Monthly Archives: April 2015
Jesus told us in Matthew 24:9 … “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me.” …
The world is exploding all around us. … For those of us who study the prophecies of the Bible, we knew it was coming. … Well people, it is here! … Jesus Himself warns us that as we draw nearer to His triumphant return, many calamities would fall upon mankind, one being the persecution of those who choose to follow Him. … Every day we wake up, we are seeing and hearing more and more horror stories of Christ’s followers in many places around the world being beheaded, burned alive, imprisoned, or exiled from their homes and families. … It is simply amazing to witness Christ’s words come to life right before our eyes!
Christian persecution certainly has been with us since the first century, ebbing and flowing with each passing century. … Then about 239 years ago, America was born and, at the outset up until just recently, it has been a fairly safe haven for Christians to worship openly. …. But sadly, even this ‘safe haven’ is rapidly vanishing right before our very eyes! …
For any of us who have a basic understanding of the history of this nation, we saw the ‘beginning of the end’ starting to take place in the 1960s’ & 70s’ … the moral standards that had helped guide this nation to prominence began to collapse. … The death of nearly 60 million babies along with the onslaught of the ‘Gay’ movement certainly proves this point. … And now, it is not only escalating, but the presumed rights of some doesn’t seem to apply to others! … Again, it is simply amazing to watch how ‘tolerance’ is expected, that is unless you disagree with these movements. …
Let’s for a moment look at just a few of the comments from the past few days …
*James Dobson: – “Christians soon to be the ‘hated minority’ ”
*Washington Post – ” ‘Killing Jews is Worship’ posters will soon appear on NYC subways and buses”
*Fox News – “Navy Chaplain censored: ‘Don’t pray in the name of Jesus’ ”
*World Net Daily – (Comments from Rush Limbaugh) … “The liberals view Christianity as an evil majority. They hate Christianity in and of itself. They hate what it stands for … judgmentalism, the suredness of it, the faith aspect of it. They hate that Christianity provides a repository for faith & confidence in something other than government, which is where they want all power localized.”
*Franklin Graham – “We’re in real danger if something isn’t done to put a stop to this kind of deliberate targeting and malicious treatment of Christians.” … He went on to use the owners of ‘Sweet Cakes by Melissa,’ a company in Oregon who was just ordered by a judge to pay $135,000 to a lesbian couple for emotional suffering after the company refused to make them a wedding cake.
… These owners have already lost their home and now the government wants to throw them out on the street. … Another classic example of ‘one-way’ rights …..
*Canada Free Press – (Judi McLeod, editor) … “It seems that each passing day is getting worse in America and western society in general, where night is now falling. .. Perversions of every kind now infiltrates the pop culture; the kind of perversion that is increasingly difficult to protect children against. .. Lies masquerade as truth. .. The dragon of worry and anxiety is keeping us awake nights and many are feeling so alone.”
…. and just one more …
*Christian Post – “Dear Churches in America: Prepare to be Treated like 1st Century Christians in Rome” …. (The following are comments from Wallace Henley) ….. “The United States Supreme Court may soon liberate the biblically conservative church from old ‘prejudices’ that should have long ago been ‘jettisoned,’ forcing it into ‘rightly bowing to the enlightenments of modernity,’ in the words of a recent writer in the New York Times. ..
“Homosexuality must be removed from the ‘sin list’ and, according to an MSNBC commentator, traditional marriage proponents must be forced ‘to do things they don’t want to do.’ … Sadly, this crusade will be like the Marxist ‘liberation’ movements that promised to ‘free’ people, but really were about control and suppression. …
“The culmination may come as the Supreme Court hears oral arguments on same-sex marriage cases beginning April 28th. .. By July 1st the Court possibly will issue an official ruling regarding the constitutional right to homosexual marriage. … The Court’s decision may impact the form of biblically based churches dramatically. .. Churches that hold to a strict and conservative interpretation of the Bible’s teaching about gender and marriage may find themselves ‘Romanized.’ ”
Ya think?!!! … Most everyone who follows this stuff believes the Supreme Court’s approval of same-sex marriage is a done deal. … It is already legal in 36 states as well as The District of Columbia. .. So once this becomes the official legal position of this land, what do you suppose will happen next? .. You guessed it … a rapidly increasing pressure on any and every Christian organization that does its best to follow the Holy Scriptures from a literal position … Churches, schools, businesses … you name it. …
Sadly, many church organizations today are ‘giving in’ to the ways of modern society. … Many feel that the ‘old ways’ are outdated and it’s time to ‘join society’ as we become more highly educated and ‘enlightened.’ …. This, too, was prophesied by Christ as being another sign of His soon return.
… He told us that deception would only increase as we draw ever closer. … (see Matthew 24, Mark 13 & Luke 21 for Christ’s prophecies concerning these times) … You can also look to 2 Timothy 4:3-4 where the ‘itching ear’ theology of the last days is mentioned. .. Men will ‘adjust’ the scriptures to fit their own desires. .. This is proving to be true, and more so with each passing day.
Because the subject of homosexuality seems to be the ‘hot topic’ of the day, let me share just one passage of the Bible that addresses it clearly …. 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 drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the Kingdom of God.” …Certainly there is a whole list of no-no’s, and it is crystal clear that the ‘Gay Movement’ in America is part of it.
So here’s the bottom line … if you choose to follow the Bible according to EVERYTHING it teaches, no matter what society says, you are going to be persecuted! …. Personally, I believe the ‘true’ Church of Jesus Christ will be forced underground within the next few months. … These fanatics that espouse equal rights & tolerance are going to do everything in their power to shut you down, and this includes the few churches that stick to their convictions. ….
So what can we do? … Be Joyful!!! … I know .. you think I’ve totally lost my mind … but seriously, think about it. … This is just another of the last-days prophecies coming to pass … just more conclusive proof that Jesus is coming to fix this mess we have created! … Hallelujah!!!
Yes … the true Church may have to go into hiding for a time, but it will be brief. … and when things seem to get really difficult, remember these words the Book of James … “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.” (1:12) … So ……. Be of good cheer, knowing that if you refuse to succumb to the lies of this world, you will receive the “crown of life” that is promised, and spend eternity in eternal bliss & joy! … Hallelujah!!!
Until next time,
“And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars ….. ” … (Matthew 24:6) … Toward the end of His earthly ministry, Jesus’ disciples asked Him a direct question …. “What will be the sign of Your coming, and the end of the age?” .. Jesus proceeded to list off several specific occurrences to watch for. .. (See Matthew 24, Mark 13 & Luke 21) … ‘Wars & rumors of wars was one of them. …
Certainly there have been wars and rumors of them since the dawning of mankind, but nothing compared to what is going on today. … We know, like ‘birth pains,’ that the signs of the end will only increase as we draw ever nearer to the actual moment. … Just take a quick glance back to the last century. … World Wars 1 & 2 alone claimed some 75 million lives, not to mention all the other conflagrations just this nation alone was involved in. … And today? …. The rumors are non-stop!
So, is World War 3 just about to explode? … Right now, there is a strange mix of media, religious and political pundits all uttering the unthinkable. … There seems to be a sense that ‘something ominous’ is just around the corner. … Foolish speculation? … or truth?
Let me list just a few statements that point directly to this very issue …
*Radio host Mark Levin – “I believe World War 3 has begun, and I believe we are going to be attacked.”
*Pope Francis – “A type of piecemeal World War 3 may have already begun with the current state of crimes, massacres and destruction.”
*Former U.S. Rep Michele Bachmann – says she believes the nuclear pact with Iran, brokered by the Obama Administration, heralds World War 3.
*Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev – warns that the Ukrainian crisis could evolve into World War 3 and, if it does, Vladimir Putin might find it ‘unavoidable to launch nuclear missiles.’
*Former Ukrainian Ambassador Yuri Shcherbak also says the Ukrainian crisis could trigger World War 3.
*Glenn Beck – “World War 3 is coming and nobody will recognize it yet.”
*King of Jordan – says he wants to wage World War 3 on ISIS.
*Author Noah Beck – says Obama’s nuclear talks with Iran will lead to World War 3.
Let me now list just a few of the world news headlines from just the last couple of days ….
*Daily Mail/UK – “Scientists warn world must prepare for global catastrophe …. Top concerns are volcanoes, comets & Nuclear War”
*Telegraph/UK – Europe faces real threat from Russia, warns U.S. Army Commander – USA moves missiles to Warsaw”
*Daily Mail/UK – “Putin warship & nuclear bombers menace the UK: Navy frigate & RAF Typhoons are sent to head off latest incursion from Russia”
*Washington Examiner – “Netanyahu warns of 2nd holocaust from Iran”
*Jerusalem Post – “Putin warns Israel against selling arms to Ukraine”
*Reuters – “China to build 5 nuclear facilities in Iran – North Korea delivers missile goods to Iran during nuke talks”
*The Hill.com – “Showdown: Iran sending Armada of ships toward Yemen”
*The Hill.com – “U.S. sends Aircraft Carrier to Yemeni waters as tensions with Iran escalate”
*Washington post – “Iraqis flee as ISIS gains ground”
…… and this is just some of them ……
We can speculate and debate all this stuff until the cows come home .. but that is just what it is … speculation! … So let us now go to the only source of the real truth in this universe … the Holy Bible. .. As the opening verse said …. “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars” … but then it goes on to say, “See that you are not troubled. For all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.”
Yes, it is a biblical fact that we will witness wars & rumors increasingly as we draw near … but let’s look at some of the actual prophesied wars. … We see in Psalm 83 that Israel will be assaulted by many of her neighbors, and the specific nations mentioned are the closest Arab/Muslim ones …. Syrians, northern Iraqis, Jordanians, Lebanese, Palestinians,etc. … In fact, I believe this may be the next big war in the Middle East that will result in an Israeli victory, which will give them back much more of the land that was originally covenanted to them by God. ….
Then there’s the coming Gog/Magog War mentioned specifically in Ezekiel 38 & 39. … Here we see an alliance of the King of the North (Magog – which is Russia & her northern allies) and Persia (modern-day Iran) that will take place, I believe, shortly after the Psalm 83 wars. … This war will be settled by none other than our Almighty God! … He will intervene supernaturally to protect His chosen people … (It is very interesting also to note that none of the countries mentioned in Psalm 83 are involved in the Ezekiel war. … and why? … because they’ve already been defeated by Israel!)
The last one I will address will be the final one … the one the world will recognize as World War 3 … Armageddon! … You can read about this in the Book of of Revelation, culminating in chapter 19. … In short, this will be the final war mankind will witness. … This is when the Lord Jesus Christ Himself comes with His armies of Heaven and defeats the anti-christ and his armies and sets up His Kingdom here on Earth. … Hallelujah!
There’s so much more, but it would be literally impossible to address all of it right here … right now. … So yes, there will be wars and rumors of wars, and it’s going to get much scarier out there as we march ever closer to the day of judgement. … But here is what I want each of you to remember. … YOU DON”T HAVE TO BE AFRAID! … All you have to do is put your complete trust in Jesus Christ, and He will set you free! … Hallelujah! … All this craziness will be over soon and He will come back to rule this Earth .. and think of this … it will be a place where there will be NO sickness or disease, NO sadness & tears, and yes, NO wars & rumors of wars! … It will be a place that only knows love & kindness … a place where each and every one of you will be safe and unafraid. … and the only price of admission? … Faith in Jesus Christ as your Lord & Savior! …. That’s it! ….. Hallelujah!
OK … will visit with all of you again soon with whatever the Lord puts on my heart … so …….
Until next time,
Daniel 12:4 says … “But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.” … Then in verse 9, it says .. ” … for the words are closed up till the time of the end.”
Daniel, one of the great prophets of end-time events, was given many visions that he could not understand, and here he is told to ‘seal them up’ because they would NOT be understood until the close of the age. … This is just an example of one of those visions … that people would be running ‘to & fro’ and that man’s knowledge would increase rapidly in the last days. …. If anyone denies that this is taking place .. right now .. before our very eyes .. then I would say that they are delusional! … Just look back 100 years and it is simply amazing as to just how fast it is all accelerating .. and it is increasing by the hour!
Just for clarity, let me share some examples of what I am talking about. … My mother, who passed away in 1997, and I had several conversations regarding this subject. … She was born in 1914 and was raised on a homestead in eastern Montana. .. One of their many sources of recreation was riding horses bareback. …. Her family got to go to town about once a year, by horse & buggy, and it wasn’t to shop at the malls, but simply to buy supplies so they could survive another year out there. ..
Oh, and by the way, there were 11 children and two parents, all living in a 3-room house … Think of it! … In just her lifetime, she witnessed this kind of primitive living to seeing a man walk on the moon!
… and there was so much more in just that brief span of time! …
Now I want to take you back just 60 tears to 1955. .. I was 13 years old. … Bill Haley & The Comets, Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry were dominating the music scene, and we’d just seen our 1st TV set come into our neighborhood … All of us neighborhood kids got to go see Howdy Doody a couple of times a week! … How cool was that! …. We even had dial telephones with 5-digit numbers. …
Let me share with you just a few more examples of what it was like just those few short years ago and then compare it to now. … It will simply amaze you, not to mention that it totally verifies just exactly what the prophet Daniel was talking about. ………………
*Did you hear the Post Office is thinking about charging 7 cents just to mail a letter?
*If they raise the minimum wage to $1.00, nobody will be able to hire outside help at the store.
*When I first started driving, who would have thought gas would someday cost 25 cents a gallon.
*I’m afraid to send my kinds to the movies any more. Ever since they let Clark Gable get by with saying DAMN in Gone With the Wind, it seems every new movie has either HELL or DAMN in it.
*I read the other day where some scientist thinks it’s possible to put a man on the moon by the end of the century. They even have some fellows the call astronauts preparing for it down in Texas.
*Did you see where some baseball player just signed a contract for $50,000 a year just to play ball? It wouldn’t surprise me if someday they’ll be making more than the President.
*I never thought I’d see the day all our kitchen appliances would be electric. They’re even making electric typewriters now.
*It’s too bad things are so tough nowadays. I see where a few married women are having to work to make ends meet.
*It won’t be long before young couples are going to have to hire someone to watch their kids so they both can work.
*I’m afraid the Volkswagen car is going to open the door to a whole lot of foreign business.
*Thank goodness I won’t live to see the day when the government takes half our income in taxes. I sometimes wonder if we are electing the best people to government.
*The fast-food restaurant is convenient for a quick meal, but I seriously doubt they will ever catch on.
*There is no sense going on short trips anymore for the weekend. It costs nearly $2.00 a night to stay in a hotel.
*No one can afford to be sick anymore. At $15.00 a day in the hospital, it’s too rich for my blood.
*If they think I’ll pay 30 cents for a haircut, forget it!
The list goes on and on. … I know that when we just take a quick glimpse back, it is truly amazing as to just how much things have changed. ….
Like this prophecy in Daniel, there are 100’s more that bare out the same proofs that we are, in fact, approaching the end of days. ..I will continue to bring them to you as the Lord leads ….. and never forget the best part. … Because all these prophecies are coming to pass, it only means that we are just that much closer to our Lord’s triumphant return! … Hallelujah! … Personally, I can’t wait!
Until next time,