The Obama Administration’s meddling recently in the ever-present drive to force “Peace” on Israel brought the placement of the capstone on the building end-times volcano for me. It will be pseudo peace–or the inception thereof—that will cause the tribulation to explode upon the end-of-days generation and spew the contents of the apocalyptic volcano’s judgment and wrath upon an incorrigibly wicked world of earth dwellers.
American Secretary of State John Kerry, as the latest Middle East peace broker, set the capstone beneath which the volcano’s pressures continue to build. With all the other things going on he could have dealt with, he chose to deal with the ludicrous matter of non-existent “climate change,” saying that it is the U.S. fault that the world’s climate is such a mess. He told a bunch of U.N. Middle Eastern thugs at a conference held in Egypt that America is primarily at fault for the climate disasters (which don’t exist to the degree the global warmists claim). At the same time, Kerry declared in yet another venue during his barnstorming crusade in the region that peace between Israel and its blood-vowed enemies could and would be achieved. Kerry didn’t use the words “blood-vowed.” Those are mine. And, they are warranted as descriptive of the Arab/Islamic states surrounding the tiny Jewish nation. It is just the sort of “peace” guarantee that will set in motion the 21 specific Revelation judgments that will eventuate in Christ’s return to put an end to man’s murderous rage against the Jew–against God himself.
I’m not saying Kerry or his boss, Barack Obama, are candidates for the Antichrist or that this prediction by this secretary of state is going to produce that final tempest as given in Daniel 9:26-27 and throughout Revelation, chapters 6-19. But, this mindset by the world’s elite of the international community presages the eruption that will bring an end to man’s humanistic antagonism to the Creator. Israel’s falling for the pseudo peace arrangement will result in what the Old Testament prophet Jeremiah calls “Jacob’s trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7). Jesus said it will be the worst time in the history of Planet Earth (Matthew 24:21).
With the capstone of determination to impose luciferic compromise on Israel in place–through forcing the nation to divide the land God gave Jacob’s descendants forever—all other prophetic ingredients that make up the lava broth continue to heat up within the sin-filled mountain of end-time earth.
The planet indeed groans within, as it did in the Apostle Paul’s day: “For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now” (Romans 8:22).
Jesus himself spoke of the planet’s metaphorically biting its tongue while awaiting all of human history to play out. It yearns for the Master Director’s calling the geophysical elements forth to eruption during the last seven years preceding His second advent:
“And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen; Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest. And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples. And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out” (Luke 19:37-40).
Jesus, who made all things, and by whom all things consist–i.e., are held together (Colossians 1:17)–was saying that if man withheld his praise at that moment, the volcano that makes up this fallen, sin-filled world would have exploded. The very stones would have protested in opposition to mankind’s rebellion.
Creation itself would have attested to Christ’s deity, of His absolute right to rule. The world is boiling within today. It is groaning, and with increased convulsions of protest to anti-God human efforts to, like Lucifer himself, usurp the throne of the Maker of all things good.
Pundits on the nightly news are constantly commenting on the records being made in weather disasters. With the earthquakes recently inundating the planet from the U.S. to Chile, to China, to Iceland, to…you name it –even those who haven’t a clue about Bible prophecy are astounded and a bit intimidated, according to their on-air demeanor.
Their nervous laughter as they trade witticisms with the weather reporters turn serious when the Nations are in what looks to be the advanced stages of end-times perplexity. While America boils in political turmoil and Israel is threatened on all sides with war from hate-filled enemies, the petroleum maelstrom continues to generate economic uncertainty for those who want to construct one-world order, which they alone–in their opinions—have the right to control.
The folly of this misguided attempt at altruism is that only the Prince of Peace can do what the want-to-be gods of humanism propose–and He isn’t invited into their project. The world indeed groans under the building pressures to thwart any effort of God Almighty to set things straight. We revisit the Scripture, and get a follow-up scriptural glimpse of where we, as children of God, stand at the present hour in this Church Age (Age of Grace):
“For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered” (Romans 8:22-26).
That groaning includes, as never before, the comforting words of Paul, the prophet who unveiled the rapture mystery of 1 Corinthians 15:51-55 and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18: “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13).
“Nephilim” is a term that has prompted numerous people to e-mail, their curiosity piqued. I have touched on matters surrounding the strange term in other commentaries. Others such as my recently deceased friend Patrick Heron, as well as I, have presented longer articles on the nephilim and corollary topics in various forums.
My novel series, “Second Coming Chronicles,” “The Rapture Dialogues,” and the second novel, “The Nephilim Imperatives” deal in a fictional way with the topics involved with the nephilim, but from a solid, biblical perspective.
I’ve chosen one e-mail that particularly gripped my interest and prompted me to choose this subject for this Prophecy Line piece. Here is an excerpt from the note, which was addressed not only to me, but to several whom the e-mailer apparently considers somewhat knowledgeable in Bible prophecy.
“…First, I’ve always wondered why God destroyed everything on earth, except Noah, his family, and the pairs of animals. It just seems strange God would ‘lose His temper’ and destroy everything, and then promised He would never flood the earth again. Especially, [since] in my opinion, humanity is just as bad now as humanity [was] back then. We have pervasive homosexuality and murdering of thousands of innocent babies without blinking an eye, just as starters on moral depravity…
Here [are] a few questions I’d like to ask you Watchmen on the Wall.
1) What is it, with the fascination of the nephilim? Recently, there’s a lot of activity on the study of the nephilim.
2) I thought angels were non-sexual beings. I wasn’t aware they could procreate with each other, let alone with women. Could you enlighten me about this?
3) Finally, what does all this have to do with the end times? I’m not aware of any giants roaming earth at the present time, as if demon/human breeding going on…”
To begin answering, I first want to point again to the words of the Lord Jesus, in which He foretold things to come. I’m convinced He was prophesying things that would take place not only during the tribulation, but in our present time as well–the time just before He calls the Church to be with him (John 14:1-3; 1 Cor. 15:51-55; 1 Thes. 4:13-18; Rev. 3:10; Rev. 4:1): “And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man” (Lk. 17:26).
The “days of Noah” encompass a quite large time line, with many things happening. Two primary things taking place during Noah’s day–pertaining to our e-mailers inquiry–were:
1) The bene elohim (sons of God) looked upon the flesh-and-blood daughters of men, and came to earth to have sexual relations with them. The offspring of these unions are the “nephilim.” For the sake of space limitations, I suggest you read the account in Genesis, Chapter 6. 2) The same passages tell us that violence filled the whole earth at the time these nephilim roamed the earth. These beings were part supernatural, part human. They were called by Scripture “giants”. They performed spectacular feats in their day, the Genesis account tells us. These are the beings, it is believed, that inspired the legends of Greek, Roman, Norse, and other mythologies, including Zeus, Apollo, Hercules, Prometheus, Thor, etc.–all the gods and demigods that traversed the pages of literature some of us read about in our high school and college days.
One argument that some give who believe the “sons of God” were really the sons of Seth, the son of Adam, say these couldn’t be the fallen angels because of the following Scripture: “For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven” (Matt. 22:30).
The “they’re-no-angels” camp says angels are obviously sexless, therefore do not and cannot procreate. But, that’s not what the Scripture says. God’s Word indicates the angels neither marry, nor are married in Heaven. The key words are “in Heaven.” These fallen “sons of God” left their first estate–Heaven—the book of Jude says. They pursued “strange flesh,” i.e., an order other than their own. The term bene elohim in almost every case in the use of the Hebrew term, means the created order called “angels,” not the procreated order of being called “man.”
We’ve already addressed the e-mailer’s second question about angels not procreating. We go now back to the first question asking why there is presently such emphasis on the things called “nephilim”.
In my own case of writing on the topic, I can only say that I sense an urging that I believe is from God, the Holy Spirit, to address this topic that has until now been for the most part left out of the dialogue in eschatology (the study of end things). I believe others are getting the same prompting by the Lord to make this whole UFO thing a part of the mix of things to come. Jesus’ profound foretelling in Luke 17 must be taken seriously. He is, after all, the Creator of all things who knows all things.
The proliferation of sightings, reports of abductions, visitations, and many other anomalous things shows, I believe, along with all other signals, just where this generation must stand on God’s prophetic time line. We, indeed, seem to be in the time Jesus termed “as in the days of Noah”. The Lord always forewarns any generation that is about to endure His judgment. This generation is no exception. Therefore, He wants us to know what these strange lights in the sky really mean in our time.
The end-times battles between godliness and spiritual wickedness in high places increase daily. God’s royal ambassadors need to be informed with truth about what they face.
Judge Robert H. Bork, viciously, and in my view unjustly, attacked by bitter congressional opponents when he was proposed as a candidate for Supreme Court justice by President Ronald Reagan, foresaw before most in D.C. and elsewhere this nation’s slide into gross immorality. The title of a book he wrote subsequent to his withdrawal from the Supreme Court selection process framed perfectly the direction of American culture. Bork’s 1996 volume, Slouching Toward Gomorrah, was certainly appropriately descriptive, befitting a people who were becoming more and more materialistic, and increasingly entertainment mad by the minute. Although his was mostly a critique of the politics of liberalism, the descent into immorality about which he warned, from the top (the ruling elites) down (those who are the ruled over), clearly unveiled the pattern that puts this nation in grave danger today.
Gomorrah, of course, was the sister city to Sodom, home of Abraham’s nephew, Lot, and Lot’s family. God himself supernaturally destroyed both of those cities with fire and brimstone from heaven, according to the account in Genesis chapter 19. God sent divine judgment because the society and culture of those cities had become irreversibly debauched, with every facet of human life debased to the point the stench of their sins were a constant irritant in the nostrils of the Almighty.
The question addressed here will revolve around whether America –slouching toward Gomorrah-like immorality two decades ago during Judge Bork’s time in the national spotlight—now might have reached the time Jesus Christ described when prophesying about the end-time generation that will exhibit debauchery and base deportment “as it was in the days of Lot”:
“Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed” (Lk. 17:28-30).
Key prophetic signals that this generation –worldwide—is at the time very near the culmination of the Church Age (Age of Grace) are flashing across our daily headlines. Those who are Bible students, if they miss these end-time prophetic signals of the days in which we find ourselves, are either deliberately ignoring those indicators, or have a world view that requires the denial that God’s Word, the Bible, is truth. They must see Bible prophecy –indeed, the whole Bible—as simply a volume of interesting literature, or as an ancient morality tale. Let us examine the key end-time things prevalent at present.
Israel and the Pressures for Peace
We who study prophecy constantly cover the most significant of all present signals of where we stand on God’s timeline. We watch carefully the American State Department cause Israeli Jewish citizens to be removed from hard fought-over and won Israeli territory. We observe while the so-called international community connives to find just the right equation that will bring everyone in the region to the peace table. This, of course, includes apparently putting Jerusalem on the block for dividing among the adversaries.
God’s Word prophesies that there will be a covenant of peace on the table at the time the “prince that shall come” –who will be Antichrist—will confirm, or guarantee. This, however, will be a “peace” that God equates to a covenant made with death and hell. He will personally disannul this hellish agreement.
Slouching Toward Sodom
Lot lived in Sodom, the city so wicked that the Lord’s righteousness demanded He destroy it, along with Gomorrah. Jesus said, as given above, that it will be like the days of Lot when He takes His people out of that generation. Destruction will then begin to fall in the form of His wrath and judgment.
After looking at the primary geopolitical indicators of just this past week, giving us a snapshot of where this generation might stand on God’s timeline of prophecy, we must ask whether there is a specific marker that was in the account of Sodom and Gomorrah –in Lot’s day—that is prevalent in society at present. Glad we asked, because –again, just the past week—the pages of Bible prophecy, given by Jesus himself, leaped from the pages of today’s news. A pastor in Alabama is refusing to step down after confessing to having AIDS, sleeping with church members without telling them about his HIV infection, taking drugs, and misusing funds. Rev. Juan Demetrius McFarland has been at Montgomery’s Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church for 21 years. In Sunday sermons starting Sept. 14, McFarland admitted his health status, then his misdeeds, the pastor and members of his flock told WSFA 12 News. The church membership voted 80-1 to remove McFarland on Oct. 5, but he will not leave. A lawyer representing deacons in the church said McFarland and a supporter would not let them on the premises, telling deacons trying to change the locks they would face “castle law” if they tried to come to services. “They’re worried if they show up to church, they could get shot,” Kenneth Shinbaum said. “Unless the pastor steps down voluntarily, this may very well end up in court.” McFarland may turn up in court for another reason: In Alabama, spreading a sexually transmitted disease is a Class C misdemeanor; since nobody has filed a complaint, McFarland isn’t under investigation at the moment.(The Week, Rapture Ready News, October 10, 2014)
Lot, one of a very few citizens of Sodom whom God saw as righteous in His eyes–his family members, obviously being the others—was “vexed” at the things going on in that society. He was distraught at the debauched culture surrounding him, smothering him and his family. The primary debauchery, if one reads the Genesis 19 account and subsequent accounts of that culture/society in other places in God’s Word (e.g., Romans 1) we find homosexuality literally ruled everyone and everything.
That was the day of Lot. The end-time flood of godlessness is gushing this generation toward exactly that judgment-bound end. But, God’s judgment will not fall until His people are removed from the coming day that will be like that Lot endured for a time. We see God’s mercy and grace in removing His servant Lot, when the Lord assured Lot: “Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do any thing till thou be come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar” (Gen. 19:22).
Again, Jesus said about that time of Lot’s vexation: “But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed” (Lk. 17:30).
If you have ever caught a finger in your eye from someone while you were engaged in athletics, or if you have ever been poked there in some other way, you know the agony. Your whole body convulses because of the pain. The reaction is immediate, and violent.
The God of creation likens man’s dealing carelessly with Jerusalem to their jabbing Him in the eye: “For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye” (Zech. 2:8).
The world of nations is closing in on Jerusalem. Pressures are being brought to bear upon that city–the center of the earth, from God’s perspective.
God tested Abraham and Isaac there, providing a ram as substitutionary sacrifice just as Abraham was plunging the knife downward toward his son’s heart. Jesus Christ, who himself wept over Jerusalem millennia later, was sacrificed for the sins of mankind near the spot on Moriah where the ram was caught in the thicket.
Jerusalem, atop the Temple Mount (Moriah), is where God’s Law, the Ten Commandments etched by the finger of God in stone tablets, resided within the Ark of the Covenant. Jesus fulfilled the Law, with God’s sacrificial act of supreme mercy and grace for lost and perishing mankind. The veil covering the holy of holies in the Temple ripped apart from top to bottom at the moment Jesus voluntarily gave up His life on the cross at Calvary. Mankind has, since that most profound moment in human history, had direct access to the throne of God through prayer in the name of Jesus. Is it any wonder that the Supreme Being is sensitive about anyone who might act destructively against the one place on the planet where He chose to reach down to sin-blackened mankind and provide redemption by sacrificing His only begotten Son?
Yet, no consideration is given by the nations’ leaders to what God’s Word says about this strange geographical site that is a special contact point between lowly man and his Creator. The Temple Mount reportedly was on the table with regard to man-made peace efforts at the turn of the millennium, according to a news item of some years ago.
“…According to declassified Israeli government documents published today by Israel’s Haaretz newspaper, during U.S.-led negotiations in 2000 at Camp David, Ehud Barak, then prime minister, agreed sovereignty over the Temple Mount would be either ‘ambiguous’ or control would be determined based on the bond of each party to the site. The Palestinians would therefore control the upper sections of the Mount, which houses the Al Aqsa Mosque and also is the site of the First and Second Jewish Temples…” (WorldNetDaily.com, “Revealed, Israel Agreed To Forfeit Temple Mount,” Aaron Klein, Dec. 13, 2007).
Apparently, treachery at the highest levels of the Israeli government continues to be pervasive. The “doves” still are willing to give up everything just to achieve some degree of peace with the likes of what we see going on now with ISIS and all other terrorist Islamists who are blood-vowed to push Israel into the Mediterranean.
The current American presidential administration–like others before–is in the process of wading in on the effort to push Israeli/Palestinian movement toward a peace the Lord of heaven declares will never stand.
Mr. President: Be aware, and beware while you take America into the three millennia-long fray. Be sure, in your “hands-on” actions aimed at making man-made peace that is doomed from its inception, not to poke the Almighty in the apple of his eye.
Here is God’s ominous forewarning to those who either overtly or covertly, whether through commission or omission, do anything to deleteriously affect His city, Jerusalem: “And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem” (Zech. 12:9).
Evolution versus creationism in America is the long-argued disagreement between “science” and “religion”–although on the religious side of the debate it is almost exclusively Christianity that holds to the creation model. Most religions don’t enter the fray, in a major sense. This is likely true, for the most part, because most major religions, unlike Christianity, are intertwined with governments of the various nations in which they exist.
For example, Islam is an inseparable part of the governments of most Mideast nations. Asian countries and their governments are dominated by Buddhism, Hinduism, or Islam. The point is, they have no reason to debate evolution versus creationism because their cultures don’t worry about things like separation of church and state so that politicians can appropriate power to exert control over the masses. Their political processes and religions are one and the same.
It is good, therefore, that the founding fathers of the United States built into the Constitution the freedom to worship as the individual citizen chooses—prohibiting the establishment of a state religion. Tragically, those who believe that the Constitution is a living organism rather than what the founders meant it to be–a document of established laws—have, through incremental judicial assaults on the legislative branch’s constitutional jurisdiction, brought America under a warped view of church and state. They have used a totally non-constitutional document, a letter from Thomas Jefferson to a Baptist ministry, to kick God out of government-involved life in the nation. And, the government is so pervasive that this kicking God out involves almost every aspect of public (and much of private) life these days. The “liberal” –or “progressive” mindset, as they would have it, has evolved –if I may segue way with that controversial term—from wanting God out of public life, and out of private life as much as possible, to a quasi-spiritual mindset that seems designed to join them in the religion of another sort.
Religion, no matter the sort, if it is to be a form of worship and not a forced bending of the knee, requires faith. Each religion has a dogma, or a central tenet or tenets in which they place their faith. The terrorist Islamic fundamentalists of the ultra-fervent type that crashed the jets into the World Trade Towers in 2001 each had faith that by so doing, they would instantly find themselves in the presence of their own harem of 72 virgins upon awakening to eternal life under the approving smile of Allah.
The “faith” we are increasingly being asked to embrace –that global warming threatens to destroy the earth, and we humans must alter our lifestyles to save the planet—is rapidly being accepted by the gullible. It is “faith” that, in my view, could ultimately be the nucleus of the central tenet of the one-world religion that will demand measures that will eventuate in the forced worship as outlined in God’s prophetic Word for the tribulation era.
“And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed” (Rev. 13:11-15).
A new religion has been formed. It is the mantra, “we must save earth,” that we see and hear every time we open a newspaper or hear and/or view news today. Global warming is the “faith” of evolutionistic sophistry with which this generation is being inculcated. The global elitists–aided and abetted by American politicians who take hook, line, and sinker the unproved bait that every word the evolutionist-spewing, so-called “scientific” minds regurgitate—are the new priesthood of Global Warmingism.
A former vice president of the United States says global warming is threatening Planet Earth with imminent destruction, and his declaration is made the gospel of the religion. He is given the Nobel Peace Prize for his “revelations” on the matter. It has to be that he received special “revelations,” because he is woefully unqualified to make such pontifications, either by education, scientific acumen, or by experience. He is seemingly made high priest of Global Warmingism through the dissemination of every word he says, and is honored by the Hollywood and mainstream media, receiving an Oscar and other grandiose tributes. There is antithesis to his thesis, however. It comes from one who does have the education, acumen, and experience.
“John Coleman, founder of the Weather Channel, once wrote an article in which he calls the idea of man-made global warming ‘a scam:’ ‘It is the greatest scam in history. I am amazed, appalled and highly offended by it. Global Warming; It is a SCAM. Some dastardly scientists with environmental and political motives manipulated long term scientific data to create in [sic] allusion of rapid global warming. Other scientists of the same environmental whacko type jumped into the circle to support and broaden the “research” to further enhance the totally slanted, bogus global warming claims. Their friends in government steered huge research grants their way to keep the movement going. Soon they claimed to be a consensus. Environmental extremists, notable politicians among them, then teamed up with movie, media and other liberal, environmentalist journalists to create this wild ‘scientific’ scenario of the civilization threatening environmental consequences from Global Warming unless we adhere to their radical agenda. Now their ridiculous manipulated science has been accepted as fact and become a cornerstone issue for CNN, CBS, NBC, the Democratic Political Party, the Governor of California, school teachers and, in many cases, well informed but very gullible environmentally conscientious citizens’” (Weather Channel Founder: Global Warming “Greatest Scam in History,” by Rick Moran, American Thinker Blog, Nov. 8, 2007).
Global Warmingism isn’t the first humanistic religion to bring God’s judgment. Paul the apostle reports one that occurred in past human history:
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen” (Rom. 1:18-25).
Are there strange things happening in earth’s weather? Yes, and in the earth as well, with increased seismic activity that spawns eruptions of volcanoes and earthquakes. Does man cause these through global warming? No. Does man cause these things otherwise? Yes, in my view at least. Man creates them through rebellion against the Creator of all things. The globalists are doing so today through worship of Planet Earth.
Jesus told the Pharisees at the time He rode the donkey into Jerusalem, offering himself as Israel’s Messiah, that if the people refused to praise Him, the very stones would cry out in great protest. The “stones” are crying out today. I believe creation will do so much more pronouncedly the closer to Christ’s Second Advent the world moves.