How Close Are We to the End?

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 April 26, 2021, and this is Episode #12 of Series 2021. This episode is titled “How Close Are We to the End?”

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Any thinking person realizes that things are not what they used to be in this world. We not only sense that something isn’t right, but we wonder if things will ever return to normal.

Well, let me encourage you today. Not by promising you that things will return to normal, because I personally do not believe they will. But let me encourage you with the wonderful news that, no matter what happens in the world, if you follow Jesus Christ, you have a great future ahead of you!

You might be asking, “Dr. MaryAnn, how can you say such a thing? Is your head in the sand?”

No! Not at all. My head is very much above the sand. I’m continually looking around, observing current events, and comparing them with what the Bible says about our day. And, yes! The Bible has a lot to say about the day we’re living in. 

Yes, the Bible. That ancient book that most people have never read. That ancient book that God gave us as our life manual. That ancient book that provides the answer to every situation we will ever face in life.

So, what does the Bible say about the days we are living in? The Bible says that when certain things begin to happen in our world, we can know that the return of Jesus Christ is near.

For those of you who do not know, Jesus Christ came to earth the first time two thousand years ago as a man in order to die for our sins, to rise again from the dead, and to restore man to God’s original intent for man. After Jesus accomplished His amazing victory over sin and death, He returned to Heaven for a time, promising that He would one day return for those who follow Him.

That return will take place in a cataclysmic event called the Rapture, which means an instantaneous “catching away” or removal from the earth of all of His true disciples. At the Rapture, Jesus will appear in the sky and take from the earth all those who are born again and follow Him. Only those who know Him will see Him. All others will be left behind to endure the most horrific period in human history known as the Tribulation.

In the past year, since Covid came on the scene, the world has had a small taste of what it will be like during the Tribulation. Our freedoms will be increasingly taken from us as the New World Order takes over the world. Here are some signs predicted in the Bible of what we would witness in the earth shortly before the Rapture:

1. Talk of “peace and security.” Hardly a single day goes by that we don’t hear or read the phrase “peace and security” or “peace and safety.”  Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians, chapter 5, verse 3, says this: “For when they say, ‘Peace and safety!’ then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.” 

Pay particular attention to how many times you hear or read the phrase “peace and security” or “peace and safety” during your daily routine. You may be surprised.

2. Increasing lawlessness and violence. Matthew 24: 12 tells us that “because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.” We are seeing that today. Division is increasing in society, families, and even churches. Everywhere we turn, there is discord, division, and destruction.

3. Talk of the Third Temple. In 2 Thessalonians 2: 1-4, the Bible says this: “Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to Him, we ask you, brothers, not to be easily disconcerted or alarmed by any sprit or message or letter seeing to be from us alleging that the Day of the Lord has already come. Let no one deceive you in any way for it will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness–the son of destruction–is revealed. He will oppose and exalt himself above every so-called god or object of worship. So he will seat himself in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God.”

If you go to the website TempleInstitute.org, you will discover that everything is ready to build the Third Temple. All garments and all utensils have been crafted and are ready to be put to use. Even the required red heifer has been bred for the first time in 2000 years. It is being said that the Jews could rebuild the temple in 90 days once they get permission to do so. Part of the upcoming peace treaty may very well include permission to the Jews to rebuild the Temple in exchange for the dividing of Jerusalem. 

4. An exponential increase in strong delusion and deception. It is no secret that the world has gone crazy, and now even the Church seems to be going crazy. We have so-called pastors joining Planned Parenthood to support its agenda. We have so-called pastors supporting homosexuality and transgenderism. We have so-called Christians saying that right is wrong and wrong is right. Nearly every day we read of some so-called Christian blatantly and brazenly opposing God’s Word and calling it truth.

We are seeing the fulfillment of Romans 1: 28 KJV: “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient.”  The New Living Translation says it like this: “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.”

“Reprobate” means depraved and foolish. A reprobate mind is a mind that can no longer think straight because it is separated from God Who is Truth. 

5. The regathering of the Jews. The Bible speaks of this in Isaiah 11: 10-12: “In that day the Lord will reach out His hand a second time to bring back the remnant of His people–those who remain in Assyria and northern Egypt; in southern Egypt, Ethiopia and Elam; in Babylonia, Hamath, and all the distant coastlands. He will raise a flag among the nations and assemble the exiles of Israel. He will gather the scattered people of Judah from the ends of the earth.”

This Scripture began to be fulfilled when Israel became a nation in a single day on May 14, 1948. Isaiah 66: 8 NLT foretells this miraculous event: “Who has ever seen anything as strange as this? Who ever heard of such a thing? Has a nation ever been born in a single day? Has a country ever come forth in a mere moment?” Once Israel was established as a nation, Jews began returning to Israel since they now had a homeland to which to return. 

Matthew 24: 34 states this: “This generation will not pass away until all these things take place.” What generation? The generation that saw the birth of Israel in a single day. This generation will not pass away until all the prophecies in Matthew 24 are fulfilled. How long is a generation? Biblically, a generation is between 40 and 80 years. This generation in which we now live–the generation that witnessed the birth of Israel in a single day–will be 73 years old on May 14th of this year of 2021 and will soon reach its 80th birthday in 2028. Does this mean that the Tribulation is at hand? I believe so.

6. A world without borders. A world without borders is a move toward a one-world order. It is a move toward the elimination of nationalism–in other words, the elimination of individual countries–and toward the establishment of one global community, While this may sound like a wonderful plan, it blatantly violates God’s Word.

The Lord established the nations, He says in Psalm 2: 8, “Ask of Me, and I will give you the nations for your inheritance.” Nations are God’s idea, and, as the Bible predicts, man’s attempt to abolish God’s idea will result in catastrophe.

7. The alignment of nations in the Middle East. Two significant events stand out here. First, we have the coalition forming among Russia, Turkey, and Iran. This coalition is preparing the way for the invasion of Israel by these three countries. The second significant event is the alignment of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain with Israel in the Abraham Accords. It looks very probable that Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries will also sign the agreement. Scripture predicts that the Arab nations which, heretofore, were against Israel, would, in the last days, side with Israel. 

8. A pope who, in some areas, defies the Word of God. In an attempt to promote a one-world religion, Pope Francis has repeatedly violated God’s Word by holding joint religious services with Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and leaders from other false world religions. The Bible makes very clear in 2 Corinthians 6: 14 that light and darkness have no fellowship with each other. From all appearances, Pope Francis could be the False Prophet predicted in Revelation 16 who establishes a one-world-religion in the last days.

9. The current technological explosion that is preparing the way for the Mark of the Beast.  Some Bible scholars believe that the image of the beast in the Temple will be a construct of artificial intelligence or AI. At the 2020 World Economic Forum held in Davos, Switzerland, Professor Yuval Harari, Professor of History at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, gave a chilling talk on the advances of AI technology, some of them sinister from a Biblical point of view. You can listen for yourself on YouTube.

Revelation 13: 16-18 predicts this: “He [the AntiChrist] required everyone–small and great, rich and poor, free and slave–to be given a mark on the right hand or on the forehead, And no one could buy or sell anything without that mark, which was either the name of the beast or the number representing his name. Wisdom is needed here, Let the one with understanding solve the meaning of the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. His number is 666.” 

Already, we are seeing precursors of technology that could lead to the mark of the beast in Amazon’s recent introduction of Amazon One Palm, where one uses the palm of his hand to pay for a purchase. I went to Amazon’s website introducing the One Palm feature and read this (and I quote): “The first step is to insert your credit card. Next, hover your palm over the device and follow the prompts to associate that card with the unique palm signature being built for you by our computer vision technology in real time. You’ll have the option to enroll with just one palm or both. And that’s it–you’re now signed up.”

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Bottom line, the world is being programmed to submit to the New World Order.
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If we have eyes to see and ears to hear, we can discern that Amazon One Palm is programming the world to receive the mark of the beast. The mark of the beast will be required in order to buy or sell. We are already seeing glimpses of this future restriction in the so-called “vaccine passport” where people are prohibited from traveling unless they have been vaccinated.

The mark of the beast will eventually be something in the hand or forehead–possibly a computer chip–that will contain all of one’s identifying data, including medical and personal, and will mark one as as having given allegiance to the beast who, of course, is the AntiChrist or Satan personified. According to the Bible, those who give allegiance to the AntiChrist will be doomed to Hell forever. This truth is foretold in Revelation 20: 15 NLT: “And anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire.”

You may be thinking, “Dr. MaryAnn, aren’t you going a bit too far?” I would say to you, ‘Don’t take my word for it. Do your own homework. Study the Bible and compare what is predicted in the Bible with what you read in the daily newspaper headlines, with what you hear on the news, and with what you see before your very eyes.

Bottom line, the world is being programmed to submit to the New World Order, and the globalists are using fear to further their agenda of subduing the entire world. When man fears, he allows what he fears to rob him of his freedom. In the case of our world now, man fears Covid 19, and he is allowing his fear of Covid to plunge him into tyranny.

Jesus said this in Matthew 11: 15: “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” The New Living Translation translates Jesus’ words as follows: “Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand!”

Do you have ears to hear? If not, I urge you to sharpen your hearing by studying the Holy Bible.

What is happening in the United States today closely parallels what happened in Nazi Germany in the 1930s. The New World Order is taking over our nation under the guise of Covid fear and the Great Reset. If America does not repent and turn back to God, there is no hope for our nation to survive.

I say all of this not to spread doom and gloom but to alert the Church to be ready for persecution. Despite the evil around us, we can have hope because all of these signs of the times remind us that our redemption is drawing near. And that gives us great cause for rejoicing. It is very exciting to think that we may be the generation that sees the Lord’s Glorious Appearing in the sky to remove His followers from the earth.

But we must occupy until our Lord comes. We must tell others that only Jesus Christ saves, that only Jesus Christ heals, that only Jesus Christ sets people free.

If you have not yet accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, I urge you to do so now. He is coming back soon for those of us who follow Him. Those who do not follow Him will be left behind to go through the worst time in human history, a seven-year period of horror the Bible calls the Tribulation. Do not be one of those left behind. Accept Jesus Christ now!

Just pray this simple prayer with me:

Lord Jesus, I need You to save me. I am a sinner in need of Your mercy and grace. I ask You now to come into my life. I receive You as my personal Savior and the Lord of my life. Forgive me of my sin. Thank You for welcoming me into Your family. In Your Name, I pray. Amen.

If you prayed this prayer sincerely, please write to me at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. I would like to send you a free e-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 teaches 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. It is critically important in these last days to fellowship with other believers who are mature in Christ and can guide you as you grow in Him.

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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.

For those of you who may not know, I write fiction about many of the issues I deal with in this blog and podcast.  I encourage you to visit my website bookstore at maryanndiorio.com/book-table

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Thank you so much for listening. This is Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, novelist and life coach, reminding you that God loves you just as you are and just where you are, and that He will help you to keep on Winning with the Word.

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Convergence: Clear Sign of the End Times

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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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Warning Signs of the End Times

As I go about my daily life, I’ve been taking a poll among the people with whom I come in contact. Here is the question I ask them: “Do you have a feeling that something huge is about to happen in the world very soon?”  Without fail, everyone says yes

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Some expound in detail on what they think is going to happen. Others just express an uneasiness, a concern, a fear.

What about you? Do you have a feeling something major is about to happen on the world scene? If so, you are not alone. I do, too. Here’s why.

As an avid student of world events and Bible prophecy, I see a clear convergence of the two in our day. When I read my Bible in the morning and then read the world news, the information is virtually the same. In some cases, uncannily and exactly the same.

In other cases, my Bible predicts some major events that are shaping up and, according to the way world events are unfolding, these major events may take place in the very near future, like the month of September 2015. God does everything based on the Hebrew calendar.  Here are some of the events that, according to the Hebrew calendar, will likely occur in September 2015:

September 11 or shortly thereafter (Elul 29 in the Hebrew calendar): There is expected to be a major economic collapse either on or shortly after September 11th. September 13th marks the end of the Shemitah year. The Shemitah year was the seventh year in a cycle of seven years during which God commanded all debts be released. If the Shemitah was not observed, the people experienced God’s judgment.

To witness: September 17, 2001 (Elul 29), the market crashed; September 29, 2008 (Elul 29), the market crashed; September 13, 2015 (Elul 29), the market should crash. But it’s a Sunday and the market is closed, so the crash will likely occur either before the 13th or after the 13th. The last day the market is open is 9/11. In both 2001 and 2008, Elul 29 fell on a Monday, so it is possible that the market crash will occur on Monday, September 14th.

September 15th: The UN Security Council convenes. Either on that day or shortly thereafter, France will propose a UN resolution to establish a Palestinian state. This may occur on September 15th, which is Rosh Hashanah, which also happens to be the 60-day deadline for Congress to vote on the peace treaty with Iran. For the first time in history, the United States will most likely not support Israel. Scripture says this about any nation supporting the division of the land of Israel:

“FOR BEHOLD, in those days and at that time when I shall reverse the captivity and restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem (that happened in the Six-Day War,) I will gather all nations and will bring them down into the Valley of Jehoshaphat, and there will I deal with and execute judgment upon them for their treatment of My people and of My heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations and because they have divided My land.” (Joel 3:1-2, explanation and emphasis mine).

September 14 (Tishri 1 in the Hebrew Calendar): There will be a partial eclipse of the sun which will be seen in the area of the South Pole. In the Bible, a solar eclipse always symbolizes a warning to the nations. There was also a solar eclipse visible at the North Pole on March 20, 2015 (Nisan 1 in the Hebrew calendar). Solar eclipses represent God’s judgment upon the nations.

September 24 (Tishri 10): According to TorahCalendar.com, September 24th is the Day of Atonement aka Yom Kippur. This day marks the end of the 6000th year (or six millennia) since God created the universe. Immediately thereafter, the seventh millennium begins. According to the Bible, Jesus Christ comes back at the end of the sixth millennium or when the 6000th year since creation ends. The 6000th year ends on September 24, 2015.

In Daniel 9:25, Scripture says this: “… that from the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Messiah, the Prince, there will be seven weeks . . . .” In the Bible, a week represents a year. Seven weeks, therefore, represent seven years. So seven weeks of years represent 49 years. If you multiply this by 360 days in a Hebrew year, that equals 17, 640 days.

Jerusalem was recaptured by the Jews on June 7, 1967 and was restored to them on that day. If we count 17, 640 days from June 7, 1967, we reach September 24, 2015, which is the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur). This means, therefore, that Jesus Christ could return on September 24 to rapture (take out of the earth) those who have been born again and have been obedient to Him. All others will remain behind and suffer the atrocities of the Anti-Christ and the Tribulation. Be forewarned!

September 28th: The fourth of the Blood Moons in the Blood Moon Tetrad will appear in the skies on this day. According to NASA, there will not be another tetrad of blood moons associated with an eclipse for another 600 years, and there will not be another tetrad of blood moons all occurring on Jewish feasts for another 1000 years. Moreover, since 1948, there have been three instances of blood moon tetrads all falling on Jewish feasts. Prior to the one in 1948, the last blood moon tetrad falling on Jewish feasts occurred in 1492.

The Hebrew calendar consists of seven feasts, four in the Spring and three in the Fall. The Spring feasts (First Fruits, Unleavened Bread, Passover, and Pentecost) predicted the first coming of Jesus Christ to earth. Every prediction was fulfilled exactly as recorded beforehand in the Bible.

The Fall feasts predict the Second Coming of Jesus Christ to earth. The Fall Feasts are the Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah), the Feast of Atonement (Yom Kippur), and the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot).

The prophecies for Christ’s second coming are now being fulfilled before our very eyes. Do not ignore these signs!

We have been told for years that we cannot know the day and nor the hour of Christ’s return. But we can discern the signs of the time of His return. Let’s read the entire Scripture verse and not just the first part of it: I Thessalonians 5:2-5:

“For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, ‘There is peace and security,’ then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness.  (Emphasis mine). 

This passage clearly shows that God’s children are supposed to know and interpret correctly the signs of the times. If you are not God’s child, you will be blinded to these truths and will not be able to grasp them because they are comprehended and understood only by a born-again spirit. So, if you want to know the truth, become God’s child and be born again. Click here to find out how to receive Jesus as your Savior and Lord:

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