Technological Breakthroughs Plus the Last Days Signs: Beware the End Times Are upon the Earth!Posted by: WebPulpit | Posted on: October 29, 2013
by Ugochukwu Onwudebelu, Departments of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Informatics, Federal University of Ndufu-Alike Ikwo (FUNAI), Abakaliki Ebonyi State, Nigeria. E-mail: email@example.com
Abstract: Beware is a prophetic word of warning to be on your guard that there is a looming danger ahead. But are modern-day Christians bearing in mind this scriptural admonishment to “beware” in these last days of uncertainty? We are living in a critical moment in the Church age where wanton violence and evil are growing exponentially every day in our sick world. Each passing day brings new technological breakthroughs which make a global mark of the beast system that much closer to fruition. Furthermore, each passing day brings us closer to a cashless society with all monetary transactions being conducted by digital means. As a result, the digital world, national governments and big banks are both encouraging the move away from paper currency and coins. The signs of the last day and similar stuff like this make the news without many Christian taken the slightest notice of these, worst till without comparing and studying the prophetic sections of their Bible, just as the Bereans Christians would have done. In this paper, we brought out some of these signs and the security guard watch out position. Even more importantly, we hope this will help better prepare believers for end times, especially if you have teaching responsibilities. We all need to be rapture-ready to meet our Savoir and thus make heaven. Keywords: End-time, Believer, Cashless Society,
1. Introduction: Looking at our present day world and the events proceeding from the news media, it is very obvious that the world is facing tremendous problems that the power that be are powerless to deliver it own people talk more of the people of another nationality. For instance, in Syria, the government and the rebels are busy destroying the country and the United Nations is ever increasingly divided on how to handle or rather solve the Syrian crisis. Furthermore, current news headlines warn us to beware of the stock market; to beware of partisan politicians; to beware of Muslim extremists, to beware of fraudsters, to beware of child traffickers and so on, and so on . To be sure, society offers us so many ominous cautions that it is easy to see how men’s hearts could fail them for fear as a sinful world waxes worse and worse (Luke 21:26). However, there is wisdom in warnings that originate from a pure and godly source. The Bible our godly source, especially, the New Testament, is full of such red alerts. Beloved, there are flashing sirens throughout the Word of God to warn us of danger all around, while not forgetting to look within our own hearts. But in this article, we want to look at our world, that is, our immediate environment.
We will not be given any specific day for the end of the world knowing fully well what the Bible said concerning such specificity: “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only (Matthew 24:36). Thus, there are no dates mentioned in the Bible. However, the Bible also warns us to “walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Eph. 5:15-16). Walking circumspectly means to consider all circumstances and possible consequences. So when the Bible says to “beware,” we should abandon our pride and receive the word as wise Christians. In addition, we must be ready to study our Bible so as to compare it with the present day events which are creating fear within and without. What is more, the circumspect Christian is the prudent Christian and a prudent Christian is the not wise in his own opinions. Rather, wise in what is good and simple concerning evil (Romans 16:19). Remember, God will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent (1 Cor. 1:19). We are only wise in Christ (1 Cor. 4:10). In all our dealings, we must always have it at the back of our mind that, the world as we know it with its growing immorality, injustice, greed and wickedness of different sorts will mercifully come to an end and be replaced at Christ’s return by His everlasting kingdom of peace, love and joy. Revelation 11:15 says – “The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign forever and ever.”
As long as we are in this sinful world problems are bound to confront the human race in different dimension, having different shape and appearances. Man, on his part, will definitely be seeking solution away from his Creator. Consequently, every propound solution no matter how effective it is and sophisticated it may seems to be, will have nothing but a temporal solution. By 2015, it is predicted that the number of people around the world who will need to be rescued from natural catastrophes will rise by more than 100 million as more hurricanes, typhoons, floods and mudslides triggered by climate change add to the toll caused by earthquakes and man-made disasters. All this will facilitate and enable the manifestation of a man of sin with a definite solutions to the problems that is besetting mankind, especially, the problems in the middle east which is having untold ripple effect across the globe.
Microchip or for short “chip” is now penetrating every facet of our lives, as a result hardly will your buy anything now without discovering that it has been embedded somehow with chip. For instance, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has equipped Pakistani tribesmen with secret electronic transmitters to help target and kill al-Qaida leaders in the north-western tribal belt. Over the last 18 months the U.S. has launched more than 50 drone attacks, mostly in South and North Waziristan. U.S. officials claim nine of the top 20 al-Qaida figures have been killed. That success is reportedly in part thanks to the mysterious electronic devices, dubbed “chips” which have become a source of fear, intrigue and fascination. Thus, this mysterious ‘chip’ is CIA’s latest weapon against al-Qaida targets has so far proof successful.
The cashless future is on the horizon. The present financial system which sees the use of many independent sovereign currencies will change to that of a global financial system utilizing a single global monetary currency (GMC). This will help to facilitate the reign of the anti-Christ and his control of the entire world. Money apart from being physical is also digital – it is zeros and ones stored in a computer. “There will be a time – I don’t know when, I can’t give you a date – when physical money is just going to cease to exist,” said economist Robert Reich . As we all know, the demise of cash has been happening ever since financial fortunes could first be told by a piece of plastic with a magnetic strip. The world is being educated to accept this new idea of a cashless digital system. Now the largest social networking service in the world is launching a new cashless monetary program. No doubt millions of Facebook users will be conditioned to the benefits of a digital currency system and will readily accept what the future Antichrist has planned. (Read Revelation 13 for more information on that)
One 2003 study estimated that moving from a wholly paper-based network to a completely electronic one could save an economy 1 percent of its annual GDP (a $150 billion sum for the United States). Sweden was the first European country to introduce bank notes in 1661. Now it’s come farther than most on the path toward getting rid of them. . In most Swedish cities, public buses do not accept cash; tickets are prepaid or purchased with a cell phone text message. A small but growing number of businesses only take cards, and some bank offices — which make money on electronic transactions — have stopped handling cash altogether. Bills and coins represent only 3% of Sweden’s economy, compared to an average of 9% in the Euro Zone and 7% in the U.S., according to the Bank for International Settlements, an umbrella organization for the world’s central banks . Presently, the world has regional monetary unions, such as the European Monetary Union (EMU), the Eastern Caribbean Monetary Union, and the West and Central African Monetary Unions. The EMU is the largest and most successful and is growing, and is a model for future monetary unions, including the future Global Monetary Union. Several Persian Gulf countries are forming a monetary union, as are several East African countries. As the euro zone grows, people around the world are increasingly asking the question: if it works for 17 countries, soon to be 31, why not for 192?
Is the world’s major currencies destined to crash? The dollar, the euro and the yen are locked in a race to the bottom . The only question is which one crashes first. A one world global currency would make life so much easier for the future Antichrist to implement his new financial world order. No longer would independent sovereign paper currencies be used for daily commerce, (which makes it difficult if not impossible to control who can buy or sell), but instead a new digital currency that could be easily be controlled globally. A group working with Occupy Wall Street is proposing a global alternative currency system to replace the currencies of individual nations .
Well at the same time world markets are being gobbled up by a German company, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is calling for the replacement of the U.S. dollar as the world’s reserve currency. In its place, a basket of currencies grouped together in what is known as Special Drawing Rights, (SDR’s). The interesting thing is, the IMF has said that if there is enough political will these SDR’s could morph into an outright new global world currency. The world would implement a single global currency by expanding existing monetary unions, by folding them into a single global currency. The single global currency can be said to exist when these currency consolidation trends create one currency for countries representing approximately 40-50% of the world’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). After that, we will have passed a “tipping point,” and the remaining countries will clamor to join.
2. Significant Red Flags: The items listed below are significant red flags and important information that anyone who is heavenly conscious should be aware of. Remember, there are plenty of commandments to “beware” in the New Testament. The question is: Are you taking those commandments to heart? Are you walking circumspectly with regard to the prophetic warnings from the prophets, the apostles, and from Jesus Himself, in your daily life? How much more are these cautions needed in today’s times, when worldliness has decided to take its seat inside the church as well as among the so called “men of God”, when the spirit of religion is rising, covetousness is woven into a Babylonian society and strife is dividing the Church along denominational lines and worse? The bottom line: We need to be on our guard as the world is experiencing one form of calamity to the other, without a sign of such disasters abating, moreover, we need to guard our hearts with all diligence for out it flow the issues of life. These end-time warning signs will act as a reminder and still more as an echo in our mind today. So, beloved, beware. Examine your heart, the scriptures and the events happening around you.
2.1 Red Flag 1: The coming “Mark of the Best” identification system: Biometric identification systems are being set up all over the world [3, 6]. Of course there is the billion citizen biometric database system being rolled out in India, but these types of systems are now being implemented throughout Africa, and places such as Mexico schools, the Vatican etc. Just as it was with ATM, so shall it be with this biometric identification system. Nobody will be exempted, and if it has not yet reached your country, it is just a matter of time. However, although, these types of systems will not be the future “mark of the beast”, it is certainly educating the masses to the acceptance of having their biometric information stored in some huge government database somewhere, and having that information perhaps implanted on their person in the form of an RFID chip in the near features. The Verichip below is not science fiction, it is real and plans to use it are progressing. Using an ordinary hypodermic needle, doctors will implant it. The dimensions as shown are 2.1 millimeters deep by 12 millimeters long. They are getting smaller every now and then, and they are adding GPS capability, which can track any person anywhere.
Figure 1: Receiving a Mark on their Right Hands or on their Foreheads
“And he causeth all… to receive a mark…that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark…for it is the number of a man…the number of the beast 666.” (Revelation 13:16-18 paraphrased). The fact that people are even already ok and glad to accept tattoo on their bodies, shows the ease with which they will advocate for the mark of the beast. Microchips in virtually everything you have, buy, wear, drive and read, allowing retailers and law enforcement to track consumer items and, by extension, consumers wherever they go, from a distance, shows the ultimate goal of microchips. A chip? One would wonder, Are we dogs? Not even dogs deserve chips. What about Global Positioning System (GPS) Shoes? GPS shoes for Alzheimer’s patients, that is, footwear with a built-in GPS device that could help track down “wandering” seniors suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. If athletes, visitors, journalists etc are being tracked by tiny microchips on their tickets and passes, what about having a mark to track everyone with the tendency of eradicating evil doers among the human race? Take note, any technology of this kind is prone to abuse, especially, abuse of personal privacy. It is a double-edged sword. We have seen so many different uses of the technology and may probably still be just scratching the surface, especially, in terms of places where RFID can be used. The RFID chips will be accessed via satellites through tiny GPS systems.
With each new implementation of an electronic identity system, there will be opposition. Doubtless, however, the technology will succeed in the end. This is part of the progressive global system and is supported by facts and figures. Besides, this is not something new, but is part of the overall process toward a unified global system, identifying all people at all times, all over the world. We do not believe that this is the “mark of the beast”; however, we realize that only technology, based on electronic communication signs, is the avenue whereby the mark of the beast will be fulfilled eventually. One example is a passport. Virtually all countries in the world are now issuing passports, with an inbuilt chip guaranteeing authenticity. Similar undertakings are in the works with driver’s licenses. We are told that in 2013, checks for Social Security recipients will no longer be issued and will be replaced by electronic bank transfer. It is our understanding that when the implementation of the mark of the beast is enforced, the true Church of Jesus Christ will be taken out into the presence of the Lord. We must also realize that the process toward this so-called peaceful world has been ongoing for 2,000 years. Satan is preparing his Antichrist in such a fashion that he will look just like Jesus and will be accepted as the Messiah of Israel.
2.2 Red Flag 2: The Cashless Society: Our society is gradually moving from the good old fashioned cold hard cash to a digital global currency that will usher in the system (a system which will control who can buy or sell) of the Antichrist. This system will definitely become an identifier which will enable everyone to safely conduct his day to day banking activities as directed by the Antichrist, with his mark positioned near to the eyes (forehead), or on the right hand, which will then be used for just one purpose, to control the ability to buy or sell. With so much of our banking and interactions taking place on our mobile phones, we still live with a false sense of security because it does not take much for someone to hack our phones. By using more unique and unequalled identifiers — biometrics such as eye vein patterns, rather than passwords — corporations and banks may have a more secure way to authenticate our identity. Consequently, no one can pretend to be you with an eye print neither can another fake it with photos or videos. Presently, our fingerprints are used for various authentication systems, one day our fingerprints (or palm prints) and retinal scans will be used to make payments.
Most people think of a cashless society as something that is way off in the distant future. Unfortunately, that is simply not the case. The truth is that a cashless society is much closer than most people would ever dare to imagine. To a large degree, the transition to a cashless society is being done voluntarily. The days of having to carry a piece of plastic and remembering a PIN number to access your money could become a thing of the past as research carried out by Newspoll for ANZ showed a majority of people would be comfortable using retina or fingerprint scanning technology at ATMs instead of PIN numbers. This type of technology will replace cash entirely, in fact, cash and coins are on their way out and it is realistic to imagine a world in which we carry no notes or coins, or even credit or debit cards . A cashless society, which only uses a digital currency system, will make it so easy for a future world dictator to enforce a take it or leave it policy regarding buying and/or selling. Cash money is the basis of 99.9% of all illegal transactions and of that of the underground economy. Take cash away and suddenly the ability to participate in commerce, (both of the legal and illegal economies), will vanish for the most part, (aside for some forms of bartering).What would be the easiest way to control the buying and selling abilities of all people on earth? Simply take away cash and force everyone to become part of a cashless economic system. However, we also realize that this race towards the cashless society will bring about a new system of commerce which will require every person to bear a mark in order to be able to buy or sell in the new economy.
2.3 Red Flag 3: Nigerians to get ID number and Firms to Launch Biometric Identity Database: In a move to curtail insurgency and other criminal challenges confronting the country, the National Population Commission (NPC) has commenced a comprehensive biometric capturing of all Nigerians, with a view to allocating every Nigerian number that would be associated with him or her from birth to death. Chairman, NPC, Chief Festus Odimegwu, who disclosed this in Abuja , said the biometric capturing would also be applied to all people resident in Nigeria. He said the biometric identification would help to streamline the avalanche of foreigners into the country and reduce the scope of kidnapping, armed robbery and Boko Haram sect’s activities in the country. Dragnet Solutions, a computer-based testing and talent management firm, in partnership with a United Kingdom-based biometric solutions company, Warwick Warp (UK) Limited, is planning to launch a Centralized Biometric Identity Database for West African Countries.
2.4 Red Flag 4: Technological Breakthrough in Israel: IBM Seeks to Buy Israeli Software Firm. IBM Corp  is in advanced talks to buy Israel-based Red Bend Software, a provider of mobile phone software, for $200 million to $250 million, Israeli media reported. Red Bend provides software for device management and mobile virtualization, technology that enables multiple operating systems to run simultaneously on a mobile phone. It helps cellular phone manufacturers speed up new embedded services, respond swiftly to faults and reduce support costs via remote updates using the web. The company has over 80 customers, including China Mobile, Intel, LG Electronics, Motorola, Qualcomm, Samsung Electronics, Sharp and Sony Ericsson.
While these types of deals are a common occurrence the world over, one must notice that in this case, the company Red Bend and dozens of others in the past, are located in a country only 64 years old. Also, the country at its beginning was considered semi-desert and agriculturally unproductive. Just to grow food and survive was definitely a priority for the newborn nation. Moreover, the existence of the State of Israel has been threatened by its Arab neighbors, and lately by Iran. Yet, Israel is one of the leading nations when it comes to innovation, particularly on the high-tech level. These facts should cause those who consider Israel just another nation to think again. Israel is different and as the prophet Daniel says, knowledge shall increase – and this is happening in the land of Israel.
2.5 Red Flag 5: Amalgamation of Religions: A comparison with a case in German: During the “Long Night of Museums” event in Berlin, 26 August, some 30,000 participants viewed about 100 exhibition sites. The other event, “Long Night of Religions” looked quite different. The “Long Night of Religions” event was a unique way to express the multiplicity of religions. The event was initiated by the Berlin Senate of Religious Affairs in cooperation with the Berlin Dialogue of Religions, a forum representing 250 religions . The chief purpose of the forum was to seek positive powers for the furtherance of inter-religious dialogue.
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The tendency is crystal clear, that is, religious unity through intellectual dialogue. The fact that 60% of the population claims no religious adherence threatens the very existence of the various religious organizations. It is of interest that the source mentioned participants in the “Long Night of Religions” from a Baptist church in Charlottenburg, the Church of the Nazarene, the Mennonites, and the Friends (Quakers). Thus, one sees more and more activity in the direction of unifying all religions. Where will it all lead? Unity of religion. This is surely a prophetic shadow, showing the way towards the fulfillment of Revelation 13:8, “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him….” World religious unity is not fiction but a reality that is gradually materializing.
2.6 Red Flag 6: Hatred of Christianity: Biblical Christianity is increasingly hated by the world, while nominal and secular Christianity is accepted. Islam is almost venerated by Western liberals. As the West gets more and more secular it is lashing out at religion in general, but Christianity in particular while accommodating Islam. Furthermore, some so called Christians are turning to Islam. France, which has the largest Muslim population (home to an estimated 6.5 million Muslims) in the European Union (EU) is starting to see the perils of this policy and thinking. They are increasingly worried about the establishment of a parallel Muslim society there. Given the very real differences between these two religions as shown below, this is a very bizarre development indeed (yet the West prefers the former while despising the latter). The contrasts could not be greater:
a) Muhammad was a prophet of war; Christ is the Prince of Peace.
b) Muhammad and his disciples killed for the faith; Christ and his disciples were killed for their faith.
c) Muhammad preached “Death to the infidels.”; Christ prayed “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do”.
d) Muhammad constrained people by conquest; Christ constrained people by love.
2.7 Red Flag 7: Wars and Rumors of Wars: China and Japan are on the brink of war. Why? Over some little islands, (more like hunks of rocks), tucked away in the middle of the China Sea, this is partly because of some valuable reserves that may lie underneath the waters. Things continue to heat up between these two Asian giants. In Mali, we see French led force attacks against the rebels within Mali. In Syria, the government and the rebels are at war. When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. (Mark 13:7 NIV)
Apart from facing military war, there is also currency war, cyber war, economic war, etc. “It’s our currency and your problem,” U.S. Treasury Secretary John Connally famously said of the dollar in 1971. More than 40 years later, China is doing something about it. Fed up with what it sees as Washington’s malign neglect of the dollar, China is busily promoting the cross-border use of its own currency, the yuan, also known as the renminbi, in trade and investment. The aim is both narrowly commercial – to reduce transaction costs for Chinese exporters and importers – and sweepingly strategic. Displacing the dollar, Beijing says, will reduce volatility in oil and commodity prices and belatedly erode the ‘exorbitant privilege’ the United States enjoys as the issuer of the reserve currency at the heart of a post-war international financial architecture it now sees as hopelessly outmoded. Beijing wants to see a better-balanced international monetary system consisting of at least the dollar, euro and yuan and perhaps other currencies such as the yen and the Indian rupee.
Currency wars, economic wars, cyber war and commerce wars are the new “war games” for planet Earth. From this point of view, we see less likelihood of a military war. No nation with significant economic clout can allow itself to be entangled in any war. The Iraq catastrophe, followed by the Afghanistan tragedy, exposes the failure of military action. This all corresponds to the Book of Revelation’s prophecy about the end stages of the end times. When reading Revelation 17 and 18, one notices that this “war” is actually a global financial and commercial implosion.
2.8 Red Flag 8: The Widening Gap between Wealth and Poverty: When it comes to money and work (man was created to work), there are several things that God hates. First He hates when the love of money takes hold and becomes like a God to a person, (1 Timothy 6:10). Second, He hates when greedy men refuse to give of their wealth to help those in need, (Luke 18:22-23). Finally, He hates when people would refuse to work, but would rather be slothful and takers, (2 Thessalonians 3:10-11). We believe for these reasons and many others, God will destroy the economic system that has been corrupted by mankind and is been controlled by the so called “privileged” few. God’s hand is in what the global world has been passing through popularly known as the credit crunch or rather still the economic meltdown. This collapse will party occur prior to the Tribulation to allow for the implementation of the system of the Antichrist, but will ultimately be destroyed in judgment by God during the latter part of the Tribulation, (Ezekiel 7, James 5, Revelation 18). Take for instance Oxfam , a leading International Philanthropy organization, its news report, ‘The Cost of Inequality: How Wealth and Income Extremes Hurt us All,’ argues that the extreme concentration of wealth actually hinders the world’s ability to reduce poverty. It also revealed that the world’s 100 richest people earned a stunning total of $240 billion in 2012 – enough money to end extreme poverty worldwide four times over, adding that the global economic crisis is further enriching the super-rich. Further, while the world’s 100 richest people earned $240 billion last year, people in “extreme poverty” lived on less than $1.25 a day.
Taken America as an example, let us look at some of the points below which are shocking information about the poor in a land that is looked upon as heaven on earth. In America, tens of millions of men and women will struggle to get to sleep because they are stressed out about not making enough money even though they are working as hard as they possibly can. They are called “the working poor”, and their numbers are absolutely exploding. As a recent Gallup poll showed, Americans  are more concerned about the economy than they are about anything else. The truth is that most American workers are still able to find jobs, but an increasing proportion of them are not able to make ends meet at the end of the month.
- According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 146 million Americans are either “poor” or “low income”.
- According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 57 % of all American children live in a home that is either “poor” or “low income”.
- Back in 2007, about 28% of all working families were considered to be among “the working poor”, however, today, that number is up to 32%.
- Back in 2007, 21 million U.S. children lived in “working poor” homes. Today, that number is up to 23.5 million.
- In Arkansas, Mississippi and New Mexico, more than 40% of all working families are considered to be “low income”.
- Families that have a head of household under the age of 30 have a poverty rate of 37%.
- Half of all American workers earn $505 or less per week.
- Today, one out of every four American workers has a job that pays $10 an hour or less.
- Today, the United States actually has a higher percentage of workers doing low wage work than any other major industrialized nation does.
2.9 Red Flag 9: The Seven Year Covenant of Peace: As we get closer to the calling home of the Church, that is, rapture of believers, the push for a lasting middle-east peace heats up. Remember, that very soon after the Bride of Christ, (true believers), is catch up in the arms of Christ Jesus, a 7 year covenant of peace between Israel and the Arab world will be brokered by the Antichrist. So if we are as close to the end as we think, we expect to see more news stories such as this which are calling for a renewed push for peace in the middle-east. The Bible made us to know that he will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him (Daniel 9:27). We recognize the immense obstacles to the peace process, not least of all the role of Hamas in Gaza as well as Hezbollah in Lebanon. But still, we believe that it must be a priority for President Obama’s re-elected administration to launch a new effort to start the peace process, greater in intensity than anything seen since the Oslo Accords.
2.10 Red Flag 10: The Coming Middle-East War – Iran: Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu says that history will not forgive those who refused to stop Iran. History is not kind to those that refuse to do the right thing and instead go for the pragmatic easy way out. Anybody that has studied history knows all about Neville Chamberlain, (former British P.M), and his letter of agreement with Hitler and Nazi Germany. Iran has refused to talk with the International community as well as refused to have a one-to-one discussion with America, saying that the Americans cannot be talking of peace on one hand and pointing of gun with the other hand. Moreover, Iran’s suspected nuclear facilities are not a “pinpoint target,” but are instead dispersed and largely underground.
2.11 Red Flag 11: Temple Water Reservoir Discovered and Reconstruction of Solomon’s Temple: Temple water reservoir has been discovered. The discovery shows that “It is now absolutely clear that Jerusalem’s water consumption during the First Temple period was not solely based on the output of the Gihon Spring, but that it also relied on public reservoirs,” said Eli Shukron, excavation director on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority . The reservoir was discovered during an archaeological project in which the drainage channel of Jerusalem dating to the Second Temple period is being exposed. Some parts of the Second Temple drainage channel were discovered to have been built on top of structures from the First Temple period. “While excavating beneath the floor of the drainage channel, a small breach in the bedrock was revealed that led us to the large water reservoir,” Shukron said. “To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that a water reservoir of this kind has been exposed in an archaeological excavation.” The reservoir has an approximate capacity of 250 cubic meters, making it one of the largest water reservoirs from the First Temple period to be discovered in Jerusalem. It is believed that the reservoir was used by the general public.
The First Temple or Solomon’s Temple, was destroyed in 587 BC; the Second Temple in 70 A.D. by the Roman forces. Although well documented, archaeologically speaking, nothing extraordinary has been found in the area where once the Temple stood. It seems as if all traces of the once glorious Temple have disappeared. This is in contrast to the abundance of ruins, even buildings still standing from the time of the Second Temple. One needs just mention the Coliseum in Rome. It was built at about the same time the Second Temple was destroyed in Jerusalem. Not only in Rome, but also throughout the Mediterranean and Europe, many great buildings, some of them partially intact, clearly testify of the once glorious empire of Rome. Even when traveling in Israel, one is confronted with many great archaeological sites which reveal the presence of Rome. Yet when it comes to the Temple, there is very little to be shown.
This mystery is revealed in Holy Scripture. We read in John 2:19, “Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The Temple of stone made by men’s hands had to vanish in order to make room for the new Temple. Verse 21 adds, “But he spake of the temple of his body.”
Now for almost 2,000 years, this spiritual Temple is being built all over the world. The Apostle speaks of this spiritual house in 1 Peter 2:5, “Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.” When the last one of these “lively stones” is added to the spiritual Temple, it will be complete and will then vanish into the presence of the Lord. Israel will then be in need of another temple, which at this point in time, is all but impossible, because on the place where once the Temple stood, the Muslims erected the Dome of the Rock about 1,400 years ago. To accomplish this virtually miraculous feat, to have a temple built on the Temple Mount, will require the world genius – the Antichrist.
3. Conclusion: Following Japan’s devastating quake and tsunami in 2011, that killed 20,000 people and affected millions, many survivors were unable to access their funds because their bank cards and books had been washed away, and therefore cannot be recovered. The problem gave one bank in the country the idea to develop ATMs using palm-scanning biometric technology, doing away with the need for cards and books. Problems of liken manner, will make people or rather cause people to accept any solution that will give a long term security solution. We must be careful of individual, family and global problems, they have the potential of causing us to accept solutions that emanating from the pit of hell at the detriment of our souls. We all need a divine-given and inspired spiritual eagle-eyed to be able to see beyond the normal happenings in our society, so as not to be carried and swept away by the sophistication of Satan manipulation in confusing and deceiving us in accepting the mark of the beast unwittingly. Remember, that our children will not be exempted from accepting this mark of the beast; therefore, we need to educated them and make them battle-ready to reject this mark even at the cost of their lives. It was King Solomon, after all, who at the end of his life—a journey marked by great wisdom and great sin—concluded that man’s whole duty is to fear God and keep His commandments (Ecclesiastes 12:13). For most in the Western world, the stage is almost already. We will conclude by quoting, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is” (Ephesians 5: 15 -17)