Ready for 2019?
I saw in the news this morning that Putin (Russia) is meeting early in January with leaders of Turkey and Iran to discuss the future of Syria in light of the impending United States pullout. What a great summation to a thrilling year in prophetic events. It looks as if 2019 is gonna be a doozy. I have never been one to make every event fit my idea of end time fulfillment, but sometimes you just gotta say something. Remembering that Israel is the center of history, get ready for 2019 by taking a quick look at some 2018 events:
· To the north, Ezekiel 38 is lining up before our eyes. The invasion of Israel predicted in Ezekiel 38 includes Russia, Turkey and Iran. If you look at a world map, you can see that Syria is the gateway to Israel for those nations. There is a reason that Israel has been so stubborn in hanging onto the Golan Heights.
· Meanwhile, to the East, China is romancing North and South Korea while at the same time making huge investments in military might, especially in the South Pacific. They are also rattling sabers at the Himalayan border with India. So what?” Again, look at the map! Armageddon requires the advance from the east of a huge army crossing the Euphrates. Revelation 16:12-16 / 9:16
· The day of having some kind of mark in order to buy and sell is just around the corner. Sweden, UAE, South Korea, the UK, and China are all on a committed path to cashless societies in the next three years. In Sweden, this includes implanting chips under the skin that will be used like a debit card. Headline from the South China Morning Post on May 13, this year: ““Thousands of people in Sweden get microchip implants for a new way of life.” In August, a company in Wisconsin microchipped its employees after the boss visited Sweden. All governments are pushing for a cashless society so they can monitor all financial transactions for tax purposes. Here we go! Revelation 13:16-18
· Meanwhile, the rollout of 5G technology for data transmission is underway. In the very near future, all new construction will be linked to a network that goes beyond the site and is monitored by whoever has admin authority. Homes will be linked, cars will be connected, and medical implant devices will be monitored. What could possibly go wrong? Matrix?
· And in Israel, 2018 the arrival of the first homegrown red heifer fully approved by the rabbis to be used in Temple service. (Numbers 19) The Temple Movement is actively preparing for the reinstatement of Temple worship, making utensils and training priests who are of the correct genealogy. This is necessary for the coming of Antichrist. 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4
· We could go on, but you know the drill, wars and rumors of wars and natural disasters. All these will continue as the day approaches. Mark 13:7-8 / Lk 21:9-11 / Matt 24:6-7
No matter your beliefs about the timing, one fact remains: “Jesus is coming!” You know it’s true. Be ready.
Somebody Said: “Bible teaching about the Second Coming of Christ was thought of as “doomsday” preaching. But not anymore. It is the only ray of hope that shines as an ever brightening beam in a darkening world.” Billy Graham
Scripture Reading: For you know quite well that the day of the Lord’s return will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night. When people are saying, “Everything is peaceful and secure,” then disaster will fall on them as suddenly as a pregnant woman’s labor pains begin. And there will be no escape. But you aren’t in the dark about these things, dear brothers and sisters, and you won’t be surprised when the day of the Lord comes like a thief. For you are all children of the light and of the day; we don’t belong to darkness and night. So be on your guard, not asleep like the others. Stay alert and be clearheaded. (1 Thessalonians 5:2-6 NLT)
I’m looking for the day when the Middle East finds peace by signing a treaty leveraged by a dynamic world leader. When the world says, “Peace and safety,” look up. Rather than debate the time of His coming, or become cynical because He hasn’t come, let’s watch the tick-tock of the Bible clock and let it motivate us to do the things it says to do: Pray, live right, and tell others about Jesus.
Pastor Virgil L. Stokes
Faith Christian Fellowship of Tucson
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Tucson, AZ 85745
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