THE DAY IS ALMOST HERE !!!
Most of my regular readers are well aware that these times are alarming
and crucial, and that the Climax of the Age is near.
times are here.” (2 Timothy 3:1)
“For the Day of YHWH* draws
near on all the nations.” (Obadiah v.15). “The Day of YHWH is coming;
surely it is near.” (Joel 2:1).
(* Yahweh - the Name of God.
See final item below)
know what time it is!
is high time for us to wake up from slumber; for our salvation is
nearer now than when we first believed. The night is nearly over,
and the day is almost here. Let us therefore cast away the deeds
of darkness and put on the armour of light.” (Romans 13:11-12)
The prologue to the Book of Revelation promises:
“Blessed is the one who
reads, and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and take to heart,
and guard and keep what is written in it, for the time
is near!” (Revelation 1:3)
What is this day that is coming?
There are, in fact, according to the Scriptures, three crucial “days”
that are coming.
The Day of the Trumpet
– the day of Deliverance of the Messiah’s people by means of the
Rapture. This is the believer’s Blessed Hope — the confident
expectation based on the promise of Jesus, Y’shua the Messiah - that He
will come again and receive His people to Himself. (John 14:1-3). It is
the time when the trumpet blast begins the Evacuation of the Redeemed of
the Lord; the catching up of the Bride of Christ to the Father’s House
in Heaven. (1 Thessalonians 1:10. & 4:16-18). This is one single
The Day of YHWH,
which is a day of darkness and gloom, (Joel 2:1-20); the day of Great
Tribulation such as has never occurred before, and that will never be
repeated. (Matthew 24:21). It is the seven-year Day of the LORD. It is
the Day burning like a furnace. (Malachi 4:1). It’s a judgment time.
This is for seven years.
The Day of the Kingdom
– the Messianic Millennial Reign that fulfils our 2,000-year-long
prayer: “Your kingdom come.” (Matthew 6:10). It is the “Glorious Age”
promised through the prophets of Israel. (Daniel 7:13-14. Psalm 47:2,
7-8. 48:1-2). It’s the 1,000-year worldwide reign of righteousness of
the Messiah – God’s Anointed One – the Christ. This is for One
thousand years. And it is also the first 1,000 years of the Eternal
Kingdom, for Y’shua the Messiah will reign for ever and ever.
will be experienced by three different types of people.
1. The Day of the Trumpet.
The Rapture will be for all born again believers of this present
Age of the New Covenant. They will reign with the Messiah, the King of
Kings, as His Bride. This is not intended to be an “exclusive” group,
but it is only for those who have received Y’shua the Messiah as their
The present invitation is for “whoever will,” to come ...
whoever will call upon the Name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans
10:13). "For YHWH, the Almighty God so loved the world, that He
gave His only begotten Son, so that whoever believes in Him,
should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)
“The LORD is not slow
concerning His promise, as some understand slowness, but is patient
toward you, not wanting anyone to perish, but for everyone to
come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)
2. The Day of the LORD
– the Great Tribulation judgment is for all who are not saved,
and who are living on earth after the Rapture – the people who have been
left behind, and have not been caught up to the Father’s House.
“Therefore having overlooked
the times of ignorance, God now commands all people everywhere to
repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the
world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having
furnished proof to all by raising Him from the dead.” (Acts 17:30-31)
The Day of the Kingdom
– the glorious Millennium is for believers who receive Y’shua the
Messiah during the Tribulation. Firstly, they are those who
refuse to worship Satan and receive the Mark of the Beast, and yet
survive the seven Tribulation years. They will enter the kingdom when
the Messiah returns to earth.
King will say to those on His right hand, 'Come, you who are blessed by
My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the
foundation of the world.” (Matthew 25:34)
Secondly, those who have been martyred during the Tribulation
because of their testimony for the Messiah and the Word of God, will be
raised to life and will enter the kingdom to reign with the King as His
I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their
testimony for Y'shua and because of the Word of God - these had not
worshipped the beast or his image and had not received his mark
upon their foreheads or upon their hands. They came to life and reigned
with the Messiah for a thousand years.” (Revelation 20:4)
When Will These Three “Days” Take Place?
No one on earth knows the actual date when these three days will begin.
A number of people over the centuries have calculated and set dates for
the Coming of the Lord, but they have ended up as laughing stocks. The
Master Himself said:
"Of that day and hour no one
knows; not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only." (Matthew
But the Rapture day is
presented in Scripture as being imminent,
which means it can be expected to happen anytime soon, perhaps today,
this year, or next year.
The Tribulation begins
shortly after the Rapture, and after the Antichrist is revealed and
arbitrates a 7-year treaty. It could start even this year, or any year
The Kingdom begins shortly
after the completion of the Tribulation, and when the King returns in
power. It could possibly start as early as seven or eight years from
now, but it depends on when the Tribulation is completed.
Today many Christians are sleeping; many are bogged down in their busy
lives, or in entertainment; they are too preoccupied with varied
interests to watch, and to be on the alert for the Master’s return, and
to seriously study the Bible’s endtime prophecies. And tragically, many
“believers” today seem to be quite sceptical about whether the Rapture
will really happen. Some say, “Oh, it could be hundreds or even
thousands of years away.” They simply don’t believe the Second Coming
But I want to tell my readers, and as many others as possible, that
the Rapture IS imminent, and that there are
many signs happening every day, all around the world, that are
proclaiming, Jesus is coming soon, and, “the Judge is standing
right at the door.”
The Master says to His
People: “Be patient, therefore, brethren, until the coming of the
Master.” (James 5:7)
coming quickly.” (Revelation 22:7, 12, 20)
And to the world in general, the Word of God says:
“Seek YHWH while He may be
found. Call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way,
and the unrighteous man his thoughts. Let him return to YHWH, and He
will have compassion on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly
pardon.” Isaiah 55:6-7
THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH IS IMMINENT
An Imminent event is one that is expected and could happen at any
minute. The imminent return of Jesus Christ for the Church means it can
happen at any moment. It means that there are no specific
events that we could say, must happen before the Rapture.
As Christians we should be on alert 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The
be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Master is
coming.” (Matthew 24:42)
If the Rapture is truly imminent, it must take place before the
Tribulation begins. If the Church was required to wait for certain
events to happen, then the Rapture would not be imminent; it would be
The Pre-Tribulation rapture is the only view that requires the
Rapture to be imminent. A mid or post Tribulation Rapture
would require the Tribulation events to take place before the Rapture,
and therefore it could not be called imminent.
To be looking for the imminent return of Christ, you need to
believe in a Pre-Tribulation Rapture.
The late Dallas Professor, John Walvoord called imminency, "the heart of
Y’shua repeatedly said that His return for the Church would be a
surprise; it would even be "as a thief" arriving when many believers are
not expecting Him.
be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Master is
coming. But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at
what time the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not
have allowed his house to be broken into.” (Matthew 24:42-43)
“Be on the alert then, for
you do not know the day or the hour when the Son of Man will come.”
This "any-moment" language, of course, does not fit a post-Trib rapture.
If Jesus must hold back from coming until after the battle of Magog, the
rise of Antichrist, and the Mark of the Beast, then it would not be
imminent, and we would have no need to watch for Him before the
To deny or explain away imminency, is to create another
problem regarding the restrictions against knowing the timing of the
reason you also be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when
you do not expect Him.” (Matthew 24:44)
Todd Strandberg of <www.raptureready.com> has contributed to the above
item. He has also supplied the following historical information.
One the strongest cases one can make for the early Church
expecting an imminent return of Christ is to note their use of the word
Maranatha, which was used as a greeting in those days.
When believers gathered or parted, they didn't say "hello" or "goodbye";
they would say "Maranatha!"
Some writers say Maranatha is Hebrew or Greek, but it is
actually an Aramaic expression. In fact, it is made up of three Aramaic
words: Mar, which means "Lord"; ana,
which means "our"; and tha, which means "come."
So when you put it together, Maranatha means "Our Lord, come."
It perfectly conveys the concept that the Lord could come at any
moment. Maranatha is used only once in the Bible.
In 1 Corinthians 16:22, Paul said, "If any man love not the Lord Jesus
Christ, let him be Anathema. Maranatha."
The word "anathema" means "banned," so Paul was saying, "If any man love
not the Lord Jesus Christ let him be banned from our Lord's coming."
The interesting thing about Maranatha is that it comes in the form of a
petition. When a Christian in the early Church would make this
statement, he was actually praying for the Lord to come.
If members of the first-century Church believed that certain events
needed to take place before the Saviour could return, they would have
been silly to greet each other with "Maranatha." They lived nearly 2,000
years ago, and yet they seem to have had a deeper awareness of imminency
than many of today's Christians.
The Historical Record
Many of the contemporary writers who attack imminency try to promote the
idea that this doctrine was recently dreamed up by people who were
ignorant of the true meaning of Scripture.
One detractor states, "This frenzy [imminency] continues to survive
today because of modern misconceptions about the purpose of these
prophetic events and the time frame for their occurrence."
Post-Trib believers are the most vocal in their claim that the concepts
of imminency and the pre-Trib Rapture only date back to the early 1800s.
For several years, their charges went unanswered, but recently a number
of diligent believers have dusted off old manuscripts and found several
early Church fathers who were clearly looking for an imminent return of
the Lord Jesus.
saints and elect of God are gathered together before the tribulation,
which is to come, and are taken to the Lord, in order that they may
not see at any time the confusion which overwhelms the world because of
our sins." (Pseudo-Ephraem - 374-427 AD).
The First Epistle of Clement, (written around 96 A.D. by Clement, a
prominent leader of the church at Rome who knew some of the apostles
personally and probably is the Clement referred to in Phil. 4:3): "Of a
truth, soon and suddenly shall His will be accomplished, as the
Scripture also bears witness, saying, 'speedily will He come, and will
As early as 70-180 AD, The Didache, chapter 16, section 1, says,
"'Be vigilant over your life; let your lamps not be extinguished, or
your loins ungirded, but be prepared, for you know not the hour in which
our Lord will come."
"But what a spectacle is that
fast-approaching advent of our Lord, now owned by all, now highly
exalted, now a triumphant One!" (Tertullian 155 - 245 AD).
the reformer at Geneva during the 1500s, made the following statements
in some of his commentaries on books of the Bible:
"Be prepared to expect Him
every day, or rather every moment." "As He has promised that
He will return to us, we ought to hold ourselves prepared, at every
moment to receive Him." "Today we must be alert to grasp the
imminent return of Christ."
Commenting on 1 Thessalonians 4 — the "Rapture passage" — Calvin said
that Paul "means by this to arouse the Thessalonians to wait for it, nay
more, to hold all believers in suspense, that they may not promise
themselves some particular time . . . that believers might be
prepared at all times."
The Westminster Confession, written by the Puritans of England during
the 1600s, declared that men should "shake off all carnal security and
be always watchful, because they know not at what hour the Lord
History has proven that mankind is a dreadful biblical guide. The
apostasy that swept over the Church caused a lack of prophecy commentary
from about 450 AD until the 1600s. People stopped thinking for
themselves. Their interpretation of the Bible became what the
institutional church spoon-fed them.
Pre-millennialism largely disappeared after it was condemned as
heretical by the Council of Ephesus in 431 AD. It wasn't until the
reform movement of the early seventeenth century that we see a rebound
in the number of statements that reflect the Pre-Tribulational view.
A great number of verses in the Bible support imminency, including the
following. Here are a few of them.
that day and hour no man knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My
Father only." (Matthew 24:36)
wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even
Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath to come." (1 Thessalonians1:10)
grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, instructing
us to deny ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live sensible
(self-controlled), upright and godly lives in this present
age, awaiting and looking for the blessed hope - the
glorious appearing of our great God and Saviour, Y'shua the Messiah.”
See also, Mark 13:33-37. Romans 13:11-12. Hebrews 9:28. Hebrews
10:24-25. Hebrews 10:37. James 5:7-9. Revelation 22:20.
Todd Strandberg <www.raptureready.com>
AMERICA IS TEETERING ON A PRECIPICE
By Joel C Rosenberg
More and more people are asking, "Can America survive?" What does
the future hold? .... What does the Bible say about the future of the
The United States has long been the wealthiest, most powerful nation on
the face of the Earth in the history of mankind …. but now, in the midst
of unprecedented and skyrocketing federal debt, severe economic
troubles, financial turmoil, political uncertainty, declining morality,
a weak Church, growing spiritual apathy and apostasy, historic natural
disasters, and myriad other daunting challenges, many wonder if
America's best days are behind her.
Will history's greatest democracy stage a miraculous comeback, returning
to the forefront of the world's economic and spiritual stage?
Can America's remarkable religious heritage be renewed today with a
third Great Awakening?
Or will the rise of China, Russia, Radical Islam, and other nations --
coupled with the U.S.'s severe internal struggles -- send her into a
death spiral from which there can be no return?
Endtime prophetic writer, Joel Rosenberg, confronts these questions in
his latest book, IMPLOSION. He deals with the
enormous economic, social, and spiritual challenges facing the United
States in the 21st century, through the lens of biblical prophecy, and
explains how we can make a difference at this critical crossroads in our
Joel was interviewed by Dennis Miller on his radio show recently. Joel
says, “It was a good and lively discussion, but as we were talking about
IMPLOSION, he scolded me for not getting to the point and
asked if I really believed America had gone too far and was really in
danger of collapse, or if I was just trying to sell books. And then he
was even more pointed and essentially asked, ‘Is there any hope?’ I
answered them in the brief amount of time we had on air.” Here is a
more detailed response:
FAMILIES ARE IMPLODING, DEBT IS EXPLODING
Our only hope is Jesus Christ, and a Third Great Awakening.
Yes, I do believe that something has gone terribly wrong with the
American experiment. Our families are imploding. Our national debt is
Experts on the left and the right warn we are on an un-sustainable
trajectory and urgently need to change course. Yet too many in
Washington, academia, the media and even the church are in a
“business as usual” mode. As a result, millions of Americans fear
the ice is cracking under their feet.
Consider the state of the American family. All around us we can see
marriages falling apart. Marital unfaithfulness is rampant. Couples we
never thought would get divorced are leaving each other, creating
devastatingly painful wounds in themselves and their children.
“The decline of the American family is the hidden issue in our
election,” notes Patrick Caddell, a long-time Democrat strategist.
“Sadly, neither presidential candidate is talking about our family
structure or traditional values in any positive or constructive way.
But we are now facing a crisis of serious proportions that affects all
Americans, regardless of race and class.”
William Bennett, the Republican former Education Secretary and Drug Czar
in the Reagan and Bush administrations, concurs. He notes that “since
1960, even taking into account recent improvements, we have seen a
467% increase in violent crime; ….a 461% increase in
out-of-wedlock births; more than a 200% increase in the
percentage of children living in single-parent homes; more than a
doubling of the teen suicide rate …. and a doubling of the divorce
A new report by the Centers for Disease Control indicates 23% of
American teens are now smoking marijuana, while 1-in-3 are
regularly drinking alcohol, and 20% indulge in binge drinking.
Meanwhile, a new FBI report on crime statistics notes that overall crime
declined slightly in 2011. But murders in small towns are skyrocketing –
up 18.3% last year alone. Isn’t “small town America” the place we
thought our faith and values were strong?
Now consider our fiscal crisis. The federal debt has blown past
$15 trillion. We are facing an estimated $65 trillion of
unfunded liabilities related to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
Yet even with these massive icebergs of debt straight ahead of us,
Washington isn’t slowing the ship of state down or changing course.
Rather we are speeding up.
in Washington have climbed from $300 to $400 billion under President
Bush, to $1 trillion or more under President Obama. As a result,
the economy remains weak, millions of Americans have lost their homes to
foreclosure, and a new report by the Federal Reserve shows the average
American family has lost 40% of their net financial worth in the last
“We are steadily becoming more vulnerable to economic disaster on an
epic scale,” warned Professor Simon Johnson, an economist at the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “These deficits are like a
cancer. They will truly destroy this country from within if we don’t
take care of them.”
“We know we’re going to have an economic collapse if we stay on
the path we are on,” warned Republican Congressman Paul Ryan, chairman
of the House Budget Committee. “To me it’s unconscionable as an elected
representative of people to know that that’s coming and not try to do
something to prevent it from happening.”
The bad news:
We are experiencing an epic failure at nearly every level of American
But I do believe there is good news: Twice in our history we’ve
seen dramatic revivals in America. In the early 1700s, America
experienced what historians call the “Great Awakening” as pastors
like Jonathan Edwards in Massachusetts began pleading with God to pour
out His Holy Spirit and turn people’s hearts back to Christ. Pastors
began holding prayer and fasting meetings. They began preaching verses
like 2 Chronicles 7:14:
people who are called by My Name will humble themselves and pray, and
seek My Face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from
heaven, will forgive their sins, and will heal their land.”
And though that was a promise for the nation of Israel, they beseeched
God to apply it to America, and God heard and answered their prayers and
a massive spiritual revival broke out all throughout New England.
In the early 1800s, we experienced a “Second Great Awakening,”
which was even more sweeping in its spiritual depth and even broader
geographically. Millions of Americans all across the country awoke from
their moral and spiritual slumber and turned to a sincere and personal
faith in Jesus Christ. They studied the Bible voraciously and obeyed
God’s commands. They returned to church, planted new churches, and
shared the Gospel.
These new believers also turned their faith into action. They founded
elementary schools for girls and boys. They established colleges
dedicated to teaching the Scriptures and the sciences. They led social
campaigns to persuade Americans to stop drinking so much alcohol and to
abolish the evil of slavery. They didn’t expect the government to take
care of all their needs; they believed it was the Church’s job to show
the love of Christ to their neighbors in real and practical ways. They
were right, and they helped get America back on the right track.
It’s time to do it again. Yes, we urgently need leaders to make bold
reforms to solve our debt crisis. But we also desperately need to
realize that our only ultimate hope is the Lord Jesus Christ. As Jesus
said in John 11:25-26:
“I am the resurrection and
the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone
who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?”
That’s the central question. Do you believe this? I do. I know that only
Christ’s love, mercy, and transforming power can save us. We need to
repent of our sins, and plead with Him to pour out His Holy Spirit. We
need to beseech Him to give us a Third Great Awakening before it’s too
late. Otherwise, I believe our nation will surely implode.
A "SON OF THUNDER"
by David Smithers
It was upon the bed of affliction that Gilbert Tennent was taught of
God. In approximately 1728, this young gifted Presbyterian
minister became extremely ill. Uncertain if he would recover, he entered
into a deep vision of eternity and time of repentance.
He writes, "I was then exceedingly grieved I had done so little for God
. . . I therefore prayed to God that He would be pleased to give me
one half year more. I was determined to promote His kingdom with all
my might and at all adventures."
Mr Tennent's prayer was answered, and he was revived in both body and
spirit. He laboured as never before to "sound the trumpet of God's
judgment and alarm the secure by the terrors of the Lord."
He was a man literally consumed with a vision of the holiness of God...
The anointed George Whitefield writes of him, "Hypocrites must soon be
converted or enraged at his preaching. He is a son of thunder and
does not regard the face of man. He is deeply sensible of the
deadness and formality of the Christian church in these
parts, and has given noble testimonies against it."
Gilbert Tennent preached as if "never sure to preach again, and as a
dying man to dying men." His preaching was far from typical of his day.
A historian of the "Great Awakening" describes the average minister's
methods: "The habit of the preachers was to address their people as
though they were all pious and only needed instruction and confirmation.
It was not a common thing to proclaim the terrors of a violated law
and insist on the absolute necessity of regeneration."
Mr Tennent himself describes this kind of popular preaching. "They often
strengthened the hands of the wicked by promising them life. They
comfort people before they convince them; sow before they plow: and are
busy in raising a fabric before they lay a foundation. These foolish
builders strengthen men's carnal security by their soft, selfish,
cowardly discourses. They have not the courage or honesty to thrust the
nail of terror into the sleeping souls!"
From 1736 through the 1740's, Gilbert Tennent's ministry was greatly
blessed in promoting revival among the middle colonies in America. His
ministry overlapped and supported the ministries of such godly men as
Jonathan Edwards and George Whitefield. He carried with him the very
seeds of revival, and when he preached, revival fire fell. It
must be remembered that the American church in the 18th century would
probably have died of dry rot without the Spirit-filled ministry of
During one of Boston’s most severe winters, people waded through the
snow night and day for the benefit of hearing the fiery Tennent preach.
"You could criticize him; you could praise him; but you could not ignore
No one slumbered peacefully when he was around;
not even the church. Gilbert Tennent was in truth, the voice of one
crying in the wilderness - REPENT! He could boldly warn men of the
wrath of God because he had boldly agonized and travailed for their
souls, "Often his soul wept in secret for the pride and obstinacy of
those who refused to be reclaimed."
Throughout Tennent's ministry he kept his zeal and love for Christ
fervent through constant prayer. "He made prayer his chief and
most delightful employment." HalleluYah!
HAVE WE (AMERICA)
CROSSED THE LINE?
Grant Phillips writes: - The President of the United States has made it
official. He is in full support of marriage between same sex couples.
The Vice-President first presented his support which nudged the
President to make his support known.
Several States now support same sex marriage, as do many governors and
past governors. Most of the Democratic leadership and some even among
the Republican leadership also openly support same sex marriage. Nearly
all Hollywood celebrities, producers, directors, etc. support same sex
marriage. Many in the music field have made their support public.
Even among religious organizations, same
sex marriage is supported and promoted.
Now that the one voice who speaks for all Americans has made his support
known publicly, have we crossed the line with God? In my opinion, we
are way beyond the line, headed toward destruction. There is no turning
The Lord God tells us exactly where we have gone wrong as a nation.
Listen to these words.
“Woe unto them that call evil
good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for
darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them
that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!”
Have we crossed the line? It is my belief that we have crossed the line,
and there is no turning back from God’s judgment, simply because we will
not choose to repent.
HAS ‘SHAKEN HIS FIST’ AT GOD”
Evangelist Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham, said, “President Obama
has, in my view, shaken his fist at the same God who created and defined
marriage. “This is a sad day for America. May God help us!”
U.S. Judge: “CUT 10 Commandments to SIX”
the Ten Commandments about to become the Six Commandments?
“Thou shalt not edit” is not among the famous list of God’s Laws from
the Bible, but a U.S. District Judge has suggested that reducing the Ten
Commandments to just six would help solve a dispute between the ACLU and
the Giles County, Va., School District.
Eighteen months ago, a parent objected to the Ten Commandments being
posted in a district high school as part of a huge collage of documents
linked to America’s political and legal heritage. Several other
documents in the school display reference to God, including the Magna
Carta and Declaration of Independence, but no one is asking that those
be taken down or edited.
The school district does not want them removed and the case remains in
U.S. District Court.
Now federal Judge Michael Urbanski has offered a compromise. He
suggested scrapping the first four commandments and leaving just the
final six. Urbanski suggested that could resolve the dispute since the
first four commandments directly refer to mankind’s relationship to God
and the final six concern mankind’s relationship to creation, other
people, and things.
Liberty Counsel, which is representing the school district in court,
rejects the judge’s proposal.
ELECTED AS EGYPT’S NEW PRESIDENT
EGYPT'S first Islamist to be elected to the presidency, vowed to bring
peace and unity, and said he will be a leader "for all Egyptians"
(Muslims and Christians), and called for national unity after a
"I will be a president for all Egyptians," Morsi said just hours after
he was declared president following a deeply divisive race against Ahmed
Shafiq, the last premier to serve under ousted president Hosni Mubarak.
"I call on you, great people of Egypt ... to strengthen our national
unity," he said, adding that national unity "is the only way out of
these difficult times."
Mr Morsi (also spelt Mursi) won
51.73% of the vote. The 60-year-old engineer also vowed to honour
international treaties. "We will preserve all international treaties and
charters ... we come in peace," he said.
It wasn’t long, however, before Morsi was telling Iran he will
"reconsider the Camp David Accord" with Israel, and that he wants
closer ties with Tehran to create a “balance” in the Middle East.
While Morsi presents a face of peace, unity, moderation and harmony, the
widespread fears are of very dark days ahead. The country is very
Egypt is once more, prophecy in the making. See Jeremiah 46:5-8;
Isaiah 19; Ezekiel 29; Daniel 11:40-42; and Joel 3:19.
The Muslim Brotherhood Victory:
A Seismic Shift in the Middle East
By Chris Mitchell,
The victory today by Mohammed Morsi represents a seismic shift in the
Middle East. Now a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamic
organization that has spawned most of the terror groups in the world
—including Hamas — is the leader of the largest and most influential
Arab nation in the Middle East.
While Morsi said he would govern with "moderate Islamic references,"
it's important to remember the creed of the Muslim Brotherhood:
"Allah is our objective; the
Koran is our constitution, the Prophet is our leader; Jihad is our way;
and death for the sake of Allah is the highest of our aspirations."
During Morsi's campaign, he also attended a rally at which Sheik Safawat
Higzazi rallied the crowd in a chant to liberate Gaza and make
Jerusalem the capital of Egypt.
Here's an excerpt from a MEMRI translation:
"Brandish your weapons... Say your prayers... And pray to the Lord. From
the eyes of all Jews... Come on, you lovers of martyrdom... Banish the
sleep from the eyes of all Jews. Come on, you lovers of martyrdom, you
are all Hamas. Indeed, all the lovers of martyrdom are Hamas. I say from
this podium, from al-Mahalla, from the heart of the Delta, the heart of
Egypt, so that the whole world may hear. We say it loud and clear: Yes,
Jerusalem is our goal. We shall pray in Jerusalem, or else we
shall die as martyrs on its threshold.”
A number of huge questions remain following Morsi's victory:
What will the consequences be for Israel? Is the more than 30 year peace
treaty in jeopardy?
Will the Muslim Brotherhood confront the military, the current de facto
power in Egypt?
What will be the fate of the millions of Coptic and evangelical
Christians in Egypt?
Will women's and minorities rights be tolerated?
These questions remain and for now the scenes of jubilation from the
Muslim Brotherhood crowds in Tahrir Square have gone around the world.
But many, many Egyptians are deeply troubled. Here's how one Egyptian
now living in the West expressed his feelings:
“Muhammad Morsi of Muslim Brotherhood won the election in Egypt. Today
the true democracy dies in Egypt, may the Lord have mercy over the
minority in Egypt, today human rights dies in the Middle East. I lost my
country twice, the day that I left, and today.”
“CHRISTIANS SHOULD CONVERT,
PAY TRIBUTE, OR LEAVE."
According to the popular Egyptian website, El Bashayer, the
Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate, Muhammad Morsi, declared that
he will "achieve the Islamic conquest of Egypt for the second time, and
make all Christians convert to Islam, or else pay the jizya," the
additional Islamic tax, or financial tribute, required of non-Muslims,
or financial tribute.
On May 27, Morsi allegedly made these comments while speaking with a
journalist at the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and
Justice Party, adding "We will not allow Ahmed Shafiq [his contending
presidential candidate] or anyone else to impede our second Islamic
conquest of Egypt."
After his interviewer pointed out that the first Muslim conquest of
Egypt was "carried out at the hands of Amr bin al-As [in 641]," he asked
Morsi, "Who will the second Islamic conqueror be?" Morsi, replied, "The
second Muslim conqueror will be Muhammad Morsi," referring to himself,
"and history will record it."
JUDGE UPHOLDS CHRISTIAN'S
PRISON SENTENCE IN EGYPT
A judge in Upper Egypt has upheld a six-year sentence of a Christian man
convicted of blasphemy against Islam.
The charges resulted from an argument between 49-year-old Makarem Diab
and a co-worker about differences between Jesus and Muhammad. Diab was
sentenced on February 29 in a 10-minute hearing during which he had no
At his first appeals hearing on March 16, the co-worker instigated a
riot by Muslim attorneys outside the courthouse. The angry lawyers
interrupted Diab's hearing, assaulted his attorneys and blocked access
to the courtroom.
Diab's lawyer, who said the judge upheld the sentence out of fear, is
attempting to appeal the sentence again. Diab is being held in Assiut
Pray that Diab will get a fair hearing and that he will remain strong
during his imprisonment. Pray that he will exemplify the love of God
through consistent love and prayer for those who persecute him. (Matthew
IRAN CRACKS DOWN ON CHRISTIANS
The Iranian Revolutionary Guard, the militia of the supreme council of
Iran, has stepped up its persecution of Iranian Christians and the
closing down of churches.
Iranian believers fear that the militant regime will unleash an
extensive persecution, imprisoning and killing Christians in the Islamic
republic. The death penalty has already been imposed on those who
convert from Islam to Christianity, but converts are usually imprisoned
and then offered release if they renounce their faith in Jesus Christ.
Reports coming out of the Middle East indicate an increase in the
attacks on churches and Christians across this region of the world.
A high ranking Muslim cleric in Saudi Arabia recently issued a
fatwah calling for Muslims to attack all churches, kill Christians
and to rid the Middle East of Christianity.
Recently a video was screened on Egyptian TV, showing a gruesome
beheading of a Christian convert in Tunisia. After a lengthy
berating of the man for the crime of apostasy, and for refusing to
recant, his head was hacked off over several minutes. So horrible! This
was no “clean,” single chop, guillotine beheading!
The persecution of Christians throughout the world today is a
foreshadowing of the beheadings and martyrdoms that will take place
during the Great Tribulation according to the Book of Revelation.
When Satan and his demonic angels are thrown down from the Heavenly
realm, in about the middle of the Tribulation, they will seek to
eliminate all who refuse the Mark of the Beast and who stand for Y’shua
the Messiah. The Jews who believe in Y’shua, in particular, will be the
focus of furious Satanic persecution. (Revelation 12:13-17)
IRANIAN PASTOR’S LAWYER FACES
9 YEAR PRISON SENTENCE
The main defence lawyer for Youcef Nadarkhani, an Iranian pastor who is
appealing a death sentence, may be facing imminent imprisonment for
defending the rights of Iranians, reports Amnesty International.
Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, a prominent human rights activist, had been
sentenced in July to a nine-year prison sentence and a 10-year ban on
legal practice and teaching. On April 28, he learned that an appeals
court has upheld the sentence. Charges against him include "membership
of an association seeking the soft overthrow of the government" and
"spreading propaganda against the system through interviews with foreign
Crowns Netanyahu “KING BIBI”
When was the last time the leader of a country with fewer than eight
million citizens made the cover of Time magazine?
Magazine devoted its lead story to PM Benjamin Netanyahu, who is
featured on the cover of the renowned publication, under the heading
Underneath the heading, in the article, titled ‘Bibi’s choice,’ author
Richard Stengel describes Netanyahu’s unshakable political stature,
writing that he ‘is poised to become the longest-serving Israeli Prime
Minister since David Ben-Gurion, the founding father of Israel. He has
no national rival. His approval rating, roughly 50%, is at an all-time
It is further evidence that the eyes of the nations are indeed riveted
on Israel, the epicenter of the momentous events that are shaping our
times and shaking our world.
'LOST TRIBE' OF ISRAEL RETURNING HOME
After a five-year immigration halt, the Israeli government has given
permission to a community of Indian citizens who believe they are
one of the Manasseh tribe, to move to the Jewish state.
“We had a major breakthrough, and thank God, the Aliya [return to
Israel] is set to recommence this summer, and we hope and pray to bring
up to 300 Bnei Menashe immigrants, to Israel by the end of
August,” said Michael Freund, chairman of Shavei Israel, which is
behind the initiative.
based in Jerusalem, hopes to bring the remaining 7,000 Indian Bnei
Menashe to the Jewish state in the next few years. They believe
they are descendants of Manasseh, one of Joseph’s two sons and a
grandson of Jacob.
Already Freund’s group helped facilitate the immigration of over 1,700
of them, with successive Israeli governments allowing and then halting
Once in Israel, the original batches of Bnei Menashe converted
officially to Judaism and became citizens.
Tribe members live in the two Indian states of Mizoram and Manipur, to
which they say they were exiled from Israel more than 2,700 years ago by
the Assyrian empire.
Most kept customs similar to Jewish tradition, including observing
Shabbat, keeping the laws of Kosher, practicing circumcision on the
eighth day of a baby boy’s life and observing laws of family purity.
Freund sees the Bnei Menashe immigration as biblical, quoting
from Isaiah 43:5, which states:
“Do not be afraid, for I am
with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from
“Those words,” Freund says, “are coming to life before our eyes. I think
this is a very historic project. It is the closing of an historical
circle. It is the return of a lost tribe of Israel after 27 centuries of
exile, and it is a fulfillment of biblical
VATICAN LETS SLIP PLANS FOR
ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT
a note on the financial crisis and economic justice, Vatican officials
accidently call for the establishment of a One World Global
"Authority" to regulate financial markets and national governments.
After gently noting that such a project is "a complex and delicate
process," the document begins to capitalize the word "Authority"
in the most unsettling, conspiracy-launching way possible:
A supranational Authority of this kind should have a realistic
structure and be set up gradually. It should be favourable to the
existence of efficient and effective monetary and financial systems;
that is, free and stable markets overseen by a suitable legal framework,
well-functioning in support of sustainable development and social
progress of all, and inspired by the values of charity and truth. It is
a matter of an Authority with a global reach that cannot be
imposed by force, coercion or violence, but should be the outcome of a
free and shared agreement and a reflection of the permanent and historic
needs of the world common good.
The document was issued by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace,
an office in the Vatican that is usually satisfied with issuing vague
statements on social issues.
(TIBET - BHUTAN - NEPAL)
NEPAL GOVERNMENT QUITS
For the fourth time, the Nepal Constituent Assembly has failed to reach
agreement on a new constitution that was intended to guide the Himalayan
republic’s final transition to democracy. The four main parties that
make up the unity government were unable to agree on how to divide Nepal
The Maoists, who fought a decade-long civil war against the Hindu
monarchy, want the country divided into 14 states drawn and named along
ethnic lines. Nepal has more than 100 ethnic minorities. The Maoists
have dominated parliament since 2008 when they won the most seats in the
first federal election following the abolition of Nepal's Shah Dynasty.
But the plan is opposed by many other factions, who argue that, rather
than helping to unite the nation, it will further inflame ethnic
The interim Prime Minister, Baburam Bhattarai,
who is also the Maoist leader, conceded defeat on a four-year effort to
draft the democratic constitution, and then called for elections in
In his Republic Day speech. Bhattarai said, "I beg apology from the
Nepali people for the failure to promulgate the new constitution through
the CA." He called for calm in the face of widespread frustration over
the assembly's failure to reach agreement and improve economic
Mr Bhattarai vowed to stay on as leader of a caretaker government after
dissolving the Assembly just before midnight on 27 May - the fifth
anniversary of the fledgling republic. The announcement prompted uproar
in parliament. Some called for a restoration of the monarchy.
At least five parties called for Bhattarai's resignation, accusing him
of suppressing democratic freedoms and attempting to capture power.
Some analysts have warned that Mr Bhattarai has no mandate to lead a
caretaker government and that the decision to delay by six months fresh
elections for a new Constituent Assembly will bring government business
to a halt.
"The human cost of an election is likely to be very high. Even if the
election takes place, it will be very violent," said political analyst
President Ram Baran Yadav said the dissolution of the Constituent
Assembly was a matter of serious concern and regret. "Our dreams to
build a prosperous, peaceful and democratic Nepal have been shattered
once again," he said. - Source> http://www.theaustralian.com.au/
A report from a Nepali contact says the government has declared that
churches are a part of the religious treasury of Nepal, and they would
now be registered, and it categorised them the same as Hindu and
Buddhist temples are. But churches must be accountable and owned by an
organisation, and not by an individual.
CONCERN for Nepali believers.
For the past year or more, there has been a real concern, as included in
the draft constitution is an anti-conversion law, which imposes a 5-year
jail term for anyone found influencing a person to change their
Why do you emphasize the Name of Yahweh?
For the simple reason, the Bible does! This sacred Name is used
6,855 times in the original (Hebrew) Bible - more than any other name in
Many mistakenly think the Name of the Almighty is "Lord
God." But "Lord" and "God" are titles, not names!
me: "Who has established all the ends of the earth?
is His Name or His Son's Name?
Surely you know!"
Isn't Yahweh an Obsolete Hebrew Name for
No! It is the Name of the God of Israel, but it is not
The God of Israel is indeed the Great Creator, the God of
the Universe, and the God of the Church. And He Himself
says this is the Name by which He is to be remembered.
Name is written as YHWH
Hebrew, and as
in English. Earlier, Christians wrote the Name
as Yehowah or Jehovah, but research has led to the accepted current Name
The Name was revealed first to Adam and Eve. It was
known by Abraham, and later it was revealed anew to Moses
at the burning bush:
God said to Moses, 'I AM WHO I AM'; and He said,
is what you shall say to the sons of Israel, "I AM has sent me to you".'
And God also said to Moses, 'This shall
you say to the sons of
Israel, "YHWH, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of
Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has
sent me to you.
My Name forever, and this is MY MEMORIAL NAME TO ALL
this Name I am to be remembered
from generation to
The Name is connected to the Hebrew verb hayah - "to be,
to live" and the "I AM" in the above verses. This suggests
the meaning of "Yahweh," - "the
King David and the Biblical writers all knew and used
the Name of YHWH, but later, due to a fear of misusing
the sacred Name, the Jews ceased to speak the Name. For this reason the
exact pronunciation was lost.
It is indeed a holy Name, but God never said, "Don't speak
My Name." He said, "Do not take My Name in vain."
The first syllable of the Name, YAH, is used in the Bible as the
short form of Yahweh. It is used, for example, with the
word hallelu (praise). HalleluYah means,
The Jews have traditionally used two substitute words for Yahweh -
Adonai (Lord), and HaShem (The Name). Unfortunately
most English Bibles use the substitute word
- LORD (4 capitals) - instead of
the Name. But there are several English Bibles that have not
eliminated the Name.
Many Christians pray, "Glorify Thy Name," and profess great
love for "the Name of the Lord." But when asked for details
of the Name, they shrug their shoulders. It's a mystery!
But the LORD has said:
people shall know My Name; therefore in that day
will know that it is 'I AM' who is speaking. Yes, it
King David prayed, "They who know Your Name will
their trust in You; For You, O YHWH, have never
forsaken those who seek You."
I encourage believers to read the portions quoted below, aloud.
take some time to get used to speaking the Name of
Yahweh. But we should love His Name - He is our Heavenly Father.
The reader may be surprised by the great number of times the
personal Name of Yahweh (LORD) is used in the Psalms; and also how often
the word "Name" appears.
Some Christians are confused about the Name. They say it is unfamiliar,
and does not mean anything to them.
Sadly, that's because they have not been taught! I was like that some
years ago. But now I know my Father's Name, and I love it; it is like
"ointment poured forth."
And I pray, my dear reader, that if you do not yet have a love for the
Sacred Name, the Holy Spirit will use these verses to bless you, and to
create within you, a deep appreciation of that highly-exalted Name.
Blessed be the Name of Yahweh!
know Your Name will put their trust in You; for You, O YAHWEH,
have never forsaken those who seek You. Sing praises to YAHWEH who
dwells in Zion. Proclaim His deeds among the peoples.” (Psalm 9:10-11)
Your Name is everlasting; Your renown and remembrance,
O YAHWEH, will endure throughout all generations.” (Psalm 135:13)
our Lord, how excellent is Your Name in all the earth. You have
displayed Your splendor above the heavens!” (Psalm 8:1)
be His glorious Name forever! And let the whole earth be
filled with His glory. Amen and Amen.” (Psalm 72 :19)
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