Sunday, August 6, 2017

Time Is Up (Part 2 - Birth Pangs)

Part 2


END-TIME EVENTS REVEALED


Now that we have determined the different perspectives and factual evidences of Jesus in Part 1, we are going to discuss Matthew 24 in depth.  This is where Jesus and his disciples are on the Mount of Olives asking Him about the signs of the end.  If you haven't already read "Part 1 - Two Perspectives", please first do so as it relates to the foundation of prophecy.

I think the easiest way to address this chapter is to highlight the fulfilled prophecies verse-by verse.  The highlights from this section, "The Beginning of Birth Pangs" will be in order as Jesus lists them:


THE BEGINNING OF BIRTH PANGS


  1. People claiming they are the Messiah (Matthew 24:5)
  2. Wars and rumors or wars (Matthew 24:6)
  3. Nation again nation (Matthew 24:7)
  4. Famines and earthquakes (Matthew 24:7)
  5. Pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven (Luke 21:11)
  6. Beginning of sorrows / "birth pangs". (Matthew 24:8)

These birth pangs will directly tie into the Revelation 12 sign we will see this year on September 23, 2017.  This "great sign" as Luke mentions above is the constellation Virgo giving birth on The Feast of Trumpets.  I quickly mentioned this in the last blog part that this will be the next prophetic feast Jesus will fulfill and my belief that The Feast of Trumpets (in any given year) will be the rapture of His bride.   More importantly and to emphasize, the woman is now giving birth which means we are at the end of the "birth pangs" and the start of the tribulation period. 




We will begin our study with the first thing Jesus mentions: people who have claimed to be the Messiah. I will just reference the most popular 4 (and in no order) according to their following for time sake.  Its also important to note that all of these I will reference have been since 1948 when Israel became a nation and the end-time prophetic clock started ticking.



MATTHEW 24:4-5


Matthew 24:4-5: Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. 


José Luis de Jesús
(1946 - 2013) 

José Luis de Jesús was the leader of the Creciendo en Gracia sect, based in Miami, Florida. He claimed to be both the returned phase of Jesus Christ and the Antichrist; he was known for making statements that opposed the precepts of the Roman Catholic Church but that followed his interpretation of the Bible. He was previously known as el Jesucristo Hombre (which translates, roughly, to "the Man Jesus-Christ") but shortly after his death his followers granted him the title of Melchizedek because, as stated by his official site, he attained his new and final name which means king of justice and king of peace.


In late 2006, he claimed that he was the Antichrist. He stated that the term was appropriate because people are no longer required to follow the "Jewish teachings" of Jesus of Nazareth, but rather to follow the apostle Paul's teachings through De Jesús. According to de Jesús, "Antichrist" means "no longer following Jesus of Nazareth as he lived in the days of his flesh". Followers showed their support by getting "666" tattoos on their bodies. "666", de Jesús said, is not a sign of the devil (he preaches that the devil was destroyed) but instead is the number of the Antichrist and that the number is "a number of wisdom and it displays who is really following the truthful words of Jesus Christ". He claimed to have two million followers in 30 countries by 2008.  (All information directly taken from Wikipedia: page)



Alan John Miller 
(1970's est. - )

Alan John Miller, also known as A.J., claims to be Jesus of Nazareth through reincarnation. His partner, Mary Suzanne Luck, claims to know she is the reincarnation of Mary Magdalene. Miller has been an elder in the Jehovah's Witnesses and used to be a computer systems engineer. The teachings of the Divine Truth (website) movement focus primarily on "Emotional Clearing" or "Emotional Processing". On the British magazine-program "This Morning" on July 15, 2015, Miller claimed that in the 1st century as Jesus he was in a state of "at-one-ment" with God and thus God could perform miracles through him; in his present "incarnation" he is not yet at that stage of development and thus cannot perform miracles.
He only became at one with God at the age of 31 in the first century. In his present (2015) "incarnation" he only started accepting he was Jesus at the age of 40 (although he said he has had memories of being Jesus since he was 2).  The cult has started receiving a great deal of attention worldwide. Current affairs television programs have started investigating and airing various reports on Miller and his cult. All information directly taken from Wikipedia: page)



Sergey Torop
(1961 - )

Sergey Torop, known by his followers as" Vissarion" (He who gives new life), is a Russian mystic and sect leader. He was a traffic cop until 1989 when he announced he was the son of God. He founded and heads a religious or sect movement known as the Church of the Last Testament with its head church in the Siberian Taiga. Sergey claims to be a reincarnated Christ. He teaches reincarnation, vegetarianism, and apocalypse. On August 18, 1990, when he was 29, Sergey claims that he had a revelation that he was the reincarnation of Christ.


He has two wives, and six children from two marriages. He rejected his first wife and married a nineteen-year-old woman, who had lived with him since the age of seven. He considers Mary, mother of Jesus, as his own mother.  He is believed to have around 1,000 followers. All information directly taken from Wikipedia: page)



Apollo Quiboloy
(1950 - )

Apollo Quiboloy is the founder and leader of the Philippines-based Restorationist church, the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, The Name Above Every Name, Inc. He has made claims that he is the "Appointed Son of God".  His ministry has a global television channel, the Sonshine Media Network International (President and CEO), and 17 radio stations in the Philippines. It also has two newspapers, Pinas and Sikat.; the Pinas is circulated weekly for followers in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Asia.


His followers refer to their community as a "Kingdom Nation." They claim about 2 million "Kingdom citizens" abroad and 4 million in the Philippines. All information directly taken from Wikipedia: page)



MATTHEW 24:6


Matthew 24:6: You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.



This one unfortunately is an exhaustive list - and I had to count them all.  I will only start with wars from 1948, starting with the Israeli-Arab war. (Israel becoming a nation)

  • From 1948 - 1989 (List), there were 192
  • From 1990 - 2002 (List), there were 67
  • From 2003 - 2010 (List), there were 41
  • From 2011 - Now (List), there were 30
That's a total of 330 wars in just under 70 years and that's not even including rumors of wars.  I found a statistic that 1 in 4 nations is at war, with a total of 196 nations.  Independent publication posted an article that mentioned only 11 countries (as of August 2014) that were free from conflict. That's 185 nations that were currently involved in conflict / war...(article)

As of this very moment and nearly everyday, the media covers the current world threat of North Korea and their nuclear capabilities. It doesn't even phase us anymore because it's discussed so frequently.
I don't think this scripture verse needs much more elaboration and is pretty self evident.


MATTHEW 24:7


Matthew 24:7 has a two-fold statement: Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.



INTERNAL CONFLICT:


Nation against nation and kingdom against kingdom deals with internal conflict and we see confirmation of that within Isaiah 19:2.

"And I will set the Egyptians against the Egyptians: and they shall fight every one against his brother, and every one against his neighbor; city against city, and kingdom against kingdom."

Countries that are currently involved in civil conflict/war:


the list goes on...Remember, Jesus said these were like birth pangs which means the closer we get to "the birth", the events will be more frequent and intensify.  Most of these stemmed just a few years ago around the immigration from Syria - which prophecy funny enough discusses Damascus specifically and its destruction.  I'll get more in depth on this with another blog part but remember, God doesn't deal in coincidence, He deals with His specific plan and purpose.



FAMINE:




The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that about 795 million people of the 7.3 billion people in the world, or one in nine, were suffering from chronic undernourishment in 2014-2016. (website) Almost all the hungry people, 780 million, live in developing countries, representing 12.9 percent, or one in eight, of the population of developing counties. There are 11 million people undernourished in developed countries.

The United Nations definition of famine is defined as more than 30 % of children under the age of 5 that suffer from acute malnutrition; Mortality rates are two or more deaths per 10,000 people every day.


In March 2017, Aljazeera News posted an article (article) that the famine in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria is the largest humanitarian crisis in the history of the UN. The United Nations (Founded in 1945 oddly enough, just before our timeline starts) show statistics of 20 million people in the countries above facing famine and starvation.  

In Venezuela over the last several years and by February 2017, the Venezuela's Living Conditions Survey, managed by a multi-university organization in Venezuela, reported that about 75% of Venezuelans had lost about 19lbs in 2016. The survey had also stated that 82.8% of Venezuelans were living in poverty, 93% can no longer afford food and that one million Venezuelan school children do not attend classes "due to hunger and a lack of public services".  As you see from the image, people line up for blocks to purchase basic food and household items.

Since 1950, than have been more deaths related to famine than any other time in history. Again, we see from basically 1948 and on, no other period of history had more famine-related deaths than now.  

There are many more countries I could list but for sake of time within this blog, I think you get the point that this is not some isolated incident and is world-wide.


EARTHQUAKES:




If you have been watching the news anytime within the last 7-8 years, you will notice that not only are earthquakes almost daily, the intensity of the quake is averaging 5.0 or higher according to USGS (website).  Again, Jesus said these signs would be like birth pangs which means the closer a woman gets to delivery, the stronger and more frequent the pangs become.  I need to stress this again since earthquakes have always occurred but the frequency and intensity of them is what differentiates us from any other time period in history.

Within the United States alone and in 2014, The Los Angeles Times reported that there is an increase of earthquakes but scientists aren't sure what it meant. The Bible does ☺ (LA Times article)  I've found several charts that are interesting to me such at the one below.




The graph above begins shortly after 1948 and shows you an uptick in natural disasters, and oddly increased around 1967 - which is when Israel regained Jerusalem as their capital. Since then, the natural disasters have skyrocketed.   The next graph below is from the USGS (website) and shows you the historical record from 1911 - 2011 of earthquakes that were 6.0 or higher.  Starting around 2001, it seemed to triple if not quadruple in frequency and intensity. From 1948, there has been a 2,000 % uptick of total earthquakes.



Volcanoes are not mentioned specifically in these birth pang signs but we will lump them into the "natural disasters" category.  If you have watched the news in the last several years, volcanoes all around the world are waking up, some of them erupting already. Most all of these are volcanoes that have been dormant for hundreds of years but randomly started waking up at the same time. Collective Evolution wrote an article concerning all of these volcanoes that can be found here (Collective Evolution article).

They write. "According to Volcano Discovery, 35 volcanoes are either currently erupting right now or just recently erupted all over the world. There are even more volcanoes with eruption warnings and tons of other volcanoes that are active, meaning they could technically erupt at any minute (though unlikely)."

For more natural disasters (floods, sinkholes, droughts, wildfires, animal deaths, etc.) see this article (Strange Sounds article). Everything is so common these days, it doesn't even capture a second glance most of the time.



LUKE 21:11



Luke 21:11 says "And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven."



PESTILENCES: 




Merriam-Webster Dictionary describes pestilence as a contagious or infectious epidemic disease that is virulent and devastating. (definition)

In today's age, we seem to frequently hear about the latest and greatest health crisis/threat to the world, in the forms of HIV/AIDS, Ebola, H1N1 (Swine Flu), SARS, Malaria, MERS, West Nile, Zika, etc.  As I stated before with earthquakes, there have always been diseases but the uptick and mortality of these help define the birth pangs relating to end-times.

The Journalist Resource (article) posted an article in 2014 highlighting the global trends in human infectious disease. Quoting a study from the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, the study finds that the number of outbreaks, and the number of kinds of disease, have both increased significantly since 1980. (article).  From the picture below, you can see the graph analysis of the study:





According to the Baylor College of Medicine (article) and quoting the article, "infectious diseases are a leading cause of death worldwide, particularly in low income countries, especially in young children.


Three infectious diseases were ranked in the top ten causes of death globally in the most recent survey by the World Health Organization. They are lower respiratory infections (3.1 million deaths), HIV/AIDS (1.5 million deaths), and diarrheal diseases (1.5 million deaths). In low income countries, malaria and tuberculosis accounted for an additional two of the major ten causes of death.  

The leading killer due to a single infectious agent is HIV/AIDS, followed by tuberculosis and malaria. Lower respiratory infections (including pneumonia) and diarrheal diseases are caused by a variety of infectious agents."




GREAT SIGNS IN HEAVEN:


And finally, the great signs in the heaven.  I think this this topic is where most of us are most interested, especially with the upcoming solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017, the Revelation 12 sign on September 23, 2017, and the blood moon phenomenon previously in 2014 / 2015.

Genesis 1:14 says "And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years"

This scripture often gets overlooked when looking at celestial events, mostly chalked up to commonality or mere coincidence. "Eclipses? Blood moons? - they happen all the time." Yes they do but Luke 21:11 mentions "great signs".  This means there needs to be something that differentiates common occurrences like these and makes them greater than normal. I.e - days they fall on, historical occurrences, anomalies, etc.

Example:

In 2014 / 2015, we saw the blood moon phenomenon. 



The reason why these were so popular was due to them:

  1. Falling In a row
  2. Falling on God's appointed feast days
  3. Having historical significance pertaining to the Jewish people
After Mark Biltz, whom founded the blood moon pattern, discovered the 2014/2015 pattern, he realized through more research that this pattern occurred in 1967, and further back in 1948.  The blood moon's themselves are common occurrences but the fact they all fell in a row, landed precisely on God's appointed feasts (as see in the image above), and revolved around historical events for the Jewish people is what made them "great signs" in the heaven.
In 1948, we know Israel was "re-birthed" and became a nation.  This ties into Isaiah 66:8 that says "Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children." Interesting that the Palestine paper prints the article as Israel being "born", confirming the Isaiah 66:8 prophecy. Thus, the prophetic end-time clock started based on the red scripture above. More interesting to note, we are once again talking about a woman giving birth as Jesus did in correlation to end-time events.  The word "travailed" in the last part of the scripture means the pains of a woman in labor, so here we see the "birth pangs" Jesus spoke of. We also see at the end of that scripture that she brought forth her children - so a delivery.  This delivery will tie into the Revelation 12 sign and I will get to that shortly.

1967 we know was Israel's 6-day war in which they acquired Jerusalem back as their capital.  2014 / 2105, we saw Israel at war with Hamas and the Gaza war.  Even further back to 1492, we see these moon patterns appear again when the Jewish people were kicked out of Spain. All of these "great signs in the heaven" occurred around those 3 points I made above. 


God deals in pattern and specific purpose, not coincidence.  I will continue to stress that over and over within these blogs to belabor my point. We need to get out of the "coincidence" mentality and realize Genesis 1:14 says these celestial things were made for signs and seasons. 


Mark Biltz quoted his thoughts regarding the upcoming solar eclipse and Revelation 12 sign by saying, “By not observing the biblical feasts, we have lost an invaluable connection to the Almighty. Anyone who is interested in prophecy but does not understand the biblical calendar and doesn’t keep the feasts really is like a ship out on the ocean without a compass! Without keeping the feasts, the connection to understanding prophecy puts you in kindergarten eschatologically. My advice is to just try the feasts and you will see the Messiah in a whole new way!” (WND article)



ECLIPSE 2017


This leads into the August 21, 2017 eclipse, which will appear over the United States.


There are some very interesting things about this eclipse as Mark Biltz explains. "Aug 21, 2017, we have a total solar eclipse going over the United States,” he noted. “This is again at the beginning the month of repentance on the first of Elul! Could God be giving us a warning that we need to repent or judgment will be coming to the United States? The timing couldn’t be clearer!  


We also find seven years later there will be another total solar eclipse running from south to the northeast across the United States on April 8, 2024, with St. Louis in the crosshairs between the two eclipses. April 8 is significant because it is the anniversary of the dedication of Moses tabernacle, when God reasserted Himself into the affairs of men with His glory coming to earth. It just so happens it was also the day Aaron’s two sons, Nadab and Abihu died." (WND article)


REVELATION 12 SIGN


He goes on to say, “Another very significant sign in the heavens is happening right after this year’s total solar eclipse on the first of Elul, beginning the month of repentance. A month later, we find during the Days of Awe from Rosh Hashanah (The Feast of Trumpets) on Tishri 1 and Yom Kippur on Tishri 10, there will be a confirmation of celestial events as described in the Book of Revelation. 



Revelation 12:1-2 reads: ‘A great sign was seen in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was with child. She cried out in pain, laboring to give birth.’

The woman (that is referenced so many times about being in labor and ready to give birth) clothed with the sun is the constellation Virgo and represents the nation of Israel. The 12 stars represent the 12 tribes of Israel. Interestingly, the constellation Leo, the Lion, which is above Virgo, is made up of nine stars. The Lion represents specifically the tribe of Judah. 


It just so happens this year during the Days of Awe, three planets will join the constellation Leo making up 12 stars. Virgo will be clothed with the sun, and the moon will be under her feet, fulfilling this sign to precise detail!”



BETHLEHEM STAR


On June 26th, 2015 when the Supreme Court voted to legalize gay marriage (Washington Post article), the USA was supposed to see the Bethlehem Star - something this world hasn't seen since the birth of Christ around 3-2 B.C. (Elephant Journal article)


Instead of us seeing the star on June 26th, the USA saw an unpredicted blood moon. (huge significance knowing NASA didn't have this predicted for this year.) The cause was said to be wildfires from Canada that were so large, the smoke plums filtered their way down central USA, affecting more than a dozen states. (Strange Sounds article)


This photo was taken by my good friend Solomon Davis (Solomon's website) on June 26, 2015 in Franklin, TN.  We see a celestial sign that's a marker for impending judgment in place of the star that marks Jesus' second coming. It just "coincidentally" happens to fall on the day the best friend of Israel chose to smack God in the face with the Supreme Court decision.

Are you seeing the big picture?  When 3 or more things add up that have connection, it no longer becomes coincidence and is now defined as intentional.  I think i'm going to dedicate an entire blog to discussing the Revelation 12 sign - and possibly the Eclipse in August.  There is so much historical and celestial detail to discuss on why its so significant but this blog is just to show you what's classified as "great signs" and some of the ones we have seen or will see.


MATTHEW 24:8

Matthew 24:8 finally has Jesus confirming that "all" these things are the beginning of the birth pangs.  This is where we have to stop and acknowledge that this generation (from 1948) has every one of these signs fulfilled.  The question now is, "how much time do we have left?" Well, the Revelation 12 sign is so significant because the constellation Virgo gives birth - on the Feast of Trumpets - which is the rapture of any given year.  The birth pangs will be no more and the birth is here.



IN CLOSING


I had a fantastic lunch meeting today with an old friend and spent nearly 4 hours talking about our own spiritual walks, these celestial signs, prophecy, and many other things.  The crux of what we walked away with was: 

  1. TIME IS SHORT! I'm not date setting and not saying that anything will absolutely happen in September.  I am saying there are so many things that apex this year and around September that its critical to prepare in case something does happen. Prepare your life and walk with God; Prepare your family/household; Finally, sound the alarm! Once the alarm is sounded, its up to others whether to heed the warning.
  2. There is NO reason to be fearful as a believer and follower of Jesus Christ. If you aren't a believer, you have ever reason to be scared. He prophesied these things must take place and we must trust in Him completely. It very important to be knowledgeable and not ignorant of these things but at the same time, not fearful for those who are in Christ.
  3. We received some confirmation about people and situations we both experienced lately.  Two scriptures came into mind and served as confirmation: Matthew 10:14 says 'If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet.'  Matthew 7:6 says 'Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.'  

If time truly is short, its so important to set spiritual blinders on your face and only focus on Jesus.  There will be many people, places, and things that the devil will distract you with, ultimately trying to throw you off of your focus and purpose with God.  I will have scoffers, even Christians, that don't hear anything said in these blogs.  Thankfully, I know my job isn't to make them believe (although I hope I've presented a lock-tight case), its simply to sound the alarm.  Noah sounded the alarm for 120 years about the flood and no one believed him until it was too late.  Jesus himself said in 
Matthew 24:37 that 'As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.'  There is no coincidence in Jesus referencing Noah, or those events that took place.

Please don't let these warnings fall on deaf ears.  



'and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved. For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness.' 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12



To be continued... 

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