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Powerful Protagonists on Stage to Fulfill
Pending New Testament Prophecies!

21st Century -  The year 2024

Is it possible there are already in position all around planet Earth powerful protagonists whose beliefs, agendas, and actions with regard to morality, culture, personal liberties, religion, origins, peace, ecology, and globalism, result in the precise fulfillment of the prophecies of REVELATION yet to be fulfilled?

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Also, events, dynamics, and very strong currents
that are leading to the same outcome?

The above graphic is to be read and studied from top, left to right.
Then, left to right again. Thus, obtaining a quick, visual perspective for the subject.

Introduction to the series

Every man and woman who has a rather full, accurate knowledge and understanding of the prophecies and visions of the book of Revelation should be able, with sufficient observation and analysis, to identify the beings, entities, ebbs, and flows that evidence their fulfillment on the vast stage of the world, in any given time frame of the Christian Age (Common Era).

For the book was written to be read aloud to Christians, understood and obeyed, and not summarily discarded as an indecipherable metaphysical jumble of fantastical meanderings. Blessed is he that reads, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein.” Revelation 1:3; 19:10; 22:7, 9, 16. Readhear, and keep! Or, in these modern times when billions of copies are in print around the world, read personally and keep!

He or she would know to identify them for the first half of the 21st century. And, hence, could name them unerringly, describing their key roles in the fascinating, even shocking, unfolding of the Great Earthly-Celestial Drama of Good and Evil.

Consequently, their cosmic vision, in particular, their world vision, would be, it could be hoped, determined by such knowledge.

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And it is to be supposed this knowledge would govern their conduct in moral-social-spiritual realms, as well as their relationships with the rest of humanity. Also, it goes without saying, with the Sovereign Creator God in whom, by inference, they believe.

The cosmic vision of those who do not possess this knowledge tends to be markedly different. Over-whelmingly oriented toward the earthly, material, secular. Where God and Christ do not play any decisive role whatsoever. Are not fully believed in, if at all, honored, or invoked in prayer. Where anyone who broaches the subjects of Revelation and other prophetical texts of Christ and his apostles is looked at with deaf indifference or cold disdain.

I respectfully present for both groups my own List of Protagonists, Occurrences, Dynamics, and Currents that, according to my own cosmic vision developed through many studies of Revelation and other prophetical texts of the New Testament, complemented by attentive observation of humanities’ ever-evolving movement through the time-space continuum, are present and active during the first half of the 21st century. This is the Introduction to the List.

For every concerned reader, perhaps even dismayed, before a world in accelerated evolution, often shaken by convulsions, especially those produced by radical moral, cultural, racial, and personal rights conflicts, religion, origins, world peace initiatives, ecology, and globalism.

A List not necessarily in order of importance or impact.

Presented by means of graphics and texts.

Kindly encouraging the reader to carefully examine all the elements.

Clarifying that I do not consider myself a fanatic of Revelation and Bible prophecies as a whole, to the extreme of neglecting or minimizing other great categories of spiritual knowledge. Rather, motivated by the Holy Spirit’s exhortation, through the apostle Paul, which says:

“Do not despise the words of prophets.” 1 Thessalonians 5:20

Fearing, according to my limited observations and own procedure of earlier years, that not a few teachers and preachers may be violating that admonition. Even going to another extreme of concentrating almost exclusively on “repetitive messages and classes regarding mental health, emotional well-being, God is with you, you can triumph over every social-marital problem, sickness, adversity, negative feeling, obsession, temptation, trial, etc.” Important subjects and concepts to be sure, but I personally do not perceive them in the New Testament to be at the very center of the “gospel of your salvation.” Ephesians 1:18

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Also motivated by how greatly my personal faith in the existence of God and the inspiration of his Word is strengthened when I confirm that Bible prophecies continue to be so precisely fulfilled in these later times, 19 centuries after they were first proclaimed!

My fervent desire is that every soul believing in God and his Word may enjoy this same, very rich blessing.

Returning to the multi-element graphic at the beginning of this Introduction, the following four parts are highlighted.

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The stages of the timeline are evident in Revelation 16:13-21, 19:11-21, and 20:1-10. A "thousand years" transpire between the chaining of "that dragon, the serpent of old, who is the devil and Satan," and his being "loosed" again "out of his prison." During those "thousand years," popularly identified today as the "Millennium," Satan is held back from deceiving governments and peoples to the extent of using them to persecute and kill God's people. The Millennium is, then, in general terms, a time of religious liberty. This information is in Revelation 20:1-10.

When Satan is loosed at the end of the Millennium, he "goes out to deceive the nations to the four corners of the earth," uniting them to battle against "the saints" of God. Revelation 20:8-9. The same events come to life in the scary, unnerving scenes of Revelation 16:13-21 as we witness "three unclean spirits like frogs" come forth from the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet, "for they are the spirits of devils working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth," gathering them "at a placed called Armageddon."

Satan's return to power lasts only a "little time" (Revelation 20:3) before his ultimate and final defeat in Armageddón. Revelation 20:3, 9-10; 19:11-21.

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Responding to the initial question about the possibility of there being people today whose beliefs and actions practically assure the fulfillment of pending Bible prophecies, we reply:

Despite the mockery, skepticism, indifference, and ignorance of the masses with regard to these matters, such protagonists are definitely in position on today's world stage for the continued 

execution of pending prophecies in Revelation, other New Testament texts, and portions of Daniel.

And observe that the woman, a reference to the "great harlot - great city of Babylon" of Revelation 17, 18, and 19, and "the beast," primordial symbol of secular, idolatrous, and/or atheistic kingdoms and nations, are still on the stage. In a more or less subdued state to be sure, but still present. Appropiately represented in the graphic for our 21st century times by a modern woman standing on a stainless still beast. 

Since this is but an introduction for the Powerful Protagonists set to continue the fulfillment of authentic prophecies by those who spoke or wrote by the power of the "spirit of prophecy," their full identity is reserved for a place later in the series.

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In this graphic, a night shot of planet  Earth shows the Western Himisphere, with the United States of America close to the top, the artificial luminescence of billions of lights distinguishing it. 

The planet is transitioning from the Millennium of general religious liberty and respect for the Creator God, symbolized by the blue-green shades below, left, to the dangerous "little time", the flames of which reach up to engulf it eventually in Armageddon, the final conflict between the forces of Good and Evil, of Belief and Atheism, of Spirituality and Secularism, of Truth and Deceit, of Positive Creation and Negative Destruction, of Eternal Life and Eternal Death.

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Are Powerful Protagonists on stage or in the wings during this first half of the 21st century who push planet Earth, with its almost eight billion human inhabitants, into the "little time" which culminates in a conclusive and final showdown between Good and Evil? 

Yes, I answer. They are clearly discernible, and our intention is to unveil them on the public, universal stage of the world.

Are you, your family, your local, state, and/or national governments, your schools and universities, your courts, judges and lawyers, your social organizations, your social, civic, racial, life-style movements, your church, your religion, pushing planet Earth along toward the brink of total disaster?

You may think, and reply: "Oh no! Never! We are headed into times of ever-increasing peace,  prosperity, and securityMore civility and equality. More tolerance and inclusión. Total personal freedom, without penalties whatsoever. A world culture of a one-world people. We will go to inhabit Mars. We will go to the stars! We will live longer. We will vanquish plagues, cancer, sexually transmitted diseases, heart disease, and a host of equally deadly enemies. We will work less and be happier, letting robots do much of the labor at home and in the workplace. And we will eventually be rid of people like you. With your negative, fear-mongering messages about dark prophecies that project a dangerous little time, Armageddon, a fiery end to our beautiful blue planet, final judgments, and Hell for people you unlovingly call sinners. Rid of judgmental moral evaluations. Rid of censures and dire warnings. A lovely day that will be!"

To which I respond: "While you and those who cheer you may well accomplish great feats during coming years in the material realms of the physical sciences, machines, production, transportation, communications, etc., benefiting also those of us who do not share your total utopian vision for the future, even now your notable accomplishments
are often tainted
by widespread terrible vices,
vulgar, denigrating, even blasphemous language,
debilitating excesses, unnatural sexual
, fanatical secularism that leaves
the spirit and spirituality buried in the dust of
rampant materialism, a morbid fascination with
the extremely crude, cruel, violent, malevolent,
medieval, sordidly fantastical, pornographic,
bestial, purely satanic in movies, television
shows and series, video games, and digital content even for your little ones from a very early age."

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"In a word, sorry to say it, and I understand you would most likely violently censure me for saying it: Seems like so many of you pretty much walk on the dark side of life and existence, even while you accomplish great feats in the strictly material-physical world. 

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"And you will detest it, but I am bound to point out that the people who inhabited the plains on the West side of the Dead Sea 3,800 years ago were so progressive that they built several cities there, without all the powerful machinery we have today. However, in just one day they and their cities were entirely wiped off the face of the earth, for which there is photographic evidence taken by those satellites you and yours have placed up there in the skies. Why so destroyed? Because, on a large scale, their sexual relationships were totally contrary to nature. From thence they have been known ever since across the eons as sodomites. Hope you are

not so secularized as to have no knowledge at all of this historical reality, nor of the nuances and applications of the terminology." 

"Then there arises the deeply offensive question most may angrily dismiss, with perhaps at least verbal threats to the author thereof: Just how many of the world's government, educational, social, and religious leaders of today have openly and officially allied themselves with the leaders of Sodom, Gomorrah, and the other cities of the Jordan plains?"

"In my book, those who have are forcely pushing planet Earth along a trajectory that leads to a high, deadly cliff. Are you perchance behind them, pushing to? Of course, you have a right to your opinion, whatever its bases and parameters may be."

"By the way, when it comes to a world of ever more peace and security, have you heard the following prophecy?"

"For when they are saying, “Peace and safety,” then sudden destruction cometh upon them as travail upon a woman with child, and they shall not escape."

"It was written 1,968 years ago, in Ephesus, by the apostle Paul, and is found in his first letter to the church he established in Thessalonica, Greece. Precisely, in 1 Thessalonians 5:3. In the context of the last day of time and the material universe. Authentic prophecy beginning to be fulfilled today or mere coincidence? Each one of us answers according to his knowledge, mindset, agenda, and life emphasis."

"Hope you will not be put off by what you might consider a rather testy reply and proceed with me to the presentation of the first Powerful Protagonists who are, as the graphic indicates:  Death, still riding his Pale Horse and causing, in the 20th and 21st centuries, some of the worst plagues in human history. The presence of these Powerful Protagonists cannot be denied. Even now, in the year 2021, they continue to gallop around the globe spreading the plague of the coronavirus, infecting vast numbers, of whom millions fall ill, and not a few perish."

Text and Document Composition by the author Homer Dewayne Shappley. All rights reserved. The only restrictions on the use of this document are the sale of it in any format and proper identification of its origin.

The "Man of Sin, the Lawless One, the Son of Perdition," of 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12.

CATEGORY: Additional Prophecies. Open for a “List of all documents” in the Category.

Revelation: Its Ongoing Relevancy and Fulfillment. CONTENT of this 21st Century commentary.

Smoke from the Bottomless Pit comes out of not a few universities, their faculties, and student bodies.

Going out into the FUTURE to the LAST DAY of TIME. Looking back at planet Earth in the 20th and 21st centuries.

The Devastating Plagues of Modern Times. Death on his Pale horse, followed by Hades, spread pestilence around planet Earth during the 20th and 21st centuries. Protagonists fulfilling prophecies.

The Testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy.

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