In Part 1, we began our interview of Jan Markell, the founder of Olive Tree Ministries and co-author of the book Lawless (along with Dr. David Reagan and Nathan Jones), by discussing her burden for the Church and God’s calling on her life to become a watchwoman. Finally, Jan will reveal the Globalist’s agenda and how they are using the pandemic and racial strife to accelerate their goals.
Tim Moore: Over the years, the Lord has obviously blessed you with the ability to reach people through new mediums. One of your major outreaches is through radio, but you also have newsletters, and of course an Internet presence as well.
Jan Markell: Yes. You have to stay current in media because today’s generation is electronically connected. You’ve got to register with them, or you’ll all be left behind the communications curve.
Tim Moore: One thing I appreciate so much is the connectivity between Lamb & Lion Ministries and Olive Tree Ministries in making sure that we are mutually supportive, sharing the same message, and holding each other accountable.
I noticed while reading your newsletters from the year 2020 that a couple of topics jumped out at me because they were so timely, given all of the unrest that year. You talked about globalism’s perfect storm in an article entitled, “Everyone is Doing What is Right in Their Own Foolish Eyes.” Very timely! So, what other lessons did 2020 teach us as we witnessed a rise in lawlessness around our own homes here in the United States?
Jan Markell: My headquarters and home are located in Minneapolis. I’m living at ground zero for the past year. The turmoil that was sparked in 2020 started 20 minutes from my home in Minneapolis when George Floyd was pinned down by a policeman. That sparked epic unrest across the country that I frankly question will ever settle down, and more likely will be ongoing. Racial strife was stirred up.
But, I don’t want to go down that path. The path I want to go down concerns the agenda by the global cabal behind the globalist system. They needed a crisis, and so they used 2020 as their crisis, be it the pandemic or be it racial strife. They used the global crisis to further their own nefarious ambitions. Remember, it wasn’t an American crisis, and it wasn’t a North American crisis, rather it was a global crisis. They used that crisis to help get their global government launched a little farther along. Obviously, a one-world government is not in play at this time, for the Antichrist has to be here and the Church has to be gone in the Rapture. This growing centralized government shows that, again, we are living in the last hours, and that’s exciting.
Tim Moore: It is exciting. Those bent on globalism and taking over the world in a dictatorial manner will use every opportunity. I’m reminded of Kristallnacht, the Nazi Germany Night of Broken Glass. German Nazi thugs went around breaking the windows of Jewish shop owners and persecuting Jews. Adolf Hitler responded to the effect, “You see all of this unrest, so if you’d just put me in power, I will tamp down all of the lawlessness that has taken place.” We found out that Hitler was spurring the persecution behind the scenes to create the crisis. Today, many of those who are claiming to want power are promising to quell the unrest, but they’ve been the ones who have been fomenting it all along.
Jan Markell: That is true. I am concerned about Leftism stoking the flames, but more so the need for the Church to come and put out these fires. Instead, I am seeing the Church sign onto the racial unrest and all in the name of social justice. They’ve been signing onto the agenda of Black Lives Matter. What a terrible mistake they are making, all in the name of social justice! They are signing onto a movement that is very unhealthy in aligning with the whole Black Lives Matter Movement.
Tim Moore: Black Lives Matter wrote in some of their manifestos that as an organization they are not only tremendously Anti-Semitic but that they are pushing a very radical LGBTQ+ agenda. They’ve totally renounced Judeo-Christian values, even the family as a basic foundational unit as God-ordained. So, yes, this is very problematic.
Jan, what do you see are some of the other trends from recent years foreshadowing the way the Antichrist will rise to power? Do you see anything specific that we should be alarmed about?
Jan Markell: Yes, I think we should be alarmed when we see such unmitigated lawlessness. I don’t think we even know where that is going, but we’ve seen over the past year lawlessness taking over our country. As a matter of fact, it also took over parts of Australia and parts of Europe as well. Anything that is lawless is not of God, rather it’s the rise of the Antichrist spirit.Jan Markell: Anything that is lawless is not of #God, rather it's the rise of the #Antichrist spirit. Click To Tweet
What I saw most in the year behind us, the thing I saw make the strongest, most impactful in a negative way, is the spirit of the Antichrist raising its ugly head in the world and trying to influence the Church. I don’t know if it was successful, but it tried.
So, believers, are you pushing back with the truth? That’s all that we Christians can do — give the truth. Give the truth about what’s happening in our world. Give the truth of the Gospel. Get people inside this rescue mission we have; get them into the lifeboat of salvation.
Tim Moore: I am prayerful that over time, just as you said earlier, that the Lord could take a horrific calamity, such as the Holocaust, and make something good and beautiful come out of it, just as God did with the rebirth of Israel, which He had foretold and prophesied would occur. Even out of this darkness we are seeing rays of light, because as the world grows darker, the light shines all the brighter. Some people are very hungry to hear the words of truth.
Jan Markell: Yes, these are exciting times, but I’m not the least bit discouraged. I am living right at ground zero in Minneapolis. Huge segments were burned down last year and will never come back. In the natural, that can be very discouraging, but still, I’m not discouraged. I see it as a sign of the times. It’s a reminder to the Church that Jesus said: “Look up! I am coming soon.”
Tim Moore: Just like Deborah herself, you’ve never been shy about proclaiming truth to power, whether it is people in the Church or in the secular world. To kings and rulers, you’ve denounced the slide towards the Left in our society, and sadly, in so many of our churches.
What do you see is the greatest threat to the Church worldwide? And, what opportunities must we as believers seize right now living in such a time as this?
Jan Markell: The Church needs to be discerning in these end times. We need to understand how late we are in God’s prophetic plan. Is the Church doing these things? I don’t think so.
I think a deeper problem concerns the growing apostasy in the Church, the apostasy that was predicted in the Bible. There are more Bible references about the Last Day’s apostasy than almost anything else, other than maybe the rebirth of Israel. Read Jesus, Peter, and Paul, particularly all of those verses in 1 and 2 Timothy. They’re all giving warnings about the wolves that are going to come and devour the flock with false teaching, horrible theology, and the doctrines of demons. That’s just what is happening in our churches today.
That’s why God provides watchmen trying to warn the Church to repent and return to the biblical Christ. And yet, in many cases, these watchmen are simply brushed off. Nobody is listening to them. They are trying to tell the church leadership that we are going down the wrong path, whether it is the New Apostolic Reformation or Replacement Theology or other false teachings that we could talk about if we had three hours, we would fill them so quickly.
So many new false teachings have come along in the last hundred years, and even more so really in the last ten years. Christian Palestinianism — whoever would have thought of that? Jesus was a Palestinian?!? That totally unhistorical claim came about in just the last ten years or so.
Tim Moore: Errant ideologies have sprung forth in the last couple of years which are meant to distract us from the truth as revealed in Scripture.
Jan Markell: And, it’s worked. They have distracted the Church from a great calling, and that is to get their folks focused on winning Jews and Gentiles to Jesus and proclaiming our message about the end times concerning the coming of the King of Kings. Israel is the key to understanding the times we are living in.
Tim Moore: When it comes to being a watchman, or watchwomen in your case, I’m reminded of what the Lord said to Ezekiel. He said that the people would not listen to him, but He still would hold watchmen responsible to declare the truth even though the people wouldn’t listen. Jan, you have obviously been a watchman who has been faithful to fulfill your duty to the Lord regardless of the great numbers of folks who are groping in darkness. Whether or not they come to the light that you have been faithfully proclaiming is not your responsibility.
Tim Moore: In spite of all of the gloom that we are seeing descending upon the world today, ours is a message of joyful hope. So, tell us, Jan, about your unfailing confidence in our Blessed Hope.
Jan Markell: I have been watching for the Lord Jesus to return, quite frankly, since I was a young adult back in the 1970s. I went to visit Israel in the late 70s. Hal Lindsey’s book, The Late Great Planet Earth also inspired me.
Like these inspirational moments, I want to encourage Christians as well. We are not truly living in dark times. I know the headlines appear that way. But, understand that we are a privileged generation getting to see all of these events coming to pass. Who thought we would be part of the generation to see Israel become a nation again? We are seeing so many events that have been transpiring before our very eyes on a daily basis, and that includes the lawlessness, unfortunately. But, you’ve got to see the good along with the bad, and then translate the bad into the good news that the King is coming soon. These signs are heralding His coming.
And so, I’m excited! I’m thrilled to be a part of this generation. It’s been a tremendous experience, and I’ve been privileged to partner in this kind of ministry, which is very much needed, because shots are coming at us every day.
Tim Moore: As Adrian Rogers would say, “The world is getting gloriously dark.” The King is indeed coming.
Tim Moore: Jan Markell touched on the rise in Anti-Semitism we are seeing breaking out around the world today. Anti-Semitism is a particularly heinous sin for two reasons, not only because Scripture warns that anyone who abuses the Jewish people touches the apple of God’s eye, but also because we know that God has not cast the Jewish people aside. His promise of blessing on the offspring of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob holds true because He is faithful. The biblical truth is that anyone who professes, or inspires to have a Christlike heart, will have a supernatural love for the Jewish people and not a satanically inspired hatred of them.
And yet, for the past 1,900 years, it has been self-proclaimed Christians and purportedly Christian nations that have persecuted the Jewish people the most. That is why the marked rise in Anti-Semitism throughout the West in recent years is so alarming. Whether overt harassment of the Jews, or an indoctrinated embrace of Anti-Israeli Boycott, Divest and Sanction propaganda, or our current administration’s appeasement of Islamic terrorists in Iran or Gaza, or the insistence on giving away the Promised Land for an illusive Two-State Solution, we are provoking God’s righteous anger. No individual or nation can please God by disparaging and persecuting His chosen people. But, that is exactly what Scripture says will happen in the end times when every nation comes against Israel.
What about you? Do you endeavor to bless the Jewish people and Israel? Have you prayed earnestly to God to lead you to one specific Jew that you can tell about Jesus Christ our Jewish Messiah? Do you pray for the peace of Jerusalem as you look forward to the coronation of our Prince of Peace who will reign from Mount Zion?
I’d encourage you to intentionally seek opportunities to bless the Jewish people in general, and an individual Jew in particular. Don’t wait until Jesus reigns from Mount Zion to say to a Jew, “We have heard that God is with you.”