9 Stunning Prophetic Developments


It’s only Wednesday as I write this, but I am wondering if this week will turn out to be one of the more prophetic weeks of the past decade, which has already seen many dramatic developments in regard to future things.

The Developments:

  1. This week started with Assad’s ghastly sarin gas attack against his own people that killed as many 80 innocent civilians, including many children, and left as many as 500 suffering from exposure to the gas.
  2. Israel quickly responded by attacking the Syrian air base from which Syria launched the sarin gas attack.
  3. Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, stated that the US will respond to this hideous attack by Assad.
  4. On Tuesday, a European air traffic control agency warned commercial airlines flying in the eastern Mediterranean area to be careful because a missile attack against Syria was likely in the next 72 hours.
  5. Putin warned the United States, on Tuesday as well, that they attack the United States’ interests in the area if we launched an attack on Syria.
  6. In response, the United States sent fighter jets to the Middle East. In addition, many US warships and an aircraft carrier are streaming to the area.
  7. Today, President Trump warned Russia against such retaliation against our actions questioning why Putin would align himself with that “gas killing animal” Assad. The President told Russia to prepare for a missile attack against Syria.
  8. Today, Israel warned that if Iran takes any action against her, “Israel will topple Assad.”
  9. The Jerusalem Post just reported that pro-Assad forces are emptying air bases and airports.

What Does These Things Mean?

What do these things signify? The imminent conflict has the potential to light the fuse that leads to the fulfilling of the Gog and Magog prophecy of Ezekiel 38-39. We know that Russia, Iran, and Turkey are already closely aligned just as Ezekiel prophesied 2,500 years ago; all three countries have significant forces in Syria. It would not take much for them to combine forces and invade Israel precisely as the prophet said they will do.

A counterattack by Russia against the US could possibly neutralize the military capacity of the United States in the Middle East. This would leave the US incapable of defending Israel against this invasion, which also fulfills what Ezekiel predicted. He prophesied that no one except the Lord will come to the defense of Israel when the alliance led by Gog and Magog attacks.

If anything, the imminent conflict (whether it’s limited or explodes into something much more) signifies the further setting up of the Middle East for the events leading up to the seven year tribulation. No matter what happens in the coming days, we should recognize that the tribulation looms in the near future.

What About Us?

All these things also tell us that Jesus’ appearing to take His true followers home to heaven is exceedingly close.

Many prophetic preachers of our day believe the rapture occurs before the invasion of Ezekiel 38-39. If the events of the coming days escalate into the spark that leads to this war, then how close must Jesus’ return for us be?

My wife and I are planning to move into a new home on June 1, which will be closer to family. We are understandably excited about this prospect. But as I look at the developments of the past few days, I wonder if we might be home with the Lord before then. That would be okay with us because we believe the joy of Jesus’ return will far exceed that of moving into our new home.

I am not at all making any prediction or setting a deadline as to when the rapture will occur. Jesus said we would not know the day or the hour. Many Muslims in the Middle East, including Syria, are putting their faith in Jesus as their Savior. Could Jesus be waiting for more to take that step?

Regardless, our Savior gave us many signs to indicate the season of His return and . . . we are clearly in that season. We are living in the last days, perhaps hours, of human history as we know it.



Author, Speaker, and Teacher


I have been posting articles on this blog for over a year and a half and have not really introduced myself (unless one has in the past gone to the “Who and Why” page and scrolled way to the bottom). Of the 232 followers on this blog, probably about 30 are friends and family so most of you do not know much about me.

So, allow me to finally introduce myself. My name is Jonathan Brentner and I am a writer, Bible teacher at my church, a hopeful speaker, and a blogger (as you well know).

My interest in writing started during my six years as a senior pastor when I had the opportunity to write adult Sunday school curriculum for David C. Cook. That was the summer of 1984 and I still produce Bible lessons for them.

When painful circumstances led to a change of careers after six years as a pastor, I returned to school to pursue an MBA degree with an emphasis in accounting and Finance. I graduated with the degree in 1990 and worked my way up to a position as a Senior Financial Analyst at the company where I worked.

After over twenty years in that career, I retired in June of 2016 to pursue my passion for writing on a full-time basis.

My first book, Shipwrecked! Learning from the Bible Bad Guys, is due for publication by Bold Vision Books sometime in the early spring of 2018.

Like the characters in Shipwrecked!, life often does not turn out as we hope or plan. The guys in this book all knew about God, but chose to give in to their feelings of anger, bitterness, and resentment rather than look to the Lord in their distress. As a result, life did not end well for most of them.

I learned many of these lessons the hard way. When painful circumstances overwhelmed me as a pastor, I became angry with God and desired to run far away from Him and other believers.

During this time, however, God intervened and I began to see that the Lord was not a vending machine who gives us expected results in return for our good behavior. He is rather a personable God who desires we walk with Him in faith even when our lives, at least for the moment, seem to be a disaster. I found along with John Mark, the final character in Shipwrecked!, that failure does not need to be the final chapter in our lives.


In addition to my writing and teaching, I lead a small group from our church made up of wonderful people that meet each Thursday night in our home.

I live in North Liberty, Iowa with my charming wife Ruth. Together we have five children and ten grandchildren scattered about Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, and Texas.