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

America Likely Not Commercial Babylon

As usual, I’m a little late to the game discussing the possibility of America being – or not being – Commercial Babylon, which Revelation 18 states will be destroyed in an almost instantaneous move of God.  My friend Terry James recently published the chapter discussing this from a book he wrote a couple years ago.  The name of the article is America: Babylon’s Mirror Image.  In this well-reasoned piece Terry answers the question of whether America is in the Bible as the Babylon described in this dramatic passage by saying, “Perhaps.”  There are certainly pros and cons to this issue, and I thought I’d weigh in to give my perspective.

In Revelation 18:8,10,17 we see the relevant description of Babylon being laid waste:

“For this reason her plagues will come in a single day,
death and mourning and famine,
and she will be burned up with fire;
for mighty is the Lord God who has judged her.”

 “Alas! Alas! You great city,
you mighty city, Babylon!
For in a single hour your judgment has come.”

“For in a single hour all this wealth has been laid waste.”

In a previous offering, I’ve argued that commercial Babylon portrayed here is the rebuilt literal Babylon from ancient days, primarily because John’s revelation echoes the prophecy of Isaiah, which was certainly pointing at that physical city.  In addition, the necessary destruction of Babylon in order to punish the demonic entities inhabiting it has never occurred.  So, right up front, you know where my bias lies in this regard.

However, let’s set that aside for a moment and consider the thesis that suggests America may in some manner be the “Babylon” referred to in the Bible’s last book.  The two questions we need to explore briefly are:

  1. Why could America be the target for the Revelation prophecy?
  2. Why is it unlikely that our nation is the Babylon pointed to as being destroyed in one day, i.e. a single hour?

We can also ask – as an aside: Why does it matter?  That’s actually quite pertinent given the dearth of Bible prophecy teaching today and the absence of its warnings to those blithely walking around both saved and unsaved.

 

Why could America be the target for the Revelation prophecy?

One of the most relevant answers to this question is the description of Babylon as a commercial center in which the kings of the earth have grown wealthy.  America has been the engine of economic growth for many years and has produced numerous millionaires, plus not a few billionaires.  Many of these people are highly influential because they’re so rich.  They could certainly be called kings in this regard.

The luxury that we as a nation enjoy is the envy of the world.  We’ve had lives that others can only dream about.  Is it any wonder so many people have desired to come to our shores?  However, this has resulted in a debauched lifestyle – one full of iniquities and abominations that indeed have been heaped high to the heavens.  Our sins have been a stench in God’s nostrils.  We’ve filled our cup to overflowing with poison that surely soon we’ll have to consume if God can be considered just and righteous.

We’ve traded with the world, fed it, evangelized it, and clothed ourselves in return with every kind of comfort imaginable, saying for our efforts, “Why do we need God?  What has He ever done for us?”  Our turning away from Him and indulging in every anti-God activity under the sun has actually kindled the fire of the funeral dirge.  Can it be long before we go up in smoke and vanish from the earth?

Given all this, comparing us to Babylon and her sudden destruction doesn’t seem like a stretch.  Our nation is everything that is described in Revelation that is worthy of God’s wrath in a single hour.

And yet, there are significant problems in equating America with this future city.

 

Why is it unlikely that our nation is the Babylon pointed to as being destroyed in one day, i.e. a single hour?

As I said earlier, I think the correlation with Isaiah’s prophecy and the need for punishment upon that demonic region are both significant.  Aside from them, we have description of the Gog-Magog War in Ezekiel 38-39 that gives us another clue.  As I previously pointed out, Ezekiel’s War is another near-term prophecy likely happening not long after the Rapture of the true church.  Ezekiel is quite clear that no one comes to Israel’s aid when she is attacked by the forces of Gog, i.e. Russia, Turkey, Iran, and other willing nations.  The best we’ve got are a few countries saying, “Hey, what’s up with this invasion?” and sitting back to watch.  Under normal circumstances, Israel is supposed to be our ally.  Given the military cooperation we’ve enjoyed between the two countries over the years, one would think America would come to Israel’s assistance.  That’s not the case, and we must ask: Why?

Two major reasons come to mind and they may actually meld into a single explanation.

#1 – America has turned so anti-Israel because of our anti-Semitic leadership that we wouldn’t lift a finger to help because of our hostility toward her and approval of Islamic objectives.

It’s no secret that Israel hatred has been rising.  There has always been the contingent of politicians and celebrities who would be quite happy to see Israel destroyed in the same manner their good friends in Hamas, Hezbollah, and Iran have long desired.  Our current political regime has no love lost for Israel.  Under the current administration – with the egging on of pro-Palestinian Congress-people (think “The Squad” among others) – can we truthfully picture America getting involved in a conflict Israel appears sure to lose?

#2 – America is in no position to help because our nation has effectively been destroyed from within.

If we’re honest with ourselves, life in America will never again be “normal” as we’ve known it.  In fact, given our downhill trajectory, there may not be an America much longer.  I’ll expand on this more, but if what many of us see happening before our very eyes is actually the deliberate demise of our nation (which it is), we will be in no position to do anything to support Israel.

Obviously these two reasons coalesce because the same people are responsible for both scenarios.  We’re experiencing a deliberate takedown by the very individuals elected to serve and protect this once great nation.

 

Here’s the issue we must grapple with: Can America continue to exist in any sort of prominent manner?  The globalists – that satanically inspired group of elites calling the shots of everything wicked that happens in this world – have determined that NOW is the time to make their move to implement their New World Order.  The World Economic Forum (WEF) has actually stated that America won’t be a superpower by 2030, having been cut down to size and insignificant as a global power.

We know what this looks like.  The last 2 1/2 years have brought us COVID and the understanding that a large number of people will do exactly what their government demands, regardless of the harm.

A large measure of that damage has been effected by the faux vaccines that (for those of us who see this because we’re awake) kill and maim.  An extinction protocol has been enacted.

Integral to this elimination procedure is what has been done to our military.  The COVID jabs have proven to cause serious adverse effects, yet what do our leaders insist upon?  They stress that the men and women serving in uniform all take the jab or be run out of the military on a rail.

Adding insult to injury, the leadership in our armed services has decided the most crucial preparation for the troops is to use proper pronouns so that each person is correctly gendered.  If having the most woke military – along with being the most sensitive to others feelings – won wars, we would conquer hands down against every other army in the world.  But, we know they’re all laughing at us as our most powerful enemies actually train to fight and win in any hostile engagements.

Two other major problems that are on display are the open border policies which are causing us to lose our national-structural integrity, and the political schism that has been fueled by charges of racism, etc. for years.

We are close to the point with so many illegal aliens swarming into our country that before long the idea of “America’ will be lost.  If there is no melting pot and no common ideal, America as the grand experiment to propagate individual and national liberty for all is gone.

Adding to this sovereignty disaster is the fact that never again will the American people ever come together in unity.  We are far too bifurcated into left-right concepts.  Given the recent overturning of Roe v Wade, that could be the catalyst for civil war.

We could also talk about the schools and how they’ve created little Marxists.  In this forum we could speak of the apostasy in churches that has separated them so successfully.  I doubt if we’re even at an 20-80 split of Bible-believing churches versus those which choose their own beliefs, let alone a 50-50 divide which might still provide some hope.

Add all these terrible forces together and we come to the conclusion that America cannot be so-called commercial Babylon because this nation will have long since slid down into the status of a nonentity.

No kings mourn and cry for America when Babylon’s destruction occurs in Revelation 18.  Their wails and lamentations will be for another.  Don’t cry for me Argentina, says America, for I am no more, long before Babylon’s final end results.

Finally, what is the implication of this for believers?  Why should we care about far-away Babylon?  The reality is that, because America isn’t that pagan-demonic city in the pages of Scripture, what we’re seeing now in this nation is its demise that will soon result in the pre-Tribulation Rapture.

Our end is near as a most favored nation.  Marxists have taken control at the instigation of global elitists who require America gone from the nationalist scene.  As globalism rises so does anti-Christian fervor.  Those who follow Jesus Christ are a nuisance and a threat.  We must be disposed of.  Thus, persecution will come.  Are you ready?

Yet, at some point when everything seems darkest, light will shine down from heaven upon us who love Jesus, and we’ll be called into the clouds to join our Lord and Savior.  I think we’ll be required to practice the patience of the saints for just a little while longer.  Then our perseverance will pay off in the greatest joy imaginable.

Awaken Bible Prophecy Update 6-29-22: Making Sense of “Days of Noah” Prophecy

Many of us who watch the world through the lens of Bible prophecy may be scratching our heads wondering how to process what we anticipate may soon happen versus our understanding of what Scripture says.  It appears as though something is out-of-whack.  On one hand we have Jesus declaring in the “Days of Noah” prophecy that everything in the world seems to be operating normally.  On the other hand, Jesus also said that because the world hates Him, it will hate us.  The result of that is, as Paul wrote to Timothy:

Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. (2 Timothy 3:12)

This certainly seems to imply that although we in America have had unprecedented peace and protection from persecution, we may have it yet.  In fact, given various legitimate, predictive dreams that correlate with the dire straits we’re currently facing from the hostile activities of our own government, it almost seems assured that we’ll face tribulations and suffering before the pre-Tribulation Rapture delivers us from this hostile and alien place.  Add to that the warnings in Romans 1 and 2 Timothy 3 of what the hearts of pagans all around us in the world will manifest in the last days, and it’s a very threatening picture.

Then we have Paul in 2 Thessalonians 5 indicating that many will be saying peace and security are just around the corner when sudden disaster hits, and we’ve got this apparently contradictory situation.

As a result of thinking about these things, I have some ideas.  What I conclude may or may not ultimately be correct, but it will hopefully give you something to chew on, as presumably, we all try to make sense of what we’re experiencing in light of Scripture.

 

Transcript:

Many of us who watch the world through the lens of Bible prophecy may be scratching our heads wondering how to process what we anticipate may soon happen versus our understanding of what Scripture says.  It appears as though something is out-of-whack.  On one hand we have Jesus declaring in the “Days of Noah” prophecy that everything in the world seems to be operating normally.  On the other hand, Jesus also said that because the world hates Him, it will hate us.  The result of that is, as Paul wrote to Timothy:

 

Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. (2 Timothy 3:12)

 

This certainly seems to imply that although we in America have had unprecedented peace and protection from persecution, we may have it yet.  In fact, given various legitimate, predictive dreams that correlate with the dire straits we’re currently facing from the hostile activities of our own government, it almost seems assured that we’ll face tribulations and suffering before the pre-Tribulation Rapture delivers us from this hostile and alien place.  Add to that the warnings in Romans 1 and 2 Timothy 3 of what the hearts of pagans all around us in the world will manifest in the last days, and it’s a very threatening picture.

 

Then we have Paul in 2 Thessalonians 5 indicating that many will be saying peace and security are just around the corner when sudden disaster hits, and we’ve got this apparently contradictory situation.

 

As a result of thinking about these things, I have some ideas.  What I conclude may or may not ultimately be correct, but it will hopefully give you something to chew on, as presumably, we all try to make sense of what we’re experiencing in light of Scripture.

 

We’ll get to this in moment.  First we’ll pray, read a Bible passage, and try to reason through this conundrum.

 

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Scripture:

Matthew 16:1-4

And the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and to test him they asked him to show them a sign from heaven. He answered them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ And in the morning, ‘It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.” So he left them and departed.

 

 

Making Sense of “Days of Noah” Prophecy

 

  • This started bothering me several weeks ago
  • I’ve noted in these videos that I believe Pastor Dana Coverstone’s dreams to be from God
  • There are those who contest that, and they are welcome to their opinion
  • However, Pastor Dana’s dreams are highly symbolic at times, just as accounts of Biblical dreams are
  • Sometimes – in the absence of true divine guidance for interpretation such as Daniel and Joseph had – we may come to an incorrect understanding of dreams
  • In this arena of dream interpretation many of us may impose our own biases and thus miss the truth that God is delivering
  • Let’s face it: unless we are divinely given what God wishes to convey, there’s a good chance we’ll blow it because we’re often seeing in the flesh rather than through the Spirit
  • Obviously, that applies to me as much as anyone
  • That said, when we view Pastor Dana’s dreams in light of the darkening world and where it is going in its descent into destruction, most of us should be able to see that what is prophetically implied in the symbolic dreams appears to be happening in the real world
  • I gave an example of that in the last couple weeks by noting Pastor Dana’s Lady Liberty Attacked dream
  • It showed the stormy waters in New York harbor with the Statue of Liberty being attacked
  • Despite attempting to resist and doing all that she could to continue standing, those who desired her destruction successfully pulled her off her pedestal into the roiling waves
  • She was tossed and buffeted and mercilessly dragged through the water until she submerged and drowned
  • Ultimately, she surfaced and lay face down in death as her attackers sped off

 

  • This dream was two years ago
  • I hope you can see what is happening with America and where it is headed, i.e. exactly what this dream shows
  • There have been many other dreams by Pastor Dana giving similar pictures of the demise of our nation – all the while encouraging believers to stand firm by bracing ourselves for what is coming
  • That’s really important BTW
  • For whatever comes next, we’d truly better be rooted and braced in the Word of God
  • If all this doesn’t resonate with you as to being an accurate portrayal – I don’t know what to say
  • The point of this is that increasing darkness and lawlessness are overtaking this nation
  • Believers are in the midst of this
  • Yet we’re split as to how we’re responding
  • There is one cohort that believes through their efforts America will fight back and regain its standing along with the moral high ground
  • The end game for this group is a Great Awakening
  • Dangerously, in my estimation, this also correlates with the pagan New Age thinking that there will be a Great Awakening
  • Should holy people of God and the anti-God world be on the same page with something as important as this?
  • Just asking
  • Another contingent – of which I’m a part – wholeheartedly believe that our nation is on its last legs and there is no going back
  • From our perspective. the next move in this giant chess game is for God to Rapture His true church and to bring on the Tribulation
  • In one sense this quandary of seemingly conflicting prophecies that we’re discussing today ties into this situation

 

  • The questions become: What will happen next? Will the Rapture take us out before persecution?

 

  • See, here’s the problem:
  • We read what Jesus said and think, “Gosh, we have to be Raptured really soon – like now! – otherwise Jesus wasn’t correct. And that CAN’T be!  So what is it?”
  • Let’s look at Matthew 24:37-41:

 

37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.

 

  • We also have the parallel passage in Luke 17:26-27:

26 “Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. 27 People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.

  • In both of these we see that people were going about their lives in a seemingly normal manner
  • Thus, the prophecy indicates that people will be conducting business as usual, so to speak
  • Yet, we look around and see everything deteriorating
  • How much normality do we really have now and how much less will we have in the very near term?
  • If things get any worse for us, we would seem to be in a contradictory environment as to the prophecy – right?
  • Like I said earlier, I have two ideas regarding this
  • Neither of them may be correct – so if any of you come up with something better, by all means let me know
  • Here are my two thoughts which have to do with the identification of the people in these verses:
    • #1 – Perhaps rather than humans, the reference to people is actually to the sons of God who came to earth in Genesis 6 and took on human form
      • What if it’s these fallen, rebellious beings that are actually in view here?
      • Now, I know, that’s pretty far out, but I’ll give you some possible reasoning for it
      • I tend to think this is not who Jesus is speaking about, but why not put all things on the table?
    • #2 – This I think is a pretty good potential for solving our riddle
      • What if the people noted are not your everyday citizens like you and me?
      • What if those Jesus is referencing are the elites in society?
      • For this to work, we have to ask whether such people are subject to the rules and regulations everyone else is, or whether they get a pass because they’re the ones who make the rules

 

  • First of all, let’s understand this issue of people as the prophecy denotes
  • When we look at the Greek verses in various Bible translations, there’s an interesting absence
  • Rather than use the word “people”, the Greek uses a combination of the description “they” with a verb
  • It goes like this:
    • They were . . . eating
    • They were . . . drinking
    • They were . . . marrying and giving in marriage
  • Don’t take my word for, check it out
  • The Greek doesn’t use the word “people” – it uses the word “they” and a verb – so we don’t really know who “they” are
  • Maybe they’re actual 100% people of one sort or another; maybe they aren’t
  • “They” could refer to any kind of being – even a fallen son of God, a.k.a. a rebellious angel
  • Thus . . . my highly speculative conjecture that we’re not speaking of natural flesh and blood humans as we know them

 

  • So, let’s take a moment for Idea #1:
  • Here is Genesis 6:1-9,13 as a basis for discussion:

 

When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose. Then the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.” The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown.

 

The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled. So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.

This is the account of Noah and his family.

Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.

13 So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth.

 

 

  • Here’s what we’ve got:
  • The sons of God referenced in the passage are part of God’s heavenly host – the bene Elohim – known as Watchers in the book of Daniel
  • But these are the ones who rebelled against the Lord because of their lust for human women and desire to replace God Himself
  • Notice that in Genesis 6:2 “they” took wives
  • “They” in this case – in the Hebrew – refers to these divine beings
  • Again the pronoun “they” is coupled with the verb “took”
  • What happened though this revolt?
  • Nephilim, i.e. giants, who were half human and half divine, were born
  • However the corruption spread, as the divine sons and the Nephilim procreated, everyone on the entire earth became evil at heart
  • Moreover, the probability that all DNA of all humanity was changed and corrupted is high
  • Because of this corruption of mankind’s very bloodline, we could likely accurately say that no one left on the earth was human – except for Noah as Genesis 6:9 tells us:

 

Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people

 

  • Yet, what does Genesis 6:7 tells us?

 

So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created

 

  • Even though nobody was technically human, God still refers to the people as the human race
  • Additionally, Genesis 6:13 says:

 

So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people

 

  • Given this background, when I say that Jesus in Idea #1 could have been talking about the sons of God – the members of the heavenly host who came to earth and took human form so that they could procreate, hopefully you can see that this is a possibility
  • Granted, I think it’s a low probability idea – but still possible
  • Those who were part of this divine and partly divine contingent on the earth could have been doing their thing – happy go lucky, as it were – and engaging in every sort of activity in a very depraved sort of way that they had done from the very beginning of their descent to this planet

 

  • If we go to Idea #2, we have little different scenario
  • The thought is that we on the earth are being separated into the elites and the drones, i.e. the common people who have no say as to what the world is supposed to look like
  • The elites have chosen themselves to run the planet, and they have no need for anyone else’s input
  • Because they are the crème-de-la-crème and above all reproach by anyone not in their class of rulers, they can do what they want
  • While they impose restrictions, lockdowns, mandates, food shortages, vehicle obligations, and living constraints for the rest of us, they live it up because they’ve determined that they can
  • The question thus becomes: Are the people that Jesus spoke of – the “they” according to His Words – actually these elitist types who carry on without a care in the world?
  • There is nothing that keeps them from eating, drinking, marrying, buying, building, or anything else
  • They are above the little man – that’s you and me – and their lives are unchanged from the various impositions enacted upon the rest of us
  • On the other hand, we who aren’t in that group are crushed and squeezed in the darkness and lawlessness I spoke of earlier as America goes down
  • What this perspective does is begin to make sense of the Days of Noah prophecy

 

  • If the correlation is to those who reject God and do so in a blatant manner just like our elites and the elites of Noah’s day, then why shouldn’t we – the righteous just like Noah – experience persecution, tribulation, suffering?
  • Noah was mocked and scorned for building an ark in the middle of nowhere
  • Scripture doesn’t tell us much about what he endured, but he did try to warn people of the wrath to come through his righteous preaching
  • Think about how well that probably went over
  • Can you say, “lead balloon?”
  • Maybe believers today are analogous to Noah in this regard
  • I wrote a short story several years ago that reflects this clueless attitude
  • You can find the link in the Sources links on the Rumble page if you’d like to read the story
  • Can you imagine the hoots and hollers of the people around Noah when the animals started showing up and entering the ark?
  • How about for us today as we speak of the pre-Trib Rapture?
  • That’s pretty roundly dismissed – isn’t it?
  • Why shouldn’t we see a lot more nastiness against us in the coming days?
  • We believe that God WILL judge mankind for its sins, particularly for the complete hardness of their hearts that cause them to worship any God but the One true God
  • More than that, humanity has chosen to shed more innocent blood than we can even imagine
  • There is a day of reckoning for these actions
  • God clearly states this principle in Genesis 9:5-6

 

And for your lifeblood I will require a reckoning: from every beast I will require it and from man. From his fellow man I will require a reckoning for the life of man.

 

“Whoever sheds the blood of man,
by man shall his blood be shed,
for God made man in his own image.

 

  • God’s wrath – because of His just nature – must and will be poured out upon this earth for these abominations

 

  • Since we talked about Noah, you may ask, “What about the Lot prophecy?”
  • That seems to be a little different as to who or what is judged.
  • How does that fit into these ideas I’m proposing?
  • Actually, when we consider the people in Sodom and Gomorrah, how much different were they really from those of Noah’s days?
  • They were certainly a depraved bunch
  • We know these people were the epitome of Paul’s description in Romans 1:26-28:

26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.

28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. 

  • In this sense, do you think the depravity practiced during Noah’s Days was any different?
  • From the pseudepigraphical book of 1 Enoch, we know that significant debauchery was part of everyday life in the antediluvian era
  • Not only were the inhabitants of the land, i.e. sons of God, Nephilim, and very likely whatever humans looked like at the time, also practicing bestiality . . .
  • The odds are high that it was from these beings having intercourse with animals that the so-called myths of various creatures such Minotaurs, Cyclops, Satyrs, and other such creatures originated
  • Although we don’t see it in the text, given the absolute corruption of these souls in Sodom – after all, these were so far gone that God had to destroy them – would you bet against them likewise doing what those in Noah’s Day were doing?
  • Maybe there weren’t any fallen divine beings in Sodom (although who knows?), but in all other ways, they were a sorry bunch and just ripe for God’s judgment
  • But, of course, what were their lives like?
  • Normal – for them
  • Nothing to see that was anything special because they wallowed in wickedness
  • They were like fish in the proverbial fish bowl
  • They didn’t know they were in the water of extreme wickedness because they no longer had a Godly conscience
  • It had been seared long ago
  • Would any of these people have hesitated to persecute those with good morals?

 

  • And that brings us to persecution
  • We don’t have to look far beyond the borders of America to see the persecution of Christians
  • Few people know this, but Chiapas State in Mexico is considered a Hostile area against Christians by Voice of the Martyrs
  • It has a high concentration of people who practice a syncretistic blend of ancient pagan practices and Roman Catholicism
  • There is also a strong Marxist movement in that region
  • Because of these belief systems, Christians are targeted for persecution
  • The bottom line is that anywhere there are non-Christian communities, persecution against true followers of Jesus Christ is typical
  • Think about the stand of legitimate Christ-followers against depravities such as LGBT abominations or abortion
  • Even today in the United States, Christians are belittled, marginalized, and often under pressure from anti-God contingents, whether those are local governments or their neighbors
  • Considering the increasing lawlessness, can you conceive of this situation improving?
  • Some of us in the Bible prophecy community have been warning for some time that because of the apostasy in the churches, the wolves will soon come out
  • Many within churches will show their true colors – and it won’t be pretty
  • Just think about the largely pagan-demonic response to the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v Wade and send abortion law back to individual states
  • This is just the tip of the iceberg
  • Because so many churches have been infiltrated with Marxist ideologies – and we’ve even seen numerous so-called pastors declaring that abortion is the demonstration of God’s love – how long will it be before we have a clear attack on faithful believers in Christ by the faux sheep under these ravenous wolf pastors?
  • I guarantee you that persecution will soon come from within as well as outside true houses of faith
  • The demons have been released with the SCOTUS ruling
  • When you see people howling in the streets in their rage against pro-life believers, this is not normal human behavior
  • In the West we’ve tended to downplay demon possession because of psychotherapy
  • Every mental affliction can supposedly be treated with long hours on the psychiatric couch and mind-calming drugs
  • Have you ever wondered when reading the Bible how there could be so many demon-possessed people that Jesus cured?
  • Do you really think we have fewer such people today?
  • In a nation and a world that has rejected Jesus Christ because people don’t believe in God – or at least the God of the Bible – whose children will all these people be?
  • God’s or Satan’s children?
  • Open the door of your soul with mind-altering drugs or occult New Age practices or even simply anti-God beliefs – such as it’s perfectly okay to murder the unborn – and what do you think is going to take up residence?
  • Do we have marijuana dispensaries in many cities?
  • Do we have fentanyl flooding the streets?
  • Do we have schools teaching yoga and Mindfulness and encouraging children to consult with their imaginary spirit guides?
  • Are schools likewise encouraging every possible kind of depraved practice in literally every classroom teaching every child?
  • Do we have teachers who proudly declare on TikTok how they are brainwashing young skulls full of mush?
  • What do you think the odds are for all these people under all these influences to be wide open to demonic infiltration?
  • And who are they against?
  • They hate the true people of God who declare Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord
  • Trust me . . . persecution is knocking at our door
  • But . . . you say . . . how does this comport with the Days of Noah prophecy?
  • The simple answer is that if the so-called normal people are really all the ones under the influence of Satan – and they are carrying on in their own perverted ways – eating, drinking, marrying men with men, etc . . .
  • Then persecution can easily come to us who are not part of that description

 

  • Lastly, what about peace and security that everyone will be declaring in the final days?
  • Think about how the Left has continually declared the need for tolerance and are themselves the least tolerant
  • Again, the question must be . . . Who is saying “Peace and security”?
  • The pagans with their New Age beliefs are looking for a Great Awakening
  • They believe the Age of Aquarius is upon us – the time of unbounded love – of birth and revival – where the potential for human growth and development has no limits
  • Similarly, many misguided Christians are also seeking a Great Awakening
  • It differs from the pagan one in that they think Christians will conquer the Seven Mountains of the culture, retake the world, and shape it for Christ to return
  • Neither of these groups has a true Biblical perspective that in fact the end of the world as we know it is very near
  • But of course, both pagan and misguided Christian are declaring peace and security
  • For all people thinking this way, the Rapture will be an immense surprise and the following Tribulation even worse

 

  • In summary, when we consider the players in view in the Days of Noah prophecy, and we pinpoint them as essentially not us, i.e. true born-again Christians, then we can see there is no contradiction
  • The elites and the deceived will be doing all the normal things they do completely oblivious of what God intends to do in His soon wrath and judgment
  • As believers, we can easily be targeted by these people and experience persecution that we know will be even worse during the Tribulation
  • Those who fantasize that a new and revived world free of Christian influences is just around the corner – or even those who think their works will bring a massive change in the hearts of people around the globe – all these can cry for peace and security all they want
  • The Bible tells us otherwise
  • Time is growing short
  • If you don’t see that, you’ve got your eyes closed
  • Indeed, the sky is red and a storm is coming
  • Understanding that, we need to be daily in the Word of God and seeking His face
  • Because of our faithfulness and obedience, He will keep us close
  • What we must do is continue to be watchful and alert
  • Don’t grow weary of doing good
  • It’s very easy to get discouraged, but we can’t do that
  • We need to continue faithfully believing and keeping our eyes on Jesus
  • Very soon our Lord will come for His beloved Bride to take us home

Non-Compliance

The following is a short story called Non-Compliance I wrote several years ago, which is contained in my book titled Zapped! within the Wedding Day volume. Zapped! is a compilation of short stories written for the faith challenge contest at https://www.faithwriters.com/. It reflects the clueless attitude of people back in Noah’s day, and in that sense applies to today’s lack of awareness regarding the times in which we live and the warnings given in Scripture.

 

 

Non-Compliance

Challenge topic: North

Just as people were oblivious then, we suffer from the same malady today.

 

My first day on the job.  What an opportunity!  Having just graduated from Bureaucracy School with a major in Excessive Regulation I was excited to see what prospects lay ahead in this booming field.

I arrived early at the office, but since I didn’t have a key, I waited for my new boss while sitting on a rock on the dirt road outside the building.  Pondering my future, I looked behind me at the sign above my head: Nephilim City Department of Red Tape.  Pride swelled within my heart.

“Hey, kid, you my new help?”  A man of slight build hovered over me.  He had a constant twitch in his left eye and didn’t seem able to keep his fingers still.

“Yes, sir, if you’re Mr. Zerah.”

His eye twitched even more when he grinned, displaying several wooden teeth filling the gaps in his mouth.  “That’s me.  And you’re Eshban?”

I confirmed it, and we got right to work.  He had a busy day for us in the field.  We headed north from the city and after an hour’s donkey ride came upon the weirdest building I’d ever seen.  It was a massive wooden structure shaped like…I didn’t know what.

“What is that, Mr. Zerah?”

“Don’t know, kid, but it’s not in compliance.”  He waved at a man high up on scaffolding.  “You up there!  Come down immediately.”

The man clambered down.  Sweat poured down our faces as we waited for him.  He wiped his own brow when he stood before us and towered over my boss.  Muscles rippled on his bare chest.  The hammer he carried made me a little nervous.  “What can I do for you?”  His gentle voice surprised me.

Mr. Zerah consulted his papyrus scroll.  “Noah, you don’t listen very good.  I’ve told you that this…this ark as you call it, is not allowed per Item 666 of the Uniform Building Code.  You must destroy it.  Failure to comply means I’ll have to burn it down.”

“I’m sorry, but God ordered me to build this, and I won’t disobey Him.  Besides, it’s almost completed.  Want me to show you around?”

“I do not!  You have until next week to dismantle this thing.”

Noah shrugged.  “I don’t mean to be rude, but I’m going to obey God’s rules, not man’s.”

The trek back to the city under the burning sun was made more unpleasant with the mutterings of Mr. Zerah.

I learned a lot over the next week, but true to his word we made our way back to the northern boundaries of the city to revisit my boss’ nemesis.  From what he told me, no one else flaunted the rules like this Noah fellow.  He was apparently bound and determined to build this ark thing, come Sheol or high water, whatever that was.

From a distance we came upon a scene that astounded us.  Hundreds of animals lined up two-by-two were filing into Noah’s project.  Mr. Zerah went berserk.  “What’s this all about, Noah?  Don’t you know that Article 6 of the Animal Compliance Act specifically forbids the gathering of beasts in confined spaces?  Do you have any idea what we went through negotiating that law with PETA?”

The words seemed to roll off Noah’s back.  He had such a calm demeanor.  I wondered how he could be so peaceful in the face of Mr. Zerah’s attacks.

“Gentlemen, I’d like to offer you a place on the ark.  God will soon make it rain and the world will flood.  He’s told me you’re welcome to join us.”

My boss’s face grew red.  He sputtered, “You’ll pay for this outrage!”

God spoke to him?  I wondered what Noah meant by the words “rain” and “flood.”

Noah smiled.  “God loves you.”

Mr. Zerah’s hand grabbed my robe and pulled me away.  “Such rubbish.”

“But, sir, he really believes this.  I’ve never seen anyone with such a moral compass that points straight north to God like his does.”

“You have much to learn, son.”

We hadn’t gone far when I felt a drop of something fall from the sky.  Water.  From the sky.  How odd.  We kept walking, and the water began falling more steadily.  In reaching the city we found water gushing from the earth.  Soon its levels began to rise.

Panic set in, for me along with everyone else.  Water kept coming down and rushing forth from beneath.

I thought of Noah’s ark and his invitation.  But by then it was too late.

 

Brilliant Argument for Pre-Trib Rapture

Sometimes I come across something another person has written and just wish I’d been smart enough to make the point myself.  Barring that, the next best thing is to highlight the issue and give credit where it’s due.

There are numerous, sound, doctrinal reasons for a Pre-Tribulation Rapture.  I’ve previously discussed many of them in my writings and Awaken Bible Prophecy Update videos.  I also did an audio series of twelve episodes of Rapture Readings earlier this year.  If interested, you can check out the first of these commentaries here.  To listen to additional ones, look for the blue background on the title slides on my Rumble channel in this link above.

What I want to relate today is from another blogger’s post written a couple years ago that I missed or didn’t appreciate when I was reading her series of articles on this subject.  The title of blogger Heather’s article is: End Times #8: A Pre-Trib Rapture is the Most Merciful Option.  Heather is an excellent writer and is best known for her fervent stance against Calvinism.  Given her experience with a Calvinist church and her subsequent research, I’d definitely put her in the expert category and would put her up against any committed Calvinist.  Because she’s a thinker who also considers approaches to Scripture outside-the-box, she can be very persuasive.

The case that Heather makes in the linked post deals with those who will be left behind once the Rapture occurs with Jesus coming in the clouds for His true church – His ekklesia of called-out believers.

Here’s the question:  What is it after the Rapture that causes untold millions to turn to faith in Jesus?  This is one of the most important issues for believers in the various Rapture timing options to consider.  Here is Heather:

If the rapture is mid-trib or post-trib (which is possible, if the theologians who believe this are correct) then the believers of the church age will face terrible persecution at the hands of man and Satan.  But if this were true, what incentive would there be for unbelievers to turn to God during that time, while the Christians are being persecuted?  Why would people side with the Christians if there was nothing to prove to them that the Christians are right?  They would have no real reason to think that the Bible was true all along or to desire to turn to Christ in the face of such persecution.

But if the rapture is pre-trib and before the mass martyrdom starts, then the world would have the biggest wake-up call ever and the greatest proof that the Bible is true, causing many people to turn to God despite the fact that they know the persecution is coming.  The proof of God, the proof that the Bible is true and predicted it all, would be so shockingly clear that they would know that they have no other option than to choose God or choose eternal death.

And many people would be willing to choose God then, to face death so long as they know they will have life eternally.

Process this for a minute.  Let’s say the Rapture is mid or post Trib, or there is no Rapture at all as some like to hallucinate.  EVERYONE enters the Tribulation period (under the assumption there IS a defined 7-year Tribulation, which some also deny).  The UN Agenda 2030, in concert with the World Economic Forum’s Fourth Industrial Revolution, moves forward according to their schedule and desires.  Build Back Better charges ahead at full speed.

So, here we are, fully committed Christians, half-hearted ones, and all the heathens of the world experiencing the wrath of God through the plagues that He begins raining down through the opening of the Seal Judgments.  Not only that, but we’re at the mercy of the globalists with their devious endeavors to depopulate the world.

Now, some say that because Christians will go into and through the Tribulation, God will supernaturally protect us as He did with Joseph’s family when they went down to Goshen in Egypt, overstayed their welcome, and had to be delivered through the Exodus via the ten plagues of God upon Pharaoh and his people.  That’s a rosy prognostication, but there’s absolutely nothing in Scripture which paints this picture – nothing textual that one can cling to so as to substantiate this hypothesis.

That being the case, what differentiates the Christians enduring this terrible time from anyone else?  We’re in the same lifeboat that is being swamped by the massive waves of destruction and death pouring over the sides of our craft.  Given this scenario, how is it that so many unbelievers become martyrs in the Lord during the Tribulation?  If there’s nothing the pagans supernaturally see about the Christians enduring the same fate they are, why should anyone profess faith in Christ and actually die for Him?

But, as Heather brilliantly points out, the pre-Trib Rapture changes EVERYTHING.  Surely there will be many misleading explanations for the sudden vanishing of millions of people worldwide, from aliens to Mother Gaia striking back against those who create such disharmony in the earth.  However, word will get out.  Many of those remaining will have been evangelized.  There will also be those fleeing the chaos and scarcity who end up in the homes of Raptured believers.  Since many of us are preparing for that day, these Tribulation refugees will find the Bibles, the videos explaining the Great Disappearance, the letters of greeting to “You who have been left behind”, as well as the stores of food, gold, and weapons.  Yes, these latter items will be welcome and necessary, but because of the confusion that will reign, the spiritual sustenance we’ve provided will draw many and provide the needed answers for their lives.  Not to mention the evangelism God provides via His two witnesses, the 144,000 Jewish evangelists, and finally the angel that proclaims the Gospel flying throughout the earth.

The seeking left behind masses will come to an understanding that it was truly the work of our supernatural and loving God who snatched us from the midst of these horrors.  The Holy Spirt will prick their conscience, and they will pursue deeply the things of Christ who sacrificed Himself and gave this astounding gift of sanctuary from the storm in prelude to eternal life.  These seekers will come to know that because of their poor choice of rejecting Jesus, they must partake in this punishment, yet they will also realize that even if they lose their lives for the sake of Christ, they will gain them forever by declaring Him as their Savior and Lord.

BECAUSE we were Raptured prior to all that will come during the Tribulation, many heathens will forsake themselves and choose Jesus Christ.  Will it be incredibly difficult and scary?  Absolutely.  But they will understand that if they continue preferring the ways of the world and submit to Antichrist’s lies, they will be doomed to Death and Sheol.  The Rapture will be the initial overwhelming evidence that God is real, the gift of eternal life through Christ Jesus is worthwhile, and they too can cling to that hope in the confidence of faith.

The mercy of the pre-Tribulation Rapture is one more aspect of the grace of God – one more opportunity that He gives to this lost and dying world to profess the Name of Jesus.

Awaken Bible Prophecy Update 6-22-22: Isaiah 1 Prophecy & America

When we read the entire Bible in context, it’s easy to see the journey that Israel took which brought her so far from God.  Having spent 400 years in captivity in Egypt exposed to the pantheon of their gods, it’s understandable how little the Israelites knew of Yahweh despite the witness of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  As a result, God had to patiently teach Israel what it meant to see Him as the One true God, who loved them and demanded their obedience in order to rain down His blessings upon them.  Of course, we know how that went.  A generation would turn to the Lord and the next turn away until it cried out for mercy.  As a holy people, Israel had an amazingly short memory.

But America is no different.  We were founded by men and women who desired to worship God without constant pressure and backlash.  From their faithfulness and those who followed, the Lord enabled this nation to rise up as a beacon, a shining city on a hill.  However, due to the human condition with our sinful nature and little recollection of what previously transpired when God’s people turned from Him, we have reached a point of no return.

Life has been too good for us in the West.  Inevitably, when a people become complacent, they think they’re good in their own nature.  They see no need for God, because . . . well . . .  “I’ve pulled myself up by my own bootstraps without God in my life.  Why would I give up everything and repent?  Repent of what?”

A nation full of such people is destined for destruction.

Today I want to approach this Prophecy Update a little differently.  I’ll take the text that God gave the prophet in Isaiah 1 and draw comparison between Israel and America.  I think you’ll see that we’re no different from that Jewish nation thousands of years ago.  Mankind has an innate problem in remaining faithful to God.  That will only change when He completes the final change of our hearts and the fleshly vessels in which we live.  Only then – once we are transformed with our glorified bodies and Jesus sits on His throne in Jerusalem – only then, will there be righteousness in the earth.

 

 

Transcript:

When we read the entire Bible in context, it’s easy to see the journey that Israel took which brought her so far from God.  Having spent 400 years in captivity in Egypt exposed to the pantheon of their gods, it’s understandable how little the Israelites knew of Yahweh despite the witness of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  As a result, God had to patiently teach Israel what it meant to see Him as the One true God, who loved them and demanded their obedience in order to rain down His blessings upon them.  Of course, we know how that went.  A generation would turn to the Lord and the next turn away until it cried out for mercy.  As a holy people, Israel had an amazingly short memory.

 

But America is no different.  We were founded by men and women who desired to worship God without constant pressure and backlash.  From their faithfulness and those who followed, the Lord enabled this nation to rise up as a beacon, a shining city on a hill.  However, due to the human condition with our sinful nature and little recollection of what previously transpired when God’s people turned from Him, we have reached a point of no return.

 

Life has been too good for us in the West.  Inevitably, when a people become complacent, they think they’re good in their own nature.  They see no need for God, because . . . well . . .  “I’ve pulled myself up by my own bootstraps without God in my life.  Why would I give up everything and repent?  Repent of what?”

 

A nation full of such people is destined for destruction.

 

Today I want to approach this Prophecy Update a little differently.  I’ll take the text that God gave the prophet in Isaiah 1 and draw comparison between Israel and America.  I think you’ll see that we’re no different from that Jewish nation thousands of years ago.  Mankind has an innate problem in remaining faithful to God.  That will only change when He completes the final change of our hearts and the fleshly vessels in which we live.  Only then – once we are transformed with our glorified bodies and Jesus sits on His throne in Jerusalem – only then, will there be righteousness in the earth.

 

We’ll see what this looks like after we pray and read a couple other verses from Isaiah.

 

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Scripture

Isaiah 30:15,18

For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel,
“In returning and rest you shall be saved;
in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.”
But you were unwilling,

 

Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you,
and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you.
For the Lord is a God of justice;
blessed are all those who wait for him.

 

 

Isaiah 1 Prophecy & America

 

The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.

 

 

This was a prophecy specifically for the Southern Kingdom of Judah.  The Northern Kingdom of Israel was probably on the verge of complete destruction by the Assyrians when this Word came, or it in fact, could have already been consumed by its enemies.

 

Also, Babylon may have already been at the door when Isaiah declared God’s intent for Judah.  Elsewhere, He had compared the two kingdoms that had split and even stated that Judah was worse than her older sister in the north.

 

We generally don’t have legitimate prophets today since we have the entire Word of God at our disposal.  We have many who say they are but prove otherwise by their false prophecies and supposed new revelations.  However, just as the Jews of old ignored or dismissed God’s messengers the prophets, we likewise have disregarded and scorned His love letter to us.  We’ve neglected to read the Bible and we’ve intentionally distorted what it says by not heeding its warnings.  Is our Lord only a God of love?  No!  He is also a God of vengeance.  For too long in our nation we’ve done what Israel did: we disposed of the Ten Commandments and justified our actions in the unrighteous love of ourselves.

 

 

Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth;
    for the Lord has spoken:
“Children have I reared and brought up,
    but they have rebelled against me.
The ox knows its owner,
    and the donkey its master’s crib,
but Israel does not know,
    my people do not understand.”

 

 

Comparing the people of Israel with dumb and stubborn beasts of burden, God says that even such animals understand that there is a hand which feeds them.  Israel in her rebellion hasn’t been able to figure that out: all good things come from the Lord, even today.

 

What have we done in America?  We’ve turned our backs on the amazing deeds of those who came before us.  They fought for liberty and justice.  They crafted a nation that was the envy of the world because of the very fact that we gave God a prominent place in our lives.

 

But we made the determination that Biblical values were antithetical to a just society.  We figured we could make things equitable for all by making our own laws apart from what God said.

 

 

Ah, sinful nation,
    a people laden with iniquity,
offspring of evildoers,
    children who deal corruptly!
They have forsaken the Lord,
    they have despised the Holy One of Israel,
    they are utterly estranged.

 

 

The people during Isaiah’s time were no different from those during the era of the Judges.  They may have had kings like they wanted to rule over them, but they didn’t acknowledge the One true King.  They did what was right in their own eyes.  They followed their deceitful hearts and fell far away from the Lord.

 

Over the years, many Bible scholars downplayed the supernatural that Scripture clearly conveys.  They sought to de-mythologize the Bible.  Jesus became simply a righteous man, but certainly not God.  Biblical text couldn’t be inspired by a divine hand and thus must have come from the minds of men.  As a result, what it said could be picked and chosen from as to what to believe or not.

 

Seminaries allowed themselves to be infiltrated with profane thinking.  That became the norm as teachers and their pastor students believed the lies.  These heretics spread their false gospel to the masses.  America has become a nation of unbelievers no different than Israel of old.

 

 

Why will you still be struck down?
    Why will you continue to rebel?
The whole head is sick,
    and the whole heart faint.
From the sole of the foot even to the head,
    there is no soundness in it,
but bruises and sores
    and raw wounds;
they are not pressed out or bound up
    or softened with oil.

 

 

God’s question of Israel is one that resonates for us today.  He tells His people they are afflicted; they are ill with sin caused by their rebellion.  Is there anything He can do to change their minds?  The entire body is sick and the evidence is plain as day.

 

In a similar manner our nation is in total distress from top to bottom.  The Washington elites think they’re wise in their proclamations and in their governance, but the results demonstrate that they’re fools.  The common man looks to government as his authority and perishes because of it.  Our rebellion is soul deep.  We have turned from God and believe that self-reliance is the answer.  Nothing that anyone does is sound any longer.  The affliction consuming our nation will result in destruction.

 

 

Your country lies desolate;
    your cities are burned with fire;
in your very presence
    foreigners devour your land;
    it is desolate, as overthrown by foreigners.
And the daughter of Zion is left
    like a booth in a vineyard,
like a lodge in a cucumber field,
    like a besieged city.

 

 

Israel’s disobedience of God resulted in rot from within and invasion from without.  Those who hated Israel saw their opportunity because of the weakness of a divided people and kings that sought after their own glory rather than the good of the nation.  What was left was defenseless and without recourse against their enemies.

 

Because our leaders in America are lawless and follow foreign gods, they have allowed lawlessness to spread like plague.  Those who desired to burn and pillage like the thugs of Antifa and BLM were given free rein and continue untouched by the laws of the land.  We didn’t awaken to the necessity of freedom for the oppressed; the opposite happened.  Brainwashed youth from our failed schools learned to despise all that was good and to take vengeance upon people seen as their oppressors.  With our southern borders wide open, our nation has determined that those who seek our demise are to be welcomed in so we can Build Back Better.  We are being consumed from within.

 

 

If the Lord of hosts
    had not left us a few survivors,
we should have been like Sodom,
    and become like Gomorrah.

 

 

God completely annihilated Sodom and Gomorrah, leaving nothing but burnt salt flats.  The cities were real-life examples of something that had lost its saltiness and was good-for-nothing.  Unlike in these wicked cities, despite the evil of most of the Israelites in Judah, God retained a remnant of the people who were faithful to him.

 

Who is the remnant in America?  Is there anyone remaining who can rightly be named as one who follows the Lord God?  Jesus – of course – called it correctly when He declared that the way is narrow into the Kingdom of God.  The road to destruction is wide and those who travel it are plenteous.  Many who call themselves Christians are deceived by false teaching and shepherds who are wolves in disguise.  Because so few take the responsibility to seek out God through His Word, they are lost sheep who will be devoured.

 

 

10 Hear the word of the Lord,
    you rulers of Sodom!
Give ear to the teaching of our God,
    you people of Gomorrah!
11 “What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices?
    says the Lord;
I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams
    and the fat of well-fed beasts;
I do not delight in the blood of bulls,
    or of lambs, or of goats.

 

 

God had had enough of His people.  They had sickened Him with their false piety.  As far as He was concerned, they were no better nor different than the immoral citizens of Sodom and Gomorrah.  God couldn’t find five righteous people in their midst.  What else had they earned for their debauchery other than condemnation and punishment?  The rulers and teachers of Israel had led their flocks into the very same depraved condition of those two cities worthy of nothing less than the same fate.  Actually, it was even worse in Israel.  In Jeremiah 5:1 God says:

 

Run to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem,
    look and take note!
Search her squares to see
    if you can find a man,
one who does justice
    and seeks truth,
that I may pardon her.

 

They continued going through the motions of praise and worship of God, yet their hearts were far from Him and He knew that without a doubt.

 

Over the years we have allowed Satan to have his way up and down in every institution of our nation.  The worst sin of all has been our allowing our churches to become corrupted and approving of the iniquity proclaimed and perpetrated in them.  We go through the motions each week as if we’re still a Christian nation.  Yet what do the people in the pews take away from this hour out of their busy week?  They learn that they can improve their lives by embracing the world while patting themselves on the back.  Others learn that society is systemically against them – the only recourse being condemnation of their fellow man while lifting up their own lives as righteous.  God sees and hates all this pretense.

 

 

12 “When you come to appear before me,
    who has required of you
    this trampling of my courts?
13 Bring no more vain offerings;
    incense is an abomination to me.
New moon and Sabbath and the calling of convocations—
    I cannot endure iniquity and solemn assembly.
14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts
    my soul hates;
they have become a burden to me;
    I am weary of bearing them.
15 When you spread out your hands,
    I will hide my eyes from you;
even though you make many prayers,
    I will not listen;
    your hands are full of blood.
16 Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean;
    remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes;
cease to do evil,
17 learn to do good;
seek justice,
    correct oppression;
bring justice to the fatherless,
    plead the widow’s cause.

 

 

The religiosity of Israel reached such a peak that God declared He couldn’t stand it any longer.  Everything the people did in supposedly honoring Him was a sham.  They continued to go through the motions of the Law as set before Moses, but there was nothing in the people’s hearts that indicated any sort of reverence for Yahweh.  It was so egregious to Him that their prayers were worthless – He wouldn’t listen.  There was no repentance among them and the blood they shed had reached such a level that it overshadowed every other thought or action they had about Him.  God gave them counsel as to what they should do to return to Him.  It was the same as what He said in Micah 6:8:

 

He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you?  To act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.

 

Yet, in giving this advice for returning to Him, God knew that they would not.  Knowing their hardheartedness, the Lord’s Words were almost as though He was saying, “I told you so, but I know better.  You won’t do what I’ve said.”

 

Is any of this any different from the condition of our churches today?  Haven’t we had the Bible as the guidebook for our relationship with God, yet gone through the motions?  Haven’t our minds been on anything but the Lord, even while theoretically worshiping Him on Sundays?  We’ve reached the point where we think that by simply showing up somewhere called a House of God that this makes everything perfect in our lives.  We’ve checked the box for an hour every week and we go about our lives invested in the world, while God is left with His hand outstretched saying, “I’m here if you would only respond.”  The way we seek justice is according to the world’s standards – not God’s.  In fact, the justice we attempt is completely contrary to God and His Word.

 

 

18 “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord:
though your sins are like scarlet,
    they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red like crimson,
    they shall become like wool.
19 If you are willing and obedient,
    you shall eat the good of the land;
20 but if you refuse and rebel,
    you shall be eaten by the sword;
    for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

 

 

The opportunities that God gave His people Israel for them to repent and turn from their evil ways were numerous.  God’s abundant love shone through time and again; His mercy was incredible given the way the Israelites treated Him.  He tried to reason and bring logic to their situation by illustrating their sinful ways.  He told them the consequences of their actions.  In fact, God typically gave Israel an if-then scenario of blessings and curses: IF Israel repented, THEN God would stay His hand of judgment.  However, IF Israel didn’t refrain from worshiping false gods and the resultant immoral acts, THEN He would bring great tragedy upon them.  They would face the sword, pestilence, plagues, wild beasts, and eventually be uprooted from the land.  God warned them.

 

In America we seem to resist the idea that God warns through natural disasters.  No doubt you’ve heard of a high-profile pastor saying that a hurricane or series of tornadoes, even riots or significant increases in homicides, came from God judging our nation.  Inevitably that person is criticized and mocked.  God would never do such a thing.  That’s not how He operates.  You need to apologize for scaring people with such nonsense!  Regardless of what these people say against the possibility that God might indeed work in such a manner, all we need to do is read the Old Testament for credible evidence that this is exactly what He does.  In times past, He also sent His prophets to bring warning of impending calamity.

 

Today, we don’t necessarily have legitimate prophets.  We do have individuals with dreams and visions per Joel’s prophecy.  More importantly, we have God’s Word in the form of the Bible.  That is our primary prophetic reference for today.  Because hardly anyone reads it, nobody knows that God has spoken already and that the natural disasters are simply Him doing the same thing He’s done in the past.  He is sovereign and controls the elements.  When He decides to bring disaster, He can and will do it any number of ways.  Flooding, drought, famine, and many other catastrophic events are all part of His toolkit to wake people up so that they might turn to Him.

 

 

21 How the faithful city
    has become a whore,
    she who was full of justice!
Righteousness lodged in her,
    but now murderers.
22 Your silver has become dross,
    your best wine mixed with water.
23 Your princes are rebels
    and companions of thieves.
Everyone loves a bribe
    and runs after gifts.
They do not bring justice to the fatherless,
    and the widow’s cause does not come to them.

 

 

What a picture of corruption with unbridled lawlessness!  Israel – Jerusalem – a nation and a city that was specially chosen by God to be His people for blessings and abundance, and to be a light to the rest of the world, had become a cesspool.  The mercy of God which was supposed to reside in this place had been turned upside down.  People profited from God’s mercy and exploited others for their own purposes.  This description shows how far from grace the Israelites had fallen.

 

Upon America’s founding we had people who loved and honored God.  Were there those who didn’t?  Of course!  But the general heart of those early inhabitants of our land was toward the God who had brought them to the place of great abundance where they could worship Him in freedom.  The early pioneers in America were generally faithful to the Lord.  They read their Bibles and heeded His Word.  They did what He commanded.  Over time, because men’s hearts were full of sin, more people slipped away from a Biblical worldview.  We allowed that perspective to grow and to infiltrate our institutions.  From adulterated schools we began turning out poisoned adults who believed in anything but the God of the Bible.  We allowed seminaries to be infiltrated by Marxists and slowly our government became filled with unelected bureaucrats who likewise were enamored by socialist/communist ideologies.  Those who were elected and appointed to high and responsible positions had little in the way of Godliness within them and our nation began rotting at the core.

 

 

24 Therefore the Lord declares,
    the Lord of hosts,
    the Mighty One of Israel:
“Ah, I will get relief from my enemies
    and avenge myself on my foes.
25 I will turn my hand against you
    and will smelt away your dross as with lye
    and remove all your alloy.
26 And I will restore your judges as at the first,
    and your counselors as at the beginning.
Afterward you shall be called the city of righteousness,
    the faithful city.”

 

 

Israel’s apostasy was so blatant and offensive to God that in His eyes she became His enemy.  As the great and sovereign Judge, He had the right to bring vengeance upon all who opposed Him.  Lye is an extremely harsh and caustic solution used for extreme cleansing purposes.  God’s analogy is that He would strip Israel of everything that required purging so that the end result would be something new and pure.  Indeed, following this treatment, God promised that all Israel’s iniquity would be removed.  Despite all the transgressions the Israelites had committed against the Lord, He would restore them through this process.

 

Why should we in America think ourselves immune and above such a corrosive purging by God?  What is it about our psyche that makes us believe that we’re different from and superior to Israel in this regard?  Are we any different from Israel during its time of Judges?  She rejected God; He restored her; she turned and fell; He brought her back into His good graces; and on and on.  We’ve had multiple moves of God over our history.  I chronicled several of them in my recent Prophecy Update titled: Will There be Another Great Awakening?

 

Why – in the wake of 70 million abortions – the shedding of absolutely innocent blood, do we think that we’ll escape the God of Justice?  Add to that the gross depravity and utter lack of any recognition of Him by the vast majority of Americans.  Should we truly think we’ll skate out of the corner in which we’ve painted ourselves?  Such hubris!  Our pride is unbounded by the belief that we can overcome spiritual darkness with tools and instruments of war in the physical realm.  Have we learned nothing from the Lord?  Yet, a time is coming for those faithful to God through His Son Jesus Christ that we will shine like the sun – first for 1,000 years, and then for the rest of eternity.  We shall indeed inhabit the city of righteousness!

 

 

27 Zion shall be redeemed by justice,
    and those in her who repent, by righteousness.
28 But rebels and sinners shall be broken together,
    and those who forsake the Lord shall be consumed.

 

 

The days are coming for Israel when God will act mightily in that land.  It will be a time of darkness and light when Jerusalem becomes a cup of trembling for the entire world.  It will be so bad in Israel that – even as Zachariah foretells – 2/3 of the Jews will perish, but 1/3 will come to know their Messiah.

 

In the same manner, we who know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord will be redeemed from this world before it descends into total anarchy.  God’s Word declares that Jesus will come for us in the clouds and bring us to His Father’s house as a place of safety, just as the bridegroom comes for his bride and sweeps her into the place he has prepared for her while the world continues outside those doors.  The world will be consumed.  We who have been Raptured will remain hidden away in the presence of God Himself.

 

29 For they shall be ashamed of the oaks
    that you desired;
and you shall blush for the gardens
    that you have chosen.
30 For you shall be like an oak
    whose leaf withers,
    and like a garden without water.
31 And the strong shall become tinder,
    and his work a spark,
and both of them shall burn together,
    with none to quench them.

 

 

Israel sought other gods and worshiped them in secret places – in the forests and the hills, among stately trees and beautiful green pastures.  Honoring these false gods and their idols, the Israelites forsook the Lord whom they couldn’t see for representations of deities they made with their own hands.  God declared that regardless of how weak or strong a person was who followed this path of apostasy far from Him, they earned nothing but His contempt and an unquenchable fire for eternity.  Their reward for despising the God of their creation who loved them more than life itself was a promise of torment in a place originally reserved for Satan and his angels.

 

Inhabitants of this once great nation have no excuse, just as the Israelites had none.  God made Himself known among us in many ways, but we chose to ignore and disdain Him.  We decided that the god of Self was more attractive and faithful than a God of mercy, peace, grace, justice, and love.  He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

 

Israel’s sins were no different than ours.  Her fate was the loss of nationhood, dispersion of the people, and a blindness that will only be overcome through even more persecution than what she’s already suffered.  But after this, Israel will be restored and Jesus will sit on His throne in Jerusalem.

 

Where does all this lead?  The simple answer is: Destruction.  America has no such promise as Israel for her restoration.  I think that 1 Thessalonians 5:3 applies very much to us just as it does to the rest of the world:

 

While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

 

People – many Christians included – think that God will ignore our transgressions and allow our nation to continue as it has since its founding.  That’s a fatal error if we’re to look at Scripture and draw any conclusions from it.  In fact, if Jesus isn’t a liar – which of course He is not – then what He said about the signs of the times in Matthew 16:1-4 are relevant to us:

 

And the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and to test him they asked him to show them a sign from heaven. He answered them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ And in the morning, ‘It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.” So he left them and departed.

 

Thus, the Lord Himself has told us that given all we see, His return is very near.

 

America may or may not be among the weak and insignificant nations that are required to come yearly to pay homage to Christ on His throne.  Thankfully, true believers who love the Lord and who look for our redemption in Jesus will experience His glory in all its fullness.  Difficult times are coming to our land and this world because God must and will judge in righteousness.  But God is faithful.  Those who are destined to receive punishment will; we who love the One who died for us will be rewarded.

 

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD.”

Who Are the 5th Seal Saints?

One of the misunderstandings that some people have regarding the timing of the Rapture is to attribute the opening of the 5th Seal in the book of Revelation to this seminal event where Jesus comes in the clouds for His beloved.  I think part of the reason for this confusion is a failure to take the 5th Seal in context with the first four Seal judgments.

One of the most important events that occurs in the Tribulation is the revealing of Antichrist himself.  I don’t know of any Bible teachers who dispute that with the opening the 1st Seal in Revelation 6:1-3, this is when Antichrist is made known to the world:

Now I watched when the Lamb opened one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures say with a voice like thunder, “Come!” And I looked, and behold, a white horse! And its rider had a bow, and a crown was given to him, and he came out conquering, and to conquer.

Extremely important in this unveiling of Antichrist is what 2 Thessalonians 2:3-8 prophesies:

 Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God. Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of his coming.

It is impossible for Antichrist to come forth in the 1st Seal UNTIL the Restrainer is removed.  There is no human or worldly explanation for who or what is the Restrainer that is holding back Antichrist.  This is a supernatural restraint only possible by the Holy Spirit.  It is the Holy Spirit who is the Restrainer and who keeps Antichrist – the lawless one – at bay until the time for him to publicly enter the world is at hand.

This in itself should be sufficient evidence for everyone to understand the pre-Tribulation Rapture of the church must occur in order for Antichrist to walk onto the world stage and for any judgments to occur.  The Restrainer – the Holy Spirit – steps aside from restraining lawlessness only after the ekklesia have been gathered to Jesus, snatched out of this world to join Him in His Father’s house.

But, no.  There are those who can’t comprehend this and believe the Rapture occurs at some point after the Lamb – Jesus Christ – begins opening the seven Seals. The Traditional View is that all the Seals are opened within the formal 7-year Tribulation period that begins with Antichrist confirming a covenant agreement between Israel and another party known as the many.  An Alternative View posited by Bill Salus – which I like a lot for its logistical aspects – is that based on Scripture, there’s no direct correlation which says all the judgments are contained within the official seven years beginning with the treaty.  Thus, according to this perspective, some of the Seals could be opened after the Rapture but prior to that official 7-year period.

Either way, any understanding that puts the Rapture somewhere within the timing of the various judgments is problematic.  Again, the Restrainer has to remove Himself before ANY judgments can begin.

There is an erroneous view that the Rapture occurs at the 5th Seal of which Revelation 6:9-11 states:

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?” 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.

Now, in one sense someone could look at this passage and figure that true believers entered this period of judgment, having endured the first four Seals of Antichrist’s revealing, War, Famine, and Death-Hades, in order to reach this point and be martyred.  But consider just one fallacy about this:  In the aftermath of war and famine, along comes death for many.  However, death is accompanied by Hades, or the spirit of the underworld.  Those who die MUST be unbelievers in order for Sheol to scoop them up and contain their souls.

So, let’s assume that Christ-followers escape all this chaos and the sentence of going to hell associated with this Seal and are finally transported to the Throne Room via the Rapture.  They have endured much in the way of suffering.  In fact the verses show that they die.  Under the thinking that these Seals occur before the official seven years begins, their cry of How long?” makes little sense.  They aren’t even Raptured.  In addition, aren’t those who are Raptured supposed to in some way know the timing of the Tribulation?  If these are believers, they still haven’t seen the covenant agreement ratified to know when the seven years begin.  It makes for a very awkward understanding – or lack thereof – which we are supposed to have by knowing Bible prophecy.

If, however, the Rapture occurs and the first four Seals are opened, and then the peace treaty is ratified, that cry by these saints begins to make sense.  Following Scripture, the Rapture occurs, the initial four Seals can take place, and within that Gap Period NEWLY MINTED Christians who come to Christ after the Rapture die for their faith.  These become the martyrs shown at the throne of God.  Because the covenant hasn’t yet been confirmed, the 7-year timeclock hasn’t begun.  When these martyrs cry out “How long?” they truly don’t know, because they have no frame of reference to the seven years of the Tribulation.  They’ve died within the Gap Period which has an indeterminate length.  Their deaths occur prior to any milestones.  Of course they have no idea of how long it will be until the Lord avenges their blood!

Briefly, there is one other massively important factor that requires Christ’s true church to be Raptured prior to any of the judgments.  Aside from the fact that there is no mention of the church following Revelation 4, the purpose of all the judgments depicted in Revelation is for two primary purposes:

  1. The redemption of Israel
  2. To punish the unbelieving world

Because #1 is so important, this is actually why NO true believers can enter this period of God’s wrath.  This is Daniel’s 70th Week.  It is for Israel to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ as her Messiah.  This time is first and foremost for Israel to finally say, “Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord!”

Not a Jew and also not a believer?  Then you fall into purpose #2.  You have rejected the free gift of salvation and eternal life offered by Christ.  You will be punished for that poor choice.  Yet, God in His mercy gives second chances.  If your heart hasn’t hardened so much that you curse God for the judgments, He may bring conviction upon you for the life-giving possibility of you choosing His kingdom during this period of utter horror.

Where is the necessity for today’s true Christ-followers to endure the judgments of the Tribulation?  There is none.  We are already washed clean by the blood of Christ.  Do we have works that are necessary for us to perform in going through this terrible period?  Of course not!  Then why do people think that in some manner we have to suffer like rebellious Israel and the unbelieving world?

The time is near.  Let us rejoice and give glory to God.  His wrath will soon come upon the world.  How marvelous it is that we who trust in Jesus won’t be here!

Awaken Bible Prophecy Update 6-15-22: Another Great Awakening?

Because there’s so much discussion among Christians that there will be Another Great Awakening that will push back the powers of darkness so that we can reclaim this land in the cultural and societal realms, I thought it might be helpful to look back at the first three Great Awakenings.  As so many like to say: God delivered Nineveh, that extremely wicked Assyrian city, why won’t He likewise deliver us in this day and age?

I’ve tried to point out that times are different now, and that God’s judgment is at hand – in fact, it must come now.  These are two very different perspectives.  Are the optimists right that Christianity will rule the day and that we’ll continue in this world just as we have for the last 2000 years because of another move of God among His people?  Or am I, and others such as Pastor JD Farag, correct when we deliver the extremely pessimistic message – the message of doom and gloom – that God’s wrath is due and the 7-year Tribulation is almost upon us?  And because of what that worldview implies, is it true that Jesus will very soon come in the clouds to snatch His beloved Bride from this hostile world?

What does history tell us?  More importantly, what does the Bible say that we should expect next on God’s divine calendar?

Will it be a time of light or will it be one of darkness?

 

 

Transcript:

Because there’s so much discussion among Christians that there will be Another Great Awakening that will push back the powers of darkness so that we can reclaim this land in the cultural and societal realms, I thought it might be helpful to look back at the first three Great Awakenings.  As so many like to say: God delivered Nineveh, that extremely wicked Assyrian city, why won’t He likewise deliver us in this day and age?

 

I’ve tried to point out that times are different now, and that God’s judgment is at hand – in fact, it must come now.  These are two very different perspectives.  Are the optimists right that Christianity will rule the day and that we’ll continue in this world just as we have for the last 2000 years because of another move of God among His people?  Or am I, and others such as Pastor JD Farag, correct when we deliver the extremely pessimistic message – the message of doom and gloom – that God’s wrath is due and the 7-year Tribulation is almost upon us?  And because of what that worldview implies, is it true that Jesus will very soon come in the clouds to snatch His beloved Bride from this hostile world?

 

What does history tell us?  More importantly, what does the Bible say that we should expect next on God’s divine calendar?

 

Will it be a time of light or will it be one of darkness?

 

We’ll look at this as soon as we pray and read a Scripture.

 

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Scripture

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.

 

Will There be Another Great Awakening?

 

Introduction

  • In order to examine this proposition, I thought it would be prudent to provide a brief survey of the first three Great Awakenings
  • To do this, we’ll give a sense of what various sources say about those remarkable periods and also these current times in which we live
  • A Google search turns up numerous articles from Britannica and other historical websites on these awakenings
  • Lately also, I’ve run across a couple other articles that are relevant to this discussion
  • One article is by Leo Hohmann, who I imagine many people are aware of for his Biblically-oriented social commentary, and another by missionary Andrew Brunson, who was imprisoned in Turkey for two years
  • Adding to this is a recent dream by Pastor Dana Coverstone that reflects a difficult truth
  • In addition, since I’ve referenced the book The Fourth Turning on previous occasions, it occurred to me that it would be interesting to consider the suggestion that another Great Awakening could happen today in light of the cycles of history that the book chronicles so well
  • Given the passage from Ecclesiastes I read starting out, that is obviously quite important to our discussion

 

 

1st Great Awakening

  • Britannica tells us that this religious revival occurred in the American colonies in the period roughly between 1720 and the 1740s
  • Society had become more secular and materialistic because of the rise of so-called rational thinking, which attacked faith and the supernatural aspects of Christianity
  • People bought into that and moved away from organized religion
  • Churches became dead and reliance on God became an afterthought
  • Because there were still people of faith, their prayers prompted a conviction of the Holy Spirit, which brought preachers to prominence whose leadership awakened many people
  • These men included Jonathan Edwards and George Whitefield
  • One of the prominent aspects of this 1st Great Awakening was a strong inclination toward Calvinism

 

  • Where I think this discussion starts becoming very interesting is when we consider this history lesson in light of the book The Fourth Turning
  • There are four turnings in the overall cycle – called a saeculum – which comprises about 100 years in total
  • Each of the four turnings within that saeculum period has a specific characteristic that is repeated as the cycle repeats
  • Thus every eighty to one hundred years we see:
    • The First Turning, which is a High…think of it as a Spring season where everything is new
    • The Second Turning, which is an Awakening…consider this as Summer where all is glorious
    • The Third Turning, which is an Unraveling…just like Fall, this starts us heading downhill into bad weather
    • The Fourth Turning, which is a Crisis . . . where Winter is upon us and all things take a turn for the worse
  • In the past in talking about this book, I’ve concentrated on the Fourth Turning because from this historical perspective, we are currently in that time period, i.e. the last era of this larger saeculum cycle
  • Typically, each turning is roughly 20-25 years, but can certainly vary in length
  • Note that the Second Turning historically – according to this model – is an Awakening
  • Guess what?
  • The 1st Great Awakening as I described briefly above correlates with the Second Turning, which – as stated a moment ago – is itself an Awakening
  • The authors of the book show that this Second Turning period ran from 1727 to 1746
  • The official period of the 1st Great Awakening as I said previously was determined to be from 1720 to the 1740s – thus you can see the overlap
  • The 1st Great Awakening – this great spiritual revival – occurred during a Second Turning of history
  • Ultimately, following this Second Turning there came a Third Turning where things began going downhill, and then the Fourth Turning in that era came
  • We know that Fourth Turnings are a time of crisis in history
  • The turnings occur because society changes, morals change, and people change
  • New generations arise that have different values
  • But there is a repetitive nature in the way that times change and historical seasons come back around – just as Ecclesiastes says
  • Likewise, people age and new generations replace them, but there is also a similarity as to how they deal with the cycles as their predecessors did despite the differences among them
  • What was the crisis that resulted in that particular Fourth Turning period that eventually followed the 1st Great Awakening?
  • From that Second Turning awakening, the following Fourth Turning led to the American Revolution – this momentous war that resulted in the American colonies gaining their freedom from Britain
  • It was bloody, resulting in a range of combat deaths from over 6,800 to as many as 18,500
  • Smallpox also raged at that time and killed more than 130,000 people
  • Times were pretty dark
  • The end of the war brought about an astounding renewal as our nation was birthed in the following First Turning

 

 

2nd Great Awakening

  • Now let’s move on to this next spiritual rejuvenation that came as night follows day from the First Turning of this season
  • Here Britannica tells us that this religious movement – the 2nd Great Awakening – occurred from about 1795 to 1835
  • The following is a quote describing this era:
  • “The Second Great Awakening marked a fundamental transition in American religious life. Many early American religious groups in the CALVINIST tradition had emphasized the deep depravity of human beings and believed they could only be saved through the grace of God. The new evangelical movement, however, placed greater emphasis on humans’ ability to change their situation for the better. By stressing that individuals could assert their “FREE WILL” in choosing to be saved and by suggesting that salvation was open to all human beings, the Second Great Awakening embraced a more optimistic view of the human condition.”
  • In other words, there was a shift from Calvinism to what is known as Arminianism
  • The difference is that Calvinism is a doctrine of predestination
  • Among other tenets of this doctrine is that God determines who among us goes to heaven and who is destined for hell
  • This is contrary to Arminianism, which essentially says that humanity – created in the image of God (imago dei) – has the ability to freely choose whether to follow God or to reject Him
  • In this teaching, it is we who determine whether or not we will join the Lord for all eternity or choose to spend that time apart from His presence
  • God doesn’t send people to hell
  • They send themselves
  • The outcome of this decision arises from whether we believe that Jesus is God and died for our sins, and that we accept this great gift of salvation that He freely offers us through His shed blood on the cross
  • The most well-known preacher during this revival is Charles Finney
  • Tent revival meetings became popular during this time and evangelicalism rose to greater prominence

 

  • How does this 2nd Great Awakening correlate to the historical cycles outlined in The Fourth Turning book?
  • Not surprisingly, we have overlap to what the authors of the book label as the Transcendental Awakening that occurred in their estimation from 1822 to 1844
  • This also was a Second Turning and a time of significant awareness of both feminism and slavery
  • During this period in Britain, William Wilberforce fought against the slave trade and for its abolition
  • In other words, human rights in relation to Biblical concepts became very important
  • Where did this Second Turning lead?
  • Things went south in the Third Turning and that inevitably led to darker times
  • The Fourth Turning of this era brought the Civil War, i.e. the War Between the States
  • This terrible conflict resulted in the number most often quoted for combat deaths being 620,000 lives lost
  • It is said also that hundreds of thousands of people died of disease
  • What was the resulting First Turning after this terrible time of death and destruction?
  • It brought the Reconstruction era and what is known as the Gilded Age of great economic growth and prosperity

 

 

3rd Great Awakening

  • There was also a 3rd Great Awakening in a Second Turning from the late 19th to early 20th centuries
  • The Gilded Age in this era was ruled by people with great wealth that exploited the common man
  • Gross materialism reigned as industrial activity and corporate growth seized the nation
  • Child labor was common
  • Political corruption was blatant for all to witness
  • The spiritual outcry against these things culminated in the great Pentecostal revival with Azusa Street and the missionary movement, whereby America sent men and women all over the world to preach the Word of God
  • As the times changed and the cycles revolved, the Fourth Turning of that era resulted in the Great Depression and World War 2
  • There’s a consistency here that I want to point out
  • Second Turnings inevitably bring a rise in consciousness
  • As seen in these three periods, that resulted in Christian awakenings
  • However, once those times peaked and passed, Fourth Turnings came which resulted in war

 

 

Another Great Awakening?

  • This brings us to the burning question of this prophecy Update
  • Will there be another Great Awakening at this point in our nation’s history?
  • More importantly: Can there be such an awakening?
  • Just as we did in considering the 1st, 2nd, 3rd Great Awakenings, let’s look at the Second Turning in our recent history that has led to where we are today in the Fourth Turning that we’re currently in the midst of
  • Our Second Turning in this present period occurred in what is known as the Consciousness Revolution that began in about 1964 and stretched to 1984
  • Unlike the prior Second Turnings we considered today, this Second Turning didn’t bring great Christian rebirth – rather it resulted in spiritual awakening far from true Christianity
  • New Age – occult – Eastern religions all rose dramatically
  • It was an awakening – no doubt – but it wasn’t one that brought Christianity to prominence once more
  • The conscience of America wasn’t one that turned toward Jesus Christ
  • Instead, it became one of self with all that these beliefs, i.e. New Age, occult, and Eastern mysticism, brings
  • Feminism, environmentalism, and black power began changing America
  • The integrity of the family was attacked
  • The earth became our god
  • The idea that racism was systemic and our nation was founded as fundamentally unfair became a prevailing idea among many
  • Rebellion became the order of the day, both against the establishment and against the God of the Bible
  • People turned to yoga, Transcendental Meditation, astrology, angelology, enneagrams, Mindfulness, The Secret, Jesus Calling, and so much more that either distorted true Christianity or dismissed it altogether
  • Thus, this Second Turning had a distinct character about it that was quite different from the ones we’ve noted
  • Yet, let’s also recall where those previous Second Turnings led in their eras
  • The Second Turning from the 1st Great Awakening ultimately came to a head in the crisis era of its Fourth Turning with the American Revolution
  • The Second Turning from the 2nd Great Awakening led to the Fourth Turning that resulted in the American Civil War
  • The Second turning from the 3rd Great Awakening led to the Fourth Turning that resulted in the Depression and World War 2
  • All of these prior Second Turnings – after such amazing spiritual revival – headed downhill into a wintery crisis time involving terrible wars

 

  • So, here’s a question for us:
  • If history tells us that indeed we have defined cycles that rotate from First Turnings to Fourth Turnings following the cycle of history every 100 years or so because of the rise and fall and changes in society that are consistent, is it reasonable to predict that we will have Another Great Awakening in our current era?
  • Remember, we’ve already gone through our Second Turning in this current saeculum
  • We saw a rise of spiritual consciousness in the Second Turning of the 1960’s
  • Again, as Ecclesiastes tells us there is a time for everything
  • Historically speaking, – looking at these cycles – would you predict that we could effectively have another Second Turning type of period today?
  • Can Second Turnings repeat within a saeculum?
  • In other words, are we in a Fourth Turning now – as we speak – or not?
  • I maintain that we are
  • If so, what is the outcome?
  • There’s surely no repetition of Second Turning outcomes
  • There can’t be because of the cyclical changes in society
  • Thus, the likelihood of Another Great Awakening is nil
  • We might – and I believe we probably will – see some kind of a harvest of souls, but I don’t think it will be widespread and visible in the sense that Great Awakenings of the past were where society actually changed because of them

 

  • Q: Being in a Fourth Turning, what should we expect given that every Fourth Turning results in crisis?
  • A: Obviously, we should anticipate crisis
  • Indeed, we’re experiencing crises on every side
  • I – and many others – have been chronicling the myriad of crises for 2 1/2 years
  • They are seemingly unending and getting worse
  • More than that, what did the prior crises of those past Fourth Turnings after the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Great Awakenings lead to?
  • They brought terrible wars
  • We had our own awakening in this current era
  • The Consciousness Revolution in our Second Turning of this era wasn’t a Godly awakening
  • I think that is extremely relevant to our discussion
  • It turned people further away from the God of the Bible
  • And we’ve seen that . . .
  • Look at the great apostasy that’s occurring
  • Look at how few pastors have a Biblical worldview – less than 50% based on a current survey
  • Look at how few people actually read the Word of God consistently and fully
  • If our current Fourth Turning is – as I maintain – the FINAL Fourth Turning – what might America, and the world see regarding possible war?
  • I believe where we are today takes our nation right into the 7-year Tribulation
  • Indeed, this would be the final throes of our world as we know it prior to the return of Jesus Christ who will make all things right and . . .
  • Here’s the really cool thing – the 2nd Coming of Jesus at the conclusion of this Fourth Turning will lead to . . . another First Turning!
  • And what will that be?
  • It will be the Millennium – the 1,000 years of Christ’s rule and reign on the earth where He breaks this saeculum cycle
  • Talk about a Spring season of hope and righteousness!

 

  • Let’s talk briefly about this current Fourth Turning and why it can’t and won’t result in Another Great Awakening
  • Aside from the lesson of history, we’ve got a major difference in the makeup of our nation than anything in the past
  • A recent article by Leo Hohman discusses this
  • Here are the first two paragraphs of the article:
    • We hear a lot of talk about how the key to “taking back our country” lies in voting and more aggressive political activism, and that we stand on the precipice of defeating the evil if we can just get enough folks to vote the right way.
    • While I agree voting makes up a vital part of our civic responsibility, the political process alone will never pull Western civilization back from the brink of collapse. It’s too late for that and I will attempt to explain why.
  • I completely agree, and the problem is that many – maybe most – of those believing that we’ll have another Great Awakening, think that a major component of it is political
  • In their eyes, we have to battle in the local school boards and the state elections, etc. so that we can win back our nation at the grassroots
  • In my view, this might have worked in the past
  • But our churches abdicated from participating in the public sphere and didn’t speak to the culture
  • As a result, the culture spoke to the churches and rather than being different from the world, they became the world
  • Yes, there are praying people today, but what are perhaps too many praying for?
  • I think they’re praying for a return to the world they’ve always known
  • They want to dig deep roots here
  • They’re praying so that they can remain in this world which Jesus said is NOT our home
  • They’re praying for good Christian people to participate in the political process in order to take back what we’ve ceded to the demonic Left
  • Here again is Leo Hohmann:
    • Because this evil is global and not just national, I believe we are looking at the early stages of the beast system described in Revelation 13: “Who is like the Beast and who can make war against it?”
    • This beast’s tendrils are found everywhere. Not only in the government but in the K-12 schools, in the colleges, in the media, in the workplace, and, sadly, in 90 percent of the churches.
    • So what is the answer? If we can’t vote our way back to a constitutional republic, then what is the answer?
    • The Bible provides the answer.
  • Leo is NOT a pre-Tribulation Rapture believer like I am
  • As a result, he is of the mind that believers have to hunker down and prepare to endure the Tribulation
  • I couldn’t disagree more with that perspective
  • However, he is correct in effectively saying that among other things we need to practice civil disobedience
  • He is correct when he says:
    • In the meantime, we must listen to His voice. Jesus said “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.”
  • We DO have to listen more for Jesus
  • More importantly we have to be keeping our eyes on Him rather than the world
  • We must continue to obey the Lord in bringing the Word of God to those who will hear it and to disciple them in the days we have remaining
  • This is the most important work we can be doing – not trying to restore our nation that is too far gone
  • To be cliched: We can’t rearrange the deck chairs of the Titanic and expect that it won’t sink
  • We can’t stick out fingers in the dyke and expect to hold back the flood when water is pouring over the top in a tsunami wave
  • The Deep State – the Beast system – is far too expansive and invasive to think that a couple political victories here and there will change things
  • The nature of man with the way we think is much different than in the past
  • We have no true Christian foundation
  • When we have homosexual and trans pastors prancing in the pulpits holding a worldview obviously counter to that of the Bible . . .
  • When we have social, prosperity, and ecumenical gospels being the primary messages preached . . .
  • When probably 80% or more of those who call themselves Christians don’t read the Bible and truly know God’s Word . . .
  • Where are the spiritual and moral principles for God to even work with among these people?
  • Let’s face it: We’re goners as a nation

 

  • Andrew Brunson was a missionary to Turkey
  • He was falsely accused of being an American spy and terrorist
  • Turkey imprisoned him for two years
  • In the articles I link to on the Rumble page, he describes the fear he experienced and how he got through this trial
  • As a missionary he had prepared as well as he could for this day that he might be persecuted
  • Despite that, he tells that the great pressures he felt were overwhelming
  • Thankfully he had a Bible in prison
  • Regardless, he had a relational crisis with God that only his preparation enabled him to withstand and remain faithful
  • He warns that persecution is coming to America because it must
  • Yet he warns that the vast majority of Christians are not prepared in any way for what is inevitable in this country given our direction
  • Americans don’t even want to hear about persecution
  • I can attest to that
  • I represented and spoke for Voice of the Martyrs for a number of years
  • As time passed, fewer churches wanted me or any other VOM reps to come talk about persecution in the world
  • Here’s what Andrew Brunson says:
    • The hard truth is that God allows His children to suffer persecution, and it can be more difficult than we think. I had an idealistic view of how I would handle intense persecution like imprisonment. And looking back, I think it would have helped me to know how difficult it can be, so that I could adjust my mindset and expectations.
    • I hear some people saying confidently now, “Persecution will be good for us. It will build the church. Bring it on.” We need to be careful not to be over-confident. I say to you again, it can be more difficult than we think, and God’s faithfulness, His help, His grace, may look different than what we would expect.
  • But rather than preparing for such a time, we’re running around trying to win an election or two here and there
  • We’re looking to our own resourcefulness as we gird up for the Tribulation
  • Pastors aren’t talking about persecution, and they’re certainly not preaching about God’s impending judgment
  • I think all this is a critical mistake and mindset
  • People thinking we’ll have another Great Awakening inevitably point to Nineveh following the preaching of Jonah
  • They forget that 100 years later the prophet Nahum prophesied the imminent destruction of Nineveh
  • The city had its revival in Jonah’s day
  • It once more turned away and God brought His wrath upon it
  • Perhaps the prophetic warnings in our day come from the Bible which we all should be reading
  • But we miss them because Bible prophecy is avoided at all costs in our churches
  • Maybe our Jonah revivals were the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Great Awakenings
  • Now, the prophetic Word of God says that it’s all downhill from here
  • Judgment is on its way – because God MUST judge to maintain the holiness of His character
  • The Bible is itself the New Testament warning of imminent destruction just like the prophets of the Old Testament were the watchmen who forewarned Israel
  • We can’t hear the watchmen because we don’t read Scripture and take it to heart
  • I believe confirmations of this come from the dreams of Pastor Dana Coverstone
  • Back in September 2020 – two years ago – he had a dream described as Lady Liberty Attacked Dream
  • It was quite graphic with the destruction of the Statue of Liberty
  • The symbolic implication was that our nation would be destroyed, even as this icon of freedom was torn down and drowned in the dream
  • Fast forward to this month – June 2022 – in which Pastor Dana had The Millstone Dream
  • In this vision America was effectively choked by a millstone that was cast into the sea
  • The message remains consistently the same since his dreams began
  • America is seeing its final days
  • Yes, there will be glimmers of hope as faithful pastors and believers pray, hear the Word, and harvest those souls who listen and heed God for their salvation
  • However, the wolves are without and within the church
  • They will not relent until they bring the church and this nation to ruin
  • The message for many months from the Jesus figure in Pastor Dana’s dreams has encouraged God’s people to brace ourselves
  • The implication has always been that things will get worse and we as believers need to be ready for them
  • However, in the Millstone Dream, the message changed dramatically
  • The Jesus figure indicated to Dana that judgment is coming because of the innocent blood shed in this country
  • We’re somewhere in the neighborhood of 70 Million abortions and counting
  • God WILL revenge this!
  • He keeps His Word for blessings and curses
  • Not much time remains
  • Those that know, know this deeply, namely that Jesus is coming soon
  • The Jesus figure in the Dana dream specifically said the following:
  • “It’s too late to start” – Emphasis was on the word START
  • Then he said: “The braced are about to be tested harshly, so lock in place.” – In other words, we who are watching must stand firm on the Word of God
  • Note how this dovetails with the message from Pastor Andrew Brunson
  • Those who have not prepared for persecution will be swept away
  • One cannot prepare once the storm has already arrived
  • Preparation must begin prior to the storm
  • That’s when you put up the hurricane shutters and get your food supplies in order
  • If the storm is upon you, it’s too late for those things
  • This is how it will be for many, many in the church who have dismissed the warning of Bible prophecy in thinking that everything will all pan out in the end – so no need to worry
  • Jesus told us in His Word . . .
  • He is telling us through His messengers: the time is upon us that persecution will soon begin
  • Expect it and hold fast to Jesus in the midst of it
  • We will see many fall by the wayside as the crisis intensifies
  • Things may get quite dark before the Lord takes us out of here
  • However, our destiny is NOT to enter the Tribulation, so all the hardship will be prior to that
  • We have no idea how long we’ll need to endure, but we’ll do so by keeping our eyes on Jesus
  • We can’t despair
  • God will not give us more than we can handle
  • Given the times with the increasing frequency and intensity of the birth pains, although we’ll see persecution, God will deliver us
  • That’s the message and the encouragement for today
  • Will there be Another Great Awakening?
  • No – I think that’s impossible – looking at the cycles of history AND considering the depraved moral state of our nation AND given that God MUST judge the wicked
  • The darkness is upon us
  • It may get very black
  • But you know the saying: It’s always darkest before the dawn
  • Let’s work in the light while it’s still daytime
  • The night is very near, but the glory of the Lord shines ever brightly and we have much to hope for
  • In fact, our hope is a sure thing
  • It is our confidence
  • Just remember what Jesus tells us in Luke 21:28:

 

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

Killer Viruses of Old

Viruses have been with us a long time.  They live in many different environments and can inhabit insects to humans.  They are not parasites; typically they are predators.  They seek out a host whereby they can replicate and spread, and most viruses don’t kill the creature they inhabit.  There are those, however, which are so virile and toxic that they leave a trail of destruction wherever they go.

Lately I’ve been reading books by Richard Preston that explore the deadliest viruses in the world.  I started with The Demon in the Freezer and went backward in the series to The Cobra Event, and am now reading The Hot Zone.  The books are – to put it mildly – frightening as all get out.  Preston does not spare the reader in describing the horrific symptoms accompanying the onset of virus infections in the human body.  I gave an example of this in my recent article: Monkeying with Monkeypox.  “Demon” was primarily about Smallpox with some Anthrax thrown in; “Cobra” was a fictional account of a truly awful cannibalistic brainpox based on a rare disease called Lesch-Nyhan Syndrome; and “Hot Zone” details the quest to understand and find the origins of the hemorrhagic afflictions of Ebola and Marburg.  Preston has a couple more books in his virus series, so I’ll likely continue learning and freaking out about these most terrible of organisms.

The last couple years have brought viruses to our attention.  We’re told that COVID is a virus that jumped from bats to humans.  That’s highly suspect.  Although there are plenty of deadly natural viruses, it seems that man can’t leave well enough alone.  Our sin nature has a propensity to find things which are natural that are bad, and to make them worse for our own purposes.  It has indisputably been shown that COVID was weaponized with gain-of-function research for the express purpose of introducing the “vaccines” which have shown themselves to be much worse than the disease they’re supposedly intended to alleviate.

There is no known cure for virus infections.  They can be vaccinated against, but with the worst of the virus illnesses, it’s usually a downhill journey to an awful death.  Read the Preston books and you’ll see what I mean.

In my reading these accounts of the men and women who have worked tirelessly against these viral diseases, it also brought to mind the people who likewise labor in this field, but do so in the attempt to reduce the human population.  There is some suggestion in the books about this purposeful effort, but again, this reality has come to the fore lately as we’ve observed COVID, the people behind it, and the narrative which advocates that all of humanity must be vaccinated for our protection – which couldn’t be further from the truth.

Thinking beyond our current situation made me reflect on Richard Preston’s description of the origins of viruses.  There’s no indication that he’s a Bible believing Christian.  He speaks of evolution and the earth being billions of years old.  From this perspective he believes that lethal viruses are older than mankind.  For those of us who read the Bible literally, this is an impossibility.  In that case, where did these deadly viruses come from in the first place – even before man started tinkering with them and making them worse?

Obviously, since all that God made was good, He didn’t introduce them into the world.  We attribute all the bad things to the consequences of sin, and that would be true.  But that still doesn’t help us really understand the basis for their existence.

I have a theory.

Satan tempted Eve and Adam with the possibility of being like God.  All they had to do was partake of the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.  Notice, the knowledge therein wasn’t just about good things.  In some way this tree contained the means to achieve all evil.  It’s like the fullness of God and what He knew was contained in this repository of all divine understanding.  God didn’t unleash evil, but being aware of it, He seems to have maintained knowledge of it in this one place.

This Tree was in the Garden of Eden.  The Garden was on the holy mountain of God.  Because we see no surprise on Eve’s part in encountering the serpent (nachash in Hebrew, meaning serpent and shining one, i.e. literally one of the holy ones of God), we can presume that many entities inhabiting God’s Kingdom made their appearances there.  Seeing and interacting with a divine being wasn’t out of the ordinary for her.  Just as God walked in the Garden in the cool of the day, nothing in Scripture tells us that it was off limits to the rest of the heavenly realm.

We also have no indication that these other spiritual inhabitants of the Kingdom didn’t eat of that fruit.  In fact, they were immortal beings and perhaps had no instructions not to consume it.  (Or, is immortality gained even by spiritual beings by eating of the Tree of Life?)  Satan certainly seemed to have the knowledge of evil that would have come from the Tree of Knowledge.  Why not other such holy beings?

From Genesis 4:21-22 we see that mankind after the Fall suddenly acquires certain expertise:

His brother’s name was Jubal; he was the father of all those who play the lyre and pipe. Zillah also bore Tubal-cain; he was the forger of all instruments of bronze and iron. The sister of Tubal-cain was Naamah.

The book of 1 Enoch confirms that this occurred when the sons of God, a.k.a. Watchers, lusted after human women and traded such knowledge for sex.  They gave all sorts of secrets to mankind including sorcery, astrology, cosmetic arts for seduction, and the like.  Genesis 6:5 informs us that following this traversing of their heavenly boundaries by the bene Elohim, and “marrying” these women with the resulting abomination of the race of Nephilim being birthed, that the following happened:

The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

The consequences resulting from the evil in man’s heart were a direct result of the fall of the sons of God.

During this antediluvian era when wickedness and abomination rose to such great heights – or should I say that goodness was eradicated and all on the earth fell to the lowest depths? – perhaps other kinds of evil were seeded into the planet that wasn’t killed off by the flood.  Could it be that these deadly viruses – the understanding of which was obtained by these divine entities from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil – were planted throughout the globe to be unleashed at certain times and in specific ways?

After all, Satan and these various demonic spirits wanted nothing more than to harm mankind in every possible way.  This would seem to be one more arrow in their quiver to destroy all that God called good.

In the Tribulation, Revelation 16:2 describes the following judgment:

So the first angel went and poured out his bowl on the earth, and harmful and painful sores came upon the people who bore the mark of the beast and worshiped its image.

Is it possible that God uses one of the viruses that evil men have manipulated for their own purposes and turns it around to plague those who hate Him?  Wouldn’t that be ironic and a just reward?

We’re all aware that none of the events occurring today, or what will happen tomorrow, catch God by surprise.  If my hypothesis of where these viruses originated is correct, He was well aware that His rebellious sons would corrupt His good earth with these evil organisms.  In order to bring deliverance to a fallen people – us! – God had to allow this wickedness to percolate and grow.

But a time is coming.  It will soon be at hand.  Genesis 50:20 shows us the Lord’s mercy through these things:

As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.

The wickedness and lawlessness of the world brings us to the realization of our great need for God.  Lethal viruses and their effects can be truly awful.  Yet, God is already victorious.  When we turn to Him and place our faith and trust in Christ, none of this matters.  He has a better way and will soon redeem us from this alien and very hostile place.

Give glory to God and sing His praises.  It won’t be long before He brings us home.