Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ—the same Jesus that says in John 14:3, “I will come again.” The Scriptures give us prophecies as to the season of His appearing. They let us know of the behavior of mankind, allied nations, and events that take place among them all. The heavenly Father reveals His plans and promises for the Last Days, along with exposing the workings of Satan.
Our knowledge of these activities is imperative to our abundant life in these perilous times. We must not be provoked to waver or doubt what God’s Holy Word says to us, which includes what we can have, what we can do, and what we can command! As born-again believers, we are part of the Elect of God that preserve the righteousness of a loving God in a perverted world.
One may think the world’s leaders are striving to guide the sea of humanity into a Garden of Eden, where all people can live a happy and good life. However, they know nothing of the Garden of God and will never achieve their goals. In fact, their attempts and subsequent failures have them perplexed and distressed with many turning to what will profit themselves, leading them into more troubles. Such are conditions Jesus speaks of concerning these Last Days:
“ . . . and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring.” —Luke 21:25
Allow me to point out a couple of recent events involving world leaders that line up with the Time of the End that is revealed in the Holy Scriptures. First, on April 20, 2016, the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in Moscow.
There had been a recent aerial incident where Russian fighter jets were dispatched to intercept an Israeli jet flying along the Syrian Coast. The two never confronted one another, but this was enough for Netanyahu to ask for a meeting with Putin to make sure relations were not strained or put into further jeopardy. If you will remember, Turkey shot down a Russian jet in November, which has left those two nations somewhat at odds with one another.
Prime Minister Netanyahu said the meeting went well, and he will be going back in June to sign an agreement concerning pensions of Russian Jews who had returned to Israel. This was the third time the two have met since September.
The Prophet Ezekiel (in Ezekiel chapter 38) shows Russia being pulled back into the Middle East because of hooks that have been set in their jaws by God. (God’s plan is the one being carried out, and it will not fail!) This places Russia into a trusted relationship with Israel. We see it in our news today. In verses 8, 10 and 11 of the same chapter, we find Israel dwelling safely or securely before an evil plan is hatched, by Russia, to attack Israel. So, with the Obama administration’s lackluster support of Israel, we see Russia stepping in, seemingly to become a closer friend of Israel.
I will turn you around, put hooks into thy jaws, and lead you out. —Ezekiel 38:4
[to Russia] After many days you will be visited. In the latter years you will come into the land of those brought back from the sword [Israel] and gathered from many people on the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate; they were brought out of the nations, and now all of them dwell safely. —Ezekiel 38:8
Thus says the Lord God [to Russia]: “On that day it shall come to pass that thoughts will arise in your mind, and you will make an evil plan: You will say, ‘I will go up against a land of unwalled villages [Israel]; I will go to a peaceful people, who dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates.” —Ezekiel 38:10-11
The second event I would like to point out is a joint press conference with President Obama and Great Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron. In this conference, the exiting of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU) was addressed. Britain has been discussing withdrawing from the EU for quite some time, with many citizens believing that the UK would be better off and more prosperous without the restrictions of the EU. There is a referendum to be voted on by the UK citizens, in June, to make the final decision.
Prime Minister Cameron has taken some steps on behalf of the UK, with the EU, to insure some special privilege for the UK if they vote to stay in. Further, President Obama urged the UK citizens to remain in the EU, threatening (in his usual arrogant manner) that if they vote to leave, then they will have to negotiate new trade deals with the United States of America, and they would be moved to the back of the line! I cannot recall a U.S. President sticking his nose into one of our greatest ally’s governing business in such a way.
Scripturally, whether or not the UK remains or exits the EU has to do with the ten horns of Daniel chapter 7 and Revelation chapter 17. They are ten nations that rise up to great power in Europe, which territory was once part of the Roman Empire. Now there are 28 nations in the EU; however, there is much trouble among them. Many are struggling with the effects of socialism, like Greece, and being thrown into poverty with all the government entitlements. Others, like the UK, are becoming discontent paying for the bailouts while they are seeing no benefits from the Union.
Just because there are ten horns listed in the Scripture does not mean the EU will be whittled down to ten nations—although, it could be. The Scripture states that ten will arise; meaning ten will be stronger than the others. These nations rise from the fourth beast in Daniel’s night visions.
After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns. —Daniel 7:7
The beast described in Daniel’s visions represents empires throughout history: the Babylonian Empire, Persian Empire, and Greek Empire, each one devouring the other until the fourth beast, the Roman Empire. The Roman Empire was the most dreadful and powerful empire. This is how we know the ten horns rise from the territory formerly part of the Roman Empire.
So, we see either the EU dwindling, or nations like the UK gaining power. The ten horns are becoming more closely identified. Remember, out of the ten rises a little horn, and he is known as the son of perdition or the Antichrist. There is much to say about the forming of these ten nations, and I recommend you get my message entitled, “Europe in Prophecy“ for more information to help fill in the gaps.
Clearly, the leaders of the world are perplexed and playing their role in God’s plan for the climaxing of the ages. God has placed them all into their positions and has the next batch ready to take office and play their part. It is good to know Jesus is coming soon! He is coming to receive His Church and take them to where He is—heaven! (John 14:2)
Until then, we continue to be His ambassadors on earth telling others of His great love for them, doing great exploits and declaring the things of God. So, Michelle and I are praying for you. We declare you prosperous, healed and whole in Jesus’ name.
I also would like to ask you to pray for me, especially this coming month. I am the healed of the Lord, and I ask you to declare that with me. I had an accident 20 years ago and have had trouble with my right ankle ever since. The pain has grown to the point that I must have the ankle bone fused to the leg bone. This does away with the damaged cartilage that causes the pain. The surgery is planned for Thursday, May 5.
I believe God uses doctors to heal, too. It is not always miraculous, but it is always supernatural. Where else could that knowledge come from but from above? So, thank you for simply thanking Jesus for healing me. Your prayers and financial support are greatly appreciated in times like these.