February 2012
End Times, Terrible Times Enemy Attacks Imminent
by Jonathan Israel

Yes, perilous and terrible times are upon us and it’s just getting started. Years ago, as a young follower of Jesus (Yahshua), the Lord showed me that the coastal regions of the United States would suffer great affliction and then the “West” would learn to fear (respect, revere, honor, obey) the Lord again. Yes, a holy fear of Jesus.

I often wondered if it would be natural disasters such as earthquakes or a war that would bring “great affliction” to the coastal regions of the United States. Now, after the 911 attacks, it’s clear that it will be both natural disasters and enemy attacks; however, it will be an attack from a coalition of enemies that causes the most pain and brings us to our knees. And it will be exactly what the Lord will allow because the Church in America has forsaken His word and allowed truth to be cast down in our streets. Our only hope is to repent and turn back to the Lord.

Years ago, I learned about the Lord’s judgment on the House of Israel after they stopped keeping their festivals, stopped worshipping in Jerusalem, and became an idol worshipping people engaged in killing their babies. Their rebellion and baby killing was more than the Lord of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob would stand. So, He then began lifting his favor and protection off of His people and allowed an idol worshipping, heathen nation to attack the land and cities of the House of Israel.The response of His people was to say they would build stronger buildings and plant the stronger cedar tree to replace the uprooted sycamore trees that the Assyrians knocked down during the attack. Essentially, rather than repenting for their sins, the House of Israel lifted a fist toward Heaven and declared that they could redeem the day and overcome further attacks.

However, the Lord then allowed a coalition of nations to ambush and overtake the House of Israel. From the front and from behind they ambushed the people of the Lord.

I am convinced that a day of humbling will soon come to the United States and the Lord will allow the coastal regions to suffer great affliction at the hands of enemy nations. Then our nation will learn to fear the Lord once again.

But what I really want to bring special attention to in this article, is a last days warning from the New Testament that details perilous times or terrible times.

“But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.” (2 Timothy 3:1-5)

A Man’s Own Enemies

Jesus warned us in Matthew 10:34-36, ““Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law— a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.” Yes, a man’s own enemies are those of his own family, and it gets more intense and really bad.

Jesus said, “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved." (Matthew 10:21-22,)

Yes, the government did cast the verdict and carried out the execution of Jesus, but who betrayed our Lord? Was it not also one of His disciples? Furthermore, who was it that falsely accused Him and demanded His death? Was it not also the religious leaders of the Temple?

Yes, Jesus shared His meal with His betrayer; Jesus loved the one who hated Him. And as He died on the cross, He prayed for His murderers and forgave them all. As true followers of Jesus we too are to love those who hate us, bless those who curse us and do good to those who spitefully use us. We are to forgive them all.

For sure, times are going to get tougher as we come closer to the end of this current age. Painful rejection and unholy attacks from those who are suppose to love us and be for us will increase. Thankfully, our Messiah, Jesus, will come soon and reign in Jerusalem for 1,000 years.

However, Jesus clearly revealed the signs we would see before His return. “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” (Luke 21:25-27)

Jesus gave us further warning; “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains. Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other,...” (Matthew 24:4-10)

The LORD lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God my Savior! He is the God who avenges me, who subdues nations under me, who saves me from my enemies. You exalted me above my foes; from a violent man you rescued me. Therefore I will praise you, LORD, among the nations; I will sing the praises of your name. (Psalm 19:46-49)

Look for upcoming articles revealing the "clay" in the iron and clay prophecy of the last days government; and the end-time government prophecy regarding the "whore" who rides the beast.