Friday, June 3, 2016
For about the last decade I’ve been amazed at the spiritual indifference and lack of discernment of the end-times by many in the church. Other Christian authors and bloggers I read who believe Christ are also deeply concerned for this lukewarm spirit, lack of knowledge and discernment. But that indifference, amplified by biblical illiteracy (unbelief), is also a sign of the end-times.
Among others, God has given us three inarguably prominent signs of the end-times. First, Jesus’ Matt. 24:32–35 parable of the fig tree which fulfills the Ezekiel 37 prophesy of Jews returning to Israel which began in May 1948 and that, “this generation [meaning the generation that sees this] will by no means pass away”, until the Lord’s return. And secondly, Jesus’ promise that, “as it was in the days of Noah” (Luke 17:26), which is today’s transhumanism. (See my last post).
And thirdly, but not least, is Jesus’ warning that, “as it was also in the days of Lot…so it will be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed” (Luke 17:28–30). The world calls it transgendered; “noting or relating to a person whose gender identity does not correspond to that person’s biological sex assigned at birth” (Dictionary.com). This is apostate madness!
But it describes our day as the spirit of Antichrist destructively overwhelms the world. That’s how it was in the days of Abraham’s nephew, Lot, who lived in the lush well-watered plains of Sodom and Gomorrah. No doubt those cities had leadership akin to that of U.S. President Barack Obama who has issued executive orders making all public restrooms gender-free. God forbid!
The lunacy of transgenderism and its effect on society transcends all moral decency of common sense minded people. God assigns one’s gender at birth, but transgenderism sweeping America and the world departs entirely from God’s command of pro-creation for man. In truth, the LGB and transgender issue is Satan’s proud and godless rejection of the Creator God.
Think about the ramifications: it’s an overt existential threat to humanity. But Satan loves the destruction of mankind made in the image of God. If Satan can deceive men to think they are women and women to think they are men, just one such generation will wipe out humanity. Same-sex marriage does the same, but is now protected and glorified from coast to coast.
This is how it was in Lot’s day: men lusted after men. Even Lot’s own sons-in-law didn’t consummate their marriage with Lot’s daughters. This is why when the evil men of the city demanded Lot release the two men (angels) so they could have sex with them, Lot said, “Please, my brethren, do not do so wickedly! See now, I have two daughters who have not known a man; please, let me bring them out to you, and you may do to them as you wish; only do nothing to these men” (Gen. 19:7–8). Lot knew that the men of the city wouldn’t touch his daughters!
The next day the angels took Lot, his wife and two daughters and led them out of the city, saying, “Escape for your life! Do not look behind you nor stay anywhere in the plain. Escape to the mountains lest you be destroyed” (Gen. 19:17). “Then the Lord rained brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah, from the Lord out of the heavens” (Gen. 19:24).
Now we live in the days of Lot. It will again end with fire and brimstone, see 2 Peter 3:10–13.
The seal and trumpet judgments are coming. God will again bring destruction from the heavens upon this ungodly world while keeping His own who discerningly know and believe His Word! He did it for Noah, and for Lot, and for Joshua and Caleb, and for Israel when they crossed into Canaan. God has been longsuffering, but He is about to end this present age with fire.
We’ve all witnessed the godless perversions and lawlessness here in America by presidential executive orders. We’ve seen the proud wiping out of God-ordained male and female gender identities. And through the corrupt United Nations that effort now goes global.
The days of Lot burgeoned with homosexuals and transgendered people. And already much of the church has bowed to cultural demands to embrace these perversions. Note this headline from The Blaze, “Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced a bill that would criminalize anti-transgender speech, with violators receiving up to two years in prison.”
Quoted by (21stcenturywire.com) author and academic, Camille Paglia, said, “Transgender Mania is a Symptom of Cultural Collapse”. She laments, “Suddenly, all things transgender are elevated to prominence. [But] Sex reassignment surgery, even today with all its advances, cannot in fact change anyone’s sex. Ultimately, every single cell in the human body, the DNA in the cell, remains coded for your biological birth.”
But that DNA coding of one’s biological birth will be changed to likely become the mark of the beast which will seal the eternal damnation of anyone accepting it. It’s time the church wakes up to what’s happening. Transhumanism and transgenderism are uniquely characteristic of end-time signs as foretold by Christ as being like the days of Noah and Lot. And the world has arrived.
God has forewarned the church of transhumanism and transgenderism as being like the days of Noah and Lot, respectively, but the church at the hands of false teachers largely disbelieves “the testimony of Jesus Christ” for the times of the end. Consequently many will fall away from the Christian faith when they, with great offense (Matt. 24:10), see these things come to pass.
In this final generation we will see beings and beasts of Noah’s day; things promised by God unique to the days of Noah and Lot and no one will not escape by a dreamy pre-trib rapture no matter how many seminary-educated preachers and theologians tell you otherwise, who have created an end-time pre-trib-rapture-god of their own unbelieving imagination.
Tell me, was God kidding when He said the times of the end would be like the days of Noah and Lot? Is a true Christian not compelled to biblically examine those days? Can a true Christian not read Jesus’ Matt. 24:32–35 parable of the fig tree as identifying our generation? There is little to no end-time urgency in the church because leadership has bought Satan’s pre-trib rapture lie!
Note this June 1, 2016 headline from (timesofisrael.com), “Support for same-sex unions in Israel soars – Survey by advocacy group says 76% of Israelis support gay marriage or civil unions, up 12% since last year”. Can you believe it – this from Israel! But the perversion of homosexuality and transgenderism is spreading globally – and spreading very rapidly. True Christians are now being verbally and economically scourged and threatened for holding true to God’s Word.
In the U.S. Christians are now being fired from public positions: police officers, sheriffs, fire departments, educators, and state judges, for rejecting transgendered bathrooms. And it’s going to get much worse. We’ve just seen the tip of this apostate metaphoric iceberg. God warned that saints will be targets of Antichrist and that not finding God’s provision for the last 3 1/2 years, they will, in fact, be overcome by Antichrist forces, see Dan. 7:21 and Rev. 13:7.
Apostasy in the church is rampant. And it’s that way because many leaders refuse to honor Christ and His Word that would otherwise bring swift rebuke and expulsion from the church, patterned after Paul when he commanded concerning sexual immorality, “For what have I to do with judging those who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside? But those who are outside God judges. Therefore put away from yourselves the evil person” (1 Cor. 5:9–13).
For fear of man and cultural accommodation the church has progressively redefined love. True love for Christ responds to the sexually immoral who call themselves brothers in Christ just as demonstrated by Paul. But today many leaders, on the guise of love, which is actually hatred, allow perversions in the church and it spiritually corrupts many who observe.
If you believe, “the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Rev. 1:9), that the end-times mean a return to, “as the days of Noah were” (Matt. 24:37), and “as it was also in the days of Lot” (Luke 17:28), then you must expect and prepare for beings and creatures that existed in those days, when, “all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth” (Gen. 6:12). The Gen. 3:15 seed of Satan corrupted the flesh of both man and beast, creating beings of so-called myth and legend, but were real.
After the second seal of Rev. 6:3–4 when peace is taken from the earth and many people kill one another; and after the third seal of Rev. 6:5–6 when the world suffers intense famine; then comes the fourth seal of Rev. 6:7–8 when a fourth of mankind is killed, “with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth”. Are you prepared to provide for and protect your family?
If we confess Christ as Lord and Savior we must prepare for this, including those, “beasts of the earth”. They will be the same as those of Noah’s day when fallen, “angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their former abode” (Jude 1:6), sexually corrupted humans and animals. American Christians are without excuse of knowing God’s Word and to prepare for these coming difficulties. But the problem is that most Christians simply do not believe this applies to them.
But their unbelief will haunt them when end-time events foretold by Jesus and His Holy Spirit unfold right before their eyes. Many will be deeply offended to the point of falling away from the Christian faith, just as Christ also foretold, for, “the love of many will grow cold” (Matt. 24:12).
I implore you to believe Christ and His Spirit who said that Christ must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything, Acts 3:21. And as you know, Jesus leaves heaven for the rapture according to 1 Thess. 4:16, but until then He must remain in heaven. But at, “the first resurrection” (Rev. 20:4–6), “at the last day” (John 6:40, 44, 54), “Immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 24:29–31), Christ then descends from heaven to gather His elect.
Marlin J. Yoder