Yes, it’s Sunday, rather than Saturday. Yesterday I had to do the outlook for 2023, which wiped me out. So, I’ll do part 2 of the Messianic Psalms next Sunday, and we’ll be back on schedule. The first week of 2023 did not disappoint when it came to prophetic events. We are living in the last days and we can’t ignore the birth pains. Here’s the wrap-up for this week…
Signs of the Times
At the Mount of Olives, Jesus’ disciples asked him…
What sign will signal your return and the end of the world?”…
6 And you will hear of wars and threats (rumors) of wars, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately. 7 Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.”Matthew 24:6-7 NLT
Wars and Rumors of Wars
In Greek, the word for “Nation” is “ethnos” — from where we get the word for ethnicity or ethnic. Consequently, that covers not just a country invading another country, but an ethnic group fighting another ethnic group. Currently, we have…
- While Europe celebrated the arrival of the year 2023 tonight, the residents of Ukraine hid in shelters. During the night there was an attack by missiles and drones launched by Russia, in Ukraine, they reported that at least 32 of the drones were intercepted. Amir Tsarfati
- The Sinaloa cartel issued an ultimatum to Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador: “release Ovidio Guzmán (El Chapo’s son) within 72 hours or we will start burning gas stations, and damage civilian, military, and government facilities”. Amir Tsarfati
- US Sending Delegation To Taiwan For Trade Talks In Move Sure To Anger China (Zero Hedge)
- Russian President Putin announced today that the warship Admiral Gorshkov, armed with hypersonic ballistic missiles of the “Zircon” type for the first time, has been put into operational mode. Russia announced that the ship successfully launched the missile at a target 1,000 km away in the northern Barents Sea, and is expected to sail in the near future in the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea. Amir Tsarfati
- Soldiers’ widows’ group calls on Putin to order major mobilization for Ukraine war (Reuters)
- Ukrainian HAIMARS rockets attacked a building full of Russian soldiers in Makiivka, Donbas region. The building was totally destroyed. Some reports claim that the Russians suffered hundreds of casualties. Russian counterattack on Ukrainian cities is underway. Amir
- A New Wave of Drone Attacks: On Monday, President Zelenskyy of Ukraine stated that Russia launched an extended campaign of drone attacks against Ukraine. He said the intent is the “exhaustion of our people, our air defense, our energy sector.” Nearly 100 drones have already been shot down since 2023 began. Foreshadows
- The Russian Ministry of Defense: More than 600 Ukrainian soldiers were killed in the bombing of a military residence in Kramatorsk in the Donetsk region – in retaliation for the Ukrainian bombing. Amir Tsarfati
- Norway shipped 10,000 Artillary to Ukraine – this may be enough to enrage Russia into a war with Nato.
- Many casualties in a blast at a military airbase in Kabul Afghanistan. Amir Tsarfati
- Exactly one week after a new president was sworn in, Bolsonaro’s supporters breaks into Federal buildings in the capital of Brazil. Brazil is in a state of emergency: tens of thousands took over the presidential palace, the parliament, and the Supreme Court. Amir Tsarfati / End Time Headlines
After more than 12 years: Towards Syrian-Turkish reconciliation?
Bloomberg: An agreement was forged between Ankara and Damascus – Turkey will recognize the Assad regime, and the Assad regime will refuse to accept and recognize Kurdish autonomy in the north. American interests in the region are expected to be harmed.
The mediators: Russia and the United Arab Emirates
Erdogan has made it clear several times in the past year: he is interested in meeting with Assad.
I guess now you can see why a destroyed Damascus of Isaiah 17 will drag Turkey into Ezekiel 38 war.Amir Tsarfati
Vladamir Putin Celebrates Christmas Alone
Next: Earthquakes & Famines & Plagues
11 There will be great earthquakes, and there will be famines and plagues in many lands, and there will be terrifying things and great miraculous signs from heaven.Luke 21:11 NLT
The Greek word for “earthquakes” is “seismos” which also covers floods, sea turbulence, hurricanes, blizzards, wildfires, and volcanoes. Economic woes lead to food crises and famines.
- Atmospheric river turns deadly as California slammed with flooding and mudslides
- Mag. 7.0 Earthquake hit Vanuatu triggering a tsunami warning.
- The CDC is now reporting that a new strain of omicron is taking over in the U.S.
- Families filmed ‘burning corpses of Covid victims on streets’ as China’s cases explode
- Scores of fish are appearing with unexplained sickness along New Zealand’s north-east coast
- Drivers could see gas prices surge to nearly $7 a gallon in some US states as refinery issues bite supply and Chinese demand bounces back
- The US strategic oil reserves are running out. The US strategic oil reserves currently contain only about 375 million barrels of oil, which is enough for 19 days of consumption. What is going on there? Amir Tsarfati
As in the Days of Lot
28 “And the world will be as it was in the days of Lot. People went about their daily business—eating and drinking, buying and selling, farming and building— 29 until the morning Lot left Sodom. Then fire and burning sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. 30 Yes, it will be ‘business as usual’ right up to the day when the Son of Man is revealed.Luke 17:28-29 NLT (The First Sin City)
- Britain’s ‘first non-binary Church of England priest’ confesses to spouse and three children after having a ‘revelation’ from reading story of Adam and Eve
- Saying men cannot get pregnant in Europe could cost you 3 years in prison
“But all this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come.”Matthew 24:8 NLT
Increased Evil & Lawlessness
7 For this lawlessness is already at work secretly, and it will remain secret until the one who is holding it back steps out of the way.2 Thessalonians 2:7 NLT
This past Friday night was the “First Friday Artwalk” in Downtown Phoenix. I live in the heart of the historic Roosevelt neighborhood. Around 7 pm, I heard lots of sirens and saw flashing lights — police cars — dozens of them — coming down my street. Going outside, I couldn’t see what was going on. I couldn’t find anything online so I waited for the 9:00 news. Turns out a Scottsdale police SWAT team came to an apartment building about 4 blocks from me to issue an arrest warrant. One of the officers was shot. He’s recovering from his wound.
The perp leaped out of 2nd story balcony and ran. He was still at large Friday night. They caught him in Tempe Saturday morning. He was shot but expected to recover.
My neighborhood is like any other — safe until evil enters a person.
- 6-year-old in custody after shooting a teacher with a firearm in a Virginia elementary classroom
- Suspected Islamic extremist, 19, stabs rookie NYPD cop in the head with a machete during NYE celebrations at Times Square
- Canadian doctor who’s euthanized 400 people says ‘It’s the most rewarding work we’ve ever done.’
- For the 4th year in a row, abortion is the leading cause of death worldwide. Christian Post
- A Utah man fatally shot his five children, his mother-in-law, and his wife, then killed himself two weeks after the woman had filed for divorce.
Yesterday, I mentioned that reducing or controlling the world’s population was one of the WEF’s top 5 discussion points for the upcoming conference. They’ve got 2 ways already in the works — abortion and euthanasia.
Increased Christians Persecution
9 “Then you will be arrested, persecuted, and killed. You will be hated all over the world because you are my followers (on account of my name).”Matthew 24:9 NLT
Jesus’ first warning on Christian Persecution was in the Sermon on the Mount…
10 God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right,
for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
11 “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. 12 Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.Matthew 5:11-12 NLT
- Ethiopia: Believers in the south and east face persecution, especially those who leave Islam to follow Christ. Some believers living in the north are persecuted by militants in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. VOM
- Increased Muslim Extremism: “When we rule the world, there will be no more Zionism or ‘treacherous Christianity“
More on Christian Persecution
Israel Watch in the Last Days
In case you didn’t realize it, global bible prophecy centers on Israel. Ironically, while most nations are going through government turmoil and division, Israel seems to be the only country that has a stable, hardline, conservative government.
Amir Tsarfati: Breaking News
- As a result of the Israeli strike, the Damascus international airport is closed. Two Syrian casualties were reported. The target was new Iran weapons delivery. Amir Tsarfati
- “WW3 could erupt from Temple Mount,” Warns Jerusalem Expert
- US to condemn Israel at UN Security Council meeting on Temple Mount
- Biden Admin: Jews Visiting Holy Site is “Unacceptable”
Furor over Temple Mount Visit
The national security minister for Israel’s new government, Itamar Ben-Gvir, was criticized by key figures in the Arab world for making a 15-minute visit to the Temple Mount. Palestinians have accused him of “storming” the al-Aqsa mosque in an “unprecedented provocation.” But Ben-Gvir never entered the mosque.
The Palestinian prime minister said Ben-Gvir’s visit was “a violation of all norms, values, international agreements and laws, and Israel’s pledges to the American president.”
While Jews are allowed to visit the Temple Mount compound, they cannot pray there. But Palestinians have long complained that visits by Jews are a threat against Palestinian and Arab authority over the site.
Jordan, which has custody over the Temple Mount, condemned the visit as well. Foreshadows
Making It Illegal to Interact with Israel
Back when the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco, and Sudan all signed the Abraham Accords and normalized relations with Israel, it was expected that Oman would soon sign as well.
But last Friday, the Arab nation’s parliament passed a law making it criminal for the country and its people to have any interactions with Israel.
Oman’s longtime ruler Sultan Qaboos died in 2020, and was replaced by his cousin, Sultan Haitham, who has since developed closer relations with Iran.
One Middle East expert was quoted as saying he believes that “the Omani vote was primarily designed to appease the Iranian regime.” Foreshadows
God’s Words to Abraham Cannot be Ignored!
“I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.”Genesis 12:2-3 NLT
Watch for the Signs of the Last Days!
Jesus’ words were not so much for the sake of answering His disciple’s questions. Obviously, it was meant for us today — our generation living in the Last Days! Paul also warned us of deception, delusion & debased minds — desperate times leading people to desperate measures — whether legal or not.
Paul warned us about the Last Days…
Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons. 2 These people are hypocrites and liars, and their consciences are dead.
3 They will say it is wrong to be married and wrong to eat certain foods. But God created those foods to be eaten with thanks by faithful people who know the truth. 4 Since everything God created is good, we should not reject any of it but receive it with thanks. 5 For we know it is made acceptable by the word of God and prayer.1 Timothy 4:1-5 NLT
You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. 2 For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. 3 They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. 4 They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. 5 They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!2 Timothy 3:1-5 NLT
Good advice. However, all this is not to scare you, but to warn you, to give you hope, as well as a sense of urgency. Dig deeper…
- What’s Hopeful about 2023?
- More Bible Prophecy News
- Bible Prophecy Links
- What is the Rapture?
- Listen to the Watchmen on the Wall
- The Wonderful Promises in the Book of Revelation
Jesus is coming soon! You’re either ready or you’re not!
If you’re not sure if you’re saved or not, if you truly want to be born again and have the assurance of salvation, receive the Holy Spirit, feel His Shalom — a peace that surpasses all understanding, and get a 1-way, non-stop ticket to Heaven after you die, or that you won’t be left behind at the Rapture, which can happen at any moment, this is what you have to do…
Believe. Repent. Be Baptized. Receive the Holy Spirit.
- Believe — have Faith — that Jesus is the Christ and He died taking your sins away forever and that He rose from the dead 3 days later.
- Repent of your sins — stop sinning! Do a complete 180-degree turn in your life and surrender your life to Him. When you ask Jesus to forgive you He will. ALL your sins will be wiped clean — past, present, and future! And All means ALL!
- Be Baptized by water baptism — show the world and yourself that you have died to your old life and are born again in Christ.
- Receive the gift of Holy Spirit in your heart.