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A Restraining Force

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

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

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

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

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

“Lovers of Self”

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

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

“Unholy”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Not anymore.

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

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

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

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

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

Discerning This Dispensation’s Disposition

Last week on Jan Markell’s program, Understanding the Times, aired on 850 radio stations across America, Jan interviewed yours truly on our new book, Discerners: Analyzing Converging Prophetic Signs for the End Of Days.

Thanks to her (in my view, gifted) interview talent, and thanks to the precarious disposition of this generation, the conversation was (again, in my view) Heaven-directed. This program pointed to the crucial position the current generation occupies with regard to Heaven’s view of things discussed during that hour. We looked with exceedingly sharp focus on exactly why this generation must be so near the moment of Christ’s interdiction into the corrupt affairs of mankind.

All of that said, Jan would be quick to agree, I think, that neither she nor I should get glory for truth brought out during the interview. Our back and forth, I sensed, flowed from Holy Spirit influence. Near the end of the broadcast, she asked what I thought was the primary thing to look for as the hours, days, months, and years move swiftly toward that divine intervention.

With the many chapters written by some of the best writers of our times having just been briefly dissected during the hour, the term “convergence” came to mind, of course. This term is in the subtitle of the book. Each writer–it was profoundly obvious as I went through the book in my job as general editor–zeroes in on every assigned prophetic signal of where this generation stands on God’s prophetic timeline.

Dr. Larry Spargimino writes unerringly on the many characteristics of rebellious mankind found in 2 Timothy 3. Jeff Kinley outlines, with stark examples, the dark delusion that is descending upon humanity. Second Thessalonians 2 is manifesting during this generation.

Don McGee presents an eye-opening case for the social and cultural decay corrupting this generation. He brings forth evidence that evil men and seducers are becoming more prevalent, turning people away from God. Nathan Jones thoroughly deals with the Daniel 12:4 developments in technology and travel. He expertly lays out issues and events now fulfilling Daniel’s prophecy that the book of end-time things will be opened to people alive at the end of the age.

Daymond Duck, one of the most highly sought-after speakers at prophecy conferences, brings forward a tremendous chapter giving the issues and events that are showing Satan’s preparation to bring to power his Antichrist. Duck goes through the many aspects of the globalists’ methodologies and organizational machinations to establish the man of sin’s dictatorial regime.

Dr. Tom Hughes examines the many signals that the false religious system of Revelation 17 is in the process of developing. He presents, in vivid detail, the evil that is fomented against biblical Christianity, such as the pope claiming that even atheists will be in Heaven. Pete Garcia analyzes what the seventieth-year of Israel’s rebirth into modernity means. He explains how and why things surrounding that rebirth portend the nearness of Christ’s return.

Phillip Goodman and Grant Phillips, in each of their chapters, weave a tapestry of what a Christian’s comportment should be like as we see that day approaching. Discernment, as believers bear witness for Christ, has never been more critical. Gary Stearman gives a cutting-edge portrayal of what the satanic drive toward socialism and the globalist rage are all about. This rebellion means that judgment hangs heavily above a rebellious creation.

Ryan Pitterson brings great enlightenment to the mix of how crucial discernment is in understanding these strange times. He raises awareness of how much like the days of Noah and the days of Lot the world is now, writing in dynamic fashion about the days of Genesis 6 as juxtaposed against our own time. The violence and anti-God comportment of mankind have brought about the “reprobate mind” forewarned by the Apostle Paul (Romans 1:28).

Jan, herself, undertakes a powerful exploration of why there is such hatred for Christianity and for the pre-Trib Rapture in particular. Second Peter 3:3-4 prove just how things are shaping up for the last of the last days. Tim Cameron paints a terrifying picture of what the post-Rapture will be like for those left behind, yet he presents the biblical prescription for how to avoid that fate.

Dr. David Reagan puts together a devastating case against those who expound on the lie that God is a “cosmic teddy bear” who would never let anyone go to a fictional place called Hell. At the same time, he writes truth about God’s righteous judgment and wrath and presents the blessed assurance that the Creator isn’t willing for anyone to perish, but wants all to repent and be saved.

So, the word “convergence” encapsulates the many end-time indicators of where this generation stands on God’s prophetic timeline. Certainly, these writers deal thoroughly with each of these major signals.

But to answer Jan Markell’s question–or, “to fulfill my assignment” might be a better way to put it—I needed to look deeper into the premise. Remember, her question basically asked what I thought was the primary thing to look for as we move swiftly toward Christ’s Second Coming and, before that great event, the Rapture of the Church).

I answered during the broadcast, and my answer hasn’t changed. It can’t change, because it is indeed the number-one signal of where we are on God’s prophetic timeline.

Again I go to two of the tremendously talented writers and observers of this time. Bill Salus explores in-depth geopolitical developments to Israel’s north. He gives in considerable detail current issues and events that bring to life Ezekiel’s prediction of the Gog-Magog attack on Israel. I speak specifically of the Russian-Iranian-Turkish coalition that has now formed and is greedily eyeing Israel to the south.

Jim Fletcher, one of the most astute researchers, columnists/reporters, and speakers on matters involving God’s chosen nation, delivers a stunning chapter on the developing hatred for the Jew and for Israel. He lays out in excruciating detail how even the evangelical church has within its ranks a growing contingent of those devoted to the destruction of that prophetic nation.

So, to answer Jan’s question–which gets right to the heart of being a discerner–I have no surprise response. Israel is the one most profound sign to observe in these closing days of the age. The true discerner will particularly need to watch the ongoing drive to establish peace in that conflict surrounding God’s chosen nation. There will be no true peace until Christ, Himself, makes that peace. He is the one and only Prince of Peace!

Gathering Evidence Against God

It doesn’t surprise, nor should it, that every news cycle brings into greater focus where this generation stands on God’s prophetic timeline. Anti-God forces are in a never-ending building project, constructing a world laid out by their master architect–and their father, the devil.

Satan’s blueprint for moving the bulk of humanity into an earth of his own grand design is on track. The march back to Babel as in the days of Nimrod and the tower meant to reach symbolically into Heaven (Genesis 11) is observably being engineered at an accelerating pace.

We have looked many times at the madness being fomented by these forces that are directed by wickedness in high places. The activity has not abated.

It seems to me that, lately, that evil has been concentrated in laser fashion on the young–in some cases, the very young. It’s as if the chief power and principality in those high places has determined that this current crop of youth must be inculcated to best carry out his master blueprint.

I offer as primary evidence just a few examples. These involve issues and events of recent days and illustrate Satan’s humanistic minions’ attempts to build a case against the God of Heaven.

The first example is the attempt to bring the youngest children under the tutelage of transvestites. Transvestites, of course, are almost exclusively men who have fetishes for dressing in women’s clothing. They, in the past, were considered mentally ill. They were kept away from children. A high percentage of these have been involved in pedophilia. Now, these men “in drag,” as the term has it, are invited into libraries to “teach” youngsters about the joys and adventures of thinking and acting apart from what was formerly considered normal.

As has been reported by my friend Daymond Duck and others, through articles posted by Rapture Ready, these transvestites have been invited by churches to act as goodwill ambassadors in greeting people who enter for services.  Anyone who dares to criticize these formerly considered aberrant individuals are marked for ridicule as hatemongers. Some jurisdictions even prosecute those who publicly criticize such men.

God creating men as men and women as women is unacceptable in these jurisdictions. The powers that be–those ruled by the grand master architect of the coming world order—are dead set on tearing down truth set in God’s order of things. They are obviously concentrating on this process at the most basic foundation of mankind. They are attacking the very young, those who represent the future of planet Earth.

The human minions, whether knowingly or unwittingly, are working within the luciferian scheme to do away with any influence by the God who created called man.

A second example blatantly in our faces is the drive by these same minions in the same high places of wickedness to indoctrinate children with the “climate change” religion. Make no mistake: It is a religious zealotry and fervor the devil is using to ramp up rage against the Almighty.

Children at the most elementary levels are being taught that man, not God, controls the environment. They don’t yet use the term “Mother Earth worship,” but they do intend to make children understand that it is Mother Earth, not Father God, that is the source of their future security and happiness. The only time God is mentioned by the climate-change/global warming minions is to accuse the Lord with the term “act of God.” This, they readily use when there is a weather, volcanic, or earthquake tragedy anywhere in the world.

A week or so ago there was this, as we consider this case the minions are building against the God of Heaven.

Children who attend New York City public schools will be allowed to cut classes on Friday to join Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg for a protest at the United Nations. 

“@NYCschools will excuse absences of students participating in the #ClimateStrike on Friday 9/20. Students will need parental consent. Younger students can only leave school with a parent,” the school district tweeted along with a tweet from Mayor Bill de Blasio saying the students would be allowed to take part in the protest. (“NYC Schools Allowing Students to Skip Class to Join Greta Thunberg for U.N.,” Daily Plug, September 20, 2019)

The minions carrying out this inculcation under the master architect’s direction are choosing the youngest among us to woo the children in Pied-piper fashion. A sixteen-year old girl from Sweden has been chosen for that role. The report further explains:

[Greta] Thunberg started Fridays for Future school walkouts in her hometown of Stockholm a year ago, a movement that has spread around the world and, according to the Fridays for Future website, 2,400 events will be taking place around the world from September 20 through September 27:

The week’s crescendo of events will bracket the UN Climate Action Summit taking place in New York on September 23rd. We’ll be sending global leaders the message that our #house is on fire and that we’re calling on them to do what the science clearly tells us must be done.

All eyes are on the United States which already has 145 cities signed up, with participation that is expected to be tenfold when compared with  the first two global strikes in March and May of this year.

New York is expecting a huge turnout, as is Montreal (Canada) which saw 150,000 take to the streets to demand climate action in the largest strike so far without the presence of Greta Thunberg. (Ibid)

If space permitted, we could look in considerable depth at the madness in California to back up the premise of this commentary. I’m referring to the legislature blaming “religious groups” who hold to biblical understandings of sex and gender as responsible for “disproportionately high rates” of suicide among homosexuals and transgenders.

In Sacramento, the state assembly declared through concurrent Resolution 99 that homosexuality and transgenderism are “part of natural variations that occur in sexual orientation and gender identity” and condemns counseling services that help people resolve unwanted gender confusion or same-sex attraction.

Suffice it to say that the master architect continues to present his lying narrative through satanically specious evidence that God has no business in the business of mankind. But we are thankful Bible prophecy assures that the same God who is presently so reviled by the wicked minions will one day forever put an end to the madness.

Even so, come Lord Jesus.

Israel-Jordanian End-times Ties

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s reelection bid Tuesday September 17 has definite prophetic overtones, I think. The election is still not confirmed one way or the other as of this writing. But we will offer the following thoughts nonetheless.

Like in the case of Donald J. Trump’s political turmoil in the US, Netanyahu’s whirlpool of opposition that seeks to destroy him is a struggle against wicked powers and principalities to be sure. The ongoing storm involving both leaders continues to focus the attention of the prophetic observer upon end-times stage setting.

The Israeli prime minister, prior to Tuesday’s election, questioned just who the Israeli people wanted to trust to negotiate with in trying to work out a peace deal. Did they prefer to work with Trump and his effort at peace, or with those of Netanyahu’s opposition?

The prime minister reminded how he, Netanyahu, had helped convince President Trump to declare Jerusalem Israel’s capital. He had, he also reminded, convinced Mr. Trump to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Additionally, he announced that, if reelected and upon forming an effective coalition government, he would annex the Jordanian Valley and the northern reaches of the Dead Sea for Israel–a thing that would help to consolidate stronger defensive buffer zones from attacks from the Jewish state’s surrounding enemies.

Netanyahu further sought to provide proof of his close working relationship–even friendship—with the American president. He said that he told the US administration of his plans to annex the Jordan valley well before making the announcement publicly. He said “someone in the White House” had said off the record that “Netanyahu’s plan does not impinge on Trump’s.”

The prime minister said further, “That’s saying a lot.” He went on to express the vast differences in dealing with the current US president as opposed to the previous.

“For over eight years,” Netanyahu said, “I blocked the attempt to push us into the ’67 borders, to uproot settlements. Then, in the last three years, I’m changing the course of Jewish history by getting recognition for settlement, for the borders.”

He declared that he had “persuaded Trump to recognize Jerusalem as our capital, move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, recognize our sovereignty in the Golan, get out of the horrible Iran deal—that Gantz and Lapid [political opponents] supported—and now I’m doing the same thing [not only] vis a vis the Jordan Valley, but also all the settlements inside and outside the blocs. This is crucial.”

Immediately upon his declaration of his intention to annex certain swaths of the Jordanian Valley, the Palestinian leadership complained that this action will assure hostilities for the next hundred years. Leaders of both Russia and of Turkey joined in the rant against Netanyahu’s planned action.

For many years I and others who observe political movement within the Middle East–Israel in particular–have been curious about the entity called JordanMost who study the end-times alignment of nations look with interest at the following prophecy: “He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon” (Daniel 11:41).

The “he” in this prophecy is reference to the Antichrist, who will run rampant over the nations of the Middle East at the height of his power. It is fascinating to consider that present-day Jordan is carved from the territory called Moab in the prophecy. The children of Ammon, of course, are, in modern terms, the people of Jordan.

There are two nations among Israel’s antagonists not mentioned in the Gog-Magog coalition that will storm southward to destroy Israel and take “great spoil.” These countries are Egypt and Jordan.

These are the only Arab-Muslim nations in the region who have officially made peace with the much-hated Israel. While it is not yet clear what Netanyahu’s intention to annex these buffer lands mean in the overall scheme of stage-setting for fulfilled prophecy, we must consider developments with piqued focus.

A number of prophetic passages in the Bible foretell that both Egypt and Jordan (Moab and the children of Ammon) will fare well during Christ’s millennial reign. Of course, the people who come out of these regions to inherit that thousand years of a magnificently restored planet earth will be a remnant. These will be believers in Christ for salvation who survive the terrible time of Antichrist rule and of the judgments of the Tribulation era.

However, the prophecy above and others seem to indicate that people, particularly in the area of present-day Jordan, will avoid Antichrist’s devastation for the most part. Jesus said to each who call Him Lord: “What I say unto one, I say to all, watch” (Mark 13: 37).

As our new book Discerners: Analyzing Converging Prophetic Signs For the End Of Days lays out for believers in these closing days of the age, it is time to seek understanding of the strange things going on all around us. The Holy Spirit will make the madness of it all discernible, if we but seek to know about the signs of the times.

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned (1 Corinthians 2:14 ).

Discernment Needed More Than Ever

A most fascinating book occupies my current thinking. The relatively new release, The Snapping of the American Mind by David Tupelian, is, in my view, one of the great books describing what happens when a people turns their backs on God Almighty.

This isn’t a review of that book in any sense, but I intend to one day soon write one. The book’s contents contain wisdom that seems taken straight from the Apostle Paul’s forewarnings as given to Roman believers of his time–thus to us all who name the Name of Christ.

Never in the annals of history has development of the biblical description of the “reprobate mind” been more clearly manifest than in present-day American society and culture. We’ve looked a number of times at the nucleus of Tupelian’s work that so directly reflects, I think, the words of Paul: 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” (Romans 1:28).

Again, it might seem overly America-centric to keep bringing up our nation as the center of focus in dissecting these end-times matters. The world, after all, is filled with sinfulness as egregious as our nation’s sins. However, in the matter of looking at the descent into madness–through the snapping of the American mind, as author Tupelian would have it–the example of the United States today serves empiricism well. There is no more appropriate nation-state to consider in discerning these strange days so near the end of this Age of Grace.

And there is nothing more important to analysis of all this madness than thought processes filled with understanding. That’s the reason I’ve chosen the title of this commentary.

Many believers in Jesus Christ for salvation of their souls believe that this generation is nearing the time of Christ’s Second Coming. Sadly, the greatest part of God’s family either don’t realize how close Christ’s return is, don’t believe it is close, or really don’t choose to think about it at all. Jesus, Himself, as we have recently looked at, was righteously angry because the religionists of His time, while He was in His physical body, refused to understand that God in the form of Messiah was in their presence. These Pharisees and Sadducees not only should have believed, but should have been informing the Jewish people under their tutelage. They should have been doing so based upon the many signs and wonders their Messiah was performing.

Jesus spoke to their evil: “When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?” (Matthew 16:2-3).

Because of their neglect and deliberate actions to keep the people from this man they considered not sent from God, the people of Israel died in their sin from lack of knowledge. The nation is still suffering the consequences of their evil actions.

This is the danger of people not being taught today the truth that Jesus Christ is about to intervene into the affairs of mankind. He is coming again, and all indicators point to the likelihood that His coming again is very near indeed.

I just saw a headline as I write this that 45 percent of college students want “In God We Trust” taken off America’s currency. Obviously, too many parents, pastors, and teachers, both in Sunday schools and in secular classrooms, are without this thing Jesus called “discernment.” Else this statistic would not be there to indicate the sad state of spiritual understanding in our nation today. These have failed miserably to properly instruct and inform many of America’s children.

This is the purpose of our newest book Discerners: Analyzing Converging Prophetic Signs for the End of Days–to raise spiritual awareness of these troubling times and what it all means, and to help parents, pastors, and teachers–and all others—to understand the times that are so obviously near the end of the age.  We want to help all who name the Name of the Lord Jesus to be watchmen on the wall.

Indeed, discernment is needed now more than ever!

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This time so near the end of this Age of Grace is quickly fleeting. This book can deliver the witness of Christ’s saving power at this most crucial moment before the Lord calls His church to Himself.

Anyone who can help in this effort regarding social media interaction we ask to contact Terry James, general editor and one of the authors of the book. His email address is as follows.

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Thanks, in advance, for your willingness to be a part of this effort.

End-Times War Intensifying

A man stood up the other day at one Democrat Party function or the other. He was a fellow Democrat with those gathered, as I recall.

The man with the microphone for that moment said something like, “Our nation is in serious trouble, and the only one who can make it right again is the Lord Jesus Christ.” That’s not his exact quote, but it was just as strong as I’ve paraphrased here.

There was immediate and loud reaction to his words. They were not in support of the speaker’s sentiment. Far from it; there were shouts for him to shut up and even stronger invective, as I heard the reaction.

They gave him the proverbial hook in no uncertain terms.

He was exactly right, of course, and what he was doing on that Democrat stage, I must admit, baffled me. Having heard all such references to God in a positive way shouted down by Democrat Party gatherings since well before the 2016 presidential election–shouted down with boos and hisses of serpent-like virulence–I was surprised that even one among them still held to the view he tried to express.

Now I am aware that there are many true Christians even among the Democrat Party as it is currently constituted. However, it is getting more and more difficult to come to that conclusion based upon the God-opposing madness that–again, in my view— has become manifest since the time immediately following John F. Kennedy’s presidency.

It is as if that political element within America is waging war on God. I’m not thinking here in terms of symbolically or allegorically or metaphorically, or any other way than literally. It seems the Democrat Party, with the full-blown assistance of the mainstream media and every other humanistic element of culture and society, is at war with God–specifically with Jesus Christ.

Lest critics brand me as a falsehood-spreading, right-wing deplorable, I offer a couple of pieces of evidence of recent vintage to support my case.

While the anti-God forces seek in every way, and on a daily basis, to push Christian beliefs from the public square, the champions of this force incessantly seek to claim that Christians are doing what they, themselves, are doing to remove all godly governance.

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) passed a resolution at its summer meeting championing “religiously unaffiliated” voters, who the resolution noted are the “largest religious group” within the party.

The DNC’s “Resolution Regarding the Religiously Unaffiliated Demographic” stated that “religiously unaffiliated Americans overwhelmingly share the Democratic Party’s values,” and “have often been subjected to unfair bias and exclusion in American society.”

The resolution also takes a shot at deeply religious voters, who are accused of using their religious beliefs to oppress other groups.

It said “those most loudly claiming that morals, values, and patriotism must be defined by their particular religious views have used those religious views, with misplaced claims of ‘religious liberty,’ to justify public policy that has threatened the civil rights and liberties of many Americans, including but not limited to the LGBT community, women, and ethnic and religious/nonreligious minorities…

DNC chair Tom Perez has been openly critical of church-going Americans in the past.

Perez said in December 2018 that Republicans have an advantage because “people buy” what they hear at church.

“It should come as a surprise to no-one that that person has elevated the issue of courts to the top because that person on the pulpit is saying ‘ignore everything else that this person has done and is doing, we have to focus on one issue of Roe vs. Wade.’ And people buy it. Because that’s their only source,” Perez said. (“DNC Resolution Celebrates Democrats’ ‘Largest Religious Group’ — And It’s Not Christians,” Daily Caller, Peter Hasson, senior reporter, 8/30/19)

The “religiously unaffiliated” designation is used to avoid “we are against any governance by any deity” label. America is still a nation that has a significant remnant of God’s people, and the Democrat elite know it. They are masters, it seems, of luciferically inspired language.

Nowhere is the growing war against true believers in Jesus Christ more pronounced than within the so-called higher education institutions of America. We can read or hear news reports almost hourly of professors ranting against the way America was founded. They always bring the slavery issue into the mix of their vitriolic condemnation of the Founding Fathers. They ignore the goodness within the Founders’ intention to, ultimately, bring about realization and acceptance that all men are created equal and that God is that Creator who favors no human being over another.

One example in American academia today of the hatred for all that is Christian is Jeff Klinzman, an adjunct English professor at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He claims to be in sympathy with the domestic terrorists called Antifa, and posted the following on Facebook. “I know who I’d clock with a bat.”

He was referring to President Trump, who had said previously: “Antipas are Radical Left Wack Jobs who go around hitting…people over the heads with baseball bats.”

The professor also wrote that he wanted to “stop evangelical Christians” and posted a poem that said, “Kill them all and bury them deep in the ground.”

Klinzman explained why he shared the poem, “It’s not pretty, and I’m not proud, but seeing what evangelical Christians are doing to this [country] and its people fills me with rage, and a desire to exact revenge.”

When contacted by Cedar Rapids ABC affiliate KCRG, Klinzman said he was part of the group, “I affirm that I am antifa.”

Antifa is a far-left group that often goes to rallies to fight white supremacists or groups they perceive to be racist. They also have a history of attacking journalists covering the protests. (“‘Kill them all’: Iowa professor resigns after his comments about evangelicals revealed,” Washington Examiner, Julio Rosas, August 27, 2019)

Jesus’ own words immediately came to mind when observing the treatment of that aberrant member of the Democrat Party’s most active membership, the man who stood with the microphone claiming Jesus as the answer to all problems.

They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.  (John 16:2-3)

Just as the pious Jews sought to kill those who believed Jesus was Messiah, the elite of that Democrat Party gathering seem to be of the mindset reflected by the words of the professor as given above.

But it is not just those within the Democrat Party who are waging war against Christ. The whole world is going mad with the reprobate mind that has infected mankind because of collective resistance to Heaven’s governance. They are primed, sad to say, to accept their false Christ, who will soon appear on the world scene. Antichrist will wage the ultimate war against Christ. He–and all who follow him—will meet their devastating end upon the killing field called Armageddon.

Don’t be part of that end-times war-making. Accept Christ as prescribed in God’s Word.

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)

Doors to Your Future

“Forget the book of Revelation. We have all the facts about Armageddon.”‘

The CNN anchorwoman’s opening statement into the lead story some years ago was given with lighthearted inflection. Although her words undoubtedly were intended to grab the attention of viewers in preparation for the ensuing story about Armageddon, the movie sensation of that hour, the tongue-in-cheek lead-in nonetheless appropriately reflected the worldview of biblical prophecy. Hollywood, the facetious opening implied, knows better than the God of the Bible what the future holds for mankind.

Dr. David Jeremiah remarked at that time, “Satan hates the book of Revelation because it foretells his doom.” It should not surprise us that a worldwide news medium should broadcast with such lack of understanding because Satan, who is the prince of this world, conducts an ongoing propaganda campaign that presents near truths designed to keep fallen mankind on the broad way that leads to destruction.

Jesus said, “Enter ye in at the strait gate; for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat; because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:13,14).

There are, Christ tells us, two roads or pathways through life in the physical body. Because of man’s nature, fallen since the rebellion in the Garden of Eden, people are on the wide, easy path of least resistance that leads to their eternal separation from God, their Creator. Jesus Christ represents the other pathway–the narrow Way–that leads people to eternal life in Heaven, forever in the presence of God who adopts them as His children because of their trust in His Son as the only atonement for sin.

Every heartbeat moves you one moment nearer to eternity. You will enter that infinite realm through one of two doors. You may choose which of those doors you will ultimately enter while life yet pulses within your breast. However, by not choosing, you are swiftly moving toward the door beyond which awaits torment and damnation that will never end (see Luke 16:19-31).

While such a view runs counter to this world system’s theologies and philosophies of “feel-goodisms” and salvation by “do-goodisms,” and as unpopular as it is to point out that man is a fallen creature that needs saving, ignoring the truth of God’s Word means souls lost forever. Thankfully, “the Lord is … not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).

The Hissing Serpent

Satan’s all-consuming purpose is to plant in the minds of men, women, and children a big question mark about God. Because there is within each of us a God-shaped soul-space, the great deceiver knows he cannot convince mankind there is no God. His drive is to create doubt about the Creator of all things: Is God a being or just a force of some kind like that portrayed in the “Star Wars” fiction? Is God existential in His dealings with His creation? Has He simply created and set all things in motion, then moved on, leaving that creation to evolve and fend for itself like is presented by the deist view? Or is God a deity who can be trusted? Can He be relied upon to keep His word, to see those who trust in Him through the vicissitudes of life and bring them into His loving, eternal presence when physical life on earth has run its course?

The latter of these deceptive questions was used by the serpent in the Garden of Eden (read Genesis 3). “Yea, hath God said?” was the question Lucifer the fallen one implanted within the minds of the first man and woman (see Genesis 3: 1). “Ye shall not surely die” the devil told the couple. He was implying that God wanted to keep them ignorant and under His thumb because He didn’t want them to become as gods, which gaining the forbidden knowledge would accomplish. In essence, Satan planted in their minds the belief that God is a liar. His Word cannot be trusted.

The serpent hisses the same subtle propaganda today into the ears of this self-willed generation of earth dwellers. If we will look and listen attentively, we can perceive an incessant assault upon the voracity of God’s truth coming at us from every angle.

Media Manipulation

The CNN story alluded to at the beginning of this commentary is mild in comparison to the many attacks on God’s truth-particularly in the area of biblical prophecy–while human history moves forward. Some might say that it is a natural thing for there to be increased interest generated during such a dramatic, exciting period. Movies, TV programs, speculation within news journalism–these things are to be expected to exploit the hopes, fears, and hunger for spectacular entertainment while earth moves ever deeper into the millennium. And exploited they continue to be!

However, it is not a natural exploitation. It’s a supernatural exploitation that more and more becomes evident to the spiritually attuned eye and ear. Satan, who has never ceased his assault against God’s truth, continues to intensify his attack at every point within the arena of human affairs. People’s almost-fanatic desire to gain supernatural knowledge about the future is fertile ground for the great deceiver to work his nefarious, anti-God subterfuge. Like the pied piper, Satan enchants the majority of humanity, enticing people to follow him down the broad way to the open door into the eternal abyss.

Satan’s attempted undermining of God’s truth is more and more observable in these closing days of the Church Age. He slyly chooses not to completely omit biblical prophecy as he influences media to create programs catering to their audience’s voracious appetites for knowledge of what the future holds. He subtly weaves sparse, disconnective textual bits and pieces from Bible prophecy within the nonsense and lies of false prophets in order to give their false prophecies an air of validity and believability. Always the message from the mind of the deceiver is that man and his humanistic solutions can overcome the dire predictions for mankind’s future if everyone will come together as one in peace and harmony.

The great deceiver hisses convincingly into the already-inflated egos of the one-world builders that they are “as gods.” They must, he whispers, overcome all obstacles totally apart from the deity Christian fanatics claim is the only One who knows the end from the beginning. Satan’s voice whispers against the One who prophesies a time of unprecedented trouble for the world because of mankind’s rebellion against Him and rejection of His Son, Jesus Christ.

Revelation 19:10 says, “The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. ” The book of Revelation is not just a series of revelations of judgments, although it does reveal great details about the coming wrath of God and the reasons for judgment. The book is the revelation of Jesus Christ–the unveiling of the truth about who Christ is in His glorified magnificence.

Satan is presently mounting an all-out offensive in an attempt to pervert and thwart the truth of God’s prophetic Word. The nucleus of his attack centers around the lie that the book of Revelation is confusing, cannot be understood and, indeed, is not meant to be understood because it is a mishmash of symbolism and allegory that was never intended to be in the canon of Scripture. Tragically, many people in the body of Christ choose to fall for this satanic lie.

Even some Christian seminaries choose to ignore God’s revelation of His Son Jesus Christ by treating biblical prophecy, and the book of Revelation in particular, as symbolic or as history already accomplished. This despite the fact that Revelation 22:19 states, “If any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the tree of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”

Christians who fall for this luciferian deception not only are missing the blessing promised by God to those who read and heed the revelation (see Revelation 1:3), but they are unwittingly helping Satan in his full-fledged assault on God’s truth as he leads lost men, women. and children to eternity apart from God.

Consider the foreshadows of wrath inundating this world in profusion. From the rapidly spreading apostasy developing through ecumenism to the precise alignment of nations as predicted in God’s Word to the perilous times Paul warned about in 2 Thessalonians 3, everything foreshadows our redemption that thrilling moment as foreseen by John in his vision: “After this I looked and, behold, a door was opened in heaven; and the first voice that I heard was, as it were, of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up here” (Revelation 4:1).

In order to enter that door, you must first open your door, the door to your heart (your soul). Jesus said, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” (Revelation 3:20). It is your decision to make. There will never be one more important than the choice you make regarding the doors to eternity. God’s Word says, “Be ye therefore, ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not” (Luke 12:40).

Right this moment, choose Jesus Christ, who faithfully promises “surely, I come quickly” (Revelation 22:20). Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

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