Monthly Archives: May 2013

May 28, 2013
“Repent! … The Time is Near!” ……. “He Is Coming Soon!” …… “The Time of the Lord is Upon Us!” ..

Tired of hearing this stuff? ….. Sick of some ‘nut-case’ telling you your entire world is about to change? …
… The Bible tells us that this will be the attitude of most in the end times. … 2 Peter 3:3-4 says,  “First of all, you must understand 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?  Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation’ ” 

Are you one of these ‘scoffers’? …. If you are, you are not alone. … After all, every generation has been preaching this from the beginning of time … so why should now be any different? … For the next few minutes, I want to share with you absolute proof that this is, in fact, the last generation before the glorious and triumphant return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  …Yes! ..”The Time of the Lord is upon us!”

First of all, the Bible clearly states that we cannot know the time of the Lord’s return (Matthew 25:13), but the Scriptures do say that we can know the season. … 1 Thessalonians 5:2-6 says,  “You yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night … But you brethren, are not in darkness, that the day should overtake you like a thief;  for you are all sons of light and son of day.  We are not of night or darkness;  so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober.”

This passage asserts that Jesus is coming like “a thief in the night.”  But then it becomes clear that this will be true only for the pagan world and not for believers.  His return should be NO SURPRISE to those who know Him and His Word, for we have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to give us understanding of the nature of the times.

Furthermore, the Scriptures give us signs to watch for – signs that will signal that Jesus is ready to return.  The writer of Hebrews referred to these signs when he proclaimed that believers should encourage one another when they see the day of judgement drawing near (Hebrews 10:25-27).  Jesus Himself  referred to the end-time signs, which are documented in three of the Gospels … Matthew 24, Mark 13 & Luke 21. ….
Speaking directly of these signs which He had given to His disciples, He said,  “When you see all these things, recognize that He (the Son of Man – that is, Jesus) is near, right at the door” (Matthew  24:33)

Let me now share with you just some of the obvious signs that are currently taking place which verify beyond a shadow of a doubt the imminence of His return. … When reviewing this evidence, a ‘scoffer’ could try and punch holes in one, or maybe even a couple, but when you put them all together, it’s way beyond coincidence.  

  *Pestilence – The Signs of Nature 

This category of signs has always been the least respected, even among believers.  The mere mention of it usually evokes a sneer accompanied by words like … “Come on, what else is new? There have always been earthquakes and tornadoes and volcanoes, famine and pandemics … ” …. While this is true, what the doubters forget is that Jesus said these signs would be like “Birth Pains” (Matthew 24:8). … That means they will increase in frequency and intensity the closer we get to the Lord’s return. … In other words, there will more frequent natural disasters and more intense ones. …… and this is exactly what is now taking place all across the planet. .. There have been more records fall in almost every category than has ever happened since they began keeping stats … and there doesn’t seem to be any let-up …. and according to Scripture, there won’t be! …Romans 1:18 says,  “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness … “

  *Wars and Rumors of Wars – World Politics

“You will hear of wars and rumors of wars … for nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom …” (Matthew 24:6-7). ….. Again, there have always been wars, but the Bible prophesies a very specific end-time configuration of world politics …. Israel being re-established (more on this later) and surrounded by her enemies (Zechariah 12:2-3) …. Daniel prophesiedthat the Roman Empire would be revived (Daniel 2:36-41), and that began after World War Two with the formation of the European Common Market that has since morphed into the modern-day European Union. … Next, the Bible foresaw a great power located in theland of Magog in the “remote parts of the north.”  This nation (Russia) will menace Israel in the end times and will ultimately lead an invasion of Israel, accompanied by Persia (Iran) and several other  modern-day Muslim states …. and how about Revelation 9:16 that illustrates an army of 200 million from the East.  This was never a remote possibility until these times!  We now know that China, by herself, could field an army of this size! 

And what about modern-day weapons such as nuclear bombs and chemicals … Zechariah 14:12 says, ….
“Their flesh shall dissolve while they stand on their feet, Their eyes shall dissolve in heir sockets, and their tongues shall dissolve in their mouths.” … How about Ezekiel 38:22 which says,  “… I will pour down torrents of rain, hailstones and burning sulfur …” and 39:6 … “I will send fire on Magog, and on those who live in safety in the coastlands …” (Also see 2 Peter 3:7, Luke 21:26) …. Only modern-day weapons could fulfill these kinds of events …… 

  *Worldwide Deception – Spiritual Signs

“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.  They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” …. 2 Timothy 4:3-4

Some of the specific spiritual signs that are prophesied include false christs, cultic groups, heresies, apostasy, skepticism, deception, occultism, and persecution. … The one Jesus mentioned most frequently was false christs and their cultic groups (Matthew 24:5, 11, 24). … Do we see this today? … If you don’t, you’d have to be totally spiritually blind! …  

Tragically, multitudes today are conforming to this world rather than to the true teachings of Jesus Christ.  
Many of today’s churches look more and more like the secular world, proclaiming nothing more than messages of self-help and becoming ‘world-wealthy’. .. It’s hard to tell the difference between the world and the church. …   What a tragedy to be going the wrong way in such times as these!  (also see Ezekiel 33:30-33,  Amos 8:11-12,  1 Timothy 4:1,  Luke 21:8)

  *Moral Breakdown – Signs of Society

“Realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come.  For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God … ”  2 Timothy 3:1-4 …..

Sounds like it’s right out of today’s headlines …. and the three things it says people will love the most? … self, money & pleasure! …. Need I say our world is wallowing in despair today?  … We live in a society plagued by abortion, homosexuality, domestic & civil violence, child molestation, blasphemy, pornography, drug abuse …. and on & on …. Isaiah 5:20 says this,  “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.”
(also see Matthew 24:12, 37)

  *Knowledge Explosion – Signs of Technology

” …. 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.” …….. Simply, there are many end-time prophecies that simply cannot be understood apart from modern technological developments. .. Consider the prophecy of Revelation 11 about the two witnesses who will call the world to repentance duringthe 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 (verse 9).  How could anyone understand such a prophecy before the development of satellite television?

Likewise, how could the Antichrist control all buying and selling worldwide (Revelation 13) without the aid 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 thepopulation explosion? … How could the Gospel be proclaimed to all the world (Matthew 24) before the invention of motion pictures, radio, television, and the internet? … The proof goes on & on …………

  *Rebirth of Israel 

This is perhaps the most obvious sign of them all! … Never in the history of mankind have we seen a nation cease to exist, an then ‘come back to life’. …. This of course happened on May 14th, 1948 when the Nation of Israel was recognized by the rest of the world (most of it anyway) …. This event was prophesied in many places in the Bible …. Ezekiel 28, 36 & 37, Isaiah 11:10-12 …. In addition, Israel was referenced in several other ways as to the time of the end …. Zechariah 12:2-3 says that she would be surrounded by her enemies in that day …. Well?…. She certainly is, not to mention that she had to come back into existence in order to be surrounded! …. Jesus also said in Matthew 24:32 … “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree:  As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near.” …. For clarity, Israel was referred to as a ‘fig tree’ in the Old Testament. … This simply says that she is back in existence in these last days. 

I know this commentary is somewhat lengthy, but it’s difficult to tell the whole story without some elaboration. … Trust me when I say I could have added much more, but for the sake of time …  with everyone running to & fro …. I kept it as short as possible …..

Isn’t it amazing though when you put all these things together. …. any thought of coincidence is totally destroyed! …. I pray for you who ‘scoff’ to see these things in a different light when it’s presented this way.

The bottom line is this …. we are living on borrowed time, and the crucial question for every human being is … “are you ready?” … Are you ready for the return of Jesus Christ? … Will He come as your Blessed Hope or your Holy Terror? ….. It WILL be one or the other, for God is determined to deal with sin, and He does so with either grace or wrath (John 3:36).
Know that I love each and every one of you and am constantly praying for you …. God knows who you are … Hallelujah!! 

Until next time,

Red

  

May 17




*Huffington Post – “Moderate 5.1 magnitude
quake ripples through Toronto, Canada … 4.0 rattles Los Angeles …
4.2 hits Canterbury, New Zealand”




*Examiner – “IRS asked pro-life group about
‘the content of their prayers’ “


…. If anyone still thinks Christians are immune
to government scrutiny ….  think again! … It’s here!

May 18




*The Sunday Times – “Mexico’s ‘Popo’ volcano
erupts … Mexico City on alert”




*Reuters – “Shallow 4.8 quake strikes in Yellow
Sea off coast of North Korea”




*Santiago Times – “Hundreds of dead animals
litter Chilean beach — No explanation”




*Reuters – “6.0 magnitude quake strikes off
coast of northern Japan’


…. Wonder how the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant
held up? …. Anybody’s guess ….

May 19




*USGS – “Tension mounting on Pacific Plate: 
Region of Kamchatka rocked by scores of earthquakes”




Comment from article:  “A massive earthquake
swarm has occurred in the region of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia.
… More than 20 quakes have struck the region in the last 22 hours,
the strongest of which was a 5.9 magnitude.”




*ABC News – “Alaska’s Pavlof volcano ejects
lava 100’s of feet into the air”




*BBC – “Italy’s civil unrest: Thousands rally
in Rome against austerity cuts”


….. This unrest was led by the trade unionists
…. I don’t understand why they don’t understand …. They are broke
… their leaders can’t print money like we can … the economically
‘healthy’ countries (Germany) won’t give them a dime until they get
their financial act together  ….. How can these unions expect
things to stay the same? …. Guess it’ll be like that here when the
printing presses break from ‘overload’ ….

*Haaretz – “Syria’s Assad preparing missile
strike against Tel Aviv in case attacked again:  Israel’s Netanyahu
says Israel will keep stopping weapons transfer to Hezbollah”


… One spark could set this whole thing in motion
……

May 20




*CTV News – “Shallow 6.8 magnitude earthquake
strikes off coast of Aisen, Chile”




*Reuters – “Four fireballs fall over U.S. in
24-hour period”




*Your Health – “Evolving:  Deadly H7N9
virus develops drug-resistance to Tamiflu”




*CNN – “Quiet tornado season unwinds with rampage: 
Many tornadoes rip through at least 5 states in midwest:  Death
& destruction mounting”




*Fox News – “4.4 quake rattles Canada, northern
U.S.”




*CBS – “Civil unrest:  5 dead, 18 wounded
in weekend violence in Chicago”




Comment from article – “Teen mobs run wild
in downtown streets”


…. No jobs … no hope … how sad!

May 21




*Yahoo News – “Alaska’s Pavlof volcanic eruption
grows more violent:  International air traffic disrupted by ash
cloud”




*Bernama – “5.3 earthquake jolts eastern Caribbean
Islands”




*The Daily Beast – “How ‘Hope & Change’
gave way to spying on the press”




Comment from article:  “Much of the 4th
Estate (press) shrugged when the Obama Administration attacked Fox News.
… But now it’s coming for them, too.” …. This article was written
by Kirsten Powers, a liberal pundit on Fox News ….. Sounds like ‘Chicago
Politics’ is alive & well  …. or maybe a more appropriate
label would be the ‘KGB’ or ‘Gestapo’ …….




*The Times of Israel – “The Mid-East escalating: 
Yaalon (Israel) … we destoyed Syrian Golan position:


Damascus (Syria) … we fired on Israeli patrol”




May 22




*ABC News – “Mystery respiratory illness infects
7, kills 2 in Alabama”




*Ottowa Citizen – “WHO warns Saudi coronavirus
may be spreading:  Calls for urgent search for source”




*Reuters – “WHO chief warns, the world is unprepared
for a massive virus outbreak”


…. These last 3 articles remind me of the 4th
Horse of the Apocalypse … Revelation 6:7-8 says this …
“When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard
the voice of the fourth living creature say, ‘Come!’  8) I looked,
and then there before me was a pale horse!  It’s rider was named
Death, and Hades was following close behind him.  They were given
power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague
…..”   …. I believe we are seeing the prelude of
these coming pestilences ….

*Volcano Discovery – Activity Update




   -Sangeang Api volcano (Indonesia): 
Elevated seismic activity triggers alarm …


   -Costa Rica’s Turralba volcano emits
massive ash & gas trail …




*BBC – “Stockholm erupts in wave of violence
for third night”


….. A couple of days ago it was Italy … There’s
so much poverty in the Eurozone … and as the current recession deepens,
we will see more & more of this civil unrest ……

*Bancroft This Week – “5.2 magnitude earthquake
rumbles through North Hastings near Ottowa, Canada”




*Yahoo Finance – “Feds to continue stimulus
efforts:  Warns of premature ending would carry substantial risk”

…… Duh!!! … This means we are going to continue
‘pumping’ some $85+ billion a month of totally worthless money into
our economy! … I don’t know if many know this, but Bernanke’s “Quantative
Easing” has now, for the first time ever, injected over $1 trillion
into foreign banks! …. Just how long can this madness continue?! ….

May 23




*Jerusalem Post – “Israel preparing to survive
annihilation:  Warns of threat of surprise war & attacks on
multiple fronts”


…. Certainly there will be “wars and rumors
of wars” (Matthew 24:6) … and there are several prophecies regarding
‘the Sons of Ishmael’  (modern-day Muslims) attacking the revived
Jewish nation … Psalm 83 & Ezekiel 38 & 39 as examples …
and these wars WILL occur, ultimately leading to the ‘Big One’ … Armageddon
….

*Forbes – “Bernanke’s ‘Quantative Easing’ dance: 
Fed could taper in next two meetings – Tightening would collapse the
market”


…. This ‘tightening’ most likely WON’T take place
right away, but eventually has to …. and when it does, the term ‘collapse’
will be a ‘mild’ response to the final result … economic destruction
…. Watch closely this fall or early 2014 …..

*The Balfour Post – “Texas mega-church welcomes
Islamists to ‘Global Faith Forum’ “


…. Hey!  … This sounds like a great title
for the soon-coming world church, and partner of the also soon-to-arrive
world leader, the Anti-christ …. The church is Northwood Church in
Keller, Texas, and the event  will ‘headline’ several prominent
Islamists …… How tragic! … inviting this false & deceptive,
very violent belief system to the Pulpit of our churches …. This is
a classic case of pure Blasphemy! 

*The Wall Street Journal – “U.S. stocks temper
global market rout”


… Why worry? … The market is up! ….. but seriously,
the Fed’s remarks about tapering off the $$$ pumping scared the rest
of the world. …… Other than Wall Street, which seems to be ‘immune’
to anything right now, most international markets were down by as much
as 7+%! …. How fragile the world economy is!!!

This week’s news highlights two obvious concerns
relating to Biblical prophecies …. First is the rising concerns by
scientists concerning the fragility of the earth’s tectonic plates …..
There’s no question we are seeing a very rapid increase in earthquakes
& volcanoes right now … and scientists are very worried about
two possible mega-quake areas …. the Oregon coast and the New Madrid
fault line in the American midwest …. Certainly this is speculation
but the scientists we are talking about here are a very ‘credible’ group
….. I know there have always been these types of occurrences on planet
earth, but not like now …. These signs, to me, are pure evidence of
the “Birth Pains” spoken of by Jesus Himself in Matthew 24:8
….. Watch these ‘last-day’ symptoms to increase both in frequency
& intensity ….

…. and secondly this week are the obvious signs
of the fast-approaching economic collapse …. I don’t expect this to
take place for a few more months, but it IS coming … and soon! ….
Watch for a much-increased level of civil unrest across the world this
summer and beyond ……

…. And, as always, Mary & I want to thank
you all for your continued support & prayers … and please  
pray that God will continue to open our eyes to the coming events relating
to our Lord’s soon return. … Our only intent is to enlighten a ‘sleeping’
world as to the shortness of time and to try and reach as many as possible
before that GLORIOUS DAY! … Hallelujah !!! …. Know that we are praying
for every one of you, and God knows exactly who each of you are ….
Praise the Lord!!!

Until next time,

Red                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

May 21, 2013
For the past few weeks I’ve been talking about first, how the ‘True Church’ is under attack …. and then, how and why this was allowed to happen … how the majority of the Church walked away from it’s true purpose for which it was intended, and fell into  the condition spoken of by our Lord concerning the Laodicean Church in Revelation 3:14-22 …. the state of lukewarmness.  …… This week, I want to add one more layer to this conversation.  

Certainly there are a myriad of reasons why the Church has fallen so far, but the one I want to address tonight is the subject of ‘Nationalism’ …. how we in America have allowed this misguided ‘patriotism’ to creep into our sanctuaries and then shape and dominate the overall purpose of our ‘spiritual’ way of life.  …. Hence, the title of this commentary …….  

Let me start with a story I read several years back concerning Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul, Minnesota, pastored by Reverend Gregory Boyd.  Like most pastors in today’s thriving evangelical mega-churches, he was asked frequently to give his blessing — and the church’s — to conservative political candidates and causes. ….. These requests came from church members and visitors alike — Would he please announce a rally against gay marriage during the services?  .. Would he introduce a politician from the pulpit? … Could members set up a table in the lobby promoting their anti-abortion work? … Would the church distribute ‘voter’s guides’ that all but endorsed Republican candidates? … And with the country at war,  please couldn’t the church hang an American flag in the sanctuary?

…After refusing each time, Mr. Boyd finally became fed up, and decided to preach a series called “The Cross and the Sword” in which he said the church should steer clear of politics, give up moralizing on sexual issues, stop claiming the United States as a “Christian nation” and stop glorifying American military campaigns. … “When the church wins the cultural wars, it inevitably loses,” Mr. Boyd preached. … “When it conquers the world, it becomes the world. … When you put your trust in the sword, you lose the Cross.”

Pastor Boyd goes on to say in his article that he had been bothered for quite some time concerning the worldliness creeping into the church, but what finally put him ‘over the top’ was when he visited another mega-church’s worship service on a fourth of July. … The service finished with the singing of “God Bless America” and a video of fighter jets flying over a hill silhouetted with the Cross. ….”I thought to myself, ‘what just happened? … Fighter jets mixed up with the Cross?’ ” …. The rest is obvious … Oh, and by the way, Pastor Boyd, upon taking his stand against politics in the church, lost over 1000 members by the end of his series …. but since then, his church has regained all those initial losses and added many more ……  

…. Sadly, this mentality isn’t just happening in mega-churches, but also in most all evangelical churches, regardless of size. … In fact, many have taken on the same governing structures as has our country. … We have constitutions and full congregational voting… all participating in most all decisions concerning the church’s business. ….”It’s how we run the country so why not run the churches the same way?” .. Even though it seems ‘normal’, it’s not scriptural! ….. 

Let me now add comments from a very well-respected pastor … David Jeremiah. …  “Today there are many Christians who are bent on changing society through government programs, lobbying activities, civil disobedience, and pressure groups.  I do not find any place in the Bible that says this is the mission of the church of jesus Christ.  The mission of the church is witnessing to lost souls about the redemption provided by the Lord Jesus Christ.  This mission is being replaced by those who believe the Kingdom of God can be established here and now by our human activities.

“Jesus warned that in the last days before His return there would be a church which would brag about its growing strength and self-importance.  Today there are many undiscerning Christians who are looking for the Kingdom of God on earth, a kingdom where justice will reign and nations will exist in peaceful coexistence.  This arrogant church covets political power, not the power of God.  The revival we have sought seems so slow in coming,that many believe Christians should take the reins of government and legislate righteousness. … Yes, there is a better world coming, but not until those left on the earth experience a time of evil fiercer than this planet has ever seen.”

Pastor Jeremiah finishes up his discussion with a comment from Richard Halverson, the former esteemed chaplain of the U.S. Senate … “The more I listen to evangelicals talk, the less I hear about the hope of Christ’s coming again and the more I hear about making the U.S.A. a Christian nation, a prosperous nation …. sometimes I think if Christ would come back, it would constitute a terrible interruption of their plans.” 

From all I’ve witnessed and experienced over these past number of years, both of these pastors have hit the ‘nail on the head’ … simply, they ‘get it’! …. 

Yes, we may be ‘out-numbered’ in the short run … unpopular … considered out-of-step with today’s world …  but didn’t Jesus say this is the way it would be? … Once again, look at John 15:18-19 which 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.” …. Even Peter, in his 1st book (2:11) said we would be as “aliens and strangers in the world.”

With what time we have left, we need our ‘Houses of God’ to represent its Biblical purpose for existence. … It is NOT to be a house of politics or a promotion center for the United States, but a house of prayer …. not a house of business but a place of worship.  … Jesus is our Savior whom we worship, not a brand to market.  The body of Christ is a sanctuary of protection for the vulnerable … for children, single women, the abused … the bruised and broken in life. … The House of God is a refuge for those who have special needs and can’t keep up … a harbor of hope for those who are addicted and struggling ……….

The amazing opportunity of ministry that lies before the church awaits only one thing …  its awakening!
Stated simply, the people of God must return to a hunger and thirst for righteousness …. the ministers of God must repent of their failure to fulfill their calling … and the House of God needs to represent its Biblical purpose for existence. … In spite of all the spiritual devastation and famine in our land, it is NEVER too late to reach as many as we can before the final trumpet blows …… Hallelujah!

Until next time,

Red

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