Monthly Archives: May 2012

May 29, 2012

I’m sitting here thinking about last week’s news headlines (May 18-24) and realizing that the “birth pains” spoken of by Jesus in Matthew 24:8 are accelerating  at an ever-increasing pace …… God’s prophetic time clock is rapidly approaching midnight.  … To briefly review just some of them:

   *The Revived Roman Empire being reborn in Europe
   *Pestilence in the form of earthquakes & volcanos increasing at a rapid pace
   *Signs in the sun, moon, and stars in the form of massive sunspots and newly discovered asteroids
   *King of the East rising in the form of China
   *Mark of the Beast in the form of rapidly increasing I.D. technology
   *More [pestilence & plague in the form of nuclear contamination & dead animals floating up on the beaches of the world ……

… And that’s just the past seven days. ….

1 Thessalonians 5:1-6 says, “But of the times and seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.  2) For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.  3) For when they shall say, peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.  4) But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.  5) You are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.  6) Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.” (KJV)  ….

Whenever I think of the “signs of the Times”, which is most of the time, I’m reminded of a great man of God named Elbert Peak.  Speaking at a conference held in Orlando, Florida in the early 1990’s, he being in his early 80’s, he made this statement:  “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 went on to say,  “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!”

Let’s look at Daniel 12:4 for a moment … It says, “But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end:  Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” …….. Well, we certainly are running to & fro … everyone on this planet seems to not have enough time in their day to do all the things they want to do …. and the increase in knowledge? … This is what I want to focus on in this commentary … today’s rapidly advancing technology and how it relates to Bible prophecy.  … Remember that Daniel said this would take place in the end times …. well, here we are!

Simply stated, there are many end time prophecies that simply cannot be understood apart from modern technological developments. Let’s look at just a few of them:

   *The Two Witnesses – Revelation 11:7-9 tells us of two witnesses who will call the world to repentance during the 1st 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 three and a 
     half days, and the WHOLE WORLD will look upon them. ….. How could we have even begun to understand this prophecy prior to
     satellites and television?

   *The King of the East – In Revelation 9:16, it tells of a 200 million man army.  ….. Now,  can you imagine what the readers of earlier 
     times must have thought concerning an army of this size?!  … I’m sure they must have considered it to be symbolic, at best. …. But 
     guess what?  Just recently, it became quite clear that the nation of China could field an army of this size, not even needing any 
     allies to do so.  …  Then, to solidify that this army comes from the east, Revelation 16:12 states, “The sixth angel poured out his 
    bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the Kings from the East.” ….  Guess that 
    qualifies China, since they are east of the promised land ……

   *The Mark of the Beast – Revelation 13 tells of how the people of the world will be forced to receive a mark on their right hands or 
     their foreheads.  This form of identification will be required to buy or sell anything …    in other words, in order to function in
    society, one would need this mark. …… Once again, how could something like this be even remotely possible without modern day
    technology?  … In fact, we are seeing, almost daily, new methods being developed for mass identification.

   *A ‘Living’ Statue – Revelation 13:14-15 says, “Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he
    deceived the inhabitants of the earth. He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword 
    and yet lived.  15) He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who
    refused to worship the image to be killed.” ………. OK … let’s think about this one for a minute!  Here we got a guy building a statue
    that can talk, and who knows what else …  without modern technology in robotics, this would virtually be impossible!   … hello!!!

   *Seals & Trumpet Judgements – The incredible carnage of the Seal and Trumpet Judgements portrayed in chapters 6 and 8 in he 
    book of Revelation indicates weapons and pestilences that couldn’t have even begun to be imagined in the days of their writings.
    Things like nuclear war and other means of modern technological advances would have to come into existence for these horrific 
    events to take place …. a fourth of mankind killed … followed quickly by another third … open sores of dying people …. the list
    goes on ……..  

   *The Gospel Preached to All The World – Matthew 24:14 says, “And the gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole 
    world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”  ….. Once again, how in the world would this be possible without
    radio, television, the internet … satellites …. 

That’s just some of the prophecies … the list goes on. … I guess Daniel’s vision would have to be considered ‘perfectly accurate’ when he prophesied that “knowledge shall be increased” in the last days.  It is truly amazing to watch this all unfold before our very eyes!    ………….. Yet sadly, most everyone out there is not seeing any of this …. it’s passing them by and they don’t even realize it!

Luke 17:26-30 says it all, “Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man.  27) People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the arc.  Then the flood came and destroyed them all.  28) It was the same in the days of Lot.  People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building.  29) But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.  30) It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed.” …………  Sounds just like it is today … No one is paying attention!

So ….. what are we to do? ……… I know that I’m predictable, but you and I MUST tell people what is going on!  … I’m telling you that Elbert Peak was absolutely correct when he said he will soon hear the sound of the trumpet.  … I sense it … I feel it in the air …….   My question to each of you ….. are you prepared when it does blow? … Please think about this because it will end up being the most important moment of you life … and will determine where you spend eternity.

I’ll close with Luke 21:28 which 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
May 18
 
*The Independent – “Europe Rocked by Spanish
Banking Crisis – Shares plunge 30%”
And the European financial mess continues to unravel.
……..  Once again, I will comment in more detail at the end.

*The Independent – Only Merkel (Germany) can save
Euro”

Isn’t it interesting that Germany once again becomes
a key player on the world scene.  …. It’s hard to believe that
a nation that was twice destroyed in the last century once again rises
out of the ashes to a position of power on the global stage. … i do
know that much of the old Germanic territories and its people were once
part of the Holy Roman Empire …. Let’s watch this country with careful
interest as the Revived Roman Empire comes back into play on the prophetic
landscape ………..

*The Extinction Protocol –

     “Dramatic eruption
seen at Sakurajima volcano in Japan”
     “6.2 Magnitude Quake
strikes off coast of Chile – Second 6+ quake to hit area in last four
days”
     “New Guinea’s Bagana
volcano lava eruption caught by NASA satellite

Lots of volcanoes .. way more than usual .. are becoming
active as of late.   Also, I’ve been tracking earthquake activity
worldwide for a number of years now and I am seeing an obvious uptick
in the amount of 5.0+ quakes taking place … and 6.0+ even more …
and since the 1980’s,  some three to four times as many … 
Remember what Jesus said in Matthew 24:7-8 and Luke 21:11  
….. that there would be an obvious increase in the number and severity
of earthquakes and pestilences in the days just prior to His return. 
He said they would be like “birth pains” ….. I truly believe
that we are seeing this take place right before our very eyes ….. 
but most people in the world are so ‘desensitized’ that they are now
taking all these events for granted … a dangerous state of mind! …
More to follow …

*Space.Com – Monster Sunspot’s solar flare strong
enough to confuse satellites”

May 19

*The New York Times – “Pentagon says China
military getting stronger”

The “king of the East” is now rising up
to take its rightful position in the end-time prophecies.  In chapter
9 in the Book of Revelation, it is revealed that an army of 200 million
would come into play in the final days … Well here it is! … China
is the only nation on Earth that could possibly field an army of this
size. ..  In addition, Chapter 16 of the Book of Revelation talks
about the waters of the Euphrates River being dried up to make way for
the “Kings of the East” to come and enter into the final battle
– Armageddon. ……….. So, once again, we see prophecy being fulfilled
…… Isn’t it amazing?! …..  How can people NOT believe this
stuff!

*The Extinction Protocol –

     “Guatemala’s Fuego
volcano emits massive ash cloud – closes airport”
     “Indonesia’s Mount
Marapi volcano erupts”
     “Moderate 5.9 quake
strikes coastal region of Chile – Tension rising – Third in 5 days”

*The Economist – “…. And now it’s Ireland
– Irish banks fall on hard times .. may need second bailout”

*Reuters – “Obama to EU:  Ease up on Austerity”

What a great idea! ……. NOT! ………. Look
where those policies have gotten us.  If we counted everything,
unemployment has gotten worse and so too has the national debt. 
What is it now?  … Oh yea .. only $16 trillion & counting!
…….. What stumps me about this spend .. spend .. spend mentality
is this … Where is the money supposed to come from? … I’m really
not interested in being political here, but I really don’t understand
the mentality of “getting something for doing nothing” …..
guess it doesn’t really matter what I think because I will never be
president … Praise God!!! …. Come, Lord Jesus!!!  

*Fox News – “NASA sees Asteroid danger – Some
4700 potentially dangerous ones lurk near Earth”

You know what’s interesting?  The United States
& Europe are spending billions on research on the subject of N.E.O.’s
(near-earth objects).  Why, all of a sudden, has this subject become
so intense? … Do they know something we don’t know?  (Duh) 
…. It just seems strange that after all these years of recorded history
we suddenly become so enamored with this stuff …. but wait! 
Luke 21:25 said “There would be signs in the sun, moon and stars…”
…..could this be another area of prophecy unfolding before us? 

May 20

*The Extinction Protocol –

     “Strong 6.0 magnitude
earthquake strikes Northern Italy”
     “6.4 magnitude quake
hits off coast of Japan
    
*The Telegraph – “Christchurch, New Zealand
rattled by more tremors”
*The Extinction Protocol – “Major Crack in
South Wall of Fukushima Reactor #4:  Is this the end of the world
as we know it?”

Does this sound like a ‘doomsday’ theory? 
…. Does it sound like an ‘over the top’ statement? … You decide
after reading this …..  Here’s the scoop – There are 1500 spent
fuel rods almost suspended in mid-air on the 5th floor of this terribly
damaged facility.  …  This creates an extreme potential
for a catastrophic radioactive chain of events.  …  A small
earthquake or explosion of any kind could trigger an event the size
that would dwarf Chernobyl. …  Experts say that “people
don’t realize that reactor #4 is on the knife’s edge, very near the
tipping point.”  …………………. THIS IS AMAZING!!!! 
…. Why are we not seeing this story anywhere else?!!!!  …. 
We mentioned it back on April 20th in a story reported by “Eurasia
Review.” ….   The ‘Eurasia Review?” .. “The
Extinction Protocol?” ……..  Not to demean these news sources,
but where are the ‘heavy hitters’ like Fox, CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN ………. 
Why is no one talking about this?  … and we wonder why we focus
on stuff like the price of eggs at Fred Meyers or the pants on sale
at Macy’s ……… but this one?  This is a HUGE story! …………. 
Once again. when we look at Bible Prophecy, specifically in the Book
of Revelation, we see a fourth of mankind killed in one fell swoop,
and then another third ………..  is this one of the ways it
could happen? ………  I’ll try to follow this story as best
I can going forward.

May 21

*WND World – “Obama: Slaughter of Christians
a misunderstanding”

The article goes on to say that Nigeria’s violence
is mistakenly viewed as a religious conflict rather than a tribal dispute
over land. ” … OK. I’ll give them the fact that it might be tribal
… but then why is it that the Muslim tribe is killing the people in
the christian tribe, but NOT the other way around?  It would seem
to me that religious theology just might play into this a little ….
and why is it that this current American administration is ALWAYS defending
the Muslims?  …. They can sell or ‘market’ Islam any way they
want,   but the bottom line is … when following the true
teachings of the Koran …. “If you can’t convert them, kill them.”
…….  I’m just sayin’ ……. hey, I didn’t write it ……………

*The Extinction Protocol –

     “Costa Rica’s Turrialba
volcano alert status raised to yellow: Eruption could be imminent”
     “Northern Italy quake
leaves 1000’s homeless & terrified”
     “Indonesia’s Mount
Sirung volcano erupts, sending 100’s fleeing & complaining of respiratory
ailments”
     “Strong shallow 5.6
earthquake strikes West Bulgaria”

*NDTV – “Huge Asteroid to fly close to Earth
– May destroy satellites”

Note from article: “The asteroid, DA 14, was
discovered by astronomers at La Sara Observatory in Spain – could come
so near to Earth on February 15th, 2013 it would disrupt geosynchronous
satellites.” 
Wow!  … Maybe all this money we’re spending
on the study of NEO’s isn’t so crazy after all. …. I think I’ll pause
for a couple of hours and watch the movie “Armageddon” with
Bruce Willis … maybe somebody should contact him … maybe Hollywood
can save our satellites! ……………  (Sorry … I lost it
for a minute … I need a hobby …)

*CTV News – Fukushima Reactor #4 poses massive global
risk”
Finally!  Someone else is talking about this
mess!  … This news source is out of Canada …. Thank you!

May 22

*King World News – “Bank runs in Europe are
only the beginning”

Note from article: “We are now seeing bank
runs Greece, Spain … and now France.”  ….. So the dominoes
are continuing to fall, and I believe this is only the beginning. 
…… We are not far, in Europe, from massive economic fear and much
bigger bank runs …. much worse than we are seeing today …….

*BBC News – “Eurozone biggest threat to global
economic outlook”

OK …….. but what about America’s $16 trillion
debt problem?

*The Extinction Protocol – “Thousands of Dead
Fish wash up along river in India”

May 23

*CBS  Charlotte – “Pastor: Build electric
fence for gays so they die out”

This is nothing but seriously bad … this is the
kind of stuff that unbelievers love to hear!  … It makes us all
look like a bunch of hateful ‘red-necks’ ……….   I think
the truly sad part of this, for me at least, is that many of our church
leaders simply don’t know the ‘complete’ teachings of Jesus Christ. 
Tragically, they seem to find what ‘fits’ into their comfort zones &
leave the rest out … and when this happens, it just gives our detractors
more ammunition to use against us.. and ultimately .. our Savior. ….   
I say to you, sir!  Tear down this fence!  … While I agree
with you that homosexuality is a sin .. like many other sins … it
is NOT our job to kill the sinner … but to pray for them! … Simply,
we are to love all people.   That is our witness & that
is what will ultimately change someones heart.  … And finally,
to kill is to judge, and only ONE has that authority … and that is
Jesus Christ.     ….. and I will pray for this
misinformed pastor …..

*The Wall Street Journal – “In Europe, time
for plan B, only there’s no plan B, and no time”
Certainly, plan A didn’t work  … hand-outs
with virtually ‘no strings’ …..  Isn’t that what they’re trying
to do here?

*BBC News – “Barcode everyone at birth”

Are any of you following all the new ideas for tracking
each of us … another unique permanent I.D. system is now being presented
here. …. Once again, like in several of our articles this week, we
are seeing Bible prophecy unfold before our very eyes. … If you read
Revelation, chapter 13 you will get a glimpse of the “Mark of the
Beast” … that is  … 666.  ….. Couple all this with
the declining economic situation and the soon-to-rise world leader,
this will give him the perfect tools to control the buying & selling
of the masses.  …. It’s all coming together so quickly! 

*Infowars.Com – “Mark of the Beast: Bilderberg
pushes mandatory internet ID for Europe”

Did you just read what I said in the last article?…..
Wow! 

*The Washington Times – U.S. teeters on edge of
‘fiscal abyss'”

Expiring tax codes, the inability of our leaders
to agree on anything, and mounting national debt is simply a lethal
combination. 

*The Extinction Protocol – “6.0 magnitude earthquake
strikes off Northeast coast of Japan – More than 5000 aftershocks since
last year’s massive 9.0 quake & tsunami”

May 24

*The Globe – “Fears of Eurozone break-up heightens
as EU leaders meet”

Note from article:  “Break-up could potentially
wreck the Eurozone banking system and plunge the continent into deep
recession”

*The Extinction Protocol –

     “Shallow 6.2 earthquake
violently shakes sea-floor of Norwegian Sea”
     “60,000 to 100,000
dead fish wash up on east shores of U.S. coast near Chesapeake Bay”

More & more dead creatures along many of our
continent’s shore lines … and we NEVER hear of a solid reason as to
why!  … or, once again, just maybe they are not telling us …………. 
now I’m starting to get weird …….
Enough for this week!  … Man, I don’t know
about you, but there are some amazing ‘prophetic’ news stories happening
all around us … and sadly, the vast majority of people are not seeing
it because …. for one, most of the media is ignoring it. …. and
secondly, again people just aren’t aware of many of the prophecies in
the scriptures because our church leaders are not sharing them …………
but I’ve ranted enough for this week.  …. I just want to thank
all of you are are visiting the sight.  Last week, we almost doubled
our previous high in site visits  … I’m very grateful … and
once again request that you share it with friends, family & acquaintances
….our simple hope is to share the truths of our Lord with as many
as possible while we still can ……….
Until next time,
Red

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May 22, 2012

A couple of weeks ago, my pastor asked if I would
cover for him and teach the Sunday AM adult Bible class.  He was
going to be gone for two weeks and needed the help.  Of course,
I was glad to assist.  Now I just needed to decide what to teach
… but after just  few minutes of contemplation, I knew what the
subject would be … Revelation, chapters 2 & 3 … the Seven Churches.  

It’s obvious from what you see on this website that
I love the Prophetic books of the Bible.  I’ve studied them for
some 35 years now and still have the same fascination and fervor that
I had when I first started. ……… But, needless to say, I would
have to review these passages since I hadn’t focused specifically on
them for a couple of years … In fact, its been awhile since I’ve had
the opportunity to teach, so the anticipation was, and is, at a high
level …  so let the review begin ……

I don’t know how some of you feel about this, but
I believe that nothing is ‘accidental’ in God’s kingdom … nothing
is done without a specific purpose, especially for those of us who are
seeking His guidance in our daily walks ……… and neither was this
opportunity of teaching an accident.  As I began my review of these
specific churches Jesus had chosen to reveal His message through, it
quickly became apparent that I was to learn, and then share why this
all came to be.

To start, I believe that when Jesus selected these
7 specific churches … because there were 100’s to choose from …
His primary purpose was to reveal two things … 1) Each would represent
a particular time period (dispensation) in the church age (the church
age being the time period between His crucifixion and His taking the
church home – the rapture).   And 2) Each also would show
strengths and weaknesses of every church in all the time periods. 
….. It is a subject that I could write about for pages and hours,
but for the sake of this supposedly being a brief commentary, let me
just show a very quick synopsis of each and then sum it up ………. 
so let’s get at it ………….
 
*Ephesus (Rev. 2:1-7) – Jesus commended this church
for standing against false teachings and its teachers.  It seemed
to be a dynamic, dedicated, disciplined and discerning group of followers
… but, Jesus had one very important thing against them … they had
lost their first love (vs. 4) … they had lost their fervor for Jesus
Himself!  He goes on to tell them that this was not acceptable
and that this needed to change … or …     Do
we see this symptom in today’s churches here in America? Absolutely
yes … and a lot of times it’s because we are so absorbed with programs
and all the peripheral things that we simply lose sight of the most
important part … Jesus!

*Smyrna (Rev. 2:8-11) – This was a church that suffered
greatly and was poor by worldly standards but very rich in spirit. 
It was only one of two of these 7 churches that Jesus had NO condemnations
for – the other being the 6th church .. Philadelphia.  … Do we
see many of those types of churches around today? ..  As for suffering,
there are some churches in other parts of the world who would fit into
this mould, but virtually not here in America … at least not yet.

*Pergamum (Rev. 2:12-17) – This was a church in
compromise.  Jesus did commend them for staying true to His name
and for not renouncing their faith … however, He had a few things
against them (vs. 14) … They had become compromisers … some of their
members were following ‘weird teachings.’    In short,
by the other members allowing this to happen, they then were guilty
of ‘tolerating evil.’  …. Worldly ways and standards had crept
into their midst, and they didn’t deal with it! …………. 
Now I could go on for hours about this symptom in our churches today,
but for the sake of time, let’s just mention a couple … homosexuality
& abortion … both are considered ‘evil’ practices in the Holy
Scriptures, but because of the cultural changes in our societies, we’ve
decided to ‘adjust’ some of these scriptures so as to fit our ‘modern
way of life’ …  to become ‘tolerant’ of the new norm … 
but simply put, these ‘adjustments’ to our basic teachings of the Bible
is compromise, period!  ……. The compromising christians in
Pergamum heard the same command that is heard today:  “Repent,
therefore.”

*Thyatira (Rev. 2:18-29) – This was the pagan church
– The great counterfeit – The church that tolerated apostacy. 
… Now, they started out OK, because Jesus said “I know your deeds,
your love and faith, your service and perseverance …”  but
then it went downhill from there … Jesus told them that they “tolerate
that woman Jezebel.” … Here, Jezebel represents, in short, a
myriad of false teachings ……… and, of course, we see many forms
of this ‘modern-day Jezebel’ taking place all around us.  Let’s
mention just a few:

   -Wealth Teaching – Those that tell
you that you will see earthly wealth come your way if you, first, give
to their ministry. I can give you 22 
     quick scriptures refuting
this teaching.    
   -Dominion Teaching – Those that believe
we can change the course of prophetic history through revival, thus
ushering in the 1000 year   
     reign of Christ. 
The problem?  This teaching eliminates approximately a third of
the Bible!
   -Universalism – This teaching basically
eliminates the existence of hell & evil … and all the consequences
of any form of sin.
   -Emergent Church – Once again, they
pretty much allow all the ‘new’ ways of our society to co-exist. (sinful
lifestyles, homosexuality, etc).
   -The New & Better You – In short,
these are ‘motivational speakers’ performing under the guise of being
pastors of our churches. They 
     basically say that if you
think positive & give generously, you will have a great life, here
& now.  Unfortunately, the realities of life don’t 
     seem to fit into their
teachings.
   -Seeker Friendly – Speaks for itself,
doesn’t it?  Just don’t mention anything negative or that there
aren’t any consequences for anything … and this will fill the pews
with people who won’t have to feel any guilt or disruption to their
current worldly lifestyles …
      

Enough of this! … You get the idea ………..

*Sardis (Rev. 3:1-6) – This is the “Dead”
church.  … Sardis may have been the first church in history to
have been filled with ‘nominal’ christians.  The church appeared
to be alive, but was dead.  … Any of these around our communities
today?  I can think of one story that sums up this ‘condition’
quite well ………. ‘The Dead Church Sermon’ …………… 
“A certain minister had a reputation for being eccentric. 
One Sunday morning, he told his congregation that he believed his church
was dead. ………… You can imagine the murmurings from the pews
when he said, … ‘come back tonight.  I’m going to preach the
funeral service of the church.’ ……. The members were shocked! ………….The 
attendance for the evening service was larger than it had been in years
……  In the front of the pews was a casket and as the people
sat in stunned silence, the pastor delivered the message.  After
the last ‘amen’ the pastor said,  “Some of you may not agree
with me that this church is dead.  So that you may be convinced,
I am going to ask you to view the remains.  I want you to file
by the casket, one by one, and see who is dead.”  …… In
preparation for this unorthodox presentation, the minister had placed
a mirror in the bottom of the casket.  … It is obvious who everyone
saw when he came to view the deceased.” …………….. Enough
said ……………….. (The Dead Church Sermon was ‘borrowed’ 
from David Jeremiah’s book –  Escape the Coming Night.

*Philadelphia (Rev. 3:7-13) – The Missionary Church
– The Church faithful to Christ ……….. Here is the second church
that Jesus had ONLY commendations for … and as little as there was
of this behavior back then, it is even more rare in today’s churches. 
Granted, there are a few today that really focus on getting the message
of Jesus out to the rest of the world, but they are few and far between
..

*Laodicea (Rev. 3:14-22) – The Apostate Church …
Apostasy simply means ‘the abandonment of something once believed in’
….  All we have to do here is go back and look at the ills of
all the other churches, and then add a few more, we find this ‘last
days’ church.  … I truly believe that no other church sums up
the condition of the American church any better that this one. 
… Christ said in verses 15-17,  “I know your deeds, that
you are neither cold nor hot.  I wish you were either one or the
other! 16) So because you are lukewarm – neither hot nor cold – I am
about to spit you out of my mouth.  17) You say, ‘I am rich; I
have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.  But you do not realize
that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.” …….  
Wow!   I don’t know about you, but that is a really scary
summation for anyone in any church at any time!

OK, now to the point … why did I go through this
brief summation of these seven churches? … Simply to warn all of us
who are not walking in His light …. to warn those of us who have lost
sight of our first love, Jesus Christ ….. to ‘spiritually shake’ those
who have become ‘lukewarm’ … to say to all of you that time is short
and we MUST NOT take our Lord for granted!   Jesus laid out
a clear ‘floor plan’ for us to follow – let us not take it for granted!

The following prayer is one that really sums up
the condition of our society.  It was given by Minister Joe Wright
at the Kansas State Senate in February of 2007.  It reads as follows:

“Heavenly Father, We come before you today
… To ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance.
… We know your Word says,  “Woe to those who call evil good”
but that is exactly what we have done. … We have lost our spiritual
equilibrium .. and reversed our values …
.. We have exploited the poor .. and called it the
lottery.
.. We have rewarded laziness .. and called it welfare.
.. We have killed the unborn .. and called it choice.
.. We have shot abortionists .. and called it justifiable.
.. We have neglected to discipline our children
.. and called it ‘building self esteem.’
.. We have abused power .. and called it politics.
.. We have coveted our neighbor’s possessions ..
and called it ambition.
.. We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography
.. and called it Freedom of Speech and Expression.
.. We have ridiculed the time-honored values of
our forefathers .. and called it enlightenment.

Search us, oh God … and know our hearts today. 
.. Cleanse us from every sin and set us free …  Amen.”

The response was immediate … A number of legislators
walked out during the prayer .. in protest.

Amos 8: 11-12 says, ” ‘The days are coming’,
declares the Sovereign Lord, ‘when I will send a famine through the
land — not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of
hearing the words of the Lord. 12) Men will stagger from sea to sea
and wander from the north to east, searching for the word of the Lord,
but they will not find it.'”

The vast majority of churchgoers today soundly reject
all prophetic warnings of a coming storm ……. indeed, the American
church is the most blatant “feel-good” church in all of history.

What kind of condition will Jesus’ people be in? 
Will they have a vibrant faith? … will they be looking for Him and
yearning for His coming? …or will they be preoccupied with the things
of this world? ………. When Christ comes, will He find His church
in the grip of false prophets and teachers who preach a message of false
peace … success … riches … good times? …….   I pray
that we do not lose sight of our first love … that being our Lord
and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Until next time,

Red

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