Friday, March 25, 2016

Doom & Gloom But God Still Doing Amazing Things

Jesus told us very clearly that events on planet earth would get worse and worse before His return.

This blog spends lots of time reporting on the things Jesus told us to "Watch!" for.  Of course He knew that people who live their lives believing that Christ could return at any moment will live more sober, evangelical and joyful lives.

So yes, lots of wars, rumors of war, perversion, violence. hatred, false religions, false Christs, earthquakes, famine and death are all around us....BUT....make no mistake...GOD is still at work drawing people to Him.

Here is some GOOD NEWS to ponder on the Good Friday.

Amidst all of the doom and gloom of today s news headlines, it is easy to forget that God is still working in miraculous ways.

In the hour before Harvest America began, every allotted seat and standing area was filled, and officials locked the doors and asked the overflow crowd to stand outside the stadium and listen while watching the external large screens placed there.

Officials say the event was watched by more than 350,000 people in person or via live broadcast to more than 7,200 host locations worldwide, covering 123 countries across the world, including all of the United States. 

In addition to the more than 80,000 who filled AT&T Stadium, about 180,000 participated in some type of venue that carried the broadcast, and about 90,000 viewed the webcast on Harvest America s website.

The event was also broadcast live on 600 radio stations and on JUCE TV, a Christian network. All in all, about 25,000 people (at least 6,000 who attended the Arlington event and another 19,000 who watched the broadcast) reportedly made commitments to embrace the Christian faith after hearing Laurie s message called The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly.

It was said to be the largest Christian stadium evangelism event in North Texas in 14 years. In 2002, about 255,000 attended the four-day Billy Graham Mission, an average of almost 64,000 for each service.

"We pray that each and every one of these individuals gets connected with a local church and begins growing in their faith, sharing what has happened to them with others in their circles of influence... that is our prayer for the ultimate impact of this event because that is how true revival begins."

In the account provided by Jane Rodgers for the Baptist Press, Prestonwood pastor Jack Graham s quote probably summarized the event outcome and its future potential best. 

He said after the event: "Harvest America was exceedingly more than we could have asked for or expected&To see thousands streaming down to the field at AT&T Stadium after the invitation is a sight that will be etched in our memories forever. My prayer is that Harvest America will be a catalyst for a renewed commitment to evangelism by churches all over the world."


God's not dead!  He's surely alive!  Living on the inside, roaring like a lion!"

College Students Terrified by Chalk Writing

This latest news out of College Town USA is hard to believe....if you didn't read it with your own two eyes.

Evidently, someone took chalk on the steps of a college campus in Atlanta and wrote, "Trump 2016".

The liberal college students are now terrified and appalled that there could actually be a Trump supporter walking around on campus!!  They are demanding the administration DO SOMETHING to punish the Trump supporter.

Students protested yesterday at the Emory Administration Building following a series of overnight, apparent pro-Donald Trump for president chalkings throughout campus.

Roughly 40 students gathered shortly after 4:30 p.m. in the outdoors space between the Administration Building and Goodrich C. White Hall; many students carried signs featuring slogans such as “Stop Trump” or “Stop Hate” and an antiphonal chant addressed to University administration, led by College sophomore Jonathan Peraza, resounded “You are not listening! Come speak to us, we are in pain!” throughout the Quad. Peraza opened the door to the Administration Building and students moved forward towards the door, shouting “It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains.” 

After approximately ten minutes outside from the start of the demonstration, the gathered students were ushered into the Quad-facing entrance to the Administration Building and quickly filled a staircase to continue their demonstration. Pausing in the staircase, a few students shared their initial, personal reactions to the chalkings.

“I’m supposed to feel comfortable and safe [here],” one student said. “But this man is being supported by students on our campus and our administration shows that they, by their silence, support it as well … I don’t deserve to feel afraid at my school,” she added.

A short time later, students moved into the Henry L. Bowden Board Room, surrounding the long table that dominates its center, the students themselves surrounded by portraits of Emory University’s former presidents.

“What are we feeling?” Peraza asked those assembled. Responses of “frustration” and “fear” came from around the room, but individual students soon began to offer more detailed, personal reactions to feelings of racial tension that Trump and his ideology bring to the fore.

“How can you not [disavow Trump] when Trump’s platform and his values undermine Emory’s values that I believe are diversity and inclusivity when they are obviously not [something that Trump supports]” one student said tearfully. “Banning Muslims? How is that something Emory supports?” asked yet another.


Terrifying!!  The students don't feel safe on their own campus!!  A Trump supporter in their very midst?!?  And he used CHALK without approval!!

Chalk will be banned from college until further notice.

Fox News also picked up on this piece.



If our country's future leaders are being made at Emory....and they are terrified and feel unsafe because of chalk writings supporting the GOP frontrunner....we are ALL in a serious heap of trouble.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Black Police Officer Appalled at Trump Protesters

Hey friends, I realize I have been posting an awful lot about Presidential election candidates, BUT the Bible does have an awful lot to say about leaders of nations, good and bad.  So while we all ponder that America seems to be on a down slide, we will keep blogging about the news surrounding the increased divisiveness that seems to be boiling to the surface during this election cycle.

With that being said...why does it seem that it's the liberal fringe who keeps showing up at Donald Trump rallies and picking fights?  Why is it that conservatives aren't heckling Hillary and Bernie as we watch an admitted Socialist spout his utopian promises...all of which are lies?

Today we find a Washington Post article about a black, off-duty police officer who went to a Trump rally in AZ.  He went to find out what was going on and reports that the protesters he witnessed were the "most hateful, evil people I have ever seen."

The protesters were the problem, Tatum said.

“These people were acting so outrageous,” he said in the video, which went viral after it was uploaded to Facebook. “You were just thinking that somebody was going to lose their temper and there was going to be a full brawl.”

Tatum said he went to the rally at the Tucson Arena dressed in civilian clothes — a black shirt and khakis — to hear what Trump had to say.

The officer first met some peaceful protesters and stopped to “see their point of view.”

But at the door, he said, protesters were “verbally violent” — shouting “black lives matter,” holding up their middle fingers and screaming “f— Donald Trump.”

“I could not believe what I saw,” said Tatum, who is African American.

Someone in the crowd was wearing a Ku Klux Klan hood, Tatum said, and people were “cussing and screaming” and tackling one another to the ground.

A mother was covering her child’s ears, said Tatum, a former spokesman for the police department who is now a patrol officer. (A Tuscon police dispatcher confirmed Tatum’s employment with the department.)

“People were directly yelling at me as if I’m a criminal, and all I’m trying to do is just hear what the man has to say,” Tatum said in the video.

He added: “I thought I was going to have to punch a couple of people in self-defense.”


As I watch the nation fight between liberals and conservatives....I am reminded of Jesus' words when he says, "If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand."

It honestly makes me wonder, if the Lord tarries, could America be on the verge of another civil war?

At what point do conservatives and liberals just draw lines and say, "All you socialists and folks who refuse to work and love to claim "victim" take the East Coast and the West Coast.....while all the folks who believe in personal responsibility, hard work and fear The Lord...we will take the Dakotas south through Texas to the Gulf of Mexico.  Any questions?"

Yes, I realize that as a Minnesotan, we would have to cede our state to the liberals, atheists and socialists.....but I actually really like South Dakota!  I always have!!

Sudden Destruction For America?

Yes, I know the verse that says, "While they are saying, 'peace and safety', destruction will come upon them suddenly" doesn't necessarily apply to USA....yet it is still a verse that runs around my head on almost a daily basis.


Look around at America.  We spend countless hours milling around malls looking for more stuff to buy...even though we don't have the money to buy we put it on credit cards and hope we will have the money to pay for it tomorrow!

We spend $billions and billions on watching sports, buying tickets, building stadiums, buying team merchandise...heck, we even have an entire segment of the nightly news dedicated to catching up on our daily sports!

The vast majority of Americans don't read their Bibles even once per year.  They may grudgingly head to some meaningless church service at Christmas or Easter just to please grandma....but after that 40 minute nap...they don't give another thought to the Creator of the universe who fashioned them in their mother's womb!

And now another article last week says that Americans consume the vast majority of planet earths painkillers and antidepressants!  We aren't happy with all our crap, all our debt, all our free time, all our we take pills to feel better about this whole hamster-wheel experience!

So while we are running around CLUELESS, falsely believing that "things will always be this way!"....our total destruction may be just around the corner.

Something terrible is coming. Whether it be a financial collapse that brings America down (and then her military), whether it be destruction from within at the hands of lawless, disingenuous treasonous politicians and presidents. Whether it be at the hands of hostile nation states or transnational actors launching multiple simultaneous mass (nuclear?) attacks within the country.

Or it could be tragedy through huge natural disasters, radiation from crippled Japanese reactors; any other of the plethora of threats America currently faces individually or combined, something is going to happen.

Something is going to happen that fundamentally alters the American landscape. With each passing month and year, the time of the Tribulation period itself becomes more focused and clear. It is approaching rapidly and inexorably. This means that given our clear and obvious proximity to the Tribulation period itself, America’s chance of a slow and steady decline becomes a reality with each passing month, because there is not that much time left.

We are approaching a point when there is simply not enough time left for America to experience a slow and steady decline into obscurity. It is looking increasingly likely that something sudden and decisive will happen to bring America down to her knees.

The United States of America now stands vulnerable in a way it never before. An EMP strike is a silent killer. The burst of energy released in a nuclear EMP strike would destroy all electrical circuits within the blast radius, potentially knocking the entire U.S. power grid out of action indefinitely. That would send large, modern, technologically dependant cities back to the Stone Age.

In an instant of time America would hurtle back to pre-industrial levels of society. No cars, no aircraft, no TV’s, no internet, no fridge freezers, no microwaves, no iPhones, no ovens, no convenience food, no supermarkets, no food, no water. Pandemonium and chaos.

An EMP strike is the single biggest threat to American national security today. One or even multiple, coordinated nuclear strikes on U.S. soil would be devastating, but America would survive. Just one EMP burst in the skies over America and it would be game over.

It would take years before the infra structure was repaired. In a recent study commissioned for Congress it was estimated that “…90% of Americans would die of hunger or thirst within the first twelve months of the strike alone…”

Following an EMP strike power in America would be out for a minimum of one year, but most likely for up to three years due to the fact that the US national power grid has such mas- sive transformers throughout the entire network that would need to be replaced. None of these transformers are made or produced in America. It would take years to replace them.

Kim Jong-un has repeatedly threatened to wipe-out America. On January 6, 2016 2016, the official state news agency reported,

“A spokesperson said: “North Korean scientists are in high spirits to detonate H-bombs of hundreds of kilotons…capable of wiping out the whole territory of the U.S. at once…”

If that North Korean satellite, 300 miles above the earth, does contain a nuclear device and is then detonated above America, all life sustaining infrastructures in the U.S. that depend upon electricity will be destroyed.

North Korea is planning for war and have taken proactive steps to get ready for it. They also seem to be planning and preparing for an American black out. History teaches us that when madmen speak, we should pay close attention to what they have to say. With hindsight, how much do we now wish we had taken seriously the threats spewed by Hitler in the 1920s and 1930s and perhaps avoided a second world war, saving countless millions in the process?

The Twentieth century is full of examples of leaders who were ignored until it was too late. The same can be said for the threats and promises made by men like Lenin, Stalin, Nicolai Ceausescu in Romania, Vietnams Ho Chi Minh, Pol Pot, Saddam Hussein, China’s Mao Zedong…the list could literally go on and on.

Each man was clear beforehand about what he intended to do; each man went on to cause unparalleled suffering and chaos—just as they each said they would. Kim Jong-un has been doing a lot of talking lately. History tells us that when madmen speak, we should listen. Perhaps we should all be paying closer attention to what he is saying.

Please hear me say it again....I personally believe that the world is going to stay pretty much the way it is until Jesus comes for us at the sound of the trumpet call and the voice of the archangel and tells us to "COME UP HERE!"


Because Jesus tells us that the last generation will be like the generation of Noah.  People will be eating, drinking, making wedding plans, planting, banking, attending sports events and are basically clueless until they get trapped in The Great Tribulation and most of them die in earthquakes, wars, famines and the battle of Armageddon, when Christ returns and vanquishes all who rejected his free offering of grace through faith.

So, even though I have had a quickening over these past 10 years that something big is coming....I have come to the Biblical conclusion that we will HEAR OF earthquakes, wars, rumors of war, famines, disease, ISIS bombings, perversion celebrated, babies killed, drug addictions, porn addictions....but that nothing major (like an EMP, planet destroying asteroid, alien invasion) will happen that will cause people to stop planning their weddings.

"As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be at the coming of the Son of Man."

Trump Gets Wild Applause at AIPAC

The Donald spoke at AIPAC yesterday and it's being reported he got a standing ovation with wild least twice.

Trump spent quite a bit of time on Iran, saying he would dismantle the Iran deal; he would stand up to Iran’s aggressive push back to destabilize and dominate the region, that Iran has seeded terrorist groups all over the world, in twenty five countries on five continents including in the Western hemisphere, but that he would “totally dismantle Iran’s global terror network”; and “enforce the terms of previous deals” before the JCPOA came on the scene.

Trump’s discussion of the United Nations began by saying things everyone knows and no-one will say about the UN: that it is “not a friend of democracy, freedom, not even of the U.S. and surely is not a friend to Israel.”

Moving on to recently murmured threats from the Obama administration to support or even sponsor a Security Council resolution forcing Israel to yield to the Palestinian Arabs, Trump began by mentioning that this was happening “with President Obama in his final year.” And then, — not in the prepared text but in reality — he paused, and he smiled.

With a single word, Trump told AIPAC what he thinks of the fact that President Obama’s final year has finally come: “Yay.” His hands gave a downbeat and his voice said the word they way your middle schooler would say it when delivering the news that the 7th grade bully had moved to Alaska. Yay – as in, we all know this should make us happy, RIGHT? What a relief, ok?; Bye, seeya, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

But even more significant than the lilting tone of Trump’s yay was that, when he said those words – “President Obama in his final year” — the audience went absolutely wild. A shouting, standing O.

He then said “the days of treating Israel as a second class citizen will end on my Day One.” Another wild standing O from AIPAC.


We already posted that he also said the American Embassy will get moved to Jerusalem.

Wow!  What might happen if the Jewish lobby gets excited to vote for The Donald?  That would certainly be a wild card!!

Again, we rest in the knowledge that God is on His throne and he already knows who He will allow to become the future leader of America.

Fewer Save But More Are Confident About Retirement

If you want to see more evidence that Americans are in denial about....pretty much everything...check out this next article.

According to the research, fewer Americans are saving anything towards retirement BUT we all think we are going to retire someday anyway!!  How??  No one knows!!  They just believe that SOMEONE ELSE will have to pay for them to retire!

This may explain the appeal of Socialist Bernie Sanders....who promises more free stuff to folks regardless of whether or not they work for it.

The retirement confidence of Americans has come a long way since the recession. The percentage of workers either very or somewhat confident that they will be able to afford a comfortable retirement now stands at 63 percent, up from 51 percent three years ago and 49 percent in 2011. 

But it isn't because of a surge in the number of people who are saving, according to the 26th annual Retirement Confidence Survey released today by the nonprofit Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI). 

The percentage of workers saying they or their spouse saved for retirement is 69 percent in 2016, down from 75 percent in 2009. That number has bounced around a lot, between 57 percent in 1994 to as high as 78 percent in 2000. Whatever the reason for the significant decline this year, it's bad news for our retirement prospects—as is the fact that fewer than half of workers (48 percent) have even tried to figure out how much money they'll need to live on in retirement.

"We've seen a decent amount of awareness around retirement issues, but the issue is whether that awareness translates into different behavior," said Luke Vandermillen, vice president of Retirement and Income Solutions with Principal Financial Group, a retirement services provider and one of the longtime underwriters of the survey. 

One likely force behind some of the rise in overall confidence: the housing market. A recent Federal Reserve report showed that since the market hit a low in early 2009, the value of homeowners’ equity has more than doubled.

In a charming testament to human nature, while not enough people are saving for retirement, they're definitely thinking about what they'll do when they retire. Sixty-seven percent of workers said they had thought about how to occupy their time. Just 36 percent said they had talked with a financial adviser about retirement planning.


Many financial experts are amazed that the global financial system is still standing!

With ignorance, denial, massive debts and printed paper money washing over the world....things will snap....exactly when God allows in His perfect timing.

Until then, let's enjoy every day we have where there is food in the fridge, gas at the stations and warm beds we all crawled into last night.

It would seem that only God's grace is holding this whole facade in place.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Trump Says Jerusalem

The Bible says that Jerusalem will be the focus of the world in the Last Days.  The fact that this tiny city with no shipping ports and few people is in the global news everyday should be one more serious clue as to the lateness of the hour.

So here is what Donald Trump said yesterday when speaking to American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

"We will move the American Embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem."


Do I support Donald Trump for President?


Does his pride and arrogance bother me?


Do I agree with some of the things he says?


Do I believe that Donald Trump is a born-again Christian?

If the test is fruit....then I'm no convinced.

Has God used the godless, pagans and heathens since the beginning of time to accomplish His purposes?

For sure.

Are we supposed to pray for the current leaders and future leaders of this country?

Without a doubt.

Good Samaritan Can't Be Found in China

Want to see what happens in a country that has little to no value of human life?

Watch this video of a motorcyclist in China who get's smashed and lays in the middle of the street while people just drive around his crumpled body.

Should this surprise us from a country who aborted millions of girls and/or murdered them shortly after birth?

Is this behavior what we will expect to come to America as we ignore God and devalue human life?

In the Last Days, "Love will grow cold."

Hat tip to Jeremy F.

Muslims Blow Up Brussels

The top news this morning is that highly organized suicide bombers blew up in Brussels and have shut down the airport and subway system.

Of course we all know these were Muslims, and most likely, they said "Allah Akbar!" right before they blew themselves up....but watch how NBC News can't bring itself to say MUSLIM or ISLAMIC in their initial report from around 8:30 this morning.

Brussels went into lockdown on Tuesday after a series of explosions rocked the city's airport and subway, leaving at least 31 dead in what appeared to be a coordinated attack.

Officials raised the terror threat level, shut down all public transport in the Belgian capital and advised locals to stay indoors after the blasts, which also wounded dozens — including at least three Americans.

Belgium's federal prosecutor said one of two explosions at the airport was likely caused by a suicide bomber and that all three blasts were acts of terrorism.

Prime Minister Charles Michel called Tuesday a "dark moment for our country" and world leaders swiftly pledged solidarity with Belgium.

The attacks followed a flurry of counterterrorism activity in Brussels and a raid Friday that captured Europe's most wanted man — Salah Abdeslam — in connection with the Paris terror attacks.

The Associated Press quoted the city's mayor as saying the explosion at Maalbeek metro station killed 20 people. The country's ministry of health confirmed that at least 11 people had been killed at the airport.

The first blast hit the airport's departures hall at around 8 a.m. local time (3 a.m. ET) and was quickly followed by a second explosion, sending passengers fleeing.

Pictures from the smoky terminal showed bloodied victims, shattered glass and debris.

A security source told NBC News that one of the airport explosions happened in Departure Hall 1, which is used by international carriers including American Airlines. The carrier said none of its employees or crew had been injured by the blasts.

Eyewitness Jef Versele was checking in for a business trip to Rome when he heard an explosion.

"Soon after that one a second one hit — and everything came down," he told NBC News. "There was dust everywhere, glass everywhere, there was chaos. There were people on the floor everywhere. The roofing came down. It was quite a mess."

Belgium's foreign minister said following Abdeslam's arrest that the suspect had been planning to "restart something" in Brussels — the suggestion of a new attack that was taken all the more seriously given the large amounts of heavy weapons found during his arrest.

There was no formal claim of responsibility for Tuesday's blasts — and one senior European counter-terrorism official told NBC News that authorities were scrambling to determine who was behind the assault.

"We have no clue yet," the official told NBC News. "Right now, we are trying to mount a defense."


Of course the most wanted Muslim in Europe was just arrested in Brussels just a few days ago.  People are still trying to fathom how he could be hiding right in downtown Brussels only 1/2 mile from his parent's house!!

Why wouldn't someone turn him in??

Because he was being hidden in a massive Muslim neighborhood filled with Muslims who actually sympathize with the Islamic terrorists that blew up Paris and murdered dozens of folks last fall!

Europe is in trouble friends.  They have become so politically correct and so full of tree-huggers, socialists and gun control freaks....that they can't even bear to name who their enemy is!!

The Bible says that in the Last Days there will be a consortium of 10 nations and that they will be led by some form of the revived Roman empire.  The Antichrist will one day step in and take the helm of leadership for this empire.  Let's watch and see if the European Union doesn't start to crumble apart....and end up with 10 nations in it.

Of course WE FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST may never see this come to fruition....because we may be gone before it plays out.

Remember, there is NOTHING that has to happen that precedes the rapture of the church!  It is the next thing to happen on God's prophetic calendar.  So encourage each other with these words!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Will This Trigger WWIII?

According to this article from Russian News, the USA is beginning to stockpile ammo and weapons in the Asian theater to confront an increasingly aggressive China and Russia.

The headline of the article suggests this could be one other marker that the world seems on the edge of WWIII.

On Wednesday, the US Army announced that it plans to stockpile munitions and military supplies in Vietnam, Cambodia, and several other undisclosed nations including, experts believe, the Philippines, as the US adopts an increasingly aggressive military posture toward China.

US officials state that the munitions caches, placed within areas China considers to be within its "sphere of influence," are necessary to respond to regional "threats" by Russia and North Korea, and allow for more rapid deployment. 

Army Material Command Chief Gen. Dennis Via emphasized that, in addition to munitions, the sites will contain Humanitarian and Disaster Relief (HADR) supplies. The decision to place an American Army cache within Vietnam, the site of a bloody and largely unnecessary US war that ended in 1975, is a startling turn of events that has left Beijing incensed.

The move comes in response to what the US has alleged are repeated steps by China to militarize the region in what is seen as a push to dominate the South China Sea.

Former CIA chief General Michael Hayden expressed the need to expand US influence in the South China Sea, in an effort to contain Chinese expansion. Hayden suggested that to mishandle the rise of China "would be catastrophic."

Not everybody sees the wisdom of President Obama’s move. Washington Post opinion writer David Ignatius on Wednesday published the headline, "The US is heading toward a dangerous showdown with China," in which he cites former assistant secretary of state for Asia Kurt Campbell expressing concern that the Obama administration’s posturing could trigger World War III.

Campbell was quoted as saying, "This isn’t Pearl Harbor, but if people on all sides aren’t careful, it could be ‘The Guns of August,’" referring to Barbara Tuchman’s seminal book detailing the chain of events that led to World War I. He accuses President Obama of once again engaging in brinksmanship, suggesting that efforts to force China to exercise restraint in the region are turning into "another red line moment."

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No doubt, we can file this one under "wars and rumors of war".

The USA is in no mood to spill a bunch of blood and spend our treasure.  Team Obama seems to enjoy talking tough and making RED LINES that, if crossed, will bring the full wrath of the US Military raining down!

But the despots and ner'-do-wells on planet earth have come to realize that Obama prefers to talk tough, draw red lines but isn't serious about those lines not being crossed.  He proved his idle, big-talk ways when he drew a red line in the sand and told the folks fighting in Syria they better not cross it by using chemical weapons.

Since that famous red line was drawn, chemical weapons have been used in Syria over 600 times and yet Obama has no plans to make someone pay the consequences.

There can be NO DOUBT that the world and it's governments are like a game of 4-dimensional chess!  It you move one piece to benefit one nation, you end up getting 5 other nations so mad they want to cut political ties!!

This inability for the nations to bond together and come up with any lasting peace ideas should be one other sign of how close we are to the return of Jesus.  The nations are like iron and clay that refuse to bond.  Jesus is the smiting stone that gets cut out a rock and returns to smash all the nations apart and build a new form of Godly government that will reign for 1000 years!

Daniel 2
42 As the toes were partly iron and partly clay, so this kingdom will be partly strong and partly brittle. 43 And just as you saw the iron mixed with baked clay, so the people will be a mixture and will not remain united, any more than iron mixes with clay.

44 “In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever. 45 This is the meaning of the vision of the rock cut out of a mountain, but not by human hands—a rock that broke the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold to pieces.

Practicing for 3rd Temple in Jerusalem

Most of my readers know by now that there have only been two Jewish temples in Jerusalem.  The first one was built by Solomon and was destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar. Then when the Jews came back from Babylon, they rebuilt it as best they could.  King Herod then shored it up some more so the 2nd temple is many times referred to as Herod's Temple.

So, Solomon's Temple and Herod's Temple have been the only two Temples for the last 3000 years! Herod's Temple is the one that Jesus saw and told his disciples that not one stone would be left standing....and sure enough, the Romans destroyed it and pried all the rocks apart about 35 years after Jesus ascended into heaven.

BUT.....the 3rd Temple may soon be built!  The Jews of Israel are now desirous of one!  The preparations are all in place to build it and the priests have started practicing how to serve at it!

A special ceremony was held in the Cardo in Jerusalem on Thursday,  March 10th. It was the beginning of the month of Adar, or, to be precise, the second day of Rosh Chodesh Adar Bet. In temple Times, the new month was considered a minor holiday and the ceremony, a reenactment of the Temple service, gloriously illustrated that.

On the day of the new month, special sacrifices were brought to the Temple: two oxen, a ram, seven lambs, wine libations, flour, and oil (Numbers 28:11-15). This is identical to the sacrifices offered on Passover and Shavuot, indicating the holy aspect of the new month. Special trumpet blasts were also added in celebration.

To commemorate the special nature of the day, the Temple Institute, in conjunction with the Sanhedrin and other Temple organizations, held a reenactment of the service as it would have been performed in the Temple. The ceremony was intended to be educational for the spectators and a dry-run for the priests who participated.

The priests,  students of the Temple Institute’s Nezer HaKodesh Academy for Kohanim, wore authentic garments made to Biblical specifications, and performed the Kohanic blessing. Musicians played instruments suited for use in the Temple provided by the Temple Institute, accompanied by a choir.

Though no animals were actually slaughtered, the organs and special fats were displayed and explained. There was also a demonstration of how blood is sprinkled on the altar. A mincha offering of semolina was burned on the altar, a precise scale model, approximately one meter tall and two-and-a-half meters square.

In addition to the demonstration of the sacrifices, three members of the Sanhedrin accepted the testimony of two witnesses for the Torah commandment of declaring the new month.

Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, the founder and head of the Temple Institute, also gave a lesson about the Biblical commandment of the Machatzit HaShekel (Exodus 30:11-16) , the half shekel-weight of silver,  given to the Temple every year by Jewish men in this month. Rabbi Ariel explained that the half-shekel was used to purchase the daily sacrifices offered for all of Israel.

Events like this help prepare for the actual Temple. Not only does it raise public awareness, it also helps instruct Kohanim, Jews of the priestly class.

Joshua Wander, a resident of the Mount of Olives who has attended several of the Temple Institute’s events, noted that it also helps fix lapses in practical knowledge.

“When we did the reenactment of the Pesach offering, we discovered that it is difficult to roast a whole animal without burning the outside and leaving the inside raw,” Wander said. “We found out that you have to wrap it up and seal it, which had to be done carefully since it is forbidden to break any of the bones.”


Friends, this is just one more piece of evidence that shows the nearness of The Lord's return....which means the Bridegroom coming for His bride is EVEN CLOSER!

"But Dennis, what possible connection can there be between some stupid Temple and Jesus' return?"

Because Jesus told us there would be a Temple that would endure through the Great Tribulation!  And Daniel told us that one day the Antichrist would sit in the 3rd Temple and demand to be worshiped as God.

Matthew 24
15 “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand— 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.

Friends, "the holy place" that Jesus refers to is in the 3rd Temple.

Daniel 9
27 He (Antichrist) will confirm a covenant with many (Israel and it's enemies) for one ‘seven.’ (year period (hence, why it is called, the 70th Week of Daniel) In the middle of the ‘seven’ (3 1/2 years into agreement) he (Antichrist) will put an end to sacrifice and offering. (in order to have animal sacrificing there HAS TO BE A 3rd TEMPLE!)

So let me repeat it:  There will be a 3rd Temple that WILL be on earth for the final 7 years before Christ returns to cut the days short at Armageddon.

The fact that we are seeing preparations for events that WILL HAPPEN during the final 7 years before Christ returns SHOULD give us reason to understand that we are in the VERY LAST DAYS.

Now here is the VERY GOOD NEWS and our BLESSED HOPE:  Christ comes for His bride BEFORE the Antichrist is even revealed! (Read 2nd Thessalonians again)  

Are we all ready for the trumpet to blow and meet Christ in the air??  It could happen today, tomorrow, next week or next month!  There is no other prophecy or event that needs to happen!  The next prophetic event on God's calendar is the rapture of the Church.