Monthly Archives: July 2016

“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.” .. John 15:18-19

Last week I commented on the overall spiritual & political condition of our nation – how everything we once stood for no longer seems to be the case – how things once thought evil now appear to be the accepted way of life. .. Of course, this certainly has created a raging controversy in today’s ‘Christian’ community. .. In fact, it has caused major splits of entire denominations. .. So, as promised last week, I want to share with you what I believe is a well-documented scriptural position as to our Christian role in today’s upside-down world, basically, our civic responsibility. .. Sadly, most will find this position to be difficult, especially since the vast majority of our Christian leaders do not support it. .. So let’s begin …………

I want to start with a bit of history. .. My ‘spiritual transformation’ journey started back about the turn of the century (for you smart-alecks, I’m talking about the 20th century). .. My wife Robbin and I had moved to central Oregon and began attending Church over there. .. We’d been ‘absent’ for a bit & it was good to be back fellowshipping in God’s family. .. And then it started ….. We all remember 9/11/2001 & the attack on the Twin Towers. .. On the evening of that same day, we went to our small-group meeting. .. Of course, everyone was upset & visibly angry at whatever & whomever was responsible for this atrocity. .. In fact, the general consensus was to ‘hunt them all down & kill them. .. Simply revenge was the order of the day. …

Of, course, this normally would have been my typical reaction. .. At the time I was considered a conservative & somewhat militant. .. After all, I’d served in the military during the Viet Nam War .. in fact, I spent well over a year over there .. so naturally this would be my normal response as well .. right?.. Of course! ..  but it wasn’t. .. Somehow, something just didn’t seem right about all this …..

Over the next few weeks, I labored over my feelings about all of it. .. It was then that Robbin (my wife) said something to me that changed my entire life. .. She said that although I knew a ton about Bible prophecy, I didn’t know much of anything concerning the teachings of Jesus & how it relates to every-day life. .. Once I got past my temporary male ego reaction (how could I possibly be wrong), I began to realize that she was exactly right. … At that moment, I got on my knees and asked the Lord to teach me His ways .. why & how I should truly respond to all the changes that were beginning to accelerate seemingly most everywhere. .. I really didn’t know where to start but I knew that I must ‘unlearn’ all of life’s natural brainwashing. .. I needed to start like a little child when it came to His teachings .. to try & ‘see them for the first time’ in the context of what He really meant. .. Trust me when I say, it wasn’t easy at the beginning, but as time went by, it began to ‘fall together’ in a way I would never have imagined was even possible. .. To sum up,  for the next three years, I blocked out all other studies & focused entirely on the ‘Red Letters’ .. the teachings of Jesus. … Needless to say, I came out the other side a completely different person as it relates to my relationship with Jesus Christ and to his world. .. It was, and is, truly amazing!  …

During that time we moved back to the Willamette Valley. .. Also during that time, we were involved in the Church-searching process (how fun). .. Before moving on, I want to mention one Church that revealed much to me as to our civic responsibility. .. It was a large Church .. mega I think .. and after several visits, I met the pastor & we ended up having several conversations together. .. I’d noticed that the Church was very involved in the national process of politics, etc. .. In fact, it was a downright militant congregation with American flags all over the place. .. In what turned out to be my last conversation with the pastor, he asked if I would be interested in joining the Church & getting more involved. .. To my surprise, I said this to him … “I’m afraid that one day I’m going to see a tank park on the Church’s front lawn .. somehow I don’t picture Jesus sitting in one of those holding a machine gun with ammo belts across his shoulders.” .. Needless to say, I moved on. ……

The reason I bring this up is because I was getting close to the other side of my transformation and was beginning to see what Jesus was truly teaching us. .. I now knew in my heart that political activism & ‘human’ militancy was NOT what He had intended for His flock .. His true followers. .. Go back to the beginning and look at the opening scripture in John 15. .. Didn’t He say that it would be different for His followers? .. 1 Peter 1:1 says,  “To God’s elect, strangers in the world ..” .. Also for a moment, look to John 17:14-16 which Jesus says,  “I have given them your Word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world.  15) My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.  16) They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.” ..

So what, you say, does this have to do with today’s political climate & all the other nonsense taking place?Let me sum it up with a statement from Dr. David Jeremiah’s book, ‘Escape the Coming Night,’ that says it pretty much the way I see it.  .. Here it is ……

“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 co-existence.  This arrogant church covets political power, not the power of God. ..

“Would the history of nearly 2000 years of the Church of Jesus Christ have been changed if the martyrs during the era of the Roman caesars had overturned the despotic rulers?  What would have happened in Babylon if Daniel had wrested the reigns of government from Nebuchadnezzar?  Would John have received and written the Revelation of Jesus Christ in a plush office in Laodicea, rather than the rocky desolation of Patmos?  Are today’s Christians convinced that placard-carrying, slogan-bearing demonstrators can replace soul winners?  … There is a better world coming, but not until those left on earth experience a time of evil fiercer than this planet has ever seen.”

I want to share one more comment before moving to close. .. This one is 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.”

What I’m trying to establish here is that it is NOT the role of a true follower of Jesus Christ to try & change the world through human government. … And if you take a quick glimpse at what our current ‘choices’ are concerning the upcoming presidential election, neither stand for the true teachings of scripture. … It’s not a question of whether abortion is wrong.  It is! .. It is not a question of homosexuality being a sinful life choice. .. It is! .. And are we to stand against these types of issues? .. Of course we are! .. The question is how. .. Scripture says it very plainly .. “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.  4) The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world.  On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.  5) We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” .. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 … Whether we like it or not .. whether it fits our ‘nationalistic’ thought process or not .. it IS the spoken Word of God-inspired scripture. …

Finally ..  yes, we do live in this world & we have to maintain a lifestyle that adheres to the  teachings of God’s Word … “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established.  The authorities that exist have been established by God.  2) Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgement on themselves.” .. Romans 13:1-2 … (Also see Matthew 22:21, 1 Peter 2:13-17, 1 Peter 2:21-23 as further examples) … Also, Acts 4 tells of how Peter & John had to appear before the Sanhedrin & explain why they were teaching heresies. .. In their response, they said that while they will follow all the laws of the land , they could not and would not stop sharing the Gospel of jesus Christ. ..

The point is obvious .. we are to follow the laws of the land .. we are to pay our taxes .. but NEVER are we to compromise our beliefs for any reason. .. As I’ve continually said over these past few years, the Christian leaders who tell us to vote/participate in a system that supports separation from God .. to choose someone or some thing, even if it is the lesser of two evils .. is wrong! .. Evil is evil, no matter how you try and mask it. .. Even with lipstick on a pig, it’s still a pig! …

There is a government coming very soon that we can, & will participate in .. a coming theocracy that will be led by none other than Jesus Christ. .. In the meantime, the following scripture says it all as to what we need to do to survive this increasing onslaught of sin & deception from ‘the prince of this world .. satan. .. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  13) Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” … Hallelujah! .. What a promise! … What appears to be weak in the eyes of those who are deceived, true faith in the end will be victorious over any  & all evil. .. Again, Hallelujah! …

Until next time,

Red

“I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teachings you have learned.  Keep away from them.  18) For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites.  By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people.” …

(Romans 16:17-18) …….

Are you watching this?! .. Are you seeing what I am seeing?! .. It is simply amazing to watch the political circus that is currently taking place in this nation. .. In fact, at times it feels like a dream. .. It’s simply mind-boggling as to just how fast all this craziness has happened – how people once considered moral & decent are selling out their principles simply for the cause of notoriety & political power – how many of our prominent Christian leaders are compromising their values, hiding behind the veil of nationalism. .. When Jesus spoke of how these evil things would accelerate like ‘birth pains’ in these last days, this  current political process taking place before our very eyes is a classic example of what He meant. … (see Matthew 24:8) ..

For anyone who even has an inkling of biblical truth, it has to be obvious that the spiritual downfall of America is now nearly complete. … It seems that almost everyone, political & religious, are selling out to the current madness that is overtaking this land! .. The teachings of the Apostle Paul come to mind … “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. ..4) They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” (2 Timothy 4:3-4) …

I know what I’m about to say is going to irritate those who still favor the nationalistic approach as the answer to all our problems – it has in the past – but I’m going to say it over & over until I can no longer. … I’m deeply saddened to watch our religious leaders selling out to this increasingly wicked system! .. Just this week, we witnessed another big-time Christian leader endorse Donald Trump! … We’ve also seen leaders before this telling us that we should vote for ‘the lesser of two evils’ – that we must vote, no matter what. .. Again, I will say this until I can no longer – evil is evil, no matter how you try & water it down! … I know that I, as a disciple of Jesus Christ, cannot in any way justify this compromise. … Also worth mentioning, we also have several professing ‘Christian’ politicians endorsing the likes of Donald Trump. .. Once again, it cannot be explained without considering the ‘itching ear’ desires of our day. …

This week, I want to elaborate a bit more about the ‘political’ part of this narrative. .. Then next week, I will follow up with what I believe is the civic responsibility of a ‘true’ follower of Jesus Christ as it relates to this world we live in. .. So, without further adoo, let’s talk about this political stuff. .. For those of us who follow this process, we already know the Democrats sold out to the sinful ways of the world long ago, most all under the labels of ‘inclusion’ & ‘diversity’ – basically fancy titles for sinful lifestyles. .. So that basically left the other party, the Republican one, as the only alternative to be involved with. .. And until recently, this party had adopted some parts of their platform that coincided with many Christian values. .. But that all seems to be rapidly disappearing right before our very eyes. .. Having said that, I want to share an article that was posted on Redsate, a conservative news outlet. .. It was posted on July 22nd & the author’s name is ‘Streiff’  ….
*Trump’s New GOP Cheers Homosexuality And Boos God.  I’m Done*

“The RNC Convention has turned out to be pretty much the Star Wars bar scene that a lot of us thought it would be.  It was Totalitarianism on parade.  The convention of the party that defeated Soviet communism threatened dissenting delegates with physical violence.  Parliamentary procedures that were worthy of a Third World s***hole potemkin legislature were used to ram through rules that ensure the Republican party remained an oligarchy.

“But it wasn’t the abuses of power that was the final straw.  It was the repudiation of the founding principles of the nation and everything the GOP has told us it stands for that is the most stunning achievement of the past week.

“In the early days of the Republic, John Adams famously wrote, ‘Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.  It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.’  The logic was clear.  Without a firm grounding in Christianity, the US Constitution simply can’t work.  That common language has to exist in the electorate otherwise we descend rapidly into a society where we are governed by our base instincts, not by our better angels.  The Democrats fell here years ago, adopting sexual license and perversion and covetousness of the wealth accrued by others as planks of their party platform.

“Now the GOP is there.

“Last night, Peter Theil spoke.  I don’t know a lot about him other than I refuse to use PayPal because of the egregious political causes it underwrites.  (Here’s Theil’s statement)  ‘… Now we are told that the great debate is about who gets to use which bathroom.  This is a distraction from our real problems.  Who cares?  Of course, every American has a unique identity.  I am proud to be gay.  I am proud to be a Republican.  But most of all I am proud to be an American.  I don’t pretend to agree with every plank in our party’s platform;  but fake culture wars only distract us from our economic decline, and nobody in this race is being honest about it except Donald Trump.’

“The culture wars Theil derides are not ‘fake.’  Theil knows this.  Theil is an active and enthusiastic warrior himself.  Theil’s own company, PayPal, is happily involved in harassing and punishing anyone who will not agree that sexual perversion is the new black.  The same people that think it is fine to have an adult male using the same locker room as your daughter are the same people who call 50-plus million dead babies a ‘choice.’  The are called Democrats.  Many nations Have come back from economic collapse.  Never has a nation recovered, absent major trauma, from moral collapse.  Without morality a society stops being trust-based and at that point the ‘rule of law’ becomes the ‘rule of the judge you own.’  What Theil is advocating, as is Trump, is the rule of money, by money, and for the money.  What Theil is advocating , and you will see Trump do this too because he has never signed onto anything to do with religious freedom, is using the power of the federal government to advance the cause of immorality by demanding that anyone opposed unilaterally disarm.  Perhaps unsurprisingly, Theil was wildly cheered.

“Compare and contrast the behavior of the audience when Ted Cruz spoke.  When Cruz said this, he was booed.  … ‘And to those listening, please, don’t stay home in November.  Stand, and speak, and vote your conscience, vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the Constitution.’

“Think about the implication.  The delegates knew that a) they are not voting their conscience, b) that they don’t trust Trump to defend our freedom, and c) they know Trump will not be anymore faithful to the Constitution that he has been to any of his battalion of wives and mistresses.  But they are voting for him anyway and they are offended that they are being called out for their craven cowardice and amorality.  And instead of being shamed into silence at the magnitude of their own betrayal of the nation, they try to shout down the messenger.

When Cruz ended his speech, Erick Erickson made this observation …. ‘Listen for yourself.  They’re chanting “Endorse Trump” until Cruz says “God bless you,” at which point they start booing.’

“It is hard to listen to this and not recall the words of Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput: … ‘Evil talks about tolerance only when it’s weak.  When it gains the upper hand, its vanity always requires the destruction of the good and the innocent, because the example of good and innocent lives is an ongoing witness against it.  So it always has been.  So it always will be.  And America has no special immunity to becoming an enemy of its own founding beliefs about human freedom, human dignity, the limited power of the state and the sovereignty of God.’ …

“This is a party that is unmoored from the history of the nation and its own history and from common decency.  This is a party that worships nothing but celebrity, wealth, and ephemeral power that is held not for the purpose of moving the nation forward but for merely the sake of holding power.  This is a party that has decided it is tired of being the ‘stupid’ party and it wants to be another ‘evil’ party.

“Until this party rids itself of Trump and his acolytes, I’m done with them.”

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While I realize that this has gotten a bit lengthy, I thought it necessary that you see ‘one of their own’ with obvious Christian leanings observations. … And sadly, one, when even scanning the surface, knows that most of what he has observed is totally correct. … With this in mind, how then can all these so-called ‘Christian’ leaders & politicians endorse this kind of an agenda? .. To me, it is a complete ‘sell-out!’ .. and the issue that upsets me the most is the ‘witness’ they’ve become when representing a Lord & Savior that would have NEVER bought in to such ways. .. Simply, these ‘leaders’ are leading many once- innocent sheep down a path that will ultimately lead to their destruction.

OK … Enough for now … Again, next week I will talk about what I believe is a true follower of Christ’s civic responsibility. … Trust me when I say, it is NOT what we are witnessing from so many of our so-called leaders of today. … Isaiah 5:20-21 explains the reality of our day … “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. 21) Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight.”

Until next time,

Red

As per usual of late, I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to talk to you about this week. .. There is simply so many prophecy-related things going on that it is really difficult to decide. .. But alas, also as usual for me lately, the Holy Spirit made it quite clear yesterday afternoon. .. I started the day in the barber shop (yes, even guys with hairlines like me need to be spruced up on occasion .. the only difference is that I have to get an estimate first). .. Anyway, there were about four older guys in there at the time & the conversation almost immediately turned to just how bad current world conditions  have become. .. I can also say that not all these guys were of a religious persuasion. .. Simply, to the person, all expressed amazement as to just how fast everything is digressing. .. I even sensed a fear of survival, both individually & as a nation. … After a couple of attempts to turn the talk to the scriptures, the air left the room & we all soon went our separate  ways. …

My next stop was the grocery store. .. As I went up to pay, once again the conversation at the check stand was very similar to what tool place at the barber shop. .. The clerk, a somewhat familiar acquaintance which also was aware of my passion for Bible prophecy, asked me several quick questions, basically asking what my take was on everything going on around the world. … With little or no time because of the line behind me, I gave him the website address. .. I do plan to follow up with him when we can sit down with a bit of time. …

The point here is obvious … no matter where you go or what you are doing these days, people are aware of the rapidly deteriorating condition of this old world .. and most all are beginning to realize that the end result is not going to be pretty. … This, of course, tells me that most all these folks are not believers because of this fear, which we as followers of Christ, do not share because of our knowledge of what is soon to come upon this earth .. a blessed place where our Lord Jesus Christ is the ONLY one in charge, and worldly torment will not exist because our enemy, the devil, will be bound … Hallelujah!  …….

So are these evil worldly conditions only temporary . like maybe we are just ‘going through a season,’ or are we really at the end of God’s timeline for planet earth as we now know it? … I’m so glad you asked! … There is a ton of information out there to substantiate my point, but for the sake of time, I will share only three specific ones this week … ones that are at the forefront of most all headlines these days …. They are:

*The Coming Economic Collapse – Most all the so-called experts are telling us that the global economic crisis is worsening by the day. .. This seems hard for the average American to understand because our stock markets, even with an occasional blip, are setting records. .. But what isn’t understood is that the rest of the world is near a complete financial implosion. .. This also explains why the American markets are doing so well. .. Simply, in the minds of oversees investors, this appears to be the only safe place to be, even though our bond markets are totally worthless plus we have long surpassed the 100% GDP point. (not to mention the $18+ trillion national debt that can NEVER be repaid). .. The reality? … There is NO other choice out there!

When taking a quick glimpse at other areas of the world, the picture darkens by the hour. .. Over half of South American countries (Brazil & Venezuela as examples),  southern European countries (Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, to name a few), Japan, China, most of Africa .. the list goes on .. Every one of them are near the end of ways to ‘stop the bleeding’ & will soon fall into economic chaos, Venezuela as an immediate example. …

Oh, and one more point … In several articles from European sources over the past several days, the economic talk is mostly centered on the Deutsche Bank  which resides in Germany. .. Just so happens this is one of Europe’s & the world’s financial behemoths. .. To the point, this bank has reported that it has only 3% liquidity right now, which happens to be worse that that of Lehman Brothers before their complete demise in 2008. .. Also, it is being reported that this bank currently has $70 Trillion in liabilities! .. That’s more than the entire world’s GDP! … Comments from several European financial insiders say that if this bank should fall, it will take the entire western world economies with it. .. Funny we are not hearing a thing about this in our press. .. Guess we are too busy talking about Hillary, Donald, & Taylor Swift. …….. There’ so much more but you can get an idea of just how soon we are facing complete financial upheaval across the entire globe. … Tragically, when these things happen, and people become desperate, they will turn to anything, or anyone for survival, which is the perfect scenario for a worldwide leader to step up & take over. .. Guess who he is! ….

*The Collapse of Morals – I don’t need to say a lot here because it is so obvious! .. I mean, it seems that the LGBT agenda dominates the news these days. .. It’s even entering into our children’s school teaching curriculum. .. And for those of us who do our best to follow the true teachings of Bible scripture, we are now the enemy of today’s progressive society. .. This was a headline on World Net Daily just a couple of days ago … “Criticizing Homosexuality Now a ‘Crime Against Humanity’ ” … Of course, we know our Supreme Court legalized ‘Gay Marriage’ just last year, and now many new television ‘prime-time’ slots are being filled with LGBT-slanted subject matter. ..

Again, this just proves how little the general public knows about biblical truth … and general history for that matter. .. It is proven that EVERY society in the past that adopted this general social agenda fell into despair, & ultimately, complete destruction. .. It will be no different this time around. …….. Sadly, the Church has, for the most part, failed in their responsibility to teach these truths. .. (No time for this right now, but it certainly would have slowed down this moral slide & given more people time to find the truth).

*Societal Upheaval – “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring;  26) men’s hearts failing them from fear, and the expectations of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.” (Luke 21:25-26 – NKJV) …

There is no question the world’s societies are in much upheaval. .. Again, because of time, let me touch on just  bit of what we are witnessing. … Islamic terror 2016 =1,268 attacks in 50 countries with some 11, 664 killed & 14, 087 injured. .. A tragic example of just how ‘lost’ we are as a nation, our own President is still ‘searching for a motive’ & refuses to acknowledge this increasing threat, and makes nonsensical statements claiming the reasons are vague & unclear. … Talk about deception! …

Also, we are witnessing more & more protests & riots across the globe. .. People are experiencing more & more tension as things continue to spin out of control. .. They are feeling helpless & are looking for assurance of better things to come for themselves & their families. .. Soon they feel there will be no place to turn & desperation is setting in. …

This is even spreading to a collective national mentality as ‘nations are rising against nations.’ .. Jesus Himself taught us of “wars and rumors of wars” in these last days. (Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21) … Look at Russia as an example. .. They are feverishly updating & modernizing their military as the re-emerging ‘cold war’ rhetoric rapidly increases. .. China is also accelerating its military buildup. .. They also have become much more bold in their international ‘sword-rattling’ .. For example, they just placed a territorial claim on the South China Sea and are willing to ‘go to war’ to implement it. .. In fact, their President Jinpiang told his military to ‘prepare for combat.’ …….We are definitely seeing the Kings of the North & East gearing up while the ‘Merchants of Tarshish’ continue to fall back into the pack (U.S., Britain, etc) ……..

I could go on for days about all this (i almost have already) .. and have left so much out .. but hopefully, this will give those who are interested a clearer picture of just what is taking place. .. It also tells us that time is extremely short, and that the ‘Day of Destruction’ is all but upon us … that is, unless we turn our faces to the one and only hope, and that is Jesus Christ! … As I often do, and pray I will continue to do while I have a breath & there is still time, I want to urge each of you who are true followers of our blessed Savior to get up out of our complacency & tell as many as we can about our Lord ASAP! … Again, this is the only hope for escape from the utter destruction that is about to befall this planet! …

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.  12) It teaches us to say ‘NO’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13) while we wait for the blessed hope – the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,  14) who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are His very own, eager to do what is good.” (Titus 2:11-14 – NIV) ….

Until next time,

Red

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