The first two articles deserve a relatively long introduction.
First, the following passage seems appropriate today, as the world's governments continue to ignore God's word, instructions and His warnings. We are also seeing unprecedented arrogance by the various world's governments, particularly the U.S. and the EU, but also from the UN, Russia, all Middle-East governments, China, etc. In short, the vast majority of world's governments (and soon, a world-wide governance), in their arrogance, not only ignore God's word, but engage in various forms of persecution.
This scenario brings to mind Daniel 5 and "The Writing On The Wall". Remember this?
King Belshazzar had, in his possession the various vessels and goblets which had been taken from the temple in Jerusalem. During a party the following took place (see if any of this sounds familiar, and if there are any modern-day parallels):
"While Belshazzar was drinking his wine, he gave orders to bring in the gold and silver goblets that Nebuchadnezzar, his father had taken from the temple in Jerusalem, so that the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines might drink from them.
So they brought in the gold goblets that had been taken from the temple of God in Jerusalem, and the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines drank from them. As they drank the wine, they praised the gods of gold and silver, of bronze, iron, wood and stone.
Suddenly the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall, near the lamp-stand in the royal palace. The king watched the hand as it wrote. His face turned pale and he was so frightened that his knees knocked together and his legs gave way.
Then all the king's wise men came in, but they could not read the writing or tell the king what it meant. So King Belshazzar became even more terrified and his face grew more pale. His nobles were baffled."
[Now we turn to the conclusion of this story. Predictably, Daniel was brought in to interpret this writing in the wall]
"Then Daniel answered the king...'But you, O Belshazzar, have not humbled yourself...you have set yourself against the Lord of Heaven...You praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood and stone, which cannot hear or understand. But you did not honor the God who holds his hand your life and all your ways. Therefore he sent the hand that wrote the inscription.'
'This is what these words mean:
God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end.
You have been weighted on the scales and found wanting.
Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians'"
That very night Belshazzar, king of the Babylonians, was slain and Darius the Mede took over the kingdom at the age of sixty-two."
That very evening, history tells us that the army of the Medes and Persians (aka the "Medo-Persian Empire") stormed the city and killed the leaders of Babylon - including Belshazzar and his wives, concubines, including all who were engaged in drinking from the goblets stolen from Israel's temple. What an astonishing degree of arrogance - just like today's leaders. The parallels are stunning but accurate.
As we continue to be immersed in the daily news, sometimes it is worthwhile to take a step back and look at the big picture. That big picture tells us, in a rather dramatic way, that we are indeed at the very end of the age. Some big things are on the horizon and we may or may not see some of these things.
Unfortunately, our world leaders are not listening. Just like Belshazzar, their arrogance and sense of power prevent that. They forget that our sovereign God watches everything and will take action at the appropriate time. The fact that He isn't intervening at this very moment, in their anti-God decisions doesn't mean that it isn't coming - and it is coming - soon. The Tribulation will be here very soon, and they don't see it coming. It is tragic, but history has revealed this pattern over and over again - and still - no one is listening.
In this context, the article below is quite interesting and worth reading.
This article begins by outlining a new book by Paul McGuire, a Christian author with a focus on end times prophecy and someone I occasionally read (not quoted below). As usual, I don't endorse this author, nor do I agree with every word he writes - however - as stated so many times, it is worth posting as the reader can decide for himself/herself.
What is interesting about this article, is that it delves into some other interesting aspects which relate to where we are on the prophetic timeline and Billy Graham's final efforts - and the quotes below begin there.
“Many historians, scholars, political scientists, economists and theologians believe that it is highly possible that America may not exist in the near future,” McGuire wrote. “For example, there are political scientists that believe that America as an independent sovereign nation will cease to exist and that it will merge with some kind of global government.”
In an interview with WND, McGuire said wealthy globalists and their network of secret societies, think tanks and quasi-government organizations such as the Bilderberg Group, Council on Foreign Relations and United Nations, are working to create a global government and economic system as predicted by the biblical prophets thousands of years ago.
“We are now living in a time period when there is an unprecedented acceleration of prophetic events and a convergence of scientific, economic and social events that has never happened in all of human history,” McGuire wrote. “Biblical scholars disagree as to the exact timing of the most cataclysmic time period in the history of the world, known as the Tribulation Period. I believe that we are close … very close.”
And this article from The American Thinker gives us similar themes:
Now, President Obama has said over and over again, Iran will not be allowed to have a nuclear weapon. But his recent demarche with the Mullahs' hand-picked successor to the truculent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been termed "historic" by the credulous media elites. Hasan Rouhani has previously boasted that he engaged the West in "talks" that allowed Iran to make major gains in its drive for a nuclear weapon.
In short, we have no credible way to prevent Iran from achieving its goal of nuclear weapons.
Rouhani has shown us the pea under the shell, and now proceeds to shift the shells around in the latest round of a nuclear shell game. The is gullibly willing to play Iran's game. In
That leaves Israel and only Israel to protect the world from nuclear weapons in the hands of the number one terrorist regime on earth. Israel cannot accept empty assurances from a discredited administration. As Mordecai said to Queen Esther in the Bible, perhaps you were born for such a time as this. The millions of Americans who have lost their health insurance can testify to the mendacity of this president's pledges. Israel must not rely on Barack Obama for its lifeinsurance.
News from the Middle East:
A day after the Palestinian Authority called the Balfour Declaration "a crime against humanity" and called upon Britain to apologize for it, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said the Palestinian refusal to recognize the Jewish people's right to a homeland is the root of the ongoing conflict.
The Balfour declaration, a letter written 96 years ago on November 2 by British Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour to Baron Rothschild, called for the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.
Netanyahu said that in order for there to be peace between Israel and the Palestinians, they needed to recognize the Jewish people's right to a state in its homeland. This means that in a final status agreement they will need to relinquish their so-called right of return and all other claims on Israel, he added
The Palestinian Ministry of Information's English website on Thursday wrote that Balfour Declaration "continues to serve as the bases for a racial discrimination system forcibly inflicted on Palestine and the Palestinians putting former South Africa Apartheid regime to shame.
"To add injury to the insult," the statement continued, " many of the superpowers continue supporting the Israeli occupation to the cradle of Christianity and sacred shrines of Islam, an occupation disgraced with flagrant violations to human rights and democracy." No mention was made of Israel's importance to Judaism.
Israel conveyed a series of bitter protests to the White House and to others in the US administration over the weekend over the Obama administration’s confirmation that it was the Israeli Air Force that struck a military base near the Syrian port city of Latakia last Wednesday.
This US confirmation, which was not the first case of the administration leaking word of Israeli strikes in Syria, risked causing a flare-up that could “endanger the security of Israel and the region as a whole,” Israel claimed in its protest messages to the US according to a report in the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper on Sunday.
Jerusalem was said to be baffled as to why the Americans would repeatedly leak word of Israeli raids in Syria, when there were all manner of back channels by which the US could convey concern over such strikes if it wanted to do so. In fact, as far as Israel is aware, the report said, “the United States does not have complaints about such Israeli activities.”
Israel’s Channel 10 TV on Friday night quoted Israeli officials branding the American leak as “scandalous.” For Israel’s ally to act in such a way was “unthinkable,” the officials were quoted as saying.
A second TV report, on Israel’s Channel 2, said the leak “came directly from the White House,” and noted that “this is not the first time” that the administration has compromised Israel by leaking information on such Israeli Air Force raids on Syrian targets.
Israel is fuming with the White House for confirming that it was the Israeli Air Force that struck a military base near the Syrian port city of Latakia on Wednesday, hitting weaponry that was set to be transferred to Hezbollah.
Israel has not acknowledged carrying out the strike, one of half a dozen such attacks widely ascribed to Israel in recent months, but an Obama administration official told CNN on Thursday that Israeli warplanes had indeed attacked the Syrian base, and that the target was “missiles and related equipment” set for delivery to Hezbollah in Lebanon.
Jerusalem’s reported anger with the White House over the leak coincided with efforts by the Administration to assure Israel that it is holding to a tough line on Syria and in the effort to thwart Iran’s nuclear program, and is maintaining its robust military partnership with Israel.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called Israel “a bastard regime” Sunday, while expressing skepticism over the current round of international talks on Iran’s nuclear program.
His words came two days before Iran and six world powers are set to resume talks on curbing uranium enrichment, with hopes for a rare breakthrough after years of no progress.
“The Zionist regime is an illegitimate and bastard regime,” Khamenei said via his website, according to an AFP report.