In 1967, Jerusalem was recaptured and something to remember about that war is the length of it: 6 days. Thats it, thats all it took. How quickly could the geopolitical, social, religious, economic map of the world be transformed? In just days, not weeks months or years. Often economic distress is a prelude to large scale war so we as a world have that going for us as well.
The stage is set more than it ever has been before in history it is now. In previous years some pieces of the puzzle appeared to be in place but others were not even close (like mark of the beast technology). Now? Its either here or within a few years reach which makes any day now about right for the tribulation to begin.
I have asked the Lord many times about what kind of physical preparations to do and each time the impression is not to go overboard. That said, He gave us a brain and the ability to think so short term preparations like extra food, water toilet paper, gas for generator propane for grill etc is just common sense. We could see short term disruptions to our daily lives. For anything beyond the short term the Lord alone will have to provide everything if we are still here. Can He do this? Yes. Will He do this? Yes. We know He is going to do it for at least one group exactly as He did it before.
Deut 8:16 He gave you manna to eat in the wilderness, something your ancestors had never known, to humble and test you so that in the end it might go well with you.
|The woman fled into the wilderness to a place prepared for her by|
God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days.
We do not know what is going to happen for sure in the days ahead. I have no idea but what I know for sure is the stage is now set for everything that has been written to take place. The world is for the most part completely oblivious to what could be just days away. Things can change radically in just days (as in 6 days war, Israel). What if Israel was able to rebuild their temple on the temple mount because of the outcome of another week long war? It already happened once (Jerusalem retaken-6 days).
Something to remember in the days ahead is this: nothing special (apart from what is already happening already) has to happen on one day or another this month. All that has to happen for everything that has been written to be fulfilled is for us to remain on the exact course and trajectory we are on now.
Things just have to play out according to the stage as it is set today. This world is ready for the anti-Christ, in fact they are almost begging for him whether they know it or not. War in the middle east is setup and ready to happen any day. The economy is 2-3 years away from complete collapse and reset mode where the mark can be implemented. The natural world has gone completely out of control and is getting worse by the day. The stage is set.
What can we do?
We can perfect our walk with the Lord. There are permissible things that are not perfect things. We can get rid of everything that is not perfect in our walk with Him. We can fast and pray for each other, our families and friends and ourselves. We can take this seriously regardless of what anyone else says. After all of the signs the Lord has given this generation nobody will have an excuse when what is set to happen actually happens. We have all been warned.
When the Lord shows up I would like to be able to give Him a big hug and say "we have been expecting you Lord!" We must be the servants who are found watching when He arrives. Those people who tell us not to bother watching for the appearance of the Lord are foolish. We have been told, we have been warned to be watching for HIM, period.
Mark 13:32But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
33Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. 34For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. 35Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: 36Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. 37And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.
Luke 21:34And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. 35For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
Matt 25:1Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. 2And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: 4But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. 6And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. 7Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. 8And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. 9But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. 10And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. 11Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. 12But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. 13Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
How many different ways could the Lord possible say it and yet there remain legions of Christians out there who tell us "don't bother to watch because x,y and z have to happen first." Foolish. I am not judging them, they judge themselves with their own words. Re-read the Words the Lord used in Matt 25:1-13.
How do we watch? Through prayer:
|... But the end of all things is at hand: be therefore|
sober minded, and watch unto prayer. ...
|... Continue in prayer, and watch in it with thanksgiving; .... ...|
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ.