Brian is a well known Bible teacher with a particular emphasis on Biblical end time events. Believing that these events are already underway, he believes that the Rapture of the Church to glory is imminent. Brian and Gilly (pic here with Bethan)travel throughout the UK and he also teaches in Europe and the USA. Although they are regularly in fellowships and churches who know them well, they are most happy to visit new venues to bring the message of the Gospel and the nearness of Christs return.
A Bible believer looks at what God says will happen in the last days regarding Israel and Palestine
"I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land."Joel 3:2 (KJV)
Let's start with what is happening on September 30th, 2015: The world body of the United Nations General Assembly adopted the resolution on raising the flag of Palestine at the United Nations(document A/69/L.76) by a recorded vote of 119 in favour to 8 against (Australia, Canada, Israel, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Tuvalu, United States), with 45 abstentions.
United Nations General Assembly voted in favor of raising a flag of Palestine at its headquarters in New York, Sept. 10, 2015. The flag of Palestine is set to fly over UN headquarters on September 30, 2015.
Calling it “a historic vote”, the observer of the State of Palestine said that the General Assembly had sent an important message to the Palestinian people at a critical time. Raising the flag would signify to Palestinian people everywhere that the international community supported them.
Israel’s representative called the resolution a photo opportunity, cautioning that as long as the Palestinians believed they could achieve their political goals without making concessions, they would continue to avoid taking the difficult decisions needed for peace. Instead, he said, the photo truly worth taking was one of an Israeli Prime Minister and a Palestinian leader raising the flags of the two peoples living together in peace.
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas said this about the flag raising event: "On the vote to raise our flag at the U.N., the international community demonstrated its solidarity with the Palestinian people. Now it must act with urgency to seize the momentum from this symbolic gesture and provide a clear plan to end the illegal Israeli occupation, uphold human rights and achieve justice. It is time to finally achieve the independence of the State of Palestine, peacefully resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict -- the core of the Arab-Israeli conflict -- as was promised long ago." source
So let's talk about what God says will happen in the last days regarding Israel and Palestine
The Bible teaches that, after the Rapture of the Church, an event called the Time of Jacob's Trouble will begin. The focus of this time, while it is worldwide, will be primarily on Israel and the Jewish people. Jacob's name, as you recall, was changed by God to Israel. So it is the time of Israel's trouble, it has nothing to do with the Christian church. We read about this in the book of the prophet Jeremiah:
"Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble; but he shall be saved out of it."Jeremiah 30:7 (KJV)
This event is also described in Matthew 24 by Jesus as a time of "great tribulation" such as the world has never seen up to that moment, or will ever see in the history of the world. That means it is an event more horrific that all the world wars and Hitler's Holocaust put together. This is what Jesus says:
"When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be."Matthew 24:15,21 (KJV)
So what does all this have to do with the United Nations General Assembly raising the flag of Palestine tomorrow? Plenty! In fact, I will go so far as to say that the prophet Joel was already seeing this day in his prophetic visions of the future from the Lord. Look at what he says in chapter 3 of his book:
"For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people andfor my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land. Yea, and what have ye to do with me, O Tyre, and Zidon, and all the coasts of Palestine?"Joel 3:1,2,4 (KJV)
Now read and reread the above verses prayfully and carefully, and then consider the following observations I will make about them:
"in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem": You can turn to the book of Joel in your King James Bible and in the margin next to these verses please write "FULFILLED" in the margin. This event took place on May 14, 1948, with the reestablishment of the nation of Israel back in their own land.
"I will also gather all nations": All this week we have been focused on the "gathering of all nations" at the UN, have we not? Do you think that God just places things like this in the Bible to sound poetic? No, it's prophecy. A super-majority of all the recognized nations of the world "gathered" and voted to raise the flag of Palestine tomorrow. This part of the prophecy will reach it's completion when they fully gather together with the Antichrist to make war against Israel in the Time of Jacob's Trouble after the Rapture.
"and parted my land": That's the "big one" right there, and one of the main reasons for God's wrath. In Joel's soon-to-be-completely-fulfilled prophecy, it says that this "gathering of nations" has "parted the land" of Israel. Why is that such a big deal? and all the coasts of Palestine? Israel is God's Land, that's why.
"and all the coasts of Palestine?": Palestine?!? What is Palestine doing in Joel's prophecy of the last days in the 21st century? Because God saw that it would be there, side by side with Israel as their bitter enemy. Who are Tyre and Zidon? That would be Lebanon to the north of Israel. In 2015, modern-day Palestine is breathing down the neck of Israel, ready to strike with the backing and support of all the "gathered nations" of the world as found in the body of the group called The United Nations. Prophecy lovers and Bible believers, if that one fact alone doesn't send a chill down your spine, then I don't know what will.
"And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes."Ezekiel 38:16 (KJV)
That's God talking, and He says that Israel is HIS Land, no one else's. He has given it to the Jewish people as a possession, yes, but it remains His Land for eternity. Everywhere you turn these days people are talking about the "Two State Solution". Even Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he would be open to a Two State Solution. Well, sorry to say, that is not how God views it in the Bible, and that is not how it will go down. God is preparing to implement a One State Solution at the Battle of Armageddon at the end of the Tribulation. The Bible says He is going to send His Son and His Church to create it:
"And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon himwas called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armieswhich were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God."Revelation 19:13-16 (KJV)
Tomorrow, I would ask you to pay close attention to the proceedings at the United Nations as they raise the flag of Palestine over the headquarters of the "gathering of nations". For it is the beginning of the fulfillment of the prophecy of Joel, written thousands of years ago, yet more current than tomorrow's events. It will reach it's full conclusion at the Battle of Armageddon, but it is beginning now. We are so close to the Rapture that it's almost like the two dispensations are over-lapping each other. In fact, we are transitioning from the Church Age which ends with the Rapture, to the Time of Jacob's Trouble. We are living right now in the overlap between the two.
We are living in the days of prophecy, the promised end times of the Bible.Go out and get something done for Jesus while there is still time.
Listen, and look up into the Eastern sky, as "come up hither" is about to be spoken to a born again and Blood-washed Church.
Are YOU ready for what comes next?
"Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;"Titus 2:13 (KJV)
Israeli Air Force said to hit at least two Hamas targets after Iron Dome intercepts projectile over Ashdod; IS-affiliated salafist group claims responsibility
The Israeli Air Force carried out a series of air strikes in the Gaza Strip overnight Tuesday-Wednesday, in response to a rocket fired from the Palestinian enclave earlier which was shot down by the Iron Dome anti-missile system over the southern city of Ashdod.
The IAF is said to have hit at least two targets belonging to Hamas south of Gaza City, according to Palestinian sources who spoke to Ynet. There were no immediate reports of injuries. Gaza-based social media users reported hearing a series of large explosions.
Earlier, air raid sirens rang out in Ashdod and the surrounding area and a rocket was intercepted over the city. There were no reports of injuries or damage from the rocket or the interception.
Sources in Gaza told the Times of Israel the rocket was shot from the center of Gaza.
An Islamic State-affiliated Salafist group by the name of Sheik Amar Hadid claimed responsibility for the rocket attack on social media, charging that it was a response to the fatal shooting of a young Palestinian woman at a checkpoint in the West Bank last week. Hadeel al-Hashlamon, 18, was shot last Tuesday at a checkpoint in the city of Hebron. The military said she was attempting to stab a soldier when troops opened fire.
Earlier, IDF sources said they believed the fire was part of an internal power struggle between the Hamas terror group and smaller Salafist groups, the Walla news site reported. Initial media reports had suggested two or more rockets were intercepted by the system. However video published to social media showed only a single interception.
An IDF spokesperson said she could not confirm the reports of more than one rocket. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said police units were dispatched to search for an impact site and shrapnel.
The red alert sirens were the first to go off in Ashdod, some 40 kilometers from the Strip, since last summer’s war.
The attack came during the Sukkot holiday, when Jewish schools are closed and many people travel around the country to various festivals, include a number aimed at bringing tourists to the south following the devastating 2014 war, when thousands of rockets targeted Ashdod and other cities outside Gaza.
Israel has faced sporadic rocket fire out of the Strip since reaching a ceasefire with Hamas-led fighters from the Palestinian enclave in August 2014, ending the 50-day war. Much of the rocket fire since has come from Salafist groups, though Israel holds the Hamas terror group, which is the de-facto ruler of the Strip, responsible for all attacks emanating from Gaza.
Ashdod’s distance from the Strip likely indicates the use of a larger rocket than the type usually employed by smaller Salafist groups. Tensions between Israel and the Palestinians have run high for the past several weeks fed by clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount holy site.
However most of the violence has been centered in the capital and the West Bank, with Gazan groups mostly issuing harsh statements denouncing Israel. source
The baton was officially transferred Monday to the world’s new sole superpower — and Vladimir Putin willingly picked it up.
President Obama (remember him?) embraced the ideals espoused by the United Nations’ founders 70 years ago: Diplomacy and “international order” will win over time, while might and force will lose. Putin, too, appealed to UN laws (as he sees them), but he also used his speech to announce the formation of a “broad international coalition” to fight ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
“Similar to the anti-Hitler coalition, it could unite a broad range of forces” to fight “those who, just like the Nazis, sow evil and hatred of humankind,” he said. And who’d lead this new coalition? Hint: Moscow has always celebrated the Allies’ World War II victory as a Russian-led fete.
Putin? Nobody applauded him. He’s more interested in being feared than liked. Then again, his words, at most, are meant to explain forceful action. That’s how Putin seized leadership from America.
Oh, and if anyone wondered which Syrian players the coalition would rely on as allies, Putin made it clear: “No one but President [Bashar al-]Assad’s armed forces and Kurd militia are fighting the Islamic State.”
That, of course, isn’t Obama’s view. America’s president said he opposed the “logic of supporting tyrants.” After all, Assad “drops barrel bombs on innocent children.” But Putin has troops in Syria, is arming Assad to the teeth and signed a pact of anti-ISIS intelligence-sharing with Assad, Iran and the leaders of Iraq (the ones America fought to put in power).
Meantime, if Obama has any realistic Syria plan of his own — beyond having Assad magically “transitioned” out of the country and simultaneously fighting ISIS — he failed to present it during his UN speech. Or any other time.
Instead, he scolded an “isolated” Putin for using force to annex Crimea and other parts of Ukraine. “Imagine if, instead, Russia had engaged in true diplomacy,” said Obama. “That would be better for Ukraine, but also better for Russia, and better for the world.”
Then again, imagine if Obama’s eloquence were backed by, say, American-led NATO. Would Putin so easily be able to eat up Ukraine and take over Syria? Not likely. But even as he chided Russia, China and even Iran for being steeped in the policies of the past, it was Obama who at times sounded like a throwback to days of yore.
His celebration of the United Nations was reminiscent of scenes from 1950s movies that portrayed it as a place where problems are actually resolved. In reality, along the decades (and even more so in the last six years), the UN became so paralyzed that it can no longer serve as arbiter of global security.
Obama’s speech was, as ever, full of promise. His turn from using “might” to claiming to have “right” on his side and relying on diplomacy have led to America’s opening up to Cuba and a key deal with Iran on nukes. But these are yet to yield positive results. “If this deal is implemented,” he said of Iran, “our world is safer.” Big if.
By contrast, Putin’s deployment of forces in Syria and arming of Assad create facts on the ground. They have also propelled him to the top by taking initiative on today’s most consequential world fight.
Although Obama received much less applause during his Monday speech than in past years, he’s still well-liked at the world body. Yet those who count, the ones he scolded in his speech — Putin, Assad, China’s Xi Jinping and even Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani — weren’t in their seats to hear his words.
Because as forceful as Obama’s words are, they’re rarely backed by action.
Putin? Nobody applauded him. He’s more interested in being feared than liked. Then again, his words, at most, are meant to explain forceful action.
That’s how Putin seized leadership from America. And that, to borrow from Obama’s speech, is bad for Syria, where the war will continue as long as Assad remains in power. It’s bad for Europe and Syria’s neighbors, which have no idea what to do with that war’s refugees.
And it’s bad for America. Because sooner or later, after more bloodshed and under even worse conditions than now, our next president will be called upon to retake the leadership baton from Putin. And that could prove tricky. source
Pope Francis Embraces Chrislam And Lays A Foundation For A One World Religion
End Of The American Dream Blog / Michael Snyder Remarks made by Pope Francis at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan have sparked a firestorm of criticism from those that do not believe that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.
Many have taken the Pope’s remarks as a major step in the direction of a one world religion, and the truth is that the Pope has made other such statements in the past.
In recent years, the theory that Christianity and Islam are just two distinct paths to God among many others has rapidly gained traction all over the planet. Some religious leaders have even gone so far as to try to merge Islamic and Christian practices, and the term “Chrislam” is now often used to describe this ecumenical movement.
If all this sounds incredibly strange to you, just keep reading, because this is just the tip of the iceberg.
What Pope Francis had to say at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan has received very little coverage by the mainstream media, but it was exceedingly significant. The following is how he began his address…
I would like to express two sentiments for my Muslim brothers and sisters: Firstly, my greetings as they celebrate the feast of sacrifice. I would have wished my greeting to be warmer. My sentiments of closeness, my sentiments of closeness in the face of tragedy. The tragedy that they suffered in Mecca.
In this moment, I give assurances of my prayers. I unite myself with you all. A prayer to almighty god, all merciful.
He did not choose those words by accident. In Islam, Allah is known as “the all-merciful one”.
And this is not the first time Pope Francis has used such language. For instance, the following comes from remarks that he made during his very first ecumenical meeting as Pope…
I then greet and cordially thank you all, dear friends belonging to other religious traditions; first of all the Muslims, who worship the one God, living and merciful, and call upon Him in prayer, and all of you. I really appreciate your presence: in it I see a tangible sign of the will to grow in mutual esteem and cooperation for the common good of humanity.
The Catholic Church is aware of the importance of promoting friendship and respect between men and women of different religious traditions – I wish to repeat this: promoting friendship and respect between men and women of different religious traditions – it also attests the valuable work that the Pontifical Council for interreligious dialogue performs.
Pope Francis clearly believes that Christians and Muslims worship the exact same God. And so that helps to explain why he authorized “Islamic prayers and readings from the Quran” at the Vatican for the first time ever back in 2014.
Catholicism and Islam are the two largest religions on the entire planet, and so any one world religion would need to incorporate both of those belief systems. Sadly, this Pope seems to be quite eager to lay the groundwork for such a one world religion.
Pope Francis made another statement at St. Patrick’s Cathedral that has shocked believers all over the planet. Apparently this Pope seems to think that the cross was a “failure”…
The cross shows us a different way of measuring success. Ours is to plant the seeds. God sees to the fruits of our labors. And if at times our efforts and works seem to fail and not produce fruit, we need to remember that we are followers of Jesus Christ and his life, humanly speaking, ended in failure, the failure of the cross.
After he made that statement, he didn’t continue to go on and explain that the cross was ultimately a great victory. He just ended his thought and moved on to other topics.
Needless to say, many are extremely upset by this. The following comes from Leo Zagami of Infowars.com…
These words have of course outraged most true Christians around the world who cannot imagine Christianity without the value of the cross, which symbolizes the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus for mankind. It’s impossible for a Christian of any denomination to imagine the very essence of their faith being discussed in this way, let alone by the Pope. The fact that blood was shed on the cross by Jesus for the ultimate self-sacrifice that could help rid mankind of all sins is one of those essentials of the Faith that should never be questioned.
The mainstream media persists with their undying affection for Pope Francis, never commenting on this outrageous statement.
But even though the Pope is saying things like this, his legend just seems to grow by the day. Even in the United States, throngs of faithful devotees are treating him like he is some sort of supernatural being…
Everywhere he goes, Pope Francis attracts worshipful crowds of people, straining and reaching to touch any part of him as if something spiritual and holy could be imparted to them by doing so. People weep, they cry, they hold up their sick children and beg him to touch them in the hopes they will be healed.
And this is even true of members of Congress. Just check out the behavior that some of them have displayed…
Representative Bob Brady, a devout Catholic and Democrat from Pennsylvania immediately made his way to the podium after Pope Francis finished speaking and grabbed the glass that was still filled with water. He then drank the water, gave some of the water to his wife Debra, and saved the rest for his grandchildren. Representative Brady took photos as well, and had his staff send them out to the press. He also shared some of the water with members of his staff and assistant, also a devout Catholic. As for the saved water, he plans to sprinkle it on his grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
I don’t know about you, but major alarm bells start going off for me when I read stuff like this.
We are witnessing the initial stages of the rise of a one world religion, and much of the planet is ultimately going to embrace it.
The Name of Jesus Christ, of whom Francis claims to be the "vicar" of, was never mentioned one time in any way, shape or form
"I receive not honour from men. But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you."John 5:41,42 (KJV)
Pope Francis says some amazing things, but he rarely says them in an amazing way. He speaks with a low, weak voice, mostly in Italian, and can be hard to follow even through the interpreter. So like all of you, I did not latch onto to the explosive thing he said in his opening remarks of his speech at the United Nations. From a prophecy perspective, which is the only angle we really are concerned with, his words are literally off the charts.
While surfing around today on the official UN site of the Holy See, I found an article called Address Of His Holiness Pope Francis To The General Assembly Of The United Nations, and clicked on it. There I found the official Vatican transcript, prepared and approved by the Vatican, of the remarks Francis made in his UN speech over the weekend. When I read the first few lines, I thought I was dreaming, there is no way he actually said that. But, there it was, officially transcribed and approved at the highest level of Vatican authority.
Jesus in the fifth chapter of John, is talking about the difference between the true representative of God on Earth, Himself, and the Satanically-produced counterfeit of the Antichrist and the False Prophet. In verse 43, Jesus utters these astounding, prophecy-packed words:
"I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive."John 5:43 (KJV)
He is ultimately referring to a time, far in the future, when someone would come claiming to represent God, but actually coming in his own name, with his own unGodly agenda. Now, listen to what Pope Francis said as he said these words on Rosh Hashanah, in front of a gathering together of nations of the world:
"Thank you for your kind words. Once again, following a tradition by which I feel honored, the Secretary General of the United Nations has invited the Pope to address this distinguished assembly of nations. In my own name, and that of the entire Catholic community, I wish to express to you, Mr Ban Ki-moon, my heartfelt gratitude. I greet the Heads of State and Heads of Government present, as well as the ambassadors, diplomats and political and technical officials accompanying them, the personnel of the United Nations engaged in this 70th Session of the General Assembly, the personnel of the various programs and agencies of the United Nations family, and all those who, in one way or another, take part in this meeting. Through you, I also greet the citizens of all the nations represented in this hall. I thank you, each and all, for your efforts in the service of mankind." source
Pope Francis said that "I come in my own name" and that of the "entire Catholic community". Not as a representative of Jesus Christ, not as an ambassador of the Gospel, but Francis stated that he came in his own name, his own power, and that of his Roman church. Rome the place and people that killed Jesus on the cross. The same cross that Francis said "ended in failure." The Name of Jesus Christ, of whom Francis claims to be the "vicar" of, was never mentioned one time in any way, shape or form. What on Earth could possibly possess him to say that he "comes in his own name"? Then I read the end of the transcript, and it all clicked in.
Francis ended his speech with these words:
"Upon all of you, and the peoples you represent, I invoke the blessing of the Most High, and all peace and prosperity."
Which "most high" was the Pope referring to? When I read my Bible, I see another "most high" lurking in the pages of Scripture:
"I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High." Isaiah 14:14 (KJV)
I see the counterfeit "most high", you know, the one that "comes in his own name".
Open up your Bible, find a blank spot next to John 5:43, take a pen and write "FULFILLED" in margin.
Making the latest tetrad more significant for some is the fact that it takes place at the end of a Shemitah cycle – the seven-year period leading to God's commandment for resting the land and release of debts in Israel. O'Dell and Ariel also believe this one occurs in a Jubilee year – kind of a super-Shemitah that comes every 50 years.
The Shemitah cycle has become big news all over the world as a result of the work of Jonathan Cahn, a messianic rabbi from New Jersey who wrote the No. bestselling books, "The Harbinger" and "The Mystery of the Shemitah," and collaborated with WND Films on "The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment," the bestselling faith movie of 2012 and 2013.
"We are not at all predicting the end of the world or the arrival of the Messiah in September," O'Dell told Breaking Israel News. "If you look at all the blood moons that have occurred in history, you see that every time they arrive, they mark turning points in history – major new trends involving the Jewish people." Watch the trailer for "Blood Moons":
The tetrad in 1428-1429 marked the end of a wave of forced conversions for the Jews in Spain, and the tetrad in 1493-1494 signaled the end of the Spanish inquisition, which concluded with the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492.
"We can now look back and see that the nation of Spain was peaking in power, while God was preparing a new home for the Jews with the founding of America through Christopher Columbus," O'Dell said. "The blood moons occurring on those Jewish feast days were a witness that God had not forgotten His promise to return the Jews to their homeland."
More modern Blood Moons tetrads have come at significant times for the reborn state of Israel.
"With the blood moons of 1949-1950, 1967-1968 and 2014-2015, when we take them all together they are marking the three phases of the rebirth of the nation of Israel," explained O'Dell.
According to O'Dell, the dates mark the creation of Israel as a nation in 1948, the unification of Jerusalem in 1967, "and as for 2015," he said, "we will need to wait and see. But our guess is that it has to do with Israel being now able to stand upon its own without help from the United States. We also see the coming together of Christians and Jews in love and support of each other as a new spiritual trend as well." Gidon Ariel, the Israeli co-founder of Root Source, provided a historical perspective on the lunar occurrences.
"I think that Jews paid more attention to the skies in previous eras. In Ethics of the Fathers 3:18, Rabbi Eliezer ben Hisma states that tekufot, seasons, referring to all astronomical sciences, are parparaot lachochma, side dishes of wisdom. Maimonides also went to great lengths to document lunar tables and the like," he said. What is God telling us? Read the details of the blood moons, in "Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs."
Ariel pointed out that this trend has been largely neglected by modern Jews.
"Today, some astronomy buffs might pick up on [the blood moons], but it is still pretty esoteric for the mainstream," he told Breaking Israel News, adding, "That being said, I would mention there are more and more individuals and organizations dedicated to charting lunar data, some of them in preparation for renewing the Jewish lunar calendar based on r'eeyah, sighting, as part of the return to Temple service."
O'Dell and Ariel have co-authored a book entitled "Israel FIRST!" in which they highlight the importance of blood moons and other fascinating biblical phenomena. They hope to give the topic more appeal for both modern Jews and Christians to raise awareness and interest in the subject.
"For those who follow end-times prophecies, the blood moons are fascinating," said O'Dell, explaining, "Heavenly signs are mentioned in some of the end-times Bible passages and moons specifically."
O'Dell pointed out that the current blood moon is different from previous ones in that it will be visible in both Israel as well as in North America.
"The four eclipses in 1949-1950 were all visible from Israel," he said. "The four in 1967-1968 and the four in 2014-2015 are all visible from the USA – an extremely rare occurrence. But this very last blood moon in September is visible from both Israel and the USA simultaneously. It is something to ponder."
Russian Marines Join Hizballah In First Syrian Battle – A Danger Signal For US, Israel
DEBKAfile Before dawn on Thursday, Sept. 24, Russian marines went into battle for the first time since their deployment to Syria, debkafile’s military and intelligence sources reveal. Russian Marine Brigade 810 fought with Syrian army and Hizballah special forces in an attack on ISIS forces at the Kweiris airbase, east of Aleppo.
This operation runs contrary to the assurances of President Vladimir Putin to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sept. 21 – just three days ago - that Russian forces in Syria were only there to defend Russian interests and would not engaged in combat with the Syrian army, Hizballah or Iranian troops.
The ISIS force defending the air base is dominated by Chechen fighters under the command of Abu Omar al-Shishani, who is considered one of the terrorist organization’s leading commanders in the last two years. The 27-year-old al-Shishani hails from the Chechen enclave of Pankisi in Georgia, like many others who joined ISIS from 2012.
However, targeting Chechen fighters was not the only reason for the order given by Russian command in Syria to attack the air base. In DEBKA Weekly 678 of September 11, we predicted that the first Russian mission in Syria would be to break the Syrian rebel siege on Aleppo, Syria’s second-largest city.
As their first step, the Russians would have to prevent the cutoff of highway 5, running from Aleppo to Damascus, and keep it open for Syrian army reinforcements and military equipment to the city.
The offensive to regain Kweiris airbase that fell to ISIS in mid-June is the first step in the implementation of Russia’s operational plan for the Aleppo area.
Meanwhile, little substance was to be found in the reports appearing, mainly in the United States, suggesting that Putin, disappointed by the Obama administration’s unwillingness to send the US Air Force to collaborate with Russia in the fight against ISIS, would try to talk Obama round if and when they meet on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly on September 28.
According to debkafile’s sources, these reports were spread to cover up the serious crisis in the US war against ISIS.
While Russia poured troops and advanced hardware into Syria, establishing bases and launching offensive action, the US anti-Islamic State effort suffered a heavy blow with the decision of Obama’s ISIS war czar, Gen. John Allen, to step down in early November.
Sources close to the general were quoted as referring to his frustration “with the White House micromanagement of the war and its failure to provide adequate resources.”'
The fact that the Russian forces launched their attack on ISIS shortly after the announcement of Allen’s upcoming resignation shows that Putin is not waiting for US cooperation in the war on the Islamist terrorists. That said, debkafile’s military sources point out that the most ominous aspect for the US and Israel of the Russian attack on the Syrian airbase is that Russian marines were combined with Syrian and Hizballah special forces.
For the first time in 41 years, since the 1974 war of attrition against the IDF on the Golan, Russian troops are fighting alongside Syrian forces. It is also the first time that a world power like Russia is willing to go into battle with an acknowledged terrorist group, such as Hizballah.
Our sources point out that the joint attack was completely counter to the tone and the content of the comments exchanged by Putin and Netanyahu at their summit.
This time last year in the autumn
edition of Light for the Last Days, our lead article was entitled ‘New World
Disorder.’ In it we looked at some of
the forces shaking the nations and causing the world to fall apart. Now a year on we see much more evidence of
coming world crisis as prophesied in the Bible for the last days of this age.
vision of the last days, the Hebrew Prophet Jeremiah wrote: ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Behold, disaster shall go forth
from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind (storm) shall be raised up from
the farthest parts of the earth.’
Jeremiah 25.32. Today
disaster is going from one nation to another and preparing the way for the end
time storm that will shake all nations.
warned of the final crisis which He described as ‘the distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves
hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are
coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.’ Luke 21.25-6.
The phrase Jesus uses to describe the distress of nations is ‘with
perplexity.’ In Greek this is ‘aporia’
which means no way out. At the end of days Jesus says there will be a
crisis with no human solution coming which will push the world towards the
final period of great tribulation preceding His second coming to the earth.
In this article we list some of the
things going on in the world today, which point to this conclusion and the one
outcome, which gives us a hope for the future, the soon return of the Lord
Jesus Christ. He said, ‘When these
things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads for your redemption
draws near.’ Luke 21.28.
Refugees and migration.
The number of displaced people in the world reached
a record high of nearly 60 million around the world in 2014, a UN report
head Antonio Guterres told the BBC the ‘world is a mess’. He acknowledged that humanitarian agencies
cannot ‘clean up the mess. It’s no
longer possible. We have no capacities to pick up the pieces.’ In 2015 the problem has become much worse as
more and more people flee war, conflict
or persecution, mainly from Middle Eastern countries, Syria in particular.
According to EU asylum laws anyone in
the world at risk of ‘serious harm by reasons of indiscriminate violence in
situations of international or internal armed conflict’ can claim protection –
which in practice means permanent residence – in an EU country. This fine sentiment worked as long as relatively
small numbers of people were able to reach Europe and claim that
protection. But now word has got out
that border controls have collapsed in southern Europe and thousands are on the
march to leave desperate situations in countries across Africa and the Middle
East in search of a better life in Europe.
Germany exacerbated the situation by
announcing that all Syrians are welcome.
Angela Merkel announced on 7th September, ‘As long as there
are people needing safety, Germany’s doors will stay open. What we are experiencing now will keep us
busy and change our country in the coming years.’ Very busy indeed! In Syria alone there are 4.1 million who have
fled the country and 7.6 million who are internally displaced. We can add to this the people fleeing Iraq,
Afghanistan, Somalia, Eritrea, Nigeria and other countries in Africa and the
Middle East, which are now suffering, dictatorship,
poverty, Islamist violence and persecution.
We are talking about tens of millions of people.
Many of these people come with stories
of human suffering, especially those who come out of the civil war in
Syria. However numbers
like this would overwhelm Europe, undermining it economically and
politically. Greece, Macedonia, Serbia,
Croatia and Hungary, countries on the route taken by migrants heading for
Germany and northern Europe, have already been put under enormous strain
because of the numbers passing through their countries. By mid September the situation reached
crisis point, with countries closing their borders saying they could no longer
cope with the numbers coming in.
The European Commission has proposed
compulsory quotas to redistribute 160,000 refugees across the continent. However east European states are refusing
refugee quotas and there are many more than 160,000 people to be dealt with. EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood
Policy, Johannes Hahn, said: ‘There are 20 million refugees waiting at the
doorstep of Europe.’
Hungary’s Prime Minister Orban
justified the border crossings he has erected as being put there to ‘protect
our way of life’ adding that ‘Hungary is a country with a 1000 year Christian
culture. We Hungarians don’t want the
worldwide movement of people to change Hungary.’ For this he has been widely criticised and
his policies likened to Nazi deportations by Austria’s Chancellor Werner
Faymann. Orban sees the
present movement of Muslims into Europe as something invasive, a memory of the
time when the Muslim Ottoman Empire advanced into the
Balkans, Greece, Hungary and Bulgaria, as far as the gates of Vienna, where the
Turks were defeated in 1683. Right wing
Dutch politician Geert Vilders spoke of ‘an Islamic invasion of Europe … Masses
of young men in their twenties with beards are singing Allahu Akbar across
Europe. It's an invasion that threatens our prosperity, our security, our
culture and identity,"
ago, Libyan leader Ghaddafi said ‘Islam will take over Europe
without violent force within a few decades.
We have 50 million Muslims in Europe.
There are signs that Allah will grant Islam victory in Europe – without
swords, without guns, without conquests. The 50 million Muslims of Europe will
turn it into a Muslim continent within a few decades.’ Muslim Brotherhood
leader Khurram Murad encouraged mass immigration of Muslims into Europe with
the goal of changing ‘the existing society into an Islamic society based on the
Koran and the Sunna, and make Islam, which is a code for entire life, supreme
and dominant.’ (The Islamic Movement in
Most of our
media dismiss concerns about this as Islamophobia or racism, but there is a
genuine issue about the Islamisation of Europe.
Mass migration is coming
into Europe from mainly Muslim countries.
Already parts of major cities in Europe from Malmo in Sweden to Marseille
in France have become Islamised, with Muslim quarters where non Muslims are
intimidated and driven out and even the police and emergency services are
afraid to enter. A district of The Hague
in Holland is run by unofficial Sharia law, while in Belgium radical
Muslim leader Abu Islam heads a group called Sharia4Belgium. He says it is only a matter of time before
Muslims, with their high birth rate compared to the low birth rate of
Europeans, are a majority in the country.
At this point he hopes to impose Muslim Sharia law on the whole country.
Germany’s Muslim population is set to
skyrocket by more than 700,000 in 2015, pushing the total number of Muslims in
the country to nearly 6 million for the first time. Islam is the fastest
growing religion in post-Christian Germany. This is evidenced by the fact that
an increasing number of churches in Germany are being converted into mosques,
some of which are publicly sounding calls to prayer (the adhan) from outdoor
loudspeaker systems. Islamic Sharia law is advancing rapidly throughout
Germany, with Sharia courts now operating in all of Germany’s big cities.
are allowed to openly proselytise on German streets to find new recruits and
thereby increase their numbers. In a recent recruitment initiative, Salafists
launched an unprecedented nationwide campaign, "A Koran in Every
Home," to distribute 25 million copies of the Koran, translated into the
German language, to every household in Germany, free of charge. At the same time the media and the political
establishment are working overtime to silence critics of the rise of Islam in
Germany, accusing them of hate speech and trying to intimidate them into
education minister, Elias Bousaab, told David Cameron that two out of every 100
Syrian migrants are IS fighters. He said
that the extremist group is sending trained jihadists under cover to attack
targets in the West. If this is so then
thousands of jihadists could be using the cover of the refugees to enter Europe
without passports, avoiding detection.
A report by the Clarion Project
estimates that more than 8.5 million Muslims view ISIS positively, and around
42 million view them somewhat positively.
ISIS is recruiting young Muslims from Britain and other European nations
to join its fight and engage in terrorism against the countries they come from.
Many of its followers are being taught an
apocalyptic belief in an Armageddon-like scenario which they trigger and which
brings the coming of the Mahdi, the Muslim Messiah figure who is said to come
at the end of days and convert the world to Islam.
the present crisis our current leaders do not appear to know what to do. The
Bible prophesies that out of the crisis of the last days the Antichrist will
arise, going forth ‘conquering and to conquer’ according to Revelation 6. The Bible speaks of the spirit of antichrist
taking control of the world in the final government of the Beast who will be
empowered by Satan (Revelation 13). This
wicked system will precipitate the final conflict (Revelation 16), which will
lead to the physical return of the Lord Jesus Christ (Revelation 19). The Lord Jesus will then bring in God’s world
government, bringing peace and justice to the nations (Isaiah 2.1-4, Revelation
Another financial crisis?
For the first half of 2015 news was
dominated by the negotiations to prevent a Greek default on its debt and exit
from the Euro zone. The EU had to make a
massive effort to prevent Greece from leaving
the Euro and prevent a knock on effect in other debt ridden countries. Nigel Farage said ‘If one country fails, the
whole deck of cards will come tumbling down and countries like Germany will
realise absolutely vast losses, possibly as much as €1 trillion.’
Greece, Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Belgium and France are all drowning in
debt. Of course the Euro zone problem is
far from solved and could face another round of crisis.
The world economy is far too dependent
on debt, now estimated to stand at well over £100 trillion, which is more than
twice the size of the world economy. In August China devalued its currency
sending shock waves around the economic world. Although China is the world’s second
largest economy, it has built up a massive debt of $21 trillion since 2007,
more than America’s debt which has now risen to $18 trillion. Half the global economy that showed most
growth in the past 20 years is now in trouble, including Brazil, Russia and
Malaysia. According to Bloomberg and other sources, the
International Monetary Fund is expected to announce a reserve currency
alternative to the U.S. dollar later this year, which will shake the debt
ridden US economy as the dollar loses value overnight.
In 2008 central banks injected money
into the system to save the world economy but they will not able to do this
again. Stephen King, chief economist of HSBC, the world’s third largest bank,
said, ‘We may not know what will be the cause of the next downturn but at this
stage we can categorically state that in the event we hit an iceberg, there
aren’t enough lifeboats to go round.’ He
compared the world economy to an ocean liner sinking like the Titanic, without
enough lifeboats to save its passengers.
With this in mind it is significant
that the European Commission has ordered nations within the EU to enact
‘bail-in’ legislation by the end of the summer or face legal action. Essentially a ‘bail-in’ is a mechanism
whereby the bank can seize the assets of depositors (i.e. take your money) in
the event of a bank failure, as happened in Cyprus in 2013. A senior Bank of England official has warned
that interest rates could be slashed below zero to stave off another economic
downturn. This means you would have to pay
the bank to save your cash.
In this case one problem might be that
people take their money out of the bank and hoard it as cash. Bank of England chief economist, Andy
Haldaine, said one way to stop hoarding would be to replace cash with a digital
currency that would be subject to negative interest rates. This follows a secret meeting that was held in London where Kenneth Rogoff of Harvard University and
Willem Butler the chief economist at Citigroup addressed the central banks and
advocated ‘the elimination of all cash to bring to fruition the day
when you cannot buy or sell anything without government approval.’ He
also spoke about how this could give governments the ability ‘to block payments if an uppity citizen dares get
out of line’
Telegraph (13/8/15) carried an article by Jim Leaviss, on a cashless society
and how to ‘end boom and bust’ by getting everyone to spend only by electronic
means from an account held at a government-run bank. He wrote, ‘In this futuristic world all
payments are made by contactless card, mobile phone apps or other electronic
means, while notes and coins are abolished. Your current account will no longer
be held with a bank, but with the government or the central bank. Having everyone’s account at a single,
central institution allows the authorities to either encourage or discourage
people to spend.’
Verifying a person’s ID
is vital for all cashless money transactions.
Bank cards with their pin numbers are ways in which this is done now,
but there are risks with these. One way
to ensure that a person definitely has the correct ID is to use some kind of
biometric device, which is put on their person and cannot be forged, lost or
stolen. This could be a microchip
inserted beneath the skin or a mark of some kind on the skin which verifies
their ID. For the first time in history
it has become possible to do this.
Euronews (7/9/15) reported on Europe’s largest hi tech fair in Berlin,
at which one of the items on view is the microchip for humans.
All this is anticipating
the coming Antichrist who has power over the money system and is able to
control people’s ability to buy or sell.
The famous 666 prophecy of Revelation 13 implies some kind of change in
the way the money system works, with an identification mark implanted on those
who use it. This lines up with the
details described above. ‘He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to
receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads,and that no one
may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the
number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let
him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the
number of a man: His number is
666.’ Revelation 13.18.
Back in May 2014, French Foreign
Minister Laurent Fabius went to Washington to discuss a range of issues with US
Secretary of State John Kerry. He said
then, ‘There are only 500 days remaining to avoid climate chaos’. He did not specify what he meant by the ‘500
days’ but most likely he was pointing forward to the Conference on Climate
Change which France is scheduled to host in December 2015.
A number of prophecy writers say that
the whole subject of global warming is a scam invented by the people pushing
for global government. I agree that it
is being used to push for global government, but I am not convinced the whole
issue is a scam. The evidence does point
to a growing environmental problem threatening the future of humanity. The summer of 2015 has records broken for heat waves in the Middle East, Europe and
South Asia. This has caused a
growing number of wildfires destroying forests in the south of France, Spain, Italy, Croatia and Greece,
and in the west coast of America from Vancouver down to California and in
Indonesia. The number of forest fires
taking place globally has increased hugely in the past 35 years.
There is also a growing water crisis in
the world. In Africa 800 lakes have already run dry adding
to the water crisis afflicting the continent, where the population is growing
and there is less and less water. The western third of the USA is facing the greatest water crisis that
the country has ever seen after the worst drought in 1000 years. After a season
of record-breaking drought, groundwater levels have hit historic lows this year
in northeast and central parts of China where hundreds of millions of people
live. The northern states of India are
experiencing up to 60% rainfall shortage as monsoons fail to deliver. Brazil has experienced its worst drought ever
along with major droughts also recorded in South Africa, North Korea and
southern and central Europe.
half of Earth’s 37 largest aquifers, vital water
reserves hidden under the earth’s surface, which are
a source of fresh water for hundreds of millions of
people, are being depleted at alarming rates according to new NASA satellite
data. Twenty one of the world’s 37 largest aquifers in India, China, North
Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, the USA and France, have passed their
sustainability tipping points.
Underground aquifers supply 35% of the water used by humans
worldwide. The most overburdened aquifers are in the world’s driest areas,
where populations draw heavily on underground water. This could lead to another
round of mass migration as people leave areas where lack of water makes life
are animals dying all over the world today in huge numbers, due to the polluted
state of the sea and air. Warming sea
waters have been linked to toxic algae, which has been described as ‘eating the West Coast alive’,
with unusual deaths up and down North America’s Pacific coast. On August 18th ENENEWS reported
thousands of millions of fish washing up dead in Alaska, while across the
Pacific region ill baby seals are being abandoned and dozens of walruses have
been found dead along with dying whales, birds and fish.
What is the cause of all this? According to the view of the environmental
movement, man made global warming caused by burning fossil fuels is the main
reason for these problems. Not everyone
agrees with this analysis and I have read many articles saying that there are
natural reasons for climate change.
However if you do agree with the environmental movement, the solution is
to replace fossil fuels with renewable sources of energy, such as
hydroelectric, sun and wind power in order to create electricity.
The problem with this is that in most
countries renewables are not able to create sufficient power to keep the power
supply going. In Britain, where coal
power stations are being phased out in order to meet environmental laws, there
are fears that the lights will start going out before 2020 and our computerised
society, which is dependent on constant supply of electricity, will break
The UN is holding a ‘Sustainable
Development Summit’ on September 25th. This calls for a
‘new universal agenda’ for humanity. The
official document, which every nation is expected to approve at the conference,
commits these nations to work toward 17 ‘sustainable development goals’ and 169
specific ‘sustainable development targets’. The UN document promises that
this plan will ‘transform our world for the better by 2030.’
According to Michael Snyder of Prophecy News Watch, ‘the
2030 Agenda is taking the principles and goals laid out in the previous ‘Agenda
21’ to an entirely new level. Agenda 21 was primarily focused on the
environment, but the 2030 Agenda addresses virtually all areas of human
activity. It truly is a blueprint for global governance. Nearly every nation on the entire planet is
going to be signing up for this new agenda. The general population of the
planet is going to be told that this agenda is ‘voluntary’ and that it is all
about ‘ending poverty’ and ‘fighting climate change’, but that is not the full
Snyder comments: ‘What does ‘sustainable development’ actually mean, and how
does the UN plan to ensure that it will be achieved globally? It’s clear the U.N. and its supporters see
sustainable development as more than just the way to a cleaner environment.
They see it as the vehicle for creating a long-sought new international
economic order, or ‘New World Order,’ in other words a global government that
will end in extreme tyranny.
All of this is another sign of the
storm gathering over the world and ties in with Biblical prophecies of the last
days. The Bible does speak of an
environmental crisis at the end of days.
Trees and vegetation will be burned up, waters become bitter and
undrinkable and creatures die in the sea (Revelation 8.7-11), and men are
‘scorched with great heat’ (Revelation 16.8).
Isaiah prophesies a coming apocalypse in the which the earth will be
defiled or polluted under its inhabitants:
‘The earth is also defiled under its inhabitants, because they have
transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.
Therefore the curse has devoured the earth, and those who dwell in it are
desolate. Therefore the inhabitants of
the earth are burned, and few men are
left.’ Isaiah 24.6. The Bible also prophesies the government of
antichrist which will emerge in the last days (Revelation 13).
Collapse of morality.
With so many crises around us you would
think people would be turning to God to help, but the opposite is
happening. In the western nations people
are being indoctrinated with a humanistic world view which rejects the God of
the Bible, accepts evolution rather than creation as the way we came here,
rejects the commandments of God and denies Jesus as the unique Saviour of the
world. There is constant mockery of God, Jesus Christ and Christians in the
media, while at the same time there is generally a respectful view towards
Islam and Hindu practices like yoga.
The Bible teaches that one man married
to one woman is God’s will for human sexuality, for family life and caring for
children. However governments, the
education system and the entertainment industry constantly push the idea that
there is no right and wrong when it comes to sex and you can live how you
please. As a result we have easy
divorce, multiple sex partners, teenage pregnancies, single parent families and
homosexuality. Child abuse and
prostitution have become a global phenomenon with people travelling around the
world to engage in sordid and degrading acts.
Much of our popular entertainment is low-level pornography with
hard-core porn easily available on the Internet and on cable TV. Teenagers are now looking at Internet porn
to learn ‘how to do sex’ and imitating what they see there.
marriage is being brought in right across the western world, changing the
nature of marriage in opposition to God’s law.
This creates a problem for those who stand up for God’s order for the
family. Teachers, social workers, reporters, marriage counsellors,
photographers and others face the possibility of being sued or losing their
jobs if they refuse to accept homosexual marriages as legitimate.
In Psalm 2 we read that ‘The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel
together, against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying,‘Let us break their bonds in pieces and cast away their cords from
us.’ This Messianic Psalm speaks of the
last days when the world rulers ‘take counsel’ (pass laws?) which are against
the Lord and His Anointed (Messiah / Christ).
The implication is that they will be casting away the restraint on
wickedness which acceptance of God’s laws brings. Surely what we are seeing taking place in our
time. All of this is bringing God’s
judgement on the nations as we see the end time programme taking shape.
Jesus said, ‘And because lawlessness (wickedness) will abound, the love of many
will grow cold.’ Matthew 24.12. He also said it would be like
the days of Lot (Luke 17.28-9). We read
about Lot in Genesis 19 where we find him ‘sitting in the gate of Sodom.’ Sodom was a wicked city full of sexual
immorality with homosexuality imposing itself on the city. As a result ‘Lot was oppressed by the filthy
conduct of the wicked.’ 2 Peter
2.7. Jesus also said it would be like
the days of Noah, days when there was violence on the face of the earth ‘and
every imagination of man was only evil continually.’ (Genesis 6.5-11). All of this is bringing the judgement of God
on the world, as described in the Book of Revelation.
these things happening in the world are a sign that the time of trouble
prophesied for the end of this age is coming upon us. Many will be afraid of what is coming, but to
those who know the salvation of the Lord Jesus, there is a glorious hope in the
midst of all this sorrow and calamity.
Jesus tell us to ‘look up and lift up our heads because your redemption
draws near.’ There is no one in
government or in any other position of power today who is able to resolve the
multiple crises which are coming on the world.
The root cause of all that is going wrong with our world is the fact
that human beings have rejected God and His plan of salvation through
repentance from sin and faith in Jesus the Messiah. He died for our sins and rose again from the
dead to give new life in the Holy Spirit to all who turn to Him. The only one capable of saving us is the Lord
Jesus who is coming again in power and glory, with all the power of God to put
right the mess that humans have made of the world. Looking up to Him we find the only way out of
the crisis that is coming upon the world.
We can remain on the sinking ship of the present world system or get
onto the lifeboat of eternal salvation through faith in Jesus.
Paul writes: ‘For the Lord Himself will
descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel and with the
trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ
will rise first. Then we who are alive
and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord
in the air. And thus we shall always be
with the Lord.’ 1 Thessalonians 4.16-17.
Jesus said, ‘Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour
you do not expect.’ Matthew 24. 44.
commands all people everywhere to repent,because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in
righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this
to all by raising Him from the dead.’