Signs of The Times

Friday, December 30, 2016

This year ends with harbingers of “a covenant with many” (Dan. 9:27) and signs of the times as the world stage is now set for the division of Israel’s land for peace. The U.S. has just moved the world closer to all nations abandoning Israel, and has increased the imminent threat of WW3.

This breaking news last Friday, “Obama Enrages Israel On Way Out The Door – Israeli officials are furious with President Obama for allowing the U.N. to pass a resolution Friday demanding the Jewish state “immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem.”” (CNN 12/23/2016)

CNN reports, “By not using the United States’ veto to prevent it from coming up for a vote, Obama effectively endorsed the resolution. As Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz put it, “an abstention is a vote for the resolution”. A defiant Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to ignore the vote, issuing a statement that said, “Israel rejects this shameful anti-Israel resolution at the U.N. and will not abide by its terms.””

President Obama, as world leaders do, has just significantly advanced God’s end-time agenda, demonstrating his unbelief in the God of the Bible. Saints, be prepared, for this desertion of Israel by America had to come. But now, America, beware of God’s impending judgment!

In response, “Trump warns UN after Israel vote: ‘Things will be different’ soon – President-elect Donald Trump slammed the Obama administration for its decision not to veto a U.N. resolution critical of Israel’s settlements, promising that it would be ‘different’ under his presidency…The Obama administration’s decision to let it pass represents a break from the longstanding U.S. policy of shielding Israel from U.N. reproaches.” (The Hill 12/23/2016)

Justifiable concern is high. “Obama could harm Israel on his last day in office – Foreign affairs experts are warning that the diplomatic upheavals caused by US President Obama’s conduct on the UN vote are not necessarily his last word on Israel. The concern is that Obama may promote a move in the UN Security Council giving guidelines for a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians and the establishment of a Palestinian state. Israel would find it hard to present an alternative model after these guidelines are set.” (Arutz Sheva 12/26/2016)

The Times of Israel, 12/28/2016, “The US has forsaken Israel, and the Jewish state can now place its trust only in God, Israel’s Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef said Wednesday, as Jerusalem and Washington continued to face off over Friday’s United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements…Sometimes, we need to be reminded from above that we can count on no one but our Father who art in heaven,” Yosef told followers at the Western Wall. “Even America…forsook us last week at the UN.”

The New York Times, 12/28/2016, “Secretary of State John Kerry accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel on Wednesday of thwarting peace in the Middle East, speaking with a clarity and harshness almost never heard from American diplomats when discussing one of their closest and strongest allies.” From a biblical end-time prophetic perspective, the world, necessarily, wants Middle East peace at any cost…even to the dividing of the land of Israel.

God said, “And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it” (Zech. 12:3). Israel will be divided for a two-state temporal peace, which will fulfill God’s Word saying, “They have also divided up My land” (Joel 3:2).

But regardless of political events, Orthodox Jews in Israel are excited! Breaking Israel News on 12/21/2016 reported this headline: “Priests Partake Of Leviticus Showbreads In Preparations For Third Temple”. These priests know their third Temple is near, and that they’ll return again to sacrificial worship according to their Torah Law. This too is a harbinger and sign of the times.

The enthusiasm among Orthodox Jews awaiting their ‘messiah’ and building their third Temple cannot be overstated. But true saints know that the ‘messiah’ for whom Orthodox Jews wait will be the Antichrist who makes, “a covenant with many” (Dan. 9:27) allowing sacrificial worship to be reinstated for the first 3 1/2 years of the seven-year tribulation, until at the 42 month mark he breaks his “covenant with many” and forces his economic, “mark of the beast” (Rev. 13:16–17).

Significant to the first 3 1/2 years of tribulation, the Holy Spirit said to John, “Rise and measure the temple of God, the altar, and those who worship there” (Rev. 11:1); meaning to measure the Temple and its altar to determine if the Orthodox Jews loved God enough to build it exactly as the Law said; but measuring the people is to judge hearts, whether or not their worship is true.

The Breaking Israel News article concludes, “The Temple is not just a historical thing,” Rabbi Hayman said. “It brings peace to the world, and the world does not function properly without it”” In biblical truth, a portion of Israel’s land will be exchanged for peace. But, “when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them” (1 Thess. 5:3).

And Pope Francis, under the, 12/30/1993 Fundamental Agreement Between The Holy See And The State Of Israel, has the authority to make such “a covenant with many” (Dan. 9:27). He has already made a similar Treaty recognizing the “State of Palestine”. (Times of Israel 06/26/2015)

From, Prophecy News Watch, 12/29/2016, “On January 15th, representatives from 70 different countries will gather in Paris, France for an unprecedented global conference. The stated goal of this conference is to promote a “two-state solution” as the way that lasting peace will be brought to the Middle East.” Is it just coincidence that this conference occurs 5 days before Obama’s last day in office? This conference could, in fact, produce a ‘land for peace’ “covenant with many”.

Many pastors and worship leaders (evangelicals included) have already been deceived by Pope Francis. Numerous evangelical leaders have already been to the Vatican to meet personally with Pope Francis and brought back his message of ‘unity’ to their congregations. The lack of biblical revelation and spiritual discernment by these evangelical leaders is absolutely astonishing.

Former evangelical pastor, researcher and author, Dr. Tom Horn said in his and Cris Putnam’s most recent book, The Final Roman Emperor, The Islamic Antichrist, And The Vatican’s Last Crusade, “As a result of the power-lust inherent in the incestuous Church-state marriage, the Church in Rome has been the greatest institutional enemy that the true gospel will ever face.”

Yet, many deceived church leaders speak glowingly of Pope Francis though he has proven to be the rider on the white horse who, “went out conquering and to conquer” (Rev. 6:2). Antichrist comes in Satan’s power on the guise of peace, unity and benevolence. His global message of false unity causes the world to follow his magnificent intrigue and deceptive leadership.

“The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders” (2 Thess. 2:9). “And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works” (2 Cor. 11:14–15).

Christian pastors and teachers are supposed to be “watchmen” who care for the flock. And God said of them, “But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand” (Ezek. 33:6).

I am such a watchman, sounding the alarm of the end-times. I defend the contextual end-time truths of Jesus Christ, my Savior and Lord, in the face of opposition. Seven years ago the Lord called me to teach His end-time truths, but I learned sadly that in the organized church Christ’s end-time truths are strictly forbidden. It’s as though Christ’s Words are toxic to the church.

There are coming terrible wars and famines with the onset of the tribulation under the second, third and fourth seal judgments of Rev. 6:3–8. Nations are escalating the threat of war against one another. The Middle East is on fire. America is on the brink of civil war, divided by elites and their radical leftist agendas of anti-God, anti-freedom, anti-borders, racism and immorality.

The terrorist group ISIS will likely ignite one, if not several wars, if they get a WMD, be it an EMP detonated in space above a nation, or a chemical or nuclear attack. Turkey has invaded Syria. Russia is aiding Syria. The U.S. is fighting Syrian forces. The U.S. is sorely provoking China to war; and as Obama curses Israel, he continues edging the U.S. to war with Russia.

Before long, the rider on the pale horse named Death is given power, “over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth” (Rev. 6:8). Christ told us these things, and that earthquakes and raging seas will cause men’s hearts to fail them for fear, in this last generation. What’s been your response to God’s Word warning of the end-times?

In the context to the end-times, Jesus Christ said, “But he who endures to the end shall be saved” (Matt. 24:13). Jesus also said that He gathers His elect saints, “Immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 24:29–31), not pre-tribulation. But do you believe Him? If so, how have you prepared? If you exchanged His truth for the pre-tribulation rapture lie, you are not prepared for what’s ahead. Please believe the Son of God and prepare while you yet have the time. I’m praying for you.

Marlin J. Yoder

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I'm a non-denominational ordained minister, and have written for many years and teach the truths of Jesus Christ with an emphasis on the end-times. This on-line and in-person ministry to which God called me helps many people to know the truths of Christ rather than traditions of men which make "the word of God of no effect" (Mark 7:13).

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