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God is a good Father. A good father prepares his children for the future. Bible prophecy is the Good Father’s way of preparing his children for the horrific events that will unfold as our current age of history transitions to the next. In the years leading up to Christ’s return, Earth will be Hellish, with Satan’s Anti-Christ on the throne and the judgments of God coming upon all of humanity. God tells us ahead of time in His Word, the Bible, about this time of Great Tribulation so we will not be caught off guard.

God wouldn’t have included prophecy in the Bible if He wanted His children to remain in the dark about what’s happening in the world today. If you are in a church that doesn’t teach prophecy or that denies God’s Word is unfolding as we speak, then you must study prophecy on your own. We are accountable for ALL of God’s word, regardless of what we’ve been taught (or haven’t been taught). God gave us the resources we need to learn about His word. He encourages us to ask for His wisdom, a gift He loves to give. There are no excuses for us to be in the dark about Jesus’ second coming. We are to be children of the light. Let’s educate ourselves before it’s too late!

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About two weeks ago, I had the feeling that God wanted me to go and evangelize at a park near my house. So, I went. School was out for the summer. It was the middle of the day. I was sure there would be people present and I’d be able to share the good news of Jesus with them. When I arrived, however, a group of parents and children were leaving. By the time I got my own kids out of the car, the people were gone. The park was empty. The entire time my children played, not a single soul joined us. Why had the Lord led me to this park? I wondered. God soon made the answer to my question apparent.

After exhausting themselves on the shiny new playground equipment, my children set their sights on a big metal slide from ages past. The slide had obviously been a part of the park’s original playset. It was one of those tall metal slides whose height terrifies you, but you’ve just gotta slide down anyway. And when you do, you almost always burn your bottom from the heat of the metal and the friction of your descent.

Paying no mind to the rusted steps and gnarled slide legs, my kids hurried up to the top of it. I climbed after them, just to make sure the slide was okay. That thing didn’t wobble an inch. It was quality. American made—the steps said so. “American,” the word had been proudly forged into each of the slide’s twelve, or so, treads.

As my kids gleefully seared their bottoms coming down the slide, I noticed a name written with a black sharpie on the underside of it. Many people had written their names on the slide, but this name was bold. It stood out. The name was “Aliyah.” This might not seem significant to the average person. But as a follower of Jesus Messiah and a lover of the Jewish people, through whom God sent Jesus, I was struck by the word. When a Jewish person living outside of Israel goes up to Jerusalem, it’s called “making Aliyah.”

Later that day, when I got home, I couldn’t stop thinking about the empty park, the big metal slide, and the name “Aliyah.” In my Spirit, I knew God was speaking to me. He was sending me a message. Whenever God sends me a message, I write it down and post it on my blog, as a way of documenting it for others. My pen is ready, Lord. My hands are your hands. My mind is fixed on you alone. My whole being belongs to you, purchased by the precious blood of Jesus.

Here is the message I uncovered in the details of the day. The empty park was God’s way of telling me that fields for evangelism in America are changing. Our once Christian society is now moving into the realm of post-Christian. Many people living in the US have heard about Jesus, and they either believe, reject their need for Jesus, or they’ve adopted a “been there done that” attitude toward Jesus. There are also some people who haven’t heard about Jesus or who have heard but are undecided. Yes, believe it or not, every now and then, I encounter a US-born adult who has yet to have heard the gospel of Jesus Christ fully explained. What a joy it is to tell them the good news of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection! Also, as long as God keeps blessing America with babies, Christians will always have people to evangelize.

God tells us not to wait for a more opportune time to proclaim Jesus. We must evangelize now. The fields are white with harvest (John 4:35). The empty park was God’s way of telling me to dig deeper, search harder to find fruitful mission fields. Christians, we all need to get creative. Let’s evangelize online, rent booths at markets, hand out holiday treats with gospel tracks to everyone we encounter, take the gospel to Jewish populations, share Jesus with people imprisoned by occult practices and false religions, and go to events and festivals where large crowds are present. We have to be bolder in our conversations, challenging people who claim to follow Christ but live lives that reflect the opposite. God’s word tells us to restore our lost brothers (Galatians 6:1).

In some cases, Christians will have to re-evangelize in the USA. Almost everyone I speak to in my country has encountered Jesus meek and mild who died on the cross for their sins. But very few have heard about Jesus, bright as lightning, riding on a white horse into battle against unbelievers (Revelation 19:11-21). Or Jesus so-full-of-glory that His best friend John fell down as if dead when He saw Him (Revelation 1:10-17). We all need to remember, and to remind others, that Jesus is fully human and fully God, that He’s supreme, that He is most High and Holy.

I also felt God speaking to me personally as I stood there looking out at the empty park. My Father assured me He would replace missed opportunities for evangelism in my life with other opportunities to serve Him, such as the writing of articles. I am still called to evangelize whenever possible, but if an evangelistic event doesn’t work out, for whatever reason, God will redirect me to another task. He will always have an assignment for me, so long as I’m ready and listening.

As per the old metal slide, she represents the decay of America’s national conscience. It pains me to write these words. I love America. I am grateful to have been born and raised in this country. I am also grieved by my country’s current moral and ethical condition. How far we have fallen. How swift our descent.

There was a time when the US made most of our products, right here on our own soil, by the precious hands of our own countrymen. These products were of high quality, like this steel slide, which was still erect and sturdy after decades of exposure to weather. About a hundred feet to the left of the old slide stood a new playset, made of plastic and materials that I would wager a fortune had not been made in America.

There was nothing outwardly wrong with the plastic playset. It looked durable and attractive, and it was probably much safer than the metal slide. But the process by which it was made is the same process that’s been chipping away at America’s soul, and sustainability, for years now—outsourcing. I could go on and on about this topic, but to boil it down, I’ll put it like this: In the same way that America acquired much of her land—through bribery, force, and the trading of trinkets with the Native Americans—we’ve sold out our land, exchanging our people, our resources, and our national soul for trinkets manufactured in other countries. We are sliding downward as a nation and becoming a people given over to bribes, force, and greed. Thank you to PlayStar, and like-minded companies, for making your playsets and materials right here on US soil.

As per the name “Aliyah” on the underside of the slide, I can only conclude that it has to do with US relations with Israel. The United States has always been a haven for the Jewish people and a strong ally of the nation of Israel. In fact, some Biblical scholars believe that America has been blessed for all these years because God promises to bless the nations who bless Israel and to curse those who curse her (Genesis 12:3).

The Bible also tells us that in the end times all nations will come against Israel (Zechariah 12:3-6). This means Israel will have no allies, not even the US. God will display His supernatural power and covenantal love for Israel by singlehandedly saving her from her enemies.

How exactly will the US come against Israel? The US might not actively engage in war with God’s chosen people, but she could betray Israel by removing support, attempting to divide up the promised land, accusing Israel of illegitimately inhabiting the land God has given her, or something of the sort.  Or perhaps the US will grow so weak and become so preoccupied with her own troubles that she’ll be unable to help Israel.

When the day comes when the US relegates Israel to her underside, I wouldn’t be surprised if Jewish people make aliyah from the US to Jerusalem. It’s also possible that some great disaster or turn of events on US soil will incite the Jewish people to make this move. Or maybe after the rapture, the US will deteriorate to an unlivable quality, and Jewish people will return to their God-given land at that time. Or perhaps the land of Israel will become so enticing that the Jewish people will be drawn back to her, making the move willingly, without the need of an inciting event.

Whatever the case may be, woe to America on the day she joins all the other nations in coming against Israel. God will curse us, as he curses anyone who comes against his chosen people. When America betrays Israel, the whole world will see that the US is no longer the bright, steel-strong nation favored by God. Our nation will stand out as a giant rusted eye soar—morally corrupt, sold out, and indebted to the countries who’ve been manufacturing our plastic trinkets. Ouch, that hurts. Please, God, turn America back to you, to your word, to your truth—before it’s too late.

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Evil is rampant today. The world seems to be overcome by war, horrific shootings, natural disasters, and plagues. Believe it or not, things are not nearly as bad as they could be. It’s hard to imagine, I know, but God tells us in His Word, the Bible, that times are going to get much worse (Matthew 24:21). And God is never wrong.

Right now, the world still has something going for it—Christians, as in, people who believe Jesus of Nazareth is the Savoir, the Messiah. As I type these words, the Holy Spirit is leading Christians everywhere to pray against the evil forces currently plaguing Earth. Jesus, our High Priest in Heaven, hears our prayers, brings them before the Father, and God restrains evil from its fullest expression. Yes, evil events still occur, but not nearly to the degree to which Satan would like. The fact that there are any humans left on the earth is a result of the restraining work of God.

I know, you’re wondering why God permits evil and suffering in the first place. If the topic of evil interests you, please research it for yourself. It’s been covered many times over by almost every Biblical scholar I can call to mind. There’s a reason for evil, and there’s the hope that evil will not always be. One day, God will cleanse the earth of evil.

Back to the topic of the restraining of evil. Right now, as you’re reading this article, God is restraining something truly evil from happening to Earth. He’s holding back the Anti-Christ from rising to power and dominating the world. Just imagine if Hitler had succeeded in taking over the planet. That would have been super bad. Pure evil would have dominated the world. 

The world might be safe from Hitler for now, but the time will come when the evilest dictator ever will dominate everything. In the years leading up to Christ’s return, the Satan-possessed anti-Christ will rise to power, and this AC will rule the whole world. Basically, Satan will take over planet Earth for a (brief) time.

Satan’s AC cannot rise to power, however, until the restrainer, the Holy Spirit, is taken out of the world. Christians, inside of whom the Holy Spirit dwells, must first be removed from Earth. The Bible puts it this way:

And you know what restrains him [Satan’s anti-Christ] now, so that he will be revealed in his time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains [the Holy Spirit, who in-dwells Christians] will do so until He is removed. –2 Thessalonians 6:6-7

The restrainer, the Holy Spirit, will be removed from the earth on the day Jesus takes Christians up to be with Him, in an event called the rapture (aka, the resurrection of the church). On that day, Jesus Himself will descend from heaven and catch up all Christians to meet Him in the air. Those who are dead will be raised to life and caught up first. Then, those who are alive will follow. All Christians will receive their resurrected bodies at this time (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).

When Jesus catches up His Christians, the earth will be without us, our prayers, and most importantly—the restraining ministry of the Holy Spirit. Yes, the Spirit will continue to minister to the earth through the two witnesses and the tribulation saints, but His mission to restrain the AC will be complete on the day Christians are raptured.

On that day Jesus, who is currently seated at God’s right hand, will begin to transition from His position as our Heavenly High Priest to His role as Judge and King. Without the Holy Spirit, Christian prayers, and the intercession of Jesus as Heaven’s High Priest, the world will have nothing standing between it and God’s wrath.

At God’s command, the apocalypse will commence. Jesus will break the seals of judgment, and God will turn the world over to Satan, the master humankind has chosen for itself, having rejected God and His ways. God will unleash His wrath on the unbelieving world by giving Satan and His demons unrestrained freedom to do what they’ve always wanted to do to humans—plunge them into utter chaos and darkness.

Thank God that this time of world domination by Satan’s AC, Earth’s darkest hour, will only last for a time. Jesus will return, obliterate evil, and rule the world with light and truth.

Until the rapture, Christians must pray to the point of sweat and tears. By the power of the Holy Spirit, we must restrain evil for as long as possible so the good news of Jesus can reach the ends of the Earth, giving all humans, everywhere, a chance to accept Jesus as Savior. All humans can escape Hell, as well as, the terror that will befall the world following the rapture, should they live to see that day. All a human has to do is believe that Jesus saves us from our sins.

At this very moment, you can escape Hell and the coming wrath of God. You can sign on for the rapture. You can receive a resurrected body and eternal life with Christ. All you have to do is believe that Jesus came to earth, died on the cross to take away your sin, and that God raised him to life so that you too may be raised to life. Believe that Jesus is the Son of God, the Savior of the world, the Messiah. Believe and receive eternal life. Believe and escape the eternal fires of Hell. Believe and live with God in paradise for eternity!

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The night before last, I dreamt about the Anti-Christ (AC). The Bible tells us much about the AC, and what I saw in my dream in no way shape or form replaces what God’s word says about this vile man who will briefly rule the world in the years leading up to the return of the actual Christ—Jesus. My AC dream merely compliments what God’s word, and history, reveals about evil dictators. If this is a topic that interests you, I highly recommend you study Bible prophecy for more information. Test what you read here, and anywhere, against the Bible, which is our golden standard for truth. The books of Daniel and Revelation, and several other books of the Bible, have much to say about AC.

Here are just a few things God clearly tells us about the AC in the Bible.

-AC will come from Assyria. Some scholars argue he will be from Babylon (Iraq) or Northern Israel, possibly from the tribe of Dan (Micah 5:5).

-The AC’s biographical details will be a corruption of the miraculous birth, death, and resurrection of the actual Christ—Jesus. AC will even undergo a “resurrection” of sorts (Revelation 13:3).

-People will think AC is the Messiah. Dear everyone in the world, Jesus is the Messiah!

-AC will broker a “peace agreement” with Israel (Daniel 9:27).

-AC will rise out of a ten-nation coalition that will rule the world, briefly, at the end of our current age of history (Daniel 7:23-25).

-AC will exalt himself above all other gods and claim to be divine (Daniel 11:36-39, 2 Thessalonians 2:4).

-AC and his sidekick, the false prophet, will wield occult powers (2 Thessalonians 2:9).

-AC will make himself appear as the savior of the world by allowing everyone to buy and sell as long as they receive his mark (Revelation 13:16-17). The false prophet, the second beast of Revelation 13, will push everyone to receive the mark. Don’t take the mark of the beast! Taking the mark will condemn you to eternal suffering and separation from God. You might die if you don’t take the mark, but death in this life is far better than eternal suffering in the next.

-AC will take away the daily sacrifices and defame a rebuilt Jewish temple, or possibly a reclaimed tabernacle (Daniel 12:11).

-AC will persecute Jewish people and Christians who refuse to bow to him—even worse than Hitler (Daniel 7:25).

-Jesus will return and slay AC and His followers (2 Thessalonians 2:8, Revelation 14:20). Don’t follow the AC! Don’t take his mark! Don’t worship or bow down to the AC! Wait for Jesus. You might die waiting, but Jesus will return, and He will resurrect you to eternal life with Him!!!

My Dream and the Interpretation.

In my dream, I saw a man with dark hair, the AC. He loved bowling, looked like Elvis, and was a loner. These details don’t necessarily mean that the AC will actually love to bowl, look like Elvis, and be a loner. Here is the meaning the Holy Spirit revealed to me.

The AC’s “love of bowling” highlights what the Bible already tells us about AC: He will be human, just like the rest of us. Yes, Satan will possess the AC, but AC is just a man with silly hobbies, such as bowling. (No offense to anyone who loves to bowl.) Despite the AC’s claim to be divine, he will be a Satan-possessed human who he needs Jesus to save him, just like the rest of us—though he will reject Jesus to the fullest. The image of a bowling AC is comical and hints at how unassuming, relatable, and down-to-earth AC will seem at first. He’ll give people the warm fuzzies with his “accept everything” policies. Then, he will demand worship.

Second, the fact that AC looked like Elvis in my dream means that people will fall all over themselves to touch him, to be around him, to serve him. God promises to give humans over to a delusion in the End Times (2 Thessalonians 2:11). Basically, by the time AC takes over the world, humanity will have fallen to an all-time low. We will be like a bunch of little children, falling all over ourselves to catch a glimpse of a stinky, Satan-possessed man who speaks nothing but empty flatteries and lies to his fan club. The world will be so upside down that humankind will call Satan’s AC “God” and God “Satan.”

Lastly, God showed me that AC was a loner to emphasize the fact that despite his promises to save the world and bring peace, AC will hate all humans. Satan hates all humans because humans, under the authority of Christ Jesus, will one day (soon) replace Satan and the demons as rulers of the earth (Revelation 11:15). It’s no surprise, then, that the AC  will also hate all humans, as he will be possessed by Satan.

Despite the entourage that will surround the AC, this despicable Satan-man, he will hate everyone. In his heart, the AC is a loner. He loves only himself, so much so, that he has zero room left in his heart to love anyone else. The AC will charm and then betray the entire world, and he will turn on everyone—even his most devout followers, as does any authoritarian dictator.

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