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The World December, 2014.

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Just what condition is the world in, spiritually, and otherwise? And what does The Bible say about it? This December of 2014.  Remember, words in italics are my comments.

With what's going on in the Middle East at this time, ISIS on the loose, beheading people, even small children, because they will not renounce Christ, I think we can more understand how close we are to the end of time as we know it. This is not the only thing going on. We will cover more of what the Bible declares will be happening near the end.

For now, let's look at beheading.

Rev 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

As I stated before, with what's going on in the Middle East at this time, ISIS on the loose, beheading people, even small children, because they will not renounce Christ, I think we can more understand how close we are to the end of time as we know it.

Now lets look at Revelation 6:9 through 6:11.

Rev 6:9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:

Rev 6:10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?

Rev 6:11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

As they were killed? Beheaded? Crucifixion? ISIS is performing both these techniques and more against anyone, mainly Christians, who will not conform to their religion.

Who are these fellowservants and their brethern? Could it be the two witnesses in Revelation chapter eleven?

Rev 11:3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.

Rev 11:4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.

Rev 11:5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.

Rev 11:6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.

Rev 11:7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.

Rev 11:8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.

Rev 11:9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.

Rev 11:10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.

Rev 11:11 And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.

Rev 11:12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.

Rev 11:13 And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.

Rev 11:14 The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.

I think we're very near the event taking place as described in the above verses.

This might be a good place to insert some information about an event that has just taken place right here in The Good Ole U. S. of A. On Friday November 14th. 2014, a first time event for the United States of America took place. A Muslim prayer service was held in the Washington National Cathedral located in Washington D.C. which happens to be our nation's capital. The Washington National Cathedral is supposed to be a Christian Church. I repeat, Christian Church. I guess some things are not as they appear to be. Just saying you're a Christian doesn't make it so. This is not a new thing. It has happened before. You can read about it in Ezekiel chapter 8 to see how God feels about this.

How many citizens of the United States, which is supposed to be a Christian nation, stood up and spoke against this? One. Only one. That's kinda hard to fathom. The current population of the United States is over 316,000,000. That's three hundred sixteen million. You want to know what that looks like in percentage? One divided by 316,000,000 = .000000003164557 x 100 = .000000316455696. That percentage is so small it doesn't even register in most modern day calculators.

I have mentioned ISIS three times in this study and here I am doing it again. The president of the United States has mentioned ISIS several times too. ISIS is short for Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Only two countries. The president has also referred to this same group as ISIL, which is short for Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. And just what is Levant? It includes the entire nation of Israel. Is the president of the United States trying to send them a message that it's alright with him if they include the Levant? Click right here on this link to see a map of just what that would look like. As the old saying goes, "a picture is worth a thousand words".

Another thing that has hit this nation, the United States of America, hard this year is racial problems. Actually our nation has had racial issues since it's beginning. Does the Bible say anything about that for the end times? It sure does. Jesus Himself talking in Matthew, Mark, and Luke. ... Be sure to look at the Strong's definition of the word nation.

Mat 24:7 For nation[1] shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

1 "NATION": 1484. ethnos, eth'-nos; prob. from G1486; a race (as of the same habit), i.e. a tribe; spec. a foreign (non-Jewish) one (usually by impl. pagan):--Gentile, heathen, nation, people.

Mark 13:8 For nation[1] shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows[2].

1 "NATION": 1484. ethnos, eth'-nos; prob. from G1486; a race (as of the same habit), i.e. a tribe; spec. a foreign (non-Jewish) one (usually by impl. pagan):--Gentile, heathen, nation, people.

2 "SORROWS": 5604. odin, o-deen'; akin to G3601; a pang or throe, esp. of childbirth:--pain, sorrow, travail.

Luke 21:10 Then said he unto them, Nation[1] shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:

1 "NATION": 1484. ethnos, eth'-nos; prob. from G1486; a race (as of the same habit), i.e. a tribe; spec. a foreign (non-Jewish) one (usually by impl. pagan):--Gentile, heathen, nation, people.

One more thing. Drugs. It' seems as if the whole world is on drugs now. Prescription and well as non prescription. It's like we now have a pill for everything. Does the Bible say anything about this for the end times? It sure does.

Rev 18:23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries[1] were all nations deceived.

1 "SORCERIES": 5331. pharmakeia, far-mak-i'-ah; from G5332; medication ("pharmacy"), i.e. (by extens.) magic (lit. or fig.):--sorcery, witchcraft.

5332. pharmakeus, far-mak-yoos'; from pharmakon (a drug, i.e. spell-giving potion); a druggist ("pharmacist") or poisoner, i.e. (by extens.) a magician:--sorcerer

All the nations of the world deceived? That's what the Bible says. Read all of Revelation chapter eighteen and also check out MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT  in Revelation chapter seventeen.

 All the above is prevalent in the world today, December 2014. I do believe mankind is nearing the end of time as we know it and God has written about it in His word so we, or at least some, can be aware of these things as they appear on the scene, which they already have. I have one more thing to add to this study and I think Jesus said it best in Luke 21:28.

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.

If you've gotten this far: In Just 92 Years is another Bible study of mine that may interest you.

Thanks, for allowing me, to share this with you. Remember, to always, study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

In His Word,
Art Porter

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