the remnants of these same people are those who now run the world…and you’re watching the WRONG LANDS to see ‘signs’ of ‘The End’, when it will not occur there at all…

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