Taking the Endtimes Seriously

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio


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Hello and Happy Day! This is Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, Novelist and Life Coach, welcoming you to another episode of Winning with the Word. Today is Monday, August 31, 2020. Today’s Podcast is Episode #34 in Series 2020 and is titled “Taking the End Times Seriously”.

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For the past several years, my husband and I have been what the Bible calls “watchmen on the wall.” For those of you who do not know, according to the Scriptures, a watchman is a person who studies current events in relation to Biblical prophecy.

To read the morning headlines today is to read Bible prophecy being fulfilled.  So much that was predicted by the ancient Hebrew prophets thousands of years ago is now coming to pass before our very eyes.

What are some of these prophecies? Here are a few highlights:

  1. There will be an increase in natural disasters, pestilence, and famine throughout the world. We are already seeing this prophecy being fulfilled in the Covid-19 pandemic, the increase in earthquakes, vicious storms, and the devastating loss of crops, resulting in food shortages. Matthew 24: 7 talks of these things: ” . . .  and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
  2. There will be a coalition of nations in Africa and the Middle East that will align themselves against Israel (Psalm 83:2-8; Ezekiel 38:2-16).  We see this happening now with the big three–Iran, Turkey, and Russia–joining together with the smaller nations of Libya, Ethiopia, and Sudan to align themselves against Israel.
  3. There will be a global economic collapse followed by revolution, war, and, possibly, martial law. Several passages in the Book of Revelation prophesy of this economic collapse (for example, Revelation 6:2-6; Revelation 13:16-17). We are seeing the beginnings of economic distress in the closing of businesses due to the pandemic, the drop in the value of the dollar, and the growing shortage of coins.
  4. There will be a great falling away from the faith. Hardly a day goes by that we do not hear of a Christian leader turning away from God and denouncing faith in Christianity. Thousands–if not millions–are turning away from righteousness and embracing wickedness. People are calling wrong right, and right, wrong, as 2 Thessalonians 2: 3 prophesies.

    These are only a few of the indications that we are in the end of the last days.

    All believers have been given the assignment to be a watchman in these last days, but, sadly, very few are fulfilling it. What about you? 

    Perhaps you don’t know how to be a watchman. Here are some suggestions:

    1. Pray. This is the first order of business. Watchmen get their orders from our Commander-in-Chief, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. These orders come as the result of prayer.

    2. Witness. Proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ at every opportunity. Souls hang in the balance.

    3. Act. Fulfill the Great Commission by healing the sick, casting out demons, and raising the dead. God has given us the power and authority of His Name to fulfill His Great Commission. If we fail to do so, the blood of the lost in our circle of influence will be on our heads.

    Only those born again in Jesus Christ can fulfill the Great Commission and be a watchman. If you have not been born again, pray this simple prayer with me now:

Lord Jesus, I come to You just as I am. I desire to be in relationship with You. Come into my life now. I receive You as my Savior and Lord. Make of me what You created me to be. In Your Name I pray. Amen.

If you prayed this simple prayer, please write to me at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. I would like to send you a little booklet that will help you get started in your walk with Christ. I also encourage you to get yourself a Bible and read it every single day. The Bible is God’s love letter to you, His manual for your life. In the Bible, God reveals Who He is, and He instructs you how to live.

Finally, ask the Lord to lead you to the church of His choice for you where you can learn about Him and have fellowship and encouragement with other Christ-Followers.

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Convergence: Clear Sign of the End Times

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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Convergence! What is it, and why is it a clear sign of the end times? Most of all, why should I care?
When Jesus walked the earth, He had much to say about the days we are living in today. One of His most significant statements occurs in Mark 13: 29 where He speaks of Himself and His return at the Rapture: “…when you see all these things taking place, you can know that His return is very near, right at the door.”
What things? 


In this passage, the things to which Jesus is referring are what we call the “signs of the end times.” These signs include earthquakes, horrific storms, pestilence, apostasy, depravity of mind, rebellion, and lawlessness, among others. Not only will these horrors increase in frequency, but they will also increase in intensity.

“Well,” you may protest, “there have always been earthquakes, storms, disease, rebellion, and lawlessness. What’s so different now?”

The difference is that all of these evils are now converging—or occurring and coming together–at the same time.

Until now, we would hear of an occasional earthquake, a hurricane once or twice a year, a few outbreaks of disease here and there, a modicum of crimes, etc.  But today we are witnessing these things happening one after another, with seeming no respite in between. If we are honest, we have to admit that the world has gone crazy, calling evil good and good evil.

So, what are some of the signs that are converging? Here are ten of the most significant ones:

1–The Jews have returned to Israel, their homeland. In the seventh century B.C., the prophet Jeremiah prophesied this: “’So then, the days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when people will no longer say, “As surely as the Lord lives, who brought the Israelites up out of Egypt,” but they will say, “As surely as the Lord lives, who brought the descendants of Israel up out of the land of the north and out of all the countries where he had banished them.” Then they will live in their own land.’” Other Scriptural references of the return of the Jews to Israel are found in Isaiah 11: 12, Ezekiel 39: 28, and Psalm 107.3.

We have been witnessing this return of the Jews to Israel for at least the last 70 years. Thousands continue to return from all parts of the globe. 

2–The Jews have resumed control of Jerusalem. In 1967, during the “Six-Day War,” the Jews regained control of Jerusalem, and last year, they celebrated the 50th anniversary of their resumption of control. In Luke 21, Jesus prophesied that when the Jews regained control of Jerusalem, His return would soon follow (Luke 21: 24-28).

3–There has been and continues to be a great increase in world travel and growth of information.
In Daniel 12: 4, the prophet Daniel, who lived from 620-538 B.C., wrote this about the last days: “Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.”  How could Daniel have known this except by the Spirit of God?

4–Israel will be surrounded by her enemies. This is happening before our very eyes. Russia, Turkey, and Iran have established military posts in close proximity to Israel. Enemy nations continue to call Israel the “occupier” and are claiming that the land of Israel does not belong to Israel. The goal of these enemies is Israel’s oil and gas. They will attack Israel for these spoils in the war prophesied in Psalm 83: “Come, let us wipe away the nation of Israel. Let’s destroy the memory of its existence” (Psalm 83:4) and “Let us take for ourselves these pasturelands of God” (Psalm 83:12).

5–Israel will have a mighty army. She does. The prophet Zechariah prophesied that in the end times, “even the weakest Israeli soldier will be like David” (Zechariah 12:8). 

6–Europe will be united. Daniel prophesied the formation of the European Union and the resurgence of the Roman Empire through that union. See Daniel 7. The Book of Revelation, chapter 17, also prophesies the establishment of the EU.

7–A military alliance called the “Gog-Magog Alliance” will be formed and will include Russia, Iran, Turkey, and a few other Muslim nations. This alliance is being formed as I write and will eventually attack Israel, as prophesied in Ezekiel 38 and 39.

8–Jerusalem will become a “stumbling block.” This was prophesied by the prophet Zechariah in Zechariah 12: 2 and is now coming to pass. Just watch the daily news and view some of the proceedings at the United Nations. Jerusalem is a major point of contention and confusion to the nations. 

9–The convergence of signs will increase in frequency and intensity, like the contractions of a woman in labor. How often are we hearing terms like “unprecedented” regarding storms, illnesses, etc.?  Are we not witnessing more frequent and more intense hurricanes and earthquakes?

10–The Gospel will be preached throughout the entire world. This is happening via the Internet and Social Media, among other venues. Modern technology has made the preaching of the Gospel to all four corners of the earth not only possible but actual.

Significantly, our generation is the generation that is witnessing this rapid convergence of signs. This tells us that the return of Christ is very, very near.

So, what does this convergence mean for you? For me? Why should we care?

“Convergence is the most significant prophetic sign of our day.” 

The reason we should care is that our eternal destiny depends on what we do with these signs of the times. Will we take them seriously and allow them to cause us to repent of our sins and turn to God? Or we will simply ignore them and go on our merry way, oblivious to the fact that, if we do not repent, we will spend eternity in hell, separated from God?

Convergence is considered by many authoritative prophecy experts as “the number one prophetic sign” of our day.* More than any other sign, convergence points to the imminent return of Jesus Christ to remove His true followers from earth in the stunning event called the Rapture so that they will escape the “wrath to come”–the horrific seven-year time period called the “Great Tribulation.”

Will you be among those who will escape? 

How can you know?

You can know by making a decision right now to accept Jesus Christ as the Only One Who can save you. Will you do that now?

No person can save himself. We all need a Savior. Jesus Christ alone is that Savior. He is extending to you now, as you read this, His loving invitation to accept the gift of eternal life that He died to give you. Will you accept it? Or will you remain in your rebellion and sin and suffer the eternal consequences of your sin?

Yes, we are all sinners. Not one of us is without sin. All of us need a Savior. Jesus is that Savior. Receive Him now before it is too late.

How? 

Repent of your sins. Call on His Name to save you. Invite Him into your life. Embrace Him as Your Savior and Lord. Then follow in His ways. Obey His teachings as found in the Holy Bible. Find a good church where you can be taught the truth from God’s Word. Study the Bible for yourself. Talk to God regularly, and expect Him to lead you into all truth. Then, tell others about Jesus. 

Do not be among the many scoffers who continue to mock and make light of these signs. Be among those who recognize them as God’s loving warning to repent and be saved.

And remember the words of Jesus in Luke 21: 28: “So when all these things begin to happen, stand and look up, for your salvation is near!”

Prayer for Today: Lord God, I ask that You would touch the hearts of all those who read this post. If they do not know Jesus, move upon their hearts to receive Him now. If they already know Jesus, move upon their hearts with a renewed fire to tell others about Him. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

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*Source cited: “The Number One Prophetic Sign: Convergence” http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=1164

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15 SIGNS THAT WE ARE IN THE END TIMES-Part 3

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Today’s post is Part 3 of my three-part series titled “15 Signs That We Are in the End Times,”  based on a recent video by Jan Markell of Olive Tree Ministries. Today, we look at the last five signs of the end times:

SIGN #11:  A World without Borders.  Steps are afoot, particularly in Europe, to remove borders between countries. The goal is to allow people to travel from one country to another without a passport. Considerable progress has already been made toward this goal that is a prelude to the one-world government ruled by the AntiChrist. Numbers 20:14-21 clearly addresses God’s view regarding borders.

SIGN #12: The Apostate Church. The Apostate Church is the false Church that will arise to form the one-world religion. This Apostate Church preaches a counterfeit Christianity that sounds good but is straight from the pit of hell. This Church will call evil good (consider homosexuality, transgenderism, abortion) and will preach a “feel-good” Gospel that will “tickle the ears” of congregants. Scripture warns against this in 2 Timothy 4: 3-4: For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.”

SIGN #13: Escalating Birth Pains. Just as a woman’s contractions increase the closer she gets to giving birth, so will the earth’s contractions increase the closer we get to the birth of the Kingdom of God. The Bible says this: For you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, ‘Peace and safety,’ destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. (1 Thessalonians 5:2,3).  The earth’s birth pains are revealed in increasingly devastating earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions. Scientists are predicting an upsurge in earthquakes in 2018. 

SIGN #14: Persecution of Christians. It is estimated that there have been more Christians persecuted for their faith in the 20th and 21st centuries than in all of prior history. And Christian persecution is on the rise. The Bible prophesies this in Matthew 24: 9: “Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.” We must stand fast in the faith, trusting in God’s grace to sustain us as persecution against Christians increases.

SIGN #15: Convergence. Perhaps you’ve heard people say that there have always been earthquakes, hurricanes, and volcanic eruptions, and throughout history, those who have chosen to follow Christ have been persecuted. So, what makes our times any different? The answer is convergence. Convergence is the occurrence of all these things at the same time and in increasing intensity and frequency. Yes, the world has always had catastrophes, but they have occurred at intervals. Today, we see one thing after another, coming in rapid succession and with greater intensity, leaving massive destruction in its wake.

In closing, I encourage you to visit Jan Markell’s website at http://www.olivetreeviews.org for more details on the above information. I also encourage you to watch the message below that she presented to the congregation of Calvary Chapel, Kaneohe, Hawaii. Credit is given to Ms. Markell for listing the 15 signs discussed in this blog post.

Jan Markell: Are We the Terminal Generation? 15 Signs of His Imminent Return


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SOLAR ECLIPSE: A WARNING FROM GOD

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

Guard your heart above all else,
for it determines the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4: 23


PLEASE NOTE: I am sending this post early because it is time-sensitive. 

The United States is gearing up for a major event that will occur on Monday, August 21, 2017: the Total Solar Eclipse that will traverse our country from the Northwest to the Southeast. 

This is an event of major significance in that it is a warning from God calling us to repentance, both as individuals and as a nation. The eclipse will occur only over the United States and over its expanse, meaning this is a message specifically for America.  So, we must take special heed!
 

The  Bible tells us that God speaks to us through the signs in the sky (Genesis 1: 14).  The question is: Are we listening?

God issues these celestial warnings out of His infinite love for us. He is saying that if we don’t repent, we will bring judgment and great suffering on ourselves because we have disobeyed His commands. (See the Book of Revelation). 
 
Please take this warning to heart and warn your children and grandchildren.  This is not something to take lightly and to brush off.  Your eternal destiny and theirs are at stake.
 
 
Many Biblical scholars and other Christians believe that the Lord’s return for His Church in an event called the Rapture is at hand, and that this eclipse is meant to prepare us for the Lord’s return.  Only those who have been born again will be removed from the earth and will escape the great Tribulation which will soon come upon the entire world with the rise of the AntiChrist. Those who have not accepted Christ as Savior and Lord will be left behind and will endure the Tribulation. This will be a seven-year period of horrific suffering and oppression such as the world has never seen.
 

You do NOT want to be left behind! Accept Jesus Christ now as your Savior and Lord and spend eternity in His Presence. Here is a simple prayer to be born again:

“Lord Jesus, I come to You now just as I am—broken, bruised, and empty inside. I’ve made a mess of my life, and I need You to fix it. Please forgive me of all of my sins. I accept You now as my personal Savior and as the Lord of my life. Thank You for dying for me so that I might live. As I give you my life, I trust that You will make of me all that You’ve created me to be. Amen.”

If you sincerely prayed this prayer, you are now a child of God and a follower of Jesus Christ. Please write to me at drmaryann@maryanndiorioministries.com. I would like to send you a booklet to help you get started in your walk with Jesus. 

Now, it’s YOUR turn: Are you listening for God’s voice as He speaks through His signs in the sky? Are you looking up for the imminent return of Jesus Christ for His Bride? How are you preparing for His return? 

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ARE YOU WATCHING FOR THE RETURN OF CHRIST?

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, Your Virtual Life Coach

“Guard your heart above all else,
for it determines the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4: 23

While the world goes about its daily routine, a major event is brewing in the spirit realm: The return of Jesus Christ for all those who have been born again. This event that will stun the world is known as the Rapture.

Are you paying attention to the signs of the times? If not, I urge you to wake up, for the time is short!

You may be thinking, I’ve heard this before. How can I know for sure that this is not just another false alarm? After all, people have been warning for decades that Jesus is coming soon. Aren’t you just being an alarmist?

I hear you. But, let me remind you of the following warning signs the Bible gives of Christ’s return in the Rapture:

1–The order of business will be life as usual. People are living their lives as usual, most of them clueless as to the real meaning of what is going on in the world. Complacency is the name of the game, as is a refusal to recognize the signs of the times.

Matthew 24: 37-39:  “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.”

2–There will be worldwide deception as men embrace the lie, resulting in minds that can no longer think straight and abominable acts that not even animals perpetrate. Apostasy is on the rise, with mainline churches’ embracing a “feel-good” gospel that is not at all the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Matthew 24: 4-5: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many.”

Romans 1: 28: “Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done.”

3–Lawlessness will prevail. Everywhere we turn, we see riots in the streets, whether in our own country or in foreign countries. Rebellion against authority is at an all-time high. 

Matthew 24: 12: “And because there will be more and more lawlessness, most people’s love will grow cold.

4- Selfishness will abound. Man will become his own god. The self will reign supreme.

2 Timothy 3: 1: “But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power;”

For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the Christians who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever.”
– 1 Thessalonians 4: 16-17

Interestingly, when Jesus came to earth the first time, He rebuked the Pharisees and Sadducees for not recognizing the signs of His coming.

Matthew 16: 1-4: The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and tested him by asking him to show them a sign from heaven. He replied, ‘When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,’ and in the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. A wicked and adulterous generation looks for a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah.’ Jesus then left them and went away.’

Why will He not rebuke us as well for not recognizing the signs of His second coming?

I urge you to pay attention to what is happening in the world around us. Most of all, prepare yourself for the return of our Lord. He is at the threshold, ready to appear to those of us who are looking for Him.

Whatever you do, don’t be left behind!

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