Saturday, April 22, 2017

Time Is On Our Side

Although time is short (the Lord could come back for His Church at any moment), time is on our side.  How so?  Every moment that slips by into the history books while we are in Christ, puts us one moment closer to our Fathers Kingdom and paradise.  For those who are not in Christ, every moment that slips by is one less moment for them to take whatever it is they think they can find from this earth.  For them its a race against time, for us its casual stroll with time.

For this reason, we are told over and over again to be patient, to stand, to wait.

Luke 21:19In your patience possess ye your souls.

Rev 3:10Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. 

Why write this?  1.  The Lord God has impressed this idea on this writers heart multiple times over recent days and 2.  Maybe the Lord impressed it because this writer (with some alarm) has noticed how fast time is flying by.  It was just new year 2017 and it will be May 2017 one week from this posting.  I am getting older, my kids are getting older, time is flying by.  Instead of being alarmed the Lord says to rest and be at peace.  For us who believe time is our friend.  For those who do not believe it is their mortal enemy.

Heb 4:3 Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said, "So I declared on oath in my anger, 'They shall never enter my rest.'" And yet his works have been finished since the creation of the world.

Isa 30:15 This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: "In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.

Every moment that goes by is one moment closer to us being face to face with the Almighty.  One way or another we will all stand face to face with Him, bend our knees and confess that He is Lord to the glory of God our Father.  For this reason we must always be watching and ready.  He told us He will come back unexpectedly but we could also not be alive tomorrow-nobody guaranteed us we will see tomorrow.

This post is written as an encouragement to you as it encouraged me.  The things of this world are quickly slipping away.  For those of us who are straining toward eternal life that is good news.  The rapid passing of time brings us closer to our Father's kingdom on earth just as it is in heaven.  It signals a rapidly approaching end to the corruption, and fraud, and greed and lies-all the wickedness done under the sun today that turns some of our stomachs. 

When we begin to see things the way our Lord sees things we will be encouraged.  He laughs at the wicked as He knows their day is coming.

Psalm 2:1Why do the nations conspirea
and the peoples plot in vain?
2The kings of the earth rise up
and the rulers band together
against the Lord and against his anointed, saying,
3“Let us break their chains
and throw off their shackles.”
4The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
the Lord scoffs at them.
5He rebukes them in his anger
and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,
6“I have installed my king
on Zion, my holy mountain.”


This ^^ is what the Almighty has to say about the wicked we see all around us.  He has something altogether different to say about us:


Psalm 16:You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

This ^^ is what we have to look forward to.  Every single tick of the clock brings us closer to it.  Glory to God.

All glory and honor and power, all the wealth and splendor and worship and praise be unto the Lord our God who loves us and has saved us from the wrath to come.

grace and peace




























Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Babylon Is Doomed

It is obvious that the west created ISIS and has been supporting it non-stop through this present day.  The evidence for this is overwhelming.  Some damning pieces of evidence are:

1.  Israel's intimate knowledge of everything going on in the middle east at every moment, and yet they allowed this terror organization to grow and thrive unfettered for years.  ISIS does not attack Israel and Israel does not attack ISIS, convenient yes?

2.  ISIS as well as every other terrorist organization has to be funded somehow.  Now that all the worlds finances are electronic it is exceedingly easy to 1. track and 2. cut off the funding flow to ISIS.  Has America or any other western nation attempted to shut this down?  Nope.

3.  Western nations were supposedly bombing ISIS for years, yet they continued to spread like wildfire throughout the middle east.  It wasn't until Russia showed up and really bombed ISIS (instead of dropping bombs on empty pieces of desert...) that ISIS had any setbacks.

4.  Qui Bono, who benefits?  ISIS is a sunni muslim organization.  The gulf monarchies who work hand in hand with Israel and the west in general have an interest in pushing back Shiites in the region (Syria, Hezbollah, and Iran).  Who benefits from ISIS terrorizing the middle east?  Read the list of participants in sentence 3 above once again..

So what?

In case its not obvious, the middle east and Europe are transforming.  Europe is doomed.  If they thought the refugee numbers were bad last year, just wait until this year.  What is even more interesting is Europe's appetite for its own destruction.  Most Europeans have rejected Christianity, they wanted a secular state with no Christian values 'imposed' on them, yet they are perfectly fine with having militant Islam violently rammed down their throat.  So, they are getting what they asked for-no Christianity and more Islam. The protestors and 'activists' who can't seem to get enough Muslim military age male refugees should go to their local tailor to fit out for their burkas, hijabs and kufis now to save themselves the trouble later.

What we are watching the is formation of Babylon.  But didn't you say America is Babylon brother D?  At the time, that shoe fit best on America.  Nobody (except the Lord) saw the radical transformation that is happening in Europe and the middle east coming even as recently as 2 years ago.  Also remember that America is the primary driver for the creation of Babylon, we are attached at the hip with it, indistinguishable from it.  Without American actions in the middle east, Babylon that is forming today would never be.  One proof for this statement is Iraq, which was ancient Babylon, was turned on its head by whom?  America, and Libya followed suit with our attention now on Syria.

Unfortunately for Babylon and the west, their friends in ISIS are murdering Christians and other innocents across the middle east.  They are anti-Christ to the core.  Does the Lord have anything to say to ISIS and the west who birthed and supports them?  You bet:

  Jer 50:23“How the hammer of the whole earth
            Has been cut off and broken!
            How Babylon has become
            An object of horror among the nations!
      24“I set a snare for you and you were also caught, O Babylon,
            While you yourself were not aware;
            You have been found and also seized
            Because you have engaged in conflict with the L
ORD.”


What is going on in the middle east right now?  Those participants in the west who created and support ISIS are being lured into a giant trap.  Why?

Because you have engaged in conflict with the LORD

See Jer 50:24 again ^^.

So to recap what is going on here, Israel and the west have sided with Babylon (actually are in the process of creating it) and Iran/Persia/The Medes (Iran) are allied with Russia (and China although they have kept their voices to a whisper on this subject so far).  What does the Lord tell us about this arrangement?

    Jer 50:41“Behold, a people is coming from the north,
            And a great nation and many kings
            Will be aroused from the remote parts of the earth.
      42“They seize their bow and javelin;
            They are cruel and have no mercy.
            Their voice roars like the sea;
            And they ride on horses,
            Marshalled like a man for the battle
            Against you, O daughter of Babylon.


and


Isa 13:17Behold, I am going to stir up the Medes against them,
            Who will not value silver or take pleasure in gold.
      18And their bows will mow down the young men,
            They will not even have compassion on the fruit of the womb,
            Nor will their eye pity children.
      19And Babylon, the beauty of kingdoms, the glory of the Chaldeans’ pride,
            Will be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.

This is just one of many reasons we know we serve and all mighty and all knowing God.  All of this terror going on in the middle east, stirred up by the west (in cooperation with Israel) has what as an end game?  Iran, The Medes, The Persian.  That's what this is all about and it just so happens the Lord told us thousands of years ago "I am going to stir up the Medes against them."

So, the Medes (Iran) has been stirred up against Babylon.  Where does that lead?  To this:

    Luke 21:20But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then recognize that her desolation is near. 21“Then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains, and those who are in the midst of the city must leave, and those who are in the country must not enter the city; 22because these are days of vengeance, so that all things which are written will be fulfilled. 23“Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days; for there will be great distress upon the land and wrath to this people; 24and they will fall by the edge of the sword, and will be led captive into all the nations; and Jerusalem will be trampled under foot by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

As a final proof here, read carefully what the Lord says about Babylon here:

     Jer 50:29“Summon many against Babylon,
            All those who bend the bow:
            Encamp against her on every side,
            Let there be no escape.
            Repay her according to her work;
            According to all that she has done, so do to her;
            For she has become arrogant against the LORD,
            Against the Holy One of Israel.
      30“Therefore her young men will fall in her streets,
            And all her men of war will be silenced in that day,” declares the LORD.
      31“Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one,”
            Declares the Lord GOD of hosts,
            “For your day has come,
            The time when I will punish you.

One of the key characteristics of this Babylon is arrogance.  Look around the world today at all the nations of the earth and you tell me, which nation is most full of arrogance, running around doing whatever it wants to whomever it wants in violation of international laws, holding other nations to double standards, etc.  Who is the number 1, prize winner for arrogance in the world right now among the nations? 

Was it wrong to say America is Babylon?  No and yes.  No because it is the mother of Babylon, they are one blood, one flesh.  Yes it was wrong because it was too limiting.  The transformation taking place around the world right now needs to be integrated into our consideration of what and who Babylon is.

The good news is, Babylon is DOOMED.  The trouble Babylon is causing will be repaid to her in full:

 29“Summon many against Babylon,
            All those who bend the bow:
            Encamp against her on every side,
            Let there be no escape.
            Repay her according to her work;            According to all that she has done, so
do to her;            For she has become arrogant against the LORD,
            Against the Holy One of Israel.

grace and peace























































Monday, April 17, 2017

The Secret Coming of The Son of Man

There is a large group of people out there who like to preach "there is no secret rapture."  Maybe they are right maybe they are wrong but what we can say as a matter of absolute fact is there is a secret coming of the Son of Man.  If that secret coming is not the rapture then like the problems they have with Luke 21:36 they have to explain what this other coming of the Lord is.

One of the greatest, most top secret, secrets of heaven is this secret coming of the Lord.  What does our Lord say about it?

Matt 24:36But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,f but only the Father. 37As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.

When a secret is so great that not even the Son of God knows it, its a quite a secret.  What is this great secret?  The secret coming of our Lord back for those who belong to Him:

That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.

I've heard them try to explain their non-sense and it remains just that: non-sense.  The Spirit of the Lord within this writer has been insisting vehemently for years that we take His Word deadly serious exactly, precisely as it is written.  How many times does He tell us to watch and be ready for His secret return?  He tells us over:

Matt 24:42“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.

and over:

Matt 25:10“But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.
11“Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’
12“But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’
13“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.

and over again:

Mark 13:32“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33Be on guard! Be alerte ! You do not know when that time will come. 34It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with their assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch.
35“Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. 36If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. 37What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’ ”

Watch for what?  For His unexpected coming.  Every single one of the preachers and teachers who have told us we can know the time of our Lord's coming have been proven wrong.  If the Son of God does not know, you don't know-period.

Matt 24:36But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,f but only the Father.

What we do know is He told us to watch, over and over and over again.  Almost as if He is trying to get our attention on this point (Gee, ya think?).

Be watching and be ready, Be watching and be ready, Be watching and be ready-for what?  His secret, unannounced return.  What is the Spirit of the Lord saying to us today?  Be watching and ready for the secret return of the Lord Jesus Christ.  That is not the opinion of man, it is the Word of God repeated to man over and over and over again so we have zero excuse if we disregard it.  Some things in the Bible you can read over and not catch it the first time, this is altogether different.  You cannot read the gospels without getting slapped in the face with this command over and over again.  Watch and be ready for His return!

Yes, it will be a secret.  Yes, many if not most will be caught entirely unprepared for it.  The Lord's unprepared virgin number is 50%, that's a lot of people who will be told:

Matt 25:11“Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’
12“But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’

Most people have to be wrong.  Over and over again we see it in Biblical history.  Did most people escape the flood in Noah's day?  No most people died in it.  Did most people escape Sodom when the Lord rained fire on it?  No most died there.  Did most Israelites enter the promised land after Israel left Egypt?  No, most died in the desert and few went in.  The theme repeats over and over again which explains why the Lord told us this:

Matt 7:13“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

Contrary to popular belief today, most people do not make it into heaven-few do

14But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

This writer would not keep most people out of heaven, but this writer did not write the Bible.  God is God because He alone is all powerful and all knowing and the one who is all powerful and all knowing gets to set the rules.  What we need is the truth, unvarnished, unaltered, undiluted.  It is the truth that sets mankind free, not lies that tickle his ears. 

The Lord is going to do precisely what He told us He was going to do-He will arrive in secret and it will shock and dismay the world.  Watch for His secret return.  Be ready for His secret return.  Those who mock the secret return of the Lord only mock themselves.  There will be precious little mocking done by these people after the Lord executes His promise exactly as it is written and the unfaithful are left to deal with the aftermath.

We were told to watch and be ready for a return of the Lord that even our Lord Jesus Christ does not know the timing of.  We would be wise to take His command on this seriously.

grace and peace













Saturday, April 08, 2017

Why Did Trump Bomb Syria

Instead of working with Russia, he is carrying forward the same policy of warmongering against Russia.  This week he bombed Syria under the pretext that Syria used chemical weapons.  Really?  First of all, prove it.  Second of all, why pray tell would Syria and Russia use chemical weapons in a war they are easily winning?  So they can line the international community up against them?  And speaking of chemical weapons, the world is supposed to believe the same country that went to the UN claiming chemical weapons were in Iraq when we invaded?

So what?  So this ^^ is to dispense with any excuses for breaking promises made to the American people and the world.  This ^^ is more proof that Trump is just another narcissistic liar just like all of his predecessors.  This is also another reason why you should never vote again.  It is also another strike against the credibility of every 'pastor' preacher and teacher who told you to 'get out and vote.'

Advancing our Lord's kingdom depends ZERO percent on this world's governments and leaders, zero.  This world's leaders and governments are pawns in the hand of Almighty God, our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ.  They do what He tells them to do.  Our job is to do what our God tells us to do.  People should be relieved that they don't have any obligation to argue with anyone else over politics, they are all crooks, frauds and liars.

On another note, our legendary forecasting brother Mr Martin Armstrong published an article today that once again proves our God is God:

IMF Issue Working Paper on Eliminating Cash

Our God told us thousands of years ago this was coming.  They are trying to eliminate cash so they can implement the mark.  They don't have to understand what they are doing but they are in the process of fulfilling prophesy to the letter.  Glory to God.

The Lord shared some comforting Words with us this week that I now share with you:

Psalm 37:7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.


What has our Lord told us to do here ^^?

1.  Rest
2. Wait
3. Do not fret.

Yes we are surrounded by the wicked, especially in high places (like con-gress, and presidents)
but we are not to fret.  We are to rest and wait.  Our God has a plan to sort things out and sort things out He will, this world will be shaken like a sieve.

Keep the faith, rest, be patient, pray for all the brothers (and sisters) in Christ.  Always be gracious and kind to those who hate us.  Our Lord's day is coming when everything will be set aright. 

grace and peace




 























 

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Trump's Betrayal of America is Complete

That didn't take long did it?  Now I fully understand why the Lord has been telling me for years not to vote and why He specifically warned me not to vote for Trump.  Tonight Trump launched anywhere from 50-70 tomahawk missiles against Syria.  Whats the problem with that you ask?  Russia.  What happened to working things out with Russia?  What happened to working together to destroy ISIS?

An educational article and video here.

Did Trump repeal Obamacare?  Nope.  Is he going to cut taxes?  Not anytime soon.  Is he going to work on advancing America and leaving the world to its own problems?  Nope. 
Has he stemmed the tide of Islamic immigration into America?  No.  Does he talk a lot?  Sure, that's what politicians do and all appearances point to Trump betraying America just like every politician before him.

So what?  So it goes right back to what the Lord was saying before the election:  Hillary or Trump, it does not matter.  Both of them lead to the same exact place.  No national repentance, and no national return to prayer and faithfulness guaranteed that Trumps "make America great again" was a lie.  It does not surprise me that Trump has failed, what is surprising is how fast he failed.  Is Trump really going to slow down the prophetic timeline or will he actually speed it up?  He is in the process of betraying America, will he betray Israel next?  Time will tell.

What is the good in all this?  Trumps rapid unmasking as just another liar in chief is doing this world a favor.  It goes to show every one of us that mankind and man's systems, political, religious and otherwise are doomed to failure.  If peoples opinions of politicians was low before, just wait until Trumps time is up.  For this very reason we, and our fathers before us have prayed:

"'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.'"

You cannot solve spiritual problems with political solutions.  It took roughly 4 months or so for the world to come face to face with this reality.  "Vote for change" that all these pastors pushed on people, how is that working out?  America has been betrayed and the betrayal is just beginning.

Should we continue to pray for Trump?  Our Lord told us to pray for all those who are in authority (that even included Obama when he was in office) that we may live peaceful and quiet lives so yes we should continue to pray for him but I hope the smelling salts are waking the Lord's people up to what putting hope and faith in this world will get them.  Our hope and faith are to be in our Father in heaven and in His Son our Lord Jesus Christ. 

No what?  Now this makes this year 2017 much more interesting.  70 years from the Balfour declaration and 50 years from the recapture of Jerusalem puts us in an interesting prophetic window.  We should be watching for our Lord's unexpected return at any moment.  That is what He told us to do repeatedly.  Only a foolish virgin would refuse to obey a command that clear and simple.

Keep the faith.  Trump is not going to make America great again, only a praying and repenting people could do that.  The good that will come from this is some will shake loose of the illusions sold by this world.  Great comes from God.  No God= no great.  Righteousness and faithfulness, truth and a return to morality could have made America great again but Trump was never the man to do it.  When our Lord arrives, things will be set straight.  Until then, hold on for a bumpy ride.

grace and peace


















Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Why is Israel playing Russian roulette in Syria? - RT

Link to video here.

This video hints at what was discussed in the previous post here.  Why does Israel not attack ISIS?  Because it is supporting them.  Why does ISIS not attack Israel?  Because the west (including Israel) supports them.  Outwardly there is condemnation for ISIS, covertly there is support.  That is the game that is being played.  Why is this important?  Everything that's going on in the middle east is important.  The tribulation is a middle eastern centered event:

Luke 21:20When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near. 21Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city. 22For this is the time of punishment in fulfillment of all that has been written. 23How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! There will be great distress in the land and wrath against this people. 24They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

grace and peace

Rev 11:1I was given a reed like a measuring rod and was told, “Go and measure the temple of God and the altar, with its worshipers. 2But exclude the outer court; do not measure it, because it has been given to the Gentiles. They will trample on the holy city for 42 months. 3And I will appoint my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.” 4They are “the two olive trees” and the two lampstands, and “they stand before the Lord of the earth.”a 5If anyone tries to harm them, fire comes from their mouths and devours their enemies. This is how anyone who wants to harm them must die. 6They have power to shut up the heavens so that it will not rain during the time they are prophesying; and they have power to turn the waters into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they want.
7Now when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill them. 8Their bodies will lie in the public square of the great city—which is figuratively called Sodom and Egyptwhere also their Lord was crucified. 9For three and a half days some from every people, tribe, language and nation will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial. 10The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending each other gifts, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth.

^^ Where do these things take place?  The middle east, Israel.  Everything we are seeing play out in the middle east right now is a setup for what is coming.

grace and peace








Saturday, March 25, 2017

Israel's Dangerous Game

11/29/1947:  The United Nations recognizes the state of Israel.  Add 70 years (one Biblical generation) that brings us to what?  11/29/2017.

6/7/1967:  Israel recaptures Jerusalem.  Add 50 years (7 sevens plus the Jubilee) and you get?  6/6/2017.

So what?  So 2017 appears to be loaded with cycle convergences.  What is going to happen?  I guess we are going to find out soon enough. 

What is going on right now?  Israel, along with the rest of the western world to include most notably the United States created ISIS.  Everyone with a shred of analytic background who looks at the map, the circumstances, the logistics, the "who benefits" question can figure it out in 60 seconds.  We have this group called ISIS who is this fanatical Sunni Muslim group out to terrorize the entire middle east with one notable exception emblazoned in neon lights?  Who has this radical Sunni group not attacked?  That's right:  ISRAEL.  Why not?

ISIS was formed by the west to:
1.  topple the Shiite government in Baghdad
2.  Then to topple the government of Syria
3.  With the end game of overthrowing or severely hindering the regime in Iran.

Their plan was humming along fine until Russia drew a line in the sand in Syria and said "that's enough,"  and the Muslim invasion of Europe began.  Not that Israel is not secretly admiring Europes current situation.  Things have a way of coming back around to haunt people.  Germany was ground zero of the holocaust of the Jewish people during WW2, now Germany is ground zero for the holocaust of the European people.  Jews are leaving Europe in record numbers and being replaced by an order of 10:1 or more by Muslims.  Israel is singing a homecoming song to the Jews all across Europe (to include Ukraine) while at the same time Europe is turning into a living nightmare.

As of today, things are working out pretty well for Israel but what is the danger in this game they are playing.  The Jews are being gathered back to Israel for a purpose.  Europe (who has always had an anti-Semitic streak) is being punished with a Muslim invasion for a purpose.  What purpose?  Its all right here:

Daniel 9:24Seventy weeks are determined on your people and on your holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. 25Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem to the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and three score and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. 26And after three score and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and to the end of the war desolations are determined. 27And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the middle of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured on the desolate.

If you are Israel today it seems like a great idea to ship all of Iraq's and Syria's Muslim population to Europe, makes their neighborhood a little nicer.  The problem is when an Muslim army from the north surrounds Israel with European weapons instead of Middle Eastern weapons.

The Lord God told us exactly what is going to happen, all we have to do is connect the dots.  Revelation 6:8 tells us this:

I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.

For years I took this to mean 1/4 of the population of the earth but strictly speaking without reading anything into it, it says a fourth part of the earth which suggest more a geographic region than it does the entire global population.  Which "fourth part" of the earth is the Lord talking about?  From what we can see today, that shoe fits best on the middle east up into parts of Europe.  Don't take my word for anything, where is all the radical transformation taking place right now?  The middle east and western Europe.

Where does that leave us?  It leaves us with 2017 being a special year.  I thought 2016 was the Jubilee but it could be 2017.  Two very important Biblical cycles find their nexus in 2017, the 70 year generational cycle and the Shemitah/Jubilee cycle.  What should we read into this?  The Lord told us to be always watching for His return.  Not the "second coming" return, but His unexpected, unannounced return:

Mark 13:32But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
33Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. 34For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. 35Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: 36Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. 37And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.

The Lord was very clear here ^^.  And as the Lord predicted we have foolish virgins who are not only not watching for His return today, they teach and preach to others not to watch either.  Foolish indeed:

Matt 25:1Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. 2And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: 4But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. 6And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. 7Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. 8And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. 9But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. 10And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. 11Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. 12But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. 13Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

No matter how many ways the Lord tells it to us, there are those who willingly, knowing refuse to watch.  This world is being set up like chess pieces on a chess board to play out the final 7 years known as the tribulation period and the time of Jacob's trouble.  It hasn't even started yet and just what I can see from the outside looks frightening.  What is coming is going to be really, really bad.

If the Lord had told us that the Church needs to "man up" and get ready to take the tribulation period on the chin, then I would be in the process of "manning up."  But He didn't tell us that.  He gave us Noah and Lot as examples along with His direct message to the Churches in Revelation 1-3.  He told us there is an escape that may or may not be the rapture of the Church.  He told us to be watching and praying always that we may be found worthy to escape all that is about to happen so we may stand before Him.

Luke 21:34And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. 35For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

The Lord knows how to jerk my chain.  He knows how to nudge or pinch or slap my spirit to get my attention when I am not facing the direction He wants me to travel in and He keeps bringing me back to this.  Yes, bad things are coming for this world but the Church is in this world but not of this world.  We are aliens and strangers here:

Heb 11:13 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth.

The coming tribulation has a purpose and that purpose is NOT to punish the righteous:

Gen 18:25 Far be it from you to do such a thing--to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?"

Lot was physically removed from the tribulation of his day.  Noah was physically removed from the tribulation of his day.  Some of those in Christ will be physically removed from the tribulation, whenever that day comes.  This is a letter of encouragement to you to continue to do what the Lord God told us to do.  Watch for His unexpected coming and do those things He told us to do while you wait for it.

grace and peace