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* Present Day Events 2020

Present Day Events No. 512 – March 2020

Issued Quarterly by Gospel Proclamation League:  http://www.gpl.org.au/

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 The Covid-19 Pestilence Arises Suddenly!

The entire world has been devastated by a silent killer which three months ago (our last PDE) was not even a consideration. Cases had developed in China but had not been officially reported. Instead, the communist government jailed the physician who tried to warn the world; he later died of the infection.

And just prior to that time, “things” had been perking along quite nicely. The US Stock Market was boiling hot; unemployment was at sixty-year lows; consumer confidence was at one of its highest levels in history; the president was riding high atop a superb economy cultivated on his watch.

Luke 17: 26-28 refers to our time as similar to the days of Noah (Noe) and Lot – these are parallel in character. Until the instant that the fiery missiles from the skies fell upon Sodom the society was proceeding normally; there was no warning. And we may be sure that the first drops of rain from the heavens were terrifying to the neighbors of Noah who had heard him preach for 120 years that God would bring a great rain even though there is good evidence that no rain per se had ever fallen on the earth up to that time. Noah was, in their minds, simply a doddering fool engaged in boat-building far from the sea.

In our opinion, the patience of the Almighty has reached its termination. Even “upright” nations such as the USA – a nation claimed to be founded upon the principals of the Father, and dedicated by the founding fathers to His glory – have turned upon the Creator. They have cast Him out of their schools. They have given legal approval of elective abortion of babies (over 60 million have been killed since that law was enacted); the society, in general, accepts the confusion of gender identity; it approves of the abomination of “marriage” between men and men, and women and women. The days of Noe and Lot!

The result of this virus has been a rapid and catastrophic closure of “normal” operations of the whole world. Every sector of society has been bluntly affected by the pandemic. The economic disruption will be far wider than the effect of WWII, in which perhaps two-thirds of the world was not directly involved in the conflict. This crisis has reached even the most remote villages of the most backward countries ... and has ravaged some of the most advanced nations.

We have long known of the approaching end of the age. The LORD Jesus clearly stated that the people who witnessed the Budding of the Fig Tree (birth of modern Israel) would not expire until “all be fulfilled.” The reference is Luke 21:32 Verily I say unto you, this generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled. But note well His next words: Luke 21:34  And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. 35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth!

Note carefully the nature of the events which bring about this closure ... it shall be “as a snare.” A snare is a TRAP. Traps snap shut with NO warning whatever. And there is no way of escape! Our opinion is that this most remarkable, rapid attack of an invisible and lethal killer will likely bring the swift closure of the age – and bring about the Second Advent of our LORD from heaven. That is our prayer. <>HEL

 

Enter Thou into Thy Chambers...

We believe the words of Isaiah the prophet are being fulfilled in these very days of panic from the effects of Covid-19. At least twenty percent of the earth’s peoples have been told by their leaders to shelter in place and to maintain social distancing of at least six feet from others. Millions of workers are furloughed and are at home with their families, all subject to the recommended limitation of movement.

Isaiah addresses these present days in our opinion, when he writes ...

Isaiah 26:19 Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead. 20 Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers (inner rooms), and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. 21 For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.

We are essentially doing just this today – sheltering in our own private homes, shielding ourselves from the pestilence that is walking through the earth – perhaps the smallest threat (a virus) that can be imagined at about 120 nanometers (billionths of a meter – a sixtieth the size of a red blood cell). Just as the Hebrews in Egypt were sequestered in their homes on the first Passover, their doors marked by the blood of the Paschal Lamb, so are the Believers’ bodies marked by the blood of that same covenant. Let us pray that this era is the ‘night’ of our departure to the Judgment Bema of our Lord Jesus Christ, and hopefully our gracious entrée into the glorious age of the kingdom of YHVH on the earth! <>HEL

 

The Noose about Israel Grows Tighter with each Passing Day

The alarming progress of Israel’s enemies is beginning to get the attention of Israeli military planners. The consistent warnings of the spokesmen of Hamas, Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad are becoming more and more realistic, not wildly bombastic as they have been in the beginning.

An example of the enemies’ rhetoric is that of a senior Hamas official (in Gaza), Salah Bardaweel, who recently stated, "The policy of resistance and jihad is the genuine policy to liberate all Palestine, and the Palestinian people will not abandon this path. We will not accept any agreement that contradicts the project of jihad and liberation. Under no circumstances will we give up one inch of the land of Palestine" (as reported by Gatestone Institute).

That is the stated intransigence of the governing body of the Gaza Strip.

It is an identical philosophy to that of Hezbollah in Lebanon, which has installed an incredible arsenal of missiles aimed southward toward Israel from all sorts of venues in the little country to Israel’s north where Hamas is essentially now the governing power. Another worrying factor is that Iran is shipping trailer-loads of adapter kits to Lebanon so that these “blind” missiles may be converted to GPS-guided, extremely precise weapons which may be programmed to strike any Israeli target within ten meters (33 feet) of total accuracy!

In addition to these disturbing factors, Iran is consistently expanding its military footprint in both Syria and Iraq, with the full compliance of both governments. Trillions of US dollars have been expended on Iraq to free it from the tyranny of the likes of Saddam Hussein (and an Iranian takeover!), and this is their ungrateful response toward the only US ally in the region!

The result is that Israel now is being confronted on four quarters of resistance.

In addition to the three countries named above, the formerly “tolerable” situation in the Gaza Strip was converted to open hostility of all the Gazans when PM Ariel Sharon forced the removal of all Israelis from the Strip several years ago, and turned it entirely over to the “Palestinians” who lived there.

Instantly, Hamas took control, and instead of going forward with the ideal development of a trading enclave similar to Hong Kong or Singapore, it diverted ALL its billions of contributed dollars to the construction of terror tunnels, to the acquisition of weapons, to military training for all its citizens, and for missile installations with which to harass Israeli civilians only kilometers to the east and north of the enclave.

The stark reality is that despite all its efforts to retard Iranian infiltration in their neighboring areas, Israel can only do so much to prevent Iran’s emplacement of resistance units around its borders without open warfare. The stranglehold on Israel is being drawn tighter and tighter ... bearing down quickly, we believe, on that critical time spoken about in Isaiah 59, in which the following scenario is prophesied:

Isaiah 59:18 - According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompence to his enemies; to the islands he will repay recompence. 19 So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a Standard against him. 20 And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD. It depicts quite vividly the Second Advent of the LORD from heaven! <>HEL

 

The Sobering Consequences

In our considered opinion, this is the “next big thing” that may impact Israel.

The sobering fact is that, in our understanding, the Believers of all nations and ages (both resurrected and living) are destined, prior to that event, to be summoned before the Judgment Bema of the returned LORD Jesus Christ in their final assize ... multitudes of them being awarded LIFE everlasting – their destiny being then to ride forth in a vast company of the Faithful to accompany the Lion of Judah as He enters again into visible society with His singular objective of clearing the Land of all its intruders and interlopers, creating the First Dominion of His Kingdom on the earth (Micah 4:8). This is the entirely unique hope of the Faithful and True followers of Christ at this moment. It represents the “Hope of Israel” which was so greatly cherished by the Apostle Paul that he suffered many insults at the hands of the Jews and the Romans, and was the logic and the conviction behind his being bound with chains and taken to Rome to appear before Caesar. <HE Lafferty/MD USA

 N. B. Readers are invited to visit our associated website at the following address where one will find a great many other articles of great importance related to Bible prophecy as well as doctrinal matters:    http://sites.google.com/site/prophecyletters2013/ - Editor.

 

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