As we continue in our study of the Book of Revelation with (#19) Around the Throne… Pastor Barry Stagner and Don Stewart. I like the fact that Don Stewart is fluent in Greek and when he reads the New Testament he is reading from the Greek. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did… Maranatha!!!

As we continue in our study of the Book of Revelation with (#18) After Church. Pastor Barry Stagner and Don Stewart. I like the fact that Don Stewart is fluent in Greek and when he reads the New Testament he is reading from the Greek. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did… Maranatha!!!

Here is another great Mid – East Prophecy Report for the week ending August 10, 2014… Pastor J.D. Enjoy this prophecy report as we move closer to the Rapture of the Church!!! Maranatha!!!

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Here is another great Hal Lindsey Prophecy Update for the week ending August 8, 2014…  End –Time News As We Move Ever Closer To The Rapture of the Church… Maranatha!!!

 

Prophecy Before Our Eyes… Hawaii is rocked by an earthquake hours before TWO hurricanes are due to hit…. Please keep us in your prayers. I am trusting in the Lord for the safety of my family and as the storm hits I may lose power. God is Good all the time!!! God Bless you!!!

Hawaiians already on edge at the prospect of two hurricanes heading their way were rattled awake Thursday morning by a minor earthquake.

A magnitude-4.5 earthquake jolted Hawaii’s Big Island only hours before two hurricanes were forecast to sweep over the islands, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The temblor struck on the island’s northern tip, about 7 miles from Waimea, at 6.24 a.m. local time, officials said.

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Back to back: Hurricane Iselle, left, and Hurricane Julio are shown early Thuresday morning barreling towards Hawaii. A direct hit from either would be the first in 22 years for the Pacific island chain

The U.S. Geological Survey initially announced the quake was magnitude-4.3 and quickly upgraded it.

Hawaii County Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira says there haven’t been any reports of damage. He said a moderate quake is ‘not uncommon’ for Hawaii.

Kelsey Walker said the quake felt like a ‘little jolt’ but didn’t knock things off shelves at the Waimea grocery store where he works. He was trying to keep a sense of humor about it.

'We have a hurricane. Now we have this on top of it. What else?' said Walker, second assistant manager at Foodland Waimea.

Meanwhile, state officials were assuring the islands were ready for the storms and people should prepare but not panic.

Hurricane Iselle was on course to hit the Big Island Thursday night, and was being tailed by Hurricane Julio, which strengthened early Thursday into a Category 2 storm.

Travelers got their first word of disrupted flights Thursday, when commuter airline Island Air said it was canceling some afternoon flights between the islands and shutting down all operations Friday.

Hurricane Iselle was expected to arrive on the Big Island on Thursday evening, bringing heavy rains, winds gusting up to 85 mph and flooding in some areas. 

Stocking up: Shoppers scramble for cases of bottled water and other supplies in preparation for a hurricane and tropical storm heading toward Hawaii

Weather officials changed their outlook on the system Wednesday after seeing it get a little stronger, giving it enough oomph to stay a hurricane as it reaches landfall.

'What ended up happening is the storm has resurged just enough to keep its hurricane strength,'said Mike Cantin, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

Cantin said that means stronger winds of 60 to 70 mph, though rainfall estimates of 5 inches to 8 inches in a short time frame remained unchanged.

'Not a major hurricane, but definitely enough to blow things around,' he said.

Iselle loomed about 400 miles east of Hilo early Thursday, with sustained winds of 85 mph and traveling about 18 mph.

Cantin said the Big Island’s size and terrain would help break up the hurricane, weakening it into a tropical storm as it passes Maui and Oahu late Thursday and early Friday.

Hurricane Julio, meanwhile, swirled closely behind with maximum winds whipping at 100 mph. 

The National Hurricane Center said it expected the storm to strengthen even more Thursday before gradually weakening by Thursday night and into the weekend. Hawaii prepares as two Hurricanes approach.

Getting ready: People walk past a pallet of bottled water being delivered to a shop in Waikiki in Honolulu on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014
On the way: The expected paths of hurricanes Iselle and Julio as they approch Hawaii

On the way: The expected paths of hurricanes Iselle and Julio as they approch Hawaii

Hawaii has been directly hit by hurricanes only three times since 1950, though the region has had 147 tropical cyclones over that time. The last time Hawaii was hit with a tropical storm or hurricane was in 1992, when Hurricane Iniki killed six people and destroyed more than 1,400 homes in Kauai, said meteorologist Eric Lau.

The two hurricanes have disrupted tourism, prompted flash flood warnings and led to school closures. Gov. Neil Abercrombie, meanwhile, signed an emergency proclamation allowing officials to tap into a disaster fund set aside by the state Legislature.

Hawaiian Airlines waived reservation change fees and fare differences for passengers who needed to alter travel plans Thursday and Friday because of the storms. Hawaiian Airlines spokeswoman Ann Botticelli said hundreds of inquires poured in from customers seeking to change their flights.

Some travelers remained hopeful.

Boston resident Jonathan Yorke and his wife booked a Hawaii vacation with their two daughters last year. He has been watching the news to see how the storms could affect the two-week trip to Maui and the Big Island.

'We're all optimists, so we'll make the best of it,' Yorke said.

The calm before the storm: People lounge on Waikiki's beaches in Honolulu on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014

Washington state couple Tracy Black and Chris Kreifels made plans to get married in an outdoor ceremony on the Big Island Saturday. They spent Wednesday getting a marriage license, adjusting plans and communicating with worried guests on the mainland.

'We see the rain as a blessing,' Black said. 'It will work out as it's supposed to.'

It wasn’t immediately clear what financial impact the storms would have on the state’s tourism industry, a key economic driver.

Hawaii residents also have had to adjust. Stores have seen long lines this week as people brace themselves.

Some are voting early in primary elections that close Saturday. The elections include several marquee races, including congressional and gubernatorial races. Abercrombie — who is running for re-election in a tight Democratic primary — said the election is expected to move forward as planned as of Wednesday afternoon.

Also, education officials said public schools on the Big Island, Maui, Molokai and Lanai will be closed Thursday.

The storms are rare but not unexpected in years with a developing El Nino, a change in ocean temperature that affects weather around the world.

Ahead of this year’s hurricane season, weather officials warned that the wide swath of the Pacific Ocean that includes Hawaii could see four to seven tropical cyclones this year.



As we continue in our study of the Book of Revelation with (#14) Church Of Philadelphia - Part 3 by Pastor Barry Stagner and Don Stewart. I like the fact that Don Stewart is fluent in Greek and when he reads the New Testament he is reading from the Greek. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did… Maranatha!!! 

Prophecy before Our Eyes…. The Two Witnesses

SUNDAY, JULY 6, 2014

Thomas Ice

By Dr. Thomas Ice 
Pre-Trib Research Center 


"And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for twelve hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth" (Revelation 11:3).

Usually when one deals with the two witnesses of Revelation 11:3-13, the discussion centers around the identity of the pair. Even though I believe they will be Moses and Elijah, that will not be my focus. The emphasis of this article is whether the two witnesses will minister in the first or second half of the seven-year tribulation. I think they will appear in the first half of the tribulation, meaning their death and resurrection will take place at the mid-point rather than the end of the tribulation.

Most literal interpreters believe that the second half of the seven-year tribulation will be the time in which the Antichrist or the Beast dominates the world and issues the mark of the Beast. This is why the Jews will leave Jerusalem and flee to the mountains at the mid-point of the tribulation, because the second half is the great tribulation dominated by the Beast. However, the first half of the tribulation will be the time in which the two witnesses and the 144,000 Jewish witnesses perform their ministries.

The Two Witnesses

WHY THE FIRST HALF?

Literal interpreters are split evenly between those who see the two witnesses in the first [1] or second [2] halves of the seventieth week of Daniel. John Whitcomb has made the following arguments in favor of the two witnesses appearing in the first half of the tribulation:

First, there seems to be an intentional distinction between the time of the Gentile occupation of the Temple’s outer court and the city, and the time of the two witnesses, by means of the different time-units used: 42 months for the Gentile domination and 1,260 days for the two witnesses. If the same time period is intended for both groups, why is not the 42-month time-block sufficient to cover both? [3]

"It seems possible that the ‘two witnesses’ of Revelation 11:3-6, who have irresistible authority in Jerusalem during the first three-and-one-half years,” notes Whitcomb in his commentary on Daniel, “will also be instrumental in arranging the terms of this covenant with the ‘little horn,’ for not until they are killed by him (after he ‘comes up out of the abyss’) is he able to break the covenant and terminate the sacrificial system.” [4] This means that the two witnesses at the beginning of the tribulation could oversee and then protect the rebuilt Temple and reestablished the Jewish worship system since they are given supernatural powers.

"And if anyone desires to harm them, fire proceeds out of their mouth and devours their enemies; and if anyone would desire to harm them, in this manner he must be killed" (Rev. 11:5).

This is why the Beast cannot go into the Tribulation Temple until the two witnesses are out of the way. This will occur at the midpoint of the tribulation.

"And when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up out of the abyss will make war with them, and overcome them and kill them" (Rev. 11:7).

Notice the emphasis upon the fact that they will only be allowed to be killed by the Beast when our Sovereign Lord says, “when they have finished their testimony.” God is in control. This allows the Beast to defile the Temple in the middle of the seventieth week (Dan. 9:27Matt. 24:15–21), thus supporting the notion that the two witnesses minister in the first half of the tribulation.

Whitcomb further says, “the Lord Jesus issued this command to Jews of the tribulation period: ‘when you see the “abomination of desolation,” spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place … then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains … For then there will be great tribulation such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be’ (Matt. 24:15-21). Here an obvious question arises: Would the two Jewish witnesses remain in Jerusalem during the 42 months of Antichrist’s dominion if the Lord Jesus, their Messiah, told them to flee to the mountains?” [5]

Next, Whitcomb points out that, “if the 1,260 days occur during the last half of the Week, then the entire world would be celebrating the death of the two witnesses for three-and-a-half days after the Battle of Armageddon and the destruction of the Antichrist! This is very difficult to imagine.” [6] It is not only difficult, it is impossible to imagine that a celebration would be going on as Jesus judges the world at His second coming. Gary Cohen explains:

At the end of the second 3½ year period the Beast’s followers are lamenting over Babylon’s doom and are gathering for the great battle at Armageddon, and finally slain by Christ, whose coming is surrounded with the powers of the heavens being shaken (Rev 16-1819:11–21Matt 24:29–30). This picture does not harmonize well with the 3½ days of rejoicing and gift giving in which the earth dwellers participate following the murder of the witnesses (Rev 8:10). This discordance between the end of the second 3½ year period and the 3½ days, following the end of the 3½ year ministry of the witnesses, makes it most unlikely that the prophesying of God’s two servants take place during the latter half of the week. [7]

Additionally, Whitcomb declares:

Putting the two witnesses into the last half of the Week compromises the totality of Antichrist’s dominion during that same period. How can he bring fire from heaven upon his enemies (through the False Prophet, Rev. 13:13) if the two witnesses are simultaneously bringing fire from heaven upon their enemies (Rev. 11:5)? We are clearly dealing with two different time periods: the first half of the Week with the overwhelming power of the two witnesses, and the last half of the Week with the overwhelming power of the Beast and the False Prophet. When the world asks the rhetorical question, “Who is able to make war with [the Beast]?” (Rev. 13:4), it seems obvious that no one can answer, “The two witnesses are able to make war with him,” for their 1,260 days of ministry will have ended, and they will be gone. [8]

Finally, Whitcomb notes: “Our Lord stated that ‘Elijah is coming first and will restore all things (italics added)’ (Matt. 17:11). Whoever ‘Elijah’ turns out to be, his spectacular success (under God) in bringing Israel back to her Messiah must be during the first half of the seventieth week, for Isaiah prophesied that Israel will have given birth ‘to her children’ as soon as her time of tribulation begins (Isa. 66:8).” [9]

CONCLUSION

I believe that a very strong case can be made for the two witnesses exercising their ministry in the first half of the tribulation; not the second half. As noted in the points above, it makes sense that the positive points for this position can easily fit into the first half, while many problems arise when one places them into the last half. It also appears to me that the 144,000 Jewish witnesses of Revelation 7 and 14 belong in the first half as well. This means that the first half of the tribulation is likely the primary time in which hundreds of millions of Gentiles are saved, as well as the majority of the Jewish Remnant. The focus of the second half of the tribulation will be on those who are saved in the first half making it through the second half in order to greet Christ at His return. Maranatha!

Endnotes

[1] Some who see the two witnesses in the first half of the tribulation include: J. Allen,What the Bible Teaches: Revelation (Kilmarnock, Scotland: John Ritchie, LTD, 1997), p. 285–86; Gary G. Cohen, Understanding Revelation (Chicago: Moody Press, 1978), pp. 251–54; Arnold Fruchtenbaum, The Footsteps of the Messiah (Tustin, CA: Ariel Ministries, 2003), pp. 152–53; Tony Garland, A Testimony of Jesus Christ—Volume 1: A Commentary on the Book of Revelation (Comano Island, WA: SpiritAndTruth.org, 2004), p. 448; Robert Govett, Govett on Revelation, 2 vols. (Hayesville, NC: Schoettle Publishing, 1981 [1861]), vol. I, p. 513; David Jeremiah, Escape the Coming Night: Messages from the Book of Revelation, 4 vols. (San Diego: Turning Point Ministries, 1994), vol. 2, p. 121; Tim LaHaye, Revelation Illustrated & Made Plain (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1975), p. 152; David Larsen, Jews, Gentiles and the Church (Grand Rapids: Discovery House, 1995), pp. 274, 293; Hal Lindsey, There’s A New World Coming: An In-Depth Analysis of the Book of Revelation (Eugene, OR: Harvest House, 1984), p. 152; Henry M. Morris, The Revelation Record: A Scientific and Devotional Commentary on the Prophetic Book of the End Times (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1983), p. 198; J. Dwight Pentecost, Things to Come: A Study in Biblical Eschatology (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1958), p. 309; J. B. Smith, A Revelation of Jesus Christ (Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1961), p. 171; Gerald Stanton, Kept from the Hour (Miami Springs, FL: Schoettle Publishing Company, 1992), pp. 187–88; Charles R. Swindoll, Swindoll’s New Testament Insights: Insights on Revelation (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011), p. 158.

[2] Some who see the two witnesses in the second half of the tribulation include: Arno C. Gaebelein, The Revelation (Chicago: Van Kampen Press, n.d.), p. 69–70; Edward Hindson, The Book of Revelation: Unlocking the Future (Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2002), p. 122; Mark Hitchcock, The End: A Complete Overview of Bible Prophecy and the End of Days (Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2012), pp. 351–52; Jack MacArthur, Expositional Commentary on Revelation (Eugene, OR: Certain Sound Publishers, 1973), p. 233; John MacArthur, The MacArthur New Testament Commentary: Revelation 1–11 (Chicago: Moody Press, 1999), p. 298; Randall Price, The Temple and Bible Prophecy: A Definitive Look at Its Past, Present, and Future (Eugene, OR: Harvest House, 2005), p. 320; Robert L. Thomas,Revelation 8-22: An Exegetical Commentary (Chicago: Moody Press, 1995), p. 89; John F. Walvoord, The Revelation of Jesus Christ (Chicago: Moody Press, 1966), p. 178.

[3] John C. Whitcomb, “The Two Witnesses in Revelation 11,” Paper presented at the Pre-Trib Study Group Conference, December 2008, p. 2; http://www.pre-trib.org/data/pdf/Whitcomb-TheTwoWitnessesFirst.pdf.

[4] John C. Whitcomb, Everyman’s Bible Commentary: Daniel (Winona Lake, IN: BMH Books, 1985), p. 134.

[5] Whitcomb, “The Two Witnesses,” p. 3.

[6] Whitcomb, “The Two Witnesses,” p. 3.

[7] Cohen, Understanding Revelation, p. 134.

[8] Whitcomb, “The Two Witnesses,” p. 4.

[9] Whitcomb, “The Two Witnesses,” p. 5.


READ MORE At Our Facebook Group Rapture Bound… Israel is the Timepiece

ISRAEL HAS THE RIGHT TO DEFEND HERSELF…

Israel Has the right to defend herself.  Israel is a Sovereign nation and has been one since May of 1948.  This is like saying that if Mexico started sending 1,500 missles into the Untied States we should do nothing?  Really?  If this happened here at home we would want our Air Force to destroy our enemies and keep our people safe.  Our military would do anything to make that a reality.  We went to war with Iraq over a terrorist attack.  What about all the women and children that were killed there?  War is hell and people die.  Sometimes even the innocent.  Why should we expect Israel not to protect her people?

Hamas is the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood.  They are terrorists.  That is just a fact.  Why doesn’t the Western media get it? Why don’t Western leaders get it? It is the war of public opinion that surrounds the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the liberal press, and other media.  The Palestinian propagandists can count on the liberal media to run footage of dead and wounded Palestinians  They can also rely on world leaders to condemn the “cycle of violence”—as though there were a moral equivalence between the actions of the Palestinians and the actions of the Israelis.

But there is no moral equivalence. To paraphrase Winston Churchill, never in the history of human conflict has one side (Israel) done so much to protect the lives of civilians on the other side. Conversely, never has an opposing force shown so little regard for civilian lives—either that of their enemy or of their own people.  To minimize civilian casualties among Gazan citizens, the Israeli Defense Force first gives warning of an impending attack via telephone, thousands of pamphlets, and warning shots. And Hamas? Hamas positions its rocket launchers near schools, hospitals, and mosques and in private homes next to apartment buildings.

When the Israelis warn Gazans to leave, Hamas orders them to stay and act as human shields. “Israel uses weapons to protect its civilians. Hamas uses civilians to protect its weapons.” If Hamas truly cared for its people you would never see weapons in elementary schools or hospitals.  Hamas also uses civilian casualties for propaganda purposes. They don’t mind if their own people are killed as long as the compliant Western media is willing to publish the photos of mangled bodies and wailing mothers.

 “There is no other army in the world like the IDF that takes so many precautions in warning citizens of soldiers’ advance, whether it’s by mail, flyer, phone calls, text messages, and loudspeakers,”  “You won’t find other armies setting up field hospitals and bringing in supplies, as Israel has. 

Hamas has no morals.  Consider how the two sides reacted to the murder of three Israeli teens by Palestinian terrorists, and, shortly after, to the murder of a teenage Palestinian boy by a Jewish extremist. The death of the Jewish boys was a cause of celebration in the Palestinian communities, the death of the Palestinian boy was an occasion of sorrow for the Israelis. They found the young man that killed the Arab boy and he is in jail awaiting trial for murder.

Palestinian children are soaked in hatred of Jews almost from the cradle. Jews are demonized in schools and on children’s television. Kindergartners in Gaza are dressed like terrorists and suicide bombers on graduation day. At higher grade levels, youngsters are encouraged to compose essays expressing their dreams of murdering Jews when they grow up. The preamble to the Hamas Charter calls for the elimination of Israel and Article Seven envisions the extermination of all Jews. And now that the Palestinian authority in the West Bank has formed a unity government with Hamas, there is little reason to believe that their aims are any different.

If you don’t believe me do your homework.  I think it will open your eyes to the truth.  Christians should definitely support the nation of Israel. We must remember that Israel, the nation, is very special to God. We read in Deuteronomy 7:6-8 these words: “For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession. The LORD did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples. But it was because the LORD loved you and kept the oath he swore to your forefathers that he brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt.”

God’s eternal purpose is to bless the world through Israel. Already He has done so in measure, for “salvation is from the Jews” (John 4:22), but the fullness of future blessing is indicated in the wondrous promise of Isaiah 27:6: “In days to come Jacob will take root, Israel will bud and blossom and fill all the world with fruit.”

The declaration that “salvation is from the Jews” suggests our immeasurable debt to Israel. All that we have worth having has come to us through the Jews. Our Bible is a Jewish Book, and our Savior is a Jewish Savior. Let us never forget to pray for God’s chosen people. It is true that Israel, today, is in the place of rejection. The nation is a secular, unbelieving (as to the claims of Scripture and their Messiah, Jesus Christ) nation; but “…at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace” (Romans 11:5). Some Jews are being saved and are becoming members of the body of Christ through faith in their Messiah.

Jews are, biblically speaking, the “chosen people of God” and dearly loved by Him. Another reason for Christians to support the nation of Israel is because of the Abrahamic Covenant. We read of God’s promise in Genesis 12:2-3, “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you” (see also Genesis 27:29; Numbers 24:9).

One of the United States’ most worthwhile accomplishments has been its consistent regard for the plight of the Jewish nation. No nation in the history of the world has a better record of treating individual Jews with respect than does America. The same can be said for our befriending Israel as a nation. America has committed many sins for which we may well deserve judgment, but as a nation, we have been a consistent friend of the Jews and the nation of Israel, as well as a benefactor. In 1948, President Harry Truman helped persuade the United Nations to recognize Israel as a nation. Since then, the United States has contributed billions of dollars in aid to Israel.

From the biblical declarations of God’s love and care for His chosen people, the nation of Israel, and from the history of nations being destroyed because of their evil dealings with God’s chosen people, the Jews, Christian believers should give support to the chosen people of God. This is not to say that we support necessarily the methods they use in their relationships with the Arab nations. The Bible warned that conflict would always characterize the relations between the descendants of Isaac and Ishmael. Sadly, this conflict will continue until Jesus comes back to judge the nations and sets up His 1,000-year reign of peace on earth. We must look at the “big picture” with a biblical worldview. While we do not have to support everything Israel does as a nation, we most definitely should support Israel’s right to exist. God will fulfill His promises and covenants with Israel. God still has a plan for Israel. Woe to anyone who seeks to defeat that plan; “whoever curses you I will curse” (Genesis 12:3).  I stand with God, so therefore I stand with Israel.  

Here is another great Hal Lindsey Prophecy Update for the week ending August 1,  2014…  Part 1 End –Time News As We Move Ever Closer To The Rapture of the Church… Maranatha!!!

Here is another great Hal Lindsey Prophecy Update for the week ending August 1,  2014…  Part 2 End –Time News As We Move Ever Closer To The Rapture of the Church… Maranatha!!!




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