“Come out of her, my people”

Friday, January 12, 2018

God said, “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come…evil men and imposters will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived” (2 Tim. 3:1, 13). This benefits no one if it’s glossed over and ignored, assuming it’s irrelevant. The Holy Spirit here is not speaking of “evil men and imposters” outside the church, but on the contrary, meaning inside the church!

Today, a spiritually destructive end-time deception is setting upon the church: the false unity of Roman Catholicism and evangelical Christianity. Are you paying close attention to written and oral materials being disseminated in your church? Is Mary elevated? Are Catholic meditations and prayers promoted? Is unity with the Roman Pontiff being suggested?

There’s a spiritually destitute effort underway by Roman Catholic leaders and non-discerning evangelical Christian leaders for the reunification of Reformation denominations who had come out of Roman Catholicism. Many who had left Catholicism when they found the truth of Christ in evangelical Christianity, are returning again to the deceptive performances of the flesh.

Many now desire to return to Catholicism as its works-based religion satisfies the flesh. But the same idolatrous Catholicism that gave rise to the Protestant Reformation, is the same today as it was during the thousand years that led up to the Reformation, it just wears a different mask. And be warned, to turn from the truth one once knew is spiritually fatal, see Hebrews 6:4–8.

Throughout the history of Catholicism popes made Papal Bulls, man-made decrees befitting of their pharisaical traditions. And as long as the church or any successor pope does not rescind the Papal Bull of a former pope, the decree stands as an official decree and belief of the church. With that in mind, note just a few Papal Bulls that intimidate and threaten the biblically ignorant.

“The Pope and God are the same, so he has all power in heaven and earth” Pope Pius V (1504–1572); “We may according to the fullness of our power, dispose of the law and dispense above the law. Those whom the Pope of Rome doth separate, it is not a man that separates them but God.” Pope Innocent III (1160–1216); “We hold upon this earth the place of God Almighty” Pope Leo XIII (1810–1903).

“We declare, assert, define and pronounce to be subject to the Roman Pontiff is to every creature altogether necessary for salvation…I have the authority of the King of Kings. I am all in all, and above all, so that God Himself and I, the Vicar of Christ, have but one consistory, and I am able to do almost all that God can do. What therefore, can you make of me but God?” Pope Boniface VIII (1230–1303); “I alone…am the successor of the apostles, the Vicar of Jesus Christ. I am the way, the truth, and the life…” Pope Pius IX (1792–1878).

“To such extent did Mary suffer and almost die with her suffering and dying Son; to such extent did she surrender her maternal rights over her Son for: man’s salvation…that we may rightly say she redeemed the human race together with Christ.” Pope Benedict XV (1854–1922)

“Every day, as the Church herself recommends, priests will recite the Holy Rosary, which, by proposing for our meditation the mysteries of the Redeemer, leads us to Jesus through Mary.” Pope Pius XII (1876–1958); “No man outside obedience to the Pope of Rome can ultimately be saved. All who have raised themselves against the faith of the Roman Church, and died in final impenitence have been damned, and gone down to Hell.” Pope Clement VI (1291–1352)

Popes demand they be worshiped as God, and for many hundreds of years popes tortured and murdered people who rejected their proud claims. And so will Antichrist, “the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God” (2 Thess. 2:3–4).

I trust you know God’s Word with discerning spiritual eyes to see and ears to hear the blasphemy against God and His Christ in the above papal quotes. They frighten people into submission with their proud threats, self-exaltation and wishful authority. Pope Francis does it with false humility. So, how is it possible that large sectors of evangelicals now desire unity with such apostasy?

This is how it’s possible: “The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (2 Thess. 2:9–12).

When the Holy Spirit warned, saying, “And I heard another voice from heaven saying, ‘Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues” (Rev. 18:4), He warned people to come out of the great harlot, for, “her plagues will come in one day – death and mourning and famine…that great city [the Vatican] that was clothed in fine linen, purple, and scarlet…in one hour such great riches came to nothing” (Rev. 18:8, 16–17).

Roman Catholicism instills fear unto performance into the hearts of her subjects. She exalts the popes as God. She venerates Mary as equal to Christ. She makes repetitious and vain prayers to the dead, and bows down to her own carved images. She blasphemes Almighty God. And soon, she will once again pursue the true saints for their destruction, see Dan. 7:21 and Rev. 13:7.

Roman Catholicism creates an unholy fear of man by its intimidating papal decrees rather than a holy fear of Christ that “whoever believes in Him [Christ] should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16), and that “if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Rom. 10:9–10).

“Pope Francis said “Division is the Work of Devil” (The Gospel Herald Church–5/26/2015). But Jesus said He brings division! “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother…and a man’s enemies will be those of his own household…” (Matt. 10:34–39).

In effect, Pope Francis and evangelicals who support him make Christ a liar in order to promote a false unity that must not be allowed, “For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial?…And what agreement has the temple of God with idols?” (2 Cor. 6:14–16).

Pope Francis is a deceiver. He is first and foremost a Jesuit Priest who gave leadership to the Jesuit’s from 1973 to 1979. “Jesuits are bound by oath not to seek higher office in the Roman Catholic Church, and now one of them has been elected to its highest office: Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Christ, Pontifex Maximus. Pope Francis, the first Jesuit to become pope, not only represents a paradox for the papacy, but also the larger history of the Society of Jesus, as the Jesuits are formally known.” (Source: Religion News Service 03/14/2013)

Leading to the Reformation it was the Jesuits under oath of obedience to the pope who often carried out the tortures and murders of Christians who opposed the self-exalted and pretentious popes of Rome. Their oath of obedience has not changed. And the Roman Pontiff’s desire to be worshiped as God has not changed either. Nor has the papal throne forgotten the severe wound it suffered 500 years ago, and its revenge that comes through the Antichrist will be much worse.

God said saints cannot be silent about works and deceptions that lead away from Christ, and are thus commanded to, “have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them” (Eph. 5:11). Many deceived, are returning to Babylon, but God says, “come out of her”.

Marlin J. Yoder

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“know that it is near – at the doors!”

Friday, January 5, 2018

Welcome to the year of our Lord Jesus Christ, AD 2018! He was born of a virgin, taught truth and salvation, was killed on a cross for our sins and buried, but rose from the dead and ascended to His Father in heaven. His life marked the division of AD from BC on world calendars. No one in world history has had such power and influence in life, death and resurrection.

Begin this year by proclaiming the glory of the Lord. “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!” (Rev. 4:8). And “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!” (Rev. 5:12).

With the help of the Lord Jesus by His Word and Holy Spirit, I will continue teaching the imminent tribulation start and equipping the saints in the end-time knowledge God has so graciously given to all who by faith believe His Word. Let’s begin with the event Jesus taught was for our knowing the nearness of the time of the end: His parable of the fig tree.

The fig tree being Israel, (Hos. 9:10; Joel 1:7), Jesus said, “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So you also, when you see all these things, [things of His Olivet Discourse] know that it is near – at the doors! Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away” (Matt. 24:32–35).

At unique points of biblical history a generation can be found to mean forty years or one hundred years. But generally, and in context to Jesus’ parable of the fig tree, God refers to a generation as the normal lifespan of a man, saying, “The days of our lives are seventy years; and if by reason of strength they are eighty years” (Psa. 90:10). This is important in discerning the truth.

Jesus’ parable concerns the rebirth of Israel. Upon the destruction of Jerusalem by Titus the Roman emperor in AD 70, Israel ceased from being a nation. But God foretold the rebirth of Israel at Ezekiel 37:1–14. Israel’s rebirth marks the beginning of the end of this age. It’s now been seventy years since Israel was reborn as a nation. I believe the next ten years will fulfill the seven-year tribulation, Antichrist’s role, the great tribulation, and Christ gathering His saints in the rapture just as Jesus said, “Immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 24:29–31).

From AD 70 Israel lay desolate and overrun by foreigners until May 14, 1948 when David Ben Gurion and a few other leading Jews declared Israel’s statehood. That same day U.S. President Harry S. Truman led the world in acknowledging Israel as a sovereign nation. The very next day, “Arab armies invaded Israel and the first Arab-Israeli war began.” (Source: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration). As biblically foretold, that conflict rages today.

That conflict will cease, however, by a quasi-peace agreement when Antichrist “shall confirm a covenant with many for one week” (Dan. 9:27), meaning seven years, which begins the seven-year tribulation. The world will rejoice at the man who brought peace to these warring nations. But God warned that “when they say, ‘Peace and safety!’ then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape” (1 Thess. 5:3).

Sudden destruction comes when, “in the middle of the week he [Antichrist] shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, even until the consummation, which is determined, is poured out on the desolate” (Dan. 9:27). This quasi-peace “covenant with many” will allow Orthodox Jews to rebuild their third Temple and again offer Old Testament-style animal sacrifices, see Rev. 11:1.

After that sacrificial worship runs its course of 3 1/2 years, (42 months), Antichrist, who made the “covenant”, breaks it and “causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name” (Rev. 13:16–17).

This is what Jesus called the “great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be” (Matt. 24:21). This is when Satan’s full strength and wrath will be poured out on humanity through Antichrist, but especially upon all who claim faith in Christ Jesus. True Christians will be his main target of annihilation.

In the last two millennia there was another time over many centuries when Satan’s henchmen tried to kill every true Christian – and it came through the men who claimed to be God’s Vicar on earth! The brutal torture and death of tens of millions of innocent Christians came at the hands of the popes of Rome and their Jesuit priest death squads!

God said history repeats itself. “That which has been is what will be, that which is done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun” (Eccl. 1:9). From their beginning the popes of Rome appointed themselves as the Vicar of Christ, but when people turned to the God of the Bible and His Christ, and refused to honor the popes as Vicar, and refused to pay the evil papal indulgences, they were hunted down, tortured and murdered in cold blood! It’s coming again!

The pride of the papal throne goes before its destruction, but not before it tries once more to destroy the true people of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The Vatican was the only country that refused to acknowledge Israel as a sovereign nation until it made its own agreement with Israel on 12/30/1993, “The Fundamental Agreement Between the Holy See And the State of Israel”.

If you think Pope Francis is the kind, humble and gentle pope the world believes him to be, you would be very mistaken. First, understand that Pope Francis is foremost a Jesuit Priest. He’s the first Jesuit pope, and he, together with all popes, still desires the worship of the religious world.

In the last several years there’s been a collaborative move to unite evangelical Christianity and Roman Catholicism. Many evangelical leaders and pastors are now deceived by Pope Francis. But beware, in 2018 there will be an even greater surge of Reformation denominations and evangelical leaders finding unity with Roman Catholicism. The formation of such an apostate alliance, however, is of the devil.

Speaking of the great end-time harlot filled with wickedness, God said, “The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication. And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus” (Rev. 17:4–6). This is because she murders the saints.

Do a computer search of “purple and scarlet”, then click images. You will see Roman Catholic popes, Cardinals and Bishops proudly “arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones”. Read Revelation 17 and 18 and seek God’s wisdom and understanding in this.

There are two types of end-time women in Scripture: the one represents the true Church, but the other, the false church and agents of Satan. The woman of the true Church, “the freewoman” is described at Galatians 4:21–31, and is the woman who, at the time of the great tribulation, “fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days” (Rev. 12:6).

The woman of the false church with her many agents, physically pursues and destroys all the saints of God she can find. It happened before and it will happen again, but on a much greater scale. This time the false church will assert its rule and influence globally, for she is “the great harlot who sits on many waters…The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues” (Rev. 17:1, 15). Roman Catholicism is everywhere.

God warned that the end-times “will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man” (Luke 21:35–36).

We cannot “be counted worthy to escape all these things” in our strength. We are not sufficient in ourselves. We need Christ to cleanse and purge our lives from sin and unbelief, and trust Him in all circumstances. Daily we must be quick to repent and confess our sins that Christ might be enthroned in our hearts to overcome unbelief and sin, and be set apart to Jesus the Son of God.

Marlin J. Yoder

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“by the renewing of your mind”

Friday, December 29, 2017

Every New Year people make resolutions of this or that, generally related to doing better at something, maybe weight loss, more exercise, more family time, less work, less stress, to stop smoking, drinking less alcohol, being kinder, or even reading the Bible more. But renewal of our faith in Christ is especially important, not as a New Year’s resolution, but as an enduring victory.

The truth is, that, usually by mid-February or early March most New Year resolutions, if not all, have failed. Why? Because the heart and mind had not been renewed and empowered to actually change what the individual recognized as needing to be changed. God wants to change that.

The failure of resolutions is self-effort and not faith in Christ. In our flesh we can accomplish nothing pleasing to God or of eternal value. We can be victorious, however, in God’s conditional promise that, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit” (Rom. 8:1). Note the four conditions.

Note the conditional promise, then make your resolution, not according to the flesh but according to God’s power and ability working in you by His Spirit. We must recognize the insufficiency of our own strength and become “a living sacrifice”, for which we have Christ as our example.

For all who claim faith in Jesus Christ, note what’s needed for “a living sacrifice”: “do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Rom. 12:2). To “prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” is enabled only by God’s Word and His Spirit.

Do you want to know God’s perfect will? First, “do not be conformed to this world”. God is very serious about this, who said, “Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God” (James 4:4). Be warned, in these last days many Christians befriend the world to spare themselves persecution or rejection by the world, which results in being off from Christ.

Secondly, “be transformed by the renewing of your mind”. Here, our prayer must be, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me” (Psa. 51:10). Actionable faith is required to renew one’s worldly mind by letting God create and renew “a steadfast spirit” within us. This requires patient faithfulness as God said, “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint” (Psa. 40:31). God is not in the business of instant gratification.

Christ demonstrated being “a living sacrifice” as He honored and obeyed His Father rather than the faithless world and its proud religious leaders. It’s painful to become “a living sacrifice”, for it requires denying the flesh to trust and “obey God rather than man” (Acts 5:29). We Christians live for a Kingdom not of this world, and a right vision of it will produce actions accordingly.

We need a knowledge and vision that accords with God’s Word, saying, “For here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come” (Heb. 13:14). Do you seek the eternal city to come or is your heart and mind fixed on things of this world? Are you living by faith in the power of the Holy Spirit to attain Christ? Have you resolved to endure to that end no matter what?

Information technology (IT) and artificial intelligence (AI) are specifically arrayed against the Christian. These two powers are united in their 666 beast technology that has already developed human-like robotic images that can speak, reason and perform functions that far exceed that of humans. And many Christians, for lack of knowledge, discernment and vision, are not wise to it.

Since Caesar Augustus decreed that “all the world should be registered” (Luke 2:1), evil forces inspire governmental oversight systems: S.S., checking and saving account numbers, credit card numbers, 401K account numbers, RFID implant chips and much more. Evil forces have created global monetary systems that are being incrementally prepared to succumb to Antichrist’s brutal 666 mark of the beast technology that will ultimately control, by his mark, who can buy and sell.

Are you prepared to endure the coming seven-year tribulation under the rule of Antichrist and his beast-system? For it was Jesus Himself who said, “But he who endures to the end shall be saved” (Matt. 24:13). But, do you believe Him? This requires much more than a New Year’s resolution.

Consider the cost of being a true Christian unto eternal life. Jesus said it like this: “For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it – lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish’” (Luke 14:28–30). Likewise, to count the cost of following Christ to the end of the age is vitally important.

For the Christian, Christ must be first in all things. Jesus taught that “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it…For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father’s, and of the holy angels” (Luke 9:23–26).

Many in the church now acquiesce to the sins of Lot’s day (transgenderism), and sins of Noah’s day (transhumanism), both foretold by Christ as identifying the end of this present age. End-time evils, like the erasure of gender, promoted by U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama, have been incrementally foisted upon this world as loving tolerance and inclusion, but it’s hatred for God.

Understand that unless you die beforehand, you will be on this earth for the seven-year tribulation during Antichrist’s rule with his false prophet who seizes global financial control causing all to worship the image of the beast or be killed. Read and discern Daniel 7 and Revelation 13.

Discern the fulfillment of Jesus’ “fig tree” prophesy, Matt. 24:32–35, and that ten more nations, with the U.S., have decided to move their embassies to Jerusalem, which is increasingly “a very heavy stone for all peoples” (Zech. 12:3). The resulting violence that erupts will likely produce Antichrist’s “covenant with many” (Dan. 9:27) for seven years, which begins the tribulation.

It’s time for a spiritual renewal “by the renewing of your mind” (Rom. 12:2). In the love of Jesus Christ, I implore you to do that by faith in the life, Words, teachings and Spirit of the Lord Jesus.

Marlin J. Yoder

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“unto us a Child is born”

Friday, December 22, 2017

God asks, “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements? Surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? To what were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” (Job 38:4–7).

“Where is the way to the dwelling of light? And darkness, where is its place, that you may take it to its territory, that you may know the paths to its home? Do you know it, because you were born then, or because the number of your days is great?” (Job 38:19–21).

“Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades, or loose the belt of Orion? Can you bring out Mazzaroth in its season? Or can you guide the Great Bear with its cubs? Do you know the ordinances of the heavens? Can you set their dominion over the earth? (Job 38:31–33).

These are not the result of evolution, but the work of Almighty God in Christ! “In the beginning was the Word, [Jesus Christ] and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it” (John 1:1–5).

Yet, because of God’s love for you and me “He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all” (Isa. 53:4–6).

Since the unbelief of Adam and Eve every human being is born into spiritual darkness, separated from God, destined to eternal judgment and hell fire. But God in Christ did what man could not do – provide redemption. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life…He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:16, 18).

To effectively believe “in” the Son of God unto eternal life, the Holy Spirit clarified that “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him” (John 3:36). Therefore, to actually “believe the Son” is to gain eternal life, but to disbelieve the resurrected Son of God who suffered our penalty for sin, places the unbeliever in a position to suffer the eternal judgment and wrath of God.

This Christmas, rather than traditionally focusing on Jesus’ infancy, set your love and worship on the resurrected and reigning Christ who said, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth” (Matt. 28:18). For, in that authority, “His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire” (Matt. 3:12). Jesus is not an infant, but the sovereign Lord and Ruler of heaven and earth, reigning in authority to bring this present age to its prophetic end!

No man’s pride and unbelief is sufficient to save himself from God’s wrath. The free gift of eternal life comes only through Jesus Christ who said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). Is eternal life, then, exclusive? Yes! It’s exclusive for those, who, in humility, repent, confess their sins and believe Jesus Christ.

And to every unbeliever, “if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Rom. 10:9–10).

Do you hear His invitation at the door of your heart? “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne” (Rev. 3:20–21).

Indeed, “unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this” (Isa. 9:6–7).

Eternal life comes by humbled repentance, confession and faith in Christ. He suffered the cross of Calvary for your sins and mine. To disbelieve Christ will result in the eternal judgment of hell, the torment created for Satan and his fallen angels. To believe Christ by true faith, however, is to live eternally with God and His Christ in the glories of heaven. God sent Jesus Christ to suffer for our redemption, but to believe the testimony of Jesus Christ is entirely your choice.

God’s Spirit has already convicted you of “sin, righteousness and judgment” (John 16:8). You know right and wrong, good and evil, and belief from unbelief, by that conviction. Man’s free will to believe was revealed when Adam and Eve sinned and God said to the Triune Godhead, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil” (Gen. 3:22).

After God expelled Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden, they had sons named Cain and Abel. When Cain became angry because God did not accept his grain sacrifice but accepted Abel’s sheep sacrifice, God asked Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it” (Gen. 4:6–7). Cain and Abel made their choice. In like manner you have the choice to believe or disbelieve Christ’s Word of truth.

Yes, “unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given”, and He now reigns in power and glory. May you know His redeeming love and glory through a deeply rooted faith that will keep you until “the last day” (John 6:40), at “the first resurrection” (Rev. 20:4–6), “at the last trumpet” (1 Cor. 15:51–52), when “the Lord Himself will descend from heaven” (1 Thess. 4:16). Have a blessed Christmas celebration of Christ who gave Himself that we could have eternal life!

Marlin J. Yoder

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“knowledge shall increase”

Friday, December 15, 2017

God exhorts us to “taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him! Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him. The young lions lack and suffer hunger; but those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing” (Psa. 34:8–10). But note, however, that this promise is exclusively conditional to the one “who trusts in Him!”

What’s more is that “all the promises of God in Him [in Christ] are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us” (2 Cor. 1:20). God’s promises are important and we do very well to know and heed them. By the Holy Spirit the psalmist said, “I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread” (Psa. 37:25).

God’s promises were not only true in King David’s time, but they are yet true today and remain true into the eternal future. But the question is, do we, now, believe them by faith, for, “without faith it is impossible to please God, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Heb. 11:6). It’s exclusively conditional.

Many promises of God reveal that we’re in the end-times, but few Christians discern it. First among these promises is the prophesied rebirth of Israel as a nation which occurred in May 1948, identifying the last generation of this present age as promised by Christ in His parable of “the fig tree” (Matt. 24:32–35). But many are too busy merchandizing the gospel to take serious notice.

When God revealed the apocalyptic end-times to His prophet, the prophet said, “Although I heard, I did not understand….what shall be the end of these things?” (Dan. 12:8). And God said, “Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase” (Dan. 12:4). Today, let’s consider the unprecedented reality and truth that “knowledge shall increase”, for this too is a highly visible identifier of the end-times.

I’ve used this example before because it drives home an important truth in understanding that we are living in what the Bible calls “the time of the end” (Dan. 8:17; 11:35; 11:40; 12:4 and 12:9). When my grandfather, born in 1899, was a young child, there were no televisions, computers, automobiles, farm tractors, airplanes, internet, organ transplants, artificial intelligence, metro trains, cell phones, space travel and so much more that we today consider normal to our lives.

But these modern technologies are by no means the norm, but are the result of a sudden increase of knowledge which occurred in just the last century. That knowledge is the direct fulfillment of God’s prophetic Word marking out “the time of the end”. In my grandfather’s youth he farmed, traveled and preserved foods much the same way people have done for thousands of years.

This God-given marker of “the time of the end” is a gift from God to those who know, love and discern truth by His Word. It’s part of God’s abundant grace. It’s God’s shout from heaven that the time is near for Him to wrap up this present age and call His saints to Himself and begin the millennial reign of Christ which is the next age to come. Do you hear God’s announcement?

But before God calls His saints to Himself in the rapture, the church will undergo purification by tribulation and fire to separate the sheep from the goats, the wise from the foolish, the lovers of money from the lovers of God, the wheat from the chaff, the faithful from the unfaithful, and the repentant from the unrepentant. And the seven-year tribulation is God’s prophesied provision that will accomplish it. Blessed be the name of the Lord Jesus Christ!

Seven days before Jesus suffered the cross, He rode into Jerusalem on a donkey and literally purged the Temple using a whip on those who merchandized God’s truths. And the seven-year tribulation will again be Jesus’ whip to purge the church of those who merchandize the gospel rather than teaching God’s unchanging truths. Remember, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Heb. 13:8).

Let this image settle deep in your heart: “And He [Jesus] found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, [sacrificial items] and the money changers doing business. When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers’ money and overturned the tables” (John 2:14–15). Yet, many churches today display cases and racks of salable religious books and stuff that distract from God’s truths.

In this regard it’s very fitting to again quote God’s wisdom through King Solomon: “That which has been is what will be, that which is done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which it may be said, ‘See, this is new’?” (Eccl. 1:9–10).

Truly, this final generation church has largely merchandized God’s truths just as many did in Jesus’ day 2,000 years ago. But God will purge and drive out from His church by tribulation and trial by fire those who would buy and sell the holy oracles of God, exchanging God’s truths for ear-tickling falsehoods, popularity and profit.

The increase of knowledge has led much of the church to become business-styled as many sell for profit the gospel according to false traditions of men rather than the truths and teachings of God in Christ. But the coming seven-year tribulation will purge that from the church, causing “offense and hatred” (Matt. 24:10), and will suddenly cause “the falling away” (2 Thess. 2:3).

Note the true profitability of God’s Word: “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:16–17). Not one mention of God’s Word being profitable for money, yet that’s the goal of many today.

But God said, “Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness” (1 Tim. 6:6–11).

Marlin J. Yoder

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“this is eternal life”

Friday, December 8, 2017

If you love Christ and believe Him in heart, mind, soul and strength, then, “magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together” (Psa. 34:3). “The Lord reigns; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of the isles be glad” (Psa. 97:1). “Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name” (Heb. 13:5).

“Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and all its fullness…For He is coming, for He is coming to judge the earth. He shall judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with His truth” (Psa. 96:11–13). “For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, and all the proud, yes, all who do wickedly will be stubble. And the day which is coming shall burn them up” (Mal. 4:1).

“Behold, the day of the Lord comes, cruel, with both wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate; and He will destroy its sinners from it. For the stars of heaven and their constellations will not give their light; the sun will be darkened in its going forth, and the moon will not cause its light to shine. I will punish the world for its evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; I will halt the arrogance of the proud, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible” (Isa. 13:9–11).

In the dread of the great tribulation God has a place of safety and provision for those who believe Him. “Come, my people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment, until the indignation is passed. For behold the Lord comes out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity” (Isa. 26:20–21). Think Passover, and, “That which has been is what will be…there is nothing new under the sun” (Eccl. 1:9).

“Then the woman [that is, “the freewoman” (Gal. 4:21–31), the prepared, discerning, watching and waiting true church] fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there [3 1/2 years] one thousand two hundred and sixty days” (Rev. 12:6). Many profess being of “the freewoman” but their traditions of unbelief belie their profession.

Are you prepared for that day? Have you confessed Christ and repented of your sins and unbelief? Are you certain that in that terrible day to come your Advocate will be Christ because you have been born again unto eternal life? “And this is eternal life, that they [you and I] may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent” (John 17:3).

Now this breaking news event from ARUTZ SHEVA, 12/05/2017, “Embassy waiver lapses – is embassy move underway?” The article continues, “The security waiver used by every president since Bill Clinton to avoid implementation of a 1995 law requiring the US embassy in Israel be relocated to the capital city of Jerusalem lapsed Monday night amid speculation President Donald Trump could officially recognize the city as Israel’s capital or even announce an embassy move as early as this week.”

David Rosenberg, the editor of ARUTZ SHEVA, closes the article by saying, “I can’t see any legal way out of this, the President has begun the process of moving the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump has finally corrected 70 years of discriminatory policy towards Israel, make no mistake; this is huge!”

This past Wednesday the world awoke to electrifying headlines that U.S. President Trump has recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city! David Rosenberg’s assertion that “this is huge” is an understatement. Breaking Israel News’ 12/07/2017 headline said, “TRUMP’S JERUSALEM DECLARATION PAVES WAY FOR THIRD TEMPLE.” Orthodox Jews desperately want their Third Temple in which they will again offer animal sacrifices, see Revelation 11:1.

The BIN article continued, “President Donald Trump’s epic proclamation on Wednesday acknowledging Jerusalem as the eternal capital of the Jewish people was a major step towards establishing the Third Temple and bringing the Messianic era, said a number of Jewish activists working to rebuild the Holy Temple.” Of course, the messiah for whom Orthodox Jews wait, will be none other than Antichrist who drafts a false seven-year peace “covenant with many”.

Fox News, 12/06/2017, had this headline: “Hamas plans ‘day of rage’ in response to Trump’s Jerusalem decision.” The terror group, Hamas, said, “We call on the people of Palestine to declare ‘rage day’ on Friday against Israel, denying the U.S. plan to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital,” the statement read.”

Advancing the end-times by formally acknowledging Jerusalem as the capital of Israel gives Israel cause to celebrate its 70th anniversary as that nation which was reborn on May 14, 1948. As a consequence of that rebirth, “this generation will by no means pass away till all these things [Antichrist, the falling away, the great tribulation and rapture] take place” (Matt. 24:34).

This event will likely embolden Antichrist, “the man of sin…the son of perdition” (2 Thess. 2:3) to craft the biblically required, seven-year peace “covenant with many” (Dan. 9:27) which will trigger the beginning of the seven-year tribulation. We will soon find out, for we live in very exciting times; times that God’s Holy Spirit called end-time “labor pains” (1 Thess. 5:3).

God said, “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem. And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it” (Zech. 12:2–3). We will see this!

Will you ascend the holy highway of testimony for Jesus to your lost neighbors, friends and co-workers when they see the Middle East explode with violence that extends globally? This is just one reason why knowing God’s prophetic truths is so important, to help people believe the truth of God’s offer and free gift of salvation, for He “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim. 2:4).

Yes, amen! “Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and all its fullness; let the field be joyful, and all that is in it…For He is coming, for He is coming to judge the earth. He shall judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with His truth” (Psa. 96:11–13).

Marlin J. Yoder

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“yesterday, today, and forever”

Friday, December 1, 2017

Seeing disunity and compromise in Christ’s “one body” (Eph. 4:4), God said through Paul, “Now I say this, that each of you says, ‘I am of Paul,’ or ‘I am of Apollos,’ or ‘I am of Cephas,’ or ‘I am of Christ.’ Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?” (1 Cor. 1:12–13). In Christ, there’s no disunity or compromise of His truths.

Having been in the structural steel fabrication industry for over forty years, I know the importance of by-the-book (AISC Manual of Steel Construction) qualified structural steel engineering data that governs the grade, design, fabrication and erection of structural steel. Disunity in calculations is unacceptable, and compromise of steel grade, connection design and fabrication is intolerable.

Though it’s never occurred in my structural steel fabrication business, there are structural steel failures that cause delays, cost overruns and sometimes death to people. For example, on July 17, 1981, “The Hyatt Regency walkway collapse took place at the Hyatt Regency Kansas City hotel in Kansas, Missouri. Two vertically contiguous walkways collapsed onto a tea dance being held in the hotel’s lobby. The falling walkways killed 114 and injured 216.” (Wikipedia)

Earlier in that building process, “The construction of the 40-story Hyatt Regency Kansas City [suffered] delays and setbacks, including an incident on October 14, 1979, when 2,700 square feet (250 m2) of the atrium roof collapsed due to the failure of one of the connections at its northern end, [but] the hotel officially opened on July 1, 1980.” (Wikipedia)

The first instance of a structural collapse on October 14, 1979 should have been a red flag sufficient to immediately terminate the services of the structural PE team. But disunity and compromise were permitted until less than two years later when the hotel was in use by the public, the tragically unnecessary death and critical injury of many people occurred.

I share the above illustration to say this: if the passing and temporal criteria of structural design is critically important to the safety and security of people, of how much greater importance is the by-the-Book (The Holy Bible) and its design criteria given by Almighty God for the safe passage of people from this life to their eternal destiny! The eternal is much more important.

But Satan has deceptively and masterfully used division to conquer. Take a look around and ask yourself why you attend the church you attend when there’s a smorgasbord of divided churches to choose from. No matter which Christian denomination you choose, it’s divided in matters of interpretation, doctrine, tradition, gifts, baptisms, etc. etc. against its neighbor up the street.

Yet they all use the same Book! They’re divided by the names or groups of men who created those denominations centuries and decades ago! Have you asked, why? Does it bother you? It should. Which one has the right doctrine? How do you know? Why do so few teach Christ’s prophetic meat of the Word while the majority ignore it? Like the failed Hyatt Regency data above, the majority of churches have compromised Christ’s prophetic design data of safety.

The Hyatt Regency walkway had the appearance of having structural integrity, but when live loads were applied, it proved to lack the connection integrity sufficient to its intended purpose. So too, many Christians have a confident appearance of spiritual integrity, but not being equipped in the knowledge of prophetic truths, will find that their profession of faith and connection to God is insufficient to its intended purpose. Now is the time to change that.

For, what’s the end result when the stress design of the tribulation sets upon the church? “And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another” (Matt. 24:10). This final generation is being taught by many pastors that God is love, grace, love, and more love. But the God of the Bible is love, mercy, grace AND justice, judgment and wrath.

What’s your design criteria for attending one church versus another? Does your flesh like what you hear? Not good! Maybe the entertaining light, smoke and sound show? Not good! The hip pastor? Maybe a little Bible but more of other books/programs? Or do you hear flesh-crucifying soul-searching truths that build more of Christ in you, truths that mature you in Christ “leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ” (Heb. 6:1) which is so vitally important?

To navigate your way through the maze of end-time churches is not easy, but you must do it. For the sake of your eternal soul you must do it. For the love of God and fellowman you must do it. For the sake of your loved ones, do it. It was Jesus Christ Himself, who said, “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a man’s enemies will be those of his own household” (Matt. 10:34–36).

Please note that, spiritually, the Matt. 10:34–36 passage relates directly to God commanding the Levitical priesthood of ancient Israel at the Mt. Sinai rebellion, saying, “Let every man put his sword on his side, and go in and out from entrance to entrance throughout the camp, and let every man kill his brother, every man his companion, and every man his neighbor” (Exo. 32:27). And here’s the New Covenant counterpart: “He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me” (Matt. 10:37–38).

Here’s the application of those texts: if we favor our child, spouse, friend or tradition over the commands and teachings of God in Christ, we actively join in the idolatrous rebellion at the foot of Mt. Sinai when ancient Israel worshiped the gold idol Aaron made for them! Truly, God said, “I am the Lord, I do not change” (Mal. 3:6). And the Holy Spirit said, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Heb. 13:8).

We who are in Christ Jesus by faith are the O.T. Levitical priesthood counterpart, for, “you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people…who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy” (1 Peter 2:9–10). As such, we love God and fellowman, and prepare to endure to the end.

Though there are thousands of Christian churches, there is only “one body” (Eph. 4:4). Though there are millions of professing Christians, “many are called but few are chosen” (Matt. 22:14). Though many claim faith in Christ, Jesus said, “wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matt. 7:13–14).

There are voluminous prophetic design details awaiting your discovery of things to come before Christ gathers together His saints. Unfortunately, due to its false pre-trib rapture tradition, much of the church has taught the people to actually disbelieve that Christ gathers His saints only once “Immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 24:29–31) as Jesus Christ taught.

I pray you have spiritual eyes to see and a discerning heart to know that influential men, putting forth their own interests, have divided the one body of Christ. But what are you doing to protect yourself and your loved ones from being deceived by divisive church doctrines, traditions and compromise that has created such a splintered church? As for me and my house, God’s Word, and not divisive theological powers, is preparing us to endure to the end as Christ taught.

Marlin J. Yoder

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“every eye will see Him”

Friday, November 24, 2017,

In this national season of Thanksgiving for God’s blessings, we Christians ought to give thanks every day for “God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love in which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ…and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Eph. 2:4–9). With that backdrop, consider that God also said…

…“Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near…Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen. ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,’ says the Lord, ‘who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty’” (Rev. 1:3, 7–8).

God’s promise is blessing for “he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy”; that is, The Revelation of Jesus Christ. Yet, The Revelation is one of the most ignored Books of the Bible today. Why – because many cannot discern that the end-times are upon us, and also leadership fears losing people, money and popularity if all biblical end-time truths are taught.

If the time of Christ’s return was “near” 2,000 years ago, how much closer are we now to The Revelation of Jesus Christ, than then! The signs are everywhere. And God said, “do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” (2 Peter 3:8). Therein, it’s been only about two days since Christ suffered Calvary!

“Blow the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble; for the day of the Lord is coming, for it is at hand” (Joel 2:1). “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” (Rom. 10:14).

Some say I’ve been teaching the end-times for many years and nothing has come of it. But having spiritual eyes that saw and ears that heard, Christ’s apostles taught the same truths two millennia ago. They did not entangle themselves with pleasing men. The late David Wilkerson, Founding Pastor of Times Square Church, New York, NY, equally scorned a culture-pleasing message and sharply warned the church of the end-times and God’s imminent judgments.

Last week’s CBN article I shared stating that a former Google executive started a church called “Way of the Future” and its “worship of a Godhead based on Artificial Intelligence (AI)…and through understanding and worship of the Godhead, contribute to the betterment of society”, is very significant in light of Rev. 13:11–15. The “mark of the beast” (Rev. 13:16–17), and “image to the beast” (Rev. 13:15), being “a foreign god” (Dan. 11:38–39), are now being prepared.

As Antichrist develops his “image”, the church largely acquiesces, being a mirror of ancient Israel in Babylon bowing down to King Nebuchadnezzar’s image, see Daniel 3. Antichrist’s spirit is stealthily deceiving many Christians, like the frog in the kettle not knowing destruction is imminent. The snare of Antichrist is coming with humanistic legitimacy, and “when they say, ‘Peace and safety!’ then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape” (1 Thess. 5:3). It’s the promise of God!

Just because a global end-time apocalyptic event has not yet affected you, is no reason to doubt. We have the certainty of God’s Word that it will and the time of its occurrence is imminent. The gathering of Christ’s saints in the rapture is not imminent, but the apocalypse of the end-times, the Seal, Trumpet and Bowl judgments of The Revelation, most definitely are.

But note this truth: “scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, ‘Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation. For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men” (2 Peter 3:3–7). This is the promise of God.

When Christ descends from heaven at the last day, “He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him”. We will all see Him, including the redeemed saints, all unbelievers, atheists and agnostics globally! “A day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, like the morning clouds spread over the mountains” (Joel 2:2). This is the promise of God. I ask you, who, at that last day, will be your advocate? Will the unbelief of your own heart serve as your defense, or will you “have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 John 2:1)?

“And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him”. Why – because they believed not the Son of God, and were thus unprepared to see Him! They lived for themselves and their own lusts, they rejected Jesus as their Savior and Lord; “they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts” (Rev. 9:21). Yes, repentance is essential to salvation! This is the promise of God.

Certainly you’re aware of the burgeoning number of Hollywood elite, corrupt politicians, Catholic priests, Protestant pastors and leaders, and many others being exposed for their sexual immorality, embezzlement of funds, murders and witchcraft. But God says to Christians, “have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them” (Eph. 5:11).

Jesus Christ said “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End”. Believe that, for you will not escape coming face to face with the Judge of all the earth. And to every believing Christian, please consider that “we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad” (2 Cor. 5:10). Only repentance, confession, and personal faith in Christ brings salvation.

In, The Judgment, every unbeliever will stand before “a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heavens fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the [spiritually] dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books…Then death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire” (Rev. 20:11–15). This too is the promise of Almighty God.

Christ returns in power and glory, and “out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS” (Rev. 19:15–16).

On that glorious day when Christ gathers His saints from all the ages, and our faith becomes sight, then occurs the “restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began” (Acts 3:21). In that day “God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away. Then He who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new’” (Rev. 21:4–5). Let all God’s saints give thanks and shout for joy!

Marlin J. Yoder

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“discern the signs of the times”

Friday, November 17, 2017,

“Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth…And he exercises all the authority of the first beast…He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven…He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed” (Rev. 13:11–15). This end-time revelation is much closer than you think. Are you discerning of it?

Now this 11/16/2017 headline from CBN News, “Former Google Exec Says Artificial Intelligence is ‘God,’ Creates New Religion.” The article continues, “According to paperwork filed with the IRS, this new church, called ‘Way of the Future,’ will focus on: ‘the realization, acceptance, and worship of a Godhead based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) developed through computer hardware and software’…the church will try to ‘develop and promote the realization of a Godhead based on artificial intelligence and through understanding and worship of the Godhead, contribute to the betterment of society.’” This is the spirit of antichrist at work.

The Spirit of God said through King Solomon, “That which has been is what will be, that which is done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun” (Eccl. 1:9). History repeats itself. And God said, “But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies” (2 Peter 2:1).

“Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons” (1 Tim. 4:1). In much of today’s church it’s evident that ancient Israel’s history of unbelief is repeating itself via false teachers and false prophets.

To the Pharisees and Sadducees of Jesus’ day who sought the vain glory and praise of men rather than discerning the signs of the times, Jesus said, “Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times” (Matt. 16:3). And to the non-discerning church of our late hour which ignores the signs of the end-times, Christ says exactly the same.

The large majority of ancient Israel’s followers of God could not discern that Jesus was their long-awaited Messiah. Because of false teachers they expected someone charismatic and wildly popular who would gloriously deliver them from Roman oppression rather than “the virgin shall conceive…Immanuel” (Isa. 7:14), who would come “lowly and riding on a donkey” (Zech. 9:9).

Due to false teachers in Jesus’ day many of God’s people had created a false messiah; a messiah who did not come according to their expectations. The fatal result of their failed expectations and non-discerning heart was their cry of deep offense: “Crucify Him, crucify Him!” (John 19:6).

Today, like then, many false teachers teach the people a false message of the returning Messiah via a pre-trib rapture. And once again a false expectation sown in the hearts and minds of many will result in hatred one of another because Messiah won’t be present to receive their wrath, but returns for His own “Immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 24:29–31), and not before.

Because of unbelief the expectations of many Christians will be shattered, and “then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another” (Matt. 24:10). Why? – because the true Messiah will not return according to the pre-trib rapture expectations promised by false teachers. The offense that occurred at Jesus’ first advent will be repeated at His second advent.

The days of tribulation are near when the world, including Christians, will see God’s Word fulfilled, saying, “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem. And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it” (Zech. 12:2–3).

So, what can you do to avoid the coming offense and sudden “falling away” (2 Thess. 2:3) when Antichrist is revealed as foretold by the Spirit through the apostle Paul? First, repent of unbelief, and believe “the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Rev. 1:9) for His return and gathering of His saints. Second, prepare by teaching yourself and your loved ones to endure to the end, “at the last day” (John 6:40) when Christ raises the righteous dead at “the first resurrection” (Rev. 20:4–6).

Third, put away from yourself any teachings that do not agree with the teachings of Christ, our true Messiah, “whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began” (Acts 3:21), knowing that the “restoration of all things” does not occur until the last day of this present age.

Only at the time God restores all things, will, “the Lord Himself descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will 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 thus we shall always be with the Lord” (1 Thess. 4:16–17).

I implore you in the love of Christ, do not believe false teachers who ignore Jesus’ testimony for the gathering of saints. They have their reward of wealth and popularity teaching the false hope of the pre-trib rapture. They’ve changed the Messiah of the Bible, they teach heresy! Be wise in Christ. The pre-trib rapture is a spiritual poison. Come out from among them; be not complicit!

False expectations leading the offense in Jesus’ day at His first advent, will be repeated at His second. Satan has worked deceitfully to create multiple scenarios of Jesus’ return, including the pre-trib, mid-trib, pre-wrath, and post-millennial rapture of the saints, but there’s only one truth.

“Immediately after the tribulation…He [Christ] will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other” (Matt. 24:29–31). This is the testimony of Jesus Christ, and you will do well to heed His Word, discern the present time and prepare accordingly, because anything else will fail you.

“Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed – in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed’ (1 Cor. 15:51–52); but “he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him” (John 3:36). Do you believe Him?

Marlin J. Yoder

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“he shall confirm a covenant”

Friday, November 10, 2017

The second Jewish Temple was destroyed in AD 70 by Titus the Roman Emperor, upon which Israel ceased from being a nation. Since the rebirth of Israel as a nation, however, in May 1948, seventy 360-day Hebraic years have passed. Upon David Ben-Gurion’s declaration of Israel’s statehood, U.S. President Harry S. Truman led the world in acknowledging Israel as a nation.

The Vatican, however, was the one nation that did not recognize Israel as a nation for the next 45 years and 7 months! The Vatican finally recognized Israel as a nation, but only on its terms and conditions of the “FUNDAMENTAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE HOLY SEE AND THE STATE OF ISRAEL, December 30, 1993”. The Vatican, unlike other nations, put in legal terms its rights to Israel which will ultimately seat the pope in the temple where he claims to be God.

Article 10 of that “AGREEMENT”, states in part, “The Holy See and the State of Israel jointly affirm the right of the Catholic Church to property.” In carefully crafted legal terms the Vatican seized “religious, moral, educational and charitable” rights, including “land”. Orthodox Jews will soon be allowed by a seven-year “covenant” of peace to rebuild their third Temple in which they will again offer Old Testament-style animal sacrifices.

But construction of that Temple will not begin until “he [Antichrist] shall confirm a covenant with many for one week” (Dan. 9:27), meaning 7 years. That covenant is the event that begins the seven-year tribulation, the final seven years of this present age. Christians, both now and then, must ascend the holy highway of testimony for Christ Jesus. It’s nearly 24 Gregorian years since the Vatican signed its “FUNDAMENTAL AGREEMENT” with Israel. The time is near when the Vatican and its final pope will “confirm a covenant with many”.

At or near what will be the start of the final seven years of this age, John the revelator is told by the angel to, “Rise and measure the temple of God, the altar, and those who worship there. But leave out the court which is outside the temple, and do not measure it, for it has been given to the Gentiles. And they will tread the holy city underfoot for forty-two months” (Rev. 11:1–2).

“And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, [3 1/2 years] clothed in sackcloth…And if anyone wants to harm them, fire proceeds from their mouth and devours their enemies. And if anyone wants to harm them, he must be killed in this manner. These have power to shut heaven, so that no rain falls in the days of their prophecy; and they have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to strike the earth with all plagues, as often as they desire” (Rev. 11:3–6). Their ministry effects the whole world.

The offering of animal sacrifices will indeed be an abomination to God who sent Christ to die for the sins of mankind, hence, the ministry of God’s two witnesses. And at the end of their 3 1/2 year ministry the two witnesses will be killed, but “after the three-and-a-half days the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them. And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, ‘Come up here.’ And they ascended to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies saw them” (Rev. 11:11–12).

“But in the middle of the week he [Antichrist] shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, even until the consummation, which is determined, is poured out on the desolate” (Dan. 9:27). 3 1/2 years into the tribulation Antichrist breaks his “covenant” and demands that the whole world worship him as God.

To enforce global worship of himself, “He [Antichrist] causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name” (Rev. 13:16–17). But at the middle point of the tribulation God has a (Rev. 12:6, 14) place of safety and provision for Christians who believed Christ and prepared accordingly.

This begins the last 3 1/2 years of this present age which Christ called the “great tribulation” (Matt. 24:21). That time will be known by those having the knowledge God gave, together with spiritual discernment, when “the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God” (2 Thess. 2:3–4).

We will then know that about 42 months of this age remain, for Jesus said, “he who endures to the end shall be saved” (Matt. 24:13); and, “See, I have told you beforehand” (Matt. 24:25). So, I ask you in the love of Christ, do you believe and personalize Jesus’ end-time teachings? Many Western Christians do not believe Christ because they’ve been deceived by false teachers.

God is faithful and true, and “if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Rom. 10:9–10). Now is the time to believe Christ and get right with God, because no one has the promise of tomorrow.

The significance of the rebirth of the nation of Israel is this: Jesus said, “Now learn this parable from the fig tree [Israel]: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near – at the doors! Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away” (Matt. 24:32–35). The May 1948 rebirth of Israel marked the start of the last generation of this age.

God’s Word reveals that the Vatican is the seat of “the great harlot who sits on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication…The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls…And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH” (Rev. 17:1–5).

We must depend on Christ for strength to endure the rising spiritual and physical tsunami of evil. The persecution of Christians is escalating globally, and the mass murder of Christians has now come to America. But Jesus foretold all this and more. We’ve begun seeing the hatred, chaos and tribulation that will envelop the earth. But only in Christ and His atonement is eternal salvation!

Marlin J. Yoder

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