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


Jul 12, 2010

Looking for Jesus

The British paper, theTelegraph,, recently featured a headline that read: "Jesus will return by 2050, say 40 percent of Americans." The poll was by the Pew Research Center for the People and The Press/Smithsonian Magazine.

Several polls were included in the article, but the author obviously chose to go with Christís return date as the lead because he found it incredibly odd that 40 percent of the American people believe such a thing.

I think this is a rather low number for a nation with 85 percent of its population claiming to be Christian. After all, the Pew poll also found that 46 percent of the population doubts the return of Christ will happen. Judging by the state of the world, I would think that 2020 would have been a more reasonable date to ponder.

One of the greatest problems in the church today is that believers are not looking for the return of their Savior. I find it extremely problematic for someone to claim to be a Christian and yet doubt the Second Advent of Christ. Jesus said He would return, so to claim otherwise is to call Him a liar.

"Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts. And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation" (2 Pet. 3:3-4).

The people who reject the return of Jesus Christ to earth are making a big mistake. The rapture of believers is a rescue mission. This world is doomed to destruction, and our greatest hope is to be part of the group that will be allowed to escape the horrors soon to come.

I see the timing of the return of Christ as very similar to how the U.S. Postal Service works. When I order something on eBay or Amazon, I don't know exactly when the item is going to arrive in my mailbox, but I have a general idea of when it's coming.

I once ordered an item from a seller in Texas, and it took nearly two weeks for the package to go from the Dallas area to here in Benton, Arkansas. I've also had the same type of item come to me unbelievably fast. I recently ordered an item from a seller in the Boston area. I ordered it on a Friday and it arrived at my home on Monday.

Thanks to modern technology, I can follow its general progression. I once ordered a kitchen utensil from a vendor in St. Charles, Ill. Over the course of four days, the package passed through Chicago, Ill; Champaign, Il; Memphis, TN; Little Rock, AR ; and then on to Benton.

By analogy, the Bible provides us with a general way of knowing how close we are to the end of the church age. For nearly 2000 years, prophecy has wandered from point to point, moving toward fulfillment in a general sense. In 1948, Israel was reborn and we knew prophecy had reached the regional hub.

When my packages arrived in the Little Rock area, I knew it would be a short period of time before the mail carrier delivered them to me. I donít know how the logistical connection works between all the other cities in America, but I know there is a daily route between Little Rock and Benton.

Even though my packages are only thirty miles away from me, I might still face a delay. By analogy, prophecy's fulfillment might take a couple hundred more years. Someone might argue that since it took 1878 years to reach the point of Israel's rebirth, we could still be facing a long wait. Thankfully, we have been blessed with further indicators of the shortness of the end times.

Once a package arrives in your regional sorting facility, it goes out to the post office that supplies your area. When it gets into the hands of the mail carrier, the package is marked "out for delivery." I think we are at the point that prophecy should be labeled "out for delivery."

Every major prophecy that has a possibility of being fulfilled before the rapture is in some form of active development. One of our head news posters on our daily page made an observation that struck home. He said there were so many news stories related to prophecy that we had run out of space on the news page. Rapture Ready has had a daily news page for nearly ten years, and we've never had a problem with having too many news items.

I live in a little valley here. The two blocks that parallel my block receive mail before me, as is the course of the normal mail route. Some days, I can see the mailman snaking around the ridge. Again, by analogy, I think we are at the point that we are catching glimpses of that little white truck, and it's only a matter of time before it turns onto our block.

-- Todd


Deadly Pressure for Peace

While much attention is concentrated upon the oil spill crisis in the Gulf of Mexico, an infinitely greater pressure than that feared to be beneath those waters threatens all of humanity. The threat is made more dangerous by its surreptitious nature. "Peace" is the word that veils the catastrophic eruption building just beneath the surface of the world's geopolitical stability.

Bible prophecy zeroes in on this end-times peace and the Beast who will be history's most destructive tyrant. Daniel the prophet foretold the following about the one who will be Antichrist, and the results of the diplomatic maneuverings he will employ when he comes to his ultimate power:

And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people. And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many. (Dan 8: 23-25a)

The embryo of the "peace that will destroy many" given in Daniel's prophecy is on the front pages of today's newspapers and at the top of the news in electronic media. The process that will produce that final humanistic effort at peace continues to bubble to the top of the end-times cauldron. Efforts to produce peace between Israel and those who would destroy that nation inevitably command the headlines over all other birth-pang signals of the end of days.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu returned to Washington D.C. on Tuesday, July 6, to meet--finally--with American President Barack Obama. The previous effort of the leaders to meet had been disrupted in June when Israeli Defense Force (IDF) troops maintaining a blockade boarded a ship headed for Gaza and battled with Islamics who attacked them.

Unlike a meeting in Washington earlier this year when Mr. Netanyahu received a White House welcome about as warm as the iceberg that sank the Titanic, Tuesday's meeting was obviously staged to show Obama's supposed warm personal regard for the prime minister and for Israel as a valued ally. With the polls showing American sentiment to be positive and growing more so toward Israel, and with the president's favorability numbers falling, one has to look at the photo op smiles and backslapping with a cynical eye.

Beneath the cordiality beats the satanic heart of the unending effort to force Israel into giving up its territory. This must be done--the international community of diplomats believes in their humanistic delusion--so that peace can come to the Middle East. Make no mistake: The purpose of every meeting this president has with the Israeli prime minister is aimed at exerting pressure on the Jewish leadership to give in to his wishes regarding the Mideast "peace" process.

The major roadblock to the "Roadmap to Peace" at the moment is the Palestinians' refusal to see Israel's stopping new construction in the West Bank as a gesture worthy of winning their agreement to come to the peace table.

Ghassan Khateeb from the Palestinian Authority said, "Settlement building is continuing everywhere," emphasizing that he considers that the Israeli gestures are hollow, with existing, even if not new, construction continuing.

The PA is also angry over Israel's developments in East Jerusalem. The question to think upon is whether President Obama considers Israeli efforts to placate the PA enough to bring about a meeting that might produce the peace agreement the international community demands. A larger question, of likely prophetic significance, is: Will the president, if the Palestinians refuse to come to the table, put pressure of an intolerable magnitude on Israel to stop plans for demolition of unlawful Palestinian dwellings in East Jerusalem?

On the surface, the Tuesday meeting at the White House seems to have brought a healing to the rift between Obama and Netanyahu, thus between the U.S. and Israel relations. Addressing reporters in the Oval Office, Obama said, "The United States is committed to Israel's security. We are committed to that special bond. And we are going to do what's required to back that up, not just with words, but with actions."

These are puzzling words from a president who has taken every opportunity, both in his personal assurances and through his emissaries, to impart to Israel's avowed enemies that the U.S. is in a new era of dealing with Mideast problems. Since the Obama administration took office, the implication more often than not has been that the American government no longer looks on the Jewish state with favor.

A peace made with any humanist regime that demands Israel give up land it was granted by God Himself is a deadly agreement. It is deadly for Israel, and it is deadly for the purveyor of that luciferic peace. Such peace is not a blessing, but a curse to all involved.

But, look for the peace process to intensify, and for the president and his cronies within the Quartet of world power-broker nations to continue to pressure the Israeli government to give away what little of God's Promised Land they now possess.

The process will one day eventuate in the beast of Revelation chapter 13 confirming the prophesied deadly peace agreement (Dan 9: 26-27). The foretold lethal peace agreement is called the "covenant made with death and hell" (Isa 28: 15, 18). That agreement will bring into effect the Tribulation, the last seven years of human history leading to Christ's Second Advent.

Today we are watching Israel being pressured by the acknowledged most powerful leader of the world to submit to humanistic peace. It is a precursor action of things to come.

--Terry


Prayer for America - 140 Days!

 

        By Terry James

 

When I awoke at 2:30 Sunday morning, Dr. Charles Stanley's message was still resounding in my ears. I couldn't go back to sleep. The message was superb; I've never heard a better one on behalf of America's disposition relative to God's framework of Dealing with the nations of the world.

The sermon was low-key. His voice never rose above  one-on-one conversational level. Every word hit its mark. America is in deep, deep trouble. The only Solution is God's people turning in Repentance to the Lord Jesus Christ --to God.

The United States is being moved with swiftness, by tactics not unlike those employed by Lenin in the early 20th Century. Our children and grandchildren will, if we fail to do something to alter course, live in a profoundly changed America, and become slaves to taskmasters who, like in Russia,  held all of the fruits of the people's slave labor for themselves.

This is being done  through executive fiat, with the almost totally non-resistant abdication of duty by our representatives, who are charged constitutionally with the responsibility of protecting us against those who would rule over us in a hard-fisted manner, rather than serve us as the Constitution's framers intended.

Responsibility for the state of America's fearful slide toward irrecoverable decline and fall lies at the doorstep of the Church --those of us who name the name of Christ.

Judgement, God says, begins at the House of God.

 The Truth within Dr. Stanley's appeal is the only  antidote to the immorality and decadence that poisons our republic --that has created a welfare class that has bankrupted this once productive country. We must, as God's people --born again children of the Living God-- humble ourselves and pray. We must seek the Face of God. We must turn from wickedness.

If not, our way of life, in the finest sense of American liberty and the pursuit of happiness-- might be lost forever.

Dr. Stanley asked every one in his church congregation, and everyone watching by television or listening by radio to commit to pray daily for America. He asks that we do so for 140 days. --Just a daily prayer for America, however in-depth we will commit to pray to our Heavenly Father.

Todd and I believe this is a reaction by God's people the Lord will Honor, and subsequently begin moving this nation once again toward the kind of nation the founding fathers intended to construct. --A people who can say honestly "In God we trust".

Please, to those who name the name of Jesus Christ, pray diligently for America every day for the next 140 days in whatever way you choose to do so.

Dr. Stanley asked that we go to intouch.org --his website and there find a place to let him know we agree to do this.

I ask that you do this. It will serve as a central point of agreement that we want God, not a future tyrant to rule over us.

The Rapture of the Church is coming. It looks like it could take place any second. However, we are to occupy until Jesus Calls us to Himself, and we want to hear Him Say to each of us "Well done, good and faithful servant."

We can best serve him under  freedom to worship. we can best get out the Gospel under liberty provided by a nation of the people, by the people and for the people.

Please --go to intouch.org and  make the commitment to pray for America each and every day for the next 140 days.