Endtimes & Prophecy

About end-time events and prophecies; past, present, & future. About the purpose for, and necessity of, prophecy in every generation.

As It Was In the Days of Lot & Noah

Luk 17:26  And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. 

Luk 17:27  They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.

Luk 17:28  Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded

Luk 17:29  But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. 

Luk 17:30  Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. 

Luk 17:31  In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back. 

Luk 17:32  Remember Lot’s wife. 

Luk 17:33  Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it

In both accounts, the day of destruction comes suddenly and unexpectedly upon sinners as they went about their daily business. Noah and Lot and their families were warned beforehand by angels to leave the cities they lived in so as to escape the coming judgement, but those who stayed behind were destroyed. In this article I will prove that as it was in the days of Lot and Noah, so it is now.

Gen 19:12  And the men (angels) said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place:

Gen 19:13  For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it.

Gen 19:14  And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law.

Gen 19:15  And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city.

Gen 19:16  And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city.

Gen 19:17  And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.

Gen 19:18  And Lot said unto them, Oh, not so, my Lord: (Lot had doubts or just didn’t want to leave sinful Sodom?)

Gen 19:19  Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shewed unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die: (Unreasoning fear or little faith? After all, Lot had an angelic escort out of Sodom!)

Gen 19:20  Behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one: Oh, let me escape thither, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live.

Gen 19:21  And he (the angel) said unto him, See, I have accepted thee concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city, for the which thou hast spoken.

Gen 19:22  Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do anything till thou become thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar (insignificant, small, little, ignoble).

The Lord God allowed Lot and his family to escape to a nearby small city per Lot’s request. Sometimes He allows us to choose an alternative to His perfect will for us, but it’s never as good as there’s always some sort of drawback to it. The mountain in this passage represents the Mountain of God, the dwelling place of the Almighty! What could be a better place to flee to?

Zec 8:3 Thus saith the LORD; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the LORD of hosts the holy mountain. Mic 4:1 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. Mic 4:2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

Could it be that Lot again chose the easier, albeit less godly path, just like when he chose to live in Sodom instead of Canaan? [Gen 13:8-12] Jesus said to His disciples, “Luk 9:23 Then Yeshua was saying to everyone, “If anyone wants to follow Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross every day, and follow Me. [Tree of Life Version] Christ hasn’t called us to an easy life! He’s called us to walk in His footsteps, to carry our own crosses (denying ourselves for the Kingdom’s sake), and to live holy, righteous lives by turning away from evil in all of its forms. Anything less is denying His right to live through and to rule over us; He purchased our souls with His own Blood, giving Him total rights over our lives – Act 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own bloodHow do we deny ourselves? Let’s say someone walks up to you and insults you, your natural inclination is to defend yourself or worse, to respond in kind. Denying yourself is to deny your natural inclinations (usually sinful) and to choose obedience to God’s Word in every situation. In the above situation, you could either keep quiet and “turn the other cheek,” or respond with God’s Word in a spirit of love and gentleness if you’re at that level of spiritual maturity – Mat 5:38 – 39 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. [1]

Responding like Jesus requires great humility of spirit and strength which only the Holy Spirit can give, and most of all perhaps, your willingness to follow Him. God always gives people a free choice to either follow Him or someone else, like yourself or the Devil. It’s not easy to ignore someone’s insults, it’s hard to “turn the other cheek,” but OBEDIENCE to God’s commands brings GREAT BLESSINGS to your life. Try it and see for yourself! But first PRAY to the Father for wisdom, guidance, and strength to do things His way, not your own way. God loves those kinds of prayers and He always answers them because they’re according to His will – 1Jn 5:14 – 15 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. 

God Destroys Sodom –

Gen 19:23  The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar.

Gen 19:24  Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;

Gen 19:25  And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.

Gen 19:26  But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt. (Result of her disobedience to God’s command to not look back. This may also apply to modern day Christians who stay in churches that have apostacized, or fallen away from following God.)

Gen 19:27  And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the LORD:

Gen 19:28  And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace.

Gen 19:29  And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in the which Lot dwelt.

Lot and his family were told to not look back or stop anywhere along their exit route, but just keep going until they got to a safe place away from the judgement. But, his wife was so in love with the world and her worldly possessions she “looked back” towards Sodom, probably regretting leaving behind what she and her husband had there. Turning into a pillar of salt was the consequence of her looking back. Those who love God above all else won’t regret leaving this world or its goods – Luk 14:33  So likewise, any one of you that does not forsake all that he has cannot be my disciple. What this passage is saying is that looking back at what God tells us to leave behind results in loss, possibly even of life itself.

Joh 12:25  He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.

Mat 16:25  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

Just as God sent angels to warn righteous Lot and Noah and their families to flee the ensuing judgement to a safe place, He will do the same for His faithful ones prior to His return. Will everyone heed the warnings? Unfortunately, some will hesitate as did Lot, doubting the urgency and necessity of leaving wicked cities. Unbelievers will mock those sounding the alarm just like they did “in the days of Lot and Noah.”

We tend to put warnings like these far off into the future, not realizing that the danger is here, now. Believers who are tethered to their churches and ministries, refusing to leave them despite the obvious apostasy in their midst, ignore the warnings about staying in them – Rev 18:4. That is not to say that they will lose their salvation if they stay, but disobedience can result in a loss of rewards [Luke 12:42 – 48, Jms 4:17, John 12:48], poor health and other kinds of afflictions – 1 Cor 11:27 – 31. It could potentially cost them their lives. In one New Testament account, two members of the Church were instantly struck dead for lying to the Holy Spirit and to the apostles! [Act 5:3-5]

In a vast number of churches, the voice of the Bride and the Bride Groom (Jesus Christ) are no longer heard – Rev 18:23. Because of great Apostasy Jesus and His Bride have left the churches who have abandoned Him! How have they abandoned Him you ask? By not obeying His instructions in the bible which were written to show men how to live right, and by allowing all manner of evil into the Church. You say that God would never leave unfaithful churches? Then consider this –

2Ch 15:2  And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The LORD is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you.

Heb 12:25  See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:

Heb 12:26  Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.

A great shaking is coming and has already begun. God has been shaking the earth and its inhabitants but not all have perceived it. Shaking in the financial, social, and religious spheres are happening everyday. Between 2017 and 2018 there was an avalanche of sex scandals which came out into the open, not just in the church, but among political figures and entertainers. For months that’s all one heard about in the news. Reports and court filings of sex crimes in that period were unprecedented in American history.

“As it was in the days of Lot…..”

Is it all just happenstance or is it being orchestrated by the Omnipotent God as part of His great shaking of the earth and its inhabitants? I believe it’s the latter and His great shaking isn’t over, there’s a whole lot more to come. We have more rioting and protests against governments in various parts of the world than ever before. We have politicians and haters of freedom pitting races against one another in hopes of starting a race war so that martial law will need to be enacted in order to keep the peace, at which point people lose their freedoms! In Hitler’s Germany all weapons were taken away from the people, which left them defenseless against anything the German government wanted to do. Every despotic government in history has deployed some form of martial law upon its citizenry, including gun confiscation which won’t quell the violence in men’s hearts.

Despite there being a ‘whole lot of shaking going on,’ most people seem bewildered, not perceiving that there’s a direct correlation between bible prophecy and what’s happening now. God has warned in His Word and by angelic messengers, that these things would come upon a disbelieving and ungodly world, so it shouldn’t come as any surprise and yet even many believers will be taken by surprise and caught off guard, although they shouldn’t be – Luke 21:34, Mk 13:35-37, 1 Pet 4:7, Rev 3:3. All these things which have occurred before, will occur again just before the second coming of Jesus Christ the Ha Maschiach (Messiah / Savior) of the world – “So shall it be also in the days of the Son of Man.”

Taking into account all of the above, it would seem that the days in which we’re living are just like the days of Lot and Noah!

None of the wicked will understand but the righteous do, and they are prepared for Christ’s second coming. Are you? Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation [Acts 4:12] so I implore you to turn away from sin and invite Him to be your Lord and Savior. Rom 10:9 For if you confess with your mouth that Yeshua is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. [Tree of Life Version]

If you want to know more about how to be saved, have any questions about the contents of this article or see mistakes in it, please write me at soareeng.eagle@gmail.com

Handmaid of the Lord

August 3, 2019

 

Footnotes:

[1] http://www.studylight.org/commentary/matthew/5-39.html

 Not but that a man may lawfully defend himself, and endeavour to secure himself from injuries; and may appear to the civil magistrate for redress of grievances; but he is not to make use of private revenge. As if a man should pluck out one of his eyes, he must not in revenge pluck out one of his; or should he strike out one of his teeth, he must not use him in the same manner; but patiently bear the affront, or seek for satisfaction in another way. [John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible]

That is, rather than avenge thyself, be ready to suffer patiently a repetition of the same injury. But these exhortations belong to those principally who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake. Let such leave the judgment of their cause to Him for whose sake they suffer. The Jews always thought that every outrage should be resented; and thus the spirit of hatred and strife was fostered. [Adam Clarke’s Commentary]

The type of submissive meekness enjoined by Christ in these verses must appear very difficult to the people who have never tried it; but actually, this presents the most exciting and thrilling approach to life and its problems that can possibly be imagined. Those who have tried it unanimously affirm that it works. [Coffman’s Commentaries on the Bible] 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who’s Taken and Who’s Left?

Hear what Jesus says  happens at the end of this age and how the unjust are separated from the just —

Mat 13:47  Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: 
Mat 13:48  Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. 
Mat 13:49  So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, 
Mat 13:50  And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 

Which vessels were “left” in the boat? The “good” ones! The “bad” vessels were “cast away!” Jesus went on to say that this is how it will be at the end of the world. No pre-trib rapture, the “just” aren’t taken up and away, just the opposite, the “just” are LEFT while the “wicked” are “cast into a fiery furnace.”

Joh 15:2  Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 
Joh 15:6  If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. [1]

Those who don’t abide (remain) in Christ are “cast forth” and gathered by angels (Angels are often called “men” in the bible) who “cast the unfruitful into the fire.” Notice which branches were “taken away” – the unfruitful ones.

Mat 13:27  So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? (darnel or false grain; a metaphor for false believers)
Mat 13:28  He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? 
Mat 13:29  But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. 
Mat 13:30  Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, (angels) Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn. 

Again, the “tares” or false believers are gathered up and bound in bundles to be burned, while the “wheat” or true believers are gathered into Jesus’s barn. Who gets gathered up FIRST? It’s the tares, not the wheat!

Mat 13:36  Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. 
Mat 13:37  He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; 
Mat 13:38  The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one
Mat 13:39  The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. 
Mat 13:40  As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world
Mat 13:41  The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; 
Mat 13:42  And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 
Mat 13:43  Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear

In this passage Jesus spells it out plainly – the angels reap the final harvest gathering the unjust FIRST and casting them into the furnace. THEN the righteous shine forth in his father’s kingdom. No Pre-Trib rapture of the saints is evident in this or any of the aforementioned passages.

Mat 24:29  Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 
Mat 24:30  And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 
Mat 24:31  And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. 

When are the “elect” gathered? IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE TRIBULATION and not before!

1Th 4:14  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 
1Th 4:15  For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 
1Th 4:16  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 
1Th 4:17  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 

Here Paul says that those saints still alive at Christ’s coming won’t be “caught up” (taken up) until AFTER the “dead in Christ” arise. This is a very strong passage which states plainly the order in which saints are taken up into the air and which also refutes a Pre-Trib Rapture. How can there be a Pre-Trib Rapture of living saints when ALL God’s saints, dead or alive are taken up TOGETHER at the same time???

I would like to see one bible verse or passage which clearly shows that SOME saints will be taken or caught up to meet the Lord in the air BEFORE the Tribulation period. Anyone who knows of such a verse, please write to me about it. And, I’m not talking about some allegorical interpretation involving the Jewish wedding ceremony by which some have concluded that there is a “catching up” of SOME saints who have proved themselves worthy to escape the Tribulation, while other, carnal believers are “left” behind to suffer through it. I’d love to see just one solid piece of evidence, one sure word of Scripture to back up such interpretations.

Why is this important you might ask? It’s very important to know everything you can about Christ’s Second Coming so that you can be ready to meet Him when He comes. Many I think, will be unprepared, having been lulled to sleep by false shepherds telling them that they will be RAPTURED out of the world BEFORE the Great Tribulation starts. Whoever believes those shepherds and doesn’t search out the Word of God for themselves is going to be DECEIVED thinking that they won’t have to endure that which is coming to “try the WHOLE EARTH” [Rev 3:10].

1Pe 4:12  Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: 
1Pe 4:13  But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. 
1Pe 4:14  If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. 
1Pe 4:1  Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;
2Ti 3:12  Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. 
1Pe 2:20  For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. 
1Pe 2:21  For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: 
1Th 3:3  That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto
1Th 3:4  For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know. 
2Ti 3:12  Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution
Mat 10:22  And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. 

Who shall be SAVED? He that endureth to the END of this Age; who remains faithful to the Lord Jesus Christ while enduring persecution and tribulation.

I wonder how people can ignore the preponderance of scriptural evidence for a Pre-Wrath or Post Tribulation “catching up” of the saints and cling to a Pre-Trib Rapture. Could it be a matter of not wanting to suffer for Christ, of not wanting to bear the shame of the Cross, preferring to live in agreement with the world and in so doing, avoid persecution and tribulation? Truth is, there will be no escaping persecution and tribulation in this world if you’re a true follower of Jesus Christ, for to such we have been called!

June 19, 2019

Footnotes:

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b47CJlE-ut0

Who’s a true and a false Christian, who’s deceived and how to know, taking Communion as a false believer.

What’s the Lie of 2 Thess. 2:11?

 

In the end times Jesus warned that that many would believe “a lie,” what was that lie? Could it be that the lie is “once saved always saved?” The way it works is that if you say a prayer inviting Jesus into your heart, no matter how you live after that, you’ll bypass God’s Judgment and go to heaven when you die. Could the ‘eternal security’ or ‘once saved always saved’ doctrine be the “lie” of which Jesus spoke?

I think it is, because there are more than 3 witnesses (scriptures) in the Bible which clearly state that if/when one forsakes (abandons) the Lord, He in turn will forsake that person. Here they are —

2Ch 15:2  And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The LORD is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you

2Ch 24:20  And the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest, which stood above the people, and said unto them, Thus saith God, Why transgress ye the commandments of the LORD, that ye cannot prosper? because ye have forsaken the LORD, he hath also forsaken you

1Ch 28:9  And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever

Deu 31:16 – 18   And the LORD said unto Moses, Behold, thou shalt sleep with thy fathers; and this people will rise up, and go a whoring after the gods of the strangers of the land, whither they go to be among them, and will forsake me, and break my covenant which I have made with them. Then my anger shall be kindled against them in that day, and I will forsake them, and I will hide my face from them, and they shall be devoured, and many evils and troubles shall befall them; so that they will say in that day, Are not these evils come upon us, because our God is not among us? And I will surely hide my face in that day for all the evils which they shall have wrought, in that they are turned unto other gods. 

Jdg 10:13 &14  Yet ye have forsaken me, and served other gods: wherefore I will deliver you no more. Go and cry unto the gods which ye have chosen; let them deliver you in the time of your tribulation. 

Jdg 2:11 – 14  And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim: And they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the people that were round about them, and bowed themselves unto them, and provoked the LORD to anger. And they forsook the LORD, and served Baal and Ashtaroth. And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and he delivered them into the hands of spoilers that spoiled them, and he sold them into the hands of their enemies round about, so that they could not any longer stand before their enemies. 

If those verses aren’t enough to convince you, consider that in the Garden of Eden when the Serpent was tempting Adam and Eve, what did he promise them?

He promised them that if they ate of the forbidden fruit, they would not only gain knowledge of good and evil, but that they would NOT die as Yehovah had warned them —-

Gen 3:1 – 5  Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil

Now compare that passage with the following New Testament passage —

2Th 2:2 & 3  That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 

2Th 2:7 – 12  For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 

For the sake of those who don’t know who the Restrainer is, it’s Michael the Archangel. Right after Michael is ”taken out of the way” (stops holding back iniquity) that Wicked one will be revealed to the world. Also, notice that the “day of Christ” cannot be “at hand” (immanent!) UNTIL the Anti-Christ is revealed. Once the Anti-Christ is revealed to the world, THEN Christ’s coming is immanent, but not before.

What is the “strong delusion?” Feminine of G4108 (as abstraction); objectively fraudulence; subjectively a straying from orthodoxy or piety: – deceit, to deceive, delusion, error. [Strong’s] 2a1) error, wrong opinion relative to morals or religion; 2b) error which shows itself in action, a wrong mode of acting; 2c) error, that which leads into error, deceit or fraud [Thayer’s Greek Definitions]

The LIE then has something to do with deceit, fraud (fraudulent teaching perhaps?), wrong opinion re morals or religion, error — AND PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THIS DEFINITION —- and “straying from orthodoxy and piety.

Dear reader, isn’t that exactly where the Church at large is today? Could you honestly say that it hasn’t STRAYED from orthodoxy and piety? Piety is the quality of being religious or reverent.

Orthodoxy is (from Greek ὀρθοδοξία orthodoxía “right opinion”) is adherence to correct or accepted creeds, especially in religion. In the Christian sense the term means “conforming to the Christian faith as represented in the creeds of the early church.” [1]

  1. Adhering to the accepted or traditional and established faith, especially in religion.
  2. Adhering to the Christian faith as expressed in the early Christian ecumenical creeds. [2] 

Orthodoxy is the belief in the standards of accepted and true doctrines taught in the Bible. That which is orthodox agrees with Biblical teaching and the interpretation of the Christian Church. [3]

Over several decades I’ve seen the Church “stray” from the “reverence” of God and His Word, and from the sound doctrines of the faith, which have been taught and accepted for many centuries. What has brought this about is the “mystery of iniquity” which has been “at work” since the Fall of Mankind in the Garden of Eden. Just what is the “mystery of iniquity?” For those who haven’t studied the Bible, it is the “condition of being without law, because of being ignorant of it, or violating it; it is “contempt and violation of law, also wickedness.” [Thayer’s Greek Def.] From G459; illegality, that is, violation of law or (generally) wickedness: – iniquity, X transgress (-ion of) the law, unrighteousness. [Strong’s]

The Church has strayed from orthodoxy by adopting ‘new’ doctrines (beliefs) and practices unsupported by Scripture and not preaching against ‘sin’ anymore in their services. At the same time, churches show little to no ‘reverence’ for God as they thumb their noses at God’s precious Law – His Torah or teachings in both Old and New Testaments. I’ve seen congregants in many churches treat the holy things of God ‘lightly’ which shows irreverence towards them! Real believers show ‘respect’ for God, His true ministers, and for His Word (all of it!). True believers don’t treat the holy things of God lightly but “tremble” at His words and show respect for His Presence in and among them. Yahweh has left many churches because of their stubborn refusal to heed His commands and correction – 

Pro 1:23 – 36  Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you. Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;  When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil. 

Now, I will put it all together for you. The “lie” being told believers in these last days, is akin to the lie Satan told Eve in the Garden – that they can disobey God’s law and not die (eternally) as a result! Since the Fall, men are born having a natural bent towards “going their own way” falsely believing that they can live independently from God and not suffer negative consequences for it. Yahweh God makes it very clear throughout the bible, that disobedience to His commands carries penalties, even everlasting death. Men who don’t see this are blinded by their lust.

1Co 6:9 -10 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God

The following passage describes those who in the blindness of their lusts ARE DECEIVED into thinking that they SHALL HAVE PEACE despite “walking according to the “IMAGINATION OF THEIR HEARTS” —-

Deu 29:19  And it come to pass, when he heareth the words of this curse, that he bless himself in his heart, saying, I shall have peace, though I walk in the imagination of mine heart, to add drunkenness to thirst: 

Notice what the LORD says will happen to him who does this —

Deu 29:20  The LORD will not spare him, but then the anger of the LORD and his jealousy shall smoke against that man, and all the curses that are written in this book shall lie upon him, and the LORD shall blot out his name from under heaven. 

Compare with Rom 1:18  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Rom 1:24 – 27 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:  Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. 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 recompence of their error which was meet. 

Notice in the first verse the word “lie” is pertaining to “changing the truth of God” or exchanging that truth for a lie — “changed, change, or changing” From G3326 and G236; to exchange: – change. Also, “to make different” [Strong’s] “truth” 1b) what is true in things appertaining to God and the duties of man, moral and religious truth [Thayer’s Def.]

Dear reader, isn’t that what many churches are doing today, changing and or exchanging God’s truth for men’s opinions, even adopting the doctrines of devils??

1Ti 4:1 & 2 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; 

In case you were wondering, a conscience seared with a hot iron (or cauterized) is no longer sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s conviction or influence, and is therefore no longer able to distinguish between good and evil – opposite from what Satan promised Adam and Eve in the Garden!!

See what a LIAR Satan is? He promised Adam and Eve that if they partook of his forbidden knowledge they would know both good and evil like God did. That word “know” is “yada” which has a broad variety of applications, one of which is to be able to DISTINGUISH between one thing and another!  [Brown-Driver-Briggs Heb. Def.’s] I suggest you look the term up for yourself and get used to doing that, so you can “rightly divide” (interpret) the Word of God.

Satan LIED big time to Adam and Eve when he tempted them in the Garden of Eden. Satan actually told them two lies, the first being that if they partook of the forbidden knowledge or fruit, they wouldn’t die. The second lie was that not only would they not die, but they would be like God, able to distinguish for themselves (without God’s input) what’s good from what’s evil – (Gen. 3:5).

But you see, when men stray from God’s instructions and persist in going their own way, they eventually become insensitive to God’s voice so they can no longer hear Him. Their consciences become “seared” (cauterized) or hardened so they cannot respond to the Holy Spirit’s leading, and are lost. This can even happen to a born again believer who “falls away” —

Luk 8:11 – 14  Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.  They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.  And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. 

Heb 6:4 – 6 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. 

Far too many in the church today treat God and His Word “lightly” and in some cases, with disdain. They do this by “changing” or exchanging God’s words with lies, and by making themselves the ultimate authority on what’s right and what’s wrong. In essense ungodly men end up worshiping themselves (the creature) instead of the Creator – Rom 1:25.

Many have made or are making the fatal choice to “go their own way,” thus rejecting God’s instructions, commands, and laws. They’ve been deceived by their own lusts and by Satan into believing that they don’t need God or His law, that they can go it alone and be just fine.

Dear reader I strongly urge you to take stock of your life in light of God’s holy Word to see if your words and actions line up with its precepts or not. If not, the time to change that is now, not tomorrow, for tomorrow may be too late –  Luk 12:20  But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee….

Don’t be fooled by Satan, or blinded by your own lusts, the Day of the Lord’s wrath will come! Don’t wait until that day to repent of your rebellion against God’s law, for it will be too late then – Rev 22:11  He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. There comes a time when the opportunity for repentance runs out – Luk 13:25  When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: 

False dependence on Church privileges –

In the eyes of Him who “seeth not as man seeth,” who readeth the heart and weigheth actions in the balances of the sanctuary, the worker of iniquity is not only the man who disregards religion and commits open wickedness; but also he who, if he avoid certain sins, avoids them not because he fears God or is constrained by Christ’s love, and who, if motives were analyzed, would be found to have regard to the good opinion of the world, rather than to the will and the glory of Him who called him into being.

You must search your hearts. You must see whether God be first in your hearts; whether your great fear be the fear of offending Him—your great desire, the desire of pleasing Him; whether “old things have passed away,” and “new things”—new tendencies, new upon outward privileges. “The kingdom of God is within you.”

I do not depreciate the means of grace. The “workers of iniquity” may be those who delight in sermons and never miss a sacrament.” “There are multitudes who will go a long way towards heaven and then stop short. They will give up everything but one thing for Christ, and therefore are they near heaven; but they keep that one, and therefore must they be excluded at the last. Almost believers upon earth, they are almost guests at the marriage-supper above.

I would that this might warn you; that this might startle you. If there are any of you who are resting on outward duties and privileges, and have not given your hearts to the Lord, oh! do not shrink from self-examination; be not afraid to know the worst. The “Master of the house” hath not yet “risen up and shut to the door.” You may still secure for yourselves admission at the last. (H. Melvill, B. D. ) [The Biblical Illustrator]

Sobering words, I know, but necessary in light of the times we’re living in. I pray you won’t ignore or treat lightly these warnings in God’s Word but will hear them and be saved from His wrath when He comes to judge the whole earth. Rev 16:15  Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. (The meaning here is, that, as Christians are clothed with the garments of righteousness, they should not lay them aside, so that their spiritual nakedness should be seen. – Albert Barnes’ Notes on the Bible) Heb 10:26&27  For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. 

The “lie” spoken of in 2 Thessalonians 11, is that a person can keep on sinning after receiving knowledge of the truth (God’s Word) and still go to heaven – the eternal security, once saved always saved (false) doctrine! It’s akin to the “lie” Satan told Adam and Eve in the Garden, “You shall not die.” Don’t fall for it!

May the FEAR OF GOD return to the Church before the Day of His Wrath comes.

©  April 20, 2019

Footnotes:

[1] http://wikipedia.org/wiki/Orthodoxy

[2] https://www.thefreedictionary.com/orthodox

[3] https://carm.org/dictionary-orthodoxy

Good teachings on the Falling Away — 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAslQqrWpfM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kX8O8OAcJ8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bulg4mCHLEs

http://fgcp.org/content/how-identify-false-church

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWeUNoR30_0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2eztrXGLtQ

Are Christians supposed to be grabbing their crotches?  

Who’s truly saved and who’s not, the reality of Heaven & Hell; Sermons by John MacArthur —-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b47CJlE-ut0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ztj_jyOPTVg

 

Dense Darkness & Resurrection-Rapture Dream

In this dream I was wandering about, crying and praying very hard due to the deep darkness enveloping everything around. The darkness was so dense I could barely see, but heard people crying and calling out to God in much distress and perplexity. Like me they were wailing, “How long is this going to last?” Then I saw many souls rise up from the ground with their arms lifted upwards as they flew away into the sky. Their forms were all white, what we often refer to as ‘ghosts’ which are the spirits of people who have died. In the dream an angel put an all white gown or tunic on me and told me to wait for the others. There the dream ended or that’s all I remembered when I woke up.

I had this dream in either 1975 or 76 as I was getting ‘saved,’ but never shared or posted it anywhere, until now. As with other significant dreams and events, I wrote the dream down in my journal. I wasn’t sure but thought it might have been a sneak preview of the Resurrection and simultaneous Rapture of believers. Please note that I don’t hold a Pre-Trib. Rapture position as I believe the Scriptures best support a Mid-Trib. or Pre-Wrath Rapture [1] which is going to occur AFTER the Resurrection of the Righteous Dead

1Th 4:15 – 17, For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain to the coming of the Lord shall not precede them who are asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Do you see it? The “dead in Christ” arise FIRST, THEN those in Christ who are alive when He appears. The First Resurrection (of the Just) and the Rapture of the living saints happen simultaneously, meaning one right after the other, or at least there’s a very short time lapse between these two events.

The Left Behind book and movie series has given Christians a false hope about escaping the Antichrist and the tumultuous Great Tribulation just ahead of us. This erroneous teaching has caused many Christians to believe in a pre-tribulation rapture that will not come to pass. Many will be disillusioned and fall away at that time. However, there is a biblical way of escape that offers real hope, but it’s not the pre-tribulation rapture! – [1]

How wonderful it is to be a blood-bought child of God; those who put their trust in God, live according to His Word, and have been “washed in the Blood of the Lamb (Jesus)” have a glorious future in His Eternal Kingdom. How terrifying and awful it will be for those who refuse Christ’s gracious offer of Salvation and as a result will be cast into the blazing furnace of Hell – Rev 20:15 And whoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Related Scriptures – Luke 21:25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Luke 21:26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for apprehension of those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

God means every word He’s ever spoken! Now is the only time you have to choose where you’ll be spending eternity. “Choose Life, not death,” said Yahweh. Obey God’s laws and make Jesus your Lord and savior – today! You must be Born Again to be a child of God. For more information on how to be Born Again (born of God’s Spirit) read John 3:3 & 7, and 1 Peter 1:23 to get understanding. You may also write me at soareeng.eagle@gmail.com and I’ll be happy to answer any questions re this process, and or guide you through it.

 

Footnote:

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GG_622aRMZ8

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXPLOSIONS DREAM

MARCH 23, 2019

Upon awakening this morning I instantly recalled this dream in which I heard consecutive explosions outside the building I and a few other people were in. The explosions came at intervals every few minutes and they were loud. I knew that they were not caused by natural phenomena but were of human origin, most likely bombs being dropped from the air.

I heard a man announcing that everyone was to stay indoors and not go near any windows or doors. He was also telling people that if they gave their allegiance to the powers that be, they would be spared and taken away from the holocaust [1] to a safe place, otherwise they would be left to endure it. The announcer was one of the soldiers or national guardsmen (wearing camouflage uniforms) who were putting people into some kind of large vehicles, trucks I believe, to be taken away somewhere [3]. I saw a civilian man hurriedly stepping into one of them.  

Since the atmosphere outside was filled with thick dark smoke and debris from the explosions, I wasn’t able to physically see what was going on, but saw it all with my spiritual sight.

While this was taking place, I was standing inside a large building of some sort. A man was lying near the crack beneath a door, and I asked a woman standing nearby why he was doing that as wouldn’t he be breathing in some of the smoke seeping in from outside, and wouldn’t that be dangerous for him? She didn’t know why, and all I could think was that maybe he wanted to see and/or hear what was going on outside.

At that point, the Asian-looking woman standing nearby who I had just spoken to suggested that we go deeper into the building to hide. So she and I went to a higher floor to a room where she had been staying. Oddly, all the walls in that place, including the walls and bedding in her room were a soft white color. Her bedding was a bit askew. I had some snack food with me which consisted of just a cereal bar (I think) and a piece of fruit or something; that plus the clothing I had on is all I took with me. I was glad I had the snack food and although it wouldn’t last long, it was something at least. (Maybe having only a small amount of food meant that the holocaust wouldn’t last very long, or that more food would be provided once it was gone? I know my Lord will always provide for my needs and I don’t believe that he would allow me to starve).

In the dream I felt some alarm but also felt that the woman and I would be safe inside the building until the event was over. No time frame was given for this event. ~ Debra 

 

Commentary:

What was the dream about? Possibly, a conflagration of some sort is coming in which I’ll be protected and provided for, along with my friend, whoever she is. Perhaps her being Asian is a hint that an Asian country, or people, is somehow involved?

I think it’s interesting that the soldiers were offering “safety” in exchange for a pledge of allegiance to a civil authority. That has a familiar ring to it does it not? It immediately brought to my mind that bible passage about “peace and safety” [2]. Note that some civilians were being ‘taken’ away while others were left, which reminds me of a bible passage in Matthew [3].  At the same footnote is a link to two videos offering a different view of this than what’s commonly heard, and is worth considering. Is there a possibility that we’ve misunderstood the meaning of  passages about those who are “taken” and those who are “left?” The Gospel of Luke 17:35-37 suggests that those “taken” away are killed and eaten by the eagles or technically, VULTURES. Thayer Definition: 1) an eagle: since eagles do not usually go in quest of carrion, this may refer to a vulture that resembles an eagle, 2) an eagle as a standard (Roman Military)

It’s a fact that nations are already exchanging their sovereignty and freedoms for a promise of “peace and safety” provided for of course, by the civil authorities! Americans have forfeited many of their rights and freedoms by allowing the civil authorities to take them away through various legislation like the Patriot and Homeland Security Acts, and others [4-5]. Benjamin Franklin, one of our Founding Fathers said, Those who would give up Essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

What I find equally interesting is that some of the key provisions of the Patriot Act are due to EXPIRE at the end of this year (2019), at which time congress will vote on what to do about them.

The 2015 update, made in the wake of the Edward Snowden disclosures about the extent of U.S. capture of bulk communications data, curbed the collection by the National Security Agency of bulk metadata. That update is scheduled to sunset in December, and one tech-minded member on the House Judiciary committee told FCW he wants the new Democratic majority to take another look at potential reforms to the law. [6]

Why haven’t we heard about this in the news? Maybe some of you have? I know that I have not. In light of finding this out, I suspect that my dream may in part be a type of foreknowledge about the upcoming battle in Washington re voting on certain provisions of the Patriot Act before December 2019, when they expire. It should be made a matter for prayer starting now until congress votes on those provisions in December. Dear Body of Christ, these matters of law affect us all, and prayer is our strongest weapon against tyranny.

Last night just before retiring I heard two words: “Hasmonean dialect.” I didn’t understand but thought it might be important so I wrote it down and forgot about it. I had also been very heavy hearted for several hours but didn’t know why (sometimes sudden inexplicable heaviness of spirit is a call to intercession) and I couldn’t stop crying until it lifted. For some reason I decided to look up Hasmonean dialect after writing this dream down today. Now I wonder if it has any connection to the dream which followed during the night, since that dialect is related to Jews originating in Central Asia [7]; the woman in my dream was Asian. If that is the case, the dream may be a call to pray for them and/or to avert a war in that region which might affect or be directed at the roughly 6, 500 of them now living in Asia. They may not seem important to some, but to God they are. Seeing how they’re of Israel, maybe from one of the Lost Tribes, God would want to protect and keep them through tribulation.

Among Bukharan Jews, there are two ancient theories of how Jewish people settled in Central Asia. One theory is that Bukharan Jews may be descended from the Tribe of Naphtali and the Tribe of Issachar of the Lost Tribes of Israel[7] who may have been exiled during the Assyrian captivity of Israel in the 7th century BCE.[8]

God may want America to provide for them somehow, maybe help them immigrate to Israel or America. As I was pondering this ancient Jewish population in Asia, I wondered if immigration laws might be the link between them and the dream since those laws could make it difficult for persecuted Jews (and Christians) to get out of places where they’re being persecuted and immigrate to countries where they’ll be safe. Did you know that not so long ago our government refused to allow persecuted Christians into the USA?

Even as U.S. policies continue to lead to massacres of Christian communities throughout the Middle East, members of those communities are having a difficult time escaping the destruction.

“Christians are being refused refugee status and face persecution and many times certain death for their religious beliefs under … sharia, while whole Muslim communities are entering the US by the tens of thousands per month despite the fact that they face no religious persecution,” noted Pamela Geller, executive director of the American Freedom Defense Initiative and of Stop Islamization of America.

But how could the situation have become so dire? While not all analysts agree, at the very least, it has become clear that the fate of Christians and Christianity is low on the U.S. government’s agenda. And without an outcry, that is unlikely to change.

“Our government’s policies in the Middle East are a reflection of our government’s policies at home. The war on Christianity in public life here at home in the schools and courthouses is manifested in the Middle East with the destruction of Christianity in the nations where we have been interfering,” said CEO Art Thompson of The John Birch Society, citing Iraq, Egypt, Libya, and other nations.

As predicted by innumerable experts, imposing “democracy” in Muslim-majority countries has been a disaster for Christians. Asked for an example of U.S. foreign policy benefiting Christians, a senior official with the USCIRF could not name one. Christianity has managed to survive in the Middle East for 2,000 years without U.S. government intervention. But if current trends continue, the religion of Christ could very well be eradicated in the region of its birth within the next few decades. And unfortunately, America will bear at least part of the responsibility. [8]

Do you realize that last paragraph is an indictment against American foreign policy which is covertly contributing to the extermination of Christians and Christianity throughout the world, according to many experts? Body of Christ, we need to pray for our persecuted brethren! I highly recommend Pamela Geller’s website, the American Freedom Defense Initiative, and Stop Islamization of America [9] as a place to start educating yourself about this ongoing holocaust, the extermination of Christians and Jews by those who hate them both. Besides praying for them, we can support organizations which expose the ongoing holocaust with our dollars, along with those elected officials who defend the religious rights of Christians and Jews. We can keep raising our voices against religious persecution of Christians and Jews around the world. We have collective power, it’s just that we’ve been bullied into silence and submission by slick-talking politicians who put their personal interests first. It’s time we show some “hutzpah” and pester them until they heed our demands! [10]   

 

Footnotes:

[1] A holocaust is an event in which there is a lot of destruction and many people are killed, especially one caused by war. https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/holocaust

[2] 1Th 5:2  For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. 1Th 5:3  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. In this video a prophetess sees “peace” being taken from the world (April 2019) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HB6FfteLK1o

[3] Mat 24:37 -42  But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark,  And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. Click on links to hear a different view of those who are ‘taken’ vs. those who are ‘left’ –  http://[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CojtbN3n1Bw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GG_622aRMZ8

[4] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Patriot_Act The Act was opposed by only one vote, the sole dissenting Senator being Russ Feingold[27] who found a number of measures objectionable or troubling. Feingold’s concerns included the way that the bill was passed,[28] aspects of the wiretapping provisions, the changes to search and seizure laws,[29] the expanded powers under FISA that allowed law enforcement to gain access to business records[30] and the changes to detention and deportation laws for immigrants.”[30]

[5] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patriot_Act Russell Feingold, in a Senate floor statement, claimed that the provision “falls short of meeting even basic constitutional standards of due process and fairness [as it] continues to allow the Attorney General to detain persons based on mere suspicion.”

[6] https://fcw.com/articles/2019/01/24/fisa-lieu-judiciary-update.aspx

[7] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bukharan_Jews (The excerpt is found under History; 2nd paragraph)

[8] https://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/asia/item/10970-christian-massacres-a-result-of-us-foreign-policy

[9] https://afdi.us/

[10] https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hutzpah “supreme self-confidence NERVEGALL.” It took a lot of chutzpah to stand up to him the way she did.

THE TWO WITNESSES OF REVELATION_Revised 4-17-19

Many think the Two Witnesses are going to be the prophets Moses and Elijah because they both appeared at the Transfiguration [Mt 17:1-3] with Jesus. Some believe they could be Elijah and Enoch as both went to heaven without dying. I believe Elijah is one of the two prophets, since Malachi prophesied that he would come before the Day of the Lord [Mal. 4:5-6], and because I have received a Word of Knowledge (a prophetic gift) that he is coming [http://spirit-wind.org/2015/04/set-a-place-for-elijah/]. Many believe Moses can’t be one of the two witnesses since he died and this one scripture says – Heb 9:27  And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: 

However, there were people raised back to life in both Old and New Testaments thus necessitating their deaths more than once. That Hebrews 9 verse was a refutation of the Reincarnation belief that men are reborn over and over again. If that’s the case, then Moses could in fact be one of the Two Witnesses of the end times who come back to the earth three and a half years before Jesus Christ returns! [1] It makes sense when you look at the passages which tell of the miracles performed by these two prophets that are identical in both Old and New Testaments. More evidence for Moses and Elijah being the Two Witnesses is that Moses represents the Law of Yahweh, while Elijah represents the books of the Prophets. These things plus the fact that the scripture says that “fire proceeds” out of their mouths, and that they shall “call down fire” from heaven, and that they shall afflict the earth with plagues whenever they wish – the most obvious conclusion is that they must be men. 

Some think that the Two Witnesses are the Old and New Testaments, but how can either of those books “call down fire from heaven,” or “afflict the earth with plagues?” Besides, the scripture clearly states that these Two Witnesses are two “prophets” – Rev. 11:10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth. 

Some believe that John the Baptist fulfilled the coming of Elijah based on the following. When God spoke through Malachi the prophet, He said that Elijah would come before He judged the world – 

Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse. [Malachi 4:5-6] When John the Baptist was born, an angel said that he would go before Christ, meaning John’s ministry would come first, in the spirit and power of Elijah – 

Luk 1:13  But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. Luk 1:17  And he shall go before him (Christ) in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. Jesus said of John the Baptist – Mat 11:13  For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. Mat 11:14  And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come. *(Elias was the Greek rendering of Elijah.)

In Mt 11 Jesus is saying that John the Baptist was the one prophesied to come but as the angel explained in Luke 1, John would go “in the spirit and power” of Elijah, meaning that John would have the same mission and same anointing as Elijah, but was not himself the literal fulfillment of the prophecy that Elijah must come before the return of Jesus to the earth. When John was asked if he was Elijah to come, he flatly denied it, Joh 1:19  And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou? Joh 1:20  And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ. Joh 1:21  And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No

The question has been raised, are the two prophets literal individuals or possibly two groups of witnesses who stand with the Lord of all the earth in the end times just before Christ returns? 

Two olive trees are mentioned in the Old Testament book of Zechariah, as the ‘two anointed ones’ who stand by the Lord – 

Zec 4:2  And said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I have looked, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof: 

Zec 4:3  And two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof. 

Zec 4:11  Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof? 

Zec 4:12  And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves? 

Zec 4:13  And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord. 

Zec 4:14  Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth

Rev 11:3  And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth (a thousand two hundred and threescore days is exactly 3 and 1/2 years).

Rev 11:4  These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. (Note how Zec 4:14 and this verse both say these ‘anointed ones’ STAND before God)

Rev 11:5  And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. 

Rev 11:6  These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.

Men or angels could do this, but I don’t see how the Old and New Testaments could.

Rev 11:7  And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.

Rev 11:8  And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt (Jerusalem), where also our Lord was crucified. (Would also seem to be men, not books, and why just in Jerusalem?)

Rev 11:9  And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.  (Don’t see how this can be interpreted any other way than literally as only dead men’s bodies are placed into graves, and their dead bodies are seen by nations etc.) 

Rev 11:10  And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth. 

Rev 11:11  And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. 

Rev 11:12  And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them. (Again, how could this be speaking of the two testaments of the bible?) 

Rev 11:3  And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. (Some have said this is referring to the Dark Ages when the clergy kept the Bible out of the hands of the common man; an allegorical interpretation).

Who or what are the Two Candlesticks and Two Olive Trees? 

Here we see that candlesticks in Scripture are a symbol for Christ’s churches – (Also Rev. 11:4)

Rev 1:11  Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea. 

Rev 1:12  And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks

Rev 1:20  The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches. 

Rev 2:1  Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; 

The two olive trees are also mentioned in the New Testament book of Romans –

Rom 11:17  And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; 

Rom 11:18  Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. 

Rom 11:19  Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in. 

Rom 11:20  Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: 

Rom 11:21  For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. 

Rom 11:22  Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. 

Rom 11:23  And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again. 

Rom 11:24  For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree? 

The ”olive tree” is Abraham’s PHYSICAL SEED while the “wild olive tree” is Abraham’s SPIRITUAL SEED, the Gentiles who put their faith in Christ. 

Some say the Two Witnesses are two groups who testify and prophesy of Christ before the world in the end times, going forth in the “spirit and power of Elijah” just like John the Baptist did, carrying out the same mission as he, to “prepare” people for the Coming of the Lord Jesus — either believing Jews and Gentiles, Christians or Christian prophets, but are they correct? [2]

TO ESCAPE AND STAND —

In Luke Jesus was speaking about the end of the age and the signs, things that would be occurring that would signal His soon return – Luk 21:36  Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man

‘stand’ = 2a) to stand by or near; 2b) to stand; 2b1) continue safe and sound, stand unharmed, to stand ready or prepared; 2b2) to be of a steadfast mind; 2b3) of quality, one who does not hesitate, does not waiver; 1b2) to stand, be kept intact (of family, a kingdom), to escape in safety (Thayer’s Greek Definitions)

Could not “to stand” also mean that these witnesses remain “steady, firm, steadfast, unwavering” in their faith as they go through the end time tribulation? To do so they would certainly have to be of “steadfast mind” people who “do not hesitate or waver.” The two witnesses are KILLED by Antichrist after they finish their testimonies, and after their bodies lie dead in the streets are brought back to life and ASCEND up to Heaven in the sight of their enemies – Revelation 11:7, 8, 9 & 11.  Where is there a pre-trib rapture in any of these verses? To escape doesn’t always mean to be taken away from, or out of trouble and trials. It could also mean to be given the power to resist the temptation to renounce Christ and worship the Antichrist, to “stand” firm in your faith to the end. One of the definitions of “to stand” is to “escape in safety.” There’s lots of precedence in Scripture of God PROTECTING his believing children THROUGH tribulation rather than rescuing them FROM it. Noah, along with his family and thousands of animals were taken into an ark which went THROUGH a great flood [Gen 7:13-8:19], Moses with the Israelites were protected during the plagues and pestilences that afflicted their Egyptian persecutors [Exo 7:2-11:10], David was miraculously delivered and protected many times from King Saul’s attempts on his life [1 Sam 19:1-18]. 

The two witnesses remain faithful to Christ unto death. But before they are put to death by the Antichrist and his followers, they are EMPOWERED from on High to do “mighty exploits” [Dan 11:31, Rev. 11:5-6] on earth that will show the world that God exists and is about to Judge those who refuse to repent of their unbelief. When the two witnesses become empowered and work miracles on earth, we can know that the return of our Savior is very near and our “blessed hope” is soon to be fulfilled. The “blessed hope” is the glorification of our earthly bodies into heavenly ones at Christ’s appearing – Tit 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ…. Php 3:20  For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Php 3:21  Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. 

Taking all the above scriptures together, it would appear that the “two witnesses,” “two anointed ones,” “two olive trees,” “two candlesticks,” are all one and the same. They are possibly two anointed and empowered groups of faithful followers of Yahweh or two churches, of which there are hints in the book of Revelation [Rev 2:8-11 & 3:7-10] who resist the Antichrist. They may be Christians and believing Jews (the “two olive trees” mentioned in Romans 11:21 &24). Or, perhaps it’s both the literal prophets Elijah and Moses along with two companies of faithful  Christians and Jews who bear witness for Christ to an unbelieving, rebellious world just prior to His return? Time will tell, but for now we know that —

Those who refuse to worship the Antichrist, escape the damnation of those who do, though it may cost them their lives. Their reward for remaining faithful to Yahweh is that they’ll reign with Christ for a thousand years and live with Him for all Eternity. Jesus said that those who lose their lives for His sake will find them again. [Ref’s: Rev 20:4, Mt 16:25, Luke 17:33, John 12:25] Whoever the two witnesses are, they are killed then raised from the dead in the sight of their enemies after they have finished their testimonies.

If this study has helped you I would love to hear from you. Your email address will always be kept strictly confidential.

God speed to His Two Witnesses and a blessed Rosh Hashanah to all!

*Please note that nowhere in this article have I claimed to have the ultimate truth on this subject. All I’m doing here is exploring possible scenarios based upon what a large number of scriptures seem to indicate; it’s up to the reader to search the Scriptures for him/herself and to “test” all things – 1Th 5:21  but test all things, hold fast to what is good, [TLV] 

 

Resources:

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiFfwZsNf-Q

[2] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fE81HrKxHoo

 

 

 

 

 

A Line of Demarcation Being Drawn & Three Powerful Weapons (Rhemas for Ju’ 30)

Revelation 12:11 — And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. 

God showed me today that I’ve often thought of this verse as being relegated to the Great Tribulation period, when in fact, it’s for NOW!

Now is the time for God’s chosen ones to OVERCOME by the Blood of Christ, and by the word of their TESTIMONY, and by not loving their lives unto death!

NOW is the time for them to SPEAK FORTH their individual and corporate TESTIMONIES!

Are you not having victory in your life? Ask yourself honestly, when was the last time you gave your TESTIMONY to someone??

What we fail to realize is that speaking forth our TESTIMONIES is a POWERFUL WEAPON of warfare against the powers of darkness! It’s a weapon that also helps us gain victory over our flesh and the world. It’s a weapon far too seldom utilized!

We also overcome by APPLYING the BLOOD OF CHRIST to ourselves, our families, and our church. But we must APPLY it, not just SAY it, there IS a difference! We plead the BLOOD over us and situations, but we must also APPLY it to the same by faith, believing that we have what we say, Mar 11:23 – 24 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. 

NOT LOVING OUR LIVES UNTO DEATH is another powerful weapon against all the strategies of the wicked! When we value God’s Kingdom and plans ABOVE our own temporal lives, we declare that our priorities are right, but also by doing this we OVERCOME the temptations and plans of the wicked ones who work tirelessly to try and ensnare us in their traps. We must be WATCHFUL of how we’re WALKING!! Ask ourselves, “Am I walking with God, or just doing whatever I want?”

We must take a close look at whether or not we’re walking with God, waiting to hear His voice day by day, and then doing what He leads us to do, and if not, we must change directions immediately!!! We must TURN about face, and run back into Abba Father’s waiting, loving arms!! “A LINE OF DEMARCATION IS BEING DRAWN” (*see below) – we’re either on the Lord’s side or we’re on the Devil’s side! The time for ‘fence sitting’ is OVER! We must choose whose side we’re on! Jos 24:15  And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. 1Ki 18:21 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.

These three weapons of our warfare aren’t often talked about, but they are powerful ones, and they are for NOW not just the great tribulation period. For surely the whole Body of Christ is NOW in a spiritual war, one led by Christ who is the Lord of Hosts (angelic armies). He waits for His Church to HEAR His “call to arms!” We must engage in this warfare if not already thus engaged. This holy warfare is to be engaged with CONFIDENCE that the Church of Christ will have COMPLETE VICTORY over the wicked, for the victory has ALREADY BEEN WON in the Lord’s eyes. God sees the “end from the beginning,” so He already knows the outcome of this holy war. Isa 46:9- 10 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: 

So, my dear brothers and sisters in Christ, DO NOT BE AFRAID nor SHRINK from hearing God’s call to arms, and DON’T BE AFRAID to take up your armor, find your place and position yourself to wage a good warfare until the Kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ has become the ONLY kingdom on earth!!! Dan 7:13 – 14 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed. 

Share your testimonies with other believers and the unsaved! Plead the Blood of Christ over yourselves, your families, your church and the nations, and do these two things constantly. Love not your life in this world, that you may gain life eternal in God’s coming kingdom! Luke 17:33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it. Mar 8:35  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.

*As I was awakening from sleep today, I heard this partial word – “A LINE OF DEMARCATION IS BEING DRAWN…” I didn’t hear the rest of it because I woke up, but I had the sense it was about God separating or making a distinction between types of people; between those who serve His purposes (plans/will), and those who don’t, between those in covenant with Him and those who aren’t. Here’s a video in which nearly the exact wording is used as what I heard as I awoke from a dream [1] about half way or more into the video, “a line of distinction is being drawn between those who serve Yahweh and those who do not.” 

Also this youtube video [2] Chuck Pierce (prophet) speaks briefly about God ‘sorting nations’ this year of 2018 between those which align themselves with God’s purposes and those who don’t. The NATIONS will be SEPARATED as ‘sheep from the goats’ – Mat 25:32  And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: [divideth = From G575 and G3724; to set off by boundary, that is, (figuratively) limit, exclude, appoint, etc.: – divide, separate, sever.] (This Strong’s definition fits perfectly with the meaning of the term “DEMARCATION”) Both video’s confirm this word of knowledge that “a line of demarcation is being drawn” right now, between those who serve Yahweh and those who don’t. 

“Demarcation” = separation or distinction (often in the phrase ‘line of demarcation’) Source: https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/demarcation

Footnotes:

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-4tQaCwPeU

[2] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d12WO6h4_zs

 

A DEN FOR DEMONS

 

Today my heart is breaking for the millions of Catholics and Catholic sympathizers in the world because they have been deceived by the Great Harlot, whose judgment draws near 2Pe 2:3. It’s breaking because I know what hell some of them are enduring for their religion and not for Christ, since Christ would never condone much of what their religion teaches. God’s heart is full of love for mankind; He is generous, kind, considerate, gentle as a dove, holy and just. He won’t tolerate murder and injustice forever; one day soon I hope, He’s going to judge and finally give the Great Harlot what she so richly deserves. The whorish church not established by Christ but by Satan will be burnt with fire for all the wickedness and filthiness of her fornication (her betrayal of Christ’s pure doctrine by mixing it with filthy pagan practices) – Rev 18:2 He cried out with a mighty voice, saying: “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She has become a den for demons, a haunt for every unclean spirit and for every unclean bird and for every unclean and detestable beast. “unclean spirit” = morally (lewd) or specifically (demonic)): – foul, unclean [Strong’s Concordance]  In the Bible, a “whore” or “harlot” is any church which claims to follow Christ but in reality venerates false gods, idols, and incorporates pagan practices of all sorts into its worship. Revelation 18:3 refers to such as one who “fornicates” with the kings of the earth….

Rev 18:3 For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the fury of her immorality. The kings of the earth have committed sexual immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth grew rich off the power of her self-indulgence.” (No other church has equaled the Catholic Church in immorality and riches)
Rev 18:4 Then I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you participate in her sins and receive her plagues! 
Rev 18:5 For her sins have piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes
Rev 18:6 Pay her back just as she has paid out, and give her back double for her deeds! In the cup she has mixed—mix a double dose for her! 
Rev 18:7 As she has exalted herself and indulged herself in luxury, so give her the same measure of torment and grief! For in her heart she says, ‘I sit as a queen—I am no widow; I shall never see grief.’ 
Rev 18:8 For this reason her plagues will arrive in a single day—death and grief and famine—and she shall be burned down with fire. For mighty is Adonai Elohim who judges her!”

What’s puzzling to me is how anyone can believe that the Catholic faith/church is good, considering its gross doctrinal errors, pedophilia, and fornication. Strong delusion maybe? 2Th 2:11  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie… Many have been taught since childhood to believe that the Catholic Church and its priesthood is “infallible,” but the evidence overwhelmingly refutes that devilish doctrine. While most have heard about priests molesting young boys, it isn’t commonly known that nuns have endured  unimaginable horrors at the hands of priests and other nuns, some of whose testimonies you’ll hear about in this article. It seems strange to me that people express concern for animals and the environment but never say much about human suffering. Are animals more important than human beings? Animal rights and environmental protection have become something of a cult these days. Where’s the empathy for those who have been and are still being molested by priests? Where’s the outrage? Could it be that we’re becoming  indifferent to the feelings and pain of others?

Blinded by the pomp and riches of Catholicism, many have been beguiled into believing the RCC is a holy institution and the one, true church which Christ began, when it was really started by a Roman Emperor named Constantine in 313 AD three centuries after the birth of Christ. Constantine envisioned Christianity as a religion that could unite the Roman Empire, which at that time was beginning to fragment and divide. While this may have seemed to be a positive development for the Christian church, the results were anything but positive. Just as Constantine refused to fully embrace the Christian faith, but continued many of his pagan beliefs and practices, so the Christian church that Constantine promoted was a mixture of true Christianity and Roman paganism. Constantine found that, with the Roman Empire being so vast, expansive, and diverse, not everyone would agree to forsake his or her religious beliefs to embrace Christianity. So, Constantine allowed, and even promoted, the “Christianization” of pagan beliefs. Completely pagan and utterly unbiblical beliefs were given new “Christian” identities. For examples of this watch the following video and go to https://www.gotquestions.org/origin-Catholic-church.html

Many have been deceived by Catholicism’s veneer of godliness and aren’t aware of its true nature. The Whore of Babylon is a pagan sun-worshiping cult whose roots go back to the ancient city of Babylon [see the last two links at the end of this article]. From the beginning, the RCC “fell away” from the faith taught by Jesus Christ by mixing it with pagan customs and beliefs, including fertility rituals and idol worship of pagan gods now called by various saint’s names, whose statues adorn Catholic church walls. The Catholic religion is not the “faith once delivered to us” [Jud 1:3] but is Babylonian paganism in disguise; hence her title, “Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the earth” [Rev 17:5]. Yahweh God promises to punish this whore for all the blood she has shed – Rev 18:24 And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth. During the Inquisition and Papal crusades millions of Bible believers were tortured to death by Catholic clergymen for what they considered to be heresy against the Catholic church. Read about it at http://www.jesus-is-lord.com/anti6.htm

As followers of Christ, we’re to Eph 5:11 Take no part in the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.

Paul’s instructions to the church in Corinth — 

1Co 5:9 I wrote to you in my letter not to mix together with sexually immoral people
1Co 5:10 not at all meaning the sexually immoral people of this world or the greedy or swindlers or idolaters, for then you would have to exit the world. 
1Co 5:11 But now I am writing to you not to mix together with anyone who is being called a brother if he is sexually immoral or greedy or an idolater or a slanderer or a drunkard or a swindler—not even to eat with such a fellow
Eph 5:5 Know for certain that no immoral, indecent, or greedy person—who is really an idol worshipper at heart—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Messiah and God. 
Eph 5:6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s judgment comes on the children of disobedience. 
Eph 5:7 Therefore do not be partners with them. 

The Ecumenical and Unity movements are not biblical! Christ followers are not to be joined to a harlot (unfaithful church), nor are they to ‘drink from the cup of devils’!

1Co 6:16  What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. 1Co 10:19  What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing?
1Co 10:20  But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.
1Co 10:21  Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils

This great Whore shows no repentance or remorse for her fornication, mixing pagan practices with Christianity, making it a Syncretic religion. Nor has she repented of her blasphemies (claims of equality with God) and crimes against humanity.  Syncretism is the amalgamation or attempted amalgamation of different religions, cultures, or schools of thought [Oxford Dictionaries]. Modern Judaism is itself a Syncretic religion having added pagan doctrines and practices from the Babylonian Talmud to the original Hebrew faith during their captivity in ancient Babylon from 607 to 537 BC. https://www.gotquestions.org/Babylonian-captivity-exile.html

While the Catholic Church puts on a good face, I for one am not convinced that the Pope and his subordinates are sincere about ending child abuse within their ranks. For the most part, the Catholic church has covered up her crimes, denied her victim’s claims and compensation for decades until recently and even then it was a drop in the bucket of what’s actually owed them. Forgive the lying abusive priests? Not until they confess, repent, and FORSAKE their wretchedness and not until the Catholic Church forsakes its non-biblical doctrine of CELIBACY for priests which prevents them from marrying, thus inviting sexual abuse and perversions like homosexuality and fornication among priests and nuns. How can a person defend the Catholic religion which abuses women and children and know Christ who said, Luk 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he be cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. To defend a religion, especially one that displays the character of a monstrous beast, makes one a party to and therefore guilty of its crimes [see Revelation 18:4]! Even so, there’s opportunity for the worst sinner to get saved from his sin through confession to God not to a human agent, 1Ti 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus… and repentance (turning away from sin).

Much has been written down through the centuries on the Roman Catholic Church and its exploits in books and other historical writings. Everyone should do their own research on this subject even though it’s difficult to read the hellish testimonies of those who’ve been abused by Roman Catholic priests and nuns. Those who’ve lived comfy lives might not be able to identify with such abuse but those who have tasted of that bitter fruit certainly can. My personal recollection of Catholic priests and nuns is that some of them were down right mean at times. My first-grade teacher, a nun, once pulled my cheeks apart so hard tears ran down my face from the pain. She did that because I got caught talking out of turn in her class. One of my cheeks had been badly injured from a fall and though still bruised, that didn’t stop her. Another time she wacked my knuckles with her wooden ruler for poor penmanship and it was no gentle tap I assure you. I was left-handed which made it hard for me to write at a right-handed angle which comes naturally to right-handed people. There wasn’t much, if any, mercy, understanding, or kindness among most of the nuns who taught at my school. A woman I knew was being battered by her husband, and sought advice from her parish priests who told her that if she left him, she would “burn in hell.” She was so indoctrinated into Catholic dogma that taught the infallibility of priests, that she did what they told her to do, despite the damage being done to herself and to her children. Eventually God intervened and ended that awful marriage. No one, unless they experience it themselves, can imagine the pain and long-term impact of living under constant stress and fear.

Don’t be like the Ostrich who buries his head in the sand but take an honest look at the cruelty of Rome. Dare to read the true stories of nuns who have risked their lives to come out into the open about what they have suffered at the hands of priests and mother superiors inside convents. A particularly heartbreaking story is that of deceased nun Charlotte Keckler http://www.theymetjesus.com/documents/charlotte_eng_part_1/charlotte_eng_part_1.htm Hear it in her own words at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVVYtwyCm9E If after hearing her testimony your heart isn’t breaking, something’s amiss with your thinking or with your heart. Turn to Christ immediately and confess your indifference, ask Him to give you a ‘new heart’ and take away your old heart of ‘stone’. Eze 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. When we hear the testimonies of victims of sexual, mental, and physical abuse, may our hearts break and burn with the outrage our holy and just God YAHWEH feels when anyone, especially one of His own, is treated unjustly and cruelly. I’m certain that He weeps for every single one of them and will one day repay those who afflict them.

More testimonies – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDAT_BgtnBc&t=1041s  http://www.jesus-is-lord.com/barbara.htm  https://philologos.org/__eb-ttb/sect74.htm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfLF1fbLhfg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oI0996Ny-SA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EclnR63AeRY https://biblestudiesnz.wordpress.com/2011/06/27/the-image-of-the-beast/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clouds Gather before the Storm

Very early this morning as I was worshiping God and praying I started seeing lots of clouds moving rapidly over the earth below. As I continued to pray and worship I got an impression of nations being gathered together against Israel; Gog & Magog came to mind. (Gog & Magog are the names of places in the vast old Islamic Empire [1] which included modern day Iraq, Iran, Libya, Turkey, Syria, Afghanistan, and Saudi Arabia. I believe they’re also names of ancient demonic SPIRITS or PRINCIPALITIES.) In Brown-Driver-Briggs’ Hebrew Definitions, ‘Gog’ is the prophetic prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal, and Magog.

When we look at Ezekiel 38:2-3, in it’s proper translation, Gog is referred to as a “chief spirit”. Chief spirits are principalities, like what is told to us in Ephesians 6:12. We find the same type of evil spirit in Daniel 10:13; thus concluding that it is an evil spirit that rules over a territory or group of people. Ezekiel 38:2-3 Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying,“Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the (chief) prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him, and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal. [2]

In the Bible, CLOUDS can refer to ANGELS – God’s heavenly hosts, His ARMY (The Church is also part of His Army). Rev 1:7  Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Jud 1:14  And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, (hagios as I’ve shown in another post means ‘holy ones’ which usually refers to angels. Some have misinterpreted hagios in Jude to mean the ‘saved’ believers in Christ in support of their Pre-tribulation Rapture theory). By comparing these two verses, it would appear that clouds at least in this instance, refer to the holy ones or ANGELS of the Lord. 

Thus, the clouds may be indicating that Yahweh is gathering together His angelic army to fight against these ancient spirits Gog & Magog, and their armies the Islamic nations, who are gathering together to war against Israel [3-4]. 

In the Greek Septuagint translation of the Bible, Gog is the king of locusts in Amos 7:1. We know these aren’t physical locusts because Proverbs 30:27 says that locusts have no king. Revelation 9:11 describes supernatural locusts, but their leader is the angel Abaddon, or Apollyon, not Gog. A parallel passage in Joel 2 tells us that a supernatural locust army removes Gog’s army, which shows a spiritual battle that manifests in the physical. In other words, a supernatural army of locusts directed by Gog appears to work through a physical human army to come after Israel, but God protects them with his own army of locusts. [5] 

Literal locust insects do not have a leader or “king” (Proverbs 30:27). So this very well may be referring to a demon host, indicating that Gog, leading the armies in the Ezekiel 38 & 39 prophecy, will be a demonic being or fallen angel. This seems credible, knowing also that Gog will return 1,000 years later, as seen in John’s vision (Revelation 20:7,8). Furthermore, it is possible (I believe probable) that this demon, “Gog,” will possess or inhabit two different men, over 1,000 years apart, to lead armies against Jerusalem. The first (human) leader will die and be buried (Ezekiel 39:11), while the second one will be devoured from fire coming down from heaven (Revelation 20:9). [6]

Apparently, there are two Gog-Magog wars; one occurring just prior to or at the start of the great tribulation as foretold by the prophet Ezekiel and the other occurring at the close of the Millennium as depicted in Revelation 20 –

Ezekiel indicates that Gog knew that he would lead this battle in “former days.” This is further evidence that Gog is not just a human. Gog is also mentioned at the end of Christ’s millennial reign, when a rebellious Gentile army will come against the Lord in Revelation 20. Gog himself is not in this war, as Revelation 18:2 shows that the area of Babylon will be a prison for all the demons and foul spirits during the Millennium. So if Gog is a demon or evil spirit, he will be among them, since Scripture shows that only Satan gets released to deceive the nations before the second “Gog and Magog War.”  In short, Ezekiel 38-39:16 covers one regional event, and Ezekiel 39:17 thru the end of the chapter covers another event on a global scale. It is not uncommon for separate events in prophetic passages to appear written as just one event. There are several passages of Christ’s 1st and 2nd Comings in the Old Testament which show this. (Click here for examples). In this case, Ezekiel 38-39 appears to describe the opening and closing scenes of the Tribulation. [5] (*Bold & colored text added by me for emphasis)

There are those who believe that God is completely finished with Israel and the Jewish people but that’s not what the Scriptures say. They say God still has a remnant who will turn to Yeshua [7] and accept Him as their Savior when their blindness is removed. Rom 11:1-2  I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbidRom 11:5  Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of graceRom 11:11  I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy. Rom 11:25  For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in. Rom 11:27  For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.  As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes.  For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance

Yahweh is saying in these verses that He has a remnant of Jews whose temporary blindness will be removed at a preordained and appointed time. When that time arrives they shall understand that Yeshua, the ‘one whom they pierced,’ is their promised Messiah and the savior of all who receive Him; they will repent and be saved. The Jews were blinded so that the gentiles could get saved and provoke the Jews to jealousy. The Jews were originally CALLED by Yahweh to be a “light to the gentile nations” – Isa 41:8  But thou, Israel, art MY SERVANT, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend. Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away. (Emphasis mine)

Consider that the Lord who’s doing the talking in this passage, can’t be speaking of Jesus – was Jesus “taken (seized) from the ends of the earth?” No, but the Israelites certainly were.

Isa 41:14  Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the LORD, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel. Jacob was never used to refer to Jesus, and Yahweh would never refer to His Son as a WORM! So God is speaking of MEN in this verse, as in the ‘men’ of Israel.

In this passage, I believe that Yahweh God was referring to the actual people of Israel and Jacob whom He chose to be His SERVANT and called to be a light to the gentiles – Isa 43:10  Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and MY SERVANT whom I have chosen: Isa 43:12  I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God. As we know, Israel failed at least in part to be that light – to be faithful ‘witnesses’ to the nations that Yahweh is the one and only true God because they turned to worship false gods in the course of time. However God has promised to save a remnant of them in the latter days and since God cannot lie, He will keep that promise, that covenant which He made with their forefathers. Dear reader, do you see that the LORD in Isa 43:10 and 12, calls the Israelite people His SERVANT? It has to be people He’s referring to for He said “there was no strange god among” them. We know that Yeshua could never have worshiped a ‘strange god’ for the true God Yahweh was always His God, and His Father. Read Matthew, Luke, and John for confirmation. Plus, the LORD said they were His “witnesses,”  plural not singular. If Jesus was in view as the Servant, wouldn’t Yahweh have said “you are my witness” instead of “ye are my witnesses?”

The coming WAR between Israel and her Islamic neighbors may be the catalyst that will open their eyes to the truth that Yeshua is their Messiah – Zechariah 2:10-13 “Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion! For behold, I am coming and I will dwell in your midst,” says the LORD. “Many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and they shall become My people. And I will dwell in your midst. Then you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent Me to you. And the LORD will take possession of Judah as His inheritance in the Holy Land, and will again choose Jerusalem. Be silent, all flesh, before the LORD, for He is aroused from His holy habitation!” 

Notice that Yeshua is speaking when He says, “Then you (Israel) will know that the LORD (Yahweh) of hosts (angels) has sent Me to you. Yeshua (or Jesus) up to this point had been “rejected” by the Jews (Judah) as their Messiah (or savior). Also note that He’s saying He will “AGAIN CHOOSE JERUSALEM” and “take possession of Judah as His inheritance in the Holy Land!” This hasn’t occurred yet but it will, for the LORD of hosts has spoken, and His word settles every question. 

The Jewish remnant that survives the Tribulation will, at that point, recognize that He (Jesus) is their Savior and Lord:

Zechariah 13:9 – “I will bring the one-third through the fire, will refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, and I will answer them. I will say, ‘This is My people’; and each one will say, ‘The Lord is my God.'” [5]

When all this will happen I can’t say. All of the pieces have to come together first and fit into God’s perfect timing, which they will. In the meantime, those who belong to Yeshua wait expectantly for Him, having purified their hearts, minds, and souls with the washing of the water of His Word and having put to death the sin nature within them by the power of His Spirit – Rom 8:2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. Rom 8:13  For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 

The righteous wear white robes in Heaven to signify their righteousness and how they purified themselves from everything that defiles flesh and spirit while waiting for Yeshua to come and gather His Elect from one end of heaven to the other. – Rev 3:5  He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; Rev 19:7  Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. Rev 19:8  And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints

If you’re unsure about your salvation or whether or not you’re ready for Jesus’s return, now would be the time to make sure by turning to Him in sincere sorrow for your sins and receiving Him as your Savior. He’ll forgive your sins and give you a new heart that wants to do right – Eze 36:26  A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. Eze 36:27  And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them

Write me if you have questions or concerns.

God bless you.

 

FOOTNOTES:

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClKMzSRtnn8

[2] https://understandingwhogodis.blogspot.com/2014/11/the-truth-about-gog-magog_30.html

[3] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBSbDf_YXYw

[4] http://themillenniumreport.com/2017/12/middle-east-on-edge-after-trumps-dangerous-jerusalem-move/

[5] http://www.trackingbibleprophecy.org/gog_magog.php

[6] http://tedmontgomery.com/bblovrvw/emails/Ezek38&39.html

[7] Yeshua is the proper Hebrew name of the Messiah or Savior whom Christians call Jesus. Since I’ve witnessed demons fleeing at the name of Jesus, I’m not dogmatic about which version of His name is used. However, Jesus is the Greek version of the name of the Son of God. The King James as well as most modern translations of the Bible use the Greek Jesus instead of Yeshua and inserted ‘God’ and ‘LORD’ in place of Elohim and Yahweh. This causes confusion among people for they don’t know who is actually being spoken of in many instances and assume God and LORD are referring to the same Person, or one is the Father, the other is the Son. To be accurate, God means el-o-heem Plural of H433; gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative: – angels, X exceeding, God (gods) (-dess, -ly), X (very) great, judges, X mighty. The term LORD means yehôvâh From H1961; (the) self Existent or eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God: – Jehovah, the Lord. Compare H3050, H3069. [Strong’s Definitions]