There are a lot of interesting news articles today:
1. Under the heading of "Turkey continues their progression into the 'Gog-MaGog' alliance" (Ezekiel 38-39):
"Erdogan warns Israel of 'earthquake' in case of action against Iran". The headline is self-explanatory.
"Turkey warns IAF against using airspace".
Turkey's alliance with Iran/Russia and their rhetoric against Israel is right on schedule, as predicted.
2. Iran-Syrian alliance continues to strengthen:
"Iran, Syria sign defense pact against 'foreign aggression'".
(Don't forget Isaiah 17)
3. The EU continues their attempts to divide Jerusalem:
"Palestine claims EU backing on East Jerusalem".
4. The recently re-formed Sanhedrin (which is a fascinating story) is alive and well. The point of this article isn't so much about the Sanhedrin's point of view regarding the fate of prisoners, but he fact that the Sanhedrin has been re-established after formally disbanding in 358 AD is amazing prophetically. In October 2004, miraculously, the Sanhedrin was put back in place, and today is becoming what it once was: Universal Jewish Authority, or perhaps better put, "the Supreme Court of Israel".
The Sanhedrin, as a body, has powers that lesser Jewish courts never had. They are the only group who can determine the boundaries of the Temple (in fact they are in the process of determining where, exactly, on the Temple Mount, the next Temple will be placed). The Sanhedrin is also the only group who can formally determine the identity of the Messiah when he returns.
Isn't it interesting, after all these years of non-existence, here in the last days, as we approach the rebuilding of the Temple, and the coming of the Messiah, that suddenly, literally out of nowhere, the Sanhedrin is back in business?
They are now taking a very hard-line approach to the terrorists in their region:
"Sanhedrin: Kill prisoners if Shalit doesn't return".
As noted before, every single "sign of our times" - every sign that we have been given to watch, continues its progression towards the end. There isn't a single sign that is showing signs of slowing down or reversing course.
Every single sign, whether its the growth of the revived Roman Empire, the world's anti-Israeli sentiment, growth of surrounding terrorists groups, the Gog-MaGog alliances, the development of weapons of mass destruction, the EU's involvement in Israel and the "peace-plan", the waning U.S. presence, the earthquake story, pestilences, persecution, one-world governance, one-world financial system, single currency, Sanhedrin's re-gathering, Temple Mount news and rebuilding of the Temple, rumors of war, the rise of China as a world power, rising tensions in the Middle-East, Iran's nuclear development, attempts to divide Jerusalem, or Israel's enemy list growing in strength and rhetoric - every single sign continues progression - marching along exactly as prophecy informed us.
Every single sign is moving rapidly towards the ultimate conclusion; every sign is moving in the direction dictated by biblical prophecy. Just as we have been told.
It is a fascinating time to be a Christian and a prophecy watcher. What an incredible kind and loving God, to give us this information - so we would know when Jesus' return would be closing in, giving us time to prepare and to be ready, and perhaps more importantly - to face these days without any fear.
As Jesus said as He began His end-times discourse:
"...but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come." (Matthew 24:6).
"Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near." (Luke 21:31).
We are not only IN the season, we are at the very end of the season.
Indeed. Maranatha! The time of Jesus' return is near.
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