Hello Everyone, Sheep here.
I’m sorry it’s been so long since I’ve posted here. I don’t think any of us have stopped watching, but lately it seems like s much happens and then the next thing we watch for just keeps beyond the horizon. It is so easy to become weary in our watch – but I suppose it is that way for anyone who has had a responsibility for keeping watch on the wall. This seems very much like that middle of the night watch where all seems quiet, but there are signs, increasing signs of the coming battle – and most excitingly that our coming king draws near. I’ve decided any more – I’m not watching for the antichrist, or the signs of the end – I’m watching for the bridegroom. He has given us the signs to watch for in his approach – we know they are ominous but what we watch for is ultimately the greatest joy in the universe – the coming of the King of Kings to claim his throne.
Anyway – my emotional upwelling aside. There is much to watch for – I, as I often have, highly recommend visiting:
His observations are spot on without fail – and I often find myself nodding my head and saying – well now I don’t have to post it since Brother Brian has already said it.
Some thoughts I’ve been having lately as they pertain to my area of specialty (those things that pertain to the geo-politics of Europe and the Middle East) are that things are getting so aligned with what scripture tells us will happen that I can’t see how much longer the dam can hold before it breaks and many of the things we’ve read as end-times prophecy become front page news.
Some things I’ve seen lately:
Syria continues to escalate. We here almost daily rumors and bits of information that Assad is prepared to pull out all the stops in crushing the insurgency, 60,000 have already lost their lives. The world stands by and does nothing since any action would bring them into confrontation with a Russian regime that is very friendly still with Assad. We know he is preparing to use chemical weapons, we don’t know what else he might have available to him should he be in a desperate situation. I can imagine if He lost Damascus, or the insurgents felt they were in a desperate “last gasp” situation that if either has access to WMD (which we know they do) they would not hesitate to use them to destroy Damascus as we have been told it will be destroyed in Isaiah 17.
Egypt becomes more hostile to Israel – but there is some floundering when it comes to the new leader, Morsi, taking action. I once thought I was being proven wrong, that Morsi had consolidated power and we should not be looking for fulfillment of Isaian 19, but I revise that opinion. I may still be wrong, but I don’t believe after the recent constitutional crisis and the relative lack of action by Morsi that he is in control there yet, I believe there are those who still are challenging him for power and confusion and indecisiveness will continue there.
The rest of the world is becoming so much more dangerous for real Christians. Not just the middle east, but not so much of Africa is openly persecuting Christians. In Asia it is still increasing, but more quietly as hostility toward Christian values grows in Australia, Europe and the United States.
More specifically I am watching to major trends in the region – First is Turkey, it continues to have less and less in common with the rest of Europe. I believe with each day that passes it becomes less likely that they will ever want to join the EU, and their relationship with NATO becomes more and more strained. They recieved Patriot missiles recently from the west, but it is causing major problems for the Russians and I think it will be a catalyst toward a pulling back of NATO from the region in other ways and forcing Turkey to become more dependent on it’s strong neighbor to the Northeast to ensure it’s security and economic growth. We know they are aligned with Iran and others, including Russia in Ezekiel 38 – it’s amazing how such an arrangment that 10 years ago would have been unthinkable is now emerging as more and more the inevitable reality.
Second I’m watching Cyprus. We know from Daniel 11:30 that at some point the antichrist will become fearful because of ships from Kittim (aka Cyprus). How that would happen in prophecy puzzled me for many years. I wondered if the British would break with the beast’s government (I don’t think they’ll be able to, as much as they’d like). I wondered if the United States would have a naval presence there. Both seemed possible for a long time as there is a naval base there that has hosted both. Reading lately about the effect the Euro crisis has had on Cyprus I dont’ think that any more. They also seem to be falling more and more into the sphere of Russian influence.
Read the article about Cyprus from yesterday:
Because of Cyprus history of involvement in money laundering by wealth Russians the EU doesn’t want to bail them out. This forces them to do one thing – look to Russia to save their banks and their economy. It seems like a foregone conclusion – they could reform their banks and toss out all the money from the shady sources that have been a huge part of their liquidity thus far and give those wealthy Russian elites the shaft (like that would happen) or they can take the easy route and look to Russia to rescue the banks that are struggling and protect the money of their own elites (I don’t see how they could possibly do anything else). So – Cyprus becomes closely aligned with Russia, when the AC makes his move into the middle east he will likely be most strongly opposed by the other big kid in the neighborhood, Russia. The AC will withdraw out of fear of this military power – and will seek a different path to dominate the world through deception and guile, eventually bringing the Russian war machine under his umbrella.
Anyway, that’s just what I’m seeing, sorry it’s been so long since I’ve been able to share my observations.