True Repentance is Required

Friday, December 14, 2018

The best friend we could ever have is the Son of God, Jesus Christ. He is the hero of every true Christian – no one else. No one! Because eternal life has been made available only through Him, only His testimony and that of His Spirit is worthy of safeguarded praise, honor and exaltation. We dare not add to or subtract from His Word, for God has warned: “For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book” (Rev. 22:18–19).

Being a friend of God begins with: “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, [affirming the post-trib rapture] which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began” (Acts 3:19–21). Repentance and turning from our own will to believe and trust Christ is the prerequisite to being a friend of God, otherwise, “he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him” (John 3:36).

We should hear much about repentance, not just from our own spirit, but especially where we attend church. It should be preached often. Though repentance goes against the natural will of every man, woman and child, it is the prerequisite of Christ being our friend. If we are faithful in this, then we will be His fit ambassadors to safeguard His testimony and to emulate Him in our lives to the very best of our ability through the strength and indwelling power of the Holy Spirit.

Putting to death our self-will (and yes, we all have one regardless of what Calvinism teaches) is vital to eternal life. And our example in this comes from Christ Himself, who “in all things He had to be made like His brethren” (Heb. 3:17). Jesus prayed, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” (Luke 22:42). Don’t miss the Savior’s Words, “not My will, but yours, be done”. That must also be the practice of our own hearts to say, “not my will, but yours, Lord”, which requires the yielding of our will.

In our flesh we often fail for “The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matt. 26:41) therefore on our behalf repentance is often required. But unlike mankind, Christ never sinned, so repentance was not required of Him, but submitting His will to God was “that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted” (Heb. 3:17–18). One of our greatest temptations is to disbelieve what God said.

To demonstrate this truth consider Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness. At every point of Satan’s attack Jesus responded with “It is written” (Matt. 4:4; 4:7 and 4:10). And at one point Satan even quoted God’s Word “It is written” (Matt. 4:6) back to Jesus to catch Him off guard. But Satan’s tactics haven’t changed, he uses God’s Word but in a twisted and perverse way. This is why it’s imperative that we know the contextual Word of God for ourselves. We must never simply rely on what we hear from the pulpit, because if we do, we set ourselves up to be deceived, because the pulpit is more often than not governed by doctrines and traditions of men.

Christ submitted His will to God that God’s will be done. Jesus said “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent me” (John 6:38). And again, “I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me” (John 5:30). Keeping in mind that “in all things He had to be made like His brethren”, confirms that if Christ had a will that needed to be submitted, so too, we have a will that must be submitted to Him.

Consider: after Christ’s crucifixion and ascension, the first century churches became so corrupt with deceptions, doctrines and traditions of men that Christ sent strong letters of rebuke to those churches, see Revelation chapters 2 and 3. With the spiritual condition of those churches having fallen apart to that degree in the first century, how much worse have deceptions, doctrines and traditions of men become two thousand years later!

Many Christian men have relinquished their familial God-ordained headship to their wives. And they take their lead from many Church leaders and pastors who relinquished their God-ordained offices of headship to women for the governance of the Church. There’s little to no fear of God’s Word as men have raised their own will above God’s by ascending women to offices of authority and teaching reserved for men, see 1 Tim. 2:12–14. The same is true of Christ’s teachings of the end-times – men, by their own will, have created the wholly non-existent pre-trib rapture which has deceived many, but it pleases the people while many have grown very wealthy by their best-selling books that utterly contradict the testimony of Christ. And sadly, the voices of those who truly care about preserving God’s Word and will are very few.

But Jesus’ conditional warning is this, “You are My friends if you do whatever I command you” (John 15:14). Well, the truth of the matter is that Jesus commanded male governance of His Church by His Spirit through the apostles; and He also said of the end-times, “See, I have told you beforehand” (Matt. 24:25), but both are resolutely ignored by many professing Christian leaders, pastors and teachers. In many cases repentance from unbelief has not been dealt with.

“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). Since this is true, why is so much of God’s Word selectively and intentionally ignored and kept from the people? Answer: to protect the traditions of men “making the word of God of no effect” (Mark 7:13). However, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap” (Gal. 6:7).

Today, God’s love and grace is over-preached, while the consequences for disobedience and unbelief of His commands are greatly under-preached. Political correctness from the pulpit is causing the shipwreck of faith for many. And the false unity of religions is now spreading like wildfire, specifically the false unity of Christianity with Islam and Judaism. There is no unity between those three religions. Jesus Christ is the ONLY way to salvation and God the Father. And if you encounter anyone teaching otherwise, have nothing to do with them. We must safeguard the testimony, authority and worship of Jesus Christ now and always.

Marlin J. Yoder

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“Lord, teach us to pray”

Friday, December 7, 2018

“So He said to them, ‘When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name, Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one’” (Luke 11:1–4). The Lords’ Prayer cannot be improved upon, though many fruitlessly try. And especially in today’s end-times, even church leadership looks elsewhere for guided prayer, which often comes from within their own ranks.

To demonstrate this end-time truth, several years ago an evangelical minister, Mark Batterson, wrote a book on prayer called “The Circle Maker” which took the Church by storm. The book was an instant best-seller, and Batterson received praise and evangelical acclaim akin to a rock star. But entirely contrary to biblical Christian reasoning, the prayer Christ taught didn’t even make honorable mention in his book! Instead, Batterson’s hero is an unbiblical first century BC Jewish sage named Honi who customarily drew a circle in the sand, then stood in that circle until God allegedly answered his prayer. Of course, nothing in God’s Word even suggests such an approach to prayer, nor to the making of big “audacious” prayers as Batterson instructs.

In what is today biblically certifiable proof of the end of this age with the transhuman days of Noah (Matt. 24:37), the transgender days of Lot (Luke 17:28), and those who destroy the earth (Rev. 11:18) – all humanity but especially Christians are now targeted for destruction by Satan’s agents and spirit of Antichrist. Mankind is being systematically destroyed in numerous ways, of which the worst is yet to come via wars, disease, pestilence, drought, famine and fire from God above, which is all biblically foretold. Therefore, now is the time for effectual fervent prayer.

Many authors have learned that they can write a best-seller book by ignoring the testimony of Christ and replacing it with ear-tickling story lines and doctrines that turn people’s “ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables” (2 Tim. 4:3–4). It’s very common for best-seller Christian books to exclude the testimony of Jesus Christ and replace it with humanistic ideas pleasing to the flesh. But only the spiritually foolish pursue and laud books that diminish the testimony of Jesus. God help the Church, for it is now being sifted for purity and holiness.

Effective prayer is vital to the Christian’s life, and should be modeled after the testimony of Jesus. In fact, if we love God who has given us conversion new birth faith by His Spirit, is it not only natural to exalt in the prayer modeled by His Son Jesus Christ? Of course! But Jesus and His testimony wasn’t popular in His day, nor is He or it today. But for we who would endure to the end to see our Lord and Savior face to face, the testimony of Jesus is utterly vital, but only a few will enter that unpopular narrow gate and difficult path as Jesus foretold, (Matt. 7:13–14).

Maybe you’ve not had this thought before, but Jesus’ model prayer includes an imprecatory portion, meaning decreed judgement. The Scriptures, and especially the Psalms, contain many imprecatory prayers as exampled by (Psa. 5:10; 69:22–28; 139:19–22), just three of many, and Jesus’ model prayer is likewise a vision-casting prayer of judgment of what will occur. And the saints who would endure to the end must be dressed in the love, righteousness and power of the Holy Spirit, walking in Christ’s example of prayer and knowledge of that which is to come.

What is to come? When Jesus taught us the model prayer, “Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”, He was vision-casting the end-time, an imprecatory matter. So should we. And for God’s kingdom to come and His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven, it requires the literal physical and spiritual destruction of every earthly nation, government and kingdom of mankind! See Dan. 2:34–35, 44–45 and Rev. 11:15–18. But the precursor to that overthrow is seven years of difficult tribulation for which most Christians are not prepared.

In days to come, one thing is certain: Christians will neither desire, nor even consider Mark Batterson’s exalted Honi the circle maker when the crush of the end-times is upon them. Many today who profess faith in Christ will wait until disastrous end-time events are upon them before actually turning to God’s Word to find out what went wrong with their prayer life and idolatry of false doctrines and traditions, if offense doesn’t first carry them away. Nor will people seek out William P. Young’s book, “The Shack”, though being an abomination was, again, a best-seller taking the Church by storm as Young portrayed God and the Holy Spirit in the female gender, and Christ the Son as being unnecessary for salvation! God forbid!

Of urgency, Christians must fervently pray for God’s knowledge and truth. An 11/29/2018 Breaking Israel News headline says “Sanhedrin Invites 70 Nations to Hanukkah Dedication of Altar for the Third Temple”. Orthodox Jews believe their messiah [the Antichrist] is about to be revealed and will allow the building of their third Temple. And they’re right! But Orthodox Jews hate Jesus Christ and thus have no spiritual connection to salvation. But the spirit(s) within them agrees with the spirit of Antichrist knowing that his time has come, and thus they’ll receive their false messiah, the one who “shall confirm a covenant with many” (Dan. 9:27) for seven years.

I urge every Christian to fervently pray in holiness and reverent fear of Jesus Christ who is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6), to desire being equipped in His testimony and not the pre-trib rapture traditions of men. Time is truly short! As nation’s rage, we are now close to the destruction and chaos of the seven-year tribulation and God the Father wants you to believe the testimony of Jesus Christ that you might be prepared. So let’s cry out, “Lord, teach us to pray”!

God said Christ “must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything” (Acts 3:21 NIV) which occurs “Immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 24:29–31); for only then “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); 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 kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever!” (Rev. 11:15). Please pray!

We hallow God’s name by believing what He said applies to us, not making His end-time truths applicable to others. And when we pray “Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”, we make our vision-casting imprecatory prayer as Jesus taught. Therefore “Blow the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in My holy mountain! [Even within our own hearts!] Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble; for the day of the Lord is coming, for it is at hand” (Joel 2:1).

Marlin J. Yoder

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“What is your reading of it?”

Friday, November 30, 2018

Jesus made it very clear that salvation faith is by entering the “narrow gate and difficult path” (Matt. 7:13–14). We do that by choice. But many, under the seduction of an easy belief in Jesus, but not necessarily believing Him (John 3:36), or just being morally good, or fortunate enough to be predestined, or doing the best one can, erroneously conclude that they have eternal life.

Many sincerely believe that if they attend or work in church or small group, they’ve done their duty and mentally check the “I’m saved” box. But they are sincerely wrong. They measure by feelings of churchy performance, happiness and acceptance in those venues as to whether or not their soul has confidence of eternal life. The measure used is quite deceptive and departs from the “first count the cost” (Luke 14:28) measure as clearly set forth by the Lord Jesus Christ.

I will not forget a man, a church worker I met over a meal. As is my custom, I try to work into such meetings God’s salvation by faith, to which he replied, “Yes, one of the greatest things I learned from my pastor was that it wasn’t my choice”. I was profoundly saddened for that man, for his confession revealed his captivity to the Calvinist predestined heresy. In his mind he had somehow made God’s predestined list without his will ever being involved. That’s impossible!

By the Calvinist’s own belief, he cannot be certain of his own salvation since he’s never seen God’s predestined list of the saved and doomed. It’s fatalistic! But here’s what God said: “For whom He foreknew, [with strong emphasis thereon] He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son” (Rom. 8:29). We must never separate God’s Word “predestined” from His “foreknowledge”! Just because God “foreknew” all things, even the sparrow that falls from a tree, does NOT mean that God willed, or “predestined” that sparrow or man to life or death!

In the Scriptures Jesus encountered a certain lawyer who was, like many today, looking to check a box of justifying himself as having eternal life, and asked, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” (Luke 19:25). Jesus said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?” And the lawyer answered Jesus, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself” (Luke 10:27). And Jesus said, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live”. But the lawyer “wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbor?’” (Luke 10:29).

You know the account. Jesus made it clear that everyone is our neighbor. And on the believer’s behalf his ability to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself”, requires a weighed, thoughtful and surrendered act of one’s own will. We were not created robotic, but were given our own will.

True salvation faith and love for God does not defend self-willed beliefs, nor defends traditions of men that make God’s Word “of no effect” (Mark 7:13). Love for God and fellowman does not sugar-coat hard truths that otherwise have power to convert the rebellious traditions-bound heart to actually believe what Jesus taught. It does not protect and soften the blow of a broken will by falling upon the Rock of Christ in humble self-denial, repentance and confession unto salvation. Similarly, love for a child does not protect it from correction for self-willed wrongs.

Jesus said: “Whoever falls on that stone [an act of ones will] will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder” (Luke 20:18). By one’s own choice he will either fall upon the Rock of Christ in humble repentance and brokenness to love God and neighbor as oneself, or that Rock will one day crush the deceived. Religious political correctness so prevalent today silences the difficult teachings of Christ that oppose the flesh and traditions of men, with the testimony of Jesus often being subverted to make true faith appear an easy event. But that is not love for God.

From Christ, our great commission as Christians, is to “make disciples of all nations…teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded” (Matt. 28:19–20). That’s not for the faint, but requires a greater love for God and His Word than people’s feelings. Leading people to faith in Christ and making disciples of them is our mandate, but to not then prepare people to endure the times of the end according to what Jesus taught, and their end is offense and hating one another just as Jesus Christ forewarned at (Matt. 24:10), of what good, then, was our discipleship!

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6)? If we truly believe that, we will accordingly teach His end-time message without regard for traditions. Yet ministers protect their dispensational pre-trib rapture tradition that opposes Jesus’ testimony. That’s not love for God or fellowman, but shows partiality and contempt for God and His Word, and for one’s neighbor.

Knowing and teaching the full counsel of God’s Word is vital to bearing fruit, not just now but in the seven-year tribulation to come. If one doesn’t know the testimony of Jesus for the time of the end, how can he or she be effective in helping to prepare others who need to also be prepared to endure the end? If we love God and our neighbor, we will equip ourselves and our neighbor in Jesus Christ’s truths relevant to the end-times, otherwise we become fruitless hypocrites.

One of the promises of God says, “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He [the Father] takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit” (John 15:2). Bearing fruit to the truths of Jesus for the time of the end is vital, and proves that we love God and neighbor. Non-disclosure, however, of the “narrow gate and difficult path” and the time of the end proves that one’s love is misplaced, even absent from God and our neighbor.

When mankind fell, God’s assessment of man was not “Total Depravity” as falsely claimed by Calvin-followers, for God said of fallen mankind, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil” (Gen. 3:22), which destroys Calvinism’s claim that man has no ability to choose between right and wrong, good and evil, God or Satan. Fallen mankind has a will, and by that will has the ability to positively accept, or negatively reject the gospel clearly revealed from Genesis to Revelation. Anyone who teaches otherwise is a false teacher. Period. And I encourage you in the love of Christ to completely disassociate yourself from the teachings of Calvinism.

I further encourage you to disassociate yourself from the dispensational pre-trib rapture lie from hell arrayed against you to make you unprepared from enduring to the end. Not a single verse of Scripture affirms the pre-tribulation rapture which is wholly based on assumption, conjecture and wishful thinking. You can correct that by believing the uncompromised testimony of Christ.

Marlin J. Yoder

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Transparency vs Secrecy

Friday, November 23, 2018

The Gen. 6:1–4 fallen angel, seed of Satan, of Noah’s day has returned at the time of the end as Jesus promised at Matt. 24:37, but its arrival was cloaked in the Dan. 12:4 20th century increase of knowledge and technological advances, with human DNA again coming under Satan’s attack.

Recently, in the early morning the Spirit woke me to meditate on the great gulf between God’s open revelation of Himself in Christ, His love, intentions, purposes, and His decreed time of the end of this present age, as compared to the deceptively stealth non-disclosure of Satan’s lies, his intentions and purposes to blind and deceive the Church and all humanity made in God’s image.

God’s proactive revelations of Himself in Christ are wide open to all in His creation of the world, the universe, in mankind, and in His Word. But Satan’s reactive revelations of himself are in top secrecy mode intent on destroying mankind, metaphorically, like the B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber designed by Northrop Grumman for the U.S. Air Force is built to destroy an enemy people.

“The B-2 Spirit’s Design Is An Optical Illusion – While the focus of the B-2 Spirit’s design is to fool radar, it also works to fool the human eye. The B-2 Spirit is indeed a flying optical illusion. Viewed from one angle, and the aircraft is a thin line—a ‘flying wing’, as the design is called. Viewed from a slightly different angle, and the whole thing becomes a bulbous flying torpedo. This makes the B-2 difficult to spot in the skies, and potentially difficult to identify.” Source: https://militarymachine.com/b-2-bomber-facts/

Satan’s deceptions are also an optical illusion – he also works to fool the human eye, spirit and mind. Viewed from one angle he’s “an angel of light” (2 Cor. 11:14), and viewed from another he’s “like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8), and from another “he is a liar and the father of it” (John 8:44), all requiring spiritual discernment known only through the born-again, Spirit-filled heart. But the non-born again human spirit will never discern these.

“Stealth aircraft rely on a lot of things: proper shape and profile, electronic countermeasures, the training of the pilots and crew.” (Same source) So too, Satan’s deception relies on trained agents in spiritual countermeasures of shape and profile so people won’t see them as, “ravenous wolves in sheep’s clothing” (Matt. 7:15) causing people to “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).

Truth and transparency are from God – secrecy and illusion are from Satan. And the arrival of Noah’s days has flown into our time right under the spiritual radar of discernment designed for the saints that we might be aware of the signs of the times. But many Christians, due to the false pre-trib rapture lie, are spiritually asleep to this while a few of us battle against spiritual forces that would keep the return of Noah’s days secretly veiled from believers. It’s a spiritual battle that few are willing to undertake because it means fighting against the traditions of men.

In the same context secret societies like the Illuminati, Freemasons, The Bilderberg Group, Bohemian Grove, Skull and Bones, Rosicrucians and The Knights Templar, are satanically oriented organizations operating under cover of stealth and illusion to deceive. And a true Christian will have absolutely no association with them except to “expose them” (Eph. 5:11) for the servants of the New World Order they are. By design secret societies aid the development of technologically corrupting human DNA to usher in the irreversible mark of the beast, becoming demigods to wage the ultimate war against the God of the Bible at Armageddon.

Today, many voluntarily submit their DNA samples to organizations like, Family Tree DNA, 23 and Me, Ancestry DNA and Genographic Project. Law enforcement now routinely uses DNA to solve otherwise unsolvable cases. Globally, we have been conditioned and are now acclimated to technological advancements that promise higher living standards, longevity of life, the eradication of illness, disease, and even the God-like possibility of immortality.

Six millennia ago Satan tried to erase humanity by corrupting human DNA that makes humans the unique fingerprint and image of God. That’s why God destroyed the world of that time with a flood. But largely undetected, Satan is again doing the same thing at the end of this present age as foretold by Jesus Christ, but the Church is not teaching Christians of these deceptions now ushering in biblical Revelation events that will lead to global wars and chaos under the seven-year rule of Antichrist, “the man of sin…the son of perdition” (2 Thess. 2:3).

Consider that God said of His saints: “But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We are not of the night, nor of darkness” (1 Thess. 5:4–5). Yet, many professing Christians walk in the darkness of ignorance, knowing little to nothing of the days of Noah now technologically developing against them. And God warned: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hos. 4:6).

Humanity has been being conditioned for many decades to not only accept but desire the very technological advancements that are leading to the mark of the beast. And its Satan’s ultimate goal to deceive “with all unrighteous deception…And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie” (2 Thess. 2:10–11). God’s open transparency saves if received by true faith wherein one prepares, but Satan’s illusive secrecy deceives and kills. Thus, knowing and believing God’s truth is paramount to faithfully enduring to the end, Matt. 24:13.

“And he [Antichrist’s false prophet] causeth all…to receive a mark” (Rev. 13:16 KJV). Strong’s Greek says this means “of one’s own accord to give one something, to his advantage…to bestow a gift…to grant, give to one asking, let have…to supply, furnish, necessary things”. The mark will not be seen as something terrible, who would want that? Quite the opposite, like our cell phones, for example, it will be offered on the guise of being needful and pleasant, even life-enhancing. Who wouldn’t want that! But inwardly, the “necessary thing…received” to one’s “advantage” will change one’s genetic code that created him or her in the image of God.

The changing of mankind’s genetic code is what caused God to “destroy man…from the face of the earth” (Gen. 6:7) in Noah’s flood. The same technological ability, however, to change man’s genetic code has returned today with the outpouring of the Dan. 12:4 knowledge. In fact, fallen angel knowledge of 6,000 years ago is now here via the increase of knowledge and technology.                        

Marlin J. Yoder

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Have You Noticed?

Friday, November 16, 2018

First, this from FOX News, November 3, 2018: “Are you ready for a chip implant?” Read the article at this link: https://www.foxnews.com/tech/are-you-ready-for-a-chip-implant I hope and pray that every Christian is watching, warning, and discerning of the signs of the end-times. We must be knowledgeable in God’s Word and discerning by the Holy Spirit of every technological advancement that leads to the development of the mark of the beast, lest we might fall prey to it.

Have you noticed the West Coast of America is on fire and has burned to death many fleeing for their lives? Thousands of homes and businesses now lay in charred ruins. While God is sending judgments upon America to repent, have you also noticed false prophets prophesying that her greatest and best days are yet ahead? They lie, for end-time judgments are now at the door.

America and the Church have had time to repent of its unbelief, backsliding, immorality, and murder of the innocent unborn as our nation goes from one calamity to another. Unprecedented wild fires, colossal storms, sudden floods, and the carnage of school shootings, the demolition of Godly monuments replaced with statues of Baphomet, public Satan worship, sex trafficking of children, and believe it or not, Christian witches! America, a nation awash with God’s Word, mocks God, but like ancient Israel, will likely be taken captive by invading foreign nations.

God warns: “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap” (Gal. 6:7). America has sown much death. One hears much talk from pulpits that “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chron. 7:14). But humility and repentance are absent. Turning from wickedness has not occurred. Unbelief is rampant, even in the Church where it should be discerned that we are living at the end of this present age, but many Church leaders are too busy building their own empires.

True believers know that no amount of prayer will change the course of the end that’s been decreed by Almighty God. Ours is the obligation as Christians to believe and prepare ourselves, our families and loved ones in the truths of God’s end-time Word, but few are willing to believe and teach that the end of this age is now upon us. Many are like ancient Israel inside their city’s walls refusing to believe that God’s judgment was laying siege against their city.

Have you noticed the silence from pulpits about end-time signs now leaping off the pages of Scripture and displayed throughout the earth? Silence on this subject is shameful, unjust, and ungodly, for the Lord Jesus foretold end-time events, saying, “See, I have told you beforehand” (Matt. 24:25). And if Christ is the truth, and He is, how much less, then, must we His servants be silent about the evils and signs of the times now being revealed? Every pastor and teacher who claims to love God and fellowman must proclaim that of which Christ warned.

I meet many people every day, and sometimes being led by the Spirit engage some in discussion about the end-times and the return of Christ. Consequently, I often hear things like: “Our church doesn’t teach the end-times”, or “I’ve attended church for many years and never heard end-time teachings”, or “It’s not important since we’ll be raptured before the tribulation even begins”. It’s evident that many, like these, attend a partial-gospel church, as whole truth is ignored.

Have you noticed the world is increasingly beset by demonic activity as God’s restraint of Satan decreases? Wrong is increasingly called right, and right is increasingly called wrong. Christians are losing the battle of preaching God in public venues, even in the churches. And churches that remain public venues of teaching the gospel of Christ are already curtailing the truth to be more palatable. This is yet another fulfillment of prophesy wherein God’s Spirit said Antichrist “was making war against the saints, and prevailing against them” (Dan. 7:21 and Rev. 13:7).

It’s sad to hear professing Christians discount Christ’s teachings of the tribulation as having no application to them because they believe the false pre-trib rapture. Deceivers lead the biblically ignorant to disbelieve the truth and both will fall into the pit of offense in the days of tribulation. I urge you to pray for Christians to know and believe God’s Word, to prepare in it, that when the moment of necessity comes, we will all find the safety and provision of God for the last 1,260 days of great tribulation. It’s God’s provision, but only the prepared will find it.

Until then, we can expect God’s judgment upon America and other parts of the world where Christ and His sacrifice have been scorned, His Word banned, and His saints persecuted. Conflicts and wars of unprecedented measure will be the result of nations’ perplexity, where sin is smiled upon, as food supplies and famines ravage the land. The promise of God stands sure, that at the last trumpet, when He descends from heaven to gather His Bride, He will also “destroy those who destroy the earth” (Rev. 11:18).

Have you noticed that in China, public churches are being razed by government authorities? And the United Nations in its evil quest for power in establishing the New World Order under the rule of Antichrist, (though they would never call it that) sees China as a shining example of how to crush religious beliefs that run counter to its own 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The United Nations is like the iceberg that sank the Titanic – undetected by Christians as an enemy of the Christian, willing to stop at nothing to achieve its God-hating goal.

Spiritual darkness and demonic powers of the worst intensity are now rising as God is allowing Satan his allotted time of “all power, signs, and lying wonders” (2 Thess. 2:9) and seven-year rule. Through global political powers of divisive evils the world has now been prepared for the rise of its New World Order leader, and the Church in knowledge of God’s Word should be fully prepared to stand “against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Eph. 6:12). But consider, how effectively can one be prepared to deal with end-time evils if one doesn’t even believe he will be made to deal with them? Have you noticed the unprepared state of the Church?

For those of us who know and believe the truth, our response to these things must be to “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil” (1 Thess. 5:16–22). Why? Because we believe Jesus when He said, “See, I have told you beforehand” (Matt. 24:25). What a wonderful praise!

Marlin J. Yoder

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“he began to be a mighty one”

Friday, November 9, 2018

First, a note about the 2018 Mid-Term Elections. Republicans held the Senate, but Democrats have retaken the House. The Church had better realize that it’s Trump / King Cyrus-moment of reprieve is nearly over. The One World Order will advance; God foretold it, and no amount of prayer will stop it; and a pre-trib rapture hope will surely fail as evil temporarily wins this age.

While the Scriptures make it abundantly clear that God “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim. 2:4), many desire to be God, and use prophetic end-time knowledge and its resulting technologies to create the One World Order under control of the Antichrist and his mark of the beast. It’s been developing deceptively for the last century.

With the onset of the 20th century the Dan. 12:4 increase of knowledge began its fulfillment.  Prior to that time mankind moved about, raised their families, farmed, traveled, and existed just as it’s done for thousands of years. But with end-time knowledge – technology, used for both good and evil, began its prophetically unstoppable march toward the mark of the beast.

But for ease of life, health and wealth, few recognized where this knowledge and technology was leading. The mark has been arriving gradually, not suddenly, not to scare people but to acclimate them to what would ostensibly enhance their lives socially and economically. A birth certificate numbered everyone; Social Security numbered everyone; banks, credit cards, loans and cell phone accounts numbered everyone. And in the great tribulation everyone will be numbered in order to buy or sell. People are now comfortably accepting of being numerically ID’d. The hook is set.

Here’s a pastor’s pathetic comment: “This shady character, the Beast, has yet to make a statue speak – or have it kill those who will not worship him. (Greek, “proskuneo” which means to bow or prostrate oneself before another, i.e. worship)  I will note that this “mark” is forced upon people and that it is received on their right hand (which I find very hateful to left-handed people –methinks the Beast needs some sensitivity training toward the left-handed – at least that is what our current society might think) or on their forehead.  I also am not aware of any move to restrict ALL buying and selling to this method.  If these things are not happening – or more correctly – have not yet happened – then the “mark of the beast” in its biblical form is not yet among us.”

Clearly, that pastor mocks what will unleash the most dreadful time of persecution of Christians the world has ever known. His spiritually condescending comments are a microcosm of a much broader lukewarm spirit held in the evangelical Church, especially by those trusting in the pre-tribulation rapture as they assign tribulation consequences to others.

Antichrist “causes all…to receive a mark” (Rev. 13:16). That “mark” which seals one’s eternal doom will not be placed by an external force, but will be the result of the process of one’s willing inward changing of his or her DNA, with an external manifestation. Similarly, when homosexual men “burned in lust for one another…[they receive] in themselves the penalty of their error which was due” (Rom. 1:27), which penalty can be repented of, unlike the mark of the beast.

Today, normalized life conveniences, together with all their numbers can be, and are, stolen, forged, bought and sold. To remediate, the One World Order now pursues, biometrics, artificial intelligence, robotics, genetic alteration, DNA corruption, retinal ID, facial and fingerprint scans, RFID implant chips, etc. Many industries are already using these so-called safer technologies.

Consider: when the fallen angels of Gen.6:1–4, bore offspring to human woman and so corrupted the genetic bloodline of humans that “the Lord was sorry that He made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart”, saying, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast…for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth” (Gen. 6:6–12), it was a direct result of genetic and DNA corruption by the satanic seed of fallen angels. Those days have technologically returned, but God will again intervene by bringing this age to an end.

Desiring to be mighty like the Nephilim of Noah’s days, “Nimrod; he began to be a mighty one in the earth” (Gen. 10:8 KJV). He did that by satanic DNA corruption; he changed his genetic code designed by God and sealed his eternal doom; he became the god Osiris. And Jesus said “But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be” (Matt. 24:37). Man’s desire to be God persists, and DNA corruption will attempt to achieve it. Remember, God said of Nimrod and those building the Tower of Babel: “Indeed the people are one…now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them” (Gen. 11:6). And in context to the end-time tribulation, Satan will be allowed to achieve “all power, signs, and lying wonders” (2 Thess. 2:9).

Strong’s Concordance says of the Hebrew “he began to be”, as meaning “to profane, defile, pollute, desecrate” “to be Niphal” or Nephilim, followed by “a mighty one in the earth” as meaning “strong, mighty” and a “gibbore” or Gibborim, being defiled in his genealogy.

Let’s remember that God also said, “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’? It has already been in ancient times before us. There is no remembrance of former things, nor will there be any remembrance of things that are to come by those who will come after” (Eccl. 1:9–11). Mankind has come full circle. What fallen angels taught Nimrod and others before and after Noah’s flood, today’s knowledge and technology is teaching mankind.

What Nimrod did is what the mark of the beast will do, and many desire it. It will transform people into superhuman gods, desiring not only immortality, but having superhuman strengths, with the ability to upload to the brain superintelligence, enabling mankind to perform God-like functions. Many desire being an immortal god, which is from Satan. The true, prepared Church, however, resists the mark and flees “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). But, “the dragon was enraged with the woman, [the true Church “worthy to escape all these things” Luke 21:36] and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, [those he can find] who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Rev. 12:17).

Technologies are leading man’s quest to be God and to create immortality. The powers of biometrics, AI, robotics and DNA corruption are creating previous impossibilities. Brain and body implant chips administer medications, but also change one’s genetic code to increase intelligence, to resist disease, illness and aging. When Lucifer said, “I will be like the Most High” (Isa. 14:14), he transferred that evil desire to mankind who is working to achieve it.

In the tribulation days and years to come, we will see beings and creatures that are the offspring of god-like creatures; man-beast and man-machine combinations. In fact, the false prophet is “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. 13:15).

It’s spiritually bankrupt to mock the mark of the beast as having no impact on Christians, because it will. The world will not only want, but demand, this great technology that imparts immortality, superhuman knowledge, strength, vitality and superiority, while Christians will be considered an impediment to it by fundamentally believing God’s Word. Consequently, under influence of the Beast the world will move in violent unison to eradicate all known Christians.

“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 21:36). The rapture will not spare anyone from the tribulation or the mark of the beast, but only living a holy life committed to the testimony of Jesus Christ will lead one to God’s safety and provision for the final 1,260 days of this age. We must know God’s Word and pray for discernment.

Marlin J. Yoder

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The Love…and Wrath of God

Friday, November 2, 2018

The silence is deafening, now, as the testimony of Jesus Christ is ignored regarding the time of the end. Generationally inherited ignorance of Christ’s post-tribulation rapture of His elect will reveal its deceptive fruit in the tribulation when “many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another” (Matt. 24:10). It will be the fruit of the Church having tolerated false pre-trib, mid-trib, pre-wrath, and post-millennial rapture scenarios. But Christ did not give us a multiple choice of His gathering of elect saints, only one: “Immediately after the tribulation”.

Since John Nelson Darby (1800–1882), the father of dispensationalism, who crafted the pre-tribulation rapture narrative, thousands of ministers followed in his deceptive footsteps, having led millions to avoid the testimony of Jesus Christ regarding one of the most critical truths of the Christian faith – our Lord’s return and gathering of His elect saints. The collateral damage of this false teaching will be horrible in the tribulation, while presently, it changes the God of the Bible to a god of man’s desire and creation, one who grants our inheritance according to man’s will.

God’s love at John 3:16 is conditional, which is often ignored by ministers. But God, clarifying what it actually means to believe “in” Jesus, at John 3:16, said twenty verses later at 3:36, that, “he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him”. That’s highly critical to one’s enduring salvation, enduring the tribulation to the end at the last day.

For, it was Jesus who said that He gathers His elect saints “Immediately after the 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” (1 Thess. 4:16), because “He [Christ] must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything” (Acts 3:21 NIV). Avoiding these truths and believing the assumption and conjecture of the pre-tribulation rapture is a guarantee of imminent offense, even to the great falling away.

Generational avoidance of the testimony of Jesus Christ regarding the end-times has created such a deceptive comfort zone of unbelief that it now seems spiritually okay to blindly avoid Christ’s teachings of the apocalypse, though He said, “See, I have told you beforehand” (Matt. 24:25). This is how the transhuman days of Noah and transgender days of Lot have washed over the world like a spiritual tsunami…and the Church yawns, and in many cases, even accepts it!

The same generational avoidance of the truth ignores Jesus parable of the fig tree at Matt. 24:32–35, not discerning that we are now in the seventy-first Hebraic year since Israel was reborn as a nation, for which God said the generation that sees this occur will not pass away until all be fulfilled. Though nations are in perplexity…the Church yawns. Nature is in revolt at the evils and destructive nuclear waste created by man; the Pacific Ocean is poisoned and unprecedented death washes ashore, which is all part of what God promised…and the Church is oblivious.

The truth is, the signs of the end of this age are everywhere, but very few have sufficient faith in Christ to teach those biblical truths, and to equip the saints in a faith that endures to the last day. Therefore, God said, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hos. 4:6). But you can change that for yourself by actually believing the testimony of Jesus and preparing in it.

I implore you in the love of Christ, have faith in Jesus’ Words, not man’s words, demonstrate your faith in Jesus by believing His Words, not man’s words; defend His Words; do not become an end-time victim of generational unbelief by believing the false pre-trib rapture. You can break that generational curse of unbelief by submitting to the authority of Christ and trusting fully upon His Words. If you do that now, and walk in His truths, He will be your shield against unbelief in the present, and in days of severe tribulation to come. If you actually believe Him and prepare in His truths, Christ will never disappoint you.

The end of this present age has advanced undetected by most. Man is destroying the earth, he has polluted the rivers, seas and oceans with toxic waste. Man is again building Nimrod’s Tower of Babel in which all peoples become one under the United Nation’s New World Order and its 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Biblically prophetic end-time events are now on the word stage on the guise of normalcy…but the Church remains asleep.

The days are not far off when food supplies will suddenly fall short of demand; nations will rage as violence and anarchy rule the day; wars and unprecedented death tolls. Then many who have been taught to believe the pre-tribulation rapture will begin to say, “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 3:4). Offense will arise in the Church and many will fall away from the faith.

But remember the Words of the Holy Spirit, and to conform your faith in Christ to His truths, not assigning His Words to others, but personalizing His truths for yourself, qualifying what it means to effectively believe “in” Jesus, that, “he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him” (John 3:36). The peace of God be with you now and always.

Marlin J. Yoder

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The Beast Hiding In Plain Sight

Friday, October 26, 2018

Jesus said “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35). The Holy Spirit, confirming that truth, said, “Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law” (Rom. 13:10). The fallen, natural man then replies, “And who is my neighbor?” (Luke 10:29). Jesus answers by telling the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30–37), making known that all our fellowman are our neighbor.

Deceivers, however, and those controlled by the devil and his evil spirits, don’t really care for their neighbor or the teachings of Christ, but are self-centered, desiring their own exaltation and praise, even the worship of mankind. Some even call themselves “The Vicar of Christ”, meaning “In place of Christ”. This malevolent attack on Jesus Christ fits the office of the Antichrist.

By the example of ancient Israel it only takes one generation of people who neglect God’s Word for the next generation to abandon God’s Word. And the majority of that subsequent generation will be faithless and ignorant of God’s truth, of what’s holy, right and good, versus the devil’s counterfeit deceptions, false worship and hatred.

Please consider: for those of us born in the early to mid-twentieth century, were it not for God’s Word that describes the pretentious, self-exalting beast of Roman Catholicism’s papal throne, or were it not for the well-documented sixteenth century Reformation for which the popes of Rome lawlessly murdered true Christians who honored God rather than men, and were it not for Spirit-led discernment of loving the truth, we too would be ignorant of the beast hiding in plain sight.

In the love of Christ, and to not be deceived by the many church leaders and their flocks who today are returning to that pretentious, self-exalting beast of Roman Catholicism, I encourage you to watch this three-hour video entitled: “A Lamp In The Dark – The Untold History Of The Bible – Full Documentary, at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmXBj2N9fhY. Most people can watch anything they love for three hours or more. So, if you love God and His Word, and if you want to be prepared for the beast of Rev. 13:1, this video provides revealing truths.

In the twentieth century Roman Catholicism, by necessity, put on a new, kinder, gentler face in order to survive the Daniel 12:4 information age wherein knowledge has been greatly increased. Remember, despite its murders, the Vatican and its Jesuit hounds lost their counter-Reformation attacks, but they have not forgotten. Thus, Jesuits sought a more civil and academic approach of bringing home their Protestant brethren. Globally, the Jesuits infiltrated institutions of learning, built hospitals and ornate churches to teach Roman Catholicism’s false Christianity of idolatry, paganism, lies, deceit and false humility. And two generations later…most people, even many Protestant church leaders, couldn’t care less about Roman Catholicism’s deadly pagan history.

Here’s what true Christians must expect: in the great tribulation the Jesuit Pope will make his final attempt to murder and destroy from the face of the whole earth every true Christian, just like they tried, prior to, during, and after the Protestant Reformation. Jesus said of the coming mark of the beast, “then will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be” (Matt. 24:21). And do not discount this very telling truth: Pope Francis is the first ever Jesuit pope to hold the office of the Vicar of Christ!

If you’ve never read the Jesuit Oath of Office, here’s the link as recorded at the Library of Congress: http://usa-the-republic.com/religion/Jesuit_Oath_of_Office.pdf The Jesuit Oath of Office agrees with the known and documented facts regarding the ways in which Jesuits hunted, persecuted and murdered millions of innocent Christians prior to, during, and after the sixteenth century Reformation. Though the Roman Catholic Jesuits have changed their image today, their mission of religious global domination, by whatever means necessary, remains. They have not forgotten their loss, and will soon make their seven-year, end-time effort to regain their power.

Jesus said, “For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many” (Matt. 24:5). “I am the Christ” is what the pompous and blasphemous title, the Vicar of Christ means! And what’s so remarkable is the number of evangelical churches reuniting with Pope Francis and Roman Catholicism. Many have been deceived! Ours is that generation that has forgotten the atrocities of Rome’s evil, counterfeit and violent papal throne.

God identified for our benefit “the great harlot who sits on many waters…arrayed in purple and scarlet…drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus…[and] the seven mountains on which the woman sits…And the woman whom you saw is that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth…all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication…her sins have reached to heaven…therefore her plagues will come in one day – death and mourning and famine. And she will be utterly burned with fire, for strong is the Lord who judges her…And in her was found the blood of prophets and saints, and of all who were slain on the earth” (Rev. 17:1–18 & Rev. 18:1–24). The Vatican and its Jesuits are that harlot.

The final seven years will soon begin. In part, this is why I’ve written thefridayletter.com since June 2007. It’s also why I’ve written my September 2013 book entitled, “The Pre-Trib Rapture: A Magnum Deception ‘…and many other such things you do’”. The historical truths of Roman Catholicism rejects love for God and fellowman, the very hallmark of true Christianity. Yet, that false church is deeply embedded on every continent of this world; her tentacles are everywhere, and her final seven-year grasp for religious global dominance is very near.

There is good news, however! God has a place of safety and provision for His saints who are prepared to find it, for at the moment of greatest crisis, when Antichrist issues his mark of the beast “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). But this will only be available for those “counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man” (Luke 21:36).

Therefore, loving God and His Word, and loving our fellowman, we must “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil” (2 Thess. 5:16–22). We must prepare in God’s Word, not traditions of men, because the end-time beast of Rev. 13:1–10 is hiding in plain sight.

Marlin J. Yoder

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“My vine…My fig tree”

Friday, October 19, 2018

The groundwork has been laid for the ushering in of the final seven years of this age, but most people are oblivious to it due to its subtle and normalized approach. The technologies that will bring into existence the mark of the beast through biometrics, artificial intelligence, genetic and DNA manipulation and robotics, are already being used today. But when did all this begin?

The event that began the end-time clock is the rebirth of Israel. Though people who witnessed WWI and WW2 believed those wars were the event, their beliefs were not based in truth. While wars, which have been waged for millennia, are synonymous with the time of the end, they are not the biblical event that began the beginning of the end; rather it was necessarily the rebirth of the nation of Israel. Since that time, the end-time beast-technology has progressed exponentially.

Israel was reborn on May 14, 1948 in fulfillment of the prophet saying, “Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once?…Shall I bring to the time of birth, and not cause delivery?” (Isa. 66:8–9).

Looking to that future day, then, 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, 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” (Matt. 24:32–34).

We know “the fig tree” is Israel. “For a nation has come up against My land, strong and without number; his teeth are the teeth of a lion, and he has the fangs of a fierce lion. He has laid waste My vine, and ruined My fig tree; he has stripped it bare and thrown it away; it’s branches are made white” (Joel 1:6–7). Also see Hos. 9:10. Rome was that destroyer nation who in AD 70 caused the decimation of Jerusalem, and Israel ceased from being a nation.

In about AD 476, however, Rome itself fell from global domination by marauding Vandals and Visigoths causing Rome to also lay dormant until just after WW2 when the European Union was formed, beginning the revived reign of Rome as spoken by the prophet Daniel. About a year later the United Nations was formed. But Israel being reborn in one day was the single event that led to the revival and start of the second and final rule of Rome, and creation of the United Nations.

Those three entities, reborn Israel, revived Rome, and the United Nations have grown alongside each other and are specific entities on the end-time stage. But by the world’s media, and sadly even much of the Church, life is perceived as normal; and progress beneficial to all, as many false prophets magnify global unity and ever-increasing American greatness. Many are ignorant of the signs of the end-times as technology marches toward the mark of the beast.

End-time events are now occurring swiftly, intentionally, deceptively, and on the guise that all is normal. But life is far from normal for anyone paying attention and exercising discernment. The pre-tribulation rapture promised by the Church is a lie from hell, deceptively designed to deceive people of faith in Jesus Christ. The mark of the beast is now in plain sight and the Church is fast asleep concerning it. But you can remedy that for yourself and those in your sphere of influence.

PLEASE PAY ATTENTION. PLEASE TAKE 27 MINUTES TO WATCH THE FOLLOWING VIDEO. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBDGabKZA6s Rick Wiles, of TRU NEWS, is a trusted Christian brother with relevant headlines from around the world. In this video you will see that India has already implemented their form of the mark of the beast.

The system used by India is obviously not the actual mark of the beast of Rev. 13:16–17, but is a precursor, a forerunner, a beta test of the true mark of the beast to come. And what’s remarkable is that 80% of the population is voluntarily accepting of the cashless system, replaced with a biometric system that enables fiscal accounts for all, whether rich or poor, to buy and sell.

Modern technology is mostly deceptive. It’s ostensibly marketed for our convenience, but is realistically designed to track, listen and record the behaviors, actions, responses, likes and dislikes of people. Governments will ultimately unite under one head, Antichrist, and gathering profiles on people will be vital to that end. We will see biblical prophesies fulfilled that previous generations only thought of as science fiction. And behind it all is Lucifer, the god of this age.

In the tribulation, many who believe and trust in the pre-tribulation rapture will embrace the actual mark of the beast, disbelieving its reality as just another technology enhancing our lives, and pointing to the fact that they haven’t been raptured and are still here on earth. Why? Their teachers, pastors and leaders sold them the pre-trib rapture lie, because they loved not the truth.

Leaders of nations are now in turmoil and perplexity as the spirit of Antichrist is increasingly unrestrained, forcing all nations to unite under a U.N.-mandated globalism. Leaders like U.S. President Donald Trump are opposed to globalism, as national borders are being erased, that all become one under the dictate and rule of the U.N. Nationalism with borders was God’s idea, but globalism without borders is Antichrist’s idea, and these are now in great conflict as we see the liberal Left increasingly inciting violence against the conservative Right.

But we must “Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape [not meaning the rapture] all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man” (Luke 21:36). That’s something that only you can do. The Church and its leadership will not lead you in this, because it has a vested interest in protecting its false pre-tribulation rapture narrative. I implore you in the love of Christ: know God’s Word and recognize the signs of the times.

Jesus’ rebuke of the religious leaders of His day are justly applicable today, saying, “When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red’; and in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times” (Matt. 16:2–3). Let that not be true of us who profess faith in Jesus Christ, but that we are wise as serpents and harmless as doves.

Marlin J. Yoder

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“Examine yourselves…”

Friday, October 12, 2018

Today, I am compelled by the Holy Spirit to issue a loving but sincere warning for those who hold to the theological traditions of John Calvin, otherwise known as Calvinism. Many hold to his theology knowing little to nothing of his life other than the assumption that he was a great theologian. Yet, his persecutions of those he judged heretical agree with the loveless works of Saul of Tarsus before he was born again and converted, and became the Apostle Paul.

Did Saul of Tarsus have great theological and academic credentials? Yes. Did he persecute those he judged heretical? Yes. Did John Calvin have great theological and academic credentials? Yes. And did John Calvin persecute, imprison and cause to be murdered the one he judged a heretic? Yes. But truth says, “though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing” (1 Cor. 13:2). Did Saul of Tarsus or John Calvin demonstrate love for their fellowman whom they judged a heretic? No. But true Christians love their fellowman, friend or foe.

Therefore, why would anyone, knowing these historical truths follow after the theological works of either Saul of Tarsus before his conversion, or John Calvin after his professed conversion? For God said, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits…A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit…Therefore by their fruits you will know them” (Matt. 7:15–20).

Like Saul of Tarsus before his conversion, and John Calvin after his professed conversion, the popes of Rome also pursued, persecuted and murdered those they judged as heretical. Calvin’s theology, therefore, of no ability and thus no responsibility, suits the natural heart of man. But God said, “Come now, and let us reason together” (Isa. 1:18), for we in fact have ability and responsibility. Man’s fall did not render him so depraved as to be without will or choice.

Anyone holding Calvin’s theology has the obligation to declare it openly. But most will not because Calvin’s first theological point of “Total Depravity” is dreadful. It claims that mankind does not have the ability to choose between good and evil, right or wrong, God or the devil; that humanity is so depraved as to have zero ability to choose. That doctrine itself is depraved, for the Holy Bible is rich with many examples that fallen mankind has the ability to choose.

I will not highlight all of Calvin’s falsehoods here, but I encourage you to examine them in light of all biblical truths, not ignoring Scriptures that fully oppose Calvin’s claims of predestination’s total depravity, unconditional election, limited atonement, irresistible grace, and perseverance of the saints, meaning once-saved-always-saved. And beyond that, sincerely “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? – unless indeed you are disqualified” (2 Cor. 13:5).

Consider any Protestant evangelist today. How would you view them if they influenced the government to burn alive at the stake or behead those they judged heretical? Would you follow their doctrine? Certainly not. Yet, John Calvin did it unapologetically and his theology attempts to absolve him of his responsibility. Today, if the masses understood and knew the truth, they would run from Calvin’s teachings. Why, because “by their fruits you will know them”.

Radicalized Muslims of Islam behead and burn alive at the stake those they count heretics. During the great tribulation Antichrist will behead millions of Christians because he will judge them to be heretics. That’s also the historical works of both Catholicism and Calvinism. You should see a pattern here, because “he who is spiritual judges all things” (1 Cor. 2:15).

Documented historical truth reveals that for centuries the creators of Roman Catholicism, its papal throne and Jesuit priests, pursued, persecuted and murdered those judged as heretics. With the onset, however, of the “increase of knowledge” (Dan. 12:4) and the information age of the 20th century, Catholicism by necessity changed its image to a kinder and gentler one, otherwise, Catholicism would not have endured to our day, but the same spirit(s) that created her, remained.

Documented historical truth also reveals that the creator of Calvinism, John Calvin, pursued, persecuted, and in at least one instance caused to be murdered those he judged a heretic. During his reign there was a chilling similarity of Calvin’s hatred and persecution of those he judged a heretic to that of Catholicism. But Calvinism, by necessity of survival, also had to change its public image to a gentler and kinder one, but the same spirit(s) that created it, remained.

The foundational works of violence and death by the sword of both Catholicism and Calvinism altogether miss the mark of biblical humility, dying to self, and love for God and neighbor that’s the hallmark of true new-birth conversion faith in Christ. In fact, Jesus said “love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven” (Matt. 5:44–45).

Calvinism’s dreadful form of predestination says that fallen mankind has zero ability to hear or respond to God, to choose to believe His Word by faith and so be saved. Calvinist’s believe that God, by His will, saves those He wants, even against their will, but damns others to death, also by His will. Thus, John Calvin having no ability or responsibility for his so-called salvation felt conveniently justified in pursuing, persecuting and even killing whom he judged heretical.

That is not from the God of the Bible. “For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all” (Rom. 6:10), with emphasis on “for all” which includes “all” people made in the image of God, “who desires all men to be saved” (2 Tim. 2:4); “who gave Himself a ransom for all” (2 Tim. 2:6). “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved” (John 3:16–17). That’s the God of the Bible, and in the love of Christ don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Marlin J. Yoder

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