Danger – Bridge Out! (Take Narrow Road Ahead)

Most of us like to think we are open minded, independent, free thinkers, who do our best to discern what we believe to be true or false.

The truth is, we can only evaluate something to be true based on what we have been taught or experienced. Even then, we have no idea whether or not what we have been taught, seen, or heard is true without some kind of absolute standard of truth to test it against.

However, if I have a source of truth that I use as my filter to test what is true, what happens when just one thing from that source is brought into question, ignored, or believed to be wrong? The whole source becomes suspect and I begin being swayed from one belief to another. This is satan’s strategy against Christians and GOD’s Word, the Bible.

The father of lies has been busy spreading deception about GOD’s Word, believers, history, and has spawned many false religions resulting in massive confusion. Many Christians today are Biblically illiterate and have no idea if what they are being told is a lie, distortion, or GOD’s Word taken out of context. Not only did GOD say “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” through the prophet Hosea, but the Apostle Paul told us that at the time of the arrival of the anti-christ, false prophet, and their false miracles and signs,  God would send a strong delusion where those who refused to believe the truth would believe the delusion and be condemned. So I’ll ask, how can I tell a counterfeit if I don’t know what the real thing is? How would I recognize what a counterfeit twenty dollar bill looked like if I’d never seen a real twenty dollar bill?

The bridge ahead is washed out on the huge multi-lane “all paths lead to heaven” deception expressway taking billions of people to an eternal abyss. There are more lanes than the eye can see and the vehicles are all hurtling toward the end with their occupants believing many different things about when the road will end and what will be there when they arrive.

All along the expressway there are signs warning all vehicles that the bridge ahead is washed out and that each has the option to take the Narrow road exit. The Narrow road is the only road that has a repaired bridge that will take them to the eternal destination of their dreams including eternal life. Many however, are not paying attention to the signs and either hate the signs, refuse to believe the signs, or have been told that the signs are old, outdated, and not relevant anymore. So what is the truth?

The one and only bridge to GOD the Father is through Jesus Christ and His payment for our sin debt;

Mat 7:13  Go in through the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many are the ones entering in through it.
Mat 7:14  For narrow is the gate, and constricted is the way that leads away into life, and few are the ones finding it.

Joh 14:6  Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

But doesn’t the religion of Islam believe in the same Jesus and the same GOD? Absolutely not!

The following inscriptions on the Muslim Dome of the Rock are just a few examples of what Muslims believe;

“The Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, was only a Messenger of God,…”

“It befitteth not (the Majesty of) God that He should take unto Himself a son.”

So what does GOD’s Word the Bible say about Jesus and those who deny He is the Son of GOD?

1Jn 2:22  Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son.
1Jn 2:23  No one who denies the Son has the Father. Whoever confesses the Son has the Father also.

There are so many deceptions being promoted not only through the secular world and false religions, but also through the pulpit of many churches. In the same way counterfeit money is identified, deceptions can only be recognized by studying the original, the Bible. As a Christian, the last thing any of us want to hear from our Lord and Savior when He returns is;

Mat 7:22  On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’
Mat 7:23  And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

So what are some of the red flags of concern Christians should look for regarding deceptions being taught in a church?

  1. Forgiveness only is preached and not repentance (turning away from sin). GOD is a loving GOD and He wishes for all come to repentance for their sins and be saved but all need to repent…
    • Luk 24:47 and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
  2. Sinful behavior or lifestyles are justified and even condoned by twisting scripture to fit a humanitarian world view…
    • 2Ti 4:3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions,
    • Rom 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.
    • Rom 1:19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.
    • Rom 1:20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.
    • Rom 1:21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
    • Rom 1:22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools,
    • Rom 1:23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
    • Rom 1:24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves,
    • Rom 1:25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
    • Rom 1:26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature;
    • Rom 1:27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.
    • Rom 1:28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.
    • Rom 1:29 They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips,
    • Rom 1:30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents,
    • Rom 1:31 foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless.
    • Rom 1:32 Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.
  3. Inward focused with no heart for evangelism and bringing others to Christ…
    • Mat_5:13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.
    • Mar_16:15 And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.
  4. Overly concerned with appearance and image (a country club of saints)…
    • Rev 3:15 “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot!
    • Rev 3:16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.
    • Rev 3:17 For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.
    • Gal 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
    • Gal 5:26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
  5. Overly concerned with the things of this world and avoids teaching or discussion regarding the soon return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…
    • 1Jn 2:15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
    • 1Jn 2:16 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world.
    • Rev 3:3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.
  6. Ecumenism at any cost – The compromising of essential Biblical doctrine to establish common ground with other denominations or religions in an attempt to further a false peace…
    • 2Co 6:14 Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?
    • 2Co 6:15 What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever?
    • 2Co 6:16 What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
  7. Teaches that the keeping of non-Biblical man made religious rituals, or following parts of the Mosaic law, are necessary to obtain or keep salvation…
    • Eph 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,
    • Eph 2:9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
    • Mat 5:17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.
    • 2Co_9:7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
    • Col 2:16 Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath.
    • Col 2:17 These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.

Satan and his minions are very hard at work to deceive as many as possible desiring to destroy GOD’s plan and take as many as he can to destruction with him. He knows his time is short and he has pulled out all the stops;

 Rev 12:12  Therefore, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!”
Joh 10:9  I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.
Joh 10:10  The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
Joh 10:11  I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

Many are now trusting in science hoping that through it this earth and all of it’s ever increasing problems will be fixed. The truth is since the fall of Adam and Eve, and the curses pronounced by GOD at that time, the earth and human DNA have been deteriorating and essentially wearing out. To make matters worse, the earth is beginning to reel and groan from the increase in sin and evil. Many global leaders know something is coming and they have been preparing for catastrophic events by building massive underground cities for themselves. This however, will not save them;

Isa_51:6 Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look at the earth beneath; for the heavens vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment, and they who dwell in it will die in like manner; but my salvation will be forever, and my righteousness will never be dismayed.
Rev 6:12  When he opened the sixth seal, I looked, and behold, there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth, the full moon became like blood,
Rev 6:13  and the stars of the sky fell to the earth as the fig tree sheds its winter fruit when shaken by a gale.
Rev 6:14  The sky vanished like a scroll that is being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.
Rev 6:15  Then the kings of the earth and the great ones and the generals and the rich and the powerful, and everyone, slave and free, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains,
Rev 6:16  calling to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb,
Rev 6:17  for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?”

So what are the deceptions to watch for that are being pushed by the global elite which will set up the revealing of the false savior (anti-christ) and the false prophet? (The parallels to Nazi Germany are astounding)

  • A New World Order (Global government) is needed to save humanity, (Includes digital currency and implementation of the mark of the beast for identification).
  • Environmental sustainability is needed and being pushed through UN Agenda 21 (Yes, the U.S has signed on)
    • Includes moving all people to population centers and removes individual land rights
  • A global one world religion is needed to stop conflict and bring all faiths together (Watch for the terms ecumenism, interfaith dialog, and World Council of Churches)
    • Further down the road the anti-christ will declare himself to be god and the false prophet will demand that all worship the anti-christ.
  • The global population needs to be drastically reduced
    • Health Care rationing is needed to control cost and determination of worthiness will be accomplished through a panel that makes a judgment call on our contribution to society (Nazi Eugenics repackaged)
  • Destruction of the Biblical family to accomplish state control over you and your family (Promotion of alternate lifestyles, pre-marital sex, removal of parental authority)

There was a recent article in the UK publication Mirror titled “Mysterious metal globe ‘may be proof aliens are watching us and created life on Earth”. Contained in the article was “Scientists believe it could contain genetic material used to propagate alien life on Earth”. This idea that aliens “seeded the earth” in the past to create life here is not new and is now becoming more main stream. Researchers such as Tom Horn and Chris Putnam have extensively investigated the Vatican’s activity in astronomy, the occult, and alien research, and believe the Vatican may be preparing a statement to be given very soon regarding alien disclosure.

This brings us to the most important question of all. How strong will your understanding and faith be in GOD’s written Word when GOD sends the strong delusion? What if the Pope and global leaders were to tell you that aliens are real and they started life on this planet? What if they appear to have proof and alien ships were to appear in the sky?

 Mat 24:24  For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.
Mat 24:25  See, I have told you beforehand.
Mat 24:26  So, if they say to you, ‘Look, he is in the wilderness,’ do not go out. If they say, ‘Look, he is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it.
Mat 24:27  For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.
2Th 2:9  The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders,
2Th 2:10  and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.
2Th 2:11  Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false,
2Th 2:12  in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Have you taken the Narrow road exit?

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Bad Company on Steroids (Part 2)

Most Christ followers will tell you that after they had become saved and started doing things for the kingdom of GOD, spiritual attacks started against them and their family members. Strange illnesses, emotional issues, financial problems, outbursts from unsaved family members, and so on. The enemy (satan) sees us as a threat and begins the assault. The next step for the believer is putting on the full armor of GOD. Eph 6:11  “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.” Each of the pieces of this armor are extremely important to not allow the enemy to have any accusation against us to weaken our spirit and make us ineffective in the kingdom of GOD. To paraphrase the scripture below, the armor includes faith in GOD, living righteously and trusting that Jesus paid for our sins, knowing the Word of GOD and His promises to expose any deceptions, being truthful in every way, being ready to share the gospel of peace (Jesus and reconciliation with GOD), and knowing and trusting that no matter what happens to this temporary body of ours, GOD has promised us salvation (eternal life).

Eph 6:13  Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.
Eph 6:14  Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
Eph 6:15  and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.
Eph 6:16  In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one;
Eph 6:17  and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,

It’s extremely important that we all know the Word of GOD as His Word is living and is truth. So what are some important truths about the spiritual realm that we should understand?

1.    The war is won. Jesus defeated satan on the cross and paid the ransom to save all of us from satan for those who accept His free offer and ask Jesus to be their Lord and Savior.
2.    Satan currently has limited authority over the kingdoms of the earth and the people who are his (not saved) to accomplish GOD’s end time purpose. Satan will have full authority on the earth during the great tribulation period (the last 3 ½ years).
3.    In Genesis 6, the book of Enoch (and others), 200 angels called “Watchers / Nephilim” were assigned by GOD to watch over man. They rebelled and took human wives whose offspring were the giants of the Bible (Raphaim). The Raphaim’s souls were not redeemable and became what we call demons. The demons are actually disembodied spirits of the Raphaim. The Watchers not only attempted to corrupt all human DNA, they also did so with animals which today are taught to us as mythological creatures of the past. The 200 angels are not part of the 1/3rd of angels that fell with satan and are currently being held for final judgment.
4.    Human souls/spirits of those whose physical bodies have died, are in one of two places. Heaven or Hades (hell). Hauntings, spirit guides, etc., are manifestations of fallen angels and demons. Those who claim to be mediums, channelers, etc. are either faking it or allowing themselves to be demon possessed;

Act 16:16  As we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners much gain by fortune-telling.
Act 16:17  She followed Paul and us, crying out, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to you the way of salvation.”
Act 16:18  And this she kept doing for many days. Paul, having become greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And it came out that very hour.

5.       There is no such thing as good magic or good witches. GOD is very specific on occult practices;

Deu 18:10  There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer
Deu 18:11  or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead,
Deu 18:12  for whoever does these things is an abomination to the LORD. And because of these abominations the LORD your God is driving them out before you.  

 I just saw a disturbing article the other day about one of the most popular gifts this season, the Ouija board. Under no circumstances should anyone entertain getting or having one of these. If you have one, throw it away immediately. These, along with other occult items like Tarot cards, are not only forbidden by GOD, but are extremely dangerous by giving satan and demons authority into your life.

Once we begin to realize that our ultimate fight is not against people and that all people fall into two camps, saved or unsaved, our attitude and response to those who attack us begins to change. The knowledge of what the eternal future holds for an unsaved person gives us a spirit of compassion toward that person and our desire to share the good news with them.

Jesus referred to us as sheep and Him as our shepherd. He did this on purpose and not by accident. Sheep are some of the dumbest animals on the face of the earth and are very vulnerable to predator attacks without a shepherd. Understand that this is not a slam on us but a reality when it comes to the spiritual realm. We cannot perceive what our greatest enemy is doing with our 5 senses so we are completely reliant on GOD’s Word and the Holy Spirit as our guide with Jesus as our protector.

We can do nothing apart from Jesus and can do everything through Him!

Luk 10:17  The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!”
Luk 10:18  And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.
Luk 10:19  Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you.
Luk 10:20  Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
Luk 10:21  In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.
Luk 10:22  All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”
Luk 10:23  Then turning to the disciples he said privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see!

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Bad Company on Steroids (Part 1)

You’ve heard it said that bad company corrupts good character. That saying actually has it’s roots from the Biblical passage, 1Co 15:33  “Be not deceived: Evil companionships corrupt good morals.” Another is, Pro 13:20 “ Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.”

While these truths are very important when referring to the type of people we spend time with, more importantly, there are some non-physical entities that we all should be very aware of that can and do cause many problems in our lives. What I’m referring to are fallen angels, demons (unclean spirits), and satan himself.

Many churches and pastors today tend to avoid the subject for a number of reasons. I’m not going to get into all the reasons why as that is not the goal of this article, but understanding the big picture of what it is that influences us or controls us is critical to understanding who GOD is, who satan is, and specifically the spiritual realm.

The first and most important thing for us to understand is that we are not the master of our lives. We are either under the authority of satan or GOD. Satan’s sole purpose is to destroy the plan of GOD and destroy us for eternity. He absolutely hates Jesus and anything Jesus loves including us.

Most of us know instinctively that there is something special about us as humans in that we are able to think, reason, and have emotions. These are made possible by what is referred to as our soul which is not material and consists of our mind, will, and emotion. However, in addition to our soul we each have a spirit. This spirit is not emotion and is the essence of who we are as breathed into us by GOD. Our spirit by itself is influenced by many things and can be many times recognized in our overall demeanor. For instance our spirit may be heavy with thoughts that life is against us, or joyful which comes from a hope and faith in something that we look forward to. What we think about and focus our thoughts on influences our spirit. However, in our fallen state, we naturally focus on worldly things, which may bring us temporary joy or happiness, but are not eternal and in most cases are very destructive. Remember, satan’s goal is to destroy us by keeping us from seeking GOD and asking Jesus to be our Lord and Savior. Anything he can do to distract us or distance us from GOD he will do. It can be through prosperity, obsession with something that consumes our time and lives, or anything that he can do to make us feel condemned, ashamed, and/or angry toward GOD. But there’s more to the story.

There are other spirits that can influence or even control our spirit if we “open that door” or allow them into our lives. First, the good news. When we ask Jesus to be our Lord and Savior, and to forgive our sins, we receive the Holy Spirit which comes and indwells us as a helper with our spirit Act 2:38. Evidence that a person has been saved is usually seen through an increasing change in demeanor and the fruit that comes from the Holy Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control Gal 5:22-23. When the Holy Spirit indwells us, there is obviously no way a demon (unclean spirit) can indwell, possess, or control us at the same time. However, they can still influence (tempt, etc) and torment us if we take our eyes off of Jesus, and His Word, and start focusing on worldly things. Some can even be allowed by GOD to keep us humble as in the case of the apostle Paul;

2Co 12:7  “So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited.”
2Co 12:8  “Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me.”
2Co 12:9  “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

Now the bad news. For someone who is not saved, they are defenseless and like a sheep being led to the slaughter. Without the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and His counsel, a person is left to his or her own sinful nature trusting in what the world has taught them and not the Word of GOD. Granted, some are more sinful than others, but as far as satan is concerned, all he needs to do is keep a person from seeking GOD and Jesus Christ which causes that person to be lost and condemned with no way to pay for his or her sin debt. Without the protection of GOD and the Holy Spirit, some become possessed and controlled by unclean spirits causing every level of sick, twisted, and demented behavior imaginable. In some people, what we sometimes refer to as mental illness is in actuality demonic possession or control;

Mar 5:2  And when Jesus had stepped out of the boat, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit.
Mar 5:3  He lived among the tombs. And no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain,
Mar 5:4  for he had often been bound with shackles and chains, but he wrenched the chains apart, and he broke the shackles in pieces. No one had the strength to subdue him.
Mar 5:5  Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always crying out and cutting himself with stones.

Notice that one of the components of the soul is our “will”. Without the Holy Spirit, all we have is our own spirit and our will to resist unclean spirits. We become more vulnerable to influence, and sometimes possession, when things happen in our life that can break us down causing us to be depressed, angry, bitter, and/or obsessed. We tend to focus on the lies of the enemy that tell us that drugs, sex, revenge, money, power, or maybe another form of temporary pleasure will bring us joy or relief. Any one of these can be a form of a drug with unclean spirits telling us things like “you are a victim”, “you have a right to be bitter and angry”, “you can’t live without it”, “you need more”, “no one loves you”, “You’ve done too many terrible things, “GOD hates you and can’t possibly love you or forgive you”.

Lies, lies, and more lies! I can imagine Jesus almost wanting to rap us on the head saying “Wakeup McFly! I’m your way out! The spiritual realm is what’s real and eternal and not the temporary things you have trusted in and spent so much time on!” The apostle Paul told us the reality of what we are up against;

Eph 6:12  For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

As Jesus did in Luke chapter 4 when the devil tempted Him in the wilderness, we are to resist the devil using the Word of GOD to defeat him;

Luk 4:13  And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time.
Jas_4:7  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Here is a difficult truth for many of us to accept. We cannot expect GOD to hear our prayers, help, and protect us if we first, do not believe or have faith in Him, second, if we have ignored or rejected His Son and His payment for the forgiveness of our sins, and third, if we have not turned away (repented) from our sins and asked His forgiveness. We do not have to clean up our act and become perfect first before asking GOD to forgive us, we just need to call to him, ask His forgiveness and be sincere about turning away from our sin. GOD does not owe us anything. We owe Him everything!

In Part 2, we’ll look at the most important war of all and our role in that war.

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The Last Chapter

Everything is going to plan! GOD’s plan that is. It’s a multi-dimensional plan that has it’s roots all the way back to the beginning of creation being discovered not only through HIS Word, but also unveiling itself as time goes on.

At the heart of the plan is GOD’s desire to purify for himself a people that will love Him and worship Him. His desire is to love us, take care of us, and live with us for eternity in a newly created heaven and earth. (Rev 21, Tit 2)

A new heaven and a new earth you ask? Absolutely. Part of the plan is to destroy by fire the current earth and universe (2 Pe 3) after the final Great White Throne judgment in Revelation chapter 20.

To get to the last chapter of the plan, a fast forward through the “Cliff Notes” version of the plan is needed;

  • Adam and Eve are created in a perfect environment (with GOD) and choose to disobey GOD learning knowledge of good and evil
  • Sin infects the human race with no cure other than death for eternity
  • GOD’s Spirit can no longer indwell humans leaving man’s sinful nature unchecked
  • Before GOD can save mankind he must teach them who He is, what it means to be holy and good by example through a chosen people (the Jewish nation), and by the giving of His Word.
  • The Jewish nation then goes through many cycles of turning away from GOD in good times and then back to GOD after GOD passes judgment on them for their sinfulness.
  • Knowing it is not possible for man to live a sinless life and save himself by following the law of GOD perfectly, GOD sends a part of Himself (His Son Jesus) to earth, taking human form, to live a sinless life and die as a sacrifice in our place as payment for the sins of everyone, past and present, that accept His free offer to be saved and live with Him in eternity.
  • The Holy Spirit is now able to come and indwell all those that give their life to Christ enabling them to spiritually discern good and evil, become more and more like Christ (sanctification), and spread the good news to everyone who will listen choosing to be saved.
  • Jesus promises to return at the end of the age to judge those who have rejected His offer, resurrect those who have been saved, and transform those who are saved and still alive at that time.

That brings us to today and an important question. How will I know when we are in the season of Christ’s return, what I am to be doing, who are the false teachers and prophets, and what events to watch for?

The answers are given in GOD’s Word, the Bible. However, I must come to the point where I believe GOD’s Word is truth, that the Bible (scripture) was inspired/given by GOD, and that it is without error (inerrant).

*** If you are not sure that you believe that statement, then for the sake of your eternal future and the future of those that depend on you to lead them, please ask yourself what it will take to convince you of that belief. There is tremendous prophetic evidence, archeological evidence, and eyewitness testimony that prove what was written in the Bible to be true however, each individual must dig deep enough through Biblical and historical research to prove to him or herself of this truth. Historical research is a veritable minefield of false teachings, false religions, and deceptions where in the end, the Bible and Jesus Christ come out as the obvious absolute truth proving all others to be glaring deceptions by the enemy (satan). ***

For the Christian, you must agree that at some point in time this passage will be true regarding people denying the soon return of our Lord;

2Pe 3:3  knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires.
2Pe 3:4  They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.”

But you may say, “doesn’t the Bible say no man knows the day or the hour of His return? ”. Absolutely however, Jesus tells us to watch, recognize the season of His return , and be ready;

Mar 13:28  “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near.
Mar 13:29  So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates.
Mar 13:30  Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.
Mar 13:34  It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake.
Mar 13:35  Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning—
Mar 13:36  lest he come suddenly and find you asleep.
Mar 13:37  And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake.”

Jesus tells us in Matthew 24, Luke 21, and Mark 13 what the sequence and type of end time events look like in the last days. The apostle Paul tells us in 2 Timothy 3 what people will be like during this time as well;

2Ti 3:1  But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty.
2Ti 3:2  For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,
2Ti 3:3  heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good,
2Ti 3:4  treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,
2Ti 3:5  having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.

We are currently being bombarded with a host of false preachers, prophets, deception, corruption, and evil in general. At every turn evil is being called good and good evil. Common sense is becoming almost non-existent and logic has been given over to emotion.

So what are some of the common false doctrines and deceptions being taught today?

  • There are many paths to heaven and/or all religions worship the same god
  • You are your own god and have power inside you
  • There is no GOD and evolution explains creation
  • There is no hell and we are all one
  • Some of us will evolve to a higher state of consciousness and into the next level/dimension
  • Aliens are our progenitors and will be returning for us
  • GOD just wants to bless us and make us happy in this life (Sin doesn’t matter)
  • A loving GOD wouldn’t send anyone to hell
  • GOD is ok with us staying in our sinful lifestyle or continuing in our willful perpetual sin
  • All sexuality is normal and not a sin
  • If our good deeds outweigh our bad deeds, we’re going to heaven
  • It’s ok to dabble in astrology, horoscopes, go to mediums, and pray to other saints, people, gods, etc.

Based on the Word of GOD, all of these lies are clearly refuted in scripture and are meant to destroy us by rejecting our only means of salvation through Jesus Christ (Joh 14:6, Joh 3:18). There are many more than those and the apostle Paul told us why people would turn from the truth and believe those lies;

2Ti 4:3  For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions,
2Ti 4:4  and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.

As a result of the fall of Adam and Eve, all of us have a sinful nature and we are naturally bent toward doing what is evil or wrong. This evidence of this can be seen in children where children do not have to be taught how to be selfish or greedy but quite the opposite. What seems “natural” to us much of the time is sinful and we are all sinners in need of a savior. GOD in His love for us provided the way out! His Word is truth, but we cannot fool ourselves in thinking that we can pick and choose what we like from the Bible and reject the things that we don’t like. We have all been fed cultural garbage mixed with some form of religion that in many cases have nothing to do with the absolute truth which is in the Word of GOD.

There is plenty of sin to go around, so not one of us should think we are better than another in GOD’s eyes however, the only thing that washes away our sin and makes us right before GOD is the blood of Jesus (His sacrifice of His own life for us). Without accepting that offer, Him as our Lord, turning (repenting) from our sins, we stand condemned and will go to hell (Hades) first, followed by the lake of fire after the Great White Throne judgment.

Joh 3:16  “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Joh 3:17  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
Joh 3:18  Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
Joh 3:19  And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.
Joh 3:20  For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.
Joh 3:21  But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”

Unfortunately, our human nature likes comfort as well. If we feel comfortable with our lives, we like to stay the way we are and not change anything that may affect that comfort. Jesus also warned us of this;

Mat 19:23  And Jesus said unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, It is hard for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 19:24  And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
Mat 19:25  And when the disciples heard it, they were astonished exceedingly, saying, Who then can be saved?
Mat 19:26  And Jesus looking upon them said to them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

Whether it is our comfort or just not wanting to be accountable to anyone for anything that is preventing us from seeking Him, GOD will do everything to get our attention in an attempt to wake us up, realize he is real, and understand we need Him (not the other way around). Some of us need to be broken through all types of different trials in our lives and if that doesn’t work, if we haven’t been so stubborn as to harden our heart completely yet, we may seek Him as Lord on our death bed if we are lucky enough to get that chance. Remember, if you haven’t been saved yet, satan has authority over you and will do everything in His limited power to keep you from seeking GOD. This can include a number of things from trials to prosperity.

So, thinking about the last days, what about those who haven’t accepted Jesus as their Lord and savior yet when He comes back for His followers (Rapture) and to setup His kingdom after a period of time?

There is a time period called the Great Tribulation which will start around the time Jesus returns to remove His followers from the earth (Rapture) and is more than likely right after the time of the opening of the 6th seal found in Rev 6:12-17;

Rev 6:12  And I saw when he opened the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the whole moon became as blood;
Rev 6:13  and the stars of the heaven fell unto the earth, as a fig tree casteth her unripe figs when she is shaken of a great wind.
Rev 6:14  And the heaven was removed as a scroll when it is rolled up; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.
Rev 6:15  And the kings of the earth, and the princes, and the chief captains, and the rich, and the strong, and every bondman and freeman, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains;
Rev 6:16  and they say to the mountains and to the rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
Rev 6:17  for the great day of their wrath is come; and who is able to stand?

The Great Tribulation is a time period of 42 months (3 ½ years) where satan, the anti-christ, and the false prophet all have full authority over the kingdoms of the earth being controlled by a one-world government and a one-world false religion. This is a time period of hell on earth and will start by deceiving many with false promises as the only means to survive during a period of disasters and chaos on the earth. The false prophet will perform many false signs and miracles to deceive many and will eventually force everyone to worship the anti-christ after the anti-christ declares himself to be god in the temple of god. Everyone will be forced to take the mark of the beast on/in their right hand or forehead to be able to buy or sell.

If you are not raptured and go into the Great Tribulation, DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE TAKE THE MARK! You cannot be saved if you take the mark and will suffer the same eternal fate as satan, the anti-christ, and the false prophet if you do.

So where are we today in the prophetic timeline?

The book of Revelation does not stand on it’s own and the key to it’s understanding is found in other books of the Bible such as Daniel, Joel, Ezekiel, 2Thessalonians, etc.

When first looking at this book, the symbolism, mix of information, and seemingly repetitive nature make it very confusing to say the least. Putting everything together, these end time events begin occurring in succession and with increased frequency like labor pains of a pregnant woman. The first 5 seals of GOD’s final judgment end time scroll appear to have been opened and are all increasing in intensity;

  • False preachers, prophets, and saviors (1st Seal – White horse/rider, anti-christ working behind the scenes and not yet revealed)
  • Wars / rumors of wars (2nd Seal – Red horse/rider – power to take peace from the earth)
  • Famines, disease, earthquakes (3rd Seal – Black horse – famine, 4th Seal – Pale horse/rider – power over 1/4th of the earth to kill by sword, famine, & plague)
  • Christians hated world-wide and persecuted / killed (5th Seal – Christians being martyred)
  • Israel is isolated and hated by all nations
  • Many will fall away from true Christianity
  • The love of most people grows cold. Family /friends betray each other and have each other put to death.
  • Signs in the sun, moon, and stars and nations distressed about the roaring and tossing of the seas (6th Seal to come)
  • Men fainting for fear of the things happening in the world and space (6th Seal to come)

So what other evidence do we have that we are in the last days in addition to the events and signs discussed?

  • In Mark 13:28 above, the fig tree is commonly a reference to the nation of Israel throughout the Bible. The rebirth of the nation of Israel was foretold in Isa 66:8 among other old testament prophecies, and occurred in one day on May 14th, 1948. Jesus said that that generation would not pass until all was fulfilled. A generation is defined as 70 years (if by strength 80 years) in Psa 90:10. This means that all events would be fulfilled by 2018 or 2028 at the latest.
  • Jewish Rabbi Judah Ben-Samuel prophesied in 1217 that the Ottoman Turks would gain control of Jerusalem and hold it for 8 Jubilees (400 years). The Ottoman Turks did gain control of Jerusalem in 1517 and were later conquered by the British in 1917 exactly 400 years later. He also prophesied that Jerusalem would then be a no-man’s land for 1 Jubilee (50 years). Jerusalem was under international control until fifty years later, in 1967, Israel once again gained control of Jerusalem in the 6 day war. He prophesied that the 10th Jubilee (1967 – 2017) would be the era of the messianic return (return of the Messiah)!
  • Four Blood Moons – This cycle of four blood red moons occurring on Passover and the Jewish Feast of Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) in two successive years, has only occurred 3 other times in the last 2 millennia. Each time it has occurred, major events have happened to the Jewish nation. In 1492, the Jews were expelled from Spain. In 1948, Israel was reborn, and in 1967, Israel regained control of Jerusalem in the 6 day war. We are now in the middle of this 2014/2015 cycle with the prospect of another major event as the world is becoming more and more hostile toward the nation of Israel. This cycle is different however. In March of next year, a full solar eclipse is coming right in the middle of the 4 blood moons. While blood red moons typically herald judgments related to Israel, solar eclipses typically herald judgments for the other nations of the world.
  • Prophecy of the Popes – St Malachy, a twelfth century archbishop in Ireland, wrote a controversial prophesy regarding 112 popes left until the tribulation, the end of the Roman Catholic church and the destruction of Rome. The current pope, Francis, is the 112th pope. Interestingly enough, the Harlot that rides the end times beast in Rev 17 is hated by the beast and burned with fire;

Rev 17:9  Here is the mind that hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth: (Rome is known as the city on 7 hills)

Rev 17:16  And the ten horns which thou sawest, and the beast, these shall hate the harlot, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and shall burn her utterly with fire.

  • Modern Day Prophets – Over the last 4 or so years, many people have emerged claiming they are receiving messages from GOD and Jesus. Some can be identified as obvious false prophets when comparing them to scripture however, there are others that are 100% consistent with the Word of GOD, declaring GOD’s soon return for His bride and the events to come. Since GOD declared he would pour out His Spirit in the last days, I believe these people should be taken seriously;

Act 2:16  but this is that which hath been spoken through the prophet Joel:
Act 2:17  And it shall be in the last days, saith God, I will pour forth of My Spirit upon all flesh: And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, And your young men shall see visions, And your old men shall dream dreams:
Act 2:18  Yea and on My servants and on My handmaidens in those days Will I pour forth of My Spirit; and they shall prophesy.
Act 2:19  And I will show wonders in the heaven above, And signs on the earth beneath; Blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke:
Act 2:20  The sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the day of the Lord come, That great and notable day.
Act 2:21  And it shall be, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Finally, please not only consider all of the things currently happening in the world, also please look at what we are being conditioned for by our news and entertainment industry. Many of the movies released have themes of future world ending events, trans humanism, and an elite class ruling the world. Much of what is going on in the world now makes no logical sense.

The only savior and hope for us is Jesus Christ. The U.S. government, any world government, aliens, or anyone else will not save or take care of us.

Seek GOD now before things get much worse! Don’t be left behind!

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The Big Picture..

One of my favorite movies is The Matrix. Not because it’s a SciFi movie, but because the story line forces you to think out of the box. But it’s even more than that. Neo the main character, has a sense there is something strange and wrong in the world he lives in but he has no idea what it is until he is contacted by Morpheus;

Morpheus: What is real? How do you define ‘real’? If you’re talking about what you can feel, what you can smell, what you can taste and see, then ‘real’ is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain.

Morpheus: Have you ever had a dream, Neo, that you were so sure was real? What if you were unable to wake from that dream? How would you know the difference between the dream world and the real world?

Morpheus then gives Neo the option to learn what the Matrix is;

Morpheus: This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.

It turns out that the Matrix was a computer simulation of the old world being directly fed into the brains of every human on the earth which kept them in a false virtual reality. In the real world, machines had taken over the world and were using their human bodies as energy sources. Neo, taking the red pill, awoke from this simulation and was now in the real world destined to fight against the machines.

This story line, believe it or not, has many similarities to our world and universe. How so?
First, from the standpoint of eternity, what is real? GOD created this material universe and created man to live in it however, this material universe was not designed to last forever and neither was the human body. GOD is spirit, eternal, and he created other eternal beings such as angels who exist with HIM. They can see and interact with us but we cannot see them. So if things that are eternal reside in the spiritual realm, wouldn’t that suggest that this temporary material universe is our simulation aka the Matrix? But, what about us, our bodies? Our human body is material, temporary, but it is not us. It is an avatar in a way, a temporary dwelling place for our soul/spirit which is us and is eternal. A believer and follower of Jesus Christ will receive his or her eternal body when Jesus returns to the earth in the last days. (1 Co 15:53). Until that time, our eternal spirit/soul resides with GOD and Jesus in heaven when our temporary material body dies.

The problem however, is that there are many people that live in the Matrix of this world and believe that this is all there is. They have taken the blue pill, rejected or ignored the gospel of Jesus Christ, and they are perfectly happy with the idea of this temporary life while making themselves their own god. That of course is until something actually happens in their life that forces them to face their mortality and then terror sets in. So what happens to their eternal soul/spirit? Hell/Hades is the first destination, and then the lake of fire after facing judgment at the Great White Throne Judgment. (Rev. 20:15)

After all of this, this earth, and the entire universe, will be destroyed by fire. But at that time, GOD will then create a new heaven and a new earth for Him to dwell with us on earth for eternity. The temporary Matrix is no more.
So the next question is why? Why did GOD create a temporary universe and non-eternal humans? Why not just skip to the end and make everything eternal from the start?
The answer is “free will”.
GOD could have easily created a type of being that would do whatever he wished or asked for, like a robot, but that is not what HE desired. HE desired a creation that HE could love, have the same character as HIM, and would choose to love HIM of their own free will. The plan for this creation is to ultimately make them co-heirs with HIS Son Jesus and give them the authority that goes with that honor.(Rom 8:17) But first things first. HE cannot give that kind of eternal life, authority, and power to those that would ultimately become HIS enemy. This already had happened with satan and one third of the angels who have rebelled against HIM. However, being all knowing and knowing the end from the beginning, HE uses what they intend for bad to accomplish HIS purpose. By allowing satan and his fallen angels some authority over the earth, they accomplish exposing those humans that will choose to reject GOD and follow their own desires and, they cause the purifying of those who will choose GOD through trials (as allowed by GOD) which help them to die to self and seek GOD in everything.

If you haven’t done so already, I urge you to take the red pill. Believe, give your life to Jesus Christ, turn away from sin, and receive eternal life. Your name will be entered into the who’s who of heaven, the Lamb’s book of life!
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Rev 21:1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 
Rev 21:2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 
Rev 21:3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.

Rom 8:16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 
Rom 8:17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

Rom 8:18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 
Rom 8:19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.

2Ki 6:15 When the servant of the man of God rose early in the morning and went out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was all around the city. And the servant said, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” 
2Ki 6:16 He said, “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” 
2Ki 6:17 Then Elisha prayed and said, “O LORD, please open his eyes that he may see.” So the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

1Co 15:51 Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 
1Co 15:52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. 
1Co 15:53 For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. 
1Co 15:54 When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”

Rev 20:11 Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. 
Rev 20:12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. 
Rev 20:13 And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. 
Rev 20:14 Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. 
Rev 20:15 And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

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Beam Me Up!

The Biblical concept of the rapture, or “Harpazo- catching away”, of Christians from the earth is the hope of all Christians who are now alive and are looking forward to the return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

The timing of this event is one of the most hotly debated topics among Christians and for good reason. The Bible simply does not give us enough information to know, without a shadow of a doubt, where in the sequence of end time events this will occur. So rather than speculating on what we don’t know, I’ll focus on what we do know from scripture.

GOD set a precedent with Noah, and Abraham’s nephew Lot, regarding how HE poured out HIS just wrath on sin, but protected those who were declared righteous (justified by their faith in GOD) from HIS wrath. Noah and his family were sealed by GOD in the ark before the rain started, and angels came to Lot to warn him and escort him from Sodom before GOD rained down fire and brimstone. In the same way, scripture tells us that Christ followers will be protected from HIS wrath during the end time period;

1Th 5:9  For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,

Also,

Isa_26:20  Come, my people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until the fury has passed by.

Jesus also gives this message to the Church of Philadelphia (which refers to this type of church during the end times) through the apostle John in Revelation;

Rev 3:10  Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth.

So when does GOD’s end time wrath begin?

In Revelation 4, Jesus takes the scroll, which will declare GOD’s final judgment & wrath on the earth, from GOD’s hand and proceeds to open the 7 seals that hold the scroll closed. As bad as the judgments are that are represented in the opening of the first 5 seals, GOD has not yet begun pouring out HIS wrath on the earth and those who have rejected him. When the 6th seal is opened we see in Rev 6:17 the indication of the beginning of the wrath of GOD;

Rev 6:12  When he opened the sixth seal, I looked, and behold, there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth, the full moon became like blood,
Rev 6:13  and the stars of the sky fell to the earth as the fig tree sheds its winter fruit when shaken by a gale.
Rev 6:14  The sky vanished like a scroll that is being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.
Rev 6:15  Then the kings of the earth and the great ones and the generals and the rich and the powerful, and everyone, slave and free, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains,
Rev 6:16  calling to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb,
Rev 6:17  for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?”

As stated in Rev 6:17, these events are a signal and warning of the start of GOD’s end time wrath on the earth.

So we know that for true believers and followers of Christ, we know that we will be taken from the earth at some point before or slightly after this time and before the 7th seal is opened.

Immediately after the 6th seal in Rev 6, we are told that the protective seal of GOD is put on the foreheads (more than likely spiritually) of 144,000 Jews, 12,000 from each of the original 12 tribes of Israel. Also, a great multitude is seen standing before the throne of GOD in white robes holding palm branches;

Rev 7:13  Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?”
Rev 7:14  I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

These are of course Christians and they have come out of the great tribulation but at what point they came out is not stated. However, when taking into account Rev 3:10 above, and Luke 21:28, it would appear to mean they came out at the beginning of the great tribulation period;

Luk 21:28  Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

What is the great tribulation period?

In Daniel 9, a final 7 year period (day for a year as fulfilled looking at the first 69 weeks) is declared for the Jewish people in which the antichrist confirms a covenant (or treaty) for 7 years but breaks it in the middle of the 7 years stopping the daily sacrifice and offering, and sets up the abomination of desolation. The 3 ½ years (42 months) left is the great tribulation. It is the final 42 months that the antichrist (beast) has full control and reign on the earth;

Dan 9:27  And he shall make a strong covenant with many for one week, and for half of the week he shall put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate, until the decreed end is poured out on the desolator.”

Rev 13:5  And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months.
Rev 13:14  and by the signs that it is allowed to work in the presence of the beast it deceives those who dwell on earth, telling them to make an image for the beast that was wounded by the sword and yet lived.

2Th 2:3  Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction,
2Th 2:4  who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God.

So, from Rev 3:10 we know that there are some who will go through the hour of trial (great tribulation) to be tested. They will be forced to take the mark of the beast or die. They must not take the mark under any circumstance;

Rev 14:9  And another angel, a third, followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand,
Rev 14:10  he also will drink the wine of God’s wrath, poured full strength into the cup of his anger, and he will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.

So who is going through the great tribulation (the hour of trial – testing)?

Those who do not have a relationship with our Lord and savior before He returns. Jesus searches the hearts and minds of everyone. He knows what you are thinking and where you heart is.

Don’t wait until life on this earth turns to a living hell before you start thinking about eternity and what you believe. The time to seek GOD and His Word is now!

Jesus is the only way out of this mess and we do not have the luxury of thinking we can wait until we are older before thinking about eternity.

Many prophetic events are in play now that indicate that we are in the last days.

May GOD open the eyes and ears of those who do not believe.

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Mat 24:40 Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one left.
Mat 24:41 Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one left.
Mat 24:42 Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.

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Wanted – Special Ops Force for Rescue Operations

It’s been a long bloody war and time is running out for the men and women dying behind enemy lines.

Our King had dealt a strategic fatal blow to our enemy and our enemy has been on a suicide mission to kill as many of us as possible before our King takes full command and completely destroys the enemy.

 However, our King is very kind, loving, and patient and does not wish for anyone to die. He has offered asylum to those behind enemy lines who would pledge their allegiance to Him and His Son. In return He offers full citizenship in His kingdom and His Son has selflessly paid a ransom to the enemy for each and every person wishing asylum.

 However, there is a problem. Many of those who have professed to accept the King’s offer are not showing their allegiance to the King. Consequently, word of the King’s offer and it’s requirements of allegiance are not being spread among the people. To make matters worse, the King gave word about the timeframe of His Son’s return, the rescue of those seeking asylum, and the final battle, but the people are no longer paying attention. The enemy is now taking advantage of this and has launched propaganda campaigns deceiving the people by telling them that the King’s offer is not real and there are many other offers of peace and security that require only allegiance to themselves. Being deceived, they do not realize they are still slaves to the enemy and as such will die when the King’s Son returns to completely destroy the enemy and take full command of the enemy’s territory.

 Will you put on the armor of our King and become part of His Special Ops Force to spread the Word of His offer before the final battle?

The eternal lives of your friends and family may depend on it.

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 Eph 6:13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.

Eph 6:14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,

Eph 6:15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.

Eph 6:16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one;

Eph 6:17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,

Eph 6:18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,

 Mar 16:15 And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.

Mar 16:16  Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

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