Light for the Last Days

Signs of the Times April 2017

Muslims also find Messiah!

Millions of Muslims all over the world are giving their lives to Jesus Christ, and in many instances this is happening because of dreams, visions and other supernatural encounters.  While Christianity declines in most of the western world and many see judgment about to hit our churches, in other areas of the globe, Christianity is experiencing absolutely explosive growth even in the midst of persecution.

This is particularly true in Islamic nations, where we are seeing things happen that could have come straight out of the Book of Acts. All over the planet, Jesus is personally visiting Muslims in supernatural ways, and this has resulted in an enormous wave of conversions.

Prophecy News Watch writes: ‘A family of Syrian refugees that converted to Christianity while living in Lebanon, and it all happened because of a dream. ‘Abu Radwan enters a church on the outskirts of Beirut with his wife and two kids. His wife removes the black headscarf covering her hair. It was here, a year and a half ago, that they converted to Christianity. ‘Of course it was a difficult decision,’ Abu Radwan says. ‘I was born into a Muslim family.’

The family is from the city of Homs in Syria. They sought refuge in Lebanon at the beginning of the war. Then two years ago, Abu Radwan says Jesus appeared to him in a dream. ‘I started going to the church,’ he says. ‘I believed that Jesus was coming to help us, to save us.’

When it comes to supernatural encounters, there is literally nobody that is out of the reach of the Lord Jesus.  Voice of the Martyrs radio network reports of a YWAM worker who met

a former ISIS fighter who murdered Christians, but converted after a dream: ‘He told this YWAM leader that he had begun having dreams of this man in white who came to him and said, ‘You are killing my people.’ And he started to feel really sick and uneasy about what he was doing,’ Fadely continued.  ‘The fighter said just before he killed one Christian, the man said, ‘I know you will kill me, but I give to you my Bible.’  The Christian was killed and this ISIS fighter actually took the Bible and began to read it.  In another dream, Jesus asked him to follow him and he was now asking to become a follower of Christ and to be discipled.’

What has been happening in Iran is nothing short of miraculous. In one of the most radical Islamic nations on the entire planet, millions have come to faith in Christ over the past two decades, and dreams and visions are playing a major role. As Faithwire noted back in November, an Iranian Christian pastor claimed at the time that there’s a stunning revival underway in his country, where he says the number of Christian adherents has increased from 100,000 in 1994 to 3 million today.

There is also a wonderful revival going on in Bangladesh.  Officially, 89 percent of the population of Bangladesh is Muslim, about 10 percent are Hindus, and less than one percent is Christian.  But unofficially it is being estimated that somewhere around 10 percent of the entire nation has now come to Christ, and they continue to convert in huge waves.

Pastor Khaleque, 60, a former Muslim and now a Christian street pastor who works among the hill tribes, in the northeast part of Bangladesh, said, ‘In the last 12 months, more than 20,000 Muslims have converted to Christianity.  More than 20,000 have converted, and this is becoming a real problem for the Muslims.’

The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Perhaps we are just way too comfortable in the western world. We don’t have to pay much of a price for our faith, and so most people don’t seem to take it very seriously. On the other side of the world, standing up for your faith can literally cost you your life.  

Pope comes under fire from traditionalists.

According to a report in The London Times featuring the best selling Catholic author and journalist Antonio Socci, about 12 cardinals who have supported Pope Francis since his election in March 2013 now fear that his controversial reforms may cause a schism in the Church, and so they hope to pressure the Pope to resign.

‘Four years after Benedict XVI’s renunciation and Bergoglio’s arrival on the scene, the situation of the Catholic church has become explosive, perhaps really on the edge of a schism, which could be even more disastrous than Luther’s who is today being rehabilitated by the Bergoglio church,’ said Socci.

The main criticisms of the Pope come from his support for the globalisation agenda and his abandonment of the traditional Catholic moral teaching and the dogma that there is no salvation outside of the Roman Catholic Church. His statements in favour of inter-faith approaches to Protestants, eastern Orthodox and other faiths have caused alarm, including his statement that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.

The traditional Catholic LifeSiteNews says: ‘The most extraordinary new development has been the head of the Roman Catholic Church

  • proclaiming ‘proselytism is the strongest poison against the ecumenical path’ and ’Proselytism is solemn nonsense, it makes no sense.’
  • recently proclaiming that Marxist ‘Liberation Theology was a good thing for Latin America,’
  • upsetting the traditional applications of Catholic moral teachings
  • calling on all ‘to defend our Sister Mother Earth‘ while accepting the false claims about climate change alarmism as coming from ‘a very solid scientific consensus,’
  • trashing capitalism, and urging for a Marxist-sounding new international economic order
  • strongly urging the opening of borders to millions of undocumented, poorly vetted Islamic immigrants with their radically different culture and religion-based laws.’

It criticises the Pope for lining up with ‘increasingly virulent, prominent New World Order enemies of Christianity’ and promoting ‘a worldly, modern ‘social justice‘ list of priorities which dominates Vatican actions and statements today.’ It draws attention to a talk given by Italian Cardinal Biffi when Benedict was Pope in which he says that the Antichrist is among us. The Cardinal quoted Russian religious philosopher Vladimir Soloviev, saying ‘the Antichrist presents himself as pacifist, ecologist and ecumenist. … He will convoke an ecumenical council and will seek the consensus of all the Christian confessions, granting something to each one. The masses will follow him, with the exception of small groups of Catholics, Orthodox and Protestants, who will say to him, ‘You give us everything, except what interests us, Jesus Christ and a Christianity which puts aside Jesus with his cross and resurrection.’ The cardinal said he believes that this is ‘the danger that Christians face in our days … the Son of God cannot be reduced to a series of good projects sanctioned by the prevailing worldly mentality.’

While the website does not apply this directly to Pope Francis, the way it is phrased certainly makes a link between this Pope and the Antichrist. And that is coming from a Roman Catholic!

European Unity in the face of a fraying world order.

Nothing illustrates the crisis facing the world order more than a letter circulated by Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council. Tusk’s message, addressed to the leaders of the European Union’s member states, pointed to the other Donald, describing the Trump administration as one of the potential ‘external’ threats facing Europe.

He wrote, ‘The challenges currently facing the European Union are more dangerous than ever before in the time since the signature of the Treaty of Rome. Today we are dealing with three threats, which have previously not occurred, at least not on such a scale.

The first threat, an external one, is related to the new geopolitical situation in the world and around Europe. An increasingly, let us call it, assertive China, especially on the seas, Russia’s aggressive policy towards Ukraine and its neighbours, wars, terror and anarchy in the Middle East and in Africa, with radical Islam playing a major role, as well as worrying declarations by the new American administration all make our future highly unpredictable. For the first time in our history, in an increasingly multipolar external world, so many are becoming openly anti-European, or Euro sceptic at best. Particularly the change in Washington puts the European Union in a difficult situation; with the new administration seeming to put into question the last 70 years of American foreign policy.

The second threat, an internal one, is connected with the rise in anti-EU, nationalist, increasingly xenophobic sentiment in the EU itself. National egoism is also becoming an attractive alternative to integration. In addition, centrifugal tendencies feed on mistakes made by those, for whom ideology and institutions have become more important than the interests and emotions of the people.

The third threat is the state of mind of the pro-European elites. A decline of faith in political integration, submission to populist arguments as well as doubt in the fundamental values of liberal democracy are all increasingly visible.

In a world full of tension and confrontation, what is needed is courage, determination and political solidarity of Europeans. Without them we will not survive. If we do not believe in ourselves, in the deeper purpose of integration, why should anyone else? In Rome we should renew this declaration of faith. In today’s world of states-continents with hundreds of millions of inhabitants, European countries taken separately have little weight. But the EU has demographic and economic potential, which makes it a partner equal to the largest powers. For this reason, the most important signal that should come out of Rome is that of readiness of the 27 to be united. A signal that we not only must, but we want to be united.’

If we are correct in saying that the EU is the revived Roman Empire out of which the Antichrist will arise, we should expect that it will survive the forces currently threatening it. At the same time it will remain an unstable coalition – the ‘iron and the clay’ which form the feet of the image of Daniel 2. This describes the world system in the days before the second coming of Christ.  ’Whereas you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; yet the strength of the iron shall be in it, just as you saw the iron mixed with ceramic clay.  And as the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly fragile.  As you saw iron mixed with ceramic clay, they will mingle with the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, just as iron does not mix with clay.’ Daniel 2.41-43.

Doctors shouldn’t call pregnant women ‘expectant mothers’, says BMA

The British Medical Association has issued a 14 page document ‘A Guide to Effective Communication: Inclusive Language in the Workplace’, to its 156,000 members, which is taking political correctness to new levels of absurdity, as it panders to the demands of the LGBT and transgender lobby.

It states that someone who is ‘biologically male or female’ should instead be referred to as ‘assigned male or female’. This is because ‘Gender inequality is reflected in traditional ideas about the roles of women and men. Though they have shifted over time, the assumptions and stereotypes that underpin those ideas are often deeply-rooted.’

It goes on to say: ‘A large majority of people that have been pregnant or have given birth identify as women. We can include intersex men and transmen who may get pregnant by saying ‘pregnant people’ instead of ‘expectant mothers’.’ The guide also advises against using the terms ‘born man’ or ‘born woman’ when referring to people who identify as the opposite sex to which they are born. It claims that these phrases ‘over-simplify a complex subject’.

Actually there is nothing complex about the subject at all. Either you are born a boy or a girl, with the sexual organs assigned to males or females. Also it is not a ‘large majority of people who have been pregnant or have given birth’ that identify as women. It is 100% of the human beings from creation to today. Only women have the body parts required to get pregnant.

Currently in the UK there is a pregnant woman who now identifies as a man and is planning to have a sex change operation after she has had her baby. So she is an example of what the BMA is calling a ‘transman’ who has got pregnant. In reality whether this pregnant person wishes to identify as a man or a woman, the reason she was able to conceive and become pregnant is because she has the body parts assigned to women at birth by our Creator.

All this nonsense is part of the campaign by antichristian forces in our society to blur the distinctions between men and women and to deny God in creation, who made us in His image: ‘He created them male and female and blessed them and called them Adam / mankind in the day they were created.’ Genesis 5.2. One of the strongest arguments for Intelligent Design by God in creation is sexual reproduction, with the male and the female complementing each other and coming together to bring the next generation into the world. The possibility of this incredibly complex and wonderful process coming into being by millions of years of evolutionary change is absolutely zero. For one thing if it does not work perfectly in the first generation, there is no second generation and therefore no millions of years to get it right! Genesis 1 tells how God created all creatures with the ability to reproduce ‘after their own kind.’ In order for this to happen He made them ‘male and female.’ Of course the homosexual LGBT agenda is a sexual dead end. If all people on earth were to follow its ways then the human race would die out!

Global Debt Bomb Ready To Explode.

According to the International Monetary Fund, global debt has grown to a staggering grand total of $152 trillion.   If you take $152 trillion dollars and divide it by the seven billion people living on the planet, you get $21,714, which would be the share of that debt for every man, woman and child in the world if it was divided up equally. So if you have a family of four, your family’s share of the global debt load would be $86,856.

Very few families could write a cheque for that amount today, and those in the west also must remember that we live in some of the wealthiest areas on the globe.   Considering the fact that more than 3 billion people around the world live on two dollars a day or less, the truth is that about half the planet would not be capable of contributing toward the repayment of our $152 trillion debt at all.   So they should be excluded from these calculations entirely, and that would mean that your family’s share of the debt would ultimately be far, far higher.

Of course global debt repayment will never actually be apportioned by family.  The reason why I am sharing this example is to show you that it is literally impossible for all of this debt to ever be repaid. We are living during the greatest debt bubble in the history of the world, and our financial engineers have got to keep figuring out ways to keep it growing much faster than global GDP, because if it ever stops growing it will burst and destroy the entire global financial system.

Bill Gross, one of the most highly respected financial minds on the entire planet, recently observed that ‘our highly levered financial system is like a truckload of nitro glycerine on a bumpy road’. And he is precisely correct.  Everything might seem fine for a while, but one day we are going to hit the wrong bump at the wrong time and the whole thing is going to go KA-BOOM. The financial crisis of 2008 represented an opportunity to learn from our mistakes, but instead we just papered over our errors and cranked up the global debt creation machine to levels never seen before.  Here is more from Bill Gross…

‘In 2017, the global economy has created more credit relative to GDP than that at the beginning of 2008’s disaster.  In the U.S., credit of $65 trillion is roughly 350% of annual GDP and the ratio is rising. In China, the ratio has more than doubled in the past decade to nearly 300%.  Since 2007, China has added $24 trillion worth of debt to its collective balance sheet. Over the same period, the U.S. and Europe only added $12 trillion each.

In the United States, more than $9 trillion was added to the national debt during the Obama years.  If we had not taken more than $9 trillion dollars of consumption and brought it into the present, we would most assuredly be in the midst of an epic economic depression right now. Instead of taking our pain in the short-term, we have sold future generations of Americans as debt slaves, and if they get the chance someday they will look back and curse us for what we have done to them.

Many believe that Donald Trump can make short-term economic conditions better than Obama did, but how in the world is he going to do that? Is he going to borrow another $9 trillion? To do this he has to raise the debt ceiling for the US treasury or it will run out of cash very quickly.   If the debt ceiling is not raised, it will almost certainly mean that a major political crisis and a severe economic downturn are imminent. But if the debt ceiling is raised, it will mean that Donald Trump and the Republicans in Congress are willingly complicit in the destruction of America’s long-term economic future.

When you go into debt there are consequences. And when the greatest debt bubble in human history finally bursts, the consequences will be exceedingly severe. The best that our leaders can do for now is to keep the bubble alive for as long as possible, because what comes after the bubble is gone will be absolutely unthinkable.

Michael Snyder. Prophecy News Watch.

Putin slams Western values.

Vladimir Putin recently made a speech widely circulated on the Internet (http://russia-insider.com/ri19147) in which he criticised the West and its liberal moral values. Here are some extracts from his speech: ‘A further challenge for the natural Russian identity is connected to the process we observe outside Russia. They include foreign policy, moral and other aspects. We see that many Euro-Atlantic states (the west) have taken the way they deny or reject their own roots, including their Christian roots, which form the basis of western civilisation. In these countries the moral basis and any traditional entity are being denied, natural, religious, cultural and even gender identities are being denied and relativised. These politics treats a family with many children as equal to a homosexual partnership, faith in God as equal to faith in Satan. The excesses and exaggerations of political correctness in these countries indeed leads to serious consideration for legitimisation of paedophilia. The people in many European countries are actually ashamed of their religious affiliations and are indeed frightened to speak about them. And these countries try to force this model onto other countries globally. At the same time as we observe this process at a national level in the west, we observe on an international level the attempts to create a unipolar unified model of the world, to remove institutions and national sovereignty. In such a unipolar world there is no place for sovereign states. Such a world needs merely vassals. From a historical perspective such a unipolar world would mean the surrender of one’s dignity and of God created diversity.’

If you analyse what he is saying here, it is an attack on the globalisation process represented by the European Union and previous US administrations, especially that of Barack Obama. It is also an attack on the liberal left world view that has given us political correctness, gay marriage and moral degradation. It comes as a surprise after the years of Communist atheism being exported from the Soviet Union, to hear a Russian leader appealing for Christian moral values. The downside of this is that the Christianity he advocates in is based on the Russian Orthodox Church and Russian nationalism. In Russia today this form of Christianity is suppressing evangelical Bible based Christianity. In fact some would say that Putin who presides over a state riddled with corruption, that persecutes and in some cases eliminates its opponents is hardly in a good place to lecture the West over its loss of Christian values. Nonetheless there are a number of things he says here which we would say Amen to.

Tony Pearce

Tony Pearce

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