“A woman, when she is in labour, has sorrow because her hour has come;
but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers
the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world.
John 16:21 (NKJV)
In this end-time, Satan the god of this evil world is poised to actualize Isa 14:12-14 from four fronts:
1. Islamic Jihad – Lk 21:29-32.
2. Western one-world order.
3. Russian conspiracy.
4. Two hundred million-strong Far Eastern army.
Satan is the god of this age. The kingdom of darkness experienced a great deal of sorrow when Jesus Christ resurrected from the dead. Again Satan and his cohorts were enraged that Israel became a nation after almost 1900 years of non-existence. Satan hates Jews and Christians with a perfect hatred.
The kings of the earth and their princes have taken counsel together to oppose the Lord Almighty, His only begotten Son, His elect and called-out ones – the Church. Paul told the Corinthians “we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” (1 Cor. 2:6-8)
In crucifying the King of Glory, the princes of this world were actually fulfilling the plan of God. After Jesus rose from the dead and ascended into heaven, the Church was born on the Day of Pentecost with great power and glory. The enemy attacked the Church, murdering many of the leaders and bringing in great apostasy into the church after the first century. The period that followed is referred to as the Dark Ages. But revival came and the Church is waxing stronger and stronger as the time of the end draws near.
In the midst of that world-wide revival, Israel the nation of dry bones came to life again. It is these two events that have brought untold sorrow to the kings of this world and their princes. They also know that their doom is round the corner. That is why they have a special hatred for end-time doctrine and the deliverance ministry. This sorrowful situation will increase progressively until we enter into the last seven years of this Dispensation.
Daniel’s 70 weeks prophecy has been fulfilled partially. Sixty-nine weeks have elapsed in the recorded history of the Jews. One more week is left, a heptad or seven years. The present signs give notice that the 70th week can commence any time from now. There is no unfulfilled sign before the start of the last seven years of this Dispensation.
Watch happenings in Israel and the Middle East. The Tree and all the trees have budded and are ‘flourishing.’
Birthpang Signs In The Church
A Christian with oil in his lamp is like a pregnant woman. A pregnant woman knows that one day she will be delivered of her pregnancy. She generally has an idea of when to expect the baby, but cannot pinpoint the exact time. As the baby prepares to come, pangs begin to manifest. Birthpangs can occur at hourly intervals and progressively increase in intensity by reducing in time from one hour to thirty, twenty, ten and five minutes. So it shall be with eligible Christians who have made themselves ready for the rapture. Right now the birth pang warnings have begun to increase in intensity.
“Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you,2not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. 3Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, 4who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God” (2 Thess 2:1-4).
“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5having a form of godliness but denying its power” (2 Tim 3:2-5).
Proliferation Of Unbiblical Doctrines
“I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables”(2 Tim 4:1-4).
“Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder), that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior, knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation” (2 Pet 3:1-4).
Apart from the beginning of sorrows signs no other sign will precede the rapture. The beginning of sorrows signs began with the birth of Israel in 1948. Without Israel end-time prophecy is meaningless. The balance of political and military power in the world today cannot change materially unless the rapture takes place.
RAPTURE IS LIKE GIVING BIRTH TO A CHILD
THERE MUST BE CONTRACTIONS
Birthpang Signs In The World
1. Terrorism Attack on the U.S. on Sept 11 , 2001 – first major contraction.
2. More than fifty war theatres around the world today.
3. Population reduction conspiracy.
4. Mass murder – using weapons of mass destruction: HIV, Ebola, sterilization.
5. One world order – European-U.S. versions and IS agenda are controlled by the same satanic powers.
6. Persecution of Christians worldwide: the plan is to wipe out the state of Israel, Jews wherever they may be in the world and Christianity from earth.
Al-Qaeda, El-Shabaab, Boko-Haram, ISIS, ISIL different names in different countries and regions but one master – Satan. Boko-Haram means “Non-Muslim education is forbidden” but the formal name in different translations includes “jihad” or “Holy War.” Birthpangs started with 9/11.
RAPTURE AND BIRTHPANGS
Birthpangs prophecies by Jesus Christ precede the rapture of the Church. Rapture has not taken place; when it does the effect will be unmistakable and unalterable.
Effects of Rapture:
1. Collapse of U.S. military might. Two things will lead to the demise of the US: rapture and Islamic insurgency. When rapture takes place the hands that gird the rein of power will disappear and those left behind will be largely backslidden Christians, atheists and LGBTs. Islamic insurgency will overrun the US. In the words of the Archbishop of Monsul: “Our sufferings today are the prelude of those that you, Europeans and Western Christians, will also suffer in the near future…. Your liberal and democratic principles are worth nothing here. You must consider again our reality in the Middle East, because you are welcoming in your countries an ever-growing number of Muslims…. Islam does not say that all men are equal. Your values are not their values. If you do not understand this soon enough, you will become the victims of the enemy you have welcomed into your home.” It has begun already.
2. Rumors of nuclear war in the Middle East. The P5+1 nuclear non-proliferation agreement with Iran may turn out to be a blank check for Russia and Iran. Prime Minister Netanyahu may be right after all. Israel will consider actualizing the ‘Samson Alternative’ rather than be enslaved again by any foreign power. Iran will not be ready for nuclear confrontation with Israel. The E.U. will intervene to bring about ‘peace.’
3. Realignment in the E.U. to fill the vacuum created by the incapacitation of the U.S. NATO will become irrelevant.
4. Temporary stoppage of flow of raw materials (including crude oil) to the Far East leading to work stoppage, mass suicides and the raising of an Army to stop the disruption once and for all.
5. Emergence from the old Roman Empire of a man of extraordinary intelligence, political sagacity and high administrative acumen. His first duty as world leader will be to douse tension in the Middle East by imposing a ‘peace treaty’ on Israel and her Arab neighbors for an initial period of seven years.
6. Population control measures, instigation of local wars, pestilence like Ebola, and spread of poisons through food, drinks and social media.
7. Denudation of the reproductive power of the soil with special ‘fertilizer’ to reduce food production and enhance famine around the world to pave way for centralized control of the economy.
8. Bringing into power in the governments of the world politicians who are favorably disposed to the programs of one world order proponents.
9. Russia and the Far East are being prepared for post-rapture attack on Israel and Christ (Ezekiel 38) the Battle of Gog.
However, the light of the world is still here; the salt of the world is still here. But that will not be for long. Check your local TV and News magazines the rate at which these signs are progressing and intensifying. They will continue to increase in frequency (earthquakes & air crashes) and intensity (tsunami & pestilence – HIV-AIDS, Bird flu, Ebola). The Beast’s 666 microchip numbering system is already in use on livestock, security operatives and potential victims of kidnapping like children of the rich. They will continue in this progression until we enter the 70th heptad. Thereafter, it would be easy to know what to expect by looking at Bible Prophecies, especially in the Books of Daniel, Zachariah and The Revelation.
Although Jesus did not specifically refer to the Church with regard to the ‘birthpangs’ syndrome, it is clear Daniel’s prophecies and the judgment signs in the Book of Revelation that these signs will usher in the 70thheptad, the last seven years of this dispensation of grace. The climax of end-time events will be the confirmation of Middle East Peace Treaties for a period of seven years by the Beast. By that time, the blood-washed Church of Jesus Christ would be gone. “Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, 4who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. 5Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things?6And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. 7For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way” (2 Thess 2:3-7).
The first official act of the Antichrist cannot take place until the hinderer of lawlessness has been taken out of the way. The Church is the hinderer of lawlessness. The snatching away or rapture of the Church must take place before the manifestation of the Antichrist on the global scene.
To conclude: The world is at war. There are more than fifty war theatres in the world today. Christians are the number one target. The only way to stem that trend is the rapture of the church of Jesus Christ. Hence every saint should pray for the peace of Jerusalem by saying “Come, Lord Jesus.”