What comes to your mind when you hear the expression, “waiting for the other shoe to drop?” For many, it signifies the anticipation of an inevitable event, often with negative consequences.
According to Idioms Online, the phrase has been around for a long time:
“This expression probably has its origin in boarding or rooming houses of the early 1900s, where residents were crowded into multiple tiny rooms and the walls were thin, or from multi-floor apartment dwellings in cities like New York and Chicago, where one tenant’s bedroom was always directly underneath another.
“So, when someone came home and took off their shoes, it would be normal to hear a thud when one shoe dropped, and then a second thud when the other shoe dropped.”[i]
In many ways, this describes the times in which we live, does it not? Believers who are aware that we live in the last days recognize the many indicators of Jesus’ soon intervention in the world, which will begin with the Rapture followed soon by the Tribulation. For us, the “other shoe” will be joyful and wonderful, but for the world, not so much.
What are the prophetic signs that “the other shoe” is about to drop?
The second rider of the apocalypse signifies the occurrence of great wars after the church is safely in heaven with Jesus (Revelation 6:4). The world is progressing in this direction at an alarming rate.
During the past several weeks, we have heard repeated accounts of China flying dozens of military aircraft at Taiwan and of its army training for an amphibious landing. Many believe it’s just a matter of time before they invade the island nation as it has long been their goal to annex it.
Will the U.S. defend Taiwan and become involved in a war with China, one that could escalate into a horrific nuclear confrontation? Will China strike first at American interests to keep it from defending Taiwan?
It appears inevitable that China will attack Taiwan, but we do yet not know the answers to the above questions or when it will happen.
Russia recently unveiled a missile, which can travel a many, many times the speed of sound and strike faraway targets in a matter of minutes. China also tested a similar weapon of mass destruction that can circle the earth several times before unexpectedly wiping out its target. Radar will not be able to see this missile until the last minutes or seconds before impact.
The words of 1 Thessalonians 5:3 come to mind in light of these technology advancements by Russia and China, “While people are saying, ‘There is peace and security,’ then sudden destruction will come upon them. . . .” Is this shoe ready to drop?
GOG AND MAGOG
Another potential flashpoint for war lies on the Israel-Syria border in the Golan Heights. For the past few years, the aligning of nations and the buildup of forces in Syria have closely matched the prophecies of the Gog-Magog war as described in Ezekiel 38-39. At times this war seems very close, but so far lacks the needed spark to elevate the tensions to the all out war described in these chapters.
A few weeks ago, Amir Tsarfati predicted that by the end of 2021, Iran would either have a nuclear weapon or that Israel would attack them. Either scenario could easily push the Middle East to the all-out war such as described by the prophet Ezekiel.
Scripture does not tell us the timing of this war in regard to the Rapture. I believe it will happen several months afterward, but it’s also possible it could happen very soon after Jesus takes us home or perhaps simultaneously.
The preparations for this war tell us that this shoe is already dangling in the air.
When Jesus opens the third seal, great economic turmoil results due to hyperinflation (Revelation 6:5-6). I believe that the U.S. has been on the edge of such a collapse for several years. The printing of money and enormous debt will someday destroy the economy here and cause great economic turmoil throughout the world.
Senator Rand Paul recently warned of future inflation that will be worse than anything we have ever seen in the U.S. We already see the signs of this and it’s about to get much, much worse.
This “shoe” should have dropped years ago, but I believe the Lord is sovereignly and supernaturally keeping it from hitting the floor until after the Rapture.
Many economic experts predict dire conditions this winter in America due to soaring energy costs and critical shortages of needed supplies. They believe that a financial crisis similar to 2008 lies in the very near future.[ii]
If anything seems like a harbinger of the coming seven-year Tribulation, it’s the culture of death that characterizes many governments in our world, especially the Biden administration, as I wrote about in a recent post (click here).
Although what I see already shocks me, I know conditions will get much, much worse during the coming Tribulation. The fourth rider of the apocalypse, “Death,” will make anything that has happened in the history of the world seem small by comparison, (see Revelation 6:7-8).
The planned COVID-19 outbreak, “vaccine” deaths, and deadly mandates are just the tip of the iceberg. Should it not alarm us that those who openly seek to depopulate the world have become the most outspoken proponents of the COVID mRNA injections?
The National Institute of Health (NIH) in America recently admitted that it funded “gain-of-function” research at the Wuhan lab in China. That’s nothing less than a euphemism for weaponizing the coronavirus to make it more transmittable and deadly.
The globalists planned the creation of this super virus, the timing of its release, and the vaccines, which do not stop the transmission of COVID-19 nor do they prevent people from dying as a result of succumbing to the virus. They only lessen the severity of the virus for a short time after the injection.
THE GREAT RESET (AKA “BUILD BACK BETTER)
For the people who live in Australia, this shoe seems to have already dropped. They already experience many of the draconian and tyrannical conditions that will characterize life on the earth during the Tribulation period.
In the U.S., a concerted effort is underway to destroy the fabric of our nation so that it yields to the desires of the World Economic Forum (WEF) to impose its economic Great Reset on us. This agenda is none other than the coming New World Order as described in the UN’s Agenda 2030.
Leo Hohmann, an investigative blogger and reporter, correctly describes the headway that President Biden is making in his effort to collapse America so that it will have no choice but to yield to the global powers that seek to form this new world order:
“Just like with his other policies, such as opening the borders to hundreds of thousands of unvetted military-age migrants and unleashing crushing inflationary pressures on the economy, Biden’s injection mandates were a calculated move to collapse America.
“The humiliating way in which the U.S. exited Afghanistan was also planned to maximize negative feelings among U.S. allies, while emboldening U.S. enemies abroad.
“The military, the healthcare system, law enforcement, the airlines, the rail lines, the supply chains, the electric grid — they are all going to fail within the next six to 12 months. None of this critical human infrastructure can survive losing 20 to 30 percent of its workforce. If they do survive in some hollowed-out form, they will increasingly only serve the needs of wealthy elites — not the general public.
“The United States of America will not exist as we know it one year from now when the 2022 midterm elections roll around, and the country will be even less recognizable by the time we arrive at 2024 and the next presidential election.”[iii]
A strong America would never succumb to the globalist’ designs of the WEF. Earlier this week, the U.S. President told the American people that his legislation, which he calls “The Build Back Better Act” (yes, this title comes directly from the WEF playbook), will cost U.S. taxpayers “zero dollars.” This is most certainly a lie; it will cost them everything in the end, including their freedom.
The objective of those who control Biden (the deep state) is to destroy America. The supply chain disruptions are intentional and will last until they have served the purposes of the globalists in contributing to the collapse of America. This shoe may hit the ground soon!
An essential component of the Great Reset is transhumanism, the combining of humans with machines or more with distant computing networks that will monitor their every move and control them.
Klaus Schwab, the founder and leader of the World Economic Forum, refers to transhumanism as the “Fourth Industrial Revolution,” which he regards as a key component of his “build back better” agenda. The two go hand in hand.
How will this “Fourth Industrial Revolution” both start and continue? I wrote four previous blog posts on this topic starting with, Transhumanism: The Plot to Control Your Life. In these articles, I demonstrate how the globalists plan to do this through vaccines that will, over time, inject mini processors into the human body that will monitor one’s every move and later control those infused in such a way.
If I correctly understand 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11, and I believe that I do, then those of us in Christ anticipate hearing a shout and the sound of the trumpet. For us, the “other shoe” points to a joyful and glorious event that we pray will happen soon.
The Rapture will fulfill the words of John 14:2-3 as well as 1 Corinthians 15:50-56; it will signify the beginning of eternity for us as we instantly receive imperishable bodies and Jesus catches us up to meet Him in the air. This moment will be glorious beyond what we can envision at the moment.
For those left behind, “the other shoe” will be the sudden destruction that will initiate the day of the Lord after the Rapture of the church. This “other shoe” will come with many terrifying consequences for those outside of Christ.