Monthly Archives: December 2009

December 18, 2009
What a year we’ve just been through. As I look back over 2009, it’s amazing how many changes we’ve seen take place all around us. None of us could have ever imagined just how dramatic these changes would have been — and going forward, it appears that this rapid progression of change will only accelerate.
With that in mind, we must be thankful for one “constant” in our lives — the God of Heaven. Malachi 3:6 says, “I am the Lord, I do not change.”
But — what if God did change like we do? — What if, all of a sudden, he was too busy to hear our prayers?
Let me share with you an e-mail I received that takes a humorous look at what prayer might be like today if this were the case.
We have all learned to live with “voice mail” as a necessary part of modern life. But, have you wondered, what if God decided to install voice mail?
Imagine praying and hearing this —
“Thank you for calling my Father’s House.
“Please select one of the following options:
Press 1 for requests
Press 2 for thanksgiving
Press 3 for complaints
Press 4 for other inquiries”
What if God used the familiar excuse…”I’m sorry, all our angels are busy helping other sinners right now. However, your prayer is important to us and will be answered in the order it was received, so please stay on the line.”
Can you imagine getting these responses as you call God in prayer?
“If you would like to speak to –
    ◆ Gabriel – Press 1
    ◆ Michael – Press 2
    ◆ For a directory of other angels, Press 3
“     If you’d like to hear King David sing a Psalm while you are holding, please press 4
“     To find out if a loved one has been assigned to heaven, Press 5, enter his or her Social Security number, then press the pound key. (If you get a negative response, try area code 666).
“ For reservations at “My Father’s House”, please enter J-O-H-N, followed by 3-1-6.”
What if you heard, “Our computers show that you have already prayed once today. Please hang up and try again later.”
OR
“This office is closed for the weekend to observe a religious holiday. Please pray again Monday after 9:30 a.m. If you need emergency assistance when this office is closed, contact your local pastor.”
Thank God — He doesn’t have voice mail and He always listens when we pray!! After all, remember that God always answers “knee mail”! 
Amen
For each of you that has shared in our ministry, we here at “Light in the Darkness” want to wish you a great Christmas season and a blessed and enlightened year to come.
Our prayer for 2010 is that God will use this website and each of us personally to advance the message of Jesus Christ to those who do not know Him.
I personally feel that the Lord is returning for His church at any moment and feel an urgency to tell as many as possible of His saving grace and promise of eternal life.
I pray you will join me in this urgency and help shine the “Light in the Darkness”.
See you next year!! (That’s two weeks)
Red

December 11, 2009

Going back a couple of weeks we saw the appointment of the European Union’s first official President – and, to some, it is as if the man came on the scene with “666” stamped on his forehead.
While some of us who study prophecy believe the E.U. will be the political platform for the soon appearing “Beast” of Revelation 13, its interesting to watch “wild-eyed” supposition abound.
One such posted e-mail gives us an example:
“As you are more than likely aware, the Antichrist has risen from a little-known position of Belgium P.M. (and from a position of almost total obscurity) to be appointed as the new president of the E.U. Herman Van Rompuy is the newly appointed E.U. President and will assume that role as from December 1, 2009.
“Van Rompuy is a Bilderberger and attended one of their meetings before his appointment, where he met and was instructed by Henry Kissinger. – Don’t be fooled by his quirky looks, as it seems to have been Satan’s deliberate intention for his 
son/representative here on the earth to have the appearance of a harmless old man. But we all know what he is, and what he is going to be capable of. When he finally steps forth and receives his crown, he will start World War III by attacking the U.S.
“The U.S. and her citizens should really begin to prepare now for a time not too far away when the missiles of the Antichrist begin to rain down over your cities. — See Revelation 18 describing the destruction of the U.S.”
Once again, I will say that “wild-eyed” supposition abounds, and it would seem that these misguided interpretations feed the anxieties of some, causing unnecessary fear to come upon them.
Of course, it isn’t just the religious “nut-jobs” who are predicting dire warnings. For example, one highly respected trends forecaster says the current economic “rebound” from last winter’s Wall Street collapse of banks, insurance companies and auto manufacturers is an artificial blip created by phantom money printed out of thin air backed by nothing.
Gerald Celente of Trendresearch.com says people right now should be bracing for “The greatest recession” which will hit worldwide and will mark the “decline of Empire America”. — He goes on to say that America will be in total chaos by 2012.
Here’s another headline along this same line of thought, — “Thousands of Dutch Prepare for 2012 Apocalypse” – The world will end in 2012 — or so says thousands in The Netherlands preparing for the Apocalypse in three years, the Dutch newspaper de Volksrant reported.
The paper spoke to those who believe the 2012 date signals the impending end of civilization and are stocking up on emergency supplies, equipment and life rafts in case of flooding, U.P.I. reported.
Speaking of 2012, many New Age writers and prognosticators cite Mayan and Aztec calendars that predict the end of the age on December 21, 2012.
Wait a minute!! Didn’t Jesus specifically tell us that we would NOT know the exact date? – Matthew 24:36 says, 
“No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
Since the time of Christ on Earth, there have been many predictions, both secular and religious, as to the end of the world as we know it — and these prognostications have accelerated dramatically in just the past 60 years.
For example, it is believed that the Jehovah’s Witnesses hold the record for doomsday predictions. They are currently at nine misses.
Another is Jack Van Impe. For the past several decades he has hinted at nearly every year as being the time for the Rapture. Normally, he has only gone out one or two years from the current calendar year. However, his latest projection for the Rapture goes out several years. His new math uses 51 years as the length of a generation. If you add 51 years to 1967, the year Israel recaptured Jerusalem, you get 2018. Once you subtract the seven-year Tribulation period, you arrive at 2011.
Quoting one more scenario, this headline, posted in May of 2008, says, “Blood Moon Eclipses: 2nd Coming in 2015?” – Will Jesus Christ return to Earth in the year 2015? — And can studying NASA’s website provide evidence for such a scenario?
A minister who promotes the Old Testament roots of Christianity suggests a rare string of lunar and solar eclipses said to fall on God’s annual Holy Days and a little over five years from now could herald what’s come to be known as the “Second Coming of Christ”.
In his research, Pastor Mark Blitz uses Old Testament holidays with coming solar events to justify his beliefs. – Some of the scriptures he alludes to is Joel 2:31, which says, 
The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD
…and Matthew 24:29-30 which states,
“Immediately after the distress of those days
   ” ‘the sun will be darkened,
      and the moon will not give its light;
   the stars will fall from the sky,
      and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’
“At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory.”
There are many, many more, but the one predicted as the furthest out (that I’m aware of) is from Sir Isaac Newton. Britain’s greatest scientist spent some 50 years and wrote 4500 pages trying to predict when the end of the world was coming. The most defining date he set for the Apocalypse, which he scribbled on a scrap of paper, was 2060.
An untold number of people have, and will continue to predict the Lord’s return, or other forms of the end of the age by using elaborate timetables. But, most date setters do not realize that mankind has not kept an unwavering record of time. Anyone wanting to chart, for example, 100 BC to 2,000 AD would have to contend with the fact that 46 BC was 445 days long, there was no year 0 BC, and in 1582 we switched from Julian years (360 days) to Gregorian (365 days). Because most prognosticators are not aware of all of these errors, their math is immediately off by several years.
As previously noted, Matthew 24:36 states that we will not know the exact day of Christ’s return for His church. In fact, He warned us to watch out for those who claimed to know, because it is contrary to His teaching.
1 John 4:1 says,
Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
In closing, Matthew 24:32-34 teaches us that although only the father knows the exact time, we will know the season. As we watch the Lord’s prophesies unfolding before our very eyes, we know this to be true.
It is a time of rejoicing, not of dread – a time of happiness, not of fear. – Just knowing that our Lord Jesus is coming for us soon is all we should need to sustain us in the coming difficult days.
Luke 21:28 says,
“When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
Until next time,
Red

December 4, 2009

I’d really be confused — if I didn’t know better!
It’s no surprise people are wandering around, wondering what is going on in this crazy world.
Let’s for example look at two articles in the Prophetic News Headlines section of our website this week listed under ‘Pestilence’.
The first, dated 11-29, came out of Scotland stating that “Global Warming Will Wipe Out Billions.” The article goes on to say that some 90% of the world’s population will be eliminated from the face of the earth. — Then, just three days later, on 12-02, another article posted by “Livescience” claims that the “Earth could plunge into a sudden ice age.”
Now I know that man’s knowledge is limited and based upon theories that are proven to have an average life span of some 20 years — but this is very typical of the mass confusion that is going on in our world today.
These two articles are supported by very credible people in today’s scientific circles — so who do you believe? — Do I buy a swim suit and suntan lotion or a parka and anti-freeze?
What amazes me is that there is a “fool-proof” system for knowing what is now going on and what will take place in the future, but few look to it. — Of course, I’m referring to Bible prophecy. If people would just stop and “listen” to God’s word, all the confusion in their lives would just fade away.
Let me give you just a few quick examples of what I’m talking about. Most people don’t realize that almost 30% of the Bible is based upon prophecy. There are approximately 1,000 scriptural passages – some single verses and some entire chapters – in the 66 books of the Bible. Of these, well over half have been fulfilled, and the rest will be prior to Christ’s soon triumphant return to earth.
We must remember also that all of these prophecies were written at least 2,000 years ago and not one has been proven wrong! – This is astounding and absolute proof that the prophecies in God’s book are supernatural and divinely inspired.
What else would anyone need to solve all their cares and concerns in today’s world?!
Let’s for a moment look at some of the remaining prophecies that are now taking place – or will be in the very near future – 
World Politics
The Bible prophecies a very specific end-time configuration of world politics. Israel is pictured as being re-established (Ezekiel 37:21-22) and surrounded by hostile Arab neighbors intent on its destruction (Ezekiel 35:1 – 36:7). This has been the situation in the Middle East since the Israeli Declaration of Independence in May of 1948.
Daniel prophesied that the Roman Empire would be revived (Daniel 2:36-41), something many men – like Charlemagne, Napoleon, and Hitler – tried to do through force. But the prophecy had to await God’s timing for its fulfillment, and that came after World War II, with the formation of the European Common Market that has since evolved into the superpower called the European Union.
Also, the Bible pictures a great power located in the land of Magog in the “remote parts of the north”. This nation will challenge Israel in the end times and will ultimately lead an invasion of Israel together with specified allies, all of which are modern-day Muslim states (Ezekiel 38:1-39:16). Russia with all its Muslim republics and its Muslim allies fits this description precisely.
All the nations of the world are prophesied to come together against Israel in the end times over the issue of the control of Jerusalem (Zechariah 12:2-3) — a prophecy being fulfilled today.
Modern Technology
There are many end-time prophecies that simply cannot be understood apart from modern technological developments. – Let’s look at the prophecy in Revelation 11 about the two witnesses who will call the world to repentance during the first half of the Tribulation. When they are killed by the Antichrist, we are told that their bodies will lie in the streets of Jerusalem for 3 1/2 days, and the whole world will look upon them (Revelation 11:9) How could anyone understand such a prophecy before the development of satellite TV?
In addition, how could the Antichrist control all the buying and selling worldwide (Revelation 13) without the aid of computer technology? How could the false prophet create the illusion of giving life to a statue (again, Revelation 13) without the  technology of today? – How could the gospel be proclaimed to all the world (Matthew 24) before the invention of motion pictures, radio, television and the Internet — and on and on. Daniel 12:4 says, 
Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.
Signs of Society
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—   2 Timothy 3:1-4
This passage sounds like a typical evening newscast today! Notice the three things it says people will love in the end times – self, money and pleasure. 
Also, Matthew 24:12 states,
Because of the increase in wickedness, the love of most will grow cold.
Again, this is apparent in today’s headlines. Almost every day we see families killing one another along with many other examples of cold-hearted crime.
Having seen so many prophecies already fulfilled and viewing today’s world through God’s word, why would the majority of people still listen to the temporary theories created by man’s knowledge? — Going back to Christ’s time here on Earth, the gospel narratives picture the Sadducees and Pharisees, the official leaders of the time, walking around in a spiritual fog. — They didn’t recognize that the son of God was walking around in their midst!
Why? Either they didn’t understand the prophecies or they ignored them because of their worldly positions of power.
These same leaders asked Jesus to show them a sign from heaven (Matthew 16:2). – Jesus’ response cut to the heart of their spiritual insensitivity – 
“You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.”  (Matthew 16:3)
Prophecy was being fulfilled before their very eyes and they couldn’t see it! 
Is it any different today?
In closing, 2 Peter 1:19-21 says,
And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
The answers lie before you in the scriptures. This is where you will find direction and true peace for your life while here on Earth.
Until next time,
Red
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