Friday, November 15, 2013

Headlines indicating prophetic signs of near fulfillment

I've been reading some headlines on some Christian sites and the headlines remind me of some prophetic verses. I'll post the headline and a snippet, and below that, the verse it reminded me of.

Did Israeli gov't vandalize box that held the bones of Jesus' brother?
"A limestone box said to have once held the bones of the brother of Jesus was at the center of the most controversial forgery case in decades -- and it was allegedly vandalized by the Israeli government before being returned to its owner. … The box will soon go on display for the public to view for the first time since 2002. There's just one problem: Reddish stains now appear over the inscription, remnants of a silicon substance applied by the Israel Police Forensics Laboratory to help determine the authenticity of the James ossuary. The Israeli police, with permission of the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), made a red silicon mold of the inscription -- destroying the 'letter patina' by pulling out this 'soft' patina ... thus destroying evidence," said the geologists who first studied the ossuary in 2002, according to Jerusalem-based journalist Matthew Kalman' v:shapes="_x0000_i1025"> who has covered Golan's trial extensively. "Consequently, the alleged small amount of masking letter patina is absent now and cannot be studied further."

I have no idea about the allegations on this issue, and I'm not making any correlations or allegations, but it did remind me of the case recorded in the bible. After Jesus rose from the dead,

"While they were going, behold, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had taken place. And when they had assembled with the elders and taken counsel, they gave a sufficient sum of money to the soldiers and said, “Tell people, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” So they took the money and did as they were directed. And this story has been spread among the Jews to this day." (Matthew 28:11-15)

I long for the day when Jesus will not be denied in any form from any person.

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Unprecedented Skull Discovery Raises Serious Questions Over Evolutionary Premises
"The discovery of an ancient human skull in the Asian country of Georgia has thrown the proverbial monkey wrench into the theory of human evolution. …For evolutionists, the skull presents a major problem. According to naturalistic dating methods, the specimen is nearly 2 million years old. Yet, despite the alleged ancient age, the skull is similar to today’s cranial structures, with differences that could fit into variation levels of modern humans."

"For decades, evolutionists have claimed that different human species evolved at different rates in various locations. However, the skull discovery in Georgia shows that there was actually much more continuity than predicted, with only one distinct lineage of humans."

Well, well, well. God made man. No myth or philosophy will stand on His day when He shows Himself as Faithful and True.

"Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." (Genesis 1:26).

God made man in one day, not over billions of years as evolution states. Evolution is false on the face of it. There are too many logical leaps, gaps, and ridiculous assumptions. As for the science, the steady parade of the missing links and changes in ideas about the missing link should be a major clue that scientists themselves are not settled on the theory of evolution. A paper in Biology Letters just a couple of years ago asked, "Was Darwin Wrong?" No matter what man claims, the only true statements of any lasting value are God's. (Mark 13:31)

FMI on why or how evolution isn't true, go here

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NSA Tracks Turned-Off Phones — But Phone Makers Don't Know How
Tracking a cellphone is easy, especially for the National Security Agency. But can you track a cellphone that's been turned off? It sounds impossible, but the NSA apparently has been able to track powered-down mobile phones since 2004, as reported by The Washington Post in July 2013. So far, Ericsson, Google, Nokia and Samsung have responded — and, as far as they know or can say, it shouldn't be possible to track powered-down cellphones. All four companies claimed to be unaware of any exploit or vulnerability that would make tracking a powered-down phone possible, since pressing the "off" button on a phone entirely deactivates its network connectivity.

There are some last days and Tribulation prophecies which refer to technology. Daniel said that in the last days knowledge will increase (Daniel 12:4).  It is a difficult prophecy to interpret because the prophecy isn't clear on which sphere of knowledge will increase, or all spheres (including religious). We have certainly seen the government's knowledge increase in both military and scientific applications. It has also increased in illegal knowledge of the citizens. We see many headlines today regarding the government's knowledge of its people increasing by spying on us. But the plain meaning is that knowledge will increase.

The false prophet will cause all to have a mark on their hand or forehead. This will be a mark of worshiping the beast (antichrist) and it will allow the holder to participate in commerce, in other words, buy or sell.

Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave,e to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. Rev 13:16-17

How the antichrist would be able to track those who are in the commercial sphere and those who are not, given all the points of sale across the world, has perplexed many for thousands of years. Since these words were written by John it has seemed impossible to perform, and yet in the last few years it has been increasingly revealed just how able the government is at tracking its people. That is what the above headline shows.

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The Coming Betrayal of Israel
In Geneva, Switzerland, the United States and other major powers appeared close to a deal with Iran to curb its nuclear program in exchange for lifting some economic sanctions against the terrorist-sponsoring state. Negotiations, however, fell apart at the last minute when France and Iran balked at the final wording on the interim draft. Talks are expected to resume within a few weeks, but it is worth pausing to consider what was nearly agreed to and what the outcome could likely be. The Coming Betrayal of Israel.President Obama has pledged to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that America has Israel's "back." Who knew he had a knife?

The culmination of all things is that on the very last days, Israel will be completely friendless, completely surrounded and completely hated. Satan will have been thrown down from heaven, and his fury will be unleashed on Israel (and the Christians).

"Behold, I am about to make Jerusalem a cup of staggering to all the surrounding peoples. The siege of Jerusalem will also be against Judah. On that day I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples. All who lift it will surely hurt themselves. And all the nations of the earth will gather against it." (Zechariah 12:2-3)

"And when the dragon saw that he had been thrown down to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child." (Rev 12:13)

Backing up from that moment a bit, we know that through Israel's history in biblical times and since 1948, the nation has been hated. Satan hates the nation that bore the male child, who is Jesus of course. Persecution has been the hallmark of the Jewish experience and the constant state of the nation of God. That Israel is increasingly hated today and increasingly isolated is prophetic and indicative of the last of the last days in which we are living. For those who just a few short years ago could not possibly see how the US and Israel would ever break relations, now you know. The bible is always true and it is amazing to me to see His words come alive in the world to the very jot and tittle of fulfillment.

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Brothers and Sisters, Jesus will call for His Bride and then He will return to judge the unbelieving world. These are facts from the bible. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17). He will come soon, also a fact from the bible. (1 Thessalonians 1:10; Luke 3:7). His appearing has always been imminent. (John 11:17-27, Hebrews 10:24–25, Titus 2:11–13). I believe Jesus is coming soon because the bible declares it. The inspired writings the Apostles laid down declare it so.

I see the rising apostasy, increasing depravity, and  other partial fulfillments of scripture that herald the nearness of His coming as reported in the news, these are signs, the very signs He said to watch for. I read my bible, I look around, I know in my heart He is faithful and true- and He is coming soon. Whether He is "early" (Matthew 24:44) or whether He is "late" (Matthew 25:5) ,He will be right on time to collect His bride. I pray you are in that group and not the group left behind to face His wrath. Pray for forgiveness to the Resurrected Lamb, who was slain from the beginning of the world. God's plan is to redeem, and pray your redemption is today, because the Redemption of the World who is also the Judge, draweth nigh.

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