Time to Choose

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The Fall of Rome

 

Every day now I see another story of alleged vote fraud, of the GOP overtly conspiring to deprive their very own front of the party’s nomination, and of the DNC blatantly stacking their “superdelegates” so that Clinton will easily win over Sanders. Out of all this, I see–more than I could have ever imagined–just how corrupt the American political machine is. When a Republican party official can say on national television that they pick the candidate, not the voters, what voice does a nation or its people have? For whatever one might think of Donald Trump, it is his presence in this campaign that has forced the revelation of this corruption to the surface. All the political world, both Democrat and Republican parties, have united in stopping Donald Trump. Just today it was announced that Colorado would have no caucus, and that all their delegates would go automatically to Trump’s opponent Ted Cruz. What did the GOP tweet about this? “We did it.” They did it. The successfully stole any potential delegates from their own leading candidate and the opportunity to vote for him or anybody else from Republican voters in Colorado. They changed the electoral process in Colorado to something more likely seen in the Soviet Union. The depth of the party’s mendacity is breathtaking.

This nation is adrift; we have no rudder. We cast off God decades ago, and it seems the time to pay the bill may be at hand. I’ve been reading a lot lately about the collapse of societies and civilizations–particularly of the fall of Rome and the medieval darkness that fell on Europe for a millennium afterwards. Amid the ruins of the Roman civitas, tribal chiefs and feudal lords arose to fill the vacuum, and over all arched the umbrella of the church, such as it was. Corrupt and apostate, still it did provide some unifying force throughout Europe. It could exert great control over leaders and their people simply by the threat of excommunication. Many people in America have likened our future to that of the Roman collapse, but I respectfully disagree; our collapse won’t be as gentle. America, if/when it fails, will not collapse like Rome. It will not die and fall down where others can come in, pick up the pieces, and carry on. America will fly apart. It will explode, and the pieces will take a very long time to collect, if indeed they ever are. Look at the state of American society. Even before any collapse has begun, it is fragmented nearly to death. Only the overbearing, and increasingly bloated, ineffectual, corrupt, and hated federal government holds the thing together. When the threat of punishment no longer has any terror–and that’s all the Federal government really contributes anymore–the centrifugal force of cultural revolution and cultural Marxism will fly us apart. We are a supremely immoral, conscienceless, and brutal people. Remove the referees, and the nation will be at each others’ throats. The stage is already set. Only an unmerited act of divine mercy can save us. Whether one will come, I cannot say.

I see some hope, but I am just another person, and I make a lot of mistakes and misjudgments. I see hope in the universal, overt fury directed at Donald Trump. Every facet of the world system hates him. They hate him so much they have willingly cast aside their facade to attack him. We see now what many have long suspected; the two-party system in America is a sham. There is one party with two faces, a living, breathing Hegelian dialectic. This gives me hope that Donald Trump is the real deal. I see these attacks and the blatant vote fraud carried out, by the Republicans no less, and I wonder how he can ever survive and overcome, and actually ascend to the Presidency. I then wonder, what if it is just another deception, and he too will send us to our destruction?

What a unique time it is in which we live. There is literally no one or nothing upon which we can pin our hopes. Our very world is coming apart. Today I read a series of articles from people not particularly given to spasms of Chicken Little-ing and who are reasonably rational, in which they project we have nine months until the collapse–January 2017. I presume they mean around the time when the Presidential inauguration happens (or is supposed to happen). The things they suggest one does to prepare, I cannot do, and the collapse they predict is vicious, a societal detonation of the worst kind. Regardless of what comes, we have this hope:

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I [Jesus] have overcome the world.  John 16:33 KJV

 

For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.

Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. Matthew 24:5-14 KJV

I think we’re there. I also believe that if we believers actually put down our iPhones for a few minutes and seek wisdom from God, he will direct us and empower us, not necessarily to survive the times ahead, although that is what I pray, but to overcome them, and in the process make some difference in something that is eternal. It’s time to begin disconnecting ourselves from this world system, to stop listening to their trash and lies. This is the end. Surely, if you have any notion of God, any concept of what it is to be a Christian, you must sense it. The time to choose whom we will serve is upon us.

God forbid that we should forsake the LORD, to serve other gods. Joshua 24:15

 

The Night Cometh

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I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day:

the night cometh, when no man can work.   John 9:4

 

Honestly, over the past several weeks, I have lost interest in this blog. Only a handful of people ever see it, and writing a post takes some effort and a lot of time. I have serious doubts that anything said here matters; it is like preaching to an empty church. I’ve seen several events over the past few weeks that could be significant in biblical prophecy, and today, I have the powerful sense that something is brewing in the world. There is trouble just around the corner. So again, I write to the (optimistically counted) handful of people who might look at this post; I preach to my empty church.

For many years, I have held the opinion that the prophesied False Prophet would likely be a Pope, and that the Great Harlot of Revelation is likely the Roman Catholic Church (not its millions of adherents worldwide, but the actual hierarchy of the church–its Pope, cardinals, and bishops). The description of the Great Harlot and the beast upon which she sits is found in Revelation 17. This is not intended to be an analysis of the RCC in prophecy, so this post will proceed on the assumption that it is the harlot of Revelation 17. (For a brief explanation of this, go here.) Jorge Mario BergoglioThe fact is that Pope Francis has been spewing absurdities from his bully pulpit of supposed papal infallibility almost since he arrived. For a person who is supposed to be the Vicar of Christ on earth, he sounds decidedly unchristian at times. He has recently equated climate change with sin, stated that gun owners are not Christians, supported the creation of a Palestinian state, called for Christians and Muslims in Algeria to be friends (while Muslims are mercilessly persecuting Christians throughout the Middle East and the Mediterranean), stated that communists are “closet Christians,” and the list goes on. None of these things is biblical, and supporting a Palestinian state is tantamount to supporting the destruction of Israel. Francis is a South American Jesuit liberation theologian (i.e. a Marxist). I question his genuine devotion to Jesus Christ, and see him as a willing tool of the globalist, one-world Marxist government. The point is that I believe the False Prophet has arrived. The Antichrist cannot be far behind.

The Supreme Court of the United States ruled 5-4 today that the states cannot ban homosexual marriage. I can’t say I’m surprised. This is just a continuation of the immoral pit into which America has been falling for the past fifty years. The SCOTUS ruling is being made a bigger deal by both sides of the issue than it really is.SCOTUSIt’s a horrible ruling constitutionally, since this is an issue that should have been left to the discretion of the states. Morally, it is just a symptom of our corrupt society. What else should we expect in a world where pornography is piped into homes via the internet and cable/satellite TV, and all forms of sexual immorality are rampant? Homosexuality has been around since Genesis, and no amount of legislating will change it, but I do take issue with the tyrannical Federal government and its corrupt judges forcing all America to embrace it. The peril in today’s ruling isn’t that homosexuals can now be legally married; it is in the fact that our national government has officially endorsed a lifestyle roundly condemned in scripture. It isn’t the first time the United States has done so, but this adds to our guilt and immorality as a nation. Combined with an Executive branch that is overtly anti-Jewish, anti-Christian, pro-Muslim, and actively enabling the enemies of Israel, the events of the past few weeks have (in my humble opinion) sealed our fate. While Christians should pray earnestly that God will have mercy on us for the sake of the righteous, the fact is that this country deserves whatever judgment God metes out.

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Judgment is coming.

What form that judgment will take, I cannot say, but I have heard some rumblings in the prophetic community, which are troubling. One of the recurrent things about which people claim to have received visions is a massive rupture of the New Madrid fault. One such vision reported by a pastor in Louisiana also forewarned collapse of the US dollar. Additionally, this article illustrates how eleven different economic models all point to an imminent crash of the stock market before the end of 2015.

Christian leaders, such as Franklin Graham, are warning that Christians should prepare for persecution. The homosexual Cake Police was just a trial balloon. You can expect that the militant homosexual camp will be further emboldened to persecute the church after this court edict. For the first time in 239 years, America is about to see the rise of underground churches. Being an overt Christian believer has never been so dangerous in America. It would be wise to hide your Bible in your heart, if you haven’t done so already.

All is not lost, even in this fallen world. Some dare to stand against the judicial tyranny of the corrupt Federal government and its thugs. Texas has passed laws to shield pastors from persecution for refusing to officiate at homosexual pseudo-weddings. Texas has also declared that the state reserves the right to deny benefits, and to take other actions in defiance of the SCOTUS ruling, and that state officials cannot be held liable. Louisiana has nullified the ruling, with Governor Jindal stating that there is still no homosexual marriage in Louisiana. Since January 20, 2009, the specter of civil war as loomed ever larger in this country. America is at the most critical point in its history since April 11, 1861–the day before Confederates fired on Fort Sumter. Most importantly, we are not abandoned:

I [Jesus] have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.  John 16:33

And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.  Matthew 28:20b

Our immorality and our moral weakness are coming home to roost. I don’t know if it will be an earthquake, an economic collapse, or some other horror like a foreign invasion (God forbid). God in his mercy may relent, but we have surely tried his patience for many years. Get your affairs in order and try to prepare as best you know how. Pray for wisdom about how to proceed, not only to protect yourselves, but also how to prepare so that we can help others when the time comes.

May God have mercy on us.

Have the Seven Vials Begun?

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An outbreak of leishmaniasis, a parasitic skin infection borne by sand flies which causes horrible, open sores on the skin, may well reach epidemic proportions in areas controlled by ISIS. The cutaneous form of the disease causes hideous skin ulcers which may or may not be painful. This form will often clear up without medical intervention, but it can take months, and will usually leave ugly scars in its wake.

Why might this be relevant to biblical prophecy? It is interesting in its parallel to a scripture found in the 16th chapter of Revelation, which happens to describe the first bowl (or vial) of God’s wrath to be poured out on the kingdom of the Antichrist.

And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth. 

And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.  Revelation 16:1-2 (KJV)

This is hardly a sure thing, but as I have said before, such peculiar intersections of current events and prophecy shouldn’t be ignored. There is a good possibility that, up until now, we have misunderstood the prophecies and they might come about in ways that we have not expected. For one thing, for this to be the prophetic fulfillment of Revelation 16:1-2, it presupposes that the Mark of the Beast has already been distributed and is therefore not the much-dreaded RFID chip, but likely a spiritual mark, which by the way, is the form of such “marks” when they are mentioned in other passages of scripture (cf. Ezekiel 9:1-11). In that passage, an angel is setting a mark upon people who are to be spared judgment. I think it is safe to assume that any mark that an angel is making is probably a spiritual mark. Of course, that is my opinion.

Another interesting theory on the Mark of the Beast is that what John actually saw in his vision resembled the Greek letters  χξϛ
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This is the Greek text in Revelation 13:18 that is translated as “six hundred, threescore, and six” or “666”. Even if you have zero familiarity with biblical Greek text, the letters above might still look vaguely familiar, at least if you are one who pays close attention to current events in the Middle East.

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On the bottom is a clearer depiction of the Greek letters above, the chi xi sigma ( χξϛ ) from the Greek version of Revelation 13.  On the top is something you have likely seen many times in the news over the past few years, although it is often buried among other inscrutable foreign text. It is the bismillah–the words of which I refuse to duplicate here. The ‘X’ are the crossed swords we see so often with it, especially on the headbands of the followers of Mohammed, the worshipers of Allah, the moon god.

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Let it be made clear here. The Mohammedan god Allah is NOT the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. It is NOT God, the Father of Jesus Christ. Allah is a pagan god that Mohammed adapted to his own nefarious, Satanic purposes. Neither Christians nor Jews owe it any allegiance, any respect, any honor.

As the days draw closer to the end, it is becoming evermore apparent that Islam could well end up being the final manifestation of the spirit of Antichrist. Do you not find it curious that the world, which has so often persecuted both Jew and Christian, has shown nothing but foolish, suicidal tolerance of Islam? Even now we see a rise in antisemitism, and Christians are being singled out and persecuted around the world, but the Mohammedan cult is welcomed, coddled, tolerated, placated, appeased, while it espouses only the death and subjugation of those who are not Muslims. The world and its evil system will always welcome its own.

The coming days will be interesting, especially since the second and third vials of Revelation are the turning of the sea to blood, and the rivers and fountains turning to blood, respectively. The vials are specifically the wrath of Almighty God upon those who have persecuted the saints of God.

And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.

And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood. And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus. For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy. And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.  Revelation 16:3-7 (KJV)

I’ll be watching ISIS and events in the Middle East. You would be wise to watch also.

When Darkness Reigns

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The preacher in me chafes at taking scriptures out of context to make a point, but sometimes things happen, and they remind me of scriptures that just don’t really seem to have anything to do with them. Well, today that happened, being the day after the annual global nuttery known as “Earth Hour.”

According to the World Wide Fund for Nature, they started Earth Hour in 2007. It arose out of globalist hand-wringing over the faux crisis of global warming. As I sat here today, wading through the post-Earth Hour nattering, I hit upon the phrase “hour of darkness”. Maybe to the global warming alarmists and Mother Earth devotees, that phrase means something positive, but to me it intimates something more nefarious.

It is an unfortunate side effect of living in a fallen world that if something is popular (embraced by the world system), then most likely it is also inimical to true Christianity (i.e. fidelity to Jesus Christ as the Son of God). For Earth Hour and global warming to be so widely favored by the world system, it is virtually guaranteed that somewhere in its roots, it is anchored onto something evil.

Because Earth Hour is always on the last Saturday in March, it necessarily falls in proximity to the Passover and Easter observances. I am not going to try to make more of this than is warranted. I have long been skeptical of the environmental movement, first for religious reasons (for its invoking of Gaia and other pagan gods), and later for the socialist tendrils that run through it. My skepticism is amplified by this very proximity, because while I don’t want to make more of this, I also find it hard to accept that things like this are always coincidental.

The prophet Isaiah speaks of a people who resort to necromancers and mediums rather than to God, and of what becomes of them, in the book of Isaiah:

And when they say to you, “Inquire of the mediums and the necromancers who chirp and mutter,” should not a people inquire of their God? Should they inquire of the dead on behalf of the living? To the teaching and to the testimony! If they will not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn. They will pass through the land, greatly distressed and hungry. And when they are hungry, they will be enraged and will speak contemptuously against their king and their God, and turn their faces upward. And they will look to the earth, but behold, distress and darkness, the gloom of anguish. And they will be thrust into thick darkness. Isaiah 8:19-22 (ESV)

I don’t think I have to make a point of demonstrating that America has become a nation of necromancers, mediums, witches, and wizards, or of people who consult them. And it’s not just America: most of the world has gone this way as well. In this, people have rejected God–indeed, they have cursed him and reviled him. Once a people have rejected the Creator, all they have left to turn to is the creation (the earth). Environmentalism has devolved into what can only be characterized as earth worship. The point of “Earth Hour” is to demonstrate “commitment to the planet” and to “change climate change.” The ever-growing willingness to “save the planet” by hobbling people demonstrates the perverse reversal of priorities–further enslave people under increasing financial oppression by driving up energy prices while pursuing this dubious endeavor to save the planet. I’m all for responsible stewardship of resources and for reasonable controls of pollution, but this idiotic carboniphobia and the obsession to curb carbon dioxide production is pointless and ineffectual. What it does is make it more difficult and expensive to improve and maintain the quality of life for people–not just western people, but people everywhere. What you never hear is that the largest component of greenhouse gas in our atmosphere by far isn’t carbon dioxide; it’s water vapor. Good luck reducing that one.

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This illustrates the global environmental agenda’s disdain for humanity–save the planet at the expense of its people. Some of the more radical environmentalists actually regard humans as akin to a disease infecting “mother earth.” This is in stark contrast to the manner in which Christ regards humanity, “in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8 KJV).

I mentioned in the previous post the “blood moon tetrad” the midst of which we are in right now. Eight days after an exceedingly rare solar eclipse (visible at the North Pole–the first such eclipse in human history), and immediately prior to the commencement of Holy Week (Palm Sunday–March 29th), we have Earth Hour on March 28th. One week later comes Passover on April 4th (during which there will be another lunar eclipse). It is partially because of these highly unusual signs in the skies, in conjunction with high Jewish holidays and the anniversary of Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection, that I find this iteration of WWF’s “hour of darkness” so intriguing. For it echoes Jesus’ own words at the time of his arrest:

Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come with swords and clubs? Every day I was with you in the temple courts, and you did not lay a hand on me. But this is your hour—when darkness reigns.” (Luke 22:52 NIV)

Coincidence? Probably. Am I making more of this than it is? Probably again. Then again, sometimes the Holy Spirit speaks to us and reveals things in Scripture that we haven’t seen before. So while I still think I’m just connecting dots in the noise, maybe there might be something to it after all.

Rumors of Wars

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I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.  — Joel 2:30-31 NIV

Anybody who keeps an eye on current events (as any prophecy-minded Christian should) has seen a mind-boggling confluence of weird, unusual, and or scary events transpiring over the course of the past few days.

There has already been much ballyhoo over “blood moons” and “tetrads”, and indeed these aren’t to be dismissed lightly.  Today (March 20, 2015) there will be a total solar eclipse in the northern hemisphere which will be visible at the north pole. Supposedly, this is a rather rare occurrence, and it is the eclipse embedded within the latest “blood moon tetrad.” No sense in reinventing the wheel here, so do an internet search on “blood moons” and “tetrad” and you’ll undoubtedly find plenty on it.

Today also marks the Spring equinox at 5:45pm CDT. This week also saw geomagnetic storms and aurora displays resulting from solar storms. The impending solar eclipse is also during a so-called “super moon” during which a full or new moon is at perigee (closest to earth). Since this is a new moon, it will not be visible, but will cause a total solar eclipse rather than an annular one. Surely, the period around this significant solar eclipse is one in which the skies are alight with strange signs.

Something that went absolutely unnoticed in the media is the fact that for the first time since September 11, 2001, the United States Central Command elevated the nation’s defense condition (DEFCON) to DEFCON 3. It was initially elevated to DEFCON 4 in response to massive drills by the Russian military. DEFCON 3 came about later (on March 16) when apparently Russian aircraft made incursions into US airspace. There were hints of possible hostilities and a US base on alert due to “possible incoming” (attack). For more information, I refer you to DEFCON Warning System’s Twitter feed. Scroll down to March 15, 2015 and read up through March 17, 2015. There you will see that, regardless of the silence in the news, something significant–possibly World War III significant–was unfolding in the Arctic between US and Russian military forces. By God’s grace, it deescalated, but this shows how very much on the brink we live, and how dangerous the times are. The peril didn’t end with the Cold War.

You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains. — Matthew 24:6-9