Monthly Archives: November 2016
“They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” .. 2 Timothy 4:4 (NIV) …
Frankly, i am completely baffled by the Biblical Stupidity (hence, the title) we are witnessing by many of the Christian leaders & prognosticators across the land since the election of Donald trump to the presidency. .. Many are now expressing the view that Bible prophecy has been ‘put on hold’ & everything is now going to be wonderful & blissful going forward. .. America is now going to rise again to its former greatness & make the world all better! .. The Christian nationalist are rejoicing in their new leader! .. Even certain segments of the secular world are seeing what they perceive as a renewed hope that all is now well. .. Currently, the stock market is setting new all-time records .. the holiday retail market is seeing a surge in retail sales. .. Confidence in the American ‘way of life’ is clawing its way back. ..
While hope is most always a good thing, I believe it is totally misplaced in this case. .. What we are witnessing is a hope being placed once again on the ways of man instead of the ways of God! .. I know I sound negative concerning all this, but let me say it as plainly as I can .. America, or the world for that matter, will never get better until we put our faith & trust in God’s ways, and not man’s ways. ..
Have we now forgotten what the election process was like … backbiting, slanderous rhetoric, backstabbing, dishonesty …… It reminded me of what Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 3:1-5 where he said that in these final days of this age, people would be proud, abusive, lustful, slanderous, unholy, without self-control … it looks like the election script was modeled after this passage! …… But now it all just goes away? .. All is forgotten? .. Don’t bet on it! …… Going forward, I believe that Trump’s presidency will be the most divisive & contested in history. .. The land was seriously divided before his election, but now the division has evolved into hatred & divisiveness never before seen in modern history in this land. .. Statements of assassination, secession from the union, and the like are rampant… What we are witnessing is a rapidly increasing moral decline, renewed racism, uncontrolled spending, an increasingly divisive spirit, accelerating civil disorder .. you name it! .. And if we’re honest with ourselves, we must admit that the election process represented every bit of this, and more. ..
As for the ‘biblical stupidity’ part, again, I’m baffled by what many in the Christian community are now saying .. that now there’s a renewed hope that the world will be all better and the prophetic time clock has been put on hold for a time. .. How ridiculous & absurd! .. What Bible are they reading?! .. The only thing I can attribute this worldly misguided position to is selective reading – choosing only the parts of the Bible that feels right for today’s world. ..
For those of us who have studied and observed the prophetic progression of late, it is without a doubt the times of the final days of this age. .. The world is prophesied to continue its descent into social & moral chaos as we move ever closer! .. There is no pause! .. God’s time clock is still ticking and NOTHING is going to change that …. not even America’s recent election. ..
I know that to many of you, I sound hopeless & negative in my thoughts .. and yes, from the worldly eye, I am. .. But let me tell you, I’ve witnessed the world through the lens of War & Corporate America .. & what I witnessed was the true ways of mankind when they perceive they are in control. .. Trust me when I say, it is all Satan’s playhouse! ..
What we must always try to remember is that God allows all things to happen because it serves HIS purpose – but God is ALWAYS in control. .. We are all placed, and then given the opportunity to witness all the ways of the world, & then choose which path we are to take. .. Trusting in the ways of man will ALWAYS lead to destruction … choosing the ways of Jesus Christ will ALWAYS lead to peace, trust, and confidence in the knowledge that when it is all over, all things WILL be renewed with love & eternal security .. a place where sickness, death, fear, & mayhem will be gone FOREVER! .. Hallelujah! …
Yes, going forward we are going to witness an increasing amount of worldly chaos & division. .. But if we are attentive to the truth, we don’t have to listen too hard to hear the distant hoofbeats if we are attuned to the issues & events of our time in a biblical prophetic way. .. The Horsemen of the Apocalypse outlined in Revelation, chapter 6 are mounted. .. No, the world can’t yet see them when looking across the terrain littered with the hills & valleys of everyday life. .. but the spiritual ear can hear them rumbling beyond the immediacy of these quickly waning days of the age. …
Stay confident & strong in your faith in Jesus Christ, and only Him, & you will be rewarded beyond your wildest dreams when this short & chaotic period comes to its conclusion. .. Know that I am praying for your strength & peace in these times, & God knows exactly who you are. …
Until next time,
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” .. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV) ..
Finally! .. The American election process has once again come & gone. .. In its aftermath, we seem to be witnessing an increasingly disturbing division amongst the general populace. .. Numbers indicate that it seems about split down the middle – half relieved, and the other half not. .. In fact, many of the ‘nots’ are so upset that they’ve descended upon the streets of the cities across the land proclaiming racism, sexism, and many more ‘isms.’ .. Even many college-age students are curling up in their ‘freedom from fear’ sanctuaries sucking their thumbs while wrapped up in their blankies. .. Simply, we have evolved into a sad state of affairs. ..
Today, I would like to share with you a very brief bit of recent history, using my own experiences as a guide. .. Basically, it is an overview of how the collective minds of the multitudes shifts with the tides of the times. .. I’ll start with my joining the military in 1960 at age 18. .. It was a time of relative peace in the world. .. About a year later, I was assigned to a ship. .. We soon set sail for the Far East, the ultimate destination being Australia. .. But something changed. .. Our military was now beginning its entrance into the Vietnam war. .. And, you guessed it, instead of Australia, we turned right in the South China Sea and went to that war-torn country. .. We ended up serving there for some 19 months. ..
Back home, this war was becoming more & more unpopular by the day. .. In fact, so much so that many of us who voluntarily served were spit upon when returning home. .. Needless to say, it didn’t do a whole lot concerning our patriotism at that time. ..
Also taking place during that era of unrest in the nation were demonstrations involving ‘peace marches’ – disgruntled hordes in the streets voicing their support of peace & love while burning down buildings & destroying the ‘normalcy’ of life as we’d come to know it. ..
Fast-forwarding to today, we see similarities in the overall consensus of the masses. .. Once again, the people are in the streets because they didn’t get their way. .. They want the election results thrown out so that they can have their perceived agendas fulfilled. .. And once again, we are seeing violence & death threats cast towards those they’ve chosen NOT to follow. ..
When contemplating these two different periods of unrest, we can observe some distinct hypocrisies. ..
In the 1960’s situation, the points of revolt were based upon ‘peace & love’ while burning down cities. .. Today, those protesting argue that we need to be more accepting, less judgmental .. words like ‘inclusion’ & ‘diversity’ are the general buzz words thrown out .. and it is all good, until they don’t get their way. .. And as per usual, as history proves out, all hell breaks loose. ..
Here’s my point ….. It has always been this way, in varying degrees of course. .. In the approximately 6,000 years of human history, no governmental system has prevailed for very long. .. Somebody always comes up with ‘a better way.’ .. And the prevailing culprit always seems to be that people, when becoming wealthy & powerful, choose only to follow their own agendas at the expense of anybody or anything that gets in their way. .. The bottom line is that as long as people are in charge, it will NEVER last for the long haul. ..
Having witnessed just a brief glimpse of this truth in my years here on earth, and then studying the history of those before me, the ONLY source I’ve come to depend on is the Holy Bible . .. In many passages, it has summed up this human dilemma quite precisely. .. Here’s just one example ….
“There is none righteous, no, not one; 11) there is none who understands; there is none who seeks after God. 12) They have all turned aside; they have together become unprofitable; there is none who does good, no, not one. 13) Their throat is an open tomb; with their tongues they have practiced deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips; 124) whose mouth is of cursing and bitterness. 15) Their feet are swift to shed blood; 16) destruction and misery are in their ways; 17) and the way of peace they have not known. 18) There is no fear of God before their eyes.” .. Romans 3:10-18 (NKJV) ..
When sizing up all this, for those who put their hope & faith in the ways of man, the result ALWAYS ends up in fear & consternation for the masses. .. Isn’t that what we are seeing in America today, and for the rest of the world as well? .. No human system, be it Capitalism, Socialism, Communism, or any other ism will EVER satisfy the masses. .. Someone, or some thing, will always raise its deceptive head to change the course of things. ..
So what’s left? .. Where do we put our hope? .. Obviously, you know where I’m going with this. .. The Bible tells us that very soon, the Son of God is coming back to this beleaguered planet to once & for all fix the mess we’ve all assisted in creating. .. It will be a Theocracy ruled by just one .. Jesus Christ! .. Hallelujah! .. In the meantime, we need to do our best to ‘survive’ in the system where God has placed us. .. That means praying for those who He has ultimately put in charge. .. We also need not fear or be in trepidation as to what or when it all comes about. .. Just remember .. IT WILL! …
Jesus told us that we who become His followers (the remnant) will not be very popular in this world. .. He says it very clearly in John 15:18-19 … “If the world hates you, you know that it hated me before it hated you. 19) If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.”
I will leave you with this … “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled , neither let it be afraid.” .. John 14:27 (NKJV) ………… enough said ……
Until next time,
“The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness.” .. Romans 1:18 ..
Well, this amazing fiasco called the American Presidential election is finally over! .. Hallelujah! .. And as a result of the outcome, we are now witnessing certain segments of our populace struggling to accept its decision. .. Protests, some to the point of violence, are breaking out across the land. …. Of course, there will be varying opinions concerning all this, most all coming from the human perspective, but the underlying cause is simply the uneasiness in the overall ‘condition’ of today’s world. .. People of all walks are sensing an unraveling of what once was the generally accepted ‘normal’ way of life. .. But now they sense a cataclysmic shift coming upon the entire world. ..
If we take just a quick glimpse of just what is taking place across the globe, it is easy to understand why people are feeling this way. .. Besides America’s increasing civil distress, we’ve witnessed Europe reeling from a year of crises, several country’s economies imploding resulting in civil chaos, wars & rumors of wars escalating at an ever-increasing pace, record-setting pestilences exploding by the hour .. I mean I could go on for hours … and there seems to be no sign of any of it letting up! ….
For years now, and especially since my becoming a totally committed follower of Jesus Christ, I have become more & more of a ‘people observer’ – much more ‘tuned-in to what’s going on around me. Over the past several years, I’ve witnessed what I believe is a dramatic transformation as to how people are going about their everyday lives. .. Just a few years ago, people were still basically communicating with each other in the public square. .. They would acknowledge each other with nods & pleasantries .. men would hold the doors open for women .. things like that. .. But now, they seem to be so busy “running to & fro” that all things else seem non-existent. .. Except for their world, nothing else is relevant. .. Simply, people have completely removed themselves from anything & everything that seemingly does not apply to them. ..
When contemplating all this, it is easy to see why people are reacting this way. .. What they are observing & sensing is scaring them to death! .. Many today are living in a state of constant fear because their once-perceived confidence in how life would play out has all but vanished. .. Hope has become a thing of the past. …
I wrote a song/poem a couple of years back that I think pretty much sizes up what & why people feel the way they do today. .. I will share it now ……
“I look into their eyes – see a trace of fear
They’re sensing something strange – something happening near
The battle drums are beating – rhythms of the age
The story is unfolding – on the very next page
“East vs. West – Southern skies on fire
Striking one another – with a haunting desire
Emperors are raging – spewing words of hate
The few of them deciding – all the rest of our fate
“Mothers streaming tears – sending sons to die –
Hastened by the fact – that no one seems to try
Fathers shaking fists – to a deafening roar
Shouting their appeal – to a closing door
“Children of this time – tossing to & fro
Hoping it’s not them – that casts the final blow
Searching for some reason – just beyond their reach
Some with understanding – that they just can’t teach
“Johnny get your gun – we’re going off to war
I don’t know what is left – for us anymore”
I know this portrays a very negative picture, but it is what I am ‘seeing.’ .. People seem to have a hopelessness about them that is becoming increasingly overwhelming. .. And if we look at it from a worldly perspective, it is easy to see why. .. It seems that everything they are seeing is on a completely negative level. ..
Now here’s the real tragedy. .. There is an answer to all this fear & trepidation within their grasp. .. All they have to do is reach out & ask for it! .. Some of you who are reading or listening to this know exactly what this hope is .. Jesus Christ .. and I think it’s time for us that DO know to work harder & harder than ever to share with as many as we can about our Savior. .. Time is short & we need to start now before it’s too late. ..
Today I want to issue a challenge to each of you. .. Starting with myself, I am going to pray that we who share this conviction will get going & tell everyone that yes, this world IS spinning out of control, and that it IS going to continue to get worse before it gets better, and that this is actually good news! .. Why? .. Because the Bible tells us that this is how it is going to be before He, the Lord, comes back & takes control of the mess we humans have made. .. Hallelujah! .. For once, we will have a true leader without flaw, & with infinite wisdom to make all things new & beautiful. .. Again, Hallelujah! ..
I want to leave you with a couple of Bible verses that will give you hope in these final waning days of darkness …..
*”The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.” – Hebrews 13:6
*”Do not fear what they fear: Do not be frightened.” – 1 Peter 3:14
*”Do not fear, for I am with you.” – Isaiah 41:10
*”Do not be afraid: Just believe.” – Mark 5:36 (Jesus’ words) ..
*”He who stands firm to the end will be saved.” – Matthew 24:13
And finally, John 14:27 says this, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
I love the last line in John’s verse .. “DO NOT BE AFRAID.” .. It’s that simple! …
Finally, I pray that many of you will share in this conviction with me. .. And yes, I know we will not win many popularity contests, but I do know this … our rewards will come when we experience the glory that is promised in the soon-coming new world. …
Know that I am praying for each & every one of you, & God knows exactly who you are! … Again, Hallelujah!
Until next time,