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

Aug 30, 2010

Donation Drive September to November

Once again, it's time to reflect on the accomplishments we've achieved at Rapture Ready. I am truly grateful to everyone who has contributed to the site in some way.

In several of my updates, I've reported on the file size of RR. Since our main goal is to keep adding content to the site, I use this number to keep track of our progress. As of this month, RR has surpassed the 30,000-files mark. The typical prophecy site only has a few hundred files.

Rapture Ready is now going into its twenty-third year of operation. When I started the site, monitors only had green text and the top connection speed was 1,200 baud. Back then, it was something of a novelty to have the Internet in your home. Today, the Web is fixing to swallow up nearly all other forms of communication.

The Web might be booming, but things are not doing so well for prophecy sites. In the past few weeks, I have noticed a dramatic change in the online prophetic community. For the first time ever, the number of prophecy sites is decreasing.

A check of my link page found that six sites have pulled the plug on their operations. Just last week, I learned that two major ministries have decided to close up shop. There is also a growing list of prophetic ministries that have been sidelined by key people suffering health issues.

Another big problem is the advent of zombie sites. These are domains that once had a continuous flow of original content being posted, but now are either static or use plug-ins for all their news. I was visiting one site that had a sign that said, "Follow us on Twitter." I clicked on the link and found that the last update had been made in October of last year.

Times have become very tough for the end-times ministries that remain active. Nearly every leader in prophecy I have talked to lately has reported having a harder time raising funds for operations. Donations to Rapture Ready have been down about 30 percent this summer.

I don’t think the economy is the main source of the problem. The whole field of Bible prophecy seems to have been enveloped by a spirit of "birth-pang fatigue." It has become extremely difficult to get Christians motivated about the coming of our Lord Jesus.

Two things keep me going. The first is the realization that life is too short to get bored. I’ll be forty-five years old this year, and that means my life is well over the halfway mark, according to the average life-span. The current state of the world tells me there is about a zero chance I will ever have to worry about retirement.

The second thing that keeps me going is Jesus' warning that He will come at a time when the church is asleep. One of the sites I deleted from my link page was called "Watchman." If Jesus came tomorrow, I can’t imagine how embarrassing it would be for someone who had just abandoned a domain by this name.

Over the years, I’ve noticed that donations to the site always seem to spike after some major prophecy-related event has occurred. The reason is simple: Christians are more loose with their money when they perceive it has declined in value. If you think Jesus is coming soon, your money is of limited importance.

The best time to support the Lord’s work is now, when apathy abounds. When we stand before our Maker and He looks at our record, it would be depressing to have Him point out that we once cheered the Second Advent, but lost interest right near the end.

“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad" (2 Corinthians 5:10).

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

Economy Nucleus of Tribulation

One prophetic element stands out in considering the seven-year Tribulation era, with regard to the Antichrist regime. That is the economic platform prophesied to be at the heart of the beast system.

With so many signals in view that point to the brewing Tribulation tempest, we should expect--if we are reading the end-times signals correctly—that this heart of the Beast should be well along in its construction. We have covered all of the indicators found within current issues and events that we believe are signals like those given by Jesus and the prophets. National and world economies have been dealt with in our efforts to make prophetic sense of the dynamic rearrangements taking place in recent years, months, weeks, and days.

America’s staggering weight of debt and swift economic decline is front and center in pointing to the fact, we believe, that this is the generation that stands at the end of one dispensation–the Church Age--and upon the precipice of the next–the Tribulation. Each hour seems to bring additional confirmation that the Tribulation storm is about to break upon an uncomprehending world. Such confirmation is present in abundance in the realm of geopolitics and global economics.

Since Bible prophecy clearly foretells that the Antichrist government, thus the economic engine that will power that absolute dictatorship, will emerge from Europe, we need keep our prophetic antennae pointed in that direction--i.e., we must be especially alert to news involving movement within Europe to cause significant changes to global economic structure.

The following excerpt from the Wall Street Journal registers an interesting blip on my own end-times radar screen.

PARIS —French President Nicolas Sarkozy called on the world's twenty largest economies to work together to reform global monetary order.

"We must define a new framework for discussing currency movements," Mr. Sarkozy said, adding that it is "nonsense" to talk about exchange rates without including China, which has accumulated huge foreign exchange reserves.

He said stabilizing erratic foreign exchange and commodities markets will feature high on France's agenda when it heads the Group of 20 [in] November. He added there is a need to reduce the U.S. dollar's dominance as the reserve currency of choice." (Nathalie Boschat and David Pearson, "Sarkozy Outlines G-20 Priorities," Wall Street Journal, 8/26/10)

Prophecy scholars and others have long pondered why the U.S. , the most powerful nation in history, isn’t mentioned by name–or even by significant reference—in God’s Word. We continue to flounder in attempts at finding an exact answer for that question. However, with the recent astonishing changes nationally and abroad, the answer seems to be in the process of forming.

Monetary manipulation is at the root of the change taking place. The American dollar must be removed as the currency standard so that a global currency not underwritten by any national monetary unit can be established. This is precisely the Beast economic order I’m convinced Bible prophecy describes as outlined in the following:

And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. (Rev. 13:16-18)

This speaks to me of a computer system –a hybrid Internet whereby all citizens of the global economic order will be absolutely controlled at every level of life. Probably, it will consist at its heart of electronic funds transfer (EFT)–a system of Special Drawing Rights (SDR). Anyone refusing to toe the mark of the Antichrist’s regime will face having his or her SDR account blocked or removed completely from the system. Fear of starvation is a mighty motivator to comply.

Pressures are mounting for a completely changed global economic order. Even the king of the kings of the East, China, is at the center of the dynamics driving the changes.

Most economists who are honest will admit that the current building economic heap of debt cannot continue to accumulate. They are amazed, in fact, that everything hasn’t already collapsed into total, worldwide depression. I again offer my belief that it will be the Rapture that causes the ultimate implosion and collapse.

The great world leader called in Revelation “the Beast” will be there to implement a satanically-inspired economic scheme that will at first offer hope –that will for a time “cause craft to prosper” (Dan. 8:25). But Antichrist’s plan will achieve what it will be designed to do: enslave most of the world in electronic bondage.

Jesus offers the opposite of what the counterfeit, Antichrist, will produce. Jesus promises: “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:36). We must at every opportunity lift up the Holy name of Jesus before the eyes of a world headed into the terrors of the Tribulation.

-- Terry