I was reading the New York Times today and read an article by Michael R. Gordon and Steven Myers entitled “Iran and Hezbollah’s support for Syria complicates peace-strategy.” There was a quote in the article, which caught my eye, “The big issue is whether negotiations can succeed if the United States, it’s allies and the Syrian opposition do not have more leverage over a seemingly implacable Assad government.”
What interested me so greatly about this article was the United States’ lack of ability to influence peace. The US has been extremely affective influencing the Middle East for years and now it is seemingly losing it’s power. What does this mean? It means we are losing our grip as a world power. If the dollar lost it’s place with the rest of the world then the US economy would go into a tail-spin. As it stands right now, due to the high demand of the dollar in the world, America enjoys the luxury of borrowing money at an extremely low interest rate. In essence if the dollar lost it’s place then the US would be at the party without a chair to sit in. This someday may happen, the world is wanting to go to a universal currency and it will not be the dollar. In my opinion the day that happens will be the day that cripples the US. Inflation will be out of control and those who have money will have either seen it coming or lose everything themselves. The stock market collapse of 2008 is only a glimpse of the enormous problems that await for the US.
I am generally not a gloom and doom writer, however, America has got much debt and it is only borrowing time until the truth of the problem has to be faced. Where does the Antichrist and Syria fit into this? The next world power is not on the scene yet, but they will be. It is not Russia, China, or the European Union. The next world power comes from the Middle East. They are not Muslim, but in many respects are likely Christians. Christian is a broad term and it encompasses everything from Catholic to Baptist to even Mormon (Although this writer would not agree with Mormons being classified as Christian). Micah 5:5 tells us that this one world ruler called the Antichrist is an Assyrian. Modern day Assyria would include Syria, parts of Iraq and Iran.
The Antichrist is most likely alive today and could be someone involved in the resistance efforts against Assad (this is merely speculation). It does seem very plausible. Daniel 7 calls the Antichrist a “little horn,” which indicates that during the first half of the Tribulation he is rising to world power status. It will not be until the middle of the Tribulation when he assumes rulership over the world. Part of what helps the Antichrist gain world fame is that he brokers a peace deal between the Muslim community and Israel (Daniel 9:27). This covenant is what starts the Tribulation. Often Christians think that the Rapture starts the Tribulation, it does not. The covenant is what starts God’s timetable or Daniel’s last week of the 70 (Daniel 9).
It is interesting to watch the drama of Syria and Assad play out. When all is said and done though Assad will eventually be out and a new government will be set up with the Antichrist taking over or playing a major role in it until he is elevated to rule.
For believers we should have no fear of the coming night or judgment of God. God has promised that we will escape the wrath to come (1 Thessalonians 1:10). Jesus said, “Believe in me for eternal life” John 6:47.
Posted: May 7, 2013 in religion
It is interesting to observe President Obama’s approach to Israel and Syria. His hands off approach falls in line nicely with what bible prophecy speaks concerning America’s role in the End Times. America is nowhere to be found in the bible or bible prophecy. However, that does mean that America will be like what all the doomsday people say. America will be one of the ten kingdoms of the world during the Tribulation time period (Daniel 7). Having written that, I will follow that up with there could be and most likely will be a time after the Rapture of God’s church of chaos. That is an opinion based upon an assumption, therefore, take it with a grain of salt. I assume this because if people are being Raptured or “caught up,” then it would seem that the rest of world would be thrown in chaos. Stock markets would pullet and when that happens as we have seen in recent years things get crazy.
The United States decision to stay out of Syria and Israel’s way says that our role in the Middle East is diminishing. We no longer have an influence in the Middle East. In the past America would have already stepped into this conflict and shut Syria down. The US gives lip service to Israel but we are not going to be sending any troops over there. What does this mean? It means that this conflict in the Middle East is going to continue. It means that we are losing influence and removing ourselves as a world power little by little. It means that Russia is gaining a foothold that will ultimately culminate in what Ezekiel 38 and 39 speak of concerning Gog and Magog. Lastly, it means that Syrian rebels will somewhere overthrow the government eventually and when they do I would not be surprised if the Antichrist rises up as their leader. It is only a matter of time and it is all unfolding before our eyes.
If you have trusted Christ as your savior then you do not have to worry, because He will rapture you up. (John 14:3; Revelation 22:17).
Posted: April 26, 2013 in religion
The date has been for the first ever Prophecy for Today blog radio show. It is airing this Monday at 10am. Here is the website you can go to and hear from God’s word about the End Times: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/prophecyfortoday/2013/04/29/is-the-end-near
Thanks to all who have supported me. Look forward to having stop by and listen.
Posted: April 23, 2013 in christianity, prophecy, religion
Tags: 24 elders
Have you ever had that feeling your gut is telling you something? Sometimes you make a decision opposite of your gut and in the aftermath you think, ‘I should have listened to my gut.’ Some people consider the “gut feeling” as a person’s common sense. I believe there is some truth in that.
One of the most mysterious things you read in Revelation 4 is about this group called the twenty-four elders. Much has been made about their true identity. Some claim they are a type of angel or even a ruling class of angels. Much of the mystery is based upon the fact that there is very little of any evidence of their identity. Therefore, most theories regarding them is merely speculation. However, I will there is one passage outside Revelation that may give a hint into their identity.
In Acts 1 the disciples are meeting in the upper room. Peter stands up and explains that they need to cast lots (which was the OT way of determining God’s will. Remember they did not have the Holy Spirit to guide them. Since the Holy Spirit had yet to arrive they were still doing things the OT way) and the lots fall on a guy named Matthias. What is interesting to me is why did they feel the need to get a twelfth? Why was it important? Jesus choose the twelve himself. Unless there is a deeper reason for that. I believe one of the possible reasons could be that the 12 represent half of the 24 elders. The other 12 would be Jacob’s sons. In my opinion it makes the most sense, albeit there is little evidence to support my theory. In Matthew 19:28, Jesus tells the disciples that they will sit on 12 thrones and will judge the 12 tribes of Israel.
In Revelation 4:4, the elders wear white robes, which the saints will also wear (Rev 19:7). Also the elders wear gold crowns, the crown is something that is to be earned as a reward for a specific type of service. Salvation is free, however, we are judged according to the works that we will do on earth. God is a rewarder of those who seek Him. There is a crown of life (James 1:12), the imperishable crown (1 Corinthians 9:25), the crown of glory (1 Peter 5:4) this is a crown given to those in shepherding roles, 2 Timothy 4:8 the crown of righteousness. My intent is not to give you an exact list but to support my view that believers are able to earn crowns for the way they live for Him.
Does it really matter who the 24 elders are? No. However, I have always been curious about their identity. Hopefully these verses will inspire you to search out the answer for yourself.
We live in a crazy world. A world where people feel in some twisted way that they need to place bombs at a marathon. A world where very few if any politicians actually stick up for what is right. The word “right” does not even have the same meaning any more. Anything is “right” if the majority of the people believe it to be true.
When I read Revelation 4, I am in awe of the glory of the Lord. John describes the majestic scene, “And He who sat there was like a jasper and sardius stone in appearance…Before the throne there was a sea of glass like crystal…” There are four creatures continuously say, “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come.”
I was reminded of how wonderful, and marvelous our Savior is when I read those verses this morning. No matter what I see on the news or read on the Internet, God is still God. He is holy. I love the phrase, “Who was and is and is to come.” It reminds me that God never changes. He was the same when He created and even before. He was the same God who called Abraham. He was the same God who stood in the midst of the burning fire with Daniel’s friends. He closed the mouths of the lions. He died for my sins. He rose again. He will come back for us. God sits on the throne today and has and will. He is worthy to be praised.
Posted: April 13, 2013 in christianity, truth
I want to start this blog by writing how sorry I am for taking a break in blogging. I did not mean to take such a long absence. I love bible prophecy and writing about it. However, I have had some events happen in my life since the new year and it has taken me some time to heal from those wounds.
The most difficult thing is to be hurt by those you trust. By those in positions of power. I don’t mean to be purposefully vague in blogging, I am only communicating personal feelings in respect to different parties. Elleanor Roosevelt was correct in her famous quote about no one can hurt you without your permission. However, it is different when you have no idea what is happening until after the fact. I spent some time reflecting on the past years and came to some conclusions. 1. God is good. 2. Man is sinful 3. Man sometimes makes decisions that are wrong and it affects people. 4. The church is God’s. 5. While the church is God’s, it is still run be man. What does this mean? The church is not perfect. I knew it all along, however, it does not change the fact of being surprised when it did happen.
Where am I at today? I am recovering emotionally, spiritually. God is good. He is faithful. I will be posting more in the future about the End Times. I just wanted to share with you all what was going on.
Posted: January 11, 2013 in religion
I saved an LA Times article titled Russia edges further from Assad, because it was interesting how a once staunch supporter has now distanced itself. Today I read an article on Yahoo! about Russia’s new nuclear powered submarine, which was going to be doing exercises off the coast of Syria. Why there? It is puzzling why Russia feels that they a nuclear powered submarine considering the country is no where near a major sea. President Vladimir Putin said this, “Submarines of that class will become an important element of sea-based strategic forces, a guarantor of global balance and security of Russia and its allies.” A very interesting statement that gives insight into what Russia really wants, which is to become a player in the Middle East. Why? Simple, it is the oil and resources.
Last fall I wrote a blog on who I thought Gog and Magog would be. I had another blogger vehemently disagree with me that Russia was Gog and Magog. He claimed his case was based on good archaeology and that two of the ancient sources that agreed with my case were incorrect because those writers had been changed to fit some theory long ago. I considered his point of view and I wrestled with it for some time. However, every time I open the paper or watch the news I see/read about Russia’s dealings in the Middle East. I can remember my dad telling me, “If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck then it probably is a duck.” If Russia is not Gog and Magog then somebody better tell them to stop acting like it.
Is it possible Russia is not Gog and Magog? Absolutely! However, Russia at the present moment makes the most sense. Especially considering the Antichrist will from the Syria, Iran, Iraq area (Micah 5:5). Does any of this matter to believers? None of it. We will be taken up to meet the Lord before any of the end times events happen (1 Thessalonians 1:10).
Posted: December 26, 2012 in religion
2 Chronicles 7:14, ”If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
I can remember sitting in class during my seminary days and listening to the professor speak about the above verse. While explaining the verse, he gave us a stern warning about it’s true meaning. The verse does not apply to America or believers in whatever country they are in. It does however directly apply to Israel. The clue to the verse is the “my people” in the verse. The Lord had appeared to Solomon, because He heard Solomon’s prayer. The context tells us this is a conversation/promise between the Lord and Israel’s king, Solomon. Somewhere along the line pastors, preachers, and evangelists got the idea that this verse applies in some way to America or to believers. This is what happens when people rip a verse out of context and make it apply to a topic. The bible is not meant to be read that way. Some friends of mine have called this “dialing up a verse” you look for something that applies and if it’s close enough then use it. The bible is God’s word. It should be approached respectfully and treated the same when someone says, “thus says the Lord.”
America is not Israel. I acknowledge that America has some form of Christian foundation. However, not all of the founding fathers were believers. It still does not take the place of Israel nor could it ever. Has God blessed America? That is a good question, I cannot write with conviction that He has in general. However, I can write that when people stand up for what is right and govern the right way that God does bless our actions (Galatians 6:8). Today America is not a Christian nation. It really has not been one for almost the last twenty years at least. If I am being transparent I would write not since the sixties. It means on the whole we have somehow lost track of what was really important.
A better verse for true revival would be 1 Peter 4:17, “For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?”
Revival is about looking in the mirror and seeing what needs to change and making it (James 1:22-27). All too often we look in the mirror and walk away and nothing changes. Then we wonder why people think negatively of Christ. Revival can begin in our lives only if we are willing to look to Him and not ourselves.
Posted: December 20, 2012 in religion
You might have seen them at the grocery store earlier this month. Or may be at the hardware store buying in bulk. You could have peeked over your fence and saw your neighbor putting in a bomb shelter. Some people believe that cataclysmic events will occur this month which will culminate in total destruction on December 21, 2012. What has inspired people to go to drastic measures? There could be many different reasons, however, a major is the Mayan calendar, which ends on December 21, 2012.
Dr. Karl S. Kruszelnicki, a scientist (check out his site ABC.net.au) said, “when a calendar comes to the end of a cycle, it just rolls over into the next cycle. In our Western society, every year 31 December is followed not by the end of the World, but by 1 January. So 126.96.36.199.0. in the Mayan calendar will be followed by 0.0.0.0.1- or good ol’ 22 December 2012.” Some new age and spiritualist are suggesting that 2013 will be a time of a renewal or a new world. Much like Harold Camping suggesting that the world would end on May 21, 2011, we know that it will most likely not end.
The Lord told the disciples that they would not know the date or hour of His return (Matthew 24:36-37). Jesus compares the time of the end as the Days of Noah. In Noah’s day they were eating, drinking, and giving in marriage. Life was moving on. However, no one listened to Noah, and because they did not heed the warning they perished in the flood. I have no fear of the world ending, because I settled that fear when I put my faith in Christ (John 6:47). Jesus said “where I am you will be also” from John 14:3. You have to worry that the world be driving off the proverbial cliff. It is in the times of uncertainty that we should look to Jesus to be savior.
Posted: December 11, 2012 in religion
The question I have been asking myself over the last few weeks has been, ‘what to do with this blog or where should I go from here?’ Here is the plan: I would like to write two books in this new year (Lord willing), as well as start a blog talk radio show. The show would be available at any time for people to listen to or download. It would be a half-hour show where I would do anything from interviews to addressing certain passages in the bible pertaining to prophecy. Listeners would be able to email or call in questions. The books would deal with bible prophecy and how we should live in light of what the Lord is doing.
Prophecy For Today was started as a result of a year long study of bible prophecy. I decided to take what I learned and was learning and put in on the internet. The books would develop more of what I have been writing on here and would sold through Amazon, kindle. What you may or may not realize is that my wife and I are missionaries. Currently I am a youth pastor in California and in the coming spring I will no longer be at my church. We are in the process of raising support in order to go to Granada, Spain. We are with One Challenge International mission board. Our goal there is to plant churches, raise up leaders, and share the good news of Christ. It is not about us, but rather about what God is doing in Spain. If you wish to financially support then please go to:
Therefore, when you buy a book in the coming year or listen or read the blog you will be supporting us.
I would like to thank everyone who has been stopping by this year so far:
I am sure I might be overlooking someone, hopefully not. Prophecyfortoday.org will continue on in the new year and we will have more content. Thanks for the support thus far.