Monthly Archives: January 2013

January 29, 2013

When will the world end? … How will it end? …
As we already know, the Scriptures are not silent about the future of
our world and the events leading to the end of the age. … Jesus gave
His 12 disciples the picture of what the world would look like as they
sat on the Mount of Olives overlooking the beautiful city of Jerusalem
….. “Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came
to Him privately, saying,  ‘Tell us …
what will be the sign of your coming, and of the
end of the age?'” (Matthew 24:3) … Christ then went into specific
detail as to what to watch for in the entire chapter of Matthew 24 as
well as  Mark 13 and Luke 21, … and summed it up by stating, 
“Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near,
right at the door.”  (Matthew 24:33)

When reading through these specific Scriptures,
as I often do, it hit me that I should look at, and then bring to you,
some specific examples of just what these signs are. …. So after some
research and prayer, I settled on these 10 specific ‘conditions’ to
share with you ….  Because of the length of this ‘brief’ research,
I’ve decided to spread it over two writings.  Hence, here are the
first five  ……

1) The Signs of Nature – Luke 21:11 says, 
“There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various
places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.” ……
This subject has always been the least respected, even among believers. 
The mere mention of it usually evokes a sneer accompanied by the words,
“Come on, what else is new?  There have always been earthquakes
tornadoes, volcanoes, plagues, famine and illnesses ….”  
But those who have this attitude forget that Jesus said the signs would
be like “birth pains” (Matthew 24:8) .  This simply means
they will increase in frequency and intensity the closer we get to the
Lord’s return. …. And NEVER has this been more true! .. We are seeing
records falling in almost every area of record-keeping when it comes
to these types of events.  … Just last week, scientists said
that they’ve never witnessed the magnitude of volcanic activity taking
place around the globe. … Also just last week, we saw high & low
temperature records fall in both hemispheres, not to mention the severe
drought that is continuing to worsen over much of the world. … There’s
a lot more, but for the sake of time, I’ll stop here. For more specific
Scriptures, also see Revelation 112:6 & 16:21. … Plus, Revelation
6:7-8 tells of the ‘Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse’, which refers
to famine, war & plague.

2) Moral Decay – 2 Timothy 3:1-4 says,  “But
mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2) People
will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive,
disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3) without love, unforgiving,
slanderous, without self control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4)
treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers
of God … ”  … This passage sounds just like a typical
news headline today! … Notice the three things it says people will
love in the last days … self, money and pleasure ….. So let’s break
it down …….. The love of self is ‘humanism’ – the belief that man
can accomplish anything on his own. …….. The love of money is ‘materialism’
– When humanism is your religion, your god will always be money. ……..
The love of pleasure is ‘hedonism’ – the lifestyle that is always produced
by humanism and materialism.  (Hedonism is ‘the indulgent pursuit
of pleasure as a way of life’). …….. Finally, when people choose
humanism, materialism, and hedonism, the end result is always ‘nihilism’
….. which simply is a fancy word for despair. …… Need I emphasize
that our world is wallowing in despair today?  We live in a society
plagued by abortion, homosexuality, domestic violence, child molestation,
blasphemy, pornography, drug abuse, and on and on …… I think the
aforementioned passage in 2 Timothy prophesied it quite accurately. 

3) Deception – I think there may be more signs in
this category than in any other. … 2 Timothy 4:3-4 says it clearly
… “For a time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. 
Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great
number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4) They
will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” 
…  Some of the negative spiritual signs that are specifically
prophesied include false christs, cults, heresies, apostasy, skepticism,
deception, occultism, and persecution. …. The one that Jesus mentioned
most frequently was false christs and their evil followers (see Matthew
24:5,11, 24). … And in fulfillment of these prophesies, we have seen
an explosion of cults since about 1850. …. For more Scriptures concerning
deception, see also Romans 16:17-18, Ephesians 5:6, 2 Peter 2:1, 1 Timothy
4:1.

4) The Knowledge Explosion – Daniel 12:4 states, 
“But you, Daniel, close up and seal the words of the scroll until
the time of the end.  Many will run to and fro to increase knowledge.”
………..  and we certainly are “running to and fro’ …
like crazy people! ….. and the increase in knowledge? … My mother
and I used to talk about this. .. She was born in 1914 .. just 99 years
ago … and what she had seen in just that short time span was amazing!
… from horseback to men walking on the moon …
and in just my time, from no TV until the 4th grade to today’s fast-moving,
constantly evolving technology. ….. From the perspective of Bible
prophecy, there are many end-time  prophetic events that simply
could not be understood apart from modern technological developments.
… 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 three and a half days, and
the WHOLE WORLD will gaze upon them.  How could anyone understand
such a prophecy before the development of satellite television, computers,
etc.? ….. In another example, how could the Antichrist control all
buying and selling worldwide (Revelation 13) without the
aide of computer technology? … How could the False
Prophet create the illusion of giving life to a statue (Revelation 13)
without the technology of holograms, virtual reality, and robotics?
…. How could an army of 200 million come out of the Far East (Revelation
9) before the population explosion? …. How could the Gospel of Jesus
Christ be proclaimed to all the world (Matthew 24) before the invention
of movies, television & the internet? ….. The list goes on and
on ……

5) Ezekiel War – The Bible pictures a great power
located in the land of Magog in the “remote parts of the north.” 
… This nation will menace 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, right before
our very eyes.

So that’s it for the first five. … Next week,
I will bring you the last five which will include “The World Church”
.. ‘The Reviving Roman Empire” … “The World Economy”
… “Israel” … and finally, “As in the Days of Noah” 
….

I know I look at world news every day and study
constantly as to how it relates to our day and time, but when you put
it into perspective as these 10 categories do, it is quite shocking
to look at how obvious it is that we are truly living in the final moments
leading up to our Savior’s return. … and what is also stunning to
me is that more people just don’t see it! … but then, isn’t that how
the Bible said it would be? ….

See you next week for the conclusion … and once
again, Mary & I want to thank you so much for your interest and
participation in our site … and please be sure & share it with
your contacts.  This is the way we, as Christian brothers &
sisters, will get the Word out … at least for as long as we can ….
God bless each of you!

Until next time,

Red

January 18


*Volcano Discovery – “The Great Awakening: 
10 volcanoes awaken in one week”




*Terra Daily – “WHO says Dengue showing signs
of global ‘epidemic’ potential”




*The Sydney Morning herald – “City sizzles
in record heat … Temps reach 115.7 degrees”




January 19




*Chicago Tribune – “Meteorologists confounded:
Snow disappears from Chicago skies”

… It’s another weather record …. Dallas, Texas
has had more snow than Chicago? … That’s weird!

*NBC News – “After a century without it, Cuba
now scrambling to contain Cholera”

January 20

*The Extinction Protocol – “Russia: Record
snow .. Sydney, record heat:  Is the magnetic field reversal throwing
the plant’s weather into chaos?”

…. Magnetic field reversal? … Anyone else heard
of this? ….

January 21

*The Times of Israel – “Obama-Netanyahu relationship
is ‘most dysfunctional’ ever”

….. and it most likely will continue … a very
dangerous ‘condition’ for our nation ….

*Focus Taiwan – “Magnitude 5.5 earthquake strikes
northeastern Taiwan”




*RT Live – “Snowpocalypse Russia:  ‘Snow
tsunami’ swallows streets, cars and buildings”




*MyWay – “Russia moves to enact anti-gay law
nationwide”

…… and it’s really not a Christian nation …
how come they ‘get it’ and we don’t? ….

*Joel Rosenberg – “Egyptian leader has urged
Arabs to ‘nurse our children … on hatred’ for Jews and zionists …
called Jews ‘blood-suckers’ and ‘pigs’ “

….. This should NOT surprise anyone who has done
any research concerning the doctrines of Islam. … They simply believe
in ‘conversion or death’ as the ONLY option … Anything else you may
hear concerning the ‘peaceful’ side of their faith is pure nonsense
and lies ….

*World Net Daily – “Obama gives shout out to
‘gay’ brothers”

…. This was done during his inaugural speech,
and this particular segment makes ‘gay-rights’ history. …. Once again,
this is a position which is totally contrary and out-of-step with the
Holy Scriptures …. Why is it that we NEVER learn from history? …
Every nation in the past to fall into such moral decadence as this ends
up in the ‘human waste basket’ of history … We must pray for this
nation!

January 22




*RT Live – “Major volcanic & earthquake
activity ….




   -Authorities report volcanic eruptions
& earthquakes intensifying in Kamchatka …


   -New Zealand’s White Island volcano
exhibiting strongest activity in decades …


   -Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano erupts
in Chile …


   -Eruptive activity on the rise at two
sites on big island’s Kilauea volcano .. biggest lava pool ever …


   -Tavurvur volcano erupts in New Guinea
.. ash cloud diverts flights …


   -Strong 6.0 earthquake kills one in
Indonesia …


   -Strong 5.8 earthquake strikes east
coast of Brazil …


…. and this is just one day! …..

*NE News Now – “40th anniversary:  Remember
the children”

… This is Roe vs. Wade, which was the Supreme
Court’s decision to legalize abortion ….

*CNS News – “Obama Inaugural:  ‘If God
truly created us equal, homosexual love is equal as well”

… If you missed this week’s commentary … “The
Curse of Compromise” …you might want to give it a glance …
it gives much Scriptural support refuting this false ‘discussion’ ……

*EU Observer – “Merkel and Hollande dream of
EU ‘Utopia’ “

Comment from article:  “The leaders of
Germany and France encouraged young people to be ‘utopian’ and dream
of a European Federal State.”

….. Rest assured, this WILL soon take place, only
to be taken over by the coming world ruler, the anti-christ ….

*The Guardian – “Japanese minister: ‘Let elderly
people hurry up and die’ “

…. maybe they should ‘adopt’ Obamacare ……

January 23




*Volcano Discovery – “Seismic swarm at Chile’s
Copahue volcano increases likelihood of new eruptions”




*Climate Central – “The Big Chill:  Unusual
stratospheric phenomenon is bringing frigid cold to U.S.”

… There’s been a lot of ‘unusual phenomenon’ concerning
the world’s climate recently … hmmmmm

*Trend – “Iran, Russia sign security agreement”

… ‘Gog’ (the King of the North) in unity with
Persia … Sounds like it’s right out of the Book of Ezekiel, chapters 38 &39 … This ‘Ezekiel War’ is coming
very soon …… (For more info, go to the ‘teaching’ tab on this site
and click on the “Ezekiel War”) …..

*World Net Daily – ” ‘Harbinger’ author Jonathan
Cahn, speaking at the presidential inaugural breakfast, said this: 
‘What we once knew to be immoral, we celebrate.  What we once knew
to be right, we war against.’  He concluded by saying,
‘A thousand apostate ministers swearing on a thousand
Bibles will not change one jot or tittle of the Word of God.”

…. I LOVE IT! … We need more people like this
standing up for the true Word of God ….

*The Jerusalem Post – “Russia warns Israel,
west against attack on Iran”

…… Once again, we see ‘Gog’ protecting ‘Persia’
(Ezekiel 38) ……

January 24




*The Guardian – “Antibiotic-resistant diseases
pose ‘apocalyptic’ threat, top expert says”

… “There will be great earthquakes, famines
and pestilences …..” (Luke 21:11)

*Morality in America – “Jefferson Bible published
.. copies given to president and congress”

Comment from article:  “The American Humanist
Association (AHA) has created a Jefferson Bible for the 21st century
by deciding which religious passages are, or are not, worthy of inclusion.”

…. Just remember this … Jefferson, our 3rd president,
created this manuscript by extracting only the moral teachings and non-miraculous
activities of Jesus Christ from the four New Testament Gospels ….
It’s heresy, at best! …

*Volcano Discovery – Today




   -Reventador volcano (Ecuador) enters
new eruption with lava flows and explosions …


   -10 volcanic quakes rock Taal volcano
(Philippines) …


   -4.0 earthquake strikes 30 miles south
of Lake Tahoe …


   -3.9 earthquake hits Paradox Valley
(colorado) …

Another 7 days closer to our Lord’s return, and
as usual, the news prophesying this glorious coming event didn’t ‘disappoint.
…. Besides all the climate, volcanic activity & earthquake activity,
what seems to dominate my thoughts most is how fast our nation is sliding
in the the moral abyss … how sinful lifestyles spoken of in God’s
Holy Word are being celebrated by our top leaders. … and then couple
this with our continuing rapid deterioration of our relationship with
God’s chosen people .. the jews ..
….it would seem to me that God’s protection ..
what still remains .. will soon be totally removed from this once-blessed
land. …. We are already seeing signs of this ‘loss of protection’
in the form of unprecedented weather events, massive record-breaking
drought, a national debt that can only have one end result …. what
a tragic epitaph to a once-great nation of people that evangelized the
world and help usher in the re-birth of the nation Israel. … All I
can say is first, to pray for a miracle to take place to reverse this
fatal path we’ve taken … and to tell as many as you can of who your
Savior is … That message alone is the one that will soon be the only
one that matters … and has ‘eternal’ consequences …

May God richly bless each of you … and know that
Mary & I are praying for you …

Until next time,

Red 

January 22, 2013

I want to start off this week with an article published on World Net Daily …. “Evangelical minister calls to embrace LGBT” …. It goes on to say, “An influential Evangelical minister has declared his support for monogamous and loving same-sex relationships, and called on the Church to stop treating ‘gay’ people as pariahs. … The Reverend Steve Chalke, a Baptist minister who founded the Christian charity Oasis, says the time has come for the Church to demonstrate its compassion and commitment to ‘inclusivity’.”

My comment to this article was as follows … “another one ‘bites the dust’ … While I agree with his statement that we should stop treating them as pariahs, I can NEVER agree that we should accept a lifestyle that is specifically singled out as sin in the Bible.”

If we look around at today’s ‘landscape’ concerning the Church, we see compromise at almost every level.
Allow me to list just a few obvious ones ….

*The ‘Avoidance’ Doctrine – ‘Don’t talk about it and it will go away’ mentality … Joel Osteen is a classic example of this type of teaching. .. When asked specifically about homosexuality and if it has a place in the Church, his answer was something like ‘I have people in my Church who have opinions either way. I choose not to go there.” …… How tragic! …. This man reaches literally thousands of people every week, and chooses to avoid the subject of sin? … amazing! … and sadly, he is not the only one. … The ‘seeker-friendly’ mentality now permeates the American Church. …. So what does Jesus think of this approach? …No one in Scripture spoke more of judgement than Jesus. .. No picture or illustrations of judgement are more intense and sobering than those Jesus portrayed. ….. Should we do any less?!

*There’s more than one way to Heaven – This ‘universal’ approach to this doctrine is becoming more widespread by the day … but here again, the Bible is very specific as to ‘how’ & ‘who’ is the way … Only Jesus! … Just one example is the one verse most of the world has heard … John 3:16 .. “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever BELIEVES IN HIM shall not perish but have eternal life.” (emphasis mine). … I just don’t see the merit of discussion on this point.

*Abortion – We are now a nation that openly supports this form of ‘murder’ …. statistics show that the majority of the country supports it. …. We mourn the death of the 20 children at Newtown, as we should, but we turn our eyes away from the other 55 million babies that have been slaughtered. … The hypocrisy is beyond my comprehension!

*The Institution of Marriage – Simply, marriage is quickly becoming ‘obsolete’ in our society. … More and more couples are choosing not to engage in the ‘official’ ceremony. … Even our country’s laws in many instances favor people that don’t ‘tie the knot’ ….Just another ‘slap in the face’ concerning God’s laws ….

There’s so many more but you get the point …. So what has happened to the ‘sound doctrine’ the Bible so clearly teaches? … Well, let’s start with 1 Timothy 4:1 which says, “The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.” … One more example is in 2 Timothy 4:3-4 which states, “For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4) They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.”

In fact, these ‘deceivers’ are now coming out with their own versions of the Bible, which they call translations, that basically eliminate anything and everything that makers them uncomfortable, or makes it too difficult to follow … to ‘adjust’ the words to fit what they think is now acceptable … to be ‘relevant’ … verses that speak specifically against moral perversion or homosexuality are either altered , or eliminated from these ‘new age’ versions.

…One of the ‘modern-day’ myths concerning homosexuality is that many say the subject is only specifically addressed in the Old Testament … and that the New Testament has a different attitude toward it. … O really!
… Let me once again let the Bible destroy this myth … 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 says this … “Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders 10) nor thieves nor the greedy nor the drunkards nor the slanderers nor the swindlers will inherit the Kingdom of God.” … Here’s just one more … Romans 1:26-27 says, “… God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. 27) In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.” … Now both of these Scriptures are found in the New Testament. …. Here’s just a few more for your own study … Matthew 15:19, Acts 15:20,29 & 21:25, Romans 13:13, 1 Corinthians 5:9-11 & 10:8, Galations 5:19, Ephesians 5:3, Colossians 3:5, 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5, 1 Timothy 1:8-11, Jude 7, Hebrews 12:16 & 13:4, Revelations 2:14 & 20, 21:8 & 22:12-16 .. That should be sufficient to show the deception concerning the issue of immorality, including the now nationally accepted practice of homosexuality.

I don’t want to get too lengthy here, but I want to share another example of what can happen when we turn our backs on sinful behavior spelled out in the Bible. …. I’m now teaching a class on Revelation, and we are currently ‘walking’ through the seven churches of chapters 2 & 3. In many instances, we see the sin of immorality slip into their midst. Two such are Pergamum (Revelation 2:12-17) and Thyatira (Revelation 2:18-29). … In both cases, the sin of sexual immorality was allowed to creep in … and in both examples, harsh judgement was promised. .. Christ Himself said that He “will fight this sin with the sword of His mouth” (vs.16) … and in the other, that “they would suffer intensely … I will strike her children dead.” (vs. 20) … Doesn’t get much clearer than that.

As for deception, Romans 16:17-18 speaks to it clearly … “I urge you brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. 18) For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people.” (also see Ephesians 5:6-7) …. and that is exactly what is happening in our world today. People are falling for all this false teaching, and as a consequence, are putting themselves in jeopardy.

… and this is an alarming point to be made here … we who hold to the true teachings of Scripture are becoming the ONLY religious group NOT tolerated in today’s society. … We are seen as ‘intolerant’ because we take what the Bible says ‘literally’ and hold to the teaching that Jesus Christ is the ONLY way to Heaven. …. But knowing Scripture, we are aware that it would be this way in these final days leading up to our Lord’s return … and because of this knowledge, I know that I will be able to stand against whatever comes my way ….

Jesus tells us in Matthew 24:37-39 that … “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.”

…. and sadly, many who think they know, but are willing to compromise the truth of His Word will face this moment, spoken of by Christ Himself in Matthew 7:21-23 … “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. 22) Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophecy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ 23) Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ “

My prayer is for each of you, in that when you read this, you will look at your own walk …. at what your pastors and teachers are telling you … at how willing you may be to ‘accept’ anything that is contrary to the Word of God…. Yes, we are to love all and testify the truth to as many as we can while there is still time … but we are NEVER to ‘sell out’ His word just to make someone feel better, or to not risk offending them … Think of it this way.. by NOT telling them … to avoid the subject of sin … may cause them ‘eternal’ consequences. …. Personally, I’m not willing to take that chance …. and even if they get angry with you, they at least might ‘think about it’ in their quiet times.

Keep up the ‘good fight and stay the course …. The Lord is coming soon and His blessings will be beyond imagination!!! ……… and know that I am praying for each of you ………………….

Until next time,

Red

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