Light for the Last Days

Signs of the times – January 2019

Climate change – the last generation able to sort it out?

David Attenborough warned the Climate Change Conference in Poland that ‘the collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon’ if we don’t fix the climate problem.  The World Wildlife Fund put out an advert saying, ‘We are the first generation to know we are destroying the world.  And we’re the last that can do anything about it.’

The IPCC (Inter Governmental Panel on Climate Change) claimed that carbon emissions are now at a record high and will lead to global temperatures rising by 3C above pre-industrial levels (some say 5C by 2070).  This will cause “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society”, an increase of severe weather, heatwaves, droughts, floods, storms, destruction of agricultural land and food shortages.  There will be mass migrations from present highly populated coastal areas which will become uninhabitable as sea levels rise.

The UN climate chief Patricia Espinosa said that the ‘urgent’ climate threat can only be solved by ‘deep transformations of our economies and societies.’  Proposed changes are a massive cut in the use of cars and planes, cutting out coal altogether and using renewables (wind power, solar power etc) to provide up to 85% of global electricity by 2050 and converting up to seven million square km of land (about the size of Australia) for growing biofuels.   The estimated cost of these proposals is around $2.4 trillion annually until 2035.

To accomplish what the IPCC says we need to do there has to be a fundamental change in the way society is organised worldwide.  That is actually what is called for in the UN’s Agenda 21 plan. This is ‘a comprehensive plan of action to be taken globally, nationally and locally by organisations of the United Nations system, government, and major groups, in every area in which humans have impact on the environment.’  In 2015 they issued a document entitled “Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” with five headings of People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace, and Partnership.   Governments would have to submit their economies, industry and agriculture to the UN body responsible for ‘Sustainable development’.

Critics of this process say it is being manipulated by ‘climate alarmists’ with the aim of bringing in a world government under the UN.   There are also many who dispute the science behind the claims of global warming. The website says that the climate change agenda is based on inaccurate and exaggerated reports.  They say that solar changes could explain the earth’s recent warming period rather than burning CO2.  

Whether climate change is caused by burning CO2 or factors beyond our control to do with the sun, the Bible does indicate that there will be an environmental crisis in the last days and that temperatures rising will be a feature of this.  

Isaiah 24, describes catastrophic events affecting the earth’s environment in the last days, connected with great heat and the earth being shaken, ‘Therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men are left.’  Revelation 16.9 also speaks of a time when people will be ‘scorched with great heat.’ Famine is a sign of the last days and crop failure and loss of arable land is a result of rising heatwaves. Revelation 8.7-10 speaks of a time when trees will be burned up, living creatures in the sea will die and the waters of rivers will fail, all things happening in part already, but scheduled to come in much greater dimension in the Great Tribulation period just before the return of Christ to the earth.  

Jesus spoke of the ‘distress of nations in perplexity’ when people will be afraid of what is coming on the earth, as they see the ‘sea and the waves roaring’ (Luke 21.25).  One projected consequence of global warming is a rise in sea levels and an increase in damaging storms causing coastal areas to be flooded and great numbers of people worldwide to lose their lands, their livelihoods and their lives.  

Revelation 13 also speaks of an antichrist world government coming to power in the last days.  Could this be another factor pushing the world in this direction?

Crackdown on Christians in China.

Christian students in China are banned from speaking about their faith as a nationwide crackdown against religion intensifies.  Authorities in China have implemented laws prohibiting teachers and students from discussing religion or promoting their faith, a persecution watchdog has reported.  Now, those attending schools or educational institutions are not allowed to speak about Christianity, or any other religion. Officials have warned students and teachers that they will face disciplinary actions if they go against the law.  Students across China have also been forced to renounce their faith, or else face disciplinary action. In Shandong providence, local authorities demanded one student renounce her faith or else she would not receive her diploma. A medical student in another providence said she was pressured to give up Christianity, and when she refused, authorities said she would be called in to have an “ideological discussion” in the future.

China’s new laws against religion were implemented in February, amid a nationwide crackdown against those practising their faith.  Hundreds of churches have been demolished and Bibles are now banned across the country. Beijing has also banned public displays of the cross, tearing down Jesus posters across the country and replacing them with photos of China’s President Xi Jinping.  

About 100 worshippers at an unofficial church in southwestern China were snatched from their homes or from the streets in coordinated raids in December.  Chinese authorities targeted members of the Early Rain Covenant Church across various districts of Chengdu, the provincial capital of Sichuan, in what appeared to be an effort to close down one of the country’s most prominent Protestant house churches.

UN Migration pact.  Welcome to the New World Order.

The United Nations, in a non-binding agreement that almost all UN member states signed at a ceremony in Morocco in early December, is making migration a human right.  The agreement propagates that migration for any reason is something that needs to be promoted, enabled and protected. Migrants are, evidently, citizens of a new world, in which all countries must spring to the assistance of anyone who has chosen to travel and reside there for whatever reason. Borders may exist in theory, but the UN is working hard at making them disappear in practice.

Migrant Boat

Migrants, according to the agreement, must also be “empowered to realize full inclusion and social cohesion” in their new countries (objective 16). This means, among other things, that countries must:  “Promote mutual respect for the cultures, traditions and customs of communities of destination and of migrants by exchanging and implementing best practices on integration policies, programmes and activities, including on ways to promote acceptance of diversity and facilitate social cohesion and inclusion.”

In practice this means that countries which have a predominantly Christian culture, must submit that culture to the one of the new arrivals, who if they are Muslim will soon demand not just equal rights, but that the host country must submit to their demands.

The agreement goes on to enumerate the work that states must initiate to accommodate migrants.   The effect of this is that newly arrived migrants in, say, Europe, should have the same, or at least very similar, rights to education, the labour market and health care, as Europeans, who have worked hard and paid taxes for half a century to gain access to those very same things. Europeans, of course, will have to pay for all of this out of their tax money.

The authors of the agreement evidently do not expect it to go down all that well with their populations.  The agreement therefore clearly signals that any disagreement with the agenda will not be accepted and that the signatory states will work to dispel “misleading narratives that generate negative perceptions of migrants.”  This means that any media outlets which are critical of mass migration into their countries should be censored.  

The signatory states commit to:”… eliminate all forms of discrimination, condemn and counter expressions, acts and manifestations of racism, racial discrimination, violence, xenophobia and related intolerance against all migrants in conformity with international human rights law.” (Objective 17).  ‘Related intolerance’ could mean criticism of UN migration policies, and so become another way of suppressing freedom of speech.

The United States, Italy and most east European states have refused to sign up to the agreement. Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto described it as “entirely against Hungary’s security interests,” and added: “This pact poses a threat to the world from the aspect that it could inspire millions (of migrants). Its main premise is that migration is a good and inevitable phenomenon. We consider migration a bad process, which has extremely serious security implications.”

According to a worldwide survey, Gallup found that 15 percent of the world, which works out at 758 million people, want to move.  Taking an average of these numbers 158 million would go to the U.S., 47 million Canada, 42 million Germany, 36 million France or Australia, 34 million the United Kingdom, 24 million Saudi Arabia, 21 million Spain, 17 million Japan, 15 million Italy.  

No one expects that they would all come in these numbers at the same time, but one thing is clear – that people from poor countries want to migrate to rich countries not the other way round.  Even a fraction of this number of people would overwhelm the country they are heading for, which could then collapses into poverty and strife.

Maybe that is what the UN wants.  Then it can declare a world government for a borderless world united as one in desperation.

Tehran sinking into the Earth.

Satellite images recently revealed that Tehran, the capital of Iran, is sinking into the earth at a rate of 10 inches per year.   Roughly 10% of the city is affected, as well as areas adjacent to the city. Part of the cause is the drying up of aquifers for agriculture and drinking water for the city’s 13 million residents.   Fissures several miles in length and several yards deep have opened up in the land to the southeast of Tehran. Such fissures endanger railroad tracks, roads, bridges, oil and gas pipelines, high-voltage electricity lines and buildings. It also disturbs irrigation, sometimes making agriculture impossible in previously arable regions. Another sinking zone is threatening to engulf Tehran’s airport.

Though this phenomenon referred to as ‘subsidence’ is a problem in many parts of the world, Tehran is among the worst cases. Efforts to restore the aquifers have been hampered by illegal wells, droughts and large dams which prevent the underground water sources from being replenished. Researchers fear that the effects are irreversible and the ground has lost its porosity. 

Iran has a huge problem with water. In June, Prime Minister Netanyahu offered Israeli water technology to Iran.   But they wouldn’t take anything from ‘the Zionists.’ This anti-Semitism clearly made their current problem worse. “The Iranian people are victims of a cruel and tyrannical regime that denies them vital water. Israel stands with the people of Iran,” the Israeli Prime Minister said at the time.

Iran has become the most anti-Zionist nation on earth.  The Islamic regime has sponsored the vilest anti-Semitic literature, denying that the Holocaust happened and vilifying Jewish people.  It calls daily for Israel’s destruction and works directly and through its Hezbollah and Hamas proxies to achieve its murderous goal.  It has supplied Hezbollah in Lebanon with 150,000 missiles aimed at Israel, hidden behind human shields in towns under their control.  It is also trying to set up precision missile factories in Lebanon to increase the threat to Israel. In December Israel took action against tunnels that Hezbollah has built in Lebanon with help from Iran in order to attack northern Israel.  Israel has said this action is not over and it could start a war involving Hezbollah and Iran.

Many of the Iranian people do not go along with the regime and wish to have good relations with Israel.  They hate the cruel and incompetent regime of the mullahs and would love to overturn it. The country is clearly facing God’s judgement for its anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism, as its economy collapses, its waters dry up and its people go hungry.    Rabbi Yosef Berger, the rabbi of King David’s Tomb on Mount Zion, Jerusalem, believes Iran’s current difficulties are a clear message their government should heed.  “Since the Holocaust, there has not been any nation that has declared their intention to destroy the Jewish people like Iran has,” Rabbi Berger said. “Anyone who speaks out this way, wanting to wipe out another nation, Hashem (God) will cause the earth to swallow them up. Everything they think that makes them great as a nation will simply disappear.”

The world becomes more dangerous.

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev warned Donald Trump that pulling out of the historic US-Russia arms treaty endangers life on earth.  The pact, known as the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty of INF, was signed by US President Reagan and Soviet President Gorbachev in 1987.  It banned the production, possession and launching of a ground launched cruise missile with a range of 300 – 3400 miles. Sea launched missiles were allowed, the theory being that they were more difficult for Russia to hide, as the submarines and warships from which they were launched could be tracked by the West.  By 1991 nearly 2700 missiles were eliminated from US and Russian arsenals, which was a major factor in the thawing of the Cold War.

Today tensions between the world’s two nuclear superpowers have reached a level not seen since the early 1980s.  President Trump accuses Russia of cheating on the treaty and has said he will pull America out of it. Russian foreign affairs minister, Kosachev, has said ‘a US withdrawal from the treaty means mankind is facing full chaos in the nuclear weapons sphere.’

In truth Russia has broken its treaty obligations by adapting its sea launched Kalibr systems to make land-based cruise missiles capable of being transported by small trucks which can be transported across a country and would be impossible to track, thus making a surprise attack possible.  The missiles which fly under the radar have been fitted by supersonic boosters which makes them practically impossible to intercept. This puts a huge number of NATO countries including Britain in the firing line.

All of this makes the world a far more dangerous place.  Russian analyst Dimitry Oreshkin said, ‘We are slowly slipping back to the situation of the Cold War as it was in the days of the Soviet Union, but now it could be worse because Putin belongs to a generation that had no war under its belt.’  Steven Pifer, a former US ambassador to Ukraine said, ‘Once the US withdraws from the treaty there is no reason for Russia to even pretend it is observing its limits. Moscow will be free to deploy its intermediate-range ballistic missile without any restraint.’

While no one in the west talks seriously about attacking Russia, Russian news outlets are constantly addressing escalating tensions with the United States, and the Russian government has been adding fuel to that fire.  For example, the Russian government recently released a video of a mock nuclear strike against their enemies, with shocking images of nuclear missile drills including a submarine carrying out a mock missile attack.  

In October Russian President Putin gave a press conference in which he made this chilling statement:  ‘If any nation decides to attack Russia with nuclear weapons, it may end life on Earth. Any aggressor should know that retribution will be inevitable and he will be destroyed.  And since we will be victims of this aggression we will be going to heaven as martyrs. They will drop dead, won’t even have time to repent.’ Under normal circumstances, Putin would never talk like that.  But these are not normal times.

Meanwhile, Chinese President Xi Jinping has ordered his military to focus on ‘preparations for fighting a war’.    China’s President Xi Jinping ordered the military region responsible for monitoring the South China Sea and Taiwan to “assess the situation it is facing and boost its capabilities so it can handle any emergency” as tensions continue to mount over the future of the South China Sea and Taiwan, while diplomatic relations between Washington and Beijing hit rock bottom.

While the prophetic scriptures say that the last war will be Armageddon centred on Israel, there are passages which indicate mass casualty events earlier in the Great Tribulation period (for example Jeremiah 25.32-33, Revelation 6.3-8).  This could be the result of an exchange of weapons of mass destruction. Ezekiel 39.6 says ‘And I will send fire on Magog and on those who live in security in the coastlands.’  Magog is most likely the land of Russia and the ‘coastlands’ (meaning coastal areas afar off with names unknown to the prophet at the time of giving the prophecy) could include the USA.

Tony Pearce