Spiritual warfare against President Trump!

WND EXCLUSIVE

Witches target Trump with mass occult ritual

Christian leaders urge prayer to protect president against ‘demonic realm’

February 23, 2017

It’s not just a political battle anymore. It’s spiritual warfare now.

Exorcists, witches and occultists “in a number of magical groups” are announcing plans for a ritual designed to “bind Donald Trump and all who abet him.”

It’s to happen Friday at midnight at a variety of locations across the nation, and again every month until Donald Trump is no longer in office.

The rite, requiring a stub of a candle, a pin, salt, matches, a tarot card, a feather and other odds and ends, calls on spirits to ensure President Trump will “fail utterly.” It also includes burning a picture of the commander-in-chief, visualizing him “blowing apart into dust or ash.”

Participants apparently have the option of using a baby carrot instead of an orange candle.

Among the various spirits invoked are the “demons of the infernal realms.”…

Read the entire article @ http://www.wnd.com/2017/02/witches-target-trump-with-mass-occult-ritual/

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PROPHECY CONNECTION …

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”  (Ephesians 6:12)Jesus foretold: “You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers and sisters, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. Everyone will hate you because of me. But not a hair of your head will perish. Stand firm, and you will win life.” (Luke 21:16-19)

PRAY, STAND FIRM, and keep watching …

White House spokespersons must be careful …

I’m on my way out the door for a few days, but this caught my eye, so I want to comment on it. The Jewish people are God’s “chosen people” — for better or for worse. If individuals in positions of authority begin down playing that special role in the Lord God’s plan and purpose for Israel AND for America, we can expect that He will remove His favor from our land and let us fall into enemy hands. Keep praying for our new President and his cabinet members, plus all of the men and women who work in every department under the Secretaries who have assumed their responsibilities as well as those who are being held back in the Senate.

White House Axed Holocaust Statement That Mentioned Jews 

The State Department put together a statement about International Holocaust Remembrance Day that mentioned Jewish victims, but the White House used its own, which drew controversy.

According to Politico, a White House official said they did not see the State Department’s draft until after it had released its own statement, and told the State Department not to release its version. — Michael Reagan

 

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“In those days and at that time,
    when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem,
I will gather all nations
    and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat.
There I will put them on trial
    for what they did to my inheritance, my people Israel,
because they scattered my people among the nations
    and divided up my land.”

(Joel 3:1-2, NIV)

Please keep watching while I’m away, and if you find any articles that seem relevant to Prophecy Connections, forward them to me at pmyingst@gmail.com. Thank you!

Prophetic implications for 5777 / 2016-2017 …

This is lengthy. I’ve chosen what I see as most important for my readers to be aware of. I encourage you to follow the link at the end to the entire article and see if the Holy Spirit quickens in you as you read. God may have a different “word” for you as an individual….

Prophetic Word: 2017 Will Bring a Clashing of Heaven and Hell

2017 is the year that swords will clash.
2017 is the year that swords will clash. (Getty Images )

The Hebrew year 5777 began Oct. 2, 2016. It is called “Rosh Hashanah.” I remember because I flew into Jerusalem to speak and arrived as the New Year began.

One of the other speakers, Chuck Pierce, was scheduled to speak. I always love to hear Chuck, especially his explanation of the meaning for the new year. He was supposed to share his insight into the new Hebrew year 5777, but had to cancel at the last minute. The conference host asked me to speak in his place. This forced me to do some quick praying and seeking. The subject matter was new to me, but as I pressed in, what I discovered lined up with my entire experience on the front lines of the political storm overtaking America.

Something struck me about the significance of this new year, 5777. There are three “7’s” in this Jewish new year. Interestingly, the number “7” in Hebrew is the letter zayin which represents both the number “7” and the word for weapon or “sword.”

But before we go there, let’s go back and establish what God has been doing during this past Hebraic decade. 2010 was the transition to the year 5770. Seventy is significant because the value of 70 is the same as the letter ayin which “means to see.” It is also the number of the nations. By the end of this Hebraic decade (2010-2020) we will fully see that God is after nations—sheep nations. We will also see that the devil is solidifying an alliance of goat nations in response. It is going to get very intense but very glorious.

We are getting spiritual eyes to see into the realm of God and the plan of God to disciple the nations. We are also seeing into the realm of the enemy and how the powers of darkness are working through fallen man to produce chaos and conditions ripe for Satan’s manipulation of nations and counterfeit of the kingdom. In summary: What we are “seeing” since 2010 is a decade of deeper prophetic perception coming upon the front lines of the body of Christ.

Looking at in 5777 we see “5” first. This is the year of supernatural grace (5) to engage the clashing of swords (7). The grace of God will give us access to the “rest” of God, which came on the seventh day. This grace/rest will keep us in a place of strength so we don’t wear out.

The clashing of heaven and hell will show up in the conflict of ideologies. The swords will collide as two incompatible spirit realms clash through vessels under their influence. This collision of kingdoms has already started in the political mountain, but will expand to all seven!

The Enemy Has Invaded America to Turn It Against Christ

The election cycle exposed something insidious about how the enemy has invaded America to turn it against Christ and Christian values. The parable of the “tares” tells us that Satan plants people “while men slept” (Matt. 13:25). Where does Satan plant them? He plants among the fields of harvest, at the gates of influence, where popular culture is formed through news media, Hollywood and academia. Pop culture is upstream, and politics is downstream. A new narrative about America was being formed upstream and new politicians were rising downstream to advance it.

God used a man in the business sphere and sent him into the sphere of government just like David was drafted to deal with a giant while working for his father’s family business. What does that tell you? Expect God to send outsiders into arts and entertainment to shake things up. Likewise, expect God to use youth (your children perhaps?) to shake up academia right on the campus. We will also see ministers shifting spheres into government to advance the kingdom! Many of you will see vocation shifts and geographic reassignments.

Things will change quickly. Do you remember where we were in 2015? An intimidating form of thought-tyranny was rising under the guise of “political correctness.” This continued until God released a wrecking ball to the spirit of political correctness in the form of a defiant political outsider named Donald Trump. The bias of media has now been exposed, along with the adolescence and irrationality of Hollywood celebrities. But there is a counter-punch coming from the dazed and desperate spirits operating in and through the progressive ranks. They are reorganizing as we speak….

I like what prophet Wayland Henderson says: “The meaning of the letters that represent 77 is a powerful truth God is about to display this year. The letters for 77 are the Hebrew letters ayin, which has a value of 70 and zayin, which has a value of 7. Ayin and zayin spell the word ‘boldness.’ If we flip the letters to zayin ayin, it spells the word ‘fear.’ This will be a year that boldness will overcome fear through the power of intimacy with Yeshua.” 

In this new year, 5777, God will open up His word (logos) to you and reveal a “sword” (rhema) in the Scripture! When you see it, grab it. Speak what God gives you…. As the apostle Paul said, “Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Eph. 6:17)….

The new gladiators are people with persuasive viewpoints. As there are three sevens (777), watch for alliances where swords will come together as one….

“Draw near to the fear of the Lord, for it is clean, enduring forever. Draw near to deliverance from evil. Cleanse your own land from the inhabitants who would occupy territory and exert pressure on your heart and mind to distract you from My ways. Draw near to Me and I will draw near to you with deliverance….

“This is, indeed, the year of the clashing of voices, of ideas, of words and of messengers, but know this—I am giving unto you My words and as you receive them, they shall become in you a sharp sword issuing out of your mouth. I am the issuing authority behind you, and I have given you spiritual credentials to access the high places of your assigned territory.

“You are authorized. Build a prayer shield, and you shall see sudden salvations and conversions as ‘trophies of grace’ come into My trophy room. Though man resists, the authority of My words in your mouth will scatter their strength. Be not afraid of their faces or their opposition, for I send you to occupy a space in the conversation that shapes the nations.”

I sense that what is happening in the government mountain, with a changing of the guard, is possible all over the nation. The Lord wants the church to take back as much territory as it has the maturity to hold. Critics of all things conservative, comedians in particular, are about to be shaken. In the past, they got away with whatever they wanted to say. They had zero resistance when they mocked those in authority. I see them being challenged by new voices turning tables on them. Likewise, universities will be challenged and administrators, trustees and even tenured faculty will be swept out as the righteous advance. You’ll get as much ground as you have the ability to hold.

But don’t expect this message to be welcomed or endorsed. This is a grass-roots movement, I suspect. By my estimate, 85-90 percent of leaders will be more comfortable in the “viewing box,” watching and commenting on the game. Only 10-15 percent will have the courage or clarity to actually “get onto the field” and take the hard yards. The good news is that the anointing and the platform of those with the spirit of David will expand. 

READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE @ http://www.charismamag.com/blogs/prophetic-insight/28465-prophetic-word-2017-will-bring-a-clashing-of-heaven-and-hell

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“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”

(James 1:2-3)

Stand firm, resist judging others, and continue watching …

World Economic Forum touting ‘new world order’ … again.

The global elite are becoming desperate following Trump’s win …

Chinese leader meets Davos elite as voters revolt

Jitendra JOSHI with contributions from AFP bureaux in Beijing and Geneva
AFPJanuary 13, 2017
 

China’s president will preach the advent of a new world order in Davos next week before the high priests of globalization, who are facing an uprising from voters against their orthodoxy of open markets and borders.

The annual conclave of the World Economic Forum in the Swiss Alps, grouping 3,000 delegates from the worlds of government, business, science and the arts, has created the caricature of “Davos Man”, a rich, rootless globetrotter who worships with fellow disciples in the church of free trade.

But populists are singing from a radically different hymn sheet. Their hostility towards both unfettered trade and immigration has already yielded Britain’s vote to leave the European Union and the rise of once-fringe parties across Europe, including in France and Germany.

The ultimate rebuke to “Davos Man” will come on Friday, the last day of the week-long forum, when Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States.

And the consensus of a rules-based global order led by Washington is threatened by communist China’s inexorable rise.

In that context, it is noteworthy that Xi Jinping will become the first Chinese president to attend the forum when he gives a keynote speech on Tuesday that is expected to extol Beijing’s efforts to negotiate new types of regional trade deals shorn of US influence.

This year’s Davos “may be the start of China’s new role as a leader in promoting globalisation and a speedy recovery of the global economy”, as Western countries turn to “isolationist self-centredness”, commentator Sun Ding wrote for China’s official Xinhua news service….

READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE @ https://www.yahoo.com/news/chinese-leader-meets-davos-elite-voters-revolt-054655251.html


Chinese foreign ministry: Trump must abide by ‘One China’ policy

By Max Greenwood –

China’s foreign ministry said Saturday that the “One China” policy serves as the foundation of U.S.-China relations and is non-negotiable, pushing back on President-elect Donald Trump‘s claim that the policy was being reevaluated.

The comments from the foreign ministry were posted on its website and urged the incoming Trump administration to acknowledge the One China policy as necessary to continuing U.S.-China relations.

Trump would not commit in an interview with The Wall Street Journal on Friday to abiding by the “One China” policy, saying instead that“everything is under negotiation.”

The president-elect also shook relations with China in December, when he accepted a phone call from Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. That phone call caused China to submit a formal diplomatic complaint.

China considers Taiwan a renegade province that is still part of China.

The U.S. adopted the “One China” principle in 1979, when it formally restored diplomatic relations with China and announced that it would no longer recognize the government of Taiwan.

Trump was critical of China throughout his presidential campaign, admonishing the east Asian superpower for currency manipulation and accusing China of harming American business interests.But he told the Journal that he would not formally label China a currency manipulator before talking to Chinese leaders.

“I would talk to them first,” he said. “Certainly they are manipulators.”

LINK: http://thehill.com/policy/international/314351-chinese-foreign-ministry-trump-must-abide-by-one-china-policy


PROPHECY CONNECTIONS:

The prophet Daniel was given numerous prophecies concerning time frames beyond the moment in which he was living. And Jesus referred to Daniel when making a point about the moment  which everyone on the planet should be watching for in the future:

Matthew 24:15 “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let no one on the housetop go down to take anything out of the house. 18 Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak. 19 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! 20 Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. 21 For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.

22 “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.”  (Biblegateway.com)

In my humble opinion, we may be looking at the time in world history when this could happen. Donald Trump is considered “the great negotiator.” Read with me the prophecy in Daniel 9:27 …

27″He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’[Seven years]In the middle of the ‘seven’[Approximately 3 1/2 years] he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple[or holy place] he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.

Now, I’m going to invite some controversy….

The common theological take on this verse is that “he” represents the highly anticipated “Antichrist.” I’m not saying that this won’t turn out to be the case. However, scripture often has multiple meanings. So, I’m watching and wondering what role DJT is going to fill in God’s end times plan, since the Donald’s unexpected victory seemed like an obvious “God-thing” to those of us who watch for such occurrences.

I have a couple of questions:

  • Could the first “he” in the prophecy represent Donald Trump, who may have the skills needed to negotiate “a covenant with many for one ‘seven'” — seven years.

 

  • Could the second “he” in sentence 2, and the third “he” in sentence 3, represent a separate individual — obviously the “two beasts” detailed in Revelation 13. (Keep in mind that Catholic monks separated the Hebrew scriptures as they translated them into other languages. So just because these three sentences are labeled “verse 27” does NOT mean that they should necessarily be grouped together when examining the symbolism.)

Consider what Revelation 13 foretells:

The dragon[Satan — Rev. 20:2] stood on the shore of the sea. And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. It had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on its horns, and on each head a blasphemous name. The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority. One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was filled with wonder and followed the beast. People worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, “Who is like the beast? Who can wage war against it?”

The beast [Antichrist?] was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise its authority for forty-two months. It opened its mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. It was given power to wage war against God’s holy people and to conquer them. And it was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.[Jesus]

Whoever has ears, let them hear.

10 “If anyone is to go into captivity,
    into captivity they will go.
If anyone is to be killed with the sword,
    with the sword they will be killed.”

This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of God’s people.

11 Then I saw a second beast [the “false prophet” — Rev. 16:13; 19:20; 20:10], coming out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a dragon. 12 It exercised all the authority of the first beast on its behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. 13 And it performed great signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to the earth in full view of the people. 14 Because of the signs it was given power to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived the inhabitants of the earth. It ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. 15 The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. 16 

18 This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man.[e] That number is 666.

Notice that Rev. 13 describes three key players: the dragon — a.k.a. the devil (biblical), the beast coming out of the sea — a.k.a “Antichrist”(not biblical), and the beast coming out of the earth — a.k.a. “the false prophet” (biblical).

At this moment in time, Donald Trump does NOT fit the description in Rev. 13 of the first beast, or as many scholars choose to call him, “Antichrist.” (Read verses 5-7 again.)

And notice that it is not the “Antichrist” that orders this man’s image set up to be worshiped by EVERYONE, or be sentenced to death. The one who does this is Beast #2, also called “the false prophet” later in Revelation.

These two distinct personalities must be separated from each other when discerning what “Antichrist” will do, because many preach that “Antichrist” (one man) will set up an image that will desecrate the rebuilt temple. This assumption is FALSE.

I’ve been wondering about this for many years.

So, now that a master deal maker will — God protect him — be confirmed as President of the United States, I’m going to float the possibility that Donald Trump could fulfill Prophecy A (the first sentence) in Daniel 9:27, which could pave the way for the two “beasts” of Rev. 13 to collude together, propose rebuilding the Jewish Temple during a seven-year time of manufactured peace, and fulfill the last two sentences — Prophecy B.

I am only speculating, and I’m definitely NOT “a prophet.” At any rate, this final week before Donald Trump is officially declared 45th President of the United States, is bound to prove interesting to watch.

Watch with me, please!

Paula

P.S. I welcome your thoughts on all of my posts, either here or @ Prophecy Connections on Facebook.

Officials from 70 nations will gather in Paris on January 15th to condemn Israel …

Please read my commentary that follows this article.  — PY

 

Return of the 70 Nations to Paris to Condemn Israel Prophetic Fulfillment

“They have said: ‘Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Yisrael may be no more in remembrance.’ For they have consulted together with one consent; against Thee do they make a covenant.”Psalms 83:5-6 (The Israel Bible™)

High ranking officials from 70 nations of the world will gather in Paris on January 15th in an attempt to force Israel to accept a two-state solution with the Palestinian Authority. By so doing, they will be fulfilling a momentous Biblical prophecy foretold thousands of years ago.

When Israeli statesman Shimon Peres passed away in September, leaders and dignitaries from 70 nations gathered in Jerusalem to pay their last respects. The symbolism is no mere coincidence; the very same number of representatives will gather in Paris, but this time to deny the Jewish connection to the Land of Israel.

“Everyone knows already what the purpose of the conference is: it will be an all-out hatefest against Israel,” Rabbi Avraham Arieh Trugman, director of Ohr Chadash Torah Institute, told Breaking Israel News. “What’s interesting is that it isn’t just one or two enemies with a specific grudge, like the Arabs or the Nazis. It is 70 nations, which in Torah terms, means [symbolically] all of the nations,” explained Rabbi Trugman.

Rabbi Shimon Apisdorf, a prominent Jewish educator and bestselling author, told Breaking Israel News that seeing 70 nations written in the headlines caught his attention.

“There is no question that the aspect of specifically 70 nations gathering is significant, the point being Israel is not one of them,” said Rabbi Apisdorf, citing the book of Numbers.

Lo, it is a people that shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations.Numbers 23:9

“We are fundamentally different,” stated Rabbi Apisdorf. “And as a light unto the nations, we are supposed to be separate and different.”

Rabbi Trugman understood a different message in the gathering of the 70 countries.

“There is no doubt this is a fulfillment of the prophecies that in the end of days, all the nations will come out against Israel,” noted the rabbi. He quoted the commentary of Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchaki, an 11th century French commentator known by the acronym ‘Rashi’, on the first verse in the book of Genesis.

“1,000 years ago, Rashi said that in the future, the nations of the world will come and say we stole the Land of Israel. This is precisely what we are seeing now,” Rabbi Trugman said. “The majority of the nations say we have no claim to Israel, and the rest say we only have a claim to a small section of Israel.”

“Rashi told us how to answer this claim,” said Rabbi Trugman. “We need to remind them that the same God who created the heaven and earth gave it to them, and then he took it from them and gave it to us.”

The concept of 70 nations has its source in the 70 grandsons of Noah listed in the Bible.

These three were the sons of Noach, and of these was the whole earth overspread. Genesis 9:19

According to Bereshit Rabbah, a collection of homiletical teachings compiled around 400 CE, each nation is appointed an angel, except for Israel, which is protected by God Himself. According to Midrash Tanchuma, homiletical teachings believed to have been compiled around 500 CE, Jacob’s vision was of these national angels ascending and descending a ladder, determining the fortune of their nations.

And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven; and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.Genesis 28:12

Jacob’s vision is interpreted as a message that the nation of Israel was no longer part of this natural process. Though other nations will rise and fall, eventually disappearing into the sands of time, Israel will never disappear.

The concept of 70 nations also appears in reference to the 70 oxen offered in the Temple throughout Sukkot (the feast of the tabernacles) which the Talmud (Sukkah 55b) teaches are for the merit of the 70 nations.

In the wake of the recent United Nations Security Council resolution 2334 declaring Jewish housing in Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem to be illegal, the outcome of the Paris conference seems certain. A two-state solution would call for Israel to relinquish territories conquered in the 1967 Six-Day War, and subsequently create a Palestinian State. This would include establishing a Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem, thereby removing the Kotel (Western Wall) and the Temple Mount from Jewish control.

It is unclear whether the 800,000 Jews living over the 1949 Armistice Lines, comprising approximately 13 percent of Israel’s Jewish population, will be required to relocate, as they were when the Israeli government dismantled the communities of Gush Katif in the Gaza Strip in 2005.

Even if the 70 nations at the conference decide in favor of the two-state solution it is unclear how this plan will be practically implemented. On January 20, five days after the conference is set to take place, Donald Trump will take the seat in Oval Office, and he has already made his opinion clear that, like Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he believes the only solution to be face-to-face negotiations without pre-conditions between the Israelis and Palestinians.

LINK: https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/81577/return-70-nations-paris-condemn-israel/#2Xe1DRtcsqw1gOU1.97


Keep in mind that this is now the Hebrew year 5777 as we watch this amazing event unfold. To give all of us — including me — an idea of how prophetically important are the numbers in this Hebrew year’s date, let me share some information that I found while searching online for the significance of three 7s in a row …

The number 777 is attributed to our God and Father, YaHWeH, for many reasons. It is also attributed to His Father/Son Relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ, Israel’s Messiah and our Saviour. Written in Hebrew, “YHWH in the YESHUA Messiah”, gives the number 777: “Yod, He, Vaw, He, beth, yod, shin, vaw, ayin, he, mem, shin, yod and heth” (10+5+6+5+2+10+300+6+70+5+40+300+10+8 = 777). If that in itself weren’t awesome enough, also in Hebrew, “YESHUA saves”, gives 777 as well: “Yod, shin, vaw, ayin, he, vaw, shin, yod and ayin” (10+300+6+70+5+6+300+10+70 = 777). The Name “YaHWeH” written in Hebrew appears as 777 =

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Posted on September 9, 2016 by MichaEL Sawdy
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Every Hebrew letter / symbol is assigned a number. That’s the emphasis behind Michael Sawdy’s perspective. I’m not sharing the entire article because Michael is obviously suspecting that Jesus will return for His elect in 5777 (2017).

If you have been following my blog, you probably know that I do not believe in the pre-tribulation rapture theory, because after being completely sold out on it for many months in the mid-1990’s, I discovered another theory that is much more logical. It is based on (what I call) the timeline that Jesus gave, which Matthew recorded in his gospel.

Please read it for yourself (then keep reading through to the end of my post …

As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”

Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.

“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

15 “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand— 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let no one on the housetop go down to take anything out of the house. 18 Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak. 19 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! 20 Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. 21 For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.

22 “If  those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. 23 At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. 24 For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See I have told you ahead of time.

26 So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the wilderness,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. 27 For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 28 Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather.

29 “Immediately after the distress of those days

“‘the sun will be darkened,
    and the moon will not give its light;
the stars will fall from the sky,
    and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’

30 “Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. 31 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call [check out the prophecy connection in 1 Thessalonians 4:16: “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.”], and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.

32 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 33 Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door. 34 Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.

42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.

43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.

45 “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? 46 It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. (Matthew 24: 3-45, New International Version)

 

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Notice the text highlighted in GREEN — verses 36 to 41.

Pre-tribulation rapture theorists take these verses out of context and refer to them in combination with 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17  plus Revelation 4:1, where John writes: “After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, ‘Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.’”

As you can see, the text highlighted in green comes AFTER verses 3-31 in Matthew 24. Pretribulationists offer the explantion that those words were only meant for a Jewish audience, not for gentile believers.

I submit to you that is not the case.

If we take Jesus’ words in order, like a timeline, we can see that false messiah claims, wars and rumors of wars, nations and kingdoms rising up against each other creating bloodshed, famines and earthquakes have happened repeatedly since Jesus prophesied these events, and they continue to happen today.

Likewise, as mentioned in verses 9-12, believers have been, and are now being, persecuted (many to the point of death without denying their Lord) by non-believers or ignorant individuals who wickedly betray and hate each other without understanding the true message of Christ.

People of ALL races and genders are saying that they believe in Jesus, but they don’t understand that the “love” that they felt for Him when they first believed has “grown cold.” The love of our Savior Jesus is self-denying, putting our Father God first. We see Christians refusing to deny Him and getting their throats slit by unbelievers…. Just as Jesus implied would happen.

Verse 14 foretells: “… this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.Unless I’ve missed something in the news, the gospel of eternal life through belief in Jesus Christ has not yet reached ALL nations. Therefore “the end” is still a ways off.

Now, read verse 15 with me …

15 “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel —let the reader understand—”

“Let the reader understand –” I (and others) believe that means it’s important to check back in the Book of Daniel to see what he said about the abomination that causes desolation, standing in the holy place. Again, many “scholars and prophecy pros” have a LONG explanation for this that leads to their conclusion about what Jesus said. And some will point to historical documentation, saying that this has already happened….

Antiochus IV Epiphanes was the eighth in a succession of twenty-six kings who ruled from 175—164 BC over the Syrian section of Alexander’s empire…. In the spring of 168 B.C., the armies of the Syrian king had arrived within four miles of the great city of Alexandria to compel the pharaohs to surrender. But the Egyptians had appealed to Rome for assistance….

After being humiliated and forced to leave Egypt, Antiochus’s vengeance was quickly turned upon Jerusalem. He killed over eighty thousand men, women, and children and sold forty thousand into slavery (2 Macc. v. 5-14). The holy place [also known as the holy Temple] was robbed of its treasures and the temple was dedicated to Jupiter Olympus. The temple was defiled by offering a sow upon the altar and scattering its juice over all the sanctuary and vessels. He substituted the Jewish feasts with the drunken revelry of Bacchanalia, forcing the Jews to worship Bacchus, the god of pleasure and wine. The licentious festival of Saturnalia, the worship of Saturn, was also enforced upon the inhabitants.

He forbade the reading of the Holy Scriptures and the tradition of circumcision. Throwing them headlong with their infants off of the highest wall in Jerusalem, Antiochus killed two mothers who had circumcised their children in defiance of the law. He also cut out the tongues of a mother’s seven sons and after that had each of them roasted alive on a flat iron (2 Macc. vii. 3-5). Then the mother herself was murdered.  (Source: http://www.prophecyforum.com/antiochus.html)

Yes, just as described by Daniel (and the Macabees), this prophecy has been historically fulfilled. HOWEVER, God’s Word often has multiple layers of meaning, and — according to Jesus — this prophecy will come to pass A SECOND TIME in the future. The actions of Antiochus Epiphanes IV happened BEFORE Jesus spoke to His closest disciples concerning this event! Jesus foretold that someone even worse will repeat these detestable deeds IN THE FUTURE.

Now, let’s add to what we’ve learned from history:

1.  Jesus said to examine Daniel’s writings — and learn from Jewish history. Anyone who reads His words — no matter what period in world history — is urged to “understand.”

2. Jesus said, “THEN let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let no one on the housetop go down to take anything out of the house. Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak. How dreadful it will be in those daysFor THEN there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.” Notice Jesus uses future tense!

3. Jesus said that the Jewish temple would be completely destroyed (verses 1-2). And within 4 decades of that prophecy, THE TEMPLE WAS DESTROYED by Roman legions!

4. “The holy place” (a.k.a the Jewish temple) HAS NOT YET BEEN REBUILT!

5. Jesus said that — according to the prophet Daniel — Daniel 9:27 “He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ In the middle of the ‘seven’[seven years] he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple [holy place] he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.” (I’m still watching for that 7-year covenant with many.)

6. Jesus said, false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you ahead of time.” 

7. Jesus said, “THEN will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. 31 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.”

I ask you to consider that THIS describes the rapture of the saints detailed by Paul in 1 Thessalonians 4 …

13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.

I realize that this post has been unusually long. But we have reached the point of NOW…. Now think back to the article at the beginning.

REMEMBER: Jewish rabbis believe that the number 70 represents ALL of the nations. On January 15th, VIPs from every nation EXCEPT ISRAEL will gather in Paris, France to pass judgment on whether or not a “two-state-solution” is the answer for resolving decades of devastating conflict in the Middle East.

There will be no consideration of what the Lord God of Israel has written in Hebrew scriptures concerning the land in question — unless one of Israel’s allies bring it up.

My bet is that Almighty God is NOT going to be happy if they decide to divide His land that He promised to Abraham, Isaac and ISRAEL way back when.

Let’s keep watching together to see how this all plays out …


11 The Lord thunders at the head of his army;
his forces are beyond number,
    and mighty is the army that obeys his command.
The day of the Lord is great;
    it is dreadful.
    Who can endure it?

12 “Even now,” declares the Lord,
    “return to me with all your heart.”

3:1“In those days and at that time,
    when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem,
I will gather all nations
    and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat.
There I will put them on trial
    for what they did to my inheritance, my people Israel,
because they scattered my people among the nations
    and divided up my land.

14 Multitudes, multitudes
    in the valley of decision!
For the day of the Lord is near
    in the valley of decision.
15 The sun and moon will be darkened,
    and the stars no longer shine.
16 The Lord will roar from Zion
    and thunder from Jerusalem;
    the earth and the heavens will tremble.
But the Lord will be a refuge for his people,
    a stronghold for the people of Israel.”

(Joel 2:11-12, 3:1-16, NIV)

 

 

 

2017 … Ready or Not!

Hello Prophecy Connections readers! May the presence of God be with you as 2017 unfolds and flags representing countries around the world unfurl to begin a new year. Actually this date is for those who follow the Gregorian calendar. Here are some interesting facts about that dating system from http://www.history.com/news/6-things-you-may-not-know-about-the-gregorian-calendar

1. The original goal of the Gregorian calendar was to change the date of Easter.
In 1582, when Pope Gregory XIII introduced his Gregorian calendar, Europe adhered to the Julian calendar, first implemented by Julius Caesar in 46 B.C. Since the Roman emperor’s system miscalculated the length of the solar year by 11 minutes, the calendar had since fallen out of sync with the seasons. This concerned Gregory because it meant that Easter, traditionally observed on March 21, fell further away from the spring equinox with each passing year.

2. Leap years don’t really occur every four years in the Gregorian calendar.
The Julian calendar included an extra day in February every four years. But Aloysus Lilius, the Italian scientist who developed the system Pope Gregory would unveil in 1582, realized that the addition of so many days made the calendar slightly too long. He devised a variation that adds leap days in years divisible by four, unless the year is also divisible by 100. If the year is also divisible by 400, a leap day is added regardless. While this formula may sound confusing, it did resolve the lag created by Caesar’s earlier scheme—almost.

3. The Gregorian calendar differs from the solar year by 26 seconds per year.
Despite Lilius’ ingenious method for syncing the calendar with the seasons, his system is still off by 26 seconds. As a result, in the years since Gregory introduced his calendar in 1582, a discrepancy of several hours has arisen. By the year 4909, the Gregorian calendar will be a full day ahead of the solar year.

4. Some Protestants viewed the Gregorian calendar as a Catholic plot.
Though Pope Gregory’s papal bull reforming the calendar had no power beyond the Catholic Church, Catholic countries—including Spain, Portugal and Italy—swiftly adopted the new system for their civil affairs. European Protestants, however, largely rejected the change because of its ties to the papacy, fearing it was an attempt to silence their movement. It wasn’t until 1700 that Protestant Germany switched over, and England held out until 1752. Orthodox countries clung to the Julian calendar until even later, and their national churches have never embraced Gregory’s reforms.

5. Britain’s adoption of the Gregorian calendar sparked riots and protest—maybe.
According to some accounts, English citizens did not react kindly after an act of Parliament advanced the calendar overnight from September 2 to September 14, 1752. Rioters supposedly took to the streets, demanding that the government “give us our 11 days.” However, most historians now believe that these protests never occurred or were greatly exaggerated. On the other side of the Atlantic, meanwhile, Benjamin Franklin welcomed the change, writing, “It is pleasant for an old man to be able to go to bed on September 2, and not have to get up until September 14.”

6. Before the Gregorian calendar’s adoption, the English new year began on March 25, or Lady Day.
Julius Caesar’s calendar reform of 46 B.C. instituted January 1 as the first of the year. During the Middle Ages, however, European countries replaced it with days that carried greater religious significance, such as December 25 (the anniversary of Jesus’ birth) and March 25 (the Feast of the Annunciation). The latter, known as Lady Day because it celebrates the Virgin Mary, marked the beginning of the year in Britain until January 1, 1752.

Another amazing fact is that, in contrast to calendars created throughout history by humans, GOD’S CALENDAR HAS NOT CHANGED. Consider this information from http://www.bible-history.com/jewishyear/jewishyear_heart-message.html

[Red highlights are mine. — PY]

God is a stickler on timing, events, and their meaning. His calendar is marked in the stars, kept by the moon, observed by the sun, and ordered in the rotation of the earth. All of his important dates are written in advance, his feasts, celebrations, Sabbaths and epoch changing events. 

“And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:” (Dan 2:21)

“Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.” (Mat. 2:2)

“The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, `For we also are His children. (Acts 17:24-28)

He calls us to remember His past appointments. He knew the Hebrews would be in bondage for 400 years in Egypt, and the precise day His deliverer Moses would stand before Pharaoh, demanding that he let God’s people go. He let Daniel peek at His appointment book to see the great world empires that would arrive, each in it’s own season to rule the earth and govern it’s people. (Dan. 2) He appointed 70 weeks of years upon the Jewish nation divided into precise sequences, that foretold the rebuilding of Jerusalem, the death of Messiah, and the coming of anti-christ. He planned for the “fullness of times”, (Gal. 4:4) when His Son would manifest to the world, while the Jewish religious leaders were ripe with hardness of heart, during the height of the Roman Empire, with it’s technology, justice, roadways, culture and language.

What I find comforting, is that the Lord, has a calendar, not just for Israel and the nations, but for each of us. He knows your comings and goings, your rising up, and sitting down. He has special surprises planned for you, even still. Even after disappointments, devastations, and life changing seasons. Have you failed yourself? God will not fail you. Have you been lost in unbearable anguish? God grieves with you. Perhaps you’ve been hardened in religion, burned out and left empty, searching for that early passion which seems so unreachable now. God has a new beginning on His calendar for you. 

God knew there would be a woman waiting at the well at midday in Samaria, who needed relief from the shame that she felt for so many years. He knew there would be a tax collector named Zaccheus who would respond to the offer of fellowship and grace from the “Son of man.” He knew a man named Simon would deny Him three times in His greatest hour of need, but called Him anyway, because loving grace would transform him into Peter the rock. He came to seek and save that which was lost. And aren’t we all lost? Especially those of us with spiritual pride, who claim, “we see”. (John 9:41)

God has a calendar for the Jewish year, the nations, and for you. Are there any unfulfilled promises? They are still there, waiting activation, waiting pursuit, written on His calendar, and guarded by His sovereignty. They remain with His gifts and callings that are irrevocable. (Rom. 11:29) You’re days are carefully watched over, you’re never far from His thoughts, and never removed out of His plans. Pursue Him with renewed boldness and watch His calendar come alive with your divine destiny, full of His grace and good news… for you and all those He’s called you to touch.

I love what the author pointed out concerning God’s calendar as it relates to me and YOU!

The current year on God’s calendar is 5777. It began on October 2, 2016, the eve of Rosh Hashanah — the Jewish New Year. It will end on the eve of Rosh Hashana, September 20, 2017. Some believe it will have prophetic significance because of God’s emphasis on the numbers 3 and 7. We shall see as we continue to WATCH FOR PROPHECY CONNECTIONS …

Major development: EU Super Army may be operational in 2017!

The British government will fund this monumental undertaking  …

(Note: My highlights in red.)

 

EU Army set to be agreed TODAY – and BRITAIN will foot the £420m-a-year bill

THE EU will today ratify the creation of a continent wide super army that will be up and running next year – and blame BREXIT for its creation.

PUBLISHED: 08:03, Tue, Nov 22, 2016 | UPDATED: 15:45, Tue, Nov 22, 2016
Brussels politicians convened in the French city of Strasbourg to thrash out the plans that will cost taxpayers’ £420m-a-year.They will vote on the issue to establish an “EU-wide system for the coordination of rapid movement of defence forces personnel” across Europe later today.If agreed Britain will not only be forced to foot the bill because it is timetabled for before the triggering of Article 50, but it will also be legally drawn into it.

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An EU army is being agreed tonight in Strasbourg -with the cause being BREXIT

And bizarrely the EU claims it needs to make a position of European Defence Minister and roll out a massive army because of

It states: “At a time when public support for the EU is being called into question in some Member States, defence and security is an area where the individual and collective benefits of more Europe can be easily demonstrated, especially regarding the likely challenges to EU’s standing as a strategic actor following Brexit.”

The report demands the EU bankroll the initiative with an immediate £76million for ‘preparatory action on EU defence research’ starting in 2017.

Politicians in each of the 28 member state will also be forced to hand over their own defence plans and capabilities to the EU as it probes capability. 

Speaking last night in Strasborg, MEP Urmas Paet said the army must become a reality “without further delays”.

The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe group member said: “The state of European security has grown increasingly fragile. The EU, in order to defend itself and increase security, must do more.”

He warned many member states were decreasing the sizes of their own armies due to cuts, while the EU as a whole remained overly-reliant on NATO and “US solidarity”.

READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE @ http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/734711/EU-army-agreed-strasbourg-defence-Britain-pays-bill-blame-Brexit-article-50-NATO-SHAPE


In my last post, I quoted Joel 3:1-2 …

]“In those days and at that time,
    when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem,
I will gather all nations
    and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat.[b]
There I will put them on trial
    for what they did to my inheritance, my people Israel,
because they scattered my people among the nations
    and divided up my land. — The Lord God

Add to that the information given to us by the prophet Ezekiel in Chapters 36 – 38 (I’ll let you read it in your preferred Bible translation), and we can be sure that sometime after the reestablishment of the Jewish nation — which occurred in 1948 — a coalition of nations will come against Israel. Scholars and prophecy “pros” disagree on the exact identification of the nations listed in Ezekiel 37 and 38. However, we can see that the European Union is now preparing to defend itself in a way not previously attempted.

There is a mysterious “player” in this scenario, which the Lord God calls “Gog of the land of Magog.” Again, you can Google search those terms and find that there is little agreement on the identity of this person or his dwelling place, so I won’t speculate. I just want to make sure that I’ve made this point: As the time approaches for Donald Trump to be sworn in as President of the United States, and Barack Obama is forced to step off of his pedestal as — arguably — the most powerful man in the world, things may seem hopeful to those in America who voted Trump into office, BUT we must stay alert for signs of instability on the world stage.

Keep watching and please share with many any news articles I may miss regarding this …