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The name of this blog is taken from Luke 21:28 where Jesus says: “Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”

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At the Very Gates

How close are we to the 7-year Tribulation?  Let me ask this: How can we not be right at its cusp?  Three of the Gospels describe what will occur in the final days: the very end of this world as we know it and the runup to the time when literally all hell breaks loose on this planet.  If something is repeated twice in Scripture, God has said that it’s a sure thing.  Joseph said that because Pharaoh’s dream was doubled and shown to him in two different versions (Genesis 41:32), nothing would stop its coming to pass.  Since we have Mark 13, Matthew 24, and Luke 17 & 21 all showing us what Jesus Himself said would occur in these latter times, perhaps we should take note.  Yet, incredibly, the church as a whole is asleep to the declaration from Jesus who – one would think – might pull some weight.  But, no.  Life goes on.  The same messages are preached from the pulpit that were given ten, five, and even three years ago – not that they’re necessarily bad – however, in this day and age they simply lull the congregations to sleep.

I know I’m not the only one shaking his head at this conundrum.  Bible prophecy is very clear that end times will come and certain signs will accompany them.  Scripture also declares that apostasy will rage and, obviously because of the multiple admonitions to stay awake and alert – that many won’t.  The astounding thing is that surely there are many good and true Christ-followers not looking up and expecting the return of Jesus.  The only conclusion I can come to is that Satan has deceived them.  Is that not concerning?  If – what’s the percentage? – 90% of the church (or more?) isn’t concerned about coming judgment and what that implies, how about the rest of the world which has even less of a clue because they don’t have the indwelling Holy Spirit?  Can you imagine the shock that’s about to hit this world?

In Mark 13 Jesus speaks to His disciples and answers their questions about the end of all things.  He lets them know that the run-up to all that will happen is like the blooming of the fig tree.  Leaves will first appear and only then will fruit come because the season for it is near.  Mark 13:28-31 provides this caution:

28 “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. 29 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. 30 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

Initially Jesus in this prophecy says that much disruption will occur in the world.  The surrounding chaos will include political and military turmoil along with great physical disturbances.  Are we not seeing this in spades today?  Russia-Ukraine.  China-Taiwan.  North Korea-South Korea.  Israel-everybody else.  America-red/blue.  How about the incredible contrast of drought and unprecedented flooding in our country and elsewhere?  Engineered famine is already striking because of the purposeful efforts of those determined to cause suffering.  Plague or pestilence in the form of COVID, the harmful “vaccines,” and now the next plandemic.  This is likely in large measure arising from the COVID injections in the form of VAIDS (Vaccine Acquired Immune Deficiency) that causes shingles and Karposi’s Sarcoma that doctors are told are Monkeypox blisters.  Mark 13:5-8 says:

And Jesus began to say to them, “See that no one leads you astray. Many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’ and they will lead many astray. And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. This must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. These are but the beginning of the birth pains.

This is a worldwide phenomenon that Jesus warns of for everyone.  However, then He gets more specific.  I think it could be argued that those who will be brought to trials and their faith examined could apply to Christians standing firm against persecution.  Suffering of this nature has been going on for many years by believers in the 10-40 Window.  Why wouldn’t it get worse and expand as the end nears – even coming to America?  Jesus details this in Mark 13:9-13:

“But be on your guard. For they will deliver you over to councils, and you will be beaten in synagogues, and you will stand before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them. 10 And the gospel must first be proclaimed to all nations. 11 And when they bring you to trial and deliver you over, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit. 12 And brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death. 13 And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.

Like many prophecies, this one by Jesus skips around in time and pertains to different audiences.  After warning the church, Jesus zeroes in on Israel.  God’s purpose for the 7-year Tribulation is two-fold:

  1. He intends to bring about the redemption of Israel. Despite choosing not to believe her Messiah came 2000 years ago, Israel will know God’s mercy as His elect.
  2. He will judge the unbelieving world for their rejection of Jesus Christ. No one has an excuse, yet God will give many the opportunity to trust in Christ and be saved before the end comes crashing down.

As to #1 – Israel – the Lord will put His Chosen People and Holy Land through much difficulty to wake them up to His nature and glory.  He’s telling them here in this passage that He’s given fair warning.  What an awful time it will be!  Mark 13:14-23 outlines this:

14 “But when you see the abomination of desolation standing where he ought not to be (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 15 Let the one who is on the housetop not go down, nor enter his house, to take anything out, 16 and let the one who is in the field not turn back to take his cloak. 17 And alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! 18 Pray that it may not happen in winter. 19 For in those days there will be such tribulation as has not been from the beginning of the creation that God created until now, and never will be. 20 And if the Lord had not cut short the days, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect, whom he chose, he shortened the days. 21 And then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe it. 22 For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform signs and wonders, to lead astray, if possible, the elect. 23 But be on guard; I have told you all things beforehand.

The end of the chapter brings Jesus back around to His church – those to whom He has given His Holy Word, i.e. those who should have read it and heeded what it says.  This is a pre-Tribulation Rapture passage in Mark 13:32-37:

32 “But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come. 34 It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake. 35 Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning— 36 lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. 37 And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake.”

The key verse for us in describing the chronology and events of these final days is in Mark 13:29:

29 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates.

Prophecy is in the Bible for a good reason.  God wants His people to know what is to come.  Given God’s Word, its clarity, and its fulfillment happening right before our very eyes, surely we as the church should understand the nearness of the hour.  If Jesus tells us that when all these incidents occur and He is standing at the very gates ready to enter, shouldn’t we cry out for His mercy and deliverance?  Shouldn’t we as His church be on our knees beseeching Him for the final salvation of our loved ones and others?  Shouldn’t we be weeping at the state of this world and lamenting about its depravity?  Shouldn’t we be saying with every ounce of our being, “Lord, this world is not my home; it’s an alien place I no longer desire to inhabit.  Snatch me up from here and take me to the Father’s House!”?

I know some of us are responding like this.  We understand the times because we’ve searched the Scriptures and found them true.

Where’s the rest of the church?  They’re digging in and trying to turn back the clock.

Jesus is standing at the door knocking.  Will they let Him in?

Awaken Bible Prophecy Update 8-3-22: Unseen Realm of Angels & Fallen Angels – Part 1

A little more than two years ago, my pastor allowed me to bring this teaching to a Wednesday night gathering in the church.  Because of his background, the pastor didn’t agree with some of the points he knew I’d convey, but he trusted me that I spoke truth, and he had the courage to give me the go-ahead on this subject.  There are many issues in the Bible that are controversial; among them are such items as the Rapture, i.e. pre-, mid-, or post- Trib; the question of how eternal security works, i.e. are we once saved and always saved; and this one that harkens back to Genesis 6.  Over the years there’s been a schism as to whether the sons of God noted in verses 1-4 are actually divine beings or simply good men, i.e. the sons of Seth.  I hope to dispel anyone’s doubts in this presentation that the bene Elohim – the sons of God – are indeed rebellious heavenly entities, and the resulting Nephilim from their union with human women were actually hybrid spiritual beings.

There are three parts to this entire teaching – done over a three-week period.  I’d like to bring them all into this Rumble format, but I’ll have to determine the timing for the second and third parts.  A word of warning: these aren’t short teachings.  They are longer because of the depth of material.  I hope you’ll hang in there with each one that I bring because they should really help in your overall understanding of the Bible and the world in which we live.

One of the interesting outcomes from this teaching was the change in thinking of my pastor.  Initially, he did not believe that the heavenly sons of God, i.e. angels as so many describe them, could procreate with human women.  He clung to Matthew 22:30 in which Jesus says:

For in the resurrection they [mankind] neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.

After thinking about all the Biblical evidence I presented in this teaching, my pastor changed his hard and fast interpretation of that verse and became very open to the possibility of what I taught.

For some of you, what I present may challenge your traditional thinking.  What I can tell you is that everything I discuss is completely Biblical with one Scripture proven by others, just as we’re instructed in order to assure that we’re rightly dividing the Word of God.

 

 

Copy of slides:

Unseen Realm – Angels & Fallen Angels – Part 1

Satan’s Work – Hiding in Plain Sight

One of the pieces of advice given by the church over the years is to not focus too much on Satan so as not to give him glory.  That’s good up to a point.  However, what I think that counsel has done is cause us to miss the works of Satan right in front of us.

The last two and a half years of COVID hijinks have revealed significant portions of the depth of the globalist agenda to harm mankind in order to achieve their stated goals.  These were obvious for all to see in the recently destroyed Georgia Guidestones with their #1 objective being:

Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.

Given that our current world population hovers around 8 billion people, reaching this drastic reduction means about 93% of humanity must disappear.  Just because the Guidestones have been demolished doesn’t mean that our betters who wish to rule over the rest of us are dissuaded from achieving their aim.  As of this moment no one knows who bombed the monument and why.  One interesting factoid is that the city of Elberton, GA is actually considering rebuilding them.  Also of interest is that the time capsule allegedly buried under the “American Stonehenge” has seemingly been forgotten or ignored.

Mysteries . . . yet other mysteries have come to light since COVID hit.  It used to be that the American people looked upon our government, its institutions, and even most large corporate entities in this great land – if not loving them, per se – at least respecting them for what they stood for and accomplished.  We’ve been a very trusting people.  When our leaders assembled commissions to investigate significant and/or tragic events, we accepted what they concluded because . . . well, surely they wanted to discover the truth as much as the common people – right?  When those entrusted with bringing evil doers to justice declared certain parties guilty or innocent, we tended to believe them because . . . well, that was a sacred responsibility that all of us believed in – right?  When we sent our children to school, we assumed the intent of the educators was to teach and not indoctrinate them because . . . well, we all had the same values and desires for our kids in how they were to be raised – right?

Somehow, these expectations we all had have been turned upside down.  This may sound like conspiracy theory on steroids, but I assure you, it’s not.  Trustworthy evidence has been uncovered that our government at the highest levels knew in advance of the coming attack on Pearl Harbor but did nothing to prevent it.  Remember the Oklahoma City bombing or even the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center towers?  There’s more to them than what we were told.

How about the January 6, 2021 Trump insurrection narrative?  Why are these political prisoners languishing in prison for a year and a half without charges even filed against them?  Whose FBI is it anyhow?  Why do they infiltrate patriotic events filled with America-loving people, but seem to miss the riots instigated by Antifa and BLM?  How is it that the medical profession worldwide has been in lockstep as to treating COVID and uniformly denouncing any doctors or researchers who offer contrary opinions and evidence?  Why do school boards and teachers nationwide march to the same drummer?  When did homosexuality, transgenderism, and drag queen events become de rigueur in the classroom rather than reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic?  Since when has the American ideal of small business and individual entrepreneurship become toxic?  Apparently only giant corporations can fight “climate change” – all the little guys and guilty and must be eliminated or they’ll be the death of the planet.

Hopefully you get the idea.  I could cite many more examples.  The point is that historically right up to the present time, those bodies, organizations, and persons we thought were part of “we the people” have in reality been something else.  As we examine the past and today, it’s evident that much of what we thought was light, has been, in fact, part of the darkness.  Don’t you see it as well?  The trust we invested in literally every aspect of the world structure around us has been compromised.

We’ve always been suspicious of politicians.  That’s a given.  One who actually does what he says is a rarity.  Fine, but when law enforcement and our courts, when our hospitals and their employees, when the education system – when all these are rigged against truth and justice, the question must be asked:  What in the world is going on?

My answer as noted in the title of this article is that Satan has been hard at work and done a magnificent job (in the evil sense) of corrupting . . . well, everything.  And he’s done it in plain sight with very few people taking notice or trying to do anything about it.  Obviously, the church should have been the societal and cultural watchman, but that hasn’t gone well.  Families should have stood together for good moral values, but they’ve been fractured for a variety of reasons – not least of which is the lack of Biblical training that should have been the bedrock of their unity.

How has all this happened?

I have a theory.

One of the astounding aspects of the ministry of Jesus that we see in Scripture is how many demons He cast out of people, old and young:

Mark 1:34

Then He healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and He did not allow the demons to speak, because they knew Him.

Mark 7:26

The woman was a Greek, a Syro-Phoenician by birth, and she kept asking Him to cast the demon out of her daughter.

Mark 16:9

Now when He rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven demons.

Luke 4:35

But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown him in their midst, it came out of him and did not hurt him.

Luke 9:42

And as he was still coming, the demon threw him down and convulsed him. Then Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, healed the child, and gave him back to his father.

Day after day, Jesus cast out demons from among those who came to Him.  Have you ever wondered why they had so many demons back then, but we seemingly don’t today?

Of course, a major reason is that we’ve relegated demon possession to the realm of psychiatry and treated individuals with drugs, rather than exploring the probable deeper cause of a person’s affliction and/or involving the church to deal with the spiritual root.  This isn’t to say that because of sin in the world that there aren’t actual mental or physical conditions in people that are best treated with medication.  However, my bet is that there are a whole lot more people walking around who are demon possessed than we can possibly imagine.  If there were so many in Jesus’ day, do you really think there are fewer now?

Consider how since the 1960s drug use has skyrocketed.  I’m here to tell you that whether marijuana, psychedelics, or antidepressants such as Prozac – these pharmakeia open up demonic doors within a person.  And now marijuana is both legal and much more potent than in previous years.  Add to this the downward spiral of morality into depravity.  How many children are abused and trafficked in any number of ways?  How many people approve of such depravations?

Don’t we always say that there are two types of people in the world?  Saved and not saved.  Children of God and children of the devil.

If someone is not filled with the Holy Spirit, he’s an empty vessel.  If he further opens a door and invites Satan in, how common might that be?  I think that all we have to do is look around us.  How many people fly off the handle in road rage?  Worse, how many individuals are actually manifesting demons in their frenzy to kill babies in the womb?  We see them on Libs of TikTok and on other social media every day.  Even Congressional representatives like Elizabeth Warren display their inner demon in their fury against the pro-life cause.

We know that Jesus said that true faith is rare in Matthew 7:13-14:

“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.

This means that the vast majority of people in this world belong to Satan.  Do you think the percentages in the heights of government service or at the headship of large corporations is any different?  In fact, I’ve speculated in the past that probably most successful people – whether in government, Hollywood, sports, the corporate world, you name it – have gotten there and reached their exalted positions through compromise deals with the devil.  Yes, there is the rare person of Christian integrity who rises to the top, but I’d bet most are in Satan’s hip pocket.

That being the case, it becomes clear that all the insidious events noted above, and more, are the result of a concerted demonic agenda that has been at work in the world and which has been concealed in plain sight.  Most of us haven’t had a clue because we’ve been told not to give Satan glory.

Certainly I’m not at all trying to do that.  It’s just that in our naiveté we’ve missed both the agenda and the opportunity. It’s the agenda that God has allowed which has brought us to this point at the very end of the Church Age.  Since we in the church haven’t had eyes to see, many occasions we might have had to stand boldly for Jesus with His Gospel and halt this progression have passed us by.

All that’s transpired through the ages, bringing us to this desperate point where everything is self-destructing, is also that which has delivered us to the cusp of God’s wrath and judgment upon this unbelieving, demon-infested world.

The Bible tells us it will get worse before it gets better.  In fact, the coming 7-year Tribulation will be filled with supernatural signs, wonders, and horrors.  Satan with his minions had to be allowed to reach this point of infiltration of humanity so that when God acts, He will do so in justice.

Because God in His mercy wants none to perish, He has given to everyone alive past and present the opportunity to follow Him.  Their choice not to has consequences.  Our decision to trust and follow Him also has a consequence: The Lord will keep us from this awful hour of trial to come upon the entire earth.

Be alert.  Be aware.  The time of Christ’s return for His children is very near.

Awaken Bible Prophecy Update 7-27-22: Tribulation Martyrs

For those of us who believe in and adhere to a pre-Tribulation Rapture, we tend to lump all the newly minted, martyred Christians during the seven years of horror on this earth into the same category, i.e. Tribulation Saints.  The reality is that there are actually three different groups of new Christ-followers who die of persecution in the Tribulation.

For those who don’t like the idea of a pre-Tribulation Rapture, and rather prefer a mid- or post-Trib translation of believers (if one at all), this fact of three distinct groups of saints is a minor inconvenience.  In fact, I don’t believe I’ve ever seen any post-Tribbers refer to these distinctly different groupings.

Of course, the other idea I alluded to in what I just said is that folks who don’t believe in pre-Trib PREFER the idea of a later Rapture.  When you think about it, that’s pretty crazy, isn’t it?  I mean, to literally maintain a preference for the Rapture being other than pre-Trib, of course, requires the necessity for believers to endure some or all of the 7-year Tribulation.  Who would want that?

Why are people so invested in this?  And trust me, they are INVESTED in it.  Otherwise, they wouldn’t call what we declare to be truth as demonic, nor would they say that pre-Trib teachers are doing Satan’s work – both of these I’ve personally been on the receiving end of – so I know whereof I speak.

Today we’ll examine these ideas and once more see why only a pre-Tribulation Rapture position makes any sense whatsoever.

 

 

Transcript:

For those of us who believe in and adhere to a pre-Tribulation Rapture, we tend to lump all the newly minted, martyred Christians during the seven years of horror on this earth into the same category, i.e. Tribulation Saints.  The reality is that there are actually three different groups of new Christ-followers who die of persecution in the Tribulation.

 

For those who don’t like the idea of a pre-Tribulation Rapture, and rather prefer a mid- or post-Trib translation of believers (if one at all), this fact of three distinct groups of saints is a minor inconvenience.  In fact, I don’t believe I’ve ever seen any post-Tribbers refer to these distinctly different groupings.

 

Of course, the other idea I alluded to in what I just said is that folks who don’t believe in pre-Trib PREFER the idea of a later Rapture.  When you think about it, that’s pretty crazy, isn’t it?  I mean, to literally maintain a preference for the Rapture being other than pre-Trib, of course, requires the necessity for believers to endure some or all of the 7-year Tribulation.  Who would want that?

 

Why are people so invested in this?  And trust me, they are INVESTED in it.  Otherwise, they wouldn’t call what we declare to be truth as demonic, nor would they say that pre-Trib teachers are doing Satan’s work – both of these I’ve personally been on the receiving end of – so I know whereof I speak.

 

Today we’ll examine these ideas and once more see why only a pre-Tribulation Rapture position makes any sense whatsoever.

 

First, we’ll pray and read a Scripture, then get into our topic.

 

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Scripture

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 15 For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.

 

 

 

Tribulation Martyrs

 

  • The first aspect of our subject today is the seeming desire of many Christians to enter and endure the Tribulation
  • Why would they have such an overwhelming desire to do this?
  • After all, anybody who reads the book of Revelation should be able to discern how awful those seven years will be
  • The only things I can think of as to why they deny this are for two reasons:
    • #1 – They’ve sat under teachers who have corrupted the Word of God
    • #2 – People don’t actually believe those seven years will be as bad as the Bible describes

 

  • Let’s look at these issues briefly

 

They’ve sat under teachers who have corrupted the Word of God

  • I think there may be at least two pieces to this
  • #1 – In the Middle Ages and into the Enlightenment period, the inerrancy of Scripture was attacked
  • First, the Catholic church began changing God’s truth for its own truth
      • Rather than the Bible being the inerrant source for truth, the church with its dogmas and rituals took precedence
      • Man’s word was seen as greater than God’s Word
  • They came to believe that Christ would only come in His 2nd Coming, seeing no separation between a pre-Trib appearance and a post-Trib one
  • In considering the Tribulation, Catholics saw no reason why Christians should be spared during that time
  • They also believed that if they were there, they could win many converts into Catholicism
  • Thus, there was no Rapture because the Catholic church didn’t see any need for it

 

  • Second, there was a concerted effort to demythologize the Bible
  • As man advanced in knowledge, he began to believe that reason and science were all that mattered
  • In this thinking the Bible became a book of superstitions and myths – completely useless to modern society
  • Theologians like Rudolph Bultmann determined that they must demythologize Scripture and remove any hint of the supernatural, whether miracles or anything else that God might do outside of the natural world
  • In this stream of thinking, John Nelson Darby became a target
  • He had a fundamental, i.e. Biblical, view of Scripture and believed that it taught a pre-Tribulation Rapture
  • The demythologizers honed in on Darby and literally made up the story that he got his pre-Trib views by having received them from a mystic by the name of Margaret McDonald
  • This wasn’t true because the pre-Trib Rapture was taught by the Apostle Paul and many of the early church fathers
  • However, truth became irrelevant
  • Because of his insistence on pre-Trib, Darby became a good scapegoat for all who hated the idea
  • This falsehood persists to this day and is endlessly repeated with no shame by any of the propagators of the lie
  • Much of the Protestant church today believes this and teaches it

 

  • #2 – The Communist infiltration of the church for the last 100 years has profoundly changed church beliefs
    • It is well worth your time to study how Communism over these 10 decades has successfully fulfilled all of its goals
    • In that regard, a man-originated, anti-God philosophy as powerful as Communism could not have flourished in a vacuum
  • Karl Marx – one of the fathers of Communist ideology was clearly a man who hated God
  • Marx wasn’t an atheist
  • He was a man who had turned his life over to Satan
  • To understand this better, a good book to read is by Richard Wurmbrand, who founded the Voice of the Martyrs
  • The book is titled Marx & Satan
  • You can find a link for it in the Sources section on my Rumble page
  • That’s one of the contradictions in Communism
  • It is a completely atheistic belief, yet is based on a foundation of anti-God theology
  • In 1958, Cleon Skousen wrote a book called The Naked Communist – linked below
  • In the book he summarized the 45 Communist Goals for taking down America
  • FYI – a much shorter book that gives a brief picture of these goals is The Naked Truth by James Bowers – also linked below
  • What you will find in these goals is that every single one of them has been achieved in our nation
  • I did an Awaken Bible Prophecy Update on this, also comparing the New World Order strategy put forth by occultist Alice Bailey with the 45 Communist goals, plus looking at them in relation to the Georgia Guidestones
  • The link to this teaching is also below under the title of Taking America Down
  • The point of all this, of course, is to educate and give you resources
  • Here’s the key takeaway from this:
  • Communist Goals #27 & #28 were and are specifically targeted against God and His church
  • They read as follows:
  • #27 – Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social religion.” Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a “religious crutch”
  • #28 – Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state”
  • Given this assault against revealed religion – just as the goal says – what does this mean?
  • Seminaries over the years have been infiltrated and corrupted
  • Among the teachings distorted was the Blessed Hope of the pre-Tribulation Rapture
  • Understanding and believing this doctrine would give people encouragement and solidify their faith in the God of the Bible as a loving and merciful God
  • But by convincing pastors and their congregations that they must go through literal hell on earth, is it any wonder that God doesn’t seem so appealing to many people?
  • Is it any wonder that they’ve turned away from what the Apostle Paul taught and now believe they have to gird themselves and fight in the natural?
  • If God won’t deliver them, then obviously they have to achieve their own redemption
  • What I’m saying – bottom line – is that all who buy into anything but a pre-Trib Rapture belief are being hoodwinked by Satan who has worked quite successfully in useful idiots in the natural world

 

  • Now – on to our second major point in this section, namely . . .

 

  • People don’t actually believe those seven years will be as bad as the Bible describes
  • This is a true conundrum
  • There are many good, absolutely saved Christian brothers and sisters who somehow read the book of Revelation and come away with a minimalist interpretation of the various judgments associated with God’s wrath
  • I’m sure that this thinking is associated with what I outlined a few moments ago, but it’s truly puzzling
  • To a large extent it must go to the issue of how literally people read the Bible and accept what it says on face value
  • Obviously, there is much symbolism in Scripture, but it is usually interpreted nearby for our understanding
  • For example, when Christ appears to John in Revelation 1 and speaks of the seven golden lampstands and seven stars in verses 12 & 13, the interpretation of the symbols is given in verse 20
  • The lampstands are the seven churches, and the stars are the angels of the churches
  • Once we get to the Seal, Trumpet, and Bowl Judgments, there is no symbolic interpretation given
  • As a result, we should look upon those terrible plagues as actual events that will occur
  • This is in line with what is called the Golden Rule for Interpreting Scripture, which is often shortened to say:
  • “When the plain sense of Scripture makes common sense, seek no other sense.  Therefore, take every word at its primary, ordinary, visual, literal meaning unless the facts of the immediate text…clearly indicate otherwise.”
  • Well, that’s what’s going on with many people
  • They look at these horrific judgments – don’t take them at their plain, common sense, literal word – and think they’re not so bad
  • Some people even think we’re currently in the Tribulation – that’s how badly they mangle this
  • This poor hermeneutics results in a buckle down – gird up mentality
  • We have to prep, find bolt holes to hunker down in, and make sure we’ve got our guns and ammo
  • None of these things is bad from a short-term, natural understanding of the world
  • The problem is that the 7-year Tribulation is a period of the supernatural becoming the natural
  • It is a time of demonic rage upon the earth
  • And to top it off, God will be raining down all these awful catastrophic events
  • You don’t just find a place of safety away from the city when all this goes down
  • It’ll be happening everywhere
  • Topping that off will be the hunting down of anyone who proclaims the name of Jesus Christ
  • Persecution for newly minted believers in the Lord Jesus will be off the charts
  • That brings us to the major discussion for today – all that we’ve talked about so far just sets the stage for identifying the Tribulation Martyrs

 

 

Tribulation Martyrs Identified

 

  • I mentioned many minutes ago that there are actually three different groups of Tribulation Martyrs
  • None of the people in these groups are those who currently believe through faith in Jesus and have declared that He is God – there is no other
  • Those of us who have chosen now to follow the Lord are redeemed by the blood of Christ
  • We have become God’s children and the beloved Bride of Christ
  • Anyone with an ounce of understanding of God’s character and His amazing love for us who have freely called upon Jesus for deliverance should know that there is no need for us to go through the Tribulation
  • Jesus paid the price for us
  • We are no longer subject to God’s wrath – listen:

 

  • Revelation 3:10

Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.

 

  • Romans 5:8-10

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

 

  • Thus, He has no need to punish us or to do anything more to convince us to follow Him
  • In contrast are those who have rejected Him and chosen to follow another god – whoever or whatever that may be
  • These people are giving their believing loyalty to someone or something else
  • These are unbelievers
  • They are comprised of Jews in Israel and Gentiles elsewhere around the world
  • It is these people in this unbelieving world that God must punish along with providing one final opportunity to turn to Him in faith through His amazing grace
  • Anyone looking for a Great Awakening will find it on the other side of the pre-Tribulation Rapture
  • This is the reason we see the passages in Revelation speaking of the many believers before the throne of God
  • They have come to faith in the Tribulation – against all odds because of the intense persecution – and for that crucial decision have paid for it with their lives
  • We who believe today in the Western world – in America – may experience persecution to some degree like our brothers and sisters in the 10/40 Window do – but it will not be like that which occurs during The Tribulation
  • Not even close
  • The tribulation we go through before being Raptured is not The Tribulation
  • For that we can be very thankful
  • Okay, so what are the three groups of Tribulation Martyrs?
  • Bill Salus in his book The Next Prophecies – linked below – has an entire chapter that discusses this more fully
  • The three groups as Salus defines them from how they’re described in Revelation are:
    • #1 – Fifth Seal Saints
    • #2 – Fellow Servants
    • #3 – Brethren of the Fellow Servants
  • Let’s look at them more closely

 

#1 – Fifth Seal Saints

  • This is the group most people are familiar with
  • The first four Seals of Judgment have opened with the riders on the different horses bringing false peace and hope in the form of the Antichrist, then war and famine, followed by Death and Hades
  • These Seals – opened by Jesus Christ as the Lamb of God – are clearly an integral part of God’s wrath upon the earth
  • Again – this is wrath not destined for current believers in Christ
  • After all this chaos and enough horrific destruction to convince most people on earth that they’re in big trouble during this period we see in Revelation 6:9 those who have been martyred for becoming believers in Jesus during this time:

 

When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne. They cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”

 

  • The question we have to ask is: What caused this group to stand firm in Christ and be martyred for that faith?
  • Bill Salus is strongly of the opinion – and I, along with others, agree with this assessment – that these newly minted believers have been killed by the Harlot church
  • Rather than an Islamic slaughter during this initial period of the Tribulation, there is a good probability that it is an ecumenical Catholic genocide
  • I won’t get into it here as I’ve discussed it elsewhere, but it’s very likely that through the combination of a Psalm 83 War followed by Ezekiel’s War that Islam will become a non-entity, having no power and few believers after Allah is shown to be feckless and powerless
  • However, as we see even today, the Vatican is consolidating power and embracing all the religions of the world
  • Not only that, but the Vatican is strongly motivated to embrace alien brothers who come in UFOs after the Rapture
  • They want to evangelize demons – can you imagine?
  • The Catholic church is poised to become a composite religion, i.e. the Harlot, which is the end game of the One World Religion
  • This amalgamation of religious beliefs will welcome everyone and anything other than true Christianity
  • For resisting this hybrid theology, those left behind who become new believers during this time will be hunted down and killed if they don’t recant
  • And yes, this will happen under the auspices and direction of the Vatican
  • There is an office in the Vatican called the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith that has continued to operate since the Inquisition
  • Dicastery has the meaning of law-court
  • This law-court has been and continues to be in existence to defend the Catholic church from heresy
  • Put it together: if the Catholic church remains during the Tribulation as I mentioned earlier, since it doesn’t believe in the Rapture, nor does it believe in faith through grace alone – those in charge will believe they are divinely appointed to protect the faith
  • What will be the biggest problem?
  • Those who resist this syncretistic religion
  • Thus, the Catholic church will send out their minions and enlist many believers among the lay people to round up the Christians
  • How will they recognize them?
  • I think that both supernatural boldness will be upon them plus, they will perform miracles, as they preach the Gospel in their new-found zeal for the Lord
  • They won’t be hard to find, and they’ll be rounded up by the hundreds and thousands to be put to death

 

 

#2 – Fellow Servants

  • We learn of this group right away in Revelation 6:11:

 

Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been.

 

  • If the first group – the Fifth Seal Saints – are killed as a result of the opening of the initial four Seals, when might this next group of new believers be killed?
  • Salus believes, and I think it’s pretty good bet – that they are eliminated from the earth during the remainder of the first half of the Tribulation
  • This includes the rest of the Seal Judgments along with most of the Trumpets up until the Tribulation midpoint
  • In this case, the Harlot would still be raging and murdering as many true Christians as can be found
  • The Harlot is drunk with blood and these fellow servants meet the same fate as those whom we’ve already seen at the throne of God
  • The killing keeps on coming
  • And how does it happen for both these initial groups?
  • Revelation 6:8 gives us the details when the 4th Horseman is described:

 

So I looked, and behold, a pale horse. And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him. And power was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth.

 

  • If Death and Hades effectively describe the means by which these two Christians groups and even non-believers on the earth are destroyed during this time, we can see that death will come in many forms, and no one is safe
  • Martyrs for Christ are made left and right during this period by the demonic fury of this One World Religion that can’t fill enough of its cup with the blood of those who oppose the falsehoods it proclaims

 

 

#3 – Brethren of the Fellow Servants

  • In Revelation 6:11, we also come across this group
  • Looking at the verse in the King James, it reads:

 

Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed.

 

  • Since we’ve taken care of those murdered up until the midpoint of the Tribulation, we have to account for those killed after that, in the Great Tribulation once Antichrist desecrates the temple and declares that he is god
  • Revelation 20:4 tells us exactly what occurs and why with this group of martyrs:

 

Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.

 

  • Hard as it is to imagine, the persecution ramps up once Antichrist reveals himself
  • Satan possessing this man or whatever he is – some think he may be a Nephilim – is now doing everything in his power to harm God and His people
  • Whatever the methods of eliminating the Fifth Seal Saints and their Fellow Servants, Antichrist takes a page from the French Revolution and beheads his enemies, i.e. those who have placed their faith and trust in Jesus Christ
  • They have taken a stand and will not pledge allegiance to Antichrist by taking his mark
  • It’s a sure sign of their rebellion against him, and it makes it easy to spot these true believers
  • What a price they pay for not trusting in Jesus now while it’s easy!
  • But they hold true and remain steadfast, knowing their reward is eternity with God – and knowing they have escaped the flames of the Lake of Fire
  • You have to admire all these who go through these torturous days
  • Our believing now is SO easy
  • What a blessing!
  • It’s why we should want to rescue as many now as we can, knowing the terrible times to come

 

  • Given what I’ve described here, does it make any sense whatsoever that we who have already given our lives to Christ should be numbered with these three different groups of Tribulation Saints
  • The reality is that someone thinking we have to endure this also must place us among one of these three groups
  • Okay, you post-Tribbers, which are we?
  • Fifth Seal Saints?
  • Fellow Servants?
  • Brethren of the Fellow Servants?
  • You see how silly it is to place us in the Tribulation?
  • The good news in all this is that the pre-Tribulation Rapture is truly our deliverance from the worst time ever to come upon the face of the earth
  • God in His mercy has indeed given us an out – a means to avoid all this that’s almost upon this world
  • Am I happy to be called an escapist – to have this route of escape?
  • You better believe it
  • Call me all the names you want
  • But when I’m out here when this happens, and you’re not, you’ll certainly wish you were

 

  • If you’re not certain that you’ll be among those whom Jesus comes back for in the clouds to snatch us from the earth before all this begins, you can be sure
  • You can know that you will indeed escape this time to come and spend eternity with the Lord
  • Here’s what God’s holy Word tells us in Romans 10:9-10:

 

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

 

  • Call out to the Lord Jesus Christ today from the bottom of your heart for deliverance and He will answer
  • He will give you the assurance that you are His and will be with Him forever

Rapture Date Setting

Despite the failure of Rapture date setters in the past, many people continue to try to outwit the Lord by predicting when Jesus will come back for His true church to snatch us away into the clouds to be with Him forever.  It hasn’t worked out well previously, and I predict it won’t work out for this current crop of know-it-alls.

Many people attempt to tie the Rapture to the Jewish feasts.  They say that such and such has already been fulfilled and so the final one based on the Feast of Trumpets must be next so as to correlate with past prophetic feasts and events.

The most recent well-known Rapture dating exercise was by Edgar Whisenant with his infamous 88 Reasons Why the Lord is Returning in 1988.  With the “oops” when that didn’t occur, and the explanation that he’d made a mistake in his calculations, Whisenant foolishly followed up with 89 Reasons Why the Lord is Returning in 1989.  That failure was the end of his attempts to outwit God.

As with many pre-Tribulation Rapture teachers, I get comments and emails.  I’m rather fortunate to have a small following because more people would mean more contrary letters.  Many writers disagree with my pre-Tribulation Rapture stance and can be quite insistent as to how wrong I am – to the extent that this Biblical doctrine is demonic in origin, and I’m a tool of the devil for advocating it.  I can’t imagine the amount of correspondence that someone like Pastor JD Farag gets every week.  One such writer has me on his mailing list.  He calls himself a Scripturalist for the Lord and expounds his views – based on his understanding of Scripture – particularly in regards to the Rapture and Tribulation.  Lately he’s been quite insistent on setting a Rapture date based on the Jewish calendar.

In a series of emails our Scripturalist has determined the date the Rapture will occur based on the following:

  • It will be after the Gog-Magog War
  • It will be in the month of Nisan on the Jewish calendar following this war
  • It will be on a Sabbath, i.e. Saturday
  • Based on these occurrences, it will be on Nisan 10 = April 1, 2023

And, as our friend says in each of his missives: “So There You Have it.”

In other words, you can take it to the bank that the Rapture is scheduled by God for this particular date; so when it approaches, keep watching.

In addition to this certainty, just so you can know how accurate this date setting is, our email writer is also adamant that we are already in the midst of the Seal Judgments because the Rider on the White Horse of the 1st Seal has been revealed as Jared Kushner in his role of negotiating the Abrahamic Peace Accords.

Well, if none of this sits too well with you, join the club.  There is a very good reason that no one will know the date or the hour of the Rapture except the Father.  We are to know the season (NOW!), but anything more specific than that other than its imminency is not for us and is a false prediction.

Why?

In actuality the Rapture correlates to a Galilean-Jewish wedding.  According to Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum in his must-read book The Footsteps of the Messiah, there are four steps involved with such a wedding:

  1. The father of the groom makes the arrangements
  2. After a period of time, the groom fetches his bride under two conditions:
    1. The father determines the timing
    2. The groom has prepared a place for himself and his bride at his father’s house
  3. Prior to the wedding ceremony – to which few would be invited – the bride undergoes a ritual cleansing
  4. The marriage feast occurs with many more people invited

This simple outline makes it clear as to how the Rapture follows these steps:

  1. God the Father has made all the arrangements. A bride price was necessary to be paid.  It was done so through the blood of Messiah.
  2. The Rapture is the fetching of the Bride. Once everything is set, the Father gives the go-ahead to His Son to retrieve His beloved.  Jesus as the obedient Son does so by snatching her up in the clouds at this unexpected and unannounced time that only the Father knows.  The Son has spent the last two thousand years preparing our place in His Father’s house.  This is the meaning of John 14:1-3:

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.

  1. One of the necessities for us as the Bride of Christ is to stand before the Bema Seat to be judged for our works on earth in Christ in order to receive our rewards. This is the burning up of hay and stubble leaving only gold and silver.  In other words, it is the ritual purification of the Bride for the wedding ceremony.  All this plus the ceremony itself take place in heaven.  Given the events that occur and the necessity of their timing, it’s easy to see that the Rapture and the 2nd Coming are completely different and separated by a period of time.
  2. Upon the consummation of the marriage by the Bridegroom and Bride – typically considered to be seven days which correlate to the seven years of the Tribulation, the wedding feast will begin. In our case, the Bridegroom – Jesus – leads His Bride back to earth where this takes place.  Many guests are invited.  These include Old Testament saints and tribulation saints, i.e. those martyred during the Tribulation plus those who endured through to the end.

If you wish to gain a terrific understanding of a Galilean wedding and further insights into what is presented here, I urge you to watch the film Before the Wrath.

The reason that no one can or will accurately predict the timing of the Rapture is because of its unknown quantity.  God the Father will determine when to send His Son for His Bride.  For those trying to discern the mind of God in this matter – good luck.

We who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ have a marvelous day ahead when our bridegroom comes for us.  At that moment we’ll gain glorified bodies and be like Him.  Jesus is coming for us before the Tribulation because 1) we believe in Him, and 2) He loves us and won’t allow the depravity of the world to stain us with the horrific events of the Tribulation.  Anyone who thinks differently simply doesn’t understand the nature and character of God.

Our job between now and then is to be about our Father’s business.  In so doing, we are to occupy, while eagerly watching and anticipating our Lord’s return to bring us home.  As we faithfully do this, let’s not forget to tell others and share with them the hope that we have in Christ.  For those who don’t believe in this marvelous promise that Jesus has given us of our Blessed Hope, how dreary must their days be as they wait like unbelievers for the coming wrath of God upon this lost and dying world.

Awaken Bible Prophecy Update 7-20-22: Lost Messages from Book of Acts

The book of Acts recounts the spread of Christianity through the words and actions of faithful apostles who initiated the gathering of people in various places as they began the early church.  This was a church that was on fire.  Not only did they receive salvation through the grace of God and the faith they placed in Jesus Christ as His only unique Son, but they also received power from on high as they were baptized in the Holy Spirit.

Over the years the church has had its highs and lows.  We know this was the case from beginning in the 1st Century by reading Jesus’ letter to the churches of that era as recorded by the Apostle John in the book of Revelation.  Those were literal churches which had problems and needs at that time that Christ needed to speak to for rebuke, correction, or encouragement.  Not only that, but those letters provide additional guidance as to the ebb and flow of church faithfulness by showing us different types of churches throughout history and what God required of them.  It is also believed that these letters portray or foreshadow various church characteristics and tendencies through different periods over the years, with the Laodicean church representing what the final church will look like in the end times.

At one time or another these churches lost or set aside teaching and commandments from the Lord that would have kept them faithful.  Only two of the churches: Smyrna and Philadelphia retained those characteristics that kept them from straying.

Just as Jesus and the writers of the New Testament foretold, in the final days before the Lord’s return, the church would go south because the people in it would turn from Him into apostasy.  There are three issues in this regard that I want to cover today coming from the book of Acts.  These three, and a host of other reasons, are why we are so close to the end of the Church Age as we know it.

 

 

Transcript:

The book of Acts recounts the spread of Christianity through the words and actions of faithful apostles who initiated the gathering of people in various places as they began the early church.  This was a church that was on fire.  Not only did they receive salvation through the grace of God and the faith they placed in Jesus Christ as His only unique Son, but they also received power from on high as they were baptized in the Holy Spirit.

 

Over the years the church has had its highs and lows.  We know this was the case from beginning in the 1st Century by reading Jesus’ letter to the churches of that era as recorded by the Apostle John in the book of Revelation.  Those were literal churches which had problems and needs at that time that Christ needed to speak to for rebuke, correction, or encouragement.  Not only that, but those letters provide additional guidance as to the ebb and flow of church faithfulness by showing us different types of churches throughout history and what God required of them.  It is also believed that these letters portray or foreshadow various church characteristics and tendencies through different periods over the years, with the Laodicean church representing what the final church will look like in the end times.

 

At one time or another these churches lost or set aside teaching and commandments from the Lord that would have kept them faithful.  Only two of the churches: Smyrna and Philadelphia retained those characteristics that kept them from straying.

 

Just as Jesus and the writers of the New Testament foretold, in the final days before the Lord’s return, the church would go south because the people in it would turn from Him into apostasy.  There are three issues in this regard that I want to cover today coming from the book of Acts.  These three, and a host of other reasons, are why we are so close to the end of the Church Age as we know it.

 

Let’s pray, and today I won’t have a specific Scripture since we’ll be referring to several as we go along, and so, we’ll explore this issue.

 

<PRAY>

 

 

Lost Messages from Book of Acts

  • The church today is in a dreadful state
  • A recent Gallup poll determined that belief in God in America has dipped to a new low of 81% of all adults
  • This is simply belief in God – it says nothing about belief in Jesus Christ and the truths revealed in John 3:16 or John 14:6 or Ephesians 2:8-9
  • If that isn’t bad enough, another recent poll found that over 62% of all pastors across all denominations don’t have a Biblical worldview, rather they have one that is syncretistic
  • Syncretism is the mashing together of different beliefs, possibly including some Biblical tenets of faith, but into a worldview that blends these ideas and philosophies into something which appeals to individual preferences but does not hold to God’s holy Word
  • In this pastoral poll, the further shocking statistic is that as few as 12% of youth pastors hold a Biblical worldview
  • Put another way: 88% of all youth pastors do not hold a Biblical worldview
  • Parents: What are these youth pastors teaching your children?
  • In addition to this, have you noticed how many youth pastors get caught have sexual relations with someone they’re supposed to be shepherding?
  • Perhaps we shouldn’t be so shocked given what we see in our youth and the comprise of Scripture spewed from blasphemous pulpits
  • Think of what these numbers say, and what it means about the church of today
  • Jesus must weep at this

 

  • The three primary messages from the book of Acts that I want to discuss today that have been lost and which lead to this situation in the church are:

 

  • #1 – Man’s sinfulness
  • #2 – God’s coming judgment
  • #3 – Christ as the only way to salvation

 

 

#1 – Man’s sinfulness

  • In Acts 2:38 we see this truth preached by Peter about mankind and what we must do about it:

 

And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

 

  • Humanity is sinful
  • Since the rebellion in the Garden, sin has infected the DNA of all the children who are the offspring of Adam and Eve
  • Sin is in our blood
  • It makes us unclean
  • Worse, it makes us unable to stand before God without being consumed by holy fire
  • As Hebrews 12:29 says:

 

For our God is a consuming fire

 

  • This being the case, there’s nothing we can do about it through our own efforts
  • The prophet stresses this in Isaiah 64:6 where he proclaims:

 

But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

 

  • Not only did Peter in the power of the Holy Spirit declare this truth, but it was also the very first thing preached by John the Baptist and Jesus Himself
  • We see this in Matthew 3:1-2 and Matthew 4:17:

 

In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

 

From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

 

  • Believe me, the repetition of a principle twice is significant, three times is crucial
  • The need for repentance because we are sinful is a cornerstone of our faith
  • Without this recognition of sin and turning from it in repentance, we cannot – I repeat: we cannot – truly be saved
  • Ray Comfort – the great evangelist with Way of the Master – recounts this truth in his must-listen message titled Hell’s Best Kept Secret
  • If you’ve never heard Ray preach this, when you’ve finished here, go to the link in the Sources section of my Rumble page and listen to it
  • You will not be disappointed
  • I’ve listened to the message probably 15 times – that’s how much I like it

 

  • I want to take one of my infamous rabbit trails here before continuing
  • The thought came to me while dealing with this issue of sin, repentance, and forgiveness about the global elites and their worldview
  • What do they want – among other things?
  • Klaus Schwab of the World Economic Forum has articulated this extensively
  • They want to transform mankind – actually just their elite club of the wealthy and powerful – into Man 2.0 as part of the 4th Industrial Revolution
  • I’ve explored in the past where they really want to take this concept by examining the website 2045.com
  • If you’ve ever watched the Stargate series, whether SG-1 or Atlantis, you know that one of the anti-God predictive programming ideas promoted is that mankind can ascend to a higher plane of existence
  • Through technology, the global elites desire to do this very thing, and in so doing, to achieve immortality
  • But as I say, it’s really just for them – the wealthy and powerful – not for ordinary schlubs like you and me
  • You’ll hear this same goal often discussed by Yuval Harari, who is Klaus Schwab’s right hand future technology guy and one of my leading candidates for the role of False Prophet during the Tribulation
  • In wanting this type of future and doing everything to achieve it, the one main component that is eliminated is any need for the One true God
  • In this utopian dream, man through his own self-sufficiency, in fact, becomes like a god
  • Where have we heard that before?
  • Why would these people wish to do this?
  • One very clear answer is that they don’t like the idea of sin
  • Because the Bible tells us that we must depend on God through Jesus Christ for the atonement of our sins – and that idea is anathema to these elites – the truth that they can do nothing for themselves must be altered
  • And that truth is that everything worthwhile in our lives must be accomplished through simple faith in God
  • Thus, this objective truth becomes the one they resist
  • In their eyes, they have no need for God
  • They hate the idea of humbly surrendering to Him
  • They hate the thought that they must depend upon Him for eternal life
  • And so, they try to make their own reality that has no need of considering themselves as sinful
  • It certainly requires no repentance
  • Not does it need forgiveness by anyone

 

  • Back to our main theme
  • What the global elites have done though promoting their ideas for many years is to infiltrate the church and to corrupt its teachings
  • The reason for this is that true Christianity in the form and presence of the Holy Spirit is the only power holding them back from achieving their goals
  • This is – after all – a spiritual war
  • It’s Satan attempting to displace God
  • Faith corruption is a 100-year effort through the Communist initiative that placed their people inside seminaries
  • Through their subtle influence they eventually altered the Biblical doctrine that pastors were taught
  • These pastors went into the world into all the pulpits and preached a false Gospel
  • This message took many forms but one significant aspect was the whitewashing of sin and its consequences
  • Because most people in the church were encouraged not to read their Bibles – rather to simply believe what their pastor told them was true – the vast majority of congregants in the vast majority of churches became Biblically illiterate
  • Hence, we end up with the poll numbers I cited earlier
  • In this raging apostasy throughout Christendom there is little recognition of sin and even fewer thoughts that anything must be done about it
  • Yet, it was one of the core tenets of the Gospel as Jesus and others preached in the early church

 

 

#2 – God’s coming judgment

  • If we’re not sinful and there are no consequences from it, then why would there be any need for judgment regarding sin?
  • The last thing these people want to admit is that the rejection of God through their ideals leads to everlasting torment through God’s judgment
  • Yet Paul speaking on Mars Hill in Athens as recorded in Acts 17:30-31 told his listeners and declares to us:

 

The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”

 

  • Notice once more that Paul emphasizes the need for repentance
  • Ignorance of the Gospel is no excuse
  • Can you imagine the penalty for willful disregard?
  • Without repentance. God will bring righteous judgment through Jesus Christ
  • The proof of this is Jesus’ resurrection from the dead
  • Question: In people’s minds, how do they avoid this penalty for dismissing the Words and promises of God?
  • Answer: They change the facts on the ground
  • If God says there is a death penalty for dismissing Jesus Christ as the Son of God, with the only way to eternal life being through faith in Him with the accompanying need to repent of one’s sins in order to express that faith . . .
  • Then a couple things have to happen
  • Jesus can no longer be God
  • He must be made perhaps only a good person on the same level as Buddha or Mohammad
  • Perhaps who He was is really what He stood for
  • Thus, He showed the way that every one of us could achieve what He did
  • He represents a type of self-expression called Christ Consciousness that is inherent in every single one of us
  • We can become what He became
  • If that’s the case, we are all actually good inside – we just have to recognize this fact
  • As a result, if we are good, we’re certainly not sinful
  • If we’re not sinful, there is no necessity for anyone or anything to judge us
  • What then is there this talk of coming judgment?
  • From the perspective of the people reasoning this way, it’s all a lie
  • Unfortunately, not only is this thinking rampant outside the church, it has also largely infected the church
  • This is one reason these false gospels are so popular
  • The problem is not in each of us
  • It is in the world
  • It is through injustice in the world that we have so much strife
  • Thus, we have to fix the world

 

  • Having introduced that, let me go off on another bender down one other rabbit trail
  • I’ve tried to point out many times that much of the Christian world would rather burrow into life here instead of seeking the eternal kingdom of God
  • Despite the Bible being comprised of close to 1/3 prophecy, it is the literal elephant in the room because it’s so often ignored
  • When pastors ignore this much of Scripture – that God obviously put there for a purpose – that has significant consequences
  • Many prophetic passages tell us what the final days of this earth will look like
  • If people aren’t looking at life around them through a Biblical and prophetic lens, then what do they see?
  • They may recognize that something is wrong, but they can’t identify it
  • This wrongness all around can then be a source of fear
  • Maybe they heed what Jesus said about not being anxious or fearful, but they can’t necessarily make sense of the world, and it causes unease
  • Proverbs 9:10 says:

 

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.

 

  • These people may fear the Lord, but they have not accumulated wisdom because they’ve never gained insight through knowledge
  • To gain this insight, first they would have to be reading their Bibles faithfully and thoroughly
  • This means that they would have to actually read and digest what God has shown us through Bible prophecy
  • They would have to read these Scriptures, meditate on them, and digest them . . .
  • Thus acquiring a new level of understanding
  • In this fresh way of seeing, the prophecies would illuminate their vision
  • They would realize that the world is on a collision course with God’s wrath
  • They would see the converging signs – the fact that every single sign that the inspired writers of Scripture spoke of are now in play, crashing like turbulent waves upon the seashore
  • They would understand that the time is near for the Lord’s return for His true church in the pre-Tribulation Rapture
  • And what would that do for them?
  • It would give them a sense of peace – knowing that Christ will never leave nor forsake us since we are His beloved Bride
  • Why then be anxious and fearful?
  • Why then invest so much into life on this earth that will very soon dissolve like dew in the hot sun?
  • Right now, most people in their ignorance of Bible prophecy would be like Lot’s wife
  • The angels hustled Lot and his family out of Sodom to keep them alive, but Lot’s wife – through her attachment to all they were leaving – gazed upon that city (representing her life), and desired it more than what the Lord had in store for their future
  • Is there any better analogy of those who resist the truth of the pre-Trib Rapture?
  • They’re doing all they can to undue in this world that which cannot be undone due to the depth of sin, corruption, and depravity
  • This world is under Satan’s dominion as the Power of the Prince of the Air
  • How do you fight that in the natural by winning a few political elections?
  • How do you root out the Deep State cabal?
  • When Trump was president, he was clueless to this and actually surrounded himself with many people intent on undermining him
  • To this day with his denial of the harm the so-called vaccines bring, he continues to promote that everyone should be jabbed
  • That’s a real problem
  • Why would he do this?
  • I don’t have an answer, but whatever it is, it can’t be good
  • Do you think that Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida would fare better than Trump as president?
  • He might be more perceptive in the people he trusts, but he cannot get rid of the deeply entrenched opposition
  • Such people cannot be fired
  • They’re government employees in many strategic positions absolutely determined to bring in the New World Order
  • I actually hope that DeSantis doesn’t run for president
  • Florida needs him, and the country needs at least that one state to be a haven of some kind of sanity
  • Be that as it may, too many people calling themselves Christians prefer living here than eagerly anticipating the world to come under the dominion of Jesus Christ
  • They’re comfortable here despite all the flaws of everything around them
  • Maybe the thought of a supernatural event like the Rapture freaks them out
  • I know many declare they want to see their children grow, graduate, marry, have kids, etc.
  • They want to see this nation as it was in its heyday
  • That’s all good and a natural reaction to life
  • However, that shouldn’t be the case at the end of the age
  • Instead of these worldly pursuits – as noble as they are – everyone who calls himself by the Name of Christ should be adhering to what Jesus instructed in Luke 21:28:

 

“Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

 

  • But they don’t
  • And so, they ignore the coming judgment because it simply doesn’t fit their worldview

 

 

#3 – Christ as the only way to salvation

  • This is the third and final message of what we’re discussing today as that which has been lost from the book of Acts
  • After the astounding events of Pentecost, the apostles were Baptized in the Holy Spirit and had power from on high
  • That power transformed lowly men with little education into dynamos for the Lord
  • Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit and speaking to the rulers and scribes of the temple – those men who were supposed to be well-versed in the ways of Yahweh, but who were in actuality woefully deficient – said in Acts 4:11-12:

 

“This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

 

  • The ruling elite believed that by following the Law of Moses, they were right in the eyes of God
  • They sacrificed and obeyed as they understood the Law and figured they were good to go
  • They thought they knew what Yahweh wanted with them, yet they ignored the prophesies that Jesus fulfilled right in their faces
  • They were afraid of losing their vaunted positions in the temple and synagogues and becoming irrelevant
  • More than that they feared another violent Jewish rebellion against the Romans that would cause their downfall – which they were actually quite correct in fearing
  • They couldn’t contemplate God actually fulfilling His Word and incarnating in their very day and age
  • Because of their wrong understanding of the intent of God sending His Messiah, the Jewish rulers hardened their hearts and opposed the will of God
  • Much like most Christians today cannot contemplate God actually fulfilling His Word and snatching His Bride from the earth just prior to His raining down wrath and judgment upon the unbelieving world
  • And why would God do this?
  • Because of unbelief
  • And what does unbelief lead to?
  • Anything and everything that denies the One true God
  • For the Jews in ancient Israel, it led to the destruction of the temple in 70 AD and the final destruction of the nation itself in 135 AD
  • It leads to people opening themselves to demonic spirits
  • If they have done this, then they will be open to hearing and believing that Jesus is not the only way, truth, and life
  • They’ll believe like the Judaizers that we have to add the works of the law to our salvation
  • Or they’ll believe that God is not personal; rather is an impersonal force
  • As such, this force could surely not have a Son – that makes no sense
  • Or they’ll believe that a true and reasonable god would not be dogmatic about one and only way to heaven
  • That seems to be rather judgmental and not tolerant
  • As so many people say: “That’s doesn’t sound like my god. My god is a god of love.  He would never send anyone to hell, so it can’t be true that if someone doesn’t believe in Jesus that he would condemn them.”
  • Of course, these people mischaracterize God and how salvation works
  • God is both a God of love and a God of judgment
  • He must be in order to be a fair and just God
  • He sends no one to hell
  • People choose to go there when they reject that Jesus is God, and that He died for their sins
  • Thus, they retain their sins and are judged under the law
  • Jews are judged under the written Law of Moses
  • Gentiles are judged under the unwritten law on their hearts that God gives each one of us
  • Either way – the law condemns and brings death, instead of acting as a mirror to show the person his sins and utter inability on his own merit to get right with God
  • Rejecting the law of God – written or unwritten – is to reject Jesus Christ and His gift of the blood He shed on the cross in atoning for the sins of every person ever born
  • No other god or man can make this claim
  • When the church leads people astray into the error of worshiping another god and thus grieves the Holy Spirit, the church and its leadership are guilty of great perversion of the truth and will stand before Christ in judgment
  • The eternal consequences are grave

 

Wrapping Up

  • The three messages we’ve discussed today that have been lost from the book of Acts are a major reason we have reached the end of the age – the Church Age
  • When the church itself denies these three issues:
    • Man’s sinfulness
    • God’s coming judgment
    • Christ as the only way to salvation
  • . . . then it’s time to start looking up because God must punish such unbelief
  • He punished ancient Israel for her unbelief
  • He will do the same for all of mankind for this wholesale rejection of who He is and what He’s said
  • There will be no Great Awakening
  • Because of such hardness of people’s hearts toward God, we are very close to the fullness of the Gentiles who must be brought to saving faith before the Lord Jesus comes for His beloved Bride to take us to the Father’s House
  • Look around you at the hate and rage – the disdain for God and all He stands for
  • Consider how every aspect of life in this world has been corrupted and how quickly
  • Think about the depth of the Deep State and how pervasive sin and depravity are in this world – even how they have infected infested the church
  • What we’re experiencing is the asteroid that – rather than veer away from earth – is on a collision course
  • You’d think the world would be aware of the danger – especially that the church would be cognizant of how near that asteroid is to destroying everything in its path
  • But you’d be wrong in thinking this
  • Very few of us see the asteroid coming
  • Despite this – despite all these things I’ve outlined today that take people far from the living God, there is still time for them to turn
  • Time is very short – but while we who believe are watching and waiting eagerly for the Lord – others can still join us
  • Romans 5:8-9 remains true even in these final days:

 

but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.

 

  • If those currently resisting God’s love and mercy will simply admit their sin and call out to God in repentance, declaring Jesus is their Lord and Savior, they too can know the grace of Christ and eternal life through Him
  • They can know that they also have become sons and daughters of God the Father and heirs to all His riches and blessings that He has in store for us
  • Who would choose otherwise?
  • If you are listening to this and you’re not part of God’s holy family because you’ve never called out to the Lord for His mercy upon you, I beseech you to do so now
  • Today is the day of salvation
  • Tomorrow may be too late

Wormholes – Time Travel – Past Altering Future

Having just read a fascinating story that involves time travel through a wormhole with the question arising: Could someone travel to the past and change the future? – I thought I’d give my two cents.

As a caveat, I’m a dunce when it comes to physics, quantum theory, wormholes, and almost every other aspect about the natural sciences.  What I do know pretty well is the Bible because of having read it cover-to-cover many times.  That fact alone significantly influences my thinking in regards to most subjects, including this one.  What I try to do is look at the world through a Biblical, prophetic lens and let that guide my life.  Am I always successful in that?  I wish!  But I do my best.

In my recent video Awaken Bible Prophecy Update titled Thinking Outside My Own Box, I mentioned this book series: City of God by Randy Ingermanson.  The story revolves around the fascinating idea that someone could go back to the past – in this case through a wormhole – and alter the future by changing a previous event.  Rivka is a Messianic Jew.  Ari is a lapsed, largely secular Jew who hates Christianity.  Damien is a man on a mission, namely to assassinate the Apostle Paul in ancient Israel because of his own warped view, believing that it was Paul’s missionary efforts that caused Christianity to spread and flourish and ultimately destroy his life.  He wants to nip that in the bud and change the course of history.

Rivka has an eidetic memory, i.e. a photographic memory.  She has read widely and most specifically the history as recounted by Josephus.  All these characters travel back to 57 AD, which Damien has decided is the optimal time to kill Paul when he comes to Jerusalem.  Rivka can recall literally everything she’s read and thus knows both the events Josephus records, plus those in the Bible.  This gives her the ability to more or less foresee the future, and she gets a reputation as a seer woman.  That causes problems.  Historical accounts, whether Scriptural or secular, tell us the big events that have occurred, but they don’t necessarily inform as to the details making them happen.

Rivka believes that God has given her the task of thwarting the assassination attempt by Damien so that the future remains as it should.  Ari for his part would be fine if Christianity hadn’t come along, but he has fallen in love with Rivka and feels he must help her to a degree.

Two opposing viewpoints are at hand as this drama plays out:

  1. Changes in the past can alter the future
  2. Nothing done in the past will change what is to come

Damien and Rivka hold to the first theory, while Ari – also a physicist like Damien – believes that nothing can change the future.

We’ve all likely seen or read time travel adventures, and theory #1 is usually the predominate one.  As a result, people involved in these scenarios are quite concerned about anything they do when traveling to the past because of the unknown effects of those changes in the future.  The thinking is that a minor change could be much like the infamous butterfly effect.  A butterfly flaps its wings in China and that sets off a chain reaction causing a hurricane in Miami.

I can’t even begin to relate the technical thinking behind theory #2; suffice it to say that here the physics argue against any past change altering things to come.

Because I liked these City of God books so much, and they caused me to reflect a lot about them, I thought – for what it’s worth – that I’d weigh in on this question from what I perceive would be the Biblical point of view.  If someone could travel into the past, is it possible he could change the future?

So, here we are today.  Certain events have happened previously.  Certain people have been born, lived in some manner, did specific things, and died.  What occurred influenced the world either minimally or in large measure.  If, like in City of God, someone traveled backward in time with the intent of killing Paul and deliberately attempting to change history, could that happen?

I say no.  There is also the theory that there are multiple worlds spun off through every decision any person makes.  Can you imagine how many such worlds would be created in such a scenario?  Again, I don’t believe that actually happens.  The reason for this is because of God.

God knows the end from the beginning.  He is omniscient.  Every possible choice a person – every person in the world – could conceivably make, He knows.  His knowledge doesn’t predetermine the future but He foreknows it.  Just because there is a multiplicity of choices: millions, billions, trillions, inconceivable different numbers of paths – that doesn’t mean a world is spawned from them.  They are seen by God but never materialize into another potential universe.  There is only this one timeline in which we exist.  Where we are in that world is – from God’s perspective – the only one that will ever be.  He has seen in advance what any of us might have chosen, and that decision for all people combined has brought us to this current state of existence.  As importantly is the fact that God has stated prophetically in His Word that certain events will happen.  Nothing and no one can change the future as God has ordained.

This being the case, a determined attempt to change the past by traveling back there, could not succeed.

If we have the situation like Rivka where she follows a person like Damian to the past and intercedes to keep Paul from being killed, how might we explain something like that, if it were even possible?  Let’s say the assassin is about to perform his deed and someone from the future intervenes.  How does that work if this person had never come into the past in the first place?  Who would stop the assassin, if there even was an assassin?  In this confusing situation, because whatever was, effectively had always previously happened.  This person intervening would have already been in that place and time to stop the killing if there had been a planned murder in the first place.  The travel backward in time by both the assassin and the intercessor – in God’s view – have been events that had always occurred.

Confused yet?

What I’m trying to convey is that since God has already seen these things, they would have inevitably already been part of the past in some manner.  Nothing surprises God and nothing can thwart His purposes.

I’ll admit, one can get completely tied up and wrapped around by logic and supposition in a case like this.  If my explanation above doesn’t prove that, I don’t know what it does.  The bottom line is that God has created THIS world.  It is what it is because of the way everything previously happened through all the actors on the stage of history.  God has foretold what will come to pass because He has already seen it occur.  Nothing will change it without God’s express permission.  He is sovereign.  He is in charge.

And that should be very comforting.

Awaken Bible Prophecy Update 7-13-22: Thinking Outside My Own Box

In a recent Awaken Bible Prophecy Update titled Making Sense of “Days of Noah” Prophecy, I discussed the conundrum we seem to have regarding the last days as Jesus spoke of them in Matthew 24, in contrast to what we see is occurring now and might also happen.  Jesus seemed to indicate there would be a normality to these days.  What we’re experiencing appears to be quite the opposite because of the darkness that’s closing in.

What if I was wrong in my speculations in that Prophecy Update?  And what if the people who say we’re going to reawaken America with things getting better are right – to a degree?  Is this possible?  If so, how could it align with Bible prophecy as we know it that indicates the world is on a downhill trajectory with no return?

Going down this road, I decided to think a little bit out of the box, i.e. my own box, to see where that might take me.  If you’ve listened to me previously or read some of my articles, you know I’ll go down these rabbit trails at times to see where they lead.  I tend to be a contrarian.  If the masses are heading one way, I may head another.  It goes to the old question our mothers would often ask some of us: “Just because everybody else is jumping off the cliff, does that mean you should, too?”  Maybe in my teenage superiority, I learned something from my mom after all.

Here I’m possibly contradicting what I previously said, of course.  Poor Gary.  He’s become schizophrenic in his old age.

Also, as I’ve stated in the past, I don’t believe that a single one of us who teaches Bible prophecy will be 100% correct.  That’s a not a bad reason for developing multiple views of Biblical events that God hasn’t spelled out definitively as to how they’ll play out.  God has ways of doing things that we in our flesh simply don’t see, with His outcome getting there in some manner that we never considered.  So, today we’ll reconsider the Days of Noah Prophecy from a different perspective.

 

 

Transcript:

In a recent Awaken Bible Prophecy Update titled Making Sense of “Days of Noah” Prophecy, I discussed the conundrum we seem to have regarding the last days as Jesus spoke of them in Matthew 24, in contrast to what we see is occurring now and might also happen.  Jesus seemed to indicate there would be a normality to these days.  What we’re experiencing appears to be quite the opposite because of the darkness that’s closing in.

 

What if I was wrong in my speculations in that Prophecy Update?  And what if the people who say we’re going to reawaken America with things getting better are right – to a degree?  Is this possible?  If so, how could it align with Bible prophecy as we know it that indicates the world is on a downhill trajectory with no return?

 

Going down this road, I decided to think a little bit out of the box, i.e. my own box, to see where that might take me.  If you’ve listened to me previously or read some of my articles, you know I’ll go down these rabbit trails at times to see where they lead.  I tend to be a contrarian.  If the masses are heading one way, I may head another.  It goes to the old question our mothers would often ask some of us: “Just because everybody else is jumping off the cliff, does that mean you should, too?”  Maybe in my teenage superiority, I learned something from my mom after all.

 

Here I’m possibly contradicting what I previously said, of course.  Poor Gary.  He’s become schizophrenic in his old age.

 

Also, as I’ve stated in the past, I don’t believe that a single one of us who teaches Bible prophecy will be 100% correct.  That’s a not a bad reason for developing multiple views of Biblical events that God hasn’t spelled out definitively as to how they’ll play out.  God has ways of doing things that we in our flesh simply don’t see, with His outcome getting there in some manner that we never considered.  So, today we’ll reconsider the Days of Noah Prophecy from a different perspective.

 

Given that introduction, let’s pray, look at a Scripture and see what we’ve got in this matter.

 

<PRAY>

 

Scripture

Hebrews 12:5-7,11

And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons?

“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
nor be weary when reproved by him.
For the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
and chastises every son whom he receives.”

It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline?

 

 

Thinking Outside My Own Box

  • Let’s first set the stage for this
  • I’ve said this repeatedly, but I believe September will see many dark and ominous events occur
  • We in America might have a Cyber-Polygon style attack – probably a false flag – that could disrupt our internet access for a couple weeks leading to greater supply chain shortages, not to mention our inability to communicate
  • It’s possible another engineered virus plague may be released that could at least have the appearance of so much deadly harm such that many people will want to take the vaccine for it
  • In some manner there could be enough hatred ginned up among the American people with real assaults, false flags, and even a gun confiscation event that the Biden Regime ends up declaring martial law, because elections will be too dangerous with all the projected violence
  • Given the dissatisfaction of the American people – even by many Democrats – the elites see the handwriting on the wall that the Republicans will win Congressional seats in droves
  • The globalists cannot allow this given all they’ve invested in creating worldwide chaos
  • America must be taken out, and retaining the Democrat majority is the only way for that to continue
  • I could even see some sort of engineered climate emergency that supposedly forces the government to crack down on its citizens so as to keep us all “safe,” e.g. we all must remain inside, not use our cars, and hunker down to halt the excessive CO2 we’re all emitting. They’ve certainly practiced this kind of obedience with the COVID plandemic scare
  • Whatever happens this fall, it will appear very ominous in my estimation
  • However, what if . . . (remember, among other things I’m a fiction author so I have to do a lot of what-if considerations for a novel) . . . what if in some shape, manner, or form we do have elections?
  • What if . . . in spite of the concerted attempt by the Left to stop the November elections altogether, or to double down on what they did in the 2020 elections through extensive cheating using fake ballots and vote manipulation by Dominion voting machines . . .
  • What if . . . the Red Wave of voting somehow – miraculously – achieves victory for the Republicans in both the House and Senate?
  • And, through this completely impossible and unexpected result, the Left, along with the Biden-globalist agenda, seems to be thwarted?
  • In other words, the Left is put back on its heels and are on the run
  • Given my dire prognosis for this Fall, is this even a possibility?
  • Well, let’s for fun say that it is
  • What have we got under this scenario?

 

  • Let’s step back even further from this possibility to see why it could even happen

 

  • Many of you know that I’ve followed Pastor Dana Coverstone’s dreams since they began over two years ago
  • Dana has always said he’s not a prophet – doesn’t want to be one – but he’s had these dreams he believes are from God
  • In recounting them, his position has always been that you can believe they’re from God or not
  • He’s simply being faithful to Him to make them public
  • Some of you have commented to me that you don’t think the dreams are from God – and that’s fine
  • I’m simply giving them to you in the context I see them fitting into various subjects I cover, and you can take them or leave them, or even have a different application of them than I do
  • With that said, Pastor Dana had a dream that he posted on March 15, 2022 that he called The Shutting Down the Machines Dream
  • Pastor Dana’s dreams are watchman-like in their warnings to the church and the world
  • In that sense, I guess I can categorize this dream that way, but in another sense it’s quite different than Dana’s other dreams
  • Remember: all dreams are – if not wholly symbolic – largely that way
  • A lot of people want to take everything in these dreams verbatim – even if they seem like a potential event in the natural world
  • I think we have to be very cautious in this regard because of how symbolic dreams usually are
  • There may be actual events that mirror those in the dreams, but much of what is shown is probably given as an analogy of sorts
  • Most of Dana’s dreams portend great darkness and convey difficult things to come
  • That resonates with me because God has always warned His people ahead of time about disaster looming on the horizon
  • This Machine dream has that warning also as an undercurrent, but actually seems to convey something good happening
  • Let me give you a recap:
  • The scene in the dream takes place in a building where there is a very large, heavy-duty machine with a wheel that is spinning furiously and spewing thick black smoke all over America
  • We see a lone person with an axe come and strike the machine at its base, and then another lone person similarly hitting it with his axe
  • Both of these solitary people are thrown back and hurt from their effort
  • In Dana’s dreams there is a Jesus figure who typically appears – usually only once – to say something relevant
  • In this case He makes several appearances
  • The first time the Jesus figure appears is quite near the beginning of the dream
  • He says:
    • “You have to work together as I have told you before, and you need more people to attack what is producing the darkness.”
  • Next, we see small fires starting up throughout the country, but primarily in the Midwest
  • These fires burn through the dark smoke – they push back against it and dissipate the smoke
  • Then many people with axes come into the building and surround the machine
  • They all approach it with their axes raised
  • All at once, everyone cries out in unison with a mighty shout: “NOW!”
  • At the same time the Jesus figure stands nearby and He mouths that same word – NOW! – just as the people gathered do
  • As one the people storm the machine and strike at its base with their axes buried deep
  • The machine stops spinning although it tries to continue moving
  • But it can’t because of so many axes buried at its root with the people holding on and restraining it
  • As this is happening everything is shaking
  • The people remain in place holding the machine back from spinning and it causes them to be strained and bloody from the effort
  • At that point, all the people shout Psalm 144:1 together:

 

Blessed be the Lord, my rock,
    who trains my hands for war,
    and my fingers for battle;

 

  • Finally, the machine stops and the people stream outside led by the Jesus figure
  • He points to a distant city lit up by lights and says:
    • “You won’t stop all the evil, but together you can take down more of it. Focused prayer and unity in America is more important now than ever before.  It’s up to you, so find the motivation and strike at the root together.  Remember that evil will fight back, but I am with you and in you and greater in you than you know.”
  • Then the Jesus figure points toward the city in the distance and says:
    • “Strike together and aim for the root.”
  • Needless to say, since there is a stopping of the evil process, that’s seemingly different than most of Dana’s other dreams
  • It is obviously meant for the church and is an exhortation toward prayer and unity
  • The message is clear that alone in fighting evil, we are powerless, but when the church unites in prayer, recognizing the spiritual battle at hand, it can halt the progression of wickedness
  • What else might be a several takeaways?
  • I think the machine is the satanic Deep State that keeps churning away and causing such darkness over the land
  • After all, this is a spiritual battle more than anything
  • In some way, shape, or form – perhaps arising from the Midwest – spiritual fires of faith arise and bring light against the darkness
  • Because of that there is a uniting with a common purpose whose intent is to strike against the globalist cabal operating in America
  • Is this a certainty?
  • Well, there’s the question and the rub
  • When Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s dreams about the 7-years of plenty and the 7-years of famine, he said that because God gave these two instances of the same event in the dreams, they were indeed certain
  • We see something similar in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of the four world kingdoms and the second instance of that with a beast dream that Daniel had
  • God had ordained this future, and it was set without fail because of the doubling of the vision
  • That doesn’t happen here, nor am I aware of another Dana dream that seems to refer to this same stopping of the Deep State machine
  • This could mean that only if the church acts and prays in unity, will it come about
  • The Jesus figure indicates He has previously given this admonition when He says: “as I have told you before”
  • I know there have been prior admonitions in previous Dana dreams by the Jesus figure for the church to do what it’s supposed to do
  • The man goes on to say we have to do this “together and “It’s up to you
  • That tells me we as the people of God have a choice
  • This is perhaps reminiscent of the if-then conditions God often presents to His people
  • If they will do such and such . . .
  • Then God will bring a good outcome
  • If His people neglect to do what God commands . . .
  • Then He will allow an evil outcome to prevail
  • Moses sets this principle out for us in Deuteronomy 28 with the potential blessings and curses that will come upon Israel depending on what they do in response to God’s urging
  • In this case with Dana’s dream, if the church doesn’t do this, it may be that this pushback won’t occur
  • The Words of the Jesus figure give us the hope of this concerted effort, but by no means give the outcome as an absolute

 

  • I want to mention one other thing before I try to tie things together
  • I just finished reading a terrific fiction trilogy under the series title of City of God written by Randy Ingermanson
  • In this story, the main characters go through a wormhole and time travel to ancient Israel – to Jerusalem in 57 AD
  • The main female protagonist – Rivka – is a Messianic Jew
  • The main male protagonist – Ari – is a lapsed Jew
  • The bad guy in the story – Damian – has gone back in time to assassinate the Apostle Paul
  • Rivka has an eidetic memory, i.e. a photographic memory
  • She has read the history of Israel written by Josephus, along with the Bible, and can recall every detail
  • This gets her into trouble – a lot – and it also gets her a reputation as a seer woman
  • Rivka believes God has given her the task of stopping Damien so that he doesn’t alter history and destroy the entire future of Christianity that hinged so much on Paul’s evangelistic missionary work
  • Because of the research the author has done, he paints an amazing picture in his setting of Jerusalem in that time period and how the people lived – it’s very compelling
  • I’ll just tell you that I LOVED this book and the subsequent two novels in the series
  • They just keep getting better from beginning to end
  • I highly recommend the books
  • You’ll find the link to the first novel in my Sources on my Rumble page
  • I bring this up because the question comes up at times in the course of the story whether Rivka is seeing clearly or darkly
  • In other words, does she have a definitive Word from God?
  • Or does she simply know generally about events that might take place?
  • Of course, she knows many historical events because of what Josephus recorded, and she can in some ways “foretell” the future
  • We can relate this ability to see what is to come with mirrors back in those times versus mirrors today
  • Back then they used polished brass to see a poor reflection of themselves
  • In such a mirror, they would see darkly
  • In contrast with our mirrors today, we see our image very clearly
  • This is the meaning of the question as to whether Rivka was seeing clearly or darkly

 

  • It relates to how we see and interpret Bible prophecy
  • We know how the book ends
  • We who believe in the inerrancy of the Word of God as set forth in the Bible – and we who interpret Scripture literally where it’s meant to be seen that way – know that certain events will happen
  • What we don’t know is how God will orchestrate them along the way so that they do happen
  • The end is assured but the journey getting there is generally hidden from us
  • The best we can do is interpret Scripture with Scripture, doing proper eisegesis, consider God’s Word in relation to what’s going on in the world, and try to lay out a logical course for things to play out
  • In our flawed, human condition, just like Rivka knew from Josephus what historical events would take place, we have no true idea how they actually will occur to fulfill history or Scripture
  • We see through a glass darkly
  • That’s where we are with Dana’s dreams, our reading of Bible prophecy, and our determining what might happen as we look around us trying to make it all fit together

 

  • In our particular case, the questions being asked are:
    • Should we reconsider how we’ve connected the dots?
    • When I posed the issue of Making Sense of the Days of Noah Prophecy,” in the prior Prophecy Update, was I largely correct?
    • Or, given this interesting dream from Pastor Dana, might there be a different means of reaching the same endpoint than I previously thought?
    • In Thinking Outside My Own Box, do I see another path that seems highly improbable, yet could occur?
    • The answer is yes
  • The reason I dealt with the Days of Noah Prophecy was because of how Jesus indicated that life would apparently be normal when the Rapture occurs
  • That’s hard to reckon with as we see the gathering darkness and the potential persecution of Christians
  • Where’s the normality in that?
  • You can see how I dealt with it in my earlier Prophecy Update by watching on the provided link

 

  • For today, let’s consider something different
  • As I said several minutes ago, what if the Republicans win crazy big this Fall?
  • They take back Congress with astounding victories in the House and Senate against all odds
  • We know that this would put a serious crimp in the globalist plans to have everything in place by 2030
  • It’s one of the reasons that I believe the Deep State cannot and will not surrender their hard-fought gains and control of the levers of power in our nation
  • Something crazy will have to happen for a Republican victory
  • Note, I don’t even say a conservative victory
  • Most Republicans are as compromised as the Democrats
  • It’s just that the Dems are more open about their allegiances
  • Back in Rush Limbaugh’s day – and boy, do I miss Rush! – there were people who would call him up and say: “We have to just let the Democrats win because then everybody will see how bad they are and never vote for them again.”
  •  . . .  No.
  • There are more and more people who LIKE what the Democrats stand for, i.e. socialism/communism, because they’ve been indoctrinated – brainwashed – in public schools to believe this is better than capitalism
  • So the RINO Republicans, of which there are many, have the same underlying values as their friends across the aisle
  • BTW – I wish I could describe all this by eliminating the labels as Pastor JD Farag has urged, i.e. there are only two types of people: saved and lost
  • Unfortunately, in order to be clear in my explanation I have to use the labels that I do so as to make things clear
  • So, here we are . . .
  • Let’s suppose in our fantasy that we’re setting up that Republicans win in November and the people on the Right have great joy in Mudville on that election eve
  • With this Red Tide, it changes everything – right?
  • Well, maybe just to pacify conservatives in the election’s aftermath, the Republican’s mouth the words we all want hear and nothing more of the Biden Agenda can supposedly pass Congress for a time
  • The new members of Congress write conservative bills and send them up to the White House
  • Of course, Biden vetoes them, but our people show they’re fighting for us
  • Hope arises for 2024 that Trump will run again and demolish the competition
  • Yet here’s the problem as a friend of mine, Robin, outlined in a recent email to me:
    • I still have friends, who are saved Believers, who are hoping against hope that our nation gets turned around and things will go back to ‘normal’.  They send me articles and video clips from total whack jobs who say Trump has already been re-sworn in as POTUS, blah blah blah.  It is lunacy and when they send these things to me all I can do is shake my head.  Seriously, do they, or anyone, understand just how much would have to be undone to stop the progression of all the events that are underway?! Respectfully, I don’t think they do.  This isn’t about getting a different POTUS; it’s about getting an entirely different world!  What is happening is global and it would be like fighting air to change it, good luck with that.  It is everywhere, in everything…there’s more than one reason God says Satan is the Prince of the Power of the Air.
  • Exactly right
  • The Deep State is so deep and pervasive, most people have no idea what it would really take to disinfect from it
  • This is an absolutely spiritual battle, no matter what it looks like in the natural
  • This is the ultimate problem
  • Most of the fighting against this spiritual darkness is being done in the flesh
  • Yes, there are some good Christians who are praying, but the majority of people fighting this fight are doing so in the natural
  • However, no political victories are going to change the course of this world
  • Only a complete and clean sweep by the Lord will make things right again
  • Despite this, in our pretend world of a revised Congress and hope on the Right for the future, what does that give us?
  • It provides us a re-established sense of normality
  • All of a sudden, we line up with Jesus’ prophecy about these final days
  • Nevertheless, don’t think for a moment that winning several seats in Congress will alter the tide of human depravity and the depth of the Deep State as my friend Robin pointed out
  • The depravity could go a little underground
  • Or, more likely, the Left will rise up in greater demonic rage
  • Despite that, perhaps we as a nation go back to eating, drinking, marrying, building, buying, etc. – as though life has been restored, and we’re back on the right track
  • Any thought that people might have had that God’s judgment was at hand will quickly disappear
  • This is a serious problem
  • We have very short memories, just as the Israelites did
  • Remember 9/11 and how so many people flocked to churches in the aftermath?
  • How long did that persist?
  • Do you think that following a Red Pill victory this November that any turning to the Lord that had been happening in our nation will continue?
  • If I was a betting man, I’d certainly wager against that possibility
  • So, the church settles back into its apathy and those of us watching for Jesus get even more excited
  • Why?
  • Because we will be at the very place where Jesus said the Rapture will occur
  • Nobody will be expecting Jesus to come other than us crazy pre-Tribbers
  • Heck, in this imaginary world with its sudden outcome, the days could even seem like they’re getting closer to the hope-for Great Awakening
  • Can’t you just hear the NAR prophets and apostles proclaiming how close we are to their utopian dream?
  • Similarly, the pagan New Agers might be declaring the same thing
  • And there we are again, those two groups coming together as one
  • Of course, there’s no problem with that – right?

 

  • When I think outside my box and connect the dots differently, such an outcome might be possible
  • God would have to allow it and in so doing further shake out the unbelievers – the apostates, the wolves – in the church
  • This outcome would sift out those who truly prefer living for the world
  • A victory in this case would allow many people to cheer for the re-establishment of our nation and enable them to dig deeper into this world, and put God aside once more
  • Maybe this scenario would then set the stage for the fullness of the Gentiles
  • Rather than a violent shaking, God mercifully provides a gentle nudge
  • But it’s that delicate touch that finalizes who comes to Him in the clouds when He calls, and those who don’t

 

  • None of us see the future clearly
  • As Rivka in the City of God books learns, knowing the details of what is coming isn’t always a blessing
  • God has told us the big picture of what’s to come, but how we arrive is a mystery
  • Perhaps that’s for the best
  • If we actually knew how we were getting from point A to point B, our hearts might fail us
  • But God has told us not to worry or fear
  • He has promised to be with us in the midst of whatever we face
  • We can speculate until cows turn blue – and I’m right there on the cutting edge of that – but in the end God is the only One who knows
  • For our part, we must remember His promise: “I will never leave you nor forsake you”
  • He also said, “I am coming soon”
  • So, however these next months and maybe, year or two play out, our job is to remain faithful, hopeful, and obedient
  • If we do that, and worship Him in the good times along with the bad, we can be assured that He’s holding us in His hands
  • He will not fail us – because He is God – and there is no other

Friend of the World

James, the half-brother of Jesus, makes no apologies in condemning those who love the world and prefer living here rather than in the presence of God.  In James 4:4 he says:

You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

In light of what James declares, who is a friend of the world?  It’s clear: he’s an enemy of God.

Why is this so?  The apostle tells us in 1 John 2:15:

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

What is the love of the Father?  John continues to inform us 1 John 2:16-17:

For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

The love of the Father is the will of God working in a person.  This is in contrast to someone who has the world working in him and lives according to the desires of the flesh, exhibiting lust and pride.

An enemy of God, then, is one who rejects the promise of God’s Kingdom and instead prefers living in this world.  In fact, by choosing to embrace the world as it is today, such a person according to John will not enjoy God’s presence in the world to come.

The obvious person who fits this description is one who is not a believer.  He has chosen to live apart from God as a pagan.  This means that he does not fear or revere the Lord.  Neither does he have any qualms about worshiping any other deity of his choosing instead of God.  Moreover, such a person over time will dismiss the voice of the Holy Spirit acting through his conscience – it will literally be seared so that he cannot hear what the Lord may be speaking to him.  Living like this causes his morality to plummet because he has no standard of righteousness other than his own flawed, sinful thinking.  The heart of this person becomes hardened and eventually transforms into unfeeling, unyielding stone.

Here’s the problem.  James in his epistle is writing to Jewish brothers in Christ (“to the twelve tribes in the Dispersion” – James 1:1) – not to unbelievers.  If James, John, or Paul in one of their letters warns the church, i.e. believers in Jesus Christ, about an issue, it usually means that someone is engaging in a practice that needs warning about.  Their intent is to arouse them to the danger in their midst and to correct their walk with God.

Look at James.  By calling people in the church adulterous, that was for a reason.  There were those to whom he wrote who were making a practice of worldly living.  John builds on this for us with the bad news that those who live for the world are no friends of God – indeed, they probably aren’t even saved.  Yet, if any who are saved are engaged in loving the world rather than God, what are the consequences of that?

This is absolute speculation on my part, but might it generally be that those who love God more than the world have a pre-Tribulation Rapture perspective?  Theoretically, shouldn’t we who are eagerly anticipating Christ’s soon return in the clouds for us have a greater desire to please God because of our not wishing to be found wanting when He returns?  I like to ask the question when speaking to a group about this: “Would you want to be doing THIS (whatever THIS is that may not be honoring of God) when the Rapture happens?  How would you like to face Him immediately after engaging in such a sinful act?”

Conversely, wouldn’t you think that someone who is not pre-Trib wouldn’t be quite as concerned about living every day for the Lord because he doesn’t anticipate Jesus coming quickly, thus reasoning that there’s plenty of time to get right?  I think this may be a fallout of human nature.  Many of us like to procrastinate.  With this mindset. there’s plenty of time if I’m saved until I stand before God for judgment of my works, or to make a salvation decision if not a believer.

Translate this then to how we operate in the world in these last days.  I personally know of several folks like myself:  I’m so tired of the world with its abominations that I’m just plain ready for God to take me out of here.  I do all that I can in trying to live for God and keep Him in mind throughout the day, meditating on His goodness and on occupying myself with the work of the Kingdom.  Yet, this world has grown increasingly alien to me.  I want nothing to do with it.  I’m ready to go home.  Again, I’m aware of others who think like this – yet there appear to be distressingly few of us.

On the other hand, particularly among those who have other than pre-Tribulation Rapture beliefs, they’re either trying to fix the world or simply buckling down to weather the storm to come.  If you hear many such folks talk about the future, they speak about generations to come, about how their work will impact their children and society going forward.  If they indicate that there might be a soon culmination of the ever-present evil in the world, they always hedge their words.

Folks like me will say something like: “The Rapture is imminent.  All the signs of the times declare that Jesus will soon snatch us from this hostile, alien world.  The Tribulation is almost upon us and every mechanism for implementing Satan’s designs are already at hand.”

Those who waffle might say: “The Lord is coming back but we just don’t know when.  It could be a hundred years from now, so we need to keep working toward improving the world with fair elections and local community cooperatives as we try to make it through the worst of what’s to come.”

Which perspective approximates those who are friends of the world?  I’m not saying many of these aren’t saved.  I think many true believers simply don’t adhere to the pre-Trib doctrine for a variety of reasons; bad teaching; poor hermeneutics; lack of daily, deep Bible reading; whatever.

That being the case, which is the more dangerous approach to a life in Christ?

If Jesus commanded us to be aware and to watch diligently for His return, what should be our response?  How then should we live?

Shouldn’t it be as though we’re on the edge of eternity?

Awaken Bible Prophecy Update 7-6-22: No Fear of WW3

I don’t worry about World War 3.  I don’t worry about an EMP strike.  I don’t worry about civil war in America.  I don’t worry about famine conditions or an extreme virus causing a worldwide pandemic much worse than what COVID supposedly was.  I’m certainly not girding myself by buckling down to endure the most horrific time that has ever been or ever will be on this planet earth.

Yet, I will admit that what I see happening in every corner of the globe brings me low sometimes.  Witnessing the chaos and the craziness of this lawless, lost and dying generation certainly makes me tired.  I wish for it to end.  Grief steals upon me in unguarded moments as I think about the needless deaths and the hurt so many people have experienced.  Chronicling as I do the downward spiral of our nation and its people through these video Prophecy Updates and my weekly written articles, while watching the global elites plot and execute their devious plans for world domination, all makes me sick.  I sit back and cry out, “How long, O God, how long?  Will there ever be an end to this madness and this incredible rise of satanic activity?  It’s been going on for so long.  Will the demonic rage sweeping through the land last forever?”

How much will true followers of Jesus Christ have to endure before the Lord mercifully removes us from the midst of this chaotic tide of hatred that gets worse every day?  Is there reason to hope?

That’s rhetorical, because I know there’s hope.  I also know that there are some of you out there in my little audience who feel the same as I do and are desperately pleading with the Lord for the Church Age to wrap up – this dispensation to conclude – for the fullness of the Gentiles to come in, and for Daniel’s 70th Week to begin.

None of us wants to see our unsaved loved ones and friends left behind, yet many will be.  That’s the sad truth.  How much more of this garbage that we’re dealing with must they endure once the Rapture has occurred?  What we see is only a tiny portion of how awful things will get once God has determine the time is right to rain down His wrath and punishment for those who have chosen to reject Him.

For today, the question we’re exploring is why we who love the Lord Jesus don’t have to worry or fear these situations and conditions that are coming very soon.  It’s why – despite the terrible iniquity surrounding us and pressing in on all sides – we can be encouraged.  And if we’re heartened and confident, having joy and peace, how might we impact others in the time remaining?

 

Transcript:

I don’t worry about World War 3.  I don’t worry about an EMP strike.  I don’t worry about civil war in America.  I don’t worry about famine conditions or an extreme virus causing a worldwide pandemic much worse than what COVID supposedly was.  I’m certainly not girding myself by buckling down to endure the most horrific time that has ever been or ever will be on this planet earth.

 

Yet, I will admit that what I see happening in every corner of the globe brings me low sometimes.  Witnessing the chaos and the craziness of this lawless, lost and dying generation certainly makes me tired.  I wish for it to end.  Grief steals upon me in unguarded moments as I think about the needless deaths and the hurt so many people have experienced.  Chronicling as I do the downward spiral of our nation and its people through these video Prophecy Updates and my weekly written articles, while watching the global elites plot and execute their devious plans for world domination, all makes me sick.  I sit back and cry out, “How long, O God, how long?  Will there ever be an end to this madness and this incredible rise of satanic activity?  It’s been going on for so long.  Will the demonic rage sweeping through the land last forever?”

 

How much will true followers of Jesus Christ have to endure before the Lord mercifully removes us from the midst of this chaotic tide of hatred that gets worse every day?  Is there reason to hope?

 

That’s rhetorical, because I know there’s hope.  I also know that there are some of you out there in my little audience who feel the same as I do and are desperately pleading with the Lord for the Church Age to wrap up – this dispensation to conclude – for the fullness of the Gentiles to come in, and for Daniel’s 70th Week to begin.

 

None of us wants to see our unsaved loved ones and friends left behind, yet many will be.  That’s the sad truth.  How much more of this garbage that we’re dealing with must they endure once the Rapture has occurred?  What we see is only a tiny portion of how awful things will get once God has determine the time is right to rain down His wrath and punishment for those who have chosen to reject Him.

 

For today, the question we’re exploring is why we who love the Lord Jesus don’t have to worry or fear these situations and conditions that are coming very soon.  It’s why – despite the terrible iniquity surrounding us and pressing in on all sides – we can be encouraged.  And if we’re heartened and confident, having joy and peace, how might we impact others in the time remaining?

 

Let’s look at these things after we pray and read Scripture.

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Scripture

Romans 13:11-14

Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

 

Ephesians 5:6-14

Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,

 

“Awake, O sleeper,
and arise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”

 

No Fear of WW3

  • There are all sorts of reasons for people to worry about various war scenarios
  • On every side there are wars and rumors of wars
  • Consider the major ones hitting us daily:
    • Russia-Ukraine
    • China-Taiwan
    • North Korea-South Korea
    • Israel-Iran proxy war
    • Israel-Ezekiel coalition of Russia, Turkey, Iran
    • American civil war
  • The one hot war in this list: Russia-Ukraine, is already significantly impacting the rest of the world
  • Can you imagine what life might look like if these other potential conflicts also go kinetic?
  • In the several months since the Russia-Ukraine hostilities began in late February with the West’s imposition of sanctions on Russia, America and her allies seem to have gotten the worst of the deal
  • Our food shortages have increased
  • Global fertilizer shipments have dropped off the cliff, causing significant concerns for upcoming crops
  • Grain supplies that feed the world have dried up
  • Because of our insistence on getting involved and supplying weapons to Ukraine, America’s armaments and levels of combat preparedness have decreased
  • The combination of America’s determination to go green, resulting in our stopping the drilling for oil, not building new refineries, and siphoning off our Strategic Oil Reserve, have brought us to the brink of energy disaster – all the while as Russia has simply changed tactics of selling to the West and is selling to China and other willing nations
  • The sanctions were supposed to hurt Russia’s pocketbook by decreasing the value of the ruble and increasing the dollar’s status as the world’s reserve currency – that has backfired with the ruble at an all-time high and the dollar teetering on the cusp of being replaced with other, stronger currencies
  • Moreover, inflation is going through the roof and we’re on the brink of recession if not already in one
  • Since the globalist plan is to bring America down, this war and all related activities are doing a great job of that
  • I wonder if a simulation was done on this possibility like one has been done for all the other major incidents affecting us – like Event 201 for the COVID pandemic, the Monkeypox simulation a year ago, and the couple of Cyber-Polygon simulations that we’re still waiting on for a significant impact on our internet grid – probably this Fall

 

  • When we think about the potential China-Taiwan conflict, we see severe issues resulting from that
  • Taiwan is the primary supplier of chips, i.e. microprocessors to the world
  • If China attacks Taiwan, one of its strategic objectives is to acquire that manufacturing business with its global domination for itself
  • However, the likelihood is high that if Taiwan reaches a maximum threat level where it believes it will definitely come under Chinese authority, Taiwan may have a doomsday scenario in place to destroy those microchip plants
  • Should Taiwan do that, the already globally impacted chip shortage would go into hyperdrive
  • America and the world would be left in a terrible situation
  • Everything is computer driven these days
  • If the production and distribution of these vital components in literally all products we use on a daily basis are eliminated for a period of time, can you imagine the chaos?
  • Within a very short time all inventories of such products would dry up with no more forthcoming
  • No new cars, computers, refrigerators, internet components, production of medicines, manufacturing of . . . anything – let your imagination go wild
  • Without a constant flow of those microprocessors in the business and industrial pipeline, nothing will move forward
  • Nothing will be able to be fixed when it breaks
  • It’ll be an absolute disaster

 

  • How about North Korea-South Korea?
  • The US has some 46,000 troops stationed in South Korea because of our treaty obligations
  • If the North decides the time is right to reunite the peninsula under its dictatorial, Communist regime and attacks the South, America would instantly be pulled into that conflict
  • I suppose it’s possible that the people pulling the strings for Biden Administration could decide to ignore the potential thousands of deaths of our service members and abandon them, just they did in Afghanistan – I wouldn’t put that past them
  • However, in some shape or form we could certainly be dragged into this very messy war
  • And if that happens, given the nuclear capabilities of North Korea, is it a stretch to think the Hermit Kingdom might decide now is the point to send some nuke-tipped missiles our way?
  • This situation has the potential for truly being the one that begins a nuclear encounter

 

  • Israel-Iran is the flashpoint conflict in the Middle East that can ignite all sorts of related military engagements
  • Iran uses its proxies of Hamas, Hezbollah, and the Houthis of Yemen to institute all sorts of mischief
  • The Arab-Muslim nations surrounding Israel over the years have tried multiple times to drive Israel into the sea and eliminate the Jewish-Zionist state
  • Of course, God will not allow that
  • His promise from Genesis 12:3 stands to this day:

 

I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

 

  • Anytime a nation or an individual purposes to harm Israel, God intervenes
  • This is a spiritual law
  • Bill Koenig, a Christian White House correspondent who produces a weekly subscription newsletter called Koenig’s Eye View watches Israel closely
  • He has written a book titled Eye to Eye in which he chronicled how – over the years – America has effectively intended to harm Israel through various initiatives such as the Two-State Solution
  • There have been many times when our government representatives were simply discussing it
  • Bill has demonstrated the absolute linkage between these anti-God-ordained-Israel initiatives and natural disasters that have come upon our land
  • Whenever America has moved toward injuring the land of Israel in some way, God has sent severe natural disasters as a warning: hurricanes, massive tornadoes, you name it
  • This is why none of the wars against Israel have succeeded and none ever will
  • As I’ve noted in the past, I believe there is a high probability for a Psalm 83 War
  • That would take place with Iran’s various proxies and other nations drawn into that coalition
  • As opposed to Ezekiel’s War, this alliance of nations surrounding Israel has as the deepest desire of their wicked hearts to annihilate Israel as a nation
  • They want the situation where Israel is no more
  • In this proxy war, Iran keeps itself directly out of the conflict and lets its stand-ins do the dirty work
  • There is a reason that none – zero – of the nations surrounding and bordering Israel are not named in the Gog-Magog War
  • That’s because of Psalm 83 and how every single one of them is defeated – along with their Muslim god Allah
  • In this case, the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) – with God’s help no doubt – will be the primary means by which these foolish nations will be defeated
  • Just as with Ezekiel’s War, the likelihood is that America doesn’t come to Israel’s aid
  • Maybe we’ll support her in a limited way in this conflict, but given the anti-Israel thinking in Washington, I can’t see it
  • That has its repercussions as well
  • God sees our hatred as a nation toward Israel and our unwillingness to assist His Chosen People
  • It’ll be one more strike against us and the idea that we will continue as a sovereign nation with any influence in the world

 

  • That brings us to the Israel-Ezekiel conflict with the coalition of Russia, Turkey, Iran, a.k.a. the war of Gog of Magog or Ezekiel’s War
  • This is the big one in the Middle East following the Psalm 83 War that impacts the entire planet
  • This is the war in which Iran finally engages Israel and pays mightily for it
  • What this war will also do is bring God’s wrath upon nations – primarily Muslim – for their hatred and cursing of Israel
  • By this point in history, presumably the Rapture will have occurred, and America will be decimated from that event with millions disappearing
  • Assuming this war comes soon after the Rapture, with America again despising Israel, I have no doubt that God will makes His displeasure known upon our land in some manner
  • It’ll be one more poison dreg from the cup of trembling that the world’s – and America’s – hostility to Israel will bring

 

  • War is in the air
  • The potential for devastating conflicts is rising wherever we look
  • It’s a world phenomenon
  • Within our own borders, we may very well experience outbreaks of violence that lead to internal conflict: family against family, neighbor against neighbor, our own government coming down in force against those it claims are domestic terrorists, and the rise of armed opposition
  • The outlook for peace and stability worldwide and in our country is minimal
  • In fact, given these various scenarios it appears that any of them could escalate into World War 3 at any moment on any pretext
  • Or to take America out of the equation and cause us to decline, an appropriately equipped nation – or even rogue terrorist group – could detonate an EMP (i.e. ElectroMagnetic Pulse attack) – and incapacitate our electrical infrastructure
  • Or, either of the forces on both sides of our political aisles could decide enough is enough and initiate a false flag event that would lead to a shooting war among ourselves
  • Or, the food shortages may grow so severe and famine conditions devastate our cities that mobs form and begin roving the countryside searching for food and revenge
  • Or, another virus pandemic could be unleashed leading to lockdowns so severe that martial law is instituted with pushback that causes everything to erupt in this nation
  • Or, on some pretext, the gun-grabbers could go into high gear to attempt their foolish mission that would cause massive stonewalling and violence
  • We’re seemingly living minute to minute on the edge of conflicts that will rage unchecked and cause much death and other harms
  • There is much to be concerned about and many people are indeed living in fear for what the next drop of the hat might bring
  • The secular world, actually, must see the threats and wonder if there’s any hope whatsoever
  • For them, there is not
  • Even for those Christians who embrace any doctrinal position other than the pre-Tribulation Rapture, they have no encouragement or hope
  • They’re buckling down, girding up, devising plans for surviving the most horrible period in human history, and are literally making the same preparations that non-believers are
  • Some of these Christians are under the impression that somehow God will shield them during these 7 years
  • Others are simply praying that everything will pan out in the end for them

 

  • Frankly, this attitude is pathetic
  • It demonstrates a terrible lack of trust in God
  • It shows that they have little understanding of God’s character
  • More than that, it shows how Bible teaching has been corrupted over the years and people sitting in the pews have absorbed poor doctrine like sponges
  • Because church congregations no longer read their Bibles, they have no idea whether or not what their pastors tell them is true or not according to God’s Word
  • They don’t seek out the truth and accept the false teachings of all the Rapture positions except that which Scripture outlines clearly
  • Then they regurgitate this garbage, many become “experts” in falsehoods, and continue propagating them among others
  • Almost as bad – but not quite – are the truly solid Christian teachers who won’t take a stand on the pre-Trib Rapture
  • They believe in it but waffle in what they say
  • Despite the overwhelming evidence of the signs of the times that Jesus Himself criticized the Pharisees for ignoring, these present-day teachers disregard them as well
  • They’re afraid of man rather than fearing God and adhering to Christ’s commands in this regard
  • What did Jesus say?
  • “Be alert.   The Son of Man comes at a time you do not expect – like a thief in the night.”
  • Yet what do so many of these teachers say about this?
  • They don’t correlate what is going on in the world with the end-times prophecies and are clueless – or worse – deliberately obtuse
  • Seriously, how many pastors and Bible teachers boldly proclaim the doctrine of the pre-Tribulation Rapture?
  • I’ll bet you can’t count a whole lot of them – despite how good they may be teaching everything else in the Bible
  • So – what does this leave us?
  • It causes the vast majority of Christendom to be unprepared
  • It actually encourages making this world their home – fixing it and trying to make it normal again – or even Christianizing the world so that it will be prepared for Christ’s return
  • Jesus must be appalled at how little His Words and warnings mean to His church

 

  • I stated upfront that I don’t worry about the wars and all the other bad things that are on the horizon
  • I watch everything and, in my flesh, certainly get down at times, but I know the hope that I have in Christ Jesus
  • For starters, He told me not to worry and be anxious for those things that I can’t control
  • What can’t I control?
  • How about tomorrow?
  • Or, even what the next hour brings?
  • There’s not a thing I can do that will stop any of these potential conflicts and situations
  • I can be aware of them and analyze how they may fit into Bible prophecy, but I can’t impact them in any way, shape, or form
  • However, I can pray – and isn’t that the most potent form of warfare – i.e. spiritual warfare?

 

  • In addition to this most critical of activities, i.e. prayer, also reading God’s Word and seeing in it where we may stand on this final days timeline is also helpful to me
  • Of course, in my doing that, it’s what I try to bring forward in my various efforts with these video Prophecy Updates and my weekly written articles
  • Based on what I’ve gleaned I hope to bring awareness to others but also hope and encouragement
  • The more you know, the more you can align that knowledge with God’s Word and come to some conclusions
  • The conclusion I’ve come to in this matter of WW3 and the other issues I’ve mentioned today, is that we shouldn’t worry about them because – by and large – we won’t be here when the worst of them occur
  • Quite often I encourage everyone watching these Prophecy Updates to occupy and continue doing the work of God’s Kingdom until Jesus comes for us
  • A friend of mine – Lisa Heaton – is an author who writes primarily women’s Christian fiction
  • She’s written a book titled Daybreak, intended not only for women but for all who need to hear the truth of these last days
  • In conjunction with the book Lisa has written a series of articles that have been posted on Rapture Ready
  • The 1st of these articles is called How Do I Share What I Know?
  • I’ve linked to this article in the Sources on the Rumble page for this Prophecy Update
  • Why do I bring this up?
  • Because when I say we need to occupy until Christ comes for us, some of you may ask what that means
  • In this series of articles Lisa outlines this for us – and I think it’s a good resource for folks to begin thinking – if you haven’t already – how the Lord might use you to help round out the fullness of the Gentiles, i.e. the last person saved, that’s necessary for God to trigger the Rapture
  • Please check out Lisa’ Rapture Ready posts

 

  • Once again, understanding the pre-Tribulation Rapture and what that means for us and the world is crucial to our not being afraid of what’s next
  • For those of us who know the Word of God in this respect, the evidence is overwhelming that the next milestone event in God’s last days calendar is the Rapture of the true church
  • There are no precedents – no other prophecies that must be fulfilled – because the Rapture happens
  • It is imminent, i.e. it could happen at any time – day or night – right now or any immediate time in the days ahead
  • Many people try to pinpoint the day and hour, but Jesus said that in the flesh, we cannot do that because He couldn’t do it
  • However, Jesus did plainly say that we would know the season – and that’s critical
  • All the signs of the times – of the season – are upon us
  • Thus, the season of the Rapture is here

 

  • A primary purpose of the Rapture is to keep us from the wrath to come
  • It is to keep us from the hour of trial that will come upon the whole earth
  • It is for us to gain our glorified bodies as sons and daughters of the living God to prepare us for the next stage of our purpose that He created us for
  • It is for us to take encouragement in the Blessed Hope of our Savior
  • As I’ve written recently, it’s for a sign to those left behind that God is real and there is true hope of deliverance
  • It is for Jesus to snatch His beloved Bride from this world – because He loves us and is not a wife-beater – so that we can enjoy the 7 years of consummating our marriage at the Father’s House in heaven
  • It will be there and then that we receive our rewards for the work we’ve done on earth as born-again believers exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit of salvation
  • The timeline for those believing anything but the pre-Trib Rapture is really messed up for these activities which prophetically will take place

 

  • While we as believers are enjoying all these things, people on the earth will begin to realize what rejecting Jesus Christ means
  • The Seals of Judgment will be opened by the Lord and horror will be the order of the day for those left behind
  • This is the reason I have no concern about wars and rumors of wars
  • Besides having been commanded by Jesus not to be anxious about things I can’t control, timing of all these things is a critical factor
  • As I’ve stated many times the Bible is very clear that the Lord will remove those who love Him prior to the worst of these events
  • I believe He will Rapture us before the opening of the Seal Judgments
  • That being the case, the revealing of the Antichrist in Seal 1 as the great deceiver whom the world will follow . . .
  • The horrendous wars – very possibly WW3 which may encompass in some manner all the conflicts that I outlined earlier – which erupt when the 2nd Seal is opened . . .
  • The terrible plagues that will follow the wars in Seal 3 bringing untold misery through their adverse effects . . .
  • And the resulting death and snatching of souls into hell unleashed in the 4th Seal . . .
  • The persecution that will accompany these awful judgments, resulting in the martyrdom of many who finally declare Jesus as their Savior and Lord . . .
  • All these punishments meant for unbelieving mankind will happen after we’ve been Raptured
  • If we believe this – which I certainly do – what do any of us have to worry about?
  • Will there be trouble and dark times before the Rapture?
  • I think so
  • But will they rise to the level of God’s wrath?
  • Not a chance
  • If we who obey the Lord’s commands have the hope of the promise of God to redeem us from this alien place, how should we respond?
  • What should be our attitude, even as times get tough?
  • Shouldn’t we lift up a sacrifice of praise to the Lord?
  • Should we go about with frowns and worry lines in our faces?
  • Or, should we instead have a ready smile with joy in our hearts and a quick word of encouragement to those around us?
  • No doubt most of you remember the book and movie that showed us WWJD – What Would Jesus Do?
  • Well, if He was walking around with us today waiting for the Lord’s deliverance, what would He do?
  • I think He would simply be preaching about the Kingdom of Heaven . . .
  • About the need for repentance . . .
  • The requirement for us to forgive those who have harmed us. . .
  • And the necessity of obeying His commands
  • Most of all, He would show us how to love even while speaking about the wrath to come because of the great sin in the hearts of mankind . . .
  • That sin which lives deep in every one of us and requires a blood sacrifice for atonement
  • Shouldn’t we likewise be speaking and demonstrating how Jesus is that sacrificial Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world?
  • Even if the world laughs at us for such foolishness?
  • The Lord is coming soon in His wrath because the time of accepting Him in His persona as the gentle, Suffering Servant will soon end
  • We who see this – who know it – who are eagerly anticipating it – have an obligation to speak now in these final days of harvest
  • It won’t be long before that opportunity is gone and a new phase of our eternal lives begins
  • Let’s make the most of the time remaining