China, The Persian Gulf, The Slavic Lands and The Great Tribulation
(March 6, 2000)
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Trouble, big trouble brewing in three areas of the
world: China, The Persian Gulf and Yugoslavia.
Each of these three areas is mentioned in the bible as
being connected with the end times/great tribulation.
China is almost certainly indicated in the sixth
trumpet/sixth vial-Revelation 9 and 16.
The Persian Gulf appears to be indicated in
Numbers 24:24 and Yugoslavia appears to be indicated in
Luke 17:37. I will explain the latter two, since the
first one is fairly well known.
Numbers 24:24 reveals Balaam's final oracle. Prior to
uttering it, he exclaims, "who shall live when God
doeth this." "Ships shall come from the coast of Chittim
and shall afflict Asshur, and shall afflict Eber, and
he also shall perish forever." To the Hebrew, Chittim
was any Island to the West of Israel. Balaam saw it as
a last days naval power. "Chittim" is
pronounced "kitty" in the Hebrew tongue. Twice, since
1993, the USS Kitty Hawk has afflicted Assyria (Iraq).
The prophecy is that, eventually, Chittim will perish
forever. That Chittim is modern day America is something
that I have stated prophetically before.
Luke 17:37 states that "wheresoever the body (GK-soma)
is, thither will the eagles be gathered together."
This is Jesus' answer to the question posed by the
disciples---"where Lord". They were inquiring geographically.
What place were they curious about? The scriptures
immediately preceding warn us to "Remember Lot's wife"
and speak of sudden separations of people, one taken,
another left. In short, upheaval. It is interesting to note
that the other translation for "soma" is "slave". The
slavic nations, including Yugoslavia, are so named
because they have been perpetually enslaved peoples. I have
stated prophetically before that the Slavic Lands are
The Place Of Tribulation.
So now, in the final year of the sixth prophetic day, we
find boiling pots in each of these areas. Tension is rising
quickly in this third month of the year 2000.
If four angels with the ability to cause a war that will kill
2 Billion people have already been released from the Euphrates
River, where have they gone? Let us speculate that we
see China, Yugoslavia, Russia and Iraq as the four
countries that are behaving themselves in keeping with
wartime insanity. There seems to have been an increase
in their collective insanity since 1991.
There is one more thing---a very important matter. Matthew
reveals that the end will not come until the gospel is
preached in all the world. Apparently, TBN will do it
before the end of 2000 by Satellite. Mark reveals that
the gospel will be published among all nations. The
end cannot come until these things are done. The largest
missionary organizations in the world are co-operating
in an effort to present the New Testament in every
dialect prior to the end of 2000. If this is accomplished
in the Lord's sight, then he can come. So, it appears that
this criteria is very close to being met.
So how close are we? Israel is back in the land. Jews
are accepting Jesus. This is the blossoming of the fig
tree. My pastor is a former Rabbinnical student---Hallelujah and
more of a Rabbi than he ever was before. "When
her branch is yet tender and putteth forth leaves, ye
know that summer is near: So ye in like manner, when
ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh,
even at the doors."
Enquiring minds want to know. How close are we? It
could be at our door. But the warning from scripture
haunts---"woe to those who look forward to the day of
the Lord". It will be a day of darkness. How many of
our churches are spiritually preparing to go through
even one week of trouble, let alone 3 and 1/2 years of
the worst persecution the world has ever seen?
It is time to redouble our efforts to be diligent and
serious in our relationship with Jesus. We must be
active, not passive. We must regain our first love,
whatever it costs us. And we must do it before the
trouble reaches our shore. It could be soon.
Stephen L. Bening
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