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Len Hutsell's End-Times Trumpet Article
"Blow ye the Trumpet in Zion, sound an alarm in My holy mountain...
for the Day of the Lord comes, it is nigh at hand!"
Joel 2:1


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2016: Year Of The "Apocalypse"?
(Signs Of The Times)

by Pastor/Evangelist Len Hutsell
(Bethel Assembly Of God — Corpus Christi, Texas)
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Eph. 5:14 — "Wherefore He" (Christ Jesus) "says: 'Awake you who sleep and arise...'"

Rom. 13:11-12 — "And that knowing the time that now it is high time to awake out of sleep, for now is our salvation" (deliverance from this World by way of the "Rapture") "nearer then when we first believed.
     "The night is far spent and the day"
(of the coming of the Lord) "is at hand, so therefore let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armour of light."

     The "History Channel" on television, this month of January, is featuring a telecast called "The Seven New Signs Of The Apocalypse" which seems to indicate that they believe that the "Apocalypse" (the end-times judgments of the "Great Tribulation" foretold in the biblical "Book Of Revelation" ) is about to occur and may possibly even occur in this "new year" of 2016. So I ask: "Will 2016 be the year of the Apocalypse, and of the coming of the Lord?" My answer is simply this: "I don't know and I don't think that anyone else does either!" "Time will tell!" And concerning the attempt to try to set a date for the coming of the Lord and the "Apocalypse", Jesus said — in Matt. 24:36 — "But of that day and hour knows no man, not even the Angels of Heaven, but My" (Christ's) "Father only."

     So, while we are not to be trying to "set dates" for the coming of the Lord and the Apocalypse, yet we are and should be taking note of the "signs of the times" that let us know that we are indeed in the "end-times", which is also an indication that the coming of the Lord followed by the events of the "Apocalypse" could well be upon us and we should, therefore, be spiritually "awake", watching the "signs of the times", and not be spiritually "sleeping", as Eph. 5:14 and Rom. 13:11-12 tells us.

     Jesus, speaking to the Pharisees of His day, showed the importance of taking note of the "signs of the times" when He said — Matt. 16:2-3 — "When it is evening," (if you see the Sun going down "red") "you say: 'It will be fair weather" (tomorrow) "because the sky is red" ("because the Sun is going down "red").

     "But in the morning" (if the Sun comes up "red" turning the sky "red") "you say: 'It will be foul" (bad) "weather today because the sky is red and lowering.' Oh you hypocrites, if you can discern the face of the sky, why can you not also discern the signs of the times?!"

     While I am not going to say that this will be the year in which Jesus comes and the "Apocalypse" occurs, yet in this article I do want to point out some of the "signs of the times" that are now occurring and that have occurred in the last few years that let us know that we are indeed in the "end times", which means, therefore, that Jesus could possibly come in 2016 and the Apocalypse could also, therefore, begin to occur in this year of 2016. Whether it does or not, however, remains to be seen, as time will tell!

The Sign Of The Re-Birth Of The Nation Of Israel:

     When Jesus came, born as a Babe in a manger in Bethlehem, at His "First Coming" which "First Coming Of Christ" fulfilled the Old Testament Prophecies of the "First Coming Of The Messiah", the Jews of the Nation of Israel, by and large, did not bother to investigate the events and circumstances of the birth of Jesus as to whether or not His birth fulfilled the prophecies of the "First Coming Of The Messiah" and would not, therefore, accept Him as their Messiah, but instead they called for His crucifixion (which crucifixion death of Jesus Christ also fulfilled prophecies of the Old Testament). Because Jesus knew that His own people — the Jews — would not accept Him as their promised Messiah, as He approached the city of Jerusalem at His last trip into Jerusalem before His arrest and crucifixion, prophesied: Matt. 23:37-38 — "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem: you who kill the Prophets and stone those who are sent unto you, how often would I have gathered your children together, even as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you would not.
     "Behold your house is left unto you desolate!"


     The "desolation" of Jerusalem and the Nation of Israel that was soon to come upon the Israeli Nation, as God's judgment upon them for rejecting Jesus Christ as their Messiah, was further foretold by Jesus Christ in Luke 19:41-44 — "And when He" (Jesus Christ) "was come near" (the city of Jerusalem) "He beheld the city and wept over it.
     "Saying: 'If you had but known, even you, at least at this day, the things which pertain to your peace, but now they are hid from your eyes!
     " 'For the days will come upon you that your enemies will cast a trench about you, and compass" (encircle) "you around, and keep you in on every side.
     " 'And they will lay you even with the ground, and your children within you, and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you knew not the time of your visitation!"


     Jesus also foretold the destruction of the Jewish Temple in Matt. 24:2 — "And Jesus said unto them: 'See you not all these things?" (the buildings of the Temple which He was observing — note Vrs. 1) "Surely I say unto you that there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down!'"
Siege of Jerusalem
Fig. 1. "Siege of Jerusalem Part of the First Jewish-Roman War. Progress of the Roman army during the siege. Date February - August, 70 CE (Judae-Christian Era)" (Photo/Caption Credit: en.wikipedia.org)
     These prophecies of the destruction of the Temple and of the city of Jerusalem and of the Nation of Israel came to pass in 70 AD when General Titus — the son of the Roman Emperor Vespasian, and the Commander of the Roman Army — led the armies of Rome into Israel and burned and destroyed the Temple, literally tearing it apart stone-by-stone, also burned and destroyed the city of Jerusalem, and put an end to the biblical New Testament times Nation of Israel.
     Wikipedia, describing the destruction of the city of Jerusalem in 70 AD wrote: "The siege of Jerusalem in the year 70 was the decisive event of the Jewish-Roman War. The Roman Army, led by future Emperor Titus, besieged and conquered the city of Jerusalem. The siege ended with the sacking of the city and the destruction of the famous Jewish Temple."

The Siege and Destruction of Jerusalem
Fig. 2. "The Siege and Destruction of Jerusalem, by David Roberts (1850)" (Photo/Caption Credit: en.wikipedia.org)
     Josephus, the Jewish historian, described: "The slaughter within was even more dreadful then the spectacle from without. Men and women, old and young, insurgents and Priests, those who fought and those who entreated mercy were hewn down in indiscriminate carnage. The number of the slain exceeded that of the slayers. The Roman Legionaries had to clamber over heaps of the dead to carry on the work of extermination."

     Wikipedia stated: "Titus reportedly refused to accept a wreath of victory saying that the victory did not come through his own efforts but that he had merely served as an instrument of God's Wrath!"
     After the destruction of the Temple and the city of Jerusalem and the Nation of Israel in 70 AD, at the hands of the Roman Army, the Nation of Israel ceased to exist and there was no Nation of Israel for 2000 years, as the Nation of Israel was then effectively "dead"! However, God had also shown the Prophet Ezekiel in Ezek. 37 a vision of a valley of dry bones and asked him if those dead dry bones could ever live again, and Ezekiel replied: "Oh Lord You know!" The Lord then instructed Ezekiel to prophesy upon the bones and when he did the bones began to come together and form skeletons and then flesh and sinew covered them and blood came into them and then as the Breath Of God (the Holy Spirit) breathed upon them they came to life and stood upon their feet as a mighty Army. And then in Vrs. 11-14 God said to Ezekiel: "Son of man, these bones are the whole House of Israel; behold they say: 'Our bones are dried and our hope is lost and we are cut off for our parts.'
     "Therefore prophesy and say unto them: 'Thus says the Lord God: Behold, O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the Land of Israel.
     " 'And you shall know that I am the Lord when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves.
     " 'And I will put My Spirit in you and you shall live and I will place you in your own land."


Fig Tree
Fig. 3. "Fig Tree" (Photo/Caption Credit: www.bibleplaces.com)
     This prophecy of the "Resurrection Of The Nation Of Israel" came to pass in 1948 when, as a result of a mandate and vote by the United Nations, the biblical Nation Of Israel was restored as a national homeland for the Jewish people. Jesus also prophesied of this and foresaw it as the "budding" (coming back to life) "of a Fig Tree" after it had been "dead": Matt. 24:32-34 — "Now learn a parable of a Fig Tree. When his branch is yet tender and puts forth leaves, you know that Summer is near.
     "So likewise you, when you see all these things"
(end-time events) (coming to pass) "know that it" (His — Christ's coming) "is near, even at the doors."

     Now I believe that "the budding of the Fig Tree" referred specifically to the rebirth of the Nation of Israel in 1948 because in Luke 13:6-7 Jesus referred specifically to the Nation of Israel as a "Fig Tree" when He said: "A Certain Man" (God/Jesus Christ) "had a Fig Tree" (Nation of Israel) "planted in His vineyard" (the Earth) "and He" (as "Jesus Christ") "came and sought" (spiritual) "fruit on it and found none. So then He" (Jesus Christ as "God") "said to the Dresser of the Vineyard" (the Holy Spirit) " 'Behold these 3 years" (the length of time of Jesus earthly ministry) "I came seeking fruit" (spiritual fruit) "on this Fig Tree" (the Nation of Israel) "and found none so CUT IT DOWN!" And the Biblical Nation of Israel that rejected Jesus Christ was "cut down" by the Romans in 70 AD.

     However, in Matt. 24:32-34 Jesus also prophesied that the Nation of Israel would come back to life after it was dead, symbolized by a dead Fig Tree coming back to life and beginning to "bud". And then in Vrs. 34 of Matt. 24 Jesus prophesied: "And surely I say unto you that this generation" (the "generation" that sees Israel — the "Fig Tree" — "bud" and come back to life — which happened in 1948) "will not pass away until all these" (end-times events) "are fulfilled!"

     I was born in 1947 and Israel was re-born as a Nation, after having been dead for 2000 years, in 1948 — 1 year after I was born. And I am now 68! So I, therefore, believe that my generation — my lifetime — will not come to an end until the "end-times" events are all fulfilled and Jesus returns, so therefore it is certainly possible that Jesus Christ could return in the year 2016!

The Sign Of "9-1-1"

World Trade Center Collapse
Fig. 4. "The collapse of 2 World Trade Center seen from Williamsburg, Brooklyn" (Photo/Caption Credit: en.wikipedia.org)
     The destruction of the "Twin Towers" of the World Trade Center in New York on the date of Sept. 11, 2001 ("9-1-1") by Al-Quaida Arab militant Muslims flying hijacked commercial passenger airplanes into the Twin Towers, I do not believe was just "happen-chance" but rather I believe that it was a definite sign of the "end-times". The destruction of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York was actually foretold in the Bible in Isa. 30:25 where it describes the "Twin Towers" as "a high mountain" and a "high hill" and it also describes the water sprayed upon the burning Twin Towers as "rivers and streams of water", and the death of the 3000 people that died "when the Towers fell" is also described as a "great slaughter": "There shall be upon every HIGH MOUNTAIN" (the taller of the Twin Towers) "and upon every HIGH HILL" (the shorter of the Twin Towers) "rivers and streams of water" (the water sprayed upon the burning Twin Towers by the New York firemen trying to put the fire out) "in the day of the GREAT SLAUGHTER" (the "great slaughter" was the deaths of 3000 people at the destruction of the World Trade Center Towers) "WHEN THE TOWERS FALL" (the "fall" of the Twin Towers on "9-1-1").

     Now the reason why I believe that the "fall" (destruction) of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York was "end-times significant" is because of the fact that the very next Verse — Verse 26 of Isa. 30 — is referring to the time of the "Great Tribulation" which will follow the "Rapture Of The Church" when the Sun will expand and glow super hot and scorch men with great heat at which time the Sun will appear 7 times larger and hotter thus causing the light of the Moon at night — which is light reflected from the Sun — to be as bright as Sunlight is now in the daytime. Note that Isa. 30:26 — referring to the final judgments of the "Great Tribulation" after the Rapture of the Church — says: "Moreover the light of the Moon" (at night-time) "shall be" (as bright) "as the Sun and the light" (and heat) "of the Sun shall be sevenfold" (7 times brighter and 7 times hotter then normal).

     We know that this event will occur during the final part of the "Great Tribulation" (after the "Rapture Of The Church") because also describing this event, Rev. 16:8-9 says "And the fourth angel poured out his Vial upon the Sun and power was given to him to scorch men with GREAT HEAT. And men were SCORCHED WITH GREAT HEAT and blasphemed the Name of God."

     The fact that the "Falling of the Twin Towers" (described by the words "WHEN THE TOWERS FALL") was foretold in Isa. 30:25 and the events of the "Great Tribulation" is foretold in the very next Verse — Isa. 30:26 — shows that the "falling of the Twin Towers" was to occur BEFORE the Tribulation begins and would, therefore, be a "sign" that the Great Tribulation was soon to come, which, therefore, made the destruction of the World Trade Center Twin Towers a "sign" of the "end-times".

The Sign Of The "Four Blood Moons"

     The Prophet Joel prophesied — in Joel 2:31 — "The Sun shall be turned into darkness and the Moon into blood before the great and notable Day Of The Lord" (the "Great Tribulation") "comes." And then the Apostle/Prophet Simon Peter repeated that prophecy in Acts 2:20. These two verses indicated that before the "Great Tribulation" comes that just before that time there will a "darkening of the Sun" in a "Solar Eclipse" and there will also be the Moon turned "blood-red" in a Lunar Eclipse.

2013 - 2015 Jewish Blood Moon Eclipses and Coment Warning Signs
Fig. 5. "2013 - 2015 Jewish Blood Moon Eclipses and Coment Warning Signs"(Photo Credit: redmoonrapture.com)


     Over the last 2 years of 2014-2015 we have seen just such an event take place in a "Tetrad Of 4 Blood Moons", as is diagrammed by the internet site "Red Moon Rapture" as follows:

     As this diagram shows, there were two times in the year 2015 that there was a total Eclipse Of The Moon (Lunar Eclipse) in which the Moon took on a "blood-red" color. Those two dates were April 4, 2015 (same date at the Jewish Feast Of Passover) and Sept. 28, 2015 (same date as the Jewish Feast Of Tabernacles). And these two "Blood Moons" were also preceded by two "Blood Moons" in the year 2014 which occurred on the dates of April 15, 2014 (same date as the Jewish Feast Of Passover) and Oct. 8, 2014 (same date as the Jewish Feast Of Tabernacles). Also, just as the Prophecy foretells that "the Moon will be turned to blood" it also foretells that "the Sun shall be turned into darkness" and that also occurred in the "Tetrad Of 4 Blood Moons" of 2014-2015 in that on the date of March 20, 2015 the light of the Sun was blotted out as the Sun experienced a total Solar Eclipse.

     The fact that both of these events — "the Sun shall be turned into darkness" (which occurred on the date of March 20, 2015) — "and the Moon into blood" (which occurred on the dates of April 15, 2014, Oct. 8, 2014, April 4, 2015, and Sept. 28, 2015) — and the fact that Joel 2:31 and Acts 2:20 both foretell that both of these events are to occur just before "the great and notable Day-Of-The-Lord" (the "Great Tribulation") occurs, shows, therefore, that we are now nearing the time of the "Great Tribulation" which means that the coming of the Lord for His Church in the event of the "Rapture Of The Church" is soon to occur, and it could occur in the year 2016 because the "Rapture Of The Church" is to occur before the time of the "Great Tribulation"!

The Sign Of "The Days Of Lot"

     Jesus, in Luke 17:28-30 prophesied (of the conditions of the World in the "last days"): "Likewise also as it was in THE DAYS OF LOT: they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built.
     "But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven"
(from the sky) "and destroyed them all.
     "Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of Man"
(Jesus Christ: the "Son of Man"/"Son Of God") "is revealed."

     The sin that was prevalent in "The Days Of Lot" was the sin of homosexuality, which is the reason why God destroyed the twin cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. This same sin has become very prevalent in the society of the World today. This was noted by the fact that on June26, 2015 the United States Supreme Court voted to approve "gay marriage" (marriage between homosexuals to one another: homosexual man with homosexual man or lesbian woman with lesbian woman) nation-wide. To celebrate this decision by the highest Court of the land, President Barack Obama had the White House lit up in "gay pride" colors of the Rainbow.

The White House
Fig. 6. "The White House was lit up in pride colors Friday night to celebrate the Supreme Court's decision to strike down gay marriage bans across the country." (Photo/Caption Credit: http://abcnews.go.com)
     The fact that Homosexual Marriage is now legal in all 50 States of the United States, as it already is in many other Nations of the World shows that the society of our day is paralleling that of "The Days Of Lot" and is, as Jesus foretold, a "sign of the end-times", and is also preparing the World for the coming of the Antichrist during the time of the "Great Tribulation" who Dan. 11:47 foretells "will not regard the desire of women". This shows us that before the World will accept a "out of the closet" practicing homosexual for a World leader, first of all homosexuality must be accepted, and that is what is occurring now with "gay" (homosexual) marriage being legalized nation-wide by the action of the Supreme Court of the United States.

The Sign Of "The Days Of Noah"

     One of the "end-times" prophecies given by Jesus in Matt. is the prophecy of "The Days Of Noah". In Matt. 24:37-39 Jesus prophesied: "But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son Of Man be.
     "For as in the days that were before the Flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage until the day that Noah entered into the Ark.
     "And knew not until the Flood came and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son Of Man"
("Son Of God") "be."

     On the date of April 30, 2010 National Geographic (and many other news organizations and television networks) carried stories and interviews about the "discovery of Noah's Ark" on Mt. Ararat in Turkey by a Christian organization called "NAMI" (Noah's Ark Ministries International). The National Geographic article written by Ker Than on the date of April 30, 2010 stated: "A team of Evangelical Christian explorers claim they've found the remains of Noah's Ark beneath snow and volcanic debris on Turkey's Mount Ararat.
     "Turkish and Christian explorers from a group called 'Noah's Ark Ministries International' made the latest discovery claim Monday in Hong Kong where the group is based.
     " 'It's not 100 percent that it is Noah's Ark, but we think it is 99.9 percent that this is it,' Yeung Wing-cheung, a filmmaker accompanying the explorers told The Daily Mail.
     "The team claims to have found in 2007 and 2008 seven large wooden compartments buried at 13,000 feet above sea level, near the peak of Mount Ararat. They returned to the site with a film crew in October 2009.
     "Many Christians believe the mountain in Turkey is the final resting place of Noah's Ark, which the Bible says protected Noah, his family, and pairs of every animal species on Earth during a divine deluge that wiped out most of humanity.
     " 'The structure is partitioned into different spaces,' said Noah's Ark Ministries International team member Man-fai Yuen in a statement. 'We believe that the wooden structure we entered is the same structure recorded in historical accounts...'
     "The team says radiocarbon dated wood taken from the discovery site — whose location they're keeping secret for now — shows the purported Ark is about 4,800 years old, which coincides roughly with the time of Noah's flood described in the Bible."

     Since this announcement by the Noah's Ark Ministries International in 2010 there have been many who have come forth stating that the structure found by NAMI on Mt. Ararat could not have been Noah's Ark and also claim that the claims (including photographs) were "bogus", however many others who have seen the documentary produced by NAMI say "If it looks like an Ark and if it was found on Mt. Ararat near the top of the mountain and if the wood of the structure is as old as the wood of Noah's Ark should have been, then it must indeed be Noah's Ark."

     My assessment of this is: if the wooden structure found on Mt. Ararat in Turkey, discovered by Noah's Ark Ministries International, is indeed the remains of Noah's Ark as the NAMI team believes, then this could have been God's way of reminding the World that, as Jesus prophesied, the parallel to "The Days Of Noah" are now upon us. Concerning "The Days Of Noah" we note that "Noah's Day" was marked by great wickedness as Gen. 6:5 says "And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the Earth and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually." This same condition is found in modern society today, which is also fulfilling another "end-times" prophecy found in II Tim. 3:13 — "Evil men and seducers will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived." And in Matt. 24:12 Jesus prophesied "And because iniquity shall abound the love many" (for the things of God) "shall grow cold."

     Another condition that marked "The Days Of Noah" is the fact that the only ones who actually believed Noah's prophecy that a great World Flood was coming was Noah's family of 8 persons, no one else believed him as they probably thought that Noah was "a crazy old man". This same condition of wide-spread unbelief concerning the coming of the Lord also persists in society today which is also fulfilling another "end-times" prophecy found in II Pet. 3:3-6 — "Knowing this: that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts.
     "Saying: 'Where is the promise of his coming? For since the fathers"
(our ancestors) "fell asleep" (died) "all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.'
     "But this they are willingly ignorant of that by the Word of God the heavens were of old and the Earth standing out of the water and in the water"
(the water of Noah's Flood).
     "Whereby the world that that then was being overflowed with water" (the water of Noah's Flood) "perished." — What the Apostle Simon Peter is telling us here is that even though people will scoff at the idea of the returning of the Lord "in the last days" saying that "all things continue as they always have since the beginning", that they willfully ignore the fact that God intervened in "The Days Of Noah" to destroy all mankind except for Noah and his family in the Great Flood, and likewise God is going to intervene once again to bring destruction upon mankind in the form of the Great Tribulation, foretold in the Book Of Revelation, after the "Rapture Of The Church".

     And concerning the parallel to "The Days Of Noah" — foretold by Jesus Christ in Matt. 24:37-39 — Jesus followed that up by saying that at the event of the "Rapture" (I Thess. 4:13-17) "Then shall two be in the field: one of them shall be taken and the other one left.
     "Two women shall be grinding at the mill: one shall be taken and the other one left.
     "Watch therefore for you know not what hour that your Lord will come." — Matt. 24:40-42.

The Sign Of Perilous Times:

     Another one of the end-times "signs" that is very prevalent in the World today is the "Sign Of Perilous Times" as II Tim. 3:1 foretells "This know also that in the last days PERILOUS TIMES shall come."

     
     The "Sign Of Perilous Times" is being fulfilled today in two ways: (1) devastating weather destruction including devastating earthquakes and volcanic explosions, and (2) militant Muslim terrorist activities.

     Concerning devastating earthquakes we note that regularly we hear about great devastation caused by earthquakes with one of the latest being the April 25, 2015 earthquake in Nepal that killed over 8000 people, and which also brought many deaths in China and Bangladesh. A very devastating underwater earthquake in the Indian Ocean on the date of Dec. 26, 2004 spawned a devastating tsunami with killer waves some over 100 ft. high, that was given the name of the "Indonesian Tsunami" that hit 11 nations leaving more then 280,000 dead or missing.

     Concerning volcanic eruptions one of the latest that affected the United States Of America was the eruption of Mt. St. Helens in the State of Washington on the date of May 18, 1980 that blanketed the Northwest with volcanic ash.

     There have also been many devastating tornadoes strike the middle of the United States, particularly the States of Oklahoma and North Texas bringing great destruction and many deaths. And likewise there have been many devastating hurricanes like Hurricane Katrina in Aug. 2005 that was one of the deadliest hurricanes in US history extending from Florida to central Texas with 175 mph winds and took 1,836 lives and destroyed much of New Orleans where it came ashore

     Great flooding due to excessive rainfall is also one of the characteristics of the "perilous times". This was seen most recently in the flooding of the Missouri River and the Mississippi Rivers in Missouri and Illinois in the months of December 2015 and January 2016 which put much of the States of Illinois and Missouri under water, destroying thousands of homes and businesses and taking many lives with some entire towns being under water. Accuweather.com in an article written by Alex Sosnowski on Jan. 3, 2016 stated: "Deadly flooding in the middle portion of the Mississippi River and some of it's tributaries reached levels not seen during the Winter months since records began to be kept during the middle 1800's. Flooding is also occurring along the Illinois, Bourbeuse, lower Missouri, lower Arkansas, Meramec, and part of the lower Ohio Rivers. At least 24 people have been killed by the dangerous flooding."`

Valley Park, Missouri Flooding
Fig. 7. "In this aerial photo, flood water covers Interstate 44, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 in Valley Park, Mo. A rare winter flood threatened nearly two dozen federal levees in Missouri and Illinois on Wednesday as rivers rose, prompting evacuations in several places. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)" (Photo/Caption Credit: www.accuweather.com)
     The "Perilous Times" also included Meteor strikes with a devastating Meteor the size of a bus weighing an estimated 7000 tons exploding over Russia with the force of 20 atomic bombs injuring more then 1000 people on the date of Feb. 15, 2013.

     The "Perilous Times" of these "last days" has also been characterized by the attacks of militant Al Quaida and ISIS Muslims beginning with the destruction of the World Trade Center Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001 and continuing with ISIS (an offshoot of Al Quaida) capturing much of the territory of the nations of Iraq and Syria, killing many Iraqisand Syrians in the process, and capturing and be-heading American and British newsmen and inspiring ISIS sympathizers in America like the Muslim Muhammad Youseef Abdulazeez who shot and killed 4 Marines at a military base in Chattanooga, Tenn. on the date of July 16, 2015 and the Nov. 13, 2015 ISIS attacks in Paris, France that killed 130 people and injured 369, and then also the ISIS inspired Muslim husband and wife team of Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik who shot and killed 14 people and injured 21 others at a mass shooting at a Christmas Party on Dec. 2, 2015 in San Bernadino, California.

The Sign Of The Knowledge/Technology Explosion

     God, speaking to the Prophet Daniel — in Dan. 12:4 — foretold: "...the time of the end...Knowledge shall be increased."

     We have seen this prophecy fulfilled in that from the time of Creation to about 200 years ago the means of transportation was either riding a horse or riding in some kind of horse-drawn vehicle and the means of lighting was some kind of fire-torch and that condition (as far as technology is concerned) continued for some 6000 years with very little change but then in the last 200 years mankind has gone from horse transportation and fire-torch lighting to all kinds of technological advancements even including mankind landing on the Moon, building and erecting an International Space Station in Outer Space where a few people are always living, sending unmanned spaceships to photograph all of the various Planets in our Solar System even including the fact that last year — July 14, 2015 — an American spaceship named "New Horizons" flew by and photographed the Planet Pluto which is the outermost Planet in our Solar System and beamed the pictures back to Earth so that we now know what Planet Pluto looks like. The New Horizons" spacecraft traveling at the speed of 36,373 mph actually took 9 1/2 years to reach Planet Pluto, having been launched on the date of Jan. 19, 2006 and yet the photographs that the spaceship took and beamed back to Earth only took 4 hours to reach Earth!

     The Knowledge/Technology "explosion" even includes "artificial intelligence" of computers and "smart phones" that can perform all kinds of feats and can even "hear" when humans talk to them and can also answer in human voices.

     Newsweek in a special "2016 — The Year Ahead" magazine forecast that in this year of 2016 or next year — 2017 — NASA will launch a spaceship called "InSight" to land on and probe the Planet Mars to learn more about the "Red Planet" with the goal of landing mankind on Planet Mars by the 2030's and the ultimate goal of establishing human colonies on Mars by the 2030's. This also seems to be foretold in the Bible in that the Lord, speaking through the Prophet Obadiah, in Obadiah Verse 4 stated: "Though you exalt yourself as the Eagle and though you set your nest among the Stars, from there will I bring you down, says the Lord."

The Sign Of The Laodicean Church Age


     The Book Of Revelation, in Chapter 2 and Chapter 3 contain 7 Letters to 7 Churches, which, because those 7 Letters are in a "Book Of Prophecy" (see: Rev. 1:3 and Rev. 22:19) they are, therefore, prophetical in content. The 7th and last of the "7 Letters" are to the "Church Of Laodicea", which is a prophetical portrayal of the overall condition of the "last days" church, and the characteristic that identifies the Church Age of the "last days" is the fact that the Lord tells the Church Of Laodicea in Rev. 3:17 — "You say: 'I am rich and increased with goods and have need of nothing." From this Verse we see that the "last days" Church will be identified with "Success and Prosperity" and that is, essentially, the message that is being preached and proclaimed from many pulpits of many churches in these last days. The Pastors of those churches (and particularly the "Mega-Churches") are preaching a "success and prosperity gospel": how to be successful and prosperous in this present World. It seems that rather then the preachers and churches getting their people ready for the "hereafter", they, instead are telling them how to prosper and be successful in this present day and age. No longer do those preachers preach about Heaven and Hell, or about living a godly life, or about the consequences of sin, or about the "end-times events" or about the coming of the Lord, but instead they preach and proclaim the "success and prosperity gospel", which is what characterizes the "Church Of Laodicea". This, then tells us that we are in the "last days" and Jesus is getting ready to come!

     As we consider all of these "signs of the times" that have already occurred or are in the process of occurring, this lets us know that these are indeed "the last days" which means that it is very likely that the "Rapture Of The Church" — when Jesus comes to "catch away" His true believers into Heaven — could very likely occur in this year of 2016! We do not know if that event will occur in 2016 or not as time will tell, but the important thing is to always be living in readiness for the coming of the Lord!

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Pastor/Evangelist Len Hutsell has written a book documenting the fulfillment of each of the Papal Prophecies (written by St. Malachy) entitled Asleep At Midnight, which sells for $25.00. It may be ordered at the address given below. He has also written a 441-page book giving a verse-by-verse analysis/explanation of the Book of Revelation called The Apocalypse Unveiled that sells for $45.00 and may also be ordered at the following address. There is no cost for shipping. Cash and checks are accepted.

Pastor/Evangelist Len Hutsell is available for "End-Times Bible Prophecy Seminars."
Contact him at: cclande@yahoo.com or telephone: 361-815-5299
Mailing address: 5817 Kerry Drive; Corpus Christi, TX 78413
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