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The following is a very timely message given by Israeli leader Amir Tsarfati about two weeks ago.  It centers around Isaiah 17:1 which says, “The burden against Damascus. ‘Behold, Damascus will cease from being a city, And it will be a ruinous heap.'” Considering the current events that are happening with Syria, the United States, and Russia, will this scripture be fulfilled very soon? It looks like a strong possibility.

Please click on the following title to watch the video.  May it cause you to have an ever-present awareness of these last days that we’re living in — and may it also be a blessing to you.

The Burden Against Damascus

(Mr. Tsarfati’s introduction begins at minute 26:32.)

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1 Why do the nations rage, And the people plot a vain thing?

The kings of the earth set themselves, And the rulers take counsel together, Against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying,

“Let us break Their bonds in pieces And cast away Their cords from us.”

He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; The Lord shall hold them in derision.

Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, And distress them in His deep displeasure:

“Yet I have set My King On My holy hill of Zion.”

“I will declare the decree: The Lord has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.

Ask of Me, and I will give You The nations for Your inheritance, And the ends of the earth for Your possession.

You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.’”

10 Now therefore, be wise, O kings; Be instructed, you judges of the earth.

11 Serve the Lord with fear, And rejoice with trembling.

12 Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, And you perish in the way, When His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.

                                                                                       ~ Psalm 2

Food for Thought

The above passage is from the Tanach – the Holy Scriptures of the Jewish Bible.  It speaks of God’s “begotten Son.”  Compare this with the following…

     

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

(John 3:16-18 – New Covenant)

And that name is Yeshua ha Mashiach (Jesus the Messiah).  May these words bless you and encourage you.  Amen.

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by Meshawn Senior

In “Hated by All Nations for My Name’s Sake” we discussed primarily how Israel as a whole would be hated during the Tribulation period because it was their lineage through which the Messiah came.  This hatred is not only of the heart but has deep spiritual roots going all the way back to the Garden of Eden and the fall of man.  In this new installment of the “Are We Living in the End Times” series, we’ll look at Matthew 24:10, which states, “And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.”

What does it mean to be offended?  When we hear this word in English, we usually think of someone getting their feelings hurt for one reason or another.  But the word translated as “offended” in the above passage of scripture has a slightly different meaning in the original Greek.  The word is “skandalizō” and according to the Blue Letter Bible search engine, the following are all the biblical usages for this word:

 1)  to put a stumbling block or impediment in the way, upon
……..which another may trip and fall, metaph. to offend
      .a)  to entice to sin
      .b)  to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom
……………he ought to trust and obey
             i)  to cause to fall away
            ii)  to be offended in one, i.e. to see in another what I
…………………disapprove of and what hinders me from acknow-
…………………ledging his authority
           iii)  to cause one to judge unfavourably or unjustly of
…………………another
      c)  since one who stumbles or whose foot gets entangled feels
………….annoyed
             i)  to cause one displeasure at a thing
            ii)  to make indignant
           iii)  to be displeased, indignant

Also, the Amplified Bible translates Matthew 24:10 as follows:  “And then many will be offended and repelled and will begin to distrust and desert [Him Whom they ought to trust and obey] and will stumble and fall away and betray one another and pursue one another with hatred.”

So it appears this passage is indicating that people will stumble and fall away from the message of the Messiah of Israel, Jesus Christ, and will no longer trust His message as truth.  There are many Jews today who believe in Yeshua ha Mashiach (Jesus the Messiah) and of course, many more Gentiles.  So there is no contradiction here with Jesus speaking about people – Jews and Gentiles alike – who will turn away from Him during this time.

Interestingly, the Bible speaks about a “falling away” just before the return of Christ.  2 Thessalonians 2:3 tells us, “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;(“That day” is speaking about the return of the Messiah and the term “man of sin” is speaking of the Antichrist.)

Not only will many stumble and fall away from their belief in the Messiah, Jesus said that they would betray one another.  To betray someone is to double-cross them or to turn them over to their enemy.  So during this horrible time of tribulation when many believers in the Messiah will be hiding for fear of their lives because of their beliefs, they will be turned in to the authorities by people whom they have always trusted – including family members. (“Now brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death.” ~ Mark 13:12)

In the last part of the Matthew 24:10 passage, Jesus also said that many will hate one another.  In order to betray someone to the degree that we see above – especially a family member – there has to be a deep-seated hatred in one’s heart.  How could people hate others to such a degree just because of their religious beliefs?  There’s obviously an underlying supernatural component to this type of extreme emotion.

Even in the present year, 2012, there is hatred in the hearts of many against the followers of Jesus Christ.  Christians are being persecuted and killed on a global scale.  This is a highly underreported fact.  Here’s an article that shines light on this troubling state and deliberate cover-up of this worldwide problem.  It’s entitled “War on Christianity” and can be read here.

How many reading this are surprised by this revelation?  We have all heard of Jewish persecution throughout the years, but I’m sure most had no idea how widespread Christian persecution is. You would think that this would be front page news – but it’s not.  And if it is reported, it has a totally different bend than that of religious persecution.  It’s mainly portrayed as “ethnic violence” or “warring factions.”  But it’s much deeper than that.  (To learn even more about the plight of persecuted Christians around the world, please visit The Voice of the Martyrs website. You will be shocked at what’s really going on in the world we live in.)

A logical question then would be, “Why is the world not being told about the violence against Christians?”  An even more logical question would be, “Why are the world governments allowing these atrocities to continue?”  Sensible reasoning would lead one to believe that they should be doing everything within their power to put a stop to it.  But that doesn’t seem to be the case.

As I mentioned above and also wrote about in the previous installment of this series, the followers of Judaism, the Jews, have also been hated and persecuted from their inception.  And most of us know that there is a common thread between Christians and Jews.  This thread, of course, is that both follow the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob – a God whom Satan, the devil, hates.  So it’s no surprise that he would spur the whole world to come against those who follow the one true God of the Bible – the One who defeated him ages ago and cast him out of Heaven.  Satan hates Christians and Jews and he influences the world to do the same.  Jesus Christ – a Jew and the founder of Christianity – said it perfectly when he stated, “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.” (John 15:18)  And as blatant as the anti-Christian and anti-Semitic sentiments are today, it will be even more intense during the tribulation period.

Yes, offense to the point of leaving one’s faith, betrayal of friends and family, and supernatural hatred will characterize this period that Jesus said would be a time of “great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now–and never to be equaled again. ” (Matthew 24:21 NIV)  Hopefully all reading this are prepared to escape this terrifying time should it come in our lifetime.  If you’re not sure of how to prepare, please click here to get more information on this very important matter.

The next article in this series will center around yet another ominous element which will permeate this prophetic seven-year period in the not-so-distant future.  The verse which speaks of this is Matthew 24:11, and it states, ‘Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.”  Unfortunately, it’s already happening today.

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If you have not read the previous installments in this series, they are listed below in chronological order:
  1. Are We Living in the End Times?
  2. Take Heed that No One Deceives You
  3. For Many will Come in My Name
  4. Wars and Rumors of Wars
  5. For Nation will Rise against Nation
  6. The Beginning of Sorrows
  7. Hated by All Nations for My Name’s Sake

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But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

~ Daniel 12:4 ~

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These words were relayed to the prophet Daniel by an angelic messenger.  Daniel had fasted and prayed for 21 days for an answer from God about a certain matter.  Then after that time, he was visited by this heavenly being who, after being detained by the Prince of Persia,* came to give Daniel a very important message about what would happen at the time of the end.  After relaying the prophecy, he told Daniel that its meaning would be shut up and sealed until the time of the end.  He goes on to say how this particular time would be known. 

First he states, “many shall run to and fro.”  Today we have all kinds of cars and mass transit vehicles (i.e. buses, subways, and trains) as well as airplanes, etc., that provide transportation.  And depending on which mode is utilized, it’s now possible to reach any destination on earth in a matter of hours, instead of days, weeks, and months, as was the case during the time of Daniel.  It’s quite apparent that many people are running “to and fro” at this time.

Also, the angel told Daniel that “knowledge shall be increased” at the time of the end.  Needless to say, in our day and age, knowledge has increased exponentially since the time this prophecy was given – and it continues to do so.  Cable channels, computers, smart phones, and iPads are just some of the avenues for attaining knowledge at literally the touch of a button.

Never before has there been a time such as the one we’re living in.  Could this be the time of the end spoken of in Daniel 12:4?  If so, are you prepared for what was also prophesied in the rest of the chapter?  (Read about it here.)

Just something to think about…

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* The Prince of Persia is a malevolent spirit being who resisted Daniel’s heavenly visitor for three weeks to try and prevent him from relaying this prophecy to Daniel.  He was finally able to break through with the help of the archangel, Michael, and continue on his mission to pass on this message to Daniel.   (For more on this topic, see this commentary on Daniel Chapter 10.)

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by Meshawn Senior

This is the sixth installment in the series entitled “Are We Living in the End Times?” which centers around discovering if we could possibly be living in the times spoken of by Jesus Christ during His discourse on the Mount of Olives.

Previously, we discussed a warning followed by various signs that were mentioned in Matthew 24:4-7.  In the second installment to this series, “Take Heed that No One Deceives You,” we considered the origins of deception and the importance of discerning truth from error.  We followed this up in the next article by proving why there can only be one person who fulfills the qualifications for being the Messiah, the Christ, the Savior of mankind, and who this person is.  This article is entitled “For Many will Come in My Name.”  The next article, “Wars and Rumors of Wars,” discussed the remarkable increase in worldwide conflicts over the past 100 years or so.  And in the last article, “For Nation will Rise against Nation,” we addressed the increase in ethnic and civil unrest around the globe.

Then, in the very next verse, Jesus made a very thought-provoking statement which pertains to the previous list of things just mentioned.  He said, “All these are the beginning of sorrows.” (Matthew 24:8) This is the topic of discussion in this article.

As mentioned above, there are numerous catastrophic events that were discussed and which we elaborated on in the previous articles.  One might ask, “If these events are the beginning of sorrows, how much worse could the actual full-fledged sorrows be?”  Unfortunately, the Bible says that they will be considerably worse.  In fact, no other time in the history of the earth will be as bad as this future time spoken of by Jesus – so bad that Jesus Himself said, “Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”  (Luke 21:36)

Now, let’s take a look at the word “sorrows.”  Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines this word as “a cause of grief or sadness.”   In some Bible translations, though, the phrase “birth pains” is used in the Matthew 24:8 passage instead of “sorrows.”  I believe this phrase helps us to better understand the broader meaning that Jesus wanted to convey in this passage.

For instance, every woman who has experienced birth pains – or in today’s terminology, labor pains – during childbirth can relate to the gradual succession of events during labor which culminate with the birth of a child.  At first it starts off as a dull, intermittent hint of pain caused by contractions of the womb housing the baby.  These contractions are spaced far apart in the beginning, but as the labor progresses, the pains occur with greater frequency and intensity until the birth of a child results.

Consequently, what is being described in verses 4 through 7 are the initial, intermittent events that have to happen in order for the full birth of the desired end of the age, which is the coming reign of the Messiah.  However, between this time period referred to as “the beginning of sorrows” and the coming of the Messiah, will be a time of great sorrow or tribulation which the world has never experienced before nor will ever experience again.  (Matthew 24:21)

So, what will this time of tribulation be like?  The next set of verses gives us the answer to this question beginning in Matthew 24:9.  This passage of scripture solemnly states, “Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.” We will carefully examine this statement in the next installment of this series.

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Next installment in the series:
If you have not read the previous installments in this series, they are listed below in chronological order:
  1. Are We Living in the End Times?
  2. Take Heed that No One Deceives You
  3. For Many will Come in My Name
  4. Wars and Rumors of Wars
  5. For Nation will Rise against Nation

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