Thursday, October 7, 2010

*BEST OF DTB #27* The Catholic Defender contnues on the Last Daze

Jesus states, "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be" (John 14:3).
St. John writes, "And now children, remain in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not be put to shame by him at his coming" (1 John 2:28).
Israel returned as a Nation in 1948. In 1882, the records show that there were about 2500 Jews living in the Holy Land, today there are almost 5,730,000 Jews living there.
Almost 80% living there are Jewish. Amos 9:15 states, "I will plant them upon their own ground: never again shall they be plucked from the land I have given them, say I, the Lord, your God".
Of this prophecy, Jeremiah writes, "In those days the House of Judah will join the House of Israel; together they will come from the land of the North which I gave to your fathers as a heritage" (Jeremiah 3:18).
If you were to trace a ruler directly north of Jerusalem, you would find yourself right in Moscow. Since 1989, after the Berlin wall came down, abut 1,000,000 Jews departed Russia for Israel.
The Prophet Jeremiah speaks of Jerusalem as the "Lords Throne" referring that once held in Jewish hands, would never again be taken over by the Gentiles (Luke 21:24, Jeremiah 3:17).
Shimon Peres, former Prime Minister of Israel, born in Poland, was assassinated in 1996, stated that Jerusalem was not negotiable. Jerusalem is the only Capital for the Jews. Jerusalem would never be on the negotiating table in the future.
The Old Testament gives 17 prophecies that Russia, land of the north, would invade Israel to take Jerusalem in the last times. Today, nearly 2,500 years later, this is possible.
Who is to say that a future Russian President wouldn't attack Israel? The Catholic Church is the "New Israel" in the New Testament, but there is much debate about Israel in the last times.
The rebuilding of the Temple of Jerusalem is important to this debate because of the anti-christ taking over the Temple as a god (2 Thess 2:3-4).
It is interesting that some of our Protestant friends will take this passage and base this on the Pope. That's how they see him as the "anti-christ". Totally untrue.
The following are more signs not easily explained:
Jesus States, "There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, ad plagues from place to place; and awesome sights and mighty signs will come from the sky" (Luke 21:11).
Natural disasters are part of the signs that relate to the Lord's Second Coming. As with all signs, some will argue that "earthquakes and natural disasters have always been a part of God's Creation".
It is important to note that prophecies concerning natural disasters speak of the dramatic increase of these signs (Matthew 24:32-35).
According to the Canadian Global Almanac reported, "Earthquakes that range from 6.5 and greater on the rector scale between 1900-1969 there were 48 earthquakes of that magnitude. From July 1990 to October 1992 there were 133 such earthquakes".
That is a huge recordable increase, nearly 2300%. There are literally thousands of rumblings and earthquakes in California alone and it hasn't been political as the election season justbegan?
From the World Press Review, they reported "There have been four times as many destructive storms assailing the earth in recent years as there were in 1960".

Since the 1990's we have seen a huge increase of destructive hurricanes such as when Katrina and Rita hit New Orleans August/September 2005.
More tornados and floods across the country effect crops. Since 1995 there have been record heat waves creating a scare of global warming.
The largest and most dangerous o-zone hole opening over Europe, will take 15-20 years to naturally repair itself.
The increase of Natural disasters due to drought and hunger "affect more than 26,000,000 men, women, and children in East Africa.
Other problems concening Brazils tropical rain forest, the poisoning of the rivers and oceans to include the Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The growth of desert lands, polution, disease of livestock, the attack of animals, even domesticated pets are n the rise. If we can alert ourselves about the rise of natural disasters, what are we to do about this? Jesus gives us words of encouragement stating, "But when these signs begin to happen, stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand" (Luke 21:28). The signs are for our benefit. We should not be caught living in sin especially if we can recognize the Lord's presence, his judgement.

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