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Seduction in the Storm

We are currently writing a book called Deceivers: Exposing Evil Seducers and Their Last-Days Deception.” I say “we” are writing it, because it is to be one of my books that presents a compilation of chapters by some of the most recognizable names. These include Todd Strandberg, Jan Markell, Dr. Dave Reagan, Gary Stearman, Dr. Gary Frazier, and others.

Jesus, while sitting on the Mount of Olives with His disciples nearly two millennia ago, gave as His first forewarning that, in the last days, deceivers will be in abundance. Certainly, there is deception at every level at this present time in human history.

Ruminating over the book we are in process of writing, the thought came that we have on the front burner of headline news a storm-like combination of signals harboring seduction and deception that begs exposure.

The primary foretellings I would like to look at that Jesus gave while answering His disciples’ question— “What will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”–include the following:

1) There will be distress of nations with perplexity.

2) There will be wars and rumors of wars.

3) There will be earthquakes in various places.

4) The seas and waves will be roaring.

5) Nation will rise against nation.

During all of this last-days storminess, Jesus said, there will be deceivers and great deception. Again, this is the subject of our upcoming book. But, I would like to consider for our purposes here a peculiar seduction within the end-of-days storm that is assaulting this generation:

1)There will be distress of nations with perplexity.

We have only to consider recent news to validate this Olivet prophecy by the Lord.

The national and world economic distresses are phenomenal. America’s own national debt is right at $20 trillion. The unfunded liabilities for the nation exceeds $200 trillion. The world at large has economic circumstances that are maybe not so large, but just as perplexing to those trying to deal with the problem.

2) There will be wars and rumors of wars.

There exists at present, one of the most troubling confrontations since the Cuban missile crisis of 1962.

The North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un threatens to launch hydrogen bomb tipped ICBMs at the U.S. and our possessions and allies. Whether he has this capability is a matter of conjecture. But, the threat is there.

Other rumors of potential wars can be found without effort simply by thinking on Israel and those blood-vowed to remove the Jewish state from the planet.

The cold war might again become reality in the near future. This, with Russia and China building massive military forces even at the expense of Russia’s already-dire economic circumstances on the one hand and China’s desire to, for its own benefit, interact commercially with other nations on the other.

Rumors of war are everywhere one looks on the geopolitical horizon.

3) There will be earthquakes in various places.

Most recently, while hurricanes Harvey and Irma devastated portions of the U.S. mainland, an 8.2 earthquake struck Mexico.

Swarms of earthquakes up to 5.3 on the Richter Scale continue to shake the infamous Yellowstone caldera region, causing alarm even among seasoned, professional seismologists.

Earthquakes make much of the Middle East quiver on a regular basis. They are occurring in “various places” at most every hour of every day.

4) The seas and waves will be roaring.

There’s no question that the literal seas and waves have been roaring as of late. Again, Harvey and Irma were given 24/7 coverage on practically every news channel over recent days.

But, I believe the Lord was prophesying mainly about figurative seas and waves roaring in this particular foretelling while atop Mt. Olivet.

The peoples of the world are indeed in tumult. Europe is rioting because of economic turbulence. The Arab world is often in tumult against the hated Israel and against each other. America boils with clashes fomented in many cases by thugs paid to stir trouble in our city streets.

The seas and waves, both figurative and literal, are roaring.

5) Nation will rise against nation.

We have looked many times at the term “nation” in this prophecy Jesus gave.

The root of the word for “nation,” here, is the Greek word ethnos. This means that in the days just before Christ’s Second Advent (Revelation 19: 1) there will be great strife of one racial group against another.

Certainly, these kinds of conflicts exist at this very moment everywhere across the planet –including within our own borders. All we must do to understand this is to look at the groups known as the white supremacists and Black Lives Matter to see the reality of this prophecy taking place in our own time. –And we are at least seven years away from Christ’s Second Advent when Armageddon will be raging.

So, we can conclude that we are in the beginning of the great, end-times storm about which Jesus forewarned. Now, to look at the peculiar seduction that I believe is taking place as part of Satan’s deception that is, perhaps, at the eye of this prophetic storm.

The following news story, I hope, will help make the point I wish to make.

Sure, the US has a National Flood Insurance Program, but who’s covered by it? Besides, the Program was already $24 billion in debt by 2014 largely due to hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. With total costs of Harvey estimated at $200 billion or more, and Irma threatening to cause far more damage than that, where’s the money going to come from?

It took an actual fight just to push the first few billion dollars in emergency aid for Houston through Congress, with four Texan senators voting against of all people. Who then will vote for half a trillion or so in aid? And even if they do, where would it come from?

Trump’s plans for an infrastructure fund were never going to be an easy sell in Washington, and every single penny he might have gotten for it would now have to go towards repairing existing roads and bridges, not updating them -necessary as that may be-, let alone new construction.

Towns, cities, states, they’re all maxed out as things are, with hugely underfunded pension obligations and crumbling infrastructure of their own. They’re going to come calling on the feds, but Washington is hitting its debt ceiling. All the numbers are stacked against any serious efforts at rebuilding whatever Harvey and Irma have blown to pieces or drowned. (“After the Storms Are Over: America Can’t Afford to Rebuild, Zero Hedge,” By Tyler Durden, September 10, 2017)

The author paints the direst portrait of the results the storms will bring to America. (You must read the complete piece to get the full impact.) And, I would agree completely with his assessment of the situation–that is, if I didn’t know “the rest of the story,” as Paul Harvey used to say.

The world’s economies, as I have written many times, are intricately, inextricably linked to that of America. That’s why I build my thoughts on things that are likely to happen–prophetically speaking–upon the American model. If this nation implodes—comes crashing down–the whole world will be sucked into the vortex caused by the collapse.

Jesus tells us that, like in the days of Noah and of Lot, people at the time of his next catastrophic intervention into history will be buying, selling, planting, and marrying–doing all the normal activities of life. I believe, because it is Jesus who predicts the buying, selling, etc.,– that it will be far more than normal in its reality. I believe we are about to see an economic boom.

Somehow, some way–I don’t presume to know how–all of the destruction taking place now because of the hurricane damage might well turn out to be catalyst for the prophesied building, buying, and selling Jesus foretold that day atop the Mount of Olives.

The “seduction” I believe wrapped up in all of this might well reside within the good economic times that could result from the rebuilding—i.e., the economic boom that might be on its way might take people’s thoughts even farther from God. The seduction just might produce the think-not generation that Jesus prophesied will be doing anything but giving consideration to God and eternity:

Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. (Matthew 24:44)

Donald Trump is a builder perhaps unparalleled in history. Could it be that he is president of the United States for just this moment in regard to Jesus’ days of Noah, days of Lot prophecy?


  1. Camilla Smith says:

    Wonderful news about your new book, Terry–will look forward to it and I know that the Father will speak boldly and decisively through the you and your fellow authors and teachers. Thank you for being a mentor and teacher to me over the past 6 or so years. You’ve been a true blessing and I’m humbled to have learned from you, Jan and Dr. Reagan and look forward to meeting all three of you and thanking you in person, hopefully in the very next few days! With sincere thanks and gratitude for all you’ve done for me, and for your never-ending work for the Kingdom of our Elohim! Camilla Smith

  2. Ann Odom says:

    Terry, great article, as usual, but Texas only has 2 Senators, as do all the states. Just wanted to correct that. Otherwise, I’m looking forward to the book. May God continue to bless you and your family, Ann Odom Chireno, Texas

    • Ann, that was 4 Texas Representatives (out of 36), for that funding bill for Harvey, has to come from the House of Representatives. All funding bills start in the House! Unless there are unusual circumstances, such has happened on the Health Care Bill–one started in each house, with the intention of it going to conference committee and being reconciled. Then the Senator John McCain from Arizona voted against the Senate version. As far as I know, when this occurs…there was no attempt to resuscitate the Senate bill. The decision was simply to let it expire on its on… and it is…these insurance companies are not continuing to offer coverage (at any cost). Still praying for Texas and its people who were devastated by the storm, Florida and all the Caribbean. Praying that Maria dissipates, Never have had my prayer list so full.

  3. Nora says:

    Personally, I don’t think we have much time left. I believe so that we’re at the very end and “good times” (economically or otherwise) will not return. I see the birth pangs worsening around us continually, significantly and with rapid speed. Most of our generation seems definitely “think not”. Perhaps the Church will be out of here soon and the world will implode (and explode) on many fronts.

    • GW says:

      Sister Nora,
      I agree and I also don’t see a “great revival” in this country either. I see God’s warnings but watch what people are saying on some social media and there is no repentance in the tone of the comments I am reading alot of anger that “God is letting this happen” or “it’s His fault and He can fix it but won’t” and of course…..there is no God and Jesus never existed…..yada, yada, yada. I believe America would have to fall on her collective knees to get mercy from God and I just don’t see it. And…..a economic boon? How? Where? Again, I am just not seeing it. Brother Terry I love you with all my heart but time is ticking and it’s going faster every day. I believe the “church age” is about to come to a close and then it’s all about Israel. Even so come Lord Jesus!

  4. bumble bee says:

    “There will be distress of nations with perplexity.”
    You give economics as the subject of this prophesy, when I see the current social uprisings between progressives and conservatives throughout the world as being the distress. The perplexity is some of the outrages social objectives/accusations and their intensity causing society to be confounded/perplexed as to what is going on. Where the current hate and anger is spreading and violence is growing and wonder what snapped to get us to this point of great division.

  5. Kim says:

    In David Wilkerson’s book “The Vision and Beyond” he says there will come a time of false prosperity with buying, selling, planting, and marrying. He says the Bible predicts that this is the time when “Jesus Christ will appear in the clouds to evacuate the Christian.”

    We are living in a difficult, yet exciting time. I think we are very close to the Rapture and I just can’t wait!

  6. leighmac17 says:

    So…are you implying that Trump might be the ” great deception?”
    Or that he is the President because he will bring about this economic boom causing people to think all is well and divert their attention from God to their new improved finances? What about deception by church leaders teaching false doctrine or the fallng away caused by them? Isnt the more to the decption than Trump? Article ended too soon.

    • Terry James says:

      I believe that these might well be the time Jesus referred to in the days of Noah, days of Lot prophecy of Matthew 24: 36-42 and Luke 17: 26-30.

      It is possible He was referring to a time of economic boom regarding the moment He will catastrophically Intervene into earth’s history.

      Many economic “experts” have been predicting an economic catastrophe for years, but all economic elements seem supernaturally kept from collapse.

      Trump is a builder. God put him in office. The economy continues to be on the uptick as a result of his being in office. There is great optimism in that regard, despite the satanic attacks against him –I believe—from every quarter.

      I believe it is the Rapture that will bring this artificially strong economy crashing down. Jesus said about the days of Noah and Lot prophecy that just like in those cases, the very day He is “revealed” to the world, Judgment will fall.

      There is great deception in every area of life today, Just like Jesus prophesied in the Olivet Discourse. But, I wanted to address deception from this particular angle. We are doing an entire book called “Deceivers,” addressing all the matters involved in the question you ask.

      In this article I attempted to say that I believe the good economic times might be used by Satan to take the mind of people farther from God than if the times were opposite in nature –thus the deceptive nature of the good economy, etc. People sometimes want to come closer to god in bad times. They often stray farther from Him when times are good.

  7. Shirley Huesman says:

    Terry – I don’t see an economic boom coming as I think in some parts of the US we already see that boom. Colorado has so many people moving into the state and housing going up all over the place. New roads are being built or enlarged because our road system can’t handle all the growth. If you look at the 3rd World countries, they will probably never see their standard of living increase. The Bible says people were buying and selling, but we do that everyday. Many borrow money to keep up with the Jones’s. I do hope the Lord comes soon. I have been waiting a long time.

  8. Mary Ann says:

    Good info.. I know many may disagree, but I feel the hand of God was lifted from this nation long ago.. it can no longer claim His promises of protection and prosperity, it has transgressed His requirements. Although, ALL who call upon the name of the Lord, shall be saved.. so I feel His children, who diligently seek Him, can be protected and prosper among the wicked, claiming His promises.. while we keep looking up! 🙂
    God Bless

  9. Could you add a chapter to your book on “apologists/discernment ministries” to beware of? I’m thinking specifically of Hank Hanegraff, Jacob Prasch and the Trinity Foundation ( which is written about by Wendy Duncan in ” I Can’t Hear God Anymore.) These, and other “ministries” are wolves in pseudo-sheep clothing. Many think that these “ministries” provide discernment, but the “ministries” themselves are cultic ( especially the Trinity Foundation ) and are accusers-of-the-brethren( and sisters, like Jan Markell) ( especially the rabid Jacob Prasch.)
    God brought me out of a cult ( eth-s.com is my report ) and it took me years to discern that some “discernment ministries” are of absolutely NO help, and cause spiritual damage themselves.

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