Joel Richardson’s The Global Jesus Revolution: The Church Must Embrace Prayer And Missions, Target Muslims As Largest Unevangelized People Group

Joel Richardson is one of the most important voices in understanding the role of Islam in biblical eschatology. Richardson has outlined this relationship in numerous books including Islamic Antichrist, Mideast Beast, and When A Jew Rules The World. 

Most recently, his documentary End Times Eyewitness reviewed this idea from the midst of the Arab Spring uprisings across the Middle East over the past few years.

Now, Richardson has released the follow up documentary The Global Jesus Revolution, which focuses on how the Church in the West needs to respond to the increasing troubles we see across the world, especially in the Middle East.

In a recent episode of The Underground, Richardson discusses these issues and the roadmap forward for Christians:

http://www.amazon.com/End-Times-Eyewitness-Joel-Richardson/dp/1938067517

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Thanks, Obama! Iran Gains Billions And Warm Welcome To Do Whatever It Wants As Economic Sanctions Disappear (One Day, Iran Will Invade The Middle East)

Marxists and useful idiots recently rejoiced as Obama embraced Cuba, a nation that once housed atomic weapons pointed at the United States, and they rejoice again as Obama embraces Iran, a nation for whom Obama has done everything he can to fulfil their dream of building and pointing nuclear weapons at the United States.

“What could go wrong?” earnest useful idiots everywhere scoff at the legions of people who question “why exactly it is good for Iran to receive billions of dollars we could otherwise prevent them from receiving and having more influence in the Middle East and in the world?”

Here’s the story:

The US and the EU have lifted crippling sanctions against Iran following the UN nuclear watchdog’s finding that Tehran had curbed its nuclear program as promised.

Key points:

IAEA report confirms Iran has honoured its side of the nuclear accord

Raft of US, EU and UN sanctions lifted, oil exports to resume

Iran has always said its nuclear activities were for peaceful purposes

In a dramatic move scheduled to coincide with the scrapping of the sanctions, Tehran also announced the release of five Americans including Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian as part of a prisoner swap with the United States.

Together, the lifting of sanctions and the prisoner deal considerably reduce the hostility between Tehran and Washington that has shaped the Middle East since Iran’s Islamic Revolution of 1979.

Tens of billions of dollars worth of Iranian assets will now be unfrozen and global companies that have been barred from doing business there will be able to exploit a market hungry for everything from automobiles to airplane parts.

The UN nuclear watchdog ruled on Saturday that Iran had abided by an agreement last year with six world powers to curtail its nuclear program, triggering the end of sanctions.

“Iran has carried out all measures required under the [July deal] to enable Implementation Day [of the deal] to occur,” the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in a statement.

Iran to emerge from years of economic isolation

Within minutes, the United States formally lifted banking, steel, shipping and other sanctions on Iran, a major oil producer that has been virtually shut out of international markets for the past five years.

The European Union also began the process of lifting sanctions and Iran’s transport minister said Tehran planned to buy 114 civil aircraft from European aircraft maker Airbus.

Australia would also lift sanctions on the Islamic republic, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said.

Iran nuclear deal at a glance

The main points in the nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers aimed at curbing Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

“The easing of these sanctions will ensure that Australian business is not disadvantaged in pursuing opportunities in Iran,” she said in a statement.

The lifting of sanctions means more money and prestige for Shiite Muslim Iran as it becomes deeply embroiled in the sectarian conflicts of the Middle East, notably in the Syrian civil war, where its allies are facing Sunni Muslim rebels.

America’s thaw with Iran is viewed with deep suspicion by US Republicans as well as American allies in the Middle East, including Israel and Saudi Arabia.

US-Iranian suspicion remains deeply entrenched.

Washington maintains separate, less comprehensive sanctions on Iran over its missile program.

For its part, Iran detained 10 US Navy sailors on two boats in the Gulf a week ago, although they were released the next day.

Four American prisoners ‘yet to leave Iran’

In an unusual move, President Barack Obama pardoned three Iranian-Americans charged for violating sanctions against Iran, a lawyer for one of the men said, while prosecutors moved to drop charges against four Iranians outside the United States.

Iran agreed to free five Americans including Rezaian and Saeed Abedini, an Iranian-American Christian pastor sentenced to eight years in prison in 2013 on charges of undermining Iran’s national security.

But a US official said four of the Americans had not yet left Iran due to ongoing logistical issues.

The fifth prisoner, Matthew Trevithick, has left the country after 40 days in prison. Trevithick, a student and journalist, had travelled and worked in conflict-torn nations including Syria, Mali and Afghanistan.

The prisoner deal was the culmination of months of diplomatic contacts, secret talks and legal manoeuvring that came close to falling apart because of a threat by Washington in December to impose fresh sanctions on Iran for recent ballistic missile tests.

The detente with Iran is opposed by all of the Republican candidates vying to succeed Mr Obama as president in an election in November.

Republican front-runner Donald Trump said at a campaign event he was happy Americans were being freed, “but I will tell you it’s a disgrace that they were there for so long”.

Ted Cruz, a conservative senator from Texas and one of the leading Republicans, tweeted in support of Mr Abedini’s release: “Praise God! Surely bad parts of Obama’s latest deal, but prayers of thanksgiving that Pastor Saeed is coming home.”

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton took credit for helping to start the sanctions pressure on Iran during her 2009-2013 tenure as Mr Obama’s secretary of state.

Now, you may not believe in God or believe the Bible (not sure how you ended up here but welcome!) but it takes a pretty special stubborn refusal to deal with reality to pretend that this Iran deal will probably work out well for anyone, Iranians included.

After all, even Germany enjoyed the benefits of economic recovery until Hitler plunged it into a decimating world war.

Good thing Iran doesn’t have an evil, blood-thirsty dictator in power over its massive, un-sanctioned oil wealth…

Oh.

Nonetheless, welcome to the Obama administration’s foreign policy record that currently has such hits as Arab Winter, Benghazi, and the heart-wrenching Islamic State.

Time to add nuclear-Iran to that best-of because, let’s face it, what President is ever going to top that utter catastrophe?

Anyway, if you have read the Bible, especially the book of Daniel and are inclined towards a consistent futurist interpretation of Chapter 8 (more on that here), then Iran’s new lease on life and money and regional influence should be very much expected.

It’s likely that Iran’s confrontation with Saudi Arabia will escalate and eventually, whether it takes years or decades, Iran is going to come good on its promise to be really dangerous and launch an invasion of the Middle East for whatever reason it finds acceptable.

From there it’s pretty straight forward – Turkey leads a coalition to fight against Iran and whoops them, seeming regional peace, antichrist rises, Jesus returns as King to rule and reign for a Millenium, new heavens and new earth.

September 23, 2015: Sir Isaac Newton, The Shemitah, The Pope, CERN, Blood Moon Tetrads, And The Signs Of The Times

So the evidence towards a significant September 2015 is continuing to build. To what exactly, I am not making any specific predictions.

However, scripture is clear that God uses the heavenly bodies as signs and that events on the earth also happen in specific seasons. We can see that the weather will change or that the season is shifting because of clear, observable signs and that allows us to prepare accordingly.

Something is happening in the entire earth at this time – some kind of significant shift – and this is occurring across the many facets of society from the economic, to the social, to the geopolitical.

Many people will be surprised and caught out by what does take place but Christians are warned to keep watch and pray, knowing that God orchestrates shifts that are sometimes catastrophic for those whose hope is only in this life. 

The Christian hope, however is built on the unmovable redemption in Christ Jesus and troubled times are often the most powerful opportunities to declare our confident hope to those who are yet to meet Jesus.

With that said, I present the following article for your consideration. I am not suggesting anyone blindly accept what is says nor that everything is says is accurate and certain. My hope and exhortation is to prayer and continued watchfulness with an understanding of these matters so that if some of these predictions prove fruitful, you will be prepared to boldly reassure people within your sphere of influence rather than be shaken and in need to reassurance yourself. 

As world events appear to be spinning out of control, there is something else spinning at record-breaking speed at a laboratory in Switzerland that has biblical prophecy watchers taking note.

CERN, also called the European Organization for Nuclear Research, at its complex near Geneva, restarted its Large Hadron Collider in June for the first time in 27 months and is scheduled to perform a controversial experiment in September, around the same time of the end of the biblical Shemitah on Sept. 13 and the start of Yom Kippur on Sept. 23.

CERN was founded in 1954 and has played a role in plenty of groundbreaking experiments, including the early research that led to the creation of the Internet. CERN scientists have said their latest work involves trying to open up a black hole, or “hidden extra dimensions,” which some see as a potential portal to the underworld.

“Out of this door might come something, or we might send something through it,” said Sergio Bertolucci, the director for Research and Scientific Computing at CERN, at a press briefing in November 2009.

The date Sept. 23 has become ubiquitous among the writings of many prophecy watchers. They don’t know what, if anything, will happen on that date but they question why it keeps popping up everywhere: in movies and concerts, on the pope’s appointment calendar, in the statements of politicians and the calculations of a famous mathematician from the 18th century.

Sir Isaac Newton, the English scientist and devout Christian, had a burning desire to study end-times prophecies of Christ’s return. He had a particular interest in Daniel’s prophecies, and he put together calculations that point to Sept. 23, 2015, as a key date.

Mark Biltz, author of “Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs,” said he’s been aware of Newton’s formula, based on Daniel 9:25, since 2008 and believes it has merit worth studying.

You take 49 prophetic years or 17,640 days from the time when the Jewish people are restored to Jerusalem, which occurred on June 7, 1967, and you arrive at Sept. 23, 2015.

“The Isaac Newton days going from 1967 to Yom Kippur 2015 which leads us into 2016 came from my original teachings back in 2008 that everyone is talking about,” Biltz said. “This lines up with the end of the biblical Shemitah and possible proclaiming of the year of Jubilee.”

Factor in the strange embedding of “Sept. 23, 2015,” into dozens of Hollywood movies and music videos dating back to the 1980s, and you have the recipe for a fast-growing Internet conspiracy theory with questions frequently asked about possible Illuminati influence.

Here comes the pope, but will ‘chaos’ follow?

Then you have the scheduled arrival of Pope Francis at the White House on Sept. 23 and a first-ever address to a joint session of Congress the next day. Francis is the 266th pope who will be meeting with President Obama on the 266th day of the year, leading one Internet preacher to wonder if “something is being birthed” on that day, since 266 days is the typical human gestation period from conception to birth.

Back on May 21, 2014, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius issued a cryptic statement while standing beside U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington. He said, “We have 500 days to avoid climate chaos.” Going 500 days out from May 21, 2014, brings you to Sept. 23, 2015.

Watch 40-second clip of French foreign minister’s statement on “climate chaos”

The Jade Helm military exercises taking place through mid-September also have given rise to conspiracy theories. Is the government preparing for some major future event that will bring chaos to America?

All of this activity will be topped off by more signs in the heavens, with the fourth and last in a rare tetrad of “blood moons” set to occur Sept. 28 on the biblical Feast of Tabernacles. The Shemitah year comes to a climax on the Hebrew calendar date of Elul 29, which is Sept. 13 on the Gregorian calendar.

Counting off ‘sevens’ and the road to war

Jonathan Cahn, author of “The Mystery of the Shemitah,” addresses Isaac Newton’s calculations in the last chapter of his best-selling book.

He calls it the “mystery of the Seventh Shemitah” or the “Super Shemitah.”

“Every seven years was the Shemitah or Sabbath year. Every seventh Shemitah ushered in a super Shemitah we call the Jubilee. The hallmark of the Jubilee was restoration,” Cahn told WND.

During the Jubilee, God commanded every Israelite to return to their ancestral home. If you had lost your father’s land, in the year of Jubilee it would be restored.

“End-time prophecy is based on the return of the Jewish people to the land of Israel, their restoration to their long lost ancestral home – that’s a prophetic Jubilee,” Cahn said. “So could this ancient mystery actually reveal when end-time events are to happen?”

Cahn thinks so.

While records for the Jubilee don’t exist, it is known that the Jubilee year must follow the year of the Shemitah. Cahn notes that 1917-18 was a Shemitah year.

“It was in that time that the Ottoman Empire collapsed in the Middle East, and the land of Israel fell into the hands of the British Empire,” Cahn said. “The Empire issued the Balfour Declaration which declared that the land of Israel would be a Jewish homeland. For the first time in 2,000 years the land of Israel was given back to the Jewish people. They were restored. Their ancestral land was given back to them – a prophetic end-time Jubilee – and it actually took place in the exact time parameters ordained by the mystery of the Shemitah.”

Going forward in time from the restoration of the land in 1917 to the next Seventh Shemitah brings you to the Shemitah of 1965-66. Thus the year after the Seventh Shemitah, the Jubilee, would be September 1966 to September 1967.

That was a big year on the prophetic calendar as it brought the Six Day War.

“On June 7, 1967, Israeli soldiers enter the gates of Jerusalem and the Holy City is restored to the Jewish people – they return to their ancestral possession. And it happens again in the year following the Shemitah and seven Shemitahs after the restoration of the land.”

Counting seven Shemitahs from 1967 leads to the Shemitah of 2015. The period of the Jubilee would thus begin in September 2015 and run through September 2016.

“Does anything have to happen during this time? No,” Cahn said. “The pattern could stop after the restoration of Jerusalem. But if it did continue, what might we expect? In each of the last two cycles, it has meant a critical war, a war in the Middle East, a war in the land of Israel, and a war that results in a prophetic end-time restoration.”

Cahn says he also finds it fascinating that Isaac Newton’s interpretation of Daniel 9 would end up having us count 7 x 7 years from June 7, 1967, into the future.

“June 7, 1967, represented the last prophetic restoration and Jubilee. Seven times seven is the equation used to bring one to the next Jubilee,” he said.

Counting prophetic years of 360 days, it brings you to Sept. 23, 2015, which is Yom Kippur, the day when the Jubilee begins.

“So Newton’s ‘riddle’ brings us from one Jubilee to the next – and not just to the year but to the exact day, to a once in 50 years day, that could usher in the next prophetic Jubilee,” Cahn said.

Mankind returning to Tower of Babel

Paul McGuire, a Bible prophecy expert, speaker and author of eight books including “Mass Awakening” and a new release “The Babylon Code,” due out in September, believes the key to cracking the code of end-times prophecy is found in Genesis 10-11 with Nimrod building the Tower of Babel. He believes this same “man can be god” philosophy was handed down by the ruling elites from one civilization to another, making its way to Egypt, Greece, Rome and America and Europe today.

Those who doubt these secretive elite groups had any influence over America need only look at the dollar bill, McGuire said.

“The Tower was built in Ziggurat form, so the tower was really a pyramid structure,” McGuire told WND.

“That unfinished pyramid at the top of the dollar bill, that capstone with the eye of the god Horus, this is Freemasonry symbolism. ‘Novus Ordo Seclorum’ is the New World Order,” he said. “So what our book exposes is there has been in existence, since the beginning of the flood, a group of people that have had access to supernatural powers.”

He said the pyramid is also an organizational hierarchy for earthly power: the elite would be at the top with knowledge of what’s really going on in the world, while the presidents, generals and CEOs are considered managerial elite.

“So going back to CERN, these scientists have been indoctrinated in humanism, scientific materialism and they don’t believe in a supernatural world, but the ones at the very top, they know what the real purpose of the CERN collider is for and they are trying to open a star gate just like Babel in a sense,” McGuire said. “Sir Arthur Clarke said ‘science is magic’ and he wasn’t trying to be cute. He said, at the highest level of science, the really illumined scientists are fully aware that magic and science are one in the same.”

Movie Director Stanley Kubrick, who created “Eyes Wide Shut” and “2001 Space Odyssey,” was trying to communicate these messages to the masses, McGuire said.

“He was a good Mason. And there appears to be within these secret societies a conflict, some have a more noble aim and others are evil. But Kubrick believed mankind did not go through a long slow evolving but that man encountered an interface at critical junctures and man’s progress is rapid and accelerating and we take quantum leaps versus the slow and deliberate process.

“But at the end of his project he’s trying to depict in ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ the evil nature of those at the top, the scientific elites.”

The idea that a scientific elite should rule the world was also planted in Plato’s “Republic,” in which 10 god kings ruled mythical Atlantis.

The German Nazis were also steeped in the occult and used mind-control to deceive the masses. Nazi scientists such as Werner Von Braun were said to have been in contact with the spirit world, from which they received secrets on rocket technology that was decades ahead of anything seen in the industrialized world. He was brought to America under “Operation Paperclip” to help start NASA after World War II.

The mascot for CERN today is a statue of the Hindu god Shiva, a cosmic dancer who performs his divine dance to destroy the universe so it can be recreated by the god Brahma. Shiva was called Apollyon in Greece.

This statue of Shiva, the destroyer, sits in front of CERN headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

“Occult magic, science and technology are used to rule the world, and this was the thesis of Aldus Huxley’s ‘Brave New World,’ as well,” McGuire told WND.

The conclusion of McGuire’s new book, “Babylon Code: Solving the Bible’s Greatest End Times Mystery,” co-authored with Troy Anderson, is that God’s people can’t fight the New World Order with mere human weapons. The regular conservative politics of the day will be rendered futile against demonic powers in high places, he said, which the Apostle Paul warned of in Ephesians 6.

“So you have a human Christian population trying to fight Luciferian power with human power. As long as they’re looking to humans to fight for them they’re going to lose,” McGuire said. “Donald Trump isn’t going to save us.”

McGuire sees the founding of America as having a dual purpose. Some meant it for good, others for evil, and there’s been a cosmic battle for the nation’s soul ever since.

“It’s a strange beginning, you have a very odd combination, both forces are at play in this,” McGuire said. “You do have Illuminati involved in the forming of America. But you also have Jonathan Edwards and the first great awakening. Edwards was not only spiritual but also intellectual. Edwards preached the sermon ‘Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God’ that ignited the first Great Awakening and it released such power that it embedded itself in the Bill of Rights, these biblical principles of inalienable rights, that your rights come from God and not man, the abuse of power, etc. We need a biblical third great awakening.”

‘No man knows the day or the hour’

Carl Gallups, author of “Final Warning: Understanding the Trumpet Days of Revelation,” has also studied the claims of Sir Isaac Newton and the various modern interpretations of his end-time prophecies.

Gallups said it’s crucial to remember that Jesus gave a stern warning that “no man knows the day or the hour” concerning His return.

“I have taken that admonishment seriously for the entire 30-plus years of my ministry. I do not ‘set dates,’ nor have I ever claimed to have infallible insight into eschatological matters,” he said.

But just as important, he says, is another admonishment given by Jesus concerning prophetic calculations.

“He clearly chastised the religious elite of His day for not knowing, at least, the signs of the prophetic ‘times’ in which they were living,” Gallups said. “Because of their shortcoming in this matter, they actually missed the foretold coming of Messiah. Accordingly, I believe it is supremely important that God’s people keep a sober eye upon contextual prophetic interpretations and the current world events that may well correspond to them.”

Like Cahn and others, Gallups sees more than just coincidence in the array of convergences leading up to the current Shemitah year and next year’s possible Jubilee.

This junction, in the mind of many Bible scholars, kicked off with the return of Israel and the subsequent recapturing of Jerusalem.

“These events were amazingly foretold by Newton as well, some 300 years before they happened,” Gallups said. “His predictions included statements about a ‘friendly kingdom’ that would arise in those days that would help these things to occur.”

Many, of course, see the United States, which did not emerge until after Newton’s death, as Newton’s “friendly kingdom.”

It has now been 67 years since Israel re-emerged on the world scene, and only 48 years since the recapturing of Jerusalem.

“We are certainly living in a very ‘young,’ but powerful age of prophetic convergence,” Gallups said. “Yet, since those two 2,500-year-old biblical predictions have come to pass, even more last days’ prophecies have continued to come like a flood.”

Among those predictions Gallups sees are the rise of Islam, the current boiling-point turmoil in the Middle East, terrorism and threats of terrorism sweeping the planet, fears of multiple nuclear holocausts, the growing rejection of Israel by the nations – which increasingly seems to include the United States, “and a Sodom and Gomorrah spirit spreading through the nations – now ardently proliferated by the largest ‘Christian’ nation the world has ever known.”

“Add to these things the fact that we now have an important Shemitah cycle and Super Shemitah cycle approaching this September, as well as the variously calculated predictions of Sir Isaac Newton that also seem to point to September of 2015 as an ominous ‘beginning’ to even more unfolding of last days’ prophetic occurances,” he said.

Gallups points to Cahn’s research as bringing many of these convergences to the public spotlight, as well as that of Joel Richardson, who wrote years ago of what is now actually happening in the Middle East, and especially the dramatic rise and threat of ISIS. In the midst of all this, Pastor Mark Blitz has shared with the world his original discoveries concerning the, perhaps prophetic, convergence of the blood moon phenomenon – also reaching a peak with the ending of this year and the beginning of 2016.

“These dramatically aligning factors alone, in my estimation, point to the soberness with which we must approach our mission of Kingdom work in the days in which we currently live,” Gallups said. “We must be mindful of the ‘signs of the times’ in which we are living.

Many will scoff at the claims of the unfolding of end-times prophecy as the Day of the Lord approaches. “But even their last days ridiculing was specifically predicted over 2,000 years ago,” Gallups notes. Most, who malign the word of God in such a manner, do not even realize that they (through their mocking spirit and words) are specifically mentioned in the very scriptures they malign! If there ever was a time to be right with our Creator through a biblically born-again relationship with Jesus Christ – it is now.”

Prophecy should not bring fear to Christians

Joel Richardson, a Bible teacher, documentary filmmaker and author of the New York Times-bestseller “The Islamic Antichrist,” along with “Mideast Beast” and “When A Jew Rules the World,” has his own unique perspective on the countdown to the Day of the Lord.

He takes a more cautious view.

“There are certainly some interesting convergences of seemingly significant dates, events and signs. Many are pointing to the completion of this seven-year cycle, known as the Shemitah, as it coincides with the completion of the final four of the lunar eclipses, which coincided with four biblical appointed holidays,” Richardson said. “But despite these convergences, I think we need to express caution. Even if we agree that this is pointing to something, what might it be? This is what no one can answer. And the danger is inspiring people to fear, to panic, to anxiety. This would certainly be a wrong application. If it inspires people to repent of sins in their lives, and to get right with God, then wonderful. But I am concerned with the level of fear that it is inspiring in a lot of people, including many Christians. But the Lord has not given us a spirit of fear.”

Richardson said he believes Cahn’s suggestion that America could be looking at the next phase of its divine chastisement is the most likely outcome of the Shemitah.

“Af it was seven years to the day from September 11 that the great economic collapse of 2008 occurred. And now we are about to hit thenext seven-year point,” he said. “So perhaps this is the next installment of God’s trumpet blast to this nation calling on us to repent. Perhaps.”

But he throws cold water on the theory that the Shemitah or even the Super Shemitah of 2016 could ring in the period the Bible calls the Great Tribulation.

“There are simply some things that must take place first. I fear that many who are declaring that we are there will do damage to the proclamation of Jesus’ return in the days ahead,” he said. “Peter the apostle said that in the last days, many scoffers would come, mocking the notion that Jesus’ return is close. Mockers will mock. But we as responsible Christians should not give legitimacy to the mockers by jumping the gun and wrongly declaring that ‘this is that,’ that we have entered the final seven-year period. If we do so, we will only be repeating the errors of the 1980s and the infamous book ’88 Reasons Why the Rapture will take place in 1988.’ The result is decades of cynicism and a rejection of any discussion of the return of Jesus. Yet His return is our hope!”

Before the final seven years can begin, the Antichrist must first arise, beginning as a leader of small significance, and growing in power until he uproots three other leaders, Richardson says. These things are detailed in Daniel Chapters 7, 8 and 11. After he does arise, and grows to the point of establishing a measure of political capital, he will enter into a covenant, or treaty of some kind with the leaders of Israel, Richardson believes, citing Daniel 9:27 as well as Isaiah 28:14-18; 10:20.

“Neither of these two critical signs – the rise of the Antichrist, or the covenant ‘with death’ can be said to be fulfilled or within months of being fulfilled. They could be just a few years off, but not months,” he said. “Despite all of the abiding sense of fear and anxiety, despite the words of many ‘prophets,’ if the signs on the ground do not line up with the words of the biblical prophets, then all of this expectation means little. I firmly believe that the final seven years before Jesus’ return is drawing close, but we are not there yet.”

Richardson always offers excellent, biblically sound advice and so I echo his encouragements.

In summary: Read it, research it, and prepare your hearts in prayer.

“And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.” ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭1:14-18‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“And the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and to test him they asked him to show them a sign from heaven. He answered them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ And in the morning, ‘It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.” So he left them and departed.” Matthew‬ ‭16:1-4‬ ‭ESV‬‬

““From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one left. Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. But if that wicked servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed,’ and begins to beat his fellow servants and eats and drinks with drunkards, the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know and will cut him in pieces and put him with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Matthew‬ ‭24:32-51‬ ‭ESV‬‬


http://www.wnd.com/2015/08/did-isaac-newton-predict-major-turn-in-bible-prophecy/?cat_orig=faith

Daniel 2: The Islamic World & The Fourth Empire

Joel Richardson is the foremost voice proclaiming a Middle Eastern, Islamic World focussed interpretation of the prophetic scriptures in the bible. 

The fourth episode of Richardson’s show The Underground discusses the identity of the fourth kingdom described in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream and Daniel’s interpretation described in chapter 2 of The Book Of Daniel.

You can watch it below:

<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/135136730″>The Underground Episode 4: Daniel 2 and the Fourth Kingdom</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/joelrichardson”>Joel Richardson</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

The Islamic world certainly seems to fit the biblical descriptions of the antichrist empire, from its origins in destruction and cultural suplantation to its inherent interaction division between Shia and Sunni.

Regardless, it is essential that Christians understand the key arguments regarding the end of the age so that we can faithfully watch and pray, being a light to others as we see all these things unfold.
http://www.joelstrumpet.com/?p=7666

Turkey To Invade Syria?

The Islamic Turkish Ottoman Empire ruled the Middle East for a good five hundred years and though they dropped the ball for the last century and made a secular detour, it makes sense that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s steady re-Islamisation of Turkey’s institutions during the past decade would rekindle the ambition for regional leadership and domination.

Perhaps it was the recent election upset that reduced Erdogan’s AKP to a minority that has induced this or maybe he just feels like it’s time to reassert their old claim. Either way, a plan for Turkey to invade Syria stands as a wake up call to anyone who is still sleeping with regard to Turkey’s rise. 

Turkey has sent shock waves through the Middle East by preparing plans to send troops into Syria for the first time, turning the civil war into an international conflict on Europe’s borders.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has authorised a change in the rules of engagement agreed by the Turkish parliament to allow the army to strike at Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), as well as the Assad regime, according to local newspapers.

The aim is to establish a buffer zone for refugees and against Isil, but Mr Erdogan has also suggested that the main target of the intervention, if it goes ahead, will be to prevent the emergence of a Kurdish state on Turkey’s doorstep.

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The Syrian Kurdish militia, the YPG, has established dominance in a border strip across the north of the country in recent months.

“We will never allow the establishment of a state in Syria’s north and our south,” Mr Erdogan said at the weekend. “We will continue our fight in this regard no matter what it costs.”

Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan (seated) heads the National Security Council meeting

Turkey has urged the creation of a buffer zone protected by international forces in the north of Syria ever since the civil war sent hundreds of thousands of refugees across the border.

That figure is approaching two million, making Turkey the single largest host of refugees of any country.

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But until now it has refused to countenance “going it alone” in intervention in Syria. The plans were discussed in a meeting of the national security council last night. Following Mr Erdogan’s speech, Turkish media were briefed on new orders being given to the military to prepare to send an 18,000-strong force across the border, with some reports saying the move could take place as early as Friday.

The troops would seize a stretch of territory 60 miles long by 20 deep, including the border crossings of Jarablus, currently in Isil hands, and Aazaz, currently controlled by the Free Syrian Army (FSA) but under attack from Isil.

The buffer zone would kill several birds with one stone. As well has allowing Turkey to establish refugee camps not on its soil but under its protection, it would prevent the two current zones of Kurdish control — from Kobane to the Iraq border in the east, and Afrin in the west — from joining up.

The Turkish establishment is hostile to the YPG, as an offshoot of the PKK guerrilla group which has fought for autonomy in south-eastern Turkey for four decades.

The zone would also allow Turkey more easily to control the flow of weapons and fighters into Syria, something that critics say it has not done well enough, encouraging the rise of Isil.

Changing the rules of engagement would give Turkey a pretext for intervention. The Assad regime has been driven back and has been careful to present no threat that would justify an attack, but Isil is attacking FSA forces supported by Turkey on the border.

“Isil, along with other armed groups that have the potential to jeopardise Turkey’s security, will be included as threats to Turkey in the amended rules and the Turkish armed forces could launch an operation against Isil once it approaches its borders,” the pro-Erdogan Sabah newspaper reported.

Turkish army soldier guards the border area with Syria as in the background Syrian refugees wait in order to cross into Turkey

It remains unclear whether the threat to intervene will be followed up by action. The military is said to be unhappy to involve ground troops in the civil war. They are said to be offering to join the international bombing campaign against Isil instead. “It may be the government wants to do this but there are numerous institutional reservations,” said Sinan Ulgen, head of the Edam think tank in Istanbul.

In particular, there is a question mark over whether the intervention would be legal under Turkish law without a vote in parliament, or in international law without a UN Security Council resolution.

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There would also be intense opposition to the operation being approved by the prime minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, who is only still in place because of difficulties forming a coalition after his party, the Islamist AKP failed to win a majority in this month’s election.

The intervention would also be opposed by the rival Republican People’s Party (CHP), which blames Mr Erdogan for making the Syrian war worse by supporting Islamist rebels rather than using his influence to negotiate peace.

“There is not sufficient reason to send Turkish troops to Syria,” said Faruk Logoglu, who until the election was head of the CHP’s foreign affairs committee. “Once you do that there is no way out.”

The Financial Times reported on Monday that Jordan was drawing up similar plans for a safe zone in southern Syria, following concerns that Isil could take over territory close to its border if the Assad regime was to withdraw from the city of Deraa.

Importantly, this significant move lines up with and is anticipated by several important eschatological theories including the Islamic End Times theory and the Signpost theory.

The Islamic End Times theory, of which Joel Richardson is likely the most well known proponent, argues that the biblical scriptures are Israel- and Middle Eastern-centric, with the many books that constitute the bible telling the same story from different angles about Yahweh’s covenant with Israel and the attempts of the surrounding kingdoms to destroy Israel, culminating in a Middle Eastern antichrist figure and empire.

The Signpost theory is proposed by Mark Davidson who argues a futurist (to be fulfilled in the as yet future) interpretation of key visions and prophecies in the Book of Daniel. He furthermore suggests that the first four seal judgments in the Book of The Revelation are connected to four signposts signalling the end of the age and the rise of a Middle Eastern antichrist and Kingdom.

Both theories allow for and even strongly suggest an antichrist Kingdom located in present day Turkey, though both clarify that the Middle East is likely to be subject to shifting border and new national boundaries based on both scripture and historic events before the emergence of the antichrist kingdom.

Needless to say, I believe that these two theories carry significant weight and even if they are or contain incorrect or partially correct ideas, every Christian should have a basic understanding of the scriptures themselves and these two interpretations.

Both theories and their respective spokesmen anticipated Turkey’s return to Islam from secularism and with this most recent development, there is good reason to suspect that Turkey not only wants to be the regional power but will fight to become it. This reality is made all the more disturbing because they face genuine competition from persistently dangerous Iran as well as Suadi Arabia, the Islamic State, and a host of other unstable factions.

Simply, that necessitates regional war and perhaps even a Third World War, given the Sunni-Shia division that IS is stirring up.

So eyes open Christians!

For anyone else who wants to understand what we are seeing in the Middle East these days, know that the bible has long predicted the reformation of Israel as nation but much more than that, the establishment of the last terrible human controlled empire that would seek to destroy Israel and rule the nations. 

Most important is knowing God and understanding his plans to save Israel and humanity – we can all know God through Jesus Christ alone and we can have his peace even as peace is taken from the earth. 

Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me. “These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. (‭John‬ ‭14‬:‭23-27‬ ESV)
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Joel Richardson’s Consistent Futurist Interpretation of Daniel 8

The Middle East is primed for what might turn out to be a Third World War, likely between Sunni and Shia Islam.

Between Iran and Islamic State overtly vying for dominance and Turkey doing it on the down low, trouble is brewing.

It is my opinion that the coming years will bring about the fulfilment of many of the prophecies in the book of Daniel, specifically that of the ram and the goat detailed in Daniel chapter 8.

Joel Richardson, whom I credit with establishing the foundations and much more of my own journey into understanding the Islamic End Times paradigm, has recently released an important video that addresses this particular topic in the context of the many troubles occurring in the Middle East.

I encourage every Christian to seriously consider this message and to be informed about God’s end times purposes. This can be difficult and it does take time but this is always the case for anything worth doing.