God’s Word is a beacon pointing the way
to a peaceful, happy life on earth.
This world was designed to be calm and beautiful in its entirety.      Satan’s revolt ended that!
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Life on Earth in the "Last Days" According to the Ancient Scriptures
This list was posted 1 Feb 2010. Every two or three years go down the list. Compare the condition of each item that day vs. 1 Feb 2010. Are any better? How fast are those conditions worsening?     CHECKLIST ↓ and ↓
OOOO I. First, Review these topics
OOOOOOO A. Overview
OOOOOOO B. God tells us
OOOOOOO C. God takes action
OOOOOOO D. God's rewards and punishments
OOOOOOO E. The duties of Christians
OOOOOOO F. Satan
OOOOOOO G. Kenites
OOOOOOO H. Apostasy
OOOOOOO I. A nation of sheep
OOOO II. Signs of the Last Days
False teaching of Judo-Christian religions --
OOOO Apostasy --
OOOO Terrorism –
OOOOOOOOOOOO 4. Poor education of youngsters --
OOOO Breakdown of the justice system --
OOOO Weaknesses in U.S. military --
OOOO United States military – facing unfriendly nations --
OOOOOOOOOOOO 8. Bad government leaders – Federal/state/local --
OOOOOOOOOOOO 9. Bad non-elected leaders before the public --
OOOO Usury --
OOOOOOOOOOOO 11. Inept central government organization – (Finger-pointers) --
OOOONational gates damaged or removed – military and commercial --
OOOOReligious wars --
OOOOForeign countries withdraw needed support from this country –
OOOOOOOOOOOO15. Individual & Organized crime --
OOOOThreats against Israel --
OOOOViolence in Jerusalem --
OOOOOOOOOOOO18. Mayhem in Gaza --
OOOORussia will never turn “good guy” --
OOOOFamine and drought --
OOOODiseases on the increase – Both new and old ones --
OOOOOOOOOOOO22. Weakening economies – USA’s and world’s --
OOOOOOOOOOOO23. Deception --
OOOOOOOOOOOO24. The King of the North & King of the South --
OOOOOOOOB. Problems within reach of individuals
OOOOLies confuse the public --
OOOOGeneral crime – by individuals,small groups, and gangs --
OOOODumb, hurtful moves by famous people and organizations –
OOOOOOOOOOOO7. “Me first” attitude increasing in public --
OOOOFalse accusers --
OOOONarcotic addiction --
OOOODestroying landmarks –
OOOOAcceptance of homosexual activities –
OOOODestruction of Christian monuments –
OOOOOOOOOOOO13. Unruley Children --
Early in earth’s history God created spiritual individuals to live on earth. We are not told how long life on earth was peaceful and pleasing to God. However, at some time, an archangel named Lucifer (as well as many other names) led a rebellion against God. We are told that he was of such a powerful-personality and leadership that he caused one third of all of the spiritual beings (you may call them angels) to decide to follow and worship him as God. This is described in Rev 12:4. [There, "stars" of heaven are sometimes called the "sons of God". A better translation would be “beings created by God.]
Describing the time before the rebellion, you will hear most preachers read Gen 1:1-2 and say, “In the beginning God created the Heavens and the earth and the earth was void and without form.” That is not what the ancient Hebrew manuscripts say! It is a verse preachers hear in a seminary lecture on Gen 1:1 through Gen 2:1. That sounds like God wanted to make an earth, so he wadded up a bunch of rocks and clay and liquid of some sort and formed a mushy, useless object. Think a minute. Did God ever create anything that did not have a well-considered shape? Quick answer – NO!
Look back at Gen 1:1 in the ancient Hebrew. Genesis 1:1 "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." There, two bodies are mentioned; the heaven and the earth. It simply stated a fact and left the time factor out. The verse did not say when they were created. Genesis- 1:2 "And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.." This is the English translation. The original Hebrew text reads "became without form...". The correct Hebrew translation from the Massoretic Hebrew text for the words, "without form" is "tohu-va bohu." “became without form.” So we see that the earth was not "created without form", but it "became [tohu] without form and void". This was God’s action following Satan’s rebellion – which caused a third of God’s children to follow him. From that time to today, there has been sin, violence, and unhappiness on earth.
In case that someone says, “Oh that can’t be! Please note the following: The verb in this sentence (Gen 1:2) is “hä-yä” and means: to become or to come to pass. [TWOT Ref: 491 and Strong’s H1961] [Hebrew word: הָיָה ] So, the earth was in excellent shape/condition before the voiding action took place. Why was the earth reformed? Answer: To wipe out the sinful conditions caused by the beings following Satan and starting a new system of life on the planet -- flesh beings. Again, why a reformed earth? Job 14:4 reminds us "Who can bring a clean [thing] out of an unclean? not one. No one!"
God announced that as flesh-life on His new earth continues "many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand: but the wise (in God's Word) shall understand." [Daniel 12:10] The bad times on earth will grow worse with time.
Five months before Christ returns to earth, Fallen Angels (Satan’s assigned supernatural-rulers of major land-masses of the earth) will appear on this planet. [In a figure-of-speech we are told: "And they (have) tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months." (Revelation 9:10)] [Back in verse five, God allowed them to work as scorpion work, to paralyze their prey and consume them.] They will have political rule over all who live on earth at that time.
Then, sometime close to the Last Day, Satan will be released to return to earth. ["And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Sa'-tan, which deceived the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels (soon made national rulers) were cast out with him." (Revelation 12:9)] Satan will rule his religious organization and a world-wide political organization for the last half of a five-month period, roughly two and one half months.
He will make most of the world's population believe he is the true Christ. He wants to be the Antichrist. In the Greek sense of the word, "Anti" means "in place of,” not “against.” “Anti” ([G0473], ἀντί , is a preposition meaning: instead of or in place of something .) Satan will tell his followers he is the true Christ and any others professing to be so are liars! This means he will not have a long pointed beard, be in a tight red outfit, have a tail, and lean on a pitchfork.
Satan is supernatural. He will perform acts that appear to be happenings that only the true Christ can produce. He will claim to be working to remove all hardship and misery from his followers. To the world's masses it will appear he is making the joyful, helpful changes he promised.
Then, after Satan is on earth 2 ½ months The true Christ will return to earth. The last "earth-ruled" day is over. The Antichrist will once more be bound and put away for a Millennium. God wins!
Teaching God’s Word and discipline is the purpose of the Millennium. Because of the great apostasy there will be more total lives saved out of the Millennium than during any other of earth’s days.
At the end of the Millennium Satan is released for a final short time. This is long enough for his remaining followers to join him. Then, poof! As Rev 19:20 tells us, “the false prophet that wrought miracles … deceived … (and) those have received the mark of the beast (Satan’s remaining followers)(will be) both … cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone." In an instant they will be gone – blotted out – soul and spirit -- forever!
To prove the point that no human is able to make 100%-accurate predictions, look at three famous people who are well known for predicting the future – Nostradamus, Jean Dixon (1960s and more), and Vincent Lopez (1945):
We have all heard of Nostradamus. His work is not understandable. If ten people read his words there are ten different opinions as to the meaning. So, let’s examine other prophets. Out of many published prophecies, very few have had a large percentage of accurate forecasts. Here are two who have “guessed” quite a few future “happenings”:
Jean Dixon – Her work is described in the book "A Gift of Prophecy, The Phenomenal Jean Dixon" by Ruth Montgomery, published in 1965. Jean had a vision that on February 5, 1962, a child was born in the Middle East, who would transform the world by year 2000, creating a unifying world religion, and bringing world peace. She saw a cross growing above this man, until it covered the whole earth. None of this came into being.
OK, one more! Vincent Lopez wrote "What's Ahead? A Musician's Prophecies of World Events." It was published in 1944. Some of the predictions in this book were accurate:
--Japan defeated in 1945.
--Russia would not fight against Japan in World War 2.
--India gaining independence in 1947-48.
Some of the misses were:
--By 1980, Japan, China, Russia and India "lined up together".
--A large meteor hits Europe in 1963, causing a major disaster.
--Retirement in the U.S. will usually be at age 45.
--There will be world prosperity!
True, the Bible does talk about the Last Days. It gives comfort that if you prepare for the Last Days and they appear while you are in the flesh on earth, you will live through it easier than do others. The Bible tells you to “prepare” and be alert for signs of the beginning of this period in world history.
Some people are heard to say, “When the Last Days appear on earth, believers in God will follow a road to safety. Others will travel the road to pain and suffering.” [Wow! Two paths allowed to exist by world rulers? I don’t think so!] Those speakers will continue, “That future life can be explained like a game of baseball! When those terrible times come, Non-believers-in-God will hit the ball and run to a first base –a base closer than normal and slightly to the Left. Believers will hit the ball and run to a first base at the normal distance and slightly to the Right! Non-Believers will easily get “picked off base” for an “out”.
There is big trouble with that line of thinking. In real baseball there is only one first base, one second base, one third base, and one home plate -- where the action begins. Forget the baseball analogy. Prepare for the five months or so of the End Times when Satan and his Enforcers (supernatural Fallen Angels) walk on earth.
In the future you can expect rough-stuff worse than the following report. In Feb 2010 two of the most liberal, widely read news sites called for violence against Republican party members for obstructing the radical agenda of President Barack Obama. CNN and Huffington Post have each published op-eds this week by regular contributors with headlines that explicitly call for Barack Obama to use violent gangland tactics against his political opponents.
CNN published a column by Roland Martin on 11 February 10 with the headline, Time for Obama to go 'gangsta' on GOP. Martin concluded the article with a plea for Obama to emulate the violent tactics of the Prohibition-era Chicago mob boss Al Capone.
The Huffington Post followed-up with their own call for gangland violence against Republicans with the publication on February 14 of a column by David Bourgeois with the title, Obama Better Start Breaking Kneecaps. Bourgeois concludes his article with this call for gangland violence: “ … (Y)ou've tried numerous times to talk with the Republicans, to negotiate, to meet them halfway on every single matter before the American people. But they hate you for many reasons. It's time you break kneecaps (bold in the original writing)”
When Americans study the politics of Israel and the feelings of a majority of American Jews concerning which U.S. political party they should support to give the most help to Israel, the American Left receives that “support”. Why? A book published in 2009 does an excellent job of giving the explanation. Why Are Jews Liberals? by Norman Podhoretz (A Jew himself) delivers a fair coverage of religion, politics, and history of this question on both sides of the Atlantic. The book is very nicely divided into two distinct sections of the "how" and "why” in terms of liberal Judaism.
The author’s personal switch from Left to Right occurred when he realized Israel's enemies not only resided on the Statist Left, but also that it was the pseudo-peaceniks who showed zero interest in Judaism or condemning anti-Semitism/anti-Zionism, and wrongly lent their time to the mundane, "feel good" topics of civil rights, integration, housing. They felt "Let Israel take care of itself. We will just use its name."
When the majority of Jews came to America, they aligned themselves with the Democratic Party because of its close resemblance to the disingenuous left-leaning Europeans (their “so-called friends” still today), who favored the emancipation of the Jews, but say “follow our advice.”
Podhoretz looks at Harry S. Truman as basically the last Zionist Democrat President. (FDR was not, JFK not so much either, LBJ “no way”.) During and after WWII Truman recognized Israel and thus won a great deal of Jewish support. It stayed at a high level. Their message continued to attract new Jewish immigrants to this country.
Podhoretz traces modern Democrat attitudes toward Israel as hostile, contrasting to Republican Attitudes about Israel. (aside from the occasional remnant of 1940s Isolationism by some on the Right) Eisenhower to Nixon to Reagan to Bush Jr., have supported Israel with great fervor since the Six-Day War in 1967.
Since 2008 the Hollywood Left has supports Democrat Obama, and Jewish people on the Left support Obama. Obama has made some unfriendly remarks about Israel. There are some people who said, "I don't understand. I thought Israel was a key thing to all Jewish people, still they support Obama!" You can tell those people, "Read Mr. Podhoretz's book, Why Are Jews Liberals?" Basically... It's more complicated than this … but, synthesize it down to one thing: Liberals are liberals first. They're partisans first, whatever else they are. If they're feminists, they're still liberals first. If they're animal rights nuts, they're liberals first. If they are the hoaxers of climate change and global warming, they are liberals or socialists first -- and the issues that they attach themselves to are simply their springboards, their jumping-off points for advancing liberalism and statism.
Leftists, no matter where they come from, are zealous adherents to a secular religion. While conservatives believe that only God is perfect (the Judeo-Christian ethos) and that each man can strive to be better in His image, the Left believes that humanity can be perfected. That perfection starts with the purity of Leftist intentions, but it takes a strong central government to do the “perfecting.” To “perfect” an all-encompassing equality of the citizens must come about. Left-leaders search for the "unfairly successful”, who must be brought down as the "oppressed masses" must be raised up. The Leftist intentions are made manifest by the cognoscenti via a top-down system, because each individual person cannot be trusted to stay Mr. & Mrs. Averagesouls. A top-down approach can best be implemented by an all-encompassing government that is the keeper and sustainer of perfection.
New author: David Brog's Standing with Israel, is about Evangelical support for the Jewish State. The author proves beyond a doubt the irony that Christian Zionists are truly Israel's most hated friends. Hated by persons of all religions or of no religion. This is another vital topic explaining why 80% of American Jews "don't see the big picture. They just repeat hand-me-down stories"
There is simply no evidence to connect the Christian Zionists' zeal for evangelism to take Jews away from their religion. (This argument presumes that Christians-- millions of them-- have agreed to a secret plan that they are now implementing, church by church across America, in order to harvest Jewish souls.) If this is true, why hasn't some turncoat leaked the memo to the press? MSNBC would run with that story. CNN would the next day.
The Left has a belief in managing a public “self-correcting to commonplace zero-sum systems”. The essence of all this is a clash-after-clash of religions. Those Jews who are liberal have therefore abandoned the teachings of Judaism and made God subservient to the tenants of their “leftist religion”.
In the Last Days Israel will remain, protecting itself. Evil forces will stand in and around the country.
People living in this region southwest of Jerusalem have been a thorn in the side of Adamic tribes since they failed to follow God’s command to enter the land and destroy all of the inhabitants. (Deut 20:16-18)
Israel took Gaza and territory around it and nearby Ashkelon, we are told in Judges 1:18, around the year 1433 B.C. Zech 9:5 records one of God’s commands: “Ashkelon shall see and fear; Gaza also, and be very sorrowful, and Ekron … and the king shall perish from Gaza, and Ashkelon shall not be inhabited.” A strip of land 20 miles long contains these three cities.
God ordered that all living in that land be killed. Many were killed. But, all were not put to death. As a result, the survivors and their descendants have caused bloodshed and misery to Adamic people from those days to the present time.
These were not "sit down and whine and give-up" people. By Goliath's time his people were in control of Gaza and adjoining land.
Gaza has great strategic importance to Palestinians. Without Gaza, Palestine would not have sea access, as the West Bank is land locked. In the early 1500's Gaza fell to the Ottomans who ruled it until 1799. All during that time the people of Gaza maintained close contacts with the Christian Europe, and then in 1799 Napoleon captured Gaza City.
In the early 1800s, Gaza was actually dominated by neighboring Egypt and by 1832 Egypt annexed Gaza, but later in the 1800's the Ottomans took it over again. A significant number Egyptians and their descendants remained in Gaza to escape the political turmoil.
Jews had lived in Gaza from antiquity, but in the 1929 Palestine riots, were forced out by the Arabs there. Following the riots the British prohibited Jews from living in Gaza. Some defied the British and Arabs and in 1946, re-established kibbutz Kfar Darom in central Gaza.
We know, of course, that British rule of Palestine ended with the UN mandated partition of Palestine into a Jewish state and an Arab state on May 15, 1948, and on that day the Arab-Israeli War began.
Egypt captured Gaza after the Israeli war of Independence in 1948. Soon afterwards, they turned Gaza into a virtual military base . Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister of Israel, did not pressure Nasser because at that time Ben-Gurion was new in office . It was thought in all quarters, from London to Paris, to Tel Aviv, that negotiations could be made with Nasser.
There was an incident involving Gaza 28 February 1955, in which the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) killed forty Egyptian soldiers. Egypt had previously consistently discouraged Palestinian infiltration into Israel, but following this incident, Egypt began to sponsor official Fedayeen and commando raids on Israel, whilst still discouraging "private" Palestinian infiltration of Israel. The new Israeli Chief of Staff, Moshe Dayan, pointed out repeatedly that as far back as 1950 Colonel Mustafaa Hafez sponsored Palestinian infiltration of Israel from Gaza .
A common feeling of residents of modern-day Israel are in these two recent Letters-to-the-Editor of the YNetNews Israeli newspaper:
“The Gazans should know: fire begets fire!”
(Signed:Anat / Hadera, Israel / 22 Nov 2009)
“Gaza advocates blaming Israel for protecting its young from
mass murdering by Islamist thugs.
(Signed: Geulah / Bar Giora, Israel / 22 Nov 2009)
Bin Laden's Al Qaeda organization (believed hiding him on or near the Afghan-Pakistan border in 2008) has long used the Israel-Palestine conflict as a cause célèbre in their fight against the West. Surely to his disappointment, the rival factions inside Gaza focus on battles with Israel rather than support Bin Laden's "Global Jihad".
Palestinian firemen try to extinguish a fire following an Israeli strike in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, 27 December 2008. The MSM around the world carried the story as Israel's military "picking" on a poor community. Israel was responding to missiles launched at them from central Gaza.        [Hatem Omar/maanImages]
Violence, rocket-fire, and killing will be in and around Gaza until the Last Days.
The purchasing power of citizens of those nations becomes less each day. The hour of reckoning is fast approaching. With each passing the day no easy answer seems anywhere at hand. You're begging the question if you claim there actually is a harmless solution.
An obvious sign of growing world economic problems is presented courtesy of years of bad economic policies including “sovereign bail-outs” by the major nations around the globe.
What is Greece’s problem? Greek interest rates went WAY DOWN when they became part of the Euro. Obviously that created an economic boom. That gave Greece and their neighbors a feeling of prosperity. Well, prosperity with distortions. Now the large Greek unions, etc. do not want to pay for the benefits they received. Now a nation-wide recession. Would you buy a Greek government bond? The Greek government moans, “Believe us, we will pay you!”
Germany is the world's #2 exporter, behind China now, hanging onto gold reserves, is maintaining some degree of prosperity. Germany seems to be starting a “stall” in Feb 2010.
"The United Nations panel on climate change is facing fresh criticism … as The Sunday Telegraph reveals new factual errors and poor sources of evidence in its influential report to government leaders. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) report is supposed to be the world’s most authoritative scientific account of the scale of global warming.” But this paper discovered a series of new flaws in it including: The publication of inaccurate data, claims based on information in press releases, and newsletters columns. Recently new examples of false information -- statements based on under-grad student papers. In other words, the IPCC put in their report to governmental leaders and the MSM around world “climate change assertions” that were statements based on papers that students wrote, two of them which were unpublished. These were not even doctoral candidate students. These were not doctoral thesis!
More examples: An IPCC’s panel had wrongly reported that more than half of the Netherlands was below sea level. This is because it had failed to check information supplied by a Dutch government agency.
India has pulled out of this IPCC panel because what was reported about the Himalayan glaciers was all wrong. They're going to appoint their own glaciologist study team to check. Heck with the United Nations! It just gets worse and worse and worse.
Back to “deception”. Why has it taken three years for all of these errors to be noticed? Three years! This was 2007 when the bogus thing came out and was spread around the world!
On another story the UK Sunday Times ran a story "Africagate: Top British Scientist Says UN panel is Losing Credibility." "The most important is a claim that global warming could cut rain-fed north African crop production by up to 50% by 2020.” A remarkably short time for such a dramatic change.
And once again, you can’t help but ask why is it that we have to turn to the British press to get these kinds of stories? Are there no investigative journalists left in the USA? For this very reason, note that British newspapers are not going out of business like so many are here in the United States. Is there any correlation?
Be quick enough to identify their “me first” tactics and voice opposition. Urge the public to stay away from government’s whirlpool of unhealthy behaviors. Run, don’t walk, away from any state of affairs that grows off of negative laws of economics. Many, many folks are adrift on an ocean of pretentiousness and it will take more than you or me to urge them to see where they are headed and where this country is headed.