The world spins in directions that have many in disarray, hopelessness, confusion, anger and dismay. But I think it is just a simple bowl of ingredients that go into this medley of perplexity. It's not so convoluted as we believe nor complicated.
When we bake we need certain ingredients to get the job done. Flour is one. But then you can have a variety of this basic ingredient in different forms such as rice flour, oat flour or any other gluten free flour. But we have to note some kind of flour is needed to bake unless it calls to be flourless.
I think of all the world players as being flour. Some have been sifted and seem more refined while others are much less sifted but still do the job. What do I mean? I believe many nations have joined in the baking process even though they are different types of flour.
You may have disagreements on other ingredients that go into the bowl but they all agree in some way that they are to be in the mix. They know this to be true because we have a global economy that continues to exist with trade, potential trade and future trade. If you are not in that bowl no matter how ugly you think the mix is, you will lose out popping out of the oven with monetary gain.
There are national marketing plans which then morph into colossal advertising campaigns to sell your nation to every prospective buyer.
Not surprisingly the wining and dining comes on thick to prove you are the best betrothed nation to be had. You pull up your sleeves and show off your muscles, you bat your eyelashes until you can take off and fly. You drink oil from your cup and turn on the tap so they can watch it flow.
Nations who are not flour or do not want to be in the mix will become extinct or be so debilitated that they have no strength to continue being independent.
God is seeing all these manipulations before his eyes. The mix is called Babylon rising until yeast (sin)has risen to an abominable state...at that time the tribulation will begin. I don’t believe the rapture will take place then, I believe there will be the Philadelphia church that God spares from the hour of trial.
7 Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?
8 This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you.
9 A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.
Revelation 3:7-13 (KJV)
7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;
8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.
9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.
10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.
13 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
No believer will go through the end where God’s wrath comes upon the earth and those who refused his Holy Spirit and Jesus’ payment for their sins on the cross.
Revelation 16 (KJV)
16 And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.
2 And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.
3 And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.
4 And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood.
5 And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus.
6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.
7 And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.
8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.
9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.
10 And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain,
11 And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.
12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.
13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.
17 And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.
18 And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.
19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.
20 And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.
21 And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.
1 Thessalonians 5:9 (KJV)
9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
Revelation 20:15 (KJV) And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.