“Then they shall cry out to Jehovah, but He will not answer them. He will even hide His face from them at that time, because they have done evil in their doings. Thus says Jehovah concerning the prophets who mislead My people, who bite with their teeth and call out, Peace! And whoever does not put anything into their mouth, they even prepare a war against him. Therefore the night shall be to you without vision; and darkness without divining. And the sun shall go down on the prophets, and the day shall be dark over them. And the seers shall be ashamed, and the diviners confounded, all of them; yea, they shall cover their mustache, for there is no answer from God. But by the Spirit of Jehovah I am full of power and justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression, and to Israel his sin. Now hear this, you heads of the house of Jacob, and rulers of the house of Israel, you who abhor justice and pervert all equity, who build up Zion with blood and Jerusalem with iniquity: Her heads judge for a bribe, and her priests teach for pay, and her prophets divine for money; yet they lean on Jehovah, saying, Is not Jehovah among us? No evil can come upon us. Therefore, on account of you, Zion shall be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house like the high places of the forest.” Micah 3:4-12
“For the inhabitant of Maroth waited anxiously for good, but evil came down from Jehovah to the gate of Jerusalem.” Micah 1:12
“You have wearied Jehovah with your words. Yet you say, In what way have we wearied Him? When you say, Every evildoer is good in the eyes of Jehovah, and He delights in them; or, Where is the God of justice?” Malachi 2:17
“Thus says Jehovah of Hosts, Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you. They fill you with vanities; they speak a vision from their own heart, not out of the mouth of Jehovah. They speak to those who despise Me, promising, Jehovah has said, You shall have peace! And they say to everyone who walks after the stubbornness of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you! For who has stood in the counsel of Jehovah, and has perceived and heard His Word? Who has paid attention to His Word and heeded it? Behold, a tempest from Jehovah has gone forth in fury, a whirling tempest. It shall whirl upon the head of the wicked. The anger of Jehovah shall not turn back, until He has executed and until He has fulfilled the purposes of His heart; in the latter days you shall diligently consider it with understanding. I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran; I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied. But if they had stood in My counsel and had caused My people to hear My Words, then they would have turned them from their evil way and from the evil of their doings. Am I a God near by, says Jehovah, and not a God afar off? Can anyone hide himself in secret places so that I shall not see him? says Jehovah. Do I not fill the heavens and earth? says Jehovah.” Jeremiah 23:16-24
For years I have seen an increase in natural disasters, too many things seemingly happening across the globe. Now, being a bit of a history buff I know that throughout history these events happen, sometimes there are large events where scores of people are killed. A recent one would be the tsunami in the Indian ocean back in 2004 that killed over 200k people. I could think of the Black Death that killed tens of millions of people throughout Europe, Asia and north Africa that until recent was the source of people saying ‘God bless you’ when someone sneezed. So throughout history there have been things that have happened, for this world is under the curse (Is. 24:6).
Just as men die (Heb. 9:27), have major illnesses, etc., so to the Bible says the following:
“But I say to you, Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who abuse you and persecute you, that you may become sons of your Father in Heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” Matthew 5:44-45
The other day I was driving home from work and I have quite a drive in a rural wooded area in northern Michigan. The sun was beginning to go down and the smoke from the wildfires out west created a haze, with the sun glowing red. The smoke could be seen in the trees in the far distance, as I traveled down this highway with hardly any traffic at this portion of the trip. Now I am not a stranger to wildfire smoke.
Having lived in Kalispell, Montana for quite some time, I have seen my share of wildfire smoke, numerous times worse than what can be seen in northern Michigan. On the local news there was talk about the Bootleg fire in Oregon that has consumed 413,000 acres as this is being written. They had a nice little graph that showed the top ten fires in Oregon’s history and I noted that each and every single one of them occurred since the year 2000.
In Kalispell there would be the old-timers who would complain about the smoky summers. One, my neighbor, who used to work for the United States Forest Service, knew of one year where the smoke was much worse, but stated that the year after year of a smoky summer was not the way it used to be. While things are not necessarily worse from the year before, in terms of disasters in this country, one can see that decade after decade they are continuingly getting worse.
So far 2021 has been a fairly wild year with Germany and Poland receiving massive flooding rains, Turkey also getting it’s portion with massive wildfires. China has seen a rainfall that is so massive it is hard to imagine that much rain falling without a powerful typhoon hitting. There has been a mice plaque in Australia, an exceptional drought in much of the western United States, as well as portions of South America, top that off with some extra cold in places like Brazil.
Yet what we have is our scientists, scholars, government and others who tell us that these things are the result of climate change. Certainly there will be climate change, the Bible is quite clear on that:
“And the first angel sounded: And hail and fire followed, mingled with blood, and they were thrown to the earth. And a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up.” Revelation 8:7
“And the fourth angel poured out his bowl onto the sun, and it was given to him to scorch men with fire.” Revelation 16:8
So we have one group that sometimes will manipulate scientific numbers (such as climategate), but we also have those who deny our Creator, those who like to assume that every odd climate event is due to man, rather than either a natural cycle or possibly a situation when we as separate societies around the world might stop what we are doing and ponder our ways before our Creator.
Yet there is no need to stop what we are doing, in terms of not living holy, as part of God’s great and awesome Creation, if we believe that we are simply descended from monkeys, out of some mysterious big bang event, where even those ingredients that were needed for the big bang would have had to come from somewhere and as ‘they’ say, we are dealing with climate change.
You see is it climate change and our gas guzzling vehicles and lust for endless produced goods that cause all of these things or it is not. Well the one proposes a system where there is restrictions to regain control over the earth and the resources to restore much, often written by those who see a small population living on the earth in order to do so, then there is God Almighty and His written Word to mankind that makes known these things to us and points directly at the problem.
“For the wrath of God is revealed from Heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is clearly recognized by them, for God has revealed it to them. For ever since the creation of the world the unseen things of Him are clearly perceived, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they know God, they do not glorify Him as God, nor are thankful, but become vain in their reasonings, and their stupid hearts are darkened. Professing to be wise, they become foolish, and change the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man, and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. Therefore God also gives them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who change the truth of God into the lie, and fear and serve the created things more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gives them up to vile passions. For even their women change the natural use for what is contrary to nature. Likewise also the men, abandoning the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust toward one another, men with men performing what is shameful, and receiving the retribution within themselves, the penalty which is fitting for their error. And even as they do not like to have God in their full true knowledge, God gives them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with every unrighteousness, sexual perversion, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, depravity; whisperers, defamers, haters of God, insolent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, without natural affection, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do them, but also approve of those who practice them.” Romans 1:18-32
Now let me take some liberty here and point out in verse 32 where it speaks of ‘also approve of those who practice them’ and ponder about this rainbow LGBTQ movement that is also being shoved down our throats, whether or not we like it, from THE SAME people who also proclaim that climate change is an ongoing event that is –caused by man. So where will the Truth of this matter stand, based off of God’s Word that eventually the earth is destroyed by fire and it was given for us to use it or to those who like to tell our male and female children, our boys and girls, that they can decide for themselves what gender (many to chose from) they want to be when they grow up.
“The Lord is not slow concerning His promise, as some count slowness, but is longsuffering toward us, not purposing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with intense burning; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, of what sort ought you to be in holy behavior and godliness, looking for and earnestly hastening unto the coming of the Day of God, through which the heavens will be dissolved, being set on fire, and the elements will melt with intense burning? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.” 2nd Peter 3:9-13
“And God blessed them, and God said to them, Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the flying creatures of the heavens, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Genesis 1:28
“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1:27
“And He answered and said to them, Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning made them male and female, and said, For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh?” Matthew 19:4-5
Do we listen to those who allow men to compete in women’s sports? Do we listen to those, the same people with the same scientific logic, who tell us that it is alright for a man who wants to pretend that he is a woman to use the woman’s bathroom with your daughter inside?! Is it alright to do as California and the UK has done and place men, who claim they are women, within the prison system, so that they can assault the women in the women’s prison! Is it alright to ban writing such as this in places throughout Europe and even Canada, where pastors (or others) can find themselves fined or behind bars for boldly proclaiming the Word of God?
God will judge this matter, I assure you and perhaps He might be right now when we look at all of these events that are happening across our world. For one, if we wanted to know for sure, as a civilization, whether or not these things were a response from our Creator due to the wickedness that prevails in our societies, we ought to repent, seek His Son Jesus Christ, who died on the Cross for our sins and see what happens!
“And the children of Israel cried out unto Jehovah, saying, We have sinned against You, because we have both forsaken our God and served the Baals! So Jehovah said to the children of Israel, Did I not deliver you from the Egyptians and from the Amorites and from the sons of Ammon and from the Philistines? Also the Sidonians and Amalekites and Maonites have oppressed you; and you cried out to Me, and I delivered you from their hand. Yet you have forsaken Me and served other gods. Therefore I will deliver you no more. Go and cry out to the gods which you have chosen; let them deliver you in your time of distress. And the children of Israel said to Jehovah, We have sinned! Do to us whatever seems good in Your eyes; only deliver us this day, we pray. And they put away the foreign gods from among them and served Jehovah. And His soul was grieved because of Israel‘s troubles.” Judges 10:10-16
“Who knows if He will turn and have pity and leave a blessing behind Him, a food offering and a drink offering for Jehovah your God?” Joel 2:14
Now I must ask a question and one that I seriously ponder. Where are the pastors in this country and around the world? Are they sleeping? We are a conquered nation, a conquered world and if it weren’t for our Lord and Savoir Jesus Christ, there would be no solution for each individual.
It makes sense for the world, who do not know God, for those who proclaim the lies of evolution, for those who ignore the edict to repent towards God and by faith believe into Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior (Ac. 20:21), but what about those who proclaim to preach His Word? What about those who say they know God, but ignore such things and tell people that God ‘accepts you just as you are’ and ‘God is love’, without mentioning the need for repentance and other attributes of our Holy God?
Let me place a scenario here that correlates with the chapter on the Time of Jacob’s Trouble. While I do not pretend to have all of the answers or even close to exactly how things will play out in what is commonly known as the Tribulation, what I would like to do is explain how it could be that we are experiencing birth pangs or rather these events that continue to happen around the world, with thus far not even having mentioned COVID and it’s variants, seem to possibly be pointing in a direction that should cause every man, woman and child to consider themselves before their Creator, to not only ensure that truly they accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior, but also if they have not, to do so before they are Left Behind.
“Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know, yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you; unless indeed you are ones failing the test?” 2 Corinthians 13:5
So in the United States of America, indeed throughout much of the world there is this idea that permeates, one that is not new, but an old idea of those who are deserving of God’s just judgment, though of whom God is calling to repent and they continue on ignoring such a call to repentance, but rather assuming that everything is simply fine and that they are God’s people, therefore nothing bad will happen to them. Well as one of the opening verses stated:
“yet they lean on Jehovah, saying, Is not Jehovah among us? No evil can come upon us.” Micah 3:11b
While this is obvious in context to Israel, are not these things recorded in God’s Holy Scriptures for examples unto us?
“Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant, that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and all were immersed into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, and all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank out of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ. But with most of them God was not well pleased, for they were scattered in the wilderness. Now these things became examples for us, so that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted. Neither become idolaters as were some of them. As it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. Nor let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them prostituted, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell; nor let us test Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents; nor murmur, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed by the destroyer. Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. Therefore let him who thinks he is firmly established take heed that he not fall.” 1st Corinthians 10:1-12
Consider the following warnings given by Christ to the Churches:
“To the angel of the church of Ephesus write”… Rev. 2:1a “Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works; and if not, I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place; unless you repent.” Rev. 2:5
“And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write”… Rev. 2:12a “Repent. But if not, I will come to you quickly and will make war with them with the sword of My mouth.” Rev. 2:16
“And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write”… Rev. 2:18a “And I gave her time to repent of her sexual perversion, and she did not repent. 22 Indeed I will cast her into a bed, and those who commit adultery with her into great affliction, unless they repent of their deeds.” Rev. 2:21-22
“And to the angel of the church in Sardis write”… Rev. 3:1a “Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not at all know what hour I will come upon you.” Rev. 3:3
“And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write”… Rev. 3:14 “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.” Rev. 3:19
We live in what my best friend, the coworker and coauthor of this book, has rightfully called bozoland. We live in a time, despite the fact that the lockdowns from COVID rightfully should have caused a great depression worldwide, here in the United States (as well as much the same in various countries around the world) we have seen things that ought not to be so.
In the United States housing prices to purchase a new home have surpassed that prior to the actual bubble that we had just over a decade ago. The rental prices in this country have went up so much there are people who are falling in the cracks and many who can not even find a rental in locations that they want or need to live in. The stock market continues to hit record or near record highs and sales for many companies have been very robust.
What started off with no toilet paper in the stores has culminated into a world where one has a hard time finding a new pickup truck to purchase. In fact the used car pricing has also hit a record high. There has been shortages, largely due to an unprecedented demand, for bicycles, boats, RV’s, homes, building supplies, etc…just to name a few. Most of us have probably experienced it one way or another.
On top of all of the natural disasters that include an abundant amount of flooding, forest fires and droughts, the world food supply is beginning to be pushed to its limit, which will only cause further price inflation, as well as the ‘look twice’ shrinkflation of our products.
We have a world, where as this is being written, the Department of Justice has decided that employers may mandate vaccinations in the United States. Similar schemes are happening throughout countries across the entire globe. In many countries, such as France and Italy, vaccine passports are becoming available and being made mandatory. Even in Australia, their government has cracked down hard against COVID even now using the military to enforce their draconian laws.
There are a lot of people who are looking for answers and a lot of time the only answers they are getting is that there is not a biblical pretrib Rapture or pastors just ignore these portions of the Bible altogether. When we have something like the vaccine passport, no longer a conspiracy theory, but something that is actually going into action in various parts of the world, then we have something that at a minimum would provide conditioning for the mark of the beast (Rev. 13:16-17).
When we have disaster after disaster happening around the world and yes a pestilence, that being the virus and no one is seemingly paying attention, not only do we have the falling away (2 Thes. 2:3) that has already happened, what we have is a generation of so-called christians who are setup for the grand delusion that God will allow to happen. So it should be no surprise that what we see happening is by and large being ignored even by those who are pastoring churches across the globe…knowing that most of them were not called by God to do so anyway.
However for him who has eyes to see and ears to hear, let us examine the matter for a moment, let us dig into the current situation that we face as individuals throughout the world. Let us ponder the following:
“Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?
4 And Jesus answered and said to them: Take heed that no one leads you astray.
5 For many will come in My name, saying, I am the Christ, and will lead many astray.
6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.
8 All these are the beginning of travail.
9 Then they will deliver you up to affliction and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name.
10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.
11 And many false prophets will rise up and lead many astray.
12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.
13 But he who endures to the end shall be kept safe.
14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.
15 Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (whoever reads, let him understand),
16 then let those who are in Judea flee into the mountains.
17 Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house.
18 And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes.
19 But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days!
20 And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath.
21 For then there will be great affliction, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.
22 And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be kept safe alive; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.
23 Then if anyone says to you, Look, here is the Christ; or, There; do not believe it.
24 For false christs and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.
25 Behold, I have told you beforehand.
26 Therefore if they say to you, Behold, He is in the desert, do not go out; or, Behold, He is in the inner rooms, do not believe it.
27 For as the lightning comes out of the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
28 For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together.
29 And immediately after the affliction of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
30 And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the heavens, and then all the tribes of the earth will wail, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
31 And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
32 Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near.
33 So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near, at the doors.
34 Truly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things are fulfilled.
35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My Words will by no means pass away.
36 But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of Heaven, but My Father only.
37 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark,
39 and did not realize until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
40 Then two will be in the field: one is taken and the other is left.
41 Two will be grinding at the mill: one is taken and the other is left.
42 Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord comes.
43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief comes, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be dug through.
44 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man comes at an hour you do not expect.
45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made administrator over his household, to give them food in due season?
46 Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing.
47 Truly, I say to you that he will appoint him as administrator over all his possessions.
48 But if that wicked servant says in his heart, My master delays his coming,
49 and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards,
50 the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not expecting him and in an hour he does not know,
51 and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Matthew 24:3-51
So this is a famous passage of the Bible where Jesus informs us about the end.
Now let me also add the seals from Revelation chapter 6 and make a few observations, pondering what might be occurring.
“Now I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals; and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a voice like thunder, Come and see.
2 And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering, indeed in order to conquer.
3 When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, Come and see.
4 And another horse, fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword.
5 And when He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, Come and see. So I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand.
6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine.
7 And when He opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, Come and see.
8 So I looked, and behold, a pale green horse. And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed behind him. And authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth.
9 And when He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the Word of God and because of the testimony which they held.
10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?
11 And a white robe was given to each one of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who were about to be killed as they were, was filled up.
12 And I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood.
13 And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its untimely figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind.
14 And the heavens separated as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.
15 And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains,
16 and said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!
17 For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?” Revelation Chapter 6
Now there is an assumption that everything that happens in chapters 4-19 in the book of The Revelation of Jesus Christ (the official and true name (Rev. 1:1)) is for the future. That indeed nothing could be occurring prior. Is this a misconception?
The key to understanding the book of Revelation lies in the following verse:
“Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after these things.” Revelation 1:19
So the book of Revelation is actually a book about past – present – future and if one does not understand that, then it is impossible to properly understand the basics of what is taught in Revelation. Of course, then again, if one has not repented and by faith believed into Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior (Acts 20:21) then there will be no understanding. Your name must be written in the Lamb’s Book of Life (Rev. 17:8).
While more could be stated on these things, we are going to simply touch on the surface a lot of what is written throughout this book. This is not a commentary on the book of Revelation, but rather the purpose set forth herein is to simply declare God’s truth to those who are seeking their Creator (Jer. 29:13), in a world that has grown ever more dark and ignorant of the Word of God.
Starting with verse 2 in Revelation chapter 6, let us ponder something here. When we consider that the first seal is about the Antichrist (given in more detail in The Antichrist chapter) let us ponder a couple of thoughts about this particular seal.
Does the Antichrist just come out of nowhere? Well, in more detail later, the Antichrist rises to power. So would not the world power system that the Antichrist rises out of already be in effect, with its wheels of evil churning until the time is at hand, that time being declared only by God Almighty?
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against rulers, against authorities, against the world’s rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual wickedness in the heavenlies.” Ephesians 6:12
Now consider the second seal in Revelation 6:3-4. Peace is gone and people kill each other. When the Holy Spirit is removed, immediately before or at the Rapture (2 Thes. 2:7), just imagine the increase in violence in those days! Yet could this partially be being fulfilled at the current moment?
In Matthew 24:12 we see that ‘lawlessness will abound’ and that is precisely what has been an ever-worsening situation for many years, not only in the United States of America, but throughout much of the world. Things are not getting better, but people are getting worse.
“But evil men and pretenders will grow worse and worse, leading astray and being led astray.” 2nd Timothy 3:13
I am only in my 40’s and have spent much of my life in smaller rural communities, rather than larger cities. If you read carefully in Revelation 6:4 you see that there are two things, one is ‘to take peace from the earth, AND’ the other ‘that people should kill one another’.
Even where there is not necessary violent acts and murders being carried out, there is a much less peaceful world left for us to live in. Things such as road rage, angry protests, a general unfriendliness and many other such things have been getting worse and worse over the years, just as the Bible prophesied.
“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, unyielding, slanderers, without self-control, savage, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away.” 2nd Timothy 3:1-5
I want to focus on one more seal that I ponder whether or not it has already begun and this global pandemic of COVID and it’s endless variants has really shown some evidence of this having been an ongoing ordeal.
As part of what is often called the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, a term that I am not necessarily adapting here, the third seal deals with what has something to do with an increase in the cost of food products, assuming that the oil is talking about cooking oil, so the question raised is why?
In Matthew 24:7 we can see that famines are one of the signs that things are wrapping up. Now many of these things that we read of in Matthew 24 have been going on for a long time now. Definitely famines could be reason for rising food costs, as well as numerous natural disasters, but inflation can also play a role in it.
Right now there is much talk about global food shortages and in all fairness there is definitely merit to some of these arguments that are made by a few. There are all sort of natural disasters, droughts, labor shortages and weather problems that are wrecking havoc on the global food supply. Nonetheless, the effect in the short term, as these things could continue, the food shortage could get worse and cause prices to continue to climb, then, assuming we are on the verge of the 70th week (Da. 9:27), this could lead into the Tribulation where we know there will actually be a global food shortage (Rev. 6:8).
While this chapter is not going to dive deep into the mark of the beast (Rev. 13:16-17) could it be that the third seal (Rev. 6:5-6) has already at least been opened and partially effecting our society???
When original material was written in the book entitled Repent!, I asserted that I was glad that COVID hadn’t materialized into the media prior to writing that book. I would not have wanted to have even known of those things while I was diligently working on that book. Now the opposite could be said, with having seen what COVID has done, in terms of affecting our world with shortages, tyranny, split opinions, censorship, record stock market, etc., I am glad that I am aware of these things.
For where many would have laughed at me and called me a conspiracy nut if back in March or April of 2020 I had told you that there were using COVID to push for a vaccine passport, which could set the stage for at minimum conditioning people to accept the mark of the beast, now I ponder whether or not variant after variant of COVID will be naturally or otherwise released into the public domain and IF we so happen to be so close to the Rapture and the “time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jer. 30:7) that quite simply such things –might- actually be pushing the world headfirst into the mark of the beast.
I ponder whether or not this seal could already have been opened and the effects of it are already being felt upon our societies around the world, with it culminating into what the Bible prophesies will happen during the Tribulation???
Could it be that this nonsense that we see in the world today, in light of COVID, will lead into the bottom falling out in the future, that will then lead to the basis of the Antichrist and his mark of the beast???
Let me take a minute to try and have a common sense argument for those who have ‘eyes to see’ and ‘ears to hear’ (Matt. 13:15-16).
Consider and consider well the logic of the world response to COVID, a virus that has certain markings in it that makes it seemingly illogical and impossible to have resulted from any sort of natural occurrence
“Certainly, the people who investigated it say it likely was the emergence from an animal reservoir that then infected individuals, but it could have been something else, and we need to find that out. So, you know, that’s the reason why I said I’m perfectly in favor of any investigation that looks into the origin of the virus,”… Dr. Anthony Fauci
While certainly this book is not about COVID and conspiracies, you can find one of those if they haven’t been censored from those who sell books, this book is about the very last days, the end of life as people know it, the prophesied future according to the Bible, so with that much said, it is more that COVID –might- have something to do with the end.
Simply stated, let me point out form Dr. Fauci’s above quote, that if a man who is a top scientist, seasoned and well-respected by his colleagues suggests that there could be something else, that right there should be enough evidence to suggest that not all may be as it seems. So we might be dealing with a diabolical power grab from the powers-that-be.
Now we know that all of these things that will occur will happen in God’s timing. No matter what sort of scheme the deep-state or the elite, call them what you will, I will stick with the antichrist world government system, the starting gun, which is the Rapture (1 Thes. 4:16-17), will not occur until the fullness of the Gentiles is complete (Ro. 11:25), which is in God’s timing. Satan is behind what people call the elitist (Luke 4:6) and whatever their schemes might be.
“All these are the beginning of travail.” Matthew 24:8
“Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near, at the doors.” Matthew 24:32-33
So now, as of writing this in early August 2021, there are already vaccine passports coming out in France and Italy, a Canadian province has adapted these, there are rules and regulations preventing the unvaccinated from dining in NYC or LA in the near future, airlines that are considering no-jab, no-fly policies and the at minimum conditioning of people is in full throttle towards some sort of dark dystopian future that is really starting to resemble a huge power grab and loss of freedoms not only in the United States, but all around the world.
A vaccine passport has similarities to the mark of the beast in one aspect that certain segments of society, dining out, going to the gym, going to large venue events, whatever they feel like adding to it, segregates society. For certain aspects of economic activity (buying/selling), for instance at a restaurant where one desires to dine-in, there would be the aspect of needing the COVID vaccine passport (buying) in order to eat there as well as the restaurant itself (selling) needing to verify that such credentials were had in order to sell their goods, in that case prepared food.
Now in and above this there are numerous things in this world that have gone berserk over the past year and a half. What I ponder and believe is happening is these people are going for broke in regards to the world reserve currency, the US dollar, which, theoretically in the future, during the Tribulation, could be a cause and effect of the ‘reason’ given to humanity for the need to implement this or that. This under assumption that the Rapture and 70th Week (Da. 9:27) is not yet for a time beyond our generation.
So while COVID, the lockdowns, the restrictions, the tyranny, the madness, the lies and misinformation, the changing rhetoric, the number manipulation, etc., happened and is still happening, one would logically assume that this would cause a major recession, if not full fledge depression worldwide, but the opposite at this moment seems to be occurring.
I wonder if those behind the scenes are simply going to go for broke. After all if you know the system is going down, you might as well, as they would assume, utilize it for everything it is worth. Will this be one of the reasons that the Antichrist will take over power (publicly) as he will offer the solution to the world’s financial problems and be able to ‘fix’ it, even if it is simply fixed for the short term??? So considering these things I have pondered what now appears to be bozoland, where an economy should have shown major cracks from the amount of restrictions, yet we see the following things:
Stock Markets Around the World Hitting and Holding Record Highs
Record Boat Sales
Record Home Prices – These prices are substantially higher than even at the peak of the housing bubble just over a decade ago!
Substansial Luxury Goods Market Increase
Record Furniture Buying Spree
Huge Holiday-like Shopping Sprees
Yes the money is pouring in, not just in the United States but with many countries giving stimulus out to their people. The tap is turned on, perhaps even the dependency is being created, but every time I consider these things, I never fail to ponder this verse speaking of the Antichrist and considering whose watch it was when these things began and who started the stimulus money flowing:
“And also through his cunning he will cause deceit to prosper in his hand. And he will magnify himself in his heart, and through prosperity shall destroy many.” Daniel 8:25
Are not these the beginning of travails? Just how many frequent droughts, wildfires, earthquakes, pestilences, increase of immorality and crime (days of Noah (Matt. 24:37)), increase in sexual deviancy (days of Lot (Luke 17:28)) do people need to see before they scratch their head and wonder if something is going on?
How many mice, wildfires and other problems would it take for an Aussie to scratch their head and wonder if, just perhaps, they as a nation were wicked before their Holy Creator?
Just how many wildfires or cities would have to burn in California before they would ponder whether or not God is perhaps not pleased with their wickedness?
How much chaos and crazy things need to happen, how much tyranny needs to occur, before the populations of the world in their respective countries ponder whether or not they are possibly receiving the just judgments upon their people from their Creator?!
Worse yet, of those who peddle the Word of God to no avail, of those who preach from pulpits only what their congregations want to hear, careful not to stir any emotions too much or be too judgmental!
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own lusts, desiring to hear pleasant things, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to myths.” 2nd Timothy 4:3-4
“Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, being devoted to corrupting spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared,”… 1st Timothy 4:1-2
Does no one not ascertain that there is a God? Does no one not ponder whether or not these endless problems that are affecting the world have anything to do with our increasing wicked societies? Do pastors not pound the pulpit, warning their congregations to separate from the evil and to be holy (1 Pet. 1:16)?!
Do they not have eyes to see (Note: This is not said to those ‘few’ pastors who are doing their job and speak as the Lord leads to their congregations. I am aware of a few pastors who do warn about such things from time to time, as the Lord leads.) or ears to hear?! Are they blind? Are they deaf?!
Can they not see the ‘writing on the wall’, do they not sense that things appear to be nearer to the door (Matt. 24:33) than ever! Will they not tell people to drop their vain pursuits and to focus on ensuring that the Gospel is preached to anyone who will hear (Matt. 28:19-20)?
No rather most of them are apparently sleeping and indeed most will be sleepwalking through the “time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jer. 30:7), as they will believe the lie (2 Thes. 2:11-12, SEE: The Grand Delusion chapter), God will allow them to be deluded and they and those whose names are not written in the Book of Life, those who refused to believe in repentance or who only did lip-service to their Creator will find their end in the Lake of Fire prepared for the devil.
“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. And all the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides the sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me. Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You? And the King will answer and say to them, Truly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me. Then He will also say to those on the left hand, Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire having been prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was hungry and you did not give Me a thing to eat; I was thirsty and you did not give Me a thing to drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me. Then they also will answer Him, saying, Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You? Then He will answer them, saying, Truly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me. And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” Matthew 25:31-46
There are those who are hiding God’s judgments that are happening through renaming it to such things as climate change. Nonetheless there are pastors and religious leaders who hide God’s judgment through watered down just-as-you-are preaching.
…“who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do them, but also approve of those who practice them.” Romans 1:31
The mentality seems to be one in the church where everyone knows that no one is living right so that they are not convicted or convinced to be holy or repent, as all are presumed to go to Heaven and be Saved, so even though their conscience pricks at their heart, they hearts lust over the evil things and refuse to actually repent towards God (Acts 17:30-31) AND put their faith in Jesus Christ (John 14:6; Acts 4:12) as their Lord and Savior.
…“testifying both to Jews, and also to Greeks, repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.” Acts 20:21
Well they are not in good company, for who wants to be on the broad path to destruction (Matt. 7:13)?
“These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me.” Matthew 15:8
“Therefore Jehovah said, Whereas this people draw near with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but have removed their hearts far from Me, and their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men;”… Isaiah 29:13
Likely these same people, including the pastors and church members who were not Saved, but thought they were, will be Left Behind, they will not only be hiding God’s judgment with an excuse as to what the Rapture really was, but during the start of the Tribulation when the Antichrist is on the scene, certainly those who are purposely blinded can only but see that which is not there, accusing and making excuses for events that happen, even not seeing the Antichrist for who he really is, even if he had horns coming out of his head.