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Prophecy’s Risk Society

Some have mockingly termed it “the nanny state.” The nanny state is, according to Wikipedia, a term of British origin that conveys a view that a government or its policies are overprotective or interfering unduly with personal choice. The term likens such a government to the role that a nanny has in child-rearing. An early use of the term comes from Conservative British Member of Parliament Iain Macleod, who referred to “what I like to call the nanny state” in the 3 December 1965 edition of The Spectator.

Harsher terminology for this kind of governance is authoritarian rule or even dictatorship. It is the kind of governmental evil that George Orwell wrote about in his novel 1984, and that Aldous Huxley framed in his fiction work, Brave New World.

However one wants to define it, the Biden government, with the current occupant in the White House laying out the vaccine mandates and other demands that we comply, has made major strides toward installing the sort of government forewarned by both Orwell and Huxley.

I heard a podcast host who has a considerable listenership/viewership asking the question: How have we (the US) come to this point? That is, how have we come from being a representative democracy that was the envy of the world to a nation that now is on the verge of becoming a “risk society.”?

The term was totally new to me. I see America as moving swiftly toward becoming a godless, therefore a reprobate, country, according to the first chapter of Romans (verse 28). But a blog analyst who analyzes America’s declining trajectory from a secular viewpoint uses the term “risk society” in defining the extent to which the nation has devolved.

I have followed Dr. Steve Turley’s podcasts for quite some time and have found his analytical opinion videos to be enlightening and soundly based. So when I heard him asking the question of how we as a nation got to where we are now from the way we were in saner times, calling America now a “risk society,” my curiosity was piqued.

Turley, a college professor, began by saying he was getting questions in his blog-type seminars about why the United States seemed to be turning into a communist state—why America is, day by day, moving toward Marxist-socialism.

He said: “There is, in fact, discernable rationale for how we ended up here. And it’s rooted in what is called a ‘risk society’.”

He then said that a risk society is the way modern globalist societies deal with risk. Expounding upon this, he said it means the way societies deal with insecurities related to potential hazards we might face.

Turley said that every human generation has had to face insecurities and hazards. Traveling from one city to another, for example, presented hazards to eighteenth-century Americans. He said the phrase “Goodbye” (I take it, during that era) was born out of an expression related to dependence upon the higher, heavenly Authority for safety. “Goodbye” is actually the contraction of “The Great God be with thee”.

The professor then made the point that people no longer, as a generational whole, depend upon a personal, religious belief system in keeping them safe from the risks they face each and every day. By this, the takeaway is that people are turning from God and turning instead to something else in which to place their faith.

I couldn’t agree more with this assessment. Just as Turley says, people now look toward government to protect them from the risks they face. Thus, this generation moves farther and farther from the God of Heaven.

One glaring example of this is how the COVID-19 matter has been handled. At least half of America’s population relies on government to be their protector in the matter. There have been much worse epidemics, but never has the population fallen in such a massive way for governmental overreach in forcing compliance to take inadequately tested injections. Freedom is thus eroded; the liberty the founding fathers intended, I believe, has been maliciously attacked in ways yet to be fully manifested.

This is a risk society that has, in many ways, made big government its god. From the invasion and takeover of the public education system; removing prayer and Bible reading from public schools; and constitutionally mandating murder of babies in the womb and even the just-born to inculcating the young with the anti-American rewriting of history; teaching them unnatural, antibiblical ways of sensuality and sexuality; and the insane, upside-down, cancel-culture evil—the risk society wages war against Christianity—against God.

Steve Turley further proposed that such a risk society—one that no longer relies on religious faith whatsoever—turns to advancing technology to mitigate risk. Technological protection requires technocrats—those with knowledge of the technology—to assure the risk is diminished and/or eradicated. This, of course, seems to be the way things are trending toward the establishment of Revelation 13:16–18—the mark of the Beast and all that pertains to it.

There are additional and profound prophetic implications, too, in this matter of a risk society. They are found in the Apostle Paul’s writing.

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. (2 Thessalonians 5:1–3)

Paul prophesies that at the end of the Church Age (Age of Grace) when the “day of the Lord” comes, there will be a great cry for “peace and safety.

This is the “risk society.” There is a great angst among people all over the world for safety against the so-called pandemic. Never before has there been such a worldwide begging for safety. Such a cry could have never happened until the developments in global technologies and technocratic rule of the globalists who, with the principalities and powers of Ephesians 6:12, instituted the implementation of plans to fulfill the satanic blueprint that will eventuate in the buying and selling dictatorship of Revelation 13:16–18.

And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. (Revelation 13: 16–18)

Terry James “Prophecy Power” book for people of Pakistan

Dear Rapture Ready family,

My book, Prophecy Power: Strength From God to Face Your Future, has been translated into the Urdu language (primary Pakistani language). This has been done by my long-time pastor friend in Pakistan. I gave his ministry the book absolutely free, to translate it so the people of that region can learn prophetic truth from God’s Word.

Prophecy Power, as many of you might know, is a book of thirteen lessons (chapters) in Bible prophecy yet future. It is something entirely unique to the sort of Bible-based books these folks have available to them.

I’m asking that, if the Lord leads you, to contribute whatever amount the Holy Spirit urges, to donate to the publication and distribution of this book. This will be an effort that will give all of God’s family a way to “store up heavenly treasure.”

The pastor, who has been a devoted Christian minister for many years in this perilous region for Christians, wants to distribute the book free to the people, as a witness and as a means of teaching God’s truth.

If you wish to be part of this effort, which I believe to be commissioned by our Lord, please make out the check, etc., to me, Terry James, and put in the bottom line Pakistan ministry, and send your contribution to the following address.

Terry James

Rapture Ready

P.O. Box 969

Benton, AR 72018

I will keep you updated about the results of this effort on behalf of our Lord’s work.

Thank you, and blessings.

Terry

Gog-Magog Coalition in Focus

It’s like looking at a movie. The creative senses of the film’s director force our eyes to initially see a blurred vista—maybe a desert scene. At first, the scene just appears to be a barren waste. Then the camera lens turns, and suddenly the view tightens to precisely frame a group of camels and people moving in the far distance.

The scene is no longer blurry. It is in finely tuned focus, letting the movie watcher know that this is a caravan of some sort traversing a desert-like wilderness.

This is the way it seems when we consider a particular Bible prophecy that must be relatively near to its time of fulfillment. The recent geopolitical gyrations in Afghanistan and the Middle East in general seem to be orchestrated by a foreknowing director, who is bringing into a sharper image the events setting up the Gog-Magog prophecy.

We know, of course, who that director is—the God who issued the prophecy in the first place.

Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet: Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee. Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them.After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them. (Ezekiel 38:2–8)

We have for months—maybe even for years now—been observing the Gog-Magog assault force coalescing. It has been a process—with Israel, of course, always at the center. The region is incessantly of concern for the New World Order builders who see Israel as being the holdup to peace in the region and the world.

The United Nations—the majority of its nations—has always voted against the tiny Jewish state in most every issue of conflict involving the nation and its surrounding blood-vowed enemies. Israel has long ago, in effect, become the “burdensome stone and cup of trembling” of Zechariah chapter 12.

Until recently, the United States has, for the most part, stood behind Israel, keeping at bay Satan’s efforts of to bring the wrath of the entire world down upon God’s chosen nation. We’ve seen some breeches in the friendship between America and Israel that have opened wider, then closed to some extent—for example, when President Barak Obama pushed Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israel, too, away from warm, diplomatic relationship. Then President Donald Trump brought the schism back together for the most part. Still, however, the entrenched US State Department, apparatchiks have continued holding the Jewish state at arm’s length to a large extent.

Now, under the Biden regime, it seems the Middle East, and Israel in particular, are being abandoned, telling Israel that it is more or less on its own. It is crucial to note that Afghanistan—that is, the geographical area it occupies—was, like Iran, part of ancient Persia.

Afghanistan, in my view, is the epitome of this abandonment. I believe it is a part of shaping the prophetic picture for the near future. The entire “debacle”—as it’s called by Biden detractors—is bringing the Gog-Magog force into high resolution in a big way—an image that now, I believe, can be seen in ever-sharpening focus.

The following excerpt defines clearly the exact nations that will be at the nucleus of that coalition when all is said and done. China is the exception, but that sinister entity’s importance can’t be missed in consideration of the overall prophetic picture.

The Taliban announced on Monday that they have invited Turkey, China, Pakistan, Iran, Russia and Qatar to participate in a ceremony announcing their new government in Afghanistan.

Russia’s TASS News reported:

The Taliban (outlawed in Russia) that seized power in Afghanistan have invited a number of countries, including Russia, to take part in an event dedicated to the announcement of the composition of the new Afghan government, the group’s representative, whose name was not revealed, told the Al Jazeera TV channel on Monday.

“We have sent invitations to Turkey, China, Russia, Iran, Pakistan and Qatar to take part in the [ceremony] of announcing [the composition of the new Afghan] government,” he said.

The TV channel’s interlocutor also noted that the necessary procedures for the announcement of the composition of the new cabinet had been completed by now. He added that the Taliban would create “a regime that will be accepted by the global community and the Afghan people.” (Taliban Invites Russia, China, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey and Qatar to Ceremony Announcing New Government in Afghanistan,” By Jim Hoft, The Gateway Pundit, September 6, 2021)

Not only is the Gog-Magog coalition now sharply defined for the observer of Bible prophecy, but most every other previous fuzzy image of things taking shape for being fulfilled now is beginning to, like that blurry desert movie scene, tighten into focus.

And 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)

Prepping Israel

It takes neither a scholar in Bible prophecy nor a scholar of Middle Eastern history to understand that dynamics in the region are building toward war. Those who would be governors of world geopolitics, such as the elite of the UN, fear the region to be the ignition point for a future conflict that will explode into full-blown nuclear conflagration.

We know from God’s prophetic Word that Israel is destined both to suffer a time of great trouble and, ultimately, a thousand years of glory as the head of all nations. This turmoil and eventual emergence into great victory involves threats and pressures from surrounding nations that hate that Jewish state.

While Bible prophecy outlines and even details to some extent how all of this eventuates, the moment-by-moment, day-by-day developments are not always clear in regard to how all will unfold. Those pressures mentioned take the form of many points of shaping and influencing God’s chosen as the nation interacts among nation-states of the region and world.

I’m of the opinion that one such point of pressure is being used at present by the old serpent Satan to cause God’s chosen people to be seen as a prototype for how he intends to manipulate and control the world’s population when allowed to foment his final moments of evil.

We’ve looked a number of times in these commentaries at how COVID-19 has been wielded as a powerful tool with which to bludgeon the entire populations of the planet into submission. To any observer of Bible prophecy from the pre-Trib view, this globalist-generated biological weapon was planned and is being used to establish a worldwide mindset of being willing to submit to authoritarian rule.

In this sense, Israel is, I believe, being somehow prepped to serve Satan’s purpose for the coming Tribulation holocaust.

We see story after story of COVID-19 used to lock down cities and now entire nations. Australia, for example, has become almost again the prison colony it once was. The rulers in some parts—South Wales, for example—have become despotic in their evil demands. First they seized all private weapons they could force the Aussies to give up, and now they go house to house to demand vaccine proof. Those not compliant go to something called “wellness camps” or some such designation.

But, regardless from where the stories of lockdowns, etc., come, it is more and more the tiny Jewish state that is being put in the world spotlight—all with the willing complicity of Israel’s own growingly despotic leadership. The nation leads the world in people vaccinated to protect against COVID apparently, yet incongruent facts have emerged. The following report/analysis frames developments.

Just a few months ago, the mainstream media praised Israel for its “pandemic-ending” vaccination campaign. With over 40 percent of the population “fully vaccinated” in the first quarter of 2021, Israel was well on its way to stopping community spread and clearing out its hospitals.

The nation of Israel imposed some of the strictest lockdowns during that time, violating the Nuremberg Code and segregating the unvaccinated from public life. Israel bought up the Pfizer/BioNTech mRNA Covid vaccine and began issuing mandatory Green Pass “vaccine passports” as a requirement for citizens to enter public spaces. By August, Israel had intimidated and coerced its population into having one of the highest vaccination rates in the world, with 78 percent of people 12 years of age and older classified as “fully vaccinated.”

The world was reassured that this rate of vaccination was more than enough to ensure individual and “herd immunity.” However, infection rates have skyrocketed across the country since then, and Israel is now logging the world’s highest infection rates, with nearly 650 new cases daily per million people. At times, hospitalizations for the “fully vaccinated” have reached upwards of 95 percent. (Lance D. Johnson, “Israel now has more covid infections per capita than any country in the world, even as “booster shots” are being widely administered there,” CitizenFreePress, Thursday, September 02, 2021)

The nation is now again under draconian lockdown.

A friend emailed me this week and posed a fascinating question. He pondered whether Israel is in probably the most dictatorial-type lockdown of any nation on earth, keeping its citizens from leaving en masse for some divine purpose.

Perhaps, he conjectured, it is because some action by the Lord or by some evil entity is pending. The severe sequestration keeping Israeli citizens more or less in lockdown is maybe to protect or benefit them in some way from imminent something or the other.

We know the following is always true, no matter what the facts are surrounding that which seems to be prepping Israel for what is to come.

Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. (Psalm 121: 4)

Believe It…or Not

“Believe It or Not” was a syndicated newspaper series of brief facts about strange things in the world that ran for decades during the twentieth century. As I recall, each explanation of the strange goings-on was accompanied by an artist’s rendering that more or less encapsulated the weird story being told.

Later, actor Jack Palance snarled out in his usual villainous voice a TV series telling Ripley’s Believe It or Not stories. The viewers could make up their own minds about the truth of the stories. However, most had enough evidence to back up their veracity.

These were, of course, for entertainment purposes. The things told were mostly about events that had happened in the distant past, so, more often than not, they had no relevance to the well-being of or potential harm to the reader. You could believe it…or not. No further action was required.

There is one particular profound fact, however, that—as strange as it might be to some—requires a decision that involves total commitment to belief. To not believe invites personal destiny that is the most devastating imaginable.

This is not some imponderable factoid or matter of conjecture as to whether it’s fact or fiction. This is the truth we must believe, or else we’ll face a destiny beyond imagination:

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (John 3:17–18)

The whispers that come in soothing sounds from the creature that tells people to not believe is a million times more sinister than the snarling admonition by Jack Palance in the TV seriesSatan says to each human being facing this all-important decision: “Yea…Hath God said?”

It is the same deception that brought sin into the world when the serpent whispered those words and Eve, being deceived, convinced Adam to partake in tasting the forbidden fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

God’s Word says we are lost because of that original sin. Satan seductively says that God didn’t really say that, but said something else, because man, being God himself, can determine for himself his course toward ultimate destiny.

It is true that God created us in His own image. At the same time, He gave us volition (free will) to believe or not to believe. God doesn’t force Himself on us. He didn’t create robots. He wants men and women, boys and girls, to love Him because it is our decision. We can believe it—or not.

At the same time, however, there are consequences to that decision, individually. Whether we choose to believe or not believe determines where we will spend eternity.

To believe that Jesus came into the world not to condemn the world, but so the world can be saved through Him is the all-important decision we can make. Our choice sets our personal destiny.

To believe that Jesus came to seek and save the lost—those in unbelief—and to accept that He is the only remedy for this lost condition is what God requires to cover our sin that condemns us to an eternity apart from His holy presence.

Sin cannot enter heaven. That’s why Jesus said that we must be born again—otherwise, we can’t even see the kingdom of heaven, much less enter it.

We must believe that Jesus died for us to save us from our lost condition, we must believe that God raised Jesus from death, and we must confess with our mouth that we believe this (Romans 10:9–10).

Like it or not—believe it or not—this is the way, the only way to go to heaven either upon death or at the Rapture of all believers.

It is more important than ever for Christians—believers—to share this truth with everyone we meet. Conditions proliferating in every direction point to the any-moment removal from planet earth for the believers. We must look through God’s eyes, being one with Him in Spirit, and point to that one Way He accepts for redemption. Jesus addressed His disciple, Thomas:

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14: 6)  

Abraham and America

What does Abraham have to do with America? might be the question. No, not Abraham Lincoln, but Abraham, the progenitor of the Jewish race—one of the great, Old Testament fathers of faith in the One, True, Living God.

Thousands of years separate the United States of America from the time of Israel’s founding father, yet the linkage couldn’t be more apparent. Let’s explore what I mean.

We’ve examined the matter in various ways in our time together in these commentaries. Yet I sense it’s now most necessary to look more deeply into the connection. I believe the commonality of Abraham’s time to ours is undeniable.

Sodom’s Lot and Us

The comparison of Lot’s time in Sodom to us (believers) and our time in the present-day USA is astounding, really, in my view.

Sodom and Gomorrah were perhaps among the most highly successful commercial centers of the world at the time when Lot served in the gates of Sodom. He was apparently a city official—a judge—who rendered verdicts of various sorts in contested matters among the citizenry. It seems that just beneath the civility and smoothly operating society and culture of the time, however, there beat the heart of wickedness that emerged into violence and debauchery once the sun set each day.

We can only imagine what level of depravity could cause God, Himself, to come to earth and get a firsthand look at things going on.

Now, we know the Lord—the Creator of all that is—knew exactly what was going on in Sodom and Gomorrah. But He came, we can be almost certain, specifically so that there would be a record of the visit. I believe part of the reason for the visit was so you and I could consider the record of it these thousands of years later.

The chief sin of those cities—Sodom in particular—almost with a doubt, according to the scriptural record, was sexual activity of the most egregious nature.

God the Son, in a theophany appearance to Abraham, addressed the matter of Sodom and Gomorrah:

And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous; I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know. (Genesis 18: 20–21)

Particularly, sensual evil of every kind had progressed to sexual perversion of every sort. We know that the Apostle Paul reflected on the perverse nature of the activity thousands of years later:

For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet. (Romans 1: 26–27)

Abraham, Lot’s uncle—when he finally figured out that he was in the presence of God, Himself—was terribly worried about what the Lord was about to do. Abraham, no doubt, knew about the evil going on in those heathen cities. He must have known that the Lord already knew all about it, too.

Abraham carefully and reverently approached the Lord, asking if He would spare the cities if the Lord could find first fifty righteous there, then thirty, then twenty, then ten.

The Lord said “yes” in every case. Abraham then must have concluded that his nephew and family were the only ones who were considered righteous in God’s holy eyes.

We don’t know what the population of those towns was, but the percentage of “righteous” within the total population must have been infinitesimally small. There just weren’t enough people who believed in God’s way to prevent destruction of the whole area.

In considering America and the degree of the wicked and perverse society and culture our nation has devolved into, here’s an interesting question that is relevant. We’ve heard it asked before:

“Might the Lord relent on our own nation’s well-deserved judgment and perhaps destruction if enough “righteous” (true believers in Christ) inhabit our land?”

We remember the quote attributed to Ruth Bell Graham, evangelist Billy Graham’s wife: “If God doesn’t judge America [for all the wickedness Mrs. Graham saw] He will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.”

The Lord didn’t get angry at Abraham when He rather meekly sought God’s agreement to relent from His decision to destroy those depraved people. Surely there are more “righteous” in America, percentage-wise, than there were in Sodom and Gomorrah in Lot’s day.

On the other hand, in some ways, America, the most God-blessed nation in human history, materially speaking, and one of the most blessed, spiritually, has exceeded any other civilization in wickedness. Considering the slaughter of millions upon millions of the unborn—and the murder of babies even after birth—as well as the twisting of God’s natural order through LGBTQ and other perversion-engendered venues, can the Righteous Lord of Heaven even entertain our prayerfully issued question as He did Abraham’s?

Or is it time for Him, like in Lot’s day, to remove the righteous like He did in that troubled time of antiquity?

Perhaps, thinking on all the things we see developing, we are about to find out.

Blessing Nations

The Psalmist was given this to write by God the Holy Spirit.

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD: and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance. (Psalm 33:12)

Despite America’s current condition, most Christians who are spiritually attuned to what the Lord of Heaven has to say about the peoples of earth know this has been, since its inception, a God-blessed nation. While we look around at the national and world landscapes today, we can say that America’s blessings look to be headed in the opposite direction.

Just considering the conditions that have resulted from the political chaos, the so-called pandemic, and now the complete disaster that the Afghanistan withdrawal seems to be producing, it is not difficult to reach the conclusion that the nation has been “weighed in the balance and found wanting.” It is being asked in such spiritually attuned quarters whether we are now seeing the “handwriting on the wall.”

While most believe the Afghanistan cut-and-run decision to be terrible error by a commander-in-chief who is of diminishing mental capacity, a more prophetically specific take piqued my interest recently.

Some geo-strategists—former clandestine-service types I heard—caused me to think in another direction than the mental incapacity slant.

These were pointing out that whoever is directing the current American presidential administration is using the diminished mentality matter as a ruse. In actuality, these say, what is happening is the global reset being carried out.

The whole Afghanistan matter, they believe, is to pile on America’s inevitable fall. The Afghan debacle is one more part of the globalist blueprint. First it was the stolen American election. That followed the years-long internal assaults by the US intelligence services, news and entertainment media, some top military people, and the extreme left ideological wickedness. Then burst onto the scene the pandemic with the masks, vaccines, and all the rest of the efforts to control. It was and is all part of bringing on the global reset we’’ve heard about now for several years.

That strategy is being implemented by the evil powers and principalities (both human and demonic) of Ephesians 6:12, I believe.  Seems Satan’s blueprint in that regard is at the center of the accusations by the collective, American patriot, geopolitical thinkers I heard putting forth their theory.

Again, that theory is that this president’s quickly diminishing mental capacity is being used as a ruse to, the minions hope, implement their global reset. The whole Afghanistan debacle was preplanned and is being implemented. What we’ve been witnessing in Afghanistan is not an egregious error in presidential or military planning.

It makes sense, to me. The Afghanistan travesty has, many believe, greatly weakened America in the world’s view, and it has given our chief nemeses such as China, Russia, Iran, and others thoughts that the US is in a vulnerable condition.

The following excerpt from an article written many months before the Afghanistan withdrawal catastrophe explains the globalists’ mad rush to implement its reset at its core.

Conservative Americans in particular have been a thorn in the side of the globalists for generations, and it really comes down to a simple matter of mutual exclusion: You cannot have an openly globalist society and conservative ideals at the same time in the same place. It is impossible.

Conservatives believe in limited government, true free markets, individual liberty, the value of life, freedom of speech, private property rights, the right to self defense, the right to self determination, freedom of religion, and the non-aggression principle (we won’t harm you unless you try to harm us). None of these ideals can exist in a globalist world because globalism is at its core the pursuit of a fully centralized tyranny.

There are people on this planet that are not satisfied to merely live their lives, take care of their families and make their mark peacefully. They crave power over all else. They desperately want control over you, over me, over everything, and they will use any means at their disposal to get it. I would compare it to a kind of drug addiction; globalists are like crack addicts, they can never get enough power, there is always something more to take. (Brandon Smith, “Globalists Will Need Another Crisis In America as Their Reset Agenda Fails,” Lewrockwell.com, April 19, 2021)

The writer of the above article predicted last April that if the global reset failed, the minions would concoct additional crises to bring America down. This makes the theory of the collective patriots I mention quite believable.

However, again, what is left out of all this is the restraining power of the Holy Spirit. I believe the problems these globalist resetters are experiencing in their nefarious efforts is their evil being exposed by that restraining Influence.

God will continue to frustrate these agents of the devil until He calls the Church to Himself. For Americans who are Christians—as well as all true believers throughout the world—that restraint we are seeing is indeed a blessing.

We are, in my view, in the end times described by the Lord—“like it was in the days of Lot” (Luke 17: 28-29). Despite all the evil literally bursting all around us—like that which the much-vexed Lot experienced—it is still business as usual; we’re buying, selling, planting, building, etc. The economic collapse all the doomsayers are predicting hasn’t been allowed to happen yet. Neither has the “great reset” yet been allowed.

These judgments are no doubt coming, but God the Restrainer has promised the following, and the promise is a true blessing for America and the world this side of the Rapture.

And now ye know what withholdeth [the Restrainer] that he [Antichrist] might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he [the Holy Spirit as Restrainer] who now letteth [Restrains] will let [Restrain], until he [the Restraining Holy Spirit] be taken out of the way [in the Rapture]. And then shall that Wicked [Antichrist] be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming. (2 Thessalonians 2:6–8)

No Place to Hide

Max Baer, professional boxing’s one-time world heavyweight champion, once told an interviewer about facing Joe Louis, considered one of the top three champions of all time.

Max Baer, Sr.—yes, the father of Max Baer, Jr., of Jethro Bodine in The Beverly Hillbillys—said one of the most fearful sights you can see is “looking across the ring and seeing Joe Louis , and knowing that he wants to go home early.”

Joe Louis made short order of most of his opponents, including Jethro’s daddy, in Baer’s bid to take the heavyweight crown from “The Brown Bomber.”

German heavyweight Max Schmeling, although secretly against Hitler’s Nazi regime, was promoted by Der Führer as the Aryan “Superman” after he won the heavyweight championship. Schmeling once defeated a very young Joe Louis, who was then on his way up in the quest for the championship.

Louis felt he had let America and his people (his race) down, and told his manager to get ready to throw the towel in if Schmeling was still standing after the first round, because he, Louis, would be finished; he was going to spend every ounce of energy in that first round. He would leave nothing behind in terms of effort.

A reporter, in a prefight interview with Louis, said that Schmeling had a stellar defense. Louis, in his simple, short way of verbalizing, said, “he can run, but he can’t hide.”

Joe wasn’t bragging. He wasn’t like perhaps “The Greatest,” Muhammad Ali, who had fun with his braggadocio. Joe Louis was just stating a fact as he saw the matter. His opponent could try, but there was no place to hide in that square platform called a boxing ring. And Louis did knock out Schmeling in the first round of one of the most famous boxing matches in the sport’s history.

Lately I’ve reported in this column that there are bloggers who look at the dire things coming upon this increasingly evil world that are far worse than being in the corner across from Joe Louis. It is God they see, and they surmise that He is fed up with man’s wickedness. He is about to unleash heaven’s judgment and wrath, they believe.

At the same time, they fail to see things from the pre-Trib view of Bible prophecy. They almost mock the Rapture. They want everyone to recognize the worst time in human history is approaching, but they want people to prep—prepare—for what is coming in order to survive the total collapse of human civilization.

The very wealthy of the world, many of them at the nucleus of the wickedness trying to establish a new world order, also see a time of worldwide trouble as they seek to invoke their globalist evil. They, therefore believe they should find a place to hide—a place that is at least as luxurious as the environment they’re accustomed to and “deserve.”

The following excerpt tells of the efforts some are engaged in to establish their place to hide.

“Your father or grandfather’s bunker was not very comfortable,” said Robert Vicino, the CEO of Vivos. Vicino saw an opportunity to manage and sell high-end doomsday shelters that specifically cater to the world’s mega-rich.

To this end, Vicino’s company has purchased multiple sites all over the U.S. that can house the country’s super-rich. It even has a site in Germany known as Vivos Europa One, the amenities in which can “rival most small towns.”

This “modern-day Noah’s Ark” contains a chapel, a micro-brewery, a mini-museum and even a small zoo. Customizable quarters can be purchased by invitation only, and they sell for nearly $6 million. These can include private swimming pools, movie theaters, aquariums and gyms at the owner’s request…

The world’s richest people are investing their money in purchasing property to escape the coming collapse. They have invested in property that is either deep enough underground or on an island separated from the rest of society. These super-rich people believe the only way to deal with the coming collapse is to ride it out in style in their luxurious shelters. (“World’s super-rich investing in luxurious ‘billionaire bunkers’,” Naturalnews.com, Globalresearch.ca, News.yahoo.com, Theecologist.org, TheMarketHearld.com, TimesNowNews.com, Rapture Ready News, August 20, 2021)

The extensive article referenced above gives the names of some of the rich and famous who have invested in these ultra-luxurious dwellings. Some are so elaborate as to encompass as much space, it seems from their description, as a skyscraper that has been buried underground from foundation to the very top.

But, when God unleashes His righteous judgment and wrath on those who have rejected His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, their utopian dwelling places will be of comfort only for a short time. Like Joe said, they can run, but they can’t hide.

Here’s what God’s Holy Word has to say about the earth’s rebellious rich efforts to hide from their inevitable fate.

And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb. (Revelation 6:15–16)

There will be no place to hide from the wrath of the Lamb—the Lamb who will then be God’s avenging Judge of all sin and rebellion.

At that time of Tribulation, it will be too late to find a place to hide. There is but one way to be hidden from such righteous wrath. The time to accept Him is now. His name is Jesus.

Again, Paul the apostle gives the wonderful grace formula for hiding in the safety of the Savior’s loving arms.

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10:9–10)

Earth’s Craziness Crisis

America’s total and swift abandonment of its U.S. Air Force base near Kabul, Afghanistan, has even mainstream news media anchors confused. They found it almost impossible to find the words to cover for the president’s inability to form a cogent thought in answer to questions. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mike Milley, said on Wednesday, August 18, at a press conference, “there was nothing that I or anybody else saw that indicated a collapse of this army and this government in 11 days.”

President Joe Biden stood before microphones the same day and ranted about how COVID vaccines would be mandated, with only secondary mention of the thousands of civilian workers Americans left stranded in Afghanistan while the vicious Taliban horde moved to take over Kabul and everything else. Biden seemed oblivious to pointed questions even from his mainstream news sycophants. While Afghan women and girls as young as five years of age were being taken as sex slaves and the families of Afghanistan were being slaughtered, Biden seemed to have no idea about how to deal with what the American or Afghanistan military should do to handle the cut-and-run strategy his administration—either by omission or commission—chose to employ.

Afghan women were seen literally tossing their little children across barbed-wire fences to American military personnel to get them out of the country on C-17 and other aircraft that the U.S. Air force were trying to fly out of the Kabul airport in the panic to evacuate as many as possible.

Some of those flights saw men hanging from anything they could grasp while the planes lifted off. Some fell hundreds and even thousands of feet to their deaths. One aircraft had to make an emergency landing because the landing gear would not fully retract. That was because some men, trying desperately to flee the Taliban, had tried to hide in the massive landing-gear area to fly to safety. They were crushed to death, of course.

This abandonment of the people of Afghanistan and even of American citizens, leaving them to face their fate at the hands of some of the bloodiest terrorists on earth, is indicative of abandonment of another sort. The abandonment of God. The sheer chaos and confusion, the biblical argument can be made, is the result of the loss of ability to think clearly. The diminution of thought processes comes from anti-God wickedness.

I listened to many retired former top admirals and generals—none of which was necessarily political as to favoring one party or the other. Almost each person was dumbfounded at the way in which the Afghanistan pull-out proceeded. Some said that the president should resign, or at the very least, that the Joint Chiefs of Staff should resign in order to cover the president’s obvious ineptitude.

To me, this debacle—if one is so generous as to see it as mere debacle—is the coming to fruition of the madness we’ve witnessed in recent times.

The decision to pull out in a catastrophic manner from America’s obligations in Afghanistan comes on the heels of the political power responsible for the insane decision. The Democrat Party is the ideological bastion that long ago made it a point to kick God out of the party—i.e., to eliminate all mention of God as part of the party platform.

Since that decision, and even before, we have watched the so-called radical left take over the party in every respect.

They are the party, of course, who long ago championed abortion. At the same time, they championed causes of wildlife preservation, making certain animal mothers and their offspring are protected.

The party is the one that allowed the radicals to bring Critical Race Theory into the educational system, in effect instituting racism in reverse. They are the party that champions the evil Black Life Matters (BLM) rioters and looters. They use the killing of black men by police, which are far fewer in number than Caucasians killed by police, to give excuse to perpetrate their wickedness. At the same time, the ideology that supports BLM completely embraces abortion, which murders black babies by the hundreds of thousands every year.

This anti-God insanity declares that a person can be whatever gender they wish to be. Their birth certificate and sex at birth have no meaning in the transgender push in American culture.

They champion same-sex marriage and even every form of perversion between adults and children. This generation of anti-God adherents has come to the point that rational thinking is no longer possible, it seems.

Again, here is what God’s Word says happens and is happening in our nation and world today.

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. (Romans 1:28–32)

Having witnessed all the things just in the political arena as dissected above, can there be much doubt that God has turned a large portion of those who embrace such anti-God comportment over to upside-down thinking—to reprobate minds?

That wicked, reprobate thinking has, I’m convinced, been complicit in bringing fraudulent governance to this nation. Those anti-God forces have brought to the entire world leadership that is upside-down in thought and action. That is reprobate in every sense. It is an anti-God sort of thinking that is swiftly moving the nation and the world into an Antichrist global order.

We see the supreme, sardonic irony (God’s laughing the evil global principalities in high places to derision) in the fact that the office considered to be the leader of the free world is now occupied by a person who many, including renowned psychiatrists, believe to have progressing dementia; that’s another way of saying “having a reprobate mind.”

The craziness crisis through which we are living is a direct result of more and more people turning their backs on the One who created them. The dementia will get worse, and it will bring humanity near to the end of all flesh.

But first, Jesus Christ, our blessed hope, will call all of God’s children to Himself in the Rapture of the Church. Then God’s judgment and wrath will fall upon a world of rebels.

The only way to be rescued before this world must pay for its wickedness is, again, found in the following words of the Apostle Paul:

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10:9–10)

“Only on evil”

Looking around today’s cultural/societal landscape, I searched my cerebral, biblical files of recollection for one brief reference that might best speak to where this generation stands on God’s prophetic timeline. The thought almost immediately landed upon things surrounding the book of Genesis—particularly, on the following:

And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (Genesis 6:5)

We don’t have to stretch our powers of observation very far to grasp that we are indeed in a time that this scriptural pronouncement fits. But the above reference seemed still a bit too general in its indictment. I searched for refinement of that judgment through God’s Holy Word.

Next these words came to mind: God hates certain things. As a matter of fact, there are seven things He specifically hates:

These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren. (Proverbs 6:16–19)

We can look at these one at a time in order to determine if they fit the cultural/societal characteristics of our current national environment.

  • A PROUD LOOK

With the possibility that some might be offended, I question whether this generation is affected and infected by this particular characteristic. The Internet and social media sites give this generation countless venues via which to put forth pridefulness. Many present “proud looks” on their accounts, sometimes boasting and even being untruthful about their accomplishments.

  • A LYING TONGUE

During the past years, we’ve witnessed an entire news media that has put forth some of the most egregious lies imaginable. Our society and culture, although wise to the lies being perpetrated by mainstream media and the many alternate websites, nonetheless are swayed in what direction to take. They are easily persuaded by the smooth, lying tongues of media masters.

  • A SCHEMING, WICKED HEART

This can be seen by organizations and political office holders that champion anti-God ideologies in order to win votes, thus to feather their personal nests with large contributions from those who buy their influence.

These concoct and pass legislation that often goes against God’s order for mankind—for example, changing laws that formerly governed perverted activity, and even pedophile activity to make such evil acceptable rather than wicked and even illegal.

  • FEET THAT RUN SWIFTLY TOWARD MISCHIEF

I can see this in those within America’s political processes who construct total fabrication against their opponents. And the next thing God hates is akin to it.

  • A FALSE WITNESS OF SPEAKING LIES

Again, we see this through the political process. And, of course, this sort of devious activity takes place throughout the business world, and is rampant today in the personal sense.

  • SOWING DISCORD

We’ve watched as the nation has been torn apart. America is split almost down the middle in political ideology. I’m convinced that the educational system has worked feverishly to bring about this schism. The nation has, in this sense, sown to the wind. It is soon to reap the proverbial whirlwind, because of allowing the anti-God educators to plant seeds of discord. A house so discordant, so divided, cannot stand, Jesus said.

Perhaps you noticed that we skipped one particular matter God hates. I believe it to be the most troubling societal/cultural sin of all, one that’s especially egregious in the Almighty’s holy eyes.

  • HANDS THAT SHED INNOCENT BLOOD

Is there any among us who are innocent? All have sinned and come short of the glory of God, the Bible says. So, who are the “innocent” referenced in this condemnation?

For the Loving God to say He “hates” is perhaps an infinite concept that’s beyond my ability to grasp. But I believe that babies in the womb and very small children fit this category of “innocent.”

This nation is, I think it can be accurately said, among the guiltiest of shedding innocent blood, of slaughtering tiny innocents, even in the place they should be most protected—in their mothers’ wombs.

But now this sin God hates so much becomes even more horrendous, as the following news item validates.

Various abortion programs at the University of Pittsburgh have been getting the school slammed in recent days, with accusations it assembled a tissue bank holding hearts, legs and brains from unborn babies who were cut up and stored.

But one of the more horrific accusations has now come from the Centers for Medical Progress, which charged that the organs are removed from the unborn babies’ bodies before they are dead.

The CMP explained that the school has admitted that “ischemia time” that it cited in an application for federal tax money for its abortion program “refers to the time after the tissue collection procedure.”

The CMP explained, “Ischemia starts when the organ (the kidneys primarily in Pitt’s GUDMAP project) is cut off from blood circulation. The NIH defines ischemia as ‘lack of blood supply to a part of the body.’ The university states the fetal organs do not undergo ischemia—lose their blood supply—until ‘after the tissue collection procedure.’”

Officials in 1 state altered spoiled ballots to count them, the report says.

“This means the organs are still receiving blood supply from the fetal heartbeat during the ’tissue collection,'” CMP explained.

“Pitt is now admitting to news media that the aborted babies are still alive at the time their kidneys are cut out for NIH grant money,” explained CMP chief David Daleiden. (Bob Unruh, “Race-based aborted baby-parts operations reminiscent of Kermit Gosnell scandal,” WND, August 5, 2021)

Jesus said that the time just before His Second Advent will be just as it was in the days of Noah. The antediluvians’ thoughts were “only on evil continually.”

At this moment, babies—the only truly “innocent” among us, because they are not accountable for their sinful nature at this point—are being slaughtered by the thousands. Their blood cries out to the God of Heaven who loves them. Can it be any wonder that He literally “hates” this most heinous evil imaginable?

Abortion is the nation’s number-one national sin, I am convinced. The souls of these tiny, innocent ones must even at this moment—like those martyrs described in Revelation chapter 6—be crying out.

And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? (Revelation 6:10)

This world system that eagerly sheds innocent blood is on the cusp of paying an eternal price for this wickedness. But the individual sinner, even who has been involved in the satanically driven abortion industry, can escape the wrath of God to come.

  • Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
  • Romans 10:13” “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
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