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This commentary is originally dated December 8, 2008 and since Red is briefly out of town he thought it would be a great opportunity to share it with you all again.  He has recorded the podcast to go with this article and you can find that below or on the iTunes store.


Pray for him and Robbin as they travel and he will be back with the news headlines later this week as per usual.


Wishing you every blessing,


Mary

—–
December 8, 2008
So
what lies ahead for the church of Jesus Christ? This is a question of
great concern to believers all over the world. As world conditions
worsen everywhere, many are wondering, “Is the Holy Spirit going to
revive the church before Jesus’ return? Will the Lord’s Body leave this
world with a whimper, or a shout?”

The
New Testament is jam-packed with predictions of many falling away in
the last days. Matthew 7:15 says that many false prophets will come like
wolves in sheep’s clothing, bringing powerful false teaching that
deceive, if possible, even the elect of God. (Matthew 24:24). Wickedness
will abound, causing once-hot believers to lose their first love.
Matthew 24:12 says, “Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of
most will grow cold.”

Jesus
prophesied these very things. As overwhelming sin and iniquity floods
the earth, He asks, “When the son of man comes, will He find faith on
the earth?” (Luke 18:8)
If
we stop and think about it for a moment, we realize that Jesus knew
everything we would be witnessing today — from horrifying terrorist
attacks, to the rise of militant homosexuality, to millions of lives
being taken by abortionists, and on and on. And in the midst of all this
He asks if we will continue to believe. Though things grow worse? Will
we lose our confidence when things don’t go as we thought they would?
Or — will we continue to trust in Him?
Remember
that Jesus knows all about terrorist threats, and wars and rumors of
wars. His word warns that the heathen will rage (Acts 4:25 KJV). He
knows that secular powers will grow stronger and try to outlaw His
church.
The
Bible says this about it all; “The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against His
annointed, saying, ‘Let us break their bonds in pieces and cast away
their cords from us.'” (Psalm 2:2-3 NKJV). In short, they want to cast
away all moral standards and very foundations of which the Church was
built upon.
What
does God say about these earthly powers and demon influenced people?
“He who sits in the Heavens shall laugh; the Lord shall hold them in
derision. (Psalm 2:4 NKJV) No matter how bad it looks, everything
remains under God’s control.
Let’s
thank God for His word from the Psalms. More and more we hear reports
about secularism wiping out the church in Europe, of Islam being the
fastest growing religions in the world, of homosexuals overtaking or
splitting entire denominations, of Christ’s church growing so weak it no
longer has any impact on society. Yet, in Matthew 16:18 God’s word
says, “On Christ the Rock God will build His church, and the gates of
Hell shall not prevail against it.” Remember this! Nothing from the
depths of Hell can hope to destroy Christ’s church. His eye is always on
His flock and through everything He warns Satan not to touch His
bride. Isaiah 54:15 says, “Indeed they shall surely assemble, but not
because of me. Whoever assembles against you shall fall for your sake.”
See what God says here? He says that the enemy will come against us, but He will NOT succeed!
For
a time, God will allow the devil to play his vile games, but it won’t
have any impact on God’s last-day plan for His people. Glory to the
Lord, His church cannot and will not be destroyed!
We
do see in these trying times the church suffering from the onslaught
of the enemy. So much so in some cases that it has created a separation
from God.
Where
do we see this separation today? I see it most obviously in
compromised mainline churches. All the unauthorized changes over these
past 2,000 years have all but destroyed the original foundations of
which Christ’s church was built upon. But also I see it in the soft
pedaled gospel of Post Modern churches (seeker friendly, etc.).
It
is evident that there has been a separation from God’s manifest
presence. It has happened just as Jesus and Paul prophesied: many have
become lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God…having a form of
religion with no power….despising the gospel of their
fathers….tearing down old moral landmarks….changing God’s infallible
Word to suit the times… (Reference 2 Timothy 3:1-5 and 4:3-4.)
I
challenge any and all of you to go to any city, from church to church
of every evangelical persuasion — try to find one where you recognize
the awesome presence of Jesus, where you encounter His heart-melting
connection. When the Lord is truly present, you recognize it, whether in
the singing, the preaching, or the fellowship. Something stirs your
soul, and it produces an awe and reverence. In my experience, this is
rarely found.
So
what can we do about it? To start with, we need to stop being part of
the problem and start rejoicing in the knowledge of our Lord’s constant
and unwavering love. We need to stop “going through the motions”. We
need to stop being lukewarm and become, as Pastor Dave Benson says, “hot
coals’. If enough of us do this, it will make a difference in our
Lord’s church. It’s the least we can do. After all, Christ died for it.
Quoting
David Wilkerson, “The nails that pierced Jesus’ hands and feet were
fashioned on the devil’s anvil. The sword that pierced His side was
forged in that smith shop of Hell. But the blood that poured forth from
His body has never lost its power.”
In
closing, we know that tough times are upon us and will continue to
increase for a time as like birth pains (Matthew 24). But let’s remember
what Jesus said in Luke 21:28, “When these things come to pass, then
look up, and lift up your heads: for your redemption draweth nigh.”
Brothers
and sisters, the day is coming when the whole world will see Jesus!
The apostle John envisioned “A great multitude, which no man could
number, of all nations, and kindred, and people, and tongues, stood
before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and
palms in their hands; and cried with a loud voice, saying ‘Salvation to
our God which sits upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.’ (Revelation
7:9-10)
Until next time,
Red

May 17

*Chicago Tribune – “CDC:  Illinois man is third reported case of MERS
in nation”

  
-Two cases now in The Netherlands …

  
-WHO calls on countries to step up prevention …

*Zero Hedge – ” ‘Feeding the
homeless’ is a crime in increasingly more U.S. cities”

…. The purpose is to ‘clean up the
streets!’ …. What an amazingly ‘loving’ nation we have become ….
*MyWay – “Record Balkan floods claim
at least 20 lives … sends tens of thousands fleeing”

*Mail Online – “Freak Frequency from
outside the Milky Way baffles astronomers”

…. Sounds like the movie ‘Contact’ ….
and possibly another ‘excuse’ for the massive disappearance of Christians in
the very near future …..
May 18

*The Telegraph – “The exodus of
Nigeria’s Christians”

… Why? .. They are fleeing the Islamist
Boko Haram, which are bent on eradicating them ….
*ABC – “Strong 6.4 quake hits
Indonesia”

*World Net Daily – “Claim:  Christians sin by putting kids in public
schools”

…. Who claimed this? .. His name is E.
Ray Moore and he is running for Lt. Governor of South Carolina. …. With
Bibles being banned all over the place and the government-funded and very
secular ‘Common Core’ curriculum now in place, I would have to agree with him!
May 19

*Jerusalem Post – “Israeli Defense
Chief warns of ‘storm on the horizon’ “

….. He cited two main reasons  …. the missile buildup in the Gaza Strip
and Iran’s ability to now go nuclear … 

*NBC – “70,000 fish turn up dead in
Marina Del Rey, California”

…. and once again, the scientists are
baffled …

*KHOU – “Dozens of Texas communities
with less than 90 days of water”

…. It was only a matter of time …
this horrible drought is now starting to take its toll …..

May 20

*The Examiner – “Obama’s
Israeli-Palestinian mediator accused of anti-Israel beliefs”

…. Figures! .. With the combination of
Obama, John Kerry and now this guy (Martin Indyk), what chance is there for Israel to get ‘fair treatment?’
*The College Fix – “Notre Dame
denies official recognition to pro-traditional marriage student group”

….. But same-sex support groups are
just fine! … The inequity continues to grow ……

*Reuters – “Hundreds evacuated in El
Salvador as volcanic activity picks up”

*World Net Daily – “Israel faces a
Global Media War”

…… The facts are in … Study reveals
blatant media bias, slanted reporting against the Jewish state. … Should we
be surprised? … It is prophetic! .. The Bible clearly states that  israel will
become more and more isolated in these last days ….

*Associated Press – “Judges order
bans on ‘gay’ marriage in Utah and Oregon as unconstitutional”

…. Does no one in public service
remember Sodom and Gomorrah?

*Associated Press – “Nosebleed
revives talk in Japan”

…. It started again when a journalist
visited the Fukushima nuclear disaster site, and now he has constant
nosebleeds. … and notice the word ‘revives’ in the headline? .. Did we really
think this thing was just going to go away?! ….

May 21

*Reuters – Magnitude 6.0 earthquake off
India’s east coast – no damage reported”

  
-5.4 quake strikes southern Iran …

  
-5.6 tremor hits Taiwan …

*Yahoo News – “California’s central
valley drought to cost 14,500 jobs”

…. Not what we need right now .. for
either unemployment numbers or the food supply. … Remember, California
supplies a large portion of our nation’s food supply ….

*Public Weather Service – “Mega
El-Nino developing – Potential ‘perfect storm’ for catastrophic weather”

…… ‘Birth Pains’ ……

*The Daily Caller – “Dem
Congressman:  ‘We’ve proved that
Communism works”

….. What ‘nut-job’ said this? ..
Florida Representative Joe Garcia ….. Well, Mr. Garcia, the only thing that
appears to have worked in your pathetic scenario is the nearly complete
elimination of God from the public square! …..

*Market Watch – “Fed President:  ‘Ticking Time Bomb’ “

…. His name is Charles Plosser and he
is the head of the Philadelphia Fed. … The ‘bomb,’ he says, is the $2.5
Trillion in ‘excess reserves,’ which translates to ‘loanable funds’ available
to both individual and corporate borrowers through the nation’s banks. … The
problem is the ‘funds’ are basically worthless, most all being purchased through
the printing of worthless, non-backed money! … (It’s called ‘Quantitive
Easing’) … We’ve known all along that this facade couldn’t go on forever. …
and it’s just about time to ‘call it in’ …. Look out!

Plus …

  
-47% of unemployed have ‘completely given up’ looking for work …

  
-Record 10,996,447 on disability …

May 22

*World Net Daily – “Big Chill:  Feds want to scour net, media for ‘hate
speech’ “

….. This is the intent of a new bill
from a pair of democratic lawmakers — Senator Ed Markley, D-Mass & Rep.
Hakeem Jeffries, D-New York. … The focus of the bill will be on internet
sites, broadcast, cable Television and radio shows. … Doesn’t take a ‘brain
surgeon’ to know that ‘conservative Christians’ will be one of their main targets
….

*BBC – “Thailand Military seizes
power in Coup”

 ….. Just wonder who and what the next failed
effort will be lead by? … Going forward, we will see more and more civil
unrest throughout the world …..

*Christian Headlines.com – “Many
criticize Glenn Beck’s Mormon speech at Liberty University Convocation”

…. He said this — “I am Mormon
and share your faith.” …. No wonder many are critical! .. Being a Mormon
and then claiming to share the Christian faith is an out-and-out lie! .. and
Liberty University should know better than to invite a member of a cult to be a
keynote speaker! ……. Now I know some will disagree with me and say I’m
judgmental and ‘non-diverse,’ but if you do, then I suggest you ‘read up’ on
what Mormons believe. … Two quick examples — ‘They don’t believe in the
Trinity’ and ‘Jesus and Satan are brothers’ …. Need I say more?! 

*Drudge Report – “Chuck Hagel:  ‘New World Order being built”

…. For once he’s right on something! ..
The Kings of the North and East (Russia & China) are working together —
The Revived Roman Empire (EU) is solidifying — The world’s previous
‘protector’ (USA) is ‘fading into the sunset’ — Quite perceptive, Chuck! ..
Now read your Bible and you will really know why!

*CBS – “Duck Dynasty star Phil
Robertson:  ‘They railed against me for
giving them the truth about their sins.”

…. Love your boldness, brother Phil!
… We all should be the same way … consistent and strong about our faith
…..

*Fox News – Wars & Rumors of Wars

  
-Korean warships exchange fire …

  
-At least 13 killed as Ukraine violence spikes …

  
-Thailand’s military seizes power in Coup …

               ——————————————————————————–

Well, that’s it for another week. .. Did
you notice it is only a ‘six-day’ period? … I’m leaving for Boise, Idaho
first thing in the morning so I wouldn’t have been able to finish this up …
hence, six days. … So why Boise, you ask? … My oldest daughter’s youngest
son (my grandson) is graduating from high school and we want to be there to
celebrate with him. … Also, we are going to meet our newest family member …
a brand new great-grandson! …. We are so excited! … My request is that you
pray for Robbin & I as we travel on this very busy holiday weekend. .. It
will be comforting to know that my Christian family has our backs as we venture
out in such crazy times. … May God bless you in advance!  — Stay tuned as I will be back in touch in
just a few days ..

Until next time,

Red

May 20, 2014
Folks have asked me many times why I am
so focused on Bible prophecy … why I spend so much time studying it, and then
sharing what God has shown me. ….. Well now that you have asked , here’s why
…. When I read this scripture I’m about to share, it was from that point that
I felt I had no choice ….. that I wanted, and NEEDED to share what God’s Word
has to say about this fallen world we live in, and what is soon coming upon
it.  … Here is that scripture ….
“The word of the Lord came to
me:  ‘Son of man, speak to your
countrymen and say to them:  When I bring
the sword against a land, and the people of the land choose one of their men
and make him their watchman, and he sees the sword coming against the land and
blows the trumpet to warn the people, then if anyone hears the trumpet but does
not take warning and the sword comers and takes his life, his blood will be on
his own head.  Since he heard the sound
of the trumpet but did not take warning, his blood will be on his own
head.  If he had taken warning, he would
have saved himself.  But if the watchman
sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the
sword comes and takes the life of one of them, the man will be taken away
because of his sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for his
blood.”  (Ezekiel 33:1-6) ….. So
now you can see clearly why I’m so convicted in sharing these things that God
has shared through His prophets of old. … Am I a prophet? … No …. but a
watchman? …. Yes! 
We know that Jesus Christ began his
earthly ministry by announcing the Good News of the soon-coming Kingdom of God
on Earth. (Mark 1:14-15) .. But before that Kingdom could be established, Jesus
said the ways of man would lead the world to the brink of annihilation. …
Yes, God’s Kingdom will be set up, but not until the kingdoms of this world are
crushed into submission. ….. (see Daniel and Revelation) …. Now even as bad
as we know it will get before Christ’s return, the Bible is very clear in
telling us that the vast majority of mankind will STILL refuse to repent.
…  Jesus, of course, certainly knew
this. .. But still, right before He ascended to heaven in the first century, He
told His disciples to witness unto the uttermost parts of the world (Acts 1:8).
… In fact, He commanded his disciples to warn the nations about the wrath
that is to come upon this disobedient and stubborn world. ….. For those of us
who follow the Word of God as obediently as we can, are we His disciples? …
You bet we are, and the instructions of our Savior didn’t just apply to the
disciples of the first century!
Now my question is this? … Why aren’t
there more preachers and religious organizations proclaiming this message? …
Why do most hold out hope for man to solve the problems of this world — even
as evil multiplies and the curses intensify? …. Here’s why! … It’s not
popular! … It doesn’t fill up the collection plates! … Nobody nowadays
wants to hear anything about judgement … only the ‘fluffy’ stuff! …. But
the Bible tells us clearly that this would be the case. .. In the same chapter
of Ezekiel 33, verse 31 says .. “They come to you as people do, they sit
before you as my people, and they hear your words, but they do not do
them;  for with their mouths they show
much love, but their hearts pursue their own gain.” …….. 2nd Timothy
4:3-4 also says that people will be seeking teachers who will tell them
“what their itching ears want to hear” instead of the truth of what
is coming upon this world.
At the end of Luke’s Gospel, Jesus
reminded His disciples that “all things” written in the Law of Moses,
the prophets and the Psalms would be fulfilled. … Everything recorded in
these books about the First and Second Coming of Christ — and the universal
destruction that would immediately precede His return — will be fulfilled
(Luke 24:44). … He then commanded His disciples to preach a message of
“repentance and remission of sins” to all nations (verse 47). ….
Even though ‘judgement preaching’ is not popular today, it IS necessary — and
required to point out the errors of our ways so that we know what to repent of.
….. There is a consequence for unforgiven sin. … Hell is mentioned 12 times
in the New Testament, and 11 of those times was by Christ Himself! …. He
NEVER ‘pulled punches’ and neither should we. ….. 
OK … I know I’m preaching again .. but
hey, I just can’t help it! … I just feel an urgency way down deep in my soul
to share the truth of God to as many as I can while there is still time. … As
I’ve been saying for several months now, I have never seen the signs of the end
lining up as they are right now. … In these next few weeks and months, we are
going to witness amazing events all around us. … Believe me when I say, the
heavens are ‘noisy’ right now! … War is raging in the spiritual realm all
around us! … The devil knows his time is short and is ‘turning up the heat’
…. 1 Peter 5:8 says that ‘He is like a roaring lion, looking for someone to
devour.” …. Don’t let that someone be you, or those you love. … Stop
putting off telling those who matter to you about Jesus Christ and His freeing
power. … Yes, times are going to get worse before they get better, but you
have a solution to it all! … Don’t keep it a secret!
….. There I go preaching again! ….
OK, know that I love each of you who share with me each week … and that I am
praying for you constantly … and promise each of you that I will NOT stop
until the trumpet blows …. Hallelujah! …., Please pray for me as well as
sometimes this ‘watchmen’ stuff gets incredibly heavy to carry around  …….
Until next time,
Red
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