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Iran and Israel

The nuclear standoff between Iran and Israel continues to build. The two nations have engaged in a shadow war since 1979, but it threatens to break into open war that could escalate into a regional or even global conflagration. To complicate matters even further, Iran’s mullah regime holds to an apocalyptic, genocidal ideology that justifies the annihilation of Israel and believes it can hasten the coming of its Messiah (the Mahdi) by destroying Israel and the U.S.

Questions abound. How close is Iran to getting the bomb? Will Israel carry out a preemptive strike against Iran? What will happen? What will Hezbollah and Hamas do? Will the U.S. be dragged into the conflict? What could happen to world  oil supply and delivery? Will there ever be peace in the Middle East? What does the future hold?

Iran and Israel is an up-to-date look at these questions and many more that will help you make sense of what’s going on in our world today and where it’s all ultimately headed.

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Build-Up to 2012

2012 Doomsday

This is the third and final installment of articles on the 2012 doomsday theory—for now. Since I wrote the book 2012, the Bible and the End of the World, which was released last week, the media attention to this issue has been gaining momentum. Articles continue to pop-up in various publications and outlets.

“2012: Will it be the end of the world as we know it?”    Telegraph.co.uk (Sept 3, 2009)

“Mayan Calendar Spurs End-of-the-World Debate”     NPR (July 29,2009)

“Tottering on the Brink of the year 2012”   Sacramento Bee (Sept 22, 2009)

On Fox News, Shawn Hannity recently featured a segment that delved into the whole 2012 subject.  Even Adam Lambert, who finished second in last years “American Idol,” has a new song that is featured on the “2012” movie soundtrack. His debut song is already causing quite a stir on the music scene.

 The movie “2012” continues to roll out new apocalyptic posters and more clips from the movie. The move is directed by Roland Emmerich, the man behind “Independence Day” and “Day After Tomorrow.” The official movie trailer pictures a solar eclipse, rioting at the 2012 London Olympics on Downing Street after the Olympics are suspended, the city of Rio de Janeiro submerged in water while the city’s iconic the Christ the Redeemer statue crumbles, and the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome crashing down as horrified masses look on. And this is just the beginning of earth’s woes on December 21, 2012.

So, what are people expecting to happen? Many are expecting the earth’s poles to shift, a close call or even a collision with the tenth planet in our solar system (Planet X), solar Armageddon as the sunspot cycle goes wild, world-ending tsunamis, eruption of super volcanoes, and possibly even the beginning of a new age of global consciousness and transformation that will usher in a new age of humanity. And all this, simply because the earth and sun will be in galactic alignment with the equator of the Milky Way galaxy.

This may sound far out to you, but many people are very worried about 2012. I talked with a person very high up at Fox News a couple of weeks ago for an entire hour filling her in on my take on 2012 and the end times. She expressed to me that she had some serious anxiety that there could be something to all of the 2012 stuff. Even some Christians are beginning to promote 2012 as a year of eschatological significance, possibly the year of Christ’s Second Coming and the beginning of the great tribulation. Familiarizing yourself with some key information about 2012 may give you many opportunities in the next three years to be an ambassador for the truth in your office, neighborhood, and family.   

For those who want more information about the whole 2012 doomsday theory, I will be presenting two messages on this topic at the church I pastor (Faith Bible Church in Edmond, OK) on two Sunday evenings, October 11 and 18. You can access them at edmondfaithbible.com.

Ready to Rebuild

According to the Bible, a third Jewish temple, often known as the “tribulation temple,” must be built on the 35-acre Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The first Jewish temple was the stunning Solomonic Temple which was destroyed in 586 BC by the Babylonians. The second temple was built by Zerubbabel and greatly embellished by Herod the Great. It was reduced to rubble in AD 70 by the Romans.
The Bible indicates in at least four places that the Jewish people will rebuild a third temple structure on the temple mount in the end times.

Daniel 9:27     “And he [Antichrist] will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering.”
Matthew 24:15    “Therefore, when you see the Abomination of Desolation which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place.”
2 Thessalonians 2:4    “who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.”
Revelation 11:1-2    “And there was given to me a measuring rod like a staff; and someone said, ‘Rise and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and those who worship in it. And leave out the court which is outside the temple, and do not measure it, for it has been given to the nations; and they will tread under foot the holy city for forty-two months.”

How this temple can be rebuilt is one of the thorniest problems in all of Bible prophecy. How can the Jews rebuild their temple with the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa mosque sitting there? Many solutions to this problem have been proposed. But never forget that before 1948 people thought it was impossible for the Jewish people to ever be restored to their ancient homeland. Yet, today almost 40 percent of the Jews in the world now live in Israel, and incredibly almost two-thirds of them now want to see the Temple rebuilt.

Ynet news reported the startling findings of a new poll about the temple on July 30, 2009. The poll asked respondents whether they wanted to see the Temple rebuilt. “Sixty-four percent responded favorably, while 36% said no. An analysis of the answers showed that not only the ultra-Orthodox and the religious look forward to the rebuilding of the Temple (100% and 97% respectively), but also the traditional public (91%) and many seculars – 47%. . . . The Temple was destroyed 1,942 years ago, and almost two-thirds of the population want to see it rebuilt, including 47% of seculars.”

This ground swell of support for a third Jewish temple is a key sign of the times. For years groups like the Temple Mount Faithful and others have championed and even made preparations for the rebuilding of the temple but broad public support seemed woefully lacking. That appears to have drastically changed. The temple must be in place during the tribulation period for the Antichrist to take his seat in it and defile it and for sacrifices to be reinstituted. While no one know when it will be rebuilt or how it will be accomplished, the stage setting for its appearance continues to fall into place.

Aporkalypse Now

The Associated Press headline reads: “Confirmation of flu cases raises threat of outbreak.” The swine flu is the lead story on network and cable news. The world is gripped with fear of a global pandemic.  The number of suspected swine flu cases in Mexico has quickly climbed to 1,614 and still rising, including 103 deaths. Cases of swine flu have been confirmed in the U.S. in California, Kansas, New York, Ohio and Texas. So far, in the U.S. none of the cases have been fatal.

Swine Flu PigNations all over the globe are bracing for the worst, but no one knows at this point if it can be successfully contained. Nine students and a teacher from Rangito College in Auckland, Australia have tested positive for influenza A, and it’s believed that they contracted swine flu after a recent trip to Mexico. Samples have been sent to confirm that they have swine flu.  Five others in Australia New South Wales are feared to have the disease. New Zealand has activated its pandemic response procedures— just in case. China’s Health Ministry is on high alert for a swine flu outbreak.

The nightmare pandemic, the Spanish flu in 1918, killed a staggering 500,000 Americans and 20 million people worldwide. One of the key factors that has worried health officials is that the world today is much different than it was in 1918. Globalism and rapid means of travel have added fuel to the influenza fire. The recent swine flu outbreak highlights this fear just like the SARS outbreak a few years ago. It’s a sobering illustration of how quickly a disease can spread around the globe. People from the U.S., Australia and probably other places have contracted the disease in Mexico and transported it back home with them. Disease can spread much more rapidly today than any time in history.

There are two key New Testament prophecies that warn of global pandemics in the end times. Jesus Himself predicted that in the end times there would be sweeping plagues that would wreak havoc all over the world (Luke 21:11). The Apostle John predicted, in the fourth seal judgment of Revelation 6, that end time plagues or pestilence, along with other disasters, would wipe out 25% of the world’s population. Describing the fourth horseman of the apocalypse, the rider on the pale horse, John said, “And authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth” (Revelation 6:8b). There are signs today that point toward these global plagues that will kill millions or even billions during the end times. The world stage is ripe for the kind of global scourge predicted in the Bible for the end times.

No one can say for sure that any plagues or pandemics we currently see on the horizon are the ones predicted by Jesus or John. But we can say that globalism, rapid means of travel, and dense urban populations have paved the way for this kind of sudden devastation. The world climate is just what Jesus predicted for the end times. His coming could be very soon.

President Blair?

Tony BlairAccording to the Bible, in the end times, the Roman Empire will be reunited (Daniel 2 and 7). This reunited or “revived” Roman Empire will go through several key stages just like the historical empire. First, there will be a stage where it is ruled over by ten leaders or what we might call the Group of Ten (G-10). After that one man will arise and take control of the G-10 subduing three of the leaders who oppose him. Finally, this one man will take complete control over the reunited Roman Empire and the entire global government for a period of three-and- a- half years. The push for a new office of President of the EU could be paving the way for such a leader to arise. Up to now the EU presidency has been a weak office that rotates among the member nations every six months. It’s more of a figurehead position than one with any real authority.

It appears that a new office of President of the EU is just around the corner and that Tony Blair’s name is already being thrown into the ring. According to the guardian.uk.co (7/15/09),

Tony Blair is a contender to become the first president of the EU with the full backing of the British government, the new Europe minister said today. Glenys Kinnock, in Strasbourg for the opening session of the new European parliament, said that although the former prime minister had not formally declared his candidacy, it was “certainly” the government position to support him. “I am sure they would not do it without asking him,” Lady Kinnock said. “The UK government is supporting Tony Blair’s candidature for president of the council.” The new post is to be created under the Lisbon treaty, which will streamline the way the EU is run if it is endorsed in an Irish referendum in early October. Blair would be the first sitting president of the EU, who will be appointed by European government chiefs for a minimum of 30 months and a maximum of five years. If the Irish back the treaty on 2 October, EU leaders are expected to decide on who will get the presidency at a summit at the end of that month.

This developing story points toward the end time scenario presented in the Bible. According to Daniel and Revelation, the coming Antichrist or man of sin, will rise from a reunited Roman Empire. He will appear first as a rather insignificant player but then will catapult to power over the Group of Ten who will be in power.
Let me make it absolutely clear that I am not saying in any way that I believe Tony Blair is the Antichrist. I don’t believe the Antichrist will be unveiled until after the rapture (2 Thessalonians 2:1-3). I’m strongly against those who claim they know the identity of the Antichrist.  However, I am saying is that this new post of EU President, strikingly foreshadows what the Bible predict for the final world government. While no one knows for sure if the Antichrist is alive today, we can say that the scene is being set for his appearance. Make sure you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior before it’s too late.