A Dozen Prophetic Signs That Tell Us We Live on the Edge of Eternity

A sister in Christ sent this article to me today. I knew that I must share it with the readership.

From Jonathanbrentner.com

Whenever I think of the world on the edge of eternity, this picture of Tom Cruise form Mission: Impossible comes to mind.

We live on the edge if eternity. For those who know Jesus as their Savior, it will start when He catches us up to meet Him in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:3-17). Those left behind will face the horrors of the seven-year Tribulation.

As many of you know, I often write about the signs of the time. However, I feel compelled to do so again as reminder both to myself as well as to others of the nearness of Jesus’ appearing.

Apart from the first sign listed below, they appear in no particular order. Together, however, they shout to us that we indeed live in biblical times. We live on the edge of the start of our exciting adventure that begins with Jesus’ appearing to take us home.

1. REBIRTH OF ISRAEL

The rebirth of Israel forms the bedrock of our conviction that we live in the last days of human history as we know it. Most, if not all, other end time prophecies depend on a restored Israel. For example, according to Jesus, the antichrist’s future defilement of the temple happens during the Tribulation (Daniel 9:27; Matthew 24:15). This could not happen apart from the rebirth of Israel as a nation.

The reemergence of Israel in 1948 as nation after two thousand years was an astounding miracle and it happened precisely as the prophet Isaiah predicted (66:8). It sets the stage for the rest of the signs regarding the end of the age.

2. THIRD TEMPLE PREPARATIONS

In AD 180, church father Irenaeus wrote that someday the antichrist would defile a rebuilt temple.[i] Isaac Newton, known for his great scientific mind and discoveries, predicted over two hundred years in advance that Israel would again become a nation. Not only that, but he also predicted that the antichrist would desecrate the temple during the Tribulation period.

Today, this third temple is far along in the planning phase. Based on over thirty years of research, the Temple Institute in Israel has prepared most of furnishings for it, procured the architectural plans for it, and is training Levites to serve as its priests. The fervor for building this temple is strong within the nation. Israel has already begun planning the infrastructure to deal with the large crowd of visitors once it’s completed.

Below is a LEGO depiction of the planned third temple in Israel as shown on the Facebook page of the Temple Institute.

13. VACCINE MANDATES/PASSPORTS

The vaccine mandates, along with the issuing of vaccine passports, foreshadow the coming mark of the beast as depicted in Revelation 13:16-18. In several places in America and around the world, one cannot eat in restaurants or attend public events without proof of vaccination.

In a previous post, Transhumanism: The Path to the Mark of the Beast, I demonstrate how current technology, meant to enforce vaccinations, will later lead directly to the fulfillment of Revelation 13:16-18.

What we see today with the mask and vaccine mandates is conditioning people to accept the future mark of the beast. The push for transhumanism on the part of the most powerful people in world lies behind the vaccine mandates of so many governments around the world.

4. WORLDWIDE OBSESSION WITH THE COVID-19 VACCINES

In Revelation 18, which speaks to the destruction of Babylon, we find these words, “and all nations were deceived by your sorcery” (v. 23). The word for “sorcery” in the Greek is Pharmakeia from which we get our English word “pharmaceuticals.” It’s more than a little interesting that during the tribulation, drugs will be a key means of deception.

As JD Farag points out, there has never been a time when all the nations of the world are promoting a vaccine. Some are more forceful than others, but that does not diminish the prophesied worldwide obsession over them that we already witness.

Peter Koenig, a geopolitical analyst and a former Senior Economist at the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO), wrote the following about universal push for the COVID-19 injections.

What these measures do – “Vaccination Certificate / Passport” for the jabbed – is to separate society into the “good ones”, the “vaccinated” ones; and the “bad guys”, those who are not vaccinated, do not intend to get the deadly jab . . . .

. . . all 193 UN member countries whose governments have been co-opted in a long preparation period – would like you to believe that the non-vaccinated are a danger for society.[ii]

Just as John predicted in Revelation 18:23 in regard to the seven-year Tribulation, we find that all the nations of the world are already hooked on a Pharmakeia, or what we know as the COVID-19 vaccines.

5. THE GREAT RESET/BUILD BACK BETTER

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, the phrases “Great Reset” and “build back better” have become a part of our vocabulary, but so few recognize the sinister agenda behind them.

The “Great Reset” represents the building back of sustainable economic and environmental systems to replace the current failed system; i.e., capitalism. Klaus Schwab, the founder and chairman of the World Economic Forum (WEF), unveiled his Marxist agenda in May of 2020 hoping to capitalize on the turmoil caused by COVID-19.

Klaus Schwab said this in July of 2020, “The pandemic represents a rare but narrow window of opportunity to reflect, reimagine, and reset our world.”[iii] Here “reimagine” equals the merging of humans with machines and “reset” refers to the Marxist regime that the WEF promotes via its build back better campaign. The Great Reset is the economic side of the New World Order envisioned under the UN’s agenda 2030.

Prophetically speaking, these phrases point to the coming kingdom of the antichrist that’s already forming throughout the world. Do not be deceived by benign-sounding terms such as “build back better,” they foreshadow a wicked tyranny that will be far worse than anything the world has ever experienced.

6. PRINCE CHARLES’ SPEECH AT COP26

Prince Charles, speaking about climate action at the COP26 Climate Summit in Glasgow on November 1, 2021, made a startling statement regarding “economic transition,” which is the Great Reset advocated by the WEF that helped sponsor the event. Here is a quote from his speech:

We also know that countries, many of whom are burdened by growing levels of debt, simply cannot afford to go green. Here we need a vast military style campaign to marshal the strength of the global private sector, with trillions at his disposal far beyond global GDP, and with the greatest respect, beyond even the governments of the world’s leaders. It offers the only real prospect of achieving fundamental economic transition.[iv] (My emphasis)

Many students of biblical prophecy wonder about Charles’ reference to having trillions of dollars at “his disposal.” Who is this mysterious person? Could it be the coming “lawless one” waiting in the wings for the right time to step onto the world stage?

How eerie is it that Prince Charles may have actually referred to the antichrist as someone already alive and able to demand such allegiance?

He inadvertently confirmed that the massive transfer of wealth to corporations and the rich taking place through the climate change emergency and the COVID-19 vaccines is all about the coming New World Order.

7. INFLATION

The inflation that’s sweeping across America and much of the world is just a small sampling of what lies ahead in the not-too-distant future. For many years, I have suspected that the economic turmoil described in Revelation 6:5-6 was just around the corner. In several ways, the fact that it has not yet happened defies some of the things I learned about economics in my MBA classes at the University of Iowa.

I believe the Lord is sovereignly holding back the fulfillment of the economic chaos predicted in Revelation 6. At some future point, however, the Lamb will open this seal and unleash the monetary crisis that many financial experts predict will happen as the result of the massive worldwide debt and printing of money.

8. DECEPTION

Scripture also tells us that the Tribulation period will be a time of widespread deception upon the earth (Matthew 24:23-25; 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12; Revelation 13:11-15). The antichrist will deceive multitudes of people who will in turn worship him.

The amount of deception present in our world takes my breath away; it’s staggering. The duplicity already rampant in our world tells me that the Lord is already preparing the world for the future “wicked deception” that will pave the way for the rule of the antichrist (2 Thessalonians 2:10).

9. LAWLESSNESS

In Matthew 24:12, Jesus predicted that during the Tribulation the world would see an increase in “lawlessness.” In 2 Thessalonians 2:3-9, Paul refers to the antichrist as the “lawless one” and the “man of lawlessness.” Lawlessness will define both the antichrist and his kingdom.

With enough time and research, I could write a very long post detailing the multitude of evidence pertaining to the increased lawlessness in our world. In the U.S., we read of flash mobs that overwhelm stores and steal vast amounts of valuable merchandise. Calls to defund the police and the virtual elimination of bail for arrested criminals all add fuel to the fire of the anarchy and violence present in some cities in the U.S. A dozen cities have already broken records for murders in a year’s time.

We also see lawlessness at the government level in America and across the world as elected officials defy written laws and constitutions and impose their own selfish will upon those they govern.

10. THE RISE OF A ONE-WORLD RELIGION

Under the guidance of Pope Francis and many other religious leaders, the One World Religion complex in the United Arab Emirates will open in 2022. The website for this initiative describes it as follows:
The Abrahamic Family House will be a beacon of mutual understanding, harmonious coexistence, and peace among people of faith and goodwill. It consists of a mosque, church, synagogue, and educational center to be built on Saadiyat Island, the cultural heart of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. Through its design, it captures the values shared between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and serves as a powerful platform for inspiring and nurturing understanding and acceptance between people of goodwill. The vision for the Abrahamic Family House originated after the signing of the Document on Human Fraternity by Pope Francis and Grand Imam Ahmed Al-Tayeb in February 2019.[v]
Could there be a clearer indicator of the nearness of one-world religion that will emerge during the Tribulation? I don’t think so.

An Artist’s depiction of the Abrahamic Family House that appears on the organization’s website.

11. MOCKING

The Apostle Peter warned about scoffers who would arrive on the scene during the last days asking this question, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation” (2 Pet. 3:4).

Jude echoes this sentiment in regard to latter day scoffers in verses 17-19:

But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. They said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.” It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit.

During much of twentieth century, Bible-believing churches proclaimed our “blessed hope” (Titus 2:11-14) as the pretribulation Rapture and no one laughed. Today, it’s mocked from many pulpits and ridiculed by a great many people both within and outside the church just as the apostles said would happen in the last days.

Even today’s scoffers fulfill Bible prophecy regarding the last day

12. GOG/MAGOG WAR

It’s staggering to contemplate how the prophet Ezekiel, who lived 2,600 years ago, could have so accurately predicted the current situation in the Middle East. Only God could reveal the future with such precision.

Consider three key aspects of his prophecy in chapter 38:

  1. Russia, Iran, and Turkey will form a close alliance that will lead the future invasion of Israel (see 38:1-6; it’s based on ancient names for these nations).
  2. The prosperity of Israel will cause this group to invade (38:10-12). Israel has incredible wealth through natural gas and oil, among other things.
  3. Gulf nations such as Saudi Arabia will merely protest the greed of the invaders rather than join with them (38:13).

Who could possibly have predicted these three things just twenty-five years ago apart from the words Ezekiel wrote long, long ago?

We see tensions continually rising as Israel repeatedly bombs Iran installations in Syria and sabotages nuclear facilities within Iran.

Today, everything is in place for the spark that will ignite this war. I believe it will happen when the Lord puts into the heart of Gog to go after the current riches in Israel (Ezekiel 38:4, 16).

IT’S TIME TO LOOK UP

It’s the sum total of these signs, along with others, that tell us we live in the last moments before our Lord Jesus intervenes in world history. As believers, it’s time to live with the awareness that Jesus’ return to take us home is ever so close. It’s time to look up in eager anticipation of the completion of our adoption into God’s family and the redemption of our physical bodies (Romans 8:23-25).

I am not saying He will come for us this year or the next, although that is entirely possible. I am saying that the biblical signs of the last day tell us that we already live in the shadow of the rapidly approaching Tribulation period, which signifies that our homegoing must also be close.

If you do not yet know the Lord as your Savior, please know that the time is short. Turn to the Savior today for the forgiveness of your sins and eternal life.

Romans 10:13 says, “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Such faith recognizes that one is a sinner and that Jesus’ death on the cross suffices to pay the debt for one’s sins. It’s just as John 3:16 tells us, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

This gift of eternal life comes as the result of faith, not of works. See my post, Salvation in No Other Name, for more information on so great a salvation that comes freely as the result of grace and how you can know you are an heir of eternal life. source

Brethren, I do believe that the author of the article is not only articulate, but has great insight and discernment about the times in which we live.

 MARANATHA!

VATICAN SOURCE: ‘Pope is Dying’, Conclave Prep Underway, Credible Journalist Reports

From novusordowatch.com

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One has to be very careful with big breaking news stories, and few are bigger than the (supposed) Pope dying. Therefore, we will tread carefully here, but tread we must.

Conservative journalist John Gizzi, formerly a writer for Human Events, is currently the chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. Today, Dec. 7, he released the following report:

The brief article is behind a paywall, but the $1 immediate access fee will be affordable for most. For copyright reasons, we cannot quote much from it here.

Gizzi writes that a “secretary of one of the most powerful Vatican Cardinals” told him straightfowardly: “Pope Francis is dying.” Furthermore, Gizzi asserts that sources inside the Vatican do not expect Francis (Jorge Bergoglio) to see the end of next year, 2022, and are in “pre-Conclave mode”.

Without more details, one can only speculate as to what exactly the situation is, but apparently Francis is said to be terminally ill and not expected to live another 13 months for that reason. A diagnosis has not been revealed or rumored, but colon cancer would be a possibility, considering Bergoglio’s colon surgery back in early July. At the time, some Vaticanists expressed concern that this surgery had not been announced days or weeks in advance, as would have been customary.

This past July 7, Luis Badilla Morales of the Francis-friendly and well-connected Italian Novus Ordo blog Il Sismografo reported that Francis’ condition was more serious than the Vatican was letting on. He wrote:

…[T]here is a very significant detail that many in these hours underestimate, ignore or manipulate: the disease that has struck Pope Francis is severe and degenerative. It could also be chronic.

    Certainly the Holy Father will return to the Vatican to resume his journey in the footsteps of Peter but he will never be the same again. The Holy Father must take care of his health carefully and in this he must be helped by everyone, mainly Catholics. He knows that he will have to change his life a lot: fatigue, rest, limits, nutrition, rehabilitative physical exercises …

    One small way to stay close to the Pope while he regains his strength — a slow, gradual and complex process — is to do away with flattery in the press. Pope Francis does not need it.

In light of the speculations about his health this summer, the false pope himself weighed in during a meeting with Jesuits in Slovakia on Sep. 12, 2021:

[I am] still alive, even though some people wanted me to die. I know there were even meetings between prelates who thought the pope’s condition was more serious than the official version. They were preparing for the conclave. Patience! Thank God, I’m all right. Undergoing that surgery was a decision I didn’t want to make. It was a nurse who convinced me. Nurses sometimes understand the situation more than doctors because they are in direct contact with the patients.

Clearly, today’s report from John Gizzi about what that secretary to a powerful Vatican cardinal told him is right in line with what Francis laments there. The question at issue, then, is whether it is Francis and the Vatican public relations machine that are downplaying the reality, or whether certain officials in the Vatican are exaggerating it, perhaps due to wishful thinking. Time will surely tell.

Francis will turn 85 on Dec. 17, and it isn’t terribly surprising that at that age, there should be talk of the state of his health and his eventual death. This is true especially considering the man’s immense workload and tiring schedule — it’s not like he’s just sitting around all day, solving crossword puzzles. One wishes he were!

It would be most ironic if Francis should die before “Pope Emeritus” Benedict XVI. The “Resignationists” would have a field day! Others would probably call for a campaign to “re-elect Ratzinger”.

Do not be fooled, however. It doesn’t matter whether the Holy See is infected with the Bergoglio variant or the Ratzinger variant — either way, the virus is the same: Vatican II.

HOW CAN I BE SAVED?

MARANATHA!

Jeremiah 10:19 – My Wound is Grievous

Gary W. Ritter

(Jeremiah 9-10; 1 Timothy 3)

The overall vision of what God gave Jeremiah distressed him greatly.  The Lord had raised him up to warn, and warn again, the people of Judah of God’s judgment coming upon them, but they would not listen.  Foreseeing what was to come burdened the prophet so much that he must have felt at times that he could bear no more.  He loved his nation and the Jewish people.  When they purposely turned from Yahweh into their own evil purposes, it brought Jeremiah physical torment.  He saw the problem, knew its source, and could do nothing about it other than call out the sin and pray for the people to heed the Word of God.  So steeped in their wicked ways, they refused to believe anything would happen to them.

Consider the lament of the prophet in Jeremiah 10:19-21:

Woe is me because of my hurt!

    My wound is grievous.

But I said, “Truly this is an affliction,

    and I must bear it.”

My tent is destroyed,

    and all my cords are broken;

my children have gone from me,

    and they are not;

there is no one to spread my tent again

    and to set up my curtains.

For the shepherds are stupid

    and do not inquire of the Lord;

therefore they have not prospered,

    and all their flock is scattered.

His hurt was bone-crushing in its intensity; the wound felt like the ruthless slaughter of an innocent person; the affliction left him broken and ruined.

Every aspect of his house, perhaps the metaphorical house of Jerusalem, was broken and unrepairable.  Whether his own children or those of his people, Jeremiah knew that the next generation was lost.  They hadn’t been taught to fear the Lord; they’d gone their own ways; nothing and no one were left to reestablish a righteous household, or the city itself.

Those who had been charged with overseeing the moral and ethical lives of the people had become dull of hearing.  Their hearts were consumed with useless, wicked activities because they’d forgotten the Lord their God.  None of those whom they were supposed to guide into righteous living remained, having been dashed to pieces for their sins.

Can you imagine Jeremiah’s woe that he called down upon himself?

For those of us watching the dissolution of America as our society, and the culture itself, crumble all around us in these latter days, does it not grieve your heart?  The United States was such a bright and shining city on a hill.  God blessed our nation so abundantly because of how the hearts of the founders, and of many people over the years, had been toward God.  They revered the Lord and worked for His kingdom.  The Word of God went forth from our shores to other lands.  We proclaimed the Good News of Jesus Christ throughout the world.  God’s ways were instilled within the family and even in the public arena.  Schools at one time helped children to walk in faith.  Churches were places where people were saved through powerful preaching.

Now there is just a remnant of that.

The Lord loves our country just as He loves the nation of Israel.  But just like with His Chosen People, when they turned from Him to follow other gods and He had to punish them for their rejection of the truth, so God is exacting judgment upon America.

For those of us who read God’s Word, it is evident this had to happen.  Since our nation doesn’t appear in the end-times narrative, something had to occur to bring us down.  No longer are we a country with Godly morals and ideals.  Our leaders are corrupt beyond description.  The houses of worship in this once great nation have fallen into apostasy, following the ways of the world rather than those of God.  They retain some element of spirituality, but it has nothing to do with the righteousness and holiness that leads people to the truth found only in Christ Jesus.  And so it is with the peoples of this land.  They are ignorant of the Lord because the generation before them neglected to instruct them in the fear and admonition of God.  Those who go to the vast majority of churches have no real concept of the Person of Jesus and who He is as the way, truth, and life.

For all this, does not your heart grieve, just as Jeremiah’s did?  He saw his city and nation coming to ruin.  Despite all the prophet did that God gave him the means to do, it had to feel like a worthless effort.  No one would heed his voice crying out to turn back to the only One who could save them.

For those of us continuing to do the work of God to advance His kingdom, does it not feel hopeless at times?  Yes, little pockets of transformation crop up here and there, but the overwhelming tide is rushing toward the shore of darkness.  But we knew these days would come.  Scripture has plainly told us there would be no reprieve; no Great Awakening.

Knowing this, what are we to do?  God has told us a day is coming when He will remove us from this alien place known as the world.  That is our overarching hope.  It is God’s promise to which we cling.  So, should we just head to our bunkers and wait for this marvelous moment?

By no means!  As hard as it is; as disheartening as it sometimes seems; we are to work while daylight still remains.  God placed each of us here, in our particular places, at this specific time, to accomplish something that we’re supposed to do.  If we neglect this duty, how faithful are we?  How trustworthy?  Will we be the good and faithful servant who carries out his responsibilities while his master is absent?

That’s what God wants for each of us.  When He returns, will He have found us diligent in our daily chores?

I think we need to simultaneously look up as we await Jesus’ return, but at the same time keep our hands on the plow and our eyes on the field ahead, so that as we till our rows are straight.

Would God want any less of us?


As I’ve mentioned in the Author Note of previous articles, the Lord put it on my heart this year to write a daily essay relating to my practice of Reading Through the Bible in a Year.  Last year, that resulted in my producing the Awaken Bible Study Notes, a 4-volume set correlating with each quarter’s readings.  This year in my writings, truly through the grace of God, I’m producing the 4-volume Awaken Bible Commentary and Reflections series.  Volume 1, which covers January – March (Genesis 1 – Judges 5; Matthew 1 – Luke 7), is now available on Amazon in both paper and Kindle e-book formats at this link:

Awaken Bible Commentary and Reflections series Volume 1

If these daily writings have been a blessing to you, I hope that you’ll acquire this first book and the subsequent ones as I finish editing them.  My intent in all I write is to bring God the glory and to make His people think.  As in the Study Notes from last year, the Commentary and Reflections delve into the prophetic and supernatural nature of God’s Word, a combination you simply won’t find elsewhere.  They attempt to show the parallels to our times and the peril from the past when God’s people turn away from Him and His commands.  Scripture is very much a blueprint for today.

Gary W. Ritter is a lay pastor, Bible teacher, and prolific author.  His Whirlwind Series comprises three books: Sow the Wind, Reap the Whirlwind, and There Is a Time.  These books are contained in the collected volume of the Whirlwind Omnibus.  Gary has written many other Christian thrillers that will challenge you, and which you can learn about at his website: www.GaryRitter.com.  Recently, Gary wrote a novella for the new Kindle Vella platform called Tribulation Rising: Seal Judgments – The Coming Apocalypse.  This seven-part short work can be found at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B099Z462WD.  You can also watch Gary’s video Bible teachings on Rumble at his Awaken Bible Prophecy channel: https://rumble.com/c/c-783217.