Acceleration of Biblical End-times events is speeding up!

Upon hearing presenter J.D. Farag’s opening remarks in Sunday’s Mid-East Prophecy Update I was instantly reminded of these intertwined personal revelations:

  1. after being stunned upon hearing,“This is ALL about to be fulfilled” (see The Endgame Is Now In Play) I started monitoring current events more closely, and
  2. noted those related to Bible prophecies occurring with an increasing rapidity!!

This pastor of Calvary Chapel Kaneohe in Honolulu catches everyone’s attention with,

“As I was preparing for today’s Prophecy Update I was struck with how swiftly everything is happening – how fast everything is speeding up. To me, it’s almost as if world leaders are being motivated by some force to move quickly, and to strike while the proverbial iron is hot.

“So, what I want to talk about today is what seems to be this global expediting – of sorts – and in so doing I want to answer the question of ‘Why the fulfillment of Bible prophecy is on fast-forward?’

“I’ve used that illustration before – I do not see anyone or anything being able to push the pause button on how fast things are going. Rather, I see it as someone pushing the fast-forward button – things are moving so fast, so fast!”

What’s especially fascinating is mainstream media is now referring to unexpected turns in geopolitical events and changes in their anticipated timing, to which the Pastor  refers (quoting his downloadable Update; bold emphases his, underlining mine):

  • “Jerusalem Post asks why is the US speeding up its Jerusalem embassy move?
    “The State Department’s announcement …that it will essentially move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in phases, with the first stage to begin as early as May to coincide with Israel’s 70th Independence Day, is a significant shortening of the timeline. So what happened? Why now has the US decided to at least call the current consulate in Jerusalem an embassy and move Ambassador David Friedman and some of his staff to the location by mid May?”…
  • “On Thursday, Arutz Sheva published a report that the Czech President wants the move of their embassy to Jerusalem expedited...
  • “Speaking of the expediting prior to this May, I’m sure that you, like me, were quite stunned by the sudden breaking news that North Korean dictator Kim Jung Un and the U.S. President Donald Trump have agreed to meet prior to May…While the announcement was sudden, Trump…earlier had made a surprise appearance in the White House press briefing room to promise that South Korea would soon make a “major announcement”. …welcomed this …as “very positive”, implying that he believes he is on the verge of a swift and unexpected breakthrough for his so-called “maximum pressure campaign” to force Kim to accept disarmament talks…Thursday, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi…called for Washington and the North “to engage in dialogue sooner rather than later.”
  • “According to Reuters…that Russia, Iran and Turkey aren’t going to wait for May, and instead, will meet next month in April. It’s rumored that Putin, Rouhani and Erdogan who “cooperate closely on Syria”, will (discuss) the situation in Syria.
  • “On Friday, Arutz Sheva published an article about how, in the era of Trump, time is no longer on the side of the Palestinians…quote Education Minister Naftali Bennett as saying President Trump has fundamentally changed the equation in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. According to the Jewish Home chief, President Trump’s historic December 2017 declaration recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and announcing plans for the relocation of the US embassy removed any incentive for the PA leadership to delay final status talks, potentially making negotiations with Israel more likely. The declaration, argued Bennett, has the potential to “allow, or accelerate peace, or enable peace …The Palestinians…over the past 50 years, had a very simple strategy. Time was on their side, so they’ll just wait. And every time they wait, they get a better deal. If you look through ’93, through 2000, in 2007 the deal just got better. So why not wait? What he’s actually done is reverse that vector, that trend, and suddenly, the Palestinians realize that time is not necessarily on their side, and maybe they should start moving.”

PLUS, the PA leader’s health is not good, yet he’s adamant in refusing to change his mind; so his death will unquestionably be a game-changing event!

Pastor stresses (emphases mine), “It’s important to note specific phrases like speeding up, significant shortening of, expedited and accelerated in these reports because they all speak to the fulfillment of Bible prophecy, revving up, as the Lord’s return is fast approaching.  Actually, this is the answer to the aforementioned question of why it seems that everything is speeding up with such urgency.


As implied in the first paragraph, this vital topic of ‘acceleration’ got flagged up early in my private correspondence nine years ago when president Barack Obama had made an unprecedented, albeit temporary, U-turn in his attitude to Israel, as told in Israel’s PM Points to New Testament – Obama Does U-turn.  In it I quoted White House accredited Christian correspondent William Koenig:

Never before have we had so many biblically significant events evolving at such a rapid paceit requires a major effort and assistance in an attempt to stay up with them. Only a small percentage of people in the church and a very small percentage of people in the public know of the seriousness of the times…” (emphasis mine)

Only a few months later in asking Could This Weekend Change The World? I quoted his friend and co-author John McTernan’s opinion,

“Those that are anchored in the Bible and believe the prophetic word, understand what is happening. Events seem to be accelerating towards the Day of LORD. Our hope is in the Blessed Hope, the Lord Jesus coming for His church.” (emphasis mine)

Subsequently, the momentum gathered pace as the number of Biblically-related events heads towards a deluge as we approach the fulfillment of all Bible prophecy. So we can soon expect to see Biblical and contemporary prophetic words and visions converge to fulfill Holy Writ. As J.D. Farag concludes (note numbers for next post):

“Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.” (Revelation 22:7)


Early morn’ musing on Jesus’ promise of our doing what He did

Not long after 6 o’clock a gate-shaped line of light started glowing around our bedroom curtains. Awake well before the alarm-clock had woken up I ‘said in my head’, “Morning Lord.”  Thursdays being a full-on blog-day, my mind’s usually ‘motoring’ away but, as I’d downloaded yesterday what had been cruising around my neural network since Sunday it seemed today’s going to be free-and-easy.  I could blog on something buried at the back of my mind since answering comments on the ministry of Rolland and Heidi Baker. And so I gave the day to the Lord… [LOL, several time-consuming tasks were to crop up!]

Lolling on my back and enjoying our cat’s furry back, I found my thoughts went back 50 or more years to a verse of scripture – one that’s the justification for my youthful disdain of churches and religious beliefs – not only of my encounters with inter-denominational  animosity, but also of believers failure to follow Jesus’ own life and instructions! (See my testimony.)

A scripture? One against church? Surely not, you say. The NIV version of the verse in question reads,

“I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing – he will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father…” (John 14:12-13)

I’d never heard of such things being done by Christians in 1950’s and 1960’s – surely my devout mother would have known and talked about them!

And so the Lord reminded me of the path I’d taken, from which He rescued me decades later and brought me into the Kingdom; and then shown me that a number of churches  were, in fact, turning to His Way of Working as a result of an immense outpouring of the Holy Spirit. He started by introducing believers globally to the reality and meaning of our heavenly Father’s love in 1994 and has since continued to do so. And so I recalled the various ministries arising from that momentous event and my encounters therein.

<<<A_L_A_R_M >>> Get up, make two cuppa tea and cereal, over which I read aloud the ‘reflection’ for today from one of our ministers. It comes as no  surprise to discover the Lord has already lodged in my head what He wants to show me.:

The opening words for ‘Day 68 – March 8th’ in David Strutt’s Sanctuary…Moments in His Presence read:

‘Truly, truly I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.  Whatever you ask in My name….’ !!!!!!!

I really couldn’t expect anything less; now could I?

David reminds us: Jesus often teaches us to ask and ask, to keep asking through the relationship we have with Him and His Father. In fact, before the above verse He divulges that They are in one another and later continues with in-depth instruction in that upper room on Their other partner, The Holy Spirit – and how to live and abide in The Three of Them.:

“Whoever has My commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves Me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him…If anyone loves me he will obey my teaching. my Father will love him and we will come and make our home in him.” (John 14: 21 & 23)

As David puts it: ‘He says that we are to abide in Him…The ultimate mutual abiding community!’  I recall 12th February’s evening prayer meeting where David read from the day’s devotional on Heidi’s facebook entitled Reckless Devotion, Day 43 – Humble.

I thought he’d said, “Wreck-less” because she often describes her encountering Jesus as His leaving her “wrecked” and “undone” by His love and presence. Hence, she’s often unable to stand and has to kneel, sit or lie down in conferences. ‘Practising the Presence’ leaves her in a non-intellectual mode of communication that may strike those who haven’t yet been baptised in the Holy Spirit as being rather silly.

It was, therefore, a very pleasant surprise to learn that, like our Vicar, David is familiar with the Bakers’ ministry.

After we’d been to Toronto, where I had an open vision of the effects of their ministry upon my first seeing Heidi 15 years ago, we found it very hard being in churches that were closed to the Holy Spirit.

Therefore, it was a terrific surprise upon visiting this Anglican church two years ago to get three confirmations, one from David, immediately upon our arrival of our being in the right place – and another one months later upon learning the Vicar has connections with Bath, Bethel and Toronto!

In the prayer meeting Dave told us about one of the worship sessions at last year’s New Wine event. The band was introducing new songs, which didn’t help the congregation get into normal worship. But then came time for the preacher: Heidi entered singing in tongues and the presence of the Holy Spirit fell in power!!

Like to know why and how that happens? Then listen to Heidi’s explanation of getting close to the Lord and knowing His mind:

“So it’s obedience and love; and low and slow – and it’s all together: it’s awesome!”

Footnote: for details of my open vision see A Third Great Awakening?  Rolland Baker told me Iris’ Director Surpresa Sithole saw the same at the start of his ministry; and it relates to reactions at highest levels of the Islamic world (see Not Many People Know).

GPS #13: Bible ‘Blueprint’ of four US leaders; Elisha anointing on Billy Graham’s passing; Alfred the Great (again!)

Let me run seemingly different yet closely timed events past you for consideration. They feature two pairs of ‘signals’ – one from USA (North Carolina & Alabama) and one from the UK (Bath & Liphook) – about three of the Lord’s ‘invisible jigsaw’ pieces.

My ears pricked up with surprise during the first when it connected with the prophetic dream in which Lana Vawser decreed a double-portion of the Elisha anointing being released upon Billy Graham’s going ‘home’ to be with the Lord.

Also, this first event or ‘piece’, repeated the well-known repentance scripture quoted in GPS#11 part 1: influx of calls to intercede for Britain.

It also made me wonder if recent reiteration of the significance of King Alfred the Great laying the Biblical foundations for a Christian nation of Great Britain has any bearing in this new data-set.

Here’s what happened:


On Sunday afternoon we went online for Church of His Presence morning service (in Alabama) to see guest preacher Messianic rabbi Jonathan Cahn. He delivered a rapid and impassioned presentation of a new paradigm for understanding End-time events. This develops upon his profound insights logged in The Harbinger (published within weeks of my starting this blog).

Let’s go to the start of his fifty minutes message in this video (from 1hr12min):

Jonathan explains this new paradigm is a ‘Bible Blueprint’, by which not only the nature of major events but also their timings throughout the Clinton-Obama era closely align with those recorded in the OT’s Books of the Kings. The common denominator is Israel and America’s rejection of God by their ancient kings, especially Ahab, Jehoram and queen Jezebel, and by modern presidential persons!

ALL a very thought-provoking thesis that brings fresh understanding, especially of the deep similarities between king Jehu and Donald Trump and of their actions against both ancient and modern protagonists. It is well-worth watching.

One of the most severe similarities between then and now – unknown in modern times – is witches’ mass gatherings to curse America’s President!!  So he must be doing the right thing by God!

According to Jonathan’s thesis, the ‘paradigm’ (God’s sovereign will) and ‘harbinger’ (of judgement) timelines are merging and we’re being given a window in which to reform. So most importantly for us, what does this Bible Blueprint, or ‘paradigm’, say about our future – it brings both a warning and a key!  Jonathan stresses (from 1:43:30 – emphasis added),

Rabbi Jonathan Cahn“A window to repent – a window to speak the Word of God – a window for Revival – is exactly where we are now. Jehu, or Donald Trump, is not the answer, but he was used to open a window. There’s been a political change but there’s not yet been a cultural change and a spiritual change. No answer can be found in Washington or in Hollywood, but only in Revival, only in Revival…

“The Word of God tells us, ‘If My people who are called by My Name, will humble THEMselves, turn from their wicked ways…’ (2Chron 7:14-15 – per GPS#11 Part 1)

“The keys are there – ‘MY people’ – ‘IF’ – so we must pray like never before…and it’s time to start living in Revival because it will then begin…

(From 1:47:00) “There’s a paradigm inside the paradigm, a paradigm for the people of God – where we’re given the keys in how to prevail and overcome – the paradigm, ‘For such a time as this’ so you need to know the times so you can fulfill your Calling in these times...

“I can say this much: in the days when Biblical values and righteousness rule over a culture, the people of God have a ruling paradigm in the King David paradigm – but in the days when Biblical values and righteousness NO LONGER rule the culture – in the days when anti-Biblical values rule the culture, the days of an Ahab, a Jezebel, the people of God have a different paradigm – they have the Elisha paradigm: those days are NOW!

“Those days are now and this is our paradigm: Elisha was not the status quo, he was a radical, he was revolutionary – and that’s what we’re to become: not status quo but to become radical, to become revolutionary – these are the days when we must become a revolutionary people living with a revolutionary power, a revolutionary outlook, a revolutionary life!”

“Some of you may be afraid of the End-times – don’t be, because that’s where God put you!…”


Jonathan’s is a most stirring message. His conclusion reminds me of what Australian Lana brought about the Lord’s action plan of pouring out a double-portion of the Elisha anointing after bringing Billy Graham to his heavenly home.

THEN this question came ‘out of the blue’ – a ‘jigsaw piece’?  As that relates to the USA, then could the groundwork laid by Alfred the Great be a ‘blueprint’ for Britain?  What a peculiar, but perhaps not preposterous, idea!

So it would seem both ‘pieces’ fit together : one, Jonathan’s message; the other of Billy Graham’s passing, and whose remarkable funeral we’d watched by live broadcast on Friday and noted that POTUS Trump and VP Pence with wives seated on the front row – plus Trump’s keen attentiveness to Billy’s adult offspring’s testimonies, especially Franklin’s address – which closed with an altar call.  It’s noteworthy that storm winds in the D.C. area almost prevented flights from the capital, whereas it was sunny and mild for the funeral in Charlotte, North Carolina!

Nina and I chatted about it with friends over coffee at church on Sunday. The husband reads this blog and remarked about the prophecies relating to Billy’s passing. We said we’d seen the funeral, that ‘Trump & Veep’ were attentive attendees and that Franklin invited those who don’t know Jesus to come to him – and upon so saying, two of us got hit by Holy Spirit: Nina got the usual ‘buzz’, needing her to hold a table to stop her falling; our friend, his usual ‘fuzz’ over head (like shivers or goose-bumps) in recognition that something’s most definitely of the Lord.

I chuckled because he’d already asked about the backgrounds of those whose material I quote, and on testing their prophecies. So we laughed and agreed what he was getting was a true test for those we’d just been talking about 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂


Now, I take you from Sunday morning in Liphook to late afternoon at home (but 10am in Alabama):

As if in anticipation of my thoughts whilst watching Jonathan Cahn about King Alfred, a third ‘piece’ arrived by email during the service and awaited slotting into place within the ‘invisible jigsaw puzzle’.

Unable to enter a comment on the blog, Isabel writes from Bath city,

‘I was very interested to read the articles on Alfred the Great.  It reminded me to check my dream journal. I found an entry for 5th March last year, almost a year to date, concerning Donald Trump and Alfred the Great. Unfortunately I was unable to recall the detail of the dream, except that I heard a voice in the dream calling out “Alfred’s Law” over and over again. I knew nothing about Alfred the Great until I researched his heavenly visions to save Britain and his book of Law or the ‘judgement book’. Thank you for publishing these posts.’

Isabel’ s remark conjoining Trump and our Saxon king, and on the latter’s visions and book, mirrors Jonathan’s references and my musings. So a great big thank you goes to the Lord and to Isabel for confirming them – whatever next?

One further, fascinating ‘God-incidental’ point about Alfred – my photo is of the statue erected outside Winchester City council offices in Hampshire, the capital of Wessex and Saxon England – the recent prophetic word from across ‘the Pond’ relating to kingdom rulership (Moving From The Sword to The Sceptre) comes from Wanda Alger living in Winchester, Virginia, – out of all places in the United States!

Bring it on Lord…!!

Footnote: this post may not be a totally new, distinct instance of God’s Global Prophecy Signalling system as it relates on a couple of points to the much broader #12, but I’ve numbered it ‘#13′.  As both posts aren’t wholly independent let’s use bakers’ numbering and call them a ‘Barker’s Dozen’! 
LOL! – let’s be even more unusual, for now I grasp what an old personal prophetic picture may mean: a brother at the first class I attended under Revd Dr Sharon Stone gave me a peculiar picture of a conveyor belt with dozens of loaves on it – I was clueless about its meaning and don’t recall his comments.  Years later a friend gave us her home-baking machine. I tried it and have baked bread ever since and so presumed that’s what the prophecy’s about. But in using that baking term I now perceive it may mean the foreseen loaves I’m making and baking are the many blogs I post and which can feed others… So I trust you’re now well-fed 🙂

[Puzzle In Sky by Idea go, courtesy of]

A short comparison of Billy Graham’s theology by Gavin Ashenden

Highly recommended weekend reading, Revd Dr Gavin’s studious analysis of the different theology of Billy’s ‘back-to-basics’ preaching and some clerics’ ‘pick-and-choose’ teaching…

The responses to the news of Billy Graham’s death have been varied, as one might have expected. They stretch from the kind: “Thank you Billy. For Everything. See you on the other side, Michael W.” To the septic, as in that of the Teen vogue columnist Lauren Duca: “The big news today […]

Continue reading at A study in the contrast between Political and Pneumatic Christianity in the light of the life and death of Billy Graham. — Gavin Ashenden.

For Reference:

GPS#11 part 5: prayer call for the UK, Brexit, Unity and the Church

Continuing this series of contacts on praying for Britain: one received in the last week of January ‘accidentally’ disappeared! It wasn’t an email but attachment thereto, which I’d only quickly noted as a scanned copy of an item by evangelist David Hathaway. The past fortnight’s influx of material reminded me of its relevance but I just couldn’t find it! So I asked my friend from Acorn, Peter, to resend.  On 30th January he’d sent a copy of David’s latest EuroVision newsletter in which the prayer-warrior announces:


‘I feel strongly in my spirit that we must have another Day of Prayer. I believe this year we shall be moving forward rapidly in fulfillment of prophecy. I also believe that the present world financial crisis will precipitate the ‘Mark of the Beast’. We also need to pray powerfully against the disunity both in government and the nation, which the ‘enemy’ is using now with some power. We must answer with greater spiritual power, the Bible says that a house divided against itself will fall!  We need a spiritual reformation in the Church with a return to Biblical Authority, otherwise God will by-pass the Church completely! Our praying last September has supported Theresa May so far… but only continuing prayer will prevail, the battle is not yet won, the fight has only Click for just started! ‘ (Peter’s emphasis) 

David Hathaway – Prophetic Vision  [Details and registration at Day of Prayer For Britain 23 March, Emanuel Church, Westminster,London.]

I’m sure this and other material I’d been getting over the past fortnight – as well as in-depth national news – was unknown to Tony Puccio out in faraway Tucson, Arizona, when he blogged the following in My Dreams and Visions, thus making the second of God’s GPS ‘pings’ from overseas on prayer and revival:


‘I had a dream last night and while dreaming I saw a pitch black sea. I saw these small motorized boats with these bright spotlights on them patrolling, if you will, the waters. Next, I saw boats with people in it but were not going anywhere being that they had no oars in order to row the boat nor light to see. I then saw boats with lights approach the other boats, hook to them and begin to tow them.

‘As I stated in the first part of the dream, I believed while dreaming and now while awake that this had to do with Brexit.’

Dated Saturday 10th February – one reader adds a pertinent observation:

Psalm 119:105 King James Version ‘Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.’

‘A friend shared with me her thoughts that the spotlight is those who are led by the Spirit of Truth rescuing those who have not the Holy Spirit to lead them (no oars = no lights) Those who are not led by the Spirit of Truth do not know which direction to move towards.’

[Digital Globe by Cooldesign, courtesy]

Bible Update: 2Thess 2 cont’d – the new Gay Gnosticism, by Gavin Ashenden

Further to my briefing in the previous post, here Dr Gavin wields a scriptural scalpel with forensic precision to expose unrighteous falsehood behind some discussions at last July’s ‘Sex Sin-od’.:

New heresies spring up in the life of the Church from time to time, although on closer examination they turn out to be old heresies slightly reformatted. Jayne Ozanne is a vocal exponent of a gay rights and her approach is a very simple one, but no less perverse for its simplicity She preached recently […]

Continue reading via The New Gay Gnosticism. — Gavin Ashenden

Bible Update: 2Thess 2 – Apostasy within ‘churches’ (Signs Nos 6, 15 & 19)

Now we know what ‘Signs’ we’re watching out for, here’s a couple that are happening nowadays and, regrettably, in too many churches:

  • falling away from faith (2Thess 2:3 – Sign #15)by
  • the unrighteous deception (2Thess 2:10 – Sign #19)

Moreover, Sign #6 (Mark 13:8, 12-13) too is appearing as ‘brethren’ in the faith are acting against brethren. Eg., self-styled brothers/sisters in lgbt ‘church’ in Blackpool seeking to ban evangelist Franklin Graham from entering Britain – utterly outrageous!

None of those false brethren have ever done what this renowned Christian and his charity Samaritan’s Purse have done across the world in implementing Sign #1: eg. opening up communist North Vietnam in being officially welcomed by government officials in Hanoi, where he’s preached the gospel to hundreds of churches there!

In Jesus’ apocalyptic letter to the 7 churches in Asia Minor, He spoke of His “hatred of the deeds of the Nicolatians”, a group claiming superior status that permitted idolatry and sexual immorality in Ephesus (Rev 2:6) and especially in Pergamos (Rev 2:14-15); and in Thyatira a Jezebel operated (Rev 2:20-21) where, unless they repented, Jesus would deal direct and severely with their sinfulness!

As sexual sins were sin then, then they’re sin today! Therefore, it’s not unreasonable to realise that leaders/attendees of churches who condone, encourage and practise such sins today are in the very same situation and need to repent earnestly.. In perverting the apostolic and traditional teaching on sexuality and claiming superior ‘moral’ authority to do so, they’re no different to the heretics and gnostics with whom the early church was in deep dispute. (I was involved in all that before being saved – “I’m Free!” refers.)

This topic will be continued in the next post where we’ll read Revd Dr Gavin Ashenden’s thorough rebuttal of such modern deceptive doctrines > click to continue reading >

To quote Christian Concern on his piece:

‘Bishop Gavin Ashenden responds to a recent sermon made by Jayne Ozanne, who openly promotes the acceptance of LGBT ideology in the Church of England. He argues that Ozanne’s teaching is a new form of the old heresy – gnosticism. He points out that uncritically accepting same-sex attraction is a form of self-justification: “gnosticism, a private revelation of pseudo-intimacy and superior self-justification was identified and rejected by the Church every time it raised its head”.’

What NOT to Watch for in the End-Times, by Nelson Walters

Here, Nelson brings his incisive mind to bear upon the fuller meaning of what could be the pivotal timing indicator of prophesied signs of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Be sure to read the discussion thread too :

Most Christians know we are to watch for events in the end times. But do they know what NOT to watch for? Might our own theories of the end times deceive the church? What to Watch for This is the third article in a series about watching. In the First Article (READ HERE), we defined…

Continued in What Not to Watch For in the End Times — The Gospel In The End Times

Update to the sequence of ‘signs’

Since publication of signs we’re to watch out for according to the Gospels and Paul’s letters, I’ve changed the bullet-point listing to numerical for ease of reference. Although verse numbering isn’t used, the sequence of signs follows that shown in the chapters stated in my introduction. Also, the cross-related signs from both of Paul’s letters to the Thessalonians are now inserted, and words attributed to Jesus appear in red.

Your attention is particularly drawn to Sign #6 (Mark 13:14) as it may be a ‘pivotal’ game-changer, and it also connects into Old Testament prophecy and that of The Apocalypse. (Their content lies outside the parameters of my previous post.)

The next post will share Nelson Walters’ in-depth examination of that special sign.

What does “Watch” mean? – by Nelson Walters

This article by Nelson Walters brings an informative theological nuance to help us in our consideration of the Who, Why, When and What of Watching:

“Watch” is Jesus’ most frequent command for Christians to prepare for the end times. What does “watch” mean? What exactly are we to do when we “watch?” We are beginning a short series on the topic of watching and being watchful in the end times. WATCH AND IMMINENCE I have heard it said by pretribulation…

Continue reading via What Does “Watch” Mean? — The Gospel In The End Times

The Who, Why, When & What of Watching – the signs

After looking at who, why and when we’re to watch, we review what Jesus told us to watch out for:


Omitting those which appear to apply to the destruction of Jerusalem in AD70, here’s a selection of signs stated in the first Gospel (Mark 13), augmented by Matthew (24) and Luke (17 & 21) plus insertion of Paul’s first and follow-up letters to believers in Salonika, to whom he stressed the origin of his teaching; ‘For this we say to you by the word of the Lord…’

    1. The Gospel must first be preached to all the nations.
    2. Disciples will stand before and councils, rulers and kings, beaten in religious assemblies.
    3. Many will come in Jesus’ name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and will deceive many. 
    4. Wars and rumors of wars – nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom  (“Do not be troubled for such things must happen, but the end is not yet”)
    5. earthquakes in various places – famines and troubles – as the beginnings of sorrows.
    6. “Brother will betray brother to death – a father his child – children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death and
    7. “You will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.
    8. SO, when you see the ‘abomination of desolation’, spoken of by Daniel the prophet standing where it ought not (let the reader understand!), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.” [This would refer not only to Roman standard placed in the Temple’s Holy of Holies but also to any profane object/person therein at any time (including its mount?).
    9. “those days there will be tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the creation which God created until this time, nor ever shall be.
    10. “And unless the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake, whom He chose, He shortened the days….
    11. “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or, ‘Look, He is there!’ do not believe it for false christs and false prophets will rise and show signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.”
    12. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven…’and the dead in Christ will rise first,
    13. ‘then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up [‘harpadzo’ = rapture] together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air…’
    14. ‘You know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety” then sudden destruction comes…’
    15. ‘Let no one deceive you…for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first (Apostasy), and
    16. ‘the man of sin (lawlessness) is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped,
    17. ‘so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God…
    18. ‘The coming of the lawless one is according to the workings of satan with all power, signs and lying wonders, and
    19. ‘with all unrighteous deception among those who perish because they didn’t receive a love of the truth, that they might be saved…
    20. ‘For this reason God will send them strong delusion that they should believe the lie (!!)…’
    21. “After that tribulation, the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light.
    22. “The stars of heaven will fall, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.
    23. “On the earth perplexity, seas and waves roaring
    24. “Men’s hearts failing them from fear and expectation of what’s coming on the earth.
    25. “As it was in the days of Noah, so also in the days of the Son of Man: “They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.”
    26. “Likewise as it was in the days of Lot…on the day Lot left Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed all. Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.
    27. “In that day, he who is on the housetop, and his goods are in the house, let him not come down to take them away. And likewise the one who is in the field, let him not turn back. Remember Lot’s wife: Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.
    28. “I tell you, in that night there will be two men in one bed: the one will be taken and the other will be left. Two women will be grinding together: the one will be taken and the other left. Two men will be in the field: the one will be taken and the other left.”
    29. “Then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory and
    30. “then He will send His angels, and gather together His elect from the four winds, from the farthest part of earth to the farthest part of heaven.” [The Rapture]

Jesus said, “Take heed; see, I have told you all things beforehand.


No! I’m not of that alarmist brigade because, in my humble opinion, Jesus is coming back for a bride who’s ‘made herself ready’, which I understand to be a church that has been restored to move fully in the ‘greater works’ – one that has arisen with the glory of the Lord appearing over her and piercing the ‘thick darkness covering the peoples’ (see Revelation 19.7, Acts 3.21, John 14.12 and Isaiah 60.1-2)

There’s clear indications this preparation is already happening through many ministries.  Jesus said, “I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16.18).

On praying to our Heavenly Father, He instructed us to ask, “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven…” (Matt 6:10).

The Lord’s Kingdom rule has yet to come in its fullness so, in my opinion, a reworking – even a significant sifting or pruning – may be necessary as the Lord finishes building his Church and believers make themselves ready for the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.

Next, we look Nelson Walters’ theological nuances of the meaning of ‘watching’ (here).

[Scripture taken from the New King James Version; copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson Inc. used by permission. All rights reserved.]

The Who, Why, When & What of Watching – cont’d

Continuing the reasons for watching for the Lord Jesus’ return we consider when that might happen:


Jesus’ major End-time teaching was given soon after leaving the Temple with some of His disciples and having foretold its complete destruction, which was to happen about 40 years later after the infamous Roman siege of Jerusalem.

Jesus on the Mount of Olives:

When He went and sat on the nearby Mount of Olives, two sets of brothers (Peter & Andrew, James & John) asked Him to expand upon that prophecy, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign when all these things will be fulfilled?” (seee Mark 13, Luke 21, Matthew 24).

He answered in some depth, and by examination of the details we can conclude that not only does Jesus describe later events in that First Century but also those of a much later time, one yet to come but which is now at the door!  So Jesus did, but didn’t, tell them precisely ‘when’!

In talking of that far future time however, He tells them a parable about the appearing of leaves on a fig tree – which many believe refers to the establishment of the Jewish state of Israel.:

“So you also, when you see these things happening, know that it (or ‘He’) is near – at the doors! Assuredly, I say to you this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place..But of that day and hour no-one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

“Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is…Watch therefore…I say to all: Watch!” (Mark 13:28-37 NKJV emphasis mine)

Other passages of the New Testament imply that He, or Holy Spirit, subsequently gave those leading disciples, and Saul of Tarsus who became Apostle Paul, further insights on the approximate timing of those signs, as below:

Peter preaching in the Temple:

After Jesus’ Ascension into heaven Peter, when teaching in the Temple, called people  to,

“Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of His holy prophets since time began…” (Acts 3:19-21 – my emphasis.)

So there’s a huge contribution followers of Christ have yet to make across all spheres of society towards such restoration – we’ve hardly started; not to mention both human and demonic opposition – but however do we restore ‘all things’?  We must conclude that only The Almighty is able to bring about the ‘restoration of ‘all things’ – and doubtless in the manner Zecharia prophesied to governor Zerubbabel:

“Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit”, says the Lord of hosts. (Zech 4:6 NKJV)

Although we need to beware of false prophets, Acts 3:21 implies that the Lord will keep His prophets informed of His intentions in bringing this about (Amos 3:7). Hence the important relevance of contemporary prophecy.

Paul writing to the Thessalonians:

We know from Acts and accounts in Paul’s Epistles that this Apostle to the Gentiles was blessed with visions of and revelations from Jesus Himself as, for example, in the main scripture quoted by ‘pre-Tribbers’:

‘For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep.
‘For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.’ (1Thess 4:15-17 NKJV)

‘But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness.’ (1Thess 5:1-5 NKJV – emphases added)

Maybe it’s as well the Palestinian leaders have been defiantly intransigent over the so-called ‘peace plan’ with Israel and, like Iran and Hezbollah, want to wipe Israel off the face of the map!  Even so, let’s keep watching!

NB: the theme of UN’s Year 2017-18 is ‘Together for Peace, Dignity, Safety  & Respect For All’, as outlined in Three Prophetic Jigsaw Pieces.

Next, we include Paul’s later explanation as we check what it is we’re watching out for...