One major unknown about the Second Signpost that the Bible is silent about, is how it could start. I believe coordinated attacks by drones are now the likely path. In Daniel Revisited and on this website, we have seen that the loss of oil production is the main factor to debilitate the west. (The second […]
This morning’s news brings a reminder, in the midst of the current political upheavals, of what Bible prophecy points to: an almighty battle near the Mount of Megiddo, otherwise known in Greek as ‘Armageddon’!
In the previous update we heard about Russia and China’s increasing influence in Africa and noted publication of a most comprehensive US Congressional testimony entitled “Moscow in the Middle East and North Africa” documenting Russia’s active, aggressive and shrewd alignment with the nations of Ezekiel, chapters 38-39. Now comes this development:
DebkaFile reports Russia lets Hezbollah-Iranian forces redeploy opposite Syrian-Israel border; in other words, it looks like Putin has reneged upon his agreement with Israel and USA (emphasis mine). This exclusive reads:
‘Deep apprehension in Israel over a Russian U-turn, which is letting small Iranian Al Qods and Hizballah units regain former positions 10-15km from the Israeli and Jordanian borders. They are coming back after Russian forces drove them out last year and established a safe zone at those border districts in their stead.
‘Reporting this turn of events, DEBKAfile’s military and intelligence sources add that the Russian forces, not content with allowing this Iranian-Hizballah comeback, have also evacuated their own positions, leaving the local population under the control of the Al Qods and Hizballah invaders. These actions violate Russian President Vladimir Putin’s commitment last year to US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to purge S. Syrian borders of the hostile elements ruled from Tehran and provide monitors for a safe zone.
‘Washington and Jerusalem have interceded strongly with Moscow against this breach while trying to establish whether they were ordered from Putin’s office in the Kremlin or the local command on a directive from the Russian defense ministry. For now, neither the US nor Israel has decided how to respond to the new pro-Iranian buildup at Israel’s back door. They are also trying to find out if the Russian step is Moscow’s response to the US-Turkish safe zone initiative for northeastern Syria. This week, a large American unit landed in southern Turkey to start activating the joint US-Turkish safe zone, which aims to separate the Turkish army from the pro-US SDF militia which is dominated by Syrian Kurds. Moscow may have opened the door to Iran in southern Syria to counter expanding US involvement in the north.
‘Israel showed first resistance to the new hostile presence at its border on July 24 by firing surface missiles at the intelligence stations Iran was setting up on the Tal Al-Harara hilltop opposite the Golan border. But the Russian move continued notwithstanding.’
- Iranian military brass met to discuss their “Preparedness” and “Surprise Capabilities” (Washington Institute, July 25th) – ‘According to… the news agency affiliated with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, Gen. Shamkhani met with Gen. Gholam Ali Rashid, commander of the headquarters, to discuss “the security situation, the dangers [to Iran], and the degree of preparedness of [Iran’s] armed forces.” The agency quoted the headquarters commander about “aspects of defensive capability and the potential for an attack on Iran’s part.” Tansim added the commander’s warning about “Iran’s surprise capabilities, which the enemies have so far not taken into account.”…’
- China reaches its arm deep into the Middle East, giving Israel cause for concern (Haaretz, June 15th)
- Russia Gains Stranglehold Over Persian Gulf (OilPrice.com, August 4th) – ‘In a potentially catastrophic escalation of tensions in the Persian Gulf, Russia plans to use Iran’s ports in Bandar-e-Bushehr and Chabahar as forward military bases for warships and nuclear submarines, guarded by hundreds of Special Forces troops under the guise of ‘military advisers’, and an airbase near Bandar-e-Bushehr as a hub for 35 Sukhoi Su-57 fighter planes OilPrice.com has exclusively been told by senior sources close to the Iranian regime…’
- Above links courtesy of Koenig’s Eye View from the White House.
This important word was very useful in strengthening brethren at another blog under atheist assault, and connects into the recent re-blog about scripture being a mirror to the present darkness:
“I see the chaos, the darkness, and the uprising of evil on the earth. Not only do I see it, but I am allowing it. I hear your prayers and am answering them. But, before the fullness of My presence and glory can be seen, darkness must be fully realized so that all can know […]
continue reading at THE UPRISING HAS BEGUN — wandaalger.me
A profound look into an unexpectedly significant mirror to our deeply disturbing days – thank you Nicholas. May all who read be mightily blessed with fresh revelation into the special, scriptural significance of our lives…
In one sense, as Ecclesiastes says, “There is nothing new under the sun.” History provides us with ample evidence of what humanity is. The picture is both appalling and sublime: by divine inspiration, we are capable of acts of love and charity; by our own depravity and satanic inducement, we can commit the very worst acts of atrocity.
Scripture acts as a mirror: if we let God speak to us, rather than hide in the shadows, we see ourselves as we really are. In that moment of truth, if we do not rebel, we will confess our sins and ask God to forgive and transform us. The Christian and the Christian Church are on a journey of transformation, of being conformed to the likeness of Jesus Christ, God’s Son. This means having His mind and behaviour, and, in the end, being given a heavenly body like His.
The end times…
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Mark Davidson brings a brief update to his Four Signposts perspective of our approach to the End-times. There’s another perspective too – is the Lord’s hand in this situation’s timing in very last days of Theresa May’s term as Prime Minister, and which could make the signature mark of her legacy? In my opinion, all her actions prevented her receiving the blessings prophesied at the start of her premiership, and disregard of Donald Trump probably led to her Government’s refusal of American naval protection measures in the Gulf, as reported by previous leader of Conservative Party Iain Duncan Smith here.
This news report tells us Iran has just seized two British oil tankers. With that, it is looking more and more like the trigger for the Second Signpost will come from Iran. It is looking like they are goading the United States into a fight, hoping to get one by escalating its attacks and thefts, […]
My conclusion of two years ago today has, regrettably, proven true and developed into a wider issue out of what was euphemistically termed ‘CoE General Sex ‘Sin-nod’ 2017′. In opening my blog Synod sides with satan – risk of Anglican schism/shaking, I note that the legislative assembly of our national church ruled against practising the holy ordinance of normal marriage by saying, in effect, as in this extract from the blog:
‘General Synod: “NO, not as it means keeping God’s word on sex and marriage! How dare we insult people with what You say and expect.” [July 2017 AD]
‘Thus begins the Great Apostasy foretold by the apostle to the Gentiles?
…The Day of the Lord will not come unless the falling away comes first and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped…(2Thess 2:3-4)
‘The great falling away from faith in Christ Jesus has been gaining momentum for years (ie. mainly by individuals). However, decisions and official declarations by the Church of England’s recent General Synod, the tricameral deliberative and legislative gathering of bishops, clergy and laity, means we could now regard the Great Apostasy as being ‘officially’ under way.’
Therefore, along with a great many Christians I’m deeply concerned to learn the CoE’s subsequent official instructions and guidance documents have been quoted in court as evidence against a Christian! As a nation we’ve thus fallen into utter, craven stupidity and are reaping the consequences of defying the Word of the Almighty.
Dr David Mackereth lost his job with the Department for Work and Pensions after he refused to identify clients by their chosen gender instead of their biological sex – and that was not in an actual case but only when discussing a hypothetical case of a 6-foot bearded man wanting to be called a woman!
Dr Mackereth said that using ‘transgender pronouns’ went against his conscience as a doctor and Bible-believing Christian. As explained earlier: “I believe gender is defined by biology and genetics. And that as a Christian the Bible teaches us that God made humans male or female.” (Telegraph 2018)
It is very disturbing to see a doctor with 26 years of experience in A&E medicine being forced to choose between telling the truth and his profession. In dismissing him, the DWP has violated the three freedoms of conscience, speech and religion in one go. We rely on doctors telling the truth. Imagine if they were forced to accept a patient’s chosen diagnosis!
In response, the DWP declared that failing to accommodate clients’ preferences to use ‘transgender pronouns’ would amount to “harassment” under the Equality Act 2010 and dismissed Dr Mackereth as Health and Disability Assessor. Supported by the Christian Legal Centre, he challenged the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions but lost his case because the DWP relied upon Church of England documents to prove their case, even though the doctor is not an Anglican but a Bible-believing Christian! (Two terms obviously not synonymous!)
In CofE Teaching Used As Evidence Against Christian In Court Andrea Williams, the Christian Legal Centre’s CEO, says,
“What really upset me though, as a member of the Church of England’s General Synod, was that the people who sacked Dr Mackereth for his Christian beliefs relied on the Church of England’s position to justify their actions. I have spent a lot of time trying to tell Christians, of all denominations, that our public witness to the Truth – all aspects of it – is vital. When we are on TV, radio, or even in court we are often told that our brand of Christianity is not what lots of other Christians think. But, this week, for the first time, what the Church of England says was used as evidence against a Christian in court. For me it was another stark reminder of the damage caused by the Church of England’s abandonment of truth.
“The evidence deployed against Dr Mackereth included reference to the House of Bishops’ Guidance for welcoming transgender people, and the Pastoral Guidance for use in conjunction with the Affirmation of Baptismal Faith in the context of gender transition. I criticised these moves towards acceptance of transgenderism at the time, and Carys Moseley explained why the transgender issue is a first-order gospel issue.
“What is important for Dr Mackereth’s case is that the Pastoral Guidance says that transgender people should be referred to using their chosen name and pronoun. The guidance is, therefore, that Christians should not tell the truth about the biological sex of a transgender person. I think that, at the very least, in a civilised and fair society all people should accept this is, at least, a freedom of conscience issue.” (Emphases RB)
May the Lord now rapidly fulfill several prophetic visions of churches being shaken to their foundations…
Recommended, nay mandatory reading – an eye-opening expose:
The Transgender Issue is a First-Order Gospel Issue (26 Jan 2018), an introduction to which reads,
‘The Church of England bishops recently passed on responsibility for crafting liturgies celebrating gender reassignment to local clergy. This article by Carys Moseley shows that in doing this they perpetuate fundamental theological errors such as blasphemy, rebellion against God as Creator, dishonouring parents, and renaming God. The transgender pathway is shown to be a counterfeit of the Christian gospel. This will affect people’s trust in the clergy as well as the integrity of theological training…’
In considering those latter effects of the bishops’ abdication of their responsibilities, the author confesses, “This whole article has been extraordinarily difficult to write because careful investigation shows the situation of the Church of England to be catastrophic. We have there the wholesale public capitulation of an entire denomination, something truly sobering…(and it) is a first-order gospel issue. Its only hope before the Almighty God who loves us with a holy love is heartfelt repentance, and that must begin from the top down.”
Therefore, what was Synod siding with satan is now the Anglican hierarchy’s apparent subservience to it, not to our Lord and Saviour Christ Jesus. It is outright apostasy.
In continuing our trilogy on getting back to Biblical basics, arising from having heard “It’s sooner than you think!!”, the following ‘signs’ foretell events indicative of Jesus Christ’s return to rule and reign upon earth:
Omitting signs that apply to the destruction of Jerusalem in AD70 (Note 1) and those recorded by Apostle John in his book of The Revelation of Jesus Christ, this selection is compiled from the earliest Gospel (Mark 13), augmented by Matthew (24) and Luke (17 & 21), plus extracts from Paul’s letters to believers in Corinth and Salonika, to whom he told the origin of his teaching – ‘For this we say to you by the word of the Lord…’ .: Continue reading
In returning to Bible basics I’m grateful to Neil Mackereth, author of Signs and of several items on this blog for permission to publish his latest, as submitted on 1st July. However, it wasn’t possible to acknowledge until Monday 8th – the day before Nina heard about Jesus’ return being sooner than we may think.
In his covering email, Neil mentions a nearby church “everyone calls St John’s, but I have had laid on my heart that it is St John the Baptist Church (its proper name!) and that it is on the Pilgrims’ Way: “I will send my messenger ahead of you who will prepare the way ……. Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for Him”.
“I absolutely believe that we are required to do all we can to convince the world that Jesus will return soon. Your blog is a magnificent and essential part of that process, commission to communicate God’s intentions.”
“I have felt very strongly of late that, whilst it is absolutely right and proper to pray into the tremendous shaking, sifting and repositioning that’s going on (which are in line with expectations for end times), and to seek God’s will and prophetic indicators about Brexit etc. we are not to lose sight of the BIG PICTURE revealed in long-established scripture. ie. Biblical prophecy: Continue reading
Do you get the impression the Lord is turning our faces – as though holding them in His hands – to look specifically at the important matter of His return?
In fact, I submit to you it’s on God’s GPS system, ie. His Global Prophecy Signalling for the following reason:
My offering to a forum what Nina audibly heard on the Second Advent coming sooner than we think or expect, as recounted in Back to Biblical Basics, was met by a wariness on the matter of ‘timing’.
Many will recall claims, mainly by American church leaders, notoriously setting dates for Jesus’ return and which have proven false. Even the Book of Revelation’s penultimate verse says it will happen ‘soon’ – but nearly 2,000 years is not soon! In my opinion, this timing is in the supra-natural realm where things appointed for the future exist but have yet to manifest upon the earth, rather like faith is the substance and evidence of things not seen (Heb 11:1) – or as Apostle Peter explains definitively,
‘But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. (2 Peter 3:8 NKJV)
I’ve blogged elsewhere that prophets don’t set any timing upon fulfillment of words and visions for such an insight is a rarity, and it becomes a measure of being a true or false prophet! Thus, Chuck Pierce, Dr Sharon Stone and Veronika West put their reputations on the line when prophesying about major changes this month, as summarised herein.
In replying via Messenger to the forum I mentioned having recently received papers on End-times. Two contributors to this blog, unbeknown to the other, prepared them almost simultaneously in the last week of June! So, I got nudged to close my response with a previously unconsidered remark, ‘It’s as though the Lord’s deliberately turning our faces to look specifically at this important matter’.
What I didn’t know was that, whilst I was writing, the Lord was confirming that final idea by GPS! Upon sending my message and returning to the top of my email in-tray I found a new email from an overseas intercessor stressing this very issue:
‘I saw today the posts you put up over the weekend. Keep it up dude, that is your calling – “Looking for signs of Jesus’ return.” That is your focus…’
Therefore, much as we appreciate ‘rhema’ words from the Lord, it is very important not to neglect the prime importance of Biblical, End-times, prophecy. It takes precedence as being in the sovereign will of God, within which contemporary prophecy is interwoven.
Next, let’s consider those other two author’s papers…click to read > >
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At Tuesday morning’s coffee & cake meeting outside Haslemere, someone asked the worship leader to do some older songs. The first was new to me, but then came ‘These Are The Days of Elijah’ followed by Noel Richards’ famous song, so pertinent for today (courtesy paroles-musique):
“Great is the darkness
That covers the earth,
Oppression, injustice and pain.
Nations are slipping
In hopeless despair
Though many have come in Your name,
Watching while sanity dies,
Touched by the madness and lies.
[Chorus, verse 2 and chorus, then rejoicing in final verse:]
On that final day
When out of the heavens You come.
Darkness will vanish
All sorrow will end
And rulers will bow at Your throne,
Our great commission complete
Then face to face we shall meet:
“Come Lord Jesus, come Lord Jesus,
Pour out Your Spirit we pray.
Come Lord Jesus, come Lord Jesus,
Pour out Your Spirit on us today.“
Whilst singing the chorus I noticed Nina look at me, then sit down, take paper out of her handbag and jot a short phrase. Her expression and shaky stance told me she’s being touched by the Holy Spirit. Afterwards, she told me that in the chorus she distinctly heard the Lord whisper in her ear, and thus in block caps (black ink) notes His words,
“IT’S SOONER THAN YOU THINK!!!”
Nina knows it’s not about any Revival but, as urged in the song, all about His Return.
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I now ask, however, “Is that before, upon or after what we were soon to hear?”
The promise Nina heard becomes even more poignant by what the guest speakers from Elam Ministries reported on Christianity’s rapid growth through underground churches in Turkey and Iran, and thus moving rapidly towards the fulfillment of Jeremiah 49:34-39 – the Judgement of Elam (Persia/Iran)
[WOWEE, I’m getting a very strong sense of ‘deja vu’ in what I’m doing, as though the event, situation and what I’m blogging has already been done: but this confirms it’s all God’s Timing!!!]
“I will set My throne in Elam, And will destroy from there the king and the princes,” says the Lord. (Jer 49:39 NKJV)
It was awe-inspiring to hear a young lady pastor’s account of life in jail after her house church was raided and closed. Also, that only last week an ex-Muslim 14 years-old boy had a vision of mosques in Iran tumbling down and being replaced by churches!
Afterwards, I mentioned this strongly reminded me of the declaration I heard announced from heaven of the “Fall of Islam”, and of the lightning strike upon the Grand Temple in Mecca on 14th anniversary of the attack upon New York’s towers (as recounted here and linked herein respectively).
So the Lord’s pointing us back to what His Word says about His Return….(next posts).
Now that Facebook can at last connect this blog’s Fb page with my previously unused personal profile, I’ve been pinning a few of its posts and hubs to its ‘wall’ or timeline by way of an intro’ to my writing upon Biblical and contemporary Christian prophecy.
Doing that reminded me of the difference between ancient and modern prophecy, which after due weighing and testing, provides a means of hearing from God before we arrive at the End-times foretold in scripture. Therefore, I mused upon when and how those two modes of hearing Him will converge in the run-up to the Millennium, when Jesus Christ returns bodily to reign and rule on earth.
AND “Lo and Behold!” within a couple of days I get an email on that subject, as in preparing for things to come, which reads as follows: Continue reading