Present Day Prophecy Implications
Why What We Are Seeing Is Beyond Coincidence
Roger G. Ford, Ph.D., P.E.
We are seeing many things today that, we have been manipulated into thinking, there is nothing unusual going on, it’s just the way things have always been. Nothing could be further from the truth. We are either told that nothing is changing, everything is normal, or we hear we are not witnessing strange things or unusual things, that the world has always been out of control. But what we are witnessing in our country, in our world today, are precursors to the End of Days.
It is relatively unknown by many that if the frequency of something like trains rumbling through a town increases over time, people will not even notice. Why? Because everyone becomes immune to the sound of trains so that their sound just disappears from their consciences. If the frequency of the trains slowly and regularly increases, no one tends to notice because of their comfort with the noise since we “get used to” the noise and tune it out. We can suddenly be told that the train traffic has quadrupled and we will be totally surprised. Such it is with the frequency of evil such as murders in big cities like Chicago, how often mobs will seemingly and spontaneously erupt in violence, of terrorism occurrences by individuals or groups resulting in many deaths and injuries, of storms of unusual strength and duration, and of national uprisings in other parts of the world. Then we hear of famines in Africa, earthquakes in Mexico and Oklahoma, terrible treatment of Christians and people of all faiths in other countries, and many other such life-changing, very concerning issues of our world today.
What does a person do, what can someone do about the evil times we live in if we don’t even realize that we are actually living in evil times? Most people are completely unaware, ignorant, or apathetic about this condition that seems to be getting worse by the week. In this country, we have been lulled into a kind of stupor that makes us accept bad behavior, be reluctant to see punishment for committed crimes, be angry when anyone expresses an alternate viewpoint from our own, and unconcerned for the many living lives dependent on a government that should not be in the business of welfare in the first place. Security and protection are in the Constitution, but government handouts and free healthcare are not. Those are the responsibility of the church as is the need to help people get back to responsibility.
In His Olivet Discourse, Jesus told His disciples in Matthew 24 and Luke 21 that the end of days would be preceded by what He called birth pains. As a mother is about to give birth, she experiences contractions on an increasing basis indicating the nearness of the actual birth. Jesus was telling us that His catching us up and the ushering in of the Tribulation to be followed by His Second Coming will be announced by rapidly increasing occurrences and severity of wars, rumors of wars, deceivers and deception, earthquakes, famines, signs in the sun, moon, and stars, distress of nations, and the sea and the waves roaring. When all of these things start increasing slowly, the impact of the increase is missed just like the trains. We do not notice that twenty, thirty years ago, it was rare for any of these things to happen monthly much less daily. But, today, we think very little of the enormous and significant increase in these very bad realities on, now, a daily basis.
We certainly see the nations in distress with North Korea and Iran being the worldly threats that they are, as well as ISIS, Syria, Afghanistan, and inside-the-U.S. Antifa, BLM, Muslim Brotherhood, and other disruptive organizations not the least of which is the main-steam media. The sea and waves roaring directly points to the four major hurricanes in a row (Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria) with their associated destruction, but that phrase also points to the roaring of people demonstrating and often destroying property in Berkeley, in St. Louis, in Baltimore, as well as the effect of radical Islamic terrorism around the globe.
Jesus said that nation would rise against nation, but He also said kingdom against kingdom. That word “kingdom” in Greek is “ethnos” which could just as easily be translated as “people group” or “race” or “faction”. We see quite clearly that this is happening all over. Then there is the total deception that is everywhere. 2 Timothy 3:13 says, “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.” The news media, for the most part, does not report the news. The entire industry has turned into political commentators, opinion writers, and ideologues instead of journalists. These high-paid purveyors of propaganda are nothing more than slaves of the globalists that want the United States and all the rest of the world to come under one world leadership so that the elites can control the world’s money and have all the power that exists. What these evil seducers do not grasp is that there is an Almighty God Who has always been there, and He is getting quite annoyed with what is going on just as He did before the Great Flood of Noah and before the Tower of Babel. God fixed those situations with dramatic solutions, and He is about to do the very dramatic to our present world – The Tribulation.
Then there are the deceivers in the church. We have a lot of so-called megachurches today, and some are good. But, the acid test of a true, biblically based, Gospel preaching church is whether sin and the fact that we are all sinners, condemned by a just and Holy God, is preached or not. Matthew 7:15 says, “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” Those false prophets can be teachers as in Sunday School teachers as well as pastors, even senior pastors of megachurches that are published, on TV, and followed by millions. Unless repentance of sin, knowing in our hearts that Jesus is Lord, and confessing with our mouths that God raised Jesus from the dead (Romans 10:9), which paid the price for all of our sin, is preached, then that church is worthless. Many such megachurches exist to convince people through deception that God wants everyone to be rich, healthy, and live a prosperous life materially. If all of that applies to the spiritual life, then it’s all true. But materially? The Bible says nothing of the sort. It’s all deception and evil, Satan-influenced, greedy wolves-in-sheep’s-clothing nonsense that, unfortunately, has the eventual outcome of eternal punishment, not eternal life. And, again, this seems to be increasing as the days grow short.
An associated evil is even Christians following after vain, so-called experts in fields of theology, science, and especially paleontology. Colossians 2:8 tells us, “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” This certainly pertains to any of mankind’s philosophies like humanism, sociology, or psychology, but especially in the area of evolution. The “experts”, the “scientists”, regardless of all the alphabet soup after their names, do not even adhere to the scientific method when they proclaim that evolution is an established “fact”. Of course, this cannot be so since no one has ever seen much less proven that anything evolved into a completely different thing, which is what these God-deniers are telling us. They contend that life came from rocks, non-organic materials, which has never been, nor can it be, proven. But, Creationism cannot be scientifically proven either. Creationism is a belief, a faith in God’s Word. But evolution is also a belief, not a fact, based on man’s vain imaginings trying to make God irrelevant. Romans 1 says all people know there is a God, and they can affirm this by simply looking at all the wonderful things He has made, and how all things work symbiotically, in harmony, the perfect location of the earth in the solar system, the perfect distance from the sun, and many other amazing details like DNA, like laminin, like blood clotting, like the human eye, like the immensely beautiful colors and texture of an iris.
Let me remind everyone that the scientific method states quite plainly and without equivocation that any theory, in order to be proven and no longer deemed a theory, must first be observable, and second, be repeatable. Evolution has NEVER been observed much less repeated in the macro-evolution sense – that one kind of animal evolved into a completely different kind of animal as a lizard turning into a bird or vice versa. Micro-evolution is real, sometimes called adaptation. Darwin’s Galapagos finches and the size of their beaks fit this definition, but the finches always remain finches. Or, another way to look at this, Noah only had to bring a pair of wolves or a pair of cats on the ark because from them all dogs or canines have genetically sprung. Same goes for cats. But all dogs are still dogs and all cats are still cats. They never evolved into a dat or a cog. So, as 2 Peter 3:17 tells us, “Beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness.” Don’t be fooled. The “experts” and so-called “scientists” of today do not even adhere to the scientific method when they claim evolution is true. The Bible is God’s truth. Believe it – ALL OF IT! Even Genesis chapters 1 through 11.
Evolution is a lie, a deception, straight from the devil, to keep us confused and unsure of God’s truth. Did God make the universe and everything in it in six days and rest on the seventh? Absolutely YES! Did evolution cause everything to come out of nothing? Absolutely NO! And don’t believe the latest and greatest on Oprah or Bill Nye or Ellen or The View or even on mainstream media. They all are preaching from those same man-based philosophies, vain deceits, and traditions. Beware and be informed through God’s Word and your trust in Him.
Evolution is a vain philosophy that man has devised so that he can avoid God. If we remove God from the equation, then we do not have to follow Him, know Him, or obey Him, can do as we please without fear of punishment, or, at least, that is what these vain philosophers traditionally have said since Aristotle. They, of course, do not filter in the inevitability of death and even the possibility that Christians are right – there is a God, a Holy God, Who WILL hold them accountable for their sin. Oops! Didn’t consider that!
In the past few days, there have been two destructive earthquakes in Mexico. What the news media is not mentioning is that the location of these earthquakes coincide, generally, with the “ring of fire”, or the Pacific Rim which is known for the active volcanoes surrounding the entire Pacific Ocean and the continents and sub-continents of South America, Central America, North America, Eastern Asia, the Indonesian area, and Australia. There are 452 active and dormant volcanoes in this 25,000-mile ring, 75% of the world’s active volcanoes, and 90% of the world’s earthquakes. Mt Fuji, Krakatoa, Mt St. Helens, Popocatepetl, and many others have erupted and are erupting today, especially in the Andes of Argentina. This is all caused by plate tectonics, the moving of continent-sized pieces of the earth’s crust that literally float on molten lava deep within the earth. As these plates continue to move (they started moving during Noah’s Flood some 4,400 years ago and have not stopped), they force one plate into the earth and another pushes up creating mountain ranges and openings that molten lava can erupt from the tremendous pressure miles below the surface resulting in volcanic activity.
How do the Mexico earthquakes fit into this plate tectonic phenomenon? Plates continue to move, albeit very slowly, pressures build up, the earth moves to relieve the pressure. Sometimes, just earthquakes result. Other times, a volcano will erupt, even one long dormant like Mt. St. Helens in 1980. The first Mexico earthquake was 600 miles south of Mexico City. The last one was only 60 miles away, a sign of activity moving north? California is home to the San Andreas Fault running almost the entire length of the state. Is there potential danger for California? Experts have been saying so for several decades, and that it is only a matter of time when some of the state could be separated from the rest of the state. Is that time near? Only God knows, but, signs point to yes.
We also have raging fires in the northwest which are setting records. More than 250,000 acres have burned with more than 35 fires still raging at present. Record dryness has invaded the Pacific Northwest, unparalleled in history which fuels these fires. Meteorologists cannot explain this change. Could this be some of the “roaring waves” Jesus was referring to as well as the gigantic hurricanes? In addition, there is a caldera, a small ocean of molten lave some 40 miles by 30 miles in size with a depth that has not been measured, probably many miles thick. This caldera is located in Yellowstone Park in northwest Wyoming. The ground in Yellowstone has been rising a few inches a year for several years reflecting the pressure building up in the caldera. Animals are retreating because of the ground movement. The result will someday manifest itself as an outbreak of many volcanoes encircling the park on the edges of the caldera sending cubic miles of dirt and ash into the atmosphere blocking out the sun for years and destroying with molten lava and ash, it has been estimated, up to five states, yes, states like Wyoming, Colorado, South Dakota, and parts of Kansas, Iowa, North Dakota, and others. Earthquakes, volcanoes, diminished sunlight, literally many feet of dust and ash covering at least a third of the U.S., and who know what else is in the, maybe, near future. Does this coincide with the Wrath of God and the Tribulation? Or will it happen before the Rapture to wake Christians up?
We have witnessed the Blood Moons, a total Solar eclipse, and the constellation Virgo appearing in the celestial zodiac with the sun and the moon at her feet, crowned with twelve stars and planets fulfilling Revelation 12:1,2,5, “And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to His throne.” This happened on September 23rd of this year almost in conjunction with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish religious new year on either September 21 or 22, Jewish Year 5778, and the day that many Christians believe will be the Jewish feast that Jesus fulfills with the Rapture because of the blowing of the shofar, and Old Testament trumpet. This seems to fit 1 Thessalonians 4:16-19, “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.”
Are these the signs in the sun, moon, and stars that Jesus was referring to? Perhaps, but we cannot be specific. A confusion arises from Matthew 24:36, “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” Jesus was NOT telling us that we, as His Church and joint heirs with Christ, would not know the general time of His coming, just not the specific day or hour. Let me put it this way. We will be very sure that the Rapture is near just before it happens because we will feel His Presence, feel His nearness, know that He is about to call us home. We just will not know exactly when the shout will come. Will it happen on a future Rosh Hashanah? I think it very likely since Jesus fulfilled the first four Jewish Feasts with His crucifixion (Passover), His burial (Unleavened Bread), His Resurrection (First Fruits), and the gift of the Holy Spirit (Pentecost). The next Jewish Feast is Rosh Hashanah, the Feast of Trumpets, and it is logical that Jesus will “harpazo” us, catch us up, on a future Rosh Hashanah. But, we will see.
We must look at the following verses, Matthew 24:37-39, to see the full picture. “But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” This says that just about everyone alive now, at the time of the Rapture and of the Second Coming, will totally and completely be UNAWARE of the signs of the time and the nearness of eternity for many, an eternity of punishment and absence from God. Back again comes the lack of knowledge and awareness of the frequency of the bad and evil things that are occurring today.
One of those “other” concerning things mentioned earlier is the video game industry. Our kids are being brainwashed into an unreal fantasy existence where there are clear winners and losers, where might makes right, where you always get the beautiful girl, where you are potentially invincible. The reality of those games currently is virtual real life, almost like a movie made with real humans, with the characters’ speech, their detailed facial expressions, their movements, and their behaviors, all of these qualities programmable. Any character can be made to look, act, and react as the player wants. The realism of the so-called “games” is frighteningly graphic and, at times, X-rated verbally and graphically. Death is easily accomplished, and along with death is all of the gore that would accompany literally blowing someone up or cutting off a head. Our youth shoot other humans, animals, and other-worldly and alien creatures at will thus de-sensitizing the youth of today to blatant evil in the form of unimaginable cruelty and viciousness. All in the name of a “fun” video game.
Parents think these “games” harmless, but movies, television, cable shows, and “game boy” or “playstation” games contain horrible death, mayhem, evil actions, demonic occurrences, zombies, vampires, you name it. The eventual result is a numbing effect on those who play these “games” resulting in loss of humanity and sensitivity to wrong as well as hours and hours of wasted time and mind-bending and potentially psychologically damaging our kids’ and grandkids’ brains and psyches. The devil relishes in these kinds of things because he knows that when he rises to power, he will be accepted by those that see his actions that mimic those very video games and violent shows, and no one will object. Dumbing down the most abundant percentage of our society will allow error and evil to enter at will deceiving many and leading those to destruction not only mentally, but spiritually.
The last consideration of our times and how they fit into Jesus’ answer to His disciples of when He will return, centers around Israel. The Old Testament is full of prophecies of Israel’s return to God, finding their Messiah Jesus, and repenting of their disobedience over millennia concerning the things of God and His Will. Israel’s return to their land beginning in May, 1948, was the key that opened the lock of End Times prophecy. After
1,813 years, since the Bar-Kochba revolt in 135 A.D., Israel was no longer a desolation, abandoned by God and the Jews. Israel has become, over the last 70 years, a veritable Garden of Eden and an exporter of food, technology, and human aid to the world. Yet, the world hates Israel, wishes them destroyed and removed from the face of the earth. But God has other plans: Israel returning to their land (Zechariah 9:12), Israel finding their Messiah (Zechariah 12:10-14), Israel being praised by the nations (Zephaniah 3:20), God taking vengeance against all of Israel’s enemies because they divided up the land (Joel 3:2), God showing the world that Israel is relevant and that they are His people (Hosea 14:4), and God’s decree through Daniel ((:24-27) that Israel must go through a 70th week of years of His Wrath to wake them up to their Messiah. Replacement theology is wrong, has always been wrong, and Israel will be seen by everyone to be Jehovah God’s wife as they have always been. The Church has never been Israel and Israel has never been the Church. The Church belongs to Jesus, and Israel belongs to God the Father.
Is this all coincidence that Israel is prospering at this time of the birth pains we are all experiencing? I think not! All of these, point directly to Jesus’ return, first for His Church in the Rapture, and then His Second Coming to set up His Millennial Kingdom.
What do we do about this? First and foremost is being sure that our kids and grandkids know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. It’s not about “Jesus saves” alone. Making Jesus our Lord is confessing that we are sinners, completely guilty of transgressing God’s perfect standard of committing absolutely no sin whatsoever – no lies, no selfish acts, no envy, no anger, nothing that we all do regularly. If we repent of all our sin, humble ourselves before a Holy God, recognize that Jesus died in our place to take the full penalty of God’s wrath on Himself, then gave to us His righteousness in return for our devotion and commitment, we are His and possessors of eternal life with Him. Then, until He raptures us out of here, we become watchers, watchers on the wall. Ezekiel 33:6 says, “But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take [any] person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.” What Ezekiel was saying to us is that we need to keep watch and relate what the Bible tells us to our brothers and sisters in Christ or we will be held accountable for their loss. Isaiah 62:6 says, “I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, [which] shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence…” This is for all Christians who love the Lord, who love the Jews (Jesus was a Jew!), who love and pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122:6), it is our duty to be watchful, especially towards Israel because Israel is THE key to prophecy and the End Times.
Then, we get involved and proclaim Jesus until He comes! Monitor, don’t harass your kids, your grandkids. Take evil games away and tell them why. Teach them the Truth of God’s Word. Proclaim the eternal salvation of Jesus Christ to them. Answer all of their questions so they can relate to the world of today and defend the faith that is within them. Realize that the signs of the times definitely ARE increasing, even exponentially, and Jesus is coming soon, even sooner for His Church! Maranatha! Even so, come Lord Jesus!