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200 Million Soldiers from the East are NOT going on Vacation to Israel!

Aangeleverd door: Hennie

“And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden alter which is before God, Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand (200 million): and I heard the number of them.”

Revelation 9:13-16

Sitting in captivity for his faith on the Isle of Patmos in approximately 95 A.D., the Apostle John was given the Word directly from the Resurrected Jesus Christ Himself to tell all of us what was coming in the Last Days. This resulted in John writing the Book of Revelation, the most prophetic book of the Bible. This book, again written after Christ’s Crucifixion and Resurrection, is the very last recognized book of the Bible and was written as directed by Jesus. Basically, it is broken into three parts in Revelation 1:19:

  1. “Write the things which thou hast seen…” Chapter 1
  2. “The things which are…” Chapters 2-3
  3. “The things which shall be hereafter…” Chapters 4 through 22

Throughout the entire Bible God ALWAYS warns us of coming judgements. Believers believe what God tells us while unbelievers ridicule and persecute those who do. I don’t think any of us are surprised Jesus gave us a very clear picture of what awaits the world in the Last Days. He did this so we would not be caught unaware. The entire purpose of this blog is to acquaint all with many of the things we have been told will occur in those Last Days so we can be watchful. Fulfillment today of so many of these prophecies really does indicate we are seeing many of the things Jesus said we would see in the Last Days!

Can you imagine how this prophecy, made in 95 A.D. when the world’s population was not even 200 million (it is estimated there were 150 million people in 1 A.D.), must have sounded to all who heard it? How could there be an army 35% larger than the entire population of the world march from the east towards Israel? To put it in today’s perspective, there are nearly 8 billion people living on the earth today. If someone told you an army of almost 11 BILLION (8 billion X 135%) from the east are marching towards Israel AND they would also be destroying one third of all mankind, what would you think?

Yeah, me too!

But guess what? In 2011 China boasted they now have an army of 200 million soldiers. Not 100 million! Not 150 million! They have 200 million EXACTLY as the Bible said they would have! Couple that with their nuclear capabilities and their long desired wish to create a utopian, communist world says TODAY they could fulfill this prophecy which only 50-70 years ago was unthinkable. Does anyone else see the significance that the Chinese Communist Party took control of China at approximately the SAME time Israel was being formed as a nation (1947)? Now, to be fair, another possibility could be a Muslim army of 200 million, again coming from the east. There are valid arguments on both sides. However, today the OIC (Organization of Islamic Countries) is made up of 51 countries with over 1.3 billion inhabitants yet they only field armies totaling 5 million soldiers. Let it suffice an army of 200 million soldiers will attack Israel after killing one third of mankind on their way. I favor China as the culprit since we know Armageddon will initially be considered a “power grab” by the countries of the world not under the control of the anti-christ who will go to fight each other for their ultimate global superiority. China doesn’t seem like a country willing to give up its status to be part of the anti-christ’s One world government.

When will this happen? I personally find it interesting in Revelation 9:15 above, Jesus said “And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.” Do you remember what else Jesus said in Matthew 24:36?

But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven but my Father only.”

He went on to explain and warn further in Mark 13:32-33:

“But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, NEITHER THE SON (capitals mine), but the Father. Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.”

These two scriptures, along with the opening verse, point to a number of certain facts. First, 200 million soldiers will be released by the angels of God to march westwards towards Israel and to also destroy one third of mankind in this epic attack. Secondly, their release has already been preset by God down to “…an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year.”In God’s Ultimate Plan for us and for the world, we were told 2,000 years ago the EXACT time has already been set! We don’t know it but God does! Third, the number of 200 million is NOT a guess! John wrote that he heard the number directly from Jesus. This tells me of the significance and we should recognize it will occur when an army of 200 million is ready to go! Finally, in Jesus’s comments in both the Books of Matthew and Mark, He tells us NO ONE will know the hour and day when this will happen. Man will not know it. The angels in Heaven won’t know it. Jesus Himself will not even know it. Only God the Father knows when this will happen! But, we are still warned to “…take heed, WATCH AND PRAY (capitals mine): for ye know not when the time is.” Jesus further clarifies this message is NOT just for Believers but is intended for ALL:

“And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.”

Mark 13:37

Regardless of whether these soldiers are from China or are a combination of Arab country’s armies, we are told in the Book of Revelation they will march towards Israel before the start of the War of Armageddon. In order to get there they will have to cross the Euphrates River, one of the longest rivers in the Middle East. It begins in eastern Turkey, flows through Syria and Iraq (on Israel’s northern and eastern sides) and eventually empties into the Persian Gulf. A view of any Middle East map indicates whoever comes from the east going west MUST cross the Euphrates River in order to get to Israel. God, in His Wisdom, will make it “easy” for them to get there and once and for all put an end to sin in this world and finally defeat the anti-christ.

“And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.”

Revelation 14:12

So, whether the river dries up because of a drought, a dam, or some other miraculous happening, this army with their tanks, supplies and men will cross the Euphrates on their way to Israel and Armageddon and their ultimate destruction by Jesus at His Second Coming. While we will not know the timing of this, as the Bible clearly tells us, we are told to WATCH. When China, as the only country in world history, claims they can NOW field an army of 200 million soldiers as predicted 2,000 years ago, we should be watchful TODAY! Jesus’s Coming is soon! It is these prophecies made thousands of years ago which we are see happening in our lifetimes that gives me a great amount of comfort. Comfort in knowing my God is Supreme and has an ultimate Plan for the defeat of sin and salvation for those who believe in Jesus. It is this comfort that continues to encourage me to acquaint as many as possible about the signs of the Last Days and in doing so, to not frighten anyone, but rather to “…therefore comfort one another with these words.” I sincerely hope you do as well and share these comments with your friends and loved ones.

May God Bless you!

The End is Nigh: Ten Reasons Why

Aangeleverd door: Spruitje

The End is Nigh: Ten Reasons Why

By Pete Garcia

While it is impossible to know the day or hour of the Rapture of the Church (Mark 13:32), it is however, possible to recognize the season of His return and our subsequent deliverance (1st Thess. 5:1-3, Hebrews 10:25). For those who would assert our ability to even wonder when Christ could return as soft date setting, just remember that Christ chastised the Pharisees’ and Sadducees, as well as the city of Jerusalem, for not recognizing the season of their visitation (Matt. 16:1-4, Luke 19:41-44).

We are to be actively watching and waiting for the Lord’s soon return (Luke 12:37). This does not mean we sell all of our belongings and move to a mountaintop to idly wait, but to live our lives recognizing that our departure is soon at hand. We are to hold loosely to the things of this life, and to understand the temporary nature of our current existence. When we do this, we renew and sustain our hope and faith in Christ, whilst living in a world that is aggressively falling apart.

With that, I have put together ten definitive signs that point to the very soon return of Christ for His Church. However, there is a bit of a divine-paradox going on here. The Rapture of the Church is the only sign-less event noted in Scripture. Every other prophetic event has either signs for, or other things that lead up to it. The Rapture does not.

So how can see evidence for an event that has no preliminary evidence?

The Bible plainly teaches that the Rapture happens before (or pre) Daniel’s 70th Week (aka…The Tribulation or the time of Jacob’s Trouble). There are two primary purposes for the Tribulation: 1) to discipline Israel and bring her back into relationship with God, 2) to destroy all the Christ-rejecting nations of the world in their current state (Jeremiah 30:7-11). Since the Church could not exist in the first 69 Weeks of Daniel, we should be able to conclude with confidence that it will not in the 70th Week of Daniel.

Furthermore, the 70 Weeks of Daniel were exclusively determined for the Jews, and Jerusalem. As members of the Church (i.e., the multi-membered, corporate, body of Christ), we are only beneficiaries (through Christ) of the six must-happen things listed in Daniel 9:24 which MUST find their fulfillment at the conclusion of the 70th Week:

  • finish the transgression
  • make an end of sins
  • make reconciliation for iniquity
  • bring in everlasting righteousness
  • seal up vision and prophecy
  • to anoint the Most Holy

Since national Israel still largely rejects the Messiahship of Jesus to this day, we know that this last week of years must yet be future. Besides, if we are already seeing signs for events that happen after the Rapture, naturally, the Rapture must then be all the sooner. Therefore, since we cannot look for signs of the Rapture itself, we must look for signs of Daniel’s 70th Week.

1. Israel. Clearly, the super-sign of the end times is the rebirth of the nation of Israel. The reason we can be certain it is the super-sign, is because there is no other explanation for the supernatural hatred for her existence amongst the nations. Not even the most tyrannical nation on the planet, North Korea, evokes as much vitriol from the leftists, godless, socialists, and Islamists as does Israel. The world has not seen this level of Anti-Semitism since the pre-World War II days in Europe. Unfortunately, this demonic hatred is not only at the geopolitical level, but also even within Christendom. Movements like Reformed and Covenant theology, as well as eschatological positions of Amillennialism, Preterism, and Post-Millennialism, were all designed to discredit Israel’s legitimacy as both a nation, and as the rightful heirs of the Genesis 15 endowment. Deuteronomy 30:1-10Ezekiel 37

2. Jerusalem. The fact that Jerusalem is back under Israeli control, especially in light of how she reacquired it, is simply miraculous. Moreover, since 1967, the world has furiously tried to wrest control of Jerusalem back out of Israeli hands. However, as of December 6th, 2017, President Donald Trump became the first gentile world leader (in over 2,500 years) to officially recognize her as the sovereign capital of the nation of Israel further enraging anti-Semites around the world.  Zechariah 12:3, Luke 21:24

3. Damascus. Isaiah 17 predicts this Syrian city’s ultimate and total destruction as a city. The fact that the Arab Spring has largely blown over and subsided around the rest of the Middle East, but has continued to linger in Syria, speaks to the prophetic nature of the circumstances there. Not only that, but it became the casus belli to draw in the major players mentioned in Ezekiel 38-39.

4. Gog and Magog. The fact that we are seeing this coalition form before our very eyes over Syria is a sure sign that the Rapture of the church is extremely near. Never before has Russia, Iran, and Turkey (all formerly rival empires) ever collaborated economically, militarily, and politically with a common goal in mind. Listed by their ancient names, modern day Russia, Turkey, and Iran have formed an anti-Israel/US alliance that are currently building their forces literally tens of miles from the Israeli border (to her north). They are not there because they care about Basher Assad, or his regime. They are there because of its proximity to Israel and wealth (spoils). Two things about this stand out to me:

  • Israel’s allies are either unable or unwilling to help (Ezekiel 38:13)
  • God defeats this coalition so spectacularly, that spiritual Israel finally awakens, and the people finally demand to rebuild their third temple (Ez. 39:22, 28-29)

For the past two-thousand years, Jesus has been actively building His body the Church (i.e., the corporate, multi-membered, universal body of Christ- as noted in Matt. 16:18, Col. 3:8-11). The reason this event (Ezekiel 38-39) indicates that the Rapture is near, is that this war is the event where God returns His full attention back to My land Israel and My people the Jews (Ez. 38:16). The Church should no longer be in play on the earth, which makes sense. Again, the Church was not in play in the first 69 Weeks of Daniel’s 70 Week’s, why should we be in the 70th? It seems to me that Gog/Magog serves not only as the weathervane event for the Rapture, but also as the transition period into the final 70th Week.

5. The Kings of the East. While Russia, Turkey, and Iran are inexplicably drawn toward Syria, the US is being inescapably drawn to the other side of the world because of the threat from the East. North Korea (NOKO) has been a thorn in the side of US foreign policy since the 1953 Korean Armistice. However, things have been turned on its head since the election of President Trump and his unwillingness to play politics as usual. Due to a number of factors including nationwide malnutrition and starvation, growing corruption and an escalation of desperation, the status quo of the past is no longer an option for NOKO. Only three outcomes are possible for the Kim regime of North Korea:

  • War with regime change
  • Denuclearization and reunification
  • Economic Collapse

These are all unacceptable outcomes for the Chinese regime. The Chinese prefers the status quo, because it gives them a measure of leverage over the United States. They also realize that after 17 years of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, the US military (in its present state) barely has the capacity, resources, or manpower to conduct itself simultaneously in two major theaters of war as we once did in World War II. The Philippines, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and Australia are all key US allies that require our immediate protection should China engage any of them (or us) militarily. This would require the US to shift most or all our assets from around the globe to meet the Chinese military threat. Our unwillingness to come to Israel’s aid in a Gog/Magog scenario may be because we are fully engaged elsewhere and cannot respond militarily.

6. The Pace of Modernization. The new arms race is not nuclear, it is digital. Nations around the world are racing to corner the market on artificial intelligence (AI), crypto-currency, quantum computers, genetic editing/cloning/modifications, data collection and mining, surveillance, lethal autonomous weapon systems (LAWS), and many more. In fact, technological advancements are moving so rapidly today that an inevitable breakthrough in any one of these areas could upend the current geopolitical balance of power. Of particular note is CERN’s experiments (dimensional portals, teleportation, etc.) in Europe, which could rapidly change the balance of power in their favor. Furthermore, AI opens the possibility for demonic entities to inhabit inanimate objects (as opposed to people). If demons can use Ouija boards, imagine what they can do with autonomous (or “sentient”) system and robot.

7. The Inescapable Threat. The world currently faces numerous, seemingly unsolvable crises (real or perceived) that demands global attention. Issues like: Climate change, economic instability, exploding population growth, weaponized immigration, the decline of fiscal currencies and other 20th century legacy institutions, increasingly hybrid forms of terrorism and crime, cosmic threats (comets, asteroids, solar storms, etc.), global travel and pandemics, and natural disasters (super-volcanoes, tsunamis, 9-10.0 earthquakes, etc.). Even the threat of these have caused tremendous anxiety amongst the world’s leaders and populations. Luke 21:25-26

8. Peace and Safety. The more destabilized the world becomes, the more the people will clamor for peace and safety. People will willingly trade their liberty for security, which is what globalists have wanted all along (via the Hegelian dialectic). Although this has been the case for the last thirty-years or more, the call for it has only intensified as the world has increasingly become more unhinged. While this is a passive sign, it is however, the one phrase Paul told us to listen for that would precede immediate the destruction caused by the Rapture. 1st Thess. 5:1-3

9. Godlessness. The Apostle Peter remarked that in the last days, scoffers would come mocking that Christ had not yet returned (2nd Peter 3:3-4). Paul wrote that in the last days, perilous times would come (2nd Tim. 3:1). Paul’s definition of perilous interestingly enough, does not include war or natural disasters, but how treacherous and wicked men would become. Jesus stated that in the last days, because lawlessness abounded, the love of many would grow cold (Matt. 24:12). Furthermore, Jesus stated that the days surrounding His return would be similar to Noah and Lot’s day, both of which were noted for being exceedingly violent and wicked. Luke 17:26-30

The rise in godlessness and the general lack of fear/respect for God began back in the 19th-century when man first began to progress in both science and technology. This while many humanistic philosophies were simultaneously being developed. Existentialism, Marxism, Darwinism, Secularism, Socialism, Eugenics, Higher and Lower Criticism, etc., were all devoted to either doubt, reinvent, or dismiss God and the Bible. Either through coercion, deception, or manipulation into the public and higher education systems (even seminaries), these humanistic doctrines became the new modern dogma of the left.

While I believe that most of God’s attributes are limitless, there is one, which I suspect, is not. That is His tolerance of evil. God is longsuffering, but that longsuffering will not go on indefinitely. At some point, God will have to bring judgment upon this earth because His righteousness demands it. Ruth Graham (Billy Graham’s wife) was quoted as having once said that if God does not punish America soon, He will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.

Since the left dominates the media and the government (both state and federal), it has wide platforms for promoting these humanistic narratives; their intent being stamping out true, biblical Christianity. Why is there such fierce opposition to Christianity, as opposed to Islam or communism? Both of those have long, sordid, and proven track records of death and violence.

The answer is that Satan is currently managing this planet, and will tolerate anything and everything, except for the truth. In fact, we have arrived at such a time now that the godless are mentally, spiritually, and physically unable to distinguish right from wrong, up from down, or male from female, etc. Luke 4:5-7, Romans 1:18-32, Ephesians 2:2, 1st Peter 5:8

10. Convergence. While each generation could claim one or two from this list, none but ours could claim all of them. The sad fact is that this list is hardly comprehensive at all. There are so many more things pointing to the soon return of Christ that written space here does not allow for. Daniel was told that the end would come as a flood, and a flood-indeed it is (Daniel 9:26). However, it is not only the convergence of signs that is noteworthy; there is also the convergence of believers all coming to the same conclusions.

At no point in church history, has so many believers from so many spectrums all been so convinced that we are living in the last days. I believe this speaks to the Holy Spirit’s witness to us all who are awake and watching. Granted, most of the mainstream and aberrant churches and movements (Emergent, Hebrew-roots, Social Justice Gospel, Prosperity Gospel, Seeker-Sensitive, etc.) are sound asleep; however, the watchers are not. We may disagree on some of the finer points of eschatology; but we all generally agree that these are what the Bible describes as the last days.

Even So, Maranatha!

De ‘twee dagen’ van Hosea staan bij Bijbelgetrouwen beter bekend als ‘twee duizend’ jaar.

En terecht want diezelfde Bijbel leert ons in bijv. 2 Petrus 2:8 dat één dag bij de Heer gelijk is aan 1.000 jaar. En ook Psalm 90:4  zegt dit!

In het vorige videootje van Niels haalde hij terecht het boek Hosea aan als een tijdsbepaling. De grote vraag is echter, alhoewel het simpel lijkt, maar het niet is. Wanneer zijn die 2 dagen voorbij, resp., die twee duizend jaren? Dan moeten we de exacte dag weten waarop de Heer terug ging naar Zijn woonplaats, de hemel! Nou dat was dus op Hemelvaartsdag zal menigeen zeggen en terecht. Maar in de video stelde de spreker dat dit gebeuren plaatsvond in het jaar 30 van onze jaartelling. Met deze uitspraak kan men al concluderen dat hij al rekening gehouden heeft met het feit dat de geboorte van Jezus 3 jaar eerder heeft plaatsgevonden dan onze huidige jaartelling suggereert. 

Onze jaartelling, volgens de Gregoriaanse kalender, gaat uit van het moment van Jezus Christus’ geboorte. Maar en dat is een feit: Wij weten NIET met zekerheid VAST TE STELLEN, wanneer die geboorte dan precies heeft plaats gevonden.  In ieder geval niet op de datum dat de Gregoriaanse het stelt.We weten dat Hij omstreeks 33 jaar oud was toen Hij stierf en opgestaan is. 

Er zijn echter niet schier te ontkennen bewijzen van geschiedkundigen die stellen met moeilijk te weerleggen argumenten dat de Heer Jezus geboren is 4 jaar voor onze jaartelling, sommigen spreken zelfs over 5 , 6 en 7 jaren. Één onderzoeker plaatst het zelfs 17 jaar ( zeventien ! ) jaar voor het begin van onze huidige jaartelling. Bij deze optie, daar zet ik zelf grote vraagtekens bij, maar ik wil maar aangeven dat er geen consensus bestaat over de feitelijke datum van Zijn geboorte op aarde.

Want ook de veel gebruikte ‘datum’ van 3 voor Chr. is en blijft een axioma, een niet bewezen stelling en derhalve een aanname.

Éen andere zaak is inmiddels ook duidelijk en dat is dat we niet mogen rekenen met  z.g. Joodse (maan) jaren van 360 dagen. En ‘waarom niet’ is een terechte vraag!  Wel het antwoord is simpel en vergt een beetje, maar eveneens simpele rekenkunde. Als het z.g. Joodse (maan) jaren waren van 360 dagen dan zouden 2.000 jaar een totaal hebben van: 720.000 dagen. Indien we die 720.000 dagen zouden gaan delen door het werkelijke aantal dagen dat een zonnejaar telt, dan komen we uit op de volgende rekensom: 720.000 : 365,25 = 1971,2 jaren.

En dát aantal jaren hebben we al ruimschoots achter ons liggen, ongeacht van welk geboortejaar van Jezus Christus we ook als uitgangspunt nemen.

Een ander aspect dat 2.000 jaar niet als zijnde exact 2.000 jaar hoeven te worden berekend vinden we in Jozua 3 vers 3, waar ook daar al profetisch werd gewezen op een “afstand” van ongeveer 2.000 ellen met het geval dat het volk verwijderd moest blijven van de ark. En wie staat symbool voor de ARK?  Kortom het berekenen van de exacte dag van de komst  (opname) door onze Heer Christus Jezus voor Zijn gemeente, Zijn bruid is schier onmogelijk. We zullen het moeten doen met de TEKENEN der TIJDEN én de wetenschap dat de 2 dagen, de 2.000 jaar inderdaad bijna ten einde zijn. Temeer daar we de laatste 7 jaren, of wel de z.g. 70ste week van Daniël AF MOGEN TREKKEN van de aangezegde “wachttijd” van 2.000 jaren. 

Persoonlijk zeg ik, maar dat is puur mijn persoonlijk inzicht en verwachting: Gezien de ontwikkelingen in het Midden-Oosten én het komende 70-jarig bestaan van de staat Israël, ook al zijn zij nog niet AMMI, maar nog steeds LO-AMMI. dat het geen kwestie meer is van jaren maar van weken, hooguit maanden!

Silvia Videler