The Blinding Bias of Normal

Friday, July 19, 2019

The United States and the world have returned to a place of normalized global iniquities. How? By the return to the days of Noah and Lot. Yet, most people think the world is progressing to a much better place – globalism, no need for God, less world hunger, sickness, disease, racism and poverty, amid increased economic opportunity, artificial intelligence, robotics, sexual equality, tolerance, and religious ecumenism. It’s all viewed as desirable and normalized progress.

Most have been deceived to believe the lie that this world is trending toward a better way of life. But unknown to most, Satan specializes in deceptions of the normal. Just think – seven decades ago most people were appalled at what today is called normal sexuality. Today, the LGBTQP agenda has gone global, with Tel Aviv, Israel hosting the largest GAY PRIDE parades!

But true Christians who know and believe God’s Word know that “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. [But here’s the problem in the Church] There is no remembrance of former things, nor will there be any remembrance of thigs that are to come by those who will come after” (Eccl. 1:9–11). Global iniquities that were before us, are returning! Thus saith the Lord God!

Jesus Christ, comparing the times of the end to the days of Noah and Lot, said that people “ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. Even so it will be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed” (Luke 17:27–29).

Though the days of Noah and Lot had gradually grown corrupt, it was ultimately accepted as normal. Gender identity was destroyed, but normalized. Homosexuality and transgenderism was accepted and normalized. And today the world has normalized perversions, violence, wars, evils, and kingdoms and nations against one another, and false religious ecumenism. The iniquities of Noah’s and Lot’s days and false ecumenism has also been normalized in many churches!

The perverse, but normalized state of the American Psychological Association is revealed in Tony Perkins’ July 8, 2019 Washington Update and Family Research Council article entitled “APA: We’d Like To Teach The World To Swing…”, and states: “Just when you think you’ve heard it all, the American Psychological Association (APA) decides this: Monogamy is the new bigotry. That’s right. According to the supposed “mental health experts,” open marriages are the tolerant approach to intimacy. And they’ve launched a task force to prove it to the world.”

No boundaries. Nothing is off limits. Be what YOU want to be. That’s exactly how it was in the days of Noah and Lot. And how did people get there? Gradually. Incrementally. Not all at once, but slowly and deceptively. God and His Word was ignored, then abandoned, then outlawed as perversions and lawlessness crept into the hearts and lives of people because of the increase of wickedness. And because of this, Jesus said, “the love of many will grow cold” (Matt. 24:12). Agape love, gone! Note that Jesus said this to professing Christian believers in the Church!

What’s the answer, Church? Let every pastor and teacher who names Christ as Savior and Lord call their flock to specific attention, saying, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38). Repentance is named 26 times in 24 verses of the NKJV of the New Covenant. We better consider it imperative. We need the power of the Holy Spirit more than ever to confirm God’s Word to our hearts and lives and not be complicit with the world’s normalized iniquities.

God reminds us that “the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. And above all things have fervent love for one another, for love will cover a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:7–8). Because we care for and love one another in Christ, we speak the truth and testimony of Jesus Christ in love, trusting it, and not religious ecumenism, to accomplish what can only be done by grace through faith and the power of God’s Holy Spirit.

Jesus Christ is returning for “a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish” (Eph. 5:27). The Lord returns for “His own special people” (1 Peter 2:9), not those “who say they are Jews and are not, but lie” (Rev. 3:9), but those who have “washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb” (Rev. 7:14). We owe it to our relationship in Christ Jesus to know, believe, and act upon the testimony of Jesus.

There’s also a deceptive normalcy in the Church – an abandonment of teaching the end-times. From CharismaNews.com: “Why Aren’t Pastors Preaching On End-Time Prophecy?” In part it says, “If our congregations do not get regular biblical instruction and inspiration about the last days and our Lord’s Second Coming, we and they are in danger of deception by the devil (Rev. 12:9), his demons (1 Tim. 4:1-2), or—eventually—his end-time agents, the Beast (the Antichrist, Man of Sin, Son of Destruction; 2 Thess. 2:3, 7-12; Rev. 13) and the false prophet (Rev. 16:13, 19:20).” I believe, Gary Curtis, the author of this article, knows we must endure the tribulation.

Gary Curtis, however, will likely discover, if he hasn’t already, what I’ve discovered many years ago, which is, teaching the end-times and especially the testimony of Jesus, will not be permitted in denominational churches that hold the pre-tribulation rapture tradition. His message will be stopped at the door, because he won’t be viewed as a team player. It’s truly astonishing how organized denominational churches have safeguarded the pre-tribulation rapture deception.

Don’t be taken captive by normal things of this world or church traditions. Blood-bought saints of Christ are called out, separated from unbelief and this world, not meaning to leave this world before our appointed time, but to faithfully separate ourselves from its corruptions, iniquities and unbelief, and from many church traditions that are now so commonplace and normalized. From this point forward, until the Lord’s return, we should approach everything the world tells us as being a lie designed to deceive us. Check everything against the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Marlin J. Yoder

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“earth is violently broken”

Friday, July 12, 2019

The world is now shaking and convulsing with earthquakes, volcanoes and disastrous storms, everywhere, for iniquity and violence are heavy upon the earth. But we can’t be surprised for Christ promised the end-times would be marked by “famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places” (Matt. 24:7). And He said “Take heed that no one deceives you” (Matt. 24:4).

Now more than ever is the time to believe the testimony of Jesus Christ and prepare in His Words for the times of the end of this present age. End-time iniquities now fill the earth to its breaking point…literally. The world is on a trajectory of total destruction. Are you prepared?

Jesus Christ said He gathers His elect “Immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 24:29–31). Do you believe Him? Yes? That means there is much to endure, and I pray that you do not believe the pre-trib rapture, for IT WILL FAIL you! If people don’t believe the truth by now it’s likely they won’t even when greater evidences and catastrophic earthquakes sweep over the nations.

Greater earthquakes are coming. Jesus prophesied it, and we do well to believe Him. They’re already occurring. Earthquakes that will strike fear unto death into the hearts of many, “the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken” (Luke 21:25–26).

Changing what God said is always from the devil; that’s his mission, to steal, kill and destroy God’s Word (John 10:10) from the hearts and minds of Christians. And when one allows God’s Word to be changed, it changes who God is, which is exactly what Satan wants. Changing what God said destroys truth that otherwise has power to prepare believers for the perilous end-times now upon us. People will not be prepared to endure to the end unless they believe Jesus Christ.

You and I will be right here on earth for ALL seven years of the tribulation. Those are not my words, but God’s Word in Christ. Are you prepared for that? Have you seen the earthquake news coming out of California? People are terrified. Many are sleeping outside their homes as they’ve had two massive earthquakes in two days. Powerful 6.4 and 7.1 magnitude quakes last weekend were followed by literally swarms of thousands of aftershocks. Does God have our attention?

God wants us, “His own special people” (1 Peter 2:9), to know, understand and be prepared for the time of the end, that’s why He gave us many details for the end-times. And when Jesus said He gathers His elect “Immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 24:29–31), He said it to benefit “His own special people” that we might not only prepare in heart, mind, spirit and soul, but to physically find God’s safety and provision for the last 3 1/2 years of the great tribulation.

But our enemy, Satan, doesn’t want God’s “own special people” to know about or prepare for these evil days, but to blindly and foolishly feel secure in the traditional pre-tribulation rapture, which will leave millions disillusioned and deeply offended. Please join me in praying for them.

We’ve only seen the tip of the proverbial iceberg regarding earthquakes. Here’s what’s coming: “The earth is violently broken, the earth is split open, the earth is shaken exceedingly. The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall totter like a hut; its transgression shall be heavy upon it, and it will fall and not rise again” (Isa. 24:19–20). Transgressions are now heavy upon the earth as the spirit of Antichrist increases and God increasingly lessens His restraint of Satan and his fallen angels. But in due time the wrath and judgment of God will come!

In 1973 the United States approved abortion on demand against the innocent unborn! How could this occur in an allegedly civilized society, especially one that claims faith in the Christian God? It’s now been 46 years of murdering innocent, beautiful children, defenseless creations made in the image of God, offering them in sacrifice to the god of convenience! Woe to you America!

Is America humbled? Is America repentant? Has America turned from her insidious evils and hatred of God? Nay, but she’s become even more proud in the death and destruction to the sixty-million plus infants whose blood cries from the ground! Their cries for justice come before our God and His vengeance and judgment are not sleeping! O, America, why have you not turned to God? Why have you hardened your heart? You had time to repent, but in rebellion did not.

America the proud and unrepentant, do not be surprised when the San Andreas fault rips apart various western states; or when the Cascadia Subduction Zone lurking in the waters just off the Pacific coast, snaps and crumbles, causing catastrophic tsunami destruction. Don’t be surprised, America, when the New Madrid fault splits the land in two, or when the Ramapo Seismic fault destroys in the northeast of our nation. “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 addition to her proud self-appointed policing and instigation of wars in the world, and rather than being humbled or repentant before God, America heaps iniquity upon injustice, and with unfettered PRIDE flies the LGBTQP flag from sea to shining sea, and continues sinking in her rebellion. Her lawgivers now protect LGBTQP sexual immoralities and perversions that just seven decades ago were counted an abomination and national scourge upon any society.

Have you been born again, and prepared in any substantive ways of God, who said, “Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe – and tremble! But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?” (James 2:18–20). If one actually has faith in Christ Jesus, he will believe the testimony of Jesus and produce fruit-confirming faith.

Jesus Christ by His Spirit invites all to “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, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began” (Acts 3:19–21). God invites everyone to “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know” (Jer. 33:3).

Marlin J. Yoder

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“Be sober, be vigilant”

Friday, July 5, 2019

Since mankind’s fall in the Garden, humanity has been under attack by the devil, Satan, Lucifer, and his demonic hordes from hell. And God said to Satan, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed [Christ]; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel” (Gen. 3:15). Therein, God drew the proverbial battle line in the sand.

Immediately, Satan set out to destroy the Seed of the woman by stopping human procreation through “the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode…having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh” (Jude 1:6–7), as “the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown” (Gen. 6:4). These were the seed of Satan, the “giants [“the Nephilim” NIV] on the earth in those days, and also afterward” (Gen. 6:4).

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, pedophilia, and bestiality all have their origins in the fallen angels who had sodomized relations with women, men, and animals. Thus “the earth was filled with violence…for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth…[and God said] The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth” (Gen. 6:11–13). Thus, God destroyed the earth with the Flood, and He will destroy it again, but this time by fire, for the immorality, violence and wars of man.

LGBTQP PRIDE and wars serve Satan’s mission to destroy humanity made in the image of God. Those choices do not preserve, but destroy man. Both are a disregard for the Word and authority of God who made humanity in His image. And as God lessens His restraint on evil for the times of the end, Satan increasingly destroys mankind. But judgment awaits Satan and all who serve him – judgment by raging fire for unbelief, violence, immorality, wars and death to mankind.

For “the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat?” (2 Peter 3:10–12). God’s purging judgment by fire is coming.

Because ancient Israel did not destroy the nations of Nephilim giants with their immoralities, Israel was plagued with their wicked influence during all their Old Testament existence. But God in His mercy, Himself, rid the earth of those demonic giants, saying, “Yet it was I who destroyed the Amorite before them, whose height was like the height of the cedars, and he was as strong as the oaks; yet I destroyed his fruit above and his roots beneath” (Amos 2:9).

Though Satan’s “seed” of giants was stopped when God destroyed the last of them before the New Covenant, Jesus promised the days before His return would be “as the days of Noah were” (Matt. 24:36). Will Satan’s end-time “seed” return as giants, or another form – say, an alien life form? Very likely by alien life forms based on Dan. 11:39 and 2 Thess. 2:11–12. The world has been awash with signs of aliens, UFOs, and other-worldly phenomena since the end of WWII.

The end of WWII produced events that marked the beginning of the end. Israel was reborn; the United Nations was created; and the ancient Roman Empire, the EU, was reborn. Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd recorded UFOs in Antarctica, but was silenced by the government. U.S. Navy pilots now report UFOs that far supersede speeds and maneuverability tactics of any man-made aircraft. Consequently, various governments will soon make alien and UFO disclosures.

But know this: so-called aliens and UFOs are not of human origin, but of demonic origin. They’re returning spirits of Nephilim giants. They’re here to deceive and destroy. They will bring another gospel that they seeded earth millions of years ago, and that they, not Christ, is mankind’s savior. They will bring a new revelation of scripture – AND MOST PEOPLE OF EARTH WILL BELIEVE THEM! “And for this reason God will send them [unbelievers] strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (2 Thess. 2:11–12), another of God’s promises.

Therefore “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). In these end-times and by the lessening of God’s restraint on Satan, the devil violently opposes mankind made in God’s image. Not only is the devil “the accuser of our brethren” (Rev. 12:10) but he is the master-deceiver and author of unbelief, sins, perversions, wars, violence, and death to humanity. The good news, however, is that “He who is in you [Jesus Christ] is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4)!

LGBTQP PRIDE is even rampant in the Church! Note this from CharismaNews.com: “Days of Lot: New Survey Finds That Evangelical Christian Support For Gay Marriage Has More Than Doubled”. The globally sweeping PRIDE PARADES scream aloud that the end-times are now upon us, but few pay attention! Where are the Watchmen in the Church? Gone! Not welcome, shunned, they’re not cool and hip! Nor do they tickle itching ears, but actually believe God.

Adding to the myriad deceptions of today, Lucifer, has through Hollywood’s genre of hundreds of alien and UFO movies, disclosed that “the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, but in Greek he has the name Apollyon” (Rev. 9:11), returns in these end-times to deceive people “with all power, signs, and lying wonders” (2 Thess. 2:9). Since WWII the spirit of Antichrist has conditioned the masses to believe in and accept aliens. Likewise, corporate tech and science giants of artificial intelligence, robotics and gene-editing, all serve Satan’s endgame.

Additionally, evidence suggests the U.S. and Iran will soon engage militarily. If so, Iranian officials said the life-span of Israel “will be half an hour”. And if Iran is attacked, Russia will enter the fight, which will likely ignite the Ezekiel 38 war of Gog and Magog. Also, Damascus, Syria “will cease from being a city, and it will be a ruinous heap” (Isa. 17:1). But know this by God’s Word: material war is for unbelievers, not born-again saints of the Most High God, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh” (2 Cor. 10:3).

Many glory more in America than in Christ. Even many pastors and teachers succumb to the pride of America as she flaunts her history in warring violence and rebellion against her native England, regardless of God saying, “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God” (Rom. 13: 1–2).

America was birthed in war, and war follows her to this very day. That’s the work of Lucifer’s rebellion and all who serve him. 33rd Degree Freemasons and American visionaries like Albert Pike, Thomas Payne, Paul Revere, President George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and many others, did not then, nor do they today, worship the Lord Jesus Christ, though they make public deceit to that effect. From occultist, author, and 33rd Degree Freemason, Manly P. Hall (1901–1990), “When the Mason learns that the key to the warrior on the block is the proper application of the dynamo of living power, he has learned the mystery of his Craft. The seething energies of Lucifer are in his hands and before he may step onward and upward, he must prove his ability to properly apply energy.” America was born under that Masonic vision of Luciferian dominance.

Therefore “gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:13). In these increasingly evil end-times God reminds us: “He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still” (Rev. 22:11). The time for true believers to obey God in this end-time command is right now.

Marlin J. Yoder

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Jesus – The Absolute Truth

Friday, June 28, 2019

Jesus Christ is the only absolute truth, and He has disclosed to us by His Word the only way to our eternal life, possession and inheritance. And it’s incumbent on Christians to actually believe Him.

Jesus said “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6); and He also said that “unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3); and that He gathers His elect “Immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 24:29–31). Yet, since the mid-19th Century the evangelical church silenced the latter of the three above quotes because Jesus doesn’t agree with their tradition of a pre-tribulation rapture.

As a result most Christians today believe the pre-tribulation rapture, the easy road to heaven, deceptively ridding the believer of God’s promised 7-year tribulation. It’s the opposite of what Jesus promised His elect for the time of the end. It’s one of numerous rebellions and a sign of the times as academics have carved out the end-time witness of Jesus and made it of no effect for the Church, deceiving the majority just like the fearful made the majority of ancient Israel disbelieve God in response to their “bad report” at Num. 13:32, and they subsequently perished.

But prophetic biblical end-time events continue unfolding, and God’s heart is grieved for the millions of professing Christians, who, having been led by false teachers are not prepared to endure to the end. Thus, many Christians have no interest in hearing about or studying end-time truths. The general consensus in the Church is, “Why spend time studying end-time events and the tribulation since we won’t be here for it anyhow”? But the truth is, unless we die beforehand, we will all be right here on earth to see Antichrist and endure the tribulation. And Jesus said “he who endures to the end shall be saved” (Matt. 24:13).

“Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves…For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due” (Rom. 1:24, 26-27).

Anyone aware of the signs of the times from a biblical perspective knows that not only is the Christian faith under attack like never before, but the earth groans in travail of earthquakes, volcanoes, disastrous weather, wild fires, and poisoned oceans. Once-beautiful cities like San Francisco, CA, and Seattle, WA have now become a scourge of homeless drug addicts, human waste, violence, theft and squalor; this is the New World Order; evil spirits of the days of Noah and Lot unleash their dreadful end-time PRIDE and LGBTQP+ perversions, violence and terrors to destroy humanity made in God’s image, as the Restrainer, God, lessens His restraint.

The world’s hatred of true Christians is growing exponentially worse which is the result of God’s promise at Dan. 7:21 and Rev. 13:7; that the spirit and person of Antichrist make war against the saints “and overcome them”. They are rebellious false teachers who tell you world conditions will become better as Christians make the world fit for the Lord’s return. They lie! “Therefore ‘Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord’” (2 Cor. 6:17).

Soon, when the Second Seal of Rev. 6:3–4 is opened, the world will be pitched into WW3. It could begin with Iran or China and the United States. If so Iran will strike Israel in retaliation, which will likely draw Russia, an ally of Iran, to descend on Israel in the Ezekiel 38 prophetic war of Gog and Magog. Chaos such as this will be the seedbed for the arrival of Antichrist to aright global problems, “And all the world marveled and followed the beast” (Rev. 13:3).

“Thus says the Lord God: ‘Behold, I am against you,O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal. I will turn you around, put hooks into your jaws, and lead you out, with all your army, horses, and horsemen…Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya are with them, all of them with shield and helmet…You will descend, coming like a storm, covering the land like a cloud, you and all your troops and many peoples with you'” (Ezek. 38:3-9).

Today, on the twelve-year anniversary of the www.thefridayletter.com I invite you to view this short eight-minute video, A call to arms, and prepare in heart, mind, spirit and soul for the end of the age now upon us. Dispose all thoughts of a pre-tribulation rapture because it’s the lie of the ages, forged by hell’s forces to deceive God’s elect, to keep us from finding the Rev. 12:6, 14 safety and provision of God for the last 3 1/2 years of great tribulation. Now is the time to prepare, not when we are in the chaotic tribulation and manifold destructions.

Have a plan and know what you will do before tribulation chaos hits. Provide for and teach your family as God commands. Lead them to the shelter of the Most High when our Lot-moment and very brief opportunity to escape arrives. Lead your family to be found “worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man” (Luke 21:36).

There is only one absolute Truth, and His name is Jesus Christ, and His testimony is validated by His Spirit-filled apostles who wrote the New Covenant Books of the Bible. The apostles all agree with the testimony of Jesus, and He with their testimony. So, in truth, the New Covenant gospel is ALL the testimony of Jesus, if not by His own mouth, then by His Holy Spirit, for “holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:21).

We must not believe the fruitless traditions of men, which Jesus said make the word of God of no effect. We cannot expect to endure the 7-year tribulation before us if we don’t prepare in the testimony of Christ. Millions of Christians are counting on the pre-tribulation rapture being true, but it will instead be the root cause of terrible offense and suddenly lead “the falling away” (2 Thess. 2:3) when the Antichrist is revealed.

While God said that no one knows the day or hour of Christ’s return for His elect, Matt. 24:36, He has, however, given us very specific numbers of days that account for the 7-year tribulation. Specifically, the first 3 1/2 years of the tribulation is revealed as “one thousand two hundred and sixty days” (Rev. 11:3), the time in which God’s two witnesses prophesy before they are killed. And the second 3 1/2 years of the tribulation, which Jesus identified as “great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be” (Matt. 24:21), is also identified as being “one thousand two hundred and sixty days” (Rev. 12:6), when the true Church flees to her place in the wilderness where she is nourished by God, see also Rev. 12:14.

And in addition to the above: “Blessed is he who waits, and comes to the one thousand three hundred and thirty-five days” (Dan. 12:12).

In this context please consider printing off a seven-year calendar, whereby you mark off the days starting with the Dan. 9:27 “covenant with many”, that you might know the exact day that begins the second half, or “great tribulation”, which is the brief window of opportunity for saints to flee to the provision and safety of God as Jesus described at Matt. 24:15–28 and Luke 17:20–37 and Rev. 12:6, 14. Then “Immediately after the tribulation of those days…He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other” (Matt. 24:29–31). Jesus returns to gather His elect in one of the following unknown 75 days according to Dan. 12:11–12.

Marlin J. Yoder

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“I want to remind you…”

Friday, June 21, 2019

When God 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” (Eccl. 1:9–10), its truth applies to us, to not make the same mistake of unbelief as did those of ancient Israel who perished accordingly.

Consider that “Jude, a bondservant of Jesus Christ…to those who are called, sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ…[said by the Spirit] I want to remind you, though you once knew this, that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe” (Jude 1:1, 5). [Bold emphasis added]

God didn’t destroy the Numbers 13, 14 generation of Israel because they didn’t believe IN God; He destroyed them because they didn’t BELIEVE God, a great difference. And today, like then, many believe IN God, but do not BELIEVE God, specifically in context to the testimony of Jesus Christ for His elect possessing their inheritance “Immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 24:29–31) because they’ve been led to believe a pre-tribulation rapture tradition for which not a single verse of Scripture can be found, being deceptively cloaked in assumption and conjecture.

True believers look forward to possessing their heavenly home, the New Jerusalem, just as the Jews of ancient Israel looked for their Promised Land when God delivered them from bondage to Egypt, symbolic of believers’ deliverance from bondage to sin and the god of this age. We must guard our hearts against unbelief for receiving our inheritance, lest we fall into unbelief as did most of ancient Israel. Therein we have one of God’s warnings given through the apostle Jude.

In God’s love and mercy He saved His ancient people out of Egyptian bondage, yet when the time came to possess their Promise and saw the giants in Canaan, they no longer believed God, and thus, God “destroyed those who did not believe”. That truth must warn us to not fall into unbelief. But the pre-trib rapture deceptively seduces unto unbelief of Jesus’ testimony for His elect. The ancient example is clear: when the Church sees Antichrist, like ancient Israel saw the giants, the offense of Matt. 24:10 will occur unless the Church repents and turns from unbelief, because “That which has been is what will be, that which is done is what will be done”.

It must be noted that God said “I am the Lord, I do not change” (Mal. 3:6), and the Holy Spirit said “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Heb. 13:8). Whatever God did in ancient times, He will do again because He does not change. That should be sufficient to deter ignoring the testimony of Jesus Christ for His return and the gathering His elect saints.

The Holy Spirit plainly said, “I want to remind you, though you once knew this, that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe”. Before 19th Century John Nelson Darby’s epiphany of a pre-trib rapture, saints in the Church BELIEVED and prepared in the testimony of Jesus Christ for the person and reality of the Antichrist and the seven-year tribulation. But as it now stands, most believers in the Western Church believe the lie of the ages – Satan’s final and greatest deception, and will thus be caught outside the safety and provision of God as promised at Revelation 12:6, 14.

And Paul also warned, “I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea, all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ. But with most of them God was not well pleased, for [destroying “those who did not believe” (Jude 1:5)] their bodies were scattered in the wilderness…Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the end of the ages have come” (1 Cor. 10:1–5, 11).

Today, like those in ancient Israel who brought “a bad report” (Num. 13:32), putting fear into God’s people because of the giants that occupied their Promised Land, false teachers exchange the testimony of Jesus for fear of Antichrist and the seven-year tribulation. Thus, false teachers silence Jesus’ testimony making believers unprepared to endure to the end as Jesus taught at Matt. 24:13, promising, instead, a pre-tribulation rapture. Thus, Christ’s end-time teachings are made “of no effect” as Jesus taught at Mark 7:8, 13 regarding traditions of men.

Dear believer, God wants you and me to believe and prepare in the testimony of Jesus Christ, and find the safety and provision of God for the last 3 1/2 years of great tribulation. But if we don’t believe the testimony of Jesus, we have no reason to prepare to endure to the end as our Lord Jesus taught. Decide today to study to show yourself approved, to know the truth which makes you free, and to have no fear, whatsoever, of Antichrist or the seven-year tribulation. If we believe God, THEN He is for us, and if He is for us, who can be against us? Nobody! Not Antichrist or his demonic hordes from the bottomless pit! Bless the Lord, O my soul!

Marlin J. Yoder

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“And they overcame him…”

Friday, June 14, 2019

Consider, that when the appointed time came, how suddenly the culture, the people and even nature railed against Christ, when God removed His restraint and the fury of the devil and hell broke upon Jesus. Riding into Jerusalem one day to people shouting “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” (John 12:13); and next, agonizing in prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane! Then they crucified Him. Likewise, Satan, if he can find the saints, will destroy them at the tribulation mid-point, when God removes His restraint.

“And they [believers] overcame him [Satan and his Antichrist] by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time” (Rev. 12:11–12). At the middle of the tribulation wise prepared saints will escape to God’s “wilderness” provision, but many unwise will be left behind and martyred.

God gave His saints this promise: “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies” (Psa. 23:5). And God also made this promise for the point of mid-tribulation: “But the woman [prepared saints] was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, [3 1/2 years] from the presence of the serpent” (Rev. 12:14). Image source: Google Images

The tribulation mid-point of brief opportunity to escape will separate wise and prepared saints who find the Rev. 12:6, 14 “wilderness” provision of God for the last 1,260 days of great tribulation, from the foolish who didn’t, and realized too late that their belief of an early arrival of the Bridegroom failed. But you have a choice. You can believe the conjured pre-trib rapture lie, or Jesus’ post-trib rapture testimony and prepare accordingly. The choice is yours. The day is fast approaching when those with spiritual eyes to see and ears to hear take their flight to God’s safety, to 3 1/2 years of provision by God. Will you be among the wise who hold the testimony of Jesus and prepare accordingly? If so, you’ll partake of the Psa. 23:5 table of God.

When the Spirit said “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony” (Rev. 12:11), He references believers, who, in true relationship with Jesus believe the testimony of Jesus. Being a Christian is all about Jesus and His testimony, not the traditions and doctrines of men. Determine now that you will be among those “who know their God [and] shall be strong, and carry out great exploits” (Dan. 11:32). When the tribulation days of testing fallen angel spirits arrives, don’t be like the foolish to whom the evil spirits responded to those without being born again, saying, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?” (Acts 19:15).

I believe you want to spiritually and physically survive the 7-year tribulation, and come to the Day of the Lord prepared to meet Christ descending on the clouds of heaven as He promised at 1 Thess. 4:16. But you need to forsake all thoughts of a pre-trib rapture, because it’s a false hope. But to do that requires that you believe and hold to the testimony of Jesus Christ, because He said “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). Do you believe Him?

Though Lot’s wife began making the trek to safety, her heart betrayed her allegiance, for she did not obey God, but looked back at Sodom, because that’s where her earthly possessions and two other daughters were! Our faith MUST be entirely in the Person and testimony of Jesus Christ. Anything else WILL leave us wanting. Thus, Jesus said “Remember Lot’s wife” (Luke 17:32).

In the difficult days of tribulation to soon come, be filled with the Spirit and testimony of Jesus Christ. Have a true personal relationship with Jesus, and not church traditions. Decide that you will hold fast the end-time testimony of the One who died for your sins on that old rugged cross and saved you by His grace, a grace that neither you or I deserved. A grace that teaches us the ways and truths of God. A grace that will lead us to our eternal home with Christ Jesus.

Be encouraged to renew, even now, your personal relationship with Jesus. Be committed to Him. Humble yourself to His testimony. For surely He is our only salvation. Jesus said “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matt. 28:19–20). Here, “all things” includes Jesus’ teaching that He gathers His elect “Immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 24:29–31), and that “the end of the age” means “the end of the age”, not seven years before the end of the age.

Like Jesus, who at the tender age of twelve was about His Father’s business, Luke 2:49, so too, we must be about our Father’s business making disciples to Jesus “teaching them to observe all things that I [Jesus] have commanded you”. That’s not for the spiritually faint-hearted, but for those full of the Holy Spirit, teaching the whole truth of the “narrow gate…and difficult path” (Matt. 7:13–14) of salvation; a path fraught with tribulation, rejection and difficulty, but in the midst thereof, a peace that passes all understanding, a contentment with little and much, a joy unspeakable and full of glory, and a hope that never disappoints! Bless the Lord, O my soul!

Thus saith the Lord God.

“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time” (Rev. 12:11–12). Bless the Lord, O my soul!

Does your testimony agree with the testimony of Jesus Christ or with the traditions of men? The only testimony that will deliver one from the final fall and wrath of the devil, his demonic angels and Antichrist’s mark of the beast, is the testimony of Jesus Christ by those who have a personal relationship with Him. If one’s testimony and confession is the pre-trib rapture, great offense and very possible falling away from the faith will occur as Jesus taught at Matt. 24:10. The choice is entirely yours. Who will you believe for the final curtain-call of this present age?

Marlin J. Yoder

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“he who endures to the end…”

Friday, June 7, 2019

We live in spiritually and physically perilous times. Spiritually, by many church leaders heavily redacting God’s Word to suit mankind. It’s become common practice for pastors and teachers to ignore the mature life-changing meat of the Word, for the comfort of teaching little to no sin and repentance thereof. Physically, by the increase of technological dependence, mandated vaccines, social media, 5G radiation, artificial intelligence (AI), GMO’s and hormone-laden foods, disease, wars, disasters, genome-editing, and more. These are the end-times.

The Old Testament gave us the law, yet influential mega-church pastors like Andy Stanley tell believers that we should “Unhitch” from the Old Testament. But God’s Spirit said through Paul, we “would not have known sin except through the law” (Rom. 7:7). Equally important, the Old Covenant, like the New, is rich in revelations of end-time truths by which God intends for His elect saints to prepare to endure to the resurrection rapture at the last day, John 6:40, 44, 54.

The gospel of Jesus Christ encompasses the past, present, and future. We cannot change the past; we live in the present, and what we believe in the present either prepares us, or not for the future. Jesus promised His followers tribulation and persecution, but peace in the midst of it. Jesus’ own apostles suffered tribulation, persecution and even death, because “the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Heb. 4:12), hated by the unbeliever.

The full gospel is not a smorgasbord buffet where you take what you like but leave what you don’t. The gospel leading to eternal life is one of faithful endurance to the end. But many only hear a pleasingly partial gospel because it’s been watered down by false teachers to please the flesh, and thus “he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles” (Matt. 13:20–21).

In context to the last generation of this age, Jesus promised that “he who endures to the end shall be saved” (Matt. 24:13). But does your church hold to the tradition that you don’t need to endure to the end of the age because Christ will rapture you pre-tribulation? If so, that’s dispensational heresy, a conjured lie. Jesus said He gathers His elect “Immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 24:29–31). Are you His elect? Do you believe Jesus or man? One cannot endure to the end by believing a lie, for it will be one of the causes of great offense leading the falling away.

The world now suffers end-time birth pangs, but pulpits, like the secular PC media, remain largely silent to the truth as pastors fear man more than God. Nature is in revolt. Apostasy rages in the church and immorality is normalized. LGBTQ gay pride now fills most major cities, even in Israel. Earthquakes are nearly too numerous to count, volcanoes intensify, wild weather and wildfires, floods and famines destroy crops. Seas are poisoned and beach their dead all over the world, while new strains of disease and pestilence plague the world. Yet, all this is deceptively normalized as most people are now desensitized to it all, even to Satan’s end-time deceptions.

It’s all in God’s end-time Word; the lukewarm effect. It’s part of the gospel message meant to prepare God’s elect to endure faithfully to the end. But the Church has the same problem as did ancient Israel – “An astonishing and horrible thing has been committed in the land: the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule by their own power; and My people love to have it so. But what will you do in the end” (Jer. 5:30–31). And God also promised: “That which has been is what will be, that which is done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun” (Eccl. 1:9). That’s why Jesus likened the end-times to the normalized days of Noah and Lot.

WW3 is close as nations rage against one another. The evils of war that destroy mankind is one of Satan’s ways of destroying humanity made in the image of God. But “though we walk in the flesh, we [believers] do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Cor. 10:3–5). Christians, that’s God’s Word and He means it, yet many desecrate the pulpit by applauding Christians who wage war, death and destruction to enemies.

That Christ died and rose again for our sins is the first of the gospel; repenting, believing and obeying the testimony of Christ and His Holy Spirit, and making disciples of Christ is second; and believing Christ’s post-tribulation resurrection rapture and preparing to endure to the end of the age as He taught is the third. The first two are essential to the faithful endurance of the latter.

Many Scriptures from both the Old and New Covenants teach about the end-times, and these are for the benefit and preparation of believers, and to lead unbelievers to true saving faith in Christ. Yet, many churches are sadly ignoring all the warning and stop signs God gives in His Word for the protection of the elect. What about you, is your church preparing you to endure to the end of this present age? Are you being taught according to the Word and Spirit of God things promised by God for the tribulation and times of the end, i.e. the Seal, Trumpet, and Bowl Judgments?

Know this: Jesus’ Olivet Discourse, The Revelation of Jesus Christ, and numerous other end-time teachings are for the equipping of God’s saints for the end-times, not for unbelieving Jews as taught by Darby’s and Scofield’s dispensational heresy. The truth of Jesus’ testimony for the times of the end is an unpopular message. It doesn’t tickle the ears. It doesn’t fill church coffers with big money to run man’s business-styled, all-American, people-pleasing church.

“Then the woman [the true prepared, watching 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…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, [3 1/2 years] from the presence of the serpent” (Rev. 12:6 and 14). Image source: Google Images

Many will be caught in “the falling away” (2 Thess. 2:3) because few pastors and teachers loved people enough to teach them God’s truths for the end. Meditate on Jer. 5:30–31 and allow God’s Spirit to move you to a place where you will be taught things that must come to pass – to a place of teaching that loves you enough to speak the truth and prepare you in the knowledge of Christ that you and your loved ones may endure to the end of this present evil age – to a place that will teach you how to find the safety and provision of God for the last 3 1/2 years of great tribulation.

As I’ve taught for many years concerning the 3 1/2 years of great tribulation, the ancient prophet said “Come, my people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment, until the indignation is past. For behold, the Lord comes out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity; the earth will also disclose her blood, and will no more cover her slain. In that day the Lord with His severe sword, great and strong, will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent, Leviathan that twisted serpent; and He will slay the reptile that is in the sea” (Isa. 26:20-21 and 27:1). The parallel to this prophetic Word is found at Christ’s discourse at Luke 17:20-37 with special emphasis on verse 37, the saints’ passage to safety. The second parallel is Matt. 24:15-28 with emphasis on verses 26 and 28.

Marlin J. Yoder

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“And all the world marveled…”

Friday, May 31, 2019,

Globally, the end-time economic and societal collapse is underway but will get much worse in coming months. Use what little time remains to prepare spiritually and economically. Repent of sins. Live for Jesus Christ every day. Retire any level of debt you have. Live below your means, not at or above, that you can help family and loved ones, see (2 Tim. 4:8). Globalists and their Babel-type New World Order will strip us, and the world’s peoples of their currencies.

And in Christ “Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law” (Rom. 13:8). God also said “The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender” (Prov. 22:7). And Prov. 6:1–5 speaking to the fallacy of debt, commands to “Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, and like a bird from the hand of the fowler” (Prov. 6:5). Governments and lending institutions are not our friends; they want people dependent on them for their alleged economic and social good, but beware, it’s a satanic snare.

Chart of “Urbanization over the very long-term” – Source: ourworldindata.org

To accomplish that, the spirit of the prodigal pushed the migration of people from rural non-government dependency, to urban government-dependent hubs of economic and social progress. Using charts from this link, note that from 10,000 BCE to the time of Christ, most people in the world were rural-dwelling. But since Christ there’s been a noteworthy uptick to live urban. And using the “Urbanization over the very long-term” chart, look what began occurring at AD 2,000! The move from rural to urban-dwellers skyrocketed! The New World Order corralled, and now controls most people economically and socially, having made them dependent on governments.

An end-time evil plan disguised as economic and social progress pulled rural-dwellers to urban centers, while urban centers pushed the economic and social levers of perceived necessity. This government-created cause and effect is all part of Satan’s end-time agenda, as congested urban-dwellers are now mostly dependent on governments, and are thus more easily controlled.

Western urbanized culture has drawn us to pursue our dreams at any costs. Get your slice of the pie, borrow for your wants, use credit, build your credit score, you’re entitled! Big banks made millions of immoral loans to unqualified people. Later the government bailed out the immoral banks, but not the recipients of those loans. As a result millions are steeped in insurmountable mortgage, business, auto, vacation, medical, student loans and credit card debts.

Famine from lack of rain – Source: Google Images

The window of opportunity to retire one’s debt is shrinking rapidly. This is why I’ve taught for many years to prepare for the end-times. Jesus warned that famines, pestilences and wars would come. Wars are now non-stop, and multiple factors are also destroying crops globally. We may not feel or appreciate the impact now, but we will in the coming months. From Charisma News: Are We on the Brink of a Global Food Crisis? And from, End Of The American Dream: Floods And Drought Devastate Crops All Over The Planet – Could A Global Food Crisis Be Coming?

Starvation amid famine – Source: Google Images

America and the world now face multiple crisis, and Christians who believe the false pre-trib rapture will be deeply offended, unless they repent of unbelief, open their hearts and believe the testimony of Jesus Christ, and prepare while there’s still a little time. Political hatred, abortion, tornadoes, floods, wildfires, crop and livestock destruction, gang violence, illegal immigration, government corruption, national security, globalism, foreign economic sanctions, the Deep State, and multi-national tensions will boil over into war. These issues will all be exacerbated by food shortages. What’s happening in Venezuela will occur globally. Are you prepared for that?

Homelessness in Seattle, Washington – Source: Google Images

The main stream media (MSM), specializing in Fake News as President Trump often reminds us, will not disclose the truth of what’s now occurring in America and around the world. So, here’s a snapshot by alternative news sources often derided by the MSM. From Zero Hedge, 05/24/2019, Rural America Is On The Verge Of Collapse, and from

Homelessness in America – Source: Google Images

the same source this headline. And from Fellowship Of The Minds, this 05/25/2019 article, New York Times admits Democrat-run cities are unlivable. Dr. Drew predicts major epidemic in filthy Los Angeles this summer.

Regarding food supply, from RT.com, 04/09/2019, South Africa’s white farmers reportedly being murdered & tortured off their land. And then, this nearly four-year old headline from American Free Press, 70,000 Whites Murdered in ‘Modern’ South Africa: Obama’s African Legacy, and from Farmaid.org, 04/13/2017, A Looming Crisis on American Farms, and from

Famine by floods. America’s mid-west devastated by floods 2019 – Source: Google Images

Christianitytoday.com, 03/22/2019, America’s Farming Crisis, Laid Bare by Midwest Floods. The point is, a largely unreported global food crisis is now upon us. Are you prepared for it?

“For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. (We’re there!) And there will be famines, (Also of God’s Word – it’s here!) pestilences, (Multiply!) and earthquakes (Reported daily!) in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows” (Matt. 24:7–8). Some say, “I’ll live by faith for my needs”. But the Holy Spirit said “Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works” (James 2:18). True faith takes action and prepares!

Nation will rise against nation – Source: Google Images

 

A man who Scripture calls “the man of sin [and] son of perdition” (2 Thess. 2:3–4), will soon step upon the world stage with temporal answers to many crisis. Most people, even deceived Christians will be amazed by him for he will not appear as a man of sin, but of goodness, “And all the world marveled and followed the beast” (Rev. 13:3). Do not delay to be clothed in the righteousness and discernment of Jesus Christ through His Word. To ignore the testimony of Jesus Christ is a destructive and faithless way to approach the end-times. Have you prepared?

Now, another wake-up call concerning apostasy now ravaging the church. Believe it or not, mediums are now being hired by churches to help pastors! Note this 05/24/2019 headline from The Christian Post: “Vision Church of Atlanta adds psychic medium to ministerial staff”. And just like the “medium at En Dor” (1 Sam. 28:7), the medium at Vision Church of Atlanta is a woman! This wickedness in the church has its roots in the fact that decades ago women were given positions of authority and teaching by men, and this is some of the fruit of that rebellion, the end of which we have not seen, because it will become much worse.

The time to repent is now. Satan is finished playing games, and his all-out wrath, deception and maleficence will continue gaining strength as the Restrainer increasingly removes His restraint. Today is the day of salvation. Believe and confess the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Marlin J. Yoder

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Israel’s 71st Anniversary

Friday, May 24, 2019

Israel’s rebirth and 71st anniversary should alert the Church to the imminent 7-year tribulation, and the believers’ great need to prepare for it, followed by the resurrection rapture at the last day!

“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? For as soon as Zion was in labor, she gave birth to her children” (Isa. 66:8). Another ancient prophet also saw Israel reborn after Jerusalem’s 70 AD destruction to mark the start of the final generation of this present age as recorded at Ezekiel 37. This is why Jesus’ Parable of the Fig Tree at Matt. 24:32–35 is today so powerfully relevant.

U.S. President Harry S. Truman and Israel’s David Ben-Gurion – Source: Google Images

On Tuesday, May 14, 2019, the reborn nation of Israel celebrated its 71st anniversary. “On May 14, 1948, in Tel Aviv, Jewish Agency Chairman David Ben-Gurion proclaims the State of Israel, establishing the first Jewish state in 2,000 years. In an afternoon ceremony at the Tel Aviv Art Museum, Ben-Gurion pronounced the words “We hereby proclaim the establishment of the Jewish state in Palestine, to be called Israel,” prompting applause and tears from the crowd gathered at the museum. Ben-Gurion became Israel’s first premier.” (Source: History.com)

In 1948 incumbent U.S. President Harry S. Truman immediately recognized Israel as a sovereign nation. One year later The United Nations General Assembly Resolution 273 recognized Israel as a member of The United Nations. Israel was in fact reborn in one day just as God’s Word said. In considering the nearness of the seven-year tribulation, the age of Israel is intrinsically tied to that start, which begins with the “covenant with many” (Dan. 9:27), a seven-year peace plan.

In Jesus’ parable of the fig tree, meaning Israel, (see Joel 1:7 and Hos. 9:10) Jesus taught that the generation that sees Israel reborn and become fruitful and “its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near – at the doors!” Then, interpreting the sign of Israel’s rebirth and maturity, Jesus said “this generation [that sees Israel reborn] will by no means pass away till all these things take place” (Matt. 24:34). And by “all these things” He referred to His preceding Olivet Discourse of the 7-year tribulation followed by His return.

I remember well the 1970’s and 80’s. The Church went into hyper-drive warning that the rapture was imminent! Dispensationalists preached that because theirs was the generation that saw Israel reborn, the rapture would occur imminently within 40 years based on the generation of Numbers 32:13 when God made Israel “wander in the wilderness forty years, until all the generation that had done evil in the sight of the Lord was gone”. Thus, many believed the rapture would occur by 1988; hence, Edgar C. Whisenant’s book: “88 Reasons Why The Rapture Will Be In 1988”.

However, with the inconsequential passing of 1988, and no signs of a pre-trib rapture as widely promised, the end-times zeal and fervor during the 1990’s and beyond waned as an awkwardly confusing, and even mocking memory. Why? – because “Hope deferred makes the heart sick” (Prov. 13:12). It’s not surprising that many churches, pastors and teachers today are without courage to teach the end-times. Their pre-trib rapture lie failed and will continue to fail, as it’s only wishful thinking, assumptions and conjecture, but God does not move according to man’s assumptions, but according to the truth and perfect testimony of His Son, Jesus Christ.

Yet, the evangelical church harbors its false pre-trib rapture narrative, while refusing Christ’s testimony for the end-times. Many church leaders refuse to repent of their pride that conjured the pre-trib rapture while many pastors and teachers in their hearts secretly believe the testimony of Jesus Christ, knowing that Christ returns only once more “Immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 24:29–31), but remain silent for fear of economic, traditional and doctrinal reprisals!

But that silence will bear fruit to devastating consequences. Many will be eternally lost as Jesus said, when in the tribulation “many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another” (Matt. 24:10). Many will be offended because they had not been taught the truth, nor had they prepared in the truth, that, “he who endures to the end shall be saved” (Matt.24:13).

There’s another generational marker wherein God said to Abram “Know certainly that your descendants will be strangers in a land [Egypt] that is not theirs, and will serve them, and they will afflict them four hundred years…But in the fourth generation [the 400th year] they shall return here” (Gen. 15:13, 16). Here, a “generation” can be viewed as 100 years. Thus, God has shown that a biblical generation can fluctuate from 40 to 100 years, but the average is 70 years. The Scriptures and the signs of the times today strongly point to the average of 70+ years when considering Jesus’ Parable of the Fig Tree of Matt. 24:32–35 for the end of this present age.

God said “The days of our lives are seventy years; and if by reason of strength they are eighty years” (Psa. 90:10). This passage best identifies the “generation” to which Jesus pointed in His Parable of the Fig Tree. The generation born in 1948 when Israel was reborn will endure at least 70 years, having even now passed that mark, but will likely endure no more than 80 years before “all these things” Jesus described in His Olivet Discourse are fulfilled. And if the latter is true, then only about nine years remain until the end of the seven-year tribulation and Christ’s return.

Discerning God’s Word and the signs of the times, especially with the real threat of the Ezek. 38 Gog Magog war, we know the “covenant with many” and start of the final 7 years of this present age are very near. Note this May 1, 2019 Breaking Israel News headline: “AMAZING THINGS ACCOMPANY THE IMMINENT ARRIVAL OF MESSIAH”. But the messiah Orthodox Jews expect will be none other than the Antichrist, who will spiritually deceive not only religious Jews and many unprepared, lukewarm Christians, but most of the entire world, see Revelation 13.

Source: Google Images

The article says: “All sources are saying that Moshiach (Messiah) is going to appear in the Galil (Galilee) in the north of Israel…then make his way down to Yerushalyim (Jerusalem). One of the first things we’re going to do is slaughter the red heifer. We do have a red heifer already, which is one of the many signs that Moshiach is already here.” But its Antichrist’s seven-year peace covenant of Dan. 9:27 that will permit animal sacrifices in the rebuilt third Jewish temple.

Source: Google Images

But animal sacrifices for the remission of sins is an abomination to God. Orthodox Jews reject Christ as the once-for-all slain sacrificial Lamb, raised to life for the sins of “whosoever will believe in Him” (John3:16), being the ONLY way to God, John 14:6. Thus, Christianity and Judaism have absolutely nothing in common, spiritually, but dispensational Zionists teach otherwise. Beware of those, who, for popularity’s sake unite Judaism and Christianity!

Orthodox Jew praying – Image Source: Breaking Israel News

For example, many evangelical men and Messianic pastors and leaders, promote, for the sake of unity between Christians and Jews, wearing the Jewish prayer shawl head covering, though God clearly said “Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonors his head” (1 Cor. 11:4). And in the preceding verse we’re told that “the head of every man is Christ”, which means those false teachers teach men to dishonor Christ, yet another example of twisting God’s Word, forcing it to say exactly opposite from what it says.

We now live in an era of many false religious unities. Pope Francis, the perceived but apostate global leader of Christianity, has already united many deceived Christians with Judaism, Islam, Mormonism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Sikh religions as revealed at TheFridayLetter.com on April 12, 2019. The United Nations’ One World Religion is very near while Christians are being slaughtered all over the world, but the MSM are silent. And here in America, the rage against God, His Word, and His saints, escalates daily. It will not be long before being a true Christian will be unlawful. Are you prepared for that, and the coming wars, famines and pestilences?

All signs point to the “covenant with many” (Dan. 9:27) coming to fruition within the next two years from now. But at the present rate of advance, it’s entirely possible for it to become reality in several weeks or months. And the trajectory of Chief White House Advisor, Jared Kushner, and U.S. President Donald Trump to begin releasing “the deal of the century”, meaning that peace plan, could be reality by the fall harvest months of this year. Are you prepared for that?

Marlin J. Yoder

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The Gift(s) of the Holy Spirit

Friday, May 17, 2019

The gift of the Holy Spirit is to all born again believers, as God said, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call” (Acts 2:38–39).

We exist in body, soul and spirit, and upon conversion faith in Christ our spirit is the habitation of God’s Spirit, and we are God’s “true Jew” (Rom. 2:28–29). God’s Spirit, then, dwelling in our spirit causes us to desire the truth of His Word and “to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 1:3). Consequently, Spirit-led men and women affirm and defend God’s written Word, while our enemy the devil works to nullify and destroy it.

Understand that Satan’s goal is to destroy God’s Word. Many men and women led by their own will seek ways to twist God’s Word to force it to say what it clearly doesn’t say, even to saying the exact opposite of its plain truth. Such people are not Spirit-led, but have their own agenda of pleasing the world. They reject God’s leadership for His Church, but the Spirit-led discern it.

Jesus promised that “when He [the Holy Spirit] has come, [and He came at Pentecost] He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” (John 16:8). Thus, believers must be discerningly Spirit-led, and not by the flesh or traditions of men, the latter being polar opposite from the former. Being Spirit-led and Spirit-filled always affirms God’s Word “which was once for all delivered to the saints”, and will never seek to circumvent God’s Word.

The Holy Spirit will always lead us in the truth of God’s Word, and will never contradict or violate it. But one creates trouble for the Church when one departs from God’s authority which can result in anxiety, depression, insomnia, eating disorders, psychological and physiological disorders and more. If not repented of it can even lead to suicide which is self-murder, and God said “No murderer has eternal life abiding in him” (1 John 3:15). Yet very sadly today, pastoral suicides are at an alarmingly all-time high.

Christians must quickly and firmly agree with God and “not quench the Spirit” (1 Thess. 5:19), that we might walk in the fullness of the Spirit which results in the promise of God, that, “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).

Beyond the Holy Spirit given at conversion, there are nine gifts of the Spirit: “the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom, to another the word of knowledge…to another faith…to another gifts of healings…to another the working of miracles…to another prophecy…to another discerning of spirits…to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills” (1 Cor. 12:7–11).

We must emphasize verse 11 in this text, saying, “But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills”. That point is crucial, because in our fallen flesh we are prone to telling God what our gift(s) should be. But it doesn’t work that way. We’re all unique, and only God knows which gift(s) are best utilized in us for “the profit of all”. It’s not our choice, but the Holy Spirit’s.

Many declare they have this or that gift, only to be disillusioned, humiliated or both. Many are self-appointed “prophets”, but their folly is proven when just one thing they say doesn’t come to pass, which proves their falsehood, for God said “when a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him” (Deut. 18:32).

If you haven’t yet prayed for or received one of the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit, be encouraged to seek God in prayer. Don’t stop praying and asking. Be persistent. God wants to use you for His honor and glory and the benefit of other believers. Be encouraged by Luke 11:5–13 which concludes, saying, “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”

As you pursue spiritual gifts, you will gain knowledge of God and spiritual discernment which always affirms His Word and never opposes it. Walking in the Spirit matures and teaches us the truths of God, without which, we walk in the flesh. The Holy Spirit will ALWAYS affirm God’s Word, and NEVER lead contrary to it. Being Spirit-led results in knowing whether what we hear, see and experience is of God, or from man’s own self-serving agenda and flesh.

But be warned, by persuasive oratory, supposition and conjecture many make God’s Word appear contrary and culturally irrelevant. Here are just two examples of many: Jesus said He gathers His elect “Immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 24:29–31), but false teaches say He gathers His elect before the seven-year tribulation even begins! And though God said “I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence” (1 Tim. 2:11–14) ~ (1 Cor. 14:34–37), false teachers loving the praise of man say the exact opposite, and promote women to positions of authority over men! Both examples are open rebellion!

Christians must not allow the undermining of God’s Word. If God’s Word is allowed to be manipulated unto unbelief, the cross is emptied of its power. And Christ does not give us His Spirit so we can disown His Calvary-purchased Word at our will. True Christians must “contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 1:3). We do that by defending God’s Word, while lovingly yet strongly challenging those who would change it, because in new birth conversion faith we are spiritually married to Christ, not man.

Dear fellow believer, open your eyes and heart to the truth. Ours is the final generation before the return of Christ, and Satan is working relentlessly to destroy God’s authority and rule over His Church. If we allow the dissolution and rule of God personally and for the Church, then we promote what God calls “the falling away” (2 Thess. 2:3) and defend a lukewarm spirit for which Jesus said, “So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth” (Rev. 3:16). But our calling is to be holy, trustworthy believers.

Marlin J. Yoder

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