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The Secret Service Question

Anytime this writer hears a theory from a source linked to a so-called conspiracy website or other such questionable source, the discernment antenna goes up. It’s kind of like Uncle Martin’s shiny metal antenna extending from the top of his head on that old TV program, My Favorite Martian starring Bill Bixby. Maybe some of you will remember that program…probably not. Nonetheless, that’s, figuratively speaking, what happened as I thought while preparing to compose this particular commentary. The antenna went up. I had to exercise extreme precaution in my cogitations. In fact, it’s getting more and more difficult to know the difference today between conspiracy theory and what’s actually happening.

Again, I just can’t get beyond what’s going on in the American political world in thinking on these “Nearing Midnight” commentaries. I believe within the deepest reaches of my spirit that the evil machinations we are witnessing involve the wrap-up of all that must be arranged in order to conclude this Age of Grace.

The rage against this president ratchets to a new level of national dementia with each news cycle. President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, along with those of Dr. Martin Luther King and Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, brought about excruciatingly tight security measures. But despite the US Secret Service efforts, born of an almost paranoia about preventing future such murders, attempts on the lives of President Gerald Ford and President Ronald Reagan came close to being successful.

Security measures by the Secret Service have been made increasingly stringent since. The result is that there have been no serious assaults on succeeding presidents.

Quick and severe consequences for anyone making threats have been a big part of the security that assured such a record of safety for the nations’ chief executive. Prior to George W. Bush’s time in office, any mentions of threats against a president, no matter how mild, were met with instantaneous confrontation. However with Bush 43, there seemed a lack of concern. There was even a novel written about his assassination. A documentary-type film, as I recall, was in the news but never received Secret Service attention to any great extent.

His successor, Barack Obama, was pretty much free of threats of assassination. With President Donald Trump, everything has changed. The warnings have come from every quarter on the left of the political spectrum, threatening everything from blowing up the White House to decapitating Mr. Trump.

Those threats came from a woman rock star and from a Hollywood actress, as you might recall. Neither is in jail, or was even charged and brought to trial so far as I can determine. Their supporters (including many within the mainstream news media) defended those women as simply being artful in their descriptive objections to the illegitimacy of Donald Trump’s election in 2016.

The lack of clearly observable action by the Secret Service has, in my opinion, brought on a much higher level of danger to this president.

We can determine that elevated risk to Mr. Trump by things going on at the present. James O’Keefe, a journalist working undercover for Project VERITAS, released secret recordings of some interesting things going on behind closed doors at CNN, the TV cable network.

[O’Keefe] on Thursday released a third round of secretly recorded video clips documenting CNN’s political bias, this time [featuring] a death wish for President Trump and an admission that the network has sold itself to the devil.

The videos were recorded by former CNN satellite uplink technician Cary Poarch, who says he recently agreed to wear a hidden camera “to expose the bias” at the network.

Video released Thursday shows Mike Brevna, a floor manager at CNN, complaining about how much the network has changed over the years.

“When I got this job 13 years ago, CNN was nothing like this…. They sold themselves to the devil. It’s, it’s sad.” Brevna said.

Another segment shows CNN Field Production Supervisor Gerald Sisnette wishing for Trump’s death.

This is a story that’s not gonna go away,” Sisnette said.

“Oh, the Ukraine thing? Or just Trump in general?” Poarch asked.

“Trump in general. The only way this will go away is when he [Trump] dies. Hopefully soon,” Sisnette said. (“CNN Boss: We’ve sold ourselves to the devil,” WND, 10/17/19)

There has been no action, as far as I know, to this, an obvious threat proclaiming that the president of the United States must die. And this real threat-craziness, with no publicly observable pushback by Secret Service authorities, is why the lines get blurred between actual danger and conspiracy kookdom.

It was intimated on the Common Sense Show with host Dave Hodges that former FBI Director James Comey plans to spend the next thirteen months working to drive Donald Trump from the presidency. This, according to a New York Times piece written by Ryan Christopher Jones. The conspiracy-laden report indicated that Comey, former VP Joe Biden, and Republican Sen. Mitt Romney, issued “thinly veiled assassination threats” to Mr. Trump on the eve of his latest trip to Dallas.

The implication was proffered that during the most recent Democrat debate, Biden started to reveal plans to remove Trump from office because the needed action was so important. Then, the report said: “At that point, Biden muzzled himself. He [knew] he had stumbled in what has become typical for Biden since he is obviously suffering from cognitive decline.”

The piece, written just prior to Trump’s trip to Dallas, went on to declare: “And here are Hillary and Bill waiting in the wings for Donald Trump’s demise so Hillary can rightfully claim her throne as US President. If an attempt is made on President Trump, will we believe that the Clinton’s did not know?”

Jones wrote further: “I do not believe that Donald Trump will be assassinated in Dallas. However, there is no question in my mind that the President’s visit to the site of JFK’s murder is being used to send the President a very direct message. ‘Do what the globalists want, or else’.  Where the hell is the Secret Service?”

A good question indeed. Why hasn’t the United States Secret Service been more overtly and observably active in combating the vicious verbal threats against this president?

The answer likely would be: “That’s why it’s called the Secret Service.” And that’s a good answer, most likely. But it doesn’t make us feel any better.

It is almost certain that with all the hatred being ginned up by the mainstream news media, Hollywood types, and many of the Democrat Party against President Trump, someone–deranged or other–should have by now made an attempt on his life. We have no reports of that happening. So the Secret Service has, we should hope, been doing its job in…well…secret.

However, there is another “secret service” that I think is more responsible for this president remaining safe. Billy Graham wrote a book some years ago about this organization. Angels: God’s Secret Agents, I think was its title. Let us not stop praying according to 2 Chronicles 7:14, praying that these agents continue to do their job.

Let’s take solace in the fact that justice will ultimately be done on earth as it is in Heaven.

Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him: But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are as a shadow; because he feareth not before God. (Ecclesiastes 8:11-13)

Jan Markell’s interview with Dr. Tom Hughes for Terry’s Discerners book

Jan Markell and Dr. Tom Hughes talk about Tom’s chapter on startling developments concerning the harlot church of Revelation chapter 18. You don’t want to miss this interview, broadcast across Jan Markell’s 850 radio station network.

The Snapping of the American Mind:  Healing a Nation Broken by a Lawless Government and Godless Culture :: By David Kupelian – Book Review by Terry James

The Trump Derangement Syndrome in a nutshell –this was my first mental picture in learning of the title of this book. There is no question within the mind of any rational observer of American society and culture. Something infernally wicked has injected evil into the national psyche since the presidential election of 2016. The dementia is progressing geometrically.

The Snapping of the American Mind is the volume you must get, read and study to be brought into full realization of what this madness is all about. I promise that the study part of this recommendation will not be labor intensive. You will be swept along, as was I, by author David Kupelian’s masterful dissection of every nuance of the national turmoil in which we’ve been embroiled for the past 3 years.

The reading of this book is an endeavor that every American who loves and is concerned about our nation’s future will find not only worthwhile but absolutely crucial as we move toward the darkening, Biblically prophetic horizon.

Roots of this present national descent into madness sprang forth from seeds of humanistic hubris. “We will have no deity to rule over us,” was and continues to be the sin-ridden declaration that feeds the cultural and societal insanity that plagues us. Kupelian reaches back into the historical soil from which the rebellion was spawned and makes understandable the rage against everything that was once held sacred to the nation’s founding.

In The Snapping of the American Mind, veteran journalist and bestselling author David Kupelian shows how the progressive Left – which today dominates America’s key institutions, from the news and entertainment media, to education, to government itself – is accomplishing much more than just enlarging government, redistributing wealth and de-Christianizing the culture. With the Left’s wild celebration of sexual anarchy, its intimidating culture of political correctness, and its incomprehension of the fundamental sacredness of human life, it is also, whether intentionally or not, promoting widespread dependency, debauchery, family breakdown, crime, corruption, addiction, despair and suicide.

Surveying the growing chaos in American society, Kupelian exposes both the utopian revolutionaries and their extraordinary methods that have turned America’s most cherished values literally upside down – to the point that madness is now celebrated and normality demonized.

In The Snapping of the American Mind, you’ll discover:

  • How the left has succeeded in re-defining not just “marriage,” but the rest of Americans’ core values, from “equality” to “justice” to “freedom”;
  • Why America, unquestionably the least racist nation on earth, is now being portrayed as a deeply racist pariah state;
  • Why the U.S. is intentionally being flooded with millions of needy, dependent, Third World immigrants;
  • How a group that amputates healthy body parts and has a 41% attempted suicide rate is officially declared “normal,” yet new “research” suggests conservatives have malformed brains;
  • Which of the two major U.S. political parties has a far higher incidence of mental illness than the other;
  • Why Americans today are more stressed-out, confused, conflicted and addicted than at any time in the nation’s history – and where this ominous trend is leading.

Fortunately, The Snapping of the American Mind also explores how America truly can be restored to her former, and still underlying, goodness and greatness – and just as important, how individuals, despite living in an age of high anxiety, moral confusion and growing chaos, can find genuine happiness and personal healing.

One endorser of The Snapping of the American Mind, whose name you will recognize, writes the following.

“David Kupelian is one of the most thought-provoking and iconoclastic writers I know. Agree or disagree, David is a must-read if you really want to understand the world we live in and where it’s headed.”

—Sean Hannity, Top-rated radio and television host and author

David Kupelian is an award-winning American journalist, vice president and managing editor of online news giant WND, editor of Whistleblower magazine, and a widely read columnist. The author of two other influential books – The Marketing of Evil published in 2005 and its 2010 sequel How Evil Works – Kupelian has been featured on Fox News, MSNBC, C-SPAN, CBN, and many other TV and radio venues.

This book is truly the best volume I’ve found for exploration of, in real time, causes and effects of the reprobate mind (Romans 1:28) – that irrational, evil, dissidence  collectively suffered by many in America today. The Snapping of the American Mind, I believe, should be used closely in conjunction with other vital study resources as the student of God’s Word on prophecy prayerfully considers issues and events of these troubled though exciting times.

The Snapping of the American Mind:  Healing a Nation Broken by a Lawless Government and Godless Culture

Publisher: WND Books

264 pages

Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-942475-08-8

eBook ISBN: 978-1-942475-09-5

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Satanic Echoes

While signs that this generation is at the end of the Church Age rage, the devil’s thinking becomes ever louder through voices infected with the fallen one’s hatred. A Democrat candidate for president in 2020 provided the echo chamber for making audible Satan’s intentions.

CNN TV host Don Lemon, Thursday night October 10, provided the question on the CNN town hall. He asked Beto O’Rourke whether he thought all churches or other organizations that held views against those of the LGBTQ community should have their tax-exempt status taken away.

The candidate said “Yes.” He added: “There can be no reward, no benefit, no tax break for anyone or any institution – any organization in America that denies the full human rights and the full civil rights of every single one of us.” Vowing to make this a priority of his administration, O’Rourke said further, “We are going to stop those who are infringing upon the human rights of our fellow Americans.”

A few other of the 20 something Democrat candidates in the 2020 presidential race backed away from O’Rourke’s blunt declaration. But throughout weeks and months of rantings and ravings the collective mindset of the radical left –and that is almost everyone running on the Democrat side— has made it clear. They are a militant mob of LGBT activists who are satanically-driven to shut down all evangelical churches in America and to silence any Christian who dares to stand in the way of their agenda.

Echoes of Lucifer’s seething contempt for all that is holy in this strange time so near to the end of the age can’t be contained. His minions of the human sort are seeing to it that his lies are given voice on a regular basis.

As a matter-of-fact, the main stream news media broadcasts on an hourly basis the cavernous reverberations of the devil’s lies. Thus, while refusing most counter thought to be aired on their various venues. –Venues that, like the political, ideological and theological left, are of one mind. It is the mind of the father of lies. 

We can get a perspective on just how rapidly things have been moved toward the abyss Satan has planned for this nation and the world through this news excerpt.

“The American pastor whose two-year imprisonment plunged Turkey into a diplomatic feud with the United States urged young Christians in his home country to prepare for the persecution he sees gathering for them on the horizon.

“Pastor Andrew Brunson, 51, told the Washington Examiner how troubled he has been by the ominous trends he has observed in American culture during the year since his dramatic, high-stakes release from a Turkish prison.

“Brunson elsewhere said he has been “astounded at the speed with which the U.S. is imploding” and how anti-Christian sentiment has surged during just the few years he was isolated. “The whole Trump election and everything that happened afterward, I knew very little about it. So, when I came back to the states and just started reading and following news, it was just such a contrast to the environment that we had been in even four to six years ago.”

“It seems that the culture has become more overtly hostile,” he said, pinpointing how large corporations are now joining the media and political classes to push positions that often oppose biblical teaching. A segment of elite society has long regarded Christians sneeringly, he said, but opposition is now bubbling up everywhere and “is now spread to where it’s more of a grassroots thing that is growing.” [Source: http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-ews/3786234/posts]

As we are assaulted by the echoing, cacophonous ravings of the godless, reprobate minions, let’s comfort ourselves with Scripture such as that of Titus 2: 13.

 

Thinking on Gog-Magog

Regions directly north of Jerusalem are being stirred to turmoil by the whirlwinds of prophetic destiny. Therefore it is the responsibility of watchmen on the wall to closely examine all things powerfully affecting that area so concentric to Bible prophecy yet to be fulfilled.

The specific prophecy, of course, involves that given about the Gog-Magog battle in Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39. We have been watching the stage setting for some time. Russia, which we believe to be Rosh, Iran (the greatest part of which is almost certainly Persia), and Turkey, which we believe to be a reference to most of what was ancient Togarmah, have been coalescing to Israel’s north for quite some time. This alone can be seen as nothing short of astonishing. Now, with the whole region directly to Israel’s north lighting up with what looks to be prophetic pyrotechnics, the spiritually attuned discerner’s observational powers should be fully turned on and in focus.

We have some from the Christian media community making declarations of what developments mean.

Pat Robertson said the following on his 700 Club show: “I am absolutely appalled that the United States is going to betray those Democratic forces in northern Syria, that we possibly are going to allow the Turkish to come in against the Kurds.” In typical “word of knowledge” power he claims to have, he offered further: “The President of the United States is in danger of losing the mandate of Heaven if he permits this to happen.”

While I can’t and don’t wish to be able to claim such “word of knowledge” ability to pontificate, I’m concerned, but not necessarily against, the president’s decision. I certainly don’t believe his decision to withdraw America from the immediate region of hostilities will doom Mr. Trump to a loss in the 2020 presidential election.

It might just be that the move is by the very hand of God. We can know for sure that America withdrawing in such a manner has in no way slipped up on the Creator of all things. This has not escaped His omniscience.

Turkey invading northern Syria to get at rebels of the region is a serious matter. The Kurdish people are in danger. Many among them are Christians, and that is one reason for many concerns among we who pray for our brothers and sisters there. But so should we pray for all who face death and destruction in this or any military incursion. So, I, like you, don’t view all this lightly.

I do, however, consider these matters from a particularly focused perspective. Things taking place in that biblically important part of the world at this late hour in this quickly fleeting Age of Grace must be critically important. In view of all other converging signs we are discerningany such apparent stage-setting should light up the eschatological radar screens. 

It is proper to consider, I think, whether this president’s decision to remove American involvement from that specific area is God-ordained. I don’t mean that Mr. Trump might be aware of it possibly being a directive from on high. That in no way is part of this bit of prophetic pondering on my part.

We know that America is not mentioned by name in Ezekiel’s Gog-Magog prophecy, just as the nation isn’t mentioned in any prophecy by name. Here is what we do know God’s prophetic Word says about the nations observing that attack from the sidelines –the attackers we believe to be led by Russia, Iran, and Turkey.

Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil? (Ezekiel 38:13)

My scenario-pondering is wrapped up in the following. I claim no “word of knowledge.”

With America removed from that region of interminable conflict, the other nations that presently comprise NATO and all other countries of combatant-loaning sorts might not be willing to intervene against the assault. Most consider Israel as the problem in the world. Think about the UN being almost totally against Israel on every issue.

If America isn’t there at the time of the Gog-Magog assault, these nations will almost without question not seek to oppose the coalition, led by a powerful Russia.

The removal of America at this time from this theater of future war is most interesting to contemplate. God tells in this prophecy that He, alone, will save His chosen nation. There will be no doubt about who does the rescue.

America’s military might won’t do so. That’s for sure.

A Restraining Force

Each morning in my prayer time, I am prompted to ask that the Lord continue to restrain the evil coming against His prescription for godliness. That evil seems to be closing in like an eerie, early morning fog. But unlike such naturally occurring, gathering opaqueness, the increasingly darkening supernatural mist that is engulfing life in America today harbors genuine threat. There are real bogeymen who intend harm lurking in that satanically spawned fog.

The Lord of Heaven didn’t put the following in His Word without good reason:

And now ye know what [restrains] that [Antichrist] might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now [restrains] will [restrain], until [the Restrainer] be taken out of the way. And then shall [Antichrist] be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders. (2 Thessalonians 2:6-9)

All the Christian needs do to discern that this generation is being enveloped by the end-times “mystery of iniquity” fog described in the Apostle Paul’s above warning is to consider his “perilous times” forewarnings. Let us again examine just a couple of these characteristics of end-time man given in Paul’s prophecy:

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. (2 Timothy 3:1-8)

“Lovers of Self”

This characteristic is made manifest by social media. Facebook and all other forums hold captive the minds–particularly of Millennials, many of whom live daily in deep concentration on drawing attention to themselves. This “universe of self” opens their souls to invasion by the original being that had “I trouble.” Lucifer and his many “I wills” (Isaiah 14: 14) wishes to infect every human with this attempt to take attention away from God and His prescription for conducting life in the proper way.

The fallen one, through social media forums, has found a very effective conduit for funneling the minds of human beings into channels other than those leading to godliness.

“Unholy”

This characteristic made its infectious influence known just a week or two ago. We remember the thirty-one-year-old Dallas police officer who shot and killed an African-American man in his apartment. The officer claimed she thought she was entering her own apartment and found her door unlocked. A figure came at her from within the darkened apartment, and she shot what she believed to be an attacker with her service revolver.

Having heard all that’s been said about the case, I do believe this is exactly what happened. But, she was convicted of murder and given a 10 year sentence.

In a most touching scene following the sentencing, the victim’s brother, an eighteen-year-old young man, witnessed to the woman who had killed her brother, forgiving her and urging her to accept Christ. The judge who had just sentenced her, equally moved to compassion, followed suit in hugging the condemned woman, as did the victim’s brother, then the judge gave the woman a Bible to take with her as she served her time.

The crowd outside the courtroom was outraged at the light sentence and at the judge for her compassion.

The Freedom from Religion Foundation was even more enraged in the legal sense and sought to condemn with ethic violations the judge, who happened to be an African-American like the victim and his young brother.

This rage was directed at the Bible and how the judge had “crossed the line” in giving the book to the girl. This is an infection that now permeates much of American culture and society. It is an unholy characteristic that will one day bring God’s wrath and judgment.

This corrosive, stifling, corrupting toxic cloud of evil has the effect of dividing America. The political effects are the ones that are usually at the heart of my asking for the Lord to restrain the evil. Never in my memory–and, I believe, never in American history– has there been such a powerful, all-out assault against a president. The attackers are almost as one in opposing anything that the God of Heaven has given in His Holy Word about how life should be conducted. These who assault, for the most part, want to cast aside America’s founding principles–principles the early fathers used to form this republic. To the discerning spirit, this is an alert pointing to which side of this national divide is the right side to join.

Recently, Hal Lindsey wrote of this divide. He said that so far it isn’t as bad as the Civil War in terms of guns actually being turned on each other. However, he said the following:

But in one way, our situation is worse. Even though divided over slavery, Americans of 1861 held to a similar set of values. In his second inaugural address, President Lincoln said that northerners and southerners, ‘read the same Bible and pray to the same God.’

Not anymore.

The Bible doesn’t list the United States as a major player in world politics during the Tribulation. For that reason and others, I have been saying for a long time that the United States will be drastically weakened by the time of the Tribulation. Some prophecy teachers have predicted nuclear war, or that some other weapon of mass destruction will be used against America. Many of us have hoped that between now and the Rapture, so many Americans will come to Christ, that their disappearance at the Rapture will cause the problem. (“Divide and Destroy,” Hal Lindsey, https://www.hallindsey.com/ww-10-3-2019/)

I am one of whom Hal writes. Rather, I was one of whom he writes. By that, I mean that I no longer believe it is simply the number of Christians inhabiting America that keeps America afloat as a nation-state–i.e., it isn’t the loss of Christians in large numbers that will bring America down into catastrophic collapse. We seem to be a diminishing segment of American culture in the sense of governing influence.

It is rather that invincible, supernatural Restraining Force alone, who resides within each believer in Christ, whose voluntary removal from earth will allow that noxious cloud of mysterious iniquity to, for a time, seemingly take over planet earth.

That Restraining Force indwells each person who names the Holy Name of Jesus Christ–that is, each person who is born again from on high. Invoke His Name in your time of prayer. Ask that the Restrainer continue to hold back the fog of evil trying to swamp this generation, thus to choke any possibility of eternal life from every unregenerate human being.

Thankfully, that Restraining Force, the Holy Spirit, is alive and well, and is not willing for anyone to perish, but wants all to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).

The Times of the Signs – Part Four (Conclusion of the Four-Part Series) – By Ed Wood

Armageddon’s End

There is only one event that will keep humanity from destroying itself, something the devil has always wanted to achieve as he has sought for ages to displace God – and that is the return of Jesus himself. Here are two accounts, the first from the Old Testament, the second from the New Testament:

Isaiah {11:1-4} And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and  understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.

Revelation {19:13-21} And he* [was] clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies [which were] in heaven** followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on [his] vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all [men, both] free and bond, both small and great. And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And the beast*** was taken, and with him the false prophet**** that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which [sword] proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh. * Jesus. ** The resurrected saints from all ages, perhaps angels as well. See also Zechariah 14:5. *** Antichrist. ****The Antichrist’s second-in-command and minister of propaganda.

Millennium

After seven years of literal hell on Earth, it is finally over. What is left is a smoking ruin, greatly depopulated. Had Jesus not come back when he did, Earth might have become a complete wasteland, perhaps only inhabited by insects, primitive plants, and microbes (Matthew 24:22). However, the Bible reveals that there will be survivors and despite the carnage, when Jesus comes back to take his place as King of Kings on Earth, everything will begin to change. Once again, Isaiah gives us a preview:

Isaiah {11:5-9} And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.

Isaiah {35:1-2,7; 41:18-20} The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing. . . . And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, [shall be] grass with reeds and rushes. . . I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys: I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water. I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the shittah tree, and the myrtle, and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the fir tree, [and] the pine, and the box tree together: That they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of the LORD hath done this, and the Holy One of Israel hath created it.

It is my guess that this will happen very quickly and the survivors of the human race, plus the resurrected saints, both from the Rapture (who had been part of the armies that accompanied Jesus for his second coming) and the Tribulation (Revelation 20:4b; Daniel 7:18), will play a part in putting the world back together, Jesus being the ultimate source and director of this restoration. At this time, the Jews, who have at last recognized him as the Messiah (Zechariah 12:10; Revelation 1:7), will now fulfill the role God intended for them all along in leading the world to worship him in Jerusalem, perhaps led by the 144,000 that had been sealed by God during the Tribulation (Revelation 7:1-8).

In this time of global healing, even the life span of human beings will be increased:

Isaiah {65:20} There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner [being] an hundred years old shall be accursed.

But the restored world, as magnificent as it will be, will still not be perfect. From the passage above, we see the great hope the mortals who follow Jesus will have, but also the fate of those who resist. But unlike today, where it seems the “good die young and the evil live on, this, too will be reversed. In a time when the life spans of the righteous may very well last the 1000 years of the Millennial Kingdom, those of evil people may only last one-tenth of that.

Here is another piece of evidence that there still will be rebellious people left on Earth:

Zechariah {14:16-19} And it shall come to pass, [that] every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles. And it shall be, [that] whoso will not come up of [all] the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain. And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that [have] no [rain;] there shall be the plague, wherewith the LORD will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles. This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.

This was an autumn feast whose purpose was for the Israelites to celebrate not only their harvest but to remind them of the forty years they were homeless nomads after they’d left Egypt. When Jesus comes back, its celebration will become mandatory for the entire world. It certainly seems to be most appropriate for the Tribulation survivors and their descendants to reflect back on the horror they endured during the worst seven years in history and to give thanks for now living on a planet that has been restored to a nearly Eden-like state by the one through whom all things were created (John 1:3-10).

As we’ve seen above and as hard as it may be to imagine, there will still be “stiff-necked” people in the world who will not accept Jesus’ rule. It is my own personal belief that at the beginning of the Millennium, there may be virtually none of these rebellious types. Those who are left are will forget living through Earth’s worst years nor dismiss the Messiah who saved and now sustains them.

But what about the kids . . . ?

Since the Kingdom Age is ten centuries long, this is plenty of time for the survivors to produce many descendants who will not have first-hand experience of the bad times. It seems reasonable to assume that they are more likely to fall away than their predecessors. The number of them appears quite significant by the time Satan is released and gets one more shot to oppose God at the Millennium’s conclusion:

Revelation {20:7-9a} And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom [is] as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city . . . 

This time God the Father will deal with these rebels immediately – and finally – along with Satan and his newly-recruited rebel followers:

Revelation {20:9b-10} . . . and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet [are,] and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

At this point, one may wonder why Satan was only locked away and not destroyed after the battle of Armageddon. As far as I can tell the Bible doesn’t give a direct answer, but perhaps it can be found if we look at its very beginning. In the first two chapters of Genesis, as God created the cosmos (which, of course, includes Earth) notice at the end of each step, he pronounces each part as “good.” Since we know that God is perfect, then anything he says is “good” is likely just perfect, too. It was into this flawless world that he placed the first two humans. But what happened? In chapter three, we see that despite being given every advantage, Adam and Eve were tempted – and gave into it.

Let’s spin the clock ahead to the end of time. Humanity will once more have the advantage of living in a world almost as perfect as Eden but remember what happens: A considerable number of people will succumb to the devil’s temptation once again at his release. It is at this point in time when Satan and his followers, both demonic and human, will be dealt with accordingly. This time it will be forever (Daniel 12:2; Revelation 20:11-15).

Perhaps the Millennium is God’s way of showing us that the only way to really make things right is to “make all things new.” This sin-tainted world and universe will pass away to be replaced by something entirely new.

Eternity

Isaiah {65:17-18} For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. But be ye glad and rejoice for ever [in that] which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.

Daniel {12:3} And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.

Revelation {21:1} And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

Into this perfected new creation God literally brings heaven, and himself, to Earth:

Revelation {21:2} And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

Here’s just one thing I’d like to mention. Though some have considered New Jerusalem to be the “bride,” I believe this is incorrect. Here is what Paul said of the bride’s identity:

Ephesians {5:23,31} For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body . . . For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

The solution to what appears to be a contradiction, I believe, is cleared up with this quote from Jesus himself:

John {14:1-3} Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if [it were] not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, [there] ye may be also.

If we think about this a little, I think we can conclude that the bride is actually the church and that Jesus is preparing a place for this bride in the New Jerusalem. Therefore, in the Revelation passage above, perhaps John wasn’t saying that the New Jerusalem was actually the bride, but only that it looked as beautiful as once would expect a bride to appear. The true bride – the church, composed of all of God’s followers from the beginning of time, is actually living inside.

New Jerusalem on the New Earth

That this city is beautiful beyond comprehension is certainly clear, but also is, is that it is immense – a cube 1500 miles per side.

Now let’s look at a little science.

By the physical rules of our present universe, the Earth, which is 8000 miles in diameter could never accommodate something some 70% the size of the moon landing on it, though a planet the size of Jupiter (88,700 miles in diameter) wouldn’t have a problem with it.

What this strongly suggests is that the New Heaven and New Earth will operate on totally different laws. Maybe the New Earth will simply be enormous. Maybe gravity, as it operates here, will be totally different there. After all, we do know that time will certainly be different, because nothing lasts forever here. Barring Divine Intervention, our sun, all the stars in this galaxy, all the stars in every galaxy, will one day exhaust themselves. In fact, because of the universe’s continuing and accelerating expansion, all matter itself may come apart and every bit of usable energy will be gone. What will be left is . . . nothing!

We can take comfort because based on what the Bible tells us, this grim future is not what lies ahead. Instead of a dark, empty void, Jesus, the Carpenter, already has the building of our new residences well under way in an eternal city which will always be filled with light.

Based on the signs of these times, I’d say he’s putting on the final touches right now and moving-in day for us is just around the next corner!

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