People all over the world are wondering “What on earth is happening?”. Many countries are enforcing mask mandates and some are giving vaccine mandates for employees, medical workers, or military.
Some are being hit with fires, flooding, and earthquakes of Biblical proportions. In the United States our Constitutional rights are being trampled on by non-elected government appointees. The government is threatening our 1st Amendment rights to assemble and to speak out and our 2nd Amendment right to bear arms. 2020 was a rough year but, 2021 is shaping up to be a fascist year as elected leaders and Party’s show their totalitarian tendencies.
Jesus predicted these things in Matthew 24, Luke 21, and Mark 13. He said to expect first “wars and rumors of wars”. Next, He said famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. Then He said lawlessness would abound. He said these would be the beginning of sorrows (birth pangs) . Lastly, He said, “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.”
So where are we on this list? Let’s begin with wars and rumors of wars. Now there have always been wars. The world has only had about 13 years in which world-wide peace existed without a war somewhere. But, I believe Jesus was talking about the end times and He was talking about Israel and the nations around it. Since Israel returned to the Land it has had six major wars and a number of small actions with its neighbors, all started by them.
- 1948 Arab-Israeli War (Independence)
- 1956 Suez Crisis War
- 1967 Six Day War
- 1973 Yom Kippur War
- 1982 Lebanon War
- 2014 Gaza War
Scripture prophesies at least one more major war to happen, the War of Gog and Magog. It is found in Ezekiel 38 and 39. Gog is described as the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubul. Also Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya, Gomer and the house of Togarmah answer Gog’s call to attack Israel. In my article Gog Rising-part 2, I present my belief that Gog is Russia and I have no reason to change my mind as yet. I suggest you read it. Russia has close ties to present day Iran (Ezekiel’s Persia) and Iran is very busy surrounding Israel with it’s proxies – Hezbollah and Hamas as well as other Islamic terror groups in the Sinai Peninsula. Syria, to the Northeast of Israel is no friend and Iran is quickly infiltrating Syria with arms and forces. Lebanon, to the North of Israel, is about to become a failed state and Hezbollah is the strongest force in Lebanon. Eric Stakelbeck’s Watchman program recently highlighted this problem.
As Iran continues moving high tech arms into Syria to arm it’s forces there and Hezbollah, Israel continues it’s air and artillery strikes on Syria and Lebanon and sometimes on Russian controlled areas in Syria. This has increased tensions between Israel and Russia causing Russia to supply even more advanced anti-air defenses to Syria.
On top of all this, Iran is moving even closer to attaining a nuclear bomb, which Israel has declared it will never allow! Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz recently warned UN Security Counsel that Iran can be within 10 weeks of getting the bomb! A small army of Israelis recently met with Biden at the White House and gave him a message – The Countdown to an Israeli War With Iran Has Begun if Biden renews the Iran Nuclear deal that Obama brokered!
As the Palestinians, Hezbollah, and Iran ratchet up the tensions with fire bombs, rocket attacks, and drone attacks, the Ezekiel War is drawing closer and it is one of the “birth pangs” Jesus predicted would happen.
In Part 2 I will address the other warnings Jesus predicted. They also are currently happening.