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1/1/2019: Looking ahead with a focus on Bible prophecy

2019 and Bible prophecy

 

The number one sign of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ is the convergence of all the signs He told us to look for.

Jesus said, “When you see all these things take place, look up! Your salvation draws near” (Luke 21:28).

What are the things Jesus and the prophets said to look for?

Israel back in the land (Jeremiah 23:7-8)  (Fulfilled in 1948.)

The Jewish people back in control of Jerusalem (Luke 21:24)  (Fulfilled in 1967.)

The Gospel being preached to the whole world (Matthew 24:14)  (Fulfilled with the advent of the Internet.)

Because we see these signs today, we can be confident we live in the season of His return.

But Jesus cited other signs too. So did the prophets. Those signs are perfectly apparent as well. As 2019 now dawns before us, what are the most important prophetic trends we see? Below is a list of what are likely the top five.

 

1) The Rise of the Gog / Magog Alliance
2018 saw a continuation of the developing alliance between Russia, Iran, and Turkey. Russia and Iran have grown closer and closer since the mid-1990s. Their joint occupation of Syria in the aftermath of the Syrian civil war has only brought further cooperation. Yet, as recently as 2015, Turkey looked like an adversary of both nations.
In November of that year, Turkey shot down a Russian jet that strayed into its airspace. Far from allies, the two nations looked more like they were on the verge of war than friendship. But things have since changed. Turkish President Erdogan has consolidated his grip on power. He now antagonizes the United States while making friendly visits with Vladimir Putin.
Pursuing its own interests, Turkey is now a major player in the Syrian conflict. Along with Russia and Iran, they’ve effectively carved Syria into various spheres of influence. The result is a once unlikely alliance formed on Israel’s northern border. These are the very same nations Ezekiel said would invade Israel from the north in “the latter days” (Ezekiel 38:8).

Iran has been belligerent toward Israel for decades. Now, Russia and Turkey are too. Russia blames Israel for a September 17 incident that led to Syrian forces downing a Russian spy plane. In May, Turkey told Israeli ambassador Eitan Naeh to leave the country. Since then, more Israeli officials have left Turkey, and the Turkish consul general has been expelled from Israel. Israeli relations with all three countries are suffering a clear downtrend.

NORM ‘n’ AL Note:  The Gog-Magog War against Israel described in Ezekiel ch. 38 and 39 requires that five nations participate in coming against Israel. Three of the five are now on Israel’s northern border, in the country of Syria.

 

2) The Continued Rise of Artificial Intelligence
This year featured a number of news stories on massive advances made in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). One example was China’s Yitu Technologies, a company at the forefront of AI development. Yitu created a technology called Dragonfly.
Dragonfly can search and analyze billions of photographs and locate a single person in a matter of seconds. Connected to cameras in the Shanghai Metro, it identified over 500 “criminals” in a three-month period. It’s so powerful it can recognize people wearing disguises. And it can identify people using pictures that are more than 30 years old.
In the near future, technologies like Dragonfly will be commonplace. Large tech companies like Facebook, Google, and Apple seem willing to give into China’s demands. Despite Google’s mission statement to “do no evil,” several media outlets report they’ve been working on a search engine to comply with the Chinese government’s strict surveillance and censorship demands. Similarly, Facebook reportedly built a censorship tool in an effort to appease the Chinese government and gain access to its one billion Internet users.
As advanced technology spreads, it will become impossible for individual citizens to stand up to oppressive governments, especially if those governments are aided by large multinational corporations.

Just think of the power AI gives the Chinese government. As Dragonfly connects to every camera in China, no one will be able to hide. While this is good for catching criminals, not every person sought by the Chinese government is a criminal. Chinese dissidents, political activists, ethnic minorities, Christians, and other “enemies of the state” will have nowhere to hide. And it’s quite unlikely China will be the only state to take advantage of this technology. In one form or another, every nation on earth is already making use of AI.

NORM ‘n’ AL Note:  Always remember, however, that Artificial Intelligence will never be a match for plain old carefully developed stupidity.

 

3) An Increase in High Magnitude Earthquakes
Jesus said several signs will increase like birth pains before He returns (Matthew 24:8). This means those signs will increase in frequency and intensity before the Second Coming. One of the signs Jesus cited is earthquakes (Matthew 24:7).  We’ve seen a marked increase in the frequency of high intensity earthquakes over the past two decades.

From 1900 to 1950, the world only registered six 8.0 magnitude earthquakes. Since 2010, we’ve had ten. Earlier this year, more than 70 earthquakes hit the Pacific Ring of Fire in a 48-hour period. The earth is preparing for the King’s return!

4) Continued European Union Volatility
In a June 23, 2016 referendum, the people of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union (EU). The media labeled this British exit from the EU “Brexit.” Many predicted an immediate collapse of the EU. They said further exits would likely follow. Yet 2 1/2 years later, the EU is still together and the UK hasn’t left. This should come as no surprise.

Over two thousand years ago, the prophet Daniel described the initial stages of the Antichrist’s global empire. He described it as an alliance of weak and strong nations (Daniel 2:42). He said it would be a divided alliance, loosely held together (Daniel 2:41).
This is what we see today with the EU. Since its inception, the EU has been an odd collection of governments, economies, currencies, and military forces. EU nations include some of the world’s largest and smallest economies. These same nations have some of the world’s largest and smallest militaries. From the Schuman Declaration in 1950 to the Treaty of Lisbon in 2007, the rise of the EU has been marked by a struggle to agree on important issues.

These include arguments over a single currency (the United Kingdom and Denmark opted out), disagreements over how to handle debt crises (the Greek bailouts), and disputes over open borders (the Syrian refugee crisis). Each step along the way, the EU struggled to survive. Yet it HAS survived.  If the EU is the forerunner to the empire the prophet Daniel described, then it will continue to survive. And its power will grow until it envelops the whole world.

5) The Love of Many Grows Cold
The Bible says that in the end times “the love of many will grow cold” (Matthew 24:12). “People will be lovers of themselves and their money. They’ll be “boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They’ll consider nothing sacred. They’ll be unloving and unforgiving — slanderers with no self-control. They’ll be cruel and hate what is good. They’ll betray their friends, be reckless, prideful, and lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God. They’ll act religious, but reject the power that could make them godly” (2 Timothy 3:2-5).

While you can find examples of evil in every generation, ours features some of the most vile behavior since the days of Noah, when the thoughts of people were nothing but “continuous evil” (Genesis 6:5).
2018 featured a number of examples. In February, Nikolas Cruz killed 17 students and school staffers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. It was the deadliest mass shooting of the year in the U.S., and it made national headlines. But not every story of evil makes headlines. Also in February, a woman in Schenectady, New York got upset after an argument and threw her baby at a New York State trooper. She was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and endangering the welfare of a child.
She wasn’t alone. It was a year where the love of many grew cold for their own children. For example, in August, authorities arrested Chris Watts for killing his pregnant wife, Shanan, and their two daughters, ages 3 and 4. Then, he threw his wife in a shallow grave and stuffed his daughters’ bodies in vats of oil. It’s hard to imagine anything more evil than this!

These are just a few news stories from the past year.  Unfortunately, they are not isolated incidents.  Stories of aberrant and criminal behavior have become so commonplace that most of them aren’t reported in the media anymore. Instead, we hear statistics about the number of rapes, murders, and assaults year to date, and whether or not this year is worse than the last. The world today is saturated with violence — just as in the days of Noah (Matthew 24:37).

What to Look for in 2019

Look for increasing cooperation between Russia, Iran, and Turkey. Look for a strengthening EU, even as the alliance remains volatile. Watch for a continued increase in AI capability. Look for the continuing degeneration of society, with a continuing increase in evil as the basis for that degeneration. And don’t be surprised if we have one or more 8.0 magnitude earthquakes. All of these things and more will probably mark 2019 as a year to remember.
Above all, the #1 thing you should look for is the return of our Savior. As we enter the new year, all the signs are screaming, “Jesus is coming VERY SOON!”
[From an article published by PROPHECY NEWS WATCH]
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As always, posted for your edification and enlightenment by
NORM ‘n’ AL, Minneapolis
normal@usa1usa.com
612.239.0970

 

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The fire of global economic crisis is beginning to heat up…

These are the signs that problems lie ahead:

If you have been waiting for the “global economic crisis” to begin, just open up your eyes and look around.  Most Americans tend to ignore what happens in the rest of the world because they consider it to be “irrelevant” to their daily lives, but the truth is that the massive economic problems that are currently sweeping across Europe, Asia and South America are going to be affecting all of us here in the U.S. very soon.  Sadly, most of the big news organizations in this country seem to be more concerned about the fate of Justin Bieber’s wax statue in Times Square than about the horrible financial nightmare that is gripping emerging markets all over the planet.  After a brief period of relative calm, we are beginning to see signs of global financial instability that are unlike anything that we have witnessed since the financial crisis of 2008.  As you will see below, the problems are not just isolated to a few countries.  This is truly a global phenomenon.

Global crisis beginning to heat up...

Over the past few years, the Federal Reserve and other global central banks have inflated an unprecedented financial bubble with their reckless money printing.  Much of this “hot money” poured into emerging markets all over the world.  But now that the Federal Reserve has begun “tapering” quantitative easing, investors are taking this as a sign that the party is ending.  Money is being pulled out of emerging markets all over the globe at a staggering pace and this is creating a tremendous amount of financial instability.  In addition, the economic problems that have been steadily growing over the past few years in established economies throughout Europe and Asia just continue to escalate.  The following are 20 signs that the global economic crisis is starting to catch fire…

#1 The unemployment rate in Greece has hit a brand new record high of 28 percent.

#2 The youth unemployment rate in Greece has hit a brand new record high of 64.1 percent.

#3 The percentage of bad loans in Italy is at an all-time record high.

#4 Italian industrial output declined again in December, and the Italian government is on the verge of collapse.

#5 The number of jobseekers in France has risen for 30 of the last 32 months, and at this point it has climbed to a new all-time record high.

#6 The total number of business failures in France in 2013 was even higher than in any year during the last financial crisis.

#7 It is being projected that housing prices in Spain will fall another 10 to 15 percent as their economic depression deepens.

#8 The economic and political turmoil in Turkey is spinning out of control.  The government has resorted to blasting protesters with pepper spray and water cannons in a desperate attempt to restore order.

#9 It is being estimated that the inflation rate in Argentina is now over 40 percent, and the peso isabsolutely collapsing.

#10 Gangs of armed bandits are roaming the streets in Venezuela as the economic chaos in that troubled nation continues to escalate.

#11 China appears to be very serious about deleveraging.  The deflationary effects of this are going to be felt all over the planet. The following is an excerpt from Ambrose Evans-Pritchard’s recent article entitled “World asleep as China tightens deflationary vice“…

China’s Xi Jinping has cast the die. After weighing up the unappetising choice before him for a year, he has picked the lesser of two poisons.

The balance of evidence is that most powerful Chinese leader since Mao Zedong aims to prick China’s $24 trillion credit bubble early in his 10-year term, rather than putting off the day of reckoning for yet another cycle.

This may be well-advised for China, but the rest of the world seems remarkably nonchalant over the implications.

#12 There was a significant debt default by a coal company in China last Friday

A high-yield investment product backed by a loan to a debt-ridden coal company failed to repay investors when it matured last Friday, state media reported on Wednesday, in the latest sign of financial stress in China’s shadow bank sector.

#13 Japan’s Nikkei stock index has already fallen by 14 percent so far in 2014.  That is a massive decline in just a month and a half.

#14 Ukraine continues to fall apart financially

The worsening political and economic circumstances in Ukraine has prompted the Fitch Ratings agency to downgrade Ukrainian debt from B to a pre–default level CCC. This is lower than Greece, and Fitch warns of future financial instability.

#15 The unemployment rate in Australia has risen to the highest level in more than 10 years.

#16 The central bank of India is in a panic over the way that Federal Reserve tapering is effecting their financial system.

#17 The effects of Federal Reserve tapering are also being felt in Thailand

In the wake of the US Federal Reserve tapering, emerging economies with deteriorating macroeconomic figures or visible political instability are being punished by skittish markets. Thailand is drifting towards both these tendencies.

#18 One of Ghana’s most prominent economists says that the economy of Ghana will crash by June if something dramatic is not done.

#19 Yet another banker has mysteriously died during the prime years of his life.  That makes five“suspicious banker deaths” in just the past two weeks alone.

#20 The behavior of the U.S. stock market continues to parallel the behavior of the U.S. stock market in 1929.

Yes, things don’t look good right now, but it is important to keep in mind that this is just the beginning.

This is just the leading edge of the next great financial storm.

The next two years (2014 and 2015) are going to represent a major “turning point” for the global economy.  By the end of 2015, things are going to look far different than they do today.

None of the problems that caused the last financial crisis have been fixed.  Global debt levels have grown by 30 percent since the last financial crisis, and the too big to fail banks in the United States are 37 percentlarger than they were back then and their behavior has become even more reckless than before.

As a result, we are going to get to go through another “2008-style crisis”, but I believe that this next wave is going to be even worse than the previous one.

So hold on tight and get ready.  We are going to be in for quite a bumpy ride.

[by Michael T. Snyder, writing for The Economic Collapse Blog]

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As always, posted for your edification and enlightenment by

NORM ‘n’ AL, Minneapolis
normal@usa1usa.com
612.239.0970

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