Be Very Alert!- By Val Hollard (NZ)
On Watch at the Door No 236, March 14, 2017
THE ARCHANGEL MICHAEL IN THE TRIBULATION
Michael is the only angel in the Bible referred to as an archangel, and he is certainly an extremely strong and powerful one. He is also described as a chief prince. (Dan 10:13) His assignment is to protect Israel. (Dan 12:1)
In the end times, which are coming soon, Michael will arise or change his position. When he does this there will be “a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then.” The outcome is that all Jews whose names are found written in the book will be delivered. The others will face shame and everlasting contempt. (Dan 12:1-2) Michael will not protect Jews whose names are not written in the book. Neither does he protect those who believe in Jesus.
We now go to Revelation 12 to see what Michael does. Michael as a chief prince appears to have an army of angels. They begin a war in heaven which results in Satan and his angels being thrown down to earth. Heaven gets cleaned out of all evil, but woe to the inhabitants of the earth! Up to this time Satan has had access to heaven and the throne room where he specialises in accusing us as well as being able to freely wander about the earth. We know this from Job 1 and 2 and Zechariah 3 and the time when he indwelt Judas. (John 13:27) Being confined to earth, the devil is now filled with fury as he knows his time is short. That there is a battle shows that the devil is not at all happy with his new position.
Pretribulationists believe they will be raptured at the beginning of the last seven years when Satan and the fallen angels still have access to heaven. Would they meet their accuser face to face and cheer Michael on as he throws Satan to earth?
So what happens now that the devil and all these evil angels are stuck on earth? As far as the devil’s force of angels goes, we are told that it will be like the days of Noah. I’ll leave you to check that one out in Genesis 6. It does not sound good!
Though Michael is Israel’s protector, life becomes rather difficult for the Jews now. There is good news, however, for those whose names are written in the book, but bad news for the rest. The devil’s priority is to go after the Jews which he has continued to do since God called them to be His special nation. But a miracle happens. The Jews flee to a place prepared for them in the desert where they will be taken care of for three and a half years. God may even use Michael and his angels to protect them there! This place is thought to be Petra, or Bozrah. (Isa 63)
These events tie in exactly with Matthew 24:15-21. When those living in Judea and Samaria see the abomination of desolation as spoken of by Daniel, they are to flee without stopping to collect anything. These are probably unbelieving Jews as all believing ones will be raptured before the end of the three and a half years.
It is possible to connect these events to the midpoint of the last seven years as mentioned by Daniel. (Dan 7:27) Antichrist will confirm a seven-year covenant which he breaks in the middle. An “abomination of desolation” will be set up in a wing of the newly-built Temple. When Jews see this they are to flee.
An event similar to this happened back in the first century not long before the fall of Jerusalem in 70AD. According to Eusebius, “The members of the Jerusalem church by means of an oracle, given by revelation to acceptable persons there, were ordered to leave the city before the war began and settle in a town in Peraea called Pella.” They were led out by Simeon of Jerusalem, who was selected as James’ successor after his martyrdom. This coming time, it will be Jews who flee, not the faithful church.
The way the devil is prevented from chasing after the fleeing Jews is reminiscent of what happened at the Exodus. God carried the Israelites on eagle’s wings and now the Jews are given two wings of a great eagle to escape. (Ex 19:4)
It is a different story for the church. Michael is not the protector of the faithful believing remnant who must suffer. When the devil realises that the fleeing Jews are protected from him, he releases his full anger on “those who obey God’s commands and hold to the testimony of Jesus.” (Rev 12:17) This correlates with the fifth Seal of Revelation 6, the time when the church suffers great martyrdom. It will be a good time for Christians to remember Peter’s instruction: “If you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.” (1 Pet 4:16)
Daniel tells us that the midpoint point in the last seven years is when the “abomination of desolation” is set up in a wing of the temple. (Dan 9:27) This is when the Jews are to flee. It is after this that the devil goes after the remnant of faithful believers. This corresponds to the fifth Seal in Revelation 6, which is therefore after the midpoint of the last seven years.
Seals 1 to 4 occur before the midpoint and are the birth pains, described also in Matthew 24:6-8. At this time Antichrist is not indwelt by the devil. This happens once Michael has thrown him out of heaven. It is hard for us to imagine how evil this time will be. Jesus calls this time the great tribulation. (Matt 24:21 NKV)
Many of those who hold to a Prewrath view of the Rapture, that is, between the 6th and 7th Seals, believe that Michael is the Restrainer mentioned in 2 Thess. 2 who holds Antichrist back, others believe it is the Holy Spirit. Michael certainly has an important role to play and is presently awaiting his instructions to “arise” rather than be “taken out of the way.” In 2 Thess. 2:7-8 the Restrainer appears to be holding lawlessness back, not a person. At the right time Michael will hurl Satan down to earth where he will indwell Antichrist who initiates a campaign of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders to deceive the world. Heaven needs to be cleaned out of all evil before the Rapture and resurrection.
Perhaps we will understand these things more clearly nearer the time.
THE OFFICIAL WAR AGAINST TRUMP – ORGANIZING FOR ACTION
If you visit Barack Obama’s official website, you will see two organisations highlighted at the bottom of the page. On the left is OFA, Organizing For Action. What is it? Obama is the first ex-president in 228 years of US history to structure and lead a political organization, a shadow government, for the explicit purpose of sabotaging his successor, President Donald Trump, who was duly elected.
Obama has shifted into a new Washington mansion which is the headquarters for OFA. Valerie Jarett has moved in with the Obama’s. Valerie Jarrett was the Senior Advisor in Obama’s administration. She says that she is Iranian by birth and is a Muslim. In 1977 she said, “My faith guides me and I feel like it is going well in the transition of using freedom of religion in America against itself.” She has always shown sympathy for Islamist fundamentalists. She continues to influence Obama. Obama’s home is now the headquarters for an organisation which has as its sole purpose the bringing down of Trump and his administration.
The methods Obama is using come straight from his belief in Marxism and from his experience as a left-wing community organiser. He follows Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals and in Chicago he taught Salinsky’s worldview and strategies. Alinsky taught that a revolution is needed to end capitalism. A reorganisation into a new social order of the dictatorship of the proletariat is introduced, the final stage being the political paradise of communism. Hillary Clinton wrote her senior thesis at Wellesley College on Alinsky’s strategies. One of the strategies is to swamp the welfare system in order to collapse the economy – just as Obama was doing with refugees in Obamacare. Other strategies include building up a large support base, holding rallies, agitation and propaganda. The Obama administration’s former Attorney General Loretta Lynch has made an impassioned plea for more marching, blood and death on the streets. America seems to be heading for Civil War.
OFA is not the only group fighting to bring about Trump’s downfall. A group of Obama’s top lawyers tied to George Soros have formed an organization, United to Protect Democracy, aimed at utilizing legal advocacy methods to oppose Trump’s policies. They started by submitting 50 Freedom of Information Act requests in one week. The plan is to bring what they find to reporters, build it into pressure for congressional oversight with the help of a campaign director they’ll hire, and, as necessary, to file lawsuits.
There is now a huge spiritual battle in America for the hearts and minds of the people and it will not end with America. Neither will it remain in the political arena. They are coming after Trump’s evangelical supporters too. JC Weatherby is now calling them the “American Taliban,” a derogatory term for American Christian fundamentalist who are likened to Islamic fundamentalists. In Israel, ex-defense minister Moshe Ya’alon fears that anti-Trump sentiments are also becoming anti-Israel sentiments.
ON THE ROAD TO ROME AND SOCIALISM
The World Day of Prayer (WDP) is held in over 170 countries. This year the WDP service was prepared by a committee in the Philippines where more than 80% of the population is Roman Catholic. The theme for this year was “Am I Being Unfair To You.” It was a call for economic justice for women in the Philippines and participants were asked to confess to their sinfulness of not helping these people. Social justice is especially prevalent in the Roman Catholic Church. It reinterprets the teachings of Jesus to emphasize social and political liberation as the anticipation of ultimate salvation. Pope Francis strongly promotes efforts to solve problems of poverty, inequality and the environment as essential demands of faith and the Gospel. The WDP is attended by millions of undiscerning Protestants and Evangelicals who do not love the truth of Jesus and His Word and will be drawn into the kind of socialism that Obama, the pope and the coming Antichrist want.
- Nine of the ten most dangerous countries in the world for Christians are Muslim: Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sudan, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Eritrea and Yemen. Trump’s initial ill-fated travel ban included six of these countries, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Iraq, Iran, and Yemen, plus Libya.
- New Zealand has sought advice on deradicalisation from the Malaysian Government, whose anti-terror programmes have been praised as world-leading. In Singapore and Malaysia, the Government works with mosque leaders and Muslim associations to identify vulnerable youth, and matches them up with moderate, charismatic Muslim role models. However, despite their efforts terrorism is an ongoing threat in Malaysia where ISIS has also infiltrated. Malaysia is a Muslim-majority country. At present, there are around 40 people on a terror watch list in New Zealand, some of whom are under 24-hour surveillance. New Zealand’s efforts have been mostly focused on counter-terrorism and reactive policies. The Malaysian anti-terror program is unlikely to be effective unless the mosques and Muslim associations are continually monitored too.
- Cardiff Metropolitan University is at the forefront of political correctness sensitivity. The University just banned lecturers from using any sexist or insensitive Words. The list of banned words includes mankind, housewife, manmade, sportsmanship, waitress, fireman, manpower, forefathers and man-made.
- The London Times newspaper is reporting that a group of cardinals who supported Pope Francis now want him to resign and be replaced by Cardinal Pietro Parolin because they fear his reforms will cause a schism “more disastrous” than the Reformation.
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