Monthly Archives: August 2014

The U.S. Southern Border Crisis Prophesied

After many years, the Americans, their government and the world recognize that America’s illegal immigration is now a major crisis.


‘We Don’t Have a Strategy Yet’: When the World Stopped Looking to America

President Obama retires the United States world policeman.

The House of David and the Spirit of Jeroboam

Are We in the Last Days? –


The Sign of Christ’s Coming

In Matthew 24, the disciples came to Christ and asked Him what would be the sign of His coming and of the end of the world.

The focus of Christ’s message was on today—the end of the world, or the end of this age. Not only did Christ describe signs of the end of the world, He gave signs of the end of the end time! He gave specific details to watch for.

Notice the first and most important warning Christ gave them: “And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many” (verses 4-5).

This religious deception is the first horseman of the apocalypse! (Revelation 6). It is not just about deception from false, non-Christian religions. People are going to be deceived about Christ and His message—about what true Christianity really is.

Christ went on to say, “And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places” (Matthew 24:6-7).

All this is only the beginning, He says in verse 8. These end-time events, Jesus continued, are leading to a WORLD WAR, the likes of which this Earth has never seen (verse 21). Without God’s intervention, mankind would literally destroy itself (verse 22).

“Many other scriptures show that conditions will become more frightful than ever before or ever shall be again on Earth,” Mr. Armstrong continued in Are We in the Last Days? “Such conditions are rapidly escalating at this moment. Person is against person, even within a large proportion of families. Group is against group. Nation is against nation. Violence is escalating as never before in history. Terrorism is throwing fear and consternation into people all over the world.”

But we can thank God that all these self-inflicted curses will culminate in the prophesied return of Jesus Christ: “And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory” (verse 30).

Jesus Christ will set foot on this Earth for the second time, arriving in the exact same manner He left the first time (Acts 1:11). This time, however, He isn’t coming to sacrifice His life for the sins of a rebellious mankind. This time, He is coming to FORCIBLY put an end to human suffering and death, and to set up the Kingdom of God—the royal Family of God that will administer God’s righteous government over all the Earth!

Finding the Ark of the Covenant –


An End-Time Setting

This prophecy about the ark of the covenant is found in Jeremiah 3. To understand it, we need to look at the context.

Verses 12-14 of this chapter give some important details: “Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, Return, thou backsliding Israel, saith the Lord; and I will not cause mine anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful, saith the Lord, and I will not keep anger for ever. Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the Lord thy God, and hast scattered thy ways to the strangers under every green tree, and ye have not obeyed my voice, saith the Lord. Turn, O backsliding children, saith the Lord; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion.”

God addresses this passage to “backsliding Israel,” to whom He says, “I am married unto you.” Numerous English-speaking nations have descended from ancient Israel, but this is not talking about those nations. God is only married to His Church, which is spiritual Israel. In this prophecy, God is talking specifically to His Church, which is His wife (Revelation 19:7).

Jeremiah is talking about a modern crisis in God’s Church. God’s end-time Church is rebelling against Him and backsliding from its Husband! But God does have a faithful remnant that delivers this message (Revelation 3).

This rebellion in the Church of God has taken place in our day. (You can read all about it by ordering a free copy of our book Raising the Ruins.) This establishes the time frame of this prophecy: It occurs just before the Great Tribulation, the Day of the Lord and the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. (Request a free copy of Jeremiah and the Greatest Vision in the Bible to learn more.)

Jeremiah 3:16-17 move forward in time: “And it shall come to pass, when ye be multiplied and increased in the land, in those days, saith the Lord, they shall say no more, THE ARK OF THE COVENANT of the Lord: neither shall it come to mind: neither shall they remember it; neither shall they visit it; neither shall that be done any more. At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the Lord; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the Lord, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart.” These verses refer to the time of the World Tomorrow, after Jesus Christ has returned and is ruling the world.

Notice: Once that occurs, people will no longer focus on that physical ark. This implies that they were focusing on it before that time.

In ancient Israel, the ark symbolized God’s presence. Located in the holy of holies inside the tabernacle, it was a symbol of God’s throne and rule. He even spoke from that ark (e.g. Exodus 25:22). So it makes sense that once God’s reign is actually established on Earth, that physical ark will no longer “come to mind.” The world will no longer need a symbol for God because He Himself will be here.

But right now, almost no one is talking about the ark of the covenant anyway.

The Teens Have Taken Over! –


“Few people stop to realize to what extent the teenagers have taken over today. They pretty well dominate the world picture.” Herbert W. Armstrong wrote those words in a book called God Speaks Out on ‘The New Morality’—45 years ago!

Today, American teens spend an estimated $200 billion every year—an eye-popping figure that makes marketers and advertisers salivate. According to one report several years ago, the food and beverage industries alone spend between $10 and $12 billion per year marketing to youth.

Marketers target young people not only for what they spend directly, but also for what they influence adults to spend. American children goad their parents into spending another estimated $200 billion per year. “Virtually the entire media-entertainment industry today depends for its economic survival on capturing the ‘teen dollar,’” Marcel Danesi wrote in Forever Young—the Teen-Aging of Modern Culture. “For this reason, it caters primarily to the adolescent market. There is a veritable synergy today between that industry and adolescent lifestyles—they influence each other in tandem.”

Yes, indeed. Teenagers pretty well dominate Western culture. And what many do not realize, as Mr. Armstrong wrote almost a half century ago, is that this adolescent influence on Western society is predominantly sexual and VIOLENT. Mr. Armstrong saw the beginning stages of a society-wide cultural revolution spearheaded by teenagers—and where it was leading.

There are close to 30 million teenagers in America, and that number is growing every year. That would be an encouraging trend in a godly society. After all, God intends children to be a blessing to their parents (Psalm 128:3) and to society (Proverbs 20:29; 1 Timothy 4:12).

However, as latter-day prophecy points out, our youth are a burden on society. Instead of helping to build it up, our own offspring are tearing it down. Isaiah 3:12 describes our children as OPPRESSORS.

This prophecy is being fulfilled in two ways, primarily. In a literal sense, youth are oppressing society by their rebellious disregard for adult authority (see verse 5). The average Western young person has a rebellious, disrespectful attitude toward his elders. In extreme cases, it can become violent. Teens are committing a shocking number of the nation’s crimes, which is why our prison system is filled with young people.

What Is Armageddon? | The Philadelphia Church of God


The world will not be destroyed at Armageddon as many people believe. Armageddon has become synonymous with the destruction of the world. But what exactly is Armageddon? The answer may surprise you!

By Joel Hilliker

Armageddon is a biblical term directly associated with the Second Coming of Christ. Almost everyone has heard of it. World leaders and scientists frequently use this term when speaking of nuclear warfare and the destruction of mankind.

Yet few know what Armageddon really is!

What does Bible prophecy reveal? You may be surprised at who will be fighting whom at Christ’s coming, and where! Let’s understand exactly how Armageddon fits into Bible prophecy—especially with regard to the dramatic return of Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ came approximately 2,000 years ago as a meek Lamb to be slain for the sins of the world. But when He comes again, He will be wrathful—angry—toward all evil! (Revelation 6:15-17). He will use His mighty power to punish mankind and change the ways that have caused all the sorrow and suffering on Earth.

The time of God’s punishment on rebellious mankind is called the “day of the Lord” in the Bible, and is described in more than 30 different prophecies scattered throughout both the Old and New Testaments. The Day of the Lord comes after the Great Tribulation—the time of Satan’s wrath, which will bring unprecedented destruction and devastation to the Earth (Matthew 24:21-22).

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God’s wrath during the Day of the Lord is manifested in the seven trumpet plagues (Revelation 8 and 9; 11:15-19), which are unleashed consecutively over a period of months, culminating with the seventh and final trumpet (Revelation 11:15). The seventh trumpet announces Christ’s return and the terrifying seven last plagues, which complete God’s punishment (Revelation 15:1). This is when “Armageddon” comes into play.

The seven last plagues are represented symbolically by seven vials, or bowls, that are poured out on the Earth (Revelation 16:1-21). Notice what happens when the sixth vial is poured out: “And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. And I saw three unclean spirits …. For they are the spirits of [demons], working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. And he [should be they] gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon” (verses 12-14, 16).

Clearly, Armageddon is a place where the armies of the Earth will be assembled. The demons mentioned in verse 14 will directly influence the leaders of nations—deceiving them with miracles—stirring them to a fever-pitch of hatred to fight the returning Christ (see Revelation 17:14), who by this time will already be in Jerusalem with His angels and resurrected saints.