A Voice in the
April 22, 1997
Earlier, another thing I was reading in my e-mail, the writer, I gathered, has the idea that we are just about upon Christ's "Second Coming." In context, I would have thought he meant "1997." (I already knew he thinks we are "now" in the Tribulation, but this surprised me.) I know that some people think the signing of the Oslo agreement was the beginning of the Tribulation, in 1993, to culminate in 2000.
But then, as I was reading in the first article in the current "Israel My Glory" this afternoon there was a little comment about prophecy I had missed. "Then he shall [confirm] a covenant with many for one week; But in the middle of the week He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, Even until the consummation, which is determined, Is poured out on the desolate." (Dan 9:27)
Notice the word "confirm." The Oslo Accords were "created" or "originally drawn up" and signed in 1993...if, in fact, they are what this prophecy refers to. To "confirm" is totally different. It means to establish something which has been, or is ALREADY, there. So, that is yet future.
Now, just think what would happen if the US continued having the kind of weather we have had, for the next seven years, as my customer was suggesting. Add a few other countries to that, and then realize the prophesied famines that would come about, on a world-wide scale.
No, we are not yet (April 22,97) in the Tribulation time. Much less, just about at the [end] of it. At least half the world's population will be annihilated, which hasn't started happening yet. At the beginning of the time, the "covenant" will be confirmed by the Anti-Christ. It's not yet definite "who" that person might be, nor has such a confirmation occured. And the Rapture must happen first, which obviously hasn't happened yet.
But, we know the time is "ripe." For an unsaved person of the world to make a comment about "seven years of this" devastation. As well as all the other stuff we are seeing. Blood moon (eclipses), Hale-Bopp, one of you told me recently of "four" major earthquakes over in Europe, mid-east, Asia?? We have world "citizenship" being offered out of India. Jerusalem is being quarreled over...and what I read seems to indicate that Israel is at a somewhat "low point" of vulnerability right now, and the Arab countries are scrambling to get their weapons in order to make another attempt at Israelie-Annihilation...as they see this as a "window of opportunity"
The time is "ripe?"
"Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. "So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near; at the doors! "Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. "But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. "For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, "and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. "Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. "Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. "Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. (Mat 24:32-42)