Another Report of Blood-Red Water

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“And the third angel poured out his vial on the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood. And I heard the angel of the waters say, ‘You are righteous, O Lord, which are, and were, and shall be, because you have judged thus. For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and you have given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.’ And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are your judgments.” Revelation 16:4-7 AKJV

 

How many stories have we seen in the news over the past several months of rivers, lakes, bays, oceans turning red? They always are ‘debunked’ if you will as a red tide–an algal bloom that colors the water blood-red and makes it toxic to marine life. Implied in the scientific explanation of these events is that because they can be explained, they are therefore mundane and have nothing to do with God or bible prophecy.

I beg to differ. Who better than God Almighty, creator of all that is or was or ever shall be, would know how his creation works? Where does it say that because something is a divine sign, it must have an absolutely divine, supernatural origin beyond human explanation? I don’t know if red tides are becoming more frequent or if they just get more exposure in media. Whatever the case, we are seeing blood-red waters happening a lot lately. Anybody who reads this blog knows that I have abandoned the rather narrow-minded view of prophecy that natural occurrences cannot be the fulfillment of prophecy. We should pay attention to ANYTHING which piques our interest because it seems to echo bible prophecy.

So here we have another episode of blood-red water. There are a couple of different things in this case of which we should take note. First, this has occurred in Dhaka, Bangladesh, a Muslim city in a Muslim country. Secondly, it occurred on the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. Lastly, it’s really blood.

 

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That’s right. Heavy rains, poor drainage, and thousands of ritually cruel animal sacrifices have resulted in blood tainted waters flooding the streets of Dhaka. Are these rivers or springs of water turning to “blood”? No, but it bears examination, don’t you think? It is even more so when you consider that this has happened in a city and country controlled by a religious system hellbent on murdering as many Christians as it can, and on one of their chief holidays.

So what if this isn’t just another weird coincidence with Revelation? What if this is prophetically significant? If it is, there is only one thing I can tell you for sure: that means we are in the Third Bowl of God’s Wrath, and the end isn’t far away. The Fourth Bowl is scorching sun; solar flares perhaps, or other abnormalities in our usually stable sun.

By the way, here also is the explanation for all those naysayers who scoff at the prophecy in Revelation 14 of blood flowing up to the height of a horse’s bridle for miles, saying that it would take more than the population of the world to shed that much blood. Pure blood wouldn’t flow, first of all; it would just coagulate into a gelatinous goo. But here we see how the blood of a few thousand (probably) goats and other such animals can color the flood waters of a city. It isn’t hard at all to see the slaughter of armies coloring a large volume of water as is described.

Anyway, just keep watch. Don’t be caught sleeping.

 

Another Candidate for Antichrist

Ordinarily, when I see something in the news that I think might be relevant to prophecy, I just sit on it for a while, even if just for a few hours. However, when I saw this news story, it stunned me. If it’s true–and I have no reason to doubt it at this point–the implications are chilling. We may be looking at the Antichrist.

Prince Talal of Saudi Arabia: my visit to Israel shall mark the new age of peace and fraternity

Just the headline alone is pregnant with prophetic buzz words like “new age”, “peace and fraternity”. As far as other qualifications for Antichrist, I know of none at the moment. In fact, I know nothing about this man other than what I just read on an internet search a few minutes ago. According to the article, he is making these overtures toward Israel at the direction of King Salman of Saudia Arabia, so this also makes the Saudi king a potential candidate for Antichrist.

What’s all the big deal about this man and his upcoming trip? At first glance, this news story sounds very much as if Prince Talal could be the kind of guy who could negotiate a peace accord between Israel and her numerous enemies in the Middle East, or perhaps just “confirm a covenant” between them (Daniel 9:27)–a major prophecy of the Antichrist. Talal may have no other known Antichrist qualities, but even out of all of the candidates in Looking for Mr. Antichrist Redux, only Talal has any chance currently of negotiating a peace for Israel, short-lived though it will be.

Interestingly coincident with this is a report that Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, a leading ultra-orthodox rabbi in Israel, is saying that the arrival of the Messiah is imminent. Rabbi Kanievsky is calling for all Jews worldwide to make aliyah (return) to Israel as soon as possible. He says that the time of the Messiah’s appearance will be at the end of the sabbatical year–on or about September 12, 2015. We know from scripture, however, that the “Messiah” they welcome will not be the true Messiah. Jesus warned:

I am come in my Father’s name, and you receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him you will receive.  — John 5:43 (AKJV)

It’s too early to tell what will come of these events.  They may turn out to be prophetic fizzles. This situation, and this man Prince Talal, bear monitoring and further scrutiny. The end times are surely upon us.

Fourth Horseman Rising

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While I have some formal ministerial training and experience, it is not my intention on this blog to hold myself out as some sort of theological expert or biblical scholar. The thoughts I proffer here are many times not well thought out, in that I haven’t taken the time to follow them out to their ultimate conclusions. There are plenty of well-known bible prophecy sites and ministries out there who will give you all the predigested thought you can swallow. Don’t get me wrong–that isn’t a bad thing; I read several prophecy related sites because, why reinvent the wheel?  No, the goal here is to get you (and me) to think outside the prophetical box–to see how and if current events align with biblical prophecies, even if only partially.

The stories coming daily out of the Levant and north Africa are troubling. What we are seeing in Syria, Iraq, Egypt, and Libya are nothing less than wholesale persecution of the Christian church. Granted, Boko Haram has been persecuting the Christian church in Nigeria for some time, but there is something different in the air with ISIS. It is a regional and growing threat. It started in Iraq and Syria, and has spread into Egypt and Libya. Now, Italy is calling for help because the threat is at their shores. ISIS is a cancer, and an aggressive one at that.

It started with beheadings of a few people, and not Christians. Along comes ISIS, and now we have immolations and beheadings–the immolation of a Jordanian pilot (a Muslim, no doubt), and the mass beheading of 21 Coptic Christians. And most recently, in the just captured village of al-Baghdadi, the murder of 150 members of the al-Obaid tribe, including the live immolation of 45 policemen. The others were beheaded.

“And I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.” Revelation 20:4 (KJV)

Thirty or forty years ago, prophecy teachers conflated the above scripture with Revelation 6:9, “When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained,” and came up with horrific visions of masses of people herded to guillotines for refusing to worship the Antichrist and take the “Mark of the Beast” in their hands or foreheads. Over the years, I have seen conspiracy sites warning that thousands of guillotines were being imported into the United States, presumably for this purpose. I even heard an evangelist relate one such tale in my home church when I was a teenager. Of course, it was at least a third or fourth hand story.

Over the past decade, I have come to regard such a scenario as highly unlikely. Few westerners in the 1970s and 1980s regarded Islam as the monster–the beast–it has revealed itself to be in the 21st century. It seemed far more likely that the European Economic Community (now European Union) would rise to be the revived Roman (or Holy Roman) Empire. Anecdotal hysteria revolved around rumors of a supposed supercomputer in Brussels named “the Beast” that could track everybody on earth. These interpretations–these fears–seem almost cartoonish now. There have been few imperial fizzles greater than the European Union, which now teeters on the brink of economic disaster. A supercomputer in Brussels is laughable, now that we all are well-plotted and monitored via the internet, satellite, smartphones, RFID cards, and a global electronic banking system that is almost a living thing in itself.

From where comes the danger? Right now, the rising specter of Islam seems a good candidate. As some food for thought, I submit to you the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse as interpreted by Irvin Baxter of Endtime Ministries. You don’t have to accept this (or anything) out of hand, but it never hurts to learn other viewpoints, to consider other possibilities:

The White Horse–Catholicism, founded AD 325 at the First Council of Nicaea (or if you’re a good Catholic, AD 33 with Jesus’s giving of the keys of the Kingdom to Peter).

The Red Horse–Communism, founded circa 1848 with the publication of the Marx and Engels’s Communist Manifesto.

The Black Horse–Capitalism, founded circa 1776 with the publication of Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations.

The Pale Horse–Islam, founded AD 622 by Muhammad. This one needs a little expansion.  Several years ago, the best explanation Reverend Baxter had for this horse was the unparalleled death and destruction in the 20th century. In the original Greek, the word rendered “pale” is χλωρός (chloros), which is the word for “green” as in chlorophyll, but it can also be interpreted as the color of a dead body. So it was interpreted as a “death-colored” or “pale” horse. Of course, we have since learned that green is also the color of Islam.

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Islam fits the pattern of the previous three horses each being major philosophical or religious systems. Reverend Baxter now teaches that Islam is the Fourth Horseman. His willingness to admit that a previous interpretation was incorrect is one of the reasons I respect Irvin Baxter; he honestly seeks to understand prophecy.

So, while we shouldn’t dismiss out of hand certain interpretations of prophecy that don’t jibe with our preferred understanding, we also shouldn’t indiscriminately marry ourselves to other interpretations, simply because they do.

Looking for Mr. Antichrist

A long time ago I stopped actively trying to decipher who the Antichrist would be.  Honestly, there are far too many qualified candidates, and any competition would end up looking like a Miss Universe pageant filled with bloated politicians and hirsute dictators.  Once in a great while, however, some low-life thug will do or say something that resonates with that little guy in the basement of my psyche whose unhappy job is to vet all possible contenders for Antichrist.  This time, it’s Barack Obama who has managed to ring the poor fellow’s bell, and it’s not just because I dislike Obama (vehemently, spittle-blowingly so), but because of an odd confluence of current events, guerrilla media stories, and dust-covered course notes from Theology IV and Christian Eschatology.

Having already made public his undying love for the Muslim Brotherhood, Outlander-in-Chief Barack Obama further infuriates decent Americans and baffles the rest of world with his obsessive need to attack Syria, and to do so in support of the murdering, raping, beheading, Free Syrian Army.  The FSA has been running about the Syrian countryside, burning Christian churches, and beheading or otherwise murdering Christians, but Obama demonizes the Assad government whose army, oddly enough, has reportedly rescued Syrian Christians from these FSA devils.

Then that lonely little dude in the basement called, just to mention that Obama matched part of Revelation 13:7:

And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them…

There the similarity stops, because there isn’t enough beer on the planet to make its whole population worship Obama.  Most of the world thinks he is a neophyte and an utterly incompetent boob.  But for a Nobel Peace Prize winner, Mr. Obama is far too eager to shed blood, which brings me to a bible verse that fits him to the letter–Proverbs 6:16-19:

There are six things that the Lord hates,
seven that are an abomination to him:
haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
and hands that shed innocent blood,
a heart that devises wicked plans,
feet that make haste to run to evil,
a false witness who breathes out lies,
and one who sows discord among brothers.

Well Mr. Obama, you may not have the chutzpah to be the Antichrist, but you sure know how to act like one.  But don’t despair–you’ve got the Fool of Proverbs 6 down pat.