What to expect in 2013

The year 2012 has been an interesting year prophetically; from super storm Sandy, to the shootings in Aurora Colorado and Newtown Connecticut, the election of 2012, escalating crime and the continuing world economic crisis, any student of prophecy knows these are clear prophetic signs. So then, the question in our minds might be, what does the year 2013 holds? During 2012 there were many false predictions that the world will end on certain dates, most likely in 2013 there will be more false predictions. These false predictions, all instigated by the enemy himself because “… he knoweth that he hath but a short time.” -Revelation 12:12, so he is busy with false predictions to discourage those who may be seeking the Lord.

The day of “the Lord cometh as a thief”, but only to those that are in darkness, at the appropriate time, God will make known the day and the hour. “But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.” 1 Thessalonians 5:1-2 “But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.” 1 Thessalonians 5:4-5

God does not want us to be caught up in time setting, by a close study of the Bible and SOP, it will be revealed that when God maketh known the day and the hour to His saints, probation will be closed, so this information will not be for soul winning. At that time it will be said “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.” -Revelation 22:11

In the time of trouble we all fled from the cities and villages, but were pursued by the wicked, who entered the houses of the saints with a sword. They raised the sword to kill us, but it broke, and fell as powerless as a straw. Then we all cried day and night for deliverance, and the cry came up before God. The sun came up, and the moon stood still. The streams ceased to flow. Dark, heavy clouds came up and clashed against each other. But there was one clear place of settled glory, whence came the voice of God like many waters, which shook the heavens and the earth. The sky opened and shut and was in commotion. The mountains shook like a reed in the wind, and cast out ragged rocks all around. The sea boiled like a pot and cast out stones upon the land. And as God spoke the day and the hour of Jesus’ coming and delivered the everlasting covenant to His people, He spoke one sentence, and then paused, while the words were rolling through the earth. The Israel of God stood with their eyes fixed upward, listening to the words as they came from the mouth of Jehovah, and rolled through the earth like peals of loudest thunder. It was awfully solemn. And at the end of every sentence the saints shouted, “Glory! Alleluia!” Their countenances were lighted up with the glory of God; and they shone with the glory, as did the face of Moses when he came down from Sinai. The wicked could not look on them for the glory. And when the never-ending blessing was pronounced on those who had honored God in keeping His Sabbath holy, there was a mighty shout of victory over the beast and over his image. – {EW 34.1}

What we will be witnessing in 2013 is “…evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.” 2 Timothy 3:13 The enemy has many ways in expressing his evilness wether it is through mass shootings, terrorist attacks, rapes, natural disasters, you name it, and as time continues, “The agencies of evil are combining their forces, and consolidating. They are strengthening for the last great crisis.” {ChS 52.2} They will do this until God says that’s enough. Not only will “evil men and seducers wax worse and worse”, but they are deceiving many (they that dwell on the earth – they that are caught up with the cares of this world) and they themselves are being deceived.
“There are many, even of those engaged in this movement for Sunday enforcement, who are blinded to the results which will follow this action. They do not see that they are striking directly against religious liberty. There are many who have never understood the claims of the Bible Sabbath, and the false foundation upon which the Sunday institution rests.”—Testimonies for the Church 5:711. – {ChS 161.2}

The Bible says, “For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.” 1 Thessalonians 5:3. The world today is like an old peace of cloth, it is as if as one area seems to be fixed, another problem pops up somewhere else, or in another area. “as travail upon a woman with child”, the birth pains in 2013 will only get worse; we can expect an increase in natural disasters, crime, corruption, economic turmoil, riots, etc. we say this not because we rejoice in these things, but this is the last generation of earth’s history and the enemy is wroth. But even now each and everyone of us can be safe even in the “storm”, by being in the safe arms of Jesus. “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” -2 Peter 3:9

God wants His people at this time, “…not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. (1 Thessalonians 5:6-8) “…continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” (2Timothy 3:14-17)

So brothers and sister brace yourself in 2013, we know not what will transpire, this or that, or wether events will happen in your particular area. But we do know that prophetic events will occur in 2013, they can only increase, “Great changes are soon to take place in our world, and the final movements will be rapid ones.”—Testimonies for the Church 9:11. – {ChS 52.2} May I add, that great changes have already taken place? Homeland security since 911, the frequency and magnitude of natural disasters, the world’s economy? to name a few of the changes, and there are more to come. ” … The final movements will be rapid ones” “Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.” (Hebrews 3:12-15)

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