WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR ME?
By Dr. Dennis Lindsay
SEVEN SIGNS OF CHRIST’S SOON COMING
Why do people believe we are living in the last days? Historically, there have been lots of people in past centuries who have believed the same thing. What’s the difference today? Why do people believe this to be more so than in any other time? It could be that so many things predicted by Scripture have come together that have not come together in the last 2,000 years—the rebirth of the nation of Israel, the plans to rebuild the Temple, the lack of a superpower in the world, which will allow the events in Ezekiel 38 to occur. The following are seven signs that major world events are happening and are about to happen:
- The rebirth of the nation of Israel. This is a super sign because nothing else can happen until Israel becomes a nation and the Jewish people return to the land.
- There is currently an ongoing preparation to build a third Temple.
- The coalition of countries, written about in Ezekiel 38, 39. Seven nations are going to attack Israel. Russia and Iran will join together. This is the first time in antiquity that these two geographical areas are in alliance with one another.
- Egypt, Syria and Lebanon are not mentioned in Ezekiel 38. Where are the nations bordering Israel? Apparently, there will be a war or “false peace” before the war of Armageddon.
- Currently, there is no superpower in the world. Russia has become the number one military power in the world surpassing America. Obviously, someday Russia will rise to the forefront, feeling no threat from any other nation, and will come down and attack Israel. This is the narrative outlined in Ezekiel 38.
- Currently, there is no world leader. The United States has fallen in this category and has left a vacuum for a world leader known as the antichrist to arise.
- The rise of modern technology, as predicted in Daniel, reveals how a world dictator will have control.
THE MARK OF THE BEAST?
Besides Israel becoming a nation in 1948, the remaining six points are emerging. Over the centuries, commentators have predicted these prophetic passages would come to pass, and it appears now they are near fulfillment.
How will the antichrist have control of the nations? Scripture reveals that people will not be able to buy or sell without a number. The invention of the computer makes this possible. There are countries now on the verge of becoming cashless. Some countries’ industries are putting a chip under the skin between the thumb and forefinger in order to monitor their employees.
WILL THERE BE “PEACE, PEACE?”
The Palestinians and Israelis have been negotiating peace for 25 years. Israel is not willing to give in to the demands of the Palestinians, which includes surrendering Jerusalem, the West Bank, the Golan Heights and the removal of the wall between the Palestinian territory and the land of Israel that keeps out suicide bombers. Talks in the past have always ended in a stalemate.
Palestinian leaders have come to the conclusion that Israel is too strong militarily to fight another war. They will ask the U.N. to pass a resolution forcing Israel to submit to the demands with the penalty of an embargo if they refuse. They will use oil as a bargaining chip.
On December 30, 2014, a U.N. resolution was created that required Israel to withdraw from the West Bank by 2017, and it declared East Jerusalem as the capital of the Palestinian state. The vote by the 15 member United Nations Security Council needed 9 members in favor of the resolution to pass. Eight voted in favor, five abstained and two opposed— the United States and Canada. The U.S. used all of its pressure so it would not pass. We know that God is in control of such world events.
In the recent 2015 Israeli elections, President Obama sent a delegation to undermine Prime Minister Netanyahu’s campaign in hopes of forcing Israel to submit to the pressure of the president’s demands. Netanyahu won by a landslide victory and said, “Not on my watch.” The Obama administration responded to the new Israeli government by pressuring it to make a peace agreement with the Palestinians, by saying, “We may have to support a new U.N. resolution to force you to withdraw.” In other words, Israel must make a peace agreement in order to create a Palestinian State. Today, Canada is no longer one of the members of the Security Council, and therefore, such a U.N. resolution looks possible.
THE BIBLE PROPHESIES A PEACE AGREEMENT
In Daniel 9:27 we read, “And he shall enter into a strong and firm covenant for seven years.” Obviously, it will be between Israel and the Palestinians.
THE PROBLEM “RESOLVED”
There are presently more than 300,000 Jews living in the West Bank. It would be next to impossible to move them. There are just too many. However, the Palestinian leaders responded, “No problem. Just as there are over 1.6 million Arabs living within Israel, so a couple hundred thousand Jews living among the Arabs is no problem. Property rights will be respected,” was the promise. It is said the peace agreement will accomplish three objectives:
- It will create an artificial peace settlement and fulfill scripture;
- It would create a Palestinian state;
- Finally, it will allow the Jewish Temple to be rebuilt.
REBUILDING THE TEMPLE
In the Book of Revelation we read, “Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months” (Revelation 11:1, 2).
In this passage there is no measurement of the outer court. Why? Is it because the Temple Mount, where the temple will be built, will occupy land next to the Muslim Mosque that presently resides there?
In Luke Jesus says, “Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled” (Luke 21:24). Such a peace treaty would open the door for the Jews to rebuild the Temple next to the Muslim mosque—the Dome of the Rock. Therefore, the Temple Mount would be shared. The Jews have all the furnishings ready to be placed in the new Temple. If the above is accurate, then we understand what Christ is saying in Matthew 24.
“The day is coming when you will see what Daniel the prophet spoke about—the sacrilegious object that causes desecration standing in the Holy Place. [Reader, pay attention!] Then those in Judea must flee to the hills. A person out on the deck of a roof must not go down into the house to pack. A person out in the field must not return even to get a coat” (Matthew 24:18, 19).
BEGINNING OF THE END
Christ is saying when you see the abomination, which is halfway through the seven-year tribulation, if you live in Judea (Palestinian State), run to safety and don’t look back. It’s going to be very urgent. So, at the beginning of the peace treaty the people will think they have the answer, but after three and half years, the next event will be the beginning of the great tribulation. For the Jews, Jesus is warning them if they live in the Palestinian-occupied territories, to immediately flee for their lives.
Under a sharing arrangement, we can envision we are entering a time that is near what the Bible reveals as the seven years leading up to the final war. Jesus declares in Matthew 24:21, “There will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now.” In other words: we are at the brink of Armageddon. Iran (Persia) controls Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Gaza and the Persian Gulf. Yemen and Ethiopia, no doubt, will control the Red Sea, which will allow them to control the oil that heads to the West. Iran and Russia are listed as the two countries that will invade Israel in the battle of Armageddon.
THE GOOD NEWS: THE GREAT REVIVAL IS COMING
There is good news, and in Revelation we read, “… To every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people” (Revelation 14:6, 7). During this dreadful time, believers will commit themselves to fulfill the Great Commission. Revival and the infilling of the Spirit are not for holy living alone, but also for empowered evangelism. We read in Acts, “You will receive power to testify about me with great effect” (Acts 1:8). The great revivals of the past always produced intensive evangelism, and they always will.
SHOULD BELIEVERS STORE FOOD?
Jesus advises His disciples in Matthew, chapter 5:
“So don’t worry at all about having enough food and clothing. Why be like the heathen? For they take pride in all these things and are deeply concerned about them. But your heavenly Father already knows perfectly well that you need them, and he will give them to you if you give him first place in your life and live as he wants you to” (Matthew 5:33).
Other examples in Scripture include the story of Joseph in Egypt, who is a shadow of Jesus, and the manna that God provided for food for the Israelites in the wilderness. Jesus will also provide for His children in times of wildernesses. I believe an obsession of storing is wrong. Christ’s final words to His disciples while on Earth were, “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19).
Jesus gives us signs of His return. There will be wars and rumor of wars, yet the end is not here. This is only the beginning. Like giving birth, pains come every little bit. They will get closer together. Wars will come and go, yet believers are to focus on the coming birth and not on the pains. There will be famines and earthquakes.
Keep one eye on Israel and the Messianic Jewish believers. In the 1950s there were about 40 to 50 Messianic Jews in Israel. Now, they are numbering nearly 20,000 believers in the land. Jesus expressed, “Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord,” which means, “I won’t be coming back until you welcome me as Messiah and King.”
Keep a second eye on the nations. Much like Paul’s second missionary trip with the expansion of the Gospel, we can expect the Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in all nations. It must not be only the Gospel of salvation or church growth, but the Gospel of the Kingdom that will transform multitudes from the nations. We can expect martyrs— people who are willing to sell all, lay down their lives, and sacrifice all for the Gospel. Then the end will come.
FINAL THOUGHT: ISLAMIC TERRORISTS
It is a mistake to claim that terrorists are not Muslims. President Obama made the erroneous statement that terrorists have hijacked Islam. Obviously, Mr. Obama is blind to the strategies of Satan, as well as being ignorant in regards to the history of Islam. Terrorism and suicide originated with Mohammed. It has never known Peace.
Hezbollah, Hamas, and Al Qaeda all believe the same thing—one day Islam will take over the world. Islam will dictate everything—what each and every person will do and it will control the world one day. This is their agenda.
Muslims have a common purpose. Unfortunately, young people are growing up under the dogma of evolutionism, which teaches that man is a product of blind chance and really has no purpose for being on Planet Earth. ISIS is giving youth a purpose and that is why they have such a dramatic and fanatical following. Islam teaches there is a god and there is purpose, and this is what draws people to follow its deception.
The West has removed God from its culture, and as a result, there is a big vacuum. Along comes a group that says we know what you should do. They have made jihad look like something that is cool and exciting, as if in reality it will be a cosmic video game. Islam has been very clever in recruiting with social media.
How does this fit into the prophetic picture? The players are moving into position. It’s like the actors in a theater performance. Backstage, the players are moving into position before the curtain rises. So it is with Satan’s players, as they are moving into position for the final acts of destruction before the Lord returns and brings judgment.
Just like looking through the crosshairs of a gun, Israel is being positioned in the crosshairs of war. Satan sees there is no world leader who will stand with Israel, so he is about to move forward and reveal his servant/slave—the antichrist, who will dictate his evil agenda—to wipe out Israel because Satan knows it is the home of the Messiah.
“The LORD said to me, ‘Son of man, this is the place of my throne and the place where I will rest my feet. I will live here forever among the people of Israel’” (Ezekiel 43:7).
Do you want to be blessed? Pray and support the Jewish people and the Messianic Jewish believers. Israel is forever!
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