God Always Warns Before Judgment - By Grant Phillips - https://www.raptureready.com/2022/09/24/god-always-warns-before-judgment-by-grant-phillips/
When I was growing up, I always received warnings from my parents about various issues. I’m sure you did too. “Don’t touch that; you’ll cut yourself. Don’t touch that; you’ll burn yourself. Be very careful using these tools. They’re not toys. Don’t play in the road.” I’ll never forget my mother warning us not to leave our drink unattended because someone could put something in it. I didn’t understand until years later what she was referring to.
Children don’t usually appreciate the many warnings they receive from their parents until they have children of their own. Why do we receive warnings from those who are wiser? Could it be because they love us and don’t wish to see us suffer? Could it be that they know what is ahead if we ignore their warnings? Well, God loves us, and He knows what is ahead.
God warned Adam and Eve not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:16). He warned the people of Noah’s day that a worldwide flood was coming, and 120 years later, the flood came. All were drowned except eight, Noah and his family. God warned Nineveh through Noah of judgment if they did not repent. God warned Judah for 345 years to repent or face judgment, and also Israel for 210 years. Neither listened, and both were carried off into slavery.
There is another judgment coming upon the whole world that will be even worse than the flood of Noah’s day. Jesus said of this judgment, “For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened” (Matthew 24:21-22).
The book of Revelation, which details the coming seven-year Tribulation, was written in 95 A.D. It has been warning us since that time that Jesus is coming back, and everything in this book will be fulfilled.
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away” (Matthew 24:35).
The purpose of the Tribulation is for God to bring the Jewish nation back to Himself through repentance and to know their Messiah, and also to judge the world. Many will come to Christ during that time but will be martyred for doing so.
Twenty-one judgments will come upon the world; seven seal judgments, seven trumpet judgments, and seven bowl judgments.
At this point, I would like to show a very brief preview of what these judgments will be, as shown in the book of Revelation.
Seven Seal Judgments
First Seal (white horse): Antichrist appears (6:1-2)
Second Seal (red horse): World will be at war (6:3-4)
Third Seal (black horse): Worldwide famine (6:5-6)
Fourth Seal (pale horse): ¼ of mankind will die (6:7-8)
Fifth Seal: Martyrs are in Heaven (6:9-11)
Sixth Seal: World devastated and in ruin. (6:12-17)
Seventh Seal: Seven trumpets will be introduced. (8:1-2)
Seven Trumpet Judgments
First Trumpet: 1/3 of earth’s vegetation destroyed by hail, fire and blood. (8:7)
Second Trumpet: 1/3 of the oceans polluted by a fireball from heaven. (8:8-9)
Third Trumpet: 1/3 of fresh water polluted. (8:10-11)
Fourth Trumpet: 1/3 of sun, moon, stars darkened (8:12)
Fifth Trumpet: Agonizing torment by demons (9:1-12)
Sixth Trumpet: 1/3 of mankind slaughtered by demons (9:13-21)
Seventh Trumpet: Announcement of Christ’s Kingdom reign (11:15-19)
Seven Bowl Judgments
First Bowl: Sores upon followers of Antichrist (16:2)
Second Bowl: Seas turned to blood; all marine life dies (16:3)
Third Bowl: All fresh water turned to blood (16:4-7)
Fourth Bowl: Scorching heat from sun (16:8-9)
Fifth Bowl: Darkness and pain upon Antichrist’s kingdom (16:10-11)
Sixth Bowl: Euphrates River dried up; Armageddon (16:12-16)
Seventh Bowl: Earthquakes and hail (16:17-21)
Please turn in your Bibles to the Scripture references and read each of the judgments. I have only provided a skeleton of an explanation for each one. Over one-half of the world’s population will die, and the suffering during that time will be off the charts! You do not want to be here when the Tribulation begins.
Some may say, “I’ll just turn to Christ and get saved.” Actually, if you are in the Tribulation, there is a good chance you will not turn to Christ (2 Thessalonians 2:11-12), and even if you do, you will probably suffer martyrdom.
“And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (2 Thessalonians 2:11-12).
Our world right now is turned on its head and begging for the judgment of God. Most folks are saying that nothing has happened in two thousand years, so there is no God. The Lord says through Peter:
“Most importantly, I want to remind you that in the last days scoffers will come, mocking the truth and following their own desires. They will say, ‘What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again? From before the times of our ancestors, everything has remained the same since the world was first created.’
“They deliberately forget that God made the heavens by the word of his command, and he brought the earth out from the water and surrounded it with water. Then he used the water to destroy the ancient world with a mighty flood. And by the same word, the present heavens and earth have been stored up for fire. They are being kept for the day of judgment when ungodly people will be destroyed.
“But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent” (2 Peter 3:3-9 NLT).
Folks, we are right on the brink of Christ’s return. Yes, He has been warning us for a long time. It seems to those who do not know Him that it will never happen, but remember this: every last prophecy of His first coming was fulfilled to the letter. There is no reason to think it will be otherwise for His return.
There is nothing more important than the eternal destination of our souls. Think about this: Do you have regrets in your life? I’m sure you do. Everyone probably has something in their life where they wish they had made a better decision. Now is the time to get it right about where you will spend eternity.
I’m sure the people in Noah’s day thought there would never be a worldwide flood since it had never rained at that time, but the flood came.
Jesus said there has never been anything like the Tribulation and never will be again, but it is coming (Matthew 24:21-22). The world is ripe for judgment, and any day now, that judgment will come.
Remember those regrets in your life? Well, once the Church is removed, you will be in the Tribulation, and there is no turning back. Then you will be forced to serve the Antichrist or be a martyr for Jesus Christ. If you choose the Antichrist, and you very well may, you will suffer hell on earth and then hell in the lake of fire for eternity.
Jesus, the true Christ, loves you very much. Now is the time to face Him as your Savior and Lord rather than your Judge later on.
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Prophecy Line: Tribulation Temple Clock Ticking… - Terry James - https://terryjamesprophecyline.com/blog/
The believer’s pathways toward the future are illuminated through the prophetic Word of God. Many specific signs are posted along those pathways. God’s prophets—of whom Jesus, the Son of God, the Second Person of the Godhead, is greatest—foretells things to come with unerring clarity.
The Third Temple, the subject of this commentary, is one such prophetic sign. That Jewish house of worship is prophetically scheduled to be constructed atop the most volatile piece of real estate on the planet. That rocky plot of earth is feared by world diplomats to present the greatest threat to Mideast and world peace.
Mount Moriah, known as the Temple Mount, is a focal point for adherents of the world’s three most prominent religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Only worshippers within Islam, at present, are allowed to worship upon this promontory at the southern area of Jerusalem. Merely the hint of the other religions’ attempts to conduct worship atop Moriah is met with violence from Muslim militants. It seems inconceivable that a Jewish house of worship can ever be built there.
Yet, there is more than a concept—the matter of wanting to build a Jewish Temple on Moriah. In the thinking of some, it is as good as already done. That’s because the God of Heaven has declared that it will be built. His prophetic Word never fails to produce fulfillment. The nation in the midst of which Moriah sits is absolute proof in the thinking of those who believe the Third Temple is as good as already placed there.
Modern Israel is a miracle entity, guided by the very hand of God through more than 1900 years of dispersion. The Jewish people endured enemies and persecutions of every description while being brought to return and reestablish their nation on the very ground where ancient Israel surrounded the Temple Mount.
This fact is proof that God’s Word is truth. Bible prophecy foretold that Israel would be punished as a nation and removed completely from the land God promised Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
We remember that Jesus told His disciples while they sat on the Mount of Olives that not one stone of the Temple would be left upon another. This dismantling took place in AD 70 when the Romans, under General Titus and his father, Emperor Vespasian, destroyed the Jewish Temple. The people were scattered throughout the known world and, as prophesied, were brought back into their own land and reestablished as a nation on May 14, 1948.
Jesus also prophesied that someday there would be a Temple sitting on Moriah and that the deceptive man of sin the Jews would accept—rather than Jesus Christ, their True Messiah—would sit in that Temple and declare himself to be God and demand worship. This would be right in the middle of the last seven years of human history before Christ will return at Armageddon. We call this horrendous time, of course, the Tribulation.
With all of the other signals that point to that time shaping up for fulfillment, the Temple in which Antichrist will sit must be somewhere upon the end-times horizon.
Those who visit Jerusalem can go to the Temple Institute near Moriah and view all of the implements for Temple worship that are already prepared for such worship to begin. It’s more than rumor, we believe, that a Third Temple sits in modular form somewhere nearby and can be quickly assembled, once the go-ahead is given to place the Jewish Temple on the Temple Mount.
And most recently we see the reason for this commentary’s title.
Certain cleansing rituals must take place for the sacrificial system demanded by Torah. This involves the burnt ashes of a perfect red heifer, which are to be mixed with water to do the cleansing practices.
There have been searches over the years for the “perfect” such red heifer. We remember a number of years ago those responsible for the search thought they had found such an animal. Her name was Melody, as I recall. But hairs colored other than red were found, and the search went on.
Now they believe they’ve found five candidates for the red-heifer ritual cleansing requirements. The following, although the Hebrew language can’t be understood by most, I realize, gives information about the red heifer matter.
“The Temple Institute launched its Red Heifer program about a decade ago, led by Rabbi Azariah Ariel. But even in Temple times, an animal that fulfilled the Biblical requirements was exceedingly rare. Failing to produce a suitable candidate from ranchers in Israel, The Temple Institute began investigating alternative sources for a red heifer.
“Boneh Israel, an organization that connects Christian lovers of Israel to the Holy Land, stepped in to help. Led by Byron Stinson, a native Texan, Boneh Israel understood ranchers.
“ ‘I didn’t set out to do this, but right now, I am probably the best red heifer hunter in Texas,’ Byron quipped. ‘The Bible says to bring a red cow to purify Israel, and I may not understand it, but I am just doing what the Bible said.’
“ ‘The prophecies came true, and the Jews are back in Israel,’ Byron said. ‘Now they need to build a Temple. But it’s like buying a really nice car. If you don’t have the key, you aren’t going anywhere. The red heifer is the key to making the Temple work like it’s supposed to.’”
The cows [Byron found and acquired] were between 5–8 months old. To be suitable for the red heifer ceremony, the cow must be two years and one day old so these heifers will be raised in Israel until they reach the proper age.
Chanan pointed out that last year was 5781 in the Hebrew calendar.
“ ‘In Hebrew numerology, this is תשפא. That is an acronym for תהיה שנה פרה אדומה (it will be the year of the red heifer). The cows we are looking at now were conceived last year,’ Kupietzy said. ‘This year is תשפ,ב 5782, an acronym for תהיה שנה פרה בישראל (It will be a year for the heifer in Israel). In two weeks we will begin תשפג, 5783, the year in which the ceremony of the Red Heifer will be performed. This is an acronym for תהיה שנה פרה גאולה (It will be a year of the Red Heifer of redemption).’ (ISRAEL365 EXCLUSIVE: Red Heifers arrive in Israel, by Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz, Israel365news 202, 9/16/22, Rapture Ready News, 9/17/22)
Sadly, all this is preparation for what Jesus called the worst time in all of human history. The prophetic clock is ticking swiftly toward that time of unimaginable horror.
But those who know Christ are promised to be kept out of that time (Revelation 3: 10). Here, again, is how to be assured that you are in God’s family and kept from the time of Tribulation.
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9–10)
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This Thanksgiving, Supplies Of Turkey, Eggs And Butter Will Be Extremely Tight In The United States - by Michael Snyder - http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/this-thanksgiving-supplies-of-turkey-eggs-and-butter-will-be-extremely-tight-in-the-united-states/
If you love to cook, this upcoming Thanksgiving may be a real challenge for you. Thanks to a resurgence of the bird flu, supplies of turkey are getting tighter and tighter. Sadly, the same thing is true for eggs. And as you will see below, reduced milk production is sending the price of butter into the stratosphere. Thanks to soaring prices, a traditional Thanksgiving dinner will be out of reach for millions of American families this year, and that is extremely unfortunate. Of course all of this is happening in the context of a horrific global food crisis that is getting worse with each passing day. Yes, things are bad now, but they will be significantly worse this time next year.
The bird flu pandemic that has killed tens of millions of our chickens and turkeys was supposed to go away during the hot summer months, but that didn’t happen. And now that the weather is starting to get colder again, there has been a resurgence of the bird flu and this is “devastating egg and turkey operations in the heartland of the country”…
Turkeys are selling for record high prices ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday as a resurgence of bird flu wipes out supplies across the US.
Avian influenza is devastating egg and turkey operations in the heartland of the country. If just one bird gets it, the entire flock is culled in order to stop the spread. Millions of hens and turkeys have been killed in recent weeks. As a result, prices for turkey hens are nearly 30% higher than a year ago and 80% above pre-pandemic costs. Just as concerning are inventories of whole turkeys, which are the lowest going into the US winter holiday season since 2006. That means there will be little relief from inflation for Thanksgiving dinner.
In the months ahead, we could see tens of millions more chickens and turkeys get wiped out.
Egg prices have already tripled in 2022 and the price of turkey meat is up 60 percent. Unfortunately, this is likely just the beginning…
Turkey hens are $1.82 a pound this week, according to Urner Barry, compared to $1.42 last year and $1.01 before the pandemic. Meanwhile, wholesale egg prices are at $3.62 a dozen as of Wednesday, the highest ever, up from a previous record of $3.45 a dozen set earlier this year, said John Brunnquell, chief executive officer of Egg Innovations, one of the biggest US producers of free-range eggs. Consumers have seen prices for eggs at grocery stores triple this year, while turkey meat rose a record-setting 60%, according to a Cobank report.
Meanwhile, supplies of butter are steadily getting tighter as well…
Lower milk production on U.S. dairy farms and labor shortages for processing plants have weighed on butter output for months, leaving the amount of butter in U.S. cold storage facilities at the end of July the lowest since 2017, according to the Agriculture Department.
Tight supplies have sent butter prices soaring at U.S. supermarkets, surpassing most other foods in the past year. U.S. grocery prices in August rose 13.5% during the past 12 months, the largest annual increase since 1979, according to the Labor Department. Butter outstripped those gains, rising 24.6% over the same period.
The trends that are driving up the price of butter aren’t going away any time soon, and so we are being warned to brace ourselves for “elevated” prices for the foreseeable future…
The forces at work in butter highlight the challenge of curtailing inflation. Economic pressures fueling high prices for livestock feed, labor shortages and other factors could persist, keeping prices for the kitchen staple elevated longer term.
To me, slathering a piece of warm bread with a huge chunk of butter is one of the best things about Thanksgiving.
And most of us will continue to buy butter no matter how high it goes.
But the truth is that rapidly rising food prices are forcing vast numbers of Americans to adjust their shopping habits. Here is one example…
For Carol Ehrman, cooking is a joyful experience.
“I love to cook, it’s my favorite thing to do,” she said. She especially likes to cook Indian and Thai food, but stocking the spices and ingredients she needs for those dishes is no longer feasible. “When every ingredient has gone up, that adds up on the total bill,” she said.
“What used to cost us $250 to $300 … is now $400.” Ehrman, 60, and her husband, 65, rely on his social security income, and the increase was stretching their budget. “We just couldn’t do that.”
The global food crisis is starting to hit home for many ordinary Americans, and we need to understand that this crisis is still only in the very early chapters.
David Beasley is the head of the UN World Food Program, and he is actually using the word “hell” to describe what is potentially coming in 2023…
“It’s a perfect storm on top of a perfect storm,” Beasley said. “And with the fertilizer crisis we’re facing right now, with droughts, we’re facing a food pricing problem in 2022. This created havoc around the world.”
“If we don’t get on top of this quickly — and I don’t mean next year, I mean this year — you will have a food availability problem in 2023,” he said. “And that’s gonna be hell.”
The World Food Program keeps sounding the alarm, but very few of us in the western world seem to be taking those warnings very seriously.
People are literally dropping dead from starvation in some areas of the globe right now, and a new report that the WFP just released says that there are 19 “hotspots” where we could see a “huge loss of life” between October and January…
World Food Program (WFP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) are out with a new report outlining countries that “are either already starving or on the brink of disaster.”
WFP and FAO found 19 hunger hotspots worldwide, with most countries in Africa, the Middle East, and even some in Central America. They call for urgent humanitarian action between October 2022 and January 2023 to avoid “huge loss of life.”
Afghanistan, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria, Yemen, and Haiti are labeled “hotspots of highest concern,” facing catastrophic hunger levels.
The sort of famines that we were warned about are already starting to happen right in front of our eyes, but most people simply will not care as long as they are not going hungry themselves.
What those people do not realize is that this global food crisis is going to continue to spread.
As supplies of food get tighter and tighter, prices will continue to soar and shortages will become more common.
We truly are in unprecedented territory, and the pain that is ahead will greatly shock all of the lemmings that just kept assuming that everything would work out just fine somehow.
This “CERN”tainly Deserves Another Look!!! – A.V. Rauf - https://bibleprophecyfortoday.com/2022/09/25/this-cerntainly-deserves-another-look/
I am piecing together a few older posts with some updated information that may be very thought provoking but should definitely be examined with a dis-CERN-ing eye…….
Dark matter accounts for more than 80 percent of the universe’s mass. Some say it accounts for 95 percent of the universe’s mass. We know what makes up 5 percent of the universe, which is represented by structures we can see, like the galaxies and planets and stars.
In 2010, in a tunnel underneath the Swiss-French border, 20 billion proton particles were literally “smashed” into one other at nearly the speed of light. The machine that made those collisions happen is known as the “Large Hadron Collider” or LHC.
The LHC is held in a 17-mile tunnel 300 feet under the border between Switzerland and France near Geneva. At full power, trillions of subatomic particles also referred to as protons race around the LHC ring well over 11,000 times a second. As mentioned earlier the protons zip through the tunnel at nearly the speed of light.
When the proton beams collide they generate temperatures more than 100,000 times hotter than the sun. So to keep the ring from burning up, liquid helium chills it to a cool minus 456 degrees Fahrenheit.
The LHC is run by the European Organization for Nuclear Research, also known as CERN. More than 10,000 scientists, engineers and technicians from 80 countries, including the United States, are involved in the experiment(s).
By smashing these particles, scientists had hoped to go back in time to what the world was like a billionth of a second after the universe was created.
One major part of this experiment included the search for the Higgs Boson, a theoretical particle that scientists believe is critical to understanding how the universe functions. The Higgs has also been called the “God Particle.”
Also if you read Colossians 1:16 it states:
Colossians 1:16—For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
The Bible says that: the invisible of GOD, turns to visible form His Word in the Creation”…so could it be that when God said, “Let there be light..,” then immediately what scientists aptly refer to as the Higgs boson, or the “God Particle” was created and nuclear fusion took place?
In an atomic explosion matter is turned into radiation. Fission is the breakdown of one material to make another, different material. In the process a great deal of heat and light is also released as a byproduct of that breakdown. Our universe is made of space-time, but that universe exists inside of what one might called the “physical realm.”
The physical realm is separate from the other realm known as the “spiritual realm”. The spiritual realm is where God exists as well as the angels, and everything else that is spiritual/supernatural. And it is from this spiritual realm that He reached out and created a new realm, the physical realm.
While parts of the scientific community are wanting to find the “God particle,” others are concerned about the possibility of either creating a tear in the very fabric of space-time or a black hole that could harm the planet. In the past, these experiments were conducted with only a small fraction of the power the collider can generate.
In 2015, the LHC was set for running at almost double the energy of the LHC’s first run. This machine was fired up to generate a magnetic field that is 100,000 times more powerful than Earth’s! Is it possible that the Large Hadron Collider could open a doorway to an extra dimension and out of this door might something wicked this way comes? Will people come face-to-face with this dark matter??
Scientists want to find out why we are here? What happened in the very beginning? How is it possible that life exists in this universe? They now believe that they finally have the chance to study that in the laboratory by just recreating the conditions as they were at that time. Is this work being conducted at the LHC all about the search for the truth of the universe?
In just the past two month just after the machine was in operation, there later occurred thirteen earthquakes over 6.0 on the Richter scale. Some of these quakes were incredibly intense, especially the one which occurred in Nepal. We now know the damage was enormous and the loss of life was in the thousands. This is also included a magnitude 7.1-7.5 earthquake that rattled the island shores of Papa New Guinea, and many quakes and aftershocks were being reported in this area.
In regards to all of this recent tectonic activity, it is interesting to note that CERN in Geneva, Switzerland has recently fired up its Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator again. This occurred just before these unusual stretches of high-magnitude earthquakes began.
The LHC is the most powerful and largest particle accelerator on the planet and even Stephen Hawking has clearly warned about the damage it may cause to the planet, humanity and even the time-space continuum.
Just months after the discovery of the Higgs boson or the so-called “God Particle” in July 2012, CERN completed its first continuous run of the LHC which recorded around 5 billion collisions at an energy amount of 8 TeV (Tevatron scale). Only 400 of these collisions produced results even remotely compatible with that of the Higgs boson.
As I stated earlier, in 2015, they had nearly doubled the amount of collision energy to 13 TeV. Moving forward, the plan was to have the Large hadron Collider do another run for 3 years continuously and this time CERN announced that their focus is to “capture dark matter” and on “the discovery of other dimensions”.
Now here is where things get very interesting. There just may be a link between the Large Hadron Collider and seismic activity.
Each time CERN forces a collision, the residue energy causes massive magnetic vibrations within the Earth. Could this somehow be related to all of the recent quakes. Keep in mind that in 2010, mass LHC activity at CERN coincided with the 8.8 Chilean earthquake, which was a megaquake.
That being said, is there some sort of a connection between the timing of these earthquakes and the recent power up of the Large Hadron Collider.
It is being reported that CERN is massively interfering with earth’s natural magnetic balance. The Collider was active when the quake in Nepal struck and in the previous two times that CERN was active, there was an uptick in earthquakes and at the same time a previously unknown particle was discovered at CERN.
Remember I stated in a previous post that before the Age Enlightment, Science and the Occult were together. After the Age Enlightment there was a division between the two and I believe that prior to the return of the LORD the two will unite again. I am of the impression that the powers shaping the current world events extend well beyond the physical realm. CERN is attempting to identify dark matter at the moment. Dark matter is invisible to the naked eye and is understood to be that which holds matter together. We are looking at the point in history where man intends to connect with forces which transcend science. Could it quite possibly be that those that are searching for the “God Particle” could be opening the gates of hell?
I have always perceived that as we draw closer to the return of the LORD, the veil that separates the spiritual from the natural is rapidly eroding. Perhaps soon people will know if indeed…. is there anybody out there?? Will the results ultimately lead to convincing the masses to believe in Panspermia?
Fast forward SEVEN Years…………
September 25, 2022: CERN now admits that they are communication with ENTITIES from the other side. In other words the premier scientists on planet earth right now, are actually engaged communication with something from another dimension and that’s the purpose of this Collider.
Folks, this is not an episode of the Avengers’ Marvel series nor is this a Star Trek episode. This is happening right now today.
The world of science in terms of particle physics also overlaps into DNA and biology. Hmmmmm.
Me thinks that in the not too distant future, the bottomless pit as mentioned in Revelation chapter 9 may be about to open up folks.
Revelation 9:1-11-And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.3 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.
6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.7 And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men.8 And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions.
9 And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle.10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.
Here is an interesting sermon from 2015 that may be of our conCERN (Only 30 minutes , but a “MUST SEE!!!”):
Lovers Of Pleasure More Than Lovers of God: Experts Warn STDs In The United States Are ‘Out Of Control’ – By Breanna Claussen - https://harbingersdaily.com/lovers-of-pleasure-more-than-lovers-of-god-experts-warn-stds-in-the-united-states-are-out-of-control/
Sexually transmitted diseases in the United States have skyrocketed over the last year, prompting many experts to warn that the situation has become “out of control.”
Among other troubling statistics, the CDC found that over the last year there was a 26% increase in newly reported syphilis infections, and 68% increase compared to 2017.
According to the New York Post, syphilis infections steadily dropped after 1940, reaching their lowest point in 1998, when less than 7,000 cases were reported. Since 2002, however, cases began to increase again in the United States “largely among gay and bisexual men,” with more than 171,074 cases reported in 2021 alone.
The CDC’s STD report for 2021 also showed “1.6 million cases of chlamydia” and “696,764 cases of gonorrhea; 25% increase since 2017.”
Additionally, cases of mothers with syphilis passing the disease on to their children, i.e. congenital syphilis, rose 900% in 2021 compared to annual numbers from the previous decade.
A Society Which Refuses To Be Ashamed
The solution to the reported 2.6 million cases of STDs in the United States in 2021, according to experts, is to “rebuild, innovate, and expand (STD) prevention in the U.S.”
As Christians, we know that the method the CDC is using to prevent STDs, such as antibiotics and various contraceptives, is ultimately ineffective. They are simply addressing the bad fruit while ignoring the wicked tree from which it was produced.
Simply put, if the underlying problem, sexual immorality, is ignored, there is no way of irradicating the resulting diseases it breeds.
Dr. Leandro Mena, Director of CDC’s STD division, took things a step further, suggesting that in order to fight STDs, people in our society need to become more comfortable discussing their sexual behavior and stop “stigmatizing” sexual diseases.
The problem, however, is not that “sexually liberated” people feel the need to hide in the shadows, the STD “epidemic” is the result of just the opposite. The problem is not too much shame, but instead a lack thereof.
According to the Bible, packaged with unrepentant and persistent promiscuity is a stubborn refusal to be ashamed (Jeremiah 3:3).
This refusal to see one’s actions as immoral is further exasperated by a society collective in their sins. There is a reason why, throughout world history, sin has flourished within city centers. When people are like-minded in their depravity, no one feels they are guilty or have a need to be ashamed.
An expert recommending that people abstain from sexual immorality to avoid these diseases may be the obvious answer, but it is considered “verboten” in a society that aggressively resists shame.
Lovers Of Pleasures More Than Lovers Of God
1 Corinthians 6:18 calls for us to “Flee fornication,” and here is why: “Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.”
Contrary to popular belief, the word fornication does not simply mean sex outside of marriage. It applies to all forms of sexual immorality, including adultery, homosexuality, and even beastiality. The word fornication in 1 Corinthians 6:18 comes from the Greek ‘porneia,’ where we get our English word for porn or pornography.
Coupled with the over-sexualization of our society, has been the rise of secularism. God’s design for sex, between one man and one woman in marriage (Genesis 1:27, 2:24, Hebrews 13:4), is flagrantly rebelled against. God’s standard of morality is no longer taught in our schools and (even more shamefully) is abandoned by many Churches that have caved to the culture.
In 2 Timothy 3, the apostle Paul warns that in the time prior to the return of Christ, people will be “lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God” and “led away with divers lusts.”
In Romans chapter one, we learn that God will only restrain the depravity in a society for so long before He gives them over to their desires.
Romans 1:24,28 KJV – “Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves… And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient.”
“Four of the most terrifying words in the Bible are ‘God gave them over,'” Jan Markell, Founder and President of Olive Tree Ministries, wrote last year. “That is what He does to mankind in the last days. He gives them over to a reprobate mind where to most people, up is down, black is white and evil is good. Such thinking abounds today.”
The Hope Of A Loving Savior
Many have severe misconceptions, stoked by our society, about the Bible, believing it to be a book of condemnation. In reality, Scripture reveals that God is “longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). The Bible is a mirror that shows our desperate need for a Savior.
Paul underscored this point to the Corinthian church, writing:
1 Corinthians 6:9-11 KJV – “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”
Paul expounded on this in his letter to the church in Ephesus:
Ephesians 2:3-7 KJV – “Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”
Daily Devotion: Patient for Our Sake - by Greg Laurie – www.harvest.org
The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. —2 Peter 3:9
https://harvest.org/resources/devotion/patient-for-our-sake/ - Listen
When it comes to the subject of studying Bible prophecy, sometimes we miss the point. We can become obsessed with things that we think are fulfillments of Bible prophecy but actually are not. We forget that Bible prophecy is not given to inflate our brains but to enlarge our hearts.
If we really understand what Bible prophecy is about, then it should cause us to want to live godly lives. The Lord is not late in returning to Planet Earth. He has just been patient with us.
Here’s what the Bible says: “The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent” (2 Peter 3:9 NLT).
God is waiting. I remember, back in the early 1970s, everyone was talking about Jesus’s return. We were praying, “Lord, come back!” Aren’t you glad that He didn’t answer our prayers? After all, there are a lot more people who have come to Christ since 1970.
I believe that someone somewhere walking Earth today will be the last person to believe before the Lord calls His Church home to Heaven. This is what we often call the Rapture of the Church. Writing about this event, the apostle Paul said, “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the believers who have died will rise from their graves” (1 Thessalonians 4:16 NLT).
If you knew who the last person was who needed to come to faith in Christ before His return, it would be tempting to apply a little pressure on that person, wouldn’t it? Imagine sharing the Gospel with that person and leading him or her to Christ, and suddenly, we’re all in Heaven!
God is waiting for more people to believe.
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