ISIS, Nero, and Rome
With each passing day, I’m more amazed at the number of Jewish Rabbis who are making end-times prophetic connections to practically every national or international development in the world. Nearly all of the correlations involve the coming of Messiah; although the origins of these prophetic associations are not often found in the Bible, which is, by far, the most reliable source of last-days prophetic events.
Let’s begin with an excerpt (in italics) from the Eye of Prophecy article entitled, Great Expectations for Messiah, published 8-8-15, as a reminder that one current event after another is being identified in some fashion or another as a catalyst or precursor to the beginning of the end of this age.
What does Aliyah, the blood moon tetrad, the Shemitah, hidden Bible codes, the third Jewish Temple, a red heifer, and Jonathan Pollard’s release from prison have in common, one with the other? If you desire a short easy-to-remember response to that question, then the answer is: Israel’s Redemption Is Very Near. If you prefer a one-word explanation for the common-ground connection between these seemingly diverse subjects and events, we can do that too:
Jews all over the world, especially observant Jews in Israel, are becoming exponentially excited over Israel’s redemption. They see this restoration as both physical—rescue from and protection against their enemies—and spiritual … individual and national return to God through renewal of the sacrificial system lost to them when the second Temple was destroyed. No matter what form this revival takes and no matter whether a Jew is religious or secular, there is one prevailing and passionate premise: Messiah will make all these things happen upon his glorious appearance.
For most Jews this will be the first arrival of Messiah. For born-again believers, Gentiles and Messianic Jews alike, this will be the majestic return of Messiah (Jesus Christ). Two Eye of Prophecy articles entitled Look Up, Redemption is Near (Part I & II) were recently published on 7-11-15 and 7-18-15, respectively. In these articles, we looked discerningly at twelve unmistakable signs of the 20th & 21st centuries showing that Biblical end-times prophecy has been and is being fulfilled in one generation alone. In the second article, these signs were itemized for quick reference. They are as follows:
- Rebirth of Israel as a Sovereign Nation, 1948
- Recapture of Jerusalem in the June, 1967 Six-Day War
- Jerusalem, a Heavy Burden to the Nations
- The 3rd Rebuilt Temple
- Israel’s Phenomenal Agricultural Accomplishments
- Modern-Day Alignment of Gog/Magog Nations against Israel
- National and Ethnic Wars in the 20th & 21st Centuries
- Amazing Increase of Natural Disasters
- Moral & Spiritual Decline & Intense Persecution of Christians
- False Messiahs & Prophets
- Unequaled Increase in Quantity and Speed of Transportation and Information
- Unprecedented Spread of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the World
In this 107th article, which is also the 3rd post in the 3rd year since this project began in late July, 2013, it’s fitting to quote the subtitle of the Eye of Prophecy website which is: “For the essence of prophecy is to give a clear witness for Jesus” (Revelation 19:10). The very center of Biblical prophecy, Jesus Christ, is what this ministry is all about. I trust that the articles have been true to and accomplished that objective. Thus, considering that the numbers seven and three are directly related to and reflective of God’s divinity and sovereignty, it’s also fitting that this week’s article focuses on this Messianic fervor that is sweeping over Israel.
Although most of the topics listed in the first paragraph of this article are not specific Biblical prophecies as such, they are, when combined together, amazing evidence that the time of Messiah is near, so very near. Why can we say that? Because the last time that Israel and even surrounding Gentile nations were so zealous about the arrival of Messiah, that’s exactly what happened! Jesus Christ appeared on the scene of history fulfilling dozens of Biblical prophecies that he was, in fact, the Messiah … with an abundance of documentation, the greatest proof of which was his resurrection from the grave!
Then in a subsequent Eye of Prophecy article, Amazing Anticipation for Messiah, posted on 8-29-15, we examined more recent events to further demonstrate the improbable correlations made especially by Jewish Rabbis between ancient predictions and contemporary occurrences. We looked at such things as Hebrew Gematria pointing to Messiah’s appearing in the Jewish Calendar year 5776 (which began this past September), as purported by Hidden Bible Code expert, Rabbi Mattijahu Glazerson.
We also studied the Jewish Shemitah cycle as it relates to the United States economy and potential adverse effect on the Stock Market. In conjunction with this week’s Eye of Prophecy article, let’s review one of these Jewish prophecies by quoting an excerpt from Amazing Anticipation for Messiah, specifically relating to a reference about the Roman Emperor, Nero.
As follows in italics:
Purported Correlation between Syria’s Demise and the End-Times Messiah & Antichrist:
Actually this connection goes all the way back to a 2nd century Jewish Rabbi, Shimon Bar Yochai whose writings are part of the Midrash. While hiding in a cave, Rabbi Bar Yochai allegedly heard from an angel who told him: “And it is a sign for you, when you see that an Eastern Nero has fallen, that in Damascus has fallen the Bnei Mizrach kingdom, then will sprout the salvation of Israel, and Mashiach ben David comes and will ascend to Jerusalem.”
It was the aforementioned blogger, Tomer Devorah who thinks that this end-times Nero of the East is or could be Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad; that his shaky hold of the Syrian government could collapse any day now.
Most likely, Rabbi Bar Yochai made the connection that the destruction of Damascus is one of the end-times prophecies that will dovetail with Messiah’s arrival. This one is directly from Isaiah. “This message came to me concerning Damascus: Look, the city of Damascus will disappear! It will become a heap of ruins” (Isaiah 17:1).
There are three applications that can be made to any given prophecy. (1) The prophecy has already been fulfilled in Biblical times; (2) the prophecy will come to pass during the last days; (3) the prophecy was fulfilled then and will be fulfilled again during the end-times. Regarding Isaiah’s prediction, I believe it was fulfilled when Assyria conquered Damascus in 732 BC; because a few verses later Isaiah also said: “The fortified towns of Israel will also be destroyed, and the royal power of Damascus will end. All that remains of Syria will share the fate of Israel’s departed glory, declares the Lord of Heaven’s Armies” (Verse 3).
Just ten years later, Assyria conquered the ten northern tribes know as Israel … Syria will share the fate of Israel’s departed glory.
The glory of Israel began to be restored in 1948 and is in high gear in the 21st century. It’s a much better fit to conclude that the destruction of Damascus predicted by Isaiah occurred when the northern kingdom of Israel was also destroyed within a span of ten years.
The word “disappear” used in the New Living Translation is translated, “removed from being a city,” in the NASB. These and other translations essentially mean that Damascus would no longer function as a viable city, let alone the capital of Syria.
However, it’s certainly possible that Syria and Damascus will once again be vanquished. As will many nations and cities during the Great Tribulation. If so, we don’t know if the ruin of Damascus will occur before the Rapture or after the Rapture. Moreover, it would only be one of dozens of other end-times prophecies that will take place during the soon-to-come Day of the Lord.
What does grab my attention is this second century Rabbi’s reference to the Eastern Nero which can also read, Nero of the East. Why would he even mention Nero or equate the proposed end-times Syrian ruler with this malevolent Roman Emperor? Those of you who have read my book, Out of the Abyss and/or several Eye of Prophecy articles on the Antichrist, know that a ton of Biblical and historical evidence leads to (what I think is overwhelming evidence) the conclusion that the Antichrist is none other than the return of the Roman Emperor Nero. Furthermore, that Nero’s revival was a widely held belief by secular Romans, by early Christians, and I’m sure by many Jews during the first four centuries or so. It was even given a name: Nero Redivivus Legend.
(Read all about this in the Eye of Prophecy article entitled, The Legendary Return of Nero, published 4-4-15. It was a sequel summary to the series of articles named, “A Beast by Any Other Name … Part I, II, III, published 3-14, 3-21, & 3-28-15).
Thus, it’s evident that Rabbi Bar Yochai combined the Old Testament prophecy of the fall of Damascus with the end-times appearance of Messiah, then connected both of those events to the Syrian monarch who would be a representation or counterpart of the wicked ruler Nero.
Little did he know that there would be no counterparts of or to Nero? Rather, it will be Nero himself who will appear from the Abyss and boast that he is the risen Messiah and the only God to be worshipped.
In today’s article, let’s examine three more recent world events, each of which is considered yet another sign (especially to observant Jews) that Israel’s redemption is so very close at hand.
Severing of Diplomatic Ties between Iran and Saudi Arabia
Although there has never been much love to lose between these two Muslim nations, Saudi Arabia’s decision to sever all diplomatic relations with Iran was still a shocking development in the Middle East. Subsequently Bahrain and other Arab countries expelled Iranian diplomats and sent them packing back to Iran. The repercussions of such a dramatic split between these Islamic nations will affect alliances and interactions with other nations, including the United States. But then the long-standing bitter rivalry between Sunni Muslims (Saudi Arabia) and Shi’ite Muslims (Iran) has led to several deadly conflicts between these two Islamic sects, such as the bloody vicious Iraq-Iran War of the 1980s. And, there is the racial difference … Iran is Persian, Saudi Arabia is Arabic.
Much could be said about the political and religious rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia in particular and Shia and Sunni Muslims in general. However, for purpose of today’s article and how this explosive rift between two Islamic nations affects Israel, the Middle East, and the world at large, we need to focus on an 800 year old prophecy supposedly linking this remarkable development of just a few days ago to Messiah’s appearance.
According to an article in the on-line Breaking Israel News, written by Rivkah Lambert Adler, this messianic prophecy is found in a Jewish holy book known as the Yalkut Shimoni.
Ms. Adler states: “The Yalkut Shimoni, a compilation of rabbinic commentary on the Bible, is believed to have been composed in the 13th century … The full text of the Yalkut Shimoni connects the political tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia with good news about the full redemption of the Jewish people.”
She then quotes Rabbi Yizchok who wrote the prediction: “The year that Melech HaMoshiach (Messiah the King) will be revealed, all the nations of the world will be provoking each other. The King of Persia (Iran) will provoke the King of Arabia, and the King of Arabia will go to Edom (the West) to take counsel, but the King of Persia will in turn, destroy the entire world. The nations of the world will be outraged and panicked. They will fall on their faces, and they will experience pains like birth pangs. Israel too will be outraged and in a state of panic and ask, where do we go? But say unto them, ‘My children, do not fear … the time of your redemption has come…’”
There is nothing in Scripture to indicate that Messiah’s appearance to Israel and to the world will be linked by time (the same year) or linked at all to the political or racial fissure between Persia (Iran) and Saudi Arabia. Nor is there any Biblical prophecy that, “the King of Persia will in turn, destroy the world.”
In the Gog/Magog prophecy of Ezekiel 38 & 39, Iran is listed as one of the main allies of Gog (Russia); however, this huge alliance will suffer a catastrophic defeat at the hands of God, himself, while Israel looks on in wonder, and the nations in awe of the God of Israel.
The panic of the nations and nation provoking nation is pretty much covered in several Old Testament prophecies of the Day of the Lord and the end-times Jacob’s Troubles. Certainly, the Rabbi who made this prediction would not have referred to Jesus Christ. However, it’s interesting to note that Jesus talked about “birth pangs” during the last day’s experiences of people the world over. After giving his disciples many details of what will cause the birth pains, he said, “In the same way, when you see all these things, you can know his return is very near, right at the door” (Matthew 24:33).
Just before that, Jesus said about himself (as Messiah): “And then at last, the sign that the Son of Man is coming will appear in the heavens, and there will be deep mourning among all the peoples of the earth. And they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory” (Verse 30).
On the other hand, we can’t dismiss out-of-hand the Rabbi’s mention that the Persian King would provoke the Arabian King. That’s what happened a few days ago when Shiite Iranians overran the Saudi Embassy in Tehran to protest the Saudi’s execution of a Shiite Muslim Cleric. Which, in turn, led to Saudi Arabia imposing a 48-hour ultimatum for Iranian diplomats to get out of Saudi Arabia.
On the other, other hand, you could also make an argument that such an event was bound to happen sooner or later, as Persians and Arabs have not been on friendly terms for centuries. Which makes it a fairly safe prognostication, to include a connection with Messiah’s appearing. In that regard, there will be a plethora of things taking place, both from Biblical prophecy and from the daily unfolding of global events when Messiah (Jesus) first sets foot on the Mount of Olives.
Thus, it’s not so much whether this 13th century rabbinical prediction has come to pass, as most of the prophecy is either not based on Scripture or inaccurately depicts what the Bible says will take place.
What is, however, of great significance is the fact that today’s Jews (especially the observant among them) are finding ancient Jewish literature, history, traditions, the Bible itself, hidden Bible codes; then making some astute correlations between their Jewish sages and practically every important news story of the day. Let’s look at the second recent world development and how the Jews consider it, too, a precursor to Messiah’s arrival.
Conflict between Russia and Turkey … The Precursor to Messiah
As most know, the Turkish downing of a Russian warplane has caused a deep division between these two countries. Neither Russian President Vladimir Putin nor Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan is willing to make the first move of reconciliation. Neither will back down, with each considering the other’s country to be at fault for this international incident.
Once again citing a Breaking Israel News article, from which most of these stories originate in terms of Rabbis making connections between global occurrences and ancient prophecies, with the majority of the predictions actually from extra-Biblical sources, i.e. Talmud, Shimoni, Midrash, Jewish Traditions, and others.
A BIN article posted on December 30, 2015, by columnist Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz begins with:
“On Saturday evening, Rabbi Aharon Shtern, the son of the respected kabbalist, Rabbi David Chaim Shtern of Bnei Brak, revealed an astounding teaching handed down from father to son for untold generations regarding the End of Days. This past Saturday night, at the Tomb of King David on Mount Zion in Jerusalem, Rabbi Shtern spoke at a traditional melaveh malkah meal, which is held each Saturday night upon the conclusion of the Sabbath by Jews all over the world.”
The article’s author continues: “Rabbi Shtern’s teaching centers around the verse found in Genesis 49:1, ‘That will happen at the End of Days.’ According to the understanding passed down in his family, Rabbi Shtern explained that each letter in the entire verse is used in an acronym for:
At the end of six thousand the Caesar of Russia Alexander will fall, there will be several wars in the world, Russia will be destroyed and Jerusalem will be built, the Diaspora will leave us, and the Messiah will come.
The article continues: “Rabbi Shtern explained the present day conflict between Russia and Turkey is what is described in his family’s ancient teaching. The rabbi explained how Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, boasted that his country could occupy Russia in seven days. Rabbi Shtern exclaimed, ‘That statement is so misguided, so extraordinary, that a nation’s leader would say something like that. The only way a president would say that in front of the whole world is if God’s hand was forcing him to say so.’”
Said Rabbi Yosef Berger, the rabbi of the Tomb of David, about Rabbi Shtern’s revealed secrets:
“All these things show us how close we are. It was prophesied in Micah (7:15), ‘As in the days when you came out from the land of Egypt, I will show you miracles.’ Things that happened in the Exodus will repeat themselves before the messiah, and even more. The present conflict between Russia and Turkey is the precursor to the events leading up to the Messiah, when we will see Divine intervention more clearly, if we look for it. What we are seeing now, things that have no reason or logic, and no explanation, makes it clear what is about to happen. We are so close, and all the prophecies and signs show this. It is the only explanation for what is happening today.”
As you’ve probably surmised, these two Rabbis seem to be stretching the prophetic rope to the snapping point, which reportedly ties the previously stated Genesis 49:1 acronym to the recent strife between Russia and Turkey; then makes this sudden adversarial relationship between Russia and Turkey one of the signs of Messiah’s any-time arrival.
For example, what Scripture actually tells us is that the Gog/Magog invasion of Israel will include Turkey and Iran as Russia’s allies. This dispute between Turkey and Russia will be short-lived and could very well resolve itself before the Rapture takes place or soon, thereafter. But even if Turkey doesn’t actively participate in the Gog/Magog assault against Israel, she certainly won’t fight on the side of Israel. In fact, the passage in Ezekiel 38 & 39 clearly indicates that no nation on earth will come to Israel’s aid. Which is one of the reasons that God, himself, will fight for Israel and completely crush this evil coalition of nations.
But once again, it’s not necessarily a matter of accuracy of these (and others like them) Rabbinical prophetic correlations matching up to pretty much whatever event seems to suit the extra-Biblical predictions that they’re attempting to connect. Rather, it is the sum-total effect of so many observant Jews suddenly but somewhat randomly finding associations between any number of contemporary events and a few Biblical, but mostly non-Biblical prophecies and commentaries.
It is as some say: “A time of the signs.”
ISIS, Nero, and Rome … What Do They Have in Common?
Did you know that the terrorist organization ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) is also in the business of making predictions; or at least making them come to pass? That Islam also has its messiah-type figure, the Mahdi, who Muslims (particularly Sunnis) say will subjugate the world with help from the “Muslim prophet Jesus.” Yes, you read that correctly. Jesus is considered a prophet of Islam, and he allegedly will assist the Mahdi in converting Christians and Jews to Islam! Those who refuse to convert will be killed. Obviously, this is a diabolical distortion and corrupt contradiction of the historical Jesus of the Bible.
ISIS has recently renewed its vow to eradicate Israel as a Jewish State. Yet in an interview with a German journalist, Jurgen Todenhofer, whom ISIS allowed to spend ten days embedded with their fighters, ISIS leaders acknowledged that the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) was “too strong for them.” Conversely, said Todenhofer, ISIS is confident that, “…they can defeat U.S. and U.K. ground troops, who they say have no experience in city guerrilla or terrorist strategies. But they know the Israelis are very tough as far as fighting against guerrillas and terrorists. The jihadists told me the Israeli army is the real danger.”
Despite their fear of the IDF, ISIS has become even more belligerent toward Israel and also toward Christianity and Christians. According to reliable sources, ISIS has murdered and raped thousands of Christians in Iraq, Syria, and Libya.
In that regard, ISIS is no different than the religious and political leaders of Iran, most of whom believe that it is up to them to usher in what they call, malahim; which is their version of the apocalyptic end of the world through jihad.
In another Breaking Israel News article posted on December 31, 2015, the writer states, “According to Dr. Timothy Furnish, an international media commentator on radical Islam and author of Ten Years Captivation with the Mahdi’s Camps … that counter to Obama’s claims, ISIS is, ‘quite Islamic and very much in the mainstream of prior Islamic eschatological movements.’”
The article continues:
“The key to understanding ISIS lies in a small town in northern Syria … The name of the town, Dabiq, is synonymous with a concept in Islam under the same name that discusses a much awaited battle between Islam and Christianity that will mark the end of the world.
“In the Hadith, a collection of Islamic traditions relating to the Prophet Mohammed, including many direct quotations from him … it is written that the city of Dabiq is one of two possible locations for an epic battle between invading Christians and the defending Muslims. It is foretold that this battle will result in a climatic Muslim victory.”
A companion to the Prophet Mohammed, Abu Hurayrah writes in the Hadith: “The Last Hour would not come until the Romans land at al-A’maq or in Dabiq. An army consisting of the best (soldiers) of the people of the earth at that time will come from Medina (to fight them).”
The article’s author, Adam Berkowitz goes on to say: “According to traditional teachings, Romans are understood to be Christians and today ISIS uses this title for the US and its coalition partners. Last year, when ISIS beheaded former US Army Ranger turned Muslim convert Peter Kassig, they did so quite intentionally in the town of Dabiq. In the video of the execution, ISIS referred to US President Barack Obama as, ‘the dog of Rome.’”
(Photo of Peter Kassig before his execution)
Be careful what you wish for. ISIS and Islamic Jihadists would do well to heed this adage. As they boast of victory over a United States coalition ground force, they are retreating from territory in Iraq captured last year in Ramadi. It’s highly unlikely they could defeat a Western coalition, particularly if the United States decided to “go all in.” If, however, our President continues to curtail the extent of our military assistance in Iraq and Syria by limiting our involvement to air strikes, ISIS could continue to be an irresistible force. Or if ISIS would foolishly expand its aggression to include attacks against Israel, then the world could victoriously kiss ISIS goodbye … compliments of one of the world’s smallest, yet strongest militaries—the IDF.
However, I don’t believe either of these scenarios will develop now or after the Rapture, which could take place any minute of any day. Although they certainly could, neither a United States led coalition nor Israel will (completely) defeat ISIS or any other terrorist group in our lifetime. They won’t need to. Why can I say that?
The key is Rome. But not the inaccurate Islamic connection that equates Rome with Christianity or the Crusaders, i.e. the term that Muslims constantly use to characterize one of their sworn enemies (Christians) … the other being, of course, the Jews.
No, it will not be “Christian armies” literally from or symbolically representing Rome that will take on Islamic armies … be it terrorists groups or entire Muslim rogue nations like Iran. It will be God, himself, but through two distinct and different ways.
For Iran, as one of Gog’s (Russia) allies, God will supernaturally crush this evil alliance when they march against Israel during the early part of the Great Tribulation.
For ISIS, I’m convinced that God will deal with them through, of all sources, Antichrist Nero. One of God’s strategies in conquering evil is to providentially pit one evil empire against another. This is clearly seen in the rise and fall of Gentile empires or ethnic groups throughout history. With, however, the full wrath of God poured out against wicked rulers and terrorists during the Great Tribulation.
Soon after the Rapture occurs, the Antichrist beast-king (Nero) will suddenly appear from the Abyss. As earlier indicated in this article, I’ve written about this extensively in Out of the Abyss and prior Eye of Prophecy articles. In addition to striking a remarkable seven-year treaty between Israel and Islamic nations, he will also bring peace to a terrified world by several means, one of which is to crush all terrorist groups, including ISIS.
ISIS will suddenly find itself up against a man who is as brutally wicked as they are. One who will also use beheadings (a popular form of execution in the ancient Roman Empire) to terrorize and demoralize his enemies.
In that regard, the Islamic reference to Rome as their chief rival and enemy in the last days is accurate. But not the Rome that they equate with the Vatican or with the United States as the most powerful nation on earth representing Christianity as a whole, which Muslims despise.
Rather, it will be the Rome ruled by the miraculous reappearance of a once mighty Roman Emperor, none other than Nero. At first Nero will align himself with Roman Catholics (Vatican), but only for a sinister purpose, i.e. to consolidate his power over the ten-nation confederation that will give him their complete loyalty. Please refer to Eye of Prophecy article, “One Ring to Rule Them All…” posted 11-21-15, for the complete list of the ten kingdoms aligning with Nero. It will be Nero and his empire that will destroy the woman on the beast, i.e. that great city of Babylon, which is Rome … specifically the “Holy Roman Empire,” i.e. the Vatican. (See Revelation 17).
Nero’s return from the grave (Abyss) will be more than enough to generate world-wide allegiance and loyalty. But his defeat of global terrorism in general and ISIS in particular will endear himself even more to many peoples. After all, virtually the entire world is against ISIS in some fashion, for one reason or another. Some very strange bedfellows have surfaced in response to the rise of Islamic terror dispensed by ISIS. To the extent that it’s difficult to distinguish between the good guys and the bad guys. I mean … even Iran is against ISIS!
Things to Ponder
After Nero pleases and pacifies much of the world by eliminating terrorism, he will turn his malevolent ambitions to Israel by breaking his treaty with the Jews. Just like Nero’s historical predecessor, Antiochus Epiphanes, listen to the prophet Daniel describe this second Epiphanes:
“His army will take over the Temple fortress, pollute the sanctuary, put a stop to the daily sacrifices, and set up the sacrilegious object that causes desecration” (Daniel 11:31).
Once Nero shows his true colors (again … as he did while a Roman Emperor), Daniel tells us:
“The king will do as he pleases, exalting himself and claiming to be greater than every god, even blaspheming the God of gods. He will succeed, but only until the time of wrath is completed. For what has been determined will surely take place” (Daniel 11:36).
What among many other things will surely take place? Daniel answers that question:
“He will enter the glorious land of Israel and many nations will fall, but Moab, Edom, and the best part of Ammon will escape. He will conquer many countries, and even Egypt will not escape … But then news from the east and the north will alarm him, and he will set out in great anger to destroy and obliterate many. He will stop between the glorious holy mountain and the sea and will pitch his royal tents. But while he is there, his time will suddenly run out, and no one will help him” (Daniel 11:41-45).
“Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was standing there. Its rider was named Faithful and True, for he judges fairly and wages a righteous war” (Revelation 19:11).
“Then I saw the beast and the kings of the world and their armies gathered together to fight against the one sitting on the horse and his army. And the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who did mighty miracles on behalf of the beast—miracles that deceived all who had accepted the mark of the beast … Both the beast and his false prophet were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur. Their entire army was killed by the sharp sword that came from the mouth of the one riding the white horse…” (Revelation 19:19-21).
“He who is the faithful witness to all these things says, ‘Yes, I am coming soon!’ Amen! Come Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22:20).