Awaken Bible Prophecy 4-28-21: Long Hot Summer: Q-Dreams-Chaos

The cancel culture is alive and well. YouTube censored this video and deleted it because “we think it violates our community standards.” Fortunately, I also uploaded it to Rumble.

 

Awaken Bible Prophecy 4-28-21: Long Hot Summer: Q-Dreams-Chaos

A question that continues to percolate around the internet is whether or not the Biden Regime is truly cemented in power.  Rumors continue to fly that within months Donald Trump will once more step into the Oval Office – having overcome all the fraudulent activities that led to his supposed election defeat and to the ouster from his position as president.

Discussion points:

* Recent discussion & analysis by Praying Medic on the election

* Recent dream by Pastor Dana: The Flaming Spear Dream

* Is there a correlation between the incidents of these two items?

* Will 2021 feature a long hot summer worse than 2020?

* How should Christians approach these issues?

 

https://rumble.com/vg832n-awaken-bible-prophecy-4-28-21-long-hot-summer-q-dreams-chaos.html

 

Sources (please view these at the video site below the video):

  • Praying Medic
  • Pastor Dana – The Flaming Spear Dream
  • Real Raw News
  • My website (books & blog)

Luke 21:34 – Dissipation

As Jesus continued to speak to His disciples on the Mount of Olives about the things to come, He warned of the days during the Great Tribulation, and what they would be like in Israel. The last 3 1/2 years of this most horrible time ever to come upon the earth will be particularly difficult in the Holy Land. God has declared that Israel is His Chosen People. They will come to the point of recognizing that Jesus Christ is their Messiah, Deliverer, Savior, Lord, and King.  Unfortunately, what they must endure to come to that point of understanding, repentance, and blessing of Yeshua as the One they’ve been seeking will be a hard won salvation.

In Luke 21 Jesus describes much of what will occur in those days.  The city of Jerusalem will be overrun by Gentiles and greatly abused through the “blessings” of the Antichrist.  His coming out party will throw the Israelites into panic when they realize his anti-God fervor through his desolating the temple for all to see.  When that happens, Jesus warns those who have eyes to see and ears to hear to flee for their lives.  Many will die during this period.

The natural order of the physical realm will be in great disarray.  The actions of the sun, moon, and stars will confound all who look to the skies.  Nothing will make sense, and fear unlike any other that anyone has ever known will come upon people.  These will be signs that Jesus is about to step out of heaven – out of the spiritual realm – into the physical universe, visible for all to see.

Jesus warns that anyone living in those days – that generation in that particular time – should see all that is happening and realize that God’s Kingdom is about to manifest on the earth.  He likens this realization to the fig tree and its organic development to become fruit bearing.  Leaves appear first in the spring.  As summer comes, figs mature and grow ripe.  So it is with these prophetic events.  They will move forward progressively from one event to another until the fig is ready to be plucked, i.e. all of God’s preparation is in place for Jesus to appear.

In His discourse, Jesus makes this statement in Luke 21:34:

“But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap.”

The word dissipation is of interest.  It is the Greek word kraipalé (Strong’s 2897), which on the surface means just what it says: dissipation, surfeiting (KJV), and drunkenness (drunken nausea).  But wait, it’s almost as though Jesus repeats Himself using this word that can mean drunkenness, and then to also warn about intoxication/drunkenness in the same sentence.  In the Strong’s Concordance, it makes the interesting observation that kraipalé is “probably from the same as harpazo.”

The word harpazo (Strong’s 726) should be familiar to those of you who adhere to the pre-Tribulation Rapture.  This is the very word that means to snatch away, to catch up, to seize; i.e. it’s the word we associate with the Rapture.  Going a little further down into the rabbit hole, Strong’s Concordance then tells us that harpazo is “from a derivative of haireomai.”

Haireomai is Strong’s 138 from the Greek root haireó.  This is where it gets interesting.  Haireó means to choose or to prefer based on self-interest, i.e. it implies a personal choice, or a taking for oneself.

Climbing back out of our deep warren where the rabbit took us, it appears as though Jesus is pointing out that those upon whom this trap may come have chosen this for themselves because of their self-interest.  In other words, they thought that the choices they made would benefit them in the here and now, and they cared little for the eternal consequences.

What does that mean from a practical perspective?  Recall that in the Tribulation around the midpoint, the 666 Mark of the Beast system of buying and selling will be implemented.  When people take the Mark, they also commit their hearts in worship to Satan.  They deliberately choose him over Jesus Christ.  One reason among others is the practical side; only by taking the Mark are they able to acquire food and goods in order to survive.  They decide that the world system will care for them, i.e. God can’t or won’t or they simply don’t care, and they reject the eternal consequences.

The Word of God warns us repeatedly about deception and how great it will be during the Tribulation.  People will be deceived that Antichrist and his regime is a better choice for their survival than Jesus Christ.  In their self-interest they fall into Antichrist’s trap, thinking that by following him all will be well.

This is why Jesus explicitly tells us in Luke 21:36:

“But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

All who wish to see the Kingdom of God will do so only through faith in Christ.  For those who come to the Lord during the Tribulation, they – just like us as believers today prior to the Rapture – must remain awake, watchful, and full of prayer.  These seven years will not be easy for those who enter that time.  Many – oh, so many! – will die.  Those who turn to Jesus will largely all be martyred for their faith.  Yet, that will be the most blessed event they can imagine because it brings them into the presence of the Lord.

For all who are still asleep: Wake up! All these things will soon come to pass. Are you ready?

Luke 21:9 – Things That Must Occur

Are we close to the return of Jesus? If we believe what He said to His disciples on the Mount of Olives, we certainly are. The parallel passage in Luke to Jesus’ conversation with His disciples in Matthew 24 starts with them praising the temple in Jerusalem and how beautiful it is.  Jesus shocks them by saying nothing will be left of the temple at some point to come.  His prophecy was fulfilled in 70 AD when Rome sacked Jerusalem and destroyed the temple.  He goes on to say in answer to the disciples’ questions that first they mustn’t be deceived by anyone in latter days who declares he is the Messiah speaking the Word of the Lord.  Why?  Jesus won’t return in that manner.

Jesus then goes on to say that much will occur in the natural realm in the times prior to His return.  He describes the turmoil of those days in Luke 21:9-11 and how tumultuous they will be:

“And when you hear of wars and tumults, do not be terrified, for these things must first take place, but the end will not be at once.”

Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.”

A chronicler of the signs of the times is Michael Snyder who regularly posts on several blogs, one of which he calls End of the American Dream.  As readers of my work know, I strongly believe in a pre-Tribulation Rapture.  As far as I’m concerned, Scriptural evidence for that position is overwhelming.  I’ve both written and taught on this, having made a number of videos of this teaching (see my YouTube channel).  Snyder is not a pre-Trib Rapture believer; although I’m not exactly sure of his position, he’s probably a post-Tribber.  As such, he advocates a prepping mentality to prepare for entering and enduring the Tribulation.  There’s nothing wrong with having a store of food, etc. on hand for short-term, unexpected events, but no amount of prepping in the world can enable someone to get through the Tribulation unscathed.  Only deliverance out of the Tribulation by Jesus in the pre-Trib Rapture assures that.  Regardless of all this, Snyder’s blog is incredibly informative, and I view it often.

One of Michael Snyder’s recent blog posts was titled “10 Signs That Major End Times Events Are In Motion Here In 2021.”

(http://endoftheamericandream.com/10-signs-that-major-end-times-events-are-in-motion-here-in-2021/)

In this article he lists the following signs with discussion about them:

#1 Natural Disasters

#2 Civil Unrest

#3 War With Russia

#4 War With China

#5 War With Iran

#6 Rising Food Prices

#7 Economic Collapse

#8 An Increase In Wickedness

#9 Persecution

#10 Large Numbers Of Western Christians Falling For End Times Deception

One other sign Snyder has reported on are the locust plagues that have decimated Africa and southern Asia.  He has also commented extensively on the Chinese virus “pandemic,” the UFO phenomena, and other high profile events that are roiling the world.

For our purposes, please note how many things are occurring all at the same time.  We call this Convergence, i.e. the coming together of multiple signs of the times – something that has never before happened in such a manner.  The world is experiencing all the indicators that point to a soon-to-be-realized fulfillment of Jesus’ Words.

We don’t know when Jesus will come back in the clouds to snatch away His Bride to keep and protect her from the wrath of God to come, but He said these things must happen first. Guess what? They are! Jesus also said the end will not be at once. That means there is some level of worldly disruption that we as the Bride of Christ must endure before our deliverance.

I’ve always wondered whether ease and comfort are the worst persecution the American church will experience before He comes. Apparently not. We see each day the noose tightening around the neck of Christians. The world hates us, and we will pay a price for that.

The Good News is that our cost is nothing like that which the world will pay for not believing that Jesus is Savior and God. It’s not too late for those who remain unbelieving and vulnerable to God’s judgment, but time is growing short.

If you’re reading this and don’t know the Lord Jesus Christ, please wait no longer. If you do know Him, then rejoice. He is coming soon!

Luke 20:36 – Equal to Angels

The scribes and chief priests, the Pharisees and the Sadducees, all came to Jesus with their own agendas hoping to catch Him as a false prophet and thus denounce Him.  At one point, the Sadducees tried to trip Him up with questions about the afterlife.  As opposed to the Pharisees, they didn’t believe in the resurrection; as such they were more worldly, i.e. probably much less religious, than the Pharisees.  In their question about a married man dying and his brothers all subsequently marrying his wife as was the custom, they attempted to trick Jesus into their point of view.  Jesus’ answer provides two interesting concepts for our consideration.

The first concept is the implication that many have taken from this interchange, i.e. the Genesis 6 narrative of the sons of God coming to earth and procreating with human women can’t really mean what the text says.  In their un-supernatural viewpoint, they think that “angels” can’t “create”, i.e. they don’t have the means to bring life into the world because that would be an act of creation, which is solely in the province of God.  As a result, they came up with the entirely unbiblical story that rather than the sons of God (bene Elohim) being spiritual entities, they were men of the line of Seth.  They use this passage in Luke 20:34-35 to justify their argument:

And Jesus said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage, but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and to the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage, for they cannot die anymore, because they are equal to angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.”

The sons of Seth theorists believe that since Jesus says people in the resurrection will be like angels and not marry, that angels can’t procreate.  There are a couple of problems with this reasoning.  First is that Jesus’ reference is to angels in heaven, not to the sons of God who came down to the earth (there is a difference).  Location matters.  Secondly, just because a spiritual being doesn’t do something, does not necessarily mean that it cannot do that thing.  Jude 6 tells us that the angels (i.e. sons of God) trespassed the boundaries of their spiritual authority.  They didn’t remain in heaven as God intended them to do.  What physical capabilities did they acquire as they took on fleshly form?  Additionally what was that spiritual authority they overstepped?  In 2 Peter 2:4-8, the apostle references this incident and equates it with the sexual sin of Sodom and Gomorrah.  For Peter to do that, he must have had a strong reason.  The sons of Seth theory that it was only men who married the daughters of Cain in Genesis 6:1-4 simply doesn’t match what the Biblical text strongly implies.

The other fascinating reference Jesus makes in this passage is that last verse in Luke 20:36:

“… for they cannot die anymore, because they are equal to angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.”

Those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and to the resurrection from the dead” (Luke 20:35) are those who have either been Raptured/resurrected from the dead or Raptured while still alive at the same time.  This is the point in time that we who are bought by the blood of Jesus are transformed and given glorified bodies.  We “are equal to angels” and “are sons of God.”

Consider the implications of that.  Elsewhere in 1 John 3:2, we are told that we will be like Jesus because we’ll see Him in the glorified state that He has already transformed into from His fleshly body.  We can’t imagine all that this implies, but we know that Jesus either walked through walls or materialized out of nowhere to appear to the disciples after His crucifixion (John 20:19-23).  We also know that in this glorified state He could eat (John 21:12-14) if He so desired.

Our glorified bodies will apparently be a hybrid of the human and spiritual states.  We’ll be different from all other spiritual beings but in one sense, we’ll be like them.

As true believers in Jesus Christ, we have already become children of God.  However, this is another instance of “already, but not yet” theology.  What we are today as His sons and daughters isn’t like what we will be.  Our transformation will make that designation complete.

We also know from 1 Corinthians 6:3 that we will judge angels!  In our glorified bodies, as true and complete children of God, He will impart to us the means to fairly bring judgment upon those spiritual beings that rebelled at various times throughout history.  They will be resurrected along with the dead of humanity and judged at the White Throne Judgment in the same manner as unbelieving people, i.e. those who died not believing in Christ.

Are we capable of that responsibility today?  By no means!  But then, when we no longer see through the glass darkly (1 Corinthians 13:12), we will have vision and insight that allows us to rightly evaluate the sins of these spiritual beings who stepped away from God’s grace.

What God has planned for us is incredible and beyond our imaginations.  I can’t wait!

Luke 20:19 – Prophetic Fulfillment

The parables that Jesus spoke were for the purpose of veiling His Words so that an unbelieving people wouldn’t be given truth that would do them no good. Mark 4:10-12 illustrates this:

And when he was alone, those around him with the twelve asked him about the parables. And he said to them, “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables, so that

“‘they may indeed see but not perceive,

    and may indeed hear but not understand,

lest they should turn and be forgiven.’”

While in Jerusalem during Holy Week just days before His crucifixion. Jesus related the Parable of the Wicked Tenants as He taught in the temple.  This parable spoke of how the owner of a vineyard arranged for tenants to tend for it while he was away on a long journey.  When he wanted to reap some of the fruits of his land, he sent various servants to claim them.  However, the tenants had turned against the vineyard owner and mercilessly beat the man’s servants.  Worse, when he sent his son to claim what was rightfully his, they killed the son.  The parable declares that the tenants would suffer a terrible fate for their wicked actions toward the vineyard owner.

Jesus, of course, was speaking of Israel and what had happened over the years between God and the Israelites.  God had provided a land filled with milk and honey, a bountiful vineyard.  Everything in Israel and the world belongs to God.  He owns the cattle on a thousand hills (Psalm 50:10).  He expected nothing from His children other than their allegiance, i.e. the fruit of the vineyard.

In His absence from Israel, God sent many prophets to remind the Israelites of where their worship should be directed.  They had turned away from Him and lifted up foreign gods, so the prophets tried to redirect their hearts back to Him.  Instead, the wickedness of the people’s hearts overcame their common sense.  Rather than responding positively to the Word of the Lord through His prophets, they inevitably killed many of them.  They had decided they wanted nothing to do with Yahweh, the One true God, who had given them all things.  They thought they could be self-sufficient and follow other gods with no consequences.

In speaking of the vineyard owner sending his son whom the tenants killed, Jesus prophesied about His own death at the hands of God’s very children.  Because of this atrocious sin, great evil would come upon them in a rightly deserved judgment.  Because God sees and knows all things past, present, and future, Jesus spoke of their fate where they would lose all they had, even their very land.

Jesus spoke this parable within the parable in Luke 20:17:

But he looked directly at them and said, “What then is this that is written:

“‘The stone that the builders rejected

    has become the cornerstone’?

He was the cornerstone that the people of Israel rejected.  In spurning Jesus, they fell upon Him and were crushed.  Within forty years the Romans destroyed the temple in 70 AD.  By 135 AD the Jews had been almost completely separated from their God-given land.  The Romans even renamed it Palestine to cement their dismissal and loss.

In a flash of insight, the scribes and chief priests recognized their part in Jesus’ parable, as we see in Luke 20:19:

The scribes and the chief priests sought to lay hands on him at that very hour, for they perceived that he had told this parable against them, but they feared the people.

In seeking then to deliver [Jesus] up to the authority and jurisdiction of the governor (Luke 20:20), the Pharisees actually became a part of the fulfillment of the prophetic Word of the parable.

Did they understand that aspect, i.e. that they were no different than the people before them who had killed God’s prophets?  Would it have made any difference if they did?

Unfortunately the attitude of these religious men was the same as so many today that spurn the Word of God.  Rather than read and understand the Bible for what it is, they interpret it for their own purposes.  Whenever anyone does this and strays from Scripture’s truth, it’s as inevitable as night following day that they will turn even further from God.

The Bible’s truth is absolute.  It says that in these last days, great apostasy will occur.  Such turning from God can only happen in the house of God.  Indeed, we see this in more churches throughout our land and the world than we can possibly number.  It has to be this way as preparation for the evil that will overcome the world in the 7-year Tribulation, as sad and grievous as that is.

However, these dark times also provide those who truly follow the Lord Jesus Christ with the opportunity to be salt and light in the world that He said we should be.  There is great fear in the hearts of many.  Some of them will respond to the Gospel – the Good News of salvation through Christ alone.

There will be no grand revival in these days before the Rapture of the church and the subsequent Tribulation; that will occur only during those awful seven years with many coming to Christ but also being martyred for their faith.  However, the fields are ripe for harvest right now.

Are we being obedient to the Lord and harvesting?  Or are we cowering in fear because the world system is against us?  This is a choice every single one of us must make.

Luke 19:44 – Not One Stone

God is omniscient, i.e. He knows all things from past to future.  Yet, isn’t it interesting how when something bad He knows will happen actually does occur, He still grieves over it?  With the view God has of eternity as the Alpha and Omega – the beginning and the end – the Lord sees from a perspective out of time.  As humans, we’re limited to the here and now and what we know of the past, but the future is unknown.  God knows the future, every possible variation of it (which is mind-blowing when you consider that!).

The Lord knew that Adam and Eve would disobey Him.  He knew that David would fail to go out to war in the spring of that one year and sin by taking Bathsheba as his own despite her being another man’s wife (2 Samuel 11:4).  God knew how stiff-necked – rebellious – and disobedient His Chosen People would be from the very first.

It’s the reason Jesus came to earth.  God was very well aware that man could not redeem himself.  It was beyond his fleshly nature once sin had entered into it.  Regardless of all this advance and comprehensive knowledge, Jesus in His incarnation couldn’t contain His grief at what His children Israel did.

Nearing the time of His crucifixion, Jesus entered Jerusalem.  Look at how He reacted in Luke 19:41-42:

And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.

Jesus wept over the city.  Israel had the opportunity to turn wholly to the Lord, but didn’t.  It grieved Jesus so much that He wept.  He knew the extent of Israel’s apostasy, but that didn’t keep Him from displaying His true feelings.

In a similar manner, seeing the effect of death when His friend Lazarus died, Jesus likewise wept (John 11:35).  Humanity and its failings has continually caused God much distress.

Jesus knew He would die a horrible death.  That wasn’t what he wept for here.  He poured out tears for Israel because He knew their fate.  Some forty years later, the Romans would come against the holy city where he had put His Name.  The result would be as Jesus said in Luke 19:44:

“… and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you. And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”

In 70 AD because of the sin of the people, Jerusalem itself, and the magnificent temple within it, would be destroyed.  Every stone of the temple would be overturned, as Roman soldiers sought for gold that would melt when fire razed it to the ground.

It broke Jesus’ heart.  His Words ring as warning for both Israel in that day and for us in these latter days. Jesus said he wept for His children “because you did not know the time of your visitation.”

God Himself had come to redeem His people and they had no clue, no understanding of the times.  God had praised the men of Issachar because they knew the times (1 Chronicles 12:32).  When the promised Messiah came to Israel, they were clueless.  If they had only known, how different it would have turned out for this nation which God had raised up as His special inheritance (Deuteronomy 32:9).

We have the Word of the Lord as our guide and the means to understand the times.  God has given us prophetic warning in almost 1/3 of Scripture.  But, people, by and large, don’t read their Bibles today.  Seminaries and Bible colleges don’t teach their students the prophetic Word.  Pastors, as a result, don’t know or understand what God has said prophetically will happen, and often fear even touching the subject.

Bible prophecy should raise up the church as a light in the gathering darkness to warn an unbelieving world what God intends.  It should give believers hope and spur us to action.  Instead, it’s ignored while the ears of congregations are tickled and treated so tenderly in the seeker-sensitive format so as not to alarm.  Worse, pastors encourage their flocks to seek their best lives now and to focus on the rewards of this world through such teachings as the prosperity or social justice gospels.

Seeing all this today and knowing what is coming, Jesus must weep.

Let us realize that the time of Jesus’ next visitation is drawing near.  He will come on the clouds and snatch away His true church prior to God’s judgment.  We will be spared from the wrath of God to come as we enjoy being the Bride of our loving Bridegroom and Savior.

I pray that everyone reading this is prepared by understanding the times.

2 Samuel 9:1 – Unmerited Grace

The practice of kingly succession typically involved extreme bloodshed. When a king died or was overthrown, the one who rose to power wanted to cement his authority and prevent any possible contenders for the throne.  As such, the new king would execute all members of the family of the prior king.  He would kill the sons and anyone else he deemed problematic to his continued ability to rule uncontested.

Because this is the way things had always been done, this general thinking prevailed, even to the point that someone would try to curry favor with the new king by showing supposed allegiance.

Events like this happened at least a couple times upon the death of Saul with David taking his anointed place as king.  The first occurred immediately following Saul’s death.  He had actually killed himself to prevent his enemies the satisfaction.  However, an Amalekite who witnessed Saul’s demise took it upon himself to brag to David that he had killed Saul so that he wouldn’t be taken by this man’s fellow Amalekites.

That didn’t go well with David.  We know his attitude toward the Lord’s anointed such as Saul.  David had taken the position that he would do nothing to raise his hand against Saul while he lived; that it was all up to God as to when David should come to power.  This young Amalekite crossed that line by lying that he was responsible for Saul’s death, as merciful as it might have been.  For that transgression, David had him killed (2 Samuel 1:15).

It didn’t stop there.  Saul had another son besides Jonathan by the name of Ish-bosheth.  He was a weak man, but Abner, Saul’s commander at the time, loyally raised this son to king in Saul’s place.  A couple of men who looked at this situation attempted to right it in their own eyes.  Apparently they knew of David’s place as rightful king after Saul, so they took it upon themselves to kill Ish-bosheth.

This was another drastic misreading of David and his Godly approach to the throne and those from Saul’s family.  If he wouldn’t touch Saul or those related to him, he certainly would have nothing to do with another who took such action.  David viewed Ish-bosheth as an innocent man, and the taking of his blood was wrong.  He likewise had these men killed (2 Samuel 4:12).

The effect of David’s actions in this regard was extremely positive to those in the kingdom who had continued to support Saul.  They saw that David was righteous and had nothing to do with this murder, and it actually cemented the kingdom for him with the people’s loyalty.

Once David had secured many victories, he thought again of Saul and asked if there was anyone else related to him that he could bless.  He learned of his grandson, Mephibosheth, who had been crippled earlier when his nurse had tried to flee with him to prevent his death upon kingly succession when she heard of Saul’s death (2 Samuel 4:4).

David had no obligation to this young man.  Mephibosheth with his crippling injury had little to look forward to in life; neither was he a threat to David in any way because of his condition.  His father the king was dead, and any power or authority he might have had through that relationship was gone.

Can you imagine what went through Mephiboseth’s mind when he learned that David wished to see him?  Knowing how a dead king’s family was treated in those days, he likely feared for his life, despite hearing how David had acted in the other circumstances.

But David was different.  He was a man after God’s own heart.  The Lord is a merciful and loving God who is righteous in all His ways.  David exhibited this trait toward Mephibosheth.  In 2 Samuel 9:1 we learn:

And David said, “Is there still anyone left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?”

David wanted to show this broken man kindness when he likely expected nothing but violence toward him.  Upon bringing Mephibosheth into his presence, David blessed him, as we see in 2 Samuel 9:13:

So Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, for he ate always at the king’s table. Now he was lame in both his feet.

This was an act of unmerited grace.  David had no obligation to do anything for him, and Mephibosheth could certainly do nothing whatsoever for the man who was now king in place of his grandfather.

This is a picture of our helpless condition before God.  In our sins, we are broken and deserve nothing but death.  We can’t do anything about our situation, and we bring nothing to God that He wants or needs.  Yet, in his mercy He extends to us unmerited grace.

He sent His One and only, His unique Son, to die for us that we might be redeemed from the grave, even as David gave Mephibosheth this miraculous reprieve.

How grateful Mephibosheth must have been!  How grateful we should be!

The beauty of the Bible is that God shows us His character through accounts such as this event with David and Mephibosheth.  God is good.  We can count on Him.

How blessed we are to know the Lord!

Luke 18:19 – Good Person Test

Many people think that because they’re a “good person,” they’ll go to heaven.  Even large numbers in the Christian community believe that’s the way to eternal life.  Of course, if they read the Bible and believed what Jesus and Paul said, they’d know the truth.  In John 3:3, Jesus told Nicodemus:

“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Then, of course, He told him in John 3:16-18:

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.”

Famously as well, Paul declared under the direction of the Holy Spirit in Ephesians 2:8-9:

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

The Bible is clear that a special work of God must occur for a person to enter eternal life with Him; it’s not anything someone does on his own to merit God’s favor as to whether or not he is worthy.

That’s good news!  The prophet said in Isaiah 64:6:

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

Nothing any of us does to please God is of any use; our sins cover us as the filthiest of rags, and we’re unable to clean up ourselves.  It’s a useless endeavor to even think that’s possible.

So, why is it that people think their good deeds will get them to heaven?  Most of us have a sense of self-righteousness; this is heightened by Satan’s dirty little whisperings in our ears that we can do life ourselves without the need for God.  After all, aren’t we our own gods?

I’d say, it’s a combination of our sinful thinking, along with Satan’s constant efforts to turn us from the truth.  Naturally, this isn’t anything new.  It’s been going on for as long as man has been on the earth, and Satan was determined to thwart God because of his hatred for Him.

Jesus encountered this attitude in the rich young ruler, who asked Him how he could enter eternal life.  We learn in Luke 18:19 how Jesus responded:

And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.”

He proceeded to give this young man what today we call the Good Person Test that was popularized in recent years by Ray Comfort of Way of the Master.

The gist of the test is to ask whether someone thinks he’s a good person.  Probably 99% of the people will reply that they are or they hope so.  Our sense of self-goodness seems to be an engrained characteristic in most of us.  Once we’ve established that they don’t know Biblical truth, we can go on to show them how flawed their thinking is.

A sequence of questions may be:

“Have you ever told a lie?”

“Have you ever stolen anything?”

“Have you ever looked at another person with lust?”

Most people try to evade these questions.  Some will say they’ve never told a lie or stolen anything.  Even if they declare their intentions have always been pure regarding how they’ve looked on someone else who is desirable, it’s easy to work through the Ten Commandments to find one they have to admit they broke.  “Has your heart always been pure toward God?  Have you loved Him each and every day of your life?”  Oops, there goes Commandment #1.

This is what Jesus effectively did in this interchange.  He had the young ruler congratulating himself that he was worthy of heaven by his good works.  Once he’d puffed himself up in his own eyes by his self-righteousness, Jesus lowered the boom.  In Luke 18:22 we see:

When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”

Riches and wealth were this fellow’s undoing.  That was where his heart was – not toward the Lord.  His possessions were his idol and his sin was the breaking of the Second Commandment.  Upon Jesus revealing this to him, he knew that his own works were inadequate.  The law had shown him the condition of his soul – just as it was intended to do.

That’s what the Good Person Test does even in this day for someone who is willing to examine his life and honestly wishes to know the truth.  Ray Comfort has made hundreds of videos with him speaking to people and asking them Ten Commandment questions to get at the root of their “goodness.”  I highly recommend them.  If you watch the eyes of the people closely whom Ray speaks with, if the Holy Spirit has convicted them (because it’s all a work of the Spirit – not of Ray or any of us), you will see a change.  Their eyes grow softer and troubled.  At that point they are open to the Gospel.  Conversely, many aren’t convicted and go away from the exchange still assured of their own righteousness.

We don’t know if the rich young ruler ever had a change of heart.  We’d like to think so.  Perhaps later the Holy Spirit convicted him with the seed that Jesus planted, and he followed Him as a true disciple.  Perhaps not.

Just as with Jesus, we can only do our part to bring the light of truth to others.  If we are obedient in this, then we’re pleasing to God.  It’s all part of occupying where we’re at until Christ returns.  After that, it’s on the person who heard the Word of God whether or not he will obey it.

Awaken Prophecy Update 4-21-21 Alien Grooming

Awaken Bible Prophecy Update 4-21-21: Alien Grooming

 

The subject of aliens and UFOs inevitably makes churches uneasy.  Most pastors shy far from the subject because they don’t want to be seen as controversial or wacko.

 

Discussion Points:

  • Types of Close Encounters
  • Two camps regarding Close Encounters
  • Public acceptance of aliens
  • Continuing need for crisis
  • Crisis scenarios
  • Threat or Peaceful co-existence?
  • Successful alien contact or deception?

 

 

Sources:

 

Alien Resistance:

http://www.alienresistance.org/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCU1K6BYUpbE-qU-bS1MKjOA

 

CE4 Research:

http://www.alienresistance.org/ce4.htm

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC06K8J1Een7cPNi1s6zCiAQ

 

Gary Ritter teachings on aliens:

Aliens & UFOs – A Christian Perspective: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptf9KhN1QCM

Unseen Realm – Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ad-mmfaOU_c

Unseen Realm – Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9J7GT-LLFXo

Unseen Realm – Part 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBTW_slmb2g

 

Unacknowledged: : An Expose of the World’s Greatest Secret:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08G7MP6HG/

 

Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind: Contact Has Begun:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08GJ7F9Y2

 

Bloomberg re: vaccination slowdown:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-04-15/unused-vaccines-are-piling-up-across-u-s-as-some-regions-resist?srnd=politics-vp

 

MUFON.com:

https://www.mufon.com/

 

Wikipedia – Close Encounters:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Close_encounter

 

Stargate SG-1:

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118480/

 

Stargate Atlantis:

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0374455/

 

Gary Ritter website:

http://garyritter.com/ 

 

Gary Ritter novel – Alien Revelation:

Luke 18:7 – Crying for Justice

To anyone whose head isn’t buried in the sand, the world is growing darker.  There are those who take the unbiblical view that God will halt this progression into greater wickedness and bring an amazing revival.  However, all one must do is read his Bible to see that in these latter days, no such event is prophesied to occur.

Proponents of the New Apostolic Reformation, also known as Dominionism or Kingdom Now theology, maintain that God will infuse the church with great power and influence to bring about their wished-for resurgence of Christianity in the world.  Unfortunately, all these folks have to hang their hats on is this aspiration that all will soon be well and the world will become a better place.

Where does it say that in Scripture?  In order to believe such a fanciful dream, one has to completely ignore the plain sense of the Word of God that was spoken by Jesus, Paul, and John.  They clearly conveyed that sin will increase, faith will erode, and great evil will be unleashed.  At the height of this, according to the Bible, true Christ-followers will be snatched away from the earth to safety as the Bride of Christ to be with their beloved, as God finally brings justice upon an unbelieving world during the Tribulation.

Admittedly, the time of COVID seems to have dampened the enthusiasm of the Dominionist adherents somewhat, as their prophets and apostles largely foretold much that never came to pass.  When a prophet is wrong so much, his influence should certainly wane as people begin to ignore his false words.

The truth of the matter is that this prophesied revival that these various Kingdom Now celebrities decreed will happen during the Tribulation.  Could there be, and perhaps are there, isolated revivals around the country or the world?  Absolutely, but not in the manner told by the men and women clutching onto the New Apostolic persuasion.  One of their main tenets holds that there are seven primary spheres of influence in the culture; they call these the Seven Mountains over which they have a mandate to ascend and gain Christian influence and authority.  These so-called seven mountains are indeed central to society.  They are:

  1. Education
  2. Religion
  3. Family
  4. Business
  5. Government/Military
  6. Arts/Entertainment
  7. Media

In fact, there is demonic effort afoot to seize and maintain control of all these areas of influence that has largely been accomplished.  If we consider those leaders who have risen to the top of each of these mountainous heaps, it’s easy to see they aren’t Christians; rather they are unbelievers who have taken the heights of societal dominance for Satan and his minions.

No, the revivals sought by the prophets and apostles today will only occur during the Tribulation; but what revival it will be!  The book of Revelation shows us multiple scenes where those who have become believers during the Tribulation and lost their lives as martyrs gather at the throne of God in massive numbers.

Before that occurs, as noted above, each day will proceed downward into greater darkness.  When Jesus told the parable of the Persistent Widow, He could have been thinking of this very time in which we live.

Consider: who of you with true faith hasn’t observed the wickedness all around us and cried out for justice?  In each of the seven cultural mountains, we see increasingly horrible events.  In education, children K-6 are being indoctrinated with trans, gender confusion ideologies and told they should question who they really are despite their biological sex.  We’re told that families should be comprised of anyone who loves someone else regardless of their actual sex or even their familial relationship.  Even parents and their own children are petitioning the courts to join as couples.  Daily, we’re bombarded by copious lies from our media overlords who tell us what to think regardless how little sense their words make.  Exposés have recently come out about major news organizations that fabricate information for public consumption based on what they want people to think.  Truth doesn’t play any part of this narrative.  These are just three examples of the seven.  Much more could be said.

And so we come to the parable in Luke 18:7.  Just as the widow continually cried out to the unrighteous judge:

“And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them?”

Don’t we too bring these matters before the Lord day and night because of how they grieve us?

Yet, a day is coming when all will be made right.  Jesus tells us in Luke 18:8:

“I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”

That justice we decry will come, and actually, the faithful in Christ won’t be here.  We’ll have been Raptured seven years prior.  Upon Jesus’ return, however, at the conclusion of the Tribulation, this is where His last question pertains.  Evil and injustice will be so pervasive that few will remain who trust in God.  Many Tribulation believers will become those saints who worship the Lord in heaven by the time all the terror of these seven years conclude.

However, the Bible tells of two things:

  1. The first is Matthew 24:22 where Jesus says: “And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.”
  2. The second is that Revelation reveals that in the Millennial Kingdom, mortal humans will occupy that 1,000 years in nations, and that there will be many unbelievers among mankind during that time whom Satan, when he’s released, will deceive (see Revelation 20).

This tells us that Tribulation believers will go into the Millennium, i.e. the elect of the Tribulation still alive at the end will continue in their humanity to populate the earth during Christ’s 1,000 year reign.  A large swath of mankind during this time will turn from God, but not all.

Thus, to answer Jesus’ question, yes, in both instances – at the end of the Tribulation and at the conclusion of the Millennium – there will be faith on earth.

It will be true faith as well because of its cost.  Just as God requires us to have true faith (believing loyalty) during our day, i.e. a heart that is full of love for Him and desires to obey all His commands, it will be the same during these future periods.

Thankfully, the Lord is merciful.  He keeps all His promises.  Because he is worthy and His Word is true, we can cry out to Him and know that He indeed will bring justice upon the earth.