‘Prepare ye the way of the Lord’
Topping up your oil & trimming your wick!See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken-that is, created things-so that what cannot be shaken may remain. Heb 12:25-27
The world is certainly being shaken in many ways. Natural disasters and catastrophes are happening all across the world: floods, fires, cyclones, typhoons, heat waves and other extreme weather conditions all causing great heartache and many deaths with multitudes becoming apprehensive and fearful. In 2019 there was a dramatic increase in the number of earthquakes worldwide and in many places volcanic activity resulted in giant clouds of hot ash shooting miles high into the sky, causing great destruction and disruption to all facets of life.
January saw the Coronavirus break out in China and has since spread to other countries around the world. People are being contained and isolated, others are panicking at the frightening prospects. In Australia the virus caused the closure of Epping Boys High, some nursing homes have gone into lock down, Staff have been sent home after a virus contagion scare at a Sydney CBD office block while other offices are being closed as the virus spreads. Many container ships have been stopped from delivering their merchandise, while some people are panick buying in an effort to prepare for an uncertain future. One theory regarding the origin of the virus is it was developed by infectious disease experts to function as a bioweapon, originated in the Wuhan-based lab of Dr. Peng Zhou.
The world continues to be plagued by civil unrest where anger and frustration are boiling to the surface in so many cities across the planet. In some cases, economic pain is to blame and in others, it is political unrest that is motivating the protesters. Hong Kong, Chile, Nigeria, Sudan, Haiti and Lebanon were among the 47 countries that saw significant rise in civil unrest throughout 2019 while it is predicted this strife will spread to at least 75 countries throughout 2020 as global conditions continue to deteriorate. The Middle East continues to dominate world headlines and remains a continual hotbed for conflict as the enemies of Israel continue their machinations in an effort to destroy God’s people. In 1947 a group of Atomic scientists set up the doomsday clock which is a symbolic representation of just how close humanity is to perishing by its own hands. In January this year the hands of the clock were moved forward to 1 minute and 40 seconds to midnight, reflecting fears of global destruction no doubt due to the proliferation of nuclear and biological weapons and the tensions that continue to exist between many countries today. How should we respond to the times of shaking, apostasy, sexual perversion and lawlessness in which we live? As our opening scripture continues: Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire. Hebrews 12:28-29 When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near. Luke 21:28
World Happenings: Open Doors USA CEO David Curry issued a major warning with the release of the recent World Watch List, saying China was creating a technological apparatus that could become the "blueprint" for Christian persecution worldwide. Though China had only risen four spots from 27 to 23 on the list of the worst persecutors of Christians, Curry explained that its sophisticated melding of artificial intelligence and surveillance technologies with a social scoring system was creating the template for Christian persecution in the twenty-first century. “Its implications are not just for Christians within China but for every country and for religious freedom generally,” Curry warned. “Let me put it together. It is like a puzzle. The pieces are there but it is not until you put it together that you see it clearly and it is very frightening.” Curry learned on a recent trip to China that citizens are given 2,000 points of "social credit." Facial recognition scans on street corners and in churches judge through artificial intelligence assumptions whether a person is engaged in "radical" activity. Points are deducted on that basis, whittling away at social status and creating social pariahs without access to the basic amenities of society. “Eventually, your travel is restricted, your children won’t get into the best schools. You lose points for taking your children to Sunday School. That is what the experience is like for many Christians in China," he said. 5,596 churches were shut down by the Chinese government in 2019, in many cases, Curry said, because they refused to install the surveillance apparatus he called "the system of persecution for the future." [from Open Doors Website].
Persecution: According to Open Doors 2020 watch list, some 260 million Christians are living in areas of high persecution - that’s one in eight believers worldwide, an increase of 10 percent compared to last year.
Israel: Security authorities at IDF General Staff HQ in Tel Aviv discovered last September that the blueprints for Israel’s Iron Dome short-range anti-rocket system had been stolen. Every attempt to establish how the thief had managed to pierce the layers of physical and electronic security guarding one of Israel’s crown jewels drew a blank. According to intelligence sources, the finger of suspicion has fallen mainly on the China Ministry of State Security-MSS using Huawei equipment to obtain the data through a “back door.”
Furthermore, many Chinese firms have set up offices in high-rise buildings located very close to Hakirya, Israel’s Security City in Tel Aviv. Those offices are believed to be used for spying on the IDF General Staff HQ and the Defence Ministry housed there, with the help of sophisticated Huawei electronic equipment.
USA: On October 18th 2019 at Baltimore in the USA, the John Hopkins Centre for Health Security, in conjunction with the World Economic Forum and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, brought together “15 leaders of business, government, and public health” to simulate a scenario in which a pandemic was ravaging the planet. The virus was called coronavirus and the pandemic although an imaginary scenario, ended up killing 65 million people.
Greg and Judy’s Update: We are looking forward to what the next 3 months has in store, we have a number of more local speaking appointments at Cowra, Blayney and Parkes. Then a little further afield to the Sydney area followed by a trip to Port Macquarie and then to Tasmania from April 18th to May 10th. To date we have 11 speaking appointments organised for Tasmania. We will be doing a Passover presentation on Good Friday the 10th April at the Parkes Baptist Church. We will also be speaking on resurrection Sunday. Judy and I are excited about this as we will also be celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary on the 12th April. We are currently praying about the second half of the year and seeking where the Lord would have us go. We appreciate your prayers, financial assistance and the interest you take in Timeline Ministries as we continue to work together in the proclamation of God’s Word for the Last of ‘The Last Days’ in which we live.
Prayer Corner: As we contact leaders of Churches there are still many who have no interest in Bible Prophecy. Pray that God will open their eyes to the times in which we live as revealed in His Word though we do thank God for the openings He creates and the blessings those opportunities bring to peoples lives.
Continue to pray the Lord will guide and lead our steps and grant us safe travelling mercies on the road.
Please pray for our good friends Stan and Carole. Stan has been diagnosed with prostate cancer but it has metastasized to other parts of his body. The medical prognosis is not good. Pray that God will bless Stan with a miracle of complete healing and that the Shalom of God will rest upon them both as they face this battle.
Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure. 1 John 3:2-3
Next newsletter is due Early May 2020
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