A MESSAGE OF HOPE FROM DR. JACK VAN IMPE – THE TIME OF JACOB’S TROUBLE

THE TIME OF JACOB’S TROUBLE

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For nearly two thousand years we have been living in a parenthesis, a prophetic interval, a time “in between.” Daniel’s prophecy in the vision of the seventy weeks called for a period of 490 years when God would deal especially with Israel. When Christ offered Himself as the Prince of Israel, 483 years, or 69 weeks of years, had been fulfilled. When He was rejected and crucified the prophetic clock stopped, not to begin again until the Jews were back in their land and the parenthetical period had ended. During this prophetic interval, sometimes known as the Church Age, both Jews and Gentiles who are born again through faith in Christ become part of the body of Christ or the bride of Christ. The signal that the “in between” time has ended will be the removal of the church (the bride of Christ) from the earth. This great event is described in a number of Bible portions. One of the clearest is 1 Thessalonians 4:13 –18:

But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words

The event then that ends the Church Age and ushers in the seventieth week of Daniel’s prophecy is the return of Christ for His church. This coming of Christ in the air is known as the Rapture of the church; it involves the resurrection of the Christian dead as well as the exit from earth of all believers living at that time.

With the removal of the church, earth plunges into its most awful hour. Of this time Jesus said, “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be” (Matthew 24:21). He was speaking of the seven-year period known as the Tribulation, or the Time of Jacob’s Trouble, so named because of Jeremiah’s prophecy: “Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble…” (Jeremiah 30:7).

Some believe the church will remain on earth for the Tribulation. There are a number of reasons for rejecting this conclusion.

The return of Christ for His church is a sign less and always imminent event. Even the New Testament writers expected the Lord’s return at any moment: “For our conversation [citizenship] is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:20).

All signs of the Lord’s return have to do with the coming of Christ to set up His Kingdom. They are only indicators of the approaching Rapture because that event precedes the establishment of Christ’s kingdom by seven years. The moment the Tribulation begins, however, a timetable will be evident. Date-setting will be conclusive. During the Tribulation, Christ’s return will no longer be imminent. Therefore, the Rapture of the church must precede the Time of Jacob’s Trouble.

The Tribulation will be a time of wrath: “For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” (Revelation 6:17). And the church is not to be the recipient of wrath. In assuring the Thessalonian Christians that they would not go through the Tribulation, Paul explained: “For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians. 5:9).

Wicked as it is, the world is not quite ready for the Tribulation and the Antichrist. The church is not all it ought to be, but the world is better because the church is here. Sin is rampant, but it would be far worse without the presence of the church and its hindering influence to evil: “For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let [hinder], until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed…” (2 Thessalonians 2:7,8).

The Holy Spirit, working through Christians, holds back the tide of evil sweeping the world. When His influence in this manner is removed at the Rapture, the world will be ready for the Antichrist and the Tribulation.

The church has three heavenly appointments during the earthly Tribulation.

First, Christians cannot be on earth during the Tribulation because they have important business elsewhere. When the Lord returns for His church, it will be time for the judgment seat of Christ: “And behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be” (Revelation 22:12).

Second, Christians who are living at the time of Christ’s return must have time in the mansions prepared by Jesus as described in John 14:1 — 3. The only time available for the fulfillment of this promise before the Millennium is during the Tribulation.

Third, the marriage supper of the Lamb will take place in heaven during the end of the Tribulation period, according to Revelation 19:9, and the bride of Christ must attend. Following this joyful occasion, those who belong to Christ will return with Him as He comes to set up His kingdom. Since believers must come from heaven to earth at the end of the Tribulation, it is clear that the Rapture must precede that time of trouble.

Finally, it must be remembered that the Tribulation is especially related to Israel. Once this truth is established, all confusion about the time of the Rapture disappears. The return of Christ for His church marks the end of the Church Age, the parenthetical period, and begins the Time of Jacob’s Trouble.

What is the Time of Jacob’s Trouble? Let Daniel describe it: “…there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time…” (Daniel 12:1).

This unprecedented period of tribulation is not to be confused with daily tribulations which all of God’s people pass through. Jesus said: “…In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

Paul had learned to glory in tribulations: “…we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience” (Romans 5:3).

These heartaches, problems, and tribulations are different from the Tribulation. This seven-year period is one of immense suffering for the entire world. It is an era of unthinkable trouble. Nothing in history can be compared to it, nor will there ever be anything equal to it in the future. Chapters 6, 8, 9, 15, and 16 of Revelation describe the Time of Jacob’s Trouble under the headings of seven seals, seven trumpets, and seven vials. Next week we will look at the panorama of human pain that will be experienced by the inhabitants of the earth during the Tribulation.

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Trump Administration Close To Unveiling Major Deal In The Middle East

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The Trump Administration is getting closer to unveiling what the President calls “the ultimate deal” – a final solution to the Israeli-Palestinian “problem”:

Trump, who considers himself a dealmaker, decided to adopt the challenge when he took office in January, intrigued at the idea of succeeding where other presidents failed, and he assigned the effort to Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and senior adviser. Neither had any background with the issue, and the effort was greeted with scorn, but the fact that the president entrusted it to a close relative was taken as a sign of seriousness in the region.

Trump’s team sees the convergence of factors that make the moment ripe, including an increased willingness by Arab states to finally solve the issue to refocus attention on Iran, which they consider the bigger threat.

With that in mind, Egypt is brokering a reconciliation between President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority, who presides in the West Bank, and Hamas, which controls Gaza, a deal that would cement the Palestinian Authority as the representative of the Palestinian people. Saudi Arabia has summoned Abbas to Riyadh to reinforce the importance of a deal.

“The stars begin to align in a way that creates a moment,” said Nimrod Novik, a fellow at the Israel Policy Forum who served as foreign policy adviser to former Prime Minister Shimon Peres, who negotiated the Oslo Accords in the 1990s.

The New York Times is confirming this news:

WASHINGTON — President Trump and his advisers have begun developing their own concrete blueprint to end the decades-old conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, a plan intended to go beyond previous frameworks offered by the American government in pursuit of what the president calls “the ultimate deal.”

After 10 months of educating themselves on the complexities of the world’s most intractable dispute, White House officials said, Mr. Trump’s team of relative newcomers to Middle East peacemaking has moved into a new phase of its venture in hopes of transforming what it has learned into tangible steps to end a stalemate that has frustrated even presidents with more experience in the region.

With a dramatic geopolitical realignment occurring in the Middle East as Sunni enclaves Egypt and Saudi Arabia join with Israel as a bulwark against Iran, it seems that the prospects for a mutually agreed upon treaty have never been higher.

Crown Prince Salman of Saudi Arabia is about to take the reins in his country and Abdel el-Sissi of Egypt has successfully negotiated reconciliation in Palestine, so the Sunni-axis of Arab states seem to be jumping at the gun to finally make “peace” with Israel and force an agreement on both Israel and the Palestinians.

The time has never been more ripe and I increasingly expect a final agreement by the end of this year or in 2018, which will be the actual 70th anniversary of Israel’s rebirth.

Nimrod Novik’s words in regards to the prospects of an agreement seem particularly interesting in light of 2017’s Revelation 12 Sign: “The stars begin to align in a way that creates a moment.”

 

In other news, Australia has just become one of the last major Western-aligned nations to approve gay marriage.  After the 61% to 38% vote, celebrations kicked off with rainbow-clad celebrators dancing naked in Hyde Park, Sydney.  The West has collectively endorsed the right to freedom of behavior at the expense of freedoms of speech, religion, and association.  The naked, defiant throngs of gleeful people provide demonstrable evidence that this movement is not about love at all, but purely about the basest and most degrading desires of sinful humanity.

Folks, don’t get comfortable.  The West is lost and our only hope is Christ.  We are now living in what is the textbook definition of the biblical last days.

The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.

24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.

28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.

 

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19 Reasons For A 2017 Rapture

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Remember Edgar Whisenant’s 88 reasons Why The Rapture Will Be in 1988?  Whenever a Christian starts talking about signs and evidence for the nearness of the rapture you can be sure there is someone just aching to bring up this book as the be-all and end-all of the conversation.  “People have always tried to predict when Jesus will come back and every time they were wrong.”  They have a good point and it would be foolish not to address it.  You would think that if Whisenant found 88 reasons for the rapture to occur in September 1988, and his prediction failed, then for anyone in any subsequent year to attempt to do the same would be utter foolishness.  Predictions for Y2K, 2012, and the Shemitah were coupled with far fewer than 88 reasons.

I finally decided to read Whisenant’s book for myself, rather than rush to judgment and what I found was different than I expected.  What I would like to see in the Christian community, especially in the watching community, is far less rushing to judgment and more actual Bible study, research, and reliance on one another to learn what God is trying to communicate.

The first thing I noticed with Whisenant’s list is that many of the 88 reasons were not even specifically tied to the year 1988.  For example, Reason 1 was that Jesus saying “no one knows the day or hour” did not necessarily prevent someone from identifying the year, month, or even week of the rapture or second coming.  At least here I think Whisenant makes a good point.  People have an emotional reaction against predictions because they feel like they’re bound to fail or they feel like Jesus was trying to say you can never figure it out.  What does the text itself actually say?  It says “no one knows the day or hour.”  Saying that no one knows the weekmonth, or year is adding to the text.

Continuing on through his book…

Reasons 2-6 are the same story – general evidence that the rapture could be near and we might be able to figure it out, but nothing specifically about 1988.

Reason 7 was the first actual evidence Whisenant presents for a rapture in 1988: the final generation will be 40 years long, he says, because of the 40-year desert wandering and the 40 years between Jesus’ supposed crucifixion in 30 AD and the destruction of the Temple in 70 AD.  The rebirth of Israel was in 1948, which was the budding of the fig tree and 1948 + 40 = 1988.  We’ll call this Actual Reason 1.  I think his logic here has very obvious holes in it.  For starters, there is near-unanimous scholarly consensus that Jesus died in 31 AD or later.  His whole theory falls apart if Jesus died in any year but 30 AD.  Also, the only time the length of a generation is explicitly defined is in Psalm 90:10 – 70 to 80 years. (Click to Site)

We are moving quickly to Revelation Chapter 13 which talks of a global government and a one world economic system along with a “mark of the beast.”

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As we look over the situation in America we can see a common strategy which is easy to understand from a military standpoint. It seems that the current political situation in America is designed to lead the country into a Nuclear War. This plan is constantly reinforced via the media, government, and controlled large religious gatherings in a subtle way. It is a controlled decline, and chaos that is designed to provoke the American people into such anger they move to overthrow the government. Creating division in all areas within the nation, and the constant stirring of the pot in the media we see a driven design to pull the nation if not now in the near future into civil war. The purpose of this is to allow during that time an outside force to then move in and destroy America in the midst of that civil war. Thus the nation of America would no longer exist, and it is most likely the object used to destroy America via outside force would be a nuclear attack.

The goal has always been, and is, a one world economic system, a cashless society and one world government! You are seeing the emergence of the “Fourth Beast” and the revived Roman Empire spoken of by Daniel. The G20 wants the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to be an international federal reserve, that is the purpose of the global economic crisis. An “Amero” dollar? A Terra? The goal is a global currency! But God is raising up a spiritual revolution! God is going to supple the needs of His people who are laboring in the final harvest and He wants you to be prepared in practical ways!

The goal is for the G20 to transform the International Monetary Fund (IMF) into a global Federal Reserve System.  It is the Federal Reserve System which has controlled the U.S. money supply since 1914.  The Federal Reserve System has nothing to do with the “Federal” government.  It is a secretive and private corporation owned by international banking interests who control our political system, economy and money.  In short, since 1914 the U.S. Government ended being a government run by “we the people” and has been under the control of international bankers.  The Council on Foreign Relations is run by the same people who run the Federal Reserve.  Here we have two of the most powerful groups in America and the world and there is almost a complete media black-out on them.  The average American knows nothing about them except disinformation.  Anyone who brings up the “elephants in the living room” is marginalized and demonized.  Both political parties are controlled by these groups and their agenda has been a one world economic system and a one world government for a long time.  Although, they do not realize it they are a fulfillment of the ancient prophecies of Daniel when he predicted a Revived Roman Empire and the “Fourth Beast.” (Click to Article)

A Tale of Two Beasts: New Insights into the Day of Atonement 2015

We can find new insights into what is happening next week on the day of atonement by looking at the scriptures about the two beasts appearing in the last days.

Jesus warned us that when we see the first beast standing in the holy place, in the temple in Jerusalem, we should immediately flee to the mountains without even taking time to grab anything out of our house because all hell is going to break loose. (Click to Article)

FEDS WANT TO TRACK YOUR DNA LIKE A LICENSE PLATE – Seek ‘biosignature’ spying ability to ‘identify, locate specific individuals’

The federal government doesn’t just want the ability to track down your car; it wants to be able to track down your body as well.

Just as details are emerging about a controversial, nationwide vehicle-surveillance database, WND has learned the federal government is planning an even more invasive spy program using “physiological signatures” to track down individuals.

The goal of this research is to detect – as well as analyze and categorize – unique traits the government can exploit to “identify, locate and track specific individuals or groups of people.”

According to the program’s statement of objectives, “The scope of human-centered [intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, or ISR] research spans the complete range of human performance starting at the individual molecular, cellular, genomic level.”

Documents WND located through routine database research reveal the ability to follow people by detecting “certain characteristics of operational interest” is designed for U.S. military and intelligence-gathering superiority.

It remains unknown when such capabilities might transition to the realm of domestic counterterrorism or law enforcement operations; however, the feds – through the Air Force Research Lab, or AFRL – are recruiting private-sector assistance in order to make this “biosignature” spying a reality.

Existing ISR systems are “ideal for identifying and tracking entities such as aircraft and vehicles, but are less capable of identifying and tracking the human,” the lab says in a planning document known as a Broad Agency Announcement, or BAA.

The Human-Centered ISR Leveraged Science & Technology Program will seek to develop, with outside help, technologies that the government can use “to identify, locate and track humans of interest within the operational environment,” according to solicitation No. BAA-HPW-RHX-2014-0001.

Research specific to fusing and analyzing sensor data has undergone consistent growth, but such efforts have been “system-centric” and fail to “adequately address the human element.”

This new research scheme seeks to strengthen the ability of intelligence analysts by placing the human component at the forefront of their efforts.

AFRL’s research could have implications for a variety of domains, such as air, space and cyberspace, it says. The program’s outcome also will broadly apply to other U.S. Department of Defense organizations and the intelligence community.

A second component of the AFRL initiative is the Human Trust and Interaction Program, which will conduct research into human-to-human and human-to-machine interactions.

This program segment entails several sub-areas, including Trust and Suspicion, which will focus on “the recognition of suspicious activities in the cyberspace realm.”

This segment will examine open-source data such as social media. It also will continue to leverage “more traditional intelligence sources.”

AFRL says it anticipates awarding three or four initial contracts for the overall initiative, which has an estimated program value of about $50 million.

The goal of this and other AFLR programs typically start out as largely theoretical, similar to the approach taken by the more widely known Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, which created ARPANET, the defense-system predecessor to the Internet.

The Department of Homeland Security, on the other hand, merely has to solicit bids from industry for a National License Plate Recognition, or NLPR, database system.

While DHS is soliciting this service specifically for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, functions, the breadth of this NLPR service encompasses the gathering of transportation-movement data from major metropolitan areas nationwide.

This database, which would be fed with information gleaned from multiple sources, would “track vehicle license plate numbers that pass through cameras or are voluntarily entered into the system,” according to the program solicitation.

The vehicle tracking-data then would be “uploaded to share with law enforcement.”

The database will be compatible with smart phone technology, enabling law enforcement offices to download thousands of listings – as well as close-up photos – of vehicle license plates.

Once DHS secures this service, the contractor must retain and make available data from previous months, as well as update the system with “new and unique” data monthly.

DHS anticipates awarding a one-year contract with four one-year options by May 14. It did not disclose the estimated cost.

Click to http://www.wnd.com/2014/02/feds-want-to-track-your-dna-like-a-license-plate/

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MK to Schulz: Temple Mount Proves This Land Is Ours

Israel and Jerusalem belong to the Jewish people.  As promised to Abraham,Isaac, and Jacob by The God of the Bible – Yahweh-God , Yeshua-Jesus. Yahweh- God Never Breaks His Promise!

MK Levi, former Jerusalem police chief, speaks after European Parliament head, ‘archaeology in Temple Mount proves land ours.’

Deputy Finance Minister Mickey Levi (Yesh Atid) spoke at the Knesset on Wednesday, after European Parliament head Martin Schulz delivered a speech in which he leveled several accusations against Israel, triggering a firestorm of criticism. In response to the denigration, Levi noted the archaeological proof refuting the aspersions of “occupation.”

“I can’t ignore what happened in the previous speech, and previous incidents,” remarked Levi. “My fellow MKs, our right to the this land is not in doubt. Because I was the Jerusalem police chief I know every meter and square… I invite you to see antiquitiesthat were excavated from around the Temple Mount.”

Addressing the Arab MKs, Levi remarked “I invite you to go there, to what you call ‘ancient Al Aqsa,’ and the Hulda Steps that lead to the Temple Mount, and there look at the ceiling, where you will see the work of Jewish artists who crafted in the ceiling a lulav, etrog, and pomegranates, to understand our rights to this land once and for all.”

“Go to Solomon’s Stables,” added Levi, “and go to the south-east side, where you will see a stone engraved with a lulav,” a traditional Jewish symbol used in the Sukkot holiday. Levi noted that every time he would enter the Temple Mount as police chief, “I would go to that stone that’s in the corner (of Solomon’s Stables) that apparently most don’t know about, I would touch it, and feel that I was touching the wings of history.”

“And if you don’t believe me, I’ll offer myself as a guide who knows all the depths of the tunnels, to come and visit to understand once and for all the rights of the Jewish people to this land, which we have returned to after 2,000 years,” remarked Levi. “We don’t intend to give up this land again, and we won’t lose the next war if it comes, and I hope it won’t come.”

The Yesh Atid MK concluded “our right is historical, deep-rooted, and ethical.”

Sparking Levi’s comments were Schulz’s accusations, labeling Jewish communities over the 1949 Armistice lines “settlements” and “obstacles to peace.” The EU leader added “the blockade of Gaza creates despair and extremism.” He also claimed Israel was giving Arabs in Judea and Samaria 17 cubic liters of water a day, as opposed to 70 cubic liters a day to Israelis.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu noted Schulz didn’t bother to check the facts, as indeed even Palestinian Authority (PA) records put the lie to the claims, showing Arabs in the region receive at least 37 cubic liters a day. Israel water company Mekorot and the Water Authority note the number as 60 cubic liters.

Economy Minister Naftali Bennett demanded an apology for the baseless claims, noting that Israel fully withdraw from Gaza in 2005 and is not imposing a siege.

Click to http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/177433#.UwFS-E7FyzF

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