The Coming Davidic Messiah

This summation of the who, what and why of the up-coming Millennium is a valuable reminder of our goal as active Christians. Also, knowledge of the Kingdom as our inheritance is fundamental because our spiritual opponents claim ignorance of that fact dis-empowers believers (see Christian Inheritance & End-times Church for source.)

All Along the Watchtower

To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

-Revelation 3:21

The Kingdom is woven into all the teachings of Christ. He taught us to pray, “Thy Kingdom come”. He taught that our good deeds on earth are seen by our Father in Heaven, and that He will reward us in the resurrection. He taught that His Kingdom is not of this world, and that this world is in darkness. Christ’s moral teaching is so sublime as to be unattainable by the flesh: it is the power of the Spirit, who is given to us as an earnest of the Kingdom, that makes us able to live as Christ did.

In our suffering, the resurrection is our comfort. The Kingdom is what we are striving for: even as we wait…

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2009 End-times revelation on ‘wheat & tares’ reinforced for 2019 (GPS#26.1)

Recently a number of previous insights and prophetic words have been reiterated as though stressing not only their important relevance but also and maybe more stridently because their manifestation is now drawing close. There’s been an increasing number on the parable of the separation of the wheat and poisonous weeds(!) known as darnel, or tares, now being applied to the sifting and cleansing of church denominations.

The latest on this is Neville Johnson’s letter from The Academy of Light in Australia and, in my humble opinion, is essential reading – especially in nearly coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the inward ‘voice’ I heard upon opening my Bible to re-read that parable: “This is ALL about to be fulfilled” (as told in The Endgame Is Now In Play and which started my writing upon prophetical matters).

Thank you Neville for writing as follows (emphases mine)

Dear Richard,

Well here we are again at the beginning of another New Year. However this year is not just another year. There are points in time which stand out more than others. There are seasons within seasons. There are epochs or ages which mark such times as the birth  and death of Jesus, the fall of Jerusalem, the Reformation etc. There are seasons within seasons which are important, like specific years in a decade. However this New Year is more than just another year. First, last year was a Jubilee year in which the reimbursements promised in the Jubilee year start to unfold now; ie. the end of last year into the beginning of this year. The last time there was such a significant timing was the beginning of the Reformation in 16th century. While this was a milestone in the history of the church, denominations began to emerge following the Reformation i.e. Lutherans, Baptists, Methodists, and Pentecostals etc. However, in this new and last season persecution will trigger a collapse, causing denominations to begin to dissolve into a people of the Kingdom of God. This will be of God’s doing. There will now be a period of removing the tares from the church. This must happen before the harvest begins.

‘Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:
‘But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
‘But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
‘So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, “Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?”
‘He said unto them, “An enemy hath done this”. The servants said unto him, “Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?”
‘But he said, “Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.”
Matthew 13:24 -30

We are now moving from the church age to the Kingdom age. The ramifications of this are far-reaching. On the 26th December 2018 I had an encounter with the Lord and one of his saints, ie. cloud of witnesses, in which I was given some insight into this new era. This is the last era, ie. period of time before the return of the Lord. This said, we must understand that time is now limited and is running out. Now when major time seasons come to an end we must be aware of the implications.

First, there are aspects of the old that must not come over into the new. When a baby is born the umbilical cord must be cut off. While the umbilical cord was instrumental in nourishing the baby it cannot stay connected to the mother it must be severed.  The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has become one of the latest to advise medical professionals to wait at least 30 to 60 seconds before clamping and cutting.

Throughout a pregnancy, the umbilical cord carries important nutrients and blood from the mother to the baby.  If the cord is not cut off there is a very real chance of infection as the placenta begins to rot.  So it is as we move on into a new era, much of the old must not come over in to the new.

There is much in the old season that will not work in this new season
‘Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.
‘Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.’
Isaiah 43:18 -19
After Joseph’s great trial he called his first son Manasseh:
This is interesting because the Name Manasseh means ‘forgetting’ in the Hebrew.
‘And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh: For God, said he, hath made me forget all my toil, and all my father’s house.’
Genesis 41:51

After the great trial Joseph went though it was time now for him to forget
‘Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.’
Phil 3:13 -14

Change can be daunting somewhat, particularly when it comes to how we do church. However change must come. One of the greatest pictures of what the end-time church looks like is found in the encounter that Jacob had with the ladder that reached up to heaven. The house of God was supposed to be a gateway to heaven where heaven touches earth.

‘And Jacob awakened out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not.
‘And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.
‘And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it.
‘And he called the name of that place Bethel:’ (The House of God)
Gen 28:16-19

The description of David’s Tabernacle gives us another insight into these end-time people of the kingdom. It pictures an open heaven a place where heaven and earth meet. Gateways to an open heaven will be opened up across the earth in many places and churches. There will be echoes in nature that reflects this change from the old to the new. Signs of the new season.

Many have been under attack from witchcraft targeted against them and also many churches have been targeted over the last few years by this spirit This Jezebelic spirit has hindered many but in this new season change is coming in regards to this demonic aggression. The rise of true kingdom power and authority will begin to escalate. Kingdom health will start to prevail in many. The season of trials will emerge into great blessings just as winter gives way to springtime. True Josephs will come out of prison. That which has been built on the sand will disappear and that which has been built on the rock, the teachings of Jesus, will stand the coming storms. In this new season Kingdom love will release Kingdom faith, authority, wealth, and revelation. The awaking of the Kingdom within you will bring a tsunami of revelation and understanding. The parables of the Kingdom will also bring revelation, understanding and insights into this Kingdom age.

Many who have run their course will be taken home in this new season. It is graduation time for many who have run their race and have kept the faith. Age may have wearied you but your home-coming is awaited eagerly by those on the other side.

‘I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
‘Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the Righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them  also them that love his appearing.’
2 Tim 4:7-8

Change is in the air the set time to favour Zion has come
‘But thou, O LORD, shalt endure for ever; and thy remembrance unto all generations.
‘Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come.’
Psalm 102:12-13
‘When the LORD shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory.’
Psalm 102:16

SELAH

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7 years ago today: Not Many people Know This…

This post, one of my first blogs in November 2011, later featured on the Home page to inform visitors of the acceleration of prophetic fulfillment, as may be inferred from the links to confirmatory events two years later:

As you may have gathered from my Welcome, I’m into eschatology – the theological study of the destiny and judgement of nations and all people, even angels!  You may know it as ‘The Last Days’ or, more popularly, as ‘End-Times’. The origin of this term is in the ancient Hebrew Torah’s description: Acharit Hayamin, ie. ‘Last of the Years’.

Let me take you for a very brief visit into one of my favourite classes where Dr Chuck Missler is asking his students, ‘Why Eschatology?Continue reading

Update on End-times’ cashless society (Rev 13:16-18’s Mark of the Beast)

Noticed on this weekend’s World Watch Daily homepage display (the other headline on US Supreme Justice Kavanaugh is noteworthy too!):

Click image for direct link to Fox News article

It reminds me of the prophecy at Revelation 13:16-18 on the activity of the ‘Beast from the Earth’:

‘He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. 16 He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, 17 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has [g]the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.’

Also, reminds me what internationally renowned Australian Barry R Smith taught on the emerging technology soon to introduce a cashless society and ‘Pay & Go’, as read over 20 years ago in ‘…better than Nostradamus’ and ‘The Devil’s Jigsaw’!

More at Big Brother WatchRFID, Technology and The Mark

‘An often baffling episode in the Brexit story…’

Today’s brief editorial ‘An arcane victory’ in the Daily Telegraph concludes:

This has often been a baffling episode in the Brexit story, but the EU Withdrawal Bill is finally through Parliament to make a reality of the referendum decision two years ago.’ (That is, Thursday 23rd June 2016.)

YET intercessors and prophetical Christians are far from baffled because we’re well aware of the deep, spiritual dimension of this struggle. So I thank all who’ve prayed for our liberation from the bureaucratic bondage of Brussels.

Personally, I well recall the ‘coincidental’ glytch of our underground landline being out of action during that June, but thank the Lord that somehow the internet part remained in operation – see New Britain’s Independence Day – My Internet Flooded!

What is especially satisfying, even more than readers’ contributions and valued support, is the past fortnight of having witnessed divinely directed dovetailing of prophetical gifting with Bible prophecy, as in my Scriptural Meditation on Parliamentary Plotting.

The Lord’s explanation of a public event to a prophetic intercessor very soon came to pass in an unwitting connection with the leader of the conservative’s European Reform Group making a scriptural allusion to anti-democratic opposition.  My following the Lord’s leading from that scripture brought us to the heart of the matter in Revelation 18:4 – which powerfully confirms the wording of the warning David Noakes brought in November 2015.

Also, another scripture brought this week came into action:

“Is not My Word like a fire?” says the Lord, “And like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?” (Jeremiah 23:28-29)

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Scriptural meditation on Parliamentary plotting

“The Prophet who has a dream, let him tell a dream.

“And he who has My Word, let him speak My Word faithfully.

“What is the chaff to the wheat, ?” says the Lord.

“Is not My Word like a fire?” says the Lord, “And like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?” (Jeremiah 23:28-29)

You have exalted above all things Your Name and Your Word. (Psalm 138:2 NRSV – Revd Wes Sutton @ Acorn)

Dear reader, My personal preference, as announced some years ago, is to be apolitical in the national political debate because the Kingdom of God has overarching priority. My purpose, therefore, whenever covering politics is to inform you of a possible Kingdom perspective upon issues which affect our nation.

There may be at least one British parliamentarian who’s either spiritually discerning, or else acutely astute in his perception of the non-physical nature of the forces behind the anti-democratic attempts to prevent Britain leaving the EU. It is the ‘Right Honourable’ Member of Parliament Jacob Rees-Mogg – and it may apply to the highly respected Labour Frank Field too. He demands the abolition of the House of Lords (or “cave dwellers” as JRM describes them) if they betray voters over Brexit!

Later, we’ll consider how his remarks and criticisms relating to events fit in with, and even open up, the Word of God…First a quick recap:

THE ‘FOX’ PROPHETIC WORD

You may recall what Veronika West says the Lord revealed to her during the Trooping the Colour ceremony when all present and those watching around the world saw a fox brazenly run onto Horse Guards’ Parade and prance around before leaving. Veronika received an instruction on the deeply symbolic meaning of that minor incident. It relates to treachery behind the scenes that will be publicly exposed. In fact, it poses a great threat to our nation in these times:
“Daughter look and see for the Spirit of Herod seeks to destroy and annihilate the Vision and Destiny of this Nation, WATCH AND PRAY! for this cunning, crafty and treacherous Spirit is now operating over the Government and the Church in this Nation”! (Read in full here.)

Within days, the prophetic action and its meaning was repeated and became apparent to the nation soon after the Daily Mail’s scoop exposing the leader of the pro-Remain Tory rebels visiting the European Commission’s London offices and meeting several anti-Brexit plotters there. Later, after having published that item I skimmed TV channels as I was about switch off and retire for the evening. In doing so I caught the late-night discussion programme Question Time, which I never take time to follow, and heard an exceptionally interesting rebuke from author/journalist Isabel Oakeshott to the person whom one may easily assume could take that role of ‘fox’; Dominic Grieve MP.

And so I resolved to catch up with QT on iPlayer as soon as possible. I took delight in hearing Isabel politely saying after he’d droned on for four minutes, “The problem is, Dominic, people don’t trust you!” Follow her justifiable reasons and accurate criticisms from the video’s 5:00 mark by clicking on this image:

THE SCRIPTURAL SLANT

The first clue to the direct application of the Word of God as a ‘hammer’ lies in leading Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg’s reaction to his fellow MP’s action in meeting the anti-democrats (Fulfilled Prophecy #30):

If you sup with the devil you should use a long spoon, and he is using an egg spoon.”

We’ll soon see where this may take us.

Question Time was Thursday evening and the next morning saw Charles Moore’s op-ed in the Daily Telegraph. In closing his incisive analysis Remain zealots forget democracy in Britain is all about meaningful votes, Charles warns (emphasis mine):

“I am not sorry, though, that the phrase “meaningful vote” now bulks so large. It is at the heart of the whole, long argument about our membership of the EU. Over centuries, Britain achieved a parliamentary system based on the idea that people’s votes, and the votes of the people they voted for, were meaningful. Then it gave half of this away to Europe. By voting Leave, we insisted that our votes must recover their meaning. If that vote is now rendered meaningless, we shall lose faith in voting itself. Then there will be Hell to pay”.

Then on Monday came the big government defeat by the House of Lords for Parliament to get a “meaningful vote” in having a say in Brexit negotiations – thus tying PM Theresa May’s hands in negotiating with Brussels. Jacob Rees’-Mogg reacted that ‘meaningful vote’ was being used to “obstruct Brexit” and “thwart the Referendum result”!

STOP PRESS>> BBC News Live: ‘Theresa May wins ‘meaningful vote’ battle., which means Grieve’s group surrendered and their rebellion is over! He threw in the towel on hearing fresh assurances on Parliament’s sovereignty and rights being put in the hands of a man with highly questionable reputation, the Speaker of the House of Commons!!

So the Commons voted to ignore the peers and bishops larger majority against the EU Withdrawal Bill. Liam Fox, International trade secretary, told BBC the option of a no-deal Brexit had been left firmly on the table: “There is no change to the fundamental issue here which is the government cannot be forced by Parliament to negotiate something which it does not want to do.”

THE WORD OF GOD LEADS

Mulling over Jacob’s reference to supping with satan I checked the scriptures and my Bible’s cross-references led to a highly apposite conclusion in The Apocalypse, which opens: ‘The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants – things which must shortly take place’...!!

Here’s that scripture trail (courtesy BibleGateway.com) with its most apposite subheads and I leave you to weigh and contemplate with the Lord:

  • 1 Cor 10 [Flee from Idolatry] 21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord’s table and of the table of demons. 22 Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than He? : x-refc leads to:
  • 2 Cor 6 [Be Holy] 14 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? 15 And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? 16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people.” 17 Therefore “Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you. 18 “I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”: x-refc to:
  • Rev 18 [The Fall of Babylon the Great4 And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. 5 For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities….” 

Thus, the Jacob Rees-Hogg’s scriptural allusion leads directly to that of the climax of the whole Bible, the downfall of the scarlet woman of ‘Babylon’ and the demonic beast, over which heaven is full of exultation. Then Christ and His army defeat and capture the beast and false prophet and bind satan for 1,000 years during the rule of Jesus with His saints.

Note also, those verses of Rev 18 are powerfully echoed in the warning David Noakes brought from the Lord urging Britain to come out of the EU – for updates see  Fulfilled Prophecy #13.

BABYLON IN EUROPE

Over the past few decades many evangelical and dispensational theologians taught that modern Europe in the form of the Treaty of Rome and European Union are one and the same as the prophesied ‘revived Roman Empire’ and ‘Babylon’. To the early Christians, Rome was Babylon. In the NT Babylon is symbolic of sinful humanity and our capacity of self-delusion, sinful pride, ambition and demonised depravity – thus, a world culture in rebellion against God. The dispensational interpretation of prophecy says Babylon in Revelation 18 represents the satanic world system in its godless industrial, economical commercialization in contrast to Rev 17 where apostate religious forces are represented.

Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the European Parliament was designed with the Tower of Babel in mind – as many critics of the EU have noted and as stated in the early posts on this blog covering the issue of getting out of the Union. (Click image to read Neil Mackereth’s notes on this and much more in Significant Spiritual Signs.)

[Flame illustration courtesy of Acorn Christian Foundation]

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What is the Last Trumpet? – THE ‘All Change!’ Signal

In 1 Cor. 15:52, Paul used a term “Last Trumpet” which is not found elsewhere in the Bible. Read this article to see what he likely meant by this term; and what he DIDN’T mean. DOES THE LAST TRUMPET = THE SEVENTH TRUMPET? If the timing of Matt. 24:31 is the greatest misunderstanding of nearly…

continue reading at What is the “Last Trumpet?” — The Gospel In The End Times .

There, Nelson Walters brings an in-depth appreciation to our ‘who, why, when and what’ of Watching and THE ‘All Change!’ signal, as in About Signs (items 12-13 refer).

How to Look for Signs of Jesus’ Return

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Click/tap About Watching to learn the who, why, when and what of looking out for the Signs that Jesus Christ told His first followers will point to His soon return to rule as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

If you’re unfamiliar with the life and person of Jesus Christ, I invite you to read this short briefing; Do You Know Jesus?  For a quick introduction to Christian prophecy click here, and I hope you’ll return for more on Biblical and contemporary prophecies.

FOUR Jesus’ End-Time Signs Seen – Pray for Christian ex-magistrate before Tribunal

‘As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, Peter, James, John and Andrew asked Him privately, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign when all these things will be fulfilled?“…Now learn this lesson from the fig-tree. As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see these things happening you know that it is near, right at the door!”  (Mark 13:3, 28-29 NIV).

Today, Croydon Employment Tribunal starts hearing the case of Richard Page – a Christian who was removed from being a magistrate after he expressed his belief that children do best with a mother and a father. The case is scheduled to last for five days.

An ‘Action Alert’ has been issued today to Pray for a fair, just outcome for Richard from Christian Concern (click to read full details)

Richard was first challenged by his seniors in late 2014 when, after hearing an adoption case, he could not agree with his fellow magistrates that placing a child into the care of a same-sex couple was ‘in the child’s best interest’. Richard says,

“As a magistrate, I have to act on the evidence before me and quite simply, I believe that there is not sufficient evidence to convince me that placing a child in the care of a same-sex couple can be as holistically beneficial to a child as placing them with a mum and dad as God and nature intended.

“I am surprised that this Lord Chancellor should seemingly pander to the new political orthodoxy when what it amounts to is social experimentation on the lives of the most vulnerable children in our communities. To punish me and to seek to silence me for expressing a dissenting view is deeply worrying. I shall challenge this decision as it is deeply illiberal and intolerant. It is vital the family law courts always have in mind the best interests of the children…”

Richard is supported by the Christian Legal Centre and represented by its Standing Counsel, human rights barrister Paul Diamond. The Centre’s chief executive, Andrea Minichiello Williams, comments:

“The Lord Chancellor has removed Richard from the magistracy for allegedly being ‘prejudiced’ and for speaking out in the media about what has happened to him.

This unmasks the face of the new political orthodoxy; it is unkind. It tries to silence opposing views and if it fails it crushes and punishes the person who holds those views.

“To remove someone like Richard from the bench is modern-day madness. He has a lifetime of public service and expertise in mental health. He is motivated by his Christian faith and a deep compassion for people.”

APPLICABLE SIGNS (About Signs refers):
  • #2 – Disciples will stand to testify before councils, rulers and kings and be beaten in synagogues.
  • #7 – “You will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.”
  • #19 – (The coming of the lawless one is according to the workings of satan with all power, signs and lying wonders, and) ‘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 (!!)…’

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

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:

WHAT?

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.

IS THE END NIGH?

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.]