Friday, November 11, 2022
Numerous political predictions of a conservative red wave across America has utterly failed. America’s mid-term vote proves that more and more people in America are Left-leaning which follows the biblically prophetic course of the end-times. Politics never has and never will heal what’s wrong with people’s hearts. Red and blue states spent insane millions of dollars to elect their candidates. While DeSantis of Florida led a conservative and anti-woke agenda, many other states proved the opposite. Frankly, this world is on a collision course with the end of the age, and most people have an earth-bound mentality. Politics will ultimately ascend Antichrist to his seat of authority when “all the world marveled and followed the beast” (Rev. 13:3). Politics can never legislate morality or the truly born again heart, only true repentance, confession, and faith in Christ Jesus can. But politicians have proven that they primarily care about power and money.
God identifies politicians, saying, “Why do the nations rage and the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against His anointed, saying, ‘Let us break Their bonds in pieces and cast away Their cords from us’” (Psa. 2:1–3). Most politicians would refuse to put forward the commands of Christ in their legislative agendas, lest they commit political suicide because they respect man more than God!
Jesus Christ said to all who would by faith believe in Him: “In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:2–3). Two-thousand years ago God sent Jesus Christ into the world which is rapidly approaching the time when Christ will consummate His agenda, and call His elect saints to Himself. And what we’re witnessing in the increasingly radical anti-God agendas of America and all other nations is serving to bring us closer to the end of this present age that God’s ultimate agenda of gathering of His elect saints to Himself would be fulfilled.
In the midst of the numerous agendas of people, we must include the agendas of those who seek religious leadership. There are false ministers following the traditions of men, and true ministers who follow the authority and calling of Christ. And in discerning the false from the true, we must allow the testimony of Christ speak for itself, because the false find numerous reasons why not to accept the testimony of Christ, while the true find every reason to validate and agree with Jesus’ testimony. So, what that means for we who believe is, we must know what Jesus said and taught concerning His return and gathering of His elect, because the false seek to silence the testimony of Christ because they prefer supporting the traditions of men which “make the word of God of no effect” (Mark 7:13). It’s just that simple, we minsters will either defend the testimony and authority of Jesus Christ or not. But you are tasked by God to discern the false from the true.
First, for we who know and believe Jesus, He said: “For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak” (John 12:49). [My bold emphasis] Our take away from that is this: Christ did not speak only on His own authority, but He spoke that which His Father told Him to speak. And we also have the assurance that, after His resurrection and ascension to His Father, His Holy Spirit spoke through His apostles in total agreement with what the Father and the Son taught. So, ministers who speak contrary to Christ also speak contrary to the Words of the Father and of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus taught the resurrection of the dead, both of the righteous and the unrighteous, saying, “Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth – those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation. I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me” (John 5:28–30). [My bold emphasis] The question is, “When does the resurrection occur?” Jesus answers that, “at the last day” (John 6:40, 44, 54). And Martha, a follower of Christ even learned this because she listened to and believed the Word of the Lord when she said to Jesus at Lazarus’ tomb, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day” (John 11:24). Yet, false ministers, without any Scriptural evidence, preach the resurrection of the righteous dead seven years before the last day! They do this to support their anti-Christ pre-trib rapture tradition which is a horrible deception, making many utterly unprepared to endure to the end, which is exactly opposite of what Jesus taught at Matt. 24:13. The consequences will be awful.
It’s important to know that the end-time resurrection of the dead and rapture occur one right after the other. Those two events are inseparable. There cannot be a resurrection of the dead without the accompanying rapture. This is made very clear by Scripture saying, “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up [raptured] together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord” (1 Thess. 4:16–17). This confirms Christ’s teaching that He gathers His elect “Immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 24: 29–31). Now, be forewarned that deceivers preach that Christ was not speaking to His Church when He taught the Olivet Discourse at Matt. 24, but that, on its face is absolutely false! Among many other Scriptures, at Mark’s record of the same Discourse, the Lord Jesus said “And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!” (Mark 13:37).
Additionally, in the Apostle Peter’s first sermon the Spirit said that “He [Christ] must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything” (Acts 3:21 NIV). With that truth, if the pre-trib rapture were true there would be no tribulation, because Christ “descends from heaven” for the rapture. Dispensationalism makes believers unprepared to endure to the end just like the five foolish virgins of Matt. 25:1–13. Rather than searching the Scriptures to find God’s safety and provision during the great tribulation, the Dispensational pre-trib rapture has deceived many to believe they’ll avoid the 7-year tribulation altogether. Instead of preparing to endure the long dark night of the tribulation, as did the five wise virgins of Matt. 25:1–13, pre-trib rapture believers find no reason to search the Scriptures to learn of God’s unique safety and provision.
I believe you want to be prepared to endure to the end just as Christ taught. That’s called wisdom and learning from the Lord Jesus. But in order for that to be true for you and your loved ones, it’s imperative that you not only believe, but prepare in the testimony of Jesus and His Holy Spirit. What I’m conveying to you is the prophetic end-time Word of the Lord God and His Christ, and that Word clearly says “the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” (Rev. 19:10). Everything Christ taught came from the heart of God the Father and is absolutely true and trustworthy. Make it your personal agenda to agree with the testimony of Christ. You will never be disappointed.
Marlin J. Yoder