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Everything in the world is in agitation

Truly it has never been this clear that we are living at the end of time, everything is in agitation, once again the US is about to officially inject itself into another war. The world is already unstable without another war, the middle east is already unstable as it is, and another war in that region can only put the entire word in an even more precarious situation.

Everything in the world is in agitation. The signs of the times are ominous. Coming events cast their shadows before. The Spirit of God is withdrawing from the earth, and calamity follows calamity by sea and by land. There are tempests, earthquakes, fires, floods, murders of every grade. Who can read the future? Where is security? There is assurance in nothing that is human or earthly. Rapidly are men ranging themselves under the banner they have chosen. Restlessly are they waiting and watching the movements of their leaders. There are those who are waiting and watching and working for our Lord’s appearingAnother class are falling into line under the generalship of the first great apostate. Few believe with heart and soul that we have a hell to shun and a heaven to win. – {DA 636.1}

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We will briefly look at seven of the worlds recent / current agitations. The first agitation we will look at is war.

And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.  For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.” (Matthew 24:6-8)  It is the mercies of God why we are not at war with Korea, Iran, or at least for the time being Syria(while the US congress vote on whether or not to declare war).  Man today are in possession some very dangerous weapons such as nuclear, that can kill millions, but God still has a work for his people to do and it is not until God allows it that the major wars will begin.

The present is a time of overwhelming interest to all living. Rulers and statesmen, men who occupy positions of trust and authority, thinking men and women of all classes, have their attention fixed upon the events taking place about us. They are watching the strained, restless relations that exist among the nations. They observe the intensity that is taking possession of every earthly element, and they recognize that something great and decisive is about to take place—that the world is on the verge of a stupendous crisis. {Ed 179.5}
Angels are now restraining the winds of strife, that they may not blow until the world shall be warned of its coming doom; but a storm is gathering, ready to burst upon the earth; and when God shall bid His angels loose the winds, there will be such a scene of strife as no pen can picture. {Ed 179.6}
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Coming New Economy

The second agitation we will consider is the global economic crisis, that started back in the year 2008.  The major economic powers of the world are feeling the hardest crunch, America, Japan, Europe.  This is the final economic crisis that will usher in the mark of the beast. “And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.” (Revelation 13:16-18)  In the book of James, chapter 5 we read:

Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten. Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days. Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth. Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter. Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you. Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh”. (James 5:1-8)

Clearly, this prophecy of James chapter 5 is being fulfilled, “Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord.”

The third agitation is that of homosexuality, sodomy.  We have also seen same-sex marriage and other LGBT issues taken the forefront, and not only have the issues taken the forefront, but those that do not agree with these lifestyles are being penalized.

The prophecy that is being fulfilled here can be found in Luke 17:28, and also Genesis 19

(Luke 17:28) Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;

For more on this topic see also our post Thus shall it be and Sodom is here

The fourth agitation escalating crime, and we need not here detail the horrific crimes that have happen in our neighborhoods, or across town, in our country or other countries, but we know these stories all too well.  There are some cities that have become so dangerous that even the cops are scared.  We are reminded of godly counsel to “get out of the city”, you can read our post, Seven reasons for leaving the cities.

The Bible tells us, “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.”  (Matthew 24:12)

The fifth world agitation we will look at is the weather phenomenon.  All of us has been affected by the strange weather patterns.  A lot of weather related records are being broken, the coldest it has been in 100 years, or the hottest.  We are seeing powerful destructive tornadoes and hurricanes, floods, droughts, etc.   Even the fruit trees are bearing out-of-order,  they are bearing out of season.

The day of test and purification is just upon us. Signs of a most startling character appear, in floods, in hurricanes, in tornadoes, in cloudbursts, in casualties by land and by sea, that proclaim the approach of the end of all things. The judgments of God are falling on the world, that men may be awakened to the fact that Christ will come speedily” (The Review and Herald, November 8, 1892). {7BC 950.5}

The sixth agitation is the movements.  For the first time in history, the pope, Pope Francis, is a Jesuit.  Never before has this happened, do we understand what this mean?  For more on this you can chapter 12 of the book The Great Controversy also read our post A Jesuit elected as the new pope. The current pope is also a people’s person.  He mixes well with the common people and the lest fortunate.  He is going about doing good.  Let us remember the words of Christ “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” (Matthew 24:24)  What is all of this preparing the world for?

As the crowning act in the great drama of deception, Satan himself will personate Christ. The church has long professed to look to the Saviour’s advent as the consummation of her hopes. Now the great deceiver will make it appear that Christ has come. In different parts of the earth, Satan will manifest himself among men as a majestic being of dazzling brightness, resembling the description of the Son of God given by John in the Revelation. Revelation 1:13-15. The glory that surrounds him is unsurpassed by anything that mortal eyes have yet beheld. The shout of triumph rings out upon the air: “Christ has come! Christ has come!” The people prostrate themselves in adoration before him, while he lifts up his hands and pronounces a blessing upon them, as Christ blessed His disciples when He was upon the earth. His voice is soft and subdued, yet full of melody. In gentle, compassionate tones he presents some of the same gracious, heavenly truths which the Saviour uttered; he heals the diseases of the people, and then, in his assumed character of Christ, he claims to have changed the Sabbath to Sunday, and commands all to hallow the day which he has blessed. He declares that those who persist in keeping holy the seventh day are blaspheming his name by refusing to listen to his angels sent to them with light and truth. This is the strong, almost overmastering delusion. Like the Samaritans who were deceived by Simon Magus, the multitudes, from the least to the greatest, give heed to these sorceries, saying: This is “the great power of God.” Acts 8:10. {GC 624.2}

Another  historic event for the papacy is the resignation of pope Benedict XVI.  This is only the second time in history that this has happened, and you will be amazed at the parallelism with then and now, read our article here.

The seventh and final agitation of the world that we will briefly look at is the unrest, riot and bloodshed that is sweeping the world.  We have seen this is Libya, Egypt, Syria and many other countries mainly in northern Africa and the middle east.  According to prophecy the unrest, riot and bloodshed will not just be limited to those areas mentioned, this will be world-wide.

At the same time anarchy is seeking to sweep away all law, not only divine, but human. The centralizing of wealth and power; the vast combinations for the enriching of the few at the expense of the many; the combinations of the poorer classes for the defense of their interests and claims; the spirit of unrest, of riot and bloodshed; the world-wide dissemination of the same teachings that led to the French Revolution—all are tending to involve the whole world in a struggle similar to that which convulsed France. {Ed 228.2}

It would prove a tremendous blessing for us to read and re-read the chapter 15 “The Bible and the French revolution” in the book The Great Controversy, click here to read it.

Jesus says in the book of John “And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.” (John 14:29)  So now that these signs, agitations are coming to pass, “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” Luke 21:28 Let us “…follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth” (Revelation 14:4)

The crisis is stealing gradually upon us. The sun shines in the heavens, passing over its usual round, and the heavens still declare the glory of God. Men are still eating and drinking, planting and building, marrying, and giving in marriage. Merchants are still buying and selling. Men are jostling one against another, contending for the highest place. Pleasure lovers are still crowding to theaters, horse races, gambling hells. The highest excitement prevails, yet probation’s hour is fast closing, and every case is about to be eternally decided.Satan sees that his time is short. He has set all his agencies at work that men may be deceived, deluded, occupied and entranced, until the day of probation shall be ended, and the door of mercy be forever shut. – {DA 636.2}

..Prepare to meet thy God, O Israel (Seventh-day Adventist) Amos 4:12

More strange weather

What is the meaning of the different weather phenomena we have been seeing? One day you are experiencing winter like weather and the very next day it is like spring weather. Severe weather here, severe weather there, record highs in Australia, record lows in the States; every locality as it seems are having there share of strange weather.

Here are a few weather headlines.

Destructive storms reach East Coast as dangerous chills hit Northern Plains

High winds and heavy rains brought more misery to the Eastern Seaboard Thursday, a day after a squall line thundered across the South and produced widespread flooding, tornadoes and violent storms that leveled homes and killed at least two people.

Scorching sun

Australia’s year of extreme weather has collected a fresh record with January posting the hottest average temperatures for the month on record.

With just a day’s data to be collected, the average of maximum and minimum temperatures for the month was 29.7 degrees. That tally was 1.79 degrees above the long-term average.

Short of a remarkably frigid final few hours for the month, January was all but certain to beat the previous record set in 1932, the weather bureau said.

The monthly result means the September-January period was also the hottest on record, beating the previous three highest in 2002-03, 2006-07 and 2009-10.

Those earlier years “were all El Nino and drought years, whereas that hasn’t been a factor this time,” said Blair Trewin, senior climatologist with the bureau’s national climate centre. “That makes it even more remarkable.”

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“Strange Foam Blankets Australia’s Shoreline – Frothy Fun Or Toxic Risk?”

Following a tropical storm, sea foam whipped up along the Sunshine Coast of Australia was so intense that it covered the streets of a beach town and rose high enough to nearly block traffic lights and mobile homes.

Frequently we hear of earthquakes, of tempests and tornadoes, accompanied with thunder and lightning. Apparently these are capricious outbreaks of seemingly disorganized, unregulated forces. But God has a purpose in permitting these calamities to occur. They are one of His means of calling men and women to their senses. By unusual workings through nature God will express to doubting human agencies that which He clearly reveals in His Word. He will answer the question, “Who hath gathered the wind in His fists?” He will reveal Himself as the One who “maketh the clouds His chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind.” “He bringeth the wind out of His treasuries.” “The Lord sitteth upon the flood; yea, the Lord sitteth King for ever.” “He gave to the sea His decree, that the waters should not pass His commandment: when He appointed the foundations of the earth.” “He looketh on the earth, and it trembleth: He toucheth the hills, and they smoke.” – {19MR 279.3}
Local disturbances in nature are permitted to take place as symbols of that which may be expected all over the world when the angels loose the four winds of the earth.The forces of nature are under the direction of an Eternal Agency. Science, in her pride, may seek to explain strange happenings on land and on sea; but science fails of tracing in these things the workings of Providence. Science fails of perceiving that intemperance is the cause of most of the frequent accidents so terrible in their results. – {19MR 280.1} – 19MR 279-280

Let us not fail to see the workings of Providence in nature, let us not fail to awake before it is ever too late.

“And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” (Luke 21:28)

Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.” (Matthew 24:44-46)

Can ye not discern the signs of the times?

“And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?” -Matthew 16:3

Anyone alive today, that has a measure of the Spirit of God, can discern the signs of the time. “Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.” -Matthew 24:34. This generation has seen the World Trade Center attack, the wars that followed and the patriot act , the tsunamis (Sumatra, Indonesia), hurricanes (such as Katrina in New Orleans), super storms (such as Sandy in the New York / New Jersey area), earthquakes (Haiti and Japan for example), tornadoes. We have seen the economic boom of the 90’s and now we are in the middle of an economic crisis that will lead to a new economic system, where no man will be able to buy or sell. Dear reader, please read the story of Joseph in Egypt and the dream of Pharaoh to see the similarities between then and now (Genesis 41& 47:13-26). This generation that has seen all these signs, (not to forget the crime wave that is sweeping nearly every community, political corruption, social unrests, new strains of common disease including the flu, and even new diseases) shall not pass away, this is the generation that will see Jesus coming in the clouds.

The restraining Spirit of God is even now being withdrawn from the world. Hurricanes, storms, tempests, fire and flood, disasters by sea and land, follow each other in quick succession. Science seeks to explain all these.The signs thickening around us, telling of the near approach of the Son of God, are attributed to any other than the true cause. Men cannot discern the sentinel angels restraining the four winds that they shall not blow until the servants of God are sealed; but when God shall bid His angels loose the winds, there shall be such a scene of strife as no pen can picture.—Testimonies for the Church 6:408. – {ChS 52.1}

The days in which we live are solemn and important. The Spirit of God is gradually but surely being withdrawn from the earth. Plagues and judgments are already falling upon the despisers of the grace of God. The calamities by land and sea, the unsettled state of society, the alarms of war, are portentous. They forecast approaching events of the greatest magnitude. The agencies of evil are combining their forces, and consolidating. They are strengthening for the last great crisis. 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}

The time is at hand when there will be sorrow in the world that no human balm can heal. The Spirit of God is being withdrawn. Disasters by sea and by land follow one another in quick succession. How frequently we hear of earthquakes and tornadoes, of destruction by fire and flood, with great loss of life and property! Apparently these calamities are capricious outbreaks of disorganized, unregulated forces of nature, wholly beyond the control of man; but in them all, God’s purpose may be read. They are among the agencies by which He seeks to arouse men and women to a sense of their danger.—Prophets and Kings, 277. – {ChS 52.3}

It is high time that we that are called by His name, Christians, prepare for what is coming, the world as we know if has changed forever, it is only down hill from here onward, the only Hope, the only way upward is through Christ Jesus. “And take heed to yourselves, lest at anytime your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and the cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares, for as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the earth. watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and stand before the son of man.” (Luke 21:34-36)

It is now that we must keep ourselves and our children unspotted from the world. It is now that we must wash our robes of character and make them white in the blood of the Lamb. It is now that we must overcome pride, passion, and spiritual slothfulness. It is now that we must awake, and make determined effort for symmetry of character. “Today if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts.” Hebrews 4:7. We are in a most trying position, waiting, watching for our Lord’s appearing. The world is in darkness. “But ye, brethren,” says Paul, “are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.” 1 Thessalonians 5:4. It is ever God’s purpose to bring light out of darkness, joy out of sorrow, and rest out of weariness, for the waiting, longing soul. – {CET 190.3}

What are you doing, brethren, in the great work of preparation? Those who are uniting with the world, are receiving the worldly mold, and preparing for the mark of the beast. Those who are distrustful of self, who are humbling themselves before God and purifying their souls by obeying the truth,—these are receiving the heavenly mold, and preparing for the seal of God in their foreheads. When the decree goes forth, and the stamp is impressed, their character will remain pure and spotless for eternity. – {CET 191.1}

Now is the time to prepare. The seal of God will never be placed upon the forehead of an impure man or woman. It will never be placed upon the forehead of the ambitious, world-loving man or woman. It will never be placed upon the forehead of men or women of false tongues or deceitful hearts. All who receive the seal must be without spot before God,—candidates for heaven. Search the Scriptures for yourselves, that you may understand the fearful solemnity of the present hour. – {CET 191.2}

Signs of the time-perplexity- Last generation

Signs of the time reveal that the coming of our Lord is near. Christ has given us many signs, most of which have been fulfilled and the others are fulfilling. Just recently it was reported that the past 12 months, June last year to June this year has been the hottest in the US on record. Signs are following signs, worst tornado season, drought, economic woes, corruption, flooding, …,perplexity, all indicates the end is near.
“The exact day and hour of His coming has not been revealed. Christ told His disciples that He Himself could not make known the day or the hour of His second appearing. But He mentioned certain events by which they might know when His coming was near.” {SJ 175.4}
There shall be signs,” He said, “in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars.” Luke 21:25. And He speaks still more plainly: “The sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven.” Matthew 24:29. {SJ 175.5}
“Upon the earth, He said, there shall be “distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth.””Luke 21:25, 26. {SJ 175.6}
We are now living in the last of these signs as listed by Jesus in Luke chapter 21. The nations are perplexed, they have no way out of the mess that the world has find itself in. All this is leading to the coming of the Son of man.
And they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds,from one end of heaven to the other.” Matthew 24:30, 31. {SJ 175.7}
The Saviour adds: “Now learn a parable of the fig tree; when his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: so likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.” Matthew 24:32, 33. {SJ 176.1}
“Christ has given signs of His coming. He says that we may know when He is near, even at the doors. When the trees put forth their leaves in the spring, we know that summer is near. Just so surely, when the signs appear in the sun and the moon and the stars, we are to know that Christ’s coming is near.” {SJ 176.2}
These signs have appeared. On May 19, 1780, the sun was darkened. That day is known in history as “the dark day.” In the eastern part of North America, so great was the darkness that in many places the people had to light candles at noonday.The darkening of the sun and the moon was a sign of His coming.” {SJ 176.3}
“November 13, 1833, there was the most wonderful display of falling stars ever beheld by men. “Again thousands believed that the day of judgment had come.” {SJ 176.4}
“Since that time earthquakes, tempests, tidal waves, pestilence, famine, and destructions by fire and flood, have multiplied. All these, and “distress of nations, with perplexity,” declare that the Lord’s coming is near.” {SJ 176.5}
Of those who beheld these signs He says, “This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My words shall not pass away.” Matthew 24:34, 35.” {SJ 176.6}
We have beheld these signs, so we know that we are living in the last generation.
““The Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the Archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18.” {SJ 177.1}
Christ is coming, coming with clouds and with great glory. A multitude of shining angels will attend Him. He will come to raise the dead, and to change the living saints from glory to glory. {SJ 177.2}
He will come to honor those who have loved Him and kept His commandments, and to take them to Himself. He has not forgotten them nor His promise.” {SJ 177.3}

Strange weather

Strange Weather

Is the weather acting strange where you live?  Is it extremely cold, or hot?  Are you experiencing a drought or too much rain?  What is happening with the weather?  As a matter of fact, what is happening to our world?

Already the restraining Spirit of God is being withdrawn from the world. Hurricanes, storms, tempests, fire and flood, disasters by sea and land, follow each other in quick succession. Science seeks to explain all these. The signs thickening around us, telling of the near approach of the Son of God, are attributed to any other than the true cause. People cannot discern the sentinel angels restraining the four winds, that they shall not blow until the servants of God are sealed. But when God shall bid His angels loose the winds, there will be such a scene of strife as no pen can picture. {CTr 316.3}

I saw greater distress in the land than we have yet witnessed. I heard groans and cries of distress. I saw large companies in active battle. I heard the booming of the cannon, the clash of arms, the hand-to- hand fight. I heard the groans and prayers of the dying. The ground was covered with the wounded and the dead. I saw desolate, despairing families, and pinching want in many dwellings. I saw that even now many families are suffering want, but this will increase. The faces of many families looked haggard, pale, and pinched with hunger. I was shown that the people of God should be closely united in the bonds of Christian fellowship and love. God alone can be our shield and strength in this time of our national calamities. {4bSG 58.1}
The people of God should awake. Their opportunities to spread the truth should be improved, for they will not thus last long. I was shown distress, and perplexity, and famine, in the land; and Satan is now seeking to hold God’s people in a state of inactivity, to keep them from acting their part in spreading the truth, and that they may be at last weighed in the balance and found wanting. {4bSG 58.2}
I saw that God’s people must take warning and discern the signs of the times. The signs of Christ’s coming are too plain to be doubted; and in view of these things every one who professes the truth should be living preachers. God calls upon all to awake; preachers and people must awake. All Heaven is astir. The scenes of this earth’s history are fast closing. We are amid the perils of the last days. Greater perils are before us, and yet we are not awake. This lack of activity and earnestness in the cause of God is dreadful. This death-stupor is from Satan. He controls the minds of unconsecrated Sabbath-keepers, and leads them to be jealous of each other, fault-finding, and censorious. It is Satan’s special work to divide hearts, that the influence, strength, and labor, of God’s servants may be kept among unconsecrated Sabbath-keepers, and precious time be occupied to settle little differences, which should be spent in proclaiming to unbelievers the truth. {4bSG 58.3}
I was shown God’s people waiting for some change to take place–a compelling power to take hold of them. But they will be disappointed. They are wrong. They must act. They must take hold of the work themselves, and earnestly cry unto God for a true knowledge of themselves. The scenes which are passing before us are of sufficient magnitude to cause us to arouse. In view of these things we must urge the truth home to the hearts of all whom we can get to listen to it. The harvest of the earth is nearly ripe. Testimonies, vol. 1, p. 261.  {ChS 43.3}

The strange weather patterns that we are seeing, it is one way that the Lord is allowing us to see that,  “An end is come, the end is come: it watcheth for thee; behold, it is come.” Ezekiel 7:6  The strange weather patterns are affecting fruits and other food kinds.  This is also causing droughts, floods and famines. “… and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.” Mar 13:8

prepare to meet thy God, O Israel.  For, lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what is his thought, that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, The LORD, The God of hosts, is his name. Amos 4:12-13