Doomsday clock moves to 2 minutes before midnight!

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 The Doomsday Clock is now just 2 minutes to ‘midnight’

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Washington Post, January 25, 2018

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists advanced the symbolic Doomsday Clock a notch closer to the end of humanity Thursday, moving it ahead by 30 seconds after what the organization called a “grim assessment” of the state of geopolitical affairs. “As of today,” Bulletin president Rachel Bronson told reporters, “it is two minutes to midnight” — as close as the world has ever been to the hour of apocalypse. In moving the clock forward, the group cited “the failure of President Trump and other world leaders to deal with looming threats of nuclear war and climate change.” The organization — which has 15 Nobel laureates on its board — now believes “the world is not only more dangerous now than it was a year ago; it is as threatening as it has been since World War II,” ‘

The End of the World- as we know it- is nigh!

The fears of the Scientists are focussed on the tangible such as Global warming and the intangible - Presidential sabre rattling;  but students of Bible prophecy see another ‘end’ to the world’s problems, when the Lord Jesus Christ returns to set up his Kingdom on Earth


The Southern Confederacy as Described by the Prophets

 

The Prophet Ezekiel foretells that the end will come when the Lord Jesus Christ returns to save Israel from attack by a Confederacy of Northern powers led by a ruler named  ‘Gog’ (Russia- AKA king of the North). This will be after a Southern alliance comprising of Sheba and Dedan plus the Merchants of Tarshish makes a half hearted protest against  Gog’s invasion of the land in Ezekiel 38.. “Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?” (Ezekiel 38:13)

 Sheba and Dedan were ancient names for Arabia, particularly Saudi Arabia which is the one Middle Eastern nation that is allied with the West. The USA and NATO use bases in Saudi Arabia to monitor the entire Persian Gulf area.

The Prophet Daniel explains that it is the King of the South who provokes the King of the North, drawing him into the land:

“And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.” (Daniel 11:40)

Later he identifies some of the players holding out with the South when the King of the North invades the land:

“He shall enter also into the glorious land,(Israel) and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon.” (Daniel 11:41)

So the Southern confederacy is an alliance under the influence of the King of the South, comprising Sheba, Dedan, Edom, Moab, and Ammon. It is considered that the Merchants of Tarshish and the young lions, equate to Britain (the mother lion) and its former colonial territories, now independent young lions, including in their ranks America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India and South Africa.

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Saudi Arabia has been going through a transformation to take on the growing influence of Iran in the Middle East and recently Israel has spoken openly of forging an alliance with it.

During the past few weeks it has become evident that the powers south of Israel are undergoing a metamorphosis, and aligning themselves with the Biblical script that is laid out in the Prophets. And these Biblical players who make up the King of the South are coming into place, all because of the threat provided by Iran.

Iran (Persia) the catalyst

According to the U.K.s  Guardian newspaper “The Iranian regime has accused the CIA, Saudi Arabia and Israel of starting what they say are riots” in Iran, which is the Biblical Persia. 

“American efforts to win UN security council backing for a tough line against the Iranian leadership in the wake of this week’s protests came unstuck after Russia accused Washington of seeking to undermine Iranian sovereignty by convening an emergency UN session on Friday.”....

“Last month, the U.S. was left isolated at the UN when it was left with virtually no support for its call for Jerusalem to be recognized as the capital of Israel.”....

“Twenty-one people have died and hundreds have been arrested since 28 December as protests over economic woes turned against the Iranian leaders, with attacks on government buildings and police stations.”

 

The Jerusalem Post reported that Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Secretary Ali Shamkhani blamed “the unrest specifically the U.S., Britain and Saudi Arabia.” (Sheba, Dedan The Merchants of Tarshish with all the young lions!)

It becomes clear that we are seeing  a Russian backed Iran (Persia) confronting the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Britain and Israel, which is what we would expect in the light of Ezekiel’s prophecy in his 38th chapter:

The word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him... Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet” (verses 1-2, 5).

So the unrest in Iran is to be expected as part of a bigger picture as all nations combine against Jerusalem.

Crisis over Jerusalem

Today we see the long-expected crisis over Israel’s claim to the Biblical lands, and to the city of Jerusalem, coming to a head. When U.S. President Donald Trump declared Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel he set off an unprecedented international outcry. An emergency session of the United Nations General Assembly on December 21, voted his move to be “null and void.” But this had no legitimacy —so The United States chose to ignore it and proceed with its plans to locate its embassy in Jerusalem.

The Doomsday Clock ticks on

The world’s hostility to both the U.S. and Israel is unlikely to have any effect upon Trump’s policy but will certainly inadvertently draw the world’s nations, including Iran, against Israel. There can be little doubt that  the U.S.A. can be considered as one of the Young Lions fulfilling the role of Israel’s protector. Trump is already moving to cut funding to the Palestinians and to sections of the U.N. which can only exacerbate matters and harden World opinion against the US and Israel.  This of course is the work of the Angels controlling the affairs connected with Israel and the Land.

 As Britain becomes separated from Europe she will become more isolated and may align herself more with America which itself appears to be coming more isolationist.  However, Russia is making overtures to Europe whilw flexing its military muscles. Her domination of Europe, possibly through alliances with France, Germany and the Vatican cannot be far away.Russian Armaments_Program

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Bible Student Graham Pearce wrote (in 1981!!!) of the curtain rising on a new scene, he said:

 

“When East and West Europe are bound together, the curtain will rise on a new scene. The building of the great image of Nebuchadnezzar will be in progress; the Fourth Beast of Daniel will be re-created with its little horn of the Papacy speaking great things and preparing to challenge Christ and the saints; America will be separated; Britain will be isolated on the edge of a hostile continent. Events may move slowly or quickly, we do not know. But we shall have no excuse that the Master’s coming has caught us as a thief in the night.”

Today we see America being separated;  Europe striving to be more of a Federal Superstate and Anti Semitism becoming more open. The indication of prophecy is that this will continue, and that Israel itself will become more vulnerable  encouraging the Russian Gog in his determination to come against the mountains of Israel, to take a spoil.(Ezekiel 38:13)

The clock, a metaphorical measure of how close we are to global catastrophe, is the closest it has been since 1953, when the United States tested its first thermonuclear device, followed months later by the Soviet Union's hydrogen bomb test.

Judgement Day!

These scientists recognise how perilous the world is at this time, but are looking the wrong way! They ought to be looking at Israel!  The Prophet Isaiah speaks of the Day of Judgement when The LORD brings His final Judgement upon the nations who come to destroy Israel.

Isaiah 66 15-16  For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire.  For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many.

The Prophet Zephaniah also warns of the Judgements of God which will fall on all the earth at that time.

Zephaniah 3:8 Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the LORD, until the day that I rise up to the prey: for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, even all my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy.

Having seen in the TV News Reports, the utter devastation which man’s weapons can bring upon his fellow man, we need to take this warning to heart and imagine the destruction and devastation which the anger of The LORD would bring.

Truly, the Signs of the Times show that this time when God will deliver the Nation of Israel from their enemies and bring Jesus back to reign must be very, very close.

The Sign of Jerusalem

Jesus prophecied that Jerusalem would be trodden down of the Gentiles, that is, not totally under Jewish control, UNTIL the time was ripe for the Lord Jesus to return.

Luke 21:24 Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

But when the time was ripe there would be great distress of Nations, with men’s hearts failing them for fear

Luke 21:25-26 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

And the climax will be the return of Christ to usher in a world of peace.

Luke 21:27-28 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

That time is very close now, Russia is building her army of Nations, including Iran; the clock is ticking down not to Doomsday but to the blessed Kingdom of God on earth.

However, to be able to share in that Kingdom requires a change of mind and heart now and a desire to put on Christ in baptism and follow him, looking forward to that redemption which is drawing ever closer!

 

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