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.”
Oh, does Paul have a word for the churches today! If he were asked to speak at a majority of churches in our current times, what would he say? (Of course, through the Word, he IS speaking to these churches; however, rest assured that they would have nothing to do with inviting him to fill their pulpits!)
Paul would have done his homework. He would know the current state of affairs in these churches. Concerned believers would have informed him that real problems had cropped up in the leadership and among those who attended. Surely, he would have looked away and shaken his head in unbelief and disgust. How could this happen? What could possibly have occurred that they would stray so far from the truth of Jesus Christ?
In his time, Paul faced the issue in the church in Galatia that false teachers had come in and were distorting the Gospel. Astonished to learn of the blasphemies being preached, he wrote his letter to bring correction. The first thing he did was to remind them of Jesus Himself in Galatians 1:4:
… who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,
“Listen, church, we must keep our eyes on Jesus – on Him alone – because it is only through Him that we can maneuver through the darkness of this world. We live in a time of wickedness. How can you expect to make it through intact unless your faith and trust is wholly in Christ?”
What was going on that would require Paul to rebuke the church? Here is what he said in Galatians 1:6-7:
I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.
Someone had begun distorting the truth, and the church was accepting this lie as if it was the Gospel of Christ. They had no discernment to differentiate what they’d originally been taught from this altered teaching.
“What are you thinking?” Paul seems to be saying. “Listen to me, and hear me well,” is the message in the following verses of Galatians 1:8-9:
But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.
So adamant is Paul that he repeats himself to drive home the point. There is no Gospel but the true Gospel they learned at first. Any change from that is from Satan. The KJV uses the word anathema in place of accursed. Accursed means to be ill-fated or doomed. Anathema carries an even weightier meaning of being consigned to damnation. In other words, Paul tells the Galatians that someone who preaches anything but the true Gospel will be judged by God and consigned to hell.
This is a strong statement and one that’s entirely appropriate. Only the truth of Jesus Christ saves a man’s soul. If one hears and believes any message other than that, then he will not – he cannot – be saved and rescued from the eternal fires of the pit. Thus, a man who leads others to this place of torment himself deserves nothing less.
The message-bearers of today are storing up for themselves the wrath of God. How many pulpits are filled with men and women who proclaim that it’s just fine with God if you’re a “gay Christian”? How about those churches that have such people in their pulpits as an example to their congregations? What are we to think when we see so many denominations embracing the works of the world such as Black Lives Matter, the social justice gospel, or climate change as the most important issue facing mankind? There are so many more falsehoods proclaimed in the name of the false Jesus they pretend to follow.
How many people believe these fabrications because they are ignorant of God’s Word? Talk about the great unwashed! The real definition of those who fall into this category are people who don’t read the Word of God and haven’t been cleansed by its living water. This is the vast majority of pew-sitters in churches. They have no idea what the Bible says because they don’t read it. Whatever they think they know comes only from their pastor or priest. If that person is spouting deceptions about Scripture, those hearing cannot discern. As G.K. Chesterton famously said:
“When men choose not to believe in God, they do not thereafter believe in nothing, they then become capable of believing in anything.”
And so it is: Of course all white men are racist, because… they are. The problems of this world emanate from injustices found in the systemic structure of our society. Our earth has been warming since the age of dinosaurs because of man’s carbon emissions. The only way to heaven is through the Catholic church and its rituals.
How many born-again believers are there who accept such garbage? I suppose there are some, but how unfruitful must they be! Anyone truly saved should run from churches that spout this nonsense. Whoever thinks he can reform such a church by remaining there is sadly mistaken. A mission field? No doubt. But surely such an individual is himself continuing to absorb lies by not being fed with real meat; he’s eating tainted food and may end up poisoned. That’s an unwise situation in which to remain.
Paul’s message to the church in Galatia is the same as for today. Hearing God’s Word is the absolute necessity for any who call themselves Christians. Those who bring a message contrary to the true Gospel are instruments of the devil.
As Paul said elsewhere in 2 Corinthians 6:15:
What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever?
There are two intriguing narratives that may be intersecting to create massive problems in our nation and around the world. Neither of them is good news, of course, and the one is extremely disturbing, if true.
One of the issues facing mankind is global depopulation. Yes, you’ve heard for years about the so-called population bomb, popularized in 1968 by Paul Ehrlich in a book with that title. In that apocalyptic book, Ehrlich scare-mongered that the world would soon be overpopulated, leading to various societal upheavals. He called for immediate population control to address the situation. Apparently, a lot of people heeded Ehrlich’s message, which has led to serious issues in almost every nation around the globe.
The other issue we’ll discuss in this Prophecy Update deals with the deaths associated with COVID-19 and the vaccines. There is troubling evidence that perhaps many more people are dying – many more – than is reported from any potential source.
It may be that these two narratives are coming together and causing the employee shortages being reported. More than that, they could very well be the harbinger of the Deep State global elites’ efforts to ultimately achieve their goal as expressed in the first commandment of the Georgia Guidestones, which is: Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.
For all the problems the church in Corinth had, with every ounce of his being, Paul wanted to see them walking in righteousness before God. Given what glimpses we get from his two letters, they had issues! He repeats the laundry list of vices in 2 Corinthians 12:20 that he had seen:
For I fear that perhaps when I come I may find you not as I wish, and that you may find me not as you wish—that perhaps there may be quarreling, jealousy, anger, hostility, slander, gossip, conceit, and disorder.
What a mess! Although they had made a profession of faith – a true one from all accounts since he addresses them as brothers – they had a long way to go to reach any level of Christian maturity. If Paul is pointing out such concerns, I think we can rest assured this church was displaying every one of these problems.
What does it mean that these sins continued to plague the Corinthians? We can conclude that for some reason they weren’t walking out their faith in the necessary manner, and because of that, they were bearing no fruit of the Spirit.
Compare what Paul says in his letter in Galatians 5:19-21:
Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
In fact, to take the comparison further, look at how Paul concluded his warnings to the Corinthians in 2 Corinthians 12:21:
I fear that when I come again my God may humble me before you, and I may have to mourn over many of those who sinned earlier and have not repented of the impurity, sexual immorality, and sensuality that they have practiced.
It doesn’t look like there was much difference in these lists does there? That being the case, what did Paul urge the Galatians to do? He wanted them to walk in the power of the Holy Spirit to exhibit the abundance He brings. We see this in Galatians 5:22-24:
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
It is evident that through the fruit of the Spirit, these churches would put aside the ways of the world. Only by dying to the flesh, i.e. crucifying it, could good traits emerge in the lives of these believers.
The questions become: How could they change? What is it that would enable them to begin the transformation of their old fleshly behavior?
Paul makes it clear in 2 Corinthians 13:5:
Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!
These professed believers needed to do one very important thing: They had to examine their lives. If they were truly in Christ, the fruit of their faith would be evident just like day follows night. In examining themselves, however, they could discover that they had no fruit! If that were so, they would have actually failed the test and found that they weren’t in Christ.
Paul then says to them in 2 Corinthians 13:6:
I hope you will find out that we have not failed the test.
He includes himself in this statement, but I think the intent is clear that it is the Corinthians he hopes will determine their status as a true believer in Christ or not.
Remember what Paul previously said in his first letter to this church. When he spoke about taking the Lord’s Supper he wanted them to do so in a sober and reflective manner as outlined in the passage of 1 Corinthians 11:27-34. Specifically, the key is in 1 Corinthians 11:28:
Let a person examine himself…
This is exactly what he repeated in the second letter noted above in 2 Corinthians 13:5.
To do away with the ways of the world and to truly walk with the Lord, we have the critical obligation of examining ourselves. Just like with the Corinthians, if we don’t do that and appropriately change through the power of the Spirit, we will never exhibit any of His fruit. The danger is greater than that: If there’s no fruit, there may be no salvation!
How many professing Christians do we know that live like everyone else around them in the world? Why have they not been transformed? First, someone must truly want to change. Assuming that, the most common reason is the lack of repentance. A person may have given his heart to Jesus, but he never acknowledged his sin and repented of it. Or perhaps, he feels he can sin to his heart’s content because of the grace Jesus gives, i.e. that this grace covers all sins despite the absence of repentance.
That’s a dangerous place to be. Jesus shed His blood for us that we might come to a saving knowledge of God through Him. Do we despise that gift? By someone not repenting to get right with the Lord, that would seem to be the case.
In our walk with God, we need to come humbly before the throne of grace and mercy every day. Who are we to think that we have progressed in our faith beyond the need to bow before the Lord daily to ask His forgiveness? We sin whether we may think we do or not. It’s a simple matter of asking God: “Lord, if I’ve transgressed any of your ways, please bring that sin to mind so I can get right with You.” Then do what’s necessary.
For us to live righteously, we have to know that we are continually being sanctified. We’ve arrived; but we’re also a work in progress that will not be perfected until we come face-to-face with God.
Just as Paul prayed that the people in this church be restored (2 Corinthians 13:9), let us also desire to have a restored and perfect relationship with the only One who can restore our souls.
It’s very easy these days to lose heart. The enemy – although probably few in numbers – appears to have much strength. He certainly has momentum. When all the levers of power are arrayed against us, the odds look overwhelming. All we have to do is witness how the entire government of this nation has effectively been taken over by Leftists of one stripe or another. If they aren’t thoroughly Marxist, they’re Islamic. All are assuredly anti-God. When we speak about the Deep State, it’s hard for us to comprehend its cavernous depths. Think of the millions of people in the federal government. Look at the millions in state and local governments. Consider how narrow is the path into the kingdom of God. Only a minuscule number of these people in government belong to the Lord. When we merge these ideas, perhaps we can gain a tiny sliver of understanding as to how far-reaching in scope and numbers are the forces of darkness.
Even when we confront a local school board, it seems hopeless. Have you noticed how many of these boards across the country are exactly the same? They all parrot the identical party line. How is that even possible? Do they have massive Zoom calls each week to coordinate their agendas , the school curricula, and their talking points? (By the way, my questions are rhetorical. I know why such coordination exists. It comes from a unified agenda promoted in the spiritual realm.)
We who oppose what they stand for may feel like we’re running into a brick wall. None of these people on the boards acknowledge the depths of Marxism which they accept or advocate for the schools from the corrupt teachers’ unions. When confronted by truth, they retreat into lies and deceit.
Let me give you a possible example of this. Most of us are aware of the false flag events that Leftists love to initiate. In the area of racial relations, it has been shown time and again that the supposed hate actions of people on the Right have actually been done by someone on the Left hoping to falsely accuse conservatives. Among those invented sins are nooses planted to point fingers as to how the Right is filled with KKK thinking. There have been untruthful accusations of rape. Letters have been written that express violent threats. All these have originated from the Left and are totally fabricated. Because the publication of these faux threats is freely done by a willingly joyful media that loves this narrative, many people only see the invented headlines and never know the truth.
I’ve mentioned previously that I’ve been engaged in the battle against our local school board in their implementation of CRT, homosexual, and gender dysphoric material. In a recent meeting, the board president declared that several members of the board had received a letter that threatened them, and that their children had seen this letter, causing them much fear. When the board president stated this at the meeting, the implication from him was that everyone in attendance who opposed what the board was doing was guilty by association. He didn’t state it directly, but to my ears, we were all part of the group newly classified by our government as DVEs, i.e. Domestic Violent Extremists.
One will excuse me if I express some suspicion as to the veracity of this letter. Now, it’s certainly possible that a wayward person sent such a missive. If so, that’s surely unacceptable. Of course, if that’s the case, it’s not necessary to paint with such a broad brush that all in attendance at the board meeting are likewise guilty. However, given the numerous incidents of prior false flag items that have almost universally been shown NOT to be initiated by someone on the Right; rather have been planted by a Leftist to falsely accuse and sow sympathy for the poor recipients of such hatred, I’m not convinced.
Regardless, to the theme of this commentary, all these kinds of incidents add up to show the massive tide of darkness that is sweeping over us which seems impossible to counter.
In writing to the church in Corinth, Paul expressed similar sentiments. A seemingly large number of people had been spreading falsehoods about the Gospel and Paul himself. They had boasted as to how marvelous in the sight of God they were with their mighty works. Their eloquent speech captured many and turned the hearts of the people away from Christ and His true apostle. These “super apostles” had captured the imagination of many in the church and were leading them astray. It grieved Paul to no end.
It may, in fact, have been one of these who was the thorn in Paul’s side that God allowed to remain to keep him from growing conceited (2 Corinthians 12:7). Some Bible teachers think the thorn may have been some difficulty with his vision that plagued Paul, however, that doesn’t seem reasonable given the text. He speaks of a messenger of Satan. Strongs’ #32 tells us this word is aggelos, literally an angel, in this case, a demonic one, or a person incited by Satan to plague Paul. It is certainly a personification, not an affliction.
As a result of these attacks from several quarters, it may have seemed to Paul that he was outnumbered, and surely outflanked. But God declared to him in 2 Corinthians 12:8:
… “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” …
God assured Paul that although he had little power in his own flesh, God more than adequately made up for his human deficiencies. Because Paul operated in the power and Spirit of the Lord, he had nothing to worry about. God had the situation handled and would bring about a good ending just as Romans 8:28 promises:
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
No matter how impossible the circumstances may appear, when we are on God’s side, we can trust that He will do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think (Ephesians 3:20).
It is in this confidence that Paul was able to express in 2 Corinthians 12:10:
For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
So it can and should be with us. The few of us standing athwart history, so to speak, which is moving inexorably into a lawless condition, need not fear. We have more strength and power than it appears. It’s not within ourselves, but rather rests with God. If we do our part and seek His guidance in these matters, and purpose to be fully His as we strive to be salt and light to this dying world, we can know that the Lord will act appropriately and justly.
Will we depend on Him and be content in our weakness? If so, then we can declare, even as Paul did: For when I am weak, then I am strong.
These graphics are good summaries for prevention and treatment from America’s Frontline Doctors showing the Zelenko Protocol. (Sorry for the image quality. If I can find better images, I’ll replace these.)
From an unspecified Tweet that correlates with much of what I’ve seen:
Dr. Zelenko’s website:
Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional and have no connection with any organization noted here. This is for informational purposes. It’s important for anyone contemplating these treatments to do your own research to better understand why these medications and vitamins are recommended.
In Chapter 11 of 2 Corinthians Paul rebukes the church at Corinth for its willingness to be fooled and manipulated by false apostles preaching a faux gospel. Despite the many spiritual gifts with which God had blessed the congregation, spiritual discernment apparently wasn’t one of them; or if it was, the people disregarded what the Holy Spirit might have been saying. Paul declares in 2 Corinthians 11:4:
For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough.
They simply didn’t differentiate between the good and the bad. That kind of blindness can result in being led astray from God’s truth and result in many doctrinal errors.
As far as those who came to this church and declared themselves ministers of righteousness, Paul minced no words about them, as we see in 2 Corinthians 11:13-15:
For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.
We also see that one of the half-brothers of Jesus saw the same issue in the churches to which he wrote in his letter in Jude 4:
For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.
Jude goes on to describe such men in quite harsh terms.
The reason this is of such great concern to the writers of the epistles is the end result of those who listen and don’t heed the dangers. Paul succinctly states in 2 Corinthians 11:20:
For you bear it if someone makes slaves of you, or devours you, or takes advantage of you, or puts on airs, or strikes you in the face.
Regardless of these indignities to their person, the Corinthians accepted them foolishly. They were seemingly quite content to be abused and made slaves through falsehoods that came their way. Again, the lack of discernment on their part was striking.
I’ve written previously of the repetition of history. The saying: What goes around comes around” has been true forever. There’s a karmic aspect to this that I don’t accept, of course, and there is also an implication that someone perpetrating an injustice will himself be subject to that same wrongdoing, but for my purposes, it’s useful to see that, as Ecclesiastes 1:9 tells us:
What has been is what will be,
and what has been done is what will be done,
and there is nothing new under the sun.
Indeed, there is nothing new under the sun. And so, in our day we’re witnessing a similar phenomenon within the church.
With the onset of the COVID hysteria, the so-called medical authorities declared that masks and lockdowns were vital to “flatten the curve” so as to defeat the virus. Most churches went all in with masks, and many capitulated with lockdown demands and didn’t meet as the Body of Christ.
Although these measures didn’t work, far too many churches continued to implement, or at least strongly recommend, masking requirements. As I understand it, some churches have never reopened to this day.
Next in this never-ending battle for supremacy against a man-made bioweapon, the panacea of all panaceas was released in the form of the COVID vaccine. Once more, according to the medical authorities, the shots were the only solution that would save humanity. Strikingly, not only has the secular world gone along with this fiction, but a serious number of churches with their pastors and congregations have drunk this Kool-Aid. Apparently driven by supposed concern for others and, no doubt, by fear, vast numbers of church-goers have received vaccinations.
If my eyes have not deceived me, it surely seems as though these jabs have not only not worked to inhibit COVID, but they have become the reason for a further spread of it, along with serious complications that come from transmission of dangerous elements from vaxxed to unvaxxed people that lead to numerous adverse impacts on the human body.
The shots haven’t reduced COVID; they’ve encouraged its spread through various mutations and have introduced extreme health complications among the general population, whether someone has received the vaccine or not.
Yet, despite the evidence right in front of people, they twist the narrative and declare that it is the unvaccinated who are causing the spread of disease. Those who have taken up this banner include much of the secular world. Incredibly, advocates of this convoluted idea are also rife within the church.
There has been a purposeful effort over the last year and a half to condition people to accept what they are told by the medical establishment. Rather than think for themselves, far too many have closed their eyes and ears to truth and simply done what they’re told. They don’t search out alternative voices, and when they do somehow hear them, they appear incapable in large measure of actually heeding what they say. In other words, they have become slaves.
The tragic aspect of this is that believers in Christ have willingly allowed themselves to fall into this condition. They have listened to the world and believed its lies rather than go to the Word of God for counsel. For all the wisdom they should have through Christ Jesus, they have willingly submitted to false narratives and fear, and in the course of this become fools.
I know that’s a harsh assessment, but when those in the Body of Christ place their faith in man’s wisdom and his solutions, what else can be said?
Is there a remedy? Absolutely. It is the Word of God. It is getting back to believing what our Lord says rather than what the world dictates. It is the refocus of our eyes on Jesus rather than on the things of earth.
My prayer is that those in the church who have been fooled will awaken. I pray they will realize the folly into which they’ve been led. Only Jesus can save us. Our faith and trust should be only in Him.
When Solomon became king at a young age following the death of his father David, he approached God and prayed mightily to Him. His heart was right with the Lord. Because of this, Yahweh answered Him. God declared that since Solomon desired nothing for himself but wisdom in order to govern the people of Israel well, He would give him wisdom beyond that of any man before or since, plus immense wealth and power, as seen in 1 Kings 3:10-14:
It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. And God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you. I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days. And if you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.”
God gave all this to Solomon, but He also declared a caveat, namely, that Solomon must walk in all His ways. That became a problem. Solomon built the magnificent temple in Jerusalem. At the dedication, he laid out the way of righteousness for Israel and the individuals in the kingdom for all to hear and obey. It was at this time that God uttered the famous verse we all know from 2 Chronicles 7:14:
“… if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
We love to repeat this passage as a promise to us in modern times. Unfortunately, we neglect what the Lord said are the consequences of not obeying Him that He stated in 2 Chronicles 7:19-20:
“But if you turn aside and forsake my statutes and my commandments that I have set before you, and go and serve other gods and worship them, then I will pluck you up from my land that I have given you, and this house that I have consecrated for my name, I will cast out of my sight, and I will make it a proverb and a byword among all peoples.”
Solomon apparently forgot this portion of God’s decree, just like we do today. Once Solomon had cemented his throne, he began exercising his kingly prerogatives. As he says in his reminiscences in Ecclesiastes 7:25-27:
I turned my heart to know and to search out and to seek wisdom and the scheme of things, and to know the wickedness of folly and the foolishness that is madness. And I find something more bitter than death: the woman whose heart is snares and nets, and whose hands are fetters. He who pleases God escapes her, but the sinner is taken by her. Behold, this is what I found, says the Preacher, while adding one thing to another to find the scheme of things—
How Solomon loved women! This is recounted in 1 Kings 11:1-4,8:
Now King Solomon loved many foreign women, along with the daughter of Pharaoh: Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite women, from the nations concerning which the Lord had said to the people of Israel, “You shall not enter into marriage with them, neither shall they with you, for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods.” Solomon clung to these in love. He had 700 wives, who were princesses, and 300 concubines. And his wives turned away his heart. For when Solomon was old his wives turned away his heart after other gods, and his heart was not wholly true to the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father … And so he did for all his foreign wives, who made offerings and sacrificed to their gods.
All these women were pagans. All of them worshiped other gods and sacrificed to them. In his lust, Solomon forgot God’s edict. He had said that if His people turned away from Him to serve other gods, there would be severe consequences. Solomon, in loving all these women, made them his idol. But he went even further. His heart actually turned to the gods of the women he loved.
Only in his old age did he come to his senses to realize the folly of his actions. He was so wise, but had been a fool. The women had been a snare to him, and he fell into it. By forgetting Yahweh, indulging in his passions, and serving other gods, he did exactly what the Lord had warned against. It resulted in the division of Israel, just as God had said it would.
When we turn our hearts to anything or anyone other than Jesus, consequences likewise come upon us. This is what our nation did as a result of so many individuals, along with the church itself, deciding that God wasn’t an important component of our lives. As a people we have forsaken Him.
God is infinitely patient and merciful, desiring that none should perish. However, even God reaches a point that patience is useless. Because of the searing of men’s souls through sin and wickedness, this planet has passed a point of no return. God long ago laid out the scenario for what would happen when the population of the earth by and large became unredeemable. This is the point of the book of Revelation where God rains down His wrath upon this unbelieving world.
What resulted as a divided kingdom and eventually the dissolution of Israel as a nation, is effectively the same as will happen here and now in our time. The consequences of abandoning God will result in the destruction of the earth as we know it and of all unbelieving men.
There is Good News, however. God redeemed Israel, allowing her to regather as a nation. The Jews will ultimately become truly God’s Chosen People. Gentile believers also have a glorious future. Before the worst happens, Jesus will take His Bride to heaven for the duration of the 7-year Tribulation. Following that, the time will come when we will join with Christ in His return. We will rule and reign with Him for a thousand years.
Take heart. Darkness is overtaking the land, but God has a plan. We who love Him will participate in the greatest time we can ever imagine. Give God glory, for He is worthy!
Concern is growing among many – myself included – as to where the actions of our government, which has clearly aligned itself against a certain segment of the population, lead in these times ahead. The Biden Regime has staked out a position that labels conservatives and Christians as the enemy. This is not hyperbole on my part. State actors have defined us as potential Domestic Violent Extremists (DVEs). For them to do so is them projecting their intentions. The Left almost always says what they plan to do well in advance of their doing it. We ignore their rhetoric at our peril.
Our nation and the world are being set up. The ultimate setter-upper, if you will, is Satan. He and his minions are the power behind the throne, i.e. the spiritual guides who direct their willing accomplices toward their designed end. Of course, God is actually in control. He is allowing all these things to occur because His meta-narrative – His grand purpose – is the one that will prevail. He is shaping it all. In our humanity, none of us see the spiritual manipulations taking place, however those of us who know God’s Word are aware and not taken by surprise. Regardless, what we see developing is dire, and we have to acknowledge it and prepare as best we can.
Our weather has become in many places a bludgeon upon the earth. The natural disasters occurring around the world have increased in intensity. Physical calamity in this realm includes drought, wildfires, floods, extreme winds, earthquakes, volcanos, and more. There are some who suspect a number of these events are caused through manmade means. HARP – the High Altitude Research Project – has been named as the possible reason for the potency of these disasters. That may very well be. However, I believe that God’s hand of judgment is behind these events, whether He enables evil people to manipulate climatic catastrophes, or if He alone is causing them.
Some of these woes are causing trickle down effects. For instance, drought in America’s West is impacting crop production and significantly impairing yield. This will inevitably lead to famine conditions and great societal unrest.
Another disturbing trend is the seeming absence of laborers. Millions of jobs are going unfilled. As a result of the plandemic, the government encouraged this through a variety of payments and handouts. People did the math. They realized they could stay home, not work, and bring into their households almost as much as if they went everyday to a job. In the grand scheme of things, who wouldn’t do that? It was entirely a rational response.
Now that the national and state governments have largely curtailed most of these supplemental payments, one would think those workers would show up seeking employment. That doesn’t appear to be happening.
On top of this we have the impact of COVID and vaccine deaths. COVID deaths were greatly exaggerated. Everything under the sun, from motorcycle deaths to the common flu, were attributed to COVID, so that isn’t necessarily – at least from the beginning of the plandemic until now – a contributor to the issue of worker scarcity. What is rising in concern is the number of vaccine deaths. We know for a fact that the CDC reporting database for vaccine injury – VAERS – significantly undercounts adverse effects by anywhere from 1% – 10%. The current death count of almost 15,000 deaths as of this date (September 18, 2021) could be as high as 1.5 million.
But, there’s another factor. VAERS essentially records – for those doctors and individuals willing to make the effort to navigate the difficulties of the system to report vaccine incidents – only those deaths that people see as being directly associated with having taken the COVID shots. We have learned that the genetic manipulation that occurs from these so-called vaccines has intermediate and long-term impacts, as well as those immediate developments that we hear of primarily through social media. Thus, a stroke or heart attack three months after the shot, or a year, or three years, that results from a victim’s blood microclotting or causing larger clots in the lungs, heart, or brain, are not being attributed – and will not be – to the vaccines. It’s what’s known as plausible deniability. All the instigators of this evil have to say is, “Prove it,” and no one necessarily can. Yet, these vaccines will have been the precipitating factor in death.
It has been better than nine months since the shots began to be administered. The concern was if in the three to six month period following injection whether deaths would result, and how many. The question that has been raised lately is if there have been significant numbers of people dying, but nobody is aware because it’s not reported anywhere. Call me a conspiracy theorist, if you will, but these days conspiracy concepts have become facts. Could it be that perhaps some number of millions of people have perished in this period through vaccine injury?
To repeat what I mentioned earlier: Jobs are going unfilled. Why? As Michael Snyder pointed out recently (http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/where-did-all-the-people-go/), there is an incredible shortage of workers. Are they all continuing to stay home even after their government benefits have been curtailed? Or is there another reason? Have they gone into the grave leading to this dearth of ready employees?
Wickedness and lawlessness are rising incredibly quickly in this world. The Apostle Paul knew who was the true enemy when he said in 2 Corinthians 10:3:
For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh.
The invisible enemy is our real foe. That being the case, how do we combat what he intends to accomplish?
Paul continued on in this passage in 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 to specifically tell us:
For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,
The battle in which we find ourselves is not ours alone. That’s a good thing, because in our flesh we could not hope to overcome the spiritual forces of darkness. The secular world – and seemingly even many in the church today – believe that our human efforts will bring victory. Prophetically, that’s not what Scripture says. It tells us that everything continues to go downhill until the world reaches the point of entering the Tribulation, then it gets even worse. Before then, those of us who have a true relationship with Jesus Christ will be removed from the earth. In the meantime, we must realize who we are in Christ. It is through Him that we can resist the power of the enemy and even attack his strongholds. However, too many Christians take the I – I – I approach. I can do this because I’m in Christ. I strike down the enemy. I command that Satan falls.
If you consider the language many believers use, perhaps you’ll see the problem. The effort in rejecting Satan’s advances or even attacking his fortresses is on the Christian. It is his work that accomplishes the desired outcome. I believe this is incorrect. We have power and authority in Christ Jesus because of who He is. Despite that, who is really doing against the enemy what needs to be done? Jesus, of course. Might it then be a better approach for us to pray in the power of the Holy Spirit asking the Lord to accomplish these things? We are victorious in Christ, but it is He who is the victor. Should we not ask Him to engage in this battle for us? We have to take the step of faith in believing that He will do what we ask. Shouldn’t we then trust that He will respond in His way? Shouldn’t we then move aside to allow Him room to work?
I know what I’ve stated is contrary to how many have been taught to engage in spiritual warfare. Again, much of what we see and hear through songs and language puts the onus on us. I think that once we’ve asked God for these things that the responsibility is His. Yes, we have to step out in faith, but it is the hand of Jesus reaching to us that keeps us from sinking.
Where does this all lead? It takes us to a place we’ve never before been. It means we may actually have to truly trust God like we never have before. Perhaps, though, that’s a good thing. It may be that through the increase of faith we exhibit by relying on Him more that He will do amazing things over and above what we expect.
King Solomon – the Preacher in Ecclesiastes – had an astounding gift from God. Because at the time of his ascension to the throne, he was humble and asked nothing for himself, God gave him the wisdom of the ages. No one, before or since, has had the wisdom of Solomon. It’s a strange thing, though, that happened to him. In this expansive gift beyond what any man had ever known, Solomon determined in his heart to better know the things and ways of the world rather than the things of God.
He had a choice. Solomon could have pursued God with all his heart, soul, mind, and strength. Instead, he pursued the pleasures of the flesh. In so doing, he found much disappointment. By seeking out every delight in the world that God had made, Solomon acquired great knowledge about the earth and all that was in it. The record he left for us in Ecclesiastes attests to this. But, consider the disappointment he had!. Throughout all his searching in every corner of God’s creation, he ultimately found futility.
The interesting aspect of this is that regardless of whether someone was considered wise or a fool, he ended up in the same place. Of course, it was always better to be a wise man during one’s life, but if at the end of his life, he went to Sheol not knowing God, was there any real point in his wisdom?
Solomon gave us much to consider in his reminiscences of life. He found that history essentially repeats itself, as he pointed out in Ecclesiastes 1:9:
What has been is what will be,
and what has been done is what will be done,
and there is nothing new under the sun.
Because of this repetitive understanding of man’s past to his present, this has given rise to some interesting studies and concepts. One that I’ve found particularly interesting is in a book called The Fourth Turning by Straus & Howe: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001RKFU4I/. The authors studied history and found that there are repetitive cycles of 80-100 years in duration. Each cycle has four roughly 20-year components the authors call turnings. They can be likened to the four seasons of Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. Without making this a book review, the most fascinating season (for me) is the Fourth Turning. It has dire consequences for society and essentially results in the death of that society, or nation, just like winter kills off old plant life to prepare the way for new growth in the spring, i.e. the First Turning.
On first glance one might say this has similarities to the Eastern concept of reincarnation, and that might be true at a surface level. However, from the Biblical perspective, we know that the actuality is the earth and everything in it is moving linearly. As we travel in Scripture from Genesis to Revelation we see that the meta-narrative of God is one of perfection to destruction back once more to perfection. As Solomon put it: What has been is what will be.
I think that the preacher’s next statement in Ecclesiastes 1:11 effectively accounts for the cyclical nature of history:
There is no remembrance of former things,
nor will there be any remembrance
of later things yet to be
among those who come after.
Man has a wonderfully corrupt way of forgetting what has previously occurred throughout his existence. George Orwell in his book 1984 described the idea as a memory hole. Wikipedia notes: “A memory hole is any mechanism for the deliberate alteration or disappearance of inconvenient or embarrassing documents, photographs, transcripts or other records, such as from a website or other archive, particularly as part of an attempt to give the impression that something never happened.” In Orwell’s 1984, the nation had a policy of purposefully forgetting the past so that it could shape the thoughts of its citizens to what it wanted with no remembrance of how things previously were, and how they may have been better. None of that mattered. Thus, as Solomon says: There is no remembrance of former things. Although man in general may not be so deliberate with erasing his past as in Orwell’s book, the general trend of history encompasses this forgetfulness, which leads to the repetitive cycles that Struas and Howe document.
In the wisdom God gave Solomon, he perceived all this. For most of his life, it didn’t matter. God gave him the liberty to do what he would with his freedom of choice. Sadly, as probably most of us would likewise do, he didn’t do a very good job at it. His searching took him far from God. Only at the end of his life did he come to his senses and realize how stupendously foolish he was and how he had squandered this gift from God. The good thing in all this is that he left this record for us to see what happens to someone who pursues a dissolute lifestyle. As Solomon states several times as in Ecclesiastes 2:26:
… This also is vanity and a striving after wind.
At the end of the book we’ll see Solomon’s further conclusions, but the key for us today is contained in Ecclesiastes 3:11:
… Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart …
All of the striving that we do in our human condition is because of this. It goes to that famous God-shaped hole each of us has that can only be filled with the salvation that only comes through a true relationship with Jesus Christ. It is why history goes round and round. Man seeks to fill that hole with everything found under the sun in this world, but he cannot. Without the knowledge of Christ, our ending is exactly what Solomon chronicles in Ecclesiastes 3:20:
All go to one place. All are from the dust, and to dust all return.
In the absence of Christ in our lives, we simply return to that place of our origin. Man goes to the grave and decomposes into dust. His soul goes to a place of eternal torment without God. All is hopeless and lost. It’s a dreary ending.
But God… The Lord has given us hope that is found in Him alone. In Christ we escape the eventual conclusion that is part and parcel of mankind’s existence without knowing Jesus. This is the joy we have. We transcend the ways of man by embracing all that God has for us. Solomon found this out at the end of his life, We have the opportunity to do so much earlier, and to live in God’s presence through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
His way is higher and better than ours. When we turn to the Lord Jesus, everything changes. Let us not be like Solomon and squander what God has given us. Let us live for God and rejoice in Him now.
Can you see into the future? Does your vision extend past the present and your current situation? Are you able to get a sense of what’s coming? Do you know how you’ll act when difficult times are upon us? Will you represent the Lord in a manner worthy of Him?
I personally desire to answer in the affirmative. I want the vision for things to come, yet when I get a glimpse of it, I wonder whether I’ll be up to the task. Because of how the Lord has set my mind to view the world through a Biblical, prophetic lens, I see what Scripture says will soon be upon us. In looking at the conditions of the world, it appears to me that they all line up with what God has declared in His Word will happen. The problem is that from an earthly, fleshly perspective, that which is coming isn’t what I particularly want to experience.
I see the global elites scheming and plotting successfully to move us into their vision of utopia under the guise of the Great Reset, a.k.a. The New World Order. I see their desire to eliminate a large swath of mankind, because the fewer the people , the easier it is to control the populace. I see the totalitarian mindset that drives these people at the top to do what is necessary for achieving their purposes. I see the capitulation of so many people to whatever they’re told because “it’s for their own good.” I see the coming collapse of economies and monetary systems that will bring unprecedented chaos in America when our dollar loses its status as the world’s reserve currency. I see the global supply chains already strained and at the point of collapse, such that when we lose them, we lose the ability to stock supermarket shelves and to feed many. I see the political division that is reaching the breaking point in this country. I see the fear driving people’s decisions to comply with unconstitutional dictates because they simply want a semblance of normality again. I see the shaking of the church that God is allowing so that He can separate the sheep from the wolves. I see the natural disasters all around us that will soon cause famine conditions. I see the need for those who truly love the Lord to give, and to give of themselves, in ways we’ve never had to do. I see many of us questioning how far we should go in this respect.
In Paul’s letter to the church at Corinth, he praised believers in Macedonia for their generosity in giving, and encouraged the Corinthians to do the same. They had much and Paul stated that as a matter of fairness, they should desire to help others who had less. The implication is that God gave them the abundance they enjoyed, and they had an obligation because of His blessing, to turn around and bless others without holding back. He said in 2 Corinthians 8:14-15:
… your abundance at the present time should supply their need, so that their abundance may supply your need, that there may be fairness. As it is written, “Whoever gathered much had nothing left over, and whoever gathered little had no lack.”
There’s a sense of quid pro quo here. This Latin phrase means “what for what” or more clearly: “favor for favor.” Whatever the Corinthians gave in abundance woukd come back to them also in abundance. There is a leveling of what one group has so the other has just as much. This isn’t socialism because what is given is voluntary and from the heart; it’s not coerced and taken by force. The other aspect is that in some manner the group on the receiving end will likewise give something of value to the givers, and all will have what they need. This is the fairness that Paul speaks of.
How does this tie into my gloomy reflections above?
A day is coming, perhaps much sooner than we realize, that extreme hardship is likely to hit this nation. As a result, many people will have serious need. One thing that may occur is that when food is scarce in the cities, people will begin heading to the rural areas. There will undoubtedly be much violence, but for those who come peacefully, what do we who live in the country do when people show up at our door hungry and needing help?
In The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004TS1MGK), the author recounts what her family did during World War 2 when the Jews were being rounded up by the Nazis for extermination. They took them in, fed and hid them, and helped them to escape to other, safer countries. The family shared what they had, and God provided. However, their unselfish actions eventually caused them to be discovered and sent to a concentration camp. Yet, the miracles that came out of this and the astounding faith this family demonstrated had incredible rewards.
Given what I see as I’ve outlined above, what will I be called upon to do by God? What will I need to sacrifice in order to be worthy of being called a follower of Jesus Christ?
I don’t know the answers. The one thing I do know is that trouble is coming, and we’ll all likely be called upon by the Lord to do something that honors Him before He whisks us away to a safe destination, a hiding place for seven years. I suggest you think on these things. They may happen a lot quicker than you think, and you’ll have to make some difficult decisions. My prayer is that I’ll be ready, willing, and able to do all that God asks of me, and that many others will as well.