By Bob Barney
My family and I, and all of those who understand Bible prophecy have been awaiting signs from God that will bring on the END TIMES, as spoken by Jesus in Matthew 24.
Today in the wake of a worldwide panic, caused by nit-witted world leaders and the press, many are panicking needlessly that The Great Tribulation has started... IT HAS NOT! Although we have biblically been in the END TIMES since the first century, waiting for Christ to return, we are not even close to the Great Tribulation, the terrible times that will come just 7 years before Christ returns, when upwards of 90% of the world's population will die... That's like 6-7 billion people!
What we are witnessing today is fear based upon ignorance. God says in His word, "My people die because of their lack of knowledge," and so it is so today. Hysteria and panic, caused by a severe cold-like virus has caused the world to shut down. Either we have the most stupid leaders today, or the most evil. Whatever they are, they are going to find a backlash to their actions like they could never realize.
Now Covid seems to be over, the new scare is World War III caused by the Russian assault on Ukraine. Now, we have the right to be scared of a war which could easily turn nuclear killing millions of people, but that doesn't mean it's the Tribulation. Many thought WWI was the end of the era before Christ returned. Others later said WWII. Well that didn't work out so well.
This is not the tribulation
Contrary to media reports, this is not the Tribulation. The Tribulation will be when a real virus or a world war can kill 2 billion people occurs, when a great nuclear war will kill 2-3 billion and false religion will kill another billion or so! We are not even close to that scenario ---yet.
The panic going around the world is being spread by fake news, and a task force that does nothing but spread hysteria to a panicked population. As I reported in many articles in the last few years, COVID was not anywhere the pandemic that H1N1 was, or the Spanish Flu, or especially the Black Death in the Middle Ages that killed over 200 million people out of a population probably less than 600 million! That's a third of everyone you know dying! These plagues where of biblical proportion, not this one.
The Ukraine war too is probably a red herring as well.
The problem is that world leaders are using these scare tactic scenarios to stop the rise of nationalism that has scared the heck out of them since the election of President Trump, and has been raging around the world. The Deep State elite fear that they are losing their power, and they are trying to get it back again, using fear to do so, not unlike those preachers who spread the fear of burning forever in hell if you don't obey them (a lie by the way, we do not go to a place of torment -EVER). Dr Fauci is like the old time fire and brimstone preachers who preached fear rather than The Plain Truth. More people in the world are still dying of the flu, than coronavirus. More Christians around the world are being slaughtered for their beliefs than this so-called pandemic.
Ben Franklin understood just how governments gain control over their people. Franklin once said: "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."
Patrick Henry added to this idea with his famous speech, "“I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided,” he said, “and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past."
God forbid if we choose to give up our liberty, because we fear dying. Henry continued, “The war is actually begun! Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty”
I hope not! Fear God, NOT what man can do. Paul wrote, "If God is for us, who really can be against us!" That is as true today's it was then, some two thousand years ago. We have nothing to fear if we have God who is in control of everything!
No, this is not the tribulation, so realize that the world is to continue, and nobody but God knows for how long. It's a question of what rights that we ignorantly are willing to give up.
During the Tribulation, an event known as "The Riding The Four Horsemen" will occur, which will be God's wrath on the world. Garner Ted Armstrong's 4 part series of what the four horsemen represent. They are, The The Rider on the White Horse, which represents FALSE CHRISTIANITY, The Rider on the RED HORSE, which represents unprecedented world wars, The third Horsemen, that rides a BLACK Horse, represents inflation, depression and famine, and the FOURTH HORSEMAN on a PALE-Green Horse that represents pestilence and Death.
Many are not aware that the Four Horsemen prophecy mirrors Jesus' famous Olivet prophecy found in Matthew 24 when He is asked when the Tribulation will start and when the end of the world will be. He told His followers this: “Watch out that no one deceives you. (White Horse)For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I, (Jesus) am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars (Red Horse), but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such 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.(Black Horse) All these are the beginning of birth pains.
“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death(Pale-Green Horse), and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come."
We are in no way even close to these times, but they will happen! God says so, and it's time that everyone prepares for what's next and draw near to Christ before the door to salvation is closed. God is real, His word, the Bible is real and factual! Prophecy is HISTORY before for happens! It is like reading a newspaper describing an awful event, years before it is ever published!
AMERICA IS LOST ISRAEL: Many, including myself have written over the years articles proving who the lost ten tribes of Israel are. Most in the world today do not know that Israelites are not Jews! Only the tribe of Judah (with Levi and parts of Benjamin) make up modern and ancient Jews. There are 10 other tribes that the Bible says were taken into captivity a 100 years before Babylon took the Jews into captivity. These lost ten tribes were enslaved by the ancient Assyrian empire, who were the descendants of modern Germany (Read this incredible article on this HERE.)
The peoples of Western Europe (Denmark, France, Scandinavia, Ireland, Great Britain and Spain) are actually identifiable Israelite tribes. America, the literal 13th tribe coming out of Joseph, and you can prove it.
Whenever you see prophecies in your Bible, you will see that some prophecies are especially for Judah (Jews) and some prophecies are written especially to "The House of Israel" and the House of Jacob. This always refer to the lost ten tribes and especially Great Britain and America.
Did you know that God told Jacob that one of his son's Joseph's desendents would make up the single most powerful nation in the world? It's in the Bible. Who has been the single most affluent powerful nation in the world?
Jacob also knew that the firstborn son of Joseph would make up the most powerful commonwealth of nations.... England. It's there for you to read for yourselves. If God is real, and you believe the words of the Bible, you can only come to the conclusions above!
ISRAEL (America and the Western lost tribes) WILL BE DESTROYED BEFORE The Great Tribulation
I have stated many times, and will do so again. It makes no difference to your spiritual Christian fate if you understand who America is. If you declare Jesus Christ as both God and Savior, AND YOU OBEY HIM, and not a church figure, then you will be saved! Whether you follow the Sabbath, or Sunday ignorantly, it does not matter. If you understand God's Holy holidays, or follow pagan Christmas and Easter, it doesn't matter - IF YOU BELIEVE and OBEY as best as God has informed you - YOU WILL BE SAVED!
However, being saved, and UNDERSTANDING prophecy are two distinct points. To understand what is happening today, will happen tomorrow and beyond requires you to understand prophecy and WHO THE PLAYERS in THE END TIMES WILL BE!
Once one realizes just who we are today, then that person can understand the prophecies that lie ahead. The "time of Jacob's trouble" comes from Jeremiah 30:7 that says, "Alas! For that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble, but he shall be saved out of it" (KJV). What is this "time of distress for Jacob"? Jacob, is another name for Israel, as he was re-named Israel by Jesus (as the Lord of the Old Testament) after having a wrestling match with him! When Jacob blessed his grandsons (only Joseph's two boys), Jacob said, "Let MY NAME be given to these two lads." His name Jacob would always refer to only the tribe of Joseph.
God had promised He would someday restore His people to prosperity, meaning the land of Israel. The Lord would save them from it. Jeremiah 30:8-9 make it clear that this time would be a period in which God's people no longer served other masters, but would serve the Lord and "David their king, whom I will raise up for them" (v. 9). This is during the millennium, which follows the Great Tribulation when Jesus rules here on earth for 1,000 years.
However, although probably closely (in God terms) near the Great Tribulation, God predicted that Jacob, or Israel -- would be destroyed by plagues, wars, fear and panic because they refused to obey the Laws of the Living God. In my commentary, I explain God's warning to the American people, written 4,000 years ago that reads like today's headlines!
God says that because we no longer obey His laws, and have turned our back on God, He would destroy us, and take us into captivity! The Lord Jesus, THE GOD WHO SPEAKS IN THE Old Testament told Moses, if you do not listen to me or obey all these commands, and if you break my covenant by rejecting my statutes and treat my regulations with contempt, and refusing to obey my Commandments, I will punish you. I will bring sudden terrors upon you—wasting diseases and burning fevers that will cause your eyes to fail and your life to ebb away. You will plant your crops in vain because your alien enemies will eat them. I will turn against you, and you will be defeated by your enemies. Those who hate you will rule over you, and you will run even when no one is chasing you!"
Does that sound like today?
I know, and am convinced by the world of the Living God, that America will be destroyed, along with "lost Israel" of Western Europe, Canada and Australia. It will happen. Is this the way Satan (the father of lies and fake media, also known as the God of this world) will destroy the west through lies and panic? That may be. It is very possible.
GOD IS IN CONTROL
Friends, I beg you, in the name of Jesus and the Father DO NOT PANIC as the rest are in these times. Regardless of whatever happens in this age, if you have Jesus you have life! Do not worry about the life you have today, which will end whether it be today or not, set your eyes on the future life you will have with Jesus. That is the message. God controls everything.
Paul writes concerning today and our people, "I ask then: Did God reject his people? By no means! I am an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin. God did not reject his people, whom he foreknew. Don’t you know what Scripture says in the passage about Elijah—how he appealed to God against Israel: “Lord, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars; I am the only one left, and they are trying to kill me”? And what was God’s answer to him? “I have reserved for myself seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace. And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace. What then? What the people of Israel sought so earnestly they did not obtain.The elect among them did, but the others were hardened, as it is written:
“God gave them a spirit of stupor,
eyes that could not see
and ears that could not hear,
to this very day.”
9 And David says:
“May their table become a snare and a trap,
a stumbling block and a retribution for them.
10 May their eyes be darkened so they cannot see,
and their backs be bent forever.”
Satan, the God of this world cannot harm you if you are a true Christian unless God allows it! Believe in Jesus and you become the "elect of God." Jesus tells us again in Matthew 24, that we, the elect, actually will save the world from destruction! Speaking of the Tribulation and the destruction of the world in a time worse than the great flood, that will never happen again, He says this: “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened."
Yes For OUR SAKE God will save the world from total destruction.
The God of this world is NOT in control
Some Christians who understand that Satan is the God of this world mistakenly think that Satan can do whatever he wants without the approval of God. He cannot! God has allowed Satan to rule on Earth and basically do whatever he wishes EXCEPT when it concerns one of God's people. There is no better example of this, than in the the book of Job.
Job 1 and 2
In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil.
He had seven sons and three daughters,
and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had a large number of servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East.
His sons used to take turns holding feasts in their homes, and they would invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them.
When a period of feasting had run its course, Job would send and have them purified. Early in the morning he would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of them, thinking, "Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts." This was Job's regular custom.
One day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them.
The LORD said to Satan, "Where have you come from?" Satan answered the LORD, "From roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it."
Then the LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil."
"Does Job fear God for nothing?" Satan replied.
"Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land.
But stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face."
The LORD said to Satan, "Very well, then, everything he has is in your hands, but on the man himself do not lay a finger." Then Satan went out from the presence of the LORD.
One day when Job's sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother's house,
a messenger came to Job and said, "The oxen were plowing and the donkeys were grazing nearby,
and the Sabeans attacked and carried them off. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!"
While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, "The fire of God fell from the sky and burned up the sheep and the servants, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!"
While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, "The Chaldeans formed three raiding parties and swept down on your camels and carried them off. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!"
While he was still speaking, yet another messenger came and said, "Your sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother's house,
when suddenly a mighty wind swept in from the desert and struck the four corners of the house. It collapsed on them and they are dead, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!"
At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship
and said: "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised."
In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.
Then another day came for the angels to meet with the Lord. Satan joined them for this meeting with the Lord. The Lord said to Satan, “Where have you been?”
Satan answered the Lord, “I have been roaming around the earth, going from place to place.”
Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him. He is a good, faithful man. He respects God and refuses to do evil. He is still faithful, even though you asked me to let you destroy, without reason, everything he has.”
Satan answered, “Skin for skin! A man will give everything he has to protect himself. I swear, if you attack his flesh and bones, he will curse you to your face!”
So the Lord said to Satan, “All right, Job is in your hands, but you are not allowed to kill him.”
So Satan left the meeting with the Lord and gave Job painful sores all over his body, from the bottom of his feet to the top of his head. Job sat on the pile of ashes where he was mourning and used a piece of broken pottery to scrape his sores. His wife said to him, “Are you still holding on to your faith? Why don’t you just curse God and die!”
Job answered, “You sound like one of those fools on the street corner! How can we accept all the good things that God gives us and not accept the problems?” So even after all that happened to Job, he did not sin. He did not accuse God of doing anything wrong.
The lessons of Job....
Three things that should be noted here:
1 Although Satan is the God of this world, He must ask God to do anything to a person under God's grace.
2 God sometimes allows us to be harmed, and we must accept whatever God Does!
3 God even admits to Satan that God was provoked and acted in a way He should not have! “Have you noticed my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him. He is a good, faithful man. He respects God and refuses to do evil. He is still faithful, even though you asked me to let you destroy, without reason, everything he has.”
God allows things too happen to us, but we are to deal with it.
Paul again instructs us in Romans.
What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Not at all! For he says to Moses,
“I will have mercy on whom I have mercy,
and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.”
It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God’s mercy. For Scripture says to Pharaoh: “I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden.
One of you will say to me: “Then why does God still blame us? For who is able to resist his will?” But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’” Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use?
What if God, although choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath—prepared for destruction? What if he did this to make the riches of his glory known to the objects of his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory— even us, whom he also called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles? As he says in Hosea:
“I will call them ‘my people’ who are not my people;
and I will call her ‘my loved one’ who is not my loved one,” and,
“In the very place where it was said to them,
‘You are not my people,’
there they will be called ‘children of the living God.’”
Isaiah cries out concerning Israel:
“Though the number of the Israelites be like the sand by the sea,
only the remnant will be saved.
For the Lord will carry out
his sentence on earth with speed and finality.”
29 It is just as Isaiah said previously:
“Unless the Lord Almighty
had left us descendants,
we would have become like Sodom,
we would have been like Gomorrah.” Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.
Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.
For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority?
Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.
Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.
This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing.
Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.
For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.
We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.
Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies.
For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.
And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
The Day Is Near (Even in Paul's time 2,000 years ago)
And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.
The night is nearly over; the day is almost here.
So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy.
Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh
In conclusion friends, DO NOT FEAR ANYTHING IN THIS LIFE. Get yourself in alignment with God's will and you will be saved! Satan has no power over God's people! NONE, ZILCH! God is in control, whether you like it or not. Most I know, do not.
I will conclude my remarks again by the comforting words of Paul who says:
More Than Conquerors
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
God Bless you all! Believe in Him who Died for you! Believe also in Him who resurrected Jesus and will do the same for you.
God Bless you, Friends!
In Christ name,