The Who, Why, When & What of Watching

In referring to the prophecy of our being able “to see clearly” God’s numbers – even for dates, times and monetary denominations – and briefly considering numerical aspects of the Bible, I’m republishing this blog issued in February 2018 because it leads into brand new material on all these matters and their relevance to the Return of Jesus Christ:

Recent (end-Jan 2018) reblogs of other authors’ references to a pre-Tribulation Rapture (one of eight possible eschatological scenarios) and beliefs about that possibly being mistaken – plus a theological blog’s discussion – has prompted me to revisit and expand upon one of this blog’s earliest entries – ‘Why Watch?’  It’s now time to consider who, why, when and what we are watching out for..:

WHO?

You, me and everyone, especially those who believe in and follow Jesus Christ – HE is the WHO and thus the basic reason we should be watching.  If you’re not familiar with His life, ministry and status, or with the fact we can be in a close, loving relationship with Him, then dip into this blog’s brief outline at Do You Know Jesus?

WHY?

For me, a spectacular, life-changing event in 1989 made watching very personal and connected into relevant, directive scripture. Then in 2008, wanting to check Jesus’ parable of the wheat and tares in Matthew 13, I opened my Bible and IT EXPLODED! and I heard

“This is ALL about to be fulfilled!”

Thus began my series of emails to friends and church leaders about prophecy, as told nine years ago this month in part one of  The Endgame Is Now In Play, wherein I wrote:

‘Jesus urged His disciples to look out for and observe signs of the times. Regarding their questions about His return at the end of this Age, the earliest Gospel account has Jesus stressing 7 times, “Watch…be alert…on your guard“ (Mark 13). Matthew 24 reports Jesus saying 4 times, “Watch…and when you see…” followed by the parables of the burglar and of the virgins > “Don’t be caught napping!” [Is the Church still asleep?] Luke’s account has, “Be always on the watch…” (Luke 21:36 and chapter 12 (NIV) has sections on watchfulness and interpreting the times. In each Gospel Jesus commands, Learn the lesson of the fig tree…”. Also, the Apostles went on to give more indicators (Acts 3:20-1, Hebrews 12:26-7, 2 Peter 3, 2 Timothy 3 and the first and second letters to the Thessalonians).’

It’s claimed that for every OT prophecy about Jesus Christ’s birth and life there’s seven to eight times as many about His eventual return or ‘Parousia’, also called ‘The Second Advent’ or ‘Second Coming’. I’m of the opinion the likelihood of that event sometime in our lifetime is rapidly increasing !

Jesus stressed the great importance of His return. Eg, His instruction to the four who’d been with Him from the outset of His mission is given at Mark 13:33-37 (NKJV):

Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is. It is like a man going to a far country, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch.

Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming – in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning – lest, coming suddenly, he finds you sleeping! And what I say to you, I say to all, ‘Watch!’.”

That’s why I’m watching and, believer or not, you too are included, as can be clearly understood from Jesus’ words: “I say to ALL…

How can we be sure?

You may object and say, “But even if that’s an accurate quotation it’s only guesswork”. That is, prophecies don’t always come to pass.  In answer and in synopsis only [more details here], I therefore offer the following key to foretelling the future.:

We’re privileged to learn what Almighty God has decided is to happen. He shared his plans with a select number of ancient sages, or prophets, over a long period that started 29 centuries ago, and several centuries before Christ. Amidst extensive instructions He told the prophet Isaiah:

“For I am God and there is no other, I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand and I shall do all My pleasure’…” (Isaiah 46:9-10 NKJV)

In fact, some years before Isaiah the first of the ‘writing prophets’ had received a distinct word about God’s intention to divulge His plans. This is recorded in Amos’ scroll at the seventh verse of the third chapter (in modern notation):

“Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.”

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Neil Mackereth: The Lord says, “WATCH WHAT I WILL DO!”

Long-time followers of this blog may recall the many solid contributions from Neil Mackereth, especially about Brexit (as in his first, Stay or Leave?), and my review of his book Signs, The Significance of Bible Prophecy.

We’ve known one another for over 10 years since the Sat ‘encounter evenings’ at Winchester Vineyard Church, and then I attended two years of his highly informative evening courses on End-times. Hence my high motivation to write!

A week ago today, Thursday 3rd October, I received this email from him and draw your attention to its content, especially the start of the second paragraph in the light of the Bercow-Brussels conspiracy revealed only yesterday!!

‘Hi Richard…

TURMOIL

‘The Lord made it clear to me some weeks ago that we should not get drawn into playing the devil’s games. I had a download this morning.:

“Why are the people in tumult; why do the MPs plot in vain?
Many in Parliament rise up: the Remainers band together
against the will of the Lord.

“Indeed, the ones who should know better meet together with the unelected EU leaders, in Westminster and in Brussels, to conspire against the will of the people of Great Britain. In doing so they conspire against My Holy Name, against My power and authority, not understanding that these things have been ordained. My plans will not be thwarted: this shaking and revealing was decided long ago. Their hearts and intentions, threats and deceits, are being laid bare. The outcome will not be what they expect, the outcome will not be what you expect! Do not panic or play their games, WATCH WHAT I WILL DO!”

Prayer: Please Lord: empower us to pray with heartfelt passion and anguish: to speak with great boldness your word and your will into the turmoil of our Nation. Stretch out your hand we beseech you; heal our land and perform signs and wonders that reveal the reality of Your power and authority, that those who do not know you will see the Glory of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and be saved. Amen

”I noticed your comment re the white horse in Revelation 6 (it is the first horse, at the opening of the first seal). Derek Prince suggested that it represents Jesus sending out the Gospel to the nations for one last call (opportunity) before the 3 subsequent horses.

As ever, amazed at your stamina and devotion to the watch-keeper and herald role at this unprecedented time of upheaval.

‘Blessings,

Neil

‘PS. The Lord has told me (and I know you are excellent at keeping it in view) that I am not to lose sight of Turkey, Iran and Russia, (Gog and Magog) and the resurgence, re-emergence of the Ottoman Empire.

‘PPS (4 Oct) Just read Professor Finnis’ assessment of the Supreme Court judgement – very revealing – the demonic web of intrigue and deception is insinuating/permeating every level of society.

‘It is clear that only the Lord can unravel/cut the satanic Gordian Knot that now binds us.’

Drone warfare an instant enabler for the Persian Ram? — 2nd of 4 ‘Signposts’

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 […]

continue reading Drone Warfare Revealed As an Instant Enabler for the Persian Ram — THE FOUR SIGNPOSTS

Iran “Nothing but trouble” – Mark Davidson

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, […]

via Iran “Nothing But Trouble” — THE FOUR SIGNPOSTS

Back to Biblical Basics: The Day of the Lord

Thank you to Nicolas Barrett of All Along The Watchtower for kindly permitting me to publish his sermon notes for 30th June:

THE DAY OF THE LORD

Primary readings:
  • Joel 2:28-32
  • Revelation 6:12-17

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22 biblically-related news headlines in one week!

Within days of New Year’s Day seven years ago I introduced this blog’s first readers to the Watcher in The White House, accredited Christian journalist William Koenig, in Points to Ponder: 2011-12 and Biblical Historical/Financial Cycles. It was the first of occasional sorties into the nature of Time and the Bible, now collated in this hub – Time: a Primer.

In last Friday’s Eye View from the White House Bill opens his weekly report with…

“22 significant new events that happened this week – This has been an amazing week of prophetic significance with continued final-day alignment activities” and briefly reports upon activities and then enumerates the events as follows:

“The following are news articles that are prophetically significant. Below the news is insight and information regarding Secretary Pompeo’s trip and more news.

  1. Turkey and the Kurds turn to Russia to solve problems sparked by U.S. exit from Syria – Washington Post
  2. Putin and Erdogan agree to hold talks soon, but exact date is not determined – Kremlin – Tass
  3. Erdogan calls for joint Turkish-Russian-Iranian control of US pullout from Syria in face of Moscow’s veto – Debka
  4. Bolton says U.S. Withdrawal from Syria is conditional: National security adviser says pullout depends on assurances Turkey will protect America’s Kurdish allies – Wall Street Journal
  5. Turkey’s Erdogan refuses Bolton meeting, slams Syria withdrawal shift – Axios
  6. Bolton warns Syria not to use chemical weapons – Wall Street Journal
  7. Trump prepared to ‘unleash fury’ on Syria, Pompeo says – Jerusalem Post
  8. Pompeo promises ‘every last Iranian boot’ will be expelled from Syria – Times of Israel
  9. Pompeo hopes to establish coalition consisting of GCC states, Egypt and Jordan Al Arabiya
  10. Iran’s supreme leader calls US officials ‘idiots,’ but hints sanctions hurting – Times of Israel
  11. Iran’s Zarif on Pompeo: U.S. brings chaos where it interferes – Reuters
  12. US to convene global summit on Iran February 13-14 – Times of Israel
  13. US Navy Update: 11 carrier strike groups and 9 amphibious ready groups; five groups deployed and 15 in US ports – Strafor Intelligence
  14. Pentagon pushes forward on Syria pullout: USS Kearsarge to back up troops at the vulnerable moment they are leaving Syria – Wall Street Journal
  15. USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) back in the Persian Gulf to continue ISIS fight; a show of force to nearby Iran – CBS News
  16. Amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD-2) is in the North Arabian Sea – USNI
  17. Netanyahu wants US recognition of Israel sovereignty over Golan Heights – Middle East Monitor
  18. In Arab world, belief prevails that Trump will recognize Israeli sovereignty over Golan Heights – Ynet
  19. Jordanian FM to Pompeo: Israel must eventually withdraw from Golan – Times of Israel
  20. After U.S. prod, ex-envoy to China says Haifa Port deal must be reversed – Jerusalem Post
  21. Israel-China experts downplay impact of Haifa Port decision – Jerusalem Post
  22. Egypt’s El Sisi Builds Middle East’s Largest Church – CBN.”

Bill doesn’t refer to specific bible prophecies because most of his readership, like mine, is familiar with Old and New Testament prophecies. [Those covering current events in the Middle-East are Daniel 7-8 (the vision of four beasts, the goat and ram), Zecharia 12 (Jerusalem and its enemies) and Ezekiel 36-19 (Gog & Magog) in the main.]

Next, he outlines the points Secretary Pompeo made in his speech in Cairo, which was a sensible turnaround of the seriously flawed one addressed to the whole Muslim world by Obama in 2009. [My critiques of Obama’s Cairo Speech followed by Europe and Two Daniels (ie. the EU) were some of my early emails on end-times.]

Subsequently, Debka reports Sunni Arab leaders are very uneasy about America pulling out of their region in the face of Iranian aggression, but they have to learn to look after themselves – in my opinion they will draw more closely alongside Israel, an alignment that started months ago.  Also, it’s a necessary part of shaking off the shackles of the Obama pro-Iranian legacy.

For in-depth consideration of Trump’s new policy see Carolyn Glick:

Game-changing moment: Egyptian President Sisi makes history building largest church in the Mideast…

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A most historically noteworthy event reported by Joel Rosenberg. Perhaps we’re heading towards fulfillment of Isaiah 19:23 on a highway being built from Egypt to Assyria and that both nations will form an alliance with Israel…

(Cairo, Egypt) — It’s impossible to overstate how historic this is: a pious Sunni Muslim Arab President builds the largest church in the Middle East and gives it as a Christmas present to the Christians of his country. Can you remember the last time this happened? Neither can I. Yet this is precisely what happened […]

via Game-changing moment: Egyptian President Sisi makes history building largest church in the Mideast. Our Evangelical Delegation was honored to be here for the opening. A few thoughts. — Joel C. Rosenberg’s Blog

The Zerubbabel Commission in the United Kingdom

Thank you to the Lord and Yvonne Coombs for this encouraging word posted on UK Prophetic Words on 10th December:

THE ZERUBBABEL COMMISSION – THE UNITED KINGDOM SHALL BE MY LIGHT

I had a dream that an old school became a huge theme park that had a ‘Harry Potter’ feel to it. It was like it had melded from one to another without anyone noticing and am reminded straight away of how the blinding deception has taken a stronghold over the earth for so long and as I saw people wandering around having fun, laughing and enjoying themselves, there were suddenly great giants that I couldn’t see but felt their power as they tore up the ground, the buildings and anyone in them who didn’t leave. They were focused on total destruction and succeeded to bring this park to a pile of rubble in moments.

In prayer I asked what this dream meant, “Who were these giants Lord?”  I was quickened to Isaiah 54:17 – “No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the LORD.’

I heard the words ‘Zerubbabel Commissioners’ and the Lord says, “Declare every curse and spell has fallen to the ground and there is no power in them”.

I see in my mind’s eye, a vision of mountains flattening out and the valleys leveling with them as Psalm 23 we shall fear no evil for His rod and staff comfort us, that He is beginning to use these Commissioners to pave the way for His harvest fulfillment, that as Zerubbabel was appointed as one of the initial leaders who supervised the reconstruction of the Jerusalem temple with the help of Joshua, the high priest, the Lord is suddenly about to flatten the ground to prepare the way, Zechariah 4:7 Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it…for the Lord says,“I AM THE ROSE OF SHARON AND I BLOOM IN FULL AS MY CHILDREN SHALL NOW ARISE AND THE REMNANT THAT HAS AWOKEN FROM SLUMBER SHALL DECLARE AND DECREE THAT MY SPIRIT IS LOOSED UPON THE EARTH AND THE UNITED KINGDOM SHALL BE MY LIGHT!”

As this movement suddenly happens, most of the bride that still sleeps shall awaken at the impact of what they witness and set hearts burning to join and come alongside the rest, that this will be seen through a Mighty surge of boldness and courage of the swords being wielded in power from on High, a new power not known before upon this earth!

Haggai 2:23 “But when this happens”, says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, “I will honor you, Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, my servant. I will make you like a signet ring on my finger,” says the LORD, “for I have chosen you. I, the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, have spoken!” I was then led to Isaiah 6:6 ‘The one with the black horses is going toward the north country, the one with the white horses toward the west, and the one with the dappled horses toward the south.’ The Lord is making it clear here that HIS PROVIDENCE IS ABOUT TO MOVE SWIFTLY UPON THE EARTH.

A commissioner is, in principle, a member of a commission or an individual who has been given a commission (official charge or authority to do something). In practice, the title of commissioner has evolved to include a variety of senior officials, often sitting on a specific commission.

These Commissioners are already in movement, from the living-room warriors uplifting those on the front line, it’s a work of UNITY THAT HAS BEGUN, can you see it or perceive it? But wait until the weight of the Holy Spirit comes in full force any time NOW! “IT BEGINS!” SAYS THE LORD, “THE MOMENTUM OF THE SPIRIT HAS BEGUN BELOVED”.

Bible Update: “Like Pieces of Meat Before Our Teeth” (Daniel 7:5)

Meanwhile ‘back on the ranch’; ie. where my interest in Bible prophecy kick-started 30 years ago upon seeing Iranian forces rehearsal of storming Jerusalem (details here) – Not forgetting this week’s news of Iranian regime’s persecution of Muslim converts to Christ.:

…..so said one of the kings of the Persian ram. Once again we see the Iranian regime speaking prophecy from Daniel. If the Signpost interpretation is true, the Iranian regime is planning…

Continue reading at “Like Pieces of Meat Before Our Teeth” — The Four Signposts

7 years ago today: the Key To Foretelling The Future

Now, dear reader, let’s turn the dials in our imaginary time machine again. Set your watch back yet another 700-odd years – and discover how we can go forward from there!

This takes us to the time ancient Rome was founded and the first Olympic Games got under way in ancient  Greece.  Also, Assyria was poised to conquer the Middle East and become a mighty regional power.

A Hebrew prophet and student of geopolitics, Isaiah, could see conflict approaching and, sure enough, the northern kingdom of Israel, Samaria, fell to Assyria in 721BC. A couple of decades earlier, Isaiah had a profound vision of the glory of The Holy Lord of Heavenly Hosts within His temple (see 6th chapter of The Book of Isaiah).

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7 years ago today: Why I’m On The Lookout

Why? In short: I was told to watch – plus a spectacular event made it personal. Yet why do that? To answer this, and other questions, take a quick trip with me back in time.

Like scrolling page to page on pc, tablet or smartphone brings different images to your own virtual or cyber realm, use your mind’s eye to imagine yourself getting into a ‘time machine’. Are you sitting down? Then let’s go for a spin’… Continue reading

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