And you thought 2023 was bad!

“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye not be troubled: for all these things must come to pass, BUT THE END IS NOT YET (capitals mine). For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in diverse places. ALL THESE ARE THE BEGINNING OF SORROWS (capitals mine).”

Matthew 24:6-8

Occasionally I will go back and reread some of the 300+ articles I have written over the past 7 years on Bible prophecy topics. I recently saw one I published on December 29, 2020, titled And you thought 2020 was bad! I immediately wondered how close I was to calling what 2021 probably would look like. Remember, on this date the Presidential election of Joe Biden had been confirmed but he had not yet taken office; the January 6th Capitol riot had not yet occurred; the fear and angst of the Covid 19 pandemic was winding down; there was general peace in the Mideast; our soldiers were safe in Afghanistan keeping Al Qaeda at bay; illegal immigration was never even discussed; the US economy was coming back; the stock market, inflation and interest rates were still reasonable; and BRICS, CRT, ESG, DEI, transgenderism were not even discussed. The list goes on and on; however I believe, and most polls confirm this, things have gotten incredibly worse since then! And, not just in the U.S., but globally as well. We’ll get to that in a moment, but it is important to recognize we have been told what will be coming in these Last Days so we can recognize the signs are we are IN the Last Days before Christ Returns!

When the Pharisees AND the Sadducees (the two most powerful and knowledgeable Jewish leaders at that time) tempted Jesus to show them a sign from heaven so they could believe He actually was the Messiah, He responded:

“He (Jesus) answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather; for the sky is red. And in the morning, It will be foul weather today: for the sky is red and lowering. O YE HYPOCRITES, YE CAN DISCERN THE FACE OF THE SKY; BUT CAN YE NOT DISCERN THE SIGNS OF THE TIMES (capitals mine)?”

Matthew 16:3

They could tell the weather by the color of the sky in the morning or night but even though they had seen many of the miracles Jesus fulfilled as the Messiah, they couldn’t tell it was actually Him. These were the most educated Jewish scholars of the day! If we read the Bible and know it has told us what do be looking for, then we must be prepared. Regardless of how bad 2023 may now seem, we must remember it is only the “…beginning of sorrows.” THE storm has not yet arrived. If you read and understand the prophecies of the Bible, especially what has been told to us in the Books of Matthew and Revelation, then I believe you will wholeheartedly agree there are some really, really bad times coming, much worse than anything we saw in 2020 or 2023! I know to some this may seem pessimistic, and indeed impossible.

“And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone FOR ALL PEOPLE (capitals mine): all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.”

Zechariah 12:3

On October 7, 2023, Hamas attacked Israel, killing over 1,400 civilians and taking 200+ hostages. Since then, the worldwide spread rise of anti-Semitism has been incredible. Hate crimes against the Jews in America alone is up over 1000%!! Do you not see the prophetic nature of 2023? The world is becoming aligned against Israel, a nation of only 8 million Arabs and Jews! Yes, we are in the Last Days.

So, you thought 2023 was bad?

“And he (the antichrist) shall confirm the covenant with many for one week (seven years): and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation (of worship) to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it  (the Temple) desolate, even until the consummation (the Return of Jesus), and that determined (God’s Wrath) shall be poured upon the desolate.”

Daniel 9:27

Can you see a current situation where a world leader comes up with a peace agreement between Israel and “many”? After the horrific invasion and murders by Hamas, the world seems fixated on a two-state solution or even the eradication of the Jews from Israel, or as they say from “the river to the sea”. If you have a Bible app on your phone or computer that has a search ability, put in the words “from the river to the sea” and you will find this is exactly what God Promised Abraham as part of His Gift of the land of Israel to the Jews. Coincidence that antisemitic folks are using that phrase? I don’t think so! With all the other ongoing conflicts in the region, which at some point will escalate exponentially, it makes sense an individual (the antichrist) will soon arise to solve the problems.

This timing is critical to understand the importance of what the Bible tells us about the final seven years prior to Jesus Christ’s Return at Armageddon. These seven years are referred to as the Seventieth week of Daniel discussed in the Book of Daniel, chapter 9. This tells us of two separate past events in the history of the Jews and their two previous Holy Temples. These two events have already occurred and combined add up exactly to 69 weeks of years, or 483 years. But there is one final week, or seven years, yet to happen! What event specifically starts that final week (7 years), the Tribulation period?

“For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.”

Matthew 24:21

In the Last Days, the anti-christ will confirm THE covenant with the Jews and many others (Not Trump’s Abraham Accord, but God’s Abrahamic Covenant is about to be Confirmed!), setting up the beginning of the final week or seven years. of Daniel’s prophecy. These seven years are referred to as the Tribulation period. At the midpoint or those 7 years with 3 1/2 years still remaining, the anti-christ causes the Abomination of Desolation where he walks into the then rebuilt 3rd Holy Temple in Jerusalem and desecrates it by proclaiming he is God and demands to be worshipped BY ALL as God. These last 3 1/2 years are referred to as the Great Tribulation. During the 7-year Tribulation period there will be many terrible events on the earth (50 Bible Prophecies that prove we are in the Last Days!), but the Great Tribulation, the final 3 1/2 years will be the absolute WORST time period the world has ever or will ever experience. Pain and suffering will never, ever be as bad as it will be at that time. Yes, it will be far worse than 2023!

“Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know, what withholdeth that he (the anti-christ) might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity (sin) doth already work: only he (the Holy Spirit) who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way (at the Rapture with the Believers). AND THEN SHALL THAT WICKED (anti-christ) BE REVEALED (capitals mine), whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming (at Jesus’s Second Coming).”

2 Thessalonians 2:5-8

This Scripture is very revealing BECAUSE it clearly states the anti-christ will be revealed only after “…only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.” The Holy Spirit allows Satan to get away with bad things, but he is always limited by the Will of God through the Holy Spirit. Man is sinful and God allows man to sin and pay the price for his wickedness. But the Holy Spirit is there to restrict Satan when he usurps more power and authority than has been given to him by God. However, when the Holy Spirit is “…taken out of the way” we know the Believers in Christ will also be taken out of the way, so we are not susceptible to God’s Coming Wrath:

“Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I ALSO WILL KEEP THEE FROM THE HOUR OF TEMPTATION (capitals mine) which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.”

Revelation 3:10

That makes it pretty clear! The anti-christ will not be revealed until after the Believers have been Raptured out of this world so we don’t have to endure the Wrath of God that is about to be unleashed with the unveiling of the anti-christ, “…then shall that wicked be revealed.” The absolute beauty and righteousness of God’s Plan is He has told us what to expect as a result of sin in this world BUT He has also told us we can escape it! By accepting that Jesus Christ came to this earth as THE sacrifice for our sins and if we simply accept His gift of Salvation, we have been told we WILL escape the worst time period in all of human history. We cannot “earn” our way to Heaven. We can only get there by believing through faith in Jesus Christ as our Saviour. I love what Jesus told “doubting” Thomas after he finally believed Jesus had actually risen from the dead:

“Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are THEY THAT HAVE NOT SEEN (capitals mine), and yet have believed.”

John 20:29

We didn’t live with Jesus before His crucifixion. We didn’t see all the miracles he performed. But, by faith we believe, and Jesus therefore told us we would be Blessed!

If you want to read more of what has been prophesied to occur after the Rapture and after anti-christ is revealed, I highly recommend reading my previous post, Did Millions of People Just Disappear? You Better Read This NOW! Jesus Himself told us the worst time in all of history is YET to come. But by believing in Him and His Sacrifice for our sins, we won’t have to go through it. That is comforting! 2023 was very bad but can you imagine knowing something even far worse is yet to happen, but you have a personal choice as to whether you try to endure it or you instead decide to join Jesus Christ in the clouds at the Rapture and go on to live eternally in peace and joy with Him in Heaven? That is our choice! If you agree with me, make sure you tell others suffering in these terrible times so you may “… therefore comfort one another with these words.” His Word, not mine!

Times right now are very bad and 2024 will not be any better but your choice to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior will determine whether the future is far worse or indescribably better. Yep, I agree that is a simple choice to make!

May God Bless you!

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