Get Your Head Out of the Sand

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Earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, volcanos, tornados, wars, terrorist attacks, school shootings, violence everywhere you look. What the hell is going on here? 

Strange as it may seem, the Bible teaches that hell, or the devil, is the ruler of this world. In fact the Bible calls him the god (little “g”) of this world. But is it really that strange? Just look at the world around us. Yes, the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof (Psalm 24:1, 1st Corinthians 10:26), but the devil hijacked the dominion God gave to Adam (first man) long ago. In the ensuing ages the devil has had plenty of time to use that dominion to release his evil, counteractive, anti-God plan into the earth. Ever since that time, when Adam forfeited his dominion over to the devil, God has sought to work through us to do whatever He does in the earth.

The one thing the devil wants to do is hang on to that dominion for all it’s worth in an ongoing effort to thwart God’s plan. But that dominion is like a property lease with a time limit on it. As we approach what the Bible refers to as the end of time that lease is reaching its expiration date. As a result, we see Satan’s anger manifesting more and more (Revelation 12:12). The devil is becoming less concerned about exposing himself, and more hellbent about doing as much damage as possible, as time runs out. God is fully intent on enforcing the time limit on the devil’s temporary reign of terror, and the pressure is on.

The shock and surprise to much of the church world will be the way God is going to carry out His plan in the end times. Religious tradition, within certain evangelical, charismatic, pentecostal circles, has adopted an interpretation of end time scriptures which depicts a certain sequence of events. Let’s refer to this as an apocalyptic view. Wherever you may fall on the rapture spectrum: pre-trib, mid-trib, post-trib, amillennial, etc. the basic scenario goes something like this…

Event Timeline of the End Times

  1. Wars and skirmishes continue to increase and culminate in WWIII.
  2. Antichrist comes into power and begins to persecute the church and the tribulation begins.
  3. Jesus comes back to rapture His true church out of the earth sparing them from the great tribulation (some believe this event precedes 2).

But what if God has other ideas? What if God wants to raise up a glorious church in the earth to win as many souls as possible before any of these events take place? What if God wants to bring in an end time revival unparalleled in the history of all revivals?

Well, are you ready for a shock? That is exactly what God wants to do!

While many are saying I’m just going to hold on and wait it out until Jesus comes back, God’s will is for His people to get ready for the biggest worldwide revival ever. God wants a harvest of souls coming to Jesus. The biggest harvest the world, or the devil, has ever seen! This will all come through a new freedom and openness to the Gospel all over the world as a result of America becoming great again. God’s plan is to give the devil one good beat down after another for a while, you know, just to have a little fun with him. Think of it as the hometown hero punk-slapping the neighborhood bully all up and down the block in front of all the kids he’s been picking on, and then giving him an over the head wedgie before he can run home crying.

The only thing preventing the great end time harvest is the devil’s blinders on the people’s eyes. The devil has succeeded in blinding many to the Gospel: The Good News.

If our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost; in whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them who do not believe, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

(2nd Corinthians 4:4)

THE GLORIOUS GOSPEL OF CHRIST! This is the thing that Satan most wants to keep suppressed. He must keep the Gospel from coming out in the open. This is the one thing that will remove the devil’s blinders from the people’s eyes. Do you see it? Of course it’s not God who is keeping the people from knowing Jesus as Lord and Savior, it’s the god of this world (Satan). God has done everything He can to save us and set us free from bondage to sin, sickness and Satan. The gospel is the good news that God has made friends with the world through Jesus Christ. The gospel is the good news that God is not holding people’s sins against them anymore. The gospel is the good news about how Jesus has taken our place and given us the chance to stand in His place as sons (and daughters) of God. To become new (righteousness of God) creations in Christ, to be born again of the spirit, to have a new nature installed, to become brand new on the inside!

This is the warfare we are to engage in. This is the good fight of faith. We are getting ready (God is getting us ready as we look to Him to fulfill it by grace) to enter into a time of unprecedented prosperity, angelic safety, favorable access, and authority in the spirit realm like never before. But there will be opposition from the enemy first. You may have to fight through some things. You may be attacked in certain areas of your life. No matter! It’s time to “get off your behinds and get on the front lines” (as brother Mark Taylor likes to say). Get your head out of the sand and get on with God’s plan. This is the time to get up and get moving in some directed grooving…  God has positioned you in the earth for such a time as this! You’re not born into the earth at this critical moment in time by accident. God has a special plan and purpose for your life in these last days… if you can receive it.

For you, as a Christian witness, this may mean stepping up your evangelism skills, outreach activity, or it could mean joining in an intercessory prayer group to fight in prayer for those who know they’re called into full time mission work or ministry. This is not the time to hide out in fear… this is the time to get motivated in the spirit and seek God for revival to start in your own heart first, and then light the fire in others’ hearts. This may also be a time for you to seek God as to how He would have you get involved in any number of ways that allow you to interact practically.

Maybe you are called to be active in scholastics, economics, or business, and just live a silent witness on the job. God may want to position you in ways that affect policy-making and thus thousands of lives in your respective communities. He may want you to live out your Christian witness, without necessarily vocalizing your beliefs. You may be called to serve God as a circuit court judge, an ambassador to another nation, or a local politician. In any position you serve, as a Christian you would be qualified by God. Of course, you would serve in honor and distinction as a man or woman of un-compromised integrity.

Whatever you are called to do, God will make a way as you go forward. You may find yourself doing something you never imagined you were called to do. You could end up working with the military, technology, or science, one day and working your dream gig with a worship band the next. One thing is for sure though: God has a big picture agenda in mind and it will not be thwarted. You are invited to join Him!

Nations will begin to open up to the truth of God’s word and their children will be taught the ways of God from the Bible. Miracles, signs and wonders will accompany the teachings, testifying that there is “One God and one mediator between God and mankind: the man Christ Jesus (1st Timothy 2:5).” Some may say but there are many ways to God, but the Spirit of God will show them that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, and no man comes to the Father except through Him (John 14:6).

Remember… This end time revival has been prophesied in the Bible, and many prophets speaking by inspired utterance. The glory of the latter house will be greater than that of the first. The church will be a praise in the earth. Your sons and your daughters will prophesy, your old men and women will dream dreams, God will pour out His Spirit upon all flesh… all Israel will be saved, and it will be as life from the dead all over the world. The glorious manifestation of the sons of God is coming, and the earth is laboring to bring it forth. We are seeing many things being shaken now… This is only the beginning of contractions… Whenever there is a breakthrough in the spiritual realm there is a reaction in the physical. Do not be afraid of all these things coming upon the earth but lift up your heads and rejoice for your redemption draws nigh.

Romans 13 The Message (MSG)
To Be a Responsible Citizen

13 1-3 Be a good citizen. All governments are under God. Insofar as there is peace and order, it’s God’s order. So live responsibly as a citizen. If you’re irresponsible to the state, then you’re irresponsible with God, and God will hold you responsible. Duly constituted authorities are only a threat if you’re trying to get by with something. Decent citizens should have nothing to fear.

3-5 Do you want to be on good terms with the government? Be a responsible citizen and you’ll get on just fine, the government working to your advantage. But if you’re breaking the rules right and left, watch out. The police aren’t there just to be admired in their uniforms. God also has an interest in keeping order, and he uses them to do it. That’s why you must live responsibly—not just to avoid punishment but also because it’s the right way to live.

6-7 That’s also why you pay taxes—so that an orderly way of life can be maintained. Fulfill your obligations as a citizen. Pay your taxes, pay your bills, respect your leaders.

8-10 Don’t run up debts, except for the huge debt of love you owe each other. When you love others, you complete what the law has been after all along. The law code—don’t sleep with another person’s spouse, don’t take someone’s life, don’t take what isn’t yours, don’t always be wanting what you don’t have, and any other “don’t” you can think of—finally adds up to this: Love other people as well as you do yourself. You can’t go wrong when you love others. When you add up everything in the law code, the sum total is love.

11-14 But make sure that you don’t get so absorbed and exhausted in taking care of all your day-by-day obligations that you lose track of the time and doze off, oblivious to God. The night is about over, dawn is about to break. Be up and awake to what God is doing! God is putting the finishing touches on the salvation work he began when we first believed. We can’t afford to waste a minute, must not squander these precious daylight hours in frivolity and indulgence, in sleeping around and dissipation, in bickering and grabbing everything in sight. Get out of bed and get dressed! Don’t loiter and linger, waiting until the very last minute. Dress yourselves in Christ, and be up and about!

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Blessed are the Unpopular

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What’s the matter there, Princess? Mean people got you feeling down? Does life seem unkind? Well, here’s something real dope to prop up your sensitive little psyche.

Jesus said,

Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets (Luke 6:26).

No matter how wise and diplomatic your approach, no matter how loving, kind, sweet, and full of light is your presentation, no matter how highly favored you may be as a Christian, if you’re doing it right you will be hated.

The moment you open your mouth to talk about salvation through Jesus expect all hell to break loose. Some form of spiritual warfare will soon manifest in the material world. In fact, it doesn’t take going too far down the Romans Road before you learn this is a battle for souls. Some have learned to enlist intercessory prayer warriors to stave off this demonic opposition, but eventually as a Christian worker you are going to encounter it. When you do… rejoice! It’s one of the great rewards heaven offers.

Here’s what Jesus says about it:

Blessed are you, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets (Luke 6:22,23)

Did you see that?! Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy!

This is confirmation. This is validation. This is how you know you are having an effect on the kingdom of darkness. When you take a stand for Jesus and you are rejected, reproached, ostracized, called obnoxious even, you can be assured that God is cheering for you. This is a moment of great triumph! Hopefully one of many… so don’t give up.

You know you’re on target when people start saying, “Well… you’re not Jesus.” Then out of the other side of their mouths they criticize you for not being sensitive to where each person may be at in their lives… which is ridiculous. Jesus preached it equally and openly to the masses. The Gospel is for everybody. The sower sows the Word.

I have found that religious people can be the fiercest opponents to the Gospel many times. Just when you are hi-lighting to the sinner their need for Jesus by pointing out how their sin requires payment, they will interrupt. They’ll jump in and say something like, “Don’t judge!” I’ve had sinners ready to engage in dialogue leading to Jesus as their Savior and well-meaning, so-called “Christians” will interfere. They’ll attempt defend the person and remove them from the most important part of the presentation.

Remember, Jesus didn’t worry about offending people. He didn’t run after the rich young ruler (Mark 10:17-27) and plead with him, “oh, wait a minute, please, you must have misunderstood me…”

So much emphasis is placed on sensitivity and proper presentation it’s no wonder so few actively share the Good News. Then, when they do, and things get messy, they feel like they have failed.

No! You have not failed. The most important thing you can do as a Christian witness is persevere and keep telling the amazing story of how a sinner can be miraculously saved, set free, and have their lives turned around from the inside out. Don’t let anything stop you. Time is short. Souls are on the line.

So buck up, buttercup. Keep keepin’ on, brother of a different mother. Onward sister soldier… this is not a popularity contest. But trust me, you will be popular in heaven, not to mention those you lead to Christ!

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Boasting in the Lord

There’s a difference between being prideful and boasting in the Lord. The Bible actually encourages us to boast in the Lord. This is part of praising Him! Sometimes I have held back because I know some people get jealous when they hear of others being blessed. Well, let me tell you, it hasn’t all been easy.

No kidding. I’ve lost everything. A few times. I lost my house to foreclosure. I’ve lost jobs (once I got laid off when my wife was pregnant with my daughter). I’ve lost businesses… I even lost a marriage of 10 years, that ended in a horrible, painful divorce, so I’ve known suffering, trials, and pain in my life. But through it all God has been faithful and a constant source of healing and comfort. I wouldn’t trade where I am right now with God for anything. That’s just how GOOD He is!

My life is a dream come true. I wake up each day glad to be alive. No one can bring me down because my strength comes from the Lord. Even if I lost a best friend it would be like nothing, because I have Him. All my hope is in Him. All my desire is for Him. I pray I don’t have to ever be tested in losing a loved one again, but I know eventually it’s inevitable. Even in mourning God gives joy.

If you invite Jesus Christ to come into your heart you will never regret it. Once He comes in you will know fellowship with the Creator of the universe. If you are teachable and read your Bible, asking the Holy Spirit to guide you, He will lead you into ALL TRUTH. Do you know what that means!? ALL TRUTH. That means He will show you everything you need to know about LIFE and GODLINESS. But it starts with asking Him to be your Lord and Savior. It begins when He comes in and makes your heart His home.

God will even fill you with His Spirit. When you are filled with the Holy Spirit you have all the power of God at your fingertips. He brings divine health, healing, financial provision, everything you need in life to make it.

Sometimes it may not come in the way you want it to though. Sometimes God will lead you to give up on your dreams, lay them all at His feet, and ask for His will, not yours. If He leads you this way, and you give it all to Him, you will never regret it. I promise you.

One time back in 2008, right after I lost my house to foreclosure, an opportunity presented itself to enlist with an outfit called “Friendships” where you get to go on a cruise ship to help bring much needed supplies to indigent countries. My youngest son, Peter, was just out of high school and didn’t have a steady job, and I was self-employed, so we signed up for a month. Our applications were accepted, but the way it was set up we had to raise our own money to support ourselves and pay our way for transportation to the ship and back. Neither of us had a lot of money at the time. But I was going through a stack of mail that had piled up one day and found a refund check for the exact amount I needed for the entire month off, the travel expenses, and some extra besides. Not only that but the time we volunteered for coincided with the Haiti earthquake! That was totally God. We signed up months in advance before the earthquake even happened. We were so blessed to be able to serve with this incredible ministry in their efforts to help the Haitian people at that time. Not to mention, Peter and I had the adventure of a lifetime together. We will never forget it.

There have been so many coincidences like that where God just showed up. I could go on and on with examples of one after another amazing and fun stories where the Lord revealed His lovingkindness in undeniable ways to me. Perhaps I will share more in future posts, as the Lord leads. But know this: if you invite Jesus into your heart you will have your own adventures to share. You will know for yourself that Life with Jesus is a BLAST!

If you want to know Jesus, pray this prayer, and mean it in your heart, with me right now: Lord Jesus, I ask you to be my Lord and Savior. Thank you that your death on the cross paid my sin debt so that I am completely free from all guilt. Thank You that you love me and took my place on the cross. Thank You for washing all my sins away. And thank You that you rose from the dead to give me Eternal Life, starting right here on earth and continuing with You in heaven forever. Please come into my life right now, and fill me with the Holy Spirit.

If you prayed this prayer feel free to leave me a note and let me know. And remember, Jesus loves you!

 

 

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is my 2nd favorite holiday of the year. Not meaning to brag but I have so much to be thankful for, including everyone of you who reads this. What else am I thankful for?

First and foremost, I thank God that I am born again, saved, and filled with the Holy Spirit. This is a big deal for me. In fact, when God finally got to me I was almost at the end. That is to say, I had given up. I had experienced every kind of high, every kind of pleasure, thrill, excitement, drug, you name it, there was, and I was still unfulfilled and empty inside.

I had joined the Navy a year earlier in a last ditch effort to rehabilitate myself, among other things. I was also desperately in need of structure in my life. My garden variety hedonistic lifestyle had left me going nowhere fast. Boot Camp was great. We were told what to do every moment of the day with very little free time. But now, being out of that intense, restrictive environment, it was back to my old partying ways. As I said, I joined the Navy to escape those old destructive habits, but now there was more partying, alcohol, and drugs, than ever before!

It was 1979–the end of the Zumwalt Era. Admiral Zumwalt’s post Viet Nam Navy had become quite lax. Sailors were allowed to grow their hair long, and even grow beards if they wanted. My first assignment out of bootcamp was “A” school at Memphis-Millington, TN., NATTC (Naval Air Technical Training Center), where I was to be trained as an AT (Avionics Technician). Life on this base was a constant temptation to party. We were all there for training before going out to the fleet in our respective rate (field of study), but after school hours it was time to let off some steam.

At first, I continued my self-motivated physical training. I was running 5 miles a day and swimming a mile a day. But, with the icy cold of January upon me, that soon tapered off to just swimming a mile a day. I couldn’t seem to keep the rigorous schedule of studying, and both running and swimming going.

Then, many of my fellow sailors were going home on weekends and coming back with all kinds of party material. Marijuana, speed, acid, cocaine… we had a veritable smorgasbord of drugs to choose from. Yes, life at NATTC was one big party back then. But inside I was dying and I knew it. Darkness had ensnared my soul.

It wasn’t until my next duty station (Cecil Field Master Jet Base) that I found relief from those dark days, but not until after going through a scared-straight, near death, type experience. I was almost cut to pieces by a bowie knife wielding, jealousy-enraged, mad man at a parking lot in JAX Beach (Jacksonville FL).

It’s a long story, and one I have shared many times before, but after that, I swore off all partying, and moved off the trailer park. I left the place where I was staying (with 2 other other sailors and a couple of strippers), and checked into the barracks on base. Shortly, after that I ran into a first class petty officer, Dave Kelly. He got me to come to church with him where I heard the Gospel message once again. I heard it with such clarity that it began to resonate with me. I knew the Holy Spirit was tugging on my heart to go forward during the invitation. At first, I resisted, but then, after being at sea for a few months, I knew what I was to do. As soon as I got back on land, the Sunday following, I was to go to that church and receive Jesus Christ into my heart as Lord and Savior.

Thank God I was obedient! This made all the difference in the world. Before, I wanted out of the Navy. I was miserable. Now, I endured each deck-swabbing, arduous, command or assigned duty with joy in my heart. Everyone seemed to notice the difference in me. That dark cloud hanging over my head was gone forever.

My life would never be the same. So first and foremost, I am thankful for Jesus in my heart. Secondly, I’m thankful for every opportunity to tell others about this amazing thing God did in my life. Thirdly, I’m thankful for all those who have come to Jesus through my life (again, not meaning to brag, all the glory goes to God), including so many of my family members. My whole life is a miracle.

I’m thankful for a president, Donald John Trump, who is not afraid to speak against evil…
One who speaks exactly what needs to be said. One who is not politically correct. One who is God’s anointed man for this time in history to serve as a wrecking ball to the leftist subversive forces seeking to undermine and overthrow our beautiful nation.

I’m thankful for a beautiful and Christian nation. A country (yeah, that’s right, I’m talking about America!) that is free from totalitarianism, communism, socialism, fascism, and every form of tyranny, founded by freedom-seeking pilgrims, puritans, patriots, and independent revolutionaries. Freedom seeking men and women who travelled here long ago and set up a governmental system, guaranteed us by the Constitution, that seeks constantly to limit the powers government has over us… to promote individualism, free market capitalism, incentive-based, fair and reasonable trade practice… I could go on and on with how thankful I am to be born into such a great country, and not some hellhole like North Korea, Iran, or Venezuela.

For all of this, I am thankful to God, and wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

 

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Checking in with the Checked Out…

Hello readers… It has been quite a while since my last post. This election cycle… what can I say about this election cycle? While many are gnashing their teeth at the two nominees, for me at least, it has been the most exciting ever. I have not seen anything of this soul-shaking, political magnitude since the JFK assassination.

Those of us that were alive at that time all remember exactly where we were when we heard the news. It was that pronounced. We had never witnessed anything like that before. I was in third grade, so I hadn’t experienced much of anything, relatively speaking. But I remember the shocking impact well. Our school closed and we all got the rest of the day off. One of our teachers, a red-headed lady named Mrs. Pelletier, fainted at her desk when they announced it over the intercom. The 9-11 terror attack was the same. In much the same way we all know where we were and what we were doing when it happened.
Ever since I was 12 years old I have known that America, our once great nation, was in drastic decline. It all began back sometime before I was born. Somewhere, about the time of the Great Depression, our economic system was hi-jacked. How did I know this?
Inflation…
At one time every dollar bill had written on it the words “silver certificate.” That meant that for each bill printed there was silver somewhere in a vault to back it up with. Each piece of currency represented actual wealth. Inflation came about as a result of there being way more paper currency than there was actual wealth to back it up with.
Someone wanted control over our monetary system and figured out a way to do it in such a way that we all just went along with it.
Now, I could go into a long drawn-out boring explanation as to how they did that, who it was that did it, and debunk numerous conspiracy theories that would even outnumber those surrounding the aforementioned assassination of JFK, but here’s the straight-up simplest way to explain it.
The Federal Reserve System is printing way too much money and there’s nothing to back it up with.
What does that have to do with the 2016 presidential election and why I find this the most exciting time ever?
I’m so glad you asked. This is our one chance to get a non-political type into the presidency who is on the side of average American citizen.
All hell is coming against him, every trick in the book is being thrown at him, but thank God there is a good chance he can make it. The prayers of many are being answered right now, some don’t even realize, they don’t know how far things have really gone…
The media is in the tank for Hillary Clinton and the Democrat party, that should be obvious to anyone with half a nanowit of understanding by now.
The Democrat Party, way more corrupt than the Republican Party, is doing everything it can to take him down but it’s not working.
Some say Donald Trump is this or that, some say he is so despicable they can hardly find the words to describe him. But this is highly suspect, when none of these people were so kvetched by him before he ran for president. He was in the public eye, very well-known, and highly regarded as a great businessman, and public figure, all over the world. Now all the sudden he’s a racist and a some kind of psycho or sociopath, and/or a selfish, conceited, terrible man. And why do they say this? Consider the source: they are Liberals primarily. Ah yes, Liberals…

http://famguardian.org/Subjects/Politics/Articles/Liberals.htm

What can we say about Liberals? Progressives they like to call themselves. Leftist-Liberals always try to claim the moral high ground, they claim that their policies are the more humane, and if you dare to differ, if you have the audacity to oppose them you are evil. So if a Right-wing Conservative espouses pro-life values concerning abortion (the extermination of the unborn), immediately they are branded by Liberals as anti-women, uncaring, hateful, extremists and part of the war on women. This is just one example of how divisive and destructive the techniques Liberals use to silence their political adversaries. Just one example of many I could go into.
The most exciting time in history is right at our doorstep. America will shed the shackles of tyranny once again. This is a movement. This is a providential act of God. This is a time of times to be talked about for years, and we get to witness it.
Next, just for the sake of clarity, I’m going to describe some of the repercussions of a Donald J. Trump presidency and how that will look.
As the day of a Trump presidency draws near, the truth will be brought to light. Many of the wicked things that have remained hidden in darkness will be made known (White House admitting that they paid hostage ransom money, WikiLeaks exposing corruption, rigged elections, Bill Clinton’s secret meeting with Loretta Lynch on the tarmac right before his wife’s indictment proceedings, the corrupt Clinton Foundation, bribery, malfeasance, pay to play, and stay-tuned for much, much more).
For those who have ears to hear, the reasons behind why things have gone the way they have for so long will finally be made clear.
Investigations will be conducted into crooked journalists’ and politicians’ backgrounds, and it will become known who paid who off, and why campaign promises were not fulfilled, and why the truth was never reported completely as it should’ve been.
Many will not wait till the last minute, but fearing that the truth is going to come out anyway, will become whistleblowers, and call out the ones they were afraid of before. But the majority will cling to the hope that the people in power will somehow retain their positions and protect them until the last minute, when it will be too late for them. Some will even attempt to flee the country!
Even the G.O.P. establishment types, the career politicians, the never-Trumpers, the so-called “principled conservatives,” and the insider “elites” will see their hope dwindling as Donald Trump gains momentum in the polls and finally as he becomes the inevitable winner as our President. They will be shaken to the core. For they know the jig is up, and their compromise will soon be exposed for what it is: Cowardice and Treason at worst, weakness and compromise, at best. It will be seen by all, by virtue of the incredible contrast President Trump’s policies will have on the American economy. How simple commonsense conservative principles are profitable to America, and how their’s were abject failures. This is why they resent him so now. This is why they try to complicate everything now. It’s job security to them. They could care less who is in power as long as their positions in Washington DC are secure. They gave in for fear, they sold out to destructive progressive policies out of weakness, self-preservation, self-interest, and selfishness. They were not valiant for the truth, but cowered in the face of the manipulating mainstream media, political correctness, and liberal attacks, to preserve their position.
This is what strong leadership accomplishes. Broad-shouldered strength and clear-eyed leadership will put to flight the darkness and corruption so prevalent in politics where power goes unchecked and “political correctness” lies threaten the truth. This is what happens when law and order cracks down on organized crime. No longer afraid of being targeted, citizens will cooperate with law-enforcement and turn evidence to incriminate the scumbags, the ripoffs, villains and gangsters, and expose the corruption, paid agitators, syndicated crime, gridlock, and greedy subversive wickedness in high places. Instead of fearing for their lives and the safety of their families when they cooperate with the law, they will confidently come forward knowing that the law has their backs.
The economic changes come about through common-sense conservative principles will revolutionize our country again.
The simple enforcement of law and order will drive liberalism into the dust of death where it belongs. And righteousness and prosperity will again reign in our land. The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ will continue to go into all the world from our shores. So strong will be our nation that even in the last days, in the times of the antichrist, this nation will continue to be, and numbered among those who oppose antichrist and war against him till the end.

#MAGA

#MakeAmericaGreatAgain

#OhMyGod

 

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Revelation Template Part 3

Note: Please read the previous parts in this series before reading on if you want to get caught up with this amazing study on Revelation as a template for future events.

Rev Recap

  • Remember in Revelation chapter 5, the 7 seals on the book? The book that was so important to read? So important, in fact, that John wept profusely when all heaven searched and there was none worthy to break open the seals and read the book? But then, lo and behold, Jesus (the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the  world) stepped up and He alone was found worthy…
  • And remember also how before these seals were to be broken off, John was witness to the things Jesus was saying to the 7 churches as to what needed to occur before she (the Church) was ready?
  • Still further remember how once these things were addressed in the churches, John heard a trumpet-like voice speaking to him and was told to come up into heaven where he witnessed a great vision of Jesus on His throne.

What the 7 Seals Reveal

The Seals preventing this important book from being opened are broken off one by one (Revelation 6). Incidentally, notice how many 7s there are in these first passages? 7 churches, 7 lamp stands, 7 golden candlesticks, 7 spirits of God, 7 stars, 7 angels, 7 seals? 7 is an important number, it is on the 7th day that God rested from all His works at the time of creation, so it is the number of the Sabbath, it is symbolic of a day of rest, a very holy number, and it is the number of completion. The time is up.

The first 4 seals were the 4 horsemen of the apocalypse. In the Revelation Template Part 2, I discuss what these horsemen represent. They represent the 4 main forces at work in the earth today. You may disagree with me on the exact interpretation of what they represent, but it is undeniable that these 4 ideologies greatly influence our global sociopolitical landscape today and the horsemen fit the description perfectly. I defined them as: Catholicism, Communism, Capitalism, and Islamism. This thought is not original with me. I got this from Irvin Baxter, an amazingly gifted teacher of Bible Prophecy.

Now, these seals are at work in the earth today, but they are not permitted to be totally unleashed until the church is removed from the earth. Once the church is removed via the rapture, then takes place that horrible moment in time when all hell is permitted to break loose on the earth. You can read about this in 2 Thessalonians 2:7 where it says “He that lets will let until He be taken out of the way,” or “the One who holds back will hold back until He be taken out of the way.” At such a time all that has withstood the gates of hell will be removed from the earth and the forces of the horses will be completely unleashed in all their galloping fury.

You see, the One who withholds is the Holy Spirit present in us, the Church. Once the church is taken out of the earth, the seals, which are already present but being held back, will be broken loose. This is all necessary for God’s truth (the only real truth) to be revealed. Revealed to the principalities and powers at work through the rebellious hearts of men in the earth today.

On the Revelation Timeline this will most likely occur sometime after the Antichrist is revealed to the church for who he really is. He will be recognizable to those who know God’s word, for it is impossible to deceive the elect (those born again believers who are meek, or remain teachable, to the Holy Spirit). The world will laugh at the Church’s attempts to warn of him. They will be deceived with a great deception that will be so powerful so as to seduce the general populace into believing the big lie, 2nd Thessalonians 2 calls it “strong delusion.” We see that happening already in lesser form today. And that’s the point of the horsemen, already at work in the earth, and yet not fully unleashed as they will be, once the church is evacuated and the seals are completely broken off the book.

Do you see how these things are both being revealed in part now and yet will be fully revealed? Partly at work and yet soon to be fully unleashed? The Antichrist will be, in much the same way, revealed to the Church, and then revealed again to the world at large. That is why in 2nd Thessalonians 2 it says “then shall that wicked one be revealed” in verse 8 but before that it says “and that man of sin shall be revealed” in verse 3. In verse 8 the Antichrist will become so evidently wicked that the world will remember what the Church warned them about him. Satan will be revealed through him, and it will be glaringly obvious, even to the world once so deceived by him.

In the same way we can see world events fitting into the Revelation Template, at various times, and in increasing measure. In the 20th century, many of the things that happened fit the descriptions in Revelation, but the end is not yet. Hitler was thought to be the antichrist because of his mass murder of the Jews. The 1st and 2nd world wars fit perfectly into the template because a third of all the ships were destroyed as it says in Revelation 8:9, but the end is not yet. In Russia when one of their nuclear power plant cores melted through and went down into the earth it was thought to represent the star called “Wormwood” in Revelation 8:11, because the name of the city was Chernobyl, which in Russian  means “wormwood.” But (as Jesus said in Matthew 24), the end is not yet.

So when reading the Book of Revelation keep in mind the events are not all conclusive or chronologically sequential. These events will be seen time and time again and they will build up and become so volatile with critical mass, that they will eventually explode into reality, but the end will not come until the Church is taken out of the earth. When will that be? By the words in 2nd Thessalonians 2 it is easy to ascertain that it will be sometime after we recognize the Antichrist for who he is, and sometime before what is known as the midpoint in Daniel’s 7 year period. Halfway through that last 7 year span, it will just so happen that the world will recognize him. And that 7 year period will begin when we, the Church, recognize him. It is this author’s intention that we will be raptured some time after that, and sometime during the first 3 and a half years into that final 7 year period.

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Revelation Template Part 2

 

The Antichrist and his False Prophet
Recommended Reading
1) This article discusses Bishop Malachy’s ancient prophetic vision that the last pope would be an evil pope:
Read article here
2) This article forwards the possibility that Mystery Babylon is a shadow government within the Roman Catholic church that takes it over in the last days:
Read article here

The Beast, The Great Whore, The Dragon, etc.

A major part of the Book of Revelation is this unfolding drama of the Antichrist and his cohort, the False Prophet. These are represented by various symbols but they all describe the same thing. In short, it is all about the story of a man, who makes himself out to be God, and who gets a religious endorsement from this false prophet. The false prophet performs lying signs and wonders and do some wild things like make fire come down from the sky. Implicit throughout is that antichrist will use this false prophet to con world leaders into coming under his power, and many will be wowed by him, but then he will turn around and destroy the false prophet when he is done with him. Once he has accomplished his prime objective of global domination he will announce to the world that he alone is God, and must be worshipped. This will most likely coincide with an unthinkable act that Jesus calls, “The Abomination of Desolation.”

The Number of the  Beast is 666

His number is 666 we are told in Revelation 13:18. What exactly does that mean? The number of man is 6 (because God created man on the 6th day), written 3 times (3 being the number of the Holy Trinity), thus: a man who makes himself out to be God.

In the above article links you will see just who and what this false prophet is.

Because of the volume of extra reading in the posted links (articles 1, and 2), we will pick again next time with more of Revelation Template. Hopefully it won’t be too late!

Are You Ready?

If you are not ready for the end of the age, and the return of Christ, you need one thing to get ready. In Revelation 3:20 Jesus says, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”

Invite Him to come into your heart, and reveal Himself to you and I promise you, He will make you ready. The gift of Salvation is a free gift. You cannot earn it by being good. You can only receive it by receiving Jesus into your heart. The good stuff comes after you invite Him to come into your life and be your Lord and Savior. He changes us from the inside-out.

God promises us in 1st John 5:11-13

And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.

It’s simple, right? Simple enough for a child to understand. If you got Jesus, you got eternal life. If you don’t have Jesus you don’t have eternal life. This is what the Bible is all about: Jesus. The Bible is all about Jesus. Did you get that? The Bible is the message from the Creator God telling us how that He loves us and wants to us to know and experience that love.

The 7 Seals Revisited

In the last installment of this series it was promised that the 7 seals would be examined in the greater detail. Let’s do that now. The first four horsemen describe four forces that are already at work in the earth.

1) The white horse and its rider is described as having a bow (but no arrow), going forth to conquer. This is the not the antichrist. Well, at least it does not describe him directly. This is the Catholic Church, or Catholicism. The color of the vatican is white. Look at the Pope’s garments, the Pope’s helicopter, the Pope mobile… White is the official color of the Vatican.

2) The red horse and its rider has a great sword and power to take away peace from the earth, and cause wars, and make the people of the nations to kill one another. This is the color of communism. This horseman represents the force of communism in the earth today.

3) The black horse rider with a pair of balances in his hand and an edict spoken over him concerning what looks to outline some kind of fair and reasonable trade practice, and that he hurt not the oil or the wine. Following the forces at work theme, black is most likely the color of Capitalism. 

4) The green horse (most translations say pale horse, but this is the Greek word Chloros which everywhere else in the Bible is translated “Green”), and the rider’s name was Death, and hell followed with him. He had power over a fourth part of the earth, to kill with the sword, and with hunger, and with the beasts of the earth. Green is definitely the color of Islam. 

In all of these first 4 seals we see the geopolitical forces that shape global culture and are either at variance with, or in direct opposition to the Kingdom of God being established in the earth. In other words, the will of man as it relates to the will of God. These horsemen must be allowed to run their full course in order for God’s manifold wisdom and plan to come to pass before the principalities and powers in heavenly places. For those of you who have studied the parables of Jesus: God cannot intrude on and interfere with the wheat and the tares. He must allow both to grow together until the time of full harvest. There is what is called the mystery of iniquity involved. It is a dynamic at work through the will of man. It is allowed, or shall we say permitted to go on until the consummation of all things, the manifestation of the fullness of all things, the revelation of God’s plan to save as many as He can.

5) The 5th seal is opened, whereupon John sees them that were slain for the Word of God and their testimony, under the altar and they cried out loud to the Lord, “How long, Lord, holy and true, till you judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?” And they were given white robes and told to hang tight and chill for a while until their fellow servants and brothers in Christ should be killed as they were. Oddly enough, there was something even in these martyrdoms that had to be fully executed in order for the divine plan, or the secret code book to opened. This one is somewhat of a mystery because the souls are positioned under the altar, while the rest of heaven’s citizenry is standing around before the throne. Also, check this out: rather than echoing the words of Jesus, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do,” these guys are crying out for vengeance upon their murderers. Very odd indeed. Even Steven, the first martyr recorded in the Book of Acts, cried out the same thing as he was being stoned to death. So, we must admit there is somewhat of a mystery involved here.

My sense, as I pray  about this, is that these are representative of people who were beheaded, say, by Isis, for example, but they could be nominal Christians. Note: they are “slain for the Word of God, and their testimony” so we know they were at least professing believers (their testimony) and held the Bible to be the Word of God. Even if they are not Christians, could they be Jewish believers in YAHWEH and the Old Testament scriptures who were martyred for their faith? This would still fit into the demographics of this group of souls who cry out for vengeance. The other souls who are yet to be killed as they were could be a second holocaust during the tribulation.

6) With this seal came a terrible earthquake so severe that it causes the sun to darken and the moon to turn blood red, and the shaking even affects the heavens, in so much that the stars of heaven fall to the earth like meteor showers. The speech here sounds much like world war three and is called “the wrath of the Lamb. This seal will drastically change the landscape of planet earth and life as we know it. This most likely describes the very “elements melting with a fervent heat” as Peter describes in his epistle. Most likely, some type of thermonuclear exchange of cataclysmic proportions.

In our next exciting installment of this series we will take a good look at the the 7th Seal. My apologies for not getting to it this time. Happy 2016 to all my readers out there. Much love and God’s blessings on all of you.

 

 

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