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“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” .. Matthew 7:13-14

Hello?! .. Are any of you seeing what I am seeing?! …… What is taking place right now in this land of ours is absolutely mind-blowing! … Anyone that possesses an intelligence above plant life can see the sheer deception that is taking place all around us .. and not just here in America, but all across the entire globe! .. But for now, I will stick to just America. ……

What has gotten me so worked up is the current election process that we are presently enduring. .. I’ve been around a lot of years, and have most always tried to stay informed as to the candidates and issues presented at the time, but this year brings an entirely new level of unbelievable rhetoric. .. A classic example of what I’m talking about is how these various candidates stand before the audiences denying certain issues while news clips from their recent past show totally the opposite of what they are saying! … Rampant pathological lying has become the norm in today’s political world! …

And it goes further that this. .. I will use one particular candidate as an example of the ‘new’ politics that seem to currently dominate the land. .. He says things like this … ‘I am greedy, greedy, greedy! When I’m president, we will grab, grab, grab!’ .. Now the problem with this is that he claims to be a Christian, and the last time I checked, this is exactly the opposite of what Christ teaches! .. Matthew 6:20 says it clearly .. “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” .. Somehow I don’t see Greedy, greedy, greedy, or grab, grab, grab in this teaching. … Living in gilded towers & surrounded by opulence is NOT the example Christ would most likely advance. ..

And there’s more … Again, using this same particular candidate, he has also made statements like .. ‘I could kill someone right now and it wouldn’t matter’ .. ‘everybody’s a liar!’ .. ‘punch the protester in the mouth’ .. ‘I won’t act this way when I’m elected’ .. and on & on .. Somehow this doesn’t seem to represent the Christian position I’ve come to understand. … And what’s even more scary? … This guy is leading all the poles by a large margin! …

But here’s the part that has me totally gasping for spiritual air. … Those claiming to be Evangelical Christians are flocking to this candidate in droves! … What?! … Even many well-known Pastors & Church leaders are jumping in with both feet. .. One example is Jerry Falwell’s son who now runs the Falwell empire. .. I personally watched him on a talk show completely ‘alter’ scripture so as to support some of this person’s positions. .. It was unbelievable to watch! .. And sadly, this is why we are seeing so many of the ‘lukewarm’ followers siding now with these types of candidates. .. When the Church leaders are jumping into this ‘pot of deception,’ what else can we expect from those who sit at their feet and listen to them each week? .. 1 Timothy 4:1 says it all .. “The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.” … Sadly, the leaders of today’s American Church are succumbing to wealth, popularity & power instead of sticking to the true teachings of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. …

Once again, it comes down to the fact that end-time prophecy is being fulfilled right before our very eyes, and most of the folks out there are missing it .. and that is why Jesus said the that ‘the gate is small and the road narrow .. and that only a few would find it.’ … How sad! …. The Apostle Paul shared with us in 2 Timothy 4:3-4 this tragic fact .. “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.” .. And one more … “My people come to you, as they usually do, and sit before you to listen to your words, but they do not put them into practice. With their mouths they express devotion, but their hearts are greedy for unjust gain. … Ezekiel 33:31 …

So again, it comes down to the ‘condition’ of the Church, at least as far as its supposed followers are concerned. .. It has evolved in many ways into a power-broker for the political process of this sinful nation. … Instead of turning to prayer and supplication, we’ve come to collectively believe we can ‘legislate righteousness’ through the corrupt system we now live in. .. It seems that most will support anyone or anything that tells them ‘what their itching ears want to hear. .. They will sell out the truth for their own personal agendas, even at the risk, it would seem, of possible spiritual destruction!

The Bible teaches that in the latter days, there will be terrible times, and without a doubt, this is happening. .. The end-time storm is here and will continue to intensify as we draw ever closer … and most will not survive. … As the opening verse from Matthew 7 tells us, few will enter the small gate. .. And sadly, by the evidence we are seeing just in this election process alone, this would seem to totally support this prophetic scripture. ..

But there is a remnant out there that keeps the hope alive. .. There are a few leaders & followers left that are telling the truth of the Bible, even at the expense of their own safety and popularity. .. So my encouragement is this … size up first if you are receiving any spiritual nourishment, and then look to the scriptures to make sure it is of the truth – popular or not! .. And do it today. … I’m telling you that as a ‘watchmen’ of God’s prophetic Word, time is extremely short for us to get our houses in order. .. Don’t be a victim of the ‘Days of Noah’ syndrome and be caught off guard when the Trumpet blows. .. He is coming, and soon! …

“When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” .. Luke 21:28 …

May our Great God richly bless you and keep you in these most increasingly difficult days. …

Until next time,

Red

PS – I’m not popular, and now you know why …..


Notice: I will be leading a Bible Prophecy Class starting this Saturday night, February 20th, at 6:30 PM … Location & directions will be available at the end of this commentary. ……..

First of all, what is prophecy & why study it? .. Here’s some foundational reasons why …

The Gospel narratives picture the Sadducees & Pharisees, the official religious leaders of Jesus’ time, walking around in a spiritual fog .. so much so that they didn’t even recognize that the Son of God was walking around in their midst! ….. Why? … It had to be that they either didn’t understand the prophecies .. or .. they just ignored them. … Simply, they were complacent & content with the ways things were ……

These same religious leaders asked Jesus to show them a sign from heaven (matthew 16:2). .. Jesus immediately cut to the heart of their spiritual insensitivity, and responded .. “You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the Signs of the Times.” (16:3) ..

Prophecy was being fulfilled before their very eyes & they couldn’t see it! … Does this look familiar today? .. In Matthew 24:37-39, Jesus addresses this specifically by comparing the end times to the Days of Noah. .. Sadly, we see this very ‘condition’ in our world today! .. People seem to be totally oblivious to what is happening ‘right before their very eyes.’ .. The previously mentioned spiritual fog that so clouded the minds of those religious leaders in Jesus’ day still hangs heavy over our theological landscape today. …

The fact is that most preachers & religious leaders today are more at home preaching the ‘feel-good, self, no consequences’ teachings rather than subjects like prophecy. .. In fact, whole sections of the Bible are regularly overlooked because so many of these same pastors & teachers feel uncomfortable treading on such unfamiliar, controversial, and/or judgmental territory. .. But here’s a tragic fact … To avoid Bible prophecy is to ‘ignore’ vast sections of God’s Holy Word! .. Do they not realize that Bible prophecy constitutes nearly one-third of the entire Bible?!

There are approximately 1000 scriptural passages of prophecy, some single verses & some entire chapters. .. Approximately half of these prophecies have already been fulfilled LITERALLY – an astounding proof that prophecy is real & accurate, even when dealing with distant future events! ..

Simply, this constitutes solid proof that the Bible IS supernatural in its divine inspiration & that it can be trusted not only in prophecy, but also in EVERY other area as well. …

What we must always remember is this … Bible Prophecy is a powerful lighthouse to a world in chaos. .. God gives us prophecy so we can learn HOW to live & witness in this rapidly deteriorating world. .. Once basically understood, it gives people hope and an understanding as to why all the craziness is taking place. .. It takes away fear. ……

I will readily admit that there is much confusion that exists in understanding the prophecies of the Bible. .. So much so that many have turned away from it because of this. .. In fact, many churches today make little attempt to study & understand the prophetic word. .. As a result, most people who attend church regularly are quite uninformed on just what the Bible teaches concerning these times we are now living in. .. In my travels over the past number of years, I’ve met with many church leaders & pastors and have come away amazed at how little they knew about prophecy, or just how ‘disinterested’ they were concerning it. … In fact, one Nazarene pastor got really angry at me for just mentioning the ‘Left Behind’ series! … I’ve come away from all this in total amazement as to how little these church leaders knew about Bible prophecy. …

Now because of this, I needed to find out why. .. How could it be that all these ‘learned leaders’ ignore so much of the written Word? .. Here’s what i discovered … Many church leaders feel they are not qualified to speak on the subject. .. The reason was that many of today’s colleges & seminaries do not teach on prophecy. .. Simply, they receive little or no instruction on prophetic studies. .. So any attempt to preach on it would show their …… ignorance? … Still others seemed concerned that preaching on prophecy would be too difficult simply because so many have abused the subject. .. They didn’t want to risk being put into the group that have either sensationalized or given incorrect explanations of the prophetic scripture. .. (In their defense, they are not totally wrong here.) .. Still others feel that prophecy, with its numerous details, is just too much to deal with. .. Another reason given was that some avoided prophetic sermons because they didn’t want to be labeled as ‘fundamentalists’ .. that’s just not ‘in’ today. …… The list of reasons goes on .. others were struggling with many contemporary problems in their churches, both moral & relational (homosexuality, women as leaders, worship wars, abortion, etc), and the subject of prophecy did not seem to be an immediate area of concern. .. But the ‘big one’ was, and is, that prophecy is viewed as controversial because there are so many different views & distortions. .. So staying away from Bible prophecy and sticking to areas that lend to safe, generally agreed-upon subjects would avoid most all conflict. …

But here are some strong facts as to WHY it is so important to teach. .. In the New Testament’s 260 chapters, the return of Jesus Christ is mentioned NO LESS than 318 times! .. Jesus Himself taught about these final days before His Glorious return, which is recorded in three of the gospels – Matthew 24, Mark 13 & Luke 21 – He wanted people to know what to look for – how to be able to discern the signs of the times. .. Also, the Apostle Peter told us this .. “And so we have the prophetic Word confirmed, which you will do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.” … Beautifully put, and so true!

I could go on for hours as to how important it is for people to have even a basic understanding of Bible prophecy. .. But for the sake of time, let me sum up with this. …… 2 Timothy 3:1-4 sizes up our times quite precisely … “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.”

Wow! … What a powerful prophecy! … And this is exactly how it is in today’s world! .. It is a world, just as the Bible foretold, full of hatred & persecution of anything that reminds the collective current societal conscience of a love & devotion for God. .. The enemy (Satan) is real and is stalking the earth waiting to devour anything that attempts to get in his way (see 1 Peter 5:8) …

… and this is why I believe it is so important to teach people as to why things are the way they are, and how God’s Word addresses each & every one of the issues taking place all around us! … Simply, if people learn about ‘why’ all this craziness, it will not only take away their fears, but also, it will strengthen their faith, of which they will need in the days leading up to our Lord’s glorious return. ..

OK, that’s enough for now. .. I will go into much more detail during our upcoming class time. .. We will also study the books of Daniel & Revelation as well as other pertinent prophetic scripture. .. Questions & discussion will be encouraged. … Again, the ‘Light in the Darkness’ classes start this Saturday night, 6:30 PM & will be held at the Friends Church in Newberg. .. The address is 307 So. College street (3rd & College) in the classroom located in the back parking lot. .. I hope to see some of you & look forward to our fellowship together. …

And remember this … Time is so short before our Lord calls us home, so prepare yourselves & those you love with what time we have left. … The prophetic signs are literally exploding all around us .. know what they are and then share them. … Remember, the Bible’s prophecies are the light to

truth to a dying world. …

“When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” … Luke 21:28 …

Until next time,

Red

I was contemplating several different thoughts to share with you this week when, while perusing the world news headlines this morning, I came across these particular ones that I just could not ignore ….

*Drudge Report – “Stocks Down Hundreds: Worldwide Selloff”
*Telegraph – Panic Pushes Gold Prices to Highest Level since 2008 Crisis”
*Yahoo – Scramble For Safety”
*Reuters – European Stocks Plunge on renewed Banking Fears”
*Fox News – Hong Kong Market Closes Down in Worst Day since August”
*CNBC – “Panic: Gold Lines ‘Round the Block as Recession Fears Mount”

… and that is just some of them! .. As many of you know, I’ve been predicting deteriorating economic conditions to persist going forward, which will ultimately culminate in a worldwide collapse of the entire economic structure, which will lead to panic & civil unrest never before witnessed on this planet. …

Even before today’s news headlines, we’ve already been witnessing signs of this economic chaos in many places across the globe – much of South America & southern Europe as examples. .. Even America, the world’s #1 economic power, is confronted with massive economic problems that more & more experts believe are unprecedented in its history, and most likely irreversible.

So why is all this worth talking about and how does it relate to the Bible’s teachings? .. Is this how it will be in these closing days before our Lord’s coming return? .. I’m glad you asked! .. Like I said earlier, I’ve believed for many years now that a worldwide economic collapse will be the catalyst for the complete coming social collapse, which will lead to the door being thrown open for the coming world government and its leader, the anti-christ. ..

Think of it this way … If you’ve studied any history concerning pre-World War 2 conditions in Germany, it shows you a glimpse of what the economy is like after it totally collapses. .. It shows a people desperate for anything that will save them from what they know is coming – a complete national & societal collapse which will lead to a quick destruction of their families & way of life. ….. So what happened next? .. You got it! .. a rising leader who claimed to have all the answers if they would just trust & follow him. … Remember who he was? .. Hitler, the man who started a war that would eventually kill some 60 million people, not to mention the attempted complete destruction of the Jewish people, … But hey, when you’re desperate ……

So why this possibility now & how does scripture support this ‘prediction?’ .. Let’s look to the beginning of the prophesied ‘Tribulation Period’ which will soon descend upon this world. .. This all starts in Revelation, chapter 6 & concludes in Revelation 19, verse 10. .. We see at the beginning of chapter 6, verse 2, a coming ruler .. “I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conquerer bent on conquest.” …. So what do we see … first, a white horse which most always represents a conquering ruler in scripture. .. Next, we see he has a bow, but interestingly, no arrows. .. Why is this important? .. Because I believe he will ‘conquer’ by a means other than war. .. Like Hitler, he will come to power as apparently the only hope of a desperate people. … Next, we see he is given a crown, which simply means the masses accept him as their ruler. .. (Note: I believe he is alive today and will soon rise up from somewhere in Europe). .. I will share more as to why I believe this in the coming weeks.

Now, besides the economy, there are other specific ominous prophetic signs as well. .. Some examples are the coming World Government (Revelation 13 & much of Daniel), the World Church (Revelation 17), social and spiritual collapse (2 Timothy 3:1-4 ), and many, many more. … In fact, if you were to go back to my July-August 2015 commentaries, you can peruse a 6-part outline (Living on Borrowed Time) of end-time prophetic categories that will continue to increase as we move ever closer …They are 1)Israel – 2) The Signs of Nature – 3) The Signs of Society – 4) The Spiritual Signs – 5) The Signs of World Politics – 6) The Signs of Technology.. … Once you begin to look at the current events from a prophetic lens, it will all start making much more sense to you. …

The Lord Jesus Christ tells us clearly as to how it will be in these final days … “Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and, ‘the time is near.’ Do not follow them. 9) When you hear of wars and revolution, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away. 10) Then He said to them, ‘Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11) There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.’ ” (Luke 21:8-11) … Clear enough I would think. .. But then, He also told us that the vast majority of people will be oblivious to what is taking place … It will be like ‘The Days of Noah – Matthew 24:36-39. … How tragic!

But for those of us who are familiar with what the scriptures tell us, this ‘Noah condition’ will not be the case. .. We will have an understanding as to why the world is descending in chaos. .. Let me once again conclude these thoughts with scripture. .. 2 Peter 1:19 says it perfectly … “And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.” … What a beautiful statement. .. Simply, we DO NOT have to live in all this darkness when we have an understanding of our Lord’s teachings! .. He is our hope & salvation & deliverer. .. Hallelujah!!

Until next time,

Red

Note: ‘Light in the Darkness’ classes – I will be teaching prophecy and how it relates to the days we are living in starting Saturday, February 20, 6:30 PM. .. I will be covering current news headlines relating to Bible prophecy as well as the books of Daniel & Revelation. .. Questions & open discussion will be welcomed. … And we WILL HAVE FUN! ..

Location is Newberg Friends Church, 307 So College Street (3rd & College) in the classroom located in the back parking lot.

I truly hope some of you will be able to attend. .. Discovering biblical truths together is always a good thing ….

God Bless each of you …

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