Oct 15, 2016

What Does the Bible Say is About to Happen?

My head swims from the catastrophic disasters, political scandals, and violence that has overtaken us; like a gleaming silver pinball crashing from bumper to bumper before plunging down the dead center of no return.

So what is coming?  Where are we headed?  What is the Timeline for Things to Come?

Our world no longer seems grounded and sane.  It is easy to get caught up in the noise and tumult.  Here is what is coming!

Birth Pangs - Wickedness Increases on the Earth (30 Days of Birth Pangs)

Isaiah 17 - The Utter Destruction of Damascus, which according to the headlines forms an unholy alliance between Russia, Iran, and Turkey.

Rapture - the gathering of the Church to be with Jesus.  Our Lord spoke of the Rapture to his beloved friends.  The Greatest Supernatural Event of the Modern Age (No One Knows the Hour or the Day)

Note:  Some Scholars will contend that Psalm 83 and the Prophecy of Elam can come before or after the Rapture, I tend to believe it will be after.  There are still many Christians in the Middle East and it is estimated as many as 3 million Christians hiding in Iran.  The Lord is merciful and no group of Christians alive today are experiencing the persecution that our brothers and sisters are at the hands of ISIS and terror groups in Norther Africa, so before the wrath of God is poured out on the Earth, He will rescue His Church.

Psalm 83 Map

Psalm 83 - where Israel's immediate neighbors attack

Prophecy of Elam's (part of Iran) Destruction Jeremiah 49:34–39 coupled with Ezekiel 38 this is double trouble and punishment for Iran.  This is nuclear disaster for them.

Anti-Christ comes on the scene - One has always been ready.

Indwelled By Satan the Anti-Christ Will Be Beautiful
Ezekiel 38-39 War - A massive coordinated attack by Iran, Russia, and Turkey on Israel.  The direct intervention of the God of Israel results in a massive defeat of the attackers.

Because of the Miraculous deliverance by the Lord in the Ezekiel war, those that are dispursed across the globe will make their final regathering in Israel.

The reawakened Israel will demand a new Temple which will be the Tribulation Temple

Anti-Christ comes to power

Israel signs the peace treaty with the Anti-Christ

The 70th week begins - 7 year Tribulation Begins

While we may feel like we are indeed in pinball game, things are going along perfectly.  The Lord works in patterns, He holds to timelines, He is not random - from the foundations of Creation, His orderliness is observable.  From the precision math demonstrated in the tilt of the Earth, the distance from the sun, the size and orbit of the moon, to the subatomic structures of all atoms - we see His hand.  He also does not operate in secret, a retrospective study of Scripture reveals that He has always told us what is to come, always.  There are types and shadows and prophetic warnings throughout Scripture that only a backward glance reveals their truth.  Since He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow - it should come as no surprise that He has laid out for us the pattern and timing of his coming.

Open your eyes - He is coming.  
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Sep 27, 2016

What Trump and America Must Do Now

Abigail and Dolley readers at my core I am a peacemaker.  I take comfort in Jesus' words, "Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called the Children of God (Matthew 5:9).  While I don't flee from conflict, I don't like it and I was in agony last night as I watched the debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

It was the worst of him and the best of her.  If I was an undecided voter and knew nothing of the candidates, she clearly would be my choice.  Sadly, Trump was at his bombastic worst; a carnal man, given over to a wild and uncontrolled tongue.  Smug and controlled, Hillary Clinton manipulated him at every turn and he went down a rabbit hole of reality TV.  What a disaster.

At the Foot of the Cross
My prayer today was that he humbles himself at the foot of the cross and cries for mercy.  We need mercy for our nation and this world; a Hillary Clinton presidency is the most severe judgement of our lives.  Trump must seek the Lord, he must give himself over to God's control, he must surrender himself, or we are doomed.

I call on my Christian friends to join a nationwide moment of prayer every day until the election.  The incomparable Diamond and Silk have set aside a daily prayer time at 11:21am EDT.  Mark this on your calendars, set a reminder for yourselves, pray as you would for a dying loved one for the stakes are inestimable.

Pray, 2 Chronicles 7:14 if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

1 John 1:8-10 If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth.  But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.

Sep 24, 2016

Drugs and the Forbidden Dimension

There is a realm right on the other side of the gossamer curtain.  A dividing line between the natural and the spiritual where a curtain protects mankind from a realm which we are forbidden.  This mystical place of altered senses, powerful visions, wondrous colors is where the addict goes when he's high, at least at first.

The universe is governed by the rules of the Most High and the beings that exist behind that curtain know the rules, we do not.  They are bound by God's laws and must obey but when a hapless and foolish human stumbles into their den, all bets are off.  Much like the legend of the vampire, where he can not attack you unless you invite him into your home, the wickedness that lives on the other side must receive an invitation.  So how are people inviting them in?

The Zombie Drug
Drugs - the most prevalent way to move into a dimension you are not supposed to be.  Since the nation rejected God in the early 1960's when the Supreme Court struck down prayer in schools, we have been given over to a steady decline.  Drug abuse, once rare, and limited has swept across our nation and is playing out nightly on the news and in cell phone video.

As the drugs get stronger and the time gets shorter, we see horrifying examples of what happens to people that use that gateway.  The potency, prevalence, and side effects of street drugs have intensified every year.  Even marijuana that was a relatively innocuous recreational drug in years past has been modified and treated with hallucinogenic properties.

Synthetic Marijuana
Heroin was at one point a rarely used and hardcore drug, it's in high schools now.  The epidemic of overdoses is reported in towns across America, recently Huntington WV had 27 overdoses in 4 hours.  (source)  Cut with all sorts of dangerous chemicals, junkies are turning into the walking dead.

krokodil heroin
This drug epidemic, while more prevalent and dangerous, is not new.  Mixing potions, holding seances, and crossing the veil is as old as the fall.  The greek word is pharmakeia, it is where we get the origin of pharmacy and pharmaceuticals, it also means witchcraft.

Man is created in God's image with a mind, soul, and spirit.  The part of us that yearns for fellowship with God will take a cheap substitute and enter into a spiritual world for which they have no preparation or protection from.  They stumble into this place for fun, but there is nothing fun about what lies in wait.

The Enemy has no new material, he proclaims there is no god and by eating, drinking, or smoking a cursed substance, you will be like god.  The first time and only the first time, the user enters into a beautiful magical world but it's an illusion and a lie.  Subsequent forays get darker and darker as the hapless soul tries to recapture that first time but it will never come and they are now in the grips of powerful spiritual entities that will destroy them.

This is why the Scripture forbids witchcraft and why practitioners are under a death sentence in the Old Testament.  Paul warns us, Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

Yet, the promise is ever true, the lure of the unknown and the mystical is tempting and seductive.  Those who live according to the desires of the flesh are searching for something they will never find, there is a way that seems right to man but leads only to death.

The Promise of "Heaven" in a Jar
I have warned many not to step behind the curtain, for you do not know the rules, you are not equipped to fight, and you have no legal rights in that place.  I speak from experience, I've been behind that curtain.  I understand the draw, the power, the depth of experience, I know what it's like to be over there but I tell you the truth the desires of the flesh will destroy you.  The wickedness in that place is ancient and powerful and much stronger and smarter than you are, you will eventually lose.

Repentance and salvation are the only hope.  If you find yourself in the grip of a powerful addiction, if you have a loved one that has stumbled into this hell, pray this prayer with me:  Father in Heaven, we come to you today with a broken heart, we realize that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed by what we have done and by what we have left undone.  We have not loved you with our whole heart, we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves, forgive us today and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  We confess our sins and cry out to you for salvation.  We believe in the death and the resurrection of your son, Jesus Christ who died for our sins.  We plead the blood of Jesus over ourselves and our loved ones.  We ask that the Holy Spirit fill us and banish any unclean and wicked spirits from our bodies, our homes, and our lives.  Keep us safe in your perfect will Father, protect us from the enemy and help us to move and live in your ways and to walk upon your paths.  Seal us Oh, Lord with your salvation and heal us from our sins.  We pray these things in Jesus' holy name.  Amen.

Sep 18, 2016

The Counterfeit Apostles - Waiting in the Wings

Merriman-Webster defines counterfeit:  made in imitation of a genuine article without authorization and especially with intent to deceive or defraud.

Jesus and the Apostles - The Originals
We know that Satan always tries to counterfeit God.  We see it throughout Scripture but especially in the Book of Revelation where he mimics the Triune God of the Bible with the Beast, the False Prophet, and the Anti-Christ.  There are other players in this final drama that we don't talk too much about, the 10 kings.

The Club of Rome's 10 Kingdoms - Sponsored by the UN
We meet these nefarious 10 kings several times in Scripture, (Dan 2:31-35, Dan 2:40-45; Dan 7:7-8, 19-24; Rev 13:1-2; Rev 17:3,7) but most explicitly in Daniel 7:24 and then again in Revelation 17:12,16.  The imagery of Revelation requires and understanding of the symbols, a horn in ancient culture was a symbol of royal power.  It is why today, crowns have spires resembling horns.  The 10 kings, the False Prophet, and the Anti-Christ are all subservient to the Beast who is Satan.  Thus, we have the counterfeit 12 Apostles, but who are they?

Ancient Kings and Idols with Horns
The bible is quite clear that the man of perdition will not come to power until the great restrainer is taken out of the way.  Thus, any Christian living today can not be certain of the identity of these men but something occurs to me that we should explore....

There are always and have always been 12 men waiting in the wings, always 12 men striving for the top position, and 12 men always controlled and committed to the service of the Devil.  They can read, they know that at some point the world will be given over to them.  Even if they did not live at the time of the end, the Devil promised Jesus the world and the Lord did not rebuke him as one who does not have the power to give it.  The run after the king of this earth with all of their hearts.

Hidden Men of Power
Think of it, 12 highly placed and regarded Satanists wielding the power of the Devil on this Earth.  Preying on the people and each other:  what must they have to do to themselves to achieve such a position?  Satan would have to have certain rules in place, otherwise, they'd kill each other.  He must dangle rank, wealth, and power in front of them enticingly.  They each strive to achieve the highest place in the Dark Kingdom to come.

The Great Deception

Have you ever been fooled?  Have you ever fallen for a trick?  Have you ever believed a liar?  Once the deception was revealed, didn't you feel stupid for falling for it?  What if there is a lie coming that is so great it will fool most of mankind and damn your soul to Hell?  

2 Thessalonians 2:9 This evil man will come to do the work of Satan with counterfeit power and signs and miracles. 10 He will use every kind of wicked deception to fool those who are on their way to destruction because they refuse to believe the truth that would save them. 11 So God will send great deception upon them, and they will believe all these lies. 12 Then they will be condemned for not believing the truth and for enjoying the evil they do.

What does the above Scripture mean?  It means that once the church is Raptured and the Antichrist is revealed there will be a great deception to all men who have previously heard the gospel and rejected it because they loved sin more than truth.

WOW!  That is going to be one big whopper, which is no surprise, for Satan is the Father of Lies.  What kind of lie do you think he could make up and have the whole world buy it?  For many years, the Evangelical community has been putting forth the theory that it will be an alien themed deception.

Picture this:  The world is thrown into chaos after the Rapture of the Church.  I believe that is why the US is not mentioned in the End Times Prophecies, I think we are wiped out when the church is gone.  The huge power vacuum that exists in the world after a US collapse will set the stage for the rise of a One World Government and enigmatic ruler.  Add an alien presence in the sky and a Catholic Church that has already prepared new doctrine based on an alternative gospel and you have the framework for the great deception.

We have been being prepared for an alien invasion for decades.  TV, movies, and books have pervaded our culture.  There is a recent survey that says that more people believe in aliens than in God.  In many circles, belief in aliens (Scientology and Mormons) are considered enlightened while belief in Jehovah is considered backward.  A decade ago, people were skeptical about aliens; no longer.  We have been fed a steady diet of aliens, space travel, and post apocalyptic/end of the world stories.

There is credible evidence to support UFO's.  There are hundreds or thousands of sightings a year by normal folks.  There are stories of police and military chases with hundreds of witnesses to these unexplained events.  There are monthly compilations of UFO videos on YouTube.

Many Evangelicals believe that these UFO's are real, but we do not believe they are aliens from another planet.  We believe they are fallen angels and demons that are coming under the guise of aliens.  Satan and his demons are called the Prince in the Power of the Air.  For we wrestle, not against flesh and blood but against powers and principalities in high places.  So in Scripture we are told that Satan rules the skies.

He's not going to drop out of the sky with a pitchfork, horns, and a tail.  He is going to come as an angel of light. It is entirely rational and conceivable that the stage for the great deception is set, don't be fooled.
Satan as an Angel of Light
There are two schools of thought on whether or not people who have heard the Gospel can be saved after the Rapture.  I tend to lean toward the school that says if you have heard it and rejected it, you will be given the great deception.  Your soul is lost for eternity.  For we are saved through our belief and faith in the atonement, death and resurrection of Jesus; it takes very little faith to come to Christ when all the believers are gone.  That is why I am so desperate about my friends who are unsaved, because what is coming to you is beyond horrible.  I urge you to accept the gift of grace, love, and salvation before it is too late.

(Originally published August 4, 2013)