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“But mark this, there will be terrible times in the last days.” .. 2 Timothy 3:1 ..

“On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea.  Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world …” .. Luke 21:25-26 ..

When you look at today’s headlines across the globe, these Bible verses appear to be totally accurate. .. Here’s just a few examples to confirm this …. “The Great Unraveling of Society” .. “It is a Time of Social Division & Hatred” .. “The World is Entering a Time of Disorientation” .. “A World in Turmoil” .. “The World’s Nations Entering a Time of Great Despair” .. “International Political Upheaval” .. “World Economies Facing Impending Implosion” .. stories talking about many new signs in “the sun, moon and stars,” diseases, plagues, famine & drought, increasing civil chaos, Christian persecution & martyrdom … it’s constant! .. I could take up another 10 paragraphs of this stuff, but let’s get to it …….

Unless your an ostrich with your head in the ground, (I think it’s an Ostrich), there is no question the world appears to be on course for further cataclysmic events. .. Every category of biblical prophecy seems to be exploding all around us. .. And as a result, people are become more & more afraid with each passing day. .. In fact, many are ‘scared to death!’ .. For those of us Christians who are ‘paying attention’ .. we who are ‘tuned in .. believe that we are living in the final moments of the Church Age .. the final moments before Christ’s return for His Church. .. The mounting crises, the signs of ‘great shaking’ .. all signs are evident, even to secular newscasters who are coming right out & saying that “we can’t keep up with all that is taking place all around us.” .. And, according to Bible prophecy, all this worldwide upheaval will only continue to escalate as we draw ever closer to that climatic moment in time. …..

So what are we to do? .. Are we completely helpless concerning this devastating reality? .. Is there nothing we can do to ease the fear & trepidation of these coming days? .. Even for the followers of Jesus Christ, will our faith be able to withstand what is coming?

Simply put, I believe the most important issue for each of us in these times is to seek what the Bible calls ‘enduring faith.’ .. Jesus Christ Himself told us this .. “.. he who stands firm to the end will be saved.”.. (Matthew 24:13) .. When Christ spoke this, He had just described the frightful trials that were to come upon His disciples in these times – false messiahs – wars & rumors – nation pitted against nation – upheavals in the natural world – earthquakes & pestilences – persecution & martyrdom (see Matthew 24:4-12) – a world where the “love of many will grow cold” ……

Along the way, I’ve had many fellow brothers & sisters tell me of their worry & fear for their families, for the country, & for themselves as well. .. And who can blame them in these crazy times! .. With this in mind, the question of the hour that has to be in the forefront of all our thinking is this … do you at present have an abiding faith & trust in the Lord that will hold you & carry you through this increasing mayhem & chaos that IS coming upon the world? .. or .. will you waiver in these times of affliction, as the fearful things Jesus told us of continue to appear on the earth? .. When that hour comes to pass, will your love of the Lord endure? .. Or will it grow cold, as Jesus predicted would happen to so many? .. I ask these questions not to judge or condemn anyone concerning his or her walk with Christ. .. I ask them only because these are the questions Jesus Himself put to all who would choose to follow Him.

The following are just a few verses I have chosen to share with you. .. I strongly suggest you read them .. even memorize them. .. As the times grow worse with each passing day, they just may be the one thing that will sustain you in dark moments. …

*Isaiah 35:4 .. “Say to those with fearful hearts, ‘Be strong, do not fear;  your God will come with vengeance;  with divine retribution he will come to save you.”

*Isaiah 41:10 .. “So do not fear, for I am with you;  do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you;  I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” ..

*Psalm 46:1-2 .. “God is our refuge and strength, and ever-present help in trouble. 2) Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea …” ..

Remember this .. we may see danger on all sides, including a devil and his principalities who want to drown our faith in doubts. .. But we also have a fiery guard of angels surrounding us! .. And we have a God who promises to carry us through any disaster we face. .. (see Ephesians 6:10-18) ..

I ask you this .. do you want to face the coming storms with quiet confidence & peace of mind? .. Then die today to all your own ways and means of protecting yourself. .. Commit the keeping of your life wholly to God’s loving care. .. He IS your good & loving shepherd .. and He is faithful to see you through it all! .. Hallelujah! ..

I leave you with this … Jesus said this when teaching His disciples ..”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.” .. (John 14:27 – emphasis mine) .. That is His promise to each & every one of us who put our trust in Him. .. No matter how difficult it may become before He comes for us, we know that we NEVER have to fear! .. He is always there for us. .. Hallelujah! ……

Until next time,

Red

Perilous times have come upon this once-great nation. .. We are witnessing division , the likes of which we’ve never experienced in our lifetimes. .. Political & moral upheaval abound! .. In fact, it has gotten to the point that many social & political ‘experts’ say it has gone beyond the point of no return. .. Looking at their position from an historical perspective, one would have to agree. .. Let’s take a brief look ……

The great historian Edward Gibb wrote about the fall of the Roman Empire, the greatest of all the world-ruling empires. .. He asked why great nations or empires fall? .. It is a fact of history that all empires have collapsed. .. But why?

In his masterpiece, “History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Gibbons identified five major causes that contributed to the fall of the Roman Empire. .. 1st – the breakdown of the family;  2nd – increased taxation;  3rd – an insatiable craving for pleasure;  4th – an unsustainable build-up of armaments;  5th – the decay of religion.

One of the greatest historians of all time is telling us how & why ancient Rome fell. .. Don’t the conditions surrounding Rome’s demise sound eerily similar to the conditions prevalent in our country today? … Let’s for a moment look at the five major causes & compare them to today’s America. ..

*Breakdown of the Family – History shows that the strength of any nation depends on the strength of its families. .. “Family” is the solid foundation on which a country’s superstructure is erected. .. That ‘was’ the case for America. .. Rome, in its heyday was affluent & had the mightiest army on earth – just like America today. .. Back then, when people talked about Rome falling, they were scoffed at & scorned. .. When Seneca, the famous Roman sociologist, warned that Rome would fall – even telling people why it would fall – the people ignored him. .. In the words of Seneca, one of the foundational reasons Rome would fall was the fact that, “They divorce in order to re-marry.  They marry in order to divorce.” .. Seneca warned that family breakdown would destroy the Roman Empire! … Couldn’t Seneca’s warning just as easily apply to America today? .. Divorce & family disintegration are rampant in our nation. ……

*Increased Taxation – Prosperity ruined the Roman Empire, & it’s ruining America also. .. Historian J.P. Bauzon, in his book “Roman Civilization,” notes that in Rome, by the “… third century, the silver coins had become copper pieces washed in silver, and issues of gold had virtually ceased.” .. Little by little, the Roman emperors cheated their citizens & creditors, paying debts with coins that had reduced ‘precious metal’ content. .. Debasing the coinage ruined the prosperity of its citizens. ..

We in America are doing the same thing today. .. The coins no longer contain metal of any value. ..The dollar has lost some 95% of its purchasing power since the establishment of the Federal Reserve in 1913. .. And America continues to debase its currency in order to pay its bills. .. Every time you hear a politician use the term ‘stimulus’ or ‘bailout’ or ‘borrowing,’ what it means is that the government is devaluing the currency a little more. .. Every dollar of debt makes the greenback worth a bit less. .. The dollar’s purchasing power is being compromised. .. With some $20 trillion in current debt, borrowing, quantitive easing, stimulus packages & borrowing will continue at an ever-increrasing pace, ultimately leading to an economic ‘implosion!’ .. Sadly, in America today, prosperity is no longer synonymous with actual wealth. .. Prosperity goes by an entirely different name today – DEBT!!!!!! … It was the same in Rome before …………

*Insatiable Craving for Pleasure – 2 Timothy 3:1-4 says, “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, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.” .. Simply put, hedonism will rule the day. .. Webster’s Dictionary says this about hedonism – “The self-indulgent pursuit of pleasures as a way of life.” .. Is this really true of our society today? … Highlighting the 2nd Timothy passage, we see narcissism, love of money, boastful & proud attitudes, kids being abusive & disrespectful toward their parents, violence, materialism, evil & depraved entertainment, drug use & abuse … we get the picture. .. sounds like the evening news most every day now! ……

*Unsustainable Build-up of Armaments – Like Rome in its day, America has the world’s largest & most effective military machine. .. However, as the economy & dollar weaken, & its political landscape remains divided, this machine is, & will continue to decline in superiority. .. But interestingly, the worldwide economic crunch has not affected the military spending in Russia, China, & others. .. Even though the strained economic climate has slowed their economies, they continue to spend billions on armament. .. Both Russia & China are working feverishly to modernize their military forces. .. Not America. ……

*Decay of Religion – 2 Timothy 3:5 says, “Having a form of godliness but denying its power.” .. Also, 2 Timothy 3-5 speaks of increased apostasy in the Church. .. There is no question that we are seeing a ‘famine of God’s true Word’ in America today. .. The “itching ear” theology spoken of by Paul in 2nd Timothy 4:3-4 is rampant in our religious institutions today! ..

Here’s just a few more examples  of our ‘current church in America’ … increased immorality (Matthew 24:37), increasing blasphemy (2 Timothy 3:1), explosion of cults (Matthew 24:11), false Christs (Matthew 24:5), increased occultism (1 Timothy 4:1), denial of the 2nd coming (2 Peter 3:3-4), & denial of the creation by God (Romans 1:18-22). … The list goes on ……

In conclusion, one would have to be deaf, dumb & blind not to see the comparisons between Rome & America. .. America, if it continues on its current path, WILL fall just like all the rest have fallen. .. Sadly, my belief is that America will only continue to accelerate on its self-destructive path. .. And the greatest tragedy is that we will witness more & more souls ‘signing on’ to this destructive way of life. ..

Finally, we, the ‘remnant,’ must arm ourselves with the “shield of Faith & the armor of God” so as NOT to succumb to the ways of this world. (see Ephesians 6:10-18) .. And even though persecution will continue to accelerate in these final days, we MUST NOT stop sharing the saving message of Jesus Christ. .. That IS THE ONLY MESSAGE that can save America & the rest of mankind from its own destruction. …..

Know that I am praying for you, & God knows exactly who you are & what your needs are .., Hallelujah! …

Until next time,

Red

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