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Apr 12, 2010

End-Time Activity Keeps Pushing Higher

I might be stating the obvious, but over the past several years, I have noticed a gradual increase in the amount of end-time activity. It has become so pronounced over time that the trend can be clearly seen on the site's Rapture Index.

Last week, the Index reached a high it had not seen since January 2003. Right after the all-time high, triggered by the fallout from 9/11, prophetic activity subsided for a couple years...but then it began a prolonged rebound.

The yearly low reading is equally impressive. It has been more than five years since the RI has dropped below the 150 level. The record low is 57, which seems an impossible reading to reach with today’s level of activity.

Last month, our traffic hit an all-time high for bandwidth. I would blame the Chile earthquake, the east Jerusalem housing flap, and the healthcare bill as the causes of this large flow of traffic. In the 23 years that I've been operating RR, I don't recall a time when three major prophetic news events all occurred within a month of each other. In fact, I don't even recall two such events occurring so close together.

The day-to-day news activity is the most compelling indication of the unfolding of Bible prophecy at a higher rate. Let us take a look at the category of floods. A few days ago, New England had a 100-year flood--a term that has become very popular in recent years. Last week, the heaviest rains in Rio de Janeiro's history triggered landslides that killed at least 200 people. I remember that in the early 1990s, there was a time when we could go a whole year without a major flood event.

The rash of earthquakes in the past few days has caused many people to wonder what is going on. According the U.S. Geological Survey, each year, the earth experiences 17 major earthquakes (magnitude 7.0-7.9). One great earthquake (8.0 or above) will strike worldwide in any given year. Most of these large quakes occur in remote areas where there are few people. To cut through the clutter, I look for how often the major quake hits the bull's-eye--7.0 or higher in a populated area. On average, this should happen once every decade. In just the past 9 years, we've had 10 bull's-eyes.

The reason prophecy is so active goes back to what Jesus said two thousand years ago: "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains" (Matthew 24:7-8). As we get closer to the tribulation hour, our time will begin to match up with the time of calamity the Lord predicted would take place.

A problem with prophetic activity creeping up at a continuous rate is that we quickly get used to the change. The suicide bombings in the Middle East are probably the best example of end-time apathy. Right after the turn of the new millennium, Muslims in Israel perfected and gave this nasty gift to the world. At first, the cable network would break into regular programming every time a bombing would occur. Now, the events are seen as such an unimportant regular occurrence, you often have to turn to the extended news coverage to read about them.

Prophecy-minded Christians regularly fall into the trap of looking for some big event to spark their interest. I can see this from the traffic spikes on the site. When Obama was elected in November 2008, I spent election night struggling to keep RR from suffering a meltdown from all the traffic. Two years later, people's attention has drifted away.

During the Clinton administration, prophecy speakers were totally fixated on what "Bubba the Beast" was about to do. Now that we can look back, most of the concerns about him never panned out.

Obama has consistently proven he can deliver the goods (i.e., socialized healthcare), and yet I only see scattered comments about him as being a type of Antichrist. I think the reason for the disconnect is because it is very interesting to speculate about what someone might do. When someone comes along who can deliver the goods, one's attention is clouded by the systematic process of change.

If we are drawing very near to the rapture, it's vital for us focus on doing that which will be the most productive for the Kingdom of God. We stay productive here at Rapture Ready because we know we’re accountable to the Lord for our actions. If our life is one long film, it would be foolish for us to become lazy right before the closing credits.

"Just so, when you see the events I've described beginning to happen, you can know his return is very near, right at the door" (NLT Matthew 24:33).

-- Todd

Why Obama's Healthcare Is Wrong

A friend of Rapture Ready who has written to say he is in agreement with our view on most things says he must take exception with RR's opinion on the matter of the healthcare legislation recently signed by President Barack Obama.

I haven't addressed to any great extent in this forum what I indeed consider a program that moves America down a dangerous road. The loss of individual freedoms will be the result, to say the very least--but there are deeper considerations I want to address here.

The following is part of our friend's expression of concern regarding our opposition to this, what I see as a great debacle the American people will one day regret profoundly:

I respectfully take issue with Rapture Ready's stance on healthcare reform. Perhaps the health bill will [be] repealed by Republicans, and you'll probably see that as a godly action, but lack of insurance leads to early death for many. If biblical social justice means that elderly widows get Medicare, it also should mean that orphans and the children of the poor get insurance that the rest of us have. For insurance to work, the healthy must have it as well as regulating insurers so they cannot deny it or cancel it when it's needed. (April 3, 2010)

The key words in this friend's objection to our view are "biblical social justice." There is simply nothing biblical about this grab for power and control by a government inebriated on the dollars it can print and spend almost by presidential fiat. If it truly were a biblically correct--rather than a politically correct--effort, I would have no problem with it.

Now to look more deeply into the reason Christians shouldn't support this or any such grab for control that ultimately will enslave.

Human governance, we must remember, is not God's Idea. It is man's idea--to do things apart from the Creator. We see this from history given us in the Bible--and that's the only history that counts in God's dealing with us, in my understanding of the matters involved.

Adam's first decision to disobey God and instead accept Lucifer's way was rebellion against God's governance, and it came to a crisis point when the whole world became filled with violence and was corrupted in every other way--producing total anarchy. The Flood provided a new beginning.

Then came the crisis on the Plain of Shinar with Nimrod and the tower of Babel. Again, God dealt with the crisis, and the whole of humanistic government was destroyed and the people scattered--Peleg and the peoples of earth were geographically redistributed, and all of the rest...

Israel was the next example. The chosen of God--the Jewish people--wanted human government, not God's reign over them. The Lord let them have Saul. That is because He is a God who gave mankind volition. He wants His creation to love Him unconditionally; He doesn't want robots engineered to adore Him.

Humanistic government is again building to a supreme crisis point. It has always built to crises points. Every civilization, empire, etc., has come apart, dissolved, or been destroyed because of the rebellion and determination to live apart from God.

This time, it is building like the Vesuvius of all rebellions. America is the apex nation of all nations, and is the head of this gargantuan boil that is filling with explosive corruption that will one day blow. All nations of the world are tied inextricably to the U.S.--the most materially blessed of all nations to have come to power upon the planet's surface.

All of this corruption constitutes the Babylonian system, which Daniel and John prophesied in presenting the strange beast that comes up out of the sea in Revelation 1 and lumbers about in Daniel 7.

America is bound to Israel in a supernatural way, and it is all tied together by the incessant call for peace--not God's peace and the Prince of Peace, but humanistic peace. The result is going to be exactly as God gives it in Psalms 2, then the "kings of the earth" will achieve the "peace" they desire, as given in Isaiah 28:15 and 18.

Man will get his humanistic government; the ultimately "evolved" man will be earth's master for a brief time, God letting man have his desire to do what is right in his own eyes.

This current bubble of humanistic effort to build utopia, which supposedly can be achieved through a drive for humanistic socialism (that's the only kind of socialism there is), will explode when the rapture occurs and the top is knocked off the boil. Only God's staying hand has kept things from imploding--economic collapse, etc.

So, I am against man-made efforts in wanting to micromanage our lives. Such efforts comprise the grist for tyranny. You see where it's going. It is nothing more or less than a luciferian grab for power--a voracious lust for control by his human agents and agencies.

God gave man, through the Bible, the formula for living life the way He intended. His Word says in effect that we should "let those who won't work, not eat" (see 2 Thes. 3:10, 12). He gave us the way to take care of the widows, orphans, and the infirm--even the legitimately indigent. This is to be done through the largesse of God's people, those who fully accept His way of governance. The Lord Jesus Christ is that only way. Man long ago decided to dispense with God's prescription in dealing with matters of societal interaction. Burdensome, enslaving government seeks power through promising deliverance from social ills it can never produce. What it will produce, however, we can see in Bible prophecy's description of humanistic government's final attempt to usurp the throne of God. (Read Revelation 13:16-18.)