Satan is often portrayed, or at least thought of, as ruling over a Dante’s Inferno–like domain. He is in his red union suit, his barbed tail wagging as his tight grin of evil is framed between his goatee and horns that protrude angrily above devilish eyebrows and red, glowing eyes.
Hades smolders around him as he relishes the next human victims he can entice into his hot, sulfurous kingdom. His intention is to see all of God’s creation called man forever suffer in this eternally hot abode.
Truth is that only the last part of that portrayal has Biblical validity. The devil does want every human being to suffer eternity apart from their Creator. The abyss (Tartarus) and eventually the lake of fire will be the final destination for lost humanity. Lucifer the fallen one —the devil— however, will not rule over the place called hell. He will be the one being there who suffers most, according to God’s truth about the matters involved.
The old serpent, however, is at present dealing with issues of heating things up and trying to lure people on board. Tragically, many are falling for his siren call to jump aboard the global warming (now changed to climate change) bandwagon.
I have written about it in Rapture Ready…Or Not: 15 Reasons This Is the Generation That Will Be Left Behind, and in many articles. The lie that global warming (climate change) will make earth uninhabitable, is the rallying cry for the push for one-world order. It indeed is at the heart of the blueprint the globalist elitists are using to construct Antichrist’s hell on earth.
America’s secretary of state and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency forces are raging ahead full-blast to bring this nation into the blueprint knowing that the Obama Administration has less than one half-year to do so. America, as I have also written many times, must be brought down from its super power status. The U.S. must be made to conform with the misery the globalists have helped much of the world achieve in order to make all on the planet look to them for solutions.
John Kerry, unknowingly, is doing his dead-level best to do the devil’s work, in my humble view. He wants to warm us up considerably in order to somehow attain the utopian dreams he and the new world order builders want to construct.
Science proves almost on an hourly basis the lie that is global warming-climate change, about which Kerry and the others are wringing their hands as they fear-monger. They, with the help of national and international media, none-the-less, move forward at foolhardy, breakneck speed.
Like all of the other reprobate (upside-down) unreasonableness they foist, they believe that making us warmer by taking away the comfort of our air-conditioners is part of the answer. Despite the great heat they say is about to make planet earth like Venus or some other hellish planetary orb, they want to do away with the very thing that can make us comfortably cool. —Thus although, again, the science continues to prove in every instance that the earth isn’t heating up, but, actually, is cooling.
All one must do to understand the truth of the matter is to remember the global warmists that got caught in a growing field of solid ice a few years ago. They had to be rescued by ice-breaker ships as they moved toward the Arctic Circle in an attempt to gather evidence that the earth is warming.
Yet John Kerry, on behalf of this lame-duck administration, is doing all possible to bring America’s sovereignty down so the global order can proceed uninhibited. He, like Mr. Obama, gives this insanely wrong matter —global warming— greater priority than the true threat we face —Islamist terrorism. The following news item excerpts frames the madness:
“Secretary of State John Kerry said in Vienna on Friday that air conditioners and refrigerators are as big of a threat to life as the threat of terrorism posed by groups like the Islamic State.
“The Washington Examiner reported that Kerry was in Vienna to amend the 1987 Montreal Protocol that would phase out hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, from basic household and commercial appliances like air conditioners, refrigerators, and inhalers.
““As we were working together on the challenge of [ISIS] and terrorism,” Kerry said. “It’s hard for some people to grasp it, but what we–you–are doing here right now is of equal importance because it has the ability to literally save life on the planet itself.”…
“Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy was also present at the negotiations and is serving as lead negotiator for the United States. McCarthy has said that her goal is to enact the HFC agreement by the end of the year.
“The EPA rules along with the global deal would ban HFC in the United States and would push for alternative chemicals for use in appliances.
“The negotiations are part of President Obama’s climate agenda to combat global climate change.” (Source: Kerry: Air conditioners as big a threat as ISIS by Alyssa Canobbio, Published July 23, 2016, Washington Free Beacon).
That old serpent, Satan, wants to warm us all, apparently, even before the lost, wretched souls among humanity reach that final, ultimately, fiery-hot destination. The globalist would-be masters, wittingly or unwittingly, are carrying out Lucifer’s blueprint for constructing his Antichrist’s world disorder.
God’s Word —the Bible— has forewarned of this present state of last days danger. The Lord is in control, but he has given us the good sensibility, and the marvelous privilege in this still free nation to vote for liberty rather than for tyranny.
Prayer and exercising the vote our forefathers built into the Constitution is still our right. Doing so, in sufficient numbers, will perhaps assure that we as believers continue to have the right to also carry out our Lord’s Great Commission beyond this political season.
Meantime let us also do—and with increased faith and vigor— as Jesus instructed as recorded in Luke 21: 28, and as Paul wrote as given in Titus 2: 13.
For those in California who may be interested and able to attend:
Celebration of Life service for Tim LaHaye
Aug. 12, at 10:00 am
Shadow Mountain Community Church
2100 Greenfield Dr.
El Cajon, Ca 92021
Cards can be mailed to:
c/o Tim LaHaye Ministries
PO BOX 21796
El Cajon, CA 92021
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be sent to:
San Diego Christian College
200 Riverview Pkwy.
Santee, CA 92071
My mind is impressed, as the day of Israel’s 70th birth into the modern era looms in 2018, that God’s dealing with man seems about to make full circle. By that, I mean that the Book given to humanity that is his love letter and His manual for living life on this planet, given through His chosen nation, opens, in my spiritual mind, to the pages of the time of Lot and his life in Sodom.
It seems to me that we can sense, if we consider the headlines today, the angels of judgment at the gates of our own nation. Are they there, sent by the Lord of Heaven, after having entertained the efforts of God’s servants–like Abraham those thousands of years ago—to find, percentage-wise, ten righteous people who have a heart for the things of the Lord?
Israel is the prototype nation–i.e., all successive nations have had Israel to use as a template of how to act, not act, react, and conduct the affairs within the human conditions of their time in the spotlight of history. We are at just such a time of examination, in my estimation, of our own much blessed country.
It is striking to me that a first-time author hit it big just a few years ago with a book that deals almost precisely with the premise of this commentary. The Harbinger by Jonathan Cahn used just such a template to dissect the Almighty’s dealings with Israel as juxtaposed against the recent history of America.
This isn’t a review of that book –I wrote my thoughts on that volume shortly after it’s release– so I won’t say a great deal about it. Suffice it to say that I find the relevant points of similarities between the two nations quite remarkable, as presented by the author. I recall my own opening remarks in a book written not long after the attacks on the U.S. of September 11, 2001, as I reflect on what Mr. Cahn wrote.
Television screens across America and the world repeatedly flashed videotape of the huge passenger jet crashing full-throttle into the enormous building. Dazed people watched in awestruck disbelief while trapped victims leaped from the building’s top floors, some holding hands with others when they jumped. The massive twin towers disintegrated and crumbled to flaming rubble. It was the most heinous terrorist attack ever recorded. Almost immediately, angry, frightened people began demanding answers to the insanity now forever etched in their memories. Many churches were filled the Sunday following the attacks in New York and Washington, D.C. There was an instinctive sense that those murderous acts of terrorism were somehow foreordained. That the carnage now known as “Ground Zero” and the uncertain future is, in some troubling way, linked by prophetic destiny. (Prophecy at Ground Zero: From Today’s Middle East Madness to the Second Coming of Christ.)
The author of The Harbinger reached much of the same sorts of conclusions as did the authors who collaborated with me in our book, released in 2002. He got much more specific about Ground Zero in Lower East Manhattan than did we, providing some really chilling similarities between things written in prophecy about Israel and their fulfillment, and what has happened in America since that fateful 9/11 date. He did a credible job of postulating–with strong scriptural backing—on how the U.S. judgment looks to have begun taking place in earnest at the time the towers fell on September 11, 2001.
The bottom line is that the increasingly evil acts by terrorists and other events of late bring home in an almost eerie way that the angels of judgment must be at the very gates of our own nation. We have long recounted the many signals of impending prophetic fulfillment. The nation Israel is at the center of hatred in the U.N.; the reviving Roman Empire is rearranging daily into prophetic configuration; the plan to make Israel give up land for peace is being pushed to make that nation conform to the wishes of the international community; the world is moving swiftly toward one world–especially toward global economy that threatens to bring the dollar down and install some sort of electronic funds transfer system.
As if that weren’t enough evidence of where we stand on God’s prophetic timeline, there is Russia, Iran, Turkey, and the whole Islamic world coming together in a way that indicates the Gog-Magog prophecy of Ezekiel 38-39 is shaping for soon fulfillment. China represents a growing hegemonic threat not only in all of Asia, but in the whole world, economically speaking.
And now, astonishingly, a sitting president of the United States for the first time puts America directly at the gates of Sodom with his declaration that marriage should be made legal as between a man and a man and a woman and a woman. That is, it would indeed be astonishing—except that the U.S. citizenry have been desensitized by years of news and entertainment media inculcation, putting forward the idea that there is no difference between heterosexual and homosexual relationships.
So, where at one time–no more than a decade and a half ago—an incumbent president proposing such a thing would have sealed the defeat of his political party defeat, we now have no way of knowing if it will adversely affect his party’s candidate (whose ideology in such anti-God matters are exactly the same) in her election bid.
Again, we hear the words of Jesus echo in forewarning of when He will next catastrophically intervene into earth’s history: “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” (Luke 17:28-30).
Tim and Beverly were getting on the elevator at a hotel in Dallas last December just as Todd and I were stepping off. We were the only people aboard.
As usual, Tim and I hugged and we all had a personal moment of greeting before going on our separate ways. The Pre-Trib Study Group is always busy as we all shuffle to our various destinations during that three-day conference in December.
Tim grabbed the material of the sleeve of my cardigan sweater. “Boy, that’s really a nice sweater,” he said and examined it closer.
I told him that my wife thinks it’s out of fashion, but that it was one I really like, so defied her wishes in bringing it along.
Both Tim and Beverly assured me that it was right in style. (Of course we are of relatively the same generation…).
Todd said nothing, knowing little about fashion and of a much younger generation.
Sadly, it was the last time Tim and I would speak. I say “sadly,” not because I’ll never see him again, because I certainly will. I say “sadly,” because I will have to wait an indeterminate amount of time to see him again.
I will miss him while in this body of flesh and blood, awaiting that spectacular reunion above this fallen sphere we call earth.
Tim LaHaye devoted the last years of his life to thinking on what the Bible has to say about the coming of the Lord for His church. God made His opinion known in a spectacular way to the whole world by seeing to it that Tim and Jerry Jenkins’ treatment of that coming, great reunion has sold more than 80 million copies.
Todd tells me that even though the Left Behind series is well past its primetime sales, it none-the-less continues to sell 100,000 copies per month.
Only the God of Heaven could achieve marketing success of that magnitude for any genre within Christian book publishing.
So, the Lord of Heaven used this giant of the faith—as his Left Behind co-author called him following Tim’s passing into the presence of his Savior—to get out the message that Christ is about to shake this world like it hasn’t been shaken since the day Noah climbed into the Ark and Lot was whisked out of Sodom.
The Rapture is about to convulse the rebellious planet in one, stunning microsecond. Tim and Jerry were primary messengers in the Lord’s merciful gesture in seeing to it that many, many are properly forewarned.
One of the last acts of generosity and kindness Tim performed—and he was so kind and generous to everyone—was to endorse my just released book on the very topic of the Rapture. It is a matter I will indeed hold close to my heart.
Tim LaHaye didn’t quite make it to that stupendous event—the Rapture—while in this life. But, he is now outside of this linear restraint we call time. I have no doubt that at the moment of Rapture he will arrive at where our Lord is just a microsecond before those who are alive and are suddenly translated into Christ’s presence.
I know just how instantaneous is that trip into the heavenlies. A Good Friday “Widow Maker” heart attack experience had me there within a blink of an eye, three separate times within a matter of one half hour as my heart stopped before being shocked back to life.
I was sent back to this earth, among other reasons, to write about that subject for which Tim LaHaye became famously synonymous. He went to his and my—and I hope your—Heavenly home and stayed.
I don’t mean to sound ungrateful, but I do feel a pinch of envy over the joyfulness my great friend and mentor now must be experiencing.
The following is a news article synopsizing Tim’s prodigious career in God’s work over the years.
“The Rev. Tim LaHaye, co-author of the “Left Behind” series, a multimillion-selling literary juggernaut that brought end-times prophecy into mainstream bookstores, died Monday. He was 90.
“LaHaye died in a San Diego hospital days after having suffered a stroke, according to publicist Johnnie Moore.
“Co-authored with Jerry B. Jenkins, the 16-volume “Left Behind” series of novels sold more than 80 million copies worldwide, Moore said, and popularized a Bible interpretation that said born-again Christians will be instantly taken to God in the rapture, while those left behind on Earth endure seven years of tribulation.
“LaHaye was a key figure in conservative political groups, encouraging the Rev. Jerry Falwell to create the Moral Majority; forming the Council for National Policy, a secretive strategy group for prominent political and religious conservatives; and with his wife, Beverly, starting Concerned Women for America in 1979 as an alternative to liberal feminist organizations.
“He was also a prolific nonfiction author, writing more than 60 books that included the Christian sex manual “The Act of Marriage” and “The Battle for the Mind,” whose denunciations of secularism helped rouse the religious right.
“Born in 1926, LaHaye grew up in Detroit, served in the Air Force at the end of World War II and graduated from Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C. He earned a midcareer doctorate at Western Seminary in Portland, Ore., and joined the Southern Baptist Convention.
“After leading churches in South Carolina and Minnesota, he moved to Southern California and for a quarter-century led a thriving congregation that eventually became Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon. After 1981, he devoted himself to writing, promoting his view of Bible prophecy, family life seminars and political activism.
“Some fellow conservative Christians pushed back against LaHaye’s end-times views, known as premillennial dispensationalism, emphasizing that the books were fictional and should not be read as an exact theological interpretation of the Bible. Still, his books strongly shaped evangelical views of Jesus’ Second Coming and popularized the ideas to the broader public. Jenkins called LaHaye a “spiritual giant.”
“LaHaye extended his influence by founding Christian high schools, San Diego Christian College and a church in the Atlanta area, along with helping establish the Institute for Creation Research, which rejects evolution and contends God created the Earth recently in six literal days.
“In 1987, LaHaye resigned as a co-chairman of Jack Kemp’s Republican presidential campaign after news reports cited his criticisms of Roman Catholicism and Judaism.
“LaHaye is survived by his wife, four children and nine grandchildren, among other relatives. No funeral plans were announced.” http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-tim-lahaye-20160725-snap-story.html
I wrote some years ago for one of my books a chapter I titled “Globalism’s Siren Song.” The chapter began as follows:
Come, young citizens of the world, we are one, we are one.
Come, young citizens of the world, we are one, we are one.
We have one hope, we have one dream, and with one voice we
sing: Peace, prosperity, and love for all mankind.
The lyrics are set to an enchanting, rhythmic melody and are sung by a chorus of sweet-voiced children. Soon you are humming, then singing along. What could possibly be wrong with those sentiments so innocently expressed? Peace, prosperity, and love for all mankind-are these not among the most noble of objectives?
Powerful humanistic allurements beckon seductively, promising a golden future if all of earth’s people will come together as one. Such a glorious world order, long dreamed about and even fervently pursued, seems at last achievable. Those who hold the worldview that national boundaries must fall and sovereignties must diminish because we are all citizens of planet earth passionately embrace the earth shrinking technologies that science continues to produce. For example, the Internet. Yes, the Utopian dream at last seems achievable. However, while the sirens of globalism – like the twin sisters who lured unwary sailors to their deaths in Homer’s The Odyssey -sing their lovely, mesmerizing songs of New World Order, the words pronounced by the Ancient of Days reverberate through the corridors of antiquity and leap at this generation from the pages of God’s Holy Word:
Behold, the people are one and they have all one language, and this they begin to do; and now nothing will be restrained from them which they have imagined to do (Genesis 11:6).
One World Order was at the time of that chapter’s writing a strong factor to consider in looking at where the world stood on God’s prophetic timeline. Like for most of the latter part of the twentieth century and the beginning of the twenty-first, the drive to return to Babel was in the news in one form or the other at least on a weekly basis.
The Soviet Union had dissolved after President Reagan’s demand: “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” There seemed great optimism then that the building of that new Tower of Babel could begin in earnest.
The many developing conflicts, however, as the Middle East lit up with increased Islamist fanaticism and terrorism, required that the globalists go from singing their siren song in a joyful, Kumbaya fashion to one sung with somewhat dampened enthusiasm. The “We Are the World” and all such anthems seemed to lessen into a holding-pattern hum while the new-world-order-builders were kept busy putting out fires that might ignite wars almost as dangerous as those that could have erupted in days of the Cold War.
For a time, there was a more or less disjointed effort on behalf of what might be considered the civilized nations to deal with the Middle Eastern madness. But, with the coming of the felling of the World Trade Towers on September 11, 2001, there was an almost instantaneous coalescence of the global powers, with a number of lesser powers. Operation Iraqi Freedom, you will remember, was the result.
While there appeared to be a new, powerful drive toward the new world order the first President Bush talked about so much, America was the hold-up. The U.S. was so overwhelmingly powerful in dealing with the Desert Storm campaign and later with the following war by President Bush 43 to oust Saddam Hussein from Iraq that the globalists dream of a one-world power was impossible to form.
Sovereignty and autonomy of nations were the order of the day. God’s hand moved upon the world of geopolitics to prevent the singing of the one-world anthems with increased vigor.
We come to the present hour. To the observer of the world scene today–and I’m not talking about the vast number of Americans or citizens of other nations, but the experts who watch for political rearrangement–the major roadblock to achieving global order is being dismantled as quickly as this presidential regime can manage–i.e., America is having its foundation chipped away as Barack Obama and all in cahoots with him around the world are striving for the fundamental transformation of America from being a constitutional republic to becoming–well, it remains to be seen…
America must be brought down so the new Babylonian order can be built. Mr. Obama is in high gear at every turn, using the presidency of earth’s most prominent nation to make the “hope and change” he promised before his election–a promise the true nature of which few in this country comprehended. The change, that transformation, is to be the removal of America as a hindrance to the larger order–that within which the powers that be can rule and reign as a central governing authority.
One report captures this president’s congratulating himself and his one-world order builders for their transformational efforts during the seven and one-half years of his presidency.
Globalist elite cooperation can defeat the “chronic violence” that is caused by real jihadist in France and supposed racism in police forces, President Barack Obama told a roomful of foreign ambassadors July 15.
“Overnight in Nice [France], we witnessed another tragic and appalling attack on the freedom and the peace that we cherish … [and] it’s been a difficult several weeks in the United States,” Obama told the ambassadors gathered in the White House…
“After urging them to join in the effort to increase the policing of such “non-Islamic” terrorism, he patted his fellow global elitists and himself on the back.
“‘I want to thank so many of your countries for the partnership that we’ve forged and the progress we’ve achieved together over these past eight years in rescuing the global economy and securing vulnerable nuclear materials. A comprehensive deal to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. Halting the spread of Ebola, and thereby saving countless lives. In Paris, the most ambitious agreement in history to fight climate change. A new sustainable development set of goals to end extreme poverty and promote health and education and equality for all people.” (Source: Breitbart News, “Globalist Obama: Terrorists, Racist Cops Are ‘Chronic Impulses’ to Be Defeated by Global Elites,” by Neil Munro).
What he did not say was that every one of these “accomplishments” of his administration has caused problems that might never be undone. Also, he used executive fiat in almost every case, bypassing a non-resistant Congress and the U.S. Constitution at every turn.
So, the Obama administration has almost single-handedly–so the globalists elite must think– begun the process of dismantling the roadblock to their taking the world back to Babel. This, of course, is all preparation for Antichrist, the globalist of all globalists, to step onto the stage of human history for the final curtain call.
The God of Heaven says that will not happen until the church of Jesus Christ is removed. For it is in actuality the Holy Spirit indwelling the Church–not America–that is governing the globalists’ efforts to establish one world order.
In writing the chapter I mentioned in the opening of this commentary, I closed that chapter with the following, as I will do with this article.
The Lull Before the Storm
Thankfully, even though God’s judgment upon sin is sure, He is also slow to anger and His mercy is great. It is my opinion that we are currently in a lull that God has graciously granted just before the prophesied end-of-time storm that will devastate a wrath-deserving generation. Even so, a brisk wind is already snapping the flag of warning that apocalypse approaches.
God the Holy Spirit earnestly and tenderly beckons all who will heed His call to take shelter within the only harbor where protection from the deadly whirlwind to come can be found. That safe harbor is Jesus Christ. Those who refuse to accept the haven or safety offered by Christ will perish beneath the raging, crashing surge as surely as did the antediluvians during the judgment of Noah’s day.
Beloved Brother and Sisters,
Tonight I write to you with two, very special requests for prayer–in no particular order of importance.
First, I want to inform you that Dr. Tim LaHaye was reported to have suffered a severe stroke last night, and his survival is in question.
He is a dear friend and Christian brother and truly a champion for Christ like few others. Please join us in prayer for Dr. LaHaye and his family during this ordeal.
Second, I want to alert you to the knowledge that Jim Fletcher, our great friend and columnist for “Israel Watch,” at RaptureReady.com has suffered a severe injury to his eye while target shooting, when the weapon exploded because of defects.
Jim is now recovering at home, and we still do not know if his eye will be saved. Please pray for the Lord’s healing touch and comfort during Jim’s time of suffering.
It seems the prophetic moment has arrived that the apostle Paul warned about in more than one epistle: “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived” (2 Timothy 3:13); and “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, stand” (Ephesians 6:13).
Unfolding events of recent days make clear the accuracy of God’s Word in foretelling things to come. Paul, in his perilous times prophecy of 2 Timothy, speaks to some very specific characteristics of end-times mankind that will mark the very end of the Age of Grace–the time just before Christ calls His church into Heaven (John 14:6; Revelation 4:1).
He writes in that 2 Timothy, chapter 3, forewarning, as I’ve picked and chosen, the following: “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves…proud, blasphemers…unholy, without natural affection…false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good” (2 Timothy 3:1-3).
Issues and events, as they have developed in very recent days, are accurately described and defined by words I’ve chosen from Paul’s “perilous times” prophecy. It’s almost as if the public carrying on of one individual in particular epitomizes all of the characteristics that Paul prophesies for the very days in which we find ourselves.
More about that individual momentarily.
It’s as if we see personified the end- times characteristics of Paul’s prophecy manifested before our very eyes and ears in the cultural decay taking place minute by minute. Specifically, I see these characteristics displayed: unholy, blasphemers, false accusers, fierce, and despisers of those that are good.
The individual –the human subject which leaped to my attention–displays the last- days evil that has become a manifestation of America’s decline in my view. Media –both news and entertainment– proudly put this and other debauchery in the limelight for the eager eyes and ears of the American public. The nation’s naive, gullible, youth is the prime targets for the evil’s allurement-focus.
One “entertainer” who is infamous for his blasphemous references to God, Jesus Christ and anything considered “holy,” was “inspired” to take things to near the limits.
The following account describes the debased “art” as it is called by some.
“Kanye West’s infamous music video for “Famous” is now available to on YouTube. After its world premiere, live-streamed on Tidal, it was available exclusively on the streaming-music service for a week. Of course, that didn’t stop it from being the talk of the internet.
“The NSFW video features Kanye buck-naked in a big bed with life-like nude, prosthetic bodies of celebrities, including Donald Trump, Rihanna, Bill Cosby, Taylor Swift and, of course, Kim Kardashian-West.
“They all silently lie still in bed, seemingly breathing, tangled together in a white sheet. Grainy, unflattering VHS-quality footage focuses on random (sometimes NSFW) body parts and faces from different angles for about 6 minutes before the video cuts to a vivid, picturesque overhead HD shot of the same sleeping Kanye. The camera then slowly zooms out into a wide shot that reveals the full tableau of bodies in the bed.” (http://www.cnet.com/news/kanye-wests-infamous-famous-music-video-now-on-youtube/)
In this selfie generation, where reality and delusion, where light and darkness and good and evil are indistinguishable because of the spiritual dumbing-down of particularly the youth, the lines of morality aren’t just blurred. They are erased.
Of the above debased presentation, more than just a few “fans” on social media agree with one post that defended the video as “one of the most valuable pieces of art in our time.”
We are indeed in Paul’s perilous times. This generation is facing a most evil day. We had better gird for the evil men and seducers–which include the mainstream media–who are out to remove every trace of morality from the face of America and the world. But, the same apostle who forewarned of this very hour was given the following from the Holy Spirit to comfort and reassure Christians alive in these troubling but exciting days: “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).
Jesus’ Olivet Discourse prophecies continue to come alive while today’s news flashes in lightning-like fashion across our television and computer monitor screens.
We most often consider the terrorism and pyrotechnics of Middle Eastern madness. We talk about Russia and Iran (Persia) preparing to fulfill the Gog-Magog prophecies as given in Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39.
Our efforts are often spent concentrating on what is happening with regard to the building one-world order in the areas of finance, religion and the many other ways such movement is manifesting.
We think in terms of the proliferating things happening within Europe –about the upheaval that seems to be rearranging for the prophesied revived Roman Empire. We look at monetary economic dynamics that are driving the world toward a global fiscal order that will eventuate in the 666 marks and numbers system of Revelation 13: 16-18.
Sometimes the natural order seems so disturbed that geophysical activity, such as earthquakes occurring simultaneously, floods raging and other phenomena erupting across the planet draws the attention of prophecy watchers. But, it is the creation called man that at present seems on the front-burner of prophetic progression –at least to this observer.
The Lord gave, during His prophecies of things to come as the time of His return in the Second Advent nears, a quite interesting description of the human condition at the very end of the age. The description seems to have a dual reference or application.
The particular prophecy of which I write is a foretelling by the Lord I believe we see developing at this very moment in time. It is building hourly in its virulence –in its evil, end times impact upon cultures and societies around the world. Here is Christ’s prophecy.
“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring.” (Lk 21: 25)
It is parts b and c of this prophecy that I wish us to examine. Jesus foretold that there will be “nations in distress with perplexity.” The “sea and waves” will be “roaring.”
We have looked a number of times in these commentaries at the fact that nations across the world are in distress with perplexity. The financial upheaval going on has Europe to the point of near-dissolution. The “Brexit” is one such manifestation. The great turmoil in Greece and other EU countries make it clear that the western world is suffering a nervous breakdown of sorts. Our own nation is hard on the heels of the schizophrenia developing over there.
The next part of Jesus’ prophecy foretells that the “sea and waves roaring” will be a prime marker of the last of the last days. By the time the Tribulation is full-blown the disturbances will bring planet earth to the point of total destruction. Only Christ’s return will quell the “roaring.”
“Sea and waves” can indicate the geophysical disturbances forecast for that era. But, it is the symbolic application that is much more the meaning in this case, I’m convinced.
“Sea and waves” in this case are symbolic of the peoples of earth. Jesus was saying they will, as a result of the “distress and perplexity” be “roaring.”
Jesus indicated as given in Luke 21:28 that He will return (in the Rapture) when this indicator –and the others He gave as signals for His Second Coming at Armageddon– “begin to come to pass.”
John the revelator gave in the very first verse of the thirteenth chapter of Revelation the view of the Antichrist beast regime arising out of the “sea” of people that would be in tumult. It is the observation of a growing number of seasoned prophetic observers that the United States is now showing signs of being a part of this tumultuous “sea” of unrest that might soon bring history’s most ferocious tyrant to power.
The “Black Lives Matter” protests are doing much to ratchet up civil unrest within the nation. The nucleus of that disruptive organization, many say, is made up of rabble rousers who are career thugs, paid by the likes of George Soros, who has openly said he favors upsetting the order of things that communist-style socialism might be brought forth in America.
Many more than just the “conspiracy nuts” are wondering increasingly whether the current unrest being fomented might be the prelude to this president calling for martial law even before the November presidential elections.
The coup attempt in Turkey punctuates Jesus’ prophecy. That part of the world in particular is in great tumult, rearranging for fulfillment of things to come. The assaults on law and order –on the police in Baton Rouge that took the lives of officers and injured others is but the tip of the iceberg of the coming anarchy and chaos in our own nation as the end times play out.
Whatsoever is the outcome of this up heaving sea of human unrest we see heating up toward the boiling point, we can see Jesus’ prophecy for the end of days percolating in these troubled times. I believe that this means Christ’s Call “Come up here!” is very near indeed.
One of the literary descriptions of the Chinese people is often wrapped in one word–inscrutable. Among that word’s synonyms are the following: incomprehensible, unexplainable, unfathomable, impenetrable, inexplicable, ambiguous, and difficult. I think of the nation of China, in general terms, as two things more –extremely patient and schizophrenic.
One of the most validating proofs of the patience of the Chinese is found in, I think, the matter of the debt it has purchased and maintained on its financial books–especially the debt of the United States of America. It is estimated that China holds U.S. Treasury bonds and other debts totaling approximately $1 trillion. The Chinese nation holds indebtedness of other nations, also, to the approximate tune of $2 trillion. It is a troubling matter that this is the case, when one considers that China has been, since the revolution that brought communism to power, America and the world’s most dangerous adversary. It is the most dangerous because of the synonyms above that define the Chinese communist leadership since, particularly, the time of Mao Zedong. They have been all of those things: incomprehensible, unexplainable, unfathomable, impenetrable, inexplicable, ambiguous, and difficult.
And now they hold the wealth of America and the world in the palms of their inscrutable hands. The question arises: Why do they keep purchasing debt, when they might never collect, seeing as how all nations are headed, obviously, toward the fiscal abyss?
Is it just that they, like most of the world’s economic gurus seem to think, believe that no matter how bad it gets, a solution will magically be found, and the indebted nations will make good on their restoration to financial health? They have been, since that communist revolution, the most bellicose of enemies in terms of threatening anyone who crosses them. Why the patience now, gladly holding the debt of their enemies, who by any stretch of the imagination have no hope of repaying the debt that is growing exponentially?
Now, I know the Chinese have made protests and even threats of fiscal action if their debtors don’t straighten up their economic acts. But, for the most part, the Chinese leadership’s patience is…well…inscrutable. Add to all of this perplexity another piece of the Chinese puzzle.
The U.S. Defense Department first reported in 2015 Chinese dredging vessels around Fiery Cross Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. They have since completed literal island building, upon which now resides major air strips.
Coinciding with this obvious aggression in claiming for itself portions of international territorial waters are acts of provocation against other nations’ vessels—including those of the United states. Chinese aircraft from these man-made islands almost routinely harass even American ships as they traverse these supposedly free, international waterways.
The following news excerpt further enlightens.
In its annual report to Congress on China’s military activities in 2015, the U.S. Defense Department estimated that China’s reclamation work had added more than 3,200 acres (1,300 hectares) of land on seven features it occupied in the Spratly Islands in the space of two years…
The report comes at a time of heightened tension over maritime territories claimed by China and disputed by several Asian nations. Washington has accused Beijing of militarizing the South China Sea while Beijing, in turn, has criticized increased U.S. naval patrols and exercises in Asia.
The Pentagon report said China was focusing on developing capabilities to counter outside intervention in any conflict…
This is the same China that threatened to bring its hordes into the Korean peninsula in support of the North Koreans during the Korean conflict. It was even willing to go to nuclear war with the West if the North Korean regime looked to be losing, according to reports back then. Now China is acting like the peacemaker, even set to discipline its rabid North Korean pet, if necessary to preserve world stability.
Why the present level of civil comportment, despite the tremendous military threat it is building to intimidate?
To my way of thinking, the answer to the schizophrenia that afflicts its leadership is that China is exerting extraordinary patience for very special reasons. We are paying to outfit the army of 200 million we read about in Bible prophecy and in accounts from news sources that tell us China and its Asian allies could easily outfit such a military juggernaut today.
A just released decision by a governing, international authority tells the current state of China’s attempt at regional hegemony.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A tribunal ruled in a sweeping decision Tuesday that China has no legal basis for its vast claims in the South China Sea and had aggravated the seething regional dispute with its extensive construction of artificial islands that destroyed coral reefs and infringed on the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone.
China immediately rejected the arbitration findings, and their impact remained unclear as there is no policing agency or mechanism to enforce them.
While the ruling cannot reverse China’s actions, it still constitutes a rebuke, carrying with it the force of the international community’s opinion.
Even so, they are confident–I believe their patience shows—that they will recoup their losses when they one day have enough, in terms of superior military assets, to become bill collectors on an unprecedented scale. We begin to see how even the kings of the East–as inscrutable as that part of the world is—fit into the end-times prophetic puzzle.