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   How would your life change if you knew the exact date of a worldwide cataclysmic event, and the date was only a few years away? Let’s say you had received information from a reliable source, that a giant comet will be on a collision course with earth, and that on July 4, 2026, the 250th anniversary of the founding of our nation – despite all attempts to destroy it or change its course – it would crash into the earth.
  If you knew life would end for YOU on July 4, 2026, what would YOU do? Fortunately, or perhaps unfortunately, we don’t know the day, neither the hour, but even if we did, many of us would defer to the last possible moment an effort to change its occurrence.

Will History Repeat Itself?
   The thing that has been, it [is that] which shall be; and that which is done, [is] that which shall be done; and [there is] no new [thing] under the sun, Ecclesiastes 1:9. (King James Version, used throughout.)
  Throughout history, nations or empires have fallen, owing to their failure to observe Yahweh’s commandments and repenting from their sinful ways. Sadly, the American people, too, have followed that same course and for whom also, it is written: And it shall be, if thou do at all forget Yahweh thy Elohim, and walk after other mighty ones, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish. Deuteronomy 8:19.
  Bible prophecy reveals a lot about the end-of-times, with specific mention of peoples of Eurasia. And America is conspicuously absent from the geo-political picture foretold by the prophets, maybe because the Bible’s narrative concentrates upon middle-eastern events with particular focus upon Israel.
  We understand from the historical record provided us by Scripture, that the ten northern tribes that were carried away into exile by the Assyrian regime, were assimilated among other people groups who had likewise been taken away from the lands of their nativity and resettled in geographical areas far removed from their familiar places.
  Migrations owing to famine, pestilence, war and conquest, pushed populations toward the horizons in every direction but particularly, in the Middle Ages toward the western hemisphere. During this time, maritime nations rivaled with one another as they crossed the Atlantic in search of wealth and commercial and economic prominence.
  Nevertheless, we should not miss subtle allusions to America in Bible prophecy. To the merchant-cities of that time, Sheba, Dedan, and Tarshish, the prophet Ezekiel asks, “Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?” (Ezek. 38:13).
  And what about these verses? And there came one of the seven angels which had seven bowls, and talked with me, saying unto me, “Come hither; I will show unto you the judgment of the great whore that sits upon many waters” … And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is falling and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and cage of every unclean and hateful bird, For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies,” Revelation 17:1, 18:1-3.
  Babylon [hath been] a golden cup in Yahweh’s hand, that made all the earth drunken: the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad, Jeremiah 51:7.
  Babylon – a word meaning “confusion” – may be thought here, as a figure for America. Actually, the greatest empires that have passed might be entitled to that name, Babylon. Many, like Rome, were the reigning “super powers” in their times, but neither their military prowess nor their commercial strength was sufficient to preserve them from sliding into decadent immorality – the pattern for the fall of all the world’s great empires and nations of people.
  And so, now we come to the precipice of perilous times (2 Tim. 3:1). Yahweh has not appointed His people to wrath (1 Thess. 5:9). Perhaps then, in watching and praying always that we might be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass (Luke 21:36), the following words from Psalm 91:1-12 might be applicable to us as well:
  He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of Yahweh, “[He is] my refuge and my fortress: my El; in Him will I trust.” Surely He shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou trust: His truth [shall be thy] shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow [that] flieth by day; [nor] for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; [nor] for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because thou hast made Yahweh, [which is] my refuge, [even] the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

Bible Prophecy and Current Events
   While history has produced countless false, doomsday prophets, current events prompt us to conclude that we are standing at the precipice of the darkest hour in the history of mankind. In May 1948, following more than two millennia of being scattered all over the world, the nation of Israel was born and Jewish people from all over, returned to their homeland and made it to become the economic and military power it is today. Ezekiel prophesied, saying,
   The hand of Yahweh was on me, and carried me out in the spirit of Yahweh, and set me down in the midst of a valley which [was] full of bones … Then He said unto me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, ‘Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we were cut off for our parts.’” Therefore prophesy and say unto them, “Thus saith the Sovereign Yahweh, ‘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 Israel. And ye shall know that I [am] Yahweh, when I have opened your graves, O My people, and brought you up out of your graves, and shall put My Spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I Yahweh have spoken [it], and performed [it,]’” saith Yahweh. … And say unto them, “Thus says my Sovereign Yahweh; ‘Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, where they have gone, and I will gather them on every side, and bring them unto their land: and I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all,’” Ezekiel 37:1, 11-14, 21-22.
  The past several years, since 2011, have witnessed more prophecy fulfilled – the Iraqi-Syrian War – that has pit Syria and Russia, its ally to the north since 2015, against the United States, Israel, Turkey, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia. The prophets speak thusly,
  The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from [being] a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap, Isaiah 17:1.
  “How is the city of praise (Jerusalem) not left, the city of my joy. Therefore her young men shall fall in the streets, and all the men of war shall be cut off in that day,” saith Yahweh of hosts. “I will kindle a fire in the wall of Damascus, and it shall consume the palaces of Benhadad,” Jeremiah 49:25-27.
  (The palaces of Benhadad may be a reference to Bashar al Assad whose surname, incidentally, is translated, “the Beast.”)
  Russia’s entry into the war, positioned its troops proximate to Israel’s border.
  And the word of Yahweh came unto me, saying, “Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, And say, ‘Thus saith the Sovereign Yahweh; Behold, I [am] against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: and I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts [of armour, even] a great company [with] bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet: Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: [and] many people with thee. Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them. After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land [that is] brought back from the sword, [and is] gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them. Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee. Thus saith the Sovereign Yahweh; It shall also come to pass, [that] at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought: and thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates, to take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places [that are now] inhabited, and upon the people [that are] gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land. Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?’  Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog, ‘Thus saith the Sovereign Yahweh; In that day when my people of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it? And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army: and thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against My land, that the heathen may know Me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes.’ Thus saith the Sovereign Yahweh; ‘[Art] thou he of whom I have spoken in old time by My servants the prophets of Israel, which prophesied in those days [many] years that I would bring thee against them?’ And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Sovereign Yahweh, [that] ‘My fury shall come up in My face. For in My jealousy [and] in the fire of My wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel; so that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that [are] upon the face of the earth, shall shake at My presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground. And I will call for a sword against him throughout all My mountains,’ saith the Sovereign Yahweh: every man’s sword shall be against his brother. And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that [are] with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. Thus will I magnify Myself, and sanctify Myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I [am] Yahweh,” Ezekiel 38:1-23.
  These are the verses which bring Russia to Israel’s border. These are the prophetic verses that foretell Russia and her allies fighting to keep Bashar al Assad in power, although Israel stands in the way. We are watching Biblical prophecy unfold before our eyes.
  Nevertheless, the things concerning Bashar al Assad have an end. Isaiah writes about the end of Syria’s dictator:
  “The fortress also shall cease from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus, and the remnant of Syria: they shall be as the glory of Israel,” says Yahweh of hosts. … The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but [Yahweh] shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the whirlwind. And behold at eveningtide trouble; [and] before the morning he [is] not. This [is] the portion of them that spoil us, and the lot of them that rob us, (Isa. 17:3,13-14)

Will America be Around to Defend Israel?
   Russia, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Egypt, identified respectively in Scripture as Magog, Persia, Babylon, Put, Kush, were major players during the prophets’ times and figured prominently in their visions. But America, as a nation, was not. Nevertheless, the prophets Isaiah and Jeremiah, and John in the Book of Revelation made mention of another end-of-times people – Mystery Babylon (America).
  Ancient Babylon was a city that became great because of the migration of peoples from other lands and the commerce that accompanied them. But Mystery Babylon (America) is described by the ancient writers, thusly:
  “O thou that dwellest upon many waters, abundant in treasures …” (Jer. 51:13). Mystery Babylon (America) has plentiful access to waters rich in resources – America is situated between two oceans – most of Iraq is a desert and has only a narrow strip of coast line. And the Revelator continues, saying, “… and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies” (Rev. 18:3).
  Proud and arrogant, Mystery Babylon (America) has exalted herself, boasting itself, perhaps as much so, in the words of the seers:
  “I will exalt my throne above the stars of Elohim … I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will like the most High” (Isa. 14:13, 14). “How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously …” (Rev. 18:7).
  Mystery Babylon (America) is a leader among nations in sin of every description – murder-in-the-womb (approximately 70,000,000 in the past fifty years); pornography (producing nearly two-thirds of the pornographic media (labeled adult entertainment) to the world; homosexuality and “gender fluidity;” chemical and substance abuse; domestic violence; feminism; drunkenness; devilish music; adultery; witchcraft; idolatry.
  Righteousness exalts a nation: but sin is still a reproach to any people (Prov. 14:34).
  Alex de Tocqueville, a French statesman and historian, in 1820-1821 toured America, and when visiting its churches, concluded, “America is great because America is good. But if ever America ceases to be good, it will cease to be great.” And historian Will Durant observed, this once great nation will not be destroyed from the outside until it has first collapsed on the inside – and not at all, unlike every civilization of the past.
  Well, Mystery Babylon (America) has abandoned its moral compass and become more secular, eliminating Yahweh and the Bible from its institutions, and from its education system and instead, added instruction in evolution and Islamic culture to its curriculum and taught “gender fluidity,” even to its elementary school pupils. Its courts, too, have given place to the spirit of the age, defining law in terms of cultural relevance. Little wonder, Mystery Babylon (America) has begun to reap the inevitable results of its sins. Because Mystery Babylon (America) has sown corruption to its flesh, it is of its flesh reaping corruption (Gal. 6:8).
  But the seed of evildoers shall never be renowned (Isa. 14:20). “‘Though Babylon should mount up to heaven, and though she should fortify the height of her strength, yet from Me shall spoilers come unto her,’ saith Yahweh. … and destroyed out of her the great voice … for Yahweh the Elohim of recompences shall surely requite” (Jer. 51:53, 55, 56).
  The prophets have much more to say about this end-times-nation. “And thou saidst, ‘I shall be a lady for ever:’ so that thou didst not lay these things to thy heart … Therefore hear now this, thou that art given to pleasures, that dwellest carelessly, that sayest in thine heart, ‘I am and none beside me: I shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children’ … for she saith in her heart, “I sit a queen, and am no widow.’” (Isa. 47:7, 8; Rev. 18:7).
  According to Scripture, Babylon reigned over the kings of the earth. Since the end of World War II, Mystery Babylon (America) has emerged militarily as a super power – “the hammer of the whole earth” (Jer. 50:23) … (the United States has military bases all over the world) – and presently, holds title as the world’s greatest economy. This Mystery Babylon (America), is a place of great riches and idolatry. American Exceptionalism has emerged as a strong belief ingrained within the people, that America is different from other nations, better than other nations.
  The scriptures often refer to Babylon as a woman. According to the Revelator John, she sits on top of water.
  And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven bowls, and talked with me, saying unto me, “Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters.” … And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication. And upon her forehead [was] a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH … And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth, Revelation 17:1, 4-5, 18.
  The Statue of Liberty, a well-known landmark in America and situated on Liberty Island in New York City – a replication of Ishtar, the Babylonian goddess of fertility, love, and sex and mother of prostitution … “the great whore that sitteth upon many waters” – is also the seat of the United Nations, and thought theoretically to reign over the kings of the earth.
  But the prophets clearly state that something will happen … on that great and notable day of judgment, Mystery Babylon (America) shall no more be called, the lady of kingdoms (Isa. 47:5).
   “… for out of the north there cometh up a nation against her, which shall make her land desolate … (Jer. 50:3).
  They come from a far country, from the end of heaven, even Yahweh and the weapons of His indignation to destroy the whole land, Isaiah 13:5.
Therefore, behold, the days come, that I will do judgment upon the graven images of Babylon: and her whole land shall be confounded, and all her slain shall fall in the midst of her, Jeremiah 51:47.
  And the merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more, Revelation 18:11.
  And so, in answer to the question, “Will America be around to defend Israel?” the answer perhaps, lies in its response to Yahweh’s entreaty, that if America would humble itself, and pray, and turn form its wicked ways, then Yahweh would hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land (2 Chron. 7:14). But, it’s a big IF …

In One Hour …
   Remember which country the prophets said would come from the north? The same country Ezekiel said will lead a great alliance of nations to the borders of Israel. But the Russian alliance knows it can’t destroy Israel as long as the United States is its closest ally.
  Recently, the news reported a “worm virus” had crept into ten of the more than five hundred electrical grids across America. An electro-magnetic pulse (EMP) attack, like a nuclear explosion at a high altitude above the continental United States … the most imminent, and perhaps damaging, of threats posed by this country’s enemies and initiated by Russian perpetrators with the intention of taking out Mystery Babylon’s (America) electrical infrastructure, impacting its commercial interests crippling its ability to militarily respond to such an assault and irreparably compromising its defense alliance with Israel.
Though Mystery Babylon (America) should have fortified the height of her strength, its broad walls shall utterly be broken; her high gates, burned with fire; her foundations, fallen; every one of her bows, broken (Jer. 51:53, 58, 56).
  Isaiah, Jeremiah, John – all three prophets tell of the fall of Babylon … Mystery Babylon (America), if you will, the destruction of the United States of America. Meanwhile, steeped in its pride and arrogance, the United States takes for granted its superiority in military prowess, thus its want of diligence and vigilance in preparing for a cataclysmic future.
  Yahweh summons, through the pen of the seer, saying,
  Come against her from the utmost border, open her storehouses: cast her up as heaps, and destroy her utterly: let nothing of her be left, Jeremiah 50:26.
  And the Revelator, likewise,
  For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, and cried within they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, “What [city is] like unto this great city!” And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, “Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! For in one hour is she made desolate” … And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buys their merchandise any more, Revelation 18:17-19, 11
  But these two [things] shall come to thee in a moment in one day, the loss of children, and widowhood: they shall come upon thee in their perfection for the multitude of thy sorceries, [and] for the great abundance of thine enchantments, Isaiah 47:9.
  Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death and mourning, and famine, and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Sovereign Elohim who judgeth her, Revelation 18:8.
  No hospitals or pharmacies; no infrastructure of running water or electricity, for these will have been damaged by an EMP; diseases will run rampant; store shelves will be empty; desperate, lawless people will become looters, and there will be food riots. The streets will run with blood because of the incapacity of police to enforce the law. Chaos, confusion, collapse will rule the day.
  “And it shall be, when thou hast made an end of reading this book, [that] thou shalt bind a stone to it, and cast it into the midst of Euphrates: and thou shalt say, ‘Thus shall Babylon sink … a drought is upon her waters; and they shall be dried up … and shall not rise from the evil that I will bring upon her … for it is the land of graven images, and they are mad upon their idols … her idols are confounded, her images are broken in pieces’ … Thus far are the words of Jeremiah” (Jer. 51: 63-64, 50:38).

The Beginning of Sorrows
   For thus saith Yahweh of Hosts, the Eloha of Israel; “The daughter of Babylon [is] like a threshing floor, [it is] time to thresh her: yet a little while, and the time of her harvest shall come, Jeremiah 51:33.
  For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall, Matthew 24:21.
  “Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences, and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven … men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth … And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh … and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the time of the Gentiles be fulfilled” (Luke 21:10, 11, 26, 20, 24).

Conclusion: But the End is not Yet
   Yet, the prophets reveal there is still hope,
  Alas! For that day [is] great, so that none [is] like it: it [is] even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it, Jeremiah 30:7.
  When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, [even] in the latter days, if thou turn to Yahweh thy Elohim, and shalt be obedient unto His voice, (for Yahweh [is] a merciful El) He will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which He sware unto them, Deuteronomy 4:30-31.
  And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake these days shall be shortened, Matthew 21:22.
  Even Yahshua exhorted us to vigilance and diligence, urging us to watch and pray lest we enter into the temptation and snare that will drown us, too, in perdition and destruction. But much more than our own vigilance and diligence, we need to pray for those in authority that they might come to repentance and an acknowledging of Him that is True … that we might lead lives in righteousness and keep the faith-integrity of our hearts, in the day of trouble.
  In Ezekiel 22:30, Yahweh declares, And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before Me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none. May we not be the none whom He found not!
  There is a way to escape this coming holocaust if you have a readiness to will and a willing mind – not merely to believe in Yahweh and His Son, the Messiah Yahshua, but to obey what Yahweh commands – to come out from, and be separated from, Mystery Babylon (2 Cor. 6:17): its ideas and practices, devoting yourself instead to earnestly contending for the faith delivered you (Jude 1:3) and living by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of Yahweh (Deut. 8:3).

-Brother Bob Covey in collaboration with Elder John W. Reece

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