Signs we are close to the time of the end

by Mike Ratliff

3 As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”
4 And Jesus answered and said to them, “See to it that no one misleads you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many. 6 You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes. 8 But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs. Matthew 24:3-8 (NASB)

I have been wanting to write about this for several weeks, but have not had the opportunity. If you have been keeping up with what has been coming from the White House, the United Nations and the World Economic Forum it is as if the elites have taken George Orwell’s book 1984 and are attempting to use it as a blueprint for what they have in store for us. Private ownership of property including your personal vehicle will be prohibited. Ownership of land will be prohibited. Single family homes will be excluded. Everyone will be forced to relocate to large multi-family complexes in large cities. Ownership of any property of any kind will be a thing of the past. Cash money will be replaced with a digital currency system fully controlled by the elites. I have heard predictions from several very well placed experts over the last few weeks who are predicting the collapse of economic supply line structures that our food systems rely on right now. If that happens we will be in famine situation that is caused on purpose by very evil people who’s goal is to depopulate then gain full control or enslavement of those who remain. When I first heard this I could only think of what Jesus said in that passage I placed at the top of this post and what John wrote in Revelation 6 as the first 5 seals are broken on the scroll held by the Lamb of God. Here is that passage.

1 Then I saw when the Lamb broke one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying as with a voice of thunder, “Come.” 2 I looked, and behold, a white horse, and he who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.
The Second Seal—War
3 When He broke the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come.” 4 And another, a red horse, went out; and to him who sat on it, it was granted to take peace from the earth, and that men would slay one another; and a great sword was given to him.
The Third Seal—Famine
5 When He broke the third seal, I heard the third living creature saying, “Come.” I looked, and behold, a black horse; and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. 6 And I heard something like a voice in the center of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not damage the oil and the wine.”
The Fourth Seal—Death
7 When the Lamb broke the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come.” 8 I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth.
The Fifth Seal—Martyrs
9 When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained; 10 and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” 11 And there was given to each of them a white robe; and they were told that they should rest for a little while longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren who were to be killed even as they had been, would be completed also.
The Sixth Seal—Terror
12 I looked when He broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood; 13 and the stars of the sky fell to the earth, as a fig tree casts its unripe figs when shaken by a great wind. 14 The sky was split apart like a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. 15 Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains; 16 and they *said to the mountains and to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; 17 for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?” Revelation 6 (NASB)

The man on the white horse in the first seal who goes out conquering and to conquer is the Beast or Antichrist. How do you think he comes to power? The world will be in horrible shape in economic collapse. People will be starving. A Messianic figure will come on the scene and be given all kinds of power as he works to solve these problems. However, he is a liar. His intent is to supplant Christ and God. I watched a documentary a few days ago about the Third Temple in Jerusalem. The Jews there are all ready to build it, but they can’t because the Temple Mount has two Muslim Mosques right where the Temple should go. When asked by the one doing the documentary why they persisted in doing what they were doing their reply was, “We are waiting for the man who is to come.” Wow! Who could that be? The man on the White Horse will cut a covenant with the Jews for 7 years. This is found in Daniel 9:27.  I suggest you read the whole chapter. Here it is.

1 In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of Median descent, who was made king over the kingdom of the Chaldeans— 2 in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, observed in the books the number of the years which was revealed as the word of the LORD to Jeremiah the prophet for the completion of the desolations of Jerusalem, namely, seventy years. 3 So I gave my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes. 4 I prayed to the LORD my God and confessed and said, “Alas, O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and lovingkindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments, 5 we have sinned, committed iniquity, acted wickedly and rebelled, even turning aside from Your commandments and ordinances. 6 Moreover, we have not listened to Your servants the prophets, who spoke in Your name to our kings, our princes, our fathers and all the people of the land.
7 “Righteousness belongs to You, O Lord, but to us open shame, as it is this day—to the men of Judah, the inhabitants of Jerusalem and all Israel, those who are nearby and those who are far away in all the countries to which You have driven them, because of their unfaithful deeds which they have committed against You. 8 Open shame belongs to us, O Lord, to our kings, our princes and our fathers, because we have sinned against You. 9 To the Lord our God belong compassion and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against Him; 10 nor have we obeyed the voice of the LORD our God, to walk in His teachings which He set before us through His servants the prophets. 11 Indeed all Israel has transgressed Your law and turned aside, not obeying Your voice; so the curse has been poured out on us, along with the oath which is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, for we have sinned against Him. 12 Thus He has confirmed His words which He had spoken against us and against our rulers who ruled us, to bring on us great calamity; for under the whole heaven there has not been done anything like what was done to Jerusalem. 13 As it is written in the law of Moses, all this calamity has come on us; yet we have not sought the favor of the LORD our God by turning from our iniquity and giving attention to Your truth. 14 Therefore the LORD has kept the calamity in store and brought it on us; for the LORD our God is righteous with respect to all His deeds which He has done, but we have not obeyed His voice.
15 “And now, O Lord our God, who have brought Your people out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand and have made a name for Yourself, as it is this day—we have sinned, we have been wicked. 16 O Lord, in accordance with all Your righteous acts, let now Your anger and Your wrath turn away from Your city Jerusalem, Your holy mountain; for because of our sins and the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and Your people have become a reproach to all those around us. 17 So now, our God, listen to the prayer of Your servant and to his supplications, and for Your sake, O Lord, let Your face shine on Your desolate sanctuary. 18 O my God, incline Your ear and hear! Open Your eyes and see our desolations and the city which is called by Your name; for we are not presenting our supplications before You on account of any merits of our own, but on account of Your great compassion. 19 O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and take action! For Your own sake, O my God, do not delay, because Your city and Your people are called by Your name.”
Gabriel Brings an Answer
20 Now while I was speaking and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the LORD my God in behalf of the holy mountain of my God, 21 while I was still speaking in prayer, then the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision previously, came to me in my extreme weariness about the time of the evening offering. 22 He gave me instruction and talked with me and said, “O Daniel, I have now come forth to give you insight with understanding. 23 At the beginning of your supplications the command was issued, and I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed; so give heed to the message and gain understanding of the vision.
Seventy Weeks and the Messiah
24 “Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy place. 25 So you are to know and discern that from the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince there will be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; it will be built again, with plaza and moat, even in times of distress. 26 Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing, and the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. And its end will come with a flood; even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined. 27 And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate.” Daniel 9 (NASB) 

In this passage we see the covenant this man cuts with the Jews then he breaks it by committing the Abomination of Desolation, which our Lord spoke of in Matthew 24:15, which immediately precedes our Lord’s second coming, the first resurrection and the rapture of the Church as per Paul in 2 Thessalonians 2. Please notice that our Lord’s account of this and Paul’s both talks about the Great Apostasy or falling away. This has always puzzled me. What would cause that? I am convinced now that I have studied this more and I see evidence of the evil going on in the world right now that the AntiChrist will be able to seduce many professing Christians away to follow him instead of Jesus. Part of this will be the Second Beast of course who professes to be Jesus and kills everyone who won’t worship the Beast by taking his mark.

I have always thought all this would be far in the future and me and my family would be long gone before all this took place, but here we are. Jesus Himself said we are going to be persecuted by the AntiChrist and I believe Him. I grew up in Church and have heard countless times that the Church would be raptured before all this happened, but if you believe that and then here comes all this persecution if you don’t worship the Beast if you want to buy food then you have a problem. Help us Lord Jesus!

Soli Deo Gloria!

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  2. Reblogged this on Rainbow Trout and commented:

    Mike’s discussion raises some serious issues. And the passages in the Bible about persecution are numerous. As for Revelation, I have not found a more complete study of that book, than what Dr. Steven Dilday has done. You can get an introduction from his translation work from Heidegger’s Bible Handbook: Revelation: Inscription, which is here:

    The work comes at the conclusion of his NT Class and goes on for 4 parts, with the class lesson video and notes.

    He also has two longer Revelation studies, including his current translation of Matthew Poole’s work….where his latest posting this July was Rev 9:12.

    That work is now linked back to 5 years of sermons which can be found on Sermon Audio. I highly recommend these, but must advise the study is extremely detail, verse by verses, with a lot of review in each lesson. He makes excellent points in the introduction and warns that it is best to understand the details in the first 5 chapters before getting into the the rest of the book, which people often jump to in trying to interpret and apply.

    The most important point is it’s a Revelation not a Hiding! So don’t ignore it.

    Anyway if the Lord lingers there is time to work through it and perhaps 🤔 some years from not Dr. Dilday will finish the work. I recall even Matthew Henry never finished his own commentary on Revelation, and was added after his death.


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