Be Very Alert! No 318

Publisher’s note: My apologies for the extreme lateness of the uploading of the Be Very Alert newsletters. Work has been hectic, COVID-19 lockdowns have been restrictive, and the Author (Val Hollard) has not been very well. A combination of all of these meant that my uploading them has been put on hold for a while. I’ll start uploading the ones that have been missed, and will hopefully be completely caught up over the next few days.
The Lord Jesus bless you for your patience, and I thank you for your understanding.

Be Very Alert! – By Val Hollard (NZ)

On Watch at the Door
No 318, 27 November 2020

EYES ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT AND THE MIDDLE EAST

The fight for the Temple Mount is heating up rapidly. Satan needs a Temple there for his Antichrist (2 Thess 2). In the meantime a number of Muslim groups are challenging the status quo. Since the 1967 war, the King of Jordan has had control of the Temple Mount through an Islamic Waqf (a trust). The Israeli government enforces a controversial ban on prayer by non-Muslim visitors.

A growing terror cell, the Islamic Liberation Party, has thousands of supporters in eastern Jerusalem and is challenging Jordan’s control of the Temple Mount. This group was behind the terrorist shooting in Vienna on November 2 and is active in a number of countries including Britain, Australia, Indonesia and the US. The group sees itself as laying the groundwork to make al-Aqsa Mosque (on the southern side of the Temple Mount) a future platform on which the world caliphate will eventually be declared.

Following the signing of the Abraham Accord with Israel, a delegation from the United Arab Emirates travelled to Israel and was assaulted by Palestinians who did not want them to visit the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The Gulf Muslims which have signed Abraham Accords are now reminding the Palestinians that the Al-Aqsa Mosque does not belong to them but to all Muslims. It is a sign of a deepening crisis between the Palestinians and the Arab world. The Palestinians are now saying that they are opposed not only to Jews visiting the holy site, but also to Muslims who believe in peace with Israel.

Nevertheless, the situation on the Temple Mount is taking a dramatic turn. During the Feast of Tabernacles there were more Jewish worshippers on the Temple Mount than at the Western Wall for the first time since the founding of the modern state of Israel. The way for the building of another Temple and the appearance of the Antichrist is being prepared. It may not be long before we see both Jews and Muslims praying without conflict on the Temple Mount.

More Arab Muslim countries may be looking to Israel for support if Joe Biden is confirmed as President and the US re-joins the nuclear deal with Iran. Trump’s withdrawal from the deal in 2018 and the imposition of crippling sanctions on Iran have helped to bring Iran down economically.

The UN’s General Assembly anti-Israel stance is not new. Recently 138 countries approved a draft resolution that speaks of the Temple Mount solely as an Islamic holy site, ignoring Jewish ties. Only the Muslim name for the Temple Mount, al-Haram al-Sharif, was used. The resolution was titled, “Israeli practices affecting the human rights of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including east Jerusalem.” Nine countries, including Israel, voted against the resolution. The others were Australia, Canada, Guatemala, Hungary, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru and the United States. It was one of seven pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel resolutions that the General Assembly’s Fourth Committee in New York passed in one week.

The UN General Assembly has also affirmed that “West Bank” settlements and east Jerusalem are not part of sovereign Israel. The draft resolution was approved by 156-6 member states.

The expansionist policies of Turkey pose a big threat to the Middle East as Erdogan pushes to revive the Ottoman Empire. The small victory Erdogan has won recently against Armenia may have whetted his appetite for further conquests. Some believe Turkey is as big a threat to peace in the ME as Iran.

AND THEN THE END SHALL COME

At the moment, it is not so much a problem of new things happening, but an increase in frequency and intensity of things we have already seen. Jesus says that these ‘birth pains’ will continue to increase, but the end is still to come (Matt 24:6-8). And if you think 2021 will be better, you are in for a surprise. The global elites of the New World Order know what they can get away with and are seeking to control the entire global population.

“There will be famines… in various places.” The UN World Food Program was the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2020, and the head of that agency is warning of the potential for absolutely devastating famines of “biblical proportions” around the globe in 2021. 

The Covid-19 lockdowns that have been instituted across the world are creating dangerous food shortages not just in poor countries but also in wealthy ones. For example, the North Texas Food Bank handed out more than 600,000 pounds of food in a recent weekend to 25,000 hungry people. Food bank lines across America are growing and some people have been prepared to wait in a queue for 12 hours to get food. The Community FoodBank of New Jersey has warned that a million there won’t be able to afford food as the crisis worsens.

China is now publicly acknowledging a coming food shortage. China even has an anti-food-wasting campaign going on across the country right this minute encouraging people to eat half portions or at least make sure to finish their plates.

Before the Babylon captivity, the prophet Jeremiah warned the people many times that because they did not listen to the words of the Lord, He would pursue them with the sword, famine and plague. Jesus also warned that a time would come when there would be wars, famines and pestilences (Luke 21:10), and again in the Seals of Revelation chapter 6 we see judgements involving the sword, famine and plague. There is an obvious connection between these judgements which we are seeing now. Wars in various places have produced famines as has Covid-19. Covid-19 and the lock-downs have caused disruption of food production and supply chains too. Disasters of various kinds, such as fires, floods and other weather events, are also causing food shortages.

FURTHER CONVERGENCE OF THE SIGNS OF THE END…

Outside are… those who practise magic arts…” (Rev 22:15) Magic arts refer to sorcery or a spell-giving potion. Such users will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Cannabis is not itself mentioned in the Bible but we are asked to be sober and practice holy behaviour. In the recent referendum in NZ, the final result for the legalisation of cannabis was 50.7 against and 48.4 per cent for. But there is still great pressure for reforms, including the legalisation of all drugs, including cocaine, heroin and meth. In the US, Oregon has become the first state to decriminalise these hard drugs in a 59-41% vote.

“For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine.” (2 Tim 4:3) In the US, evangelical Christianity is in crisis because numbers are falling rapidly and those remaining no longer hold to even the most basic evangelical beliefs. For example, nearly half believe a person who is good enough or does enough good works can earn eternal salvation and over 30% reject the idea of legitimate marriage as one man and one woman.

Human life is sacred because we are made in the image of God and He gives us life and breath. In NZ nearly two thirds of voters ticked their approval of the End of Life Choice Act despite its many flaws, including full freedom of conscience provisions for health professionals and a mandatory one-week cooling-off period.

… AS IN THE DAYS OF NOAH AND LOT

Norway has made it a crime punishable with prison time to criticise the LGBTQ+ movement even in private conversations in your own home. Maximum fine includes but is not limited to one year in jail for private criticism, and three years in jail for comments made publicly. Jesus warns that He did not come to bring peace on earth, but a sword, and will turn family members against each other (Matt 10:34-36). The prophet Micah also warns that a man’s enemies are the members of his own household (Mic 7:5-6).

An LGBTQ+ activist in England says that Christians should be “persecuted for hate speech” if churches continue to teach that homosexuality is unbiblical.

In the US, leftists want to force President elect Biden’s administration to use the power of executive orders through the Department of Education to deny any school that stands against the LGBTQ revolution their accreditation.

Sex abuse claims against the Boy Scouts of America have now surpassed 88,000, according to the lawyers who represent victims.

Pope Francis has called for the creation of civil union laws that would help same-sex couples create families as “children of God,” challenging a previous conclusion by the Catholic Church that endorsing such unions would be an “approval of deviant behaviour.”

A Gallup survey shows that 67% of American adults support same-sex marriage, which is a record high. Just 24 years ago, 68% of Americans opposed gay marriage.

THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

People with pre-existing conditions that make them especially vulnerable to coronavirus complications are being asked to sign “do not resuscitate” orders by Swiss doctors. People who are over 60, for example, and those suffering from heart disease or diabetes, have been urged to sign the orders to ease pressure on intensive care units.

The International Air Transport Association has announced that it’s “in the final development phase” of a “digital passport” mobile app that would receive Covid-19 test and vaccination certificates. They believe it will get people travelling again safely. Qantas CEO Alan Joyce has publicly thrown his support behind “Covid passports,” saying that Australia’s national carrier planned to require travellers to provide proof of having a coronavirus vaccination as a non-negotiable condition of international air travel.

Chinese President Xi Jinping is pushing for a global tracking system using QR codes to monitor people and any potential exposure to Covid-19.

More than 17,000 airport workers at Shanghai’s largest international airport were herded up and sealed in for testing after two new cases of Covid-19 were detected at the international cargo shipment area. Chaos broke out as people screamed, wanting to be let out.

The British government has announced a new Covid-19 community-testing plan, under which people who test negative for the virus in certain regions may face fewer restrictions. Dubbed “freedom passes” by UK media, the lower restrictions would be available for people testing negative in areas of the country that will be coming under the strictest measures.

Thank you greatly for your prayers and many good wishes I received following my unexpected trips to hospital. All seems to be well now with no reappearance of the infection. However, I do get very tired these days and future Alerts might be a bit random in appearance. So keep alert and aware of what is happening as best you can in the coming days, and especially keep in prayer and Bible study. Ask the Lord to give you wisdom, knowledge and understanding and to keep you in His truth.

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