January 15, 2021

When it seems that America is descending into chaos we must turn to the Bible

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JD: We have been witnessing some very troubling things over the last 12 months. As it seems that the United States basically is descending into chaos. 

DJ: Well unfortunately I have to agree with you Jimmy. Everyone knows 2020 was a very tough year. Although I'm a generally an optimus I'm also a realist I think and I've been saying for weeks that I've been concerned that 2021 could be even worst. But I didn't think things could go south so quickly as we've seen this week. But then with the march and the rally that also started on Wednesday and especially with the breach of the capitol it wasn't good and I don't know where all of this is going. 

On Wednesday evening as I was interacting on Facebook I wondered out loud if we may have passed the tipping point. People all across the country are tired, they're frustrated. We aren't on a good trajectory. People have been locked down, they've been locked down, they've been isolated and sick and some have had their business and livelihoods destroyed. 

JD: So how then do we keep Biblical prospective as we deal with a world that seems to be basically spinning out of control?

DJ: Well years ago I read a book called "Balancing the Christian Life" by Charles Ryrie and I think it was helpful in a time like this to try and find a balance because we can move to extremes and we are moving through a mine field in this pandemic with this social unrest and political craziness. Jesus said to be wise as serpents but innocent as doves. So on the one hand Romans 13:1 says let every soul be subject to the governing authorities where there is no authority except from God. But in Acts 4 where Peter and John had been arrested for preaching they said whether its right in the sight of God to listen to you more than God, you judge for we cannot speak but the things we have seen and heard. As a friend wrote on Facebook Friday as Christians we're to blame for the national mess we're in for we have left the light of Christ and let His word grow dim in our culture. 

JD: David James, Bible in hand explaining why in our world today we must turn to the Bible and God's instruction in these chaotic days.

We report this information because it is setting the stage for Bible prophecy to be fulfilled.

That was an interesting Facebook post that David shared with us which said much of what's happening in our world today is because of Christians, that's you and me, not following God's manual for today. I Timothy 2 says pray for those in higher authority so that we can live a quiet peaceable Godly life. Jesus said, II Peter 3:9 that He will keep His promise of the Rapture but that He wants more people to get saved, and dear friend that's our job.

January 14, 2021

With media reports of new stars being observed, is God still creating stars

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JD: We received an email question he says, "if God finished His creative work on day 6 of creation why are stars still being formed?" What would you say to this listener to the broadcast?

DD: So the though is are stars being created today. First of all when God creates it's from nothing. It's supernatural. God spoke the universe into existence He said let there be light and there it was. That kind of thing is not happening anywhere today. This universe was made and is complete and it has kind of been coasting ever since the week of creation. 

Now the second thought when it comes to these stars gravity pulls stars together. Our sun is a sphere of gas but gravity keeps it from dissipating. In space we do see vast gas clouds, we call them nebulae. In some cases perhaps some parts of these gas clouds are collapsing to form new stars. This is not creation because the material is already there. Now at the same time gas clouds are large. We do not see any new stars popping into existence or turning on. But what we do see is stars in great variety. So to actually form a new star would take much more time than we have available. So its a little bit misleading when the news says we see new stars forming. No, we really just see stars in all the different forms that God made.

JD: There's an interesting phrase pertaining to a particular star. That phrase is the bright and morning star. It's used throughout the Bible. Can you explain that term?

DD: Well yes, I think that term the bright morning star is a picture. It's really a symbol of the Lord Jesus. 

JD: I'm reminded of Revelation 22:16 where Jesus said I am the bright and morning star. That's pertaining to the future. 

DD: Well certainly. You know God is light, that's one good description and its interesting Jimmy even to think about the future day and the new Jerusalem. It says there will be no need of the sun because the light of the Lord will give light. That bright morning star will be there and will have heavenly light.

JD: Don DeYoung responding to the question is God still creating new stars.

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Don had a great answer to our listener, is God still creating new stars? I especially enjoyed Don's response to my question about the bright and morning star which of course is referring to Jesus Christ there in Revelation 22:16.

January 13, 2021

The chaos in America should cause each of us to focus on the Jewish State of Israel

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JD: I don't believe this negates God's plan for what He wants to have happen in the future do you?

SR: No, I think that is a wonderful questions and application. Absolutely it does not negate what God is doing. I think to the contrary. I think the Christian people across the world, the Christian patriots in America who love our country who love our God understand what's going on should do exactly what your program always does. That brings people to the Scripture and says what do we know from the prophetical pages of Scripture that can interpret for us what we are seeing. I think to that extent the fact that there is a chaotic sense that is happening not only here but around the world. The fact that you have a global effort to force people for instance into the Covid vaccination which is a very harmful thing but to try and link it to people's inability to travel or transact business. I mean this is all right off the pages of prophetical Scripture. 

Then everything that you talk about on your program and we do on Stand In The Gap Today when we give the regular Israel update is to say alright get our eyes on Israel. I think it's hard for people sometimes to understand as American citizens we think that everything revolves around our nation. Well certainly God has used this nation, almost like a golden cup in God's hands to actually do great things and communication of the gospel and truth and advance technology all of these things God has used this nation to accomplish. At the end of the day the eyes of God and the biblical pages of Scripture don't end up culminating around us as a nation they culminate around Israel and the Middle East. 

So I think all of these things if they are taken in that context allows all of us who know who God is not to be concerned not to be stressed out but to say God is at work there is a much bigger plan than what we can see. Ultimately we look and say we know where it's going and frankly in the midst of it let's stand up and witness for the gospel, share the truth of God's word. We are in wonderful days to do exactly what God has put us here to do.

JD: Sam Rohrer explaining why we as Christians should focus on Israel and this time of chaos here in America.

We report this information because it is setting the stage for Bible prophecy to be fulfilled.

Sam's exhortation to focus on what God has His focus on, the Jewish nation of Israel and His plan for the Jewish state is a very biblical and prophetic concept. God's plan for the future is absolute even in a time of chaos.

January 12, 2021

Palestinian leaders are warning the Islamic world that Israel is going to build a Temple in Jerusalem

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JD: David I read a warning coming out of the Palestinian Authority, it's been used before but I want to see how intense you believe this may well be right now. They're warning that Israel is planning to build a holy temple on the Temple Mount on Jerusalem. Is that a scare tactic or are they seriously considering that a viable possibility?

DD: They look at the overall political situation in Israel and they don't expect that would be something eminent. But as we've been talking about over the past several years they're also watching the growing talk in Israel about rebuilding the Temple amongst Israeli politicians and more and more Jews going up there to pray. So its certainly becoming more of a possibility in their view. I think the claim that its about to happen or that they think its about to happen is overstated. It keeps the focus on that issue for their people and there's nothing they can rally the streets of the Palestinians more than Haram al-sharif, the Temple Mount and they know that and they use that when they need to.

JD: And was not that the game plan for Yasser Arafat when he thought he was losing just shout to the world that the Israeli's are going to put the Jewish temple on the Temple Mount. That was one of his strategies was it not?

DD: Well it was Jimmy and of course it not only rallies the Palestinians but it rallies the Islamic world, the whole Islamic world basically. So if they want to boast their support from Indonesia for instance, from Malaysia, from north Africa and anywhere on Earth where there are Muslim communities or countries, 56 countries that are Muslim majority countries that's a good issue to put forward and they know that and so they use it all the time. But at the same time I think they are genuinely worried that this is an increasing possibility and they don't like that thought at all.

JD: David Dolan with a report on how Palestinian leadership is warning the Islamic world that Israel is preparing to build a Jewish temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

We report this information because it is setting the stage for Bible prophecy to be fulfilled.

The Palestinian leadership is partially correct. There are Jews in Jerusalem that have prepared to build a temple on the Temple Mount. All preparations have been made and they actually could start work on rebuilding that temple even today. In fact that's exactly what the Bible calls for, that's Daniel 9:27, Matthew 24:15 and Revelation 11:1-2. The stage is indeed set for the rebuilding of a temple in Jerusalem.

January 11, 2021

China is America's Most Dangerous Adversary

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JD: Talk to me about the China threat. Is it real and is it upon us right now? People not focused on China but maybe that could be our worst enemy in the future.

KT: The outgoing Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe warned Congress that China was our deadliest adversary, that China was a determined adversary. That China is infiltrating all faces of American life one of the last actions that President Trump has taken against Communist China was to de-lift from the New York stock exchange three other top financial companies. Now apparently that has been rolled back for the time being. But he's doing that because China has infiltrated our our capital markets. China has infiltrated our universities. They're paying professors, they're setting up their own programs these confucius institutes all around the United States. And we know that China is buying American politicians. The most recent example talking about Eric Swalwell who is a member of the intelligence committee in the US House of Representatives. He was caught with this young woman who apparently turned out to be a Communist Chinese spy. He was at events with her, she was raising money for him and he's just saying I won't talk about it because it's still classified. 

So yes, China is an active threat to the United States. They were determined to get rid of President Donald Trump because they saw him as the first US President who actually stood up to the infiltration of Communist China who called them out for releasing Covid on the world. And regardless if you think China manufactured the virus intentionally or not it undisputed that they released it to the world from Wuhan through international commercial flights while they restricted people from Wuhan from traveling inside China. So China is a threat. They definitely want to get rid of Donald Trump and I hate to say it but it looks like they have succeeded. 

JD: Ken Timmerman with the details explaining why China is America's most dangerous adversary. 

We report this information because it is setting the stage for Bible prophecy to be fulfilled.

There is so much focus on red China today. The political leaders are divided over whether to collaborate with China or to confront China. This actually is a political debate as we go into 2021. However, the Bible which is an absolute speaks about China as one of the kings of the east, that's Revelation 16:12. According to God's prophetic scenario China will partner with the antichrist in the last days, that's Revelation 16:13-16.

January 08, 2021

2021 may be a tough year for the Christian community

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JD: This week we're doing a preview of what we anticipate may be important issues in 2021. What do you think those important issues are?

DJ: Well Jimmy I'm sure there will be a lot of things we can't anticipate just like the pandemic and rioting in 2020 but I think we can extrapolate from somethings that are still in play and other things we've been watching develop. Of course the biggest concern right now is the Covid pandemic as well as concerns about more virulent strains popping up and of course the vaccines are also controversial. 

The civil unrest isn't as heated overall as it was at times last years and violence continues to sore in some cities like Seattle. And then there's that bombing not too far from you over in Nashville on Christmas day. And of course there are the many geo political issues around the world with the usual suspects always poised to cause some serious international problems. Another concern Jimmy that we talk about from time to time is the on going war on Christianity and the persecution of Christians around the world.

JD: Well David as we wrap it up I want you to circle back to something up mentioned earlier and that is the on going war on Christianity and the persecution of Christians around the world.

DJ: In November Christianity Today ran an article titled "Religious Persecution is Worsening Worldwide". That article noted that considered together 40% of the world faces significance hinderance in worshiping God freely and the trend continues to be negative. The level of social hostilities has doubled. And Jimmy the trajectory is not in a good direction. Every year Open Doors releases their annual list of 50 countries where Christians face the most sever persecution. The top 10 countries include North Korea, Afghanistan, Somalia, Libya and so on. But Nigeria is becoming the biggest killing ground of Christians in the world because of Boko Haram militants with some estimating it between 50,000 to 70,000 Christians have been killed in the last decade and it looks to become worse in 2021.

JD: David James giving us a look into 2021 for the Christian community. 

We report this information because it may well be setting the stage for Bible prophecy to be fulfilled.

Let me remind you that David James is not a prophet nor the son of a prophet but he is a student of the prophetic word of God. With that in mind David was able to give us some of what he considers may happen in the Christian community in this next year 2021. David's prospective may not sound that good but we do have a blessed hope, that's the Rapture which could well happen in 2021 according to what is ahead. That Rapture may happen even today.

January 07, 2021

The Palestinian leadership has vowed to continue their armed struggle to destroy Israel in 2021

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JD: Talk to us about the intensification of the armed struggle the Palestinian people wanting all of the state of Israel to be the state of Palestine. Will that armed struggle continue this next year?

IM: Fatah which is the party of Mahmoud Abbas runs the Palestinian Authority just released a video a couple of days ago. It was a video of a march and there were hundreds of people with masks on their faces holding rifles and automatic weapons and other weapons. In the background during the march they were playing all of these violence voting songs and militant songs. Again this is Fatah the party of leadership of the Palestinian Authority but they're basically announcing to the world that terror is still an option for the Palestinian Authority. It's constant message from the leadership terror is part of the bag of tools of the Palestinian Authority. 

The only reason we had less terror this year, I think there are two reasons. One, is that Israel security services has done a great job of stopping terror attacks. The second reason we've had fewer terror attacks is because of Covid - 19. The Palestinian Authority population has been very focused on that as a fundamental ideology of the Palestinian Authority they shout it loud and clear. What they call the arm struggle which we understand and the world understands as terror, the arm struggle will continue to be one of the tools that the Palestinian Authority will use when they want to achieve political gain. 

JD: Itamar Marcus explaining why he believes the Palestinians will continue their armed struggle to destroy the Jewish state in 2021. 

We report this information because it is setting the stage for Bible prophecy to be fulfilled.

Itamar and his team Palwatch.org monitor the Palestinian media on a daily bases so that they can reveal to the world what the true agenda is for the Palestinian leadership as it relates to the Jewish state of Israel. Itamar's report reveals that the Palestinian armed struggle will continue in 2021 which actually agrees with the prophetic passages of God's word. Ezekiel 35 says that the Palestinians will kill the Jews, that's verse 5. Malachi chapter 1 states that in the end of times the Palestinians return to do exactly that, kill the Jews and then steal their land, that's Ezekiel 35:10.

January 06, 2021

The Temple Mount and the rebuilding of the Temple will be the place and the project to watch in 2021

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JD: The last time we got together and talked about 2020 focused momentarily on the Temple Mount. Is it going to be continue in 2021 to be a great center of controversy? 

WM: The terror and the incitement is all negative. So the only positive thing they have is to keep on to the Temple Mount. But the Temple Mount is very crucial because its important as we discussed in the past for the Jordanian Monic because he so called custodian. Turkey also wants to be in there. Saudi Arabia is a custodian of Mecca and Medina why not Al-Aqsa. Everything is under pressure from all sections and whether its the Jews who want to pray and hope to have a Temple there the answer to your question is yes, it will be the center of controversy, of tension, and of struggle.

JD: And that's exactly what the ancient Jewish prophet Zechariah 12:2 said would be the case. Well we talked last week also about how the preparations for the rebuilding of that Temple, the third Temple on the Temple Mount are ready and set for them to put the Temple up. Is it a viable possibility that that Temple may be rebuilt in this coming new year?

WM: If we as Jews and I might include the Christians cannot pray there, cannot take out a Bible and read from the Scriptures because the Waqfs still administers the site it's going to be a very difficult time unless of course we have divine intercession. I would never discount that. I would love to be pleasantly surprised in that and we just have to follow the book and hopefully sooner than later that goal, that vision will become a reality. 

JD: Winkie Medad telling us why we must watch the Temple Mount and the rebuilding of the Temple in 2021. 

We report this information because it is setting the stage for Bible prophecy to be fulfilled.

Our focus on the Temple Mount and the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem that we had with Winkie Medad is the greatest indicator of major prophecy that could be fulfilled in 2021. Not because Winkie and I say that but because God's word reports this truth, that's Zechariah 1:16 and 6:12. Jesus also confirmed this in Matthew 24:15. 2021 could be the year for the next Jewish Temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. 

January 05, 2021

In 2021 the Peace Process will be on the agenda in the Middle East

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JD: The Abraham Accords which is a very interesting development throughout 2020, four Arab nations normalizing relationships with the Jewish state of Israel. What about these peace talks continuing Arab nations joining in? Will this happen in 2021?

DD: Again a lot will depend on the policies that the Biden Administration adopts. If they feel strongly back to the Palestinians if it were and supporting Fatah and the Palestinian Authority and move away from relations with Saudi Arabia and the more moderate Arab countries which there's indications they plan to do then we may not see any further progress in that way. Although the next few weeks there is a push from the Trump Administration to get Saudi Arabia in particular on board and that may happen Jimmy. If it does we might see Kuwait, we might see some other Gulf countries join. But we're almost at the limit of who might get on board. Algeria, there's a chance to get them in and Tunisia as well in North Africa but they have internal problems that may cause them to resist that. 

There continues to be talk that Pakistan may formally make peace with Israel that of course isn't an Arab country but a Muslim country and one that has an alliance with the United States. So we could see some progress there but again it depends on where the focus will be from the Biden Administration. 

JD: Will there be any peace talks that will open up between the Israelis and the Palestinians?

DD: Well again if its pushed hard enough from Washington it may happen Jimmy. But there's no indication that the policies have changed on the Palestinian side enough so that serious talks can take place.

JD: David Dolan with information about the peace process in the Middle East in 2021.

We report this information because it is setting the stage for Bible prophecy to be fulfilled.

The Trump Middle East Peace Plan of 2020 has brought normalization between Israel and a number of Arab nations. However resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is far from being normalized. In fact the Palestinians believe that the Arab nations who have made peace with Israel have betrayed the Palestinian cause. Many believe that these Arab Accords may have changed the urgency of the Arab-Israeli conflict. I believe the opposite. These peace agreements had to be in place on the table to be able to be broken so that the antichrist would come on the scene to confirm these peace treaties, that's Daniel 9:27.

January 04, 2021

"2021-A Prophetic Prospective": We will look into 2021 with a prophetic prospective on Russia and China

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JD: What about Vladimir Putin and Russia in 2021?

KT: To me that is the biggest question because you had all this anti Russian propaganda which for the most part was baseless during these past four years. Russia was painted as the evil empire of the Old Soviet days and in fact Russia is a tired power. Their population is declining. Their economy is declining. They have a far far smaller economy than Communist China. So Russia I believe is a spent power and not a terrific threat to the United States as long as we do not engage in aggressive nuclear saber rattling.  

JD: And then we want to look at China who has a desire to be number one economically and militarily in the world in a couple of years. What about this year 2021?

KT: The Chinese are on the march. They have successfully maneuvered with Covid. Remember the very beginning of the outbreak they closed their own borders internally but they allowed travelers from Wuhan to go to Los Angeles and to New York and other places and Europe where they spread the disease. So China managed to spread the virus overseas while containing it at home. They are now in a position to reap the benefits of that economically. Diplomatically they have their own Covid vaccine they are going to require Chinese citizens to take. They may have stolen secrets of the vaccine because we know they have a very sophisticated and broad base effort to steal bio technical secrets from these big companies who have been developing vaccines. 

China is on the march. They are going to see no opposition from the United States. I believe we will see them increasingly active against Taiwan and in the South China Sea at the very early stages of 2021. 

JD: Ken Timmerman with a look at Russia and China in the new year 2021.

We report this information because it is setting the stage for Bible prophecy to be fulfilled.

Ken's look at Russia and China and what these two nations may have on their agenda in 2021 sounds like a page out of Bible prophecy. Russia according to Ezekiel 38 will be a major player on the world scene in the last days at the beginning of the seven year Tribulation period. According to Revelation 16:12 it mentions the kings of the east including China as key to the prophetic scenario at the end of the Tribulation period. Russia and China, major actors in God's end time drama.

January 01, 2021

Happy New Year! In the Christian community, in 2020, it was a very interesting year

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JD: Going back to that discussion that we had at the beginning of 2020, I want to ask you is there anything that stands out to you in particular from that first program in 2020?

DJ: Well Jimmy I keep notes from all of our discussions and I see that I had just arrived in the Philippines for my first international trip of the year which ended up being the first of only two trips. One of the things we talked about was the upcoming Presidential election and of course that was one of the top news stories of the year. Another thing we talked about was the ongoing rise of anti Semitism around the world which has been a serious problem. We also talked about how some in the church contribute to this in a more subtle way because of Replacement theology which denies that Israel has a place in God's program in the future.

Two major things we didn't see coming were the Corona virus pandemic and the civil unrest across the country with the wide spread destruction and loss of life. And of course there are many other things we talked about over the course of the year.

JD: David, another issue for much of 2020 that you mentioned earlier was the unrest across the country which is some of the worst that we've seen in decades. In fact we're still seeing ripple effects of those unrest activities. 

DJ: That's true. The civil unrest began at the end of May with an event that New York Times article described this way, on May 25th Minneapolis police officers arrested George Floyd, and Jimmy you and I know what has happened since then. He died as a result of being in custody there, we've seen it play out on tv. And so its been tough to watch our country being torn apart day after day as people lose their livelihoods and even their lives and to adding to it have been politicians who have weaponized the crisis for political advantage in an election year. We talked about this in June and reminded our listeners of Ephesians 6:12 where Paul talks about we do not wrestle against flesh and blood but against principalities and against powers, and against rulers of darkness of this age. So you know Jimmy by God's grace our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness as the hymn goes. So we trust Him as we go forward looking back at 2020.

JD: David James revealing to us the year 2020 as a very different year.

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In the Bible we are often reminded to look back so that we can learn from our past experiences, and then we're to look forward into the new year with great anticipation of what the Lord has for us in 2021. Maybe even the Rapture which could indeed happen today.