Close Encounters of an Old Kind

March 25, 2008

I have been silent, (again) for several weeks. I have noticed there is a method to this, and not of my own doing. As a cooking pot that gets to the boiling point and then blows its lid off with its steam, I do not write at will but only when moved to do so, I find myself bubbling over with new insights and urgency in the matter of prophetical (End Times) study. I am just coming out of one of these periods and I have to say that this time, the mood is quite different. Long time readers of this column know what I am talking about.

Let me be quite explicit, without being speculative or appearing manipulative: I am quite positive that we have crossed into Final Days matters and that this year, 2008, will be a pivot point for several threads which lead into the End zone. Prophecy unfolding before our eyes indeed and while it is a sad fact that most Christians do not understand prophetical events even if slamming headfirst into one of them, nonetheless there are some who are aware of the times.

I remember seeing a movie, in my pre-Christian days, which left with me with a powerful image of what I am trying to say here. The movie, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” a sci-fi directed by Steven Spielberg, was a huge hit back then and it dealt with space aliens wanting to land on earth and all that. In the movie plot, several men and women were “impressed upon” by the aliens about their landing spot so that they would be obsessed to understand what it all meant and eventually to find their way to Devil’s Mountain, the not-so-accidental name of the mystic landing spot. Now, never mind about the aliens blah blah blah, the principle being used was very interesting. For whatever reason or criteria, somebody was being chosen while others were not. When I became a Christian (born again) and the Lord impressed strongly on my spirit the study of the Bible’s End Time prophecies, I was simply amazed that most Christians were neither interested nor concerned about them as if those prophecies were reserved for a very nebulous future and/or a very different people, if they would reach fulfillment at all. In the course of my Christian life, I found out that there were “others” who like me, were strongly impressed with the same interest and urgency regarding the Times of the End. As in the movie, those who were/are impressed with this knowledge, find it very difficult to communicate to others what they are experiencing.

Leaving the movie comparison aside, one fact however appears extremely clear: The Lord has always had His sentinels through whom He reaches out to His people and apart from the present sad and painful state of the Church, the Holy Spirit is impressing the sentinels with the urgency of the hour.

In this column, we strive to present events which we believe are related to Biblical prophecy fulfillment and as we move ahead, there is so much happening worldwide that even a child could put two and two together, but the Church, in true ten-virgins-mode, remains mysteriously asleep. But the sentinels MUST speak up and speak out.

One of the principal (if not the most important) thread which has to do with End Time prophecy is the Jewish people.
They are indeed the chosen people, and while they will fully inherit the promises of God, before that happens, Scripture, both in the Old and in the New Testament tells us that they will undergo a terrible time of trial, (Jacob’s trouble – “Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.” Jeremiah 30:7)
Unfortunately, it is not over for them. One would think that after the Holocaust of recent memory, humanity would never have to live through another such dark and evil time, but it will, and if possible, it will be even worse than that.

Sometimes I despair over the aloofness of the Jewish people. Surely some of them see the darkness coming, but most of them (like the Church) are uncaring and totally unprepared. The Christian sentinels are sounding the alarm, but alas, they are deaf and they do not hear the sound of the trumpet over the walls of Zion. Rightly God several times called them a “stiff-necked people”:

“Furthermore the LORD spoke to me, saying, ‘I have seen this people, and indeed they are a stiff-necked people.” Deuteronomy 9:13

We, at Apocalypse soon have been sounding this alarm for years, while things have been growing steadily worse.

Report: Anti-Semitism on the rise globally

March 14, 2008
WASHINGTON (CNN) — A report from the U.S. State Department details “an upsurge” across the world of anti-Semitism — hostility and discrimination toward Jewish people.

anti-semitic nazi trophoes“Today, more than 60 years after the Holocaust, anti-Semitism is not just a fact of history, it is a current event,” the report says.

The report — called Contemporary Global Anti-Semitism and given to Congress on Thursday — is dedicated to the memory of the late U.S. Rep. Tom Lantos, a survivor of the Holocaust, the extermination of 6 million Jews during World War II.

The report details physical acts of anti-Semitism, such as attacks, property damage, and cemetery desecration. It also lists manifestations such as conspiracy theories concerning Jews, Holocaust denial, anti-Zionism and the demonization of Israel.

“Over much of the past decade, U.S. embassies worldwide have noted an increase in anti-Semitic incidents, such as attacks on Jewish people, property, community institutions, and religious facilities,” the report says.
>>read rest of the story here


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3 thoughts on “Close Encounters of an Old Kind

  1. Dear Brother in Christ
    I have been reading your articles and comments on End Times signs with great attention.I happen (by the favour of God)to be a reborn Christian.I totally agree with your comments that give me a clear sight of the forthcoming events.So far i have found them very helpful and i consider it quite a blessing to be able to study them.I come from a Greek Pentecostal Church.Our preachers here in Greece as well constantly keep us alert about the forthcoming events and many teachings have been given to us from the Book of Apocalypse.Being Greek we have the privilege(given by God)to be able to study the original text so any misunderstandigs from the text
    are possibly eliminated.May the Lord our Christ bless you with his favour and help in your work !

  2. Such beautiful words of divine inspiration, but can we really change something? A few men can illuminate the minds of 6 billion beings?

  3. Dear Sir
    It is with trepidation and a sense of sadness and also of victory that the last days are here. I have had in my heart the same urgency. God bless you as you have it in your heart to warn others.
    My belief is this that in this time many in the church today do not see Jesus Christ the Messiah as the LIVING RISEN CHRIST who will RETURN to judge all the nations. Like Cleopas on the road to Emmaus everyone sees our Lord as a man who will deliver them of eartly pains and financial difficulties and every other problem and difficulty. They do not see HIM as the risen Lord. Not that most are not Christians, but most came to the grave at one stage or another to come enbalm Him, others found an empty grave and therefore cannot believe that he is Risen even though he told them countless times before that he would rise again.
    Many do not believe in hell no more and therefore many live as if there is no tommorrow. Alas and with great sorrow for many of them they will find out to late that HE IS THE MAJESTY ON HIGH. IF JESUS CHRIST IS THE RISEN LORD TO US we will now urgently forsake the world, sell everything we have and share it with others as well as the gospel and ernestly await our LORD’s return. Praise be to GOD our Father for the return of our Messiah. Like Cleopas may GOD The HOLY SPIRIT open our hearts and minds and reveal to us the RISEN LORD.
    Where are all the shepherds to study, teach the word of GOD and to teach Christians how to pray and fast? I long for this every day and do not want to waste one more day telling others about the KING OF GLORY
    your brother in Christ
    Barland Johnson
    South Africa

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