World Watch Prophetic, Last Days News Just Like Jesus Said

World Watch 6.17.23: Prophetic, Last Days News Just Like Jesus Said

Well, is it time to panic yet? You know, we’re not supposed to. We’re told over and over by Jesus, “Don’t panic.” However, because we’re living in the Last Days, this world, this culture, is stirring us up so that we will panic. As you check out these news stories from this week, remember that our home is NOT this world. We must put our trust in our Sovereign God, who is still in control!

Nevertheless, at the bottom are more amazing stories of how the Good News of Jesus’ Salvation is spreading around the world. Obviously, there is still a lot of work to do and I am grateful for the privilege of being a part of it in these days. Undeniably, our Confident Hope must come from our personal relationship with our Savior, Jesus Christ. Look for the Words of Encouragement at the end. Let’s dig in…

Last Days Bible Prophecies Coming True Right Now!

Besides the Old Testament Prophets, John the Revelator, and the Apostle Paul, Jesus clearly spoke about the last days in His Olivet Discourse found in Matthew 24, Luke 21, and Mark 13. Undoubtedly, we are seeing the CONVERGENCE of numerous events, prophesied in the Bible happening all at once!

Wars & Threats of Wars

Ukraine / Russia

Around the World…

There is civil unrest and lawlessness in over 24 nations. I’ll just mention a few. For detailed information on each of these, check out the list of sources at the bottom.

  • Muslim extremists continue terror attacks in Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Mozambique, Myanmar, and many other African nations. Check out the reports under the Persecution section below…
  • Sudan…

I pray for the innocent people who are suffering, caught up in the midst of the conflicts. Guard them and provide for their needs, health, and safety. Strengthen & guide those who are fleeing the violence. Give them wisdom & peace.

I pray for the power-hungry bullies, may they all know Jesus as the true Prince of Peace.

Israel & the Middle East

Iran Agreement…

The U.S. and Iran are close to a revised nuclear deal. For details visit these…

  • Russia has decided to open a consulate in Jerusalem (in addition to the embassy in Tel Aviv)
  • The US military has deployed F-22 Raptor fighter jets in the Middle East after Russia’s aggressive actions in recent months over Syrian airspace.
  • From AsiaLink: Please remember 1500 Syrian refugees in your prayers today. Over the past few weeks they were deported from Lebanon back to Syria and led over the border at gunpoint. They will face many hardships and dangers as they try to resettle in this war-torn country. Please pray.
  • Netanyahu sends a message to the US administration: “No deal with Iran will bind Israel to not do whatever is needed in order to protect itself.”
  • Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: West would not be able to stop Iran from going nuclear
  • Iran is arming militants in Syria for a new phase of lethal attacks against U.S. troops in the country, while also working with Russia on a broader strategy to drive Americans from the region.
  • Iran: The commander of the Naval Forces in the Revolutionary Guards: “6 countries are not allowed to enter our territorial waters, UK, USA, France, New Zealand and Australia.”

Find God’s promises to Israel in Genesis 12, 2 Samuel 7, Ezekiel 35-36, 37, 38 and 39.

For up-to-the-minute, breaking news from Israel, follow Amir Tsarfati on Telegram.

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Ezekiel 38

Gog-Magog War Map
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Earthquakes & “Seismic” Weather Events, Pestilence, Plagues & Famine

The Greek word for “earthquake” is “seismos”, which refers to seismic weather like tornadoes, hurricanes and violent storms as well as earthquakes and volcanoes.

As it was in the Days of Noah
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Increased Evil , Satanic Lawlessness, Terrorism, Sexual Immorality, Apostasy, False Teachings, Corruption, and Deception in the Last Days

Jesus warned us…

“Then if anyone tells you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah,’ or ‘There he is,’ don’t believe it. For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and perform great signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even God’s chosen ones. See, I have warned you about this ahead of time.”

Matthew 24:23-25 NLT

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New World Order, Great Reset, Economic Chaos, Big Brother, & Government Overreach in the Last Days

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Jesus said regarding the Last Days…

“But all this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come.”

“Then you will be arrested, persecuted, and killed. You will be hated all over the world because you are my followers.”

Matthew 24:8-9 NLT

Increased Christian Persecution

  • City council members in Pennsylvania back police for arresting a man for quoting scripture at “Pride Rally”.
  • Vietnam: In Vietnam, believers can be imprisoned on false charges and tortured. Sadly, Pastor Phuc recently died in prison, and his family suspects he was beaten. Pray for God’s comfort over his family as they grieve.
  • Myanmar: It’s over two years since the military coup, which has exacerbated Myanmar’s long-running civil war. The impact on Christians has been catastrophic, with many targeted because they’re mistakenly viewed with suspicion by opposing sides. Pray for the healing of traumatised believers, and that people will see the good deeds of Christians and glorify God (1 Peter 2:12).
  • Central Asia: Recently the state has started recruiting believers to spy on secret believers. This development has caused an atmosphere of doubt and suspicion. Pray that this new challenge will bring believers closer to God, and not deter them from their faith.
  • India: Religious Facet Seen in Ethnic Violence in Manipur
  • Nigeria: Fulani Terrorists Kill 46 Christians in Benue State
  • Democratic Republic of Congo: Pastor Jean was left traumatised after his church was bombed by ADF militants, killing 15 people. Thank God that, after receiving trauma care and help to relocate through Open Doors partners, he has found hope and has started leading a congregation again. “The Bible tells us not to be afraid because God is with us,” he says. “That is my consolation. Even if we are persecuted, our tears will be wiped.”
  • Niger: Saratu* (18) came to know Jesus after living with a Christian family to enable her to attend school, as there were no schools in her village. When her parents found out, they threatened to disown her unless she married a Muslim. Ask the Lord to strengthen Saratu to stand firm in her faith, and pray that her family will have a change of heart and allow her to return to school.

*Name changed for security reasons

And God will use this persecution to show his justice and to make you worthy of his Kingdom, for which you are suffering.

2 Thessalonians 1:5 NLT
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The Gospel Around the World
in the Last Days!

Jesus said…

“For the Good News must first be preached to all nations (peoples).”

Mark 13:10

Obviously, there is bad news all over the world. Nevertheless, there is also great news — signs of hope — that born-again Christians are doing what Jesus told us to do in the Great Commission and before He left us.

  • Japan: Japanese culture has a fascination with Manga illustrated comics. Pray for the preparation and distribution of manga-style bible teaching materials that are reaching children in both printed and digital format. Please pray that many will trust Christ and grow in their faith through these resources.
  • VOM: Bhutan: Though evangelism is restricted in the isolated, majority-Buddhist country of Bhutan and believers face serious consequences when their faith is known, Christians continue to boldly share Christ. Front-line workers in Bhutan report that many children’s programs impact churches throughout Bhutan. One local ministry reaches more than 500 children through 30 Bible clubs, while 224 local churches host programs with more than 4,000 children involved. VOM has been able to distribute Christmas Care Packs and children’s Bibles through many of these outreaches.
  • Sri Lanka: Today we are praying for a small team of video editors and sound engineers who are preparing bible teaching material that will be broadcast on television and radio throughout Sri Lanka. Pray also for those translating, preparing and presenting bible messages for this vital ministry.
  • Somalia: “I started to look for more videos and found others that shared the Word of God.” Despite the risks, even death from her own family or tribe, Nala* chose to follow Jesus. Pray that she finds fellowship and remains safe.
  • AsiaLink Pakistan: Today we are praying for a young couple who recently heard of Jesus for the first time. They had many conversations with the Christians over a few months and trusted Christ. They have been baptised and are now eager to follow the Lord. Please pray for their spiritual growth.
  • Brazil – Church Mission Society: CMS mission partners Marcio Ciechanovicz and Noemi Celeti and their four children moved from the UK to São Paulo, Brazil, in January. They are connecting with people beyond the reach of traditional church, sharing the gospel and ministering to people’s physical needs. Pray for each member of the family as they continue to settle in and for God to prepare the way for them as they explore the city and make new connections.

*Name changed for security reasons


My friend with Scriptures in Use is back from his trip to Vietnam and he had another story to tell…

One of the leaders has a church (the one we visited) that is pretty westernized. Most of the members are highly educated and have connected through English clubs and western/bookish bibles studies. One of the things they realized though, was that when they went back to their immediate & extended families — the western/book culture tools didn’t work. Their family didn’t understand or relate. The main leader helped them transition to using traditional Oral Culture methods (storytelling, songs, drama, etc) and the church members were amazed at how much more open their families were to the message. They understood!

They showed us a picture of a recent church plant out in the country where an entire family was baptized in May 2023 in response to Storytelling. They were turning the stories into local Folk songs and were belting them out in their neighborhoods with Karaoke machines!!! They also said the story memorization has been very helpful because in many of the remote areas there are frequent power outages which makes reading at night very difficult. Not a problem when you can quote stories in the dark!

When we first met this network 4 years ago, they were in the beginning stages of created a network of Evangelical denominations in Vietnam. As of this year, they have 39 different Denominations that have come together for the purpose of seeing the unreached reached in Vietnam. This is amazing! We ere able to meet with the president of this alliance and trained many of the leaders back in 2019. They are very excited about equipping with Traditional Oral Culture tools and recognize it’s a valuable approach for Vietnamese Culture. Please pray as we plan for the Next full training hopefully this fall back in Vietnam.

Help Spread the Good News of Jesus Christ all over the World!

We Are Living in the Last Days!

Yes, things do look hopeless and grim down here on earth. What can we do? We can pray and draw closer to Jesus through His Word, His Salvation and His Hope…

Pray for courage like the first believers did after Peter and John were released…

23 As soon as they were freed, Peter and John returned to the other believers and told them what the leading priests and elders had said. 24 When they heard the report, all the believers lifted their voices together in prayer to God: “O Sovereign Lord, Creator of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them— 25 you spoke long ago by the Holy Spirit through our ancestor David, your servant, saying,

‘Why were the nations so angry?
    Why did they waste their time with futile plans?
26 The kings of the earth prepared for battle;
    the rulers gathered together
against the Lord
    and against his Messiah.’
(Psalm 2)

27 “In fact, this has happened here in this very city! For Herod Antipas, Pontius Pilate the governor, the Gentiles, and the people of Israel were all united against Jesus, your holy servant, whom you anointed. 28 But everything they did was determined beforehand according to your will. 29 And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your word. 30 Stretch out your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”

31 After this prayer, the meeting place shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Then they preached the word of God with boldness.

Isaiah wrote…

Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: “Look! I am placing a foundation stone in Jerusalem, a firm and tested stone. It is a precious cornerstone that is safe to build on. Whoever believes need never be shaken.”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭28‬:‭16‬ ‭NLT‬‬

A Sovereign is a supreme ruler, a monarch. Jesus is our cornerstone, the King of kings, and Lord of lords. We need not be shaken! The NIV SAYS, “the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic.”

Jesus said…

“Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭7‬:‭24‬-‭27‬ ‭NLT‬‬

What is YOUR foundation built on? Sold rock or sinking sand?

Jesus, you are the unbreakable, unshakeable, immovable foundation that stands the test of time and keeps us standing strong in the face of panic-inducing winds and terrifying storms. Help us to remember that we belong in the Kingdom of Heaven — that this evil earth is not our home. Thank you for being our confident hope!

Lord, please come soon to fulfill your salvation, and grant us patience as we wait to see it. Amen.

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