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DAMASCUS COUNTDOWN: Major Escalation In Syria

It started with the downing of a Russian Il-20 spy plane on the eve of Yom Kippur.  15 Russian military personnel were killed.  Israeli warplanes, as they were performing raids along the Syrian coast, were targeted by the Syrian government's air defenses, but instead of shooting down Israeli jets, they inadvertently downed the large Russian spy plane.

Long story short, Israel denies responsibility, but the Russian military believes—or wants the world to believe—that the Israeli warplanes were using the Il-20 as cover, which confused Syrian radar and surface-to-air missiles.  Using the downing as a pretext, the Russian government has finally ordered the deadly S-300VM air and missile defense system to Syria.  The move is a fundamental game-changer and immediately backs Israel into a corner from which its military leaders may feel they have no other option but direct military confrontation with Russia.

For decades Israel has been able to launch air raids in Syria with relative ease.  The antiquated Syrian air defenses have been entirely incapable of defending against Israeli jets.  And in the last few years as Iran and Hezbollah have gained a large foothold in the country just north of Israel, the Israeli government has felt seriously threatened—Iran, is, after all, Israel's supreme geopolitical archenemy and is openly calling for the complete annihilation of the Jewish State.

The decades-long situation has just changed and this picture shows you exactly why:

Russia's international state media outlet (RT) is reporting the missiles will be delivered to Damascus proper, meaning that they will be given into the hands of the Syrian government, outside of the immediate control of the Russians.  The Syrians have long sought this missile system and now they will be getting their wish.  All of Northern Israel will be in range, and possibly all of Jerusalem depending upon the specific variant of S-300 missile.

If you see in that map what I see, then the city of Damascus itself is now Israel's top threat in its immediate vicinity and is threatening about one-third of Israeli airspace, as well as blocking future Israeli air raids against Iran and Iranian proxies north.

But there's more.  Russia is also sending sophisticated radar and satellite and radar jamming systems that will significantly cripple and thwart Israeli and western air forces over Syria.

While the world's attention was drawn away to the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly and the back-and-forth between Brett Kavanaugh and his politically-motivated accuser, the Middle East just stepped into its own Cuban Missile Crisis—one that will very likely lead to Isaiah 17, and, ultimately, Ezekiel 38–39.  Those long-prophesied Tribulation events are like Christmas and the rapture is like Thanksgiving.

When you see the Christmas decorations going up, you know that Thanksgiving is right around the corner.

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  1. This post makes me happy. Thank you Gary!

  2. Great job Gary and spot on. Don't you know it we're already seeing the Christmas decorations in stores as well so your analogy is right as well. JD Farag's phrase about shelf life comes to mind. Blessings - Sherry

    1. Lots of these conditions and signs seem to have a shelf life and now they're all overlapping, too.

  3. I don’t know how to add links, but did anyone notice the headlines on Times of Israel “Trump to Netanyahu ‘I like’ Two State Solution, ‘want peace’ in My First Term” and Drudge “Nation Divided” and “America Tears Itself Apart” this morning?

    1. You can't make this stuff up. You're right, it's uncanny.

      Btw, you can add links using a regular html a href. If you google "href" there are lots of examples.

  4. There is another biblical item that is talking about an thing that has to happen before the great day: "When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?” Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the full number of their fellow servants, their brothers and sisters, were killed just as they had been." (Revelation 6:9-11)
    I have asked it before: is there anybody on this site who wants to write about this? Who are these souls, why these robes, why the waiting... Is "only" a poetic way for saying that God wants/needs a certain amount of people being killed for their belief? Why this need?

    1. Rebellio, those are really good questions. I would encourage you to take a look at this article below where I talk these 5th seal martyrs and their robes:


    2. imho Rebellio, i would not think it a good conducive idea to get hung up over these kinds of ambiguities. Our Heavenly Father has given us so much to hold onto, i think it best to let the rough end drag. i pray you peace brother, Shalom*

    3. Well now i see Garys response and how it differs from mine. i did not see his response beforehand. God is good!!! i am curious to check that link Gary, thanks. p.s. as for my comment/replay, Lord please don't let me be misunderstood.

    4. Dear Rebellion, this "need" you ask for is just the same as in Matthew 26:54-56 / Mark 14:49 + 15:28 / Luke 4:21 / John 13:18 + 17:12 + 19:24+28+36 / Acts 1:16 and many more that tell the same: SCRIPTURES have (= NEED!) to be FULFILLED.

    5. Remember 1/3 of heaven Lucifer leads in the rebellion.
      Who knows what that number is, but it needs to be filled. Those tribulation saints yea they got a second chance, and maybe you were instrumental in giving that to them!
      Who cares about the number?, God does!

  5. Truly Awesome Gary, Glory to the Most High Father God King!!!

  6. Yet Another very informative article. It just seems, so very obvious that we are that Fig Tree Generation that will not pass!! Israels in its 7oth year and many signs are CONVERGING and ramping up with accelerating BIRTH-PAINS that must soon result in the RAPTURE of the CHURCH. Yet observe the modern Church, when you bring up all this fulfilling of Scripture, before our eyes. One is greeted with a blank apathetic stare or worse, scolded and scoffed at with the; no one knows...they have said that for years arguments! (Where is the expectation, excitement & JOY of HIS appearing?) The Apathetic Church, In so doing is fulfilling Scripture again in that The Church will become a LUKEWARM and apostate entity!
    MARANATHA....Certainly our LORD is at the DOOR!!

  7. FYI - We as disciples of Jesus Christ are going to be given a great opportunity, possibly within the next week or two. I believe that upcoming events about to happen (specifically in the USA), have been designed by God to give us the unique opportunity to show God's love and compassion, and allow us to present the Gospel to many. Why? Because those who are unsaved, and even those who are saved but have not been watching, are about to be blindsided. They'll NEED answers, and what a better time to show prophetic ones! Please be prepared to give an answer of the hope we have in Jesus Christ, with all the love He has given us. There is a need to be cryptic... (research, Q, Qanon). The swamp is about to be drained. Its Evil is about to be exposed, and the fallout (nation divided), could be hard on the hearts of many, including us. The EAS test was delayed from Sept 20 to Oct 3 for a reason. Some believe that it may not be just a test, but could very well be real. If so, then be ready.

    On a global scale, these events will more than likely leave the USA in no position to come to the aid of any country. Given this timing, it looks as if things could escalate in the Middle East very quickly. Those planing on taking a spoil may see the opportunity to do so. Sensationalism is not the intent, but the understanding of what is about to take place is. The great divide is about to happen VERY soon, and VERY suddenly... be ready!

    1. this comment is something else, Wow! i feel ALIVE

    2. Grow in Grace can you elaborate I didn't understand all you said

    3. Research Qanon, but question any posts from MSM (Main Stream Media). youtube is a good place to start. When it happens our witness for Christ will be needed... if we're all still here.

    4. Perhaps the sigh of the prophet Johna still has a part to play in these last days.
      A 40 day warning between "The dead rising and then We who are alive a remain". There is just something about "shadows of things to come but the substance being Christ". Johna was to the Ninevites like in Mathew they rose with Christ and stuck around for 40 days. Hummm who knows, dont be surprised if that happens again!

    5. As Amir Tsarfati pointed out, Israel has had ample opportunity to dissect and analyze ALL the new Russian technologies via Greece. Russia sold all of it to Greece who in turned gave it to Israel. Israel has already built in systems that have defeated the most current Russian technology...

    6. Great video from Mike Adams, The Health Ranger: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWkDbkODQPk

      Here he explains why we'll soon be seeing a National Emergency, what will happen, and what Trump is waiting for. He nails it.

  8. Thank you brother Gary for your constant encouragement to us here...watching with you as we see the day approaching!

    Bro Chad over at Watchman On The Wall 88 Channel!

  9. Thank you Gary for your great work for the Lord! Amen!
    I would ask you if possible to give me this book in PDF or otherwise, my Amazon.de doesn't give me download.
    And I would ask you also if you can give here some Scriptures?
    Very much Blessings to all! Maranatha!

    1. Alla, I am praying you can get the book. It's a really wonderful treasure. Its jam packed with goodies. Blessings - Sherry

  10. Great work as always Gary! Thank you so much for sowing the book to us, I'm believing that you receive a quick harvest of what you named that seed.
    This is so exciting to see it intensify, coming closer, I wait and watch with you all!
    But please let us pray for divine intervention and for the peace and safety of Israel!

  11. As soon as I read about the S-300 being given to Damascus, I thought immediately about how Israel has been preparing for this. Their purchase, and taking delivery, of the F-35I Adir and seeing how strikes earlier in the year had dealt with Syrian air defence (even some of the more modern Russian equipment) it may only be a matter of time before the F-35I is called into service as an anti surface-to-air missile platform.

    I would expect that bridge has already been crossed by the IDF. Israel equips their fighter-bombers with a lot of home grown tech. (I know because part of my last job was providing support to companies like Edco, Elta and IAI who develop weapons systems for the IDF).

    Here is a good review of the F-35I Adir ("Mighty One") from the theaviationist.com.

    With that said, all the tech in the world is for naught without G-d. You have no further to look than the battle of Ai to see that truth in action!

    Pastor Rich

    (Exodus 14:13 ESV)

    1. Always thought that name Ai was so strange. Now we have AI (artificial intelligence) that very well could be the idol that is given life by the beast which is mentioned in Revelation. No such thing as coincidences.

    2. I've thought/felt the same thing too Micah. Me too.

  12. We live in very interesting and exciting times! I am ready to go HOME! Come quickly, Lord Jesus!

  13. Thanks for the great and uplifting message. We are so privileged to live in a time to witness the end of God’s plan. May we all be blessed and accepted in grace and mercy


    I've updated the article a bit with a bit more background and two or three new prophetic observations regarding the hidden prophecy found in 2 Kings 2:23-25 that relates to the current Russia situation. When I saw this, it came almost like a lightning bolt of prophetic revelation ... like a light turned on. It came as a result of reading a recent article of an occurrence near Alaska and stumbling upon two words in the article ... the word "two" and the word "bear." For me, it was pretty significant. Link below.

    THE BEAR RAPTURE (updated version)

    Although I gave a bit more background into the over all body of the article in the beginning and middle, if one wishes to skip directly to the aforementioned updates, or new observations regarding this prophecy, then scroll down to the update section headlined in read at the end of the article.


    You'll notice that I also changed the Header picture of the article to two bears instead of just one as a result of this new observation.

    In regards to the rapture, as Gary points out, Syria also plays a very important end time part in the rapture scenario. Do I smell another pending update?

    Will be making yet another update to this article on Friday based on another nugget that I came across just today. In fact, this one will fit very well into the Hale-Bopp article as well.

  15. thanks Gary - I believe there are between 4-6 s-300s that will be delivered, each one holding 4 missiles. that will be between 16-24 missiles total for each set-up. Each s-300 costs around 120 million (US) to produce with each missile costing around 1mill. Israel would likely be able to send a bunch of 'cheap' medium-range missiles to exhaust the s-300 capacity (immediately prior to 're-loading') before sending in precision-guided cruise missiles to take out multiple targets (sorry, my very simplistic reasoning I must add without any serious military consideration)

    This is why the electronic warfare system is of much higher concern, including to the US troops stationed in Syria. I did read somewhere however that the e-system is a 'lower quality' system currently utilised elsewhere by Russia.

    My real consideration at the current time is whether or not the s-300s or e-systems will still belong to Russia, or if they will belong to Syria? If Russia, then destroying the s-300s and e-systems will be considered a serious act of War against Russia (I assume). If they will belong to Syria however, then it will simply be 'another act of war' against Syria (and an embarrassment for Russia) that Israel has been involved in the last however many years.

    Simplistic reasoning I know...

  16. In Summary - Strongs numbers that point to rapture - the ones significant to me:

    www.itwasaplan.com -

    GASE = Great American Solar Eclipse​

    R12 = The Revelation 12 Sign

    BM = Blood Moon

    FOT = Feast of Trumpets


    Google search Strongs 726 (or click links)

    From BM 09-28-15 to R12 = 726 Days

    726 = Rapture

    From GASE to R12 = 33 Days

    33 = Come

    (a command)

    R12 to BM 07-27-18 = 307

    307 = I Draw Up

    GASE to the FOT 2018 = 386 Days

    386 = Resurrection

    R12 to the FOT 2018 = 353

    353 =

    "Take Up / Raise / Lead away"

    R12 to the Day of Atonement 2018 = 360​​

    360 =

    Unloose for Departure

    R12 to Feast of Tabernacles 2018 = 365

    365 =

    I am Renewed (up to a higher stage)

    GASE to the start of the

    Feast of Tabernacles 2018 = 398

    398 =

    I appear (out of the unseen)

    GASE to Feast of Tabernacles (the 1st Full Day, Sept 24th) = 399

    399 =

    To Carry Up

    R12 to the 3rd Day of the Feast of Tabernacles (Sept 26th, 2018) = 369

    369 =

    promptly / without hesitation

    GASE to the 3rd Day of the Feast of Tabernacles - Sept 26th = 402

    402 =

    Depart (as taking refuge from danger)

    R12 to End of the Feast of Tabernacles

    = 372

    Cessation from Labor / Rest

    GASE to the End of the Feast of Tabernacles = 405

    Strongs Numbers (google Strongs 726)

    726 = Rapture

    33 = Come (a command)

    307 = I Draw Up

    386 = Resurrection

    353 = I Take Up / Raise / Lead Away

    360 = Unloose For Departure

    365 = Renew / Up to a Higher Stage

    398 = I Appear (out of the unseen)

    399 = to carry up, lead up​

    369 - promptly.

    402 - I depart or withdraw (underlying idea perhaps of taking refuge from danger or of going into retirement). = anachรณreรณ:

    372 = Cessation / Rest / Inner Rest

    WOW - this is interesting - the Feast of Tabernacles starts the evening of Sept 23rd, and the first day goes to the evening of the 24th.

    GASE to Sept 23rd = 398 = I appear out of the unseen
    GASE to Sept 24th = 399 = To Carry Up

    So we get


  17. IMHO, since Israel turned 70 the Rapture can happen any second now.

  18. My husband, Ray, and I are in our early 80s and we have been reading the articles in "Unsealed" for over a year now. And, we are so grateful for all of the info you presented about Syria-Russia-Israel this week. We live in the Atlanta, GA, area, and, it grieves us to see our country being torn apart and divided over politics as the Middle East is preparing for WW3. But, at our age, especially, it is thrilling to know we may live to see Jesus come in the air for His Church. Thank you, Gary, AND, those who write comments, for the exciting info you give us on prophecy. You are more up-to-date than anybody else that we know of. Maranatha! We are looking forward to seeing you ALL in the air, SOON!

    1. Sue & Ray, It is a blessing to find your message here this morning. I too am most thankful that this platform has been given to us that we may speak of our LORD and share the news of His great love and mercies. To Him be all the glory forever and ever! It is enough for me to know that ones such as yourself are encouraged by the fellowship we share as we look with expectation for the blessed hope for which we seek.

      None of these have I earned by the work of my hands. It is by the loving power of the Holy Spirit that we come and see and share the marvellous things that G-d has, is and will do in us and through us.

      It is enough for me to know that you find encouragement in these pages and that by reflecting that which is in our hearts that we may be a light in what would otherwise be darkness. This is a proof of the work of G-d in and through us as a fellowship and as a family.

      The Body of Christ.

      Blessings to you each and every day with thanks,

      Pastor Rich

    2. Sue Martin, my mother is 76yrs old and has early onset Dementia. We talk a lot about the rapture. She too is hopeful that the Lord could come back in her lifetime. Whenever I tell her something new I'v learned about soon return she always says "from your mouth to God's ears " Praise the Lord for this site. Always so encouraging to read these articles and everyone's remarks. See you in the air soon.

    3. \o/ blessings to you sue * stick w/ Jesus! Shalom

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  20. Could it be that the elections for the European Parliament in May and June next year will lead to the antichrist coming to power? Elections are generally opportunities for strong leaders to grab the power. It could be that both a major war will erupt in the Middle-East (Psalm 83) and the Rapture will take place during the running-up period of these elections.

  21. Gary, I checked your site out to perhaps see sth about yesterdays press conference of "Bibi & Donald" commented which I find even more interesting in terms of Joel 3:2 fulfilled in the "Two state solution works best" utterings of your president Trump!


    This is HISTORICAL I would say... MARANATHA, we fly soon, this Sukkot week isn't over yet!

    1. Annabel, didn't you mean to day, "THE' Donald"? //// ... imagine this: Soros is fiddlin' w/ the puppet strings of the Bibi puppet and Kuschner is twidlin' round w/ them strings that move the Donald puppet! just a thought,....like The Little Prince says, "one never knows"!


  22. Looks like peace deal is once again delayed, for 4 more months.

    From Hal Linsey:

    Trump also said his administration would produce its long-awaited attempt at a new Mideast peace plan within about four months.

    Trump called the embassy’s location “the primary ingredient as to why deals couldn’t get done. "That meant everything and now that’s off the table.
    Now that will also mean that Israel will have to do something that will be good for the other side,” he said. “That’s a big chip that they got."

    1. The antichrist will be the one to confirm a peace treaty with Israel, not president Trump. It could be that Trump drafts a peace covenant which is handed over to the antichrist to confirm.

      A red heifer has been born in Israel, read it at https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnew... "Jewish Group Says End Times Biblical Prophecy Fulfilled, Flawless 'Red Heifer' Could Signal the Third Temple".

    2. @ Moin, awesome comment, your ON IT !


  23. Looks like peace deal is once again delayed, for 4 more months.

    From Hal Linsey:

    Trump also said his administration would produce its long-awaited attempt at a new Mideast peace plan within about four months.

    Trump called the embassy’s location “the primary ingredient as to why deals couldn’t get done. "That meant everything and now that’s off the table.
    Now that will also mean that Israel will have to do something that will be good for the other side,” he said. “That’s a big chip that they got."


    White House Authorizes “Offensive Operations” As Part of New Cyber Security Strategy

    1. ...this is becoming an aged article but it does cover some interesting bases concerning the tragic downing and loss of life aboard the Russian IL-20M last week,


      Let’s Recap Everything We Know About The Russian Il-20M Shot Down By A Syrian S-200 Missile System Yesterday

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    3. ...sorry for the previous typo.

      This is from two days ago,

      Analysis: Israel can deal with the S-300, but must solve the crisis with Russia

      Quoting i24news,

      "1. The supply of Russian S-300 anti-aircraft batteries to the Syrian air defense system.

      2. The supply of computerized and modern systems to command and control centers of the Syrian air defense system. This will make it possible to better distinguish between enemy planes and friendly aircraft -- for example, Russian planes -- and to "lock" hostile targets automatically, without need for a decision by the battery operator, which invites mistakes.

      This system will probably also allow the commanders of the Russian air defenses stationed in Syria to control the missile systems already possessed by Assad’s army, as well as the S-300.

      3. The use of electronic warfare and apparently cyber warfare in the Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of Syria and Lebanon, disrupting GPS navigation systems and the radars of fighter planes that Russia does not want to approach the Syrian coast or attack targets in the country.

      [Sergei] Shoigu [Russia's Defence Minister] did not say that this was intended to prevent Israel from reaching target areas in Syria and disrupting its missiles or bombs, but it is clear that the Israeli Air Force (IAF) planes and its precision munitions are the target of the measures."

    4. can any of us even actually believe that we are conversing about this kinda stuff,......just sayin' !,...,.,,.,.,,.,..,...SHALOM ALL

  25. Tick tock tick tock....

    When the angels said to the people in Acts that just as how Jesus went into heaven , into the clouds is the same way we will see him on his return.


    We see EXACTLY how the prophecies happening now. Ex: Isaiah 17, Ezekie38, Matt 24/Luke 21/Mark13 and we see it converge.

    "Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord" 1Thess 4:17


    I have no reason to doubt the BIBLE.

    1. Let us Activate our prayer capsules Ryan,...set your controls for the Heart of the Son!

  26. Random question: Shouldn't Elijah show up before the tribulation starts, per Malachi 3:23?

    1. Hi Brandon,

      Elijah definitely will come before the 'the great and terrible day of the Lord' (Mal 4:5). So it comes down to the definition of the 'day of the Lord'. Some, like Jewish scholar Arnold Fructenbaum do indeed place the coming of Elijah before Daniel's 70th Week (the final 7 year tribulation period). Other scholars, notably Renald Showers, see both a broad and narrow 'day of the Lord' (just as the word 'day' in Genesis 1:5 has both a broad and narrow sense - ie 12 and 24 hours). In this view the 'broad' day of the Lord is the entire 7 year period and some passages speak of this meaning. The 'narrow' day of the Lord speaks specifically of the events at Jesus' 2nd coming (ie end of tribulation). Generally speaking, when the phrase 'the great and terrible day of the Lord' is used is a pointer to the 'narrow' day when Jesus returns at the end of the tribulation/70th week.

      I agree with Showers. There are too many problems I believe with just having the 'day of the Lord always = the whole 7 year tribulation' view. So if the 'great and terrible day of the Lord' in Mal 4:5 is speaking of Jesus' return then it is saying Elijah will come before the Lord's 2nd coming (as John the Baptist was the for-runner at the Lord's first coming). It DOESN'T mean that Elijah has to come before the tribulation period - He can come during the tribulation and be one of the two witnesses (Rev 11:3-6)

      What 'the day of the Lord' is is a highly debated topic... but I hope this helps.

      You have a good day! : )

    2. Wise and thoughtful answer, elgordo! I agree with you wholeheartedly.

    3. Based on what is said, then the “narrow” application of the Day of the Lord would also be applied to Joel 2:30-32 / Acts 2:19-21. Would you not agree? In Malachi 4:5, the Day of the Lord is described with the words “dreadful” (Strong’s 3372) and “great” (Strong’s 1419). In Joel 2:31, the exact same words (Strong’s 3372 and 1419) are used to describe the Day of the Lord. There should be no mistaking that these are the same event. Therefore what is said in Joel 2:30-32 should be applied to the events that happen just before and/or as part of Jesus’ 2nd coming.

      In Joel 2:31, the sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the Day of the Lord. Since the Day of the Lord in this passage refers to the time of Jesus’ 2nd coming like we just determined, then when we read that the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light in Matthew 24:29 we realize that the “moon to blood” and the “mood will not give its light” actually is referring to the same thing. I have heard many people say that because there is minor wording differences in the description of the moon in these two passages, then there is a difference in this event. However, scriptures clearly are telling us that in fact there is no difference!

      Furthermore, consider that Matthew 24:29 is quoting from Isaiah 13:10 and Isaiah 34:4. Therefore, when you read these verses within the context of these Isaiah chapters, a very clear picture of all the events in the sun, moon, and stars, as well as the other celestial and earthly events (e.g., terror, pain like a woman in labor, wrath, desolation, sky rolling up like a scroll, the stars falling like figs) is made known about the Day of the Lord that comes after the tribulation at Jesus’ 2nd coming.

      From there, it is not difficult to see that the 6th seal events in Revelation 6:12-17 and end time events in Luke 21:25-27 are also referring to the 2nd coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. All the descriptions overlap in so many wonderful and intricate ways.

      Please read these scriptures for yourself and see how they all connect. Chart it out if you have to; connect the dots that are laid out before you. God had left wonderful clues for us to discover and see. Be good Bereans like God expects and search out matters (Acts 17:11, Proverbs 25:2).

      God bless

    4. Thanks Jeff for replying - I'm pleased to see that you agree.
      And thanks Tracy - I agree that they are certainly some of the key important scriptures that anyone looking into the topic needs to ponder! You may have to believe me that I have thought about them and how they relate to each other many times. Probably more than I should!

      Prophecy can have a funny way of dominating/taking over the Christian life if you let it!

      God bless you all : )

  27. The return of Elijah before the "Day of the Lord (Tribulation) is certainly an interesting prophecy considering the fact that the prophesied paradigm of the "two bears" and it's association with Elijah has now emerged. In fact, I remember seeing a thumbnail of a video by the Israeli News Live youtube channel that puts forth the narrative that the two witnesses have now arrived already. I haven't watched it yet, but I plan to.


    I don't know how long this link will be good but there is a low pressure system building in the Mediterranean forecasters are calling a "Medicane" predicted to impact Greece and Turkey.

    'Medicane,' a rare, hurricane-like storm, is on track to hit Europe

    Forecasters see 100km winds impacting coastal areas in what amounts to a Hurricane or Typhoon in the Mediterranean. (More akin to a tropical storm perhaps) I CANNOT REMEMBER IN MY 53-YEAR LIFETIME EVER hearing about something like this!

    1. ...Okay, I see these happen once or twice a year. Proof that I am farthest from being a know-it-all and that I don't get out enough.


  29. I think the point we should not overlook is they don't typically make "news" in our part of the world, I know I've never heard of one and here we have another ANOMALY. The hits just keep on coming.
    Blessings - Sherry

  30. I wouldn't put it past Putin to have sacrificed those airmen like he did the sailors on the submarine in 2000 to use as a pretext for coming against Israel.

  31. Gary,

    Thank you for keeping us up to date. I have a question. I am sorry in advance if this is the wrong spot to ask this question. Can someone point to a good commentary on Daniel 9:27? I am looking for some biblical evidence that shows it is related to the time of Jacob’s trouble. I wanted to discuss this topic with someone and I need scriptures to back up what I believe and I am coming up blank.

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Aimee, Not to blow off answering you directly but take a look at Scottie Clarke's latest and see if that helps. He connects some of the scripture required to put this together.

      Scott Clarke - Israel Burns Weapons 7 Years

      Perhaps that will connect some dots for you?


    2. Pastor Rich,

      Thank you very much for the video. I actually don’t agree with Scottie Clarke’s interpretation of the 7 years of burning weapons as I think the Ezekiel 38 war will happen right before or the very beginning of the tribulation and will push the “covenant” to actually take place. However, he had some good scriptures in there from Jeremiah. What I am looking for is anything that directly connects Daniel 9:27 to the time of tribulation. I know we have the 7 year timeline, but is this covenant mentioned any where else?

      Thanks for your help!!!


    3. Aimee, You will enjoy taking a look at William Struse' take on Daniel 9. His belief, which I agree with, shows everything being fulfilled in and through Jesus Christ at his first coming. I believe, and he leaves room for this, there will then be a dual fulfillment of the 70th week by Antichrist. I had much discomfort with the 70th Week until I found complete peace in this. It's a great study, you'll need some quiet time, but very rewarding. He has 3 books that are a free download and I read all 3 of them - 2 I've read at least twice to be sure I understand. Amazing, amazing knowledge! I hope you enjoy. http://www.the13thenumeration.com/Blog13/book-download/
      Blessings - Sherry

    4. Thanks Sherry, so be it!

  32. Anybody notice the Thursday hearings were like a trial? The accuser vs. the accused.

    What happened three days after Christ's trial?

    1. Absolutely - great observation. Also, it was a trumped up mess of nothing, filled with lies and identified totally with Mob Rule! Sounds very similar to me. Blessings - Sherry Monday works for me.

    2. Without getting into politics, I have been praying for the truth knowing that G-D is Sovereign over all these matters. In the end, He is the Judge.

      All will make account for their words and actions on that Day.

      Contriteness. Faith. Hope. Humility. Love. Repentance.

      I pray we are found guilty of such as these.

    3. And adding to Gary's observation concerning the trial, the accused vs. the accuser has some very significant linkage to the emergence of the bear rapture paradigm in that having pronounced what turned out to be a three-and-a-half year drought, Elijah followed the Lord’s instructions and fled for his life. Later, toward the end of the drought, he returned to challenge the prophets of Baal. In the well-known story, he arranged a public demonstration, laying out a sacrifice to the Lord, who found it acceptable. The prophets of Baal, whose god remained silent, were slain. You can see a "trial" here of sorts of whose god was really the true God. That was, of course, proven beyond a shadow of a doubt. All of these convergences at the same time reveal that we are swiftly running out of time. The Bear Rapture approaches.

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    5. Clarification ... I made the statement "It is Christ that will snatch home the church while this "trial" part of the bear rapture paradigm plays out." I do not know whether the rapture will be during the trial, but I mean to convey that the "trial" seems to be a signal part of the bear rapture/Elijah paradigm that is leading to the imminent rapture event.

    6. Folks ... this startling rapture paradigm emerges all while Trump (rapture) gets trsnsported to the United Nations General Assembly with "two beasts" (Antichrist and False Prophet - Revelation 13). I mean, come on! How much more prophetic announcement, warning and evidence could the skeptical lost soul in the world want or need? What a perfect picture that God is painting for us here!

    7. Tell you what, I think this trial aspect might just constitute another bear rapture alert update when I look at it closer and can snatch some time.

    8. And all these prophetic clues and the Damascus/Russia situation is transpiring while we're entering the (possible) true month of the Feast of Trumpets (October) according to Scott Clark and his recent video. Maybe that rapture index score needle should be moved a tad closer to the final downward mark ... ๐Ÿ˜’


    Tsunami hits Indonesia's Palu after strong earthquake

    Quoting BBC,

    "A strong tsunami triggered by a magnitude 7.5 earthquake has hit a coastal Indonesian city, officials say."

    Unconfirmed video is circulating on the event,

    Tsunami footage - Warning: Disturbing video

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  35. Third "Bear Rapture" article update: Has anyone noticed "Trump's" new rides (plural)? The hints just keep on comin'


  36. What bothers me is all this repeating chatter of we are likely out of here, and come next month, we will still be here, come next year, we will still be here. Then we have lurkers we never will know about, that will just move along further convinced that Christians are lunatics.

    1. Perfect.
      11 "And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they SHOULD BELIEVE a lie:" (2 Thess 2:11, KJV, emph mine)

    2. Yep and thats irony about it, some will wake to what ever you are sharing with them and be saved but at a much higher price. Ahh at least we try!

    3. Thank you for judging my salvation. I won't ever do that. Salvation has nothing to do with correct eschatological beliefs.

      You guys are constantly having amazing numerical line ups...and they simply won't pan out as they conflict with scripture. I never have seen such distorted scripture twisting. I build curved stairways for a living and they don't twist as much as the scriptures getting twisted here.

      How's come I am one of just a few here that isn't afraid to post my name and can easily be located by googling.
      I am totally into accepting Jesus Christ as my saviour and that he died and rose again for our sins. Christ is the only way to heaven. I wish the pre rapture was true, and if it is, I am going up with you all despite the disgusting judgmental comments I will be left here.

      I am doing my duty here trying to be remembered someday when we see the A.C. come to power. There will be a huge falling away and many unprepared Christians.

      I can handle ridicule....as there is only one person on this site that knows what trials my life has and how God blesses me to get through.

      But I will patiently watch the calender slowly flip by for many many many months.

      Honestly, I am expecting the seals to start happening at anytime, and I will be extremely surprised if they don't start happening within a year or two....and would not be surprised if they start very shortly.

      I will post reminders after next September's rapture hype.

      I absolutely believe in the rapture, but it won't happen until the last day as John 6 declares in verses 39,40,44 and 54. Let's not twist John 11:24 where Martha says to Jesus that her brother will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.

      That is why Rev 20:6 says "the first resurrection"...How many firsts are there?..Just one when I went to school. The next resurrection will be of the unrighteous after the millennium.

    4. Stan, Iron sharpens iron!

      If we are honest and humble in our faith, then we are called to dig into the deeper things of the word and press them through careful study, prayer and meditation in hopes of gaining clarity. We challenge each other to dig deeper and go farther.

      That's a good thing.

      Even so, unless the LORD tells us plainly without a shred of doubt, we are left with a mystery. We know just enough to understand the coarser points of scripture, but the finer mysteries are left to our Almighty Father. It's that way for a reason and I for one appreciate that.

      G-D is G-d.

      I for one appreciate being challenged as it presses on my beliefs and understandings...but most of all it draws me back into the Word and in fellowship with the LORD.

      That is a good thing!

      The biggest problem I run into is not having enough time in the day to delve into it all.

      I am open and willing to examine the concept of mid-trib, post-trib, no-trib or whatever as long as we agree on certain non-negotiables...and that being the divinity and Lordship of Christ Jesus, unmerited salvation through faith and the trinity of G-D.

      I am still solidly in the pre-trib camp, but am glad to have you (as well as others like Tracy) here as I believe we all have something to offer and something to learn.

      One day we will all know the Day. We will know it because we'll all be together saying, "Ah ha! It was today!!!" We should know the season, Paul tells us so, and we can take stabs at days; but we should also know we are NOT to be lined up waiting for the grand exit. We should be about the business of working our Father's fields.

      There are plenty of seats left on the Ark and today is the day to invite new passengers on the voyage.

      That's what really matters to me.

      Blessings to you always brother!


    5. Stan,

      You may have posted this elsewhere, but I did not find it, what are your thoughts on when the rapture will occur? I can tell from your post that you are not pretrib, but are you post or midtrib? Also, I am one who does not use my full name because my full name is very unique and I have been hacked; therefore, am more careful. In addition for my line of work, they highly discourage any social media that can connect back to you. I hope you understand my reasonings!

      The most critical is the nonnegotiables as Pastor Rich stated!

      Take Care,


    6. Oops Stan, I did not see your second post. If you are interested, have you ever read anything about the parallels between the Jewish wedding feast and the Bride of Christ? If not, you should. It is fascinating! I think it helps to solidify the pretrib rapture.


    7. Pastor Rick....I have the utmost respect for you, and even though our end time views are different, bottom line is you have a most pleasant and spiritual tone in your posts that are soothing. My true intent for posting stems from my string belief in a post t rib rapture. What kind of Christian would I be if I didn't try to state my views which I believe we all will be going through. The price I pay is to be judged by a few and since I won't be raptured with the pretrib group here, I take that as a very serious judgmental attack on my salvation. Something I will never do to someone else over divergent eschatological views.

      Instead, I want to be like Pastor Rick.

      God bless you Rick, and one thing for certain, we will rise together. :)

    8. Stan and Pastor Rich - I appreciate both of your comments. We all have gifts to offer and are all doing our best to please the Lord and serve Him only.

      The truth is that all of the regular visitors/commenters on this site love God and are eagerly waiting for Jesus' return. We wouldn't be watching, fellowshipping, studying, and praying so earnestly if we weren't.

      Unfortunately though, people's differing eschatological beliefs sometimes seem to cause people to stick more stubbornly to their own beliefs instead of causing them to seek out more information in the bible when challenged by something that may not fit into their current belief system. It is super hard to be challenged and confronted about something that is possibly inaccurate about our beliefs. Just look at how hard it is to convince a Jehovah's Witness or a Mormon that they are absolutely incorrect in their interpretation about Jesus. It seems so obvious to us, but yet they just don't see it. Many years ago, my older brother converted to a JW when he bought into what they were preaching after he had gone through some very trying times in his life and they conveniently came knocking at the right time. Now no amount of evidence or scripture I present to him seems to sway his beliefs.

      What I have seen lately (and I am not just referencing this site since it is all over YT and elsewhere) is that instead of iron sharpening iron, iron is instead being used to cut and divide the Body of Christ. It saddens me because I feel like this is exactly what Satan wants and Jesus warned about.

      How do we continue to share differing beliefs in a sincere effort to seek the truth? There is enough division in the world and our nation right now...do we have to brand one another and section off other believers just because of differing end time views? Instead, how do we better unite in our Lord?

      I know I am a minority here with my end times belief, but one of the main reasons I comment on this site is because I believe that we, the body of Christ, are going to go through the tribulation. I know that sounds heretical to many of you, but I promise I base my views on scriptures and have spent so much time in study and prayer just like many of you. Since I have arrived at this conclusion (in this part of my journey to truth), I feel like it is my duty to warn other believers, my brothers and sisters in Christ, that this is coming. While I am sure that when that time comes, most here would be able to hold fast and persevere with their strong faith, there are plenty of others who will not be mentally, spiritually, emotionally, or physically prepared enough to do so. Yes, God knows that people will fall away because of lack of knowledge, questionable trust in Jesus' return, and their own unwillingness to learn the truth and believe in a lie. But just because we know this is coming, doesn't mean that we are supposed to just sit back and do nothing about it. There is so much opportunity in each day to love God and love one another just we are commanded to do.

    9. 6 "I have manifested your name to the people
      whom you gave me out of the world. Yours
      they were, and you gave them to me, and
      they have kept your word."

      7 "Now they know that everything that you
      have given me is from you."

      8 "For I have given them the words that
      you gave me, and they have received
      them and have come to know in truth
      that I came from you; and they have
      believed that you sent me."

      9 "I am praying for them. I am not
      praying for the world but for those
      whom you have given me, for they
      are yours."

      10 "All mine are yours, and yours are
      mine, and I am glorified in them."

      11 "And I am no longer in the world,
      but they are in the world, and I am
      coming to you. Holy Father, keep
      them in your name, which you have
      given me, that they may be one,
      even as we are one."

      RED LETTERS from (John 17:6-11 ESV)

      Before He was taken, the Lord prayed to the Father that we "may be one" even as Jesus and the Father are one.

      24 "Father, I desire that they also, whom
      you have given me, may be with me where I
      am, to see my glory that you have given me
      because you loved me before the foundation
      of the world." (John 17:24 ESV)

      Our unity was, and is, paramount to Jesus. We are to be known by how we love one another. As long as we preach that, as long as we teach that, as long as we remind each other of that we are keeping His command,

      12 "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you." (John 15:12 ESV)

      Friends, are we not all made in the image of our creator? Are we not each, a first fruit of His hands? An original creation lovingly made with great care and with purpose?

      I can hear your, "Yes!" from here!

      We were not made to live under a rock or in a corner of the world alone and to ourselves. Our differences and diversity creates a flavour and texture of a kind no man can match.

      We may mix it up like brothers and sisters on a long trip across country, but our Father loves us so. He sees us through eyes of love. Those are the eye we should see one another with. By His Holy Spirit we are blessed to do just that. It just doesn't come overnight. For some it doesn't come at all. But that's all the more reason why we have a thing called 'forgiveness'.

      They don't call it a *walk* for nothing!

      I say we should enjoy a lively debate and do so with honesty, humility and respect. Our Father has blessed us to be here to do such things. To Him be the glory forever and ever.

      That is the reason why I frequent this place and share here. Gary and team has done an excellent job. Not perfect mind you, but excellent. Hopefully the love we share in the LORD will rub-off on enough lurkers that they will join us and share their thoughts too. Their fears and their musings. Who knows what tomorrow will bring? Who knows who will be saved by something the Spirit has put on your heart? Who knows what we may learn? Who knows what correction awaits us in a firm but loving way?

      Like you said, Tracy,

      "There is so much opportunity in each day to love God and love one another just [as] we are commanded to do."


    10. I'm surely pre-trib. and would like to share my view. Almost 6000 years since God gave Adam & Eve the earth, when they sinned the devil took it. That lease and the devils time is up. It's time to have him evicted and anyone who has been living with him.
      We who are NOT of this world, the righteousness of God by faith who are born again, but citizens of the Kingdom of God will not be here, this is not our home, in fact we are seated in heavenly places now (scientifically proven that the same atom can be two places at the same time, if you know anything about Quantum Mechanics/Physics, it's exciting to see) Eph 2:5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. Going through tribulation isn't showing kindness or love since we are the Children of God alive in Christ and saved.
      1Thes.5:9 For God hath NOT appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. 11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.
      What have we been appointed to do? To go into all the world and preach the Gospel of Jesus. I believe we who are Holy Spirit filled followers of Jesus are the restrainer that will be removed 2Thes.2:6 And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time. 7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way. 8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of his coming.
      In Matthew 24 Jesus is talking to the Jews about the end times, in verse 13 He says
      "But the one who endures to the end will be saved" as you all must know we are saved by Grace, not works.
      Rev.3:10 Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth.
      Take a look at this interesting study on Jewish Marriage Customs too.

      There is so much more I could go on and on, to me this makes sense. A loving Father shields His children from harm. A bridegroom protects His Bride.

  37. Also the parable of the ten virgins and the call at midnight.No how I try and share the reality of what we all here know....its almost like falling on def ears, but iam encouraged they will remember once were all gone!

  38. I heard Hal Lindsey make a great analogy between the pre-trib Rapture being like Ambassadors that are removed from a country before the trouble starts. The Bible says we are Ambassadors for Christ and He will pull us out of this world before the tribulation starts. He won't leave His Bride to get beaten up right before the Wedding !

    1. your interpretation of the Bible might be wrong, see Jesus, Parable of the Wheat and Tares, He's pretty clear on who goes first at the end of this age.

      Also, the tribulation relates to events unfolding 2000 years ago...the disciples who heeded Jesus' call to leave Jerusalem when surrounded by the Romans, did survive...and the seed fell into the good ground and multiplied sixty and even hundred fold!

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    Syrian military to be trained to use Russian S-300 systems within three months

    Quoting Tass,

    "MOSCOW, October 2. /TASS/. It will take three months to train Syrian specialists to use Russian S-300 air defense systems, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday at a Russian Security Council meeting chaired by President Vladimir Putin."


    More interesting resources on the state-of-the-art for ballistic missile defence,

    US Department of Defense - Missile Defense Agency

    Another story found related to Russian claims that the US is developing intermediate range missiles that would be in violation of the INF Treaty,

    Pentagon Confirms It’s Developing Nuclear Cruise Missile to Counter a Similar Russian One

    Quoting Defense One,

    "The decision is just one of the policy changes laid out in the Nuclear Posture Review ordered up by Donald Trump in one of his first actions as president and released by Pentagon officials on Friday. Another is the intent to develop new low-yield, tactical nuclear weapons."

    "The U.S. can develop its missile and remain in compliance with the INF treaty unless the weapon is deployed".

    TASS is reporting on this story here,

    Russia keeping close eye on US missile banned under INF Treaty, says senior diplomat

  41. Great Site, Brother Gary! Love Brother John B


    Russia cyber-plots: US, UK and Netherlands allege hacking

    Quoting BBC,

    "The revelations about how the British and Dutch security agencies disrupted the operations of the GRU are astonishing in their detail and their openness."

    China spy attack hits Apple and Amazon

    Quoting BBC,

    "The data had been siphoned off via tiny chips inserted on server circuit boards made by a company called Super Micro Computer, reported the news agency [Bloomberg].

    The servers had been compromised during manufacturing and the chips activated once they were up and running, it [Bloomberg] said."

    If true, none of this is surprising as all of it is obviously a target of opportunity for exploitation. The fact that such detailed information on the interception of GRU agents has been made public is striking. Even still, denial follows,

    Dutch ‘OPCW hacker attack’ hype link in chain of massive anti-Russian crusade — legislator

    Quoting TASS,

    "The Netherlands’ claims of ‘Russian cyberattacks’ on the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) fits into a string of other accusations from some Western countries and testifies to a colossal smear campaign against Russia, Head of Russia’s Federation Council (upper house of parliament) Foreign Affairs Committee Konstantin Kosachev said on Thursday."

    As obvious as some things seem, in these days of signs and obfuscation we individually have to double-down on diligent prayer and discernment. We can no longer get by on the *word* of those we *believe* to be in *authority* -- we have to know the truth for ourselves.

    Translated: READ your Bible. PRAY to G-D. LISTEN for His Holy Spirit. GATHER in fellowship. ENCOURAGE each other on the coming Day. SPREAD the love of Christ. LOVE your neighbour. TEACH His Word. AND DO NOT BE AFRAID.

    The enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy. Grace and Truth comes through Jesus Christ.




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