Carried Away, Part 3
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” – Christ Jesus (Acts 1:8 NIV)
The coming of Antichrist will be marked by great darkness. If Satan masquerades as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14), then his minion can also. The delusion God sends will persuade all but God’s elect that the man of lawlessness is indeed the Christ (Matthew 24:23, 2 Thessalonians 2:8-12).
These things must come before our King returns on the clouds to rescue his saints from the four winds. What a day that will be!
In my view, a likely scenario for “the day of disaster” (a stage-setting event prophesied for the last days) is this: Enemies from foreign nations will seize the opportunity of political upheaval to launch widespread, coordinated attacks against vulnerable targets inside America’s borders.The goal of these domestic enemies will be to unleash maximum death and destruction in order to bring about a global caliphate.
Acts of unimaginable terror will produce chaos and panic. Armed elements within the current culture will join foreign terrorists to foment anarchy and garner the loot. Survival in urban areas will be increasingly difficult.
Christians and Jews will be like sheep ready to be slaughtered. “End-time Preppers” (individuals preparing for this eventuality) will head for their bunkers, ready to make their last stand. Security personnel will be overwhelmed and rendered ineffective as they desert their posts to be near family.
When massive destruction threatens, outside foreign armies will attack. Allies China and Russia will merge their abundant military resources against a severely-weakened West. With China approaching from the north and west while Russia comes from the North and East, and additional attackers from the South, then America’s citizens will be surrounded. Chinese and Russian generals will be under orders to neutralize all resistance but keep further damage to a minimum.
China’s years of purchases of corporations, real-estate, and commercial enterprises give these Asian leaders a major interest in halting America’s destruction. The trillions of dollars of U.S. debt held by Chinese investors make it imperative their financial interests are protected.
As I see it, an invasion similar to a great swarm of locusts (Joel 2:1-11) will occur on American soil. It will be preceded by electro-magnetic impulse weapons (EMP’s) fired into the upper atmosphere then detonated. Instantly the shock wave will return a technology-dependent society to post-Civil War days (i.e. no telecommunications, no public utilities, no motorized transport, no mass movement of goods or services and no industry).
What about God’s people? They were prepared by teachers who revealed prophecy in Scripture. They will spiritually thrive in divinely-protected communities. When invaders find them, they will be filled with the Holy Spirit and fluently speak the tongue of their captors. Remembering Jeremiah’s instructions (below), they will surrender.
“Furthermore, tell the people, ‘This is what the LORD says: See, I am setting before you the way of life and the way of death. Whoever stays in the city will die… But whoever goes out and surrenders to the Babylonians who are besieging you will live; he will escape with his life.’ ” (Jeremiah 21:8-9 NIV)
As it was with the Jews in Jeremiah’s day, last day’s believers will be God’s witnesses. Joining the Chinese Christian underground and persecuted saints everywhere, they will be prepared for hardship. They will be ready to be carried off to testify to the ends of the earth.
I do not claim to be a prophet nor am I the son of a prophet. I am, however, a student of prophecy, of history and an observer of current events. These things or something close to it, I believe, will soon come to pass.