Friday, October 28, 2016
End-time signs multiply as though all is normal. Wars and rumors of wars abound; political corruption, injustice and violence are now accepted norms; perversions are exalted and deceit flourishes. But honestly, the church largely fails to discern the traits of this final generation.
In the last decade biometrics’ transhumanism and implant chips are hotly pursued medically and militarily and will lead to genetically modified people, super-warriors and the mark of the beast, while the sexual immorality of the transgender gender-neutral agenda has exploded globally. Both are signs of Jesus’ warnings of, “the days of Noah” and “the days of Lot”, respectively.
Who would have envisioned a cerebral U.S. president that by executive order betrays one’s God-given gender by denying gender identity to honor sexually perverse men who identify as women to use women’s public restrooms, dressing rooms and school locker rooms? God forbid! But it’s now the new normal of tolerance. And it’s no longer even news-worthy. Is the church awake?
I often ask myself, what it will take to wake up the church to admit, “we were wrong about this pre-trib rapture business”? Because at present, the corrupt power of church tradition still works stubbornly as many pastors and teachers lord that tradition above the clear Word of the Lord.
The now-present days of Noah (Luke 17:26) (transhumanism), and modification of the human genome are being promoted by medical academics as necessary to enhance life quality. And the now-present days of Lot (Luke 17:28) (transgenderism), are touted as necessary to eradicate the social offense of gender identity to satisfy the immoral conduct of the LGBTQ community.
Jesus said the end would be accompanied by, “wars and rumors of wars” (Matt. 24:6), for which the 20th century is unsurpassed. Yet, present-day wars of this last generation are also considered normal, as it’s been normal for the last 100 years. And as for, “signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars” (Luke 21:25), astronomical academics explain these as normal scientific findings.
God said hail, fire and blood would be thrown to the earth, “and a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up” (Rev. 8:7). And that would be followed by, “something like a great mountain burning with fire [a meteor] was thrown into the sea, and a third of the sea became blood. And a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed” (Rev. 8:8–9). Again, astronomical scientists have already warned of these events.
President Obama knows about this but from a scientific perspective. Why else would he issue an Executive Order for the government to prepare people for wild space weather events? Note this headline from, “The White House – Office of the Press Secretary, October 13, 2016, Executive Order – Coordinating Efforts to Prepare the Nation for Space Weather Events”.
USA Today, writes, “And if the weather is extreme enough, Obama said, it “has the potential to simultaneously affect and disrupt health and safety across entire continents.” Solar winds could disable the electrical power grid, resulting in “cascading failures” that would affect almost every area of modern life — including basic health and safety issues like the water supply.”
What does it say of church leadership when government officials and secular media report on scientific truths God’s Word foretells for the end-times, but the church remains utterly silent? Is it any wonder that Jesus said when the tribulation is revealed, “then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another” (Matt. 24:10)? Ignorance will lead that offense.
Numerous end-time signs don’t even make honorable mention in most churches because those deceived refuse to hear the warnings God gave and what we must do to prepare. They love their pre-trib rapture lie. A lack of love for Christ is evidenced by refusing the investment of the Acts 17:11 Berean heart required to discover end-time truths, preferring to be told what to believe.
But God’s Word is true, that, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hos. 4:6). And lack of end-time knowledge will destroy many because most pastors, for the love of their church tradition, refuse to teach end-time truths that God in Christ so clearly laid out for our benefit.
While we face imminent threats from wild space weather events, we concurrently face imminent dangers of a nuclear WW3. Grievous tensions between the U.S. and Russia regarding the Syrian conflict will likely ignite WW3. And in the near future, “Behold, Damascus [Syria] will cease from being a city, and it will be a ruinous heap” (Isa. 17:1). Damascus’ destruction is near.
According to military.com, on 10/05/2016, U. S. Army General Mark A. Milley Chief of Staff, said, “The strategic resolve of our nation, the United States, is being challenged and our alliances tested in ways that we haven’t faced for many, many decades.” These challenges exist, however, because the U.S. has, with arrogant pride, played world-cop in the Syrian and Ukraine conflicts.
From its very inception, and on the guise of godly freedom, America has moved against peoples or nations who obstructed its own proud enrichment. Thus, America was conceived in war, then warred it way westward, then slaughtered its own in a civil war, and has since, by war, asserted itself as world-cop. And in its blood-lust yet proudly murders tens of millions of its own unborn infants! But know this, “whatever a man [or nation] sows, that he will also reap” (Gal. 6:7).
The 10/22/2016 Sputnik International headline says, “Washington Apparently Seeks to ‘Fully Destroy’ US – Russia Relations.” And on 10/23/2016 the Daily Media Info states, “Vladimir Putin tells the US ‘If you want a war, you will get one – EVERYWHERE’”. War is coming!
On 10/23/2016 Zero Hedge asks, “Did The White House Just Declare War On Russia?” regarding a question NBC’s Chuck Todd asked V.P. Joe Biden on “Meet The Press”. Russia responded, saying, “The fact is, US unpredictability and aggression keep growing, and such threats against Moscow and our country’s leadership are unprecedented, because the threat is being announced at the level of the US Vice President. Of course, given such an aggressive, unpredictable line, we have to take measures to protect our interests, somehow hedge the risks.”
From Yahoo!, 10/24/2016, “Russians Conduct Nuclear-Bomb Survival Drills as Cold War Heats Up – The country recently held its biggest civil defense drills since the collapse of the U.S.S.R., with what officials said were 40 million people rehearsing a response to chemical and nuclear threats.” Russia has prepared for a nuclear war, with, not just the U.S., but also with NATO.
From, “Top Right News”, 09/01/2016, “During an interview with Bloomberg News, Democrat mega-donor George Soros openly admits that GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump will win the popular vote in a “landslide,” but says a President Hillary Clinton is already a “done deal”, because, “the Electoral College vote will go for Clinton.” Based on billionaire Soros’ comments, it appears Electoral College voters have already been bribed to produce a Clinton presidency.
Outrage is growing at the possibility of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton stealing the election from Donald Trump, without regard for the will of the majority. Couple that with the fact that UN military forces, vehicles and equipment are already positioned on American soil, and, “We the people” have justifiable cause for sincere concern.
Now this promise from God for the end-times. “When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, ‘Come and see’. Another horse, fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another, and there was given to him a great sword” (Rev. 6:3–4). This is fomenting daily.
National and civil peace will soon be a distant memory. But of course, this is why Antichrist, “the son of perdition” (2 Thess. 2:3) will ascend the world stage with a seven-year covenant of quasi peace signed specifically with Israel, allowing religious Jews who do not believe in Jesus Christ to build their third Temple and return to their Old Testament law of animal sacrifices.
But God said, “as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them’” (Gal. 3:10). Therefore, because no man but Jesus could keep the law, God declared, “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us” (Gal. 3:13).
Current events correspond to the Bible for the end-times. Peace is being taken from the earth according to the second seal of Rev. 6:3–4. Wars of widespread death under the fourth seal of Rev. 6:7–8 are now fomenting. End-time signs occur right under our nose as though they’re normal, but they’re not. I call it the tribulation-creep, but many Christians are in total denial.
In fact, “scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, [contextually, lusts of unbelief] 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’” (2 Peter: 3:3–4). This warning should be an alarm to all who believe the pre-trib rapture lie, but are they listening?
God didn’t say that to unbelievers, but to the church. So, who in the church will say, “all things continue as they were from the beginning”? It will not be those who believe the Matt. 24:29–31 testimony of Jesus, but those who believe the pre-trib rapture lie! As difficult tribulation events escalate, pre-trib rapture believers will increasingly say, “Where is the promise of His coming?” God help the organized church to believe!
Marlin J. Yoder