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I don’t get to write many weblogs on February 29, so I thought I would take advantage of it to give you a State of the World update.
To the world, the news is grim. To us, the news is always good.
It really depends on your worldview, whether you see the world in natural terms or through the eyes of God.
We’re either all going to die within a few weeks or months, or God is setting us free from the bondage of Mystery Babylon.
Take your pick. Personally, I am optimistic about the future. The best is yet to come.
The USSR and China
The Soviet Union fell after the Russians suffered under a 70-year captivity to the Socialists (November 6, 1917 to November 6, 1987). They who came to power promised equality, peace, and prosperity for all. They killed over 60 million people in their pursuit of happiness. Christians were their worst enemy.
China is now faced with a similar fate after the Chinese people have suffered under their own 70-year captivity (October 1, 1949 to 2019).
It took a few years of decline for the Soviet Union to fully collapse, but it all started when President Gorbachev gave his speech before the Supreme Soviet on their 70th anniversary. His words sounded optimistic, but essentially he threw in the towel.
I wonder how long it will take for China to collapse, now that they have completed their 70 years of captivity.
Kim Clement had some interesting prophecies regarding China years ago. He said China and America would become best friends shortly. If that happens, I doubt that it could occur under the present Socialist regime.
It appears that the coronavirus (or corvid-19) is playing a major role in the collapse of China as we know it. China has been at the center of the globalist’s program to offshore western industry and shifting huge amounts of cash from West to East. This program accelerated after November 29, 1994, which was the day that the US House passed the GATT trade treaty which was soon to morph into the WTO. China’s entry into the WTO then sparked a mass movement where multinational corporations began moving their manufacturing to China.
This was actually God’s answer to our prayer in the Jubilee Prayer Campaign a year earlier (November 29, 1993). God has strange ways of answering prayer. We often fail to recognize it for what it is. Often, instead of getting rid of the problem, as requested, He accelerates it and magnifies it in order to expose it to the people and bring it to an earlier end.
In other words, He shows us the problem so we will learn and won’t allow it to happen again. Of course, that solution never seems to last more than a generation. We are quite forgetful. That is why Israel went into captivity every time the past generation died off, the generation that had repented and turned back to God. Each forgetful generation has to learn the same lesson again.
God has also been known to send quail when people pray for it after despising manna. God answers their prayer but sends leanness into their soul (Psalm 106:15 KJV). We should be careful what we ask for. It may not be good for us. Worse yet, God might give us our request.
A New Day
We today live in a generation that has again forgotten God, but this time it is different. I believe we are at the end of the final manifestation of Babylonian “beast” systems. These ran their course by October of 2017 after ruling for “seven times” (7 x 360 years) since the fall of Jerusalem in 604 B.C.
A century ago, men thought Babylon would be destroyed by World War 1, because it appeared that we were then at the end of the “seven times.” However, because of the lost century from 163 to 63 B.C., where Jerusalem was independent of the third “beast” empire (Greece), that time had to be added at the end. God had contracted with the beast systems to judge Jerusalem and rule the world for “seven times,” so their time of actual rule did not end until 2014-2017.
The world, no doubt, has rejected the rule of Christ, who is the rightful King of the earth. The Church too has largely rejected His law. The church would like Jesus to rule, as long as He does not follow the law of God or issue any commands that we must actually follow.
So by past precedent, it would seem like we are ready to enter a new and more oppressive phase of Socialist captivity. The phase in the last hundred years has been a wooden yoke for us, where we were allowed to serve our captors in our own land. If we were to enter a worse phase of captivity, it would certainly be defined biblically as an iron yoke (Deuteronomy 28:48).
However, many past precedents will no longer fit our time. The long-term contract that gave Babylon authority over the world has ended. The Stone Kingdom is the next phase on God’s agenda (Daniel 2:35), wherein the Gospel of the Kingdom will spread rapidly throughout the whole earth and dominate the globe for a thousand years of relative peace.
So God has moved the chess pieces in place according to His sovereign will. We may or may not like these political chess pieces, but our sovereign God uses them anyway and does not consult our opinions. It is for us to decide whether to support or oppose God’s plan and methods.
Much is going on in the Mideast. There is, of course, the problem of Zionism, which is the product of misunderstood prophecy and fleshly, political aspirations. Most prophets today assume that the words they get regarding “Israel” are to be applied to the State of Israel. God’s definitions are quite different. Many prophets have hung their hats on the idea that the earthly Jerusalem is an eternal city that will be Christ’s capital city during the Age to come.
Nothing can be further from the truth. The prophets have been blinded to the difference between the two Jerusalems. Paul identifies the earthly Jerusalem in Galatians 4:25 as “Hagar,” the bondwoman that must be cast out. Her “children of the flesh,” who claim to be chosen by race, are NOT inheritors of the Kingdom. The final outcome, Paul says, is to “Cast out the bondwoman and her son” (Galatians 4:30). Only the children of “Sarah” are chosen inheritors of the Kingdom.
Second, Islam is another fleshly religion of “Hagar.” Revelation 9 prophecies of the rise of Islam from Mohammed to the conquest of Constantinople (now Istanbul). It is pictured as a plague of locusts (Revelation 9:3), and God commissioned them to bring judgment upon the corrupt church (Revelation 9:20, 21). Yet the church did not repent, so the plague has continued to this day.
God is now exposing Mecca by showing us that it is the center of the plague of locusts. A year ago, December 2018, the first swarm of locusts arose in Saudi Arabia.
In January 2019, the locusts descended on Mecca.
Unusually heavy rains then came, which appeared to be a blessing, but they helped spawn new crops of locusts that have now spread into Africa and Pakistan and even to the border of China.
Mecca is the heart of Islam, and the countries hardest hit are Muslim countries. The Bible’s identification of locusts with Islam is now becoming clear. People are forced to focus attention upon this problem, and sooner or later they will see its biblical connection. Muslims themselves are the hardest hit by this plague, because their religion itself has been their source of oppression.
Unfortunately, just as the locusts are spreading to other countries, so also is the plague of Islam being spread to other countries, usually through violent force. The solution is to see a worldwide outpouring of the Holy Spirit. This is coming.
Turkey has been invading northern Syria, supposedly attempting to defeat Syrian rebel forces who still hold parts of Syria. Their underlying aim is to gain more territory from Syria and ultimately to reorganize the Ottoman Empire that fell in the wake of World War 1. But with the help of Russia, the Syrian government is also trying to regain control of its territory, and this has brought them into direct conflict with Turkey.
The Telegraph on February 10 reported that 5 Turkish soldiers were killed by Syrian troops.
When Hal Turner reported on February 19 that Turkey had begun shelling a Russian base in Syria and Russian forces defending Syria, I was somewhat skeptical.
But subsequent reports have confirmed this, although, as usual, the mainstream media treats it as if Russia struck Turkey first. The fact is, Turkey began shelling a Syrian base in Idlib. On February 19, 2020, Turner reported this:
LATEST UPDATE 4:10 PM EST -- Yesterday, Turkish President Recypt Erdogan said Turkey will not allow Idlib, Syria to come back under control of the Syrian Government, and his Turkish Army would commence attacks to make certain of this. This morning, RUSSIA warned Turkey that such an effort would result in the Russians DEFENDING Syria.
Eight minutes ago, at 2:52 PM eastern US time, Turkish artillery began shelling Syrian forces in and around Idlib, including Syrian forces which have RUSSIAN TROOPS embedded.
The Turks entered Syria UNINVEITED and WITHOUT AUTHORIZATION almost a year ago. This new adventure by Turkey will get their forces stomped into the ground by Russian forces, and will likely mean actual HOT WAR between Turkey and Russia.
It has begun. Multiple sources confirming heavy exchanges of artillery and gunfire.
The fighting has escalated, as 33 more Turkish troops were killed. Russia is being blamed, but they deny it.
This is turning into a battle for who has the right to control Idlib and other parts of northern Syria. Turkey is following the US lead, as it is clear that the US government has been sending troops to Syria since the Obama regime, essentially claiming the right to overthrow Syrian President Assad. Russia could find itself in another protracted conflict, if this continues.