Nathan Jones: Doesn’t it seem like God has been showering signs all over the world to indicate that Jesus Christ is returning soon? And yet, it seems like so few people are listening to and heeding these signs. Maybe you are one of those people?
My friend, Pablo Frascini of the Serpents & Doves ministry, had his own eyes opened wide to the fact that all of these signs are pointing to Jesus’s soon return. We are now going to list some of those signs so that hopefully other eyes will also be opened wide as well.
Pablo, the signs that Jesus Christ foretold in Matthew 24 and Luke 21 and other biblical passages that would point to His soon return are occurring all over the world. Jesus wants us to know when He is coming back. Realization of the importance of these signs once helped awaken you to the dire situation the world is in, gave you a love of Bible prophecy, and helped you grow in your faith in God. Share with us some of the prophesied signs that helped you realize that Jesus Christ is returning soon.
The Sign of Society
Pablo Frascini: Let’s start with the sign of society. Take a good look at our society now and you will realize that we are in deep, deep trouble. I don’t want to say that the moral decline is relegated only to the United States. Rather, this moral slide into corruption and anarchy is a global issue.
Case in point, let me reference a Jerusalem Post article that reported that Israel’s annual gay pride parade is set to go forth after two years of it being canceled due to COVID. Many Christians tend to think that this immorality problem is just here in the U.S. Americans tend to be very compartmentalized in how we look at the world, but we really need to expand our news input and look at events going on across the global scale as well.
The end times sign of society foretells a time of widespread immorality and lawlessness. Go and turn on the news. It really doesn’t take a rocket scientist or even a big-name theologian to see societies across the globe are going morally bankrupt. This sign of society showed me that mankind has definitely entered into the season of the Lord’s return. There are so many smaller signs pointing to this truth that few can really ignore them. For those who study the Word of God, and the Word of God is in you, then you particularly should be noticing that as a society we’ve become no good and are in really bad shape.
Nathan Jones: Yes, 2020 in particular experienced almost a complete breakdown of society. This global move towards lawlessness is meant to usher in what the Bible calls the Man of Lawlessness, which is another name of the Antichrist. He is supposed to rise to power out of the growing chaos.
Just what does Iran, Afghanistan, China, Russia, India and so forth have to do with what we are seeing in this world of late, specifically in the Middle East?
At one time, long ago, Afghanistan was in part a portion of Persia (Iran), early on within the Safavid Empire (later known as the Persian Empire) where the city of Kandahar was near its Eastern border while Kabul was a Kashmir run city in the Rajput Confederacy of the Mughul Empire’s North Western border area (modern Northern India/Pakistan general area). In about the mid 18th Century the Afsharid Persian Colonial Empire consumed most of what became Afghanistan along with some of Western India and Southern Pakistan. While I find it interesting, it is not of all that much importance except for the background of how the players might feel about each other’s histories and long term spats. Of greater interest, and likely associated in some way with their religious sects and attitudes, are those religious differences that make a lot of the irrational moves by those involved seem a bit more organized or of more obvious intent. The distrust/distaste for those of the old Ottoman Empire should also be noted.
Ancient empires around Middle East and Persia area
This brief intro to more modern Afghanistan history from IndexMundi.com gives the more recent history well enough for our use; “Ahmad Shah DURRANI unified the Pashtun tribes and founded Afghanistan in 1747. The country served as a buffer between the British and Russian Empires until it won independence from notional British control in 1919. A brief experiment in increased democracy ended in a 1973 coup and a 1978 communist countercoup. The Soviet Union invaded in 1979 to support the tottering Afghan communist regime, touching off a long and destructive war. The USSR withdrew in 1989 under relentless pressure by internationally supported anti-communist mujahidin rebels. A series of subsequent civil wars saw Kabul finally fall in 1996 to the Taliban, a hardline Pakistani-sponsored movement that emerged in 1994 to end the country’s civil war and anarchy. Following the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks, a US, Allied, and anti-Taliban Northern Alliance military action toppled the Taliban for sheltering Usama BIN LADIN.” Knowing this with our “lived through it” background of the US involvement brings us up to today. I might also note that the Taliban was actually a CIA led development formed in Pakistan to fight Russia in Afghanistan, but that is officially denied by the USA (see highlighted and underlined portion above).
From that same source, we read “Known as Persia until 1935, Iran became an Islamic republic in 1979 after the ruling monarchy was overthrown and Shah Mohammad Reza PAHLAVI was forced into exile. Conservative clerical forces led by Ayatollah Ruhollah KHOMEINI established a theocratic system of government with ultimate political authority vested in a learned religious scholar referred to commonly as the Supreme Leader who, according to the constitution, is accountable only to the Assembly of Experts (AOE) – a popularly elected 88-member body of clerics. US-Iranian relations became strained when a group of Iranian students seized the US Embassy in Tehran in November 1979 and held embassy personnel hostages until mid-January 1981. The US cut off diplomatic relations with Iran in April 1980. During the period 1980-88, Iran fought a bloody, indecisive war with Iraq that eventually expanded into the Persian Gulf and led to clashes between US Navy and Iranian military forces. Iran has been designated a state sponsor of terrorism and was subject to US, UN, and EU economic sanctions and export controls because of its continued involvement in terrorism and concerns over possible military dimensions of its nuclear program until Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) Implementation Day in 2016. The US began gradually re-imposing sanctions on Iran after the US withdrawal from JCPOA in May 2018.”
Languages used are primarily Afghan Persian and Dari for the first, and Persian Farsi and Azeri for the latter. Although there are many religions in both, Christianity has been all but driven out with mass murder and “cleansing” with the result that they both are primarily Islamic now, but of different majority sects; Afghanistan primarily Sunni at about 85~90% with Iran primarily Shia (Shi’ite) at about 90%, while Iraq ended up about 1/3 Sunni and 2/3 Shia, which has been a major source of internal as well as external conflict for them with a history of extermination events from both sects and wars with Iran. Keep this in the back of your mind while reading further.
Iran (Persia) and Afghanistan have been neighbors and have had close relations with each other for millennia, with Afghanistan often considered an included portion of Persia until the late 1600’s when Persia tried to force conversion from Sunni to Shia forms of Islam with terrible results. A lot of violence and heavy handed force finally ended in the early 1700’s when with help from the Ottoman Empire and Russia, they eventually conquered Persia for a short while in about 1722~1725, but that did not last long. They do share many cultural items as they have for thousands of years, but there is a lot of animosity still. The Taliban forces that ran Afghanistan between the Russian and US occupation of their land resulted in something over a million up to about three million refugees that were admitted into Iran, and Iran has supported the forces against the Afghan government installed by the US and still does after the US fiasco pullout. And although Sunni and Shi’ite forms of Islam are based on the same ideas, they are often at fierce war with one another, so the ties of Iran and Afghanistan are tense and difficult while at the same time formal relations are ‘friendly’ and they are working together, they do fear each other with the Iranians having much higher education levels and likely are nuke armed by now. This is making for a troubling situation for the world as a whole.
2020 was GloboCap Year Zero. The year when the global capitalist ruling classes did away with the illusion of democracy and reminded everyone who is actually in charge, and exactly what happens when anyone challenges them.
In the relatively short span of the last ten months, societies throughout the world have been transformed beyond recognition. Constitutional rights have been suspended. Protest has been banned. Dissent is being censored. Government officials are issuing edicts restricting the most basic aspects of our lives … where we can go, when we can go there, how long we are allowed to spend there, how many friends we are allowed to meet there, whether and when we can spend time with our families, what we are allowed to say to each other, who we can have sex with, where we have to stand, how we are allowed to eat and drink, etc. The list goes on and on.
“Today, I realized that everything is about to change. No matter how I vote, no matter what I say, lives are never going to be the same. I have been confused by the hostility of family and friends. I look at people I have known all my life so hate-filled that they agree with opinions they would never express as their own. I think that I may well have entered the Twilight Zone. You can’t justify this insanity. We have become a nation that has lost its collective mind. We see other countries going Socialist and collapsing, but it seems like a great plan to us. Somehow it’s un-American for the census to count how many Americans are in America. People who say there is no such thing as gender are demanding a female President. Universities that advocate equality, discriminate against Asian-Americans in favor of African-Americans. Some people are held responsible for things that happened before they were born, and other people are not held responsible for what they are doing right now. Criminals are caught-and-released to hurt more people, but stopping them is bad because it’s a violation of THEIR rights. People who have never owned slaves should pay slavery reparations to people who have never been slaves. After legislating gender, if a dude pretends to be a woman, you are required to pretend with him. It was cool for Joe Biden to “blackmail” the President of Ukraine, but it’s an impeachable offense if Donald Trump inquiries about it. People who have never been to college should pay the debts of college students who took out huge loans for their degrees. Immigrants with tuberculosis and polio are welcome, but you’d better be able to prove your dog is vaccinated.
By Yaakov Menken DECEMBER 31, 2020 https://thefederalist.com/2020/12/31/in-2021-watch-what-the-supreme-court-does-with-philadelphias-ban-on-christians-parenting-foster-children/
Frankly, it’s quite scary to see such open hostility to free, diverse religious practice from a city government — and one could hardly seek more decisive proof that freedom of religion is, in fact, on trial in this case.
The threat here is clear, and not limited to Catholics. In Judaism, we believe it essential to raise a Jewish child to learn both our books and our observances. If applied consistently, the city’s argument would prohibit a Jewish agency from insisting upon placing a Jewish child in a Jewish home. Rather than demonstrating the First Amendment’s respect for different traditions and beliefs, Philadelphia is demanding universal conformity to state doctrine.
What is most troubling in all of this is that the city has lost sight of the ultimate goal: to serve children in need of foster care. There is a grave shortage of families willing to open their homes to foster children, and religious agencies, by working specifically within their faith communities, can expand that pool.
Plaintiff Sharonell Fulton is but one of many who are certified by Catholic Social Services and have room in their homes to care for children. The city is keeping these foster care providers on the sidelines because of CSS’s religious beliefs, offering only theoretical arguments about hypothetical harms to justify callous denial of homes to children in need.
As was clear at oral argument, no same-sex couple has been prevented from fostering or adopting by Catholic Social Services, or ever would be. Were such a couple to ever present itself to CSS, attorney Lori Windham told the court, CSS would help the couple to find one of the many other agencies that can assist them and better attend to their needs.