THE LAST DAYS
“Now, we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto Him, That ye be not shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand” II Thess. 2:1-2.
Some false teachers were saying that Christ’s coming had already taken place, so Apostle Paul was emphatically saying, “Christ’s reign on His throne has not already started, but there must come a falling away first.” That has taken place over these 2000+ years since the beginning of the Grace Age. We are very near the time for the Lord to come and deliver us. The words “shaken in mind,” from the Greek speaks to us of how easy it is for our “intellect, our thoughts, feelings or understanding” to lead us to a wrong interpretation. The word, “shaken” mean “to waver, agitate, or topple.” Satan tries to do that. “Troubled” means “to wail, to clamor or frighten.” “By spirit” is not speaking of the Holy Spirit or the Spirit of Christ but of a demonic spirit that oft times transforms himself as an angel of light to deceive (II Cor. 11:13-15). Paul says even if they write you an epistle or speak to you some word, misinterpreting the Scripture, do not listen. So, we must heed these words from the Lord through Apostle Paul and be careful to follow the truth that has been revealed to us through the written Word of God by the Holy Spirit.
136 NATIONS RECOGNIZE A PALESTINIAN STATE – The U.N. Security Council may recognize a Palestine State before the end of 2015. At this time 136 nations with population of 5.5 billion people have stated that they will recognize the Palestinian state. Since Israel re-elected Benjamin Netanyahu, who put together a cabinet that does not seem inclined to negotiate with the Palestinians, the U.S. government is pledging to “re-evaluate our approach” and says that it will not “prejudge” what it will do if a vote comes up at the U.N. on this subject. However, it is reported that the U.S. has already given the okay to France to bring a resolution on a Palestinian statehood at the U.N. Many feel that if the U.S. does recognize a Palestinian state, it will absolutely shatter U.S. relations with Israel and plunge the entire Middle East into chaos. The U.S. did vote against allowing the Palestinian flag to be flown outside the UN, building with the other flags of member nations until further peace negotiations become reality. The U.S. voted against this resolution. In May of 2015 the Vatican recognized the “State of Palestine.” This resolution puts a lot of pressure on Israel to broker a peace deal which would bring about a major compromise with the Palestinians. We are still expecting that “the prince that shall come” of Daniel 9:26-27 will “confirm the covenant” with Israel as the prophecy declares. He will be the beast of Revelation 13. We must keep our eyes open to world events in this end time in which we live.
POPE ON WORLD TOUR COMES TO U.S. – Pope Francis has traveled to many countries from Ukraine to Nigeria calling for peace between nations of the world. He has been to Cuba and visited with the Castro brothers and held many open air meetings and other masses. Wherever he goes people say that he brings peace. He will come to address the U.S. Congress on September 24th, and the U.N. General Assembly on September 25th. He was called “the Prince of Peace” yesterday on the news. No one but Jesus Christ should ever be called that (Isaiah 9:6) as that is the prophesied name of the Lord Jesus Christ alone.
WAR AGAINST ISIS CONTINUES – Isis is still fighting, taking over and occupying regions of Iraq and Syria. It is still killing Christians. A news report recently told of these evil men going into a Christian enclave, and demanding the Christian children to either recant Jesus Christ or be beheaded. The children all stood for their belief in Jesus and would not give it up, so, they were beheaded in front of their parents. What a glorious victory to stand for Christ even though they were so young. They went instantly to be with the Savior, as their last breath left their bodies. Times are getting harder all the time. Surely Jesus Christ is coming so very soon.
RUSSIA HAS BUILDUP IN SYRIA – Russia has initiated a military buildup in Syria. This includes surface-to-surface missiles as well as combat aircraft with air-to-air capability. Russia has said that the purpose of the buildup is to combat the Islamic State. The U.S. is worried about the risk of an inadvertent confrontation between Russia’s military and the American-led coalition that is carrying out airstrikes in Syria against the Islamic State. The danger is great in this situation, as this war spreads. There is danger for Israel, who is concerned about ISIS coming south against them. According to Reuters News Agency Israel’s Security Cabinet has approved a fence to be built along the Jordan-Israeli Border. The fact is, there will never be peace on earth until the Mighty Prince of Peace, Jesus comes and sets up His kingdom. Much more warfare is ahead for this old earth until all things are made new.
EARTHQUAKES INCREASE – The recent earthquake in Chili is the third Massive quake that has struck that country in five years. Chili has invested millions of dollars to build an infrastructure that will withstand massive earthquakes since it has become the most seismically active spots on earth. This recent earthquake was 8.3 in magnitude and forced one million people to immediately leave their homes. Since then other quakes have followed - one a 5.1 that lasted 3 minutes claimed 11 lives and did damages worth billions of dollars. The earthquake that hit Chili on Wednesday was reported to be five times stronger than the one that hit Nepal in April, 2015. However, Chili had fewer casualties than Nepal had. A tsunami alert was put out but it did not do much damage except right in Chili, where 15 ft. of water hit some buildings, and overturned some cars. This earthquake gave off so much energy that it shortened Earth’s day by a fraction of a second by changing the planets’ rate of rotation.
CBS reported in July 2015 that scientists are predicting “The Really Big One” hitting along the U.S.A. Coast from Washington state to upper California at any time, declaring that it is overdue from the tracking they have done of earthquake events of the past in this area. We know that Jesus Christ prophesied that before His return there will be “earthquakes in divers places” which will be a signs of His return. This earth is not our home. We’re “looking for a new heaven and new earth wherein dwells righteousness.”
JESUS CHRIST IS COMING VERY SOON – “Wherefore, seeing we are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that has so easily beset us and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith: Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross despising the shame and is set down at the right hand of God” Hebrews 12:1-2. LISTEN TO THIS EXHORTATION!