I believe that most within the Christian family aren’t the least bit concerned with the evil going on in American’s swiftly changing cultural, social, and political landscape. However, I’m equally convinced that most who read these commentaries are extremely concerned and growing more so by the day.
Analyzing the many actions being taken—and contemplated—by those newly installed after the 2020 presidential election, I’m certain that, this time, those in power intend to administer the coup de grâce to all opposition to their globalist ambitions. They believe they have the power to do so, it’s becoming more obvious by the hour. They will quickly and thoroughly determine and put into law—mostly through executive orders—how we will serve them, instead of the other way around.
They intend not to make the mistakes of their most previous time (the Obama administration) of having both the executive and legislative branches under their control and failing to totally vanquish their political enemies. This time they’re determined to finish off the Republic as founded and reshape it into one they believe will reside at the head of the developing, changed world order. There will be no more upstart, populist-type celebrities—or anyone else—allowed to delay implementation of their blueprint for their utopian dream.
Well now…the title of our essay is “Comfort.” There certainly isn’t any comfort in what I’ve written so far, I’m aware. However, I assure that much comfort can be gleaned from the political machinations taking place at such a rapid pace. And you don’t have to take my word for it, but the Word of the Creator of all things, which assures that there is comfort to be taken from all the current stage-setting for fulfillment of prophecy yet future.
No one in the Bible’s accounting went through more trials and hardships than Paul, with the possible exception of Job. No one but Paul wrote more thoroughly regarding things that will be transpiring as the time Christ’s call to the Church nears. We see the great apostle’s concern for the assemblies of believers he ministered to throughout his journeys and imprisonments.
Paul foresaw developments that will be pressing upon the believers at the end of the Church Age. Through all of his prophesying, there was one major, thematic impression straight from God’s heart. Believers, while being deluged with evil as the time of Rapture nears, are to be “comforted” with the words Paul was given to prophesy.
We have looked at some examples of this numerous times. Being comforted revolves powerfully around Christ’s imminent Rapture call to believers, asleep and alive, while the world is in process of coming apart. Here are some of those verses:
“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” (1 Thessalonians 4:16–18)
“For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way…Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle. Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.” (2 Thessalonians 2:7, 15–17)
“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” (2 Corinthians 1:3–4)
“For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9–11)
While the wickedness around us seemingly grows by the minute, we are instructed to hold fast to God’s promises—especially the one that His Son, Jesus, is on the way. Again, we hold fast to the following:
“And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” (Luke 21:28)
We are to take comfort from all of these end-times developments. Admittedly, that’s easier said than done. But it can, and should, be done. All of these troubling things going on mean our Lord is on the cusp of intervening in the most stupendous event this side of the Second Advent.
Jesus Christ has told us that we will experience “tribulation” during life on earth. This means, in this case, troubles, but not the Tribulation (Daniel’s seventieth week). The Lord will call all believers to Himself. His words, therefore, are made gloriously understandable.
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
Therefore Paul’s words were never truer:
“Be [anxious] for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6–7)
While there is time, let us witness of Christ’s saving power to those around us in our daily lives.
These troubled days, one question burns at the center of every believer who adheres to the pre-Trib view of the Rapture. I’ve heard it many times through personal conversation and email ”How long will it be until the Lord says ‘enough is enough’ and calls us home?”
I’ve asked it myself on more than one occasion. But I’ve long since put the question somewhere closer to the back of my thinking. The reason, I suspect, is because I’ve finally got it through my hard head that our Lord wants me to prioritize efforts toward completion of the assignment He has given me while in this life.
Heaven’s bottom line is that I wouldn’t be here during these increasingly troubled times if there is no purpose, according to my Creator. Knowing that He has promised to take us to our homes He has been preparing for us is a comforting truth He’s expressed numerous times in His Holy Word. The more firmly we trust Him to keep that promise, the greater the comfort. Now is the time to trust and get on down that pathway He wants us to follow.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5–6)
All that said, there is certainly justification, in my view, for the angst-ridden question: How long, oh Lord? How long will believers have to be subjected to the proliferating end-times evil assaulting society and culture? When will God say “enough is enough” and have His Son step out on the clouds of glory and shout “Come up here!”?
Jesus, while speaking to His immediate disciples on the Mount of Olives, gave the very first indicator to look for that would lead to all other signals of His Second Advent. He said that there would be great deception and many deceivers on the scene at the end of the age. The cumulative indicators of His Second Coming, he addressed a little later in His discourse.
And when ye shall see all these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your head, for your redemption draweth nigh. (Luke 21:28)
Can anyone legitimately deny that we have in recent months and years witnessed deception that is in our faces during every news broadcast, podcast, or electronic and print forum? The mainstream media, both news and entertainment, have been purveyors of their special brand of this indicator. Deception and deceivers pervade and permeate our lives each and every news cycle.
The former president who just left office properly termed the deceptive practices of journalists “fake news.” Paul the apostle said the following of such that will be prevalent as the Lord’s return nears:
But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived (2 Timothy 3:13, NKJV)
With the daily diatribes by all the mainstream media that consistently lied, thus brought to the office of president a candidate many consider an imposter because of what they believe to be election fraud, the New King James version certainly seems to fit. Deception of the sort Jesus and Paul pronounced upon the end-times generation seems quite appropriate.
Jesus’ words that times would be just like in the days of Noah and of Lot make it seem to many prophecy watchers as if He was speaking specifically of these very days that make us ask: “How long, oh Lord?”
Observing the anger and destruction of the thugs who burned down much of America’s cities during 2020 brings into sharp focus the words in Genesis chapter 6: “violence filled the whole earth.” Assessing the state of our nation and the world in the matter of the satanic forces normalizing what was a few years ago aberrant sexual behavior and deviancy quickly brings realization that the days of Lot prophesied by the Lord Jesus are quite likely the days we’re currently living in.
At last count, there are twenty-seven nations where gay marriage is legal. The Sodom level of sexual immorality and deviancy has just in recent years reached a zenith. Gay rights and all attendant to the perversions it has wrought, such as transgenderism, have torn apart society and culture and done irreparable harm to foundational morality. The youth of America and the world have been victim of inculcation by Sodom-like organizations such as the LBGQTI. The family and its traditional stability have been vitally diminished.
Every day, believers who are paying attention and have the truth of Christ’s words in their spiritual hearts say, “How long, oh Lord?” We’re wise to read again and again the words by our Lord while thinking on this question we’re are asking.
I know all the arguments from those who hold vehemently to the seminary line about the Olivet Discourse being for the Jews only, so don’t write hotly accusing me of misinterpreting these words recorded here. I believe the fig tree here refers to Israel. I believe Jesus is speaking of His next catastrophic intervention into mankind’s evil history–the Rapture. I believe He addresses to some extent the answer to our question of “how long?”.
Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. (Matthew 24:32–36)
Be assured and comforted! Our Lord’s words in Luke 21:28 are almost certainly for this generation!
The single most prominent contribution, perhaps, in President Trump’s dealing with Israel involved deescalating movement toward war in the region.
Despite outcries from every quarter when Mr. Trump officially declared Jerusalem Israel’s capital, then his ordering the American Embassy moved to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, calm has prevailed. There has been lower temperature in the region rather than elevation of heated conflict.
A big part of the success in keeping the potential for war at a relatively low level was the Trump administration’s reversal of the previous administration’s nuclear deal with Iran. The Iranian fanatic dictators—the Muslim ayatollahs—had their financial windfalls cut off abruptly by the “outsider candidate” that came to the presidency in January of 2017.
The Obama administration had rewarded bad behavior and threats by doing things like delivering billions of dollars in cash on pallets on darkened runways at night. Trump reversed this by cutting off funds belonging to Iran in US vaults by forbidding access to those funds by the Iranian regime.
Additionally, Trump’s State Department—though in some cases, reluctantly by the deep-state sort embedded there—put economy-breaking sanctions on the regime. This, in turn, caused population uprisings among Iran’s people because of food shortages and other sanction-engendered hardships.
Even liberal, geopolitical observers had to admit that, strangely, the Iranian people, rather than blaming America, placed blame squarely on the ayatollah dictators for their plight.
To the day of Donald J. Trump’s leaving the presidency, Iran’s black-hearted leadership was searching for ways to get America to loosen sanctions. They tried everything from threats of attacking ships in the Gulf of Hormuz to promising to send terror squads to infiltrate American cities.
Never was there “nice talk” of peaceful resolution from the pernicious Persians. But as soon as it became clear that Biden had won the presidential race, the Iranians began “nice talk” of welcoming the same nuclear deal that Mr. Obama and John Kerry had arranged.
Still, however, Iran’s hostility toward America and Israel was not quelled.
They blatantly began to openly let be known that they were again working on nuclear projects, not even hiding that this includes uranium processing for weapons-grade, fissile material.
It is more than obvious that the dangers are building. Iran is on track to produce the nuclear weapon that Donald Trump declared they would never have.
Indeed, they apparently haven’t been able to produce such a weapon to this point. But it is now a matter of time, if the Biden administration, as it seems to be promising, goes back to the nuclear deal of Obama and Kerry. It is almost certain that if the regime of the Muslim terrorists have their way like they did prior to Trump’s presidency, people not only in Israel, but all over the world, will soon be crying for “peace and safety.”
The International Atomic Energy Agency, an international organization for overseeing nuclear programs, announced last Wednesday that Iran has begun work on uranium metal-based fuel for a research reactor in contravention of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) signed in 2015. The deal bans Iran from producing or acquiring uranium metal until 2030 and, in return, removed economic sanctions that had been in place. Uranium metal, a material that can be used in the core of a nuclear bomb, has no civilian uses but is essential for a nuclear weapons program.
France, Britain, and Germany, who are still adhering to the terms of the JCPOA which they co-signed, joined in condemning the move:
“We strongly encourage Iran to end this activity, and return to full compliance with its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action without delay, if it is serious about preserving this agreement,” the three countries’ governments said in a joint statement.
It is expected that Iran will begin producing the uranium metal within five months. (“Iran to Begin Producing Uranium Metal for Nuclear Weapons Program,” by Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz, The Israel BibleTM, January 19, 2021)
With the new administration’s leaning toward total recommitment to the Iran nuclear deal, Israel’s options for dealing with a revitalized Iranian nuclear-weapons program are becoming fewer. The prophecy of Elam being destroyed might be on their docket—the mountainous area where much of Iran’s nuclear laboratories are said to be operating. It seems now to be only a matter of time, short of heavenly intervention.
And then there is the tremendous economic and geopolitical boost in the Chinese regime that looks to be in the offing with the coming in of the Democrat-controlled US government. They see China as a “competitor,” not as an enemy to be feared, despite the hegemonic, even overtly aggressive military actions by the CCP in the South China Sea, around Taiwan, and in other parts of the region.
The cry for “peace and safety” will shortly be on the rise, I have no doubt. But this also has a silver lining. Such a time is prophesied to be the moment of that great, anticipated instant in human history that will be an astonishing event to the entire world.
But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober… Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. (1 Thes 5:1–6, 11)
My former work life included being creative director for advertising agencies and public relations director for several corporate entities. My favorite part of the work was creating ad campaigns or PR promotional institutional campaigns for the companies and/or products they sold.
I was always interested in the creative billboards that were then strung along America’s highways. Billboards had to be minimal in number of words and yet make an instantaneous impact upon those whose eyes quickly scanned them.
The whole purpose was to relate the words or graphic—or both—with the company or product being advertised by the billboard.
My favorite of all time was for a funeral home. I don’t remember what funeral home or in what city. I’m sure there were several copycats because it was such a profoundly to-the-point message to swiftly passing people.
The billboard said simply: “And in conclusion…”
What better could be said for a funeral home service? That was probably the most comprehensive statement of all advertising ever given within three words.
The message was all-inclusive, wrapping up the finality of life that has spanned howsoever long. Now the funeral home’s services would put the exclamation mark on one’s life. It was both clever and effective like no other advertising message I can remember.
In America, every person who viewed it had in the back of his or her mind somewhere that he or she would one day need the service wrapped up in those three words. Most who saw the message were, I’m sure, like me, both amused and made aware of the 100 percent assuredness of one’s own mortality. Death is a sure thing, everyone understands.
Well. Not quite.
I’m not now in the business of advertising with clever lines such as “And in conclusion…” as an adman. Rather, I consider myself in the business of giving out the message worded in the same way, but profoundly different from the one inferred by the passersby who read that clever billboard back in the day. I offer another assuredness. There is the infinitely different “conclusion” that is spread across God’s great billboard—the Bible.
As a matter of fact, if I were to apply my old advertising-guy cleverness to expressing an ad for God’s message, I would probably put on that Billboard something like…well… “And in conclusion….” I couldn’t improve on that message. The difference is the product being advertised would be different—infinitely different!
The ad would be to let people know that at the conclusion of life is not death—rather, it is life eternal. The message is that to buy into this prospect of living for all eternity in a glorious place beyond imagination, Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14: 6)!.
Now, as a possessor of this guarantee of eternal life in Jesus, I can testify that included within those three words—“And in conclusion…”—Jesus in your life means you might not die physically. Death is no longer a 100 percent guarantee as a “conclusion.”
Jesus has promised to come and take those who have trusted in Him directly to homes He has been building just for them. He put it this way:
Let not your heart be troubled, you 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. If I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again, and will receive you unto myself, that where I am there you may be also. (John 14:1–3)
Jesus was foretelling a “mystery” that the Apostle Paul would later reveal. Paul wrote the following.
Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? (1 Corinthians 15:51–55)
No death! No funeral home! Now that’s some conclusion!
“This is going to be a very dark winter.” That quote made by presidential candidate Joe Biden during a debate both expressed and set the nation’s mood for the beginning of 2021 and beyond.
He made the comment later, for a second time, while staring into the camera somberly while fully masked. It seemed more than a political utterance that was meant to shape the electorate’s desire for someone prepared to deal effectively with COVID-19.
By the time Biden made the comment, the national mood was already one of dark expectations. Mr. Biden’s party, aided and assisted by its propaganda arm—the mainstream media, both news and entertainment, and the social media, anti-free speech giants—had already brought the American people to a point of fear and frustration. They had divided us right down the middle, setting in motion movement along the track of civil war.
The China/deep-state/leftist-manufactured coronavirus pandemic had done its work. People were, and continue to be, huddling in trepidation and willing to go along with globalist demands, both current and future.
Little thought or worry were or are now forthcoming from fully one-half of America’s citizenry concerning the very real possibility that the nation faces at the very least European-style socialism. More and more for the other half, there is growing realization that we might be facing something far worse: not just socialism, but complete lockdown of Orwellian proportions by anti-constitutionalists and anti-God forces intent on completely shutting down liberties written into our founding documents.
Everywhere we look, we see mounting evidence that people have already been cowered into that dystopian corner portrayed in the novel 1984. Everyday life is being swallowed up by the onrush of building stage-setting for Antichrist’s regime of complete control as presented in Revelation chapter 13.
A long-time friend of the Rapture Ready website recently wrote an email that personifies the state of that future society we already face. The personal snapshot of the experience would be humorous if not so serious in its evil portent.
In part, our friend said the following.
I went for a ride this morning, I wake up feeling so bad, I thought a ride and fresh air would help. I got out of the car at a park, took deep breaths, I felt a little better. Then I walked to a nearby pet store to pick up my cat food.
We have to stay outside the store, I stood over a foot away from the door, there was a desk blocking the way to the store and the clerk came over. I was outside in the open, more than 2 feet away from the clerk and the first thing he told me that my mask is not properly covering my nose and to fix it.
I fixed my mask, got the bag and left agitated by his behavior, I went to another store, dropped stuff out of agitation, I picked them and left the store quickly after only getting the stuff I needed most.
I called the store to talk to a manager, I knew what the outcome would be, yet I still picked up the phone and the manager went on about how people have to wear their masks properly.
I kept telling her that I was outside the store, nowhere near the clerk, and he should at least say “Hi” something,……………not the first thing I hear is to adjust my mask.
She went on a rant about our responsibility to protect each other and when I told her I was outside the building a good distance from that guy, she said: “common sense is that people have to make sure their masks are on properly before approaching a store.”
I felt my blood starting to boil, I said: So now, I don’t have common sense?
Anyway, I told the manager, it is nice for the employees to at least say “hi” to a person and not start by asking them to adjust their mask.
She said: is that what you want, I said “yes”, she said ok next time we will say Hi before we ask someone to adjust their mask.
I was so agitated. I shouted out to God about how much longer are we going to put up with this world…”
Actually, I can relate to the experience. While visiting my dermatologist for a check-up, my wife was helping me with a face mask. (I wear one only when absolutely required to do so. Therefore, I’m quite inept.)
A woman was quite agitated nearby. So much so that she began instructing, with irritation in her voice, how my mask should be placed. She then rushed from the room, we figure, because my adjustment was too slowly accomplished.
I, of course, laughed heartily, but Margaret was quite irritated with the lady’s ill-tempered attempt to make sure we did it right.
It was a lesson to me of how people are being turned into proverbial lemmings in preparation for implementing the “new normal” with which the Re-setters want us to comply.
But the foregoing experiences are whimsical compared to what is coming. The supposed winners of the just-concluded presidential election are vowing to come down hard on anyone and everyone who supported the other candidate in any way. They have the most powerful, anti-God forces in the world—plus the minions in high places of Ephesians 6:12 on their side.
Looking at all the troubling things going on in that way makes it seem to not bode well, especially for Christians who oppose the policies and movements that are blatantly against God’s Word.
However, we are instructed by that very Word to trust in the Lord with all our heart (Proverbs 3:5-6). After Paul’s marvelous promise of Christ’s call to us, in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, the apostle writes further in the following chapter:
“For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9–11)
We are to take comfort as we see that moment approaching. And one doesn’t have to be a prophet to see that the signs of His coming are converging even now.
Many are angered, frustrated and greatly disheartened by results of presidential election 2020. My own emotion fits somewhere within that description.
Chief among the various disconcerting aspects of the angst we who support a morally based, constitutional republic that the founders gave us is that we are made to look like the progenitors of evil who are inflicting damage to the nation. It is a master stroke by the master of all evil orchestration—Lucifer the fallen one.
I’m referring to the fact that all the blame has been placed upon the many thousands of Trump supporters who gathered to protest peacefully. All was, in my opinion, then manipulated to be seen as interrupting congressional proceedings to count votes and to consider recounts. It was a Luciferic plan implemented to perfection in my view.
The prophetic implications are profound, I believe. I will say, in advance, that I am including personal experience in this commentary. That is, I will include personal experience that I realize many will reject as weirdly ecstatic in nature and extra-biblical. Nonetheless, this is what I believe I’ve been given to write at this moment. Therefore, I will risk the naysayers and ultra-discernment authority critics. More about this a bit later.
Everything seemed to change when the election results began to come in during the early morning hours of November 4, 2020. The Trump landslide that was underway suddenly gave way to a tsunami or avalanche of votes for the other candidate. This strange turn of events remains—to those who don’t understand truth—a mysterious thing to this day. The mystery is exacerbated by the fact that nobody in government with authority to examine fraudulent election manipulations will allow the overly apparent irregularities to come under the light of inspection. But in reality things didn’t change. The scriptural truth from God’s Word remains in play to this moment.
He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. (Revelation 22:11)
This truth will be in play, we are shown through the book of Revelation, right up to the moment Christ returns in power and great glory. That is because, of course, the fallen nature of mankind has not changed. Sin dominates, and those in whom it dwells wield earthly power under the leadership of the prince of the power of the air—Lucifer. Those producing America’s 2020 presidential election fraud, rather than desist in their rage to—for the most part unwittingly—bring Antichrist to power, forge ahead toward the end of the age with their deception and subterfuge.
So what about the Lord in all this destructive change being perpetrated? Where is He in light of the millions of prayers pleading that He miraculously intervene in the 2020 election like we believe he did in the 2016 presidential election? Why is He now permitting this destructiveness? It certainly appears God is, as my title implies, loosening His grip.
By that, of course, I mean that, to some, God seems to be no longer restraining evil and the rush toward globalist takeover to the same degree as He has up to this point. Yet He cannot lie, and His prophetic Word says the following, as we’ve looked at many times.
And now ye know what [restrains]that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now [restrains] will [restrain], until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked 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, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.” (2 Thessalonians 2:6–10)
The promise from the Lord is that He will, through the Holy Spirit indwelling the church (each believer in Christ for salvation) restrain the evil we see rampant all around us at this moment. So even though He might seem to have loosened His grip a bit, allowing evil to have more leash, He is still restraining the Beast of Revelation chapter 13 from coming forth. He will do so until you and I as believers are removed in the Rapture.
Now to get to the part in this commentary of the personal, ecstatic experience of which I forewarned. Most who read these articles have heard of this a number of times. While I don’t deliberately look for reasons and/or situations in which to bring it up, it has once again come to mind in a quite direct impression. I am to use it here is what I believe is the directive.
While doing what many of you are doing—thinking on what has just happened in this election—I was questioning, in prayerful attitude. Why weren’t the millions of earnest prayers answered as I thought they should be answered? Why are things suddenly reversed from the way they had begun turning after the 2016 election?
From out of that fog of questioning emerged the one scene most powerfully available to replay upon the screen of my memory. And it was in brilliant, dynamic color and electric with energy! It was during the three times I was somewhere in the heavenly realm on Good Friday, April 22, 2011.
I flat-lined four times, the hospital records show. But three of those times when my heart stopped due to the widow-maker heart attack, I stood before a cheering throng of beautiful, shimmering, young people who looked to be in their middle twenties. They were bidding me to come to them.
The third time I went there, I was among them and we were all running toward something wonderful. It was a victory lap, with all the young people thrusting their hands high into the heavenly atmosphere.
I was shown over the months following that these were the cloud of witnesses of Hebrews 12:1–3. We were finishing that great race assigned to each believer. We would soon be before the throne of God.
But they hit me with the defib paddles yet again. I was back on the cath-lab table, and I, many of the doctors believe, was the beneficiary of a medical miracle—so much so that they gave me my state’s “Cardiologist Patient of the Year” award.
So it was that, when thinking deeply on why things had turned so dramatically on the early morning of November 4, the powerful, cerebral video instantly replayed. The young people again were leaping with their hands thrust high. They were laughing and expressing their explosive exuberance as only the youthful can.
This, I’ve been impressed many times, was and is Heaven’s approval. It is approval of the pre-Trib view of the Rapture of the Church, which I and many believers champion. It is approval of all who believe, teach, and cling fervently to that blessed hope of Titus 2:13.
The replay of that, my one and only ecstatic experience, came instantly to mind, I’m convinced, to make clear the reason these things must happen as they are unfolding. Jesus Christ is on the very cusp of calling all believers to Himself before the Heavenly Father loosens His grip of restraint on this judgment-deserving world.
Meantime, we are to be witnessing and working as royal ambassadors for the King of all kings and Lord of all lords, all the while watching, as given in Mark 13:37.
For when you see all these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your head, for your redemption draws near. (Luke 21:28)
Jonathan Cahn’s The Harbinger came in for a considerable amount of criticism from within Christian circles, especially by some self-appointed guardians of Bible truth within the arena of discernment. His was a novel based on Bible prophecy that had much of America’s history, future, and sins linked in a creative and spiritual way to Israel’s history, sins, and fate.
I, myself, along with some colleagues in prophecy ministries, was questioned for not condemning the author’s fictional yet somehow eerily factual presentation. His character—the prophet—gave a declaration that 2 Chronicles 7:14 was not only for the children of Israel, but for all of God’s people. I’m totally in agreement with that belief.
If God’s people, who are called by His Name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek His face, and turn from their wicked ways, He will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sins, and will heal their land.
How anyone can read that declaration by the Creator of mankind and not see that He is speaking to all of the creation that can truly call Him “Father” is beyond me. And yes, God made a covenant with only one nation, I’m fully aware. But He made a covenant much more comprehensive. His Word, the Bible, declares that all who call on His Name will be saved. These are all people called by His Name. They are in God’s family, forever.
Getting back to Jonathan Cahn’s novel, its premise is, in large part, that America has turned from God and that judgment is on the way if repentance isn’t forthcoming. He presents in his story that what happened following the 9/11 attack on New York City, the World Trade Center Towers, and the Pentagon harbored some of the same sorts of judgments as Israel faced in ancient days.
This is, I believe Cahn’s novelistic approach indicates, because God doesn’t change. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. To turn from Him and seek other gods—whether material wealth or any other—is to invite His holy judgment. In the interim—between unrepented-of sins and the time of ultimate judgment and wrath—the Lord implements corrective or remedial/restorative actions.
The prophet character explains throughout The Harbinger the similarities between what faced ancient Israel and what faces America today. He also points out the same mistakes made by leadership and the people of Israel of old and what was taking place following the 9/11 disaster.
The storyline is based primarily on the following scriptural presentation.
The Lord sent a word into Jacob, and it hath lighted upon Israel. And all the people shall know, even Ephraim and the inhabitant of Samaria, that say in the pride and stoutness of heart, The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycamores are cut down, but we will change them into cedars. Therefore the Lord shall set up the adversaries of Rezin against him, and join his enemies together; The Syrians before, and the Philistines behind; and they shall devour Israel with open mouth. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still. (Isaiah 9:8–12)
The prophet in the story reminds the protagonist that a similar declaration was made by President George W. Bush following the 9/11 attack. He said in promising to wage war on terror, “We will rebuild New York.” Then the prophet points out that, during the great financial crisis of 2009, President Barack Obama—regarding the financial disaster that faced the nation—declared in his inaugural address on January 24, 2009, “We will rebuild.”
Cahn’s prophet character lets the protagonist come to the epiphany that both presidents had inadvertently declared the same thing as the leaders of ancient Israel. They would, in effect, build bigger and better. George W. Bush promised to build back the skyscrapers—the bricks that had fallen—bigger and better. Obama declared simply that he intended to build all of America bigger and better.
At any rate, the prophet puts forth the warning. There can be no restoration apart from invoking the Holy Name of God and earnestly seeking Him in the matter of forgiveness of sins, either personally or nationally.
Now we come to the apparent winners of the fraudulent presidential election. The Democrats have, for the record, deliberately not allowed God’s Name to be used in party platform matters. Their supposed successful candidates have as their political slogan “Build Back Better.” The challenge, in my view, to the God of Heaven could not be made more blatant.
The following excerpt makes manifest how the entire globalist, anti-God cabal—the wickedness in high places of Ephesians 6:12—has embraced or perhaps originated the slogan “Build Back Better.” It also seems to prove the insidious nature of the cabal in their ability to co-opt, thus, as in Paul’s perilous-times forewarnings, make traitors of those they control—President Trump’s supposed friend, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, for example.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has dashed hopes that 2021 will be any better than 2020 by tweeting his support of the Great Reset.
Proud that the UK is taking over the 2021 Presidency of the G7 today. Hosting both the G7 Summit and @COP26 will make this a hugely important year for Global Britain and I look forward to welcoming our friends and allies as we beat COVID and build back better from the pandemic.
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) January 1, 2021
“Build back better” is, as Johnson is perfectly well aware, the slogan of the World Economic Forum’s deeply sinister Fourth Industrial Revolution — aka “the Great Reset” – whose aims include the deliberate crashing of the world economy, the crushing and destruction of small businesses, and the creation of a new cash-free society in which no one (save the technocratic elite) owns private property.
Unfortunately for Johnson, people have started wising up to what Build Back Better actually means.
Here are some of the comments which greeted his New Year message:
YOU C**** !!! You deliberately destroyed things for your WEF/China masters !! Build Back Better Bollox !!
Could y’all please stop scaring us with the “build back better” joke? Thank you.
“Build back better” is the slogan of progressive technocracy. Why don’t you come clean with people and let them know what it is you want? You market yourself as a conservative, which is preposterous given the policies you promote.”
“More fascism, more taxes, more authoritarianism. Rot In Hell!”(“Delingpole: Bojo Tweets Praise for the Great Reset. Strap in Everyone, 2021 is Going to be a Wild Ride,” Breitbart.com, RR News, January 2, 2021)
Building Back Better? The building project—the Re-Set—is destined to suffer the same, deserved fate as that effort of Genesis chapter 11. The neo-Tower of Babel building project will seem to succeed for a time. But all who are complicit in constructing that evil edifice will suffer the consequences of Psalms chapter 2.
Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure… Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. (Psalm 2:5, 9)
Take comfort. Something big is up with the Lord. So keep looking up! (Luke 21: 28)
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Terry James on the End Times and the Antichrist
There should be no question now in spiritually attuned minds of Bible prophecy students. The principalities and powers in high places of Ephesians 6: 12 are in full throttle mode. They intend to use this presidential election theft to galvanize their one-world tower building effort.
Global warming didn’t do it. Following that lie, the climate change ruse hasn’t done it. Now, with more than four years of inflicting every sort of prevarication and coup d’état attempt by the globalist wickedness, they are all in for changing Planet Earth into their own Utopian concept. At the heart of that blueprint is the term we’ve heard over and over since the 2020 presidential campaign in the U.S. began.
The Great Reset is thrusting ahead into 2021, seemingly unstoppable while it threatens to pierce the fabric of culture and society the founding fathers wove together so carefully back in 1776. They have corrupted this God-blessed republic through fraud and deceit that is itself prophetic in nature (read Jesus’ first prophetic words as recorded in Matthew chapter 24). They have, with Lucifer-inspired cleverness, possibly put the political party and the presidential placeholder into office that will, when the blueprint is come to fruition, dissolve American sovereignty, tear down borders, and bring this nation’s great assets into the globalist coffers, just as has been their goal for decades.
I use the word “possibly” because as of this writing there remains room for the God who brought into existence this republic time to perform yet another miracle. –One like He performed in the 2016 presidential election, in my estimation.
And, certainly, it will take a miracle directly from Heaven. Prospects, from the human view of the way things are shaped at this time, are less than good that Mr. Trump will get a second term.
Thoughts of The Great Reset has all of the pundits on the other side positively giddy. –And that consists of the vast majority of those who make up America’s political, news media and business elite who anticipate Mr. Biden taking the oath of office on January 20.
While the following is more lengthy than the excerpts I prefer to include in commentaries, I thought this portion of a superb article on the matter of The Great Reset is something that will explain what the nation faces.
[A WEV video stated that] the brainchild of the World Economic Forum [WEV,] a globalist group of powerful Deep State elites that meets every year in the Swiss ski-resort town of Davos, is the “Great Reset” aims to fundamentally reengineer industries, societies, education, agriculture, relationships, and even human beings. Its advocates are openly saying as much, with WEF boss Klaus Schwab declaring that “all aspects of our societies and economies” need to be “revamped.” Even “our thinking and behavior” will have to dramatically shift, he said. A WEF statement marketing the controversial scheme also calls for a “new social contract” centered on “social justice.”
“Every country, from the United States to China, must participate, and every industry, from oil and gas to tech, must be transformed,” added Schwab, calling for even “stronger and more effective” government, without explaining what might happen to those that refuse. “We must build entirely new foundations for our economic and social systems.” And there is no other choice but to submit, he and others declared.
In his book on COVID and the Great Re*set, Schwab also vowed that life would “never” return to “normal.” “The world as we knew it in the early months of 2020 is no more, dissolved in the context of the pandemic,” he said, adding that the looming changes are so huge that some are now speaking of “before coronavirus” (BC) and “after coronavirus” (AC) eras.
The changes will be systemic. “The COVID19 crisis has shown us that our old systems are not fit anymore for the 21st century,” Schwab declared in his speech unveiling the Great Re*set in June. Beyond just social systems, Schwab also called a change in “mindsets” the “most important” issue. “We have to … bring our thinking and behavior once more into harmony with nature,” he said. Read that again: Even your thinking and behavior is in the global elites’ cross hairs. “Now is the historical moment — the time — not only to fight the virus, but to shape the system for the post-corona era,” he added. [The Great Reset, thenewamerican.com, by Alex Newman, December 29, 2020]
To understand the dangers of this blueprint, we have only to consider that the Chinese Communist government is wholeheartedly signed on to the WEV plans to establish this Great Reset. Chinese dictator Xi Jinping is one of the most applauded leaders when the WEV meets. This brings into focus the almost certainty that the Coronavirus (often called the Chinese Virus) has been instrumental in galvanizing the efforts to bring America down and establish the globalist elites’ Utopian dream.
The Great Reset, no matter the planning by those who believe they are superior to not only everyone else on earth, but superior to God, Himself, can’t proceed without that very God’s permission. They, like their father, Lucifer the fallen one, have determined to put their throne above the Throne of the Almighty. Their neo-Tower of Babel won’t be completed as long as the Restrainer is on this fallen planet. The Holy Spirit, Who resides within each believer in Jesus Christ, will hold back their devilish plans until He removes all believers to Heaven.
In the supernatural battle of Reset vs Restrainer, the winning strategy is firmly held only in the mind of God. This should give everyone who names the name of Jesus Christ great comfort. I know it does me.