By Robert Jeffress
ISIS. Ebola. Social illness. spiritual persecution. Rampant immorality. Are those the harbingers of the biblical apocalypse, of the tip of the area? in the event that they are, what do they suggest and while will we count on this to ensue? during this eye-opening e-book, prophecy insider Robert Jeffress bargains a reasoned examine those "signs" and what Jesus Christ himself intended whilst he referred to a destiny so horrendous that no human lives will be spared "unless these days have been shortened" (Matthew 24.22). Did He have our time in brain? worldwide everyone is acutely aware that anything remarkable in human heritage is set to take place. COUNTDOWN TO THE APOCALYPSE offers important details that everybody, either inside and out the church, must recognize to be ready.
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