Is This the Beginning of World War 3?

January 6, 2020   |   Category: End of the Age   |   Tags: ,


With the targeted killing of Qassem Soleimani by the U.S. on Friday, many people are fearing that this event could ignite World War III. The Bible actually prophesies World War III for the near future. Has that time now arrived?

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23 Responses to “Is This the Beginning of World War 3?”

  1. Ola Ipindumi

    I have a concern about the 3rd war. Rev 9:13-19 talks about a plaque from the angels that are let loose vs 17c says and out of their mouth came fire, smoke, and brimstone. 18 says by these 3 plaques a third of mankind was killed by the fire, smoke and brimstone that came out of their mouth. How is this a war please?
    The number of the army vs 16 I don’t think they are human army. Please explain how it’s a third war .

    • Doug Norvell

      The scripture tells us that their is an army of 200 million. Remember that John was seeing futuristic war machines. So if you think about fire smoke and brimstone, coming out of the barrel of a tank, helicopter, cannons, etc.

      Revelation 9:15 And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.
      16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.
      17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.
      18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.

      • Ola Ipindumi

        Thanks Doug.
        Is the sixth trumpet same event as the sixth vial in Rev 16:12? As we have four bound angels that were loosed and in 16 we have three frog- like demons coming out of the dragon, beast and the prophet. Can you explain please.

        • Doug Norvell

          These are two separate events, the 6th trumpet war will happen before the Antichrist is revealed. The scripture your talking about in Revelation 16 says the spirits come out of the Antichrist and the Beast and the dragon.
          Revelation 16:12 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.

  2. Doug,
    It is interesting you brought up Matthew 24. In this passage Jesus is telling his disciples “you” will hear of wars and rumors of wars, “you” will see” … when “you” see the abomination of desolation. He clearly tells them they will see all these signs. Why would we read it and totally disregard the audience and think it is about us or someone in our future? Jesus clarified it further by saying “this generation will not pass away before all these things happen”. You can refer to Luke 20 a parallel passage on the Olivet discourse to help understand the abomination of desolation. Luke substitutes “when Jerusalem is surrounded by armies” in the place of “abomination that causes desolation” and we know as a matter of history that the armies did surround Jerusalem the Christians fled as instructed and the city was destroyed in 70ad. Yes it did trigger a great tribulation, for them. See Revelation 1:9 John was partaking in it.
    Would you please show me one passage in the New Testament other than the Revelation passage, which John clearly says was a vision, where it speaks of rebuilding the temple?
    As far as the man of lawlessness that you referred to as the antichrist. Read a little further to verse 6 and you will see it was he was being restrained at the time of the writing of the epistle.

    • Doug Norvell


      What you are trying to explain is a false teaching called preterism. Claiming that the prophecies of the Bible have been fulfilled or partially fulfilled. We have a great teaching that against this belief:

      Matthew 24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand)
      Notice this scripture says let the reader understand. The reader would be us, not the people Jesus was talking to at the time. The reader of the New Testament.

      The Generation that will not pass will be the Generation that see the Abomination of Desolation and the Great Tribulation that hasn’t happened yet. John said that the beast would make war with the Saints and that a False Prophet would rise up and cause everyone to take a Mark. That no one would be able to buy or sell without this mark. That wasn’t even possible until the invention of the World Wide Web. Also John says a war is coming that would kill 1/3 of men. When has this happened in History? When did every mountain fall and every island go away? When did Jesus come in the clouds and every eye behold Him?
      Are we living in the 1000 year Millennial Reign?

      • Doug Norvell

        Recently there has been a renaissance of the doctrine of preterism. The word preterism means past. Essentially, preterists believe that the prophecies of the Bible have all been fulfilled. Full preterists teach that all the prophecies, including the Second Coming, were fulfilled by 70 AD. Partial preterists believe all the prophecies of the book of Revelation have been fulfilled up through Revelation 19.
        History Behind the Doctrine
        Preterism was first advanced in 1604 by Roman Catholic Jesuit Luis de Alcasar to destroy the Reformed Protestant teaching that the papacy was Mystery Babylon, the Great Whore and the historical Antichrist.
        According to the 19th century Bible commentator Barnes, the Jesuits felt that Protestantism was winning the battle over Roman Catholicism by depicting Rome as the Great Harlot Church. Consequently, they attempted to counteract the Protestant Reformed teaching by propounding the preterist approach to the book of Revelation.
        The doctrine of preterism rises or falls on the teaching that all of the events of the book of Revelation were fulfilled by 70 AD.
        The Major Scriptural Problems
        The doctrine of preterism rises or falls on the teaching that all of the events of the book of Revelation were fulfilled by 70 AD. Following is a partial list of prophecies in Revelation that have clearly not yet been fulfilled.
        1. Revelation 9:15-16 prophesies a war that will kill one-third part of men… This has not yet happened in all of history. It must be future.
        2. Revelation 11:1-2 says that Jerusalem will be trodden down of the Gentiles for 42 months prior to the Second Coming…This didn’t happen in 70 AD. The Romans simply destroyed Jerusalem. There was no occupation.
        3. Revelation 11:3-12 describes the ministry of two witnesses that will prophesy during the 1,260 days of the great tribulation. They will then be killed and three and one-half days later rise from the dead… Nothing like this happened in 70 AD.
        4. Revelation 13 describes a time when every person on earth will be required to have a number in order to buy or sell…This has never happened in all of history.
        5. Revelation 13 prophesies the coming of the False Prophet who will pull down fire from heaven in the sight of men. He will deceive the world into following the Antichrist by means of those miracles that he has the power to do… Where is the account of this in history?
        6. Revelation 16:12 states that the Euphrates River will be dried up to make way for the kings of the east to invade Israel at the Battle of Armageddon… The Euphrates did not dry up in 70 AD.
        7. Revelation 20:1-6 teaches that Satan will be bound for 1,000 years at the time of the first resurrection… Preterism teaches that the first resurrection occurred in 70 AD. However, the 1,000-year binding of Satan has obviously not yet occurred.
        Other Scriptural and Historical Problems
        Core Teaching: Who is the “he”?
        The core teaching of preterism is that the confirmation of the covenant spoken of in Daniel 9:27 was fulfilled by the ministry of Jesus Christ, and has nothing to do with a coming Antichrist. Preterists also contend that it was Jesus who stopped the daily sacrifice by the sacrifice of Himself on Calvary. It then follows that there is no gap between the 69th week of Daniel’s prophecy and the 70th week. Thus the 70th week has already been fulfilled.
        If Jesus is not the one who confirmed the covenant, stopped the daily sacrifice and placed the abomination of desolation in Daniel 9:27, then the entire teaching of preterism is invalidated. So the pivotal question becomes, who is the “he” who confirms the covenant?
        Notice that the same “he” who is to confirm the covenant in Daniel 9:27 is also to take away the daily sacrifice and to place the Abomination of Desolation.”
        And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the
        overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.”
        Daniel 11:30-31 tells us in no uncertain terms that it is the Antichrist (the king of the north) and his followers who take away the daily sacrifice and place the abomination of desolation.
        “For the ships of Chittim shall come against him: therefore he shall be grieved, and return, and have indignation against the holy covenant: so shall he do; he shall even return, and have intelligence with them that forsake the holy covenant. And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate.”
        This passage is obviously not referring to the Messiah. Would the Messiah ever” have indignation against the holy covenant?” Would he ever “pollute the sanctuary of strength?” Obviously not! The entirety of Daniel 11:21-45 is discussing the actions of the king of the north -the Antichrist.
        So we can see clearly that it is the Antichrist, not the Messiah, who takes away the daily sacrifice and places the abomination of desolation.
        Remember that the one who takes away the daily sacrifice also is the one who confirms the covenant according to Daniel 9:27. So we know for certain that it is the Antichrist, not the Messiah, who will confirm the covenant for seven years. Daniel 11:22 strengthens this proof when it calls the king of the north (the Antichrist) the “prince of the covenant.”
        This one core issue totally destroys the foundation of the preterist position.
        This Generation Shall Not Pass
        In Matthew 24:34, Jesus said, “Verily I say unto you, this generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.”
        Preterists contend that Jesus taught in Matthew 24 that the generation to which He was speaking would not pass until all of the prophecies of that chapter were fulfilled. Of course, that would include the prophecy of the Lord’s Second Coming and the gathering of the elect from the four winds of heaven (verses 30-31).
        However, that is not what the passage teaches. In verses 32-34, Jesus said, “Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, this generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.”
        Jesus was saying that, when we see the fig tree putting forth its leaves, then we know that summer is near. Likewise, when we see the signs given in Matthew 24, then we will know that the generation that witnesses these things (such as the abomination of desolation) will not pass until all of the prophecy is fulfilled.
        Judgment of Jerusalem in 70 AD was the Second Coming
        In order to teach that all of the prophecies of Matthew 24 were fulfilled by 70 AD, preterism must give an explanation of the Second Coming described in verses 30-31:”And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”
        The explanation given is that Jesus coming in the clouds is symbolic of Jesus coming in judgment. It is contended that the judgment of Jerusalem in 70 AD was the Second Coming of Matthew 24.
        However, there is a fatal flaw to this teaching. Revelation 1:7 describes this coming in the clouds: “Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.”
        This passage states that at the Second Coming in the clouds every eye shall see Him. Did every eye see Him in 70 AD? Obviously not.
        Great Whore of Revelation 17 is Jerusalem, Not Rome
        Both full and partial preterists teach that Revelation 1-19 was fulfilled by the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. However, Revelation 17-18 describes the judgment of the Roman Catholic Church in great detail. Since the Roman Church did not yet exist in 70 AD, it is obvious that the doctrine of preterism is wrong.
        In order to explain away this problem, preterist proponents say that the great harlot, Mystery Babylon, is Jerusalem, not Rome.
        The Roman Catholic Church loves this doctrine because it exonerates her of one of the Bible’s most severe indictments. However, to say that Revelation 17 refers to Jerusalem ignores the clues given to us about the identity of the great harlot.
        Revelation 17 says the woman is a city that sits on seven mountains. Rome, not Jerusalem, is known around the world as the City of Seven Hills. Revelation 17:4 states that the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet (red). The two ruling bodies of the Roman Catholic Church are officially clothed in purple and red. Cardinals wear red, while the bishops and archbishops wear purple. There is no honest explanation of how this applies to Jerusalem.
        Mystery Babylon is Rome, and the doctrine of preterism is proven to be wrong.
        Futurists teach that the man of sin is the coming Antichrist. Preterists say that it refers to the Roman emperor Nero.
        The Man of Sin in the Temple?
        II Thessalonians 2:3-4 teaches that the man of sin, the son of perdition, will sit in the temple of God, claiming to be God. Who is this man of sin that sits in the temple and when did it happen?
        Futurists teach that the man of sin is the coming Antichrist. Preterists say that it refers to the Roman emperor Nero.
        However, Nero never even entered the temple. This prophecy of II Thessalonians has obviously not happened yet. This is another strong proof that the doctrine of preterism is not true.
        Men Shall Learn War No More
        Micah 4:3 prophesies of the 1,000-year millennial reign of Christ: “…and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”
        If all prophecies are past, when did the nations disarm and learn war no more? This has obviously not happened yet.
        Closing Thoughts
        As you can see, there are a multitude of problems with the doctrine of preterism. I am sure that many proponents of this doctrine sincerely believe it to be true. However, the scriptural contradictions are glaring.
        In Daniel 12:9, God told Daniel that the understanding of the Bible’s prophecies would be sealed until the time of the end. Why did God decree in 600 BC that prophetic understanding would be “closed up” until the “time of the end?” The only conceivable explanation is that He wanted to place endtime prophecy in the hands of the endtime church for the purpose of igniting one last great endtime revival.
        The teaching of preterism destroys this stated plan of God for the times in which we now live by teaching that the Bible’s prophecies have nothing to do with us today. Consequently, preterism runs counter to God’s expressed intention for endtime revival. Therefore, it should not be believed or taught.
        Preterism, the belief that all prophecies have been fulfilled, is not biblical. Unfortunately, most Christians, including most ministers, don’t know how to refute its claims.
        By Irvin Baxter
        Endtime Magazine – Nov / Dec 2003

  3. If you want to do GODs work, you can not sit on your but. Prepare your self for some hard days ahead. If my son, who is united states marine, must go fight over seas, I stand firm to make sure he has a country to come home to. I fear only my GOD, not man, nor beast.

  4. Dear Pastor Baxter, Thank you for teaching the truth about Jesus return, almost all are deceiving Christians and unbelievers. You are always keeping the updates on prophetic news, thank you! There are so many decievers now! Jesus warned us. God bless you and your family! I pray we will be worthy to make it through the Great Tribulation and see my/our dear Jesus return!! Every knee will bow and confess He is God! I get so sick of the insults the heathen call our Holy, Good , Kind Lord. They won’t anymore! Blessings to you!

    • Doug Norvell

      Hello Vera,
      That is correct, at this point no one except Muslims are allowed to worship on the Temple Mount. However keep watching, because if the peace plan gets done, they will be able to begin to build.

          • The only temple rebuild described in the New Testament has been rebuilt in record time…3 days Jesus answered them, z“Destroy this temple, and in three days aI will raise it up.” 20 The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?” 21 But he was speaking about the temple of his body. Have you not read Hebrews there is now no need for a temple made with hands it was only a “copy” or a “shadow” of the true substance. For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, Hebrews 9:24-25.

          • Doug Norvell

            The Jews do not believe Jesus to be the Messiah yet. So, they feel the need to build the temple and begin animal sacrifices. This is prophesied that there will be a Temple in the last days and there will be worship going on in the temple. But, the scripture below also tells us there will be a sharing arrangement of the mount, due to the gentiles given the outer court.

            Revelation 11:And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.
            2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.

            Jesus Tells us in Matthew 24:15-21 that the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel will trigger the Great Tribulation.

            Paul tells us in 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 that the man of sin/Antichrist will stand in the temple and declare that he is God, before Jesus returns to gather us unto Him.
            You can’t stand in a Temple if there is no temple.

            To us who are born again, we understand that we are the temple of the Lord, so I understand what you are saying, however the scriptures plainly tell us there is going to be a temple standing on the Temple mount.