Friday, December 28, 2018
Thus saith the Lord God for the times of the end: “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom” (Matt. 24:6–7). God’s Word is worthy of special note that Christ said “you will hear of wars”, not participate in them.
“World War I…was a global war originating in Europe that lasted from 1914 to 1918…it led to the mobilization of more than 70 million military personnel, including 60 million Europeans… An estimated nine million combatants and seven million civilians died as a direct result of the war, and it also contributed to later genocides and the 1918 influenza pandemic, which caused between 50 and 100 million deaths worldwide.” (Wikipedia) The work of Satan.
World War II…was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945…[it] eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis…World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 50 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China. It included massacres, the genocide of the Holocaust…premeditated death from starvation and disease, and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.” (Wikipedia)
WWI caused the deaths of about 16 million people, plus “genocides and the 1918 influenza pandemic, which caused between 50 and 100 million deaths worldwide”; while WWII added another “50 to 85 million fatalities” plus “premeditated death from starvation and disease”. Post-Calvary wars are NOT the work of God but of Satan, who “does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy” (John 10:10), and Christians must be prepared to live in that truth.
“When He opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, ‘Come and see.’ So I looked, and behold a pale horse. And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him. And power was given to him over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth” (Rev. 6:7–8).
Make no mistake here: wars and the born again Christian are NOT synonymous. They are at great opposition one with another. Christians serve the light of Christ, but war serves the hideous darkness of Lucifer. The apostle Paul under inspiration of the Holy Spirit addressed this issue.
For vernacular clarity I quote from the NIV: “By the humility and gentleness of Christ, I appeal to you—I, Paul, who am ‘timid’ when face to face with you, but ‘bold’ toward you when away! I beg you that when I come I may not have to be as bold as I expect to be toward some people who think that we [saints] live by the standards of this world. For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete” (2 Cor. 10:1–6). Seven times “we” is used, meaning the saints.
The same apostle who wrote the above, also said, “The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you” (Phil. 4:9). Do not miss the conditional prerequisite to “the God of peace” being with those of us who believe. As Christians, we believe and defend the post-Calvary Word of the Lord and not the fallen warring dictates of national/globalist rulers over us. Christians are Christ’s ambassadors, not the worlds.
Christians are to be subject to governing authorities, (Rom. 13:1–7), UNLESS that subjection conflicts with God’s commands because “We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29). But many are not spiritually equipped to withstand worldly mocking, rejection and ridicule for believing God, who by faith is unseen, rather than earthly governing authorities who are seen.
In these end-times the world is going to war, and war serves the purposes of Satan in the destruction of mankind made in the image of God, and now is the time every believer needs to decide on whose side he or she will be on – God’s side or the side of national/globalist dictates, for, “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon” (Matt. 6:24). Wars are about money, power and control, and the god of this age, Satan, commands them.
Decide today that you will be found in obedience on the side of Christ and His commands, for His Kingdom is a matter of “righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Rom. 14:17), which is impossible among the “wars and rumors of wars” of men and their greed for money, power and control, which always results in the death and destruction of people made in the image of God. Even an elementary understanding of faith in Christ discerns these truths.
And to those who would point to the Old Testament examples of God commanding ancient Israel to “go and attack Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and do not spare them. But kill both man and woman, infant and nursing child, ox and sheep, camel and donkey” (1 Sam. 15:3), please know the truth, that God commanded ancient Israel to destroy a non-redeemable people who had corrupted their God-created DNA with the seed of Satan through sexual relations with fallen angels, which in fact led to Noah’s flood (Gen. 6:1–4) and continued “also afterward” (Gen. 6:4). There are voluminous end-time truths here that the Church is not disclosing.
But know this: the world will soon be embroiled in unprecedented wars that will kill “a fourth” (Rev. 6:8) of mankind, and then another “third of mankind” (Rev. 9:15) because Satan knows his time is short. And he wants you to ignore God’s commands for you and participate in those wars. But as Christians we must decide beforehand and “choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve” (Joshua 24:15), be it the god of this age, or Christ our Savior. We must be patient through affliction, for, “We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22).
Wars are integral to Satan’s end-time plan of destroying mankind made in the image of God as seen in the 20th century. And wars will continue to the end of this age as elite globalists agree that global population must be reduced to 500 million as revealed on the Georgia Guidestones.
Our mission as God-honoring, and redeemable fellowman-loving believers, should we decide to accept it, is as Jesus said to the persecuted Church: “Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer…Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life” (Rev. 2:10).
Marlin J. Yoder