I think it’s a useful idea, given current events, to examine the biblical “birthpangs” or the “beginning of sorrows”. We might actually be moving into that time of history, or indeed have been there for quite a while already. Let’s see.Continue reading
Sometime around the tragedy that was 9/11, I started work on a series about the Four Seals of Revelation Chapter Six. Little did I know that events would subsequently occur that seemed to add confirmation upon confirmation that the four seals were actually being loosed in our day.
Today I have updated the series, in particular the article on the Fourth Seal, to cover the news of a disease that is now affecting most of the world – the coronavirus known as COVID-19.
For those of you not familiar with the articles, here are my website links:
- The Beginning of Sorrows – Are we in the Endtimes Already? (six parts)
- : Have we entered the time of the opening of the seals?
- : The White Horse of Apostasy 1994
- : The Red Horse of Terror 2001
- : The Black Horse of Debt 2008
- : The Pale Horse of Death (2015?) ALSO SEE BELOW
- : What Next?
- The Third Seal of Revelation – Credit Crunch Explained (four parts)
- The Countdown Has Begun!
- “The Fourth Seal” – update for 2020 to the series “The Beginning of Sorrows“
- “Fourth Seal Part Two” – continuation.
Please bear in mind that most of this series of articles was written many years ago. I have made some guesses, based on prophecy and known events, especially with regard to Israel. We need to keep watching and praying because there may be much more to come – God willing!
Many believe that during the last days there is to be a blasphemous unholy “trinity” that mimics the Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In the book of Revelation we do see three satanic figures emerge, two from the earth and one (initially) in the skies, the heavenlies. Continue reading
What is the significance of the “ten days” mentioned in scripture? In particular, there is a rather mysterious mention of ten days of tribulation in Revelation 2:10. Nothing in scripture is purely arbitrary or random so I have looked into what the ten days means.
Some hints in the Old Testament
The price of REDEMPTION was TEN gerahs, half a shekel (Exo 30:12-16). This sum was the Atonement price for each individual, given to the Temple. Continue reading
After the seventh seal is opened on the scroll in the Book of Revelation, there is “silence in heaven for half an hour”. (Rev 8:1)
So many people have commented on this fact, and there are so many suggestions about its meaning, that it’s bewildering. I too used to ponder on its meaning… until…
I had decided to explore the idea of the Book of Revelation being arranged within the framework of a Jewish Feast, Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement (which seems apt, since the contents of the Book are about the final redemption.) Continue reading
For many years, the classic evangelical interpretation of the first seal opened in Revelation – the Rider of the White Horse – is that it’s the Antichrist. It is said he comes at the beginning of a seven-year tribulation before which all the Church is taken out of the world by the Rapture.
This bedrock teaching has hardly ever been challenged in the modern day, except perhaps by those who see the first seal as Jesus Christ, or as a metaphor for a historic event.
Let’s deal with this first theory, which began to be taught from around 150 AD. The white horse rider cannot be Jesus Christ, because He is seen in Heaven when the four riders are sent forth (and the living creatures do not command Jesus Christ but the other way round.)
To say that the first rider is Jesus Christ is inconsistent with the nature of all four horsemen, who are spirit beings causing chaos on Earth. They cause a series of preparatory disasters and judgements, leading to mankind’s yearning for a new messiah.
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I have decided to continue my series on the Four Seals of Revelation Chapter 6 by updating the information to include the fourth seal.
We have no real proof of what that seal may be, as the bible does not (contrary to popular belief) say that the pale horse with Death and Hades is “plague”. It only speaks of “death” in various forms. Nonetheless, I thought it would be a good idea to look into current events to see how they might fit in to the sequence that has been unfolding since 1994.
As some of you will know, I differ from the traditional opinion, in believing we are already in the time of the opening of the seals of Revelation. Anyone curious about my viewpoint of the endtimes should have a good look around my Birthpangs website, and perhaps it would be useful to glance at this chart which accompanies my lengthy article on Revelation and Yom Kippur in the Temple.
In short, I do not hold to the conventional pre-seven-year rapture position. I am what you might call a “mid-seal rapturist”. Nonetheless I DO believe in the rapture of the Church! But in that context, I will dive straight into the subject at hand, the fourth seal.
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HAVE WE GOT IT WRONG? Is the Antichrist really the False Prophet?
In these days of floods of teaching everywhere, we owe it to ourselves to stick very close to the bible in all that we believe. For that reason I’m going to correct an idea that most people (including myself) held to without really checking it out. That idea is about the person we call the Antichrist.
I am sure that I’ll find, when I check up on myself, the many articles, emails and other pieces of information I’ve shared where – along with everyone else – I identified the two main evil characters in Revelation as the Antichrist and the False Prophet.
Nothing wrong with that, you say. But is it biblical?
Up to recently it probably didn’t matter much, as it’s only a tag, a label. WE knew who we were talking about. NOW, it’s become more and more urgent to get all these things correct before we see them happening for real.
If you would like to read the full article, it is found on my website. Go there now by clicking on the link: “Would The Real Antichrist Please Stand Up” by Tricia Tillin of Banner Ministries UK (birthpangs.org)
Global warming is the myth that launched a thousand half-baked unscientific schemes. Perhaps none of them is as crazy as geoengineering.
In USA Today, there is a serious discussion of ideas to “save the planet” that could very well lead to destroying it instead. The title of this piece is “Can geoengineering put the freeze on global warming?”
Some like to paint God as a ruthless despot, vengeful and cruel, who heedlessly judges mankind for disobeying him. On the contrary, God has done everything possible to rescue us! Despite that, the planet itself has become man’s focus and the desperation to protect it from a perceived threat that exists mostly in the imaginations of humanists has taken centre stage.
Oct 9th, 2008
Zephaniah 1:18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD’S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.
Zephaniah 2:3 Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD’S anger
The world saw the dark day in which the Dow dropped 777 points in a one day nose dive at the beginning of the Jewish Holiday celebrating the New Year known as Rosh Hashanah. Putting this in perspective many analysts have been trying to calm the fears as major governments joined in the move to save the world economic system by buying up bad debt. Fox business news quoted Frank Davis, the director of sales and trading at LEK Securities who said “We’ve got fear selling going on. It’s hard to control logical when you have fear selling.”
Luke 21:25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
“Global Economic Trouble”
Revelation 6:5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.
Moreover, with the Nikkei index dropping to its lowest level in two decades, the world financial crisis is taking its toll. On this day, the day in which Yom Kippur begins at sundown, world markets are greeted by the Federal Reserve lowering its prime interest rate by a half point. The move to lower the rate was an historic one as the Bank of England, the European Central Bank, the Swiss Bank, Chinese Bank, and numerous others joined in to save the world economy.
This is a sign of the times, prophetically. First on Rosh Hashanah we find the down dropped 777, a triumviral number of 7’s. Seven is a perfect, complete number, one of completion. With three of them on the downward spiral of the Dow, this signals a staunch warning. The year we have entered will be one of a financial crisis. It is one where the governments will not be able to handle. It is one where we find the LORD God shaking up the systems of government and their monetary markets as well.
James 5:1 ¶Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten. Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days. Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth. Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.
The fall feasts all look forward to prophetically to the coming of the LORD Jesus Christ [Yeshua Ha Massiach]. Included in these is the time of repentance, examination, and seeking the LORD God, known as Yom Kippur. Add to this the time known as Sukkot or Tabernacles and you have a picture of the coming Messiah, Jesus Christ who will rule and reign in his Tabernacle from Jerusalem. He will also have all the nations come once a year to celebrate this ‘Feast of Tabernacles’. The economy, money crisis, credit crunch, debt, and global ability to finance will be affected to the point that fear and panic will spread as never before. Add to this the full signs found in Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21 and you will have a true picture of what is coming.
Isaiah 55:6 ¶Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
Acts 15:17 That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things.
Dana G Smith is the author of D-Day For America, a prophecy book of what is coming to America. Published by Xulon Press, ISBN: 1-59781-843-7. Dana is the editor of the W.I.B.R. online Web Sites. http://write-wing.blogspot.com/
Halifax Building Society loses third of its value in 48 hours.
The High Street Crash: Billions wiped off value of big banks
By Clinton Manning Business Editor 17/09/2008
High street banks were sucked into the financial quagmire yesterday as the fallout from the Lehman Brothers collapse sent their shares plummeting for a second day. Royal Bank of Scotland, owner of NatWest, had a fall of around 10 per cent. And Barclays, which had said it was in talks to take over some of Lehman’s US operations, also saw shares tumble although they later staged a recovery to end 2.5 per cent down.
But the biggest casualty was HBOS – the parent company of Halifax, Britain’s biggest mortgage lender. Its shares plunged almost 22 per cent yesterday following a 17 per cent drop on Monday. Astonishingly, that means the bank is worth £5billion less than it was two days ago.
The news was not much better for the rest of the firms on the FTSE 100 – the index of our top 100 companies. As panicking investors unloaded shares the total value of the Footsie fell by 3.4 per cent – on top of a plunge of almost four per cent on Monday. It means that in two days a total of £93billion has been wiped off the value of the UK’s leading shares – the Footsie’s worst result since July 2002.
Troubled insurance giant AIG, sponsors of Manchester United, plunged for a second day on Wall Street on growing fears that it might file for bankruptcy. Meanwhile, banking giant Goldman Sachs fuelled the sense of panic by revealing its profits had slumped 70 per cent in the past three months.
One Wall Street expert said: “People were hoping for some good news in a sea of gloom but they didn’t get it.”
There was a similar gloom worldwide as financial markets in Europe, Australia, Japan, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore and South Korea were all battered by the knock on from Tuesday’s announcement that Lehman Brothers had gone bust.
The “Daily Express” commented on its front page today (17th September) that huge fortunes have been made by bankers on the back of reckless gambles with the life savings of small inventors. As I have been trying to say in this website and blog, it’s corruption and greed, selfishness and the rejection of the biblical standards of behaviour that have brought us to the brink of economic collapse.
If you want to avoid going down with the ship, now is the time to get your spiritual and financial life in order
The pages created in 2010 are being reposted as “posts” today, simply to move them to a new category. If you had not read them before, you might find them interesting, but otherwise please pass over them as older news.
Bank Collapse Catastrophe Warning
The possible collapse of one of world’s biggest investment banks could be “catastrophic” and lead to the “implosion” of the banking sector. British bank Barclays had appeared to be the frontrunner to take over the struggling Lehman Brothers but has pulled out of the bidding, a source close to the deal said. And a consortium led by the Bank of America is reported to have also dropped out.
US government officials and top Wall Street bankers are desperately trying to sell Lehman to avert a collapse that could severely disrupt global markets. Last week the bank revealed massive losses of around £2.2bn ($3.9bn) in the last quarter and announced it was cutting 1,500 jobs. “First of all, let’s recognise that this [the financial crisis] is a once-in-a-half-century, probably once-in-a-century type of event… There’s no question that this is in the process of outstripping anything I’ve seen, and it still is not resolved and it still has a way to go.
Bear Sterns Collapse (March 2008)