The Second Seal

“See how your enemies growl, how your foes rear their heads. With cunning they conspire against your people; they plot against those you cherish. “Come,” they say, “let us destroy them as a nation, so that Israel’s name is remembered no more.”

-Psalm 83:2-4, 10th Century BC

On October 25th, 2005, IRIB news filed a story on the leader of Iran’s speech to the “World Without Zionism” conference in Asia, entitled: Ahmedinejad: Israel must be wiped off the map. I grew up hearing about the end of the world through closed doors whenever the adults would meet after Church to discuss biblical prophecy in secret. Back then, the very mention of the word “Revelation” used to be enough to give people a cold sweat, and even today, it isn’t widely brought up in most churches for fear of losing members, which is ironic, seeing as the last book is entirely constructed around the end of days. People would whisper around their theories about how they thought it would all play out or when it was going to take place. It was desirable for a Christian to believe that they were in the last days, so many would find ways to justify the world’s intensifying madness by proclaiming that it was all biblical prophecy, for example, calling Adolph Hitler the antichrist. But now, as time has passed, we no longer need to try and make a piece of the puzzle fit when its clearly not the right shape, everything is falling into place quite naturally. Now, we are slowly beginning to see the faces of the players who were foretold thousands of years ago to rise up and partake in the last attacks against God and His people just before the end of time. “With one mind they plot together; they form an alliance against you” (Psalm 83:5). I find this interesting, because the United Nations essentially works as one mind, like a collective voice between the leaders of the world, but let’s narrow in on the few minds that bring the V to vicious. Vladimir Putin, who has publically declared his return to office as Prime Minister of Russia, has also openly formed a close bond with Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmedinejad in counteraction against Israel’s nuclear capabilities and anyone who gives them their support. Seeing this, I am reminded of the passages in Ezekiel 38 elaborating the one known as “Gog”, who is said to come out of his “place in the north parts“ during the last days with a massive army to form a cloud around the holy nation of Israel and make war. North of Israel sits the Russian superpower, as well as China, who hold an army in the hundreds of millions. Within the realm of speculation, this likely fits Vladimir Putin to the role of Gog, and his army, in alliance with China and the Muslim nations, to fit the role of the force known as “Magog”, who are eventually laid to waste and left in festering heaps by the power of God who protects the promised land. Already, we’ve seen the nation of Israel geographically surrounded by its enemies, as prophesied in Luke 21:20, “And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.” The anticipation for Israel’s decision to fire an aerial strike on Iran’s nuclear plants has drawn out a mass of Iranian students to form a human chain around the Isfahan nuclear facility and chant the usual “Death to Israel” and “Death to America” slogan. However, apart from an aerial bombing, Israel also has a trump card called the “Samson Option”, which is a last resort preemptive nuclear strike. It appears that since Iran declared its crusade to utterly destroy the holy city, recruiting help from foreign experts to assemble a nuclear program while announcing that Israel should be, “wiped off the map”, the Israeli army has been left little choice but to sit and watch their impending doom or pull a Samson before it’s too late. Last year, God blessed Israel with the nerds who created “Stuxnet”, a computer virus formulated to hack Iran’s industrial software and slow down their nuclear program by 18 months. This year, a new Trojan malware called “Duqu” (DQ) was brought to life. Although similar to its precursor, Stuxnet, DQ’s purpose is not so much to slow down as it is to gather information and seize control of the enemy’s assets to assist an attack. Concerning the threat of a nuclear attack on Iran, or possibly Syria, as prophesied in Isaiah 17, Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavov recently addressed reporters in Moscow, “This would be a very serious mistake fraught with unpredictable consequences”, proclaiming their full support on the uprising against Israel. Psalm 109 also describes one who would turn his back on Israel, quite possibly the Obama administration, whose long-standing fellowship with Israel wavers in the name of peace and peer pressure as Russia and China make their warning crystal clear against Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s nudge for political support on an airstrike. One by one, all those prophecies that haven’t already come to pass are beginning to line up on the horizon perfectly enough so that even simple people like you and me can begin to see. We should be mindful of the media and world news, but at the same time not take our eyes off the fact that this is indeed the beginning of a holy war, one that will carry out until the very rotaries of time cease to turn. Already, that momentum has begun. Imagine a wheel rolling down a hill, and as it spins, it gains velocity, going faster and faster until it reaches the end of the slope and it crashes. What’s happening in the world, with the coming Middle Eastern war, the economic crisis, and record-setting natural disasters, is only going to gain momentum until all of prophecy has come to completion. Back in 2005, President Ahmadinejad told reporters that he had been divinely inspired during his speech to the UN General Assembly.

“I felt that all of a sudden the atmosphere changed there”, he said, “and for 27-28 minutes, all the leaders did not blink.” He also claimed to have felt light surrounding him during this period of time. “I am not exaggerating when I say they did not blink; it’s not an exaggeration, because I was looking. They were astonished, as if a hand held them there and made them sit. It had opened their eyes and ears for the message of the Islamic Republic.” Someone present at the assembly said to him afterwards, “when you began with the words ‘in the name of God’, I saw that you became surrounded by a light until the end of the speech.” These are the works of Satan as he is, but the time will come when his chains are loosed at the withdrawal of the Holy Spirit from this world, and he will be given full power to work wonders and inspire the leaders of the nations for the final attack.

 “For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.” –Revelation 16:14

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