By Pastor F. M. Riley
October 8, 2013
“God, who at sundry times and in divers manners, spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
Hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, whom He hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also He made the worlds;
Who being the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, set down on the right hand of the Majesty on high,” Hebrews 1:1-3.
In writing my recent Bible study entitled “ISON…The “sign”of deliverance,” the fact that we are presently living in a forty year period that began in 1973 and ends this very year of 2013 motivated me to examine the forty year periods of the inspired Word as never before. What I discovered thrilled me, and caused me to lift up my heart and voice to the Lord God in praise and worship. These 40 year periods are the subject of this Bible study. I hope every reader will be blessed as much or more than I was as I studied these Scriptural truths for myself.
A Brief Look Back
The very first place in the inspired Word where the number “forty” is used is found in Genesis 7:4 where the Lord God was speaking to Noah. In this passage the Lord God explicitly warned Noah, “For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights, and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.” The fulfillment of this warning is recorded in 7:12 and 7:17.
According to the so-called “law of first mention,” it then should be obvious that the number “forty” was here connected with a time of trial, testing, and judgment. It is then more than coincidence that it is used this same way repeatedly throughout the remainder of God’s Word.
In this brief study I do not have the time, space, nor inclination to examine every single time period of forty days or forty years in God’s Word. Our readers will find it profitable to study these 40 day or 40 year periods of time for themselves. But in this study let’s move forward to Moses, God’s chosen deliverer of the Israelites from Egyptian bondage.
The life of Moses was divided into a series of three periods of forty years to each period. The Scriptures tell us that Moses died at the age of 120 years, or at the end of three forty year periods, Deuteronomy 34:7.
The first forty years of Moses life was lived in the land of Egypt as the adopted son of Pharaoh’s daughter. Then the second forty years of Moses life began when he fled from land of Egypt and went to the land of Midian. The third and final forty years of Moses life began at Mt. Sinai when the Lord God spoke to Moses from the burning bush, commissioning Moses to return to Egypt and deliver the Israelite people from bondage, Exodus 3. Moses was eighty years of age at that time. Moses was used of the Lord God to deliver the Israelites out of Egyptian bondage, to give the Israelites God’s Law, and then to lead them as they wandered in the wilderness for forty years. This forty years wandering included the two years from the time Moses had returned to Egypt to deliver them, until they had reached Mt. Sinai and were given the Law of God. At the end of this third period of forty years, Moses died at 120 years of age, and Joshua succeeded Moses as the leader of the nation of Israel, Deuteronomy 34:1-9.
It is then interesting to note that the entrance of the Israelites into their “promised land” was preceded by a 120 year period of time; three 40 year periods. Compare God’s statement to Noah in Genesis 6:3, in which the Lord explicitly told Noah that a 120 year period would precede the flood in “the days of Noah.” Compare also the Lord’s statement in Luke 17:26. We can conclude from these inspired Scriptures that, just as there was a 120 year period preceding Israel’s entrance into their “promised land,” and a 120 year period preceding the judgment of the flood in “the days of Noah,” so there would be a 120 year period preceding the entrance of the Jewish people into their promised Millennial Kingdom. As you study further, notice on the list of 40 year periods which follows, it is exactly 120 years from 1893 to 2013. Coincidence?
The Importance of the Forty Year Periods
In order to impress upon our readers the importance of these forty year periods into which the Lord God Himself has divided human history, I have chosen to list these periods beginning with this present year and going all the way back to the time of Christ. I will note those years of Biblical importance in human history by an asterisk and then comment upon them at the end of this list.
2013 minus 40 years = 1973 * 1033 minus 40 years = 993
1973 “ 40 “ = 1933 * 933 “ 40 “ = 953
1933 “ 40 “ = 1893 * 953 “ 40 “ = 913
1893 ‘ 40 “ = 1853 913 “ 40 “ = 873
1853 “ 40 “ = 1813 * 873 “ 40 “ = 833
1813 “ 40 “ = 1773 * 833 “ 40 “ = 793
1773 “ 40 “ = 1733 793 “ 40 “ = 753
1733 “ 40 “ = 1693 753 “ 40 “ = 713
1693 “ 40 “ = 1653 713 “ 40 “ = 673
1653 “ 40 “ = 1613 * 673 “ 40 “ = 633
1613 “ 40 “ = 1573 633 “ 40 “ = 593
1573 “ 40 “ = 1533 593 “ 40 “ = 553
1533 “ 40 “ = 1493 * 553 “ 40 “ = 513
1493 “ 40 “ = 1453 513 “ 40 “ = 473
1453 “ 40 “ = 1413 473 “ 40 “ = 433
1413 “ 40 “ = 1373 433 “ 40 “ = 393
1373 “ 40 “ = 1333 393 “ 40 “ = 353
1333 “ 40 “ = 1293 353 “ 40 “ = 313 *
1293 “ 40 “ = 1253 313 “ 40 “ = 273
1253 “ 40 “ = 1213 273 “ 40 “ = 233
1213 “ 40 “ = 1173 233 “ 40 “ = 193
1173 “ 40 “ = 1133 193 “ 40 “ = 153
1133 “ 40 “ = 1073 153 “ 40 “ = 113
1073 “ 40 “ = 1033 113 “ 40 “ = 73
73 “ 40 “ = 33 *
Dear readers, there are 49 sets of 40 years in this list going backwards from our present year of 2013 all the way back to 33 A.D. The asterisks note years of historical importance that I am personally familiar with. I am sure there are other years in this list that are also important, and perhaps some reader who is a diligent student of history will call such years to our attention.
There are 49 sets of 40 years each in this list. We living today are in the 49th set of 40 years by beginning the count with 33 A.D. and moving forward. “49” is the Bible number which signifies “the wrath of God.” Now what is humanity facing today? The terrible Tribulation period in which Almighty God will reveal and pour out His judgments and wrath upon Christ rejecting humanity.
33 A.D to 73 A.D.…… I found it fascinating that calculating the 40 year periods backwards landed on exactly 33 A.D. for the beginning of the count. This was only three years after the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ Jesus our Savior and Lord in 30 A.D. It is also the number indicating the age of Christ as a man when He died on Calvary’s old rugged cross for my sins and yours. “33” is the Bible number which signifies “promise; to promise; to fulfill a promise.” Christ Jesus promised salvation to all who would believe and receive Him, and every true believer today is living evidence that Christ has kept His promise thousands of times over during these past 2,000 years. Glory to God! Praise the Lord!
Notice that this forty year period also took in the destruction of Jerusalem and the Jewish Temple in 70 A.D. This was another promise of the Lord that was literally fulfilled. Read Luke 13:6-9. The Jewish writer, Josephus, records in his history that it was 40 years from the crucifixion of Christ to the destruction of the Jewish Temple; 30 to 70 A.D.
313 to 353 A.D…… Move forward now from 33 A.D. and notice the next year with an asterisk beside it. I find it fascinating that moving forward from 33 to 73 A.D., the 8th period of forty years begins with 313 A.D. There is absolutely no question that it was in 313 A.D. that wicked old Emperor Constantine set up the organizational structure which would develop into the Roman religious system. In other words, the counterfeit “church” totally opposed to the true church of the Lord Jesus Christ. “8” is the Bible number which signifies “a new beginning; new things.” It is a historical fact that in 300 years of bitter persecution against the Lord’s churches by the Roman Empire, all Rome had succeeded in doing was to spread Christianity and the gospel of Christ. So Satan planted in the mind of Emperor Constantine the old adage, “If you can’t defeat them from without, then join their ranks and defeat them from within.” That is exactly what the old Babylonian whore religious system did in 313 A.D., and it has been working at the destruction of true Bible believing Christianity for the past 1700 years since then, all the while masquerading as a “Christian” religion. Read the warning of the Lord Himself given in Matthew 7:15-20, and in 13:33.
1493 to 1533…..Isn’t it interesting that one of these 40 year periods of testing began exactly one year after Columbus discovered America in 1492? It was during this 40 year period from 1493 to 1533 that the power of the Roman religion was breaking down all over the known world by the rise of the Protestant Reformers. The Protestant Reformation made it possible for many to leave Europe and flee to the “new world” where they could worship the Lord God of Heaven in freedom of conscience.
1613 to 1653…..It was during this forty year period from 1613 to 1653 that the colonists would arrive in America aboard the Mayflower in 1620, exactly seven years after the beginning of this forty year period. Those colonists on the Mayflower gathered in prayer and made a covenant with God to love and serve Him before they ever left the ship and set foot on this “new land.” And what has become of the covenant they made with the Lord God of Heaven back then? We Americans today need to hang our heads in shame and cry out to God for mercy upon this nation in view of what we have allowed America to become today.
1773 to 1813…..Don’t fail to notice this year as the beginning of a new forty year period which extended from 1773 to 1813. Many Americans today are so unfamiliar with the history of our nation that they do not realize that it was in 1773 that our American forefathers declared themselves independent of the British Empire. We have had it drilled into our heads that July 4, 1776 is the birthday of our nation, and about all the average American today knows about our early history is popping firecrackers and waving the flag. Dear readers, the American colonists declared their independence from Britain in 1773 and were still fighting to maintain that independence forty years later in the war of 1812. This is one of the most interesting periods of forty years in our history for those who want to know more about this country and our freedom, and our Christian heritage.
1893 to 1933…..Again it is fascinating that this forty year period began exactly 120 years before this present year in which we live today. Does this tell God’s people anything?
These were the last forty years of the great “industrial revolution” in America and in other countries all over the world. With this massive advancing technology came growth and prosperity, but it was also accompanied by massive greed. The first world war began during these years in 1914. It was referred to by many who lived at that time as “The great war to end all wars.” Boy, did that turn out
to be a foolish statement!
However, the first world war was used by the Lord God to free the holy land from the Ottoman Turks who had ruled over it for 400 years. Jerusalem and the holy land was delivered out of the hand of the Turks and placed under the British Mandate. This allowed the Jewish people to “legally” return to their ancient homeland for the first time since 70 A.D. Some of the Jewish people did return to their ancient homeland, but not nearly enough.
As the nations of Europe struggled to rebuild after the first world war, in America the “roaring twenties” followed the war, in which Americans showed their gratitude to God for giving them victory, by sinking deeply into the debauchery of almost unbridled sex and alcohol, and the adoption and teaching of the Darwinian theory of evolution, which is basically nothing but a denial of Almighty God as our Creator and Redeemer. By 1929 the consequences of turning away from God came with the crash of the U.S. stock market. This plunged the whole world into the Great Depression. This in turn presented a great opportunity for the rise of all kinds of would be political “saviors,” who promised to solve the economic problems in the various nations. Among these political “saviors” was a man by the name of Adolph Hitler. And exactly when did Adolph Hitler and his Nazi Party come to power in post World War One Germany? He came to political power in the final 40th year of that forty year period; 1933! Hello!
1933 to 1973…..The first twelve years of this 40 year time period were occupied by the Jewish Holocaust under the oppressive heal of Adolph Hitler and Nazi Germany, one year for each of the twelve tribes of Israel; 1933 to 1945. Those readers who have never been confronted with this truth previously should carefully study Psalm 33 through Psalm 44, which correlates with the years, 1933 through 1944. The Jewish Holocaust is described in detail in these 12 Psalms. It was in 1944 that the Allied Forces captured the concentration camps of the Nazi’s and set free the Jewish prisoners who had survived.
It was during these same years that the whole world was plunged into the Second World War by Nazi Germany, and by Japan. The Second World war ended in 1945. During the three years, 1945 to 1948, thousands of displaced Jews in Europe crossed the Mediterranean and returned to their ancient homeland. This literally fulfilled the type of the ancient Israelites fleeing from Egypt for three days and three nights as recorded in Exodus 12:37 - 14:31, then crossing the Red Sea to safety. Glory to God! Read Ecclesiastes 1:9 and 3:15.
On May 14, 1948 the nation of Israel was re-established in the Holy Land 15 years after the beginning of this forty year period and 25 years before the end of it. “15” is the Bible number signifying “rest,” and “25” is the Bible number signifying “forgiveness.” Israel’s re-establishment as a nation in 1948 was the beginning of the Lord God’s redemption of unbelieving Israel and the Jewish people.
Just as the Lord God taught the Israelites how to wage war in their flight from Egypt so many centuries ago, He taught the newly established nation of Israel how to fight and defend themselves against their enemies today, Exodus 13:17-18. The newly established nation of Israel not only had to fight their war of independence in 1948-49, but were again forced to fight the Suez Canal war in 1956. Both of these wars are described in detail in Psalm 48-49 and 56-57, the Psalms which correlate with 1948-49 and 1956-57. Then once more Israel went to war against Egypt and the Muslim nations allied with Egypt in what came to be called The Six Day War in 1967. It was during this Six Day War that Israel regained full control of Jerusalem, the Temple Mount, the west bank, the Sinai Peninsula, and the Golan Heights. Sadly, their unbelieving leaders at the time were so faithless, that they gave the Temple Mount back to the Muslims, and the Sinai back to Egypt. This was a terrible mistake and vividly revealed their lack of faith in the God of Israel whom they “profess” to serve.
The Six Day War also marked the beginning of “this generation” prophesied by the Lord God in Matthew 24:32-35. In this inspired parable the Lord Jesus Christ explicitly stated that “all these things” leading up to His visible, bodily, return would be fulfilled in “this generation.” This is a 70 year period which began in 1967 and will end in 2018. Compare Psalm 90:10 and Psalm 118.
1973 to 2013…..Wow! What an ending and what a beginning!
The previous 40 year period ended and this present 40 year period began with both the Yom Kippur
War of 1973 and the appearance in the heavens above the earth of Comet Kohoutek!
But this wasn’t all! Following is a list of events that occurred in 1973, all of them being prophetic in the sense that they effected all of humanity and the course of world history.
 On March 7, 1973 Czech astronomer Lubos Kohoutek discovered a new comet in the night sky. According to what has become commonly accepted protocol among scientists and astronomers, the comet was named after Mr. Kohoutek. The comet was then visible in the night sky the rest of the year, and even into 1974. I urge our readers to carefully study Psalm 73 – 74.
The Jewish people have long believed that the appearance of great comets are an omen of coming evil or trouble, and that they appear when some great King or ruler is going to die or be deposed, or the course of human history is about to change. How very prophetic the appearance of Comet Kohoutek proved to be in all of these areas in 1973.
 During 1973 the Greater Jerusalem Synagogue was completed and dedicated, giving the Jewish people a central place of worship for the first time since their Temple was destroyed in 70 A.D. This should have motivated a spiritual awakening among the Jewish people, and perhaps it did!
 OPEC was brought into existence in 1973 among the oil producing nations of the world. They immediately raised the price of crude oil on the world market, causing the first “gas shortage” in modern history. All over the world long lines formed at gas stations trying to buy whatever gasoline was available.
I still have in my files a cartoon clipped from a newspaper in 1973. It shows a man standing outside his car in a long line of cars waiting to buy gasoline at a station. He is shaking his fist at Comet Kohoutek in the sky above the earth and screaming, “We didn’t have this problem until you showed up in the sky!” How very true that cartoon was in 1973 when cars backed up for miles at some stations just trying to buy gasoline. 1973 was the year the automotive industry abandoned the large gas guzzling cars and began manufacturing smaller cars which got better gas mileage. I personally traded in my gas guzzling van in 1973 and bought a smaller car.
 1973 was the year that the Club of Rome met and on a world map literally divided the nations of the whole world into “ten kingdoms,” exactly as prophesied in God’s Word in Daniel 7:7, 7:19-20, 7:23-24, Revelation 12:3, 13:1, and 17:10-12. The Club of Rome and the Illuminati and their followers, have been working ever since to bring their “vision for humanity” to reality by establishing a one-world government which will rule over all the nations of the earth divided into “ten kingdoms.”
 During 1973 all ten leaders of the NATO Alliance nations either died in office or resigned their office in disgrace. This was a great political blow to the prestige of the United States of America who had been the driving force behind the NATO Alliance.
 In 1973 the Supreme Court of the United States “legalized” the cold blooded, pre-meditated, murder of the innocent unborn in Roe vs Wade. This threw the door wide open for other nations to also legalize the killing of innocent babies, as the U.S. at that time was setting the “moral” example for all of the nations of the world. Since the U.S. Supreme Court had approved it, then it must be “morally” okay for the other nations of the world. Sic! The result is that millions of innocent unborn babies have since then been slaughtered in this country and other countries all over the world.
The Lord God of Heaven severely punished ancient Israel for burning their newborn babies to death as an offering to the idol God, Molech. Should this nation and the other nations of the world which have “legalized” abortion expect any less judgment than God poured out upon ancient Israel? Well???
 The Karakoram Highway across the Himalayan mountains was completed in 1973, making it possible for large amounts of people [armies; military equipment?] to cross through the Himalayas in a matter of hours; a trip which previously required months to make. Read Revelation 9:13-21.
 A huge hydroelectric dam was completed across the Euphrates River in 1973, making it possible to literally shut off the waters of the Euphrates by closing the dam and diverting the waters. This was the first such dam across the Euphrates since the armies of Cyrus the Mede built such a dam in order to conquer ancient Babylon, Daniel 5.
 On Yom Kippur, the most holy day of the year on the Jewish Sacred Calendar, a surprise attack was launched against Israel by the combined forces of Egypt, Syria, and other Muslim nations. This war was a total surprise to the Jewish people and government, and forced them to fight bitterly
just to survive. The war was not brought to an end until well into 1974.
 There were seven eclipses which occurred in the heavens in 1973. There had not been that many eclipses previously since 1917, the year Jerusalem and the holy land were delivered out from under the rule of the Ottoman Turks. Read Genesis 1:14 and let the truth stated there soak in.
 According to the world economists, the economic health of the United States of America reached its peak on January 11, 1973. Since that date, the U.S. economic health and wealth has been slowly declining. Today it is declining at a breakneck speed.
Wouldn’t most sensible readers agree that 1973, the very first year of this final 40 year period in which we are living right now, was an amazing year? Remember that most of the year was overseen by Comet Kohoutek in the heavens above the earth. Just coincidence? Not hardly!
Since then, nearly every year of this present 40 year period, there has been a new comet which has appeared in the heavens above the earth. Remember Halley’s Comet in 1986? Remember Hale-Bopp?
Remember many other comets whose names I cannot recall at the moment? Remember Shoemaker-Levy? Especially Shoemaker-Levy?
The Shoemaker-Levy Comet showed up in the heavens in 1993. It was discovered by two Jewish astronomers, Mr. Shoemaker and Mr. Levy. Remember that we are dealing with 40 year periods of time. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that 1993 was the 20th year of the present 40 year period, and therefore the exact middle of this present 40 year time period. But as the world passed into 1994 this comet became really exciting. It broke up into 21 pieces. Do I have to remind serious Bible students that there are 21 judgments predicted to occur in the prophecies of Revelation? Was this comet a warning from God to humanity about judgment to come? Think about it!
The Shoemaker-Levy Comet plunged into the Planet Jupiter, exploding on impact and leaving such great gashes in the surface of Jupiter that the scars of its demise can still be seen on Jupiter today. The whole world watched the death plunge of this comet into Jupiter via television. Its death plunge into Jupiter in 1994 began on the 9th day of Av on the Jewish calendar. The Jews refer to the 9th of Av as “Destruction Day” due to the many terrible things which have happened to them throughout history on that particular day. Of course, the day it began its death plunge into Jupiter, according to some unbelievers, just had to be “coincidence.” Yeah! I’ll believe that when frogs sprout wings and fly! Keep in mind that 1994 was also the first year of the final 20 years in this present 40 year period of time.
If any reader has access to the World Almanacs which have been published each year over these past 40 years, you have a valuable treasure of historical information. It will literally amaze you to review the major world events which have occurred each year over these past 40 years. But now…..
We are living in the Final Fortieth
The appearance of the Deliverer…..Dear readers, it is inescapable for the serious Bible student, that Moses, one of the most vivid types of Christ in the entire Bible appeared at the beginning of Israel’s history to deliver them from Egyptian bondage. “Egypt” is a type of the world in the Bible. Now here, in the final year of this present 49th period of 40 years, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself is about to “appear the second time” to deliver all true New Covenant believers, and presently unbelieving Israel, from their unbelief and sin and from this present evil world, Hebrews 9:28. Glory to God! Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!
The wilderness wanderings…..It is also a Scriptural truth that it was two years from the time Moses was called of God before the Tables of the Law were given to him for Israel at Mt. Sinai. What happened at Mt. Sinai other than the giving of the Law? “And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the Lord descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked greatly,” Exodus 19:18-20. Then another 38 years was spent by the Israelites wandering in the wilderness until all of the unbelieving Israelites who had rebelled against God at Mt. Sinai “left their carcasses in the wilderness.” That completed the total of 40 years.
Dear readers, in 2011 we were living 38 years into this present 40 year period from 1973. Calculate
it for yourself. 2012 and 2013 fills up and completes the entire 40 years of Israel’s wandering in this present end-time world in their wicked unbelief. What happened in 2011? A great earthquake! Fukashima…..and fire! Remember?
The Seven Year Tribulation…..Moses died at the end of the forty years wilderness wanderings as recorded in Deuteronomy 34:7. He was replaced by Joshua, another vivid type of Christ. Joshua then led Israel into the promised land where the Israelite people had to fight a seven year war to subdue the land. Our Lord Jesus, exactly like Joshua, is going to manifest Himself to Israel at the same time that He comes to resurrect and rapture His New Covenant saints to glory, and will be leading Israel during the next seven years of the Tribulation as they fight to subdue their enemies. He will then establish His promised Millennial Kingdom on earth. Glory to God! Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! Are you ready to read Ecclesiastes 1:9 again? If you want to know the future, remember the past! The seven year Tribulation is staring humanity in the face right now! But before this final 40th year ends, the Lord will return to resurrect and rapture His New Covenant believers to glory. Hallelujah! Glory to God! Praise the Lord!
The resurrection and rapture…..In the very first period of 40 years where we began our count, at the time of the resurrection of Christ, followed shortly thereafter by His ascension to glory, there was “a great earthquake,” “the rocks were rent, And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,” Matthew 27:51-53. Dear readers, those were the “firstfruit saints,” 1 Corinthians 15:23; the first of the resurrection harvest. When Christ returns for us before the end of this final 40th year in which we are living RIGHT NOW, there will be a great earthquake, the graves of every deceased New Covenant believer will burst open, and every true New Covenant believer who is living will be “changed,” and we living believers will be “caught up together with them” [with the resurrected believers] “to meet Christ in the air,” 1 Corinthians 15:50-52; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18. We New Covenant believers are the “main harvest” of the resurrection of the just, John 5:28-29. Look up! The coming of our Lord is right at the door!
The Comet ISON…..Just as there was a great comet in the sky above the earth at the beginning of this final period of 40 years, [Kohoutek] so there is presently a great so-called comet in the sky above the earth here at the end of this 40th year [ISON]. Is this just more “coincidence?” Well…??? Actually ISON is not a comet, but rather a huge planet some four times larger than the earth. It has been visible in the heavens above the earth for more than a week. I have personally seen it for myself. ISON has just gone past Mars in the solar system. On the 8th of October it will be passing out of sight behind and around the Sun and will not be visible again until sometime in November. Will there be any effects of its passing on the earth? It is the opinion of some astronomers that this so-called comet has been effecting the earth for several years, and the effects of it will only increase. Right now as I write some astronomers and meteorologists believe that a polar shift is occurring due to the electro-magnetic effects of ISON upon the earth. Earthquakes have been steadily increasing in both frequency and magnitude for the past 10 years or more, some believe due to the approach of ISON into the inner solar system. Some also believe that far bigger earthquakes are coming. Just this month (October, 2013) there have been many accounts from all over the world of disoriented birds flying in confused circles and becoming so exhausted that many of them just drop out of the air dead before they hit the ground. Likewise for fish in the oceans. Thousands of fish, both small and large have beached and died in recent weeks. Both birds and fish are known to somehow use the electro-magnetism of the earth to guide them in their migration patterns. Mess up these beams of electo-magnetic energy and the birds and fish simply don’t know how to function in their migrations. It is here folks! It is not coming! It is already here and is happening right now!
I remind our readers again that this is the final year of the 49th period of 40 years since the ascension of Christ back to the Heavenly Father. And what a year it has been! …and it isn’t over yet!
Mr. Obama was inaugurated on the 21st day of January as President for a second term. Obviously the American people didn’t learn a thing from his first term in office. Have they learned anything yet?
Throughout this year our American boys [and some women] continue dying on the battlefields in foreign wars which were none of our nation’s business. Our wise and Godly forefathers explicitly
warned our leaders to stay out of foreign wars, but our present leaders know that there is MONEY to be made in waging war, and MONEY is the “name of the game today.” So our national policy under the present leadership is to butt into every foreign situation where a dollar, honest or dishonest, can be made. Isn’t this really the bottom line?
Throughout this year ObamaCare, a bill introduced by morally corrupt politicians, and passed by morally corrupt idiots, has been hanging over the heads of the American workers and taxpayers like the sword of Damocles. Now it has arrived, and has thrown the entire Congress and government into an uproar, not to mention the American people. As I write all the marks of civil uprising and the possibility of outright Civil War are seen and being talked about everywhere. What is the major cause of such a situation in this country? The ObamaCare health bill, which was bulldozed through Congress by Pelosi and her comrades who had never even read it. I can still visualize hearing that air headed “silly woman” saying that if Congress, who had never read the bill, wanted to find out what was in the bill, then they had to pass it. And pass it they did! Now they know what is in it, and they cannot find a way to get rid of it. As I write our government is shut down, the American people are suffering the consequences of a bill they didn’t want and didn’t have the privilege of reading nor voting on. And this is America…..1973?
Watch these dates!
On Friday, October 11th, a nationwide “trucker’s strike” is scheduled to begin in this country. The truckers not only plan to surround Washington with their trucks, but they have also convened a “citizens Grand Jury” and issued indictments and arrest warrants for a number of prominent politicians in Washington, including President Obama, on charges of “treason” and undermining and betraying the Constitution of the United States of America.
Folks, it doesn’t take a genius to know that this will go over like a lead balloon with the present administration of the U.S. government. It is highly likely that armed conflict will break out in Washington on the 11th of October, and depending on how the government and military respond, it could be the beginning of outright civil war in this country. Be warned and take heed!
But that isn’t all….. On October 17th, the presently “shut down” government is scheduled to default on its national and international debts. If this happens, then the entire economic system of the U.S. will collapse, and likely drag down the entire world economic system with it. I would remind our readers that right after the beginning of the Tribulation, as recorded in Revelation 6:5-6, there will be world wide food rationing and a loaf of bread [a measure of wheat] will cost a day’s wages for those who still have jobs to buy it. Those who don’t will simply starve to death, Revelation 6:8. Hello!
Yes, I have painted a very grim picture, not because I want to frighten anyone or find any delight in being a “doomsday prophet,” but rather because I want to be a “faithful watchman” in warning the people [Ezekiel 33:1-9] , according to what is actually happening right before our eyes right now, and according to what was predicted to occur in the inspired Word of God. Our readers will have to deal with it, whether some like it or not.
The Only Hope
Is there not a way out of this mess? Yes there is! Straight up! The only hope of escaping what is coming upon this whole world system right now is “the blessed hope,” Titus 2:11-15. In other words, the Pre-tribulation rapture. I am well aware that some readers do not believe in a Pre-tribulation rapture. So what? Am I supposed to turn away from the truth of God’s Word, and deny my “blessed hope” because some refuse to believe what God’s Word plainly teaches? That will happen when donkeys fly!
Folks, it is explicitly recorded in Psalm 113:7-8, “He raiseth up the poor out of the dust [ground; soil], and lifteth the needy out of the dung hill; That He may set him [them] with princes, even with the princes of His people.” Psalm 113 correlates with 2013. This Scripture plainly predicts a resurrection and rapture [raising; lifting; setting on high with the princes already there] occurring this present year of 2013. No, this is not “my interpretation.” This Scripture is an inspired prophecy that is plainly stated and to the point. It does not need to be “interpreted.” It only needs to be believed!
Again, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself explicitly stated to His church in Revelation 3:10, “Because
thou has kept the word of My patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation [peirasmos], which shall come upon all the world to try them that dwell upon the earth.” This statement of the Lord Himself is plain enough in the English translation, but if any reader wants more insight into this statement, I would urge you to request my Bible studies entitled “Peirasmos,” “The Two Hours,” and “The Pre-Tribulation Rapture.” They will be sent to any reader upon request.
This passage in Revelation 3:10, spoken by the Lord Himself, is clearly and explicitly teaching a Pre-tribulation rapture for all true New Covenant believers, 1 Corinthians 15:23. To deny it, or even attempt to explain it away, is to make the Lord Himself out to be a liar. In the nearly 60 years I have been in the Lord’s ministry, I have never taken a position on the rapture, or any other Bible doctrine, which makes my Savior and Lord out to be a liar! I have nothing but pity for those who do!
Dear readers, I began this study several days ago, but I have had numerous interruptions. I am finishing it today, October 10th. Tomorrow is October 11th and the beginning of the trucker’s strike in Washington. I highly suspect that the rest of this month will be only turmoil and trouble in this country. Are you ready to face it? Are your family and loved ones ready?
Above all, are you saved by the grace of God? Is the Lord Jesus Christ your own personal Savior? Are your family and loved ones saved? You may or may not have seriously considered these questions in the past, but if not, you had better get serious about them now, and I mean in a hurry. Time is swiftly running out. Do you really want to be left here to enter the terrible Tribulation, and face the judgments that are to be poured out upon the earth and upon humanity during the Tribulation period? Do you want your loved ones left here to face it? If not, then you and your loved ones need to KNOW that you have salvation in Christ Jesus, 1 John 5:13. With salvation comes “the blessed hope” of escaping what is coming upon the lost, Christ rejecting, world, Titus 2:11-15; Luke 21:36.
I am appealing to every reader to right now make your calling and election sure, 2 Corinthians 13:5; 2 Peter 1:10. Carefully read John 3:3-8, 3:16, 3:36, 5:24, 14:6, Acts 4:12, 16:30-31, 20:20-21, Romans 10:8-13, 10:17, Ephesians 2:8-10, and Titus 3:5. Ask the Lord God in prayer to grant to you understanding of His Word as you read these passages, then ask the Lord Jesus to come into your heart, take control of your life, and save your soul. If you can pray such a prayer sincerely believing that God will hear you, then He will answer and save you from sin and eternal death. Try Him and see for yourself!
Then look up and “keep the faith.” Our Lord is coming for His people, according to His own inspired Word in Psalm 113:7-8, before this present year ends. Any hour of any day now! Look up! Stay in His Word, stay in prayer, walk in the Spirit, and pray for your fellow believers, and for the lost. All true believers are SOON going to be standing face to face with our Lord. Let it be a time of joy and rejoicing, rather than a time of shame, 1 John 2:28.
May our gracious Lord be pleased to add His blessings to this study and to His Word is my prayer.
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