Seems like current events are stampeding our world towards a scary conclusion.
1 Thessalonians 4: For the Lord shall decend from
with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ...
Daniel's Fourth Kingdom
I am convinced we live in
the time of the fourth kingdom spoken of by the Prophet Daniel and elsewhere.
It involves demons
and evil humans working together, the iron and the clay.
The human world leaders of today are
by NO MEANS operating on their own, or on their own plans.
These entities are outright evil and
their plans and actions are horrible.
If there is significant social unrest, riots, whatever
after the Florida verdice - IT WILL BECAUSE IT WAS PLANNED BY THESE EVIL ENTITIES.
40 And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch
as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.
41 And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes,
part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron,
forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay.
42 And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly
strong, and partly broken.
whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave
one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.
44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed:
and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall
stand for ever.
as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass,
the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream
is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.
Then the king Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face, and worshipped Daniel, and commanded that they should offer an oblation
and sweet odours unto him.
king answered unto Daniel, and said, Of a truth it is, that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a revealer
of secrets, seeing thou couldest reveal this secret.
48 Then the king made Daniel a great man, and gave him many great gifts, and made him ruler over the
whole province of Babylon, and chief of the governors over all the wise men of Babylon.
49 Then Daniel requested of the king, and he set Shadrach, Meshach, and
Abednego, over the affairs of the province of Babylon: but Daniel sat in the gate of the king.
Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and
shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.
24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise:
and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.
25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and
shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until
a time and times and the dividing of time.
But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.
27 And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under
the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and
all dominions shall serve and obey him.
1 Thessalonians 4: the dead in Christ shall rise
first, Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them
The New Testament passage Ephesians 6 makes clear our real struggle is against evil supernatural
10 Finally, my brethren,
be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities,
against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye
may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of
16 Above all, taking
the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit,
which is the word of God:
always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all
19 And for me, that
utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may
speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
1 Thessalonians 4: to meet the Lord in the air:
and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
Psalm 2 uses the term "Rulers"
to mean these same demonic entities as the word does in Ephesians 6.
Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying,
3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.
5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.
6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.
7 I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance,
and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.
10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges
of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way,
when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.
Psalm 2 correctly notes that the Lord Jesus Christ is the only escape.
"trust" is an Old Testament word for "believe" in the New Testament.