The End Times are Upon Us
The End Times are Upon Us - By Pastor Mike Taylor - https://pastormiketaylor.blogspot.com/2022/07/the-end-times-are-upon-us.html
6 “And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.” (Matthew 24:6-8)
Everyone that is alive in this hour of the last days of man-kinds last gasp of ruling themselves, can see the chaos that is virtually enveloping this world. If it hasn't hit you directly, you may know someone who has felt the upheaval that is coming upon this world, and the neighborhood around you. Be it either natural environmental disasters, flooding, earthquakes, volcanoes that have come awake all up and down the Pacific coastlines and elsewhere, raging fires that are out of control in California or other states in the western section of the USA, famine that is growing a food crisis, or see the wars that have broke out in the Middle Eastin the past and the threat of wars that could effect every man and women on this planet that are threatening to come to pass in the near future.
But with all this surrounding us and many that are in fear of what is coming upon the earth, it is good to step back and survey the surrounding landscape of historical details along with current events that can only be related to Bible prophecy that is being fulfilled in these last days. Let us, for a moment, consider the awesomeness of this big picture that is coming quickly into clearer view.
UNDERSTANDING WHERE WE ARE IN PROPHECY
For two thousand years, since the ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ to the right hand of God our Father, mankind or the generations of those who put their faith in our Savior, have looked expectantly at the clouds and believed that they would see the coming of our Lord in their generation.
There have been so many signs that points to the nearness of the Jesus return for His church, that people have become almost complacent with the routine they have seen down through times past. Many disbelieving people who scoffed at the very idea of the Lord's return came to believe He wasn't coming at all.
2 “That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:
3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.” (2nd Peter 3:2-4)
Those of us who are living in this generation of the last days are eyewitnesses to events for which the ancient prophets had no words to describe, but can only be decipherable to that generation that lives in it. To the prophets, to them it was “somewhere in time”.
DANIEL'S VISION OF THE FUTURE
For example, the prophet Daniel was so confused by what he witnessed, and so unsure of how to describe it in words that made sense, that he actually complained to God's Messenger about it:
"8 And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?
9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand."(Daniel 12:8-10)
Just try and see it from Daniel's perspective. He had just absorbed a vision of Israel's future, divided into seventy weeks of years.
God revealed to Daniel the rise and fall of four successive world empires; Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome. Much of Daniel's vision would have been somewhat familiar; the mechanics of government and technology of war didn't change that much from the 5th century BC to the 1st century AD.
But Daniel's vision took a hard right turn following the 'cutting off of the Messiah.'
26 “And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.”(Daniel 9:26)
The Messenger of God jumped from the first century AD to somewhere in the 21st Century when Jerusalem would be sacked and the temple destroyed in 70AD by Titus and then jumping forward near 2000 years to the confirmation of a seven year treaty between the many nations and the coming Anti-Christ and the start of the Tribulation period of 7 years, or Daniel's 70th week.
Daniel had seen things that staggered him so much he didn't know where to begin.
Consider the angel's reply carefully:
"And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end." (Daniel 12:8-9)
There is a principle in Bible scriptures that dictates that God doesn't repeat Himself unnecessarily, but has a purpose if He does. If God tells you something twice, then it is really important and those who read it should really take notice, as God wants you to get what He is saying.
That is the case here. Earlier, Daniel had voiced a similar complaint, and the angel had already told him:
"But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end," but in more detail, adding that, 'in the time of the end', "many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased." (Daniel 12:4)
The visions were so complex that the prophet was left near speechless to understand what it was he was being shown. This is the same man, who was so in tune with the Mind of God that he could divine and interpret dreams, but this vision was designed only for the generation that would actually live it and see its fulfillment.
As mentioned, each generations has watched for signs of the times that pointed to the imminent return of our Lord, but they all lacked one thing. That one thing will be mentioned further in this message.
Take for example, the Church at Thessalonica that was so convinced that the Day of the Lord was upon them, and that they had missed the rapture of the Church and were sore afraid. Paul had to comfort them and tell them what the signs would be before the coming Day of the Lord, and they were not living in it yet.
“Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?” (2nd Thessalonians 2:1-5)
But the angel that came to Daniel said that the signs of the times would only be understandable to those who were actually living in that particular time of the generation of the end.
KNOWLEDGE VS. WISDOM
There is a world of difference between 'knowledge' and 'wisdom'. One can have great wisdom without much knowledge. Some of the wisest men I ever knew had little or no education. But it is equally true that you can have a tremendous amount of knowledge but have no wisdom, but is known to have book smarts, but no common “horse sense”. I've known many just such as I describe.
The bookstores are full of examples of Ph.Ds who have dedicated themselves to proving just that and it fills our universities of those who have knowledge but very little wisdom.
Wisdom and knowledge is what Daniel was seeking when he made inquiries of the Angel Gabriel, which is who the Bible says was sent.
Indeed, the angel Gabriel went on to say;
"Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand." (Daniel 12:10)
The Proverbs of Solomon explain 'understanding' as an equation that could be expressed this way: "wisdom plus knowledge equals understanding."
"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding." (Proverbs 9:10)
That is the whole purpose of the Proverbs;
"To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding." (Proverbs 1:2)
Daniel was a very wise man, but he had nothing to compare the revelation he was receiving to what was evident in his world at the time and had no understanding of what was being revealed. It left him totally confused, but to write what was seen, as the understanding of this knowledge was not for him, but for another time. I believe it was for our time in the generation we are now living.
THE BIG PICTURE
As we look around us and try to understand what is happening and the Big Picture, it comes down to the sign that Jesus told us would be the sign of the last generation. That is what was lacking of all past generations...the rebirth of Israel.
32” Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. (Matthew 24:32-37)
It began when, for the first time since the times of Daniel, there is, in this generation, a political and national entity called "Israel" composed of Daniel's people and living in Daniel's city.
24 “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon they holy city to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.”(Daniel 9:24)
From the day that Israel was reborn it was unheard of for a nation to be reborn in just one day, but was prophesied that it would happen just that way when Israel would, against all odds, be reborn once again in one day.
8 “Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.” (Isaiah 66:8)
But on 14 May 1948, the countdown clock began ticking down. As the prophecy spoken of by Jesus came to pass, and as I have mentioned in many messages past, Israel is the door to end time prophecy, and Jerusalem is the key to that door. God made a promise to the Prophet Daniel, and God keeps His promises. As noted, the Messiah was cut off after 483 years of a 490 year prophecy that still has 7 remaining years for the prophecy to be completed. That clock is now ticking away. But one doesn't need only to judge by the “fig Tree” of Matthew 24's prophecy to make that point. The point makes it all by itself. Virtually every major component of Bible prophecy makes the Big Picture by tracing it to this point in modern history.
Many things are linked with the restoration of the nation of Israel and it all began in the same year of 1948.
-The war on terrorism and the rise of Muslim atrocities began in 1948 and continues to the present time.
-The prophesied coming of the Anti-Christ began with the destruction of Jerusalem and the burning of the Temple, and those legions of the Roman Empire as spoken of in Daniel 9:27 .-Those “people” became the modern version of the Roman Empire in 1948 when the European Union was formed out of the Benelux Treaty.
-The current East/West geopolitical alignment in the Middle East is a direct result of the US/Soviet Cold War which officially kicked off with the 1948 Berlin Airlift.
-The first Constitution for a global government, the Universal Declaration of Rights and Freedoms was ratified by the UN Member States in 1948.
-The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) Treaty establishing global economic policy rules (and ultimately evolving into the World Trade Organization) was signed and ratified by the UN in 1948.
-The World Council of Churches was established under UN auspices in Amsterdam in August, 1948.
-China and Taiwan were divided by the 1947-1948 Communist takeover of the mainland, giving birth to the inscrutable People's Republic of China.
-Muslim Pakistan broke from newly independent India in 1948, creating the Islamic republic that ultimately gave the world the first Islamic Bomb, the Taliban and Osama bin Laden.
This is all historical facts that anyone can point to that speaks of the co-ordination by Divine authority to put in place the final actors on the world stage to wind down this generation that we are living in. But if a person does not have “wisdom” then the knowledge of these historical events mean nothing to them in the Big Picture that God is orchestrating to come to pass to bring His will into being completed.
When Jesus said that “this generation will not pass till all be fulfilled” We must re-emphasize what a generation is. The Psalms in chapter 90 says that a generation is 70 years, and 80 years by strength, then we fly away. So when in 1948, that timeclock of 70 years began for a generation born would see all things be fulfilled in that general time frame. And in May ,2018 will be 70 years since Israel was reborn. It means that on the outside of 80+/- years, (God is sovereign and can add or take away years according to His will) Jesus will be back on this earth, reigning and ruling for a thousand years. But a Tribulation of 7 years must happen between now and that end time of 80+ years, somewhere of what was written of a generation in the Psalms. If the tribulation is that close, then the removal of the Church is even closer. This is the picture we see, and it remains to be seen when and how the generation of the Lord's return plays out according to God's plan and not ours. God gave us a general time frame.
What the secular world sees, being devoid of understanding, is chaos, terror and upheaval of this world all around them. This lack of understanding breeds nothing but fear, as the world doesn't know what is happening, but the minute you start to tell them what is happening on God's Time Clock, then that is when they begin to shut you out or flee from your presence and label you a “prophecy nut”
But remember in the first destruction of this planet that was flooded over with a deluge of water, Noah preached for 120 years without a single convert. I would call that most discouraging. So it is with the day that we live in, as men scoff at the idea that the end of this age is close at hand, they close their minds and their hearts to the reality of what is actually happening. Although they have knowledge of the events, they have not wisdom that leads to understanding. We as “watchman on the wall” see the sword coming, and we are commanded to warn the people. As it is written in Ezekiel:
3 “If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people;
4 Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head.
5 He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul.
6 But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand.” (Ezekiel 33:3-6)
So we continue to warn the people, to give them knowledge, to hopefully produce wisdom and to lead them to understanding. We know not all will listen. But if only one comes to the understanding and escapes what is coming upon the earth known as the Tribulation, then that soul is priceless in the eyes of God. Our work is for even that one who believes, but we pray for more.
So, in this message, I think it is good to step back once in a while and drink in the awesomeness of the events to which we are now almost daily witnesses of.
As we see the hand of God moving directly in the affairs of this World to fulfill His Word in this generation, then our individual setbacks pale in comparison.
We all should be encouraged to know that God is in control and that His Word will NOT come back to Him void.
“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11)
RECEIVING ETERNAL REWARDS
It is encouraging to know that those who look for the Glorious Appearing of our Lord and Savior will receive a special crown, a “crown of righteousness” that is reserved in heaven for all who have believed by faith and followed our Lord Jesus and seek to do His will in this time of the last generation. Paul speaks of this special crown that is reserved for the Children of God:
8” Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” (2nd Timothy 4:8)
Even more encouraging words are spoken by Titus in chapter 2 that believers should not be quaking in fear of what is coming u
12 "Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. (Titus 2:12-14).....(upon the earth, but we are looking for that “Blessed Hope” which is Christ, the Lord.
Looking at the signs of the times is terrifying. Understanding the times of the signs means a 'crown of righteousness' and represents our 'blessed hope'-- the soon Rapture of the Church.
Still, it is natural to feel a sense of fear, as after all, we all want to go to heaven, but none of us want to hasten that process by dying. It is as the old saying goes “everyone want to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die”. It's a natural human response that is fueled by the sympathetic nervous system, of the “fight or flight” desire to preserve life at any cost. But being fearful at times is not a sign of a lack of faith, it is a sign of being human.
Paul explains that we are dual-natured creatures, part carnal and part spiritual, so it is not disloyal (or schizophrenic) to be afraid with the natural part and overjoyed at its spiritual implications.
That is what 'understanding' is all about.
6 “Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.” (1st Peter 1:6-9)
LET ME ASK YOU A PERSONAL QUESTION.
Are you afraid of what is coming upon this earth? Are you fearful that your family could be swept away, or that death could be right around the corner for you or any of your loved ones? With all the violence even now in our schools, I don't blame you. It is entirely human to fear something you don't have understanding of.
To be afraid of evil men who want to destroy the innocent lives around them is totally human but is devoid of Godly faith. Because you have nothing that you can hold onto and take courage that Jesus is the answer to that fear...For it is written:
7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2nd Timothy 1:7)
The whole world knows that something “BIG” is coming. Those who have nothing to place their anchor in are fearful of what is coming. They can see how the world is starting to implode upon itself, and evil is growing unabated and it is right on our front doors steps of even this country.
Men's hearts are failing them for what is coming upon the earth. But if you think it is fearful now, just wait, if you be so unfortunate, to see what WILL come upon the earth in possibly a few short years.
“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
26 Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.” (Luke 21:25-26)
Men and women can't explain what is coming, they just have knowledge, but no wisdom or understanding of what God said would happen in these last days.
A time of terrible suffering is fast approaching this world, even to the shores of this once great country known as the USA, which may not be so great in the time that is still to play out.
“Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand;
2 “ A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations.” (Joel 2:1-2)
21 “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.” (Matthew 24:21-22)
A time that anyone who has wisdom coupled with knowledge will receive understanding and turn to the only Source of not being afflicted with this time called Jacob's Trouble. It is calculated that during the time that is fast approaching 80-90%+ of all man-kind left on earth will be destroyed. That is 5-6 billion people in 7 short years. Will you be amongst those who meet an untimely death and devoid of any hope for eternity? Many people will miss this coming span of death and destruction, but many people will endure this intense suffering and most assuredly death from something none of us want to think about. But make no mistake, it is coming. Jesus is coming, and His wrath will fall on all who have not believed the following verses and confessed who Jesus is in their lives.
16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:16-18)
8 “But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
9 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.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.” (Romans 10:8-11)
My question to you, are you ready to meet Him? Him? Jesus Christ our Lord, for readers, He is coming, and He is coming soon.
This is pastor Mike Taylor sounding the alarm. Jesus is coming and coming soon. If you need prayer, counseling, or just a listening ear, then email me at firstname.lastname@example.org , or visit me online at www.pastormiketaylor.blogspot.com . God bless you all. TILL WE MEET AT JESUS FEET
Crimson Worm-Dye, a Key Element for Red Heifer Sacrifice Developed in Preparation for 3rd Temple – Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz - https://www.israel365news.com/270895/crimson-worm-dye-a-key-element-for-red-heifer-sacrifice-developed-in-preparation-for-temple/
“Come, let us reach an understanding, —says Hashem. Be your sins like crimson, They can turn snow-white; Be they red as dyed wool, They can become like fleece.” Isaiah 1:18 (The Israel BibleTM)
On Monday, the Temple Institute completed its study of the Biblical crimson dye with a practical demonstration. The study is part of the institute’s ongoing Red Heifer project led by Rabbi Yisrael Ariel and his son, Rabbi Azariah Ariel, as the crimson wool is a necessary element in the preparation of the ashes of the red heifer:
The cow shall be burned in his sight—its hide, flesh, and blood shall be burned, its dung included—and the Kohen shall take cedar wood, hyssop, and crimson stuff and throw them into the fire consuming the cow. Numbers 19:5-6
The study was concluded at an auspicious time as Jews worldwide are currently reading this section of the Torah concerning the Red Heifer. The ceremony of the Red Heifer is one of the most mysterious and inexplicable of all the ceremonies. A perfectly red heifer is slaughtered and burned entirely outside of the temple. The ashes are necessary to purify Jews who have been rendered ritually impure by contact or proximity to a dead body. Though the Temple service can be reinstated without the ashes of the red heifer, personal sacrifices will only be possible after the ceremony is reinstated.
The dye is referred to in the Bible as תּוֹלַעַת שָׁנִי (Tola’at Shani). This term is usually translated as crimson wool, but the actual term refers to the insect, which is the source of the dye. The dye produces a unique shade of red used for the Temple curtain, as well as the High Priest’s garments.
In 2002, Dr. Zohar Amar of Bar Ilan University claimed to have verified the specific insect referred to in the Bible and even extracted some dye. He concluded that the color produced was orange rather than red.
“We checked many historical sources, the most important of which is Josephus, who was the last to describe and document the existence of the ‘Shani’ in the Temple,” Dr. Amar said. “Josephus describes the color as symbolizing fire, which is orange – as opposed to the red that many think it is. Our production process also produced orange.”
The rabbinic authorities have finally confirmed his conclusions at the Temple Institute. The process is quite involved. In rabbinic literature, the dye is referred to as zehorit, which was extracted from the body of the “crimson worm” (carmine), the Kermes biblicus. In Israel, this worm can be found on the branches of the oak Quercus ithaburensis found in a few specific areas of Israel and for approximately two weeks in the early spring. The females attach egg sacs to the tree and fill them with red eggs. The tree’s egg sacs are difficult to discern due to their size and color. Collecting the insects is painstaking and produces a minuscule amount of the dye. The demonstration was carried out by Rabbi Yehoshua Friedman, the dean of the Mikdash Yeshiva, a Torah institute that focuses on studies concerning the Temple. Rabbi Friedman, who has taken a Nazirite vow and thus has long hair, is a recognized expert in Temple-related issues.
The process begins by dissolving alum in boiling water, and then the insects are immersed in that water. The alum sets the dye and intensifies the crimson color. The wool is then immersed in the water and left to sit for about one hour. After it is removed from the water, the insects are then removed from the wool. Halacha (Jewish law) requires that the wool be immersed all at one and the initial effect of the dye be used for Temple purposes. Straining the insects may diminish the effect, so it is preferable to remove the insects only after the dying process has been completed.
A skein of crimson wool dyed in Shani was featured in the culmination of the Yom Kippur Temple Service. A skein was wrapped around the horns of the goat sent to Azazel. The skein of scarlet wool was removed from the goat’s horns and tied to a nearby rock, and thrown from a cliff. The cliff was so sheer that the goat tumbled and was torn to pieces from the fall. If this act of contrition forgave Israel’s sins, the crimson thread would miraculously turn white, as would the thread on the Temple doors. The Prophet Isaiah hinted at this aspect of the Yom Kippur service.
“Come, let us reach an understanding, —says Hashem. Be your sins like crimson, They can turn snow-white; Be they red as dyed wool, They can become like fleece.” Isaiah 1:18
Under the auspices and direction of the Temple Institute, Orna Hirshberg, a resident of Itamar in Samaria, has dedicated herself to bringing back this necessary component of the Temple as part of the Temple-related work that is specific to women.
“I basically work alone and see this as my personal connection to the Temple,” Hirshberg told Israel365 News. “Every person has their special connection, but the purpose of the Temple is to bring all of mankind together to serve Hashem (God). The work itself should bring us together. I consult with the Temple Institute and the rabbis who study the sources in depth. Even so, it is one thing to learn how about the theory of the Temple and something else entirely to learn practically how to create it.”
She is currently working on embroidering garments for the Kohanim and producing the wool for the Red Heifer. She has woven a curtain for the Temple as a model to teach and inspire. In addition, making the curtain taught her a great deal about making the actual curtain.
“I am funding all of this myself,” she said. “To actually create these things for the Temple would be too much work and too much money for one person to take on themselves. But I pledged that my work with weaving and embroidery would be sanctified and not used for unholy objects. So this is what I do.”
Lot’s Fatal Flaw Was Comprising His Household To The Mob of Perversion - By Pastor Jack Hibbs - https://harbingersdaily.com/jack-hibbs-lots-fatal-flaw-was-comprising-his-household-to-the-mob-of-perversion/
Genesis 19 is one of the most shocking chapters of the Bible. I remember the first time I read it I thought, it’s hard to fathom a society that is so wicked and depraved that this scenario could even take place.
But let me tell you, as the days and years have passed since that time, it’s no longer as difficult to imagine as it once was.
I’m talking about the account of a man named Lot in the city of Sodom. Let me summarize for you what happens in Genesis 19.
God makes it known to his servant Abraham that he plans to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, twin cities of sin and perversion. The wickedness is so widespread that God promised Abraham he would spare Sodom and Gomorrah if, even among the thousands of inhabitants, just ten righteous people could be found within the borders of these cities.
Even that number couldn’t be found.
But God, in His mercy, sends two angels on an extraction mission to rescue Lot (Abraham’s nephew) and his family from Sodom before annihilation descends upon it in the form of fire and brimstone. These angels, appearing as men, are seen entering Lot’s house by the men of Sodom, whose sinful perversion is so extreme that they pound on Lot’s door and openly demand that he hand the men (who are actually angels) over to them so that they could sodomize them.
These weren’t just a few odd perverts. The Bible says that the crowd of demanding men was from every quarter of the city, and consisted of both young and old — that’s how pervasive the sin was. What was Lot’s response to their demands?
“Please, my brothers, don’t do such a wicked thing.” So far, so good. If only he had ended his answer there. But then Lot tried to appease these wicked men with a terrible compromise: “Look, I have two virgin daughters. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do with them as you wish.”
Lot had been living in a culture of immorality and perversion for so long that he was willing to offer his daughters to a sex-thirsty mob that was lusting to homosexually rape two complete strangers. What kind of a father does that?
Imagine for a moment if Lot had shown some backbone. What if his answer had been, “No. Never. I am the protector of this household and all who enter this home. Take your perversion and get out of here!”
Think of the messed-up lessons that Lot’s daughters were learning from him about their own value, the sanctity of sex, and the premium that culture places on instant gratification. We see the consequences of those lessons later when Lot’s daughters get him so drunk that he doesn’t even realize they have incestual sex with him in order to get pregnant. It’s all just so messed up, isn’t it?
And it all comes down to compromise.
As a follower of the Lord, Lot should’ve been far removed from the cesspool of sin in Sodom and Gomorrah — if not in physical proximity, at least in spiritual proximity. Lot should have been a shining light of righteousness in a dark place. But Lot compromised a little here and a little there, wanting to be liked by his neighbors and turning a blind eye to the wickedness that assailed him daily.
Compromise is a slippery slope, and it doesn’t take long to slide backward into moral apathy.
I’m here to tell you, my friend, that you and I are like Lot in today’s culture. We stand at the threshold of our homes as society pounds on our door with demands to give into immorality. We have the choice to make a stand or to compromise…often at the expense and to the detriment of our children.
Look no further than Florida for proof. Disney, which was once a champion of families, has descended to the point where it stands in opposition to a common-sense law that protects kindergarteners through third-graders from sexual indoctrination (whether gay or straight) in schools. The company executives are actively and aggressively looking for ways to “add queerness” wherever possible to children’s programming, thanks to a “not-at-all-secret gay agenda.” They are removing the terms “ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls” from their theme parks to encourage the notion of gender fluidity.
In short, they are knocking on the door of your household with the intention of sexualizing your children and violating their innocence.
You have a choice to make a stand or give in to compromise. Imagine if we all had the backbone to say what Lot didn’t: “No. Never. I am the protector of this household and all who enter this home. Take your perversion and get out of here!”
But here’s the allure to compromise for most of us: Disney produces really entertaining, high-quality, emotionally captivating, visually stunning, ear-catching, nostalgic products. It’s really hard to say no.
And it’s not just Disney who is knocking. The list of knockers grows with each passing day. What it takes is a conscious decision and a firm stance to guard your threshold.
Compromise is at your door and the next generation is at stake. What are you going to do about it?
Ready or Not, Here It Comes - Nathele Graham - email@example.com
I’ve seen many articles lately with titles asking the question “Are You Ready”. That’s a very good question, but what are you ready for? How do you prepare for something you don’t know about? The best way to prepare for anything is to study and learn about it. If the question is about the Rapture and the Great Tribulation, study Scripture. God’s word has much information about both of these events, and Scripture will give you a good idea where we are in God’s timing. Let’s talk a little about each of these events. There is so much information in Scripture, that I can only lightly talk about each one. The Rapture is also called “The Blessed Hope”, only affects certain people throughout the world. It will happen quietly, quickly, and unexpectedly. You may be having a conversation with a friend or family member, and suddenly they will disappear. “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.” 1 Corinthians 15:51-53. The Apostle Paul was the one who was given the privilege of disclosing the Rapture. Although it is hinted at in the Old Testament, it was never openly declared. The first hint is seen in Enoch. At a time when the world was very evil, fallen angels mated with human women, and wickedness was everywhere, Enoch kept himself away from the activities of the world. “And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: and Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: and all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: and Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.” Genesis 5:21-24. The writer of Hebrews also talks about Enoch. “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony that he pleased God.” Hebrews 11:5. Enoch didn’t die but was taken to Heaven by God. God’s judgment was coming and God took him prior to the judgment of the Flood of Noah. Enoch is described as a man who walked with God and that’s the only way to be ready for the Rapture and miss God’s wrath pouring out during the Tribulation period. Turn your life over to God. Repent of sin in your life, and ask Jesus to forgive you.
God’s wrath is coming, but Christians can be sure we won’t face it. When Paul wrote to the Christians in Thessalonica, he commended them for turning from their pagan ways. “For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God’ and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.” 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10. Those who have chosen to reject the free gift of salvation through Jesus will be left on earth to face God’s wrath. The Apostle John was given a look into the future and wrote what he saw in the book of Revelation. Jesus dictated seven letters to various churches and those letters describe history of the church age in advance. Once the last letter was written, John experienced the Rapture. “After this I looked, and behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.” Revelation 4:1-2. John represents Christians who are Raptured when the Church Age is over, but before God’s wrath comes. There are many passages in Scripture that describe those final seven years, including Daniel chapters 9 through 12, and Revelation beginning in chapter 6. It begins when the first seal is broken and the evil horsemen of the apocalypse begin their deadly ride. The Tribulation is a seven-year period of time that will affect the entire world. Satan will be unleashed and pure evil will permeate everything. A completely evil man will step into power; he will be controlled by Satan. ”Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4. There will be a one-world economic system (keep your eye on the World Economic Forum) and a one-world religion. The evil world leader will require everyone to take his mark. “And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: and that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” Revelation 13:16-17. If you take his mark, you will forfeit your soul. You will have sealed your own fate. God’s judgments will begin sometime after the Rapture; we are not living in the Tribulation today. We are getting close to the judgments, but as of the time I’m writing this, the judgments haven’t begun.
When watching signs of the times, keep an eye on Israel; God hasn’t forgotten them, and they haven’t been replaced. They are ready to build the third temple, which will be the one the Abomination of Desolation (described by Daniel and by Jesus) will stand in. “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:) Matthew 24:15-16. Studying prophecy will enlighten you, but does it prepare you? In some ways, yes. Don’t delay in accepting salvation through Christ. Many signs of the Tribulation are falling into place today, which tells us that our time on earth is very short. It seems the entire world is focused on dividing Israel, and God won’t condone that. Fighting near Damascus makes one think of the prophecy in Isaiah 17 stating Damascus will be a ruinous heap. Iran is about to have a nuclear bomb, which is a bad idea on many levels. The Jewish Temple is ready to be built, and that is a major sign. Earthquakes are increasing and occurring in unusual places. The covid craziness was a precursor to the pestilence of that time and the mark of the beast, and creating panic leading to government control. The wickedness seen around the world, as well as the moral decay are signs. How do we prepare for the total chaos of the Great Tribulation? We can stock up on food, medical supplies, and water, but is that enough? It’s better to accept Jesus and miss it altogether by being taken in the Rapture.
As you follow prophetic events, keep in mind that Satan thrives on chaos and lies; truth is found in Scripture not on CNN. Satan puts stumbling blocks in your way to stop you from studying Scripture. He wants fear and confusion to blind you to God’s truth. Many things are happening on a global level that indicate something big is about to happen. People “feel it in the air”, and Scripture tells us what signs to look for (Matthew chapter 24 is a good place to start). Be sure you understand the sequence of events and difference in them. The Rapture will occur first and will take Christians to Heaven, then sometime later, the Tribulation will begin, and that’s when God’s wrath will be poured out. The Second Coming will happen at the end of the seven-year Tribulation. As we near the end, events of prophecy will seem to speed up and happen faster. Don’t live in fear, but study God’s word and you’ll have peace knowing that God isn’t surprised by these events, and loves His creation. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16. Faith in Jesus is our only hope. Prophecies in Daniel warn the world in general, but Israel in particular, about very troubled times. The end of time is coming and the signs are happening rapidly. The only way to be ready is to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. In that way you’ll be taken in the Rapture instead of remaining on earth to face the horrors of the Tribulation. God has warned us, but the choice to heed His warning is up to each person individually. The truth is, if you procrastinate, you may die before you accept Christ. Only faith in Jesus will assure that you spend eternity in Heaven with Him. Don’t think that rejecting Christ and spending eternity in Hell is going to be a big party and lots of fun. God describes it very differently. Eternity in darkness in the lake of fire that burns forever won’t be a party. “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:15. It’s a choice that must be made prior to leaving this world. The good news is, if you’ve given your life to Christ now, you won’t be on earth for that final judgment. God always gives warning, and doesn’t want any person to face the days of His wrath or eternity separated from Him. Turn to Him now, today, before it’s too late. What’s stopping you from asking Christ to forgive you and save you from damnation? Only you can make the choice for yourself. Look into your life. Is there anything you’re holding on to that’s worth eternity in Hell? Give your life to Christ now, and when the Rapture happens, you’ll be one who disappears and enters eternity and peace with God. Ready or not, it’s coming.
Make your decision now and find a Christ centered, Bible believing congregation. Fellowship with fellow Christians and witness to people who haven’t come to faith in Christ. God wants you to find peace, but Satan wants you to allow fear to blind you to God’s truth. “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” 2 Peter 1:19-21. Biblical prophecy is very neglected by many pastors today. Don’t let that hinder your studies. Maybe you can teach your pastor a thing or two!
As you study Scripture, especially end times, remember many verses speak of the Rapture and others speak of Christ’s second coming. These are two separate events. The Rapture will happen at least 7 years before the Second Coming of Christ. One day if you notice that many people have gone missing, that’s the Rapture. You’ll probably hear many stories of alien abduction or “mother earth” purging herself of people who don’t care for her like they should. Those are lies. The truth is very serious and you should pay attention to that truth now. God’s judgment is coming. Huge hailstones will pummel the earth, water will be undrinkable, demonic activity will be seen everywhere, and your life will be worthless. Satan, in the form of the Anti-Christ, will become the ruler of this world and require everybody to take his mark. If you refuse to take it you cannot buy or sell. On the other hand, if you do take it, you won’t be able to escape the final judgment and spend eternity in the lake of fire. There will be some very brave people who’ll come to salvation during this time, but when the enemy catches them, they will be beheaded. The tribulation of that day will be unbearable. Ready or not, it’s coming.
Are you ready? Have you accepted the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ for your salvation? Make your decision now. Ready or not, here it comes.
God bless you all,
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Daily Jot: Another Great Generation Needed - Bill Wilson – www.dailyjot.com
Those who guided America through the second world war earned the moniker “The Greatest Generation.” They survived the 1918 flu pandemic, the Great Depression, and they took on the greatest threat to freedom the world had ever known at the time, and won. They developed technology and moved the nation from horse and buggy to landing on the moon. Their faith in God and love for family and country was unmatched. America has not known such “get it done” men and women since its founding. And today, we stand on the threshold of yet another war that threatens the very ideal of America–the freedom of speech, of religion, of pursuit of happiness, and self-governance. And where is this generation?
It’s really hard to fathom. Leftist, Marxist, Socialist, Communist, Fascist politicians and captains of business and media are taking intentional actions aimed at destroying America’s freedoms, and Americans in general are letting these usurpers get away with it. If we do not stand against this; If we do not find it in ourselves to oppose what these people are doing; If we do not turn our hearts back to the one true God; If we do not pray and act, this country and the very freedoms we all enjoy, will be lost. The moral decline in this nation, coupled with both apathy and the constant excuse of “not knowing what to do,” are allowing evil to advance. It is changing the perception of reality to the point that no one can come to sensible conclusions to defend themselves, their families, their community or their country.
Stakeholder Capitalists of the Word Economic Forum are conducting a clandestine war against every free man, woman and child on earth, and in particular, every American. If America falls into the hands of these Marxist-Fascists, there will be no stopping the evil that will be unleashed from it. Joe Biden and much of the Democratic Party leadership are part and parcel to this war; Many Republicans, too. Even church leaders. Major companies like Walmart, Amazon, Google, Facebook, Mastercard, Visa, PayPal, Pepsi, Coca Cola, all the major pharma companies, big technology, Blackrock, and a host of others are all part of this worldwide conspiracy to bring corporations, media, and governments into an unholy partnership to destroy personal freedom and privacy, and control the world.
We need to stand up against this juggernaut of control and censorship. Write letters. Organize protests. Quite buying products from the companies wherever you can. Get involved. Make some noise. These people aim to take everything you have and make you bend to their “woke” fantasy of utopia. We need to be remembered as this era of The Great Generation otherwise it will be the late generation. As in that wonderful verse everyone likes to quote when they encourage being courageous where God said, “So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it.” But nobody wants to quote the last phrase, which God says, “but I found no one.” Let us not be the ones history tags with being the generation that lost all that the Great Generation attained.
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Daily Devotion: Change Starts Here - by Greg Laurie – www.harvest.org
The people of Nineveh believed God’s message, and from the greatest to the least, they declared a fast and put on burlap to show their sorrow —Jonah 3:5
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When we think of the story of Jonah, we tend to focus on the whale. But the book of Jonah is not about a whale, or a “great fish,” as the Bible refers to it. There are only two verses that deal with the creature that swallowed the prophet. The rest of the book is the story of a massive revival that came about through the efforts of one man.
God called Jonah to preach to Nineveh, the capital of Assyria and a city of around 300,000 people.
Jonah, however, didn’t want to go preach to the Ninevites. So God sent a great wind, which caused a great storm, and then a great fish ultimately swallowed Jonah. But the ultimate story of Jonah is about a great God who showed great love to a lost city like Nineveh and offered them His forgiveness.
If we miss that, then we’ve missed the whole point of the story.
God turned around 300,000 people through the preaching of one man. But it takes a changed person to change other people, and the change started with Jonah himself. In the belly of that great fish, Jonah had a personal revival. He repented of his sin and recommitted himself to the Lord, willing to do what the Lord had called him to do.
Then the whale opened his mouth and vomited Jonah onto the beach. I wonder what Jonah looked like. He probably smelled worse than anyone the Ninevites had smelled before.
Yet Jonah delivered God’s message: “Forty days from now Nineveh will be destroyed!” (Jonah 3:4 nlt). Jonah was the right man at the right place at the right time.
In the same way, we want to be the “Jonahs” in our neighborhood, in our families, and in our spheres of influence. How will you allow God to use you today?
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