Friday, August 26, 2022
Do you hear the sounds of raging conflict? Is your spirit attentive to the sounds of spiritual war? Do your spiritual ears hear the roar of unseen entities vying for eternal souls? Those sounds of battle are now greatly intensifying, because the end of this age is drawing near. At times God’s prophets were given glimpses into that unseen realm. More than ever now, it’s vital that every Christian discerns and understands the battle raging in the spiritual realms for their souls; that they’re prepared to stand firm in the full armor of God, see Eph. 6:10–18.
The ancient prophet Elisha and his servant were surrounded by the enemy Syrian army, and the prophet’s servant became fearful and said to Elisha, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” And the prophet answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them”. Then the prophet prayed saying, “Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see”. And God opened the eyes of the young servant “and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha” (2 Kings 6:15–17). And God delivered the enemy Syrian army into the hand of Elisha who understood the unseen battle that raged around him. We can take comfort in like manner if we, like Elisha, by faith know and believe God and His Christ.
The ancient prophet Daniel had prayed and made request for understanding of prophetic end-time revelations given him, when suddenly an angel of the Lord touched him and told him that from the day Daniel prayed the angel had been sent from heaven to bring Daniel the answer he sought. And the angel said, “But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days, and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia” (Dan. 10:13). For twenty-one days the battle raged between the angelic forces of heaven and the satanic forces of darkness; here’s why: the angel said, “Now I have come to make you understand what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision refers to many days yet to come” (Dan. 10:14). You see, the devil does not want God’s people to know what is to come, that’s why “the prince of the kingdom of Persia” fought the angel bringing Daniel his answer. And in this regard the pre-trib rapture deception assists the devil’s mission by blinding Christians to believe they’ll be raptured off the earth before the seven-year tribulation even begins. But pre-tribbers argue against Jesus Christ Himself.
And now, this important side note—the prophet Daniel was a true Jew, and true Christians are also true Jews with Daniel because “he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God” (Rom. 2:28–29). And since born again Christians are true Jews with Daniel and those of “the Israel of God” (Gal. 6:16) who love God and His Christ, the Holy Spirit said of us “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy” (1 Peter 2:9–10). When the angel told Daniel “what will happen to your people in the latter days”, that includes true Christians because there is only “one body” (Eph. 4:4–6).
Consider the gravity of the news the angel delivered for which Daniel said “When he [the angel] had spoken such words to me, I turned my face toward the ground and became speechless…My lord, because of the vision my sorrows have overwhelmed me, and I have retained no strength. For how can this servant of my lord talk with you, my lord? As for me, no strength remains in me now, nor is any breath left in me” (Dan. 10:15–17). Daniel, though great in faith, word and deed, was literally overcome in the frailty of his humanity when faced with the trying crucibles of the end-times. We need to place Daniel’s experience alongside Jesus’ warning when He said of the mid-trib event that, then “there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened” (Matt. 24:21–22). The truth is, many organized churches are divorced from the truths revealed to the prophet Daniel and reiterated by Christ Himself. Why and how has this occurred? Through the heretic pre-trib rapture hoax foisted upon the church. Seemingly, the church rule today is, “Out of sight and out of mind. No need to preach it, no need to discern it, no need to even believe the testimony of Jesus Christ’s Olivet Discourse, for He allegedly wasn’t speaking to believers, so believers don’t even need to consider the seven-year tribulation!” That’s the pre-trib rapture’s proud and destructive lie of the ages, and the devil is pleased that his deceit has blinded many!
And because the end-time testimony of Christ has effectively been silenced, so too are silenced concerns or preparations for enduring to the end as Christ taught, together with discernment of end-time spiritual and physical battles raging around us. God help those ministers and pastors who are afraid to preach the testimony of Christ because it goes against their church traditions! Consequently, the largely Laodicean and lukewarm church of today is nearly anesthetized to the many battles raging around us, and just “go along to get along” with whatever the government mandates. This is why so many Christians could not spiritually discern that COVID-19 and its subsequent mandated economy-destroying lockdowns, life-destroying vaccines, physically and psychologically-damaging masking mandates, were all a part of elites’ depopulation endgame agenda. Many pastors led their congregations to blindly obey the government, again, because even many pastors could not discern the season of the end-times now upon us. From COVID’s start, I warned that its global lie was led by spirits of Antichrist. It’s taken several years, but there’s today an increasing number of believers who are beginning to discern that truth also.
Indeed, the spiritual and physical battles intensify. On the near horizon are coming even more pandemics; more elite-authored vaccine mandates; more freedom-killing mandates; more power and control-grabbing mandates authored by men like Klaus Schwab and his evil advisor Yuval Noah Harari, who deny the existence of God, and spew their depopulation agenda, exulting the integration of human biometrics and machine to create super-human AI, together with the likes of Bill Gates and many other elitist leaders. Their creations of sentient AI is their Godless value of eternal life, while declaring “we just don’t need the vast majority of you”. This is their Great Reset agenda, and Christ will allow them to achieve it but at the end He will destroy the enemy!
And coming soon is the global monetary collapse, which will lead to a global biometric digital currency. The world is following Communist China’s example on this. It gives governments the power to control the people’s money, together with a social credit score. Monetary systems will be integrated with a central bank-controlled system that will track everything people do. COVID with its evil appendages was the first step by elites in gaining global control, as more pandemics and vaccines will be a increased step toward their goal; and now a biometric digital currency will supercharge the path to the coming mark of the beast. But unfortunately, for lack of wisdom and discernment many Christians scoff at all this, again, because they’ve been taught by pastors that, by reason of the pre-trib rapture tradition, they can ignore Christ’s end-time teachings, but trust their government leaders! Beware! All these end-time evils are overtaking the world on the basis of normalcy. The elite want people to think their creations are normal progressions of industrial revolution, and their deceptions are insanely successful, as has been proven by most organized churches bowing the knee to government lockdowns, vaccines and mask mandates, with little to no discernment that these are fulfilling God’s end-time decrees for the coming mark of the beast.
In closing, I want you to know that God’s holy angels are, and will continue to be, very instrumental in the end-times. We see from Scripture how angels ministered to Elisha and Daniel and there are many other examples that could be brought to demonstrate their roles. But it’s very important that we believe God’s Word that rhetorically asks, “Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?” (Heb. 1:14). [My emphasis] Angels do attend those “counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass” (Luke 21:36), at the mid-point of the tribulation, where the Spirit says “the woman fled…[to] a place prepared by God, that they [angels]should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days” (Rev. 12:6, ~14), during the great tribulation, which is the last forty-two months of this present age. It is past the time for Christians to divorce themselves from the pre-trib rapture false hope, and like the wise virgins, Matt. 25:1–13, actually believe and prepare in the testimony of Jesus Christ. If not, the spiritual and physical consequences of unbelievers will be absolutely catastrophic.
Marlin J. Yoder