2018 Will Prove To Be The Year For Jerusalem To Spark The Nations To War. The Time Is Near And War Is On The Horizon.

By Walid Shoebat (Early Sunday Special)

In spite of Trump’s comments on Jerusalem, only seven countries — other than Israel and the U.S. — voted in line with Washington’s interests: Togo, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Marshall Islands, Guatemala and Honduras.

Only seven insignificant nations decided to support Jerusalem being the sole property of Israel while the rest of the world through the United Nations either abstained or went against it.

Then to add more, Israel’s parliament snubbed the world and passed a law on Tuesday that bars ceding any part of Jerusalem to a foreign power without the approval of a supermajority of lawmakers, a move that will lead the nations to resort in the future to take east Jerusalem by force:

“And I will gather all nations to Jerusalem to battle, and the city shall be taken, and the houses shall be rifled, and the women shall be defiled: and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the rest of the people shall not be taken away out of the city.” (Zechariah 14:2)

And archeology is also yielding treasures that increase the tensions over the contested city’s governance and control; seven pieces of archeological evidences that were discovered which prove that Jews governed Jerusalem 2700 years ago.

The ancient coin-shaped artifact was the seventh found during excavations in the Western Wall plaza in Jerusalem’s Old City this week 

The seventh seal, a stamped piece of clay is an artifact from Israel’s First Temple period (1006–586 B.C.) that was owned by the governor of the city of Jerusalem – the highest-ranking local title held in the city during biblical times nearly 3,000 years ago.

Governors of Jerusalem, appointed by the king, are mentioned twice in 2 Kings, which refers to Joshua holding the position, and in 2 Chronicles, which mentions Masseiah in the post during the reign of Josiah.

The small object portrays two men in striped robes facing each other above the Hebrew inscription that reads “lesar ha’air.”

When Turkey’s Erdogan insists to make Jerusalem the capital of an Ottoman caliphate, he is simply fulfilling scripture and proving its claim. God clearly said that He will “make Jerusalem a trembling cup to all the surrounding peoples” (Zechariah 12:2).

The fight over Jerusalem, Erdogan proves, is over beautiful Jerusalem and not the arid Mecca. They even contribute in the coming of Christ: “So shall the LORD of hosts come down to fight for mount Zion, and for the hill thereof.” (Isaiah 31:4)

The Bible clearly predicts that before Christ’s second coming that Judea will be governed by Jews “In that day will I make the governors of Judah like an hearth of fire among the wood” (Zechariah 12:6). Israel will recapture the city after Christ returns “And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced” (v.10).

Only then will Israel recognize her Messiah.

People search for evidence of God, yet such proof is everywhere. Was Israel established by a people who were interested in self-fulfilling biblical prophecies? Was Jerusalem recaptured in 1967 because Jews wanted to self-fulfill biblical prophecy?

This is a Jesus style question that is not easily answered by naysayers. For Israel to self-fulfill this prophecy about gaining east Jerusalem, one must answer: how was such prophecy self-fulfilled by the Jews?

It was a war declared on Israel which Israel won in the 1967 Six Day War and as a result East Jerusalem was given to Israel. If one insists about self-fulfilling prophecies, it was the Muslim Arabs who accomplished such mission. After two thousand years, East Jerusalem was back in the hands of the Jewish people, just like the Bible said it would be (Zechariah 12:6). The Bible also predicts Jerusalem’s soon-coming war to force the division of Jerusalem.

While the world accuses God’s people of being apocalyptic, in reality, it is God’s enemies who usher in the fulfillment of biblical prophecies.

In other words, these prove the very thing they are trying to debunk.

But there is another issue to deal with: Christians who do not support God’s plan, that Jerusalem is for the Jews.

These need to visit the Temple Mount and read what is written on the Dome of the Rock: “Far be it from God that he should have a son!” These words encircle the inside of the Dome of the Rock Mosque in Jerusalem.

Is this the side to take?

The Christian will argue that the Jews too, like the Muslims do not see Jesus as “the Son of God”.

True. However, the Muslim book has no historic link to any concept of God having a son while the Jewish book does. Ancient Judaism and Christianity had very similar interpretation when it comes to the Messiah. People of ancient Israel during the temple era were not your typical followers of today’s ‘rabbinic Judaism’. In those times they clearly recognized that God did have a Son, even if they didn’t fully understand it. In ancient Israel, the Son, was understood as being the promised Messiah and today much effort is put by rabbinic Judaism to allegorize the ‘son’ as Israel/Jacob and his suffering.

But if one is to understand how ancient Israel understood the Messianic passages one needs to read the ancient sources that reveal how Jews interpreted scripture in the Targums. So if one reviews today’s rabbinic Judaism regarding, lets say, Isaiah 9:6, they would gymnastically claim its regarding Hezekiah. However, according to Targum Pseudo-Jonathan Isaiah 9:6 is interpreted,

“The prophet saith to the house of David, ‘A child has been born to us, a son has been given to us; and He has taken the Law upon Himself to keep it, and His name has been called from old, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, He who lives forever, the Messiah, in whose days peace shall increase upon us.'”

So here are the ancient Jews clearly attributing these titles to the Messiah and not Hezekiah. While Hezekiah is a partial fulfillment, he is not the ultimate fulfillment. The wise must include the depth and types and different facets on how God hits several birds with one stone.

Targum Pseudo-Jonathan interprets Micah 5:2 like this:

“Out of thee Bethlehem shall Messiah go forth before me to exercise dominion over Israel . . . he whose name was mentioned from before, from the days of creation.”

The ancients recognized that Messiah will come from Bethlehem. And if the Jew today is awaiting a messianic coming, and his Messiah is to be a Jew born in Bethlehem, such a Messiah would be Palestinian, since there are no Jews living in Bethlehem today.

There is another problem for the Jews who deny Jesus as Messiah. It was widely recognized in ancient Israel the Jews would retain the ability to govern Israel and only when the Messiah comes will they lose the scepter:

 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, Nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, Until Shiloh come: And unto him shall the obedience of the peoples be. (Genesis 49:10)

So who is this Shiloh? It is the Messiah. In other words, Jews will rule Israel and will not lose the kingly scepter until the Messiah comes. Well, Israel lost the scepter two millennia ago. So the Messiah must have come already.

Yet if one examines the interpretations from before Christ came, they agree with Christianity. In Targum Onkelos Gen 49.10 is interpreted:

“The transmission of dominion shall not cease from the house of Judah, nor the scribe from his children’s children, forever, until the Messiah comes, to whom the Kingdom belongs, and whom nations will obey.”

This ‘Shiloh’ is the Messiah, the rightly ruler of Israel whom the scepter belongs to.

In fact, both the Targums and the New Testament disambiguate the messianic texts of the Old Testament. The Targums truly open the window for us to see how the ancient fathers, the temple era Jews viewed the scripture. As it turns out, it is different from what we see in today’s ‘rabbinic judaism’.

Indeed there are allegories, but there are also plain literals. Detractors will always use one interpretation while excluding the other meaning. This is how a detractor is usually recognized. He is a dog with a single bone in his mouth. He chews on it. He buries it. He sustains his life on it even though it has no meat.

Throughout the Targums, most often, they do not interpret the “Son” as rabbinic Judaism does today, where they switch the ‘son’ to mean ‘Israel’. In the Targums it is not ambiguous. The “Son”, the “suffering servant” “Shiloh” “Mighty God” … are all interpreted as “the Messiah”.

So in essence, the way to recognize truth from error is to compare by taking oneself back to history and compare one’s religious practices and interpretations back to the Holy Spirit guided fathers. For a Jew today, they need to compare how Jews viewed scripture and tradition in a time before their temple was destroyed. Keep in mind that without a temple there is no Judaism.

For a Christian, to evaluate oneself, imagine yourself sitting with Policarp and discussing your worship services/interpretations and compare notes.

But there is always a divide between the true and the false, the virgins with oil and the virgins without, and that is; a continual successive set of interpretations prior to any major schism. In other words, if the lid does not match the pot, it should be rejected.

2 Chronicles is perhaps the most ignored book of the Bible, yet it packs much prophetic meaning regarding this point. It elaborates on Abijah’s pre-battle speech in 2 Chronicles 13 (a war between Abijah and Jeroboam) which in itself is a prophecy that gives us some insight on how to recognize God’s true ordinances and how the church will split. Abijah said of Israel when it departed from Judah’s true practice:

And they [Judah] burn unto the Lord every morning and every evening burnt sacrifices and sweet incense: the shewbread also set they in order upon the pure table; and the candlestick of gold with the lamps thereof, to burn every evening: for we keep the charge of the Lord our God; but ye have forsaken him. (2 Chronicles 13:11)

Jeroboam selected priests who had no succession and were not descendants of the priestly authority of Levi (1 Kgs 13:33). Abijah reminds that a true form of worship had incense and shewbread and an altar “pure table”. The shewbread is the bread of the presence that God is with us.

Such verses are also prophetic regarding the divide within Christendom. There is a true form of worship with the Eucharist being a pillar of our faith and is set as a perpetual sacrifice forever. The split between north and south in ancient Israel is also paralleled by a split in Christendom’s south versus north and the further corruptions and defections from within the church.

Abijah condemned Jeroboam and all the northern tribes of Israel for driving out the priests of the LORD. Similarily the two forms of Christianity today are very clustered with Protestantism dominant in the north and Catholicism in the south. One (protestantism) split from the normal forms of worship that was recognized by the fathers. One can say that the north represents the northern kingdom of Israel. When the reformation swept through Northern Europe, it disrupted the delicate balance of power. Many nobles went for the church’s throat and dissolved the priesthood, especially in England where persecuting the priests was rampant. This is reminiscent to what Abijah said: “But didnt you drive out the priests of the LORD” (2 Chronicles 13:9).

This is exactly what happened throughout northern Europe.

All one has to do is search the scriptures for “north” and see how God divides north from south to even proclaim through Ezekiel, Zechariah and Joel that God’s enemies come from the north, while Christ comes with “the whirlwind of the south” (see Zechariah 9:13) Armageddon is definitely a divide between south and north.

Abijah is also a type of Messiah. He reveals how Christ will settle these issues when He comes. Christ sent Peter and Paul to Rome. We have the entire book (the Book of Romans) to prove it where Paul blessed Rome and prophesied that it will be called “the city of saints”. There, Christ established the center of Christendom. Yet like northern Israel did when Bethel became the center, Protestants made Geneva their center. They abandoned Rome. Abijah complained regarding northern Israel on how the services were conducted by self-appointed priests who had no succession and introduced wrong iconography. Also, Jeroboam’s kingship was illegitimate. So the cult at Bethel was not considered heterodox and did not follow a succession.

In other words, God is in the details.

The lesson for the wise is to monitor the changing face of Christian worship.

The Sacrifice of the Mass all have roots in the Bible and are the consistent practice of the earliest Christians.

And if one complains how Israel sins for not interpreting their Bible correctly, all one has to do is to review how many Christians also interpret the same book, incorrectly. Many Christians argue over the Bible saying that in many verses, “Israel” and “Jerusalem” are not literal. They point that these strictly signify the church. But the wise can see an assortments of allegory and literal. Sure, we can see that when God mentions Israel He also by extension is speaking of His people, the gentile Christians (God’s people). One can review these prophecies about Jerusalem and see that Christendom is falling away and “Jerusalem” has become “Sodom and Egypt”. Today we see a widespread of homosexuality and paganism no different from the golden calves set up by Jeroboam in northern Israel.

But such religious observation stems from ancient Egypt. This is very similar from what we observe rising today in what once was Christendom. How many of us are astonished these days to witness what we witness. We could have never imagined the decaying world we live in today.

And so we must ask: did Christendom fair better than ancient Israel? They in fact are repeating the same exact sins.

The paganism that stemmed from ancient Egypt whether now, or from the ancient times in northern Israel, will soon be dealt with by Christ. Isaiah 19 speaks of this ‘Egypt’:

Behold, the Lord rides on a swift cloud,
And will come into Egypt;
The idols of Egypt will totter at His presence,
And the heart of Egypt will melt in its midst

So is this “Egypt” strictly “Egypt” or is it speaking of the world steeped into the paganism of Egypt?

It is perhaps both. When it comes to scripture the best answer is “C” (all of the above).

Europe and many of the slavs are veering away from Christ’s church returning back in masse to pre-Christian paganism just as John predicted in Revelations. Their form of religion is all derived from Egypt. Why?

After all, what better place than Egypt’s preserved history (Egyptology) can these relearn about paganism?

Isaiah 19 speaks of neopaganism spread from Egyptian mythology which will be the hallmark of the world prior to Christ’s coming. The ultra-nationalist movements from Europe all the way to slavic nations derive from Thor, the sun god in Norse mythology was also the Egyptian Osiris and Kneph, the Phœnician Bel or Baal, and it is accepted freely when slavic neopagans call upon the same God when they invoke Perun.

The American and European Alt-Right’s obsession with a mythical ancient Egyptian deity, Kek, is also Egyptian, while “the Hindus, Persians, Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, and Celts have all yielded striking comparisons [to each other], and the Norse Gods display significant resemblances to members of other pantheons” (A History of the Vikings, Oxford University Press, P.p, 319).

These are the days we live in. And the rest of Isaiah 19 warns of impending civil war where city will fight against city and neighborhood against neighborhood and nation against nation. The world including the west will witness tremendous civil unrest.

The wise few need to take heed and prepare. They need not to fall for the fads of history. Israel lost its nation for focusing more on nationalism instead of observing their Messiah’s coming. God did not spare them and had Jerusalem studded with crucifixes as far as the eye can see.

The unwise virgins without oil simply focus on one aspect of interpreting scripture while they ignore the other. A confused virgin interprets Israel as strictly ‘the Church’ and the other confused virgin interprets Israel ‘without the Church’.

One says Zion is Israel, and nothing else, and the other says that Zion is the Church and nothing more. Each side argues with a half truth while missing the most crucial event: His second coming.

The virgins that miss this one are locked out without a honeymoon. Such are the virgins with lamps, but without oil. In other words, one can carry a Bible (carry a lamp) but he could be completely blind since his lamp is not lit.

There is a Jerusalem on earth and then there is a Jerusalem from above. God made a deal with Abraham and He will keep it. In Ezekiel 36 God promised to bring Israel back to the land. Many argue ‘how could this be if they reject Christ’?

Yet God answers and says that He will bring the Jews back with a clarification:

“I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name’s sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went. And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the Lord, saith the Lord God, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes. For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.” (Ezekiel 36:22-25).

This proclamation reads like a newspaper. It is as clear as the sun and needs little or no interpretation. “Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you”. God will ‘sprinkle clean water’ on the Jews. Here it is mass baptism by sprinkling, not dunking.

Why so many foolish people make an issue about dunking versus sprinkling is beyond me. Why so many focus on the stiff necked Jews as being ‘stiff-necked’? God will soon soften these stiff necks by persecution through the Muslim sword.

Persecution is the greatest blessing for God’s people. It is Christ Who will take away the heart of stone out of the Jew, not us. It is not for us to decide their fate. “I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.”

In the meanwhile, we should all work on our own hearts.

For decades, East Jerusalem, especially the 144,000 square meter estate known as the Temple Mount was seen as the future capital of a Palestinian state. How could anyone deny that God exists when He promised that only 144,000 meters out of 196.9 million square meters become the bone of contention for the whole earth?

This land is .0007% of the whole earth.

It perhaps represents the ratio of who enters this ‘narrow gate’ and indeed it is extremely narrow.

Last month, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution criticising America’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and launch the process of transporting its embassy there. The move radically reversed decades of US policy in the region and the majority of observers said it would hinder attempts to establish peace in the Middle East.

But who is objecting? Turkey and the Muslim nations believe that a caliphate is the only legitimate power to rule over Jerusalem. These insist that Trump yield and give Jerusalem to them. In other words what we see is that Christendom is yielding to Islamdom. There is no other way to explain it.

It is practically the whole earth that is going after a false peace and are ‘dividing the land for gain’ (Daniel 11:39). But this is the hallmark of Antichrist. All this while we continue to witness the great falling away which comes first, before Christ comes and judges these nations. With Jerusalem on the mind of nations, the time is nearing and war is on the horizon.

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  • ChristianAmericanCrusader

    What you said here in the article is beautifully put:

    “So in essence, the way to recognize truth from error is to compare by taking oneself back to history and compare one’s religious practices and interpretations back to the fathers.” AMEN.

    Indeed, 2018 will be a pivotal year. The photos of the archeological evidences that the Jews did in fact governed Jerusalem is beyond over whelming and makes it totally impossible to refute, period! Excellent writeup on what the recognition of Jerusalem being the Capital will all mean coming up soon in the future, from both a Historical/Biblical prophetic view. Each passing day, we see clearly the time is drawing much nearer.

    Merry Christmas/Happy New Year, Brother Walid!

    • Merry Christmas to you too CAC and thanks for the kind comment.

  • PaulF

    Brilliant article.

  • Constantine’s Correspondent

    This is outstanding!

    I will have to reread again and again because it’s giving me so much joy to see God’s Word being fulfilled.

    • Constantine’s Correspondent

      Reading this again and wanted to make a comment about this,

      It was widely recognized in ancient Israel the Jews would retain the ability to govern Israel and only when the Messiah comes will they lose the scepter

      Is it any accident had today Israel does not have a king over them? No.

      Israel is a secular state modeled after Europe style democracy. It is not an accident and this should tell us all something.

  • AnthonyM

    Walid, you are starting the New Year 2018 off with a bang! So many good and interesting points. Well done.
    And I’m glad the Sunday Special came out early because it is too cold to do anything but stay indoors and read, and meditate.

    • Paul

      It looks like Islamic prophesy of an end times war between Romans and Muslims has caused an eisegetical rendering of Kittim coming against Antichrist as Roman church coming against Antichrist! So, to say the very least all these articles are based on a false premise that Quran is a reliable source. Even the earlier understanding that Quran was dictated by Satan has been proven false as Islam as well as its holy books has undergone several revisions by human revisionists and on top of that much of the prophesy could have been synthesized by simple reversing bible prophesy.

      • AnthonyM

        “Kittim coming against Antichrist as Roman church coming against Antichrist.”, yes I had not thought of it in quite those terms, but you are right on that.

    • “but stay indoors and read, and meditate…”

      You forgot to add “and do the Rosary” 😉

      • AnthonyM

        Yes, thanks for the reminder.

      • AnthonyM

        Also just sharing a link for those who would like to pray in a group but can not for various reasons. The scenes from the Holy Land are lovely.
        http://comepraytherosary.org/

  • richinnameonly

    “One says Zion is Israel, and nothing else, and the other says that Zion is the Church and nothing more. Each side argues with a half truth while missing the most crucial event: His second coming.”
    Many of us have had discussions with people that hold these two positions and the twains never meet. There is so much emphasis on the second coming of Christ but yet much time is devoted to arguing, sometimes about things that we’ll not know answers to until he tells us later on. Meanwhile, time marches us closer to his second coming.

    • Constantine’s Correspondent

      I agree with you completely.

    • ChristianAmericanCrusader

      Well said.

  • OrthodoxChristianAmerican

    Westerners want everything spoon fed to them, very simple and prepackaged and without any nuances or grey areas, and for not bowing to that pressure Mr. Shoebat, I thank you with sincere gratitude. As I go into Orthodox Christmas on the Western January 7th, I will remember you and your family in my prayers. As an ”adopted” Egyptian and a ”adopted” Russian in my life’s journey with the wonderful children of the East, I appreciate your work and that of your family and staff.

    OCA, a sinner

    • ChristianAmericanCrusader

      Indeed, OCA.

      • David W

        Merry Christmas OCA. Our parish is celebrating The Feast Of Theophany today.

        • OrthodoxChristianAmerican

          Thank you David! And you have a blessed one as well!

      • OrthodoxChristianAmerican

        Thanks buddy, and you have a blessed one:-)

  • Cuzick

    Great work as usual Abouna.

  • Eric

    Excellent Work, Sir! Superman has red this twice, wanting to make sure I absorbed everything. Indeed, 2018 looks to be a pivotal year!

    Now with the holiday festivities over–and family friends gone after staying with us for two weeks–I can now fly by here more often. Excellent work as always! 🙂

  • Constantine’s Correspondent

    I recommend you reading “The Didache” especially chapter 19 (or is that chapter 9?) on the last things prior to Christ coming.

    It contains warnings that hints at what we see being rampant in the Church these days.

  • Ralph Waters

    Sad to see just how negative words are directed towards the Protestant church. The evangelical church has been consistently supportive of Israel.
    Here in Australia the Royal Commission into child abuse has found the Catholic church concealing child abuse and pedophiles.
    The greatest abusers have been from within the Catholic church. I wonder how these facts fit with your ideas about the superiority of the RC church?
    I admire your devotion to the RC church but history contains many indictments of RC church behaviour and doctrine.
    Why not let us all get on with the business of proclaiming Christ rather than constantly criticising each other

    • Constantine’s Correspondent

      Why not address what was actually written in the article instead of trying to change subject?

  • ChristianAmericanCrusader

    Here is the Didache, the very earliest Chatechism written by the Apostles, that explains further in-depth, including with commentary, the last things to happen prior to Christ’s return:

    Chapter 16
    Closing Apocalyptic Warnings.

    16:1 Be watchful for your life;

    See Matthew 26:41; Mark 14:38; Luke 22:40,46 about “watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation.”

    16:2 Let your lamps not be quenched and your loins not ungirded, but you be ready;

    “Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord…” (Luke 12:35,36a)

    16:3 For you know not the hour in which our Lord comes.

    Compare: “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only…. Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come…. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh…. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.” (Matthew 24:36,42,44; 25:13)

    16:4 And you shall gather yourselves together frequently, seeking what is fitting for your souls;

    Compare: “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:25)

    16:5 For the whole time of your faith shall not profit you, if you be not perfected at the last season.

    Compare: “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” (Matthew 24:13)

    Predestinarian teaching of “once saved, always saved” or “the unconditional eternal security of the believer” was not believed by the early Church; it fact, it is repudiated here and elsewhere.

    16:6 For in the last days the false prophets and corrupters shall be multiplied, and the sheep shall be turned into wolves, and love shall be turned into hate.
    16:7 For as lawlessness increases, they shall hate one another and shall persecute and betray.

    “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.” (1 Timothy 4:1)

    “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts…” (2 Peter 3:3)

    “And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
    And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
    For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
    And ye shall hear of wars and rumors 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, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in diverse places.
    All these are the beginning of sorows.
    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.
    And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
    And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
    And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
    But they that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
    And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
    When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
    Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
    Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
    Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
    And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
    But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
    For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
    And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.” (Matthew 24:3-22)

    16:8 And then the world-deceiver shall appear as a son of God;
    16:9 And shall work signs and wonders, and the earth shall be delivered into his hands;
    16:10 And he shall do unholy things, which have never been since the world began.
    16:11 Then all created mankind shall come to the fire of testing, and many shall be offended and perish;

    “Let no one deceive you in any way; for that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God…. And then the lawless one will be revealed, and the Lord Jesus will slay him with the breath of his mouth and destroy him by his appearing and his coming. The coming of the lawless one by the activity of Satan will be with all power and with pretended signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are to perish, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.” (2 Thessalonians 2:3,4,8-10, Revised Standard Version)

    “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” (Matthew 24:24)

    16:12 But they that endure in their faith shall be saved by the Curse Himself.

    Compare with: “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is everyone that hangeth upon a tree.” (Galatians 3:13; a reference to Deuteronomy 21:22,23)

    16:13 And then shall the signs of the truth appear;

    Compare: “And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven and with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” (Matthew 24:30,31)

    16:14 First a sign of an opening in the heaven, then a sign of a voice of a trumpet, and thirdly a resurrection of the dead;
    16:15 Yet not of all, but as it was said:
    16:16 The Lord shall come and all His saints with Him.
    16:17 Then shall the world see the Lord coming upon the clouds of heaven.

    Compare with: “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” (1 Corinthians 15:51,52)

    • Constantine’s Correspondent

      You are doing the yeoman work, my friend.

  • ChristianAmericanCrusader

    “Jesus Christ followers are not to take up weapons, we are not to fight a war against any people.” Actually Sarah, both the teachings of the Church and the Bible actually disagrees with you. Review the links below which explains the Just War Theory, which gives the correct teachings regarding the right use of weapons:
    http://catholicism.org/catholic-teaching-just-war.html
    https://jesseromero.com/blog/christians-guns

    Check this out, there is also even a Patron Saint for Gun Owners and it’s absolutely Biblical.
    http://www.gunsaint.com/stagnaro.asp

  • paulette barrow

    WRONG,I WISH PEOPLE COULD SEE GOD IS DOING A NEW THING,AND ITS NOT WAR YET

    • Constantine’s Correspondent

      I wish people would quote the article and refute what is written.

      Is Trump’s Jerusalem Declaration going to spark war? It already has lit the fuse or are you just to shortsighted to see it?

  • George Varughese

    Bro.Joshua, it’s in the context of the Great Tribulation, Mat.24:8-13, especially verse10. Also Mat.13:21. Skandalizo translated falling away/apostasy, is in relation to Thlipsis meaning tribulation/persecution. Many easy-going/casual “christians” won’t be able to take the pressure and will just give up, (unlike Daniel’s 3 friends), when the fiery-testing comes under the anti-christ system. Like the foolish virgins, they are spiritually unprepared.(Prov.24:10; Jerem.12:5). The price seems too much to pay. So they reject Him.

  • DantesRivers

    Larry Norman – 9 – The Sun Began To Rain – In Another Land (1976)

    “the fox snuck in to steal away the grain” (the Eucharist?)

  • DantesRivers

    Trump announces move of U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem

    Trump is a “very stable genius.”

    • DantesRivers

      Who Loves Ya Baby

  • CTyank

    A good, old fashioned Sunday special! Thank you Brother Walid.

  • Constantine’s Correspondent

    The point was only one of the kingship would produce the linage of Christ. No need to split hairs.

  • Constantine’s Correspondent

    You are welcome.

  • Constantine’s Correspondent

    It was Walid that wrote the quote you found objectionable.

    It was God who ensured His covenant with David would remain unbroken through the southern kingdom and to also honor Israel’s prophecy that from Judah’s body would come a ruler that is Christ.

    That was point one.

    Point two was to demonstrate the Catholic Church of the South being faithful while the Protestants North was not.

  • Constantine’s Correspondent

    Just as I thought. You cannot refute and you just want to chew on your bones of contention. Good day, “John Doe.”