Thursday, November 10, 2011

Is This The End Times? I Suspect We Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet

Ted Pike of the National Prayer Network and has the aforementioned linked article having to do with "Mystery Babylon" (that is, Israel) trying to destroy the planet, themselves included if necessary. I am not here to argue whether Israel is Mystery Babylon (or as some say, the AntiChrist) or not. But his timeline is interesting. Read the article for his timeline.

In the midst of all this is the notion that the End Times are a-comin'. But if you take Christ at His word, surely we ain't seen nothing yet. Now there is--again, for the umpteenth time!--rumors of war on Iran. Then Syria, blah, blah, blah. The rumors might actually be true this time, with some rumors almost bordering on the ridiculous (such as this very strange Gordon Duff article on Iran and Israel staging a phony war to drive up oil prices, predicated on the notion that Israel's leaders and Iran's Imams and leaders have shorted oil stocks! Interesting notion, but does anyone actually believe that once Israel invades Iran the killing will stop?)Yet, what does Christ say?

Mark 13:7--"And when ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet."

He also said, and I paraphrase:

1. Nation against nation (Gentiles, that is) and Kingdom against kingdom, earthquakes, famines, troubles (verse 8). We have a lot of this sorta thing.

2. Christians will be persecuted, beaten in synagogues, trials in front of rulers for His sake so that we can testify against them. (verse 9). We have a lot of this sorta thing, mostly in the non-western world.

3. The gospel must be "published" (did Christ really say "published"?) among all nations. But is this now the case? Are there some undiscovered tribes somewhere who have never heard the Word of God?

4. When persecuted the Holy Spirit will put words into your mouth (verse 10). I imagine this sorta thing happens a lot. Think of persecuted Israeli Messianic Christian Zvi Kalisher dealing with spitting rabbis. He amazes me, his quoting the Bible the way he can.

5. Brothers and sisters and children and parents will betray each other, to death. (verse 12) Further, believers will be hated of ALL MEN for His name's sake, BUT HE THAT ENDURES UNTIL THE END WILL BE SAVED (verse 13). It does not say he that endures until the rapture! It says until the end.

THIS is when "the end" comes! (Mark 13: 29)

6. Verse 14: "But when ye shall see the Abomination of Desolation, spoken of by Daniel the Prophet, standing where it ought not, then let them that be in Judea flee to the mountains." The verse referred to is Daniel 9:27, when (supposedly) the "AntiChrist" confirms a covenant with "many" (that is, Gentiles) for "one week" (that is, seven years), and in the midst of the week he (the AntiChrist?) shall cause the sacrifice and oblation to cease (in the Temple in Jerusalem?) and then "overspread" the inner sanctum where offerings to God had been offered, and, presumably, they will be again (?), that is, overspread with desolation, until "the consumation" (presumably the "second coming.")

If indeed the Temple in Jerusalem is supposed to be rebuilt since it was destroyed in 70 AD and now a Muslim mosque stands at that site, the Temple Mount (?), and since there is still no "Temple" at that site (because first Israel must ethnically cleanse every last Palestinian out of the country, and then reclaim the Temple Mount, take out the mosque and rebuild the Temple), then I would say that if Pike's (and most others) interpretation is correct, then we ain't even close to "the end."

Besides which, Christ also says in verses 19 and 20 that the "affliction" that will happen at "the end" will be unlike anything the people and the planet has ever seen (even worse than Noah's flood!), and not only that, but in order to save even a small remnant of believers, Jewish and Gentile, those "end times days" will have to be shortened, the death and destruction will be so bad!

In other words, we ain't seen nothin' yet! Unfortunately, it seems we are rushing headlong into it...