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    The International Prophetic Voice for the Endtimes




    The International Prophetic Voice for the Endtimes

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    8Bible Prophecy forOur TimeBy Arno Froese

    Second Peter 3:8 reads:"But,beloved,be not ignorant of

    this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand

    years, anda thousand years as oneday."When we speak

    of Bible prophecy for our times,we arealways right on

    target, as the Word of God is timeless.Neither our earthly

    measurements, nor our earthly time is decisive in ourunderstanding of God's eternal plan of salvation.


    Midtribulationismby Dr. Ron J. Bigalke Jr.

    Midtribulationism is one of the primary views concerning the timing

    of the rapture in relation to the seven-year tribulation.

    Midtribulationists are premillennialists who believe the church

    will experience the first half of the seventieth week,and that the

    rapture will occur at the midpoint of the eschatalogical tribulation.

    Such teaching clearly denies the imminency of the rapture.

    29 Money:Ends andTrends

    What Chances a Global FinancialApocalypse Now? - Part IBy Wilfred Hahn

    Much of the high-income region of the world has been gripped in a growing anxiety. Global

    financial markets have encountered unsettling volatility, and more worryingly, the integrity of

    global financial and credit systems has been threatened.Are America's troubles a catalyst for thefinal global collapse?

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    Thou hast multiplied thy merchantsabove the stars of heaven:the cankerworm spoileth, and flieth away (Nahum 3:16).

    E D I T O R S N O T E

    B y A r n o F r o e s e


    It may seem strange that we use

    Nahum 3:16 as our text for the

    December issue Editors Note,

    since this is the month of Christmas.

    But this was not planned. Our studyof the Twelve Minor Prophets and

    Nahum chapter 3 just happened to fall on De-

    cember 2008.

    Yet there is a message that is fitting for this

    time of the year. When we take a closer look

    at the above Scripture, we realize that materi-

    alism is the key issue being addressed. It does

    not mean that material things are bad or sin-

    ful in and of themselves, yet while studying

    the various prophets, including Nahum, we

    realize that the blessing of material things

    leads to the denial of the God of heaven, Who

    created the materials. This has been true

    throughout the ages. Follow Israels history,

    and you will learn that at the climax of mater-

    ial blessings, Israel fell into idolatry.

    We cannot deny that todays world is pos-

    sessed with this spirit of desire to accumulate

    riches, and that at any cost, way, shape or

    form. To possess things is considered success,

    and is often identified with the word bless-

    ing. Quite a number of books have been pub-

    lished by respectable authors, who bluntly

    claim that material riches are the result of the

    Lords blessing; thus, we should strive to accu-

    mulate more.What does the Bible say? Here are the

    words of the brother of our Lord, James; Go

    to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your

    miseries that shall come upon you. Your

    riches are corrupted, and your garments are

    motheaten. Your gold and silver is cankered;

    and the rust of them shall be a witness against

    you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye

    have heaped treasure together for the last

    days (James 5:1-3). We note the last two

    words, last days. Most of us will agree that

    we are in the last days. The type of judg-

    ment described in these verses is coming to

    planet earth. It is not yet, but it is not too far

    off, either.

    The worst part is that when judgment

    comes, humanity collectively will not repent.

    This is documented in Revelation 9:20-21,

    And the rest of the men which were not

    killed by these plagues yet repented not of the

    works of their hands, that they should not

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    Next an important question is being asked, Art thou better than populous

    No, that was situate among the rivers, that had the waters round about it, whose

    rampart was the sea, and her wall was from the sea? (Verse 8). The name pop-

    ulous No identifies the city of Thebes, in Egypt. It was built on the east bank ofthe Nile River and was totally destroyed. Only archaeological remains testify to

    the former glory of that city.

    The prophet even enumerates the strong allies to this city kingdom:

    Ethiopia and Egypt were her strength, and it was infinite; Put and Lubim were

    thy helpers (verse 9). But nothing helped: Yet was she carried away, she went

    into captivity: her young children also were dashed in pieces at the top of all the

    streets: and they cast lots for her honorable men, and all her great men were

    bound in chains (verse 10).

    In view of the demise of other mighty powers and kingdoms, God makes this

    declaration to His prophet Nahum: Thou also shalt be drunken: thou shalt be

    hid, thou also shalt seek strength because of the enemy. All thy strong holds

    shall be like fig trees with the firstripe figs: if they be shaken, they shall even fall

    into the mouth of the eater. Behold, thy people in the midst of thee are women:

    the gates of thy land shall be set wide open unto thine enemies: the fire shall de-

    vour thy bars (verses 11-13). Note the words shall and shalt. It is yet to

    come. Verse 11 is significant: Thou shalt also be drunken. This is a definition

    of irresponsible behavior. We already read in Revelation 18:3: For all nations

    have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. This is utter deception;

    it is the accumulating of riches without realizing the source of them. Verse 23 in

    Revelation 18 emphasizes, for thy merchants were the great men of the

    earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.As far as defense is concerned, we know that the fig tree is not a robust tree.

    One cannot use its wood for anything strong to build. When the tree is shaken,

    the fruit quickly falls off. This indicates no strength.

    How about the mighty soldiers? Luthers translation may help: Your people

    have become like women. Women were not to fight. Defense and attack were

    the tasks designated to men.

    Mockingly, the prophet gives advice to the Ninevites on how to defend them-

    selves: Draw thee waters for the siege, fortify thy strongholds: go into clay, and

    tread the morter, make strong the brickkiln (verse 14). But there is no hope.

    Again, note the three-fold shall: There shall the fire devour thee; the sword

    shall cut thee off, it shall eat thee up like the cankerworm: make thyself many as

    the cankerworm, make thyself many as the locusts (verse 15).

    Now we come to our introductory verse: Thou hast multiplied thy mer-

    chants above the stars of heaven: the cankerworm spoileth, and flieth away

    (verse 16). In todays language, the economy, the financial institutions, and the

    central banks will be of no help.

    The entire leadershipthe nobles, the wise, and those in authority will van-

    ish: Thy crowned are as the locusts, and thy captains as the great grasshoppers,

    which camp in the hedges in the cold day, but when the sun ariseth they flee

    away, and their place is not known where they are. Thy shepherds slumber, O

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    king of Assyria: thy nobles shall dwell in the dust: thy people is scattered upon

    the mountains, and no man gathereth them (verses 17-18).

    Final judgment is declared, ending with a profound question: There is no

    healing of thy bruise; thy wound is grievous: all that hear the bruit of thee shallclap the hands over thee: for upon whom hath