Be Very Alert!- By Val Hollard (NZ)
On Watch at the Door. No 225, August 30, 2016
ON THE BRINK
It is amazing how fast we are approaching things we know must happen in the final seven years, the 70th week of Daniel. Unfortunately, so many in the church are asleep and not watching. Many times we are told to be alert and watchful. We need to be prepared spiritually and emotionally for the tough times ahead which will come quite suddenly when the Antichrist appears.
Many of the things we are seeing now are not much different from what has happened in the past. Many millions are suffering from earthquakes, floods, fire, famine, and hard to cure diseases. What is different is that now they are happening all at the same time, and on top of that globalisation is rampant.
From the 5th Seal of Revelation 6 and Matthew 24:9 we know that Christians will be severely persecuted during the Antichrist’s reign. A new report has shown that 74% of the world’s population live in a religious freedom violating country. Nearly one in four countries has laws directly attacking this freedom.
Mission organisations report that millions of Christians are being persecuted for their faith, with more than 7,000 having been murdered just within the last year. The media chooses to ignore what is happening. Persecution of Christians is on the rise. Most of the deaths and persecutions are being carried out by Muslims.
Christians in the West are now not as safe and protected as they once were either. Potentially thousands of Christians have been attacked and harassed in German migrant homes by Muslim guards and fellow migrants. One report claims that up to 40,000 Christians are being persecuted for their faith in Germany. Many of the security guards hired to keep order and protect migrants regularly come from migrant backgrounds themselves and even more often have no qualifications.
We are getting extremely close to the building of the third Jewish Temple on the Temple Mount. In the lead up to Tisha B’Av, the commemoration of the day on which the two previous Temples were destroyed, the Temple Institute released a video saying that preparation for the Temple is no longer a dream. They have everything ready to build it as soon as they are allowed to do so. Jews have longed for this Temple for 2 millennia, and it is a strange feeling to think that we are here at this time, seeing everything prepared for the prophesied Third Temple.
Tisha B’Av was celebrated on the 14th of August this year. Thousands gathered throughout the night at the adjacent Western Wall plaza to cite lamentations. In the morning clashes broke out as Muslims rioted against Jews touring the area. Fifteen people were wounded in the clashes. Nineteen Jews were removed for visibly mourning on the site – crying, tearing shirts, or reciting Jewish verses. Jews are forbidden to behave like this on the Temple Mount. The Palestinian media described the Jewish visits to the Temple Mount as an “invasions by settlers” and as “Israeli escalations against the Al-Aqsa Mosque.” Just how long will it be before the Antichrist appears and the Temple gets the go ahead? It can’t be far off!
According to NASA, the earth burst all global temperature records in July. The Middle East was among the hardest hit, but temperatures soared from Morocco to India, including in Israel. Several places in the Middle East have seen temperatures hit over 50 degrees with a fear that some places are becoming too hot for human survival. This would force the migration of millions. Baghdad has had many days with temperatures over 40 for some months, and dust storms are not uncommon.
Temperatures at this level make it impossible to grow crops, so famine can be an outcome too. Famine is predicted in the Seals of Revelation 6. Scientists blame human activity for these high temperatures, and insist that the world give up burning fossil fuels. Predictably, Pope Francis calls global warming a major threat to life on the planet, says it is due mainly to human activity, and describes the need to reduce the use of fossil fuels as an urgent matter. Some of us would say that it is human sin that is responsible as there is curse on the earth which is currently Satan’s kingdom.
The Paris climate agreement of last year commits countries to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions to 30% below 2005 levels by 2030. The NZ Government says it will ratify the Agreement by the end of this year. So far 22 countries have ratified the Agreement. 55 countries need to ratify it before it can take effect.
Greenpeace Climate Campaigner Kate Simcock says that to meet the 2030 targets, a major change in New Zealand Government policy will be needed. “They’re just doing absolutely nothing at the moment to reduce emissions, and our emissions are soaring. So they urgently need to stop building new roads, exploring oil and gas, putting taxing on solar, and intensive dairying.”
Most people agree that there are environmental problems that need to be addressed. However, there are a growing number of people who believe that spirituality is connected with the environment. The earth is frequently called “Mother Earth” and Pope Francis calls it “sister.” Throughout history there has always been a tendency to worship the earth rather than the Creator. We are getting very close to a One World Religion, where everyone will be expected to believe these lies for “the common good.” Globalisation is coming.
Recently a friend told me she didn’t like the church she had been attending because they didn’t teach about the end-times. As we sit on the brink of an amazing time in history and the Antichrist is about to appear, pastors are silent. Though most believe in an Antichrist and the return of Jesus for a millennial reign, they say nothing. Pastors should be watchmen and preparing people for what is coming. Watchmen are held accountable by God if they do not blow the trumpet.
THE UPCOMING AMERICAN ELECTIONS
I don’t really like speculating on things, but somehow the upcoming American presidential elections could be a turning point. They have aroused a lot of interest for a number of reasons. Firstly, there are people who strongly believe that Obama will not give up his leadership of the nation. If Donald Trump did win the race, then all Obama’s considerable efforts to bring America down would be undone. Obama is a globalist and one of the aims of globalists is to bring any domination by white Christianity down. They believe one way to do this is to bring in Muslim migrants. Obama wouldn’t necessarily end up with another term as President. All the signs point to him becoming a dictator and rising up in much the same way as Hitler did. He has a record of abusing the Constitution and martial law has already been practiced in Boston following the Boston Marathon terror attack.
There are serious concerns about Hillary Clinton’s ability to lead the country. Most of this has focussed on her lying and attempted cover-ups. However, there are others now pointing out that she has major neurological problems. She needs help walking up stairs and around half a million dollars have been spent to adapt three SUVs in which she travels to provide lowered floors and disabled access to prevent her from tripping. There are also reports of double vision, blood clots, at one point she admitted suffering “serious concussion,” she appears to have epileptic seizures, refuses to have press conferences (apparently something to do with the flashing lights), and she sometimes gets a strange look and her head bobs around. From watching her and reading reports by medical people you seriously wonder how she could possibly run the country.
And then there is Donald Trump. Although he has some excellent policies, he does have personality problems. It is hard to see how the rich globalists would allow him to have his way. If he did get in, there could be major rioting and civil disruption. The globalists have already been paying people to disrupt Trump’s rallies.
A number of people have forwarded me prophecies about Trump becoming the saviour of America. Apparently God has chosen this man to restore America and even bring economic prosperity. Possibly those putting forward these prophecies are Dominionists/Kingdom Now people who are expecting a huge revival before our Lord returns. How likely are these to be true prophecies? Apostasy is increasing rapidly in the church in America. Trump will not change that. Only a very repentant church and a return to biblical Christianity can. Also, America now has a 19 trillion dollar debt which is impossible to repay. I fail to see how a strong dollar can arise, no matter whether Trump or Clinton is the successful candidate. Bible prophecy clearly indicates a coming time when there will be much poverty.
Perhaps these elections are just a sham and Obama will get his way in the end. The US is a very influential country and the outcome of these elections on November 8th could be crucial. But God will have the final say!
Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch has commented on what is happening in the Catholic Church following Pope Francis’ response to the murder of a French priest by ISIS. “#NotMyPope” became the top trending hashtag on the internet in France and Belgium. Many Catholics do not want to be associated with this pope.
Spencer believes that the pope’s handling of the Islamic crisis may prove to be far more scandalous than the handling of the sex abuse crisis. The effect of those scandals seriously affected Catholic morale and church attendance dropped off markedly. Many Catholics lost their faith in the Catholic Church.
Catholic leaders are now denying there is a serious problem with “Islamic abuse.” Spencer says, “After every terrorist incident, the Pope or some Vatican spokesman leaps to the defence of Islam lest anyone get the idea that there is a link between Islam and violence.” Once again, a cover-up and protection of Muslims.
The pope made this statement on Islamic violence: “… If I talk about Islamic violence, then I also have to talk of Catholic violence. Not all Muslims are violent, just like not all Catholics are violent.” However, when Catholics commit acts of violence they are not being obedient to Scripture. When Muslims commit acts of violence, they are following the Qur’an and what they are taught in Mosques. Many Catholics can see this distinction and it is likely to lead to another crisis in the Catholic Church with many more losing their faith in the Church and deserting it.
This new cover-up is resulting in the total neglect of the Orthodox and Christians in the Middle East who are being persecuted horrendously. The Catholic Church is taking no notice, and is also ignoring the plight of church people now suffering from Muslim persecution in Europe following the Muslim tsunami.
IN BRIEF: The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has totally lost its way. It recently and overwhelmingly approved a resolution calling on the US government to end all aid to Israel and “enable an independent Palestinian state.” It has also approved a declaration recognizing “there are no longer church-dividing issues” on many points with the Roman Catholic Church.
George Soros is one of the major globalists trying to destroy the world. Here is an article by Carolyn Glick
It is obvious that most professing Christians have not realized or accepted how very difficult it will be to survive end times deception… It will be the greatest difficulty most people have ever encountered. It is like an astounding magic show and demonic multilevel marketing scheme combined. It is becoming the fad of fads, the trick of tricks, the con of cons, sin of sins, and the deception of deceptions by the god of this world in his final attempt to usurp the throne of the King of kings and Lord of lords. Are you ready? – Cedric Fisher
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