… for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. (1 Thessalonians 5:2-3 NIV)

First, I do not consider myself a pessimist or a doom-and-gloom type. I have the blessed hope that comes through Christ. I’m a believer in God’s absolute sovereignty, and as such I am a student of prophecy. Since early on, I’ve liked history, psychology and been interested in the world around me. My favorite pastime is Sunday’s New York Times crossword puzzle.

Put this all together and you have a man who attempts to solve what God will do next. I have been wrong more than right. God’s ways are not our ways. His thoughts are not my thoughts, but I press on to know the mind of Christ.

Since the enemy is God’s puppet, I believe it is easier to know his schemes. He is relentless in his efforts to gain control of nations such as the U.S.  Never has the world or America been more at risk. I am not a prophet nor am I the son of a prophet. I study them and have written about them (ex. The Prophets of God). I do not claim prophet status, but if I was the enemy, I would see this as a prime time to strike.

America is splintered into factions. It has a weakened military and is in a critical transition period. There is perhaps a thirty-day window where the transfer of power from out-going president, Mr. Obama, to the incoming, Mr. Trump, is at its most vulnerable. Though Mr. Obama is leaving office, he remains the president until January 20th, seven weeks away.  In terms of what they project, Mr. Trump projects a strength Mr. Obama lacks. If I was the enemy, I would launch an all-out attack while Mr. Obama serves as Commander-in-Chief.

On the other side of the ocean, America’s enemies have had decades to develop their alliances and fortify their arsenals. They have used their resources to modernize their weapons systems and to formulate a strategy.

If I was the enemy within, I’d launch my attack at winter’s onset–that’s now. I would knock out heat, electricity (the power grid) and communications, cripple transportation, and then I would contaminate the water supply.

If I was the enemy, I would marshal ISIS members who’ve entered as Middle Eastern refugees, along with the radicalized Jihadists already here. I would free the incarcerated, mobilize the anarchists, anti-Christians, the anti-Trump and America-hater crowd, and incite them to loot, neutralize law-enforcement and set fires. I would do all in my power to induce chaos and wide-spread fear.

You probably got the picture?

Nothing short of national repentance will save America. I see little sign of that happening; not from the top down, or, for that matter, from the bottom up.

I do not have inside knowledge. I haven’t hacked any emails but I realize America’s destruction would have a ominous impact on the world. So, if I was the enemy, I would not let this opportunity pass. But, if I was the enemy, I have God pulling my strings and you know what that means.

But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled. (1 Thessalonians 5:4-6)

When such a person hears the words of this oath, he invokes a blessing on himself and therefore thinks, “I will be safe, even though I persist in going my own way.” This will bring disaster on the watered land as well as the dry. The LORD will never be willing to forgive him; his wrath and zeal will burn against that man. All the curses written in this book will fall upon him, and the LORD will blot out his name from under heaven. (Deuteronomy 29:19-21 NIV)

In C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the four Pevensie children found themselves in the mysterious land of Narnia. There they discovered a pair of talking animals, Mr. and Mrs. Beaver.  Intent on learning about Narnia’s curse where it is always winter but never Christmas, Mr. Beaver began to describe his hope in Aslan:

“Aslan is a lion-the Lion, the great Lion,” “Ooh,” said Susan. “I’d thought he was a man. Is he–quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion”…”Safe?” said Mr. Beaver… “Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you?”

To speak of Aslan without awe was to speak from ignorance. To suggest that he might be safe was, to Mr. Beaver, the height of folly. Aslan was full of virtue and goodness–but was he safe? Absolutely not! He’s the King! Since when are great king’s safe?

In America, after seventeen successive months of record-breaking gun and ammunition sales, November post-election purchases are reported down. Boosting the nearly year-and-a-half buying spree was anxiety over a “President Clinton” in Washington. Some of her “not for the general public” comments contributed to a belief Mrs. Clinton would challenge the constitutional right to bear arms. For a large segment of the U.S. population, privately-owned weapons provides a feeling of safety and security.

Now that it appears the nation elected a leader other than Mrs. Clinton, her side is expressing their high-anxiety. Claims that Trump is a racist, sexist, anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, xenophobe have saturated much of the media. Anger mixed with fear is directed at the election winner as thousands voice their fear of a President Trump.

The insanity behind the insecurity is the convoluted thought people have about safety. Apart from Christ all peace is a false peace. Guns or friends in high places are not the answer. Identifying with the strong or bringing down powerful leaders are vain pursuits. There is no security in oligarchy or anarchy. Riches and technology don’t make us safe or why would the wealthy seek a walled underground fail-safe neighborhood?

According to Deuteronomy 29 (above) safety is an illusion for those choosing sin over obedience. Professing faith in God yet living like He tolerates evil is a dangerous path. By slandering and attributing evil to a fellow believer (“racist”, “Hitler”, “sexist”, “homophobe”, etc.), invites God’s judgment (James 4:11-12). (Trump and Clinton have stated they are Christians. The risk of angering God by slandering one of His own should silence us.) Is it because people mistakenly believe God is safe that they would chance repeating a lie? Fear God. Know what happens to liars (Revelation 21:8).

Just as there are false threats of violence, there are vain promises of security. In coming days, the forces of evil will attract uninformed Christians with the delusion they offer “peace and safety” (1 Thessalonians 5:3). For the godless, there is terror on every side.

No matter where we live, our only hope for shelter in a time of storm is Jesus. Saying we know the Lord, does not mean we are safe? By no means! He’s the King! Safe from hate and violence we’re not, but to people of good will and to all who love and fear Him, our God is a rock and refuge. Safe am I in the hollow of His hand.

“This is what the LORD says–your redeemer who formed you in the womb: I am the LORD, who has made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself, who foils the signs of false prophets and makes fools of diviners, who overthrows the learning of the wise and turns it into nonsense, who carries out the words of his servants and fulfills the predictions of his messengers.” (Isaiah 44:24-26 NIV)

With America’s election still on our mind, during breakfast my friend and mentor described a hand-out he received. It was passed on to him and his fellow church board members by his pastor. Catching his attention–then mine also–was the title “Destroy a Church in 4 Simple Steps” by Tim Challies. From the article, friend Dave received a revelation: The four steps that ruin churches are ruining our nation.

Briefly, the four steps Challies cites are: Reject truth; reject truth tellers, embrace false teachers and embrace false doctrine. If this does not describe the current charged political atmosphere, what does?  Rejecting Scripture, then persecuting those who stand on Christian principles, has raised its ugly head. Examples of Christians fined and persecuted for their faith are many–and grows daily. Odd to say that for a nation founded on Christian morality and religious freedom.

What will cause more fear from the news media than a politician who declares they follow Jesus? The same is true for those who exhibit common sense. Currently, illegals flood the U.S.’s southern border at the rate of 1500 per day. In politics to suggest immigration laws presently on the books should be enforced, is to be a racist and anti-immigrant. For those who reject truth and truth tellers alike, voicing opposition to their ideas is an act of war .

In politics false prophets are embraced as they are often in the church. Secretary Clinton was a prophet, as was President-elect Trump. The cult of personality is such that whatever she or he said or did was right. To her friends, doctrines Mrs. Clinton promoted were unquestioned. When she went down in defeat, it was because dark forces stole her destiny. Anger spilled over into the streets. Would the same reaction have occurred had Mr. Trump lost? Doubtful, because his side did not feel entitled nor were they as certain of victory. The cultist aspects of today’s politics is proof positive that it indeed is spiritual.

Is the tide of ruin in America temporarily halted? If the four simple steps destroying the country’s churches continues unabated, then there is no remedy. It is a contradiction for a Christian to reject truth, reject truth tellers, embrace false prophets and false doctrines. Whenever the cult of personality invades the church, as it has politics, then the death spiral begins. Paul wrote: “Follow me as I follow Christ.” Following human leaders without using critical thinking will culminate in the religious worshiping the beast.

Since all politics is spiritual, standing firm in the truth of God’s Word while denying everything opposed to Christ, offers the world its only hope of salvation.

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. (2 Peter 3:9-10a NIV)

In the months before America voted, a few election and post-election scenarios came to mind. I did not foresee the victory the political size and scope of last Tuesday’s election for Donald Trump and the members of his party, but I did expect civil unrest would follow, regardless the winner. So much for America’s tradition of the peaceful transfer of power.

For a candidate pledging a long list of changes, the sea has parted for President-elect Trump. Despite upset predictions, his party controls both houses of congress, as well as a solid majority of state legislatures. The country has spoken. The door of opportunity has swung wide open. Will it be squandered is the question.

Israel had a history of squandering opportunities. God promised to give them Canaan but the people rebelled (Numbers 14). Forty years of wandering later, they received another chance to take their inheritance. With the Lord ahead of them, the Amorites, Jebusites, Hivites and others were no match. Still they squandered the opportunity to drive out all the tribes, allowing some to remain (cf. Judges 1:21, 27-34).

“Yet you have disobeyed me. Why have you done this? Now therefore I tell you that I will not drive them out before you; they will be thorns in your sides and their gods will be a snare to you [my emphasis].”

When the angel of the LORD had spoken these things to all the Israelites, the people wept aloud, and they called that place Bokim [weepers].  (Judges 2:2b-5)

Across the country, in churches, homes, or on the social network, Christians gathered to pray on election-eve. God’s people humbled themselves and sought His face. Those who asked for mercy received mercy.

President-elect Trump is an unlikely figure to lead a moral revolution. Yet, it appears from his appointments and rumored appointments that he wants to be surrounded by able, outside-the-box thinking, God-fearers.

Before the election, the chant “Drain the swamp” echoed through the crowd at Trump rallies. With a respected Christian as his vice-president, and now head of the transition team, the way is clear to rid the swamp of its thorns and snares. The enemy knows what’s at stake. Perhaps this explains the hate being spewed in Mr. Trump’s direction .

Winning the election was not the objective for Trump supporters. Prayers in Jesus’ name were offered to grant America another chance to be a light to the nations. If no return to righteousness, how can we expect economic and other reforms?

What should we expect if those now entrusted with power do not move boldly to alter the nation’s downward path? What if we ignore this divine act of mercy? What if our resolve fails? Expect weeping. God forbid that we as a people squander this undeserved opportunity?

“It is mine to avenge; I will repay. In due time their foot will slip; their day of disaster is near and their doom rushes upon them.” (Deuteronomy 32:35 NIV)

The Lord is patient with us. It is His will that none perish but all might come to repentance (cf. 2 Peter 3:9). Does God enjoy destroying the wicked? The Lord asks this in a rhetorical way in Ezekiel 18.

“Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked?” declares the Sovereign LORD. “Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live?” (18:23)

No, the Lord does not find pleasure in laying waste of that which he created. Yes, He is delighted when the wicked change their mind about sin. God revisits this in verse 31.

Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit. Why will you die,  O house of Israel? For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign LORD. Repent and live! (18:31-32)

Our God is reluctant to take vengeance, so he asks “Why will you die?” If we see His patience as an  opportunity to repent, we will live. If not, we will experience His righteous anger.

As an adolescent, I became a challenge for some teachers. My sixth through eighth grade teachers would call me to the front of the class or take me into the hall then paddle my behind. I deserved every bit of it.

When I turned high school age, things changed in the discipline department. Paddling was the job of our senior-high principal, J. Paul Jones. It wasn’t slam, bang and let’s move on anymore. My disruption was met with banishment to the principal’s office.

Sitting, knowing how much the spanking was going to hurt, was mental torture. Waiting for Mr. Jones to take care of his other business and tend to whipping my butt was intolerable. Had he shown his face, I would have begged him to get done what he had to do. But I waited.

Had I used the wait as an opportunity to contemplate the error of my ways, it may have proven valuable. Perhaps then a paddling wouldn’t have been necessary. Our principal–being the good man he was–did not delight in inflicting pain.  He spanked to send a message: “Students who give their teachers problems will get what Finkbeiner got.”

Deep down, I doubt if there’s a mature American who doesn’t believe we have something serious coming. If we agree with the premise, then we are waiting in the office. When the wait is over, God will dispense with the unpleasantness. The Lord, indeed, will avenge.

The problem is most have never had the paddling they’ve had coming. We think God isn’t allowed to spank or unwilling to take us to the wood shed. Read your Bible. Study the prophets. See, after many warnings, what God did to Israel and Judah. It should send shivers down our spine.

I recall but one trip to the principal’s office. I mended my foolish ways and began to actually learn from my teachers. I finished well and enrolled in a college with solid academic standards. I never gave John Paul Jones the credit he had coming.

It all could have been avoided–the principal’s paddling I mean. We will not escape all the consequences, but we can avoid God’s wrath by confessing our sin and turning from it.

Our nation is in for a horrible whipping. Leaders have no clue what’s coming or they would declare their fear of God and repent. A series of little spankings has not worked. Many think America’s November 8th election will prevent the punishment we deserve. A major painful event from heaven is overdue, one which most seem to be oblivious.

We can experience God’s vengeance and perish with the wicked or we can choose to repent, thank God for his discipline, and live. What are you waiting for?

After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up [Greek, “harpazo”] together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore, encourage one another with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:17-18 NIV)

Above we have the conclusion of the classic rapture passage in prophecy (1 Thess. 4:13-18). What’s missing? Not trying to be funny; I am not referring to the saints but rapture is missing. The word “rapture” is absent from Paul’s teaching on “the rapture”. (Make sense? Let me explain.)

You may already be aware that “rapture” is not in your Bible, that is unless you read the Latin Vulgate (ca. 500 A.D.)  Rapture, like many other English words, is borrowed from the Latin raptureo, translated from the N.T. Greek harpazo (cf. Matthew 11:12, Acts 8:39, Revelation 12:5, et. al.) (See Rapture is Not Resurrection, Part One, posted, August 9, 2015.)

Other Greek words actually contained in the New Testament and relevant texts provide depth and additional information on 1 Thessalonians 4:17-18, such as paralambano (cf. John 14:3. et. al.), episunagoge and anafero (cf. Luke 24:51, Acts 1:9).

There are two major problems with “a one-word-fits-all approach” using “rapture”: First, it discourages students from reviewing relevant Biblical parallels; therefore, they miss the full details of a key prophetic event that Scripture provides (cf. Matthew 24:29-31). Lastly, neglecting to explore the synonyms and parallels paves the way for definitions tailor-made by humans to fit their preferred theological systems. In other words, we don’t get the whole truth.

Pre-Tribulation Rapture (PTR) teaching has taken the ownership of “rapture”–as they have defined it. That’s not all; they also attach the “Christian Truth” label. However, the PTR definition of “rapture” as “taken up to escape tribulation as a simultaneous event with the resurrection of the church” will not stand the test of Biblical accuracy. Those ardently defending “any moment rapture” have drawn an inference from verses they have taken out of context (ex. Matthew 24:36, 1 Corinthians 15:51-52).

In this blog’s “Current Events” section, Elijah posted, October 10th, (“The Days of Awe”).  He argues that God’s pattern is to display his power and sovereignty through “appointed days” or “set times” (sp. Fall Holy Days of Israel). The Lord does this to fulfill his purposes (Galatians 4:4-5). Times and seasons are, therefore, revealed to the wise. The foolish will miss what was right in front of them and add things that were never there.

“Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel–all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and all whose mouths have not kissed him.” (1 Kings 19:18 NIV)

In the time of the prophet Elijah, not all of Israel were Israelites by faith. Among those living under the reigning Ahab and Jezebel, there remained a corps of Yahovah believers. They had not bowed to Baal idols neither had their lips kissed him. One might say they were the true Israel within Israel. In those times, if one was searching for what an Israelite was supposed to be, the greatest opportunity for finding one would be within Israel.

The same goes for a Christian. Though not guaranteed, the best place to look for a genuine Christ follower is within a church.

The Son of God’s blazing eyes of fire fell upon the church in Thyatira (Revelation 2:18-29). (They also gaze upon Christ’s church today.) Thyatira’s works were commendable. The Lord recognized their good deeds, but all was not well. Jesus had something against them; the church gave Jezebel (a woman who called herself a prophet) a place of prominence.

Just as Queen Jezebel led Israel into idolatry, her evil likeness was at it again in Thyatira. Her history of persuading God’s servants to engage in sexual immorality and to eat food sacrificed to idols had resurfaced. Jezebel’s ways were beyond repentance.

When the Lord’s grace period expired, Jezebel’s followers would join her on her bed of intense suffering. Her children would be stricken dead (2:21-23).

It is not ours but the Lord’s to avenge. He separates the wheat from the chaff. Not all in the church (the wheat) are the church (the kernel).

“Now I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, to you who do not hold to her teaching and have not learned Satan’s so-called deep secrets (I will not impose any other burden on you); Only hold on to what you have until I come.” (2:24-25)

Elijah thought he alone remained faithful (1 Kings 19:14). When believers swim against the tide of a godless culture, it is difficult to spot others who are also struggling.It may seem as if there is no one righteous, not even one; or there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. It may seem that all have turned away, they have together become worthless or that there is no one who does good, not even one (cf. Romans 3:10-12). Yet God has preserved a remnant in Israel who have not kissed the Baals.

Is the Lord finished with a church that tolerates Jezebel or holds to Balaam’s teaching (Rev. 2:14)? Is the Lord finished with America or North Korea or the Muslim world? While grace is extended, within these spheres a righteous remnant exists. Despite their difficulties, like Antipas (Greek = against all), they will remain true to Jesus’ name (2:13).

We do not have to renounce our faith even if we reside where Satan has his throne.  We do not have to yield to wickedness or fear persecution–as many in the church will do (Matthew 24:9-13). Eventually the cream rises to the top. So there is a Church within a church. With time and hardship, it will all be revealed.

The word of the LORD came to me: “Son of man, you are living among a rebellious people. They have eyes to see but do not see and ears to hear but do not hear, for they are a rebellious people. (Ezekiel 12:1-2 NIV)

How can prophetic truth be so distorted or misunderstood by so many who boast that they love Scripture? “God said it. I believe it. That settles it!” is the mantra of Gospel preachers and Bible believers alike. But does this bold declaration apply when Jesus’ testimony conflicts with the teaching of our pastors.

A case in point involves Jesus’ promise of “Great tribulation” or “time of great distress” (Greek thlipsis megala). “Great distress or tribulation” is mentioned four times in the context of the Bible’s teaching on the end times (Daniel 12:1, Matthew 24:21, Luke 21:23, Revelation 7:14). Examining these prophecies in their context, using the basic rules for interpretation, how can so-called Bible-believers assert “in the rapture the Church will escape the great tribulation”? Could it be that they have eyes, but do not see?

Do many Christian leaders have ears, yet fail to hear? A friend noted the term “the elect” or “chosen” used in Matthew 24:22. With respect to the intensity and global scope of the thlipsis megala (great distress) we read, “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect [bold emphasis mine] those days will be shortened.”

It must be hidden from their eyes or how could an entire segment of Christianity conclude that the elect are in heaven with Jesus prior to the Tribulation? The simplest among us will reason that the elect will survive only because the great distress is cut short or shortened (Matt. 24:22). Those who stand firm to the end are saved (Matt. 24:13) through their time of severe trial, not from it. Every other N.T. use of “the elect” is taken as a synonym for the church. God’s chosen people. Why do we allow someone educated by men to tell us it means something other than what it says?

Bible school students often emerge from their training claiming the prophecy in Matthew 24 applies only to Jews who remain after the church is taken up. What about the parallel Scripture in Mark 13 and Luke 21? Are these accounts, also of The Olivet Discourse, exclusively for the Jews or are they two more witnesses against those who reject the truth?

When Christ prophesied to his disciples about the time of great distress in Luke 21:12-24, was he speaking to Jews or was it to his disciples as our “federal head” (see prior post)? The elect are wise with seeing eyes. They will not be fooled. They anticipate their suffering and affliction during the days of Satan’s unequaled wrath.

For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect–if that were possible. -Jesus (Matthew 24:24)

Who but someone with a veil over their eyes will make the argument the church is raptured before the Tribulation period begins? If ears do not hear, than we remain ignorant of the Lord’s words, “See, I have told you ahead of time.” (Matt. 24:25)

If Christians are unprepared for the thlipsis megala the fault does not lie with their blind guides. If they fall into a hole, it is on them. Before bragging about our faith in God’s Word, we ought to take God’s eye test (cf. Jeremiah 1:11-15). Only if we see through the lens of Scripture will we stand in the hour of our great test (cf. Matt. 24:10, 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3, 9-12).

But God said to Balaam, “Do not go with them. You must not put a curse on those people, because they are blessed.” (Numbers 22:12 NIV)

What we aren’t told can lead to our downfall. When Moab’s princes came to Balaam, son of Beor, seeking his curse on Israel, the priest could have educated them on how blessings and curses work. No money would have exchanged hands. Instead, he omitted this information eventually causing the Midianites’ destruction (Numbers 32) and also the death of 24,000 Israelites (Num. 25:9).

As quickly as the messengers’ purpose was made known, Balaam should have repeated God’s promise in Genesis 12:3: “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

Perhaps Balaam’s eyes were distracted by the princes’ large purse to recall what the Lord promised Abram. Even if that were the case, God reminded him in 22:12 (above) when he said, “…they [Abraham’s offspring] are blessed.”

Left out of God’s answer to the Moabite’s question was a vital bit of information on blessings and curses: Blessings were guaranteed for the people who blessed Israel, while curses were guaranteed for the nation that cursed God’s people.

The next morning Balaam got up and said to Balak’s princes, “Go back to your own country, for the Lord refused to let me go with you.” (22:13)

No mention of God’s blessings. What followed in Numbers 22-24 was a courtship between the falling Balaam and his wealthy suitor, Balak.

Balaam should have listened when God spoke through his own mouth. “God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind.” (23:19)

This weekend millions will watch candidates debate or file into churches with their offerings. For their investment most seek a blessing in return. Candidates or clergy alike are fully aware of the expectations. A false premise must be created (i.e. “Blessings and curses are controlled by men/women, thus they both can be purchased with money or good works.”). This is what is behind the forbidden sorcery or divination. The political and religious class omit facts from God’s Word that might slow or cut off the money stream.

God prophets are a different sort. They speak His Word exactly as it was delivered. Nothing relevant, good or bad, is omitted: Blessings for obedience; cursings for disobedience. They accept nothing that would compromise their message.

As one example, Christians should know blessings follow the Jewish people or Israel. The people or nation cursing Abraham’s seed, hating them or wishing them harm, are cursed (period)! Are church-goers aware that Jews are the apple of God’s eye (Zechariah 2:8) or do they wrongly think God has changed his mind? Why the antisemitism among some who claim they love Jesus?

If Balaam had cared about Moab, he would have surely warned them to change their heart attitude toward God’s chosen people, but he didn’t. His interests were self-serving. If our leaders side with Israel’s enemies, will we not all bear the consequences?

It ought to be a concern that so many depend on sources other than the Bible. Many Christians think the Law is irrelevant and the Prophets are to be dismissed as too angry or outdated. New Testament passages such as Matthew 24:9-10 and Luke 21:10-19 are explained away or ignored. If we are uninformed it is because we do not seek wisdom (James 1:5-7).

The warning sign flashes beside the road. If we fail to heed it, who’s to blame for the ensuing disaster? Not knowing God’s curses will mean an eternity of regret. What we don’t know can hurt us. Learn from Balaam: “Does he [God] speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” (Num. 23:19b)

“I am against you,” declares the LORD Almighty. “I will burn up your chariots in smoke, and the sword will devour your young lions. I will leave you no prey on the earth. The voices of the messengers will no longer be heard.” (Nahum 2:13 NIV)

Recently a friend expressed his concern for his mother. On the phone, she had remarked their town was on alert. Separate storm fronts were being tracked. Each front threatened to dump heavy rains and they were intersecting near her. Their concerns were justified.

A perfect storm describes two or three severe storms coming together creating a catastrophic weather event. It is rare, yet perfect storms do happen.

I’m not a weather expert. I am, however, an observer of signs. I do not claim to be a prophet, but I do study Bible prophecy, history and follow current events. I hold to God’s absolute sovereignty.

I’m not alone in viewing the world through Scripture. Like the men of Issachar, at this site, we strive to understand the times and to know what God would have us do. (1 Chronicles 12:32)

According to the Lord’s set time, a triad or more of storms are ready to converge. Yesterday, a friend with connections inside the military/industrial complex sent this message: “Things are dicey out there.” “Dicey” is his word for “there is a lot of angst, concern and worry among those with top-secret information.”

In Herman Wouk’s 1971 novel, The Winds of War, characters, all of whom were related to fictional U.S. Navy Commander “Pug” Henry, are placed in the middle of events which led to America’s involvement in World War II. The “winds of war” originated on different continents and shook the world. Few predicted the enormity of their collective damage.

Without author Wouk’s 20-20 hindsight, allow me to pull up a map and project the converging winds of war. From the Far East, decades of unabated Chinese militarization and expansionism are focused on the Pacific rim and the West. Adding tremendous force to that storm is North Korea’s capacity to rain death on populations within range of their missiles. Centered over Beijing, a potential for financial havoc has been hovering, but could bring economic disaster in a heartbeat.

From the Middle East, peals of lightning are heard. This is not just noise. Considering Iran’s funding of terrorists and their big investment in weapons of mass destruction, this storm is tracking our way.

On the U.S. map, rumblings from political, social, cultural, ethnic and racial divisions, have never been louder. Suicidal radicals once reported overseas now reside within America’s borders. Tornadoes have appeared without warning bringing casualties from Seattle to Miami, from Boston to San Bernardino, from St. Cloud, Minnesota to Ft. Hood, Texas. No one knows where next.

Quakes with accompanying fires are frequent. Severe damage from home-grown mobs erupts overnight. One negative incident can provide the spark engulfing the nation in flames. A national election five weeks away threatens to be the flashpoint.

Each of the winds are foreboding, but what happens when they arrive simultaneously? Those who trust in Christ and take immediate action, will find Jesus their shelter in the time of storm (Psalm 91:1). Believers anchored to the solid rock of the Word will remain standing after the winds and rains cease and the floods recede.

I believe the perfect storm will soon strike. Christian, consider yourself warned by a brother, a man of Issachar.

The righteous cry out and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their trouble. (Psalm 34:17)



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