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An often-overlooked sign of End times
It’s happening right before our eyes but I haven’t heard others mention it yet. Jesus gave a lot of signs that He said would help us recognize we’re in the last generation before Christ returns. You have heard of all these signs in Matthew 24 and Luke 21. You know, like the nation of Israel existing again in the Middle East, of worldwide pandemics that will keep happening and getting worse each time, like endless wars and rumors of more wars coming, powerful earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, plus the stage being set for the final world-ruling government before Christ returns. Each of those and many more are worthy of a blog or sermon all by themselves.
Not the topic of this blog, but just to be aware: scientists have just discovered a LOT more magma (molten rock) under Yellowstone than was ever imagined. This means when it does erupt, it will be far, far more explosive and destructive than thought. We’re also assured it’s not about to erupt, so go about your daily chores, they say, and we’re told not to worry about it. Just be aware of Yellowstone though. An eruption there would have disastrous impact on the USA and Canada especially – and around the world.
Also, I’m reading that Israel finally HAS at least FIVE red heifers, which would be needed to purify the temple and priests. This is also happening now. And as you read this, certified priests from the lineage of Aaron are being trained in all functions of priesthood, as they prepare for the long-anticipated Third Temple in Jerusalem. Or at least these priests will be able to offer sacrifices on an altar there. And my wife and I have personally seen all the instruments of temple service already produced in and through the Temple Institute. You can Google that. Even the golden menorah has long been created and is sitting there – waiting for that temple.
But even all that is not what I’m focusing on today. There’s ONE sign that I never hear about as a SIGN and often gets overlooked.
When God sends his Two Witnesses of Revelation 11, the whole world will watch their ministry and their martyrdom by “the Beast” power that comes out of the bottomless pit (that’s another topic). The whole world will watch them be killed and will be jubilant. Let’s read it and really grasp what has to happen first for this to be fulfilled. And why is it exciting?
“When they [the two witnesses] finish their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit will make war against them, overcome them, and kill them. 8 And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.
9 Then those from the peoples, tribes, tongues, and nations will see their dead bodies three-and-a-half days, and not allow their dead bodies to be put into graves. 10 And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them, make merry, and send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth.
11 Now after the three-and-a-half days the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them. 12 And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, "Come up here." And they ascended to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies saw them. 13 In the same hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell. In the earthquake seven thousand people were killed, and the rest were afraid and gave glory to the God of heaven.
Notice some very important points:
*** the Two Witnesses are killed and lie in the streets of Jerusalem “where our Lord was crucified.”(verse 8).
*** It appears that EVERYONE around the whole world will SEE them (verse 9) killed, and their dead bodies lying on the streets of Jerusalem. When John wrote this, he probably was wondering what that could mean.
*** These two Witnesses proclaim and cause plagues to affect the whole earth, not just Israel, not just Jerusalem (v. 10). So everyone, everywhere around the world – except God’s children who are led by His spirit – are upset with them.
Then God resurrects them – and once again everyone around the WORLD is watching this happen, in real time, as it happens.
Here’s my point: Even as I write this, this prophecy STILL cannot happen, but that is rapidly changing. For even at this very minute, there are still many spots around the globe, even in our own country, where one cannot receive internet signals or have a reliable connection. But that’s rapidly changing.
Elon Musk is launching into space orbit many thousands of satellites all around the globe so every village, every spot on earth, and everyone can see anything happening anywhere else in the world. What they call his constellation of satellites is known as Starlink. His most recent SpaceX launch released 53 more satellites.
The prophecy of Revelation 11 – that every eye could actually see what’s happening in Jerusalem – STILL, even now, late December 2022, could not happen just yet, but that’s rapidly changing. We’re almost there.
This is very exciting because everyone in the world being able to watch events in Jerusalem is one more indication we’re in the prophesied very end-time events finally coming to pass.
Wikipedia says this: Starlink is a satellite internet constellation operated by SpaceX, providing satellite Internet access coverage to 40 countries. It also aims for global mobile phone service after 2023. SpaceX started launching Starlink satellites in 2019.Wikipedia
Check it out on https://www.starlink.com. Here’s what they say:
“Elon Musk’s SpaceX is developing a low latency, broadband internet system to meet the needs of consumers across the globe. Enabled by a constellation of low Earth orbit satellites, Starlink will provide fast, reliable internet to populations with little or no connectivity, including those in rural communities and places where existing services are too expensive or unreliable.”
It's NOT all up and running yet, but be watching this news from SpaceX or from a competitor. There are many competitors. Starlink already has more than 3,000 functioning low-orbit satellites overhead. He plans on 12,000 satellites soon, and eventually 40,000. But, Starlink is operational only in 40 countries worldwide so far, so there’s still a lot to do – but again, Elon Musk is sending up dozens of these satellites constantly.
But when I heard this news, I got excited because NEVER BEFORE NOW could it be said that it was even possible that everyone in the world could watch something happening in Jerusalem. Though there’s a lot of internet already up around the world, it’s still not 100% feasible yet. But soon will be.
This news is simply one more indication of how close we are to seeing our Redeemer and his mighty angels returning in the clouds above to come and gather you and the rest of his elect to Him. Even that event will be watched by everyone.
The world, in the meantime, is becoming more and more dangerous, evil and perverted. This is overly upsetting some of you. Please be sure to listen to a new audio sermon I’m posting in mid-December 2022 on “How we should be reacting to End Time Events” – to world conditions, to news about how dangerous the world has become, and realizing it’s all very likely coming down to the last few years soon. Should we be afraid? Should we be upset? Should we lose sleep over it all? Please listen to that new teaching.
It's all coming together quickly. How exciting! And yes, COME Lord (Revelation 22:20). And Father, please send your Son back soon. May your kingdom come and your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
What you have posted in this blog is very true Philip. May God fully open our eyes to clearly see and understand what's happening leading Christ's return! George Otieno Owato, Kenya Minister
It is exciting to see how current events align with scriptural prophecies. As believers, it is important to keep in mind that while we may see signs pointing towards the end times, we must always be prepared for the return of Christ and live according to His teachings.
In Matthew 24, Jesus talks about the signs of the end of the age, including wars, earthquakes, and pandemics, and Luke 21 also mentions similar events. It's worth studying these passages in more depth and keeping an eye on current events that may align with them.
In Revelation 11, we see the prophecy of the Two Witnesses who will be killed and their bodies left in the streets of Jerusalem, an event that will be seen by people around the world. This passage highlights the importance of the Witnesses' testimony and the impact they will have on the world.
We must also remember that while we may see these events unfold, it is not for us to know the exact timing of Christ's return. As Jesus said in Matthew 24:36, "No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father." Our focus should always be on living a life that is pleasing to God, spreading His message and being prepared for His return.
In summary, It's important to have knowledge of these passages and be aware of the signs, but in my opinion we must always focus on Living a life that is pleasing to God, spreading His message and being prepared for His return. That is the most important thing.
What an eye-opening blog. Thanks Philip for this blog. It a timely message for us. We need to watch and pray for the time is so very near.