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The Perfect Storm

Source: Art Sadlier, Saturday June 2nd 2012

The Perfect Storm

In 1991 an unusual storm developed over the Atlantic which produced an enormous extra tropical low pressure system producing two weather fronts and a hurricane. This resulted in ideal conditions which produced a cataclysmic storm that brought great destruction in its path. The National Weather Service called it “The Perfect Storm.”

We have in our world today the ideal conditions to produce a perfect storm in seven different areas. This storm has the potential to bring about great destruction in our world, a destruction that has long been forecast by the prophetic scriptures.

Jesus foretold of this time of trouble for the world in Mathew 24:21, “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.” The apostle john also tells us about this coming day in Revelation 3:10, “Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.” John proceeds to give much detail of that awful time; it is recorded in the book of the Revelation.

The first area where we see a perfect storm brewing is in Europe

Daniel tells us that out of the area of the old Roman Empire (Europe) there will arise two things; a revival of the Roman Empire, and great dictator, the antichrist.

Today in Europe a perfect storm has been created, a storm that will bring about a great transformation in Europe. That transformation will result, I believe, in a ten nation confederacy that will be dominated by a superman, called antichrist or the beast.

Today the world watches in astonishment as the nation states in Europe crumble economically and as these conditions make way for a federation of states under the control of a dictator. This is a perfect storm and it is making way for the fulfilment of the prophecies of Daniel and John. Europe is collapsing politically, economically and monetarily.

Since May 6th nearly one billion dollars has been withdrawn from Greek banks. The bank runs we are watching now in Greece are shocking, but they are only just the beginning, we are told. At this point the entire Greek banking system is in danger of collapsing. As the euro zone begins to unravel, this is a scenario that we are going to see play out in country after country.

Italy’s former premier Romano Prodi said that the EU risks instant contagion to Spain, Italy, and France if Greece leaves the euro zone. “The whole house of cards will come down,” he said.

In one news headline we read, “Europe’s choice: Dismantle the Euro, or Cede All National Sovereignty to Brussels.” The stage seems to be set for the EU nations to surrender their national sovereignty to the new President of the EU.

Remember, Daniel tells us that this man will come on the scene and forcefully take control of Europe. “ I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things” (Daniel 7:8). And also Daniel 7:24 we read, “And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.”

Today Germany, France and Britain are going in three different directions. They are the powerhouse nations in Europe that must be brought into line if union is to take place.

In another news headline a leading European analyst, Nigel Farage says of Europe, “To say that it is a total mess is entirely accurate. You cannot have national democracy and this new form of economic and political government. I believe in the coming months we will see an attempt to install a dictatorship.”

In a recent news release we see the move to centralization continue, “Brussels - EU leaders have tasked council chief Herman Van Rompuy with drafting a plan on deepening the eurozone's economic union, potentially via an inter-governmental treaty.” The resolution of the EU’s problem is obviously a confederacy controlled by a strong-armed leader.

From a recent CNBC commentary we quote the following statement, “.....this crisis (economic and monetary) was always part of the plan, and without it the great European project can never be finished.”

I believe that this present situation in Europe will not be resolved until the man called the beast comes on the scene to perform what will seem to be a miracle and put it all back together. He will be acclaimed as the saviour of Europe and acclaimed by the world as the leader the world needs.

Before the ten nation confederacy of the revived Roman Empire and the antichrist come upon the scene the church of Jesus Christ will be caught up in the rapture. The events occurring in Europe indicate that the trumpet is soon to sound.

The second area where a perfect storm is brewing is found in the Mideast

In 1948 Israel fought and won the War of independence. 19 years later Israel fought anther war and triumphed again, gaining much of the land promised to Abraham Isaac and Jacob. Six years after that Israel fought the hardest war of the three, but again came out victorious. Today, 39 years later, Israel`s enemies are prepared for another war which this time they believe they can win and eliminate Israel altogether.

They have reason to believe that they can triumph this time. They know all too well that Israel has to lose only one war and they will be terminated. Hamas in the Gaza has been armed by Iran and can keep Israel pinned down in the south. They have rockets and missiles that can inflict considerable damage on Israel.

Hezbollah in Lebanon have a formidable fighting force and a large arsenal of missiles. They are reputed to have a special force of 10,000 men who are trained to send 50,000 missiles the length and breadth of Israel.

Israel’s greatest threat is Syria which has a 500,000 man army and very large number of missiles. Syria is  said to have the largest arsenal of biological and chemical weapons in the world. Though Assad is in deep trouble with the threat of a civil war looming over his head; Debkafile has suggested that Assad can rally his army, his people and his estranged Arab neighbours by going to war with Israel. Syria’s missiles are not the toy rockets Hamas has been firing at Israel. Many are advanced scud missiles which carry heavy payloads and can also reach all of Israel.

Iran is the ticking time bomb in this whole scenario. Iran has been working feverishly to develop nuclear weapons which could annihilate Israel. Obama has been holding Israel back from attacking Iran and destroying its nuclear program, however, Obama’s negotiations with Iran have blown up in his face as Iran has backed away from his proposals.

At some point, which cannot now be very far off, one of two monumental scenarios will take place. Iran will test a bomb and will become a nuclear power which then cannot be attacked. The other possibility is that Israel will attack Iran and damage her nuclear potential.

In the event of the last case scenario it seems certain that Iran will motivate its afore-mentioned allies to attack Israel. This will, in my estimation be the war of Psalm 83, which will trigger the whole tribulation period scenario.

Whatever your take on the war of Psalm 83 may be, there is a gathering storm brewing in the Mideast. This scenario has been developing for some years now. It is like balloon that is being inflated with inflammable gas and sooner or later is going to blow up.

Adding to the volatility of the situation is the position of the Gulf States. They are rightly very concerned about Iran’s nuclear program. The U.A.E. has a very large, well equipped air force larger than Iran’s. They have been involved in exercises with the Israel Air Force and could be an important factor in the coming events.

It may well be that all seven of these gathering storms will break upon our world at the same time. This would be the perfect setting for the superman, who is called the beast, to come to the world’s rescue.

The third area where a perfect storm is brewing is the looming world-wide economic and monetary collapse

The threat of the exit from the euro by Greece has been heralded as the first step in collapse of the world’s economies. A Telegraph headline stated, “Europe’s financial crisis lurched into a perilous new phase as dire predictions emerged of a collapse in Greece’s economy, with a run on the banks bringing an inevitable end to its membership of the euro.”

Another headline stated, “Is the world about to unravel? Investor warns we are going to see bank runs all over Europe.” A collapse in Europe will bring the world’s economy tumbling down with it.

Other recent headlines are alarming:                                                                                                                               Bank runs spreading across Europe! What's next? - Lloyd's of London preparing for euro collapse.   World scrambles to prepare for collapse of the euro zone. - UK Plans Border Controls For Euro Meltdown. - Imminent Financial Mega shock.

America is also facing a possible economic collapse to which everyone seems to be turning a blind eye. According to many analysts, the United States now faces a debt as big as the nation's entire economic output for a year. The Americans have now arrived at the place where if they raise taxes or if they cut spending the economy will implode.

For decades American overspending has raged on unchecked and now the hole is so deep there is no way out.

For many years now the goal of many powerful people has been to establish a world government with a new world order and a new world economy. In order to bring in the new, the old must first be despatched. We now seem to be in the final stages of the dispatching the old world order. Those who are working toward this end desire the collapse of the present economic and monetary system. They have created a perfect storm which will soon break upon the world with devastating economic effects. This will be a traumatic time for the whole world and it will play into the end time scenario.

The words which describe that period of time are chaos, fear and anxiety. The world will be ready to make whatever compromises needed to solve the problem, hence a world leader. This super leader will take over Europe and probably the United Nations.

The fourth area where a perfect storm is brewing is the threat of cataclysmic ecological and natural disasters

Two thousand years ago Jesus warned the world that there would come a day of cataclysmic judgments on the world. These judgments will precede His return to the earth to set up the long awaited Kingdom. Jesus called the last half of that seven year period, “The great tribulation period” (Matt 24:21). Jeremiah called it “the time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jer. 30:7).  Joel called it the “Day of the Lord” (Joel 2:1). Jesus tells us in Matthew 24:8, that there will be some beginning signs that will be a warning of His coming; signs that appear even prior to the tribulation period. Those signs are referred to in Luke 21: 25, 26 and Matt. 24: 5 – 7.

Today those signs are all about us. Increasingly we are hearing from the secular media, scientists, doctors and crisis management people about tribulation scenarios that are looming on the horizon. We are now seeing the stage being set for that cataclysmic time.

Today’s headlines present a warning of this gathering storm.

This week a news report presented a potential catastrophic event that would bring unbelievable destruction upon our world.

The headline reads, “Fukushima Reactor 4 poses massive global risk” More than a year after a devastating earthquake and tsunami triggered a massive nuclear disaster, experts are warning that Japan isn't out of the woods yet and the worst nuclear storm the world has ever seen could be just one earthquake away from reality.
Reactor 4 – and, to a lesser extent, Reactor 3 -- still hold large quantities of cooling waters surrounding spent nuclear fuel, all bound by a fragile concrete pool located 30 metres above the ground and exposed to the elements.

A magnitude 7 or 7.5 earthquake would likely fracture that pool and disaster would ensue, says Arnie Gundersen, a nuclear engineer with Fairewinds Energy Education who has visited the site.

The 1,535 spent fuel rods would become exposed to the air and would likely catch fire, with the most-recently added fuel rods igniting first.

The incredible heat generated from that blaze, Gundersen said, could then ignite the older fuel in the cooling pool causing a massive oxygen-eating radiological fire that could not be extinguished with water.

"So the fear is the newest fuel could begin to burn and then we'd have a conflagration of the whole pool because it would become hotter and hotter. The health consequences of that are beyond where science has ever gone before," Gundersen told in an interview from his home in Vermont.

There are a couple of possible outcomes, Gundersen said.

Highly radioactive cesium and strontium isotopes would likely go airborne and "volatilize" -- turning into a vapour that could move with the wind, potentially travelling thousands of kilometres from the source.

The size of those particles would determine whether they remained in Japan or make their way to the rest of Asia and other continents.

"And here's where there's no science because no one's ever dared to attempt the experiment," Gundersen said. "If it flies far enough, it goes around the world, if the particles stay a little bigger, they will settle in Japan. Either is awful." Essentially, he said, Japan is sitting on a ticking time bomb.

There are today a growing number of earthquakes, growing in number and in intensity. The power unleashed in these seismic events is growing. This is a warning of the dangers and seriousness of the earth-changes facing us and how these events are unleashing more unbridled force with each successive eruption.

A leading earthquake scientist has warned that the planet could be cracking up after a series of massive quakes in just 48 hours. Expert Gheorghe Marmureanu - from Romania's National Institute of Earth Physics - says 39 quakes had hit the globe within two days.

The series started with two massive quakes in Indonesia measuring 8.6 and 8.2 on the Richter scale rapidly followed by three more only slightly smaller in Mexico within hours.

"There is no doubt that something is seriously wrong. There have been too many strong earthquakes," said Marmureanu. He added: "The quakes are a surprise that cannot be easily explained by current scientific knowledge. With the Indonesian quake for example, statistically there should be one big earthquake in this part of Asia every 500 years. However, since 2004 there were already three quakes with a magnitude of over 8, which is not normal.

Jesus warned of plagues or pandemics.

A recent news item warned of the possibility of an unprecedented pandemic threat that potentially could kill hundreds of millions.

H5n1 Flu Virus Could be 'Engineered' to Put Hundreds of Millions At Risk, Scientist:”
“If H5N1 bird flu, which has a 60-percent fatality rate, were engineered to spread like seasonal flu, hundreds of millions of lives would be at risk” a scientist told the Senate Homeland Security Committee on Thursday.

“What happens if a mammalian transmissible H5N1 flu starts to spread?" Thomas Inglesby, CEO and director of the Center for Biosecurity at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, asked rhetorically in his testimony.

"Seasonal flu affects 10 to 20 percent of the world every year--as much as a billion people or more," said Inglesby. "The case fatality rate of wild H5N1 in the WHO database is nearly 60 percent, as you indicated. So if a strain of H5N1 with that fatality rate were engineered to spread like seasonal flu, hundreds of millions of people’s lives would be at risk. Even a strain a hundred times less fatal would place at risk millions of people’s lives."

Exponential Multiplication of Diseases
Forty to fifty years ago there were numerous medical breakthroughs. It seemed science would control disease. Today strange new viruses are springing up around the world. There are 5,000 viruses documented.  96% of them we know little or nothing about.

Increase in Calamities

Over the past several decades we have noticed an increase in calamities; however, the past few years have been particularly interesting.  The dawn of the new millennium may have been the beginning of what we believe to be major birth pains. These are the events which stand out:

2001 - Suicide bombings proliferate like never before.                                                                                                    2001 - The 9/11 attacks occurred in the US.                                                                                                                     2004 - Ten terrorist bombs exploded in Madrid, Spain, killing 202.                                                                                   2004 - A magnitude 9.0 earthquake spawned a tsunami that killed 250,000 people.                                                  2005 - Hurricane Katrina inflicted $200 billion damage.                                                                                                  2005 - Hurricane Wilma was the most intense hurricane recorded in the Atlantic basin.                                            2005 - An earthquake in Kashmir, Pakistan, killed 55,000 people.                                                                                2006 - Cyclone Larry, the strongest storm since 1974, struck Australia.                                                                       2006 - Typhoon Saomai was the strongest storm to hit China since 1956.                                                                  2006 - North Korea exploded an atomic bomb.                                                                                                               2006 - Japan was hit by the strongest tornado in that nation's recorded history.                                                           2006 - Australia sweltered under the worst drought in 1,000 years.                                                                                2011 – The Earthquake, tidal wave and nuclear disaster hits Japan.

In the last two decades we have seen:

9 of the 10 costliest insurance events in the US history.                                                                                                         6 of the 7 costliest hurricanes in US history.                                                                                                                              3 of the 4 largest tornado outbreaks in US history.                                                                                                                  9 of the top 10 natural disasters in US history, ranked by FEMA.

There is no way one can say these are just common events.  We are at the point that an end time watcher has the luxury of sighting occurrences that come with labels such as "historic", "worst" or "record".

Dr. Bill McGuire who has a PHD in Volcanology and is a Professor of Geohazards at University College, London, England, makes the following statement: "The greatest fear of Hazard Scientists and Disaster Managers is that we will shortly be faced with a global natural catastrophe of unprecedented size!  The threat of an Asteroid or Comet impact is now understood, but few appreciate that we are overdue for a Volcanic Super-Eruption big enough to freeze the planet. Other tectonic threats include earthquake "storms" powerful enough to devastate a Continent, and giant Tsunami (huge sea waves, normally generated by earthquakes) - capable of obliterating entire cities around the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans."

Scientists, doctors and the media are warning of scenarios the Bible describes for the end times!

The fifth area where a perfect storm is brewing is in the area religious and philosophical confusion

False doctrines and false philosophies have infiltrated both the church and the secular world. This assault has buried the truth of God’s Word deep in a quagmire of confusion and error. There have always been false doctrines and false philosophies but today we are seeing a deluge that is unique to these last days.

One of these aberrations is known as “Spiritual Formation

We are seeing a move away from God’s Word to a mystical form of Christianity. This perverted attempt to know God has infiltrated almost all of evangelicalism. Very few people saw this movement coming and many are still not aware of its presence.

Spiritual Formation, or whatever name you give it, proposes that we can know God through mystical experiences.

The following is a quote from Lighthouse Trails:

“As the Word of God becomes less and less important, the rise in mystical experiences escalates, and these experiences are presented to convince the unsuspecting that Christianity is about feeling, touching, smelling, and seeing God. The postmodern mindset is the perfect environment for fostering spiritual formation. This term suggests there are various ways and means to get closer to God and to emulate him. Thus, the idea that if you do certain practices, you can be more like Jesus. Proponents of spiritual formation erroneously teach that anyone can practice these mystical rituals and find God within.”

Richard Foster, an advocate of Spiritual Formation, said that contemplative prayer is for anyone and that by practicing it, one becomes “a portable sanctuary” for “the presence of God.” Rather than having the indwelling of the person of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, spiritual formation through the spiritual disciplines supposedly transforms the seeker by entering an altered realm of consciousness.

The Lighthouse Trails article continues: “The spiritual formation movement is widely promoted at colleges and seminaries as the latest and the greatest way to become a spiritual leader. It teaches people that this is how they can become more intimate with God and truly hear His voice. Even Christian leaders with longstanding reputations of teaching God’s word seem to be succumbing. In so doing, many Christian leaders are frivolously playing with fire, and the result will be thousands, probably millions, getting burned.”

It isn’t going into the silence that transforms a person’s life. It is in accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and allowing Him to change us that transformation occurs. That transformation comes through obedience to Christ and His Word.

Spiritual formation is contemplative spirituality and it is sweeping quickly throughout Christianity today including much of the evangelical church. It is rooted in eastern mysticism and the occult.

We have watched with amazement as false philosophies have rolled over the Fundamental/Evangelical church. It all began in the 1950’s as New Evangelicalism introduced the philosophy that the church could abandon its separation. Through ecumenical evangelism and easy-believism the crowds did come in but the church ended up being something other than the Body of Christ. The world captured the church instead of the church winning the world to Christ.

The user-friendly movement and the purpose driven movement prepared the way for the Emergent Church which has brought us this contemplative heresy. This contemplative/spiritual formation/new spirituality error is now in the process of uniting all of Christendom into the new world-wide church we read about in Revelation 17. This error is exploding within the Evangelical/Fundamentalist church.

In the secular world we have seen a progression of false philosophies that had its beginning in the eighteenth century with the theory of evolution. It took nearly a hundred years for the world to accept this theory which ruled out the Word of God and God’s very existence. Man became just the product of chance without meaning or purpose. One evolutionist stated than man is just a blob of protoplasm on a manure pile. As a result of the loss of man’s identity and value we have seen an estimated 50 million babies a year world-wide, murdered in their mother’s wombs. That would be something in the neighbourhood of 2.5 billion in the last fifty years.

Today, the evolutionist is taking the final step in his scientific speculation. That final step is called trans- humanism.

Cris Putnam, in an article in the April “Forcing Change” newsletter, gives us a summary of transhumanism.

“Transhumanism is an aspiring international cultural crusade that promises to break
through human biological limitations and radically redesign humanity. I contend that it
meets the basic definition of a religion and worldview. Adherents to this worldview plan to
extend lifespans, augment the senses, boost memory capacity, and generally use technology
to enhance the human condition. It is tempting to write off transhumanism as the fantastical
musings of a few eccentric gamers and sci-fi fans. However, these are not just
kooks; rather they are professors from universities like Yale, MIT, and Oxford and they
have a secular vision for the future, an alternative eschatology if you will. They want to
conquer death and create a utopia by technological means. The Bible promises the same
through Christ. These two visions are not compatible, and a cultural collision is inevitable.”

Paul said, “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ” (Colossians 2:8).

In the secular world we have the false philosophy of the New Age movement

New age teaching has swept over western secular society. The basic new age teaching proclaims that God is in everything and everything is God. They teach that man is God and the problem is that man must come to realize this fact. One new-ager states that if man recognized who he is he would worship himself.

Neale Donald Walsh states that, “Man is not subject to God because man is God.” He continues: “Because God and humanity are one, it is up to humanity to decide what God wants done.”

Walsh also says, “The twenty-first century will be the time of awakening, of meeting the creator within. Many beings will experience Oneness with God and with all of life. This will be the beginning of the golden age of the New Human.”

This is the lie that the age of man began with: Satan said, “Ye shall be as gods.” This is the lie that the age of man will end with. This lie will bring the whole world together as one. In fact you can hear on your TV set evangelicals, who are known as Word of Faith preachers, preaching this very lie: that you as a believer are actually God.

This concept of unity is expressed in a poem from An Emergent Church Manifesto of Hope. It illustrates what the emerging church calls expanded redemption.

“Not only soul, Whole body! Not only whole body, all of the faithful community!                                                              Not only all of the Faithful community, all of humanity!                                                                                                          Not only all of humanity, all of God’s creation!”

We see a perfect end time storm brewing in all of these false doctrines and false philosophies that are both within the church and in secular society. We perceive that ultimately these false doctrines and false philosophies will bring the church and secular society together in a crusade to make this world a better place. That seems to be a noble goal, but it is man’s program and not God’s. Man’s actions are inviting the true and living God to bring judgment on His rebellious world.

The sixth area where a perfect storm is brewing is the total moral collapse that has engulfed us

In 2 Timothy 3 Paul tells us that in the last days perilous times will come upon the world. Paul proceeds to describe a moral collapse of society. Today those who oppose homosexuality are being demonized by those who are openly promoting such a lifestyle. The world seems to be on a crusade to justify what the Word of God condemns. Gay marriage has been legalized in Canada and is being advocated in America by people in places of leadership. The floodgates have been opened and all of society is being swept away by every imaginable evil from drugs to gambling to immorality.  

Our society is without doubt the most sensual and sexually perverted society in all of history. The really sad thing is that the church has been impacted by the world. We see women in evangelical churches who are dressed like bar-maids, and they have no sense of shame. Adam and Eve felt shame when they became aware of their nakedness and the Lord made coats of skin to cloth them to relieve their shame. Perhaps the greater sin is on the part of those who fail to rebuke nakedness by the people of God, let alone in the house of God.

How dare I talk like that? The answer is found in Matthew 5:13,” Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.”  The believer is to be salt in the world to prevent corruption; that implies rebuking sin. Notice what Jesus said in this verse about the believer who no longer rebukes sin. “....good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.”  Where has all the salt gone? I do not want to hurt people, but I must be salt in this world and warn of judgment.

I repeat; it is estimated that in the last 40-50 years over two billion babies have been murdered in their mother’s wombs. Paul described such actions as those who are, “without natural affection.” In Genesis we read that after Cain murdered his brother God said to him, “The voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.” Today the voice of the blood of billions of babies is crying out to God from the ground on which it has been spilt, it is crying out for judgment.

It is obvious that the majority of our society is opposed to everything that God in His Word condones and in favour of everything that God in His Word condemns.

It seems the whole world has accepted the evolutionary lie, and in the process denied the very existence of God. It is as if by denying the existence of God men and women think they can escape His judgment upon them.

We read about people in China who are eating pulverized baby flesh as health food. We also here about Pepsi Cola using aborted fetus’s to develop flavour enhancement for their drinks.

In another area of rebellion against God the world seems intent on denying the promises of God’s Word to Israel. The intention of the world’s leaders is to remove Israel from as much of the Promised Land as possible.

This moral decline and inherent rebellion against God is a “perfect storm” that will bring the judgment of God upon the world in the soon coming tribulation period.

The seventh area where a perfect storm is brewing in the coming Muslim tsunami

 Muslim’s are brewing up a storm with the avowed intention of setting up a world-wide caliphate or world-wide Muslim kingdom. It seems that a Muslim Tsunami is threatening to sweep over the world. Our world is undergoing a monumental transition, sudden changes so great that they tax our imagination. We are told that the islamification of France, England and much of Europe is now past the point of no return. Islam is also gaining influence in America. Terror and intimidation have left the western nations vulnerable and fearful of Islam.

A recent headline states, “The French vote marks the first time that Muslims have determined the outcome of a presidential election in a major western European country; it is a preview of things to come.”

A conference of European legislators decried the spread of radical Islam and the possible end of the democratic future of the western world.

The global Moslem population now stands at 1.57 billion people meaning that one in four people on the Earth practice Islam. Many of those Muslims practice Islam without restraints of any kind, human life is of little or no value in their eyes. Many are glad to give up their lives to destroy the lives of others who oppose their objectives.

Islam has a system of eschatology; the central figure in Islam’s end time expectations is the Mahdi. His full name is Al Mahdi Al-Muntadar meaning “The awaited Saviour”. The Mahdi is the universal Muslim hope of both Suni and Shiah.

The 15% of Muslims who are Shiites are preparing for the return of “the Mahdi”. To the Shiites the Mahdi is the last Imam, the twelfth Imam, and though he has been hidden for the past twelve centuries, they believe his return is imminent.

When he was asked what the Mahdi will do upon his return, the Ayatollah Hadavi Tehrani quoted the ancient text of Imam Ali al-Baqir, stating, “For a full eight months, he will have his sword unsheathed and will kill the enemies of god (Allah) until god is satisfied.”

After becoming Iran’s President, Ahmadinejad said that he believed his main mission as Iran’s leader is to “pave the path for the glorious reappearance of Imam Mahdi; may Allah hasten his reappearance.”

Ahmadinejad has vowed over and over to destroy Israel, to wipe Israel off the map. Iran has worked tirelessly to develop a nuclear bomb to do just that.

There are several questions that are looming large on the near horizon.

Will we awake some morning to the news that Iran has tested a nuclear bomb? That would irrevocably establish Iran as a nuclear power. What would be the implications of such a situation?

Will Israel attack Iran and destroy her nuclear program?

Will such an attack bring on the war of Psalm 83? Will Iran move upon her puppets such as Hezbollah, Hamas and Syria to launch a pre-emptive strike against Israel?

Will Syria use her vast stocks of chemical and biological weapons against Israel? In such a scenario how would Israel respond?

This growing Islamic threat is another in this series of perfect storms that are brewing in our world in these last days. The wars of Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38-39 will be an ultimate expression of that Islamic threat. During those two wars Islam will be decimated and no longer be a factor in the end time scenario. God will divinely intervene to show Islam and the world that Jehovah and not Allah is the sovereign Lord of the universe.

Get Ready, Jesus is Coming

You don't have to be a weatherman to know which way the wind is blowing.  In the Book of Luke, Jesus used a weather analogy to highlight how people failed to realize that they were about to witness the revelation of the Messiah.  Their failure resulted in the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. Today, people are making an even bigger mistake by not comprehending that this is the generation that will see the fulfillment of the end times prophetic events, events which will herald the second coming of Messiah.

We are living in unprecedented times. We see seven perfect storms forming on our horizon. These are the signs of the times the prophetic scriptures warn us about. Jesus referred to them as the beginning of sorrows, the beginning signs.

In Matthew 16:2-3, Jesus rebuked those who could not discern the signs of the times. “He answered and said unto them, when it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning, it will be foul weather today: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?”

Paul also warns believers that they will be able to know the end is near when that time comes, “But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief” (1 Thessalonians 5:4).

The writer to the Hebrews indicated that there would be a generation that would recognize the signs of the times. “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching” (Hebrews 10:25).

Jesus again spoke of the beginning signs in Luke 21:28, “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” Today we are seeing the signs of the end times beginning to come to pass.

Let us so live that when we are called up to the clouds to meet the Lord we will not be ashamed before Him at His coming.

My friend, if you are not saved, now is the accepted time. Come to Christ for salvation before it is too late.