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Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: “Every boy that is born [to the Hebrews] you must throw into the Nile, but let every girl live.” (Exodus 1:22 NIV)

A friend described a day he will never forget. While hunting for wild turkey, he noticed a hunter approach him, raise his shotgun to his shoulder, aim right at him and fire. Blown off a log by the blast, he had trouble processing what had happened. “That guy is trying to kill me,” he concluded.

My friend must have looked like a wild turkey, at least that is what the shooter said. It was a miracle his life was saved. It went into the books as a hunting accident.

Exodus 1 begins a story about God’s people leaving Egypt. After living in the land a few hundred years, the Hebrews woke one day to a different world. A new ruler was in charge, and, for some reason, they had become his enemy. Processing their new reality was hard. It was going to get rough.

But the more God’s people were oppressed the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread them (Exodus 1:12). Irrational fear of the Hebrews overtook the Egyptians. Treating them harshly as slaves compounded their fears. Pharaoh decided to take his hatred to another level. He ordered Hebrew midwives to kill the boy babies. It wasn’t enough to make their dads slaves, Pharaoh’s new plan was to destroy their sons as soon as they were born. It must have been hard for the Hebrews to accept, but their king was trying to kill them. Finally, Pharaoh ordered anyone who found a male Hebrew baby to throw him into the Nile River (above).

Adolph Hitler rose from obscurity to take leadership of the German Reich. Beginning in the 1920’s, der Fuehrer played on the Antisemitism in his country painting Jews as the chief scapegoat for the economic troubles. After he seized power, Hitler’s hatred for God’s people became more than rhetoric. It spilled over into the streets in early November 1938 during “the night of broken glass.” Thereafter, it became crystal clear Germany’s leader was trying to kill Jews as well as others who stood in his way.

Signs are everywhere that God’s people are in their government’s cross-hairs. America is a prime example. Domestic policies such as abortion, gay marriage, drug legalization, illegal immigration and euthanasia, force believers to take a stand against their government. Foreign policy decisions such as negotiating with the enemy, mistreating our friends and sending our troops to fight with no prospect of victory, all adds up to disaster. Our leaders are trying to kill us.

America has changed. Our grandparents and parents knew a different day. Authorities will deny it, but their actions show they despise God and reject his Word. They hate us without reason. Why in heaven’s name, would this be? Satan’s time is short. He is raging against the saints, is the answer.

God wants his people to cut our ties of affection and loyalty with this world. Prepare to leave Egypt. If the verbal abuse and ridicule is aimed our way, it won’t be long until the shotgun will be as well. Don’t question whether they will fire. The whole world will soon fall into the hands of the Antichrist. The Lord wants us out of our enemy’s cross-hairs and into the Promised Land.

Read prophecy for yourself. They will try to kill us. Process this. Accept the reality of what it means to live for Christ in the last days. Trust in the Lord to be our hiding place.

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“The LORD will roar from Zion and thunder from Jerusalem; the earth and the sky will tremble. But the LORD will be a refuge for his people, a stronghold for the people of Israel. Then you will know that I, the LORD your God, dwell in Zion, my holy hill. Jerusalem will be holy; never again will foreigners invade her.” (Joel 3:16-17 NIV)

We may have heard of cases where, figuratively, the tail wags the dog. Prominent Christian teaching on the end times gives two major examples of how theology (the tail), or one’s view of God, wags our doctrine on last things.

A century and a half ago, Dispensational theology was quickly growing in legitimacy among conservative British Bible scholars. Seeing the Bible in terms of “dispensations” of 1000-year increments seemed to be a valid explanation of God’s workings (dispensations) in history. As a theology, it offered a step forward in presenting a more literal understanding of Scripture. However, as an explanation for the end times, it fell far short in the accuracy department. The tail wagged the dog of Bible interpretation and out came Pre-tribulational Rapture (PTR) doctrine. PTR dogma fits the Dispensational grid, yet, it does not stand up to objective scrutiny. (See a more detailed treatment of this in “Lifesaver: Rescuing God’s People from the PTR Ship”.)

What Dispensationalism could not overcome was Christianity’s long-standing antipathy (veiled hatred) for the Jewish people. With all its advances in promoting Zionism (the return of the Jews to their ancient homeland), PTR continues to make harsh false distinctions between the Church and Jews. For example, it is commonly taught the Church escapes suffering in the rapture while Jews remain to endure Antichrist’s persecution. Where is the love?

Moses rejected the pleasures of Egypt’s palace to participate in the suffering of God’s people (Hebrews 11:24-26). Do we hear today of an eagerness to follow Moses’ lauded example and participate in Israel’s suffering?

Does God show favoritism? Would Jesus, the King of the Jews, celebrate in heaven with Christian saints while his fellow Judahites cry out to God for help?

This superior attitude has been around for nearly two millennia, or from the time Gentile Christians forgot the earliest church was exclusively Jewish. PTR’s position of consigning the Jew to another holocaust is nothing more than Antisemitism. The proliferation of this teaching in books such as the “Left Behind Series” paints our God to be unsympathetic to the Jews. But the above Scripture as well as others (Isaiah 40:1-2, Acts 1:6) confirms the Lord is all about restoration. Our God will not harboring his anger forever.

Worse on the Antisemite spectrum is Amillennialism, another popular end times’ view among Christians. It has been wagging the dog since the 4th century. We will see next how Amillennialism has formed an anti-Israel, Pro-Hezbollah, Pro-Hamas god of gold.

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“Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man.” (Luke 17:26 NIV)

Video of the beheading of twenty-one Coptic Christian men was released last weekend. The Jihadist assassins vowed not to rest until they spilled Christian blood in Rome. This was happening while two were dying from gunshot wounds in Copenhagen, one, a Jew attending synagogue.

Rising antisemitism and the murder of four other Jews in Paris last month convinced Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to take action. Yahoo News reported Monday in the post “Netanyahu urges Jews to move to Israel” the Israeli leader has called for an absorption of mass immigration from Europe.

Would the migration of Jews to the their homeland be a sign? Are these latest atrocities against Christians and Jews also a sign of the last days? Most assuredly they are!

The promise to the souls under the altar needs to be heeded. In Revelation 6 God comforted the martyrs with an assurance of his vengeance: “Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer until the number of their fellow servants who were to be killed as they had been was completed.” (6:11 NIV)

If we are to know what day it is on the prophetic calendar, we must apply one of Biblical interpretation’s five major rules: “Look for the near/far in prophecy.”

An example of “near/far prophecy”, and the deeper understanding it offers, is in Genesis 6. There the Lord tells Noah what he is about to do and why. “So God said to Noah, ‘I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth.’ ” (Genesis 6:13 NIV) Were these prophetic words just for Noah or were they also for us who live at the end of this present age?

God sent a great flood in order to put an end to all godlessness and violence. Jesus informed his disciples (top) that when the Son of Man comes (future) the world will be in the same godless and violent condition as before the flood. The principle of “near/far prophecy” tells us what to look for in Genesis 6 that will be repeated before Our Lord returns. The word “violence” shouts at us.

When the blood of innocent Jews and Christians covers the ground–which is what we are witnessing–our Deliverer will arise. He will come forth in righteousness to save his people. “For out of Jerusalem will come a remnant, and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors. The zeal of the LORD will accomplish this.” (Isaiah 37:32, 2 Kings 19:31 NIV) All violence will end. The Lord God Almighty will see to it.

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