20And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. 21Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto.
But this ^^is not first, other things have to happen before this happens. What has the Lord God told us? This:
Ezekiel 38:10Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought: 11And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates, 12To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land. 13Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?
Daniel 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
So...where does this leave us? This leaves us needing a radical transformation in the middle east. To go from Israel today
I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates
will require a radical transformation. Historically speaking, which tool do nations have a their disposal that achieves the most radical transformation in the least amount of time? War. Like for instance the Six Day War of 1967 which also was a Jubilee year....Lots of change takes place in a little time.
This year we are in a Jubilee year, and not so coincidentally we also have war ramping up in the middle east. What happens in Jubilee years? Israel gets stuff back, like land and property
Leviticus 25:8And thou shalt number seven sabbaths of years unto thee, seven times seven years; and the space of the seven sabbaths of years shall be unto thee forty and nine years. 9Then shalt thou cause the trumpet of the jubile to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month, in the day of atonement shall ye make the trumpet sound throughout all your land. 10And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubile unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family
How does this happen ^^? How and when are our Lord's domain. He told us exactly what would happen. He also framed the "what" with a seven year period of time. Do we know when that seven starts? No, but our God did go out of His way to advertise to us previous "sevens" which lead to future sevens both through the Shemitah cycle and Joseph's cows:
Genesis 41:1When two full years had passed, Pharaoh had a dream: He was standing by the Nile, 2when out of the river there came up seven cows, sleek and fat, and they grazed among the reeds. 3After them, seven other cows, ugly and gaunt, came up out of the Nile and stood beside those on the riverbank. 4And the cows that were ugly and gaunt ate up the seven sleek, fat cows. Then Pharaoh woke up.
So, we are in a Jubilee year now that ends with the beginning of another "seven" cycle of years. Does anything (like Daniels final 7 years) have to happen this next seven years? No. Is it reasonable to expect something might happen? Yes. What could lead us to expect something might happen? How about signs in the sun moon and stars (lunar tetrad on feast days, solar eclipses, increased comet activity, meteorite activity), or how about the Shemitah cycle that has been punctuated with trillions of dollars worth of lost market capitalization each 7th year? Or how about the nations of the world converging their armies in the middle east while at the same time western governments are allowing a wholesale unopposed, (actually encouraged) Islamic invasion of western countries?
The western government sanctioned/encouraged Islamic invasion probably stands out as one of the most amazing historic events I have seen in my lifetime. The fall of the berlin wall and end of the soviet union does not hold a candle to the orchestrated demolition of western democracies through Islamic invasion (uh, I mean 'immigration). If anyone in the west speaks up against it they are branded a 'racist' so let us remain silent and allow the Islamic invaders to speak for themselves.
What are they saying? They want the end of western democracy and the implementation of Sharia law. Simple enough yes?
What does this have to do with coming events? While the middle east is transformed to set the stage for this:
1. He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven'
2. In the middle of the ‘seven’i he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the templej he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.k ”l
The rest of the world is being transformed simultaneously into this:
Daniel 2:39“After you, another kingdom will arise, inferior to yours. Next, a third kingdom, one of bronze, will rule over the whole earth. 40Finally, there will be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron—for iron breaks and smashes everything—and as iron breaks things to pieces, so it will crush and break all the others. 41Just as you saw that the feet and toes were partly of baked clay and partly of iron, so this will be a divided kingdom; yet it will have some of the strength of iron in it, even as you saw iron mixed with clay. 42As the toes were partly iron and partly clay, so this kingdom will be partly strong and partly brittle. 43And just as you saw the iron mixed with baked clay, so the people will be a mixture and will not remain united, any more than iron mixes with clay.
Daniel 7:23“He gave me this explanation: ‘The fourth beast is a fourth kingdom that will appear on earth. It will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth, trampling it down and crushing it. 24The ten horns are ten kings who will come from this kingdom. After them another king will arise, different from the earlier ones; he will subdue three kings. 25He will speak against the Most High and oppress his holy people and try to change the set times and the laws. The holy people will be delivered into his hands for a time, times and half a time.b
So again, we do not have to guess what will happen we know what will happen. Thanks be to our God who told us thousands of years in advance. So now we watch in fascination as our Lord's arm works out His plan on this earth to bring an end to this world's kingdoms and setup His own Kingdom:
Daniel 7:26“ ‘But the court will sit, and his power will be taken away and completely destroyed forever. 27Then the sovereignty, power and greatness of all the kingdoms under heaven will be handed over to the holy people of the Most High. His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all rulers will worship and obey him.’
^^Glory to God^^
In the meantime, what do we do? The same thing the Lord has told us from the beginning, walk with our God in love, faith and absolute obedience. That's it. Where specific instructions and guidance is needed for our individual needs and circumstances the Lord will provide that directly to you through your relationship with Him. Not your 'pastor's' relationship, not your priests relationship your relationship with Him is the conduit through which all your needs will be provided for.
Grace and peace be multiplied to you from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ.