Monthly Archives: January 2017
First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. 4) They will say, ‘Where is this coming he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.’ ” .. 2 Peter 3:3-4 ..
No scripture is more true than this one right now! .. I mean, scoffers & naysayers abound! .. And why is this phenomenon taking place? .. Simply put, since the election of Donald Trump, the majority of people in this country, which includes the vast majority of churches, are singing a positive song .. that all will be better now that we have a new confidence in the coming restoration of our economy, etc. ..
So here we go again .. putting our confidence in the systems designed by mankind! .. I’m sure you’ve heard the term ‘populist’ since Trump’s election. .. That’s the label being pinned on the new government here in America. .. Also, Europe is in the throes of the ‘populist’ conversion. ..So what is it? .. How is it different? .. When I looked up the definition of ‘populist,’ it stated that it represents ‘the people’s party. .. Then I thought, ‘but doesn’t that sound like what the socialists/communists call theirs?’ .. Like I mentioned in my last commentary, there are so many ‘ists’ (ie. socialists, communists, populists, globalists, etc) relating to a governing style these days that it is becoming much more difficult to even begin to track them all! .. So back briefly to the currently reigning ‘populists’ .. what it reminds me of is a more isolationist, me-first type of approach than that of the previously labeled globalist style. …
Attempting a stab at some perspective here, let me say this … Globalization has been the primary form of government in the world for the better part of these past two decades .. but now appears to be in real trouble with the advent of the British vote to leave the European Union plus the election of Donald Trump here in America. ..
OK .. enough of this! .. So why is this important in regards to the teachings of Bible prophecy .. why does it increase the number of ‘naysayers’? .. I’m glad you asked. .. If you remember what took place back in the late 20th century, specifically 1988 thru 1991, date-setters & Bible prophecy expectations were rampant. .. Many were expecting the immediate return of Jesus. .. But then, in 1991, the USSR ceased to exist, which many felt was the destruction of the prophesied ‘Magog’ of Ezekiel 38. .. As a result, prophecy prognosticators took a literal beating. .. The naysayers came out of the woodwork! .. I remember being asked how I felt about it. .. My answer was feeble at best, but I simply stated that I didn’t fully understand how or why this happened, but that somehow Magog (Russia) would someday soon rise again. .. Well? … The Bear is back in full force, and now building relationships with the other nations of that exact prophecy! …
The point here is this. .. Prophecy followers over the past couple of years have been very excited about the turning of events .. that Christ’s return was once again very, very close. .. Just look back even a few months ago as an example. .. In September of ’16, we had the Shemitah teachings going on .. blood moons .. Rabbinical prophecies galore .. I mean, the atmosphere was filled with ‘rapturistic’ excitement! .. But now, what I am witnessing is a movement that very similarly looks like 1991 all over again .. that the expectation of Christ’s return will be put off once again & we must now focus on the complete renewal of or ways of life here on earth. .. Bible prophecy is once again a relic of the past. ..
Let me now take you to a scripture that is rarely spoken of in today’s circles. .. It is the conclusion of the ‘Days of Noah’ passage in Matthew 24:36-39 which talks about how people totally ignored the perceived ‘nut-job’ that was building an ark on the side of a mountain & shouting warnings to the people of the coming destruction. .. Sounds like today’s world, doesn’t it? .. And these recent election results & world government shifts will only exacerbate this condition! .. So let’s now finish the concluding warning given in that passage. ..Verses 42-44 says this .. “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43) But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44) So you must also be ready, because the Son of Man WILL COME AT AN HOUR WHEN YOU DO NOT EXPECT HIM.” (emphasis mine) …
This is exactly what is happening right now! .. People are once again putting the imminent return of Jesus Christ on the back burner! .. Even the churches, the few that were still preaching the prophecy message, seem to be pulling back somewhat. .. Simply, the remnant of prophecy ‘watchmen’ like myself will become a deterrent to all that is now deemed to be the priority of the day .. In fact, we most likely will become a pariah to most all we come in contact with. (Oh well .. I knew winning a popularity contest was off the table when I entered into this arena.)
What does this all mean? .. The urgency is being replaced with complacency .. what I call the ‘Laodicean effect.’ .. This was the condition of the last Church of the Seven Church teachings in Revelation, chapters 2 & 3. .. In short, the Laodicean’ condition was one of lukewarmness & complacency. .. And what was Jesus’ warning regarding this condition? .. “I’m about to spit you out of my mouth.” .. Wow! .. Doesn’t get much clearer than that. ..
Enough! .. You get the point. .. What I want to SHOUT to all of you out there is this. .. Don’t leave your ‘spiritual house’ unattended! .. He’s coming, and soon! .. No human election or government shift is going to change that! .. And I promise you this … I WILL NOT stop shouting the warnings as long as I am able! .. I am also encouraged to know that there are some fellow brothers & sisters out there who totally understand all this & will share in the shouting! .. Hallelujah! ..
Know that I am praying for each & every one of you, & our Great God knows exactly who you are. .. Keep up the good fight, & let nothing deter you from the battle that is about to intensify all around us. .. Amen. ……
Until next time,
Last week, I began an updated review of a 6-part series that originally was presented in July/August of 2015. .. My intent was, & is, to show just how rapidly the ‘birth pains’ are progressing concerning the Bible’s prophecies leading up to the fast-approaching 2nd coming of Jesus Christ. .. Because of the sheer length, I decided to present it in two parts. .. Part 1 included the first three categories – Israel, the Signs of Nature, & the Signs of Society. .. Part 2 will conclude with Spiritual Signs, the Signs of Technology, & the Signs of World Politics. .. So, without further ado, here’s Part 2 …………
4) SPIRITUAL SIGNS – “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” (2 Corinthians 4:4) ..
” .. Evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.” (2 Timothy 3:13) ..
These are just a few of the verses in the Bible that refer to the increasing amount of deception that will be present in the end of days. .. It is simply amazing to witness just how rapidly the deceiving spirits are increasing. .. Here’s but a few examples ….
- TV shows like ‘Saturday Night Live’ as well as cartoon characters ‘The Simpsons’ mocking Jesus at every opportunity ..
- The mocking of Jesus’ return intensifying .. example: Christian publication ‘Christian Today’ scorned the Lord’s return & said a ‘zombie apocalypse’ was more likely …
- Satanic displays are now showing up in more & more public squares ..
- Satanic ceremony for newly completed tunnel in Switzerland celebrated by many of Europe’s leaders ..
- Temple of Ba’al erected in London & New York City ..
- Satan-based festivals held in the summer months in various locations, including the Nevada desert to celebrate sexual freedom in the form of orgies, etc. .. images of false gods galore! ..
- Satan clubs now opening in many of the world’s elementary schools, including America & many European nations ..
- A new term – ‘spirit-cookong’ – it is simply too evil to quote but you can Google it .. If you are sensitive, don’t go there! …
There is sooooo much more, but this just gives us a brief glimpse of just how rapidly all this is increasing! .. I mean, even a few years ago, we wouldn’t even have imagined the extent of most any of this satanic invasion. .. And sadly, it’s only going to increase as these are the final moments prophesied that remain for Satan & his forces to ‘do their thing.’ …
5) THE SIGNS OF TECHNOLOGY – “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.” (Daniel 12:4) .. I love this prophecy! ..
Just imagine how Daniel must have felt. .. God gave him many visions of things to come, but then he was told to ‘close them up,’ & that he, nor anyone else would even begin to understand them until the time of the end (of which is the time we are now living in). …. Look at this! .. “many shall run to and fro” .. Just think of it. .. In my own mother’s time, ‘running to & fro’ was more like crawling here to there! .. I mean, from horse & buggy to a man on the moon?! …. And then, of course, one would have to live in a cave to not have noticed just how fast man’s knowledge (i didn’t say wisdom) is increasing .. again from horse & buggy to a technology that could get that man to the moon. .. It’s astounding when one just takes a moment to realize just how fast that has taken place! ..
The important point here is this. .. God told Daniel to “seal the book until the time of the end.” .. Why? .. Because there would be NO way to understand them until that time. .. Well, here we are. .. And if you even begin to scratch the surface of Bible prophecy, you cannot help but realize that all the prophesied events spoken of by Daniel & the other prophets either have, or are, coming true! .. The times are upon us! ..
Has technology increased? .. Duh!!! .. And sadly, in most all instances, it is being used against the principles of Christianity. .. Examples are Face Book, U-Tube, Google, Twitter – most all supporting the progressive agenda which is primarily godless in all its forms (no intent to imply politics) … and sadly, this is where most of the folks today, especially the young, spend their time. ..
Another point. .. In Chapter 13 of The Book of Revelation, its speaks directly of the coming of the Mark of the Beast, which will be required to be received in order to even begin to participate in daily living. .. This mark will be some sort of device, tattoo, implant that will be placed either on the back of the right hand or forehead. .. With the way technology has exploded over the past few years, this is easily now possible whereas just a few years ago, it wasn’t. .. Again, the advancement of the “increase in knowledge” has made all this possible. ..
Finally, we see in chapter 11 of Revelation where two witnesses will lie dead in the street for three days, which will be witnessed by the entire world. .. How could that have even been possible before satellites, internet or TV was around? .. Only now is that possible! … Enough said, for now. ….
6) THE SIGNS OF WORLD POLITICS – “After that, in my vision at night I looked, and there before me was a fourth beast – terrifying and very powerful. It had large iron teeth and devoured its victims and trampled under foot whatever was left. …. The fourth beast is a fourth kingdom that will appear on earth. It will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth, trampling it down and crushing it.” (Daniel 7: 7, 23) …
This is a category I could go on about for a long, long time, but for the sake of time …. Simply, a world government & its powerful leader is ‘just around the corner!’ .. Just take a quick glimpse at today’s societal condition ..
- South America is in chaos .. Venezuela is at a near-collapse level .. Brazil is in the same boat .. Crime rates are skyrocketing & ruthless gangs are taking control .. you name it! ……
- Europe is in social meltdown as the migration influx is destroying the basic infrastructure that has been in place for centuries. .. So, too, is Christianity becoming a ‘thing of the past’ as Islam is taking over! .. Simply, a spiritual darkness has befallen this continent. …
- America has never been more vehemently divided, and a sinful, deceiving power has all but overtaken the societal norm. .. The Church has fallen into a lukewarm, apostate condition which has helped advance this current state of affairs. ..
- The Middle East is increasing in chaos by the moment. .. As prophesied, Israel is being surrounded by hateful nations whose only intent is its destruction. ..
- The world economy is a ‘house totally built upon sand!’ .. While many are portraying optimism, the bottom line is that there has been so many ‘Quantitive Easing’ measures passed (the printing of worthless money), that nothing short of a worldwide bankruptcy is left to fall back on. ..
OK .. there’s a ton more, but what this chaos in all its forms is leading up to is an ultimate collapse of the world’s societies as we have come to know them. .. It doesn’t matter who’s in control – globalists, populists, communists, or what other ‘ists’ we can think of, a collapse with catastrophic consequences is about to come upon us. .. But then, this is exactly how Bible prophecy will be fulfilled! … Out of all this mayhem will come ‘the great world unifier,’ a charismatic & powerful leader who will come to power with a peaceful agenda that will supposedly reunite the nations in prosperity & hope. .. Of course, I’m referring to none other than the coming ‘anti-christ.’ .. (see Daniel 7,8,9,11, Revelation 13 as examples of this teaching) .. Also, he will be joined by a unified world church (see Revelation 17) that will become his ‘partner in crime.’ .. Are we seeing signs of this today? .. Just look at how the Catholic Church is cozying up to Islam & other world religions. .. In fact, so, too, are many protestant churches such as Presbyterian & United Methodists as examples. ..
OK .. I gotta stop before I go crazy! … Like I said, there is simply NO END to this ‘world politics’ subject, nor all of the others for that matter. .. So, I’m done for now. .. I do apologize for this already being too long, but hey, I just can’t figure out a way to shorten it without losing the intent. … So there! ……
Remember this, things are NOT falling apart – they are falling into place! .. What is happening all around us is exactly what the Bible tells us .. that things will appear bleak & hopeless .. but let me share just this one verse that may help bolster you in these coming days … “When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” (Luke 21:28)
I love you all so much, & am praying for you in these increasingly difficult times. .. I am so burdened for those who are not ready to withstand these increasingly difficult days. .. For you warriors out there, it is time for us to fall on our knees & be at war for such souls. .. God desires none to be lost, & prayer IS what will rally the call for many more before it is too late. ..
Until next time,
In Matthew 24, the disciples specifically asked Jesus what the signs would be concerning His coming & of the end of the age. .. In verses 4-8, Jesus tells us this … “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5) For many will come in my name. claiming, ‘I am the Christ, and will deceive many. 6) You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7) Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8) All these are the beginning of birth pains.” .. (Also see Mark 13 & Luke 21 as well as the rest of Matthew 24) …
Jesus told us that in the days leading up to His triumphant return that we would witness the increase of many terrible events – wars & rumors of wars, nations railing against one another, increasing pestilences such as earthquakes & fearful weather events, famine, signs in the sun, moon & stars, increasing persecution of His flock, Jerusalem surrounded by armies as the nations of the earth come against His chosen people, blatant deception in any & all forms, and on & on. .. He specifically said that these events would increase like ‘birth pains’ as in a child’s birth – increasing in both intensity & frequency as the conclusion drew nearer. ..
In July/August of 2015, I presented to you a 6-part series entitled “Living on Borrowed Time” which basically categorized six specific areas of Bible Prophecy to be watchful of in these final days leading up to the return of Jesus Christ. .. Having established that, I believe it is now time to briefly re-visit each of these just to see how they are progressing as we move into the new year. .. Because of the sheer length, I will present it in two parts. The following is part 1 which will include Israel, the Signs of Nature , & the Signs of Society .. Part 2 will conclude with Spiritual Signs, the Signs of Technology, & the Signs of World Politics. .., Here’s part 1 ……
1) ISRAEL (God’s Prophetic time-clock) – Zechariah 12:2-3 says .. “I am going to make Israel a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling.. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem. 3) On that day, when all the NATIONS OF THE EARTH ARE GATHERED AGAINST HER, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves.” (emphasis mine) …… This became a blunt reality on December 23, 2016 when the UN Security Council voted unanimously (with the U.S. abstaining to make this possible) to come against Israel as to her rights concerning Jerusalem, the Temple Mount, settlements, etc. .. On top of this, 70 nations will be gathering together on January 15th, 2017 (2 days from now) in what appears to be a move to further damage Israel’s rights to her chosen land. ..(Note: Sadly, the rumors that our own President & Secy of State were behind the Dec. 23rd results seem to be true. ,, Israeli PM Netanyahu claims to have proof! .. This could be bad for the U.S. as the Bible .. Genesis 12:3 as an example – says that any nation that comes against His chosen people will be cursed) … As Zechariah prophesied, all the nations of the earth appear to be coming against Israel at this moment! …
Going forward, I believe the pressure on Israel will only increase as prophecy tells us it will. .. Even though we are hearing of a more positive U.S. approach to Israel with the newly elected administration, it will be short-lived. .. Also, watch for the Third Temple to become more of a reality as many efforts are now ongoing for that to take place. .. This IS a prophecy that will be fulfilled in these final days. .. The Temple will be rebuilt! .. We will also see anti-semitism continue to increase across the globe. .. It’s already horrible in secular Europe and is spreading rapidly everywhere. …
2) SIGNS OF NATURE – As is the norm, this is the most scoffed at prophecy category of all. .. The nay-sayers most always proclaim that all the ‘nature things’ have always happened – that it is as it always has been. .. While this is true in that natural disasters have always been around, there is pure proof, even admitted by secular scientists, that they have NEVER been like they are now. .. An example is earthquakes. .. Facts prove out that 6+ magnitude earthquakes have more that quadrupled over the past several decades. .. In fact, 7+s are setting all-time records. .. Also, there are more recorded volcanoes, with predictions of more to come, taking place as we speak. .. In fact, several of them are considered mega-volcanoes which would cause great havoc to this planet should they decide to ‘go off!’ ..
Unless we are blinded by sheer ignorance or denial, one can’t help but see the numerous statements by the various media outlets that are using the terms ‘record-setting’ – ‘unprecedented’ -‘Biblical proportions’ – ‘Apocalyptic’ – simply, these are the “birth pains” spoken of by Jesus Himself in Matthew 24:8 ……
Going forward, these apocalyptic weather/climate events will only increase in number & intensity as we move ever closer, not to mention famine. ….
3) SIGNS OF SOCIETY – 2 Timothy 3:1-4 says this .. “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves. lovers of money, boastful, proud abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3) without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4) treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rater than lovers of God.”
Unless we are complete idiots, we cannot deny that this is just how real our world has become! .. Just look at the recently completed U.S. presidential campaign as an example. .. NEVER have we witnessed such horrible antics from both sides of the political aisle. .. Lying, cheating corruption, pride & self-aggrandizement .. stuff only once even imagined in a novel. .. Simply we saw the entire political process descend into the depths of hell! .. Either way, at least in my humble opinion, we as a nation, lost. .. And sadly, this was preceded by the most ‘lawless’ president in U.S. history, who not only bypassed the elected officials but also promoted gay rights, abortion same-sex marriage – all biblically condemned as sin. ..
We are also seeing a rapid increase of violent acts in the public square. .. Shootings & beatings are becoming the ‘norm’ in daily newscasts. … Even our law enforcement is under attack, not only by many individuals & groups, but also by some of our politicians! ..
As previously mentioned, the ‘gay’ agenda is being promoted now by most all entities in our society. .. The ‘Days of Lot’ are upon us as the LGBTQ (& many more letters) is receiving support as most national industries are now promoting it in their ‘prime-time’ ads. .. Even many of our ‘christian’ churches are supporting this condition determined by scripture as an ‘abomination.’ ..
Going forward, what we are witnessing is the ‘great falling away’ running up & into the prophesied 7-year Tribulation period. .. Even our churches are in total denial of the truth of basic scriptural teachings! .. Salvation issues are unrecognizable! .. Simply, the Church, the only real hope in the end, has fallen into an apostate, lukewarm condition. .. What did Jesus say to this Church about this? .. “I’m about to spit you out of my mouth.” (Rev. 3:16) .. Wow! .. If that doesn’t get our attention, nothing will! …
Sadly, all these things will continue to escalate as we move into the final moments of the Church Age. .. The great worry for America right now, besides the glorifying of sin, is the betrayal of the Jewish nation. .. Most likely, we have passed the ‘point of no return’ & will face devastating consequences in the very near future. ..
There is no question prophetic events are in full swing, & these ‘birth pains’ will only escalate going forward. ..But here’s the hope – what each of us as individuals must hang on to .. we can make a difference as for those we come into contact with. .. The Lord wishes that none should perish & we as witnesses can show these lost souls that we are truly different – that we are joyful & without worry, and that they, too, can have the same thing. .. We need to tell everyone we can about Jesus now, before it’s too late. .. Trust me when I say, time is very very short. ……
Know that I am praying for each of you, and God knows exactly who you are! .. hallelujah! .. and please pray for me as well as we all need each other’s ‘covering’ …..
Until next time,