How does the Tribulation begin? I was surprised to hear a pretty well-informed Christian answer that question by saying, “with the Rapture.”
The Bible is very clear: the Tribulation officially kicks off when Israel signs a seven-year peace treaty with the Antichrist.
I see a lot of things very clearly now. The world wants the beast to come much the way that I long for Messiah Jesus to come. The world is pushing and pressing and manipulating and demagoguging and slandering as much as it can to prepare the way for the false messiah who will lead them to the ideological future of their dreams.
They don’t realize that the invariable result of the political and economic future they dream of is the closes thing one can get to literal hell on earth. That is because “Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t
believe” (2 Corinthians 4:4). Reason is becoming increasingly possible because the truth is foolishness to the unbelieving mind (1 Corinthians 1:18). “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,” God has told us in Romans 1:22. And God has begun to fulfill His Word that “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and discard the intelligence of the intelligent” (1 Corinthians 1:19).
Human beings have been tainted and perverted by sin. The Scriptures tell us that over and over again. All kinds of evidences and experiments show that human senses do NOT necessarily lead us to truth. And that truth is even more true when it comes to the ideas of our minds. All of the many “-isms,” such as Marxism or communism or socialism or fascism or existentialism or nihilism or pretty much whatever “-ism” you want to name, not only do not bring you to truth, and not only take you further away from the truth, but literally anesthetize and even inoculate us from being able to possibly see the world as it really is.
Do you want to know how we can see reality as it really, truly is? We endeavor to see it as God sees it. And we can do that by reading God’s Word and reshaping and reordering our minds to align with the Kingdom of God rather than the sinful nature of man. When you look at the world through the lens or prism of Scripture, then and then alone can you begin to see reality as it truly is.
But secular humanists will not do that. They will do ANYTHING but that, in fact. They will NOT see the world the way the God who created it sees it. They do not want to see God and they do not want to see reality the way God sees it. Rather, they believe that the can create their OWN reality and replace our reality with the one that they have fabricated through their theories and their narratives. The result is something that I have said many times on this blog: the secular humanist left have become the stupidest people on the face of the earth through sheer brute force of their wills. They WILL NOT see, accept, or understand the real world; rather, they are as determined as their ultimate master, Satan, to impose their own reality by whatever means seem to work for them.
They will not see that the very actions they take to fabricate their Utopia (ignoring the brute fact of history that EVERY SINGLE SOCIALIST UTOPIA HAS GONE WILDLY WRONG) will cause the hell on earth that the Bible warned us of – as epitomized in “the people’s” upcoming decision to elect the Antichrist as their world leader.
Hal Lindsey put it this way back in 1973:
It’s once again very important for us to realize that the Book of Revelation is John’s firsthand account of what he saw and experienced when he was taken up into heaven. How difficult it must have been for him with his first-century orientation to find adequate descriptive words to verbalize the incredible things he viewed! Even fifty years ago the things described in the Book of Revelation were so far beyond our comprehension that no one dreamed they could happen apart from some supernatural assistance.
Now such things as John described are not only possible, but could happen within thirty minutes! There are already enough nuclear-tipped missiles on station and ready for launching to do everything predicted in this chapter [chapter 8 of Revelation]. Dr. W.H. Pickering of Cal Tech confirmed this when he warned, “In half an hour the East and the West could destroy civilization.”
Although it is possible for God to supernaturally pull off every miracle in the Book of Revelation and use totally unheard-of means to do it, I personally believe that all the enormous ecological catastrophes described in this chapter are the direct result of nuclear weapons. In actuality, man inflicts these judgments on himself. God simply steps back and removes His restraining influence from man, allowing him to do what comes naturally out of his sinful nature. In fact, if the Book of Revelation had never been written, we might well predict these very catastrophes within fifty years or less! — Hal Lindsey, There’s A New World Coming, pp. 114-115
Man does this to himself. Man chooses it. Man does it. Man votes for it. Man elects it. And we even find that: man cheers for it and even that man worships it.
The official kick-off to the Tribulation is Israel signing a covenant with the Antichrist. And man will very much push Israel into that step.
The past 64 years, since Israel became a nation, Israel has had one or two allies with the rest of the world increasingly isolated against her. But one of those allies was mighty America, and none of Israel’s enemies could defeat her with her great ally protecting her.
That period ended in 2008 when America voted for Barack Hussein Obama. And America reaffirmed its choice earlier this month when it said that it wanted more of what Obama’s spiritual guide for 23 years prophetically called “God damn America.”
Israel is now more isolated than it has EVER been.
Israel is forced to contemplate an invasion of Gaza for the same reason it had to do so a few years ago: because Palestinian terrorists are launching hundreds of missiles that could land damn near ANYWHERE and which force a complete shutdown of Israeli society. Such an indiscriminate attack against innocent civilians would be decried and condemned by the world if anyone else did it TO anyone else, but it is the Arab world viciously attacking Israel, and so the elite talking heads pooh-pooh the violence while reserving their condemnation against Israel. An article from the generally leftist Daily Beast from when this last happened in 2009 proves what I’m arguing:
Israel has never been more isolated. Its best friend, the United States, had vetoed 41 Security Council resolutions condemning Israel in the past three decades, but was about to vote for the Jan. 8 resolution denouncing the attack on Gaza when President Bush intervened, at the behest of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Still, in the face of unprecedented global criticism, the U.S. didn’t dare veto, but merely abstained. Europe, never Israel’s close ally, erupted in near unanimous outrage over Gaza, with fits of anti-Semitic violence in France, Sweden and Belgium. [...]
The current rocket attack is nothing new. Arabs hate Israelis and love murdering their citizens and their children. When they run out of rockets to fire at Israel, they demand a cease fire that prevents Israel from destroying the weapons that the terrorists will stockpile for the NEXT surprise attack against Israel’s people. The terrorists stockpile and fire their rockets in dense population centers in homes and schools and hospitals counting on the fact that Israel will have to kill women and children to destroy the rockets that would otherwise be used to try to kill Jewish women and children. The world that could frankly care less if Jewish women and children are murdered are outraged that Palestinian women and children are being killed. It doesn’t matter if those Palestinian children are being killed because Palestinian terrorists are putting rockets in their cribs. And so the world demands that the Arabs get their cease fire so they can stockpile more weapons and start the war again. Over and over and over, as needed, until Israel is gone. This vile game is called “international diplomacy.”
Israelis believed that Bush was pro-Israel to the tune of 88% affirming that statement. When only 6% of Israelis view Obama as being “pro-Israel,” if you have eyes to see and ears to hear you understand that Obama’s election left Israel more isolated.
Further, the last time Israel was bombarded with rockets, Egypt was an ally that was firmly on Israel’s side. Today the new Muslim Brotherhood terrorist president of Egypt has openly sided with the enemies of Israel and has passively allowed the Palestinians to use Egypt as a conduit for their rocket arsenal - with said rockets manufactured in Iran – so they can keep trying to murder more Jews and provoke a reaction from Israel knowing that the world will condemn Israel.
An Associated Press reporter named Matthew Lee bravely called attention to the fact that Barack Obama is inherently useless and weak in actually standing up for Israel in ANY meaningful way and exposed the true cowardice that is the core of Obama:
But the American people voted for a president who would turn his back on Israel in true time of need.
Iran WILL get nuclear weapons. America voted for that on November 6th. The Iranian leadership knows with certainty that Barack Hussein Obama will NEVER order a massive military attack against Iran. Iran knows that it is 16,275,183,000,000 percent free to continue working on their goal of Armageddon and Obama will do nothing but offer rhetoric and meaningless sanctions to prevent what will now necessarily happen.
And allow me to cite the source that affirms that Obama’s sanctions have been completely ineffective just in case you are fool enough to believe that Obama was being honest with you:
Iran nuclear work at constant pace despite sanctions – IAEA
By Alexandria Sage and Fredrik Dahl | Reuters – November 20, 2012
PARIS/VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran is enriching uranium at a constant pace and international sanctions aimed at making Tehran suspend the activity are having no visible impact, the U.N. nuclear watchdog chief said in unusually blunt remarks on Tuesday.
The point made by Yukiya Amano, director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, reinforced the view of many analysts that increased Western economic pressure on Iran has failed to make it change its nuclear course. [...]
So the only way to stop Iran is war. But Obama won’t go to war. And Iran knows full damn well Obama won’t go to war to stop them from threatening the existence of Israel. Therefore Iran will have nuclear weapons and Iran will also have the means to deliver those weapons much sooner than the Obama administration has claimed.
Israel is being pushed and prodded and forced into the arms of Antichrist. And Israel will ultimately do what the world wants and sign that peace covenant so that hell on earth may officially begin.
America will soon be getting what it most dearly yearns for: it will get to worship the beast and take his mark.