“Your gold and silver are corroded”

Friday, September 21, 2018

God gave ancient Israel the law of the Year of Jubilee…and for good reason. Every fifty years all fiscal debts were cancelled and Jews got a fresh start. But that system could only work controlled by God’s theocratic rule, because in the realm of fallen mankind, everything, especially finance, tends toward entropy. Man’s creation, exchange and use of money is destined for chaos, love of money, greed, and corruption. And in the last 42 months of this age money will be exchanged for the mark of the beast under authority of “the son of perdition”. Are you prepared for that?

The current fiscal collapse of Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain are examples of the failure coming to all nations as their debt levels are unsustainable. Now the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development requires the eradication of world hunger and poverty by the redistribution of wealth from industrialized wealthy nations to underdeveloped third world nations, making all nations and their citizens economically equal. To accomplish this the fiscal reset of every fiat currency must and will occur. It’s not a matter of if but when, and it’s near. It’s also part of the end-time gospel message and we are wise to prepare for it.

Global fiat currencies are an imaginary, worthless band-aid for unsustainable debt – more is being printed, but not based on the value of physical gold and silver. And in my opinion it’s wise and prudent for every Christian to hedge his coming losses to the fiscal reset with a reasonable amount of physical gold and silver, because in the first 42 months of the tribulation it will be those with gold and silver who will have purchasing ability to sustain their families.

From RT International, 09/15/2018: “No lessons learned: Next financial crisis to be much worse with US dollar collapse – Peter Schiff – According to the investor, all the problems that caused the 2008 financial crisis loom even larger now. The even worse monetary and fiscal policy since the last crisis guarantees the next one will be much worse. The crisis will be similar in that government will be the cause, everyone will be caught by surprise, and capitalism will be the scapegoat, but it will be much different in that it will be much worse, Schiff said….Treasury debt will be the focal point of the next crisis, and the dollar will collapse and gold prices will soar. The ensuing recession will be much worse as consumer prices will also rise sharply.”

Do not be deceived, you will not be raptured before these events occur! Preparation by wisdom requires you to believe the testimony of Jesus Christ. The Scriptures speak wisely to these truths and Christians who believe God and prepare will be able to provide for their families, for the day is now near when paper money will have little purchasing power. But ignoring God’s truths is not good. And in the days ahead, gold and silver will have purchasing power because it retains usable value for sustainable trade, but even they, are both limited.

BECAUSE, the time is coming when even gold and silver will be utterly worthless and have no purchasing power. That begins when Antichrist breaks his covenant, when, “in the middle of the week he shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering” (Dan. 9:27) which is the beginning of great tribulation when “He 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).

The middle of the tribulation is the time of which the Holy Spirit spoke through the apostle, saying, “Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries that are coming upon you! Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have heaped up treasure in the last days” (James 5:1–3). In the day of the mark of the beast when even gold and silver fails, then those who believed and prepared in the Word of the Lord will flee to God’s provision and safety for the last 42 months of great tribulation. Are you prepared for that?

Great tribulation and trouble are coming to the believer and unbeliever alike. And Jesus, in His parable of the unjust steward, commending him, said, “the sons of this world [the unbelievers] are more shrewd in their generation than the sons of light [believers]” (Luke 16:8). Then Jesus said, “And I say to you, [to you and me] make friends for yourselves by unrighteous mammon, [by money] that when you fail, [and we will fail when we can no longer buy and sell] they may receive you into an everlasting home” (Luke 16:9).

Note the phrase “they may receive you”, with emphasis on who “they” are? It’s certainly not the unbelievers, for they have no everlasting home to offer. The word “they”, here, corresponds to the word “they” in The Revelation concerning the time of great tribulation when the Spirit said “Then the woman [the prepared believer, the true Church] 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). Clearly, the “they” in both passages are agents of God, namely angels, of whom the Spirit said, “Are ‘they’ not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?” (Heb. 1:14). [My ‘’ emphasis added]

Therefore, believers are to wisely use unrighteous mammon of this world to their benefit as long as possible. But the time will come when even gold and silver will fail the believer because we will not accept Antichrist’s mark of the beast. And the Spirit says again, “But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent” (Rev. 12:14).

That takes preparation! Who do you believe, Christ, or the false pre-tribulation rapture doctrines and traditions of men? As for me and my house we have chosen to believe the Word of the Lord, and prepare accordingly. In this context Christ reminds us of those dreadful coming days, “For it 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). Are you prepared for that?

Marlin J. Yoder

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“A prudent man foresees evil”

Friday, September 14, 2018

Earlier this week a Fox News headline stated: “MILLIONS AT RISK – Track the path of Hurricane Florence as storm roars toward US – Intensifies to Category 4. The storm, which is poised to affect millions this week in the southeastern U.S., is “expected to bring life-threatening storm surge and rainfall” to North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, and parts of the Mid-Atlantic states, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said”.

To ignore authoritative warnings of impending disaster is foolish. But to ignore the warnings of God for the coming apocalypse is immeasurably far more foolish. Yet, in this regard many in the Church believe the ear-tickling dispensational pre-tribulation rapture rather than Christ who gave us many details of the end-time apocalypse. As a result multiplied millions are at risk!

It’s the fall harvest season, and given the rebirth of the nation of Israel in May 1948, and many more signs of the end being revealed, the logical question is, will the harvest season of 2018 be the year “a covenant with many” (Dan. 9:27) is confirmed? It will consist of a temporal Middle East peace at which the world rejoices, but is drafted by “the man of sin…the son of perdition” (2 Thess. 2:3), biblically called the Antichrist. The world eagerly awaits this prophetic event.

This will occur in the fall season, for Christ returns to “gather together His elect” (Matt. 24:31) seven years later “at the time of harvest” (Matt. 13:30), “Immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 24:29–31), at “the first resurrection” (Rev. 20:4–6), “at the last day” (John 6:40), when “the Lord Himself will descend from heaven” (1 Thess. 4:16), because Christ “must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything” (Acts 3:21 NIV). But many disbelieve the truth.

When believers and unbelievers, alike, hear warnings of an approaching disaster, they prepare for the disaster in order to save themselves and their families. When authorities warn people to make special preparations, most do not ignore those warnings. Hurricane Florence now lashes the east coast and many have wisely made preparations accordingly.

So, why is it that when Christ, the highest Authority of the universe, warns the believer of the coming apocalypse, that most people in the Church turn a deaf ear and blind eye? It’s because they’ve been led to believe the lies of dispensationalism. But God said “A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, but the simple pass on and are punished” (Prov. 22:3). And so it shall be.

In the love of Christ, I ask: are you prepared for the seven years of tribulation for which Christ lovingly gave us much warning and detail? If Jesus is the God of your salvation, then I pray for you to believe Him and prepare before the tribulation disasters and offenses fall upon this final generation, giving way to the great and sudden falling away of 2 Thess. 2:3.

Are you prepared for the fiscal calamity to soon envelop the world when all fiat currencies suffer a dramatic reset – a reset projected to be seventy percent? The dollar would lose seventy cents in value. Trillions of dollars would immediately vanish. Bank and savings accounts and 401K Plans and investment accounts would lose seventy percent of their value overnight. This will occur as a preparatory step to Antichrist seizing control of global finances, also the U.N.’s 2030 Agenda.

Are you prepared for martial law as the U.N.’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is enforced, first with voluntary then mandatory confiscation of firearms at the hands of foreign agents? In the midst of calamity, are you prepared to make known faith in Christ, and be His ambassador in those first forty-two months of tribulation? Do you know of God’s safety and provision at the middle of the tribulation for those prepared?

Are you prepared for the seven-year rule of Antichrist who has already, through deceit, united religions of the world to himself? Have you identified the beast system of Revelation 13 as the Vatican, the false Church “arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls” (Rev. 17:4)? Here’s a link to a one hour video that I encourage you to watch, it’s worth your time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EclnR63AeRY&feature=youtu.be

Since early 2007 I’ve taught that the Vatican’s papal throne is the seat of Antichrist. And more recently, with the March 13, 2013 conclave election of Pope Francis, I’ve taught that he fulfills the role and biblical description of Antichrist – he’s uniting the world.

Have you believed the truth that the Church is “the Israel of God” (Gal. 6:14–16), and are you prepared to hide yourself and loved ones to find the safety and provision of God in the last 42 months of great tribulation according to Isa. 26:20–21; 27:1 and Rev. 12:6, 14? Are you prepared to endure to the last day as Jesus taught at Matt. 24:13? Increasingly, there will be earthquakes, wild weather, raging seas, and famines that engulf the world.

“By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household” (Heb. 11:7). Does that describe your faith? Had Noah not by faith built the ark in preparation for the coming deluge, he and his family would have perished with the unbelievers. Had Joseph in ancient Egypt not by faith prepared for the foretold seven-year famine, Egypt, Israel and other nations would have perished in that famine. The same principles of working faith apply to Christ’s prophesied end-times apocalypse.

“But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect?…You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only…For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also” (James 2:20–26).

Yet, many pastors and Bible teachers, because of their faith in the dispensational pre-tribulation rapture, rebuke as faithless the idea of prepping for the coming apocalypse. Consequently, many will not have prepared for the saving of their household as did Noah, Joseph and so many other biblical figures who demonstrated true faith by their works of preparation. The choice is yours. Allow Hebrews 11 to minister to you in this regard and prepare to endure to the end.

Marlin J. Yoder

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Suicide Is Never An Option

Friday, September 7, 2018

A character trait of the end-times is that Christians are being shamed into silence about truths that should be boldly proclaimed. And too often that silence is caused by the misuse of Jesus’ command “Judge not, that you be not judged” (Matt. 7:1), which contextually is hypocrisy. In other words, we have no business judging another if we ourselves are guilty of the same sin. In that context Jesus concludes with “Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye” (Matt. 7:5).

Being born again and made alive in Christ, God commands Christians to judge “all things”. Many would say that’s not Christian, but that’s because men have spun God’s Word in a way they ought not, because God said “he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one” (1 Cor. 2:15). In this context today’s Letter addresses the issue of suicide.

Suicide is the cause of death being reported with alarming frequency…especially in the Church. It’s increasingly the cause of death among pastors and those in ministry. Why? There should be a great outcry against this work of Satan, but the Church is largely silent. And why is suicide cast by many as a sickness absent of responsibility and even made to appear as a viable way to God as if its results were eternal life? As with every matter of life, the Bible is not silent on suicide.

While many proverbially sweep this under the carpet, we must not be silent, but speak God’s truth. Love for Christ and fellowman cannot be silent about the reality of suicide. Again, God is not silent on this and neither should any Christian, pastor, teacher or layperson, but boldly speak the truth that lovingly, warns, instructs and leads people from erroneously thinking that suicide is an option that leads to God and eternal life, because suicide is never an option.

Now, to be clear, I am not teaching here that suicide by the mentally retarded or those in mental institutions having a documented history of psychiatric mental illness are spiritually responsible for their actions. Rather, I refer to those in the Church professing faith in Christ, which creates a renewed mind of hope, peace, and love for God, family and fellowman, who yet commit suicide.

What brings this to the forefront, again, is a 08/27/2018 article by CBN News headline saying: “California Church Shocked After Pastor Commits Suicide” – “Lead Pastor Andrew Stoecklein died Saturday after taking his own life. The pastor left behind three young children and his wife.” Now, while we grieve and pray for the living in this tragedy, we must allow God’s Word to have the supremacy lest anyone be deceived by evil spirits of depression, anxiety and hopelessness.

God says to His saints, “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, [evil spirits] because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). Therefore, “your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit…and you are not your own” (1 Cor. 6:19).

First, suicide is self-murder. And God said that “no murderer has eternal life abiding in him” (1 John 3:15). Now, we must “let God be true but every man a liar” (Rom. 3:4). God is the Author and Finisher of our lives, not we of ourselves. Our breath is borrowed from God, and we do not have authority to decide when our last breath is drawn. But some, over time, by deceiving spirits have become their own god, not content with faithfully seeking the Creator’s will, purpose and plan for their life in the midst of particularly painful struggles of life.

Secondly, suicide is selfish, not considerate of the lack of love, teaching, instruction, provision and caring for the family left behind. Yet, Pastor Andrew’s wife, Kayla, wrote on her Instagram, “Last night, the love of my life, the father of our children and the pastor of our incredible church took his last breath and went to be with Jesus”. Really? What does God say? “But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever” (1 Tim. 5:8). Suicide selfishly rejects all familial relationships.

Third, suicide serves the purposes of Satan who, “does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy” (John 10:10). Whether it’s the killing of our fellowman made in the image of God, or one’s own self, be it by war, murder or suicide, these all serve Satan, the god of this present age.

Fourth, suicide disregards and rejects the vital truth that our bodies are the dwelling place, the habitation of, and temple of the Holy Spirit. This is very important, for God said, “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles [meaning, “destroys”] the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are” (1 Cor. 3:16–17). While many reject this truth, it’s God’s promise.

Neither depression, anxiety nor fear are of God. Salvation faith is a matter of “righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Rom. 14:17). Christians are people with salvation faith in the Lord Jesus, the God of all peace, hope and confidence. From ancient times the Holy Spirit said, “You [God] will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for in YAH, the Lord, is everlasting strength” (Isa. 26:3–4). Our mind being “stayed” on the Lord is entirely our choice. And our choices have consequences.

Kayla Stoecklein said, “Please pray for me and the boys. I don’t know how I am going to face this, I am completely broken, lost, and empty. Never in a million years would I have imagined this would be the end of his story.” Please join me in praying for the living Stoecklein family.

Here’s an article referencing suicides by many pastors, as the Church remains largely silent: https://www.christianpost.com/news/isolated-world-pastors-churches-mum-clergy-suicides-220763/. Suicide is no stranger to the unbelieving, unsaved, hopeless world. But a pastor and/or professing Christian? Really? What message does pastoral suicide send the lost world except to say that Christians really have no more hope and reason to live than the unbeliever? But we do! We have hope in Christ and rejoice in the victory of the cross! We celebrate Jesus’ resurrection, for if we remain faithful, “at the last day” (John 6:40) we too shall be raised to eternal life!

Silencing the truth of suicide, and Jesus’ testimony for the now-present end-times before us will only exacerbate and further weaken the witness of the organized Church. Now is not the time for silence, but time to boldly love, warn, instruct, defend and teach the Word on everything facing the end-time Church, otherwise its great commission also falls silent.

Marlin J. Yoder

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The “wise” vs the “foolish”

Friday, August 31, 2018

The spiritual and physical tribulation perils that lie directly ahead of us are well-detailed in God’s Word. And the victories, safety and provision available to the saints are equally well defined. The question is, however, is God’s knowledge of those end-time perils and victories within us by faith in such capacity as to both discern and prepare for them?

Jesus taught a parable of the generation that sees His return: “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’” (Matt. 25:1–6), contrasting the pre vs. post-trib return of Jesus.

This parable reveals the right and wrong spiritual condition of believers. First, it must be noted that all ten virgins were believers. They all knew the Bridegroom was returning. While the wise knew Christ would be “delayed” because they believed His testimony and prepared to endure to the difficult end, the inference is very clear that the foolish believed an imminent pre-tribulation return and were thus unprepared to endure to the end, and were rejected at the wedding banquet. How terribly sad for those five believing, yet foolish, virgins. Their unbelief and unprepared state of being cost them their entry into the glory of the Bridegroom’s Marriage Supper of the Lamb!

This parable demonstrates that while there are many believers, not all actually believe Christ for His return. The inference clearly contrasts the unprepared, foolish, and imminent pre-trib rapture believers from the prepared, wise, post-trib rapture believers who actually believe and prepare in the testimony of Jesus to be equipped to endure the long dark night of tribulation to the end.

The question must be asked: “At what, would believers in the Church be offended as Christ promised?” Answer: the false teachers who promised them an imminent pre-tribulation rapture whereby they would avoid the promised seven-year tribulation. It’s not difficult to understand that when that false teaching proves false (and it certainly will) and people are confronted with the biblical apocalypse, and must endure what they were promised would never happen to them, then understandably, many will indeed be highly offended, hate and betray one another.

Many pre-tribulation rapture believers will be unprepared in heart, mind, spirit and soul to not only see, but deal with the apocalyptic catastrophes that engulf the world. The now present New World Order, the Prophet Daniel’s revived and final fourth beast kingdom of Rome, see Dan. 2:40–45, in union with the U.N.’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, will create wars that will kill and depopulate humanity by fifty percent! See Rev. 6:7–8 and Rev. 9:13–15.

Great famines will come as Jesus said, diseases and pestilences will destroy crops. Earthquakes will increase, kill and destroy. The seas will roar and men’s hearts will fail them for fear of those things coming upon the earth, see Luke 21:25–26. In the great tribulation when transgression and iniquity are heavy upon the earth, it will reel to and fro like a drunkard, see Isa. 24:19–20. Fiscal calamity will ravage when Antichrist issues his mark of the beast, see Rev. 13:16–18. And most pre-trib rapture believers will not have prepared for these things.

Fire and hail mingled with blood thrown from the heavens will burn up a third of the trees and all green grass, see Rev. 8:7. A third of the sea will become poisoned and a third of the sea creatures will die, see Rev. 8:8–9. A third of the rivers will be poisoned and many men will die as a result, see Rev. 8:10–11. A third of the sun, moon and stars will no longer give light, see Rev. 8:12.

There will be innumerable demonic creatures that come upon the earth in fulfillment of Jesus’ promise that “as the days of Noah were” (Matt. 24:37). They will be hybrid beings, powerful in strength and intelligence, the result of Satan’s ancient work, see Gen. 6:1–4. These beings will be Satan’s revived ancient seed of “as the days of Noah were”. Ancient false gods, demonic spirits and creatures from the pit will spread across the earth. These will work in unity with the beast of Rev. 13:1 to create the persuasive “image of the beast”, see Rev. 13:11–18.

And in the midst of it all, murders, suicides, lying, thefts, sexual immorality, wickedness and evil will escalate at unprecedented levels as Satan makes his final effort to destroy mankind made in the image of God. That was his intent from the day of his fall, and it will remain so till the day he and his demonic hoards are thrown into the lake of fire.

The world is rapidly and eagerly advancing end-time technologies that fulfill God’s end-time promises while the Church largely sleeps like the virgins in Jesus’ parable. The old adage that “Ignorance is bliss” is true. But this isn’t about ignorance, it’s about willful unbelief which will war against Christians in unprecedented trials by fire and testings in the furnace of affliction.

Who do you believe? – Jesus, or the doctrines and traditions of men? Who do you say Jesus is? Is He the God who came to conform you and me to Himself, or did He come to give us what we desire? We must believe the God of the Bible who promised us tribulation, and that “he who endures to the end shall be saved” (Matt. 24:13). It’s truly a matter of being wise or foolish.

Do you believe “concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him [to]…Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and 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. 2:1–4)? It’s a matter of being wise or foolish.

Marlin J. Yoder

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Love “rejoices in the truth”

Friday, August 24, 2018

God said that love “rejoices in the truth” (1 Cor. 13:6), which is necessarily true because Jesus said He is “the truth” (John 14:6). Therefore we who know Christ by faith rejoice in His truths. But if our rejoicing is based in traditions of men and not Christ’s truths, we’re deceived and rejoicing is futile, laying the seedbed of offense and “the falling away” (2 Thess. 2:3).

We hear a lot about love and unity these days, but our culture has redefined those by allowing whatever pleases. But true love teaches, chastens, reproves and corrects in the righteousness of Christ because He is “the truth”. For example, true love trains up a child in the way he should go, so that, “when he is old he will not depart from it” (Prov. 22:6). But in these evil days the world scourges Christians for disciplining children according to God’s command that “He who spares his rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him promptly” (Prov. 13:24).

Likewise, true love teaches Christ’s end-time truths so that when the tribulation is revealed one will not be “offended” or “betray” and “hate one another” (Matt. 24:10). Love does not hide the testimony of Jesus for the end-times but boldly declares all end-time truths taught by Him, that His followers not be caught unaware in the snare of offense. Similar, then, to Prov. 13:24, it is hate and not love for mankind that silences Christ’s post-tribulation rapture of Matt. 24:29–31.

Yet, due to the traditions of men, the Church largely silences the testimony of Christ for the times of the end which will cause many to fall away from the faith. So, consider: “Who is he who truly loves his fellowman – he who defends the false pre-trib rapture tradition of men for which not a single verse of Scripture can be found, or he who teaches, instructs and warns his fellowman according to the testimony of Jesus Christ? Surely, it is the latter who truly loves!

What one believes matters greatly, as one’s faith, hope, love and expectation is based on what he believes. If we rejoice in the truths of Christ we are overcomers and prepared to stand firm in the coming seven-year tribulation, and to find His promised safety and provision for the final 1,260 days of great tribulation, because the true Church is “the Israel of God” (Gal. 6:16). However, if our rejoicing is based in the false pre-tribulation rapture, we are deceived, believing a tradition of men based wholly in assumption and conjecture, which does not abide in the love of Christ.

Satan, our enemy, is overtly and covertly arrayed against humanity and especially against the saints. And the ever-popular pre-tribulation rapture narrative is also covertly arrayed against the saints, but few are wise to it, preferring their own desires in fulfillment that “the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables” (2 Tim. 4:3–4).

What causes your rejoicing – the truth and testimony of Christ, or the traditions of men? The former, in truth, leads to eternal life, but the latter leads to offense, betrayal and hatred. At the first sermon of the New Covenant God said “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, and that He may send Jesus…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 3:19–21).

The Scriptures plainly reveal that God does not restore everything until immediately after the seven-year tribulation, else there would be no tribulation. God also plainly reveals that Christ must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything, at which time “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 will rise first” (1 Thess. 4:16). Yet, false teachers, loving the praise of man, draw many away from the truth into their false teachings.

There are numerous false teachings and doctrines of men in the Church, and the saints are tasked with having holy spiritual discernment to identify and expose them, and to more importantly flee from those who promote falsehoods and their enticing influence. In the judgment one’s rejoicing and love will either be proven to be for Christ and His testimony, or for the traditions of men. In the meantime, God is giving people time and space to repent of unbelief and hardness of heart.

The Holy Spirit warned that “he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him” (John 3:36). Yet, in the face of this truth, thousands of pastors and teachers in the evangelical Church, continue, undaunted, to preach and teach the utterly false hope of the pre-tribulation rapture, and it will sweep many to a departure from the faith when they realize they have been led to believe a lie. And their reasoning will be justified: “If you lied about the tribulation, the first resurrection, and the return of Christ, in what else have you also lied!”

Truly, love “rejoices in the truth” (1 Cor. 13:6), and Jesus Christ is “the truth” (John 14:6). But if rejoicing is based in the traditions of men that neither Christ nor His Spirit taught, then rejoicing will turn to anger, weeping and mourning. In the tribulation the pre-tribulation rapture hope will become hopeless as what tens of millions of Christians had been promised by false teachers falls fruitlessly to the ground. You can change that by removing yourself from false teachers and turn to faith in the testimony of Jesus, putting to flight deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons.

While many will fall away from the faith because false teachers led them to hopelessly believe in the pre-tribulation rapture, that fact will not excuse any for their personal responsibility to Christ for having disbelieved Him. Jesus promised that “Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” (Matt. 7:22–23).

Matthew 7:22–23 is one of God’s extremely sobering promises, for it refers to workers in the Church, but who work errantly, not actually believing Christ, yet using His name, and teach in His name, not to exalt Christ, but to gain the favor and approval of man and to gain a following for themselves. But God commands to, “Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty” (2 Cor. 6:17–18).

Marlin J. Yoder

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“Is Christ divided?”

Friday, August 17, 2018

Had Facebook existed 2,000 years ago, Jesus and His apostle’s would have received very few “Likes”, as Jesus and nearly all His apostles were murdered for their preaching. Yet, many of today’s culture-pleasing churches are in worldliness governed by “Likes”, avoiding at all costs, “Unlikes”. In that process, however, many are falsely led to believe they are the body of Christ.

God’s Spirit warned the first century Church saying, “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).

Many years ago God opened my eyes to the grave divisions in the Church. I discovered that what the Spirit warned of in the above passage, was again true today. It was a bittersweet moment that resulted from a painful and difficult trial in my life. But praise God, in His faithfulness, He used this difficult but enlightening time for my good as whole truth prevailed!

Unfortunately, affliction is often required to shake one free of the mediocrity and conformity of false doctrines and traditions; things we were told to believe without question. Exhibit A is when bold Christian men said to Roman Catholicism’s evil traditions, “Enough!”, and the 16th century Reformation was born. And there resulted a much-needed revolt against, and mass exodus from “the great harlot who sits on many waters…The woman [who] was arrayed in purple and scarlet” (Rev. 17:1, 4). But a return to her wicked idolatries now threatens the evangelical Church.

When the Reformation occurred, those who led it were not prepared for the devil’s onslaught of division. Pride in the reformers led to great divisions. Ultimately, that division “According to the Dictionary of Christianity in America [Protestant] (Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 1990): “As of 1980 David B. Barrett identified 20,800 Christian denominations worldwide . . .” (“Denominationalism,” page 351).”

That was 38 years ago! Today with the increasingly popular non-denominational churches that break from their denominational roots, that number is far beyond the 20,800. These truths should motivate every Bible believing Christian to examine why he or she attends/believes an organized church that’s so divided against another while claiming to follow the same Bible and its Christ.

The Church is largely without unity today because men (and women) desiring power and control want to build their empires. This leads to the watering-down of the gospel and a smorgasbord of beliefs according to human desires. It creates mega-churches. But the true Christian who desires to follow Christ and His unchanging truth, who desires to see Christ exalted rather than man, must swim upstream against the flow of division to make some difficult decisions.

Divisions in the church today speak loudly, that, “This or that church is of Luther, Arminius, Calvin, Farel, Knox, Tyndale, Simons”, while more modern names include “Darby, Scofield, Kenyon and Hagen” just to mention a few. Here, we must ask ourselves, “Why and how have we, the body of Christ, been so duped as to participate in such division? In the Words of the Holy Spirit, “Is Christ divided?” Certainly not! There is no division in Christ.

Yet, while many church leaders and pastors speak of unity and their tolerance for nothing less, their own denominational doctrines and traditions create divisions that divide people! And were one to cite the testimony of Jesus and His Spirit that exposes false traditions in the Church, he is labeled as “divisive” or a “troublemaker” by leadership. But the Scribes and Pharisee’s labeled Christ the same way. Therefore, exposing false traditions puts one in very good Company.

These are serious spiritual issues that you and I as Christians must discern by the Word of God and the Holy Spirit. If one’s tradition does not accord to the contextual testimony of Jesus Christ, reject it! Eternal life depends on making right decisions, bringing one’s will subject to the Words and teachings of Christ and His Spirit. And you have free will, so exercise it in Christ!

With the end of this age in sight aren’t you tired of men (and women) telling you what to believe according to their doctrines and traditions? You should be. One should not be content to be told what to believe. Otherwise one has a serious problem with authority because the Holy Spirit said “We must obey God rather than men!” (Acts 5:29 NIV). What part of that command do so many Christians not understand? Again, ask yourself, “Is Christ divided?” Certainly not!

Paul said by the Holy Spirit, “But as God is faithful, our word to you was not Yes and No. For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us – by me…was not Yes and No, but in Him was Yes. For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us” (2 Cor. 1:18–20). In the gospel there is no room for the glory of man!

In fact, God said, “Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction. [The affliction or tribulation that’s so often required for us humans to see the truth] For My own sake, for My own sake, I will do it; For how should My name be profaned? And I will not give My glory to another” (Isa. 48:11); including all who seek social media “Likes”.

Consider, of whom are you: “Luther, Arminius, Calvin, Farel, Knox, Tyndale, Simons, Darby, Scofield, Kenyon and Hagen”, or any of the other 20,800+ denominations, or are you of Christ, and Christ alone? The true Church is not Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, Baptist, Catholic, Anglican, Quaker, Mennonite, Assemblies of God, Puritan, Orthodox, Pentecostal, Reformed, Holiness, or any of thousands of names. The true Church is “the remnant” (Rev. 12:17 KJV), the believing, the faithful, the set apart, the uncompromised, who take God at His Word.

Webster’s Dictionary says a “remnant” is “1, a; a small part, member, or trace remaining; b; a small surviving group”. Applying this to the redeemed of the Lord, it fully accords with Jesus’ teaching, that, “narrow is the gate and difficult is the path which leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matt. 7:14); and that, “many are called, but few are chosen” (Matt. 22:14).

As end-time events escalate, it is vital that each Christian closely examine his or her doctrine and traditions of belief outside the influence of organized churches, and allow the testimony of Jesus and His Spirit to dictate what one believes. Otherwise it will be easy to be like one of the five foolish virgins of Matt. 25:1–13. But God wants us to be like the five wise virgins, prepared to endure the long, difficult night of tribulation, to greet the Bridegroom when He finally arrives.

Marlin J. Yoder

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“If they persecuted Me”

Friday, August 10, 2018

Many Christians in America dismiss end-time persecutions as improbable, thinking America is too special or too great for that, but real persecution is near for which we must be strong in the Lord Jesus who said, “he who endures to the end shall be saved” (Matt. 24:13). We’ve all seen our culture’s hostile intolerance of Christian values, but much worse will soon be reality.

From CNSNews.com, 7/26/2018: “Rep. Gohmert: Hate Crime Laws Will Be ‘Used to Persecute Christians’ – At a conference for young conservatives on Wednesday, House Representative Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said that he knew ‘hate crime legislation … would one day be used to persecute Christians’…‘I knew 10 years ago, when hate crime legislation was being pushed, that it would one day be used to persecute Christians, and that is coming about – U.S. Commission on Civil Rights talks about this hate group, evangelical Christians.’”

Don’t miss the fact that the majority of America’s law-givers identify evangelical Christians as a hate group. That’s because evangelicals teach Biblical truths of sin and righteousness, and Christ promised, that, “If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you” (John 15:20). However, the cost of that is too great for many, and in self-preservation have exchanged the truth for a lie, and have grown cool toward Christ in order to remain in good standing with the intolerant culture.

“In a commentary he wrote on the hate crime law, Gohmert gives an example where someone who shoots a homosexual after hearing a religious leader preach “that homosexuality is wrong and leads to the ultimate destruction of moral society,” it could be argued that “the teaching of the minister/rabbi/imam is what ‘induced’” the shooter to commit the crime.”

While homosexuality in fact destroys moral society, it destroys human reproduction, and it’s approved by much of the church! But it’s Satan’s plan to destroy mankind made in the image of God and to also destroy the true Church. The days of Lot are upon us and many church leaders falsely make the LGBTQ community feel as though they are part of the body of Christ.

And to accommodate the ungodly culture many progressive Christian leaders have created false bridges of unity between Muslims and Christians; Orthodox Jews and Christians, and practicing homosexuals and Christians. But Christ has already built the bridge at the cross and it cannot be improved upon. Christians creating any other bridges notably fear persecution if they were to otherwise stand in solidarity with the unchangeable truths of God’s Word.

Have you noted over the last two decades the number of denominational churches that split over homosexuality? They’re numerous. While “the falling away” (2 Thess. 2:3) has truly begun, with the greater and sudden portion thereof yet to come in the tribulation, many compromised leaders not only approve of homosexuality, but appoint practicing LGBTQ people to the pulpit and other Church offices. But we who believe and honor Christ remember His prophetic Words, saying, “See, I have told you beforehand” (Matt. 24:25).

Rapidly, now, the true Christian is becoming increasingly unacceptable not only in American culture, but the greater global culture. In fact, speaking of our end-time days, Jesus warned that “you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake” (Matt. 24:9). That’s occurring even now.

Now, we must strengthen ourselves in Christ by bringing our will under God’s authority. Eternal life will be ours “if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which was preached to every creature under heaven” (Col.1:23); and by “building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keeping yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life” (Jude 20–22). In this, don’t miss our obligation to bring our will subject to God.

The choice is ours. Just as God created Adam and Eve with a free will, so He created us; and with it the ability to reason together with the gospel of God in Christ, to believe Christ whom God raised from the dead for the eternal life of all who would by faith believe in Him, but “he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him” (John 3:36).

Salvation that costs one nothing is the seedbed of mediocrity at best, and contempt at worst. The cross was costly to Christ, and salvation is costly to all His would-be followers. Jesus said “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, [being one’s will] and take up his cross daily, and follow Me” (Luke 9:23). Even King David desiring to sacrifice to the Lord God “said to Araunah, ‘No, I will surely buy it from you for a price; nor will I offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God with that which costs me nothing” (2 Sam. 24:24).

“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart – these, O God, You will not despise” (Psa. 51:17). More often than not, however, affliction and/or tribulation is required to break human pride and create a contrite heart. And “the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?” (1 Peter 4:17).

Because God wants us to be prepared for coming persecutions and tribulation, He reminds us to “not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy” (1 Peter 4:12–13).

Know that “The Lord tests the righteous” (Psa. 11:5); and “The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the hearts” (Prov. 17:3); and “that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold which perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:7).

Be encouraged to exercise your free will toward Christ in true faith to endure to the end. God did not create us with a preset robotic response to His invitation, but desires our worship and faith from our free will brought under the Headship of Christ. That truth will release in us an authentic Holy Spirit-endowed power and praise to worship God no matter the costly price of being His disciple. So, be strong and rejoice in the Lord God and worship Him in spirit and in truth!

Marlin J. Yoder

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“at the time of harvest”

Friday, August 3, 2018

If you’re one of many conflicted by what the Bible says vs Church tradition, I pray that God’s grace and wisdom frees you from that awful condition. If you ask, God can and will help you.

When a qualified teacher teaches any discipline, he teaches all details of it, especially the most difficult, that his subjects not fail in it. Likewise, when a qualified teacher teaches the times of the end, he does so according to the testimony of Jesus. Otherwise, in reality, “when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles” (Matt. 13:21).

The more one reads the Bible with a sincere heart to know Jesus’ truths, the more one realizes the measures the Church has taken to protect the pre-tribulation rapture lie. By silently ignoring the testimony of Jesus, the traditions-honoring Church makes of no effect Jesus’ revealed truths for the tribulation and gathering of saints; for which one may not object, lest he suffer exclusion.

In the parable of the wheat and tares, the wheat being the Lord’s redeemed and the tares the wicked and unbelieving, Jesus said “Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, ‘First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn’” (Matt. 13:30).

When Jesus said “Let both grow together until the harvest”, He establishes the fact that in this age there is only one gathering of all people, unbelievers and believers alike, which occurs “at the time of harvest”. At that time the wicked and righteous are gathered, in that order, at the Jewish Fall Festival of Yom Kippur, at the Last Trumpet of Rosh Hashanah.

Jesus goes on to explain this end-time parable: “The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one…the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels. Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age. The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend…and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” (Matt. 13:38–43).

Anyone not brainwashed by the pre-trib rapture will immediately notice the gathering order. Jesus said the tares are gathered first, then the wheat. But pre-trib rapture teachers say just the opposite; that the wheat is gathered first, and then the tares. This is also how they destroy Jesus’ Matt. 24:29–31 truths where Jesus said He gathers His elect “Immediately after the tribulation”, but false teachers say He gathers His elect immediately before the tribulation.

We must discern the consequential enormity of Satan’s pre-trib rapture deception; a deception that is the greatest threat to the end-time Church; a deception based on conjecture, assumption and wishful thinking; a deception for which there is not one verse of Scripture; a deception that will create great offense and hatred in fulfillment of Jesus’ warning of the tribulation wherein “many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another” (Matt. 24:10).

False teachers say that Jesus was not talking to the would-be Church when He taught end-time events and the gathering of His elect saints, so, we can ignore those teachings. Lies persuade the non-Spirit led and the non-discerning. But he is a deceiver, who, teaches half-truths by silencing Christ’s post-tribulation resurrection rapture of saints “at the last day” (John 6:40).

It’s foolish to believe only some of Jesus’ teachings but not all of what He taught. I pray you discern this because it’s of the highest priority. Satan has sown the pre-trib rapture lie into the Church to make saints unprepared to “endure to the end” (Matt. 24:13); “at the last day” (John 6:40), “at the last trumpet” (1 Cor. 15:51–52), at “the first resurrection” (Rev. 20:4–6), when “the Lord Himself will descend from heaven” (1 Thess. 4:16), because “He must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything” (Acts 3:21 NIV), at the Last Trumpet.

What, then, must be our response to these things but to “Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of this world, and not according to Christ” (Col. 2:8). Jesus and His teachings are the answer to every issue of truth, for Jesus is “the truth” (John 14:6). Additionally, “Let the word of Christ [not men or their traditions] dwell in you richly in all wisdom” (Col. 3:16).

What the Church needs today are qualified and bold men like Christ’s apostles, and John the revelator who was exiled on the island of Patmos “for the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Rev. 1:9). The Church doesn’t need men who are afraid, compromised, or honoring traditions rather than defending the testimony of Jesus Christ, because, “from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force” (Matt. 11:12).

Don’t mistake “the violent take it by force” as meaning physical violence as one forced against his will which was how the evil popes of Roman Catholicism made false converts. “the violent”, here, means to be gentle but powerfully qualified, full of the Holy Spirit and boldly assertive, to defend and honor God’s Word above the words and traditions of men. A true Christian leader is not traditions-minded, nor does he silence Jesus’ testimony, nor is he culture-accommodating.

Christ returns only once “at the time of harvest” when He will first gather the wicked and unbelieving, casting them out where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. After that He gathers His elect saints, confirming God’s Word that “A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you look, and see the reward of the wicked” (Psa. 91:7–8). The knowledge and peace of God be upon you and sustain you to the end as you walk by faith in the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Marlin J. Yoder

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“and prevailing against them”

Friday, July 27, 2018

God said “By the mouth of two or three witnesses the matter shall be established” (Deut. 19:15); and then repeated it for Christians, saying, “By the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established” (2 Cor. 13:1). Thus, regarding His truths the first witness is God Himself, followed by one or more of His prophets. But don’t confuse the many false, self-appointed prophets today with the true prophets of God who actually gave us the Word of the Lord.

The prophet Daniel said of the end-times, “I was watching; and the same horn [Antichrist] was making war against the saints, and prevailing against them” (Dan. 7:21). Then the prophet John also said, “It was granted to him [Antichrist] to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation” (Rev. 13:7).

Herein, God, His prophets Daniel and John all agree on the temporal authority of Satan’s man Antichrist prevailing against the saints. That’s not a comforting picture. But God desires a bride, who “has made herself ready” (Rev. 19:7) in word and deed. While the tribulation will do that, none of us looks forward to persecution, but we must prepare in the truth. None of us want to be overcome by Antichrist, yet we must abide in the truths of Jesus our Lord and Savior.

Even now the Christian faith is rapidly losing cultural ground; in fact, it’s increasingly being banned. And though many preachers and teachers have compromised the gospel to appease the culture, the world is against the true Christian, and the spirit of Antichrist is in full destruction mode against the saints, and ultimately “unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s [saint’s] sake those days will be shortened” (Matt. 24:22).

And in the midst of saints losing cultural ground, the compromised church is now entertained with Hollywood-style lights, smokescreens and showmanship that neglects truths of promised tribulation and persecution, exchanging God’s end-time truths to glorify man. Note this highly relevant article: http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=2413

Another of Satan’s end-time tools is mass illegal immigration enforced by globalists. They create irreconcilable multiculturalism. Christianity and Islam are not compatible. Radical Muslims are committed to the slaughter of Christians. Hatred, violence, protests and murder punctuate open borders. It’s tearing countries apart. Citizens are losing their national security, culture, identity and productivity. U.S. President Donald Trump is trying to reverse illegal immigration and the results are viciously dividing our nation. But much, much worse is on the near horizon.

No nation is immune to Antichrist’s New World Order. In fact God said “authority was given him [Antichrist] over every tribe, tongue, and nation” (Rev. 13:7). And that includes America. Persecution is coming and American Christians will not escape it. At this point Christians are only tolerated, but the day is fast approaching when we will be openly marked for death.

God said of the end: “Many shall be purified, made white, and refined, but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand” (Dan. 12:10). The tribulation will do all of that. Who are the purified, white and refined but they who believe Christ. Who are the wise who understand but they who believe the testimony of our Lord Jesus.

God said of Christ, “though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered” (Heb. 5:8). How much more, then, is suffering required for our own obedience! But preparing for suffering and persecution is rarely taught; in fact, many Christians, due to false teachers, flatly reject the prospect of such things, but therein reject patient endurance.

With that in mind “count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience” (James 1:3). End-time persecution will indeed test the lukewarm church. The difficult path of faith to eternal life will prove or disprove one’s faith.

Remember: from the beginning of Jesus ministry He said the gate of true faith is narrow and its path difficult, “and there are few who find it” (Matt. 7:13–14). But many false prophets, teachers and preachers have made that gate appear wide and its path easy. And quite naturally, if one sets before the people an easy path, they’ll take it. But as for tribulation, persecution, being overcome by Antichrist? False teachers say, “Fear not, you’ll be raptured before those end-time events even begin.” But don’t you believe their lying words! Be bold in the testimony of Jesus Christ!

In this, silence is not golden! True Christians teach and defend the Word of the Lord Jesus to prepare all who have an ear to hear. True Christians who love Christ do not allow doctrines and traditions of men from proclaiming God’s end-time truths. God commanded that “We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29). People who truly love the Lord Jesus love His truths, hold fast to them, teach and preach them, and prepare people to endure steadfastly to the end.

Jesus Christ taught that He gathers His elect saints “Immediately after the [7-year] tribulation” (Matt. 24:29–31); at “the first resurrection” (Rev. 20:4–6); “at the last day” (John 6:40, 44, 54); “at the last trumpet” (1 Cor. 15:51–52); when “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 will rise first” (1 Thess.4:16); because “He must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets” (Acts 3:21 NIV).

End-time persecution of Christians has begun in earnest. In America, true Christians are now discriminated against, excluded from employment, and are being sued just because they hold to Christian values, left to suffer devastating legal fees. Transhuman and transgender issues have taken center-stage while Biblical values are publically mocked. Satan’s grand finale end-time persecution of saints unto their destruction is now ramping up. Have you prepared?

Let’s abide in the truth. God said that Antichrist wages war against the saints and prevails during the last 3 1/2 years of great tribulation. Let’s prepare now for that reality. There is an escape, but it’s not the rapture. “Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass” (Luke 21:36). Here’s the mid-tribulation escape: “Then the woman [the true Church] 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, 14).

Marlin J. Yoder

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“for lack of knowledge”

Friday, July 20, 2018

Jesus said, “For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men…making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do” (Mark 7:8, 13). Thus, man’s traditions oppose the knowledge of God.

It’s natural to grow up believing what we are told to believe. It’s quietly assumed that we can believe our pastor, doctor, teacher, professor, the police, the FDA, the FBI and our government. While that may instill respect for earthly authority, it overlooks the authorities’ self-interest to maintain their religious, educational and societal status quo, be they right or wrong.

The status quo is tradition from which it’s difficult to break free, it’s like a self-made prison. Consider the Pharisee’s of Jesus’ day. Repeatedly they were ready to kill Christ because He excoriated their traditions. But rather than repent they hardened their hearts even more.

Today, the discerning see layers of religious, educational and civil deceptions being exposed. And authorities who once held those powers of leading the masses as they willed, now labor to maintain their traditional status quo…be it increasingly fruitless under the New World Order.

Lesser authorities are being assimilated to stronger authorities, and those stronger authorities are being assimilated to even greater authorities. Do you see where this is going? All authorities are being assimilated under one authority, the coming Antichrist. Thus, nationalism infuriates the authorities of the Deep State who desire globalism ruled by the New World Oder.

Pope Francis, fulfilling the first Seal, Rev. 6:1–2, has assimilated many Christians, Jews and Muslims, as though we all serve the same God. But we do not: Judaism and Islam vehemently reject Christ as Messiah! As a result true Christians are increasingly isolated and will ultimately be singled out for total destruction by the, now present, satanic New World Order.

The time has come when what tradition taught us to believe about the end-times must necessarily be challenged because largely, religious, educational, medical, governmental and civil authorities in this world no longer operate in our best interest, but in the interests of the New World Order.

Note civil examples: just because a label says “FDA Approved” does not mean it’s actually safe for human consumption. Much of our grains are genetically modified and our meats are infused with hormones that make our bodies sick with gastrointestinal problems, acid reflux, high blood pressure, diabetes and more. Then, sick, we go to the doctor who will prescribe medications that only put a band-aid on the illness. It’s a vicious cycle, the food industry makes us sick, and the pharmaceutical companies keep us dependent. Believe it or not, this too is end-times related!

Then there’s the highly popular fallacy that America’s founders were Christians, when in fact, many of them were high ranking Freemasons, members of an occult-based secret society. Take it from one of their own: Manly P. Hall, (1901–1990), a renowned 33rd Degree Freemason, said in his book “The Secret Teachings for All Ages” – “Not only were many of the founders of the United States Government Masons, but they received aid from a secret and august body existing in Europe, which helped them establish this country for a peculiar and particular purpose known only to the initiated few. The Great Seal is the signature of this exalted body – unseen and for the most part unknown – and the unfinished pyramid upon its reverse side is a trestleboard setting forth symbolically the task to the accomplishment of which the United States Government was dedicated from the day of its inception”. And that “task” is steeped in ancient occult mandates.

Additionally, many U.S. presidents were 32nd and 33rd Degree Freemasons. The end-times are now exposing the corruption of elected officials: Republican, Democrat, Independent, Socialist, makes no difference. We now know that Deep State politicians create wars, civil unrest, hatred and violence in their efforts to introduce and maintain the authority of the New World Oder.

Religious deceptions from the antichrist Vatican to the pre-trib rapture and other traditions in most churches reject the knowledge of God, and many are falling away from true faith in Christ Jesus as a result. Many, now believing Preterism, are tired of hearing about the end-times. Forty years ago they thrilled over the “Left Behind” lie, but now say, “So what, it’s time to move on!”

God said “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hos. 4:6). That truth wasn’t just intended for Old Testament Israel, but also for the New Testament “Israel of God” (Gal. 6:16).

Until the post-tribulation rapture, we who believe Christ must be about the Father’s business, telling the truth about Jesus and His redemptive work at Calvary and of His soon return. And in that process we must not fail to share the truth that Jesus gathers His elect “Immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 24:29–31), to prepare both new and mature Christians to endure to the end, a message the status quo Church of this late hour refuses to disclose to people hungry for truth.

Global violence will increase till Antichrist makes his “covenant with many” (Dan. 9:27), then for 3 1/2 years he brings a quasi-peace in all matters religious, economic, civil, military, health and wealth. But Jesus said to us, “See, I have told you beforehand” (Matt. 24:25). Are you and your loved ones prepared for that time? Do not be deceived by “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” (2 Thess. 2:9–10).

When tribulation “famines, pestilences, and earthquakes” (Matt. 24:7) strike; when “The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard…[and] transgression shall be heavy upon it” (Isa. 24:20) and the mark of the beast goes global, and the violence of Noah’s day visits everywhere, you will not be raptured off the earth but will remain right here to bear witness to the saving power of Christ!

In the midst of that chaos, however, Christ is our strength and our refuge, IF we have believed Christ and have prepared like the five wise virgins…then He will see us safely to the end.

Jesus said “He who endures to the end shall be saved” (Matt. 24:13). Have you in love believed and prepared in Jesus’ knowledge to do that? Will you believe the pre-trib rapture tradition that silences Jesus’ end-time truths as inapplicable to you, or will you believe Jesus Christ? It was God who said “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge”. Don’t you be one of them.

Marlin J. Yoder

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