Have We Reached 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 Monday, July 19, 2021, and this is Episode #24 of Series 2021. This episode is titled “Have We Reached the End?”

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The world has gone crazy. Everywhere I turn, people are calling good, evil, and evil, good. Violence abounds as people disregard the law because they know they will not be punished for doing so. Police authority is almost non-existent, while retail stores are closing because of the incredible looting taking place.

But I’m not surprised. Why not? Because Jesus predicted this very thing would happen shortly before He returns to earth to remove His followers. Listen to what He said in Matthew 24: 3-8: 

“While Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately. ‘Tell us,’ they said, ‘when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming and of the end of the age?’Jesus answered, ‘See to it that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, claiming, “I am the Christ,” and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. These things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.'”

Sad to say, most people aren’t paying attention to the warnings of Jesus. In fact, most people are clueless that such warnings even exist. Yet, the warnings of Christ have a major implication for your life. Yes, YOUR life. You ignore them at your own peril.

And I don’t mean just peril on this earth. I mean peril after you die. For, you see, Christ’s warnings have everything to do with what happens to you after you die. And yes, as much as you hate to think about it, one day you will die. And at that moment, you’ll be so glad you listened to what I am about to tell you.

You see, world events are converging just as the Bible said they would. The Bible predicts that Russia, Turkey, and Iran will form a coalition and invade Israel. Guess what? Russia, Turkey, and Iran recently formed a coalition with the purpose of conquering Israel.

The Bible predicts that people will not be able to think straight shortly before Jesus returns. Well, guess what? People are no longer thinking straight. They can’t tell the difference between a man and a woman. They think that killing babies in abortion is okay. They have no problem lying, stealing, and cheating to get ahead. 

The Bible predicts that there would be an increase in the number and in the intensity of earthquakes shortly before Jesus returns. Guess what? We have witnessed an extraordinarily high number of earthquakes throughout the world, many in areas where there have been no known earthquakes. And the intensity of these earthquakes has also been increasing.

The Bible predicts that there would be famines, droughts, and pestilence before Jesus returns. Guess what? We are seeing droughts in the United States like never before. Pestilence has covered the earth in the form of Covid 19, and people are starving all over the world.

Well, Dr. MaryAnn, you might protest, there have always been droughts and famines and pestilences. So what’s different now?

What’s different is that all of these things are happening at once and with increasing numbers and intensity. The Bible describes this convergence of events as “the beginning of birth pains” (Matthew 24: 8). Just as a woman’s birth pains increase in frequency and intensity the closer she gets to delivery, so are the earth’s birth pains increasing in frequency and intensity the closer we get to the return of Christ and His establishment of His New Kingdom.

So, what does all of this mean for you? It means your eternal destiny, that’s what it means. So listen up! 

You were created by God with a spirit and a soul that will live forever. Regardless of what anyone tells you, your existence will not end when you die. Yes, your body will become an empty shell, but only because your spirit and soul will have left it to live elsewhere. Where your spirit and soul live after you die is a choice that only you can make. And you need to make that choice BEFORE you die, because afterward, it will be too late.

So, what are your choices? There are only two: Heaven or Hell.

Most people today don’t believe in Hell. They even joke about it, saying that it would be more fun to go there since all of their friends will be there. But, let me assure you that Hell is no party. Hell is a place of torment that will never end. It is a place of utter isolation and eternal separation from God and all of your friends, even if they go to Hell, too.

To think that Hell is one big party is the height of foolishness and the height of deception. You see, you have an arch enemy. His name is Satan. He is the god of Hell, and he wants to drag you there to suffer with him for all eternity. As the saying goes, misery loves company.

So, don’t be fooled by Satan. He hates you and will do everything to bring you down. But Jesus, on the other hand, loves you and has done everything to save you from Satan. He gave His life for you by dying on a Cross. In that act of ultimate self-sacrifice, Jesus took the rap for your sins. He took the punishment that you should have taken so that you wouldn’t have to take it. And what was that punishment? It was an eternity in Hell.

The Bible says in John 15: 13 that “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” Jesus laid down His life for you. He didn’t have to do this, but He did. Why? Because He loves you and wants you to live with Him forever.

But the choice is yours. Do you want to spend forever with Satan or with Jesus? To me, this is a no-brainer. I hope it is to you as well.

Perhaps you already know Jesus. If so, I urge you to be bold in telling others about Him. Perhaps you will be instrumental in saving someone from the eternal fire of Hell.

If you do not yet know Jesus, I urge you to accept Him now. Don’t wait another minute!  Jesus could return for His own at any moment. Don’t be left behind!

To receive Jesus Christ Who is Eternal Life, pray this simple prayer with me now:

Lord Jesus, I need You. I want to spend eternity with you. I need You to heal me, Lord. I need You to set me free. So, I invite You into my life now.  I receive You as my personal Savior and the Lord of my life. Thank You for forgiving me and bringing me into Your family. Thank You for saving me. Thank You for giving me eternal life. I pray this in Your Name. Amen.

If you sincerely prayed this prayer, 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 who can guide you as you grow in Him.

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When a young, female auditor discovers evidence that the man she loves is an embezzler, she must choose between ruining him or ruining herself.

Amy Torelli, Chief Auditor for New York City-based Enson Pharmaceuticals, is assigned to audit the books of Enson’s Italian branch in the enchanting city of Milan, Italy. Having made an inner vow never to trust a man again because of her father’s betrayal, Amy finds herself falling in love with Enson Italia’s American-born Vice-President, Ted Masters. Will Ted be the one to cause her to break her inner vow?

Ted McMasters is on the run. A run from rejection. From himself. From God. Having been wounded by a father who made him feel worthless, and having been dumped by the woman he wanted to marry, Ted is determined to keep all women at bay. But will Amy Torelli be the reason he changes his mind?
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The Church in America is on the verge of a tremendous spiritual awakening, an awakening that will first be fueled by persecution unlike anything we have ever seen before in this land. Indeed, a prophetic word given in my home church during the month of November gave this warning to the Church: “Prepare for the fire of persecution!”

But the Church is not ready for this persecution. For the most part, the Church in America has been weak and lukewarm. Flabby and lazy. Consumed with the world and not with the things of God. As a result, the Church has been deceived and has subverted the divine order of things.

In THE IRON SAINT, Dr. MaryAnn Diorio seeks to help equip the saints for the work of true, integritous, and effective ministry. As a teacher in the Body of Christ, it is her burning desire to help correct this devastating error.

In THE IRON SAINT, Dr. Diorio has outlined a plan of action for strengthening the Church through uncompromising obedience to the Word of God. This plan of action is based on her own 50 years of walking with the Lord and being led by His Holy Spirit.

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How Close Are We to the End?

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

WINNING WITH THE WORD

“Winning with the Word” is a weekly blog that will help you to be a winner in life by applying God’s principles for living the abundant life as found in the Bible, God’s manual for life.

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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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For those of you who may not know, I write fiction about many of the issues I deal with in this blog and podcast. My latest novel, Miracle in Milan, will be released in June. But you can pre-order a copy now on Amazon.com for only $0.99. I also encourage you to visit my website bookstore at maryanndiorio.com/book-table . 

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Finally, be sure to check out my latest book, The Iron Saint. This book, modeled after The Iron Man triathlon, talks about the coming persecution of the Church in America and how you can prepare for it. The Iron Saint is available on Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and other major book purchasing venues. You may also find it on my website at maryanndiorio.com/book-table. Get a copy for your pastor as well. 

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Now Available for Pre-Order: Dr. MaryAnn’s latest novel, Miracle in Milan.

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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, June 22, 2020. Today’s Podcast is Episode #25 in Series 2020 and is titled “7 Signs That the Tribulation Is at Hand.”

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Are you trying to make sense of what is going on in the world? If so, you are not alone. Sound-minded people everywhere are asking, “What is happening to my country? To the world?”  As always, the answer to those questions is found in the Bible.

Yes, the Bible. Now before you get all bent out of shape, do yourself a favor and hear me out.

Two-thirds of the Bible tells about what is happening in our world today. Do you find that surprising? Well, when you get to know God, you won’t find that surprising at all. You see, God wants us to know what is going on as a warning to us to prepare for the return of Jesus Christ.

But more on that later. Right now, I want to give you seven signs straight from the Bible that prove we are in the last days before Jesus Christ will return to remove His Church from the earth. That event is called the Rapture, and it will occur before the Tribulation.

Sadly, most pastors in America are not teaching their flocks about this event. But you don’t need a pastor to teach you. You can learn it for yourself in the Bible. Read the following books: Daniel, Ezekiel, Jeremiah, and Zechariah in the Old Testament, and Matthew, 1Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, and Revelation in the New Testament.

Now, on to the seven signs that the Tribulation is at hand:

Sign #1: Lawlessness and Violence (Matthew 24: 12; 2 Thessalonians 2: 3; Revelation 9: 21). In Matthew 24: 12 and 2 Thessalonians 2: 3, the Bible warns that in the last days, a spirit of lawlessness will take over the earth. This means that people will no longer respect civil authority and will take authority into their own hands. In other words, they will rebel.

We are seeing this happening before our very eyes in Washington state, where rioters have taken over a portion of a city and declared it a separate country. A year ago, this would have been unthinkable. Yet, it is happening now as I write.

To further lawlessness, protesters are demanding that our police be defunded. This is insanity of the highest degree. Imagine a society with no deterrent to crime. That is the kind of world we will live in if we don’t do something to stop it.

Along with lawlessness, violence will increase. We read this in Revelation 9: 21: “Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts.” In major cities, statues are being overturned by violent protesters. Murders and looting are increasing in major cities like Chicago and Los Angeles. Violence against specific groups is also increasing, including violence against Christians and Jews. Which brings us to—

Sign #2. Anti-Semitism (Matthew 24: 15-20). Anti-Semitism is on the rise. Synagogues are being damaged and destroyed. Many Jews, particularly in some of the Northeastern states of the United States, are returning to Israel to live. 

Sign #3: Surrender of Rights (Revelation 13: 7-17). As a result of the Corona virus panic, people have given up their Constitutional rights in exchange for “peace and security.”  We have become like sheep going to the slaughter, and most Americans don’t seem to care. The Globalists have us right where they want us. Their experiment, via the Corona virus, has gotten them the results they expected. They are dealing with weak people who care more about their own skin than about their liberty. Where are the Patrick Henrys of today who will declare, “Give me liberty or give me death!” I know of very few. How about you?

Sign #4: Inflation (Revelation 6: 6). Already we are seeing signs of inflation in our economy. One such sign is the price of housing. Houses that only a year or two ago sold for $250,000 are now selling for $400,000-$500,000. According to the Bible, there will be an economic collapse during the Tribulation. In Revelation 6: 6, we read these words of John the Revelator: “Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, “Two pounds of wheat for a day’s wages, and six pounds of barley for a day’s wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!” Prices for food will skyrocket, as they already have, and bare essentials will require a day’s pay to purchase.

Sign #5: The Rise of the New World Order (Daniel 7; Revelation 13). Have you seen the United Nation’s website called the “UN New World Order”? Check it out at UNNWO.org. You will be shocked! Its tagline is “Let’s Take Our Planet Back.” When you explore their initiatives, however, under the headings of Sustainability, Climate Change, and other nice-sounding terms that are a disguise for the true agenda of the United Nations, things like Agenda 2020, Agenda 2030, and a host of other deceptive initiatives designed to promote the New World Order, you will see what the UN is really about. Remember this: Jesus said, “DO NOT BE DECEIVED.” (Matthew 24: 4).  As the old saying goes, “All that glitters is not gold.”

Sign #6: Apostasy (1 Timothy 4: 1) . Apostasy is the act of straying from the Truth. Today we are seeing countless churches abandoning the truth of God’s Word and promoting heretical teachings that are diametrically opposed to what God says in His Word. As Scripture prophesied, these apostate churches are calling good evil, and evil good (Isaiah 5: 20). Unless they repent, the people who embrace the false teachings of apostate churches will perish and spend eternity in hell, as will the pastors of such churches.

Sign #7: Famine and pestilence (Matthew 24: 7). We don’t have to go far to witness extensive famine and pestilence throughout the earth. For the past several months, we have all personally experienced the effects on our lives of the global Corona virus pandemic. Moreover, unusual and adverse weather patterns have caused drought or heavy rains in areas not accustomed to such erratic weather. These events, plus the plagues of locusts and other insects, have wreaked havoc on the world’s food supply, resulting in famine in many areas. 

So, there you have it, my friend. Seven signs that the Tribulation is at hand. But the question is, what are you going to do about it? 

Well, there is nothing we can do to stop the arrival of the Tribulation because God prophesied it would happen. If God prophesied it, then nothing can stop it.

But, there is one critically important thing we can do to prepare for the Lord’s return. We can be ready! 

You may be wondering, “How can I be ready?” There is only one way. Accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, and you will then escape the horrific period called the Tribulation.

You see, Jesus will return shortly before the Tribulation to remove from the earth all of us who are born again and follow Him. Those who are not born again and who do not follow Him will be left behind to go through the horrific tyranny of the AntiChrist who will rule the world during the Tribulation. The AntiChrist will be the physical embodiment of Satan himself. So you can only imagine how evil his reign of terror will be.

So, I urge you–I implore you, even–to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord if you have not already done so.
Just pray this simple prayer with me now:

Lord Jesus, I come to You, just as I am. I do not want to be here during the Tribulation period. I want to go with You when You remove Your followers from the earth. So I ask You now to save me from the wrath to come. I invite You into my life. I receive You as my Savior and my Lord. Make of me what You created me to be. In Your Name I pray. Amen.

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In case you haven’t been paying attention, the world is on the verge of accepting the Mark of the Beast.

So, who is the Beast and what is his mark? If you don’t know, here is a simple explanation:

The Beast is the Antichrist, the man who will at first bring world peace but who will then reveal his true character as the most vicious, horrific dictator in all of human history. The Beast will be the embodiment of Satan himself and will rule with terror during the Tribulation period.

The Beast’s mark is an identifying mark that will be placed on or in the forehead or hand of all those who worship him. This mark will be required in order to buy and sell anything, to conduct all forms of business, and to function in society.

It is speculated that the mark will be either a computerized ID chip implanted in the forehead or hand or a tattoo of some sort. Whichever it is, the mark will contain all of one’s personal, medical, financial, political, and religious information. 

The mark will replace all other forms of identification. It will also replace the credit card for buying and selling. So, if one buys groceries, instead of handing the clerk at the checkout counter a credit card, those with the mark embedded in their forehead or hand will simply allow the clerk to scan the mark in order to pay the bill.

Lest you think the concept of the mark is far-fetched or far ahead in the future, be aware that a prototype of the mark is already being used by many people in Sweden. Read this article for more on how Swedes are already using the mark in daily business: 
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While the mark is now received on a voluntary basis, during the Tribulation the Antichrist will demand that everyone take the mark as a sign of worshipping him. In other words, by taking the mark, a person will acknowledge that the Antichrist is God. Those who refuse to take the mark of the beast (aka the Antichrist) will be summarily executed.

He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” – Revelation 13: 16-17 NKJV

What about Christians? During the Tribulation, some people will become Christians. As a result, they will refuse to take the mark of the Beast because accepting the mark is tantamount to worshiping Satan. Because of their refusal to take the mark, these Christians will be martyred.

For many years now, our world has been programming people to receive the mark. Back in the 80s, my husband and I took our children to Disney World. I was greatly troubled when I noticed that workers at Disney World stamped the backs of people’s hands in order to admit them into a ride or an event. In my opinion, this is an example of programming people to be comfortable with receiving a mark on their hand. I refused to have my hand stamped and told the clerk I would show my ticket stub instead.

But today, a ticket stub may not be accepted in place of a hand stamp. Indeed, many places are already refusing to accept anything other than a stamp on the hand. Moreover, many places are no longer accepting cash in payment for an item. We are, indeed, on the verge of a cashless society and, therefore, the mark of the Beast.

While the current microchips being used as forms of identification are not necessarily the mark of the Beast, they are, without question, preparing the world to accept the mark of the Beast. The mark demanded by the Antichrist will be necessary in order to buy and sell. This means that a person without the mark will not be able to buy food and other necessities of life.

To accept the mark of the Beast is to accept certain damnation to Hell for all eternity. The Antichrist will be Satan incarnated in a man, and accepting his mark will mean accepting him as God. This is blasphemy! It is the complete rejection of Jesus Christ as one’s Savior and Lord and, rather, the acceptance of Satan as one’s savior and lord.

Please warn others about the grave dangers of accepting the mark of the Beast. The mark is not a tool of convenience. Rather, under the guise of convenience, it is a Satanic tool for causing those who take it to be eternally separated from God and suffer the unending torments of Hell.  

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