Monthly Archives: September 2015

 

“Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. 33) So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near – at the doors!” (Matthew 24:32-33) ……

Well … Here we are! … All the hoopla regarding the ‘Shemitah and Blood Moon’ biblical speculations frenzy concerning the ‘end of days’ has come & gone, and the world seems to be going on just as before. … To the point, we’ve experienced an ever increasing number of these types of events in recent years … and, as usual, nothing appears to have taken place once again. …. Sadly, all these ‘misses’ cause more & more people to become skeptical to not only Bible prophecy, but also to the rest of its teachings as well. … This is tragic! … Why is it that some very well intentioned people have to go off the deep end and get into this date-setting thing? …. Again, it’s tragic because of the damage it causes the church, and only makes it more difficult concerning the work that has been set out before His followers. …

So today, I want to try and uplift those who are filled with disappointment and who feel completely mislead. … As a dedicated ‘watchman’ of God’s prophetic Word, these kinds of things only make me realize that I must work all that much harder to overcome the damage that has been done. …. Let me say it as plain as I can … Bible prophecy IS still 100% accurate! … and God intended for us to learn of it to help prepare us for what is truly about to come upon this world. … Why else would it include nearly one-third of the entire Bible? ….

So now, let’s get back to the basics of what I’m trying to say. …. As always, we shall use God’s Word to set the stage ….. In Jesus’ teachings concerning the end of days, He tells us plainly that even though we WILL NOT know the exact time, we WILL know the season! … Referring back to our opening passage, we see where He used the ‘Fig Tree’ as an example of what to watch for. .. When it ‘brings forth leaves,’ He tells us that this will indicate that we are ‘right at the door.’ … What does the fig tree represent? …. Many believe that it stands for Israel, and when it regained its status as a nation in 1948, that was the indicator of the real beginning of end-time signs. … While I believe this is true, I also believe that the fig tree also represents all the prophecies yet to be fulfilled in these final days. … Let me share just some of the other ‘signs ‘ that are currently taking place as of this writing ……

*Gog is stirring! .. After being ‘in the background’ since the fall of the USSR in 1991, Putin is bringing Russia (Magog – King of the North) back into the forefront of world politics ….

*Russia (Magog) & Iran (Persia) now are in full cooperation with one another – never seen before in history & never expected …

*Syria disintegrating right before our eyes, bringing forward the possibility of the soon-to-be-fulfilled prophecy of the utter destruction of Damascus (Isaiah 17:1) …

*This week’s gathering of the nations at the UN, which included the likes of Vladimir Putin, Barak Obama & Pope Francis, plus many more. … While all gave many words dripping of unity & togetherness, most missed the prophetic ‘big one!’ … The UN Agenda of September 25-27, 2015 agreed to the following … “Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”

… In short, it lays out an overview of a complete plan for nothing other than a global, or world government! (Revelation 13) … Not to be outdone, the Pope’s input concerning religious unity did not go unnoticed … also ultimately nothing short of the coming world church (Revelation 17) …

*”Peace & Safety’ – World leaders striving for peace, and in that process, are giving ‘nuclear license’ to fanatic regimes bent on wrecking havoc on the world so as to usher in their ‘messiah’ … For those who have studied history, this rings of England’s Chamberlain just before the outbreak of WW2 … Scripture says this … “For when they say, ‘Peace and safety!’ then suddenly destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.” (1 Thessalonians 5:3) …

*2 Timothy 3:1-4 says this … “But know this, that in the last days, perilous times will come: 2) For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3) unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4) traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.” …. Does this represent our world today? …. More than ever! …

*World Economy is imploding. … EU on the brink – America more than $18 trillion in debt & being dismantled right before our eyes. … In fact, the entire world is transforming as we watch in awe. .. Economic destruction is imminent, which will result in mankind’s desperate search for someone .. anyone .. who can save them! … Just take a guess at who that might be ……

*2 Timothy 4:3-4 … “For a time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4) and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.” ……Apostasy is raging! ..

People are fleeing the church because it has become so corrupted with false doctrine & self-greed. ..

Along with that is the rapidly increasing persecution of ‘true’ followers (the remnant) …

*Luke 21:25 says … ” …. and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity …” … Most all the nations of the earth are facing overwhelming problems for which there seems to be no solution. .. Hence, perplexity ..

*Increasing pestilence … Unprecedented weather events are becoming more ‘common’ by the hour … News headlines, now more than ever, shout biblical terms to describe them – terms such as ‘biblical’ & ‘apocalyptic’ ….. Also, 6+ earthquakes have quadrupled in the past two decades compared to any other time in recorded history. … So, too, volcanoes are increasing at a record pace. … Bottom line is this – all forms of pestilences are increasing exponentially ……

There’s so much more, but this will certainly give you a fairly good overview that we are certainly ‘in the season’ of Christ’s return. … My point is to try and encourage the discouraged who have been let down by the latest attempts to set dates. …. The signs & times we are living in are completely real & provable through the divine Word of God. … Now we must go forward and not let up on our mission, and that is to warn people that time is indeed short and its time to get their lives together so as they, too, can relish in the safety and peace of His promises. … God’s Word tells us what is coming and how we are to live in these perilous times … to be strong, loving, and encouraging to this dying world. … We are to be the ‘Light in the Darkness’ … Hallelujah!

I will close with this Twitter from Louis Giglio … “If we spent as much energy inviting people toward the love of Jesus as we did stressing over the Blood Moon Apocalypse …..” …. His point is right, and the results would be obvious … more people would hear of the truth and join Jesus Christ in His coming eternal Kingdom. …

Until next time,

Red

 

I was visiting with some dear Christian friends a few days ago and, of course, all the prognostications concerning this month of September came up … the Blood Moon phenomena – Jewish holidays falling on certain specific dates, including the close of the Shemitah year – the Pope’s visit … just about anything and everything one could imagine that is currently taking place. … During this conversation, we shared all sorts of thoughts including disappointment, excitement, expectation … all the emotions that come with these times we are now living in. … And guess what? .. Except for the final Blood Moon event, which is to take place in two days (28th), we are still here! … The Trumpet hasn’t blown and the sinful world hasn’t experienced severe havoc and destruction as of yet! …. which leads me to my thoughts concerning all this stuff ……..

Glancing back for a moment, how many times in just our lifetimes have we experienced specific date-setting in regards to the ‘end?’ … Just for fun, I went back to the time of Christ and took a quick glimpse. … The following are just a few of what I discovered ….. I found some 64 predictions dating back to AD 53. … There were three in the first millennium, with the year 1000 being the ‘big one.’ … That year has to go down as one of the most heightened periods of hysteria over the return of Christ. It seemed that all members of society at that time were affected by the prediction that Jesus was coming back at the start of the new millennium. … No specific prophetic events were happening at the time but it didn’t seem to matter. … The number 1000 seemed to be the sole reason! .. obviously, nothing happened. …

From 1001 – 1799 AD, I found five specific dates … 1033, 1186, 1420, 1524-26, 1534, 1650-60 & 1666 …. The year 1666 AD seems worth mentioning … For the citizens of London, this was not a banner year. .. A Bubonic Plague outbreak killed some 100,000 and the Great Fire of London struck the same year. Finally, the fact that the year ended with the Beast’s number — 666 — didn’t help matters. …

Now let’s move to the 1800’s where things really began to pick up. … In all, I found six ‘end of days’ predictions for just that century … 1809, 1814, 1836, 1843-44, 1859 & 1881. … The 1809 one is very interesting, to say the least. … Mary Bateman, who specialized in fortune-telling, had a magic chicken that laid eggs with end-time messages on them. .. One message said that Christ was coming. .. The uproar she created ended when an unannounced visitor caught her forcing an egg into the hen’s oviduct. .. Mary was later hanged for poisoning a wealthy client. … Also prominent in this century as for ‘guessing’ were spiritualist Joanna Southcott, John Wesley, William Miller, Thomas Parker, and Mother Shipton. …

Now let’s move into the period of time that has seen the list of specified dates and times skyrocket. … Starting with the 1990’s, we have witnessed at least 38 predictions that were specific to Christ’s return, with the Jehovah’s Witnesses being responsible for nine of them. … Besides them, the likes of Edgar Whisenant, Louis Farrakhan, Rabbi Menachem Schneerson, Pastor John Hinkle, psychic Sheldon Nidle, Marilyn Agee, and Harold Camping head the list, to name just some of them. … Now of course, the new millennium hasn’t seen any let up. … So far, I can count some nine events, and that doesn’t include any of these recent prognostications which are to ‘come to pass’ this month! ……

Since the beginning of time, an untold number of people have tried to predict the Lord’s return by using specific and elaborate timetables, not to mention ‘adjusted’ prophecies from the Bible. … We can use this month’s predicted events as examples. … Just look at Mark Biltz’ Blood Moon theory. … While he claims not to be a date or time setter, he maintains that the rapture & end-of-days has to be tied to specific Jewish holidays along with certain celestial signs. … While very interesting, there is absolutely no Biblical proof for this position! … And then there’s Jonathon Cahn, the author of ‘The Harbinger’ and other writings concerning a coming financial collapse in America. … While I give him credit for NOT being a date-setter .. and yes .. his comparisons to previous financial events are quite intriguing .. the flaw that comes from his teachings is that the Isaiah scriptures were specific to the Jewish people. … Just because America was supposedly set up on Christian values doesn’t give this nation the same status as God’s chosen people. … Once again, pure speculation ….

Let’s get back to the real problems of date-setting. … First, what does the Bible say concerning this? … “But of that day and hour, no ones knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.” (Matthew 24:36) … I don’t see the word ‘except’ in that passage!

To the point … Most date-setters do not realize that mankind has not kept an unwavering record of time. .. Anyone wanting to chart, for example, 100 BC to 2000 AD, would have to contend with the fact that 46 BC was 445 days long, there was no year 0 BC, and in 1582 we switched from Julian years (360 days) to Gregorian (365 days). .. Because most prognosticators are not aware of these errors, their math is immediately off by at least several years.

The bottom line is this … I believe we will NEVER know the exact day of Christ’s return for His Church. .. And the real problem all this date-setting creates for the cause of Christianity is very damaging. … I want to quote a statement from Bill Perkins that sums it up quite accurately … “These date-setters do great harm to the Body of Christ and are poor witnesses to the world about what Christianity is all about. And they ultimately look like fools while giving great fodder to the enemy.” … Well said, brother Bill!

Finally, when it comes to knowing the general time frame of our Lord’s return for His Church, the Word of God is really quite generous. … Jesus forewarned us of a number of events that will take place. … When we see the predicted events coming together, we can conclude that time is really short. .. Most of the soon-coming prophecies will take place in the 7-year Tribulation. .. Any forewarning of their arrival would make the Rapture all the more likely, because it will occur, I believe, at or near the start of the Tribulation period. … In my next commentary, I plan to cover many of the coming events and how they are all converging, which I believe gives us irrefutable proof that our Lord is at the doorstep! … Hallelujah! … (no date, however) …

So, what shall we do in the meantime? …… “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. .. Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” (Matthew 24:42, 44) …….

Until next time,

Red

Well here we are in the middle of September, the month which is chock full of prophetic speculation … the close of the Shemitah Year .. the conclusion of the Four Blood Moon cycle ..

Jewish holidays … you name it, this month has got it! … But so far, we appear to be unscathed concerning all the cataclysmic events that were to befall us …… so far …..

But besides all this stuff, something else is also dominating my ‘watchman’ mind right now, and that is the apparent and rapidly increasing demise of the world’s western democratic societies

… the ones that are supposedly based upon Christian values.

Of course, the massive migrant issues taking place in Europe as well as here in America right now certainly puts one’s focus on it, but there are also a lot more issues occurring that most of the world is either not paying attention to, or ignoring it out of sheer fear & frustration. … Either way, it’s real and will soon change the landscape of this planet as we have come to know it. …

Of course, the two main players of which I’m referring to are the European Union and the United States. …. For a moment, I want to touch on just some of what is taking place. … I will start with Europe ….. To put it bluntly, it is a mess! .. Recent headlines have been dominated by economic brinksmanship, impassioned public protests, all-night emergency meetings trying to prevent Greece from going bankrupt and leaving the EU, which many feel would throw the Union into the abyss. …. The bottom line, at least to most observers, is that the European Union is dying – slowly, painfully and publicly. … The hope of European countries forming a united, stable, democratic, geopolitically viable entity is vanishing. … Now add the migration issues with the huge economic concerns .. it won’t be long. ….

And what about America. … Allow me to make a comparison that really puts it into perspective.

… I don’t know how many of you have looked at the particulars of the Roman Empire’s rise and fall. but I must tell you, the similarities are striking! … Let me just share some of them ….. open, porous borders .. loss of a common language .. became a welfare state .. class warfare .. taxes

.. outsourcing .. increasing massive debt .. self-promoting & corrupt politicians .. violent entertainment .. exposure of unwanted infants .. immorality .. military cuts .. terrorist attacks ……

There’s more, but this will give you a clear picture ….

So what does this all mean concerning the Bible’s prophetic warnings you ask? … Here’s my take. …. We all know that the prognosticators of the Shemitah Year in relation to financial upheaval are predicting a complete collapse of the economic infrastructure. .. Maybe they are right, because we are not ‘out of the woods’ yet. … But even if it doesn’t occur this month, anyone who follows this stuff knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that some sort of worldwide financial upheaval IS going to take place .. and soon. … And in its aftermath, the world will begin to see the birth of a ‘renewed’ rising power in Europe, and a completely new ’empire’ will form, which will ultimately evolve into the revived Roman Empire! … It will also have a leader who will have the charisma & leadership skills, which will ultimately lead to the support of most world leaders. .. Hence, a world government will emerge and the hope of peace and prosperity will prevail …. temporarily. (A study of the Book of Daniel will be most helpful for those wanting more specific details) …..

Again, as for the timing of all these things, we are not sure, but because of the worldwide landscape as it relates to Bible prophecy, I’m certain that time is very short. … We ARE going to see massive changes in this old world in just a matter of the days, weeks & months ahead. …

Anyway, it’s crazy out there! … And with that comes many emotions such as fear, fascination, anxiety, and even numbness to it all. … But please remember what I said last week, as well as many times before …. When it comes to how we should live as Christians, let us live our lives as if the Trumpet will blow at any time, but prepare ourselves to also live out our allotted time if the Lord does decide to tarry. …. And once again, NEVER forget that either way, if we stay strong in our faith in Him, we are assured of an eternity of hope, happiness, perfect health, & joy! …

If at any time fear does set in, read & learn this verse … “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27) …. And finally, this quote from Brother Lawrence … ‘If the ship of our soul is still tossed by winds and storms, let us awake our Lord, who reposes in it, and He will quickly calm the sea.’

Jesus is ALWAYS there for us! … All we have to do is ask … Hallelujah!

Until next time,

Red

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