Friday, November 19, 2021
I preface this, and every Letter with, “let God be true but every man a liar” (Rom. 3:4). In fact, every teaching from every Christian pulpit or ministry outlet should be prefaced with the same.
Messiah, the Christ said, “When it is evening, ‘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). Again, He said “Whenever you see a cloud rising out of the west, immediately you say, ‘A shower is coming’; and so it is. And when you see the south wind blow, you say, ‘There will be hot weather’; and there is. Hypocrites! You can discern the face of the sky and of the earth, but how is it you do not discern this time?” (Luke 12:54–56). How very apropos for today!
Anyone not seeing and hearing the outright wickedness coming from national leaders and their governments is either isolated from society or lives in woeful denial of reality. But most people get it. While they know the world is sliding to vitriolic chaos, many are clueless as to why. This condition is sadly true even in the evangelical church. While many believers see the overt evils and authoritarian rule of governments, they don’t recognize it as signs of the end-times, but as just more human failure. The ignorance in churches that the world has entered the end-times is largely due to many pastors themselves being unable to discern the signs of the times, or they’re afraid to call it what it is. They’re not comfortable with God’s command to “expose them” (Eph. 5:11) who perpetrate wickedness against humanity and the world; and as a result God said “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hos. 4:6). This too is fitting of this generation.
This minister, however, because of my love for Christ and my fellowman will teach you Christ’s Words for the end-times that you be prepared. I encourage you to seek the truths Messiah taught concerning the times of the end, you will not regret it. Read Matt. 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21 just for starters. And know that you do NOT need commentaries of men to understand exactly what Messiah said. Indeed, the same Messiah of whom the Spirit said “All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that is made” (John 1:3), is the One who said “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6), and also said “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth” (Matt. 28:18). These truths are non-negotiable for every Christian. Yet, there are those who strip Christ of His authority for the end-times. But only the foolish do so. Due to false teachers millions of Christians today believe the pre-trib rapture narrative, which wholly opposes what Messiah taught, saying that His elect are gathered “Immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 24:29–31). So, who are the elect?
Indeed, “Who are ‘the elect’ of whom Messiah spoke?” Was He speaking of unbelieving Jews as dispensational pre-trib teachers would have us believe? Absolutely not! Messiah was speaking to believers, for they are “the elect”! Put “the elect” in your Bible search engine and learn the truth of who “the elect” are. They are not unbelieving Jews, but true Jews, Rom. 2:28–29, born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. That’s “the elect”, and Christ gathers His elect, not before the tribulation as false teachers would have you believe, but “Immediately after the tribulation”! So, that truth requires preparation; it means believers must endure the tribulation to its end, also as Christ taught at Matt. 24:13. It means we’ll be right here on earth when, as Messiah said “many will come in My name, saying ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many” (Matt. 24:5). It means we’ll be on earth to hear of wars and rumors of wars unlike any time in previous generations; and we’ll see nation rising against nation and kingdom against kingdom, Matt. 24:6–7; it means we’ll be here for “famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places”, all three of which are now occurring around the world. Even now we’re seeing “the beginning of sorrows”. We should not be deceived to think elite globalists are done with the pestilence of COVID-19, for they’re on the cusp of releasing more deadly man-made viruses, which will, of course, demand more vaccines!
We will be here when “they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another…And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved” (Matt. 24:9–13). Why will many be offended? What’s the general prerequisite for an offense? Being lied to, of course! Many believers will be offended when they find themselves here on earth after a lifetime of being told by false teachers that they would be raptured before the tribulation, and before seeing Antichrist. And if you have been deceived by pre-trib rapture teachers, and hope in its hopeless deception, you would likely be unprepared in Spirit and in truth to enter and endure the tribulation. Messiah said He is “the truth” (John 14:6), but the dispensational pre-trib rapture tradition scorns His truth.
We will be here on earth as Messiah said “when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ [the Antichrist] spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (whoever reads let him understand)” (Matt. 24:15). So, when Antichrist stands in the third rebuilt temple in Jerusalem, the world will see him, he “who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God” (2 Thess. 2:4), and thus, the great tribulation begins, the last 3 1/2 years, the last 42 months of this age. And this will be the small window of opportunity, as was the case with Lot and his wife and daughters, to “be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man” (Luke 21:36). That “escape” is not the rapture, but a place where God provides for His elect bride, when “the woman [the “freewoman” of Gal. 4:21–31] 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, ~14). But those who exchange what Messiah taught for the pre-trib rapture will largely be unprepared in knowledge to find God’s safety and provision for 42 months as “the elect” await the resurrection rapture “at the last day” (John 6:40, 44, 54); “Immediately after the tribulation”. It will mean horrors for those who believed the pre-trib, but peace, safety and provision for those who loved, believed and prepared in what Messiah taught.
Now consider this highly relevant question – why does the organized evangelical church readily teach what Christ taught, e.g. – God’s creation of heaven and earth, God’s love, fallen humanity, repentance and confession unto salvation, eternal life and eternal death, judgment, heaven, hell, love your neighbor as yourself, redemption, sanctification, forgiveness, love for enemies, grace, murder, adultery, marriage, divorce and remarriage, being salt and light to the world, the model prayer, lay up treasure in heaven, healing, the fruit of the Spirit, spiritual gifts of the Spirit, and much more, but when it comes to the end-times, and the resurrection of the just “at the last day” (John 6:40, 44, 54 and 11:23–24), and Messiah gathering His elect bride “Immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 24:29–31), many pastors and Bible teachers ignore, silence and literally shut down the testimony of Messiah! It’s wicked and disgraceful. They teach all of Jesus’ teachings except the one about end-times that’s able of prepare believers to endure to the end!
It’s a magnum deception to teach all those things Christ taught, but then ignore what He taught for the end-time safe passage of His elect through the tribulation to the resurrection rapture at the last day! Why preach salvation and all its accompanying Scriptures if you’re not going to teach believers how to navigate and endure the days of the end-times? This is why Christ specifically warned believers, saying that “many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another”. In truth, many will have come to salvation faith in Christ but will fall away in offense when they see that the tribulation is upon them, and that they were led to exchange truth for the utterly hopeless pre-trib rapture tradition of man. The dispensational pre-trib rapture is the work of the devil and his deceiving spirits, and will cause a great “falling away” (2 Thess. 2:3). But Messiah prophetically warned us of deceptions just like this.
The silencing of end-time truths, is not love for Christ and fellowman, but shockingly rejects equipping and preparing believers to endure to the end of this present age because they are told they won’t need to endure to the end, again openly scorning the Word of the Lord that, “he who endures to the end shall be saved” (Matt. 24:13). The Words of the Spirit by the prophet are very fitting for today: “An astonishing and horrible thing has been committed in the land: the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests [pastors] 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). Great question!
If you’re paying attention to the rapid descent into what’s now becoming global totalitarianism, you know the signs of the times are all round us. The man-made COVID-19 pandemic with its subsequent global vaccine mandates causing division, strife and hatred; man-made societal and fiscal destruction from which there’ll be no recovery; man’s geo-engineered weather causing horrific storms, hurricanes, volcanoes, earthquakes and global warming; the man-made global supply chain failures which now decimate world trade; the man-made food shortage which will grow to global famines, wars and rumors of wars. The time has come when a few elite globalists decided the world is there’s to remake according to their will. And many events of the tribulation will be the result of man trying to be God, just as Satan caused the fall of mankind millennia ago.
Marlin J. Yoder