4 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.
25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.Luke 21:24-28
I highly recommend doing a study on “The Times of the Gentiles.”
Suffice to say we are still well in the thick of it now and I wanted to set that framework and context right away. I have noted the hype and hysteria I have seen and heard since this news broke has truly been astounding and embarrassing as someone who takes Bible study and Bible prophecy study seriously. A number of people are undermining these causes whether they mean to or not and they seem to not understand nor care that even their social media behavior absolutely goes to this as well.
What this means simply is: As long as we are in the Times of the Gentiles we will continue to see and hear things in regards to the state of Israel that involved the Gentile world, with no exceptions, interfering and meddling with the state of Israel. This newest plan is no exception regardless of whether it’s “the most favorable to Israel yet” or not. It’s still messing with the land and interfering. I think if you are in a hurry the map is quite sufficient to speak to that.
Here is the official White House statement: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/president-donald-j-trumps-vision-peace-prosperity-brighter-future-israel-palestinian-people
Here is the Peace Plan:
I’m no theologian nor expert by a mile. I mostly wanted to create a handy one stop solution for people to be able to read this peace plan and look at the maps for themselves.
I do have a few remarks and observations from my polar opposite of a lofty perch.
I am someone who definitely believes that God puts the rulers He wants in place at any given time to accomplish His purposes ultimately with no exceptions. Yes, that means Barack Obama. Yes, that means Donald Trump. Yes, that means anyone else that comes after them. See Daniel 2:20-22 and Romans 13:1. I highly recommend reading all of Romans 13 for what a balanced profile of a believer’s role in the context of civic responsibility is supposed to be like.
I continue to hold to the strong conviction that God allowed Trump to defy numerous odds to make into the White House primarily for the sake and benefit of Israel. I do think that America has been given a reprieve out of mercy and God’s timing as well, lumps and all, and as an American I appreciate that but never forget: Israel is the apple of God’s eye and the center of it all.
1 The burden of the word of the Lord for Israel, saith the Lord, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him.
2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.
3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.Zechariah 12:1-3
I would like to highly recommend Dr. Andy Woods’s two part Zechariah 12 message here.
I submit to you yet again as many others have: These Scriptures are in the process of fulfillment right now. The rest of Zechariah 12 and beyond is yet to come. ALL people. That includes the Americans. Have we all noticed the rise of Antisemitism everywhere?
I couldn’t help but take note of some of the bragging and pride Trump expressed yesterday during the press conference in regards to this peace plan. That’s vintage Trump and to be expected. Like him or not, that’s just who he is. To be fair about it, the POTUS has some reasons to brag and I definitely appreciate all the good he has done on behalf of Israel. I also appreciate the good he has done on behalf of America and I am happy to give plenty of credit where it’s due.
Let me employ some hyperbole to make a point: I think Trump’s help towards Israel is far and away the biggest reason America hasn’t fallen into anarchy or worse by now. I cite Genesis 12:3 and context as my grounds for my belief here. We export so much filth as well as being the lead on exporting apostasy to the rest of the world outright.
I respectfully disagree with a certain pastor I hold in high esteem (and others) that just because a lot of people showed up at a March for Life cause doesn’t mean America is in the beginning throes of a revival. Hardly. It will not happen when you are at the end of Romans 1. I wish he and some others would stop taking out of both sides of their mouths. We are either in the end times with all that entails or we are somehow going to have this revival and stall for time. We can’t do it. God’s timing moves forward no matter what and what about everyone else outside of America? Satan is not losing the war on abortion, either, just because it slowed down a little bit. Come on.
If you want to see revival head overseas and talk to the underground church members. There is no such thing as national revival except the one that will come to Israel. I’m tired of seeing Nineveh cited, too. It was so unusual it merited mention in the Bible and then they were wiped out anyways. 2 Chronicles 7:14 was for Israel back in the Old Testament and can’t be applied to Americans or the church, either. It doesn’t make sense to use that verse out of context.
I recognize that the time of judgment is coming soon for the entire world and not just America. It will come and soon because it has to. There is simply too much going on that means the Lord has to come back soon.
The proposed Palestinian State capital will be Abu Dis:
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-palestinians-plan-capital/netanyahu-says-proposed-palestinian-capital-will-be-in-abu-dis-idUSKBN1ZR2IV This has come up numerous times before. I have to concede that some of the leaks over the last year or so have been accurate. This being one of them. It’s “debatable” about how close to the line this comes to “dividing Jerusalem” but for me, it doesn’t matter. We are still meddling with the land and on shaky ground here.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/29/we-will-never-be-jerusalem-abu-dis-pours-scorn-on-trump-plan The Abu Dis residents and leaders reject this.
https://www.welcometopalestine.com/destinations/jerusalem/abu-dis/ Mixed signals much?
The criteria for the Palestinians: There will be no Palestinian state unless they recognize Israel as a Jewish state, disarm Hamas, and demilitarize the Gaza Strip for starters. This will never happen and especially with terrorists like Abbas (Abu Mazen look him up) and that ilk in charge. I wouldn’t be surprised if the run of the mill Palestinian grinding away on the street would be willing to consider this. Unfortunately, it’s just like Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, and the rest of those places: As long as their vile and corrupt leaders are in charge they have no chance and it’s not up to them.
The Palestinian response thus far:
“Abbas: Trump is a dog and the son of a dog, I won’t become a traitor. It’s either dying like martyrs or flying the Palestinian flag on the walls of Jerusalem,” Abbas said.Abbas’s response to the peace plan.
There is no negotiating with this. The world will move on and make tons of money in the short term. The Gulf Coast Arab states and Israel have already become quite cozy on a business level. The Palestinians will be left behind in the dust.
As you can see for all the hysteria you can rely on the continued universal truth of: The Palestinians never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity. Trump has given them four years to contemplate their navels and make up their minds about this. They will never do it because they want a one state solution and Abbas has stated it as clearly as can be done.
Ideally, I would like to have my country, America, out of the peace business. I am tired of seeing our time, energy, money, and resources go towards this lie and fantasy of Palestinians and their fake state. Why not have Jordan finally comply with the 1948 terms that had already squared this away? Look it up. Like I don’t know the answer.
I realize I may be trending into choppy waters here but I think the Kurds, the Native Americans, and the native peoples of Australia, lumps and all, all have better potential arguments for having their own states than these fake squatters and invaders do. There is no such thing as a Palestinian.
Trump is no dummy. I sympathize with the idea that this peace plan may be one big “rope a dope” to prove the point once and for all. If that wasn’t the intent then I think it is certainly well on its way to being an unintended result. The world can see and hear how the Palestinians are responding to this. People can also remember Oslo and past agreements where they were offered way more and turned it down flat. This will never stop.
1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you
2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.1 Thessalonians 5:1-6
This is yet another set of Scriptures that won’t be completely fulfilled until the Second Coming but we certainly have lots of foreshadowings now. I honestly lost count during the Peace Plan press conference how many times I heard the words peace, safety, and security.
This has been been a global trend on an increasing basis. Everyone is calling out for it and everyone just wants someone to come along and fix it all. They will get their wish seemingly for a brief time but it will all go so far wrong.
I continue to observe how much and how easily the Jews in Israel are gushing over Trump to the point they have named settlements and created Cyrus coins with him on them and so forth.
If they are willing to go this far just for Trump, who definitely is not the Antichrist, then imagine what they do when the “wannabe great peacemaker” comes in, likely after Ezekiel 38, and promises them that this will never to them again because he will protect them and they can also rebuild their Temple. The fervor is alive and well in Israel with a growing number of religious and orthodox Jews so far. A lot of us believe that the fallout of Ezekiel 38 will be the prod that pushes that fervor to the rest of the general populace by and large. I invite anyone to look up the Temple Institute and see how far and how serious they are about all of this.
Supreme Ruler Putin? https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-putin-idUSKBN1ZS1Z7
The long and short of it is: Putin has made moves to cement his power until at least 2024. Naturally, he’s assuming arrogantly he will be alive and well for the entire time. I will simply say that Mr. Putin continues to put on a splendid audition for Gog in Ezekiel 38 and leave it at that. A hat tip to John Haller when I saw him make this comment in response to this story: “How about Greatest of the Great (GOG)?” <- Too easy.
I’m not concerned about the virus itself at all really. The hype, the knee jerk reactions, and to use others’ words “unprecedented response” in China, along with tangential details make me wonder what’s going on here and why. The virus itself isn’t the story as much as everything surrounding it.
The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in partnership with the World Economic Forum and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation hosted Event 201, a high-level pandemic exercise on October 18, 2019, in New York, NY. The exercise illustrated areas where public/private partnerships will be necessary during the response to a severe pandemic in order to diminish large-scale economic and societal consequences.
Watch the video. If all of that doesn’t make you wonder what this is all about I don’t know what to tell you. Something about all of this doesn’t pass the smell test.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/world-australia-51289897 Coronavirus: Australian scientists first to recreate virus outside China
They are working towards a vaccine. Let’s see what comes of this and how it’s handled. Yes, I am writing that with a suspicious and wary tone.
Don’t fret. Take your vitamins. Use good cleanliness habits and you should be fine but what is going on here and why? What is all this? Luke 21:11 is a safe bet if nothing else. There is no question we have seen an increase in plagues and pestilence on the planet in a birth pangs pattern. Did you see the billion locusts down in Africa recently?
EARTHQUAKES AND SEISMIC ACTIVITY:
https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/breaking-major-earthquake-shakes-jamaica-cuba/670344 A major 7.7 earthquake happened near Jamaica yesterday and was followed by a 6.5 aftershock near the Caymans. The tsunami warnings came and went without incident but the tremors were felt as far away as Miami and even forced building evacuations. People don’t think about earthquakes in this region. I lived there for over 25 years and it was the furthest thing from our minds.
If you follow USGS Big Quakes on Twitter it’s amazing how much seismic activity there is on a daily basis. It’s not 1’s, 2’s and, 3’s, either. It’s 5s and 6s on a regular basis when those used to be a BIG deal. I won’t belabor the point but will simply close this out with what I feel is obvious birth pangs pattern on this subject, too.
THE DEATH OF KOBE BRYANT:
The reason I am mentioning this and closing this out here is I continue to note and observe this strange phenomenon where all of us to some degree or another always stop and in some cases practically genuflect when a famous person dies. Some of the responses out there truly are stunning. People are crying and practically setting up effigies and talking in a fashion as if they knew Kobe intimately when they did not. Why do we do this? What is that about? My best guess is: It forces all of us to consider our mortality. It’s right in our face and larger than life. The secular world has a God-sized void in their hearts and no answers for this so when they are forced to reckon with mortality like this and can’t deal with it. When all are you left with is pablum like “If we remember them it keeps them alive” and we all evolved from swamp goo where is the hope? Where is the value for life? Deep down everyone knows better than that and they also know death isn’t fair and isn’t the way it was supposed to be.
I am not going to speculate or offer any views about Kobe Bryant’s worldview except to say I hope he, his daughter, and everyone else on the helicopter called out to the Lord before it was all over with.
1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.1 Corinthians 15:1-4
Please read the entire chapter. Then start reading the book of John. There is no point in doing these blogs or talking about any of this without this because this is what it’s all about.
There is no and, if, or but to what you read above. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is simply this. Believe this and be saved. Nothing else. That’s all it takes to be an overcomer as defined by the Bible in 1 John 5:4.
That’s all you have to do. The Holy Spirit will reside in you and take care of the rest. Please make sure you know exactly where you stand with this today because the lesson of Kobe Bryant’s death like anyone else’s is: We never know when it’s our day and our time. Kobe had no clue that morning his life was going to end.
As for the rest of us, I really appreciated this recent exhortation from Amir Tsarfati of Behold Israel:
“A word for the believer: dark days are ahead of us. The powers of evil are obsessed with anything that is of God and is right. Anti-globalization leaders are experiencing attempts of massive deep state silent coup. My 3 words for you all are:Patience, Endurance & Perseverance! 🙏🏻”-Amir Tsarfati, Behold Israel, Facebook and Twitter feeds.
Not hype, panic, hysteria, knee jerk reactions, wild conspiracy theories, superstitions, and tales and fables. There is way too much of that going on including from some people that should know better. We all have to do better than that. There will come a day soon when the trumpet will sound and the church will be taken out of here before true darkness descends. Make sure you are ready for that escape! 🙂
Written by: Eric W. On social media I am Eric R. Wem which isn’t my full name. 😉