Monthly Archives: April 2013
Fast, back on December 27 and for some reason, I never deleted
it … and quite honestly, I refer back to it quite often … and now
I know why. … It is the inspiration for this commentary of which I’m
about to write.
“So just as I was uploading this week’s commentary to our site
& facebook, I had two Jehovah’s Witnesses come to the door.
.. The same two ladies have been here before and they came back to see
if i had any questions and to share Scripture with me. … I was
able to share with them what i believe about jesus, and while I think
they were probably just being polite in listening, I also gave them
the card to the website. …. It made me wonder …… Why don’t we
ever have Christians knocking at our door to share tracts with us or
read Scriptures to us? … Why are the only religious groups that
have EVER come to my door in the past four years JW’s & Mormons?!?!?!”
Contrary to the teachings of these two cults where they believe they
must ‘work their way to Heaven’, we in the ‘regular’ churches of today
are saved by grace … not works … so we don’t have to! ….
The sad truth is this …. most of us in these ‘regular’ Christian churches
are basically just going through the motions … We live a ‘worldly’
life all week, show up at Church on Sunday, then leave the same way
we came…and then go out and lead that same ‘worldly’ life all over
again the next week! … “Just get me in, Lord … that’s
good enough for me” is the unexpressed attitude of many believers.
this “lukewarm” attitude … Look at what Jesus said to the
Laodicean Church in Revelation 3:14-17 ….. “These are the words
of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation.
15) 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
‘going through the motions, if you ask me! … and let’s for clarity
show one more Scripture that shares the same message … In 2 Timothy
3:5, Paul tells us that in the last days,
but denying its power.” …… In other words, they ‘act the act,’
but really do nothing to advance the Kingdom of God. …
e-mail …. Why isn’t anyone from the Church showing up at her door?
… Because people don’t care enough about the lost to go after them!
… They’re all too busy laying up treasures here on earth. ….. What
was it that Charles Spurgeon said in one of his sermons some 100+ years
ago? …. “If you do not care if the person sitting next to you
is saved, be sure to know that you yourself are not saved!”
are in the perilous times of the last days, and as the world continues
to deteriorate spiritually and morally at an ever-increasing pace, more
and more people will be seeking ‘that something’ that is so desperately
missing in their lives … Jesus Christ! … and who shows up at their
door? … The peddlers of false and deceiving doctrine … those who
believe they must work their way to Heaven …. the Mormons and the
Jehovah’s Witnesses … and what do they do? … They promise them all
the things their lost souls crave …. and sadly, both the false teachers
and those they reach out to are still lost!
follow Jesus Christ and live by His doctrine as best we can in this
crazy world need to be the ones ‘knocking on Mary’s door!’ … Acts
1:8 says, “… You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes
on you, and you will be my witnesses … ” …. We in today’s Church
have turned ‘inward’ and seem to stay in our comfort zones, but Jesus
said in His Sermon on the Mount, “You are the light of the
world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people
light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its
stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same
way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds
and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16) ..
as God allows, time is extremely short and today … not tomorrow …
today is the time to go out and ‘knock on that door’ you’ve been putting
off. …. Someone in desperate shape is just behind it, waiting
for the truth to be told to them … the hope that they so urgently
need! ….. Jesus says in Revelation 3:20 … “Here I am!
I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens
the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with Me.”
door to eternal salvation! …… Hallelujah !!!!!!
day, and know that Mary & I love each of you and are praying for
you all … (God knows exactly who you are)!
think! … You’ll be able to listen to my ramblings as well as reading
*National Journal – “Terror makes its way back to America: This time it’s different”
Comment from article: “The American Nightmare: Terrorism from sleeper cells launching attacks on large cities, mass police raids for suspects, and entire cities in virtual lockdown and living in fear … Is this the future of America?”
… Most likely it will be a part of our near future, along with all the other ‘pestilences’ taking place all around us ….. and why? …… We who know the Bible are aware of the answers to these questions …. Simply, it is the ‘Wrath of God’ descending upon a morally & spiritually fallen nation ……
*The Australian – “7.2 magnitude earthquake strikes kuril Islands”
…… Another BIG one ……
*The American Dream – “Is Pope Francis laying the groundwork for a one-world religion?”
Comment from article: “Does Pope Francis intend to help the global elite achieve their goal of uniting all of the religions of the world under a single banner? … Will he be instrumental in establishing a single global religion for the ‘Glorious New Age’ that the global elite believe is coming? …. After he was elected, the cover of Time Magazine declared Pope Francis to be the ‘New World Pope.’ … Since his election, Pope Francis has made it abundantly clear that he is going to make ecumenical outreach a top priority. … For example, in one recent address, he made it a point to say that he believes the Muslims worship and pray to the ‘one god’ that he also worships.”
Wow!! .. I didn’t know much about this guy when he first emerged as the leader of the one billion+ Catholic community, but now his ‘true colors’ are starting to show …… and I’m not the least bit surprised! … I’ve always believed the Vatican to be the religious ‘partner’ of the soon-coming Anti-christ … I’ll write more about this later in a separate article ……..
*U.S. News – “State of Emergency in Illinois … Deadly storms rock midwest”
….. and they just keep coming ……
*BBC News – “6.6 magnitude China quake kills scores in rural Sichuan”
*Bloomberg – “U.S. Aircraft Carrier Killer: China deploys anti-ship ballistic missiles along southern coast: Also testing new nuclear missiles”
……….For many centuries, this ‘sleeping giant’ did just that …. slept …. but NO MORE! … This “King of the East” is waking up just in time to fill its role in the end-time prophecies ……
*Fox News – “U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announces $250 million more aid to Syrian rebels”
…… The same ones who pledged their allegiance to Al Qaeda just last week?! … Just how much more stupid can we get?
*World Net daily – “Americans ‘Snapping’ by the millions’ “
Comment from article: “Statistics reveal record fear, stress, suicide …. terrorism …. chaos …. rising pestilence. …. fear of the future …. All taking place all around us, but what few seem to realize about this ‘transition’ is that the sheer stress of living in today’s America is driving tens of millions to the point of illness, depression and self destruction.”
…… It has been prophesied that in the last days, there will be “great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, nor ever shall be.” (Matthew 24:21) …. and that “many will come in my name … and will deceive … You will hear of wars and rumors of wars … there will be great famines, pestilences and earthquakes in various places. … All these are the beginning of sorrows.” (matthew 24:4-8)
…… For more information & statistics discussing this article in detail, please read this week’s commentary …… “Signs of the Times” (April 23rd) ……
*NBC News – “5.9 earthquake hits western Mexico, felt in Mexico City”
*Reuters – “Large Fireball lights up night skies over Argentina”
…. Is it just me, or has there been a lot of these lately? ……….
*Earthquake Report – “Moderate earthquake near Java volcano damages over 300 homes & causes injuries”
*UPI.com – “Chinese H7N9 Bird Flu cases rise to 102: 20 dead”
*Space Weather.com – “Big sunspot boosts odds for dangerous flares”
*NBC News – “More weather misery for U.S. midwest: Rain, snow to hammer towns already hit by flooding”
…… and they just keep coming ……
*Business Line – “7.3 magnitude earthquake hits northern Japan”
…… and another BIG one ……
*Zero Hedge – “Merkel to Europe: ‘Prepare to cede sovereignty”
….. So the ‘Zone’ looks like it may be ‘morphing’ into a true zone, with individual country’s boundaries dissolving right before our eyes …. We shouldn’t be surprised by this ….. We who follow end-time prophecy knows that eventually … and soon … the EU will form into a 10-nation or 10-zone representation …. it’s coming!
*World Net Daily – “Bone Appetit! Muslims go wild in ‘demonic ritual’ “
Comment from article: “A former Muslim Brotherhood terrorist claims a bizarre video released out of Egypt demonstrates the ‘demonic’ spirit that has gripped the nation since its 2011 Islamic Revolution. … The video shows a wedding celebration in which a group of men in a frenzy tear apart a live chicken by hand, then scrabble over its pieces to eat its raw flesh. …. The video is a glimpse into the dark and incomprehensible spirit that has possessed the souls of Egypt,’ claims Walid Shoebat, a former PLO operative who has since renounced his terrorist ways.”
….. Evil spirits are increasing their influence on all who follow any false teachings in these final days …. This is just one example of what will be increasing as we draw nearer ……
*Associated Press – “France legalizes ‘Gay’ Marriage after harsh debate”
…… That’s #14 ….
*Bloomberg – “War Drums: Israeli intelligence says Syria using chemical weapons”
…. Can you imagine? …. Chemical weapons & nuclear bombs right at your doorstep? … Controlled by a bunch of ‘nut-jobs’ who’ve sworn your destruction? …. I wonder what we would do?
*Yahoo News – “H7N9 declared ‘one of the most lethal flu viruses ever: Spreads beyond China mainland … 1st case reported in Taiwan”
*Voice of America News – “Moderate 5.6 quake strikes region of Afghanistan”
*Reuters – “6.5 magnitude earthquake strikes region of Papua, New Guinea”
*Joel Rosenberg – “U.S.-Israel sign new arms deal, but Obama team refuses to sell bunker-buster bombs … What message does that send to Iran?”
…. Not a very clear ‘support-of Israel’ message , Joel. … Will be interesting to see what Israel does with all of this ……
*The Jerusalem Post – “Israeli Air Force (IAF) shoots down hostile drone from lebanon off Haifa”
*France 24 – “Spanish unemployment rate at record 27.16%”
*CNS News – “Record number of U.S. households on food stamps … 1 out of every 5”
Some really interesting stuff this week …. from demonic demonstrations to terrorism to the advancement of the coming world church to the “Kings of the North & East building up their militaries while America continues to cut back …. Americans ‘snapping’ due to stress, chaos, and all the pestilence that is taking place all around them. …… And let’s not forget about the earthquakes this week …. 4 major ones with 2 over 7 magnitude …
not a common occurrence … until lately ..
Just a couple of quick comments about some of this … The statement by Pope Francis saying that Muslims worship the same God as he does? … Can you even imagine how misguided this theology truly is … and he is the leader of over 1 billion souls on this planet! ….. Jesus Himself said that “NO ONE comes to the Father BUT BY ME.” (emphasis mine) …. Guess the new Pope missed that verse, as well as many more just like it!
…. and is terrorism the new way of life in America? …. More than likely it is, as well as many other forms of ‘pestilences’ that are bound to haunt this nation that has almost completely removed God Almighty from the public place. …. Quite honestly, I’m surprised that He hasn’t poured out more upon us already! … But then I must always remember that He is always in control and it is all in His timing. … I just pray that more of the lost and misguided souls will turn their faces to Him before it is too late …….
Finally, for the sake of time … spend a few moments and read my last commentary titled “Signs of the Times”, dated April 23rd …. It shares some of the statistics about how Americans are ‘snapping’ and how suicide rates are skyrocketing due to all the stress & chaos surrounding our lives each day. … It is all based off an article written by David Kupelian, who also authored “The Marketing of Evil” … a brilliant narrative based upon the ‘selling’ of sinful lifestyles to our general public over the past 50+ years ….
Enough already! … I just enjoy sharing with each of you! …. Have a blessed week and keep your focus upon our great Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ …. and don’t let all these deceivers have their way with you … Every answer you need can be found in the Holy Scriptures … and if you can’t find it, let us know and we’ll find it together ….. Love you all!
Until next time,
April 23, 2013
An article by David Kupelian caught my eye this week …. It was titled “Americans ‘Snapping’ by the Millions’
…. and it starts out by saying ….. “Terrorism. Chaos. Fear of the Future …. America is undergoing a ‘fundamental transformation’ … that much everyone knows.”
He goes on to say that this transformation is being caused by the sheer stress of living in today’s America and is driving tens of millions to the point of illness, depression and self-destruction … but that amazingly, few seem to realize this! …. He then shares the following trends:
*Suicide has surpassed car crashes as the leading cause of injury death for Americans. … Even more disturbing is that more U.S. soldiers died last year by suicide than in combat.
*Fully one-third of the nation’s employees suffer chronic debilitating stress, and more than half of all ‘millennialists’ (18-33 year olds) experience a level of stress that keeps them awake at night, with many being diagnosed with depression & anxiety disorders.
*Shocking new research from the federal centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that one in five of all high-school aged children in the U.S. has been diagnosed with ADHD … and one in five pre-teens have been medically diagnosed with either ADHD, anxiety, depression or bipolar disorder.
*New research concludes that stress renders people susceptible to serious illness.
*Incredibly, 11% of all Americans aged 12 and older are currently taking SSRI antidepressants – those highly controversial, mood-altering psychiatric drugs with the FDA’s “suicidality” warning label and alarming correlation with school shooters.
Mr. Kupelian goes on to share many more alarming statistics, and then puts much of the blame on the current political climate, naming Mr. Obama as the worst president in U.S. history, and how his policies are contributing to the accelerating ‘evil climate’ that is tearing this land apart.
While this may be true, I would rather put the ‘politics’ aside and focus on the Bible prophecies that pointed to the conditions of our day. ….. There is no doubt that America is in a rapid decline in most all areas … and the reason is simple … This nation has turned its back on the one and only true God of the universe. …. Think about it for just a minute! ….. We have nearly succeeded in removing God from all aspects of public life …. We
have accepted life styles that are clearly defined as sin in the Holy Scriptures, one example being homosexuality. No matter how much we try to rationalize it, IT IS SIN (See Romans 1:27, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Jude 7- all New Testament). …. There are many more examples and anyone with any common sense and basic Bible knowledge knows what they are ….
Let me share this thought with you, and I hope it makes as much sense to you as it does to me …. We as a nation have chosen to live under the banner of ‘Separation of Church and State’ …. Now think about this for about one second …. As true and dedicated followers of Jesus Christ, can we really separate Him from ANY aspect of our life? … Let me use this example … one I’ve used several times in the past … Let’s say I was to run for public office and am a ‘practicing’ Christian … and I win! …. In order for me to fulfill the duties of my elected office, I would have to pray this prayer …. “Lord, I promise to do my best in all that I do … but there is one small problem … I can’t take you to work with me. … But I guess we don’t have to worry .. I’ll see you most evenings and certainly most every Sunday. … I hope you are OK with this arrangement.” ….
So what do you think about that? …. I can tell you as a student of the Bible that this is NOT acceptable to our Lord … He doesn’t expect us to be a part-time follower! … We either are, or we’re not! … We are either in, or we’re out! ….
Sadly, in my journey over these past 12+ years, I’ve experienced many ‘Christians’ who choose to live this way. … And as for the conditions Mr. Kupelian’s article points out, I’ve witnessed many in the Church who are suffering from the conditions he points out … depression, stress & fear … In fact, one Church I attended for a period of time was so stressed out that many, including the pastor, were taking anti-depressants. …
Let’s see what the Bible has to say …. 2 Timothy 3:1-4 says it about as clearly as possible … “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 … ” ……………. Sounds about accurate, wouldn’t you think?
Tragically, we in America have placed our values in all the things that are of no value in the eyes of God …
personal wealth .. popularity … what we wear & drive …. being the best “me” I can be …. But what happens when things start to unravel around us …. when the world begins to seem unstable to the point you can no longer ignore it …. How valuable then are all these “me” things? …. What part of any of that stuff will sustain you when all appears to be falling apart? ……
Jesus said in Matthew 6:19 …. “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.”
So, if you are feeling any, or all of the ‘symptoms’ previously pointed out …. uncertainty, fear, depression, lack of joy …. what can you do about it? …. Well, first of all, realize that you have most likely placed your values in the wrong places … and the ONLY way to resolve this problem is to turn yourself back to the Lord Jesus Christ … and I mean ALL OF YOU! ….
We know ‘the world is under the temporary control of the evil one’ … (1 John 5:19) … and that the ‘the wisdom of this world is foolishness’ (1 Corinthians 3:19) … and that the ‘friend of the world becomes the enemy of God’ (James 4:4) … so what do we need to do? … Depend upon “Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.” (1 Thessalonians 1:10) ….
Jesus Himself told us in Matthew 24, Mark 13 & luke 21 that this is how the world would be just prior to His return … a world full of the threat of war … famine …. pestilences such as volcanoes, illnesses & crazy weather….. earthquakes …. signs in the heavens …. but that we who are His would recognize these things.
Matthew 24:33 says this, “Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door.”
He is at the door … right now! … and He is waiting for each of us with open arms! …. Jesus said this to the lukewarm Christians of Laodicea in Revelation 3:20 … “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with Me.”
Wow! It doesn’t get any clearer than that! ……. Are you living in fear/ … Are you depressed? … Have you lost your joy? … The answer is simple … take your eyes off the world and gaze upon the saving grace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. …. He will not fail you! …..Peace & joy is waiting for you, right now! …. Hallelujah!!!
Until next time,