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    July 25, 2016

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    The key benefit of living in the days right before the Tribulation hour is the blessed assurance of being caught-up in the Pre-Tribulation Rapture. Instantly, there will be no more sin, no more pain, and we will likely be the first generation to escape the sting of death.

    The downside of living in the last days is having to watch the world around us become more and more evil. Since we do not have a date for the Rapture, it is disturbing to not know how bad things will get until we reach the end.

    The Lord did give one important clue to provide us with hope. Jesus said the prophetic warning signs would come like birth pangs (Matthew 24:8); increasing with intensity over time. World events have been building up to a point where they can only be described as labor pains.

    During the past two months, this pattern has been so striking, even people who have no interest in prophecy are wondering what is going on. There have been four incidents that have set historic milestones for carnage:

    On Sunday, June 12, a massacre occurred at a gay nightclub in Orlando when Omar Mateen walked into the club armed with a semiautomatic weapon and a handgun. He began spraying bullets across the dance floor. In the worst mass shooting event in American history, 49 people died and more than 50 were injured.

    On Sunday, July 3, a massive truck bombing at a shopping area in Baghdad, Iraq killed nearly 300 people. The bombing now stands as the deadliest in Iraq since American-led forces toppled Saddam Hussein 13 years ago.

    On Friday, July 8, a sniper killed five police officers and seven others were wounded, making it the deadliest single incident for U.S. law enforcement since September 11, 2001.

    On Thursday, July 14, a terrorist in Nice, France plowed a truck into a large crowd during Bastille Day celebrations; killing 84 people and critically wounding dozens. The only other event that can be compared this attack was when a madman slammed a car into parade spectators in Apeldoorn, Netherlands in April 2009. In that attack, 8 people were killed and 11 others were injured.

    This cycle of acceleration cannot go on for very much longer. When you are at the tail end of an exponential curve, there is a limit to how much worse events can get. Even if the most profound level of delusion allowed terrorists to continue killing at will, the numbers would go down as more people avoided going out in public.

    In the near future, you may click onto Rapture Ready and think you have accessed the wrong site. We are working on a massive update of the site’s look and design. The main content of RR will be moving to a WordPress format that will give us greater flexibility. The change will allow people to share articles on a growing number of social media applications and devices.

    This past week, Terry and I were interviewed by Pastor Billy Crone of Get A Life Ministries. He is putting together a documentary titled, The Rapture - Don’t Be Deceived. Because there are so many people attacking the Pre-Tribulation Rapture view, Pastor Crone decided to create a resource that would offer “solid, logical, biblical evidence for the Pre-Tribulation Rapture position.” When the DVD is finished, I will post a link to it on the site.

    I have stated many times that we need your support because time is running out. It is now clear to me that opportunity is also running out. Unless Jesus comes for us, the enemy will soon have the power to shut down every ministry that seeks to advance the true gospel message. Because the Lord has promised that the gates of hell shall not prevail against the Church (Matt. 6:18), I take comfort in Luke 21:36:

    “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.”

    We have three ways you can contribute to Rapture Ready and enable our efforts to expand our reach. You can send a financial gift via our postal address, you can make a one-time donation; or there is a “frequency” option that allows you to make monthly donations. More information can be found on our Donation Depot page.

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    --Todd


    God Governs the Globalists

    I wrote some years ago for one of my books a chapter I titled "Globalism's Siren Song." The chapter began as follows:

    Come, young citizens of the world, we are one, we are one.
    Come, young citizens of the world, we are one, we are one.
    We have one hope, we have one dream, and with one voice we
    sing: Peace, prosperity, and love for all mankind.

    The lyrics are set to an enchanting, rhythmic melody and are sung by a chorus of sweet-voiced children. Soon you are humming, then singing along. What could possibly be wrong with those sentiments so innocently expressed? Peace, prosperity, and love for all mankind-are these not among the most noble of objectives?

    Powerful humanistic allurements beckon seductively, promising a golden future if all of earth's people will come together as one. Such a glorious world order, long dreamed about and even fervently pursued, seems at last achievable. Those who hold the worldview that national boundaries must fall and sovereignties must diminish because we are all citizens of planet earth passionately embrace the earth shrinking technologies that science continues to produce. For example, the Internet. Yes, the Utopian dream at last seems achievable. However, while the sirens of globalism - like the twin sisters who lured unwary sailors to their deaths in Homer's The Odyssey -sing their lovely, mesmerizing songs of New World Order, the words pronounced by the Ancient of Days reverberate through the corridors of antiquity and leap at this generation from the pages of God's Holy Word:

    Behold, the people are one and they have all one language, and this they begin to do; and now nothing will be restrained from them which they have imagined to do (Genesis 11:6).

    One world order was at the time of that chapter's writing a strong factor to consider in looking at where the world stood on God's prophetic timeline. Like for most of the latter part of the twentieth century and the beginning of the twenty-first, the drive to return to Babel was in the news in one form or the other at least on a weekly basis.

    The Soviet Union had dissolved after President Reagan's demand: "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" There seemed great optimism then that the building of that new Tower of Babel could begin in earnest.

    The many developing conflicts, however, as the Middle East lit up with increased Islamist fanaticism and terrorism, required that the globalists go from singing their siren song in a joyful, kumbaya fashion to one sung with somewhat dampened enthusiasm. The "We Are the World" and all such anthems seemed to lessen into a holding-pattern hum while the new-world-order-builders were kept busy putting out fires that might ignite wars almost as dangerous as those that could have erupted in days of the Cold War.

    For a time there was a more or less disjointed effort on behalf of what might be considered the civilized nations to deal with the Middle Eastern madness. But, with the coming of the felling of the World Trade Towers on September 11, 2001, there was an almost instantaneous coalescence of the global powers, with a number of lesser powers. Operation Iraqi Freedom, you will remember, was the result.

    While there appeared to be a new, powerful drive toward the new world order the first President Bush talked about so much, America was the hold-up. The U.S. was so overwhelmingly powerful in dealing with the Desert Storm campaign and later with the following war by President Bush 43 to oust Saddam Hussein from Iraq that the globalists dream of a one-world power was impossible to form.

    Sovereignty and autonomy of nations were the order of the day. God's hand moved upon the world of geopolitics to prevent the singing of the one-world anthems with increased vigor.

    We come to the present hour. To the observer of the world scene today--and I'm not talking about the vast number of Americans or citizens of other nations, but the experts who watch for political rearrangement--the major roadblock to achieving global order is being dismantled as quickly as this presidential regime can manage--i.e., America is having its foundation chipped away as Barack Obama and all in cahoots with him around the world are striving for the fundamental transformation of America from being a constitutional republic to becoming--well, it remains to be seen...

    America must be brought down so the new Babylonian order can be built. Mr. Obama is in high gear at every turn, using the presidency of earth's most prominent nation to make the "hope and change" he promised before his election--a promise the true nature of which few in this country comprehended. The change, that transformation, is to be the removal of America as a hindrance to the larger order--that within which the powers that be can rule and reign as a central governing authority.

    One report captures this president's congratulating himself and his one-world order builders for their transformational efforts during the seven and one-half years of his presidency. Globalist elite cooperation can defeat the “chronic violence” that is caused by real jihadist in France and supposed racism in police forces, President Barack Obama told a roomful of foreign ambassadors July 15.

    "Overnight in Nice [France], we witnessed another tragic and appalling attack on the freedom and the peace that we cherish … [and] it’s been a difficult several weeks in the United States," Obama told the ambassadors gathered in the White House...

    After urging them to join in the effort to increase the policing of such "non-Islamic" terrorism, he patted his fellow global elitists and himself on the back.

    "'I want to thank so many of your countries for the partnership that we’ve forged and the progress we’ve achieved together over these past eight years in rescuing the global economy and securing vulnerable nuclear materials. A comprehensive deal to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. Halting the spread of Ebola, and thereby saving countless lives. In Paris, the most ambitious agreement in history to fight climate change. A new sustainable development set of goals to end extreme poverty and promote health and education and equality for all people." (Source: Breitbart News, "Globalist Obama: Terrorists, Racist Cops Are 'Chronic Impulses' to Be Defeated by Global Elites," by By Neil Munro)

    What he did not say was that every one of these "accomplishments" of his administration has caused problems that might never be undone. Also, he used executive fiat in almost every case, bypassing a non-resistant Congress and the U.S. Constitution at every turn.

    So, the Obama administration has almost single-handedly–so the globalists elite must think-- begun the process of dismantling the roadblock to their taking the world back to Babel. This, of course, is all preparation for Antichrist, the globalist of all globalists, to step onto the stage of human history for the final curtain call.

    The God of Heaven says that will not happen until the church of Jesus Christ is removed. For it is in actuality the Holy Spirit indwelling the Church--not America--that is governing the globalists' efforts to establish one world order.

    In writing the chapter I mentioned in the opening of this commentary, I closed that chapter with the following, as I will do with this article.

    The Lull Before the Storm

    Thankfully, even though God's judgment upon sin is sure, He is also slow to anger and His mercy is great. It is my opinion that we are currently in a lull that God has graciously granted just before the prophesied end-of-time storm that will devastate a wrath-deserving generation. Even so, a brisk wind is already snapping the flag of warning that apocalypse approaches.

    God the Holy Spirit earnestly and tenderly beckons all who will heed His call to take shelter within the only harbor where protection from the deadly whirlwind to come can be found. That safe harbor is Jesus Christ. Those who refuse to accept the haven or safety offered by Christ will perish beneath the raging, crashing surge as surely as did the antediluvians during the judgment of Noah's day.

    --Terry