2013 . . . IN REVIEW
Consider the ' major events ' of 2013 & the unmistakable links with ' Bible Prophecy ' clearly proving the truth of God's Word & heralding God's coming judgments on mankind & the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
RUSSIAN METEOR & ASTEROID FLY-BY
Feb 15, 2013 : As the world watched for the ' closest ever ' ASTEROID fly-by ( within 17,000km of the earth ) . . . an apocalyptic METEOR - undetected by astronomers - blazed across the Russian sky , damaging over 7,200 buildings in six cities across the Urals & injuring over 1,500+ people . . . & yet , NOT a single death !!! The meteor struck at exactly ' SUNRISE ' - came ' OUT of the EAST ' - travelled from ' EAST-to-dueWEST ' - at an estimated 33,000mph - the meteor was ' brighter than the Sun ' & landed in . . . RUSSIA !! ( the latter-day Biblical adversary to Israel & Christ ). Could this ' ALL' be just a bizarre co-incidence ?? Please watch our ' Feature Video ' to understand how this incredible event was actually ' foretold ' in an ancient prophecy which explains man's history & why this meteor occurred. AMAZING !!!
' As ' the lightning cometh OUT OF THE EAST & shineth unto the west ; so shall also THE COMING of the Son of man be.
Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened , the moon shall not give her light & THE STARS shall fall from heaven & the powers of the heavens shall be shaken. Then shall appear ' THE SIGN ' of the Son of man IN HEAVEN & THEN shall ALL the tribes of the earth mourn & they shall ' see ' the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power & great glory - Matthew 24 v 27-30
The ' blood-bath ' in Syria continued into 2013 with the death toll of 60,000 quickly soaring to 125,000+ by United Nations estimates. With the hidden & incalculable human suffering mounting , over a million refugees fleeing & destabilising neighbouring countries : this crisis appears to have ' no solution '. The brutal Assad Govt. - backed by Russian & Iranian weapons & mercenaries - defiantly remains in power , pounding the rebel fighters with heavy weaponry. The nightmare scenario of chemical weapons use , seems ever closer , as the pivotal battle for Syria's capital Damascus reduces the city to ruins. Remarkably ' 2,500 yrs ago ' the Bible fore-told this exact situation & the ' judgments ' coming on this nation
Behold , DAMASCUS is taken away ' from being a city ' & it shall be a ' ruinous heap '. The fortress also shall cease from Ephraim [ West Bank Palestinians ] & ' the kingdom ' from DAMASCUS & the remnant of SYRIA - Isaiah 17 v 1-3
The LORD will roar from Zion & utter his voice from Jerusalem ... Thus saith the LORD ; For three transgressions of DAMASCUS & for four , I will not turn away the punishment thereof ; because they have threshed Gilead [ Israel ] with threshing instruments of iron ... But I will send ' A FIRE ' into the house of Hazael [ Syria ] which shall devour the palaces of Benhadad
[ Syria ] I will break also the bar of DAMASCUS & the people of SYRIA shall go into captivity , saith the LORD - Amos 1 v 2-5
CHAOS IN EGYPT
The 2011 Egyptian Revolution - the ' first ' in 6,000 years of Egyptian history - was a political ' earthquake ' of enormous proportions & was ' fore-told ' in Isaiah 19. Since then , under its brutal new ruler Mohammed Morsi , Egypt has been a maelstrom of angry protests & street violence , as internal forces rail against the radical Islamist Govt of the Muslim Brotherhood. Beyond the raging battles & govt. crackdowns - as Egyptians fight Egyptians - Egypt's economy continues to free fall towards ' total collapse ' as massive unemployment & poverty ' fuel the unrest. God's Word fore-told this very situation in vivid detail & warns of a ' darker chapter ' YET TO COME as Egypt falls under the rule of a FIERCE new ruler
I will set the EGYPTIANS against the EGYPTIANS & they shall fight every one against his brother & every one against his neighbour ; city against city & kingdom against kingdom. The ' spirit of Egypt ' shall fail in the midst thereof & I will destroy the counsel thereof. The Egyptians will I give over into the hand of a CRUEL LORD [ Morsi ] & a FIERCE KING [ Russian Gog ] shall rule over them. The LORD hath mingled a perverse spirit in the midst thereof & they have caused Egypt to err in every work thereof , as a drunken man staggereth in his vomit. NEITHER shall there be ANY WORK for Egypt - Isaiah 19v2-4, 14
RUSSIA'S MENACING THREATS
As Syria's crisis deepens , RUSSIA has refused international pleas to help stop the horrific atrocities being committed by Assad. Worse still , Russia has supported the brutal regime & openly supplied weapons to Syria , including lethal surface-to-air missiles , presently manned by Russian soldiers ... in Syrian territory !! Its an ongoing policy of 'challenging & defying Western [ US-UK ] power & influence in the region. RUSSIA has condemned US-Israeli actions & policy , & in 2013 has flexed its military muscle with massive naval exercises in the Mediterranean & Black Seas sending a ' warning ' to the West to stay away from RUSSIA's interests in Syria. While ' severe budgetary cut-backs ' weaken USA's military , RUSSIA is preparing for its ' COMING INVASION ' of Israel & the Mid-East ( foretold in the Bible ) announcing a massive 5 Trillion Rouble expansion of its navy , with 78 new warships ( 8 nuclear + 16 conventional submarines + 54 warships )
At the ' TIME OF THE END ' shall the ' King of the SOUTH ' [ Britain - USA ] push at him & the ' King of the NORTH ' [ Russia ] shall come against him like a whirlwind , with chariots & with horsemen & WITH MANY SHIPS & he shall enter into the countries & shall overflow & pass over. He shall enter also into ' the glorious land ' [ Israel ] & many countries shall be overthrown. He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries & the land of Egypt shall not escape & the Libyans & the Ethiopians [ Sudan ] shall be at his steps. - Daniel 11 v 40-45
CHINA - JAPAN FLASH POINT
Simmering tensions between China & Japan have risen to boiling point in 2013 , with a dispute over the contested Senkaku / Diaoyu Islands leaving both bristling diplomatically & militarily & on the cusp of open conflict. Amid Japan's growing unease over China's rising power & increased forceful stance over the disputed islands , which China continues to challenge Japan's sovereignty of , with territorial incursions & scrambling of fighter jets , leaving the region on a knife-edge. This clash continues a series of ' Communism vs. Capitalism ' face-offs as Russian-backed nations ( Syria - Iran - China - North Korea ) face-off against Western-backed nations ( Israel - Japan - South Korea ).
And ye shall hear of WARS & ' RUMOURS ' of wars : see that ye be not troubled : for all these things must come to pass , but ' the end ' is NOT YET . For nation shall rise against nation & kingdom against kingdom & there shall be famines & pestilences & earthquakes , in divers places. All these are ' the beginning ' of sorrows. - Matthew 24 v 5-6
NORTH KOREAN ' NUCLEAR ' CRISIS
Despite being an impoverished nation with meagre resources , the military dictatorship of North Korea with its new' man-child ' leader Kim Il Un , launched a barrage of ' nuclear threats ' against both South Korea & the United States. While full-scale war is considered unlikely , the war-mongering rhetoric & bellicose behaviour has caused serious destabilisation of the Korean Peninsula & deep concern among Asian nations. More discerning analysts understand ,it was more an exercise in North Korea providing a ' global distraction ' to divert world attention away from IRAN ( its nuclear partner & fellow pariah state ) as Iran's regime nears the ' final stages ' of its nuclear weaponization program
Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles [ nations ] ; PREPARE WAR , wake up the mighty men , let all the men of war draw near ; let them come up. Beat your plowshares into swords & your pruninghooks into spears ; LET THE WEAK say , I AM STRONG.
Assemble yourselves & come , all ye heathen [ nations ] ... Let the heathen be wakened & come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat [ Israel ] for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about ... for the Day of the LORD is near - Joel 3 v9-13
U.S. FINANCIAL CRISIS & SEQUESTRATION
After two costly wars in Iraq & Afghanistan , United States is war-weary & financially drained. Coupled with a ballooning $17 Trillion national debt & a big-spending Govt that is disinterested in financial responsibility - the USA is in the midst of the death rattles. It is no longer able to be the ' world's policeman '. It is BANKRUPT. The ongoing budgetary crises & political grid-lock has brought America to its knees , forcing severe cut-backs to its military & even forcing a withdrawal of one of its two aircraft carrier battle groups from the critical Persian Gulf region. Almost unthinkable given the volatile & crucial oil corridors there. Traditional foes around the world , Russia , China , Iran , North Korea , Syria & Islamists sense America's weakness & so we see these nations ' testing & challenging ' USA's declining global reach & influence. The Bible speaks of a coming time of ' global economic hardship ' just before ' the final conflict of nations '
The LORD maketh the earth empty & maketh it waste & turneth it upside down & scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof. The earth mourneth & fadeth away, the world languisheth & fadeth away , ' the haughty people ' [ ' prideful ' USA ? ] of the earth do languish. The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof ; because they have transgressed the laws , changed the ordinance , broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore hath ' the curse ' devoured the earth & they that dwell therein are desolate : therefore ' the inhabitants ' of the earth are ' burned & few men left ' [ coming nuclear war ] - Isaiah 24 v 1-6
A ' HISTORICAL ' PERSPECTIVE TO PRESENT-DAY HOSTILITIES
In ancient times SYRIA was the ' King of the North ' & EGYPT was the ' King of the South ' ( with ISRAEL in the middle )
Today , SYRIA is on the brink of collapse. The Bible speaks of a NEW ' King of the North ' [ RUSSIA ] that will not only replace SYRIA but also soon invade the Middle East. It is NO ' co-incidence ' , there has been in recent days a renewal of many ' Cold War ' tensions as former foes face-off. These ' protagonists ' who have clashed recently fall into 2 groups :
The Communist / Islamic nations ( led by the emerging ' King of the North ' - RUSSIA ) Iran , Syria , China , Nth Korea etc.
The Capitalist / Democratic nations ( led by the latter-day King of the South - BRITAIN - USA ) Israel , Japan , Sth Korea etc.
These recent clashes ' foreshadow ' the coming war btwn Russia's confederacy & the western nations , before Christ's return
At the ' TIME OF THE END ' shall the ' King of the SOUTH ' [ BRITAIN-USA ] push at him & the ' King of the NORTH ' [ Russia ] shall come against him like a whirlwind , with chariots & with horsemen & with many ships & he shall enter into the countries & shall overflow & pass over. He shall enter also into ' the glorious land ' [ Israel ] & many countries shall be overthrown. He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries & the land of Egypt shall not escape & the Libyans & the Ethiopians [ Sudan ] shall be at his steps - Daniel 11 v 40-45
In the ' LATTER TIME ' of their [ man's ] kingdom , when the transgressors are come to the full , a KING of ' fierce ' countenance & understanding dark sentences , shall stand up . . . his power shall be mighty , but not by his own power & he shall destroy wonderfully & shall prosper & practise & ' shall destroy ' THE MIGHTY [ USA ] & the HOLY PEOPLE [ Israel ] - Daniel 8 v 24
LEGALISATION OF ' SAME-SEX ' MARRIAGE
Moral decay is ' sweeping ' the world. Nation after nation is abandoning the sacred foundation of ' marriage between one man & one woman ' by the legalisation of " same-sex marriage ". In 2013 , nations such USA , NewZealand , France , Uruguay & Britain have continued the rush of nations passing laws to embrace gay marriage. Far worse , many churches & religious groups ( incl. Church of England , Quakers , pts. United Church ) have also forsaken their stance on God's commandments regarding marriage & even allow ' openly homosexual ' bishops & pastors. This descent into an immoral abyss , is the culmination of man's rejection of God & the elevation of ' human rights ' above the Creator's Will.
God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts , to DISHONOUR THEIR OWN BODIES between themselves : Who changed the truth of God into a lie & worshipped & served the creature more than the Creator who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections : for even their WOMEN did change the natural use into that which is against nature : And likewise also THE MEN , leaving the natural use of the woman , burned in their lust one toward another ; MEN with MEN working that which is unseemly & ' receiving in themselves ' THAT RECOMPENCE [ AIDS Virus ] of their error which was meet. And even as they did NOT like to retain God in their knowledge , God gave them over to a reprobate mind , to do those things which are not convenient - Romans 1 v 24-28
TURKEY IN CRISIS . . . IS IT ' ARAB SPRING 2.0 ' ??
JUNE 2013 : Tensions in Turkey have escalated as violent protests raged against the Islamist Govt. of President Recep Erdogan Tayyip. At least 5 people died in clashes between enraged Turkish protestors & govt riot police. The uprising - largely in response to the President's increasingly ' dictatorial rule ' - threatens to spread & unhinge Turkey's politcal stability. Turkey's northern super-power neighbor RUSSIA will be watching closely !! Geographically , Turkey is Russia's ' gateway ' to the MiddleEast & Bible Prophecy speaks repeatedly of a ' latter-day ' invasion of Israel by a great northern army ( Russia ) With recent events showing Russian President Vladimir Putin ' eyeing ' newly found gas & oil reserves in the Mediterranean Sea , the destabilising effect of these spreading protests may well precipitate Russia's coming involvement in Turkey's domestic affairs & result in Turkey being ' at Russia's side ' as it invades the Middle East & Israel
Thus saith the Lord GOD ; Behold , I am against thee , O Gog , chief prince of MESHECH [ Moscow ] & TUBAL [ Tobolsk ] & I will turn thee back & put hooks into thy jaws & I will bring thee forth & all thine army , horses & horsemen , all of them clothed with all sorts of armour , even a great company with bucklers & shields , all of them handling swords. PERSIA [ Iran ] , ETHIOPIA [ Sudan ] & LIBYA with them ; all of them with shield & helmet : GOMER & all his bands ; the house of TOGARMAH [ TURKEY ] of the north quarters & all his bands & many people [ EURO nations ] with thee. In the 'LATTER YEARS' thou [ RUSSIA ] shalt come into the land [ ISRAEL ] that is brought back from the sword & is gathered out of many people , against the mountains of ISRAEL .... Thou [ RUSSIA ] shalt ascend & come like a storm , thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land , thou , all thy bands & many people with thee. - Ezekiel 38 v 3-9
BREAKING NEWS : 23 June 2013 - Just 2 days after President Obama announced the U.S. will ' finally ' begin providing small arms & military assistance to the Syrian Rebels -- TURKEY issues a statement saying it is ' blocking ' all future movements of Western aid thro' its territory to the Syrian rebels , in a major embarassment for USA & a set-back to the Syrian rebels. TURKEY [ a long-standing strategic ally of USA & member of NATO ] stated its dramatic change in policy , was due to ' fears of Russian retribution ' if Turkey continued allowing US & NATO weapons through to Syria. Just as the Bible ' fore-told ' . . . TURKEY is now swinging her loyalties to RUSSIA
THE ROYAL BIRTH . . . A FUTURE KING
July 22 , 2013 : With the joyous announcement of the birth of His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge , the world celebrated the arrival of a future king. Over the past 3 years , the British Royal Family has been a remarkable foreshadow of glorious events that will come to pass after the coming period of global war & chaos - the Great Tribulation. From the flawless spectacle of the 2011 Royal Wedding ( a pre-type of the coming 'marriage' btwn Christ & His true followers ) to the 2012 Queen's 60th Diamond Jubilee Celebrations - it is NOT by co-incidence - these events have mesmerised the global audience for their splendour & majesty. The hand of the Almighty has been presiding over these events , to ensure mankind has a small foretaste & insight into the joys of His coming Kingdom. Now with the 2013 Birth of a Royal Son & Future King , we see the prefigurement of the final chapter - the coming arrival of a new & righteous King who will bring an end to war , suffering & mankind's corrupt rule & replace these with true happiness & peace for all mankind.
For unto us A CHILD is born, unto us A SON is given & the government shall be upon his shoulder & his name shall be called Wonderful , Counsellor , The mighty God , The everlasting Father , The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government & peace there shall be no end , upon the throne of David & upon his kingdom , to order it & to establish it with judgment & with justice from henceforth even for ever. Isaiah 24 v1-6
GLOBAL FINANCIAL MARKETS IN TURMOIL
2013 has been a roller-coaster of nervous anxiety for investors world-wide , with wild fluctuations & volatilty in global markets . Around the world , markets have experienced meteoric rises & then been savaged by ' panicked sell-off's ' as ongoing economic shockwaves wreaked havoc among financial sectors. With ' mounting global fears ' such as national ' debt crises ' [ Greece , Cyprus , Spain , Italy , EU & USA ] along with massive bank & corporate failures world-wide & escalating fears of catastrophic slow-downs of the U.S. & Chinese economies - world financial markets are nervous & bracing for the inevitable. The Bible clearly describes in the "LATTER DAYS " a coming ' global economic & social disaster ' that will soon befall ALL mankind. It is immediately followed by outbreak of the final conflict - a global ' nuclear ' war
The LORD maketh THE EARTH empty & maketh it waste & turneth it upside down & scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof. It shall be , as with the people , so with the priest ; as with the servant , so with his master ; as with the maid , so with her mistress ; as with the buyer , so with the seller ; as with the lender , so with the borrower ; as with the taker of usury , so with the giver of usury to him. The land shall be utterly emptied & utterly spoiled : for the LORD hath spoken this word.
THE EARTH mourneth & fadeth away , THE WORLD languisheth & fadeth away , the haughty people of the earth do languish. THE EARTH also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof ; because they have transgressed the laws ; changed the ordinance , broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore hath ' THE CURSE ' devoured the earth & they that dwell therein are desolate : therefore the inhabitants ' of the earth ' are BURNED [nuclear war] & few men left - Isaiah 24 v1-6
UKRAINE ABANDONS EURO-UNION ( WHY IT MATTERS !! )
In late 2013 the streets of the Ukrainian capital Kiev have erupted in violent protests & brutal govt crackdowns. The explosion of violence has been the result of the Ukraine President's sudden abandonment of the nation's progression toward a pro-Western Euro Union membership. The shock reversal is a ' geo-political earthquake ' as the former-Soviet Ukraine has stated it will return to its historical master Russia. It follows a series of ' threats ' from Russian President Vladimir Putin , that Ukraine would face severe ' retailiation ' if Kiev signed up to any EU deal. It continues Russia's an overt policy of pressure & intimidation of the former Soviet-states to join Putin's ' Customs Union ' axis. The Ukraine's seismic about-face is a ' sinister development ' not only because it highlights Russia's aggressive resurgence towards hegemony of its neighbouring states , but critically , the Ukraine is the explosive geo-political faultline between East & West. Traditionally , a Soviet satellite , the Ukraine is now a renegade trying to escape from Putin's Imperial ambitions. Vladimir Putin will not relinquish it without a fight. As the Ukraine falls back under the iron-grip of its Russian overlords we can clearly see the impending prophetic fulfillment of the final Russian-led conflict - a global ' nuclear ' war .
Alas for THE DAY ! for the DAY OF THE LORD is at hand & as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come . . . for THE FIRE hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness & THE FLAME hath burned all the trees of the field. The beasts of the field cry also unto Thee : for the rivers of waters are dried up & THE FIRE hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness - Joel 1 v15-20
Therefore hath ' THE CURSE ' devoured the earth & they that dwell therein are desolate : therefore the inhabitants ' of the earth ' are BURNED [nuclear war] & few men left - Isaiah 24 v1-6
U.S.A . . . DEMISE OF A ' SUPER-POWER '
Since 9/11 in 2001 , the United States has been accelerating towards disaster. The 9/11 Attack seemed to be a symbollic death-knell , signalling the ' beginning of the end ' for this world super-power. In the 12 years since , America has suffered an ever-increasing string of catastrophic natural disasters. From Hurricane Katrina to Superstorm Sandy , to record Wildfires , Droughts & Heatwaves ; to historic Blizzards & epic Floods ; & unprecedented Tornado seasons - it has seemed that America has literally been the subject of divine wrath ... & it HAS been !!!
There are two fundamental reasons for America's demise. Firstly , the United States has forsaken its roots. As a nation , it was founded on godly Bible-based values , its Founders , its Consititution & its Laws were established upon Biblical principles & tenets. In recent years , America has become a largely godless & secular society , having turned its back on God's Ways & embraced immorality & idolatry , such as materialism , humanism , promiscuity & liberality. As a nation , she is reaping what she has sowed.
The second reason is tied to America's longstanding ally , Israel. As the chosen people of God , Israel has yet to recognize her Savior & King , the Lord Jesus Christ ... & her time of trouble is coming. Bible Prophecy , is very clear that , at the Time of the End , Israel in her affliction , will be defenseless & alone , deserted by ' all ' her lovers. As we witness the Obama Administration - vocally support the pre-1967 Border 'Peace Proposal' - we see Israel increasingly isolated & vulnerable to her many enemies. America , as it now abandons God's people Israel - is in this way - fulfilling prophecy.
Today in 2013 , with a littany of burgeoning social , political & economic problems , the United States is no longer the ' pre-eminent ' global super-power. It is bankrupt & broken. Beset by political grid-lock , scandals , astronomic national debt , out-of-control govt spending , over-regulation & corruption - the once mighty USA is now ' beyond ' life support. It's collapse is now just a matter of time ... & it's global enemies sense it. Russia , China , Iran , North Korea & Islamist nations are preparing for the coming power vaccuum. But what does the BIBLE say of America ... ?
God's Word ' never ' mentions the USA by name. However , several passages in scripture do seem to indicate the USA is either ' out of the picture ' or only plays a small , limited role ( behind ' the old Lion ' Great Britain ) in the global conflict of the ' Latter Days '. It is clear Great Britain is the ' King of the South ' that willl challenge Russia ( the northen invader ) as it moves to invade Israel. Given the USA's present national woes , it seems likely America is beset with domestic problems ( ie. economic collapse ) or is simply a ' weakened & benign ' military participant in the coming global conflict.
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