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Commentary on world events that relate to Bible prophecy and on Rapture Ready issues world events.


 

Feb 22, 2010

Donation Drive March to May

For more than 22 years, Rapture Ready has been a dominant force in Bible prophecy. The site has been the largest end-time domain for so long, I'm having great difficulty remembering who we passed up. One web tracking service ranks RR at 50,000, and it ranks our closest match in the field of prophecy at 125,000. The vast majority of prophecy sites don't rank below the one million level.

I can't give enough praise to all the people who contribute physical labor to the site. One of the best operations on RR is the news team. I normally stay up late at night, and by the time I wake up at 9 AM, the news posters have typically already picked the various news sources clean of any prophecy-related news stories.

The Rapture Ready message board has gone through a major upgrade. We actually had a rather difficult time changing the software from 3.8 to a 4.0 version of vbulletin. We had a major corruption in our database that took a huge effort on the part of our head admin Chris, our provider, Liquid Web, and yours truly. At one point, the problem seemed so unsolvable that we were thinking about starting the board over from scratch. Somehow, with God's grace, we figured out how to untangle the mess.

We have big plans for the future. Terry will be speaking at the Tulsa prophecy conference this coming May. We are also working on a new book. Several people associated with the site are contributing chapters to the book, entitled Departure: God's Next Catastrophic Intervention into Earth's History. I will, of course, be writing about the Internet and the mark of the Beast, and Terry will be writing the Foreword and another chapter--and he will also be acting as the general editor of the project.

The media has featured Rapture Ready in several articles. This has been our busiest quarter in over a year for news coverage. As a result of one article, I received several nasty emails from pet owners who didn't like my suggestion that Fluffy and Fido might be left behind.

The Jerusalem Post contacted me last month with a bit of a revelation. They told me RR is one of their best traffic links. We provide them between 20,000 to 30,000 hits each month. It never occurred to me that we would be big enough to be on their radar. They added us to an "Our Friends" page, and RR outranks every other link on that list.

In the future, we plan to reach out to other Jewish sites to establish a link exchange. It fills me with joy to think that after the rapture when the Jews turn to Christ, we could be one of the sites that says to them, "See what you have been missing!"

In the past couple of years, I've seen numerous examples of the shaky value of this world. We've all cried a tear when we learned of some celebrities who bought a Hollywood home for $10 million and are now unable to sell it for $5 million. Even the value of many personal items is down. I read a report last week that said household theft has dropped because of a sharp decline in the resale value of electronic item like TVs, video cameras, and computers.

There is no depreciation factor for any contribution we make for the cause of Christ. As we get closer to the tribulation hour, we will likely find that an investment in the gospel message is the only thing that has any lasting value.

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also" (Matt. 6:19-21 NIV).

A convenient way to contribute to Rapture Ready is through a regular donation. PayPal subscribers and people who have their banks send funds to our P.O. box are a vital part of our ministry. If you're interested in signing up, you can find the link on the Donation Depot page. Donations can also be sent to our P.O. box at:

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-- Todd



More Stage-Setting for Gog-Magog

An interesting development, although at cursory glance seems of little importance, brings thoughts of what might come to be. Even the most inocuous of events in these times of stage-setting for fulfillment of Bible prophecy in the Middle East warrant a closer look.

When a Saudi prince says that sanctions on a feared fellow Islamic state enemy, Iran, aren't working, so something stronger should be done, the declaration makes one wonder why this statement is made for public consumption. Iran is indeed Saudi's enemy. Many within Islam have long wanted the Saudi royal family dethroned and replaced with their own dictatorships. Iran is the strongest of the Islamic states, both in military strength and in desire to dominate that Middle Eastern world. Fulfilling such Iranian desires would necessitate the overthrow of Saudi royalty, so the Saudis are taking notice. Those facts alone should stand by themselves to point to the dangers presented by Mideast volatility.

However, being observers of these things from the perspective of Bible prophecy, we look deeper to find meanings. This is especially important to do since so many stage-setting issues and events now line up on the biblically prophetic horizon.

Therefore it was with observer's antenna raised that I homed in with fascination upon the few words of one of the Saudi spokesmen in a news item. The report said that the spokesman for Saudi Arabia expressed doubt that further sanctions against the Iranian regime's determination to continue with its nuclear development program would do any good.

Now, we might expect an Islamic brother to say this on behalf of another Islamic brother. All Islamic states--as history has proven--so hate Israel that they would want the Western powers to back off of imposing sanctions that bring pressure to bear upon fellow Israel haters.

At first glance, this statement seems designed to alleviate such pressure on the Iranians. But, the Saudi spokesman wants to forget the sanctions so that greater, not lesser, pressure be brought to bear on Iran and its developing nuclear threat. Not only does he want greater pressure, but pressure of the more immediate sort.

Prince Saud al-Faisal told a news conference in the Saudi capital that the threat posed by Iran's nuclear ambitions demands a more immediate solution than sanctions. He described sanctions as a long-term solution, and he said the threat is more pressing. (Robert Burns, "Saudi Official Questions New Sanctions on Iran," AP, 2/16/10).

The Saudi foreign minister spoke this past Monday in a joint appearance with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

"Sanctions are a long-term solution," al-Faisal said. Then, speaking of Iran and it's nuclear program, he said, "But we see the issue in the shorter term because we are closer to the threat." He said further, "We need immediate resolution rather than gradual resolution."

The news story came to the conclusion that the U.S. delegation who shared the press conference with al-Faisal were confused by the Saudi minister's words. U.S. officials traveling with Clinton said privately they were uncertain what al-Faisal meant, since the Saudi government has been explicit in its support of sanctions against Iran. They said he appeared to be suggesting that sanctions may not be effective and that other action could be required. (Ibid.)

It seems to me that Saudi royalty genuinely does fear the likes of Iranian dictator Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the ruling clerics of that bibically prophetic Persian nation. One should not believe for a moment, however, that Secretary Clinton and the U.S. delegation is confused as to what the Saudi Kingdom's spokesman means with regard to wanting to move beyond sanctions that aren't working and straight to stronger actions.

The story gave a clue as to what is really meant behind all of the Saudi's words of concern. This is what my antenna homed in on--in a brief, obscure part of the story: "The Saudi minister also said efforts supported by the U.S. to rid the Middle East of nuclear weapons must apply to Israel" (Ibid.)

All of Islam, especially militant Islam, hates Israel and its presence in that land--more than they fear each other. And this is where my paranoia, as detractors of my opinion might call it (but better put, my cynicism), leaps to the forefront of analyzing this almost-hidden mention that al-Faisal wants Israel's nuclear capability neutered.

Make no mistake. All the Islamic states of the region would climb on board Israel's being forced or cajoled into surrendering its suspected nuclear capability. The very hint by America's number-one Islamic ally in the region, suggesting that Israel be forced to give up its nukes, is significant, in my view. Such an ingredient will almost assuredly one day be part of a centerpiece of making the false, deadly peace of Isaiah 28:15 and 18 and Daniel 9:26-27.

Israel will at some point become a people at rest, apparently trusting and depending upon others rather than the IDF (Israeli Defense Force) to protect the nation. Certainly, they won't be trusting God to defend them. At such a time, the Gog-Magog coalition will attack full force. Look for there to be ever-increasing calls for a nuclear-free Middle East region, as part of stage setting for Ezekiel 38-39 to be fulfilled.

--Terry