Here are just a few thoughts as they come my way to bless those who ponder them:
January 12, 2018
Any realist who scans the future looking for a bright spots will recognize that there isn’t much to look forward to with the exception of that which holds our society together – our family – our friends, - and our community of faith. And more than ever - we realize that we are in the crosshairs of the Master of disaster- who’s pulling out his fiercest weapons straight from the bottomless pit and pointing them in every direction - killing, stealing and destroying all of those who are get in the way of his agenda to bring the whole world down with him.
Yes- we are prime targets of the satanic roaring lion – rabidly running around- devouring all in his path. But -I’m not a fatalist- it’s not all bad. We are not without hope in this entire scenario. There is strength in unity, and wisdom in the multitude of counselors. That’s why we are admonished to stay in fellowship - especially much more - as the Day of Jesus approaches.
Get together and pray that your circle will be unbroken. We can be more than conquerors through Him who bought you back to Him by the blood He willingly shed. If Yahweh did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for your life, we have nothing to fear. If Yahovah is for us-who can be against us? Listen to the truth: “The Almighty, who created you, declares "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.”
One day - this planet full of physical Maladies, Mental Illness, Sorrows, War, and Tribulation and Anguish will no longer be our lot. These will not be words we will be familiar with anymore… The swords will be turned into plowshares’ We ought to be praying – Jesus- Please bring on your kingdom soon. Amen? That’s the ultimate news - and the only Sovereign solution to escape all of the brewing anger and tumultuous days on this unhinged earth. We just need to hang tough and recognize that one day - we win .
OK so much for the little pep talk - I am going to share with you 3 distinctive prophetic signs that are so obvious – or shall I add: at least for those who are alert-- and prophetically informed- that we are rapidly heading towards our Savior’s Arrival. So - We’ll consider the prophecies - and try to determine by the headlines - whether or not we can determine where we are at in all of this.
The first prophecy that I would like to ponder on for a moment is: found in - Matthew 24:12: “because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.” There is no room here to misinterpret this prophecy it clearly foretells of a day- just before His Return - the love of many will wax cold - affected by the absolute disregard for Law and order.
As I’m sure - most of the world by now sits in shock, anguish, and mourning for the small community of Sutherland Springs Texas and the Baptist Church which has suffered such great loss and sorrow. I’m not going to playback the details – I’m sure all most are aware 26 were murdered in this absurd- psychotic rampage.
As troubling as this senseless massacre was - in a church of all locations, additional insult and injury were added to the righteous folks who called out for prayer- for the family members- and for the community who were left behind – and then suddenly - coming to forefront of this crisis, is the antichrist society that we find ourselves in – and they start their murmuring against those who call for prayer out in the open. As well-intentioned Americans pray for those who were just gunned down while worshipping God, - gun control advocates and governmental secularist are bashing them for their expression of faith.
Why would anyone have a problem with those asking for prayer for the church and families who lost 8 kids in this massacre? Talk about cold blooded… You know, It’s one thing to hold strong opinions about gun control. But it’s entirely different to direct anger towards people of faith after such a horrific tragedy. Just because you might not believe in prayer, doesn’t give you the right to publicly insult those who do. In some ways, this outrage against prayer is emblematic of a worldwide trend. As America grows increasingly hostile to Christianity -inappropriate and hostile rhetoric regarding expressions of faith are becoming more acceptable. It seems the same people who pride themselves on advocating religious and cultural “tolerance” are the least tolerant when it comes to American Christians.
Let’s move to New York City for a moment: Just a week ago: A deranged Islamic Jihadist here in America drove a rented pickup truck down a crowded bike path near the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan, crushing and striking cyclists and pedestrians. One group from Argentina was on the path that day - and had traveled thousands of miles for a - once-in-a-lifetime trip to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their high school graduation. 5 out of the 8 Argentineans who met there that day - died. In addition to those killed, about a dozen people were hurt. Go to church – get on a bike trail and all of a sudden - someone has a bad day - or is driven by their insane religious convictions to - suddenly go ballistic and kill, maim and decapitate our fellow sojourners.
Yes they are here - many whose love has waxed as cold as an icicle. The sacredness of life is held in Contempt – and murderous wretches who think they are going to be in bliss forever with 72 virgins. How twisted can that be?
Speaking of twisted- a lunatic began shooting at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip which killed 58 people and wounded around 500 others. The gunman, Stephen Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nevada, opened fire on thousands of people gathered at an outdoor music festival from a hotel room window on the Las Vegas strip. The list included people from California to Massachusetts to the provinces of Canada. They ranged in age from 20 to 67. They were mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, grandparents and grandchildren. They worked in hospitals, police stations, schools, day cares, restaurants and fishing boats. They were at the Route 91 Harvest festival to celebrate birthdays, wedding anniversaries and a shared love of music. Jack Beaton was celebrating his 23rd wedding anniversary with his wife, Laurie, when the gunfire started. Jack told his wife to get on the ground and draped his body over hers to protect her. He was hit. He bled out profusely. But he had just enough time to tell her he loved her. "I love you, too. I'll see you in heaven," Laurie responded. The couple had two children. Does anyone really know what time it is?
You know - We’ll probably be seeing the odds makers in Vegas someday speculating what the chances will be on- how many will go to public events and be there without being terrorized. Yes - the apostle Paul prophesied that dangerous times will cover the last days.
We have arrived. Just go to any urban area and hang out for a day and listen to the news: I work in the heart of Tulsa- one day I received a call from a mother who needed an Attorney for her son. This 16-year-old boy went on a maniacal spree that included the murder of a Broken Arrow teacher who died - fighting to protect his family and the sexual assault of an 81-year-old woman. In all 22 felonies racked up in a three day including several robberies. I was acquainted with the teacher. He joined me in a men’s group meeting one Sabbath morning - so full of life- such a kind man. Yes we are living in perilous times.
And you know - If this is happening in America - you ought to be watching in other parts of the world where massacres happen on a daily basis. Here’s a couple that I pulled out from recent news this last week:
In Syria Children are among seventy-five displaced persons slaughtered by a Shahid suicide car bomber and 140 were injured - many critically…
In Uganda 23 women have been murdered in several towns. Police blame witchcraft.
In Somalia, 358 were murdered and 429 injured when Religious radicals detonate two suicide truck bombs in a commercial district, We could go on and on. Because of the lawless mindset today, murderous spirits are being unleashed on our world unrestrained and something much larger is rising on the immediate horizon.
This brings me to the second prophetic distinctive: In your life time - do you ever remember a time when you have heard of so many threats and rumors of war out in the open - all at one time? But not only do we hear of wars that could break lose any minute, but many across the earth are already in war; We understand there will be a lot of talk- and at some time it would lead to full blown out confrontation.
We have been alerted that this would indeed - be a prevailing reality in the last days: Here it is: In Mark 13:7-8: We are forewarned: “When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be troubled; for such things must happen, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.”
As evidenced in the news: And I quote: “Standing near the front line of the world's tensest standoff, President Donald Trump on Wednesday issued a direct and personal warning to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, declaring during his first major speech in Asia that continued nuclear provocation could result in the communist nation's obliteration.”
Trump said: "The world cannot tolerate the menace of a rogue regime that threatens with nuclear devastation. The weapons you are acquiring are not making you safer, they are putting your regime in grave danger," a reference to the regime's pursuit of a nuclear missile capable of striking the U.S. mainland. "Every step you take down this dark path increases the peril you face."
Here’s an eye opening article from Great Britain: World War 3: US ready to STRIKE North Korea after years of NUCLEAR BLACKMAIL
Out of yesterday’s Newsweek: NORTH KOREA TELLS EUROPE TO RELAX, AS KIM'S NUCLEAR MISSILES TARGET ONLY U.S.
North Korea fired back after President Donald Trump’s aggressive speech from South Korea. “The U.S. had better make a decisive choice … if it does not want a horrible nuclear disaster and tragic doom,” The United States faces an “abyss of doom” unless it ousts “the lunatic old man” from the White House and withdraws his “hostile policy,” Kim Jong-un’s regime said in a statement.
WE are well aware of the wars all across this planet: I wanted to do some research concerning the List of ongoing Conflicts and wars around the globe and here are some eye opening facts: this was just updated a little over a week ago: we find the following enumerations:
AFRICA: (29 Countries and 239 groups consisting of militias-guerrillas, terrorist-separatist-anarchic groups) Hot Spots: Central African Republic (often there are armed clashes between Muslims and Christians), Democratic Republic of Congo (war against rebel groups), Egypt (war against Islamist militants of Islamic State branch), Libya (civil war), Mali (clashes between army and rebel groups), Mozambique (clashes with RENAMO rebels), Nigeria (war against Islamist militants), Somalia (war against al-Shabaab Islamist militants), Sudan (war against rebel groups in Darfur), South Sudan (clashes with rebel groups)
ASIA: (16 Countries and 171 armed militias-guerrillas, terrorist-separatist-anarchic groups involved) Hot Spots: Afghanistan (war against Islamist militants), Burma-Myanmar (war against rebel groups), Pakistan (war against islamist militants), Philippines (war against Islamist militants), Thailand (coup d’etat by army May 2014)
Europe (10 Countries and 81 armed groups: Hot Spots: Chechnya (war against islamist militants), Dagestan (war against islamist militants), Ukraine (Secession of self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic and self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic), Nagorno-Karabakh (clashes between Azerbaijan army against Armenian army and Nagorno-Karabakh army)
MIDDLE EAST: (7 Countries and 253 between militias-guerrillas, terrorist-separatist-anarchic groups involved) Hot Spots: Iraq (war against Islamic State islamist militants), , Syria (civil war), Yemen (war against and between islamist militants) along with a host of threats going back and forth over there to long of a list to mention Not including the Americas: they have their hands in all kinds of conflicts.
The third very important distinctive concerning a specific end time vision from Daniel detailing the coming war that brings Iran- Israel, - and the West to a showdown: Back several years ago I expressed my concern that this end time vision has been overlooked and understudied. I shared at that time in quite a bit of detail what the vision Daniel received was for our day and not before Christ where most everyone places it. I’ll give a brief synopsis of the vision, then we will examine evidence that we are on the precipice of seeing this fulfilled before our very eyes:
Daniel 8:4-8: A ram standing at a certain geographical location - the ram is pushing westward, northward, and southward- he did according to his will and became great. What this Ram does brings the attention of a Goat which comes from the west came from the west, across the surface of the whole earth, the prophet sees it coming across the sky in the air and the goat had a notable or large horn between his eyes.
The Goat came to the ram and ran at him with furious power. A confrontation ensues and this Goat is very angry -he was moved with rage against him, attacked the ram, and broke his two horns. There was no power in the ram to withstand him, but he cast him down to the ground and trampled him; and there was no one that could deliver the ram from his hand. Therefore the male goat grew very great; but when he became strong, the large horn was broken, and in place of it four notable ones came up toward the four winds of heaven.
When Gabriel made an appearance to give Daniel understanding the angel told Daniel that this conflict was at the time of the end.
Yesterday’s news: Iran Is Ready To Attack Israel - in the article from the Huffington Post it exclaims: Hossein Salami, deputy commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), recently said:
“Hezbollah has 100,000 missiles that are ready to hit Israel to liberate the occupied Palestinian territories if the Zionist regime repeats its past mistakes.” He added: “Today, the grounds for the annihilation and collapse of the Zionist regime are [present] more than ever.” Salami warned that if Israel made the “wrong move,” it would come under attack.
A few weeks ago, a senior adviser to the IRGC’s elite Quds Force, Ahmad Karimpour, said Iran could destroy Israel “in less than eight minutes” if Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei gave the order. Here is an article from Gate stone Institute: The Iran-Hamas-Hezbollah Connection Iran and Hezbollah are working with Hamas to establish a "joint front" against Israel.
Indications show that Iran and Hezbollah are also planning to extend their control to the Gaza Strip. Iran already provides Hamas with financial and military aid. It is precisely the support of Iran that has enabled Hamas to hold in power in the Gaza Strip for the past 10 years. It is also thanks to Iran that Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, another major terror group in the Gaza Strip, are in possession of thousands of missiles and rockets.
It is Iranian money that allows Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad to continue digging terror tunnels under the border with Israel. The alliance between Hamas and Hezbollah is a direct result of the renewed relations between Iran and Hamas. With the help of Hezbollah, Iran has managed to take control of large parts of Syria. With the help of Hezbollah, Iran already controls Lebanon. Now that the Iranians have sole control over Lebanon, their eyes are set on the Gaza Strip.
They know that the only way to access the Gaza Strip is through the Hamas door. Without stopping Iran and Hezbollah from spreading their influence and control to the Gaza Strip and Arab countries, the prospects of peace seem rather dim. In fact, the prospects of war seem pretty close, as Iran, Hezbollah, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad meet in the middle to discuss their plans for war against Israel.
Here's an article from center of Global research:
Israel Begins “Largest-Ever Aerial Military Drill”: As Saudis Consider Missile Strike (Allegedly) by Iran as “Act Of War”
“Today, Israel kicked off its largest international aerial training exercise ever – coined: Blue Flag 2017.Air-forces from nine countries with about 50 planes are now starting to drill in the most southern region of the country utilizing Uvda Air Base in Israel. Teams from India, the United States, Greece, Poland, France, Italy and Germany with be flying over 300 sorties simulating ‘real war’.
In yesterday’s article from Reuters entitled: The Mideast war risk Trump can’t ignore it reveals a very real trouble brewing: The IS losses have consolidated Iran’s strength in the region, allowing Tehran to establish a Shi’ite "land bridge" extending through Iraq, Syria and Lebanon to Israel’s northern border. That raises the risk of a military clash between Israel and Iran right at a time when American engagement in the Middle East may start to wane. This threat is not something the Trump administration can afford to ignore.
One of the increased dangers is that Iran’s expanded footprint will make it easier for Tehran to ship weapons through to Hezbollah, its militant proxy in Lebanon. And perhaps even more worrying for Israel' Iran's increasing presence in southern Syria offers Tehran the opportunity to position either its own troops or fighters from Hezbollah or other Shi’ite militias who could strike directly at the Jewish state.
Get the point yet?
January 11, 2018
There aren’t many that you talk to you out around the neighborhood or - even In many churches want to hear much about current issues and how they directly relate with the Biblical prophets forecast of the future.
They’ll sit in front of a television and watch the weather forecast report everyday: 20 per cent chance of rain and thunderstorms today. It may be right- or-it may be way off.
Last night the forecast for Tulsa was 30 percent chance of rain. This morning driving up there, I almost had to stop my car it was raining so hard. Its just hard to rely on the daily weather predictions.
However, fortunately for us, the Bible forecast is always 100% accurate. Throughout the Bible you find weather related metaphors which mainly allude to conditions which will eventually plummet the earth. The Scriptures are replete with forecast of the development of a Perfect Storm coming
According to the Scriptures, the prophets see the storm clearly. One prophet prophesied:
"Prepare yourself and be ready, you and all your companies that are gathered about you; and be a guard for them. After many days you will be visited. In the latter years you will come into the land of those brought back from the sword and gathered from many people on the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate; they were brought out of the nations, and now all of them dwell safely. You will ascend, coming like a storm, covering the land like a cloud, you and all your troops and many peoples with you."
'Thus says the Lord GOD: "On that day it shall come to pass that thoughts will arise in your mind, and you will make an evil plan: You will say, 'I will go up against a land of un-walled villages; I will go to a peaceful people, who dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates'- to take plunder and to take booty, to stretch out your hand against the waste places that are again inhabited, and against a people gathered from the nations, who have acquired livestock and goods, who dwell in the midst of the land.” Ezekiel 38:16
You will come up against My people Israel like a cloud, to cover the land. It will be in the latter days that I will bring you against My land, so that the nations may know Me, when I am hallowed in you, O Gog, before their eyes."
Throughout the Bible you find weather related metaphors which mainly allude to conditions which plummet the earth. The Scriptures are replete with forecast of the development of a Perfect Storm coming.
Another Prophet Asaph also collaborates this in this way:
"For behold, Your enemies make a tumult; And those who hate You have lifted up their head. They have taken crafty counsel against Your people, And consulted together against Your sheltered ones. They have said, "Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, that the name of Israel may be remembered no more." For they have consulted together with one consent; they form a confederacy against You:
Psalm 83:12-18 :
Who said, "Let us take for ourselves The pastures of God for a possession." O my God, make them like the whirling dust, Like the chaff before the wind!
As the fire burns the woods, And as the flame sets the mountains on fire, So pursue them with Your tempest, And frighten them with Your storm. Fill their faces with shame, That they may seek Your name, O LORD. Let them be confounded and dismayed forever; Yes, let them be put to shame and perish, That they may know that You, whose name alone is the LORD, Are the Most High over all the earth.
According to the prophecies - the storm clouds will develop in the middle east and pick up steam as it causes a massive devastation upon Planet Earth:
Thank Yahweh that we have been given the Storm Warning…it has moved from a Storm watch to a storm warning: One consolation will be that our Mighty God will be right in the center of all of it:
The Prophet Naham exclaims:
“The LORD is slow to anger and great in power, And will not at all acquit the wicked. The LORD has His way In the whirlwind and in the storm, And the clouds are the dust of His feet.”
So when the Day arrives here soon, it is of the uttermost necessity to know that the Storm will come but it will pass over and a bright beautiful day will follow :
The prophet Joel Prophesies:
Joel 2:1-3 Blow the trumpet in Zion, And sound an alarm in My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble; For the day of the LORD is coming, For it is at hand:
A day of darkness and gloominess, A day of clouds and thick darkness, Like the morning clouds spread over the mountains. A people come, great and strong, The like of whom has never been; Nor will there ever be any such after them, Even for many successive generations.
A fire devours before them, And behind them a flame burns; The land is like the Garden of Eden before them, And behind them a desolate wilderness; Surely nothing shall escape them.”
December 21, 2017
As you are very aware, the prophecies point to the last days when those who are believers will take on a form of godliness, but greatly lack Spiritual Power, Call it God Fraud if you will.
There tactics would be those who bring in damnable heresies, through those heresies, in the last days- there would be many who would depart from the faith giving attention to deceitful spiritual manifestations and doctrines originated by demons. Consequently, by believing in these religious frauds, many at the end would fall away by following after deceitful God Frauds -who seemingly transform their selves into agents of light and truth. Let me share One very descriptive translation - it puts it this way:
“They’re a sorry bunch--pseudo-apostles, lying preachers, crooked workers--posing as Christ’s agents but sham to the core. And no wonder! Satan does it all the time, dressing up as a beautiful angel of light. So it shouldn’t surprise us when his servants masquerade as servants of God. But they’re not getting by with anything. They’ll pay for it in the end”. Yes they may fool many for a season, but a judgment will come.
The Bible exhorts us not to be ignorant of Satan’s devices: In other words find out how he deceives and be on guard for the devil’s strategies:
The Scriptures warn of a time when: “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.”
I’d like to illustrate a little of where I am going with this: Here’s an article I found out of Johannesburg South Africa entitled: “God bless your credit card”: This was what was billed a Miracle Crusade held a few years ago by a very prominent TV evangelist of whom I will not mention his whole name- but I will say this guy has millions of followers worldwide that think He is God’s anointed for this time. The writer of this news article was absolutely disgusted by the turn of events that took place in this crusade: Here is what he reported:
He said one of American guest speakers, Pastor Todd, spoke about financial burdens and said 500 audience members would receive "an exceptional blessing". "He said the service would yield millionaires and billionaires within 24 hours. Everyone had to donate $1 000 because an exceptional blessing rested on $1 000." This false guide apparently really had the congregation scrambling when he said, "This blessing will be poured out for only two minutes." He described what happened afterward:
"People stormed to the front - poor people, rich people, people from all sections of our society. Bennie’s co-pastors apparently had credit-card machines ready with which they could take donations. "Pastor Todd said God would bless the people's credit cards and they would be able to rule over South Africa with their money. "Eventually there were no fewer than 1, 000 people who made such donations. Furthermore, after Pastor Todd’s collection of the $1 000 donations- Bennie collected general donations.
The local South African Pastor Ferreira said: "It makes my hair stand on end." He said he could not live with his conscience if he did not speak to others about this possible trickery. "I'm not attacking them . It just really gets my goat when people make unfounded claims and then they're off with these people's money."
"Especially at a time like this when there is dire need, people run the risk of losing their faith in the Lord in this way. God will provide for your needs, but not your greed." Then Pastor Tommie Ferreira of the AGS Church in Johannesburg he sent out an inquiry: he was so upset about the "blessing" that, after a week, he wanted to know who of the donors actually had become millionaires.
We are now exposed to a myriad of celebrities - both secular in our universities and those religious in nature - that more or less propagate that there are no absolutes when it comes to the whole truth nowadays and – it is tragic to say- this is happening in multitudes of God Houses. Fables are much more appealing because it sells you a false hope in which it takes very little effort to get that which you demand. Just Name it- claim it, nab it- grab it, Command health wealth message that permeate our culture today.
The Salt has lost its flavor and the light has become severely shaded. The spiritual pied pipers are playing a very pleasant tune to the ears - all the while - intending to lead you straight down into the bottomless pit.
The prophecies warn us to watch out for these wolves in sheep’s clothing – and – sadly to say- there are multitudes here in our midst: Those who preaching outlandish falsehoods, and the tragedy is (as Peter declares) "and many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; Then Peter continues to explain: for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber. Peter 2:2-3
Yes - there will be a pay day for these religious imposters.
December 19, 2017
Never doubt the Word of God!!!
It is written in the Bible (Galatians 6:7): “Don’t be deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap.
Here are some men and women who mocked God:
Some years before during his interview with an American Magazine, he said:
"Christianity will end, it will disappear. I do not have to argue about that. I am certain. Jesus was ok, but his subjects were too simple. Today we are more famous than Him." (1966)
Lennon, after saying that the Beatles were more famous than Jesus Christ, was shot six times.
During the Presidential campaign, he said if he got 500 votes from his party, not even God would remove him from Presidency.
Sure he got the votes, but he got sick a day before being made President, then he died.
THE MAN WHO BUILT TITANIC:
After the construction of Titanic, a reporter asked him how safe the Titanic would be. With an ironic tone he said: "Not even God can sink it"
The result: I think you all know what happened to the Titanic.
She was visited by Billy Graham during a presentation of a show. He is a preacher and Evangelist and the Spirit of God had sent him to preach to her.
After hearing what the Preacher had to say, she said: "I don't need your Jesus"
A week later, she was found dead in her apartment.
The ex-vocalist of the AC/DC
On one of his 1979 songs he sang: "Don’t stop me, I’m going down all the way, wow the highway to hell".
On the 19th of February 1980, Bon Scott was found dead, he had been choked by his vomit.
CAMPINAS/SP IN 2005
In Campinas, a group of friends, drunk, went to pick up a friend. The mother accompanied her to the car and was so worried about the drunkenness of herfriends and she said to the daughter - holding her hand, who was already seated in the car: "MY DAUGHTER, GO WITH GOD AND MAY HE PROTECT YOU",
She responded: ONLY IF HE (GOD) TRAVELS IN THE BOOT, COZ INSIDE HERE IT'S ALREADY FULL"
Hours later, news came by that they had been involved in a fatal accident, everyone had died, the car could not be recognized what type of car it had
been, but surprisingly, the boot was intact.
The police said there was no way the boot could have remained intact. To their surprise, inside the boot was a crate of eggs, none was broken.
Many more important people have forgotten that there is no other name that was given so much authority as the name of Jesus. Many have died, but only Jesus
died and rose again, and He is still alive!
What benefit does it have, if a man gains the whole world but loses his soul?
What can man give in exchange of his soul? (Mathew 16:26).
December 17, 2017:
A while back, Prime Minister Netanyahu gave a warning speech before the Congress of the United States. Geographically, He is much closer to Iran and has a superior intelligence as to the danger lurking on the horizon.
Here’s just a little excerpt from one of his finest moments as he stood before a world audience and speaking of Iran - Netanyahu declared:
“The foremost sponsor of global terrorism could be weeks away from having enough enriched uranium for an entire arsenal of nuclear weapons and this with full international legitimacy.
“And by the way, if Iran’s Intercontinental Ballistic Missile program is not part of the deal, and so far, Iran refuses to even put it on the negotiating table. Well, Iran could have the means to deliver that nuclear arsenal to the far-reach corners of the Earth, including to every part of the United States.”
“But I can guarantee you this, the days when the Jewish people remained passive in the face of genocidal enemies, those days are over.”
“We are no longer scattered among the nations, powerless to defend ourselves. We restored our sovereignty in our ancient home. And the soldiers who defend our home have boundless courage. For the first time in 100 generations, we, the Jewish people, can defend ourselves.”
“This is why — this is why, as a prime minister of Israel, I can promise you one more thing: Even if Israel has to stand alone, Israel will stand.”
Daniel 8 tells us about the coming showdown with Iran. Read up on it…
December 16th, 2015:
As the Country witnessed the unprecedented flooding and - the enormity of damage that Hurricane Harvey has racked up, I began to draw some parallels to certain mindsets that kept many in the danger of this category 4 storm of the century - and how this very same way of thinking will bring many up to the end of days without a shelter when the devil’s overwhelming wrath passes through the earth.
People knew it was coming. There were officials in the state of Texas who warned that this could be a historical moment - that some places would be plummeted with 50 inches of rain, along with 130 an hour winds as the eye of this monster storm moved over the state. For many, they had been through other Hurricanes in the past. They got through them just fine. After all, it is never as bad as the media puts it out to be. "We’ll be OK."
“We are ready for this. We went down to the storm and have bought groceries and water to last us for a week just in case our roads are a little flooded for a couple of days. The Storm will be a big one, but it will pass over and then things will get back to normal. Man - what a wrong miscalculation! When evacuation orders went out, some chose to stay where they were at. It’s not like they were not warned, one official said that if you choose to ignore the warning, please get a marker and write down your name on your arm so that when they find your body, there will be a way to identify you.
Many really believed that they would escape the storm’s wrath. Little did most realize that instead of getting back to normal in a week - some project it will take years to rebuild from the massive carnage.
They had planned for a sprint, and had not prepared for the marathon.
There is a prevailing mindset in the Christian sector - very similar to what many Texans thought as they heard of a big storm approaching them. I know that I have spoken of a Perfect Storm on earth’s horizon, and yet - a great majority believe that they will escape it when it arrives.
One thing is sure – if one doesn’t believe they are going to be touched by the storm - even though they have heard the warnings loud and clear, many will find their selves under the water when the four winds of heaven are let loose on the earth- the waves and the seas roaring- when men’s hearts fail them for fear of what is coming upon the earth – for the powers of heaven will be shaken. This is Yeshua’s forecast for our near future.
I recognize that many believers cannot conceptualize that Yahweh-would allow His people to be touched by such a catastrophe of such magnitude. What makes you think so? I ask – Where I the world did you get an idea like that? Do you not know – are you not aware - that Houston and the other surrounding cities under water were full of churches? And how many times have you seen a storm pass through a town and a church was the only building in the area that had its roof blown off - or some of them destroyed.
Remember Yeshua recalling a tower that fell… I believe a many believers are convinced that before the storms of tribulation hits planet earth, Yahweh will wisk them away and go to the land of bliss. All the while, the rest of the earth suffers enormous pain, agony and great loss for the ones left behind.
“Behold, the Lord has a mighty and strong one, like a tempest of hail and a destroying storm, like a flood of mighty waters overflowing, who will bring them down to the earth with His hand. The crown of pride, the drunkards of Ephraim, Will be trampled underfoot; and the glorious beauty is a fading flower which is at the head of the verdant valley, like the first fruit before the summer, which an observer sees; He eats it up while it is still in his hand.
In that day the LORD of hosts will be for a crown of glory and a diadem of beauty to the remnant of His people, for a spirit of justice to him who sits in judgment, And for strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate. But they also have erred through wine, and through intoxicating drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through intoxicating drink, they are swallowed up by wine, They are out of the way through intoxicating drink; They err in vision, they stumble in judgment. For all tables are full of vomit and filth; No place is clean."
Isaiah 28:14-22 :
"Therefore hear the word of the LORD, you scornful men, who rule this people who are in Jerusalem, Because you have said, "We have made a covenant with death, And with Sheol we are in agreement. When the overflowing scourge passes through, It will not come to us, for we have made lies our refuge, And under falsehood we have hidden ourselves."
Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: "Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, A tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; Whoever believes will not act hastily. Also I will make justice the measuring line, and righteousness the plummet; The hail will sweep away the refuge of lies, And the waters will overflow the hiding place.
Your covenant with death will be annulled, and your agreement with Sheol will not stand; when the overflowing scourge passes through, then you will be trampled down by it. As often as it goes out it will take you; for morning by morning it will pass over, and by day and by night; it will be a terror just to understand the report."
For the bed is too short to stretch out on, And the covering so narrow that one cannot wrap himself in it. For the LORD will rise up as at Mount Perazim, He will be angry as in the Valley of Gibeon-- That He may do His work, His awesome work, And bring to pass His act, His unusual act. Now therefore, do not be mockers, lest your bonds be made strong; for I have heard from the Lord GOD of hosts, a destruction determined even upon the whole earth.”
Here are a few thoughts to consider:
Point #1: The Scriptures do not set any precedent for the escape of believers from the fires of extreme testing or even the possibilities of death.
As it has been written throughout the ancient Scriptures, the people who have stood loyal to Yeshua have suffered great losses and enormous persecutions - some came out a little better than others.
Point #2: Nowhere in Christianity’s history do we find the believers in Yeshua kept from the violence and extreme tribulations of the devil’s wrath.
Point #3: Why do I believe the Pre-trib doctrine to be a dangerous teaching in the Christian Churches? There is an ongoing systematic and ever increasing tribulation and extermination of Christians happening all over this globe.
Point #4: Pre trib teachers add and delete from the Book of Revelation
“For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”
In essence, what they are doing with this book is ripping out 15 chapters of blessings and warnings and saying that this does not apply to the church - When in fact- it was written as a revelation to the church. Not only are they taking away from the words of this special book- by propagating they will not be here during the events contained within the Revelation- but they also add to this book their own interpretation to substantiate their false teaching.
Let me explain: In Revelation 4 there is a switch in the focus of the message. After giving the churches the admonitions and warnings specifically tailored for each of the seven mentioned, John then shows the church the Revelation of things to come:
Revelation 4:1: “After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, "Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this."
Simply put, John sees a door in heaven opened - and he is commanded to come up so that he could be shown the things that the church would face in the future.
Those who teach the Pre Trib Rapture not only take away 15 chapters of the Revelation and say that the church is gone from the earth at this point, but they also add to the book by reading into the statement something that is not there. Friends it is not the church that goes up at this time but John himself. There is a hermeneutical principle called Eisegesis. It is the reading into the text something it does not say. Call it adding to the text if you will.
John then declares he saw the throne room:
Revelation 4:2: “Immediately I (first person) was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne.”
So Reason # 1 - why I believe that the Pre - Trib Rapture is a twisted mangling of eschatology is because the Scriptures are clear that the Book of Revelation is for the churches.
If this message was for the churches- the church cannot be removed from 2/3 of the Book. It is also clear that you cannot remove or take away the church from the book by butchering and reading into one verse - something that it does not say. You cannot add the church into the throne room when they are absent from it.
In fact: In the throne room vision - it is very clear that the saints are on the earth:
“Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.”
The word saint was commonly used in the New Testament to greet the church: For example:
“Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus:”
“Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, to the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are in Colossi:”
When the book of revelation speaks of the saints – it was very well known in that day who Paul was speaking of .
It is also important to recognize that the saints were also known as the elect:
"Paul, a bondservant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect and the acknowledgment of the truth which accords with godliness",
Bottom line: If you see a saint in the Book of Revelation, that is a believer fighting against the devil....
But....oh....did I tell you? WE WIN!