Mid East Prophecy Update August 31st, 2014: http://youtu.be/wp30Tfzigt8
“Israel insists on demilitarizing the Gaza Strip from rockets and missiles, and the declaration of a cease-fire that would last between five and seven years,” he said. “The Palestinian side has yet to compromise on any of the key questions.”
Social and prophecy media is full of this statement from Tarek Fahmi. It is easy to read into this statement that Israel wants a seven year peace treaty. I humbly believe that this is not the case. This is just a statement of an individual and not of the government or prime minister of Israel.
I’ve found this post on Rapture Ready and I just had to share it with you. Please look past the pre-trib imminent rapture and read the article for what it says.
Here is Carl Worline:
The road that we are traveling upon in life has so many signposts that the Age of Grace is about to end and that the Rapture is about to occur. It is becoming increasingly difficult to see the road, itself.I am clearly hearing in the spirit that something big is about happen and that it is going to happen very, very soon.Exactly what is going to happen is still a mystery.
Perhaps the most convincing indicator that something big is about to happen is the way that all of these signs are converging.Just like the popular phrase “a perfect storm” suggests, a very wide range of seemingly unrelated factors are simultaneously coming together in a way where each factor amplifies the others to intensify the final result. If all of these factors were listed and examined they would produce a very thick book.Since it is not practical to look at all of the signposts pointing to the end of the age, I would like to point out a few of the most recent ones I have noted and have had the most profound impact upon my sense of what is coming.God told us in Joel 2:30 that in the final days that He “would show us wonders in the heavens and the earth that would include blood, and fire, and billows of smoke.” When I think of fire and billows of smoke, the first thing that comes to mind are volcanoes. All around the world it seems that dormant volcanoes are coming back to life.Based on Smithsonian/USGS criteria we have seen the following occur since the middle of January:
- During the period from March 19 to March 25 there was new activity reported at 3 volcanoes and ongoing activity at 15 volcanoes.
- During the period from March 12 to March 18 there was new activity reported at 1 volcano and ongoing activity at 12 volcanoes.
- During the period from March 5 to March 11 there was new activity reported at 4 volcanoes and ongoing activity at 11 volcanoes.
- During the period from February 26 to March 4 there was new activity reported at 6 volcanoes and ongoing activity at 10 volcanoes.
- During the period from February 19 to February 25 there was new activity reported at 5 volcanoes and ongoing activity at 12 volcanoes.
- During the period from February 12 to February 18 there was new activity reported at 5 volcanoes and ongoing activity at 13 volcanoes.
- During the period from February 5 to February 11 there was new activity reported at 8 volcanoes and ongoing activity at 11 volcanoes.
- During the period from January 29 to February 4 there was new activity reported at 6 volcanoes and ongoing activity at 9 volcanoes.
- During the period from January 22 to January 28 there was new activity reported at 2 volcanoes and ongoing activity at 14 volcanoes.
- During the period from January 15 to January 21 there was new activity reported at 2 volcanoes and ongoing activity at 14 volcanoes.
Joel spoke of wonders in the heavens and the earth that include blood. We are just about to witness the first of a very rare series of 4 blood moons, called a tetrad. The fact that these blood moons all occur on the Jewish feast days of Passover and Sukkot scream at us that they are somehow prophetically significant.This is only the fourth time this has happened since the crucifixion, and each time it has marked major changes for Israel.The Jewish Talmud (book of tradition / Interpretation) says: “When the moon is in eclipse, it is a bad omen forIsrael. If its face is as red as blood, (it is a sign that) the sword is coming to the world.”The moon is not the only thing that is turning blood red.Back here on the earth water in various places has also taken on the appearance of blood.Examples include:
- July 27, 2011 a lake in Texas.
- Feb 16, 2012 Beirut River in Lebanon.
- June 29, 2012 rain falling in India.
- July 30, 2012 the sea of Azov between Russia and Ukraine.
- August 9, 2012 France.
- September 7, 2012 Yangtze River in China.
- November 14/15, 2012 rain falling in Sri Lanka.
Comets have always been considered harbingers of disasters for the Gentile world.At the present time there are 7 major comets within our inner solar system.These 7 comets are:
- Lovejoy 2013
- Siding Spring
- Linear 209P
- Lovejoy 2011
Nothing gets your complete and undivided attention faster than a shot across your bow. Fierce solar blasts that could have badly damaged electrical grids and disabled satellites in space narrowly missed Earth in 2012.The bursts would have wreaked havoc on the earth’s magnetic field, matching the severity of the 1859 Carrington event, the largest solar magnetic storm ever reported on the planet. That blast knocked out the telegraph system across the United States. Since then we have witnessed so many fireballs streaking across the sky that we feel like we are standing right in the middle of a shooting gallery.The most accurate word to describe worldwide weather is: “freakish.”Record setting low temperatures and record setting high temperatures are now the new normal. Crops in India have been so badly decimated in hailstorms that over 30 farmers in despair committed suicide. Over 90% of the area of the great lakes is frozen over.California has been hit with fire, drought, rains, and mud slides. This winter has already been the wettest in almost 250 years in England and Wales according to Britain’s national weather service.Varying degrees of drought are hitting almost two-thirds of the limited arable land across Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, the Palestinian territories, andIraq.The Bible says that the Antichrist will divide the world into Ten Kingdoms. This is already done for him.He just needs to assume his position.The European Union has recently divided the world into 10 regions:
- North America
- Western Europe
- Developed Markets
- Eastern Europe
- Latin America
- North Africa and Middle East
- Main Africa
- South Asia
- Central Asia
- England, Whales, and Scotland have just legalized gay marriage.
- The Church of England has just announced that it will provide no more resistance to gay marriage among churchgoers, according to the Archbishop of Canterbury.
- Michigan is the latest state to legalize gay marriage in the U.S.
- Walt Disney World has announced it will stop charitable contributions as part of its “Ears For You” grant program to the Boy Scouts of America because the organization refuses to end its ban on openly gay adults.
The Bible tells us that in the last days there will be a one world economy.Our current world economy has been bankrupt for a long time now and is little more than a house of cards, where one bankrupt currency helps to hold up the bankrupt currencies of other nations around it. Common sense tells us that there must be people in key positions in the financial world who realize how bad the situation truly is.Coincidentally, since the first of the year, key financial leaders around the world have been found dead from apparent suicides and other suspicious causes.These deaths include:
- William Broeksmit (age 58) – former Deutsche Bank AG senior risk manager who apparently hung himself in his London home in South Kensington on 1/26/14.
- Karl Slym (age 51) – Tata Motors managing executive director who was discovered dead on the fourth floor of the Shangri-La hotel in Bangkok on 1/27/14.
- Gabriel Magee (age 39) – JP Morgan senior executive who died from an apparent suicide after jumping from the roof of the JP Morgan European headquarters in London’s Canary Wharf on 1/27/14.
- Mike Dueker (age 50) – the chief economist for Russel Investments and former Federal Reserve bank economist who was found dead on the side of the road that leads to the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington state on 1/31/14.
- Richard Talley (age 57) – the founder of American Title Services in Centennial, Colorado, who was ruled an apparent suicide after he allegedly shot himself 8 times in the head with a nail gun on 2/4/14.
- Tim Dickenson – UK based Communications director at the Swiss Re AG who was found dead from undetermined causes on 1/20/14.
- Ryan Henry Crane (age 37) – JP Morgan executive director who worked in New York was found dead from an apparent suicide in his Stamford, Connecticut , home on 2/3/14 .
- Dennis Li Junjie (age 33) – Jumped from the roof of Chater House, which serves as the Asian headquarters of JP Morgan in Hong Kong, after having lunch on 2/19/14.He had told friends of his plans to return to Canada just days before his death.
- James Stewart, Jr., the former CEO of the National Bank of Commerce who was found dead on the morning of 2/19/14 in Scottsdale, Arizona, with no details of his death given.
- Peter Njuguna Mukuria (age 42), the deputy retail director at Family Bank’s headquarters, who was reportedly shot twice in the head and neck as he waited to collect a female friend from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.
- Autumn Radtke (age 28), the CEO of First Meta, a Singapore based digital currency exchange firm who was found dead on 2/28/14 outside her Singapore apartment. Her death has been ruled “unnatural” by police.
- Edmund (Eddie) Reilly (age 47) – A Manhattan trader who worked for the firm, Vertical Group, who jumped in front of a Long Island Rail Road commuter train on 3/11/14 and was killed.
- Jeffrey Corzine (age 31), the son of former head of Goldman Sachs and MF Global, as well as the former governor of New Jersey and a long time financier of Barack Obama, who was found dead in Mexico City of an apparent suicide.
- Kenneth Bellando (age 28), an investment banker who worked at Levy Capital since January, who was found dead on the sidewalk outside his Manhattan East Side building on March 12 after allegedly jumping from the sixth-story roof.Bellando, a former investment bank analyst at JPMorgan, is the son of John Bellando, chief operating officer and chief financial officer at Condé Nast. His brother, John, a top chief investment officer with JPMorgan works on risk exposure valuations.
- Joseph Giampapa (age 56). J.P. Morgan’s top commercial bankruptcy lawyer who was struck and killed by a minivan in a hit-and-run incident on 3/22/14 in Dubli, Miami while riding his bicycle. “Joe was an extremely accomplished cyclist a responsible cyclist and that’s what makes this tragedy so mind numbing,” said Jeff Stephens, a friend of Giampapa.“That road that Joe was on was flat. No trees. It was just wide open visibility.”
- Of interest also is the January 11, 2014 disappearance of Wall Street Journal reporter, David Bird, who vanished while taking a walk. Mr. Bird was the oil markets reporter for the WSJ, according to aWall Street on Paradearticle dated February 3, 2014.
Key worldwide financial leaders are not the only people committing suicide these days.According to the organization Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America an average of 22 veterans commit suicide each and every day.I would seem that everything in the world is becoming upside down and backwards.Vladimir Putin is vowing to defend Christianity around the world while Barak Obama does absolutely nothing as 165,000 Christians around the world die each year in unimaginably horrible atrocities.Homosexuality has become the preferred status while heterosexuality has become the mental disease or defect now called homophobia. Isaiah 5:20 prophetically warned us that in the last days, right would be considered wrong while wrong would be considered right.We are told in 2 Thessalonians 2:12 that many will rejoice in their unrighteousness.Today homosexuals are so proud of their sin that they march in the streets demanding to be recognized as a special, privileged class.God has declared that homosexuality in all of its form is utterly detestable to Him.In open defiance, recent world events race to embrace the homosexual agenda.Examples include:
Evil is becoming stronger and bolder in the world.Reminiscent of the days of Moloch, where children were burned as a sacrifice to the idol, we learn that the bodies of 15,500 aborted and miscarried babies were incinerated as clinical waste, with some even used to heat hospitals in waste-to energy conversion plants, in England during the past 2 years.
During the month of February, 2014, an estimated 21,000 birds were killed by storms along the coast of France. This is truly sad, but it is only one incident of the mass deaths of animals in the world. Hosea 4:1-3 tells us that in the last days God will have a controversy with humanity over the sin in the world and that the land will mourn. He also said: “Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.”This is exactly what is happening today, and the rate that it is happening is rapidly accelerating.
- During the last months of 2010 there were at least 2 mass animal die-offs.
- During 2011 the number of recorded mass animal die-offs jumped to 133.
- During 2012 the number of incidents accelerated from 133 to 465 known mass animal die-offs that occurred in 67 countries around the world.
- The warning God is shouting to mankind became deafening during 2013 when the mass deaths of animals increased to 798 separate events occurring in 93 countries.
- As of March 30, 2014, there have been 181 mass animal die-offs in 43 countries and we are well on our way toward eclipsing last year’s totals.
The nuclear meltdown of 3 reactors in Fukushima, Japan, has created an ecological disaster that is far beyond the capability of humanity to clean up. Our most recent data suggests that the radioactive cores of these reactors have melted through their containment vessels and have entered the ground water.We do not know their exact location and we have no way to get to them. Even if we did have access, there is nothing humanly possible that we can do.
TEPCO scientists tell us that at least 300 tons of highly contaminated water is pouring into the Pacific Ocean each day.Radiation from Fukushima has been detected all along the coast of North America. The half-life of many of these contaminants is measured in thousands (an even tens of thousands) of years.We have already noticed an incredibly significant impact on marine life throughout the Pacific basin, and the situation is only going to get worse.
All of these seemingly unrelated signs are converging, and yet this is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.Dozens of other signs, too numerous to list here, are also converging toward a point in our immediate future. Unfortunately, we are unable to focus on the point at which these events will intersect.I suspect our inability to precisely focus on the point of intersection and declare even a general date, or a given period of time, is by divine design.However, all of these observations suggest that the time is very near and it is urgent that we are spiritually prepared for what is ahead. The status quo cannot be maintained much longer.The Bible warns us that what is going to happen next will happen without warning. People will be eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building right up until the moment it happens.The Bible also warns us that when the moment finally does arrive it will be too late. Judgment will be set.Once judgment is set God will not change it.God will not withhold His judgment if there is no repentance.Each of us must go to God in prayer and get right with him before it is too late.All of the signs are converging.Time is running out.
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Here is some headlines send to me by Scott Herrmann. Thanks Brother.
Jews who refuse to leave “Palestine” will be subject to beheading, a Palestinian group closely associated with Hamas threatened over the weekend. The “People’s Resistance Committee, which is involved in the fighting in Gaza, made the threat as it announced that it was responsible for firing rockets at an IDF patrol east of Jebalya.
The 107 millimeter rockets, which the group specializes in using, has been nicknamed “the whip of death” by PRC terrorists. The group has threatened to “murder the soldiers of the treacherous thieves,” who robbed them of “Palestine.”
“We will get to you and chop off your heads,” the group threatened. “Leave our land, your army and leadership cannot protect you.”
The PRC announced earlier that it was opposed to any cease-fires or truces with Israel, even those for “humanitarian” reasons.
The situation facing European Jewry is “simply intolerable, unacceptable and inexcusable,” Israeli Jewish Congress president Vladimir Sloutsker told MKs and foreign diplomats at a special session of the Knesset Immigration Absorption and Diaspora Affairs Committee on Monday.
Calling the rise in anti-Semitic incidents accompanying Israel’s invasion of Gaza an “SOS situation,” Sloutsker warned that if left unchecked, such behavior could lead to another European genocide.
Read the rest HERE
For the longest time I have chosen to chalk our President’s stumbles, bumbles, and disasters up to incompetence. He is in over his head. He is inexperienced. He is out of his league. It is hard to accept otherwise.
But it is clearer and clearer that is not true. It is clear that President Obama’s disastrous policies are premised not in incompetence, but in maliciousness. Our President — and he is our President — is not a stumbler and a bumbler, but a Nero who when not persecuting Christians, plays golf while the world burns.President Obama has surrounded himself with a group of people who comport to his own world view. That world view is very simple to explain: Barack Obama and his advisors belief that in order for the world to be safer, they must make the United States less safe. In order for the world to be stable, the United States must be less stable.
In short, Barack Obama blames America first.
Read the rest HERE
The writer of this article has finally snapped out of their slumber and can now see the truth
Folks, sorry for posting so many works of John Muncy, but I just have to share what I feel is talking to me.
(Written July 7, 2014) While most of us will sleep safely in our quiet neighborhoods tonight, Israel is busy in a battle for their very existence. Hamas out of Gaza is raining down an abundance of rockets on their land. Hit by100 rockets in 24 hours, Israel is being aggravated into a major Gaza offensive. The first Code Red alert in years has been issued and Israel has once again opened up their bomb shelters to protect their people. Netanyahu says ‘the gloves are off,’ Hamas will pay a heavy price; and the defense minister declares special security situation. IDF orders first wave of 15,000 reserves troops to free active duty battalions for the Gaza front.
IT’S GETTING VERY INTERESTING IN ISRAEL FOLKS!
After the 2005 “peace deal” of the Gaza Strip, under theBush administration, (one of the biggest mistake Bush made), Israel has been fired on by rockets from that region daily. Actually, Hamas started the veryday after the “land for peace” deal of 2005 was signed, and some 15,000 rockets have landed in southern Israel since. So much for a “peace deal” from terrorists– “Hamas”.
Israelis must defend themselves! This is not some game for the Jewish people; this is a serious struggle for their life as they are surrounded on every side by those who want to annihilate the Jews. As the Palestiniansput it, “we love death as much as Israel loves life”…to them, jihad is their ticket to paradise. How can anyone reason with these people? As Benjamin Netanyahu put it, “If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more violence. If the Jews put down their weapons today, there would be no more Israel.”
Of all the anti-Israel Muslim terrorist organizations, Hamasis one of the most violent. What is interesting is the fact that the Hebrew word “hamas”, literaly means “violence”. Here is where it gets prophetic and Biblical…
The first mention of the word “hamas” is in Genesis 6:11,13: “The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence [HAMAS]…And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence [HAMAS] through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.”
It’s very clear that the fate of those who practice violence (“hamas”) is not good. It was “hamas” that brought the judgment of the flood on this earth. Jesus warned us that the last days would be just like it was “in the days of Noah”. It is possible that the entire earth is about to enter another stage of “hamas” (violence) as we see a surge of violence making its way in our world through the terrorism of Hamas.
Another significant reference to “hamas” is found in regardsto the fall of Lucifer in Ezekiel 28. Verse 16 tells us that he was filled with violence [HAMAS] and sinned. It was at this point that God cast him out of heaven as being blasphemously wicked. How interesting that an organization so hell-bent on the destruction of Israel is named “Hamas” – a character first found in Satan!
It would be worth your time to look up the many times “hamas” is found in the O.T. and the prophetic applications you will see with them. Let me give you a couple examples and how they give grave warnings from God to the Hamas terrorists today…
In Obadiah 1:10 and Joel 3:19, we read of prophetic statements that deal specifically with the violence [HAMAS] carried out by Edom– another name for Esau, the ancestor of the Arabs – against Jacob and Judah,the ancestors of the Jewish people. According to Obadiah, the children of Edom, they shall be shamefully cut off forever because of their violence [HAMAS] against their brother Jacob [Israel].
Joel says that Edom shall be a “desolate wilderness”, for the violence [HAMAS] against the children of Judah, “because they have shed innocent blood in their land”. The death of these three Israeli teenager boys is sure to cause untold destruction on the Edomites. We may see some of thishappen in the days to come.
Thankfully, Israel’s prayers for deliverance from “Hamas”will be answered. Isaiah’s description of the Millennial Reign of Christ includes this promise:
“Violence [HAMAS] shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation and thy gates Praise.
May the Lord speedily deliver Israel from the “hamas” of Hamas. And may Jerusalem live up to its name (the city of peace) very soon! Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus!
Please remember that peace is also prophetic, but we need to remember that the coming 7-year false peace treaty (Daniel 9:27) will be initiated by Antichrist, sometime in the future. Obviously, it will have to come in the midst of a time of intense battle. Who knows if this current battle will escalate to that point – but we know it will happen sometime – and will be the clear call that the end has just begun.
So, who knows if this current battle will help to build that evil plan of the antichrist? I’m thinking this situation now between Israel and Gaza [Hamas] only further proves why God told Israel to make no concessionswith them, nor to trade the land for peace. America needs to stop trying to strong-arm Israel to make “peace deals” with terrorists – Israel can handle her own.
The only lasting peace comes when Jesus Christ fulfills Zechariah 14:4, not because the Pope, John Kerry, Barack Obama, or George Bush gets it done!
Think about it! – John Muncy
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper thatlove thee.”
P.S. *JUST FOR CLARIFICATION* – Contrary to the majority of Jewish people, Muslims are persuaded that they must usher in the“end times” by war and bloodshed. They believe that their “man of peace” will come only as they slaughter the entire Jewish population. That was the dying request of Mohammad. The Mahdi, (the Muslim Messiah), is said to come during a time of “great upheaval”. On the other hand, the majority of Jews, especially those living in Israel, are not “practicing” their religion; a large number of them are agnostics. On the other hand, as Bible believers, we are observing this from the side lines; the very things that both Old and New Testament prophecies unfold before our eyes. The Mahdi, as many of you already know, matches many of the prophetic descriptions of antichrist – this offers a very interesting twist to all this. An unseen force seems to be pushing all this to the final conclusion. All we can do is “watch and pray”. It is not God’s will that any should perish, (Jew or Gentile) but that all should come to repentance and the knowledge of God’s love and forgiveness in Christ Jesus. Contrasted to Mohammad’s dying request, one of the last words of the Lord Jesus was, “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do…” That should be the attitude of all believers! Let’s pray for Hamas.
20 “When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near. 21 Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city. 22 For this is the time of punishment in fulfillment of all that has been written. 23 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! There will be great distress in the land and wrath against this people. 24 They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
Gaza City (CNN) — A day after Israeli security forces killed at least two protesters amid a frenzied eruption of anger over the fatal shelling of a United Nations school, Palestinian leaders called for a “day of rage” Friday in the West Bank.
The call for a massive follow-up to what were already some of the largest West Bank protests in years comes as diplomats scrambled to find cease-fire proposal that would satisfy mortal enemies Israel and Hamas and end more than two weeks of violence that has claimed more than 800 lives, most of them civilians.
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Friends, this can get very ugly. I can not say for sure that this is the fulfillment of Luke 21, but this is surely building up to it. The whole world is protesting against Israel.
Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of tremblingunto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. 3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.
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Need I say more?
By John Muncy
Let’s first establish an important point…THE CHIEF PURPOSE OF LIFE IS NOT HAPPINESS BUT THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD.
Unless we can put that fact in proper perspective, we will NEVER get a proper footing on ANYTHING in this life. I think the main reason that the problem of evil and suffering seems so difficult for most of us is that we tend to naturally assume that if God exists, then His purpose for human life is our happiness. While that may seem to be a very popular perception, it is not a Biblical one.
The goal of life is a personal knowledge and a relationship with God – which ultimately – will, in the end, bring eventual human fulfillment and happiness. But basing life on happiness makes much of the suffering in our world to be viewed as utterly unreasonable and pointless. That is because evil, pain and suffering does not produce human happiness in this life. But, on the other hand, it may not be so futile if one considers how these things can actually produce a deeper knowledge of God.
Suffering has a way of achieving one of two things; either it can generate, (upon the person who is suffering or those around him); a great anger and blame thrown upon God, or it can create a deeper dependency and trust upon God. Of course, whether or not God’s purpose is achieved is going to depend on your response – upon how you choose to respond to suffering?
Do you automatically respond with anger and bitterness toward God for allowing you to go through this evil, pain or suffering? Or do you respond with faith and deeper dependency on God as you go through these trials? The reaction reveals a powerful part of who and what we are as individuals; and will allow us to make wiser choices for a greater good.
As harsh as this may seem to some of you, I think that the Lord is less concerned with what we may be going through than with our attitude while going through it! It may well be the case that suffering in this world is part of God’s plan for drawing people freely into His Kingdom.
Now don’t throw this out, yet…please read on…
God’s ultimate purpose for human history is to bring humans into relationship with Himself. We cannot truly see a proper perspective to human history apart from seeing it in the light of the Kingdom of God. God is bringing something about on this planet. The “big picture” and the purpose of human history is God’s ultimate plan for mankind – the everlasting Kingdom of God. And as hard as it may be to accept it, sometimes a world of suffering has a logical reason and purpose – to pave a path back to God.
I think it is worth noting that in those countries of the world that are experiencing the worse of suffering – that Christianity – is growing at its most rapid rates.
CONSIDER CHINA FOR AN EXAMPLE…
It is estimated that 20 million Chinese lost their lives under Mao’s Revolution. Christians stood firm in what was probably the most widespread and harsh persecution the Church has ever experienced. Yet the story is not over. The persecution purified and indigenized the Church. SINCE 1977, THE GROWTH OF THE CHURCH IN CHINA HAS NO PARALLELS IN HISTORY! But here’s the point: Researchers estimate that there were 30 to 50 million Christians in China by 1990. And today, it is estimated to be somewhere between 90 million and 100 million. MAO ZEDONG UNWITTINGLY BECAME THE GREATEST EVANGELIST IN HISTORY!! There are now more believers in communist China than in the United States of America!!
EL SALVADOR: The 12-year civil war, earthquakes, and the collapse of the economy have impoverished the nation. Over 80% live in dire poverty. Yet, an astonishing spiritual harvest has been gathered from all levels of society in the midst of the hate and bitterness of war. In 1960, only 2.3% of the population were evangelicals Christians, but today, they are at least 25%!
ETHIOPIA: Ethiopia is in a state of shock. Her population struggles with the trauma of millions of deaths through famine, repression and war. Two great waves of violent persecution refined and purified the Protestant Church, and despite the many martyrs, dying for their faith in Christ, millions more are coming to Christ. From 1960, Christianity has grown from 0.8% to nearly 18.6% of the population becoming Protestant believers.
Examples like this could be multiplied over and over again. When you look at the history of mankind, it has been a history of war and suffering; and yet it has also been a history of the advance of the Kingdom of God.
Don’t immediately conclude that evil, pain, or suffering leaves no room for God to show His strength and grace! Realize that there is a greater good that comes through things that we may question right now – but given time – we find that God was not hiding or was missing out on something. When it is all said and done, we will have to humbly admit, “He doeth all things well.”
I know this post has NOT even scraped the surface of this deep issue, but is a starting point to address why God permits evil, even though He is a good God.
I hope that you will follow these posts as I try to update them. Be open to what I have to share. For those of you who are struggling with your faith, or for those of you who are doubting God’s existence or His care, please give this a serious thought – and feel free to input your own thoughts.
God bless you all! – John Muncy