...of the Tribulation, that is, as it so rapidly approaches.
It seems that the birth pains leading into the Tribulation are picking up in frequency. It is completely expected so we shouldn't be the least bit surprised. As shocking as recent news are, we should be prepared for the movement towards a global financial system and a global governance to increase. This will continue as we simultaneously watch the destruction of the U.S. - another essential element of the approaching Tribulation (I have always contended that the rise of a global government and the antichrist would never happen with a strong, free America). Not to mention the fact that the U.S. is nowhere to be found in the detailed description of the Tribulation in Revelation 6-18.
All of the above are happening now.
Is this a source of pessimism?
Jesus said it best:
Not to mention the reassurances of these two gems as seen in Luke 21:28-31:
"When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift your heads, because your redemption is drawing near."
"Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near."
So according to Jesus, we are not to be dismayed or sad. We have another kingdom to look forward to - the real kingdom. The only one that matters - the kingdom that we will inhabit throughout eternity. The things that we see happing here on earth right now are of no real consequence (other than reaching as many people as possible - to bring them into the same kingdom). We are supposed to be looking up.
One more point worth making and it is a point worth considering on a daily basis. The "powerful leaders" on the planet today? Those same leaders who are leading this world towards destruction?
What does God have to say about them and their plans?
Psalm 33 gives us direction:
"The Lord foils the plans of the nations;
he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.
But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever...
From heaven the Lord looks down and sees all mankind;
from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth -
He who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do.
No king is saved by the size of his army;
no warrior escapes by his great strength.
But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear Him,
on those whose hope is in His unfailing love...
We wait in hope for the Lord;
He is our help and our shield.
In Him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in His holy name
May your unfailing love rest upon us O Lord,
even as we put our hope in You."
So. In summary. "They" can take our money. They can take our homes and our land. They can enslave us. They can imprison us. They can beat, humiliate, starve and kill us. They can attempt to instill fear in us.
But they can't take Jesus from us. They can't take our salvation. They can't remove what was done on the cross for us. They can't steal eternity from us.
Keep those points in mind during these coming days.
Our kingdom is in heaven - with our savior Christ Jesus.
It won't be long now - He will come for His Bride. It's a guarantee.
So meanwhile - look up. Our redemption is drawing near.
Now, with that in mind to the "bad" news (aka "birth pains"):
Trans-Pacific Partnership fast track authority passes as U.S. sovereignty takes devastating blow: Obama now a “dictator” – Intellihub
“This is, in the 240 year history of this country, the biggest blow to our sovereignty ever.”
As the mainstream media and a vast majority of the American people continue to focus on the horrific Charleston, South Carolina shooting and the ridiculous subsequent narrative around the Confederate flag, Congress has literally taken a major step towards the end of America as we know it.
Thanks To Your Congress, President May Now Use Fast-Track TPA Authority For Gun Control - The Daily Coin
Today, the bulwarks of modern civilization have been collapsing around us, throughout the globe, for at least the last four years: faster and more dramatically than anyone would have predicted – and indeed at an accelerating pace. We can expect the process to continue speeding up, even if it’s hard to predict from day to day exactly what events will mark its progress.
Those who predicted that we would end up this way, from decades of tempting fate by straying further and further from the intent of our Constitution and the character of a people fit for liberty, were right. Those same people are right today. This is the time of emergency, when things have gone too far and the country we live in is not the one we intended to preserve. How fortunate we are to have such clarity on that today, with the lying, obfuscation, and abuse of law and government so glaringly obvious.
Few generations are ever privileged to see the truth about what is happening to them as clearly as we do. In some ways, it is an awesome thing (in the sense of inspiring solemnity and reflection) to witness the events of today’s world. And keep in mind: the end of wisdom and enlightenment is not death, but life and hope.
ECONOMIC SLAVERY FOR ALL: While we were distracted with the Confederate flag flap, Congress quietly forfeited our entire economic future via fast-track trade authority - The Daily Coin
Essentially, . And it was incredibly easy to pull off, too. First, America was distracted by a contrived, pre-planned mass hysteria / outrage event now known as the . Hilariously, this literal doesn’t even involve the actual Confederate flag. It involves a battle flag that people mistakenly is the Confederate flag. (But who needs historical accuracy when there’s hysteria to spread?)
While Amazon.com was frantically deleting Confederate flag products from its websiteand everybody was going bat-crap insane over the 1970’s comedy TV series and its use of the so-called Confederate flag on a hot rod car, Republicans and the President were busy committing outright treason at the highest levels: surrendering American sovereignty and .
And that’s the tragic irony of all this: While the political left falsely it was denouncing slavery by pressuring every online retailer and government entity to ban the Confederate flag, the U.S. Congress was busy enacting , regardless of their skin color.
that have turned national governments against their own people. The Confederate flag flap was merely a useful distraction to trick the population using to fool everyone about the real agenda being pursued in Washington.
America is now officially a nation of slave workers beholden to multinational corporate interests. How does your silly flag outrage feel now?