4-11-16: Monday’s Overload

http://www.hischannel.com/DavidHocking/2304A

This timing has to be a God thing on us coming across this sermon from David Hocking over the weekend.   In some ways it’s a direct response to my previous blog entry: https://banditzlayer.wordpress.com/2016/04/07/the-biblical-being-in-the-wilderness-situation/

Please listen to this sermon carefully when time allows.  Among the highlights include near the end when he starts getting into talking points about how/if people feel like their lives are so wrecked God can’t use them any more and so forth.

It’s true and this is why I quoted some of the Scriptures about not trusting feelings and the heart being deceitful and how it and earlier blogs have talked about how being it the wilderness takes us down to a blind faith level.

I would also like to share this article from Wilfred Hahn:  http://www.eternalvalue.com/adownload/EVR_04_2016_WEB.pdf

As usual, I find Hahn to be a very refreshingly sober and balanced take on a number of subjects.

Among the highlights I would like to indicate the “deliverance for profit” segment which touches on a huge and growing pet peeve of disgust that I have and yes, if the shoe fits wear it.  As the say in the world of politics: The optics look awful even if at least some people’s intentions are good.

CHINA AND CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION:

I think I have problems?   All I have to do is remember my brethren east of the Atlantic and see the likes of this in China, for example:

My friend Walt F….  he knows who he is 🙂 …   wrote this awesome post along with this article.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/659545/Horror-as-China-tears-down-thousands-of-crucifixes-in-crude-bid-to-eradicate-Christianity

Horror as China tears down THOUSANDS of crucifixes in crude bid to eradicate Christianity
CHRISTIAN communities in China have been left horrified after the government started tearing down THOUSANDS of crucifixes in a crude bid to eradicate the faith in the country.
Walt F: “When I read stories like this, one question always comes to mind, WHY NOW? The answer could very well be the times we are in living in….last days. We know that Christian persecution will increase as we progress along God’s timeline.

I think supporting evidence lies in the rapid growth of Christianity in China. In another story I found on Slate the question was asked, “When Will China Become the World’s Largest Christian Country”.
NOTE: The Slate article is just one of many by various contributors asking that question.

Professor of Sociology and the Director of the Center of Religion and Chinese Society at Purdue University makes this observation: Protestant Christianity has been the fastest growing religion in China. When the CCP took power in the mainland (excluding Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau) in 1949, there were no more than one million Protestant Christians. Following decades of suppression and eradication, the CCP admitted in an official document released in 1982 that there were about three million Protestant Christians. Since then, estimates have varied. The Party-State has insisted on some very low-end estimates, suggesting about 23 million Protestant Christians in 2010; others—including missionary organizations outside China but also a reported internal document of the CCP—have made higher estimates, suggesting as many as 100 to 130 million in 2010. The Pew Research Center’s Report of Global Christianity, after carefully comparing the various estimates and reasoning through survey findings, reports that there were about 58 million Protestant Christians and 9 million Catholics in China in 2010. I think this is a more prudent estimate that may be used to make projections of future growth.

So WHY NOW? Well it is time for a Bible verse. King Solomon made the observation that there is nothing new under the sun, what has been will be again. China has always suppressed religion in all forms, but God will not be denied…….. Christianity continues to grow, but just like Egypt and the Jews I believe China’s rulers are beginning to fear the Christians.

Exodus 1
8 Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph.

9 And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we:

10 Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land.

I think that is what we are seeing here, China’s leaders are fearing the growth of religious groups. Their answer historically has been to eradicate any evidence of Christianity. Little do they know that it will not be long till God helps them out by providing an Exodus of Christians en masse in the Rapture.
Maranatha “

I couldn’t agree more and my feeble two cents and response to that is this:

There is a real underground revival going on there and the persecution is picking up. The Chinese government is going crazy because nothing they do is stamping it down successfully.

Yes, it absolutely is because of the times we are in. I am convinced myself that this and the Middle East underground revival could very well be the final push on the “time of the Gentiles.”

I would also add Psalm 2 and especially verse 4 as the response to the idea of “eradicating” Christianity.

On that same note from last week:

http://www.ynetnews.com/Ext/Comp/ArticleLayout/CdaArticlePrintPreview/0,2506,L-4784989,00.html

Israel and China increase cooperation

A major Israel-China conference was held by the Israeli Foreign Ministry this week. Subjects discussed were increased inter-governmental cooperation, and mutual relaxing of visa restrictions.

No question this opens the window for a time for more aliyah from China to Israel.  I would not be surprised if some of the Christians get out this way as well to Israel.   Avi Lipkin may very well be right in a near term scenario:  If things get bad for the Jews in enough of these countries…and Christians… there is only one place they can go and it won’t be the United States.    I can see why his Judeo Christian political party has an excellent chance of success. I would say it’s a safe bet at least in the near future.

MIDDLE EAST:

SYRIA:

http://www.debka.com/newsupdate/15830/Iran-warns-Assad%E2%80%99s-ouster-is-a-red-line
Iran states that Assad ouster is a red line

Unlike what’s here in the West, my hunch is that this red line actually has some value behind it.

Meanwhile:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/syria-defies-russia-in-bid-to-keep-assad-1460332538

Syria Defies Russia in Bid to Keep Assad

Damascus, emboldened by battlefield victories, pushes a political plan even as allies prepare military offensive to retake Aleppo

Drama is as drama does.
In other words, whether they want to be or not, Russia is stuck and there to stay.  Call me crazy but the first phrase that came to my mind was “hook in the jaw.”  🙂

Methinks it would do Assad well to not bite the hand that’s fed him and kept him in power this long.  This drama has no signs of dying down regardless of chess moves with troops and military activity.

ISRAEL:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/saudis-pledge-to-honor-israel-peace-terms-for-islands-given-by-egypt/

Saudis pledge to honor Israel peace terms for islands given by Egypt

Jerusalem reportedly kept informed of new agreement transferring authority over Gulf of Aqaba’s Sanafir and Tiran from Cairo to Riyadh

Given these countries eventual roles in future prophetic wars against Israel anything like this should be duly noted from a strategic consideration.

BIG BROTHER:

http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002859676
Fingerprints to be tested as currency in Japan.   

This is not as new as it may sound and it’s an inevitable process for the eventual “post smartphone” scenario that some analysts say is 5 years or less away. What comes after that? A chip?  We already see fingerprint usage common on smartphones and other devices so at some point it will be time get rid of the middleman as this “frog in the kettle” boiling process continues.

Stay tuned. It’s closer than you think if this is what’s being de-classified around the world. They could do it today if they wanted to.   The only reason they can’t is because The Restrainer is still in place.    See 2 Thessalonians 2:7.

HIGH STRANGENESS:

http://appalachianmagazine.com/2014/09/26/the-giants-of-appalachia/

Pay attention before it disappears along with all the rest of the material about giants that everyone used to know about back then but no one knows about or believe any more now.

PARTING THOUGHT:

2 Peter 3. We are living it now.

 

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3-4-16: While we were distracted…

Let’s talk some shop. 🙂

MIDDLE EAST:

ISRAEL:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4774325,00.html

Report: Hezbollah prepares for ‘biggest war ever’ with Israel

Which war? Psalm 83 perhaps?  Everyone is getting ready. All of Iran’s proxies.

Hamas is arguably and even more pressing and immediate threat that might go first but ultimately it won’t matter. Then, of course, we can’t forget ISIS. Who blinks first and when?

SYRIA:

COUNTRY WIDE BLACK OUT WITH NO KNOWN CAUSE:
https://www.stratfor.com/sample/situation-report/syria-entire-country-without-power

^^ Here is the original story and the timestamp.

Here is a follow-up that I had to find being circulated from official Syrian sources:

“The electricity ministry said power was being restored and service would resume by midnight (22:00 GMT), TV reported.”

They still have no clue why this blackout happened in the entire country. It probably isn’t hard to figure out with all the war and everything but..we’ll see. I honestly was halfway wondering what I might see when I woke up this morning because that’s how close I think some of this is.

There have been occasions in history where something like this happens as a prelude to an invasion or some other major event along those lines so I don’t think I overreacted when I went to bed honestly wondering what I was going to see this morning.

It’s not a surprise given five-year of war and havoc that their infrastructure is likely shot but no one has a clue why this happened or how this happened nonetheless.   I halfway wondered when I went to bed last night on this news and woke up this morning what I was going to see.  Was I going to see Isaiah 17 get finished off?   I didn’t think it was a very high probability but I had to consider it.

This was and is a big deal potentially. Whole countries going dark without any clear cause and especially in that region of the world in the context of everything else is highly suspect.

What’s next?

TURKEY:

http://www.businessinsider.com/turkey-eyeing-closer-business-ties-with-iran-2016-3

http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Syria-divisions-aside-Turkey-eyes-closer-ties-with-Iran-446922
Turkey is eyeing closer business ties with Iran

Now we get to it.  It’s just a question of when and how we get Turkey in the Ezekiel 38 coalition along with everyone else.   They aren’t staying in NATO.

Money makes the world go ’round. It doesn’t necessarily have to be conflict to get the job done. There are numerous ways to skin a cat.

http://www.debka.com/article/25276/Saudis-ready-to-give-Syrian-rebels-missiles-against-Russian-warplanes-and-tanks

 

http://www.businessinsider.com/turkish-authorities-just-seized-control-of-the-countrys-largest-newspaper-2016-3

Turkish authorities just seized control of the country’s largest newspaper

This is an ominous sign in any country and typical under dictatorships. Why did they do this?

Something is coming.

 

SAUDI SHENANIGANS:   (It made me chuckle saying it out loud, what can I say?)

SAUDIS ARMING SYRIAN REBELS AGAINST RUSSIA

I’m going to employ a simple phrase that I’ve heard numerous times over the years in various media and it’s always said with a certain trembling and angst behind it:  “This is an ill omen.”

Are the Saudis for real? Their kingdom is barely hanging on by threads.   The foolishness of this staggers my mind.    Iran and Russia are quite the formidable duo to say the least.   Methinks some people need to get real and quickly.
ISIS:
http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Jordan-thwarts-ISIS-suicide-bombing-plot-inside-country-446632

JORDAN THWARTS MAJOR ISIS SUICIDE PLOT IN COUNTRY 

Did you hear about this anywhere in America? Of course we didn’t.

They are too busy distracting us with the continued “reality TV” in its worst sense, bread and circuses instead.

This was a potentially big deal and there will be more of this to come. Jordan’s kingdom is also on the bubble and with all due respect to His highness considering the bulk of his populous leans sympathetic to ISIS? Have your Lear jet on hot standby, sir.

https://flashtrafficblog.wordpress.com/2016/03/03/breaking-news-in-an-11-hour-battle-jordanian-forces-destroy-isis-sleeper-cell-planning-major-terror-attacks-to-destabilize-the-kingdom-heres-the-latest/

Joel Rosenberg broke this down in vastly superior fashion than I ever could here. I agree about praying for these folks but I also want to indicate the following:

As a point of reference, Jordan is also on the boards for some eventual Bible prophecy that has not occurred yet and we’re not sure when but like a lot of the rest of this I suspect it’s in the near future and may be one of several dominoes that start falling in concert.

Jeremiah 49:1-6, Zephaniah 2:8-10, and Ezekiel 25:14 all refer to Jordan and events that have not happened yet. I owe Bill Salus the hat tip for the easy references on those verses courtesy of his new book The Now Prophecies which I highly recommend.

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/ISIS-Threat/20000-ISIS-bound-uniforms-seized-in-Spain-446910

 

20,000 ISIS-bound uniforms seized in Spain

Which country was this loot headed for?  I wonder.   It’s well documented that ISIS is well fortified in every conceivable sense in terms of assets, resources, and acquiring more of them.  It can’t be overstated what a volatile and unpredictable wildcard the represent on top of everything else.

All bets are off.

 

KINGS OF THE EAST:

Implications of Greater Chinese Involvement in the Mideast

GREATER CHINA INVOLVEMENT IN THE MIDDLE EAST

This shouldn’t surprise anyone.  I am in the camp that absolutely believes they are or will spearhead the “Kings of the East” referred to in numerous Biblical prophetic passages.

DAYS OF NOAH/LOT:

Listen to that and remember: Everything being discussed here is what has been trickled out into the mainstream as de-classified.  Classified runs at least 10-40 years ahead of the streets by even the most conservative estimates.  Because of that honestly? I’ll make the call: I think we’re there.

PRAYERS AND EXHORTATIONS:

https://banditzlayer.wordpress.com/2016/03/03/3-3-16-prayers-and-exhortations/

I will be re-indicating this blog entry on occasion in hopes that it’s an encouragement to anyone that sees it with all thanks to the Lord if that’s the case.  🙂

2-22-16: Monday Overload

The day is still young while I post this.   I won’t be surprised if I have to revise and expand this throughout the day and/or in the comments area below.

Today’s theme Scripture is:
1 Corinthians 3:19

19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.

Couple that with Psalm 2 for some encouragement and perspective.  🙂

With that in place….hang on tight!

MIND CONTROL:

http://gizmodo.com/i-controlled-an-rc-car-with-my-mind-and-it-was-amazing-1760576927

Wheee! I can control a remote control car with my brain!   Guess what? DARPA has been working on this for decades. What’s still classified? 10-40 years ahead of the streets, just remember that.

 

I CAN’T MAKE IT UP:

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/02/22/russia-to-request-permission-to-fly-planes-with-enhanced-digital-cameras-over-us.html

Russia wants to fly surveillance planes over US with advanced cameras, congressional staffer says

“Russia will ask permission on Monday to start flying surveillance planes equipped with high-powered digital cameras amid warnings from U.S. intelligence and military officials that such overflights help Moscow collect intelligence on the United States.”

Obama will say yes. He may even pop for some of the gas.

This is a done deal one way or the other because let’s face it: The Russians have been doing provocative flybys and whatever they want anyways with no recourse so let’s not kid ourselves: This has likely been going on for some time.

 

 

MIDDLE EAST:

BREAKING: US, Russia agree on plan for cease-fire in Syria to start Saturday.

^^ For whatever this may be worth. Likely not much.  “Cease fire”  “red line”…it’s all the same thing.

I’m betting they didn’t get ISIS to agree to this “cease-fire” so I don’t really see the point or purpose to this.

 

http://sputniknews.com/world/20160220/1035066264/NATO-turkey-russia-syria.html#ixzz40oeRhLXD

NATO Warns Turkey It Won’t Support Ankara in Conflict With Russia

This news is something I’ve been waiting to see publicly and now here are the first inklings of it.

NATO is not going to go to bat or put their necks out for Erodgan’s insanity.   If Turkey goes into Syria they are on their own and as a citizen of the NATO country does almost all of the heavy lifting I am very relieved to see this indicator.

The other takeaway for me here is my repeated refrain of: How do we get Turkey to eventually join its eventual Ezekiel 38 allies: Russia, Syria, and Iran?   I think we just took a step closer to finding out. Russia has been patiently dotting its i’s, crossing its t’s…it even went to the UN Security Council last week to air its complaints.   I believe that Putin is waiting to let Erdogan hang himself past a point of no return.  If Turkish and eventually Saudi troops enter Syria he will have no qualms treating them as enemy combatants and targets the same as everything else they have been going after since October 2015.  It wouldn’t surprise me to see him expand his air bomb campaigns into Turkish territory as well and especially since this “Turkey is in bed with ISIS” narrative is gaining steam.

Listen to Erdogan for yourselves.

Putin would definitely disagree with this concept.  I’m not sure he and perhaps the Saudis really get it.  If they go into Syria they will be dealing with Iranians…far from pushovers…and the Russians.

I continue to marvel at Erdogan’s obsession against the Kurds as well and I stand by my cautious/tight concept of: The Kurds are the group we should be supporting out of any of these people in that particular mess.

Sidebar anecdote: Someone reminded me that the Kurds are the closest thing we have to descendants of the original Medes.  That’s interesting. 🙂

http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/21/middleeast/syria-civil-war/index.html

ISIS terrorist attack kills at least 122 and injures many more.

Don’t forget: They are everywhere or are well on their way.   They are the wild card in this Middle East cauldron that makes everything “all bets are off.”

I thin it’s a safe bet that ISIS is not going to regard any “cease-fire” agreements, either.

Bill Salus: The Now Prophecies

A very timely and up to date discussion on Prophecy Watchers between Gary Stearman and Middle East expert Bill Salus that does all of this thousands of times more justice than I can do on this blog.    This is part 1.  I would expect part 2 within the next few weeks. Stay tuned. 🙂

 

CASHLESS SOCIETY:

http://www.globalpost.com/article/6735810/2016/02/20/smartphones-replace-cards-bank-machines

Smartphones to replace cards at bank machines

This is the interim step.  After this comes chips.  If I have a chip on me it can’t be stolen, hacked, and there is no number or password to worry about. Doesn’t that sound safe and convenient?

Gradualism.  Frog in a slowly boiling pot approach at least for now. In general and in any category you wish to name I perceive a noticeable uptick in speed and frequency of that boiling effect.    Kind of like…birth pangs?

 

ECONOMY:

http://www.businessinsider.com/chinese-outbound-acquisitions-concerns-2016-2

China is buying up foreign companies left and right

Whatever financial issues they have been having it obviously hasn’t slowed them down a bit.   As someone who is in the camp that views them as the leading element of the eventual “Kings of the East” referred to in the Bible I pay attention to any of these kinds of developments.

 

APOSTASY:

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2016/02/christ_at_the_checkpoint_2016_scripture_ignored_promoting_antiisraeli_views.html

This article does an excellent job exposing and indicating some rank apostasy in the church that is the inevitable road that Replacement Theology can lead to.

I can’t outdo this commentary in response to this article so I will post it and quote it here:

“Prophecy Watchers:

Sadly, I know several people who would agree with this nonsense. A few of them frequent this Facebook page. The Jewish people have been brought back to the Land, a miracle in itself, in unbelief. It won’t be long before God begins to intervene in their lives in a new way and opens their eyes to His purpose. The prophet Zechariah lays out the coming scenario.

And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God. (Zech 13:8-9)

Pray for the Jewish people and for the peace of Jerusalem. And pray for these biblically ignorant Christians who simply don’t understand the Bible, or the destiny of the Jewish people. “

Frankly this is a more charitable view by and large than mine in regards to these people. I’m at the point I sincerely do not know or understand how people can be Christians and say and do a lot of things and this is certainly a glaring example of it.

Past this: Hitler knew who the Jews were.  All of the Arab and Muslim world right now to a man, woman, and suicide bomber knows exactly who the Jews are otherwise…why is everyone attacking the “wrong target?”    What’s going on there? .

In that same vein:

 

ONE WORLD RELIGION:

https://www.rt.com/news/333178-pope-ban-death-penalty/

 ‘Thou shalt not kill’: Pope Francis calls for worldwide ban on death penalty

This is rich coming from the religious institute that used to burn people at the stake for doing nothing more than wanting to translate the Bible into English for starters.

There was another item of hypocrisy from this past week that I will indicate here with this image that I can’t take any credit for.  I have no idea who crafted this image…if you are out there… thanks and  I will be happy to give you attribution.  IT IS NOT MINE.  🙂

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Followed by this Scripture:

Revelation 21:10-14

10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,

11 Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;

12 And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:

13 On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.

14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.”

What happens here if I take the Pope at his word and hold him to his stated standard?   I’ll let you all figure that one out for yourselves.

I sincerely hope and pray that we are very close to the page turning on all of this where we can get to that sequence of Scripture.  “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem” and that it entails.  🙂

 

The Chinese go high tech for a new level of Christian persecution

I am a tech hound. I love technology. Technology is neither good nor bad. Like so many other things, it’s all about how it’s used so no one gets the wrong idea about the thrust of this post. 🙂

This blog entry is all thanks to my friend Walt F. who posted all of the links you will see in this blog post during a discussion in a large Facebook Bible prophecy group we participate in: The Time of the Signs.

The Chinese government is taking this for a test run but any broadly premillennial Christian knows right away what this concept is a clear precursor and dry run of.

It’s close.  This isn’t 20 years or 50 years down the road.  This is now.

This in our faces now right along with so many other things, some of which I’ve blogged about just in this last week alone. When you put it all together I think the big picture is unmistakable.

BACKGROUND:

Look over these at your leisure. 🙂

http://www.ibm.com/cognitive/     The base technology.

http://www.top500.org/blog/lists/2015/06/press-release/    Where it’s headed and how it’s already being used and other concepts.

http://www.computerworld.com/article/2990203/security/aclu-orwellian-citizen-score-chinas-credit-score-system-is-a-warning-for-americans.html         Spot on warning article here.

In addition to these,  I recommend doing some research on RFID technology at your leisure because that is already a major player as well.

IF YOU ARE IN A HURRY/MAIN STORY:

With that background in place, I have no idea who runs this website but the information is solid my hat is off to these people for running this story and I want to echo it:

https://backtojerusalem.com/home/breaking-news-china-just-changed-persecution-forever/

I am going to deliberately not quote the article here because I want everyone to click on that link and read it there since it’s their story and they deserve all the credit, hits, and attention for it.

Please read it carefully and then by all means research it and vet it for yourselves as much as you can.  I have no reasons to disbelieve it, unfortunately. If that story gets debunked please let me know about it.  I’m not holding my breath.

For my money, if that isn’t a precursor to what will likely be at least part of how the AntiChrist will operate this planet with the final Big Brotherish Mark of the Beast concepts  and technology, I don’t know what is. We all should watch developments like these closely.

Depending on which sources you believe, the most conservative mainstream estimates put top-secret technology at least 10-20 years ahead of the streets so keep that mind as you take all of that in.

This isn’t about fear mongering or nail-biting. Far from it.

This is simply about informing everyone and spreading the word and encouraging all of us…speaking to myself, too… to wake up, stay awake, and pay attention to the times and season that we are in as Jesus instructed us to do, and to lift our eyes up because our redemption “draweth nigh” as the King James puts it.  Luke 21, Mark 13, Matthew 24: We are there. It’s just a question of how long it takes.

That doesn’t mean we check out and wait to cruise out of here. It means we occupy until He comes while encouraging each other with: Maranatha! Come quickly Lord Jesus!

He can’t come fast enough.

Addendum: http://www.zeteo316.com/a-tale-of-two-journeys/

This is a great entry by my friend Alf Cengia from The Omega Letter that goes into detail about what’s happening with the underground church in China.

An End Times Snapshot 10-21-2015

Not a terribly original or exciting blog title but it will do. 🙂

I want to take a look at several stories that crossed my path that continue to paint an unmistakable picture to me that not only are we in the season before the Jesus Christ’s return but we are very close to it.

Things are moving so fast every day now which is to be expected if we follow the birth pangs analogy Jesus gave in Luke 21, Mark 13, and Matthew 24 and I firmly hold to that as the intensity and frequency of ALL of those factors are clearly on the uptick.

MIDDLE EAST:

http://www.news.com.au/world/russia-releases-shockingly-clear-footage-of-the-devastation-surrounding-damascus/story-fndir2ev-1227576520336

This is astounding war footage just “as is.”  out of Damascus. The Russians have been kicking butt and taking names. There is no question about that.

What makes it even more profound potentially is, for students of Bible prophecy, we know that Isaiah 17 forecasts an absolute and final destruction of Damascus. This has never happened in history and there are many of us who lean towards the idea that we have been seeing this prophecy in slow motion setup ever since the war broke out there.

The language in that passage describes a culminating shock and awe finisher of some sort. It could be nuclear. It could be biological. It could be supernatural. It might even be all of the above. We don’t know for sure but given the fact that the bulk of the Ezekiel 38 players are on stage now and in their correct positions makes me believe that Isaiah 17 at minimum is not far off from fulfillment.

The Russian involvement and escalation in the Middle East is a game changer and a point of no return and numerous people in and out of Christendom broadly agree for a wide variety of reasons.

Back on October 2, DEBKA reported that the Chinese were preparing to enter the fray as well on the side of the Russians and they and a few other outlets are stubbornly holding to that story as of this date.They have even repeated it several times. They have earned the benefit of the doubt with me at this point given a solid track record but… The Chinese appear to be taking the “slow boat” on showing up. *insert deserved groans here*  Sorry, I couldn’t resist. 😉

Where are they? I really wish DEBKA or someone would follow up on that story and lock it down with more authority.

To the best of my knowledge, the Chinese have not yet arrived although there are some stray mixed stories to that effect.

If and when the Chinese get involved it’s another game changer. I think they will because the eventual Kings of the East need to have more of an escalated interest in the area for at least financial interests.  The “stick it to the USA” concept likely has something going for it but that wouldn’t be enough in and of itself.  Economics and oil are huge motivators for a lot of what we are seeing.  The Chinese have been making inroads in the ME in recent years by making deals with Saudis and so forth. It makes sense they would want to “protect their investments” and so forth.

All of these things are always backdropped by the spiritual component. Everything stems off of that and we can’t forget it. Clearly the principalities and players behind the scenes on any all levels are shifting and moving. The stage is getting set.

Watch it closely.  One spark and domino could set off everything else and it could come quickly. We see through a glass dimly but the outlines are getting a little clearer each day.

Keep praying and to quote Gary Stearman at Prophecy Watchers: “Keep watching, everybody…”  because this rollercoaster is moving faster each day.

Keep praying.  Try and stay in the Bible as much as you can each day even if all you can do is read the same few sentences repeatedly if you’re in the midst of hardship.  It can get that way. It isn’t about quantity, it’s about quality and a relationship with He who loves us more than we will ever understand on this side.

https://banditzlayer.wordpress.com/2015/10/17/watchers-9-dvd-and-days-of-chaos-book-review/

^^ I highly recommend these materials.  To see it well documented in black and white and on video just how much radical change has taken place on the Earth inside of a decade and all birth pangs categories is staggering.

THE TEMPLE MOUNT:

1.) http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/202224#.Viec8iuKKBV

This Temple Mount issue went from being not mentioned at all to a burgeoning geopolitical hotbed issue in a handful of years.

Anyone that has a passing familiarity with Bible prophecy knows that the Temple has to be rebuilt and in place for the AntiChrist to eventually walk in there and commit the “Abomination of Desolation.”

This tension and fervor has led to increasing violence and what is essentially a new Intifada whether everyone wants to admit it or not. Abbas said a month ago at the UN that Oslo was terminated and everyone knew what that meant despite the lame attempts of others in the PLO to walk the comments back.  The several times a day and growing stabbing attacks and worse make it very clear that people got the message and it’s not a good one.

2.) http://www.templemountfaithful.org/articles/letter-to-pope-francis-to-return-stolen-temple-items.php

It’s a common belief that the Vatican is sitting on untold amounts of wealth and it would not surprise me at all if there is at least some truth to the idea that they are sitting on at least some of the Temple heirlooms and relics. Make of it what you will.  This is fairly detailed treatise.

The Bible gives us a good amount of the “what” in terms of prophecy but it doesn’t necessarily give us a lot of the  “how” as in “how do we get from point A to point B?”

CULTURE:

Zombie Con? So shocking that an act of violence happened at an event where people celebrate the “undead.”   Are you kidding? What kind of deviant and demented society has practically a fetish to celebrate violence, gore, necromancy, and the undead?

We have become so desensitized to this…no accident… that last week an awful story came out of Ohio about a lady’s body being left for dead on a fence and everyone from the cops on through paid it no mind thinking it was a zombie Halloween decoration.

Somehow Halloween…a high Unholy Satanic holiday…kicks off a two month orgy of dissociation, partying, consumerism,  and checking out.  Call a doctor’s office in mid to late November to get something done and you will see what I mean. The holidays are ruined. Even if you don’t want to be “Scrooge” this nonsense makes you become one.

None of this is an accident. IMHO during the Tribulation we read awful and unreal descriptions in the book of Revelation of creatures coming out of the pit and people who have a time where they try to die and can’t… if that isn’t a zombie I don’t know what is.

It is my OPINION that the world is being desensitized and conditioned ahead of time so when these things comes to pass it will be all but shrugged off as normal.

I have another theory about this that involved the magical word “hybrid” and ties into the whole UFO abduction discussion that I could get into but suffice to say for now: If you have a bunch of people mutilating themselves to a point where they don’t even look human any more and we have plenty of that… IF there are any kind of demonic hybrids walking around…they would look a lot more “normal” vs the people mutilating themselves.  It’s brilliant cover if there is an issue. Just sayin’.    Jesus said it would be like the days of Noah before His return and there were no caveats or exceptions cited. Genesis 6 tells you what that means right on up to the Flood itself.

I appreciate a healthy skepticism. I have some of it myself. I have no proof of a hybrid issue nor do I hope to ever run across one in person.  I cannot state anything definitively past that either way although I can appreciate why there could be a potential Genesis 6 retread backdoor attempt concept in play via the UFO abduction set.   It’s worth researching carefully and taking note of.

Put all of this together and it’s hard for me to believe it’s all for nothing.

Back to the Future 2 day:   We sure were more wide eyed and optimistic in a pre 9-11, pre terrorism jihadist, pre open globalism left and right world weren’t we?  It’s interesting and fun to compare what they projected for our time and what they got right and didn’t.

Sadly, the alternate 1985 that was portrayed in this movie is a lot closer to where we are at and that’s worth considering on its own. In this movie, the wrecked timeline’s 1985 was a crime ridden, debauched, dark, Las Vegas- on-steroids essentially.

I will say this: The Cubs success is downright astounding and if they win it all that’s the biggest lock for nearness of the Apocalypse if ever I’ve seen and Zemeckis and his film crews’ prophetic status is secured.  😀

PERSONAL NOTE:

One of the reasons this blog was not active was this past year was a very challenging one for myself and my family. The short version for now is we went to Spiritual Warfare 3.0 and we were absolutely not ready. We got caught in a high-end spiritual entrapment that involved a legalist cult masquerading as something else,  We had a real life “multiple” target  us and ultimately this entire thing was about destroying us.There is another controversial concept.

Our family is technically an ecclesia. “When two or more are gathered in My name, I am there.”  Jesus wasn’t kidding about that and I want to encourage any of you reading this because I realize the “lonely/isolated feeling boat” is MUCH larger than I may have thought and that is also an end times symptom.  Breakdown of society fundamentals and all that goes with it. Divide and conquer are tactics of the enemy. This subject alone could be a very lengthy series of entries.   I call it New World Order Fallout and there are a slew of symptoms fall into that box.  Harping on symptoms is easy.  Going after the cause is something else entirely which is SIN.

The good news is: This year-long entrapment attempt and setup ultimately failed thanks to the Lord. There is the expected fallout from something like this that we covet your prayers on for healing and we are coming along thanks to the support we have had.

I freely admit that I understood the MPD/DID and SRA concept “on paper”  and agreed with it to a point at least so far as knowing “it was out there” and there were real victims… I understood the concept and that’s one thing… SEEING it with our own eyes is something else entirely.

There is a lot of nonsense out there in a number of these controversial topics and fields. Always carefully do your homework and pray to the Lord for wisdom and discernment. Check everything against His Word and you will never go wrong. 🙂

The theme I keep running into including interviews with pastors is being surprised and shocked at the level of spiritual attacks that happened and why. This included us and includes a number of my friends and people in spheres of acquaintance that I have had discussions with over the last few years.

We ourselves took it for granted that we were just “normal run of the mill Christians/regular people” not in ministry and not out on the front lines…. doesn’t matter. That’s not how this works and we got educated on that the hard way.

If you are even remotely trying to walk with the Lord you have a bullseye on your back because Satan is about robbing, killing, and destroying and if he can shipwreck Christians to a point of ineffectiveness or worse than he’s all for it and that’s what he is going to do.  We all need to remember Ephesians 6 and 1 John 4 and I highly recommend an in-depth study of these as soon as you can.  A friend of mine made a very good point about the Armor of God in Ephesians 6: It’s never supposed to come off.

If God has you in a position where all you can do is pray…then do it with all your might. Prayer is SO underestimated and undervalued it’s not even funny.

God always knows what He is doing even if we don’t!

CONCLUSION:

In the hopefully not too distant future, Lord willing, more detailed blog entries will be going up about all of these things.

Stay in prayer and stay in the Bible as much as you can. If you’re having a tough time and we all do at least work into the Psalms and the book of John. If you have to read the same sentence repeatedly to get something out of it then do it. Fight through. It’s about a relationship, not religion. Religion stifles, stagnates, chokes, and kills. That’s the exact opposite of what the Bible teaches and what the Gospel is about regardless of what names and permutations it comes under. Fear, works, guilt, “improve  your status with God”, earn/keep your salvation… the focus is about “me” in all of those things instead of “God” and that means you need to get away from it.  This, too, goes to some of what this last year was about for us.

The saving Gospel of Jesus Christ which is spelled out very cleanly in John 3 and especially starting with verse 16 and 1 Corithians 15 guarantees that you will be protected and taken above and/or through anything in His peace and love. There isn’t much time left to make that decision. It’s the most important decision you will ever make. Why wait any longer?  Decide where you want to spend eternity because eternity is one blink away.