Looking to the good book for insight

Pastor Don Kremer is the president and founder of the World Missionary Outreach with missions to Armenia, Bulgaria, Romania, Liberia, Ghana, Togo, Nigeria and Uganda. The End Times theorist graduated from college with a degree in psychology. He then entered law enforcement where he retired after 15 years of service. During his tenure as a police officer, he became the U.S. Taekwon-Do champion and a certified police instructor.

With 14 years as a pastor and now as a missionary into remote parts of African and European nations, his missionary focus both in the U.S. and abroad involves in-depth schools of ministry on multiple subjects for pastors and church leaders, including an in-depth study of the Book of Revelation and how it relates to this generation. In addition to the schools of biblical studies, Kremer regularly conducts crusades and sets up learning libraries. He may be contacted VCFPDK@AOL.COM.

How the phrophecies were told

Today, more than ever, prognosticators are frenzied with predictions of doom and gloom. The maze of predictions forms a labyrinth of opinions. Amid all the apocalyptic hee-haw, is there any reliable source that is verifiable, simplistic in its layout and definitive in its content? Actually, there is. Its reliability stands with an amazing record of 100 percent accuracy, which has been time-tested during the millenniums. It’s called the Bible.

Given the factor of credibility, what do the ancient scriptures say about the Endtimes? How can we know if we are the final generation? To answer that question, we focus the lens upon Israel. By understanding key prophecies related to the nation of Israel, we can better gauge the progress approaching God’s final judgments that are soon to come upon the Earth.

Let me explain three rather startling prophecies. In circa 720 BC, Assyria invaded the Northern tribes of Israel and took the Jewish people captive. This began the dissolution of Israel as a nation, which was later finalized under Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. Then in circa 592 BC, the prophet Ezekiel reached 2,540 years into the future all the way to our generation and spoke of the time when Israel would once again become a sovereign nation. But before that would happen, seven nations would control Israel. Those nations were prophesied into their sequential order: Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Rome and Nazi Germany.

Ezekiel’s ancient prophecy now comes into consideration. During our generation, 2,538 years after Ezekiel’s prophecy, Israel became a sovereign nation in the same land it once governed. No nation in the history of humanity has ever been dissolved for millenniums, its people scattered throughout the cultures, blended into the nations and languages of the Earth, and then regathered to form the same nation with the same basic tenets. It happened in all but an hour’s time, less time than it takes for a city’s planning and zoning commission to finalize a building plan for new construction.

Three fulfilled prophecies

It happened this way: On Monday, Nov. 29, 1947, the newly formed United Nations drafted resolution 181, which called for a two-state nation between the Jews and the Arabs in the land called Palestine. On Friday, May 14, 1948, U.S. President Harry S. Truman met with his staff to discuss the issue. After listening to the arguments, Truman simply went to his typewriter and typed a note that read: “This government has been informed that a Jewish state has been proclaimed in Palestine, and recognition has been requested by the provisional government thereof. The United States recognizes the provisional government as the de facto authority of the new Jewish state.”

President Truman then drew a line through the words “Jewish state” and hand wrote the words “State of Israel.” He signed the document and sent it to the U.N., which sided with the United States. In one hour Israel was born again after 2,538 years from the time of Ezekiel’s prophecy. The second piece of startling evidence that marks us as the final generation was prophesied in circa 96 AD. The Apostle John penned the words of what became known as the Book of Revelation. A section of the prophecy spoke of a specific event that would occur in our generation. There was yet to come “another Beast Empire,” specifically the seventh Beast Empire. At the time the prophecy was given, John was living during the sixth Beast Empire, Rome. The seventh Beast Empire was unheard of until 96 AD.

It is the only Beast Empire not described with a name. Instead, it is described with the pronoun “he.” The prophecy pertaining to the seventh Beast Empire is as follows: “Here is the mind which has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains [leaders of the seven Beast Empires] on which the woman [Harlot Babylon] sits, 10 and they are seven kings [leaders of the seven Beast Empires]; five have fallen [Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia and Greece], one is [Roman—at the time of John’s Revelation], the other [seventh Beast—Nazi Germany] has not yet come; and when he [Hitler] comes, he must remain a little while [12 years in all]. 11 The Beast which was [a leader of one of the previous seven empires] and is not [because he is still yet to come in the future] is himself also an eighth [Antichrist] and is one of the seven [leaders of the previous seven empires], and he goes to destruction [when he is killed at the battle of Armageddon]. Rev 17:9-11 New American Standard Bible. (Brackets inserted by the author for added clarity.)

The ancient prophecy of the seventh Beast Empire came to pass in 1945 with the closure of Nazi Germany “during our generation,” a full 1,826 years after it was declared. The third piece of startling evidence that occurred in our generation pertains to Jerusalem. After Israel became a nation again in 1948, the Holy City of Jerusalem was still in the control of the Islamic people. The prophet Daniel, writing from circa 537 BC, declared that Jerusalem belonged to the Jews. The prophecy concerning this important detail is as follows: “Seventy weeks [each week comprising a seven-year period or 490 years in all] have been decreed for your people [the Jews] and your Holy City [Jerusalem]….” Daniel 9:24, New American Standard Bible. (Brackets inserted by author for added clarity.) “Your Holy City” means, in this case, Jerusalem. Then on Wednesday, June 7, 1967, after the miraculous and famous Six Day War in Israel, the Jews recaptured Jerusalem under their sovereign control. The foreground and fulfillment of these three critical prophecies have powerful significance. Only in “our generation” did they come to pass.

Seven seals

So what does this mean to us today? For one, the next Beast Empire, which will occur in “our generation,” is the empire of Antichrist. By all practical considerations, Antichrist is alive and well and functioning in some latent form within a world superpower government. The Book of Revelation speaks symbolically of seven seals, seven trumpet judgments, and seven bowl judgments. Briefly stated, the seals are simply the conditions that must be met before God pours His judgments upon the Earth. Accordingly, the first seal is the opening event of the Book of Revelation. We must be careful to watch for the event that opens the first seal. It debuts with the coming of Antichrist, who is depicted on a white horse as a man of peace when he offers Israel a seven-year peace pact at a time Israel is floundering on the brink of destruction. The stage is now set for that to occur.

Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinjad has threatened to wipe Israel off the map with his nuclear capability. At the same time, our very unique and enigmatic U.S. president, Barack Obama, has all but destroyed relationships between Israel and the U.S. The Jewish people consider Obama as “no friend of Israel,” and 76 U.S. senators (more than three-quarters of the U.S. Senate) and 333 representatives from the House of Representatives signed a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton criticizing Obama for his uncooperative and reckless position toward Israel. On May 19, 2011, Obama insisted that Israel give up the land it won during the Six Day War in 1967. This is not an option for Israel.

Ahmadinejad’s public threats to destroy Israel (bolstered his nuclear missile capability) has left Israel with no choice. Israel’s current president, Benjamin Netanyahu, definitively announced that Israel will strike Iran before Iran’s missile program reaches lethal potential. Israel, however, does not see President Obama as a supportive ally, and by all indications, he is correct.

The eighth Beast Empire

The pieces are in place. The eighth Beast Empire of antichrist is about to launch. Never before have all the factors matched the conditions we have today. The U.S. is backing away from Israel. Iran is defying the U.N. economic sanctions and continuing with its nuclear missile program, and Israel is posing for an attack. The perfect storm is gathering energy.

Here is the triggering event: At some point, Israel will attack Iran. The profiling of the Islamic Brotherhood (a radical extremist Islamic organization financially supported by President Obama at the tune of $1.5 billion) will seize the opportunity to stir the Islamic nations in defense of Iran when Israel strikes. The exchange of attacks will turn religious in motivation with the Islamic nations gathering hatred against Israel. Except for the utterance of empty words, Obama will continue his present course of action and let Israel flounder. How long Israel will languish in conflict is difficult to estimate. But at a certain point, it will find itself in a predicament of overwhelming odds. Consequently, by the default of Obama, Israel will seek protection from somewhere else. Based on the present profiling of Russia in the Middle East, help will likely come from Russia’s President Vladimir Putin. Because Obama has downsized the United States’ military might, Russia is now recognized as the superpower. Putin has little regard for Obama. Whoever the leader is who offers Israel a seven-year peace pact (likely Russia) by providing military covering and protection, that individual will be none other than Antichrist.

As Israel signs the agreement and enters into a false peace, the precise instant the pen lifts from the paper, the Book of Revelation opens with the first seal. Some 1,260 days later, Antichrist will break his agreement with Israel (Daniel 9:27), march into Jerusalem and declare himself to be God almightily (II Thessalonians 2:3-4; Daniel 11:31; Matthew 24:15-16). On the same day or the day following (1,260 days from the signing of the seven-year peace pact), the Mark of the Beast will be mandated upon every person. Those who refuse the mark will be killed as defectors. During the course of approximately 1,100 days, one-fourth of mankind will be killed, specifically those who refuse to take the Mark of the Beast.

The end of human kind

Based on a 7 billion population (which we now have), the death toll will be 1.75 billion people. Essentially, it is the population equivalent to all North America, Europe and Africa. The only hope will be Christ’s second coming. He will bring a sudden stop to Antichrist’s slaughter by removing the Christians from the Earth in an event termed as the Rapture. Immediately following that occurrence, the wrath of God will be poured out upon the Earth with 14 decisive judgments. While the Rapture sounds almost surreal, given the context of the Bible’s 100 percent accuracy, there is no reason to doubt the veracity of this miraculous event. The question remains: Will you be Raptured or left behind?