Thursday, July 17, 2014

How Close Are We To Midnight?

We are watching the drama play out in the Middle East as Gaza pours rockets into Israel and suffers the consequences. How many are aware that Iran is encouraging Hamas (Gaza) and Hezbollah (Lebanon) to stir up trouble? Israel knows the real threat is Iran, her northern neighbor, and has threatened to neutralize her nuclear program.

Iran will, of course, retaliate and the trouble will escalate. Her missiles, however, are not powerful enough to penetrate Israel's Dome Missile Defense System, known as David's Sling. Israel developed this with Iran's long range missiles in mind and she will find herself frustrated. Who can help her defeat tiny Israel?

A careful look into the Middle East situation reveals that Russia is behind Iran and, in fact, built Iran's nuclear reactors while teaching the Iranians how to make missiles and enrich uranium. The Bear is very active in the Middle East, as prophesied thousands of years ago by Ezekiel.

She will without question help Iran in the event of war, especially as Israel will most likely have destroyed the underground nuclear enrichment facilities at Qum she helped them develop...together with some of her best  Russian scientists.

When Russia (Magog of Ezekiel 38 & 39) gets involved, the prophesied Gog and Magog War will be in full swing and the Great Tribulation will be next on the Agenda. See Ezekiel 39:12 for a graphic description of the carnage as these Nations are decimated by Israel with the help of Almighty God.

We know that antiChrist will rise up and sign the seven-year Peace Treaty at this time, allowing Israel to build her Temple on the Temple Mount, as prophesied. The Nation of Israel is waiting for that moment and is prepared. She has everything ready for the Temple.

Before Armageddon breaks out in full force, the church has to leave because the Lord has promised to same His Body from the Hour of Trial that is to overtake the WHOLE world (Rev. 3:10). 2 Thessalonians 3:6-8 tells us that "something" has to be removed from the earth before antiChrist can be revealed.

Is this a reference to the Holy Spirit? Absolutely no, because He will still be working on earth as thousands upon thousands of Jewish people turn to their Messiah (Zechariah 12:10, Romans 11:25-27). No one can be saved without the Holy Spirit's ministry (John 16:8 compare John 6:44).

So who or what has to leave? The Church of Jesus Christ is going Home! Soon we shall hear that Trumpet and meet the Lord in the air (1 Thess. 4:17,18). Later, after the seven years of the Great Tribulation have passed, we shall return with Him to stand on the Mount of Olives (Zechariah 14:4, Jude v.14,15).

Sadly many will be deceived and a great "falling away" takes place as these events unfold and false teaching and doctrines of demons threaten to fascinate professing believers (2 Thess. 2:3, 1 Tim. 4:1,2). They will deny the Return of Christ, live like the world and attempt to sway true believers from the Truth of God's Word. No wonder the Bible say, "Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves..." (2 Cor. 13:5).

"WATCH therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is also BE READY, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect." (Matt. 24:42-44).

How close are we to Midnight?


Val Waldeck - Reaching our generation one book at a time