Last September 17, 2011, I was invited by a dedicated group of women through one of their members who is also my friend. She happened to read my book and wanted me to share some insights about the Lord's Second Coming. They call themselves "End Time Handmaidens." They are partners in spreading the Word recognizing that the end is near. I was so impressed and inspired by their passion in praying that all nations will come to know the Good News. I was more than willing to share a small study and proof that indeed the Lord Jesus is coming very soon, just within our generation. The topic for this week among some others is what I have shared to the group.

Understanding the Times

We all need to understand the times. According to Jesus Christ, understanding the times should be as easy as predicting the weather of the day. If it is difficult for us to predict the day's weather then we are no different with small children who have not understood simple science. But is it really easy to predict the times? If it is difficult then there is something wrong with our spiritual maturity. It should not be difficult if we understand the fundamentals by which the present age was founded on.

Understanding the events these days lies primarily on 3 things:

  • Understand the origin of nations, the prophecies about the tribes of Israel and their enemies and be able to locate them in the present world.

  • The European Union and the United States of America are the descendants of Ephraim and Manasseh respectively. They are the “Ten Lost Tribes” or “Lost Sheep” of Israel. America today is the real Egypt.

  • The biblical history will repeat itself in global scale.

Once we are familiar with the above, understanding the times and the prophecies should be as simple as predicting the day's weather. All these are explained in the book, "The Omega Days."

Let us start with Matt 16:1-4--

The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and tested him by asking him to show them a sign from heaven.

He replied, "When evening comes, you say, 'It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,' and in the morning, 'Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast .' You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. A wicked and adulterous generation looks for a miraculous sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah." Jesus then left them and went away.

So reading the times should be as easy as reading the day’s weather, not tomorrow’s or in many day’s ahead. We don’t need to have sophisticated equipment to predict the day’s weather.

Now, let us examine our "weather" and understand our times. The Lord is doing so many things in our midst without us being aware of the important messages to impart why He is doing these things. Consider the earthquake last Aug 23, 2011 with epicentre in Virginia and felt all over the Eastern coast of the U.S.A. and to as far as Canada. It was only 5.8 in magnitude. Check this link for the newswire. Nobody was so concerned about it. But to me it's disturbing considering the damages to prominent structures.

According to the newswire, the first three are the only damages:

  1. Washington National Cathedral: Damage to three of the four pinnacles atop the main tower, and visible cracks in the church's structure. Building closed to visitors.

  2. U.S. Capitol: some minor damage could be seen in the rotunda, under the iconic Capitol dome. Bits of paint and plaster, which fell from high on the walls, were scattered on the floor. Some chunks of plaster fell from over a doorway in Statuary Hall. A crack could also be seen in the archway leading out of the hall.

  3. Washington Monument: Evacuated, closed indefinitely. Cracks found at top.

  4. White House, Old Executive Office Building, Treasury building: Evacuated, reopened. No damage.

  5. Lincoln Memorial: Evacuated, closed, reopened after several hours. No damage.

  6. Jefferson Memorial: Evacuated, closed, reopened after several hours. No damage.

  7. Old Post Office tower: Evacuated, closed, no damage. Reopened Wednesday.

There are so many taller and older building in Washington DC, but why only these three were damaged? Is it because of structural defects? And why an earthquake in the East Coast in the first place? We thought it can only happen along the West Coast, along the Pacific Ring of fire. Even so, the quake was not made strong enough to collapse structures but to bring a message. The first three buildings depicts the very soul of America and the message should touch the heart of every Americans and all nations alike. Consider the structures' significance:

The Washington National Cathedral

The U.S. Capitol

The Washington Monument
  • Washington National Cathedral - Host to state funerals, and memorial services for many U.S. presidents and the site of several presidential inaugural prayer services.

  • U.S. Capitol - The United States Capitol is the meeting place of the United States Congress, the legislature of the federal government of the United States.

  • Washington Monument - The Washington Monument is an obelisk near the west end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., built to commemorate the first U.S. president, General George Washington. This is the very symbol of America.

We can see that these structures signify the spirituality, political leadership, and the people of America respectively. The Washington monument, an obelisk, symbolizes the origin of America. Read "The Real Roots of America" for details. God is calling on the religious leaders, the political leaders and the people as a whole to wake up and know the Truth. Turn back to God for healing the nation's ills. America is sick and suffering.

When Jesus Christ breathed His last, there was also an earthquake in Jerusalem. That earthquake parted the curtain of the Holy of Holies in the Holy Temple.

And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split (Matt 27:50-51).

To doubters, it has no significance but to all Bible believing Christians, the earthquake and the parted curtain had a great meaning. God communicates to us through this "minor" disasters. Let us understand the times and the meaning of the signs. The parting of the curtain of the Temple means it was the end of an era of the Holy Temple made of stones. The new temple of God is now in every Christian (1 Cor 6:19). It means a great victory for God. This is the same in today's age. If something unusual happens, let us not ignore but pause and think. Nothing happens unless allowed by God and for a purpose.

We have heard about the downgrading of U.S. credit rating from AAA to AA, the continuing economic hardships, job loses. But there was the victory of eliminating Bib Laden, the world's most wanted man on May 2, 2011. I wonder if any leaders ever gave thanks and praises to God for the successful mission but I am aware, as shown in TV that the Navy Seals team involved in the mission were greatly honoured and praised for their feat. Shortly afterwards, in July 25, a U.S. Chinook  helicopter was downed in Afghanistan by Taliban killing some of the members of Navy Seals Team 6. People, including me grieved so much about that. Some say it included some members of the same team that killed Bin Laden. Why? It seemed we have relied only on our strength and not on God. Read "Weapons Or God?" for more details.

The hurricane Irene brought considerable damage occurred in eastern upstate New York and Vermont, which suffered from the worst flooding in centuries.

Five days after the earthquake, hurricane Irene hit the Caribbean and the East Coast of U.S.A. The worst flood in many centuries put the city of New York and Vermont into a standstill.

Not everyone is convinced that the growing intensity of hurricanes results from global warming. But Tony Barnston, the lead forecaster at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society, said there are more factors than just ocean temperature involved in making storms stronger (Source: Yahoo News).

"So far, the ocean temperatures have not increased by a sufficient amount to make an obviously higher observed hurricane activity level," he told us. A climate cycle called the Atlantic Multi-decadal Oscillation may explain the seeming surge in hurricane activity over the past 15 to 20 years, he said. Ultimately, more study — or time — is needed before the impact of higher ocean temperatures will become apparent.

Do we really need more study? The answers are all in the Bible! Jesus Christ is coming soon and He is bringing clear message for all of us.

It looks like the U.S. has been avoided with good news. Why, what is happening to the world’s greatest superpower?

The only answer is: There is something wrong with us. The U.S.A. is one of the chosen nations of God that strayed away from His warnings for disobedience. Read Leviticus 26:14–39. Also read "The Real Roots of America" to understand that the U.S.A. is a chosen nation of God.

I am praying that something good happens in the midst of the miseries because if America suffers, all the world suffers. Finally, remember this promise from God if we seek Him for all our miseries:

"When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people , who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land (2 Chron 7:13-14).

Let us hear the clear message from God and let us respond positively. Ask the Lord for healing, let us turn from our wicked ways and seek His face. We have sinned so severely that we deserved no less than the punishment of death both physical and spiritual. But due to His great mercy we are not consumed because great is His faithfulness unto us (Lam 3:22). He does not want us to suffer but our sins made it impossible for Him to work in us for a better lives. If He is not in us, there will be a big void and then disaster sets in and that is what we are experiencing all the time. And yet, He whispers to us through our sufferings so we can have peace and rest.

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light" (Matt 11:28-30).

More than knowing and understanding the times, I rather know and understand one simple thing... to know I have sinned and needs repentance and seek salvation from God. That is the bottom line, no need to be so clever. However, if we want to seek answers why these are happening, check the Scriptures and pray and God answers.

Regardless of all the miseries and misfortunes, this simple Truth will lead us into an everlasting peace and comfort if we respond the right way. Become an obedient Christian and everything will be alright.

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