The Green New Deal: Slavery by Any Other Name
- Jonathan Brentner - https://www.jonathanbrentner.com/https/jonathan-brentner-g8fgsquarespacecom/config/2020/10/10/the-green-new-deal-slavery-by-any-other-name
The climate alarmists of our day would have us believe that a grave environmental crisis exists; one that requires immediate and drastic action in order to save the planet. The leaders of the United Nations tell us that the solution requires all nations to submit to a central government, a New World Order.
The UN's strategy for resolving the climate emergency consists of seventeen goals that fall under their Agenda 2030. These objectives, however, go far beyond protecting the environment. They call for a Marxist type of government that distributes wealth evenly among all nations and all people.
The World Economic Forum (WEF) refers to this redistribution of wealth as the "Great Reset." The quote below comes from the Fox Business website regarding the WEF's meeting in June 2020:
We're still in the earliest phase of the Great Reset. The full plan won't be rolled out until January 2021, when the World Economic Forum will host its annual meeting in Davos. But the framework of the plan is clear: By combining many of the money-printing strategies endorsed by Modern Monetary Theory economists with global Green New Deal-like policies and corporate cronyism, the elites at the World Economic Forum can effectively control economic activity on a scale that has never been achieved.
The words "effectively control economic activity" sound remarkably similar to the words of Revelation 13, which describe how the beast, the antichrist, will control all the buying and selling worldwide.
Agenda 2030 and its United States' equivalent, the Green New Deal, are the engines behind the coming economic control that the elite globalists plan to impose on the world. The Marxist nature of these programs is slavery by any other name.
THE CHILLING DETAILS OF THE GREEN NEW DEAL
According to Wikipedia, "The Green New Deal (GND) is a proposed package of United States legislation that aims to address climate change and economic inequality."
A Washington Post article on February 11, 2019, reports that the GND resolution calls for a "10-year national mobilization" with the following as its key goals that focus as much on wealth redistribution as on the environment:
Guaranteeing a job with a family-sustaining wage, adequate family and medical leave, paid vacations, and retirement security to all people of the United States.
Providing all people of the United States with - high-quality health care; affordable, safe, and adequate housing; economic security; and access to clean water, clean air, healthy and affordable food, and nature.
Meeting 100 percent of the power demand in the United States through clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources.
Repairing and upgrading the infrastructure in the United States, including by eliminating pollution and greenhouse gas emissions as much as technologically feasible.
Upgrading all existing buildings in the United States and building new buildings to achieve maximal energy efficiency, water efficiency, safety, affordability, comfort, and durability, including through electrification.
The GND legislation leaves no aspect of human life outside the realm of government control. Its description on the CNN website provides a frightening and chilling depiction of just how the elite would control all areas of our lives under the GND.
With implementation of the GND, a totalitarian government would guarantee the well-being of everyone in the United States. It would regulate all aspects of one's employment, housing, healthcare, availability of food, and of course clean up the environment (a secondary objective of the plan). It would ensure equal outcomes for all with the elite choosing the nature of such "outcomes." Does this not sound a little bit like being in prison?
The response of the world to COVID-19 has given the globalists confidence that they can control people through fear. Might there be climate lockdowns in the world's future under the guise of saving the planet from an impending environmental catastrophe? Some are already talking about just a scenario.
Mariana Mazzucato, a University College London economics professor who is a member of the U.N. Committee on Development Policy recently wrote the following, "Under a 'climate lockdown,' governments would limit private-vehicle use, ban consumption of red meat, and impose extreme energy-saving measures, while fossil-fuel companies would have to stop drilling."
Despite what he said in the debate, Joe Biden and the Democratic Party fully support the GND and will work for its full implementation should they prevail in the election this November.
THE CONSEQUENCES OF THE GREEN NEW DEAL
Tom Hughes, in a recent prophecy update, played a video from the World Economic Forum (WEF). It portrays the future as a wonderful utopia free of pandemics and all threats to our environment. The leaders of WEF fail to point out, however, the pain and suffering that will come from the move away from fossil fuels they envision under the UN's Agenda 2030 and its US counterpart, the GND.
The planting, maintaining, and harvesting of crops requires a tremendous amount of fossil fuels. Beyond that, the food would never make it from the farms to our grocery stores without diesel fuel powering millions of trucks as well as a numerous trains. And without fuel, it would be a very long walk for most of us to get our food home from the store. Alternatives do not exist for all the fuel needed to support all the activities needed to meet the demands of even a fraction of population in the US or in the world.
Below is what I wrote in my chapter on the climate alarmists for Lawless-The End Times War Against the Spirit of Antichrist (due for release this month, October 2020) concerning the consequences of the GND should it become law:
God designed the world to sustain the large population we have today. This may sound highly controversial, but I believe the Lord provided fossil fuels in the earth for the benefit of mankind. Why else would He have designed the earth with such vast resources of oil, coal, and natural gas and given humanity the knowledge to use it? These resources not only make it possible for food to reach our tables, but for millions of people to survive the harsh winters of the north.
These enormous reserves did not come into being apart from God's sovereign purposes nor did they originate from decaying dinosaurs. It would have required an astronomically high number of decomposing prehistoric animals to create the gigantic reservoirs of natural gas and oil that exist beneath the earth's surface.
Climatologist Dr. Pat Michaels says eliminating all fossil fuels would reduce the average earth temperature by .14 degrees Celsius. "That's a very small change for putting humanity back in the Stone Age."
The implementation of the Green New Deal would lead to record high fuel costs and with that soaring and out of control food prices. Those with fixed incomes would have no opportunity to keep up with the skyrocketing inflation. The economic fallout would devastate life in the United States and lead to starvation on a massive scale. As Dr. Michaels said, it just might push us back in "the stone age."
But do not panic; the Lord told us thousands of years ago that this would happen.
BIBLICAL PROPHECY PROVIDES A BIBLICAL CONTEXT FOR THE FUTURE NEW WORLD ORDER
Amir Tsarfati explains how the current climate-change hysteria furthers Satan's agenda for a world government:
The Bible describes the man of sin, the Antichrist, as a man who will have the reins for a world government handed over to him. Involved with this will also be a world religion that will help subject all things under his evil control. The Bible indicates that this man is going to rise from what we now know as Europe (Daniel 7). This climate change hysteria is doing nothing but screaming for the world to let the globalist regime have more control. Eventually, things are going to get to the point where the economic, political, and even religious platforms of the world are going to be right where Satan wants them in order for this man to take control.
The Great Reset championed by the World Economic Forum is nothing new. Both Daniel and the Apostle John prophesied about just such a world government would emerge during the Tribulation (Daniel 7; Revelation 13). The globalists who push for a New World Order act as Satan's minions promoting his agenda to put his man, the Antichrist, in charge of all the nations just as the Bible says will happen in the last days.
Yes, it's exceedingly disheartening to watch the push for a totalitarian world government gain popularity under the deceptive guise of climate alarm. We must keep in mind, however, that not only does the Bible tell us this will happen someday, it provides details of the destruction of Satan's kingdom at the Second Coming of Jesus (Rev. 19:11-20:10).
The Lord Jesus will totally destroy both the antichrist and his kingdom at His Second Coming.
What we see in our world is precisely what the Bible said would happen in the last days; a New World Order of some sort will take finally shape before or during the initial stages of the seven-year tribulation. We already see the planning for this New World Order in the United States' GND, in Agenda 2030 of the United Nations, and in The Great Reset of the WEF. All these programs have the same goal of unifying the world under the control of the elite globalists.
The Great Reset will not be the utopia the WEF advertises it to be; it will enslave all who are alive at the time.
The good news is that we will already be with Jesus in the place He has prepared for us before the antichrist rises to worldwide power (John 14:2-3; 2 Thess. 2:1-8). We will not see the sudden destruction that will kick off the day of the Lord; that is the Lord's promise to us.
For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. (1 Thessalonians 5:9-10)
Rewards at the Rapture and the Great White Throne Judgement - by Pastor Mike Taylor -
10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.
14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.." (1st Corinthians 3:10-15)
How is Christianity different from all other man-made religions? Being a Christian is the only hope for the believer that after we die, we gain what we can only imagine in this life. It's not like the Muslim who fears a non-existent god whose only call is for them to die a martyr for "allah". Or the Buddhist who believes in a long dead philosopher that is only good for this life and attempt to live morally. For the Christian, to die is to gain....everything.
9 "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him." (1st Corinthians 2:9)
As one who has put his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, by grace through faith, I have sat and meditated on what it will be like when Jesus comes for His church and we are forever with the Lord. You know what? I can't even imagine what it will be like. I can only feel in my spirit that it will be thousands of times greater than whatever we can achieve in this life. This life is but a warm up for the next one (the one that counts).
Everyone of us want to go to heaven, as this earth is nothing but sin and misery. Oh, God gives us the things that are necessary to endure the years we have on this earth, so we can work for Him, and He knows what we need to endure this life. But we are but pilgrims in a land that is not our home. We search for a home not built with hands, but is waiting for us, as Jesus will bring us to His Father's House and where our mansions are being made right now.
"Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know." (John 14:1-4)
But the rub of the point is we will cling to this life with both hands until the very last second, as we pray for long life even if we acknowledge the joy that we want to go home. It is bred into our DNA that is called the sympathetic nervous system, or "fight or flight" to preserve life. Even though we know the next life is by far better than the one we now live, we fight to live a long life. God gave us a commandment that our days would be long on this earth:
"Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth." (Ephesians 6:2-3)
With what has been said, it appears quite contradictory. The promise is that we will live a long life upon the earth by honoring our father and mother in this life. Knowing our doctrine of to "die is gain" it would seem illogical to reward believers with a long life on this earth.
As the old saying goes, "Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die." Atheists are quick to point out the seeming inconsistency to that position as 'evidence' that our faith, no matter how staunchly we might defend it, is really just a sham, like whistling past the graveyard.
I have a brother in law that is a self proclaimed atheist, that believes that this life is all there is, and that the whole heaven and hell thing is nothing but a fairy tale, because as he says, "everybody dies", which Karl Marx called the "opiate of the masses" to give some type of meaning for the inevitable of a person dying. Or so my brother in law points out.
The contradiction is in my brother in laws mind, if heaven was real, wouldn't all of us be standing at the cliff waiting for our chance to jump? Of course, his argument is deliberately misleading, as the argument forgets the obvious of what we mentioned what is ingrained into our DNA...but the Christian doesn't fear death, but the getting there is what nobody wants to speak of. I have no FEAR of being dead, because I know of whom I have believed.
"I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:38-39)
But being dead is far different that getting dead. The fear anyone has is getting there, than it is of BEING there.
So the promise given by God that "my days be long upon the earth" is attractive to the mortal flesh, because none of us are eager or looking forward to the jumping off point, even though we long to be clothed with immortality.
"For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:
3 If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked." ( 2nd Corinthians 5:1-3)
No one wants to die prematurely, that is before the fullness of days for one's chances to do what is right will have all been used up. Someday, I will stand before my Lord Jesus Christ and be rewarded for what I have accomplished in this life, for HIM, not for myself. None of us know how much time we have left, so we should not waste a moment, as I know within myself of what I have wasted already, so I can't afford to spare another second for anything but the glory of God.
WE ARE GIVEN TALENTS.
While a Christian in this life expects to go to heaven when they die, speaking for myself, I would hate to show up at the Bema Judgment Seat of Christ alone, with no fruit to show for my existence.
Jesus spoke of this very thing of three servants to bring the point home for the disciples and those who were listening to His sermon that day.
"For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey." (Matthew 25:15-16)
There is an eternal truth that is often overlooked in this parable that Jesus spoke of. In the ancient times, a talent was a measure of gold. It is not in reference to "talents" like singing or playing a musical instrument, although they are worthy to be given to the Glory of God in church services, but what is the most precious item that God imparts to His children that is worth much gold in His eyes? To me, the one thing that is most precious to God our Father, is His Word. It is what God is about. His Word will not come back to Him void.
10 "For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
11 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 55:10-11)
Each of us are given a portion of God's Word to share with the world. The parable of the nobleman, which is synonymous with God our Father, "gives each of us" talents of His Word that He gives us to understand, discern and expects each of us to share it with the lost of this world. Those abilities to witness, to preach, to minister, and to tend to the widow and the orphans of this world are given as God sees fit to allow service within this earth and bring us to the Kingdom of God as Kings and Priest to God. That is not only for your local pastor, but for each individual that looks to Jesus for Salvation.
"Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two." (Matthew 25:17)
Note that the servant that was given the most produced the most. But then we turn our attention to the end of the parable where the unprofitable servant hid His Master's talents in the ground.
"But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money." (Matthew 25:18)
The parable shows that two of the Lord's servants invested their Lord's money (His talent, His Word) so that when the Lord returns He receives what is His with interest. What interest? The sharing of the Word of God to bring lost souls to repentance. We may only be planting seeds, and another waters, but the Holy Spirit gives the increase. Note the first two servants are rewarded handsomely and were commended on their service:
20 "And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.
23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord."( Matthew 25:21-23)
But what of the unprofitable servant? The reward is much different than for the first two servants.
24 "Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.
28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."(Matthew 25:24-30)
The Lord orders that the unprofitable servant be stripped of what what he has and give it to the servant who produced the most, and to be cast into outer darkness, " where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth".
These verses are often used to 'prove' a believer can lose his salvation, but it only works by taking the verses out of context.
In context, Jesus is teaching concerning the fate of the "nations"on the last day, not that of individual believers, as the next verses make clear.
32 "And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:" (Matthew 25:32-34)
As you read further into the chapter, those things that have been done to the least of their brethren, so has it been done to Jesus Christ. This is in direct reference of those who have ministered to His people, (the Jewish brethren) during the Tribulation and have protected them in peril even for their own life. But those who treated them harshly or gave them up to the coming beast power will be sorely punished, as they have not really had the Spirit of our Lord within them, but only professed an empty religiousity of empty rituals that most likely could refer to the One World Religion and those who will be led astray by the coming False Prophet.
But, while the unprofitable servant story is ultimately referring to the separation into the 'sheep' and 'goat' nations in the last day, it also gives some insight into what the Lord expects us to do with the "talents" He gave each of us right now, in our time before the coming HARPAZO or the forceful removal of the Church, we know as the rapture.
The Bema Judgment Seat of Jesus Christ
As spoken of, we are given certain "talents" from the Lord and He expects us to give Him "His own with usary"---That is to say that our Lord expects us to show up at the judgment seat of Christ with more than just ourselves. Note this is not a judgment as the coming "White Throne Judgment" at the end of the Age of Mankind, but this is a "reward" banquet to give each of those who have accepted Jesus as Personal Savior, rewards and benefits that is given to those who have used their abilities to win souls for Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit.
The Apostle Paul likens a believer to a building set on the foundation of Jesus Christ and says that it is, from then on, up to us to build upon it.
10 "According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ." (1st Corinthians 3:10-11)
Each of us will be given rewards for what is built upon this foundation, which is Christ the Lord. We are free to build whatever on this foundation with building materials of our own choosing, or eternal security is based upon this foundation, not our subsequent construction efforts.
12 "Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is." (1st Corinthians 3:12-13)
Each work we perform that is built upon the Foundation of Jesus Christ will be tested to see what sort of work it is....those that have used silver, gold or precious stones will receive a reward, as they will last. But not those of wood, hay, or stubble as each will be tested with the Fire of God.
This is the believer's judgment and you can loose rewards for lazy service much like the unprofitable servant, but you cannot loose you salvation, or that has been guaranteed from the foundation of the world as an earnest deposit of our future glorification.
When the apostle Paul wrote this epistle, the judge of the Olympic games would sit at the finish line and his job was to determine the position of each runner when they finished the race. He would decide who was first, second, third and so on, for the purpose of rewarding medals according to placement, just as we do in our modern Olympics.
This conveys a singularly important truth. EVERYBODY that makes it past the Bema Seat FINISHED the race. The Bema Seat is where the Judge awards the medals based on performance. And as Paul told us in verse 13 above, our work will be tested by fire. But each person will be saved, "as through the fire". Because each one standing belong to Christ, their reward will be based on service to God, but even the lazy Christian with God's Holy Spirit residing, will come through the fire with salvation intact, excluding rewards.
"Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is."
You can't get to the Bema Seat of Christ on intellectual "head knowledge" of Jesus, as even Satan and the demons believe and they are not saints. Believing is not enough.
19" Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?" (James 2:19-20)
Head knowledge must become heart knowledge, that those who by faith have repented of their sinful condition, changed their mind about God, and do a total 180 degree turn around and follow Jesus Christ in His footsteps and have accepted the Free Pardon secured for them at the Cross at Calvary.
And, as we've seen, repentance ALWAYS results in a changed life, but a changed life isn't the same thing as a life of sinless perfection.
Individuals are redeemed or condemned according to the single criteria of either accepting or rejecting Christ.
I don't know about you, but speaking for myself only, I only want to hear those words by my Lord Jesus when I stand before Him, and hear Him say, "well done thou good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of they Lord"...Anything else the Lord gives me will be icing on the cake, whether a crown of righteousness, or being a King and a Priest and ruling many cities, or being a teacher of righteousness to point others to salvation, it all comes down to doing the will of God and being praised for a "job well done". I pray that my Lord is pleased with me.
GREAT WHITE THRONE JUDGMENT
We have been speaking of a coming judgment at the Bema Judgment seat of Christ that is a reward for service for those who have followed our Lord in faith believing on Him as our Savior, and doing what each of us are able to do while in our mortal state by following His commands and doing His will.
But there is coming another judgment of those who have not accepted Jesus as Personal Savior of their lives. This will come when the element of time is abolished and the rule of mankind is over and just before eternity begins that all nations left will be gathered together to stand before the Judge of all the earth to be condemned.
11 "And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works." (Revelation 20:11-13)
The books that will be opened are, I believe, the books of your Bible, that saves or condemns each man or woman. Each of these are given immortal bodies, just as the Church was given to receive a glorious future of immortality and live eternally in God's presence. But those who stand before God, Jesus Christ our Lord, who has been given the right to judge the nations by God our Father, will examine each person and run His finger down the ledger of the Book of Life to look for YOUR name. There is only one way that your NAME will be found and that is sometime in the past you were offered the the grace and mercy of God through the finished work of Christ dying on the Cross at Calvary and shed His blood for all mankind.
Every person ever born that has rejected the Free Gift of eternal life through accepting Jesus as Lord of their life, now stands before the Supreme Judge of all mankind to have the formality of being found still in their sins and not forgiven in the life they lived while on earth. Their own righteousness was not enough. Their own good deeds and doing their own will is not good enough, because in the final analysis, our righteousness are worthless before God.
5" Thou meetest him that rejoiceth and worketh righteousness, those that remember thee in thy ways: behold, thou art wroth; for we have sinned: in those is continuance, and we shall be saved.
6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
7 And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities." (Isaiah 64:5-7)
Those that God saved were clothed with the righteousness of Jesus Christ, but here those that stand here are clothed in their own righteousness, as the interpretation of ours being as filthy rags, is equated to a woman's used menstrual cloth (a very unclean thing because of unforgiven sin).
God will not allow sin to be in His presence and the only way to stand before God Almighty is through the sacrifice of His Son. No one standing here will be able to make an excuse, given a second chance, or be allowed into Heaven's glory, but will receive the ultimate punishment for their rejection of the only payment for their sins, Jesus Christ, Him crucified and resurrected who is now YOUR Judge.
13 "And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." (Revelation 20:13-15)
WHERE ARE YOU IN THIS LIFE?
The aforementioned long life, is for the Christian a chance to do more for God and bear fruit worthy of repentance. Every morning is a second chance to do the right thing in the eyes of God and to invest the "talents" we have been given so that we may return to God what is His plus interest, or lost souls reached for God.
One day, you and I will stand before the Judge of all the earth. Some will stand before the Bema Judgment Seat to receive rewards for service of a well lived life found in Jesus Christ that bore fruit for our King Jesus. Others will stand before the Great White Throne where they will be judged according to their own works done in their own behalf and to receive the "ultimate reward" or penalty for their own self righteousness.
Where one stands in those days of judgment depends on a simple act of repentance receiving the grace and mercy through God our Father, based on the sacrifice of His only Begotten Son, Jesus the Christ. Will you use your talents that God has given you for your own selfish interest, or will you use the talents that God gives you to bear fruit for the Kingdom of God? Will you humble yourself and cry out to God for mercy and to ask Him to save you?
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)
Then because of God's grace and love reach out to others and witness to them of the love you have found in God building rewards that will be given to those who bring the love of God to others. The Bema Judgment Seat will be coming for those who have found the truth of the above verses and proclaim that Truth to all who enter your life.
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.
12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Romans 10:8-13)
The alternative is beyond anyone's comprehension of what will come to those who reject God's Love and are not found with their name written in the Lamb's Book of Life. No one would want to endure what those who are thrown away from God's presence in outer darkness where the fire is not quenched, the worm dieth not, and there is weeping and gnashing of teeth. Choose you this day where your eternal destiny lies. A hope of life of glory, or a life in eternity filled with torment and suffering.
21 "Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
22 And of some have compassion, making a difference:
23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen." (Jude 1:21-25)
This is Pastor Mike Taylor, praying for your salvation and being standing there with me there at the Bema Judgment Seat of Christ and avoiding the Great White Throne condemnation. I pray for my brother in law. If you need prayer, counseling, or just a listening ear, email me firstname.lastname@example.org, . God bless you all,
TILL WE MEET AT JESUS FEE
Club Med - Pete Garcia -
While currently not burning up any headlines in our recent past, the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) has slowly been making headway over key foundational issues.
So what makes this union of nations so critical to understanding Biblical prophecy? Considering that two of the key end-time players are a national Israel, and a revived Roman Empire, it has a lot to do with it.
Currently, we know that the structure of the European Union is unsustainable in its current form. Many of the leading economic giants like former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan and billionaire bad boy George Soros have said as much. The truth is, we are watching the pages of Scripture literally coming to fulfillment before our very eyes. The Bible talks of 10 kings that will arise in the end times. From Daniel's perspective in the 5th century BC:
"After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong. It had huge iron teeth; it was devouring, breaking in pieces, and trampling the residue with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns." (Daniel 7:7)
What John was shown at the end of the 1st century AD:
"The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast." (Revelation 17:12)
From Daniel's perspective, there was no distinction between a future coming Roman empire and what we see today. This was all still future to him, and as history has bared out, one would be logically lead to believe that such a kingdom would have found its complete fulfillment in ancient Rome. But John, having been given further insight into this, was alive at the height of the then Roman Empire, and he is told these kings had not yet received authority, which has to mean that this was as of yet, still future to John.
Historically speaking, what is described herein Daniel and Revelation, has not yet occurred. Rome only ever operated with one emperor at a time, the exception being when the empire split in half with one ruling in the west (Rome) and the other ruling in the East (Constantinople) somewhere in the 4th century AD.
Our world today has become interlinked to the point that what happens in Greece will have ripple effects all the way to Japan. Depending on the size of a nation and their GDP, will predictably determine the level of effects it will have on the world should significant changes happen.
When the United States collapses (which we are currently in the process of but aren't admitting), the world will be left reeling. The Lehman Brothers collapse in 2008 put the frailty of our economic situation on full parade for the world, which is why the world is in a mad dash for another system to be in place before this scenario happens again.
The American Model
So far, Europe has had two hundred and thirty-four years to see how America has worked. We broke the mold, if you will, for modern nations. Nations who are linked together by a common currency, economy, and religious tolerance are much less likely to fight. True, we had a Civil War in the 1860s, but it took around 250 years from the founding of Jamestown to reach that point, and somehow our Union has still held together until this day.
Europe, and all its royal kings and queens, had been the center of the world's power and attention for thousands of years. America, at its founding, was a backwater wilderness where Christian fundamentalists went to slug it out in a spartan existence. Americans are the newcomers, and we have really only been the 'center' of the world's attention for not quite even a century.
At the time we were considered to be the largest Christian nation in the world who just happens to come to prominence after the Europeans, Russians, Chinese, and everyone else took the beating of a lifetime. We became the last man standing if you will, at the end of World War II, just in time to arm and support a re-born national Israel. Coincidence?
How is the UfM different?
Currently, the problem in the European Union, is that it expanded too fast to properly deal with the realities of the financial and cultural disparities such a diverse union was bound to face.
All historical baggage aside, Europe's expensive and expansive socialists programs bankrupted their systems, and morally bankrupted generations of Europeans into a 'cradle to grave' mentality, hopelessly addicted to a nanny-state. But Europe wants that limelight back, and they can see the winds of fortune changing in their direction, and so a political entity like the UfM is just thinking ahead of the curve.
First off, let's revisit and see where this all stemmed from originally. The idea was first touted at the Barcelona Process in 1995. The idea was out there floating around the atmosphere as a good idea, but no serious momentum built up until French President Nicolas Sarkozy made it part of his 2007 reelection campaign motto. What really motivated him to run with this idea?
The goal of Sarkozy's Club Med is therefore not, after all, to reinforce the geopolitical weight of France, but instead to consolidate the power of NATO and the United States over the Middle East.
Really it is European Colonialism 2.0 with the Arab/Israeli peace agreement thrown in there for good measure. The intent, therefore, is to rub out any form of Arab nationalism and Islamic fundamentalism, tap into the vast resources of oil, natural gas, and cheap labor. But none of that is possible until the Israelis and her angry neighbors come to some sort of peace-agreement and finally, once and for all, lay down their arms. What better way to do this than to incorporate them into the same empire?
What makes the leadership of the UfM think they have what it takes to succeed by mixing Southern Europeans with North African Muslims, Jews, Lebanese, Arabs, and Turks?
For starters, they too have a shared history. They all belonged to the Roman and Byzantine empires for hundreds of years. (It wasn't until Islam became big enough to become a threat, that it became the threat.) They would control three of the most strategic waterways in the world: the Strait of Gibraltar, Suez Canal, and Strait of Hormuz. They would control over half of the world's oil and natural gas reserves. Lastly, they would control the centers of the world's three main religions: Mecca, Rome, and Jerusalem.
Adding to the mix is the gargantuan natural gas fields found off the coasts of Israel and in the shared waters with Greek Cyprus, which has the potential to be a real boom for both economies. Certainly, this will be incorporated into the final paperwork that accompanies any type of peace agreement as Europe seeks a more reliable energy partner.
The UfM could then be the main supplier of energy to the rest of the northern EU member nations, pumping much-needed wealth into Greece, Italy, France, and Spain. A large, unemployed labor force eagerly looking for work within the north African nations could facilitate the building and working of the pipelines, oil rigs, and transportation of oil and gas. The UfM could use the framework of NATO (or NATO itself) as the billy-club to wallop any nation(s) who threatens to disrupt the peace again. I believe Libya was the test run for this sort of military diplomacy.
The Psalm 83/Isaiah 17 war will leave many in the Sunni-Arab world reeling from the sting of defeat yet again by the Israelis. Too many Muslims have suffered for too long either under corrupt military dictatorships, or brutal Islamic 'brotherhoods' and will seek some sense of normalcy out from underneath the banner of Sharia law. Ultimately, peace on the street and bread on the table will trump ideology.
A preemptive strike on Iran over their nuclear ambitions and the destruction of Syria's Damascus might persuade Turkey to join out of necessity, rather than ideology. So who then is left out of the lucrative gold-mine the Mediterranean nations are currently sitting on? The Magogian-Triad: Turkey, Russia, and Iran.
Likely, Turkey will seek retribution for not getting cut in on the natural gas fields sitting just outside their maritime borders. Russia will have lost a major client as Europe seeks her energy from Israel. Iran will seek revenge for her crushed nuclear ambitions, and will also seek to bring out the 12th Imam from his hole in the ground. Certainly adequate motivations for an Ezekiel 38-39 scenario and formidable foes to keep the other nations at bay from bailing out Israel.
As the Middle East goes up in flames, and America falls into irrelevance, a man will step forward out of the shadows of the former Roman empire and will have a peace plan that actually works. He will succeed where all his previous predecessors have failed, thanks in large part to the foundation already being laid by the UfM, and the technological spiderweb of control that is unique to this generation. All he therefore needs is the right time and the right emergency.
As Rahm Emanuel famously once said, "You never let a serious crisis go to waste."
Originally Published at the Omega Letter
Monday, February 06, 2012
But wait, there's more.
Since I first wrote this back in 2012, soooo much has happened.
The Paradox of a Righteous Lot - Pete Garcia -
Most of us alive here in America tend to see the world with a western worldview. This worldview works fine for everyday life but can cause the average western believer consternation when trying to make sense of certain parts of the Scriptures. All Scripture is giving by inspiration of God through the Holy Spirit (2 Tim 3:16), but what we fail to sometimes take into account, was that the men who physically wrote the Bible, were all from the Oriental world.
The Old Testament was written almost entirely in Hebrew and with a small portion in Aramaic. The New Testament was written entirely in Koinonia Greek (the common vernacular of the day). But it was Jewish men, who thought with a Hebraic mindset, that wrote both Old and New Testaments. So when we modern westerners get to certain parts of the scriptures that seem to be paradoxical to each other, we oftentimes get perplexed at the seeming contradictions.
But to the Hebrew mind, opposing ideas could be equally accepted at the same time. Patterns that formed cycles were key to understanding the fullness of the entirety of the message. The Hebrew culture (like other eastern cultures) used what has been deemed, "block logic", and in Marvin Wilson's "Our Father Abraham-Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith", he makes some interesting points about the two:
"The use of what may be termed block logic is another important contour of Hebrew thought. Greek logic, which has to a large extent influenced the Western world, was different. The Greeks often used a tightly contained step logic whereby one would argue from premises to a conclusion, each step linked tightly to the next in coherent, rational, logical fashion. The conclusion, however, was usually limited to one point of view-the human being's perception of reality"
"The Hebrew knew he did not know all the answers. His position was 'under the sun' (Ecc. 8:17), so his words were few (5:2). He refused to over-systematize or forced harmonization on the enigmas of God's truth or the puzzles of the universe. He realized that no one could straighten what God has made crooked (7:13). All things, therefore, did not need to be fully rational. The Hebrew mind was willing to accept the truths taught on both sides of the paradox; it recognized that mystery and apparent contradictions are often signs of the divine. Stated succinctly, the Hebrews knew the wisdom of learning to trust in matters that they could not fully understand."
In layman's terms, those influenced in western thought, i.e....the Greco-Roman world-view, understood things in a linear, logical manner. We try and apply logic to a problem in order to come up with the most logical solution. Applying this type of mental methodology to Bible prophecy, can oftentimes frustrate the purpose, which then causes confusion. Marvin Wilson provides some excellent examples in which 'block logic' is used in Scriptures:
"The book of Exodus says that Pharaoh hardened his heart, but it also says that God hardened it (Ex. 8:15; cf. 7:3). The prophets teach that God is both wrathful and merciful (Isa. 45:7; Hab. 3:2). The New Testament refers to [Yeshua] as the 'Lamb of God' and the 'Lion of the tribe of Judah' (Jn. 1:29, 36; Rev. 5:5). Hell is described as both 'blackest darkness' and the fiery lake' (Jude 13; Rev. 19:20). In terms of salvation, [Yeshua] said, 'whoever comes to me I will never drive away,' yet no one can come 'unless the Father draws him' (Jn. 6:37, 44). To find life you must lose it (Mt. 10:39). When you are weak, then you are strong (2 Cor. 12:10). The way up (exaltation) is the way down (humility) (Lk. 14:11). 'Jacob have I loved and Esau have I hated' (Rom. 9:13; Mal. 1:3).
Block logic is the mindset, that one can accept two opposing ideas as both equally true... it all depends on whose perception one is looking through.
Old Testament Lot
Throughout the entirety of his account beginning in Genesis chapter 11, through chapter 19, Lot was always living in the shadow of his older cousin Abram (Abraham). When they arrived at Canaan, Abram gave him the choice cut of land and they parted ways. A little later on, some wicked kings kidnapped Lot and Abram had to come to the rescue. From there, the Lord and two angels visit Abraham and give him a heads up, that they were going to visit Sodom and Gomorrah, and then destroy it. Abraham, knowing Lot lived there, asked one of the most pivotal questions that sets the tone for the rest of the Scriptures:
And Abraham came near and said, "Would You also destroy the righteous with the wicked? Genesis 18:23
Two angels were dispatched to Sodom and Gomorrah, and there Lot met them at the gate. He persuaded them to come back to his house because he knew the kind of evil that would befall these visitors should they remain out in the open. But this didn't stop the men of the city from surrounding Lot's house and attempting to break down the door to get to them. Lot does what any "red-blooded father" would do...and he offers up his two daughters in exchange for these visitors' safety. The outraged mob attempt to rush Lot and the visitors...
And they (the mob) said, "Stand back!" Then they said, "This one (Lot) came in to stay here, and he keeps acting as a judge; now we will deal worse with you than with them." So they pressed hard against the man Lot, and came near to break down the door. But the men reached out their hands and pulled Lot into the house with them, and shut the door. And they struck the men who were at the doorway of the house with blindness, both small and great, so that they became weary trying to find the door. Genesis 19:9-11
From there, the two visitors, Lot, and family in tow depart the city early in the morning. Lot's wife looks back and is turned into a pillar of salt. Lot ends up in the mountains with his two daughters, and they get him drunk and seduce him so they could get impregnated. Impressed yet? Seems like Lot is always getting himself into some kind of precarious situation.
New Testament Lot
Lot is referenced twice in the New Testament; first in Luke 17, when Jesus referencing what the world will be like when He returns, pointed back to the wickedness of that time. The second mention is by the Apostle Peter. And here, Peter gives three different examples of the punishment in which God had served in the past to curb the wickedness in the world: the fallen angels who left their first estate and copulated with human women, the wicked people in Noah's day, and the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah in Lot's day...
....and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds)- 2 Peter 2:7-8
WHAT?! Did I miss something in the Genesis account? Three times, Peter was moved by the Holy Spirit to call this man Lot righteous. What did we see of this man's life and actions in the Old Testament that would warrant him being addressed as righteous now?
Remember that thing about 'block logic'? There is where our perception and God's, see things differently.
Just turn on the news or read the Drudge Report one day and you can quickly see the awful wickedness that permeates this day and age we live in. Lot's circumstance was just a microcosm of what we experience today. Both news and travel have greatly increased (Dan 12:4), and we know what's going on in the world as it happens. Since bad news sells better than good news, we are inundated with as much of it as one can take.
Whether it's horrific crimes committed against the innocent, or wars, pestilence, famines, and corruption, you can be sure that no matter where you look, you don't have to look hard. For those of us who watch the signs of the times, it can make you weary and long for the Lord to return. Even now we are being oppressed by the filthy conduct that is being pressed on us to accept as normal by the "civilized" world. The issues includes: drugs, gay marriage, abortion, anti-Christian propaganda, euthanasia, apostate and false religious movements, genetic engineering, and violence perpetrated against the Church in many parts of the world.
Is your soul tormented? If it's not, then your head is in the proverbial hole in the sand. Remember, we are tri-partite beings: body, soul, and spirit. Even though one is saved (revived spirit), our souls (the conscious) is being tested like never before. The floodgates of evil are being opened and we are getting just a taste of what's going to be turned loose during the Tribulation. Even now, we are weary and long to be home in heaven with our Savior.
For those who don't watch for the Lord's soon return, it's just business as usual. And that attitude often feeds the frustration many of us feel when sharing the gospel with urgency we know...with the apathetic or spiritually blinded who don't know how close to the end we really are, nor do they want to know.
The Pattern and the Plan
According to the Strongs Lexicon, Lot's name in Hebrew means "Covering" and since he had to be removed prior to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, we too will be removed prior to the Wrath of God being poured out on this world. As the body of Christ on earth, we are inhabited and sealed by the Holy Spirit, overcomers chosen by God before the foundation of the world ever came to be (Eph 1:4). [The Plan] At the Rapture, the Holy Spirit's ministry of restraint is likewise removed, and God's wrath is poured out on a Christ-rejecting world. When the covering is removed, God's wrath was poured out on the plain-cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. When the Church is removed (along with the Restrainer) the wrath will be poured out. This pattern is repeated throughout the Scriptures. God does not destroy the righteous with the wicked. [The Pattern] Although we don't see much righteousness in Lot's testimony, God did. Although we don't have much to brag about ourselves, God sees us as righteous through the shed blood of His Son on the cross at Calvary. It may not always make sense to us, but it does to God. And I love it when God's plan comes together!
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:2
In the Bible - By Daymond Duck -
With Israel on lockdown because of Covid-19 and Pres. Trump in the hospital for testing positive for Covid-19, it seems like most of the media has ignored the Middle East this week.
Nevertheless, here are a few items that seem to be related to prophecies in the Bible.
One, during former Vice Pres. Joe Biden's debate with Pres Trump on Sept. 29, 2020, Biden said, "I am the Democratic Party right now."
That is very questionable, but if it is true, Biden is responsible for no mention of God at the Democrat Party Convention and in the Democrat Party Platform.
Two, in late Sept. 2020, U.S. Sec. of State Mike Pompeo warned the Pres. of Iraq that the U.S. will close its embassy in Iraq if he doesn't do more to stop Iranian-backed terrorists from firing rockets at America's embassy.
Some officials believe Iran has decided that Trump will defeat Biden in the election, and they want to embarrass Trump to possibly defeat him.
Iran wants to defeat Trump because officials think they would have a better chance getting the sanctions against Iran dropped, continuing their nuclear weapons program, winning a war with Israel (Gog and Magog), etc., if Biden is President of the U.S.
Iraq's foreign minister said he hopes the U.S. will reconsider the move.
Three, concerning deception and lying, on Sept. 29, 2020, it was reported that National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe sent a letter to Lindsey Graham, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, saying the U.S. has obtained unverifiable Russian intelligence information alleging that the Russian Collusion scam (that cost the U.S. about $40 million and counting) was made up by Hillary Clinton to draw attention away from her e-mail scandal.
It is now being reported that Obama, Clinton, Brennan and Comey knew that it was a scam and have been trying to cover it up (lying about it).
It is also being reported that this is just a tip of the iceberg, but the CIA is trying to block the public release of other information because they believe the truth will damage their organization.
FBI Director, Christopher Wray, appears to be trying to dodge testimony before the U.S. Senate because documents show he has not told the truth on other occasions.
Four, the Bible says that God will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling and a burdensome stone for the whole world at the end of the age (Zech. 12:2-3).
On Sept. 30, 2020, the UAE made it plain that their peace treaty with Israel does not mean that the UAE has abandoned its demand that East Jerusalem be made the capital of a Palestinian state.
The peace treaties are not changing what God said about Jerusalem.
Five, on Oct. 4, 2020, it was reported that the European Central Bank (ECB) will begin consultations on Oct. 12 on the release of a digital currency.
ECB officials said a move toward a digital currency will compliment cash, but not replace it.
Many prophecy teachers believe the world will go to a digital currency to facilitate the tracking of all buying and selling during the Tribulation Period.
Six, concerning natural disasters, wildfires in California have burned more than 6 million acres this year (6,250 square miles; more than double the old one-year record).
This is in addition to wildfires in Washington, Oregon, and other states.
More than 31 people have been killed and more than 8,400 structures have burned.
Also, as I am writing this article, the tenth named storm (the most ever in one year) is in the Gulf of Mexico and bearing down on the U.S.
So, we have the worst wildfires ever and the most named storms ever to hit the U.S. in the same year (like birth pains).
Seven, Jesus listed deception as one of the signs of His coming, and it is a subject that covers many things.
Anyway, Gov. Newsom of Cal. (Nancy Pelosi's nephew) recently signed a law that requires corporations to place a minimum number of people from underrepresented communities (black people, women, Hispanics, Asians, etc.) on their board.
However, the law allows board members to self-identify (a man can self-identify as a woman, a white person can self-identify as a black person, etc.).
I don't know if this is an effort to deceive black people, women, Hispanics and others; the thinking of a reprobate mind, demonism or what, but it doesn't seem worthy of a high government official.
God loves you, and if you have not done so, sincerely admit that you are a sinner; believe that Jesus is the virgin born, sinless Son of God, who died for the sins of the world, was buried and raised from the dead; ask Him to forgive your sins, cleanse you, come into your heart and be your Saviour; then tell someone that you have done this.
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Things That Will Come to Pass - By Gene Lawley -
As an earlier article indicated, there are four phases of God's revelation of Himself to the world. The first one was by verbal declarations directly and through His prophets; the second was by the written Word of Law given to Moses and related to the children of Israel; the third was, and is, the direct entry into human history when Christ, the living Word, became flesh and dwelt among us; the fourth will be when Christ returns to the earth and takes up the restored throne of David in Jerusalem and rules the world as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. It will be a government by theocracy.
This present age of grace began with the entry of Jesus Christ into the world to give up His life as the Son of Man as payment for the sins of all mankind, that whosoever believes on Him will not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16). This era has now spanned over 2,000 years, and still counting. It is the age of grace, that unmerited favor of God whose arm is not shortened that He cannot save. What then is yet to happen before this age comes to an end?
Daniel 9:26-27 foretells of a coming person of Roman heritage, that ancient Roman regime which destroyed the city of Jerusalem and its temple in 70 A.D. This person apparently will be one of international authority or recognition, for he will confirm a covenant with others, a covenant that will give Israel seven years of peace. He will be someone who has far-reaching authority in the world, for he will stop the new Jewish temple worship activities and declare himself the God to be worshipped. Look at Daniel 9:26-27:
"And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself, and the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood, and till the end of the war, desolations are determined.
"Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; but in the middle of the week he shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, even until the consummation, which is determined, is poured out on the desolate."
Jesus said, in Matthew 24:15, that this event is still future, being an indication of the impending last days: "Therefore when you see the 'abomination of desolation' spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place" (whoever reads, let him understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains." This occurs, apparently, when the Antichrist assumes the position of the eighth head of the Beast (Revelation 17:10-11) and confirms a covenant with "many." It was with many nations that the United Nations established Israel as a new nation in 1948. No doubt, it will take such authority to establish a peace covenant between Israel and the Palestinians, most likely one that is imposed upon them.
This person's authority extends into the seven years of tribulation, for he has power to shut down the worship of the Jews in their new temple. He will even declare himself God and demand all to worship him as God. This is confirmed in 2 Thessalonians 2:4: "... who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God." He will continue on to ride out on that white horse (Revelation 6), "conquering and to conquer" during that seven years, ending with his being cast alive into the lake of fire.
At the moment of that covenant's confirmation, according to 1 Thessalonians 5:2-3, this follows: "For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, 'Peace and safety!' then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape."
No doubt, but the "they" in that passage is Israel, for who else has desired peace and safety since its founding in 1948? Also, this seven years is identified in Jeremiah 30:7 as "the time of Jacob's trouble," using "Jacob" instead of "Israel" to indicate a judgment against the sinfulness of those people of Jacob's heritage. (Israel was God's new name for the man who had wrestled with the Angel of God and prevailed.)
At the moment of this "sudden destruction," another activity ends and a massive change in the earth's population occurs. Look at 2 Thessalonians 2:3 and 6-7: "Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first... and now you know what is restraining, that he [the deceiver] may be revealed in his own time, for the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way."
The only one capable of restraining evil has always been the Spirit of God, and He indwells the lives of mortal believers on earth. Therefore, when the One who restrains is taken away, that body of believers in Christ is gone also. It is the Rapture, and with it, the Day of the Lord, like a thief in the night, comes bringing sudden destruction upon the whole world. (Yes, the Holy Spirit fills all things and will remain in the world, but the Spirit-filled believers will not be here, and those are the ones who live among the evildoers where their presence provides a restraining force against them.) The world is experiencing a massive push to embrace evil instead of righteousness.
The so-called "Progressives" in tandem with the sexual revolution, identifying as the acronym LBGTQI+ (and I would add "P" for "perversion") have pushed the nations into a corner that has no pleasant answer. Will it continue until the nations are permeated with immoral degeneration, as was Sodom in Lot's day, or will God bring judgment at a sooner time?
Finally, it strongly appears that the fulfillment of the Feast of Trumpets among the seven festivals of the Lord that He had Moses schedule every year is the Rapture of believers. (See Leviticus 23.) No other explanation fits that annual festival. All the other six have clear purposes to celebrate, and four of them have already been fulfilled-Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, and Pentecost.
Then, the economic and social conditions when that event comes to pass are certainly relevant. In Luke 17:26-30, we see that economic and social conditions are flourishing abundantly when the Lord is revealed. Contrary to many prophecy watchers, this cannot be the case at the end of the seven years of tribulation when the Second Coming of Christ is scheduled. Then there will be famine, warfare, death-all depicted by the four horses of Revelation 6, plus the mark of the beast, limiting buying and selling to only those who have taken that mark. Even so, it will not be anything like what is described in Luke 17:26-30.
What happens after the Rapture for those who are taken out of the judgments of God? There are four major events that Scriptures indicate the risen saints will be doing, plus other services to the Lord. In Revelation 4 we see, with John, the first of the four-the judgment seat of Christ. There, the saints will be judged according to their obedience during their lives on earth after being saved. 1 Corinthians 3:11-15 tells of this:
"For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one's work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one's work, of what sort it is. If anyone's work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone's work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire."
In that scene of the twenty-four elders, having crowns on their heads, we see them bowing before Christ on His throne of judgment. Then we see them casting their crowns at His feet.
After that, the saints will be taken to places the Lord has prepared for them in His Father's house, as John 14:1-3 tells us:
"Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you, and if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, THAT WHERE I AM, THERE YOU MAY BE ALSO." (Capitalization used for emphasis-see Luke 17:37b in NKJV.)
The third of the four events is the marriage supper of the Lamb, the coming together of the Bride and the Bridegroom, depicting Christ and His body of believers in unity, as reported in Revelation 19:7-9:
"Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready. And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. Then he said to me, 'Write: 'Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!' And he said to me, 'These are the true sayings of God.'"
The final event involving the saints will be when they join with Christ at his Second Coming. It is recorded chronologically at Revelation 19:11 and following, but Jesus foretells it also in Matthew 24:29-31, telling of angels being sent to gather God's elect from the four corners of heaven [not the earth] to go with Christ at His return: "Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other."
So it is written. So it is prophesied. So it will come to pass. "If we believe not, yet He abides faithful; He cannot deny Himself. Of these things put them in remembrance..." (2 Timothy 2:13-14a).
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The Coming Sever Year Tribulation - By Pastor Mike Taylor -
7 "But when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be troubled; for such things must happen, but the end is not yet.
8 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be earthquakes in various places, and there will be famines and troubles. These are the beginnings of sorrows.
9 "But watch out for yourselves, for they will deliver you up to councils, and you will be beaten in the synagogues. You will be brought before rulers and kings for My sake, for a testimony to them." .. (Mark 13:7-9)
There have been many prophecy teachers that have tried to explain what the coming Tribulation will be like. Many believe that we are in the tribulation right now. Surely with all the Christian persecution, the Middle East murders of the followers of Jesus Christ, the beheadings, the crucifixions, and the systematic purging of anything that looks like an aberration from what is defined as radical Islam and victims of Communist countries, this must be the start of the tribulation. But they fail to understand what Jesus tried to convey when he spoke with the apostles 2000 years ago what this time period will be like.
I'm going to take a stab at trying to paint a picture for you of what the 7 years known as the Tribulation will be like, from scripture that describes a period so horrible, so demonically inspired that it will be the worst time in all of mankind's history that Jesus said in Matthew 24 in the Olivet Discourse:
21 "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.
22 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)
Men and women of our world fail to differentiate between tribulation that has always been brought against mankind for the belief in the Gospel of Jesus Christ down through the last 2000 years, and the Tribulation that Jesus speaks of. There has always been death and destruction by evil men that Satan has inspired to persecute the church of Jesus Christ. We have read of these crucifixions, beheadings, and people being burned alive at the stake by the "dark age" religious authorities, and pagan nations that condemned Christianity as an affront to their dictatorship.
Much of the confusion about the Rapture of Christ's Church, His Bride, and when it occurs could easily be solved if we clarify what actually happens during this seven-year period. It is not just tribulation as the church has experienced during the past 2,000 years. Saints have been martyred by the thousands, sawn asunder, fed to the lions, had their own children slaughtered before their eyes, and suffered untold deprivations. But what is coming upon the earth in possibly a few short years, or even sooner, will pale the time past of the evils of men killing other men. In short, it will be a thousands of times worse. The coming destruction of mankind will be the Middle East we are seeing right now on steroids. To think that the "Tribulation" is just more of the same type of martyrdom we have seen in the past, is to miss the point of what Jesus was talking about and what scripture testifies that this time will be about. I can't fully comprehend or grasp (and I don't want to, because you would have to live it) what will be evident during this terrible time of man's last gasp of trying to rule himself and failing miserably. Let us make a short list of reasons that could possibly be coming soon to a community near you, worldwide. When Satan is allowed to rule over this earth, even for this short period, the dwellers on this earth can expect the following:
1. The number one reason, is that Satan will be cast down to earth and will be physically and paranormally here for the duration of the 7 years we know as the Tribulation.
12 "Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time." (Revelation 12:12)
Satan has hated the Jewish people, as through them came Jesus Christ, and for the last 2000 years, he has raged against the Christian Bride of Christ. He has beaten up and ravaged the people of God, both Jew and Christian with a diabolically hatred that has only grown stronger as the end grows ever closer. But the last 7 years, when Satan is cast down, his rage will be unrestrained and frantic as he knows his time is very short. The Holy Spirit will be drawn back to allow him full sway over rebellious mankind and to attempt to destroy all human beings on earth.
2. Coupled with Satan being thrown down, he will have at his disposal the ability to lead billions of demons forces to torment men upon the earth.
3. As briefly mentioned in the first point, the Holy Spirit will step aside to allow Satan full sway in the destruction of mankind.
7 "For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.
8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. \
9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders,
10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved." (2nd Thessalonians 2:7-10)
4. Demonic forces will be allowed to take on grotesque shapes and forms and present themselves to torment and destroy sinful men. I envision the return of the Nephilim, a hybrid of half man, half demon that in Noah's days were giants that enslaved and cannibalized other men.
5. Disease and plagues will be mutated into dark forms and there will be no cure for these diseases unleashed on the unsuspecting earth dwellers.
6. Churches will not exist and it will be suicide to meet with anyone to worship the True God of Heaven, as new converts to Christ will be hunted down for extinction.
7. Anyone taking the Mark of the Beast will take on Satan's nature and will be the enemy of all who accept Jesus Christ during this time, and will cause many to be killed, even their own family members.
8. Those who refuse to take the Mark of the Beast will be brutalized, raped, tortured and possibly cannibalized after their death.
9. It will possibly be illegal for men and women to marry, as homosexuality will be worldwide, and the family outlawed.
10. With all the disease and plagues being rampant, hospitals and clinics will be extinct, or overrun with cases, and unable to meet the demand.
11. Famine and starvation will be universal. No one will be exempt.
12. The earth will become a God forsaken hellish place to live and to die upon.
THE WRATH OF ALMIGHTY GOD
In past messages, I've tried to convey another aspect of this hellish time, when Satan will have unlimited access to destroy the dwellers of the earth, known as the nations. The Tribulation will be bad, so horrible beyond description, but will be even more horrifying to those who are actually alive on earth at this time. Oh, it will be so much more terrifying beyond your wildest nightmare, as a Righteous and Holy God has unleashed all the power of His might upon a rebellious mankind who have rejected Him and His payment for their sins, His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ and His atonement written in His own blood, that God's fury is unleashed full strength.
"Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place.
15 And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains,
16 and said to the mountains and rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!
17 For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?" (Revelation 6:15-17)
But this is just the beginning. It gets exponentially worse as time drags on and millions will die under the wrath of God.
This period is the time of God's wrath. The only precedents in history to this time are the worldwide flood of Noah's generation and the destruction of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. Of course, this event of God's wrath will be the ultimate judgment of wickedness and will certainly surpass those two prior events as named above. The first time, destruction was by water. This time the destruction will be by fire...Jesus made it clear in Matthew 24 that this is the finale of judgment against the vileness of human sin.
OUR GOD IS A CONSUMING FIRE
The Old Testament prophets wrote of this time period through Holy Spirit inspiration when Isaiah wrote:
27"Behold, the name of the LORD cometh from far, burning with his anger, and the burden thereof is heavy: his lips are full of indignation, and his tongue as a devouring fire:
28And his breath, as an overflowing stream, shall reach to the midst of the neck, to sift the nations with the sieve of vanity: and there shall be a bridle in the jaws of the people, causing them to err.
29Ye shall have a song, as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept; and gladness of heart, as when one goeth with a pipe to come into the mountain of the LORD, to the mighty One of Israel.
30the LORD shall cause his glorious voice to be heard, and shall shew the lighting down of his arm, with the indignation of his anger, and with the flame of a devouring fire, with scattering, and tempest, and hailstones."(Isaiah 30:27-30).
And again Isaiah prophesied:
"Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, traveling in the greatness of his strength?
I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save. Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment.
For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come. And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto me; and my fury, it upheld me.
And I will tread down the people in mine anger, and make them drunk in my fury, and I will bring down their strength to the earth" treadeth in the wine fat?
I have trodden the wine press alone; and of the people there was none with me:"(Isaiah 63:1-6).
This language has no connection with the tribulation that has been present from the beginning of the Church Age, even up until now. God Almighty will tread down evil mankind, as wine is pressed in a wine vat. God will march through His creation and destroy those who have rejected His mercy and His grace and have accepted the Mark of the Beast. His judgment will be for the rejection of his perfect judicial opportunity for man's redemption and His cup of wrath will be full to the brim of His righteous indignation for their lawlessness. God will purify this earth from either end of the earth and back in man's blood. God will wipe all rebellion and sinful men from this earth leaving no one, but a remnant that He supernaturally protects from the Anti-Christ.
Many will be saved during this time, but for their belief they will be killed in many terrible ways. The death and destruction will be world wide and the only ones that will live any length of time, are the ones who take a mark of the Beast, and their life will be short lived and will be doomed for all eternity and separated into a devil's hell.
God will judge the world because they rejected His Son and His ultimate love to man. Jesus describes this judgment Himself,
"And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said, The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son,
And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.
Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.
But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise: And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them. But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city" (Matthew 22:1-7).
If you closely read scripture that describes the scene of God's righteous indignation, then you get a glimpse of the carnage that will be on this earth, when by calculation of the billions that live on this earth right now...(estimated at over 7.7 billion people). 80% will die in 7 short years, with the majority dying in the last 3.5 years, known as the Great Tribulation. Can you even imagine of over 6 billion people dying in that short a time by untold acts of violence and environmental disasters? I can't and I don't want to, as I don't plan to be a witness to it for those years of man's complete hell on earth.
When the picture of this event Jesus called "The Great Tribulation" is understood Biblically, then it bears no resemblance to the present tribulation that all believers endure to some degree. The gas chambers of Hitler were hell on earth and snuffed out millions of lives. At least six million Christians died, along with six million Jews. But this judgment to come is not the death of men to yet be raised in resurrection to face God in judgment. This Tribulation is the wrath of God Himself to which there are no claims of higher appeal.
I can't even imagine what the Jewish people went through as they were systematically slaughtered and I hurt for them. But to have evil rampant in this world that you will live in, and have even God Himself raining judgment down on the top of your head makes your life very short and full of misery and pain. The environment will become completely toxic with rivers and streams of blood, water becoming bitter, people dying by the millions and billions until it finally takes your own life, then I hope your imaginations can grasp the hell on earth I'm describing.
GOD'S WRATH IS AGAINST UNGODLY MEN
"For we are not appointed to wrath, but to receive salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord". (1st Thessalonians 5:9)
"Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth." (Revelation 3:10)
To those who are Pre-Tribulation rapture deniers, I ask you to show me in your Bible where God's wrath comes against His servants who are living for Him. Save yourself some trouble, as there are none. There is no place in Scriptures that this day can be identified to affect the Godly servant of the Lord. Whenever the First Testament prophets spoke of judgment, they always showed that God provided a haven for the righteous. Isaiah spoke of "a day of indignation." He clearly revealed the provision of the Lord for the saints,
"Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead. Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain" (Isaiah 26:19-21).
Scripture after scripture in your Bible proves that God never, ever subjects His chosen servants to His righteous wrath...and I mean NEVER. Malachi made the same argument when he wrote how God provides for His own:
"Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not" (Malachi 3:16-18).
PRE -TRIB DENIERS
I have had individuals email me and chastise me for giving Christian's a false hope, that when the Tribulation comes, they will not be prepared. Let me explain something to those who scoff at the scriptural sound doctrine of God removing His children from this earth before the 1st seal of Revelation chapter 6 is broken and His wrath is unleashed. Let us think logically here for a moment as I give you a scenario and tell me what the answer is.
According to our Bibles, Jesus will come and the dead in Christ will rise first, at the last trump, and we who are alive and remain will join those who have been raised to join them in the clouds...right? (1st Thessalonians 4:15-17).
If this happens at the end of the Tribulation, and Jesus returns to do battle with those who are gathered in the valley of Megiddo and destroys all rebellion on this earth, and all who have taken the mark of the Beast, (as there will be no middle ground) will be destroyed, then my question that I have proposed many times is, who will go into the Millennium as mortal beings to repopulate the earth? See the problem? The answer is NO one will be left mortal...the only doctrine that makes sense of the return of Jesus Christ before the Tribulation even starts, as those who survive the Tribulation are saints that escaped the wrath of the Anti-Christ, or those God supernaturally protected in the wilderness according to Revelation chapter 12:14-17 and they may be all Jewish. Those are the ones who go into the Millennium alive and mortal to repopulate the earth. Now back to the subject at hand, the horror of the coming Tribulation.
SEVEN BOWLS OF THE WRATH OF GOD
If the scenario that I have painted for you isn't bad enough, and if you're a fence sitter and have not made a decision for Jesus Christ, as Lord and Savior, then read Revelation chapter 16 if you really want to get into a funk which describes:
18 "And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.
19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.
20 And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.
21 And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great." (Revelation 16:18-21)
Are you starting to get the picture? This earth will literally be hell on earth, where mortal men will die by the millions daily, every day for 7 years. It will be a most ghastly and horrific time that my words cannot even begin to address in any adjectives that conveys the extreme pain and suffering that men will do to one another in their evil ways, and a Holy God who will purge this earth of every sinful, rebellious man and woman left alive on this earth. It will be near total destruction that Jesus said, if it were allowed to continue to its climax, "no flesh would be saved, but for the elect (tribulation saints) the days would be shortened". (Matthew 24:22) God will rescue the last remaining humans alive to prevent man totally destroying the righteous remnant left.
Now some will say, "Hey, Pastor, are you trying to preach hell fire and brimstone?"...my answer is yes, to a point. The intent is to get a sane individual to weigh and think upon what I'm describing. No sane individual that values their own mortal life would want to live through what I'm describing briefly and live out its details in real time. I really do hope I scare the "living daylights out of you" or as some say tongue in cheek, "Scaring hell right out of you", as that is what mankind left on this earth is headed for, hell on earth.
If I was living this horror that's coming, I would have prayed someone would have scared me enough for me to think on my eternal future. Are you thinking about it? What is the answer to avoid such a horrible end of one's life? It's right in front of you, if you have your bible in your lap..His name is Jesus!!
"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,God sent not His Son to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be save." (John 3:16-17)
"Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved. (his name is Jesus)(Acts 4:12,)
"Who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began," (2nd Timothy 1:9)
"Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned."(Mark 16:16,)
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Lest any man should boast."(Ephesians 2:8-9 )
God our Father is long suffering not willing that any should perish, but also is a Holy and just God that will repay those who have rejected His free gift given in the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ. I will close with a scripture that identifies our God who is a God of love, but a God of judgment when His righteous wrath finally is poured out on this earth..and my friend, it is soon. Paul the apostle echoes Isaiah when he spoke of God as a consuming fire:
"See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:
26: Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.
27:And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.
28:Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
29: For our God is a consuming Fire"( Hebrews 12: 25-29)
I pray I have shaken you, made you feel uncomfortable, and unsettled in your mind and spirit while in your refusal of the free gift of grace given by God, because my friend, the coming Tribulation will be a horror that I pray you miss out finding out about. Repent and turn to Jesus while the time and chance is available this side of the Tribulation. Jesus could come any moment and without warning.
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.
12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Romans 10:8-13)
This is Pastor Mike Taylor, pleading for your acceptance of the free gift of our Lord Jesus Christ and your salvation. If I can be of any assistance, either in counseling, prayer, or just a friendly, listening ear, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org , God bless you all, TILL WE MEET AT JESUS FEET
The Unfortunate Controversy of 2 Thessalonians 2:3 - by Mark A. Becker - https://www.raptureready.com/2020/10/06/the-unfortunate-controversy-of-2-thessalonians-23-by-mark-a-becker/
I wanted to address this seemingly controversial passage of Scripture, with a strong desire to avoid any contention it may cause. How successful I'll be able to attain to this goal will be totally dependent upon the reader.
I truly want loving fellowship with all brothers and sisters in Christ, despite any differences we may have with any interpretation or views regarding Scripture and the non-essentials of the faith. (I never even knew this was a controversy, until fairly recently.) I only want to offer my take for the reader's consideration and allow them to make up their own mind as to what they may deem the appropriate view.
We most certainly should have unity in all doctrine revealed to us in the Word of God, but there are those situations - and this would be one of them - where it can be considered "open for debate."
Let us not lose sight of the importance of the essentials and at the same time consider, with love and grace, those things that have been left open for us to investigate and are free to come to our own conclusions, with no animosities of others who may disagree.
The Passage and a Breakdown
"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. 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" (2 Thessalonians 2:2-3).
I see, in these two verses, two false teachings that Paul is attempting to put to rest. We can decipher this from how Paul is addressing his response to them in these two verses alone. By dissecting the two verses, we see the two errors that have been taught to the struggling Thessalonians, in the name of Paul, by the false teachers.
The first is found in verse 2 which reads: "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."
The error is that some were being taught that "the day of Christ [was] at hand." That is, the rapture wasn't only imminent, it was about to happen right then, right there.
How many times have we heard this in our own day and age? How many times have we seen segments of the body of Christ quit their jobs, sell their material goods, and wait for the Lord at a certain time appointed by false teachers?
We just went through this as recently as September 17-23, 2020.
I had received emails and newsletters from those claiming they knew, for a fact, that the rapture was going to happen during this time frame. One such ministry (a ministry I recently came across, enjoy, and have much in agreement with) made the astonishing claim, that if "this theory falls apart... we'll have to recalibrate." So, you're just going to go back to the drawing board and recalibrate and recalculate, after your first failed date setting attempt?
Stop it! Please, just STOP IT!!! Keep preaching Christ and edifying the church with valuable insights, but please, discontinue the date-setting of the rapture. We know we are in the last of the last days, and we can almost hear that shofar blast now. That should be good enough. Nobody wants our "blessed hope" more than I do. But I refuse to get caught up in date-setting, something that was never commanded of us by the Apostles or our Lord.
Verse 2 clarified and remedied this false teaching and comforted those that were deceived. The rapture wasn't going to happen then and there, and they needed to understand that truth and continue to abide. They most certainly were to live life as if the rapture could happen at any time - and indeed it could have - but they were not to be persuaded that that day was "at hand" and absolute.
The second error being taught by false teachers is found in verse 3, which reads: "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."
That is, the second error the church at Thessalonica was being taught was that they were already living in the Tribulation.
"That day" is none other than the "day of the Lord" which commences with the "day of Christ." (My article, An Examination of the 'Day of the Lord' discusses this in great detail, and can be found here: https://www.raptureready.com/2020/08/11/an-examination-of-the-day-of-the-lord-by-mark-a-becker/ or https://www.faithwriters.com/article-details.php?id=205363 )
We know this because Paul goes on to describe what the Tribulation will look like under the Antichrist. He also elaborates on this "falling away" (which we will be discussing below) with the following details: "And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming" (2 Thessalonians 2:6-8).
Virtually all agree that the "He" that will be "taken out of the way" is none other than the indwelling Holy Spirit within every truly born-again believer, being removed in the rapture of the church.
So Paul, in just two verses, destroyed two false teachings that were distressing the Thessalonians. Verse 2 assured them that the rapture of the church wasn't about to happen (although they, and we, should always live as if it could), and in verse 3 he reassured them they were not living in the Tribulation, as the rapture of the church had to happen first.
The reader should find it just as fascinating as I do that these two errors are the very errors that have been plaguing the church for 2,000 years and are so prevalent in our day and age.
In regard to the position I hold, I will not outright say that, "I am right, and you are wrong." And, honestly, I respect everyone's right to whatever perspective they may hold on this particular issue. But, as you will see later, there is a possibility both interpretations may be in view.
So, hang in there as we continue on.
I'll start with quoting from my above-mentioned article, An Examination of the 'Day of the Lord':
While there certainly is a "falling away" happening within the church in regard to pure doctrine and the infiltration of demonic teachings (1 Timothy 4:1), this, unfortunately, has always been a problem within the church. Paul's epistles often battled blatant false doctrines infecting the church on numerous occasions. But this is not the primary meaning behind the phrase, as rendered, in this verse.
Dr. Andy Woods has written a powerful book called, The Falling Away: Spiritual Departure or Physical Rapture? explaining that the Greek word translated "falling away" is "apostasia" and means "departure" or "departing," translated as such in seven previous English translations, including the Wycliffe, the Coverdale, the Tyndale, and the Geneva Bibles. This is most definitely the proper translation, and I highly recommend Dr. Wood's book for further information regarding this subject.
The 1599 Geneva Bible translates 2 Thessalonians 2:3, "Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a departing first, and that man of sin be disclosed, even the son of perdition." This departing is the rapture of the church.
In addition to my quote from my article above, I'd like to offer the following.
"Apostasia" is derived from the Greek root word 868/"aphístēmi" meaning "leave, depart," which is derived from 575/apó, "away from" and 2476/histémi, "stand") - properly, departure (implying desertion); apostasy - literally, "a leaving, from a previous standing." (Biblehub.com)
What Do I Make of This?
Not that my opinion matters much, but I really see a possible trifecta here. That is, it may be possible that Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, was using the Greek word "apostasia" to cover three different aspects of his teaching of what will come before the Tribulation.
Before I reveal them, I wanted to make this point that I made in my article, Allusions to the Rapture in the Tanakh, found here https://www.raptureready.com/2020/09/17/allusions-to-the-rapture-in-the-tanakh-by-mark-a-becker/ or https://www.faithwriters.com/article-details.php?id=205722.
"One of the many things I have learned from my Scripture study is that the Word of God is layer upon layer of remarkable multiplicity. That is, when one digs deep beneath the surface, there is an insurmountable amount of treasure to be found. So much so, that this is the reason I truly believe we will be studying the Scriptures in eternity with The Word, Jesus Christ, teaching us things we never would have been able to see without His insight."
An example of this is in Daniel:
"But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased" (Daniel 12:4).
This "running to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased," isn't only about the increased transportation and scientific knowledge we see in today's world, it is also a reference to how we study the Scriptures "to and fro" throughout the books of the Bible and how our knowledge of the Word of God has increased exponentially in these last days.
So, in regard to an alternative, uniting interpretation, Paul's possible trifecta would be as follows: #1 is the bride of Christ's "departure and falling away" from the earth at the rapture; #2 is the "departure and falling away" of sound doctrine within the professing church; and #3 is the "departure and falling away" of modern society from Biblical, moral, and governmental law.
I offer this possible alternative as an "olive branch" to the other side of the issue, but I truly take the position of "apostasia" as that of describing the rapture of the church.
The Controversy's End Result
I have done my own study on this topic and have shared the results in this article. For me, this is how I see this issue and hold no ill-will against anyone who doesn't see this as I do.
For those who desire to debate this issue, I'm not your man. If the reader has issues with this topic, I suggest their grievance is with the following:
Dr. Andy Woods, and other scholars who also hold this view, and the early English translators, mentioned above, who translated their Bible versions hundreds of years ago; hundreds of years closer to the original Greek language, and hundreds of years closer to the Apostles and the first-century church.
This is not an essential issue for the body of Christ, and it should be treated as such.
When it comes to the interpretation of this passage of Scripture, we should be treating each other with respect and not allow this issue to progress into division within the church.
It reminds me, to a certain degree, of the differing views on the timing of the rapture of the church which, in its own right, has caused division and schism that never should have been. Where someone sits on the rapture fence will in no way jeopardize their chances of being "caught up" at the pre-Tribulation rapture of the church.
Do you like what I did there? Come on, we've got to have some humor in this messed-up and fallen world!
With all that said, I pray we would all go along to get along, and to agree to disagree. I think this is our reasonable service to the Lord in such matters.
Love, grace, mercy, and shalom in Messiah Yeshua, and Maranatha!
[Author's note: This article was written in its entirety August 25th through August 27th, 2020, but wasn't released to the public until late September/early October 2020 due to the rapture of the church predictions of September 17-23, 2020, by certain ministries. I really did hope that they were right but, as we now know, they were not. My prayer for them is that they refuse the temptation to date-set the rapture in the future.]
Why Ezekiel 38 Will Precede Daniel 9 - by Jack Kelley -
"Seventy 'sevens' are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy.
"Know and understand this: From the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven 'sevens,' and sixty-two 'sevens.' It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble" (Daniel 9:24-25).
Dispensationalists believe, with good reason, that there's one "seven" left to fulfill from the promise the angel Gabriel delivered to Daniel near the end of the Babylonian captivity. From the King James translation, we know the prophecy as Daniel's 70 weeks, where each week represents 7 years. 69 of these weeks (7 plus 62) had passed when the Messiah presented Himself to Israel as their King on the only day in His life that He did so. On our calendar, it became known as the first Palm Sunday.
In the prophecy 69 weeks equals 483 years (69 x 7). This is the exact time that had passed since Artaxerxes Longimonus issued his decree giving Nehemiah permission to begin rebuilding Jerusalem (Nehemiah 2:1-10). (The city had been destroyed when Nebuchadnezzar's army conquered Judah and took its people captive to Babylon.) Daniel's prophecy was being fulfilled in specific detail, and Israel's failure to realize this marked the beginning of the end for them (Luke 19:41-44).
After the sixty-two 'sevens,' the Anointed One will be cut off and will have nothing. The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed (Daniel 9:26).
The Hebrew word for Anointed One is Messiah. Four days after He presented Himself to them as their King, they executed Him, which is what the Hebrew word translated "cut off" means. Nothing the angel Gabriel had promised to Mary (Luke 1:32-33) had come to pass. Three days after that He rose again, fulfilling a sign He had promised to the religious leaders to prove His authenticity, the sign of the prophet Jonah (Matt. 12:39-40). He gave them 40 days to recognize what was the most dramatic fulfillment of a prophetic sign in the history of mankind and accept Him as their Messiah, and when they didn't He ascended into Heaven, fulfilling another prophecy in the process.
Then I will go back to my place until they admit their guilt. And they will seek my face; in their misery they will earnestly seek me" (Hosea 5:15)
About 38 years after that the Roman armies destroyed the city and the sanctuary, and for all practical purposes, the nation of Israel ceased to exist. But a few years before that happened, the Jewish leadership of the Christian movement called the Church had become divided over the issue of whether Gentiles who were coming into Christianity had to put themselves under the Law first. In other words, did a Gentile have to become a Jew before becoming a Christian? The unspoken question that lurked behind it was even more troublesome to them, and that was, "If not, what's to become of Israel?" They had been taught that the only way to God was through Israel. Was this being changed?
The Council At Jerusalem
They all came together in Jerusalem, where James, the Lord's half brother, and head of the Church in Jerusalem set them straight. Israel is being temporarily set aside, he told them, while the Lord takes out of the Gentiles a people for Himself. After that, He will restore Israel to allow the remnant of mankind one more chance to seek Him (Acts 15:13-18). Therefore, Gentiles would not be required to convert to Judaism in the process of becoming Christians.
The Greek word translated "take" in Acts 15:14 means to carry away for one's own purpose and the one translated "out of" means to remove from a specified time and place. Before restoring Israel to fellowship with Him, the Lord will take a people for Himself out of the time and place of the Gentiles. James was describing the rapture of the Church and saying it will precede Daniel's 70th Week.
Paul, who was at the meeting, confirmed this by saying Israel has been blinded in part until the full number of Gentiles has come in. After that Israel will be saved (Romans 11:25). This is another testimony that the rapture of the church will precede Israel's restoration and redemption. From these two prophecies, we understand that Israel's rejection of the Messiah did not end the Old Covenant. It merely interrupted its 490-year post-exilic duration 7 years short of its allotted time. After the Church is gone this seven years has to be completed.
"He will confirm a covenant with many for one 'seven.' In the middle of the 'seven' he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing of the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him" (Daniel 9:27).
The final seven years will begin with a covenant to be signed by the "ruler who will come", mentioned in Daniel 9:26. Gabriel said this leader will come from the people who would destroy the city and the sanctuary after the Messiah's execution. In the middle of this last seven years He will put an end to sacrifices and offerings by setting up the Abomination of Desolation which kicks off the 3 ½ year Great Tribulation (Matt. 24:15-21).
Put this all together and you can begin to see why I believe the Rapture of the Church will precede the beginning of Daniel's missing 70th week. According to these prophecies, the church has to be gone before Israel returns to their covenant relationship with the Lord.
And That's Not All
But my main purpose in reviewing all this with you is to find the answer to one other very important question, and here it is. What event will suddenly cause Israel, currently a predominantly secular nation, to officially restore their Old Covenant relationship with God? The study of human nature tells us that while people typically fall away from their beliefs gradually, they don't come back to them the same way. Usually, some external change or event, often catastrophic in nature, has to take place to snap them back. And so it will be for Israel.
And remember, it has to be a return to the Old Covenant because they're seven years short of completing the time God promised them. And the first half of those final seven years includes sacrifice and offerings, a requirement of Old Covenant worship. If it was the rapture of the Church that gets their attention they'd be motivated to enter a New Covenant relationship rather than return to the Old Covenant. Something else has to happen to bring them back. And it will.
An unexpected event that will threaten Israel's very existence is set to take place soon and God will use it to bring the whole nation running back to Him, ending a 2000 year estrangement. This event won't be a protracted one that causes them to slowly conclude that they're doomed and drive them to their knees in a desperate plea for help. Rather it will be one orchestrated and executed by God Himself for the specific purpose of opening spiritual eyes that have been blinded since that first Palm Sunday. It will happen so fast that they won't realize what has transpired until it's all over.
God will cause a coalition of enemy forces to strike Israel without warning. They'll come in such numbers that it will seem like a cloud has covered the land, and when they do, He will decimate them with torrents of rain, hailstones, and burning sulfur. Then He'll sow confusion in the ranks making them turn on each other. When it's over there will be so many dead bodies that it will take Israel seven months just to bury them all.
Of course, the event I'm referring to is the Battle of Ezekiel 38-39. Four times during Ezekiel's prophecy of this battle God's objective was made clear. Ezekiel 38:23, 39:7, 39:22, 39:28 all tell us His goal is to show His greatness and holiness to Israel and the nations so Israel will know He's the Lord their God. This is the event that will cause Israel's national reconciliation with God and kick off the remaining seven years of the Old Covenant.
Today there appears to be a growing desire among some in Israel for a Temple. But if you read between the lines you'll see it's a nationalistic movement, not a spiritual one. Advocates are hoping a Temple will underscore their right to the land by demonstrating their historical presence there. But this movement is by no means reflective of the national mindset. Most people realize the danger of such a thing.
But after the Battle of Ezekiel 38, the demand for a Temple will be a spiritual movement that will represent the great majority of people in Israel. They'll want to worship the God they've rediscovered and Old Covenant worship requires a Temple. It won't be just a monument to their past but a necessity for their future. And with the great victory, God will have just handed them, who will dare to deny them? Even the coming world leader will appear to be championing their cause, enforcing a covenant that will allow them to build their Temple. To Israel, it will seem like peace has finally come.
One More Time
Sad to say, even after so great a victory the Battle of Ezekiel 38 won't result in a permanent peace for Israel. They'll discover they've been deceived by the very one they thought to be their champion, bringing about the worst period of persecution the Jewish people have ever known. And this time when foreign nations are mobilized against them, it won't be just a regional coalition. Zechariah 12:3 says all the nations of the world will line up against Israel. This time Israel will know in advance what their fate will likely be and will come crawling to God for help (Hosea 6:1-2).
This time God won't just use His signature weapons of rain, hail, earthquakes, and fire that He can deliver from afar. Nor will He sow confusion into the enemy's mind to have them defeat themselves. This time He'll fill the sky with the armies of heaven, with His own Son at their head and the Son will slay them all with just the Word of His mouth. This time they won't spend multiple months burying the dead because God will summon great flocks of birds to devour the carcasses (Rev. 19:11-21).
This time will be different because it won't be only the Father they will have recognized. This time it will be the Son as well (Zech 12:10). The reconciliation will finally be complete and the Kingdom Age will begin. You can almost hear the footsteps of the Messiah.
Closer by the Day - By Daymond Duck - https://www.raptureready.com/2020/10/04/closer-by-the-day-by-daymond-duck/
One, following the signing of the normalization agreement between the UAE and Israel, it was reported that the U.S. will sell F-35 stealth jets to the UAE.
Critics contend that this will endanger Israel by reducing its military edge over its enemies.
It has been reported that the U.S. has not signed an agreement to sell the jets to the UAE, but there is a plan to sign an agreement with the UAE on Dec. 2, 2020.
It is impossible to predict what will be in that agreement, but because the U.S. has signed contracts to sell the F-35 Jets to other nations (Israel and Poland), the U.S. expects it to take a 6-7 years to get the UAE planes off the production lines.
The idea of a potential agreement tied to a peace treaty with a 7-year timetable is stirring speculation about the future 7-year covenant with many.
Two, concerning world government, on Sept. 22, 2020, French Pres. Macron told the UN General Assembly that France wants "a new era of globalization."
He said, "We must together lay the foundations for a fairer, more balanced, more equitable, more sustainable globalization."
Three, On Sept. 23, 2020, Roman Catholic Archbishop Carlo Vigano offered a letter to the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast that said the outcome of the presidential elections in November "will be decisive not only for the United States of America but for the whole world."
The Archbishop believes the election is a war between American citizens and the demonic forces of the deep state and against the New World Order" (world government; people like French Pres. Macron; Henry Kissinger and George Soros).
Four, last week my article mentioned that Elon Musk has been authorized to put 12,000 satellites (and he wants to up it to 40,000) into orbit to make high-speed Internet and TV service available everywhere on earth.
The article pointed out that this will allow the Antichrist and False Prophet to track all buying and selling, for everyone on earth to see the bodies of the Two Witnesses laying in the street and to see them raised from the dead (Rev. 11).
An astute reader reminded me that this will also allow everyone on earth to see the Second Coming of Jesus (Rev. 1:7).
The writer said, "As I understand it, global satellite internet access will be available in the US to the northern states this year, and it will be available globally by 2025."
Here is a link to some interesting information about these satellite launches.
Five, Amazon has installed hand scanners at two of its Seattle, WA. stores that reads palms, lets people enter, and allows customers to buy products by scanning their hand.
Amazon believes their hand scan technology will allow people to make purchases in other places, and they expect to install scanners at some of their other stores in the coming months.
Six, on Sept. 24, 2020, it was reported that Arab contributions to the PA have been zero since March and foreign aid contributions have been half of what they were last year.
Overall, Arab gifts and Foreign Aid to the PA are down 85%.
The PA is borrowing money and seeking funding from other sources.
This could ultimately lead to war and/or the worthless 7-year covenant.
Seven, concerning the days of Noah (specifically wickedness or lawlessness), on Sept. 20, 2020, US Att. Gen. William Barr designated NY City, Portland, Ore. and Seattle, Wash. as "Anarchist Jurisdictions" that will lose federal funding for impeding law enforcement, defunding the police, tolerating violence, endangering innocent citizens, etc.
These cities are expected to fight this in court.
Eight, on Sept. 22, 2020, it was reported that billionaire Michael Bloomberg, former candidate for the Democrat nomination for Pres. of the U.S., is likely to be the subject of a potential criminal investigation for paying the fines and restitutions of about 32,000 felons who are mostly black in Florida so they can vote in the upcoming election.
Data shows that 90-95% of the black voters in Florida vote for Democrats, and there is concern that Bloomberg has raised more than $16 million to illegally buy black votes in Florida.
Bloomberg is calling this a political ploy.
This comes on top of earlier reports that NY Democrat Mayor de Blasio's daughter was arrested with people that rioted there and that 13 members of Democrat Pres. nominee Joe Biden's staff took up an offering to bail out protesters.
It has also been reported that Chelsea Clinton Mezvinsky (Bill and Hillary's daughter) has bragged about bailing out protesters.
And in the late of night on Sept. 24, 2020, 24 people, including Democrat State Representative Attica Scott, were arrested in Louisville, Ky (where 2 police were shot) for unlawful assembly, failure to disperse, and rioting in the first degree by allegedly breaking windows, damaging busses and trying to set fires.
At least one bailed out criminal is already being accused of committing murder.
If our nation elects leaders that tolerate or participate in illegal or corrupt activity, our nation will reap the consequences of their leadership.
Nine, on Sept. 23, 2020, two U.S. Senate committees (the Homeland Security Committee and the Senate Finance Committee) issued a joint report titled "Hunter Biden, Burisma and Corruption."
The most damning evidence came from the files of Pres. Obama, Vice-Pres Joe Biden, the U.S. Treasury Dept., and e-mails sent by John Kerry whose stepson was one of Hunter Biden's business partners.
According to the report, Hunter Biden and another business partner, Devon Archer, received more than $4 million dollars from a corrupt energy company in Ukraine named Burisma - plus Biden, his family and Archer received millions more from foreign nationals of questionable character.
The report shows potential criminal activity; possible ties to sex-traffickers and Russians; silencing of concerned government officials; a major coverup by Obama, Biden, and Kerry; and that the House impeachment of Pres. Trump and charges of Russian collusion were part of the effort to keep this information from the public.
It has been reported that these things are in addition to Biden's China connections, this was just a partial report, and more is coming.
Ten, Los Angeles, County Cal. is trying to send Dr. John MacArthur to prison on contempt of court charges for defying an order to limit worship services at Grace Community Church.
The judge presiding over the case has ruled that the case can go to trial.
This could well wind up in the U.S. Supreme Court, and the beliefs of the U.S. Supreme Court Judges and the importance of the U.S. Constitution could very well impact religious freedom in the U.S.
Eleven, Pres. Trump has nominated Amy Coney Barrett to replace justice Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Barrett has a long history of supporting the U.S. Constitution.
Democrats are calling her a threat to the U.S.
As far as I am concerned, Amy Coney Barrett is not the real threat to the U.S.
The real threat to the U.S. includes trying to remove all mentions of God from our society; trying to lockdown churches; trying to force the LGBTQ agenda on everyone; abortion; bailing arsonists, looters and killers out of jail; defunding the police; including the Muslim terrorist group CAIR in the U.S. government (as Obama and Biden did and Biden seems to be supporting again); disarming U.S. citizens; transforming the U.S. into a socialist nation; surrendering the sovereignty of the U.S. to a world government and an anti-Christ world religion; and more.
I expect things to get worse by the day as the Tribulation Period nears, but it never occurred to me that politicians would openly support things like this.
There is no doubt that we are getting closer to the Rapture by the day.
God loves you, and if you have not done so, sincerely admit that you are a sinner; believe that Jesus is the virgin born, sinless Son of God, who died for the sins of the world, was buried and raised from the dead; ask Him to forgive your sins, cleanse you, come into your heart and be your Saviour; then tell someone that you have done this.
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