Monthly Archives: August 2012

August 28, 2012

I was visiting with some Christian brothers this AM when one of them quoted something Billy Graham had said just a short time back ….. that he believed up to 90% of people sitting in the pews of America”s churches today are lost.  …… At first, I just accepted it as fact, because … after all, it’s Billy Graham! … But then it began to sink in … 90%! … That is an astounding number! … I then asked the guys what they thought … if they agreed with this unbelievable statement.  Since two of them were pastors, I was curious … and they both said they couldn’t disagree  ………..

All day long I’ve been wrestling with this thing …. 90%!!! … So, doing the only thing I believe one can do when faced with this kind of mental conflict or dilemma … I turned to God’s Holy Word …… and after a very short time of study, it was once again very clear to see that we are in the final days of the church age, and that the scriptures tend to support brother Billy’s summation of the condition of today’s church … here in America, at least. 

In just a quick overview, I found 20 separate passages in the New Testament alone that deals with different kinds of deception … and many point to this condition increasing in intensity in the  last days.  For example, in Matthew 24, the disciples asked Christ specifically what the signs would be concerning the end of the age. His response was … “Watch out that no one deceives you.” (verse 4).  He then went on to tell them that many will come in His name but will be spreading false teachings.  He continues in verse 24 by saying, “For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect …..” ….

As I said previously, there are many more places in scripture that say the same thing … but let’s take a look at some of the actual deception that is taking place right here in our churches today:

   *Wealth Teaching – Now these guys are unbelievable!  Simply, they tell you that if you give them your money, God will give you much more! …… After thinking about this for a minute, I’ve figured out how to eliminate the ‘middle man’ … you ……. they could just go straight to God themselves and get the money! …. But seriously, a quick glance gives us 22 scriptures in the New Testament alone that totally refute this teaching.

   *Feel good – Seeker Friendly Teaching – …… Avoid all things negative….. never mention anything pertaining to judgement … sin really isn’t considered in the bigger scheme of things … it’s simply about being well-liked, popular, wealthy in all things, and on & on. …….  So let’s for a moment go back in time to the 1st century when it all started.  To begin with, every one of the writers of the New Testament, with the exception of the Apostle John, were crucified, drug to death,  stoned, beheaded …… look just at Paul as an example.  He was little known, despised, and rejected by most everyone.  … This does not sound much like the way we paint the ministry today, when preaching is many times called a profession instead of a calling.  ….. Nowhere in the New Testament will you find that Christians are to expect to be popular and successful.  the servant is NEVER greater than his Lord.  Christ was despised and rejected, and even His own did not receive Him. … Then in His footsteps followed the heroes of the faith who were tortured and mocked, imprisoned and stoned, tortured and slain by the sword.   …. But I guess this all changed here in America … its OK now to focus on earthly things such as wealth & pleasure.   …… Before you accept all this baloney, look just to this scripture … John 15:18-19 says, “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.  19) If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own.  As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world.  That is why the world hates you.”  … Doesn’t sound like a popularity contest to me ….

   *The Emergent Church – Simply, this is a merging of all the ‘new’ ideas of our day … let’s all get along and accept all the different lifestyles such as homosexuality ….. let’s merge all faiths and belief systems such as muslims, buddhists, hindus, secularists, etc. into one big happy family. …. Let’s all live in harmony and fix the earth …. there is no consequences for much of anything … let’s just all get along … let’s all serve a universal god …. and call it tolerance & acceptance ……….. Man, I’m having flashbacks to the 60’s!!!

Of course, there are many, many more diversions to the truth such as the cults …. Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Scientology, and many more ….but for the sake of the length of this commentary, I will stop elaborating here. ….. But I do want you to think for a minute …. is what brother Billy Graham said true?… and if it is, are you in the 90% group he was talking about? 

I want to share two specific warnings from the Old Testament prophets concerning the condition of our world as we draw ever closer to our Lord’s soon-coming return ….

   *Ezekiel 33:30-32 – ” …… Come and hear the message that has come from the Lord.  31) My people come to you, as they usually do, and sit before you to listen to your words, but they do not put them into practice.  With their mouths they express devotion, but their hearts are greedy for unjust gain.  32) Indeed, to them you are nothing more than one who sings love songs with a beautiful voice and plays an instrument well, for they hear your words but do not put them into practice.”

   *Amos 8:11-12 – “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 north to east, searching for the word of the Lord, but they will not find it.”

Simply stated, and why what Billy Graham says could be true, is this …. the majority of churchgoers today soundly reject all harsh judgement and prophetic warnings of a coming storm.  The American church is the most blatant “feel-good” church in all of history.  In most places, it is suffering a “famine” of the Word of God.  My heart breaks over the church’s tolerance of easy believism and watered-down doctrine, and the trivializing of the most important matters of a holy and glorious God. In order for any of us to get out of this ‘90%’ group, we MUST take the proclamation of the gospel as a Holy trust …. to take literally in every word it says … in every way!

I know that a large majority of people today say that being so literal is no longer necessary … that it is a “hard” gospel. … But I beg to differ.  … I believe a hard gospel would be one that leaves people in their sin and tolerates milk-drenched, undernourished, immature Christians – Christians who know little joy because they know so little of gospel truth. …. A Biblically sound word is NEVER a hard word … but a word of victory, deliverance and freedom.

Finally, some may not like what I’m saying here and may very well disagree with me.  OK … I understand that trying to walk scripture in a literal way is really difficult … and if we’re honest with each other, every one of us has some part of our walk that seems nearly impossible to fulfill … but we must remember that the Holy Scriptures are not optional … it is not our place to ‘adjust’ the Word of God to fit our individual lifestyles.  …  What we must do is first, love our God … and then, each other … (John 15:17) …….. Know that I will be praying for all of you …. and that you are walking in His word to the best of your ability…  and that you can confidently say that you are in the 10% group ……..  Hallelujah!!!

Until next time,

Red

August 17 

*Toronto Sun – “The world less religious now than in 2005” 

Comment from article:  “Those claiming to be religious dropped 9% since 2005, while atheism rose 3%” …… Seems to be heading in the wrong direction … but then, look at the condition of the world ….
*Reuters – “The end is near: December 21, 2012” 

Comment from article:  “This was a report Reuters published on May 1st, 2012.  Think about that.  10% of the world population thinks the world as we know it, will end this year because of interpreted predictions of Mayan prophecy and the predictions of Nostradamus, Mother Shipton and the Hopi Indians, among others. … That’s about 700,000 people.  So how is the world preparing for the coming devastation? … They’re partying!” ……………. Isn’t it interesting how people will listen to these sorts of people but will not pay much attention to Bible prophecy … but then, didn’t the Bible say it would be this way in these last days? ….  Matthew 24:37-39 is one of several examples … “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.  38) For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark;  39)  and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away.  That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.”

*CNBC – “Asia prepares for food price shock”
*Japan Daily Press – “Japan’s Sakurajima volcano releasing largest amount of ash in 20 years:  Ground swollen around volcano”

Just what they need!  First there were earthquakes & tsunamis followed by a nuclear disaster … typhoons … now this!

*Yahoo News – “Hezbollah says can kill tens of thousands of Israelis” 

War is definitely coming to the Holy Land …… but just when is the big question …………….

August 18 

*Radio New Zealand – “6.6 magnitude earthquake strikes Sulawesi:  Many dead and injured”

*WND – “Arab Spring run amok:  ‘Brotherhood’ starts crucifixions” 
The article goes on to say that “extra brutality is reserved for Christians” …. If this is their version of ‘spring’, I shudder to imagine what their ‘fall & winter’ will look like …………….

*The Washington Times – “Unemployment rates rose in 44 states in July” 

……… but aren’t they say it’s getting better? ……………

August 19

*Seattle Times – “Former U.S. Comptroller General’s chilling new warning to Americans”

This guy was there … right in the middle of it … and goes on to say that ongoing inability of our elected officials to reach compromise on critical issues such as the rapidly rising national debt, the soaring unemployment, etc., will lead this country to ultimate financial & civil breakdown …. scary stuff, especially from an “insider” … but it really shouldn’t surprise us as we’ve seen it coming for quite some time.  The tragedy is that the vast majority of folks are simply ignoring it! … a dangerous state of mind to have in these trying times … 


*Reuters – “5.5 quake hits off the coast of Washington State”

Lots of talk as of late concerning the vulnerability of the U.S. West Coast to potentially massive earthquakes ……….. Some believe that these smaller ones are just a precursor to the “Big One” …

*Volcano Discovery – “Lava flow detected at Ecuador’s Tungurahua Volcano”

*The Extinction Protocol – “6.2 magnitude quake rattles region of Papua, New Guinea”

August 20

*Reuters – “6.6 magnitude earthquake strikes Indonesia”

*The Times of Israel – “Netanyahu ‘determined to attack Iran’ before U.S. elections, claims Israel’s channel 10”

I’ve been essentially agreeing with this possibility for some time now, especially since our election will have virtually no bearing on their decision …. Why? … If Obama is reelected,  America will continue to move further away from our support of the Jewish state, meaning they will still be on their own even more so than they are right now, or ….. if Romney is elected, Israel will have our support and their ‘premature’ decision to attack now will be supported anyway …. so Netanyahu has nothing to lose, either way ……. and the longer he waits, the tougher it’s going to be to destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities …

*The Examiner – “Global Warming:  Drought linked to weather warfare”

I don’t know how true this is, but the History Channel has been showing a documentary which claims the current droughts, floods, hurricanes, and even earthquakes are a result of weather manipulation by certain sinister parties. …. The final question from their point is … “Does this mean that the Weapons of Mass Destruction of the future is weather?” ……………  I would imagine that with the advancement of technology in today’s world that a bit of this is possible, but what I know is true is that because of the world’s rejection of God through war & moral decay, most of what we are seeing is His judgement upon us
… and also to warn us that,  through His prophets teachings, that time is very short before it all comes crashing down around us …..

*The Telegraph – “Finland prepares for break-up of Eurozone:  Germanylooks to possibility of returning to Deutsche Mark”

Here we go again!  Like I said a few weeks back, when summer starts coming to a close, the inept leaders of our world will no longer be able ti ‘ignore’ the inevitable … just watch with keen interest as we move into the autumn months … it will be peeked with ‘prophetic’ interest ….

August 21

*The Blaze – “Mark of the Beast?:  Elementary school mulling plan to scan kids’ palms in the lunch line”

Revelation 13:16 says that everyone will “receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead” in order to be able to “buy or sell” anything …….  just another indicator as to how modern technology makes this prophecy more relevant …….

*KDUZ /KARP – “Scientists discover new super volcano”

Comment from article:  “Discovered hidden in the same location as the notorious Mt. Vesuvius, which erupted in AD 79 … only this time, 3 million people live in the location.”

*The Jerusalem Post – “Egypt preparing to send aircraft, tanks into Sinai”

…. As if the rest of their border problems weren’t enough … looks like the 30+ year peace treaty with Egypt is all but kapoot!

*Discovery – “Earth’s inhabitants live in menacing shadow of volcanic dangers” 

Comment from article:  “Planet Earth is riddled with unmonitered volcanoes and many could erupt with scant notice to the world, causing anything from minor inconvenience to famines or catastrophic death and destruction”  ….. This site is NOT a conspiracy theory type of organization, but a legitimate scientific research outfit … and when reading this, it confirms what I’ve been seeing take place for quite some time. … I’ve been tracking all this stuff for some 35 years now  (I know I’m sick)  because of my fascination with Bible prophecy, and I can tell you that events such as earthquakes, famine, volcanoes, and the like have been increasing at an ever rapid pace … (quadruple since 1980!) … I can guarantee you that these are the “Birth pains” Jesus was referring to in Matthew 24:8  …. so don’t be one of the ‘naysayers’ that always tell us that this stuff has always gone on .. it has, but not to this degree!  2 Peter 3:3-4 speaks directly to these folks. It says that “In the last days, scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires.  4) They will say, ‘Where is this coming he promised?'” ….  Trust me when I say that He is coming .. and very soon!!!
August 22

*Fox News – “2012 on course to be worst West Nile Virus year ever: CDC says cases rising at alarming rate” 

*Fox News – “School under fire for allowing churches to feed football team” 
The culprit? … The ‘Freedom From Religion’ group … and man, are they paranoid about God, or what?!  It’s so interesting to see how hard these people work to ‘stamp out’ our God … it has to be a guilty conscience or something of that sort to create such a strong desire to do this. … As difficult as it is, our job is simply to pray fore these poor, determined, and lost souls … How sad it must be to live in such a world without any hope ………. Just wondering, but would they take food from a church if maybe they were starving? .. or something? …….
*The Bottom Line – “Americans throw away 40% or their food: Study” 

I don’t usually mention these types of stories, but …. this is most likely true …. and incredibly sad!  Think about it! … over one billion people in this world go to bed hungry every night ..   and we throw away almost half of what is given to us! …………  reckoning is coming!!

*WND Money – “Fourth straight year of trillion dollar deficit” 

How long can this go on? … and as we know, no one seems to know how or be able to agree on how to “fix” this massive problem ………….  not much longer …

*Rapture Ready – “Radical Islam joins the DNC” 

In this article, the specifically mentioned muslim leaders who are heading up this deal are known radicals with their ultimate stated intent to be ‘Islamist supremacy’ in the U.S. …. How nice! … Anything to get the votes …. 

*France 24 – “U.S. corn, soy prices hit records as drought lingers” 
……..  and we throw away almost half of our food?! …

*BBC News – “Greece asks for more time to finalize austerity cuts” 

I sincerely doubt Germany will accept this, which could start the ‘domino effect’  … as soon as everyone gets back from vacation, watch out!  

*Volcano Discovery – “Explosive activity increases at Ecuador’s Tungurahua Volcano”

August 23
*CNBC – “Odds of global recession are now 100% – Leading world economists” 

Duh!!! …. What have I been saying? … This is how the coming ‘world leader’ will gain control of the reigns of global government. … It’s just around the proverbial corner ……

Well, that’s it for another week of fun-filled news and information. … I’ve already ranted enough in the individual stories themselves, so I’ll spare you any more details …  
I want to thank you all for two specific things this week. … First, we had our second-highest number of visits to our sight this past week.  I & Mary thank you all so much and continue to encourage each of you to send our site on to your list of contacts.  It is so much appreciated! ….. And secondly, my wife is home from the hospital & is in the recovery period.  She was in real trouble for a time, but all your prayers were felt and ultimately resulted in her healing. … May God richly bless each of you as we continue in our journey through these most interesting times …. I’m so glad I get to share them with each of you …
Until next time,

Red 

August 21, 2012

As most of you know, my wife Robbin went to the hospital last Friday evening with an undetermined illness.
For two days the doctors ran every test imaginable to try and find the cause.  … During this time, I must say that she was in real trouble and quite frankly, I was scared to death for her. …. Finally, they did determine that the cause was a severe infection in the blood stream … The source is still unknown but they do know how to treat it.  …….. I was able to bring her home with me yesterday.  She is still extremely weak but is feeling somewhat better. …….. Your prayers & support were .. and are still greatly appreciated!

During those dark hours of waiting and praying, many thoughts flooded my mind ….. all the feelings and memories of past days …. of 43 years spent together …. of how long its been … and then the reality of how short this journey on earth truly is  ….. and then I began thinking  about all the people living in this out-of-control world and how little time each of them have to make the most important decision they will ever be faced with, which ultimately will determine where they spend eternity. 

When I watched my wife struggling, it made me realize that none of us know when our “moment” will be upon us.  Just a few days earlier, she was OK and life as we knew it was good and moving along normally.
But then … BAM … it all changed … and so very quickly!!  

So this week. I feel that God wants me to share with each of you a call to salvation … After reading this, I would hope & pray that each of you would take just a moment out of your busy lives and reflect on what I’m about to share with you ………. 

……… One heartbeat … that’s it! … that’s all! ……… You’re only one heartbeat away from eternity …

……… Everything you have … your life, your breath … this moment … it’s all borrowed …

……… It’s all a gift … and at any moment, it all ends with a heartbeat … and there is NO MORE TIME …

……… One heartbeat … and the chance to be saved is gone … there is no more choosing …

……… It’s all sealed for eternal life or eternal death …

……… The only thing we can be sure of is that it will come … and the only time we can be sure of is now …
           Right Now!

……… Now is all you and I have … now is the Time of Salvation  …….

Remember this … There is no sin so deep that His love isn’t deeper… no life so hopeless … No soul so far away … and no darkness so dark that His love isn’t greater still.

God is Salvation … God is deliverance … protection … rescue … freedom … refuge … and safety. 

It all begins with the receiving … with the opening of one’s heart … with the turning away from darkness and to the light … with the giving of one’s self … the committing of one’s life … a vow of love … a prayer … a decision … a total & unconditional YES! ….. and the time is NOW!!!

Once again, thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all your love & support during this time of trial … It just reconfirms to me that there is nothing has wonderful and reassuring as a loving Christian family …

Until next time,

Red
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