I am writing this email in response to a sister’s queries on the End-Times. Her spirit was very much stirred up after hearing a unique sermon during Sunday Service in her own church by a Japanese pastor. The conversation started with a query on the recent total eclipse on the 1st of August 2008. She was asking me if I knew about the eclipse. I was ignorant about it as matter of fact. Thus when she mentioned it didn’t ring a bell to me.
She went on to talk about what the Japanese pastor preached that Sunday morning. The pastor was telling the people to be watchful of what’s going to happen around the world after this total eclipse. He advised the people to pay special attention to Russia and China as the full shadow of the eclipse fell on these two great super powers. After she said that, the whole thing rang a big bell to my ear.
Some years back when I was reading a lot into biblical prophecies a verse from Ezekiel came very striking upon me. This will be the anchor verse and I quote,
‘Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
“Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog (China), the chief prince of Rosh (Russia), Meshech (Moscow), and Tubal, and prophecy against them,
“and say, “Thus says the Lord God:
“Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal.
“I will turn you around, put hooks into your jaws,
And lead you out, with all your army, horses, and horsemen…
Persia (Iran), Ethiopia (Africa), and Libya are with them…’
Basically, from Ezekiel 38 and 39, the prophet, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, prophesied about a coming war that will shape the whole course of human history. The war will follow by the emergence of the anti-Christ, who will unite the whole world under him. This will mark the beginning of the Tribulation period.
In accordance with the prophecy, Russia, together with China and Iran will attack Israel and make their advances in the Middle East. Beginning of this year, we saw Iran went into a nuclear crisis with the US. The President of Iran was determined to destroy the Americans, whom he called the greater Satan, and Israel the smaller Satan. Thus, Iran will form an alliance with Russia against Israel. What’s their motive, in search of oil supply.
So what’s the implication? With the eclipse, it seems to mark the beginning of many things to come. First, we have the attack on Georgia by Russia and of course the Olympic game in China. Things are going to change. There will be a new balance of power. The shadow of the eclipse fell fully on Russia and China, and I am very sure this is not a coincident. Second, with the increase in earthquake occurrences, and other natural calamities, it is very obvious that we are living very close to the fulfilment of biblical prophecies on End-Times. Jesus warned us, in the Gospel of Matthew 24, that one of the signs of the End-Times was the increase occurrences of wars and rumours of war, natural calamities such as earthquakes, famines and widespread of diseases and illnesses (SARS, Bird-flu, AIDS and etc). Third, Jesus, in the same chapter, tells us that immediately after the start of tribulation, the Sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light…
Friends, this message may not sound new to you but may it not fall on deaf ears. God is calling Christians to be watchful and be alert of what’s happening. God is calling us to pray and intercede for our land. I am reminded of the verse in 1 Corinthians 13 that says that even if we have the gift of prophecy and can understand mysteries and knowledge…but we have no LOVE…it profits nothing. Many Christians today have lost their First Love in Jesus Christ. We need to return to love God and to love others through His divine love. This is not the time to play church…We are standing on very critical moment in the history of mankind. Sometimes, fear grips my heart, when I wonder if I have already missed the Rapture. After all, the Bible tells us that it will happen in a twinkling of an eye…so are we too busy with our lives that we are not even aware that we have missed the Rapture. I am really not sure…God have mercy on us.
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