Monthly Archives: March 2010

For the past few weeks I’ve been talking a lot about how all the prophetic  signs are lining up, signaling our Savior’s eminent return.

This week I want to make a plea to the remnant – those of us in the vast array of churches inhabiting our landscape – who are alive in the Lord and aware that time is short.
In the Book of Revelation, chapters two and three, Jesus selects seven specific churches to highlight certain conditions that He either commends and condemns. In the last church – Loadicea (Rev. 3:14-22) – which many bible scholars believe to be representative of the last church just prior to HIs return, Jesus speaks directly to the “lukewarm” temperature of this church. He then goes on to say that if the members of the church didn’t change their ways, he would “Spit them out of His mouth.” (Rev. 3:16).
Before I go any further, I want to say  up front that I’m not going to “rip” any specific church apart. To the contrary, I’m going to first ask each of you to check your personal  condition — to see if you are indeed part of the remnant in each church that “has an ear” and is listening to our Lord’s calling.
Once this is established, then we’ll talk about what each of us can do to make a difference, where ever we go.
Sooo — what would be a simple criteria for measuring our “temperature” — seeing if we are, in fact, part of Christ’s church here on earth that will make an impact in these final days.
Let’s start with the two greatest commandments — love God and love each other (Matthew 22:37-40 and Mark 12:29). – Sounds simple enough — but is it? Certainly we can all say the words but what would be a good example to look at ourselves honestly? — How about this? — Do you spend time listening and talking to and with your Heavenly Father? — Do you hold any anger or grudges toward any person?
And what about worry? Are you one that carries the burdens of everyday life with you wherever you go? – Does the weight of these burdens make it seem impossible to sense any joy in this ever-increasing troubled world?
As for those in need, are you concerned enough about them to make a difference in their lives?
And what about the all-consuming American way of gathering “stuff” here on Earth as opposed to laying up “treasures” in Heaven? — or — What about a loving and nurturing attitude towards our spouses – our children – and our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ?
You get the idea. Simply, can people tell us apart from the world? — One of my favorite quotes is, “If you were arrested for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?”
Certainly none of us will ever be perfect, but we must always strive to be the best we can be in our daily walk with our Lord. – Jesus said we “are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14). Is your light turned on?
Okay, now to the second point — what we can do. Once you’ve established that your light is, in fact, shining bright, take a look around and see how you can make a difference. — Is your church leadership and family just going through the motions, or are they “fired up for Jesus”?! Believe me, if your light is truly on, you will know.
One way to measure how your specific church is doing is to turn to the Book of Acts, chapter 2, verses 42-47 and look at how the first church did it. They loved God and each other, they helped and prayed constantly for each other — and they were in “awe” of God! (vs. 43) — should  we settle for anything less than that?
My purpose today is for each of us to first look at ourselves to see if we are, in fact, in awe of our awesome God. Then, are we making a difference to those we come into contact with? Are we a shining light or are we blending into the shadows of prevailing darkness?
Today we are living in a nation that is rapidly descending into moral decadence and spiritual chaos. Admittedly, it is a difficult time for those of us who are struggling with job losses, rebellious children, physical illnesses and so much more —
But I can tell you from my own experience that there is complete freedom from the pressing cares of this world. Simply, get yourself right with God and truly give all of your cares and worries to Him. Nothing is too big or too small for Him.
Again, from experience – once you give it all to Him, you will “borrow” it back occasionally – but just keep giving it back. It will get easier as you go forth in faith.
Finally, Jesus warns us of the consequences of being lukewarm. He also says in Matthew 7:13-14, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”
Are you lukewarm? — Are you walking on the outside edges of the broad path? — Are you tarrying in the shadows of darkness?
Change it right now! – Pray for a renewed spirit and start celebrating the victory that is yours in the asking — Hallelujah!
Until next time,
Red
Living and Breathing Proof
Last week in my commentary, I talked about the “Signs of the Times” and how they were accelerating at an ever-increasing pace – How the “birth pains” were becoming more intense and much closer together.
I then listed several categories of events pertaining to this prophetic phenomenon and closed with some comments on Israel – How she was God’s prophetic time clock. An example of that was when Jesus prophesied (Luke 21:24) that the Jews would be dispersed from Jerusalem and be led captive among the nations. But then He added that one day they would return to re-occupy Jerusalem, and when this happens, the end-time events would occur that will lead to His return.
Of course, we know now that this has taken place – but I wonder how many of you know the real story of how this came about – How they were given this opportunity to “return home”.
The following is a brief history of a series of events that propelled this prophecy to the forefront.
Just 93 years ago, there was not one single, tangible, measurable sign that indicated we were living in the season of the Lord’s return. The first to appear was the Balfour Declaration which was issued by the British government on November 2, 1917.
This declaration was prompted by the fact that during World War I the Turks sided with the Germans. Thus, when Germany lost the war, so did the Turks, and the victorious Allies decided to divide up both the German and Turkish empires.
The Turkish territories, called the Ottoman Empire, contained the Ancient homeland of the Jewish people – an area the Romans had named Palestine after the last Jewish revolt in 132-135 A.D.
In 1917 Palestine included all modern day Israel and Jordan. In the scheme the Allies concocted for dividing up the German and Turkish territories, Britain was allotted Palestine, and this is what prompted the Balfour Declaration. In that document, Lord Balfour, the British foreign secretary, declared that it was the intention of the British government to establish in Palestine “a national home for the Jewish people”.
The leading evangelical in England at the time was F.B. Meyer. He immediately recognized the prophetic significance of the Declaration, for he was well aware that the scriptures prophesy that the Jewish people will be regathered to their homeland in unbelief right before the return of the Messiah (Isaiah 11:11-12)
Meyer sent out a letter to the evangelical leaders of England asking them to gather in London in December to discuss the prophetic implications of the Balfour Declaration. In that letter, he stated, “The signs of the times point toward the close of the time of the Gentiles (Luke 21:24)…and the return of Jesus can be expected any moment.”
Before Meyer’s meeting could be convened, another momentous event occurred. On December 11, 1917 General Edmund Allenby liberated the City of Jerusalem from 400 years of Turkish rule.
There is no doubt that these events in 1917 marked the beginning of the end times because they led to the worldwide regathering of the Jewish people to their homeland and the re-establishment of their state.
Since 1917, we have witnessed throughout the 20th – 21st century the appearance of sign after sign pointing to the Lord’s soon return. There are so many of these signs today, in fact, that one would have to be either Biblically illiterate or spiritually blind not to realize that we are living on borrowed time.
For just a brief moment, consider this — How is it that when you view today’s headlines, this tiny nation, one out of some 200 world-wide, dominates much of the attention of the world? — It is one of the tiniest; inhabits only 6 million of the nearly 7 billion people world-wide; has no major natural resources or economic interest; has no major seaport — Why?
Simply, it’s because scripture said that this is how it would be just prior to our Savior’s return. To me, just this one point of prophecy – Israel – is enough to convince almost anyone of the validity of God’s word.
Prophecy, in of itself, is a great tool for bringing people to Christ. It was and is the major force behind my own personal salvation.
Know a skeptic? — One that can’t or won’t accept the teachings of scripture? — Show them the prophecies surrounding Israel. Anyone will be hard-pressed to dispel the amazing history of this tiny nation and its people – the Jews – God’s chosen people.
This should and, in many cases, will be proof for even the worst of “doubting Thomases”.
Until next time,
Red

On February 27, 2010, Joel Rosenberg’s website said this — “Headlines Echo Prophecies”. He went on to list just a few that are now taking place:

  • Head of IMF Proposes New Global Currency
  • 7.0 Earthquake Off Japan Sparks Tsunami Fear
  • Russia Says it Will Go Ahead and Supply Iran State-of-the-Art S-300 Missiles, Despite Strong U.S. and Israeli Objections
  • In Past Two Weeks, Iranian President Ahmadinejad Repeatedly Calls for Eliminating Israel
  • Top Israeli Official: A Nuclear Iran Would Endanger World Stability
— And this was reported before the 8.8 earthquake that took place in Chile this past week.
Why don’t we look for a moment at some of the “hot” prophecies that are occurring as we speak.
The Signs of Nature – Although we are seeing more and more earthquakes of late, some geologists will tell you that this is just a normal pattern. But statistics prove otherwise. We have seen, as many other geologists will support, a definite uptick in MAJOR earthquake activity in the past 15 years.
In addition, we are experiencing storm systems with highly increased intensity. For example, in just the past 10 years we’ve observed three of the four largest tornado swarms as well as five of the largest and costliest hurricanes in history – and that’s just in the U.S.
Jesus said that the signs would be like “birth pains” (Matthew 24:8). That means these events we are experiencing will increase in frequency and intensity the closer we get to the Lord’s return. Don’t expect this “cycle” to simply go away. There will be more frequent natural disasters and more intense ones.
Signs of Today’s Society – 2 Timothy 3:1-4 says,
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—
This passage sounds like a typical evening newscast today. – Need I emphasis that the world is wallowing in despair in these current times? — We live in a society plagued by abortion, homosexuality, domestic crime and violence, child molestation and exploitation, blasphemy, pornography, drug and alcohol abuse, gambling and more.
Paul’s letter to Timothy could not be more accurate as to the times we are living in  — and scripture specifically says it will be the “last days”.
Globalism/World Politics – Going back to the opening paragraph of this commentary, we read in Joel’s headlines about the IMF wanting to establish a global currency. We even hear, for the first time, our own president espousing the term “globalism”. We will definitely see this agenda advanced through the processes of climate change and economic difficulties.
Also, 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 Bible prophecy had to await God’s timing for fulfillment, and that came after WWII, with the formation of the European common market that has since morphed into the superpower called the European Union. – This union, according to scripture, will be the vehicle with which the coming world leader will emerge. — As the world continues to slide in to economic chaos, the “beast” of Revelation 13 will have all the answers and ascend to global supremacy as the Bible predicts.  The current push toward globalism by the nations of this world will only make it easier for this to transpire.
Modern Technology – As I’ve stated several times in the past, many of the end-time prophecies could never be understood apart from modern technological developments. For example, consider 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 world will look upon them (Revelation 11:9). How could anyone understand such a prophesy before the development of satellite TV?
Likewise, how could he Antichrist control all buying and selling worldwide (Revelation 13) without the aid of computer technology? – We are seeing daily how many countries (Germany this week) are moving ever-closer to implanting microchips in their entire populations. This is definitely a pre-cursor to the “mark of the beast” (Revelation 13:16)
Certainly there are many more end-time signs occurring such as the increase in world-wide pestilences in the form of disease, plagues, famine and earthquakes (Matthew 24:7 – Luke 21:11), the increase of false prophets and teachers (Matthew 24:11), revolutions (Luke 21:9), wars and rumors of wars (Matthew 24:6), the emergence of a world church (Revelation 17), and on and on — but for the sake of time I will wrap this up with —
The Signs of Israel – Zechariah 12:3, says –
On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves.
The signs that relate to Israel are the most important of all because the Jews are God’s prophetic time clock. What I mean by this is that the scriptures will often tie a prophesied future event with something that will happen to the Jews. We are told to watch the jews, and when the prophesied event concerning them occurs, we can be sure that the other prophesied event will also occur.
An example can be found in Luke 21:24 where Jesus prophesied that the Jews would be dispersed from jerusalem and be led captive among the nations. But then He added that one day they would return to re-occupy Jerusalem, and when this happens, the end-time events will occur that will lead to His return.
As we know, the Jews now occupy Jerusalem once again, as prophesied — and just look at the past few weeks! The signs are beginning to accelerate at a rapid pace. Here’s some quick examples:
•Iran ramping up its “destroy Israel” rhetoric
•Syria rattling its sword more loudly than ever, bringing the Isaiah 17:1 prophecy  – the destruction of Damascus – into focus
•Turkey (Gomer) abruptly turning its back on Israel and the west after many years of reasonable friendship
•Russia arming the nations of Iran (Persia) and Libya – nations specifically mentioned some 2600 years ago in Ezekiel 38
Everyday we see in the news headlines how close the Middle East is to experiencing all-out conflict. In fact, a typical headline was seen this week on World Net Daily (3-3-2010) where it said “Mideast War in Very Near Future”. Every day I wake up expecting to see war taking place in that region.
I could go on for ever about end-time prophecies, but this gives you a brief look at what is taking place this very moment. — And its happening at a rapidly-accelerating pace.
To put it in perspective, I will quote a great Bible prophecy scholar named Elbert Peak. The following are his comments: “Sixty years ago when I first started preaching, you had to scratch around like a chicken to find one sign of the Lord’s soon return.” — He paused for a moment, and then added, “But today there are so many signs I’m no longer looking for them. Instead, I’m listening for a sound – the sound of a trumpet!” (Early 1990’s)
Then Matthew 24:36 states,
“No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,  but only the Father.”
Matthew 24:33 states,
Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door.
Finally, Luke 21:28 says,
When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
Hallelujah!!
Until next time,
Red
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