Disaster Upon Disaster

We are 30 days post-solar eclipse and as I write this Hurricane Maria is bringing devastation to Puerto Rica while they are still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Irma. Some Caribbean Islands are still largely uninhabitable after Hurricane Irma last week and the gulf states of the USA are still trying to pick up the pieces after Hurricane Harvey. A large after shock struck Mexico killing over 200 people a week after the initial 8 point quake. There is flooding and fires in many parts of the world on an unprecedented scale.  Hurricane Jose is still churning in the Atlantic and no one is sure if it is going to make landfall in the USA or not. Several earthquake swarms are on going in the USA.  The beating of the war drum is getting faster and louder.  North Korea continues to boldly threaten Japan, South Korea and the USA. The USA continues to threaten to destroy North Korea as well as threaten Iran, Venezuela, and anyone who isn’t doing what the USA wants. Russia and China are in military drills together. Russia is also amassing forces on the boarder of European nations. The Syrian army crossed the Euphrates river (with the support and help of Russia) this week after the USA stated that would be a ‘red line.’  Persecution of Christians continues to rise world wide.  And this list is just a brief overview.

Dear friends, as I stated last week, the Lord made it clear the Solar Eclipse of August 21, 2017 was the beginning of a 40 day warning and call to repentance.  The Lord is calling to us to wake up before it is too late!  Wake up sleepy church!  “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

The warning the Holy Spirit gives through Paul in Ephesians 5 is to those who say they are Christians yet their lives look the same as unbelievers, therefore the Lord calls them asleep…they look as though they are dead just as unbelievers are spiritually dead.  May we take inventory and see where this is true in our lives!

This week I listened to a local ‘Christian’ radio station. In the few minutes I listened I heard an advertisement for ‘body sculpting’ touted by personal testimony of one of the radio host, a weight loss clinic with a personal testimony by one of the hosts and personal testimonies from hosts for laser hair removal and eye surgery to avoid wearing glasses.

What a sickening display of worldly, flesh desires. Where is the testimony of Jesus? Where is the testimony of being delivered out of the dominion of darkness and being brought into the Kingdom of Jesus?

We must repent of our arrogance,  love of the things of this world and our lack of desire for Jesus.  Are we faithful to our first love?  Are we humble and aware of our need for Jesus?

Friends, we must wake up and listen to Jesus while it is today. Very difficult days are ahead. Do we have faith to remain steadfast in Christ?  Are we making best use of the time, preaching the true Gospel to those around us?

At the beginning of 2017, many false prophets promised a reprieve, a time of blessing and prosperity and a time of power for the church.  As ridiculous as those claims sounded, the deeper tragedy is that so many of what is called the ‘church’ desire worldly prosperity, and power.

In 2006, the Lord had me write about God’s call to His people to ‘wake up.’ Here is an excerpt from one of those articles:

[We must wake up, sleepy church! Oh faithless nation. Turn to the Lord. Turn from selfish ways. Turn from greed, lust and power. Be humble before the Lord and seek Him now. Take down the idols, the high places and all false things that have taken precedence over God. Let every eye turn to Christ. Be still and let every heart listen for the voice of God our Redeemer.

The days of preparation are drawing to a close. The day of warning is drawing to close. It is time to go as our Lord directs our steps. It is time to be humble before the Lord. Coming together to seek His ways and hear as one ear in His body. It is time to lay aside foolish arguments and complacency. It is time to lay aside the applause of man, the fear of man and to boldly follow our victorious King! See His banner coming!]

Today, 11 years later, the call to wake up, humble ourselves before the Lord and obey Him is so urgent and yet it seems to fall on deaf ears. The false prophets who promise peace and prosperity have cheering crowds but we would do well to heed the word of the Lord through Jeremiah:

Thus says the LORD of hosts: “Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you, filling you with vain hopes. They speak visions of their own minds, not from the mouth of the LORD. 17 They say continually to those who despise the word of the LORD, ‘It shall be well with you’: and to everyone who stubbornly follows his own heart, they say, ’No disaster shall come upon you.’”
18 For who among them has stood in the
council of the LORD
to see and to hear his word.
or who has paid attention to his word
and listened?
19 Behold, the storm of the LORD!
Wrath has gone forth,
a whirling tempest;
It will burst upon the head of the
wicked.
20 The anger of the LORD will not turn back
until he has executed and accomplished
the intents of his heart.
In the latter days you will understand it
clearly.
21″I did not send the prophets,
yet they ran:
I did not speak to them,
yet they prophesied.
22 But if they had stood in my council,
then they would have proclaimed my
words to my people,
and they would have turned them from
their evil way.
and from the evil of their deeds.
Jeremiah 23:16-22

 

The World Is Passing Away

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. 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. 17 And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. (1 John 2:15-17)

Hurricanes And A Rebellious People

As I write this millions of Americans are evacuating the state of Florida in preparation for a direct hit by Hurricane Irma. This strong hurricane has already devastated some Caribbean Islands and several people have died. This hurricane comes to the USA while millions of lives are still affected by the destruction left by Hurricane Harvey. Other parts of the world have been devastated by flooding and landslides and storms recently, as well.

If you live in the western part of the USA you might well be affected by the fires devouring hundreds of thousands of acres of land. Smoke and ash have been falling on major cities.

On the morning of Sept 8, 2017 there was an 8 point earthquake off the coast of Mexico, most likely a result of the recent solar flares and CME hits. Electrical disruptions have affected many parts of the world….a first world problem, not a third world issue.

North Korea has tested another hydrogen bomb and is talking about perfecting a bomb to be used for an EMP.

Israel has bombed targets in Syria.

We are three weeks out from the solar eclipse that crossed the USA and events seem to have rapidly increased.
While all these things are signs of the soon return of Jesus and a merciful call to repentance, the Lord has pressed me to look specifically at the hurricanes affecting the USA.

Jesus said at the end of the age, “There will be signs in the sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world.” (Luke 21:25-26)

This verse is very visible as we had the solar eclipse followed by two devastating hurricanes. In our day, news broadcasts warn of the coming storms and show video of the raging sea. People are literally filled with fear and foreboding for days ahead of the storm making landfall.

As I’ve sought the Lord regarding the hurricanes, the Lord has reminded me of what He showed around the 2016 Presidential election. We posted an article in January, 2017 (Donald Trump And The Unfaithful Church), regarding the false prophets and people being tested to see if they would follow the Lord Jesus or the world as messages promising peace and prosperity flowed over the airways. Many well known ‘prophets’ heralded Donald Trump as “God’s Man” and a modern day “Cyrus” come to ‘make America Great Again.’

Messages of a ‘reprieve’ from God’s judgement and a time of blessing and prosperity were prolific. Millions of people swallowed these false prophecies and lived completely in worldly passion. Some believed the prophecies and were slowly drawn away from Jesus without realizing what was happening to them. They were lulled onto the path of deception.

Now, 9 months later we see that a reprieve and prosperity is not what the Lord had in His mind.

Several people have asked what the hurricanes might mean. Are the names of the hurricane significant and sending a message? Are the locations of landfall significant? Is the timing associated with talks of dividing the land of Israel?

Perhaps, but one thing we can be sure of is what the Scripture says. Ezekiel 13 provides a very clear description of what happens when false prophets/prophetesses lead people astray and what the Lord does to reveal their false promises and to call people to Himself. The Lord sends stormy rain, hail and wind.
Please consider the word in Ezekiel 13:1-14.

The word of the LORD came to me: 2 “Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel, who are prophesying, and say to those who prophesy from their own hearts: ‘Hear the word of the LORD!’ 3 Thus says the Lord GOD, Woe to the foolish prophets who follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing! 4 Your prophets have been like jackals among ruins, O Israel. 5 You have not gone up into the breaches, or built up a wall for the house of Israel, that it might stand in battle in the day of the LORD. 6 They have seen false visions and lying divinations. They say, ‘Declares the LORD,’ when the LORD has not sent them, and yet they expect him to fulfill their word. 7 Have you not seen a false vision and uttered a lying divination, whenever you have said, ‘Declares the LORD,’ although I have not spoken?”
10 Precisely because they have misled my people, saying, ‘Peace,’ when there is no peace, and because, when the people build a wall, these prophets smear it with whitewash, 11 say to those who smear it with whitewash that it shall fall! There will be a deluge of rain, and you, O great hailstones, will fall, and a stormy wind break out. 12 And when the wall falls, will it not be said to you, ‘Where is the coating with which you smeared it?’ 13 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: I will make a stormy wind break out in my wrath, and there shall be a deluge of rain in my anger, and great hailstones in wrath to make a full end. 14 And I will break down the wall that you have smeared with whitewash, and bring it down to the ground, so that its foundation will be laid bare. When it falls, you shall perish in the midst of it, and you shall know that I am the LORD.
The Lord gives us such an incredible picture of His Word as the wall of protection around us. False prophets/prophetesses come with their messages of peace and prosperity and put holes in the wall allowing the enemy to come in or our own flesh to rise up and before we know it, we’ve wandered away from the Lord and into danger or death. Even when the Lord sends someone with truth as one building a wall…someone warning of God’s judgement and coming wrath, the false prophets smear it with whitewash…they cover it over with lies.

Oh, how we have seen this in recent years and particularly in the last year. It is tragic to see how many have followed the way of this world instead of the steadfastly holding onto Jesus and His promises. Any call to repentance is quickly smothered with a watered-down message of ‘God is sending blessings’ or ‘this is a season of increase.’
Well, it might be a season of increase but not in the way the false prophets mean. The increase is in events from God’s hand of judgement.

Dear friend, please repent of your sin. Turn away from the things of this world and the passions of the flesh. Turn to Jesus, listen to Him and obey while it is still today.
These hurricanes are just the beginning. Earthquakes and war are coming. Diseases are coming. At some point the stock market will crumble. The Lord promises His judgement will be famine, sword, pestilence and beasts.  Events will continue to affect more and more areas. Even if you are spared a direct involvement in one of these events, heed the warning!

Jesus is coming soon. He is coming to gather His own to eternal glory and to execute eternal judgment on His enemies. Many who think they are His friend will find out He never knew them. Many are following a fake Jesus invented in the imaginations of false prophets who preach a worldly message or a patriotic message. Wake up oh sleepy church! Come out of the world. Come out of Babylon. Run to Jesus. The Jesus of Scripture. Open the bible and read. Test what you hear to what God has written. Stop believing the empty promises of hucksters claiming to men or women of God. Do not be captured by their greed.  Beware of the setup for the Man Of Sin and False Prophet who will demand worship and demand that people take a mark in order to buy or sell. That day is coming. Jesus has warned us ahead of time.

Please be in prayer for those who do not know the Lord. Pray for those who are asleep. Pray for those who have been led into deception. Pray for the faithful to remain faithful. Pray for the Lord to open the door for the Gospel to be preached today wherever you are.

Come, Lord Jesus.

Hurrican Harvey: Natural or Supernatural?

I write this article thousands of miles away from Houston, Texas. However, I do not feel disconnected from what is happening. Certainly I am not going through the physical challenges that folks there are going through, but all of us should be united in listening to what the Lord is telling us through this disaster.

I have read a few articles this past week from various ministers of the Gospel. Some have said Hurricane Harvey is judgement from God. Some have said it’s because of the large abortion clinic in Houston. Some have said it is ‘just a normal storm.’  Some have cautioned about saying it’s judgement when Houston has such a large ‘Christian’ community.  Others have said we need to hear a clear prophetic word before calling it judgment.

The verse of Scripture that has continually come to my mind this week is from Amos.

Does disaster come to a city, unless the Lord has done it? (Amos 3:6)

Now therefore, mend your ways and your deeds, and obey the voice of the Lord your God, and the Lord will relent of the disaster that He has pronounced against you. (Jeremiah 26:13)

Knowing the Lord brings about disaster and seeing in the Scripture that He does so to cause people to repent of sin and turn to Jesus, causes me to feel very much a part of Houston.  I don’t believe the Lord is speaking just to folks in Houston or that their sin is worse than the sin of people any where else.  He is warning all of us that a day is soon coming when Jesus will come back for those who love Him and to exact eternal judgement on those who are not with Him.  Just as He warned us with a solar eclipse a few days before Hurricane Harvey and just as He warned us with North Korea sending a missile over Japan.  The Lord is so mercifully calling us to repentance and to obey Jesus while it is today.

For many years the Lord has shown me calamity coming.  He has not shown me specific cities or locations.  He has had me plea for repentance throughout the church and to those who do not know Jesus.  Hurricane Harvey is one of many disasters coming upon the United States and the world.  Jesus said these things will increase the closer we get to His return.  In the midst of tragedy these is great encouragement that we are getting close to hearing the trumpet and lifting our heads to see Jesus coming n the clouds.

I believe we have entered a season of intense calamity.  War is coming. Weather disasters are coming.  Persecution of the saints will increase.  Deception will be rampant. Deception is seen in people calling good evil and evil good but it’s also in understanding events. As example, consider the news reports that the explosion of a chemical plant in Houston poses no toxic danger to the population.  May the Lord help us to practice discernment.

All these things will not affect everyone at once. There will be places and times that seem ‘normal’ with people eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage as Jesus said.   May we not get sleepy in those times!  Jesus commanded us to stay awake and be watchful in prayer. He commanded that we go preach the Gospel. The urgency of this cannot be overstated.  The Scripture says some will be taken captive, some will be martyred, some will be given time to preach the Gospel. If we are not martyred today, then let us be about our Father’s business.

It’s a bumpy road ahead but in Jesus we have a Kingdom that cannot be shaken. We are not to fear these times.  Jesus said He tells us ahead of time so that we will believe Him. It’s for our saving faith that He tells us ahead.  He fills us with faith as we see these long-foretold events unfold.  He sustains us and helps us endure faithful to the end for our salvation draws near.

Whether you are waist deep in water or comfortably sitting in a dry house, may today be a day to get on your knees and listen to Jesus.  Read the Scripture, pray and obey our loving heavenly Father.  Time is ticking down to a magnificent day when we will see Jesus face to face.  How He longs for that to be a day of joy for us because we have been born again by the power of His shed blood for our sins. But for many it will be a day of great sorrow and terror.   That day it will be too late to realize Jesus is who He says He is….God almighty, Creator, Savior, Judge and King.   He has given us today to bow before Him in repentance and receive His life giving gift of salvation.

May the Lord keep us faithful today and in the tumultuous days ahead.

Come, Lord Jesus!

Sings In The Heavens

August 21, 2017 there will be a Solar Eclipse that crosses the USA. Communities in the direct path of the eclipse are preparing for millions of visitors, traffic jams, and everything associated with an inundation of people.

Many Christian online ministries have promoted the eclipse as a sign from God warning of judgement. Many of these ministries also promote a celestial event coming on September 23, 2017 as being a fulfillment of Revelation 12 and they say a sign of the second coming of Jesus Christ or a sign of the rapture of the church.

The hype around these events has been used to sell books, tickets to conferences and to promote many so-called ‘prophetic’ ministries. There is so much hype that I’ve wanted to stay clear of the whole thing. However, the Lord has called me to pray and listen to what He tells me regarding these things.

One of the things I’ve heard the Lord say is a warning regarding the hype around the September 23 planet alignment. The warning is a reminder of how the Lord hates astrology. Scripture forbids it. In Isaiah 47:13 we read:

You are wearied with your many counsels;
let them stand forth and save you,
those who divide the heavens,
who gaze at the stars,
who at the new moons make known
what shall come upon you.

The Lord makes it clear that we are not to use the stars as a way to predict the future or direct our paths. While the Scripture does teach us that God made the sun, moon and stars for signs and seasons, we must be careful not to pursue astrology under any circumstances or to use the stars as a substitute for listening to the Holy Spirit. The heavens declare the glory of the Lord. Let our hearts and minds be fixed on the Creator—Jesus, rather than trying to gleam a message from the orbital path of planets.

Rather than predicting an end time alignment of stars, a careful reading of Revelation 12 lends us to believe it is describing the birth of Jesus from the people God set aside for Himself, the Israelites, the madness of satan as he attempts to thwart God’s plan of salvation throughout history and the loving protection God offers His people (followers of Jesus) even to the end.

As for the sun and moon being made by God for signs, Genesis 1:14 says,
And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years,

This verse indicates the Lord made the sun and moon to separate day from night, to tell time ie: days and nights, for ‘signs and ‘seasons.’ These two words in English are easily looked over. The Hebrew meaning for the word translated ‘signs’ is ‘owth [oth] and means: a signal, distinguishing mark, banner, remembrance, miraculous sign, omen, warning. And the Hebrew word ‘mow`ed [mo-ade’] translated seasons in this verse means: appointed place, appointed time, appointed meeting, sacred season, set feast.

God made the sun and moon for the physical purpose of day and night and they influence the climate and such. But the verse indicates the Lord also has a spiritual purpose for the sun and moon in which He sets them to alert the universe to appointed times He has set for His purpose.

Just as the Lord darkened the sun when Jesus was on the cross for our sins, the Scripture indicates the Lord has assigned the sun and moon a purpose of marking His return.

Joel 2:10 The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.
Joel 2:30-31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come. 32: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered

Amos 8:9 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD GOD, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day:

Matt.24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

Rev.6:12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; 13: And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind….

Rev.8:12 And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.

I do not believe the eclipse on August 21, 2017 is the darkening of the sun spoken of just before Jesus returns. But, I do believe it is a reminder that Jesus is coming and a warning that God’s wrath will be poured out on all those who disobey God’s salvation in Jesus.

I believe the date of this eclipse is significant. The eclipse falls 40 days before the Day of Atonement. These 40 days are traditionally called the 40 days of Teshuva or days of returning. These are days of a call to repent (turn from sin and turn to Jesus). While millions of people will be joining in eclipse parties, I believe we would be wise to get on our knees and submit to the Holy Spirit’s searching our hearts, repent of our sins and draw near to Jesus with all our heart, mind and soul and spirit.

Just as Moses was on the mountain 40 days with the Lord receiving God’s perfect law and returned to find the people playing and worshipping a golden calf they made, we too often set up something worldly to worship and gather together to play and indulge in the passions of the flesh instead of waiting in awe of our Lord Jesus.

There are storm clouds on the horizon. Jesus warned there would be wars and rumors of wars in increasing measure prior to His return. We certainly see that today. As the Lord has assigned this solar eclipse to cross the USA, let us head the warning that the Lord will judge this nation for her sins and abominations but His judgment starts at the church.

While many are looking to Donald Trump to save the USA, the Lord Jesus will not share His glory with another. Jesus is the only one who can save us. God has not sent us some sort of Cyrus in a president of the USA. God has sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ to atone for our sins and to give us life in Him.

May this solar eclipse sober us to remember Jesus is coming soon and may our hearts be humble, repentant and may the Lord fill us with a boldness to preach the Gospel in these last days that many might hear and believe Jesus Christ, the Savior and King of kings and Lord of lords.

Come Lord Jesus.

A Consuming Fire

Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, 13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed. 14 Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. 15 See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled; 16 that no one is sexually immoral or unholy like Esau, who sold his birthright for a single meal. 17 For you know that afterward, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no chance to repent, though he sought it with tears.
25 See that you do not refuse him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape if reject him who warns from heaven. 26 At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” 27 This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of things that are shaken – that is, things that have been made – in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain . 28 Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, 29 for our God is a consuming fire.
Hebrews 12: 12-17, 25-29

Concerning Damascus

The war in Syria is escalating and this escalation is primarily occurring at the prompting of Russia and the USA.  Multiple nations are involved in the war in Syria. It’s actually a baffling list of nations if one considers the question, ‘why?’  One can probably make a case for why Iran is involved or Jordan, but why would Norway send military to Syria? Why would the Dutch be involved in Syria?  It seems the Lord has drawn the world to this little spot perhaps to fulfill His word.

The Scriptures speak of the destruction of Damascus as we have noted in earlier articles regarding Isaiah 17.  Jeremiah 49 also speaks of the destruction of Damascus.
23 Concerning Damascus:
“Hamath and Arpad are confounded,
for they have heard bad news;
they melt in fear,
they are troubled like the sea that cannot be quiet.
24
Damascus has become feeble, she turned to flee,
and panic seized her;
anguish and sorrows have taken hold of her,
as of a woman in labor.
25
How is the famous city not forsaken,
the city of my joy?
26
Therefore her young men shall fall in her squares,
and all her soldiers shall be destroyed in that day,
declares the Lord of hosts.
27
And I will kindle a fire in the wall of Damascus,
and it shall devour the strongholds of Ben-hadad.”

This prophecy begins with a ‘bad report.’  Currently the USA is reporting that they have reason to believe Assad is going to use chemical weapons ‘again.’  Whether or not Assad is the one who used the chemical weapons on the Syrian people in the past is a debatable subject.  What is clear is that the USA is warning that they will bring a military response to the use of chemical weapons.  Russia and Syria are denying the report.  This media report is interesting in light of Jeremiah’s prophecy.  Time will tell if this is the ‘bad report’ of Jeremiah’s prophecy but it is worthy of our attention as the Lord unfolds final events.

Stay awake. Be watchful in prayer. Jesus is coming soon.  Pray the Lord will open the door for the Gospel today where ever you are.

 

If you’ve ever watched a magician perform you are probably aware of the art of distraction. A magician uses distraction and smoke screens to get the viewer to look at something while the magician puts something in place.  In just a moment or even a split second of time, the magician can palm something or move something and the viewer misses it while glancing away at a distraction.

It seems very much like what is happening with political news currently. There are many distractions but very little coverage of important events foretold in the Bible.

While many people are glued to a monitor watching former FBI Director Comey’s testimony or busy describing how Comey is part of a sinister plot to undermine President Trump, several things are happening in the world that Jesus said we should pay attention to.

Syria continues to escalate into a multi-nation involved war. The USA has recently made several military advancements and threats between the USA and Iran and Russia are escalating over the USA’s increased involvement.  This area continues to be one worth watching for Bible prophecy to be fulfilled. Isaiah 17 and Daniel 11 among others could be in unfolding.

North Korea continues its belligerent missile testing.  The USA has massive military and naval hardware and forces in the area. Russia and China have moved military into place and Japan is calling for nuclear bunkers.  The situation in North Korea brings to mind Daniel 11:44.

44 But news from the east and the north shall alarm him, and he shall go out with great fury to destroy and devote many to destruction.

Time will tell if that’s what we are watching unfold.

The call for a Middle East peace agreement is strong and the possibility of getting it accomplished has never been as great as under the current geo-political setup.

There is much going on that Jesus foretold would happen at the time of the end of the age. We would do well to obey His command to watch and pray.  I encourage you to read the Scripture and stay alert to what Jesus said to watch for.

Jesus is coming soon.

War Is Coming

At the beginning of 2017 the Lord told me, “war is coming.”   He did not tell me when, but He did give me a sense of an urgent call for all of us to repent, draw near to Him and be prepared for whatever He tells us to do in that hour.

Rumors of war have escalated recently, to the point that people are saturated with news bites and prophetic articles.  The tendency for all of us is to believe “not yet.”  For people in the US, war is something that happens in another part of the world. We have generations between us and a war on our soil.  We have been incredibly sheltered and spoiled.  But, war is coming.  Are you prepared?  The Lord Jesus has to be the one to answer that question for each of us.  We are wise to quickly obey whatever He tells us to do at all times, and I encourage you on this day, seek Him and listen to what He tells you.   Consider the Lord’s word in Jeremiah 4.

“Blow the trumpet through the land;
    cry aloud and say,
‘Assemble, and let us go
    into the fortified cities!’
Raise a standard toward Zion,
    flee for safety, stay not,
for I bring disaster from the north,
    and great destruction.
A lion has gone up from his thicket,
    a destroyer of nations has set out;
    he has gone out from his place
to make your land a waste;
    your cities will be ruins
    without inhabitant.
For this put on sackcloth,
    lament and wail,
for the fierce anger of the Lord
    has not turned back from us.”

“In that day, declares the Lord, courage shall fail both king and officials. The priests shall be appalled and the prophets astounded.” 10 Then I said, “Ah, Lord God, surely you have utterly deceived this people and Jerusalem, saying, ‘It shall be well with you,’ whereas the sword has reached their very life.”

11 At that time it will be said to this people and to Jerusalem, “A hot wind from the bare heights in the desert toward the daughter of my people, not to winnow or cleanse, 12 a wind too full for this comes for me. Now it is I who speak in judgment upon them.”

13 Behold, he comes up like clouds;
    his chariots like the whirlwind;
his horses are swifter than eagles—
    woe to us, for we are ruined!
14 O Jerusalem, wash your heart from evil,
    that you may be saved.
How long shall your wicked thoughts
    lodge within you?
15 For a voice declares from Dan
    and proclaims trouble from Mount Ephraim.
16 Warn the nations that he is coming;
    announce to Jerusalem,
“Besiegers come from a distant land;
    they shout against the cities of Judah.
17 Like keepers of a field are they against her all around,
    because she has rebelled against me,
declares the Lord.
18 Your ways and your deeds
    have brought this upon you.
This is your doom, and it is bitter;
    it has reached your very heart.”

Come Out Of Her My People

It seems everywhere you go, people are talking about the state of the nation and our world with great passion and opinion.  The surprise election of Donald Trump has perhaps high lighted some things within churches across the nation.
If you are not under the conviction that we are indeed living in the last days before the Lord’s return, I would invite you to examine the Scriptures concerning the Lord’s return; and perhaps consider the events that are taking place that point to clear indications that we are indeed well into the season of the Lord’s return.  Many people like to say that pursuing such knowledge is pointless because Jesus said that we would not know the day or hour of His return.  This is indeed true.  However, Jesus also said that we would know the season of His return; and that we would possess this knowledge simply by paying attention to the signs or events that he indicated would take place just prior to His coming.  Jesus also said that His return would be sudden and unexpected.  He exhorts and warns His own to pay attention to the signs for our own encouragement that we may not become sleepy and lulled to faithlessness by the rampant sin and deceitfulness of the world we live in.
It is also important to consider in all times but especially in these last days that all rulers and authorities are appointed by God.  This does not mean that these rulers are little carbon copies of Himself who possess his character and spread abroad the fragrance of the knowledge of Jesus Christ.  These things are given through His Holy Spirit unto the Church for the ministry of the Gospel.  When I say that rulers are appointed by God, it simply means, as the Scripture clearly states, that they will only possess the authority that is given them by God (think Pharaoh, Nebuchadnezzar, Ahab, etc) . This is a difficult thing for us to understand living in a liberal democratic nation where we believe it is the will of the people that places rulers in their positions of authority.  God says otherwise.
I know Christians who are absolutely thrilled that Donald Trump has been elected President.  They feel that he will bring monetary prosperity and security within our own borders and silence the taunts of nation states that hold the United States in ill regard.  They believe that he will somehow align our laws and the direction our nation is heading towards the will of God. I also know Christians who are outraged that Donald Trump has been elected President.  They are disgusted by his personal character and in staunch disagreement with his policies.  So we have some Christians holding signs that read “Thank God for Trump” and other Christians holding signs that read “Jesus was a refugee”.  What does it all mean and where will it go? Here is what the Lord shows me:
It means that Christians have a severely misplaced hope in politicians and the ability of their policies to enact ‘good’. This is a very serious problem, especially in these last days.
Christians are vocal about their belief and hope in the power of man to bring peace, justice and righteousness to the earth and are silent about matters of faith and hope in the gospel of Jesus Christ. We easily exaggerate the potential energy of politicians (for good or ill) and ignore the Treasure of Jesus Christ while it lies dusty and dormant on a shelf.  My Christian friends, in their horror of a Trump Presidency, have resorted to endorsing the tide of counter movements that rose up out of the angst and frustration of the world.  And my Christian friends who welcomed a Trump presidency, began to sing a new song of hope for the nation.  Both sides make me equally sick. Is not the Bible clear that the only sure hope in this world is Jesus Christ? The answer for our current predicament is not Trump; nor is it “Anti-Trump”.  We have lost our way in the most profound sense.  We have become deceived by the false notion of a “Christian Nation”. There is no such thing.  Jesus never set out to build a better nation.  I challenge anyone to provide a single piece of evidence that indicates otherwise. Jesus builds the Church and the Church (so long as it is faithful to her King) will always be at odds with this world; going against the current of ALL politics.  As a Christian, if you are concerned that Trump will bring harm to refugees abroad or to women or to undocumented migrants in our own borders, then I beg you, ask the Lord what He would have you do. The answer is not in a political movement with a talking head that seems to be saying the right things.  As a Christian, if you are hopeful that Trump will somehow make things better by bringing peace, security and prosperity to the nation, perhaps you need to take a harder look in the Scripture to learn if such things are God-given fundamental rights or simply manifestations of the desires of the flesh.
Here is the end of the matter.  When we examine what is happening in the season of the Lord’s return, we see that it is the nations and their rulers that are leading the world astray.  The final political machine (See especially Revelation 13 and 17, Daniel 2 and 7, 1 Thessalonians 2) runs through the current of the nations and the culture of religion.  The Lord is graciously warning us.
Beware of the Nations; their purpose is to deceive and war against the saints.
We are not to throw our lot in with the nations.  The nations are characterized by violence, evil in the name of good, deception, fear and greed (to name a few). The gospel cannot share this stage. It’s message and power will be lost and altered beyond recognition and saving power. Political power will not bring any good we seek.  Jesus possesses all power and authority.  And He uses this power and authority for your welfare.  His work is complete and there is not a single need that He has not or cannot meet.  He is all that you need.  His ‘political movement’ is not woven into the fabric of nations or movements rooted in human will.  And to be clear, what I am calling His ‘political movement’ is His Cross of redemption offered to a world of sinners in serous trouble and in serious need of help – help that can only be given by Him.
Beware of Religion; its purpose is to deceive and war against the saints.
For some time now there has been a movement to bring collaboration and unity among the 3 ‘monotheistic religions of the world. The belief guiding this movement is that fundamentally, Islam, Judaism and Christianity are the same.  This religion is the slave and messenger of the spirit of political correctness.  In this arena, all beliefs are valid and equal and unity is achieved via tolerance and an unconditional positive regard for the goals and ‘truth’ of others. It is ‘love’ without truth; ‘peace’ without the righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ.  It is action driven by the idea that there is good within mankind and that this goodness is to be shared with all people, irrespective and in transcendence of personal religion or lifestyle.
The Scripture seems to indicate that in these last days, the lines between the nations and religion are blurred.  They may at times oppose each other and seem to be on different teams. On one level this makes perfect sense as these powers flow from an abyss of pride, vanity, chaos and destruction.  The Bible makes it clear that such powers and principalities, while disarmed on Calvary, still exist with the sole purpose of destroying the saving faith of the saints. This is how the enemy works.  We dislike the elected politician and we are quickly deceived to prop up a different one to replace him or her. If we get our way, we suddenly feel cozy in the world and hopeful for outcomes that we must now spiritualize to justify.
Remember Jesus’ solemn words to Simon Peter: “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail.” (Luke 22:31-32)  Jesus is not petitioning the Father for political solutions in the United States.  He is not asking the Father that all the major religions of the world find common ground and mission together.  He is in fact praying for our faith; that we may endure to the end, trusting in His name, holding fast to His Word; believing (waiting) for the fulfillment of His promise to return for us. The sole work of the Church is the delivery of this message of hope.  This message is political because the One who has sent us possesses all power and authority.  He has the first word and He will have the last.
  • Are you seeking/hoping to build unity with your neighbor apart from the Cross of Jesus Christ as the basis for such unity?
  • Are you seeking/hoping to incorporate God into the framework of your nation?  Have you placed unmerited hope in politicians, removal of politicians or better systems of governance?
If we are seeking such things our hearts will surely become deceived, especially in these last days. I implore you to repent of seeking such agendas.  Return to the Lord, rest in the power of His might to work all things according to His will.  He cannot fail.
“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
 See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily,  and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities2 and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.” Colossians 2:6-15