The End is Nigh: Ten Reasons Why by Pete Garcia

While it is impossible to know the day or hour of the Rapture of the Church (Mark 13:32), it is however, possible to recognize the season of His return and our subsequent deliverance (1st Thess. 5:1-3, Hebrews 10:25). For those who would assert our ability to even wonder when Christ could return as soft date setting, just remember that Christ chastised the Pharisees’ and Sadducees, as well as the city of Jerusalem, for not recognizing the season of their visitation (Matt. 16:1-4, Luke 19:41-44). 

We are to be actively watching and waiting for the Lord’s soon return (Luke 12:37). This does not mean we sell all of our belongings and move to a mountaintop to idly wait, but to live our lives recognizing that our departure is soon at hand. We are to hold loosely to the things of this life, and to understand the temporary nature of our current existence. When we do this, we renew and sustain our hope and faith in Christ, whilst living in a world that is aggressively falling apart. 

With that, I have put together ten definitive signs that point to the very soon return of Christ for His Church. However, there is a bit of a divine-paradox going on here. The Rapture of the Church is the only sign-less event noted in Scripture. Every other prophetic event has either signs for, or other things that lead up to it. The Rapture does not. 

So how can see evidence for an event that has no preliminary evidence?

The Bible plainly teaches that the Rapture happens before (or pre) Daniel’s 70th Week (aka…The Tribulation or the time of Jacob’s Trouble). There are two primary purposes for the Tribulation: 1) to discipline Israel and bring her back into relationship with God, 2) to destroy all the Christ-rejecting nations of the world in their current state (Jeremiah 30:7-11). Since the Church could not exist in the first 69 Weeks of Daniel, we should be able to conclude with confidence that it will not in the 70th Week of Daniel. 

Furthermore, the 70 Weeks of Daniel were exclusively determined for the Jews, and Jerusalem. As members of the Church (i.e., the multi-membered, corporate, body of Christ), we are only beneficiaries (through Christ) of the six must-happen things listed in Daniel 9:24 which MUST find their fulfillment at the conclusion of the 70th Week:

  • finish the transgression
  • make an end of sins
  • make reconciliation for iniquity
  • bring in everlasting righteousness
  • seal up vision and prophecy
  • to anoint the Most Holy

Since national Israel still largely rejects the Messiahship of Jesus to this day, we know that this last week of years must yet be future. Besides, if we are already seeing signs for events that happen after the Rapture, naturally, the Rapture must then be all the sooner. Therefore, since we cannot look for signs of the Rapture itself, we must look for signs of Daniel’s 70th Week. 

1. Israel. Clearly, the super-sign of the end times is the rebirth of the nation of Israel. The reason we can be certain it is the super-sign, is because there is no other explanation for the supernatural hatred for her existence amongst the nations. Not even the most tyrannical nation on the planet, North Korea, evokes as much vitriol from the leftists, godless, socialists, and Islamists as does Israel. The world has not seen this level of Anti-Semitism since the pre-World War II days in Europe. Unfortunately, this demonic hatred is not only at the geopolitical level, but also even within Christendom. Movements like Reformed and Covenant theology, as well as eschatological positions of Amillennialism, Preterism, and Post-Millennialism, were all designed to discredit Israel’s legitimacy as both a nation, and as the rightful heirs of the Genesis 15 endowment. Deuteronomy 30:1-10, Ezekiel 37

2. Jerusalem. The fact that Jerusalem is back under Israeli control, especially in light of how she reacquired it, is simply miraculous. Moreover, since 1967, the world has furiously tried to wrest control of Jerusalem back out of Israeli hands. However, as of December 6th, 2017, President Donald Trump became the first gentile world leader (in over 2,500 years) to officially recognize her as the sovereign capital of the nation of Israel further enraging anti-Semites around the world.  Zechariah 12:3, Luke 21:24

3. Damascus. Isaiah 17 predicts this Syrian city’s ultimate and total destruction as a city. The fact that the Arab Spring has largely blown over and subsided around the rest of the Middle East, but has continued to linger in Syria, speaks to the prophetic nature of the circumstances there. Not only that, but it became the casus belli to draw in the major players mentioned in Ezekiel 38-39.

4. Gog and Magog. The fact that we are seeing this coalition form before our very eyes over Syria is a sure sign that the Rapture of the church is extremely near. Never before has Russia, Iran, and Turkey (all formerly rival empires) ever collaborated economically, militarily, and politically with a common goal in mind. Listed by their ancient names, modern day Russia, Turkey, and Iran have formed an anti-Israel/US alliance that are currently building their forces literally tens of miles from the Israeli border (to her north). They are not there because they care about Basher Assad, or his regime. They are there because of its proximity to Israel and wealth (spoils). Two things about this stand out to me:

  • Israel’s allies are either unable or unwilling to help (Ezekiel 38:13)
  • God defeats this coalition so spectacularly, that spiritual Israel finally awakens, and the people finally demand to rebuild their third temple (Ez. 39:22, 28-29)

For the past two-thousand years, Jesus has been actively building His body the Church (i.e., the corporate, multi-membered, universal body of Christ- as noted in Matt. 16:18, Col. 3:8-11). The reason this event (Ezekiel 38-39) indicates that the Rapture is near, is that this war is the event where God returns His full attention back to My land Israel and My people the Jews (Ez. 38:16). The Church should no longer be in play on the earth, which makes sense. Again, the Church was not in play in the first 69 Weeks of Daniel’s 70 Week’s, why should we be in the 70th? It seems to me that Gog/Magog serves not only as the weathervane event for the Rapture, but also as the transition period into the final 70th Week.

5. The Kings of the East. While Russia, Turkey, and Iran are inexplicably drawn toward Syria, the US is being inescapably drawn to the other side of the world because of the threat from the East. North Korea (NOKO) has been a thorn in the side of US foreign policy since the 1953 Korean Armistice. However, things have been turned on its head since the election of President Trump and his unwillingness to play politics as usual. Due to a number of factors including nationwide malnutrition and starvation, growing corruption and an escalation of desperation, the status quo of the past is no longer an option for NOKO. Only three outcomes are possible for the Kim regime of North Korea: 

  • War with regime change
  • Denuclearization and reunification
  • Economic Collapse

These are all unacceptable outcomes for the Chinese regime. The Chinese prefers the status quo, because it gives them a measure of leverage over the United States. They also realize that after 17 years of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, the US military (in its present state) barely has the capacity, resources, or manpower to conduct itself simultaneously in two major theaters of war as we once did in World War II. The Philippines, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and Australia are all key US allies that require our immediate protection should China engage any of them (or us) militarily. This would require the US to shift most or all our assets from around the globe to meet the Chinese military threat. Our unwillingness to come to Israel’s aid in a Gog/Magog scenario may be because we are fully engaged elsewhere and cannot respond militarily.

6. The Pace of Modernization. The new arms race is not nuclear, it is digital. Nations around the world are racing to corner the market on artificial intelligence (AI), crypto-currency, quantum computers, genetic editing/cloning/modifications, data collection and mining, surveillance, lethal autonomous weapon systems (LAWS), and many more. In fact, technological advancements are moving so rapidly today that an inevitable breakthrough in any one of these areas could upend the current geopolitical balance of power. Of particular note is CERN’s experiments (dimensional portals, teleportation, etc.) in Europe, which could rapidly change the balance of power in their favor. Furthermore, AI opens the possibility for demonic entities to inhabit inanimate objects (as opposed to people). If demons can use Ouija boards, imagine what they can do with autonomous (or “sentient”) system and robot.

7. The Inescapable Threat. The world currently faces numerous, seemingly unsolvable crises (real or perceived) that demands global attention. Issues like: Climate change, economic instability, exploding population growth, weaponized immigration, the decline of fiscal currencies and other 20th century legacy institutions, increasingly hybrid forms of terrorism and crime, cosmic threats (comets, asteroids, solar storms, etc.), global travel and pandemics, and natural disasters (super-volcanoes, tsunamis, 9-10.0 earthquakes, etc.). Even the threat of these have caused tremendous anxiety amongst the world’s leaders and populations. Luke 21:25-26

8. Peace and Safety. The more destabilized the world becomes, the more the people will clamor for peace and safety. People will willingly trade their liberty for security, which is what globalists have wanted all along (via the Hegelian dialectic). Although this has been the case for the last thirty-years or more, the call for it has only intensified as the world has increasingly become more unhinged. While this is a passive sign, it is however, the one phrase Paul told us to listen for that would precede immediate the destruction caused by the Rapture. 1st Thess. 5:1-3 

9. Godlessness. The Apostle Peter remarked that in the last days, scoffers would come mocking that Christ had not yet returned (2nd Peter 3:3-4). Paul wrote that in the last days, perilous times would come (2nd Tim. 3:1). Paul’s definition of perilous interestingly enough, does not include war or natural disasters, but how treacherous and wicked men would become. Jesus stated that in the last days, because lawlessness abounded, the love of many would grow cold (Matt. 24:12). Furthermore, Jesus stated that the days surrounding His return would be similar to Noah and Lot’s day, both of which were noted for being exceedingly violent and wicked. Luke 17:26-30

The rise in godlessness and the general lack of fear/respect for God began back in the 19th-century when man first began to progress in both science and technology. This while many humanistic philosophies were simultaneously being developed. Existentialism, Marxism, Darwinism, Secularism, Socialism, Eugenics, Higher and Lower Criticism, etc., were all devoted to either doubt, reinvent, or dismiss God and the Bible. Either through coercion, deception, or manipulation into the public and higher education systems (even seminaries), these humanistic doctrines became the new modern dogma of the left. 

While I believe that most of God’s attributes are limitless, there is one, which I suspect, is not. That is His tolerance of evil. God is longsuffering, but that longsuffering will not go on indefinitely. At some point, God will have to bring judgment upon this earth because His righteousness demands it. Ruth Graham (Billy Graham’s wife) was quoted as having once said that if God does not punish America soon, He will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah. 

Since the left dominates the media and the government (both state and federal), it has wide platforms for promoting these humanistic narratives; their intent being stamping out true, biblical Christianity. Why is there such fierce opposition to Christianity, as opposed to Islam or communism? Both of those have long, sordid, and proven track records of death and violence. 

The answer is that Satan is currently managing this planet, and will tolerate anything and everything, except for the truth. In fact, we have arrived at such a time now that the godless are mentally, spiritually, and physically unable to distinguish right from wrong, up from down, or male from female, etc. Luke 4:5-7, Romans 1:18-32, Ephesians 2:2, 1st Peter 5:8

10. Convergence. While each generation could claim one or two from this list, none but ours could claim all of them. The sad fact is that this list is hardly comprehensive at all. There are so many more things pointing to the soon return of Christ that written space here does not allow for. Daniel was told that the end would come as a flood, and a flood-indeed it is (Daniel 9:26). However, it is not only the convergence of signs that is noteworthy; there is also the convergence of believers all coming to the same conclusions.

At no point in church history, has so many believers from so many spectrums all been so convinced that we are living in the last days. I believe this speaks to the Holy Spirit’s witness to us all who are awake and watching. Granted, most of the mainstream and aberrant churches and movements (Emergent, Hebrew-roots, Social Justice Gospel, Prosperity Gospel, Seeker-Sensitive, etc.) are sound asleep; however, the watchers are not. We may disagree on some of the finer points of eschatology; but we all generally agree that these are what the Bible describes as the last days. 

Even So, Maranatha

**Pete Garcia (from The Omega Letter) is an accomplished blogger/author with over three-hundred published articles. He is a Christian who loves the Lord, and loves researching and writing about all things relating to eschatology and Christ’s soon return.

A Conversation Between the Potter and the Clay

Potter:     I have made you for a purpose and fashioned you by my design

Clay:       Why do you have to be so exact?

Potter:    Trust Me when I say “I AM the Potter and you are the clay”

Clay:       But I’m not sure I like this. I’m not even sure who you are.

Potter:    I AM

Clay:      Well that makes no sense to me. You say I AM and I ask I AM what?

Potter:    I AM the Potter and you are the clay

Clay:      Why are you making me at all?

Potter:   I knew you before I set the foundations of the world

Clay:      You are making me now. How could you know me before?

Potter:   I AM the Potter and you are the clay

Clay:     What do you want from me?

Potter:   I created you to fellowship with Me and to Love Me

Clay:     But I have my own mind and aspirations. Why do I need you?

Potter:   Because I AM the Potter and you are the clay.

Clay:     Well, I think that you have fashioned me quite enough

Potter:   I know your whole life and I am smoothing out the rough edges

Clay:     Why are you doing that?

Potter:   Because I AM the potter, you are the clay: and I Love you

Clay:      Love me?  Why would you love me and why would you take the time to                    make me perfect?

Potter:    I am fashioning you in the image of Myself.  But I have also given you the ability to chose right from wrong.

Clay:      If you are fashioning me in your image but you know that I may choose what is wrong, why are you doing this?

Potter:    Because I AM

Clay:       There you go again with “I AM”  why do you speak in this cryptic manner?

Potter:     You would not understand any other words which describe Me. I had no beginning and I will have no end. Therefore, I AM.

Clay:      You want me to love you. Why should I love you?

Potter:    Because My love for you is so great. I gave up what is most precious to me – for you.

Clay:      What is precious to you and why did you give this up for me?

Potter:    My only Begotten Son was placed on a Cross and His blood was spilled for you.

Clay:      I didn’t ask you to do this. And why would you ask your son to do this?

Potter:    Because I AM

Clay:      That makes no sense to me

Potter:  I love you, but you will turn from me. That breaks my heart

Clay:     Why will I turn from you?

Potter:   Because you chose to go your own way. I want you to be reconciled to Me

Clay:     So you gave your son to die so that I could be with you? But why?

Potter:  Because I AM.  And because you can only be with me if you are Holy.

Clay:    Am I holy?

Potter:  If you admit that you are not holy, and that you need my Son – you will be Holy

Clay:    You really do love me, don’t you?

Potter:  Yes, I do love you and I wish for all to never perish, but live with Me Eternally

Clay:     I am beginning to understand.  Your love is drawing me

Potter:  That is My Holy Spirit. We are Three in One: Father, Son and Holy Spirit

Clay:    I want to belong to You.

Potter:  This gives Me much joy!

Clay:     I don’t want You to go away. Will You always be with me?

Potter:   ALWAYS – Because I AM.

 

CULT ALERT: Don’t Be Fooled by the Church of Almighty God AKA Church of Eastern Lightning

From 2016

A young Asian woman became my friend on Facebook. I immediately had a warning come up in my spirit. Something was wrong.  She kept placing “ads” for her church named “The Church of Almighty God.” It was as if someone had taken much time to put together PowerPoint slides, promoting this church.  Sometimes she would place these “slides” on my page 2-3 times a day.

She would contact me many times a day via FB message. She wanted to talk and was extremely pushy.  There was something very strange about this young woman.

I knew that it was time to do some investigating.

Church of Almighty God is a CULT.  There is no gray area. It is also known as Eastern Lightning.  They are from China. They are brutal and have murdered many people. They believe that Jesus has returned to earth as a Chinese woman!

From Equip.org

Deceived by the Lightning

Christians in mainland China’s “underground” house churches have faced persecution from the country’s Communist government for years. They now face another threat from one of the mainland’s largest cults, which frequently uses deception and coercion to gain converts from among house churches.
The cult calls itself “The Church of Almighty God.” The Chinese government refers to it as the “Real God” cult. Chinese Christians call it “Eastern Lightning.” Its followers believe that Jesus has returned in the form of a Chinese woman, like “lightning that comes from the east,” according to the description of His second coming in Matthew 24:27.

In April 2002, Eastern Lightning members kidnapped 34 leaders of the China Gospel Fellowship, a network of house churches. Cult members posing as representatives of Haggai Institute, a leadership training school in China, lured the leaders to attend a seminar where they were separated and held against their will. One woman managed to escape and alert the police. By June all the others had escaped or were released, although some who were drugged while being held captive continued to suffer physically.

An article dated January 2004 on one of the cult’s Web sites (www.hidden-advent.org), however, denies as “rumor” the reports that Almighty God’s Church believes in “a woman with the surname Deng who was once possessed by a demon in Zheng Zhou of Henan province.” The article explains, “Actually, the place of birth and location where God became flesh is not in Henan province at all. Furthermore, the surname is not Deng.” The article does not, however, identify someone other than Deng as the Christ; rather, it explains why “the flesh of the Almighty God” could not be demon possessed. The fact that no one has ever seen or photographed the woman they call the “female Christ” makes her identity or even her existence difficult to confirm.

The Second Incarnation. The group believes that the Bible is out-of-date and that those who limit God’s revelation to just the Bible are like the Pharisees who held on to the Old Testament and rejected Christ. Followers are told to give up the truth of the past and build their foundation on the Holy Spirit’s word for today: the writings of the “female Christ,” which are “God’s new word.” source

Here is their Facebook page:

Church of Almighty God

Needless to say, be on the alert for members of this cult. They seem to be all over Facebook now. The bizarre beliefs and violence against those who refuse to join, prompted me to write this article.

Please alert others about how dangerous these people are.

Pray for those who are involved with Church of Almighty God. Pray that they will meet the Lord Jesus, and be set free from this demonic cult.

How Can I Be Saved?

Shalom b’Yeshua

MARANATHA!

***Update:  Today, my Facebook was hacked and the culprit was this cult. Thankfully, FB shut me down until they found what was happening.  They told me that I was listed as a member of this cult. I told them that I am NOT a member.  We got it sorted out, and now I am up and running.  PLEASE look through your groups and make sure that you will not fall victim to Church of Almighty God aka Church of Eastern Lightning!